ALL THE LATEST NEWS ON AMATEUR GOLF IN AYRSHIRE

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION EXTENDED COMPETITIONS - Member clubs have 16 days to enter 2019 events

Member clubs have just 16 days left to enter the six Ayrshire Golf Association extended competitions, which will be competed for throughout the 2019 season.


Entry forms for all the events were emailed to member clubs on 2nd November 2018, along with the annual subscription notice.

Shoud any club require further copies of the entry forms and subscription notice, they should contact the Area Secretary, and further copies will be forwarded.

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

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY

ALTON (Kevin O'Neill)
MALLETSHEUGH (Ian Rawlings)
KILMARNOCK BARASSIE (Robbie Muir)
WEST KILBRIDE (Andy Brown)
IRVINE (Darren Mallinson)
HOLDER (Paul Denim)
GIRVAN (Steven Stamper)
BALLOCHMYLE (Craig Hamilton)
THE CHASE (Alan Smeeton)
ROYAL TROON (Stephen Machin)
ANNANHILL (David Pratt)
AUCHENHARVIE 88 (Brian Robertson)
N.B. PARKSTONE (Graeme Warnock)
TURNBERRY (J. Gordon Boyle)
AYR DALMILLING (Andrew Lindsay)

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

ALTON (Ian McKay & Andrew Thomson)
WEST KILBRIDE (Colin Booth & Kenny Marshall)
IRVINE (Jim Patrick & Alan Dewar)
GIRVAN (David Heron & Robert Oliphant)
BALLOCHMYLE (William Fleming & David Muir)
THE CHASE (Ian Gray & Billy Murdoch)
MALLETSHEUGH (Stephen Sunnocks & William Forbes
ANNANHILL (David Pratt & Ryan Frew)
N.B. PARKSTONE (Stuart Wilson & James Mason)
AYR DALMILLING (Charles Bell & Andy Paton)

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES

KILMARNOCK BARASSIE
WEST KILBRIDE
IRVINE
BALLOCHMYLE
ROYAL TROON
TURNBERRY

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

ALTON
WEST KILBRIDE
BALLOCHMYLE
ANNANHILL
AUCHENHARVIE 88
AYR DALMILLING
ROYAL TROON

GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER
(Scratch Team Knockout Competition)

KILMARNOCK BARASSIE
BALLOCHMYLE
ROYAL TROON
TURNBERRY
AYR DALMILLING

PRESIDENT'S PUTTER
(Handicap Team Knockout Competition)

ALTON
WEST KILBRIDE
BALLOCHMYLE
THE CHASE
AUCHENHARVIE 88
N.B. PARKSTONE
AYR DALMILLING
ROYAL TROON


AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER & PRESENTATION OF PRIZES - Tickets now available

Tickets are now available for the 2019 Ayrshire Golf Association Annual Dinner & Presentation of Prizes, which will be held on Friday 15th February 2019 within the clubhouse of Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club.

Guest speaker for the evening will be Ayrshire's own Alan Tait who began his career as a junior member of Irvine Golf Club. A winner of the Scottish Boys Championship and the World Junior Championship, Alan went on to have a succesful playing career competing regularly on the Tartan Tour and also playing on the European Tour.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £17.50 each and are available froom the Area Secretary on a first come first served basis.


THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION


ANNUAL DINNER

&

PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES

At

PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT GOLF CLUB


FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2019
6.30 P.M. FOR 7.00 P.M.

SPEAKER


PGA Professional and Former European Tour Player
ALAN TAIT

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

BRUNSTON CASTLE GOLF CLUB - Shock as Ayrshire club announces closure

It is with great shock and sadness that it was learned today that Brunston Castle Golf Club will close from midnight on Sunday 13th January.

 The news was posted on the club's facebook page today, announcing:-



"It is with great sadness that due to unforeseen circumstances Brunston Castle Golf Club is closing on Sunday 13th January.

We would like to wish all our staff, members and visitors who have stuck by us through the years all the best".

It is understood that the Club Committee have explored various options and have been in discussions with the land owner but it was concluded that the club was not sustainable in its present form.




The course was laid out in the early 1990's and developed a fine reputation over the years, hosting many county and national events, and the members also enjoyed success in a number of Ayrshire competitions over the years.

First owned and built by a Belgian diamond merchant, the course had a number of private owners over the years before the club members took over the lease of the course and clubhouse in 2013, but with membership figures dropping to under 100 recently, the very sad decision has been taken to close the club down.

All at the Ayrshire Golf Association have the upmost sympathy for the members of Brunston Castle Golf Club, and hope that all that wish to will be able to find alternative outlets to continue playing golf in the future.

In conclusion it is important to extend sincere thanks to the members and officials of Brunston Castle Golf Club, both past and present for their long standing and enthusiastic support for the work of the Ayrshire Golf Association and the various competitions in which the members participated.

A sad day for golf in Ayrshire and beyond.


Tuesday, January 08, 2019

NEW FACES AT THE ASSOCIATION - Executive changes in 2019

There will be a number of new faces at Ayrshire events this year following the retiral of four executive members at the Annual General Meeting in October last year, and the co-option of four new Executive members recently.

RETIREES AT THE 2018 AGM
Iain Harvey, Milton Murray, Gordon Boyle and Peter Doyle
At the AGM, the longest serving executive member, former Scottish Golf Union President Iain Harvey of Kilmarnock Barassie GC, retired after 27 years on the Area executive, and was subsequently elected as an Honorary Life President at the meeting.

Milton Murray of Irvine GC, who joined the Executive in 2005 and served as Preident of The Association from 2012 to 2014, also retired from the Executive at the AGM, as did Gordon Boyle of Turnberry GC and Troon Welbeck's Peter Doyle.

Thanks are extended to all four retirees from all at The Ayrshire Golf association for their contribution to the work of The Association during their tenure.

Joining the Executive this year are a number of 'weel kent' faces in Ayrshire golfing circles.

Tommy McInally of Loudoun GC is familiar throughout the county, having won many county titles and trophies in a very succesful playng career. Tommy has played for the Ayrshire county team for many years, at boy's, youth's and men's levels, and enjoyed success icluding being a member of two Scottish Area Team Championship winning teams, and his experience will be an asset to the represntative teams during the forthcoming season.

NEW FACES FOR 2019
Tommy McInally, Barry O'Rourke, Martin Cairns and Sandy Walker

Also joining the Executive from Loudoun GC is Barry O'Rourke who is also a low handicap golfer and a regular competitor in county events over many years, and brings considerable experience in competition administration from his involvement at club level.

Martin Cairns of Prestwick St Nicholas also joins the Executive in 2019. As junior convener at his home club he has been instrumental in reinvigorating the junior section and at a county level has led the way in building support for many junior competitions, and it is certain that martain's enthusiasm will benefit hthe junior programmes within the county going forward.

The other new member of the executive this year is Sandy Walker of Kilmarnock Barassie who is a past0 club champion of his home club and has played for Ayrshire teams at both boys and youth levels. Still a playing member of the youth team, Sandy will be assisting with the administration of the Boys and Youtsh squads in the coming year.  

A warm welcome is extended to the new Executive members as The Association looks forward to the 2019 season.

AYRSHIRE COMPETITIONS - Entries for extended competitions close on 31st January

All clubs are reminded that entries for the six Ayrshire Golf Association extended competitions, which are played throughout the season, close on 31st January 2019.




The entry forms for all the competitions noted below were emailed to all member clubs along with the annual subscription notices on 2nd November 2018, with the exception of two clubs who received copies by post.

Any club requiring further copies should contact the Ayrshire Golf Association Secretary, and the original email will be forwarded again.

The entries received to date (8th January) for the competitions are:-

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY

ALTON (Kevin O'Neill)
MALLETSHEUGH (Ian Rawlings)
KILMARNOCK BARASSIE (Robbie Muir)
WEST KILBRIDE (Andy Brown)
IRVINE (Darren Mallinson)
HOLDER (Paul Denim)
GIRVAN (Steven Stamper)
BALLOCHMYLE (Craig Hamilton)
THE CHASE (Alan Smeeton)
ROYAL TROON (Stephen Machin)
ANNANHILL (David Pratt)
AUCHENHARVIE 88 (Brian Robertson)

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

ALTON (Ian McKay & Andrew Thomson)
WEST KILBRIDE (Colin Booth & Kenny Marshall)
IRVINE (Jim Patrick & Alan Dewar)
GIRVAN (David Heron & Robert Oliphant)
BALLOCHMYLE (William Fleming & David Muir)
THE CHASE (Ian Gray & Billy Murdoch)
MALLETSHEUGH (Stephen Sunnocks & William Forbes
ANNANHILL (David Pratt & Ryan Frew)

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES

KILMARNOCK BARASSIE
WEST KILBRIDE
IRVINE
BALLOCHMYLE
ROYAL TROON

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

ALTON
WEST KILBRIDE
BALLOCHMYLE
ANNANHILL
AUCHENHARVIE 88

GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER
(Scratch Team Knockout Competition)

KILMARNOCK BARASSIE
BALLOCHMYLE
ROYAL TROON

PRESIDENT'S PUTTER
(Handicap Team Knockout Competition)

ALTON
WEST KILBRIDE
BALLOCHMYLE
THE CHASE
AUCHENHARVIE 88







Monday, December 31, 2018

JOHN PANTON AWARD - Bill Lockie receives 2018 PGA honour


Ayrshire golf professional Bill Lockie is the 2018 recipient of the Professional Golfers’ Association prestigious John Panton Award for outstanding services to golf, which was presented at the annual lunch of the PGA in Glasgow in December 2018.


Bill Lockie with the John Panton Award
Photograph courtesy of Kenny Smith Photography

A very well known and respected figure throughout the county and beyond, Bill’s roots remained firmly in his native Ayrshire throughout his career.

His playing expertise came to the fore as a boy when, as a thirteen year old playing out of the Troon St Meddans club, he won the Ayrshire Boys Championship at Irvine GC in 1961. He repeated his county boys’ title win in 1965, the year after he won the 1964 Scottish Boys Championship title.

In 1968 Bill won the Scottish Universities Championship before embarking on his professional career where he did his PGA training at Turnberry and worked for a short time at Royal Troon before taking the club professional’s post at Kilmarnock (Barassie) in 1974, where he remained for over 20 years.

Though his main focus was on his club duties and player development, Bill still competed when the opportunity arose, with successes including the 1970 Scottish Assistants’ Championship, the 1982 Scottish Alliance title, the 2000 Scottish Seniors’ Professional Championship, and the British PGA Seniors' Professional title in 2008. 

During his time at Kilmarnock (Barassie) Bill built an enduring reputation as a coach which saw him progress to coach many an Ayrshire youngster at club and county level as well as both the Scottish Mens’ and Ladies’ squads during his career, and he continues to use extensive knowledge to contribute to the development of the game as he still assesses PGA trainees during their training.

 Bill’s coaching acumen continues in the family, with son Neil, a former Ayrshire county player himself, employed as the director of golf at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, where he was voted Professional of the Year by the South Florida PGA Southeast Chapter last year.

It was wholly appropriate that the award was presented to Bill by PGA in Scotland chairman Alan Reid, who was a leading light in the junior section of Kilmarnock (Barassie) during Bill’s time at the club.

Sincere congratulations are extended to Bill from everyone at The Ayrshire Golf Association on this very well deserved award.

SCOTTISH GOLF ORDER OF MERIT - Louise Duncan takes Girls' title as Ayrshire players feature in the top fifteen at all levels

A number of Ayrshire players featured in the Scottish Golf Order Of Merit tables at all levels in 2018, with pride of place going to Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) who won the Girls’ title, ahead of fellow Ayrshire golfer Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas).
Scottish Golf Girls' Order Of Merit Winner
Louise Duncan (West Kilbride)

Both Louise and Rachel played in 11 events with Louise collecting 1518 points and Rachel finishing with 1165.

Claire McLaughlin (West Kilbride) finished in 22nd place with 175 points from 6 events, whilst the only other Ayrshire girl that featured was Katy Hill (Prestwick St Cuthbert) who was in 42nd place with 25 points from one event.

In the Boys’ Order Of Merit, the best placed Ayrshire player was Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) who finished in fourth spot behind the winner Greg Dalziel (Airdrie) on 1233 points, with 828 points from 15 events.

Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) was 8th on 767 points from 10 outings whilst Cameron Johnstone (Troon Welbeck) was 22nd on 280 points from 13 starts.

The other Ayrshire player to feature was Sean Addie (Ayr Belleisle) who was joint 52nd with 75 points in three competitions.

In the Senior Womans’ Order Of Merit, Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) was best for Ayrshire in seventh place on 275 points from 2 outings, behind the winner Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) on 903 points.

Liz Keohone (Loudoun) finished in 11th place on 155 points from 2 starts, whist Donna Jackson (Troon Ladies) was in 20th place on 100 points from 3 events.

The Senior Mens’ Order Of Merit was won by Ronne Clark (Erskine) with 1277 points, with the best Ayrshire player being Robert Jenkins (Royal Troon) in 14th place with 274 points from 7 events.

Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon) was two places further back in 16th spot with 268 points from 4 events whilst Richard Gray (Caprington) was tied 39th on 100 points from 7 starts.

Alistair Belford (Prestwick St Nicholas) finished in 42nd place with 88 points from 8 starts, with Tom Sirel (Largs) tied 62nd on 15 points from 4 events and Brian Bingham (Royal Troon) tied 65th on 4 points from 5 events completing the Ayrshire representation in the table.

In the Womans’ Order Of Merit, won by Hannah McCook (Granton On Spey) with 1331 points, the best placed Ayrshire player was Hazel MacGarvie (Troon Ladies) who finished in 6th place with 475 points in 6 events.

Connie Jaffrey (Troon ladies) finished just outside the top 10, in 11th place with 310 points from 4 starts, whilst Girls’ title winner Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) was three places further back in 14th spot with 198 points from 3 events.

Emma Hale (Troon Ladies) was tied 28th on 50 points from 4 outings along with Lorna Ronnie (Kilmarnock Barassie) who gained her points from just one event.

In the Mens’ Order Of Merit,  won by Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse) with 1737 points, the Ayrshire challenge was led by Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) who finished in 4th place with 840 points from 9 events, just ahead of fellow internationalist Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) in 5th place on 803 points from 6 events.

Stuart Easton (Irvine) was 11th in the table on 490 points from 6 outings with Louis Murray (Troon Welbeck) finishing in 18th place after collecting 301 points in 5 starts.

Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas) was tied 32nd on 200 points from 8 events, Michael Smyth (Royal Troon finished tied 58th with 95 points from three outings whilst jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) was 93rd with 43 points from 3 competitions.

The two other Ayrshire players to feature in the final Mens' standings were Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) in 129th place with 20 points from 7 events, and Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting bay) who gained 10 points from 6 events to finish joint 130th.





AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE DINNER - Rachel Foster and Sean Addie named as golfers of the year

Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas) and Sean Addie (Ayr Belleisle) were named as the Macrobert Thistle Trophy Ayrshire Junior Golfers Of The Year at the recent Ayrshire Junior Golf League dinner which was held at the Grange Academy Campus in Kilmarnock..

Rachel Foster with David Reynolds
During 2018 Rachel reduced her playing handicap from 4 to 0.4, and won the ladies club championships at Prestwick St Nicolas and Ayr Belleisle.

Elsewhere she finished joint second in the Loretto Golf Academy Under 16 Girls Open Championship at St Andrews and lost in play off in the Scottish National Final of the Nick Faldo series at Bruntsfield Links, but won the under 16 section.

She also won the St Andrews University Schoolgirl’s Championship and was chosen to represent the  Scottish Girls against Wales in September. She was also selected to play in the Scottish Open Pro AM at both the ladies and gents events, and qualified for the Nick Faldo final in Abu Dhabi, and finished second in the Scottish Golf Girls' Order Of Merit.

Sean Addie and David Reynolds
Sean Addie enjoyed a tremendous season in 2018, which resulted in a handicap reduction from 5 at the start of the season to scratch by early November.

Whilst serving a second, successful year as Ayr Belleisle Junior Captain, where he became a role model for younger juniors in his club, Sean performed extremely well on the golf course, winning junior open competitions at Royal Troon, Irvine as well as taking the Ayrshire Boys' Strokeplay title at Ardeer, and he also secured a notable win in the Ayr Golf Week when he won the prestigious Tam O Shanter Trophy.

The two winners were presented with their awards by David Reynolds of Fields In Trust, formerly The national Playing Field's Association.

The Ayrshire Junior Golf League this year marked the Golden Jubilee of the association, which was formed in 1968, and a number of additional guests were in attendance, including the civic leaders of all three Local Authorities in Ayrshire and a special guest speaker in the person of Alan Tait who went on to follow a succesful career in golf after his early years as a competitor in Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions for his home club  of Irvine GC.

After the meal, there was a succesful raffle and auction which raised a good sum for furthering the work of the Ayrshire Junior Golf League, and this was followed by a very informtive, thought provoking and entertaining speech by Alan Tait.

Also honoured during the evening were the winners of the various Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions held in 2018.

AGA President John W Watt
 presented the Matt Lygate Trophy to
 Sean Addie and Ruben Lindsay of Ayr Belleisle
The Andrew D Nimmo Trophy was presented to
West Kilbride by AJGL Honorary member
Bobby Caddis

















Prestwick Circuits Trophy presentation to
Euan Ferguson (Turnberry)

The Carrick Trophy was presented to
Lyall Jack (West Kilbride)
by AJGL Honorary Member
Brian Farrely
Jubilee Trophy - Convenors Comp.
Fred Helson & Chris Butler (Irvine Ravenspark)
along with Willie McCulloch of the AJGL 


Ayrshire Girls Trophy
being presented to
Samantha McKay (Loudoun)

Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion
Euan Walker (Turnberry)
Presented by AJGL Honorary Member
John Nordbo 

AAJGL Honorary Member Bob Cameron
Presented the Ayrshire Boys Championship Trophy
to clubmate Sean Addie (Ayr Belleisle)














Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit presentation to
John McCracken (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Wallace Thornton Trophy
Presented to Ayr Belleisle by AJGL Treasurer Robin Baker
Under 16 Knockout Trophy
Kilmarnock Barassie.
Trophy presented by Scottish Internationalist Jim Johnston
Ayrshire Junior Golf League Champions
Ayr Belleisle along with Guest Speaker Alan tait who presented the trophy

Sunday, December 30, 2018

NEWS UPDATES - Normal service should follow

Apologies for the lack of updates and news items recently but due to computer issues, culminating in a replacement being arranged, the posting facilities have been restricted. All good now, so we hope to catch up on some news soon.

Friday, November 02, 2018

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Affiliation fee notices and competition entry forms sent to clubs.

Affiliation fee notices and entry forms for extended competitions have been sent by email to all member clubs on Thursday 1st November.


As agreed at the recent AGM, the Ayrshire Golf Association per capita remained unchanged at £2.60 for the forthcoming year and will be payable by meber clubs by 31st March 2019 at the latest.

The entry forms for the undernoted extended competitions have also been distributed and all entries must be in the hands of The Area Secretary by 31st January 2019.

The competitions for which entry forms have been sent are:-

The Champion Of Champions Trophy

The Ayrshire Fourball Championship

The Ayrshire handicap League Championship

The Ayrshire Scratch Leagues

The handicap club team knockout competition for The President's Putter

The scratch club team knockout competition for The Gary Bryden Memorial Salver.

If any club secretary has not received the email and forms, they should contact the Ayrshire Golf association Secretary.

Monday, October 29, 2018

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION A.G.M. - John W. Watt elected Area President as Iain Harvey received Honorary position.

New Ayrshire Golf Association President
John W. Watt
John W. Watt (Prestwick St Cuthbert) was elected as the new President of The Ayrshire Golf Association at the Annual General Meeting at Caprington Golf Club on Tuesday 23rd October 2018.


A retired bank manager, John Watt is a long standing member of his home club and is well known in Ayrshire golfing circles, having worked at a number of local courses since his retirement, including Brunston Castle and Rowallan Castle.

John will serve as president for a two year period, from 2018 to 2020.

The Annual General Meeting was attended by representatives of fourteen member clubs, who received and approved the various annual reports on Area matters including finance, coaching, course rating and The Ayrshire Junior Golf League.

Outgoing President John Rushbury (Royal Troon) thanked the membership and executive members for allowing him the honour of serving as President of The Association, as he moved on to serve his two year term as immediate Past President.


Vice President Scott Gilchrist

The new Vice President for the forthcoming two year period is Scott Gilchrist (Loudoun) who is a former Club Champion of his home club and has been heavily involved in junior golf for a number of years, both at club and county level.

Alasdair J Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert) was re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer of The Association for 2018 -19.

The retiring members of the executive Committee in 2018 were Robert Wilson (Balloch,yle), Hugh McKenzie (Troon Welbeck), Gordon Boyle (Turnberry) and Iain Harvey (Kilmarnock Barassie).

In addition Peter Doyle (Troon Welbeck) and Past President Milton Murray (Irvine) intimated their intention to stand down from the executive from the date of the A.G.M, and appreciation was expressed for the service given by both individuals and in particulary Milton Murray who had served in a number of posts over a long period, culminating in his period as President from 2012 to 2014.

Robert Wilson, Hugh McKenzie and Gordon Boyle were all nominated and stood succesfully for re-election to The Executive at the A.G.M.

A number of vacancies for periods of one, two and three years remain on the Area Executive and any interested individuals who may wish to become involved in the work of the Area Association should contact the Area Secretary who can provide further information on the work of The Ayrshire Golf Association.

Honorary Life President Iain Harvey


On the proposal of Past Presidents Alasdair J Malcolm and Ricky Magee, the meeting unanimously elected Iain Harvey (Kilmarnock Barassie) an Honorary Life President of The Association, in recognition of his services to The Ayrshire Golf Association and the wider golfing community in Scotland.

Iain served continuously on the Ayrshire executive since 1987, holding many positions, and serving as President from 1996 to 1998.

Iain also represented The Association on the Scottish Golf Union Council for a number of years, prior to the amalgamation with the Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association, which culminated in his election as Scottish Golf Union President for 2013 -14.

In recognition of his election as an Honorary Life President, Iain Harvey was presented with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

Ian now joins Matt Lygate (Troon Portland) and R. Leslie Crawford (Klmarnock Barassie) as Honorary Life Presidents of The Association.

Prior to the conclusion of the meeting the member clubs were advised the the Scottish Golf per capita subscription would rise for the forthcoming season from £11.25 to £14.50 following approval at a recent E.G.M. of the national governing body, and the members also voted to accept the proposal from The executive that the per capita payment payable to The Ayrshire Golf Association should remain at the present level of £2.60 for the forthcoming year.

Further information on the Ayrshire Golf Association subscriptions and entry forms for the extended area competitions will be forwarded to all member clubs in the near future.


Monday, October 22, 2018

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire pipped by Renfrewshire for 2018 title

Defending champions Ayrshire were pipped for the 2018 West Of Scotland Inter County A League title following completion of the seasons fixtures on Sunday 21st October.

Having completed their fixtures last Sunday, the Ayrshire team had to wait on the result of the final fixture between Renfrewshire and Stirlingshire at Bonnyton GC, which had been postponed two weeks earlier.

Renfrewshire needed to win their final fixture to overtake Ayrshire at the top of the table and achieved their goal with a 5 - 3 win over their visitors, to regain the trophy they last won in 2014.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

AYRSHIRE ORDER OF MERIT - Jim Johnston wins Doc Thom salver for 2018

2018 Doc Thom Salver winner
Jim Johnston
Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) has won the 2018 Ayrshire Order Of Merit title for the Doc Thom Salver. The victory was the culmination of a superb season for him which saw him win the Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship and gain his first Scotland cap at the Home Internationals.

With a total of 672.5 points collected from eight of the twenty one counting events, including first place at the Ayrshire Strokeplay, West Kilbride Open and Belleisle Cup, Johnston was over 200 points ahead of his nearest rivals.

Second place in the Order Of Merit was shared this year, with Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) winning the final counting event, The Arrol Cup at Prestwick St Nicholas, to establish a total of 400 points from just four counting events.

Matching Michael Smyth's total for joint second place was Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas) who staged a remarkable recovery from a reported stress fracture injury to his leg, which saw him withdraw from the Ayrshire team mid way through the previous weekends Scottish Area Team Championships, to finish joint third in the final 36 hole counting event at Prestwick St Nicholas, and giving him sufficient points to match Michael Smyth's 400 point total.

The final places in the 2018 Ayrshire Order Of Merit for the Doc Thom Salver were:-


672.5 JIM JOHNSTON Ayr Belleisle
400 SANDY  BUCHANAN Prestwick St Nicholas
400 MICHAEL SMYTH Royal Troon
381.67 SCOTT  BROWN Prestwick St Cuthbert
276.67 STEVEN STAMPER Turnberry
230.83 GEORGE ROBERTSON Irvine
200 JOE McSORLEY Brunston Castle
192.5 TOMMY McINALLY Loudoun
170 EUAN WALKER Kilmarnock Barassie
150 JOHN SHANKS Irvine
150 SCOTT  DAVIDSON Largs
137.5 IAIN BROWN West Kilbride
100 ANDREW THOMSON Largs Routenburn
100 COLIN McGOWAN Troon Welbeck
100 GARY HOLLAND Ballochmyle
100 BEN FERGUSON Turnberry
100 DEREK BALLANTYNE West Kilbride
92.5 SHAUN HEDGER West Kilbride
87.5 ALAN  McLEAN Kilbirnie Place
75 GREG TELFER Prestwick St Cuthbert
75 GARY STEELE Brunston Castle
75 NEIL MELLON Ayr Seafield
62.5 GREG VERNON Kilmarnock Barassie
62.5 JOHN SLOAN Doon Valley
62.5 CALLUM  McLAUGHLIN Largs Routenburn
62.5 CRAIG McKENZIE Troon Welbeck
62.5 NICHOLAS GRIER Ardeer
62.5 ALAN EWING Largs
62.5 DEL CHAMBERLAIN Troon St Meddans
53.33 STUART  EASTON Irvine
50 BARRY O'ROURKE Loudoun
50 KEITH HAMILTON Ayr Belleisle
50 GORDON BOYLE Turnberry
46 BLAIR MORTON Royal Troon
42.5 GREGOR MACKINTOSH Girvan
42.5 JOHN HAGGARTY Loudoun
42.5 ADAM CHAMBERS Ayr Dalmilling
42.5 SCOTT  ADAMS Irvine Ravenspark
39.17 SCOTT  McILWRAITH Brunston Castle
35 FRANK MURDOCH Brunston Castle
35 PAUL GIFFNEY Ardeer
35 SCOTT  CAIRNS Prestwick St Cuthbert
30.83 ROBBIE MUIR Kilmarnock Barassie
27.5 JACK  PURDIE Largs
27.5 ALAN  PROVAN Largs
27.5 ROSS CADDIS Kilmarnock Barassie
20 GRAEME GIMSON Prestwick St Cuthbert
20 ROBERT  FERGUSON Troon Welbeck
20 CHARLES BELL Ayr Dalmilling
15 MARK WATT Prestwick St Cuthbert
15 ROSS LOWRIE Ardeer
15 GEORGE CABENA Ardeer
14 FRANCIS McNEILLIE Ayr Seafield
14 ROBERT  LONG Ayr Belleisle
14 JOHN  KELLY Ayr Seafield
10 ALAN STEWART Stewarton
10 JOHN PATON Loudoun
10 BRUCE CALDOW Kilmarnock Barassie
10 ANDREW BROWN West Kilbride
7.5 GLEN WILSON Ayr Dalmilling
7.5 KEVIN  THOMSAS Troon Welbeck
7.5 CAMERON SIMMONS Largs Routenburn
7.5 DAVID NELSON Turnberry
7.5 DAVID LONGAIR Prestwick St Cuthbert
7.5 EWAN LINDSAY Largs
7.5 BEN GIBSON Troon Welbeck
3.33 STUART  BROWN Loudoun
2.5 BLAIR TAYLOR Rowallan Castle
2.5 CRAIG STEWART Ardeer
2.5 MARK SEMPLE Ardeer
2.5 JORDAN MURRAY Rowallan Castle
1 IAN WALKER Royal Troon
1 STUART  MILLER Kilmarnock Barassie

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT - John McCracken wins 2018 title

2018 Junior Order Of Merit winner
John McCracken
John McCracken (Kilmarnock Barassie) is the 2018 Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit title winner following completion of the final two counting events last month.


McCracken gained points in eight of the twenty counting events, including first place at The Golf South Ayrshire Open and the Loudoun Junior Open and amassed a total of 503.3 points to remain just ahead of the chasing pack.

Ayrshire Boys Champion Sean Addie (Ayr Belleisle) finished in the runner up spot, just 28.3 points behind the winner on 475 points, having gained points in five of the qualifying competitions including first places at the Byrne Howard Trophy at Royal Troon, The Ayrshire Boys Championship and the final qualifying competition at Irvine.

Harvey Broadfoot (Troon Welbeck) finished in third place, having gained a total of 367.88 points from seven of the counting competitions.

A total of 38 players registered points on the Junior Order Of merit table this season. The final placings were:-



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

WEST OF SCOTLAND LEAGUES - Ayrshire wait for title fate after final match win over Stirlingshire


The Ayrshire A Team will need to wait until next Sunday to find out if they have retained the West Of Scotland Inter County League, following their 6.5 – 1.5 victory in their final scheduled fixture of the season, against Stirlingshire at Glenbervie last Sunday, 14th October.

The win puts Ayrshire one point clear of Renfrewshire, who face Stirlingshire in a re arranged fixture at Bonnyton GC on Sunday 21st. A win for Renfrewshire will see them take the title from Ayrshire whilst anything other than a win for the home side will give Ayrshire a fourth successive West Of Scotland title win.

Ayrshire went into their last match of the season knowing that only a victory would be good enough to maintain their title hopes, whilst Stirlingshire also had hopes of the title if they could beat their visitors.

Jim Johnston got Ayrshire off to the best possible start with a 5&3 win in the lead tie, as Ayrshire swept to victory, dropping only 1.5 points with a defeat for Tommy McInally in the anchor tie and a half match secured by Michael Smyth.

Match details (Stirlingshire names first):-

David Buchanan lost to Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) by 5&3
Richard Johnston Sr. halved with Michael Smyth (Royal Troon)
James Donaldson lost to Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 3&2
Greg McLellan lost to Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay) by 3&2
Mark Hyslop lost to John Shanks (Irvine) by 2&1
David Cunningham lost to Jack Broun (Turnberry) by 5&4
Colin Mundie lost to John Haggarty (Loudoun) by 3&2
Craig McGann beat Tommy McInally (Loudoun) by 3&2

STIRLINGSHIRE  1.5   AYRSHIRE  6.5

The present positions in the West Of Scotland A league are:-

A League
Position
Area
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
For
Against
Points
01
Ayrshire A
5
3
1
1
26.5
13.5
7
02
Renfrewshire A
4
3
1
0
18
14
6
02
Stirlingshire A
4
2
2
0
15
17
4
04
Dumbartonshire A
5
2
3
0
16.5
23.5
4
05
Glasgow A
5
2
3
0
12.5
27.5
4
06
Lanarkshire A
5
1
3
1
20.5
19.5
3



In the corresponding youths match played at Girvan, Ayrshire lost out by 4.5 – 3.5 to their visitors from Stirlingshire, which was enough to secure a championship win for the Stirlingshire side.

The match was well balanced throughout, with the final result only being confirmed in Stirlingshire’s favour when the last tie on the course was halved.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Sean Hedger (West Kilbride) lost to Peter Maxwell (Glenbervie) by 2&1
Aiden Long (Ayr Belleisle) halved with Calum Bauchop (Glenbervie)
Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Sebastian Sandin (Dunblane New) by 1 hole
Ross Caddis (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Fraser Gardiner (Falkirk) by 2&1
Jordan Murray (Rowallan Castle) halved with Ben Carberry (Falkirk)
Andrew Gordon (Ayr Belleisle) beat Ross laird (Falkirk) by 7&6
Glen Wilson (Ayr Dalmilling) lost to Gregor Johnston (Dunblane New) by 4&3
Jamie McKinnon (Caprington) halved with Grant Kirkwood (Fakirk)

AYRSHIRE YOUTHS  3.5  STIRLINGSHIRE YOUTHS 4.5

The present positions in the West Of Scotland Youths League are:-

Y League
Position
Area
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
For
Against
Points
01
Stirlingshire Y
5
4
1
0
24
16
8
02
Renfrewshire Y
5
4
1
0
22
18
8
03
Lanarkshire Y
5
3
2
0
23.5
16.5
6
04
Dumbartonshire Y
4
1
2
1
16
16
3
05
Ayrshire Y
5
1
3
1
18.5
21.5
3
06
Glasgow Y
4
0
4
0
8
24
0