Despite all the bad weather, 55 ladies managed to attend the Christmas Lunch. For many it was their first outing after having been stuck indoors for so many days! The day was a great success and enjoyed by all. It was the first opportunity for us to taste the delicious cooking of Paul Bjormark and we were all well looked after by Jane, Mari and Hannah. The dining room was beautifully decorated with stunning balloons which added to the festive atmosphere.
As a result of a decision taken by the Annual Meeting, Secret Santa presents were not exchanged, but donations were generously given to two charities: PKU and Pancreatic Cancer. Nearly £300.00 was raised for these two worthy causes.
The highlight of the luncheon was when the Ladies Committee entertained everyone with the Blairgowrie version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas". It proved to be so popular that everybody sang it again! Events were rounded off with a Christmas quiz. To see the pictures of the day, just click on the slideshow on the right.
The AGM on Thursday 2nd December, will now be held in the lounge at Blairgowrie Golf Club and NOT at the High School as previously advertised. The AGM will commence at 7.30pm, which is half an hour later than originally planned, allowing time for those who are unaware of the venue change, to arrive on time for the beginning of the meeting.
Currently the A94 and A93 are clear of snow; Golf Course Road is passable with care, but in better condition than Beeches Road, which is outside the High School. The current road conditions would dictate it is advisable to enter Golf Course Road from the A93 if possible, though not essential.
Whilst this message has been circulated to all members on the e-mail distribution list, it would be appreciated if you would please advise other members you know of this venue change.
Due to the extreme weather conditions, the Bridge on Tuesday will have to be cancelled. If you are aware of anyone who might not see this notice on the internet please could you contact them to let them know about the cancellation. Joy Niven's telephone line is down due to the recent thunder, lightening and snow so she cannot be phoned at the moment.
Despite the snow, nine ladies turned up to play golf today. Pictured above is Louise Whitehead on the 17th of Lansdowne. All the fairways and greens were covered in snow and the putting was certainly very challenging. It was decided that the conditions were not quite right for the Winter League and so everybody put a £1.00 in for a fun sweep. The Silver winner was Lesley Findlay with a nett 48 and the Bronze winner was Louise Whitehead with a nett 49. Well done to everybody who came out to play.
The Ladies' Christmas Luncheon will take place on Friday the 10th of December,12:00 for 12:30. It will be the first opportunity for us to enjoy food prepared by the new caterers Paul and Jane Bjormark. Below is the menu they created for us. You will be able to buy tickets from Fraser in the bar.This year we will not be exchanging presents (decision taken at the AGM in October), but everyone will be able to make a donation to a charity on the day. There will also be some other Christmas activities taking place which will be highly entertaining. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Ladies Christmas Luncheon Friday 10th December 2010
Roast Parsnip Soup finished with lightly Curried Creme Fraiche
Braised Shin of Beef on Beetroot Puree
Rocket and Soft Herb Salad with Horseradish Dressing
Seared Breast of Chicken stuffed with a Chestnut and Sage Mousseline
Light Chicken Gravy
Delice of Scotch Salmon on a Creamed Leek and Fennel Ragout
Forest Mushroom and Spinach Wellington
Confit Garlic and White Onion Sauce
Chef’s selection of Fresh Market Vegetables and Potatoes
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Dark Chocolate Terrine
Fresh Poached Pear, Mascapone Cream and Hazelnut Praline
Last night Blairgowrie held its annual prize giving. There was an excellent turn out and a good evening was had by all. Pictured above are the prize winners from the Ladies' Section.
The prizes were presented by Club Captain Roy Sinclair and the Lady Captain Sandy Bushby. Congratulations to Dougie Cleeton who organised the event so well. The evening rounded off with a most entertaining Roy Orbison and Freddy Mercury Tribute Night where everyone had the chance to dance the night away.
Below are pictures from the evening. Just double click on them twice to see them in a larger format.
As you are aware, we will be playing our Winter League on both Lansdowne and Rosemount, depending on the weather. We are booked in every Friday to play either course. The decision for this has been a club decision and the greenstaff have the ultimate say regarding which course we are on.
For the first time in about six weeks or more the ladies had lovely weather for their golf on a Friday. Pictured above are Margaret Kerr and Elizabeth Tosh playing the 17th on Lansdowne and the sun is shining! The results are as follows:
Silver Winner: Mari Brown 62-13-49
Silver Runner Up: Muriel Rae 63-10-53
Bronze Winner: Janet McKenzie 73-16-57
Bronze Runner Up- Ailene Kean 74-14-60 (BIH)
Important Notice Regarding the Winter League.
The Winter League will be played to the full greens this year unless the greens staff have closed the main greens due to bad weather. There will only be one flag per hole and it will be either in the main green or the winter green.
Roberta pictured with Vice Captain Jean Laburn and Ladies' Captain Sandy Bushby
Today was Roberta's last day working at Blairgowrie Golf Club. The Ladies wanted to say good bye to her and presented her with a cake and a card. It was sad to say good bye to her as she has been part of the club for 20 years. We will all miss her welcoming face behind the bar as well as her sartorial elegance. We wish her all the best in her retirement.
The Turkey Trot was finally played today, despite the weather not being 100% dry, but it was much better than last week!The winner with 34 points was Noreen Fordyce, second with a better inward half was Louise Whitehead with 29 points and third was last years winner Liz Fertacz also with 29 points. Well done to the winners and well done to all who played.
Pictured above are some of the ladies enjoying afternoon tea and a chat after attending the first bridge session of the autumn season. Twenty four ladies took part today which was a very good turn out. It was a great chance to catch up with old friends we don't normally see during the golf season. Thanks go to Joy Niven and Noreen Fordyce who organised everything and ably helped people with their bidding and card play. They were joined by Margaret Hunter who very kindly helped with some guidance as well.
Just to remind you that it is Wear It Pink Day Friday 29th 2010 in aid of Breast Cancer. Blairgowrie Golf Club has always been a great supporter of this worthwhile cause. So don't forget, be in the PINK on Friday!
Due to the very wet weather, the Turkey Trot Competition was not played today. It has been postponed until next Friday, October 29th. If you want to play, there is a sign up sheet in the ladies' locker room. The first round of the Winter League will therefore be on Friday the 5th of November. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Blairgowrie member Gwen Lambie and her mother Carol qualified for the finals of the Daily Mail Foursomes at the St Pierre Golf Club in Wales. This was no mean feat as 190,000 players enter this competition at the beginning of the year. They unfortunately lost in the semi finals but went down fighting taking the match to the 18th green. Well done Gwen and Carol.
The Annual Meeting of the Blairgowrie Ladies' Section took place at the Red House Hotel, Coupar Angus, on Friday 15th October with 75 ladies attending and 34 who tendered their apologies. Captain Muriel MacPherson handed over the captaincy to Sandy Bushby who is joined by Jean Laburn as Vice Captain. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Muriel for all her hard work over the years that she has been on the committee at Blairgowrie. We must also thank her other half Ian for all his help behind the scenes as well as with the excellent quiz night and Ladies' Tri-Am.We also say goodbye to three committee members Barbara Lyburn, Norma Fleming and Kathy Cameron who have also come to the end of their term and thank them as well for all the contributions they have made to the ladies' section. Taking their place will be Jacqui Landsburgh, Anne King and Gillian Wallace who was subsequently co-opted by the committee.
Members of the Ladies' Committee are as follows:
Captain Sandy Bushby
Vice Captain Jean Laburn
Match Secretary Mari Brown
Competitions Secretary Margaret Kerr
Dates for Your Diary Friday 22nd October Turkey Trot-Mixed Draw Lansdowne
Tuesday 26th October Bridge Commences in Main Lounge 12:30-2:30 Friday 29th October Ladies Winter League Commences (Every Friday with draws at 9:50 and 10:15) Friday 19 November Annual Prizegiving Sunday 6th December Junior Prizegiving Friday 10th December Ladies Christmas Luncheon (Inc Wee Course Ladies) 12 for 12:30
The Ladies' Committee and the Wee Course Ladies gathered for a Texas Scramble today. The weather was kind and they managed to play the 9 hole competition before any rain came on. A lovely time was had by all ending up with coffee and sandwiches in the dining room.Pictured above are from left to right Margaret Farquarson, Muriel McPherson, Ray Moran, Mari Brown and Margaret Black. The winners of the competition were Margaret Farquarson and Sandy Bushby.
Over a hundred ladies gathered for a shotgun start at 10 o'clock on Rosemount today for the Blairgowrie Ladies' Senior Invitation. The weather was kind to the players which was a great relief to everyone.
Pictured above with Lady Captain Muriel McPherson are the winners Linda Rice and her guest Joanne Watt who scored 72.2
The other winners were:
2nd. Helen Carmichael & Sheila McCrossan 73.6 (BIH)
3rd. Jenni French & Moira Begbie 73.6
4th. Ann Henry & Joan Conley 74.2 (BIH)
Nearest the Pin Silver: Joanne Watt
Nearest the Pin Bronze: Christine Soutar
Longest Drive Silver: Pat Garland
Longest Drive Bronze: Margaret Paterson
At the Senior Ladies' lunch, Janice Laing was presented the Patience Cup for her hole in one on the 3rd hole of Rosemont back in June.
Eight girls took part in a texas scramble on the wee course on Tuesday 10th August. Amy Howe and Jody Smith were in the winning team with runners up Laura Mclaren and Abbie Scrimgeour.Emily Aird won the putting competition and Abbie Scrimgeour won the Chipping.
Blairgowrie member Emily Aird shot a gross 76 in the St Andrews' Junior Open on the Strathtyrum Course (Par 71). She qualified in 16th place in the scratch knockout matchplay. Unfortunately she was beaten by second qualifier Annabel Bailey in their match on the Eden Course. However, well done to Emily for her great score and managing to qualify.
Twenty ladies took part in the Tuesday Turn Up and Play Day yesterday on the Wee Course. They played a "Mulligan Competition" which allowed them 2 Mulligans per 9 holes. For those who are not familiar with"Mulligans", it meant they were allowed to replay four bad shots during the round. Anything from a drive to a missed putt.
The winner was Anne Henry who shot a net 61 beating Angela Beale with a better inward half. Well done to all who played. Everyone enjoyed the competition as well as having the opportunity of playing the Wee Course.
The Blairgowrie Ladies had an excellent win against the King James Ladies of 3 1/2 to 1/2. The team for Blairgowrie was: Sandy Bushby and Jenni French AnnHenry and Diane Wallace Margaret Patterson and Norma McClurg Liz Tosh and Katie Chapman
This year the ladies' section has managed to obtain extra tee times during certain weekends so that ladies who are unable to play during the week have access to a weekend competition. Anyone can enter and these medals are competitions totally independent of those played on the previous Friday. This means that if you have played on the Friday but would like to play again on the following day, then you may. The times are limited but if we do not use them we will lose them. The dates for these competitions are as follows:
Saturday July 17th 2010 10:00 am Sunday August 22nd 2010 10:00 am Saturday September 18th 2010 10:00am
We had a most enjoyable Turn up and Play day with 18 ladies taking part.The format was a stableford with full handicap allowance.Barbara Lyburn came 1st with 34 points. Runner - up was Liz Carswell with 32.
Gwen Lambie playing in the Millenium Trophy on Friday 2nd July scored a hole in one at the Fifth hole on Lansdowne. Gwen, our club champion, hit a five iron and her playing partners were Emily Aird and Brenda Clough.
Congratulations to Blairgowrie’s Heather Anderson, who was the only player to break 80 on a sunny but windy day at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club. Her score of 73 allowed her to leap to the top of the leader board and win the Scottish Senior Ladies' (Close) Stroke Play Championship by two shots from Fiona de Vries (St Rule) and the first round leader Anne Ryan (Tain). Today Heather starts her bid to defend the Scottish Senior Ladies' (Close) Match Play title at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club (1 July 2010) which she won in 2009. Good luck Heather.
Congratulations to Janice Lang who had a hole in one at the 186 yard third hole on Rosemount in Friday's four ball better ball. Her playing partner was Heather Anderson and they were were paired with Margaret Kerr and Heather Stiven.
This is Janice's second hole in one but her first at Blairgowrie Golf Club.Congratulations and well done to Janice who will be presented with the Patience Trophy very soon.
We are pleased to say there are 60 ladies playing on Friday. Could you please collect your card from the starter and indicate whether you are staying for lunch. Please then proceed to your allocated start hole. We will be playing a Pinehurst where both you and your partner drive, then for your second shot you play each other's drive and finally you choose the best shot and carry on playing the one ball.
When you come in after your round you will be entitled to a glass of wine or soft drink (including tea or coffee). The cost of lunch will be £6.00. Could you please return your cards to Margaret Kerr and Mari Brown for checking.
The prizes will include: Team prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Nearest the pin at 15 for Bronze, and 17 for Silver. Longest drive at 5 for Silver and 14 for Bronze.
Here's hoping the weather is kind to us and wishing you all an enjoyable day.
The ‘Blairgowrie Belles’ of Blairgowrie Golf Club, from left—Liz Fertacz(former captain), Sandy Bushby (vice-captain), Muriel McPherson (captain) and Mary Hope (former captain).
GOLFERS FROM all over Scotland travelled to Auchterarder Golf Club yesterday to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.Some 50 teams of four people played the course in the event, which it is hoped will have raised £5000.There was a silent auction and tombola and holes and tees were sponsored by local companies.April Davidson, fund- raising manager for Fife and Forth Valley, said, “It’s really great to see Auchterarder Golf Club do what they enjoy while raising money for Macmillan.”
Unfortunately the Blairgowrie Belles did not have a winning score, but they had a great day with some birdies including an eagle on the par 5 seventeenth which earned them 5 stableford points!
Today Lady Captain Muriel MacPherson hosted Lady Captain's Day for the Wee Course Ladies.They played 9 holes and then came in for sandwiches and strawberry tarts. The winner was Margaret Black pictured on the right. Second place was Alma Hosie pictured on the left wearing red.
Blairgowrie Ladies went to Crail yesterday to play their interclub match with the Crail Ladies. The weather was perfect, the views of the sea were stunning and we managed to come away with an honourable draw of 2:2. The team that represented Blairgowrie was: Muriel MacPherson, Sandy Bushby, Barbara Lyburn, Jeanette Hamilton, Betty Bryce, Sheila Christie, Barbara Cuthbert and Laura MacKay.
Despite the weather being slightly damp and overcast, eleven ladies turned up to play yesterday. Laura MacKay, the competition convenor for the day, organised a hidden hole event-but for putts only. This went down very well and allowed the participants to really concentrate on their putting. Even though one lady had a 10 on a hole, she only had one putt!!!The hidden holes were 1,5,16,17, and a tie breaker on the18th. The winner was Kay Thomson with just 6 putts. Well done Kay.
Well done to the Scratch League team on their win against Dunkeld. The score was 3 matches to 2. Also thanks to Scratch League Captain Susan Arbuckle for the delicious strawberries and raspberries which we had with our supper afterwards.
Congratulations to Alexandra Bushby and Gwen Lambie who have been selected as part of the team to represent Perth and Kinross in the Northern Division Inter County Matches at Blairgowrie at the end of June. Blairgowrie are very proud to have two of their members on the team. The Jamboree will take place on the Lansdowne Course 26th-28th June and the matches will be between Perth and Kinross, Angus and Aberdeenshire over the three days. Please come and support our girls if you can and if any of you would like to volunteer as a trolley puler, then that would be much appreciated. There is a sign up sheet up on the Perth and Kinross board in the ladies' locker room.
On Saturday night Blairgowrie Golf Club hosted a most successful Tribute Night to the Rat Pack which was organised by Douglas Cleeton. Iain Hunter sang all the old favourites and a hundred guests attended and danced the night away. It was a lovely warm evening and during the break everyone went outside onto the terrace to chat and catch up with one another. All in all it was a great evening and we look forward to many more. Thanks go to Kathy Cameron for taking the photographs.
The sun shone on Blairgowrie Ladies invitation Day. A great day was had by all with games on the Rosemount and Lansdowne Courses, Foursomes on the Wee Course and an 18 hole of putting competition. The day went very smoothly culminating in a tasty buffet provided by Ian Cooke.
The results are as follows:
1st Wenche Rae & Leslie Philips (46) 1st Mari Brown & Clare Burnett (44) 2nd Etta Gardner & Evelyn King (44) BIH 2nd Barbara Cuthbert & Anne Hutcheson (43) BIH 3rd Kay Thomson & Edith Ralston (44) BCB 3rd Jean Clarke & Joan Henderson (43) 4th Jennifer Blair & Moira Aitken (44) BCB 4th Jacqui Hovde & Kay Stephen (40)
Near Pin Myrtle Mailer Near Pin Mari Brown LD Silver Barbara Fotheringham LD Silver Jean Clarke LD Bronze Sheila Ridgeway LD Bronze Ella Allan
Today many members gathered at the club house at Blairgowrie to say farewell to Ron McLaren. He was presented with a print of the Golf Club by Club Captain Roy Sinclair. Ron will have the picture framed in a frame of his choice which is all part of the gift. Ron was a great asset to Blairgowrie and he certainly will be missed by us all.
After the presentation, Ron said a few words of thanks which had us greatly entertained-especially when he told us how he avoided kissing the Blarney Stone on his recent visit to Ireland!
Here we have Ron wishing Douglas Cleeton all the best for the future.
A most enjoyable time was had at Forfar for the match between the Blairgowrie Ladies and the Forfar Ladies. The sun shone and despite there being a slight nip in the air the conditions were very good. The ladies were then treated to a most excellent meal afterwards. We ended up with an honourable draw of 2 wins and 2 losses. The ladies who represented Blairgowrie were:
Heather Anderson and Susan Arbuckle Sandy Bushby and Liz Fertacz Sheila Christie and Sheila Ridgeway Kay Thomson and Ella Allan.
It was a perfect day for golf and the ladies and the senior gentlemen met for their annual match. Over a bacon roll lunch, the gents were sure they were going to be defeated as the ladies were all receiving an extra 4 shots on their playing handicaps. But these shots were only to even up the differing pars for the ladies and gents as the gents were playing off the yellow tees. Unfortunately, for the ladies the results were not quite what was expected. Despite quite a few matches going to the 17th/18th holes, the ladies were defeated in every match.
Afterwards, an enjoyable meal was enjoyed by all and the ladies were not too down hearted. Ian MacPherson, the gents senior captain was gracious in victory and he is pictured above being presented the Columbine Trophy by his missus Muriel MacPerson, the Ladies' Captain. Next year, the rules will be different; the gents will play off the white tees!