Sunday, March 18, 2007

SCOTTISH BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire provide 3 of the 8 seeds

19 Ayrshire players are in the 256 strong field bidding for the 2007 Scottish Boys Championship, which will be contested at Dunbar Golf Club between 9th and 14th of April.

The Ayrshire challenge is headed by the three boys internationalists, who are included in the 8 players seeded in the tournament, Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) (pictured left), Kyle Smith (Kilmarnock Barassie) & Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) (pictured below).

Eight players were balloted out on a handicap of 5.3, with James Byrne (Banchory) having the lowest handicap in the field of +2.3, at time of entry.

First Round ties involving Ayrshire players are :-

Monday 9th April

Match 03 (07.01) - Rory Achison (Largs) Vs. Duncan Melville (Gullane)
Match 19 (09.13) - Ross Crummley (Merchants Of Edinburgh)Vs. Michael Roos (West Kilbride)
Match 21 (09.29) - Jamie Achison (Largs) Vs. Michael Monteith (Longniddry)
Match 23 (09.45) - James MacDonald (Cochrane Castle) Vs. Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay)
Match 33 (11.09) - Kyle Smith (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs. David Millar (Newmachar)
Match 36 (11.33) - Fraser Lawrie (Largs) Vs. Alan Forsythe (Drumpellier)
Match 52 (13.45) - Fraser Clarke (Westhill) Vs. David Currie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Match 56 (14.17) - Andrew Abercronbie (Largs) Vs. Neil Henderson (The Glen)
Match 61 (15.01) - Christopher Ruane (Cardross) Vs. Charles Doyle (Troon Welbeck)
Match 64 (15.25) - Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) Vs. Oliver Huish (The Glen)
Match 67 (15.49) - Ian Young (Vale Of Leven) Vs. Robert Jamieson (Loudoun Gowf)

Tuesday 10th April

Match 80 (07.25) - Derek Paterson (Ralston) Vs. Scott Clark (Ayr Belleisle)
Match 84 (07.57) - Thomas Moffat (Crow Wood) Vs. Scott Brown (Turnberry)
Match 91 (08.57) - Callum Crowe (Kilbirnie Place) Vs. William Bremner (Edzell)
Match 104 (10.41) - Adam Foley (Ayr Belleisle) Vs. Stephen Gentle (Cowglen)
Match 110 (11.33) - Colin Baird (Bothwell Castle) Vs. Andrew Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Match 122 (13.13) - Jamie Littler (Inchmarlo) Vs. Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Match 124 (13.29) - Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) Vs. Ross Muir (Swanston New)
Match 127 (13.53) - Lloyd Smith (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs. Alex Gardner (Radyr)

The full draw is available on the Scottish Golf Union website (see link on the left of this page)


Entry forms for the 2007 Ayrshire Boys Team Championships, to be held at Prestwick St. Cuthbert G.C. on Sunday 15th April were posted to Club Secretaries at the end of February.

If any junior convenor has not received the entry form from their club, contact Alasdair Malcolm at for a further copy.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

IRVINE GOLFER APPOINTED AT CARRICK - Alan Tait appointed at new Loch Lomond Course

Former Irvine (Bogside) golfer Alan Tait (37) has been appointed head professional at the new Carrick at Loch Lomond course, which is due to open in May 2007, with a PGA Eoropro Tour event.

As a junior at the Irvine club, Tait added to the illustrious history of amateur golfers associated with Bogside when he won the Doug sanders' World Boys' Championship in Aberdeen and the Scottish Boys Championship, in 1986, at Dunbar.

In 1989, Tait was runner up to another Ayrshire legend, Allan Thomson of Ayr Belleisle, in the Scottish Amateur Championship at Lossiemouth. Alan also represented Scotland on a number of occassions from 1987 to 1989.

Tait's medals from this era can still be seen in the Irvine (Bogside) clubhouse, alongside those of the Irvine Triumvirate of Hammy McInally, Jimmy Walker & Jackie Cannon.

Alan tait enjoyed some success after turning professional, winning the Tartan Tour Order of Merit in 1996, and recently ended a long association with Westerwood Golf & Country Club in Cumbernauld where he was Director Of Golf.

Wishing Alan every success in his new post.

CLUB LINKS - new feature

I've added a new feature to the left column of the blog, which should make it easier for viewers to view information about clubs in Ayrshire and access the club websites.

If your club is not on the list and you would like it to be added, e-mail me the website details at

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - 2007 Fourball competition draw

41 clubs have entered the 2007 Ayrshire Fourball competition, which will be contested over the summer months, with the final scheduled for 30th September 2007

Draw details are :-

ROUND 1 - to be played by 22nd April 2007

IRVINE (T. Adrain & J. Patrick) Vs. KILBIRNIE (D. & L. McBirnie)
BRUNSTON CASTLE (D. & G. McCulloch) Vs. MOORPARK (Alan Mulholland & David Mason)
CAAGS (Graham McDonald & Bill McFie) Vs. MAYBOLE (Scott McCahill & David Wallace)
NEW CUMNOCK (Kevin Nisbet & Robert Ross) Vs. SAXONE (Andy Breadon & John Fleming)
BALLOCHMYLE (W. Andrew & Ptr.) Vs. AYR SEAFIELD (Robert Griffiths & Grant Wilson)
ALTON (Robert Gillon & I Flyn) Vs. DOON VALLEY (William Hunter & William Brown)
TURNBERRY (John Broadfoot & Duncan McFarlane) Vs. BARASSIE (J. Drummond & I. McPherson)
ST. NICHOLAS (A. Poole & G. Tierney) Vs. STEWARTON (A. & A. Stewart)
DALMILLING (Paul Bryden & Stuart Ross) Vs. CROSSHOUSE (Bobby Strawhorn & Barry Cairns)

ROUND 2 - to be played by 27th May 2007

IRVINE or KILBIRNIE Vs. BRAEHEAD (Sean Ingle & Andy Paton)
CAAGS or MAYBOLE Vs. BEITH (J. Handvige & M. Tod)
NEW CUMNOCK or SAXONE Vs. AYR CARRICK ( Billy Dunn & Charlie Hamilton)
BALLOCHMYLE or AYR SEAFIELD Vs. GLACIER (Colin Robertson & Alan Howat)
ALTON or DOON VALLEY Vs. AYR BELLEISLE ( Luke Facchini & Chris Todd)
TURNBERRY or BARASSIE Vs. ANNANHILL (Gordon Ferguson & Alexander Mackenzie)
ST. NICHOLAS or STEWARTON Vs. ABBOTSFORD ( Charlie Hendren & Dick Lorimer)
ARDEER (Colin Brown & Ptr.) Vs. CAPRINGTON (J. Houston & R. Kean)
MALLETSHEUGH (George Ross & Billy Nichol) Vs. NACCO (Tom Mcfarlane & T. O'Connell)
WELBECK (Bryan Mulgrew & Scott McCartney) Vs. LOUDOUN (J. Bonar & J. Graham)
WEST KILBRIDE (Gordon & John Mathieson) Vs. ROUTENBURN (G. & R. Purdon)
RAVENSPARK (Joe Hobson & Brian Gibson) Vs. TAM O SHANTER (Jamie McCrae & Billy Thomson)
ST. MEDDANS (Frank Greer & Eamon McFadden) Vs. AUCHENHARVIE (A. Scanlon & A. Hughes)
TROON PORTLAND (Alistair Nicol & John Duncan) Vs. CHASE (E. Borland & R. Gilchrist)

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Draw for 2007 Champion Of Champions Trophy competition

A total of 47 Club Champions from throughout Ayrshire will contest the 2007 Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Trophy. The competition will take place over the summer months, culminating in the semi finals and final at Royal Troon in August.

Holder Brian Moore (Largs) returns to defend the trophy he won against Henry Thomson (Irvine) at Royal Troon in August 2006, and faces a first round match against B. McCulloch (Brunston Castle).

A revised draw will be made after completion of the first two rounds.

The draw for the first two rounds is :-

ROUND 1 - to be played by 15th April 2007

Bert Ferguson (Royal Troon) Vs. Alan Jeffrey (Shiskine)
Andy Clark (Carrick Lodge) Vs. Paul Ferguson (Maybole)
Jamie McCormick (Dalmilling) Vs. Charlie Bell (Braehead)
Nicholas Tindall (Tam O Shanter) Vs. Sammy Cox (Loudoun)
Ewan McKinnon (Corrie) Vs. R. Marshall (Beith)
Alan Stewart Jr (Stewarton) Vs. Ian Gray (Chase)
Andrew Kent (Welbeck) Vs. John Shanks (Ardeer)
Brian Moore (Holder) Vs. B. McCulloch (Brunston Castle)
David Robertson (Crosshouse) Vs. R. McCutcheon (Drongan)
Alan Dickie (Barassie) Vs. Billy Campbell (Ballochmyle)
Gary Bryden (Girvan) Vs. Alan Mulholland (Moorpark)
Alan McLean (Kilbirnei) Vs. Fraser Lawrie (Largs)
David Strachan (Turnberry) Vs. Chris Harkins (Belleisle)
Gavin Lawrie (St. Nicholas) Vs. W. McCartney (Wallacetown)
Alan Harrington (Routenburn) Vs. David Clydesdale (Glacier)

ROUND 2 - to be played by 20th May 2007

B. Ferguson or Jeffrey Vs. Kirk Russell (Doon Valley)
Clark or P. Ferguson Vs. Martin Riddall (New Cumnock)
McCormick or Bell Vs. George Ross (Malletsheugh)
Tindall or Cox Vs. Andrew Scanlon (Auchenharvie)
McKinnon or Marshall Vs. Ben Cooney (Abbotsford)
Stewart or Gray Vs. David Glass (St. Cuthbert)
Kent or Shanks Vs. David Martin (Alton)
Moore or McCulloch Vs. Steven Dunn (Seafield)
Robertson or McCutcheon Vs. Henry Thomson (Irvine)
Dickie or Campbell Vs. Tony Stafford (St. Meddans)
Bryden or Mulholland Vs. Paul Moultrie (Portland)
McLean or F. Lawrie Vs. Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay)
Strachan or Harkins Vs. Barry McDonnell (Caprington)
G. Lawrie or McCartney Vs. John Cairney (Ravenspark)
Harrington or Clydesdale Vs. A. Fraser (Saxone)
Joe Hobson (NACCO) Vs. Barry Crawford (West Kilbride)

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - County side edge victory at St. Nicholas

Ayrshire recorded a 6 - 4 victory at a windy Prestwick St. Nicholas on Sunday 4th March, against a strong team from the host club.

Match details were (St. Nicholas names first):

G. Lawrie beat J. Cairney (Ravenspark) 2 & 1
K. Brock halved with T. McInally (Loudoun)
D. Hawthorn lost to G. Robertson (Ravenspark) 3 & 2
J. Ashton lost to S. Pennington (St. Meddans) 2 & 1
S. Bolland halved with S. Murray (Welbeck)
S. King lost to K. Fergusson (St. Cuthbert) 1 hole
G. Tierney beat J. Shanks (Ardeer) 3 & 2
A. Poole lost to D. Mallinson (Ravenspark) 2 & 1
R. Craig beat B. Moore (Largs) 1 hole
C. McCall lost to A. Gourlay (Irvine) 3 & 2