Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
Heather was Scottish Champion in 1969 and in the Vagliano Team in that year. She was also the Renfrewshire County Champion 9 times, and a Scottish Ladies Internationalist in 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971.
Her life story featured in 2009 the RLCGA County Centenary Book -- courtesy of Colin Farquharson (pages 36 - 38) - or CLICK HERE TO READ and at the end of this obituary -- at the RLCGA Centenary Dinner in 2009 -- a toast by Heather to the County. - YOU TUBE VIDEO
Her good friend -- Renfrewshire Counties' Liz Hale from Caldwell Golf Club wrote
Heather took up golf at the age of 17. Her passion, up until this point had been horse riding however, after a serious horse riding accident at the Royal Highland Show, her parents managed to persuade her to sell her horses. She was then left with a choice on whether to take up badminton or golf. Golf won.
Heather joined Caldwell Golf Club, aged 17 and in the same year, competed and won the Paisley Grammar School Championship. By 1948, Heather had a handicap and started playing in the Medals at Caldwell GC which were played on Saturday afternoons after the gents. It was during this time that Heather met Ian, her future husband.
Heather partnered a number of accomplished golfers during her career including Findlay Black (who holds the record scorecard at Caldwell GC) - playing in the final of the Daily Mail Medal Foursomes at Gleneagles and Margaret Sharp at Troon Portland and at Caldwell GC with many successes. Heather also performed with style, most notably at the Highland Open Championship, Pitlochrie, where she donned trousers, shirt, cap and glove – all in the Anderson tartan. A competitor was overheard saying; ‘My God, it’s a bag of pipes she should be playing!’.
By 1958, Heather was a scratch golfer and was chosen to play for the Renfrewshire Team which she continued to do over a span of 32 years.
In 1964, Heather’s international career took off.
Heather played for Scotland in the Home Internationals in Sweden and France. She led the team in the European Championship and then two months later, Scotland won the Home International at Western Gailes. This was when Heather defeated the National Champion of England, of Ireland and of Wales, finishing the series with 100% success and earning the honour of being asked to play for Great Britain and Ireland.
Heather’s most memorable win, of course, was at West Kilbride when she won the
Scottish Ladies’ Championship in 1969. There was a gold Medal but no prize money at that time and her daughter Lesley was seen to be building sand castles in the bunker to celebrate her victory !!
However, history was made when Heather was presented with a replica owned by the late Jean McCulloch of West Kilbride. Jean had, in her earlier years, won the Scottish title on three occasions between 1913 and 1928 and it was this last replica that Heather regraded as one of her most treasured possessions.
In 1980, Heather turned professional, only the second lady professional in Scotland, at that time and then reinstated in 1985 to the amateur ranks.
In the same year, Heather received an Honourable Membership at Caldwell GC.
Heather was Ladies Caldwell GC Champion (19 times) as well as winning many other trophies. She was our current Ladies President. -- She was truly an inspiration to us all!
Since her 80th birthday in 2010 Heather still managed to play golf up until about 2016 and featured throughout the last decade with various achievements --
In 2013 She entered a competition through 'How Did I do' . It was to tell a story about a memory of the 'Open'.
Heather's memory told about the time when her young daughter, Lesley, had approached Gary Player and asked for his autograph for her Mum. He was delighted to give this. At which point Lesley asked 'Would you like me to get my Mum's autograph now to give to you ?
This story made Heather one of the prize winners -- and to top it all she was informed she could bring a friend - and her friend invited was Liz Hale
A round of golf at Muirfield (with Caddy) on Thursday 20th June, just before the closing of the course to perpare for the Open.
2 nights stay at the McDonald Marine Hotel in North Berwick . (Taxi to the Course included)
Golf Clinic With Darren Clark followed by Buffet Lunch.
Dinner on Thursday Evening with 'Q and A session' with Darren Clark.
They both had a marvellous day -- the Marine was comfortable, friendly and good food. The clinic with Darren Clark was really informative and interesting - driving and short game- always something relevant you remember to take away with you.
This was followed by a wonderful buffet lunch in the Clubhouse before going out for our round of golf.
We were put into ten teams of four. As Heather and Liz were the only two ladies it was funny to see the expressions on the faces of the two Irish gentlemen who had been landed with us. They were great to play with.
The weather was good, sunshine and they each had a caddy. Heather played well which made the game enjoyable for her and Darren Clark played 2 holes with their team.
It was a great experience to play the course and made watching The Open itself more interesting.
After the game they returned to the Hotel where there was a prizegiving dinner with Darren Clark hosting a question and answer session. The men were given ties with the Claret Jug embroidered on it while Heather and Liz were each given a lovely silver brooch of the Claret Jug -- Nice keepsake.
A really enjoyable experience - a well deserved experience for Heather to add to all her very many golfing achievements. She was quite sad to come away from Muirfield.
In 2014 she was first Commonwealth Games baton bearer in her home town of Uplawmoor in East Renfrewshire. The BBC reported that -- Heather has long been an active member of the community and has been involved with the local council, the church board and the church choir. She is also an accomplished golfer, and won the Scottish Ladies Championship in 1969
It was an early start for Heather as she had to be there for 6.15am!! The carrying of the torch was at 7.30am and the rain held off. All TV cameras and eyes on Heather in her blue and white uniform as she carried the torch about 400 yards before handing it on. Quite an honour and a day to remember for Heather. Half the village turned out to see her and we were all given a lovely breakfast in the local hall afterwards. Heather had her hair done the day before and the first thing she asked her daughter on the the morning of the event was -'Is my hair alright?' She did well!!
Heather played in the West Vets Summer Meeting in 2016 over her Home course Caldwell with your webmaster Carol Fell who was so impressed with her still wonderful swing -- SO EASY!!
|Heather, Wendy and Aileen|
Later that year she was then awarded Honorary Membership of the West Vets at the 2016 AGM alongside Aileen Wilson to join Wendy Cameron as the 3 Honorary Members. --
Sunday, 7 November 2021
The RLCGA AGM and prizegiving was held was held at Haggs Castle Golf Club on the Wednesday 3rd November.
Despite travel restrictions due to COP26 in Glasgow there was a very good turnout.
Donna Jackson (Troon Ladies) is the new County Captain taking over from Sandra Littlejohn (Erskine) and Liz Stewart (Greenburn) the new Vice Captain.
|Present and Past Captains with Pearl Orr (Honorary President)|
|Liz Stewart (Vice Captain) and Donna Jackson (Captain)|
|Past, Present and Future Captains|
Chris, May and Lesley
The West Vet's AGM and prizegiving took place on Thursday 4th November at Cowglen Golf Club.
May Hughes (Lanark) took over the roll of Captain from Chris Fowler (Cowglen) with her Vice Captain Lesley Lloyd (Troon Ladies).
Janette McCartney (Erskine) takes over from Sandra MacDougall (Kilmacolm) as Secretary and Jan Macnab (Ranfurly Castle) as Treasurer taking over from Mo Neilson (Greenock)
Committee members are Gillian McGinlay (Troon Ladies) and Fiona Cameron (Cowglen)
To read more and see photographs - Courtesy of Fiona Armour (Whitecraigs) -- Go to the West Vets Website
Thursday, 28 October 2021
WILLIAMWOOD ARE THE 2021 GREENLEES CHAMPIONS -- LUNCH AND PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES AT EAST RENFREWSHIRE GOLF CLUB
Anne Judge (Ranfurly Castle), Julie Wilson (Williamwood)
Barbara Aird (Cathkin Braes) and Chris Pender (Lenzie)
The Annual Greenlees Lunch and prize giving took place on Tuesday 26th October, at East Renfrewshire Golf Club. -- Click here for photographs and VideoThis was attended by 50 ladies representing the 20 Clubs from the 26 Clubs that that are in the 3 Greenlees Divisions.
East Renfrewshire's Greenlees Secretary Val Crawford and The Ladies Captain Carole Spy welcomed the visitors to the clubhouse with a lovely glass of Prosecco.
The tables were named after some of the East Renfrewshire Course Holes.
DOBSON VIEW: Val Crawford, Maureen Mitchell, Carol Fell and Carole Spy (Top Table)
BRITHER BURN: Williamwood
PILMAIR : Ranfurly Castle
GUID SKELP: Lenzie, Cathkin Braes, Bothwell Castle
OOT O'SICHT: Haggs Castle, Cathcart Castle and Cardross
BRAE SHOUTHER: Troon Ladies, Douglas Park, Cowglen
BUSKIT KNOWE: West Kilbride, Hilton Park, East Renfrewshire
HAME'S BEST: Kilmacolm, Caldwell, Lanark
She then introduced the top table guests - Carole Spy , the Lady Captain of East Renfrewshire , who welcomed everyone on behalf of the Club and said
It is lovely to see so many familiar faces from matches or from the 80th Anniversary celebration which we hosted just a couple of months ago.
Today’s weather is certainly better for a lunch than playing golf.
East Ren will be celebrating our centenary next year and you will have noticed that preparations are well underway to freshen up the clubhouse. Apologies if you can detect the aroma of fresh paint, although on the upside it probably means you don’t have COVID!Congratulation to the winning teams and I hope that everyone enjoys their lunch and catching up with friends old and new."
She then introduced Carol Fell and said "Carol - well known to us all who keeps her website up to date which includes the Greenlees Results which are available for all to see."
Next introduction was that of the hard working East Renfrewshire's Greenlees Secretary Val Crawford who has had 2 lunches to organise for the Greenlees Trophy this year with the other one being the very successful Anniversary TRI AM ---> CLICK HERE TO READ MORE IN THE WOMEN AND GOLF MAGAZINE --
|Gillian, Julie, Lorraine and Carol|
Williamwood are the winners of the Greenlees Trophy for the first time in the history of their club and Julie Wilson collected the Trophy and team mates Lorraine Morris, Gillian Crossley and Carol McNally joined in on the celebrations (pictured above)
Sunday, 24 October 2021
|Haggs Castle Golf Club|
The 111th. Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association AGM and Prize-Giving will take place on Wednesday 3rd November at 7.30pm at Haggs Castle Golf Club
Monday, 18 October 2021
|Isla Moncrieff (Aberfeldy) & Caroline Henderson (P&KLCGA Match Secretary)|
Huge congratulations to Isla Moncrieff (Aberfeldy) who won the Perth & Kinross Ladies' Champion of Champions at Pitlochry Golf Club, yesterday (Sunday 17 October).
|May Myers receives her Presentation Gift|
A Presentation Day took place at at Clober Golf Club yesterday (Sunday 17th October ) for all medal winners and trophies for the season which included a presentation gift to May Myers,.
Sunday, 10 October 2021
|Greenlees Trophy 2021 Divisional Results|
Many congratulations go to Williamwood Golf Club who have won the 2021 Greenlees Trophy.
Ranfurly Castle are Division 2 Winners and Lenzie Division 3 winners.
The Annual Lunch and Presentation of Prizes this year will be held at East Renfrewshire Golf Club on Tuesday, 26th October at 12:30 pm for 1pm.
Monday, 4 October 2021
|Jane Finnie presents the Trophy to Jennifer Lynagh|
Photo Courtesy of Allison Bell
Jennifer Lynagh (Caldwell) won the 2021 West Girls Championship yesterday over The Ladies Golf Club Troon
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
It is with much sadness that Lanarkshire County have announced the death of Margaret Duncanson who died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday at the age of 97.
|Margaret Duncanson in 2009 at the SLGA Counties Centenary Lunch|
PHOTO ALBUM 2009
Read more from the Lanarkshire County Website
|Photo courtesy of Allison Bell|
The West Girls’ 2nd Team won the Girls Section at the Scottish Junior Team Championship on Sunday at Crail (Craigend) GC
Sunday, 26 September 2021
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Our mission at Women & Golf is to promote all levels of women’s golf and we are keen to have a stable of Ambassadors who reflect the diverse nature of our sport from grassroots to the elite end of the game. The aim is to follow their life in golf and hear first-hand from them what it is like to be part of a sport that we all love.
We will be following Gemma’s progress over the rest of the season and into 2022 as she heads back onto the LPGA Tour. This is her fourth season on the LPGA and she has had a strong return to the States, after events in Europe over the summer, finishing tied eighth at the Portland Classic. She is now heading to Arkansas and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.
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Tuesday, 21 September 2021
|Karen Marshall and Elaine Moffat|
Congratulations to Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) on winning the Scottish Veterans' Ladies Golf Association Championship over the Lansdowne Course at Blairgowrie yesterday
Saturday, 18 September 2021
|Photo courtesy of Gaynor Russell|
15 year old Freya Russell ( Royal Troon ) is the 2021 Ayrshire County Champion - She beat Jennifer Linklater (Largs)
Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Marilyn Muir, Rena Simpson and Margaret Adams
Courtesy of RLCGA
Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association held their Tri Am Stableford Competition yesterday over Gleddoch Golf Course in rather miserable conditions.
13 teams competed with two scores counting at each hole and the winners with a best inward half of 71 points.
1st: Marilyn Muir (Old Ranfurly) Rena Simpson (Kilmacolm) Margaret Adams (Gleddoch) - 71 points bih
2nd: Chris Fowler (Cowglen), Sandra Macdougall Kilmcolm) and June Irons (Caldwell) 71 points
3rd: Anabel Kane (Kilmacolm), Alison Macnab (Lochwinnoch) and Vicky Rennie (Ranfurly Castle) 69 points
For the full results CLICK HERE
To read the full report Click Here
Tuesday, 7 September 2021
|Leona and Lisa Macguire 2011|
The McGuire twins win the team award for Ireland -- Troon Ladies Captain Gilly McRae presents the Trophy
|Leona McGuire - Helen Holm winner 2009|
In 2009 -- Teen sensation Leona Maguire made history when she became the youngest winner of the Helen Holm Scottish Women's Amateur Open strokeplay title at Royal Troon in 2009
The Cavan prodigy, 14, finished two shots clear of Scottish Under-21 champion Kelsey MacDonald for a wire-to-wire win on six-under par.
Twin sister Lisa finished tied for third on three under par thanks a third successive round of 74. She birdied four holes coming home but a bogey six at the 16th cost her a share of second place with runner up MacDonald --- CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
With Leona Macguire being the GB&I star performer (4.5 points out of 5) in the 2021 Solheim Cup, it reminded your webmaster of being at the 2010 and 2011 Helen Holm Trophy at Royal Troon where she was playing and taking some photos with many of our Scottish players taking part and many supporters there
HERE IS A REMINDER -- DOWN MEMORY LANE PHOTOS (plus the 2012 Curtis Cup that she was in)
Monday, 6 September 2021
Catriona Matthew created Solheim Cup history as the first European captain to win the biennial contest back-to-back, following a dramatic victory at Gleneagles in 2019 with another sweet success in an equally-thrilling 17th edition in Ohio.
Sunday, 5 September 2021
Saturday, 4 September 2021
Europe ended the opening day holding a 5.5-2.5 lead, but the Solheim Cup was once again shrouded in controversy in the 17th edition at the Inverness Club in Toledo.
Friday, 3 September 2021
The West Vets Autumn Meeting was held at at West Kilbride yesterday and congratulations go to Rena Simpson of Kilmalcolm Golf Club who came in with a nett 70 to be the overall winner of the Autumn Meeting and the recipient of the Mary Craddock Trophy.
Gillian Kyle, East Renfrewshire GC came in with the best scratch score of 80, with May Hughes, Lanark GC runner up with 81 (last 6 holes)
To read more go to the West Vets Website
Thursday, 2 September 2021
|Winners - |
Anne McGillveray, Susan Griffin, and Kay McColl
|Runners - Up|
Irene Boyd, Barbara Aird and Pauline Warlow
Click on the following links
On Tuesday 31st of August, East Renfrewshire Golf Club was delighted to host the Tri-am event and lunch to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the West of Scotland Ladies Inter Club Leagues that compete for the Greenlees Trophy.
72 ladies from 25 different golf clubs in the West of Scotland were represented, teams ideally having a player from each of the three divisions.
The weather was calm and mild, with the sun appearing intermittently, resulting in almost perfect playing conditions. The golf course was at its best, having recovered its lushness after the long dry month of July.
After their round, ladies enjoyed a lovely lunch in the club lounge which had been decorated with balloons and bunting and were able to chat and catch up with old friends
Lady Captain, Carole Spy from East Renfrewshire Golf Club spoke before the Prize giving and welcomed everyone, expressing her hope that they had all enjoyed their day. She gave an insight into East Renfrewshire Golf Club’s history of involvement in the Greenlees Trophy leagues. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR THE -------> VIDEO OF PRESENTATION or watch at end of post
Carole Spy said --
I hope you have all enjoyed playing East Ren in perfect golfing conditions and had fun with the bendy driver and left-handed putter on 18th. Watching on, there certainly seemed to be a lot of laughter, there were even several offers to buy the putter
Prizes were then awarded by Carole, with Val Crawford, the club’s Greenlees Secretary announcing the various winners.
A final vote of thanks was given by Maureen Mitchell, West of Scotland Greenlees Convenor.
Prizes were awarded to
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
|D&A - 2021 Scottish County Team Runners Up|
Photo - Courtesy of Lorraine Campbell
Click to enlarge
Many thanks go to Lorraine Campbell (Cardross) who has just sent me a great photograph of the Dunbartonshire and Argyll (D&A) County Team who were runners up the the Scottish County Team Championships at Forres at the weekend
Missing from the team Photo was Fiona Rattray (Douglas Park) pictured left and Lori MacDonald (Cardross) pictured right -- Unfortunately they both had to leave early due to work commitments -- However, they have not been missed out in the team photo.
Many congratulations from all the Counties in the West of Scotland - Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire -- you were fantastic and we are all proud of your great performance.
CLICK HERE FOR THE REPORTS FROM FORRES