Forres Golf Club Remembers The Somme 1916-2016
The Royal British Legion recently launched an initiative entitled Sports Remembers. It has encouraged individual sports to identify and remember those who sacrificed their lives for King and Country in the battle of the Somme 100 years ago.
The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) has wholeheartedly embraced this initiative and undertaken research to appropriately recognise all of its PGA members enlisted to fight throughout the Great War of 1914 – 1918 and who made the ultimate sacrifice for King and Country.
The PGA has advised that Charles Fraser was the Golf Professional at Forres Golf Club prior to joining the Royal Scots Fusiliers. At the age of 30 he died of wounds on the 10th October 1917 and is commemorated at Etaples Military Cemetery, Boulogne, France.
Charles Fraser was born in Nairn in 1886; he started his career as assistant to Joe Dalgleish at the local club and was then professional at Forres between 1907 and 1914. In October 1913 he was presented with a dining-room clock by the members of the Forres club on the occasion of his wedding and he played in the Scottish Professional Championship the following year. He then enlisted in the Royal Scots. It was announced in early October 1917 that he had been severely wounded and, the following week, he died of his wounds in hospital at Dannes-Camiers.
The Professional Golfers Association has presented Forres GC with a Poppy hole flag. This flag will be flown on the pin on the 18th hole.
The PGA is grateful Forres members have joined other golf clubs in remembering the loss of their Golf Professionals who went to war and never returned.
Scores for the November Monthly Medal held on Saturday 3 November can be viewed on the club’s page on howdidido
This is the first time in the history of the competition that Forres has triumphed.
This prestigious trophy (played as an inter club foursomes event) was first played for at Balgownie in 1900. Teams from the counties of Aberdeen, Banff, Caithness, Inverness, Kincardine, Moray, Nairn, Orkney & Shetland, Ross & Cromarty and Sutherland are eligible to compete.
In what was a tough draw, Forres triumphed against some clubs that had won the cup in recent times including the previous years winners Moray. Forres defeated Peterhead 1 at the 19th and in the next round defeated Nairn 2 up. They then defeated Cruden Bay 1 up before winning their semi-final 2 up against last years winners Moray 1. In the final Forres won 4 up against Moray 2. A copy of the draw/results is available here.
Congratulations to Jeff Wright, Matty Wilson, Bryan Fotheringham and Robert McKerron for such a great achievement.
Some modifications to the rules (to help simplify and speed up play) are being introduced from 2019. Read about some of them here.
Please note that despite rumours to the contrary there are no plans at present to change the rule on playing out of a divot/pitch mark. You will still have to ‘play it as it lies’ in such situations.
One potential rule change (stroke and distance) will be down to the discretion of each local club. You may be able to drop another ball in the vicinity of where your ball was lost or went out of bounds i.e. rather than playing 3 from the tee, 4 from the same spot as your 2nd etc. This will be at the discretion of each club so check with the match secretary or members of each golf club that you play at. The number of penalty strokes will not change (2 shot penalty) but it may help prevent multiple penalty shots (i.e. 5 off the tee etc)…..
Appointments for club fitting can be reserved in the Pro Shop.
If you do not have an appointment then you can still come along and try the clubs.
Ladies and gents competitions will now be arranged for the second half of September.
Volunteers will be required to help with the hollow coring. Please inform the Pro Shop if you are available.
Forres Golf Club would like to thank all our sponsors for the 2018 Five Day Open
- Grant Cup winner – Matty Wilson (Forres GC)
- Fraser Cup winner – Marcus Mann (Keith GC)
- Capri Tray winner – Neil Cruikshank (Royal Aberdeen GC)
- Forres Cup winner – Jim Thomson (Forres GC)
- Dr Stevenson Trophy winner – Bryan Fotheringham (Forres GC)
The Scratch qualifying score was 161. The Nett qualifying score was 157.