Stonehaven Golf Club this week

Members of the Junior Section journeyed to Aboyne for a 6 hole Scramble last Sunday to compete against four clubs (Peterculter, Portlethen, Aboyne and Kemnay). They did so impeccably, triumphing over their opponents with each player contributing in style. Congratulations to Abigail Fenton, Oscar Wilson, Charlie Metelski, Fraser Skidmore and Daniel Moseley who represented our club with distinction. The club delights in the advancement of the Junior Section, particularly since so many adult and senior members started their golf in this fashion. It’s a tonic to see the juniors enjoying their golf, first and foremost, but equally, it’s pleasing to see them winning local events. Well done and good luck in the next one, at Kemnay GC in June.

Turning to the Men’s Section, the first round of the Cowie Cup was played in relentless sunshine on Saturday, albeit with two hours of freezing wind to chill early starters to the bone. The gusty conditions continued throughout the day but temperatures improved markedly, the piercing sunlight serenading some 115 competitors with the top 64 qualifying for the Willie Watt matchplay event.

Despite a veritable two club wind, Ross Walker emerged victorious with a splendid nett 61, triumphing by two strokes over Iain MacLeod who recorded a fine gross 66 containing four birdies. The blustery conditions saw over a hundred players struggling to score better than a 67 which would have represented, to my mind, an accurate indication of the standard scratch for the day. The thirteen good men and true succeeding in scoring no more than 67 are listed below (a diversion from the usual list of just the top 3 but it’d be churlish not to herald quality golf on such a challenging day). The second and final round of the Cowie Cup is this coming Saturday, the best aggregated total over the two rounds ultimately securing the trophy. 

The Ladies section completed four events last week, Catherine Duncan proving rather greedy with the spoils, winning both the Medal and Hidden Hole competitions (where random holes are selected and the best nett scores taken). Jacqui Blackburn won the 9 hole version of the Hidden Hole event and Lynne Carnie stormed away with the Stableford competition.

Hopefully we can look forward to higher temperatures soon. Just when you thought the bobble hat and gloves could be returned to the depths of your locker you find yourself hauling them back out again.


(no Midweek Stroke or Senior Medal, the haar saw to that).

Cowie Cup Rd 1

R Walker 61; I MacLeod 63; M McCracken 64; B Wood, 64; M Wood 64; R Leggate 65; S Crabb 66; D Bell 67; B Hardstaff 67; B Andrew 67; L Watson 67; D Gall 67; A Russon 67.

Junior 9 Hole Stableford

D Moseley 13; M Skidmore 8.

Ladies Medal

C Duncan 71; F Sim 72; R Riddell 78.

Ladies Senior Stableford

L Carnie 42; W Lawrence 35; F Sim 35.

Ladies 18 Hole Hidden Hole

C Duncan 31; R Ericsson 33; B Kakebeeke 34.

Ladies 9 Hole Hidden Hole

J Blackburn 17, A Duthie 19; P Leiper 19.