Festival attracts more than 100 to Forres
MORE than 100 golfers took to Forres Golf Club as part of an annual Golf Experience festival.
Locals were joined by visitors from across the UK, as well as further afield for the five-day Speyside Golf Festival which combines the love of golf and whisky.
Golfers played 18 holes each day, teeing off first at Boat of Garten, then Grantown on Spey, Moray's old course at Lossiemouth, Forres and the final day in Elgin.
The event is designed to promote Speyside at its best through golf courses, hotels and visitor attractions.
James Macpherson, chairman of Speyside Golf Experience said: "Whisky and golf have vast, worldwide appeal.
"Speyside is at the heart of uisge beatha – the water of life, as well as having very highly regarded golf courses each of them more than 100 years old, offering players tradition and uniquely different challenges.
"The visitors to our area have been so full of praise at the warmth of welcome they've been given at all golf clubs, the visitor attractions and at hotels and B&B's where they've been so well cared for."
A golfing highlight was a hole in one at Grantown-on-Spey's 16th green by Elizabeth Wood, from Brancepeth Castle GC, County Durham on her second visit to this festival.
Players competed for the championship quaich and prizes reflecting some of the quality products of this area. The quaich was won by David Booth, Vicars Cross GC near Chester.
Booth said: "It is my first time on Speyside, it has been an amazing experience and a really fantastic event."
Last year's winner Liz Ruscoe was a member of same club.
Speyside Golf Festival will next take place from September 2 until September 6 next year.
Tournament director, Steve Crane has encouraged early booking for the 2019 even as the entry for this year was filled up by January.
Further information on the festival can be found at www.speysidegolfexperience.com
David Booth 151 points; Gillian Duncan 148; Robert MacGregor 145; Michael Lumsden 144; Duncan Thomas 143; Paul Mullen 142; Ian Smith (Peterborough) 142; Steve Taylor 142; Vaughan Hart 141; David Parkinson 141; Stuart Baird 140; Kenny Johnston 140; Ian Brocklehurst 139; Jim Strang 139; Roald Uri 139; Walter Forbes 138; John Guthrie 138; Sue Holwell 138; Ken Mason 137; Peter Uri 137; Jim Scullion 136; Jim Watson 136; Elizabeth M Wood 136; Richard Byrne 135; Marie Curran 135; Fiona Findlay 134; Eric W Rix 134; Gary Skerritt 134; Kenny Cochrane 133; Andrew Green 133; Jude Allardice 132; Tony Curran 132; Helmut Pertler 132; Mandy Mcbain 131; Keith Hodson 130; Scott Moreland 130.