Moray golfer gets ready for Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Championship at Royal Troon
GOLF runs through Ellie Docherty’s blood, setting the Lossiemouth lass up nicely for her appearance at this weekend’s Scottish Women’s Open Championship.
The Moray Golf Club member has rattled off a string of titles in her six years since taking up the sport.
The 20-year-old’s grandfather Farquhar Thomson, a former captain and honorary member at the Lossie course, caddied for Ellie when she became on of Moray’s youngest ladies’ club champions at the age of 16.
She then won it the following year, claimed the Moray Ladies Matchplay Cup a record four times, lifted the Northern Counties Handicap Championship at 16 and competed in the British Ladies Amateur Strokeplay.
Today she will step onto the first tee at one of the most famous courses in the world, Royal Troon, as part of a strong international field of 121 all bidding to win the Scottish Open over three days.
She then competes in the Northern Counties ladies championships at Moray next week.
Ellie works as a golf operations assistant at Castle Stuart, as well as at the FortyFour gym in Lossie. She is coached by Moray assistant pro Derek Ramsay and her aim is to have a career in golf.
“I’m really enjoying competing in amateur events and I will continue to work towards playing professional golf,” she said.
I’m currently working very hard just now to improve my game and prepare for this seasons competitions with my coach Derek and I’ve really benefited from getting to use the fantastic brand new facilities (golf simulator) at Moray Golf Club.”
Ellie is joined at Troon by Elgin’s Carinne Taylor, representing Nairn Golf Club.