Sunday 26 December 2010

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Friday 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas to all our Readers

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Sunday 19 December 2010

Clare Queen had a 2 under par final round and makes the full European Tour for the Seventh time

Clare Queen, made it and can look forward to a seventh successive season on the Ladies European Tour. Rookie Carly Booth failed by the narrowest margin, one shot outside being involved in a play-off for the last of the 30 Category 8a memberships.
Clare, who is attached to The Carrick at Loch Lomond, tied for 16th place with scores of 74, 70, 77, 76 and 71. Her last round, under pressure after her third and fourth rounds had her slipping into the danger zone, for a 368 aggregate showed the former British girls champion still has what it takes. She will gain full access to all the events on the LET schedule for 2011.
Young Carly has had to settle for Category 9b membership which will give her a number of outings but not to the bigger events where she will be too far down the pecking order to get into them.
Many congratulations Clare


Saturday 18 December 2010

Ladies European Tour -- Clare Queen needs one more good round in the Qualifying School

The European Tour Qualifying School has been held at La Manga Spain this week and after 4 rounds Clare Queen is on 297 - one shot inside the projected cut-off mark. She started well at La Manga with opening rouns of 74 and 70 for 144 but her third and fourth rounds of 77 and 76 have totalled nine shots worse - 153.
The Carrick at Loch Lomond player, a former British girls champion, just needs to keep her nerve in Sunday's crunch round and she can be back where she belongs for a seventh season on the LET.
Carly Booth from Comrie is one shot outside the leading 32 and ties at the moment with a 72-hole tally of 299 but she had a fourth-round of 71 which will give her some confidence for the showdown run. She had earlier scored 75, 75 and 78.
Pamela Feggans and Heather McCrae both missed the cut.

Friday 17 December 2010


The Scottish Ladies Golfing Association has named the following players in selection and training squads for 2011:
National Women's Squad
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), Laura Murray (Alford), Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Jane Turner (Craigielaw), Rachael Watton, Sally Watson (Elie and Earlsferry) (USA-based)
National Girls' Squad
Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies), Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw), Hannah McCook (Abernethy), Rebecca McGeehan (Hummelbachaue, Germany), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies).
Scottish Golf Academy Year 2
Ailsa Bain (Peebles), Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie), Connie Jaffrey (West Kilbride), Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe), Tara McTaggart, Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies), Samantha Munro (Aberdour), Rachel Polson (Peterculter), Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry), Eleanor Tunn (Reay), Eilidh Watson (Muckhart), Lauren Whyte (St Regulus), Clara Young (North Berwick).
Scottish Golf Academy Year 1
Katie McGarva (Troon Ladies), Eva O'Connor (Bothwell Castle), Emma Hale (Troon Ladies), Emma Greenlees (Dumfries and Galloway), Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co), Chloe Goadby (St Regulus), Tegan Seivwright (Deeside), Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne), Claire Gadsby (Crieff), Heather Munro (Monifieth), Sophie Maguire (St Regulus).

Heather Anderson Celebrates a "Big Birthday"

Heather Anderson (Troon Ladies and Caldwell) is 80 tomorrow. To read more go to the Renfrewshire County Website

Friday 10 December 2010

Kevin Craggs DVD - Christmas Special Offer

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email Kevin at to order a copy

Phoenix Hail Storm

What ya all moaning about - YOU just have some snow and it is a wee bit cold. Here is Florida we have frost!!!! but I ain't complaining!!!! yet!!!!!

A true golfer wouldn't let this stop him, however, locating the golf ball would be very difficult.

Thanks go to D&A's Jean Campbell for this one


Request from Colin Farquharson, Tournament Director of the 2011 Morocco Golf Festival, to be played over five courses in the Marrakech area from October 8 to 15.
We had only four Scots in a total entry of 47 for the inaugural Morocco Golf Festival last October. Click Here to see the Prizes to be won
I would like to see many more from Scotland participating in the 2nd Festival and, to that end, I would be very grateful if you could print off THIS POSTER and display it on your club's men's and women's noticeboards.
Thank you in anticipation.

Telephone 01224 869782

Friday 3 December 2010

SLGA Amalgamation Roadshows Postponed

The SLGA's Amalgamation Roadshows scheduled for Tuesday 7 December at Douglas Park Golf Club and Thursday 9 December at Blairgowrie Golf Club have been postponed due to the weather. They will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

News From D&A's Jean Campbell from Florida

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"Good Morning Everyone- well how are you doing with all the snow? 

I hope everyone in D&A, Milngavie, Bearsden, Hayston Golf Club, West of Scotland are surviving the cold weather ---  mind you, it is still a wee bit on the cool side in Florida !!!

luv Jean

The 200 Gong Shot

Thursday 2 December 2010

Clare Queen qualifies at La Manga

Clare Queen (The Carrick on Loch Lomond),and Heather MacRae (Downfield) qualified comfortably today (Thursday) from the four-round Ladies European Tour pre-qualifying event to claim a place in the field at the Final Q School, also at La Manga, Spain, from December 15-20.
But fellow Scots Gemma Webster (Glasgow), Majorca-based amateur Lauren Mackin and Carnoustie's Katy McNicoll failed to figure among the 73 qualifiers.
Clare Queen finished eighth in the South-North group with scores of 73, 71, 75 and 71 for two-over-par 290, 13 shots behind the runaway winner of this section, Sweden's Caroline Hedwall.
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Sunday 28 November 2010

Skelmorlie send in their Mail on Sunday news from Spain

 Skelmorlie GC  Players and Caddies    - The  Mail on Sunday Team - Click to enlarge
Sorry we are a few days late with our news, but as you heard from the victorious Murrayfield ladies, our short time in Spain was wonderful but very wet and we are still trying to dry our gear out!
Well we didn’t quite make it this time but the whole experience was amazing and has only made us more determined to try again next year. Firstly, we would like to formally congratulate Murrayfield on winning, especially in far from ideal conditions, against some tricky opposition and without the help of caddies. We were fortunate to have ladies from our club to caddy for us and they really proved their worth when the rain gods decided to vent their wrath on this normally dry and sunny part of Spain. The Mail on Sunday has been going to El Rompido for the past 8 years and this was the first rain in all that time!

Our gallant ladies, captain Kath Mackellar, Gillian Pollock, Aileen Donaldson, Janet Harkness and Alex Sargent fought bravely on both days, only narrowly missing out 2-3 on each occasion.
Alex won both her matches and even although we knew we had lost out on a third place on the Wednesday by the 17th hole, she played on gamely to seal her individual win on the 18th green. We would like to pay tribute to all our ladies, and three lovely gents, who paid their own way to Spain in order to either caddy for us or just to be there with encouragement and lots of patriotic flags, banners and mascot bears
As Norma said, the Mail on Sunday team were superb and treated us royally, so we feel we were winners in just reaching the final stages in Spain. It is an extremely well run competition and gave a small club like ours the opportunity to enjoy matchplay against more prestigious clubs and to make many new friends as a result.

We were overwhelmed by the number of Good Luck cards from many of the clubs we had beaten on the way to Spain and from clubs in our local area who had watched us progress over the past nine or so months.
We are far from despondent and have also been enjoying more than a few glasses of Fizz since our return, despite not winning. As I said before we can’t wait to start all over again in the early new year, and now we know what awaits in El Rompido next November, we will be trying even harder next time.
 Kind regards, Jenny McGee.

Milngavie Captain Anna shares her 2010 Greenlees Success

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Milngavie Celebration Party - Click to enlarge
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" Thought this might interest folk (apart from the Cathkin Braes team!!!!)
The Milngavie team held a fun filled celebration night at Captain Anna's house on Friday. The champagne flowed, the food was plentiful and delicious, and the laughter never stopped!!!!
Roll on 2011"

Cheers Anna Telfer

Thursday 25 November 2010

Murrayfield are the Mail on Sunday Champions

Murrayfield Ladies  - The 2010 Mail on Sunday Classic Winners - Click to enlarge
Murrayfield Ladies have won the Mail on Sunday Classic!
Murrayfield beat Beau Desert (Staffordshire) 3 1/2-1 1/2 in the final - the 11th round of the national inter-club competition - at El Rompido, Huelva on Spain's Costa del Sol.
Scotland's other qualifiers for the last four - Skelmorlie Ladies from North Ayrshire - lost narrowly in the other semi-final. They were beaten 3-2 by Beau Desert.
Well done, Murrayfield! And well done Skelmorlie to reach the last four from such a huge, national entry.
Norma Richmond reports:
Murrayfield played their semi final match at El Rompido in the most amazingly foul weather - heavy, heavy rain, sodden ground, bunkers being pumped out, not helped by everyone saying that part of Spain gets only 30 days rain a year and it was all coming down when we were there!
After the dinner the previous evening the draw was made for the semi-finals and Murrayfield drew Wildwood GC from Surrey, and Skelmorlie drew Beau Desert from Staffordshire.
The Murrayfield team on the semi-final day was made up of Margaret Fergusson, Rosie Dennis, Lynn Wilson, Norma Richmond and Caroline Johnstone.
Our opponents all had caddies which, although we had decided not to have any, we slightly envied as they managed to keep things drier than we did. However, we beat Wildwood 5-0 which we were delighted about!
Beau Desert beat Skelmorlie 3-2 in the other semi-final.
The Murrayfield team for the final was: Margaret Fergusson, Ray Lynch, Lynn Wilson, Norma Richmond and Caroline Johnstone.
Our first two players, Margaret Fergusson (5 and 4) and Lynn Wilson (2 and 1) won their matches. Ray Lynch halved her match on the 18th, having fought back from two down on the 17th tee.
Norma Richmond lost 4 and 3 and Caroline Johnstone won 4 and 2 which clinched Murrayfield's overall victory 3 1/2 to 1 1/2.
As you can imagine were were absolutely thrilled and spent the rest of the day drinking champagne.
The team who won the men's Mail on Sunday title, the Vale of Glamorgan, very kindly presented us with a bottle of champagne, having already had the one produced by the Mail on Sunday organisers. We had a gala evening with the presentations - and turned into a very late, noisy night.
Thanks for the report -- Hopefully Skelmorlie will submit ther version

Wednesday 24 November 2010

Cochrane Castle Christmas Fair

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Want to buy some goodies for Christmas then Cochrane Castle golf club are having a Christmas fair this evening (Wednesday 24th November) starting at 7pm.

Sunday 21 November 2010


In the girl's section of the Scottish Golf Academy Under-16s Winter Series 18-hole event at Strathmore Golf Centre, Alyth today (Sunday).Gabrielle McDonald (Craigielaw), winner of the girls' first event at The Glen at the end of October, figured in a three-way tie this time with Clara Young (North Berwick) and Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies).

Par 72
75 Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies), Gabrielle McDonald (Craigielaw), Clare Young (North Berwick).
76 Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies), Lauren Whyte (St Regulus), Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm).
79 Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies), Connie Jaffrey (West Kilbride).
80 Samantha Munro (Aberdour), Eilidh Watson (Muckhart).
81 Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe).
82 Hannah McCook (Abernethy), Katie McGarva (Troon Ladies).
83 Rachel Walker (Dumfries & Co), Lindsey Stevenson (Elie & Earlsferry), Heather Munro (Monifieth), Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne).
84 Rachel Polson (Peterculter), Tara McTaggart (Minto).
87 Emma Greenlees (Dumfries & Galloway), Clare Gadsby (Crieff).
88 Eleanor Tunn (Reay).
89 Emma Hale (Troon Ladies), Tegan Seivwright (Deeside).
90 Sophie Maguire (St Regulus).
Withdrew: Eva O’Connor (Bothwell Castle), Chloe Goadby (St Regulus), Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie).
The third Scottish Golf Academy Under-16s Winter Series event will be held at the Eden course, St Andrews on Sunday, February 6.

Skelmorlie and Murrayfield fly the Saltire in Spain!

Murrayfield Golf Club women's team travel out to Spain tomorrow for the final stages of one of Britain's leading team tournaments.
They are flying the flag for Scotland along with Ayrshire's Skelmorlie in The Mail on Sunday Classic at El Rompido.
Caroline Johnstone (6 handicap), Ray Lynch (9), Norma Richmond (9), Rosie Dennis (11), Lynn Wilson (11) Margaret Fergusson (12) are representing Murrayfield.


Friday 19 November 2010

SGU Golfers e-newsletter
November 2010
Issue No 17

Welcome to the latest edition of the SGU e-bulletin.  This month we have launched the new-look 2011 Scottish Golf Dinner and tickets are now on yours now to avoid disappointment! Also this month, a selection of cracking winter special offers from the SGU for golfers in Scotland as well as the latest news from the SGU on the hot topics in Scottish golf.
Guarantee Your Seat at the 2011 Scottish Golf Dinner
Tickets went on sale today for the XOS Scottish Golf Dinner 2011, taking place on Friday 18 February at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow. Hosted by BBC commentator Andrew Cotter with special guest appearances, the Ryder Cup trophy will also be in attendance on the night. Open to everyone, the event promises to be a great night out for you and your friends or club-mates or a fantastic opportunity for your company to entertain key clients.

Winter Golf Special Offers
We are delighted to bring you a great selection of Winter Special Offers on behalf of our clubs. Some of the fantastic deals you can snap up over the next few months include a Sunday four-ball at Peebles in the beautiful Borders for just £60, a round at the picturesque Aberdour on the Fife coast including dinner in the clubhouse for £17 or sample the delights of Ayrshire jewel Largs for just £20 per person.

Check out SGU TV
Why not visit our recently launched YouTube TV channel, featuring highlights from some of our major events last season including the Belhaven Best Club Handicap Championship Final from The Duke's, St Andrews where Ranfurly Castle claimed the glory. There's also a look behind the scenes with the SGU team and interviews with some of the rising stars of the Scottish game.
SGU and SLGA Club Seminars Hit the Road
Staff from the SGU and SLGA are out on the road this month delivering a series of ten regional club seminars, presenting to your club on the wide range of valuable services we provide. This year's roadshow has attracted a record number of clubs and delegates with great feedback and insight to help us improve our support to you.

Plan Your 2011 Golf Season
Already planning your 2011 golfing calendar? Visit SGU Golf Central, Scotland's most comprehensive and up-to-date golf directory, featuring hundreds of club opens for you to play in over the winter and into the new season. Some of the more popular opens sell-out quickly, so make sure you get your entry forms in now.
Governing Bodies Amalgamation Proposal Gathers Pace
Plans for a single governing body for amateur golf in Scotland have gathered pace with details of the formal proposal sent to Clubs, Areas and Counties recently unveiled. We welcome feedback from clubs and members so we'd like to hear from you.

Scottish Golf Card...The Perfect Stocking Filler!
Looking for some inspiration ahead of the Christmas shopping rush? The Scottish Golf Card, exclusively available to members of SGU and SLGA affiliated clubs, costs just £10 and offers 50% off green fees at over 140 participating courses for a full year. Buy a card for your golf fanatic loved ones today!

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Keep visiting for all the latest news, results, offers and information from the Scottish Golf Union.
The SGU Team
Questions or comments? E-mail us at or call 01334 466477

Tuesday 16 November 2010

The Lanarkshire County AGM -- Pamela Pretswell is made an Honorary Member

Lanarkshire County Prizewinners - Click to enlarge
To Read more of the AGM and see photographs then go to the Lanarkshire Website
At this week's annual general meeting of Lanarkshire Ladies County Golf Association Pamela Pretswell was awarded Honorary Membership of the Association. Captain Lesley Lloyd said of Pamela: "What a player! What a year! She represented GB and Ireland in the 36th Curtis Cup Match against the United States at Essex County Club, Massachusetts.
Was 6th in European Ladies Amateur Individual Championship
Was Runner Up in the Austrian Ladies Amateur Championship - (including a nine-birdie round of six-under-par 66)
Won the British Ladies Amateur Stroke Play Championshionship
Was SLGA Champion of Champions
Represented Scotland at European Ladies Team Championship, with Scotland winning the Bronze Medal
Represented Scotland at Ladies Home Internationals – Pamela holed the winning putt to ensure Scotland won the Home Internationals Matches for the first time in 19 years.
You have just heard what an outstanding year 2010 has been for Pamela Pretswell. Pamela was a top-ranked tennis junior, rubbing shoulders with Andy Murray and co at the age of 14.
However, she swapped tennis for golf  7 years ago and as they say the rest is history! To reach the top of the amateur game in such a short period of time is quite amazing and we are immensely proud to have her as one of our members. Not only is Pamela a fantastic golfer, she is in her Honours year at Glasgow University studying Business and Management and despite her very busy schedule (not to mention jet lag following the Curtis Cup) Pamela found time to come to Kilmacolm to caddy for the team!
Pamela, in recognition of your outstanding achievements, but in particular being selected to represent Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup and winning the British Open Strokeplay Championship I would ask you to accept Honorary membership of Lanarkshire Ladies’ County Golf Association."

Sunday 14 November 2010

Equality and Amalgamation Issues for the future from the SLGA and SGU

Equality Issues -- Some up to date News from the Glasgow Herald.
Read all about by --- by clicking on the following link -- West Kilbride Golf Club News
The move to bring the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association (SLGA) together as a single governing body has gathered momentum with a formal proposal being delivered to each organisation’s members.
The proposal with details of the roles of Board members and committees and a covering letter from the Amalgamation Group Chair, Donald Turner may be accessed by clicking on the links.

The SGU and SLGA have delivered a formal proposal to member clubs, Areas and Counties this week outlining plans for amalgamation as a single governing body from 1 October 2011. Click Here to read more

Kylie slips up in the last round in India

Kylie Walker, who had been the leading Scot through the first and second rounds of the Hero Honda Women's Indian Open, finishing disappointingly with a 78 for 224 which gave her a share of 41st place and a payslip for 1,331 Euros.
England's Laura Davies won at the first hole of a four-way play-off involving Thailand's Nontaya Srisawang
Pamela Feggans had three rounds of 76 for a total of 228 and a share of 59th place. She earned 686 Euros.
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood website

Saturday 13 November 2010

West Kilbride golf Club ahead of the game

Phyllis Howie (Ladies Captain) and Janette Mair (Club Captain)
By Rebecca McQuillan
Who says golf is a male bastion?
Not the members of West Kilbride golf club in Ayrshire, who have elected two females to posts traditionally held by men, including that of club captain.
Sixteen-year-old Mhairi McKay was made juniors captain last night at the thousand-member club, completing a trio of female office bearers. She joins club captain Janette Mair and women’s captain Phyllis Howie.
According to Ms Mair, the club has long been “ahead of the game” when it comes to equality, having brought in equal membership rights in 1997.
Ms Mair, who has been a member of West Kilbride for 50 years, said: “Equality is about being equal in every respect and involved in the running of the club; it’s not about trying to rule the roost.”
Other clubs have been forced to change their membership terms as a result of the Equality Act, which passed into law on October 1 and outlaws discrimination in mixed-sex clubs.
The sex discrimination provisions of the act do not apply where a club was formed as men-only or women-only.
The act requires clubs to end practices such as offering women cheaper “associate only” membership, disallowing them from playing on Saturday mornings or preventing them from entering a particular bar.
Yet some clubs fear the law could have the unintended consequence of dissuading women from playing, by requiring them to pay a higher subscription fee.
It comes at a time when male and female player numbers are already dropping and golf clubs are suffering as a result of the recession.
Currently 29,728 women have playing, as opposed to social, golf club memberships in Scotland compared to 177,120 men.
This represents an annual fall in playing membership from 2009 to 2010 of 4.19% for women and 2.71% for men.
Andy Salmon, Scottish golf development manager at the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA), which aims to increase women’s participation, said: “It’s quite a bizarre situation that the net impact of the Equality Act will be to reduce the number of women in golf.”
Associate membership for women, as offered in some clubs, was cheaper but typically debarred women from attending the AGM or playing on Saturday mornings.
Due to the fact that male golfers typically outnumber women by a large margin, reducing the fee for men to the same level as women would be financially impossible for some clubs, according to Mr Salmon. Instead, many are raising the subscription rate for women.
Mr Salmon said: “Some clubs are really worried and some ladies are saying they may have to give up their membership.”
The SLGA fully supports women having the right to full membership but argues existing women members should be able to continue as associates for five years after the act was introduced.
However, Mr Salmon added: “In the long term, the Government would say, by having true equality in clubs you will attract a new generation of golfers who would have found two tiers of membership unpalatable. We hope that will happen.”
Ross Duncan, marketing manager of the Scottish Golf Union, said the organisation was encouraging clubs to innovate with the range of subscriptions they offered.
West Kilbride’s newest female office-bearer is one of 20 girls in the 130-strong juniors section.
Ms Howie has made it a priority to attract and keep more female players, and stressed the friendly, fun nature of the club.
While West Kilbride’s female membership accounts for 188 out of 980 members (18%), she said that some women, especially working mothers, found it difficult to justify paying an annual golf fee when they lacked time to play regularly.
Women at West Kilbride choose not to play on Saturday mornings.
Ms McKay added: “In other areas, men and women are equal, so why can’t golf clubs be the same?”

Monday 8 November 2010

SLGA Order of Merit Title

From the SLGA Website

Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) has confirmed her status as Scotland’s best amateur by clinching the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association’s Order of Merit title.
Winner of the Scottish National and the Scottish Under-21 Open Strokeplay Championships and runner-up in the British Amateur, the 20-year-old had a terrific individual season.
She also proved to be a great team player, helping Scotland win the Home Internationals for the first time since 1991 and leading the side to a bronze medal at the European Championships in Spain in July.
“I’m over the moon to win the Order of Merit,” said Kelsey, who has just returned from representing Scotland at the World Amateur Team Championship in Argentina last month. “I won the girls’ title two years ago, and the title is a reward for consistency.
“I have had a really busy season, so to be crowned the best overall in Scotland is a great honour.”
Kelsey finished with 2,900 points, with last year’s winner, Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), taking second place with 2,380 points. Laura Murray (Alford) was third on 1,955.
Jane Turner (Craigielaw) and Curtis Cup player Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) filled the next two places on 1,875 and 1,776 points respectively.
Kelsey and Eildih Briggs (Kilmacolm), who won the Girls’ Order of Merit title, will receive their awards at the Scottish Golf Dinner in February 2011

Click on the following link to see the SCOTTISH MERIT AWARD LIST

Kylie Walker does well in Korea

Kylie Walker (The Carrick on Loch Lomond) 78 71 69, finished the top Scot in the Daishin Securities Tomato M Korea European Ladies Masters yesterday.

Sunday 7 November 2010

Erskine Golf Club Social Evening

Past Renfrewshire County Captain Christeen Finlayson (Whitecraigs) was in sparkling form as the after dinner speaker at the ladies dinner held at Erskine Golf Club on Friday evening - 5th November.

To read more go to the Renfrewshire County Website 

Friday 5 November 2010

Vote Now on the Scottish Barclays Open

bunkered Vote - Should the Scottish Open leave Loch Lomond? Rumours are rife that the Barclays Scottish Open is soon going to leave Loch Lomond for a links course - but are you for or against that move? We want to know! Simply click below to register your vote (it's free and will only take 10 seconds of your time) and have your say on this hot topic...

West Vets --- Eastwood's Wendy Cameron is made an Honorary Member

Wendy is presented with her Honorary Membership 
by outgoing West Vets Captain Helen Faulds 

The West Vets AGM was held at Cowglen Golf Club yesterday and the committee were delighted to announce that they have asked Wendy Cameron to become an Honorary Member of the West Vets Association and even more importantly, she has accepted.

Wendy has over many years given a huge amount to both the West and Scottish Vets and indeed Scottish Ladies golf.

She has been West Vets Captain, Scottish Vets Captain and President and played in the Scottish Vets team.

She has also been a Renfrewshire Team member, Captain, President and Hon Member of the County.

In terms of SLGA, Wendy has been Chairman, President and is also a Vice President of the Association, one I may say of a very select few.
At club level she is a Life Member of Eastwood GC.

To read more go to the WEST VETS WEBSITE

Thursday 4 November 2010

Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association AGM

RLCGA Vice Captain Maureen Wood head and Captain Trish Brown
Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association held their 101st AGM at Haggs Castle Golf Club last night - Wednesday 3rd November. After a very successful 2010 season most of the County Team were there to celebrate the occasion  with Captain Trish Brown and Vice Captain Maureen Woodhead. To read the full report go to the RLCGA WEBSITE

Scottish Golf Club e-bulletin On Line

The Scottish Golf monthly Club e-bulletin aims to keep clubs and their committee members up to date with information on our range of services and other activities which support SGU and SLGA affiliated clubs.

The Club e-bulletin is emailed directly to clubs, however their webpage will be updated on an ongoing basis with all e-bulletins that are distributed.

Tuesday 2 November 2010

Scottish Golf Academy Under-16s Winter Series Event 1

Played at The Glen Golf Club, North Berwick on Sunday, October 31.

Par 73. CSS 73
1 McDONALD, Gabrielle Craigelaw 72
2 YOUNG, Clara North Berwick 74
3 STEVENSON, Lindsey Elie and Earlsferry (and also Whitecraigs) 76
T4 AITKINS, Lesley Gullane Ladies 77
T4 MUNRO, Samantha Aberdour 77
T4 MEEK, Jessica Carnoustie Ladies 77
7 McCOOK, Hannah Abernethy 78
T8 SUMMERS, Ailsa Carnoustie Ladies 79
T8 WALKER, Rachel Dumfries and Co 79
T10 BEVERIDGE, Kimberley Aboyne 80
T10 WATSON, Eilidh Muckhart 80
T10 HALE, Emma Troon Ladies 80
T10 McINTOSH, Kate Broomieknowe 80
14 SEIVWRIGHT, Tegan Deeside 81
T15 WHYTE, Lauren St Regulus 82
T15 McTAGGART, Tara Minto 82
T17 JAFFERY, Connie West Kilbride 83
T17 POLSON, Rachel Peterculter 83
19 McGARVA, Katie Troon Ladies 85
T20 GOADBY, Chloe St Regulus 86
T20 TUNN, Eleanor Reay 86
T20 GREENLEES, Emma Dumfries and Galloway 86
23 MUNRO, Heather Monifieth 89
24 GADSBY, Clare Creiff 101
25 O'CONNOR, Eva Bothwell Castle 108
McKECHIN, Alyson Elderslie
GOODWIN, Alison Glenbervie
MAGUIRE, Sophie St Regulus
BRIGGS, Eilidh Kilmacolm

Sunday 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween to all Our Readers

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Kylie Walker does well in China

Lee-Anne Pace won a four-way sudden death play-off to capture the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open title in China today, just a week after she won the Sanya Ladies Open in Hainan.
Glasgow's Kylie Walker finished top Scot with rounds of 70, 70 and 73 for a total of 213. That gave her a share of eighth place and a cheque for 4,280 Euros.
Vikki Laing finished joint 12th on 214 with scores of 69, 71 and 74. The Musselburgh player earned 3,246 Euros.
Carly Booth from Comrie had scores of 72, 72 and 75 for 219 and a share of 41st place which was worth 1,286 Euros.

Monday 25 October 2010


Herald sports writer Douglas Lowe scored a triple whammy at the frost-abbreviated Scottish golf writers and guests' golf championship at Mar Hall Hotel golf course near Bishopton, Glasgow today (MONDAY).
Frost delayed the start of the scheduled 18-hole competition from 9.30 to 11am and play was only possible on holes 10 to 18 at that time. Because some of the competitors faced a long journey home to the North and North-east of Scotland and a prizegiving lunch had been arranged, it was decided to cut the tournament to nine holes.
Lowe, despite a knee injury, regained the Alex Fox Trophy as the leading golf writer with a Stableford score of 17pt off a handicap of 12.
"I have won the trophy before but it was so long ago that Nick Rodger must have still been in short trousers," said Douglas who had 2pt to spare from Fergus Bisset (Golf Monthly), playing off 2, and twice past champion Mike Aitken (The Scotsman), playing off 15.
Lowe's prizes included a free tee for four at any of the Gleneagles Hotel golf course, midweek or weekend.
Lowe's total was higher than anyone achieved in the male and female women guests' categories which earned him the Belhaven Trophy for overall supremacy.
Just to cap the "wounded warrior's" day, Douglas figured in the winning team of Stewart McDougall (DBS Sports) and Ronnie Cully (Evening Times) whose 32pt (best two from three scores to count) saw them triumphy by a single point from Scottish international Claire Hargan (SLGA), Mike Aitken (The Scotsman) and Dave Edwards (Press and Journal).
Former Northern Open champion Peter Smith, Mike Woodcock (St Andrews Links Trust) and Sheila Hartley (SLGA) took third place on 29, beating Fergus Bisset (Golf Monthly), Michael Gannon (Aberdeen Press and Journal) and golf course designer Graeme Webster from Inverurie on a tie-breaking countback.
Mike Woodcock, playing of 12, pipped eight-handicapper Stewart McDougall for the Bunkered Trophy as the leading male guest. They both finished with 15pt. Mike had the better last six holes' points total. He won a free tee time for four at The Duke's Course, St Andrews.
Graeme Webster, playing off 10, finished third in the male guest category with 14pt, the same total as SGU Press and Marketing Officer Ross Duncan (5). Webster had the better last three-hole points total.
SLGA Tournament Officer Claire Hargan, a one-handicap member at Mortonhall, won the Leading Lady Guests' section with 16pt, one ahead of West of Scotland women's golf webmaster Carol Fell (10) and two clear of Sheila Hartley (SLGA).

Thanks go to Colin Farqharson for the report  --- To see the report and a larger picture of Douglas Lowe go to Colin's Scottish View Website

Equalities Act 2010 --- Associations including private clubs

What is an association?
For the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 an organisation is an association if:
it has 25 or more members, and
it has rules (not necessarily formal or written) regulating who can be a member and there is a genuine selection process for members.
Private clubs - such as golf and other sports clubs, working men’s clubs and social clubs - political parties and some charities such as the Scouting Association are examples of associations.

Not sure about the Equalities Act --- then CLICK HERE

Thanks go to Ann O'Connell from Douglas Park for this info.

Friday 22 October 2010

Videos and Photographs from Greenlees Lunch

No rest for the wicked !!! -- At last --the photos and Video taken at the Greenlees Lunch at West Kilbride are now available -- Scroll down or Click Here to see more

Thursday 21 October 2010

Ayrshire and Lanarkshire are 3rd and 4th in the Commonwealth Spoons

Photo Courtesy of the SLGA
This two ball Foursomes Commonwealth Spoons event which was postponed from September 23 when the course was flooded and the SLGA is very grateful to Cathkin Braes for allowing the competition to be rescheduled.
1st - Mary Malcolm & Helen Thomson (Fife) 84-10 = 74
2nd - Lorna Fury & Marie Curran (Fife) 81-6 = 75
3rd - Catherine Malcolm & Roz Purdom (Ayrshire) 79-3 = 76 bih
4th - Pauline Warlow & Joanna Scott (Lanarkshire) 83-7 = 76
5th - Venetia Scott & Claire Howden (Borders) 87-10.5 = 76.5

70th Year Celebration Lunch and Presentation for the Greenlees Trophy

The Greenlees Lunch and Presentation of Trophies was held at West Kilbride Golf Club yesterday.
Fiona Roger (The West of Scotland Greenlees Secretary) organised the event.
All clubs from the 3 divisions within the Greenlees Trophy were represented and what a great celebration they all had ---- 70 YEARS SINCE THE GREENLEES TROPHY was first played. They were welcomed warmly by West Kilbride Golf Club with a glass of wine and a terrific lunch to follow.

The winners from all the divisions were presented with the trophies and there was much chat !!

GREENLEES LUNCH 2010 - Fiona's Speech

Another year of Greenlees Matches bites the dust and what an exciting end to the first Two Divisions. I find it hard to believe that I am standing here at West Kilbride when I feel Ihave only left the Troon lunch!

It is a pleasure to be here and I would like to thank West Kilbride on behalf of all those present today for very kindly agreeing to host the 2010 Greenlees Presentation Lunch. A very big thank you to all the staff behind the scenes and front of house for such a lovely lunch. To West Kilbride's Aileen Donaldson, for co-ordinating the day so calmly and efficiently - thank you for your time and effort. West Kilbride Club Captain Janette Mair and Ladies Captain Phyllis Howie for your input - Thank you to everyone for a job well done.

At this stage I would be asking the Ladies Captain to pass on our thanks to the Club Captain and Board. This year I have the pleasure of being able to thank the Club Captain in person and to thank her for her very kind words of welcome before lunch. Janette – I know your life currently isn’t your own – thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us today. I hope you are enjoying being our guest in your own club!!
I am sure that your year to date has been very successful – not I am sure without ups and downs – and I hope when your year of office ends, you will remember it as an enjoyable and fun time.

Thank you Phyllis for also taking the time to be here today and I would be very pleased if you would do us the honour of presenting the trophies later.
Many of you will perhaps not realise, but this is the 70th year that the Greenlees Trophy has been played for.
In 1931 ten teams played in one division - Troon, Prestwick St. Nicholas, Douglas Park, Paisley, Drumpellier, Sandyhills, Kilmacolm, Ranfurly Castle, Cathkin Braes and Cardross. At the end of the season Troon and Prestwick St. Nicholas both had 62 points, they had a play off over Western Gailes and Prestwick St Nicholas won by one match. Mrs Greenlees, on behalf of her husband who donated the trophy, presented it to Prestwick.
Cathkin must have found it all too much because they withdrew after year one and were replaced by Balmore!! I found a report written after the 1934 matches, I presume by the then Secretary. It read ----- matches have not been so keanly contested this year and certain clubs are lacking in team spirit. ----------. this Secretary won’t dare write a report!!

After the 1938 season the clubs on the waiting list were invited to join – West Kilbride, Erskine, Whitecraigs and Milngavie. Haggs Castle were also on the list but were no longer interested. 1939 season was to be played in two divisions but unfortunately the war years intervened and the trophy was not played for again until 1949.

Some of you may already have read this on the Carol’s West Web site.

In 1940 – 70 years ago – Richmond Golf Club displayed temporary rules on their notice board. I won’t read them all, but here are just a few.
These may seem funny to us in 2010 but not so funny in 1940. CLICK HERE TO READ THE LOCAL RULES

I have a small book in my bookcase called Life’s Little Instruction Book.
I often lift it up and have a read. It has 511 suggestions, observations and reminders on how to live a happy and rewarding life!!
Sing in the shower
Floss your teeth
Drink champagne for no reason at all
Put the cap back on the toothpaste
Ride a bike
Treat yourself to a massage on your birthday
Spread crunchy peanut butter on ginger biscuits for the perfect late night
When you know you need help, don’t delay in asking for it.
When I need help with computing problems I never delay asking Carol Fell for help!!

I would like to say a personal thank you to Carol for making sure everything ran smoothly on the web and dealing with the things she won’t let me touch! On behalf of us all thank you for the power of work you do not only for the Greenlees but for the Scottish Ladies Golf in general. It is immense and I sometimes think people don’t realise how immense it is.

Now for the business of the day – presentation of trophies. Phyllis may I ask you to join me for the presentations. ---

As it is the 70th year I would like to say that I am not sure if the Ladies from Troon realise they have been the most prolific winners of the Greenlees Trophy, first winning it in 1932. They did in fact win it 11 times in the first 15 and have their name engraved on the trophy 31 times to date the last being in 2008. In all the years since 1931 6 years is the longest period of time your name has not been on the trophy --- an amazing record - WELL DONE.

Milngavie have won it 9 times, Haggs Castle 8, Prestwick St. Nicholas 6, Cochrane Castle 4, Kilmacolm, West Kilbride and Cardross twice, Ranfurly Castle, Turnberry, Douglas Park and Sandyhills once.

I hope you have all enjoyed another competitive season. What an exciting finish in Division 1 – the last match Milngavie needing 7 points to pip Cathkin Braes by .5 and securing 7.5 points to win the league by 1 and in Division 2 Prestwick winning by just half a point from Whitecraigs and heading straight back to Division 1 for Season 2011. Whitecraigs deserve their promotion to Division 1 and Largs and Cowglen are promoted from Division 3.

To the teams going down a Division don’t despair – look forward to next season on different courses and for everyone the challenge will always be there.
The Greenlees Trophy 2010 is retained by Milngavie Golf Club with 48.5 points.
I had a lovely note from Anna Telfer (the Milngavie Team Captain) , who is unable to be here today
(which Fiona read out to everyone)

The Urn for Runner Up in Division 1 goes to Cathkin Braes for the second year in a row ----
Last year you were beaten into second place be half a point and this year by only a point. I know Joanna you and your team will be disappointed but what another great season you have had. May 2011 be ‘3rd time lucky’

Division 2 is won by Prestwick St Nicholas with 49 points.

Largs win Division 3 with a wonderful total of 46.5 points, remembering that Division 3 have only 7 matches as opposed to 8 in the other divisions.
As this is the 70th year of Greenlees League --- I have a small momento which I would like to give to each of the winners of the Divisions to keep in their Club Trophy Cabinets. May I ask Milngavie, Prestwick and Largs to come up and collect them.

I hope that next year’s Divisions are as closely contested and that we all remember to enjoy. Winter well and look forward to seeing everyone in season 2011
The Final Positions :-
Milngavie 48.5 -- Greenlees Trophy Winners
Cathkin Braes 47.5 -- Greenlees Trophy Runners Up
Kilmarnock Barassie 45
Ranfurly Castle 34.5
Douglas Park 34
Troon 34
Kilmacolm 30.5
West Kilbride 29 - relegated to Division 2
Cardross 21 - relegated to Division 2

Prestwick St. Nicholas 49 - Winners and promoted to Division 1
Whitecraigs 48.5 - Runners Up - Promoted to Division 1
Haggs Castle 44
Hilton Park 40.5
Erskine 34
Eastwood 33.5
Williamwood 28
Lanark 27 - Relegated to Division 3
Bothwell Castle 19.5 - Relegated to Division 3

Largs 46.5 - Winners -- Promoted to Division 2
Cowglen 34 - Runners Up - Promoted to Division 2
Old Ranfurly 33
Greenock 32.5
Lenzie 29
East Renfrewshire 27
Cawder 25.5
Cathcart Castle 24.5
Turnberry 0

(Louden Gowf Club will be joining Division 3 in 2011)


To see some photos from the Presentation and Lunch click on the small thumbnail below

2010 Greenlees Lunch

Jumping with Joy !! --- Milngavie win the Greenlees Trophy --- Click to enlarge

Wednesday 20 October 2010

World Championships Begin

The 2010 World Amateur Team Championships get underway in Argentina today with the first day of the 24th Espirito Santo Trophy, which is being held at Buenos Aires and Olivos golf clubs.CLICK HERE to keep uptodate

Monday 18 October 2010

Eilidh Briggs is the 2010 SLGA Girls' Order of Merit Winner

Eilidh Briggs (Courtesy of Colin Farqharson) - Click to enlarge
Renfrewshire's County Junior and Senior Champion Eilidh Briggs (Kilmalcolm)  who also won the West of Scotland Girls’ Championship at Troon Portland earlier this month is  the 2010 Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association Girls’ Order of Merit Winner.
Eilidh gathered 2,040 points to edge the Merit title ahead of Hannah McCook (Abernethy).
Hannah, from the nine hole club in Nethybridge, made sure of second place with victory in the North of Scotland Girls’ Championship at Brechin. She finished with 1,620 points.
Third place went to the Scottish Girls Champion, Lesley Atkins (Gullane), with 1,568 points and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) was fourth on 1,400.
Rachael was a member of the Scottish Ladies team that won the Home Internationals in Wales in September.

D & A Girls win at West Kilbride

D&A Team (from L to R) Jorden Ferrie; Aileen Campbell; Jillian Farrell; Megan Duff; Kirstin Scott; Heather McKinney and Rachel McLellan.

The Ayrshire Girls Team
Ayrshire and D & A Girls played their friendly match yesterday at West Kilbride. Despite a very strong cold wind blowing all the girls played very well, with all but one match being decided on either the 17th or 18th greens.
Congratulations to the visiting team who won by 4 matches to 3.

Results are as follows:- (Ayrshire names first)

Connie Jaffrey beat Jorden Ferrie 2 holes
Mhairi McKay lost to Kirstin Scott 2/1
Katie McGarva lost to Aileen Campbell 1 hole
Emma Hale lost to Rachel McLellan 3/1
Grace Mackie lost to Megan Duff 2/1
Rachel Irvine beat Heather McKinnie 1 hole
Hazel McGarvie beat Gillian Farrell 3/2

To see some photographs taken on the day courtesy of  Lorraine Campbell CLICK HERE

Thanks go to Ayrshire's June Kerr for the Report and Ayrshire Team Photograph
Thanks go to D&A's Lorraine Campbell for the D& A Team Photograph

Wednesday 13 October 2010

SGU and SLGA Begin Countdown Towards Amalgamation

The move to bring the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and Scottish Ladies Golfing Association (SLGA)together as a single governing body has gathered momentum with a formal proposal being delivered to each organisation’s members this month.
It is proposed that the new joint organisation be called Scottish Golf Limited, and will be operational from 1 October 2011. Consequently the SGU and SLGA have developed a twelve month timetable to consult with members and refine and finalise the details of the proposed amalgamation.
The SGU’s existing shareholders are its 16 Area Associations, while the SLGA comprises affiliated ladies clubs and sections along with 15 County organisations, each with a vote on how the governing bodies are run at present. The proposed changes have now been sent to each of the member groups for consideration, with the two bodies conducting a series of meetings during October, November and December to gather the views of those groups.
Donald Turner, Chair of the amalgamation working group, welcomed the move to meet with the
existing members:
“It is vitally important that we harness the views of our existing members while explaining in detail the rationale behind the change which I believe is right for Scottish Golf. The SGU and SLGA have now been working very closely for a number of years and amalgamation is a natural step in the right direction which can have great benefits for the development of the game in Scotland.”
“At a time when we are encouraging clubs to work towards equality, it is important that every golfer – regardless of gender – is given the same level of opportunity to participate and succeed in the game and that can only happen through amalgamation. At the heart of the game lies our clubs and during these particularly challenging times, clubs need the support of a strong governing body.”
“There is much history and heritage within the SLGA and SGU as well as their respective Counties, Areas and clubs. However, we must look to the future together if we are to succeed with the ambitions shared by both governing bodies,” he added.
Funding from sportscotland accounts for more than one third of the combined income of the SGU
and SLGA at £1.3m and are key partners in the development of the game. sportscotland’s Chief
Executive, Stewart Harris commented:''sportscotland has been investing in and working with the Scottish Golf Union and Scottish Ladies Golfing Association on the amalgamation of the two bodies for a number of years. We look forward to working with SGU & SLGA to finalise the amalgamation process to allow golf to enjoy the benefits of having one united body responsible for governing and developing the amateur game in Scotland.
Our support and investment to golf will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. We anticipate that one
strong amateur golf body would be a more efficient way for sportscotland to invest in the future, and propel Scottish Golf to even greater heights"
The joint proposals include the creation of a single Board of Directors with a new Chair to be
appointed as both Shona Malcolm (SLGA Chair) and Douglas Connon (SGU Chair) have indicated
they will step down at the end of their current terms. It is intended that the Company will be limited by guarantee, with the voting members comprising the Areas, Counties and golf clubs throughout Scotland.
Under the proposal, existing Counties and Areas will retain their identity and boundaries, with
Counties being offered the opportunity to explore a different method (consistent with the Areas) of promoting membership and collecting club subscriptions. The new body will unify the level of per capita subscription it collects from clubs, which is currently different for men and ladies, and this will remain for playing adults only, with an agreement to continue a policy of not charging for juniors.
Following the consultation period, the amalgamation working group will conduct a debrief and review before updating the proposal, which will be further discussed at the SGU and SLGA AGMs in
January 2011. Further seminars will then take place among Areas, Counties and clubs in the spring, with a final proposal anticipated to be put to respective EGMs in May 2011. On approval of the proposal by the respective voting members, an appointment process for the inaugural Board will be undertaken in time for a smooth handover of responsibilities from the SGU and SLGA to Scottish Golf Limited from 1 October 2011.
Shona Malcolm, Chair of the SLGA, said: “We have made excellent progress throughout 2010 and trust that the various stakeholders will be in agreement with our proposals. We welcome the feedback of our clubs and Counties over the coming months and their input will be invaluable to enable the new body to act in the best interests of Scottish Golf.
”Her counterpart at the SGU, Douglas Connon, added:“We welcome the proposals put forward by Donald Turner and the working group. We believe the timetable we have put in place can now be achieved. Having worked so closely with the SLGA for a number of years across many key projects, it makes perfect sense to be working together under one single entity for the betterment of Scottish Golf and giving our clubs and golfers the best opportunity to develop. Scottish Golf demands and deserves this step change.”

Amalgamation Update --- Links to various details (from the SLGA Website)
SGU and SLGA Begin Countdown Towards Amalgamation
The move to bring the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association (SLGA) together as a single governing body has gathered momentum with a formal proposal being delivered to each organisation’s members this week.
The proposal with details of the roles of Board members and committees and a covering letter from the Amalgamation Group Chair, Donald Turner may be accessed by clicking on the links.