Monday, 27 January 2020

WENDY CAMERON IS CELEBRATING A BIG BIRTHDAY

Wendy with RLCGA Captain Sandra Littlejohn - Photo courtesy of Fiona Armour
Many congratulations go to Wendy Cameron -- RLCGA'S Honorary President and West Vets Honorary President 

Wendy is celebrating a very Big Birthday today.  
A joint card has been sent to her by email Click here for her Birthday Card  - 
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Wendy would like you to know that she is still having an active life and wants to prove it to you all !! -- Click Here

 MESSAGE FROM WENDY
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Sunday, 26 January 2020

AMY BOULDEN WINS Q SCHOOL AND ALISON MUIRHEAD FINISHES 3RD

Photograph - Courtesy of the European Ladies Tour

Amy Boulden will return to the Ladies European Tour in 2020 after winning Qualifying School at La Manga Club by three strokes from Magdalena Simmermacher and Alison Muirhead

Boulden, the 2014 LET Rookie of the Year, closed the Final Stage with a round of five-under-par 68 on the South Course for a 90-hole total of 351, 10-under-par. 

Alison Muirhead, who topped the field in Pre-Qualifying at La Manga, which was her first tournament as professional, ended with a 71 to take the third card. 

The 21-year-old Scot, who lives in Dubai, said: “It feels amazing. I never expected this to be the outcome. To do last week and this week and finish first and second, I’m really pleased. It’s been a long two weeks and I’m excited for the tour and feel like I’m ready to be playing. 
Today, I didn’t have my A game, but I kept it together and sunk some big putts, which gave me a lot of confidence coming into the last five holes. 
Amy played spectacularly and it was amazing to watch and be part of it.” 

Alice Hewson from Hertfordshire in England took the final spot in Category 5c in fifth place on five-under-par.

(After the Final Round, the top five players are eligible for LET Membership in Category 5c. 
Players from the 6th to the 20th position are eligible for Membership in Category 8a. 
Players who have made the 72-hole cut to the leading 60 and ties and finished in position 21st and below, are ranked according to score and are eligible for Membership in Category 9b. 
Players that fail to make the cut after 72 holes, are eligible for LET membership in Category 12a and will be ranked in final score order)

To read the full report go to the Ladies European Tour Website

FINAL SCOREBOARD

TARTAN CHEER AT TROON LADIES

Top  Left: Sheila Pickles and Rosie Muir
Top Right: Julie Neal and Julie Tulloch
Bottom Left: Some of the 
Committee
Bottom Right: Helen Convery (Captain)
On Friday 24th January, 68 Troon Ladies played in their annual 9 hole Tartan Greensomes followed by the traditional lunch of haggis, neeps & tatties. 
Captain Helen Convery presented prizes to the Front 9 winners - Julie Neal & Julia Tulloch and the Back winners - Rosie Muir and Sheila Pickles.

Thanks go to Gillian Kyle for the report and photographs 

Saturday, 25 January 2020

SCOT ALISON MUIRHEAD SHARES THE LEAD AFTER 4 ROUNDS AT THE LET QUALIFYING SCHOOL

Alison Muirhead - Photo Courtesy of the Ladies European Tour
Amy Boulden and Alison Muirhead share the lead heading into the final round of LET Qualifying School at La Manga Club in Murcia.

 The leaders are tied on five-under-par 283 after four rounds, including two rounds on the North and South Courses respectively. 

After a tough third round of 77 on the North Course, co-leader Muirhead was delighted to bounce back with a bogey-free three-under-par round of 70 on the South. 
The 21-year-old Scot said: “It was really steady today and I enjoyed it. The conditions altered during the round so it was good to keep it steady and hit a lot of greens. 
I just kept lipping out for birdie, so it was very nice to see the ball rolling close today and to bounce back, especially after yesterday. 

I’m very pleased. “I’m feeling really good heading into tomorrow. It’s obviously another day, but I feel like my putter is working well. I didn’t hole as many putts today, but you obviously save them for the next day, so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

To read the full report go to the Ladies European Tour Website

CLICK HERE FOR SCOREBOARD AFTER 4 ROUNDS

Unfortunately none of the other Scots made the final Cut.
Hannah McCook and Heather Macrae missed the final cut by 3 shots. Rachael Taylor and Gabrielle Macdonald were the other 2. 

Thursday, 23 January 2020

MUIRHEAD STORMS CLEAR IN SPAIN AFTER ROUND 2

Alison Muirhead

From the Ladies European Tour Website

The Ladies European Tour Qualifying School got underway at La Manga Club yesterday (Wednesday 22nd January) in somewhat benign conditions in comparison to what had been experienced over the previous couple of days, with Storm Gloria causing destruction at the resort in Cartagena, Spain.

Alison Muirhead, who last week won the Pre-Qualifier event for the Final Stage of Ladies European Tour Qualifying School, continued her impressive form firing a superb six-under-par 67 around the South Course at La Manga Club in Cartagena, Spain.
As the sun finally came out, Muirhead’s game warmed up and she rolled in seven birdies on the way to posting the round of the day, to open up a five shot lead after two rounds. The 21-year-old from Scotland was delighted: 
“I am really enjoying La Manga Club. The South Course was playing really good today, it was playing long and the greens were in superb condition. 

Scottish Scores after Round 2 
 -8 Alison Muirhead (1st)
+ 6 Hannah McCook (T68)
+ 8 Heather Macrae (T82)
+10 Rachael Taylor (T95)
+11 Gabrielle MacDonald (T102)

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

RENFREWSHIRE JUNIOR COACHING AND FUN PRACTICE AT FAIRWAYS INDOOR GOLF ARENA


15 Renfrewshire girls took part in a fun practice session on Sunday morning at a rather chilly Fairways Indoor Golf Arena in Coatbridge.

Most of them were young & quite new to golf but keen to get their handicaps when the season begins. 

It was great to meet some new faces which is encouraging for the future of golf. They rotated round 3 different stations to practice full shots, chipping & putting. 

Many thanks go to the "coaches" of the day- Sandra Littlejohn , Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart and Bobby Rushford & his staff at Fairways.

Thanks go to Gillian Kyle for the report and photos.

Monday, 20 January 2020

NOMINATE A 15-17 YEAR OLD FEMALE GOLFER FROM SCOTLAND TO GO TO ARCHERFIELD

Archerfield Golf Club
From Lorne Kelly

As many people know, for the past three years I have been working with the Congaree Global Golf Initiative, an amazing program that helps high potential, but financially disadvantaged young people achieve their dream of playing college golf. 

Each summer, dozens of students get the opportunity to travel to one of the most incredible courses in America to learn the skills needed to reach their athletic and academic potential. 

This year, we’re also excited to add an additional CGGI camp at ARCHERFIELD, Scotland to help more students in Europe. 

WE ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR GIRLS FROM  SCOTLAND and would appreciate any recommendations. 

If you know of a deserving high school golfer who would be a good fit, please reach out for details on how to nominate them for the program. 
My email address is lornekelly100@gmail.com or by all means PM me -- CLOSING DATE 22ND JANUARY 2020 FOR NOMINATIONS

You can learn more about CGGI and Congaree Foundation play the video below


ALISON MUIRHEAD MAKES MAGIC MOVE AT LA MANGA

Alison Muirhead
Scotland’s Alison Muirhead took control of the Pre-Qualifier for the 2020 LET season after firing a sensational career best seven-under-par 64 over the North Course at La Manga Club in Cartagena, Spain.
The 21-year-old from Scotland moved to nine-under-par and opened up a five shot lead heading into the final round. A delighted Muirfield reflected: “I started pretty slow on the front nine and made the turn in one-under-par. Ironically, on my back nine the wind picked up but so did my game.
“I birdied the tenth hole and it really gave me momentum. The highlight of my round came at the par-5 12th hole which I eagled. I hit a superb four iron from 225 yards and rolled in a 25 foot putt. Coming down the stretch I played some excellent golf and rolled in four more birdies.”
Alison, was born in Johannesburg and currently lives in Dubai where she practices at Jumeirah Golf Estates. She added on a memorable day in Spain: “The North Course is a tough test and has some narrow tee shots. I have been working hard on my game and I am so happy to shoot my best ever score when it really matters. There is still a lot of golf to be played but this has given me a lot of confidence. My Mum is here watching and I’m sure will be ecstatic for me.”
Scotland's Heather Macrae finished in 16th place and Hannah McCook just made the cut tied 58th.
Kimberley Beveridge and Heather Stirling missed the cut
The top 60 players and ties will make it through to final stage of Qualifying which will be played over the North and South courses 22nd – 26th September.  

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM INTRODUCTION


KARYN BURNS 18 DAY PUTTING CHALLENGE


It’s BACK following popular demand......The Putting Challenge!  Once you sign up you can take part via Facebook OR email.  You will receive DAILY instructions on your task from the 27th January until 15th February.  

All you need is a decent putting surface at home (carpet or putting mat) OR of course you can use the drills at the place where you practice most, indoor OR outdoor! 


You will need another few things to complete the practices and drills.....see the picture above!
£45 for 18 Days of Practices and Drills that -- 
WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER PUTTER!


GET INTO GOLF WORKSHOPS



To support clubs, Scottish Golf are delivering a series of free-to-attend Get into Golf workshops in 2020, giving Clubs insight into what the Get into Golf programme is as well as how your club can introduce new people to the game.

At the workshops, you will be able to learn from other Clubs who have been involved with Get into Golf and understand how it has helped them to increase female membership, create an inclusive environment, introduce flexible or social memberships and much more.

These workshops are free-to-attend for all affiliated Scottish Golf Clubs and a full list of where, when and how to book a place at your local workshop can be found below:

Click Here to Read More at Scottish Golf. 

Disabled get access to new facilities


The Scottish Disability Golf & Curling charity, will launch its second HUB later this month at the Elmwood Golf Club near Cupar, where golfers from as far afield as England and Northern Ireland will help tee-off the new project.

PGA Students from Elmwood’s College, representatives of the Elmwood Golfing Society and SDGC members , will provide some tips and tuition for existing golfing and new members with disabilities on Friday 31 January from 10:00

An “SDGC HUB” is a recognised club/facility that has a positive record on encouraging people with a disability to come and enjoy the game. Appropriate access, friendly and helpful staff and qualified instructors with experience of delivering coaching to a range of disabilities, which ultimately creates a positive environment and experience for our members.

Jim Gales, the Secretary of the charity said, “Funding, which helped to establish Scotland’s first disability hub  in St Andrews earlier this month, has come from Trusts and Foundations across the UK and each HUB session can include lessons, putting and other golf practice facilities, as well as the most important social side of the game, with members mixing with PGA Professionals, Coaches and our volunteers.”

More on the SDGC can be found at -- by clicking here 

Scottish Disability Golf & Curling is a Registered Scottish Charity SC 041000

Thursday, 9 January 2020

LOOKING GOOD FOR GOLF -- CLOSING DOWN SALE - FIND YOURSELF A BARGAIN

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PHONE SARAH AS SHE STILL HAS LOTS MORE AT HOME 

HANDICAP (CDH) TRANSITION TO NEW SOFTWARE PROVIDER

As preparation for the 2020 golf season continues, Scottish Golf would like to inform you that the Central Database for Handicaps (CDH) will transition to a new software provider over the coming days. 
While disruption is expected to be minimal, golf clubs will experience some changes at interface over the next 10 days. A user guide for the new CDH with information on credentials for accessing the new system will be issued to you in due course. 
Should you have any urgent queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact by emailing handicapping@scottishgolf.org or calling 0131 339 3987
Kind regards,
Scottish Golf Handicapping Team


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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

TROON LADIES OPEN DAY ENTRY FORM


The Ladies Golf Club,  -- Troon Ladies’ Open Day Tri-am (over the 18-hole Portland Course) Friday 29th May 2020

  CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM

As of the 14th January the entry list is now full up and any further entries will be added to a reserve list.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR GOLFERS AND READERS


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Hope you all have a good golfing season in 2020 and the weather is kind !!
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Saturday, 28 December 2019

Catriona Matthew - has been made an OBE

Catriona Matthew (Getty Images)
Scottish golfer Catriona Matthew, who captained Team Europe to Solheim Cup victory over the US, has been appointed an OBE in the New Year Honours list

The 50-year-old has been recognised for services to golf, 10 years after becoming an MBE. 

Catriona, who grew up in North Berwick was absolutely delighted when she opened her post to find the news that she was to receive the honour. 

She said it was "quite a surprise" and she was "very excited" to get the recognition for her achievements. 
 "It's a huge honour for myself, for the team and for woman's golf", she added. --- She said the victory on "home soil" had been "very special". 

 Her family are looking forward to travelling down to Buckingham Palace to see her receive the honour.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM SCOTTISH GOLF



On behalf of the whole team at Scottish Golf, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support throughout 2019.

We hope you have a fantastic time during the Christmas break and send our best wishes to you all for the New Year and 2020 golf season!

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Seasons Greeting from Douglas Park Golf Club

Douglas Park in the Snow
Over 80 Douglas Park ladies attended their Christmas lunch this month in what is a busy schedule for the catering staff with approximately a 1000 lunches this year !

Ladies Captain Denise Macnaughton welcomed everyone and there was much festivities, laughter and fun with a big singing input again by the GetIntoGolf Girls. 



Friday, 20 December 2019

Hole in One at The East Renfrewshire Christmas Turkey Trot and £560 Raised for the Glasgow Care Foundation

East Renfrewshire Ladies

The Ladies of East Renfrewshire held their Turkey Trot and Christmas lunch on Wednesday 11th December. Although the weather could only be described as frightful, 5 ladies set out to play 9 holes from the blue tees. Adding in a tee shot using the bendy driver made for a more enjoyable round that could have been hoped for.


East Renfrewshire Captain -- Carole Spy presents
Eileen Ferguson (left photo) and Vi Fraser (right photo)
with their prizes

The high spot of the morning was definitely a hole in one by Eileen Ferguson at the 13th.

Eileen has obviously settled well into playing at East Ren by also winning the longest drive with the bendy driver and being part of the winning team.
With at Tri-am score of 45 points the winning team was Eileen Ferguson, Vi Fraser and Janet Stevens.

The overall winner of the Turkey Trot with 21 points (BIH) was Vi Fraser.


The Christmas lunch was attended by 49 ladies plus one gentleman. Chris Steward (Chairman of the Glasgow Care Foundation) joined us to explain the work the charity does to alleviate some of the problems of poverty in Glasgow. The Ladies were delighted to be able to present Chris with a cheque for £560.

Before sitting down for lunch Janet challenged us to some left handed putting and indoor chipping. Perhaps some for practice is required.

A very tasty meal was enjoyed by everyone along with a quiz,some singing and a great deal of Christmas cheer.

Merry Christmas 

Carole Spy (Ladies Captain)


Thursday, 19 December 2019

SCOTTISH GOLF UPDATE ON THE WHS IMPLEMENTATION - SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

Since our last communication, Scottish Golf have met with a number of Golf Clubs through various meetings and regional forums. A key topic of discussion was about the upcoming implementation of the World Handicap System (WHS) in 2020.
A common piece of feedback was about the proposed solution from Scottish Golf to push handicap/scoring data from the WHS system to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in order for them to continue administering club competitions and publish results. However, ISVs were concerned about the technical challenges this presented and some Golf Clubs preferred a solution that supported continued use of recently purchased ISV software / hardware products.
As the national governing body, it is our duty to work in the best interest of our affiliated clubs and the end users. With this in mind the decision has been taken to allow accredited ISVs access to pull player handicaps from the Central Database of Handicaps (CDH) for competition purposes only. This solves the technical challenges raised and supports some Golf Club’s requests to continue using their current system.
It is, however, important to note that Scottish Golf are the only authorised body responsible for affiliated members’ handicaps and therefore all competition scores must be sent to the WHS CDH for handicap processing. Any golfer can review their handicap record via the Scottish Golf platform on any of the following available sources: Scottish Golf App, Scottish Golf iPad, or Scottish Golf website. 
No ISV will be licensed to present any handicap data to affiliated members via any other source. 
The above covers competition results only and where it comes to General Play scores being submitted for handicapping purposes, members will need to use a Scottish Golf iPad supplied to Clubs free of charge (i) by Scottish Golf or via the Scottish Golf App. General play scoring is a new requirement under WHS that means any golfer can submit a score for handicapping at any golf club on any day as long as they have pre-registered their intent prior to submitting a score. This will ensure that players get a consistent interface when entering general play scores as they travel around the country.
We would like to thank all clubs who have contributed to this process, and we look forward to the implementation of WHS in November 2020.
(i) These iPads are optional for all affiliated clubs. 

Monday, 16 December 2019

CLARE QUEEN TELLS YOU WHAT THE SCOTTISH GOLF PERFORMANCE ACADEMY IS ABOUT.




CLICK HERE FOR MOR INFORMATION

Clare Queen is responsible for all Performance activity within the Scottish Golf strategy, leading the development and implementation of all training and competition programmes. 

THE COWGLEN LADIES WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS





On Friday was Cowglen Ladies held their  Christmas lunch and the choir, professionally coached by Moira Kerr, was in action! 

The Ladies of Cowglen wish all your readers a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2020 

Thanks go to Sue Fordydyce for the video

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Christmas Cheer for the Ladies at Troon


64  ladies played in the annual 9 hole Troon Ladies Christmas Greensomes competition over the Portland course on a bright winter's day followed by mulled wine & lunch.
Christmas outfits were in abundance!



The handicap committee, lead by Fiona Brawley organised the competition and Lady Captain, Helen Convery, presented the prizes.

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Thanks go to Gillian Kyle for the photos and news.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Nominations Sought for Scottish Golf Junior Vice-President


Do you know someone at your Club, County or Area who would be deserving of the role of Scottish Golf Junior Vice-President

Scottish Golf are seeking nominations for a rewarding role within our Presidential team to represent Scottish Golf in an ambassadorial capacity at various events and functions over the next 3 years. 

Ideal candidates should have made a significant contribution to the game at the grass roots and have had a positive impact on golf, either locally within their own community, or at regional or national level. 
To find out more information on the nomination process, please CLICK HERE

Thursday, 12 December 2019

CHANGE OF DATES FOR THE 2020 SCOTTISH VETS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Blairgowrie
The date of the Senior Home Internationals has been changed, and now clashes with the Monday of the Blairgowrie weekend (Monday 21st September 2020)  

The SVLGA Championship has now therefore been scheduled to the following weekend - Sunday 27th and Monday 28th September- to be played over Lansdowne at Blairgowrie. 

Tee times are similar to previous years. The quarter finals will be played from 1pm on Sunday 27th, the semi-finals from 9am on Monday 28th and the Final at 1pm on Monday 28th.

The SVLGA Committee Meeting will take place on Sunday 20th September at 6pm in the Blairgowrie Clubhouse, the Patrick Rosebowl will be played on Monday 21st September, the AGM and Prizegiving will be at 7.30pm on Monday 21st, and the Beddows Quaich will be played on Tuesday 22nd September -- As notified previously.  

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

JEAN MACINTYRE RECEIVES HONORARY MEMBERSHIP OF STRATHAVEN GOLF CLUB


Jean - photo courtesy of Strathaven GC - Click to enlarge
At Strathaven Golf Club A.G.M. last night, Jean Macintyre was presented with Honorary Membership. 

This very worthy honour was presented to mark Jean’s contributions to golf in our own club, Lanarkshire Ladies County Golf Association,  West Of Scotland Ladies and The Scottish Golf Competition Committee as well as her Grade 3 R&A refereeing duties at national and international levels .

This is added to her Honorary Membership of Lanarkshire County that she received last month

Well done and many congratulations Jean. 

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

CHRISTMAS FUN AT WEST KILBRIDE AND A MESSAGE TO CAROLFELLGOLF




Normally West Kilbride Ladies would have a Christmas themed golf competition but with the wind and rain last Thursday a change of plan was put into action.   

Fun Games with Elf Catherine Garrett (Ladies Convenor) 

Catherine Garrett (Ladies Convenor), ably assisted by Linzi Dye (Assistant Pro), put together indoor golf games......teams of 6 undertook chipping, chipping with left handed clubs, and putting, all using rather unorthodox golf balls and playing to very small targets that included water hazards which made scoring rather difficult!!  lots of laughs 'tho đŸ™‚    

There was throwing/rolling a £1 to a bottle of prosecco which raised £50 for the Salvation Army and a Christmas Quiz followed while we enjoyed lunch.   


Catherine presented Nancy Chisholm with a gift from Santa.....a 'thank you' for Nancy's Nuggets which we all enjoyed reading in the monthly newsletter from the Lady Convenor.   

All in all we had a fabulous time and definitely voted indoors was better than on the golf course!

"Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, Carol   ...........had to put the comma after Christmas otherwise it reads like a song" đŸ™‚

Merry Christmas to all the ladies at West Kilbride and thanks go to June Kerr for the news and photos 

Monday, 9 December 2019

GEMMA DRYBURGH LEADING SCOT IN KENYA

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Esther Henseleit carded a course record eight under par 64 to win the inaugural Magical Kenya Ladies Open presented by Safaricom’s M-Pesa by one shot and clinch the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit title on a dramatic final day at Vipingo Ridge near Mombasa.

The 20-year-old first-year professional golfer from Hamburg became only the third player in the 41-year history of the Ladies European Tour to capture the Order of Merit and Rookie of the Year titles in the same season, following Dame Laura Davies in 1985 and Carlota Ciganda, in 2012. -- CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 scores and positions after final round in @LETgolf's Magical Kenya Ladies Open:-

 SCOTTISH SCORES
-3 Gemma Dryburgh T7
Par Kylie Henry T12
+1 Michele Thomson T16
+2 Kelsey MacDonald T22
Won by 🇩🇪's Esther Henseleit with -14 total

CLICK HERE FOR FINAL TOTALS