Friday, 18 August 2017


Update on our Friendly Matches

17th August Turnberry v. Blairgowrie Ladies

The Blairgowrie Team of Sandy Bushby, Liz Fertacz, Janice Lang (Captain on the day), Barbara Cuthbert, Avril Smith, Mary Hope and Sheila Ritchie. Brenda Clough is still, unfortunately on the Practice area when the photo was taken.
The team travelled down the night before, arranging and paying for their own accommodation as the first tee time was 11.06am on the newly upgraded Alisa course.  Janice reports that a team from Nairn was also invited, making a total of 24 players participating.   The format was 8 teams of 3, made up of 1 player from each club, with 2 net scores counting on each hole.  An interesting format, that as Match Secretary I may consider for next year during some of our home fixtures. The winning team included Mary Hope.

It appears the weather was quite windy with a number of showers, but all the ladies enjoyed the course with some fantastic bunkers to play out of as well as taking in the wonderful views.  Following the match, all enjoyed a lovely meal in the clubhouse, with Janice giving the club's vote of thanks.  Well done ladies for prepresenting the club and making the journey and I take it Mr Trump was not in sight.  
We look forward to welcoming the Turnberry ladies back to Blairgowrie next year.  

Other August Matches

On the 4th Aug, the team of Liz Fertacz (Captain), Heather Dawson, Jo Stewart, Muriel McPerson, Jacqui Lansburgh, Hilary Inglis, Judith Clowe and Caroline Dracup ventured to Pitlochry.  The team enjoyed the day, but unfortunately did not come away with a win.  It was nice to see Caroline joining the list of names in the bronze section, especially with Pitlochry being her introductionary match this season.  All enjoyed a meal in the clubhouse after the match with Liz giving the vote of thanks. Thank you ladies for playing.

On Monday the14th Aug, the heavy rain was making the fixture initially doubtful, but fortunately it changed enough just before play began at 1.00pm, for Linda Rice (Captain) to lead out her team consisting of Janet Kennedy, Jennifier Sneddon, Miriam Rooney, Diane Wallace, Jennifier Livingstone, Judith Clowe and Julie Wink.  Having battled the elements, both teams enjoyed a welcoming meal after the match, with Linda fulfilling the captain's duties, by giving a vote of thanks. Downfield emerged winners 3.5 to .5.  Thanks ladies for playing in varying weather conditions.
Our next match is the 21st August at Panmure with Mary Hope leading the team.  Play well ladies and enjoy.
A quick reminder to those ladies who had their names down for the posponed match away to Strathmore on 5th June.  It is now re-arranged for 22nd September.  I will be emailing all who had their names down, but if you already know you cannot play, please let me know.  
We are drawing close to the end of our friendly season, so if you have any suggestions for matches or any comments please let me know.  Your views are important, in order to improve any fixtures.  Many thanks to all.

Fiona Johnston (Match Secretary)   


There is a vacancy for the outing to Edzell on Friday 8 th Sept  for one player at 14.15pm- if you would like to play call Mary Miller on 01250369262 or 07711216402 asap.


Thursday, 10 August 2017



It was a beautiful summers day for the Lady Captain's Day at Blairgowrie. Fifty two ladies played on Rosemount and thirteen were on the Wee Course. It was good to have our Captain, Meriel Walker, back after her major knee surgery and she was looking on top form. She organised an entertaining day for us all which even included putting with hickory shafted clubs and giving us all a delightful wee bag that contained tees, pencil and ball marker. The winners were as follows:

Wee Course
1st Maureen Reid
2nd Anne King
Nearest the pin and the special 125 prize Kathleen Coupar

Rosemount Course
1st Carolyn Haddow and June Dargie
2nd Lesley Findlay and Kay Thomson
3rd Aileen Priestly and Kathy Cameron
Nearest the pin Bronze Carolyn Haddow
Nearest the pin Silver Mary Miller
Longest Drive Bronze Claire Bidwell
Longest Drive Silver Katy Alexander
Special 125 prize Mary Miller and Heather Welsh

The special 125 prize consisted of the best gross score for the holes 1, 2, 5 plus the putts taken with the hickory shafted club. The purpose of the prize was to celebrate the 125th anniversary of ladies being members of Blairgowrie Golf Club.

Carolyn, Kay and Lesley, Aileen and Kathy
Mary, Claire, Mary and Heather all with
Captain Meriel Walker

Maureen, Anne and Kathleen
all with Captain Meriel Walker


Congratulations to Margaret Hunter who got her first hole in one on the 9th hole of Lansdowne. She was playing in a bounce game with Margaret McGlashan and and Cathy Irving yesterday. Well done Margaret!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


Nine ladies took part in the Wee Course Turn up and Play today organised by VC Janice Lang.  The format was a TriAm over 18 holes which the ladies thoroughly enjoyed.  The weather was lovely and scoring was good. The winning team was Carolyn Haddow, Elizabeth Tosh & Jean Laburn.  Second was the team of Heather Dawson, Ella Allan & Cathy Cameron & third Fiona Johnston, Aileen Kean & Hazel Grant.
Thanks to all the ladies for taking part.



Thursday, 20 July 2017


The forms for the Ladies' Invitation which will take place on Sunday 17th September are available in the Pro Shop.


Louise Whitehead receiving the Patience Trophy from Vice Captain Janice Lang for her Hole in One on the 15th hole on Rosemount on Tuesday 20th June during the Sundowner Competition. Well done Louise.

Monday, 3 July 2017


A great day at St Andrews, Avril, Diane & Liz on route to the St Rule club rooms,  on the first tee, Margaret, Bev Brown, Avril &  Alison White and Sheila enjoys the  view over the Old Course

(click on the pic to enlarge)
The weather was very kind to our Team at St Andrews today for our friendly match against St Rule.  We played the Eden course on typical  links course greens, which some of us found difficult to get to grips with.  We had gusty winds over the first 9 holes,  but  the sun kindly came out  for the second half and the temperatures rose.
The Matches were close, going to the 16th and 17th greens, but we had to  admit the home players  handled the slick greens better than us.  The result was a win for St Rule by 3 games to 1.
After the  match we  headed for the St Rule  club rooms overlooking the fabled 18th green on the Old Course  and enjoyed a  convivial meal.
Thanks  to all who played : Margaret Hunter (Captain) Avril Smith, Sheila Ritchie, Liz Fertacz,  Rae Brass, Diane Wallace, Heather Dawson & Judith Clowe

Friday, 30 June 2017


Scottish Golf officials  with Meriel Walker, Lady Captain, and Brian Wesencraft, Club Captain
After a week of relentless rain, the weather finally cleared for the finals of the Scottish Senior Ladies Match Play Championship played over  Rosemount today. Despite the rain the course was in immaculate condition, a  tribute to our great greenkeepers.

Blairgowrie members  were, alas,  knocked out of the Championship... but Gillian Wallace  fought her way through tough matches to reach the finals of the Nett Championship.  In a thrilling match Gillian won against Sue Holwell (Lingdale) on the 18th by 2 holes.

The Match Play Championship was won by Fiona de Vries (St Rule)  who defeated the defending champion Sheena Wood (Aberdeen) 5&4.  Heather Anderson won a  special medal for best Nett for ladies over a certain age.

Above left  : Fiona de Vries, Match play Champion,  plus some of the action today


Monday, 26 June 2017


We enjoyed mixed weather for our friendly Match at Edzell today.  We began in sunshine, played several holes in steady rain and finished off in pleasant, balmy conditions.  The course was in excellent condition with fast greens.
The result was a very good win  for Blairgowrie 3.5 to .5 
Captain Muriel McPherson thanked the Edzell ladies for their hospitality and spirited play, all the Matches were hotly contested with putts holed  being the decisive factor.

Muriel giving the winning Captain's address.
Well done Team: Muriel McPherson, Janette Hamilton, Miriam Rooney, Margaret Hunter, Julie Wink, Ella Allan, Kathy Cameron and Judith Clowe.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017


Blairgowrie Ladies Tri-am

Sun, sun and more sun, along with Mocktails was the order of the day, yesterday on Sunday the 18th June.  Our event, which this year was an Open Competition, attracted a healthy field of 150 ladies, playing on Rosemount, which was in really good condition. There had orginally been an entry of 52 teams, but unfortunately 2 teams had to withdraw at short notice.

The Events' team, along with the Lady Captain, assisted with the registrations and the recording of the results. Ian McPherson from the Senior men's section provided his expertise in working out the hole by hole results and the overall winners.  The support of all the volunteers is greatly appreciated.

The hole winners, were awarded, £15.00 each, M&S vouchers and the Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive winners for both silver and bronze received £10.00 M&S vouchers respectfully.

The overall prize winners received SGU vouchers. 1st place Baberton £60.00 each, 2nd Blairgowrie 9, £55.00 each and 3rd Gogarburn £50.00 each.

Again I would like to thank all who assisted on the day and especially Doreen Johnston who aided me in the early days of preparing for this event.
Feedback from visitiors is that they really enjoyed their day and commented very positively about their welcome to the club, the catering and the service of the bar staff.  Well done all.

Fiona Johnston
Match Secretary

Friday, 16 June 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Sunday, 4 June 2017


Saturday was a special day for some of our Junior Members, including Katy Alexander, when they took part in a match, on Rosemount, against a touring team from Arizona, USA. It was a beautiful day and Rosemount was a good contrast to St. Andrew’s New Course, where the visitors had played on the previous day.  The teams took everything in their stride when they were announced on the first tee and members watching witnessed excellent drives down the fairway, disappearing into the distance.  Katy won her own match 3&2 and the Blairgowrie Team won overall  - 7 ½ to 2 ½

Well done to everyone playing, a victory in their first international match.

Team USA and the Wee Lads & Lass from Blairgowrie
Brian Volmer & The Arizona Team – later emailed Neil Wilkie, Junior Convenor saying “Wow, what a fantastic start to this tour! The hospitality shown by Blairgowrie Golf Club was amazing………Neil Wilkie, membership and the staff showed our team what Scottish Golf is all about.