ALL THE LATEST NEWS ON AMATEUR GOLF IN AYRSHIRE

Saturday, March 25, 2017

SCOTTISH GOLF WINTER SERIES - Louise Duncan make it an Ayrshire double at St Andrews

Louise Duncan
Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) made it an Ayrshire double last weekend in the Scottish Golf Limited Winter Series Final at St Andrews, when she took the girls title to add to the boys title won by Jack Broun.

Whilst Broun was recording a three stroke victory, Louise Duncan was the only player in the girls field who bettered par over the Strathtyrum course, her three under par 65 giving her a four stroke victory over her nearest rival.

Rachel Foster (Turnberry) finished tied for third place on 72, four over par.


AYRSHIRE LADIES COUNTY GOLF ASSOCIATION - Prestwick St Nicholas duo win Winter Foursomes title


The Prestwick St Nicholas pairing of Sheila McDougall & Margaret White won the Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association Winter Foursomes competition last weekend, when the final was played at Troon Portland.


The new champions lined up against Audrey Thomson and County Captain Liz Keohone of Loudoun in the final and after establishing an early two hole lead, they eventually won the championship on the seventeenth green.

WEST OF SCOTLAND LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire host 2017 comeptition at Kilmarnock (Barassie)

The West of Scotland Ladies Championship is being held at Kilmarnock Barassie on Sunday 7th May. 

Entry forms can be downloaded here CLICK HERE , or from the link on the left of this page under the 'Woman's Golf' heading, where there is also a link to the on line entry form too, or you can CLICK HERE
 .
If you enter using the on line form Jean Macintyre (West Secretary) will e mail you the bank details so that you can pay electronically if you wish.

Please also download the original form to study the conditions of the competition.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION YEARBOOK - 2017 publication now available on line

The 2017 Ayrshire Golf Association Yearbook is now available to view on line.

The publication can be accessed by clicking on the yearbook front page picture on the left of the Ayrshire Golf association website page,

This link also gives access to on line versions of some previous yearbooks.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

SCOTTISH GOLF ACADEMY WINTER SERIES - Jack Broun wins at St Andrews

Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) won the Scottish Golf Academy winter series event held at the Eden Course, St Andrews on Sunday 19th March.

His five under par score of 64 gave Jack victory by three shots in the competition

AYRSHIRE A TEAM - Match with Division 1 Champions postponed

The match between Ayrshire and the Scratch League Division 1 Champions Prestwick St Cuthbert, scheduled to take place on Sunday 19th September, has been postponed, the St Cuthbert course having been closed due to the heavy rainfall encountered over the previous 48 hours.

The match will be rescheduled to a later date.

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE - draw announced for new competition.

The draw has been announced for the new Ayrshire Handicap League competition, with 23 member clubs chasing a place in the final on 10th September this year.

Matches will comprise six singles ties with competing clubs playing in four qualifying league sections, on a home and away basis, from April to mid August, with the winners of each section progressing to the semi finals.

In the semi finals, the winners of sections A and B will meet on a home and away basis to decide one of the finalists, as will the winners of sections C & D.

SECTION A comprises six clubs which include Loudoun, Stewarton, Troon St Meddans, Ballochmyle, Drongan and Royal Troon.

SECTION B also has six teams which include Moorpark, Irvine Ravenspark, Beith, Rowallan Castle, Troon Welbeck and Ayr Seafield.

SECTION C is also a six club league which includes Ailsa Craig, Prestwick St Cuthbert, Troon Merchants, Largs Routenburn, Auchenharvie 88 and Braehead.

SECTION D has only five clubs which includes Annanhill, Prestwick St Nicholas, Ayr Dalmilling, Tam O Shanter and Kilbirnie Place.

Information on the draw and fixture arrangements will be forwarded to all nominated club representatives in the near future.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ayrshire team draw with Royal Troon

An Ayrshire select recorded a 2 - 2 draw with Royal Troon in a fourball better ball match held at the Troon Club on Sunday 5th March.

Match details (Royal Troon names first) :-
Michael Smyth & Paul Moultrie beat Stuart Robin & Keith Hamilton by 5 & 4
Robert Jenkins & Stephen Spence lost to Tommy McInally & Jack Brounby 3 & 2
Ian Walker & Paul McKellar beat John Shanks & Malcolm Pennycottby 4 & 3
John Rushbury & Stephen Machin lost to Craig Telfer & Jim Johnston by 4 & 3

Thursday, March 09, 2017

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE - Entry boosted by Braehead and Ayr Seafield.

The entry for the new Ayrshire handicap League has been boosted with the inclusion of two more clubs.

Ayr Seafield and Braehead will now go into the draw for the competition, bringing the entry to 23 member clubs.

The draw will be published in the near future and information distributed to nominated club representatives.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION YEARBOOK - 14th edition launched at A.G.A. annual dinner

The 14th successive edition of The Ayrshire Golf Association yearbook was launched at the recent A.G.A. annual dinner at Loudoun Gowf Club.



The 40 page yearbook reviews the 2016 season and competitions as well as highlighting notable individual performances throughout the year, and also includes historical championship records, a club directory and fixture list for the forthcoming 2017 season.

The Association is grateful to all the sponsors featured in the yearbook, for their support, and also Ayrshire Media Services from Troon, for producing a quality publication again this year.

Copies of the yearbook will be distributed free to member clubs and other outlets in the coming weeks, and the yearbook will also be made available to view on line in the near future, via a link on the Ayrshire Golf Association web page.

SCOTTISH GOLF AWARDS - Hazel McGarvie receives Girls Order Of Merit award in Edinburgh

Hazel McGarvie (Troon Ladies) was an award winner at the recent Scottish Golf Awards, held on Friday 24th February at The Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

The Troon player received the 2016 Scottish Girls Order Of Merit award, following a number of notable performances during the year, including victory in The Scottish Girls' Championship at Baberton.

Hazel received her award from Ladies European Tour player Pamela Pretswell.


US COLLEGE GOLF - Connie Jaffrey leads the way in Kansas State University team win

Scottish internationalist Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) led the way for her Kansas State University team as they won their second team championship of the 2016 – 17 season with victory in the Westbrook Spring Invitational at Westbrook Village Golf Club, Peoria, Arizona, recently.

A third round score of 5 under par 67 gave Connie a three round total of 210, six under par, and second place, by a single shot,  in the individual event.

The team score of 3-under par 861 equalled the best ever team performance by the university side.

“I’m really proud of the ladies,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “They did what they needed to do, which was stay patient and stay calm throughout the round.”

Kansas State, who began the day two shots behind, finished four strokes ahead of a second-place tie between Kansas and Ohio State.

Team Scores: 1. Kansas State, 290-288-283—861 (-3); T2. Ohio State, 295-287-283—865 (+1); T2. Kansas, 280-296-289—865 (+1); 4. Illinois, 288-292-291—871 (+7); 5. Iowa, 292-294-287—873 (+9); 6. New Mexico State, 286-299-289—874 (+10); 7. Wisconsin, 291-300-286—877 (+13); 8. Oregon State, 288-303-291—882 (+18); T9. Washington State, 292-309-283—884 (+20); T9. Notre Dame, 292-295-297—884 (+20); 11. UC Davis, 299-297-290—886 (+22); 12. Nebraska, 299-298-293—890 (+26); 13. Indiana, 300-296-302—898 (+34).

Top Individuals: 1. Aubrey Judd, Nebraska, 72-69-68—209 (-7); 2. Connie Jaffrey, Kansas State, 73-70-67—210 (-6); T3. Isabella DiLisio, Notre Dame, 68-70-73—211 (-5); T3. Tristyn Nowlin, Illinois, 71-71-69—211 (-5); 5. Ariadna Fonseca, Kansas, 75-69-68—212 (-4).


AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE - 21 entrants for new event

The new Ayrshire handicap league Championship competition has attracted an entry of 21 member clubs for the inaugural event.


The clubs who have entered the 2017 competition are :-

AILSA CRAIG
ANNANHILL
AUCHENHARVIE 88
AYR DALMILLING
BALLOCHMYLE
BEITH
DRONGAN
IRVINE RAVENSPARK
KILBIRNIE PLACE
LARGS ROUTENBURN
LOUDOUN
MOORPARK
PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT
PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS
ROWALLAN CASTLE
ROYAL TROON
STEWARTON
TAM O SHANTER
TROON MERCHANTS
TROON ST MEDDANS
TROON WELBECK

The draw for qualifying sections will be made this week and further details will be distributed to nominated club representatives by mid March.

Qualifying section matches will be played over the summer months with the leading teams going forward to contest home and away ties to determine the finalists.

The final match is scheduled to take place on 10th September during the Finals day.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE - More member clubs enter new competition

Entries for the inaugural Ayrshire handicap League competition close on 28th February, with a number of member clubs having entered in recent days, with others intimating their intention to submit entries before the closing date.

Entries have been received for the competition to date, 26th February, from :-

Prestwick St Nicholas
Ailsa Craig
Ayr Dalmilling
Stewarton
Moorpark
Prestwick St Cuthbert
Loudoun
Annanhill
Irvine Ravenspark
Beith
Tam O Shanter
Rowallan Castle

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION DINNER - 2016 county winners honoured at Loudoun event

The 2017 Ayrshire Golf Association annual dinner and presentation of prizes took place at Loudoun Gowf Club on Friday, 24th February, with the winners of the 2016 county events being honoured for their successes.

A three figure attendance at the dinner, representing many of the member clubs of The Association, were also addressed by the main guest of the evening, Captain of the Royal And Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, and Prestwick Golf Club member, Keith Mackintosh.

After enjoying an excellent meal and speeches, the company applauded the season's winners from last year, with trophies and awards being presented by the Ayrshire Golf Association President John Rushbury.

The awards presentation included presentation of medals to the 10 players present from the squad of fourteen players who successfully defended the West Of Scotland Inter County League Championship in 2016.

The medal recipients present were :-

Tommy McInally (Loudoun), Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert), Stuart Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie), John Shanks (Irvine), Scott Brown (Turnberry), Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle),  Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert), Michael Smyth (Royal Troon), Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) and Steven Stamper (Turnberry).


Tommy McInally (Loudoun) with the 
West Of Scotland Strokeplay Trophy
Charlie Macneal (Prestwick), Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert), Jim Johnstone (Ayr Belleisle) & Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay ) were unable to attend the dinner and will be presented with their medals at a later date.


Also honoured during the evening was host club member Tommy McInally who won the West Of Scotland Strokeplay title over his home course in May 2016.

After the presentation of trophies and prizes, the evening concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Ayrshire Golf Association Vice President John W. Watt.

The A squad management team of
Gordon Boyle, Allan Muir, John Rushbury & James McMurdo
with The West Of Scotland Inter County League Trophy



Brothers Iain and David Macdonald
with the Ayrshire Fourball Trophy

The winning Ayrshire Club Championship team
from Prestwick St Cuthbert
Craig Telfer, David Glass & Greg Telfer

Inaugural winners of the Gary Bryden Memorial Salver
Loudoun Gowf Club

The Scratch League Division 5 winners from Moorpark

Scratch League Division 4 winners from Troon Portland

Scratch League Division 3 winners
Largs

Scratch league Division 2 winners
West Kilbride

Prestwick St Cuthbert team manager Steven Guillies
with the Scratch League Division 1 trophy

Two times winner Allan Merry (West Kilbride)
with the Ayrshire Seniors Trophy

Ayrshire Matchplay Champion John Shanks (Irvine)

Ayrshire Strokeplay Champion
Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert)

Winner of the Ayrshire Order Of Merit
and Doc Thom Salver
Steven Stamper (Turnberry)

The 2016 runner up was Michael Smyth (Royal Troon)
with Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) in third place








































































































































































































Prizewinners who were unable to attend the dinner to receive their awards were Champion Of Champions Trophy winner John Sloan (Doon Valley) and President's Putter winners Brunston Castle GC.

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)
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ENTRY FEE £ 15.00
HANDICAP LIMIT : 5
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ENTRY MAY BE LIMITED TO 81 PLAYERS - TO BE BALLOTED BY HANDICAP AFTER THE CLOSING DATE
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SIX PRIZE VOUCHERS WILL BE AWARDED
ON SCRATCH BASIS
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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)
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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