Monday, March 26, 2012

AYRSHIRE Vs SOUTH OF SCOTLAND - Ayrshire side defeated in seasons opener.

Ayrshire lost out to the South Of Scotland in their annual match for the Centenary salver at Stranraer on Sunday 25th March, going down by 11.5 - 6.5.

The Ayrshire team who played the South Of Scotland at Stranraer
The 12 man team, comprising 4 Under 16's, 4 Under 18's and 4 youths shared the morning foursomes 3 - 3 but were soundly defeated in the afternoon singles.

Highlights for Ayrshire were Callum Gorrie securing both points in 2 very good wins. His partner in the morning foursomes Darren McCutcheon was unlucky not secure both points after losing a one hole lead to a very good birdie from his opponent at the last.

Louis Murray took his game to the last green in both rounds to secure a win with Jack McCluskey in the morning and a very good half in the afternoon, his succesful 30ft birdie putt at the last being matched by his opponent who holed from from 8 ft for a share of the spoils.

The other Ayrshire points were secured by Jack Thomas and Stuart Easton, who always appeared in control of their morning foursomes despite being taken to the last hole, Euan Walker with a comprehensive win in the singles and Blair Gavin who secured a halved match in the afternoon.

Match details :-

Under 16

Jack Thomas (Irvine) & Stuart Easton (Irvine) beat Robert Hughan & Mathew McCulloch by 1 hole
Blair Gavin (Kilmarnock Barassie) & Jordan Fraser (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Duncan McNeill & Chris Sherman by 1 hole
Under 18
David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) & Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Connor Syme & Connor Bennewith by 3 & 2
Calum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie) & Darren McCutcheon (Troon Welbeck) beat Scott Whannel & Brandon Burgess by 7 & 6

Robbie Fitzpatrick (Irvine) & Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) lost to Kyle McClung & Chris Corbett by 3 & 2
Jack McCluskey (Ayr Belleisle) & Louis Murray (Troon Welbeck) beat Danny McConnache & Max Jackson by 2 holes

Jack Thomas lost to Robert Hughan by 6 & 4
Stuart Easton lost to Mathew McCulloch by 1 hole
Blair Gavin halved with Duncan McNeill
Jordan Fraser lost to Chris Sherman by 4 & 3
David Wilson lost to Connor Syme by 5 & 3
Euan Walker beat Connor Bennewith by 6 & 5
Calum Gorrie beat Scott Whannel by 6 & 4
Darren McCutcheon halved with Brandon Burgess
Robbie Fitzpatrick lost to Kyle McClung by 4 & 3 
Greg Telfer lost to Chris Corbett by 3 & 1 
Jack McCluskey lost to Danny McConnache by 4 & 3
Louis Murray halved with Max Jackson

SCOTTISH GOLF AWARDS DINNER - Ayrshire trio shine at national event

Michael Stewart received his award
from fellow Ayrshireman Sam Torrance
(Photo courtesy of Kenny Smith)
Ayrshire were to the fore at the 2012 Scottish Golf Awards dinner, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 23rd March.

As well as Largs' Sam Torrance receiving a Lifetime Achievement award, Troon Welbeck's Michael Stewart was presented with the Mens Amateur Golfer OF The Year award whilst Kilmarnock Barassie's Euan Walker begame the innaugural recipient of the Adam Hunter Award, presented this year in memory of the late SGU coach.

Euan Walker
 with former SGU Chairman Douglas Connon
who presented the Adam Hunter Award
(Photo courtesy of Kenny Smith)
(Report from the Scottishgolf website) 
Sam Torrance, the victorious former Ryder Cup captain, has expressed his delight after receiving a Lifetime Achievement honour during last night's memorable 2012 Annodata Scottish Golf Awards.
Torrance, one of Scottish Golf’s most popular personalities, was given the award in the year that marks a decade since he led the European team to victory over the United States at The Belfry.
The charismatic 58-year-old also collected the award 40 years since his maiden professional win in the Radici Open in Italy.
Torrance became the third recipient of the Lifetime Achievement accolade, sponsored by Allied Surveyors Scotland, after former Open champion Paul Lawrie and eight-time Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie were honoured last year.
During a glittering 500-guest sell-out ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, Torrance received the award in the company of family and friends, among them his father, Bob, his lifelong coach.
Craig Levein, Scotland football team manager, and Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director, presented Sam his award on stage, alongside host Andrew Cotter, the BBC sports commentator.
Largs-born Torrance said: "I’m delighted to have received the Scottish Golf Lifetime Achievement Award, following in the footsteps of Paul and Colin last year.
"It was a very special night for me, especially having my wife and three children present, along with my parents and friends from Ayrshire.
"I have enjoyed a wonderful career and being handed the award was another memorable occasion for me. I always love playing in Scotland and I was overjoyed to be honoured in my home country."
Torrance played in eight consecutive Ryder Cup teams, famously triumphing in 1985 when he sank the winning putt to secure a first-ever victory for Europe, and has been made an MBE and an OBE.
Since turning professional aged 16, Torrance has won 21 titles on the European Tour, 11 European Senior Tour titles and three European Senior Tour Order of Merit titles. Torrance, who will seek Senior Open glory in his native Ayrshire at Turnberry this summer, was also a Dunhill Cup winner for Scotland in 1995, together with Montgomerie and Andrew Coltart.
Torrance remains a fantastic ambassador for Scottish Golf and his contribution was honoured among a delighted audience in Glasgow, which also featured ex-Scotland rugby captain Jonny Petrie,
Walker Cup hero Michael Stewart and former Old Firm footballers Billy Dodds and Bobby Petta.
A celebration of Scottish Golf’s achievements over the past 12 months, the prestigious event at the Crowne Plaza – hosted by the Scottish Golf Union and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association - saw all proceeds going towards the development of young golfers in Scotland.
A unique collection of golf's most-sought after trophies greeted guests on their arrival - the Claret Jug, the Walker Cup, the Solheim Cup and, of course, the Ryder Cup.
Scotland’s leading male and female amateurs from 2011 – James White and Louise Kenney – were presented with their Awards, while Stewart, now in the professional ranks, collected the Scottish Amateur Golfer of the Year title.
The work of clubs at grassroots level were recognised with the RBS Junior Club and Volunteer of the Year Awards, with special video messages from 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus for the winners.
A new Player of the Year Award - voted by readers of - was also awarded to David Law, last year’s Scottish Amateur champion.
A special award was presented in memory of Adam Hunter, the former European Tour player and coach who sadly passed away in October after a two-year battle with leukaemia. In Adam’s memory, one of the country’s most promising young golfers, Euan Walker, from Kilmarnock (Barassie), was awarded a £500 grant towards his coaching and development.
Annodata is one of Europe’s largest independent vendors for print, document, data and communication technologies and the company is the official supplier of office equipment to the Scottish Golf Union.
The full list of award winners reads as follows:
• Team of the Year – Fife
Scottish Amateur Golfer of the Year – Michael Stewart
• SLGA Girls Order of Merit – Eilidh Briggs
• SGU Boys Order of Merit – Greig Marchbank
• RBS Junior Club of the Year – Dundas Parks Golf Club (Lothians)
• SGU Seniors Order of Merit – Bob Stewart
• SLGA Order of Merit – Louise Kenney
The Adam Hunter Award – Euan Walker
• SGU Men’s Order of Merit – James White
• RBS Junior Golf Volunteer of the Year – Iain Holt (Turnhouse Golf Club, Lothians)
• Scottish Golf Player of the Year – David Law
Lifetime Achievement Award – Sam Torrance

Thursday, March 22, 2012

TOM LEHMAN TROPHIES COMPETITION - Junior event dropped from 2012 schedule ?

A junior golf championship, once lauded as the biggest one day junior competition in the world, has apparently been dropped from the South Ayrshire Council golf events calendar this year.

The prestigeous Tom Lehman Trophies competition, played over the municipal courses at Troon, was innaugurated in 1998 after the US professional Tom Lehman (pictured) financed the purchase of the trophies following his Open Championship win in 1997.

Administered by the council department responsible for the Ayr and Troon golf weeks and the Girvan Golf Classic, which are mainly targeted at the adult golfer, the Tom Lehman event catered for junior golfers, both girls and boys, of all ages and abilities and in its heyday attracted an entry of over 400 youngsters.

Despite a decline in numbers over recent years, the event still attracted a good entry in all categories but, for whatever reason, appears to have been discontinued this year with no publication of a date for the event evident and no indication whether the demise of the event will be a permanent one.

The ommission of the event from the South Ayrshire Golf Events portfolio seems all the more strange given the commitment to the promotion of junior golf which the local authority has succesfully embraced over many years, with the ClubGolf initiative now active in every primary school in the area.

Over the last few years a pre handicap competition preceeded the Tom Lehman competition, targeted at younger golfers not yet ready to tackle the longer courses of Darley and Lochgreen, and this proved a succesful extension of the junior golf competitions available. It is believed that, despite the end of the Tom Lehman competition, the pre handicap event will take place in some format this year, under the auspices of the council's golf administration department, on a different date to be confirmed.

The apparent demise of the Tom Lehman event, a potential showcase competition in Ayrshire and beyond, is an unwelcome development which will hopefully be revisited in future years by the powers that be, and the event will re-emerge to once again take the prestigeous place amongst the junior county events that its history and potential deserves.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

CARRICK SPEAKERS OPEN - Entries invited for Girvan event

The 2012 Carrick Speakers Open will take place at Girvan golf course on Sunday 29th April and entries are now being invited for the event.

Entry forms have been forwarded to clubs and a verson can be downloaded from this site, via the appropriate link on the left of the page under the 'Mens Info' heading.

AYRSHIRE Vs SOUTH OF SCOTLAND - County team open season at Stranraer

Ayrshire will open their competitive season on Sunday 25 March with a boys/youths team travelling to contest the Centenary Salver against the South Of Scotland at Stranraer.

The match will consist of 6 foursomes in the morning and 12 singles in the afternoon.

The Ayrshire team selected to contest the opening fixture is :-

Euan WalkerKilmarnock Barassie

Callum GorrieKilmarnock Barassie
David WilsonTroon Welbeck
Louis MurrayTroon Welbeck
Jack McCluskeyAyr Belleisle
Darren McCutcheonTroon Welbeck

Greg TelferPrestwick St Cuthbert
Robbie FitzpatrickIrvine

Blair GavinKilmarnock Barassie
Jack ThomasIrvine
Stuart EastonIrvine
Jordan FraserAyr Belleisle

SCOTTISH BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP - Wilson leads 16 strong Ayrshire challenge at Murcar

Ayrshire will have 16 players in the 256 strong field for the 2012 Paul Lawrie Foundation Scottish Boys Championship which takes place at Murcar Links in Aberdeen from 9th to 14th April.

The Ayrshire challenge will be led by defending champion David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) - pictured left - who took the title in dramatic style 12 months ago at Dunbar.

Kilmarnock (Barassie) provide 6 of the Ayrshire contingent, with a further four from Irvine (Bogside) and three from Troon Welbeck. Ayr Belleisle, West Kilbride and Prestwick St Cuthbert provide the remaining Ayrshire players bidding to be the 2012 champion.

Details of first round matches involving Ayrshire players are :-


Game 2 (0653) - Ross Robertson (Old ranfurly) Vs STEWART RUSSELL (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Game 3 (0701) - JACK THOMAS (Irvine) Vs Murray Naismith (Dalmahoy)
Game 4 (0709) - CALLUM BEVERIDGE (Troon Welbeck) Vs Kevin Prentice (Lanark)
Game 11 (0805) - Keiran Cooney (Uphall) Vs EUAN HENDERSON (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Game 12 (0813) - Rory Stewart (Crieff) Vs GREG CATHIE (Irvine)
Game 14 (0829) - STUART WALSH (Irvine) Vs Robbie Whelan (East Kilbride)
Game 18 (0905) - Lewis Reid (Dougalston) Vs STUART EASTON (Irvine)
Game 21 (0929) - Scott Jeen (Milngavie) Vs LOUIS MURRAY (Troon Welbeck)
Game 53 (1353) - JACK McCLUSKEY (Ayr Belleisle) Vs Martin McCorkell (Gleddoch)
Game 57 (1425) - Sam Kiloh (Portlethen) Vs CALLUM GORRIE (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Game 58 (1433) - David Cleland (Hamilton) Vs COLIN CURRIE (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Game 60 (1449) - DAVID WILSON (Troon Welbeck) Vs Alisdair McDougall (St Andrews New)
Game 68 (1557) - EUAN WALKER (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs Grant Stewart (Pitlochry)


Game 89 (0837) - BLAIR GAVIN (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs Cameron Farrell (Cardross) 
Game 120 (1257) - Stuart Blair (Royal Musselburgh) Vs CHRISTOPHER MURRAY (Troon Welbeck)
Game 128 (1401) - GREG TELFER (Prestwick St Cuthbert) Vs Ian Hill (Muckhart)

WEST OF SCOTLAND ALLIANCE - Burns wins at Falkirk Tryst.

KTHughBurns  (From the Calcarson Golf Agency)

Former Rangers and Kilmarnock footballer Hugh Burns (Troon Welbeck) led from the front to win the West Alliance meeting at Falkirk Tryst recently.

Playing in the first game, the the scratch player from Troon Welbeck, who also listed Hearts and Dunfermline amongst hs former football clubs, finished two shots clear of the field with a 66.

Tartan Tour star Stephen Gray (Hayston) and Colville Park tour pro Paul O'Hara shared second place on 68.
1st Hugh Burns (Troon Welbeck) 66
2nd (equal) Stephen Gray (Hayston) and Paul O’Hara (Colville Park) 68
4th (equal) Ian Graham (Crow Wood) and James Hendrick (Pollok) 70.
1st Neil McGarva (Kilmacol) 73 (6) 67
2nd Allan Gilmour (Deer Park) 77 (9) 68
3rd (equal) Len Grindrod (Cawder) 71 (1) 70 and John Wood (Brunston Castle) 75 (5) 70
1st John Greene (Cowglen) 82 (12) 70
2nd (equal) Hugh Macartney (Cathkin Braes) 77 (6) 71 and James Nugent (Vale of Leven) 88 (17) 71

UNIVERSITIES GOLF - McDonald wins Order Of Mrit event at Dundonald.

(From the website)
The 3rd Scottish Universities Order of Merit golt tournament event ended at a cold, wet and very windy Dundonald Links today (Friday) with a clean sweep for Stirling University students in all four competitions.

In the men's event, Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) - pictured - struck a highly credible 78 in the conditions for a total of 223 (9 over par) to pip Scottish international Graeme Robertson by two shots.

Robertson, who took 71 shots (1 under par) in an incredible morning's golf, fell foul of the tournament referee (after a lengthy and conisdered discussion) for having taken a number of preferred lies in contravention of the tournament conditions; finally signing for a score of 79 and second place.

Dewi Merckx, also from Stirling, who had led after the first two rounds struggled in the conditions to a score of 80, just ahead of Fairmont winner Chris Harkins (Strathclyde) who, like Robertson, had to add penalties to his score before signing his card.

Stirling I captured the men's team prize - McDonald and Robertson being joined in a 10-shot triumph by former Order of Merit winners David Booth and Zander Culverwell.
In the women's event, Stirling's Eilidh Briggs continues to dominate the Scottish Order of Merit events with scores of 74, 78, 81 for a total of 233 to win by 14 shots.

At the Scottish Universities Championships at Moray Golf Club in ten days time, Eilidh will have the unrivalled opportunity to complete a season's "Grand Slam" of the four Scottish student women's Order of Merit events - the first time this will have been achieved.
Along with Becka Wilson and Harriet Beasley, Eilidh also picked up the women's team prize.

1Jack Mcdonald (Stirling)737278223
2Graeme Robertson (Stirling)727479225
3Dewi Merckx (Stirling)717480225
4Chris Harkins (Strathclyde)757477226
5Nick McAndrew (Aberdeen)777675228
6Don McAndrew (RGU)807477231
7Matthias Eggenberger (Stirling)747979232
8Lee Fuller (Northumbria)837279234
9David Booth (Stirling)778078235
10Jack Lampkin (Northumbria) 767981236
11Mike Howard (Stirling)78 7286236
12Gavin Dunn (UHI)817680237
13Chris Low (Elmwood)777783237
14Stuart Cochrane (Stirling)757984238
15Mike McCarthy (St Andrews)768184241
16Oliver Roberts (Stirling)807686242
17Kit Holmes (Stirling)807786243
18Steven Kinnaird (UHI)768187244
19Craig Boyd (Stirling)817690247
20Donnchadh Dodd (Heriot Watt)758192248
22Daniel Kirk (Elmwood)7475NRNR
23Cameron Marr (Elmwood)7779NRNR
24David Calder (Edinburgh)78 72NRNR
25Josh Bassit (Northumbria)8177158
26Matt Wheeler (St Andrews)8278160
27Daniel Mclagen (Strathclyde)8080160
28Finlay White (Stirling) 7783160
29Blair Pelling (St Andrews)8576161
30Duncan Douglas (Stirling)8279161
31Patrick Spraggs (Stirling)8577162
32Phil Neil (Stirling)8379162
33Bho Olson (Glasgow)8280162
34Gordon Munro (RGU)8181162
35Varun Varadharajan (Heriot Watt)8181162
36Keith Shanks (Aberdeen)8182163
37Callum McNeill (UHI)7885163
38Conor Gask (Dundee)8777164
39Paul Campbell (St Andrews)8480164
40James Morrison (Stirling)8282164
41David Curtis (Glasgow)8183164
42Ben Gibson (Strathclyde) 8283165
43Dan Daly (Abertay)8184165
44Malko Schraner (Stirling) 9076166
45Alex Purdon (St Andrews)8581166
46Samir Nanji (St Andrews)8383166
47James Morell (Derby)8483167
48Andrew Cunningham (Strathclyde)9079169
49Ali Wright (Stirling)8089169
50Niall Fagan (Strathclyde)8883171
51David Melville (Abertay)8883171
52Tristan Blumi (Heriot Watt)8784171
53Kenneth Pallas (Glasgow)8685171
54Pete Greene (St Andrews)8984173
55Craig Anderson (Caledonian)8786173
56Rob Wood (UHI)8888176
57Richie Tidman (Stirling)8894182
58Mike Thelwall Jones (Stirling)9792189
59Scott Liddle (Glasgow)9794191
60Chris Long (Stirling)10093193
Nathan Free (Elmwood)79NRNR
Ally Leith (Glasgow)79NRNR
Roddy Spence (Abertay)84NRNR
Jonny Crawford (Glasgow)84NRNR
Craig Pirie (Caledonian)NR81NR
Ross Gillan (Glasgow)NRDNSNR
Zander Culverwell (Stirling)DQ


Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Ttl

1 Eilidh Briggs (Stirling) 74 78 81 233

2 Becka Wilson (Stirling) 81 83 83 247

3 Jane Turner (RGU) 85 79 85 249

4 Gabrielle Macdonald (St Andrews) 82 85 83 250

5 Hannah McCook (Stirling) 86 84 82 252

6 Sam Munro (UHI) 84 81 87 252

7 Harriet Beasley (Stirling) 83 80 95 258

8 Jordanna Graham (Stirling) 85 84 95 264

9 Zhana Tarasko (St Andrews) 89 85 174

10 Alisa Theunis (St Andrews) 89 92 181

11 Mhairi McKay (Stirling) 94 90 184