Sunday, May 31, 2009
The 2009 MAYBOLE OPEN GOLF COMPETITION, sponsored by John Cuthbert Groundworks, will be held on SUNDAY 7TH JUNE over the Memorial park course.
Three trophies are played for during the event, the Valspar Cup (best scratch), the Kidd Cup (best nett) and the Ranch Cup (long drive).
The undernoted prize vouchers will also be presented to the successful competitors :-
Best scratch - £ 80.00
1st class(scr - 9) = 1st £80.00, 2nd £40.00 ,3rd £20.00
2nd class(10-18) = 1st £80.00, 2nd £40.00,3rd £20.00
3rd class(19-28) = 1st £80.00,2nd £40.00,3rd £20.00
There will also be a £ 50 hole in one prize as well as nearest the pin prizes.
The competition will be 18 holes strokeplay and all entrants must have an SGU handicap. The Minimum age for competitors is 18years.
The Entry fee is £7.00 and there will be an optional sweep.
Players can enter the competition by simply turning up on the day and registering with the club officials.
First tee-off is at 8.00 am and the last tee-off is at 3.30 pm (approx)
Snacks will be available at the clubhouse.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Ryall had an outstanding inward half on the final day to forge a 5 stroke winning margin over Lockie.
LEADING FINAL SCORES :-
208 - George Ryall (Players Club) 73 67 68
213 - Bill Lockie (North Gailes) 72 70 71
214 - Murray White (Penfold Park) 74 69 71
216 - Peter Barber (Didsbury) 73 71 72
217 - John McTear (Mar Hall) 73 72 72
218 - Alan Hemsley (Norfolk) 72 72 74, Donald Stirling (Wien-Sussenbrunn) 68 75 75, Michael Greenough (Ashton & Lea) 70 73 75
219 - Garry Harvey (Kinross Golf) 75 70 74, Peter O'Hagan (PM Corporate) 73 72 74, Mitch Kierstenson (Searle's Leisure) 71 72 76
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The challenge for the Doc Thom Ayrshire Order Of merit counting event will be led by Ayrshire Strokeplay Champion John Shanks (Irvine), who is in the first game.
Also in the quality field is reigning Ayrshire Matchplay champion Scott Brown (Turnberry).
The Draw for Order Of Play is :-
7.30 & 12.00 - J SHANKS (IRVINE), G ROBERTSON (IRVINE RAVENSPARK), S McBLAIN (P'WICK ST CUTHBERT)
7.40 & 12.10 - S SPENCE (IRVINE), D BROWN (IRVINE RAVENSPARK), G SWINDELLS (WOKING)
7.50 & 12.20 - M WATT (P'WICK ST CUTHBERT), G LAMB (IRVINE), R MURRAY (COCHRANE CASTLE)
8.00 & 12.30 - R INNES (CAWDER), S CUNNINGHAM (LARKHALL), I STEWART (COCHRANE CASTLE)
8.10 & 12.40 - T McINALLY (LOUDOUN), K TURNBULL (LARKHALL), I FORBES (AYR BELLEISLE)
8.20 & 12.50 - G RORISON (TURNBERRY), R BARTON (LARKHALL), C ANDERSON (MURCAR)
8.30 & 1.00 - K FERGUSSON (P'WICK ST CUTHBERT), J HAGGERTY (LOUDOUN), F McCALL (TROON PORTLAND)
8.40 & 1.10 - G GIMSON (P'WICK ST CUTHBERT), C HAMILTON (BALLOCHMYLE), J BOYLE (AYR DALMILLING)
8.50 & 1.20 - J SLOAN (TAM O' SHANTER), G ROWAN (BALLOCHMYLE), S WISEMAN (ANSTRUTHER)
9.00 & 1.30 - S MITCHELL (AYR BELLEISLE), A REID, S McCLEMENTS (K'NOCK BARASSIE)
9.10 & 1.40 - K HAMILTON (AYR BELLEISLE), C HUME (AYR BELLEISLE), S McCAHILL (MAYBOLE)
9.20 & 1.50 - C TELFER (P'WICK ST CUTHBERT), A KERR (LARGS), C BRADLEY (AYR BELLEISLE)
9.30 & 2.00 - D CUMMING (AYR BELLEISLE), S RYAN (AYR DALMILLING), C SHARP (K'NOCK BARASSIE)
9.40 & 2.10 - J SYKES (AYR BELLEISLE), M SMYTH (ROYAL TROON), S BROWN (TURNBERRY)
9.50 & 2.20 - R CUNNINGHAM (AYR BELLEISLE), G SWAN (AYR BELLEISLE), D BOOTH (TURNBERRY)
10.00 & 2.30 - K OTTLEY (BALLOCHMYLE), D STRACHAN (TURNBERRY), I FRASER (TROON ST MEDDANS)
10.10 & 2.40 - D McKINNON (BALLOCHMYLE), K MILLIKEN (TROON ST MEDDANS), A WRIGHT (K'NOCK BARASSIE)
10.20 & 2.50 - S FINDLATER (TROON WELBECK), S DUNN (AYR BELLEISLE), G CREE (TROON WELBECK)
10.30 & 3.00 - A FOLEY (AYR BELLEISLE), B McDONNELL (CAPRINGTON), G TIERNEY (P'WICK ST NICHOLAS)
10.40 & 3.10 - S CLARK (AYR BELLEISLE), G WILSON (LOUDOUN), M SMITH ( TROON WELBECK)
10.50 & 3.20 - C ROBERTSON (ABBOTSFORD), J GILMOUR (LOCHWINNOCH), R MARSHALL (BEITH)
11.00 & 3.30 - L JENKINS (BEITH), H THOMSON (IRVINE), B GRAY (PINES)
11.10 & 3.40 - S MAXWELL (WINDYHILL), R HYSLOP (PINES), E McGRATH (THE CARRICK)
11.20 & 3.50 - R COLL (WINDYHILL), C HILL (PINES), D McGILL (THE CARRICK)
11.30 & 4.00 - P McCARRON (WINDYHILL), R McBETH (PINES), G GILMOUR (THE CARRICK)
Monday, May 25, 2009
Drummond, who was not helped by his record of 37 putts in round 3, returned a final total of eight-over-par 288, finishing joint 37th behind the winner Michael Allen on 274.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
John Fleming & Gordon Bettany (Saxone) booked a trip to face Gary Jordan & Douglas Anderson (Annanhill) in round three, with a 2 hole victory over Gordon Hamilton & Martin Spence (Loudoun).
In the other remaining second round tie, Joe Howie & John McMillan (Ardeer) beat their visitors Andy Reid & Craig Murdoch (Ayr Carrick) by 6 & 4 and now play host to Roddy Davidson & James Young (Drongan) in round 3.
The full third round line up is :-
Kenneth Hankinson & Gibby Lamont (Troon Welbeck) Vs. Paul Church & Jim Anderson (Skelmorlie)
A. Dunlop & J. Brown (Brunston Castle) Vs. Jim & Shaun Ryan (Ayr Dalmilling)
Gary Jordan & Douglas Anderson (Annanhill) Vs. John Fleming & Gordon Bettany (Saxone)
Stuart & David Brown (Doon Valley) Vs. Fraser McCall & Adam Cairns (Troon Portland)
Scott McCahill & David Wallace (Maybole) Vs. Daniel McGee & John Brennan (Tam O Shanter)
Joe Howie & John McMillan (Ardeer) Vs. Roddy Davidson & James Young (Drongan)
Mark Anderson & Ian Hogg (Irvine) Vs. John Byrne & Colin Greenham (West Kilbride)
James & Craig NIchol (New Cumnock) Vs. Douglas McKinnon & Kevin Ottley (Ayr Belleisle)
Third round ties are due for completion by 28th June.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The four man team is :-
Colin Robinson (Largs)
Andrew Wright & Jack McDonald
Prestwick's Ross Drummond opened a two shot lead at the US Senior PGA Championship after a four under par 66 at Canterbury Golf Club, and admitted he had surprised even himself.
Drummond is playing his third year on The European Senior Tour after a 26 year career on The European Tour which failed to yield a tournament win.
But he put himself on course for a first Senior title in some style as he attempts to become the first European winner of the event in 52 years.
"I felt my game was good enough to make the cut," Drummond said. "But I didn't expect to be in or near the lead. I would say, yes, I'm very surprised."
Among the chasing pack on two under going into the weekend is another of the European contingent – Germany’s Bernhard Langer, who compiled a second round 70.
Langer is joined on 138 by the American quartet of Jeff Sluman, Scott Hoch, Tom Purtzer and Larry Mize.
While Langer, Mize and Sluman have all won majors, Drummond's most notable success came when he won four Scottish Professional Championships in the late 1980s.
When asked about winning, Drummond said. "It would be a dream come true, obviously. It would be an unbelievable achievement, and something to be very proud of. But I don't think I can even contemplate that."
The 52 year old had both his birdies on the front nine cancelled out by bogeys the very next hole but picked up shots on consecutive holes straight after the turn.
A two at the 198 yard 13th took him three under for the day and Drummond completed his scoring with a birdie at the 16th.
136 - Ross Drummond (Sco) 70 66
138 - Jeff Sluman 70 68, Scott Hoch 66 72, Bernhard Langer 68 70
139 - Gil Morgan 71 68, Tom Kite 69 70, Jay Don Blake 70 69, Chris Starkjohann 71 68
Friday, May 22, 2009
Stuart and David Brown (Doon Valley) had a 6 & 5 win at home over Ian Currie and Robert Williamson (Crosshouse) and now face another home match against Fraser McCall and Adam Cairns (Troon Portland).
Kenneth Hankinson and Gibby Lamont (Troon Welbeck) edged out their visitors G. Stewart & R. Clark (Largs) by one hole in round 2 and now have another home match against Paul Church and Jim Anderson (Skelmorlie) for a place in the quarter finals.
Jim and Shaun Ryan (Ayr Dalmilling) beat Robert Gillon and Ian Flynn (Alton) by 4 & 3 at home and now face an away trip to play A. Dunlop & J. Brown (Brunston Castle) in the last 16.
The two remaining ties are due for completion by 24th May.
Ties still to be decided are :- Loudoun Vs. Saxone and Ardeer Vs. Ayr Carrick.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
In LEAGUE 1, the only result still forthcoming is a 3.5 - 2.5 away win by Ballochmyle over Ayr Belleisle.
In LEAGUE 2, Troon St. Meddans opened their bid for the title with a 4.5 - 1.5 home win over Ardeer whilst Loudoun also began with a home win, by 5 - 1 against West Kilbride.
LEAGUE 3 is headed by Irvine after a 6 - 0 home win over Annanhill, with Kilbirnie Place close behind following a 4.5 - 1.5 home win over Irvine Ravenspark.
In LEAGUE 4, Beith followed their opening 6 - 0 win over Kilmarnock (Barassie) with a 4.5 - 1.5 win away from home over Tam O Shanter.
LEAGUE 5 looks to be very close with home wins by all three clubs so far. Troon Welbeck had a 4.5 - 1.5 win over Largs whilst New Cumnock beat Troon Welbeck by 3.5 - 2.5 and Largs defeated new Cumnock by 5.5 - 0.5.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
In the LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP, Troon Welbck opened with a 4 - 2 home win over Ardeer in Section A.
Largs Routenburn got off to a winning start in Section B with a 3.5 - 2.5 away win at Annanhill.
Ballochmyle began section C with a 3.5 - 2.5 home win over Ayr Belleisle whilst no matches have been played so far in Section D.
In the JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY competition, Ayrshire Boys Champion Scott Brown is through to the first round after a one hole preliminary rond win over his host, Gary Patterson, at Ballochmyle.
Craig Goodwin (Loudoun) also progressed from the preliminary round after Largs Routenburn failed to nominate a representative.
With the loss of Troon St. Meddans from League Competitions this year, Ross Black (Ardeer) received a bye into the quarter finals of the competition.
In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY competition, Largs beat Kilbirnie 3.5 - 0.5 at home in the preliminary round match and now entertain Irvine Ravenspark in round 1.
Caprington, 2.5 - 1.5 home winners over Ayr Belleisle, and Kilmarnock Barassie, 4 - 0 home winners over Loudoun, are both through to the quarter finals.
Also through to the last eight are Prestwick St. Cuthbert who recorded a 3 - 1 win away from home against near neighbours Prestwick St. Nicholas.
Fixtures in the WALLACE THORNTON TROPHY competition have been finalised but no matches have been played so far.
Monday, May 18, 2009
The 2009 Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association Adult & Girl Foursomes were held at Prestwick St. Nicholas Golf Club on Sunday 17th May.
Numbers were up on last year for this annual event with 22 couples playing.
There was a strong wind blowing all afternoon, and some heavy showers later in the day making conditions very difficult, particularly for the second half of the field.
Final Results :-
1st - Connie & David Jaffrey 35 points
2nd - Katie & Colin McGarva 33 pts
3rd - Rachel & Andrew Irvine 30 pts (bih)
4th - Rachel & Keith Howie 30 pts
Nearest the pin at the 10th Katie McGarva
Nearest the pin in 2 at the 15th Rachel Irvine
Jenny Linklater & Linzi Allan deserve a special mention for an eagle at the Par 4 3rd hole.
1st - Hope Lyden & Kath McKellar 34 pts
2nd - Ali Roy & Laura McSorley 26 pts
3rd - Helen & John Montgomery 23 pts (bih)
4th - Sophie Love & Jenny McGee 23 pts
Nearest the pin at the 12th Lindsay Montgomery
The organisers and players are very grateful to the committee and members of Prestwick St. Nicholas for allowing courtesy of the course for the event.
Some of the prizewinners are pictured below - back row (L-R) Hope Lyden, Katie McGarva, Ali Roy - Front Row (L-R) Sophie Love, Connie Jaffrey
MATCH DETAILS (Ayrshire names first):-
Scott Brown (Turnberry) & George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to B. Rushford & C. Lawton by 2 & 1
AYRSHIRE 2 STIRLINGSHIRE 1
As a result the St. Meddans juniors, League Champions in 1969, 1974 and 1978, will not compete for the Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship crown for the first time in the 40 year history of the event.
It is hoped that St. Meddans will be in a position to contest the League Championship again next season.
recent results received are :-
Jamie MacPherson (Whiting Bay) beat John Sloan (Doon Valley) by 5 & 4
Scott McCahill (Maybole) beat Ross Clark (Braehead) by 8 & 7
Andrew Carroll (Drongan) beat Mark Tait (Annanhill) by 4 & 3
Gregor Dickson (Largs) W/O Gavin Lawrie (Prestwick St. Nicholas) Scr.
Peter Bond (Irvine Ravenspark) beat Campbell McCluskie (Crosshouse) by 5 & 4
Alan McLean (Kilbirnie Place) Scr. Del Chamberlain (Troon Welbeck) W/O
Billy McCulloch (Brunston Castle) beat Gary Bryden (Girvan) by 3 & 1
Steven Corrigan (Dalmilling) lost to Michael Roos (West Kilbride) by 4 & 2
John Broadfoot (Turnberry) lost to Chris Harkins (Ayr Belleisle) by 5 & 3
Gordon McCrea (Beith) beat Billy Murdoch (Ayr Carrick) at the 22nd
Billy Wilson (Ballochmyle) Scr John Shanks (Irvine) W/O
The draw for the third round is :-
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) Vs. Michael Roos (West Kilbride)
Chris Harkins (Ayr Belleisle) Vs. Neil McCormack (New Cumnock)
Scott McCahill (Maybole) Vs. Gregor Dickson (Largs)
Billy McCulloch (Brunston Castle) Vs. Kevin Fergusson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)
David Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs. Bert Ferguson (Royal Troon)
Andrew Carroll (Dongan) Vs. Jamie MacPherson (Whiting Bay)
Gordon McCrea (Beith) Vs. Del Chamberlain (Troon Welbeck)
John Shanks (Irvine) Vs. Peter Bond (Irvine Ravenspark)
Paul Church & Jim Anderson (Skelmorlie) are through to round 3 after a 1 hole home win over John Anderson & Sean Ingle (Braehead).
Gary Jordan & Douglas Anderson (Annanhill) travelled away to record a 2 & 1 win over David Murdoch & Gordon Blunt (Prestwick St. Cuthbert).
John Byrne & Colin Greenham (West Kilbride) and Douglas McKinnon & Kevin Ottley (Ayr Belleisle) progressed courtesy of 1 hole home wins over Neil McKinnon & Billy Hamilton (Ballochmyle) and Kenny Milliken & Ian Fraser (Troon St. Meddans) respectively.
In the other match decided recently, Roddie Davidson & James Young (Drongan) received a walkover from Alan & George McLean (Kilbirnie Place).
The fixtures for the third round, to be completed by 28th June, are :-
Troon Welbeck or Largs Vs. Skelmorlie
Brunston Castle Vs. Ayr Dalmilling or Alton
Annanhill Vs. Loudoun or Saxone
Doon Valley or Crosshouse Vs. Troon Portland
Maybole Vs. Tam O Shanter
Ardeer or Ayr Carrick Vs. Drongan
Irvine Vs. West Kilbride
New Cumnock Vs. Ayr Belleisle
Irish internationalist Niall Kearney from Royal Dublin won the trophy with a closing round of 70 for an aggregate of 208 and a five shot victory.
McEwan shared fourth place on six-over-par 216
LEADING FINAL TOTALS
208 - N Kearney 70 68 70
213 - L Burns 70 70 73
214 - J Vickery 72 74 68
216 - A Dunbar 73 74 69, D Whitnell 74 73 69, M Nixon 71 75 70, S McEwan 74 71 71, A Hogan 74 71 71, T Fleetwood 71 73 72, S Hodgson 71 73 72, S Haywood 72 71 73
217 - B Martin 70 80 67, G Campbell 72 73 72, H P Bacher 71 73 73, C Ford 71 73 71, R Carter 74 68 75
Selected Scottish scores:
219 - R Kellett 73 73 73 (joint 20th)
225 - G Dear 69 81 75 (joint 43rd)
227 - P O'Hara 73 80 75 (joint 46th).
All the youngsters also received a Golden Bear golf hat as a momento of a truly unforgettable experience.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Lomas, the 1994 European Tour Rookie Of The Year in 1994 who won the 1996 Czech Open during his European Tour career, birdied the last for a six-under-par 64 to edge out Mark King (Kingsfield Golf Cenre) by one shot.
LEADING SCORES :-
64 Jonathan Lomas (unatt)
65 Mark King (Kingsfield)
67 Stephen McNally (Scottish Institute of Sport), Paul McKechnie (Braid Hills), Jason McCreadie (Buchanan Castle), James Clive (Carrick)
68 Colin Gillies (Perry Golf), Stephen Gray (Hayston), Alan Lockhart (Ladybank)
69 Ewan Davie (Dunblane New), Lindsay Mann (Carnoustie), Mark Loftus (Cowglen), Robert Farrell (Cardross)
70 Edward Thomson (Senit Associates), David Orr (East Renfrewshire), Alastair MacKenzie (Duddingston)
71 Christopher Russell (RAW Golf Course Design), Robert Arnott (Bishopbrigs GR), Gordon Law (Uphall)
72 Euan Cameron (Hamilton)
73 Kevin McAleer (Gleddoch), Fraser McLaughlan (Bothwell Castle), Ewan Hogarth (Peebles)
74 Lee Vannet (Carnoustie GL), Dean Robertson (Mearns Castle)
75 Keith Baxter (Buchanan Castle), Gordon Niven (Stirling Univ)
77 Karyn Burns (Mearns Castle), Kenneth Monaghan (Bothwell Castle)
78 Sean O'Donnell (Balbirnie Park)
79 Greg Paxton (Ralston)
Retired: Chris Campbell (Grantown on Spey)
McKinnon and Forrow both recorded one-under-par 69's to head the field of 19 professionals in the invitational event.
PROFESSIONAL SCORES :-
69 Alastair Forrow (Whitecraigs), Jim McKinnon (Irvine).
70 Stephen Duncan (Cathcart Castle), Stewart Russell (East Renfrewshire).
71 Gordon Stewart (Cawder).
73 Alan Lockhart (Ladybank).
74 David Orr (East Renfrewshire).
75 Peter McLachlan (West Kilbride), Russell Smith (Gleneagles Hotel).
76 Scott Gillespie (Burntisland).
77 Paul Hubner (Eastwood).
79 Craig Donnelly (Balbirnie Park).
81 Kris McGowan (Burntisland).
82 Iain Darroch (West Kilbride).
83 Stuart Wilson (Eastwood), Andrew Jowett (Gleneagles Hotel), Paul Carpenter (Royal Troon), Donald McKay (Wellsgreen).
Disq - Andrew MacRae (Gleneagles Hotel).
Friday, May 15, 2009
Belleisle Match Secretary Robert Morrison is delighted and said :-
“Slater Hogg`s generous renewal of their sponsorship is tremendous news in the difficult current financial climate and allows us to maintain the increased prize fund from last year. With 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes of £250, £170 and £120 respectively, and prizes down as far as 8th place, it is again hoped to attract a quality field of the top low handicappers in Ayrshire and also further afield.”
The 36-hole scratch event is for golfers up to a maximum of 6 handicap and is a qualifying event for the recently revamped Doc Thom Ayrshire Golf Association Order of Merit.
The event will this year see the introduction of the “Tiger Tee” at the par 5 15th hole, last used many years ago by the Pros in The Sunderland Masters Tartan Tour event.
Block entry forms have been sent out to all Ayrshire Clubs although entries can also be made via the club`s website www.ayrbelleislegolfclub.com , via the link on the Ayrshire Golf Association website or by telephoning Robert Morrison on 07708 861569.
Closing date for entries is SUNDAY 17th MAY.
If spaces are available then late entries may be accepted, on a first come first served basis, by telephoning Robert Morrison.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Marc Smith (Troon Welbeck) and Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) will carry Ayrshire hopes of a home county win in the penultimate tour event of the season.
Prestwick St Nicholas's Kathleen Dauthieu had the best net round of the day by far to book one of the eight qualifying places in the LGU Medal Grand Final at Crieff on Sunday June 7, which were up for grabs at the rescheduled West area final at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club on Thursday 14th May.
Only 64 of the original field for the rain-abandoned competition on May 6 turned up second time round but even if they had all turned up it is doubtful if anyone would have got close to Kathleen's net 71 off a handicap of 24.
The ladies' par at Ranfurly Castle is 74 and the standard scratch 73. The CSS was 76 on a bright and breezy day.
Kathleen's net return was the best of the day by six clear shots.
It was an Ayrshire double on the day with Christine Whitelaw (Largs) taking top spot in the silver division.
The full list of qualifiers for Crieff is:
Silver Division - Christine Whitelaw (Largs) (9) (better inward half). Nichola Ferguson (Clober) (5) 78; Sheila Sergenson (Palacerigg) (11) (better inward half), Anna Boyd (Biggar) (14) 79.
Bronze Division - Kathleen Dauthieu (Prestwick St Nicholas) (25) 71; Margaret Bremner (Caldwell) (23) (better inward half), Joyce McGregor (Windyhill) (22) (better inward half), Helen Abram (Ranfurly Castle) (23) 77 (better inward half).
Helen Abraham, the Ranfurly Castle ladies captain pipped Kay Gillies (Vale of Leven), who had a net 77 off 23 for the fourth and last qualifying place in the Bronze Division.
Ballochmyle, the winners in 2003, 2004 and 2006, had a notable 3.5 - 2.5 win over their hosts to get their campaign off to a flying start.
Bruce Manderson and Neal Robertson (Beith) awarded their tie to Scott McCahill and David Wallace (Maybole) whilst Daniel McGhee and John Brennan (Tam O Shanter) beat Dan Higgins and W. McCartney (Wallacetown) by 5 & 3.
The Maybole side now play host to tam O Shanter in the next round.
Mark Anderson and Ian Hogg (Irvine) had a one hole victory at home over R. Kennedy and D. Bartlett (Caprington) and now face another home tie against the winners between West Kilbride and Ballochmyle.
James and Craig Nichol (New Cumnock) are the other side through to the last 16 after a 3 & 2 away win against Ron Carney and J. McGown (Largs Routenburn). New cumnock now face a home tie against the winners between Troon St. Meddans and Ayr Belleisle.
All remaining second round ties are due for completion by 24th May.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following closing dates:
DM Hall Scottish Open Mid Amateur (Over 25's) Championship Thursday 14 May 2009
Golf Data Lab Scottish Youths Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship Thursday 21 May 2009
Conditions of entry are as follows:
DM Hall Scottish Open Mid Amateur Championship
Royal Burgess, 13 - 15 June 2009
Over 25 at 00.01 hours on 13 June 2009
Handicap Limit: 5.4 Entry fee: £40
To download an Entry Form please click here:
To view a current list of entries received please click here:
Golf Data Lab Scottish Youths Championship
Renfrew GC, 19 - 21 June 2009
Under 21 at 00.01 hours on 1st Jan 2009
Handicap Limit: 2.4 Entry fee: £45
To download an Entry Form please click here:
To view a current list of entries received please click here:
If you know of anybody who has still to enter can you please remind them to do so as soon as possible.
Friday, May 08, 2009
David Addison (Kilmarnock Barassie), Cameron Gray (West Kilbride), Chris harkins (Ayr Belleisle) and Jamie Mackay (Kilmarnock Barassie) will be hoping to become the first Ayrshire winner since Alan Reid (Kilmarnock Barassie) who took the title at St. Andrews in 1993.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Brown started the match brightly and forged a two hole lead by the third after McInally found sand with tee shots at the 2nd and 3rd.
Starting times involving Ayrshire players for the first qualifying round on Tuesday 19th may are :-
0840 Lesley Hendry (Routenburn), Laura McLardy (Murcar Links), Elaine Cuthill (Lanark)
1040 Jane Turner (Craigielaw), Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies), Emily Ogilvy (Auchterarder)
1200 Fiona Hay (Deeside), Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay), Charlie Taylor (Kilmarnock Barassie)
12.20 Gail Wilson (Monifieth), Tracy Masterton (Windyhill), Gillian Lockhart (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Joint runners-up were Mark King (Kingsfield) and Ken Campbell (Machrihanish) who were two shots further back on 145.
Former Amateur champion Gordon Sherry, playing over his home course, shot a best of the tournament 70 in his second round for a total of 147 and 6th place overall.
Other players with an Ayrshire connection who finished well up the field included Calum Nicoll (Prestwick), Ayr resident Jonathan Lomas as well as former Ayrshire player Graeme Fox (East Kilbride) and former Barassie member Alan Reid (West Lothian)
LEADING SCORES :-
143 - Jim McKinnon (Irvine) 72 71
145 - Mark King (Kingsfield) 72 73, Ken Campbell (Machrihanish) 72 73
146 - Gareth Wright (West Linton) 72 74, Stewart Savage (Dalmuir) 72 74
147 - Gordon Sherry (Kilmarnock Barassie) 77 70
148 - Fraser Mann (Musselburgh) 75 73, Callum Nicoll (Prestwick) 75 73, David Orr (East Renfrewshire) 73 75
149 - Graham Fox (East Kilbride) 78 71, Jonathan Lomas (unatt) 75 74, David Patrick (Elie) 75 74, Ian Taylor (Drumpellier) 73 76, Mark Loftus (Cowglen) 72 77, Hamish Kemp (Bishopbriggs) 71 78
150 - Murray Urquhart (Spey Valley) 77 73, Steven Duncan Balbirnie Park) 75 75, Steven Taylor (Bothwell Castle) 74 76
151 - Lindsay Mann (Carnoustie) 75 76, Alan E Reid (West Lothian) 75 76
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Report and photo courtesy of the R & A Website :-
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has announced Colin M Brown as Captain for the year 2009 – 2010.
Each year the Past Captains meet to confer upon the nomination and the announcement was made today at the Club’s May Business Meeting.
The new Captain will assume office later this year following the traditional driving in ceremony on Thursday 24 September.
Colin Brown joined The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 1994. He served on the Finance Committee from 2000 – 2005 and is currently Chairman of the Membership Committee and a member of the General Committee.
He is a past Captain of Kilmacolm Golf Club and, in 2001, captained Prestwick Golf Club in its 150th anniversary year. He plays to a handicap of 7.
Educated at Glenalmond College, he is a Chartered Accountant and has retired following a career in stockbroking and investment management.
He is a former Chairman of the Scottish Stock Exchange and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Renfrewshire.
Resident in Kilmacolm, Colin is married to Patricia, also an ardent golfer, who is Vice Captain of Renfrewshire Ladies’ County Golf Association.
They have three adult children all of whom attended St Andrews University.
The Ayrshire Golf Association congratulates Colin on his election to the R & A captaincy and wishes him every success in his year in office.
Colin is the second Prestwick member in recent years to be elected as Captain of The Royal And Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, following Richard Cole-Hamilton, who was captain in 2004 - 2005.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Defending champion Paul Moultrie (Troon Portland), being unavailable for latter rounds due to other commitments, sportingly awarded a walkover to Kevin Fergusson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) in their second round tie rather than possibly having to scratch at a later stage.
Bert Ferguson (Royal Troon) maintained hopes of a plce in the semi finals over his home course with a 19th hole victory over Craig Adams (Ardeer), at Ardeer, in round 2.
Neil McCormack (New Cumnock) recorded a 2 hole win at home over David Muir (Muirkirk) to reach round 3 whilst Gordon McCrea (Beith) edged past his visitor Billy Murdoch (Ayr Carrick) at the 22nd in their second round encounter.
The other second round match played so far saw Ayrshire Golf Association Vice President David Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat his visitor Sandy Riddell (Skelmorlie) by 6 & 5 to progress.
All remaining second round matches are due for completion by 17th may 2009
The draw for the third round (to be played by 21 June 2009) is :-
Fraser McCall (Troon Portland) or Tommy McInally (Loudoun) Vs. Steven Corrigan Ayr Dalmilling) or Michael Roos (West Kilbride)
John Broadfoot (Turnberry) or Chris Harkins (Ayr Belleisle) Vs. Neil McCormack (New Cumnock)
Scott McCahill (Maybole) or Ross Clark (Braehead) Vs. Gregor Dickson (largs) or Gavin Lawrie (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
Billy McCulloch (Brunston Castle) or Gary Bryden (Girvan) Vs. Kevin Fergusson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)
David Miller (Kilmanrock Barassie) Vs. Bert Ferguson (Royal Troon)
Andrew Carroll (Dongan) or Mark Tait (Annanhill) Vs. Jamie McPherson (Whiting Bay) or John Sloan (Doon Valley)
Gordon McCrea (Beith) Vs. Alan McLean (Kilbirnie Place) or Del Chamberlain (Troon Welbeck)
Billy Wilson (Ballochmyle) or John Shanks (Irvine) vs. Peter Bond (Irvine Ravenspark) or Campbell McCluskie (Crosshouse)
Mccall and cairns beat Stuart Craig & Peter Thomson of Kilmarnock Barassie by two holes at Portland in round 2 and now face a trip to play Doon Valley or Crosshouse in round 3.
In the final match on the course, Ayrshire Boys Champion Scott Brown (Turnberry) - pictured left - faced Champion Of Champions Trophy holder Paul Moultrie (Troon Portland) and the match was close throughout with Brown holding a one hole lead as the players teed off at the final hole.
Moultrie hit a fine tee shot just short of the green and chipped up to 8 feet from the hole whilst Brown let his tee shot drift right and founsd a bunker. Unperturbed however, Brown played an excellent recovery shot to 15 feet and followed up by holing for an excellent birdie three and a one hole win.
2009 Ayrshire Strokeplay Champion John Shanks (Irvine) suffered a first round defeat in the Matchplay Championship, held at Prestwick Golf Club on Monday 4th May.
Shanks lost out by 4 & 2 to Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay) - pictured right - who won the Boys Matchplay title over the same course in 2007.
Malcolm Pennycott now plays Stephen Spence (Irvine) in the quarter finals after spence won 5 & 4 against his clubmate Gareth Lamb in round 1.
Current Ayrshire Boys Matchplay and Strokeplay Champion Scott Brown (Turnberry) - pictured left - faced Joe Gilligan (Troon Welbeck), who won the boys matchplay title in 1993, in round 1 and in a very tight game it was Brown who won through to the quarter finals at the fourth extra hole.
Brown now faces an interesting quarted final match against the Ayrshire Champion Of Champions title holder Paul Moultrie (Troon Portland), - pictured right - after Moultrie defeated John Haggerty (Loudoun) by 6 & 5 in the first round.
2007 Matchplay winner Stephen Murray (Troon Welbeck) - pictured left - defeated his clubmate Walter Meiklem by 2 & 1 and now plays Ian Walker (Turnberry) - pictured right - for a place in the semi finals after Walker won at the 19th against Craig McLaughlin (Largs).
The remaining quarter final is between Tommy McInally (Loudoun) - pictured left - and Billy Hunter (Troon Welbeck). McInally, the 2006 matchplay champion beat Ricky Black (Irvine) by 4 & 3 to reach the last eight whilst Hunter defeated Graham Rowan (Ballochmyle) by 5 & 3.
The remaining matches continue each evening this week, with the final scheduled for Thursday evening with a 5.00 p.m. tee off.
ROUND 1 RESULTS
MALCOLM PENNYCOTT (Whiting bay) beat JOHN SHANKS (Irvine) by 4 & 2
STEPHEN SPENCE (Irvine) beat GARETH LAMB (Irvine) by 5 & 4
JOE GILLIGAN (Troon Welbeck) lost to SCOTT BROWN (Turnberry) at the 22nd
JOHN HAGGERTY (Loudoun) lost to PAUL MOULTRIE (Troon Portland) by 6 & 5
STEPHEN MURRAY (Troon Welbeck) beat WALTER MEIKLEM (Troon Welbeck) by 2 & 1
CRAIG McLAUGHLIN (Largs) lost to IAN WALKER (Turnberry) at the 19th
RICKY BLACK (Irvine) lost to TOMMY McINALLY (Loudoun) by 4 & 3
GRAHAM ROWAN (Ballochmyle) lost to BILLY HUNTER (Troon Welbeck) by 5 & 3
QUARTER FINALS (Tuesday 5/5/09 from 1700 hrs approx)
MALCOLM PENNYCOTT Vs. STEPHEN SPENCE
SCOTT BROWN Vs. PAUL MOULTRIE
STEPHEN MURRAY Vs. IAN WALKER
TOMMY McINALLY Vs. BILLY HUNTER
Monday, May 04, 2009
Cheryl brings to her new post a wealth of knowledge and experience in the hospitality field. She has worked with several hotel groups, including Friendly Hotels, Choice Hotels, Lochside House Hotel, and Costley & Costley.
Most recently she worked for Swallow Hotels based at the Station Hotel in Ayr, firstly as revenue manager responsible for marketing and tourism. In this post she attended the PGA Golf & Merchandise Show in Toronto in 2004 and Orlando in 2005.
Cheryl was then promoted within Swallow Hotels to Group Conference and Sales Manager for the UK responsible for the Conference, Sales & Marketing for approximately 146 hotels.
This was her last post before taking a break to give birth to her daughter Olivia.
Cheryl has now returned to work, and taken up her new appointment as general manager of Brunston Castle Golf Course.
Speaking about her new post, Cheryl said:
“I am very keen and proud to have joined and be part of Brunston Castle Golf Course.
I have a fantastic team of employees and an excellent golf professional in Stuart Smith, and together we aim to put Brunston Castle Golf Course back on the map as the best parkland golf course in South Ayrshire.
Hardly anywhere else in the world is there such an abundance of fine courses as those found in Ayrshire - the world-renowned championship links layouts like Prestwick, Turnberry and Royal Troon all spring to mind.
However, Ayrshire boasts some real hidden gems, one of which being our very own Brunston Castle Golf Course, designed by the legendary golf course architect Donald Steel. Split by the Water of Girvan and sheltered by the rolling South Carrick Hills, our scenic course is speckled with mature trees and roundels.
Having only opened for play in 1991, Brunston Castle has quickly established itself as a true and fair test of golf for players of all standards, not to mention a refreshing alternative to the numerous links courses that are found in its vicinity. The course’s blossoming reputation was underlined when chosen to host the Scottish Youths Amateur Championships in 2004 and the Scottish Boys and Girls Championships in 2007.
Brunston Castle can offer tee-time availability seven days a week, and our clubhouse facilities extend to the provision of formal dining in our restaurant, the more relaxed environment of our lounge where you can enjoy one of our excellent bar meals whilst taking in the stunning views of the golf course and the impressive scenery beyond, or simply take in a refreshment whilst viewing the current sporting events on our widescreen television following a great day’s golf.
My aim at Brunston Castle is to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience and a day to remember.”
The Brunston Castle pair of A. Dunlop & J. Brown won 3 & 2 against Scott Moore and Barry Calder (Irvine ravenspark), at home, in round 2 and now face a home tie against Ayr Dalmilling or Alton in the third round.
Also through to the last 16 are the Irvine pairing of M. Anderson & I. Hogg who booked their place with a 1 hole home win over R. Kennedy & D. Bartlett (Caprington). They now face a home tie against West Kilbride or Ballochmyle