Stonehaven Golf Club juniors had their prizegiving on Sunday afternoon in the clubhouse. Former Open Champion, Paul Lawrie came along to present the trophies and he also had an excellent question and answer session. On completion of this, Captain Sandy Walker awarded Paul an honorary membership for all the support he has provided to the club over the last few years.
Prior to the prizegiving the junior convener gave a brief resume of some of the junior highlights of the year.
There was some excellent golf played by the boys throughout the season. We had 5 pennant matches winning 4 and drawing the other one allowing us to top our league. We played Inverallochy in the semi and had a comfortable 5–1 success. In the final at Peterculter we were up against a strong Deeside team yet were very unlucky to go down by a score of 3.5–2.5. This qualified us to play in the Home Nations Team Championship at Cardrona GC where we finished a creditable 9th.
This year we have been drawn against Murcar, Aboyne and Auchmill at home and Old Meldrum and Inverurie away in the pennant league.
In the Off the Tee competition we beat both Peterculter and Aboyne at Peterculter in the regional finals to reach the area finals. We overcame Northern GC in the morning semi final but ran out of steam against McDonald Ellon in the afternoon’s final by 4 holes.
Ross Anderson successfully defended the junior championship for a third year in a row. This was after a three way 18 hole playoff against Kevin Riddell and Scott Murray. Kevin got into the play-off thanks to an excellent 3 under par 63 in the final round which included a hole in one at the 14th hole.
On the back of Ross’s success, he reached the final of the Spence Trophy (a competition for a junior champions in the North East). He was very unlucky to lose out at the 19th hole against the Peterculter champion playing on his home course.
Other notable successes were Grant Robb winning the Stonehaven Men’s Open, Ross Anderson winning the 36 hole handicap Banchory Open and the Duff House Royal Open, Kevin Riddell winning the Peterculter handicap open and Cameron Davidson winning the Captain’s Prize at Stonehaven against all the men, ladies and juniors.
Ross Anderson continued to represent the North East district with some distinction and also finished runner up in the North East Boy’s Order of Merit.
Ross has now become assistant professional at Finchley Golf Club – we wish him every success. We also wish Scott Murray well in his 3 year scholarship at Cleveland, Tennessee.
We also wish Ross McAllan and Kevin Riddell every success as they leave the junior section.
We held our first Paul Lawrie U10 & U12 Flag event – despite the very strong winds there was a good turnout of 28 boys and girls from around the north east – hopefully this will become a yearly event.
Another first was a visit by Paul who offered to play a game with some of our lower handicap boys – a very successful day and great experience for the boys.
Neil also gave thanks to the following for their help and support throughout last season: Freeland Freight Services for their continued sponsorship of the junior open; Royal Bank of Scotland for a financial contribution through Rose Riddell; ARAMARK Ltd through Neill Murray for providing t-shirts for the pennant team; Willie Donald for covering green fees at the junior outing and for his help with the junior competitions through the season; J & G Collie and Kinnear & Falconer for providing golf balls for all the pennant matches; Aberdeen Asset Management for donating prizes for our outing and Joe Riddell and Mike Halliday for their assistance at the pennant matches.