Wednesday, March 31, 2010

EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR - Torrance second and Drummond seventh in South Africa

Sam Torrance was joint second and Ross Drummond joint fifth in the recent Berenberg Bank Masters in South Africa, behind form man Boonchu Ruangkit (Thailand) who sealed a historic hat-trick of victories on the European Senior Tour after a superb final round of 69. In doing so he became the first player since Tommy Horton in 1997 to win three consecutive Senior Tour events, following his back-to-back victories in Brunei and his native Thailand and also became the quickest player to win three times on the Senior Tour.

Torrance opened with successive scores of 72, one under par, but a closing round of 75 pushed him into joint second.

A level par 73 in the first round put Drummond in good position but a 77 in round 2 pushed him down the field. A closing 74 saw Drummond climb back up the table, finishing in joint seventh place.


216 - B Ruangkit (Tha) 69 78 69
219 - S Torrance (Sco) 72 72 75, B Lincoln (RSA) 74 75 70
221 - A Franco (Par) 72 72 77, R Chapman (Eng) 74 72 75
223 - B Cameron (Eng) 74 78 71
224 - M Clayton (Aus) 76 75 73, R Drummond (Sco) 73 77 74
225 - G Cali (Ita) 71 77 77, R Stewart (RSA) 72 79 74
226 - M Harwood (Aus) 72 77 77, I Woosnam (Wal) 74 78 74
227 - B Smit (RSA) 74 74 79, N Job (Eng) 76 81 70, I Mosey (Eng) 74 79 74, D Merriman (Aus) 71 81 75, J Quiros (Esp) 75 76 76,

Thursday, March 25, 2010

US COLLEGE GOLF - Linzi Allan maintains early season form

Ayrshire's Linzi Allan maintained her good early season form this week with a joint seventh place finish amongst the 61 competitors in the Midwest State Invitational College Tournament at Wichita Falls Country Club.

Representing her University, Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, Linzi recorded two rounds of 80 for a 160 total, leaving her just six shots off the pace set by the winner Erica Bensch (Central Oklahoma Univesity)who went round in 76 & 78 for 154.

Linzi's team-mates, Megan Birdsey from Bedfordshire and Alyssa Balding from Northumberland, finished joint 16th and joint 36th respectively, as Newman University finished fourth of 10 in the team event behind winners, West Texas A&M.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SCOTTISH JUNIOR TOUR - McDonald to represent Ayrshire in first two events

Ayrshire will have only one representative in the two opening events of the 2010 SGU Junior Tour.

Reigning Scottish Boys Strokeplay champion Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) - pictured right - will carry local hopes in the opening two events of the five event series, at Monifieth on 28th march and then at Newmacher on 17th and 18th April

SCOTTISH CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - 4 Ayrshire players in field for season's opener

Four Ayrshire players have been named in the field for the traditional opening event of the national season, the Scottish Champion Of Champions competition which will be held at Leven Links in Fife on 3rd and 4th April.

The 72 hole event will feature the reigning Ayrshire Strokeplay Champion John Shanks (Irvine) as well as the Matchplay winner Scott Brown (Turnberry)

Also in the field is current internationalist Steven McEwan (Caprington) and Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) who was a quarter finalist in the 2009 Scottish Amateur Championship

Monday, March 22, 2010

AYRSHIRE Vs SOUTH OF SCOTLAND - Defeat for hosts in opening match of the season

Ayrshire suffered defeat at the hands of the South Of Scotland in their opening match of the season, at Girvan on Sunday 21st March.

The match for the Presidents Trophy, which had not been played for three years due to a series of postponements and abandoned matches, was succesfully completed this year, with the teams of 12 from each area consisting of 4 youth players, 4 under 18 players and 4 under 16's.

In the morning foursomes the South Of Scotland team took a 3.5 - 2.5 advantage, with the youths ties being shared and the visitors taking both Under 18 ties as well as one of the Under 16 ties, with the remaining one being halved.

In the afternoon, Ayrshire started well, taking three of the four youths ties and halving the remaining one, but the South Of Scotland fought back in the Under 18 and Under 16 ties, some excellent putting at crucial stages in a number of the ties contributing to 6 wins and two halved ties over the Under 16 and Under 18 series.

In the end, the South Of Scotland team ran out comfortable winners of the match by 11 - 7 to take the Presidents Trophy for 2010

MATCH DETAILS (Ayrshire names first) :-

Morning Foursomes
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) & Scott Brown (Turnberry) lost to Ross Jack & Jordan Williams by 3 & 2
Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) & Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay) beat Craig Hill & Ryan Hyslop by 1 hole
Under 18
Gregor Mackintosh (Girvan) & Ciar Porciani (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Daniel McConnachie & Greig Marchbank by 1 hole
Josh Nordbo (Largs) & Charlie Macneal (Troon Welbeck) lost to Scott Wightman & John Innes by 3 & 2
Under 16
David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) & Callum Gorrie (Kilmanrock Barassie) beat Brandon Burgess & Connor Syme by 4 & 2
Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) & Calum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck) halved with Scott Whannell & Max Jackson

Afternoon Singles
Pennycott beat Jack by 5 & 4
Scott Brown beat Hill by 4 & 3
Gimson halved with Williams
Euan Brown beat Hyslop by 6 & 5
Under 18
Porciani lost to McConnachie by 4 & 3
Mackintosh halved with Wightman
Nordbo lost to Marchbank by 5 & 4
MacNeal lost to Innes by 2 & 1
Under 16
Wilson lost to Burgess by 1 hole
Gorrie lost to Whannell by 1 hole
Walker lost to Syme by 1 hole
Beveridge halved with Jackson


AYRSHIRE GIRLS Vs SOUTH OF SCOTLAND - Opening win of the season for girls team

In the first friendly match of the season for both teams, The Ayrshire Girls beat the South Of Scotland Girls on Sunday 21 March in three foursomes matches which were played on what turned out to be a pleasant dry day at Brunston Castle Golf Course.

The victorious Ayrshire team - pictured above - just managed to edge out their visitors with a 2-1 win.

Both teams are pictured below.

MATCH RESULTS (South Of Scotland players first) :-

Katie McCracken & Rachel Walker beat Gillian Arnott & Mhairi McKay by 5/4
Emma Greenlees and Mirren Fraser lost to Connie Jaffrey & Katie McGarva by 5/3
Rachel Lorimer and Lucy Bell lost to Emma Hale & Grace Mackie by 6/5


DISBLED GOLFERS FOUR NATIONS CUP - Berry helps Scotland to runners up spot at Celtic manor

Alasdair Berry (Irvine Ravenspark) - pictured standing, second from the right - helped Scotland to secure runner up spot to England in the Disabled Golfers Four Nations Cup held recently at Celtic Manor in Wales.

Alasdair and his partner Mark Belcher won his first game against Wales on Monday 15th March and he also won his second game in the singles the following day, to give him a 100% record in his matches played.

Details of all the scores are available on the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership website at

SCOTLAND Vs. SOUTH AFRICA - Scots defeated by hosts in test match

Report from the SGU website at

Scotland's International Team, with a 5 point deficit to overhaul, were up against it going into the second and final day of the inaugural Test Match against South Africa, played at Leopard Creek Country Club near Malalane in Mpumalanga.

In the end the host nation's dominant form continued as they won comfortably by 21 points to 7.

Enjoying the cloudy and cool weather the teams started the day with a singles and four betterball matches in the morning, in that order. The South Africans won all but one of these games with Scotland's only point coming from Gordon Yates and Mark Bookless 2 hole victory against Jared Harvey and Dean O’Riley.

Going into lunch South Africa were eight points clear of Scotland, meaning only two wins was all that was required to win the Test Match.

The first two South Africans out, in the afternoon singles, Riekus Nortje and Johan Bekker respectively, did the deed for the host nation beating Gordon Yates and Mark Bookless one up and two up respectively.

Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie) secured a consolation singles point for Scotland with a 4&3 win over Tyrone Ryan while the experienced Glenn Campbell managed a half against Jared Harvey.

With all the remaining matches going to South Africa, some in grand fashion, the home team ran out comfortable winners.

HIGH PERFORMANCE GOLF SCHOOL - Coaching opportunity programme

Undernoted info forwarded by Alastair Love. Any interested players can contact Alastair direct via the contact details listed below.

"Allow me to introduce The High Performance Golf School at St Andrews. It has been designed to compliment the programmes you have put together in your county for your junior, youth and senior players as well as those on the verge.

George Finlayson, Advanced PGA Professional and Graeme McDowell, Head of The Elite Golf Institute at Elmwood, have put together the following programme to take your players game to the next level and hopefully lead to a career in the game:

Dates - 14th April 2010 to 18th April 2010, 5 Days, 09.00 - 17.30 hrs Daily.

Introduction - Theoretical perspectives in the development of expertise. This programme will give a unique insight into what it takes to become an elite golf athlete. The ethos of the programme is not to coach a method but to fully explore and develop the natural talent that exists within.

Who is this for? An assessment if the High Performance Programme is for you can only be made once you have completed the 'years until achievement' questionnaire. For example the High Performance Team currently work with players who are within one year of attending the European Tour School, however we also work with players who have been assessed as being one, two and three years away from being of the standard required to win a junior national title. Only once you have completed the questionnaire we will be able to advise you if we believe we can help you achieve a realistic outcome in the game.

The Game Comes First is a simple concept that isolates the key determinants of performance at an elite level. Then through a serious of drills and games the determinants of performance are put under stress in a way that trains the participant beyond the needs of the activity. The resulting effect of training in this way has been shown to induce a Flow State, or peak experience, in the performer during competition.

Stage 1 - The Game
Stage 2 - Game Appreciation
Stage 3 - Tactical Awareness
Stage 4 - Making appropriate decisions
Stage 5 - Skill Execution
Stage 6 - Performance
Stage 7 - Self Evaluation and Goal Setting

This programme can best be characterised as scientific and methodical training based on the premise that Logging many hours of practice at low intensity is likely to allow the body to adapt to exactly that! - namely, improvement in one's ability to exert low levels of intensity for extended periods of time. As such the High Performance Training Camp will show aspirant elite performers how to induce adaptation in the psychological and physiological mechanisms that control performance at an elite level. In addition to this participants will understand the crucial performance enhancing principles of "The Game Comes First".

This School is available for Scottish Amateur Golfers at a discounted cost of £500.00 per person. If the dates do not suit and it is something that your county would like to consider running then please contact us for an alternate session.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would make your players aware of this opportunity.

Please E-mail for the Questionnaire and for further information.

Kind Regards

Alastair Love
Tour Coordinator - PGA Golf Professional
Scotland for Golf - Tel: +44 (0) 1334 460 762
Four West Acres, St Andrews, KY16 9UD

RUDERSDAL YOUTH TOURNAMENT - Invite extended to enter elite youth event

The undernoted invitation has been sent to AJGL Secretary Billy Tait, via Irvine Pro Keith McFetridge.

If any junior clubs ar einterested then contact can be made at the address noted below or further info can be obtained from Keith McFetridge.

Please note the closing date for prospective entries.

Dear Sir / Madam

We would like to invite you to send two Youth Elite Golf players free of charge to participate in our international golf tournament “RUDERSDAL OPEN 2009”.
The tournament will take place during the weekend 12th – 13th June, 2010 at Furesoe Golfklub, which is situated some 20 km north of Copenhagen.

In the 2009 tournament the top twenty ranked players all had a handicap < 0, and the average handicap for all 54 male players, including national team players from England, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark was 0.3.
At least one of the players you wish to send must be a male player. The handicap for male players must not exceed 0 (zero) / and for female players the handicap must not exceed 2.0. All participants in the tournament must be an amateur golf player within the rules of R&A, and a member of a golf club whose federation is affiliated to the EGA.

We will provide the players with a return flight ticket from (City) to Copenhagen, alternatively a contribution of € 150 forother means of transportation, transfer between Copenhagen Airport and Furesoe Golfklub as well as accommodation and meals during their stay.

In order for us to be able book the flight tickets in due time, you are kindly requested to inform us whether or not you will take advantage of this offer

no later than 31st of March 2010

by e- mail to: (please enter “YOUTH TOURNAMENT” in the subject line).

Furesoe Golfklub must receive documentation of the name of the players you wish to send as well as his/her handicap, name of golf club and birth date

no later then Friday April 30th 2010

Should you wish to send other players, you are of course; welcome to do so at your own cost, we will still offer transfer from Copenhagen Airport and return, accommodation and meals for those players. Please note that most likely the handicap required in order to be sure to play in the tournament should not exceed 1.0 for boys/men and 4.0 for girls/ladies.

Looking forward to your reply
Kind regards
Furesoe Golfklub
Ditlev Floistrup, Chairman of the Youth Committee

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SGU SOUTH AFRICAN MATCH - McDonald shines on day one for Scots


Scotland trailed a strong South African side 8½ - 3½ at the close of play on day one of the Test Match at Leopard’s Creek Country Club before thunder and lightning halted play with two matches remaining on the course.

Kilmarnock (Barassie) youngster Jack McDonald, the reigning Scottish Boys Stroke Play Champion, was the star of the Scots side on the opening day, claiming a half point alongside Scott Gibson in the morning foursomes before comfortably winning his singles match 4&2.

Mark Bookless and Gordon Yates were Scotland’s other winning duo in the morning with a 2&1 victory over their opponents, with the pairings of Paul Shields/Kris Nicol and Glenn Campbell/Steven McEwan both losing by a 4&3 margin.

Former national champion Glenn Campbell was the only other victor for the visitors in the afternoon singles with Gordon Yates one up with two to play in the closing match.

17-year-old Gibson lost by one hole in his match, the same margin of defeat as Paul Shields, as the Scots closed the day trailing by five.

National junior coach Spencer Henderson, who is out with the squad, reflected on the opening day’s performance:

We’re obviously disappointed to be trailing in the match but it’s been a fantastic experience for the players, particularly the young lads who have performed very well. The course is superb but it’s much hotter than we’re used to (36 degrees) so it’s taking time to get used to.

“With our four leading amateurs playing in the Nations Cup, the South African training camp has given us the opportunity to develop some of our up and coming players, who are competing against a very strong host side in the peak of their season.”

“It was great to see Jack (McDonald) and Scott (Gibson) performing so well on their senior debut and the experience of guys like Glenn is really helping them. We’re looking forward to another great day tomorrow, with an early start because of the weather, and hopefully the team will make up some ground.”

he added.

Day One Results :-

Morning Foursomes
J McDonald & S Gibson halved match
P Shields & K Nicol lost by 4&3
M Bookless & G Yates won by 2&1
G Campbell & S McEwan lost by 4&3

Morning Singles
G Paterson lost by 1 hole

Afternoon Singles
J McDonald won by 4&2
S Gibson lost by 1 Hole
G Paterson lost by 4&3
K Nicol lost by 4&3
P Shields lost by 1 hole
S McEwan lost by 5&4
G Campbell won by 4&3
M Bookless 1 down after 16
G Yates 1 up after 16

Latest Score

South Africa 8.5 – 3.5 Scotland

AYRSHIRE VS SOUTH OF SCOTLAND - County side open season at Girvan

The Ayrshire Golf Association's representative team matches begin on Sunday 21st March with the annual match against the South Of Scotland, which takes place at Girvan.

Although the match has been postponed in each of the last two years, hopes are high that the two areas will succesfully renew rivalries this year.

The match consists of morning foursomes and afternoon singles with the two teams consisting of four youth players, four under 18's and four under 16's.

The team who will represent Ayrshire in the match are :-

John Shanks (Irvine)
Scott Brown (Turnberry)
Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St Cuthbert)
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie)

Under 18's
Ciar Porciani (Ayr Bellisle)
Gregor MacKintosh (Girvan)
Josh Nordbo (Largs)
Charlie MacNeal (Troon Welbeck)

Under 16's
David Wilson (Troon Welbeck)
Callum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Calum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck)

AYRSHIRE BOYS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Closing date for entries near

Junior Convenors are reminded that the closing date for entries to the 2010 Ayrshire Boys Team Championships, to be held at Troon Portland Golf Course on Sunday 18th April, is fast approaching.

The Championship, won last year by Troon Welbeck - pictured right - has both team and idividual awards on a scratch and handicap basis.

Closing date for entries to the competition is Saturday 27 March.

All Junior Convenors should be in receipt of entry forms but if not theses can be downloaded from the link on the left of this page, under the 'Juniors' heading.

AYRSHIRE STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Closing date for entries approaches

The closing date for entries for the 2010 Ayrshire Stropkeplay Championship is fast approaching.

The 36 hole championship, won in 2009 by John Shanks (Irvine) - pictured right -, will be played this year at Prestwick St. Cuthbert Golf Club on Sunday 25th April.

The closing date for entries is Saturday 3rd April.

Entry forms are available through clubs or can be downloaded direct from thie link on the left of this page under the 'Gents Fixtures' heading.

US COLLEGE GOLF - Linzi Allan's encouraging start to season

Linzi Allan from Dalry, a Freshman student at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, finished joint 35th in a field of 88 players at the St Edwards Invitational played over the Par 70 (6,018yrds) Grey Rock Golf Club, Austin in Texas.

Linzi recovered from an opening round 89 (+18) to post a second round of 78 (+7) to settle for a 167 (+25). Alyssa Balding (Northumberland) posted back-to-back rounds of 82 to lead the Jets with a 36-hole total of 164 and was placed 21st.

As a team, the Jets finished eighth out of 17 teams with a team score of 671. Newman finished five strokes behind seventh-placed Angelo State, but held a two-stroke advantage on ninth-placed Central Oklahoma. Tarleton State won the event with a team score of 620.

Linzi and her team, The Jets, continue their season from March 14 at Pottsboro, Texas, in the Texas A&M-Commerce Spring Classic.


The full details of the draw and competitotrs involved in the 2010 Ayrshire Junior Champion Of Champions competition have been published.

All first round ties are due for completion by Sunday 30th May

The full draw for the first round is :-

CIAR PORCIANI (Ayr Belleisle) Vs CHARLIE MACNEAL (Troon Welbeck)
JOSEPH HOWIE (Ardeer) Vs SANDY DARROCH (Prestwick St Nicholas)
PATRICK TIMMONS (Troon St Meddans) Vs ROSS CONQUER (Ballochmyle)
ANDREW WRIGHT (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs DAVID WILSON (Ayrshire Boys Match Play)
CAMERON MACLEAN (West Kilbride) Vs GREG VERNON (Annanhill)
JACK WHENT (Largs) Vs COLIN ROBINSON (Ayrshire Boys Stroke Play)
CHRIS BUTLER (Irvine Ravenspark) Vs CRAIG TELFER (Prestwick St Cuthbert)

Jack Whent (Largs) is the first into round 2, having received a walkover after Colin Robinson scratched from the competition.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

DAVID GEMMELL - Former Belleisle Professional passes away

We are sorry to advise that the former Ayr Belleisle professional David Gemmell died suddenly on Wednesday night.

David was well known in local golfing circles, serving as professional at Ayr Dalmilling for a number of years before taking over the post at Ayr Belleisle after the retirement of John Easey.

When David retired from the Belleisle job a couple of years ago, he was replaced by his assistant, the present serving professional Richard Gordon.

During his retirement David continued to enjoy many a round of golf with both amateur golfers and many of his friends from the professional ranks.

Davids untimely death will come as a great shock to all who knew him and our sympathies go to his family at this time.

It is understood that the funeral will be held at Ayr Crematorium at 2.00 p.m. on Tuesday 16th March.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SCOTTISH BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP - 19 Ayrshire players bid for 2010 title

19 young Ayrshire golfers are in the 256 strong field bidding for the 2010 Scottish Boys Championship title over the West Kilbride course from 5th to 10th of April.

The Ayrshire challenge will be led by the 2009 Scottish Boys Strokeplay title holder and boys internationalist Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) - pictured right - who starts his bid for the title in game 6, at 0726 on Monday 5th April against Jordan Shaw of Kingussie

Should McDonald be succesful in round 1, he may face another Ayrshire player in round 2 as Cameron MacLean (West Kilbride) faces Euan Mackay (Craigielaw) in game 5 at 0717 on the Monday, with the winner due to play the winner of McDonald's match.

Another possible Ayrshire second round match is in prospect further down the first quarter draw. 2008 Ayrshire Boys Matchplay runner up Marc Smith (Troon Welbeck) - pictured right - plays John Inness (Kirkcudbright) at 0921 on the Monday in match 19, with the winner facing the winner of match 20, between Kevin Mustard (Elgin) and Patrick Timmons (Troon St. Meddans).

The remaining Ayrshire player in the first quarter is Sean Thorburn (Ayr Belleisle) who faces the challenge of John Scott (East Renfrewshire) in match no 23, teeing off at 0946 on the Monday.

There are four Ayrshire players featured in the second quarter of the draw.

Match 33 (1109) features Callum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie) against Jack Scott (Deeside) whilst Graeme Ritchie (Troon Welbeck) tees off in match 45 at 1245 against Evan Robertson (Inchmarlo).

The last two first round matches in the second quarter feature Ayrshire players, with the prospect of yet another all Ayrshire second round clash.

game 63 (1517) features Ciar Porciani (Ayr Belleisle) against Craig McLay (Bishopbriggs) whilst match 64 (1526) pairs Sean Burgess (Nairn) and Rory McKenzie (Troon Welbeck).

The third quarter of the draw has no fewer than seven Ayrshire players featured.

Ben Gibson (Troon Welbeck) is in match 66 (1541) against Ross Gillan (Torrance House) whilst Josh Nordbo (Largs) - pictured right - faces Ryan Gordon (Alford) in match 68 at 1557 hrs.

The final first round match teeing off on the Monday, match 74 at 1646 hrs, sees Callum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck) against Fergus Sandison (Blairgowrie).

West Of Scotland Boys Matchplay title holder Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) is the first of the Ayrshire players to tee off on the Tuesday, in match 84 at 0757, when he plays Ewan Ferguson (Bearsden) in their first round match.

Also out early, in match 86 at 0813, is Charlie Macneal (Troon Welbeck) - pictured right - who faces Michael Bacigalupo (Longniddry).

Scott Johnston (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) - pictured right - who won his senior Club Championship last year, begins his quest for the national boys title in game 88, at 0829 on the Tuesday, against Ross Proctor (Forres) whilst the final Ayrshire Player in the third quarter, Ross McSherry (Royal Troon) faces the challenge of Alistair Thomson (Elderslie) in match 90, teeing of at 0849.

The fourth and final quarter of the draw features the remaining three Ayrshire players bidding for the title.

Gregor Mackintosh (Girvan) tees of in game 106 at 1101 hrs against Cameron Farrell (Cardross).

The 2009 Ayrshire Boys Matchplay title holder David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) - pictured right - begins his bid for glory at 1213 hrs on the Tuesday, in match number 115, when he takes on James Steven (Kirkhill) in their first round tie.

The final Ayrshire player to tee off in round one of the 2010 championship will be Craig Corrigan (Troon Welbeck) - pictured right - who is scheduled to play off at 1321 hrs in match no 123 against John Douglas (Thornton)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

AYRSHIRE BOYS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Entry form available on line

The entry form for the 2010 Ayrshire Boys Team Championship, which takes place at Troon Portland on Sunday 18th April, has been forwarded to all relevant clubs by e-mail.

Should any Junior Convenor not receive the entry form, this can now be downloaded direct from the link on the left of this page, under the Junior Fixtures heading.


Monday, March 08, 2010

THE CORNER POCKET - New sports bar offers discount rates

A newly opened Sports bar in Stranraer is offering facilities to clubs and societies who find themselves in the area, perhaps visiting local courses on outings.

Joint proprietor of The Corner Pocket, Alex Sweden writes :-

Add Image" We are a newly opened sports bar in Stranraer and can cater for up to 80 persons.

We have a full size snooker table, pool table, poker table, darts, dominoes & Nintendo Wii on our Big Screen, and can also provide buffets for your members. Our facilities can also be hired for private functions and we can also offer discounted prices for your members.

If clubs or societies are having their day outings to Stranraer & surrounding courses then we would be glad to welcome the members to our bar ".

Anyone wishing more information can contact Alex or Evelyn on 01776 703115 or 07950237281
or by E.Mail at :

Saturday, March 06, 2010

BOYS QUADRANGULAR INTERNATIONALS - Scotland beaten by Italy and lose out on title

Scotland lost their final match of the three match series in the Boys Quadrangular International matches in France on Saturday, going down by 5 - 4 to Italy, and in the process lost out on first place in the tournament after tying with two wins with Italy, but losing out on top spot by virtue of the match result between the two teams.

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) again contributed two points on the final day to finish as scotland's top points scorer for the tournament.

Match results (including details of the Scotland match)


Jack McDonald & Scott Gibson beat Mathias Capra & Riccardo Michelini by 2 & 1
Jack Scott & Ian Redford lost to Federico Zucchetti & Lorenzo Guanti by 1 hole
Grant Forrest & Calum Stewart lost to Gabriele Padouano & Corrado De Stefani by 5 & 4

McDonald beat Michelini by 4 & 3
Forrest halved with Succhetti
Gibson halved with Capra
Scott lost to De Stefani by 3 & 2
Redford beat Padouano by 3 & 1
Stewart lost to Guanti by 1 hole



Despite losing in the morning foursomes, Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) won his afternoon singles on Friday to help Scotland to a 5 - 4 win over host nation France in the Boys Quadrangular International Tournament at Chiberta Golf Club, Biarritz in southwest France.

After losing the foursomes 2 - 1, Scotland stormed back, taking four of the six afternoon singles for victory.

MATCH RESULTS (including details of the Scotland match)


Jack Scott & Scott Gibson lost to Paul Barjon & Victor Perez by 4 & 3
Jack McDonald & Ian Redford lost to Pierre Tillement & Florian Loutre by 2 & 1
Grant Forrest & Calum Stewart beat Kenny Subregis & Thomas Chapon by 1 hole

McDonald beat Perez by 2 holes
Forrest beat Barjon by 5 & 4
Stewart beat Tillement by 3 & 2
Gibson beat Chapon by 4 & 3
Redford lost to Loutre by 3 & 2
Scott lost to Subregis by 3 & 2

two ties unfinished

Thursday, March 04, 2010

BOYS QUADRANGULAR INTERNATIONALS - McDonald helps Scotland to winning start

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) - pictured right - helped Scotland to a fine start in the Boys' Quadrangular International matches at Chiberta Golf Club, Biarritz, France on Thursday.

With McDonald, along with Grant Forrest, Ian Redford and Calum Stewart recording both morning and afternoon wins, Scotland beat Sweden by 6.5 - 2.5

In the other match, Italy beat the hosts, France, by 5.5 - 3.5

MATCH RESULTS (and details of the Scotland match)



Axel Arinbjornarson & Patric Sundloft halved with Jack Scott & Scott Gibson
Victor Tarnstrom & Robin Pettersson lost to Jack McDonald & Ian Redford BY 3 & 2
Oscar Lengden & Adam Strom lost to Grant Forrest & Calum Stewart BY 2 holes


Arunbjornarson lost to McDonald by 8 & 6
Sundloft lost to Forrest by 1 hole
Tarnstrom beat Gibson by 2 & 1
Pettersson lost to Redford by 2& 1
Lengden lost to Stewart by 2 & 1
Strom beat Scott by 6 & 4


Tuesday, March 02, 2010


A full house attended the 28th Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes of The Ayrshire Golf Association, held at Irvine Ravenspark Golf Club on Friday 26th February.

AGA President Alasdair Malcolm (Prestwick St. Nicholas) chaired the dinner which was attended by members and guests from local clubs as well as representatives from other County Associations from throughout the West Of Scotland.

After an excellent meal, the company were treated to presentations from two of the finest after dinner golf speakers in the country.

The Prestwick GC squad who won the Ayrshire Club Championship and wen on to win the Scottish Club Championship - Gavin Lawrie, Allan Thomson, James Bunch & Jonathan King

St. Andrean David Joy gave an enthralling insight into the life and times of Old Tom Morris before proposing a toast to The Ayrshire Golf Association and this was follwed by an equally entertaining presentation from Ayrshireman Professor David Purdie, who now lives in exile in the far east in Edinburgh, who concluded by proposing a toast to The Game Of Golf.

AGA President Alasdair Malcolm with guest speakers David Joy (left) and David Purdie (Right)

AGA President Aladair Malcolm presented the awards to the 2009 Ayrshire Championship winners before the evening was drawn to a close by AGA Vice President David Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) who gave a vote of thanks.

Matchplay Champion
Scott Brown (Turnberry)

Doc Thom Salver Ayrshire Order Of Merit Winner
Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle)

Fourball winners
Douglas Anderson & Gary Jordan of Annanhill

Tommy McInally (Loudoun)
with the Champion Of Champions Trophy

Tommy McInally (Loudoun)
with the Summer (Scratch) League Trophy



JACK McDONALD (Kilmarnock Barassie GC)

Category 1—ALASTAIR BERRY (Irvine Ravenspark)


EUAN WALKER (Kilmarnock Barassie GC)


DAVID WILSON (Troon Welbeck GC)


JACK McDONALD (Kilmarnock Barassie GC)







SCOTT BROWN (Turnberry GC)