ALL THE LATEST NEWS ON AMATEUR GOLF IN AYRSHIRE

Friday, April 29, 2016

WEST OF SCOTLAND STROKEPLAY - One week until entries close for new championship

The closing date for entries to the new 36 hole West Of Scotland Strokeplay Championship is just one week away, with entries to be in the hands of the Ayrshire Golf Association Secretary by 7th May.

The event will be held this year at Loudoun Gowf Club on Sunday 22nd May.

Entry forms can be downloaded via the appropriate link on the left of this page, under the 'Entry Forms' heading.

THE WEST OF SCOTLAND
AREA ASSOCIATIONS


PRESENT
THE 2016 WEST OF SCOTLAND
STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
SPONSORED BY

AT
LOUDOUN GOWF CLUB
BY KIND PERMISSION
ON
SUNDAY 22nd MAY 2016
(OVER 36 HOLES STROKEPLAY)

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ENTRY FEE £ 15.00
HANDICAP LIMIT : 5
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ENTRY MAY BE LIMITED TO 81 PLAYERS - TO BE BALLOTED BY HANDICAP AFTER THE CLOSING DATE
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SIX PRIZE VOUCHERS WILL BE AWARDED
ON SCRATCH BASIS
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ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE FROM CLUB SECRETARIES

OR THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION SECRETARY
ALASDAIR MALCOLM
17 AUCHINCRUIVE AVENUE, PRESTWICK, KA9 2DT
(PLEASE ENCLOSE A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE)
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CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: - NOON ON SATURDAY 7th MAY 2016

PLEASE NOTE : COMPETITORS ARE REQUIRED TO OBEY CLUB RULES REGARDING DRESS

BOTH ON THE COURSE AND IN THE CLUBHOUSE

BELLEISLE CUP - Entry forms now available for Doc Thom Order Of Merit event

Entry forms are now available for the 36 hole Belleisle Cup, a counting event in the 2016 Doc Thom Ayrshire Order Of Merit.




The event is again sponsored this year by Corum, with prize money being increased as a result.



THE BELLEISLE CUP

AYR BELLEISLE GOLF CLUB
Sunday 5th June 2016
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36 HOLE SCRATCH COMPETITION
HANDICAP LIMIT 6          Entry fee £15
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The Annual Scratch Competition for the Belleisle Cup will take place at Ayr Belleisle on Sunday 5th June 2016. 
Play shall be over two rounds of 18 holes stroke play.
Play shall be under R & A Rules and subject to Local Rules.
The Competition is open to amateur golfers having a handicap not exceeding 6 and who are members of a Club within one of the British Golf Unions.
Limited to 75 competitors.  Ballot if necessary.
Qualifying event for Doc.Thom Award and Evening Times Casket Tournament.
Entries must be in my hands, accompanied by Entry Fees (£15 each)
NOT LATER THAN FRIDAY 27th MAY 2016.
 Entries received without entry fees will not be accepted.
All players will be responsible for ensuring that their score cards are signed immediately on completion of their round and returned to the competition office.

PRIZES
WINNER – Custody of BELLEISLE CUP for one year and voucher to the value of £300
RUNNER-UP - Voucher value £200                  THIRD - Voucher value £125
Fourth, Fifth, Six, Seventh and Eighth – Vouchers value £90, £70, £60, £50, £40 respectively

Competitors shall have the courtesy of the Course on Friday 3rd June 2016 on production of an official entry and subject to availability. Tee times must be booked 7 days in advance.
Competitors shall be notified by postcard of starting times and must report 15 minutes before tee-off time.  Failure to appear timeously may result in disqualification.
First tee-off:  7.30 am.     In the event of ties, places decided on count-back.
Any dispute shall be referred to the Committee of Ayr Belleisle Golf Club whose decision shall be final.
Entries, entry fees, certification of handicap and enquiries to:
KEVIN BOYD
Secretary, Ayr Belleisle Golf Club, 36 Marlepark, Ayr KA7 4RN
Telephone:  07900 050496 or Email: kevin.boyd61@gmail.com
(Cheques to be made payable to “Ayr Belleisle Golf Club”)



Competitors this year will be able to enjoy the facilities of the new clubhouse at Belleisle, which opened to the public this week.

Entry forms can be downloaded via the appropriate link on the left of this page, under the 'Entry Forms' heading.

BYRNE HOWARD JUNIOR OPEN - Entry forms now available for Royal Troon event

Entries are now open for The Byrne Howard Junior Open which takes place over the Portland Course on Sunday 26 June 2016.



Since its inaugural year in 2011, The Byrne Howard has grown in popularity; attracting competitors from all over Scotland and in 2015, Royal Troon had the pleasure of welcoming a team of junior golfers from Barseb├Ąck Golf & Country Club in Sweden.

This 18 hole competition, a counting event in the Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit, is open to junior golfers aged 12, and under 18 on the 1st January 2016 who hold an official handicap.

Completed Entry Form and entry fee (£5.00) must be in the hands of The Secretariat, Royal Troon Golf Club by Monday 13 June 2016.


Starting times will be posted to successful applicants.

Entry forms can be downloaded via the appropriate link on the left of this page, under the 'Juniors Info' heading.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - Winning start for Irvine Ravenspark in Division 2

Irvine Ravenspark got their Ayrshire Scratch League Division 2 campaign off to a flying start last week with victory in their opening fixture of the season.

After being relegated from the top division for the first time at the end of last season, the Ravenspark team bounced back to record a home win by 4 1/2 - 1 1/2 over Girvan in their opening game this year.

The only other result posted so far in the five leagues was in Division 1, where Loudoun and Prestwick St Cuthbert shared the spoils in a 3 - 3 draw at Loudoun.

All clubs should now have confirmed all their match dates with the league administrator of their respective leagues.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Shaw through against Boys Matchplay winner in in Champion Of Champions

Andrew Shaw
Andrew Shaw (Prestwick St Cuthbert) had a notable win in the first round of the 2016 Ayrshire Junior Champion Of Champions Trophy competition recently, to book his place in the quarter finals.

Drawn away from home against Ayrshire Boys Matchplay winner Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie), Shaw secured a place in the last eight of the competition with a 3 & 1 win in the tie.

Andrew Shaw now joins Elliot Spence (Loudoun), who had a bye in round one, in the quarter final draw of the competition.

The remaining first round ties are due for completion by 5th June.

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - First round matches completed

All the first round matches in the 2016 Ayrshire Fourball Championship have now been completed. 

The final outstanding first round tie saw Christoper & Scott ireland (Prestwick St Nicholas) winning by 2 & 1 away to Luke Walker & Jack McCall (Alton), to secure a tie away to Troon Merchants in the second round.

The full second round draw is :-

2nd Round
Played By:- 29th May 2016
JOHN DOOLAN & JEFF PENMAN
Ayr Carrick
DAVID A MACDONALD & IAIN S MACDONALD
Largs
STEPHEN BROWN & MALCOLM McALPINE
Drongan
RAB McKELL & NEIL CAIRNS
Loudoun
JORDAN LENNOX & MARK McSEVENEY
Ballochmyle
STEPHEN WELLS & GORDON STORRAR
Irvine
GILBERT FERGUSON & PAAUL FERGUSON
Troon Welbeck
BILLY DUMIGAN & RYAN WATSON
Stewarton
JOHN McMILLAN & JOHN DODD
Troon Merchants
CHRISTOPHER IRELAND & SCOTT IRELAND
Prestwick St Nicholas
WILLIAM CREEVY & JOHN PATERSON
Saxone
GREG JARVIE & DAVID PARKER
Crosshouse
ROBERT McCLURE & SCOTT BROWN
Kilbirnie Place
D HAMILTON & JAMES FYFE
Girvan
PETER THOMSON & JUSTIN BROWN
Kilmarnock Barassie
ANDREW MACLEOD & MARTIN O'BRIEN
Rowallan Castle
MIKE HAZLEWOOD & KEITH McKENZIE
Ayr Neptune
JIM LYNCH & MICK ATKINS
Malletsheugh
DAVID QUEEN & IAN RIDDEX
West Kilbride
DOUGIE McKINNON & TOMMY GREEN
Ayr Belleisle
DAVID SLOAN & JOHN BARR Jr.
Doon Valley
ANDREW CARSWELL & RICHARD STEVENSON
Ayr Dalmilling
ALEXANDER IRVINE & MARK THOMPSON
Annanhill
BRIAN ROBERTSON & DAVID McNAUGHT
Auchenharvie 88
DAVID BAIN & BILLY SCOTT
New Cumnock
HALBERT OLIVER & ALAN OLIVER
Caprington
WILLIAM THOMSON & JOSEPH GILLON
Tam O'Shanter
THOMAS SMITH & ROBERT THOMAS
Wallacetown
GAVIN STUART & GARY HOWARTH
Braehead
JOE THOMSON & DARREN BROWN
Skelmorlie
DOUGLAS McCORMICK & JAMIE McCRINDLE
Brunston Castle
CRAIG MENZIES & MURRAY PRINGLE
Muirkirk

AYRSHIRE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Thomas in for Nimmo

Gavin Nimmo (Troon St Meddans) has withdrawn from the Ayrshire Matchplay Championship, to be played next week over Western Gailes.



Nimmo will be replaced in the first round draw by Jack Thomas (Irvine) who will now face his clubmate Colin Gray in the opening round on Monday evening.

The revised first round draw is

17:00
Greg Telfer (1)
Craig Hamilton (16)
17:07
Jack Thomas (Res 1)
Colin Gray (9)
17:14
Graeme Gimson (4)
Jack Broun (13)
17:21
Craig Telfer (5)
John Shanks (12)
17:28
Michael Smyth (2)
Stephen Spence (15)
17:35
James Johnston (7)
Steven Wallace (10)
17:42
Charlie MacNeal (3)
Alan McLean (14)
17:49
Stuart Miller (6)
Adrian Orton (11)

Monday, April 25, 2016

AYRSHIRE GIRLS SPRING SALVER - Sarah Ramsay wins at Ardeer

Five girls battled the windy conditions at Ardeer on Sunday 24th April in the Ayrshire Girls' Spring Salver competition. 


(Report and photographs courtesy of June Kerr)


Sarah Ramsay (West Kilbride) had an excellent round of 84, nett 71 which matched the standard scratch and won the trophy. 


Close on her heels was local girl Luisa Gibson with a nett 73 followed by Cristina McCracken (Troon Ladies) with a 75



Sarah Ramsay (centre) with trophy
Katie Ronnie (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Susie Walsh (Troon Ladies) - pictured below - played 9 holes from forward tees in the Pre-handicap competition. 

Both girls played lovely golf and have a very good 'feel' for the chipping shots and putting - a delight to be with and the organisers look forward to seeing more of them in the future.



AYRSHIRE MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Draw for Western Gailes

The draw for the 2016 Ayrshire Matchplay Championship, to be played at Western Gailes from 2nd to 5th May was announced following the conclusion of the 2016 Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship on Sunday 24th April.




In the opening game, the new Ayrshire Strokeplay Champion Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) plays Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle), a two time winner of the title.

Gavin Nimmo (Troon St Meddans) takes on Colin Gray (Irvine) in the opening round whilst Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St Cuthbert) faces 15 year old Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle).

Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) faces his Ayrshire team mate John Shanks (Irvine), whilst three times winner and defending champion Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) opens his bid  to retain the Matchplay trophy against club mate Steven Spence (Royal Troon).

James Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) meets Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) in the opening round, with Charlie Macneal (Prestwick) facing the challenge of Alan McLean (Kilbirnie Place)

The remaining tie is an all Kilmarnock Barassie affair, with 2015 finalist Stuart Miller up against his fellow Barassie member Adrian Orton.

Ties are scheduled to commence from 5.00 P.M. onwards on Monday 2nd May.