A brief look back at 2019 from a Match and Handicap Perspective: -

Firstly, I’d like to express my appreciation to the greenkeeping staff for managing to maintain the course in excellent condition over the whole season from virtually the opening medal. I personally don’t recall the course being in such good condition so early in the season before.

Thanks to all those who entered our knockout tournaments, firstly for entering in the and secondly, for playing your ties in a timely manner for the most part, with only one or two matches throughout the season requiring the M&H committee’s red pen. Always 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 must 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 apart from the Am-Am were reasonably well attended with an exceptional entry of 190 players for our August Men’s Open. We have moved the Am-Am this year to a Saturday and hopefully this will improve the turnout. Thanks again to Bill Shepherd and his team for presenting our course in excellent condition for our Open competitions, with many of the away players voicing their appreciation of the course conditions.

Congratulations to all competition winners in 2019 especially our club champions, Pat Fox, Handicap Champion and winner of the Thomson Trophy, and Scratch Champion, Adam Dunton, winner of the Herrington Trophy. Best of luck to them both in the champion of champions next year.

We were represented in the Abercrombie Trophy this year but unfortunately got knocked out quite early on. My thanks got to Craig Pirie for organising the teams, to all who competed, and here’s to better fortune in the upcoming season. Hopefully Craig will be available to continue his excellent stewardship of our men’s teams.

Congratulations also go to Adam Dunton who was narrowly defeated in the semi-final of the North-East Champion of Champions competition. Here’s hoping for a couple of steps further next year Adam. Well done also to Bill Moir who made it through to the 3rd round of the Handicap section.


Preparations are underway for season 2020

As I am sure you are all aware, the existing CONGU handicap system is going to change next year to a Worldwide handicap system based around the slope rating of the course being played and your handicap will be calculated from the best 8 scores out of your last 20 competitive rounds. This is now scheduled to come into effect in November this year so will not really affect us until 2021 season.

As usual, entry sheets for the club competitions in 2020 are on the board in the back lobby. Please feel free to put your names down.

By the time of the AGM, the membership for 2020 will be known and 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 the Match and Handicap Committee.


I will be stepping down from my role as Match & Handicap Convener this year so if anyone would be interested in taking on this role, I’m sure the committee would be delighted to hear from you. I would be more than willing to assist in any way I can if required. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 6 years as Convenor and found it interesting learning much more about how the club works and as a result, I am more appreciative of the work put in by all club officials and volunteers. The club would not survive without them, thank you all immensely.


Traditionally I can’t finish without a special thank you to the Match and Handicap team – Iain Campbell, Duncan Castles, Eric Brockie, Mike Keith, Neil Whyte, Stuart Farquhar, Craig Pirie and also Sandra Brockie and Mike Morrice as associate members 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 were all very much appreciated without which club competitions would not run as smoothly as they do, I’m very grateful to you all and hope you will still be available going forward.

If anybody else would like to help please feel free to get in touch with the office, all help greatly appreciated.


Finally, enjoy your golf in 2020 here’s hoping for a warm, sunny summer. 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 golfing gods will shine on us all! 


Author:          Kevin Reid, Match and Handicap Convenor

Date:              30th January 2020

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