Local lady’s commitment to golf honoured at lunch

Left to right: Stella Bruce (who invited Ethel to take the job in1989),  Ethel Farquharson (now retired) and Margaret Parkinson, current county captain. Former Scottish champion and past Curtis Cup player Joan Rennie is immediately behind Ethel in the Cal Carson Golf Agency
Left to right: Stella Bruce (who invited Ethel to take the job in1989), Ethel Farquharson (now retired) and Margaret Parkinson, current county captain. Former Scottish champion and past Curtis Cup player Joan Rennie is immediately behind Ethel in the Cal Carson Golf Agency

In 1989, Stella Bruce, then county captain, invited Ethel Farquharson to take over the organisation of the Aberdeenshire girls’ golf competitions.

Ethel, who would later become chairman of the Scottish Ladies County Golf Association, said “Yes” and performed the role for the next 25 years.

The county held a lunch at Deeside Golf Club thi9s week to mark Ethel’s long service and present her with gifts.

County captain Margaret Parkinson paid tribute to Mrs Farquharson’s long service to girls golf in the county in her post-lunch speech.

She also read out an email from Ladies European Tour player and past Scottish women’s amateur champion Laura Murray which read: “Ethel’s regular competitions at a variety of courses in the county played a big part in giving me the experience that enabled me to win the Scottish title and go on to become a Ladies European Tour player. I am very grateful for that.”

Ethel, in her thank-you speech, highlighted the fact that Claire Hunter won the New Zealand mixed foursomes championship with her husband earlier in the week.

“We had more than 200 girls play in the county competitions in my 25 years, during which time we played at 34 different courses,” said Mrs Farquharson.

Ethel has now retired from the post and Donna Pocock is following in her footsteps, but perhaps not for 25 years.