Major Mens & Ladies events held at Aboyne Golf Club

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Aboyne Golf Club hosted the annual Aberdeenshire Ladies County Golf Association Open at the Club this last week.

Aboyne Ladies Captain Sandra Findlay said: “We are absolutely delighted how this competition ran and it was a real pleasure to host players from so many different clubs around the area to play in the County Open. The weather stayed fine and gave all the players a real good test of golf.”

Sandra added “It proved to be a very exciting and close competition with some excellent golf being played to a very high standard. A number of the players remarked on the wonderful condition of the course and we are grateful to Colin Forbes and his green staff for presenting Aboyne in such magnificent condition.

“We congratulate the various category winners and hope to see them all back at Aboyne next year defending their trophies”.

The winners of the various categories were:-

Winners – Silver scratch – Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) 76, Patricia Halliwell (Banchory) 83.

Silver Handicap – A. Hope (Newmachar) (12) 71; B. Gurden (Westhill) (12) 72; S. Black (Banchory) (18) 73;

K. Emeleus (Hazlehead) (13) 75.

Bronze Handicap – I Sutherland (Deeside) (27) 68; E. Horton (Deeside) (26) 73; R Pirie (Deeside) (27) 74.

Aboyne Golf Club is also celebrating after this weekend hosting the biggest event on the North East of Scotland men’s golfing calendar.

The top three players from 27 different clubs across the North East District battled itout over 36 holes for the prestigious ‘Journal Cup’. The competition dates back to 1922 with last year’s winners Hazelhead keen to retain the title.

Aboyne last hosted the competition some 24 years ago in 1992 when Cruden Bay was the winners.

After the 36-hole Saturday medal rounds the team from Newmacher qualified to represent the North East in the Scottish Club Championships to be played at Stranraer.

Aboyne President Scott Mackie said: “The long established Journal Cup is a really top event in the golfing calendar and we are absolutely delighted to have been selected to host it this year.

“It was a real pleasure to have so many leading amateur golfers from across the region playing at Aboyne. It was a great opportunity to showcase our course and our Greenkeeper Colin Forbes and his staff had the course in great condition considering all the inclement weather we have had this season to date.”

The top four players went on to qualify for the Sunday individual matchplay competition for the Jaffrey Cup.

Inthe final Craig Stephen of home club Aboyne beat Clark Brechin of Portlethen 4 & 3.

Craig took charge of thematch winning the first two holes with pars before going on to play the next 7 holes in 5 under par to establish a 5 hole lead at the turn.