Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club has over the last few years achieved much success and received recognition in team competitions.
Fortrose & Rosemarkie win 20-Hole Northern Counties Cup Final - 20 September 2014.
Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club beat Inverness Golf Club at the 20th hole in the final of the Northern Counties Cup men's double club foursomes tournament at Tain Golf Club on Saturday. Fortrose's Allan Cameron and his nephew Lewis Reid, the second couple, were six ahead of Inverness's Bryan Fotheringham and David Joel after nine holes but they were brought back to only four after 15 holes. At the same stage the Fortrose & Rosemarkie first pair, Mike MacDonald and Chris Gaittens, were three down to the Inverness first pair of John Forbes and David Sanderson (the same first pair when Inverness won at Tain in 2008).
When still four down Fotheringham and Joel surprisingly offered 8 foot putts for halves on the 16th green and it backfired when Fotheringham bunkered his tee shot to the 17th green to go five down and the 114 year old trophy looked lost in normal time however, Cameron went into the water hazard from the 18th tee. Although Reid played out from it, it still took them four to reach the green and give a hole back to finish four up after 18.
With the Fortrose first pair also finding rough from the final tee, Inverness's Forbes and Sanderson also won the 18th hole to level the game at +4 and -4. Fotheringham and Joel had a chance to win the first extra hole but they missed their putt from 25 feet while Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club’s second pair of Cameron and Reid then had a chance to win the match but they missed from three feet after the first pair had halved in four after playing the 19th hole.
At the second extra hole, both the first pairings missed the green with their second shots. Mike MacDonald then pitched stiff from 30 feet away which left Inverness a tricky 6ft putt for a half, which they missed giving Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club the edge. After the Inverness second string of Fotheringham and Joel missed the green Reid hit his second shot to 15 feet, setting up the overall victory for Fortrose and Rosemarkie with a two putt par.
In the morning semi-finals, Nairn Dunbar, conquerors of title favourites Newmachar, winners of the trophy three times out of the previous four years, were beaten by Inverness by two holes. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club proceeded to beat Tain Golf Club by four holes in the other semi-final. Fortrose and Rosemarkie won the Northern Counties Cup in 2002 and again in 2006. Allan Cameron was in the Inverness team that won six years ago at Tain. He has now moved his home club handicap back to his home village and as such plays for Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club.
Mike MacDonald is the Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club Secretary and a key player in his Club's last two Northern Counties Cup wins in 2002 at Tain and 2006 at Royal Aberdeen. The third win for Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club within 12 years has capped a fine year for the club. Just a week or so ago Mike MacDonald and the Match & Handicap Convener, John Jack won the Belhaven Best Captain's & Secretaries National Grand Final at Crail Golfing Society with better ball score of 63..