Firstly, I would like to thank all those who have supported me in my first year as M&H convenor. Although it has been a strange one, it has been great to help and support the club in anyway I can. I am sure you can agree with me, that we would like to thank everyone for all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes to keep the club running in such a positive manor.


This season we have been very fortunate to play golf in any capacity but even more so to resume some competitive golf. Again, this is thanks to the great organisation, communication and running led by the office and pro shop staff. Although with some challenges along the way, I believe it was successful and sets us up nicely for competitions into the 2021 season. A special congratulations to our Club Champions this year, Adam Dunton, winner of the Herrington Trophy (Scratch Championship) and Craig Shaw, winner of the Thomson Trophy (Handicap Championship). Special thanks should be passed on to the Greenkeeping staff who were able to prepare the course in such wet conditions for the finals to take place. Also, thanks to our Professional Sandy Aird who kept members expertly updated through live streams throughout the day. We hope that all members enjoyed viewing it from the comfort of their own homes!


The new world handicap system will come into play at the end of March. Although on paper this looks like a simple transition from what we are used to it would be worthwhile looking at the video and support on the club website (Ellon GC Handicap Info)  and the SGU website (SGU Handicap Info). In short, to play a competitive round of golf you will need to know the following:


1) Your Handicap index (found through the SGU website or Howdidido). This is NOT linked to one club. This is your handicap index based on your best 8 rounds from your last 20 competitive rounds on any course.


2) Know your course handicap (different for each course depending on the course slope rating). Again, all this information is on the club’s website (Ellon GC Slope Index).  Example: Handicap index is 10.4, using the slope rating index for McDonald Golf club my course handicap would be 12 (White Tees). Therefore, 12 is my playing handicap until my handicap index changes.


If you have any questions or problems, please get in touch and I will be happy to help out if I can.


Looking forward to the coming season, although we cannot predict what competitions might look like, we will do our best to maintain communication and keep everyone updated with any further progress and decisions. One thing which will have to be considered moving forward is the marking of cards during competitions and the uploading of scores. I will be looking into this with the M&H team, to ensure the most fair and consistent approach is taken.


Best of luck to everyone this season and let us hope for a great season of golf in 2021!


Craig Pirie

M&H Convenor



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