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Friday, January 17, 2020

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION YEARBOOK - Advertising opportunity in 2020 edition

The 2020 edition of the Ayrshire Golf Association yearbook, the seventeenth consecutive annual edition,  will be launched at the Association's Annual Dinner on 21st February this year, and opportunities are still open for advertisers to support the publication.




Companies, clubs or individuals can still secure advertising space in this year's edition, and support the continued production of the yearbook.

The yearbook is distributed free to the member clubs and golf courses throughout Ayrshire, with the potential of reaching 15,000 or more potential customers for advertisers.

If any clubs, businesses or individuals are interested in the possibility of advertising in the yearbook, they should contact the publishers, Ayrshire media Services of Troon, as soon as possible  by email at info@ayrshiremedia.com who will be able to advise on availability and pricing.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

MyGolfRanking.com - Clubs invited to join or re-register for 2020

MyGolfRanking.net, the countrywide ranking site for clubs and club players is seeking to encourage more clubs to join, and existing clubs to re-register.



The individual behind the organisation, former Scottish Golf Union President David Moir, writes:-

I am seeking to re-establish as many of the Ayrshire Golf Association's clubs as possible in MyGolfRanking.net (MGR). MGR is a free service to all competitive handicap golfers and clubs run by my company, in League with Golf Ltd.

The registration requirement was caused by the necessary adherence to GDPR which was initially a grey area for most clubs and MGR, and the uncertainty resulted in our taking a “better safe than sorry” stance and a resultant de-registration of many clubs from our system.

Fortunately these grey areas are no longer grey and our worries are now allayed, but, unfortunately for MGR, many Scottish golf clubs remain unregistered.

Details have been forwarded by the Area Secretary to the Secretaries of all member clubs, outlining how to register for MyGolfRanking.com for the forthcoming season if desired.

Monday, January 13, 2020

COURSE RATING - Ayrshire seeking volunteers to assist


The Ayrshire Golf association is seeking volunteers to assist in the servicing of the Course Rating Scheme on the courses throughout the county.



For some background on the Course rating Scheme, the Ayrshire Golf Association's team leader Mike Hazlewood has provided the information below.

COURSE RATING VOLUNTEERS

Ayrshire Golf Association require a minimum of four Course Rating personnel to calculate Standard Scratch Scores and Slope Indices for all courses that are used for Qualifying competitions in the County. 

What is Course Rating?
Course Rating is a core service that is provided to all golf clubs affiliated to Scottish Golf.
The process determines the playing difficulty of a golf course for a scratch golfer under normal course and weather conditions.

It is expressed as a Standard Scratch Score (SSS) and a Slope Index which is provided for all sets of tees from which qualifying competitions are played.

The SSS and Slope Index is also the cornerstone of the current and coming soon the new World Handicapping System based on the performance of the field within each qualifying competition. 
How is the Standard Scratch Score and Slope Index Calculated?

The USGA Course Rating System is used to determine the SSS and Slope Index. It is very objective in nature taking into account all the factors that affect the playing difficulty of a course. It requires numerous specific measurements to be taken on each hole of the golf course, which assists in the consistency of application by course rating teams.

The system is designed to differentiate playing difficulty of all courses relative to each other, which requires a consistent application by all course rating teams.

The USGA Course Rating System takes account of the actual measured length of a golf course, factors that can affect the playing length and other challenges that influence the playing difficulty of each hole (obstacle factors).

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Course Rating Team please contact me at 
course-rating@golftroon.org.   Full training will be given by both Ayrshire authorised and qualified Course Rating members and also Scottish Golf.

Mike Hazlewood – SGL Course Rating Team Leader

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER & PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES - Tickets now avaiable

Tickets are now available for the 2020 Ayrshire Golf Association Annual Dinner & Presentation of Trophies.

This year's event takes place at Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club on Friday 21st February at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m.

The guest speaker for the evening is former football manager Jim Leishman who managed Dunfermline, Montrose, Inverness and Livingston at senior level and was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to sport.

Tickets are priced at £17.50 each and are available from the Ayrshire Golf Association Secretary on a first come first served basis.


THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION


ANNUAL DINNER

&

PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES


At

PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT GOLF CLUB


FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2020
6.30 P.M. FOR 7.00 P.M.

SPEAKER


Former football manager
JIM LEISHMAN MBE

TICKETS PRICED AT
£17.50 EACH

ARE AVAILABLE FROM

THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION SECRETARY

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

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION EXTENDED COMPETITIONS - Entries close in eighteen days

Entries for the six extended Ayrshire Golf association competition, which are played throughout the 2020 season, close in eighteen days, on 31st January.




Entry forms were emailed to all member clubs with subscription forms on 1st November 2019.

Any club secretary needing further copies of the entry forms should contact the Ayrshire Golf Association Secretary.

The entries for each competition received, up to and including Sunday 12th January, are:-

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY
SHAUN HEDGER (West Kilbride)
ROBERT ADAMS (Abbotsford)
STEVEN KNOX (Malletsheugh)
MICHAEL S. S. SMYTH (Royal Troon)
PAUL O’NEIL (Beith)
CONNOR MARTIN (Braehead)
STEPHEN MURRAY (Troon Portland)
ANDREW CARROLL (Drongan)
GORDON MUNRO (Caprington)
STUART MILLER (Kilmarnock Barassie)
PAUL GIFFNEY (Ardeer)
ALAN WATSON (Ballochmyle)
ROBERT CRUICKSHANKS (Moorpark)
ALASDAIR BERRY (Irvine Ravenspark)
ANDREW MacDONALD (Auchenharvie 88)
AIDAN LONG (CAAGS)
GEORGE PATON (Troon Merchants)
CAMPBELL McCLUSKIE (Crosshouse)

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL
MARK COWAN & DREW ROBERTSON (West Kilbride)
ROBERT CONNER & JOHN CUNNINGHAM (Abbotsford)
JOHN CAIRNEY & MICK SAVAGE (Malletsheugh)
KEVIN O’NEILL & MATT BLAKELEY (Alton)
I. GRAEME CONN & KEVIN JOHN JENNINGS (Royal Troon)
EDDIE GILMOUR & STEPH HOLLAND (Braehead)
BRIAN WILSON & FRASER McCALL (Troon Portland)
COLIN GILMOUR & DAVID HANNAH (Drongan)
MARC SMITH & MARK PROVAN (Caprington)
HYLAND HAMILTON & SCOTT BROWN (Ardeer)
JAMES RANKIN & DEREK McMURDO (Ballochmyle)
ROBERT CRUICKSHANKS & DAVID GILMOUR (Moorpark)
JOSEPH ABERCROMBIE & COLIN CRAIG (Irvine Ravenspark)
WILLIAM BARK & SCOTT TURNER (Auchenharvie 88)
AIDAN LONG & JOHN TANNER (CAAGS)
MARK McKINNON & MICHAEL BRANNAN (Crosshouse)

GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER
ROYAL TROON
TROON PORTLAND
CAPRINGTON
KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE)
BALLOCHMYLE
IRVINE RAVENSPARK
CROSSHOUSE

PRESIDENTS PUTTER
WEST KILBRIDE
ABBOTSFORD
ALTON
ROYAL TROON
BRAEHEAD
TROON PORTLAND
DRONGAN
CAPRINGTON
KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE)
ARDEER
BALLOCHMYLE
MOORPARK
IRVINE RAVENSPARK
AUCHENHARVIE 88
TROON MERCHANTS
CROSSHOUSE

HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
WEST KILBRIDE
ALTON
ROYAL TROON
BEITH
TROON PORTLAND
KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE)
BALLOCHMYLE
CAPRINGTON
MOORPARK
IRVINE RAVENSPARK
AUCHENHARVIE 88
TROON MERCHANTS
  
AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES
WEST KILBRIDE
ROYAL TROON
TROON PORTLAND
CAPRINGTON
KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE)
BALLOCHMYLE
IRVINE RAVENSPARK

Thursday, January 09, 2020

DUNDONALD LINKS - Club joins The Ayrshire Golf Association following sale to new owners

Dundonald Links are the latest club to affiliate to The Ayrshire Golf Association following the sale of the course by Loch Lomond Golf Club to Darwin Leisure last year.



Previously falling under the auspices of the Dumbartonshire Golf Union, the move to The Ayrshire Golf Association brings the number of member clubs in the county to sixty three.

The Association looks forward to welcoming the participation of the members of Dundonald Links in the various county competitions scheduled in 2020.

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATIONS EXTENDED COMPETITIONS - Entries close at the end of January

Clubs are reminded that entries for the six extended Ayrshire Golf association competitions in 2020 close on 31st January 2020.


Entry forms for the Champion of Champions Trophy, The Ayrshire Fourball Championship, The Gary Bryden Memorial Salver, The President's Putter, The Ayrshire Scratch Leagues and The Ayrshire Handicap League Championship were forwarded to all member clubs on 1st November 2019.

Any clubs who have not received the entry forms should contact the Area Secretary as soon as possible.

The entries for the six events received to date are:-

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY
SHAUN HEDGER (West Kilbride)
ROBERT ADAMS (Abbotsford)
STEVEN KNOX (Malletsheugh)
MICHAEL S. S. SMYTH (Royal Troon)
PAUL O’NEIL (Beith)
CONNOR MARTIN (Braehead)
STEPHEN MURRAY (Troon Portland)
ANDREW CARROLL (Drongan)
GORDON MUNRO (Caprington)
STUART MILLER (Kilmarnock Barassie)
PAUL GIFFNEY (Ardeer)
ALAN WATSON (Ballochmyle)
ROBERT CRUICKSHANKS (Moorpark)

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL
MARK COWAN & DREW ROBERTSON (West Kilbride)
ROBERT CONNER & JOHN CUNNINGHAM (Abbotsford)
JOHN CAIRNEY & MICK SAVAGE (Malletsheugh)
KEVIN O’NEILL & MATT BLAKELEY (Alton)
I. GRAEME CONN & KEVIN JOHN JENNINGS (Royal Troon)
EDDIE GILMOUR & STEPH HOLLAND (Braehead)
BRIAN WILSON & FRASER McCALL (Troon Portland)
COLIN GILMOUR & DAVID HANNAH (Drongan)
MARC SMITH & MARK PROVAN (Caprington)
HYLAND HAMILTON & SCOTT BROWN (Ardeer)
JAMES RANKIN & DEREK McMURDO (Ballochmyle)
ROBERT CRUICKSHANKS & DAVID GILMOUR (Moorpark)


GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER (Scratch club team knockout)
ROYAL TROON
TROON PORTLAND
CAPRINGTON
KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE)
BALLOCHMYLE


PRESIDENTS PUTTER (Handicap club team knockout)
WEST KILBRIDE
ABBOTSFORD
ALTON
ROYAL TROON
BRAEHEAD
TROON PORTLAND
DRONGAN
CAPRINGTON
KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE)
ARDEER
BALLOCHMYLE
MOORPARK


HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
WEST KILBRIDE
ALTON
ROYAL TROON
BEITH
TROON PORTLAND
KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE)
BALLOCHMYLE
CAPRINGTON
MOORPARK


AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES
WEST KILBRIDE
ROYAL TROON
TROON PORTLAND
CAPRINGTON
KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE)
BALLOCHMYLE


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Mixed fortunes in final fixtures for Ayrshire teams


The Ayrshire A team completed their final fixture in the 2019 West of Scotland Inter County League on Sunday 20th October, beating Stirlingshire 6 – 2 at Prestwick St Cuthbert.

Ayrshire held slim hopes of the title going into their final fixture, needing a 6.5 – 1.5 win or better to have any chance of taking the title, but Stirlingshire were in pole position going into the match, looking for their first win in the West League since 1995.

Ayrshire started well, taking 2.5 points from the opening three ties before suffering their first loss of a tie with William Fleming’s defeat by 2&1.

The home side took the last three ties comfortably, leaving the match standing at 5.5 – 1.5 with only Barry O’Rourke’s tie still on course.

The final tie to be decided went all the way to the last hole where O’Rourke held a one hole lead as they approached the final green.

With O’Rourke lying six feet from the hole with a chance of a birdie, it looked good for an Ayrshire win in the tie but in a crushing blow to the home side his opponent holed a chip shot over a greenside bunker to win the hole and half the tie which, more importantly for both sides, left Stirlingshire just ahead of Ayrshire in the title chase.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie) by 2&1
Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) halved with James Donaldson (Stirling)
Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay) beat Greig McLelland (Stirling) by 2&1
William Fleming (Ballochmyle) lost to Mark Hyslop (Glenbervie) by 2&1
Barry O’Rourke (Louodun) halved with Colin Mundie (Glenbervie)
Darren Mallinson (Irvine) beat Ross Kane (Glenbervie) by 3&2
Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat) Tommy Morrison (Kilsyth) by 4&3
John Shanks (Irvine) beat Richard Johnston (Glenbervie) by 3&2

AYRSHIRE A    6   STIRLINGSHIRE A   2

Ayrshire will finish mid table in the West League this year, the present positions being:-


Position   Area                           P     W    L    D    F        A         Pts
1              Renfrewshire A         4     3      1     0    20.5   11.5      6
2              Stirlingshire A           5     3      2     0    21      19         6
3              Ayrshire A                 5     2      1     2    20.5   19.5      6
4              Lanarkshire A           4     1      1     2    16     16          4
5              Glasgow A                 5     2      3     0    18.5  21.5       4
6              Dumbartonshire A   5     0      3     2    15.5  24.5       2

One final postponed match remains to be played in this year’s A League, with Renfrewshire hosting Lanarkshire at paisley on Sunday 27th October. Only win by Lanarkshire by 6 .5 – 1.5 or better would prevent Renfrewshire retaining the title this year.

In the corresponding youths league match, played at Tulliallan GC, Ayrshire went down by 6 – 2 to their Stirlingshire hosts.

Despite being awarded a point after the home side were reduced to seven players after a late call off only Greg Cathie & Aiden Long, with half points each, added to the Ayrshire total.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) lost to Stuart irving (Falkirk) by 7&6
Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Thomas Craig (Falkikrk) by 3&2
Greg Cathie (Irvine) halved with Grank Kirkwood (Falkirk)
Rob Yorston (Loudoun) lost to Callum beauchop (Glenbervie) by 574
Ross McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Sebastian Sandin (Dunblane new) by 5&4
Aiden Long (Ayr Belleisle) halved with Drew Cummings (Grangemouth)
Ross Caddis (Kilmanrock Barassie) lost to Fraser Gardiner (Grangemouth) by 6&5
Daryll Lynch (Ayr Belleisle) W/O Peter Maxwell (Glenbervie) Scr.

AYRSHIRE Y   2    STIRLINGSHIRE Y  6

Ayrshire finished in third place overall in the Youth League this year, with Dumbartonshire winning all five fixtures to take the title for the third time in four years.

The positions after the matches this week are:-

Position   Area                         P    W    L    D    F        A        Pts
1              Dumbartonshire Y   5     5     0    0    24.5    15.5    10
2              Stirlingshire Y          5     4     1    0    23.5    16.5     8
3              Ayrshire Y                5     3     2    0    17       23        6
4              Lanarkshire Y         5    2      3    0   21.5    18.5      4
5              Glasgow Y                4    0      4    0   10.5    21.5      0
6              Renfrewshire Y        4    0      4    0   13      19          0

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 at 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.