ALL THE LATEST NEWS ON AMATEUR GOLF IN AYRSHIRE

Sunday, January 24, 2021

SCOTTISH MEN'S AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Format of national event to change from 2022

The format of the Scottish Men's Area Team Championship will change from 2022 following an overwhelming vote to alter the format amongst the 16 Area Associations this week.



The present one weekend format for the competition encompasing both strokeplay and matchplay, which Ayrshire last won in 2015, has been in place for ten years, but a recent meeting of the Area Associations decided to revert back to a qualifying section format of purely matchplay golf played throughout the season and culminating in a weekend semi final and final event.

A sub committee has been set up to formulate a detailed format going forward, for presentation and agreement with the sixteen Area Associations later this year.

The 2021 championship is scheduled to take place in Inverness in early September 2021 and will continue in the present format whilst the new championship format is agreed for 2022.

Monday, January 18, 2021

2021 EXTENDED COMPETITIONS - Thirteen days to go until closing date for entries.

Clubs have just thirteen days remaining to submit entries for the six 2021 Ayrshire Golf Association extended events.


The closing date for entries to the Champion of Champions, Fourball Championship, Scratch leagues, Handicap League Championship, Gary Bryden Memorial Salver and President's Putter competitions is 31st January.

The entry forms for all the competitions were sent by email to member clubs in early December. Should any club require further copies of the entry forms they should contatct the Area Secretary Alasdair Malcolm by email at ayrshire.golf@btinternet.com.

Entry received to date, Monday 18th January, for each of the competitions are:-

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

Alton  (Kevin O’Neill)

West Kilbride (George Higgins)

West Kilbride (Shaun Hedger)

Ayr Seafield (Stuart Campbell)

Beith (Jamie Murchie)

Beith (Paul O’Neil)

Annanhill (David Pratt)

Auchenharvie 88 (Andrew MacDonald)

Routenburn (Alan Baillie)

Routenburn (Andrew Thomson)

Braehead (Connor Martin)

Braehead (Sam Findlater)

Irvine (John Shanks)

Malletsheugh (Steven Knox)

Troon Merchants (Gordon Wilson)

Moorpark (Robert Cruickshanks)

Holder/Ballochmyle (Craig Hamilton)

Kilmarnock Barassie (Scott Wilson)

Kilmanrock Barassie (Stuart Miller)

Irvine Ravenspark (William McGill)

Irvine Ravenspark (Alasdair Berry)

The Chase (Steve Arrandale)

Doon Valley (Maurice Mulholland)

Prestwick Centre (Sean Hainey)

Muirkirk (Brian Gibson)

Muirkirk (Craig Menzies)

Drongan (Andrew Carroll)

Drongan (Daniel Carroll)

Redburn (Jordan Milne)

Ardeer (Scott Ainsworth)

Ardeer (Paul Giffney)

Ballochmyle (Alan Watson)

Rowallan Castle (Stuart Robin)

Kilbirnie Place (Alan McLean)

Kilbirnie Place (Gavin McChesney)

Glacier (Andrew McLuckie)

Prestwick St Cuthbert (Scott McIlwraith)

Prestwick St Cuthbert (Mark Watt)

Skelmorlie (John R Anderson)

Caprington (Steven McEwan)

Caprington (Gordon Munro)

Troon Portland (Stephen Murray)

Troon Portland (Alistair Bell)

 

 AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Alton (Kevin O’Neill & Matthew Blakeley)

West Kilbride (Mark Cowan & Drew Robertson)

Ayr Seafield (Francis McNeillie & Grant Wilson)

Annanhill (Tom Wilson & David Bolland)

Routenburn (Derek Wilson & Ryan Tweedie)

Auchenharvie 88 (Scott Turner & William Bark)

Braehead (Eddie Gilmour & Steph Holland)

Braehead (Billy Hughes & Lenny Cuthbert)

Irvine (Desmond McPeake & Andrew Raeside)

Irvine (James Brennan & Archie McLaughlan)

Malletsheugh (John Cairney & Mick Savage)

Troon Merchants (Stuart Gwynne & Gordon Wilson)

Portmann (Mark Hunter & Gary Bole)

Moorpark (Robert Cruickshanks & David Gilmour)

Kilmarnock Barassie (Russell Wood & Gordon McKie)

Kilmarnock Barassie (James Milligan & Donnie Lindsay)

Irvine Ravenspark (Joe Abercrombie & Colin Craig)

The Chase (David Connor & Dougie Beattie)

Prestwick Centre (Aidan Long & John Tanner)

Muirkirk (John Arlow & Hugh Muirhead)

Doon Valley (Robert McGuckin & Lee McGuckin)

Doon Valley (Scott Bunyan & Jake Bunyan)

Drongan (Jordan Kelly)

Redburn (Jim Hunter & Marc McLelland)

Ardeer (Hyland Hamilton & Scott Brown)

Ardeer (Frank Grant & Hugh Wales)

Ballochmyle (Jamie Rankin & Derek McMurdo)

Ballochmyle (Colin Borthwick & Billy Scott)

Rowallan Castle (Drew Parsons & Mark Gallagher)

Kilbirnie Place (Gordon Johnstone & Alan Chesney)

Kilbirnie Place (Ronnie Logan & Adam Scott)

Glacier (John Wylie & Thomas Gibson)

Glacier (Steven Kirk & Colin Steele)

Prestwick St Cuthbert (Paul Donnely & Tom McAlindin)

Skelmorlie (Billy Pollock & Sandy Riddell)

Caprington (Marc Smith & Craig Muldoon)

Caprington (Andrew Gibson & Ross Coubrough)


 

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES

West Kilbride

Routenburn

Irvine

Kilmarnock Barassie

Irvine Ravenspark

Redburn

Ardeer

Ballochmyle

Rowallan Castle

Kilbirnie Place

Prestwick St Cuthbert

Caprington

Troon Portland

 

HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Alton

West Kilbride

Ayr Seafield

Annanhill

Routenburn

Auchenharvie 88

Troon Merchants

Portmann

Moorpark

Kilmarnock Barassie

Irvine Ravenspark

Redburn

Ardeer

Ballochmyle

Rowallan Castle

Kilbirnie Place

Prestwick St Cuthbert

Caprington

Troon Portland

 

GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER (Scratch Club Team Knockout)

Irvine

Kilmarnock Barassie

Irvine Ravenspark

Redburn

Ardeer

Ballochmyle

Rowallan Castle

Prestwick St Cuthbert

Caprington

Troon Portland

 

 PRESIDENT’S PUTTER (Handicap Club Team Knockout)

Alton

West Kilbride

Ayr Seafield

Auchenharvie

Braehead

Troon Merchants

Portmann

Moorpark

The Chase

Kilmarnock Barassie

Irvine Ravenspark

Redburn

Ardeer

Ballochmyle

Rowallan Castle

Kilbirnie Place

Prestwick St Cuthbert

Skelmorlie

Caprington

Troon Portland

 

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION EXTENDED COMPETITIONS - Closing date reminder

Clubs are reminded that the closing date for entries to the six Ayrshire Golf Association extended competitions for 2021 is 31st January.



Entry forms for all six events were emailed to all member clubs in early December. Should any club require further copies, they should contact the Ayrshire Golf Association Secretary direct.

Entries received up to and including Tuesday 12th January for each competition are:-

 AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

Alton  (Kevin O’Neill)

West Kilbride (George Higgins)

West Kilbride (Shaun Hedger)

Ayr Seafield (Stuart Campbell)

Beith (Jamie Murchie)

Beith (Paul O’Neil)

Annanhill (David Pratt)

Auchenharvie 88 (Andrew MacDonald)

Routenburn (Alan Baillie)

Routenburn (Andrew Thomson)

Braehead (Connor Martin)

Braehead (Sam Findlater)

Irvine (John Shanks)

Malletsheugh (Steven Knox)

Troon Merchants (Gordon Wilson)

Moorpark (Robert Cruickshanks)

Holder/Ballochmyle (Craig Hamilton)

Kilmarnock Barassie (Scott Wilson)

Kilmanrock Barassie (Stuart Miller)

Irvine Ravenspark (William McGill)

Irvine Ravenspark (Alasdair Berry)

The Chase (Steve Arrandale)

Doon Valley (Maurice Mulholland)

Prestwick Centre (Sean Hainey)

Muirkirk (Brian Gibson)

Muirkirk (Craig Menzies)

Drongan (Andrew Carroll)

Drongan (Daniel Carroll)

Redburn (Jordan Milne)

Ardeer (Scott Ainsworth)

Ardeer (Paul Giffney)

Ballochmyle (Alan Watson)


AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Alton (Kevin O’Neill & Matthew Blakeley)

West Kilbride (Mark Cowan & Drew Robertson)

Ayr Seafield (Francis McNeillie & Grant Wilson)

Annanhill (Tom Wilson & David Bolland)

Routenburn (Derek Wilson & Ryan Tweedie)

Auchenharvie 88 (Scott Turner & William Bark)

Braehead (Eddie Gilmour & Steph Holland)

Braehead (Billy Hughes & Lenny Cuthbert)

Irvine (Desmond McPeake & Andrew Raeside)

Irvine (James Brennan & Archie McLaughlan)

Malletsheugh (John Cairney & Mick Savage)

Troon Merchants (Stuart Gwynne & Gordon Wilson)

Portmann (Mark Hunter & Gary Bole)

Moorpark (Robert Cruickshanks & David Gilmour)

Kilmarnock Barassie (Russell Wood & Gordon McKie)

Kilmarnock Barassie (James Milligan & Donnie Lindsay)

Irvine Ravenspark (Joe Abercrombie & Colin Craig)

The Chase (David Connor & Dougie Beattie)

Prestwick Centre (Aidan Long & John Tanner)

Muirkirk (John Arlow & Hugh Muirhead)

Doon Valley (Robert McGuckin & Lee McGuckin)

Doon Valley (Scott Bunyan & Jake Bunyan)

Drongan (Jordan Kelly)

Redburn (Jim Hunter & Marc McLelland)

Ardeer (Hyland Hamilton & Scott Brown)

Ardeer (Frank Grant & Hugh Wales)

Ballochmyle (Jamie Rankin & Derek McMurdo)

Ballochmyle (Colin Borthwick & Billy Scott)

 

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES

West Kilbride

Routenburn

Irvine

Kilmarnock Barassie

Irvine Ravenspark

Redburn

Ardeer

Ballochmyle

 

HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Alton

West Kilbride

Ayr Seafield

Annanhill

Routenburn

Auchenharvie 88

Troon Merchants

Portmann

Moorpark

Kilmarnock Barassie

Irvine Ravenspark

Redburn

Ardeer

Ballochmyle

 

GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER (Scratch Club Team Knockout)

Irvine

Kilmarnock Barassie

Irvine Ravenspark

Redburn

Ardeer

Ballochmyle

 

 PRESIDENT’S PUTTER (Handicap Club Team Knockout)

Alton

West Kilbride

Ayr Seafield

Auchenharvie

Braehead

Troon Merchants

Portmann

Moorpark

The Chase

Kilmarnock Barassie

Irvine Ravenspark

Redburn

Ardeer

Ballochmyle

 

 

Monday, January 04, 2021

COVID 19 UPDATE - Courses remain open under latest restrictions, but return to two ball play only


Scottish Golf have clarified that golf courses can remain open for play, following the Scottish Government announcement on Monday 4th January of tighter restrictions, though play will return to a maximum of two players per tee time from a maximum of two households.

The full Scottish Golf update reads :-

As we turn the corner on an extremely difficult 2020, starting 2021 with additional restrictions and further uncertainty is not how anyone wanted to begin the new year. 

 Following today’s announcement from the First Minister and with an understanding that our affiliated clubs will need to make some adjustments to their business operations, we wanted to provide all clubs with the information we have available to us at present. 

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, we have worked alongside both sportscotland and The Scottish Government to demonstrate that golf is a sport that can be played outdoors with physical distancing and increased safety measures in place. We are pleased that this continues to be recognised and from 00.01 on Tuesday 5th January: 

Golf courses can remain open for play with a maximum of two players from up to two households 

Golfers must stay close to home, travel only for essential purposes and in line with the new legislation 

We are continuing to seek further clarification on a number of the wider aspects for sport from our partners at sportscotland and Scottish Government and as soon as we have sufficient detail with which to work, our more detailed guidance will be updated. We currently envisage being in a position to provide a more in-depth update for all affiliated clubs within the next 24 hours. 

 Scottish Golf asks that all golf clubs and golfers adhere to the new guidance with the same spirit and integrity that has been shown throughout the last year to ensure we can all continue to benefit from playing golf through this new period of restrictions. 

 You can stay up to date on all the latest information on our dedicated COVID-19, available via the Scottish Golf website.

Kind Regards,

Karin Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Golf

Friday, January 01, 2021

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION EXTENDED COMPETITIONS - Entries for 2021 events close on 31st January

Member clubs are reminded that the closing date for entries to the six Ayrshire Golf Association extended competitions for 2021 is 31st January.


Entry forms for all the events were emailed to all member clubs in early December. If any member club needs the entry forms resent they should contact the Area Secretary by email at ayrshire.golf@btinternet.com.

The entries received to date, 1st January 2021, in each of the competitions are:-

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

Alton  (Kevin O’Neill)

West Kilbride (George Higgins)

West Kilbride (Shaun Hedger)

Ayr Seafield (Stuart Campbell)

Beith (Jamie Murchie)

Beith (Paul O’Neil)

Annanhill (David Pratt)

Auchenharvie 88 (Andrew MacDonald)

Routenburn (Alan Baillie)

Routenburn (Andrew Thomson)

Braehead (Connor Martin)

Braehead (Sam Findlater)

Irvine (John Shanks)

Malletsheugh (Steven Knox)

Troon Merchants (Gordon Wilson)Moorpark (Robert Cruickshanks)_

  

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Alton (Kevin O’Neill & Matthew Blakeley)

West Kilbride (Mark Cowan & Drew Robertson)

Ayr Seafield (Francis McNeillie & Grant Wilson)

Annanhill (Tom Wilson & David Bolland)

Routenburn (Derek Wilson & Ryan Tweedie)

Auchenharvie 88 (Scott Turner & William Bark)

Braehead (Eddie Gilmour & Steph Holland)

Braehead (Billy Hughes & Lenny Cuthbert)

Irvine (Desmond McPeake & Andrew Raeside)

Irvine (James Brennan & Archie McLaughlan)

Malletsheugh (John Cairney & Mick Savage)

Troon Merchants (Stuart Gwynne & Gordon Wilson)

Portmann (Mark Hunter & Gary Bole)

Moorpark (Robert Cruickshanks & David Gilmour)

 

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES

West Kilbride

Routenburn

Irvine

 

HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Alton

West Kilbride

Ayr Seafield

Annanhill

Routenburn

Auchenharvie 88

Troon Merchants

Portmann

Moorpark

 

GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER (Scratch Club Team Knockout)

Irvine

 

PRESIDENT’S PUTTER (Handicap Club Team Knockout)

Alton

West Kilbride

Ayr Seafield

Auchenharvie

Braehead

Troon Merchants

Portmann

Moorpark

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR - Looking forward to county events in Ayrshire in 2021

With the advent of the new year, it is hoped that Ten Ayrshire Golf Association and member clubs can look forward to a full  calendar of events in the 2021 season, avoiding the disruption of 2020 which saw all county events cancelled and many club competitions fall by the wayside too.

Although the 2021 Ayrshire Golf Association Annual Dinner, normally held in February,  is already a casualty due to the lack of events in 2020 and the ongoing restrictions on indoor gatherings, planning is well under way for the county golf events in 2021, as we anticipate a return to a full county programme.

The provisional list of county competitions and fixtures is reproduced below.

The venues for these fixtures are subject to final confirmation.



Member clubs will be contacted soon to confirm the dates and arrangements for the open competitions that count towards the Doc Thom Ayrshire Order of Merit and the Junior Order of Merit, with the full list of events being circulated in due course.



Tuesday, December 01, 2020

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION EXTENDED COMPETITIONS 2021- Entry forms emailed to clubs


Entry forms for the six Ayrshire Golf Association extended competitions in 2021 were emailed to member clubs today.



The events concerned are:-

The Champion of Champions Trophy

The Ayrshire Fourball Championship

The Gary Bryden memorial Salver (Scratch Club Team Knockout)

The Handicap League Championship

The President's Putter (Handicap Club Team Knockout)

The Scratch Leagues

With all the extended competitions being cancelled due to the  COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, it has been decided that, in the Champion of Champions and Fourball Championship events, that clubs can also enter their 2020 nominee in the 2021 competition IN ADDITION to the 2021 nominee.

In another change to the Champion of Champions competition, going forward, only the previous seasons champion can represent the club in the event, with no alternative nominee being permitted.

All entries for these competitions should be in the hands of the Area Secretary, along with the appropriate entry fees, by 31st January 2021.

If any Club Secretary does not receive the email with the entry forms, they should contact the Area Secretary direct.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION AGM , MEMBERSHIP FIGURES AND 2021 EXTENDED COMPETITIONS

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, approval was sought from member clubs to deal with AGM business, due to be discussed at the AGM on 20th October, by way of written submission and approval, or otherwise, for one year only, due to the exceptional circumstances.

The proposal to deal with business in this manner attracted no dissenters, and in the event 25 member clubs, over 1/3 of the membership, submitted their responses which resulted in unanimous approval of the eleven proposals for the AGM.

The fists six proposals were for approval of the 2019 AGM minutes and adoption of the President's report, Financial report, Coaching report, Course rating report and Ayrshire Junior Golf League report.


President
John W Watt

Vice President
Scott Gilchrist


Again, in recognition of the exceptional circumstances in 2020, proposals that John W Watt (Prestwick St Cuthbert) and Scott Gilchrist (Loudoun) serve a further one year term as President and Vice President respectively, were approved.











Alasdair Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert) was re elected Secretary/Treasurer for 2020 - 2021.

Mike Hazlewood (Ayr Neptune), Andy Gilligan (Troon St Meddans) and Barry O'Rourke (Loudoun) were all re elected to The Executive for a further 3 year period. whilst Hugh McKenzie (Troon Welbeck) Willie McCormick (Ayr Seafield) and Allan Muir (Caprington) stood down from The executive and did not seek re election.

The Executive proposal that the per capita for 2020 - 2021 be set at £2.50, a reduction of 10 pence, was approved, whilst the Scottish Golf per capita payment remained at £14.50.


In early November all member clubs were circulated by email with the 2020 - 2021 membership returns form, with a request that these be submitted to the Area Secretary by the end of November at the latest.

Invoices for payment will thereafter be sent out to member clubs towards the end of 2020.

Entry forms for the extended county matchplay competitions in 2021 will be forwarded by email to member clubs in the near future

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

BALLOCHMYLE GOLF CLUB - Head Greenkeeper vacancy advertised

 Ballochmyle golf club are advertising for a new Head Greenkeeper. 

Any interested parties should make application as detailed below.

 


  


BALLOCHMYLE GOLF CLUB

Catrine Road, Mauchline, KA5 6LE

Tel: 01290 550469 e: ballochmyle.secretary@ballochmylegolfclub.com


 Ballochmyle Golf Club - Head Greenkeeper

 An opportunity has arisen for the position of Head Greenkeeper at Ballochmyle Golf Club, located in East Ayrshire.

Responsible for:  Ensuring the maintenance and upkeep of the golf course so that it exceeds the expectations of members, guests & visitors.

 Background:   The successful candidate will lead a team of green-keeping staff.   The role is permanent and full time.

Main duties and responsibilities:

·   Maintain a professional and welcoming approach at all times when dealing with members, guests and visitors.

·   Carry out effective turf maintenance through the establishment of schedules and programmes of annual, monthly, weekly and daily maintenance, which maximise efficiency at the course.

·   Ensure the course is prepared for play including marking hazards; ground under repair and placing tee markers; bunkers; golf furniture and general green maintenance.

·   Manage and conduct construction / renovation projects.

·   Oversee the preparation and maintenance of equipments for use.

·   Operate and maintain irrigation systems.

·    Plan and manage the control of weeds, pests and disease.

·    Maintain appropriate levels of supplies ensuring safe and effective control of all stored materials.

·   Allocate work rotas and supervise green-keeping staff.

·   Ensure the correct procedures are followed regarding the use of all machinery, fertilisers and chemicals.

·   Take all reasonable steps to protect the health, safety and welfare of all employees, patrons and visitors, by following all legislative guidelines for the preparation, use and disposal of chemicals, the safe use of tools, plant and equipment and promoting safe working practices in all areas of operation at the course.

·    Comply with company policies, rules and procedures at all times.

Desirable skills:

·   PA1, PA2 & PA6 Spraying certificates.

·   Relevant Chain Saw Certificates.

·   Knowledge of Turf Machinery.

·   Full UK Driving Licence.

·   Machine Maintenance skills.

Remuneration:

Remuneration will be dependent on experience and qualifications.

28 days annual paid leave which includes Bank Holidays.

Staff workplace pension scheme.

Uniform and Safety wear provided.

 

Application:

If you are an ambitious individual and looking to join a forward thinking golf club, please apply by email (with your CV and covering letter) to Andy Harrow, Secretary at:

ballochmyle.secretary@ballochmylegolfclub.com

 

Friday, October 09, 2020

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS - Golf clubhouse catering to close in Ayrshire for 2 weeks following latest restrictions


The latest COVID-19 restrictions, announced on Thursday 8th October, will mean that clubhouse catering facilities in Ayrshire will require to close down, with the exception of carry out food services, between 9th and 25th October.

Though the stricter constraints on a national level allow for some continuation of service in some areas, health board areas in the central belt, including Ayrshire & Arran are subject to stricter regulations which means all in house clubhouse refreshment and food provision will be suspended for that period.

The latest guidance note from Scottish Golf was published on Thursday 8th October, following the announcement of tighter restrictions, and is reproduced below.

Following the First Minister’s latest update in Parliament on Wednesday 7 October, Scottish Golf has been in dialogue with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to obtain further clarity about the new national restrictions being implemented across Scotland and how these might impact private member clubs.

On-course golf activities can continue under our current Phase 3 Guidance, with up to four players from four different households allowed to participate together. There are no changes to access to toilet facilities, locker rooms or professional shops which can continue to be utilised provided all appropriate measures, such as use of face masks, increased sanitation are adhered to. 

The key changes that apply to all golf club, are the hospitality restrictions which apply to private members clubs across the country. These are summarised below and are effective from 6pm on Friday 9th October 2020:

Pubs and licensed cafes in five Scottish health board areas - Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley - must shut to all but takeaway customers

In other parts of Scotland not mentioned above, pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can operate 6am to 6pm but cannot serve alcohol indoors during that time. These premises can sell alcohol outdoors until 10pm. 

Rules on gatherings remain the same with a maximum of six people from two households permitted.  

The changes announced vary across different regions of the country and we would encourage all clubs to familiarise themselves with the latest guidance and how it may impact their operations. These measures are in place for an initial 16-day period and will be reviewed thereafter by the Scottish Government. 

Scottish Golf remains in dialogue with sportscotland and the Scottish Government to seek further clarification on the potential impact of restrictions on indoor activity for driving ranges and swing rooms. Further information will be provided as and when it is received from government.

We would like to thank all clubs and golfers across Scotland for your ongoing adherence to the latest guidance during these trying times. Scottish Golf will continue to keep all involved in the game updated via our dedicated COVID-19 webpage which can be accessed here.

Kind regards,

Karin Sharp, Chief Operating Officer


Saturday, October 03, 2020

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION A.G.M. - Papers sent to member clubs

Papers and annual reports relating to the 2020 A.G.M. of The Ayrshire Golf Association were emailed to all member clubs on Friday 2nd October.


The A.G.M was scheduled to take place on Tuesday 20th October, but due to the present COVID-19 restrictions, it has been proposed to deal with the A.G.M. business by completion of simple voting sheets this year, subject to the majority of member clubs bening comfortable with this approach.

The provisional A.G.M. agenda is:-

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of AGM of 22/10/2019 
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Presidents report 
  5. Financial report 
  6. Coaching report 
  7. Course rating report
  8. Ayrshire Junior League Report
  9. Election of President
  10. Election of Vice President
  11. Election of Secretary/Treasurer
  12. Election of General Committee
  13. SGL & Area Subscriptions
  14. AOCB


In accordance with the constitution, there are four retiring members from the executive this year (Allan Muir, Mike Hazlewood, Andy Gilligan & Barry O’Rourke). Allan Muir has indicated he will not stand for re-election and in addition Hugh McKenzie has intimated his intention to stand down at the date of the AGM.

It is likely there will remain at least four other vacancies, for varying periods of three, two and one year, on the Executive committee.

Clubs are requested to encourage interested members to contact the Secretary or Executive members for more information and if appropriate seek nomination for the vacant posts.

Under the constitution, Nominees must be a member of a club affiliated to The Ayrshire Golf Association and be proposed and seconded by members of affiliated clubs also.

The work of The Association Executive is varied and encompasses, amongst other things, Competitions, Course rating, handicapping, team administration at all age groups, rules and working with the National body and local agencies in the promotion of golf in the county.

All matters for the AGM, any proposals from member clubs and nominations for above positions and Executive posts require to be in the hands of The Secretary, in writing, by  Tuesday 13th October at the latest.  

As the current COVID-19 restrictions negate the possibility of holding a traditional AGM, it is intended, subject to the agreement of member clubs, to deal with business by completion of simple voting sheets this year. These will be distributed immediately after the closing date for acceptance of proposals for the AGM. In the event that a majority of member clubs are not comfortable with the proposed method of dealing with AGM business this year, alternative arrangements, incuding postponement or a virtual on line meeting will be considered.

The final Agenda of the meeting will be forwarded to member clubs immediately after 13th October,, along with a copy of the voting sheet, as appropriate,

If any member club has not  received the email and attached papers they should contact the Area Secretary as soon as possible at ayrshire.golf@btinternet.com 


Thursday, August 27, 2020

THE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire pair bow out in matchplay round 2

The Ayrshire duo of Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) and Stuart Easton (Irvine) bowed out in round two of the matchplay stages of the 2020 Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale on the afternoon of Thursday  27th August.


Lindsay, who led the qualifiers for the matchplay stages, faced Ilari Saulo of Finland who had won through a first round tie in the morning, but was beaten 2 & 1.

Stuart Easton was up against Joe Harvey from England and lost out by a single hole in his bid for a place in the last 32.

Of the seven Scots who qualified for the matchplay stages, only Connor Wilson (Castle Park) and Darren Howie (Peebles) made it through to the third round, which continues on Friday morning. 

WOMAN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Hazel McGarvie bows out in first round of matchplay

Hazel McGarvie (Royal Troon) bowed out of the 2020 Woman's Amateur Championship at West Lancashire GC on Thursday morning, 27th August.



Playing England's Thalia Kirby (Stoke Park), Mcgarvie was all square with three holes to play but lost the sixteenth and seventeenth to exit the championship with a 2&1 defeat.

THE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Ruben Lindsay leads the qualifiers at Royal Birkdale

Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) led the qualifiers for the matchplay stages of the 2020 Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale, with the two round strokeplay qualifying being reduced to just one round following the abandonment of play on Tuesday 25th August.

In Wednesday's strokeplay qualifying round, Lindsay had four birdies and an eagle with just two bogeys in a four under par round of  67 to lead the qualifiers for the matchplay, where he was joined by six other Scots including fellow Ayrshireman Stuart Easton (Irvine) who returned a two over par score of 73 to qualify in tied 18th place.

The other Scots who qualified for the matchplay stages were James Wilson (Balmore), Connor Wilson (Castle Park), Lewis Irvine (Kirkhill), Darren Howie (Peebles) and Andrew Davidson (Charlton)

With the cut falling at 76, five over par, ten Scots failed to qualify for the matchplay stages, including Jack Broun (Turnberry) who missed out by three shots with a seven over par score of 78.

Four first round matchplay ties to be completed on Thursday morning, and Ruben Lindsay must wait to find out his second round opponent, who he is due to play at 12.27 on Thuersday afternoon.

Stuart Easton tees off at 09.04 in his second round match against Englishman Joe Harvey (The Kendleshire).

The matchplay rounds continue over the next four days, with the 36 hole final scheduled to take place on Sunday 30th August. 

In the Woman's Amateur Championship, also being played this week at the West Lancashire Golf Club, the opening days play in the strokeplay qualifying on Tuesday was also abandoned and the strokeplay qualifying reduced to a single round on Wednesday.

The seven Scots who qualified for the matchplay stages, with the cut falling at 78, six over par, included Ayrshire's Hazel McGarvie (Royal Troon) who was the second best of the Scottish qualifiers with a one over par round of 73 in which four bogeys were offset by three birdies during the round.

The other Scots qualifiers were Clara Young (North Berwick), Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe), Jasmine Mackintosh (Murcar Links), Lorna McClymont (Milngavie), Chloe Goadby (St Regulus) and Penelope Brown (Auchterarder).

In the first round of the matchplay on Thursday morning, Hazel McGarvie tees off at 0746 against England's Thalia Kirby (Stoke Park).

The matchplay rounds continue over the next three days with the 18 hole final scheduled to be completed on the afternoon of Saturday 29th August.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - All fixtures abandoned for 2020

The six West of Scotland Area Associations recently took the difficult decision to cancel all the scheduled West of Scotland Inter County fixtures for 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in place.

The Under 18 Boys' League fixtures had already been cancelled earlier in the season, at the height of the lockdown restrictions, and the West of Sctland Strokeplay Championship and West of Scotland Boys' Championships were also subsequently cancelled.

The West of Scotland A and Youths leagues were due to commence in mid September but taking a number of factors into account, including the present COVID-19 restrictions and the position of potential host clubs and their own condensed fixture arrangements this season and need to make as many tee times available to their membership, it was concluded that the most equitable way forward was to abandon all the West of Scotland fixtures for 2020. 

It is sincerely hoped the the full programme will go ahead in 2021

SCOTTISH GOLF - Latest advice on easing of COVID-19 restrictions

 Scottish Golf have recently clarified the latest easing of  

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COVID- 19 restrictions relating to golf clubs, including identifying Monday 31st August as the scheduled date for clubhouse locker rooms and indoor driving ranges to be reopened, as well as the resumption of outdoor coaching arrangements. 

Latest advise has also outlined changes in requirements for clubs providing catering services and clarified the position in respect of fourball groups going on to use the facilities in a clubhouse setting.

Details of the latest two releases by Scottish Golf are reproduced below:-

Scottish Golf wishes to make all affiliated clubs aware of new changes made to the Scottish Government's regulations for hospitality settings.

Effective immediately, it is now mandatory for hospitality venues to collect contact details of visitors to their premises in support of Test and Protect. The new regulations apply to all restaurants, cafes, pubs and hotels in which food or drink are sold for consumption on the premises. 

Businesses must now record the name and contact number of an individual - or lead member of each household in a group - that visits the premises. They must also record the date of visit, the time of arrival, and where possible the departure time. 

For golfers checking in for food or drink in clubhouses before play, they should check out when they take to the course, and back in again should they visit the clubhouse following their round.

The new regulations include customers, staff working on a particular day and visitors such as delivery drivers or cleaners. Premises must store the information for 21 days and share it when requested to do so by public health officers within 24 hours.

New statutory guidance for the hospitality sector has been published which explains how to keep a record of customer and visitor contact details securely ensuring data protection principles are upheld. To view this guidance, please click here. 

The Scottish Government has also published updated guidance for hospitality customers to reinforce key safety measures. To view this guidance, please click here.

This includes the need to maintain physical distancing and the strict limits on the number of households that can meet at a time - 8 people from up to 3 households indoors and 15 people from up to 5 households outdoors.

While 4-balls from four households is permitted, it is important to note that this is not the case in clubhouse settings. We recognise this will pose clubs with a significant challenge but ask for your cooperation in adhering to the latest guidance to ensure everyone can continue to enjoy clubhouses being open at a time when the virus is still in circulation. 

Following the First Minister's update on Thursday 20 August, Scottish Golf is now in a position to provide all Clubs with an updated version of our Phase 3 Guidance for all Golf Clubs and Golfers. 

The following changes are effective:

From Monday 24 August: 

Outdoor coaching activity in groups of up to 30 will be permitted. 

From Monday 31 August: 

Access to indoor locker rooms and storage areas is permitted for the dropping off and collection of sports equipment or clothing.  The golf club should ensure mitigating actions are put in place to minimise the risk of virus transmission including physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning measures. 

Indoor Driving Ranges may re-open and facilities should ensure mitigating actions are put in place to minimise the risk of virus transmission including physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning measures.

AYRSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIPS - 2020 events abandoned due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation

The Ayrshire Golf Association Executive recently took the difficult decision to abandon all the 2020 Ayrshire Championships, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation.


Going forward with some events was considered, however a number of factors including the identification of venues and consideration of club members, who have already suffered courses being unavailable for much of the season and are now trying to catch up with club fixtures, when potentially requesting courses to hold county events.

The events primarily affected are the Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship, Ayrshire Matchplay Championship, Ayrshire Seniors Championship, Ayrshire Club Championship, Ayrshire Boys Championship and Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship. 

The executive hope that potential competitors and clubs alike will appreciate that much thought was given to the matter before the decision to abandon the fixtures was taken, and sincerely hope that a full programme of events will return in 2021.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

BILL DOWIE - Former Ayrshire Golf Association President passes away

 

Golfers in Ayrshire, throughout Scotland and beyond will be saddened to learn of the passing, on Tuesday 11th August 2020, of former Ayrshire Golf Association President Bill Dowie of Ballochmyle Golf Club.


A Past Captain and Club Champion of his home club, and latterly Honorary President at Ballochmyle, Bill was well known in Scottish golf circles as well as in his home county.

Bill joined the Ayrshire Golf Association Executive in the 1980’s where he served for over 20 years, holding the post of Area President from 1990 to 1992. He later went on to represent Ayrshire on the Scottish Golf Union Executive from 1993, holding several positions within the national body, including Convenor of Championships, before retiring from both the Scottish Golf Union and Ayrshire Golf Association Executive positions in 2003.

Bill was a ‘weel kent face’, a friend to many and could always be relied on to take part in lively discussion and speak his mind, especially in golf related matters, whilst always being receptive to other views.

Though burdened with failing eyesight and health in recent years, Bill still retained his keen sense of humour and love for his parent club, despite his health burdens.

Bill Dowie was a good friend to many of the golfing community in Ayrshire, Scotland and beyond, and those who knew him will undoubtedly mourn his passing but will have fond memories of Bill, whom it was a pleasure to consider a good friend over many, many years.

The thoughts of all at the Ayrshire Golf Association are with bill's family and friends at this sad time.

 

Monday, August 10, 2020

OPEN COMPETITIONS - Scottish Golf give the green light to the resumption of open golf competitions

Scottish Golf have given the go ahead for the resumption of Open Competitions, following recent negotiation over the elaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.

The latest statement from Scottish Golf on the subject was published this week, and is reproduced below:-

Since COVID-19 impacted us all back in March, we have worked tirelessly to protect our affiliated clubs, doing everything we could to ensure that all of our clubs survived this terrible crisis. 

Scottish Golf has remained in regular dialogue with the Scottish Government and has participated in the debate with a constant concern for public health and wellbeing, as well as expressing concern of the economic impact the pandemic is having on member clubs.

Our financial relief package has provided clubs with £570,000 worth of affiliation fee rebates and once our assessment process is complete, we will have delivered an additional £685,000 of funding to our affiliated clubs through the R&A club relief fund and COVID-19 fixed costs funds. As previously outlined, we made early decisions around our events and performance plans for 2020 to make these financial provisions.

As stated last week, we lobbied Government in the strongest possible way to resolve the contradictory guidelines in relation to Open Competitions. As has been the case throughout the last few months, through positive dialogue, the Government has taken onboard our representation and we are extremely pleased to advise that our affiliated clubs are now able to host qualifying Open Competitions. 

Our updated guide, with specific information relating to Open competition can be found on the Scottish Golf website. There are a number of additional measures that clubs will need to be cognisant of if they plan to run Open competitions and we ask everyone to ensure that they adhere in full to the steps outlined.  

Whilst this is good news for sport, this is still a public health emergency and the following key points have been highlighted by government in relation to this guidance change:

Organised and sanctioned open competitions must take place behind closed doors with; 

Only competitors and essential competition staff in attendance.

No spectators.

No family members (except for parents or guardians of children or vulnerable adults).

A register of all attendees should be maintained 

Travel to and from competition must not mix households i.e. no car sharing.

There is no shortage of evidence that the virus is still prevalent, and as a sport we must not drop our guard and ensure that we do everything we can to keep our golfers and golf clubs safe.  We urge all of our clubs and their members to comply with all Government Guidelines, both locally and nationally.

It has been a long journey back to this point for golfers and clubs and I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in adhering to the guidelines.

 Kind regards,

Karin Sharp 

Chief Operating Officer