Monday, 13 September 2021

The Sheena Wood Rosebowl: The 2021 Story

The Sheena Wood Rosebowl Final took place at Meldrum House Golf Club on Sunday 12 September 2021. Carol Eddie won the trophy with a victory over Katherine Teow. Here is the story of this year’s competition from start to finish.

Congratulations, Carol

The Golf

Because no County Opens took place in 2020, the qualifiers for this year’s competition were the 8 players with the best 4 nett scores in County Opens from the 2019 season. The format of the competition is knock out match play, with the first named player in each draw having home advantage.

In Round 1, the qualifiers – congratulations to you all - were drawn to play as follows:
  • Carol Eddie (Deeside) v Hannah Bycroft (Kemnay)
  • Mary Robinson (Murcar Links) v Susie Macleod (Deeside)
  • Alison Hope (Newmachar) v Lesley Watson (Deeside)
  • Rhona Taylor (Deeside) v Katherine Teow (Deeside)
You will have noticed immediately that Deeside Golf Club was exceptionally well represented – great golf in 2019, ladies.

Following the first round’s keenly contested matches, the winners were drawn to play in the semi-finals as follows:
  • Carol Eddie v Alison Hope
  • Mary Robinson v Katherine Teow
Carol and Katherine both won their matches by 1 hole – very close games.

The neutral ground chosen for the final was Meldrum House. On the day, the weather started dull, warmed up nicely, stayed dry and calm. County officials who spectated were impressed by the standard of golf displayed by Carol and Katherine. Carol’s consistency and very accurate putting saw her triumph at the 13 hole.

Congratulations, Carol, on your excellent performance throughout the competition. Commiserations, Katherine, you played very well too.

Katherine and Carol – both did Deeside very proud

Thanks …

Many thanks must be put on record.

First of all, thanks to Meldrum House Golf Club. Thanks to:
  • Club Owners and Directors for granting ALCGA courtesy of the course
  • Golf Manager David Mann for his support
  • the green-keeping team for presenting the course so well, despite recent heavy rain
  • the catering team for their hospitality.
Next, thanks to ALCGA officials. Thanks to:
  • Vice-captain Olive for managing the competition communication, draws and results
  • President Ros and Honorary Secretary Karen for joining me to spectate and support the finalists.

Final Comment …

I wonder who will be the 8 qualifiers year for The Sheena Wood Rosebowl in 2022? Do you think you will you be one of them?

There are still 2 County Opens to go – Banchory this week and Ballater next. Play well, improve your nett score profile and … who knows?


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Saturday, 11 September 2021

2022 North of Scotland Ladies’ and Girls’ Championships: NEWSFLASH

In 2022, it is Aberdeenshire LCGA’s turn to organise the North of Scotland (NoS) Championships at a golf club in our county. As you know, the Championships are open to members of the four Ladies’ County Golf Associations in the North Division: Aberdeenshire, Angus, Northern Counties and Perth & Kinross.

The 2022 Venue

I cannot tell you how pleased I am to let you know that Newmachar Golf Club Management Committee has responded favourably to Aberdeenshire LCGA’s request to grant courtesy of their course for the NoS event next year, saying that they are delighted to be our hosts. Like the Counties, Newmachar Golf Club is keen to encourage and is committed to promoting ladies’ and girls’ golf.

We believe that Newmachar Golf Club is a very appropriate venue because it is popular with golfers, provides an ideal golfing challenge, is relatively easily accessible for all potential participants, has accommodation close by, and, with two courses, Hawkshill and Swailend, is perfect for the championship games and consolation round competitions.

The 2022 Dates

Traditionally the NoS tournament takes place over three days, Monday through till Wednesday. In 2022, the dates will be 25th till 27th July. These dates correspond to those in 2021, and have been chosen with the aim of avoiding clashes with other local and national events.

The Golf – a reminder

The Ladies’ Championship comprises one qualifying stroke-play round on Monday with match-play for scratch and handicap trophies on Tuesday (top 16 players in both categories followed by quarter finals) and Wednesday (semi-finals followed by finals). A Consolation Round is available on Tuesday for those who do not qualify for the match-play. Every competitor is guaranteed 2 rounds of golf.

The stroke-play round for the Girls’ Championship takes place on Monday, in conjunction with the qualifying round for the Ladies’ Championship. Girls may choose to enter both Championships, with their scores for the Ladies’ Championship qualifying round counting for the Girls’ Championship.

Thanks …

We are very grateful to Newmachar Golf Club for backing our very important North Division annual fixture. Special thanks to Paul Mills, General Manager, and to Management Committee members. We look forward to working with you to found the success of the 2022 NoS Championships.

However, success is also dependent on participation. So … please note the dates in your 2022 calendar.

Thanks to you all.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Cruden Bay County Open: Results

For some reason best known to the technology gremlins, the results of the Cruden Bay County Open that took place on Thursday 19 August cannot be seen through VMS on the Scottish Golf App.

Thanks to County Rep Lisa Bruce and staff at the golf club for providing this summary of the results.

Well done to the winners. Indeed ... well done to everyone who embraced the Cruden Bay challenge. Weren't we lucky that it was such an unusually calm day?!


Lorna M johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Friday, 3 September 2021

Scottish Golf Commonwealth Spoons Final: A Short 2021 Story

About 30 foursomes pairs from Ladies’ County Golf Associations across Scotland congregated on Monday 30 August for the Commonwealth Spoons Final hosted by Scottish Golf at Dullatur Golf Club on the Carrickstone course. On the whole, scores were high.

The Course

I emailed ‘well done’ to our Aberdeenshire ladies and I think all responses used the word ‘tough’ to describe the course. Here are a few of their comments (in no particular order) that suggested toughness:
  • fit for mountain goats
  • very hilly with lots of hidden greens
  • can't really remember walking on a flat area
  • some walks between greens and tees
  • greens were good, very fast
  • had to land the ball well before [the green] for it to stay or you would be penalised harshly
  • you would hit short of the green and it wouldn’t stop
  • all the greens seemed to have drop offs
  • lots of blind approach shots with no idea of the lay of the land
  • no hole was flat! either up or down hill or across
  • greens were excellent …  but tricky

The Scores

Well done to all three foursomes pairs who were representing Aberdeenshire LCGA.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kemnay’s Carol Whicher and Yvonne Moir who came 4th equal with a notable nett score of 74. Excellent performance, ladies.

Meldrum House’s Lyn Park and Lorna Whyte surprised themselves by ending up 9th with a nett 81, not thinking that they had played well enough for a top ten finish.

Kemnay’s Nita Dervish-Uman and Lynne Tough finished 17th equal with a nett 86. They were happy enough with their score, with just a few holes on the front nine really catching them out.

Congratulations to4th equal Carol Whicher and Yvonne Moir, both of Kemnay

Yvonne said that she and Carol had a “Nice day out … and we played with the winners, two sisters from Newton Stewart.” The Ho sisters shot an excellent nett 73, just 1 over par.

Congratulations to winning sisters Teresa and Venessa Ho, both of Newton Stewart

A detailed report of the Final with a link to full results can be found on the Scottish Golf App and on the SG website.


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Scottish Women’s County Finals: A Short 2021 Story

Scottish Golf hosted the Scottish Women’s County Finals at Forres Golf Club from Friday 27 till Sunday 29 August.

The Competing Teams

Competitors in the County Finals are the four County Teams who won the Jamborees in their respective divisions of Scotland.

  • Perth & Kinross was representing the North.
  • Midlothian was representing the East.
  • Dunbartonshire & Argyll was representing the West.
  • No team was representing the South where their Jamboree fell victim to covid.
In order to retain the traditional round robin format of the County Finals, Scottish Golf asked Jenny Milne, Northern Counties Captain, to provide an unofficial fourth team. With several of her players unavailable, she extended an invitation to members of the Aberdeenshire squad.

Jenny was delighted to welcome Susie Macleod (Deeside) and Fiona Campbell (McDonald, Ellon) to join the North Invitational team. She valued their support, their participation, their efforts, and the very good golf that they played. Susie and Fiona enjoyed the experience very much.

Aberdeenshire’s Fiona Campbell (left) and Susie Macleod
who joined the North Invitational team

Official team member lists and more tournament details can be found on the Scottish Golf App and on the SG website. 

The Worthy Winners

I made a trip to Forres on the Friday to spectate and support. Our President Ros went on Saturday. We were both very impressed by the quality of golf that was on display. It was a bonus to be basking in beautiful sunshine as well.

Congratulations to Perth & Kinross who were triumphant. They were convincing winners. They took the match points again all opponents. Those of us in the Northern Division were absolutely delighted for them.

VICTORIOUS – the Perth & Kinross team with the coveted trophy

Jillian Milne, Perth & Kinross Captain, emailed me that “[The girls] played some amazing golf and I’m so proud of them.” And absolutely so she should be … they played brilliantly.

A detailed report with a link to full results can be found on the Scottish Golf App and on the SG website. 


Lorna M Johnson
Captain, ALCGA