Ellon Golf Club celebrates season of success at annual prize giving as dozens of members collect trophies


MEMBERS of McDonald Golf Club in Ellon celebrated a season of success at their annual prize giving as trophies were awarded covering over 75 winners and runners up.

In the club’s 96th year, dozens of members turned out to the presentation night to mark a fantastic season, which also saw the return of Ellon’s Pro-Am event after a three-year absence due to Covid.

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Greg Reid was crowned the men’s scratch champion, winning the Herrington Trophy, while Fiona Campbell collected her prize for winning the Ladies Scratch Championship.

In the junior section, Alistair Hunter picked up his trophy for winning the junior final and Ronnie Wells collected his prize for winning the seniors scratch final.

In addition, there were more than 65 different winners across 75 individual and team competitions throughout the season, highlighting the strong depth of players within the club.

Brad Fraser, Alan Kerr and Alex Bruce also celebrated hole in ones in competitions this year.

The return of the annual Pro-Am, sponsored by PTS Services and John Willox Kitchen Design, was a resounding success, attracting 20 teams to the event. 

The winning team was the JM Taylor group and the winning pro was Stephen Gray from Crow Wood Golf Club in Glasgow with a score of 64.

Following the prize-giving, club captain Dave Smith said: “The presentation night was a fitting end to what has been a wonderful season for the club both on and off the course.

“The vast array of winners shows the high standard involving members of all age groups across every section of the club.

“It was fantastic to have our successful Pro-Am back which featured players both from Ellon and across Scotland and we look forward to having another great event next year.

“McDonald Golf Club plays a huge part in the community and the committee has done an excellent job in putting on more social events than ever before which have been extremely popular. 

“In particular, I want to thank all of our staff, including our club professional, Sandy Aird Jnr, our secretary, Sandra Brockie, our greenkeepers who have kept the course in great condition and our excellent chef, Gordon Cuthbert.

“We have also had a large number of enthusiastic members who have given up their time and experience to help with volunteering over the season which shows the phenomenal spirit that we have within the club.

“I wish all members the very best and look forward to another fantastic season next year.”

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