Tuesday, November 08, 2016

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE ANNUAL DINNER - Junior Golfer Of The year awards go to Louise Duncan & Jack Broun

Louise Duncan with David Reynolds
Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) and Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) were awarded the Macrobert Thistle Junior Golfer Of The Year trophies for 2016, at the Annual Dinner & Presentation Of Prizes of the Ayrshire Junior Golf League held at Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club on the evening of Monday 7th November.

Junior Boy Golfer Of The Year Jack Broun

The presentation of the boys and girls trophies were made by David Reynolds of the charity Fields In Trust, formerly The National Playing Fields Association, who originally donated both trophies.

Both Louise Duncan and Jack Broun had outstanding seasons in 2016, culminating in both players receiving recognition at national level as members of the respective girls and boys national under 18 teams.

The annual dinner, chaired by Graeme Hope of the host club, saw representatives and junior golfers of many of the Ayrshire Junior Golf League member clubs come together to honour all the winners of junior competitions throughout the season past.

Following a fine meal and fundraising raffle, the presentation of the two Junior Golfer Of The Year awards by David Reynolds was the traditional start of the presentation of the awards for the year, with the remaining trophies being handed over to the winning team representatives and individuals by the Ayrshire Golf Association President John Rushbury.

The seasons prize winners who were presented with their awards during the evening were:-

The presentation of the competition trophies began with the four awards played for at the Ayrshire Boys Team Championship competition at Irvine Ravenspark in April 2016.

Robbie Muir Accepts The Matt Lygate Trophy
On Behalf Of Kilmarnock (Barassie)

THE MATT LYGATE TROPHY - The scratch team trophy was won  for the thirteenth time by the defending champions Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC

Euan Ferguson Lifts The Andrew D Nimmo Trophy
For Turnberry

THE ANDREW D NIMMO TROPHY - The handicap team trophy was won for the second time by Turnberry GC, following their first success in the event some 15 years previously.

Lewis MacMillan
With The Carrick Trophy

THE PRESTWICK CIRCUITS TROPHY - The individual scratch award winner, with a 2 over par score of 73 in cold blustery conditions on the day was Lewis Caddell (Kilmarnock Barassie GC)

THE CARRICK TROPHY - For the best net return on the day was Lewis MacMillan (Ballochmyle GC) with a level par score of 71


Martin Spence of Loudoun
With The Silver Jubilee Trophy

Played for by the junior conveners of member clubs each year, the 2016 competition, held at Kilmarnock (Barassie), was won by Martin Spence & Scott Robertson of Loudoun GC

Ayrshire Boys Champion
Jack Broun


The 64th Ayrshire Boys Championship was played at Loudoun, and the winner was Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle GC) who had an exceptional two round total of 137, with rounds of 68 & 69, to win by a clear margin of 11 shots.


Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion
Euan Ferguson

Played each year over the links at Prestwick GC, the 2016 final saw Euan Ferguson (Turnberry GC) win the final by 3 & 2 against his clubmate Kyle Brown.

THE AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT encompasses nineteen local, national and international events, with points being awarded to highly placed finishers in each counting competition.

Third In The Order Of Merit
Robbie Muir

In 3rd place in 2016 was Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie GC) who amassed 204.17 points from 4 counting events, including runner up spots at the Ayr Belleisle and Tom Lehman junior opens.

Order Of |Merit Runner Up
Ruben Lindsay

In 2nd place in the 2016 Order Of Merit was Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle GC) who collected 242.5 points, again from only four events, including a first place at the Loudoun Junior Open and runner up spots at both Largs and Turnberry.

Order Of Merit Winner
Jack Broun

The winner of the 2016 Ayrshire Junior Order Of merit was Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle GC) who stormed to the title with a points total of 685 which included first place finishes at The Ayrshire Boys Championship as well as the Ayr Belleisle, Prestwick St Cuthbert, Prestwick St Nicholas and Tom Lehman junior opens.

Murray McCrone of Troon Welbeck
Accepting The Runners Up Awards


This competition was contested on a scratch basis by two leagues of four clubs, being the eight best placed clubs in the Ayrshire Boys Team Championship in April.
The two section winners were Troon Welbeck GC and Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC who contested the final in September over the Barassie Links.

The runners up, in a close contest were Troon Welbeck GC

Wallace Thornton Trophy Winners
Kilmarnock Barassie

The winners of the trophy, were Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC who took the trophy after a 2 - 2 draw, a birdie four at the first sudden death play off hole giving the Barassie team the trophy for the 13th time in the history of the competition.

Under 16 Runners Up

The final of this event was also played at the Barassie Links in September, with Turnberry GC reaching the final for the first time, against Ayr Belleisle GC, who had contested five previous finals in the event.

Turnberry GC took the runner up place in the competition losing out by 3 - 1 to their opponents.

Under 16 Knockout Trophy Winners
Ayr Belleisle

The Ayr Belleisle GC win was their third in the competition, although in their five previous appearances in the final they had lost the last three, before their 2016 triumph.


Champion Of Champions Runner Up
Euan Ferguson

The trophy was contested by the junior champions of AJGL member clubs from the previous year and the fial, played in September at Kilmarnock (Barassie) saw the 2015 runner up Graeme Greer (Prestwick St Nicholas) play the recenty crowned Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Champion Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) in the final.

Champion Of Champions Trophy Winner
Graeme Greer

The eventual runner up Euan Ferguson started well in the windy and wet conditions in which the final was played and went three up after four before being pulled back to just one ahead at the turn. the final remained close throughout the inward nine, with Graeme Greer taking the fifteenth to go one ahead.

the remaining three holes were halved, allowing Graeme Greer to win the Champion Of Champions Trophy for 2016, following his last hole defeat in the final of the same event twelve months earlier.


Championship Runners Up
Kilmarnock (Barassie)
The premier competition in the Ayrshire Junior Golf league season, the League Championship final was played over the Barassie Links in September between the two qualifying section winners, Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC and Turnberry GC.

Runners up in the competition in 2015, in their fifth final appearance, |Kilmarnock Barassie GC had high hopes of taking the title on their home course but in the event they were destined for the runners up spot for the second season.

Playing in their first final, in their innaugural year of Ayrshire Junior Golf League membership, Turnberry GC won the League Championship title with a 4 - 2 win in the final.

The League Championship Winning Team From Turnberry GC

The presentation of the League Championship trophy to the Turnberry team concluded the presentation of trophies, and the evening closed with a vote of thanks proposed by the Ayrshire Junior Golf League Secretary Billy Tait.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

AYRSHIRE SENIORS LEAGUE - Largs boost membership numbers for 2017

The membership of the Ayrshire Seniors League will be boosted for the 2017 season, with Largs GC joining the competition next year.

The inclusion of Largs brings the membership of the Seniors League to thirteen clubs, alongside Ballochmyle, Prestwick St. Nicholas, Kilbirnie Place, Irvine Ravenspark, Ardeer, Troon Portland, Troon Welbeck, Troon St. Meddans, Loudoun, Kilmarnock Barassie, West Kilbride and Prestwick St. Cuthbert.

Clubs are represented in the competition by teams of 10 players, aged 55 years or over with a handicap of 24 or less, with matches played on a home or away basis on midweek dates during the playing season. 

The competition format is five fourball matches, played on a handicap basis.

Any club seeking further information on the competition should contact Ray Gill at 

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - 2017 Affiliation fee documents and entry forms sent to clubs

The Ayrshire Golf Association 2017 Affiliation fees documents were sent by email or post to all club secretaries on 1st November, along with entry forms for a number of Ayrshire Golf Association competitions in 2017.

Along with the fees documents, entry forms for the following events were sent :-

Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Trophy
Ayrshire Fourball Championship
Ayrshire Scratch Leagues
Ayrshire Club Handicap Knockout Competition (Presidents Putter)
Ayrshire Club Scratch Knockout Competition (Gary Bryden Memorial Salver)

The fees documentation and entry forms should all be returned to the Area Secretary, along with appropriate payment, by 31st January 2017 at the latest.

Any club secretary who has not received the documentation via email should make contact with the Area Secretary as soon as possible.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

US COLLEGE GOLF - Euan Walker finishes well in Hawaii

Euan Walker from Troon, a final-year student at the University of Missouri, achieved a top-20 finish in a field of 111 players at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational tournament at Makai Golf Club, Hawaii on Tuesday.


Walker, pictured right, had rounds of 73, 70 and 72 for a one-under-par total of 215 over a long par-72 course of 7,223yd. 

Tied 18th, the Scot finished 12 behind the winner, Braden Thornberry (Mississippi) who scored 71, 65 and 67 for 13-under 203 and a three-stroke victory.

Missouri team-mate Rory Franssen, a freshman from Inverness, had ever-improving scores of 75, 72 and 70 for a one-over total of 217 and a T26 finish.