Tuesday, October 30, 2007


The R&A has announced that the Boys' Amateur Championship will return to Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club in 2010.

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

WEST OF SCOTLAND LEAGUES - Ayrshire A win and youths draw

The Ayrshire A team had a convincing win over previously unbeaten Dumbartonshire at Prestwick St. Nicholas on Saturday 27 october, in the third match in this years West Of Scotland Inter County League schedule.

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


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


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

SGU JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Stewart and McQueen best for Ayrshire at innaugural event

Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) and Rachael McQueen (Troon Bentinck) were the best placed of the Ayrshire players in the innaugural Scottish Junior Champion Of Champions competition held at Kingsbarns on Sunday 21st October.

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)

EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR - Drummond 4th in Spanish Open

Ross Drummond from Prestwick continued his succesful innaugural season on the PGA Seniors Tour this weekend when he finished joint top Scot, along with sam Torrance, in the OKI Castellon Open de Espana Senior at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo, Castellon, Spain.

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)

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUE - A team defeated by Lanarkshire whilst youths win

The Ayrshire A team was defeated 6 - 4 by lanarkshire at Drumpellier on Saturday 20th October in the second match in the 2007 West Of Scotland inter county league.

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


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


Thursday, October 18, 2007

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Ayrshire well represented in innaugural national event

Ayrshire will be well represented in the innaugural Scottish Junior Champion of Champions competition which will be held at Kingbarns Links on Sunday 21 October 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:

Game 1
Josh Anderson (Glenrothes)
Roddy Forgie (Muckhart)

Game 2
Stacey Cameron (Gullane Ladies)
Susan Jackson (Ladybank)

Game 3
Fraser Moore (Falkirk Tryst)
Neil Beattie (St Andrews)
Scott Clark (Braehead)

Game 4
Myles Cunningham (Longniddry)
Grant Dowie (Alloa)
Andrew Wallace (Glenbervie)

Game 5
Mark Bookless (Sandyhills)
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Declan Dooey (Easter Moffat)

Game 6
David Currie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Michael Daily (Erskine)
Simon Fairburn (Galashields)

Game 7
Jennifer Black (Bellshill)
Lauren MacCallum (McDonald)
Rachel McQueen (Troon Bentinck)

Game 8
Michael Fraser (Glencruitten)
S Wightman (Douglas Park)
Blair Walker (Kelso)

Game 9
Paul Ferrier (Baberton)
Ian Redford (King James VI)
Gerard Cameron (Bishopbriggs)

Game 10
Andrew Campbell (Dumbarton)
Scott Fraser (Royal Aberdeen)
Cameron Gray (West Kilbride)

Game 11
Louise MacGregor (Falkirk)
Ailie Burnett (Dunkeld & Burnam)
Zoe Differ (Dullatur)

Game 12
Neil Henderson (Glen)
Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck)
Paul Shields (Kirkhill)

Game 13
Andrew Steven (Easter Moffat)
Chris Robb (Inchmarlo)
Alan Murdoch (Stranraer)

Game 14
Sam McLaren (King James VI)
David Parlane (Helensburgh)
Sean McGarvey (Glencorse)

Game 15
Isla Craigie (Torwoodlee)
Pamela Prestwell (Bothwell Castle)
Jane Turner (Mortonhall)

Game 16
Darryn Grant (Renfrew)
Kyle McClung (Wigtownshire County)
Paul McPhee (King James VI)

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUE - A team open with win over Stirlingshire

The Ayrshire A team opened their bid for the 2007 West Of Scotland Inter County League with a win over Stirlingshire at Irvine Ravenspark on Saturday 13th October.

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


Ayr Belleisle's Chris Harkins (Glasgow University) headed the men's field at the Scottish Universities order of merit stroke-play event at Ladybank.

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.


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

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - A & youth teams bid for west title

The Ayrshire A and Youth teams will begin their bid for the West Of Scotland inter county league titles over the next five weekends, with matches being held on successive Saturdays from 13th October to 10th November.

The fixtures schedule is :-

Ayrshire Vs. Stirlingshire (Irvine Ravenspark)
Stirlingshire Youths Vs. Ayrshire Youths (Grangemouth)

Lanarkshire Vs. Ayrshire (Drumpellier)
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Lanarkshire Youths (Ballochmyle)

Ayrshire Vs. Dumbartonshire (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
Dumbartonshire Youths Vs. Ayrshire Youths (Bearsden)

Glasgow Vs. Ayrshire (Haggs castle)
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Glasgow Youths (Brunston Castle)

Renfrewshire Vs. Ayrshire (Greenock)
Ayrshire Youths Vs. Renfrewshire Youths (Brunston Castle)