Thursday 30 April 2009

2009 West of Scotland Championship Draw

Draw Sheet --- Click to enlarge

Sunday's West of Scotland women's (closed) amateur championship, to be hosted by Prestwick Golf Club, has attracted its largest entry for many years - some 48 players, all with handicaps of 10 and under.
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) is unable to defend the title as she is being sent by the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association to play in the Welsh women's open amateur stroke-play at Royal Porthcawl this weekend.
The backmarker in the field is Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) holder of the Swiss women's amateur title, and she will have strong competition from former Scottish champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze), Sara Bishop (Windyhill) and Susan Wood (Drumpellier) to name but four.
The West of Scotland Ladies County Golf Association has presented a new team trophy for which each county in the West District will nominate three players (under-18 years) from whom the best two scores will count in each round.
Ayrshire are running this year's West championship.

Wednesday 29 April 2009

Lanarkshire County Champion is Fiona Norris

Champion Fiona-click to enlargeFiona Norris is the Lanarkshire County Champion. She played well with birdies at the 4th, 9th and 10th holes and with 6 single putts in her last 6 holes to defeat Joanna Scott (Cathkin Braes) by 5 & 4.
Joanna also played well throughout the championship. In the morning semi finals Joanna defeated Lesley Lloyd 2&1 while Fiona defeated defending champion Susan Wood 4&3.
In the Bronze Championship Final Caroline Smith (Strathaven) defeated Margaret Porteous (Drumpellier), who was playing in her first County competition, 5&3.

In yesterday's afternoon's semi-finals Lesley Lloyd beat Pat Hutton 4&3; Joanna Scott beat Hilary Stuart 2&1;Susan Wood beat Allison Bell 5&3; Fiona Norris beat May Hughes by 1hole.

The players in the first round results were:
P Hutton beat A Clark 5&4;
L Lloyd beat L Lees 7&5;
H Stuart beat C McCall 6&5;
J Scott beat E Cuthill at 19th;
A Bell beat R Wilson 3&2;
S Wood beat A Devine 4&3;
M Hughes beat J Paterson 1 hole;
F Norris beat M Brodie 7&5.

In the Bronze semi-final Caroline Smith (Strathaven) beat Linda McLanachan 2&1 and Margaret Porteous (Drumpellier) beat Jean Glass 3&2.

Douglas Park - 9 hole Competition

9 hole competition (27/04/2009 CSS:72)
1st 18pts Susan Rattray
2nd 17pts Anne Terry
3rd 14pts Gillian Beattie

Ranfurly Castle Extra Medal

Played 29/4/09 27 Entries
SSS 73 CSS 73
Silver Winner Sarah Eckford (9) 74 bih
Runner Up Helen Craig (15) 74
Bronze Winner Helen Abram (23) 75
Runner Up Anne Nicoll (24) 78
Scratch Winner Sarah Eckford 83

Tuesday 28 April 2009

Renfrewshire County Foursomes over Kilmacolm

The Inter County Foursomes were played today at Kilmacolm with 49 couples participating.
The early starters had some very cold, rainy conditions which improved as the day went on.
RLCGA Vice-Captain Trish Brown, playing with a late change of partner, none other than Megan Briggs (the 2009 Renfrewshire Champion) - both of Kilmacolm - had both the best gross and best net scores 74 - 6.5 - 67.5 of the day. Unfortunately they can't go forward to the County Finals at Pollok on 13th May as Megan has exams.

Qualifiers for the Inter County Finals at Pollok on Wednesday 13th May will be:-

1st Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) & Liz Stewart (Greenburn) 77
2nd Gillian McGinley (Cochrane Castle) & Maureen Woodhead (Gourock) 82
3rd Merope Dunlop & Maureen Taggart (Old Ranfurly) 86

1st Irene Stewart & Annette Baillie (Kilmacolm) 90 -17 - 73
2nd Morag Turner & Beatrice Orr (Kilmacolm) 90 - 13 - 77 a.c.b.
3rd Nancy MacGadie & Rosemary Reedie (Ranfurly Castle) 90 - 13 - 77 a.c.b.

To see all the results for today Click Here

Spring Meeting - Whitecraigs

Spring Meeting 24th/26th April,SSS 72; CSS 24th April 75; CSS 26th April 71.





Scratch; Margaret Kyle 82
Vets; Christeen Finlayson (19) 74

Also, there are still some times left for our Open Day on Wednesday 13th May.

Monday 27 April 2009

Pat Hutton leads Lanarkshire qualifier

Title-holder Susan Wood (Drumpellier) qualified in sixth place with an 83 for the match-play stages of the Lanarkshire women's county golf championship at Drumpellier Golf Club today.
Leading qualifier and top seed is Pat Hutton (Lanark) who last won the title in 1985, although she reached the final in 1995. Pat returned a four-over-par 76, one above the CSS.
76 Pat Hutton (Lanark).
81 Fiona Norris (Hamilton).
82 Alison Bell (Strathaven).
83 Elaine Cuthill (Lanark), Hilary Stuart (Bothwell Castle), Susan Wood (Drumpellier), Janice Paterson (Drumpellier), Lesley Lloyd (Hayston).
84 Liz Lees (Hamilton).
85 May Hughes (Lanark).
88 Angela Devine (Hamilton).
89 Carol McCall (Strathaven).
90 Joanna Scott (Cathkin Braes).
94 Marion Brodie (Strathaven).
96 Anne Clark (Drumpellier).
9.30 Hutton v Clark.
9.37 Lees v Lloyd.
9.42 Stuart v McCall.
9.49 Scott v Cuthill.
9.56 Bell v Wilson.
1.03 Devine v Wood.
10.10 Paterson v Hughes.
10.17 Brodie v Norris.

Sunday 26 April 2009

Helen Holm --- Final Scores---Pamela Pretswell the top West of Scotland Player

1 MAGUIRE, Leona Slieve Russell 69 77 73 F -6
2 MACDONALD, Kelsey Nairn Dunbar 75 72 74 F -4
3 MAGUIRE, Lisa Slieve Russell 74 74 74 F -3
4 BROWN, Emma Malton & Norton 74 73 75 F -3

7 KENNEY, Louise Pitreavie 76 73 75 F -1
12 MURRAY, Laura Alford 75 74 77 F +1
20 PRETSWELL, Pamela Bothwell Castle 78 72 79 F +4
21 BOOTH, Carly Comrie 78 74 78 F +5
23 WALKER, Kylie Buchanan Castle 73 81 77 F +6
28 TURNER, Jane Craigielaw 78 82 74 F +9
40 BRIGGS, Megan Kilmacolm 82 78 77 F +12
41 LARSSON, Louise Karlstad 77
54 LAING, Anne Vale of Leven 77 77 88 F +17
56 GRUBER, Cara Royal Dornoch 82 78 83 F +18
57 HENDRY, Lesley Routenburn 84 76 83 F +18
58 RAMSAY, Ann F Kirriemuir 81 78 85 F +19
65 BRIGGS, Eilidh Kilmacolm 80 79 90 F +24
66 MELDRUM, Jill Dullatur 83 78 89 F

Saturday 25 April 2009

Spring Meeting -- Douglas Park Golf Club

Played 24/04/2009 SSS 72 CSS:73)
1st 85-15=70 Beverley Mitchell
2nd 87-16=71 Maggie Rutherford
3rd 84-12=72 Anne Fergusson
1st 101-31=70 Joyce Ferguson
2nd 105-34=71 Ann Settle
3rd 97-24=73 Anne Terry

Friday 24 April 2009

1st Round Sores at the Helen Holm

Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Stroke-play Scoreboard
Troon Portland. Par 75 (38-37), 5818yd. CSS 77
69 Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) 33-36.
72 Tilly Holder (Woburn) 37-35, Kym Larratt (Kibworth) 35-37
73 Rhian Wyn Thomas (Vale of Glamorgan) 37-36, Marion Ricordeau (Fra)
37-36, Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 36-37, Holly Clyburn (Woodhall
Spa) 36-37.
Other West of Scotland Players:

77 Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) 38-39,
78 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 41-37,
79 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 37-42,
80 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 40-40,
81 Elaine Cuthill (Lanark) 37-44,.
82 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 41-41,
83 Jill Meldrum (Dullatur) 46-37,
84 Lesley Hendry (Routenburn) 40-44,
85 Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) 43-42,
86 Kelly Brotherton (Troon Welbeck) 44-42,
91 Morag Macpherson (Troon Ladies) 45-46
147 France (M Ricordeau 73, L Andre 74).
148 Scotland (K Walker 73, K MacDonald 75).
150 Wales (R Wyn Thomas 73, T Davies 77).
152 Ireland (Leona Maguire 69, N Kitching 83).
153 Sweden (A Dahlberg-Soderstrom 76, L Larsson 77).
161 England (H Barwood 78, R Connor 83).
164 Finland (A Hakula 78, E Penttila 86).

Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play Results

Your Webmaster is away on holiday today-- So this is the best I can do for you at the moment !!

Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship Troon, 24th April 2009 - 26th April 2009
West of Scotland Entrants :
Anne LAING, (Vale of Leven)
Rachael MCQUEEN (Troon Ladies)
Elaine CUTHILL (Lanark)
Clare- Marie CARLTON (Fereneze)
Megan BRIGGS (Kilmacolm)
Kylie WALKER (Buchanan Castle)
Pamela PRETSWELL (Bothwell Castle)
Jennifer LINKLATER (Largs)
Lesley HENDRY (Routenburn)
Eilidh BRIGGS (Kilmacolm)
Morag MACPHERSON (Troon Ladies)
Jill MELDRUM (Dullatur)

To Keep up to date with all the results click on the following link Helen Holm

Thursday 23 April 2009

Golf Club Results -- Would you like to post them on this website

Golf Club Results -- As you will see Whitecraigs Golf Club have emailed me their Competition results as well as sending their results to the Glasgow Herald. If you would like your results posted on this website as well as the Herald then click on the link on the RHS of the webpage that says email your news

March/April Results from Whitecraigs Golf Club

WINNERS: MS. J. CARRICK and MS. A. YOUNG 35pts. (20)


Played 19th April CSS 71 / 20th April CSS 75

Wednesday 22 April 2009

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Lanarkshire County Winter Foursomes Final

The Final of the Lanarkshire County Winter Foursomes was played on Monday 20th over Cathkin Braes yesterday. In a very close match which was decided by the last putt on the last green Jane Lees and May Hughes (both Cathkin Braes) defeated Dorothy McTaggart and Mary Turner (also both Cathkin Braes)

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Monday 20 April 2009

West of Scotland -- Greenlees Trophy 2009

The 2008 Greenlees Trophy Winners - Click to enlarge The 2008 Greenlees Trophy Winners (From L to R) Anne Robinson (Ranfurly Castle ) - Runners Up Division 1, Marion Mason (Milngavie - Winners Division 2) , Rosemary Donaldson (Troon - Division 1 Winners) and Jinty Roger (Williamwood - Winners Division 3) - Click to enlarge

This week sees the first of 2009 Greenlees matches taking place. All 3 divisions have a match. In Division 1 --- Kilmarnock Barassie are at home to Milngavie, Division 2 --- Cardross are at home to Eastwood and in Division 3 --- Lanark are at home to Largs. I would like to take this opportunity of wishing all clubs participating in the Greenlees a successful and enjoyable season of matches, hopefully under sunny skies

Below are all the 2009 Fixtures and by clicking the 'Greenlees Trophy' links on the RHS of this web page you will also find the 2009 fixture list for all 3 divisions plus match results and divisional totals.

It is essential that you send your results to me on the forms you have been given, but in order to record them on the web site, those match secretaries who are able to do so, should also send them to me by email, by clicking the link on the RHS of this webpage as soon after the match as possible.

Fiona - Greenlees Secretary

Mail on Sunday -- Round 3 West of Scotland Results

Bothwell Castle Golf Club beat Cathkin Braes Golf Club 3-2
Cowglen Golf Club beat Whitecraigs Golf Club won at 21st
Douglas Park Golf Club beat Windyhill Golf Club 3-2
Drumpellier Golf Club beat Mount Ellen Golf Club 4-1
Helensburgh Golf Club beat Milngavie Golf Club 4-1
Kilmacolm Golf Club beat Greenock Golf Club 3-2
Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club beat Ayr Dalmilling Golf Club 4-1
Kirkintilloch Golf Club beat Hilton Park Golf Club won at 19th
Lochwinnoch Golf Club beat Beith Golf Club w/o
Loudoun Gowf Club beat Irvine Golf Club 4-1
Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club beat Ranfurly Castle Golf Club 5-0

To see the full list of results go to Mail on Sunday Website

Sunday 19 April 2009

Golfer who merits attention --- Kylie Walker

If you missed getting the Scotland on Sunday Newspaper today you can read the article published by Elspeth Burnside all about Kyle Walker (Buchanan Castle)

Saturday 18 April 2009

Megan Briggs receives her Champions Badge

Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) who won the Renfrewshire County Championship yesterday was interviewed after her win and Captain Christeen Finlayson presented her with her winners badge

To see another video (of Megans's Hidden talents) and some photos from the Renfrewshire Championships go to the Renfrewshire County Website

Medal 3 - Douglas Park

Played 17/04/2009, 42 Entrants, SSS 72, CSS:73
1st 87-14=73 Patricia Ross
2nd 88-14=74 Lindsay McLean
3rd 92-17=75 Mary McLean
1st 98-25=73 Helen MacDowall
2nd 101-27=74 Mary Agnew
3rd 95-21=74 Joan Pattison
Centenary Cup Winner: Patricia Ross 73 BIH

Friday 17 April 2009

Megan Briggs is the 2009 Renfrewshire County Champion

Megan Briggs -- 2009 RLCGA Champion -- Click to enlarge
Kilmacolm's 19-year-old Scotland international player Megan Briggs won the Renfrewshire women's county golf championship for the fourth year in a row at Whitecraigs Golf Club today.
The No 1 seed, Megan beat second best qualifier Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze), the 2003 title-winner and beaten finalist in 2007, by 3 and 2 in the final.
Both players were out in 38 and Briggs was two under par for her inward holes.
Clare - Marie had been in sparkling three-under-par form in the morning semi-finals in which she swept aside the challenge of 10 times champion Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle), beating her 8 and 7.
The Briggs sisters had a real tussle in the other semi-final before Megan won by two holes over 15-year-old Eilidh. Last year they met in the final.The last player to win the Renfrewshire title four years in a row was Donna Jackson from 1989 to 1992. Before that it was Shirley Lawson, before she became Mrs Huggan, from 1985 to 1988.
Megan Briggs' target must now be to equal the five successive county title achieved by Wilma Aitken (later Mrs Leburn) from 1978 to 1982.
Today's results:
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) beat Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 2 holes.
Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) beat Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) 8 and 7.
Megan Briggs beat Clare- Marie Carlton 3 and 2.

Thursday 16 April 2009

Lesley Hendry wins the 2009 Ayrshire Championship

Glasgow Golf Club vice-captain Ian Lockhart, who made the presentations at the Ayrshire women's county championship, is flanked by Lesley Hendry (left) and Hannah Gaunt

Lesley Hendry (Routenburn), the No 2 seed, won the Ayrshire women's county golf championship for the fourth time in the past five years at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club today
In the final, Lesley beat the surprise packet of the championship, 18-year-old Hannah Gaunt (Troon Ladies), who has a handicap of nine, by 4 and 3.
The finalists, Hannah on the left, are pictured above by courtesy of Alasdair Malcolm.

After a closely-fought first nine holes, the more experienced Hendry took a grip on the match to win on the 15th green.
In the morning semi-finals, No 4 qualifier Gaunt, who is bound for Stirling University on a law degree course, won by 4 and 3 against Liz Keohone (Loudoun Gowf), the No 8 qualifier but conqueror of top seed Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) in Thursday's second round. Hendry beat another former champion Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie), the No 3 seed, by one hole.
Today's results:
Semi-finals - H Gaunt (Troon Ladies) bt L Keohone (Loudoun Gowf) 4 and 3, L Hendry (Routenburn) bt A Glennie (Kilmarnock Barasse) 1 hole.
Final - Hendry bt Gaunt 4 and 3.
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

RLCGA Championship Top 4 Seeds thro' to Semi Finals

Donna Jackson and Alyson McKechin -- Click to enlarge Donna Jackson and Alyson McKechin -- Click to enlarge

The top 4 seeds reached the semi finals of the Renfrewshire County Championships at Whitecraigs Golf Club this afternoon.
Defending Champion Megan Briggs won through by defeating Eva Thomson (East Renfrewshire) in the morning and then beat Carol Whyte (Windyhill) in the afternoon quarter finals. She now meets her younger sister Eilidh last years beaten finalist.
Clare- Marie Carlton displayed powerful golf against young Natasha Qayum (Ranfurly Castle) to meet 10 times past Champion Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle)
Donna was 1 down with 4 holes to play against the other up and coming youngster Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) . She then thewon the short par 3 16th to square the match and finally won 1 up with a wonderful sand save at the 18th
1st Round:
M Briggs (Kilmacolm) beat E Thomson (East Renfrewshire) 5 and 3
C Whyte ( Windyhill) beat G McGinlay (Cochrane Castle) 3 and 2
G Kyle ( East Renfrewshire) beat Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry and Whitecraigs) 3 and 2
E Briggs (Kilmacolm)beat L McDougall (Greenock)4 and 2
D Jackson (Cochrane Castle ) beat J Mack (Haggs Castle) 6 and 5
A McKechin (Elderslie) beat B Paterson (Eastwood) 6 and 4
N Qayum Ranfurly Castle) beat Linda Stevenson (Whitecraigs) 2 and 1
C- M Carlton (Fereneze) beat L Stewart (Greenburn)5 and 3

Quarter-finals :
M Briggs beat C Whyte 4 and 3
E Briggs beat G Kyle 4 and 3
D Jackson beat A McKechin 1 up
C -M Carlton beat N Qayum 6 and 5

To see some pictures and full slideshow from the day's events Click Here

Kylie Walker is the 2009 D&A Champion

Kylie Walker and Champion Kylie Walker with county president Lesley McKilligan.

Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) won the Dunbartonshire & Argyll women's county golf championship for the third time in the past four years at Hayston Golf Club today.
Kylie, the No 1 seed, beat the sixth qualifier, Kirstin Scott (Milngavie) by 3 and 1 in an entertaining final.
Kylie (left) and Kirstin are pictured above (image by courtesy of Jean Campbell).
Kirstin chipped in from well of the green at the fourth for a par 4 and was two up at the eighth before losing her momentum.
Kylie won three holes in a row and was two up at the 14th before clinching the title at the 17th.
Jorden Ferrie, a 13-year-old, 24 handicap junior member at Kirkintilloch Golf Club, won the Bronze championship. She beat Morag Dunan (Milngavie) 9 and 7 in the final to win the Marion Anderson Trophy.
K Walker (Buchanan Castle) bt H Faulds (Douglas Park) 5 and 4.
K Scott (Milngavie) bt F McLean (Hilton Park) 2 and 1.
Walker bt Scott 3 and 1
J Ferrie Kirkintilloch) bt M Dunan (Milngavie) 9 and 7.
To see some more photos go to the
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Kylie Walker meets West Vets Captain Helen Faulds in the D&A Semi Final

Kylie Walker and Helen Faulds -- Click to enlarge Kylie Walker and Helen Faulds before their Semi Final Tie --Click to enlarge

Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) who was one down against Clober's Nichola Ferguson at the 18th in her quarter final tie but managed to square the match when Nichola drove out of bounds at the last and then found a bunker with her second shot. At the 19th, Nichola had to chip out from behind a tree and Helen, sank a 28ft putt for a place in this morning's semi-finals against top seed and defending champion Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle).

Kirstin Scotr and Fiona McLean - Click to enlarge

Kirstin Scott and Fiona McLean - Click to enlarge

The other semi-final features No 6 qualifier Kirstin Scott (Milngavie), conqueror by 2 and 1 of Laura McGeachy (Windyhill) against No 10 Fiona McLean (Hilton Park), who was a 2 and 1 winner over Anna Telfer (Milngavie).
The Bronze champion final between Morag Dunan (Milngavie) and Kirkintilloch junior Jorden Ferrie will tee off at 9.20am.
First round - K Walker (Buchanan Castle) bt P Cawley (Cardross) 4 and 3, L McColl (Bearsden) bt S Tryon (Gleddoch) 5 and 4, H Faulds (Douglas Park) bt S Hay (Kirkintilloch) 5 and 4, N Ferguson (Clober) bt I Harvie (St Rule) 6 and 5, L McGeachy (Windyhill) bt L Moffat (Helensburgh) 1 hole, K Scott (Milngavie) bt B Robertson (Helensburgh) 7 and 6, F McLean (Hilton Park) bt L Campbell (Cardross) 2 holes, A Telfer (Milngavie) bt E Young (Balmore) 1 hole.
Quarter-finals - Walker bt McColl 6 and 5, Faulds bt Ferguson at 19th, Scott bt McGeachy 2 and 1, McLean bt Telfer 4 and 2.
Semi-finals - M Dunan (Milngavie) bt M Charters (Hayston) 1 hole, J Ferrie (Kirkintilloch) bt A Byiers (Milngavie) 7 and 6

Wednesday 15 April 2009

Top seed Rachael McQueen knocked out in the Ayrshire Quarter Finals

Top seed Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) was toppled in the quarter-finals of the Ayrshire women's county golf championship at Glasgow Gailes today.
She went down by 4 and 3 to the No 6 qualifier Liz Keohone (Loudoun).
First round - R McQueen (Troon Ladies) bt G Arnott (Kilbirnie) 3 and 2, L Keohone (Loudoun) bt L Parry (Irvine) 5 and 4, R Purdom (Prestwick St Nicholas) bt L Williamson (Kilmarnock barassie) 3 and 2, H Gaunt 9Troon Ladies) bt B Beckett 9Caprington) 3 and 2, A Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) bt E Taylor (Troon Ladies) 3 and 2, A Thompson (Loudoun) bt R Donaldson (Troon Ladies) 6 and 5, G Smith (Ardeer) bt J West (Irvine) 5 and 4, L Hendry (Routenburn) bt L Allan (West Kilbride) 2 holes.
Quarter-finals - Keohone bt McQueen 4 and 3, Gaunt bt Purdom at 19th, Glennie bt Thompson at 19th, Hendry bt Smith 2 and 1.
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Megan Briggs is the leading Renfrewshire qualifier

Scotland international Megan Briggs is bidding to win the Renfrewshire women's county golf championship for a fourth year in a row at Whitecraigs Golf Club this week.
The 19-year-old Kilmacolm player, made a good start by leading the 16 match-play qualifiers today in cold, raw and windy conditions with a round of 74, one more than the CSS.
Megan is seeded to meet the No 2 qualifier, Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze), the 2003 champion, in Friday's final. Clare-Marie had a 75.
Third best qualifier was Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) with a 76. Donna, a record 10 times county champion between 1989 and 2005, was the last player to win the Renfrewshire title four years in a row. She did it from 1989 to 1992.
Megan Briggs' 15-year-old sister Eilidh, whom she beat 4 and 3 in last year's final, qualified in fourth place with a 78. That puts the Briggs girls in the same half of the draw so a repeat of last year is impossible.
SSS 72. CSS 73. (55 entrants)

74 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm).
75 Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze).
76 Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle).
78 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm).
80 Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Natasha Qayum (Ranfurly Castle).
81 Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle), Carol White (Windyhill), Linda Stevenson (Whitecraigs).
82 Beth Paterson (Eastwood).
84 Linsey Stevenson (Elie & Earlsferry).
85 Linda McDougall (Greenock)
86 Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle), Liz Stewart (Greenburn).
87 Eva Thomson (East Renfrewshire)
Top half
9.15 M Briggs v E Thomson.
9.22 C Whyte v G McGinlay.
9.30 G Kyle v Linsey Stevenson.
9.37 L McDougall v E Briggs.
Lower half
9.45 D Jackson v J Mack.
9.52 B Paterson v A McKechin.
10.0 N Qayum v Linda Stevenson.
10.07 L Stewart v C-M Carlton.
Quarter-finals at 1.30, 1.37, 1.45 and 1.52.

Tuesday 14 April 2009

Kylie Walker is the D&A leading Qualifier by 5 shots

Defending champion Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) looked different class when she headed the 16 qualifiers for the match-play stages of the Dunbartonshire & Argyll women's county golf championship by five strokes at Hayston Golf Club today.
Kylie, shot a 71, which matched par, the standard scratch , on a dry and cold, occasionally breezy day.
Anna Telfer (Milngavie), Laura McGeachy (Windyhill) and Nichola (Clober) all had the next best score of 76. Anna's inward half earned her the No 2 seeding in the opposite half of the draw from Kylie Walker, while the card countback made Laura the third best qualifier and Nichola the fourth.
Par 71. SSS 71. CSS 73
71 Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle).
76 Anna Telfer (Milngavie) bih, Laura McGeachy (Windyhill) bih, Nichola Ferguson (Clober).
77 Helen Faulds (Douglas Park).
83 Kirstin Scott (Milngavie).
84 Lorraine Campbell (Cardross).
85 Sarah Tryon (Gleddoch).
86 Lynn McColl (Bearsden).
88 Fiona McLean (Hilton Park).
89 Babs Robertson (Helensburgh).
90 Sandra Hay (Kirkintilloch), Isabel Harvey (St Rule).
92 Linda Moffat (Helensburgh) bih, Enid Young (Balmore).
96 Penny Cawley (Cardross).
Walker v Cawley, McColl v Tryon, Faulds v Hay, Harvey v Ferguson, McGeachy v Moffat, Roberts v Scott, Campbell v McLean, Young v Telfer.
92 Margaret Charters (Hayston).
95 Jorden Ferrie (Kirkintilloch).
101 Anne Byiers (Milngavie).
103 Morag Dunan (Milngavie).
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Ayrshire County Championship Qualifier - Rachael McQueen is the Top Seed

Rachel McQueen (Troon Ladies), who has never won the title, headed the 16 qualifiers for the match-play stages of the Ayrshire women's county golf championship at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club today.
Playing off the blue tees, scratch player Rachel returned a six-over-par 77 on a relatively wind-free day over a course in excellent condition, particularly the greens.
Hard on Rachel's heels were two former county champions, Lesley Hendry (Routenburn), who has a handicap of 2, with a 78 and six-handicapper Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) a 79.
Morag McPherson was unable to defend the title due to examinations.
Blue tees: Par 71
77 R McQueen (Troon Ladies).
78 L Hendry (Routenburn).
79 A Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie).
80 H Gaunt (Troon Ladies), R Purdom (Prestwick St Nicholas).
83 A Thompson (Loudoun Gowf).
84 G Smith (Ardeer).
85 L Keohone (Loudoun Gowf).
86 L Parry (Irvine), J West (Irvine).
87 R Donaldson (Troon Ladies).
88 L Williamson (Kilmarnock Barassie).
89 B Beckett (Caprington), E Taylor (Troon Ladies), L Allan (West Kilbride), G Arnott (Kilbirnie).
DRAW (9am) (Yellow tees)
McQueen v Arnott, Parry v Keohone, Purdom v Williamson, Beckett v Gaunt, Glennie v Taylor, Donaldson v Thompson, Smith v West, Allan v Hendry.
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Mark Your Members Card for Scottish Golf

Golf Club CentralThe SGU and SLGA have launched the Scottish Golf Card exclusively for golf club members as an added incentive, enabling them to take advantage of a 50% reduction off standard green fees at golf clubs participating in the programme. To read more go to the SGU Website

Sunday 12 April 2009

Eighteen Great Benefits of Joining a Golf Club

Golf Club CentralAs part of the Golf Awareness Week campaign, the Scottish Golf Union has compiled a list of eighteen compelling reasons why you should join a golf club, so if you are still undecided, here’s why you should decide yes!

Go to the SGU Website to read more

Spring Chicken Tri-am Competition - Douglas Park

Gladys Speedie Gladys Speedie --- Lady Captain of Douglas Park
This fun competition was played over 12 holes on Friday 10th April (Good Friday)
Winners: Nett 46 (after countback) Norma Campbell Elaine Park Nancy Smith
Runners up: Nett 46 Anne Fergusson Edith Monachan Norma Vallance
Congratulations go to the winners and their Lady Captain Gladys Speedie for her well planned organisation of this fun event.

Saturday 11 April 2009

Happy Easter to all our Readers

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Radio Scotland Interview of your webmaster

Radio Scotland Interview of your webmaster --- Please let it be noted that I did not set up the Centralised Handicapping System --- I was only a part of a technical group looking at it. Andy Salmon of the SGU is the main person involved

Friday 10 April 2009

West Vets Spring Meeting

The West Vets Spring Meeting was held over Sandyhills Golf Club yesterday and West Vets Captain Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) had the best score of the day in difficult conditions. To read the full report go to the West Vets Website


The D&A Inter County Foursomes was played over Cardross GC yesterday in rather wet and windy conditions. Joan Gemmell and Anne Fergusson (Douglas Park) were the scratch winners and I.Keywood & M.Duncan(Cardross)were the Handicap Winners

Inter County Foursomes - 3 Scratch & 3 Handicap Qualify

1. J. Gemmell & A.Fergusson (Douglas Park.) 93
2.I. Harvey(St.Rule) & A.Baker (Hilton Park) 94(BIH)
3.F.McLean & C. MacPherson (Hilton Park) 94

1.I.Keywood & M.Duncan (Cardross) 96-15-81
2.P.Cawley & P.Craig (Cardross) 97-13.5-83.5
3.D.Woodger & M.Grant (Hilton Park) 100-15.5-84.5

Thursday 9 April 2009

Live Scoring from the Under 16's Open Stroke Play Championship

Live scoring is available from the Under 16 Open Stroke Play Championship at Craigielaw

Listen to Radio Scotland this Saturday

John Beattie and Andy Salmon
Carol FellScottish Golf Development Manager Andy Salmon --- and your Webmaster Carol Fell were interviewed today by John Beattie ex Scottish Rugby Internationalist about the 2009 Scottish Golf Awareness Week and the new Centralised Handicapping System--- You can listen to the interview this Saturday (11th April) at 9am - 10am on Radio Scotland --- Click on the photos for enlargements

9 Hole Stableford -- Douglas Park

9 Hole Competition Played 06/04/2009 CSS:72
1st 19pts Brenda Murray
2nd 18pts Marjorie Lockhart
3rd 17pts Anne Strathdee

Sunday 5 April 2009

Renfrewshire County Medal over Caldwell

Cladwell Golf Club - Click to enlarge
Played over Caldwell Golf Club on the 5th April 2009, SSS 72, CSS 75 (Reduction Only),
48 Entrants
Division 1: (Handicap Scratch - 12)
1st Sally Foster (Kilmacolm) 85 (11) 74
2nd Linda McDougall (Greenock) 84 (8) 76
3rd Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 84 (6) 78

Division 2 (Handicap 13 upwards)
1st Mary Gildea (Caldwell) 99 (19) 80
2nd Fiona Roger (Ranfurly Castle) 95 (13) 82
3rd June Irons (Caldwell) 101 (18) 83

Scratch :Donna Jackson 82

Click on this link to see the full results All The scores

SLGA April Medal -- East Renfrewshire Golf Club

SLGA April Medal Played 1st April 2009 (SSS 71, CSS 72)
Silver: Ann Harvie (18) [acb] 73, Gillian Kyle (4) 73, Audrey Barclay (13) 79,
Bronze : Liz McShane (33) [acb] 78, Fiona Leslie (30) 78 , Alison McKellar (30) 79.
Best Scratch Player: Gillian Kyle 77

April Medal --- Bearsden GC

Played 2nd April 2009: SSS 69, CSS 72


Lynn McColl (8) 82
Pat Hutton (20) 86
Bronze :
Fiona Alexander (28) [acb] 71
Sheila Mumford (24) 71
Janet Wotton (29) 73

Saturday 4 April 2009

Daily Exercise for Golf !!

I came across this exercise suggested for the over-37s to build muscle strength in the arms & shoulders. The article suggested doing it 3 days a week, but I do it daily. 

1. Begin by standing on a comfortable, flat surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 2kg potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to hold for a full minute, then relax.

2. Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit 
longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 5kg potato bag. Then a 25kg potato bag and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 50kg potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at that level).

3. When you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the 

Thanks go to Moira Jakobsson from Enjoy Music for that one

SLGA Medal - Prestwick St Nicholas

Played 2nd April 2009 ,SSS 72, CSS 73

C Malcolm (3)70
W Hollingworth (14) 74
J Brown (13)75
M White (28) 73
P Baxter (30) 76
K Hodge (24)76

Scratch : C Malcolm 73

Medal 1 --- Douglas Park Golf Club

Played 4th April 2009, SSS 72, CSS 73, 40 Entrants
1st 74-5=69 Helen Faulds
2nd 82-10=72 Carol Fell (bih)
3rd 91-19=72 Christina Graham

1st 101-30=71 Yvonne Currie
2nd 109-35=74 Denise Macnaughton (bih)
3rd 101-27=74 Anne Stevenson

Scratch: Helen Faulds 74

Scottish Golf Awareness Week -- Some Ideas

The Scottish Golf Awareness Week, 13-20 April, is an initiative to encourage those golfers who are not club members to join their local golf club. The campaign will start the week after The Masters and clubs are encouraged to embrace the "Love Golf? Join the Club" campaign throughout the year.
Here are some ideas to help clubs with a local campaign. Go to the SLGA Website to read all ablout it.

Friday 3 April 2009

March Medal - Greenock

Played 2nd April 2009: (SSS 71, CSS 73)
Scratch: Mo Neilson (8) 74
Silver: Margaret Austin (17) 71< Mo Neilson (8) 74
Bronze: Sandra Cook (24) 80, Jessie McKillop (34) 80

Stableford - Cathcart Castle Golf Club

Stableford (SSS 69, CSS 72)Played 1st April 2009

S. Mitchell (12)34
A. Ritchie (17) [acb] 33
M. Mitchell (10)33
M. McMurtrie (26)38
D. Sim (22)31
M. Madill (36)30

Thursday 2 April 2009

Denim Day at Hilton Park launches Scottish Golf Week

Scottish Golf’s Awareness Week gained momentum with the launch of the ‘Love Golf? Join the Club’ campaign on April Fools Day at Hilton Park Golf Club.

The joint SGU and SLGA campaign which was recently boosted by a £10,000 grant from the R&A, is the first of its kind and aims to promote the benefits of golf club membership, while helping clubs recruit and retain members.

In a break from tradition, SGU and SLGA executives sported jeans and T-shirts to demonstrate the sort of thinking which is helping clubs widen their appeal to a new target audience.

At a press conference officials of Hilton Park and Swanston New, another of the clubs that have embraced Golf Awareness Week, outlined some of the methods they have used in recent years to build their memberships at a time when the trend has been toward declining membership across Scotland.

Scottish Golf Development Manager Andy Salmon who is spear-heading this campaign, said: “The majority of clubs are already using our free of charge service within the Scottish Golf web-site, to market themselves and there are currently 300 clubs advertising membership vacancies. This is helping to break down the myth that clubs are difficult to get into because of closed memberships or lengthy waiting lists when many are actually actively looking to recruit new members.

“Swanston New and Hilton Park are great examples of clubs that are reaping the benefits of innovative thinking by adopting a more customer focussed approach to their membership. What we are keen to do is provide as many examples as possible of best practise so that other clubs can choose what best suits their particular needs.

“We are not suggesting that many clubs are likely to start allowing members or guests to turn up in T-shirt and jeans, but the purpose of today’s event was to invite them to think differently about how they promote themselves to a wider market, specifically targeting the nomadic golfer A more relaxed dress code is just one example of a successful change in golf clubs.”

Lynn Kenny, one of Scotland’s leading female professionals on the Ladies European Tour who was supporting today’s launch, added, “The Love Golf? Join the Club campaign is a great idea for Scotland’s clubs. Being a member of a golf club is a fantastic way to make life-long friendships and is often great value for money compared to other leisure pursuits.

“Attitudes within golf clubs have changed significantly for the better towards women and families and I’m sure this campaign will help attract many new members whilst also convincing existing members that they should remain at their club.”

Wednesday 1 April 2009

April Medal - Ranfurly Castle

Played Sun 29 Mar 2009 [CSS 76 RO] and Wed 1 Apr 2009 [CSS 75], 34 Entries

Silver Winner: Mary Craig (11) 65
Runner Up: Anne Judge (7) 77
Bronze Winner: Agnes Williamson (21) 70
Runner Up: Karin MacKenzie (28) 77
Best Scratch: Mary Craig 76

New Scottish Golf Card

Scottish Golf Card
The SGU & SLGA have teamed up with clubs across Scotland to launch the new Scottish Golf Card, exclusively for members of SGU & SLGA affiliated golf club members. At just £10 per annum, it’s a fantastic way to play more golf, with ‘Less Wedge Required!’

The Scottish Golf Card gives you 50% off standard greens fees at many golf courses in Scotland, including Blairgowrie, Crail, Dalmahoy, Glenbervie, Lanark, Newmachar, Whitekirk as well as Slaley Hall in the north east of England. A total of 74 courses have now signed up with many more to follow over the coming months.

For a list of participating clubs please go to SGU Golf Central scroll down to the Scottish Golf Card icon, tick the box and click on Advanced Search.

All you have to do to apply for the card is fill out an application form with your payment details or call the SGU on 01334 466 477 with your credit card details. We will contact your club secretary to verify that you are a member of your home club and your card will be posted out to you within 7 days.

The Scottish Golf Card is a great way of playing some of the courses in Scotland you’ve always wanted to visit, or organising an outing with your friends.

You’ll find all the information you need on the SGU’s fantastic website,, whether you are looking for details on courses you plan to visit, competitions you want to enter or news, views and results from championship golf in Scotland.

The Wee Art Show

Lois Brown (Kilmacolm and Ranfurly Castle Golf Club) has informed me that the “The Wee Art Show” which is an innovative art sale will take place on 24-26th April 2009 at Wilson Davis Fine Art, Quarriers Village, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire.
The show will be an exciting mix of anonymous postcard art from many talented professional and amateur artists and celebrities and contemporary art.
To read all about it go to The Wee Art Show Website

Also here is a Flyer that you can print out.

You will know & love many of the artists who have contributed.!! Gladys Speedie (Captain of Douglas Park) is one of them. The website has all details & a lot of sample paintings that enlarge if you click on them.
They are selling tickets for the opening night for £10 each [with amazing prize for lucky ticket!]. They are going like hot cakes so let Lois know very soon if you want one.
Otherwise please come along during the weekend for a leisurely ‘browse & buy’!!

There is a New restaurant just opened 100 yards from gallery, serving coffees, brunches, pm tea, & Bistro dinners . Cail Briuch 01505 610956
Also, just beyond the restaurant, a lovely place for dog walking over Gryffe river, with history of Quarriers along the pathway! That’s the plug for Quarriers over!!

Thanks go to Lois Brown for all the details of the event --- Sounds like a good day out

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club win Junior Club of the year award

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club won the Junior Club of the Year Award at the Scottish Golf Dinner in Glasgow on Friday, 27th March
Please see the Gillian Kirkwood Website for further information.

NFL Fantasy Files: The Best Players

I think John Beattie has a little more practice to do!!!

Thanks go to Anna Telfer for that one !
? Do you think it will help with my pitching ?!!!