Monday, December 24, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Euan will go to the United States to begin studies in August 2008. Former Scottish internationalist Lorne Kelly from Dunnoon assisted Euan with the scholarship arrangements, through his ProDreamUSA company.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Jim won many championships in the county, during his long association with Annanhill.
Jim won the Ayrshire Boys Championship in 1975 over Troon Darley and Troon Fullarton, and numbered amongst his other successes wins in the Hillhouse Cup and back to back wins in the (Kilmarnock Standard) Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Trophy in 1986 & 1987.
Jim's funeral will be held at Holmsford Crematorium on Friday 23rd November at 10.00 a.m., and our sympathy is extended to his family at this sad time.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Stewart presented with Junior Golfer Of The Year award at Annual Dinner
Right - The winning St. Cuthbert team with the Matt Lygate Trophy
Right - Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Ayrshire results for the 2007 YOUTHS LEAGUE and league placings are :-
Stirlingshire 5 ½ Ayrshire 4 ½ (Grangemouth)
Ayrshire 5 ½ Lanarkshire 4 ½ (Ballochmyle)
Dumbartonshire 5 Ayrshire 5 (Bearsden)
Ayrshire 6 Glasgow 4 (Brunston Castle)
Ayrshire 7 Renfrewshire 3 (Brunston Castle)
YOUTHS LEAGUE FINAL POSITIONS - P/W/D/L/F/A/Pts (Avr.)
DUMBARTONSHIRE 5/2/2/1/27.5/22.5/6 (1.222)
GLASGOW 5/2/0/3/25.5/24.5/4 (1.041)
STIRLINGSHIRE 5/1/2/2/21/29/4 (0.724)
In the A LEAGUE, Ayrshire finished mid table after two dissapointing results in their final matches.
Ayrshire results in the A League were
Ayrshire 7 Stirlingshire 3 (Ravenspark)
Lanarkshire 6 Ayrshire 4 (Drumpellier)
Ayrshire 7 Dumbartonshire 3 (Prestwick St.Nicholas)
Glasgow 7.5 Ayrshire 2.5 (Haggs Castle)
Renfrewshire 8.5 Ayrshire 1.5 (Greenock)
'A' LEAGUE FINAL POSITIONS - P/W/D/L/F/A/Pts (Avr.)
RENFREWSHIRE 5/4/0/1/31/19/8 (1.631)
DUMBARTONSHIRE 5/4/0/1/27/23/8 (1.174)
GLASGOW 5/2/0/3/25.5/24.5/4 (1.041)
AYRSHIRE 5/2/0/3/22.5/27.5/4 (0.818)
In the BOYS LEAGUE, played throughout the summer, Ayrshire narrowly missed out on the title on points average, after a three way tie at the top of the table.
Ayrshire results in the BOYS LEAGUE were :-
Renfrewshire 4 Ayrshire 4 (Whitecraigs)
Stirlingshire 6 Ayrshire 2 (Kilsyth Lennox)
Ayrshire 4 Lanarkshire 4 (Loudoun)
Dumbartonshire 3 Ayrshire 5 (Vale Of Leven)
Ayrshire 5 Glasgow 3 (Ardeer)
BOYS LEAGUE FINAL POSITIONS - P/W/D/L/F/A/PTS (Avr.)
LANARKSHIRE 5/2/2/1/21/19/6 (1.105)
STIRLINGSHIRE 5/3/0/2/20.5/19.5/6 (1.051)
AYRSHIRE 5/2/2/1/20/20/6 (1.000)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Youths defeat Renfrewshire in final West League match whilst A team are defeated
The individual results from the youths match on Saturday were (Ayrshire names first) :-
Kyle Smith (Kilmarnock Barassie) bt Scott Herald (Whitecraigs) 2&1
Jamie Mackay (Kilmarnock Barassie) bt Riccardo Rebecchi (Greenock) 8&7
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) lost to Michael Dailly (Erskine) 2&1
Scott Brown (Turnberry) bt Calum Morrison (Kilmacolm) 6&5
David Currie (Kilmarnock Barassie) bt Scott McGrenechan (Coch Castle) 1Hole
Stuart Henderson (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Michael Campbell (Renfrew) 5&4
Craig McLaughlan (Largs) bt Chris Cook (Renfrew) 2&1
Michael Roos (West Kilbride) lost to Andrew McLachlan (Bonnyton) 5&4
Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) bt Jack Bradley( Paisley) 3&2
Adam Foley (Ayr Belleisle) bt Darynn Grant (Renfrew) 4&3
AYRSHIRE 7 RENFREWSHIRE 3
In the corresponding senior team match at Greenock, Ayrshire suffered a heavy 8.5 - 1.5 defeat. Kevin Ferguson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) was the only winner for Ayrshire, with a 2 & 1 win, whilst Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) had a notable half match with former Amateur Champion Craig Watson.
Monday, November 05, 2007
In his report, President Ricky Magee (Caprington) thanked the clubs who had hosted county events throughout the 2006 - 2007 season and reported on the various county competitions and the successes enjoyed by individuals and teams.
In particular, President Magee paid tribute to the boys team of Euan Brown, David Currie, Cameron Gray & Michael Stewart who won the Scottish Area Boys Team Championship at Moray, with Cameron Gray also winning the Niagra Cup for the best individual score of the competition.
Michael Stewart also had a notable performance in the Scottish Boys Strokeplay at Cardrona, losing the title in a play off.
Also on a national level, President Magee paid tribute to the efforts of Allan Thomson (Ayr Belleisle) and Paul Moultrie (Troon Portland) who reached the semi finals of the Scottish Amateur Championship at Prestwick and the British Mid Amateur Championship at Alwoodley in Leeds respectively.
President Magee also reported that the Ayrshire Seniors competition would be reintroduced in 2008, with a new handicap trophy, to be called the Sandy Provan Trophy, being played for. The first playing of the event will be at Kilmarnock (Barassie) in July 2008.
Also under review, by a sub committee led by Vice President Alasdair Malcolm (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) is the Doc Thom Ayrshire Order Of Merit competition, details of which will be circulated to clubs over the winter months.
President Magee also alluded to the SGU governance review and the Ayrshire Golf Association Executive's intention to carry out a similar review of the county association's governance and constitution.
The financial report was presented, and various explainations given, by Secretary/Treasurer Leslie Crawford (Kilmarnock Barassie).
Reports followed on various aspects of the work of the Ayrshire Golf Association from the respective Convenors, Milton Murray (Coaching), Allan Muir (Course Rating) & John Nordbo (Ayrshire Junior Golf League).
On the election of officials and Executive members, Leslie Crawford was returned unopposed as Secretary/ Treasurer and Sandy Provan (Kilmarnock Barassie), Barclay Ross (Ballochmyle) and Iain Harvey (Kilmarnock Barassie) were all returned as Executive members. Iain harvey was also re elected as the representative to the SGU.
In his report on the SGU, Iain Harvey reported on a busy year in Ayrshire with the county hosting the European Team Championships (Western Gailes), the under 14/Under 16 Strokeplay (Brunston Castle), the Scottish Amateur Championship (Prestwick) and the Under 16 international with England (Prestwick St. Nicholas).
Iain also reported on a number of ongoing projects. Coaching involving player pathways including the Clubgolf initiative, development of the GolfCentral website, changes to the handicapping system in 2008, including the production of a new CONGU handbook on the handicapping scheme were all touched on in his report.
Although coming under the auspices of the R & A, Iain also made mention of changes to The Rules Of Golf from January 2008.
The meeting closed with those present being informed that the per capita subscription to the SGU for 2008 would be £ 6.70 and on a vote it was agreed that the per capita subscription to the Ayrshire Golf Association would increase by 10 pence to £ 1.85.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Gary Bryden with, with an eagle - birdie finish, and Darren Mallinson were the only Ayrshire winners with John Shanks gaining the other half point for the team.
Match results (Ayrshire names first) were :-
JOHN CAIRNEY (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to John Laurie by 3 & 2
EUAN BROWN (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to John Maithers by 3 & 2
MICHAEL STEWART (Troon Welbeck) lost to Gordon Sangster by 3 & 2
JOHN SHANKS (Irvine) halved with Stephin Machin
NICKY SINCLAIR (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Roya Alexander by 4 & 3
KEVIN FERGUSSON (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) lost to George Crawford by 3 & 2
GARY BRYDEN (Girvan) beat Les McLaughlin by 2 holes
STUART PENNINGTON (Troon St. Meddans) lost to Frank Drum by 3 & 2
JOE HOBSON (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to Matthew Dargie by 7 & 5
DARREN MALLINSON (Irvine Ravenspark) beat Willie McMillan by 3 & 2
GLASGOW 7.5 AYRSHIRE 2.5
Ayrshire fared better in the corresponding youths match, at Brunston Castle, where they ran out winners by 6 - 4.
Match results (Ayrshire names first) were :-
KYLE SMITH (Kilmarnock Barassie) halved with Chris McLaughlin
JAMIE MACKAY (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Alan Johnston by 3 & 2
MICHAEL SMYTHE (Royal Troon) beat Thomas Martin by 4 & 2
SCOTT BROWN (Turnberry) halved with Craig Haugh
DAVID CURRIE (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Graeme McDowall by 4 & 3
STUART HENDERSON (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Chris Wedgeworth by 1 hole
CRAIG McLAUGHLIN (Largs) lost to Paul Laughlin by 1 hole
MICHAEL ROOS (West Kilbride) beat Jamie Hendrick by 2 & 1
GRAEME GIMSON (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) beat Jonathon McLeish by 6 & 5
ADAM FOLEY (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Andrew Quinn by 4 & 2
AYRSHIRE 6 GLASGOW 4
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
This will be the sixth time that the championship has been staged at Barassie, in the clubs 120 year history.
Founded in 1887, Kilmarnock (Barassie) has a long association with junior golf, having recently staged the R&A’s Junior Open Championship in 2004 and the European Youth Championship in 2000.
Previous winners of the Boys' Amateur at Barassie include Howard Clark (1971) and Ronan Rafferty (1979).
This is the third of a trio of R & A events being held in Ayrshire from 2008 to 2010, after the Amateur Championship, being played at Turnberry in June 2008 and the Open Championship which will return to the same venue in July 2009.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Although the 7 - 3 margin of victory was clear, the match was close throughout with 9 of the 10 ties finishing on the 17th or 18th holes.
Dumbartonshire had won their previous two matches, but defeat leaves all the counties in the leage having been defeated at least once so far this season.
Match details are (Ayrshire names first) :-
JOHN CAIRNEY (Irvine Ravenspark) beat Colin Peddie by 2 & 1
EUAN BROWN (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Kevin Smith by 1 hole
TOM McINALLY (Loudoun) lost to Craig Checkley by 2 & 1
BRIAN MOORE (Largs) beat Steven Stewart by 2 holes
DAVID GLASS (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) beat John McMahon by 1 hole
JOHN SHANKS (Irvine) beat Martin Williams by 2 & 1
DARREN MALLINSON (Irvine Ravenspark) beat James Paterson by 5 & 4
CRAIG HAMILTON (Ballochmyle) lost to Andrew Campbell by 2 & 1
WARREN BLAIR (Troon Portland) lost to david Wyllie by 2 & 1
STEWART PENNINGTON (Troon St. Meddans) beat David Elder by 2 & 1
AYRSHIRE 7 DUMBARTONSHIRE 3
In the corresponding youths match, played at Bearsden, Ayrshire snatched a 5 - 5 draw against their hosts.
Match details in the youths match (Ayrshire names first)
KYLE SMITH (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Grant Minnes by 5 & 4
CRAIG McLAUGHLIN (Largs) lost to David parlane by 4 & 3
MICHAEL SMYTHE (Royal Troon) beat Thomas Sharkie by 3 & 2
STUART HENDERSON (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to James McEwan by 4 & 3
SCOTT BROWN (Turnberry) beat Richard Docherty by 4 & 3
GRAEME GIMSON (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) beat Clark Nelson by 1 hole
GRAHAM GEBBIE (Loudoun) lost to Simon Barras by 4 & 3
MICHAEL ROOS (West Kilbride) lost to Fraser Campbell by 1 hole
FRASER LAWRIE (West Kilbride) lost to Chris Ruane by 2 & 1
ANDREW ABERCROMBIE (Largs) beat Scott Moore by 2 holes
AYRSHIRE 5 DUMBARTONSHIRE 5
In the penultimate round of matches, to be played on Saturday 3rd November, Ayrshire A take on Glasgow at Haggs Castle whilst the youths play in the corresponding fixture at Brunston Castle.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
In the boys event, won by Neil Henderson (The Glen), Stewart finished 8th, on 73 - 1 over par -, three shots adrift of the winning score of 70 posted by Henderson.
The other Ayrshire players taking part were Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) who was 11th on 76 (+ 4) and clubmates Euan Brown and David Currie (Kilmarnock Barassie) who both returned 77 (+ 5) for 13th & 14th places respectively.
Rachael McQueen was placed third in the girls event, her 88 ( + 16) being 7 strokes adrift of the winning total posted by Jane Turner (Mortonhall)
Drummond followed two succdessive rounds of 70 with a final round of 66 to finish on 10 under par, giving him a share of 4th place, 7 shots adrift of the winner, England's Carl Mason.
CARL MASON -17 : 199 : (66/68/65)
LUIS CARBONETTI -13 : 203 : (69/64/70)
DAVID MERRIMAN -11 : 205 : (71/66/68)
ROSS DRUMMOND -10 : 206 : (70/70/66), GUILLERMO ENCINA (67/70/69), SAM TORRANCE (70/68/68)
STEWART GINN -9 : 207 : (69/68/70) BILL LONGMUIR (71/68/68)
Late call offs again affected the Ayrshire side, although the replacement players put up a good showing to justify their inclusion.
Match details (Ayrshire names first):-
John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) beat A. Dick by 5 & 4
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat R. Kellett by 2 & 1
Brian Moore (Largs) lost to S. Rennie by 2 & 1
John Shanks (Irvine) lost to B. McKenzie by 6 & 5
Nicky Sinclair (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat K. Lochrie by 1 hole
Gary Bryden (Girvan) halved with B. Smith
Warren Blair (Troon Portland) lost to M. Moir by 3 & 2
Brian Gibson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to W. Bryson by 3 & 2
Joe Hobson (Irvine Ravenspark) halved with S. Douglas
George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to M. Russo by 4 & 2
LANARKSHIRE 6 AYRSHIRE 4
In the corresponding youths match, held at Ballochmyle, Ayrshire beat lanarkshire by 5.5 - 4.5
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) Lost To Paul Shields (Kirkhill) by 1 hole
Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) Beat Chris Kelly (Kirkhill) by 2 & 1
Jamie MacKay (Kilmarnock Barassie) Lost To Mark Mcleod (Lanark) by 2 & 1
Adam Foley (Belleisle) Halved with Colin Baird (Bothwell Castle)
David Currie (Kilmarnock Barassie) Lost To Ben Sloan (Hamilton) by 1 hole
Scott Brown (Turnberry) Beat Mark Kelly (Kirkhill) by 4 & 3
Michael Roos (West Kilbride) Lost To Peter Scanlon (Hamilton) by 4 & 3
Stuart Henderson (Kilmarnock Barassie) Beat Ryan Corrigan (Airdrie) by 3 & 2
Graeme Gebbie (Loudoun) Beat Stuart Nelson (Kirkhill) by 1 hole
Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St Cuthbert) Beat Brian Scott (Hamilton) by 3 & 2
AYRSHIRE 5.5 LANARKSHIRE 4.5
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Area champions will compete, alongside other invited players, including national champions in the 18 hole strokeplay event that will test the best junior boys and girls from throughout Scotland over one of the premier courses in the country.
Ayrshire Boys Champion Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) takes part, as does his clubmate David Currie, the winner of the Junior Tour event at Cardrona earlier in the season.
Scottish Boys internationalist and G.B & I boys cap, Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) is also in the field, alongside fellow boys internationalist Cameron Gray (West Kilbride), whilst troon teenager Rachael McQueen (Troon Bentinck) carries Ayrshire hopes in the girls competition.
The draw for the competition is:
Josh Anderson (Glenrothes)
Roddy Forgie (Muckhart)
Stacey Cameron (Gullane Ladies)
Susan Jackson (Ladybank)
Fraser Moore (Falkirk Tryst)
Neil Beattie (St Andrews)
Scott Clark (Braehead)
Myles Cunningham (Longniddry)
Grant Dowie (Alloa)
Andrew Wallace (Glenbervie)
Mark Bookless (Sandyhills)
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Declan Dooey (Easter Moffat)
David Currie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Michael Daily (Erskine)
Simon Fairburn (Galashields)
Jennifer Black (Bellshill)
Lauren MacCallum (McDonald)
Rachel McQueen (Troon Bentinck)
Michael Fraser (Glencruitten)
S Wightman (Douglas Park)
Blair Walker (Kelso)
Paul Ferrier (Baberton)
Ian Redford (King James VI)
Gerard Cameron (Bishopbriggs)
Andrew Campbell (Dumbarton)
Scott Fraser (Royal Aberdeen)
Cameron Gray (West Kilbride)
Louise MacGregor (Falkirk)
Ailie Burnett (Dunkeld & Burnam)
Zoe Differ (Dullatur)
Neil Henderson (Glen)
Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck)
Paul Shields (Kirkhill)
Andrew Steven (Easter Moffat)
Chris Robb (Inchmarlo)
Alan Murdoch (Stranraer)
Sam McLaren (King James VI)
David Parlane (Helensburgh)
Sean McGarvey (Glencorse)
Isla Craigie (Torwoodlee)
Pamela Prestwell (Bothwell Castle)
Jane Turner (Mortonhall)
Darryn Grant (Renfrew)
Kyle McClung (Wigtownshire County)
Paul McPhee (King James VI)
Despite two of the host club members in the Ayrshire side being defeated, Ayrshire recorded a 7 - 3 victory over their visitors.
In the corresponding youths match at Grangemouth, Ayrshire suffered a narrow 5.5 - 4.5 defeat at the hands of Stirlingshire.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Harkins had a two-round total of 140 was matched by Scotland international Gavin Dear but his better second round, a 69 to a 71, won Harkins the No 1 spot.
Harkins & Dear finished four shots clear of Paul Betty (Stirling), in third place.
Emma Fairnie (Edinburgh University), who scored 78 and 79 for 157, headed the ladies event by two strokes, from Rachael Cassidy (Stirling) with Holly Calvert (Stirling) third on 160.
MENS LEADING TOTALS
140 - C Harkins (Glasgow) 71 69
140 - G Dear (Stirling) 69 71
144 - P Betty (Stirling) 71 73
145 - A Main (Edinburgh) 76 79
145 - D Booth (Stirling) 74 71
Monday, October 08, 2007
The fixtures schedule is :-
SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER
Ayrshire Vs. Stirlingshire (Irvine Ravenspark)
Stirlingshire Youths Vs. Ayrshire Youths (Grangemouth)
SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER
Lanarkshire Vs. Ayrshire (Drumpellier)
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Lanarkshire Youths (Ballochmyle)
SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER
Ayrshire Vs. Dumbartonshire (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
Dumbartonshire Youths Vs. Ayrshire Youths (Bearsden)
SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER
Glasgow Vs. Ayrshire (Haggs castle)
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Glasgow Youths (Brunston Castle)
SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER
Renfrewshire Vs. Ayrshire (Greenock)
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Renfrewshire Youths (Brunston Castle)
Sunday, September 30, 2007
With McCahill the lowest handicapped player in the match, off one, Hobson and Gibson received two shots whilst McCahill's team mate Wallace had eight shots over the 18 holes.
The Ravenspark team got off to the perfect start, Hobson holing from 20' for par at the first to win the hole. A superb chip by Gibson, coupled with a three putt from McCahill gave Ravenspark the second hole as well, and a wonderful recovery pitch at the third to 3' set Gibson up for a winning birdie three to extend the lead to three holes after three.
The match threatened to run away from Maybole at this early stage but Wallace rose to the challenge at the fourth, using his shot to full advantage for a winning nett three to reduce the defecit to two holes.
The fifth was halved in par fours but ravenspark restored their three hole advantage at the 6th, McCahill narrowly missing his birdie putt from 20 feet before Gibson holed his from 15fee for a winning birdie three.
The seventh was halved in net pars and at the 8th Gibson, with a fine approach shot to 8 feet, set up a very holable birdie chance. The Maybole team were struggling a little at this stage but McCahill played a good recovery chip to give him a par, which was sufficient to half the hole after Gibson missed his birdie chance.
McCahill and Gibson both had good birdie opportunities again at the ninth, but both missed narrowly and the match turned for home with Ravenspark three ahead.
A solid tee shot at the par three tenth by McCahill, which came to rest 12 feet from the hole, set up a winning par and when Wallace scored a nett birdie three at the 12th, the defecit was quicly reduced to only one hole.
The Ravenspark pair looked favourites at the 12th after all four players missed the green, but after chipping up and being conceded a par three, the ravenspark team could only wastch whilst Wallace bravely holed from 18 feet to half the hole and remain only one behind.
The 13th and 14th were halved in par before McCahill had a chance to level the match at the 15th with a 4 foot birdie opportunity. Do the dismay of McCahill, his putt hit the left side of the hole and spun out, leaving his team still trailing.
Wallace received his final stroke at the 16th hole and, with both ravenspark players in trouble, and Wallace safely on the green in three, the hole was conceded and the match was squared for the first time since the first tee.
At the 16th, all four players missed the fairway to the left from the tee. Hobson and Wallace safely made the green in two whilst McCahill was just off the putting surface, leaving Gibson to play last. The ravenspark player, whose chipping was excellent all day, produced another fine approach to 4' from the hole. With the other three safely holed in four, Gibson had the opportunity to restore his sides lead, but his birdie effort slipped past and the players moved to the final hole all square.
At the 203 yard, par three 18th, McCahill and Wallace were short and right, whilst Gibson also missed the green to the right. Hobson pulled his tee shot to the left, finishing in the gully short of the green. Despite facing a blind chip, Hobson played a wonderful chip to within 3 feet of the hole.
McCahill and Wallace both saw their efforts for par fail and the destiny of the trophy was passed into the hands, and putters, of the Ravenspark pair. Gibson was first to go, but his effort from 7 feet slipped agonisingly past, leaving Hobson with the task of holing from 3 feet to clain the title by one hole. Despite the pressure, Hobson confidently holed out for a winning par three and a one hole victory for Ravenspark
2007 Ayrshire Fourball finalists Joe Hobson (Irvine Ravenspark), Brian Gibson (Irvine Ravenspark), Scott McCahill (Maybole) & David Wallace (Maybole)
A closing 70, two under par, was sufficient to give former Ryder Cup star, Jose Rivero a 10 under partotal and the title, although his overnight lead was cut by Drummond from three to one shot.
Drummond moved to within one shot of the lead when he hit a 117 yard wedge shot into the hole for an eagle two on the par four 12th and two holes later he briefly tied with Rivero when the eventual winner made his only bogey of the day, on the 14th.
Unfortunately, Drummond dropped a shot of on the 423 yard par four 15th to give Rivero the lead once more, and despite an excellent birdie on the 449 yard closing hole, finished one short of the winning total of 206, after Rivero had birdied the par five 16th to go back to two in front.
This was Drummond's second runner-up finish of his rookie season on the Seniors Tour, his nine under par aggregate of 207 leaving him four shots ahead of third placed Englishmen, Bob Cameron and Nick Job.
Drummond's performance saw him move up one place, to eighth, in the Seniors Order Of Merit for 2007.
1 - RIVERO José (ESP) -10 (70/66/70 = 206)
2 - DRUMMOND Ross (SCO) -9 (69/70/68 = 207)
3 - CAMERON Bob (ENG) -5 (70/71/70 = 211), JOB Nick (ENG) -5 (71/69/71 = 211)
5 - ROCCA Costantino (ITA) -4 (67/73/72 = 212)
2 GLENBERVIE * - 142/141 = 283
3 NEW CLUB, ST ANDREWS - 142/141 = 283
4 CAMBUSLANG - 146/143 = 289
IRVINE RAVENSPARK - 143/146 = 289
6 PORTLETHEN - 146/144 = 290
TULLIALLAN - 150/140 = 290
8 DUMFRIES & COUNTY - 147/145 = 292
9 INVERNESS - 149/146 = 295
10 COWGLEN - 146/152 = 298
HAYSTON - 147/151 = 298
12 CRAIGIE HILL - 150/150 = 300
KELSO - 155/145 = 300
14 LONGNIDDRY - 152/149 = 301
15 GLENCRUITTEN - 151/153 = 304
16 MONTROSE MERCANTILE - 151/155 = 306
Saturday, September 29, 2007
With no Scottish qualifiers in the boys section, McQueen, who also plays at Kilmarnock (Barassie), will contest the girls championship, alongside fellow Scot Carly Booth (Comrie) at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club from October 7th to 9th.
17 year old McQueen, who has already represented Ayrshire in the West Of Scotland inter county matches, was the leading qualifier in the girls' category and will be hoping to follow last years winner, fellow Scot Sally Watson from South Queensferry, in winning the girls title.
Former Ryder Cup star of José Rivero returned a six under par 66 to lead the tournament, three ahead of Drummond.
Par 144 (72/72)
136 - J Rivero (Spain) 70/66
139 - B Lincoln (South Africa) 70/69, R Drummond (Sco) 69/70
140 - N Job 71/69, C Rocca (Ita) 67/73.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Summer League Champions - Irvine Golf Club (Henry Thomson, Stevie Wilson, Alex Gourlay, Keith Fairley, Mark Anderson, Gareth Lamb)
SCOTTISH AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire defeat holders Renfrewshire as South Of Scotland progress
In the other match in the section, South Of Scotland defeated Lanarkshire by 5.5 - 3.5 to finish top of the qualifying section, and give them a place in the semi finals of the competition.
In the Ayrshire match, the three morning foursomes were all halved, leaving the match finely balanced at 1.5 - 1.5 going into the afternoon singles.
The afternoon proved to be a different prospect as Ayrshire won four and drew one of the six singles to ensure a win overall.
Arguably the most notable result of the afternoon was Steven McEwan's 6 & 5 win over past Amateiur Champion, Craig Watson, although Steven Moore's 2 hole win over Scottish Mid Amateur Champion Mark Clark was also a major boost for the Ayrshire side.
Steven McEwan (Caprington) & Brian Moore (Largs) halved with Craig Watson and Keith Hamilton
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) & Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) halved with Mark Clark & Gregor Munro
Jamie Mackay (Kilmarnock Barassie) & Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) halved with Andrew Farmer & Murdo Carmichael.
AYRSHIRE 1.5 RENFREWSHIRE 1.5
Steven McEwan beat Craig Watson 6 & 5
Brian Moore beat Mark Clark 2 holes
Michael Stewart beat Andrew Farmer 4 & 3
Euan Brown beat Keith Hamilton 6 & 5
Cameron Gray halved with Murdo Carmichael
Jamie Mackay lost to Gregor Munro 4 & 3
AYRSHIRE 4.5 RENFREWSHIRE 1.5
AYRSHIRE 6 RENFREWSHIRE 3
The West Of Scotland inter county league match, for the Wishart trophy, turned in Ayrshire's favour after the opening two ties were halved, as Ayrshire players took the points in four of the next five ties to ensure a win.
Josh Nordbo (Largs) halved with Connor O'Neill (Pollock)
Andrew Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie) halved with David Aitken (Williamwood)
Charles Doyle (Troon Welbeck) beat barry Strain (Cathkin Braes) 4 & 3
LLoyd Smith (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Mark Murphy (Cawder) 1 hole
David Currie (Kilmarnock barassie) beat Gerrard Cameron (Bishopbriggs) 1 hole
Michael Roos (West Kilbride) beat Graeme McDowall (Bishopbriggs) 3 & 2
Scott Brown (Turnberry) beat Stuart Roberts (Cathcart Castle) 1 hole
Adam Foley (Ayr Belleisle) lost to James Hendrick (Pollock) 2 & 1
AYRSHIRE 5 GLASGOW 3
Friday, September 21, 2007
Nicoll won the event by five shots with a round which included an eagle 2 at the third and birdies at the second, sixth, eighth, 12th and 18th in halves of 31 and 32. Nicoll also negotiated the course without a bogey on his card.
Details of his scoring were:
OUT: 4 3 2 3 4 4 4 3 4 - 31.
IN: 4 3 3 5 4 3 3 4 3 - 32.
Nicoll beat the previous best of 64, set by Colin Brooks a number of years ago, by one shot. Brooks' score had been matched by Gordon Law (Uphall) in winning the Northern Open at Cruden Bay in 2003.
Runner up to Nicoll was Colin Gillies (Kingsfield) a distant runner-up, five shots behind on
68. Fraser Mann (Musselburgh) was third on 69.
Nicoll also led the BIS Salamis amateurs team, Kenny Bennett (4), Doug Shiel (18) and Keith Beattie (8), to victory in the team event with a net score of 13-under-par.
63 - C Nicoll (Prestwick)
68 - C Gillies (Kingsfield)
69 - F Mann (Musselburgh)
70 - M King (Kingsfield)
72 - A Lockhart (Ladybank), R Arnott (Bishopbriggs), P McKechnie (Braid Hills), C Kelly (Cawder), G Hutcheon (Peterculter)
73 - C Waddell (Braid Hills), L Mann (Carnoustie), P Wardell (Whitekirk).
Monday, September 17, 2007
With maximum points in the last counting event, Moore overtook long time leader John Shanks (Irvine) at the right time to claim the Order Of merit title.
Final placings in the 2007 Order Of merit were :-
362.5 - BRIAN MOORE (Largs)
287.5 - JOHN SHANKS (Irvine)
195 - STEPHEN MURRAY (Troon Welbeck)
182.5 - STEPHEN McBLAIN (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)
145 - ROSS MILLIGAN (Troon Welbeck)
130 - EUAN BROWN (Kilmarnock Barassie)
125 - GEORGE ROBERTSON (Irvine Ravenspark)
100 - KEVIN FERGUSSON (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)
67.5 - MICHAEL SMYTHE (Royal Troon), DARREN MALLINSON (Irvine Ravenspark), BARRY CRAWFORD (West Kilbride)
50 - JAMIE MACKAY (Kilmarnock Barassie), CRAIG HAMILTON (Ballochmyle), A. EWING
45 - STEVEN McEWAN (Caprington), MARK WATT (Prestwick St. Cuthbert), JOHN CAIRNEY (Irvine Ravenspark), RUSSELL WHITTAKER (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
40 - BERT FERGUSON (Royal Troon)
25 - IAN WALKER (Turnberry), DOUGIE McKINNON (Ballochmyle), ALISTAIR BELFORD (Prestwick St. Nicholas, CHRIS HARKINS (Ayr Belleisle)
Brian Moore (Largs) led for the front to win the 2007 competition for the 114 year old Arrol Cup, at Prestwick St. Nicholas on saturday 15th September.
The Arrol Cup, presented to Prestwick St. Nicholas in 1893, is one of the premier 36 hole scratch event in the West Of Scotland and in 2007 it again attracted a quality field of 68 competitors.
In the morning round, Moore led the way with a 69, alongside George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark) and Chris harkins (Ayr Belleisle).
One shot further back after the morning round, on 70, were John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark), Paul Robinson (Millport) and local member gavin Lawrie (Prestwick St. Nicholas).
In the afternoon, Moore again recorded the best of the round with 71, a score matched by Kevin Fergusson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert), whilst George Robertson and Chris Harkins slipped back in the field with 73 and 78 respectively.
With a two round total of 140, Moore took the title bt two shots from George Robertson.
LEADING SCORES :-
140 - B. MOORE (Largs) 69 - 71
142 - G. ROBERTSON (Irvine Ravenspark) 69 - 73
143 - R. McKENZIE (Easter Moffat) 71 - 72
144 - C. CALDER (Uphall) 71 - 73
145 - R. WHITTAKER (Prestwick St. Nicholas) 73 - 72, F. DRUM (Cowglen) 72 - 73
147 - A. BELFORD (Prestwick St. Nicholas) 72 - 75, C. HARKINS (Ayr Belleisle) 69 - 78
148 - K. FERGUSSON (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) 77 - 71
149 - R. MERCER (Prestwick St. Nicholas) 76 - 73, D. GRANT (Renfrew) 76 - 73, D CHAMBERLAIN (Troon Welbeck) 75 - 74, J. CAIRNEY (Irvine Ravenspark) 70 - 79