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Sunday, January 15, 2017

AYRSHIRE COMPETITIONS - Entry update

There are just 16 days left until entries close for a number of the Ayrshire Golf Association extended matchplay competitions for the forthcoming 2017 season.


The entries received for each of the competitions to date (15th January) are :-

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
John Sloan (Title Holder)
Steven Dunlop (Alton)
Frank Murdoch (Brunston Castle)
Mark Tait (Rowallan Castle)
James McMurdo (Ballochmyle)
Robert Murdoch (Doon Valley)
Martin Riddall (New Cumnock)
Derek Watt (Drongan)
Kieran Clark (Braehead)
Iain Fraser (Troon Portland)
Scott Little (Auchenharvie 88)
John Shanks (Irvine)
David Clydesdale (Glacier)
Craig Burns (Muirkirk)
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark)
Blair Henderson (Ayr Carrick)
David A Macdonald (Largs)
Shaun Ryan (Ayr Dalmilling)
Johnny O’Neill (N B Parkstone)
Adam Sweeney (Largs Routenburn)
Derek Ballantyne (Ardeer)
Scott Ireland (Prestwick St Nicholas)
Gordon Munro (Caprington)

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Graeme Kerr & Gerry Reid (Alton)
Douglas McCormick & Jamie McCrindle (Brunston Castle)
Shaun Hedger & Brendan Tumilty (West Kilbride)
David Addison & Phillip Rooney (Rowallan Castle)
John McNair & Stephen Miller (Ballochmyle)
Lee McGuckin & Robert McGuckin (Doon Valley)
Gary Dawid & Steven Nisbet (New Cumnock)
Drew McCutcheon & Colin Pettigrew (Drongan)
Tommy O'Ware & James O'Ware (Braehead)
Stuart Wilson & Ross Livingstone (Troon Portland)
James Donohoe & George Donohoe Snr (Auchenharvie 88)
Stephen Wells & Gordon Storrar (Irvine)
John Toal & Kevin Campbell (Glacier)
Hugh Fyfe & Bobby Hill (Muirkirk)
Archie McKie & Archie McKie Jr (Irvine Ravenspark)
Robert Martin & Andrew McMorland (Ayr Carrick)
Iain Barr & Alan Madden (Largs)
Alex Bryan & Hugh McWilliam (Ayr Dalmilling)
Graeme Warnock & Craig Barr (N B Parkstone)
William Loughran & Kevin Rowe (Largs Routenburn)
Adam Porter & Neil Stevenson (Ardeer)
Robert Liddell & Wilhelm Smith (Caprington)
Alan Pole & Martin Cairns (Prestwick St Nicholas)


AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES
Brunston Castle
West Kilbride
Ballochmyle
Rowallan Castle
New Cumnock
Troon Portland
Irvine
Irvine Ravenspark
Largs
Largs Routenburn
Prestwick St Nicholas
Caprington

THE GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER
(Scratch Club Team Knockout)
Rowallan Castle
West Kilbride
Brunston Castle
Ballochmyle
New Cumnock
Troon Portland
Irvine Ravenspark
Ayr DalmillingArdeer
Prestwick St Nicholas
Caprington

THE PRESIDENT’S PUTTER
(Handicap Club Team Knockout)
Brunston Castle
Ballochmyle
Rowallan Castle
New Cumnock
West Kilbride
Drongan
Braehead
Troon Portland
Auchenharvie 88
Muirkirk
Irvine Ravenspark
Ayr Dalmilling
Ardeer
Prestwick St Nicholas

Caprington

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

AYRSHIRE COUNTY COMPETITIONS - Three weeks left until entries close

Clubs are reminded that there is just under three weeks left to submit entries for five of the main Ayrshire Golf Association competitions for 2017.




The extended competitions, including the Handicap and Scratch Club Team Competitions, The Scratch Leagues, the Fourball Championship and the Champion Of Champions Trophy competition will be played throughout the season, and entries for all five events close on 31st January.

Entry forms were sent by email to all member clubs on 1st November 2016. If any club needs a further copy of the entry forms they should contact the Area Secretary.


The entries received for each of the competitions to date (11th January) are :-

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
John Sloan (Title Holder)
Steven Dunlop (Alton)
Frank Murdoch (Brunston Castle)
Mark Tait (Rowallan Castle)
James McMurdo (Ballochmyle)
Robert Murdoch (Doon Valley)
Martin Riddall (New Cumnock)
Derek Watt (Drongan)
Kieran Clark (Braehead)
Iain Fraser (Troon Portland)
Scott Little (Auchenharvie 88)
John Shanks (Irvine)
David Clydesdale (Glacier)
Craig Burns (Muirkirk)
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark)
Blair Henderson (Ayr Carrick)
David A Macdonald (Largs)
Shaun Ryan (Ayr Dalmilling)
Johnny O’Neill (N B Parkstone)
Adam Sweeney (Largs Routenburn)

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Graeme Kerr & Gerry Reid (Alton)
Douglas McCormick & Jamie McCrindle (Brunston Castle)
Shaun Hedger & Brendan Tumilty (West Kilbride)
David Addison & Phillip Rooney (Rowallan Castle)
John McNair & Stephen Miller (Ballochmyle)
Lee McGuckin & Robert McGuckin (Doon Valley)
Gary Dawid & Steven Nisbet (New Cumnock)
Drew McCutcheon & Colin Pettigrew (Drongan)
Tommy O'Ware & James O'Ware (Braehead)
Stuart Wilson & Ross Livingstone (Troon Portland)
James Donohoe & George Donohoe Snr (Auchenharvie 88)
Stephen Wells & Gordon Storrar (Irvine)
John Toal & Kevin Campbell (Glacier)
Hugh Fyfe & Bobby Hill (Muirkirk)
Archie McKie & Archie McKie Jr (Irvine Ravenspark)
Robert Martin & Andrew McMorland (Ayr Carrick)
Iain Barr & Alan Madden (Largs)
Alex Bryan & Hugh McWilliam (Ayr Dalmilling)
Graeme Warnock & Craig Barr (N B Parkstone)
William Loughran & Kevin Rowe (Largs Routenburn)


AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES
Brunston Castle
West Kilbride
Ballochmyle
Rowallan Castle
New Cumnock
Troon Portland
Irvine
Irvine Ravenspark
Largs
Largs Routenburn

THE GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER
(Scratch Club Team Knockout)
Rowallan Castle
West Kilbride
Brunston Castle
Ballochmyle
New Cumnock
Troon Portland
Irvine Ravenspark
Ayr Dalmilling

THE PRESIDENT’S PUTTER
(Handicap Club Team Knockout)
Brunston Castle
Ballochmyle
Rowallan Castle
New Cumnock
West Kilbride
Drongan
Braehead
Troon Portland
Auchenharvie 88
Muirkirk
Irvine Ravenspark

Ayr Dalmilling

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER AND PRESENTATION OF PRIZES - Tickets now available



Tickets for the 2017 Ayrshire Golf Association Annual Dinner & Presentation Of Prizes are now available for purchase. Posters and information have been forwarded to all member clubs.

The dinner will be held at Loudoun Gowf Club on Friday 24th February, with tickets priced at £17.50 each.

THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION

 

ANNUAL DINNER

&

PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES

At

LOUDOUN GOWF CLUB

FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2017
6.30 P.M. FOR 7.00 P.M.
 SPEAKER
 To Be Confirmed
  
TICKETS PRICED AT
£17.50 EACH

ARE AVAILABLE FROM

THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION SECRETARY


ALASDAIR J. MALCOLM
17 AUCHINCRUIVE AVENUE
PRESTWICK
KA9 2DT
Tel. 01292 477657

DOC THOM AYRSHIRE ORDER OF MERIT - New counting event for 2017

A new counting event will be added to the Doc Thom Ayrshire Order of Merit in 2017, with the introduction of The Stone Trophy open competition at Largs Routenburn Golf Club.


The 2017 competition will take place on Saturday 1st July with an entry fee of £10.

A full list of counting events for the 2017 Doc Thom Ayrshire Order of Merit will be published soon.

'READY GOLF' - Trial policy for Ayrshire strokeplay events in 2017


The Ayrshire Golf Association will trial the concept of ‘Ready golf’ in all county strokeplay events in 2017.

The policy has been introduced in an effort to alleviate the issue of slow play, having been endorsed in 2016 by the R & A.

Information on the concept from the R & A website is reproduced below.

“Ready golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf.

“Ready golf” is not appropriate in match play due to the strategy involved between opponents and the need to have a set method for determining which player plays first. However, in stroke play formats it is only the act of agreeing to play out of turn to give one of the players an advantage that is prohibited. 

On this basis, it is permissible for administrators to encourage “ready golf” in stroke play, and there is strong evidence to suggest that playing “ready golf” does improve the pace of play. For example, in a survey of Australian golf clubs conducted by Golf Australia, 94% of clubs that had promoted “ready golf” to their members enjoyed some degree of success in improving pace of play, with 25% stating that they had achieved 'satisfying success'.

When “ready golf” is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players.

“Ready golf” should not be confused with being ready to play, which is covered in the Player Behaviour section of this Manual.

The term “ready golf” has been adopted by many as a catch-all phrase for a number of actions that separately and collectively can improve pace of play. There is no official definition of the term, but examples of “ready golf” in action are:
  • ·         Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options

  • ·         Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait

  • ·         Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play

  • ·         Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball

  • ·         Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line

  • ·         Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker

  • ·         When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot

  • ·         Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off

The trial period will commence with the Ayrshire Junior Team Championship in April and will include the Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship, the new Ayrshire Handicap Championship, The Ayrshire Club Championship, The Ayrshire Seniors Championship and The Ayrshire Boys Championship, and if successful consideration will be given to continuing the policy in future years.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

SAXONE GOLF CLUB - County numbers drop to 61 clubs with demise of Kilmarnock based club

The number of member clubs affiliated to The Ayrshire Golf Association has been reduced by one to 61, following the news that the Saxone Golf Club will no longer be functioning as a club.

The Kilmarnock based club, whose origins stem from the Saxone shoe firm whose manufacturing premises were located in the town, have struggled to attract membership in recent times and indeed the club Secretary cited the lack of numbers as the reason for the club discontinuing to function as a golf club.

It is regrettable that one of The Association's member clubs has had to make the difficult decision to discontinue, but the best wishes of all at The Association is extended to the former Saxone members, who will hopefully continue their association with Ayrshire golf through other local clubs.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

AYRSHIRE CLUB TEAM KNOCKOUT CHAMPIONSHIPS - Entries close on 31st January

Clubs are reminded that entries for the two Ayrshire Club Team Knockout Championships, for the President's Putter and The Gary Bryden Memorial Salver, close on 31st January.

The two team events which proved a success when introduced for the first time last year, are played throughout the season, with the finals scheduled to take place on finals day in September.

Entry forms were emailed to all affiliated clubs on 1st November 2016, along with those for other extended competitions this year. Any club not in receipt of the entry forms should contact the Area Secretary.

The entries received to date (4th January) for this years competition are :-


Scratch Club Team Knockout for The Gary Bryden Memorial Salver

Rowallan Castle
West Kilbride
Brunston Castle
Ballochmyle
New Cumnock
Troon Portland
Irvine Ravenspark




Handicap Club Team Knockout for The President's Putter

Brunston Castle
Ballochmyle
Rowallan Castle
New Cumnock
West Kilbride
Drongan
Braehead
Troon Portland
Auchenharvie 88
Muirkirk
Irvine Ravenspark

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - 2017 entries close on 31st January

Clubs are reminded that entries for the 2017 Ayrshire Scratch Leagues close on 31st January.

The scratch league fixtures are played throughout the summer months, with teams of six players representing the competing clubs in each match.

The exact composition of each of the leagues will be confirmed once the final number of entries are known, with either four or five leagues operating again this year, depending on the number of participating clubs.

Entry forms were emailed to all affiliated clubs on 1st November 2016, along with those for other extended competitions this year. Any club not in receipt of the entry forms should contact the Area Secretary.

Information will be forwarded to nominated club representatives shortly after the closing date for entries. All confirmed fixture dates will be required to be submitted by 31st march 2017, and all fixtures must be completed this year by 31st August.

Any club considering entering the competition for the first time can obtain further information from the Area Secretary.

The entries received to date (4th January) for this years competition are :-

Brunston Castle
West Kilbride
Ballochmyle
Rowallan Castle
New Cumnock
Troon Portland
Irvine
Irvine Ravenspark

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - Entries close on 31st January

Clubs are reminded that entries for the 2017 Ayrshire Fourball Championship competition close on 31st January.

The matchplay event takes place throughout the season with the final scheduled to take place on Finals day in September.

Entry forms were emailed to all affiliated clubs on 1st November 2016, along with those for other extended competitions this year. Any club not in receipt of the entry forms should contact the Area Secretary.

The entries received to date (4th January) for this years competition are :-

Graeme Kerr & Gerry Reid (Alton)
Douglas McCormick & Jamie McCrindle (Brunston Castle)
Shaun Hedger & Brendan Tumilty (West Kilbride)
David Addison & Phillip Rooney (Rowallan Castle)
John McNair & Stephen Miller (Ballochmyle)
Lee McGuckin & Robert McGuckin (Doon Valley)
Gary Dawid & Steven Nisbet (New Cumnock)
Drew McCutcheon & Colin Pettigrew (Drongan)
Tommy O'Ware & James O'Ware (Braehead)
Stuart Wilson & Ross Livingstone (Troon Portland)
James Donohoe & George Donohoe Snr (Auchenharvie 88)
Stephen Wells & Gordon Storrar (Irvine)
John Toal & Kevin Campbell (Glacier)
Hugh Fyfe & Bobby Hill (Muirkirk)
Archie McKie & Archie McKie Jr (Irvine Ravenspark)
Robert martin & Andrew McMorland (Ayr Carrick)

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Entries close on 31st January

Clubs are reminded that entries for the 2017 Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Trophy competition close on 31st January.

The matchplay event takes place throughout the season with the semi finals and final being played at Royal Troon on Friday 4th and Friday 11th August respectively.

Entry forms were emailed to all affiliated clubs on 1st November 2016, along with those for other extended competitions this year. Any club not in receipt of the entry forms should contact the Area Secretary.

The entries received to date (4th January) for this years competition are :-

John Sloan (Title Holder)
Steven Dunlop (Alton)
Frank Murdoch (Brunston Castle)
Mark Tait (Rowallan Castle)
James McMurdo (Ballochmyle)
Robert Murdoch (Doon Valley)
Martin Riddall (New Cumnock)
Derek Watt (Drongan)
Kieran Clark (Braehead)
Iain Fraser (Troon Portland)
Scott Little (Auchenharvie 88)
John Shanks (Irvine)
David Clydesdale (Glacier)
Craig Burns (Muirkirk)
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark)
Blair Henderson (Ayr Carrick)

AYRSHIRE BOYS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - New championship title as competition becomes all inclusive

The traditional opening event in the Ayrshire golf calendar, The Ayrshire Boys Team Championship, will undergo some important changes prior to the staging of the 2017 event at Caprington Golf Club on Sunday 23rd April this year.  


The major alteration to the competition itself is a change of conditions to allow clubs to submit a team consisting of both boys and girls for the first time, the event having previously been exclusively for male junior golfers.

The change follows on from the decision taken in recent years by The Ayrshire Junior Golf League to allow mixed teams in all their competitions, which has proved to be a success, Rachel Foster becoming the first girl to be in a title winning Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship team when Turnberry took the title in 2016.

The championship will now be known as The Ayrshire Junior Team Championship, and other than the significant player qualification alteration, the format of the event remains the same, with the Matt Lygate and Andrew D Nimmo Trophies being competed for in the team competition and the Prestwick Circuits and Carrick Trophies being contested on an individual basis..

Entry forms and further information will be forwarded to clubs in due course.

AYRSHIRE SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP - Changes for 2017

Some changes to the Ayrshire Seniors Championship have been agreed, and will be introduced during the 2017 competition.

After considering feedback from competitors in recent championships, it has been decided that, to enhance the competition for participants, that two nearest the hole prizes and also a Magic Twos option will be introduced in 2017.

The 2017 competition takes place on Tuesday 18th July over the Ayr Seafield course.

Entry forms and further details will be forwarded to member clubs in due course and the entry form will also be made available to download via the Ayrshire Golf Association web page. 

NEW EVENT FOR 2017 - Ayrshire Handicap Strokeplay Championship scheduled for 2017

The Ayrshire Golf Association are pleased to announce that a new Ayrshire Handicap Strokeplay Championship has been scheduled for the 2017 season.

The championship will be open to any male golfer who is a member of a club affiliated to The Ayrshire Golf Association and prizes will be available in two handicap classes of 0 - 12 and 13 - 24.

Entry will be limited to 120 players, with times being allocated on a first come first served basis.

Further details and entry forms will be forwarded to member clubs, and will be available to download from the Ayrshire Golf Association web page, in due course.

The inaugural competition will be held at Rowallan Castle Golf Club on Sunday 25th June, and if the first championship proves successful it is anticipated that the event will become an annual fixture.


2017 AYRSHIRE STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Change of date for this year at Western Gailes

The Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship, traditionally played on the last Sunday in April each year, will be played this year a week later on Sunday 7th May, after consultation with the host club Western Gailes.

Entry forms for the championship will be made available through clubs and the Ayrshire Golf Association web page in due course.

The result of the change of date, for this year only, is that the Ayrshire Matchplay Championship will begin the day after the strokeplay championship, as previously scheduled, from Monday 8th to Thursday 11th May over the links of Prestwick Golf Club, meaning there will not be the usual week gap between the strokeplay championship and the start of the matchplay.

The event remains a counting event for the World Amateur Golf rankings.

All prospective participants are encouraged to note the new arrangements, which will be included in the full calendar of events which will be published soon.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

BALL ACCIDENTALLY MOVED ON THE PUTTING GREEN - New Local Rule available for use from January 2017

The R&A and the USGA today announced the introduction of a new Local Rule to the Rules of Golf that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.

The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a golf competition to use starting 1 January 2017. It will be adopted by The R&A and the USGA in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.

David Rickman, Executive Director - Governance at The R&A, said, “For the past several years, as part of The R&A and USGA’s Rules Modernisation initiative, we have considered the penalty for a ball that is accidentally moved on the putting green.



“Both Rules Committees agreed that it needed to be changed and decided that in this particular case it was important to act now, through a Local Rule, rather than wait for the next overall set of revisions to the Rules of Golf.”

Thomas Pagel, Senior Director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status at the USGA, said, “Eliminating this penalty responds to the concerns we have heard from both golfers and committees about the difficulties in applying the current Rules when a player accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green.

“This change is a good example of the type of Rules Modernisation changes we hope to implement after completing our fundamental review of all of the Rules. We are looking for ways to improve the Rules by making them easier to understand and apply.”

Use of Local Rule
The Local Rule has been welcomed by all of the major golf Tours worldwide, and the PGA TOUR, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America and the Masters Tournament are among the golf organisations that will implement the Local Rule for all future events, beginning 1 January 2017.

An infographic is also available to illustrate how the new Local Rule should be used. If a Committee wishes to introduce this Local Rule, the following wording is recommended:

“Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced."

The Local Rule and a detailed Q&A is also available to download.


Friday, December 02, 2016

DOON VALLEY COURSE UNDER THREAT - Is the Patna course to close in the new year ?

News from Doon Valley Golf Club this week causes grave concern over the future of the Doon Valley golf course in Patna, with indications being given by the club that the course has been earmarked for closure by 31st March next year.

The course, owned and maintained by the local authority, East Ayrshire Council, is the home of the Doon Valley Golf Club which provides a significant facility for local golfers in the dalmellington and Patna areas.
The club itself has enjoyed success in county events over the years, winning the Ayrshire Fourball Championship in 1997 and Division 5 of the Ayrshire Scratch leagues in 2013.
The club has also produced a number of fine golfers over the years, including the present Match Secretary John Sloan, who won the Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Trophy final over Royal Troon in August and local girl Pamela Feggans who followed a fine amateur career by progressing to the professional ranks as both a tour player and coach.
According to information posted by the club on social media, the news broke in the past week about the closure of the Golf Course on March 31st 2017, with no more golf allowed from that date.
According to the statement from the club, the club itself have not been informed by the local authority of the closure of the course, although it is understood that the green keeping staff were informed of the decision on Thursday 24th November.
The club are questioning why the club committee were not informed first and indeed have apparently still not been informed by East Ayrshire Council as to the current position.
The club social media release indicate that since the news broke last week the club have contacted the local authority on numerous occasions but still await reply. 
The statement goes on,
"This is a major talking point for the club as we still don't know what is actually happening to the club and still we await reply. Why?
The way East Ayrshire Council has treated this club in the last few years has been nothing short of ridiculous."
Golf facilities in East Ayrshire have seen a number of changes in recent years, with the most significant to date being the transfer of the local authority run Caprington course to full management by the Caprington Community Golf Club. For the Doon Valley club and course however, the timescale alluded to for the closure leaves little time for interested parties to consider the way forward for the club and course.
The loss of the Doon Valley course would be a major blow to exponents of the game in the Doon Valley and surrounding area, as well as the Ayrshire golf scene as a whole.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE ANNUAL DINNER - Junior Golfer Of The year awards go to Louise Duncan & Jack Broun

Louise Duncan with David Reynolds
Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) and Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) were awarded the Macrobert Thistle Junior Golfer Of The Year trophies for 2016, at the Annual Dinner & Presentation Of Prizes of the Ayrshire Junior Golf League held at Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club on the evening of Monday 7th November.


Junior Boy Golfer Of The Year Jack Broun


The presentation of the boys and girls trophies were made by David Reynolds of the charity Fields In Trust, formerly The National Playing Fields Association, who originally donated both trophies.

Both Louise Duncan and Jack Broun had outstanding seasons in 2016, culminating in both players receiving recognition at national level as members of the respective girls and boys national under 18 teams.




The annual dinner, chaired by Graeme Hope of the host club, saw representatives and junior golfers of many of the Ayrshire Junior Golf League member clubs come together to honour all the winners of junior competitions throughout the season past.

Following a fine meal and fundraising raffle, the presentation of the two Junior Golfer Of The Year awards by David Reynolds was the traditional start of the presentation of the awards for the year, with the remaining trophies being handed over to the winning team representatives and individuals by the Ayrshire Golf Association President John Rushbury.

The seasons prize winners who were presented with their awards during the evening were:-

The presentation of the competition trophies began with the four awards played for at the Ayrshire Boys Team Championship competition at Irvine Ravenspark in April 2016.


Robbie Muir Accepts The Matt Lygate Trophy
On Behalf Of Kilmarnock (Barassie)




THE MATT LYGATE TROPHY - The scratch team trophy was won  for the thirteenth time by the defending champions Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC








Euan Ferguson Lifts The Andrew D Nimmo Trophy
For Turnberry






THE ANDREW D NIMMO TROPHY - The handicap team trophy was won for the second time by Turnberry GC, following their first success in the event some 15 years previously.





Lewis MacMillan
With The Carrick Trophy



THE PRESTWICK CIRCUITS TROPHY - The individual scratch award winner, with a 2 over par score of 73 in cold blustery conditions on the day was Lewis Caddell (Kilmarnock Barassie GC)

THE CARRICK TROPHY - For the best net return on the day was Lewis MacMillan (Ballochmyle GC) with a level par score of 71







THE SILVER JUBILEE TROPHY

Martin Spence of Loudoun
With The Silver Jubilee Trophy



Played for by the junior conveners of member clubs each year, the 2016 competition, held at Kilmarnock (Barassie), was won by Martin Spence & Scott Robertson of Loudoun GC









Ayrshire Boys Champion
Jack Broun


THE AYRSHIRE BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP


The 64th Ayrshire Boys Championship was played at Loudoun, and the winner was Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle GC) who had an exceptional two round total of 137, with rounds of 68 & 69, to win by a clear margin of 11 shots.








THE AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP


Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion
Euan Ferguson



Played each year over the links at Prestwick GC, the 2016 final saw Euan Ferguson (Turnberry GC) win the final by 3 & 2 against his clubmate Kyle Brown.









THE AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT encompasses nineteen local, national and international events, with points being awarded to highly placed finishers in each counting competition.

Third In The Order Of Merit
Robbie Muir





In 3rd place in 2016 was Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie GC) who amassed 204.17 points from 4 counting events, including runner up spots at the Ayr Belleisle and Tom Lehman junior opens.




Order Of |Merit Runner Up
Ruben Lindsay




In 2nd place in the 2016 Order Of Merit was Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle GC) who collected 242.5 points, again from only four events, including a first place at the Loudoun Junior Open and runner up spots at both Largs and Turnberry.





Order Of Merit Winner
Jack Broun




The winner of the 2016 Ayrshire Junior Order Of merit was Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle GC) who stormed to the title with a points total of 685 which included first place finishes at The Ayrshire Boys Championship as well as the Ayr Belleisle, Prestwick St Cuthbert, Prestwick St Nicholas and Tom Lehman junior opens.








Murray McCrone of Troon Welbeck
Accepting The Runners Up Awards

THE WALLACE THORNTON TROPHY

This competition was contested on a scratch basis by two leagues of four clubs, being the eight best placed clubs in the Ayrshire Boys Team Championship in April.
The two section winners were Troon Welbeck GC and Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC who contested the final in September over the Barassie Links.

The runners up, in a close contest were Troon Welbeck GC


Wallace Thornton Trophy Winners
Kilmarnock Barassie





The winners of the trophy, were Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC who took the trophy after a 2 - 2 draw, a birdie four at the first sudden death play off hole giving the Barassie team the trophy for the 13th time in the history of the competition.







THE UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY
Under 16 Runners Up
Turnberry


The final of this event was also played at the Barassie Links in September, with Turnberry GC reaching the final for the first time, against Ayr Belleisle GC, who had contested five previous finals in the event.


Turnberry GC took the runner up place in the competition losing out by 3 - 1 to their opponents.


Under 16 Knockout Trophy Winners
Ayr Belleisle





The Ayr Belleisle GC win was their third in the competition, although in their five previous appearances in the final they had lost the last three, before their 2016 triumph.








THE AYRSHIRE JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY



Champion Of Champions Runner Up
Euan Ferguson



The trophy was contested by the junior champions of AJGL member clubs from the previous year and the fial, played in September at Kilmarnock (Barassie) saw the 2015 runner up Graeme Greer (Prestwick St Nicholas) play the recenty crowned Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) in the final.

Champion Of Champions Trophy Winner
Graeme Greer





The eventual runner up Euan Ferguson started well in the windy and wet conditions in which the final was played and went three up after four before being pulled back to just one ahead at the turn. the final remained close throughout the inward nine, with Graeme Greer taking the fifteenth to go one ahead.

the remaining three holes were halved, allowing Graeme Greer to win the Champion Of Champions Trophy for 2016, following his last hole defeat in the final of the same event twelve months earlier.







THE AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP


Championship Runners Up
Kilmarnock (Barassie)
The premier competition in the Ayrshire Junior Golf league season, the League Championship final was played over the Barassie Links in September between the two qualifying section winners, Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC and Turnberry GC.

Runners up in the competition in 2015, in their fifth final appearance, |Kilmarnock Barassie GC had high hopes of taking the title on their home course but in the event they were destined for the runners up spot for the second season.

Playing in their first final, in their innaugural year of Ayrshire Junior Golf League membership, Turnberry GC won the League Championship title with a 4 - 2 win in the final.


The League Championship Winning Team From Turnberry GC

The presentation of the League Championship trophy to the Turnberry team concluded the presentation of trophies, and the evening closed with a vote of thanks proposed by the Ayrshire Junior Golf League Secretary Billy Tait.