Friday, 30 April 2021

County Championship: Latest Results

Please click here for the latest scratch matchplay results.

Please click here for the latest handicap matchplay results.


Karen Stalker

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Northern Division Inter-County Jamboree: NEWSFLASH

Exciting announcement … I can confirm that the Northern Division Inter-County Jamboree is going ahead at Monifieth Golf Links from Saturday 12 – Monday 14 June.

The County Captains from Angus, Perth & Kinross, and Northern Counties join me in sharing this great news. The winning team will represent the Northern Division in the Scottish County Finals at Forres at the end of August. Competition for that place will be fiercely contested at the Monifieth Jamboree.

I will be in touch with potential team members very soon to check availability and to arrange team building and practice sessions. Selector Zibby, Vice-captain Olive and I look forward to facilitating these at Meldrum House.

Here are a few early pieces of information:
  • Single occupancy rooms for the team and officials are booked at the Station Hotel, Carnoustie.
  • Aberdeenshire will be based at Grange and Broughty Golf Club.
  • There will a practice round in the early afternoon of Friday 11 June.
  • There will be no caddies during the Jamboree.
  • Spectators will be welcome – but clubhouse facilities may be limited due to ongoing Covid restrictions – there may be a suggestion to bring a picnic.
Watch this space …


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Sunday, 25 April 2021

County Championship: The Draw

The draw for the County Championship is now available within the list of 2021 Fixtures here on the website. It is preceded by guidance for entrants on “Maintaining a Covid Safe Environment” while they are taking part in the competition.

As you know, our Championship at Meldrum House Golf Club starts the ALCGA season this coming Friday. I am wishing for some lovely weather to complement the excellent condition of my home course. Our secretary Karen and our selector Zibby were my guests there today. We all agreed that the course is looking fantastic, the greens are great and pretty fast for this time of year. We have our fingers crossed for sunshine, hopefully no rain, and maybe just a moderate breeze to keep the golfing challenge alive. There is no doubt that Meldrum House will present a good test of golf and an enjoyable experience for all. Because of the pandemic, there was no Championship last year, so the event is all the more exciting this year.

It is a pity that we are not having caddies, supporters and spectators but we must be cautious as we start to move out of lockdown and continue to adhere to ongoing Covid restrictions.

Undoubtedly, the Championship will be fiercely contested by the field of 56 members and some excellent golf will be on display. Whilst some players will aspire to be County Champion, others will have their sights on the Handicap Trophy. Good luck to all the competitors.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Friday, 23 April 2021

Fixtures Update: 23 April 2021

More unfortunate news, I’m afraid …

The Aboyne Club Rep was in touch earlier today to tell us that her Club has had to make the tough decision to postpone the County Open on 06 May. Like the Banchory greens, the Aboyne greens are taking an exceptionally long time to recover from the severe effects of the icy weather conditions that persisted over past weeks and months.

Everyone at Aboyne is very disappointed. I know that their disappointment will be shared by County members who were going to enter the competition in the town on Deeside that often boasts best temperatures.

The event will be re-scheduled. When confirmed, the date will be published in the website list of fixtures.

It looks as if the end of the season is going to be busier than usual … We’ll be looking for good scores after plenty time to practice!

Take care


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Monday, 19 April 2021

Fixtures Update: 19 April 2021

You may have noticed already on the list of 2021 Fixtures here on the website that the Banchory County Open has been postponed.

I am sure that many members are disappointed by this news, as are the Banchory County rep and her Club colleagues who had to make the decision. Because they wanted to ensure that their visitors would have the best golfing experience, they had to respond to the fact that their greens have suffered from prolonged icy conditions, and that covid restrictions are continuing to have some impact on arrangements.

Thursday 16 September was chosen as the re-scheduled date rather than a day in July when several other County events take place.

However, looking on the bright side, it’s something to look forward to later in the season …


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

County Championship: Late Entries Available

Thank you to members who have submitted their Championship entry forms and fees by last Friday’s closing date. Regardless of handicap index, they are all guaranteed a place in the draw.

At the moment, until Friday 23 April at the latest, subject to continued availability of tee time, late entries are being accepted. They should be sent to Karen (Stalker) using the entry form that can be accessed from the list of 2021 Fixtures.

Why don’t you ‘have a go’ …


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Thursday, 15 April 2021

New ALCGA County Team Selector

I am delighted to announce that Zibby Brown (on the right) has accepted my invitation to be our County team selector.

Zibby is replacing Laura McLardy who stood down last year. It was disappointing for Laura to miss out on the opportunity to end her second term in the role with a successful Jamboree – and optimistically County Finals. I also lost out on the chance to learn more by working alongside Laura, benefitting from her substantial knowledge and experience of selecting, including when Aberdeenshire won the Scottish finals at Kilmacolm in 2018. Thank you, Laura.

Zibby has played golf for a long time, having grown up in St Andrews. She has loved golfing over the years on different courses. Currently she is a member at Aboyne Golf Club.

Zibby on the 11th tee at Aboyne
Zibby has not played County golf for a few years now due to work commitments. However, in the past she has thoroughly enjoyed being part of it. She will always look back fondly on the time when she was fortunate enough to be selected to play in our Jamboree team at Blairgowrie.

Now Zibby is looking forward to becoming re-acquainted with ladies she has known over the years, meeting more members of the County community, and embarking on the challenge of her selector role.

Welcome to the ALCGA leadership team, Zibby.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Amendments to the ALCGA Constitution: from 11 April 2021

At the ALCGA AGM on 11 April 2021, amendments to the Constitution were approved and adopted to take account of the introduction of the new WHS (World Handicapping System).

Each amendment replaces an old CONGU handicap with a ‘best’ corresponding new WHS Handicap Index. By adopting this approach, the Constitution remains essentially unchanged.

The fully revised Constitution can be seen on this website. However, it is worth noting here that membership is now open to all ladies and girls of handicap index 32.0 and under who satisfy the other membership criteria. Also, Division A, handicap index up to 19.0, will replace the old Silver Division and Division B, handicap index 19.1 upwards, will replace the old Bronze Division.

The ALCGA Management Committee and Officials recognise that monitoring and review of the implementation of WHS may identify the need for fine tuning of Handicap Index thresholds. Consequently, further amendments to the Constitution may be advisable in future.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

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