The Ayrshire Golf Association have almost finalised the Fixture list of County events for 2008, with the exception of the Doc Thom Order Of Merit events.
The fixture list includes the reintroduced Ayrshire Seniors Championship, which will be played on a handicap basis, with both handicap & scratch prizes, over the Kilmanrock (Barassie) course in July. The player returning the best nett score overall will win a new trophy, to be called The Sandy Provan Trophy, in recognition of the long serving Championship Convenor's contribution to The Ayrshire Golf Association's activities ofer a number of years.
The 2008 fixture list is
24th - Ayrshire Vs. Troon Welbeck (Troon Darley)
2nd - Ayrshire Vs. Irvine (Irvine Bogside)
16th - Ayrshire vs. Kilmarnock Barassie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
23rd - Ayrshire Vs. South Of Scotland (Ballochmyle)
13th - Ayrshire Boys Team Championship (Largs)
20th - Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship (Prestwick)
5th-8th - Ayrshire Matchplay Championship (Western Gailes)
18th - Area Team Championship Vs. Clackmannanshire (Braehead)
25th - Ayrshire Under 18 Vs Stirlingshire (Brunston Castle)
24th - West Of Scotland Boys Strokeplay (Ardeer)
25th-26th - West Of Scotland Boys Mtchplay (Ardeer)
29th - Ayrshire Under 18 vs Lanarkshire (Drumpellier)
6th - Ayrshire Club Championship (Irvine)
13th - Ayrshire Under 18 Vs. Dumbartonshire (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)
22nd - Ayrshire Seniors Championship (Kilmarnock Barassie)
1st - Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Semi Finals (Royal Troon)
3rd - Area Team Championship vs. North east (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
7th - Ayrshire Boys Championship (Ayr Belleisle)
8th - Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Final (Royal Troon)
14th-16th - Ayrshire Boys Matchplay (Prestwick)
31st - Ayrshire Under 18 Vs. Glasgow (Cowglen)
14th - Ayrshire Under 18 Vs. Renfrewshire (Irvine Ravenspark)
21st - Area Team Championship Vs. Argyll & Bute (Troon Portland)
? - Ayrshire Fourball Final (TBC)
11th - Ayrshire A vs. Lanarkshire (West Kilbride)
11th - Ayrshire youths Vs Lanarkshire (Airdrie)
18th - Ayrshire A vs. Dumbartonshire (TBC)
18th - Ayrshire Youths vs. Dumbartonshire (Kilmanrock Barassie)
25th - Ayrshire A Vs. Glasgow (Ardeer)
25th - Ayrshire Youths Vs. Glasgow (Ralston)
1st - Ayrshire A Vs. Renfrewshire (Largs)
1st - Ayrshire Youths Vs. Renfrewshire (Elderslie)
8th - Ayrshire A Vs. Stirlingshire (Stirling)
8th - Ayrshire Youths Vs. Stirlingshire (Brunston Castle)
2008 also sees a number of national amateur events taking place in Ayrshire
In the Scottish Junior Tour, Irvine (Bogside) host the second event, on 20th April, and Kilmanrock Barassie again host the final event, eventy five, on 15th June.
The SGU also visit Ayrshire from 14th to 16th June when the Scottish Mid Amateur Championship is played at the Dundonald Links.
The Amateur Championship makes a return visit to Ayrshire from 16th to 21st June when the premier Amateur title is contested at Turnberry.
As well as the amateur events, golf fans can look forward to the Seniors British Open Championship, which will be held at Royal Troon from 24th to 27th July.
The Doc Thom Ayrshire Order Of Merit event is presently being reviewed with the intention of introducing a greater number of counting events, including local club open competitions and national championships, to augment the present 6 counting events.
Locla clubs are presently being surveyed in this regard, and details of the counting events for 2008 will be published around March.