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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SCOTTISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Four from seven survive first round hurdle as Macneal and Smith march on to round 3

The second day of the Scottish Amateur Championship at Royal Dornoch saw four of the seven remaining Ayrshire players to start thir bid for the title succesfully reach round 2, whilst two Ayrshire players secured their places in the third round.

Former Scottish Boys Champion David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) was first off in the morning and won through to round 2 with a 4 & 3 win over David Docherty (Paisley). In the second round on Wednesday Wilson will face Lewis Mutch (Duff House Royal).

Third seed Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) succesfully negotiated round 1, beating Cameron Nelson (Nairn) by 2 & 1 to set up a second round match with Richard Johnston (Glenbervie)

The first round all Ayrshire tie between Colin Haddow (Western Gailes) and David Strachan (Turnberry) saw Strachan edge through to round 2 by one hole, where he will play Grant Forrest (Craigielaw).

Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay) faced a stiff test against Sam Binning (Ranfurly Castle) and bowed outt on the end of a 4 & 3 defeat. David McLennan (Largs) also made a first round exit, losing 5 & 3 to John Duff (Newmacher).

The last Ayrshire player to get his championship bid under way was Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) who raced into round 2 with a 7 & 5 win over Chris Gilbert (McDonald). Smyth faces Allan McDonald (Crow Wood) in round 2.

The first few second round matches began in the mid afternoon on Tuesday and Charlie Macneal (Troon Welbeck) was the first of the local players to secure a third round bearth, beating Andrew Burgess (Nairn) by 4 & 3 to set up his next match on Wednesday against Chris Robb (Meldrum House).

Macneal was soon followed into round 3 by his clubmate Marc Smith who beat Stewart Burke (Ranfurly Castle) by 2 & 1. Smith now faces Scott Crichton (Aberdour) in Wednesday's third round match.

The only other Ayrshire player to play his second round match on Tuesday was Steven Stamper (Turnberry) who faced a difficult match against fourth seed Paul Ferrier (Baberton). Despite putting up a good performance, Stamper lost out to Ferrier by 3 & 2.

The remaininf second round matches and all the third round ties are scheduled to be completed on Wednesday

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Play off for fourth League Championship Semi Final spot

Two of the four semi finalists in the 2012 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship are now known, with one further place depending on the final result in the section and the fourth spot to be decided by a play off after a dead heat in the qualifying section.

In Section A, Prestwick St Cuthbert beat Ballochmyle 5 - 1 in their recent home match to maintain their 100% record and go through to the semi finals with one match, against Irvine Ravenspark, still to be completed.

Present positison :-

CLUB - P/W/D/L/F/A/Pts

PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT - 3/3/0/0/15/3/12
BALLOCHMYLE - 3/1/0/2/5.5/12.5/4
IRVINE RAVENSPARK - 2/0/0/2/2.5/9.5/0

Loudoun were clear winners of section B, posting twice as many points as their nearest two rivals.
Final positions were :-

CLUB - P/W/D/L/F/A/Pts

LOUDOUN - 6/5/0/1/24/15/20
ARDEER - 6/2/1/3/20.5/18.5/10
LARGS - 6/2/1/3/17/19/10
PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS - 6/2/0/4/13.5/22.5/8

In Section C, the result between Irvine and Troon St Meddans at Troon will decide if it is Irvine or Troon Welbeck who progress to the last four. Present positions are :-

CLUB - P/W/D/L/F/A/Pts

IRVINE - 3/2/1/0/14/4/10
TROON WELBECK - 4/2/1/1/16/8/10
TROON ST MEDDANS - 3/0/0/3/0/18/0

Section D was concluded recently with West Kilbride beating Kilmarnock Barassie by 3.5 - 2.5 at Barassie to leave Ayr belleisle and Kilmarnock Barassie deadlocked at the top of the table with the same points and tie difference, with West Kilbride just missing out on tie difference. Consequently Kilmarnock Barassie and Ayr Belleisle will play off for the remaining semi final spot.
Final positions were :-

CLUB - P/W/D/L/F/A/Pts

AYR BELLEISLE - 6/3/1/2/21/15/14
KILMARNOCK BARASSIE - 6/3/1/2/21/15/14
WEST KILBRIDE - 6/3/1/2/20/16/14
CAPRINGTON - 6/1/1/4/10/26/6

The semin final draw will be made in early August with the finals scheduled to take place at Prestwick St Cuthbert in September.

In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT competition, West Kilbride join Ayr Belleisle in the semi finals after a 4 - 0 home win over near neighbours Largs.

In the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY competition, Sandy Walker (Ardeer) is the first player into the semi finals after a one hole win at home to Christopher Murray (West Kilbride) in their quarter final tie.



BALLOCHMYLE ROSEBOWL - Entries being accepted now

The Ballochmyle Rosebowl will be played at Ballochmyle on Sunday 26th August and entries are now invited for the competition.

Entry forms should be available through local clubs and a version is also available to download via the appropriate link on the left of this page under the 'Mens Info' heading


Ballochmyle Golf Club
Ballochmyle Rosebowl
Gents 36 Hole Open Strokeplay Competition
Sunday 26th August 2012
Entries limited to the first 75 entrants
Handicap limit = 18
Entry Fee £15
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Best 36 Hole Scratch Total Receives £200 + Ballochmyle Rosebowl
Scratch
1st Class (0-9) 2nd Class (10-18)
1st As Above 1st £200 Voucher 1st £200 Voucher
2nd £100 Voucher 2nd £100 Voucher 2nd £100 Voucher
3rd £65 Voucher 3rd £65 Voucher 3rd £65 Voucher
4th £35 Voucher 4th £35 Voucher 4th £35 Voucher
Requested Tee Times Will Be 7am or 9am
The Draw Will Be In Handicap Order

TROON WELBECK LINKS - Entries invited

The 2012 Troon Welbeck Links competition will take place on Sunday 26th August over the Darley & Lochgreen courses.


The 36 hole event is a counting completition for the 2012 Doc Thom Ayrshire Order OF Merit.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the Troon Welbeck GC website or direct from this page via the appriopriate link on the left, under the 'Mens Info' heading.


TROON WELBECK LINKS  
SUNDAY 26th AUGUST
ENTRY £15.00  
The above Scratch competition will be played over 36 holes, the first 18 holes over the Darley Golf Course, and the second 18 holes over the Lochgreen Golf Course.  
The Welbeck Links Putter is open to Amateur golfers who are members of one of the British Golf Unions,and who have a handicap of NOT MORE THAN 8. 
                                  PRIZE VOUCHERS  
 1st £200   2nd £130    3rd £100   4th £50   5th £40   6th £30  
In the event of a tie for any place,the winner or places will be decided on the “count back system” , I.e. last 9, last 6, last 3 as in Appendix 1, page 148 [c] in the R & A Rules of Golf.  
Under Rule 14-3 , Note to Exceptions, an artificial device that measures or gauges only distance may be used. Local rules will be advised on the day of competition. Driving clubs must conform as per the current list of Conforming Driver Head issued by the R & A. Penalty for breach of condition is disqualification.  
The Match Committee reserves the right to vary the conditions of play or entry if necessary and their decision will be final in all disputes.

VIKING KRUS - Entries invited for 36 hole event

Entry forms are now available for the 36 hole Viking Krus competition at Largs on Sunday 19th August.

This prestigious scratch event is a counting competition for the Doc Thom Ayrshire Order OF Merit.

Entry forms should be available through clubs or can be downloaded from the Largs Golf Club website, or viat the relevant link on the left of this page, under the 'Mens Info' heading.



LARGS GOLF CLUB
VIKING KRUS 36 HOLE OPEN
STROKEPLAY COMPETITION
Sponsored by Paul Stevenson Funeral Directors

SUNDAY 19th AUGUST 2012

Qualifying event for the Ayrshire Golf Association Order of Merit
The Doc Thom Salver.
WINNER TROPHY AND VOUCHER FOR £250
RUNNER UP £150 VOUCHER THIRD £100 VOUCHER
FOURTH £75 VOUCHER FIFTH £50 VOUCHER
SIXTH £25 VOUCHER
MID-AMATEUR PRIZES AGED 40 AND OVER
FIRST £50 VOUCHER SECOND £25 VOUCHER

SENIORS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP - Drummond best Scot as Couples takes title at Turnberry

American golf legend Fred Couples won the British Seniors Open at Turnberry on Sunday, with a two shot winning margin over compatriot Gary Halberg.
 
Ross Drummond
Prestwick based Ross Drummond - pictured -was one of only two Scots who made the cut for the final two days play and finished four shots ahead of compatriot Bill Longmuir on 288, 17 shots behind the winner.
 
Leading Scores
 
271 - F Couples (USA) 72 68 64 67
273 - G Hallberg (USA) 71 63 73 66
276 - D Mast (USA) 66 73 70 67, B Lane (Eng) 67 74 66 69, C Mason (Eng) 69 74 67 66
278 - P Fowler (Aus) 68 72 65 73, M Wiebe (USA) 70 71 70 67,
J Cook (USA) 69 72 66 71, B Langer (Ger) 64 73 66 75
279 - I Woosnam (Wal) 71 70 68 70, T Lehman (USA) 66 71 73 69,
T Watson (USA) 69 75 66 69, M Calcavecchia (USA) 72 72 69 66,
J Blake (USA) 66 73 69 71
 
Scottish scores :-
 
288 - R Drummond 70 74 70 74
292B Longmuir 71 77 71 73
 

SCOTTISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - 7 through, 6 out for Ayrshire after day 1 at Dornoch

Ayrshire players had mixed fortunes on day one of the 2012 Scottish Amateur Championship at Royal Dornoch on Monday 30 July with seven of the players in action going through to round 2 and a further six bowing out in the opening round.

Ayrshire Champion Of Champions title holder Scott Brown (Turnberry) was first out, losing by 4 & 2 to Douglas Thorburn (Reay) but shortly after Ayrshire had their first succes when Charlie Macneal (Troon Welbeck) beat Clark Nelson (Glasgow) by 4 & 3. Macneal plays Andrew Burgess (Nairn) in round 2. Macneal's clubmate Marc Smith joined him in round 2 with a one hole victory over Kevin Matheson, a member of the host club. In round 2, Smith will face Stewart Burke (Ranfurly Castle).

James Bunch (Prestwick) faced the hardest task of the local contingent in round 1, being up against one of the seeded players in Scotland internationalist Paul Ferrier (Baberton), and was on the receiving end of a 6 & 5 defeat. Ferrier faces another Ayrshire player in round 2 after Steven Stamper (Turnberry) beat Louis Murray (Troon Welbeck) by 6 & 5 in their all Ayrshire  opening round tie.

Kenny McKaskill (Turnberry Staff) bowed out in the opening round to a 3 & 2 defeat by Callum Trahan (Meldrum House), whilst Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) enjoyed a 2 & 1 win over Tom Spencer (Meldrum House) to set up a second round encounter with Gordon Munro (Fraserburgh). Hamilton's clubmat Ciar Porciani is also through to round 2, following a one hole win against Munro Ferries (Tain), and will face Callum Hill (Tantallon) in the second round.

Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Nicholas) closed out Alan Welsh (Cathkin Braes) at the 20th in their opening round encounter and Robin will now face Stuart Graham (Blairgowrie) who ended the hopes of Ben Gibson (Troon Welbeck) with a 5 & 3 first round result.

Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) won by 2 & 1 in his opening match against James Graham (Lochmaben) and will now play Connor Neil (Blairgowrie) in the second round.

The last Ayrshire player on the course on Monday was Dominic Booth (Turnberry) whose hopes in the championship ended with a 6 & 5 defeat by Alister hain (Ladybank) .

The remaining first round matches, featuring a further 7 Ayrshire players, are scheduled to be completed on Tuesday, along with a number of second round ties.

Monday, July 30, 2012

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR OPEN - Competition cancelled

Notification has been received that the North Ayrshire Junior Open, a counting event for the Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit, which was due to take place on Wednesday 8th August, has been cancelled.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

TARTAN TOUR - Lomas joint winner at Drumpellier


Ayr based Jonathan Lomas was joint winner of the Tartan Tour Drumpellier Pro Am this week.


Lomas shared first place with Mark Kerr from Edinburgh after shooting a seven under par 64, in the rearranged competition which was washed out earlier in the month. Lomas was the model of consistency with no bogeys and seven birdies in his round.


Fresh from his win in the PGA Championship at Gleneagles, Graeme Fox (Rowallan Castle) kept up his good form and secured third place with a four under par round of 67.

LEADING SCORES :-

64 - Mark Kerr (unattached), Jonathan Lomas (unattached)
66 - Stephen Gray (Hayston)  
67 - Graham Fox (Rowallan Castle)
68 - Mark King (Kingsfield)
69 - Steven Taylor (Bothwell Castle), David Orr (Mearns Castle), Ian Taylor (Drumpellier), Greig Hutcheon (Banchory), Robert Arnott (Banchory)
70 - Scott Herald (Mearns Castle), Paul McKechnie (Braid Hills), Neil Fenwick (Deeside) 
71 - James McKinnon (Irvine), Kenny Walker (Castle Park)

Other Ayrshire scores :-
79 - Andrew Fullen (Largs).

WEST OF SCOTLAND UNDER 18 INTER COUNTY LEAGUE - Ayrshire defeated by Lanarkshire at Bothwell Castle

Ayrshire crashed to a 5.5 - 2.5 defeat to Lanarkshire in their latest West Of Scotland Inter County Under 18 league match on Sunday 29th July at Bothwell Castle, denting their bid for the Wishart Trophy after their opening two wins.

Despite 4 of the 8 matches going to the last green Ayrshire only managed to secure 1.5 points on the 18th.
 
Stuart Easton managed to a win a very tight match on the last after being 1 down at both the 8th and 13th holes.
 
After holing a good putt at 8 for 3 to go 1 up, Jack Thomas  lost the 18th in bizarre circumstances after his opponent ran through a bunker with his tee shot and over the burn with his approach. Murray McCrone won 5 holes in a row from the 3rd to set up a comfortable win
 
Shaun Hedger was always under pressure, being 5 down after 8 but got it back to only 3 after 13 before his comeback stalled and his opponent closed out the game.
 
 Callum Beveridge, who was 2 down with 5 to play, hit a very good 2nd to 18 with wood to halve the match, winning the hole with a 4.
 
Callum Gorrie was 5 down after 8 but fought back to have a putt on the last to win his game, after a very good effort in the back nine.
 
Darryl Lynch, on his debut, was 1 down at 8 but was unable to make any further progress, losing 5&3.
 
Greg Telfer, playing Lanarkshire's best player and a Bothwell Castle member found himself 3 down after 7 despite being only 1 over par and was always up against it throughout his match.
 
Despite the loss Ayrshire can still win the league with wins in the remaining 2 matches against Glasgow and Dunbartonshire.

Match scores (Lanarkshire names first) :-

Fraser Kane (Cambuslang) lost to Stuart Easton (Irvine) by 2 holes
Sam Campbell (Cambuslang) beat Jack Thomas (Irvine) by1 hole
Andrew Thomson (Carnwath) lost to Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck) by 3 & 1
Jay Hainie (Hamilton) beat Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) by 3 & 2
Dominic Dougan (Colville Park) halved with Callum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck)
Craig Boyd (Lanark) beat Callum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 1 hole
Callum Harrison (Carluke) beat Darryl Lynch (Ayr Belleisle) by 5 & 3
James Steven (Bothwell Castle) beat Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 5 & 3
LANARKSHIRE    5.5    AYRSHIRE   2.5

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - Division one heading for photo finish

Only results in Division 1 and Division 2 have been posted this week in the Ayrshire Scratch leagues, with the Division 1 results bringing the result of the championship too close to call.

Loudoun moved to the top of the table with a 5 - 1 home win over leaders Irvine but a 3.5 - 2.5 home defeat to a resurgent Kilmarnock (Barassie) , and a 4-5 - 1.5 home win by Irvine Ravenspark over Ballochmyle left Loudoun tied at the top with the two irvine clubs, with Kilmarnock (Barassie) and Troon Welbeck hot on their heels.

Present positions in DIVISION 1 are :-



Played

For

Against

Points

Loudoun

8

27.5

20.5

18

Irvine

8

27.5

20.5

18

Irvine Ravenspark

8

23.5

24.5

18

Troon Welbeck

7

21

21

16

Kilmarnock Barassie

8

22

26

16

Ballochmyle

7

16.5

25.5

6

 Remaining matches :-
Barassie Vs Ballochmyle, Welbeck Vs Loudoun, Barassie Vs Irvine, Ballochmyle Vs Irvine, Ballochmyle Vs Welbeck, Ravenspark Vs Welbeck, Loudoun Vs Ravenspark

In DIVISION 2,  a late call off by New Cumnock led to their match at Ardeer being conceded to the home side, which moved Ardeer into second place in the league. Present positions in Division 2 are :


Played

For

Against

Points

West Kilbride

6

22

14

18

Ardeer

6

18.5

17.5

16

Prestwick St Cuthbert

6

20

16

12

Ayr Belleisle

6

18

18

12

Caprington

5

16

14

10

New Cumnock

5

7.5

22.5

0

SCOTTISH BOYS STROKEPLAY - No Ayrshire success at Cardross

Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) was the closest Ayrshire challenger to winner Greig Marchbank (Dumfroes & County) in the Scottish Boys Strokeplay Championship held at Cardross this week, although the Ayrshire challenge didn't really materialise during the week, Walker finishing a full 16 shots off the pace.

One of only three Ayrshire players to qualify to play all four rounds, Walker statrted brightly with a 71 in the first round but followed his opener with three successive 74's to drop down the field.

LEADING SCORES

277 - Greig Marchbank (Dumfries and Co) 70 67 73 67
281 - Ewen Ferguson (Bearsden) 70 72 70 70
282 - Cameron Farrell (Cardross) 74 69 71 68, Ewan Scott (St Andrews) 67 73 73 69.
283 - Anthony Blaney (Liberton 71 71 67 74

Ayrshire scores :-

293 - Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) 71 74 74 74
298 - Stuart Easton (Irvine) 75 73 77 73 Blair Gavin (Kilmarnock Barassie) 72 73 74 79

SCOTTISH GIRLS UNDER 21 OPEN STROKEPLAY - Jaffrey best for Ayrshire at Blairgowrie

Connie Jaffrey
Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) was the best placed Ayrshire player in the Scottish Girls Under 21 Open Strokeplay, played at Blairgowrie this week.

Jaffrey finished the three rounds on 230 for eighth place, leaving her nine shots adrift of the winner, Nicola Callander (Mill Green)

LEADING FINAL TOTALS

221 - Nicola Callander (Mill Green) 74 69 78
222 - Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) 78 69 75, Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw) 73 71 78
225 - Lena Weichselgartner (Germany) 74 75 76
227 - Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co) 76 75 76
228 - Rachel Taylor (Germany) 73 78 77, Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 72 78 78
230 - Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 71 80 79
231 - Katie Bradbury (Cottrell Park) 79 71 81
232 - Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 75 76 81

Other Ayrshire scores :-

238 - Linzi Allan (West Kilbride) 78 82 78
244 - Katie McGarva (Troon Ladies) 84 82 78, Hazel McGarvie (Troon Ladies) 82 78 84
260 - Emma Hale (Troon Ladies) 95 82 83
272 - Emily Glencorse (Millport) 93 90 89
293 - Jennifer Allan (West Kilbride) 104 94 95

Ayrshire did have a number of players in the prizelist for individual rounds :-

FIRST ROUND
Best U18 years scratch: Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 71
 
SECOND ROUND
Best U15 years scratch: Hazel MacGarvie (Troon Ladies) 78
 
THIRD ROUND
Best U21 years net: Linzi Allan (West Kilbride) (5) 73
 
54 HOLE TOTAL
Best U15 years scratch: Hazel McGarvie (Troon Ladies) 244
 
 

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Semi finals set for Royal Troon

The semi finals of the 2012 Ayrshire Champion Of Champions competition will take place at Royal Troon on Friday 3rd August, aftr the remaining quarter final ties were concluded this week.

The first semi final will feature James Graham (Doon Valley) and Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie).

Brown secured his place in the last four with a 3 & 1 home win over Paul Giffney (Ardeer) in their quarter final tie.

The second semi final will involve Gordon Boyle (Ayr Belleisle) and Steven McEwan (Caprington).

In the quarter finals, Boyle beat Alan McNeill (Largs Routenburn) by 5 & 4 at the Ayr course to go into the last four whilst Steven McEwan had a 3 & 1 win at home to end the hopes of Michael Smyth (Royal Troon).

SEMI FINALS

JAMES GRAHAM (Doon valley) Vs EUAN BROWN (Kilmarnock Barassie)

GORDON BOYLE (Ayr Belleisle) Vs STEVEN McEWAN (Caprington)

The semi finals will tee off around 5.00 p.m. on Friday evening, 3rd August, with the final scheduled to take place at the same venue the following Friday evening, 10th August.

SCOTTISH PGA CHAMPIONSHIP - Fox lands national title

PGA Champion Graeme Fox
(Photo by Andy Forman) 
Former West Kilbride Club Champion Graeme Fox, who is attached to the Rowallan Castle course in Ayrshire, won the Scottish PGA Championship over the Kings Course at at Gleneagles this week.

(From the PGA website)

the 35-year-old Ayrshireman pegged away, with hardened stalwarts, Greig Hutcheon and Scott Henderson, trading blow for blow with him all the way round.
After carding a closing 69 for a two-shot win over Hutcheon, with Henderson a further shot behind, the Rowallan Castle pro commented: "I stuck at it, kept believing and trusting all the work I've done with Ross Aitken (head pro at Rowallan) and the fitness programme set by John Welsh at Maximum Potential."
By the eighth hole, Aberdonian Henderson had wiped out Fox's three-stroke overnight lead, but a Fox birdie at 11 and a par at the next stretched the gap to two as Henderson faltered.
Hutcheon, out in a two-under 33, birdied 10, as did the two others, but got into trouble at the short par-four 14th, where Fox picked up a valuable birdie.
The Banchory pro was two behind as they stood on the par-five final tee, but even an eagle there was matched by the new champion.
Fox will again bid for his European Tour card at the end of the year, bolstered by this victory, "now that I've got the puppy fat removed."
The round of the championship came from last year's runner-up, Chris Currie, who swept round in a staggering 63.
"I failed to hit only two greens in the last 36 holes", said the Caldwell pro. "I was hitting them so close I couldn't miss holing the putts." The outcome was nine birdies and a solitary bogey
LEADING FINAL TOTALS
269 - Graham Fox (Rowallan Castle) 68 67 65 69
271 - Greig Hutcheon (Banchory) 68 68 68 67
272 - Scott Henderson (Kings Links) 68 69 66 69
274 - Greg McBain (Gamola Golf) 73 67 68 66
276 - David Orr (Mearns Castle) 71 69 68 68, Chris Kelly (Cawder) 68 70 69 69

Other Ayrshire scores :-
280 - Jonathan Lomas (unatt) 71 71 68 70
287 - Ross Dixon (Renaissance Club) 75 70 73 69, Iain Colquhoun (Dundonald Links) 78 67 70 72

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

WEST OF SCOTLAND UNDER 18 LEAGUE - Ayrshire bid to extend run at Bothwell Castle

Ayrshire face their third match of five in the 2012 West Of Scotland Inter County Under 18 League on Sunday 29th July, when they travel to face Lanarkshire at Bothwell Castle.

The Ayrshire team, with two victories in their first two matches, will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run with their first away match of the campaign.

The Ayrshire team selected for the forthcoming match is :-

Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert)Callum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck)
Callum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Darryl Lynch (Ayr Belleisle)
Stuart Easton (Irvine)

Jack Thomas (Irvine)
Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck)

Jordan Fraser (Ayr Belleisle)

KILBIRNIE PLACE JUNIOR OPEN - Entries now invited

Entries are now invited for the 2012 Kilbirnie Place Junior Open, which takes place on Sunday 5th August.

The competition is a counting event for the 2012 Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit.

Prizes will be awarded in each class in addition to a scratch prize.

Players wishing to take part are requested to forward name, handicap, club and contact details for tee-times to the Kilbirnie Place GC email address at kilbirnie.golfclub@tiscali.co.uk
.

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - Semi final line up confirmed

The four semi finalists in the 2012 Ayrshire Fourball Championship are now known.

Willie Morgan & Willie Morgan Jnr (Irvine Ravenspark) beat Jim Anderson & Paul Church (Skelmorlie) by 5 & 4 at the Irvine course to set up a semi final showdown with Robert Marshall & Philip Rooney (Beith) who booked their place in the penultimate round with a 2 & 1 home win over John Urie & Gary Steel (Maybole).

In the second semi final, George & David McCulloch (Brunston Castle) will be at home to Graeme Gebbie & John Houston (Loudoun) after they travelled to Troon and returned with a one hole victory over James McComiskey & Adam Cairns (Troon Portland)

Semi Final line up :-

Irvine Ravenspark Vs Beith
Brunston Castle Vs Loudoun

The semi final matches are due to be completed by 26th August.

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - latest positions



In DIVISION 1, Troon Welbeck maintained their challenge to leaders irvine with a 3 - 3 draw at Loudoun, although their title hopes were dented by a 4.5 - 1.5 defeat at home to Kilmarnock (Barassie). Present positions in the division are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Irvine
7
26.5
15.5
18
Troon Welbeck
7
21
21
16
Loudoun
6
20
16
14
Irvine Ravenspark
7
19
23
14
Kilmarnock Barassie
7
18.5
23.5
12
Ballochmyle
6
15
21
6

 In DIVISION 2, Ayr Belleisle have had mixed fortunes in recent matches, beating New Cumnock by 5.5 - 0.5 at home but going down by 4 - 2 at Caprington. Present positions in the division are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
West Kilbride
6
22
14
18
Prestwick St Cuthbert
6
20
16
12
Ayr Belleisle
6
18
18
12
Ardeer
5
14.5
15.5
12
Caprington
5
16
14
10
New Cumnock
4
5.5
18.5
0

 In DIVISION 3, no results have been notified this week. Present positions in the division are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Largs
4
13.5
10.5
12
Kilbirnie Place
3
11.5
6.5
8
Prestwick St Nicholas
5
14
16
8
Troon St Meddans
5
12
18
8
Tam O Shanter
3
9
9
4

 In DIVISION 4, Turnberry recorded their first win ovf the campaign with a 5.5 - 0.5 result at home against Moorpark. Moorpark also suffered a further away defeat, going down by 3.5 - 2.5 to Ayr Dalmilling. Present positions in the division are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Girvan
4
20
4
16
Turnberry
3
8.5
9.5
4
Ayr Dalmilling
2
4.5
7.5
4
Maybole
3
6
12
4
Moorpark
4
9
15
4

 There have been no results posted this week from Division 5, Present positions in the division are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Rowallan Castle
2
8.5
3.5
8
Brunston Castle
2
7.5
4.5
4
Crosshouse
3
7
11
4
Doon Valley
3
7
11
4