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Thursday, September 30, 2010

GLASGOW YOUTHS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP - Scott Brown takes first place at Ralston

Scott Brown (Turnberry) returned the best individual total in the recent Glasgow Youths' Open Championship and Area Team Championship which was held on Sat 18 September at Ralston.

Rounds on 72 and 68 gave the former Ayrshire Matchplay Champion a total of 140. This total was matched by Lewis Fairbairn (Goswick) but Scott Brown took first place by virtue of the better second round with his 68 against Fairbairn's 69.

In the team event, won by Northumberland, Ayrshire were not placed in the top three positions.

Individual scores :-

CSS 71 69

Scott Brown, Turnberry 72 68 140
Lewis Fairbairn, Goswick 71 69 140
Sam Binning, Ranfurly Castle 73 68 141
Scott Costello, Kirkhill 68 74 142
Jordan Gallagher, Crow Wood 71 72 143
John Grant, Ralston 71 72 143
Alan Welsh, Torrance House 77 67 144
James Hendrick, Pollok 74 70 144
Paul Shields, Kirihill 73 71 144
Andrew Scrimshaw, Prudhoe 75 70 145
Elliot Wilson, Goswick 70 75 145
Jamie Lynch, Falkirk Tryst 78 68 146
Euan Brown, Kilmarnock Barassie 74 72 146
Fraser Grant, Ralston 72 74 146
Paul Loughlin, Cawder 72 74 146
Simon Barras, Helensburgh 71 75 146
Euan Douglas, Dunblane New 74 73 147
Jordan Grant, Renfrew 74 73 147
Andrew Cunningham, Ranfurly Castle 76 72 148
Ross Gillan, Torrance House 75 73 148
Antonio O'Donnell, Greenock Whinhill 72 76 148
Jamie Auchenvole, Glenbervie 76 73 149
Declan Hayes, Hamilton 76 74 150
Ryan Campbell, Grangemouth 79 72 151
Lee Milligan, Dumbarton 78 73 151
Craig Ross, Kirkhill 77 74 151
Alistair Lauder, Paisley 75 76 151
James Reilly, East Kilbride 75 76 151
Darryn Grant, Renfrew 74 77 151
Calum Bisset, Hayston 80 72 152
Martin Scott, Hamilton 81 72 153
Greg Nicoll, Glenbervie 74 79 153
Glenn Fotheringham, Grangemouth 80 74 154
Scott Turnbull, Millport 80 74 154
Darius Kunecki, Callander 78 76 154
Greg Paterson, Ranfurly Castle 73 83 156
David Guthrie, Grangemouth 79 78 157
Scott Wearing, Bishopbriggs 80 78 158
David Docherty, Bonnyton 80 80 160
David Graham, Machrihanish 80 81 161
Christie Gray, Williamwood 82 80 162
Craig Pirie, Millport 81 81 162
Jack Brown, Cathcart Castle 80 86 166
Conor Lynch, Ralston 88 79 167
Andrew Campbell, Dumbarton NR 74
Marc Smith, Troon Welbeck 75 NR
Calum McDonald, Ralston NR NR

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

AYRSHIRE SENIORS LEAGUE Caprington are 2010 champions

Caprington won the Ayrshire Seniors League on Sunday 26th September when the defeated Prestwick St Cuthberts by 4 - 1 in the final.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MAIL ON SUNDAY WOMENS CLASSIC - Skelmorlie march into semi finals and they are off to Spain

The women's team from Skelmorlie Golf Club travelled to contest the Mail On Sunday Women's Classic quarter finals at Worsley Park, Manchester, recently and won through to the semi finals, along with fellow Scots Murrayfield, which will be played in Spain later this year.

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS

MURRAYFIELD 3, WEST ESSEX 2
SKELMORLIE 3 1/2, CHELMSFORD 1 1/2
BEAU DESERT 3, HAVERFORD WEST 2
WILDWOOD 3, FOREST PINES 2

Skelmorlie, Murrayfield, Beau Desert and Wildwood will travel to El Rompido Golf and Beach Resort on the Costa de la Luz in Spain for a five day trip, from 21 November to 25th November during which the semi finals and final will be contested.

Wishing the Skelmorlie ladies all the best in their great adventure.

(Here's a more detailed report and photo -  with thanks to Gillian Pollock)


MAIL ON SUNDAY LADIES TEAM CLASSIC 2010

Skelmorlie Golf Club Ladies team have just returned from an extremely enjoyable but stressful weekend competing in the Quarter finals of the prestigious Mail on Sunday Team Classic event. These Quarter Finals were played at the Marriott Worsley Park Golf and Country Club in Manchester.

The seven other ladies teams who competed, fielded strong teams with plenty of reserves to choose from after their practice round on Sunday. Unfortunately Skelmorlie team captain Kath MacKellar was not afforded this luxury of choice.

Although a strong team, Skelmorlie only had five players to choose from - Kath MacKellar, Gillian Pollock, Aileen Donaldson, Janet Harkness and Alex Sargent as the other team member, Jenny McGee, was unable to attend the event as she had been called away to America following her daughter Heather’s serious riding accident. Thankfully Heather is now well on the way to recovery and Jenny will be home shortly because against all the odds, this team of five, from the small club of Skelmorlie in Ayrshire faced the might of Chelmsford in Essex and emerged victorious with a 3.5/1.5 win.

They now find themselves in the wonderful position of being off to the Grand finals to be held at El Rompido Golf resort in Southern Spain, at the end of November.

Monday, September 27, 2010

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Championship joy for Kilmarnock (Barassie)

 Kilmarnock (Barassie) won the 2010 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship with a comprehensive victory over Ayr Belleisle in the final played at Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club on Sunday 26th September.

The winning team is pictured on the right along with team manager Bill Sherry (back centre) and Ayrshire Junior Golf League Chairman John Nordbo from Largs (far right) - (photograph courtesy of Craig Gilmour)

The 2010 Kilmarnock (Barassie) squad had a 5 - 1 victory over Ayr Belleisle to ad a second League Championship triumph to their only other win back in 2001.

Former West Of Scotland Boys matchplay winner Euan Walker was first out for Barassie and quickly established a 3 hole lead by the 5th over fellow Ayrshire Boys squad member Ciar Porciani. Euan further increased his lead to 5 holes at the turn befire Ciar stemmed the tide a little but was powerless to stop a 5&4 defeat

Callum Gorrie increased barassie's advantage in the second tie, against Sean Thorburn, opening a two hole lead after five and increasing thise lead to four holes at the turn. Five holes down after the 12th, Sean clawed one hole back but eventually lost by 4&3.

In the third tie Euan Henderson was one hole ahead for barassie after five but then pulled away from jack McCluskey by taking thre of the next four holes for a four hole advantage at the turn. Euan maintained his lead throughout the inward half to win by 4&3.

In the fourth tie, Donald Swinley kept Belleisle's slim hopes alive with a run of five winning holes from six against Colin Currie as they turned for home, for a 5&3 victory.

With only a half over the remaining ties required by Kilmarnock (Barassie) for outright victory, it fell to Stuart Hope in the last tie on the course to record a 3&2 win over Bruce Rennie and secure the point needed to give Barassie a clear victory.

The 5th tie went all the way to the final green with Blair Gavin having established a two hole lead after 15 over Ross Cameron. Ross reduced the defecit by winning the 16th and a half at the penultimate hole took the tie to the last with Blair gavin holding the lead. Ross Cameron however found trouble from the final tee and the tie went to Blair gavin, and Kilmanrock (Barassie) by two holes, giving a final match score of Kilmanrock (Barassie) 5 Ayr Belleisle 1.

MATCH DETAILS (Ayr Belleisle names first)

CIAR PORCIANI (2) lost to EUAN WALKER (1) by 5&4
SEAN THORBURN (4) lost to CALLUM GORRIE (4) by 4&3
JACK McCLUSKEY (4) lost to EUAN HENDERSON (5) by 4&3
DONALD SWINLEY (5) beat COLIN CURRIE (5) by 5&3
ROSS CAMERON (9) lost to BLAIR GAVIN (5) by 2 holes
BRUCE RENNIE (10) lost to STUART HOPE (12) by 3&2

AYR BELLEISLE 1   KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE) 5

THE FINALISTS - Ayr Belleisle & Kilmarnock (Barassie)

At the presentations after the match AJGL Chairman John Nordbo (Largs) thanked Prestwick St. Nicolas for providing the use of the course at such short notice after the closure of Largs due to substantial storm damage on the Wednesday evening. He also congratulated all participants on reaching their respective finals.

The day had provided not only worthy winners but also gallant losers and the games had been played in a very friendly manner. Each final also attracted a number of supporters adding to the occasion.

On a final note it was observed that the Barassie team were all under 16 and could play as a team for the next two years so there is an challenge for other clubs in the coming years.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Telfer takes the title to St Cuthbert


Craig Telfer (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) - pictured right -  is the new Ayrshire Junior Champion of Champions, winning the title with a 2 & 1 victory over Joseph Howie (Ardeer) 2&1 in a very competitive match at Prestwick St Nicholas on Sunday 26th September.

Joseph Howie took the lead at the first after Craig Telfer was in trouble from the tee on the right but Craig fought back to win the 3rd and square the match.

Joseph re-established his lead at the 4th, only to see Craig level the game once more at the fifth.

Craig went ahead in the match for the first time at the 7th but Joseph levelled the match once more as the players reached the turn.

It had been a hard fought game played in wonderful spirit and the following band of supporters found it hard to predict a winner at this stage.

In the second nine Craig began to make his longer hitting tell and eased into the lead at the10th, increasing it further at the 13th to two holes with a birdie at the long and testing par four.

As holes began to run out, Craig Telfer matched Joseph Howie's par figures over the closing holes to claim victory at the 17th by 2&1.

In an exciting match which could have gone either way, League Chairman John Nordbo (Largs) paid tribute to both players for their sportsmanship and conduct.


The finalists

Sunday, September 26, 2010

SCOTTISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP - Creditable performance by Loudoun as Carrickvale take title

A creditable performance by Loudoun Gowf Club saw them finish joint eighth in the 2010 Scottish Club Championship at Fortrose & Rosemarkie on Sunday 26th September.

The Loudoun team total of 287 left them 10 shots adrift of the winners, Carrickvale Golf Club from Edinburgh.

(Report from the SGU website)

Scotland international Allyn Dick helped Lothians’ club Carrickvale to their maiden success in the Scottish Club Championship at Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle this afternoon.

The trio of Dick, Craig Elliot and Dave Ewen posted a four-round total of 277, seven-under par, to finish three strokes clear of St Andrews who claimed the runners-up spot for the second year in a row, with Powfoot and Glenbervie tied third a further shot back.

St Andrews seized the first round lead after excellent rounds of 66 and 67 from Gary Sharp and Daniel Sommerville gave them a nine-under par tally of 133, with Carrickvale a shot behind after a round of 66 from Dick and Elliot’s 68. Glenbervie were also in the hunt four shots adrift, with Stirling University student Graeme Robertson also firing a five-under 66.

The ‘Vale’ applied the pressure in the afternoon and Dick returned his second sub-par round of the day with a second round 70, while Elliot followed up with a 73. The St Andrews challenge faltered and despite a solid level par 71 from Sommerville, team-mates Sharp and Kevin Hastie could only manage a 76 and 77 respectively, leaving Carrickvale to claim the title, becoming the first Lothians’ club to win the championship in the event’s 26-year history.

A three-under par 68 from Powfoot’s Barry Scott and a 70 from team-mate Michael Grunwell gave the South side third place courtesy of the countback, with Glenbervie left to settle for fourth place. A pair of two-under par 69s helped Gourock to a share of fifth place alongside Blairgowrie, whose former Scottish Amateur Champion Glenn Campbell was the pick of their trio after rounds of 71 and 69.

Carrickvale now go on to represent Scotland it the European Club Championship at Estela Golf Club, Portugal from 21 - 23 October.

FINAL PLACINGS

1 Carrick Vale 134 143 277
2 St Andrews 133 147 280
T3* Powfoot 143 138 281
Glenbervie 137 144 281
T5 Gourock 140 144 284
Blairgowrie 146 138 284
7 Moray 141 145 286
T8 Loudoun Gowf 143 144 287
Tulliallan 143 144 287
10 Crow Wood 148 144 292
11 Murcar Links 146 149 295
12 Cowglen 154 146 300
T13 Selkirk 147 155 302
Ballumbie Castle 148 154 302
15 Rothsay WD WD WD
16 Windyhill DQ DQ DQ

* Powfoot claim 3rd place by virtue of the lowest discarded score for the 2nd round
 
The individual scores from the Loudoun team were :-
 
Chris Bone 74 70
Scott Gilchrist 79 74
Tommy McInally 69 75

AYRSHIRE SUMMER LEAGUE - Honours even in first leg of final

The first leg of the final of the 2010 Ayrshire Summer League took place at Irvine (Bogside) on Saturday 26th September and in a closely fought match honours were even at the conclusion with a 3 - 3 draw.

Irvine won the first two games by one hole and 2 & 1 beofre the Kilmarnock (Barassie) side took ties 3, 4 & 5 by 4&2 , 2&1 and 2&1 although Irvine comfortably took the last tie by 5&4 to square the match overall.

The stage is now set for a thrillng second leg of the final at Kilmarnock (Barassie) on Saturday 9th October when the match tees off at 2.00 p.m. with all to play for.

Friday, September 24, 2010

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Finals switch after Largs washout

The finals of the Ayrshire Junior Golf League and Junior Champion Of Champions competitions this Sunday, 26th September will now take place at Prestwick St Nicholas GC instead of Largs GC.

The torrential rain on Wednesday night which saw considerable flood damage in and around Largs and Fairlie caused a large ammounf of damage to the Kelburn course, making the venue unavailable for the finals this weekend.

Prestwick St Nicholas have kindly stepped in and agreed to host the two finals on Sunday.

The Champion Of Champions final will now tee of at St Nicholas at 1.45 p.m. with the League Championship final following at 2.22 p.m.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

LADIES WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER CLUB LEAGUE - Milngavie grab Greenlees Trophy in grandstand finish

The conclusion of Division 1 in the 2010 West Of Scotland Ladies Inter Club League for the Greenlees Trophy proved equally as exciting as the division 2 finish as Milngavie grabbed the title with a comprehensive win over Troon ladies in their final match of the season.

Needing to win by 7 - 2 on Tuesday 21st September, in order to overtake the leaders Cathkin Braes, the Milngavie side dashed Troon Ladies remaining slim hopes of the title by winning six of the nine ties outright. The other three ties were a more nailbiting affair, with all three going to the final green and finishing square in each case. This gave Milngavie 7.5 points and the premier title by one point over Cathkin Braes.

With only the rearranged match between Kilmarnock (Barassie) & Troon Ladies still to be played, the leading places and the relegation positions cannot be altered. Kilmarnock (Barassie) can consolidate their third place in their remaining match whilst Troon Ladies can hoist themselves into fourth or even third place depending on the scoreline in the match.

A defeat by 6 - 3 at home to Cathkin Braes in their final match of the season left West Kilbride in one of the two relegation places along with Cardross, 1.5 points adrift of third bottom team, Kilmacolm.

The standings at present are :-

DIVISION 1

Milngavie 48.5
Cathkin Braes 47.5
Kilmarnock Barassie 38
Ranfurly Castle 34.5
Douglas Park 34
Troon 32
Kilmacolm 30.5
West Kilbride 29
Cardross 21

Prestwick St Nicholas go up to division one next season as Division 2 champions after their heroic 7.5 - 1.5 win over Lanark in their final match, and will be joined by Whitecraigs, whilst Bothwell Castle and Lanark will go down to Division 3.

Final standings in the division are :-

DIVISION 2

Prestwick St. Nicholas 49
Whitecraigs 48.5
Haggs Castle 44
Hilton Park 40.5
Erskine 34
Eastwood 33.5
Williamwood 28
Lanark 27
Bothwell Castle 19.5

Largs will play in division 2 next year after winning the Division 3 title by a comprehensive margin, and will be joined by Cowglen who edged out Old ranfurly by one point for the other promotion spot.

With Turnberry dropping out of the league early on in the campaign, it will be hoped that the club will not remain out of the leagues for too long.

Final placings in the division are :-

DIVISION 3

Largs 46.5
Cowglen 34
Old Ranfurly 33
Greenock 32.5
Lenzie 29
East Renfrewshire 27
Cawder 25.5
Cathcart Castle 24.5
Turnberry 0

SGU Secretaries & Captains Grand Final - Irvine Ravenspark pair finish tied eighth

Ayrshire's sole representatives in the 2010 Secretaries & Captains competition finished in a creditable eighth position in the field of 40 clubs who contested the grand final, played at Murrayshall on Tuesday 21st September.

The ayrshire pair finished just four shots adrift of the winners Downfield.

Leading scores :-

63 (-10) - Downfield - Sam Marshall/David Hart
63 (-10) - Duddingston - Gavin Clark/Duncan Ireland
64 (-9) - Airdrie - Jim Robertson/Robert Marshall
65 (-8) - Vale of Leven - Drew Checkley/Gary Smith
66 (-7) - Cardrona - David McKean/David Miller
66 (-7) - North Berwick - Christopher Spencer/Peter Keeling
66 (-7) - Baberton - Raymond Brown/Scott Girvan
67 (-6) - Turriff - Paul Gallacher/Alistair Davidson
67 (-6) - Irvine Ravenspark - Iain McPhail/Andy McFarlane

AYRSHIRE GIRLS GOLF - Grace Mackie wins Centenary Trophy at Turnberry

(Report & photos from June Kerr)

The Ayrshire Girls' Centenary Trophy (Stableford) competition was played over the Kintyre Course at Turnberry on Sunday 19th September.

On a breezy but dry afternoon ten girls played the Kintyre while 14 pre-handicap girls played a stroke competition over the 9 hole Arran Course.


Emma Hale, the holder, put up a great defence of her trophy finishing on 36 points, but it was Troon's Grace Mackie (pictured above holding the trophy) off 14 who was the runaway winner with a splendid 40 points.

Leading scores :-

Silver Division

1st Grace Mackie (Troon Ladies) 40 points
2nd Emma Hale (Troon Bentinck) 36 points
3rd Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 34 points

Bronze Division

1st Ali Roy (Maybole) 33 points
2nd Alexandra Brown (Turnberry) 24 points
3rd Lindsay Scott (Troon Bentinck) 15 points

Pre-Handicap Girls (pictured right)

Age 9-10
1st Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) 50
2nd Jodie Cooper (Maybole) 63
3rd Emma Turner (West Kilbride) 68

Age 11
1st Hannah McSorley (Maybole) 49
2nd Sophie Craig (Troon Bentinck) 59
3rd Leona Murray (Loudoun) 64

Age 12-13
1st Emma Paterson (Loudoun) 44
2nd Hayleigh Campbell (Loudoun) 50
3rd Marian Boyd (Brunston Castle) 74

DISABLED BRITISH OPEN - Berry runner up in british championship

Ally Berry (Irvine Ravenspark) was pipped for the title by one shot at the 2010 Disabled British Open held at East Sussex National golf club over the weekend of 20th-22nd September.

Ally returned 2 scratch rounds of 80 on a course with extremeny testing greens.

Highlights of the event can be seen on SKY SPORTS on the 6th and 7th October 2010.

Ally has now reduced his handicap to 4. 

AYRSHIRE GIRLS GOLF - McGarva wins St Nicholas Trophy

Katie Mcgarva (Troon Ladies) - pictured right with trophy -  won the 2010 St. Nicholas Trophy recently, when the Ayrshire Girls met at Beith on one of the hottest days of the summer, by virtue of the better inward half over Alexandra Brown (Turnberry). The best scratch score of the day was a 76, by Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies).

Leading Scores :-

Division 1 (0-13 h/c)

1st Katie McGarva (Tron Ladies) 77 (10) 67
2nd Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 76 (5) 71
Division 2 (14-36 h/c)

1st Alexandra Brown (Turnberry) 91 (24) 67
2nd Rachel Irvine (Largs) 89 (14) 75

Pre-Handicap Girls (pictured right)

Age 10-11

1st Lindsay Scott (Troon Bentinck)
2nd Louise Duncan (West Kilbride)
3rd Bethan Muir (Troon Bentinck)

Age 12-13

1st Hayleigh Campbell (Loudoun)
2nd Emma Paterson (Loudoun)
3rd Marian Boyd (Brunston Castle)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT - Macneal confirmed as 2010 winner

With the results of all the counting events in the 2010 Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit now collated, Charlie Macneal (Troon Welbeck) - pictured right - has been confirmed as the winner of the 2010 title.

Ayrshire Boys Champion Macneal took the title from Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) with clubmate david Wilson (Troon Welbeck) in third place.

FINAL PLACINGS :-

700 ~ CHARLIE MACNEAL (Troon Welbeck)
612.5 ~ EUAN WALKER (Kil Barassie)
465.8 ~ DAVID WILSON (Troon Welbeck)
350 ~ JACK McDONALD (Kil Barassie)
260 ~ MARC SMITH (Troon Welbeck)
202.5 ~ BEN GIBSON (Troon Welbeck)
194.8 ~ GRAEME RITCHIE (Troon Welbeck)
194.55 ~ GARY MORRISON (Annanhill)
117.5 ~ STEPHEN HILL (Pr St Cuthbert)
110 ~ LOUIS MURRAY (Kil Barassie)
107.05 ~ CALUM BEVERIDGE (Troon Welbeck)
102.5 ~ CALUM GORRIE (Kil Barassie)
100 ~ ROBBIE FITZPATRICK (Ardeer)
85 ~ JACK MCCLUSKEY (Ayr Belleisle)
79.1 ~ GREG VERNON (Annanhill)
64.1 ~ JOHN ROBERTSON (Largs)
62.5 ~ STEVEN NORWOOD (Troon Welbeck)
62.5 ~ SANDY DARROCH (Pr St Nicholas)
50 ~ A WOODS (Kilbirnie Place)
45 ~ GREG TELFER (Pr St Cuthbert)
44.8 ~ COLIN CURRIE (Kil Barassie)
42.5 ~ CHRIS HOBSON (Irvine)
35 ~ C LAWSON (Kilbirnie Place)
35 ~ DANIEL FORBES (Ardeer)
34 ~ CAMERON MACLEAN (West Kilbride)
29.1 ~ GREG CATHIE (Irvine)
22.75 ~ ANGUS RITCHIE (Troon Welbeck)
20 ~ ANDREW THOMSON (Royal Troon)
15 ~ DARREN YOUNG (Annanhill)
15 ~ ALAN MILNE (Ardeer)
14 ~ SCOTT LOW (Pr St Nicholas)
10.8 ~ EUAN HENDERSON (Kil Barassie)
8.75 ~ S BROWN (Kilbirnie Place)
7.5 ~ CALUM MOULTRIE (Tr St Meddans)
5 ~ BRUCE RENNIE (Pr St Nicholas)
5 ~ LOUIS MURRAY (Ayr Belleisle)
5 ~ CIAR PORCIANI (Ayr Belleisle)

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Ayr Belleisle win Under 16 trophy

The final of the Ayrshire Junior Golf League Under 16 Knockout Trophy was held at Largs GC on Sunday 19th September with Ayr Belleisle (pictured right) beating Prestwick St Cuthbert by 3 - 1 to win the trophy.

Jack McCluskey led the Belleisle side by example in the first tie, eastablishing a three hole lead over Greg Telfer at the turn before closing out his opponent on the 15th.

Darryl Lynch and Mark Reid were square at the turn in the second tie but Reid had a run of five successive winning holes to take his tie and square the match at 1 - 1.

The final two ties were very close throughout with the two Ayr belleisle players leading by one hole, through nine, and in both cases the Belleisle players held on for 2 & 1 wins in their respective ties to take the trophy back to Ayr Belleisle

Match details  (Ayr Belleisle names first) :-

Jack McCluskey beat Greg Telfer by 4&3
Darryl Lynch lost to Mark Reid by 5&4
Ross Cameron beat Daniel Webster by 2&1
Jordon Sweeney beat Nathan Galloway by 2&1


The finalists

At the presentations following the final, AJGL Chairman John Nordbo congratulated the teams on their considerable efforts to reach the finals and also thanked Largs Golf Club for providing the courtesy of the course, which was in outstanding condition. He also commented on the fairly sizeable contingent of parents and club supporters following their teams.

On Sunday 26th September Largs will once again be the venue for the Junior League final featuring Kilmarnock (Barassie) and Ayr Belleisle and also the Junior Champion of Champions final between Joseph Howie (Ardeer) and Craig Telfer (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) and spectators will be most welcome.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Troon Welbeck retain Wallace Thornton Trophy

Ayrshire Boys Team Champions Troon Welbeck  retained the Wallace Thornton Trophy on Sunday 19th September when the first of the 2010 Ayrshire Junior Golf League finals were played at Largs.

In the final, the Troon Welbeck side beat local rivals Kilmarnock (Barassie) by 3 & 1 to lift the trophy for the second successive year.


 The winning team - David Wilson, Marc Smith, Rory McKenzie, Charlie Macneal 

In the first tie, Ayrshire Boys Champion Charlie Macneal led by one hole for Welbeck through 6 against Scotland boys internationalist Jack McDonald, but by the ninth Jack had edged in front and held on to a narrow lead in a closely fought game.

The second and third ties were both all square at the turn but Marc Smith opened up a 2 hole lead over Euan Walker by the 12th and closed his game out on the 16th whilst Rory McKenzie took a one hole lead over Callum Gorrie by the 12th and took command by winning the next three holes for a convincing win.

In the final tie, David wilson raced to an early lead, winning the first 4 holes against Colin Currie. Wilson extended his lead to to 6 by the 9th and finished the game at the 12th.

Marc Smith in his final Junior Team game for Welbeck accepted the the Wallace Thornton for the second consecutive year from Ayrshire Junior Golf League Chairman John Nordbo (Largs) at the conclusion of the final, watched by a sizeable contingent of parents and supporters from both teams.

Match Results (Troon Welbeck names first) :-

Charlie MacNeal lost to Jack Mcdonald by 1 hole.
Marc Smith beat Euan Walker by 3&1
Rory McKenzie beat Callum Gorrie by 4&3
David Wilson beat Colin Currie by 7&6



The finalists

DOC THOM AYRSHIRE ORDER OF MERIT - Final placings

With the conclusion of the final counting competition, The Arrl Cup, last wekend, the Doc Thom Ayrshire Order Of Merit has been finalised, with Tommy McInally (Loudoun GC) taking the Doc Tjom Salver, surprisingly for the first time in his carreer, with Scottish Amateur Champion Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) in second place and Scotland internationalist Steven McEwan (Caprington) in third.

Final placings are :-

455 - TOMMY MCINALLY LOUDOUN
250 - MICHAEL STEWART TROON WELBECK
212.5 - STEVEN MCEWAN CAPRINGTON
187.5 - CRAIG HAMILTON BALLOCHMYLE
176 - EUAN BROWN KIL. BARASSIE
160 - KEITH HAMILTON AYR BELLEISLE
110 - GORDON BOYLE AYR DALMILLING
101.25 - MICHAEL SMYTH ROYAL TROON
101- CHRIS BONE LOUDOUN
100 - CHRIS HARKINS AYR BELLEISLE
100 - WILLIAM FLEMING BALLOCHMYLE
100 - STEVEN MURRAY TROON WELBECK
90 - JOHN HAGGERTY LOUDOUN
87.5 - CRAIG DAVIDSON ARDEER
87.5 - STEVEN DONNELLY ARDEER
76.25 - GRAHAM ROWAN BALLOCHMYLE
75 - NEIL MCCORMACK BALLOCHMYLE
75 - JOHN ASHTON ST. NICHOLAS
62.5 - DARREN MALLINSON RAVENSPARK
56 - STEPHEN MCBLAIN ST. CUTHBERT
56 - GRAEME GIMSON ST. CUTHBERT
56 - SCOTT GILCHRIST LOUDOUN
50 - DAVID LINDSAY ARDEER
50 - IAN WALKER TURNBERRY
47.5 - DEL CHAMBERLAIN TROON WELBECK
45 - STEPHEN PRICE AYR BELLEISLE
45 - FRANCIS MCNEILLIE AYR SEAFIELD
45 - STEVEN DUNN AYR SEAFIELD
42.5 - PAUL DENIM LOUDOUN
38 - JIM MILLIGAN KIL. BARASSIE
38 - PAUL KENNEDY LOUDOUN
38 - GRAEME GEBBIE LOUDOUN
38 - BILLY CAMPBELL LOUDOUN
38 - COLIN BERRY LOUDOUN
37.5 - STEPHEN SPENCE IRVINE
35 - SCOTT BROWN TURNBERRY
17.5 - GEORGE ROBERTSON RAVENSPARK
17.5 - DREW ROBERTSON ARDEER
17.5 - MARK MCGIVERN ARDEER
17.5 - MICHAEL HOWIE ARDEER
16.25 - G WILSON LOUDOUN
16.25 - GARY TIERNEY ST. NICHOLAS
15 - THOMAS GREEN BALLOCHMYLE
12.5 - MARC SMITH TROON WELBECK
10 - COLIN ROBINSON LARGS
5 - DAVID TAYLOR AYR SEAFIELD
5 - KEVIN OTTLEY AYR BELLEISLE
5 - STEPHEN BARR RAVENSPARK
5 - CRAIG GOODWIN LOUDOUN
5 - WILLIAM WILSON BALLOCHMYLE
2.5 - IAIN MACDONALD LARGS
2.5 - MARK ANDERSON IRVINE

AYRSHIRE SUMMER LEAGUE - Final dates set

The dates for the two legs of the 2010 Ayrshire Summer League final have been decided.

Irvine GC will play host to Kilmarnock (Barassie) at the Bogside course on Saturday 25th September, teeing off at 12 noon, in the first leg.

The return match will take place at Kilmarnock (Barassie) on Saturday 9th October with a 2.00 p.m. tee off.

ARROL CUP - Gault wins final Doc Thom Qualifying event

The final Doc Thom Order Of merit qualifying event of the season, The Arrol Cup, was played at Prestwick St. Nicholas GC on Saturday 19th September with Paul Gault (Westerwood) taking the trophy by three shots from the quality field.

Gault, a former winner of the Belleisle Cup, shot rounds of 70 & 68 for a total of 138, leaving three players tied on 141 in second place.

Leading final totals:-

138 - PAUL GAULT (Westerwood) 70 - 68
141 - J. GORDON BOYLE (Ayr Dalmilling) 73 - 68
141 - JOHN ASHTON (Prestwick St Nicholas) 71 - 70
141 - CRAIG HAMILTON (Ballochmyle) 69 - 72
143 - GRAEME ROWAN (Ballochmyle) 76 - 67
143 - GAVIN WILSON (Loudoun) 73 - 70
143 - GARY TIERNEY (Prestwick St Nicholas) 73 - 70
143 - MICHAEL SMYTH (Royal Troon) 72 - 71

JUNIOR GOLF - Championship double for Wilson

Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion David Wilson had cause for double celebration recently when he won the 2010 Troon Welbeck Junior Club Championship.

The Championship win at his home club followed his win in the Kilmarnock (Barassie) Junior Championship in August, giving him two club matchplay titles to add to his county win.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

DAILY MAIL FOURSOMES - Maybole duo in national finals

Fourball specialists Scott McCahill & David Wallace, who are in their third final in four years of the Ayrshire Fourball Championship, have qualified for the national finals of The Daily Mail Foursomes.

Representing Maybole Golf Club, the duo have secured a place in the last 16 of the Daily Mail event and will travel to the finals at the Marriot St. Pierre course, Chepstow, where the finals take place from 17th October to 19th October.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

WEST OF SCOTLAND LADIES - Last gasp Greenlees joy for Prestwick St Nicholas ladies

The ladies of Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club, who were relegated from Division 1 of the West Of Scotland Ladies Inter Club Championship for the Greenlees Trophy 12 months ago, have secured promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt and, in dramatic fashion, also won the Division 2 title in their final match of the season at a very wind Prestwick St Nicholas course on Tuesday 14th September.

The St Nicholas team began their match against Lanark knowing that a 7.5 - 1.5 win or better would see them snatch the title from leaders Whitecraigs and the team rose to the challenge, Catherine Malcolm, Rosalind Purdom, Robina Gilbertson, Anne Wallace and Moira Whiticombe making the goal of 7.5 points achievable by winning the first series of ties on the course for a 5 - 0 lead.

Maureen Short, in the eighth tie, made it 6 - 0 for St Nicholas before Wendy Holligworth suffered a rare loss in her tie at number 7 to make the match score 6 - 1 in favour of St Nicholas.

With only two ties remaining on the course, Fay Ross secured an all important half match in the sixth tie, which left the destination of the title in the hands of Sheila Shedden in the ninth and final tie.

Leading by one hole with two to play, Sheila Shedden rose to the challenge and took the 17th for a 2 & 1 victory, sparking title celebrations for the Prestwick St Nicholas Ladies, having secured the all important 7.5 - 1.5 match result to win the Division 2 title.

With only the match between Erskine & Bothwell Castle remaining to be played, the present positions in Division 2 are :-

49.0 - PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS
48.5 - WHITECRAIGS
40.5 - HILTON PARK
44.0 - HAGGS CASTLE
33.5 - EASTWOOD
28.0 - WILLIAMWOOD
27.0 - LANARK
25.5 - ERSKINE
19.0 - BOTHWELL CASTLE

Monday, September 13, 2010

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire A & Youths teams begin 2010 Championship bid next week

The Ayrshire A & Youths teams begin their bid for their respective West Of Scotland Inter County League Championships next weekend, with a series of five matches in successive weeks against the other West Of Scotland Association counties.

In a departure from previous years, the 10 man team encounters will be played on Sundays instead of Saturdays and the matches have been brought forward a few weeks into September and October from the previous fixture slots in October and November.

The scheduled matches are

Sunday 19th September
Ayrshire A Vs. Glasgow A at Brunston Castle
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Glasgow Youths at Bishopbriggs

Sunday 26th September
Ayrshire A Vs. Renfrewshire A at KIlmarnock (Barassie)
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Renfrewshire Youths at Eastwood

Sunday 3rd October
Ayrshire A Vs. Stirlingshire A at Callander
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Stirlingshire Youths at Ballochmyle

Sunday 10th October
Ayrshire A Vs. Lanarkshire A at Irvine Ravenspark
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Lanarkshire Youths at Drumpellier

Sunday 17th October
Ayrshire A Vs. Dumbartonshire A at Hayston
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Dumbartonshire Youths at Troon Darley

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Ayr Belleisle Vs. Kilmarnock (Barassie) in League Championship decider

The final of the 2010 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship, scheduled to be held at Largs on 26th September, will be between Ayr Belleisle and Kilmarnock (Barassie).

Ayr Belleisle were 4 - 2 behind after the first leg of their semi final against Annanhill but in the return match at Ayr on Sunday 12th September, the Belleisle team overturned the result of the first leg match for a 4 - 2 win and a 6 - 6 draw overall.

The results of the second leg ties (Belleisle names first) were :-

Donald Swinley bt Gary Morrison 6&5
Andy Thomson lost to Greg Vernon 4&3
Rory McGuire lost to Darren Young 3&1
Ross Cameron bt Chris Murchie 5&4
Bruce Rennie bt Sean Cook 9&8
Jordan Sweeney bt Ross Caddis 2up

Under these circumstances the tie was decided by a contback over the individual ties in both legs of the semi finals and it was Ayr Belleisle who progressed to the final on the countback.
 

AYRSHIRE SUMMER LEAGUE - Irvine Vs. Kilmarnock (Barassie) in final

Irvine will face Kilmarnock (Barassie) in the final of the 2010 Ayrshire Summer League.

The Kilmarnock (Barassie) team booked their place in the final on Sunday with a 4.5 - 1.5 home win over Ayr Belleisle in their semi final second leg match, giving them an overall win in the tie by 8.5 - 3.5

The first match in the two leg final is due to take place at Irvine before 27th September with the return match at Kilmarnock (Barassie) due to be played by 11th October

WEST OF SCOTLAND BOYS INTER COUNTY LEAGUE - Ayrshire crash in final match at Carluke

A dissapointing run of results in the 2010 West Of Scotland Inter County Boys League continued for Ayrshire on Sunday 12th September with a 7 - 1 defeat by Lanarkshire in their final match of the series, at Carluke.

MATCH DETAILS (Lanarkshire names first)

Under 18

Martin Scott (Hamilton) beat Ciar Porciani (Ayr Bellisle) by 2 & 1
James Reilly (East Kilbride) beat Gregor MacIntosh (Girvan) by 3 & 1
Calum Harrison (Carluke) beat David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) by 1 hole
Craig Boyd (Lanark) lost to Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 2 holes

Under 16

James Allison (East Kilbride) beat Daniel Forbes (Ardeer) by  3 & 2
Calum Connacher (Wishaw) beat Greig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 4 & 3
Ross Williamson (East Kilbride) beat Calum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck) by 5 & 3
Blair Scott (Hamilton) beat Calum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 3 & 2

LANARKSHIRE   7   AYRSHIRE   1

Monday, September 06, 2010

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Howie Vs Telfer in final

The final of the 2010 Ayrshire Junior Champion Of Champions Trophy competition will be between Joseph Howie (Ardeer ) and Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert).


With Howie - pictured left - already through to the final, the semi final between Patrick Timmons (Troon St Meddans) and Craig Telfer - pictured right - took place at the weekend at Troon.

Despite not having home advantage, Telfer recorded a one hole victory over his host to progress to the final.

The final of the competition is scheduled to be held at Largs on Sunday 26th September. 

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Kilmarnock (Barassie) secure first final berth

Kilmarnock (Barassie) are the first team through to the final of the 2010 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship.

Already in the final of the Wallace Thornton Trophy, the Kilmarnock (Barassie) League Championship side took a 4 - 2 advantage to their second leg semi final match at Ardeer, after their home win in the first leg.

Despite losing the second leg, the Kilmarnock (Barassie) team confined the margin of defeat to 3.5 - 2.5, which gave them an aggregate win of  6.5 - 5.5 over Ardeer.

In the final, Kilmarnock (Barassie) wil face either Ayr Belleisle or Annanhill, with the final match scheduled to be played at Largs on Sunday 26th September.

GREENLEES TROPHY - Ayrshire clubs home in on glory

Ayrshire sides in the three divisions of the West Of Scotland Ladies Inter Club Leagues for the Greenlees Trophy are close to glory as the competition nears a conclusion by the end of September.

Troon Ladies boosted their title hoppes recently with a 6.5 - 2.5 home win over Douglas Park which moved the club up to fifth in the table, with two matches remaining.

Leaders Cathkin Braes have one remaining match, at home to Ranfurly Castle, and will be looking to put points on the board to push them clear of their nearest challengers.

With five matches remaining to be concluded in the section, any one of the four leading teams could take the Greenlees Trophy and title of Division 1 Champions.

In the run in it looks like the pivotal fixtures will be the matches between Troon Ladies and Milngavie, at Milngavie, and the Troon Ladies home match against near neighbours Kilmarnock (Barassie).

At the other end of the table, West Kilbride face a crunch home match in their final fixture, against Ranfurly Castle, as they try to escape the drop into dicvision 2 for next season.

Present positions in Division 1 are :- 

39.5 - CATHKIN BRAES
38.0 - KILMARNOCK BARASSIE
36.5 - MILNGAVIE
30.5 - KILMACOLM
30.5 - TROON LADIES
29.5 - DOUGLAS PARK
27.5 - RANFURLY CASTLE
26.0 - WEST KILBRIDE
21.0 - CARDROSS

Remaining matches :-

Milngavie Vs Troon Ladies
West Kilbride Vs Ranfurly Castle
Douglas Park Vs Milngavie
Kilmarnock Barassie Vs Troon Ladies
Cathkin Braes Vs Ranfurly Castle


Ayrshire's sole representatives in Division 2, Prestwick St Nicholas, took a giant step towards promotion on Monday with a 5.5 - 3.5 win away at Williamwood. This moved the St Nicolas ladies into second place in the table, behind Whitecraigs, and almost assured the club of a place in Division 1 next season.

Haggs Castle, with a home result against Erskine still awaited, can mathamatically still catch St Nicholas, as can Erskine with their away result at Haggs Castle still to be posted and a home match against Bothwell Castle still to play. However, both these teams must also rely on St Nicholas being heavily defeated in their final match at home to Lanark, as well as winning their respective remaining matches by considerable margins.

With Lanark fighting for survival in Division 2, the St Nicholas ladies will not have their final match, on Tuesday 14th September, all their own way but they go into the match in the knowledge that a win by 7.5 - 1.5 or better will not only give them promotion but will see them go back into the top flight as Division 2 Champions.

Present positions in Division 2 are :-

48.5 - WHITECRAIGS
41.5 - PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS
40.5 - HILTON PARK
35.0 - HAGGS CASTLE
33.5 - EASTWOOD
28.0 - WILLIAMWOOD
25.5 - ERSKINE
25.5 - LANARK
19.0 - BOTHWELL CASTLE

Matches remaining :-

Haggs Castle Vs. Erskine
Erskine Vs. Bothwell Castle
Prestwick St Nicholas Vs Lanark

Ayrshire's sole representatives in Division 3, Largs are well ahead in the table with one match still remaining to be played, and are almost certain of winning the league title.

Present positions in the league are :-

46.5 - Largs
34.0 - Cowglen
32.5 - Greenock 
28.0 - Old Ranfurly
25.0 - Lenzie
24.5 - Cathcart Castle
23.5 - East Renfrewshire
20.0 - Cawder

SCOTTISH SCHOOLS GOLF - Charlie Macneal selected for international match


Ayrshire Boys Champion Charlie Macneal (Troon Welbeck) topped of a superb season this week with selection by The Scottish Schools Golf Association to represent Scotland in the annual schools golf international match against England at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire on Monday 13th September.

As well as his win in the Ayrshire Boys Championship, Macneal, who attends Wellington School in Ayr, also won the Tom Lehman Junior Open, the Mills Quaich at the Troon Golf Week and the Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit title, alongside other successes in the county.


The full Scotland team is :-

BOYS
Lawrence Allan (Alva Academy)
Neil Beattie (Madras College, St Andrews)
Graeme Duncan (Calderhead High, Shotts)
Simon Fairburn (Galashiels Academy)
Cameron Farrell (Dumbarton Academy)
Scott Gibson (Dumfries Academy)
Liam Johnston (St Joseph's College, Dumfries)
Charlie MacNeal (Wellington School, Ayr)
Jamie Savage (Lenzie Academy)
Ewan Scott (Madras College, St Andrews)
Calum Stewart (Golspie High)
Daniel Thompsett (Aboyne Academy)

GIRLS
Lesley Atkins (Loretto School)
Eilidh Briggs (Gryffe High, Houston)
Gabrielle Macdonald (Trinity Academy - Edinburgh)
Hannah McCook (Grantown Gammar)
Alyson McKechin (Trinity High, Renfrew)
Rachael Watton (Firrhill High, Edinburgh)