Saturday, February 25, 2006

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Full house at 24th Annual Dinner

A good turnout of representatives from clubs throughout the county were entertained in great style at the 24th annual dinner and presentation of trophyies of the Ayrshire Golf Association, which was held at Irvine Ravenspark on Friday 24th February 2006.

The dinner, in the absence of President Ian Guthrie (Ballochmyle), was chaired by Vice President Ricky Magee (Caprington).

Guests of The Association included

SGU President Gordon McInnes
Guest Speaker Tony Higgins of the Scottish Professional Footballers Association
Alan Harrington of sponsors Anaplast
Stirlingshire Golf Union President Campbell Chalmers
Glasgow Golf Union President Jack Gould
Dumbartonshire Golf Union President Jim McGavin
Lanarkshire Golf Association President Harvey Tocher
Renfrewshire Golf Union Vice President Billy Gilmour
Eddie Lawless, Captain of the host club Irvine Ravenspark
as well as the captains of
Prestwick Golf Club, David Mitchell
Prestwick St. Nicholas Golf CLub, Jim Pettigrew
Troon Welbeck Golf Club, Alastair Kyle,
whose clubs had all hosted county events during 2005.

After a hearty meal, Alan Harrington of sponsors Anaplast, himself a former winner of both the Doc Thom Salver and the Ayrshire Matchplay Championship, presented trophies and awards to the seasons winners.

The Roll Of Honour for 2005 was

Fourball Champions - TROON PORTLAND G.C.
Scratch Summer League - TROON WELBECK G.C.
Ayrshire Boys Champion - JAMIE MACKAY (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Boys Order Of Merit - JAMIE MACKAY (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Ayrshire Matchplay Champion - DAVID ADDISON (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Ayrshire Strokeplay Champion - DAVID McLURE (Troon Welbeck)
Champion Of Champions - TOMMY McINALLY (Loudoun)
Doc Thom Salver
(Order Of Merit) - STEPHEN McBLAIN (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)

At the conclusion of the presentation of prizes, SGU President Gordon McInnes gave an amusing and very informed toast toThe Ayrshire Golf Association, before Guest Speaker Tony Higgins, the former Hibernian, Partick Thistle and Morton player, entertained the company with his amusing stories of his many years in foot ball and around sporting people.

At the conclusion of the evening, Past President Robin Baker proposed a vote of thanks to the guests and all those who contributed to the success of the evening.

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