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Friday, August 12, 2022

AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Harvey Broadfoot succeeds in 'Double Double' bid

Harvey Broadfoot (Royal Troon) confirmed his place as the current top junior boy golfer in Ayrshire on Thursday evening, 11th of July, when he beat his brother Jack Broadfoot (Troon Welbeck) in the final of the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship at Prestwick Golf Club.

With a 2 & 1 victory in the final, Harvey completed a 'Double Double' having successfully retained this and the Ayrshire Strokeplay titles in 2022 after winning both in 2021. 

Both brothers produced some excellent golf in perfect conditions over the historic Prestwick links in the final, with a combined better ball score of three under par for the seventeen holes played.

The quality of the play of both finalists was evident from the opening holes, halves in pars at the first two holes being followed by a half in birdie fours at the third, before 15 year old jack, the younger of the two siblings, took the lead at the fourth with a winning birdie three after an excellent tee shot to a perfect position was followed by a great chip to within a couple of feet from the hole.

A par three at the fifth was enough to square the match for Harvey and after a couple of halved holes in par, it was Harvey who took the lead for the first time at the eighth with a conceded par four.

Both players did well to get up and down at the ninth hole for par, leaving 17 year old Harvey with a single hole advantage as the players turned for home.

At the tenth hole a fine chip on a difficult sloping green by jack rolled to within a couple of feet from the hole to set up a winning par four to square the match once again and pars at the eleventh and twelfth saw the brothers remain tied as the match moved to the thirteenth hole.

A par four by Jack looked likely to secure another half, but in what proved to be a crucial turning point in the match, Harvey holed an excellent put for a winning birdie three to take a single hole lead once more.despite this blow, Jack continued to match his brother at the fourteenth, both players having good attempts at their birdie putts, before the hole was halved in par.

At the fifteenth Harvey played his approach first, to about fifteen feet from the hole, whilst Jack's approach was a little strong, running through to a gulley at the back of the green. Two putted by Harvey secured his par four and when Jack chipped on and his par attempt slid agonisingly past the hole, Harvey took a two hole lead for the first time in the match, with three to play.

At the sixteenth Harvey's tee shot was just a few yards short of the green whilst Jack found the cavernous Cardinal Bunker, to the right of the green and seventeenth tee. The younger brother was not finished however, playing a great bunker shot to fourteen feet pas the hole, whilst Harvey's shot from the front of the green ran just a slightly shorter distance past the hole. Jack's birdie effort ran four feet past the hole, leaving a tricky downhill putt for par, and after Harvey's birdie attempt slipped just past, and a par four was conceded, Jack needed to hole his par put to avoid defeat on the sixteenth green. Much to his credit, jack confidently holed, and the match moved to the penultimate hole with Harvey dormie two.

A great second shot to the green from Jack at the seventeenth came to rest eighteen feet to the right of the hole, whilst Harvey's second was a little strong and left, leaving him a difficult downhill third from the fringe. Keeping the pressure on, Harvey's putt rolled down to within a few inches of the hole, prompting a conceded par four, which left Jack needing to hole his tricky right to left birdie putt to keep the match alive. Despite a well struck putt, Jack's effort slipped past the left side of the hole, leaving his brother Harvey as the 2022 champion with a 2 & 1 victory.

At the conclusion of the final, Ayrshire Golf Association President Scott Gilchrist and Prestwick Golf Club Captain Peter Graham presented vouchers to both finalists, before captain Graham handed the trophy over to the 2022 champion Harvey Broadfoot.



Thursday, August 11, 2022

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - Division 2 update

Turnberry have moved into pole position in the Ayrshire Scratch League Division 2, after completing their ties in the 2022 competition.

Home wins by 5 – 1 and 4.5 – 1.5 over Ballochmyle and West Kilbride respectively, in their final two fixtures of the season, moved Turnberry ahead of Ballochmyle in the title chase, with just two fixtures remaining to be played in the division.

A 4 – 2 win at Rowallan Castle for Ballochmyle kept their title hopes on track, whilst confirming Rowallan castle’s automatic relegation this season, whilst a 4 – 2 defeat away from home against Caprington means that West Kilbride need something from their final fixture to avoid the relegation play-off spot.

The remaining fixtures are both home ties for Ballochmyle, against Rowallan Castle and West Kilbride, and Ballochmyle need two wins ensure victory in the title chase.

Present positions in Division 2 are:-

 

GP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

Turnberry

10

6

2

2

37

23

14

28

Ballochmyle

8

5

1

2

26.5

21.5

5

22

Troon Portland

10

3

4

3

27.5

32.5

-5

20

Caprington

10

4

1

5

30.5

29.5

1

18

West Kilbride

9

4

1

4

27.5

26.5

1

18

Rowallan Castle

9

1

1

7

19

35

-16

6

 




AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Broadfoot brothers to contest 2022 title

The 2022 Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship final will be a family affair, and will create a little history, when Harvey & Jack Broadfoot play off for the title at Prestwick Golf Club on Thursday the 11th of August, the first occasion that two siblings have reached the final of the event in the same year.

In the semi finals held on Wednesday the 10th of August at Prestwick GC, Harvey, the defending champion, eased through to the final with a 5 & 4 victory over Jamie Hay (Ayr Belleisle), whilst Jack secured a single hole victory on the final green over Jack Ramsay (Kilmarnock Barassie).


AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP - Semi final line up confirmed

The Ayrshire Handicap Team Championship has reached the semi final stage, with all four quarter finals being completed recently.

Rowallan Castle beat Portmann 3.5 - 2.5 in both legs of their quarter final for an aggregate 7 - 5 win, and now face Irvine Ravenspark in the semi final after the Ravenspark team won their home leg in the quarter finals against Tam O Shanter by 3.5 - 2.5 and drew the return leg 3 - 3 for a 6.5 - 5.5 overall aggregate win.

The other semi final is a real local derby with Moorpark taking on near neighbours Auchenharvie 88 in the penultimate round.

Moorpark had a 5 - 1 home win over Caprington and a 3.5 - 2.5 win on the road in their quarter final tie, for a 8.5 - 3.5 win overall, whilst Auchenharvie beat Prestwick St Cuthbert 6 - 0 in their home tie and followed it with a 4.5 - 1.5 win away from home for an overall winning score of 10.5 - 1.5 in their quarter final tie.

The semi finals, to be played on a home and away basis, are due to be completed by the 28th of August, with the final scheduled to be held during Finals Day, at Largs GC, on Sunday the 4th of September.


 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Broadfoot brothers remain on course for final showdown.

The Broadfoot brothers, Harvey and Jack, remain on course for a final showdown in the 2022 Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship, being held this week at Prestwick Golf Club, after the first round matches were completed on Tuesday the 8th of August.

The Ayrshire Boys Champion Harvey Broadfoot (Royal Troon), who is bidding for a second successive double title win, was up against Finlay Watt (West Kilbride) in the opening round and won through by 3 & 2 to book his place in the last four.

In the semi finals Harvey will play Jamie Hay (Ayr Belleisle) who ended the hopes of Connor Wills (Royal Troon) on the final green of their opening round tie, with a winning birdie three.

Jack Broadfoot (Troon Welbeck) eased through against Oliver Long (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 4 & 2 and in the last four will face Jack Ramsay (Kilmarnock Barassie), who dispatched Drew Cleaver (Ayr Belleisle) by 8 & 6 in their first round tie.

The two semi finals will take place at Prestwick Golf Club on the evening of Wednesday the tenth of August.

Sunday, August 07, 2022

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - Division 1 and Division 3 updates

The chase for the 2022 Ayrshire Scratch League Division 1 title is becoming very tight, with only a few fixtures remaining, whilst provisional arrangements have been made for the Division 3 title play off matches.

In the latest fixture in DIVISION 1 of the Ayrshire Scratch leagues, the title chase was blown wide open when Largs defeated Royal Troon by 5 – 1 at Largs.

The result maintained Largs slim hopes of finishing in runners up spot. With just an away tie at Loudoun still to play, the Largs side need to win the tie and hope that Irvine or Royal Troon above them lose all their remaining matches.

The result at Largs was also a blow to Royal Troon’s hopes of taking the Division 1 title in their first year in the top division, the defeat meaning that their chance of overtaking Irvine at the top of the table was lost.

In the remaining fixtures, Royal Troon are away to Prestwick St Cuthbert before a crunch showdown with Irvine at the Bogside course in their final fixture of the season, which will very likely be the title decider.

Irvine also face an away tie at Prestwick St Cuthbert in their other outstanding tie.

Present positions in Division 1 are:-

 

GP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

Irvine

8

6

0

2

28.5

19.5

9

24

Royal Troon

8

5

1

2

27.5

20.5

7

22

Largs

9

5

0

4

31.5

22.5

9

20

Kilmarnock Barassie

10

4

1

5

31.5

28.5

3

18

Loudoun

8

3

1

4

19

29

-10

14

Prestwick St Cuthbert

7

0

1

6

12

30

-18

2

 

In the DIVISION 3 championship play off, the two ties have been provisionally arranged for Friday the 12th of August at Ardeer and Friday the 19th of August at Ayr Belleisle.

AYRSHIRE SENIOR MEN'S MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Belford faces Fulker in final at Troon

Alistair Belford (Prestwick S Nicholas) and Robbie Fulker (Kilmarnock Barassie) will play off for the inaugural Iain Harvey Trophy and Ayrshire Senior Men's Matchplay Championship title at Royal Troon on the evening of Friday the 12th of August.

A 3 & 2 home win over George Robertson (Irvine) in their semi final tie put Alistair Belford through to the final match, joining Robbie Fulker, who had defeated David Brown (Irvine Ravenspark) in their semi final clash last week.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY - Morton & Hamilton through to 2022 final

The final of the 2022 Ayrshire Men's Champion of Champions Trophy competition will be contested on Friday the 12th of August over the Old Course at Royal Troon between Blair Morton (Royal Troon) and Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle), who is also a member at Royal Troon.

In the two semi finals, played on Friday the 5th of August at Royal Troon, both players emerged with 3 & 1 victories, against Steven Stamper (Turnberry) and Aidan Long (Prestwick Centre) respectively.

Highlights of the two ties were an eagle three at the sixth by Keith Hamilton en route to victory, and an eagle two on the eleventh hole by Steven Stamper, who saw his second shot with a four iron take two bounces before disappearing into the hole.  

AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - 2022 event takes place at Prestwick this week

The 2022 Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship takes place at Prestwick Golf Club from Tuesday the 9th to Thursday the 11th of August.

The eight best placed scratch qualifiers from the recent Ayrshire Boys Championship will contest the title.  2021 winner Harvey Broadfoot, who recently retained the Ayrshire Boys Championship title, will attempt to match the feat in the matchplay Championship this week.

The draw for the 2022 championship is:-




Friday, August 05, 2022

BALLOCHMYLE ROSEBOWL - Entries still being taken for Order of Merit counting event

The 2022 Ballochmyle Rosebowl competition, a Doc Thom Ayrshire Order of Merit event will take place over 36 holes on Saturday the 27th of August, and entries for the event are still being take.

Entries can be made via the Scottish Golf App*

*select Comps tab, select Opens, search Ballochmyle, Scroll to Rosebowl

The course is presently in great shape thanks to Ballochmyle Golf Club greenkeepers, and a quality field is expected for this even. If entries are oversubscribed, there will be a ballot by handicap.

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP - Quarter final matches under way

The quarter final matches in the 2022 Ayrshire handicap League Championship are under way, with the semi finalists due to be decided by Sunday the 7th of August.

Rowallan Castle hold a 3.5 - 2.5 lead after the home leg of their match against Portmann, with the winners due to face either Irvine Ravenspark or Tam O Shanter, with Ravenspark holding a 3.5 - 2.5 lead after the home leg of their quarter final.

Moorpark lead their quarter final 5 - 1 against Caprington following their home leg, and look favourites to secure a semi final spot, probably against their near neighbours Auchenharvie 88, who defeated Prestwick St Cuthbert 6 - 0 in the home leg of their quarter final tie.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT - Ryan Kennedy still in front with eight events remaining

Ryan Kennedy (Irvine) still remains just in front in the chase for the Ayrshire Junior Order of Merit title, with eight counting events remaining, following completion of the latest two counting competitions.

In the Trump Turnberry Junior Open Ruben Lindsay (Turnberry) took maximum points with a scratch score of 69, in an event which also saw Oliver Kane (Prestwick St Nicholas) achieve a hole in one at the 6th hole on the King Robert the Bruce course. 

Jack Broadfoot (Troon Welbeck) closed the gap at the top of the Order of merit to a mere 2.5 points after sharing third place points at the Ayrshire Boys Championship, and will have the opportunity to potentially take over at the top of the table if he reaches the semi finals of the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship at Prestwick GC next week.

The next three counting events for the Junior Order of Merit are the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship at Prestwick, the Ballochmyle Junior Open and the British Boys & Girls Championships.

Present positions in the 2022 Ayrshire Junior Order of Merit are:-



AYRSHIRE BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP - Harvey Broadfoot retains county title at Loudoun

Harvey Broadfoot (Royal Troon)
retained the Ayrshire Boys Championship, when the 2022 event took place at Loudoun Gowf Club on Thursday the 4th of August.

An opening one under par round of 67 set Harvey up for a second successive title, and in the afternoon he added a level par score of 68 for a two round scratch total of 135, one under par, to take the title again by a full five shots from his nearest challenger Max Barclay (Ayr Belleisle), who was just one shot behind at the half way stage following a first round score of 68, but faded a little in the afternoon, scoring 72 for a 140 total over 36 holes.

Jack Broadfoot (Troon Welbeck), Jack Ramsay (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Connor Wills (Royal Troon) were next best scratch on 145. 

The bbest handicap score of the day was returned by Lewis Trundle (Irvine) with rounds of 71 and 64 off his handicap of 13, for a135 total, two ahead of Harvey Broadfoot and three better than Finlay watt (West Kilbride) who scored 74 and 65, playing off 7, for his 139 total.

The main prize winners were:-


Ayrshire Golf Association President Scott Gilchrist, of the host club, along with Boy's Team manager Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) presented vouchers to the successful competitors, before handing over the trophy to the two times champion Harvey Broadfoot. 

The full list of scores from the championship were:-



Thursday, August 04, 2022

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Draws made for semi finals

The draws have been made recently for the semi finals of several Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions.

In the LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP, West Kilbride and Irvine look best placed to win a place in the final this year.

In Section A, West Kilbride and Prestwick St Nicholas are tied at the top of the table at present with 12 points,  though West Kilbride have two home matches and one away fixture remaining, one of the home matches being against Prestwick St Nicholas, whilst the St Nicholas team have that fixture and one at home still to play.

Present positions in the section are:-

 


In Section B, Irvine have four wins from four to date, and are well clear at the top of the section.

Present positions are:-



In the JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHYHarvey Broadfoot (Ayrshire Boys Champion) had a crushing home win by 7 & 6 over Scotland Under 16 squad player Dylan Cairns (Prestwick St Nicholas) in their second round tie and now faces a semi final match against his brother Jack Broadfoot (Troon Welbeck).

The other semi final sees Cameron Shanks (Caprington), who beat Ryan Kennedy (Loudoun) by 2 & 1 in their second round match, play host to Sam Crozier (West Kilbride).

The two semi final ties are due to be completed by the 11th of September.

In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY competition, Loudoun and Troon Welbeck have still to play their second round tie, whilst Irvine drew their second round tie 2 - 2 with Kilmarnock Barassie, but progressed to the semi finals by virtue of a countback over the four ties, and Prestwick St Nicholas received a walkover from Caprington.

The semi finals are due to be completed by the 11th of September, and the two ties are:-

Prestwick St Nicholas Vs Irvine

West Kilbride Vs Loudoun or Troon Welbeck

In the WALLACE THORNTON TROPHY, first round ties saw walkovers for Troon Welbeck and Kilmarnock Barassie over East Ayrshire and Turnberry respectively, whilst the Prestwick St Nicholas Vs Irvine tie has still to be completed.

The semi final draw, with matches to be completed by the 11th of September, is:-

Kilmarnock Barassie Vs Irvine or Prestwick St Nicholas

Troon Welbeck Vs Ayr Belleisle


SENIOR HOME INTERNATIONALS - Paul Moultrie selected for Scotland team

Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon has been selected to represent Scotland in the upcoming Senior Men and Women’s Home Internationals, scheduled to take place at Pyle and Kenfig in Wales from the 12th to the 15th of September.

The full team is:-

Senior Men’s Team

Ronnie Clark

John Mathers

Kenny Gallacher

Paul Moultrie

Nick Robson

Robert Jenkins

Stewart Henderson

Senior Women’s Team

Gillian Kyle

Karen Marshall

Karen Ferguson-Snedden

Alison Davidson

Sheena Wood

Elaine Moffat

Wendy Nicholson