Thursday, 30 September 2010

Mail on Sunday update from the victorious Skelmorlie Golf Club

Skelmorlie Golf Club Ladies Team -- Click to enlarge Photo courtesy of Gillian Pollock

Skelmorlie Golf Club Ladies Team have just returned from an extremely enjoyable but stressful weekend competing in the Quarter finals of the prestigious Mail on Sunday Team Classic event.  These Quarter Finals were played at the Marriott Worsley Park Golf and Country Club in Manchester.

The seven other ladies teams who competed, fielded strong teams with plenty of reserves to choose from after their practice round on Sunday. Unfortunately Skelmorlie team captain Kath MacKellar was not afforded this luxury of choice.

Although a strong team, Skelmorlie only had five players to choose from  - Kath MacKellar, Gillian Pollock, Aileen Donaldson, Janet Harkness and Alex Sargent as the other team member, Jenny McGee, was unable to attend the event as she had been called away to America following her daughter Heather’s serious riding accident.  Thankfully Heather is now well on the way to recovery and Jenny will be home shortly because against all the odds, this team of five, from the small club of Skelmorlie in Ayrshire faced the might of Chelmsford in Essex and emerged victorious with a 3.5/1.5 win.

They now find themselves in the wonderful position of being off to the Grand finals to be held at El Rompido Golf resort in Southern Spain, at the end of November.

Skelmorlie Ladies would also like to take this opportunity to wish Murrayfield  Ladies every success and we look forward to meeting them for an all Scottish final.

Thanks go to Gillian Pollock for the news

Tuesday, 28 September 2010


SSS 71 CSS 74 REDUCTION ONLY, 69 entrants


Scratch : Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) 79
1st Silver : Jill Stewart (Taynuilt) 91-20-71
2nd Silver : Helen Faulds (D.P.) 79-5-74 (BIH)
3rd Silver : Liz Thomson (Cowal) 91-17-74 (BIH)

1st Bronze : Jean Ramsay (Helensburgh) 97-24-73
2nd Bronze : Sheila Welsh (Hilton Park) 101-24-77 (BIH)



Monday, 27 September 2010

Commonwealth Spoons -- New rearranged Date

The new date for the Commonwealth Spoons Final is Thursday 21st October.  It will be held at Cathkin Braes.

Skelmorlie and Murrayfield win in Manchester and are off to Spain

The Pride of Skelmorlie Golf Club. Back row: Janet Harkness and Alex Sargent. Front row: Gillian Pollock, Kath Mackellar, Aileen Donaldson and Jenny McGee.

Skelmorlie beat Chelmsford 3 1/2 - 1 1/2 today at Manchester in the quarter finals of The Mail On Sunday Golf Classic. They are off the Spain in November.

In fact both Scottish teams in the quarter-finals of the Mail on Sunday Women's Classic won their matches at Worsley Park, Manchester today.
Murrayfield beat West Essex 3-2.

So it's Viva Espana for the Scots teams - off to Spain for the Grand Finals on November 21.

We'll have more details from Worsley Park as the day progresses.


The Daily Mail told us that this competition is the largest club competition in the world with over 5,000 teams (men and women) at the start of the competition, so you can imagine that Skelmorlie and Murrayfield are delighted that two Scottish clubs are in the semi-finals.
We travel to Spain to El Rompido Golf and Beach Resort on the Costa de la Luz on Sunday 21 November, have a practice round on the 22nd, play the semis on 23rd, finals on the 24th, returning home on the 25th.

To read more go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

2010 Greenlees News Round Up

The conclusion of Division 1 in the 2010 West Of Scotland Ladies Inter Club League for the Greenlees Trophy proved equally as exciting as the division 2 finish as Milngavie grabbed the title with a comprehensive win over Troon ladies in their final match of the season.

Needing to win by 7 - 2 on Tuesday 21st September, in order to overtake the leaders Cathkin Braes, the Milngavie side dashed Troon Ladies remaining slim hopes of the title by winning six of the nine ties outright. The other three ties were a more nailbiting affair, with all three going to the final green and finishing square in each case. This gave Milngavie 7.5 points and the premier title by one point over Cathkin Braes.

With only the rearranged match between Kilmarnock (Barassie) & Troon Ladies still to be played, the leading places and the relegation positions cannot be altered. Kilmarnock (Barassie) can consolidate their third place in their remaining match whilst Troon Ladies can hoist themselves into fourth or even third place depending on the scoreline in the match.

A defeat by 6 - 3 at home to Cathkin Braes in their final match of the season left West Kilbride in one of the two relegation places along with Cardross, 1.5 points adrift of third bottom team, Kilmacolm.

The standings at present are :-


Milngavie 48.5
Cathkin Braes 47.5
Kilmarnock Barassie 38
Ranfurly Castle 34.5
Douglas Park 34
Troon 32
Kilmacolm 30.5
West Kilbride 29
Cardross 21

Prestwick St Nicholas go up to division one next season as Division 2 champions after their heroic 7.5 - 1.5 win over Lanark in their final match, and will be joined by Whitecraigs, whilst Bothwell Castle and Lanark will go down to Division 3.

Final standings in the division are :-


Prestwick St. Nicholas 49
Whitecraigs 48.5
Haggs Castle 44
Hilton Park 40.5
Erskine 34
Eastwood 33.5
Williamwood 28
Lanark 27
Bothwell Castle 19.5

Largs will play in division 2 next year after winning the Division 3 title by a comprehensive margin, and will be joined by Cowglen who edged out Old ranfurly by one point for the other promotion spot.

With Turnberry dropping out of the league early on in the campaign, it will be hoped that the club will not remain out of the leagues for too long.

Final placings in the division are :-


Largs 46.5
Cowglen 34
Old Ranfurly 33
Greenock 32.5
Lenzie 29
East Renfrewshire 27
Cawder 25.5
Cathcart Castle 24.5
Turnberry 0

Thanks go to Alisdair Malcolm for this report from the Ayrshire Golf News Website

Eilidh Briggs wins the Renfrewshire Junior County Championship for the 5th time in a row

Captain Trish Brown presents Eilidh with the Junior Championship Trophy - Click to enlarge
Eilidh Briggs from Kilmacolm won the Renfrewshire Junior Championship for the 5th time at Haggs Castle Golf Club yesterday. She beat Linsey Stevenson from Whitecraigs. To read the full report go to the Renfrewshire County Website

Sunday, 26 September 2010

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Friday, 24 September 2010

Milngavie Greenlees Captain Anna has another reason to Celebrate --- It's a Girl !!!!!!

 Isla Anna Telfer - click to enlarge
Scott and Calum  - 2 little super heroes

Yes it is official - Isla Anna Telfer arrived today, September 24th at 10am - to delighted parents David and Karen.
We are all absolutely thrilled - and somewhat in shock because after 10 male Telfers on the trot, we were beginning to think we'd never see a little girl.
Isla weighed in at 7lbs 11 oz and has the same colouring as Scott (and features too)
I make no apologies for being a besotted Granny and have attached a photo taken 5 hours after birth and also one of my 2 little super-heroes (Scott and Calum)

Anna Telfer
Here is a wee card for you Anna --- Click on the View Closing icon and then on the small picture on Isla (Make sure you sound is on too)

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Renfrewshire's Captain Trish Brown is Emotionally drained after winning the Scottish Team County Championships

LGU Press Release - 2011 Great Britain & Ireland Squad Announced

The Ladies' Golf Union is pleased to announce the 2011 Great Britain & Ireland squad.

The 16 strong squad will form the basis of the 2011 GB & I teams which will compete for the Astor and Vagliano Trophies next summer.

Tegwen Matthews (Wales) who will be captaining the Great Britain & Ireland side for both events said, "I am delighted to be working with such a talented young squad. Announcing the squad now also gives any unnamed girls a chance to work hard over the winter and make their claim for selection early next year. These are exciting times for ladies' golf in Great Britain & Ireland."

The 2011 Astor Trophy will take place at Fairhaven Golf Club from 15th – 19th June and the 2011 Vagliano Trophy will be played at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club on the 24th – 25th June.


1 Hannah Barwood (ENG) (Knowle)
2 Amy Boulden (WAL) (Maesdu)
3 Gemma Bradbury (WAL) (Cottrell Park)
4 Hannah Burke (ENG) (Mid Herts)
5 Holly Clyburn (ENG) (Woodhall Spa)
6 Tara Davies (WAL) (Holyhead)
7 Nikki Foster (ENG) (Pleasington)
8 Louise Kenney (SCO) (Pitreavie)
9 Kelsey MacDonald (SCO) (Nairn Dunbar)
10 Leona Maguire (IRE) (Slieve Russell)
11 Lisa Maguire (IRE) (Slieve Russell)
12 Danielle McVeigh (IRE) (Royal County Down Ladies')
13 Stephanie Meadow (IRE) (Royal Portrush)
14 Pamela Pretswell (SCO) (Bothwell Castle)
15 Kelly Tidy (ENG) (Royal Birkdale)
16 Sally Watson (SCO) (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies')

About the Ladies' Golf Union ("LGU")

Founded in 1893, the LGU is the encompassing body for ladies' amateur golf in Great Britain & Ireland. The LGU Executive Council includes representatives of ladies' golf's national governing bodies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Operational activities are undertaken by a wholly owned subsidiary, LGU Championships Limited ("LGUCL"), which in particular owns and runs the Ricoh Women's British Open, founded by the LGU in 1976 and one of the four Major Tournaments for Professional Women golfers. LGUCL also has responsibility for running British Amateur Championships and Home International events, and preparing the Great Britain & Ireland teams for representative matches, such as the Curtis Cup and the Vagliano Trophy.

Further information about the LGU is available on

Photos and Videos from the County Finals

Videos of the Prizegiving

Day 3 Photographs --- Match against Dumfries-shire

Day 2 Morning Foursomes ----- Match against Angus

Day 1 Photographs ---- Match against Midlothian

Photos taken by SLGA's Claire Hargan

Commonwealth Spoons Cancelled

Due to flooding on the course at Cathkin Braes the Commonwealth Spoons, scheduled for today - 23 September, has been cancelled.

West Vets Jamboree at Blairgowrie

May Hughes (Lanark) the West Vets Champion reached the final of the Scottish Vets Championship played at Blairgowrie on Monday 20th September. However she lost to East Vets Champion Karen Ballantyne in the final.
To read the full report and see some photographs go to the West Vets Website

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Milngavie come up Trumps to win the Greenlees Trophy by Half a Point from Cathkin Braes

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

Milngavie Greenlees Captain --- Anna Telfer is absolutely amazed of their win on Monday.
Needing 7 points from 9 to pip Cathkin Braes for the Greenlees Division 1 Trophy, the Milngavie girls were just awesome.

"I cannot tell you how proud I am, how delighted I am and also how relieved cos there was alot of pressure on us all.
Troon made us fight all the way to the finishing line - 3 matches went to the 18th and all were halved and the other 6 ties were all wins for Milngavie.

As you can see from the photo, we are jumping for joy, altho some of us look a little tired after all the effort and pressure!
Can I commiserate with Jo Scott and her Cathkin team - they pushed us all the way with a fierce but friendly rivalry and they must be gutted - I know I would have been.
Also special mention to the Troon team who gave no quarter but were generous and sporting in defeat."

Milngavie Greenlees Team - Click to enlarge

The Milngavie Greenlees Team - Click to enlarge

Look forward to the lunch at West Kilbride - and also next season of course!

Thanks go to Anna Telfer for the Photographs and the report

To see all the results CLICK HERE

Grace Mackie wins at Turnberry --- Ayrshire Girls' Centenary Trophy

Ayrshire Girls -- Click to enlarge

The Ayrshire Girls' Centenary Trophy (Stableford) competition was played over the Kintyre Course at Turnberry on Sunday. On a breezy but dry afternoon ten girls played the Kintyre while 14 pre-handicap girls played a stroke competition over the 9 hole Arran Course.

Emma Hale, the holder, put up a great defence of her trophy finishing on 36 points, but it was Troon's Grace Mackie off 14 who was the runaway winner with a splendid 40 points.
Silver Division
1st Grace Mackie (Troon Ladies) 40 points
2nd Emma Hale (Troon Bentinck) 36 points
3rd Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 34 points
Bronze Division
1st Ali Roy (Maybole) 33 points
2nd Alexandra Brown (Turnberry) 24 points
3rd Lindsay Scott (Troon Bentinck) 15 points
Pre-Handicap Girls
Age 9-10
1st Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) 50
2nd Jodie Cooper (Maybole) 63
3rd Emma Turner (West Kilbride) 68
Age 11
1st Hannah McSorley (Maybole) 49
2nd Sophie Craig (Troon Bentinck) 59
3rd Leona Murray (Loudoun) 64
Age 12-13
1st Emma Paterson (Loudoun) 44
2nd Hayleigh Campbell (Loudoun) 50
3rd Marian Boyd (Brunston Castle) 74

Thanks go to June Kerr for the Report

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

D&A Autumn Meeting at Windyhill

SSS  71   CSS  74   25 played
Scratch : Anna Telfer (Milngavie)    78
1st Silver : Anna Telfer (Milngavie)   78-5-73
2nd Silver : May Myers (Clober)  83-9-74

1st Bronze : Joyce McGregor (Windyhill)  95-22-73
2nd Bronze : Marie Miller (Windyhill)  100-23-77
Winner of the Moira Alexander Trophy : Anna Telfer (on countback)

Monday, 20 September 2010

Renfrewshire win the Scottish County Finals

RLCGA - 2010Scottish Champions - Click to enlarge
Renfrewshire are Scottish women's county champions for the first time this Century! The last time they won the title was 1987, before some of the present team members were born.
On the third and final day at Bothwell Castle, Renfrewshire beat Dumfries-shire 5 1/2-3 1/2 while Midlothian beat Angus 7-2.
That meant a tie between Renfrewshire and Midlothian - who had drawn their opening-day match 4 1/2-4 1/2 - with 2 1/2pt each. The tie-breaker was a countback of individual game won (not counting halved games).
Renfrewshire shaded that 16 to 15.
Renfrewshire's Alyson McKechin was the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the tournament with five wins out of six. Her only defeat was in the opening day foursomes.
The champions also got 4pt out of 6 from Megan Briggs and 3 1/2pt out of four from Clare-Marie Carlton who did not play on the first day.
Midlothian's top points winner was Jane Turner with 4 1/2 out of six. Closely followed by young Gabrielle MacDonald with 4pt from five games, and Karen Marshall with 4pt from six.
The mainstay of the Angus team was teenager Jessica Meek with 4 1/2pt out of six while top scorer for Dumfries-shire was Diane Ma\cDonald with 3 1/2pt, having lost only one of her six outings.

The outcome was far from certain until the second last match on the course was finished. Midway through the afternoon Renfrewshire looked like they could struggle to win the three points needed from the singles matches to seal the win against Dumfriesshire with only Gillian Kyle up in her match.
Clare-Marie Carlton started the come-back by halving her match with Diane MacDonald with a pitch-and-putt birdie 4 on the 18th.
Megan Briggs and Alyson McKechin both then won their respective matches by two holes, having each been down for much of the afternoon.
Giliian Kyle duly won her match, giving Renfrewshire a 5.5 - 3.5 win in the match and 16 individual match wins from the three days.
With Midlothian sitting on 10 individual match wins going into the afternoon singles that meant that they had to win all six of their matches to tie Renfrewshire on the number of match wins and take it to a further count back. With all but one of the Midlothian team all square or down going into the back nine it looked like their chance was all but over.
However, like Renfrewshire, the Midlothian team fought back with wins from Rachael Watton and Gabrielle Macdonald by one hole and by Kate McIntosh on the 17th.
Louise Fraser who had been the one match up all afternoon, won her match, leaving Karen Marshall and Jane Turner needing to win their matches. Karen Marshall sank a gutsy putt to win the 18th hole against Jessica Meek, however it was to halve the match, which meant that Renfrewshire's win was confirmed.
Congratulations to all the players and captains on an excellent three days of golf, played in great spirit and many congratulations to Renfrewshire on their first County Finals win since 1987.

Diane MacDonald and Lindsay Kirkwood bt Eilidh Briggs and Megan Briggs 1 hole.
Jordana Graham and Katie McCracken lost to Clare-Marie Carlton and Alyson McKechin 6 and 4.
Rachel Walker and Wilma Graham lost to Liz Stewart and Carol Whyte 1 hole.

MacDonald halved with Carlton
Kirkwood lost to Megan Briggs 2 holes.
Walker bt Eilidh Briggs 3 and 1.
McCracken lost to McKechin 2 holes.
Graham bt Donna Jackson 2 and 1.
Trish Lilly lost to Gillian Kyle 4 and 3.


FOURSOMES (1 1/2-1 1/2)
Ailsa Summers and Rebecca Wilson lost to Jane Turner and Rachael Watton 1 hole.
Clare Penman and Ashley Smith halved with Gabrielle Macdonald and Kate McIntosh.
Ann Ramsay and Jessica Meek bt Karen Marshall and Wendy Nicholson 1 hole.

Wilson lost to Watton 1 hole.
Penman lost to Macdonald 1 hole.
Meek halved with Marshall.
Smith lost to McIntosh 2 and 1.
Fiona Gilbert lost to Louise Fraser 7 and 5.
Ramsay lost to Turner 3 and 2.

1 Renfrewshire 2 1/2pt (Individual games won +16).
2 Midlothian 2 1/2pt (Individual games won +15).
3 Angus 1pt.
4 Dumfries-shire 0pt.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Day 2 Results at the County Finals at Bothwell Castle

Day 2 results:
Foursomes (2-1)
Eilidh Briggs and Megan Briggs beat Ailsa Summers and Rebecca Wilson 2 holes
Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart lost to Claire Penman and Ashley Smith 5 and 3.
Clare-Marie Carlton and Alyson McKechin beat Fiona Gilbert and Jessica Meek 2 holes.
Singles (5-1)
Megan Briggs beat Wilson 2 and 1
Carlton beat Penman 1 hole.
Eilidh Briggs beat Jackie Brown 6 and 4
McKechin beat Ann Ramsay 1 hole.
Carol Whyte lost to Meek 2 holes
Gillian Kyle beat Summers 5 and 4.

Foursomes (2 1/2-1/2).
Louise Fraser and Jane Turner beat Diane MacDonald and Lindsey Kirkwood 4 and 3.
Kirsten Blackwood and Gabrielle Macdonald halved with Jordana Graham and Katie McCracken.
Karen Marshall and Wendy Nicholson beat Rachel Walker and Margaret McGregor 8 and 6.
Singles (4-2)
Turner halved with Diane MacDonald.
Gabrielle Macdonald beat Graham 2 and 1.
Kate McIntosh beat Kirkwood 4 and 2.
Blackwood lost to Walker 3 and 1.
Nicholson beat McCracken 2 and 1.
Marshall halved with Trish Lilly.

To read more go to the Renfrewshire County Website

Photos and a video from the British Seniors at West Kilbride

Looking for photos and a short video from the British Seniors at West Kilbride this week then CLICK HERE

Thanks go to Haggs Castle's Jennifer Mack for the photos taken on the final day

Medal 10 - Douglas Park

Played 17/09/2010 SSS: 72, CSS:74
1st 92-20=72 Irene Orr
2nd 88-14=74 Jinty Halley
3rd 91-15=76 Hilary Macnaughton
1st 100-23=77 Hazel Hamilton
2nd 107-28=79 Pauline Vannet
3rd 108-28=80 Marion Stevenson
Scratch: Joan Gemmell 86

Friday, 17 September 2010

County Finals Day 1 at Bothwell Castle

Congratulations all round after Renfrewshire draw with Midlothians at Bothwell Castle - click to enlarge

(Renfrewshire names first)
Eilidh Briggs and Megan Briggs lost to Jane Turner and Rachael Watton 1 hole.
Donna Jackson and Alyson McKechin lost to Kirsten Blackwood and Gabrielle Macdonald 3 and 1.
Gillian Kyle and Carol Whyte lost to Karen Marshall and Wendy Nicholson 1 hole.

SINGLES (4 ½-1 ½)
Megan Briggs beat Turner 2 holes.
Eilidh Briggs beat Watton 6 and 5.
Jackson beat Kate McIntosh 3 and 1.
McKechin beat Louise Fraser 4 and 2.
Liz Stewart halved with Nicholson.
Whyte lost to Marshall 3 and 2.

(Dumfries-shire names first)
Diane MacDonald and Lindsey Kirkwood bt Ann Ramsay and Ailsa Summers 6 and 4.
Jordana Graham and Trish Lilly lost to Claire Penman and Ashley Smith 5 and 4.
Rachel Walker and Katie McCracken lost to Fiona Gilbert and Jessica Meek 3 and 2.
SINGLES (1 ½-4 ½)
MacDonald halved with Rebecca Wilson
Kirkwood lost to Penman 4 and 3.
Graham bt Ramsay 2 holes.
Walker lost to Jackie Brown 1 hole.
McCracken lost to Meek 3 and 1.
Lilly lost to Summers 3 and 2.

Spectators will be made welcome at Bothwell Castle Golf Club --- PLEASE DO COME AND SUPPORT RENFREWSHIRE
Foursomes start 9.30am; singles at 1.30pm.
Midlothian v Dumfries-shire.
Renfrewshire v Angus.
Dumfries-shire v Renfrewshire.
Angus v Midlothian.

To read the full report go to the Renfrewshire County Website

Greenlees Title in the Balance

Cathkin Braes Greenlees Team -- Click to Enlarge Cathkin Braes Greenlees Team - click to enlarge

The Ranfurly Castle Greenlees Team faced an additional challenge getting to their final match of the season at Cathkin Braes yesterday due to a certain VIP visiting the City of Glasgow.
Despite roads being closed and one of their team staying just a 5 iron distance from Bellahouston Park the Team set off in good time to ensure punctuality!

The journey to and from the match was easy, it was the golf that proved more of a challenge.

Despite Ranfurly's best efforts in fine sunny weather with a stiff breeze the result was an 8 - 1 loss (two halved matches) against a very strong Cathkin team aiming to top the division -- 8 of their players having a single figured handicap.
Cathkin now await the completion of the last matches to see if they have won the Greenlees Trophy.
They have finished with 47.5 points and Milngavie who play Troon on the 20th September now know what they must do if they wish to retain the Trophy

To keep up todate with all the results CLICK HERE

County Finals 2010

The 2010 Scottish County Finals begin today at Bothwell Castle Golf Club.
The draw is as follows:

Friday 17 September
Renfrewshire v Midlothian 9:30am (Foursomes) & 1:30pm (Singles)
Dumfriesshire v Angus 9:52am & 2:15pm

Saturday 18 September
Midlothian v Dumfriesshire 9:30am & 1:30pm
Renfrewshire v Angus 9:52am & 2:15pm

Sunday 19 September
Dumfriesshire v Renfrewshire 9:30am & 1:30pm
Angus v Midlothian 9:52am & 2:15pm

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Cathkin Braes Pair through to the Final Stages of the Daily Mail Foursomes

Nan and Jenny --- Click to enlarge

Jenny Potter and Nan Brunton have just won through to the final stages of the Daily Mail Foursomes Competition beating two ladies from Harburn Golf Club 7&5 at Cathkin this week. They are now off to Wales.


Bev New wins the British Seniors at West Kilbride

Bev New - Click to enlarge Bev New --- The 2010 Senior Ladies' British Open Champion - Photo Courtesy of Colin Farquharson

Bev New from Lansdown, Somerset, is the new Senior British ladies’ open amateur champion.
Making her debut in the tournament after reaching the eligibility age of 50, the former Ladies European Tour player who won the English title and Curtis Cup honours as an amateur, shot the low round of the championship today to come through to snatch victory from joint fifth overnight, four shots off the pace.
Bev had rounds of 78, 84 and 73 for 19 over par 235 – scores that reflect how bad the conditions were for much of the three days of the championship.
The over-20mph wind of the first day returned, increasing in intensity from noon.
New, who had been joint first-round leader on 78 with Maureen Richmond (Royal Liverpool, packed four birdies into her brilliant, wind-cheating final round.
Bev said she had come to Scotland with no great expectations and was genuinely surprised at how well she had done.
She thought the weather over the three days was the worst she had ever played in but despite that she had enjoyed the week tremendously ... "Fantastic" was how she summed up her victory.
"Everything in my game just fell into place in the final day, the driving, the approach shots, the putting. It all came together to help me put together a 73."
"I don't know if this victory will make me go out and play more golf ... I just don't have the time. Maybe it will. I'll certainly defend the title in Northern Ireland next year.
West Kilbride GC, North Ayrshire.
Par 216 (3x72) CSS 77 77 75
235 Bev New (Lansdown) 78 84 73.
236 Pat Doran (Donabate) 81 81 74.
238 Vicki Thomas (Carmarthen) 81 80 77, Maureen Richmond (Royal Liverpool) 78 80 81.
240 Helen Jones (Strabane) 80 79 81.
241 Rozalyn Adams (Addington Court) 83 80 78, Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) 84 79 78.
242 Felicity Chrstine (Banstead Downs) 83 85 74, Caroline Marron (Bromborough) 82 77 83.
243 Sandy Woodruff (US) 84 81 78, Susan Dye (Delamere Forest) 85 80 78, Sheena McElroy (Grange) 81 82 80.
244 Ruth Lindley (Hartlepool) 81 86 77, Heather Anderson (Blairgowrie) 83 81 80, Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom) 85 78 81, Helene Maxe (Swe) 88 75 81, Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) 81 81 82.
247 Mary Smith (Tain) 84 84 79, Fiona Anderson (Formby Ladies) 84 83 80.
248 Alison Murdoch (Can) 86 84 78, Fiona de Vries (St Rule) 84 83 81.
249 Chris Utermarck (Ger) 89 81 79, Loree McKay (US) 86 83 80, Jean O’Connor (Newport Gwent) 84 79 86.
250 Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) 91 82 77, Valerie Hassett (Ennis) 85 85 80, Jane Finnie (Troon Ladies) 83 86 81.
251 Jane Rees (Hendon) 89 81 81, Else Kalstad (Den) 87 81 83.
252 Alison Bartlett (Royal Dornoch) 85 86 81, Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire) 84
83 85.
253 Marilyn Henderson (Castlerock) 80 92 81.
254 Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath) 90 81 83, Diane Williams (Can) 86 80 88.
255 Sigrid Johannesen (Den) 88 85 82.
256 Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) 86 87 83, Margaret Tough (Falkirk) 88 85 83, Minna Kaarnalahti (Fin) 83 85 88..
257 May Hughes (Lanark) 83 90 84, Catherine Garrett (West Kilbride) 87 82 88.
258 Marion Kaufmann (Ger) 87 84 87.
259 Gill Snelson (Branston) 88 81 90.
Retired: Janet Doleman (Rushcliffe) 84 86 ret.
50 to 54 years – Helen Jones.
55 to 59 years – Rozalyn Adams (better last six holes over Lorna Bennett).
60 to 64 years – Sandy Woodruff.
Over 65 years – Valerie Hassett.
Best 18 holes (73) – Bev New.

British Seniors Final Day - Live Scoring


Missed viewing the photographs and short video taken on Day 1 in the storm the CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Kilmacolm Excile Maureen Richmond still leads the British Strokeplay Championship at West Kilbride

Maureen Richmond - Click to enlarge Maureen Richmond - Photo Courtesy of Cal Carson Agency --- Click to enlarge

Kilmacolm exile Maureen Richmond, a Curtis Cup player, British and Scottish girls champion in her youth and now a GP at Wallasey, is one good round away from adding to a glittering golfing CV that has been virtually dormant since she became a GP several decades ago.
At the end of a long, long day – the start of play was delayed 2hr 15min until 45mph early-morning winds abated – Dr Richmond and her playing partners finished their second rounds almost in darkness at 7.45pm.
Maureen added an 80 to her opening round of 78 and her 36-hole tally of 158 gives her a one-stroke lead from England’s Caroline Marron (Bromborough), recent winner of the English seniors’ stroke-play title, and Ireland’s Helen Jones (Strabane), winner last week by six strokes of the Irish senior women’s open amateur championship.
Caroline had a 77 and Helen a 79, both for 159.
Defending champion Vicki Thomas (Carmarthen) is by no means out of the hunt. She had an 80 for 161 and is only three shots off the pace.
The field was cut to 40 and ties for tomorrow’s final round. Players had to have two-round aggregates of 173 or better to survive.
“I had a very poor putting round,” said Maureen Richmond. “I missed too many putts of around three to four feet.”
She had a double bogey 7 at the long seventh and bogeys at the first, second, fifth, 10th, 12th and 18th in halves of 41 (five over par) and 39 (three over).
Although the conditions were easier than was the case for the first round, players were still buffeted around by a wind of around 20mph.
Caroline Marron’s 77 included birdies at the sixth and 13th in halves of 38 and 39.
Helen Jones had halves of 40 and 39.
Other Scots in the picture after 36 holes are Ladybank’s European seniors team hero Lorna Bennett with a 79 for 163 and Blairgowrie’s Heather Anderson with an 81 for 164.
“I just played solidly,” said Lorna. “Nothing spectacular. Just kept going.”
Heather was drifting out of the top 20 when she reached the turn in 43 but she came back in 38, good going in the conditions, to salvage an 81.

SECOND ROUND (end of play
Par 144 (2x72). CSS 77 tbc

158 Maureen Richmond (Royal Liverpool) 78 80.
159 Caroline Marron (Bromborough) 82 77, Helen Jones (Strabane) 80 79.
161 Vicki Thomas (Carmarthen) 81 80.
162 Pat Doran (Donabate) 81 81, Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) 81 81. Bev New (Lansdown) 78 84.
Other Scots:
163 Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) 84 79, .
164 Heather Anderson (Blairgowrie) 83 1.
167 Fiona De Vries (St Rule) 84 83, Fiona Anderson (Formby Ladies) 84 83,
168 Mary Smith (Tain) 84 84,
169 Catherine Garrett (West Kilbride) 87 82, Jane Finnie (Troon Ladies) 83 86.
170 Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) 86 87,
171 Alison Bartlett (Royal Dornoch) 85 86.
173 Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) 91 82, Margaret Tough (Falkirk) 88 85, May Hughes (Lanark) 83 90.
174 Janice Paterson (Drumpellier) 89 85, Anne Ryan (Tain) 82 92.
175 Anna Telfer (Milngavie) 90 85,
176 Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) 92 84..
177 Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) 94 83,
178 Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) 90 88.
183 Lorraine Campbell (Cardross) 93 90, Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) 86 97..
NR Ruth Brown (Lothianburn) 98 NR.

Last gasp Greenlees joy for Prestwick St Nicholas ladies

The Prestwick St Nicholas Greenlees team began their match against Lanark in Division 2 knowing that a 7.5 - 1.5 win or better would see them snatch the title from leaders Whitecraigs To read the full match report go to the AYRSHIRE WEBSITE

Thanks go to Alisdair Malcolm (Catherine's Husband) who runs this Website for the up todate report

Play will resume at 10:15 at West Kilbride

The winds were even stronger at West Kilbride this morning than they were yesterday. But they dropped sufficiently for play in the second round to start at 10.15am - a delay of 2hr 15min from the scheduled time.
That means the last players will not tee off until 3.45pm.
There will be a cut to the leading 40 players and ties at the end of the second round.
"We had a test of the conditions early this morning and the balls were being blown off the greens, but now the wind has dropped enough for us to start play for the day at 10.15am," said Tournament Director Susan Simpson after a second course/wind inspection after 9.30am.


Winds are even worse today - Delay on Play at West Kilbride

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Wild winds continue at West Kilbride, start of second round delayed - another inspection of condtions at 10am

The winds are even stronger at West Kilbride this morning (Wednesday) than they were yesterday!
The start of the second round in the Senior British women's open amateur championship has been delayed from 8am as scheduled to 10am.
"We will have another look at the situation then," said Tournament Director Susan Simpson.
"We had a test of the conditions early this morning and the balls were being blown off the greens."
If the decision is made to call of play today, the championship will be reduced to 36 holes with everybody playing in the second and last round on Thursday.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Senior Ladies Weather the Storm at West Kilbride

Maureen Richmond -- Click to enlarge
Eight Scots in the leading 20 of the Senior British women’s open amateur stroke-play golf championship at the end of a storm-lashed day at West Kilbride was a good effort on the part of the home brigade.
Winds of up to 50mphlashing rain a hailstorm … it was all there in North Ayrshire. But the over-50 female golfers are made of stern stuff.
Portaloos out on the course were blown over (fortunately no one in them at the time).
A scoreboard came crashing down when the support legs simply sheered off due to the force of the wind.
Umbrellas were either blown to bits or last seen heading for Northern Ireland.
The clubhouse was awash with horror stories from happenings out on the course. The Canadian who finished second in the Irish seniors open last week required 97 shots to get round, including an 11 at the third and an 8 at the 10th.
Yet there was never any suggestion that the Ladies Golf Union would show some mercy and call the players in. The course was never flooded and remained open. The balls were never oscillating despite the gale. Let the show go on.
And from a field of 90 players there nil No Returns and only one retirement.
Well done, girls!
At the end of day that was more like January than mid-September, Kilmacolm exile Maureen Richmond (Royal Liverpool), pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency, and another former Curtis Cup player, Bev New from Somerset were the only two players to break 80.
They go into the second of three rounds sharing the pole position on six-over-par 78, one over the CSS (Reduction only).
Dr Richmond, a GP at Wallasey, is better remembered as Mo Walker, the teenager who won Curtis Cup and Vagliano Trophy honours, the British Girls Championship and three Scottish girls titles – and then, at the age of 19 entered medicine, virtually ringing down the curtain on what could have been a fabulous golf career.
“I only play in one big event a year – this one,” said 55-year-old Maureen. “I just can’t take time off from being a GP.
“How did I get it round in 78? In weather as bad as this you just have to get your head down and make the best of it. No point in feeling sorry for yourself. Just get on with it. And it helped that I am still pretty long off the tee.”
The other Scots who did well were Tain’s Anne Ryan, joint 10th with an 82, Heather Anderson (Blairgowrie), Jane Finnie (Troon Ladies) and May Hughes (Lanark), joint 12th on 83, and Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), Mary Smith (Tain), Fiona Anderson (Formby Ladies) and Fiona De Vries (St Rule), sharing 19th position.

West Kilbride Golf Club, North Ayrshire

FIRST ROUND (end of play scores)
Par 72. Yardage: 5,849
78 Maureen Richmond (Royal Liverpool), Bev New (Lansdown).
80 Helen Jones (Strabane), Marilyn Henderson (Castlerock).
81 Ruth Lindley (Hartlepool), Vicki Thomas (Carmarthen), Sheena McElroy (Grange), Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest), Pat Doran (Donabate).
82 Anne Ryan (Tain), Caroline Marron (Bromborough).

Other Scots:
83 Heather Anderson (Blairgowrie), Jane Finnie (Troon Ladies), May Hughes (Lanark
84 Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), Mary Smith (Tain), Fiona Anderson (Formby Ladies), Fiona De Vries (St Rule),Alison Bartlett (Royal Dornoch).
86 Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh), Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay),
87 Catherine Garrett (West Kilbride),
88 Margaret Tough (Falkirk)
89 Janice Paterson (Drumpellier).
90 Anna Telfer (Milngavie), Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle).
91 Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie).
92 Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park)
93 Christine McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar), Lorraine Campbell (Cardross),
94 Helen Faulds (Douglas Park).
96 Ruth Brown (Lothianburn)
Retired: Pamela Willamson (Baberton).
+Field cut to leading 40 and ties after Round 2.

To read more go to the LGU Website

Click on the small thumbnail to see some photos from today's play

The 2010 Ladies British Senior Open Championship

Here was the weather in West Kilbride today

Monday, 13 September 2010


The Scotland Schools Golf Association team for today's match against the England schools at Fairhaven. Image by courtesy of Tom Ward Photography. Click on it to enlarge.

The one-day Scotland v England Annual Schools Golf International at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire today was abandoned after the morning foursomes because of the high winds and rain.
England had led 3-0 at the end of the girls' foursomes

Bronwyn Davies and Amber Radcliffe beat Rachael Watton and Eilidh Briggs 3 and 2.
Alice Hewson and Rebecca Heeles beat Lesley Atkins and Alyson McKechin 6 and 4.
Ellie Goodall and Meghan MacLaren beat Hannah McCook and Gabrielle Macdonald 5 and

D & A JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2010 -- Winner Jorden Ferrie has a Hole in One

The D&A Junior Championship took place on a sunny but windy day at Kirkintilloch Golf Course on Sunday 12th September 2010.

The biggest excitement of the day was a HOLE-IN-ONE by Jorden Ferrie with a six iron at the 150yd par 3 8th hole!!

SSS 72 CSS 73
Runner up : Jill Meldrum (Dullatur) 89

COWAN CUP (Handicap)
WINNER : ROBYN MICHIE (Milngavie) 102-23-79
Runner up : Megan Duff (Hilton Park) 100-20-80

Draw for the 1st Round of the British Seniors

Click Here for the draw for the British Seniors Strokeplay which begins tomorrow at West Kilbride Golf Club

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Lanarkshire September Spoon

The Lanarkshire September Spoon was played on a dry day today over Mount Ellen. The course was in good condition and the food was very good.
The winner of the silver division and of the Centenary Rosebowl was Adelia McEwan , Hayston, with a net 67 . Adelia won the Centenary Trophy earlier in the year in her first County Competition. Today was her second County Competition.
Lesley Lloyd had the lowest scratch score.
Jean Macintyre won the bronze division and Jean Allan won the breast cancer nearest the pin at the 11th.

SSS: 69 CSS: 71
Adelia McEwan 80 (12) 67
Anne Lloyd 82 (12) 70 acb
Marie McConnell 88(18) 70
Lesley Lloyd 73 (1) 72
Jean Macintyre 102 (25) 77

Louise Kenney and partner Paul Shields win the 2010 Scottish Mixed Foursomes

The Scottish Foursomes Champions -- Click to enlarge Paul Shields and Louise Kenney --- The 2010 Scottish Mixed Foursomes Champions - Click to enlarge

All the Prizewinners - Click to enlarge All the Prizewinners - Click to enlarge

West of Scotland Winners - Click to Enlarge WOS Prizewinners From L to R: Gregg Sommerville, Clare- Marie Carlton, Gavin Mack, Jennifer Mack, David Boyd, Eva Thomson, Gillian Kyle and Craig Watson

The Scottish Mixed Foursomes was held at Haggs Castle Golf Club today. Just back from the Home Internationals in Cardiff after the fantastic win by the Scots, Internationalist Louise Kenney was able to maintain form and with partner Paul Shields won the Championship with a Gross 71 by 2 shots.

Haggs Castle Lady Captain Jennifer Mack and son Gavin playing off a combined handicap of 4.5 won the 2nd Scratch Prize by virtue of the better inward half with a gross 73 from past Scottish Mixed Champions Karen and Stephen Marshall of Baberton. Jennifer and Gavin's net score of 68.5 was the best of the day.

Eva Carmichael and David Boyd from East Renfrewshire won 1st Handicap Prize with a net 70.5

Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) and Paul Shields (Kirkhill) 71
Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) and Gavin Mack (Prestwick) 73 bih
Karen Marshall and Stephen Marshall (Baberton) 73
Louise Fraser and David Marshall (Kingsknowe) 74 bih

Handicap :
Eva Carmichael and David Boyd (East Renfrewshire) 76 (5.5) 70.5
Gillian Kyle and Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire) 74 (2) 72
Tricia Chillas and Sandy Quinn (Stirling) 78 (6) 72
Clare -Marie Carlton (Fereneze) and Gregg Sommerville (Playsport) 79 (6.5) 72.5

Ladies Stroke Competition (SLGA Brooch) - Douglas Park

Played 12/09/2010, SSS 72 CSS:73
1st 76-7=69 Joan Gemmell
2nd 93-17=76 Norma Campbell
3rd 100-20=80 Irene Orr

1st 96-26=70 Susan Cuthill
2nd 105-27=78 Yvonne Currie
3rd 118-36=82 Elaine McEwen

Scratch: Joan Gemmell 76

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Club Golf Coaching at Erskine Golf Club in November --- Would you like to help ?

ClubGolf have agreed to do a Level 1 coaches course at Erskine on the 6th - 7th November.
Craig Chalmers the new West of Scotland ClubGolf rep has been telling people but they need more. The minimum number needed to hold a course is 6 and Janette McCartney from Erskine has about 5 at Erskine wanting to do it but 2 are now not available over that weekend.
Dates: Sat 6th & Sun 7th Nov 2010
Times: 9.30 - 5pm both days
Venue: Eskine Golf Club
Closing date: 6 weeks before the course (to allow the home study pack to be viewed) That makes it the 25th Sept so not much time left.
Requirements: Disclosure Scotland - usually done through own golf club Safeguarding and Protecting Children
Workshop (usually £20.00): run by local authorities

Cost £141.00 (need to confirm)

All the info can be found at (although some stuff is out of date now.)

Anyone can contact Janette for more information if they like and she would be happy to talk to them.

She has been doing ClubGolf coaching at Erskine for the last 5 years and it is very rewarding, especially with all the girls we now have.

Janette McCartney
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07810 566996

The British Seniors Open Strokeplay is at West Kilbride Golf Club --- Come along and Support

Ladies' Vice Captain of West Kilbride June Kerr hopes you will come and see good golf - click to enlarge

The Senior Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at West Kilbride Golf Club is due to start on Tuesday 14th September. It takes the same format as the recent Irish Senior Ladies strokeplay - one round of 18 holes on each of two consecutive days - Tuesday and Wednesday 14th and 15th September and the top 40 go forward to the third round on Thursday 16th September. There are 90 entrants from thirteen different countries although the bulk are undoubtedly from the home nations -

There are 9 ladies from the West of Scotland:

Lorraine Campbell (Cardross)
Helen Faulds (Douglas Park)
Jane Finnie (The Ladies Golf Club Troon)
Catherine Garrett (West Kilbride)
Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
May Hughes (Lanark)
Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle)
Janice Paterson (Drumpellier)
Anna Telfer (Milngavie)


Friday, 10 September 2010

Your West of Scotland Greenlees Secretary goes hunting for golf balls !!

At the Ladies Golf Club Troon Invitation Day today where 172 players took part. Fiona Roger the West of Scotland Greenlees Secretary hunts for Pat Hutton's Golf Ball !! --- A great day was had by all.

Scotland win the Home Internationals for the 1st time in 19 years

Scottish Winning Home Team - Click to enlarge The winning Scotland team and SLGA officials after the presenation in the Whitchurch clubhouse (image by Cal Carson Golf Agency -- click on it to enlarge)

Scotland has won the Home International Matches championship for the first time since 1991.
In a nerve-tingling finish to the three days, and on an afternoon on non-stop rain, the Scots beat Ireland 5-4 in the title-decider.
“It’s a great feeling to be taking the title back to Scotland,” said team captain Lesley Nicholson. “It went right down to the wire and my players were great.”
The Scots took a 2-1 lead from the morning foursomes and shared the singles 3-3.
The fifth and winning point for Scotland was delivered by Pamela Pretswell who beat Curtis Cup team-mate Leona Maguire with a birdie at the last hole.
Ireland cancelled out Scotland’s one-point lunchtime lead when Danielle McVeigh beat Jane Turner by 6 and 5. McVeigh was three up after four holes, having birdied the second, third and fourth, and she never relinquished her grip on the outcome. Turner won only one hole, the fifth, against a Curtis Cup player in top form. McVeigh increased her lead with wins at the sixth, 11th, 12th and 13th.
Scotland edged ahead 3-2 with a two-hole win by Kelsey MacDonald over Mary Dowling in a battle of the Scottish and Irish champions.
There was never more than a hole in it until the 18th green with first one player, then the other having a one-hole lead. All square after 15 holes, MacDonald won the 16th with a par 4, halved the 17th and birdied the 18th for a two-hole win.
Dowling had birdies at the fourth, 11th and 13th. MacDonald had an eagle 3 at the fifth and that birdie at the last.
Louise Kenney increased Scotland’s overall advantage to 4-2 when she beat Sinead O’Sullivan by 3 and 2, having been three up at the turn and four ahead after 12
Then Ireland won a third point through Charlene Reid who beat Megan Briggs by 3 and 1. Two down after 11, Charlene turned the match around by winning the 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th, with a birdie.
But Scotland got the title-winning fifth point when Pamela Pretswell beat Leona Maguire by one hole, thanks to a pitch-and-putt birdie 4 at the long 18th. It had been a classic match-play encounter with Pretswell two up after five but two down after 11 to the resurgted Leona. Pretswell won the 12th and 13th to square the match but slipped one down again when Maguire won the 15th with a birdie 2.
The Scot squared the match with a 4 at the 16th, halved the 17th and then produced that all-important birdie at the 18th.
Lisa Maguire rang the curtain down on a tremendous afternoon’s play by both teams when she won by one hole against Rachael Watton. There was never more than a hole in either way.

ENGLAND 4 ½, WALES 4 1/2
Foursomes (1-2)
Charlie Douglass and Nikki Foster lost to Tara Davies and Becky Harries 4 and 3.
Charlotte Ellis and Tara Watters lost to Amy Boulden ande Gemma Bradbury 5 and 4.
Kelly Tidy and Hannah Barwood bt Katie Bradbury and Sam Birks 4 and 2.
Singles (3 ½-2 ½)
Tidy bt Lucy Gould 3 and 2.
Barwood halved with Harries.
Foster bt Katie Bradbury 5 and 4.
Watters bt Birks 4 and 2.
Charley Hull lost to Gemma Bradbury 4 and 3.
Douglass lost to Boullden 5 and 4.


Foursomes (1-2)
Danielle McVeigh and Charlene Reid lost to Kelsey MacDonald and Louise Kenney 2 and 1.
Sinead O’Sullivan and Gillian O’Leary lost to Megan Briggs and Martine Pow 3 and 1.
Leona Maguire and Lisa Maguire bt Pamela Pretswell and Jane Turner 1 hole..

Singles (3-3)
Mary Dowling lost to MacDonald 2 holes.
McVeigh beat Turner 6 and 5.
Leona Maguire lost to Pretswell 1 hole..
Lisa Maguire beat Rachael Watton.1 hole.
Reid beat Briggs 2 and 1.
O’Sullivan lost to Kenney 3 and 2.

Scotland 3 wins.
Ireland 2 wins.
Wales and England 1 draw each.


6pt Lisa Maguire (Ireland).
5pt Leona Maguire (Ireland), Pamela Pretswell (Scotland).
4 1/2pt Kelsey MacDonald (Scotland).
4pt Becky Harries (Wales), Megan Briggs (Scotland).
3 1/2pt Louise Kenney (Scotland), Tara Davies (Wales).
3pt Kelly Tidy (England), Danielle McVeigh (Ireland), Laura Murray (Scotland), Amy Boulden (Wales), Gemma Bradbury (Wales).


Final Day at the Home Internationals- Scotland v Ireland

Click on the following link to see LIVE SCORING FROM THE HOME INTERNATIONALS

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Anna Telfer wins the West Vets Autumn Meeting at Milngavie

Click to enlarge Photograph
Anna Telfer (Milngavie) won the West Vets Autumn Meeting with a net 73 over her home course today by virtue of the better inward half from Janette McCartney (Erskine). She also had the best Scratch Score of the day with a 78.
Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) had the next best scratch score of 79.
To read the full report and see some photos from the day go to the West Vets Website

Scotland beat England 5 - 4 on Day 2 of the Home Interationals

Scotland have not been champions since 1991 at Aberdovey. Ireland last won the Miller Trophy in Royal Porthcawl.
The Scots and the Irish are the only teams with 100 per cent win records after two days’of match-play. Today Scotland beat England 5-4 while Ireland beat Wales 6-3.

Both West of Scotland Players Pamela Pretwell (Bothwell Castle) and Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) were stars in helping Scotland to beat England in the Home Internationals at Cardiff by contributing to 4 of the 5 points they got today.
Scotland now play Ireland tomorrow in what will be a very difficult match --- GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL
Foursomes (3-0)
Kelsey MacDonald and Louise Kenney beat Charlie Douglass and Nikki Foster 3 and 2.
Rachael Watton and Megan Briggs beat Charlotte Ellis and Tara Watters 1 hole.
Pamela Pretswell and Laura Murray beat Kelly Tidy and Hayley Davis 2 and 1.
Singles (2-4)
MacDonald lost to Tidy 3 and 2.
Pretswell beat Hayley Davis 5 and 4..
Watton lost to Douglass 8 and 7.
Murray lost to Foster 7 and 5.
Briggs beat Charley Hull.6 and 5.
Kenney lost to Hannah Barwood 5 and 4.

Foursomes (2-1)
Tara Davies and Becky Harries bt Danielle McVeigh and Charlene Reid 3 and 1.
Amy Boulden and Gemma Bradbury lost to Leona Maguire and Lisa Maguire 2 holes.
Katie Bradbury and Sam Birks bt Mary Dowling and Gillian O’Leary 4 and 3.

Singles (1-5)
Boulden lost to McVeigh 3 and 2.
Gemma Bradbury lost to Lisa Maguire 2 and 1.
Katie Bradbury lost to Charlene Reid 1 hole..
Kath O’Connor lost to Leona Maguire 8 and 7.
Davies bt Louise Coffey 1 hole.
Harries lost to Sinead O’Sullivan 3 and 2.

Ireland 2pt (14 game points).
Scotland 2pt (11 ½).
Wales 0pt (5 ½).
England 0pt (5).

Scotland v Ireland
England v Wales.


Draw for the Scottish Mixed Foursomes at Haggs Castle

The draw for the Scottish Mixed Foursomes, which is being played at Haggs Castle on Sunday 12 September is as follows === CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 8 September 2010


Douglas Park and Milngavie played each other at Douglas Park yesterday. They started in the lashing rain which had been non stop all morning. The match, however was able to be completed with the result being a halved match.
The 2010 Greenlees Trophy is now down to the final stages with Milngavie, Cathkin Braes and Kilmarnock Barassie all within a near shout of the Trophy. But who knows Troon who have 2 matches to play may come in WITH A LAST FLURRY !!.
It looks like Whitecraigs have won Division 2 and Largs Division 3

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Kelsey MacDonald & Louise Kenney v Tara Davies & Rebecca Harries (A/S)
Martine Pow & Jane Turner lost to Amy Boulden & Gemma Bradbury
Pamela Pretswell & Laura Murray beat Lucy Gould & Kath O’Connor 7 and 5

Scottish Champion Kelsey MacDonald put her side ahead overall quite early in the afternoon with a surprisingly big win over Amy Boulden.
Kelsey won by 6 and 5, losing only the first hole. She won the second, third, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth and 12th to go six up and a half at the 13th ended the contest.

Scotland went 2 points ahead when Pamela Pretswell won on the 18th green against Gemma Bradbury who had the better of the outward half and was two up at one stage. But the Scot, who recently won the British Stroke-Play title, came on to her game on the inward half. The turning point really came when Pretswell won three holes in a row from the eighth to turn a one-hole deficit into a one-hole lead.

Bradbury did get back on terms with a 2 at the short 15th but Pretswell responded with a birdie to go back to one up at the 16th. Bradbury wasn’t finished yet. She birdied the 17th to square the match. It all boiled down to the par-5 18th which Pretswell won with a 5 to a 6 for a hard-earned one-hole victory.

Wales got their first singles point from the sixth tie with Becky Harries beating Louise Kenney 4 and 3. Harries laid the foundation of her victory by moving into a four-hole lead after only seven holes. Kenney came back at her by winning the eighth, 10th and 11th, narrowing the gap to only one hole.
But Harries birdied the 12th to double her lead again and further wins for her at the 13th and 15th sealed her victory.

With three ties to finish, Scotland led in all of them but, with memories of the dramatic downturn in their fortunes over the final hour’s play against Wales 12 months ago, none of their supporters was counting their chickens.

Teenage Scottish debutante Rachael Watton ensured that her side would gain at least a draw when she beat Sam Birks by 3 and 2. Birks had the edge over the first few holes but Watton settled to win holes five, six and seventh and, from one up at the turn, pulled away from her opponent on the inward half.

Laura Murray clinched victory for Scotland with a two-hole win over Welsh champion Tara Davies. Murray was two holes up after eight but Davies won the ninth and 10th.

Murray got her nose in front again with a birdie 3 at the 14th and went to up at the 16th. Davies kept her hopes alive by winning the 17th to be one down on the 18th tee but Murray clinched victory by winning the last with a par 5.

Megan Briggs put the icing on the cake for Scotland by beating Kath O’Connor 2 and 1 after being two down at the turn. The Scot won the 12th and the 13th with birdies and they halved the short 16th in birdie 2s before Briggs produced yet another birdie at the 17th for victory.

Kelsey MacDonald beat Amy Boulden 6 and 5
Pamela Pretswell beat Gemma Bradbury 1Up
Laura Murray beat Tara Davies 2 Up
Megan Briggs beat Katherine O'Connor 2 and 1
Rachael Watton beat Samantha Birks 3 and 2
Louise Kenney lost to Becky Harries 4 and 3


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Home Internationals begin tomorrow --- Scotland v Wales

The 2010 Scottish Team - Click to enlarge Scotland squad with officials, team captain Lesley Nicholson, second left front row, team manager Hilary Wardell, first left back row, and SLGA national coach Kevin Craggs pictured by Cal Carson Golf Agency on the eve of the 2010 Women's Home Internationals at Whitchurch Golf Club, Cardiff.

The Home Internationals begin tomorrow at Whitchurch (Cardiff) Golf Club (8th - 10th September 2010) Scotland play last year's winners - Wales on Day 1.
Scotland's pairs for the opening foursomes against Wales are: Kelsey MacDonald and Louise Kenney, Martine Pow and Jane Turner, Pamela Pretswell and Laura Murray

To see the draw for the Morning Foursomes CLICK HERE

Scottish Team:
Captain - Lesley Nicholson
Manager - Hilary Wardell

Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm)
Louise Kenney (Pitreavie)
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar)
Laura Murray (Alford)
Martine Pow (Selkirk)
Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle)
Jane Turner (Craigielaw)
Rachael Watton (Mortonhall)

Monday, 6 September 2010

Renfrewshire Junior Stableford at Whitecraigs Golf Club

The Renfrewshire County Junior Stableford (Campbell Clock Trophy) was held at Whitecraigs Golf Club on Sunday 5th September
SSS 72, CSS 72
Winner Emma Kennedy (Paisley) 35 Points
Runner Up - Flora Walker (Whitecraigs) 33 points
To read all about the day's event and see some photographs go to the Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Website

Laura wins for the 75th time and Kylie is the leading Scot in Austria

Laura Davies fired a closing 70 to win the UNIQA Ladies Golf Open presented by Raiffeisen in Austria yesterday.
It was her 75th career victory and third at the same event at Golf Club Foehrenwald in Wiener Neustadt after wins in 2007 and 2008. She was also second in 2009.
Congratulations go to West of Scotland's Kylie Walker who made the cut and was the leading Scot
Par 216 (3x72)
205 Laura Davies (Eng) 70 65 70
206 Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (Fra) 71 67 68
207 Alison Walshe (US) 71 69 67, Melissa Reid (Eng) 67 67 73
Scottish Players:
217 Kylie Walker (Sco) 74 71 72,
219 Carly Booth (Sco) 70 73 76, Pamela Feggans (Sco) 70 73 76,

To read the full report and all the scores go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Lanark's Pat Hutton wins the SLGA Regional Finals

Medal Grand Final Winners, Pat Hutton (Lanark) and Caroline Marshall (Newton Stewart)Photo Courtesy of the SLGA

Lanark's Pat Hutton won the SLGA Medal's Grand Final Silver Division at Crieff Golf Club today with a net 74 off six of a handicap.
She won by a shot from former Aberdeenshire champion Sara Mathieson (Royal Musselburgh), playing off five, with Janis Davison from Eyemouth in third place with a net 76 off 14.l
Caroline Marshall (Newtonstewart) won the Bronze Division on a better inward half from Lynn Gray (Lauder).

Both had net 75s, Caroline off 21, Lynn off 101.

Anne McGonagle (Fraserburgh) finished third with a net 76 off 21.
The par and CSS were 74 and 24 qualifiers from the regional finals took part.
To see some photographs taken by the SLGA --- CLICK HERE

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Draw for the Commonwealth Spoons at Cathkin Braes

The Commonwealth Spoons are being played at Cathkin Braes on Thursday 23rd September.
To see the draw sheets from the SLGA Website ---- CLICK HERE

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Scotland are the European Senior Team Champions

Scottish Seniors Team -- Click to enlarge
Scotland have pulled off a famous victory in the final of the European Senior Women's amateur team championship at Sporting Club, Berlin.
They beat the favourites and top seeds England 3-2 to win the gold medals for the first time.
Qualifying sixth of eight for the match-play stages, Pamela Williamson's squad had scored good wins on their way to the final but England were the overwhelming favourites.
When England took a 2-0 lead in the final, the writing looked to be on the wall for the Scots but they came back with a tremendous rally to tie it up at 2-2.
Then Tain's Anne Ryan, a debutante at his level of the game, won the title-gaining victory over Susan Dye in the last match to finish.
Anne, whose sister Mary Smith is also in the team, was two holes up at the turn against Susan Dye and not only maintained that advantage over the inward half, she added to it to win by 3 and 2.
Earlier Caroline Masson, four up at the turn, had beaten Fiona de Vries by 5 and 4.
And England had gone 2-0 up when Rozalyn Adams, also four up at the turn, had gone on to win by 5 and 4 against Heather Anderson from Alyth.
Then the Scotland glory run for gold started.
Mary Smith (Tain) and Moira Thomson (Gullane Ladies) won the foursomes tie by 2 and 1 against Janet Melville and Felicity Christine after being all square at the turn.
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) levelled it overall at 2-2 by beating Christine Quinn by one hole after leading by that margin at the turn.
Switzerland beat Ireland 3 1/2-1 1 1/2 in the play-off for third place and the bronze medals.

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report and to read more --- Go to the East Vets Website

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Friday, 3 September 2010

Scotland Seniors win against Ireland to reach the final of the European Team Championships

Scottish Team Celebrate -- Click to enlarge Team Captain Pam Williamson is overjoyed at their win ---
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Scotland are through to the final of the European senior women's amateur team golf championship at Sporting Club Berlin.
The team of over-50s, captained by Pamela Williamson (Baberton), beat Ireland 3-2 in the semi-finals today (Friday) to assure themselves of gaining at least the silver medals.
But the Scots are playing so well they will be fancying their chance of striking gold against the No 1 seeds and favourites England who beat Switzerland 3 1/2-1 1/2 in the other semi-final.
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

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Thursday, 2 September 2010

Scottish Seniors beat the holders Germany in Berlin

The Scottish Senior Team who qualified sixth of eight, in the strokeplay stages, achieved a marvellous win over defending champions Germany, the No 3 seeds and playing on home turf, in the quarter-finals of the European senior women's amateur golf championship at Sporting Club Berlin today.
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Renfrewshire County Greensomes Stableford over Elderslie

42 couples played yesterday at Elderslie Golf Club in the Centenary Greensomes Stableford Competition
Anne Judge from Ranfurly Castle had a HOLE IN ONE at the 175 yard 8th hole and with partner Sally Smyth also from Ranfurly Castle then went on to win with 39 points by virtue of the last 3 holes on count back from the Elderslie pairing of Julie Nicol and Mary Wylie

Leading Scores:
A Judge - S Smyth Ranfurly Castle (9) 39 last 3 holes
J Nicol - M Wylie Elderslie (9) 39
S Gilchrist - G Braid Whitecraigs (17) 38


Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Scotland Seniors Qualify in Sixth place

Scotland qualified in sixth place for the European senior women's amateur team golf championship at Berlin Sporting Club today.
They will play No 3 seeds Germany, the defending champions, in the quarter-finals of the match-play stages.
To read more go to the West Vets Website