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This year’s prize giving will take place on Monday 22nd May at Montrose Golf Links Clubhouse on conclusion of the 1st round of the Presidents Cup.


It is expected that this will be around 7 p.m. and with a full field, hopefully prize-winners and competitors will join us for an hour to congratulate the trophy and medal winners from the 2022 Tour.


For list of all winners in 2022 CLICK HERE to open document.


If you are a prize-winner and cannot attend, can you let us know in advance, many thanks.


Ian Johnston



24th April:: Presidents Cup:   At closing date we had received 159 entries for a maximum field of 132. As a result a ballot based on handicap index was carried out in accordance with the Society's ballot rules and a reserve list created. All entrants have been advised. Any late entries will be added to the bottom of the  reserve list in order received, irrespective of handicap. List of entrants and reserve list can be viewed in Competition Tab, under draw and results section.



Following the 4th and final event on this year's Pre-Season Tour, Alan Gardiner with 20.5 points at Drumoig GC jumped up the leaderboard from 8th to finish on top of the OoM Leaderboard with 42.5 points. In 2nd place, Ken Milligan with 38.5 points with Ian McKerron and Donald Munro tied for 3rd with 36.5 points, and Rob Craw in 5th with 33.5 points.

Congratulations to Alan, Ken, Ian, Donald and Rob and thank you to all members who supported our pre-season events.
Also a big thank you to Stirling, Strathmore, Monifieth and Drumoig for hosting our pre-season events.

2023 Order of Merit Table    CLICK HERE


Following on from the conclusion of our Pre-Season Tour, the Prize Voucher summary below shows players who won prize vouchers for finishing in the top 5 places at our 4 events, and the top 10 on our Pre-Season Order of Merit leaderboard. Congratulations to Ian McKerron, coming out on top with 3 top 5 placings and tied 3rd on the OoM, and all the prize voucher winners. Vouchers will be posted out week commencing 10th April.



28th MARCH 2023:  To view details and tee times for the Super Senior Events (Excluding the 3 day Masters) then click on this link.


23rd March: Spring Meeting @ Powfoot:   At closing date we had received 133 entries for a maximum field of 132. As a result a ballot based on handicap index was carried out and a reserve list created. All entrants have been advised. Any late entries will be added to the bottom of the  reserve list in order received, irrespective of handicap. List of entrants and reserve list can be viewed in Competition Tab, under draw and results section.


8th March 2023:            Matchplay Changes

As you may be aware, following on from the members survey carried out last year, the majority of respondents indicated that they wished a change to the qualification methods, and format of our Match-Play competitions, both main event and Super Seniors.

As a result, we have initiated a change for 2023 to reflect these wishes, and the success, or otherwise of these changes, will be reviewed after the competitions.

The main changes are as follows:

  • 1. Qualification for the Main Match-Play will be based on the top 32 in the Gross Order elof Merit after the R&A Seniors British Open on 14th July.
  • 2. Qualification for the Super Seniors Match-Play will be based on top 8 in the Super Seniors Handicap Order of Merit after the Super Seniors Open (Sandy Pirie Trophy) on 11th July.
  • 3. If a Super Senior qualifies under point 1 above, and also qualifies under point 2, then they can decide which competition they wish to participate in.
  • 4. If any qualifier cannot make the 3-day event at Forfar on 14-16th August, then their place will be offered to the next member in the OOM to obtain a full field. Only qualifiers who play in the Match-Play event will therefore gain OoM points.
  • 5. All qualifiers in both events, will be guaranteed 3 days play at Forfar.
  • 6. Entry fee for the 3 days knockout stages will be £50.
  • 7. Order of Merit points for 2023 have been amended to reflect these changes. Any changes to Super Seniors OOM points will be advised separately to Super Senior members in due course.
  • 8. Order of Merit points will also be tiered from winner to tied 31st in main event, and from 1st to 8th in Super Seniors event. This gives all players the opportunity to maximise their possible points awarded during the 3 days.
  • 9. This will also give certainty as regards accommodation requirements for members for these 3 days, as well as boosting the number of spectators for both finals in the afternoon of day 3.


21st December 2022:  The fixture list for 2023 has now been finalised and can be viewed via link below, and is also shown on the Fixtures page under Competitions Tab.


On-line entry forms are in process of being updated, once this has been completed we will advise members via email when entries will be accepted.


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LANARKSHIRE win the Area Team Championships with a team total of 368. In 2nd place on 370 (due to a better 6th score) was GLASGOW with PERTH & KINROSS in 3rd place. Team pictured below.

To view Team results and detailed team score breakdown, click on relative link below.


NIALL LAMOND (Dumbartonshire) had the best individual score with a superb 6 under par 65. In 2nd place on 69, with a better inward half, was KENNY GALLACHER (Lanarkshire) with CRAIG MORRISON (Glasgow) also on 69.

To view Individual Leader Board CLICK HERE


The final event of this year's Tour was the Super Seniors Autumn Meeting held at Ratho Park Golf Club. The event was won by John Fraser (Royal Burgess GS) on 139 (66,73), with Richard Gray (Caprington GC) in 2nd place on 142 (72,70), and Brian Smith (Glasgow GC) in third place on 144 (73,71).

In the Handicap Section, the winner was Richard Gray on 134 (68,66), with Brian Smith in 2nd place on 136 (69,67) and Bob Stewart (Tulliallan GC) in 3rd place on 139 (68,71).

Thank you to Ratho Park Golf Club for again hosting an SSGS Tour event which is very much appreciated.

Congratulations to John and Richard and all the voucher winners. As it is the last event of the year, all vouchers have been posted out to all winners.

Full leader boards and voucher winners can be viewed on results page by CLICKING HERE


19th September 2022:  ORDER OF MERIT 2022 WINNERS

With the completion of the Autumn Meeting at Cardross, the final positions in the main Order of Merits have been decided.

The winner of the 2022 Order of Merit was our Chairman  RONNIE CLARK (ERSKINE) with a final points total of 1,234. Ronnie had a very consistent season with wins in the Scottish Seniors Open, as well as our Spring Meeting at Moray and the Presidents Cup at Montrose. In second place was PAUL MOULTRIE (ROYAL TROON),  on 964, and JOHN MATHERS (HAGGS CASTLE) in 3rd place on 719.

The winner of the Handicap Order of Merit was GEORGE BARRIE (CALLANDER GOLF CLUB), with a points total of 433, narrowly pushing SCOTT MICHIE (KINROSS GOLF CLUB) into 2nd place on 415. 3rd place was taken by BRYAN INNES (MURCAR GOLF CLUB) on 325.

Congratulations to Ronnie and George on a successful season.

The Super Seniors Scratch Order of Merit winner for 2023 is  JOHN FRASER (ROYAL BURGESS GOLFING SOCIETY).  Well played throughout the season John.

The handicap OOM however went  down to the wire. Going into the last event It was still all to play for with KEITH BRUCE (EDZELL) leading JOHN FRASER by one point. However John Fraser emerged the victor at Ratho Park, taking both the Scratch and Handicap Super Senior Order of Merit awards. Keith Bruce finished 2nd with Keith Ross (Glasgow G C) in 3rd place.

To view final main OOM positions and current Super Seniors positions visit the OOM page on the website.



After a successful inaugural match last year, the 2nd match took place at Fulford Golf Club, York on 5th & 6th September. 

After the 5 fourballs on Saturday, SSGS led by 3.5 - 1.5. However, UKSGA won the matches today by 3-2 so SSGS retains the salver with the final result 5.5-4.5. A fuller report including match details will be updated later.  Pictured below is the successful SSGS team and Team Captain John Fraser accepting the Trophy from his UKSGA counterpart, Billy Mitchell.



A very successful tournament was held over 3 days at Southerness Golf Club on the Solway Coast between 31st August and 2nd September, and the Scottish weather even played ball with 3 days of glorious sunshine and light winds. As a result, the course was “fiery” and played tricky, even off the yellow tees.


At the end of the day, the competition couldn’t have ended closer, with 2 players tied on 212. The joint winners were new SSGS member GEORGE WRAITH (DURHAM CITY G C) and DOUGLAS CAMERON (WORTHING G C).  Current holder IAN BROTHERSTON (Dumfries & County G C) was 3rd on 216 and picked up the Bronze Medal.


In the handicap section, George also had the lowest Nett score, but as you are only allowed to win 1 prize, the Trophy and Gold Medal was won by ADRIAN DONKERSLEY (DENHAM G C) with a 3-round total of 208 (1 over par). Returning SSGS member BRIAN HALBERT (RATHO PARK G C) picked up the Silver Medal on 209 with a better last round, with the Bronze Medal being won by NORMAN CAMERON (PORTERS PARK G C) also on 209.


In the Age Categories, the following also picked up medals:





1st Handicap Gold Medal             – KEITH BRUCE (EDZELL G C) – 210

2nd Handicap Silver Medal           -  LINDSAY GORDON (TURNHOUSE G C) – 218 b.i.h.

3rd Handicap Bronze Medal        - PETER HARDWICK (NEWBATTLE G C) – 218




Scratch winner Gold Medal       GLYN REES(FLEETWOOD G C)– 227


1st Handicap Gold Medal             – PETER KINLOCH (CARDROSS G C) – 217

2nd Handicap Silver Medal           -  SEAN LYNCH (MINCHINHAMPTON G C) – 221

3rd Handicap Bronze Medal        - ROY SMETHURST (CREWE G C) – 223


We look forward to seeing as many of you again next year at LUFNESS NEW GOLF CLUB in East Lothian between 30th August and 1st September.


Pictured below is George receiving his Trophy from Competition Secretary Ian Kerr. Whilst Adrian was not available to attend prize giving to receive his Trophy on the day, we managed to get it to him later, see below.