Sunday 31 August 2008

News from SGU Golf Central

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Clare Queen is tied 27th in Finland

Clare Queen (The Carrick , Loch Lomond) was only two shots off the pace in the first round after a strong finish of birdies at the 14th, 16th and 17th for a 69. She had earlier bogeyed the fourth, birdied the short eighth and bogeyed the 12th.
However, her last 2 rounds were both 74 to end up being tied in 27th position after the final round
For all the resultsClick Here
Clare Queen's Hole by Hole Scores over the 3 rounds
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
4 3 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 34 4 3 4 5 5 4 3 5 4 37 71
R1 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 2 4 34 4 3 5 5 4 4 2 4 4 35 69
R2 4 3 3 3 4 4 6 5 5 37 3 3 4 4 5 4 3 5 6 37 74
R3 3 5 5 2 4 5 4 3 5 36 4 3 3 6 5 4 4 4 5 38 74

The Eagle Has Crash-Landed For Double Gill

Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle) had two consecutive eagles at Cochrane Castle's 3rd and 4th holes and she has been awarded a place at St, Andrews Bay for the Sunday Mail 'Eagles' Final
Well done Gillian --- To read the Newspaper Report if you have not bought today's paper which has a very good photograph of Gillian then click on the following link Sunday Mail Report

Saturday 30 August 2008

Kylie's Best Last round earns her 21st place in the European Amateur Championships

Spain's Carlota Ciganda has won the European women's individual amateur championship for a second time at Schloss Schonborn Golf Club, near Vienna in Austria.
Carlota was involved in a play-off, with compatriot Maria Hernandez after they had tied on three-under-par 289.
It was a three-hole stroke-play play-off under the championship rules.
Ciganda won with a three-under-par total. She birdied the first two holes and parred the third.
Christel Boeljon (Netherlands) won the bronze medal with a total of 290, only one stroke behind the play-off participants.
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), the only Scot to qualify for the last two rounds, finished with her best score of the four, a one-under-par 72 for a nine-over-par total of 301, despite a double bogey 7 at the 18th hole, a repeat of of what she did in the first round.
Kylie's tournament haul of 13 birdies and one eagle compared favourably with champion Ciganda's 14 birdies and one eagle but, of course, the Spaniard had many fewer bogeys.
Kylie finished 21st of the 39 qualifiers
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Autumn Meeting -- Douglas Park Golf Club

Played 29th August 2008, SSS 72, CSS 75, 58 Entrants
Joan Gemmell 77 - 6 = 71 (acb)
Anne O'Connell 87 - 16 = 71
Anne Paton 94 - 17 = 77
Yvonne Currie 104 - 32 = 72
Irene Orr 95 - 21 = 74
Marion Stevenson 104 - 28 = 76
Scratch: Joan Gemmell 77

Friday 29 August 2008

Kylie joint 27th with a round to go in European Women's Amateur Championship

Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), the only Scot to survive the halfway cut, increased her tournament bag of birdies to eight, at the third and seventh, and got an eagle 3 at the last hole - which cost her a 7 in the first round - as she shot a one-over-par 74 to be in joint 27th place on 229 with one round to go in the European women's individual amateur golf championship at Schloss Schonborn Golf Club near Vienna, Austria.
It's a Spanish 1-2 at the top of the leaderboard with Maria Hernandez on six-under-par 213 and Carlota Ciganda on 214.

D&A - Autumn Meeting at Milngavie

Autumn Meeting & Moira Alexander Trophy on Thursday 28th August
Milngavie Golf Club - SSS 71 CSS 74
Scratch L. McGeachy (W'hill) 77
1st Silver K. Maxwell (M'gavie) 81-10-71
2nd Silver L. McGeachy (W'hill) 77-5-72
1st Bronze J.McGregor (W'hill) 101-22-79
2nd Bronze J. Sharp (H.P.) 103-23-80 (BIH)
3rd Bronze M. Dunan (M'gavie) 104-24-80
Moira Alexander Trophy - Karen Maxwell

Thursday 28 August 2008

Kylie Walker just makes the cut in Austria

Kylie Walker's four birdies in the space of 10 holes could not quite wipe out a triple bogey 7 at the second and five bogeys in the second round of the European women's individual amateur golf championship at Schloss Schonborn Golf Club, near Vienna in Austria today (Thursday).
Kylie, who birdied the seventh, ninth, 12th and 16th, finished on four-over-par 77 after an opening-day 78 which also included a triple bogey. Her 36-hole tally of nine-over 155 had her back in joint 40th place, a disappointing follow-up to last week's performance when she was beaten in a play-off by fellow Scot Roseanne Niven for the British women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Malone Golf Club, near Belfast.
However her score was just enough to make the cut
Majorca-based Scot Lauren Mackin (Ranfurly Castle) had an 83 for 162 and a share of 90th place.
Gemma Webster (HIlton Park) had an 81 for 167 and joint 112th place in a field of 132. Both players missed  the cut

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Ranfurly Castle Outing to Cardross

Ranfurly Castle Outing to Cardross -- Click to enlargeThe Ranfurly Castle Outing to Cardross -- Click to enlarge

The annual outing took place on Tuesday with 22 ladies playing at Cardross Golf Club. Despite the poor weather everyone enjoyed the day.
Many thanks go to Eileen Walker for organising the event.

Click on the small picture of Evy MacGregor with the camera to see some photos from the day

Ranfurly Castle Outing to Cardross

Wednesday 27 August 2008

Kylie Walker is the leading Scot in the European Amateur Championship

The three Scots entries in the quality field for the European women's individual amateur championship were well off the pace at the end of the first of four rounds at Schloss Schonburn Golf Club in Austria.
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), was in joint 53rd place in a field of 132 with a round of 78 over the par-73 course.
Kylie birdied the seventh and 17th in halves of 39 (three over par) and 39 (two over). She ran up a double bogey 7 at the par-5 last hole.
Majorca-based Scot Lauren Mackin had a 79 (39-40). Her only birdie came at the 12th.
Gemma Webster (Hilton Park)had a 13-over-par 86 with halves of 44 and 42. She had double bogeys at the fourth, the short fifth and the long 13th.
Leading Scores:
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Stroke Competition -- Kilmacolm

Played 21/8/08, SSS 72, CSS 72, 13 entries
1) Elspeth Hanlon (7) 69
2) Marion Stewart (10) 74
1) Norah Adams (21) 76
2) Julie Noble (32) 79
Scratch: Elspeth Hanlon 76

Tuesday 26 August 2008

Ayrshire Success at the HSBC Wee Wonders Final

Hazel McGarvie -- click to enlarge
Hazel McGarvie (aged 8) -- pictured above won her age group in the G.B. & I final of the Wee Wonders at the weekend. Rounds of 37 and 36 over the 9 hole Balgove Course secured her victory by 2 strokes.
Connie Jaffrey - click to enlarge
Connie Jaffrey (aged 11) was runner-up in her section with rounds of 78 and 77 over the 18 hole Strathtyrum Course.
This was a super performance by both girls who had previously come through local and regional qualifying to get to the final. Their demeanour, etiquette and golf was a joy to watch.

Thanks go to June Kerr (Ayrshire Girls' Convenor) for the report

Kylie, Gemma and Lauren off to Austria for Euro championship

Three Scots - Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) and Majorca-based Lauren Mackin (Ranfurly Castle) - are among the 120 entries for the European women's individual amateur golf championship over 72 holes at Schloss Schonburn Golf Club, Austria from Wednesday to Saturday this week.

Monday 25 August 2008

Megan, Pamela and Kylie selected for the Home Internationals


The Scottish Ladies Golfing Association has named the following teams:

Women's Home Internationals, Wrexham GC, September 10-12: Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), Laura Murray (Alford), Emily Ogilvy (Auchterarder), Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon), Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies).
Reserves: Louise Kenney (PItreavie), Jane Turner (Craigielaw), Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh), Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth).

World women's amateur team championship, Espirito Santo Trophy, Grange GC, Adelaide, Australia, October 8-11: Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), Roseanne Niven (Crieff), Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle).
Reserves: Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar).

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the press release

Sunday 24 August 2008

Anne Judge is the 2008 Ranfurly Castle Champion

Anne Juadge and Anne Robinson - Click to enlarge
Congratulations go to Anne Judge who won her 2nd Club Championship title by beating Anne Robinson 3 and 2 in today's final. -- Click on the photo above for an enlargement
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Friday 22 August 2008

Kylie loses to Roseanne Niven in play off at the British stroke-play championship

Malone Golf Club, nr Belfast
Par 288 (4 x 72) CSS 76-76
288 R Niven (Crieff) 75 74 71 68, K Walker (Buchanan Castle) 71 75 73 69 (play-off in progress).290 T Delaney (Carlow) 77 69 72 72, S Hassan (Vale of Glamorgan) 72 71 74 73.
291 M Ricordeau (Fra) 75 73 72 71.
Other Scottish Scores:
301 C Booth (Comrie) 74 77 74 76, P Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 77 74 74 76,

Scottish international Roseanne Niven posted the clubhouse target of level par 288 in the Ladies British open amateur championship at Malone Golf Club near Belfast.The 19-year-old from the Perthshire village of Tiverton, beaten semi-finalist in the British women's open amateur championship at North Berwick in June, shot five under par for the second 36 holes of the tournament.She had a one-under-par 71 in the third round and then signed off with a 68, the lowest score so far in the championship.
West of Scotland's Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) who had a 73 in the morning round, achieved the second hole in one of the championship when she aced the 132 yard 15th hole.
She then had 7 birdies, 7 pars and 4 bogeys in her 3 under par 69 in this afternoons round to be joint leaders at the close pf play. ---
Roseanne won the play off at the 1st extra hole
To read the full report go to Gillian Kirkwood Website

Shotgun Foursomes - Douglas Park

Played 22nd August 2008
Winners :Anne Fergusson & Pauline Vannet 95 - 22.5 =72.5
Runners Up :Gladys Speedie & Anne Reid 97 – 23.5 = 73.5
Joan Gemmell & Mary Bell = 1

Thursday 21 August 2008

Scottish Golf Open Mixed Foursomes - Closing date extended

The closing date for entries for the Scottish Golf Open Mixed Foursomes at Duddingston Golf Club, Edinburgh on Sunday, September 14th 2008 has been extended to Friday, August 29th 2008

Kylie and Pamela make the cut at the British Women's Open Amateur Championship

Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), and Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) were the only West of Scotland players to beat the halfway cut in the British women's open amateur stroke-play golf championship at Malone Golf Club near Belfast today.
- Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) just failed by just one shot to survive.

Par 144 (2 x 72) CSS 76 76

Leaders after 2 rounds:
143 S Hassan (Vale of Glamorgan) 72 71, C Karsten (Net) 72 71.
144 R Connor (Manchester) 75 69.
145 V Sternebeck (Ger) 75 70, T Davies (Holyhead) 71 74, C Boeljon (Net) 71 74, Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell) 73 72.
146 K Walker (Buchanan Castle) 71 75, C Aitken (Mid Kent) 70 76, N Kitching (Claremorris) 73 73, T Delaney (Carlow) 77 69, A Goumard (Fra) 70 76, D-C Schreefel (Net) 71 75.

Other: Scot Qualifiers::
149 R Niven (Crieff)
151 P Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 77 74, , C Booth (Comrie) 74 77,.

Scots that missed the cut:
153 M Briggs (Kilmacolm) 76 77, E Ogilvy (Auchterarder) 73 80.
154 , L Murray (Alford) 76 78.
157 M Thomson (McDonald Ellon) 82 75, K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 77 80, L Kenney (Pitreavie) 77 80,
158 R Cassidy (Stirling Univ) 79 79, A Bushby (Strathmore) 83 75.
160 G Webster (Hilton Park) 79 81.
161 J Carthew (Ladybank) 85 76, E Fairnie (Dunbar) 82 79.
162 L Mackin (Majorca+ Ranfurly Castle) 84 78, S Wood (Drumpellier) 80 82, J Turner (Craigielaw) 81 81.
164 J Meldrum (Dullatur) 84 80,
169 A Niven (Crieff) 81 88,

For the full report go to the Kirkwood Website

Wednesday 20 August 2008

West of Scotland Scores at the British Open -- Kylie Walker is the leading Scot after Round 1

The Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship first round scores at Malone Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
West of Scotland's Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) was the leading Scot after the 1st round today only one shot behind the leaders on 71 (1 under par) with Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) on 76 the next best West of Scotland player
Par 72
Leaders After Round 1
70 Audrey Goumard France
Claire Aitken Mid Kent
Scottish Scores:
71 Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 35 - 36
73 Emily Ogilvy (Auchterarder) 37-36,
74 Carly Booth (Comrie) 39-35,
75 Roseanne Niven (Crieff) 38-37,
76 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 38-38,
77 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 40-37, Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 40-37, Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 39-38,
79 Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) 38-41, Rachel Cassidy (Stirling Univ),
80 Susan Wood (Drumpellier) 40-40,
81 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 39-42, Annabel Niven (Crieff) 41-40,
82 Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon) 41-41, Emma Fairnie (Dunbar) 43-39,
83 Alexandra Bushby (Strathmore) 45-38,
84 Jill Meldrum (Dullatur) 40-44.
85 Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank) 43-42.

To read the full report go to Gillian Kirkwood Website

Whitecraigs Golf Club --- August Results

Competition: Half Century Cup (One Class)
Date Played : 8th August 2008, SSS: 72 CSS: 73, Entries: 28
Best Net: Dorothy Cartlidge (12) 35 pts (bih)
Runner Up: Margaret Lindsay (24) 35 pts

Competition: 9 Hole Stableford
Date: 13th August 2008, SSS: 72, Entries: 12
Winner: Barbara Mackenzie (36) 17 pts
Runner Up: Fiona Watson (28) 17 pts

Competition: August Medal
Date Played : 3rd August and 15th ,SSS: 72, CSS: 73/75, Entries: 25
Silver Winner: Margaret Goodwin (20) 69
Silver R/Up: Dorothy Cartlidge (13) 71
Bronze Winner: Muriel Blair (30) 75
Bronze R/Up: Fiona Watson (28) 79
Scratch: Dorothy Cartlidge (13) 84

Ladies British Open Strokeplay -- West of Scotland Players are in Northern Ireland

Top field heads for Strokeplay at Malone
The Ladies' British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship begins today at Malone Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
West of Scotland Players taking part are Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Jill Meldrum (Dullator), Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) and Susan Wood (Drumpellier)

Tuesday 19 August 2008

Kilmacolm Mail on Sunday Team look forward to their 8th round match against Murcar Links

Kilmacolm Mail on Sunday Team -- Click to enlarge Kilmacolm team that beat Douglas Park in the seventh round of the "Mail on Sunday" competition. Left to right: Rena Simpson, Morag Turner, Annabel Kane, Marion Stewart and Megan Briggs. Eildih Briggs was missing on that occasion.

Kilmacolm are looking forward to their Mail on Sunday match against Murcar Links on Saturday 6th September. "Although we have reached round 7 on a number of occasions, the last being against Dornoch at Dornoch, we have never reached round 8" said Team Captain Anne Dunn. This year we are very fortunate to have Megan and Eilidh Briggs playing for us. Megan, who plays off Scratch, is our current Club Champion as well as being the current Renfrewshire County Champion and Eilidh, who plays off 3, was the runner up in both the Club and County Championships. The girls have been members of the club for about five years and have played in Home Internationals at both Girls and Senior level. They are a great inspiration to our Lady members - perhaps this is why we have progressed further in this competition than previously. With their very busy schedules we have not had the advantage of them playing in all our ties so credit must go to the rest of the pool: Marion Stewart - 10: Morag Turner - 11: Rena Simpson - 11: Sally Wilbur - 12: Annabel Kane - 13: Beatrice Orr - 15: and Annette Baillie - 16. Sally was unable to play in out last two ties as she got married in July and was too busy with all preparations for the wedding and then being away on honeymoon.

This should be a very interesting tie and I hope the weather is clement not only for the teams but particularly for those of us who are travelling up to support them.

Thanks go to Kilmacolm's Mail on Sunday Team Captain Anne Dunn for the report

Monday 18 August 2008

County Open Meeting Cancelled

Due to Lochmaben Golf Course being waterlogged and temporary greens being used, it has been decided to cancel the County Golf Open Meeting due to be held at Lochmaben tomorrow Tuesday 19 August. Refunds will be issued in due course.

Mary McKenna appointed for the 2009 Vagliano Trophy and 2010 Curtis Cup -- LGU Press release

The Executive Council of the Ladies’ Golf Union is pleased to announce that Mary McKenna has accepted an invitation to captain the Great Britain and Ireland teams for the 2009 Vagliano Trophy and the 2010 Curtis Cup.
Mary, who captained the teams in 2007 and 2008, will again be supported by Tegwen Matthews as team manager.
One of Ireland’s leading female amateurs, Mary won eight Irish Championships between 1969 and 1989, and participated in nine successive Curtis Cup matches and ten Vagliano Trophies. Tegwen was the first Welsh player to be picked for a Curtis Cup team, ultimately playing in four Curtis Cup matches and five Vagliano Trophies.
Ladies’ Golf Union Chairman, Trish Wilson, says
“With these golfing pedigrees, the team could not be in better hands than those of Mary and Tegwen. I firmly believe that a number of the members of the current team will form a core part of both the 2009 Vagliano and 2010 Curtis Cup teams, and the rapport already in place between the players, the captain and the manager will be invaluable going into the next series of matches.”
The Vagliano Trophy will be played at Hamburger Golf Club, Falkenstein, Germany on 24 and 25 July 2009, while the 2010 Curtis Cup returns to Essex Country Club in Manchester, Massachusetts from 11 to 13 June 2010.
Captain Mary McKenna says
“I am very pleased and honoured to accept the role of captain again, and look forward to working with the LGU, the girls and my right hand woman Tegwen for the next two years. Without a doubt, the Curtis Cup at St Andrews will always rank as one of my greatest experiences, and I very much hope that my next great experiences will be to escort both it and the Vagliano Trophy back to Great Britain and Ireland.”

Sunday 17 August 2008

Megan Briggs is the 2008 Kilmacolm Club Champion

Megan Briggs - the 2008 Kilmacolm Champion -- click to enlarge Megan Briggs beat younger sister Eilidh in the Kilmacolm Championship Final today. -- The Cup was presented by Ian Morrice, the Kilmacolm Captain.
Thanks go to Margie McCallum of Kilmacolm for the photograph -- click on the photo to see an enlargement

The Last of the videos from the Scottish Seniors at Deeside

The Strokeplay Prizegiving

The Matchplay Prizegiving

The Seniors' Supper Entertainers

Unfortunately some broadband connections appear to be a bit slow. If you allow each video to run thro' while you go AND MAKE A CUP OF TEA -- Then replay the video --- it should run ok without pausing and starting -- Sorry outwith my control

The Senior Lady Golfers Version of Cinderella
Some Entertainers from the Senior Supper
The Scottish Seniors Strokeplay Prizegiving
The Scottish Seniors' Matchplay Final
The Scottish Seniors Matchplay Prizegiving
The 2008 Scottish Seniors Team Announcement
Senior Supper Photographs
Photographs from the 2008 Scottish Senior Ladies Championships

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Lastly the West of Scotland Garton Girls's who enjoyed their stay at Deeside -- Click on the picture below
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Ranfurly Castle - August Medal

Played 13/8/08 22 Entries, SSS 73, CSS 75
Silver Winner Natasha Qayum (8) 69
Runner Up Eunice Muir (19) 74
Bronze Winner: Vicky Rennie (32) 77 bih
Runner Up Pat Pennel (21) 77
Scratch: Natasha Qayum 77

Saturday 16 August 2008

Gemma Webster loses in the Semi Final of the Strathtyrum Trophy

Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir), 26-year-old former Scottish Universities and Angus county champion, lost in the final of the Strathtyrum Trophy women's tournament at St Andrews for the second year in a row.
Ann was beaten 4 and 3 in the 18-hole final over the Eden course by Kent teenager Jerry Lawrence who was making her debut in the very popular holiday tournament at the Home of Golf.
The 18-year-old English player won her semi-final by 3 and 2 against the top qualifier and Scotland cap Gemma Webster (Hilton Park),
Ramsay defeated Scots-born Elaine Clark (Manchester) by one hole in the other semi-final.
Later results:
Semi-finals - A Ramsay (Kirriemuir) beat E Clark (Manchester) 1 hole, J Lawrence (Rochester & Cobham Park) beat G Webster (Hilton Park) 3 and 2.
Final - Lawrence beat Ramsay 4 and 3.

August Medal - Kilmacolm

August medal Played 14/08/08, SSS 72 CSS 71, 20 entries
1. Sally Dillon (15) 71acb
2. Sally Wilbur (12) 71
1. Julie Noble (33) 70
2. Norah Adams (21) 74
Scratch:Megan Briggs (0) 72

Friday 15 August 2008

Kilmacolm to play Murcar Links in the Quarter Finals of the Mail on Sunday

Kilmacolm are through the the eighth round of the Mail on Sunday Ladies Classic and will now play Murcar Links away from Home in the last 16
Either Murcar Links or Kilmacolm will go forward to the quarter-finals at Manchester in September.
The Murcar Links line-up includes Donna Pocock, the Aberdeenshire county champion. She is also the club champion.
Murcar Links previously reached the sixth round in 2004, when the format was such that four players out of a named pool of six competed.
To read all about the Murcar Team go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website
Kilmacolm has the Renfrewshire County Champion Megan Briggs and younger sister Eilidh in their Team
Click on the following link to see the Round Eight Draw
Kilmacolm Men's Team have reached the same stage and now play Braehead Golf Club also an a Away Match

Tri Am Texas Scramble --- Douglas Park

Played 15th August
Winners: Sally MacFarlane, Janet Dow, Ann Settle 76 (6.9) 69.1
Runners Up: Lynda Smith, Gina Rennie, Anne Nicol 76 (6.4) 69.6

Susan retains UK optometrists' title at Gleneagles

Susan Wood
Lanarkshire County Champion two-handicapper Susan Wood (Drumpellier)-- pictured left won the Viva International golf tournament for UK optometrists at Gleneagles yesterday for the second year in a row. She shot level par over the Queen's Course at Gleneagles.
"I got to three under par after 10 holes by making birdies at the first two par-5s on the front nine and then a further birdie at the 10th," said Susan who then dropped shots at 11, 12 and 13 to drop back to level par.
"But I managed to finish with six pars and take the title at the formal dress prizegiving in Gleneagles Hotel last night."
A total of 120 optometrists from all over the UK took part, including four ladies (only one other from Scotland - Dunblane Golf Club member Tracey Erskine (who happens to be Andy Murray's aunt), handicap nine, of Erskine opticians, one from Belfast and one from London.
"Overall we held our own against the men! It was a wonderful day with no rain and overall the condition of the course was amazing for the amount of rain we have had," said Susan.
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Thursday 14 August 2008

Scottish Vets are Champions

Rain washed out the third and final day of the Veteran Ladies Golfing Association area team championship at Southerness Golf Club.
Scotland, who were leading the table with two wins out of two, after two days' play won the title and the Miller Stirling Salver.
Final placings:
1 Scotland 4pt 14 games, 2 English North 2pt 9 1/2 games, 3 English Midlands 2pt 7 games, 4 English South 0pt 5 1/2 games.

Gemma Webster reaches Semi Final of the Strathtyrum Trophy

Former Scottish Universities women's champion and students' golf organiser Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) is on track to top last year's Strathtyrum Trophy achivement when she was beaten in the final.
Top seed Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) continues to make good progress. She was taken to the last green in the quarter-finals by C Appleby (Preston).
G Webster (Hilton Park) bt L Fraser (Kingsknowe) 5 and 4.
C Appleby (Preston) bt M Dolphin (Rochester & Cobham Park) 5 and 4.
M Henderson (West Rhine) bt K Marshall (Baberton) at 20th.
J Lawrence (Rochester & Cobham Park) bt S Simpson (Murrayfield) 4 and 3.
A Ramsay (Kirriemuir) bt V Gaskell (Richmond) 6 and 5.
R Hanlon (St Regulus) bt M Button (Nuneaton) 2 and 1.
E Clark (Manchester) bt K Clayton (Manchester) 7 and 5.
S Carty (The Island, Dublin) bt J Fallows (Manchester) 7 and 6.
Webster bt Appleby 2 holes.
Lawrence bt Hendereson 3 and 1.
Ramsay bt Hanlon 5 and 3.
Clark bt Carty at 21st.

Wednesday 13 August 2008

The West Vets win against the East Vets

The 2008 West Vets Team
The West Vets played their annual match against the East Vets on Monday 11th August and won the match 3 - 2. To read the full report and see some photographs from the day go to The West Vets Website

Scottish Vets are on course to win the Inter Area Championships

Scotland are set to win the title in the Veteran Ladies Golfing Association Inter-area Championship at Southerness Golf Club.They made it two wins out of two today when they beat English Midlands
West of Scotland players Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) and May Hughes (Lanark) were in the winning team today. To read the full report then go the West Vets Website

Ayrshire County Meeting at Routenburn

Played TUESDAY 12TH AUGUST 2008, SSS – 68, CSS – 71, Entrants 38
SCRATCH:Sheila Adams Loudoun 79 (7)
1st Angela Sharp LGC Troon 88(16)72 BIH
2nd Kath Mackellar Skelmorlie 84(12) 72
3rd Jett Pollock Belleisle 88(15) 73
1st Janice Gallacher West Kilbride 96(24) 72
2nd Jill Fox Largs 94(21) 73
3rd Kate McClelland Loudoun 96(22) 74

The Scottish Seniors Matchplay Championship --- Video of the Finals

Here is a 10 minute video of the Scottish Senior Ladies Matchplay Championship final at Deeside Golf Club on the 1st August 2008

To see the video in better quality --- stop the small video playing on this website and Click Here --- plus click on the square tothe right of the sound icon to see the video on a large screen
If you find the video is stopping and starting the cause is your broadband connection being a bit slow --- sorry - but there is nothing I can do about that

Gemma Webster is top seed in the Strathtyrum Trophy

Scotland international and Ohio State University women's golf team captain Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) headed the qualifiers with scores of 72 and 78 for 150 - one shot ahead of last year's beaten finalist, Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) - at the Strathtyrum Trophy women's open tournament, organised by the St Andrews Links Trust.
To read all the results go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Tuesday 12 August 2008

2008 Greenlees Trophy Results


West Vets News --- from Southerness

Scotland, rallied after losing the foursomes 2-1, to make a winning start to the Veteran Ladies Golfing Association inter-area championship at Southerness Golf Club today.
The Scots beat England South 6-3 while England Midlands beat England North, also by 6-3.
Click on this link for all the news Scottish Vets

Sunday 10 August 2008

Past Captain's meet for lunch at Douglas Park

Douglas Park Past Lady Captains -- Click to enlarge
The Lady Past Captains Annual Golf Competition and lunch was held at Douglas Park on Wednesday 6th August 2008. Due to the rain, there was no golf so the trophy will be played for later in the year.
The event was organised by Past Captain Jenny McGahan and in her welcoming remarks she particularly mentioned Past Captain Elspeth Low (in the insert in the picture above) and Sheena Mitchell (Second Row, second left) who were captains in 1964 and 1960 respectively

Thanks go to Pearl Slane for the photograph and the report -- To see an enlargement of the photo click on all the photo above

Senior's Supper --- Cinderella

At Deeside last month at the Scottish Senior's Championship there was entertainment at the evening of the Senior's Supper.
Liz Munro the tournament referee with the help of Pam Gordon(Inverness), Isobel McIntosh (Inverness), Eleanor Fisken (Nairn), Nancy Duncan (Brechin), Esme Hill (Dumfries and County) and Carol Whicher (Aberdeen Ladies) give their version of "Cinderella"

To view the video in high quality Click Here and then click on watch in better quality

Please note all videos can only be seen with broadband connections plus have your sound turned on ---- hopefully will keep going through the ones I have from the Scottish Seniors and add them to this website
To see all other videos on this website Click Here

Saturday 9 August 2008

Medal 10 - Douglas Park

Played 8th August 2008, SSS 72, CSS 75 (Reduction Only), 52 Entrants
Silver :
Alison Miller 89 - 14 = 75 acb
Lindsay McLean 89 - 14 = 75
Joan Gemmell 82 - 6 = 76
Christina Curry 109 - 34 = 75
Pat Kennedy 97 - 21 = 76
Margaret McLaughlin 105 - 28 = 77

The winner of the Granny Prize is Joan Gemmell.
The winner of the Bionic Cup is Helen Robertson.
The winner of the Golf Foundation Brooch is Christina Curry.

Tear to a Glass Eye - No golf on a wet Saturday

Today is wet and horrible and one of my best friends sent me a link to this fantastic video and I thought I would like to share it with all my readers and animal lovers who may be sitting in front of their computers and glad not to be out in the rain "hacking" away at that wee ball !!

To see it in better quality Click Here

Thursday 7 August 2008

Scotland lose to Ireland and England regain the Stroyan Cup

Foursomes: C Booth, K MacDonald bt S Cunningham, Lisa Maguire 4 and 2; R Wilson, S Vass lost to P Delaney, E O’Driscoll 1 hole; A Niven, L Atkins bt S Meadow, S L Winter 3 and 2 (2-1)
Singles: Booth lost to Cunningham 4 and 3, MacDonald bt S Crowe 7 and 6, Vass lost to Lisa Maguire 5 and 3, Niven lost to O’Driscoll 7 and 6, Atkins bt Winter 2 holes, Wilson lost to Meadow 3 and 2 (2-4).

Foursomes: A Boulden, K O’Connor lost to H Barwood, H Clyburn 2 holes; K Miller, G Bradbury lost to R Connor, H Baek 2 and 1; N Gobey, L Watkins lost to K Tidy, A Peters 3 and 1 (0-3).
Singles: C Williams lost to Barwood 5 and 3, Watkins lost to Clyburn 7 and 5, Boulden bt Baek 3 and 1, K O’Connor bt K Mundy 3 and 2 , Miller lost to Tidy 2 and 1, Gobey lost to R Connor 2 and 1 (2-4).

1 England 3pt; 2 Ireland 1 1/2pt; 3 Scotland 1pt; 4 Wales 0pt.

England regain Stroyan Cup, Scotland finish third

England’s 7-2 win over Wales on the final day of the Girls Home Internationals clinched the recapture of the title and the Stroyan Cup which had been in Scotland’s possession for the past two years.
On another wet day at Panmure Golf Club, England swept the foursomes – as they did against the Scots on Wednesday – and then took the singles 4-2 from Wales.
That meant the English finished with a 100 per cent record through the three days, having earlier beaten first Ireland and then Scotland.
The balance of Under-18 power has swung back to England who had that strength in depth advantage over the other countries. England’s skipper Julie Brown relied in the main on a nucleus of six players over the three days.
Ireland beat the Scots 5-4 today, coming back from 2-1 down at lunchtime, to take the Swansea Spoon as runners-up with one win (over Scotland) and one draw (with Wales).
Scotland slipped down to third place with one win (over Wales) and two defeats.
And so the pecking order established in the recent European girls’ team championship was more or less confirmed. England were beaten finalists at Murcar Links with Ireland seventh, Wales 16th and Scotland 17th of 19.
English women’s champion Hannah Barwood and Holly Clyburn built on the 3-0 foursomes lead to get their team’s points total up to the winning figure of five.
Hannah, who birdied the first and fourth holes to jump into a two-hole lead, went on to beat Wales’ Chloe Williams by 5 and 3. Chloe raised her hopes by winning the 10th and 11th but Barwood bounced back by winning four holes in a row from the 12th for a 5 and 3 victory.
Clyburn started like an express train on her way to a 7 and 5 win against Laura Watkins. The English player won the first three holes, halved the fourth and then took the next three holes to be six up on the eighth tee. Watkins stemmed the tide, if only momentarily by winning the eighth.
But Clyburn was not to be derailed. She won the ninth and 11th – lost the 12th – but won the 13th to end the match.
Katherine O’Connor put a point on the board for Wales by beating newcomer Katie Mundy 3 and 2. After losing the first hole, O’Connor won five out of seven holes in a row from the fourth to get into the driving seat and stay there.
Welsh girls champion Amy Boulden doubled the Welsh points tally with a 3 and 2 win over Heidi Baek. Amy took a grip on the match early on by winning the first, second, fifth and sixth, losing only the fourth. Heidi hung on in there to cut her deficit to one hole at the 11th but Boulden finished just the stronger, taking the 13th, 16th and 17th to Baek’s win at the 15th.
In the battle of the “Kellys,” Tidy of England beat Miller of Wales by 2 and 1. Kelly Tidy was never headed after winning the third but it was all square after seven and it was the English player’s successes at the 10th, 12th and 16th that proved crucial in the final analysis.
Rachel Connor, daughter of the Scots-born Manchester pro, gained England’s seventh point of the day with a 2 and 1 win over Natasha Gobey who mounted a little comeback after being four down at the turn but could not improve on a deficit of two holes.

Scotland started their singles with a one-point lead over Ireland and Kelsey MacDonald made it 3-1 with an impressive 7 and 6 win over Ireland’s Sarah Crowe, a performance by the Scot that included three birdies. That was completed at 3.20pm – and it was almost another two hours before Scotland got their only other win in the singles.
Sarah Cunningham, promoted to the No 1 singles position in the absence of the injured Leona Maguire, the Irish women’s champion, scored her only win of the three days – but it was a notable scalp she claimed. Sarah beat Scots girls champion and Junior Ryder Cup player Carly Booth by 4 and 3, having been four up at the turn.
On a holes-won count, Sarah had a 7-3 advantage over her much more highly-rated opponent.
Lisa Maguire, the Irish girls title-holder, dropped down to the No 3 slot outclassed Sammy Vass with a 5 and 3 scoreline, rounding off the match by winning the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th, and Emma O’Driscoll was also a handsome winner, by 7 and 6 over Annabel Niven. Emma did not lose a hole and was four up after seven. She ended the tie by winning the 10th, 11th and 12th.
Stephanie Meadow got the winning fifth point for Ireland, beating Rebecca Wilson by 3 and 2 in a match that was very tight for a long spell after Rebecca cancelled out Stephanie’s wins at the first two holes. Successes at the 12th, 15th and 16th tipped the scales in favour of the US-based Irish girl.
Scotland won the last tie to finish with 14-year-old Lesley Atkins, who was three times two down, battling on strongly to win four holes in a row from the 12th, losing the 16th and then clinching a two-hole win by winning the 18th.
Six players finished the tournament with five wins out of six.
England had three with that fine record – Holly Cluburn, Rachel Connor and Kelly Tidy. The others sharing the “Most Valuable Player” honour were Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald, Ireland’s Lisa Maguire and Amy Boulden of Wales.
Thanks to Colin Farquharson for the full report

To see a photo of the winners and runners up go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Wednesday 6 August 2008

Girls Home Internationals -- Scotland lose to England

Foursomes: H Barwood, H Clyburn bt C Booth, K MacDonald 4 and 3; R Connor, H Baek bt R Wilson, S Vass 2 holes; K Tidy, A Peters bt A Niven, L Atkins 4 and 3 (3-0).
Singles: Barwood bt E Briggs 7 and 5, Clyburn bt Niven 4 and 2, Tidy lost to Booth 2 and 1, H Searle lost to MacDonald 5 and 4, Peters halved with Wilson, Connor bt Vass 8 and 7 (3 ½- 2 ½).

IRELAND 4 1/2, WALES 4 1/2
Foursomes: Leona Maguire, Lisa Maguire bt G Bradbury, C Williams 4 and 3; S Meadow, S L Winter bt K Miller, N Gobey 5 and 4; S Cunningham, E O’Driscoll lost to A Boulden, K O’Connor 2 holes (2-1).
Singles: Lisa Maguire bt K Bradbury 7 and 6, P Delaney lost to Miller 6 and 4, S Crowe lost to Boulden 5 and 4, Meadow halved with O’Connor, O’Driscoll bt G Bradbury 4 and 2, Leona Maguire lost to Gobey 2 and 1 (2 1/2 –3 1/2)

Scotland v Ireland
Wales v England

To keep up to date at the Girls' International Matches at Panmure
then go to the Live Scoring from Panmure by Clicking Here

Tuesday 5 August 2008


St Andrews, Scotland, 5 August 2008: The R&A has today announced revisions to golf’s equipment Rules, which are designed to enhance the benefits of accuracy by making playing from the rough a more challenging prospect in future.

The new Rules, which relate to club face grooves, are the culmination of an extensive collaborative research project between The R&A and the United States Golf Association. This research shows that modern groove configurations can allow players to generate almost as much spin from the rough as is available from the fairway, resulting in a reduction in the value of accuracy.

“Our research has involved input from both Governing Bodies, including substantial laboratory work and player testing at all levels around the world,” said Dr Stephen Otto, The R&A’s Director of Research and Testing.

“Contributions from golf club manufacturers in particular have been considerable and they have welcomed the opportunity to be involved in the process.”

The revised Rules will significantly increase the spin differential between shots from the fairway and shots from the rough.

The new Rules will augment the existing limitations on grooves and will affect all clubs (with the exception of drivers and putters), with the new regulations limiting groove volume and groove edge sharpness. Essentially, larger volume grooves have the ability to channel away more material, such as water or grass, similar to the tread on car tyres. At the same time, sharper groove edges facilitate a better contact between club and ball, even in the presence of debris.

Both new regulations will apply to golf clubs with lofts greater than or equal to 25 degrees (generally a standard 5-iron and above) with only the rule limiting groove volume applying to clubs of lesser loft.

The Rules will apply to all clubs manufactured after 1 January 2010. Clubs manufactured prior to this date, which meet the current regulations, will continue to be regarded as conforming under the Rules of Golf until at least 2024.

It is intended that the new Rules will be introduced as a Condition of Competition at top professional level from 1 January 2010 and at top amateur level and in other professional events from 1 January 2014. The R&A and the USGA will introduce such a Condition of Competition at their respective championships in accordance with this schedule. The world’s top professional tours for both men and women, and the organisers of golf’s major championships, have all indicated their support for the new groove regulations and their intention to implement the Condition of Competition in 2010.

“We believe that this rule change is necessary to reinforce the importance of accuracy at the highest levels of the game. However, beyond that the new Rules will be phased in very gradually,” said David Rickman, The R&A’s Director of Rules and Equipment Standards.

“The vast majority of the golfing public will enjoy many years’ use of their existing equipment within the Rules and this, of course, will also apply to any purchases they make from manufacturers’ existing model ranges.”
Further information:

Peter Dawson, Chief Executive
David Rickman, Director of Rules and Equipment Standards
Dr Stephen Otto, Director – Research and Testing

The R&A
Tel: +44 (0)1334 460000

D & A August Medal - at Dunbarton Golf Club

Played 5th August 2008, SSS 71, CSS 74
Scratch : Anna Telfer (Milngavie) 79
1st Silver: Margaret Gibb (Hilton Park) 88-19-69
2nd Silver : Joan Shankland (Hilton Park) 91-19-72
1st Bronze: Joyce McGregor (Wimdyhill) 97-22-75 (BIH)
2nd Bronze: Margaret Rice (Helensburgh) 100-25-75

Junior Home Internationals - Scotland win against Wales

England and Scotland meet tomorrow at Panmure.
England and Scotland, the winning teams on Day One of the Girls Home Internationals, will meet tomorrow in a match that will go a long way towards deciding if the Scots complete a hat-trick of Stroyan Cup wins.
Scotland beat Wales 5-4 after taking a 2-1 lead from the foursomes while England had to come from behind to beat the battling Irish 6-3 after losing the foursomes 2-1.
Foursomes: C Booth and K MacDonald beat C Williams and K Bradbury 5 and 4;
R Wilson and S Vass beat K Miller and G Bradbury 2 and 1,
A Niven and E Briggs lost to A Boulden and K O'Connor 4 and 3 (2-1).
Booth beat N Gobey 3 and 1,
MacDonald beat L Watkins 5 and 4,
R McQueen lost to Boulden 3 and 2,
L Atkins lost to O'Connor 3 and 2,
Wilson beat Bradbury 2 holes,
Briggs lost to Miller 2 and 1 (3-3).
Lisa Maguire and Leona Maguire beat H Barwood and H Clyburn 1 hole;
S Meadowand and S. L. Winter beat R Connor and H Baek 3 and 1;
S Cunningham and E O'Driscoll beat K Tidyand A Peters 2 and 1 (2-1).
Lisa Maguire beat Barwood 2 and 1,
Leona Maguire lost to Clyburn 1 hole,
P Delaney lost to Tidy 1 hole,
O'Driscoll lost to Baek 1 hole,
Cunningham lost to Peters 3 and 2,
Meadow lost to Connor 4 and 2 (1-5).

Pamela Pretswell wins Swiss amateur title

Pamela Pretwell - Click to enlarge
Bothwell Castle’s Pamela Pretswell pictured above has scored a marvellous win in the Swiss International Women’s Amateur Championship at Lucerne.
She has sent a report for you to read.
You can scroll down for that, but first the leading final totals were:
Par 288 (4 x 72).
284 Pamela Pretswell (Sco) 78 72 67 67
285 Thea Hoffmeister (Ger) 71 75 72 67, Pia Halbig (Ger) 72 67 72 64.
289 Anais Maggetti (Swi) 71 75 73 70
She has sent a report to Colin Farquharson for you to read.
Pamela Pretswell reports:
I have been playing in the Swiss International Amateur Ladies Championship 2008 at the Sempachersee Golf Club near Lucerne This is an European Amateur Golf Ranking Event played over 72 hole [I came over for a bit of a holiday and a bit of golf].
I am pleased to report that I won the Championship with a total of 284 (78-72-67-67). The par was 72 and the course rating was 75.8 for each round. I finished four under par and 19.2 under the course rating for the championship.
I started with a 78 on Friday (with play being disrupted due to a thunderstorm) which left me outside the projected cut to 20 players but improved with a par round of 72 on Saturday to qualify for the final 36 holes in 11th equal position.
That left me 11 shots behind the leader, Pia Halbig from Germany, who shot 72-67 to lead the field by five shots.
On Sunday morning I scored a third-round 67 (five under par) to move into second place, one shot ahead of Thea Hoffmeister from Germany who scored a 72, but still six shots behind Pia Halbig who also returned a par 72.
Both Pia and Thea played in the Germany team at the recent European Ladies Team Championship in Sweden where our Scotland team had a successful tournament and finished ahead of the Germans in seventh place.
On Sunday afternoon, I scored another five-under-par 67 to win the championship by one shot from both Pia Halbig (who scored 2 over par 74) and Thea Hoffmeister who also scored a 5 under 67 in the final round.
I was really pleased with the way that I played over the last two rounds on Sunday. I have played a lot of links golf recently, which may have contributed to my first round score but I quickly adjusted to the conditions here in Switzerland and played consistently for the last 54 holes.
I was delighted with my 10 under par score on the final day, including 13 birdies, in extremely hot and tiring conditions and to fight back and win this international championship.
Winning this championship has also earned me an invitation to the 2009 Ladies European Tour Deutsche Bank Ladies' Swiss Open in Lausanne, Switzerland next year.

Pamela Pretswell
Lucerne, Switzerland

Note from the Gillian Kirkwood, Editor Colin Farquharson . Not only does Pamela play golf rather well, she writes a nice report, don't you think?

Pamela has certainly hit a hot streak of form. She was pipped by Kelsey MacDonald for the Scottish Under-21 girls' stroke-play championship at Powfoot and then set a record low 36-hole aggregate (15 under par) in winning the Mackie Bowl at Gullane.
Now she goes very low again to win on the international scene.

Pamela is Scotland's golfing girl of the moment

If you want to send her congratulations, will pass them on for you
To read some of the congratulations so far go to Gillian Kirkwood Website

Many , Many Congratulations from all in the West

Monday 4 August 2008

Kyle Walker wins the Riccarton Rosebowl

Kylie Walker and Barbara McKnight - Click to enlarge
St Rule Trophy winner Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) consolidated her position as clear leader of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association Order of Merit by winning the Riccarton Rosebowl 36-hole tournament at Hamilton Golf Club yesterday.
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) filled third place on 146 with scores of 71 and 75.
The Riccarton Rosebowl will be the final 36-hole Order of Merit event this season with the news that the Mary McCallay Trophy event at Dumfries has been cancelled.

Picture shows Barbara McKnight, above, ladies captain of Hamilton Golf Club, with Kylie Walker. Image by courtesy of Hamilton Golf Club.
Par 144 (2 x 72). CSS 73 72.
143 K Walker (Buchanan Castle) 73 70.
144 L Murray (Alford) 71 73.
146 M Briggs (Kilmacolm) 71 75.
149 G Webster (HIlton Park) 77 72, C-M Carlton (Fereneze) 76 73, A Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 72 77.
150 S Wood (Drumpellier) 77 73.
152 L Fraser (Kingsknowe) 76 76.
153 A Devine (Hamilton) 75 78.
154 C Hargan (Mortonhall) 79 75, J Sneddon (Alyth) 78 76.
155 A Ingram (Fort William) 80 75, J Carthew (Ladybank) 79 76, L Hendry (Routenburn) 78 77.
157 A Wilton(Ladybank) 78 79.
158 G Scanlan (Hamilton) 80 78.
159 R Rankin (Lanark) 82 77, S Crolla (Duddingston) 80 79.
160 L Kenney (Pitreavie) 77 83.
162 J Allan (Hamilton) 81 81.
163 L Walker (Muckhart) 83 80, J Jenkins (Ralston) 82 81, L MacGregor (Falkirk) 81 82.
166 E Cuthill (Lanark) 83 83.
167 L Ruane (Cardross) 87 80, J Wycherley (Monktonhall) 86 81.
172 L Bain (Lochend) 86 86.
183 M McKay (West Kilbride) 97 86.

Kilmacolm Competition Results in July

Played 17th July 2008 :July Medal, SSS 72, CSS 71, 20 entries
1 Megan Briggs (0) 71
2 Marion Stewart (10) 73 acb
1 Norah Adams (22) 68
2 Julie Noble (32) 78
Best scratch player - Megan Briggs 71
Played 22nd July : The Kathleen McNeil 5 club competition, 24 entries
1 Jane Simpson (24) 66
2 Joy Monteith (27) 68 acb
Played 24th July 2008: Gran's Goblet - Stableford, SSS 72, CSS 72, 27 entries
1 Anne Dunnet (30) 37 pts
2 Annabel Kane (13) 36 pts
Played 20th July 2008: Hidden Hole Competition
1 Cathie McLaughlan
2 Sally Dillon

Sunday 3 August 2008

Some Photographs from the Scottish Seniors Championship and Supper

I seem to have a bundle of photographs and bits of video taken last week at Deeside. The 1st album is of the Seniors Supper which was a magificent meal produced by the Clubhouse Catering Staff.
Thanks go to Noreen Fenton for a few of these photos.
To see the first set of photographs click on the small photo below

Scottish Seniors Supper 2008

The 2nd Album is of some photographs taken out on the course and thanks go to Pat Wilson for some of the photos of the matchplay prizegiving
To see the second set of photographs click on the small photo below

2008 Scottish Seniors Ladies Golf Championship

Hopefully when I have a look at the videos taken I will put them on the web if they are any use !

To see some photographs of the Course go to the Deeside Golf ClubWebsite

Saturday 2 August 2008

Alex Glennie is a reserve for the Scottish Seniors Team -- Video Announcement

To see the video in better quality Click Here

The Scotland squad for the European senior women's amateur team championship at Wouwse Plantage Golf Club, the Netherlands from September 2nd to 5th is:
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank).
Fiona De Vries (St Rule).
Jill Harrison (Cruden Bay).
Fiona Hunter (Baberton).
Mary Smith (Tain).
Margaret Tough (Falkirk).

1 Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose).
2 Heather Anderson (Downfield).
3 Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie).


Joan Marshall (Baberton).

Tee Hee Day -- At Erskine Golf Club -- Have Fun Playing Golf

Erskine Golf Club have Fun Click to enlarge
As lady captain this year, Barbara Campbell, lady captain at Erskine Golf Club, introduced a Tee Hee Day for the ladies where they were to wear polka dots. The ladies played in three’s and were given a three foot piece of string for the team which they could use on the greens around the course and the stroke would not count. (i.e. if they went for a putt and missed it they could use a piece of their string (within range) and the stroke would not count). They then knotted that part of the string and the amount left could be used at another hole.
Each lady, if they landed in a bunker, could throw it out once – without it counting as a stroke; again if they landed in the rough – they could kick it out - only once - without it counting on their score card.
I also wanted all ages to play and arranged the game that those who wanted, could play the course without playing the holes with the hills. The oldest playing lady on the day was Helen Pettigrew who is 86, and Barbara McHattie (former captain and in her 80s) won the longest drive for the day – she drove the buggy for the 86 year old!
I was fortunate to gain sponsorship for the day, including dinners at the local diner; car washes; bottles of wine; old fashioned sweeties in a presentation box; vouchers for various shops. To add to the day, the weather was stunning, wall to wall sunshine, warm and sunny smiles all round!
The picture above shows three of the ladies who took part: Jan Muir (pictured with the white polka dot top) said: “It was a fun day; lots of fun”.

Thanks go to Barbara Campbell --- Captain of Erskine Golf Club for the photo and enjoyable report

2009 Hacienda del Alamo Winter Festival

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Time to start thinking seriously about the 2009 Hacienda del Alamo Winter Festival
Tel and fax 01224 869782
Aberdeen, Scotland

Only six months and a bit to go to the 2009 Hacienda del Alamo Women's Winter Golf Festival with its streamlined programme of four events over a long weekend (February 11 to 17).
Have you made up your mind about coming back if you enjoyed the inaugural event - which I am sure you did - or are you going to come for the first time with some friends?
You will find all the details if you click on the appropriate FESTIVAL words at the top of the left hand column on the Home Page of
There are separate prize lists for:
*Lady amateur golfers with handicaps of 20 or under.
*Girl golfers with handicaps of 20 or under.
*Senior lady golfers with handicaps of or under.
*Lady professional golfers (who can take a party of female club members with them and coach them at the five-star HDA practice facilities if they wish).
If lady golfers want to go to Hacienda del Alamo with a male partner/husband/son, then they will be allowed to play over the Dave Thomas-designed course at a reduced rate when tee times are available. And males are welcome to join the ladies for the St Valentine's Day pro-am on the Saturday.
If you are looking for accommodation at the five-star Hacienda del Alamo Golf Resort, here's some news from one of the villa owners: Phil Eastham ---- We have a villa at Hacienda available to rent. is our web site.
Why not email :
Message from Colin:
I fully expect us to double the inaugural HDA Festival entry figures of 13 lady professionals and 44 lady/girl amateurs. We may have to cap the field at around the 100 mark because there is a limit to the amount of daylight, even in southern Spain in mid-February.
It will be first come, first served. So, to avoid disappointment, enter now and let the others do the worrying.
Colin Farquharson , Festival Controller

Pamela Williamson retires from Senior Golf

The West of Scotland Website and all in the West that have played with Pamela Williamson would like to congratulate her on a wonderful golfing career an wish her well in her retirement . To read all about her achievements Click Here

West of Scotland Girls Medal - Milngavie - Mhairi McKay is a winner

Played Milngavie 30th July, CSS 70
Scratch - Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) 78
1st Silver- Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) 78-10=68
Runner Up: Kirstin Scott (Milngavie) 80-9=71 (BIH)
3rd Silver- Connie Jaffrey (West Kilbride) 91-20=7
1st Bronze-Rachel Irvine (Largs Kelburn) 97-24=73
2nd Bronze Alexandra Duffy (Cathkin Braes) 122-36=82
Under 21- N/A
Under 16-Silver Abigail Gliksten (Strathaven) 79
Under 16 --Bronze N/A
Under 14-Silver Katie McGarva ( Kilmarnock Barassie) 76
Under 14-Bronze Megan Duff (Hilton Park) 92

Friday 1 August 2008

Lorna Bennett wins at the 20th and Alex Glennie loses in Final of the Plate

Lorna Bennett - 2008 Scottish Seniors Matchplay Champion - Click to enlarge
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) -- pictured above, came back from three down in the final to beat Fiona De Vries (St Rule) at the 20th hole and retain the Scottish senior women's amateur match-play golf championship at Deeside Golf Club today.
It was a game of two halves with Fiona having much the better of the outward half.
Fiona birdied the third and eighth and also won the fourth with a par to be three up on the ninth tee.
Lorna won back the 11th and 12th but lost the 13th to fall back to two down again.
She won the 15th to cut her deficit to one and holed a curly 12ft downhill birdie putt on the last green to square the match before winning with a par at the second extra hole. It was the first time Lorna had led in the match.
"I have to say I'm surprised that I am still champion, considering the state of play at the turn. But I just hung on in there and holed a few putts," said Lorna.
Kathleen Sutherland and Alex Glennie - click to enlargeKathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose) won Flight 2 final in which she beat Ayrshire's Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 2 and 1. ---- Click on picture above of Alex and Kathleen to see an enlargement
Today's results:
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) beat Mary Smith (Tain) 2 holes.
Fiona De Vries (St Rule) beat Jill Harrison (Cruden Bay) 4 and 3.
Bennett beat De Vries at 20th.

Second Flight
Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) 1 hole.
Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose) beat Heather Anderson (Downfield) 4 and 3.
Sutherland beat Alex Glennie 2 and 1.

Alex Glinnie reaches Plate final at the Scottish Senniors

Alex Glinnie (Kilmarnock Barassie) won her semi final tie against Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) this morning in torrential rain. Alex was 3 up at the turn and Noreen fought back to in the inward halve by having babck to back birdies at the 16th and 17th to sqaure the match. Alex then played a superb chip shot at the last from the back of the 18th green and ank the putt to win the semi final tie by 1 up.

She now meets the 2007 Stroke play Senior Champion Kathleen Suthrland (Montrose) in this afternoon's Plate Final

Morning News from a very wet Deeside course and the final day of the Scottish senior women's amateur match-play championship

Lorna Bennett beat Mary Smith 2 up
Fiona De Vries (St Rule) beat Jill Harrison (Cruden Bay) 4 and 3.

Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose) beat Heather Anderson (Downfield) 4 and 3.
Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) 1 hole.