Chapter Fifteen:  The McDonald Ellon Golf Club Seniors’ Section.

The men’s’ senior section was founded in 1988 during the captaincy of Ken Gill.  Adam Robbie ran the section when it first began.

 

It meets on a Monday morning and initially was played over only 16 holes - the present 17th and 18th were not used - the thinking being that the full round might just be too much of a challenge for the “auld mannies”. However, that soon changed, as it was impossible to apply handicaps playing only 16 holes. The seniors have proved themselves to be a pretty robust bunch!

 

The section is now a hugely popular part of the life of the McDonald club. Over the season it is involved in many inter-club matches, runs its own open tournament, and has performed with great success in the Buchan Seniors Golfing Society.

 

The “Buchan Seniors” comprises nine clubs from the surrounding area - McDonald Ellon, Cruden Bay, Newburgh, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie, Longside, Peterhead, Inverallochy and Fraserburgh. 

 

In 1997 Inverallochy golf club set up a competition, known as The House of Commons Commemorative Trophy, to be played for annually among the clubs, on a knock-out handicap basis. To enable the words “House of Commons” to be incorporated in its title an early day motion had to be presented to parliament for its approval. This was done by Alex Salmond MP.

The competition is to commemorate a match played at the Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, in 1905, between a group of fisherman from Inverallochy and a team of MPs led by Mr Arthur Balfour. The fishermen lost.

 

To date the Senior Section has won the Trophy on no fewer than five occasions and been runners-up on several times - a remarkable achievement.

 

The Buchan Seniors Society has proved to be hugely popular with the McDonald Ellon Club, so much so, that it has been impossible to accommodate all those wishing to play. For that reason many players have joined an alternative senior golfing society and now participate in "CADS" - the Central Aberdeenshire and District Seniors.

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