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
Buffet Supper - Click to enlarge

" 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.
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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

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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

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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