ALL THE LATEST NEWS ON AMATEUR GOLF IN AYRSHIRE

Thursday, February 23, 2017

100 NOT OUT ! - Loudoun member Jim Richmond celebrates birthday milestone in style

Retired Kilmarnock dentist Jim Richmond has just celebrated his 100th birthday in style with several parties over the last few days – at Rugby Park , at Kilmarnock Probus Club, and at Loudoun Gowf Club.
 Jim has been a season ticket holder at Rugby Park for many years and rarely misses a home game. As the longest serving supporter of the Club, he was an honoured guest at a dinner held in the Park Hotel for notable former players.

On 21 February this year, the actual day of his birth in 1917, Jim  was the star attraction at the Probus Club lunch in Kilmarnock.   

Next day at Loudoun Gowf Club Jim  had to cut yet another birthday cake as the Club celebrated this momentous event in the life of its oldest member.

Club Captain Barry McGougan welcomed over 70 members who came along to share in this happy occasion, and Deputy Lieutenant Frank Donnelly presented Jim with the royal telegram.

Jimmy made a very sincere thank-you speech and John Campbell, Deputy Provost of East Ayrshire, awarded Jim a commemorative present on behalf of East Ayrshire Council.

The cake, baked by Club member Liz Keohone, was then cut and consumed to end a very pleasant event in the annals of Loudoun Gowf Club.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE - Entries for new event close on 28th February.

Entries for the new Ayrshire Handicap League close on Tuesday 28th February.
In addition to the current list of entries received, a number of clubs have also indicated their intention to enter the competition before the closing date.

Secretaries of all member clubs were sent the entry forms for the event a number of weeks ago by email. Should any club require a further copy they should contact the Area Secretary.

The confirmed entries received so far are :-

Prestwick St. Nicholas
Ailsa Craig
Ayr Dalmilling
Stewarton
Moorpark
Prestwick St Cuthbert

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Largs GC drop out of 2017 competitions

Largs Golf Club have intimated that they will not now be entering the Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions in 2017.

Although the Junior Academy at the club last year was a great success, with 40 youngsters getting tuition on a weekly basis, the players are considered too young at the moment to play in the AJGL competitions and there are not sufficient experienced juniors at present to participate in the AJGL competitions.

Because of the Largs withdrawal, eleven clubs will now contest the AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP this year, with Section A now featuring Troon Welbeck, Ballochmyle, Ardeer, Irvine, and Ayr Belleisle.

Section B still has six teams -  Turnberry, Kilmarnock (Barassie), Prestwick St Cuthbert, West Kilbride, Caprington and Loudoun.

Irvine now received a bye into round two of the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY competition as a result of the Largs withdrawal.

The revised list of first round ties is :-

West Kilbride Vs. Ballochmyle
Prestwick St Cuthbert Vs. Loudoun
Ayr Belleisle Vs Kilmarnock (Barassie)

In the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY competition, Blair Fleming (Troon Welbeck) will receive a bye into round two as a result of the Largs withdrawal.

The revised list of first round ties is :-

West Kilbride (Fraser Murray) Vs. Caprington (Jamie McKinnon)
Turnberry Vs. Prestwick St Cuthbert (Shawn McBride)
Loudoun (Elliot Spence) Vs. Kilmarnock Barassie (Robbie Muir)
Ballochmyle Vs. Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion (Euan Ferguson)
Irvine (Ross McDonald) Vs. Ayrshire Boys Champion (Jack Broun)

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER - Tickets still available for Loudoun

There are a small number of tickets still available for the 2017 Ayrshire Golf Association Annual Dinner, which takes place at Loudoun Gowf Club of Friday 24th February.

Tickets are £17.50 each and can be secured by contacting the Ayrshire Golf Association Secretary by email at ayrshire.golf@btinternet.com.

The speaker for the evening will be the R & A Captain, Keith Mackintosh.

THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION


ANNUAL DINNER

&

PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES

At

LOUDOUN GOWF CLUB


FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2017
6.30 P.M. FOR 7.00 P.M.

SPEAKER


R & A Captain Keith Mackintosh

TICKETS PRICED AT
£17.50 EACH

ARE AVAILABLE FROM

THE AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION SECRETARY


ALASDAIR J. MALCOLM
17 AUCHINCRUIVE AVENUE
PRESTWICK

KA9 2DT

Tel. 01292 477657

Monday, February 13, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND STROKEPLAY - Entry forms for 2017 competition now available

Entry forms for the 2017 West Of Scotland Strokeplay Championship are now available. This years competition will be hosted by Dumbartonshire and takes place at Dullatur Golf Club on Sunday 14th May.

Entry forms are available from the Dumbartonshire Area Secretary, Ayrshire club secretaries and can also be downloaded direct from this web page, via the appropriate link on the left of the page.

THE WEST OF SCOTLAND
AREA ASSOCIATIONS
PRESENT

THE 2017 WEST OF SCOTLAND
STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
SPONSORED BY
www.thelegalpartnership.net

AT
DULLATUR GOLF CLUB
BY KIND PERMISSION
ON
SUNDAY 14th MAY 2017
(OVER 36 HOLES STROKEPLAY)
**********
ENTRY FEE £ 15.00
HANDICAP LIMIT : 5
**********
ENTRY MAY BE LIMITED TO 81 PLAYERS - TO BE BALLOTED BY HANDICAP AFTER THE CLOSING DATE
**********
SIX PRIZE VOUCHERS WILL BE AWARDED
ON SCRATCH BASIS
****************
ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE FROM CLUB SECRETARIES
OR ON THE WEB AT www.dgu.org.uk
OR THE DUMBARTONSHIRE GOLF UNION SECRETARY
JOHN STRUTHERS
8 ALSTON GARDENS, BEARSDEN, GLASGOW G61 4RZ
(PLEASE ENCLOSE A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE)
**********
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: - NOON ON MONDAY 1ST MAY 2017
PLEASE NOTE : COMPETITORS ARE REQUIRED TO OBEY CLUB RULES REGARDING DRESS
BOTH ON THE COURSE AND IN THE CLUBHOUSE

Thursday, February 09, 2017

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Draws made for 2017 competitions

The draws were made at the ALGL meeting on Tuesday 7th February for the 2017 Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions.

Twelve teams will contest the AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP this year, with two sections of six teams playing off on a home and away basis throughout the summer, with the winners of each section going forward to contest the final at Troon Darley on 17th September.

Section A features Troon Welbeck, Ballochmyle, Ardeer, Irvine, Ayr Belleisle and Largs.

Section B features both last seasons finalists, Turnberry and Kilmarnock (Barassie), alongside Prestwick St Cuthbert, West Kilbride, Caprington and Loudoun.

In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY competition, title holders Ayr Belleisle face a first round match at home to Kilmarnock (Barassie) whilst the 2016 runners up, Turnberry, have a bye into round two along with Ardeer, Troon Welbeck and Caprington.

The first round ties, to be played by 4th June, are :-

West Kilbride Vs. Ballochmyle
Prestwick St Cuthbert Vs. Loudoun
largs vs. Irvine
Ayr Belleisle Vs Kilmarnock (Barassie)

The final of the competition is scheduled to be held at Troon Darley on Sunday 10th September.

There are fourteen players in the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY competition this year, with the draw giving the representatives from Ardeer and Ayr Belleisle a bye into round two.

The first round ties, to be played by 4th June, are :-

West Kilbride (Fraser Murray) Vs. Caprington (Jamie McKinnon)
Turnberry Vs. Prestwick St Cuthbert (Shawn McBride)
Loudoun (Elliot Spence) Vs. Kilmarnock Barassie (Robbie Muir)
Ballochmyle Vs. Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion (Euan Ferguson)
Largs Vs. Troon Welbeck (Blair Fleming)
Irvine (Ross McDonald) Vs. Ayrshire Boys Champion (Jack Broun)

The final will take place on Sunday 17th September at Troon Darley.

Entry forms for the AYRSHIRE JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, which takes place at Caprington GC on Sunday 23rd April, have been distributed to all Ayrshire Golf Association member clubs, and AJGL representatives by email this week.

The fixtures for the WALLACE THORNTON TROPHY competition will be confirmed following the completion of the Ayrshire Junior team Championship.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - Four divisions in operation in 2017

With 24 clubs entering the Scratch leagues this year, four full divisions of six clubs will be in operation this season.

Details will be forwarded to nominated club representatives in the near future.

Fixtures in the scratch league competition will take place throughout the season, with all leagues due to be concluded by 31st August.

The composition of the four divisions this year is :-

DIVISION 1
PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT
TURNBERRY
LOUDOUN
IRVINE
KILMARNOCK BARASSIE
WEST KILBRIDE
DIVISION 2
BALLOCHMYLE
IRVINE RAVENSPARK
AYR BELLEISLE
TROON WELBECK
TROON ST MEDDANS
LARGS
DIVISION 3
GIRVAN
PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS
KILBIRNIE PLACE
ROWALLAN CASTLE
CAPRINGTON
TROON PORTLAND
DIVISION 4
BRUNSTON CASTLE
NEW CUMNOCK
MOORPARK
TAM O SHANTER
CROSSHOUSE
LARGS ROUTENBURN

PRESIDENT'S PUTTER - Draw made for 2017 competition

The draw has been made for the 2017 handicap club team competition for The President's Putter, with details due to be emailed to nominated club representatives in the near future.

Only two first round ties were required this year, with Troon Welbeck being drawn at home to Crosshouse and Ayr Dalmilling playing host to title holders Brunston Castle.

2016 runners up Moorpark face a trip to Ayr Seafield in their opening tie in round two.

The full draw for the opening two rounds this year is :- 

1st Round
2nd Round
Played By:- 23rd April 2017
Played By:- 28th May 2017
Troon Welbeck

Crosshouse
Ayr Dalmilling

Brunston Castle

Auchenharvie


Abbotsford


Loudoun


Prestwick St Nicholas


Irvine Ravenspark


Ballochmyle


Troon St Meddans


West Kilbride


Muirkirk


Drongan


Braehead


Skelmorlie


Ayr Seafield

Moorpark
Troon Portland
NB Parkstone
Ardeer
Tam 'O' Shanter
Ayr Belleisle
Caprington
Stewarton
Prestwick St Cuthbert
Ayr Neptune
Rowallan Castle
Troon Merchants
Turnberry
Kilmarnock Barassie
New Cumnock
Kilbirnie Place
Girvan

GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER - Draw for the 2017 scratch club team competition published

The draw for the 2017 scratch club team championship competition, for the Gary Bryden Memorial Salver, has been made and details will be forwarded to nominated club representatives in the near future.

Trophy holders Loudoun Gowf Club received a bye in the opening round and will face a second round tie at home to Ardeer whilst the 2016 runners up, Prestwick St Cuthbert, have an opening round tie at home to Rowallan castle this year.

The full draw for the first and second rounds is :-

1st Round
2nd Round
Played By:- 28th May 2017
Played By:- 25th June 2017
Prestwick St Cuthbert

Rowallan Castle
Kilbirnie Place

Abbotsford
New Cumnock

Troon Welbeck
Brunston Castle

West Kilbride
Irvine

Kilmarnock Barassie
Caprington

Troon St Meddans
Turnberry

Irvine Ravenspark
Ayr Dalmilling

Tam 'O' Shanter
Ayr Belleisle

Moorpark
Prestwick St Nicholas

Crosshouse

Loudoun

Ardeer

Troon Portland
Royal Troon
Ballochmyle
Girvan