The Deeside County Open takes place on Monday
26 July. The closing date is
Monday 12 July so there is still time to post your entry – and there should be
late entry availability too.
Inter-Club Double Foursomes is the first event in August, on Monday 02 and Tuesday 03, being played on the Hazlehead Mackenzie Championship course and
hosted by Hazlehead Golf Club. The closing date is Monday 19 July and no late
entries will be accepted. If you haven’t acted to enter already, now is the
County Open is the second event in August, on Friday 06. There is
still plenty time before the Friday 23 July closing date for you to send your
The Commonwealth Spoons Qualifying Competition
(2 ball foursomes) is the third event in August, on Monday 16. Please find a
partner and enter now, well before the closing date of Monday 02 August. Don’t wait
and risk disappointment if there is no late entry availability.
forward to seeing you all at one or more of these County fixtures.
The North of Scotland Ladies’ and Girls’ Championships
are open to members of the four Ladies’ County Golf Associations in the North
Division: Aberdeenshire, Angus, Northern Counties and Perth & Kinross.In 2021,
Perth & Kinross LCGA is hosting the Championships at Blairgowrie Golf Club.
The Ladies Championship dates are Monday 26
to Wednesday 28 July 2021. The Entry Fee is £45.
Championship will be held on the Rosemount Course - one qualifying round on
Monday with match-play on Tuesday & Wednesday. A Consolation Round will be
held on the Landsdowne Course on Tuesday for those who don't qualify for the
match-play. Every competitor is guaranteed 2 rounds of golf.
stroke play round for the Girls’
Championship takes place on Monday 26 July, the same day as the qualifying
round for the Ladies’ Championship. The Entry Fee is £10.
choose to enter the Ladies’ Championship (£45) will be entered automatically in
the Girls’ Championship. Their score for the Ladies’ Championship qualifying round
will also count for the Girls’ Championship.
weeks ago this evening, I was getting ready to head off to Monifieth the next
morning for the Jamboree, one of the highlights of our County golfing calendar.
I cannot believe that it’s so long ago. However, reflection is a valuable
2021 Jamboree took place on Monifieth Links from Saturday 12 till Monday 14 June
2021. The event started with a practice round on the Friday when Team Aberdeenshire
arrived in great spirits, raring to get started.
to right: Jasmine Mackintosh, Carmen Griffiths (with her Sloth head cover),
left to right: Karolina Martincova, Rachel Polson, Sheena Wood, Megan Robb
sure you will have seen already on the website the daily and overall Jamboree results
and the photographs. You will know that Aberdeenshire was runner-up to Perth
& Kinross by a close margin. Nonetheless, Team Aberdeenshire was awesome
and did ALCGA very proud. Here now is some of the story.
weather was fairly typical of all four days. It was WINDY, a gale at times. When
the sun was shining – which it did quite frequently – it was reasonably warm. When
the clouds came over – again frequently but with some stunning formations – it was
very cold. Conditions were very tough.
Zibby, Vice-captain Olive and I faced the taxing task of making decisions about
who to play, which foursomes pairings, what order. It was hard because we had eight
very strong players to choose from, all of whom more than deserved her place, most
of whom had played in previous Jamborees – Sheena coming close to forty
appearances - plus we had a couple of rookies in Karolina and Robyn. Carmen
played in her third Jamboree and was awarded a County brooch.
match against Perth & Kinross saw us all square after the morning
foursomes. Jasmine and Carmen had a great 7&5 win. In the afternoon singles,
we lost narrowly 2.5 - 3.5. Sheena had a great 6&5
win. In the end, it came down to the last game on the last hole of the course
with Megan losing by only one hole – she was so disappointed after battling so
hard. So close … but we finished 4-5 down to Perth & Kinross.
On Sunday, in our match against Angus, we were one down after the morning foursomes. Jasmine and Carmen had another great win, this time beating their opponents 6&5. Coming from behind, Team Aberdeenshire rose to the afternoon’s challenge and won five out of the six games. Megan had a stunning 8&6 win to compensate for her Saturday’s disappointment. Winning 6-3 was a very good outcome against Angus.
On Monday, against Northern Counties, we had everything to play for. Perth & Kinross already had 4 match points, so we had to win. We also had to have our fingers tightly crossed that Angus would conquer over Perth & Kinross to force a 3 way tie on 4 match points each and, therefore, a count of individual game points. Whatever else, we had to win as many games as we could by as much as possible!
The morning went well and we were one game up after the foursomes. It was a 7&6 win today for Jasmine and Carmen. Sheena & Sammy dug their heels in kept their cool to win by 1 hole. Megan and Robyn fought hard and were really unlucky to go 1 hole down on the eighteenth when the opposition holed an unbelievably long putt to win the hole. Team Aberdeenshire girls gave their all in the afternoon singles and won 4 of the 6 games. Rachel triumphed 5&4. Robyn lost out very closely again on the eighteenth green after a fierce contest. A 6-3 win at the end of the day was a good score for us against Northern Counties.
Angus did their best for us too. They pulled out all the stops against Perth & Kinross and drew on 4.5 games each. With two wins and a draw, giving them 5 match points, Perth & Kinross won the trophy. With two wins, giving us 4 match points, Aberdeenshire was hard on the Perth & Kinross heels as runner-up. Congratulations to Perth & Kinross who retained the trophy from 2019.
Many thanks must be put on record.
First of all, thanks to our Jamboree and Monifieth hosts and helpers. Thanks to:
Jackie Brown, Angus LCGA Captain and her committee for organising the Jamboree and welcoming us all to such a successful, well run event
Monifieth Links for courtesy of the course, to the green keeping team for presenting the course in excellent condition, and to the starters for their friendly reception and helpfulness
Monifieth Golf Club who were our hosts and who, along with Grange & Broughty Golf Club, provided catering facilities
Club members who provided assistance
Liz Munro for being Jamboree referee
The owners and staff at The Station Hotel, Carnoustie, who were so accommodating of any requests we made, who looked after us very well, and who complimented us on being excellent hotel guests
Next, thanks to everyone behind the ALCGA endeavour. Thanks to:
Selector Zibby for her support in making team decisions, for her enthusiasm and encouragement to everyone, for embracing the role of official photographer, for her energy transmuting citrine crystal gifts, and for leading our team-building Pass the Pigs game which was a bonding experience for us and a puzzling spectacle for onlookers
Vice-captain Olive for her help with planning and selecting, and for her garden hospitality for our Friday team get-together
President Ros for being there every day as our number 1 supporter
Louise and Fiona for being reserves then supporters at Monifieth
all the other supporters – too many to mention by name but we were delighted to see past captains, presidents, selectors, and players, along with current team squad members, parents, other relatives, and friends – who made the trip to encourage and cheer our players, creating an impressive sea of yellow
Glenmuir Sales Manager Paul and Murcar Links Professional Gary for making sure we had our new team kit on time
Thanks would be incomplete without making the biggest thank you of all to our splendid players who put their hearts and souls into every aspect of the Jamboree – the golf, the rivalry, the friendship, the fun, the commitment, the mutual support - from the practice days at Meldrum House through their personal preparation to the matches at Monifieth. Very well done to each and every one of you. It was overwhelming to receive the team’s thank gift to me – very kind and very much appreciated.
The players with Captain Lorna, Vice-captain Olive, Selector Zibby and President Ros
Final Comment …
Having missed out on our 2020 Jamboree because of the pandemic, it was such a pleasure to be part of this year’s competition. It was competitive, fun, tense, exciting, inspiring … and so many other things too. The standard of golf was amazing. We are very fortunate to have so many talented players in Aberdeenshire. The good natured spirit of camaraderie and competitiveness in which all games were played was a credit to all the Counties and their Captains.
Congratulations again to Perth & Kinross on their win. We wish them well when they head to Forres Golf Club at the end of August to represent the Northern Division in the Scottish County Finals. Very good luck … play well.
And, of course, congratulations to the 2021 Jamboree runners- up.
The Kemnay County Open takes place on
Thursday 01 July. Subject to
availability of tee times, County Rep Fiona Pennie is still accepting
entries at her email address which is email@example.com. In your message to her, please include the details that are
normally provided on the standard entry form, ie your name, CDH number,
handicap index, whether you are a County member, telephone number, and if you
require an evening time. If Fiona can allocate you a tee time, she will give
you bank details for payment of entry and green fees online to Kemnay Golf Club.
Links County Open takes place on Monday 05 July. Don’t
miss out - the entry form is available on this website under Fixtures. If you
are quick, you will make the closing date of next Friday 25 June.
Friday is also the closing date for the Tri-Am
at Oldmeldrum Golf Club on Friday 09 July. If you haven’t done so yet, get
a couple of your friends together and submit your entry – form available as
usual on this website under Fixtures.
a few places are still available for the McDonald
Ellon County Open next Friday 25 June. Please see the draw under Fixtures and
contact County Rep Fiona Campbell to find out more.