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Monday, October 16, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire A team make it three wins from three

The Ayrshire A team made it three wins from three on Sunday 15th October when they defeated Glasgow by 5 - 3 at Sandyhills in their latest match in defence of their West Of Scotland inter county league title.

Three of the four Prestwick St Cuthbert players in the team, Stuart Robin, Scott Brown & Steven Wallace, opened for Ayrshire and set up a great chance for victory by taking their respective ties for a 3 - 0 lead.

Though John Shanks, Jim Johnston & Greg Telfer lost their ties, Euan Walker ensure a draw for Ayrshire with a comfortable win in his tie before Tommy McInally secured the overall victory for the visitors with a win on the final green in his tie.

Match details (Glasgow names first):-

Craig Chalmers (Cawder) lost to Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 6&4
Graeme Gregg (Cawder) lost to Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 2&1
Brendan McKenna (Cawder) lost to Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 6&5
Steven Manning (Pollok) beat John Shanks (Irvine) by 3&2
Greg Brown (Cathkin Braes) beat Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 5&4
Blair Dalglish (Ralston) lost to Tommy McInally (Loudoun) by 1 hole
Stuart Sangster (Cathkin Braes) lost to Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 5&3
Ryan Woods (Cowglen) beat Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) by 3&2

GLASGOW   3   AYRSHIRE   5

The current league positions are

Position                Area                 Played  Won      Lost        Drawn   For    Against    |Points
01           Ayrshire A                         3           3           0            0          17           7              6
02           Renfrewshire A                 3           2           0            1          15.5        8.5           5
03           Stirlingshire A                   4           2           1           1           18           14           5
04           Glasgow A                        5           2           3            0          19           21           4
05           Lanarkshire A                   4           1           3            0           12           20           2
06           Dumbartonshire A            3           0           3            0           6.5          17.5        0

Next week the Ayrshire A team are away to Lanarkshire at East Kilbride in the first of their outstanding two postponed fixtures, with the date and venue of the other postponed match against renfrewshire still to be decided.

The corresponding Ayrshire Youths match against Glasgow, which was due to take place at Loudoun on Sunday, was postponed due to course conditions and will be rescheduled.

The youths team have a weekend off next week, before taking on Renfrewshire in their rearranged fixture at Troon Portland the following Sunday, 29th October.



Sunday, October 08, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - A team beat Dumbartonshire whilst youths suffer narrow defeat.

The Ayrshire A and youths teams faced Dumbartonshire on Sunday 8th October 2017, in the latest matches in the West Of Scotland Inter County League series.

Whilst the A team had a crushing 7 - 1 win at Prestwick St Nicholas, the youths team suffered a narrow 5 - 3 defeat at Douglas park.

The A team continued the defence of their title with none of their players being defeated, in a 7 - 1 win.

Scott Brown recorded the biggest win of the day with a 7&6 victory whilst the two players who recorded half matches were John Shanks & Tommy McInally.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) beat James Hamilton (Balmore) by 3&2
Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat David Lindsey (Lenzie) by 4&2
Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Steven Rettie (Milngavie) by 7&6
John Shanks (Irvine) halved with  Mark Hughes (Hilton Park)
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) halved with Andy Campbell (Dumbarton)
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) beat Scott Moore (Clydebank & District) by 3&1
Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat ian McCalman (Clober) by 4&2
Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) beat Cameron Bennie (Balmore) by 4&3

AYRSHIRE A      7    DUMBARTONSHIRE A    1

In the youths match the team, seeking their first win of the campaign, went down narrowly in the corresponding match at Douglas Park.

Sandy Walker lost the lead tie heavily but Rory McGuire, making his debut for the team, won his tie comfortably to square the match

A defeat for Jordan Sweeney was cancelled out by a win for Greg Vernon but Dumbartonshire took the lead again when Callum Irving was beaten, only for Murray McCrone to win his tie and square the match 3 - 3, with two ties remaining. Unfortunately for Ayrshire both ties were lost, Daryl Lynch losing out on the seventeenth and Ewan Milligan being defeated on the final green.

Match details (Dumbartonshire names first):-

Reece Thomson (Dullatur) beat Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 6&4
John Taggart (Lenzie) lost to Rory McGuire (Ayr Belliesle) by 6&4
Grant Penman (Hayston) lost to Greg Vernon (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 2&1
Cameron Black (Cardross) beat Jordan Sweeney (Ayr Belliesle) by 3&2
Craig Bisset (Dumbarton) beat Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 2 holes
Callum Burns (Balmore) beat Callum Irving (Ayr Belliesle) by 3&2
Daniel Finnegan (Dumbarton) lost to Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck) by 3&1
Craig Fitzimmons (Hilton Park)beat Daryl Lynch (Ayr Belliesle) by 2&1

DUMBARTONSHIRE YOUTHS   5   AYRSHIRE YOUTHS   3

Next Sunday, 15th October, the A team are away to Glasgow at Sandyhills, whilst the youths entertain Glasgow at Loudoun in the corresponding youths fixture.



Monday, October 02, 2017

BEITH GOLF CLUB TO CLOSE - EGM decides to wind up historic club

At an EGM last week, the members of Beith Golf Club, one of the oldest clubs in Ayrshire, decided to wind up the club, effective in just two months time.

The club, which was instituted in 1896 has suffered a decline in membership in recent years, to the point where the membership were not in a position to guarantee future losses.

The club moved to their present course in 1907, as a nine hole layout, with the present clubhouse being opened in 1974 and the course being extended to 18 holes in 1995.

Options including continuing until the end of the club year in February 2018 and reducing the course back to nine holes were considered but the membership had little appetite for the options and agreed to wind up the club.

It is with great sadness that The Ayrshire Golf Association learned of the decision, which will be a real loss to the game in the north of the county and further afield and the hope is that, in some form or another, golfers in the local area will find a way to continue involvement in the game

Sunday, October 01, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire fixtures washout

The two Ayrshire fixtures in the West Of Scotland Inter County leagues which were due to be played on Sunday 1st October were postponed due to course closures.

The A team were due to play Renfrewshire at Paisley GC whilst the Youth team were scheduled to host Renfrewshire in the corresponding match at Kilbirnie Place.

Both matches will now be rescheduled to late October.

Next Sunday, 8th october, the A team are at home to Dumbartonshire at Prestwick St Nicholas whilst the Youths team travel to Douglas Park in the corresponding fixture.

AYRSHIRE SENIORS LEAGUE - Largs edge out Kilbirnie for title with last match win

Largs GC are the 2017 Ayrshire  Seniors League champions following an extremely close battle with Kilbirnie Place, which was only decided at the last fixture of the season.

In the final match of the season, Largs needed a victory over Troon Welbeck at Troon to take the title ahead of Kilbirnie and the Largs team delivered with a 4 - 1 win in the match to secure the championship on points difference, after ending the table tied with Kilbirnie Place on 20 points.

The final standings in the 2017 Ayrshire Seniors League are:-

Team
P
W
L
D
Games For
Games Against
Points
Largs
12
10
2

43.5
16.5
20
Kilbirnie Place
12
10
2

41
19
20
West Kilbride
12
8
3
1
41
19
17
Kilmarnock Barassie
12
7
5

29.5
30.5
14
Ardeer
12
5
4
3
31
29
13
Troon St. Meddans
12
5
5
2
27.5
32.5
12
Prestwick St. Nicholas
12
5
6
1
26.5
33.5
11
Irvine Ravenspark
12
5
7

29
31
10
Ballochmyle
12
4
6
2
27.5
32.5
10
Troon Portland
12
5
7

25.5
34.5
10
Loudoun
12
2
7
3
27
33
7
Prestwick St. Cuthbert
12
3
8
1
23
37
7
Troon Welbeck
12
2
9
1
18
42
5

Club representatives should note that the Annual General Meeting of the Ayrshire Seniors league will take place at Ardeer Golf Club on Wednesday 4th October at 7.30 p.m.


AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - Match disputes take shine off conclusion of 2017 leagues

The 2017 Ayrshire Scratch leagues have been concluded, with the conclusion of  Division 1 being marred by two fixture disputes, on which the AGA Executive had to rule before the tables could be concluded.

In DIVISION 1, following the decision on the two matches concerned which saw one being awarded to the home team and one being treated as an abandoned match, Prestwick St Cuthbert were confirmed as title winners whilst West Kilbride will drop down to Division 2 next season.

Final placings in Division 1 were:-

Played
For
Against
Points
PR. ST CUTHBERT
10
41.5
18.5
33
IRVINE
10
31.5
28.5
20
LOUDOUN
10
29
31
18
KIL. BARASSIE
10
27.5
32.5
18
TURNBERRY
10
25
35
16
WEST KILBRIDE
10
25.5
34.5
13

 In DIVISION 2 there were no issues, with Irvine Ravenspark winning the title and promotion to the top tier next year whilst Largs will drop into Division 3.

Final placings in Division 2 were:-

Played
For
Against
Points
IRV. RAVENSPARK
10
34
26
28
TROON WELBECK
10
30.5
29.5
24
TR. ST. MEDDANS
10
29
31
20
AYR BELLEISLE
10
28.5
31.5
18
BALLOCHMYLE
10
31.5
28.5
16
LARGS
10
26.5
33.5
14

In DIVISION 3, one match result remained outstanding, and despite efforts by the league administrator to get a result or information on the fixture, none was forthcoming. Conssequently the AGA Executive ruled that the match be declared abandoned.

Troon Portland won the title and will move up to Division 2 next season whilst Kilbirnie Place will drop into Division 4.

Final placings in Division 3 were:-

Played
For
Against
Points
TROON PORTLAND
10
36.5
23.5
24
CAPRINGTON
10
30
30
22
ROWALLAN C. 
10
30
30
22
GIRVAN
10
30.5
29.5
20
PR. ST. NICHOLAS
10
27.5
32.5
19
KILBIRNIE PL.
10
25.5
34.5
11

In DIVISION 4 there were no problems, with Largs Routenburn taking the title and moving up to division 3 next season.

Final placings in Division 4 were:-

Played
For
Against
Points
LARGS ROUTENBURN
8
28
20
24
TAM O SHANTER
8
29.5
18.5
22
BRUNSTON CASTLE
8
26.5
21.5
22
CROSSHOUSE
8
21.5
26.5
10
MOORPARK
8
14.5
33.5
2