Tuesday, March 21, 2006

SCOTTISH BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP - 16 Ayrshire players bid for national title

16 players from Ayrshire clubs take their place amongst the 256 competitors in the Scottish Boys Championship when it returns to West Kilbride from Monday 10th to Saturday 15th April 2006.

The hopes of the host club will rest with Boys Internationalist Cameron Gray who heads a strong Ayrshire challenge, including Under 16 internationalists Kyle Smith (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) alongside the current Ayrshire Boys Strokeplay and Matchplay champions, the Kilmarnock Barassie pair of Jamie Mackay and Euan Brown.

The first round ties involving Ayrshire Players are :-


Match 4 (0709)
Ben Jamieson (St. Andrews New) Vs. Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay)

Match 5 (0717)
Jamie Mackay (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs. Stephen Keane (Cathkin Braes)

Match 7 (0733)
Fraser Lawrie (Largs) Vs. Martin Shaw (Haggs Castle)

Match 21 (0929)
Robert Carson (Dalmahoy) Vs. Andrew Abercrombie (Largs)

Match 24 (0953)
Kyle Smith (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs. Daniel Young (Craigiehill)

Match 33 (1109)
Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) Vs. Gordon McClean (Rothesay)

Match 39 (1157)
Andrew Wallace (Glenbervie) Vs. Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck)

Match 51 (1337)
Scott Brown (Girvan) Vs. Steven Jackson (Craigmillar Park)

Match 58 (1433)
Jamie Lambie (Sandyhills) Vs. Craig McCall (Prestwick St. Nicholas)

Match 62 (1509)
Hugh Nelson (Kilsyth Lennox) Vs. Craig McLaughlin (Largs)

Match 66 (1541)
Oliver Huish (The Glen) Vs. Matthew Skeoch (Troon Welbeck)

Match 69 (1605)
David Graham (Machrahanish) Vs. Stuart Henderson (Kilmarnock Barassie)


Match 88 (0829)
John Shanks (Ardeer) Vs. Sean Summers (Uphall)

Match 94 (0921)
David Weir (Cowal) Vs. David Currie (Kilmarnock Barassie)

Match 113 (1157)
Adam Foley (Ayr Belleisle) Vs. Fraser Clarke (Westhill)

Match 115 (1213)
Chris Conroy (Paisley) Vs. Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie)

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Ayrshire make it two wins from two at Barassie

After the 2 previous matches had fallen victim to the weather, Kilmarnock (Barassie) played host to the final club challenge match of the season for the Ayrshire team.

Both sides fielded strong teams with Barassie taking the early lead with Scottish internationalist Robert McKnight edging out Tom Loy in a closely contested match, by 1 up in the lead tie.

The 2nd tie was declared a half with due to the late unavailability of the Ayrshire player, whilst tie three also resulted in a share of the points with Nicky Sinclair and Kevin Ferguson playing out an honourable half.

Alasdair Leggate stretched Barassie’s lead to 3 - 1 with a controlled victory over David Glass by 3&2, but in tie 5 Jim Milligan, struggling with an injured arm from early in the round, crashed to a 7 & 6 defeat to Steven McBlain, to make the match score 3 - 2.

Further Ayrshire wins from Fraser McCall and Darren Mallinson over Robbie Fulker and Richard Aspin put Ayrshire in the lead, but Callum Sharp squared the match with a last green victory over Alan Connery.

In the final two ties, the Ravenspark pair of John Cairney and George Robertson secured the win for the County with wins over Stuart Miller by 4&3 and Alex Reid (5&4) respectively.

The Ayrshire Golf Association would like to record their thanks to Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club for the hospitality on the day and their ongoing support towards the inter club matches, and indeed thanks all the clubs who played, or were scheduled to play the county side in the pre season series this year.

Full match results were (Ayrshire names first) :-

Tom Loy lost to Robert McKnight by 1 hole
Ross Milligan against Alan Dickie - declared a half
Kevin Fergusson halved with Nicky Sinclair
David Glass lost to Alastair Leggate by 3 & 2
Steven McBlain beat Jim Milligan by 7 & 6
Fraser McCall beat Robbie Fulker by 3 & 2
Darren Mallinson beat Richard Aspin by 4 & 3
Alan Connery lost to Calum Sharp by 1 hole
John Cairney beat Stuart Miller by 4 & 3
George Robertson beat Alex Reid by 5 & 4


Monday, March 06, 2006

PRESTWICK TO HOST PALMER CUP - junior golfers sought to caddy in the event

Prestwick Golf Club will host the PALMER CUP from Tuesday 27 June to Friday 30 June 2006.

The event is a collegiate match, inaugurated in 1997, and contested between the United States of America and Europe.

Previous venues, in what is undoubtedly a prestige event, have included Bay Hill, Florida, The Old and New Courses at St. Andrews, The Honors Course, Chattanooga, Royal Liverpool (Hoylake), Baltusrol, Kiawa Island and Ballybunnion, amongst others.

Participants in previous years have included Luke Donald of England and Open Champion Ben Curtis.

interested junior golfers in Ayrshire are being sought to act as caddies during the event.

There will be a total of 16 caddies required, one for each competitor, and a draw will take place to match caddies with players. Caddies will remain with their allocated player throughout the 4 days of the event.


It is essential that successful applicants will be available for ALL FOUR DAYS.
Ideally, applicants will be between 16 and 18 years of age
Applicants should be a good standard of golfer (single figure handicap)


Tuesday 27 June – Practice Day
Wednesday 28 June - Pro Am Event
Thursday 29 June – Palmer Cup matches (36 holes)
Friday 30 June – Palmer Cup matches (36 holes)

Whilst there will be a level of remuneration for those selected to caddie in the event, a greater obvious benefit to those involved will be their participation in a major event, being on the range and on the course with the best players and coaches from the European and United States colleges circuits.

There will also be the possibility of a coaching clinic, involving coaches taking part in the event, being made available to local juniors.

This event provides a great opportunity to local junior golfers to be involved in a top event with the best players.

Application forms will be available to interested juniors, through their home club convenors, in the near future, or can be requested directly by e mail from Alasdair Malcolm at

Interest in participation is expected to be high, and consequently an early return of the application forms is advised.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

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SCOTTISH BOYS GOLF - Cameron Gray helps Scotland to win in Quadrangular Tourney

Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) helped Scotland’s young golfers to win the Boys’ Quadrangular event at St Cyprien in France this week, their first win in the event since 1995.

The Scots defeated Sweden 6-3 in the third round match, to maintain their 100% record in the tournament.

The Scots got off to a shaky start, as Cameron Gray and Newmachar’s Lewis Kirton lost the first of the morning foursomes 4&2. However, after James Byrne (Banchory) and Ross Leeds (Muckhart) defeated their opponents on the final green and Ross Kellett (Colville Park) and James White (Lundin) combined well, winning 2&1, the Scots were back in pole position.

In the afternoon, Kirton, Gray and Byrne took the first three singles matches, giving the Scots an unassailable lead.

In the end the Scots won by two clear points having won all three of their matches, while Sweden, Italy and hosts France could only muster one win each over the three days.

Reports and results on all three days of play can be viewed on the Scottish Golf Union website at