Monday, August 14, 2017

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE - Semi finalists confirmed as league sections are completed

The four semi finalists in the inaugural Ayrshire Handicap League have been decided after the league section matches were concluded on Sunday 13th August.

In SECTION A, Ballochmyle came out on top with a late run of good results. Despite losing 5.5 - 0.5 at home to Loudoun, the Ballochmyle team bounced back to record a 6 - 0 home win over Drongan.

In a frantic final weekend the Ballochmyle team beat Stewarton 4 - 2 and Royal Troon 6 - 0 to edge past Loudoun and book their place in the semi final.

Final positions in Section A were:-

Troon St Meddans
Royal Troon

In SECTION B, Rowallan Castle took top spot and go into the semi finals. Moorpark finished with a 5.5 - 0.5 home win over beith whilst Ayr Seafield and Irvine ravenspark fought out a 3 - 3 draw at Ayr.

Final placings in Section B were:- 

Rowallan Castle
Irvine Ravenspark
Ayr Seafield

In SECTION C, Auchenharvie 88 remained on top of the section and go through to the last four after Braehead lost theitr final match at Prestwick St Cuthbert by 5 - 1. In theother match played on Sunday, Ailsa Craig and Troon Merchants fought out a 3 - 3 draw.

Final positions in Section C are:-

Auchenharvie 88
Pr. St Cuthbert
Ailsa Craig
Troon Merchants

In SECTION D, Ayr Dalmilling were the qualifiers, finishing just ahead of Kilbirnie Place after all the ties
were concluded.

Ayr Dalmilling
Kilbirnie Place
Prestwick St Nicholas
Tam O Shanter

In the semi finals, which will be played on a home and away basis, Ballochmyle will play 
Rowallan Castle whilst Auchenharvie 88 will face Ayr Dalmilling.

The matches will be played between 15th August and 2nd September, with the final scheduled 
to be held at Loudoun Gowf Club on Sunday 3rd September.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

AYR BELLEISLE JUNIOR OPEN - Gregor Meikle and Ben Fleming take top prizes over Seafield

The 2017 Ayr Belleisle Junior Open was played on Thursday 10th August, over the Ayr Seafield course, with Gregor Meikle (Ayr Belleisle) and Ben Fleming (Troon Welbeck) taking the top prizes.
Prizewinners at Ayr Belleisle Junior Open
(Report courtesy of Ayr Belleisle Junior Convener Alistair Byers).

Well done to all of the juniors who played in today's Junior Open. The Nett Prizes were closely contested, with Ayr Belleisle's Gregor Meikle scoring a fantastic nett 60. In the Scratch competition Troon Welbeck's Ben Fleming scored a very solid 71 to pip Kilmarnock Barassie's Ewan Milligan (72).
Full results of prize winners as follows:
Ben Fleming (71)
Ewan Milligan (72)
Christopher Hunter (73)
Gregor Meikle (60)
Drew Cleaver (61)
Jack Napier (63)
Longest drive @ 4 - Christopher Hunter
Nearest the pin @ 9 - Josh Davies
Nearest the pin @ 15 - Fraser Russell
Nearest the pin in two @ 18 - Freya Russell
Huge thanks to William Cumming and Son for their continued sponsorship and to Belleisle's Head Professional Richard Gordon for sponsoring the nearest the pin @ 18.
All the best for the remaining junior opens this season!

AYRSHIRE JUNIIOR ORDER OF MERIT - Milligan still ahead with four events remaining

Junior Order Of Merit leader
Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie)
With the returns from four events still to be added, Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) still leads the chase for the 2017 Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit title.

Second place in the Ayr Belleisle Junior Open and a semi final spot in the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay last week kept Milligan ahead of the chasing pack, led by Ross McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) who moved into second spot following his win in the Troon Junior Open for the Tom Lehman Trophy and a fifth place finish at Ayr Belleisle.

Robbie Muir (Kilmanrock Barassie) lies in third place after his runner up place in the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship.

The results from the Turnberry Junior Open has still to be added to the totals.

There are now only three counting fixtures to be completed, the forthcoming Ballochmyle Junior Open, The British Boys Championship at Nairn and the Prestwick St Nicholas Junior Open which will be played in September.

Present positions in the Junior Order Of merit are:-

332.5 EWAN MILLIGAN Kilmarnock Barassie
224.17 ROSS McDONALD Kilmarnock Barassie
220 ROBBIE MUIR Kilmarnock Barassie
207.5 RUBEN LINDSAY Ayr Belleisle
150 JACK BROUN Ayr Belleisle
150 EUAN FERGUSON Turnberry
100 BEN WATSON Kilmarnock Barassie
100 BEN FLEMING Troon Welbeck
95 FRASER RUSSELL Troon Welbeck
85 JOHN JACK West Kilbride
75 GLEN WATSON Ayr Dalmilling
50 ALYX MURRAY Troon Welbeck
40.42 JOSH DAVIES Troon Welbeck
29.17 SEAN ADDIE Ayr Belleisle
28.75 CRAIG ERENTZ Kilmarnock Barassie
28.75 HARVEY BROADFOOT Troon Welbeck
28.75 KIEREN BEAUCHAMP Turnberry
27.5 CAMERON JOHNSTONE Troon Welbeck
17.5 JORDAN ORR Ballochmyle
17.5 JAMIE McKINNON Caprington
10 KYLE BROWN Turnberry
7.5 RORY BOYD Troon Welbeck
5 JOE ZONFRILLO Ayr Belleisle

BOY'S HOME INTERNATIONALS - Broun performs well at St Annes Old Links.

Jack Broun
Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) performed well in the Boy’s Home Internationals at St Annes Old Links last week, despite Scotland finishing in last place overall in the series.

Broun played in all three foursome ties and all three singles, winning four points out of a possible six, and finishing the series with a 100% win record in his singles ties.

On the opening day Scotland drew 7.5-7.5 with Ireland

Match details (Scotland names first):-

E McIntosh and D Howie lost to M Power and J Hearn 2 holes.'
M Watt and J Broun lost to R Black and R Moran 4 and 2.
C Scott and A O'Hagan beat J Brady and E Murphy 2 and 1.
J Paterson and C Gibson beat J Doherty and C Denvir 2 holes.
C Bruce and L Irvine lost to C Raymond and R Kelly 2 and 1.
Howie lost to Power 1 hole.
McIntosh beat Hearn 5 and 4.
Watt lost to Black 4 and 2.
Bruce beat Brady 3 and 2.
Gibson lost to A Marshall 3 and 1.
G Dalziel beat Murphy 4 and 3
Scott lost to Moran 6 and 5.
Broun beat Doherty 1 hole.
Irvine beat Denvir 4 and 2.
Paterson halved with Raymond.

On the second day against Wales, Scotland were leading 6 – 3 but suffered a late collapse in the singles which culminated in an 8.5 - 6.5 defeat in the match.  

Match details (Scotland names first):-

D Howie and E McIntosh lost to L Harries and G Bryant 3 and 2.
J Broun and M Watt beat S Davies and T Matthews 2 and 1.
J Paterson and C Gibson lost to B Hicks and T Froom 3 and 2.
C Scott and A O'Hagan beat J Ashfield and J Cade 2 and 1.
L Irvine and G Dalziel halved with A Greville and H Fraser.
Howie halved with Harries.
McIntosh beat Bryant 1 hole.
Scott beat Froom 2 and 1.
Broun beat Davies 2 and 1.
Gibson lost to Matthews 2 and 1.
Watt lost to Hicks 3 and 1.
O'Hagan halved with Frazer.
Dalziel lost to T Peet 2 and 1.
Irvine lost to Cade 1 hole.
Paterson lost to Greville 2 and 1.

On the final day, Scotland lost narrowly to England by 8 – 7, which allowed England to retain the Home Internationals title from Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Match details (England names first):-

C Strickland and T Briggs beat E McIntosh and D Howie 4 and 3.
B Jones and J Pagdin beat C Bruce and J Broun 4 and 3.
C Gough and R Williams beat J Paterson and C Gibson 2 hols.
T Plump and A Fitzpatrick lost to C Scott and A O'Hagan 1 hole.
J Cope and D Daniels beat L Irvine and G Dalziel 3 and 2.
Briggs beat Howie 2 and 1.
Strickland beat McIntosh 1 hole.
Jones lost to Bruce 4 and 2.
Pagdin lost to Broun 1 hole.
Williams lost to Scott 1 hole.
Gough beat O'Hagan 3 and 1.
Fitzpatrick beat Dalziel 4 and 3.
Plump lost to Watt 3 and 2.
H Goddard lost to Irvine 2 and 1.

Cope lost to Paterson 4 and 3.

LADIES' AND GIRLS' HOME INTERNATIONALS - Ayrshire players perform well at Little Aston

Ayrshire players performed well in the Ladies’ and Girls’ Home International matches which took place at Little Aston GC last week.

 In the Ladies matches, Scotland finished in third place behind winners Ireland and second placed England, when they beat Wales in their final match of the series after losing on the opening two days.

Connie Jaffrey
Ayrshire’s Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) lost in both the foursomes and the singles on the opening day but in the following two days, playing only in the singles, she took one and a half points from two.

On day one, Scotland narrowly lost to Ireland 5 – 4.

Match details (Ireland names first):-

Maria Dunne & Julie McCarthy beat Eilidh Briggs & Chloe Goadby 3&1
Annabel Wilson & Mairead Martin beat Connie Jaffrey & Clara Young 4&3
Paula Grant & Ciara Casey lost to Shannon McWilliam & Hannah McCook 1 hole
Paula Grant beat Connie Jaffrey 2&1
Annabel Wilson beat Gemma Batty 4&2
Julie McCarthy lost to​ Eilidh Briggs 2 holes
Chloe Ryan halved with Hannah McCook
Mairead Martin lost to Chloe Goadby 4​&3​​​​​
Maria Dunne halved with Shannon McWilliam

On the second day Scotland suffered defeat to England by 5.5 – 3.5

Match details (England names first):-

S Lamb and G Clews beat E Briggs and C Goadby 2 and 1.
E Allen and R Morris beat C Young and G Batty 1 hole.
L Bailey and I Clyburn lost to H McCook and S McWilliam 2 and 1.
Bailey beat McCook 1 hole.
Clews lost to C Jaffrey 3 and 2.
Lamb beat Young 2 and 1.
O Winning lost to Batty 1 hole.
Morris beat McWilliam 2 and 1.
Clyburn halved with Goadby.

On the final day Scotland beat wales 6.5 - 2.5 to take third place overall.

Match details (Wales names first):-

K O'Connor and J Ryan lost to H McCook and S McWilliam 3 and 2.
M Lockett and O Kelly lost to E Briggs and C Goadby 4 and 3.
G Lewis and B Morris halved with C Young and G Batty.
O'Connor halved with C Jaffrey.
Ryan lost to McCook 6 and 4.
Morris lost to Briggs 7 and 5.
Lockett halved with McWilliam.
Kelly lost to Batty 3 and 2.
Lewis beat Goadby 2 and 1.

At the end of the series, Ireland retained the Home International title ahead of England, Scotland and Wales.
Hazel McGarvie
Louise Duncan
In the Girl’s matches, also played at Little Aston, Scotland also lost on the first two days before beating wales on the final day to secure third place behind England and Ireland.

Of the Ayrshire players in the Scotland team, Hazel McGarvie (Troon Ladies) played in all three foursomes and all three singles, securing three points from the six available.

Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) played in all three foursomes and one singles tie, securing two points from a possible four.

On the opening day, Ireland beat Scotland 6 – 3.

Match details (Ireland names first)

​​Valerie Clancy & Sara Byrne beat Hazel McGarvie & Jillian Farrell 1 hole
Lauren Walsh & Beth Coulter lost to Louise Duncan & Hannah Darling 2&1
Rachel Thompson & Maeve Rooney beat Kirsty Brodie & Molly Richmond 4&3
Lauren Walsh lost to Hazel McGarvie 2 holes
Beth Coulter halved with Jillian Farrell
Sara Byrne halved with Hanna Darling
Valerie Clancy beat Jasmine Mackintosh 1 hole
Emma Forbes beat Louise Duncan 4&2
Rachel Thompson beat Molly Richmond 1 hole

On the second day Scotland lost to England 7 – 2.

Match details (Scotland names first):-

H McGarvie and J Farrell lost to H Muse and S Fuller 5 and 3.
L Duncan and H Darling lost to H Screen and M Lewis 5 and 3.
M Richmond and K Brodie beat L-M Humphreys and E Price 3 and 1.
McGarvie lost to Muse 4 and 2.
Farrell lost to Humphreys 4 and 3.
Darling lost to Price 5 and 3.
J Mackintosh beat Lewis 3 and 1.
Brodie lost to Screen 4 and 3.
Richmond lost to Fuller 1 hole.

On the final day, Scotland beat Wales 6.5-2.5 to finish third overall.

Match details (Wales names first):-

C Worby and F Tynan lost to H McGarvey and J Mackintosh 3 and 2.
C Evans-Brand and F Vineall lost to J Farrell and L Duncan 2 and 1.
L-A Bramwell and L Jones halved with M Richmond and K Brodie.
Jones lost to McGarvie 5 and 3.
Evans lost to Mackintosh 2 and 1.
Tynan lost to H Darling 3 and 1.
Evans-Brand beat Farrell 2 and 1.
Bramwell lost to Duncan 3 and 1.
Worby beat Brodie 6 and 4.

England won the 2017 Girl’s Home Internationals series ahead of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Smyth wins 2017 title at Royal Troon

2017 Champion Of Champions Trophy winner
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon)
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) is the 2017 Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Trophy title winner after beating Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St Cuthbert) in the final, over the Old Course at Royal Troon, on Friday 11th August.

Smyth got off to the perfect start in the match, taking the first three holes. A concession by Gimson at the first was followed by a birdie three for Smyth at the second and a winning par four at the third.

Gimson stemmed the tide briefly at the fourth when the hole was halved in birdie fours but when Gimson failed to make par at the short fifth hole, Smyth extended his lead to four up.

Gimson battled on and successive birdies at the sixth and seventh saw him reduce Smyth's advantage to two holes. The players saw out the remaining holes in the outward half with pars to half both holes, leaving Smyth two ahead as the match turned for home.

At the tenth, Smyth could only manage a bogey five and Gimson took the opportunity to reduce the defecit further, to a single hole, wth a winning par four.

2017 Champion Of Championj Trophy finalists
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) &
Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St Cuthbert
With match referee Iain Harvey
The initiative appeared to be turning in Gimson's favour, but at the testing eleventh hole the St Cuthbert player could only manage a double bogey against Smyth's par four, and Smyth restored a two hole lead in the match. The win at the eleventh proved pivotal as Smyth quickly extended his lead futrther, to three holes, by taking the twelfth with a par four also.

With holes running out for Gimson, the thirteenth and fourteenth were helved in pars, leaving Smyth three ahead with four to play, and a par four at the fifteenth was good enough for Smyth to win the hole to secure the Champion Of Campions Trophy for the first time, with a 4 & 3 victory.

There was a high standard of play from both players throughout the final, with Smyth covering the holes played in par figures.

Friday, August 11, 2017

AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Euan Ferguson retains the title

2017 Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion
Euan Ferguson
Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) retained the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Trophy on Thursday 10th August, with victory over Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) in the final at Prestwick golf club.

The players enjoyed good conditions throughout the match and the scoring from both players was worthy of any county final.

Ferguson took the early lead, winning the opening hole with a conceded birdie putt from five feet after Muir failed to make par following his approach shot being a little strong and running through the green.

The players matches each other in par figures over the next three holes before Ferguson extended his lead to two holes when he holed an 8 foot putt for a birdie two at the fifth after Muir saw his own birdie attempt slip just past the left of the hole.

Ferguson mad a great recovery from through the green at the sixth for par to half the hole and a superb putt from the back of the green at the seventh to within a few inches of the hole gave Muir a par and a half there.

At the eighth hole both players had good birdie chances but Muir missed his whilst Ferguson holed for a winning birdie three to go three up in the match.

The finalists with Prestwick GC Captain Allan Cook
and match referee Scott Gilchrist
The match looked to be slipping away from Muir when he bunkered his tee shot at the ninth, but a good bunker shot and an approach to the green saw him secure a bogey five which was good enough to half the hole as Ferguson dropped his first shot to par in the match.

Three down as they turned for home, Muir needed to make an early move and a par at the tenth was good enough to give him the hole and reduce the deficit to two holes at that stage.

Ferguson looked favourite at the par three eleventh with his tee shot finishing just short of the green whilst Muir had blocked his into the right rough. Ferguson chipped close enough to ensure a par three but Muir produced an excellent chip over the greenside bunker and down the difficult slope on the green  to within fifteen feet of the hole, and holed for a par three to half the hole and keep the deficit to two holes.

Muir had the chance to reduce the deficit further at the twelfth but his birdie attempt pulled up just short of the hole and he remained two down.

At the long and difficult thirteenth hole, which had proved a pivotal hole in earlier rounds during the week, Ferguson found the green with two excellent shots whilst Muir was short and right of the green and facing a difficult approach over the bank of the green. Muir played a good chip and with Ferguson missing his birdie opportunity, Muir, to his credit, holed for a fine par four to half the hole.

Muir got another hole back at the fourteenth when both players hit fine approaches to within fifteen feet of the hole. After Ferguson saw his attempt slip just past the hole, Muir bravely holed his birdie putt to take the score in the match back to one down with four to play.

Ferguson looked favourite at the fifteenth when both players just missed the green with their approach shots, having a relatively straightforward chip up the green whilst Muir had to negotiate a severe right to left slope towards the hole.

Muir's chip was good, coming to rest four feed past the hole and leaving him a downhill left to right putt for par. Ferguson chipped up close and a par was conceded by Muir, who then bravely holed his par putt for a half.

At the sixteenth, Muir was short and right with his tee shot whilst Ferguson's drive finished pin high, just off the left of the green. Muir was unlucky with is chip up and over the deep hollow short of the sixteenth green, with his ball pulling up on a downslope just on the green and leaving him a difficult downhill putt for a birdie three. Ferguson chipped close and was conceded a birdie three and despite a brave attempt, Muir's putt remained above ground which left Ferguson dormie two in the match.

At the famous Alps hole, the seventeenth, both players found the green n two but despite a good effort, Muir saw his birdie putt stay above ground, leaving Ferguson with two putts for the match and the championship. The defending champion rolled his birdie effort to within a few inches of the hole, prompting a concession from Muir and giving Ferguson his second successive Ayrshire Boys Matchplay title.

Boys Matchplay Champion Euan Ferguson
with Prestwick GC Captain Allan Cook and
AGA President John Rushbury
The final was played in the most sporting and friendly manner and gave match referee Scott Gilchrist no issues to deal with throughout. The excellent standard of play was evidenced by the fact that, at the conclusion of the match, the winner was two under par for the holes played.

At the conclusion of the final, Ayrshire Golf Association President John Rushbury thanked Prestwick Golf Club Captain Allan Cook, who had been in attendance throughout the final, for allowing The Association the facilities to hold the championship at Prestwick GC once again, and thanked the competitors and officials who took part in the championship throughout the week for their efforts.

Captain Allan Cook of the host club concluded proceedings bu presenting vouchers to both finalists before handing over the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay trophy and commemorative medal to the 2017 champion Euan Ferguson.