Sunday 30 October 2011


Ayrshire Girls - Junior Team
Largs Kelburn hosted the Ayrshire v Renfrewshire Girls Friendly Match this afternoon.    The girls played very well on a day with strong winds, squally showers and wet conditions underfoot making the course play a bit longer, but all credit to the greens staff for the course being playable at all given the amount of rain that we have encountered recently.

Ayrshire managed to win by two matches to one in a greensomes matchplay format but with two games going down to the last putt on the last green it was all very close.   Results are as follows:-

Ayrshire                                                                        Renfrewshire
Rachel Irvine and Sophie Love         beat                           Samantha Cowan and Laura Craig                6/4
Lauren Gilbert and Bekki Allan          beat                          Charlotte McCluskey and Lyndsay McCall        1 hole
Gillian Love and Louise Duncan         lost to                       Lauren Coventry and Emily Weir                    1 hole

Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Junior Teams

Many thanks go to June Kerr (Ayrshire Girls Convenor) for the report and photographs

Kylie Walker has a poor last round in the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China

Suzhou, China: World number one Yani Tseng won the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China on Sunday for her 11th worldwide victory of the year.
The 22-year-old five-time major champion closed with a six under par 66 on a beautiful final day at Suzhou Taihu International Golf Club for a seven stroke victory over Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg. It was her 30th career title in four seasons as a professional and her third win in her last four events.
West of Scotland's Kylie Walker unfortunately did not manage to keep up her good play that she had in the 1st 2 rounds and finished well down the field.
Leading Scores:
Par 216 (3x72)
200 - Yani Tseng (TPE) 68 66 66
207 - Pernilla Lindberg (SWE) 72 65 70
208 - Melissa Reid (ENG) 71 69 68 , Lee-Anne Pace (SA) 68 70 70
209 - Lisa Holm Sorensen (DEN) 68 73 68 , Thidapa Suwannapura (THA) 72 67 70 , Beth Allen (USA) 70 68 71 , Becky Brewerton (WAL) 67 71 71
216 Vikki Lang (SCO) 70 69 77
217 Kylie Walker (SCO) 68, 70. 79
222 - Clare Queen (SCO) 73 73 76

Saturday 29 October 2011


Suzhou, China: World number one Yani Tseng, shot a six under par 66 today for a three shot lead going into the final round of the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China.
Tseng’s second round, played in misty, damp conditions at Suzhou Taihu International Golf Club near Shanghai, contained seven birdies and one bogey for a 10 under par total of 134.
The 22-year-old from Chinese Taipei was three clear of Pernilla Lindberg from Sweden, who also played in the afternoon. Lindberg shot a bogey-free round of seven under 65 to tie the course record set in 2008 by Annika Sorenstam and Ye Li Ying.
Caroline Hedwall shot 69 to end one shot further back, along with Becky Brewerton (71 ), Giulia Sergas (70 ), Beth Allen (68 ), Lee-Anne Pace (70 ) and Kylie Walker (70 ) at six under overall.
Tseng trailed Brewerton by a shot overnight but went to the turn in 34 to grab a six-way share of the lead. She pulled a stroke clear at the 11th and, shadowed by a large and vociferous supporting gallery, moved further ahead with birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th holes.
“Today we got really lucky because it was raining all morning, so lucky me to play in the afternoon,” Tseng said after her round.
“I played really good today. I was disappointed on the last hole I didn’t make birdie. I had a four-iron for the second shot, but I missed a two-footer putt today, on number two, I had a three-putt, but I mean, everything was really good and I’m very happy now.”
Tseng has notched 10 victories including two major championships in her fourth year on tour and is highly favoured to win the title, but did not want to get ahead of herself.
“It’s going to be like today. I’m going to work out tomorrow morning, stretch a little bit and get ready for the tournament. I’m in a very good position and I think I’ve just got to enjoy it.
“It’s a big crowd today and tomorrow I will enjoy the crowd, be patient and play one shot at a time and see what happens,” she said.
Lindberg, in her second year on tour, will be playing for her first victory as a professional after carding seven birdies in her second round.
“It’s always hard to repeat a round like that. Of course I feel good about my game and a lot better about my putting. My confidence is high going into tomorrow so I’ll see what I can do,” Lindberg said.
She has been paired with Tseng and fellow Swede Hedwall for the final round, starting at 11.10am local time and added: “Every time you play with a great player, it’s a great experience and you learn to handle it better: I’m looking forward to it.”
Par 144 (2x72).
134 - Yani Tseng (TPE) 68 66
137 - Pernilla Lindberg (SWE) 72 65
138 - Caroline Hedwall (SWE) 69 69 , Becky Brewerton (WAL) 67 71 , Giulia Sergas (ITA) 68 70 , Beth Allen (USA) 70 68 , Lee-Anne Pace (SA) 68 70 , Kylie Walker (SCO) 68 70
139 - Thidapa Suwannapura (THA) 72 67 , Vikki Laing (SCO) 70 69 , Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 72 67
140 - Nikki Garrett (AUS) 70 70 , Klara Spilkova (CZE) 70 70 , Sophie Giquel-Bettan (FRA) 72 68 , Melissa Reid (ENG) 71 69 , Narisara Kerdrit (THA) 74 66 , Florentyna Parker (ENG) 74 66
141 - Christine Song (USA) 71 70 , Lisa Holm Sorensen (DEN) 68 73 , Laura Davies (ENG) 71 70 , Becky Morgan (WAL) 71 70 , Hei-Ji Kim (KOR) 71 70 , Russamee Gulyanamitta (THA) 71 70 , Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 70 71
142 - Tan Ling Ling (CHN) 69 73 , Jaclyn Sweeney (USA) 70 72 , Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 69 73 , Yan Jing (Am) (CHN) 72 70 , Karen Lunn (AUS) 70 72 , Felicity Johnson (ENG) 71 71 , Guo Cai Zhu (CHN) 71 71 , Kim Welch (USA) 72 70 , Minea Blomqvist (FIN) 72 70

Missed the Cut Lynn Kenny

Friday 28 October 2011

Kylie Walker has a great first round in the Ladies Open in China



Suzhou, China: Becky Brewerton secured a one-shot lead after the first round of the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in China.
The 28-year-old from Wales, opened with a five under par 67 at Suzhou Taihu International Golf Club near Shanghai to edge one stroke ahead of six other players including the world number one Yani Tseng.

Tseng is looking for her 11th title of the season after winning in her homeland on Sunday.
She had four birdies in her opening round, but three putted for par on the 18th, after reaching the green in two strokes.

She is placed alongside the 2010 event champion Lee-Anne Pace from South Africa, Lisa Holm Sorensen and Line Vedel of Denmark, Scotland’s Kylie Walker and Italian Giulia Sergas.
Pace, who won her fifth LET title in a four-way play-off at the venue 12 months ago, was satisfied with five birdies and just one dropped shot at the 10th hole.

Kylie Walker, a second year professional on the LET, carded three birdies in a row from the fourth hole and grabbed another on the par-five 18th.
“I’m happy with four under. It was all really quite steady. I only missed two greens, gave myself a lot of chances and made a few of them. It was really nice, stress free. I was never in trouble,” Walker said.
“I’m driving it nicely, which is an advantage around here if you can be in the right positions, it sets you up for a good shot into the green.”

Par 72.
67 - Becky Brewerton (WAL)
68 - Lisa Holm Sorensen (DEN) , Yani Tseng (TPE) , Lee-Anne Pace (SA) , Kylie Walker (SCO) , Line Vedel (DEN) , Giulia Sergas (ITA)
69 - Tan Ling Ling (CHN) , Veronica Zorzi (ITA) , Stacy Lee Bregman (SA) , Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
70 - Jenni Kuosa (FIN) , Beth Allen (USA) , Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) , Jaclyn Sweeney (USA) , Nontaya Srisawang (THA) , Vikki Laing (SCO) , Karen Lunn (AUS) , Tiffany Tavee (USA) , Nikki Garrett (AUS) , Lu Yue Xia (CHN) , Klara Spilkova (CZE)
71 - Becky Morgan (WAL) , Hei-Ji Kim (KOR) , Laura Davies (ENG) , Melissa Reid (ENG) , Russamee Gulyanamitta (THA) , Zhang Yu Yang (CHN) , Walailak Satarak (USA) , Christine Song (USA) , Guo Cai Zhu (CHN) , Felicity Johnson (ENG) , Kaisa Ruuttila (FIN) , Zhong Xiao Long (CHN)
Other Scots:
73 - Lynn Kenny (SCO), Clare Queen (SCO)

Thursday 27 October 2011

Speeches from the Greenlees Trophy Divisional Winners


 Gillian receiving her trophy from Lady Captain Kath Mackellar.
The ladies of Skelmorlie Golf Club have been competing in The Arran Challenge for the past twelve or so years and have been among the prizewinners on several occasions.
This annual competition attracts golfers from all over Scotland keen to play over the 12 short but challenging holes at Shiskine Golf Club. This year 216 ladies took part.
Having missed out on the scratch prize last year by a single stroke, Gillian Pollock had set her sights on winning it this year and she did so in style with a total of 98 for two rounds narrowly beating Claire Howden from Torwoodlee G.C. near Galashiels.
She also won the 1st. Class Nett prize (with a total of 84) and The Shiskine Trophy which the Skelmorlie Ladies compete for within the main competition.
All in all a most successful three days golf.

The ladies of Skelmorlie G.C. who took part this year.

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Greenlees Lunch and Presentation at Whitecraigs Golf Club

The Greenlees Trophy Winners - Click to enlarge
The 71st Greenlees Lunch and Presentation of Trophies was held at Whitecraigs Golf Club today.
Dorothy Cartlidge  (Whitecraigs Greenlees Secretary) organised the event.
All clubs from the 3 divisions within the Greenlees Trophy were represented and what a great celebration they all had They were welcomed warmly by Whitecraigs Golf Club and Lady Captain Chris Fulton with a glass of wine and a beautiful lunch to follow.

Fiona Roger the West of Scotland Greenlees Secretary then stood up after the meal and here was her speech:

May I firstly say how pleased I am that Chris, Lady Captain of Whitecraigs, a very busy lady I am sure, has been able to take the time today to join us for lunch and I thank her for her kind words of welcome. It is a great pleasure to be here today for our annual Lunch and Presentation of prizes . Chris, on behalf of all the teams in The League, please pass on our thanks to your Club Captain and committee for allowing us to hold our lunch here and also a big thank you for the very generous gesture of providing us with our pre lunch drinks.
May we all wish you a very successful and happy year of captaincy.

You may remember last year that I referred several times to a little book called ‘Life’s little instruction book’ which is full of suggestions, observations and reminders on how to live a happy and rewarding life. I may just throw a few more at you in the next 10 minutes!!

Here’s the first one ---Don’t eat just before giving a speech. I would be more worried about drinking too much rather than eating too much. I have eaten before speaking, and may I say that I have enjoyed lunch very much, and hope that you also have enjoyed yours?
On behalf of us all, may I thank Dorothy for the time and effort she has put into the organisation for today. A job done pleasantly and efficiently. Thank you Dorothy. To the staff both behind the scenes and front of house, thank you for looking after us so well.
The lunch in the last few years seems to have become very popular and I am sorry that it hasn’t been possible for as many people to come from the clubs as would have liked to be here, but the final figure has to be in the hands of the host club.

As you all know this is my last year as Greenlees Secretary. Anne Dunn, Kilmacolm, who is with us today, takes over from me at the AGM and Fixture Meeting in November and I hope that you will afford her the same support and patience you have all shown to me.

Quote no 2 : Resist telling people how something should be done. Instead, tell them what needs to be done. They will often surprise you with creative solutions! Good luck Anne!

This is my 4th lunch since taking over from Willeen. How many lunches did Willeen attend in her capacity as Secretary - a considerable number more than me. Were I to continue for as many years as Willeen I would be doing it from above or maybe below!! As you all know, the host club each year is in alphabetical order of the teams in the three leagues. It has been very coincidental that in my four years, the four host clubs have been, in my first year, Ranfurly Castle, my home club since the early 70s, the following year Troon – a club I have now been a member of for several years. Last year, at West Kilbride, it was the 70th year of competition for the Greenlees Trophy – a year for reminiscing and noting facts and figures - and this year Whitecraigs. Not many of you, if any, will know that I had my name on the waiting list for Whitecraigs before I joined Ranfurly. I was having dinner in Kilmacolm with Colin and Trish Brown and bemoaning the fact that I was keen to start playing golf, had had my name on the waiting list at Whitecraigs for some time, and had heard nothing. Trish said ‘why not join Ranfurly Castle – they are looking for more lady members. I contacted Whitecraigs – they had no knowledge of me ever being on their waiting list. You have guessed it -- I accepted membership at Ranfurly 3 weeks later and the rest is history!! I did however play a lot of my early golf over Whitecraigs with local friends, had many competitive, fun filled days and still always enjoy any chance I have to play the course.

On a personal note I would like to thank my long standing squash opponent from Whitecraigs Tennis and Squash Club, fellow member of Ranfurly Castle over many years and whizz kid unsurpassed on the computer. You have got it in one – Carol. Always ask a busy person to help you out.

Quote No 3: Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have the same number of hours per day as Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Theresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein

Maybe Carol won’t quite reach the heights of the aforesaid but as far as we are all concerned, in Scottish Golf, county golf, vets golf and club golf we are all so grateful for the amount of time and effort given on our behalf. Thank you Carol for all you do for us.
On behalf of us all I would like you to accept a small present.

After last year’s attention to 70 years of Greenlees Trophy, I would like this year, to read you an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86 year old lady. The Bank Manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times.

Dear Sir --------------    CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER

Now to the real business of the day – Presentation of Trophies.

Chris, perhaps you would be good enough to present the winning teams in each division with their trophies.
Sheila Adams is presented with the 3rd Division Trophy
Division 3:
This last season we welcomed Loudoun Gowf into the Greenlees league for the first time. I hope Sheila that your team have enjoyed their first season in the leagues
As the rules dictate, any team joining the leagues start in the 3rd Division. What a start Loudoun Gowf made. Undefeated during the season and Winners of the 3rd Division with an amazing total of 57 points, and well done to Old Ranfurly, 2nd in the Division with 45 points We wish both teams luck as they head for Division 2 next season
Sheila – please come forward to collect the Division 3 Shield.

Aileen Donaldson West Kilbride receives the Division 2 Trophy
Division 2:
Well done West Kilbride who come top of Division 2 with 50 and a half points with Largs 2nd in the Division with 47 and a half points. They both head for Division 1 and we wish them a successful 2012 season. Largs were promoted from Division 3 last year and we congratulate them in gaining promotion again this year to Division 1.
Aileen – please come forward and collect the Division 2 Trophy.

Sara- Anne Bottomley (Troon Ladies) receives the Runner up Trophy

Division 1:
Another nail biting finish to the 1st Division.
How close were Troon to knocking Milngavie of their perch? It went all the way to the very last match and 1 point separated them. Milngavie on 46.5 and Troon on 45.5
Sara-Anne – Well done Troon. Please come forward to collect the Urn, trophy for Runners up.

Anna Telfer - With the Greenlees Trophy

What can I say about Milngavie. Winners of the Greenlees Trophy for the third year in succession.

Another quote from my wee book! Remember the ABC’s of success : Ability, Breaks, Courage.

You have certainly remembered the ABC’s of success over the past 5 years. Anna, congratulations and well done to all those who contributed to your success.

Chris – thank you for presenting the Trophies to all the winners.

The Greenlees Leagues are very special and I hope that all those participating in them enjoy them. They are competitive and I for one, hope they always will be, but the spirit in which they are played is equally important. For the teams being promoted, a new challenge and for the teams who find they are struggling and face relegation this coming season remember you too have a challenge but most of all remember to have fun and enjoy.

 Fiona then finished off her speech with an excellent quote made by Arnold Palmer.

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Greenlees Trophy Presentation 2011

Final placings in Division 1 were :-

46.5 - Milngavie
45.5 - Troon
44.0 - Cathkin Braes
38.5 - Ranfurly Castle
37.5 - Kilmarnock (Barassie)
36.0 - Whitecraigs
30.0 - Kilmacolm
26.0 - Douglas Park - relegated
20.0 - Prestwick St Nicholas - relegated

West Kilbride (Division 2 Champions) and Largs (Division 2 Runners Up) have gained promotion to Division 1.
Williamwood and Cowglen are relegated to Division 3

Final placings in Division 2 were :-

50.5 - West Kilbride
47.5 - Largs
43.5 - Hilton Park
42.5 - Haggs Castle
36.0 - Erskine
32.5 - Cardross
32.0 - Eastwood
21.5 - Williamwood - relegated
18.0 - Cowglen - relegated

In Division 3, Loudoun Gowf Club, stormed through in their first season in the competition to take the division 3 title with ease and gain promotion along with Old Ranfurly to Division 2 for 2012.

Final placings in Division 3 were :-

57.0 - Loudoun
45.0 - Old Ranfurly
39.5 - Lanark
35.0 - Bothwell Castle
34.5 - Lenzie
30.0 - Greenock
29.0 - East Renfrewshire
27.0 - Cawder
27.0 - Cathcart Castle

Tuesday 25 October 2011

The New Golf Rules are now out

Here are the New Golf Rules for 2012 - 2015
A Guide to the Rules on Clubs and BallsGuidelines to interpret the Rules relating to the design and manufacture of golf clubs and balls.

Monday 24 October 2011

Windyhill Ladies Celebrate Allander League Win at Annual Prize Giving

Windyhill Allander Team
Windyhill Ladies celebrated winning the Allander League for the first time since 2003 at their annual prize giving on Saturday night. The team played 9 matches against other clubs in the Dumbartonshire area, winning seven and drawing two which was a great result for the team.

The club also saw success with Carol Whyte and Tracy Masterton reaching the final stages of the Daily Mail Foursomes competition in at Dalmahoy last week. Unfortunately due to the bad weather the format of the competition had to be changed and the pair did not make it to the final, but it was a great achievement to win through seven rounds to reach the final in the first place.
Carol Whyte &Tracy Masterton – Daily Mail Finalists
Windyhill Ladies Prize Winners

Thanks go to to Lindsay Mathie for all the news



Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), who won her first Scottish Ladies’ Championship at Machrihanish in May, has regained the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association’s Order of Merit title. 
The primary school teacher had a terrific season. In addition to the National title, she also won the East of Scotland and Fife County Championships and finished third at the Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke-play Championship at Troon.
She also made her Great Britain and Ireland debut in the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe in Wales in June – and now has her sights set on next year’s Curtis Cup at Nairn.
Kenney, pictured by Cal Carson Golf Agency, won the SLGA Order of Merit title for a first time in 2009 and, this year, she amassed 2,375 points to finish comfortably ahead of second placed Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle).
Pretswell, who missed several events because of university commitments, still gained 1,800 points in what could be her final amateur season. She has entered the Ladies’ European Tour qualifying school early next year.
Eildih Briggs (Kilmacolm), who retained the SLGA’s Girls’ Order of Merit title, finished third on the senior list with 1,647 points. The teenager finished runner-up to Kenney in the Scottish Women’s Championship and made her senior team debut at September’s Home Internationals. 
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), who highlighted her season with a record fourth straight win in the Scottish Junior Open Strokeplay Championship, was defending the Order of Merit title but slipped to eighth with 1,053 points.

1 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 2375
2 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 1800
3 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 1646.5
4 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 1476
5 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 1459
6 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 1290
7 Sally Watson (Elie and Earlsferry) 1073
8 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 1053
9 Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) 1050
10 Rachael Taylor (Hartl Golf Resort) 895
11 Rebecca Wilson (Grange, Monifieth) 725
12 Martine Pow (Selkirk) 690
13 Susan Wood Drumpellier 690
14 Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) 632
15 Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) 624
16 Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) 620
17 Alison Davidson (Stirling) 605
18 Susan Jackson (Ladybank) 602
19 Tara MacTaggart Minto 555
20 Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) 551
21 Clara Young (North Berwick) 549
22 Louise MacGregor (Falkirk) 440
23 Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 435
24 Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 410
25 Cara Gruber (Royal Dornnoch) 399
26 Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 390
27 Sara Bishop (Windyhill) 380
28 Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 354
29 Jordana Graham (Southerness) 350
30 Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co) 343
31 Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 330
32 Karen Marshall (Baberton) 330
33 Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe) 310
34 Lesley Atkins (Gullane) 290
35 Nichola Ferguson (Clober) 275
36 Laura Murray (Alford) 258
37 Mary Smith (Tain) 250
38 Sammy Vass (Tain) 250
39 Ashley Smith (Monifieth) 240
40 Heather Munro (Monifieth) 233
41 Danielle Ker (The Roxburghe) 225
42 Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick Dunskey) 224
43 Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) 211
44 Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) 200
T45 Andrea Bowie (Monifieth) 175
Claire McGinley (Thornhill) 175
Eilidh Watson (Muckhart) 175
48 Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) 160
T49 Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) 150
Margaret McGregor (Dumfries and Co) 150
51 Nicola Robertson (Dunblane New) 148
52 Stephanie Crolla (Muckhart) 138
53 Jennifer Linklater (Largs) 135
54 Emma Greenlees (Dumfries and Galloway) 125
55 Emily Ogilvy (Auchterarder) 124
56 Eleanor Tunn (Reay) 123
T57 Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) 113
Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) 113
59 Jenny Potter (Cathkin Braes) 110
T60 Ailsa Bain (Peebles) 100
Jenny Milne (Elgin) 100
Donna Pocock (Murcar Links) 100
Katie Reid (Monifieth) 100
T64 Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) 75
Claire Penman (Carnoustie Ladies) 75
Jacqueline Sneddon (Alyth) 75
Keren Ward (The Glen) 75
70 Rachel Polson (Peterculter) 70
T71 Elaine Allison (Stirling) 50
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) 50
Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) 50
Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse) 50
Elaine Cuthill (Lanark) 50
Angela Devine (Hamilton) 50
Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe) 50
Lesley Hendry (Routenburn) 50
Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst) 50
Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) 50
Helen Kerr (Dumfries and Galloway) 50
Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) 50
Jillian Milne (Craigie Hill) 50
Wendy Nicholson (Broomieknowe) 50
Mary-Lou Renton (Gifford) 50
Anne Ryan (Tain) 50
Anna Telfer (Milngavie) 50
Leanne Wilson (Kelso) 50
89 Alison Bartlett (Royal Dornoch) 48

Sunday 23 October 2011


Ladies European Tour Media Manager
Sanya, China: Australian Frances Bondad came from two strokes behind overnight leader Pan Yan Hong to lift her maiden trophy as a professional at the Sanya Ladies Open in Hainan, China.The 23-year-old from Greystanes in New South Wales birdied the final hole at Yalong Bay Golf Club to edge one stroke clear of Scotland’s Vikki Laing,who closed with a bogey after getting caught in the bunker. West of Scotland's Kylie Walker finished on 218
Leading Scores Par 216 (3x72)
205 Frances Bondad (AUS) 68 70 67 (30,000 Euros).
206 Vikki Laing (SCO) 69 69 68 (20,300 Euros).
208 Ashleigh Simon (SA) 69 70 69, Pan Yan Hong (CHN) 67 69 72 (12,400 Euros each).
Other Scots:
214 Carly Booth
218 Lynn Kenny, Kylie Walker.
Missed the cut -- Clare Queen
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Connie Jaffrey is the Junior Champion of Champions

Connie Jaffrey - Photo courtesy of the SGU
Connie Jaffrey of Troon Ladies finished her season seasons in style with a victory in the Junior Champion of Champions over The Duke’s Course, St Andrews, today.
Ayrshire County Team player Connie and North Berwick's Clara Young were nip and tuck throughout the day. The turning point came at the 14th where Clara lost a ball after a poor tee shot to drop two shots.
The 15-year-old’s, both members of the SLGA training squads for 2011-12 and playing off two handicaps, rounded off fine seasons with their efforts.
Connie, winner of two Junior Opens this year, said: “It was a good game between myself and Clara, it was always going to be quite close. It was tough to score so I’m delighted to win.
“My handicap was five at the start of the year, I got down to one and then back up to two, so it’s been a good year.”
Clara can also look back on 2011 with fondness after representing Scotland in the girls' Home Internationals and girls' European Team Championship, and playing for Great Britain and Ireland in the Junior Vagliano Trophy.
Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry and Whitecraigs) was the next best West of Scotland player with a gross 75.
Final Scores
Par 71 SSS 71. CSS 71
72 Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies).
73 Clara Young (North Berwick).
74 Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies), Eilidh Watson (Muckhart).
75 Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry).
76 Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co).
78 Lauren Whyte (St Regulus).
79 Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe).
80 Nicola Robertson (Dunblane New).
82 Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe), Emma Caddow (Strathaven).
83 Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne).
86 Karen Ward (The Glen), Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie).
101 Leanne Wilson (Kelso).
DQ Alyson McKechin (Elderslie).
WD Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey), Annabelle (Nairn Dunbar).

Ranfurly Castle Golf Club win the West Renfrewshire League

The West Renfrewshire League AGM will be held at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club on Wednesday 9 November at 7.30pm.
Final Results:
Division 1: Ranfurly Castle and Gleddoch were level on points and games won. Ranfurly Castle were confirmed as the winners after a count back of "holes up".
Division 2: Winners: Renfrew, Runners up: Caldwell.
Division 3: Kilmacolm and Gourock were joint leaders with Kilmacolm the winners as they had won the most games.

Thanks go to Agnes Williamson for the report

Friday 21 October 2011

Kylie Walker does well in Round 1 at the Sanya Ladies Open

China’s Pan Yan Hong grabbed a one stroke lead at the Sanya Ladies Open after a five under par 67 opening round at Yalong Bay Golf Club in southern China today.

Australian Frances Bondad was a stroke back alongside Thailand’s Patcharajutar Kongkraphan and Yang Hong Mei of China, with South Africans Lee-Anne Pace and Ashleigh Simon, China’s Zhang Yu Yang and Scotland’s Vikki Laing a shot further behind
Sanya Ladies Open
Yalong Bay Golf Club, Sanya, Hainan China 21-23 October 2011

Scores at the end of round 1:
67 - Pan Yan Hong (CHN)
68 - Frances Bondad (AUS), Patcharajutar Kongkraphan (THA), Yang Hong Mei (CHN)
69 - Lee-Anne Pace (SA), Zhang Yu Yang (CHN), Ashleigh Simon (SA), Vikki Laing (SCO)
70 - Laura Davies (ENG), Stefanie Michl (AUT), Christine Song (USA), Nontaya Srisawang (THA), Mika Ikemura (JAP), Jenni Kuosa (FIN), Stacey Keating (AUS), Tania Elosegui (ESP), Kylie Walker (SCO), Minea Blomqvist (FIN)
Other Scots;
74 - Clare Queen (SCO)
77 - Lynn Kenny (SCO)

SLGA Training Squads 2011-2012

National Training Squad
Lesley Atkins, Eilidh Briggs, Connie Jaffrey, Alyson McKechin, Jessica Meek, Ailsa Summers, Rachel Walker, Lauren Whyte, Clara Young

Independent Performance Squad
Louise Kenney, Kelsey MacDonald, Pamela Pretswell

Tournament Pool
Megan Briggs, Gemma Dryburgh (USA), Jane Turner, Rachael Watton (USA)

SLGA Academy Squad
Sophie Bain, Kimberley Beveridge, Kirsty Brodie, Eilidh Crawford, Jillian Farrell, Mirren Fraser, Emma Hale, Hazel MacGarvie, Sophie Maguire, Shannon McWilliam, Claire Robertson

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Ranfurly Castle Greenlees Team have an end of Season Outing

Anne, Evy and Lois - Cheers

13 Ranfurly Castle Greenlees Team players enjoyed an end of season outing to Dundonald Links last Friday--- 14th October 2011.
After a spot of lunch a Team Stableford Waltz was played (1 score to count at the first, 2 at the 2nd and 3 at the 3rd hole then back to one score again).
The weather held out apart from a bad shower in the middle.
The winning team who received 3/4 of their handicap (due to being a team of 4) was Anne Judge, Marion Munro, Maureen Cook and Sarah Ekford with 72 points. The Runners up team was Carol Fell, Iona Stephen and Nancy MacGadie with 63 points. Sarah and Iona had the best individual scores with 33 points each.
Fiona Roger was nearest the pin at the 6th. However, since she had donated a glove, Carol Fell received it for having a 2 at the 6th.
Unfortunately we were sorry that we had two call offs at the last moment ---  Lesley Robertson, who had  work commitments and Denise Cowan who has damaged her cruciate ligament -- Denise we wish you a speedy recovery.
We all then went to North Gailes after the match for refreshments and a lovely meal.

Ranfurly Castle's Greenlees Team Captain Anne Judge organised the event.


If you have some end of season Greenlees News or Celebration please email me your story.

Tuesday 18 October 2011

Adam Hunter - Mearns Castle Golf Academy

As you may have already heard, it is with great sadness that the Mearns Castle Golf Academy’s Director of Instruction, Adam Hunter, passed away on Friday night, after a 2 year battle with Leukaemia.

Adam was one of the key people in the original development of the Golf Academy, and played a huge part in creating a coaching school that has improved the standard of thousands of golfers in the West of Scotland.His philosophies and coaching methods have inspired so many golfers. His Kids @ the Castle coaching program, which he developed, continues to teach children across East Renfrewshire all about the wonderful game of golf in a fun and informative environment.
He turned the young, raw and enthusiastic talent of Conor O’Neil, into the Scottish Boys order of merit champion, and one of Scotland’s leading exciting amateur golfers. He has spent many an agonising hour in the wind and rain trying to ‘perfect’ John Inshaw’s short game. More importantly he has taught our team of professionals more than they could ever imagine about the true ethos of golf coaching. Knowledge that they will forever treasure and continue to pass on to others.

Many will remember Adam for famously coaching Paul Lawrie to the British Open in 1999, or for when he won the Portuguese Open in 1995, defeating Darren Clarke in the play off, however for all his friends, family and colleagues, he will simply be remembered as Adam; a hard working, dedicated and honest man, who’s love for golf went beyond that of anyone you will ever meet.

Adam leaves behind a golfing legacy at Mearns Castle, which we will forever cherish.

Adam's funeral will be held on Friday the 21st of October at the 10.15am at the Daldowie Crematorium.

Monday 17 October 2011

SLGA Junior Order of Merit Award - Eilidh Briggs is the Winner

Eilidh with her Scottish Girls' Championship Trophy

West of Scotland's Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) has completed a great season and ended her Under-18 years junior golf career in style by winning the Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association's Girls' Order of Merit title for the third year in a row.
Runner-up in the Scottish Women's Amateur Championship at Machrihanish the start of the season, Eilidh won the Scottish Girls' Championship at Glenisla Gof Club in July.
She also won the Renfrewshire County and West of Scotland titles and made her Scottish team senior debut at the Home Internationals at Hillside in September.
On Sunday Eilidh won the SLGA Champion of Champions tournament at Glasgow Gailes.
"It has been a great season and making the Home Internationals was a huge goal this year," said Eilidh. "In the foursomes, I had the chance to play alongside my sister (Megan) which was great."
Eilidh has just taken up a golf scholarship at Stirling University, following in the footsteps of Scotland's most successful female golfer, Catriona Matthew.

Eildih won the Order of Merit with 1,941 points and was closely followed by Rachel Walker (Dumfries and County), who finished second with 1,813 points.

Jessica Meek (Carnoustie) was third with 1,683 points and Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) was fourth with 1,550 points and in 5th position was Renfrewshire's Alyson McKechin with 1485 point

To see the final positions --- CLICK HERE

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Final 2011 Greenlees Trophy Results

The Milngavie Team -- Celebrate their win - Courtesy of D&A
(With the Trophy they won in 2009 and 2010)
The 2011 West Of Scotland Inter Club Leagues for the Greenlees Trophies have been completed.

In Division 1, Troon beat Kilmacolm 9 - 0 in their final home match to snatch the runners up spot from Cathkin Braes, falling just one point behind the champions Milngavie.

Douglas Park and Prestwick St Nicholas will be relegated to Division 2 next season,

Final placings in Division 1 were :-

46.5 - Milngavie
45.5 - Troon
44.0 - Cathkin Braes
38.5 - Ranfurly Castle
37.5 - Kilmarnock (Barassie)
36.0 - Whitecraigs
30.0 - Kilmacolm
26.0 - Douglas Park - relegated
20.0 - Prestwick St Nicholas - relegated

West Kilbride (Division 2 Champions) and Largs (Division 2 Runners Up) have gained promotion to Division 1.
Williamwood and Cowglen are relegated to Division 3

Final placings in Division 2 were :-

50.5 - West Kilbride
47.5 - Largs
43.5 - Hilton Park
42.5 - Haggs Castle
36.0 - Erskine
32.5 - Cardross
32.0 - Eastwood
21.5 - Williamwood - relegated
18.0 - Cowglen - relegated

In Division 3, Loudoun Gowf Club, stormed through in their first season in the competition to take the division 3 title with ease and gain promotion along with Old Ranfurly to Division 2 for 2012.

Final placings in Division 3 were :-

57.0 - Loudoun
45.0 - Old Ranfurly
39.5 - Lanark
35.0 - Bothwell Castle
34.5 - Lenzie
30.0 - Greenock
29.0 - East Renfrewshire
27.0 - Cawder
27.0 - Cathcart Castle

Sunday 16 October 2011

Kilmacolm's Eilidh Briggs is the 2011 SLGA Champion of Champions

Ailsa Summers, Eilidh Briggs (Champion) and Susan Jackson

West of Scotland's Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) won the SLGA Champion of Champions today at Glasgow Gailes. She had a 75 --- 2 under the CSS to win by one shot.
Eilidh, pictured above, with the winners trophy has had a fantastic season by winning the Renfrewshire County Championship, the Scottish Under-18 girls match-play championship at Glenisle and reaching the final of the Scottish women's amateur championship at Machrihanish. She also gained her first full cap, along with sister Megan, at the women's home internationals at Hillside.
Eilidh, with her dad Ian on her bag, matched the women's par of 75 and was two under the CSS for the day.
"I had never even seen the Glasgow Gailes course before," said Eilidh, "so it was a great help to have my dad guiding me round. He had previously caddied for my sister in this tournament so he knew a lot more about how to play Glasgow Gailes than I did."
Susan Jackson (Ladybank), runner-up with a 76, was in much the same boat as Elidh because she too had never seen the course before, let alone played a practice round over it. So she did very well to finish only one over par.
Young Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) was third with a 78, one shot ahead of Scottish women's champion Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), who also qualified as Fife county and East of Scotland champion..
Clara Young (North Berwick), the youngest player ever to win the East Lothian women's county champion was fifth with a 79. A total of 16 players made up the field.
Glasgow Gailes Golf Club, Ayrshire
Par 75. SSS 77. CSS 77
75 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm).
76 Susan Jackson (Ladybank).
77 Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies).
78 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie).
79 Clara Young (North Berwick).

CLICK HERE to see all the photos (including your webmaster who was playing behind the event with her husband Gordon and Bobby and Helen Faulds) Click on slideshow to see larger photographs. Thanks go to Maureen Woodhead and Claire Hargan for their contribution to the album

Thursday 13 October 2011


Hamilton's Pamela Pretswell moved up three places to No 29 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings this midweek on the strength of her finishing third in rain-shortened French women's amateur international tournament at Morfontaine at the weekend.
This means the Bothwell Castle GC member will have to play in the 72-hole pre-qualifying event at the Ladies European Tour School at La Manga, Spain from January 8 to 11.
Had she been ranked in the leading 25 at the LET's closing date for entries, she would have been exempt from pre-qualifying and gone straight through to the Final Q School field for the 90-hole event from January 15 to 19.



Scots Pamela Feggans from Patna, Ayrshire and Heather MacRae (Gleneagles) are sharing 18th place on par 72 after the first round of the LET development tour event, the Trophee Prevens tournament at Golf de Bussy near Paris today (Thursday).
Feggans, pictured, who birdied the sixth, ninth, 13th and 14th, was heading for a sub-par round until she ran up a double bogey 5 at the short 17th.
Katy McNicoll from Carnoustie had a 76, with only one birdie, to be in joint 44th position while Glasgow's Gemma Webster started with a double bogey 6, had another at the 15th followed by a triple bogey 7 at the 16th, which all added up to a 78 and a share of 51st place.
Joint leaders on six-under 66 are former British girls champion Henrietta Zuel from England and France's Melodie Bourdy.
Henrietta, whose surname was Brockway when she won the British Under-18 amateur title, has already won twice on the LET Access Series.


Wednesday 12 October 2011


Pamela at Carnoustie this year - Click to enlarge


British international amateur golfer Pamela Pretswell from Hamilton is waiting for the midweek updating of the Women’s World Amateur Rankings with more than her normal interest.
The top 25 world-ranked players at the closing date of December 7 for the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School at La Manga in January will be exempt from playing in the pre-qualifying tournament over 72 holes from January 8 to 11.
They will go straight into the Final Q School field over 90 holes at La Manga from January 15 to 19.
Bothwell Castle GC member Pamela, 22-year-old graduate of Glasgow University , finished third in the French women’s amateur international championship at the weekend when rain washed out the final round and deprived the Scot the opportunity of regaining the lead she held at the end of 18 holes.
“I have my fingers crossed that the revised rankings this week will push me up from my current ranking of No 32 into the top 25, but I have to be honest and say that I think is unlikely I will be moved up seven places on the strenth of finishing third in the French championship,” said down-to-earth Pamela.
“Therefore, I am planning to do both stages at La Manga. Exemption would be a very welcome bonus but I love the courses at the Spanish resort. I was a member of the Scotland side that won bronze medals at La Manga in the European women’s team championship last year.
“I love the courses and the La Manga resort as well so last year’s experience will surely be some benefit to me. I hope the happy times at La Manga will continue and I am hoping to play in the Ladies European Tour Access event at the Spanish venue next month.
“That would be perfect preparation for the Q School and a good opportunity to play with the professionals and see how I measure up to them.”
Pamela, who played for Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup of 2010, the Vagliano Trophy matches of 2009 and 2011 and the team of five that won the Astor Trophy at Fairhaven last summer, won the British women’s open amateur stroke-play at Tenby, South Wales last year.
The fact that she has never won a Scottish women’s or girls’ title might have something to do with the fact that tennis was her game – she was Junior Wimbledon class and in the same training squad as Andy Murray – until she was 14 or 15 years of age.
It was only then that Pamela made the decision to give up tennis, because of the demands of squad training were leaving her with no spare time and she knew she would be going to university.
Unearthing sponsors seems even harder for a girl who wants to be a tour professional than it is for her male equivalent and Pamela has nothing lined up. IMG have not come knocking on her door, and are unlikely to.
“I’ve had a very enjoyable season with the highlights definitely being winning the Astor Trophy with the GB and I team at Fairhaven in the summer and playing in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Carnoustie,” said Pamela.
“I am really looking forward to Tour School and will be working very hard over the next couple of months to give myself the best chance possible to win my tour card.”
I am sure the LGU's Curtis Cup selectors will wish her the best of luck at La Manga but one could hardly blame them if they have mixed feelings because the GB and I line-up will be weakened considerably if Pamela Pretswell is not available for selection for the match against the United States at Nairn next June.

Sunday 9 October 2011


Bothwell Castle's Pamela Pretswell had a 72 today and was three shots off the pace after 3 rounds of the 72-hole event at Morfontaine Golf Club.
The Bothwell Castle player has had rounds of 69 74 and 72
Pamela, the first-round pacemaker with a 69, was deprived, however, of the opportunity to regain the lead when the fourth and final round of the French international women's amateur golf championship at Morfontaine was cancelled because of heavy rain.
The championship for the Cecile de Rothschild Trophy was cut to three rounds and Pamela finished third on 215 (69-74-72), three shots behind the winner, Perrine Delacour from Paris, winner of the British girls open title two years ago. Perrine scored 73, 66 and 73 for four-under-par 212.
Another French player, Fiona Puyo (72-72-70) finished second on 214, one ahead of Pretswell.
Rising English teenage star Charley Hull finished joint fourth on 217 with scores of 70, 74 and 73.
Compatriot Rachel Drummond shot 72, 74 and 73 and finished eighth on 219.


BY Colin Farquharson

Youngsters Liam McDowell (Wigtownshire County), a 14-year-old from Glenluce, and 11-year-old Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore) from Alyth, headed the boys and girls categories in the Highland Spring Junior Masters on a wet and windy and sometimes sunny day at the Queens Course, Gleneagles today (Sunday).
They headed a field of 81 who qualified from regional events for this Under-16 years, handicap-based Stableford points competition organised by the Scottish Golf Union, assisted by the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association and run in conjunction with clubgolf, Scotland's national junior golf development programme.
Liam, in the last boys threesome to finish broke a seven-way logjam on 34pt with an outstanding score of 36pt in the tough conditions (CSS was +2 for both the boys and girls).
Playing off 28 of a handicap – he's only been playing golf between two and three years – McDowell said he putted well in a gross round of 91.
He gained 19pt on the outward half and 17pt coming home.
Of the "gang" on 34pt, Michael Brodie (Strathmore) (6) was placed second on a card countback, just ahead of Calum Taggart (Eastwood) (12).
Kirsty Brodie, who has been playing the game since she was four years old, and has 13 of a handicap, had the best score of the day – an excellent total of 40pt.- round in 83 gross – 46 out, 36 in – Kirsty collected 18 pt before the turn and 22pt on the inward half.#
Kirsty won by 3pt from Jemma Brown (St Regulus) (9) with 37pt with Alexandra Mennie (Elie and Earlsferry Ladies) (21) third on 36pt.

CSS +2
40 Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore) (13).
37 Jemma Brown (St Regulus) (19).
36 Alexandra Mennie (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies) (21).
35 Leanne Wilson (Kelso) (14).
34 Lara Frostwick (Gullane Ladies) (14), Emma Paterson (Loudoun Gowf) (36)..
33 Heather Neilson (Mouse Valley) (16).
32 Kaylan Grainger (Strathpeffer Spa) (9), Jessica Dalgetty (Glencorse) (11).
31 Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) (11), Kirsten Ireland (Dalbeattie) (12)..
30 Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) (30), Jorden Ferrie (Kirkintilloch) (5), Andrea Walker (Falkiirk) (20), Alexandra Duffy (Blairbeth) (21),
29 Emma Hale (Troon Ladies) (6).
28 Lara Frostwick (Gullane Ladies) (14).
27 Sophie Bain (Musselburgh) (18).
26 Connie Jaffrey (Ayrshire Ladies) (1), Charlotte Munro (Gullane Ladies) (19)..
25 Mirren Fraser (Powfoot) (10), Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) (22).
24 Lauren Coventry (Greenock Whinhill) (36).
23 Shannon Young (Dunbar) (28).
22 Danielle Ker (Roxburghe) (6), Jess Dalziel (Burntisland) (36).
21 Leah Smart (Rosehearty) (28), Maria Cowan (St Meddan) (21)
12 Emily Glencorse (Millport) (17).

CSS +2
36 Liam McDowell (Wigtownshire Co) (28).
34 Michael Brodie (Strathmore) (6), Cameron Black (Cardross) (5). Euan McIntosh (Murrayfield) (9), Calum Taggart (Eastwood) (12), Lee MacKenzie (Bonar Bridge) (13), Calum Jackson (Gogarburn) (23), Cameron Grant (Loch Ness) (28)..
33 Alistair Thurlow (Murrayfield) (5), Connor Mackay (Loudoun Gowf) (8), Neil Jubb (Muckhart) (13), Stephen Craig (Aboyne) (5)
32 David Robinson (Largs) (10),
31 Gordon Yule (Bishopbriggs) (5).
30 Lewis Craik (Duns) (12).
29 Craig Black (Inverness) (4), Gregor McEwan (Alloa) (14), Jamie King (Turnhouse) (15).
28 Glen Burrett (Haggs Castle), Brian McAdam (Alloa) (9), Gavin Kinnear (Murcar Links) (9), Chris Martin (Cowglen) (13), Andrew Woods (Bothwell Castle) (14).
27 Ian Dawson (Elmwood) (12), Sam Fraser (Pitreavie) (12), Aidan Fortune (Kelso) (4), Andrew Burgess (Nairn) (1), Kieran Floyd (Glen) (16), Andrew Campbell (Dunfermline) (25).
26 Kyle Sutherland (Brora) (11), Alasdair Baird (Nairn) (12), Marc Britovsek (Nairn Dunbar) (25), Tom Flaherty (Banchory) (23).
25 Alexander Mackie (Powfoot) (6), Oliver Ladbrooke (Gullane) (5), Ryan Harker (Torphins) (21).
24 Scott Peebles-Brown (Vale of Leven) (24).
23 Oscar Howard (Gairloch) (23).
22 Andrew Thomson (Mouse Valley) (8), Jack Bulloch (Silverknowes) (9), Daniel Gibson (Thornhill (12).
21 Ruari McCartney (Reay) (14), Thomas Jordan (Machrihanish) (13).
20 Euan Gray (Turriff) (14), Andrew Baird (Whitecraigs) (17)..
19 Michael Carrell (Peterculter) (13), Callum Keane (Merchants of Edinburgh) (14).
18 Craig Sweenie (Kelso) (14).
17 Chris Kelly (Renfrew) (21).
16 Harry Johnstone (Cawder) (11).