Wednesday, 31 May 2017

North-east Alliance to be run by Paul Lawrie
 
Foundation's Michael MacDougall


By COLIN FARQUHARSON
In a trail-blazing move, the Paul Lawrie Foundation is to take over the organisation of the North-east Golfers' Alliance circuit with Michael MacDougall, the PLF manager, stepping into the shoes of former joint secretaries, Dave Wilson and Joel Hopwood.
David Fleming, captain of the NE Alliance, said:
 "Following the recent meeting of the membership, I am delighted to announce the voting was overwhelmingly in favour of Michael MacDougall essentially taking over the organisation of the alliance meetings, following the retirement of Dave Wilson and Joel Hopwood stepping down.
"Our thanks are due to both for their work on our behalf  but particularly Dave Wilson who has acted as secretary for many years.  Our thanks are also due to Paul Lawrie for offering this option to the Alliance.
"Michael MacDougall will continue to be employed by the Paul Lawrie Foundation and the NE Alliance secretary's honorarium will, in future, be paid directly to the Foundation. 
"There will no real changes as far as the membership is concerned, save for the fact that Michael will have a little more time to liaise with our venues with a view to ensuring the quality of the course arrangements are as good as they can be.  However, Michael will report to, and be directed by, the officials and committee elected by the NE Alliancer membership.
"The adoption of a constitution will be proposed at the next AGM, at Craibstone Golf Club on Monday, September 4 to formalise our organisation.”
 
MacDougall (pictured) was secretary of the PGA in Scotland, well used to organising and running Tartan Tour events, when he was recruited by Paul Lawrie to be his right-hand man.
Paul Lawrie commented:  “Having played and enjoyed alliance events for almost 30 years, I’m really pleased that the foundation will now become involved in their day-to-day operation.
"I have always said that these played an important role in my own development as a golfer, allowing me to stay competitive over the long winters.  But, as well as an excellent proving ground for aspiring young professionals, the events are sociable and fun competitive gatherings where amateurs and professionals meet and enrich the game.
"I’m already looking forward to competing at the end of the year in the North-east Alliance fixtures.”
 
Fixtures for the first half of the 2017-2018 NE Alliance season are:
 
SEPTEMBER
6 Craibstone.
13 Kemnay.
20 Newmachar
27 Kintore.
 
OCTOBER
4 Alford
10-12 Scottish Alliance championship (Monifieth)
18 Banchory
25 Peterculter
 
NOVEMBER
1  Oldmeldrum
8  Strathlene
15 Fraserburgh
22 Montrose
29 Buckpool
 
DECEMBER
6 Portlethen
 
+next competition January 2018
 
 
 

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