ALL THE LATEST NEWS ON AMATEUR GOLF IN AYRSHIRE

Friday, April 12, 2024

SCOTTISH JUNIOR OPEN STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS - Freya Russell leads the field in the Girls championship at the halfway stage after course record.


Freya Russell (Royal Troon) is the leader of the Scottish Girls' Open Strokeplay Championship after day two, which is being held at Powfoot Golf Club from the 10th to the 12th of April, following a superb six under par second round on Thursday.

Russell's score of 67 is a new course record for the composite course being used in the championship. Freya started the record round bogey, par, eagle, bogey before settling into sub par figures for the remainder of the round where she did not drop another shot to par and recorded birdies at the 5th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 15th and 16th holes.

Added to her opening round score of 76, the two round total of 143, three under par, leaves Freya four ahead of the chasing pack going into the final day's play.

The cut for the final day fell at 160, with the only other Ayrshire player in the field, Jodie Graham (Royal Troon) missing out by 11 shots after rounds of 84 and 86 for a 25 over par total of 171.

In the corresponding boys event being held at Irvine Golf Club, Alexandre Godin (France) holds a single shot lead going into the final day with a one under par total of 141.

Scott Newman (Royal Troon) carded a seven over par second round of 78 for a nine over par total of 151, to make the cut for the final day by a single shot.

Scott's second round  looked likely to be better than what transpired, a bogey, birdie start being followed by bogeys at the 6th, 9th and 12th giving him a three over par total with two holes to play, before he finnished with successive double bogeys on the closing two holes.

The other two Ayrshire players in the field missed the cut for the final days play.

Connor Wills (Royal Troon) bettered his opening round by two shots, his second round 77, six over par, giving him a fourteen over par total of 156, while Sean Hillis (Kilmarnock Barassie) was eight shots better in his second round, a six over par score of 77 giving him a two round total of 162, twenty over par.

Both the Boys' and Girls' championshoips are scheduled to conclude on Friday the 12th of April.  

Thursday, April 11, 2024

PRESIDENT'S TROPHY - Ayrshire team to defend title at Wigtownshire County named

The combined Ayrshire Boys and Youths team who will defend the President's Trophy in the annual match against the South of Scotland, to be held this year on Sunday the 14th of April at Wigtownshire County Golf Club, has been announced.

The team of twelve comprises four Under 16's, four Under 18's and four Under 23's who will play foursomes matchplay against the South of Scotland team in the morning and singles in the afternoon.

The Ayrshire team hoping to defend the trophy won last year at Girvan is:-

Under 16's

Finlay Watt (West Kilbride)

Oliver Kane (Royal Troon)

Aidan Hay (Irvine)

Liam Moran (Irvine)


Under 18's

Scott Newman (Royal Troon) 

Harris Fleming (Royal Troon)

Dylan Scally (West Kilbride)

Quintin Dunlop (Turnberry)


Youths 

Harvey McDonald (Turnberry) 

Harvey Broadfoot (Royal Troon)

Jamie Hay (Ayr Belleisle)

Ryan Kennedy (Irvine)

SCOTTISH BOYS' OPEN STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Scott Newman leads Scottish challenge at Irvine after day 1

Reigning Ayrshire Boys Champion Scott Newman (Royal Troon) leads the Scottish challenge after day one of the Scottish Boys' Open Strokeplay championship, being held from the 10th to the 12th of April at Irvine Golf Club.

A two over par opening round of 73 gave Newman a joint third finish on the opening day, alongside fellow Scot Jamie McDonald (St Andrews New), three shots behind tournament leader William Partner from England.

In difficult conditions, Newman birdied the fifth and bogeyed the sixth in a level par outward half, but a run of three successive bogeys from the tenth put him three over par before he finished in style with a birdie three at the closing hole for his two over par total.

Two other Ayrshire players are in the field for this weeks event. Connor Wills (Royal Troon) opened with an eight over par score of 79 while Sean Hillis (Kilmarnock Barassie carded a fourteen over par score of 85 on day one.

The cahmpionship continues on thursday and concludes on Friday.

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

CARRICK SPEAKERS GOLF CLUB - Maybole based club disbands after 35 years

The Ayrshire Golf Association are sorry to learn that the Carrick Speakers Golf Club, a member club of The Association for around 35 years, is folding and disbanding.

This is the second setback to the sport in the carrick area in recent years, following the demise of the Maybole Golf Club a couple of years ago.

In advising The Association of the decision, Club Secretary Hugh McKay commented

"We have persevered and tried to keep going but our numbers have not been sustainable for some time. This together with increased costs, the changes in administration and the technical changes introduced by Scottish Golf, means we have decided to call it a day. We will look to join other stronger clubs and hopefully continue to enjoy the game for many years to come. 

Its a sad day for us all. I would like to express our thanks to the Ayrshire Golf Association for the work you have done over the years and I’m sure we will continue to enjoy the rights, privileges and protections that you offer with our new clubs".

For several years the Carrick Speakers Golf Club staged a succesful open competition over the Girvan golf course alongside several club events and championships.

The Ayrshire Golf Association are sorry to see the demise of one of our member clubs, which now takes the total membership to 63 clubs, and send all former members of the Carrick Speakers Golf Club best wishes, and hope they continue their involvement and enjoyment of the sport within other member clubs in the county. 

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

AYRSHIRE MEN'S STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Entry closing date reminder

Players are reminded that entries for the 2024 Ayrshire Men's Strokeplay Championship, sponsored by Lomond Property, close on Saturday the 13th of April.

The 2024 championship takes place at Largs GC on Sunday the 28th of April. 

Handicap limit for the 36 hole competition, a World Amateur Gof Rankings counting event, is 3 and the entry fee is £25.

In the event that the competition is over subscribed, there will be a ballot on handicap.

Entry forms should be available through member clubs, and can be downloaded via the link on the left of the Ayrshire Golf Association web page (desktop view).

If any players have issues obtaining the entry form they should contact the Area Secretary by email at ayrshire.golf@btinternet.com

Entries received to date are:-

AYRSHIRE MENS STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

SPONSORED BY LOMOND PROPERTY

LARGS GC - SUNDAY 28 APRIL  

ENTRIES RECEIVED


PLAYER

CLUB

H/Cap

FORM

PAYMENT

Andrew Gordon

Ayr Belleisle

-0.6

Y

Y

Cameron Aitken

Largs

-1.5

Y

Y

J Mark Robertson

Western Gailes

1.6

Y

 

Andrew McDonald

Largs

1.6

Y

Y

Drew Cleaver

Ayr Belleisle

0.3

Y

Y

Gavin Chesney

Kilbirnie Place

-0.7

Y

Y

Jamie Murchie

Largs

-0.9

Y

Y

John G T Robertson

Largs

0.2

Y

Y

Stuart Miller

Kilmarnock Barassie

-0.6

Y

Y

Sandy Walker

Kilmarnock Barassie

-0.7

Y

Y

Kris Kirk

Troon Portland

-0.8

Y

Y

Euan Lindsay

Largs

-0.3

Y

Y

Aidan Long

Ayr Belleisle

-3.7

Y

Y

Thomas Pace

Prestwick St Nicholas

1.1

Y

Y

Neil  Clapperton

Ballochmyle

1.1

Y

Y

Scott Hannah

Prestwick St Cuthbert

-0.6

Y

Y

Matthew Allan

Western Gailes

-5.3

Y

Y

Finlay Watt

West Kilbride

1.9

Y

Y

Harvey Broadfoot

Royal Troon

-2.4

Y

 

Jack Broadfoot

Troon Welbeck

3.6

Y

 

Jamie Hay

Ayr Belleisle

-3.5

Y

Y

Craig Telfer

 

 

 

Y

Scott Brown

Prestwick St Cuthbert

-0.5

Y

Y

William Fleming

Ballochmyle

0.8

Y

Y

Scott Davidson

Largs

0.4

Y

Y

Jonny Andrews

Largs

-1.1

Y

Y

Joe McSorley

Prestwick St Cuthbert

-1.3

Y

Y

Adrian Orton

Kilmarnock Barassie

0.8

Y

Y

Harvey McDonald

Turnberry

-1.8

Y

 

Alan Watson

Ballochmyle

1.1

Y

Y

David Macdonald

Largs

-1.5

Y

Y

Elliot Masterson

Ayr Belleisle

-1.7

Y

Y

Colin Goudie

Ayr Belleisle

-0.6

Y

Y

Scott Chesney

Kilbirnie Place

1.2

Y

Y

Mark Watt

Prestwick St Cuthbert

-1.3

Y

Y

Scott Gilchrist

Loudoun

1.5

Y

Y

Colin Hume

Ayr Belleisle

2.1

Y

Y