Thursday, March 21, 2019

North-east Alliance Championship Winners @ Portlethen GC

By ALAN GALL
Following on from today's North-east Alliance Pro-Am Event at a very welcoming Portlethen Golf Club, presentations were made to the 2018-19 Championship prizewinners. 

First round was held at Duff House Royal golf course and the second round at Portlethen Golf Club.   Both courses were set up well to challenge strong fields, thanks to the efforts of course managers at both locations.

Overall Winner of the Uniroyal Quaich - 136 Sam Kiloh (Portlethen) 70 66 (Sam is pictured on right.

Lead Scratch Amateur, Winner of J K Hall Quaich
- 142  Stewart Finnie (Caledonian) 70 72. Pictured above with Alan Gall.

Class 1  Winner of Chapper's Pot
 - 138 Ian Esslemont (PLGC) (3) 70 68

Class 2 Handicap Winner of Major's Pot
 - 140 Ritchie Smith (Portlethen) (11) 70 70. Pictured below on left with Alan Gall   on     right

Winner of Veteran's Pot - 144 Raymond Brown (Kemnay) (16) 69 75

Points of interest
The Uniroyal Quaich was first played for in 1935 which was not long after the North-east Alliance was formed, some 80 plus years ago and still going strong.

J K Hall was a staunch supporter of the Alliance and a member of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.

"Chapper" Thomson was the father of Muriel, erstwhile professional at Portlethen Golf Club, and secretary of the North-east Alliance.

Major Bill Graham was a real major (retired) in the army and secretary to the North-east Alliance for some time and he was mainly responsible for an increase in the number of competitions from one a month to one every week.  
History suggests that the Major asked to be referred to as "Major" when playing in Alliance matches to which Chapper retorted:  "Are you here to play golf or play (sojers) soldiers?" 

The Veteran's Pot should be self-evident but perhaps the age criteria need to be reconsidered, thanks to all of our members, thankfully, living ever longer.

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for this interesting insight to the history of our Alliance which is still going strong today.  Any variation from reality is entirely down to Colin!

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