Match & Handicap Report (2017) for AGM 2018


A brief look back at 2017 from a Match and Handicap Perspective:-

  • Firstly I’d like to express my appreciation to the greenkeeping staff for managing to keep the course playable as much as possible during a very wet season especially from mid-summer onwards enabling the completion of all competitions generally on schedule with only 1 or 2 matches throughout the season requiring the M&H committee’s red pen. Please remember it is the responsibility of both parties to arrange matches and the appropriate tournament official should be contacted if you are having problems arranging your match prior to the date the match has to be played by. If the appropriate tournament officer is not contacted prior to the due by date of play then both parties will be disqualified.
  • All opens were played on their allotted dates and were generally well supported except the Buchan Hotel Open on Sat 27th of May. I blame this on Aberdeen Football Club as the date clashed with the Scottish Cup Final in which they lost to Celtic, we’ll try to avoid this date in the future. Thanks to all who took part as this is a valuable revenue stream for the club.
  • Congratulations to all competition winners in 2017 especially our club champions, Doug Smith handicap champion (winner of the Thomson Trophy) and scratch champion Adam Dunton (winner of the Herrington Trophy).  Best of luck to them both assuming they can play in the champion of champions next year.
  • We were represented in the Abercrombie Trophy and the Inverurie Rosebowl this year unfortunately without winning any silverware. My thanks got to John Godward for organising the teams and to all who competed and here’s to better fortunes in the upcoming season. I will be looking for someone to take on the organisation of the teams for 2018 as unfortunately I don’t think John is going to be available.
  • We will continue with 9 hole counting competitions for Wednesday evenings during April and September to enable more people to enjoy a competitive midweek round of golf before and after the lighter evenings. These may be extended if they prove popular.


Preparations are underway for season 2018

  • As usual entry sheets for club competitions in 2018 will be on the board in the back lobby. Please feel free to put your names down.
  • Now that the membership for 2018 is known the annual handicap review is pending. It will be completed between now and start of season. The Club V1 system produces analysis and recommendations regarding selected players handicaps. Any changes are at the discretion of Match and Handicap.


Traditionally I can’t finish without a special thank you to the match and handicap team – Iain Campbell, Duncan Castles, Eric Brockie, Mike Keith, Mike Morrice,  Neil Whyte, Stuart Farquhar, Norman Bruce and also Sandra Brockie as an associate member who sometimes has to sort out any unresolved issues from the weekend on an already very busy Monday morning. All your efforts, support and advice are all very much appreciated without which club competitions would not run as smoothly as they do, I’m very grateful to you all.


If anybody else would like to help out please feel free to get in touch all help greatly appreciated.


Finally, enjoy your golf in 2018. Play well, and if it does not go to plan be patient and courteous. Relax and let Match and Handicap worry about your handicap. Golf is supposed to be therapeutic and fun. Best of luck, have a good season and hopefully the sun will shine on us all! 


Kevin Reid

Match and Handicap Convenor

Course Info


Club News

Mike Owen Memorial Day Presentation

BIG thank you to everyone who played, helped & donated to the above competition.

£500.00 cheques for the Ellon Pipe Band, McDonald Golf club, Ellon Fire Service, NHS Grampian

Birdie Club

November the new Birdie Club Winners.

Link below to members golf insurance details.

Saturday 8 December

Christmas 'Bring a Party' 


Wednesday 12 December

Brian Irvine &

Michele Thomson


Sunday 30 December



Monday 31 December

Hogmanay Party

Fish Fridays

Sunday Lunch Special


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