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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

SCOTTISH MEN'S AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire team for Cawder announced

The Ayrshire team who will contest the 2018 Mens Area team Championship at Cawder GC from 7th to 9th September has been announced.

The Ayrshire team to contest the 2018 Men's Area team Championship
(Clockwise from top right)
Tommy McInally, John Shanks, Michael Smyth,
Jack Broun, Scott Brown, Jim Johnston


The six man team will play strokeplay qualifying rounds on the opening day with the top eight teams progressing to the matchplay stages over the following two.

TOMMY McINALLY (Loudoun) has won multiple Ayrshire trophies including five wins in the Champion Of Champions, three Ayrshire Strokeplay titles, and Ayrshire Matchplay win and a Doc Thom Ayrshire Order Of Merit title. He was also the winner of the West Of Scotland Strokeplay Championship when it was reintroduced in 2016. A stalwart of the Ayrshire county side, he is one of two players in this years team who were members of the Ayrshire sides who won the Area team Championship in both 2008 and 2015.

JIM JOHNSTON (Ayr Belleisle) is the current holder of the Ayrshire Strokeplay title and is rapidly becoming a familiar figure in Scottish golf, having had a number of notable finishes throughout the country in 2018.

MICHAEL SMYTH (Royal Troon) is the current Ayrshire Matchplay champion and has enjoyed a number of successes over the years in Ayrshire competitions, having won the Champion Of Champions trophy for the first time in 2017 to add to his four matchplay titles and two Doc Thom Order of Merit wins.

SCOTT BROWN (Prestwick St Cuthbert) won all three Ayrshire titles at boys level, with the Strokeplay, Matchplay and Order of Merit crowns, and has continued to perform well during his senior career with county title wins in the Ayrshire Matchplay and Champion Of Champions events.
He was also a member of the Ayrshire side who won the mens Area Team Championship at Blairgowrie in 2015.

JACK BROUN (Ayr Belleisle) is a two time winner of the Ayrshire Boys Championship and a winner of the Junior Order Of Merit title and is a current Scotland Boys internationalist. He made his debut in the Mens Area team Championship in 2017 when he was a member of the Ayrshire team who contested the title at Dalmahoy and progressed to the matchplay stages.

JOHN SHANKS (Irvine) has won the Ayrshire county Strokeplay and Order of Merit titles at both boys and men's levels as well as winning the men's Matchplay title and Champion Of Champions Trophy. Like Tommy McInally, John Shanks was a member of the Ayrshire sides who won the Mens Area Team Championship in both 2008 and 2015, and had the distinction of sinking the winning putt in the final when Ayrshire last won the event at Blairgowrie three years ago. 

WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS - Ayrshire players named in Scotland teams for womans and mens events


The Scotland teams announced this week to contest both the Woman's and Men's World Team championships this year both include representatives from Ayrshire.




Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies), the highest ranked Scottish player in the current woman’s world rankings, has been named alongside Hannah McCook (Granton On Spey) and Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) to contest the Espirito Santo Trophy at carton House in Ireland from 29th August to 1st September 2018.








In the men’s event for The Eisenhower Trophy, which takes place at the same venue from 5th to 8th of September, the Scotland team includes Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) alongside Ryan Lumsden (Royal Wimbledon) and Sandy Scott (Nairn).


BRITISH GIRLS & BOYS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Ayrshire players struggle after opening round.

The two Ayrshire players in the field for the British Girls & Boys Championships, being played this week, are both in danger of missing out on the matchplay stages after the opening qualifying rounds.

In the British Girls’ Amateur Championship, being held at Ardglas Golf Club, Ayrshire’s only representative in the field, Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) opened with a seven over par total of 77 which leaves her in tied 60th place after the first qualifying round played on Tuesday 14th August. 

After the second qualifying round on Wednesday, the top 64 players will progress to contest the matchplay rounds of the championship.


In the Boys’ Amateur Championship, being held Port Stewart and Royal Portrush, Ayrshire’s only representative in the starting line-up, Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle), was well off the pace with an opening round of 80, nine over par, which left him tied for 176th place. 

After the second qualifying round the top 64 will progress to the matchplay stages.

GIRLS GOLF - Rachel Foster pipped for national title amid great run of form

Rachel Foster
with her St Andrews University Schoolgirls trophy
 at St Andrews

Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas) continued a great run of recent form this week, just narrowly losing out on winning a national title.

In the Loretto Golf Academy Under 16 Girls Open Championship, played at Murrayfield GC on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th August, Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas continued her good recent form with a joint second place finish.

Rounds of  77 and 73 gave Foster a four over par total of 150 which matched the score of Leonor Medeiros of Portugal and left both just one shot adrift of the winner, Filipa Capelo, also from Portugal.

Foster’s recent successful run included a play off defeat in the Nick Faldo Series Scottish final at Bruntsfield Links on Thursday 9th August when rounds of 71, 72 & 70 gave her a level par total of 213.

Although she was defeated at the first extra hole in a three way play off for the overall title by a birdie from the winner Andrew Ni, Foster had a six shot victory in the girls Under 16 competiton and qualified to go forward to the Nick faldo Series Grand Final at Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club in Abu Dhabi from 26th to 28th November 2018.

The Nick faldo Series performance followed on from a win by Foster in the St Andrews University School Girls Championship at the beginning of august with a one under par total for the three round competition.   

SCOTTISH UNDER 14 BOYS OPEN - Ruben Lindsay in top four finish

Ruben Lindsay

Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) finished tied fourth in the Loretto Golf Academy Scottish Under 14 Open Championship, played at Turnhouse GC on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th August.

Rounds of 68 and 71 gave Lindsay a one over par total of 139 and a share of fourth place, seven shots behind the Italian winner of the tournament, Pietro Guido.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT - McCracken still leads but Broadfoot and Kelly make late title moves

The competition for the 2018 Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit title is proving to be very close, with only three counting events remaining to be played.


The British Boys Championship this week is the third last counting event, with only Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) in the field for that competiton, and this leaves the destination of the 2018 title resting on the remaining two junior open competitions still to take place this year.

The remaining counting events are the Prestwick St Nicholas GC Junior Open on Sunday 9th September and the new Irvine GC Junior Open which will be held on Monday 24th September and is being included this year as a counting event alongside the previously published qualifying competitions.

Junior Order Of Merit leader
John McCracken
John McCracken (Kilmarnock Barassie) still leads the Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit at present, from Harvey Broadfoot (Troon Welbeck) in second place and Ayrshire Boys Champion Sean Addie (Ayr Belleisle) in third.

A second place in the Ballochmyle Junior Open on 13th August for McCracken extended his advantage at the top of the table, however Harvey Broadfoot has stormed into contention for the title
with second places at Trump Turnberry and Ayr Belleisle junior opens, a joint second place at the Prestwick Boys Open at Prestwick St Cuthbert and a sixth place at Ballochmyle.

Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) is extremely close to a top three place after a semi final appearance in the Ayrshire Boys matchplay Championship, joint second at the Prestwick Boys Open and a third place at Ayr Belleisle put him into fourth place , less than two points behind Sean Addie.

Also making a significant move recently, and pushing himself into contention for a top three place, is John Kelly (Ayr Seafield) who gained maximum points at both the Ayr Belleisle and Ballochmyle junior opens  and a second place at the Prestwick Boys Open at Prestwick St Cuthbert to move into fifth place in the table.

The present positions with just three counting events remaining are:- 


488.3 JOHN McCRACKEN Kilmarnock Barassie
367.88 HARVEY BROADFOOT Troon Welbeck
300 SEAN ADDIE Ayr Belleisle
298.33 EWAN MILLIGAN Kilmarnock Barassie
258.33 JOHN KELLY Ayr Seafield
237.5 EUAN FERGUSON Turnberry
102.5 ROSS McDONALD Kilmarnock Barassie
100 RUBEN LINDSAY Ayr Belleisle
100 JACK BROUN Ayr Belleisle
100 ELLIOT THOM Turnberry
100 CAMERON JOHNSTONE Troon Welbeck
100 BEN WATSON Kilmarnock Barassie
92.5 KYLE McCAIG West Kilbride
90 ROB YORSTON Loudoun
56.25 CHRISTOPHER HUNTER Ballochmyle
53.3 JOSH DAVIES Troon Welbeck
50 KIERAN BEAUCHAMP Turnberry
50 JOHN JACK Millport
45 JAMIE MONTGOMERIE Ballochmyle
35 JORDAN ORR Ballochmyle
35 CONNOR WILLS Prestwick St Nicholas
33.75 KERR BROOKS Irvine
28.75 JACK ALLAN Ballochmyle
27.5 LEWIS McMILLAN Ballochmyle
21.67 PATRICK SMILEY Pr. St Nicholas
21.67 MAX BARCLAY Ayr Belleisle
21.67 LUKE GREIG Troon Welbeck
20 LIAM KIRKHAM Troon Welbeck
16.67 ALEC CLARK Troon Welbeck
16.67 DANIEL LONG Turnberry
11.67 CAMERON SHANKS Caprington
10 GLENN WILSON Ayr Dalmilling
10 FRASER RUSSELL Troon Welbeck
7.5 CALLUM GILLIGAN Troon Welbeck
5 DYLAN CAIRNS Pr. St Nicholas
5 CHRIS DAWSON Loudoun
5 CAMERON McGARVIE Prestwick St Nicholas

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayr Neptune and Brunston Castle meet in the final

The final of the 2018 Ayrshire Fourball Championship will be between George & David McCulloch (Brunston Castle) and Keith McKenzie & Colin Yair (Ayr Neptune) following completion of the two semi final matches.

The McCulloch brothers, who have won the trophy on three previous occasions, were away to Adam Cambers & Tony McCurdie (Ayr Dalmilling) in the semi finals and won through with a 4 & 3 victory, whilst McKenzie and Yair had a single hole victory at home to Thomas Freer & Gerry Reid (Alton) in their semi final.

The final of the Fourball Championship is scheduled to take place on the Ayrshire Golf Association Finals day on Sunday 2nd September at Brunston Castle, but may be subject to change, depending on availability of players, as Brunston Castle and Ayr Neptune meet in the semi final of the President's Putter competition also.

Should there be player availability issues once the President's putter semi final is completed, then the Fourball Championship final will be rescheduled to a mutually agreeable date.

PRESIDENT'S PUTTER - West Kilbride though to final

West Kilbride are through to the final of the Ayrshire handicap club team knockout competition for The President's Putter.

At home to Ayr Dalmilling in the semi final, West Kilbride ran out winners by 2 - 1 to book their place in the final at Brunston Castle on Sunday 2nd September.

West Kilbride now await the winners of the other semi final between Ayr Neptune and Brunston Castle.



AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUE - Title hat trick for Prestwick St Cuthbert


Defending champions Prestwick St Cuthbert have won the Ayrshire Scratch League DIVISION 1, with recent results confirming a historic three successive titles for the club.

In their penultimate fixture, the St Cuthbert team beat Turnberry 4.5 – 1.5 at St Cuthbert and that, coupled with Irvine managing only a 3 – 3 draw at home to Turnberry in their latest fixture, ensured that the St Cuthbert team could not be overtaken at the top of the table.

Kilmarnock Barassie moved closer to safety with a 5 – 1 home win over Irvine Ravenspark, though Turnberry kept their hopes of avoiding the Division 1-2 play offs alive with a 6 – 0 home win over Irvine Ravenspark, a result which also confirmed Ravenspark’s relegation to Division 2 next season.

Present positions in Division 1 are:-

Table
Played
Win
Draw
Loss
For
Against
Diff.
Points
Pr. St Cuthbert
9
6
2
1
32
22
10
28
Loudoun
8
4
1
3
27.5
20.5
7
18
Irvine
8
4
1
3
25
23
2
18
Kilmarnock Barassie
8
3
2
3
24.5
23.5
1
16
Turnberry
7
2
2
3
23
19
4
12
Irvine Ravenspark
8
1
0
7
12
36
-24
4

Remaining fixtures:-

Prestwick St Cuthbert Vs Kilmarnock Barassie
Turnberry vs Loudoun
Irvine Ravenspark Vs Irvine
Kilmarnock Barassie Vs Turnberry
Irvine Rvaenspark vs Turnberry
Irvine vs Loudoun

In DIVISION 2, Troon Portland are edging ever closer to the league title, despite a 5 – 1 loss at Ballochmyle recently. The Portland team, winners of Division 3 last year, countered that setback with a 5 – 1 home win over Ayr Belleisle to move clear at the top of the table with one match still to play. 

A win in their final match at home to West Kilbride will give Portland the title although any dropped points will give Troon Welbeck and Ayr Belleisle an outside chance of taking the title, depending on the results of their remaining matches.

Ballochmyle concluded their campaign with a 3 – 3 draw away to Troon St Meddans.

At the foot of the table, things are very close with four of the six teams still uncertain of avoiding automatic relegation or the division 2 – 3 play off place.

Present positions in Division 2 are:-

Table
Played
Win
Draw
Loss
For
Against
Diff.
Points
Troon Portland
9
6
1
2
31.5
22.5
9
26
Ballochmyle
10
4
2
4
32
28
4
20
Troon Welbeck
7
3
2
2
23.5
18.5
5
16
Ayr Belleisle
6
3
0
3
18.5
17.5
1
12
Tr. St Meddans
7
2
1
4
16.5
25.5
-9
10
West Kilbride
7
1
2
4
16
26
-10
8

Remaining fixtures:-

Troon Portland Vs West Kilbride
West Kilbride Vs Ayr Belleisle
Troon St Meddans Vs Troon Welbeck
Ayr Belleisle Vs Troon Welbeck
Ayr Belleisle Vs Troon St Meddans
Troon Welbeck Vs Ayr Belleisle
West Kilbride Vs Troon St Meddans

In DIVISION 3, Largs are confirmed as champions and will be promoted to Division 2 next season, whilst the five remaining teams are still battling it out for both the promotion play off and relegation places.

Girvan had an important 3.5 – 2.5 away win at Prestwick St Nicholas in their last but one fixture, but then conceded their away match at Ccaprington as they were unable to raise a team for the scheduled fixture date.

Rowallan Castle maintained their hopes of the division 2 – 3 play off place with a 4 – 2 home win over Girvan in their penultimate fixture of the campaign.

Present positions in Division 3 are:-

Table
Played
Win
Draw
Loss
For
Against
Diff.
Points
Largs
10
6
2
2
40.5
19.5
21
28
Girvan
9
4
1
4
28
26
2
18
Rowallan Castle
9
3
2
4
25.5
28.5
-3
16
Caprington
8
4
0
4
21.5
26.5
-5
16
Largs Routenburn
8
2
3
3
20
28
-8
14
Pr. St Nicholas
8
2
2
4
20.5
27.5
-7
12

Remaining fixtures:-

Largs Routenburn Vs Girvan
Rowallan Castle Vs Prestwick St Nicholas
Prestwick St Nicholas Vs Caprington
Caprington Vs Largs Routenburn

In DIVISION 4, Royal Troon still head the table with Brunston Castle just ahead of Kilbirnie Place in the chase for the division 3 – 4 play off place.

Present positions in Division 4 are:-

Table
Played
Win
Draw
Loss
For
Against
Diff.
Points
Royal Troon
4
3
1
0
15.5
8.5
7
14
Brunston Castle
6
2
2
2
20.5
15.5
5
12
Kilbirnie Place
5
2
1
2
16
14
2
10
Tam O Shanter
5
1
0
4
8
22
-14
4

Remaining fixtures:-

Tam O Shanter vs Royal Troon
Kilbirnie Place Vs Royal Troon