The inaugural Evening Express Champion of Champions ladies scratch trophy is bound for Inverurie on Sunday.
The winner’s name may still be a mystery… but one thing is certain, it will be an Inverurie lady member who takes it back her club.
Kelly Guthrie and Julie Henderson have been Inverurie’s club champions over the last couple of seasons and remarkably they have both battled through to the final at Newburgh.
The pair had joined 44 north-east club champions from the last two years in the March draw after last year’s tournament was cancelled due to Covid.
Kelly, who has been playing golf for 13 years and has also been the Oldmeldrum club champion, warmed up for the match by having the round of her life – a gross one-under-par 69 at Inverurie – to reduce her handicap index to 3.7.
“I’m just thrilled to have reached the final,” said Kelly, 28.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the Evening Express matchplay this year.
“It has been brilliant playing at different courses and meeting other ladies.
“With Covid preventing much golf last year, it was great to get out and about and play more this season.
“Each lady I played was lovely. There has been some terrific golf with some very close results.”
The match will also be a repeat of this year’s Bennachie Scratch Champion of Champions final which Julie edged 3&2.
Kelly added: “The final of the Bennachie Champion of Champions was very close, so it will be exciting to play Julie again at Newburgh.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Kelly booked her place with a one-hole win over Jan Lyne at Oldmeldrum after earlier victories over Sarah Ritchie (Portlethen), Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) and Louise Anderson (Duff House Royal).
Kelly’s match with Julie will be the last of the four finals on Sunday at 1.50pm, which the public are welcome to watch for free.
Stewart McCulloch (Cruden Bay) will play Adam Dunton (Ellon McDonald) in the men’s scratch final 10 minutes later.
The four competitions are sponsored by Aberdein Considine who are providing £1,600 of vouchers.
The winners will all receive £200, the four runners-up will win £100 while the eight semi-finalists will all earn £50.
Watt a moment for Cruden Bay’s Scott
Scott Watt had a hole-in-one at the 142-yard fourth hole at Cruden Bay using an eight-iron.
He was partnered by Stuart Duncan and Paul Gibson.
Meanwhile, late entries are being accepted for the Auchmill Gents Open on Sunday, September 12. Entry £15. Telephone 01224 715214.