Monday, September 18, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Winning start for Ayrshire in title defence

The Ayrshire A team got off to a winning start in the defence of their West Of Scotland Inter County League title on Sunday 17th September when they beat Stirlingshire 5 - 3 at Prestwick St Cuthbert.

The match was close throughout and the result was in doubt until the final tie on the course reached the final hole.

In what is thought to be a first in recent memory in the West Leagues, Stirlingshire fielded a father and son in their eight man team, the elder Richard Johnston from Glenbervie, being joined by his son, also Richard, in the senior side for the first time.

The younger Johnston contributed one of the first two points for Stirlingshire with a 2 &1 win over Jack Broun adding to the first point posted for the visitors by mark Hislop who defeated Tommy McInally.

With Craig Hamilton one behind with two to play in the lead tie, the early signs were not good for the Ayrshire team, but Hamilton won the seventeenth to square the tie and followed up b y hitting two great shots to within a few feed at the last which eventually prompted his opponent to concede a winning eagle three to Hamilton.

Greg Telfer lost the final hole to be pegged back for a half match but Jim Johnston, one behind with three to play, pulled his tie back to earn another vital half point for Ayrshire.

In the two anchor ties, host club members Craig Telfer and Stuart Robin secured comfortable wins in their respective ties to give Ayrshire four points overall and ensure at least a half match, with one tie remaining on the course.

In the final tie on the course, Scotland internationalist Euan Walker, back in the county side after a four year absence due to his university studies in the USA, was all square with two to play against David Oates. With Walker having bunkered his tee shot at the seventeenth, and Oates on the green, albeit some distance from the hole, the tie looked to be turning in the favour of the visitors, but Walker showed his mettle by almost holing his bunker shot which prompted a conceded par three and his effort proved all the more important when his opponend three putted the hole to give Walker a one hole lead and effectively ensure a match win for Ayrshire.

At the final hole, walker played safely and was ultimately conceded a winning birdie four which gave him a two hole win and Ayrshire victory by 5- 3 overall.

Next week the A team are away to Lanarkshire at Crow Wood.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) beat Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie) by 1 hole
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) lost to Mark Hyslop (Glenbervie) by 4&3
Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Richard Johnston Jr. (Glenbervie) by 2&1
Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) halved with Tam Beattie (Grangemouth)
Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) halved with Lindsay Blair (Grangemouth)
Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat David Oates (Stirling) by 2 holes
Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Richard Johnston Sr. (Glenbervie) by 6&4
Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Stuart irving (Falkirk) by 5&3


In the corresponding youths match, also played on Sunday 17th September, Ayrshire were away to Stirlingshire at Callander and lost out by 6 - 2 to their hosts.

At the turn the Ayrshire team looked to be in a good position to get an away win in the match but the loss of holes in a number of ties late in the round by Ayrshire turned the match in favour of the hosts from Stirlingshire.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) beat Greg Nicol (Bonnybridge) by 3&1
Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Peter Maxwell (Glenbervie) by 2&1
Greg Vernon (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Greg McLellan (Stirling) by 2&1
Andrew Gordon (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Stuart Myurray (Falkirk) by 2 holes
Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck) lost to Thomas Craig (Falkirk) by 3&2
Aiden Long (Ayr Belleisle) lost to James Yarnell (Glenbervie) by 2&1
Callum Irving (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Stewart McLellan (Stirling) by 5&3
Daryl Lynch (Ayr Belleisle) beat Dariusz Kunecki (Stirling) by 1 hole


Next sunday, 24th September, the youths play host to Lanarkshire at Troon Darley.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP - Kilmarnock (Barassie) win 2017 league title on countback

Kilmarnock (Barassie) are the 2017 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Champions, after edging out Ballochmyle in a close final at Troon Darley on Sunday 17th September.
The 2017 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Champions
Kilmarnock (Barassie)

Robbie Muir and Ewan Milligan got the Kilmarnock (Barassie) team off to a good start, winning the leading two ties to put the team 2 - 0 ahead, and with Ben Watson winning his tie comfortably, the Barassie side looked well on the way to a comfortable title win with a 3 - 0 lead overall.

The Ballochmyle team fought back though, Robbie Graham and Jack Allan putting two points on the board and bringing the match score back to 3 - 2 for Barassie with one tie remaining on the course.

With the last tie on the course between Craig Erenz and Cameron Orr going to the last, the previous results already ensured that Kilmarnock (Barassie) would take the title on the countback, even if the final tie was lost, but to the credit of Cameron Orr he battled on for a one hole win to ensure that the match score would finish in a 3 - 3 draw for his team, even though the title was lost on the countback to the 2017 Ayrshire Junior GOlf League champions Kilmarnock (Barassie).

The 2017 Ayrshire Junior Golf League finalists
at Troon

Match details (Kilmarnock Barassie names first):-

Robbie Muir beat Christopher Hunter by 2 holes
Ewan Milligan beat Lewis MacMillan by 3&1
Ross McDonald lost Jack Allan by 2&1
Ben Watson beat Jamie Montgomery by 7&6
Fraser Wallace lost Robbie Graham by 5&4
Craig Erentz lost Cameron Orr by 1 hole


Kilmarnock Barassie won on count back.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - First county title win for Ruben Lindsay

2017 Ayrshire Junior Champion Of Champions
Ruben Lindsay
Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) won his first Ayrshire county title on Sunday 17th September when he beat Blair Fleming (Troon Welbeck) in the Ayrshire Junior Champion Of Champions Trophy final at Troon Darley.

Lindsay took an early lead, winning the opening hole with a par, but Fleming squared the match at the fourth with a birdie two, only for Lindsay to win the next four holes when he covered the stretch in two under par figures.

The ninth holes was halved, leaving Lindsay four ahead at the turn.

The players matched each other over the opening three holes on the inward nine before a pivotal moment in the tie occurred at the twelfth. With Fleming lying close to the hole for a certain birdie two and Lindsay in the bunker, Fleming looked likely to reduce the match deficit to three holes, but his hopes for the hole, and ultimately the match, were dashed when Lindsay holed his bunker shot for a half  to maintain his four hole lead, with six to play.

The 2017 Ayrshire
Junior Champion Of Champions finalists
at Troon
A half at the following hole and a winning par at the fifteenth were enough for Lindsay to close out the match with a 5 & 4 victory.

The quality of golf and scoring in the match was of a high standard, with Lindsay recording three under par figures for the fifteen holes played.

Ruben Lindsay now goes forward to play in the Scottish Junior Champion Of Champions competition at The Dukes, St Andrews, next weekend.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

US COLLEGE GOLF - Connie Jaffrey excited about Kansas State's new-look line-up for 2017-18 US college season

In her time with Kansas State University women's golf, Scottish women's amateur champion Connie Jaffrey has won tournaments, helped the Wildcats claim team trophies and, last season, led a veteran squad to the program's fifth NCAA Regional ever.

Now, Jaffrey, K-State's lone senior, takes on a different task alongside junior Chloe Weir, from Belfast, and sophomore Tash Carlsson, the Wildcats' other two returners from last season
,writes Colin Farquarson (Calcarson Golf Agency)

The three Wildcats with Division I experience look to bring along a new-look roster that holds four freshmen — the most since the 1995-96 season, head coach Kristi Knight's first at K-State.

"I'm pretty excited," said Jaffrey, whose team opened its season this week at the Minnesota Invitational in Woodbury, Minnesota.
"We've got a completely new team, so it's a fresh start and everyone is playing well. The freshmen that came in are really, really good."

Reid Isaac, a native of Texas and one of those freshmen, started her K-State career well in the Minnesota Invitational.
The Wildcats' other freshmen are Darby Deans, also a Texas native, Ella Adams (Australia) and Niamh McSherry (from Lurgan, Northern Ireland).
In pre=season qualifying practices, Isaac, McSherry and Adams claimed K-State's top three spots. Jaffrey and Weir rounded out the Wildcats' line-up for the first tournament, which will be followed by the Marilyn Smith/Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills
Both upperclassmen had high praise for the Wildcat newbies.

"They're all really committed. They're all really excited to become part of the team and they all put hard work in, especially in the weight room, and during practice they all bring a good attitude, which is good," Jaffrey said.
"They're all eager to learn from seniors, learn from their fellow freshmen, which is always a good asset for a team."

"I'm honestly amazed at the talent they've brought," Weir added of the newcomers. "I've been really impressed by how mature they are, how quickly they've adapted to college life and I think their talent, from the start, has been amazing.

"Connie, Tash and I are really excited to develop such a young team and hopefully get to Regionals like last year."

As the Wildcats' only two upperclassmen, Jaffrey and Weir have taken on increased leadership roles. Each plan to provide insight and support for the freshmen making a difficult transition.

"I just need to be there for my team-mates, when they're homesick or whatever, that's my job, my role, on and off the golf course," Weir said. "If they're having a bad day on the golf course, just having them remember that this is a process. It's going to be difficult but, if we can all stick together, we can have a common outcome."

Jaffrey, from Kilwinning in Scotland, said one key for the freshmen would be how they adjusted to life off the course.

"It's really big, especially time management and organizational skills, because when we're traveling to tournaments, we wake up early, we're expected to get on our own routine, we're expected to cheer on other people," she said.
 "So if you have a good attitude outside of golf and everything else you do, then you bring a good attitude into the golf environment, which also affects how you perform and will help you play better."

If K-State wants to repeat last year's performance, which included the program's first NCAA Regional appearance since 2004, Weir and Jaffrey said it will boil down to knowing each other's strengths and coming together as a group.

"We all know each other's strengths and weaknesses. When we practice, if someone is weaker at something else, bringing them along is important," Weir said.
"I think the freshmen, compared to my freshman year, have really strong attributes that I didn't have, so me learning from them is as good as them learning from me."

Jaffrey said it all starts with team unity, which she believes was a vital aspect to last year's season.

"Being more connected as a team and playing off each other's strengths, learning and keeping each other on track, and holding each other accountable, stuff like that brought us together and made us perform well in practice and then also in tournaments," said Jaffrey, said who entered this season tied for first in K-State history for career stroke average (74.64).

"That's what we need to bring to this team. We need to develop a close-knit team, make sure everyone's performing well, going down the right path and we'll perform just as well as last year."

Saturday, September 16, 2017


The initial notice advising that the Annual General Meeting of the Ayrshire Golf Association will be held in Caprington Golf Club, Ayr Road, Kilmarnock, on Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 7.30pm., was emailed to all club secretaries recently

The provisional agenda for the AGM is :-

1. Apologies
2. Minutes of AGM of 25/10/2016
3. Matters Arising
4. Presidents report – to be forwarded in due course
5. Financial report – to be forwarded in due course
6. Coaching report – to be forwarded in due course
7. Course rating report – to be forwarded in due course
8. Ayrshire Junior League Report – to be forwarded in due course
9. Election of Secretary/Treasurer
10. Election of General Committee
11. SGL & Area Subscriptions
12. AOCB

In accordance with the constitution, there are three retiring members from the executive this year. It has yet to be confirmed if they intend standing for re election. It is likely there will remain at least three other vacancies, two for three years and one for one year, on the Executive committee. Service on The Executive will, of course, be dependent on the progress of proposals to amalgamate with the Ayrshire Ladies’ County Golf Association to form a new administration body for amateur golf in Ayrshire

Clubs are requested to encourage interested members to make contact with the Secretary or Executive members for more information and if appropriate seek nomination for the vacant posts.

Under the constitution, Nominees must be a member of a club affiliated to The Ayrshire Golf Association and be proposed and seconded by members of affiliated clubs also.

The work of The Association Executive is varied and encompasses, amongst other things, Competitions, Course rating, handicapping, team administration at all age groups, rules and working with the National body and local agencies in the promotion of golf in the county.

All matters for the AGM, any proposals from member clubs and nominations for above positions and Executive posts require to be in the hands of The Secretary, in writing, by Monday 2nd October 2017 at the latest.  

It would be desirable if all member clubs could be represented by one or two appointed representatives at the Annual General Meeting. One representative will be permitted to vote on behalf of the club.

The final Agenda of the meeting, various reports, 2016 AGM minutes, annual balance sheet and budget proposals will be forwarded to clubs in early October, and at this time clubs will be requested to advise if they will be represented at the AGM, and by whom if possible. All documentation will be forwarded to club secretaries by email in due course.

WEST OF SCOTLAND LEAGUES - Ayrshire start title defence at home to Stirlingshire

The Ayrshire A team begin their defence of the West Of Scotland Inter County League Championship, which they have won for the last two years, on Sunday 17th September with a home game against Stirlingshire at Prestwick St Cuthbert.

The first match in the five match series starts at 11.00 a.m.

The other A team fixtures in the five week programme, which all start at 11.00 a.m unless otherwise stated, are :-

Sunday 24th September - Away to Lanarkshire at Crow Wood (12 noon start)
Sunday 1st October - Away to Renfrewshire at Paisley
Sunday 8th October - Home to Dumbartonshire at Prestwick St Nicholas
Sunday 15th october - Away to Glasgow at Sandyhills

The Ayrshire youth team also begin their bid for the West Of Scotland Inter County Youths title, which they last won in 2013, on Sunday 17th September.

The opening match for the youths is away to Stirlingshire at Callander, starting at 11.00 a.m..

The other matches in the series, which also begin at 11.00 a.m. unless other wise stated, are:-

Sunday 24th September - Home to Lanarkshire at Troon Darley (10.30 a.m. start)
Sunday 1st October - Home to Renfrewshire at Kilbirnie Place
Sunday 8th October - Away to Dumbartonshire at Douglas park
Sunday 15th October - Home to Glasgow at Loudoun

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Kilmarnock Barassie and Troon Welbeck win first two finals

Kilmarnock (Barassie) and Troon Welbeck were the winners last Sunday 10th September, when the first two finals of the 2017 Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions took place at Troon Darley.

Wallace Thornton Trophy winners
Kilmarnock Barassie

In the scratch team knockout competition for the Wallace Thornton Trophy, Kilmarnock (Barassie) were involved in an extremely close encounter against Turnberry in the final.

The Wallace Thornton Trophy finalists
From Kilmarnock |Barassie & Turnberry
With Rachel Foster and Jack Broun winning for Turnberry and Ben Watson, who holed a bunker shot at the final hole for a winning birdie, and Ross McDonald putting the points on the board for Kilmarnock (Barassie) the match finished tied 2 - 2.

Under the rules of the competition, the teams selected one player to contest a sudden death play off to decide the destination of the title, and it fell to Jack Broun of Turnberry to play Robbie Muir of Kilmarnock (Barassie) in the play off, with Muir having a winning birdie against Broun's par at the first play off hole.

Match details (Kilmarnock Barassie names first):-

Robbie Muir lost to Rachel Foster by 4&3
Euan Milligan lost to Jack Broun by 6&5
Ben Watson beat Max Barclay by 1 hole
Ross McDonald beat Keiran Beauchamp by 9 & 8

Kilmarnock Barassie   2   Turnberry   2

Kilmarnock (Barassie won the sudden death play off at the first play off hole.

In the final of the Under 16 Knockout Trophy tournament, Troon Welbeck faced Prestwick St Cuthbert. With the added advantage of playing over their home course, a very strong Troon Welbeck team took the title with a 4 - 0 win in the match.

Under 16 Knockout Trophy winners
Troon Welbeck
Match details (Troon Welbeck names first):-

Liam Kirkham beat Katy Hill by 6&5
Josh Davies beat Alison Malcolm by 6&5
Rory Inglis beat Blair Rankin by 5&3
Ethan McIntyre beat Euan Jackson by 3&1

Troon Welbeck   4   Prestwick St Cuthbert   0

Under 16 Knockout Trophy finalists from
Prestwick St Cuthbert & Troon Welbeck

This Sunday, 17th September, sees the finals of the Champion Of Champions Trophy and the Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship being contested, again at Troon Darley.

In the League Championship final, Kilmarnock (Barassie) will play Ballochmyle, whilst the Champion Of Champions final Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) will play Blair Fleming (Troon Welbeck)

Monday, September 11, 2017


The Scotland Schoolboy' and Scotland Schoolgirls' teams both lost out to England in the international matches, played at the Troon Links courses on Monday 11th September.

(Report courtesy of the website)

Scotland were well beaten 14-4 by England in the schoolboys' golf international at Troon Darley today, Monday 11th September.

The Scots trailed by only 1point after the six morning foursomes (3.5-2.5) but were hammered 10.5-1.5 in the 12 afternoon singles.

Seven of the singles went to the 18th green but only local Ayrshire lad, Cameron Johnstone (Marr College) won an afternoon tie for Scotland.

Cameron Adam (Merchiston Castle School) halved his singles.

In fairness to the Scots, it was one of the youngest Scotland boys' teams to be fielded in this annual international.


At Troon Darley municipal course

FOURSOMES (2.5-3.5)

Scotland names first

Logan Gillies (Culloden Acad) and Ewan Wheat (Mearns Acad) lost to Matthew Green and Daniel Pierce 3 and 2.

Aidan O'Hagan (Johnstone High) and Cameron Johnstone (Marr College) lost to Joe Allen and Charlie Daughtrey 5 and 3.

Connor Wilson (Knox Acad) and Sebastian Sandin (Dunblane High) bt George Fricker and James McLaughlin 2 and 1

Gregor Graham (Blairgowrie High) and Christian Barbour (Bell Baxter High) bt Michael Baines and Will Skipp 5 and 4.

Jamie Roberts (Kinross High) and Alex Simpson (Perth High) lost to Cameron Lombard and Ben Partridge 5 and 3.

Cameron Adam (Merchiston Castle School) and Aidan Smith (Mearns Acad) halved with Harry Bowness and James Reed.

SINGLES (1.5-10.5)

O'Hagan lost to Green 1 hole
Sandin lost to Pearce  2 holes
Wheat lost to Daughtrey  1 hole
Gillies lost to Allenby  3 and 2
Wilson lost to Fricker  1 hole
Smith lost to  McLaughlin 2 and 1
Graham lost to Baines  1 hole
Simpson lost to Skipp  3 and 2
Johnstone bt Partridge  4 and 3
Roberts lost to Lombard  1 hole.
Barbour lost to Reed  2 and 1
Adam halved with Bowness

Scotland schoolboys team. Left to right: Alex Simpson, Aidan Smith., Wheat, Cameron Adam, Logan Gillies, Jamie Roberts, Aidan O'Hagan, Christian Barbour, Sebastian Sandin, Connor Wilson, Gregor Graham, Cameron Johnstone.

In the girls' match over the Lochgreen course, Scotland were, after a good start, were eventuually defeated 7 - 2

Leading by 2-1 after the morning foursomes, the girls' team lost all six afternoon singles to nosedive to a 7-2 defeat.


Scotland names first

Kirsty Brodie (Webster's High) and Anna McKay (Waid Academy) lost to Amy Taylor and Amelia Williamson 3 and 1.

Evanna Hynd (Glenrothes High) and Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne Acad) bt Holly Haslam and Thalia Kirby 4 and 3.

Lorna McClymont (Dumbarton Acad) and Megan Ashley (Blairgowrie High) bt Megan Giles and Sophie Johnson 2 and 1.


McKay lost to Williamson 7 and 6
McClymont lost to Taylor 4 and 2
Griffiths lost to Kirby 2 and 1
Brodie lost to Haslam  6 and 4
Ashley lost to Johnstone  5 and 4
Hynd lost to Giles 2 and 1

  SCOTLAND SCHOOLGIRLS TEAM (left to right): Megan Sahley, Anna McKay, Kirsty Brodie, Evanna Hynd and Carmen Griffiths.

+ Pictures by Hugh Hunter who also provided the results from both venues.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

SCOTTISH AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire lose to Lanarkshire in quarter finals at Newmachar

Ayrshire lost out to defending champions Lanarkshire in the quarter finals of the 2017 Scottish Men's Area team Championship, at Newmachar Golf Club on the morning of Saturday 9th September.

The Ayrshire team looked to have the upper hand and by the middle of the round in the five ties they led the title holders 3.5 - 1.5.

Lanarkshire however fought back in the inward half of the ties, running out victors by 3.5 - 1.5 by the end of the match.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) & Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) lost to Graham Rankin (Drumpellier) & Gordon Yates (Colville Park) by 2&1

Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) lost to Ed Wood (Crow Wood) by 2&1

Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) beat Lewis Irvine (Kirkhill) by 2&1

Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) halved with Steven Rennie (Drumpellier)

John Shanks (irvine) lost to Dominic Dougan (Drumpellier) by 1 hole


In the semi final Lanarkshire lost out to North East by 4.5 - 0.5.

North east will play leading qualifiers Lothians in the final on Sunday 10th September.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Finals set for Troon Darley

The first two finals of the major Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions take place on Sunday 10th September, when the Wallace Thornton Trophy and the Under 16 Knockout Trophy finals are played at Troon Darley, teeing off from 10.30 a.m.

In the Wallace Thornton Trophy final, Kilmarnock (Barassie) will play Turnberry.

Kilmanrock (Barassie) reached the final after a closely fought semi final against Troon Welbeck, where both the home and away legs finished 2 - 2 and Kilmarnock (Barassie) won through on a sudden death play off.

Turnberry defeated irvine 4 - 0 in the first leg of their semi final match and a 3 - 1 win in the second leg saw them comfortably into the final.

In the Under 16 Knockout Trophy Final, Troon Welbeck will play Prestwick St Cuthbert.

In the semi finals, both Welbeck and St. Cuthbert had home draws, with both running out winners by 3 - 1 against West Kilbride and Kilmarnock (Barassie) respectively.

The following sunday, 17th September, the finals of the Champion Of Champions Trophy and the Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship will be played, again over the Troon Darley course.

WEST OF SCOTLAND UNDER 18 INTER COUNTY LEAGUE - Ayrshire finish the campaign with victory over Glasgow

The Ayrshire Under 18 team played their final match in the 2017 West Of Scotland Under 18 Inter County League on Sunday 3rd September, when they played host to Glasgow at Irvine Ravenspark, and ended the season in style with a 7 - 1 win.

The Glasgow team arrived with two players short for the under 16 ties, which gave Ben Watson (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Ross McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) walkovers in their respective ties, and gave Ayrshire an immediate 2 - 0 lead.

In the other two under 16 ties, Sean Addie (Ayr Belleisle) and John McCracken (Irvine) both won, Addie beating Dean Farmer (Cathkin Braes) by 3 & 2 and McCracken winning by 4 & 3 against Lewis Kelso (Ralston)

Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) beat Jack Williams (Sandyhills) by a single hole in the lead under 18 tie, whilst Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost out by 3 & 2 to Nick Branney (Cathcart Castle).

The final two under 18 ties both went Ayrshire's way, by a large margin, Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) beating Greg Murphy (Ralston) by 8 & 7 and Kieran Beauchamp (Turnberry) beating Alan Murphy (Ralston) by 7 & 6.

Friday, September 08, 2017

SCOTTISH MEN'S AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire qualify in third place for quarter finals

Ayrshire qualified in third place for the quarter finals of the 2017 Scottish men's Area team Championship, following completion of the strokeplay qualifying rounds over the Hawkshead and Swailend course at Newmachar, near Aberdeen, on Friday 8th September.

The Ayrshire team total of 715 matched that of Renfrewshire, in fourth place, behind Glasgow (709) and leading qualifiers Lothians (692)

Cawder’s Calum Fyfe set a Newmachar Hawkshill course record on his way to a superb 18 under par total of 126. Fyfe had only 23 putts in halves of 34 (-2) and 30 (-6), concluding his round with an eagle at the 16th, where he holed a 30ft putt, and birdies at the 17th and 18th. In the afternoon Fyfe added a 62 on the Swailend course, one short of the course record, to top the individual standings by eight strokes from Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse).

John Shanks (Irvine) was Ayrshire's best individual peformer with his rounds of 74 over the Hawkshill course and 64 over the Swailend course giving him asix under par total of 138 and fourth place overall in the individual standings.

The other Ayrshire scores (Hawkshill course first) were :-

Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) 74 / 69 = 143 (-1)
Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) 73 / 71 = 144 (level)
Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) 71 / 73 = 144 (level)
Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) - 71 / 76 = 149 (+3)
Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) - 76 / 75 = 151 (+7)

In the quarter finals on Saturday morning, Ayrshire play the defending champions, Lanarkshire, with four singles ties and one foursomes deciding who will progress to the semi finals in the afternoon.

The order  of play for the quarter finals is :-

Lothians v North
Renfrewshire v Perth & Kinross
Glasgow v North-East
Ayrshire v Lanarkshire

Monday, September 04, 2017

GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER - Prestwick St Cuthbert win at Loudoun

Prestwick St Cuthbert won the Ayrshire scratch club team knockout competition for the Gary Bryden Memorial salver when the final took place at Loudoun Gowf Club on Sunday 3rd September.
The winning Prestwick St Cuthbert team with The Gary Bryden Memorial Salver
The St Cuthbert team, who were beaten in the inaugural final last year by Loudoun, faced Ballochmyle in this year's final.

Steven Wallace put Prestwick St Cuthbert into the lead in the opening singles tie with a 6&5 win over Gary Holland but Craig Hamilton squared the match for Ballochmyle with a 2 hole victory over Scott Brown in the second singles tie.

The destination of the trophy, as happened last year, was destined to be decided on the result of the foursomes tie, between Callum McKirdy and William Fleming of Ballochmyle and the Prestwick St Cuthbert duo of Graeme Gimson and Steven Gillies.

As in 2016, the foursomes tie proved to be a close run affair, going all the way to the final green before Gimson and Gillies edged a single hole victory to win their tie and the match for Prestwick St Cuthbert.
The 2017 Runners Up from Ballochmyle

Match details (Ballochmyle names first):-

Gary Holland lost to Steven Wallace by 6&5 
Craig Hamilton beat Scott Brown by 2 holes
Callum McCurdy & William Fleming lost to Graeme Gimson & Steven Gilllies by 1 hole


PRESIDENT'S PUTTER - Ballochmyle beat Troon Portland at Loudoun

Ballochmyle won the Ayrshire handicap club knockout competition for the President's Putter on Sunday 3rd September at Loudoun Gowf Club when they defeated Troon Portland in the final.

The President's Putter winning team from Ballochmyle

In the lead singles tie Billy Hamilton beat Andrew Power by 3&2 and a 6&4 win by Tom Scott over Gary Finlayson in the second singles tie ensured that the Ballochmyle team would take the trophy in 2017. In the final foursomes tie, Jack Murdoch and Jim Holland completed a 3 - 0 win for Ballochmyle with a 4&3 win over Peter malone & Jim McComiskey

The runners up from Troon Portland
Match details (Troon Portland names first):-

Andrew Power lost to Billy Hamilton by 3&2
Gary Finlayson  lost to Tom Scott by 6&4
Peter Malone  & Jim  McComiskey lost to Jack Murdoch & Jim Holland  by 4&3


AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE - Ayr Dalmilling win inaugural title

Ayr Dalmilling are the first winners of the Ayrshire Handicap League after defeating Rowallan Castle in a close final at Loudoun Gowf Club on Sunday 3rd September.

The Ayrshire Handicap League winners from Ayr Dalmilling
with Club Secretary Robert Green holding the new trophy

The two teams topped their respective qualifying sections before winning through in a two leg semi final against Auchenharvie 88 and Ballochmyle respectively

In the final, Andrew Lindsay got Ayr Dalmilling off to a great start in the lead tie, with a 3 & 2 win over Ruan McMillan and Adam Cambers gave the Ayr club a 2 - 0 lead with a 2 & 1 win over Graham Gardiner in the second tie.

Handicap League Championship runners up - Rowallan Castle
Glen Wilson and Andy Macleod fought out what ultimately proved to be a crucial half in the third tie before Craig Hutchinson pulled a point back for Rowallan castle with a 1 hole win over Gerard Mullen. In the anchor tie, Graeme Telfer had a 4 & 2 win over Tony McCurdie to bring the match score back to 2.5 - 2.5, leaving the destination of the inaugural title depending on the result of the final tie on the course.

The final tie, between Alex MacNeil of Rowallan Castle and Alan Purvis of Ayr Dalmilling was closely fought throughout, but it was McCurdie who edged a single hole victory on the final green to secure the winning point for Ayr Dalmilling in a 3.5 - 2.5 match win.

Match details (Rowallan Castle names first):-

Ruan McMillan lost to Andrew Lindsay by 3&2
Graham Gardiner lost to Adam Cambers by 2&1 
Andy MacLeod halved with Glen Wilson 
Craig Hutchinson beat Gerard Mullan by 1 hole
Alex MacNeil lost to Tony McCurdie by 1 hole
Graeme Telfer beat Alan Purvis by 4&2


Monday, August 28, 2017

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE - Rowallan Castle claim final spot alongside Ayr Dalmilling.

The inaugural final of the Ayrshire Handicap League Championship, which takes place at Loudoun Gowf Club on Sunday 3rd September, will be between Rowallan Castle GC and Ayr Dalmilling GC.

Rowallan Castle went into the second leg of their semi final with Ballochmyle at the weekend on the back of a 3 - 3 draw away to Ballochmyle in the first leg.

In the lead match Grant Wilson lost out on the final green to Declan Chalmers, but the home side took 4.5 of a possible 5 points over the remaining ties to run out winners on the day by 4.5 - 1.5 and take them into the final with a 7.5 - 4.5 aggregate win over the Ballochmyle side.

Match details (Rowallan Castle names first):-
Grant Wilson lost to Declan Chalmers by 1 hole
Ruari McMillan beat John Murdoch by 3 & 2
Graham Gardiner beat John McNair by 2 & 1
Stewart Brown halved with Billy Hamilton
Andrew Macleod beat Ian Ramsay by 4 & 3
Graeme Telfer beat Barry Neil by 5 & 3
In the other semi final, Ayr Dalmilling had a 6 - 0 lead after the home leg and a 3 - 3 draw away from home against Auchenharvie 88 gave the Ayr side a 9 - 3 aggregate win.

The final is scheduled to tee off at Loudoun on Sunday 3rd September at 2.00 p.m.

GARY BRYDEN SALVER - Prestwick St Cuthbert and Ballochmyle in final showdown

The final of the scratch club team knockout competition for the Gary Bryden Salver, at Loudoun Gowf Club on Sunday 3rd September, will be between Prestwick St Cuthbert GC and Ballochmyle GC.

Ballochmyle went through in their semi final tie with Ayr Belleisle whilst Prestwick St Cuthbert, who lost out in the inaugural final 12 months ago, had a 2.5 - 0.5 home win over Kilmarnock (Barassie) in their semi final match.

The final is scheduled to tee off at 1.00 p.m. on Sunday at Loudoun.

Friday, August 25, 2017

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - latest update, as Ruben Lindsay books Champion Of Champions final place

The Four major Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions are nearing a conclusion, as teams and players battle it out for a place in one of the finals which will take place at Troon Darley on 10th and 17th September.

In the JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY competition, Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) is through to the final after beating Fraser Murray (West Kilbride) by 7 & 6 at Belleisle in their semi final match recently.

In the final, Lindsay will play either Blair Fleming (Troon Welbeck) or Kyle Brown (Turnberry). The outstanding semi final is due to be completed by Sunday 10th September with the final scheduled to take place at Troon Darley on Sunday 17th September

In the WALLACE THORNTON TROPHY competition, the two semi finals are due to be completed by Sunday 3rd September, with the final taking place at Troon Darley on Sunday 10th September.

Troon Welbeck were held to a 2 – 2 draw at home to Kilmarnock Barassie in the first leg of their semi final, whilst both legs of the other semi final between Irvine and Turnberry have still to be completed.

In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT COMPETITION, the two semi finals, featuring Troon Welbeck against West Kilbride and Prestwick St Cuthbert against Kilmarnock Barassie are due to be completed by Sunday 3rd September, with the final scheduled to take place on Sunday 10th September at Troon Darley.

In the AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP, Irvine lead SECTION A ahead of Troon Welbeck with just a few fixtures remaining to be played.

Present positions in Section A are:-

Irvine Bogside
22 1/2
19 1/2
Troon Welbeck
Ayr Belleisle
16 1/2
19 1/2

In SECTION B, Kilmarnock (Barassie) look like favourites to reach the final, following a 3 – 3 draw at Prestwick St Cuthbert in thir latest fixture. Present positions in Section B are:-

Kilmarnock Barassie
26 1/2
15 1/2
West Kilbride
21 1/2
32 1/2
Prestwick St Cuthbert