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Monday, October 14, 2019

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - A team draw and Youths beat Lanarkshire in penultimate fixtures


The Ayrshire A team fought out a 4 – 4 draw with Lanarkshire at Strathaven on Sunday 13th October 2019, in their penultimate fixture in this years West of Scotland inter county league matches.

The Ayrshire team lost four of the first five ties, with only Scott Brown securing a win, but the last three Ayrshire players all secured victories to tie the match overall.

Match details (Lanarkshire names first):-
  
Dominic Dougan (Airdire) beat Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) by 3&2
Alan Laird (Strathaven) beat Stuart Easton (Irvine) by 2 holes
Graeme Rodger (Hamilton) lost to Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 6&5
Willie Steele (Lanark) beat Stuart Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 6&4
Garry McLetchie (Lanark) beat William Fleming (Ballochmyle) by 1 hole
Kieran McVicar East Kilbride) lost to Tommy McInally (Loudoun) by 4&3
Tommy Boyd (Bothwell Castle) lost to Barry O’Rourke (Louodun) by 3&2
Callum Connacher (Wishaw) lost to Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 2&1

LANARKSHIRE A   4   AYRSHIRE  A   4

In the corresponding youths match at Troon Darley, a late call off saw Lanarkshire concede one of the eight ties to Ayrshire, with Sandy Walker being awarded a win.

Further wins from Greg Telfer in the lead tie, along with Greg Cathie and Ross Caddis, and a crucial half point won by Rob Yorston saw Ayrshire win the match 4.5 – 3.5 overall.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Scott Thomson (Drumpellier) by 2 holes
Aiden Long (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Mitchell Ronald (East Kilbride) by 1 hole
Stewart Russell (Royal Troon) lost to Alan Woodhouse (East Kilbride) by 2&1
Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) w/o Lanarkshire Scr.
Rob Yorston (Loudoun) halved with David Fail (Hamilton)
Greg Cathie (Irvine) beat Greg Andrews (East Kilbride) by 3&2
Ross Caddis (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Cameron Boomer (East Kilbride) by 1 hole
Darryl Lynch (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Ross McDonald (East Kilbride) by 2 holes

AYRSHIRE YOUTHS  4.5   LANARKSHIRE YOUTHS    3.5

The teams play their final matches in the series on Sunday 20th October which are the rearranged contests against Stirlingshire which were postponed on Sunday 6th October.

The Youths will travel to Tulliallan GC in their final fixture whilst the A team will be at home to
Stirlinghsire at Prestwick St Cuthbert GC, in a change of venue from the original postponed match.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Both Ayrshire matches postponed in week 4

Both the Ayrshire A and Ayrshire Youths matches against Stirlingshire, scheduled to take place on Sunday 6th October have been postponed.

Heavy overnight rain throughout the country, which has seen the cancellation of many other golf fixtures, saw the A team match at Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC and the Youths match at Tulliallan GC being postponed due to course closures.

The youths match has been rescheduled for the same venue, Tulliallan GC, on Sunday 20th October and the venue for the resceduled A team match, on the same date, has still to be confirmed.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Ruben Lindsay regains Junior Champion of Champions title

Ruben Lindsay with the trophy
after his first title win in 2017
Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) regained the Ayrshire Junior Champion of Champions title on Sunday 29th September when he won the 2019 final over West Kilbride.

Lindsay, who also won the title in 2017, faced Josh Davies (Troon Welbeck) in this years final and ran out the winner by 6&4 to take the trophy.


WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire Double over Glasgow in week three

Both the Ayrshire A and Ayrshire Youths teams enjoyed success over Glasgow in week three of the 2019 West Of Scotland Inter County league series of matches on Sunday 29th September.

The A team traveled to Cathkin Braes seeking their first win of the series, after losing to Renfrewshire on week one and drawing with Dumbartonshire last week.

Ayrshire got off to a great start with Jim Johnston, Tommy McInally and Scott brown winning the opening three ties.

Robbie Muir had the biggest win of the day to add another point and victory was clinched by Steven Wallace in the penultimate tie with a 2 hole win.

Match details (Glasgow names first):-

Brendan McKenna (Pollok) lost to Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) by 4&2
Jim McKinnon (Cathkin Braes) lost to Tommy McInally (Louodun) by 3&2
Andy Fairbairn (Cawder) lost to Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 5&4
Greg Brown (Cathkin Braes) beat John Shanks (Irvine) by 4&2
Fraser Grant (Ralston) lost to Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie)by 6&5
Alan Waugh (Pollok) beat Darren Mallinson (Irvine) by 1 hole
Blair Dalgleish (Ralston) lost to Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 2 holes
Stephen Machin (Cowglen) beat Stuart Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 2&1

GLASGOW A   3    AYRSHIRE  A   5

In the corresponding youths match, Ayrshire played host to Glasgow at Western Gailes, and were boosted when a late call off from a member of the Glasgow team gave Ayrshire a walkover in one of the ties.

Blair Morton got Ayrshire off to a great start with the biggest win of the day in the lead tie and Shaun Hedger added what would prove to be a crucial half point in the second tie on the course.

Defeats in the middle order for Stewart Russell, Greg Cathie and Kerr Brooks gave Glasgow renewed hope but a single hole victory for Ross Caddis and a comfortable win for sandy walker in the anchor tie gave Ayrshire the match win.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Blair Morton (Royal Troon) beat Chris Grant (Ralston) by 5&4
Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) halved with Martin Friel (Sandyhills)
Stewart Russell (Royal Troon) lost to Stuart McLean (Ralston) by 2&1
Greg Cathie (Irvine) lost to Jack Williams (Sandyhills) by 2&1
Kerr Brooks (Irvine) lost to Chris McMillan (Bishopbriggs) by 1 hole
Ross Caddis (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Andrew Forbes (Haggs Castle) by 1 hole
Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Thomas Rankin (Haggs Castle) by 4&3
Daryll Lynch (Ayr Belleisle) W/O Josh White (Bishopbriggs) Scr.

AYRSHIRE Y      4.5    GLASGOW Y   3.5

Next Sunday, 6th October, the A Team play host to Stirlingshire at Kilmarnock (Barassie) whilst the youths team travel to play the Stirlingshire youths side at Tulliallan.

DOC THOM AYRSHIRE ORDER OF MERIT - Michael Smyth takes 2019 title in photo finish at Prestwick St Nicholas

Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) is the 2019 winner of the Ayrshire Order of Merit, for the Doc Thom Salver following the closest of finishes at the final qualifying event, The Arrol Cup at Prestwick St Nicholas.

Trailing Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) going into the final event, Michael Smyth managed to secure points for equal third in the final event with rounds of 68 and 74 for a 142 total to match clubmate Blair Morton (69/73) and edge past Brown into first place by the margin of just 7.5 points.

The Arrol Cup was won this year by Ricky Gray (Cathkin Braes) with rounds of 68 and 69 for a 137 total.

A fifth place finish for Steven Stamper (Turnberry) was not enough for him to overtake Scott Brown in second place but confirmed his third place finish in this years title chase, just 12.92 points adrift of Michael Smyth's winning total.

The final placings in the 2019 Ayrshire order of Merit were:-

450 MICHAEL SMYTH Royal Troon
442.5 SCOTT BROWN Prestwick St Cuthbert
437.08 STEVEN STAMPER Turnberry
270 STEVEN WALLACE Prestwick St Cuthbert
178.75 SANDY WALKER Kilmarnock Barassie
175 EUAN WALKER Kilmarnock Barassie
150 JIM JOHNSTON Ayr Belleisle
150 TOMMY McINALLY Loudoun
150 ALAN McLEAN Kilbirnie Place
137.5 DARREN MALLINSON Irvine
125 JACK  BROUN Turnberry
120 GEORGE HIGGINS West Kilbride
112.5 BLAIR MORTON Royal Troon
100 STEWART  RUSSELL Royal Troon
100 PAUL GIFFNEY Ardeer
100 ADAM CAMBERS Ayr Dalmilling
100 JACK WHENT Largs
75 STEVEN McEWAN Caprington
75 JOE McSORLEY Prestwick St Cuthbert
75 DAVID LONGAIR Troon St Meddans
75 MARK WATT Prestwick St Cuthbert
75 SCOTT DAVIDSON Largs
70.83 ROSS CADDIS Kilmarnock Barassie
65 BARRY O'ROURKE Loudoun
62.5 ANDREW IRVINE Troon Welbeck
62.5 GEORGE ROBERTSON Irvine
53.33 PETER  CROMBIE Caprington
50 STEVEN McCREADIE Ayr Belleisle
50 SEAN ADDIE Ayr Belleisle
50 JOHNY STEVENSON Troon Welbeck
50 GREGOR  MACKINTOSH Girvan
50 ALAN  McNEIL Routenburn
48.75 JAMES  McINTYRE Moorpark
45 GRAHAM McKENZIE West Kilbride
42.5 KEITH HAMILTON Ayr Belleisle
42.5 CRAIG TELFER Prestwick St Cuthbert
42.5 STUART  EASTON Irvine
35 WILLIAM  FLEMING Ballochmyle
35 ROBERT  McMASTER Girvan
35 GREG VERNON Kilmarnock Barassie
28.75 PETER  HUME Ardeer
27.5 PAUL DENIM Loudoun
27.5 COLIN HUME Ayr Belleisle
21.67 SAM McGIVERN Largs
21.67 CAMERON  SIMMONS Routenburn
21.67 WILLIAM  McGILL Irvine Ravenspark
20 CAMERON  AITKEN Largs
20 GARY HOLLAND Ballochmyle
17.5 SHAUN HEDGER West Kilbride
10 STUART WHITE Girvan
7.5 STUART PENNINGTON Troon St Meddans
7.5 SANDY BUCHANAN Prestwick S Nicholas
7.5 KEVIN THOMAS Troon Welbeck
7.5 ALAN SMEETON The Chase
7.5 JAMIE McCORMACK Irvine
7.5 AIDAN LONG Ayr Belleisle
5 KEVIN DOYLE Turnberry
5 CRAIG HAMILTON Ballochmyle
5 COLIN BERRY Prestwick St Cuthbert
5 KEVIN McGACHY Routenburn
3.33 ROBBIE MACINNES Rowallan Castle
3.33 BLAIR TAYLOR Rowallan Castle
2.5 SCOTT AINSWORTH Ardeer
2.5 CHRIS BONE Loudoun
2.5 CHARLES ALLAN Ardeer
2.5 BRUCE CALDOW Kilmarnock Barassie

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT - Ruben Lindsay moves up to second as Ross McDonald is confirmed as 2019 winner

The final counting event of the 2019 Ayrshire Junior Order of Merit took place at Irvine GC on Monday 23rd September, with the final two prize placings being decided.

Ross McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) was confirmed as the 2019 Junior Order of Merit winner before the final counting event took place, but second and third places were still up for grabs by up to seven players, depending on the results at Irvine.

Scottish Boys Champion Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) moved up to second place overall after a scratch score of 72 gave him maximum points at Irvine, whilst Harvey Broadfoot (Troon Welbeck) added points for a joint seventh place at Irvine to confirm third place overall for the season.

Final placings in the Ayrshire Junior Order of Merit for 2019 are:- 


462.5 ROSS McDONALD Kilmarnock Barassie
350 RUBEN LINDSAY Ayr Belleisle
322.5 HARVEY BROADFOOT Troon Welbeck
290 DYLAN CAIRNS Prestwick St Nicholas
277.5 KERR BROOKS Irvine
270 PATRICK SMILEY Prestwick St Nicholas
227.5 FREYA RUSSELL Royal Troon
215 ALEX DEAN Irvine
175 BEN WATSON  Kilmarnock Barassie
167.5 CAMERON SHANKS Caprington
155 FRASER RUSSELL Royal Troon
147.5 JACK ALLAN Ballochmyle
112.5 CAMERON McGARVIE Prestwick St Nicholas
110 LUISA GIBSON Irvine
107.5 JAMIE McKINNON Caprington
107.5 MAX BARCLAY Ayr Belleisle
100 RACHEL FOSTER  Prestwick St Nicholas
97.5 HARVEY McDONALD Ayr Belleisle
85 JOHN McCRACKEN Kilmarnock Barassie
75 ALYX MURRAY Prestwick St Nicholas
75 JOHN KELLY Ayr Belleisle
62.5 LIAM KIRKHAM Troon Welbeck
57.5 RYAN KENNEDY Loudoun
50 CALLUM BYERS Ayr Belleisle
45 CAMERON JOHNSTONE Kilmarnock Barassie
42.5 CONNOR WILLS Prestwick St Nicholas
42.5 GLENN WILSON Ayr Dalmilling
35 QUINTIN DUNLOP Troon Welbeck
20 ROB YORSTON Loudoun
20 JAMIE ROBERTSON Loudoun
17.5 ELLIOT O'BRIEN Irvine
10 CHRISTOPHER HUNTER Ballochmyle
7.5 BEN WATT Prestwick St Nicholas
7.5 JACK BROADFOOT Troon Welbeck
7.5 RYAN KENNEDY Loudoun
5 CALLUM BLACK Irvine
2.5 EUAN RAMSAY Prestwick St Nicholas
2.5 JOSH DAVIES Troon Welbeck
2.5 KYLE REID Irvine

AYRSHIRE SENIORS LEAGUE - three in a row for largs GC


Largs GC have retained the Ayrshire seniors League for the third successive season after a storming finish to this years competition.

Trailing the eventual runners up Ballochmyle, Large needed to win their final three matches to ensure victory again in 2019.

A 5-0 home win over Kilbirnie was followed by a narrow 3-2 win away to Prestwick St Cuthbert and a 4 – 1 win in their final fixture away to Troon Welbeck ensured that largs retained the title.
The final league placings were:-



The annual meeting of the Ayrshire Seniors League will take place at Kilbirnie Place GC on Wednesday 9th October, and details will be forwarded to member clubs by the League Secretary in due course


SENIOR MEN'S HOME INTERNATIONALS - Scotland finish third at Alnmouth

Paul Moultrie

With Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon) in the side, Scotland finished in third place in the 2019 Senior Men’s Home International series, played at Alnmouth Golf Club in England from 17th to 19th September. 

Scotland Started the championship well with a 5.5 – 3.5 victory over wales in their opening fixture.
Paul Moultrie sat out the morning foursomes against wales but earned a half point against Nigel evans in the afternoon singles.

On the second day Scotland faced Ireland but, after only gaining a half point in the three morning foursomes, lost out by 6 – 3 overall.

Paul Moultrie was paired with Robert Smith in the morning foursomes, losing out to John Mitchell & Barry O’Leary by 4&3, but secured a second successive half point in the singles, playing in the anchor tie against Karl Bornemann.

On the final day Scotland played the eventual winners, England and succeeded in stopping a third successive win for the hosts, eventually drawing the match 4.5 – 4.5.

Paul Moultrie again teamed up with Robert Smith in the morning foursomes, earning a half point against Paul Wharton & Richard Norton, but in the afternoon singles he was soundly beaten 6&5 by Rich Jones.

SCOTTISH SENIORS AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Eighth place finish for Ayrshire at Stirling



Ayrshire finished in eighth place in the Scottish Seniors Area Team Championship, played at Stirling Golf Club on Thursday 26th September.

The team score of 378 left Ayrshire fifteen shots adrift of the winning Lothians team, and five shots behind Fife in third place.

Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon) and Paul Denim (Louodun) had the best individual returns for Ayrshire with scores of 73, with a 76 from John Rushbury (Royal Troon) and 78’s from Robbie Stewart (Troon Portland) and Ian Walker (Royal Troon) completing the Ayrshire team total of 378, an 81 from Stevie McKnight (Royal Troon) being the non counting score.

The final team totals were:-

363 – Lothians
369 – Glasgow
373 – Fife
376 – Angus
377 - Argyll & Bute
378 – Dumbarton, North East, Ayrshire, Stirling
379 - Perth & Kinross
383 – South
384 - Clackmannanshire

EUROPRO TOUR - Victory for Jack McDonald at Newmachar


Former Ayrshire county player Jack McDonald of Kilmarnock Barassie won The Newmachar Golf Club Challenge in Aberdeen, played between 18th and 20th September, after a phenomenal final round in scorching conditions to close off the regular PGA EuroPro Tour season.
(Report courtesy of the europrotour.com website)
McDonald posted rounds of 69, 65 and 66 to rise above Jonathan Caldwell who had led the opening two rounds of play. The Kilmarnock (Barassie) golfer was bogey-free for the final day putting pressure on Caldwell going birdie, birdie, birdie on 11, 12 and 13. It’s his first professional victory since turning professional.
On victory, he said: “I played great right through today so I knew I just had to keep it going. Just delighted to get the win. It feels amazing. The professional game is definitely different from the amateur game and I am just delighted to get the win. I am just going to enjoy it.” 
Making it to Desert Springs: “One box was ticked when I made the cut. All I was thinking today as I had nothing to lose and I was just aggressive and I am glad it paid off.”
Caldwell (Clandeboye Golf Club) didn’t really do much wrong on the last day going round in 64, 67 and 70 with the latter proving not to be enough to clinch a win. 
Paul McKechnie (Braid Hills Golf Centre) finished outright third with a final round of 67 (-5) that included six birdies and only one blotch to his card. 
John Parry (Harrogate Golf Club) signed for rounds of 65, 68 and 70 to tie for fourth with Will Enefer (Retail Furniture Ltd) and Tim Rice (Limerick Golf Club) who shot the best round of the week for 63 (-9) finishing with a flurry of birdies and an eagle.
Calum Fyfe (Golfing4Life) also motored along on the last day going eight under to finish tied for seventh on twelve under with Tom Gandy (Rowany Golf Club) and Billy Spooner (Boston West Golf Club).
Joe Brooks (Hanbury Manor Golf Club) rounded off the top ten 67, 70 and 68 to secure his place at Desert Springs Resort. 

COLLEGE GOLF - Addie & McLaughlin make impressive starts in the USA.


Sean Addie (Ayr Belleisle) had a winning start to his collegiate golf career in the USA when he helped his Davis & Elkins College team to victory in the Wally Edgell Collegiate Championship over the Cannan Valley resort course in West Virginia.


Sean Addie (2nd right) with his winning college team 

Rounds of 73 & 70 saw Addie finish in sixth place overall in the individual standings and contributed to a team score in the event of 575, which took the team title by seven shots, ahead of the other nine competing colleges.

Claire McLaughlin
Claire McLaughlin (West Kilbride) who is also in the USA, at the Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, was selected as the Mid-South Conference Women's Golfer of the Week recently following a second place finish at the Blue Raider Classic. 

After leading the event with a two-day total of 149 she eventually finished just one shot behind the eventual winner.

During the competition Mclaughlin recorded the best round of the tournament with a one-under-par 71 to help boost the Lindsey Wilson team to an 18-stroke tournament win.

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire teams record a draw and a loss against Dumbartonshire


The Ayrshire A team drew 4 – 4 at Turnberry, over the King Robert The Bruce course, on Sunday 22nd September, in their second West Of Scotland Inter County League fixture of the series.

The first three ties were lost but crushing wins by Michael Smyth and Steven Stamper reduced the deficit before Stephen Spence and Stuart Miller ensured a draw for the home team.

Despite losing his tie on the final green, the day was a memorable one for Darren Mallinson who recorded his first ever hole in one, at the tenth hole, during his tie.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) lost to Ian McCalman by 6&5
Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) lost to George Duncan by 2&1
Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Craig Bissett by 2&1
Stephen Spence (Royal Troon) beat Angus McKay by 1 hole
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) beat Davie Wylie by 6&5
Darren Mallinson (Irvine) lost to Dave Lindsay by 1 hole
Stuart Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Niall Lamond by 2&1
Steven Stamper (Turnberry) beat Jim Devaney by 6&4

AYRSHIRE A    4    DUMBARTONSHIRE A   4

In the corresponding youths match at Lenzie, Ayrshire went down 5 – 3 to the hosts.

Ayrshire started well, taking 2.5 points from the first three ties but only Greg Telfer in the anchor tie could add any further points to the Ayrshire total.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Blair Morton (Royal Troon) beat Euan McBride (Lenzie by 3&2
Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) beat Gavin Roger (Clober) by 4&3
Stewart Russell (Royal Troon) halved with Rhys Thomson (Dullatur)
Callum Irvine (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Cameron Black (Cardross) by 1 hole
Ross Caddis (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Jack Pike (Clober) by 5&4
Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Hamish Mills (Cardross) by 2&1
Kerr Brooks (Irvine) lost to Stuart Boyd (Hayston) by 4&2
Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) halved with Callum McTear (Clydebank & District)

AYRSHIRE Y    3    DUMBARTONSHIRE Y   5


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Kilmarnock Barassie take 2019 title

Kilmarnock Barassie are the 2019 Ayrshire Junior Golf League champions.

In the final, played at West Kilbride on Sunday 22nd September, the Kilmarnock Barassie team faced Ayr Belleisle and won the title with a comprehensive 6 - 0 victory

The winning Kilmarnock Barassie team at West Kilbride

Monday, September 23, 2019

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Kilmarnock Barassie and Irvine win first two finals of 2019

The first two finals of the 2019 Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions took place at West Kilbride Golf Club on Sunday 15th September with Kilmarnock (Barassie) and Irvine toasting success.

In the final of the Wallace Thornton Trophy the Kilmarnock (Barasie) team beat Prestwick St Nicholas 3.5 - 0.5.


Wallace Thornton Trophy winners
Kilmarnock Barassie GC

In the final of the Under 16 Knockout Trophy Irvine faced Ayr Belleisle and won the 2019 title with a 3 - 1 victory.


Under 16 Knockout Trophy winners
Irvine GC

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire A crash to defeat at Bonnyton

The Ayrshire A team crashed to a 6.5 - 1.5 defeat to Renfrewshire at Bonnyton on Sunday 15th September in their opening fixture in the 2019 West of Scotland Inter County league Championship.

With only two of the six players who finished runners up in the recent Scottish Area team Championship available at the weekend, there were a number of changes in the Ayrshire team, with Barry O'Rourke (Louodun) making his debut.

Although the match looked close at the half way stage, the Renfrewshire players pulled ahead in a number of matches mid way through the inward half and ultimately only Steven Spence was a winner for Ayrshire whilst Craig Hamilton won the final hole in the his tie to secure a half point.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) halved with David Sibbald (Bonnyton)  
Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) lost to Alex Ferguson (Paisley) by 5&4
Stephen Spence (Royal Troon) beat Willie McMillan (Bonnyton) by 3&2
Steven Stamper (Turnberry) lost to David Dickson (Bonnyton) by 4&3
Barry O'Rourke (Loudoun) lost to Craig Thomson (Paisley) by 3&1
Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting bay) lost to Alan Johnston (Bonnyton) by 4&3
Greg Telfer (Prestwick S Cuthbert) lost to Paul Dorrian (Greenock) by 3&2
Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) lost to Andy jamieson (Paisley) by 2&1

AYRSHIRE  1.5   RENFREWSHIRE   6.5

The corresponding youths match was scheduled to take place at Loudoun but after a number of late call offs the Renfrewshire team officials decided to forfeit the match to Ayrshire, with the result being recorded as a 5 - 3 win to Ayrshire, per the championship rules.

Next Sunday, 22nd September, the A team host Dumbartonshire over the King Robert The Bruce course at Turnberry whilst the youths team travel to play the Dumbartonshire youths side at Lenzie.

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR - Inpressive professional debut for Euan Walker in KLM open


Euan Walker made an impressive start to his professional career in his first tournament, the KLM Open at The International, Amsterdam, which was played between 12th and 15th September.

Having turned professional immediately after the recent Walker Cup match at Royal Liverpool GC, Walker opened his first professional event with rounds of 72 69 and 69 for a six under par total after 36 holes, to comfortably make the cut for the final round.

In the final round Walker had a one over par score of 73 which left him in joint 40th place overall on 283, five under par, behind the winner Sergio Garcia who finished eighteen under par on 270.
Walker’s debut finish earned him 11,600 euros in prize money for his efforts.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT - Ross McDonald secures title with one event remaining.

Ross McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) has secured the 2019 Ayrshire Junior Order of Merit title, with just one counting event remaining to be played this season.

At the penultimate counting event, The Prestwick St Nicholas Junior Open, which was won by Dylan Cairns (Prestwick St Nicholas) ahead of clubmate Cameron McGarvie, Ross McDonald shared third place with two other players which gave him enough points to ensure him an unassailable lead going into the final counting event, the Irvine GC Junior Open, which takes place on Monday 23rd September.

With prizes presented to the first three places in the Junior Order of merit each year, there is still plenty to play for in the final event with any one of seven players still in a position to secure second or third place in the table.

The present positions in the Junior Order of Merit, with one counting event to be played, are:-


462.5 ROSS McDONALD Kilmarnock Barassie
315 HARVEY BROADFOOT Troon Welbeck
290 DYLAN CAIRNS Prestwick St Nicholas
250 PATRICK SMILEY Prestwick St Nicholas
250 RUBEN LINDSAY Ayr Belleisle
227.5 FREYA RUSSELL Royal Troon
227.5 KERR BROOKS Irvine
215 ALEX DEAN Irvine
175 BEN WATSON  Kilmarnock Barassie
160 CAMERON SHANKS Caprington
155 FRASER RUSSELL Royal Troon
147.5 JACK ALLAN Ballochmyle
107.5 JAMIE McKINNON Caprington
107.5 MAX BARCLAY Ayr Belleisle
100 RACHEL FOSTER  Prestwick St Nicholas
97.5 HARVEY McDONALD Ayr Belleisle
85 JOHN McCRACKEN Kilmarnock Barassie
77.5 CAMERON McGARVIE Prestwick St Nicholas
75 ALYX MURRAY Prestwick St Nicholas
75 JOHN KELLY Ayr Belleisle
62.5 LIAM KIRKHAM Troon Welbeck
57.5 RYAN KENNEDY Loudoun
50 CALLUM BYERS Ayr Belleisle
45 CAMERON JOHNSTONE Kilmarnock Barassie
42.5 CONNOR WILLS Prestwick St Nicholas
42.5 GLENN WILSON Ayr Dalmilling
35 LUISA GIBSON Irvine
35 QUINTIN DUNLOP Troon Welbeck
20 ROB YORSTON Loudoun
20 JAMIE ROBERTSON Loudoun
17.5 ELLIOT O'BRIEN Irvine
10 CHRISTOPHER HUNTER Ballochmyle
7.5 BEN WATT Prestwick St Nicholas
7.5 JACK BROADFOOT Troon Welbeck
7.5 RYAN KENNEDY Loudoun
5 CALLUM BLACK Irvine
2.5 EUAN RAMSAY Prestwick St Nicholas
2.5 JOSH DAVIES Troon Welbeck
2.5 KYLE REID Irvine

MEN'S HOME INTERNATIONALS - Stuart Easton shines for Scotland as they finish runners up in ireland


Stuart Easton (Irvine GC) made a major contribution as Scotland just failed to win the Home Internationals in a final match showdown with England at Lahinch GC in Ireland, which was played from 11th to 13th September.

Scotland opened on day one with an 8.5 – 6.5 win over the hosts, Ireland, with Stuart Easton teaming up with Lewis Irvine in the foursomes to secure a half match with Colin Canmpbell & Tom McKibbin before Easton then secured a further half point against Tarnan McLarnon in the afternoon singles.

On day two against Wales, Easton and Irvine were again paired together in the foursomes and  beat Connor Jones & George Bryant by 2 & 1. In the afternoon singles, playing in the anchor tie, Stuart Easton had a single hole victory over Gaelen Trew as Scotland ran out winners by 9.5 – 5.5.
On the final day Scotland faced England, who were also unbeaten, in a winner takes all showdown for the 2019 Home Internationals title.

Stuart Easton and Lewis Irvine secured another half point together, in their morning foursomes tie against bailey Gill & Joshua McMahon, to remain unbeaten in their three outings together as the morning foursomes were shared 2.5 – 2.5 but in the afternoon singles England powered to a 9 – 6 victory overall, with Stuart Easton suffering his only defeat of the week, going down 3&2 to bailey Gill in the anchor tie, as England won the series leaving Scotland in second place, ahead of Ireland and Wales.


AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES PLAY OFFS - St Meddans overcome Ayr Belleisle and Kilmarnock Barassie beat Caprington

The opening matches of the three Ayrshire Scratch Leagues play off ties have been completed recently.

In the Division 2/3 play offs, Troon St Meddans overcame Ayr Belleisle, beating their higher league opponents 5.5 - 0.5 in the first leg and thereafter being conceded the tie before the second leg took place.

In the Division 1/2 play offs, Kilmanrock Barassie won the first leg against Caprington  by 4.5 - 1.5 at Kilmanrock Barassie, with the second leg scheduled to take place on 6th October.

Monday, September 09, 2019

SCOTTISH MEN'S AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire lose out to Fife in final at Leven

The Ayrshire men's team came agonisingly close to a fourth Scottish Men's Area Team Championship title on Sunday 8th September at Leven Links, losing out to Fife in the final on the last green in the last tie on the course.

The 2019 Scottish Men's Area team Championship runners up from Ayrshire
Andrew Gilligan (Team Manager), Steven Stamper, Michael Smyth, Tommy McInally, John Watt (Area President)
Steven Wallace, Jim Johnston, Robbie Muir. 


Having previously won the title in 1986, 2008 and 2015 and being beaten semi finalists last year, Ayrshire cruised through the strokeplay qualifying rounds on Friday 7th September over the Leven Links and Scoonie courses in second place, behind top qualifiers Fife who were title winners on two previous occasions and were runners up in the championship twelve months ago.

In Saturday morning's quarter final matches, Ayrshire faced the defending champions North of Scotland, and won through to the semi finals in a tight encounter, eventually recording a 3.5 - 1.5 win.

Tommy McInally (Loudoun) and Steven Stamper (Turnberry) provided the pairing for the one foursomes tie and won 3 & 1 against Douglas Thorburn (Wick) and Kieran Mackay (Inverness) to put Ayrshire ahead.

A 3&2 defeat for Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) by Jeff Wright (Forres) was offset by Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) beating Lewis Reid (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) by 4&3, leaving Ayrshire 2 - 1 ahead with two tie remaining on course.

The two remaining ties were closely fought but when Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) secured a 2 hole victory over Jordan Shaw (Boat of garten) in the anchor tie, Ayrshire's place in the semi finals was assured.

With the remaining tie between Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) and David Joel (Inverness) all square and the result of the overall match decided in Ayrshire's favour, there was no need for the tie to proceed to extra holes and the result was confirmed as a 3.5 - 1.5 win for Ayrshire.

In the other quarter final matches Fife crushed South of Scotland 5 - 0, Lothians beat Stirlingshire 4 - 1 and North east overcame Lanarkshire by 3 - 2.

In Saturday afternoon's semi finals Ayrshire played North East whilst Fife faced Lothians.

Tommy McInally and Steven Stamper again joined forces in te foursomes pairing and had a second successive 3 & 1 win, over Bryan Innes (Murcar Links) and Anthony Bews (Murcar Links) to get Ayrshire off to the perfect start once again.

A 3 & 1 win for Michael Smyth over David Morrison (Meldrum House) and a 5 & 4 win for Robbie Muir in his tie against Adam Dunton (McDonald) ensured Ayrshire's place in the final.

Steven Wallace, again playing the anchor leg, won his second successive singles tie with a 2 & 1 victory over Barrie Edmond (Bon Accord) and a half match for Jim Johnston against mark halliday (Royal Aberdeen) wrapped up a 4.5 - 0.5 win for Ayrshire in the semi final.

In the other semi final Fife edged out Lothians by 3 - 2 to ensure that the top two seeded teams would contest the final match.

The final on Sunday 8th September comprised three foursomes ties in the morning with six singles in the afternoon.

Jim Johnston & Robbie Muir opened positively for Ayrshire in the foursomes against James White (Lundin) and Greg Wishart (Lundin) with a 4 & 3 victory but the other two foursomes were both lost 3 & 2, the pairing of Tommy McInally and Steven Stamper losing for the first time in three starts, against Andrew Davidson (Charleton Members) and Fraser Carr (Crail), and Steven wallace and Michael Smith going down to Steven Aitken (Leven Thistle) and Scott Crichton (Leven Thistle).

Trailing  2 - 1 after the morning foursomes, Ayrshire needed to win four of the six singles for victory, and well into the afternoon ties it looked possible that the time might just be able to achieve the task, despite the odds against.

Jim Johnston, in the lead singles tie, secured a 3 & 1 win over James White to level the match score 2 - 2 before Robbie Muir put Ayrshire ahead with a 3 & 2 win over Greg Wishart in the third tie on the course.

Fife drew level once more when Scott Crichton beat Michael Smyth 2 & 1 and with Tommy Mcinally losing to Fraser Carr by 2 & 1 in the penultimate tie and Steven Wallace maintaining his 100% singles record by beating Andrew Davidson in the anchor tie, the match score stood at 4 - 4 with the destiny of the title resting with the tie between Steven Stamper and Steven Aitken.

In a nailbiting finale, the tie went to the last green but to the disappointment of Ayrshire and the delight of the Fife team, it was Steven Aitken who won the tie by a single hole to give fife the 2019 Area team Championship title with a 5 - 4 victory in the final.

The performance and team spirit displayed of the Ayrshire team was a credit to the county and though tinged with disappointment at the final result, the team members and officials can all take great credit for the performance in the 2019 championship.
   

THE WALKER CUP - Euan Walker contributes 1.5 points from 4 but G.B & I lose out at Hoylake.

Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) contributed 1.5 points from a possible 4 to the Great britain & Ireland cause at the Walker Cup match, held at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September, but the hosts eventually lost out to the holders USA by 15.5 - 10.5 in the biannual match. 

On Saturday the morning foursomes were shared 2 - 2. Euan Walker was paired up with fellow Scot sandy Scott (Nairn) but lost by 2 &1 to John Pak (Scotch Plains) and isaiha Salinda (South San Francisco).

GB & I took five of the eight singles matches on Saturday to lead 7 - 5 overall, after day one, with Euan Walker beating Steven Fisk (Stockbridge) by 2 holes in his tie.

On Sunday morning Euan Walker again teamed up with Sandy Scott and earned a half point with a tied match against Andy Ogletree (Little Rock) and John Augenstein (Owensboro), as the USA reduced the deficit to 8.5 - 7.5 by taking the morning foursomes matches 2.5 - 1.5.

In the ten singles on Sunday afternoon, the USA team stormed to victory, winning eight of the ten ties to retain the trophy with a five point winning margin. In his final singles tie, Euan Walker lost to John Pak (Little Rock) by 2 & 1.

DOC THOM AYRSHIRE ORDER OF MERIT - Scott Brown leads with one event to play

Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) leads the chase for the 2019 Doc Thom Ayrshire Order of merit title, with just one counting event remaining to be played this season.

In the penultimate counting event at the weekend, The Stone Trophy at Routenburn GC in Largs, Jack Whent (Largs) took maximum points with a scratch score of 72, one ahead of George Higgins (West Kilbride).

The remaining counting event is the 36 hole Arrol Cup which takes place on Saturday 21st September at Prestwick St Nicholas, and the title chase is sure to provide an exciting finish with one of four players still in a position to claim the title.

Present positions in the Ayrshire order of merit, with one counting event remaining are:-

442.5 SCOTT BROWN Prestwick St Cuthbert
402.08 STEVEN STAMPER Turnberry
387.5 MICHAEL SMYTH Royal Troon
270 STEVEN WALLACE Prestwick St Cuthbert
178.75 SANDY WALKER Kilmarnock Barassie
175 EUAN WALKER Kilmarnock Barassie
150 JIM JOHNSTON Ayr Belleisle
150 TOMMY McINALLY Loudoun
150 ALAN McLEAN Kilbirnie Place
137.5 DARREN MALLINSON Irvine
125 JACK  BROUN Turnberry
120 GEORGE HIGGINS West Kilbride
100 STEWART  RUSSELL Royal Troon
100 PAUL GIFFNEY Ardeer
100 ADAM CAMBERS Ayr Dalmilling
100 JACK WHENT Largs
75 STEVEN McEWAN Caprington
75 JOE McSORLEY Prestwick St Cuthbert
75 DAVID LONGAIR Troon St Meddans
75 MARK WATT Prestwick St Cuthbert
75 SCOTT DAVIDSON Largs
70.83 ROSS CADDIS Kilmarnock Barassie
65 BARRY O'ROURKE Loudoun
62.5 ANDREW IRVINE Troon Welbeck
62.5 GEORGE ROBERTSON Irvine
53.33 PETER  CROMBIE Caprington
50 STEVEN McCREADIE Ayr Belleisle
50 SEAN ADDIE Ayr Belleisle
50 JOHNY STEVENSON Troon Welbeck
50 GREGOR  MACKINTOSH Girvan
50 BLAIR MORTON Royal Troon
50 ALAN  McNEIL Routenburn
48.75 JAMES  McINTYRE Moorpark
45 GRAHAM McKENZIE West Kilbride
42.5 KEITH HAMILTON Ayr Belleisle
42.5 CRAIG TELFER Prestwick St Cuthbert
42.5 STUART  EASTON Irvine
35 WILLIAM  FLEMING Ballochmyle
35 ROBERT  McMASTER Girvan
35 GREG VERNON Kilmarnock Barassie
28.75 PETER  HUME Ardeer
27.5 PAUL DENIM Loudoun
27.5 COLIN HUME Ayr Belleisle
21.67 SAM McGIVERN Largs
21.67 CAMERON  SIMMONS Routenburn
21.67 WILLIAM  McGILL Irvine Ravenspark
20 CAMERON  AITKEN Largs
20 GARY HOLLAND Ballochmyle
17.5 SHAUN HEDGER West Kilbride
10 STUART WHITE Girvan
7.5 STUART PENNINGTON Troon St Meddans
7.5 SANDY BUCHANAN Prestwick S Nicholas
7.5 KEVIN THOMAS Troon Welbeck
7.5 ALAN SMEETON The Chase
7.5 JAMIE McCORMACK Irvine
7.5 AIDAN LONG Ayr Belleisle
5 KEVIN DOYLE Turnberry
5 CRAIG HAMILTON Ballochmyle
5 COLIN BERRY Prestwick St Cuthbert
5 KEVIN McGACHY Routenburn
3.33 ROBBIE MACINNES Rowallan Castle
3.33 BLAIR TAYLOR Rowallan Castle
2.5 SCOTT AINSWORTH Ardeer
2.5 CHRIS BONE Loudoun
2.5 CHARLES ALLAN Ardeer
2.5 BRUCE CALDOW Kilmarnock Barassie