Tuesday, 31 December 2013


Dear Ladies

I would like to wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year and I hope that the Number One Resolution on your list  for 2014 is to PLAY MORE GOLF!

At this time of year  I know it is easy to fall out of the habit of  playing golf, the thought of a warm, comfortable seat with coffee and a magazine for company is very tempting,  and it takes an effort to rake out woolly hats, gloves, waterproofs and three layers of sweaters. But  just think how much good  12 holes of winter golf will do you  - fresh air, exercise, weight loss, catching up with fellow  golfers....

In the next few weeks the winter weather is guaranteed to be unpredictable.....but be assured, if there is no golf,  the committee will arrange an event,  in the Clubhouse, every Friday - it might be a fun Quiz on the rules of golf, a talk about golf balls,  a putting competition, bridge tips....whatever....  various committee members will always be here.  Any suggestions welcome.

I am looking forward to fun and happy times in the months to come - but for that to happen, I need YOU to sign up and play! 2014 promises to be a great year with the 125th Anniversary Celebrations throughout the season and added spice of the  Junior Ryder Cup in September. How lucky we are these events are happening during our time as Members.

I would also like to mention that my Captain's Charity for 2014 will be Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia.  Any money raised for TCCL goes direct to support the children and families in Tayside who need it most. TCCL  don't pay any wages and the committee is staffed by volunteers who don't take a penny for their hard work.
Their mission is to support local children and funds  are used  throughout our local area of Angus, North East Fife and Perthshire.

TCCL has been serving the Tayside and North East Fife community since 1994 and work closely with the oncology staff at Ward 29 in Ninewells Hospital. You can read about the Charity and its work  at :-



Margaret Hunter
Lady Captain

Friday, 27 December 2013

WINTER LEAGUE 27/12/2013

There were no takers for the last Winter League of 2013....and looking at the weather forecast, it was no wonder.  Hopefully the weather will improve and we can launch 2014 off to a flying start on Lansdowne next Friday.
The Office is closed on January 1 and 2, so there will be no Draw. Please meet in the Locker Room for 9.45am.

Friday, 20 December 2013

WINTER LEAGUE 20/12/2013

The weather was  sleety and cold today, so Winter League was not played. Coffee and a cosy chat in the lounge seemed a much better idea. Thanks to those ladies who came along to the Club.

•  The Office will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and 1st and 2nd January, so there will be NO DRAW for the Winter League on  December 27th or January 3rd.

Those  hoping to play Winter League on these dates  - weather permitting, of course -- please meet in the Locker Room  and we shall do a Draw at 9.45am.


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

TUESDAY FUN 17/12/13

The Ladies Afternoon  Bridge session today  was the last one for 2013 ...and what fun we had. There were little prizes for  bidding a game,  making a difficult contract, or claiming a "trick with a 2".  The bidding certainly became very cut-throat when ladies realised there were chocolates on offer for adventurous bidders.  Such daring!
In the dining room some of  the Tuesday ladies enjoyed  a festive get-together, and it sounded as if a good time was had by all.
Please note : Bridge  re-starts on January 7th 2014
The Bridge Ladies try to concentrate - chocolates to be won!

The Tuesday ladies making a noise....

Monday, 16 December 2013

Winter League 20th December on Lansdowne

The Winter League  on Friday 20th December is the last  one before Christmas, so we are hoping to  have some fun with Hidden Holes... for example,  if you  rack up a 10  at one of the holes,  DON'T PANIC,  as they say, it could  be a winning score  and win a little prize for that hole.  Please sign up on line,  or, if more convenient, turn up on the day. Those ladies who enter on the day should draw cards in the Locker Room.
P.S. WEATHER PERMITTING, otherwise coffee in the lounge!

Friday, 13 December 2013


It was Friday  the 13th today, but for some ladies it was definitely a lucky day! We played in extremely mild conditions to full greens on Rosemount.  Hard to believe it's December.....
Silver Winner   
1st   Lesley FINDLAY (51)  2nd Heather ANDERSON  (53)
Bronze Winner 
1st  Doreen JOHNSTON (52)  (acb ) 2nd Meriel WALKER (52)
Meriel, Lady Captain and Doreen

Heather, Lady Captain and Lesley
There will be  Winter League next week, so do sign up if you need a break from Christmas preparations.  Remember, if you decide to come at the last minute, that's fine, we  shall do a random draw in the Locker Room  for any late entries...

The last session of the  Ladies Afternoon Bridge is on  Tuesday 17th December,  12.30 - 2.30pm when we hope to have a  fun afternoon with little prizes  and surprises  for adventurous bidders.
Bridge resumes on January 7th.
The sign-up sheets for Charles Dernie's pre-coaching  classes are in the Locker Room on the Matches Board.

Saturday, 7 December 2013


It was great to see so many ladies enjoying the Christmas Lunch yesterday.  Special thanks go to Sandy Bushby for producing  a super Blog with lots of  pictures. Thanks also to  everyone for donating £243  to Macmillan Nurses, the money will be used in our local area.

Charles Dernie's pre-season  sign-up sheets are in the Locker Room
Bridge finishes on December 17th  with fun play and prizes
Remember to get your special 125th Anniversary Blairgowrie Golf Club calendar from the bar. £7.50 or two for £12.00
Tickets for the Hogmanay Party still available. £30.00

Friday, 6 December 2013


The Blairgowrie Ladies' Christmas lunch took place today. The weather was kind to us and sixty nine ladies managed to attend. Lady Captain Margaret Hunter and her committee worked hard to provide an excellent event with loads of entertainment. We had quizzes, anagrams and guessing the titles and performers of well known Christmas songs. Fiona Johnstone appeared as Santa's little helper and gave us a rendition of "An Ode to a Golf Ball". She also brought for all to see a genuine Olympic torch and a number of ladies had their photo taken with it. At the end of the lunch, past captain Vike Brown gave the vote of thanks. All in all a very successful day enjoyed by everyone.

At the very bottom of the page is a video of all the photos today. Just click the arrow to play.

Anne Malloch, Liz Tosh, Mary Hope,
Noreen Fordyce and Vike Brown.
Santa's little helper Fiona


Did you take the wrong coat from the downstairs  Ladies  Cloakroom?   Liz Fertacz went to get her black leather  coat after the Ladies Christmas Lunch, only to find her coat  had disappeared.  Someone had  put on the wrong coat  and gone home in it, so please check your coat rack and give Liz a  call if you have her coat!  Thanks...

Monday, 2 December 2013


The next title being read by the book club is Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Everyone will meet to discuss the book on the 7th January at 2.30. Anyone wishing to join in would be most welcome.

Sunday, 1 December 2013


I attended the Junior Prize-giving today  and met  Katy Alexander, winner of the Isobel Murray Trophy for Junior Girls. Katy  is  Junior Girl Golfer of the year and also won the Alastair Gibb trophy.  Unfortunately Katy does not have many girls to play with in the Junior Section, in fact,  she is usually  the only girl in the competitions.  The Junior Convener, Stuart Graham, told me that girls had come along to the  special open  coaching sessions in summer, but gradually they fell away.  It's too bad, Katy is a very talented and keen young golfer...if anyone knows of any more keen young girl golfers, we'd like to know. Margaret Hunter, Lady Captain