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Thursday, December 31, 2009

***** HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! *****


With many thanks to all our readers in Ayrshire and beyond who have supported this site throughout 2009, taking the number of visits from 30,000 in 2008 to over 46,000 in 2009.

Looking forward to 2010 we intend making even more Ayrshire Golf related items available through the web page, including entry forms and posters for all The Association's competitions.

Wishing all our readers a happy and healthy 2010 with hopefully some good golf included at least sometime during the season.

Monday, December 28, 2009

42nd AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE AGM - new Secretary and Chairman elected


The 42nd Annual General Meeting of The Ayrshire Junior Golf League was held at Caprington Golf Club on Tuesday 1st December 2009.

Barry Somerville, who held the post of Secretary for the last four years stod down, with Billy Tait (Annanhill) being elected to the post. Barry remains involved however, taking on the supporting role of Assistant Secretary.

The new Chairman for 2010 will be John Nordbo (Largs) - pictured right - who takes over from iain McKay (West Kilbride) who stood down at the meeting.

John Nordbo will also retain Match Secretary responsibilities whilst Iain McKay will take on the role of AJGL representative on the Ayrshire Golf Association Executive.

It was agreed that the supscription and raffle levy remain the same as 2009.

A number of rules alterations were made to deal with various aspects of the AJGL competitions, including the play off proceedure in the under 16 Knockout Competition, clarification of the role of the Convenor and proceedures should a club fail to complete ther fixtures.

The 2010 AJGL finals will be held at Largs Golf Club on Sunday 19th and 26th September 2010 whilst the Convenors Outing will be held at the same venue on Sunday 16th May.

JUNIOR CLUB COACHING GRANTS - 2010 Grant Application Forms now available


The Club Coaching Grant scheme which was revised in 2009 has proved to be a worthwhile exercise and consequently the scheme will continue in 2010, under the same format.


Application forms are now available to club convenors to assist in the cost of coaching junior boys within member clubs.

The application forms can be downloaded direct from the link on the left of this site, under the 'Junior' heading.

Clubs are advised to apply for grants at an early stage as available finance will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2010 AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER - Tickets now available

Tickets are now available for the 2010 Ayrshire Golf Association Annual Dinner, with posters and a covering letter having been sent to clubs recently.
As well as honouring the 2009 Championship winners, the attendees at the 2010 dinner will be entertained by two excellent speakers.
David Joy from St. Andrews is an author, artist and actor who is known worldwide for his portrayal of Old Tom Morris in stage shows, television commercials and on video/DVD.

Professor David Purdie, who hails from Ayrshire, is a celebrated after dinner speaker who is nationally acclaimed. One of his claims to fame is his contribution as Sam Torrance’s speaking coach prior to his Ryder Cup captaincy, which is acknowledged in Torrance’s autobiography.

Tickets priced £15 are available from The association Secretary and as usual will be sold on a first come first served basis.
THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION



ANNUAL DINNER
&
PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES
At
IRVINE RAVENSPARK GOLF CLUB


FRIDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2010
6.30 P.M. FOR 7.00 P.M.

SPEAKERS

DAVID JOY
&
PROFESSOR DAVID PURDIE


TICKETS PRICED AT
£15.00 EACH
ARE AVAILABLE FROM
THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION SECRETARY


ALASDAIR J. MALCOLM
17 AUCHINCRUIVE AVENUE
PRESTWICK
KA9 2DT
Tel. 01292 477657
Email – ayrshiregolf@fsmail.net

Friday, December 18, 2009

PEANUTS GOLF TENERIFE - Merry Christmas to all

Bill McLellan sends a Merry Xmas to you and yours from all at Peanuts Golf Tenerife.

Bill keeps up to date with Ayrshire Golf News through ayrshiregolf.blogspot.com, throughout the season.

Good to hear that one of our county players, Ian Robertson was in tenerife two weeks ago and we managed a few rounds of golf with Bill.

We are sure that if anyone from our member clubs are in Tenerife then Bill and other members of the Peanuts Golf Society would be happy to hear from them.

Further information on the society can be found via the link on the left of this page.

Best wishes to Bill and the other Peanuts Golf Society members for a happy and succesful 2010.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR - Torrance & Drummond open 2010 bid with top 12 places in Mauritius

Ayrshire born Sam Torrance and Prestwick resident Ross Drummond made a solid start to the 2010 European Seniors Tour this week in the innaugural Mauritius Commercial Bank Open, which heralded the start of the 2010 tour schedule.

In the tournament, won by Englishman Kevin Spurgeon, Torrance finished in third place on 212, four under par, after a closing five under par round of 67.

Drummond was consistent over the three championship rounds, returning 71-72-72 for a one under par total of 215 for a share of 11th spot.

LEADING FINAL SCORES

210 - K. Spurgeon (Eng) 71 67 72
211 - G Brand (Eng) 72 70 69
212 - S Torrance (Sco) 74 71 67, A Franco (Par) 70 72 70
213 - M Cunning (USA) 74 72 67, B Boyd (USA) 73 69 71, D Frost (RSA) 70 70 73, J Bland (RSA) 72 70 71
214 - R Chapman (Eng) 70 73 71, R Willison (Eng) 72 72 70
215 - J Bruner (USA) 75 69 71, R Drummond (Sco) 71 72 72, D Johnson (USA) 68 77 70
216 - D Merriman (Aus) 74 69 73, N Job (Eng) 71 69 76
217 - P Dahlberg (Swe) 71 70 76, G Ralph (Eng) 67 74 76, P Mitchell (Eng) 68 73 76, G Ryall (Eng) 75 74 68

Saturday, December 12, 2009

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION EVENTS - Entry forms for three events distributed

Entry forms for three of the major Ayrshire Golf Association events in 2010 will be in the hands of all club Secretaries, by e-mail or post, early in the coming week.

The forms for the Ayrshire Champion Of Champions, Ayrshire Fourball and Ayrshire Summer Scratch League were sent out to clubs over the weekend.

All entries should be in the hands of the AGA Secretary
by 31st January 2010.

matches in all three competitions will take place throughout the summer of 2010 with the winners being decided in the closing weeks of the 2010 golf season.

Any clubs who do not receive a copy of the forms, either by post or e-mail, are asked to contact the AGA Secretary on ayrshiregolf@fsmail. net as soon as appropriate.

AYR DALMILLING - Succesful campaign brings golf development forum for South Ayrshire into focus

Report by Brian Milligan (Ayr Seafield GC)


the successful campaign run by Ayrshire Dalmilling Action Group (ADAG) resulted in South Ayrshire Council taking the rare step of reconsidering its earlier decision to close Dalmilling Golf Course earlier this year.

The ADAG members are Michael Balfour & Tony Crichton (Captain & Vice-Captain of Dalmilling GC), Jackie Ridge & Gillian Henderson (Captain & Vice-Captain of Dalmilling Ladies GC), Stewart Graham & Charles Hamilton (founder members of Dalmilling GC), Brian Dunlop (Dalmilling GC member and former European Tour Caddy), Joan Downs (Dalmilling Ladies GC).

In addition, four others were invited to join ADAG in light of relevant experience: Jack Boyd (retired solicitor & member of Turnberry & Royal Troon), Bruce Collier (retired Director of Trading Standards with Strathclyde Regional Council & South Ayrshire Council), Brian Milligan (retired Revenue Manager with Strathclyde Regional Council & East Ayrshire Council & Secretary of Ayr Seafield) and Billy Frew (Media & PR Consultant & Web Designer & Vice-Captain of Ayr Seafield Golf Club).

In addition to its 'U-Turn' on the Dalmilling closure, the Council has set up a 'Strategic Group - Development of Golf in South Ayrshire' and the first full meeting was on 12 October 2009. Non-Council participants are Tim Morrison (member of Turnberry, Prestwick & the R&A), Hamish Gray (SGU CE), Jack Boyd, Jackie Ridge and myself from ADAG. The group will be expanded to include others in due course.

Brian provided a copy of the full Council report of 7 October 2009 that was endorsed by elected members and ensured the continuation of Dalmilling Golf Course and its constituent members' clubs. The majority of the report's contents were matters submitted by ADAG and a lot of hard work and negotiations went on 'behind the scenes' in order to achieve our outcome.

The full content of the report can be viewed via the link on the left of this page under the "Golf Links" section.

Brian commented
"What we now have is a very positive and pro-active attitude within South Ayrshire Council regarding the future of municipal golf within its boundaries and an excellent working relationship with Harry Garland, the relevant departmental director, and his assistant Roddy MacDonald who authored the report. I should add that neither of these two officials were directly involved in golf administration within the Council when the original report recommending closure was adopted in February 2009".

Saturday, December 05, 2009

PLAY FOR YOUR COUNTRY AND SUPPORT JUNIOR GOLF - New event supports Golf Foundation

(Article from The Golf Foundation publication Junior Golf Matters in conjunction with Consierge Golf Ltd)

The Golf Foundation is delighted to welcome Concierge Golf Limited as a Commercial Supporter for 2010.

Concierge Golf are launching The Four Nations Golf Challenge TM, a unique and exciting tournament offering the opportunity to UK golf club members of all standards, to play for their Nation in a Grand Final between teams representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
If you possess a CONGU ‘Active” handicap, you can enter to qualify with your golfing partner and in doing so help to support Junior Golf, as the more ‘Pairs’ that enter, the greater the contribution to The Golf Foundation.

Foundation Chief Executive, Mike Round, said:
“The Four Nations Golf Challenge is not only an attractive and stimulating amateur golf tournament but its creators, Concierge Golf, are helping to generate revenue for the Foundation. By supporting this unique event all clubs and members will help to raise much needed funds for ‘Grass Roots’ golf.”

Roger Brady, Director of Concierge Golf Limited, added:
“We are delighted to partner with The Golf Foundation and through our event, The Four Nations Golf Challenge, contribute funds to support their promotion of the sporting and social development of children and young people through golf.

While there are a number of national knock-out competitions for amateur golfers, there are none as far as we are aware, that result in a chance of an ‘International Team’ appearance for club golfers of all standards.

We also believe that club golfers like to participate in such events with their golfing partner and so The Four Nations Golf Challenge will invite competitors to qualify in “Pairs” through a better-ball format.”

For full details and Tournament Registration, go to
or phone the Tournament Office at 01276 35505.

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION YEARBOOK - Potential advertisers sought for 2010 edition


After the successful launch of the official yearbook in 2004 The Ayrshire Golf Association has once again commissioned D & M Journals to produce our 7th edition in 2010.

The Association have been delighted with the quality of the previous six publications and the positive feedback from club members, players and advertisers.
Indeed it is understood that some advertisers have already been asking to be included in the 2010 edition and other companies, having seen the previous booklets, want to get involved for the first time.

As in previous years this publication will be distributed, free of charge, to members and players of the Association, to all 62 Clubs in Ayrshire and Arran, driving Ranges/Golf Academies, Universities and major Amateur golfing events in Scotland.

The Yearbook will contain information on all golf clubs in Ayrshire, results from the 2009 season, with photographs and editorial comment, and fixture information for 2010. The Association are looking to build on the information provided in the first six editions and give an even better overview of our activities.

This would be an excellent medium to promote local and national business and Mr. Des Buckley from D& M Journals will be contacting previous advertisers and potential new advertisers in the near future.
If any local golfers are interested in advertising their company or business in the publication, and supporting the efforts of The Association in producing the yearbook, then contact can be made directly with Des Buckley of D & M Journals who can provide details of advertising costs.
Des Buckley can be contacted on Tel : 0131 477 1026, Mobile 07970 869293 and email dmjournals@aol.com.

Alternatively, further information can be obtained from Area Secretary Alasdair Malcolm on Tel. 01292 477657, Mobile 07912 026341 or e-mail ayrshiregolf@fsmail.net .

Friday, December 04, 2009

NEW AYRSHIRE COURSE PLANNED AT GAILES IN IRVINE

(Article reproduced from the Irvine Herald)

A new £60 million golf complex centred round an 18 hole course at Gailes will bring 90 full-time jobs and £5m into the local economy, it emerged this week.

Up to 250 construction jobs will be created when work starts on the par 71 course and an adjoining hotel, spa, restaurant and conference facilities.

Work on the ambitious project is expected to start next year.

The Ayrshire Golf Company – the team who created the world’s most environmentally friendly course at the Machrihanish Dunes – and Irvine Bay Regeneration signed the deal last week.

The massive project to be known as The Ayrshire will be open to the public.

Brian Keating, a director of The Ayrshire and founder/developer of Machrihanish Dunes said:

“This will be the newest links course on the west coast of Scotland.

“We see the project as the bookend to Turnberry. One of the most exciting things for me is that it is in Ayrshire.

“A lot of people forget that while St Andrews is the spiritual soul of golf, Ayrshire is definitely the heart of golf. It’s where the Open started and its close to Prestwick Airport which brings in hundreds of thousands of European golfers every year".

At Machrihanish Dunes, developers worked closely with ecologists and Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure the course caused as little environmental disturbance as possible. The course was redesigned to avoid several rare plants and sensitive wildlife while the greens were all cut and laid by hand.

Mr Keating went on:

“The Ayrshire site isn’t as environmentally sensitive but it will still be a major consideration.”

Backers estimate the new course could be worth up to £5m a year to the local economy.

Irvine Bay chief Patrick Wiggins said The Ayrshire was one of their flagship projects creating jobs and improving the appeal of the area. He said:

“We are hoping work will start next year.”

Friday, November 20, 2009

ARGENTINA MENS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Stewart loses in extra time in second round

Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) lost out in his last 32 clash in round 2 of the Argentina Mens Amateur Golf Championship in Buenos Aires.

After defeating Scottish Champion david Law in round one, Stewart was edged out at the 19th hole in his second round tie against Ryan McCarthy (Australia)

Ross Kellett (Colville park) is the sole Scottish representative in the last 16 after James Byrne (Banchory) also lost in round 2.

LADIES GREENLEES LEAGUES - winners honoured at Troon

The 2009 Greenlees lunch was held on Tuesday 27th October at the Troon Ladies clubhouse where the winner from the three leagues for the 2009 season were honoured.

Greenlees Secretary Fiona Roger thanked Troon Ladies captain Frances Henderson and Greenlees representative Rosemary Donaldson for hosting and co-ordinating the lunch, which was attended by representatives of the 28 clubs who contest the three divisions of the league.

appreciation was also extended to the club and catering staff and also to Carol Fell who worked tirelessly throughout the season to collate and publicise the activities of the Greenlees League.

The Greenlees Champions for 2009 were Milngavie Golf Club and Cathkin Braes were runners up, whilst Hilton park and Prestwick St. Nicholas were relegated to Division 2.

Final placings in Division 1 were :-

44.5 - Milngavie
44.0 - Cathkin Braes
41.5 - Troon Ladies
40.0 - Kilmarnock Barassie
38.0 - Ranfurly Castle
32.5 - Kilmacolm
30.5 - West Kilbride
26.5 - Hilton Park
26.5 - Prestwick St. Nicholas

In Division 2 the winners were Douglas park, who will be promoted to Division 1 alongside the runners up Cardross. Old Ranfurly were relegated from Division 2 along with recent former Greenlees Champions Cochrane Castle who struggled throughout the season to fulfill their fixtures.

Final placings in Division 2 were :-

40.0 - Douglas Park
36.5 - Cardross
35.5 - Whitecraigs
32.5 - Williamwood
30.0 - Bothwell Castle
27.5 - Erskine
25.5 - Eastwood
24.5 - Old Ranfurly
0.0 - Cochrane Castle

The Division 3 champions were Haggs Castle who are now promoted to Division 2 along with runners up Lanark. Ayrshire club Turnberry finished in bottom position in Division 3 and have intimated that they will not be competing in the championship in 2010, although all involved hope that Turnberry's absence will be a short one.

Final placings in Division 3 were : -

57.5 - Haggs Castle
49.5 - Lanark
47.0 - Largs
45.0 - East Renfrewshire
44.0 - Greenock
36.5 - Cawder
36.0 - Cowglen
34.0 - Lenzie
33.0 - Cathcart Castle
20.5 - Turnberry

US TOUR QUALIFYING - Robert McKnight struggling in stage 2 eliminator


Former Caprington & Kilmarnock (Barassie) member Robert McKnight, wh relocated to Weston, Florida in the USA a couple of years ago, looks certain to fail in his bid to secure a place in the final qualifying stage of the US tour qualifying school from this weeks Stage 2 eliminator at Deerwood Golf Club, Texas.

McKnight, who was a winner on the Hooters tour earlier in the year, was lying joint 43rd after round 1, following a one over par 73 but in round 2 McKnight slumped to an 8 over par 80 for a two round total of 153. This leaves Mcknight in 72nd place of the 75 competitors, a full 18 shots behind the leader

ARGENTINA MENS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Stewart ousts Scottish champion in round 1


Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) who is in his second year of studies at East Tennessee State University, enjoyed a notable victory in the first round of the Argentina Mens Open Amateur Gof Championship at Buenos Aires Golf Club when he ousted Scottish Boys and Amateur Champion David Law (Hazelhead) by one hole in an all Scottish first round tie.

All four Scots in the field qualified for the matchplay stages of the event, led by Ross Kellett (Colville Park) in joint 3rd (138) with Stewart in 11th place on 143, James Byrne (Banchory) in 20th place (144) and Law in 54th place on 151.

Stewart's victory sees him into the last 32 where he will face Ryan McCarthy (Australia).

Kellett and Byrne also won their first round matches and now face Toni Hakula (Finland) and Sean Einhaus (Germany) respectively in round 2.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DOC THOM AYRSHIRE ORDER OF MERIT - Keith Hamilton takes 2009 title

Keith Hamilton of Ayr Belleisle is the 2009 winner of the Doc Thom Salver and the Ayrshire Order Of merit title.

Hamilton amassed 312.5 points throughout the counting competitions over the season, both locallly and at national level, leaving him 95 points clear of his nearest rival, Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle).

The Doc Thom Salver will be presented at the Ayrshire Golf Association Annual Dinner at Irvine Ravenspark in February 2010.

Final placings in the 2009 Ayrshire Order Of Merit were :-

312.5 - Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle)
217.5 - Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle)
203.3 - Stephen Spence (Irvine)
180.8 - Stephen Murray (Troon Welbeck)
177.5 - Scott Brown (Turnberry)
150.0 - John Shanks (Irvine), George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark)
125.0 - John Sloan (Doon Valley)
112.5 - Tommy McInally (Loudoun)
107.5 - Michael Smyth (Royal Troon)
100.0 - Paul Denim (Loudoun), Roddie Blair (West Kilbride)
88.3 - Joe Gilligan (Troon Welbeck)
87.5 - Ricky Black (Irvine), David Tierney (Ayr Belleisle)
80.0 - Tom Green (Ballochmyle)
77.5 - John Haggerty (Loudoun)
62.5 - Gary Tierney (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
58.3 - Sam Findlater (Troon Welbeck)
53.3 - Stephen McBlain (Prestwick St. Cuthbert), Del Chamberlain (Troon Welbeck)
50.0 - Steven McEwan (Caprington), John Houston (Caprington),
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie)
45.0 - Douglas Gillespie (Ardeer), James Russell (Ardeer), Tom Cumming (Ardeer),
Robin McCaig (Ardeer)
42.5 - Gary Swan (Ayr Belleisle)
35.0 - Graham Rowan (Ballochmyle), Fraser McCall (Troon Portland),
Brian Murray (Loudoun), Kevin Brock (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
27.5 - Chris harkins (Ayr Belleisle)
20.0 - Paul Moultrie (Troon Portland), John McCaig (Ayr Seafield)
15.0 - Billy Campbell (Loudoun), Scott Gilchrist (Loudoun), G. Wlson (Loudoun)
Billy Wilson (Ballochmyle), Andrew Campbell (Ballochmyle)
10.0 - Kevin Ottley (Ballochmyle), Billy Hunter (Troon Welbeck)
7.5 - Paul Robinson (Largs), Drew Robertson (Ardeer), Jim Shearer (West Kilbride)
5.0 - Paul Kennedy (Loudoun), Matt McNeillie (Ayr Seafield),
Francis McNeillie (Ayr Seafield), William Andrew (Ballochmyle)
3.3 - Craig McLaughlin (Largs), Gareth Lamb (Irvine).

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Berry named as Junior Golfer Of the Year at Annual Dinner

Alasdair Berry (Irvine Ravenspark) was named as the 2009 winner of the Macrobert Thistle Trophy and the title of Ayrshire Junior Golfer Of The Year at the 41st Annual Dinner & Presentation Of Trophies of The Ayrshire Junior Golf League, held at Irvine Ravenspark on Monday 9th November.





Above - David Reynolds with Alasdair Berry & above right - with runner up Jack McDonald

Berry, who has been a member of the Ravenspark junior club for a number of years and presently plays off a handicap of 7, won the category 1 nett trophy at the innaugural Disabled Open Golf Championship earlier this year.

Members of the Ravenspark club who were in attendance were visibly moved when the winner was announced by David Reynolds of Fields In Trust (Formerly The National Playing Fields Association).

Runner up in the Junior Golfer Of The Year award was Scottish Boys Strokeplay Champion Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie).

A capacity audience of junior golfers, convenors & invited guests were in attendance at the dinner, chaired by League Chairman Iain Mackay (West Kilbride), which brought the curtain down on the 2009 Ayrshire Junior Golf League season.




Left - Joseph Howie accepts the A.D. Nimmo Trophy for Ardeer

Right - Wallace Thornton Trophy winners Troon Welbeck





Left - Joseph Howie with the Carrick Trophy


Right - Prestwick Circuits Trophy winner David Wilson








Left - Ayrshire Boys Matchplay winner David Wilson

Right - Ayrshire Boys Champion Colin Robinson











Junior Order Of Merit winner Jack McDonald





After an excellent meal and a prize draw raffle, the presentation of prizes commenced with the Junior Golfer Of the Year announcement by David Reynolds.

Ayrshire Golf Association SGU representative, and AJGL Honorary Member, Iain Harvey presented the remaining prizes to the winning individuals and teams for the 2009 season before the evening was drawn to a conclusion with a vote of thanks by AJGL Vice Chairman John Nordbo (Largs).













Above Left - Wallace Thornton trophy runners up Irvine Ravenspark & Right - Wallace Thornton Trophy winners Troon Welbeck























Above Left - Joseph Howie representing Under 16 Knockout Trophy runners up Ardeer & Right - Under 16 Knockout Trophy winners Kilmarnock (Barassie)







Right - Champion Of Champions Trophy winner Scott Brown (Turnberry)



















Above - League Championship semi finalists
Irvine Ravenspark & Below Left - League Championship runners up Largs

Below right - League Champions West Kilbride













AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE

PRINCIPAL PRIZEWINNERS 2009

Macrobert Thistle Junior Golfer Of The Year Trophy - ALASDAIR BERRY (Irvine Ravenspark)

Matt Lygate Trophy - TROON WELBECK

Andrew D. Nimmo Trophy - ARDEER

Prestwick Circuits Trophy - DAVID WILSON (Troon Welbeck)

Carrick Trophy - JOSEPH HOWIE (Ardeer)

Silver Jubilee Trophy - ANNANHILL

Ayrshire Boys Championship - COLIN ROBINSON (Largs)

Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion - DAVID WILSON (Troon Welbeck)

Ayrshire Junior Order Of merit - JACK McDONALD (Kilmarnock Barassie)

Wallace Thornton Trophy - TROON WELBECK

Under 16 Knockout Trophy - KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE)

Champion Of Champions Trophy - SCOTT BROWN (Turnberry)

Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship - WEST KILBRIDE

SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES ORDER OF MERIT - Pennycott wins second counting event


Former Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion Malcolm Pennycott (Herriot Watt University) was the mens winner at the Scottish Universities’ second Order of Merit stroke-play tournament over 36 holes recently at the Crail Golfing Society Craighead Links

Malcolm had rounds of 72 and 76 for a total of 149, in very wet weather, against a CSS of 77 and 76, to win the mens event by one stroke, ahead of last years Scottish Youths Champion David Booth ( Stirling )

LEADING MEN’S SCORES
Par 142 CSS 77 76

148 - Malcolm Pennycott (Heriot Watt) 72 76
149 - David Booth ( Stirling ) 74 75
150 - Andrew Wallace (Stirling) 80 70, Steven Smith (Heriot Watt) 76 74, John Wybar ( Aberdeen ) 75 75
151 - Colin Baird ( Stirling ) 70 81

WEST OF SCOTLAND LEAGUES - Ayrshire finish series in mid table

The West Of Scotland Inter County Leagues concluded last weekend with Ayrshire finishing third of the six teams in both the A League and the Youths League.

The final youth match against Lanarkshire, scheduled for Brunston Castle, was called off due to the course being closed after the recent heavy rain, and with neither team being in contention, officials agreed not to replay the match.

The A team concluded the series with a 6 - 4 defeat against Lanarkshire at Strathaven on Saturday.

In a very close match, with six of the ten ties finishing on the final green, Ayrshire were 8.5 - 1.5 behind after 12 holes but fought back and very nearly snatched a draw.

Match results were :-

George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to S. Douglas by 3 & 2
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to S. Rennie by 2 & 1
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) beat M. Moir by 1 hole
Scott Brown (Turnberry) lost to J.J. Smith by 4 & 3
John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) beat G. Beaton by 1 hole
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) beat S. Henderson by 1 hole
John Shanks (Irvine) lost to K. Louchrie by 2 & 1
Steven Spence (Irvine) lost to S. Gillespie by 1 hole
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to C. McLean by 1 hole
Gary Bryden (Girvan) beat K. Turnbull by 2 holes

LANARKSHIRE 6 AYRSHIRE 4

The final placings in the leagues were :-

A LEAGUE

1. RENFREWSHIRE (8pts)
2. GLASGOW (8pts)
3. AYRSHIRE (4pts)
4. LANARKSHIRE (4pts)
5. DUMBARTONSHIRE (3pts)
6. STIRLINGSHIRE (3pts)

YOUTHS LEAGUE

1. RENFRWSHIRE (8pts)
2. STIRLINGSHIRE (8pts)
3. AYRSHIRE (5pts)
4. LANARKSHIRE (3pts)
5. DUMBARTONSHIRE (3pts)
6. GLASGOW (1pt)

DISABLED BRITISH OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire teenager wins national trophy


Although the championship took place between 23rd & 25th August 2009, the success of Alasdair Berry in winning the Disabled British Open Category 1 nett trophy has only just been brought to the attention of Ayrshiregolf.

Below is an article reproduced from the Irvine Herald :-

Teenage golf sensation Alasdair Berry shocked a field of more experienced opponents by winning the inaugural Disabled British Open Golf Championship last week.

Alasdair, who was born with no hands, stunned the experts by carding a 78 and a 75 on the notoriously difficult par 72 Old Thane Golf and Country Club Course – which was designed by Peter Alliss – to win his category in the Sky-televised tournament at Liphook in Hampshire.

Former Greenwood Academy pupil Alasdair, 17, uses wrist attachments designed by his car mechanic dad Eddie, also a member of Ravenspark Golf Club, to select and hold his clubs – and once he's lined up he plays his shots just like any able-bodied competitor.

"It was a fantastic experience,"
said Alasdair, of Steps Road, Irvine.
"We had two practise rounds on the Sunday and then the competition was held on the Monday and Tuesday and I was just over the moon when I realised I'd won it.

"And being presented with the trophy by Peter Alliss was a marvellous moment"


Eddie, who acts as Alasdair's 'daddy-caddie' said he was thrilled at his son's performance.

"It was a really difficult course and for him to be just nine over for the two rounds was fantastic," he added.


"The greens were lightning quick – even worse than Augusta – and one six-handicapper who hit his tee shot to within 20 feet of the pin actually took four putts to get down.


"It was a fabulous display from Alasdair and we're all so proud of him."


But Alasdair, who is about to start a college course in accounting, hasn't had time to savour his success just yet.


"It's all been really hectic and what I achieved last week just hasn't sunk in yet,"


said Alasdair.


"But it will eventually hit me."


Congratualtions go to Alasdair from Ayrshiregolf on his achievement in winning this national tournament.

Monday, November 02, 2009

WINTER GOLF OFFERS - Special deals available at top Scottish courses

Info from the PGA :-
Gleneagles Hotel management are offering golfers the chance to purchase a tee time for for four for £199 - a saving of £81.
The tee time charge of £199 applies whether there are three or four players in the group.
Gleneagles has three of the best inland courses in Scotland - the celebrated King’s Course, the scenic Queen’s Course and venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup Matches, the challenging PGA Centenary Course. Gleneagles offers a superb test for any golfer.
The special rate of £199 is available from from Sunday to Thursday inclusive every week until March 31, 2010 and is subject to availability.
No handicap certificate is required to play any of the three championship golf courses.
To check availability or to book please call resort sales on 0800 704 705.



In addition, there are also offers available at Muirfield, Prestwick & Royal Troon, exclusively available to members of Scottish Golf Union affiliated golf clubs. Proceeds from the sales of these tee times will be invested in junior golf.


Muirfield, Prestwick and Royal Troon have all generously donated tee-times to the Scottish Golf Union between November and the end of March, with a four-ball on each course costing just £280. This representts substantial savings against the standard green fee rates.


The Troon Portland course is also available, at £140 per four-ball.

To take advantage of these offers at Prestwick, Troon and Muirfield, call the Scottish Golf Union on 01334 466477 or e-mail sgu@scottishgolf.org
There are restrictions on which days and at what times these offers apply.

More information can be obtained from the Scottish Golf website at www.scottishgolf.org

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION AGM - Leslie Crawford elected Honorary Life President


33 members, representing 15 member clubs, attended the 2009 Ayrshire Golf Association Annual General Meeting, held at Caprington Golf Club on Wednesday 28th October.

Reports submitted included the Presidents Report, Fnancial Report, Coaching Report, Course rating Report as well as reports on the activities of The Ayrshire Junior Golf league and the Scottish Golf Union.

A proposed Revised Constitution was endorsed by the members present and is consequently now in place.


One of the highlights of the evening was the unanimous adoption of the President's proposal that Leslie Crawford (pictured right) be elected an Honorary Life President of The Association, in recognition of his services to Ayrshire golf both as a player and an administrator.

His golfing achievements include :-

1963 Ayrshire Boys Champion
Kilmarnock (Barassie) Club Champion 11 times
Ayrshire Matchplay Champion 7 times
Ayrshire Strokeplay Champion 4 times
Belleisle Cup winner
Evening Times Champion Of Champions twice
Ayrshire Champion Of Champions 3 times
Caprington Club Champion 11 times
Arrol Cup winner 4 times
4th in the 1983 Scottish Strokeplay Championship

Leslie also won representative honours including :-

Scottish & British Boys Internationalist
West of Scotland vs. Ulster
South West District team
Ayrshire County player from 1971 to 1996
Member of the winning Kilmarnock (Barassie) European Club Trophy team in Portugal.

In administration, Leslie's record was equally as impressive :-

Served on Caprington committee for 15 years, being Captain 3 times
Past Captain and Honorary Member of Kilmarnock (Barassie)
Served on the Ayrshire Executive since 1973
Secretary of the Ayrshire Golf Association since 1985.

County President Alasdair Malcolm commented that such an honour for Leslie was long overdue and thanked the members present for their overwhelming support of the proposal.

Leslie Crawford now joins Matt Lygate as an Honorary Life President of The association.

Iain Harvey (Kilmarnock Barassie) was re elected as the representative to the Scottish Golf Union.

Following Leslie Crawford's stroke earlier in the year, he was not in a position to seek re election as Secretary for the forthcoming season, and the County President Alasdair Malcolm (pictured right) was elected to the position of Secretary / Treasurer for next year.

With the adoption of the new constitution, five Executive members will be due for election each year.

serving AGA Executive members, re elected at the meeting for a further three years, were James McMurdo (Ballochmyle) and David McKie (Ballochmyle), whilst John Nordbo (Largs) was also elected to Te Executive, having served as Ayrshire Junior Golf League representative for a number of years.

The other two new members elceted to The Executive this year include Robert Wilson (Ballochmyle) and Cliff Francis (Troon Welbeck).

The Executive now has three vacancies for a one year period and two vacancies for a two year period. Any member of a member club of The Association who would be interested in becoming involved in the work of The Association is welcome to contact any of The Executive members for more information.

The per capita rate for the Area Subscription was set at one pound and ninety five pence for the 2009 - 2010 season, and increse of 10 pence on last year.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

NANCY CHISHOLM M.B.E. - Ayrshire golfer's investiture by The Queen


(Report & photographs courtesy of the http://www.kirkwoodgolf.co.uk/ website)

Bill Chisholm and daughters, Lindsey and Susan, were in the audience at Buckingham Palace to see Nancy receive the MBE from HRH The Queen at an Investiture ceremony on the 15th October.

Nancy is a member of Prestwick St. Nicholas and West Kilbride golf clubs, is a past chairman and an Honorary Vice President of the LGU, and a past President of the SLGA.

Nancy was awarded the MBE for services to golf in the Queens Birthday Honours list.

Nancy said

"We had the most wonderful day filled with exciting memories meeting interesting people, enjoying new sights, exploring new territories in glorious sunshine and having the thrill of speaking a few words of golf with the Queen!Never thought it would be such a grand experience."


Well done Nancy!


Lindsey, Bill, Nancy & Susan

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Championship abandoned due to flooding.

The 2009 Scottish Junior Champion Of Champions competition, due to be played on Sunday 1st November at The Dukes course, St. Andrews was abandoned some one and a half hours after play began due to flooding on the course as a result of persistent rain.

Featuring four players from Ayrshire - David Wilson (Troon Welbeck), Colin Robinson (Largs), Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Rachel Irvine (Largs) - it is holed to reschedule the championship for early next year.

WEST OF SCOTLAND LEAGUES - Mixed fortunes for Ayrshire teams against Stirlingshire

The Ayrshire A team had a fine 7 - 3 win over Stirlingshire at Prestwick St. Nicholas in the penultimate week of the 2009 West Of Scotland Inter County League championships.

Despite losing the opening two ties, Ayrshire bounced back, taking the next six ties before sharing the final two ties on the course.

Match details were :-

George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to Colin Mundie (Falkirk) by 4 & 3
John Shanks (Irvine) lost to Bobby Rushford (Grangemouth) by 1 hole
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) beat Graham Robertson (Glenbervie) by 5 & 3
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) beat Derek Fish (Grangemouth) by 4 & 3
Stephen Spence (Irvine) beat Neil Cunningham (Falkirk) by 5 & 4
John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) beat David Buchanan (Falkirk Tryst) by 5 & 3
Scott brown (Turnberry) beat Kenny Anderson (Falkirk) by 2 & 1
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Lindsay Blair (Grangemouth) by 2 & 1
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to Mark Cox (Falkirk) by 4 & 3
Gary Bryden (Girvan) beat Scott McLaughlan (Falkirk Tryst) by 6 & 5

AYRSHIRE 7 STIRLINGSHIRE 3

An under strength Ayrshire Youths side suffered their first defeat of the campaign in the corresponding youths match at Falkirk.

With three of the regular team members unavailable due to the SGU Junior Champions Of Champions competition, the team had a difficult task against the home side, who were also undefeated over the first three matches of the series, and went down by 6 - 4. match details were :-

Gregor MacKintosh (Girvan) lost to Jamie Lynch by 4 & 3
Fraser Lawrie (West Kilbride) lost to Ryan Campbell by 5 & 3
Scott Clark (Ayr Belleise) lost to Stephen Tillie by 3 & 2
Marc Smith (Troon Welbeck) beat Liam Haldane by 6 & 5
Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) beat Hugh Nelson by 7 & 6
Andrew Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Doug Pender by 3 & 1
Malcolm Pennycott (Brodick) beat Calum Bissett by 3 & 2
Craig McLaughlin (Largs) beat Euan Douglas by 3 & 1
Rory Acheson (Largs Routenburn) lost to Dariusz Kunecki by 1 hole
Stewart Henderson (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Greg Nicoll by 5 & 4

STIRLING 6 AYRSHIRE 4

In the final series of matches next week, The A team travel to meet Lanarkshire at Strathaven whilst the youths side play host to the Lanarkshire youths at Brunston Castle.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Four Ayrshire players in end of season event

Four young Ayrshire golfers are in the field for the 2009 Scottish Junior Champion Of Champions competition, being held at The Dukes Course, St. Andrews on Sunday 1st November.



Scottish Boys Internationalist and Boys Strokeplay title holder Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) is in the The 57 strong field, which includes both boys and girls.




Jack McDonald & Colin Robinson
















Also in the field for the championship are the Ayrshire Boys Champion Colin Robinson (Largs), the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) and the winner of the ALCGA St. Nicholas Trophy Rachel Irvine (Largs).














David Wilson & Rachel Irvine

Monday, October 26, 2009

EUROPEAN MENS CLUB TROPHY - Prestwick finish 12th out of 24 in Turkey

Prestwick Golf Club, Scotland's representatives in the 2009 European Mens Club Trophy competition played at the Klassis Golf & Country Club in Turkey this week, finished in 12th place out of the 24 competing nationas after the three round competition finished on Saturday.

In round 3, Jonathan King provided the best Prestwick score for the second successive day with a one over par 74, to which Allan Thomson and James Bunch both added 76's.

This gave Prestwick an overall total for the championship of two over par 440, leaving them 25 shots adrift of the winners, from the host club, representing Turkey, on 415 (23 under par).

Final team totals were :-

415 - Klassis G & CC (Turkey)
415 - Murhof (Austria)
416 - GC St. Leon-Rot e.V. (Germany)
418 - Ormesson (France II)
424 - Stavanger (Norway)
427 - Vilamoura (Portugal)
431 - Workington (England)
431 - C.G. Son Servera (Spain)
435 - Saint Nom La Breteche (France I)
437 - G.K.G. (Iceland)
438 - Royal Golf Club Marianske Lazne (Czech Republic)
440 - Prestwick (Scotland)
443 - Golf Club Prise d'Eau (Netherlands)
446 - Antwerp International Golf & CC (Belgium)
452 - Marriot St. Pierre (Wales)
455 - Golf Club Ta'le (Slovakia)
455 - Galway GC (Ireland)
457 - Aalborg Golf Kub (Denmark)
458 - Bossey Golf Club (Switzerland)
458 - Espoon Golfseura EGS (Finland)
464 - GC Arboretum (Slovenia)
465 - Krakow Valley Golf & CC (Poland)
470 - Golf Club Grand Ducal (Luxembourg)
514 - Golf & Country Club Novi & Resort (Croatia)

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Youths remain undefeated after week 3

The Ayrshire youths side remain undefeated in this years West Of Scotland Inter County Leagues after a 5 - 5 draw against a strong Renfrewshire side on Saturday at Caprington.

Match results were :-

Scott Clark (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Andrew McLachlan (Bonnyington) by 3 & 2
Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Michael Campbell (Renfrew) by 3 & 1
David Currie (Royal Troon) halved with Darryn Grant (Renfrew)
Mark Smith (Troon Welbeck) beat Johnny Caldwell (Greenock) by 2 holes

Andrew Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie) halved with Danny Muir (Cochrane Castle)
David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) beat Graham Forbes (Greenock) by 6 & 4
Rory Acheson (Largs Routenburn) lost to Alex Ferguson (Paisley) by 3 & 2
Colin Robinson (Largs) beat Jack Bradley (Paisley) by 6 & 5
Jamie Acheson (Largs Routenburn) beat Alistair Lauder (Paisley) by 2 & 1
Craig McLaughlin (Largs) lost to Allan Johnstone (Bonnyington) by 2 & 1


AYRSHIRE YOUTHS 5 RENFREWSHIRE YOUTHS 5

In the corresponding A team match at East renfrewshire, Ayrshire lost to the current Area Team Champions by 7 - 3, with the highlight for Ayrshire being a win by George Robertson over former Amateur Champion Craig Watson.

Match results were :-

George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark) beat Craig Watson by 4 & 3
Graham Gimson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) lost to Michael Daly by 5 & 4
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Colin Thomson by 5 & 3
John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to Scott McGrenshaw by 5 & 3
Scott Brown (Turnberry) halved with Steven Higgins
John Shanks (Irvine) lost to Nicky Gold by 2 & 1
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) beat Gary Price by 3 & 2
Steven Spence (Irvine) lost to William McMillan by one hole
Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) lost to David McFarlane by 5 & 3
Gareth Lamb (Irvine) halved with David Miller


AYRSHIRE 3 RENFREWSHIRE 7

Next Saturday, 31st October, the A team entertain Stirlingshire at Prestwick St. Nicholas whilst the youths travel to Falkirk in the corresponding youths match.

Friday, October 23, 2009

EUROPEAN CLUB TROPHY - Prestwick lying 10th after round 2


With one round to play, the Prestwick Golf Club team of James Bunch, Jonathan King and Allan Thomson - pictured right - are lying in 10th place in the 2009 European Mens Club Trophy competition , which is being played from 22nd to 24th October at the Klassis Golf & Country Club in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prestwick qualified to represent Scotland in the 24 nation event, by virtue of winning the Scottish Club Championship last month at Prestwick St. Nicholas.

With two scores from three counting each day, over the par 73 course, Prestwick lay in joint fourth spot after the first round, Allan Thomson (70) and Jonathan King ((71) providing the counting scores, with James Bunch (75) completing the Prestwick scores.

On day two, scoring was notably higher across the field and the Prestwick scores of Jonathan King (72), Allan Thomson (77) and James Bunch (80) saw the Scottish representatives drop down the field with a team total of 290 (-2).

With the final round to be played on Saturday, the leading team scores are :-

275 (-17) - Ormesson (France II)
277 (-15) - Murhof (Austria)
280 (-12) - Klassis G & CC (Turkey)
282 (-10) - Stavanger (Norway)
283 (- 9) - Vilamoura (Portugal)
284 (- 8) - GC St. Leon-Rot e.V. (Germany)
287 (- 5) - C.G. Son Servera (Spain)
289 (- 3) - Workington (England)
289 (- 3) - Royal Golf Club Marianske Lazne (Czech Republic)
290 (- 2) - Prestwick (Scotland)
294 (+ 2) - Saint Nom La Breteche (France I)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR - Drummond third in Spain


Ross Drummond from Prestwick produced his best finish of the season in the final regular tour event of the year, the Benahavis Senior Masters at La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Marbella, Spain at the weekend.

Drummond finished on 208, six under par, for three rounds to finish only one shot behind the tournament winner, Carl Mason (England).

Leading scores :-

Carl Mason (England) 206 (-7) - 66, 72, 68
Gordon Brand Jnr. (Scotland) 206 (-7) - 71, 67, 68
Ross Drummond (Scotland) 207 (-6) - 67, 69, 71
Andrew Murray (England) 208 (-5) - 68, 71, 69
Des Smyth (Ireland) 208 (-5) - 70, 72, 66

Drummond will finish the season by taking part in the OKI Castellon Senior Tour Championship at the Club de Campo del Mediterráneo, Castellón, Spain from 06 Nov - 08 Nov 2009.

Monday, October 19, 2009

AYRSHIRE SENIORS LEAGUE - Ravenspark win 2009 competition

Irvine Ravenspark are the 2009 Ayrshire Seniors League winners after the final was played at the weekend at Kilbirnie Place.

In the final, Ravenspark faced the home side Kilbirnie but ran out winners by 3 - 2 in a closely contested match which was only decided on the 18th green of the last match on the course.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Annual General Meeting


The Annual General Meeting of The Ayrshire Golf Association will be held in Caprington Golf Club, Ayr Road, Kilmarnock on Wednesday October 28th 2008 at 7.30pm.

As per the Constitution each club is allowed two representatives, only one of whom may vote.

The agenda and relevant documents have been e-mailed to most clubs this weekend and others will be posted to clubs who have not provided e-mail addresses on Monday 19th October.

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Youths make it two in a row as A team lose

The Ayrshire Youth side made it two wins from two in the West Of Scotland Inter County League on Saturday 17th October when they defeated the Glasgow Youths side by 8 - 2 at Ayr Belleisle.

Ayrshire only lost one of the ten ties, with two others being halved, on thier way to victory.

Match results were (Ayrshire names first) :-

Scott Clark (Ayr Belleisle) beat Craig Haugh (Cathkin Braes) by 3 & 2
Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Martin Shaw (Haggs Castle) by 2 & 1
Craig McLaughlin (Largs) lost to Fraser McNeill (Cathkin Braes) by 2 & 1
David Currie (Royal Troon) halved with Kenneth Mclean (Cowglen)
Andrew Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Jamie Thomson (Cawder) by one hole
Marc Smith (Troon Welbeck) beat Blair Cooper (Haggs Castle) by 5 & 4
David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) beat Scott McGraddie (Cathcart Castle) by 6 & 5
Malcolm Pennycott (Brodick) beat John Grant (Ralston) by 2 & 1
Rory Achison (Largs Routenburn) halved with Steven Machin (Cowglen)
Stuart Henderson (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Barry Straw (Cathkin Braes) by 4 & 3

AYRSHIRE YOUTHS 8 GLASGOW YOUTHS 2

In the corrsponding A Team match at Cowglen, Ayrshire went down to their hosts by 6 - 4 in a very tight match.

Match results were (Ayrshire names first):-

George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark) halved with John Lawrie
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) lost to Steven Machin by 6 & 5
Scott Brown (Turnberry) halved with Ben Sloan
John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to Chris Wedgeworth by one hole
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Frank Drum by one hole
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) beat Roy Alexander by one hole
Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) beat Graeme Cox by 2 & 1
Gareth Lamb (Irvine) lost to John McDonald by 3 & 2
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark) beat Ricky Gray by 3 & 2
Stephen Spence (Irvine) lost to Gus Lamont by 4 & 2


GLASGOW 6 AYRSHIRE 4

Next Saturday, the A Team travel to face newly crowned Area Team champions Renfrewshire at The East Renfrewshire Golf Club whilst the Ayrshire Youth team play at home in the corresponding match at Caprington.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

THE SCOTTISH DISABILITY GOLF PARTNERSHIP

Jim Gales MBE writes :-

As relatively new members of the SGU, we are aware that many golf clubs and associations know of the existence of the SDGP and our work throughout Scotland.

However, there are always some individuals within Scottish clubs and associations who may not have heard about us and we would be grateful if you could pass on the attached information to your members?

We operate throughout Scotland and offer golf and golf training to anyone of any age or ability, who has a recognised disability, serious health issue or mobility problem.

My own contact details are listed below and more information is available from our website at http://www.sdgp.co.uk/

Thank you.

Jim Gales MBE
Chairman
Scottish Disability Golf Partnership
38 Crawley Crescent Springfield
Cupar
Fife
Scotland
KY15 5SF
Tel: +44 (0) 1334 650 963

An information leaflet on the Partnership advises :-

SDGP offers golfing opportunities and training for anyone in Scotland with sensory loss, amputees, learning difficulties and anyone with other, lesser known conditions, serious health issues or disabilities.

We organise regular competitions and training with PGA Professionals, as well as fun golf events for members wishing to play 9 or 18 hole golf games. We also recently held an inaugural three-day Open Golf Championship, attended by over thirty players from seven countries.

SDGP annual membership is FREE to under-21’s and is only £15 otherwise, and on production of three score cards, played on a good standard golf course; we are able to calculate a golf
handicap for any new members.

More Information about the SDGP is available by calling 07950 003 885 or from our new website

http://www.sdgp.co.uk/

The SDGP is the driving force behind disabled golfers in Scotland and is supported through administration by VONEF Ltd.

A link to the SDGP website is also available under the 'Golf Links' heading on the left of this page.

SCOTTISH GOLF UNION - Great winter golf at Scotland's Open Venues

The Scottish Golf Union is offering you the opportunity of following in the footsteps of legends this winter with fantastic preferential green fees at three of Scotland’s most famous courses, including two in Ayrshire.

Special offer tee-times are now available at Muirfield, Royal Troon and Prestwick exclusively for members of SGU affiliated golf clubs, with proceeds from all sales being invested into Scottish junior golf.

A limited number of tee-times at each Open Championship venue are up for sale, at £280 per four-ball, just £70 per person, representing significant savings against the standard green fee rates.

Tee times available from From November 2009 to end of March 2010 are :-

Muirfield - Tuesdays and Thursdays - 9.30am tee-time

Royal Troon - Tuesdays - 10am tee-time

Prestwick - Mondays - 12noon tee-time

To book one of the special offer tee-times at one of these famous venues, please call the Scottish Golf Union on 01334 466477.

The number of tee-times are limited so the SGU would urge you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Tee-times are sold on a first come, first served basis and payment in full is required within one week of booking.

Each member of your four-ball must be a member of an SGU affiliated golf club and handicap certificates will be required.

See http://www.scottishgolf.org/ for further terms and conditions

SCOTTISH LADIES GOLF - 3 Ayrshire girls named in development squads

Three Ayrshire girls are in the winter training programme squads recently announced by the Scottish ladies Golf Association.

Connie Jaffray and Mhairi McKay, both from West Kilbride, are in the Scottish Golf Academy Progamme squad whilst Emma hale (Troon Bentinck) is included in the District Development Education Programme.

The full squads are :-

NATIONAL PERFORMANCE SQUAD
Carly Booth (Comrie), Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), Laura Murray (Alford), Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Jane Turner (Craigielaw), Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle)

NATIONAL PERFORMANCE SQUAD B
Lesley Atkins (Minto), Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick Dunskey), Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies), Rachael Watton (Mortonhall), Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth)

SCOTTISH GOLF ACADEMY PROGRAMME
Ailsa Bain (Peebles), Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie), Connie Jaffrey (West Kilbride), Tara Mactaggart (Minto), Hannah McCook (Abernethy), Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe), Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride), Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies), Jill Meldrum (Dullatur), Samantha Munro (Aberdour), Rachel Polson (Peterculter), Linsey Stevenson (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies), Eleanor Tunn (Reay), Eilidh Watson (Muckhart), Lauren Whyte (St Regulus), Clara Young (North Berwick)

DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION PROGRAMME
Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne), Rosie Everett (Kilspindie), Jorden Ferrie (Kilsyth), Emma Greenlees (Dumfries & Galloway), Emma Hale (Troon Bentinck Ladies), Shannen McGuire (Canmore), Hannah Robb (Strathmore), Nicola Roberston (Dunblane), Tegan Seivwright (Deeside), Catherine Small (Craigielaw), Rachel Walker (Crichton), Tiffiny Wood (Glenbervie)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

SCOTTISH LADIES CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Ayrshire champion fifth in natonal event


Ayrshire Ladies' Champion Lesley Hendry (Largs Routenburn) - pictured right - was fifth in the SLGA Champion Of Champions Tournament on Sunday 11th October at Glasgow Gailes.

In very windy conditions, on the course she won the Ayrshire title on earlier in the year to qualify to represent the county in the Champions event, Hendry returned a creditable 83 which left her just three shots adrift of the winner Kylie Walker (Buchanan castle), the Dumbarton & Argyll title-holder.

Leading scores :-
80 - Kylie Walker (Dumbarton & Argyll)
81 - Ailsa Summers (Angus) (bih), Cara Gruber (Northern Counties), Claire Hargan (Midlothian)
83 - Lesley Hendry (Ayrshire)
84 - Lesley Atkins (Borders), Sara Mathieson (Aberdeenshire)
85 - Claire MacDonald (East of Scotland), Gillian Monteith (Galloway)

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire open with winning double over Dumbartonshire

Ayrshire opened their bid for the 2009 West Of Scotland Inter County League titles on Saturday 10th October with wins at both senior and youth levels over Dumbartonshire.

The A team were at home in their match, played at prestwick St. Cuthbert, and edged out their visitors by 5.5 - 4.5.

Match results were (Ayrshire names first):-

Scott Brown (Turnberry) lost to Paul Bett by 3 & 2
George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark) beat Kevin Smith by 3 & 2
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) lost to Andrew Campbell by 2 & 1
John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) beat Grant Minnes by 5 & 4
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat William campbell by 3 7 2
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) halved with Ryan McKenzie
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to Craig Checkley by 5 & 4
Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) beat Bob Borrows by 5 & 4
Gareth Lamb (Irvine) lost to David Wyllie by one hole
Jamie Mackay (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Paul Semple by 3 & 2

AYRSHIRE 5.5 DUMBARTONSHIRE 4.5

In the corresponding youth match, played at Dullatur, the Ayrshire side got off to a good start with a 6.5 - 3.5 win over their hosts.

Match results were (Ayrshire names first):-

Scott Clark (Ayr Belleisle) beat Gary Meechan by 4 & 2
Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat John Henry by one hole
Colin Robinson (Largs) beat Scott Moore by 4 & 3
Craig McLaughlin (Largs) beat Cameron Tortolono by 4 & 3
Mark Smith (Troon Welbeck) halved with Angus Carrick
Andrew Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Michael Geovanetti by 2 & 1
David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) beat Daniel Muir by 2 & 1
Rory Acheson (Largs Routenburn) lost to Scott Thistleton by 3 & 2
Jamie Acheson (Largs Routenburn) lost to Chris McKeown by two holes
Stewart Henderson (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Lee Milligan by 4 & 3

DUMBARTONSHIRE YOUTHS 3.5 AYRSHIRE YOUTHS 6.5

This Saturday, 17th October, Ayrshire take on Glasgow with the senior team travelling to Cowglen whilst the youth team are at home at Ayr Belleisle.

AYR DALMILLING - Clubs joy at decision to keep course open

After months of uncertainty, members of six Ayrshire golf clubs were celebrating this week when it was announced that South Ayrshire Council had reviewed its decision to close Ayr Dalmilling Golf Course


A sustained campaign by the Ayr Dalmilling Action Group throughout the year no doubt contributed constructively to the reversal of the previous decision, allowing the five SGU and one SLGA affilliated clubs to continue playing at their home course.

The decision of South Ayrshire Council now allows the clubs and their membership to plan for the future.

One such club is the Wallacetown Golf Club.

Secretary Dan Higgins commented,

"Wallacetown Golf Club has recently had a drop in its membership, partly due to some members leaving because of our affiliation to Dalmilling (which they thought was doomed), and partly because of a difficulty in recruiting for the same reason.

With the decision taken at the recent South Ayrshire Council meeting, that obstacle will hopefully have been taken out of the equation and we would now like to try and make ourselves more widely known, in a bid to recruit new members.

We now have a website at

http://www.wallacetown-golf-club.org.uk/

and would welcome new member applications"

A link to the website is also available under the 'club links' section on the left of this page.

Further details about membership of the Wallacetown club can be obtained from the Secretary, Dan Higgins, 8 Piersland Place, Girdle Toll, Irvine, KA11 1QF, Tel 01294 235214.