Monday, February 18, 2019

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER - 2018 season winners honoured at Prestwick St Cuthbert.

An enjoyable evening was had by all at Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club on Friday 15th February when the Ayrshire Golf Association Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes took place.

The evening was chaired by Ayrshire Golf Association President John Watt, a member of the host club, and the company included the Scottish Golf President June McEwan, guest speaker Alan Tait, guests from fellow West Of Scotland Area Associations as well as prizewinners and representatives from member clubs.

After President watt welcomed the company on behalf of Prestwick St Cuthbert GC,, the assembly enjoyed an excellent meal before moving on to the first presentations of the evening.

Following the President's review of the year there was a short interval followed by a lucky programme draw for golf related prizes which led on to the first presentations of the evening.

The West of Scotland Under 18 League presentations
in 2018 Ayrshire won the West Of Scotland inter county under 18 league for only the second time, some 22 years after their previous success and in recognition of the achievement the victorious squad members were invited to the dinner.

Nine of the squad were in attendance and President Watt began the presentations by awarding commemorative medals to  Kerr Brooks, Jack Broun, Euan Ferguson, Luke Greig, John McCracken, Ross McDonald, Ewan Milligan, Fraser Russell and Rob Yorston before presenting the trophy to AGA Vice President and Under 18 Team manager Scott Gilchrist. In concluding the first presentation, Scott Gilchrist also presented medals to President watt and AGA Executive member Robert Wilson who assisted with the team during the successful campaign.

Squad members Sean Addie, Ruben Lindsay, John Lomas, Jack Allan, Josh Davies, Ben Fleming and Cameron Johnston and Past President Milton Murray who assisted with the team, were not present but will receive their commemorative medals in due course.

West Of Scotland Trophy Presentations
Left - Scott Gilchrist with the boys league trophy
Top right - Alan Hunter of Stirlingshire with the youths trophy
Bottom Right - Lyall Campbell of Renfrewshire with the mens trophy

With representatives of the other West Of Scotland Area Associations in attendance, the opportunity was also taken to present the Youths League trophy to Stirlingshire President Alan Hunter and the Mens League trophy to Renfrewshire Vice President Lyall Campbell.

Alan Tait
The first presentations were followed by an excellent speech from Guest Speaker Alan Tait, who hailed from Ayrshire, having learned his golf over the Irvine GC links at Bogside where he is an Honorary Member in recognition of his achievements in the amateur game, before he embarked on a career in professional golf.

The company were engaged throughout Alan's presentation during which  he related some very entertaining tales from his years playing professional golf throughout Scotland and beyond.

Folowing a short interval, the programme continued with five special presentations to Ayrshire's international representatives during the 2018 season. Jack Broun was present to receive his memento from President Watt to mark his selection for the Boys Home Internationals at Royal Dornoch and European Boys Team Championship in the Czech Republic in 2018.

Fourball Winners - David & George McCulloch
Jim Johnston and Euan Walker could not be present as they were in South Africa with a Scotland squad, Stuart Easton was absent as he is at university in America whilst boys internationalist Ruben Lindsay was absent as he was in Cyprus with a Scotland junior squad. Their awards were received on their behalf by AGA Honorary Life President Iain Harvey, Kilmarnock Barassie Captain Graeme Love, AGA Past President John Rushbury and AGA Vice President Scott Gilchrist respectively.

President's Putter - Brunston Castle GC
The evening moved towards a conclusion with the presentation of the annual trophies won in 2018. President John Watt, assisted by Scottish Golf President June McEwan, presented the annual awards.

David & George McCulloch of Brunston Castle GC were present to receive the Ayrshire Fourball Trophy which they won for the fourth time in eight years, and they also received the President's Putter which was won by the club in 2018 also.

Club Champions - Troon Welbeck GC

Handicap League winners - Ballochmyle GC

The Ayrshire Club Championship trophy won by Troon Welbeck was collected by club secretary Kenny Houston, whilst Michael Smyth received the Gary Bryden Memorial Salver on behalf of the 2018 winners from Royal Troon GC and Past Captain Robert Wilson received the Handicap league Championship trophy on behalf of Ballochmyle GC

Gary Bryden Memorial Salver - Royal Troon GC

Four Ayrshire Scratch League divisions were contested in 2018.

Michael Smyth received the Division 4 trophy on behalf of Royal Troon GG, who the division at their first attempt last year. Club captain Brian Fisher collected the Division 3 trophy  which largs won for the second time in three years in 2018, whilst Joe Gilligan collected the Division 2 trophy on behalf of Troon Portland GC, who made it a hat trick of league titles last year, having won Division 4 in 2016 and Division 3 in 2017. The Division 1 trophy was collected for a third successive year by team captain Steven Gilles on behalf of the league Champions Prestwick St Cuthbert GC.

Scratch League winners - clockwise from top left
Division 1 - Prestwick St Cuthbert
Division 2 - Troon Portland
Division 4 - Royal Troon
Division 3 - Largs

The Ayrshire Seniors Championship trophy was collected on behalf of Loudoun's John Paterson by fellow member Barry O'Rourke.

Ayrshire Matchplay champion Michael Smyth

Michael Smyth of Royal Troon was prsent to accept the Ayrshire Matchplay Trophy which he won for the fourth time in 2018, when the event was held at Rowallan Castle GC. With Jim Johnston not present, AGA Honorary Life President Iain Harvey collected the Ayrshire Strokeplay Trophy on his behalf, and also collected the Doc Thom salver for him, as the winner of the Ayrshire Order Of Merit.

Champion Of Champions Trophy winner Paul Denim

The remaining trophy presented was the Champion Of Champions Trophy which was collected by the 2018 champion Paul Denim of Loudoun Gowf Club.

The evening ended with AGA Vice President proposing a vote of thanks to all who had contributed to a successful evening, and he concluded by wishing everyone an enjoyable and successful year in 2019.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

AYRSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS - World Amateur Golf Rankings boost as Ayrshire Boys Championship joins Ayrshire Strokeplay on list of counting events.

The Ayrshire Boys Golf Championship received a boost recently with news that it has been accepted as a counting event for the World Amateur Golf Rankings, joining the Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship which was made a counting event a few years ago.

The ranking points will be allocated according to performance in the strokeplay and  subsequent matchplay event.

The 2019 Ayrshire Boys Championship takes place at Rowallan Castle GC on Thursday 1st August with the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay taking place from 12th to 15th August at its traditional home at Prestwick GC.

The Association are grateful to Loudoun Gowf Club for stepping in to host the Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship this year on Sunday 28th April. This will be the second occasion that Loudoun have hosted the event.

The Ayrshire Matchplay Championship will follow from 6th to 9th of May, over the links at Irvine GC.

2019 AYRSHIRE GOLF FIXTURES - County events schedule now available

The list of Ayrshire county events for the forthcoming 2019 season are now available.

The publish list includes selected national events, Ayrshire Golf Association fixtures and matches as well as the counting competitions in both the Ayrshire Order of Merit for the Doc Thom Salver and the Junior Order of Merit.

The full fixture list as it stands is:-

THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION                         
FIXTURE LIST 2019                          
* Doc Thom Ayrshire Order of Merit Counting Event                        
** Woman’s & Girls’ events                       
*** Ayrshire Junior Order of Merit Event                              
15th                       Annual Dinner and Presentation                                Prestwick St Cuthbert
24th                       Ayrshire A Vs Prestwick St Cuthbert GC                  Prestwick St Cuthbert
31st                       Ayrshire Vs South Of Scotland                                  Ayr Seafield (0930)
10th - 12th          *** Scottish Boys Open Strokeplay                            West Kilbride
10th - 12th          **Scottish Girls Open Strokeplay                                St Andrews , Eden
19th – 21st          ** Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay                   Royal Troon
21st                        Ayrshire Junior Team Championship                        Prestwick St Nicholas
TBC                        * Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship                       Loudoun
6th - 9th               * Ayrshire Matchplay Championship                            Irvine
12th                       Ayrshire U18 Vs Lanarkshire U18                               Ayr Belleisle
19th                       * Hillhouse Cup                                                           Royal Troon
26th                       * West Of Scotland Strokeplay                                   East Kilbride
26th                       * Stevenson Trophy                                                     Girvan
26th                       * West Kilbride Mens Open                                         West Kilbride
1st                          * Ayr Seafield Open                                                     Ayr Seafield
2nd                        * Belleisle Cup                                                             Ayr Belleisle
4th – 7th              **Scottish Senior Womans’ Championship                  Edzell
8th                         *** Golf South Ayrshire Junior Open Strokeplay      Ayr Belleisle
15th                       * The McGilchrist Cup                                               Ardeer
17th – 22nd        * The Amateur Championship                                       Portmarnock/The Island
19th – 22nd        Scottish Seniors Championship                                     Lufness New
23rd                       Ayrshire U18 Vs Dumbartonshire U18                     Dumbarton
28th - 30th          ** Scottish Women's Championship                             Kilmarnock Barassie
30th                       *** Byrne Howard Trophy                                         Royal Troon

4th                         *** Largs Junior Open                                                 Largs
5th                         *** Troon Welbeck Junior Open                                Troon Welbeck
7th                         Ayrshire Club Championship                                       Prestwick St Cuthbert
9th – 11th           Scottish Boys Under 16 Strokeplay                               Royal Burgess
14th                       Ayrshire U18 Vs Glasgow U18                                    Ballochmyle
14th                       * The Gowf Cup                                                           Loudoun
15th                       *** Loudoun Junior Open                                            Loudoun
16th                       Ayrshire Seniors Championship                                  Ayr Dalmilling
16th                       *** Harris Boys Open                                                 West Kilbride
17th – 21st         *** Scottish Boys Championship                                  Blairgowrie
19th – 21st          **Scottish Girls Championship                                    Blairgowrie
TBC                        *** West of Scotland Boys Strokeplay                    TBC
TBC                        *** West of Scotland Boys Matchplay                     TBC
9th – 11th             Scottish Boys Under 16 Strokeplay                             Royal Burgess
28th                       * Rowallan Castle Open                                             Rowallan Castle
30th                       *** Tom Lehman Junior Open                                  Troon Municipal
30th – 3rd           ** Scottish Amateur Championship                             Crail
1st                          *** Ayrshire Boys Championship                             Rowallan Castle
2nd                        Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Semi Finals         Royal Troon
5th                         *** Turnberry Junior Open                                        Turnberry - The Bruce
8th                         *** Ayr Belleisle Junior Open                                    Ayr Seafield
9th                         *** Prestwick Boys Open                                           Prestwick St Cuthbert
9th                         Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Final                  Royal Troon
10th                       * Troon St Meddans Open                                         Troon Municipal
TBC                        * Ballochmyle Rosebowl                                          Ballochmyle
11th - 12th          Scottish Boys Under 14 Strokeplay                             Newmachar
11th - 12th          **Scottish Girls Under 16 & 14 Strokeplay                Elgin
12th - 15th          *** Ayrshire Boys Matchplay                                      Prestwick
12th                       *** Ballochmyle Junior Open                                    Ballochmyle
13th - 18th          *** Boys Amateur Championship                                Saunton
TBC                        Ayrshire U 18 Vs Renfrewshire U18                          Away
18th                       * Viking Krus                                                                 Largs
18th                         * Mainholm Cup                                                         Ayr Dalmilling
23rd - 25th          * Scottish Mens Open Championship                           The Duke’s
30th – 1st            ** Scottish Womans County Finals                               Peebles
TBC                        Ayrshire U18 vs Stirlingshire U18                              TBC
1st                          Ayrshire Finals Day                                                     Skelmorlie
1st                          *** Prestwick St Nicholas Junior Open                      Prestwick St Nicholas
TBC                        AJGL Under 16 Knockout Final                                West Kilbride
TBC                        AJGL Wallace Thornton Trophy Final                     West Kilbride
6th - 8th               SGL Mens & Boys Area Team Championships           Leven/Scoonie
7th                         * The Stone Trophy                                                     Largs Routenburn
TBC                        AJGL Champion Of Champions Final                      Wet Kilbride
TBC                        AJGL Junior League Championship Final                 West Kilbride
15th                       Ayrshire A Vs Renfrwshire A                                        Away
15th                       Ayrshire Youths Vs Renfrewshire Youths                   Loudoun
21st                        * Arrol Cup                                                                  Prestwick St Nicholas
22nd                      Ayrshire A Vs Dumbartonshire A                                 Turnberry (K.R.T.B.)
22nd                      Ayrshire Youths Vs Dumbartonshire Youths                 Lenzie
29th                       Ayrshire A Vs Glasgow A                                                Cathkin Braes
29th                       Ayrshire Youths Vs Glasgow Youths                          Western Gailes
6th                         Ayrshire A Vs Stirlingshire A                                        Kilmarnock Barassie
6th                         Ayrshire Youths Vs Stirlingshire Youths                        TBC
13th                       Ayrshire A Vs Lanarkshire A                                         Strathaven
13th                       Ayrshire Youths Vs Lanarkshire                                     Troon Darley
4th                         Ayrshire Junior Golf League Dinner                               West Kilbride

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION YEARBOOK - 2019 edition launched at annual dinner

The 2019 Ayrshire Golf Association Yearbook was launched at the Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes which took place at Prestwick St. Cuthbert Golf, Club on Friday 15th February.

The 36 page booklet, in its 16th year of production, contains a message from the President, information on the work of The Ayrshire Golf Association and contact details of member clubs as well as a review of the 2018 season, historical records and the fixtures for the forthcoming season.

The latest edition is available to view on line via the link on the left of this page and copies of the yearbook will be distributed free to member clubs over the coming weeks, for circulation amongst the membership and visitors.

The Association would like to record thanks to all the advertisers who supported the 2019 edition, which makes the publication and free distribution possible, and also to Ayrshire Media Services who produced the yearbook to a very high quality one again.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

AFRICAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Euan Walker wins at Leopard Creek

Euan Walker

Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) won the African Amateur Strokeplay Championship, held at Leopard Creek GC, South Africa from 12th to 14th February, with a four round total of 277 to give him a three stroke victory on 11 under par.

Ten under par and with a four shot lead after an eagle on the closing hole in the third round, Walker set up victory in the final round with a chip in for an eagle at the thirteenth hole.

In a nervy finish, walker drove into the trees at the final hole, and laid up with his second before hitting his third onto the green, only to see it roll back towards the water at the front of the putting surface, before it came to rest inches from the hazard. A chip stone dead followed and walker secured a five to win the title.

Euan walker’s African adventure continues next week when he moves on to take part in the South African Amateur Championship at the King David Mowbray Golf Club.

The final placings at leopard creek were:-
To Par
Euan Walker
Ludwig Aberg
Garrick Higgo
Jayden Schaper
Kartik Sharma
Wilco Nienaber
Keelan van Wyk
Therion Nel
Samuel Simpson
Maxmilian Herrmann

The link below takes you to a you tube video of an interview with Euan, giving his reaction to his win.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - New administration in place as draws are made for 2019 competitions.

The new officers of the Ayrshire Junior Golf League were in place for the first meeting of the year on Tuesday 5th February, when the draw were made for the various Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions in 2019.

At the 51st AGM held in december 2018, long serving officials Billy tait and Robin Baker stood down as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

Assistant Secretary Gavin Scott of Loudoun was elected to the position of Secretary whilst Hugh McAllister of irvine GC was elected Assistant Secretary and Colin Headley (Irvine) was elected Treasurer.

Scott Gilchrist remains as the AJGL representative to the Ayrshire Golf Association and will be joined in that role by Martin Cairns.

West Kilbride GC will hold the Chairmanship in 2019, with Irvine GC holding the Vice Chairmanship.

Ten clubs will contest the AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP this year, with the winners of the two qualifying sections going forward to contest the league Championship final in September.

With matches to be played throughout the summer, and concluded by 31st August, the two qualifying sections are :-

SECTION A - Ballochmyle, Caprington, Prestwick St Nicholas, Kilmarnock Barassie & Irvine

SECTION B - West Kilbride, Loudoun, Prestwick St Cuthbert, Ayr Belleisle & Troon Welbeck

In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT COMPETITION, there are three first round ties, which are due to be completed by 30th June. Holders Kilmarnock barassie received a bye in the first round.

The first round ties are:-

Ballochmyle vs. Caprington
Irvine Vs Loudoun
Troon Welbeck Vs. Prestwick St Cuthbert

The draw for the second round was also made at the meeting, with ties to be completed by 31st July. The second round draw is :-

Troon Welbeck or Prestwick St Cuthbert Vs. Ballochmyle or Caprington
Ardeer vs. Ayr Belleisle
West Kilbride vs Prestwick St Nicholas
Irvine or Loudoun Vs Kilmarnock Barassie

The draw was also made for the JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY competition at the meeting.

The first round ties, to be played by 30th June, are :-

Ardeer Vs Ayr Belleisle
Ayrshire Boys Champion vs Loudoun
Ballochmyle Vs Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion
Caprington Vs irvine
Kilmarnock Barassie Vs Prestwick St Nicholas

The draw for the second round, to be played by 31st July, is:-

Kilmarnock Barassie or Prestwick St Nicholas Vs Ayrshire Boys Champion or Loudoun
Ballochmyle or Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion Vs Ardeer or Ayr Belleisle
Prestwick St Cuthbert Vs Caprington or Irvine
Troon Welbeck Vs West Kilbride

Finally, the draw was made for the WALLACE THORNTON TROPHY competition, which has had a slight change of format this season, becoming a straight knockout event, played over two legs.

The holders Ayr Belleisle received a bye into the second round. The draw for the first round, with matches to be completed by 30th June, is:-

Irvine Vs Prestwick St Nicholas
Caprington Vs Troon Welbeck
Ballochmyle Vs Kilmarnock Barassie

The draw for the second round, with ties to be completed by 31st July, is:-

West Kilbride vs Ardeer
Ballochmyle or Kilmarnock Barassie vs Prestwick St Cuthbert
Loudoun Vs Irvine or Prestwick St Nicholas
Caprington or Troon Welbeck Vs Ayr Belleisle.

All the competition finals will be held in September at West Kilbride and the Aannual Dinner and Presentation of Trophies of the Ayrshire Junior Golf League will bring the season to a close on Monday 4th November when it also takes place at West Kilbride.