Wednesday, September 28, 2005

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Champion Of Champions Final

The final of the 2005 Champion Of Champions Trophy competition, between Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Stuart Robin (Prestwick St. Nicholas) will take place at Caprington on Sunday 2nd October at 11.30 a.m.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - St. Nicholas take Silver Jubilee Trophy in home win at Convenors Outing

Host club, Prestwick St. Nicholas took the honours in the 2005 A.J.G.L. Convenors Outing for the Silver Jubilee Trophy on Sunday 25th September.

A total of 18 teams took part in the competition, with St. Nicholas convenor Donald Hawthorn putting in the star performance of the day with a scratch return of 68, 1 under par, and a Stableford total of 40 points which was the best individual return of the day.

second place in the individual performances went to Barry Herbertson of Beith with 37 points.

In the team event, Donald Hawthorn was ably supported by Ryan Crane whose return of 31 points gave St. Nicholas a total of 71 points. This total was four clear of the second placed team, defending champions Ian Guthrie and Ian Walker of the Ayrshire Golf Association.

In addition to his other prizes, Donald Hawthorn also took the nearest the pin award for a tee shot at the final hole to 17' 9" from the pin.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Loudoun lead in Summer League final after first leg

Loudoun Gowf club lead Troon Welbeck 4 - 2 in the final of the Ayrshire Summer League after the first leg match at Loudoun on Saturday 17th September.

The return leg at Troon Welbeck is scheduled to take place on Sunday 2nd October.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Arrol Cup winner GAVIN LAWRIE (Prestwick St. Nicholas) Posted by Picasa

PRESTWICK ST. NICHOLAS - Lawrie retains Arrol Cup

Former Scottish internationalist Gavin Lawrie (Prestwick St. Nicholas) retained the Arrol Cup over his home course on Saturday 17th September with a 1 over par 36 hole total of 139 giving him the trophy by 4 strokes, ahead of clubmate Gavin Paterson, on 143.

Stephen McBlain (Prestwick St. Cuthbert), a greenkeeper at St. Nicholas, used his knowledge of the course to good effect, particularly in the afternoon round with a two under per 67, to secure third place on 144 by virtue of the best second round over John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark).

The Leading 36 hole totals were :-

139 - GAVIN LAWRIE (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
143 - GAVIN PATERSON (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
144 - STEPHEN McBLAIN (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)
144 - JOHN CAIRNEY (Irvine Ravenspark)
145 - GEORGE ROBERTSON (Irvine Ravenspark)
147 - STURAT ROBIN (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
147 - CHRIS HARKINS (Ayr Belleisle)
148 - PETER BOND (Irvine Ravenspark)
150 - STEPHEN KING (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
150 - IAIN McCALL (Prestwick St. Nicholas)

Monday, September 19, 2005

SCOOLS INTERNATIONAL - Ayrshire pair secure a point as Scotland lose

Prestwick St. Nicholas' Stuart Robin (Prestwick Academy) and West Kilbride's Cameron Gray (Glasgow High) combined to secure a point in Scotland's 2.5 - 3.5 defeat by England in the weather shortened Schools International at Glasgow Gailes on Monday 19th September.

The Ayrshire pairing secured 3 & 2 win over Ben Bernamont (Warwickshire) and Andrew Smedley (Notts) in torrential rain and strong winds.

With the weather condintions showing no sign of improvement by lunchtime , officials decided to cancel the scheduled afternoon singles matches.

In the girls match, Scotland faired better with a 2 - 1 win over England in the morning foursomes, with the afternoon singles also being cancelled.

A full report and results are avaialable on

FALDO JUNIOR SERIES - Stewart takes runner up spot in age group final

Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) was the runner up in the under 15 boys age group at the Faldo Series grand final at Celtic Manor on Sunday 18th September.

Stewart's rounds of 74 & 72 for a 146 total left him three strokes adrift of the age group winner, Eddie Pepperell (Frilford Heath) (69 - 74).

A full list of results are avaialble on .

Sunday, September 18, 2005

2005 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Champions West Kilbride. Team Captain Darren Kean holds the Championship Trophy. Posted by Picasa

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - West Kilbride secure first championship win and end Ardeer's treble hopes

West Kilbride are the 2005 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Champions, their first championship win since joining The League in 1988, after they defeated defending champions, Ardeer by 4 - 2 in the final at Caprington on Sunday 18th September.

Ardeer, bidding for a third successive title win, were giving strokes to their opponents in all 6 ties.

After 6 holes, honours were even, with West Kilbride winning in two ties, losing in two and the other two being all square, but after 12 holes the momentum had swung towards West Kilbride, with substantial leads in ties 3, 4 and 5, although Ardeer held equally substantial leads in the opening two ties.

In the lead tie, Darren Kean of West Kilbride faced a tough task against Ardeer's Club Champion, John Shanks, who secured the firs point of the day for Ardeer with a 6 & 5 win. Ardeer were soon 2 - 0 up when Scott Ainsworth beat Michael Roos 4 & 3, but the news was not so good for the holders in the next three ties, Martin Dunning going down 5 & 4 to Grant Weir in the third tie and Callum Ainsworth being beaten by Ross De Courcy in tie number four to make the match score 2 - 2, before Kieran Howie beat Greg Kean by 5 & 4 to give West Kilbride a 3 - 2 lead in the match. With the remaining tie on the course being all square after 14,

Howie's win in tie number five effectively gave West Kilbride the title, with Ardeer being unable to match West Kilbride's countback score, even if they won the final tie, for a 3 - 3 draw.

West Kilbride were keen to secure a clear victory, and Cameron McLean battled on against David McDonald to win his tie by 1 hole and give West Kilbride a 4 - 2 championship victory.

Prizes were presented to both teams at the conclusion of the final, by Ayrshire Junior Golf League Chairman, Ricky Magee (Caprington)

MATCH DETAILS (West Kilbride names first)

Darren Kean (5) lost to John Shanks (2) by 6 & 5
Michael Roos (6) lost to Scott Ainsworth (5) by 4 & 3
Grant Weir (12) beat Martin Dunning (8) by 5 & 4
Ross De Courcy (12) beat Callum Ainsworth (10) by 6 & 5
Kieran Howie (12) beat Greg Kean (13) by 5 & 4
Cameron McLean (18) beat David McDonald (16) by 1 hole


Monday, September 12, 2005

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - West Kilbride secure first ever final appearance

For the first time since joining the Ayrshire Junior Golf League in 1988, West Kilbride will appear in the League Championship final on Sunday 18th September at Caprington, when they will meet the defending champions, Ardeer.

In the Semi Final tie, West Kilbride went into the home tie at the weekend with a 4 - 2 defecit after their first leg visit to Ballochmyle, but home advantage helped the West Kilbride team to a 5 - 1 home win for a 7 - 5 aggregate win in the semi final tie.

The final on Sunday 18th Septemnber, at Caprington, tees off at 1000 hrs, and spectators are welcome to come and support both finalists.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Robin meets McEwan in Champion Of Champions final

Stuart Robin (Prestwick St. Nicholas) will play Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie) in the 2005 Champion Of Champions Trophy final after Robin was awarded a walkover against Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) in the semi final.

The final was scheduled to be played on Sunday 18th September at Caprington, but due to previous commitments by one of the finalists, will now be arranged at the same venue on a sutable date to both finalists.

SCOTTISH BOYS AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire edged into second place by Lothians

Ayrshire narrowly lost out, for the second year in succession, when Lothians pipped them to take the Scottish Boys Area Team Championship title at Forrester Park on Sunday 11th September.

The Ayrshire team of Robert McKnight (Kilmarnock Barassie), Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie), Stuart Robin (Prestwick St. Nicholas) and Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) finished a single shot behind the winners, with McEwan also losing out , by virtue of the last 3 holes, in the chase for the Niagra Cup for the best individual round in the afternoon, with a level par 71.

For a full report and scores, log on to the Scottish Golf Union website at

SCOTTISH MIXED FOURSOMES - Ayrshire pair pipped for title by holders

Ayrshire Ladies Champion, Lesley Hendry (Largs Routenburn) and former professional Brian Moore (Largs) were edged into the runners up spot by a single shot at the 2005 Scottish Mixed Foursomes competition at Braehead on Sunday 11th September.

In the event, jointly promoted by the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association and the Scottish Golf Union, Hendry and Moore recorded a one under par 69, which was only beaten by the defending champions, Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire), the former Amateur Champion, and girl prodigy Carly Booth (Auchterarder), who covered both halves of the course in 34 shots, for a 68 total.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Defending Champions Ardeer secure final place once more

Defending Champions Ardeer defeated Ayr Belleisle by 5 - 1 on Sunday in the second leg of the 2005 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship semi final, to progress to the final match with a 8 - 4 aggregate win over the two leg semi final.

In the final at Caprington on Sunday 18th September, Ardeer will bid to become only the second club in the 37 year history of the League Championship competition to win 3 successive titles, Loudoun having been the first team to complete a hat trick f wins between 1993 and 1995.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) Posted by Picasa


Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) was the clear winner of the under 15 boys qualifying place in this seasons Nick Faldo Junior Series with 43.5 points, a clear 10 points ahead of his nearest rival

Stewart now takes his place in the grand final at Celtic Manor Golf Resort on Sunday 18th September 2005.
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Stuart Robin (Prestwick Academy) Posted by Picasa


West Kilbride's Cameron Gray (Glasgow High) and Prestwick St. Nicholas' Stuart Robin (Prestwick Academy) have been selected for the Scotland Schools team for the annual international match against England.

The match will take place at Glasgow Gailes golf course on Monday 19th September.
Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie)  Posted by Picasa


Scottish Boys Strokeplay Champion Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie) will represent Scotland in the international Duke Of York Young Champions Trophy competition at Castletown Links on the Isle Of Man from 20th to 23rd September 2005.

McEwan will be joined by Scottish Schoolgirls Champion, Laura Murray (Alford), Scotland's girls representative in the event.

Friday, September 09, 2005

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Finalists will be decided this weekend

The two semi finals of this seasons Ayrshire Junior Golf League championship should be decided this weekend.

In the first semi final, defending champions Ardeer gained the slight upper hand over Ayr Belleisle with a 3- 3 draw in the first leg, away from home, last week. Ardeer now play host to Belleisle on Sunday 11th September to decide who goes through to the final.

In the other semi final, Ballochmyle defend a 4 - 2 lead after the first leg, and visit West Kilbride on Saturday 10th September, in the return leg.

The final is scheduled to be played at Caprington on Sunday 18th September.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Wallace Thornton Trophy winning team from Kilmarnock Barassie :- (L-R Jamie Mackay, Euan Brown, Stuart Henderson, Steven McEwan) Posted by Picasa
Under 16 Knockout Trophy winning team from Kilmarnock (Barassie) :- (L-R David Currie, Fraser Kerr, Kyle Smith, Robbie Gemmill) Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 04, 2005

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Kilmarnock (Barassie) secure double in Caprington finals

Kilmarnock (Barassie) secured wins in both the Wallace Thornton and Under 16 Trophy finals at Caprington on Sunday 4th September, to add to an impressive haul of Ayrshire trophies this season for the club.

In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY final, the Barassie team were giving shots in all four ties to their higher handicapped opponents from Beith.

In the early stages, all four ties were close, but with 6 holes to play, Barassie had clear leads in three of the four ties.

Kyle Smith, in the lead match secured Barassie's first point with a 3 & 2 win over David Gray, but a spectacular collapse over the closing holes saw Robbie Gemmill crash to a 4 & 2 defeat by David Hewitson, to level the match.

With David Currie 2 up with 2 to play in the secoond tie, a win for Fraser Kerr in the last match on the course would ensure victory for Barassie, and Kerr duly obliged with a 3 & 2 win over Colin Evans. David Currie ensured a clear win for barassie qwith a 2 & 1 win over Chris O'Donnell.

Match details (Barassie names first) are :-

Kyle Smith (1) beat David Gray (10) 3 & 2
David Currie (3) beat Chris O'Donnell (12) 2 & 1
Robbie Gemmill (8) lost to david Hewitson (15) 4 & 2
Fraser Kerr (12) beat Colin Evans (17) 3 & 2


In the WALLACE THORNTON TROPHY final Kilmarnock (Barassie), the holders for the last two years, began as firm favourites against West Kilbride.

Led by Scottish Boys Strokeplay Champion, Steven McEwan, the Barassie team of four had a combined handicap total of scratch, McEwan's +3 handicap being offset by his three team mates 1 handicaps, whilst West Kilbride's total handicap for the 4 team members was 28. With the competition being comopeted on a scratch basis, the enormity of West Kilbride's task was clear from the outset.

Despite the underdog tag, the West Kilbride team competed well early on, keeping Barassie in their sights in most of the ties, however over the middle third of the round, Barassie pulled ahead of their opponents, building comfortable leads in all four ties to set up a 4 - 0 overall victory.

Match results (Barassie names first) are :-

Steven McEwan beat Martin Bell 6 & 5
Jamie McKay beat Darren Kean 2 & 1
Euan Brown beat Michael Roos 6 & 5
Stuart Henderson beat Grant Weir 3 & 2


In what is proving an outstandingly succesful season in the county for the Barassie juniors, a total of Ayrshire trophies are already on display within the club.

As well as the Wallace Thornton Trophy and Under 16 Knockout Trophy, Kilmarnock Barassie and their juniors have won the Matt Lygate Trophy (Ayrshire Boys Team Champions), The Prestwick Circuits Trophy (Robert McKnight), the Ayrshire Boys Championship (Jamie Mackay), the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship (Euan Brown), The Ayrshire Order Of Merit (Jamie Mackay), whilst Steven McEwan has a chance to add to the haul, being in the final of the Champion Of Champions Trophy.

Awards were presented to all the finalists, at the conclusion of play, by AJGL Assistant Secretary Alastair Graham (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) who retires this year after 16 year in the Assistant Secretary's post.
Wallace Thornton Trophy finalists, West Kilbride & Kilmarnock (Barassie) Posted by Picasa
Under 16 finalists, Beith & Kilmarnock (Barassie) Posted by Picasa

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - McEwan in final of Champion Of Champions event

Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie) claime dthe first spot in the 2005 Champion Of Champions Trophy final with an emphatic 7 & 6 victory over Gordon Munro at Caprington last week.

McEwan now awaits the winner of the tie between Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) and Stuart Robin (Prestwick St. Nicholas).

The final is scheduled for Sunday 18th September at Caprington, but due to a previous commitment, Steven McEwan will be unavailable, and consequently the final will be rescheduled to a mutually agreeable date, once the other finalist is known.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Ballchmyle make first move in League Championship Semi Finals

Ballochmyle have made the first move in the bid for a place in the final of the 2005 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship, with a 4-2 home win in the first leg of their match against West Kilbride.

Jordan Fleming, Gary Patterson and David Cunningham led by example with wins over Darren Kean, Martin Bell and Michael Roos respectively, whislt Craig Nicol ensured and advantage for the home side with a 3 & 2 win over Ross De Courcy in the fifth tie. Despite losing the first three ties, Grant Weir and Kieran Howie kept West Kilbride hopes very much alive with wins over Gary Herbertson and Michael Mullen in the reamining two ties.

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Welbeck meet Loudoun in Summer League final

Troon Welbeck and Loudoun will meet in the 2005 Ayrshire Summer League final.

With a narrow 3.5-2.5 advantage after their home match in the semi final, Welbeck travelled to Kilmarnock (Barassie) for what looked to be a perilous away leg. This did not however prove to be the case, Welbeck recording a notable 5 - 1 win on their visit to their near neighbours, for a 8.5 - 3.5 over all win in their semi final.

In the second semi final, Annanhill took a 4.5 - 1.5 advantage from their home leg, but in the return, Loudoun gained a 4.5 - 1.5 win for a 6 - 6 aggregate result, with Loudoun progressing to the final by virtue of a countback over the individual ties over both legs of the semi final.

The final, which will also be played on a home and away basis, is due for completion by Monday 3rd October, with Loudoun scheduled to be at home in the first leg.

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Boys team crash to defeat at Glenbervie

An under strength Ayrshire Boys team crashed to a 6.5 - 1.5 defeat in their latest west of Scotland inter county league match against Stirlingshire at Glenbervie on Sunday 28th August.

With heavy rain adn strong winds to content with, the Ayrshire side battled throughout the match, with three ties only being decided on the final hole.

Match results were (Ayrshire names first)

Andrew Abercrombie (Largs) beat Grant Carncore (Dunblane New) 4 & 3
Fraser lawrie (Largs) lost to ian mathieson (Falkirk) 2 holes
Adam Foley (Belleisle) lost to Daniel Stewart (Campsie) 1 hole
Scott Brown (Brunston castle) lost to Andrew Wallace (Glenbervie) 4 & 3
Andrew Connell (Largs) lost to Bobby Rushford (Grangemouth) 4 & 3
Nicky Sinclair (Barassie) lost to Chris Cox (Falkirk) 3 & 2
John Shanks (Ardeer) lost to Brendan watt (Stirling) 1 hole
Craig McLaughlin (Largs) hlaved with Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie)