The Scottish Women’s County Finals get underway this Friday (27 August) with Perth & Kinross representing the North Division, Midlothian the East and Dunbartonshire & Argyll the West in the three-day competition.
There is no South Division representative this year because they were unable to play their qualifier due to Covid-19 but the Northern Counties are supplying an unofficial team in order to keep the traditional round robin format going.
The Perth & Kinross team includes Katy Alexander, Megan Ashley and Jillian Milne who are all members of Blairgowrie plus Laura Campbell (Whitemuir), Isla Moncrieff (Aberfeldy), Jen Saxton (Dunfermline), Laura Walker (Muckhart) and Eilidh Watson (St Regulus).
The team representing Dunbartonshire & Argyll comprises Lorraine Campbell (Cardross), Lorna McClymont (Milngavie), Laura McGeachy (Haggs Castle), Lori MacDonald (Cardross), Fiona Rattray (Douglas Park), Vicky Hendren (Cardross), Aileen Baker (Crail) and Maggie Kinvig (Carrick).
Midlothian are represented by Freya Constable (Prestonfield), Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe), Anne Hanson (Turnhouse), Hilary Laughland (Mortonhall), Rachael Livingstone (Baberton) Emma Morrison (Gullane), Kate Rorke (Kingsknowe) and Caroline Steedman (Murrayfield).
The course at Forres Golf Club is a delightful par-70 parkland layout designed by former Open Champions James Braid and Willie Park which over the years has hosted a series of prestigious events including the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professionals Championship.
“Everyone at Forres Golf Club is delighted to be hosting one of Scottish Golf’s annual Championships. We have hosted a number of prestigious events over the years and we hope that this will be the beginning of many more returning to our golf club in the future.
It is a privilege to welcome some of the best county players from across the country to our golf club over the coming days. I am sure the ladies will find a course presented in fantastic condition, as it has been throughout the entire season, which is a testimony to our hard working greens team who have continued to deliver such a high standard against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the dramatic increase in the number of golfers who are playing our golf course on a daily basis.
I hope that everyone involved in the event has a great few days at Forres Golf Club.” said Sean Blacklaw, Club Manager at Forres Golf Club.
The order of play for the three days of the competition (starting Friday 27 August) is: Day 1 – Dunbartonshire & Argyll v Perth & Kinross and Midlothian v North. Day 2 – Midlothian v Dunbartonshire & Argyll and North v Perth & Kinross. Day 3 – Midlothian v Perth & Kinross and Dunbartonshire & Argyll v North.
Each day involves three foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon. The team with the most points at the end of the three-day competition will be declared the winner.
The Scottish Women’s County Finals marks the start of a hectic run which also sees the Commonwealth Spoons played at Dullatur on Monday 30 August, the Scottish Men’s Area Team Championship staged at Kings Golf Club on Friday 3 September – Sunday 5 September and the Scottish Boys’ Area Team Championship returning to Dullatur on Sunday 12 September.