New McDonald Club captain looks ahead

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Over the years each and every captain of the McDonald Golf Club has brought a welcome individuality to the post in their two years in the position.

Current captain Iain Campbell is no different in wishing to see the 78 year-old club flourish in his two-year term of office.

“Most of all I wish to build on the great success story that is the McDonald Club. I am proud and privileged to have been entrusted with the responsibility of heading up a hard-working committee, totally dedicated to the job of serving our members,” said Mr Campbell.

His love of the game goes back to his formative years in Portsoy where there is no golf club, but boasts a fine putting green where the young Iain first learned the art of putting the ball in the hole. “The many hours I spent on the course were not wasted, and over 50 years later I still like to think I am a good putter, all because I was prepared to put in the practice time, but greatly encouraged by my father who set me the target of having a lower handicap than him.”

A move to Newburgh heightened his love of the game, although his love of cricket occasionally got in the way of golf, but such is his dedication to perfection that he went on to become a qualified coach in both sports.

“I am very committed to the development of our junior section, seeing it as our future. We have been very lucky to have had some excellent junior conveners, including Frank Duguid one of the first members to see the potential of promoting golf among our youngsters, but then I am also keen to see every section of the club develop, not least our strong ladies section,” he said, bearing in mind no doubt the fact that his wife Valerie is former ladies captain.

On June 18 Mr Campbell will preside over another of the club’s open days that in recent years has taken a trick with the Ellon public, and will again be a great tool for recruitment. “We also have our 28 year-old Pro-Am coming up in late July, and thanks to Colin Grant, himself a former captain, we look set to have another successful day coming up,” he added.

Success is in fact a key word in the new captain’s vocabulary, while ensuring the well appointed clubhouse opened in 1996 is kept busy with a range of social activities.