Saturday 30 April 2011

Alyson McKechin is in top 25 after 2 Rounds in Wales and is now trying to improve in Round 2

West of Scotland's Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) is tied in 18th place after 2 rounds in the Welsh Open Strokeplay played over Tenby Golf Course today. 81, 78 (CSS 77, 76)
Eilidh Briggs from Kilmacolm retired in the first round.
Your webmaster contacted Eilidh and this is what she said --
"I have had a back injury all winter and I tried to hit a shot out of a bunker where my feet were outside it and I felt my back go..I played the next few holes and it was just getting tighter and its a long season ahead"
Your Webmaster replied " Sorry Eilidh to hear of the problem. Quite right to chuck it and make sure you are ok for the rest of the season. Good Luck and have a speedy recovery"
Scottish Scores after 2 rounds:
Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey), 81,76 = 157
Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), 81 ,78 - 159
Jane Turner (Craigielaw), 78, 81 = 159
Rachael Watton (Mortonhall), 80, 80 = 160
Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), 83,82 = 165
Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw) 90, 77 = 167
Rebecca Wilson (Grange), 82,86 = 168
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), Withdrawn
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Retired

To see all the scores  Click Here  --- SSS 76 (Round 1 CSS 77) (Round 2 CSS 76)

Formal Process of securing a venue for the 39th Curtis Cup match starts

The Ladies’ Golf Union has announced the start of the formal process of securing a venue for the 39th Curtis Cup match, the historic biennial encounter between teams from Great Britain & Ireland and the USA which will be played on home soil in June 2016.

Golf clubs interested in hosting this match, first played in 1932, are invited in the first instance to lodge an expression of interest with the LGU, after which they will be asked to provide additional information in support of their application. After visiting short-leeted golf clubs, the LGU aims to announce the successful venue at the conclusion of the 27th Curtis Cup match, to be held at The Nairn Golf Club, Scotland, from 8-12 June 2012.

The original idea for the Curtis Cup was to stimulate friendly rivalry amongst players and strengthen the ties of goodwill between the nations, and making a Curtis Cup team is the ultimate goal for the top amateur lady golfer. The quality of past venues is testament to the prestige associated with the event, while past players include many household names – Laura Davies, Catriona Matthew, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie and Melissa Reid to name but a few.

Shona Malcolm, LGU CEO, said “The Curtis Cup is a unique event. Not only does it showcase the cream of amateur talent from both sides of the Atlantic in three days of intense competition, it also attracts a loyal, sizeable and knowledgeable band of travelling supporters. The host club can be assured of a special and successful week, some great golf, an unbelievable atmosphere and many lasting memories.”

Initial expressions of interest can be directed to the LGU at or by writing to the CEO at The Scores, St Andrews. Fife, Scotland KA16 9AT.

The LGU has also taken the opportunity of unveiling the new Curtis Cup logo which will be used for the first time for the 2012 match at Nairn.

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Ten Scots are in a field of 59 for the Welsh Women's Open Amateur Stroke-Play Championship over 54 holes at Tenby Golf Club which begins today
They are: Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Jane Turner (Craigielaw), Rachael Watton (Mortonhall), Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey), Rebecca Wilson (Grange), Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw) and Rebecca McGeehan (West Rhine).

To follow the Live Scoring ----- Click here for live scoring from THE WELSH LADIES OPEN STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP, Tenby GC, 30/4//2011 - 5/1/2011

Friday 29 April 2011


by Colin Farquharson
 Rachael Taylor courtesy of Jean MacIntyre
Click to enlarge
Airdrie-born but Germany based Rachael Taylor (pictured left - image courtesy of calcarson agency)  made a winning debut in the Lanarkshire women's county championship at Strathaven Golf Club.
Qualifying as the No 1 seed from the stroke-play, Rachael, a Scottish girl international and daughter of a Scots-born club pro in Germany, beat Angela Devine (Hamilton), 10th of the 16 qualifiers by 6 and 4 in this afternoon's  final.
Taylor birdied the third, seventh and 12th and was always in command.
"I'm thrilled to win my first title in Scotland," said teenager Rachael who has played almost all her golf in Germany until she started flying over to play in Scottish junior events a year or two ago.
In an all-Strathaven final to the Bronze Trophy championship, Agnes McCall, the No 1 qualifier, beat Aileen Wood, the No 2, by 3 and 2.
Rachael Taylor (Am Reichswald) beat May Hughes (Lanark) 4 and 3.
Angela Devine (Hamilton) beat Fiona Scott (Bothwell Castle) at 19th.
Final - Rachael Taylor beat Angela Devine 6 and 4.
Final - Agnes McCall (Strathaven) beat Aileen Woodland (Strathaven) 3 and 2.

Troon Tom Lehman and Pre Handicap Opens

Entry forms for the Junior competitions held at Troon at the beginning of August can be found here...

Tom Lehman Junior Open (2nd August 2011 – Troon Municipal Golf Courses)

Pre Handicap Open (1st August 2011- Fullarton Golf Course - Troon)

Thursday 28 April 2011


Report by Colin Farquharson

Hamilton's Fiona Norris - sister of LPGA Tour player Mhairi McKay - has failed in her bid to win the Lanarkshire women's county golf championship three years in a row.
The No 3 seed, Fiona was beaten in the quarter-finals today in this year's championship at Strathaven Golf Club by Fiona Scott (Bothwell Castle), the No 6 seed, by 3 and 2. Last year Fiona Scott went out in the first round.
Fiona Norris, bogeyed three holes in a row from the sixth to be three down at the turn and then lost the 10th to a birdie. Norris won back the 14th but her rally ran out of holes.
In the Friday morning semi-finals, Fiona Scott will play 10th qualifier Angela Devine (Hamilton) who won her quarter-final at the 22nd against the No 2 seed, Lanarkshire County Captain Lesley Lloyd (Hayston), winner of the title in 1997 and beaten finalist six times, including last year.
Lesley, two down after 16 holes, won the 17th and 18th to go back up the first. She then bowed out at the 22nd with a bogey.
Top seed and debutante Rachael Taylor, Airdrie-born but based in Germany where her father is a club pro, played very well all day, chalking up a pair of 5 and 4 wins. She now plays No 12 qualifier May Hughes (Lanark) for a place in the final.
Hughes, champion in 1993, 2003 and 2004, won by 2 and 1 against No 4 seed Susan Wood (Drumpellier).
May was twice three up against a battling Susan Wood.
Rachael Taylor (Am Reichswald) beat Susan McGrenaghan (Mount Ellen) 5 and 4.
Emma Caddow (Strathaven) beat Jenny Potter (Cathkin Braes) 4 and 3.
May Hughes (Lanark) beat Janice Paterson (Drumpellier) 4 and 3.
Susan Wood (Drumpellier) beat Alyson Hendry (Hamilton) 1 hole.
Fiona Norris (Hamilton) beat Allison Bell (Strathaven) 5 and 4.
Fiona Scott (Bothwell Castle) beat Tracy McPherson (Langlands) 4 and 3.
Angela Devine (Hamilton) beat Lorna Laidlaw (Drumpellier) 5 and 4.
Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) beat Liz Lees (Hamilton) 4 and 2.
Taylor beat Caddow 5 and 4.
Hughes beat Wood 2 and 1.
Scott beat Norris 3 and 2.
Devine beat Lloyd at 22nd.

Agnes McCall (Strathaven) beat Mary Turner (Cambuslang) 2 and 1.
Aileen Woodland (Strathaven) beat Heather Wyper (Bothwell Castle) 5 and 3.

Pamela moves up to N0 21 n the World Amateur Rankings

Lanarkshire's Pamela Pretswell's joint sixth place finish in the Helen Holm Scottish women's open stroke-play championship at Royal Troon on Sunday has boosted her RandA Women's World Amateur Ranking by 11 places to No 21.
The only British or Irish players in the top 20 are the 16-year-old Maguire twins from Co Cavan, Ireland. Leona, pipped for the "Helen Holm" title, has gone up two places to No 9 while Lisa has also gone up two spots to No 15.
The only other Scot apart from Pamela Pretswell, pictured in action on Sunday by Carol Fell in the world's top 100 female amateurs is Scottish champion Kelsey MacDonald. The Nairn Dunbar player and Stirling University student has gone up six places this week to No 37.

1 Lydia Ko (New Zealand) (+2 from last week when she was No 3).
2 Mitsuki Katahara (Japan) (-1, No 1 last week).
3 Celia Cho (New Zealand) (-1).
4 Erica Popson (US) (no change).
5 Emily Tubert (US) (no change).
6 Sophia Popov (Germany) (+3).
7 Megan McChrystal (US) (-1).
8 Marta Silva (Spain) (-1).
9 Leona Maguire (Ireland) (+2).
10 Iliska Verwey (S Africa) (-2).

15 Lisa Maguire (Ireland) (+2).
21 Pamela Pretswell (Scotland) (+11).
24 Stephanie Meadow (Ireland) (-1).
37 Kelsey MacDonald (Scotland) (+6).
41 Charley Hull (England) (-10).
45 Holly Clyburn (England) (+20).
92 Hayley Davis (England) (-1).
95 Amy Boulden (Wales) (+9).

Wednesday 27 April 2011

Rachel Taylor is the top qualifier in the Lanarkshire County Championship

Airdrie-born but Germany-based Rachael Taylor today headed the 16 qualifiers for the match-play stages of the Lanarkshire women’s county golf championship at Strathaven Golf Club.
Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) also had a 75 but teenager Rachael, a Scotland girl international, earned the No 1 seeding by virtue of having the better inward half.
Defending champion Fiona Norris (Hamilton) was the third best qualifier with a 76.
Fiona Scott (Bothwell Castle), who finished with a 79, had a hole in one at the fourth.
Lorna Laidlaw (Drumpellier) had the day's best net score of 70 off a handicap of nine.
The leading qualifier in the Bronze Division was Agnes McCall (Strathaven), with a gross 96.

Par 73 SS 74 CSS 74
75 Rachael Taylor (Am Reichswald), Lesley Lloyd (Hayston).
76 Fiona Norris (Hamilton).
79 Janice Paterson (Drumpellier), Susan Wood (Drumpellier), Fiona Scott (Bothwell Castle), Lorna Laidlaw (Drumpellier).
80 Jenny Potter (Cathkiin Braes).
81 Emma Caddow (Strathaven).
82 May Hughes (Lanark), Tracy McPherson (Langlands), Angela Devine (Hamilton).
83 Alyson Hendry (Hamilton).
84 Liz Lees (Hamilton), Allison Bell (Strathaven).
85 Susan McGrenaghan (Mount Ellen).
Taylor v McGrenaghan, Caddow v Potter, Paterson v Hughes, Hendry v Wood.
Norris v Bell, McPherson v Scott, Laidlaw v Devine, Lees v Lloyd.

Renfrewshire Inter County Foursomes Qualifier over Williamwood Golf Club

The Renfrewshire Inter County Foursomes Qualifier was played today over Williamwood Golf Course in glorious sunshine. The best scratch was by County RLCGA Captain Trish Brown partnered by Megan Briggs (pictured above)  from Kilmacolm who took a few hours off  from studying for her final exams to play in this mornings event.

There round of 79 was won by virtue of the better inward half from Vice Captain Maureen Woodhead and Gillian McGinlay and Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart.

The Partnership of Mary Hardie and Sheila Gray from Ranfurly Castle were the winners of the Handicap Award with a net 70.5

The following Renfrewshire players have qualified for the Inter County Finals to be played over Milngavie on the Thursday 2nd June.
1st: Megan Briggs and Trish Brown (Kilmacolm) 79 acb
2nd: Maureen Woodhead and Gillian McGinlay (Gourock / Cochrane Castle) 79 acb
3rd: Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart (Cochrane Castle / Harburn) 79

1st: L Brown (12) and L Crichton (22)   Kilmacolm 90(17) 73
2nd: M Neilson (11) and S MacDougall (18)  Greenock 88 (14.5) 73.5
3rd A Robinson (8) and H Crichton (26)  Ranfurly Castle 91 (17)74

The following qualify to play in the Commonwealth Spoons on 22 September 2011 at Forres

1.    S Gray & M Hardie          Shiskine/Ranfurly Castle      89 – 18.5 – 70.5
2.    L Brown & L Crichton      Kilmacolm                     90 – 17 – 73
3.    A Robinson & H Crichton   Ranfurly Castle            91 – 17 – 74  a.c.b
4.    S Eckford & I Stephen      Ranfurly Castle              88 – 14 - 74

To see some of these photos from the day click on the small thumbnail below and then on slideshow
County Foursomes over Williamwood

Sunday 24 April 2011

Helen Holm Trophy -- Eilidh Briggs and Pamela Pretswell star in the final round over Royal Troon

Charlotte Ellis -- 2011 Helen Holm Winner - Click to enlarge

Eilidh Briggs - Click to enlarge
England international Charlotte Ellis staged a sensational smash-and-grab charge over the last few holes to win the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play championship over the Royal Troon Golf's Open championship links today. She beat Leona McGuire (Ireland) who had made all the running from the start of the 54-hole tournament, but ran up a double bogey 6 at the last, taking three shots to get on the green and a further three putts from six feet.
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) shared with Curtis Cup team member from last yearHolly Clyburn the honour of having the best last round score of five-under-par 70
Pamela Pretswell - Click to enlarge
Eilidh, who finished fifth on 219, one shot ahead of British stroke-play champion Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) who found her form with a final-round 71.
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Click on the small photo below to see some photos from the day ---- CAPTIONS STILL TO BE ADDED AND PICTURES ADJUSTED !
2011 Helen Holm Trophy

A short video of the winner Charlotte Ellis giving her vote of thanks after the event

Par 225 (3x75) CSS 76 76 77
First two rounds over Troon Portland; last round Royal Troon
213 Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) 73 69 71.
214 Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) 69 72 73.
217 Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 74 73 70, Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 71 71 75
219 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 75 74 70.
220 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 73 76 71, Lisa Ball (Matfen Hall) 72 73 75, Rachael Goodall (Heswall) 72 73 75.
221 Emma Brown (Malton and Norton) 72 77 72, Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) 74 74 73
222 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 75 75 72, Katharina Soehnlein (Germany) 73 73 76, Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush) 74 72 76, Bronte Law (Bramhall) 74 71 77.
223 Emelie Ferlin (Sweden) 74 74 75, Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell) 73 72 78.
224 Nina Holleder (Germany) 76 71 77, Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies) 74 72 78..
225 Fanny Cnops (Belgium) 80 73 72.
226 Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) 79 73 74, Gillian O’Leary (Cork) 71 78 77, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 73 75 78, Samantha Birks (Wolstanton) 75 73 78.
227 Mireia Prat Caballeria (Spain) 76 76 75, Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 71 76 80, Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 72 71`84.
228 Amy Boulden (Maesdu) 78 77 73, Chloe Leurquin (Belgium) 74 75 79, Hannah Grant (Enmore) 75 73 80.
229 Louise Kristersson (Sweden) 77 78 74, Valerie Sternebeck (Germany) 74 76 79, Hannah Barwood (Knowle) 74 76 79, Clara Young (North Berwick) 76 74 79..
230 Denise Kalek (Germany) 82 74 74, Jessica Bradley (Tiverton) 74 80 76, Charley Hull (Woburn) 75 79 76, Jerry Lawrence (Rochester and Cobham) 76 78 76, Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) 74 76 80, Becky Harries (Haverfordwest) 76 75 79, Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) 78 73 79, Jess Wilcox (Blankney) 74 76 80, Lucy Williams (Mid Herts) 74 75 81231 Olivia Winning (Rotherham) 77 75 79, Joelle Van Baarle (Belgium) 77 74 80.
232 Claire Smith (Silsden) 81 73 78.
233 Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 79 79 75, Vicki Troeltsch (Germany) 76 81 76, Anjelika Hammar (Sweden) 77 80 76, Emma O’Driscoll (Ballybunion) 73 82 78, Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham) 73 80 80, Shelby Smart (Knowle) 74 78 81, Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 75 76 82.
234 Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) 77 79 78.
235 Charlotte Wild (Mere) 76 79 80.
236 Lesley Atkins (Gullane) 79 79 78, Harriet Key (South Herts) 81 77 78, Daisy Dyer (Chigwell) 76 77 83.
237 Emma Sheffield (Newark) 74 83 80, Ellie Robinson (Middlesbrough) 78 74 75
238 Stephanie Fransolet (Belgium) 76 81 81, Lucy Gould (Bargoed) 80 75 83, Bronwyn Davies (Trentham) 79 75 84.
239 Rebecca Wilson (Grange) 79 79 81, Louise Mernagh (Woodenbridge) 76 81 82, Rebecca McGeehan (Germany) 78 76 85.
240 Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 76 81 83.
241 Rebecca Wood (Hallamshire) 75 82 84.
242 Mariell Bruun (Norway) 79 79 84, Sara Garbutt (Ganton) 79 79 84, Victoria Bradshaw (Bangor) 84 72 86
244 Aedin Murphy (Carlow) 77 77 90.

437 IRELAND (Leona and Lisa Maguire).
443 ENGLAND (H Clyburn, K Tidy).
446 SCOTLAND (K MacDonald, P Pretswell).
453 BELGIUM (F Cnops, V Leurquin).
462 GERMANY (V Sternebeck, V Troeltsch).

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Saturday 23 April 2011

Happy Easter to all our West of Scotland Ladies Golf Website Readers


Leona McGuire leads the Helen Holm Trophy after the 2nd round

Leona Maguire has had only one bogey over the first 36 holes at Troon Portland of the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play championship.
In more difficult conditions today - no wind but dreich, damp and very cold - the 16-year-old Curtis Cup twin from the Slieve Russell club in Ireland's Co Cavan, added a three-under-par 72 to her excellent opening effort of 69.
Pitreavie's Louise Kenny was the best Scot and is only one behind going into the final round over Royal Troon tomorrow

Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) became the second best Scot in the two-round totals when she returned a 76 for 147. A double bogey 7 at the long second and a bogey at the third derailed her temporarily but she managed to get it out in one-over-par 39 with birdies at the first and sixth. After the turn, a bogey at the sort 10th cancelled out a birdie at the long 15th. --- Alyson is now in 12th position after the 2 rounds
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) improved her round by 1 shot from yesterday. She had 1 bogey and 2 birdies on the outward nine and par golf on the inward nine allowing Eilidh to move from 33rd position up to 19th. British stroke-play champion Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) is also on 149 after a 76. Ayrshire County Champion Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) is one shot behind on 150

Par 150 (2x75). Yardage 6,237. SSS 75, CSS 76
Leading Scores:
141 Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell|) 69 72.
142 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 71 71, Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) 73 69.
143 Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 72 71.
145 Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell) 73 72, Rachael Goodall (Hesweall) 72 73, Bronte Law (Bramhall) 74 71.
146 Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies) 74 72, Katharina Soehnlein (Germany) 73 73, Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush) 74 72.
147 Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 74 73, Nina Holleder (Germany) 76 71, Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 71 76.
Other Scots: --- WOS Players in bold
148 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 73 75,
149 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 73 76,
150 Clara Young (North Berwick) 76 74, Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 75 75, Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) 74 76
151 Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) 78 73.
156 Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) 77 79,
157 Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch)
158 Rebecca Wilson (Grange) 79 79, Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 79 79. Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies) 79 79,
Missed the Cut
159 Rachael Taylor (Germany) 78 80, Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) 81 78.
160 Laura Murray (Alford) 81 79.
162 Gillian Scanlon (Hamilton) 83 79, Ailsa Bain (Peebles) 82 80, Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) 81 81.
163 Rachel Hanlon (St Regulus) 81 82, Gabriell Macdonald (Craigielaw) 85 78, Katie Reid (Monifieth) 83 80 
164 Jordana Graham (Southerness) 85 79,
167 Gemma Chalmers (Monifieth) 84 83.
168 Rachel Polson (Peterculter) 84 84.
172 Samantha Leslie (Westhill) 89 83.
173 Jennifer Linklater (Largs) 83 89.


07.30 L Atkins, R Wilson.
07.40 A Summers, M Bruun, S Garbutt.
07.50 H Key E Sheffield, R Wood.
08.00 V Troeltsch, L Mernagh, S Fransolet.
08.10 C Gruber, A Hammar, L Whyte.
08.20 D Kalek, V Bradsaw, E O'Driscoll.
08.30 C Wild, L Kristersson, A Boulden.
08.40 L Gould, J Bradley, C Hull.
08.50 J Lawrence, A Murphy, R McGeehan.
09.00 B Davies, C Smith, B Garton.
09.10 D Dyer, F Cnops, S Smart.
09.20 M P Caballeria, O Winning, E Robinson.
09.30 K Tidy, J Van Baarle, N Foster.
09.40 B Harries, R Watton, R McQueen.
09.50 V Sternebeck, H Barwood, J Wilcox.
10.00 J Turner, C Young, G O'Leary.
10.10 E Brown, P Pretswell, C Leurquin.
10.20 L Williams, E Briggs, K MacDonald.
10.30 M MacLaren, E Ferlin, H Grant.
10.40 S Birks, A McKechin, H Clyburn.
10.50 N Holleder, K Soehnlein, C Reid.
11.00 D McVeigh, L Ball, R Goodall.
11.10 Lisa Maguire, B Law, J Meek.
11.20 L Kenney, C Ellis, Leona Maguire.

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Friday 22 April 2011

Helen Holm Trophy 1st Round Scores - West of Scotland's Alyson McKechin is in 2nd place

Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) , had a terrific first round at the Helen Holm Stroke play Championship at Troon Portland today. She was out in level par 38 with bogeys at the third and eighth, where she missed the green, and birdies at the sixth and long ninth, and home in 33, one of the best inward halves of the day when players found the second nine generally more difficult.
To read today's full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Troon Portland Par 75. Yardage 6,289. CSS 76
69 Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell).
71 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Gillian O’Leary (Cork), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie).
72 Lisa Ball (Matfen Hall), Emma Brown (Malton and Norton), Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies), Rachael Goodall (Heswall).
73 Emma O’Driscoll (Ballybunion), Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham), Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton)., Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell), Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Katharina Soehnlein (Germany).
74 Shelby Smart (Knowle), Jessica Bradley (Tiverton), Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush), Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies),
Others Scots:
75  Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Jane Turner (Craigielaw).
76  Clara Young (North Berwick)
77 Lauren Whyte (St Regulus)
78 Rachael Watton (Mortonhall)
79 Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies), Lesley Atkins (Gullane), Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir), .
81  Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey), Rachel Hanlon (St Regulus), Katie McIntosh (Broomieknowe),  Laura Murray (Alford).
82 Ailsa Bain (Peebles),
83  Jennifer Linklater (Largs), Gillian Scanlon (Hamilton).
84  Gemma Chalmers (Monifieth).
85 Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw), Tara MacTaggart (Minto),  Jordana Graham (Southerness)
89 Samantha Leslie (Westhill).

Thursday 21 April 2011

Anyone looking for or have spare accommodation at Machrihanish

I am looking for some help please... I managed to get my application in on time for the Scottish over at Machrihanish unfortunately no one else I was intending going with has managed to get the time off work. This currently means I have no one to share accommodation with and nothing currently booked. Before I get something for myself, I wondered if anyone else was in a similar situation.
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Tuesday 19 April 2011


Dear fellow Golfer,

As you know Lochwinnoch Golf Club has always had the reputation of being “very hilly”. For this reason we have always struggled to fill our Open Day places and with this mind, we in the Ladies Section have applied for, and been granted, permission to hold our Open Day over what was the original nine hole Course. This involves only a very gradual climb, and we hope to encourage a good response.

The format will be a GREENSOMES COMPETITON on Sunday 17th July 2011 with Tee-off times from 9.30a.m. We hope this event will prove to be popular and I will be delighted to take your entry either with a partner of your choosing, or even a fourball of friends. The price is £7.00 per person.

We now have excellent catering facilities at Lochwinnoch Golf Club and this will add to a very pleasant day out and hopefully a share in the Prizes. My ‘phone number is 01505 50 2525 or e.mail
I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours truly,
Sheila Shaw.

West Vets Spring Meeting --- Sally Coster has a Hole in One

Sally Coster --- Click to enlarge
The West Vets Spring Meeting was held at Prestwick St Cuthbert
today in glorious sunshine. The Scratch score of the day was by Robina Gilbertson of Prestwick St Nicholas witha 74 -- 3 over the SSS of 71
Highlight of the day was a HOLE IN ONE by Hilton Park's Sally Coster
To read more --- Go to the West Vets Website

Played 19th April 2011, SSS 71, CSS 71 , 87 Entrants
Scratch - Robina Gilbertson (Prestwick St Nicholas)
Janette Stewart  - (Kilmarnock Barassie)  85 (19) 66
Kay Murray (Whitecraigs) 87 (19) 68
Jess Blackwood 83 (Kilmarnock Barassie) (14) 69 (bih)

Bronze :
May McGhee (Balmore) 89 (24) 65
Pat Robertson (Caldwell) 88 (21) 67

Super Vet: May McGee 89 (24) 65

West Girls Medal over Troon Portland

The West of Scotland Girls Golfing Association held its first medal of the season at Troon Portland on Sunday 17 April.

Twenty five girls played in the medal with fifteen pre-handicap girls playing in a development medal over the 9 hole Craigend course.

The weather was bright and sunny with a stiff wind.Many thanks to The Ladies Golf Club ,Troon for their hospitality.The next medal will be held at Kilmacolm Golf Club on 29 May 2011

Silver: Emma Hale [Troon Ladies] net 72; Catriona MacDonald [Ballochmyle] net 75
Bronze: Katie Scott [Strathaven] net 72; Ellie Bryce [Strathaven] net 75
Scratch: Eilidh Briggs [Kilmacolm]

Monday 18 April 2011


Bothwell Castle’s Pamela Pretswell, the Women’s British Open Strokeplay Champion, and Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), the Scottish Ladies’ Amateur Champion, aim to start the new season in style at the Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship at Troon from Friday to Sunday this coming weekend (April 22-24).
Pretswell is one of four backmarkers boasting a plus four handicap, and the 2010 Curtis Cup player is looking forward to the challenge.
“I have been busy at Glasgow University completing my Business and Management degree,” explained the 21-year-old, who hopes to graduate with honours this summer. “But I have also managed to spend some time in Portugal preparing for the season.”
“I’ve got a hectic golf schedule this summer and have made some slight changes to my swing and my putting over the winter so it will be good to test them out at the Helen Holm.”MacDonald had a terrific 2010 season. In addition to winning her first Scottish Amateur title, the 20-year-old also reached the final of the British Amateur, retained the Scottish Open Under-21 Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship and topped the 2010 Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association Order of Merit.
The Irish Maguire twins – Leona, who won the title in 2009, and Lisa – plus England’s Emma Brown are the other players with plus four handicaps in a field that has attracted entries from 11 countries.
Danielle McVeigh made it back-to-back wins for Ireland when she claimed the title last year, and she will be back to defend the crown. Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) was the best of the Scots in joint third place.
The 54-hole Championship takes place over three days. Following 18 holes over Troon Portland on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April, the top 66 players and ties will qualify for the final round over Royal Troon on Sunday 24th April.


Gleddoch Open Day --- ENTER THEIR TRI AM



Starting Times - 09.00 – 3.00pm

Please enclose ENTRY FEE (All cheques made payable to “Gleddoch Ladies Golf Club” with completed entry forms, indicating preferred starting time and a SAE for entry acknowledgement to: -

Shirley Back, 25 Calderpark Avenue, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4AY.

Soup and Sandwiches/light buffet available

Professional shop telephone no. 01475 540704    Mrs Jackie Grey – Lady Captain

Sunday 17 April 2011

5 Club Stableford -- Gleddoch

5 Club Stableford (SSS 73, CSS 76)
June Lockhart (9) 32
Shirley Back (7) 30
Lynn Mitchell (12) 29

Balmore Coronation Foursomes

Coronation Foursomes - Stableford (SSS 70)

Enid Young and Carol Sim 34
Miriam Dalglish and Barbara Young 29
Joan Jamieson and Christine Taylor 28

Renfrewshire County April Medal over Lochwinnoch Golf Course

Played 17th April 2011: SSS 72 CSS 75 Reduction Only - 28 Entrants

Scratch : Carol Whyte (Windyhill) 80 (better last 6 holes)

Scr - 12 H'Cap:
Lorraine Morrow 80 - 7 = 73 (Erskine)
Carol Whyte 80 - 5 = 75 (Windyhill)
Carol Fell 87 - 10 = 77 (bih) (Ranfurly Castle)

13 Handicap and upwards
Maureen Cook 91 - 14 = 77 (Lochwinnoch)
Vivien Young 96 - 18 = 78 (Elderslie)
Pat Pennel 102 - 22 = 80 (Ranfurly Castle)

Douglas Park -- Medal 2 (Centenary Cup) 2011

Played 15/04/2011 SSS: 72, CSS:74

1st 91-20=71 Norma Gray
2nd 92-20=72 Mrs Joan Pattison
3rd 89-14=75 Mrs. Gillian Hendry


1st 97-26=71 Mrs. Ailsa Hill
2nd 93-21=72 Susan Rattray
3rd 95-21=74 Mrs. Irene Berry

SCRATCH: Joan Gemmell 81

Saturday 16 April 2011

Eillie Bryce from Strathaven wins the best net prize at the SLGA Under 16's Strokeplay Championship

Most of the leading prizewinners in the SLGA Under-16 girls' open amateur stroke-play championship. Ellie Bryce (Strathaven) who won the net aggregate championship was unable to stay on for the prizegiving. Image by Cal Carson Golf Agency.

Bronte Law (Bramhall) won the SLGA Under 16's Stroke Play Championship(Strathmore) at the third extra hole after both she and Chloe Williams (Wrexham) tied on a two under par aggregate of 142.

Lanarkshire Junior Ellie Bryce(Strathaven) playing off 27, had the lowest net total of 128 (64,64) for the 36 holes.She also had the lowest net second round score in the under 14 age group.

England 1 - won the international team trophy with a total of 285 - nine strokes ahead of runners-up Wales ). Scotland 1 (Lesley Atkins, Rebecca McGeehan and Clara Young) finished third on 297 with Scotland 2 (Kimberley Beveridge, Tara MacTaggart and Lauren Whyte) fourth.

Strathmore Golf Centre, Alyth, Perthshire.
Par 144 (2x72). CSS 72 72. Yardage: 5,656.
142 Chloe Williams (Wrexham) 70 72, Bronte Law (Bramhall) 72 70 (Law won sudden-death play-off at third extra hole).
143 Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) 74 69.
145 Ellie Goodall (Selby) 77 68.
148 Clara Young (North Berwick) 75 73.
149 Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) 75 74, Rebecca McGeehan (Hummerbachaue) 75 74.
150 Georgia Hall (Ferndown) 76 74, Lianna Bailey (Notts Ladies) 77 73, Jade Downes (Boothferry) 76 74.
Other Scottish Players:
151 Heather Munro (Monifieth) 74 77,
152 Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) 76 76,
153 Emma Greenlees (Dumfries & Galloway) 76 77,
154 Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 77 77.
155 Emma Hale (Troon Ladies) 76 79,
156 Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies) 76 80
157 Tegan Seivwright (Deeside) 80 78,
161 Chloe Goadby (St Regulus) 82 79,
162 Emily Aird (Blairgowrie) 78 84.
164 Katie McGarva (Troon Ladies) 84 80,
165 Victoria Mallettt (Sutton Coldfield Ladies) 80 85.
166 Samantha Cowan (Cochrane Castle) 80 86,
167 Rosie Everett (Craigielaw) 87 80.
168 Eva O'Connor (Bothwell Castle) 85 83..
.170 Emma Dalgetty (Glencorse) 88 92, Danielle Ker (Roxburghe) 82 88, Eilidh Watson (Muckhart) 84 86
171 Katie Wright (Stranraer) 84 87, Claire Robertson (Carnoustie Ladies) 84 87.
172 Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) 90 82, Jessica Dalgetty (Glencorse) 86 86.
173 Sophie Maguire (St Regulus) 91 82, Hazel Macgarvie (Troon Ladies) 86 87,
175 Rheanna Thom (Alyth) 87 88, Claire Gadsby (Crieff) 87 88.
176 Olivia Borwick (McDonald Ellon) 94 82, Kirsten Pryde (Deeside) 92 84
179 Tiffiny Wood (Glenbervie) 91 88.
182 Ellie Bryce (Strathaven) 91 91, Leanne Wilson (Kelso) 94 88.
183 Catherine Goodwin (Glenbervie) 86 97.
184 Molly Stewart (Murcar Links) 89 95, Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore) 94 90.
185 Kirsten Brown (Torrance House) 96 89.
187 Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie) 91 96, Emma Kennedy (Paisley) 96 91.
188 Alexandra Qayum (Ranfurly Castle) 94 94.
192 Leanne Wilson (Kelso) 94 88.
195 Abbi Kidd (Lenzie) 99 96.
200 Rachel McClelland (Balmore) 100 100.

To see the full report go Kirkwood Golf


Under-12 years
Round 1 - net 71 off 15: Hazel Macgarvie (Troon Ladies).
Round 2 - net 61 off 19: Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne).

Under-14 years
Round 1 - scratch 76 by Emma Hale (Troon Ladies).
Round 1 - net 64 off 27: Ellie Bryce (Strathaven).
Round 2 - scratch 75 by Hannah Henderson (Ballyclare) (better last six holes).
Round 2 - net 64 off 27: Ellie Bryce (Strathaven).

Under-16 years

Round 1 - scratch 70 by Chloe Williams (Wrexham).
Round 1 - net 68 off 10: Jade Tomlinson (Normanton) (better inward half).
Round 2 - scratch 68 by Ellie Goodall (Selby).
Round 2 - net 67 off 9: Kelly McNulty (Whitley Bay) (better last six holes).

Eilidh Briggs is the 2011 Renfrewshire County Champion

Eilidh Briggs - 2011 Renfrewshire County Champion - Click to enlarge

Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) retained the RLCGA Championship yesterday when she beat her sister Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) in an enthralling final played over Haggs Castle Golf Club yesterday. The whole day had been full of birdies and eagles and the spectators were treated to a fantastic display of golf.
Semi Finals
Eilidh Briggs beat Alyson McKechin 1 up
Megan Briggs beat Carol Whyte 6&5

Eilidh Briggs beat Megan Briggs 2&1

Prizewinners: Open Day:
Scratch: Eilidh Briggs - 71 (Kilmacolm)
Handicap: Eilidh Briggs 71 (0) 71 (Kilmacolm) (Peggy Clark Trophy)
2nd: Nicky Henderson 78 (5) 73 (Haggs Castle) ,
3rd: Anne Judge 83 (7) 76 bih (Ranfurly Castle)
Championship :
Semi Finalists : Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) and Carol Whyte (Windyhill)
Runner Up: Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm)
Winner: Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm)

To read the full report go to the RLCGA WEBSITE

Thursday 14 April 2011

Live Scoring from the SLGA Under 16's



Strathmore Golf Centre, Alyth, Perthshire.
Par 72. CSS 72
70 Chloe Williams (Wrexham).
72 Bronte Law (Bramshall).
74 Heather Munro (Monifieth), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer), Kyra Horlock (Broadstone), Nia Greville (Ashburnham).
75 Clare Young (North Berwick, Rebecca McGeehan (Germany), Nicola Callander (Mill Green), Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne), Charlotte Ann Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor), Dulcie Sverdloff (Thopre Hall), Niclla Haynes (Gosforth Park Ladies).
76 Jade Downes (Bothferry), Lottie Turner (Aberdovey), Jade Tomlinson (Normanton), Lauren Whyte (St Regulus), Emma Hale (Troon Ladies), Emma Greenlees (Dumfries & Galloway), Georie Hall (Ferndown), Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies).
77 Lianna Bailey (Notts Ladies), Paige Kemp (Boyce Hill), Annabel Bailey (Notts Ladies), Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies), Emily Mae Hall (Notts Ladies), Megan Lockett (Huddersfield), Eleanor Tunn (Reay), Samantha Jayne Taylor (Parklands), Ellie Goodall (Selby).
78 Emily Aird (Blairgowrie), Emma Harris (Peel Ladies), Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth), Olivia McHaffrey (Royal Co Down Ladies), Olivia Winning ( Rotherham ).
79 Kelly McNulty ( Whitley Bay ), Hannah Henderson (Ballyclare).
80 Victoria Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies), Angharad Evans ( St Pierre ), Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa), Hannah Holden (Lightcliffe), Samantha Cowan (Cochrane Castle), Gabriella Cowley ( West Essex ), Eloise Healy (Lee Park), Tegan Seivwright (Deeside).
81 Tara MacTaggart (Minto), Holly Morgan (Lees Hall).
82 Chloe Goadby (St Regulus), Danielle Ker (Roxburghe).
83 India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), , Clara Kelly (Hagley), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe).
84 Katie McGarvie (Troon Ladies), Claire Robertson (Carnoustie Ladies), Lisa O’Shea ( Shannon ), Poppy Finlay (Vicars Cross), Eilidh Watson (Muckhart), Katie Wright (Stranraer).
85 Harriet Richardson (Huddersfield), Eva O’Connor ( Bothwell Castle ).
86 Hazel MacGarvie (Troon Ladies), Catherine Goodwin (Glenbervie), Bethany Acey (Sandburn Hall), Jessica Bailey (Notts Ladies), Jessica Dalgetty (Glencorse).
87 Rheanbna Thom (Alyth), Claire Gadsby (Crieff), Gemma McCarthy (Clonmel), Rosie Everett (Craigielaw), Niamh Ward (Lurgan), Amelia Taylor (St Annes Old Links), Hannah Smith (Silloth on Solway).
88 Emily Dalgetty (Glencorse), Victoria Craig (Clandeboye).
89 Laura Jane Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor), Katy Anne Langley (Gainsborough), Milly Stewart (Murcar Links).
90 Megan Clarke (Cleckheaton), Kirsty Burgess (Silverknowes).
91 Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie), Ellie Bryce (Strathaven), Tiffiny Wood (Glenbervie), Sophie Maguire (St Regulus).
92 Kristen Pryde (Deeside), Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne).
94 Olivia Borwick (McDonald Ellon), Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore), Hannah Goodall (Selby), Alexandra Qayum (Ranfurly Castle), Leanne Wilson (Kelso).
96 Emma Kennedy (Pailsey), Katie-Jane Stanley ( Manchester ), Kirsten Brown ( Torrance House).
97 Nicole Yeats ( Nigg Bay ).
99 Abbi Kidd (Lenzie).
100 Rachel McClelland (Balmore).

Ayrshire Ladies County Championship -- Rachael McQueen is a first time Champion

Rachael McQueen

Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) won the Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Championship for the first time, today at Largs, when she defeated the defending champion Lesley Hendry (Largs Routenburn) by one hole in the final.

In the morning semi finals Lesley Hendry beat Gillian Arnott (Kilbirnie Place) whilst Rachael McQueen beat Audrey Thompson (Loudoun).

Eilidh Briggs continues her good form in the Renfrewshire County Matchplay Championships

Defending Champion Eilidh Briggs continued her good play in the matchplay stages of the Renfrewshire County Championship by 2 convincing 7 & 6 wins in both the morning and afternoon ties. She was 1 under par in both games when she defeated Denise Cowan in the morning and then Renfrewshire County Team mate Gillian Kyle in the afternoon --  again being 1 under par. She now meets Alyson McKechin in top half of the draw in tomorrow's semi final.
Alyson was 2 under par when she "disposed" of your webmaster Carol Fell in the morning and then had a ding dong battle with former 10 times Renfrewshire Champion Donna Jackson and eventually won 2 and 1.
In the bottom half of the draw Carol Whyte had a good win against local Haggs Castle Player Nicky Henderson and then played well in the afternoon to beat up and coming youngster Linsey Stevenson.
Carol now meets Megan Briggs in the other semi final tomorrow . Megan beat Lesley Cosh in the morning and then had a tussle against Liz Stewart but managed to win through by 1 hole.
1st Round
Eilidh Briggs beat Denise Cowan 7& 6
Gillian Kyle beat Linda McDougall 1up
Donna Jackson beat Tricia Davidson 5& 3
Alyson McKechin beat Carol Fell 8&6
Carol Whyte beat Nicky Henderson 2up
Linsey Stevenson beat Sara McCorkell 6&5
Liz Stewart beat Anne Judge 4&3
Megan Briggs beat Lesley Cosh 6&5

Quarter Finals:
Eilidh Briggs beat Gillian Kyle 7&6
AlysonMcKechin beat Donna Jackson 2&1
Carol Whyle beat Linsey Stevenson 5&3
Megan Briggs beat Liz Stewart 1up

Semi Final's ---  Friday Morning
9:30 - Eilidh Briggs v Alyson McKechin
9:37-  Carol Whyte v Megan Briggs

Wednesday 13 April 2011

AYRSHIRE LADIES COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP - Lesley Hendry on course to retain title

Lesley Hendry (Largs Routenburn) remains on course to defend the Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Championship after coming through the first two rounds of matchplay at Largs today Wednesday 13th April.

The first round matches, played on Wednesday morning resulted as follows :-

Cathrine Malcolm (Prestwick St Nicholas) beat Roz McCulloch (Girvan)
Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Lesley Hendry (Largs Routenburn)
Mhari McKay (West Kilbride) beat Pauline Patrick (Irvine)
Liz Neill (Belleisle Ladies) lost to Gillian Arnott (Kilbirnie Place)
Jane Finnie (Troon Ladies) beat Sandie Streets (Largs)
Rachael Irvine (Largs) lost to Audrey Thomson (Loudoun)
Roz Purdom (Prestwick St Nicholas) lost to Rachael McQueen(Troon Ladies)
Lesley Barker (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Jenny Linklater (Largs)

In the afternoon quarter finals, Lesley then edged out leading qualifier Catherine Malcolm (Prestwick St Nicholas) at the 17th to book a semi final place against Gilliam Arnott (Kilbirnie Place), who beat Mhari McKay (West Kilbride) in the quarter finals.

The other semi final is between Audrey Thomson (Loudoun) and Rachael McQueen (Troon ladies) who beat Jane Finnie (Troon ladies) and Jenny Linklater (Largs) respectively in the quarter finals.

The semi final matches will be played on Thursday morning with the final being scheduled for Thursday afternoon

D&A County Final - Nichola Ferguson is the Champion

Nichola Ferguson with D&A County Captain Jennifer Kinloch - Click to enlarge
The D&A County Final was won today by Nichola Ferguson (Clober) who beat Anna Telfer (Milngavie) by 5&3. This is Nichola's first Championship title.
Semi Final:
Anna Telfer beat Lorraine Campbell 2&1
Nichola Ferguson beat Laura McGeachy at the 19th

The Bronze Championship was won by Joyce McGregor who beat Ann Nicoll 5&3

A certain Past County Captain, Past Douglas Park Captain and Champion, Past Bearsden Captain and Champion, Past Champion of Elie and now is it Captain of the Seniors?

 I’m unsure of the correct title, but Mrs. Helen Faulds (pictured left)suffered a somewhat “senior moment” this afternoon at Windyhill.

Roll back the hours and she acted as Caddy to Anna Telfer this morning – due to sore knee and perhaps tiredness she was replaced this afternoon as caddy to Anna! However, after lunch Mrs.Faulds prepared to go out onto the course to spectate along with some other members.

 Somewhere along the line her “handbag” went missing! PANIC – BIG TIME! This inspite of her being insistent that she left it on the bench in the ladies locker room! First suspect [was it lifted in error by someone] – a certain finalist from the Bronze Championship, but on approaching her and returning to the Clubhouse to search and check, this lady, Anne Nicoll [Ranfurly Castle member], was completely innocent! What about the handbag lockers? No didn’t use one was the reply from Mrs. Faulds! However, Member Christine Kelly managed to obtain the “master” handbag locker keys and on opening No. 11 there was THE BAG! On further searching Mrs. Faulds came across the key to No. 10 Locker – in her pocket! How confusing!

I think the story could end now – an embarrassed Past Captain and everything and a very good laugh had by many.

Thanks go to D&A Vice Captain Alisoun Fairbairn for all the news

Eilidh Briggs leads the field at the Renfrewshire County Qualifier

Defending Champion Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) had a fantastic round in the Renfrewshire County Championship Qualifier played over Haggs Castle Golf Club today. On a course that was playing exceedingly long after the last few days of heavy rain she had a 2 under par round 71 - 5 under the CSS to lead the field by 5 shots with sister Megan in 2nd place with a 76 which equalled the CSS of the day.
Eilidh was out in 34 with birdies at the 8th and 9th and then with an eagle 3 at the 14th which helped towards her par 37 inward half

Leading Scores: SSS 73 CSS 76 (Reduction Only)

Eilidh Briggs 71 (Kilmacolm)
Megan Briggs 76 (Kilmacolm)
Nicola Henderson 78 (Haggs Castle)
Alyson McKechin 79 (Elderslie)
Donna Jackson 80 (Cochrane Castle)
Linsey Stevenson 80 (Elie & Earlsferry)
Anne Judge 83 (Ranfurly Castle)
Gillian Kyle 83 (East Renfrewshire)
Linda McDougall 84 (Greenock)
Liz Stewart 84 (Greenburn)
Sara McCorkell 85 (Williamwood)
Linda Stevenson 86 (Whitecraigs) - (unable to play in the Matchplay Stages)
Patricia Davidson 86 (Erskine)
Sarah Eckford 86 (Ranfurly Castle) - (unable to play in the Matchplay stages)
Carol Fell 86 (Ranfurly Castle)
Carol Whyte 86 (Windyhill)
Lesley Cosh 87 (Cowglen Golf)
Denise Cowan 87 (Ranfurly Castle)
------------------------------------------------------------------ Cut off
Natasha Qayum 87 Ranfurly Castle
Beth Paterson 87 Eastwood Golf
Jennifer Mack 87 Haggs Castle
Marion Munro 87 Ranfurly Castle

MATCHPLAY DRAW (Thursday 14th April)

9.15: Eilidh Briggs v Denise Cowan
9.22: Linda McDougall v Gillian Kyle
9.30: Donna Jackson v Tricia Davidson
9.37: Carol Fell v Alyson McKechin
9.45: Nicky Henderson v Carol Whyte
9.52: Sara McCorkell v Linsey Stevenson
10.00: Anne Judge v Liz Stewart
10.07: Lesley Cosh v Megan Briggs

To see all the results go to the RLCGA Website

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Ayrshire County championship- Catherine Malcolm is the leading qualifier

Catherine Malcolm (Prestwick St Nicholas) leads the 16 qualifiers for the 2011 Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association Championship, which began at Largs GC today Tuesday 12th April.
With players struggling to master the slick greens at the Kelburn course, Malcolm's 7 over par score of 80 was good enough to qualify in first place for the matchplay stages for the second year in succession, two strokes ahead of Jennifer Linklater (Largs) and Jane Finnie (Troon Ladies).

The best nett score of the day, by two shots, was recorded by Rachael Irvine, of the host club, who returned 87 - 14 = 73.

The matchplay stages take place at Largs on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April.For the results of todays qualifying round click on the link below
Ayrshire Championship Results --- SSS 73 CSS 76 (Reduction Only)

The First Round Matchplay is as below. First Match tees off at 09.00hrs

1. Catherine Malcolm v Roz McCulloch
2. Alex Glennie v Lesley Hendry
3. Mhari McKay v Pauline Partick
4.Liz Neill v Gillian Arnott
5.Jane Finnie v Sandie Streets
6. Rachael Irvine v Audrey Thompson
7. Roz Purdon v Rachael McQueen
8. Lesley Barker v Jenny Linklater

D&A County Championship Results (Day 1)

Morning Results:
Kirstin Scott (bye)
Lorraine Campbell beat Sheila Steele 5&3
Helen Faulds beat Kay McColl 5&4
Anna Telfer beat Janice Robertson 5&3
Nichola Ferguson beat Josephine Monaghan 8&7
Lynn McColl beat Aileen Campbell 5&4
Gayle Smith beat Anne Shanks 6&5
Laura McGeachy bye

Quarter Finals:
Lorraine Campbell beat Kirstin Scott at the 19th
Anna Telfer beat Helen Faulds 5&4
Nichola Ferguson beat Lynn McColl 3&1
Laura McGeachy beat Gayle Smith 4&3

Bronze Championship
Joyce McGregor beat Margaret Charters 2&1
Anne Nicoll beat Rhonda Morris at the 20th

Lanarkshire County Winter Foursomes Finals

Gail Campbell and Moray Meechan, East Kilbride, won the Lanarkshire County Winter Foursomes Final which was played at Drumpellier Golf Club yesterday Monday 11th April. They defeated Irene Morton and Lynne Williamson, Kirkhill ,3 and 1.

Monday 11 April 2011

D&A County Championship Qualifiers

The D&A County Championship Qualifier was played today at Windyhill Golf Club today. The weather was appalling with wind and rain reducing the qualifiers to 14 competitors for the main Championship. As a result, the top two qualifiers: Kirstin Scott (1) and Laura McGeachy (2)) have been given a bye into round 3.

Leading Scores:
Kirstin Scott 80
Laura McGeachy 82
Nichola Ferguson 83
Anna Telfer 83
Helen Faulds 85

Matchplay Draw for Tuesday 12th April 2011 (Qualifying place in brackets)
1.30 Kirsten Scott (1) (bye)
9.08 Sheila Steele (9) v Lorraine Campbell (8)
9.16 Helen Faulds (5) v Kay McColl (12)
9.24 Janice Robertson (13) v Anna Telfer (4)
9.32 Nichola Ferguson (3) v Josephine Monaghan (14)
9.40 Aileen Campbell (11) v Lynn McColl (6)
9.48 Gayle Smith (7) v Anne Shanks (10)
1.54 Laura McGeachy (2) bye.

For the Bronze Championship the qualifiers are :-
Joyce McGregor (1) v Margaret Charters (4)
Rhonda Morris (3) v Anne Nicoll (2)

Scottish Championship at Machrihanish Golf Club --- Closing Date Monday 18th April

Just a reminder that the closing date for the 2011 Scottish Championship is a week today – 12 noon on Monday 18th April. I would appreciate if you could you remind your players to get their entries in for this Championship.

The Championship is being held at Machrihanish Golf Club from 17 – 21 May. More information, including entry forms can be found on the following page of the SLGA web-site:
SLGA Website -

Entries for the team competitions (Club and County) which are run in conjunction with the stroke play qualifying rounds at the Scottish Championship close at 12 noon on Wednesday 27 April. You can check which of your members have entered so far by looking at the list of entries received on the web-site. This will be updated with the full list of entries received next Tuesday (19th April).

Entries Received -- Click Here

Please let me know if you have any questions on this or any other SLGA competition.

Kind Regards,
Claire Hargan
Championship Manager
Scottish Ladies Golfing Association Limited
The Den
2 Dundee Road
01738 442357
Registration Number 308709

Sunday 10 April 2011

Lanarkshire County play Midlothians County in a friendly match

Lanarkshire County Team played their annual pre-season friendly against Midlothians at Hayston Golf Club in glorious sunshine today. The Senior Lanarkshire Team lost 2 ½ - 1 ½. The Junior Lanarkshire Team shared the honours with a halved match.
Results:--- (Lanarkshire Names first)
Pamela Pretswell & Gillian Scanlan beat Claire Hargan & Rachael Watton 4/3
Emma Caddow & Susan Wood lost to Karen Marshall & Wendy Nicholson 2/1
Angela Devine & May Hughes lost to Louise Fraser & Kate McIntosh 2/1
Lesley Lloyd & Jenny Potter halved with Fiona de Vries & Hilary Laughland
Heather Neilson & Alison Reid lost to Eilidh Crawford & Heather Laing 1 down
Emily Glencorse & Abbi Kidd beat Emma Morrison & Julie Smith 1 up

Scottish Golf Show 2011 -- Kylie, Lynn and Laura Synchronise their Swings !!

Exercise Bands -- Kylie, Lynn and Laura - Click to enlarge

The Follow Through - Click to enlarge

The Scottish Golf Show 2011 has been on at the SECC in Glasgow over the last 3 days and European Tour Pros, Kylie Walker (The Carrick Loch Lomond), Lynn Kenny (Archerfield) plus Scottish Amateur Team Member Laura Murray (Alford) were demonstrating golf exercises under the guidance of Scottish Coach Kevin Craggs

Clubs Supporting National Drive to Attract New Members

Clubs across Scotland are gearing up to take part in Scottish Golf Awareness Week (10 -17 April) as part of the SGU and SLGA’s national campaign to attract more members to golf clubs.

Click on this link to go to the SCOTTISH GOLF WEBSITE

Saturday 9 April 2011




1st Scratch : Aileen Baker (H.P.) & Isobel Harvey (St. Rule) 83
2nd Scratch : Elinor Grant (D.P.) & M.Myers (Clober) 87 (BIH)
3rd Scratch : Karen Maxwell (M’gavie) & Alicia Wilson (Clober) 87

1st Handicap : Helen Robertson & Jinty Halley (both DP) 88 (12.5) 75.5
2nd Handicap : Edith Monaghan (DP) & Marie Miller(W’hill) 99(23) 76
3rd Handicap : Audrey Graham & Bobbie Latham (both H’burgh) 101(24.5) 76.5


1st Karen Maxwell(M’gavie) & Alicia Wilson (Clober) 87(12) 75
2nd Helen Robertson & Jinty Halley (both DP) 88(12.5) 75.5 BIH
3rd Aileen Baker (HP) & Isobel Harvey (St. Rule) 83(7.5) 75.5
4th Edith Monaghan (DP) & Marie Miller (W’hill) 99(23) 76 BIH
5th Elinor Grant (DP) & May Myers (Clober) 87(11)76

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Kilmacolm Social Evening with Professional Golfer Lynn Kenny

Lynn Kenny - Click to enlarge

Lynn Kenny , Rena Simpson (Kilmacolm Ladies Captain)  and Carol Fell (WOS Webmaster) - Click to enlarge
 Lynn Kenny who is on the Ladies European Tour (LET) was the guest speaker at the Ladies Social evening at Kilmacolm Golf Club last night (Tuesday 6th April)
Lynn representing Archerfield Links Golf Club who had just returned from the Moroccan Open in the Lalla Meryem Cup the night before was in sparkling form as she entertained a captive audience about her life both as an amateur and a professional,
As an amateur she was the first reserve for the Curtis Cup team 2004; Member of the GB and Ireland Vagliano Team 2003 and Great Britain Commonwealth Team 2003; 1st Scottish Ladies Amateur Championship 2000; 2nd and 3rd in British Ladies Stroke play Championship 2003 and 2002; 1st Scottish Junior Ladies Open Stroke play Championship 2001 and 1999; Scottish Ladies Team 2000-2004, GB and I Squad 2002-2004; Winner British Universities 2002 & 2003; 2001 Won the Catriona Lambert Medal for Outstanding Sporting Achievement and East of Scotland Champion 1998.
Turning  professional in 2004 she has now played in over 100 tournaments and her many tales of the up and downs on the circuit, the players she has played with and the stars she has met made the audience laugh and laugh.
What a wonderful speaker Lynn is as well as a great golfer and also very highly talented squash player. She credited her family especially her Mum, coach Kevin Craggs and the success of Annika Sorenstam as having influenced her to play golf.

Kilmacolm Ladies Captain Rena Simpson  who had arranged the event and who alsohad invited ladies from Elderslie, Old Ranfurly and Ranfurly Castle Golf Clubs to the social evening, thanked Lynn at the end of a very successful evening.


Andrew Cotter took time out from putting his voice to the SGU's membership campaign to talk about Scottish Golf, the Masters and a few other things.

Want to see more videos from the SGU then CLICK HERE

April Medal --- The Ladies Golf Club Troon

April Medal, 1st April 2001,(SSS 73, CSS 76)

Angela Kettlewell (16) 69
Fiona Roger (13) 74
Hilary Laughland (4) 77
Valerie Cram (26) 82
Scratch: Hilary Laughland 81

Monday 4 April 2011


Elderslie Open Day Tri Am is on Wednesday 13th July 2011.
The entry fee is £24 per team. Starting times will be between 9.00 am and 2.30 pm. Every effort will be made to allocate a starting time close to that requested.
Click on the following link to get your ENTRY FORM

Sunday 3 April 2011

Well done Kylie -- She Finishes in Top 20 in Morocco

Kylie Walker (The Carrick on Loch Lomond) continued her good form with a 73 today in the Moroccan Open and finished in 15th place
1 286 -2 Zuzana Kamasova (SVK) Gray Bear - GC Tale, Slovakia 71 68 71 76 48,750.00 »»
2= 288 Par Alexandra Bonetti (Am) (FRA) France 75 76 71 66 Amateur »»
Caroline Masson (GER) 69 73 75 71 27,868.75 »»
Kiran Matharu (ENG) 4Sports 74 70 70 74 »»
5= 289 +1 Becky Brewerton (WAL) Wales 75 73 73 68 15,665.00 »»
Sarah Kemp (AUS) Australia 71 72 71 75 »»
7= 290 +2 Tara Davies (WAL) Wales 78 74 72 66 9,132.50 »»
Ashleigh Simon (SA) South Africa 75 78 69 68 »»
Klara Spilkova (CR) Czech Republic 69 77 75 69 »»
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) Lacoste, France 69 70 76 75 »»
11= 291 +3 Stefanie Michl (AUT) GC Gut Murst├Ątten 79 72 72 68 5,825.62 »»
Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) NUNI, OAKLEY 72 78 71 70 »»
Malene Jorgensen (DEN) Odense Eventyr Golf Club 77 71 72 71 »»
Hannah Jun (USA) USA 73 73 73 72 »»
15= 292 +4 Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) Finland 75 75 72 70 4,568.57 »»
Stefania Croce (ITA) Virginia GC/Caffe Dei Miracoli 75 73 72 72 »»
Florentyna Parker (ENG) 76 70 73 73 »»
Kylie Walker (SCO) The Carrick on Loch Lomond 72 76 71 73 »» 4,568.57

Other Scots:

37= 297 +9 Vikki Laing (SCO) MAVRIK / Kings Acre Academy 73 71 79 74 2,535.00 »»
40 = 298 +10 Lynn Kenny (SCO) Archerfield Links 74 78 71 75 »» 1,755.00 »»




Saturday 2 April 2011

Kylie has a terrific 3rd Round in Morocco

In the third round at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco Kylie Walker (Carrick on Loch Lomond) had a terrific one under par 71 to push her up to 9th place. Conditions were much more benign that the first two days, with only a slight breeze compared to yesterday’s strong winds.
Lalla Meryem Cup
Soleil Golf Course 31st March - 3rd April 2011
Scores at End of Round 3:
1 210 -6 Zuzana Kamasova (SVK)
2= 214 -2 Kiran Matharu (ENG)
2= 214 -2 Sarah Kemp (AUS)
4 215 -1 Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
5= 217 +1 Bree Arthur (AUS)
5= 217 +1 Caroline Masson (GER)
7= 218 +2 Diana Luna (ITA)
7= 218 +2 Kristie Smith (AUS)
9= 219 +3 Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
9= 219 +3 Kylie Walker (SCO)
9= 219 +3 Florentyna Parker (ENG)
9= 219 +3 Hannah Jun (USA)
31= 223 +7 Lynn Kenney (SCO)
31= 223 +7 Vikki Laing (SCO)

Lynn Kenny (SCO) Archerfield Links 74,78 71

Good Luck Kylie tomorrow

Friday 1 April 2011

Kylie makes the cut at the halfway stage in Morocco

Only three Scots survived the cut at the halfway stage of the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco today. - Vikki Laing (71 for 144), Kylie Walker 76 for 148, and Lynn Kenny (78 for 152)).
Clare Queen and Carly Booth (both 156), Pamela Feggans and Heather MacRae(157) and Krystle Caithness (158) missed out.

Final Proposals for the SLGA/ SGU Amalgamation

Following the consultation process with clubs, counties and associations the final proposal for amalgamation of the SLGA and SGU has been published. This proposal will be voted on at an SLGA EGM at the Bell Library in Perth on Wednesday 25th May at 12 noon.

To read more click on the following link
  • SLGA-SGU amalgamation
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