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Thursday, January 18, 2018

INTERNATIONAL GOLF - Top 20 finish for Walker in South America

Walker finishes joint 18th, Fyfe 23rd in South American championship
(By COLIN FARQUHARSON - courtesy of the Scottishgolfview.com website)

Euan Walker

Scotland's Euan Walker, from Kilmarnock Barassie, and Calum Fyfe finished joint 18th and 23rd respectively in a quality field of 70 players in the South American men's amateur championship at Martindale Country Club, Buenos Aires in Argentina.


Walker had scores of 71, 72, 73 and 69 for a three-under-par total of 285.

Fyfe's rounds were 67, 78, 70 and 72 for one-under 287.


The highest placed British and Irish competitor was Ireland's Alex Glesson who tied for fifth place on 281 with very steady scores of 70, 70, 7 and 71.


Winner, by four strokes with a 13-under-par total of 275 was Canada's Chris Crisologo who scored 72, 64, 66 and 73.


Argentina's Alejandro Tosti was runner-up on 279.

LEADING FINAL TOTALS
Par 288 (4x72)
275 Chris Crisologo (Canada) 72 64 66 73.
279 Alejandro Tosti (Argentina) 67 75 70 67.

SELECTED TOTALS
281 Alex Gleeson (Ireland) 70 70 70 71 (T5)
284 Robin Dawson (Ireland) 70 74 71 69, Jack Gaunt (England) 72 69 70 73 (T12)
285 Euan Walker (Scotland) 71 72 73 69 (T18).
287 Andrew Wilson (England) 71 71 74 71, Calum Fyfe (Scotland) 67 78 70 72 (T23).
293 Ben Chamberlain (Wales) 73 73 74 73 (40th)
309 Tim Harry (Wales) 82 76 72 79 (58th)

SAVE OUR COURSES - Support sought to overturn proposals to close Ayr Dalmilling and Maybole golf courses.

The support of golfers and local residents alike is being sought to try to reverse proposals by South Ayrshire Council to close two local golf courses in Ayrshire.

Many will be aware of recent reports casting doubt on the future of the two golf courses in South Ayrshire, at Ayr Dalmilling and Maybole.

The Ayrshire Golf Association are deeply concerned about the impact that the proposed closures will have if they go ahead, no only on the many golfers who use both facilities but also the wider golfing community in Ayrshire and particularly, those who utilise the other municipal courses, and is seeking to make the wider golfing community aware of the issue and seek support to reverse plans for these proposed closures.


AYR DALMILLING

Ayr Dalmilling is threatened by the proposals contained in the updated Local Development Plan (LDP2), which proposes to divide the present area of the course into three parts, with one part designated for housing, one part for leisure & tourism and the largest part for the development of an urban park.

The layout of the proposal can be viewed via the undernoted link


The Association intend to submit a number of points against the proposal, including:-

·         * The golf course is one of a small number of recreational facilities in the area of North Ayr in which it is situated, and its loss would be detrimental to the sport and recreation facilities available locally to the residents and visitors alike.

·        *  The course as existing provides a community facility for users other than golfers, with dog walkers and other local people regularly using the course to exercise. Contrary to quotes made by Council leader Douglas Campbell in local press, there are a number of parks and recreational areas within walking distance in North Ayr, such as Craigie park and Northfield Park, which could be upgraded to provide additional facilities, as an alternative to closing Dalmilling facility.

·         * The loss of the facility would have a negative impact on the 7 clubs who are presently attached to the course. The existence of these clubs may be threatened by the closure of the facility, and the displacement of the club members and other golfers from the Dalmilling course to other local municipal courses is likely to create an excessive requirement for tee times at peak periods, particularly at weekends, resulting in negative interaction with other existing clubs and service users which may ultimately lead to a financial implication for the local authority with the loss of season ticket and visitor income due to the congestion on the remaining courses.

·         * The figures quoted for usage at Ayr Dalmilling, in common with the figures provided in relation to all other municipal courses in South Ayrshire are inherently flawed, being based wholly on ‘audited’ figures. In simple terms, throughout the year there are times, particularly in the evenings, when there is staff on duty to monitor the usage and ensure that the correct revenue is being collected from users at all South Ayrshire municipal courses, which would indicate that actual usage is far higher than that reported. Likewise figures quoted regarding the cost per round to the local authority for golfers playing Dalmilling are very much askew, due again to the recorded numbers using the course being significantly less than the actual usage.

·         * There is a viewpoint that increased investment in Dalmilling, and other local municipal courses, in the form of facilities upgrading and full time staffing of facilities and employment of course rangers would benefit the local authority more than closure of the facility, encouraging increased usage from visitors to upgraded facilities and maximising income by closer and more comprehensive monitoring of the usage of the courses.

·       *  The proposal appears to be at odds with the position promoted by departments within the local Authority, particularly Golf South Ayrshire who continually promote participation and the introduction of the sport to youngsters, and also the tourism sector who actively promote the municipal courses in south Ayrshire as a strong draw for visitors coming to the area. The proposals to reduce the number of courses seems to be counter productive to the work of these departments.

Thee are no doubt many other valid reasons against the proposed closure, which will be raised with South Ayrshire Council through the consultation process.

Comments can be made on the main issues document on line. The proposals affecting Ayr Dalmilling are contained within Issue 5 a and the link below can be used to access the on line comments form


The reasoning for the proposal, as per the document, states

“South Ayrshire has many public and private golf courses. Some courses are used more than others. We recognise the importance of all of the courses but think that Dalmilling could have a wider community benefit if it became a public park with links to the River Ayr and the facilities at Dam Park and the Craigie Estate. Because of the size of the golf course, some of the land could also be used to build houses, a care home, and tourism/sports facilities”

The leader of South Ayrshire Council, Douglas Campbell, has been previously quoted as commenting

“Dalmilling is good for golf but not for the rest of the community. The impact this has on health in Ayr North is drastic as they cannot walk to a park. Only 4000 rounds of golf have been played at Dalmilling in the last year”.

ALL SUBMISSIONS REGARDING THE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS PROPOSAL (LDP2) MUST BE MADE BY 31ST JANUARY 2018.

The Ayrshire Golf  Association would encourage those in the golfing community to make comment if they have views on the proposed closure.

PETITION

In addition, one of the local club members has started a petition on change.org regarding the proposed closure, which will eventually be delivered to Council Leader Douglas Campbell.. Anyone wishing to sign the petition and make comment can do so via the undernoted link.


The Ayrshire Golf Association Association would also encourage golfers and local residents alike to engage with this petition and add any comments they feel appropriate, to support the efforts to halt the proposed closure of the course.

PUBLIC MEETING

Ayr Dalmilling Golf Club have arranged a public meeting on

TUESDAY 23rd JANUARY AT 7.00 P.M.
Within the Railway Club, James Street, Ayr.

The meeting is open to all and all interested parties will be welcome.

This meeting will give the golfing community and representatives of the wider local community the opportunity to discuss and express their opinions on the proposed closure.

Invitations to attend have also been extended to all South Ayrshire elected councillors to attend the meeting also.

Again, it would be helpful if individual golfers, residents and club representatives would consider attending this meeting and engaging in the discussions. This may be particularly relevant to clubs who are attached to the other municipal courses in South Ayrshire who will potentially be negatively affected should the closure of Dalmilling go ahead.

MAYBOLE GOLF COURSE

Maybole golf course is also under threat of closure, as proposed in money saving budget proposals recently released by South Ayrshire Council.

The reasons for halting closure proposals for Maybole are broadly similar to those of Dalmilling, including loss of recreational/sport facility and potential negative impact on users of other municipal courses.

The circumstances of inaccurate user figures and consequently unreliable figures regarding costs per round played again are similar to Dalmilling, with no effective monitoring system in place at Maybole to assess usage and ensure robust process to maximise collection of potential income from visitors and season ticket sales.

Again, The Association would encourage clubs, golfers and individuals to feed back to South Ayrshire Council on thee current budget proposals, and in particular the proposed closure of Maybole golf course.

Feedback can be made on line via the South Ayrshire Council website, via the undernoted link.


ALL FEEDBACK ON THE BUDGET, AND PROPOSED CLOSURE OF MAYBOLE MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11th FEBRUARY 2018.

The Ayrshire Golf Association would be grateful if individual and clubs would consider supporting our member clubs likely to be affected, and engage in the consultation process and on line petition as outlined.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BEITH ARE BACK - Closure decision reversed at historic club

Golf in Ayrshire received a boost this week with the news that the members of the historic Beith Golf Club have decided to reverse the closure decision taken last September.

The club, which is one of the oldest in Ayrshire having been established in 1896, will revert back to a nine hole course, utilising the holes first used when the club moved to its present site in 1974, and closing the nine holes which extended the course in 1995.

Following the closure decision, further meetings were convened and as a result a large proportion of the membership committed to renewing their membership and supporting the continuation of the club, and the decision to take the proposal forward was confirmed at an EGM of the club on Sunday 7th January.

The clubhouse facilities will remain in place, operated by volunteers, and Club Captain Iain Macdonald and the new committee are looking forward to taking the club and members into the 2018 and beyond.

The Ayrshire Golf Association is delighted that a way has been found to take Beith Golf Club forward into the 2018 season, and wishes the committee and members all the best in their efforts.

In addition to the news about Beith GC, the membership of The Ayrshire Golf Association is likely to be further boosted in 2018 with the news that a new club is to be established in the Irvine area. Redburn Golf Club is presently in the process of being formed and will be attached to the muicipal cours at Irvine Ravenspark. The continuation of Beith GC and the introduction of Redburn GC should see the membership of The Association rise to 63 clubs in 2018. 

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS - Entries for extended competitions close in two weeks

Clubs have just over two weeks to enter the six extended Ayrshire Golf Association competitions for 2018, with entries due to close on 31st January.

As a direct consequence of the uncertainty over the future of the Ayr dalmilling course, Drongan GC have decided to withdraw their entries to the Handicap League Championship and Ayrshire Fourball Championship this year.

Entry forms for all six competitions were emailed to all club secretaries in mid November 2017, along with the AGA annual subscription forms. Any club who has not received the forms and requires further copies sent should contact the Area Secretary as soon as possible by email at ayrshire.golf@btinternet.com 

The entries received for the six competitions to date (16.01.18) are :-

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY
Martin Riddall (New Cumnock)
Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride)
James McIntyre (Moorpark)
Alan Stewart Jr. (Stewarton)
David McLellan (Largs)
Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle)
Adam Sweeney (Largs Routenburn)
Kieran Clark (Braehead)
Fraser McCall (Troon Portland)
Barry McDonnell (Caprington)
Graham Warnock (NB Parkstone)
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark)
Derek Watt (Drongan)
Maurice Mulholland Jr. (Doon Valley)
Gareth Lamb (Irvine)
Ian B Walker (Royal Troon)
Kevin O'Neill (Alton)
Andrew MacDonald (Auchenharvie 88)
Michael Smyth (Holder - Royal Troon)

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Gordon Wilson & John Alexander (New Cumnock)
Christopher Murray & Cameron Maclean (West Kilbride)
Stuart Gordon & John Hargreaves (Moorpark)
Brian Richmond & Alan Stewart Jr. (Stewarton)
Joe Wilkinson & William Douglas (Largs)
Ian Howie & Reagan Ross (Ballochmyle)
Jim Edwards & Billy Jackson (Largs Routenburn)
Steven Boyle & Craig Boyle (Braehead)
Tom Gilligan & Michael Henderson (Troon Portland)
Jonathan Wallace & Craig Wallace (Caprington)
S. McHarg & Ian Bovill (NB Parkstone)
David Sim & Derek Jeffrey (Irvine Ravenspark)
Ross Dunlop & Craig Reid (Doon Valley)
Ian King & Steven King (Irvine)
Thomas Freer & Gerry reid (Alton)
James Donohoe & Ian Paterson (Auchenharvie 88)

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES
West Kilbride
Moorpark
Largs
Ballochmyle
Largs Routenburn
Troon Portland
Caprington
Irvine Ravenspark
Irvine

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE
Moorpark
Ballochmyle
Braehead
Largs Routenburn
Troon Portland
Stewarton
Irvine Ravenspark
Auchenharvie 88

GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER (Scratch team knockout)
New Cumnock
Moorpark
Ballochmyle
Troon Portland
Caprington
Irvine Ravenspark
Irvine

PRESIDENT'S PUTTER (Handicap team knockout)
New Cumnock
West Kilbride
Moorpark
Stewarton
Ballochmyle
Largs Routenburn
Braehead
Caprington
Troon Portland
NB Parkstone
Irvine Ravenspark
Drongan

Auchenharvie 88


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS - Entries close on 31st January for 2018 extended competitions

Entries for the six extended Ayrshire Golf Association competitions are now being submitted by member clubs, with entries closing on 31st January.




Entry forms were emailed to all member club secretaries in November 2017.

Should any club secretary not have received the forms, they should contact the Area Secretary.

The entries submitted to date (03.01.18) are :-

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY

Graham Warnock (NB Parkstone)
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark)
Derek Watt (Drongan)
Maurice Mulholland Jr. (Doon Valley)
Gareth Lamb (Irvine)
Ian B Walker (Royal Troon)
Kevin O'Neill (Alton)
Andrew MacDonald (Auchenharvie 88)
Michael Smyth (Holder - Royal Troon)

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

S. McHarg & Ian Bovill (NB Parkstone)
David Sim & Derek Jeffrey (Irvine Ravenspark)
David McAlpine & Scott Wilson (Drongan)
Ross Dunlop & Craig Reid (Doon Valley)
Ian King & Steven King (Irvine)
Thomas Freer & Gerry reid (Alton)
James Donohoe & Ian Paterson (Auchenharvie 88)

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES

Irvine Ravenspark
Irvine

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE

Irvine Ravenspark
Drongan
Auchenharvie 88

GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER (Scratch team knockout)

Irvine Ravenspark
Irvine

PRESIDENT'S PUTTER (Handicap team knockout)

NB Parkstone
Irvine Ravenspark
Drongan
Auchenharvie 88

Monday, January 01, 2018

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER - Tickets now available for 2018 event

Tickets are now available for the 2018 Ayrshire Golf Association Annual Dinner, which will be held on Friday 16th February within the clubhouse of Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club.

The guest speaker this year will be former Amateur Champion and Walker Cup Captain Peter McEvoy OBE.

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

Posters advertising the event have been emailed to member clubs. 


THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION


ANNUAL DINNER

&

PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES

At

PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT GOLF CLUB


FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2018
6.30 P.M. FOR 7.00 P.M.

SPEAKER


Former Amateur Champion & Walker Cup Captain 
Peter McEvoy OBE

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

SUBSCRIPTION NOTICES AND COMPETITION ENTRY FORMS

The Ayrshire Golf Association subscription notices for the 2018 season have been emailed or posted to all member clubs on Sunday 12th November, along with entry forms for the extended championships administered by The Ayrshire Golf Association.


The per capita subscription level remains the same as last year, at £2.60, and the due date for payment has been changed from 31st January to 31st March, to align with the change made by Scottish Golf Ltd. last year.

Along with the subscription notice, entry forms for the following competitions have been sent to club secretaries:-

The Champion Of Champions Trophy
The Ayrshire Fourball Championship
The Ayrshire Handicap League Championship
The Ayrshire Scratch leagues
The Handicap Club Team Knockout Competition (President's Putter)
The Scratch Club Team Knockout Competition (The Gary Bryden Memorial Salver)

Entries for all the above competitions should be in the hands of the Area Secretary by 31st January 2018.

Any club secretary who is not in receipt of the emailed forms should contact the Area Secretary as soon as possible to obtain further copies. 

Monday, November 06, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Youths team finish campaign with win over Glasgow

The Ayrshire youths team finished their 2017 West Of Scotland Inter County league campaign on Sunday 5th November with a 7 - 1 win over Glasgow at Loudoun.

The county team, looking for their first win of the five match series, had an early bonus when Ewan Milligan received a walkover as the visitors were one player short.

The Ayrshire team recorded some big wins in the match, with only Rory McGuire unable to overcome the visitors challence in his tie.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) beat Jack Savage (Cawder)  by 7&6
Rory McGuire (Ayr Belliesie) lost to Neil Branney (Cathcart Castle) by 5&3
Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Stuart McLean (Ralston) by 3&2
Greg Vernon (Kilmarnock Barassie beat Daniel Neils (Cathcart Castle) by 8&7
Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Chris McMillan (Bishopbriggs) by 8&6
Callum Irvine (Ayr Belliesle) beat Alex Melrose (Haggs Castle) by 2&1
Daryll Lynch (Ayr Belliesle) beat Louis Fleming (Haggs Castle) by 5&4
ewan milligan had a walk-over
AYRSHIRE YOUTHS   7   GLASGOW YOUTHS   1


Monday, October 30, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Historic title hat trick for Ayrshire A team

The Ayrshire A team secured a historic third successive West Of Scotland Inter County League title on Sunday 29th October when they defeated their nearest challengers, Renfrewshire, in their re arranged fixture at Kilmacolm GC.

Ayrshire's win saw them win the title for three successive years for the first time since the championship began in 1936.

Craig Hamilton was beaten in the final green in the lead tie but a half from Steven Wallace in the second tie and wins for John Shanks, Michael Smyth and Scott Brown saw Ayrshire into a 3.5 - 1.5 lead. Although Euan walker lost his tie, Tommy McInally and Jim Johnston completed the scoring for Ayrshire with two wins, for a 5.5 - 2.5 victory in the match, and a clean sweep of five wins from five in this years championship.

Match details (Renfrewshire names first):-

Andrew Farmer (Kilmacolm) beat Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) by 1 hole
Stewart Watt (Old Ranfurly) halved with Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert)
David Dickson (Bonnyton) lost to John Shanks (Irvine) by 5&4
Chris Conroy (Paisley) lost to Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) by 1 hole
David Sibbald (Eastwood) lost to Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 4&2
Craig Thomson (Earl Of Mar) lost to Tommy McInally (Loudoun) by 2&1
Ryan McKenzie (Erskine) beat Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 3&2
Ronnie Clark (Erskine) lost to Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) by 4&3

RENFREWSHIRE A    2.5   AYRSHIRE A     5.5

In the corresponding re arranged youths match, played at Troon Portland, the Ayrshire team were narrowly defeated 4.5 - 3.5 by their visitors from Renfrewshire.

Shaun Hedger and Greg Telfer put points on the board for the home side in the two leading ties but a succession of narrow defeats in the next four ties left the hosts struggling to get anything from the match. Calum Irving recorded a third point for Ayrshire in the anchor tie but a half for Renfrewshire in the tie involving Ewan Milligan was enough to secure a win for the visitiors.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) beat Alex Ferguson (Paisley) by 1 hole
Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Stewart Sameron (Elderslie) by 4&2
Rory McGuire (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Stewart Thomas (Erskine) by 1 hole
Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Callum Taggart (Eastwood) by 3&2
Greg Vernon (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Ibrahim Hussain (Eastwood) by 2 holes
Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Furhan Iqbal (Gleddoch) by 2&1
Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) halved with Kenan Ingram (Greenock) 
Calum Irving (Ayr Belleisle) beat Andrew Crusher (Eastwood) by 3&2

AYRSHIRE Y    3.5   RENFREWSHIRE Y   4.5

The youths team, still seeking their first points of the campaign, have one final re arranged match to play, when they host Glasgow at Loudoun next Sunday, 5th November. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

SCOTTISH GOLF LTD STRATEGY - EGM postponed but Ayrshire meeting goes ahead

Clubs will now be aware that Scottish Golf Ltd announced on Thursday 26th October that they will not now be proceeding with the EGM scheduled for 2nd December, and instead are 'extending the consultation period' until March regarding the proposed strategy and its implications.

The meeting on 2nd December will go ahead, as an open 'conference style' meeting for clubs, areas and counties as well as other interested parties. Ayrshire Golf Association representatives will be in attendance and will take the collective views of member clubs and The Executive to the meeting.

Going forward, representatives of the AGA and other area and county organisations will be meeting to try to engage with the governing body and influence any future proposals, on behalf of the member clubs.

Although the meeting of clubs arranged for Kilmarnock (Barassie) on Monday 30th October was convened specifically to address the imminent EGM, it is intended to proceed with the meeting in any case as it gives the clubs and Area association an opportunity to discuss the positives and negatives of the strategy proposals, which will undoubtedly form the basis of any new proposals, and will give area representatives a fuller understanding of the issues which are important to clubs, which can then be taken forward to any future area/counties discussions and negotiations with SGL.

A number of clubs had questions on the matter at the recent Ayrshire Golf Association AGM, which were deferred to the forthcoming meeting, and it is only fair that the clubs are still given this forum to discuss the issues.

It is still vitally important that clubs engage in the discussions and the process going forward, as the SGL will come back with revised plans, whether extensively altered or otherwise, before the AGM in March.

Therefore, for the avoidance of any doubt, the meeting at Kilmarnock Barassie on Monday 30th October at 7.00 p.m. will go ahead as planned and we look forward to meeting as many club representatives as possible there.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

GOLF COURSE CLOSURES - Is Maybole next ?

Following the recent confirmation from South Ayrshire Council that there are plans being discussed to close Ayr Dalmilling golf course and replace it with housing and a public park, there are real fears that the local authority in South Ayrshire now have Maybole golf course in their sights for closure also.


The 9 hole course in the Carrick town is situated, along with the war memorial, the local swimming pool and outdoor bowling green, in the memorial park in the middle of the town, and it is understood that there are meeting scheduled this coming week to 'discuss the future' of both the golf course and the swimming pool in the town.

Maybole golf course has a long and successful history in the local golf scene, particularly in junior golf with teams from the club based there featuring regularly in Ayrshire Junior Golf league finals in the 1970's, 80's and 90's.

The threatened closure of two of South Ayrshire's eight municipal courses would be a huge blow to golf in the area, and would affect many of the member clubs of The Association attached to the two courses, and indeed those clubs attached to the other six courses who would no doubt suffer a knock on affect from an increased number of players chasing tee times at peak periods.

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire A team win sets up title showdown next week

The Ayrshire A team continued their bid for a third successive West Of Scotland Inter County League win on Sunday 22nd October, when they won their rearranged match with Lanarkshire by 5.5 - 2.5 at East Kilbride.

Craig Hamilton got Ayrshire off to the best possibel start with victory in the lead tie, and despite Stuart Robin losing his tie on the final green, Ayrshire soon established a 3-1 advantage with wins by John Shanks & Steven Wallace.

Michael Smyth lost out on the final green in his tie but comfortable wins by both Tommy McInally and Jim Johnston ensured victory for Ayrshire. Scott brown finished off the match with a further half point for Ayrshire.

Match details (Lanarkshire names first):-

Dominic Dougan lost to Carig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) by 2&1
Gordon Yates beat Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 1 hole
Ross Hinshelwood lost to John Shanks (Irvine) by 1 hole
Kenny Gallacher lost to Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 3&2
Alan Laird beat Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) by 1 hole
Brian Scott halved with Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert)
Stevie O'Brien lost to Tommy McInally (Loudoun) by 7&6
Gary McLetchie lost to Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) by 4&3

LANARKSHIRE   2.5   AYRSHIRE   5.5

Ayrshire lead the table with four wins from four, just ahead of Renfrewshire with three wins and a draw so far.

The two leading teams meet at Paisley next Sunday, 29th October, in a title showdown.

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION AGM

The AGM of The Ayrshire Golf Association will be held at Caprington GC, Kilmarnock on Tuesday, 24th October, at 7.30 p.m.

Documentation including the 2016 - 17 balance sheet, proposed budget for 2017 - 18, President's Report, Finance report, Course rating report, Coaching report and Ayrshire Junior Golf League report were emailed to all member clubs recently.

If any club is not in possession of the documentation, they should contact the Area Secretary.

The meeting will be called upon to adopt the various reports, and also elect the Area Secretary and members of the Area Executive.

The nominations received are :-

Election of Secretary/Treasurer
One nomination received –  Alasdair J. Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert) –
Proposed by  J Rushbury (Royal Troon) seconded by J W Watt (Prestwick St Cuthbert)

Election of General Committee
Retiring members in 2017, by rotation, are:-
Allan Muir, William McCormick & Mike Hazlewood.

4 Nominations received:-
Andrew Gilligan (Troon St Meddans) –
Proposed by M Stewart (Troon St Meddans) seconded by D Finch (Troon St Meddans)
Mike Hazlewood (Ayr Neptune) –
Proposed by A Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert) seconded by R Wilson (Ballochmyle)
William McCormick (Ayr Seafield) –
Proposed by P Doyle (Troon Welbeck) seconded by J McMurdo (Ballochmyle)
Allan Muir (Caprington) –
Proposed by M Hazlewood (Ayr Neptune) seconded by R Magee (Caprington)

The meeting will also be called upon to set the per capita subscription level for 2017 - 18. The Area Executive propose that this remains at the same level as 2016 - 17.

It would assist if clubs could advise the Area Secretary if they will be represented at the meeting, and if so by whom if possible.


Monday, October 16, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire A team make it three wins from three

The Ayrshire A team made it three wins from three on Sunday 15th October when they defeated Glasgow by 5 - 3 at Sandyhills in their latest match in defence of their West Of Scotland inter county league title.

Three of the four Prestwick St Cuthbert players in the team, Stuart Robin, Scott Brown & Steven Wallace, opened for Ayrshire and set up a great chance for victory by taking their respective ties for a 3 - 0 lead.

Though John Shanks, Jim Johnston & Greg Telfer lost their ties, Euan Walker ensure a draw for Ayrshire with a comfortable win in his tie before Tommy McInally secured the overall victory for the visitors with a win on the final green in his tie.

Match details (Glasgow names first):-

Craig Chalmers (Cawder) lost to Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 6&4
Graeme Gregg (Cawder) lost to Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 2&1
Brendan McKenna (Cawder) lost to Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 6&5
Steven Manning (Pollok) beat John Shanks (Irvine) by 3&2
Greg Brown (Cathkin Braes) beat Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 5&4
Blair Dalglish (Ralston) lost to Tommy McInally (Loudoun) by 1 hole
Stuart Sangster (Cathkin Braes) lost to Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 5&3
Ryan Woods (Cowglen) beat Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) by 3&2

GLASGOW   3   AYRSHIRE   5

The current league positions are

Position                Area                 Played  Won      Lost        Drawn   For    Against    |Points
01           Ayrshire A                         3           3           0            0          17           7              6
02           Renfrewshire A                 3           2           0            1          15.5        8.5           5
03           Stirlingshire A                   4           2           1           1           18           14           5
04           Glasgow A                        5           2           3            0          19           21           4
05           Lanarkshire A                   4           1           3            0           12           20           2
06           Dumbartonshire A            3           0           3            0           6.5          17.5        0

Next week the Ayrshire A team are away to Lanarkshire at East Kilbride in the first of their outstanding two postponed fixtures, with the date and venue of the other postponed match against renfrewshire still to be decided.

The corresponding Ayrshire Youths match against Glasgow, which was due to take place at Loudoun on Sunday, was postponed due to course conditions and will be rescheduled.

The youths team have a weekend off next week, before taking on Renfrewshire in their rearranged fixture at Troon Portland the following Sunday, 29th October.



Sunday, October 08, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - A team beat Dumbartonshire whilst youths suffer narrow defeat.

The Ayrshire A and youths teams faced Dumbartonshire on Sunday 8th October 2017, in the latest matches in the West Of Scotland Inter County League series.

Whilst the A team had a crushing 7 - 1 win at Prestwick St Nicholas, the youths team suffered a narrow 5 - 3 defeat at Douglas park.

The A team continued the defence of their title with none of their players being defeated, in a 7 - 1 win.

Scott Brown recorded the biggest win of the day with a 7&6 victory whilst the two players who recorded half matches were John Shanks & Tommy McInally.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) beat James Hamilton (Balmore) by 3&2
Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat David Lindsey (Lenzie) by 4&2
Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Steven Rettie (Milngavie) by 7&6
John Shanks (Irvine) halved with  Mark Hughes (Hilton Park)
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) halved with Andy Campbell (Dumbarton)
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) beat Scott Moore (Clydebank & District) by 3&1
Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat ian McCalman (Clober) by 4&2
Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) beat Cameron Bennie (Balmore) by 4&3

AYRSHIRE A      7    DUMBARTONSHIRE A    1

In the youths match the team, seeking their first win of the campaign, went down narrowly in the corresponding match at Douglas Park.

Sandy Walker lost the lead tie heavily but Rory McGuire, making his debut for the team, won his tie comfortably to square the match

A defeat for Jordan Sweeney was cancelled out by a win for Greg Vernon but Dumbartonshire took the lead again when Callum Irving was beaten, only for Murray McCrone to win his tie and square the match 3 - 3, with two ties remaining. Unfortunately for Ayrshire both ties were lost, Daryl Lynch losing out on the seventeenth and Ewan Milligan being defeated on the final green.

Match details (Dumbartonshire names first):-

Reece Thomson (Dullatur) beat Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 6&4
John Taggart (Lenzie) lost to Rory McGuire (Ayr Belliesle) by 6&4
Grant Penman (Hayston) lost to Greg Vernon (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 2&1
Cameron Black (Cardross) beat Jordan Sweeney (Ayr Belliesle) by 3&2
Craig Bisset (Dumbarton) beat Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 2 holes
Callum Burns (Balmore) beat Callum Irving (Ayr Belliesle) by 3&2
Daniel Finnegan (Dumbarton) lost to Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck) by 3&1
Craig Fitzimmons (Hilton Park)beat Daryl Lynch (Ayr Belliesle) by 2&1

DUMBARTONSHIRE YOUTHS   5   AYRSHIRE YOUTHS   3

Next Sunday, 15th October, the A team are away to Glasgow at Sandyhills, whilst the youths entertain Glasgow at Loudoun in the corresponding youths fixture.



Monday, October 02, 2017

BEITH GOLF CLUB TO CLOSE - EGM decides to wind up historic club

At an EGM last week, the members of Beith Golf Club, one of the oldest clubs in Ayrshire, decided to wind up the club, effective in just two months time.

The club, which was instituted in 1896 has suffered a decline in membership in recent years, to the point where the membership were not in a position to guarantee future losses.

The club moved to their present course in 1907, as a nine hole layout, with the present clubhouse being opened in 1974 and the course being extended to 18 holes in 1995.

Options including continuing until the end of the club year in February 2018 and reducing the course back to nine holes were considered but the membership had little appetite for the options and agreed to wind up the club.

It is with great sadness that The Ayrshire Golf Association learned of the decision, which will be a real loss to the game in the north of the county and further afield and the hope is that, in some form or another, golfers in the local area will find a way to continue involvement in the game

Sunday, October 01, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire fixtures washout

The two Ayrshire fixtures in the West Of Scotland Inter County leagues which were due to be played on Sunday 1st October were postponed due to course closures.

The A team were due to play Renfrewshire at Paisley GC whilst the Youth team were scheduled to host Renfrewshire in the corresponding match at Kilbirnie Place.

Both matches will now be rescheduled to late October.

Next Sunday, 8th october, the A team are at home to Dumbartonshire at Prestwick St Nicholas whilst the Youths team travel to Douglas Park in the corresponding fixture.

AYRSHIRE SENIORS LEAGUE - Largs edge out Kilbirnie for title with last match win

Largs GC are the 2017 Ayrshire  Seniors League champions following an extremely close battle with Kilbirnie Place, which was only decided at the last fixture of the season.

In the final match of the season, Largs needed a victory over Troon Welbeck at Troon to take the title ahead of Kilbirnie and the Largs team delivered with a 4 - 1 win in the match to secure the championship on points difference, after ending the table tied with Kilbirnie Place on 20 points.

The final standings in the 2017 Ayrshire Seniors League are:-

Team
P
W
L
D
Games For
Games Against
Points
Largs
12
10
2

43.5
16.5
20
Kilbirnie Place
12
10
2

41
19
20
West Kilbride
12
8
3
1
41
19
17
Kilmarnock Barassie
12
7
5

29.5
30.5
14
Ardeer
12
5
4
3
31
29
13
Troon St. Meddans
12
5
5
2
27.5
32.5
12
Prestwick St. Nicholas
12
5
6
1
26.5
33.5
11
Irvine Ravenspark
12
5
7

29
31
10
Ballochmyle
12
4
6
2
27.5
32.5
10
Troon Portland
12
5
7

25.5
34.5
10
Loudoun
12
2
7
3
27
33
7
Prestwick St. Cuthbert
12
3
8
1
23
37
7
Troon Welbeck
12
2
9
1
18
42
5

Club representatives should note that the Annual General Meeting of the Ayrshire Seniors league will take place at Ardeer Golf Club on Wednesday 4th October at 7.30 p.m.