Friday, November 20, 2009
ARGENTINA MENS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Stewart loses in extra time in second round
After defeating Scottish Champion david Law in round one, Stewart was edged out at the 19th hole in his second round tie against Ryan McCarthy (Australia)
Ross Kellett (Colville park) is the sole Scottish representative in the last 16 after James Byrne (Banchory) also lost in round 2.
LADIES GREENLEES LEAGUES - winners honoured at Troon
Greenlees Secretary Fiona Roger thanked Troon Ladies captain Frances Henderson and Greenlees representative Rosemary Donaldson for hosting and co-ordinating the lunch, which was attended by representatives of the 28 clubs who contest the three divisions of the league.
appreciation was also extended to the club and catering staff and also to Carol Fell who worked tirelessly throughout the season to collate and publicise the activities of the Greenlees League.
The Greenlees Champions for 2009 were Milngavie Golf Club and Cathkin Braes were runners up, whilst Hilton park and Prestwick St. Nicholas were relegated to Division 2.
Final placings in Division 1 were :-
44.5 - Milngavie
44.0 - Cathkin Braes
41.5 - Troon Ladies
40.0 - Kilmarnock Barassie
38.0 - Ranfurly Castle
32.5 - Kilmacolm
30.5 - West Kilbride
26.5 - Hilton Park
26.5 - Prestwick St. Nicholas
In Division 2 the winners were Douglas park, who will be promoted to Division 1 alongside the runners up Cardross. Old Ranfurly were relegated from Division 2 along with recent former Greenlees Champions Cochrane Castle who struggled throughout the season to fulfill their fixtures.
Final placings in Division 2 were :-
40.0 - Douglas Park
36.5 - Cardross
35.5 - Whitecraigs
32.5 - Williamwood
30.0 - Bothwell Castle
27.5 - Erskine
25.5 - Eastwood
24.5 - Old Ranfurly
0.0 - Cochrane Castle
The Division 3 champions were Haggs Castle who are now promoted to Division 2 along with runners up Lanark. Ayrshire club Turnberry finished in bottom position in Division 3 and have intimated that they will not be competing in the championship in 2010, although all involved hope that Turnberry's absence will be a short one.
Final placings in Division 3 were : -
57.5 - Haggs Castle
49.5 - Lanark
47.0 - Largs
45.0 - East Renfrewshire
44.0 - Greenock
36.5 - Cawder
36.0 - Cowglen
34.0 - Lenzie
33.0 - Cathcart Castle
20.5 - Turnberry
US TOUR QUALIFYING - Robert McKnight struggling in stage 2 eliminator
ARGENTINA MENS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Stewart ousts Scottish champion in round 1
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
DOC THOM AYRSHIRE ORDER OF MERIT - Keith Hamilton takes 2009 title
Hamilton amassed 312.5 points throughout the counting competitions over the season, both locallly and at national level, leaving him 95 points clear of his nearest rival, Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle).
The Doc Thom Salver will be presented at the Ayrshire Golf Association Annual Dinner at Irvine Ravenspark in February 2010.
Final placings in the 2009 Ayrshire Order Of Merit were :-
312.5 - Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle)
217.5 - Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle)
203.3 - Stephen Spence (Irvine)
180.8 - Stephen Murray (Troon Welbeck)
177.5 - Scott Brown (Turnberry)
150.0 - John Shanks (Irvine), George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark)
125.0 - John Sloan (Doon Valley)
112.5 - Tommy McInally (Loudoun)
107.5 - Michael Smyth (Royal Troon)
100.0 - Paul Denim (Loudoun), Roddie Blair (West Kilbride)
88.3 - Joe Gilligan (Troon Welbeck)
87.5 - Ricky Black (Irvine), David Tierney (Ayr Belleisle)
80.0 - Tom Green (Ballochmyle)
77.5 - John Haggerty (Loudoun)
62.5 - Gary Tierney (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
58.3 - Sam Findlater (Troon Welbeck)
53.3 - Stephen McBlain (Prestwick St. Cuthbert), Del Chamberlain (Troon Welbeck)
50.0 - Steven McEwan (Caprington), John Houston (Caprington),
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie)
45.0 - Douglas Gillespie (Ardeer), James Russell (Ardeer), Tom Cumming (Ardeer),
Robin McCaig (Ardeer)
42.5 - Gary Swan (Ayr Belleisle)
35.0 - Graham Rowan (Ballochmyle), Fraser McCall (Troon Portland),
Brian Murray (Loudoun), Kevin Brock (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
27.5 - Chris harkins (Ayr Belleisle)
20.0 - Paul Moultrie (Troon Portland), John McCaig (Ayr Seafield)
15.0 - Billy Campbell (Loudoun), Scott Gilchrist (Loudoun), G. Wlson (Loudoun)
Billy Wilson (Ballochmyle), Andrew Campbell (Ballochmyle)
10.0 - Kevin Ottley (Ballochmyle), Billy Hunter (Troon Welbeck)
7.5 - Paul Robinson (Largs), Drew Robertson (Ardeer), Jim Shearer (West Kilbride)
5.0 - Paul Kennedy (Loudoun), Matt McNeillie (Ayr Seafield),
Francis McNeillie (Ayr Seafield), William Andrew (Ballochmyle)
3.3 - Craig McLaughlin (Largs), Gareth Lamb (Irvine).
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Berry named as Junior Golfer Of the Year at Annual Dinner
Above - David Reynolds with Alasdair Berry & above right - with runner up Jack McDonald
Berry, who has been a member of the Ravenspark junior club for a number of years and presently plays off a handicap of 7, won the category 1 nett trophy at the innaugural Disabled Open Golf Championship earlier this year.Members of the Ravenspark club who were in attendance were visibly moved when the winner was announced by David Reynolds of Fields In Trust (Formerly The National Playing Fields Association).
Runner up in the Junior Golfer Of The Year award was Scottish Boys Strokeplay Champion Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie).
A capacity audience of junior golfers, convenors & invited guests were in attendance at the dinner, chaired by League Chairman Iain Mackay (West Kilbride), which brought the curtain down on the 2009 Ayrshire Junior Golf League season.
Left - Joseph Howie accepts the A.D. Nimmo Trophy for Ardeer
Right - Wallace Thornton Trophy winners Troon Welbeck
Left - Joseph Howie with the Carrick Trophy
Right - Prestwick Circuits Trophy winner David Wilson
Left - Ayrshire Boys Matchplay winner David Wilson
Right - Ayrshire Boys Champion Colin Robinson
After an excellent meal and a prize draw raffle, the presentation of prizes commenced with the Junior Golfer Of the Year announcement by David Reynolds.
Ayrshire Golf Association SGU representative, and AJGL Honorary Member, Iain Harvey presented the remaining prizes to the winning individuals and teams for the 2009 season before the evening was drawn to a conclusion with a vote of thanks by AJGL Vice Chairman John Nordbo (Largs).
Above Left - Wallace Thornton trophy runners up Irvine Ravenspark & Right - Wallace Thornton Trophy winners Troon Welbeck
Above Left - Joseph Howie representing Under 16 Knockout Trophy runners up Ardeer & Right - Under 16 Knockout Trophy winners Kilmarnock (Barassie)
Right - Champion Of Champions Trophy winner Scott Brown (Turnberry)
Above - League Championship semi finalists
Irvine Ravenspark & Below Left - League Championship runners up Largs
Below right - League Champions West Kilbride
AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE
PRINCIPAL PRIZEWINNERS 2009
Macrobert Thistle Junior Golfer Of The Year Trophy - ALASDAIR BERRY (Irvine Ravenspark)
Matt Lygate Trophy - TROON WELBECK
Andrew D. Nimmo Trophy - ARDEER
Prestwick Circuits Trophy - DAVID WILSON (Troon Welbeck)
Carrick Trophy - JOSEPH HOWIE (Ardeer)
Silver Jubilee Trophy - ANNANHILL
Ayrshire Boys Championship - COLIN ROBINSON (Largs)
Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion - DAVID WILSON (Troon Welbeck)
Ayrshire Junior Order Of merit - JACK McDONALD (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Wallace Thornton Trophy - TROON WELBECK
Under 16 Knockout Trophy - KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE)
Champion Of Champions Trophy - SCOTT BROWN (Turnberry)
Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship - WEST KILBRIDE
SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES ORDER OF MERIT - Pennycott wins second counting event
WEST OF SCOTLAND LEAGUES - Ayrshire finish series in mid table
The final youth match against Lanarkshire, scheduled for Brunston Castle, was called off due to the course being closed after the recent heavy rain, and with neither team being in contention, officials agreed not to replay the match.
The A team concluded the series with a 6 - 4 defeat against Lanarkshire at Strathaven on Saturday.
In a very close match, with six of the ten ties finishing on the final green, Ayrshire were 8.5 - 1.5 behind after 12 holes but fought back and very nearly snatched a draw.
Match results were :-
George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to S. Douglas by 3 & 2
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to S. Rennie by 2 & 1
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) beat M. Moir by 1 hole
Scott Brown (Turnberry) lost to J.J. Smith by 4 & 3
John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) beat G. Beaton by 1 hole
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) beat S. Henderson by 1 hole
John Shanks (Irvine) lost to K. Louchrie by 2 & 1
Steven Spence (Irvine) lost to S. Gillespie by 1 hole
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to C. McLean by 1 hole
Gary Bryden (Girvan) beat K. Turnbull by 2 holes
LANARKSHIRE 6 AYRSHIRE 4
The final placings in the leagues were :-
1. RENFREWSHIRE (8pts)
2. GLASGOW (8pts)
3. AYRSHIRE (4pts)
4. LANARKSHIRE (4pts)
5. DUMBARTONSHIRE (3pts)
6. STIRLINGSHIRE (3pts)
1. RENFRWSHIRE (8pts)
2. STIRLINGSHIRE (8pts)
3. AYRSHIRE (5pts)
4. LANARKSHIRE (3pts)
5. DUMBARTONSHIRE (3pts)
6. GLASGOW (1pt)
DISABLED BRITISH OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire teenager wins national trophy
Alasdair, who was born with no hands, stunned the experts by carding a 78 and a 75 on the notoriously difficult par 72 Old Thane Golf and Country Club Course – which was designed by Peter Alliss – to win his category in the Sky-televised tournament at Liphook in Hampshire.
"It was a fantastic experience,"
"And being presented with the trophy by Peter Alliss was a marvellous moment"
Eddie, who acts as Alasdair's 'daddy-caddie' said he was thrilled at his son's performance.
"The greens were lightning quick – even worse than Augusta – and one six-handicapper who hit his tee shot to within 20 feet of the pin actually took four putts to get down.
But Alasdair, who is about to start a college course in accounting, hasn't had time to savour his success just yet.
"But it will eventually hit me."
Monday, November 02, 2009
WINTER GOLF OFFERS - Special deals available at top Scottish courses
Muirfield, Prestwick and Royal Troon have all generously donated tee-times to the Scottish Golf Union between November and the end of March, with a four-ball on each course costing just £280. This representts substantial savings against the standard green fee rates.
AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION AGM - Leslie Crawford elected Honorary Life President
Leslie Crawford now joins Matt Lygate as an Honorary Life President of The association.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
NANCY CHISHOLM M.B.E. - Ayrshire golfer's investiture by The Queen
Well done Nancy!
Lindsey, Bill, Nancy & Susan
SCOTTISH JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Championship abandoned due to flooding.
Featuring four players from Ayrshire - David Wilson (Troon Welbeck), Colin Robinson (Largs), Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Rachel Irvine (Largs) - it is holed to reschedule the championship for early next year.
WEST OF SCOTLAND LEAGUES - Mixed fortunes for Ayrshire teams against Stirlingshire
Despite losing the opening two ties, Ayrshire bounced back, taking the next six ties before sharing the final two ties on the course.
Match details were :-
George Robertson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to Colin Mundie (Falkirk) by 4 & 3
John Shanks (Irvine) lost to Bobby Rushford (Grangemouth) by 1 hole
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) beat Graham Robertson (Glenbervie) by 5 & 3
Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) beat Derek Fish (Grangemouth) by 4 & 3
Stephen Spence (Irvine) beat Neil Cunningham (Falkirk) by 5 & 4
John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) beat David Buchanan (Falkirk Tryst) by 5 & 3
Scott brown (Turnberry) beat Kenny Anderson (Falkirk) by 2 & 1
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Lindsay Blair (Grangemouth) by 2 & 1
Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to Mark Cox (Falkirk) by 4 & 3
Gary Bryden (Girvan) beat Scott McLaughlan (Falkirk Tryst) by 6 & 5
AYRSHIRE 7 STIRLINGSHIRE 3
An under strength Ayrshire Youths side suffered their first defeat of the campaign in the corresponding youths match at Falkirk.
With three of the regular team members unavailable due to the SGU Junior Champions Of Champions competition, the team had a difficult task against the home side, who were also undefeated over the first three matches of the series, and went down by 6 - 4. match details were :-
Gregor MacKintosh (Girvan) lost to Jamie Lynch by 4 & 3
Fraser Lawrie (West Kilbride) lost to Ryan Campbell by 5 & 3
Scott Clark (Ayr Belleise) lost to Stephen Tillie by 3 & 2
Marc Smith (Troon Welbeck) beat Liam Haldane by 6 & 5
Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) beat Hugh Nelson by 7 & 6
Andrew Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Doug Pender by 3 & 1
Malcolm Pennycott (Brodick) beat Calum Bissett by 3 & 2
Craig McLaughlin (Largs) beat Euan Douglas by 3 & 1
Rory Acheson (Largs Routenburn) lost to Dariusz Kunecki by 1 hole
Stewart Henderson (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Greg Nicoll by 5 & 4
STIRLING 6 AYRSHIRE 4
In the final series of matches next week, The A team travel to meet Lanarkshire at Strathaven whilst the youths side play host to the Lanarkshire youths at Brunston Castle.