From the picturesque greens of Deeside in the south to the windswept fairways of Wick in the north, golf enthusiasts from across Scotland gathered from September 15th to 17th, 2023, for the prestigious Northern Counties Cup. This event, now in its 123rd year, has a storied history dating back to its inception in 1900 at Balgownie in Aberdeen. This year, the competition unfolded over the hallowed grounds of the Old Course at Moray Golf Club Lossiemouth, bringing together some of the finest golfers from the North of Scotland.
A Storied Past
The Northern Counties Cup stands as a testament to the enduring passion and dedication of golfers and administrators in the North and North East of Scotland. The year 2000 marked a remarkable milestone for the competition, as it celebrated its centenary. Over the course of a century, the Northern Counties Cup has become more than just a golf tournament; it’s a celebration of golfing heritage and camaraderie.
In September 1899, Mr. M. M. Duncan, Honorary Secretary of Aberdeen Golf Club, extended a heartfelt invitation to golf clubs spanning the old Counties, stretching from Kincardine in the South to the Shetland Isles in the North. Their goal was clear: to participate in a remarkable golfing showdown on the illustrious Balgownie Links in the summer of 1900. Aberdeen Club proposed that each participating club contribute a minimum of two guineas towards the acquisition of a distinguished cup. The clubs who contributed would collectively decide on the course for the following year, a tradition that continues to this day.
More Than a Competition
One of the remarkable aspects of the Northern Counties Cup has always been the event’s warm and convivial atmosphere. Participants come not only for individual accolades but also for the honour of representing their beloved clubs. Throughout its storied existence, the competition has cherished this spirit, eschewing individual prizes for the treasured inscribed gold medals awarded to the victorious teams.
A Day of Triumph and Celebration
The culmination of this year’s Northern Counties Cup took place at Moray Golf Club. The teams in the final hailed from Murcar Golf Club and Moray Golf Club, both brimming with talent and determination. After a keenly contested match that had spectators on the edge of their seats, Moray Golf Club emerged as worthy winners of the Northern Counties Cup. Congratulations to Moray team 1 for their exceptional performance and dedication.
As we look back on the 123rd edition of the Northern Counties Cup, we celebrate not only the winners but the rich history and enduring spirit of this remarkable competition. It’s a testament to the love of golf, the camaraderie of clubs, and the unwavering dedication of those who continue to make this event a highlight on the golfing calendar. Here’s to another century of excellence, sportsmanship, and cherished moments on the links of the North of Scotland.