Fortrose & Rosemarkie just missed out on winning the now 112 year old Northern Counties Cup – one of the oldest golf tournaments on the golfing calendar – for the third time time in the last decade at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club after they were beaten in the final by McDonald Ellon Golf Club who had three full-time players/internationalists and one ex-pro on their team. The team consisted of Mike MacDonald, Chris Gaittens, Allan Cameron and Lewis Reid. On their way to the final the quartet beat teams from Murcar Golf Links, Orkney, Muir of Ord and Nairn before meeting McDonald Ellon in the final of the men’s double foursomes match-play event over the Balgownie links (Royal Aberdeen).
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club went with the same team which proved to be so successful in 2011. Playing 36 holes over the Moray Old Course, the team of Mike MacDonald (77 & 68), Chris Gaittens (76 & 77) and Lewis Reid (73 & 81) finished runners-up behind Inverness Golf Club therefore just missing out on representing the North District for the second year in a row with the Scottish Club Championship Final taking place at Arbroath Golf Club on the 30th September 2012.
The team of Mike MacDonald, Chris Gaittens and Lewis Reid won the North District Team Championship over Forres Golf Course on Sunday, 31st July 2011.
The trio won by five shots with a total of 275 (Mike MacDonald 71-68, Lewis Reid 75-68, Chris Gaittens 68-69) made up of a best two from three scores each round of the 36-hole event. The team representing the North went on to finish 11th in the Scottish Final in September of that year.
Chris was the first player from the Club to represent Scotland and played in the Boys Home international matches against Ireland, England and Wales from the 7th-9th August 2007.
Fortrose & Rosemarkie won the now 106 year old Northern Counties Cup – one of the oldest golf tournaments on the calendar – for the second time in four years at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Fortrose on their way to the final beat teams from Peterhead, Banchory, Royal Dornoch and Duff House Royal before meeting Torvean in the final of the men’s double foursomes match-play event over the Balgownie links (Royal Aberdeen).
Fortrose’s lead-off pairing of Club Secretary, Mike MacDonald and 15-year-old Lewis Reid finished three holes up in the final before the second pairing of Robbie MacKay and Andrew Brown finished their match all square.
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club won the Northern Counties Cup for the first time in 2002. The team consisting of Mike MacDonald, Johnston Bellshaw, Willie Donnelly and Corin Stewart saw off teams from Royal Aberdeen (teams one and two), Duff House Royal and Cruden Bay before defeating Inverness Golf Club in the final with the pairing of Mike MacDonald and Johnston Bellshaw winning by five holes to beat the team from Inverness by one hole overall. This was the first time in the 102 year history of the Northern Counties Cup that the Club had won it.