Monday, January 26, 2009

AYRSHIRE WINTER LEAGUE - Ravenspark bid for final place

Irvine Ravenspark travel to Troon Welbeck in the second leg of their Ayrshire Winer League semi final on Sunday.

Ravenspark hold a 4 - 2 lead from the first leg at home, George Robertson, Gary Cochran, Steven Barr and Wullie Morgan securing the four points for the Ravenspark team.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

WEST OF SCOTLAND LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP - 2009 entry form available to download on line

Carol Fell of the Renfrewshire Ladies County Golf Association has advised that the entry form for the 2009 West Of Scotland Ladies Golf Championship, which will be played at Prestwick Golf Club (pictured below) on Sunday 3rd May, is now available on line.

The entry form can either be downloaded through the Renfrewshire Ladies website at or via the link on the left of this page under entry forms.

Thanks to Carol for the info, and we look forward to a big representation from the Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association in the championship this year.

The entry fee this year is £10, and entries have to be in the hands of Isabel Crawford by Thursday 23rd April.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


The Ayrshire ladies County Golf Association have published their fixture list for the 2009 season, during which the Association celebrates its Centenary.

Tuesday 14 to
Thursday 16 - County Championship
& Quaich finals (Glasgow Gailes)
(Final at 1400 hrs on Thursday 16.04.09)
Sunday 3 - West Of Scotland Championship (Prestwick)

Tuesday 5 - Inter County Foursomes
& Commonwealth Spoons (Largs)
Tuesday 9 - Quaich & qualifier for McCall salver (Irvine Ravenspark)

Wednesday 17 - Junior Inter County Matches – Kenndey Salver (Clober)

Monday 22 to
Wednesday 24 – West Inter County Matches (Strathaven)

Tuesday 14 - Summer Meeting – Centenary Quaich (Loudoun)

Tuesday 11- Coronation Medals (Skelmorlie)

Sunday 16 - Ladies St. Nicholas Trophy (Juniors) (Annanhill)

Tuesday 8 - Thistle Brooches (Kilbirnie Place)

Tuesday 13 – Quaich (Ayr Seafield)

Tuesday 17 - Annual General Meeting -1430 hrs (West Kilbride)

The County Officials for the Centenary year are

Honorary President - Mrs Phil Wylie
President - Marion Wilson
Captain - Nora McCrossin
Vice Captain - Alex Glennie
Honorary Secretary - Shelagh Young
Honorary Treasurer - Betty Fulton
Assistant Treasurer - Jill West
Junior Secretary - June Kerr
Committee - Jett Pollock (2009), Christine Tortolano (2009), Irene Smith (2010), Sandie Streets (2010)

The Ayrshire Ladies' fixtures will be available to view throughout the season via the link on the left of this page. S.L.G.A. and national fixtures will also soon be available through a similar link on the left of this page.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

EUAN BROWN - living the dream in California

Report & photo by Colin Farquharson on website.
California dreaming? Well, not
for Euan Brown, he's already there!

Oh, to be in California, now that winter's here in Scotland!

But Ayrshire-born six-footer Euan Brown is already there in California. Lucky boy.

Euan is in his first year as a golf scholarship student at Saint Mary's College, which is based in the Moraga community about 12 miles east of Oakland.
Euan is a former pupil of Troon's Marr College.

He was the Ayrshire boys' stroke-play champion of 2007, the same year that he won the Ayrshire boys' order of merit.

The Saint Mary's College golf squad with Euan Brown third from the right.

2009 AYRSHIRE STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Posters and entry forms now available on line

Posters and entry forms for the 2009 Ayrshire Golf Association Strokeplay Championship, to be held at Irvine Golf Club on Sunday 26th April 2009, have been distributed to clubs.

SUNDAY 26th APRIL 2009
ENTRY FEE : £20.00
Competitors are requested to book in 15 minutes
before their starting time.
Prizes : £200,£150,£100,£75,£50,£30
First 16 qualify for the 2009 Match Play
Championship to be played over
Prestwick Golf Club
Monday 4th- Thursday 7th May
Winner qualifies for the 2010 Scottish
Champion of Champions at Leven
All Entries must be returned to the Ayrshire Golf Association
by first post on 28th March 2009 to
R. L. Crawford, 81 Connel Crescent, Mauchline KA5 5AU
NOTE : Competitors must obey Club rules regarding DRESS.

This year, for the first time, the poster and entry form is also being made available on line. The two documents can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant link on the left of this page. Although this is in the format of a block club entry form, the form can also be submitted by individuals or groups of players, as desired.
It is intended to make other AGA competition entry forms available to download in the same way for other competitions during the year,with the possibility of entry forms for qualifying events in the Junior Order Of Merit and Doc Thom Ayrshire Order Of Merit being downloadable from this site also.

Monday, January 19, 2009

SCOTTISH LADIES GOLFING ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE - Shona Malcolm confirmed as SJGA Chairman for three - year term

At the Annual General Meeting at Dewars in Perth on Saturday 17 January,attended by 150 people, Shona Malcolm (Ayrshire) was confirmed as Chairman of the SLGA for a three-year term of office.
The appointment of a Chairman for three years marks an important stage in the SLGA's development which has, in recent years, seen the Association take on responsibility for handicapping, course rating and the running in Scotland of the former LGU medals, as well as the implementation of a change in business model from being an unincorporated association to a company limited by guarantee.
The new Chairman says: "I look forward to working with the SLGA at these exciting and challenging times for ladies' golf, and to meeting and consulting with many of the SLGA's members in the coming months and years."
The AGM also honoured Mrs Nancy Chisholm, a past President of the SLGA and past Chairman of the Ladies' Golf Union, who was elected as a Vice Presidentof the Association in recognition of her long standing contribution to ladies golf.
Mrs Fiona Cowan (Dunbartonshire & Argyll) took over as the West's representative on the Board and will serve as Chairman of the new Championship Committee.
Members of the Association, by an overwhelming majority, approved an increase in the per capita subscription from £13 to £14, to take effect from January 2010.
The Chairman updated the meeting on current progress with "One Plan for Golf in Scotland." In particular, she described how the SLGA and SGU, in partnership with the PGA and sportscotland, are working together for the benefit of the sport, and she highlighted a number of aspects of future plans.
After the meeting the SLGA Board met and appointed Mrs Janet Wake as Executive Director and Chairman of the Management Committee. Other appointments confirmed at that meeting are:
Chairman of the Performance Committee - Mrs Beth Paterson.
Chairman of the Selection Panel - Miss Liz Miskimmin.
Chairman of the Training Panel - Mrs Winifred MacCallum.
Chairman of the Development Panel - Mrs Sheila Pickles.
*The SLGA, founded in 1904 and incorporated in 2006, is the governing body for ladies' and girls' amateur golf in Scotland.
Dr Sheila E Hartley
Company Secretary
Scottish Ladies Golfing Association Limited
The Den
2 Dundee Road

S.L.G.A. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Shona Malcolm elected to Chair national association

Ayrshire ladies Shona Malcolm, Nancy Chisholm and Sheila Pickles were all elected to important positions at the Scottish Ladies Golf Association A.G.M. held on Saturday 17th January 2009.

The new SLGA Board. Back row (left to right): Gillian Kirkwood, Beth Paterson, Helen Cuthbertson. 2nd back row: Fiona Cowan, Liz Miskimmin, Sheila Pickles. 2nd front row: Lynne Terry, Winifred McCallum. front row: Janet Wake (executive director), Shona Malcolm (chairman), Ethel Jack (president). Missing from the picture is: Jenny McGahan (SLGA representative on LGU).

As previously reported as proposed, Shona Malcolm was elected Chairman of the SLGA for a three year period whilst Nancy Chisholm - pictured right - was elected a Vice President of the association and Sheila Pickles was elected to chair the development panel of the performance committee.

Report on the AGM from website, courtesy of Gillian Kirkwood.

Over 150 people attended the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association Ltd. Annual General Meeting at the Dewar’s Centre in Perth on Saturday.
The deaths of two SLGA Vice-Presidents, Miss K. Clark and Mrs T. Moffat, were acknowledged by the audience with a minute’s silence.
The out-going Chairman, Mrs Patricia Wilson, gave a full and informative account of the 2008 season. The Finance Director, Dr Lynne Terry, expertly explained the accounts and Mrs Gillian Kirkwood informed the audience of the Ladies Golf Union activities over the last year.
Mrs Nancy Chisholm, a past President of SLGA and past Chairman of the LGU, was elected as a Vice-President of the Association.
Mrs Pamela Mackenzie retired from the Board and Mrs Fiona Cowan was elected in her place.
Two small changes to the LGU constitution regarding the appointment of representatives to the LGU Council were approved.
Approval was also given for the increase in the per capita subscription from £13 to £14 per annum from January 1, 2010.
Changes to the board structure of SLGA Ltd were initiated at this meeting, and Miss Shona Malcolm, a past Honorary Treasurer of the Association, was appointed as Chairman for a three year term of office.
Miss Malcolm explained to the audience the current progress with One Plan for Golf and the Scottish Golf Development initiative. In particular she described the relationship between the SLGA and SGU, and our joint plans for the future.
After the meeting the SLGA Board met and appointed Mrs Janet Wake as Executive Director and Chairman of the Management Committee.
The Management Committee comprises Mrs Janet Wake, Dr Lynne Terry (Finance Director), Dr Sheila Hartley (Company Secretary), Miss Shona Malcolm (Chairman, SLGA Ltd) and Mrs Helen Cuthbertson (Board representative).
Mrs Fiona Cowan was appointed Chairman of the Championship Committee, whose membership includes the Tournament Officer, Mrs Fiona Farquharson, Mrs Janet Brown (Rules) and representatives from the four divisions.
Mrs Beth Paterson was appointed Chairman of the Performance Committee. The Performance Committee is made up of three panels, viz. Selection, chaired by Miss Liz Miskimmin, Training, chaired by Mrs Winifred McCallum, and Development, Chaired by Mrs Sheila Pickles.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR - Pamela Feggans gains full playing rights

A final round of 76 for a 295 total in the LET final quailifying event in Spain on Thursday was sufficient to secure an important top 30 finish for Ayrshire golfer Pamela Feggans from Patna.

By finishing in the top 30, the former Patna and Kilmarnock (Barassie) member will now be eligible to play in all the LET events in 2009.

Congratulations to Pamela and we look forward to following her progress during the forthcoming season.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR - Pamela Feggans books place on 2009 tour

Former Ayrshire county player Pamela Feggans, who hails from Patna, has booked her place on the 2009 Ladies Euopean Tour after surviving the 54 hole cut at the final qualifying school at Murcia in Spain on Wednesday.

Pamela, who has played the majority of her golf in America over the last few years joins four other Scots who have earned the chance to play on tour this year.

The other Scots who qualified were Lynn Kenny, Krystle Caithness, Michele Thomson and Vikki Laing.

All 55 qualifiers now progresss to the final qualifying round on Thursday where they will bid for a top 30 finish which would ensure a higher ranking and guaranteed entry into the majority of Ladies European Tour events this year.

Pamela Feggans' 3 round total of level par 219 sees her lying in joint 14th place, eight shots behind the leader Anna Nordqvist of Sweden.

Leading 54 hole totals :-

211 - Anna Nordqvist (Sweden) 75 69 67
212 - Lynn Kenny (Archerfield Links/Orion Group) 75 69 68
213 - Beth Allen (United States) 70 71 72
214 - Jenni Kuosa (Finland) 72 70 72.215 Frances Bondad (Australia) 75 69 71, Elisa Serramia (Spain) 73 69 73
216 - Christel Boeljon (Netherlands) (amateur) 73 74 69, Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) (amateur) 73 74 69, Julieta Granada (Paraguay) 72 72 72
217 - Isabella Maconi (Italy) 70 768 69, Smriti Mehra (India) 74 70 73
218 - Margherita Rigon (Italy) 72 75 71, Florentyna Parker (England) (amateur) 71 71 71
219 - Jessica Ji (South Korea) 69 72 78, Jo Pritchard (Wales) 77 70 72, Claire Coughlan-Ryan (Ireland) 74 72 73, Lars Tadiotto (Belgium) 70 74 75, Pamela Feggans (Patna, Ayrshire) 72 72 75
220 - Barbara Genuini (France) (amate7ur) 77 71 72
221 - Hazel Kavanagh (Ireland) 72 77 71, Holly Aitchison (England) (amateur) 76 75 70, Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon) (amateur) 75 72 74, Tara Delaney (Ireland) (amateur) 72 75 74, Caroline Rominger (Switzerland) (amateur) 75 70 71
222 - Vikki Laing (Musselburgh) 75 75 71, Breanne Loucks (Wales) (amateur) 75 74 73, Viva Schlasberg (Sweden) 75 78 69, Claire Aitken (England) (amateur) 74 73 75

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

LADIES GOLF UNION - Further honour for Nancy Chisholm

Report from Colin Farquharson

Ayrshire's Nancy Chisholm (nee Smillie) is one of four former office-bearers invited by the Ladies Golf Union executive council to become honorary vice-presidents of the ruling body of women's amateur golf in Great Britain & Ireland.

After contributing to the game of golf in many capacities at club, county and national level, Nancy served as LGU chairman in 1997 and Scottish Ladies Golfing Association president from 2003-2007.

A lifelong member of Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club, which she joined as a junior member, Nancy continues to play golf to an enviable standard, and cites her favourite club and deadliest weapon as “father’s antique hickory jigger!”

A former Ladies Club Captain and Club Champion of St. Nicholas ladies on no fewer than 10 occasions, Nancy has held many senior positions in ladies golf at a national and international level, as well as having undertaken refereeing duties at many major international amateur event.
In 2004, Prestwick St. Nicholas conferred Honorary Membership on Nancy in recognition of her outstanding contribution to golf in Scotland and further afield.

Nancy is also a member and past captain of West Kilbride Ladies, a club which holds her in equally high esteem as St. Nicholas for her contribution to club and country over the years.

Commenting on her latest honour, Nancy said :-

“I'm thrilled to be invited to become an honorary vice-president of LGU, which I hold in high esteem.

The other new honorary vice-presidents are Joan Neville (Wales), Catherine Booth (Ireland) and Sue Johnson (England).

The annual general meeting of the Ladies Golf Union will be held at the Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast on Wednesday, January 21, starting at 12 noon.

Friday, January 09, 2009

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Closing dates fast approaching for county events

The closing dates are rapidly approaching for entries into three of the major Ayrshire Golf Association events of the season.

Entries for the AYRSHIRE SUMMER (Scratch) LEAGUE are due to be submitted to the Secretary by 31st January 2009.

Entries for the AYRSHIRE FOURBALL KNOCKOUT trophy competition, cost £12, are due to be in the hands of The Secretary by 14th February 2009.

Entries for the AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS trophy competition, also costing £12, are due in by 21st February 2009.

Entry forms for all three competitions were forwarded to club secretaries some weeks ago.

Players likely to be involved in representing their club in any of the three competitions are advised to confirm with their club secretary that the entry is submitted by the due date.

Monday, January 05, 2009

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - 2009 County & National Fixtures now available

A list of Ayrshire County fixtures for 2009 is now available via the link on the left of the web page.

In addition a list of SGU and National fixtures is also available via a link under the FIXTURES heading on the left.

We are presently working on the list of Doc Thom Ayrshire Order Of Merit counting events and the Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit fixtures and these will also be published via links under the FIXTURES heading as soon as they are completed.

We also intend making some entry forms available to download from the web page this season.