Tuesday, February 26, 2008

SLGA - Hendry in warm weather training squad

Lesley Hendry (Largs Routenburn), the reigning Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association Champion, has been named by The Scottish Ladies Golfing Association in the squad of 12 players selected to attend a warm weather training camp at Pals in North-east Spain from March 8 to 19.

SCOTTISH GOLF UNION - Stewart named in 6 man squad for boys quadrangular tournament

Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) has been named in the 6 man Scotland squad that will contest the Boys' Quadrangular Tournament at St Cyprien in France from March 7 to 9.

For a full report visit the Scottish Golf Union website at

Saturday, February 23, 2008

AYRSHIRE SUMMER LEAGUE - Local Irvine rivals meet in qualifying section

The draw for the 2008 Ayrshire Golf Association Scratch Summer League was made at the Annual Dinner on Friday 22 February, with the holders Irvine Golf Club being drawn in League 3 against local rivals Irvine Ravenspark, who they beat in the final last year.

The full draw is

Moorpark, Troon Welbeck, Ayr Belleisle & Annanhill

West Kilbride, Kilmarnock Barassie, Kilbirnie Place & Ayr Dalmilling

Irvine Ravenspark, Ardeer, Ballochmyle & Irvine

Loudoun, New Cumnock, Caprington & Tam O Shanter.

matches will be played throughout the summer with the best placed teams in each section progressing to the knockout stages later in the season.


A capacity audience gathered at Irvine Ravenspark on Friday 22 February 2008 for the 26th annual dinner and presentation of trophies of the Ayrshire Golf Association, chaired by A.G.A. President Ricky Magee (Caprington).

The guest list included Scottish Golf Union President John Somerville along with Presidents, Vice Presidents and Secretaries of the five other West Of Scotland County Associations, sponsor Alan Harrington, a number of club captains and the two guest speakers, Joe camay & Kenny Clark.

After a fine meal, the presentation of awards was opened by Vice President Alasdair Malcolm (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) who, on behalf of Fields In Trust (formerly The National Playing Fields Association), presented their annual award for boys golf to Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck).
Michael was nominated for the award by The Scottish Golf Union after an excellent 2007 season which saw him reach the semi final of the Scottish Boys Championship, lose in a play off for the Scottish Boys Strokeplay title and represent his country in venues as far afield as Wales, Denmark & China. Perhaps his finest moment of the year was holing the winning putt for Great Britain and Ireland in the match against Europe for the Jaques Leglise Trophy at Notts Golf Club.

After the medal was presented to Michael Stewart, County Secretary Leslie Crawford announced the 2007 trophy winners.

Fourball Champions - Irvine Ravenspark GC
Club Champions - Irvine Ravenspark GC
Scratch Summer League - Irvine GC
Boys Champion - Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Matchplay Champion - Steven Murray (Troon Welbeck)
Strokeplay Champion - John Shanks (Irvine)
Champion Of Champions - John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark)
Doc Thom Salver (Order Of Merit) - Brian Moore (Largs)

The presentation concluded with the presentation of the Scottish Boys Area Team Championship Trophy, won by the ayrshire team of Euan Brown, Michael Stewart, David Currie and Cameron Gray at Forres, the winning team being joined by team manager Ian Walker who also received a special medal to mark his contribution to the team success.

Michael Stewart with the Fields In Trust award

Matchplay Champion Steven Murray

Fourball Champions Irvine Ravenspark

Strokeplay Champion John Shanks

Club Champions Irvine Ravenspark

Champion Of Champions John Cairney

Summer League winners Irvine GC

Doc Thom winner Brian Moore

Boys Champion Euan Brown

Ian Walker with the winning boys team

The winning Scottish Boys Area Team Championship team - Euan Brown, Cameron Gray, David Currie & Michael Stewart.

Following the presentations, the company were entertained by speakers Kenny Clark and Joe Camay and the evening concluded with a vote of thanks by Vice President Alasdair Malcolm.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Yearbook to be launched at Annual Dinner

The 2008 Ayrshire Golf Association Yearbook, published by D & M Journals of Edinburgh, will be launched at the Annual Dinner and Presentation Of Trophies of the Association, which takes place at Irvine Ravenspark on Friday 22nd February.

The yearbook is now in its fifth year of publication and on the front shows a photograph of Western Gailes, venue for the 2007 European Mens Team Championship. Inside the 40 page booklet there are reviews and pictures from the 2007 competitions, a message from County President Ricky Magee, a club directory, Roll of Honour and list of County & National fixtures for 2008.

The yearbook will be made available to those attending the Annual Dinner on Friday, withe further copies being distributed to clubs throughout Ayrshire by early March.
The Ayrshire Golf Association would like to take the opportunity to thank the advertisers in this, and indeed previous editions, for their support of the yearbook.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


The Wee Yellow Book, considered by many to be the golfing bible for Scottish golfers who take part in open competitions, is now available on line.

The Wee Yellow Book is now 20 years old.

This season the book lists more than 1,700 amateur opens throughout Scotland, and with a circulation of many thousands, golfers in every area of Scotland and beyond, buy and use the Wee Yellow Book every year. With the launch of the new website, the Wee Yellow Book invites all golfers to register and access all of the book listings online.

The website allows you to:

Find out quickly about events, venues, costs and entry requirements.

Plan your season and set up event reminders.

Download or print our entry form which is accepted by almost every golf club in Scotland.

Join the Wee Yellow Book community - contact friends, colleagues, fellow golfers.

Support the original source of open events information in Scotland.

access the website on or click on the link on the left of this page.

Monday, February 11, 2008


Three students from Ayrshire are amongs a record number of 91 Bursars announced by the R & A recently.

2007 Ayrshire Boys Champion Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) - pictured right -, who will be studying at Strathclyde is joined on the list by St. Andrews Student, and former Ayrshire Boys Champion, Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) - pictured below - and Chris Harkins (Ayr Belleisle) who is studying at Glasgow University.

The full list of 2008 bursars can be viewed on the R & A website.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Draws made for 2008 competitions

At the first AJGL meeting of 2008, under the Chairmanship of Fleming Gibson (Caprington), on Tuesday 5th February, the draws were made for the 2008 Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions.

In the LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP, holders Ballochmyle were drawn in Section C, alongside Ayr dalmilling, Kilmarnock Barassie and Caprington, whilst the 2007 runners up, Largs, will contest Section B alongside Irvine Ravenspark, Ayr Belleisle, Prestwick St. Nicholas and Largs Routenburn.

The draw for the four qualifying sections are :-

SECTION A - Kilbirnie Place, West Kilbride, New Cumnock, Troon Welbeck & Troon St. Meddans.
SECTION B - Irvine Ravenspark, Largs, Ayr Belleisle, Prestwick St. Nichola s& Largs Routenburn
SECTION C - Ayr Dalmilling, Kilmarnock Barassie, Caprington & Ballochmle
SECTION D - Loudoun, Ardeer, Annanhill & Prestwick St. Cuthbert

The winners of each section will progress to the semi finals on the competition in August.

In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY competition, the one preliminary round tie features the holders Kilmarnock (Barassie) who face a tricky opening tie at Ardeer.

The full first round draw is :-

Preliminary match (to be played by 04/05/2008)

Ardeer Vs. Kilmarnock (Barassie)
First Round (to be played by 01/06/2008)

Troon Welbeck Vs. Prestwick St. Nicholas
Annanhill Vs. Largs
Ayr Belleisle vs. West Kilbride
Ballochmyle vs. New Cumnock
Troon St. Meddans Vs. Prestwick St. Cuthbert
Largs Routenburn vs. Kilbirnie Place
Ardeer or Kilmarnock Barassie Vs. Irvine Ravenspark
Loudoun Vs. Caprington

In the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY competition, details of the club representatives have still to be finalised, but the draw is :-

Preliminary round (to be played by 04/05/2008)

Annanhill Vs. Caprington
Ardeer vs. New Cumnock
West Kilbride Vs. Troon St. Meddans

First Round (to be played by 01/06/2008)

Largs Vs. Prestwick St. Cuthbert
Kilbirnie Place Vs. Kilmarnock (Barassie)
Annanhill or Caprington Vs. Largs Routenburn
West Kilbride or Troon St. Meddans vs. Ayr Belleisle
Ballochmyle Vs. Prestwick St. Nicholas
Irvine Ravenspark Vs. Ardeer or New Cumnock
Troon Welbeck Vs. Loudoun
Ayrshire Matchplay Champion Vs. Ayrshire Boys Champion

The traditional opener to the junior season, The Ayrshire Boys Team Championship will be held at Largs Golf Club on Sunday 13th April, whilst The Ayrshire Boys Championship will take place on 7th August 2008 at Ayr Belleisle.

Monday, February 04, 2008


Ayrshire golfer Shona Malcolm, a member of the Prestwick St. Nicholas and Prestwick St. Cuthbert clubs, has been chosen for a top post in the world governing body of ladies' Golf.

From The LGU Website :-

Shona Malcolm will take the reins at the Ladies’ Golf Union in St Andrews as Interim Chief Executive Officer until 30 September 2008.

Ms Malcolm, a Chartered Accountant, has been a Scottish Councillor on the LGU for the last year, and will take charge on a part time consultancy basis, taking responsibility at a crucial time in the implementation of the LGU Business Plan. Her immediate priority will be to develop a project plan for, and drive the delivery of, the Business Plan, with specific early emphasis on governance and staffing structures.

Shona, an R&A qualified referee, has been involved in golf administration for many years, having served as Honorary Treasurer of the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (“SLGA”) for the five years to 2001 and more recently as Chair of the SLGA’s Business Development Group and the Scottish “One Plan for Golf” steering group. She is also involved in Scotland’s junior golf strategy as a Clubgolf board member.

Shona said, “I am delighted to take on this challenging role at what is a particularly exciting time for the LGU. I look forward to working with all the staff at St. Andrews to move the LGU forward in line with the approved Business Plan and to maintain and indeed strengthen the collective voice for women and girls golf.”