Week Ending 21st October 2018

At Boat of Garten on Sunday the men competed for the George Cameron Cup and despite showery and blustery conditions a number of players produced excellent low scoring. Having threatened to overpower the course on many occasions this season it was pleasing to see Ron Lyon (12) returning a winning nett score of 66 and ensuring that his name went on the trophy this year. A 3,4,2 start sent Lyon on his way to a level par outward half of 34 and a further birdie at the 14th hole ensured that he kept pole position despite a strong challenge from Andy Grigor (14) who produced a very steady round of 82, nett 68 for runners up spot. Leading scores (CSS 69) –George Cameron Cup winner, R Lyon (12) 66; R/Up A Grigor (14) 68; G MacDonald (5) 70; Cailin Carter (13), D Jamieson (13), R Simpson (6) 71; J Ross (8) 73; I Turner (14), A Boxx (14) 74.

At the North Of Scotland Alliance opening fixture on Saturday at Boat Of Garten local Professional  Ross Harrower returned an excellent two under par round of 68 to take second place, 2 shots behind Bruce Thompson (Inverness) who returned a winning score of 66 for his first Alliance win of the season. Strong local performances also came from Gordon MacDonald 71, Ian Murray 72 and Jordan Shaw 74.


Week Ending 14th October 2018

At Boat of Garten last Wednesday the Ladies held their SLGA October medal  where the Silver Division was won by Ladies’ Captain Caroline Bashford (13) with a nett 77, just a single shot ahead of Ann Carter (18) and Ann Weller (19) who tied on nett 78. In the Bronze Division Lynda Coles (30) produced one of her best rounds of the season, a nett 66 which earned her a convincing win and a 4 shot reduction in handicap. Leading scores; Silver Division – winner, C Bashford (13) 77; A Carter (18), A Weller (19) 78; M Thompson (16) 79; D McDonald (16) 80; Bronze Division – winner, L Coles (30) 66; J Clark (22) 81; P MacGillivray (23) 85; J Wallace (24) 92.

On Sunday it was the men’s turn to compete for their October medal.  In section 1 Michael Braidwood (9) returned a nett 67 for a two shot victory over Paul Downs (4) with Bill Spencer (11) and Ian Murray (2) tied for 3rd place on nett 70. In Division 2 David Gardiner (21) just sneaked ahead on countback after his nett 73 was matched by Roy Quinn (15) and Ian Turner (14).  Leading scores were ; Division 1- winner, M Braidwood (9) 67; P Downs (4) 69; B Spencer (11), I Murray (2) 70; R Simpson (6), C Brown (4), V McLaughlin (12) 71; B Shaw (3), M Hendry (10) 72. Division 2- winner, D Gardiner (21) 73; R Quinn (15), I Turner (14) 73; J Thompson (13) 76; A Ross (17) 78; W Litton (13) 80.

Other results: Ladies Morlich Trophy (13 Oct) –A Weller (19) 77; M Thompson (16) 81; A Carter (18) 82; J Clark (22) 86; J Wallace (24) 91; L Coles (26) 92.

Seniors Stableford (10 October) – P Conn (28) 34 pts; K Aitken (9), P Downs (4) 33 pts; L Wilson (14) 30 pts; J Dingwall (15) 29 pts; M Joy (24) 27 pts.


Week Ending 7th October 2018

At Boat of Garten on Sunday the Village Open (pairs greensomes) in aid of the All Aboard Deshar Nursery project attracted an excellent field of players from all counties in Scotland and beyond.

Showery overhead conditions made low scoring difficult however that did not stop James Ingram and Norman MacWilliam (7) from returning an excellent gross 72, nett 65 to comfortably win by 4 shots from local pairing Paul Downs and Andy Grigor (8) who tied on the nett 69 mark with Ronnie Kinnaird and Brian Shaw (5), just pipping them for runner up spot on countback.  The best all ladies team was won by home player Ann Weller and Ann rae of Carrbridge who returned a nett 74. Leading scores – (Boat Of Garten unless stated), Winners, J Ingram & N MacWilliam (Kingussie) (7) 65; P Downs & A Grigor (8), R Kinnaird & B Shaw (Kingussie) (5) 69; D MacDonald & Y MacLeod (Muir Of Ord) (13) 70;  & M Thompson (15), J Shaw & J Inglis (6) 71; Best Ladies A Weller & A Rae (Carrbridge) (24) 74.  Nearest The Pin 3rd – G Lorimer (Spey Bay) ; 9th – J Ross; 16th – G MacDonald, NTP in 2 shots at 17th – M McDonald & S Ritchie (Grantown).  

On Monday the ladies competed in their 9 Hole Competition and it was Susan Falconer (13) who took the honours with a fine score of 12 pts, just winning from Marion MacCormick (17) with a better last 6 holes. In third place came Ann Goodall (18) just a single point behind with Sandy Stewart (18) in 4th place on 8 pts.


Week Ending 30th September 2018

At Boat of Garten on Sunday both gents and ladies competed over 9 holes in teams of 3 for the Ian Ferguson Tri-Am Cup, a better ball competition. Narrow winners were Michael and Avril Joy plus Nicholas Cunningham who returned an excellent team score of 25 pts, just a single shot ahead of Brian and Jordan Shaw plus John Inglis who were on the 24 point mark. Three teams tied for third place on 22 pts, James and Debbie Grant plus Gordon Hay, John, Alan and David Ross and Gordon Philip, Tierna Browne and Ian Turner.

On Wednesday the ladies competed in a Walk On Stableford competition and it was Lynda Coles (30) who scored 36 pts for a 2 shot win over Ann Weller (19). Pam MacGillivray (23) took third place on 31 pts with June Clark 4th on 27 pts.


Week Ending 23rd September 2018

At Boat of Garten on Thursday the gents competed for the Kinloch Anderson Trophy, a bogey competition with golfers challenging the course rather than each other. Normally the higher handicap players find this format more to their liking however this year it was single figure players who dominated the leaderboard. Late starters Ronnie Kinnaird and Ian Murray made the most of the dwindling daylight to shoot a matching score of 2 up, with Kinnaird edging ahead on a lower back 9 holes. Leading scores (CSS 69): winner, R Kinnaird (7) 2 up; runner up, I Murray (2) 2 up; J Rodgers (6) all square; D Ross (9) 1 down; C Helik (11), M Braidwood (9), R Quinn (15) 2 down.

In the Ladies’ 4 Club Stableford played over 9 holes Caroline Bashford (7) returned a best of the day score of 17pts, 2 shots clear of Ann Weller (10) and Lynda Coles (15). In 4th place was Fiona Young (9) on 14 pts with Lorna Richardson (14) a single shot back on 13 pts.

The Seniors competed in their September Stableford over 9 holes this week and it was Ken Aitken (4) who returned a score of 17pts to pip Willie Renfrew (3) by a single shot. Mike Joy (11) and Alan Begbie (9) tied on 13 pts.


There was an excellent entry of over 130 players for the first Speyside 54 Hole Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week with 18 holes played over the championship course at Spey Valley and the courses at Boat of Garten and Grantown On Spey. The excellent prize fund and the opportunity to play three of the best courses in the north of Scotland attracted top amateur players from all over Scotland plus golfers from Belgium, Germany and New Zealand.

Breezy, showery weather greeted the players and each course presented its own challenges, all of which were met head on by plus 2 handicapper Campbell Donaldson (Downfield GC) who shot a superb 2 under par round of 70 over Spey Valley on Friday, a one over par 71 at Grantown on Saturday and a level par 70 at Boat Of Garten on Sunday. Donaldson’s  1 under par total of 211 was 3 shots ahead of runner up Jordan Shaw (Boat Of Garten) who returned excellent scores of 72, 72 and 70 for a 214 total. Prizes were shared between local players and visitors and the tournament organisers are already pencilling in a September date for next year.  Leading scores – Scratch – winner, Campbell Donaldson ( Downfield ) 211; runner up, Jordan Shaw (Boat Of Garten) 214; Fraser Campbell (Monifieth) 220; Gordon Hay ( Boat Of Garten), Stuart McKendrick (Dunkeld) 226; Alex Moir (Leven Thistle) 231. Handicap (Stableford points), winner, M Foster (Dunkeld) 105pts; runner up, S Francey (Murrayfield) 103 pts; F Kulasinghe (Murcar) 100 pts; P Mathieson (Grantown On Spey ) 99 pts; A Hutchison (Inverness ) , M McDonald ( Boat Of Garten ) 97pts. Senior Section – winner, G Tregaskis ( Boat Of Garten ) 102 pts; M Williamson ( Dunkeld) 99 pts; M Holroyd ( Boat Of Garten ) 96 pts; H Cooper ( Murrayshall) 93 pts; D Irvine ( Lochmaben), J Bell ( Glenbervie) 92 pts.


Week Ending 16th September 2018

At Boat of Garten on Friday the inaugural Ladies Team Open was held with sixty players making up 20 three person teams. The best two stableford scores at each hole were used to calculate the winners. This proved to be a very popular format and it was the team of Nicola Torrance, Carol MacDonald and Marilyn Stickley from Grantown On Spey GC which emerged victorious after an excellent score of 80 pts, 6 points clear of their nearest rivals, Ann Carter, Sheilagh Cooper and Ann McNeilage ( Boat Of Garten & Buchanan Castle). Ladies’ Captain Caroline Bashford thanked everyone for their participation and intimated that she was hopeful  this could become an annual event in the ladies’ golfing calendar. Leading scores were; Winners, N Torrance, C MacDonald, M Stickley (Grantown On Spey) 80 pts; Runners Up, A Carter, S Cooper, A McNeilage ( Boat Of Garten & Buchanan Castle) 74 pts; A Weller, P MacGillivray, A Rae ( Boat Of Garten & Carrbridge) 73 pts; A MacKay, C Mackay, C Dingwall ( Muir Of Ord) 71 pts; A McLean, S Corrie, M Halliday (Abernethy/Gullane/St Rule) , K Morrison, F Hunter, C MacPherson (Boat Of Garten & Abernethy) 70 pts; E Simpson, C. Inch, A Murray (Elgin) 68 pts.

On Saturday the gents competed in the John McDonald Trophies where prizes were awarded to the best scratch and handicap scores. The breezy conditions tested the players yet again but this did not prevent Paul Downs from returning a gross 72 to secure top spot in the scratch section.  This was the same winning score as last year when Ian Murray took pole position. This year Murray had to settle for the runners up spot, just a single shot behind Downs after a 73. In the Handicap Section new Member Duncan Miller (25) continued his excellent form with a nett 67, a score matched by John MacBean (12) however Miller’s better inward 9 holes ensured that his name went on the trophy. Leading scores (CSS 69):  Scratch–  winner,  P Downs 72; runner-up I Murray 73; R Kinnaird, C Brown 75; I Cormack 78; J MacBean 79. Handicap- winner, D Miller (25) 67 BIH; runner-up, J MacBean (12) 67; R Kinnaird (7), P Downs (4) 68; S MacDonald (12), C Helik (11), I Cormack (8) 70; I Murray (2) 71 .

Also on Saturday the ladies competed in their SLGA September medal with Caroline Holroyd (17) triumphing once again this season after a fine nett 75, just one shot ahead of Lynda Coles (30) on 76. Ann Weller (19) was third on 79.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (Sep 13th) (CSS 71) – winner, I Murray (2) 38 pts; J Thompson (14) 37 pts; P Downs (4) 35 pts; G Eastwood (9), A Grigor (13) 34 pts; G Tregaskis (9) 30 pts; D Rogers (20) 29 pts.


Week Ending 9th September 2018

At Boat Of Garten on Saturday, after a period of highly competitive individual medal competitions, the men paired up to compete for the SGU Greensomes Trophy.  This is intended to be a forgiving format however not all pairings found the going easy. One couple who certainly did were Paul Downs and Andy Grigor who enjoyed birdies at the 5th, 10th and 16th holes on their way to a fine winning score of 72 gross, 64 nett. Close on their heels came Iain Cormack and Lindsay Smith (5) who overcame a double bogey 6 at the second hole to fire a nett 66, a score matched by James and Bruce Grant (4) who birdied the 3rd,7th and 8th holes in an outward half of 33 with just a single bogey and 8 pars in a back nine of 37. Leading scores: winners, P Downs & A Grigor (8) 64; I Cormack & L Smith (5), J Grant & B Grant (4) 66; D Ross & J Rodgers (7) 66; R Kinnaird & I Murray (4) 67; S Bain & C Helik (9) 69; G Tregaskis & K Aitken (9) 70.

Other scores: Gents Stableford (6th Sept) (CSS 69):  B McConnell (12) 38 pts; G H Hay (1), V McLaughlin (12) 37 pts; S Bain (8), R Lyon (11) 36 pts; A Grigor (13) 35 pts; P Downs (4) 34 pts; G Eastwood (8), David Ross (9) 33 pts.

SLGA September Medal  (5 Sept) (CSS 72); Silver Division – M Thompson (16) 72; D McDonald (16) 78; I Shannon (15) 85. Bronze Division – J Clark (22), K Morrison (30) 89; J Watt (28) 90.  

Seniors Stableford (5 Sept) – J Dingwall (15) 38 pts; L Wilson (14) 37 pts; K Aitken (9) 33 pts; P Surfleet (25), J York (16) 26 pts. 


Week Ending 2nd September 2018

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the men enjoyed fine but breezy weather for the September medal and the combination of wind and firm conditions set a stiff challenge for the competitors. Early starter Ronnie Kinnaird continued his recent fine run of form by returning a net 69, the foundation of which was a good outward half of 36. Behind Kinnaird there was a log jam on 71 with 6 players all returning a similar score.  It was the last player out in the afternoon, Paul Downs, who finally managed to snatch top position away from Kinnaird with a matching score of 69 but with a superior last 9 holes, a birdie 2 at the 16th hole proving decisive. In the higher handicap section Ronnie McGrath (19) was a runaway winner, his morning score of 66 being the best of the day by far. Closest challenger was afternoon starter Dean Harvie (14) who took runners up spot after his round of 73. Leading scores:  Section 1: winner, P Downs (4) 69 BIH, R Kinnaird (7) 69; B McConnell (12), I Cormack (7), G H Hay (1), M McDonald (5), G MacDonald (5), J MacBean (12) 71.  Section 2: winner, R McGrath (19) 66; D Harvie (14) 73; A Ross (17) 75; S Rooney (14), I Turner (14) 76; R Quinn (15), K Malcolm (18) 77.

Other results:  Men’s Stableford (Aug 30th) (CSS 69) – winner, P Downs (4) 37 pts; G MacDonald (5) 37 pts; G H Hay (1), A Grigor (13) 36 pts; J MacKenzie (17), R Simpson (6) 35 pts; A Ross (17), R Lyon (11), D Rogers (20) 34 pts.


Week Ending 26th August 2018

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the gents competed for the Rowan Lea Punchbowl, first presented in 1976. Fine overhead conditions resulted in a CSS of 70 with early starter Alan Boxx (13) setting the pace as he fired birdies at the 3rd and 5th holes on his way to an excellent outward half of 37, only for the back nine to bare its teeth and limit his fine round to a nett 70, one shot clear of Paul Downs (4), John Ross (8), Rory Simpson (6) and Martin Hendry (10) all tied on 71. Ross, Hendry and Boxx were all 1 under par for the par 3’s on the front 9 while Simpson went one better , two under par for said holes after two’s at the 3rd and 9th holes. Downs enjoyed back to back birdies at the 13th and 14th holes.  Leading Scores – (CSS 70) – winner, A Boxx (13) 70; P Downs (4), J Ross (8), R Simpson (6), M Hendry (10) 71; J Bell (18), G MacDonald (5) 72; R Lyon (11), A Grigor (13), David Ross (9), K Inch (20) , D Gordon (14) 73.

The ladies also competed on Saturday in their SLGA August medal with Caroline Holroyd (17) a comprehensive winner after an excellent round of 88, nett 71, a birdie 4 at the closing hole an appropriate way to finish off her fine round.  Sharing the runners-up spot were Catherine Souter-Bell (22) and Ann Weller (19), both tying on 78. Leading scores – (CSS 71) – Winner, C Holroyd (17) 71; C Souter-Bell (22), A Weller (19) 78; S Fielding (21) 80; F Holman (18), E Inch (19)85; J Clark (21), M Souter (20) 86; A Fraser (36) 87.

The Gents’ annual team match versus Blairgowrie GC was played on Sunday at Boat Of Garten with 16 players on each team representing their respective club. The visitors took the honours on this occasion, a tight match which resulted in a 4 ½ to 3 ½ win for Blairgowrie. All players enjoyed an excellent two course meal in the clubhouse after the match.

On Friday the monthly 9 Hole Social Golf evening was combined with the re-arranged Kathleen Ingram Cup, always a popular event, and again there was a very good turnout. Winners on the day were Jeff and Lesley Semple, but only after countback, ,having tied on 21 pts with Finlay and Isy MacEachern.  Leading scores – J & L Semple (10), F & I MacEachern (14) 21 pts; C & A Carter (10) 19 pts; J & V Dykes (9) 18 pts; F & A McNeilage (16) 16 pts; P Barclay-Watt & P Roxburgh (12), I McKellar & J Roxburgh (9) 14 pts.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (Aug 23rd) (CSS 70) – winner, D Miller (26) 40 pts; S Bain (9) 39 pts; B McConnell (12) 36 pts; D Baxter (13), R Simpson (6) 35 pts; A Grigor (13), D Jamieson (12), R Kinnaird (7) 33 pts; I Murray (2), M Braidwood (9) 31 pts.  

Seniors Stableford (22 August) (CSS 71) – winner, K Aitken (10) 40 pts; A Carstairs (20) 34 pts; J Dingwall (15) 33 pts; M Joy (23) 32 pts; J Dykes (14) 31 pts; I McKellar (18) 29 pts; J McPhee (19) 28 pts.

Ladies Walk On Stableford (22 August) (CSS 72) – winner, J Watt (28) 33 pts; S Fielding (21) 30 pts; I Shannon (15) 29 pts; W Fraser (36) 28 pts; L Richardson (28), J Wallace (24) 27 pts.


Week Ending 19th August 2018

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the gents competed in their August Medal and it was the in-form Ian Murray who convincingly won the low handicap section by 6 shots after his impressive round of level par 70, nett 67 which included birdies at the 4th, 12th, 13th and 16th holes. Runner up in that section was Robbie Thomson (10) who returned a nett 73 to pip Iain Cormack (7) by a single shot. In the higher handicap section there was a three way tie for the top spot on 72 with Roy Quinn just snatching victory on countback from Alan Boxx (13) and John Inglis (17).  Leading scores – (Section 0-12) I Murray (3) 67; R Thomson (10) 73; I Cormack (7) 74; G MacDonald (5) 75; B Grant (8), J Ross (8) 76; D Ross (11), F Green (10) 77.  Section 2 (13-28), R Quinn (15), A Boxx (13), J Inglis (17) 72; D Ross (16) 73; A Grigor (13) 76; B Murray (16) 80.

Sunday brought a fine Autumn day for the Boat Of Garten Gents 18 Hole Open, now in its fourth year. There was a capacity field of 111 golfers coming from 49 different clubs with 85 per cent of the field consisting of visiting players.

In the scratch section Club Captain James Grant narrowly pipped Colin Wilson (Banchory) for the top spot after both had tied on 1 over par 71, Grant winning on countback. Local player Gordon Hay was a single shot behind in 3rd place with James Henderson (Murcar) in 4th place after a 73. In the low handicap section (0-12) Mark McDonald (6) of the home club returned an early morning nett score of 67, greatly benefiting from some excellent putting, and this withheld all challenges throughout the day. Runner up was Martin Hendry (11), also of the home club, just winning on countback from Ronald Kinnaird (7) and Bruce Grant (8) all of whom tied on 68. In the higher handicap section it was John Brownlie (The Carrick) (16) who posted a fine winning score of nett 70 with Peter Grier (Forester Park) (14) a shot back. Tied for 3rd place were Alan Boxx (13) and Paul Jenkinson (Hessle) (13) on 72 with Boxx winning on countback. Leading scores were : (CSS 69/71) (Boat Of Garten unless stated) Scratch : J Grant , C Wilson (Banchory) 71; G H Hay 72: J Henderson (Murcar) 73. Handicap section 1 : M McDonald (6) 67; M Hendry (11), R Kinnaird (7)  B Grant (8) 68. Handicap Section 2 : J Brownlie (The Carrick) (16) 70; P. Grier (Forester Park)  (14) 71; A. Boxx (13) 7, P Jenkinson (Hessle ) (13) 72.

18-Hole Open Prizewinners: L-R Peter Grier, James Grant, Paul Jenkinson, Mark McDonald, Gordon Hay & Bruce Grant

The ladies in action this week were playing for the SLGA August Medal. In Division 1 Caroline Bashford (13) had a convincing 5 shot win after an excellent nett 73 with Dorothy McDonald (15) second on 78 and Ann Carter (18) third on 83. The Ladies also competed on Saturday in a Stableford Competition and it was Sue McLaren (20) who triumphed with an excellent score of 36 pts, well clear of Dorothy McDonald (16) on 31 pts. Leading scores were : S McLaren (20) 36 pts; D McDonald (16) 31 pts; J Ridley (18) 30 pts; C Reid (22) 28 pts; J Bell (21) 27 pts; J Watt (28) 24 pts.

Gents Thursday Stableford (16 August): S Bain (9), R Lyon (11) 38 pts; B McConnell (12), G H Hay (1) 35 pts; D Miller (26) 34 pts; D Ross (9), V McLaughlin (12) 33 pts; P Downs (3) 32 pts.


Week Ending 12th August 2018

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the men competed for the Dalvoult Cup, a traditional Stableford trophy celebrating its 26th year of playing in 2018. Despite a quadruple bogey 8 at the closing hole it was the ever popular Stewart Taylor (11) who produced a best of the day 40pts for a two shot victory over Paul Downs (4) and Roy Quinn (15) both of whom tied on 38 pts.  Leading scores (CSS 69): winner, S Taylor (11) 40 pts; P Downs (4), R Quinn (15) 38 pts; R Lyon (11) 37 pts; S MacDonald (12), A Grigor (13) 36 pts; R Kinnaird (7), I Findlay (6) 35 pts; J MacKenzie (17), M Hendry (10), I Murray (2) 34 pts.

On Wednesday the Ladies competed for the Centenary Salver (Scratch) and Ladies’ Tray (Handicap) and it was Ladies’ Captain Caroline Bashford who returned the best scratch score, an excellent 81, to secure the Centenary Salver by four shots from last year’s winner Harriet Haywood. In the Handicap event  Lynda Coles (31) enjoyed a narrow one shot victory over Dorothy McDonald (16) after her fine round of 69.  Leading Scores: Scratch – winner, C Bashford 81;  r/up, H Haywood 85; S McLaren , M Thompson 92.  Handicap – winner, L Coles (31) 69; r/up, D McDonald (16) 70; J Clark (24) 71.

Other results:

Men’s Stableford (August 9) (CSS 72) – winner, R Proud (10) 36 pts; I Murray (2) 35 pts; R Kinnaird (7), L Smith (4), A Dobbie (23) 33 pts; R Simpson (6), M Braidwood (8) 32 pts; S MacDonald (12), J MacKenzi e (17) 41pts.

Ladies 9 Hole Competition (13 August) – winner, J Ridley (9) 16 pts; K Morrison (16) 15 pts; J Watt (14) 14 pts; A Goodall (18) 13 pts.

Ladies Saturday Stableford (August 11) (CSS 71) – winner, J Bell (21) 39 pts; r/up, M Souter (20) 37 pts; C Reid (22) 31 pts; C Soutar-Bell (22), J Brock (21) 28 pts.

Seniors Annual Stableford (10 August) (CSS 68) – winner, P Downs (4) 37 pts BIH; r/up, R McGrath (19), J McPhee (19) 37 pts; B Spencer (11), C Legge (16) 36 pts; N Cunningham (15), C Carter (21), M Holroyd (12) 35 pts; B Aitken (28) 33 pts.

Robertson Tankards (12 August) – winners, R Kinnaird & I Murray (2) 63; r/up, P Downs & R Lyon (4) 64; D Ross & J Rodgers (4), L Smith & I Cormack (3) 66; I Turner & A Ross (8) 67.


Week Ending 5th August 2018

The 73rd annual Boat Open Tournament took place over 36 holes on Saturday, attracting a strong field of players from throughout Scotland and further afield. Conditions were generally favourable for all players although the Boat’s own defences ensured that low scoring was always likely to be difficult. Similar to last year there was a good mix of local players and visitors in contention at the halfway stage but it was local greenkeeper Jordan Shaw, playing off plus 1 handicap, who took the lunchtime lead in the scratch section with an excellent 3 under par round of 67. In the higher handicap section local player Bruce Grant (9) held the lead at the midway point following his fine round of 76 gross, 67 nett. In the afternoon the same two players continued their good form, Shaw adding a gross 68 to his morning round of 67 for a winning scratch total of 135, eleven shots clear of second place Gordon Forster (Harpenden GC) on 146 after two steady rounds of 73. Meanwhile Grant fired a second round nett 69 for a total of 136 to win the Revoan Trophy for players with a handicap of 9 to 16. This represented back to back wins for Grant as he also won the  Revoan Trophy (for handicaps 9-16) last year. The RBS Trophy (for handicaps 0-8) was won by local player Fraser Sharp (8) who added a 72 to his morning round of 68 for a 140 total, two shots clear of Archie Wylie (Mount Ellon) in second place.

Leading Scores – Boat of Garten unless stated:

Sangster Trophy (Scratch) – J Shaw (67, 68) 135; G Forster (Harpenden) (73,73) 146; J Grant (77, 74) 151; L Chancellor (Inverness) (82,70) 152.

Royal Bank of Scotland Trophy (Handicap (0-8) – F Sharp (8) (68, 72) 140;   A Wylie (7) ( Mount Ellon) (71,71) 142; J Fraser (5) (Fortrose) (70, 74) 144; R Kinnaird (7)(72,73) 145

Revoan Trophy (Handicap 9-16) – B. Grant (9) (67, 69) 136; C Jones (11) (Southampton) (71,67) 138; R Nisbett (15) (Blairgowrie) (71,70) 141; G Ireland (13) (Murrayshall) (72,70) 142.

Lowe Memorial Cup (Team Scratch) – Boat of Garten 1 ( J Shaw, J Grant, G Hay, I Murray) 443.

On Wednesday the ladies competed in a Walk On Stableford competition (CSS 72) with June Clark (24) a narrow winner on 35pts, a single shot clear of Margaret Thompson (15) in second place on 34 pts with Karen Morrison (32) third on 33pts. Leading scores – J Clark (24) 35 pts; M Thompson (15) 34 pts; K Morrison (32) 33 pts; A Weller (19), M Chrystie (28) 32 pts; D McDonald (16) 31 pts; L Coles (31) 30 pts.  

Thursday Stableford (2 August) CSS 72: M Braidwood (9) 38 pts; I Murray (2) 34 pts; I Turner (14), S Salem (21) 33 pts; R. Kinnaird (7), J Ross (8), J Rodgers (6), G Hay (0), D Ross (11) 32 pts.

Seniors Stableford (1 August) CSS 69 : M Holroyd (12) 37 pts; A Boxx (13), R Proud (10) 35 pts; I Fraser (15) 34 pts; P Barclay-Watt (21), M Joy (23) 32 pts; F MacEachern (19) 31 pts; K Aitken (10) 30 pts.


Week Ending 29th July 2018

At Boat of Garten last week a busy three weeks  of competitions got under way with the annual Pro’s Day competition – a very enjoyable team Stableford event, expertly marshalled by club pro Ross Harrower. This popular event attracted a field of 84 members and guests and was played in a fine spirit with an excellent combination of good golf and friendly rivalry.  Winner s on 88pts, the same winning score as last year,  were Ron Lyon, Vince McLaughlin, Chris Helik and Jamie Rodgers just a single point ahead of Ian Turner, Alan Ross, James MacKenzie and Alan Dobbie.  On 85 pts and in 3rd place came Ken Aitken, Mark Holroyd, Karen Morrison and Caroline Holroyd. The event, sponsored by PGA Professional Ross Harrower, attracted a large field of 21 teams and included clubhouse catering provided by Duncan Wells and a beer tasting session expertly presented by Cairngorm Brewery.  

On Sunday the club held the John Grant Memorial Trophy, a mixed foursomes stableford competition. Leaders on the day by two shots and repeating their victory of 2017 were the very strong pairing of Paul Downs and Magda Stefan (10) on 39 pts, with Pam MacGillivray and Gordon MacDonald (14) in runners up spot on 37 pts. In third place came Mark and Caroline Holroyd (15) on 35 pts.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (July 26th), CSS 72 – winner: A Grigor (13) 37 pts; D Ross (9) 36 pts; I Murray (2) 35 pts; S Bain (9), D Davidson (13) 34 pts; J MacKenzie (17), R Kinnaird (7) 33 pts; I Turner (14), G H Hay (1), R Simpson (6), V McLaughlin (12) 32 pts.


Week Ending 22nd July 2018

On Saturday at Boat Of Garten the gents competed for the Boat Hotel Trophy, first presented to the Club in 1947. Fine overhead conditions and a course in excellent condition resulted in some of the best scoring of the season with former Club Champion Paul Downs hitting 17 greens in regulation on his way to an excellent gross score of 68, nett 64. A birdie 3 at the tough closing hole well worth a mention and a fitting end to Down’s round. Unfortunately for Downs David Ross chose Saturday to fire his lowest  round in many years, a gross one over par 71 which contained 15 pars, a birdie at the 12th hole and just two bogeys at the 4th and 8th holes. The resulting nett 71 earned Ross not just his name on the trophy but a handicap reduction of one stroke.

Leading scores:  winner, David Ross (10) 61; P Downs (4) 64; R Quinn (15), A Boxx (13), N Cunningham (16) 68; C Helik (11) 69; V McLaughlin (11) 70; D Ross (11), R Simpson (6) 71.

In the ladies’ SLGA July Medal also played on Saturday Pam MacGillivray (23) and Shona Fielding (20) tied on nett 75 with each winning their respective Bronze and Silver divisions.  Ann  Weller (19) took runners up spot in the Silver Division with her 81 while Lynda Coles was runner up in the Bronze Division after a nett 85. There was a large entry on Wednesday for the Ladies Centenary Bowl ( Scratch Trophy) and Crawford Bowl (Handicap) with Dorothy McDonald just pipping Caroline Bashford by a single shot for the Scratch trophy after her fine round of 88. Elaine Semple (30) secured the Crawford Bowl with the only sub 70  score, her nett 69 winning by 4 shots from Caroline Holroyd (17). Leading scores : Centenary Bowl (Scratch), winner, D McDonald 88; r/up, C Bashford 89; M Thompson 93; A Carter , A Joy 98. Crawford Bowl ( Handicap), winner, E Semple (30) 69; C Holroyd (17), M Chrystie (28), A Davidson (32) 73; P MacGillivray (23) 76.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (July 19th) (CSS 69) – S Masson (26) 43 pts; I Murray (3) 42 pts; M McDonald (6), R Lyon (11) 38 pts; G H Hay (1), J Rodgers (6) 37 pts; B Spencer (11), A Dobbie (23) 36 pts.

Seniors Stableford – (18 July) CSS 68 –A Carstairs (20 , L Wilson (14) 39 pts; B Spencer (11) 36 pts; , I Fraser (15) 35 pts; C Carter (21) 34 pts; F McNeilage (28) 32 pts; R McGrath (19), A Boxx (13) 31 pts


Week Ending 15th July 2018

At Boat of Garten on Thursday the Club held its annual Seniors’ Open for gents aged 55 and over. There was a capacity entry of 120 players with prizes being evenly distributed among local Members and visiting players. One handicapper Laurie Chancellor from Inverness repeated his recent win in the Royal Dornoch Seniors Open with a very tidy scratch round of 70 to secure a 3 stroke victory over local players Gordon Hay and James Grant. Leading scores (CSS 71): Scratch –L Chancellor (Inverness) 70; G H Hay, J A Grant 73. Overall Handicap Winner, E Hayes (Hopeman) (12) 69. Handicaps 0-12, J Duncan (Duff House Royal) (10) 70; R Main (Nairn Dunbar) (12), R Lewis (Killin) (12), J MacDonald (Inverness) (12), A Terris (Leven) (9) 70; I Nicolson (Nairn) (10) 71. H’caps 13-24, S Salem (22) 70; J Inglis (16), H Roberson (Kemnay) (16), W Baxter (Scotscraig) (17), R Quinn (15), A Pollock (Muir Of Ord) (14) 72.

On Saturday both the gents and ladies competed in their respective Captain’s Prizes and in the gents section it was Ronnie McGrath (21) who took the honours with an excellent score of 41 pts. Sharing the runners up spot on 38 pts were Andy Grigor (14) and Scott MacDonald (12) with Grigor nudging ahead on countback. While Grigor enjoyed a birdie 2 at the 16th hole MacDonald had five 3’s in his first 10 holes, three of them birdies. Leading Scores (CSS 71): Winner – R McGrath (21) 41 pts; A Grigor (14), S MacDonald (12) 38 pts; B Shaw (6) 37 pts; K Aitken (10) 36 pts; D Gordon (13) 35 pts; F Sharp (7) 34 pts.

In the Captain’s Prize’s for ladies Lesley Semple (24), Lynda Coles (30) and Ann Weller (19) all tied on 30 pts with Semple reaping the benefit of a better last 6 holes to take first place. The in form Margaret Thompson (15) followed on 34 pts with Jane Roxburgh (17) a shot further back.  All the competitors enjoyed delightful food and refreshments in the clubhouse afterwards, courtesy of the Ladies’ Captain. Leading scores (CSS 72): winner, L Semple (24) 35pts; R/up, L Coles (30) 35 pts; A Weller (19) 35 pts; M Thompson (15) 34 pts; J Roxburgh (17) 32 pts; C Bashford (14), M Stefan (16) 31 pts; A McNeilage (35), A Carter (18) 30 pts.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (July 12th) (CSS 70) – R Simpson (6) 37 pts; David Ross (10) 35 pts; R Kinnaird (7) 34 pts; V McLaughlin (11), S Bain (9), B McConnell (12) 33 pts; A Ross (16) 29 pts.

Ladies Foursomes  ( July 11th) – Winners, M Thompson & M Stefan (16) 37 pts; r/up, S McLaren & K Morrison (26) 37 pts; L Richardson & J Watt (28) 34 pts; L Semple & J Roxburgh (21), S Walker & S Stewart (31), C MacPherson & A Joy (24) 32 pts; A Fielding & H Walker (27), A Carter & M MacCormick (26) 29 pts.


Week Ending 8th July 2018

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the gents competed in their July Monthly Medal and with fine overhead conditions it was perhaps surprising that only one player broke 70, Iain Cormack shooting a gross 76, nett 69 to win the low handicap section by a single shot. Birdies at the 9th and 14th holes were the highlights of Cormack’s round. A shot behind came 3 players, Gordon Stewart (11) who, like many others, dropped two shots to par at the tough closing hole, Ronnie Kinnaird (7) who finished strongly with a birdie, par closing two holes and Ian Murray who enjoyed birdies at the 4th, 6th and 15th holes. In Division 2 it was Roy Quinn (15) who topped the section after his up and down round of 71 which included some excellent golf but also 6 double bogeys, with Malcolm McCreath (13) a single shot back after a fine nett 72.  Leading Scores (CSS 69): Division 1 – I Cormack (7) 69; G Stewart (11), R Kinnaird (7), I Murray (3) 70; V McLaughlin (11), R Thomson (10) 71; D Housby (5), M McDonald (5) 72; C Helik (10) 74. Division 2 – R Quinn (15) 71; M McCreath (13) 72; S Salem (22) 73; A Grigor (14), D Rogers (20) 74; J Inglis (16), R McGrath (21) 77; D Gordon (13) 79.

Also on Saturday the ladies competed in their July Stableford where there was a very tight finish with Caroline Bashford (15) and Dorothy McDonald (16) both tying on 39 points, a better last 9 holes nudging Bashford into top position. Sue McLaren (20) and Lynda Coles (30) also tied for third spot on 36 points with McLaren just ahead on her better back 9 holes.  Leading scores (CSS 70): winner, C Bashford (15) 39 pts BIH; r/up, D McDonald (16) 39 pts; S McLaren (20), L Coles (30) 36 pts; A Weller (19), J Watt (28) 35 pts; F Young (18), L Semple (24) 33 pts; M McLachlan (30) 30 pts.

On Friday 14 couples competed in a most enjoyable 9 Hole Social Golf evening with Colin and Elaine Semple (12) just sneaking ahead of Ken Aitken and Pam Roxburgh (9) by virtue of a better last 3 holes. Jimmy and Val Dykes (9) took 3rd place with their fine score of 33. Leading scores: winners, C&E Semple  (12) 31 (BL3); K Aitken & P Roxburgh (9) 31; J & V Dykes (9) 33; L & J Semple (10), C & A Carter (10) 34; J & M Ridley (10), M & I McLachlan (12) 35.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (July5th) (CSS 69) – M Braidwood (10) 43 pts; David Ross (11) 40 pts; P Downs (4) 37 pts; J Brady (20), C Helik (10), B McConnell (12) 36 pts; D Rogers (20), I Murray (3) 35 pts; A Ross (16), R Simpson (5) 34 pts.

SLGA July Medal ( July 4th) (CSS 72) – Silver Division, winner M. Thompson (15) 74; r/up, J Ridley (18) 75; A Carter (18) 78; A Weller (18) 79; C Bashford (15) 82. Bronze Division, winner, J Clark (24) 75; r/up, P MacGillivray (23) 76; L Coles (30) 76; J Wallace (24), C Thompson (25) 86.  

Seniors Stableford (July 4th) – J Dingwall (15), K Aitken (10) 38 pts; D Stewart (28) 37 pts; A Boxx (13), A Aitken (14) 36 pts; P Downs (4), R McGrath (21) 35 pts; M Martin (28) 34 pts.


Week Ending 1st July 2018

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the gents competed in the Craigard Hotel Trophy and it was early starter Gordon Hay who set the pace with a 1 under par round of 69, 68 nett which included birdies at the 2nd, 5th, 13, 14th and 16th holes. A bogey at the closing hole took the shine off Hay’s round.  The afternoon starters however, were up to the challenge with Ken Aitken matching Hay’s nett 68, a bogey , bogey finish proving expensive. Mark Holroyd might also have tied on nett 68 had he not bogeyed the last hole however it was Andy Grigor who moved to the top of the leaderboard after a solid round of golf, a gross 82, nett 67 which ensured that his name went on the trophy, his par 4 at the closing hole proving decisive. Leading scores were: (CSS 69) – winner, Andy Grigor (15) 67; r/up, G H Hay (1) 68; K Aitken (10) 68; M Holroyd (12), S MacDonald (12) 69; B Grant (9), S Salem (22) 70.

The Ladies also competed on Saturday in their July Stableford competition and it was last year’s runner up Avril Joy who enjoyed a 9 shot victory following her excellent score of 44 pts. In second place was Caroline Bashford (15) on 33 pts with Fiona Young (18) third just a point further back.  Leading scores were: A Joy (22) 44 pts; C Bashford (15) 33 pts; F Young (18) 32 pts; C Souter-Bell (22), M Souter (20), S Walker (25) 28 pts; S McLaren (20) 27 pts.

On Sunday the club held its annual Open Texas Scramble competition which attracted a capacity field with players coming from 52 different clubs. It was the first group out comprising Ian Murray, Ronald Kinnaird, Ron Lyon and Scott Bain of the home club who returned an outstanding score of 55 gross, 52 nett to set a very high target for the rest of the field to match, Kinnaird’s excellent putting and the long driving of Murray and Lyon combining well. Eagles at the 10th and 17th holes, where Bain’s drive finished a yard from the hole, contributed to a superb back nine score of 9 under par 27. Close on their heels came the team of Downs, Campbell, Hay and Hay who managed a gross score of 56, 14 under the card with an eagle at the 15th hole the highlight, Campbell’s drive finishing 20 ft beyond the pin. Ashley Brewer of Denham GC came closest to the pin at the 9th hole (1.09m).  Leading scores were : 1st-I. Murray, R. Kinnaird, R Lyon and S Bain (Boat Of Garten) (3.0) 52; G Hay, P Downs ( Boat Of Garten), J Campbell ( Grantown On Spey), A Hay ( Turnhouse) (1.1) 54.9;  M Morton ( Fortrose), J Simpson (Loch Ness), C MacIntosh, G Gordon (Inverness) (2.5) 56.5; B Blackie, K Blackie (Boat Of Garten ), K&A Sewell (Longniddry) (6.7) 57.3 BIH; G MacLean, R Woods, K Munro (Alness), G Bowles (Invergordon) (3.7) 57.3; M Holroyd, C Holroyd, J Ingram, M Stefan (Boat Of Garten) (5.6) 57.4. Nearest the pin at 9th-   A Brewer (Denham GC) 1.09m.

Thursday Stableford (28 June) CSS 69 – J Brady (22) 41 pts; R Simpson (5) 38 pts; D Ross (11) 37 pts; R Kinnaird (6) 35 pts; A Grigor (15), D Rogers (20) 34 pts; I Murray (2), G H Hay (1) 33 pts; C Helik (10) 31 pts.

Ladies 9 Hole Competition (2 July) – S Laing (18) 22 pts; K Morrison (16) 20 pts; J Roxburgh (9) 18 pts; S Stewart (18), A McNeilage (18) 16 pts; I MacEachern (18) 15pts.

Ladies & Senior Captain’s Charity Day (27 June) – M Holroyd, J Ingram, P Ingram (2.7) 63.3; I Fraser, F Young, W Fraser (5.1) 63.9; A Joy, M Joy, J Wardlaw (4.0) 65.0; R Proud, H Haywood, L Coles (3.8) 65.2; J McPhee, M Thompson, A Boxx (3.3) 65.7; C Legge, A Weller, R McGrath (3.9) 66.1.


Week Ending 24th June 2018

At Boat of Garten it was Club Championships weekend for gents and ladies, both sections competing over 36 holes. After the first round of the Ladies’ Club Championship, a convincing lead for the scratch title was held by Margaret Thompson after her solid round of 84, well clear of Caroline Holroyd and Ann Weller both on 92.  Sunday’s second round was played in the morning in fine conditions and it was Margaret Thompson who again produced the best round of the day with a solid score of 86, her 36 hole total of 170 giving her a 12 shot victory over nearest rival Caroline Holroyd who added a round of 90 to her first round score of 92. Caroline Bashford took third spot on 184.

In the handicap section, June Clark produced two excellent rounds of 68 and 71 to comfortably secure the title with the aforementioned Caroline Holroyd in second place on 149, a score shared with Pam MacGillivray.  The Consolation Medal for the best nett score outside the prize list went to Dorothy McDonald on 74.   

Leading scores – Scratch:-champion, M Thompson (Club Champion) 170 (84, 86); r/up, C Holroyd  (182) (92,90); C Bashford (184) (95,89).

Handicap – champion, J Clark(26) 139 (68,71); r/up, P MacGillivray (22) 149 (71,78); A Weller (18) 150 (74,76).

The men’s scratch championship also started on Saturday and was played in fine overhead conditions however the breeze and the hard, burnt fairways made scoring difficult. Club Captain James Grant topped the leaderboard after day one with a gross 73, just a single shot ahead of Gordon MacDonald. Mark MacDonald kept his fine form going with a 75 for third place. In the handicap section there were no sub 70 scores in round one however there was a log jam on 70 with four players tying for the lead, the three scratch contenders plus Bruce Grant.  Sunday brought warm temperatures and the scoring improved marginally but it was the three front runners who held off all other challengers with Gordon MacDonald and James Grant eventually tying on 147. Mark McDonald was third on 149 with Gordon Hay and Paul Downs in 4th and 5th places respectively on 150 and 151. The first ever 3 hole play off resulted in a win for James Grant, this being the first time as far as records show that the same player has won both the Grantown On Spey and Boat Of Garten Gents Club Championships in the same year. An excellent achievement.  In the race for the Osprey Cup handicap title Gordon MacDonald made up for narrow losing out in the scratch section by securing the trophy with his nett score of 139, just pipping Mark McDonald on the lower second round. The Sunday consolation Prize for the best nett score outwith the prize list went to Michael Braidwood (9) with a nett 69.


(L-R) G MacDonald (Osprey Cup), P MacGillivray (Senior Ladies H/cap),  J A Grant (Anderson Trophy), I Murray (Senior Scratch Grant Salver), J MacBean (Senior H/cap Abernethy Jug), Front – J Clark (H/cap Champion), M Thompson (Scratch Champion).  Missing from photograph C Bashford (Senior Ladies Scratch)

Leading scores: Scratch (Anderson Trophy) – champion, J A Grant 147 (73,74); r/up, M McDonald 149 (75,74), third G H Hay 106 (78,72).

Handicap (Osprey Cup) – champion, G MacDonald (4) 139 (70, 69); r/up, A Gristwood (5) 142 (72,70) ; third, B Grant (8) 142 (70,72).

Other results: Men’s Stableford (June 21) – I Murray (2) 38 pts; V McLaughlin (12), P Downs (3), G MacDonald (4) 37 pts; A Grigor (14) 35 pts; J Grant (3) 33 pts.



Week Ending 1st April 2018

At Boat of Garten Golf Club on Saturday the traditional raising of the Club flag by Club Captain, James Grant, was followed by a match between teams of Members representing the Captain and Vice-Captain, Jim Wardlaw. Despite the unseasonal chill wind and low temperatures the event attracted an entry of 48 and resulted in a last gasp win for the Vice Captain’s team by the narrow margin of 6 ½ to 5 ½ pts. The match was followed by an excellent meal for players and Members in the Clubhouse.     

On Sunday there was another good turnout for the Easter Texas Scramble with the team of Paul Downs, Paul McPherson, Grahame Tregaskis and Mark Holroyd clear winners with a fine nett score of 59.1. Runners up were Messrs J. Grant, I. Findlay, M. McDonald and G. Hay on 61.7 just ahead of C. Cairns, J. Cairns, A. Carter and C. Carter on 62.9, a score shared with Andrew and Christine Aitken, Jean Brock and Jimmy Dykes.