2019doddieweirAs part of our charitable support from the Speyside Golf Experience, we are providing, on behalf of our partners, a unique auction item for Doddie Weir’s MND Charity. This will be auctioned during their cycle trip up the A9 next month.

The auction item includes 2 player participation in this year’s Speyside Golf Festival, plus executive tours around Johnston’s of Elgin and Benromach Distillery, plus 6 nights’ accommodation at the Knockomie Hotel.

This item should generate significant funds for a worthwhile cause which we are delighted to support.

For details of the event, and where you can join the route, see https://doddie5-ride.co.uk/the-great-rugby-cycle; don’t forget to visit https://www.myname5doddie.co.uk/ to read all about the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

As a celebration of many years’ effort on behalf of SGWT and the golf festival, our Chairman, James Macpherson, was treated to luncheon at Elgin Golf Club, and presented with a fitting memento – Benromach 35 year-old single malt whisky.

Celebration Luncheon

Chairman Designate, Bob Cunnigham presenting James with his 'gift of appreciation'.

“Some 10 years ago David Urquhart stood down as Chairman of the group and we were tasked with finding a new Chairman. To my mind only one person fitted the bill, James Macpherson. With his knowledge of the whisky industry and golf he was the obvious replacement. James agreed and with his usual enthusiasm he took the chair.

“I have no doubt that without James leadership and enthusiasm the organisation would not be where it is today.

“James contributed greatly to the success of the golf festival. From the meet and greet on Day 1 of the festival to his star performances at Prize Giving.

“James the group will miss you and no doubt so will the golfers who return year after year.”

    Steve Crane, Festival Director

Overall Winner Speyside Golf Festival 2018 :- David Booth Vicars Cross GC

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David having receive the Quaich and replica from Colin MacGregor Captain of Elgin Golf Club

Runner up, leading lady at Boat of Garten and winner at Moray Gillian Duncan

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The slideshow from the presentation below shows some of the principal prize winners


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The results of the Speyside Golf Festival 2018 (Best 4 out of 5) scores can be found via the following link 

Once again we were extremely lucky with the weather with only 1 short sharp shower spoiling the day.

The results from the Elgin round can be found via the following link

Apart from 1 short shower we had another fine day at Forres

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The results for Day 4 at Forres can be found via the following link

The results for combined score from days 1,2,3 and 4 can be found via the following link

Despite the doom and gloom of the weather forecast we had superb conditions at  Moray for day 3 with only slight winds towards the end of the field and the rain kept off until everyone was in the clubhouse. 

The results for Day 3 at Moray can be found via the following link

The results for combined score from days 1,2 and 3 can be found via the following link

Highlight of another beautiful sunny day at Grantown was a Hole in 1 by Elizabeth Wood (Brancepeth Castle) at the 16th.

Elizabeth is pictured receiving her bottle of "Red Door" Gin to mark the occasion

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We had 8 players from Switzerland 6 of whom are pictured below.

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The results for Day 2 at Grantown-on-Spey can be found via the following link

The results for combined score from days 1 and 2 can be found via the following link

As usual the 2018 edition of Speyside Golf Experience began in bright sunshine with everyone taking advantage of sitting outside after their round.

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The results for Day 1 at Boat of Garten can be found via the following link



Speyside Golf Festival 2017

Congratulations to Liz Ruscoe from Vicars Cross who is the winner of the 2017 Speyside Golf Festival. 

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Tom Anderson, Bathgate was runner up with Len Walker, Denton 3rd, Benno Hoffman, Pfullinger Hof, Germany 4th and  Mark McCathie, Dukes Course, St Andrews 5th.

  The prizes were presented by Alan Thom, captain of Grantown on Spey Golf Club.

2017 Festival Prize Giving

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The full  leaderboard for the tournament can be found at the following link :- Full Leaderboard

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Golf Festival 2016

The first day of the SGWT Golf Festival was played over Moray Old Course in glorious sunshine, following a wee shower as the first group got ready to tee off. A little bonus was the very much reduced flying from RAF Lossiemouth as the base is on a night flying programme for the month of September and so things were very quiet until about 2 o'clock. The male competitors were all outshone a little by Liz Robinson's 41 points and Dee Crane's 40pts. They all now had a target to shoot at for the following 4 days, of hopefully, just as good, if not better weather over Forres, Elgin, Grantown and Boat of Garten. 

Day 2 at Forres was again played in fine conditions with Fiona Findlay coming out on top of the leaderboard with a fine 43 points followed in second place by 
Peter Roe with 39 and Stephen Leitch on 37Winners.At the end of play there was a chance to get all of the previous winners of  Scotland's Golf Whisky Trail Golf Festival together. Ian Kerr, winner in both 2013 and 2014, Ashley Leitch our first lady winner in 2015 and Ian Smiththe 2016 winner. Both Ian's play at Peterborough Milton Golf Club whilst Ashley plays her golf at Dollar Golf Club.4

Day 3 at Elgin saw Diane Moncrieff score a great 42 points to shoot her up the leaderboard to second place whilst Janette Roe scored 40 points to take her in to the lead with 40 points whilst her husband Peter lay in 3rd position after scoring 36points, It was very tight at the top of the leaderboard with Janette on 113, with Diane on 111 and Peter on 110.

Well it was certainly a dreich start to play at Grantown with the rain coming down in buckets leading to initial flooding on fairways and, not surprisingly a couple of guys did not venture forth and a few succumbed after a few holes. The ladies, however, put them to shame by sticking it out until the better weather came along after about 3 hours from the start time and by the close of play the sun was shining brightly. Helmut Pertler, Moray, had the best score of the day with 39 points followed by Tom Edwards (Peterborough Milton, John Rankin (Forfar) and Janette and Peter Roe (Workington) all on 37 points with Tom being second gent on better inward half. Ashley Leitch (Dollar) was lady runner up with 33 points.

The final day of the SGWT Golf Festival 2016 took place at Boat of Garten Golf Club on a warm but windy September day. The forecasted rain held off until the final group appraoched the clubhouse which was a blessing, after the previous day's monsoon at Grantown-on-Spey GC.

However, the wind did get up and, even though it was weighted down, the Klub Klean gazebo took off for the tennis courts and some of the golfers found the breeze to be "testing".


In the end the very worthy winner was Janette Roe (Workington GC) with 150 points as her best 4 out of 5 Stableford scores showing remarkable consistency throughout the week scoring 37, 36, 40, 37 and 33 points over the 5 days on 5 courses she had never played before. Janette is shown below having been presented with the SGWT Quaich by Gordon Hay manager of Boat of Garten Golf Club.

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