Monday, 19 September 2016

Final Day in Aboyne

Can anyone tell me if they have had four days of temperatures over 20 degrees in a Scottish final before? It really was amazing how the weather was so kind to us over the weekend.

Midlothian had a good day today with some really exciting matches against Dunbartonshire and Argyll and a nail biting finish on the 18th that meant a win or lose either way for the team .

Back from the practice area on the final day


In the morning we  halved the foursomes with Kate and Karen Marshall winning easily then Alison and Caroline making a great recovery on the back nine to half the match on the 18th. Wendy and Hannah fought really hard but just missed out losing the game on the 17th.

Back row from the left Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe) VC Jacky Burnett (Broomieknowe) Louise Fraser next VC (Kingsknowe) Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) Karen Ferguson-Snedden (Liberton) Wendy Nicholson (Baberton) Karen Marshall (Baberton)front row left Ruth Brown selector (Mortonhall) Caroline Steedman (Murrayfield) Zandra Mathieson Captain (Broomieknowe Alison McBride (Harburn)

The afternoon temperatures soared again and so did the matches. Wendy v Lorraine Campbell and Alison v Laura McGeachy had really good wins to finish their games on the  12th and 13th. Brilliant rounds. Kate fought back from 2 down at the turn against Jillian Farrell to win on the 17th. Some great putting clinched that match. Karen had a tough match against Fiona Rattray and despite being 2 up at the 14th finally lost to her on the 17th. Louise Fraser playing Anne Laing was always either always as or one down until the back nine when a her opponent hit some brilliant shots to finish it on the 15th. That meant we had 41/2 points and needed a half to win the match. Karen Ferguson was our last woman standing playing Claire Hargan and took it to the wire. She was 2 down at the 14 then Claire hit her drive into the small loch and so to 1 down. She then won the 16th and brought it back to as. The halved the 17th , both sinking great putts and so to the 18th. Karen drove to the front edge of the green and Claire to the right. Claire chipped on but still left a reasonable length putt and Karen putted to leave herself a tricky 6ft downhill putt. Claire putted first and just missed it and so all eyes were on Karen. She kept her cool and sunk the putt for a win and a match win with 51/2 to 31/2. Well done Karen . Great game point.



Huge thanks to the team who have been so committed and lovely to work with over the last couple of years. Sorry we didn't quite make it but we were happy for Dumfriesshire who hadn't won the trophy before. Well done to them.

A big thanks also to Jacky, Tracy and Ruth for their help throughout the weekend and I am sure they appreciated the weather walking round watching the matches and keeping me up to date with the scoring.

What would we do though without our caddies. We are so grateful for your continuing support at these events . It really means a lot to us all. They also regaled us with their stories of their hotel which became known as faulty towers!

Thanks to all at Scottish golf for their support of this event that means so much to the low handicap golfers in ladies golf in Scotland. We are pleased to say they will be supporting the finals again next year though no venue has been agreed as yet.

And finally a huge thanks to all the staff and volunteers at Aboyne golf club who helped to make us feel so welcome and who had the course in beautiful condition. I would certainly recommend the course and area to anyone for a stay and a game.