Sunday, February 27, 2005

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - St. Nicholas beat Ayrshire select in pre season match

Ayrshire were defeated by 3.5 - 1.5 in their visit to St. Nicholas on Sunday 27th February 2005, in one of the traditional pre season friendly matches against member club teams.

In the first tie Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) and Jamie McKay (Kilmarnock Barassie) faced former county player Gavin Paterson, and promising junior Stuart Robin of the host club. It was the home pairing who performed best, recording a 4 & 3 win.

In tie 2, Gary Neil (Caprington) and Craig McLaughlin (Largs) won through by 2 & 1 against Gordon Adams and John Ashton.

The third tie finished all square between Alastair Leggate (Kilmarnock Barassie) and John Sloan (Doon Valley), and the host club pairing of Andy Huxtable and Ian Donaldson. The Ayrshire pairings cause was assisted by a hole in one achieved by John Sloan at the 10th hole.

In the remaining two ties the Ayrshire pairings both suffered 2 & 1 defeats, Ian Guthrie (Ballochmyle) and Ian Walker (Brunston Castle) losing to Steven King and Gary Tierney, whilst Warren Blair (St. Meddans) and Stuart Pennington (St. Meddans) lost out to Kevin Brock and Bob Craig.

Next Sunday the Ayrshire select will play Loudoun Gowf Club.

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Champion Of Champions Trophy Draw

Club champions from 50 Ayrshire clubs will join holder Tommy McInally (Loudoun) to contest the 2005 Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Trophy.

The draws for rounds 1 and 2 were made recently, and details will be posted to competitors involved, in due course.

ROUND 1 ( to be played by 17th April 2005)

Alex. Anderson (North Beach) Vs. David Glass (St. Cuthbert)
Robbie Fulker (Barassie) Vs. H. Miller (Royal Troon)
Andrew Mathie (Dalmilling) Vs. Gordon Malcolmson(Irvine No.1)
Ian Yates (Belleisle) Vs. Roy McCubbin (Durward)
Gilbert McKinnon (Corrie) Vs. Chris Park (Muirkirk)
R. McCaig (West Kilbride) Vs. G. Lawrie (St. Nicholas)
A. Stewart Jr. (Stewarton) Vs. A. McLean (Kilbirnie Place)
Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) Vs. Craig Taggart (Malletscheugh)
Gordon Hamilton (Glacier) Vs. Sandy Riddell (Skelmorlie)
Steven Bolland (Tam O Shanter) Vs. Gary Bryden (Girvan)
Ronnie McLellan (Turnberry) Vs. Alex Gourlay (Irvine)
William Richmond (Caprington) Vs. Arnold Courtney (Drongan)
Robert Hamilton (Wallacetown) Vs. D. Kinnel (Saxone)
Kevin Lammie (Portland) Vs. Wier McCulloch (Carrick Speakers)
Alan Thomson (Loudoun) Vs. Tommy McInally (Holder)
Ian Walker (Brunston Castle) Vs. Ross Ward (Beith)
George Robertson (Ravenspark) Vs. Jim McIntyre (Seafield)
Tom McFarlane (NACCO) Vs. Brian Moore (Largs)
Stuart Pennington (St. Meddans) Vs. Scott McCahill (Maybole)

ROUND 2 ( to be played by 22nd May 2005)

Anderson or Glass Vs. Del Chamberlain (Welbeck)
Fulker or Miller Vs. Jamie Duncan (Brodick)
Mathie or Malcolmson Vs. Stuart Peters (Doon Valley)
Yates or McCubbin Vs. Cameron Laughlan (Alton)
McKinnon or Park Vs. B. Main (Auchenharvie)
McCaig or Lawrie Vs. David Robertson (Crosshouse)
Stewart or McLean Vs. Ian Gray (Chase)
Hamilton or Taggart Vs. A. Fraser (Annanhill)
Hamilton or Riddell Vs. Andy Clark (Carrick Lodge)
Bolland or Bryden Vs. Peter Townsley (Ardeer)
McLellan or Gourlay Vs. D. Gemmell (Braehead)
Richmond or Courtney Vs. Alan Mulholland (Moorpark)
Hamilton or Kinnel Vs. Neil McCormack (New Cumnock)
Lammie or McCulloch Vs. Thomson or McInally
Walker or Ward Vs. Robertson or McIntyre
McFarlane or Moore Vs Pennington or McCahill

The draw for round 3 will take place after completion of round 2 matches.

Saturday, February 26, 2005


The draw for the 2005 Ayrshire Golf Association Summer League was made at the Annual Dinner on Friday 25th February. Ballochmyle will be bidding to make it a hat trick of wins in the event, after their victories in both of the first two seasons of the competition.

With 17 teams competing, there will be two leagues of 4 and 3 leagues of 3, with the winners of leagues 4 & 5 requiring to play off for a semi final place.

The draw for the league sections reads :-

LEAGUE 1 :- Loudoun, West Kilbride, Moorpark, Turnberry

LEAGUE 2 :- NACCO, Troon Portland, Annanhill, Kilbirnie Place

LEAGUE 3 :- Ballochmyle, Irvine (Bogside), Troon Welbeck

LEAGUE 4 :- Ayr Belleisle, Kilmarnock (Barassie), Caprington

LEAGUE 5 :- Tam O Shanter, Irvine Ravenspark, Troon St. Meddans

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Capacity audience honour the winners at the Annual Dinner

Irvine Ravenspark was filled to capacity on Friday evening, 25th February, when representatives of Ayrshire clubs met for the 23rd annual Ayrshire Golf Association dinner.

With President Ian Guthrie (Ballochmyle) indisposed, Past President Robin Baker (Troon Welbeck) hosted proceedings.

Guests of the Association included S.G.U Vice President Gordon McInnes along with representatives from the other West Of Scotland county associations, clubs who hosted events throughout 2004, sponsors and county coaching staff.

After a welcome to the club from Ravenspark Captain, Milton Murray, the company enjoyed a hearty meal, before proceeding to the presentation of the trophies for the 2004 season.

The first award presented was the Ayrshire Fourball Trophy, with the winning team of Gordon Hope and Steven Craig accepting the trophy on behalf of Annanhill G.C.

Winners of the Club Championship were Largs Golf Club, with former Ayrshire Junior Golf League Chairman Gordon Cunningham accepting the trophy on behalf of the club.

Ballochmyle Golf Club retained the Summer League Trophy, whilst Alex Gourlay (Irvine) accepted the Strokeplay Championship Trophy, which he uniquely shared with Ross Duncan (Brodick) in 2004.

Tommy McInally (Loudoun) was present to accept the Champion Of Champions Trophy, and the presentation of trophies culminated in Barry Crawford (West Kilbride) being presented with the Doc Thom Salver for the outstanding performance over a number of selected events throughout the season.

Prizewinners who were unable to attend the event were Boys Champion Iain Menzies (Largs), Matchplay Champion David McLure (Ballochmyle) and Youths Champion/joint Strokeplay Champion Ross Duncan (Brodick).

The draw for the Summer League competition was made before the evenings programme progressed to the speeches.

The first speaker proposed the toast to The Ayrshire Golf Association. Douglas Mill, Chief Executive of The Law Society Of Scotland, with a witty, informative and very knowledgable speech set the tone of the evening, which prompted a suitable reply on behalf of the association by Past President Baker.

The main guest speaker of the evening, proposing a toast to the game of golf, was well known local after dinner speaker and erstwhile comedian, Jim 'Buller' Reid, who certainly did not disappoint, having the company laughing almost continually during his presentation.

The evenings programme concluded with a vote of thanks from A.G.A. Vice President, Ricky Magee (Caprington).

Monday, February 14, 2005

SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL JUNIOR GOLF DEVELOPMENT - Clubgolf Volunteer Coach evening cancelled.

Due to unforseen circumstances, the meeting due to be held at Northfield on 17th February has had to be cancelled, but will be rescheduled to another date. The new date will be circulated in due course.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

2004 Champion Of Champions Trophy winner cameron Gray (West Kilbride) returns to defend the title this year. Posted by Hello

THE AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Draws for the 2005 competitions

The draws for the 2005 Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions were made at the Executive Meeting on Monday 7th February by Chairman Douglas Aitken (Caprington), in his final duty before his impending emigration to Turkey.

In the LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP defending champions Ardeer have been drawn in the four team section D, along with Caprington, Irvine Ravenspark and Skelmorlie.

2004 Runners Up Kilmarnock (Barassie) will contest section B alongside last years semi finalists, Beith. Troon St. Meddans, and local rivals West Kilbride and Largs complete the line up.

The full draw is:-

SECTION A - Ballochmyle, Annanhill, Largs Routenburn, Prestwick St. Cuthbert & New Cumnock.

SECTION B - Beith, Largs, West Kilbride, Kilmarnock (Barassie) & Troon St. Meddans.

SECTION C - Ayr Belleisle, Loudoun, Kilbirnie Place, Prestwick St. Nicholas & Troon Welbeck.

SECTION D - Caprington, Irvine Ravenspark, Ardeer & Skelmorlie.

In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY, holders West Kilbride received a bye into round 2 where they will play host to Annanhill. 2004 runners up, Prestwick St. Cuthbert also received a bye and play host to near neighbours St. Nicholas in round 2, whilst there is another local derby when St. Meddans and Welbeck meet at Troon. The full draw is:-

ROUND 1 (to be played by 8th May 2005)

Beith Vs. Ayr Belleisle
Caprington Vs. Ardeer
Kilmarnock (Barassie) Vs. Kilbirnie Place

ROUND 2 (to be played by 5th June 2005)

Loudoun Vs. New Cumnock
Beith or Belleisle Vs. Skelmorlie
Troon St. Meddans Vs. Troon Welbeck
Largs Routenburn Vs. Ballochmyle
West Kilbride Vs. Annanhill
Prestwick St. Cuthbert Vs. Prestwick St. Nicholas
Caprington or Ardeer Vs. Irvine Ravenspark
Largs Vs. Kilmarnock (Barassie) or Kilbirnie Place

In the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY, Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) returns to defend the title, and faces Stephen Hart of Largs Routenburn in a second round match. With some of the competitors details still to be notified, the full draw is :-

ROUND 1 (to be played by 8th May)

(Troon St. Meddans) Vs. Mark Tait (Annanhill)
James Tarrant (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) Vs. Craig McLaughlin (Largs)
Ewan Ross (Beith) Vs. Scott Ainsworth (Ardeer)

ROUND 2 (to be played by 5th June)

Gordon Munro (Caprington) Vs. Steven Carrington (Ayr Belleisle)
(St. Meddans or Annanhill) Vs. Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck)
Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) Vs. Stephen Hart (Largs Routenburn)
Jordan Fleming (New Cumnock) Vs. Graeme Muir (Loudoun)
Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs. (St. Cuthbert or Largs)
(Beith or Ardeer) Vs. (Ravenspark)
Stuart Robin (Prestwick St. Nicholas) Vs. Calum Crowe (Kilbirnie)
David Robertson (Ballochmyle) Vs. (Skelmorlie)

The Season begins on Sunday 10th April with the traditional opener, The Ayrshire Boys Team Championship, being hosted this year by Ballochmyle Golf Club.