Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Fixtures Update: 14 April 2021

Just a wee reminder that the closing date for entries to the County Championship at Meldrum House is this coming Friday 16 April.

Entry forms are available now to download – see links on the list of fixtures – for the Aboyne Open and the Watt Duffus Trophy competition at Newburgh-on-Ythan.

Looking forward to seeing lots of members at all our County events.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Monday, 12 April 2021

AGM Follow-up …

Yesterday’s AGM went well, despite being on Zoom rather than at Curl Aberdeen. Following the event, our President Ros (Roy) emailed this vote of thanks to share with everyone:
Many congratulations to you, Lorna, and Karen, Olive, and Carol, for the very smooth running of the County AGM this afternoon. A great success. My goodness what a lot of work you have all had to give us such a good update.
Not only the AGM today, Lorna, but all the hard work you and the committee have had throughout the year on our behalf.
I am sure everyone felt pleased and positive to hear how you have plans for the golfing season ahead. We have all missed seeing our golfing friends so much, and whilst realistic that that there may be unforeseen changes, we all appreciate very very much the time you have given so efficiently and successfully to County matters. 
With all our thanks, from Ros.
Thank you, Ros, for those kind words.

I would also like to share three short extracts from my 2020 Captain’s Report about personal successes during 2020:

Shannon McWilliam was selected for the 2020 Curtis Cup Squad. The Curtis Cup is postponed until August 2021.

Rachel Mathieson broke the course record at Newburgh-on-Ythan with an amazing gross score of 70. The previous record of 73 was established in 2003 by Ros Dunsmuir and Sheena Wood, then equalled in 2010 by Donna Pocock and in 2013 by Lynda Carnie – all County members.

Sammy Fanthorpe (Sammy Leslie before her August lockdown wedding on the course at Murcar) was selected as the winner of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open #MyKeyWorker Award for her positive impact on the community during lockdown. Sammy won a round of golf with Catriona Matthew at The Renaissance Club for herself and her guest, Rachel Polson.

Congratulations to Shannon, Rachel, and Sammy.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Fixtures Update: 07 April 2021

As we proceed to confirm competitions on our Fixture List, we are assuming that Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire will both move to Covid-19 Local Protection Level 3 from 26 April when restrictions will be eased and travel across our local authority boundaries will be permitted for organised sport.

We will be liaising with Golf Clubs that are hosting our events to ensure that ALCGA can comply with the Covid safety measures that Clubs have put in place to accord with detailed guidance from Scottish Golf. For example, we will check if a Club has a Covid Officer because this has a bearing on whether playing groups have to be restricted to two households: the absence of a Covid Officer might lead to abandonment of a fixture because of the competition format or due to lack of tee times to accommodate the expected number of players.

ALCGA is very grateful to all hosting Clubs for their ongoing support. Therefore, before confirming any particular fixture, it is very important to determine that a Club, with the Club Rep where relevant, feels comfortable to organise and run the event in the current circumstances.

Having said all that, and following on from the announcement last weekend that the County Championship at Meldrum House is going ahead (subject now to the snow having melted!), I have more good news ...

County Opens
  • The Ballater County Open that was scheduled originally to take place before the proposed date for the lifting of travel restrictions will now take place on Friday 24 September. The open meeting that usually starts our season will be this season’s grand finale.
  • The Aboyne County Open will go ahead as scheduled.

Team Competitions
  • The Watt Duffus Competition at Newburgh-on-Ythan will go ahead as scheduled.
  • The venue for the Lyon Inter-Club Double Foursomes Trophy is confirmed as the Hazlehead MacKenzie Championship course. The competition will go ahead on the scheduled date.

Junior Competitions
The Junior Leadership Team (Sammy Fanthorpe, Louise Anderson, and Donna Pocock) has identified a small group of girls who are interested in participating in County golf this year. Five 18 hole junior fixtures are planned in the first instance, four of which are confirmed at:
  • Murcar Strabathie
  • Westhill
  • Peterculter (Junior Championship)
  • Portlethen
on the dates stated in the Fixture List.
Through an initiative that should have been launched in 2020, ALCGA is aiming to promote golf for local girls from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Golf Clubs by inviting them to take part in County Junior competitions thus providing opportunities to meet and compete against more young golfers. Sammy, Louise, and Donna have made a great start. More details will follow.

Entry Forms
In due course, as required, entry forms for all competitions will be available to download by clicking on the competition name on the list of Fixtures on this website.

Competition Draws
Draws will be published on this website in advance of competition dates. Information from Clubs about their Covid safety measures may be included with draws.

Sheena Wood Rosebowl
The Sheena Wood Rosebowl knockout competition which involves 8 players in individual matchplay will go ahead. Pairs of players make their own arrangements for matches. The 8 qualifiers from 2019 will be contacted soon with draw, conditions and deadline details.

I have one piece of bad news ...

Golf View League
Normally all Golf View League fixtures have to be scheduled and notified to the Captain before the end of April, with all matches taking place before the end of August (after which daylight becomes insufficient for evening matches). Travel distances can be lengthy depending on which clubs are in which of the three divisions. It is common for team players to car-share. A post-match meal concludes each fixture.
Given the number of factors that present potential problems in planning and organising matches on a reduced time scale, plus the challenges of making suitable travel and eating arrangements, the Management Committee and Officials are disappointed to announce the decision that the Golf View League will be cancelled this season.

Finally ...

Future Communications about Fixtures
Regular fixtures updates will be posted on this website and on the ALCGA Facebook page.

In the meantime, take care.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Sunday, 4 April 2021

ALCGA County Championship news

I am delighted to confirm that the 2021 County Championship at Meldrum House Golf Club will take place from Friday 30 April till Sunday 02 May 2021, subject to confirmation of the Scottish Government’s proposed move to Level 3 from 26 April, and in accordance with detailed guidance from Scottish Golf.

After the disappointing cancellation of all our 2020 competitions, it is really thrilling to start the season with our most prestigious event, especially since it is being held this year at my home club which has generously agreed to welcome a field of up to 74 County members to participate in the championship challenge.

Because arrangements for the event must adhere to coronavirus restrictions and associated precautions, sadly, the ALCGA Management Committee and Officials in conjunction with the Golf Manager at Meldrum House have decided that no caddies and supporters/spectators will be allowed. However, a junior player may be accompanied by one adult. Notes on covid safely measures that are in place at Meldrum House will be published with the competition draw.

It won’t be quite the same as usual but the friendly competitive spirit and camaraderie of our valued County community will be back in action. Very exciting …

The Championship entry form will be available on the website very soon.

Take care.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Sunday, 28 March 2021

ALCGA AGM Registration

Just a wee reminder that today is the deadline for registration for the AGM that is scheduled for Sunday 11 April at 4pm.

To register now, please make sure that you use the email details contained in the AGM papers that were circulated via Club Reps.

If you have registered to attend, the next deadlines are :

Wednesday 31 March for submission of Questions to be answered at the meeting.

Sunday 04 April for submission of Proxy Voting Forms.

It is important to note that voting on alterations to the constitution and rules of competitions "requires a majority of two-thirds of the members present" (see Constitution)

If, for example, only 33 out of 50 registered attendees submit proxy votes then it is impossible to achieve a two-thirds majority, even if all voters support a resolution. Therefore, whatever their opinions, it is essential that all attendees submit their proxy votes to ensure that the count gives a proper reflection of views. 

Monday, 15 March 2021

ALCGA 2021 Fixture List

Almost a year on from when we started to cancel 2020 ALCGA golfing activities, we continue to encounter barriers because of the pandemic and the still unknown route out of lockdown. Whilst we can play golf, at the moment we cannot travel across local authority boundaries, notably between Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Currently this is the predominant factor that impedes ALCGA opens and other competitions from taking place as normal.

However, the Management Committee and Officials think it is important that ALCGA members are aware of our intention to proceed with our events if at all possible and of our proposed fixture dates. Therefore, we are publishing the 2021 Fixture List.

We have decided not to have fixture cards printed because of ongoing uncertainties and potential wasteful expenditure. Rather we decided that the fixture list would be circulated as a pdf file via Club Reps and will be published on the ALCGA website along with downloadable entry forms. At the moment, we are pausing entries.

The Golf View League will go ahead if local authority boundary travel and possibly car sharing restrictions are lifted in time to allow all matches to take place. Similarly, the Sheena Wood Rosebowl knock out competition will go ahead if possible.

It is really pleasing that the Junior Leadership Team has identified a small group of girls who are interested in participating in County golf. Five junior fixtures are being planned in the first instance. Confirmed details will be posted on the website.

We are continuing to monitor advice and developments from the Scottish Government and Scottish Golf and will provide updates about what is happening as soon as possible.

In the meantime, take care.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Postponed 2020 ALCGA AGM

The 2020 ALCGA AGM that was postponed from November will take place by Zoom at 4pm on Sunday 11 April 2021.

Any lady or junior who was a paid up member in 2019 or who paid to join in 2020 will be eligible to attend the meeting.

Pre-registration for the meeting will be required. Registration details along with the agenda and relevant papers will be sent out soon via Club Reps.

If you are eligible and interested in attending, please put the date in your diary now. Thank you.

Please note also …

The proposed 2021 ALCGA Fixture List will be made available soon on the website and as a pdf document.

Information about arrangements for the collection of fees/subscriptions will be issued in due course.

In the meantime, please take care.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Season's Greetings

Sending best wishes and festive love to all ALCGA members.


Lorna M Johnson
ALCGA Captain