JUNIOR REPORT (2017) for 2018 AGM
Under 12 yr olds –Boys 60, Girls 12
Under 16 yr olds –Boys 18, Girls 1
Under 18yr –Boys 13, Girls 0
2018 renewals sent.
Under 12yr old—Boys 47, Girls 12
Under 16 yr—Boys 30, Girls 4
Under 18 yr—Boys 12, Girls
Junior membership is still on a downward trend as was highlighted last year. This not only applies to our club, other clubs within the area are also raising concerns as to lack of juniors playing.
The District Junior convenors meeting for the 2018 season was held at Hazlehead Golf Club in November 2017, concerns were raised as they were in 2016 regarding the downward trend in juniors in all Clubs. There doesn’t seem to be any fast fix solution to this problem, although we as a Club are looking into ways to try and improve our own situation more of this later.
Junior Medal day was changed from Thursday to Friday after a meeting with parents and juniors where they indicated more Juniors would play on a Friday as it wouldn’t clash with football training. The club agreed to a one-year trial period. We had hoped this would encourage more Juniors to play, unfortunately it had no effect. The average playing numbers were 8 to 10, with some Medals only having 3 entries and a few medals had nil playing and had to be cancelled. This is very poor considering how many juniors with handicaps in the section.
The additional medals scheduled at weekends have also been very poorly attended in some cases the medals have had no one playing.
On 17th February a Junior review meeting was held where main topic was the re-introduction of the 6-hole competition to encourage new members and ClubGolf progression to playing the course. Blue 150yard markers have been installed in the middle of the fairways at par 4 and par 5 holes.
Junior club competitions have been poorly supported with one having only 3 entered two played and the third had a bye to the final. Hopefully season 2018 will have more playing.
A meeting was held on 22nd February with older juniors to gauge if they would be willing to help younger juniors to gain handicaps this they agreed to, throughout the season they also helped with ClubGolf by taking groups round the six-hole course,at least 12 ClubGolf children gained a six-hole handicap.
Season 2018 will be reverting back to Thursday as the Junior Medal day and Clubgolf will be on the same day.
30th April saw the first match in the Pennant League away to Peterculter Ellon winning 3 matches to 2.
On the 14th May the Junior Pennant Team home match was played against Royal Aberdeen, where Ellon won 3½ to 1½.
28th May saw the Junior Pennant home match against Kemnay ;Ellon won 3½ to 1½
On 18th June, the above results qualified the boys to play in the semi & final to be played at Murcar. We played Deeside in the semi-final losing 3½ to 1½. The outcome did not reflect how well the boys played.
ROTARY JUNIOR OPEN 10th June
Home numbers were down with only 10 playing but we attracted 25 Visitors. This resulted in a small Profit.
1st Scratch - Owen Walker from Murcar 73
Handicap 0 - 12
1st Jamie Smith 65 (12) Ellon;
2nd Cameron Black 70 (4 Royal Aberdeen;
3rd Alex Ritchie 71 (11) Fraserburgh.
1st Lewis Watt 66 (13) Ellon;
2nd Scott Spark 70 (23) Newmachar;
3rd Callum Bruce 72 (15) Deeside
Nearest the Pin at 15th Jamie Seatter
The Club thanks the Rotary for their continued support of the Junior Open
On 11th June in the Felicity Trophy we played our first match at home against Turriff with Ellon winning 6 matches to 2. Return match at Turriff we won 5 matches to 3 overall winning 11 to 5. Our next match away to Inverallochy we lost 8 - 0. Return match was forfeited we could only muster 6 boys. This ended our Felicity involvement for this year.
25th June was Championship day and the Juniors two finalists were Cameron Gray and Jamie Seatter. After 36 holes the boys were all square and at the 1st extra hole Cameron won the match. Both was played to a high standard, well done to Cameron and Jamie. Thanks to Ben Burton and Alan Mackenzie for refereeing the match.
Clubgolf continues to be successful thanks to the dedication of the coaches and the organisation of Mike Keith. The number of children progressing from clubgolf to the junior section has been disappointing, this has been highlighted in previous years.
On 30th July Jamie Seatter represented the Club in the Hector Dey Trophy at Aboyne unfortunately Jamie finished well down the field.
The Paul Lawrie Flag Event was held at the Club on the 6th August, numbers considerably down from previous years with only 17 in the flag and 7 for the under 15s event Michael MacDougall of the Paul Lawrie Foundation stated he was unsure what was effecting the numbers because everybody who played in previous years enjoyed Ellon. He thanked the club for supporting the Flag Event.
The North section of ‘Off the Tee’ Trophy, Semi Final and Final was held 2nd July at the Ellon, teams were Peterhead v Inverallochy and McDonald v Cruden Bay. Peterhead could not raise a team, therefore Inverallochy got a bye to the final. Our matches against Cruden Bay resulted in first game lost by 4 holes second game we won by 4 holes, therefore match was a draw. Extra hole had to be played, our first pair halved their game and second pair lost by 1 hole, resulted in Cruden bay winning the match by 1 hole. Final played between Inverallochy and Cruden Bay, Cruden Bay won by 7 holes. .All who played praised the course and thank the club for its hospitality.
On 20th August, Junior Captain v Vice Captain match was played, only 6 Juniors took part but the six who did play enjoyed the match and the meal afterwards.
Spence Trophy was won by Cameron Gray representing his home club Cruden Bay.
McDonald Golf Club Juniors have been involved in the Paul Lawrie match play semi & final on 16th September, played at Hawkshill course at Newmachar. Finlay Smith won his semi 2&1 against Nicholas Black of Deeside.
On Finals day on 17th September, Finlay lost 3&2 to Liam Waldron of Royal Aberdeen in a close match, he was 4 down after 9 holes and fought back to be 2 down at the 11th Liam won at 16th. Well done to Finlay for getting as far as he did.
On 17th September Paul Lawrie U15s Pro-Am was played on the Hawkshill course at Newmachar with Lewis Watt in the host Pro Team winning, the event by 17 under par.
As I had stated before junior turnout for medals is very poor and junior membership likewise, even the junior competition entries are well down.
I personally would like to thank members who have continued to sponsor Junior Medals last year and have continued doing so this year, on behalf of the junior’s thanks.
Ron Yule for being able to get a mini bus from the police when available this saves the club the cost of hiring a bus.
Dougie Smith for sponsoring the Junior Teams polo shirts.
I would like to thank Alan Kerr for the time and effort he puts into helping the junior section. Sandra Brockie for making sure I keep on the straight and narrow cheers to all and thank you.