Monday 24 December 2012




Tuesday 18 December 2012


Beth Paterson

Beth Paterson, a member of Eastwood Golf Club, has been nominated as the new Chairman of the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association.
After four years in the post, Shona Malcolm is set to step down and Beth’s nomination is set to be ratified at the SLGA’s Annual General Meeting at the Gannochy Suite, Dewars Centre, Perth on January 19th

The Chairman’s term of office is three years, although Shona served an additional year to provide continuity in a period of staff and officer changes in 2012.

 Beth is a single figure handicap golfer and has a wealth of experience in the ladies’ game. She has already served the SLGA as both Chairman of Training and Performance Director.     She was Eastwood Club Captain in 2000.

Beth also went on to Captain Renfrewshire County in 2006 and 2007 and showed her commitment to the girls’ game with a nine year period as her club’s Junior Girls’ Convener and three years as County Junior Secretary. Good enough to earn a place in Renfrewshire county squad, Beth provided early evidence of her willingness to give something back to golf.

 At just 17, she served on the committee at her original home club of Brodick on the Isle of Arran.  “I’m looking forward to new challenges as Chairman after the AGM and progressing the ongoing discussions with Scottish Golf Union on amalgamation,” she said.

  Amalgamation Update, December 2012
 For the latest information on Amalgamation  CLICK HERE

Lanarkshire's Rachael Taylor is going to the USA

Rachael Taylor - Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for photograph
Germany-based Rachael Taylor, daughter of a Scots-born pro over there, has accepted a golf scholarship at the University of North Carolina State at Raleigh, North Carolina.
She will enrol on January 7.
Airdrie-born Rachael has paid regular visits to Scotland over the years.
She won the Lanarkshire County Championship in 2011 and was top seed for the match-play stages this past season but lost in the quarter-finals.

Monday 17 December 2012


The SLGA Annual General Meeting will take place on 19 January 2013 at 11.00am at the Dewars Centre in Perth.

 The documents for the SLGA 2013 AGM were sent to all Counties and affiliated Clubs on Friday 14th December.

 They included the Audited Accounts for year ending 30 September 2012, the minutes from the 2012 AGM, the notice and agenda for 2013 AGM along with the 2012 Board and LGU reports.


Helen Faulds receives a score calculator as a Christmas Present !!!!!!
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Ranfurly Castle Ladies Christmas Get Together

Vicky is the best Festive Outfit Winner
12 ladies played 6 holes in the Christmas Stableford last Wednesday in wintry conditions.The results were very close with Helen Crichton, Karin MacKenzie, Joy McLeod and Vivien Howe just winning. 

The Christmas Lunch was enjoyed by nearly 40 ladies.  As usual, there was a lot of chat and festive cheer.  Moira Wilson won the lucky chair prize and Vicky Rennie won the festive outfit prize.

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Thursday 13 December 2012

SGU December e -Bulletin

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Welcome to the December edition of the SGU Club e-bulletin, keeping you and your committee up-to-date with the latest news, services and resources for affiliated clubs across Scotland. It may be a quiet time of year on the playing side, but there is much activity going on behind the scenes both at clubs and here at The Duke's as we plan ahead to the 2013 golf season.
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This month's SGU Committee Update features a look at how your club can prepare for competitive golf this winter – weather pending of course, the opportunity to win a round at Turnberry by taking part in the National Golf Monitor and details of funding available to assist you with the installation of internet tee-time booking.  »Find out more
Joint Group Re-Established to Progress Amalgamation Discussions
The process for exploring the possible amalgamation of the SGU and SLGA has moved forward with the re-establishment of a Joint Group while Alastair Thornton, a Sheriff (Kirkcaldy) and former solicitor, has been appointed the new independent chair of the group.  »Find out more
Win £1500 for your Club's Junior Section

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Nominations for this year's RBS Junior Club of the Year are now open, with £1500 up for grabs to the winning club, while we are also looking for your club's unsung heroes for the RBS Volunteer of the Year Award, offering a prize of £500 for the club and £100 for the top volunteer. Shortlisted finalists will be invited as guests to the prestigious Scottish Golf Awards, where the winners will be presented on stage alongside some of the leading names in the game.  »Find out more
Club Seminars Back on the Road in January
Our club seminars, hosted by our Development Officers Claire Middleton, Iain Evans and John Kemp with the support of Kevin Fish, have been a big success with 168 clubs and nearly 400 delegates attending to date. We have five more to follow in the New Year. Don't miss out – book your place now! »Find out more
Make Sure your Club's Details are Updated on SGU Golf Central

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With golfers already planning their outings and open competitions for 2013, now is the time to ensure your Club's details are up-to-date on the popular SGU Golf Centralsection of our website. With 27,000 unique users per month, the website provides your club with free marketing to prospective customers and a great way of connecting with an enthusiastic golf audience. If you need a reminder of your log-in details for SGU Golf Central, please contact Audrey Rees, Marketing Administrator on 01334 466481 or
Look Back on the Golfing Year with the Scottish Golf Press
SGU TV caught up with The Scotsman's Martin Dempster, The Herald's Nick Rodger, The Courier's Steve Scott and Daily Express writer Jock MacVicar, who swapped their pens for the lens to give us their views and light hearted anecdotes on a very successful year for Scottish Golf.  Definitely worth a view of their rare TV appearance...  »Find out more
Take Advantage of the Year of Natural Scotland 2013
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VisitScotland's third of four focus years will be 'Year of Natural Scotland' providing the opportunity to celebrate our reputation as a land of outstanding beauty and promote ways in which visitors can enjoy our beautiful landscapes, wildlife and heritage responsibly. A range of marketing tools are available to clubs to help them capitalise, while a Growth Fund will support marketing projects aimed at increasing tourism spend while showcasing natural heritage.  »Find out more
PGA Coaching Audit Now Live in Scotland
We would like to invite clubs to encourage their PGA professionals, assistant professionals and volunteer coaches to complete a short questionnaire, designed by the PGA to gain a better understanding of the coaching landscape in Scotland. Its findings will ensure the PGA can better support coaches and inform future coaching plans centred on retaining more adult and junior golfers.
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Proposed Rules of Golf Change to Prohibit Use of Anchored Strokes
The R&A and USGA have announced proposed changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club in making a stroke and preserve the nature of 'the Stroke' as the swinging of the entire club at the ball.  The proposed new Rule 14-1b, would:
  • prohibit strokes made with the club or a hand gripping the club held directly against the player's body, or with a forearm held against the body to establish an anchor point that indirectly anchors the club
  • not alter current equipment rules and would allow the continued use of all conforming golf clubs, including belly-length and long putters, provided such clubs are not anchored during a stroke
Prior to taking a final decision on the proposed Rule, which would take effect on 1 January 2016, the R&A and the USGA will consider any further comments and suggestions from throughout the golf community. »Find out more
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!
We would like to wish all club managers, secretaries and committee members all the best for the forthcoming festive season and thank you for continued support of the SGU during the past 12 months. Here's to a prosperous 2013 for all clubs in Scotland...  
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The process for exploring the possible amalgamation of the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA) has moved forward with the re-establishment of a Joint Group tasked with developing an amalgamation proposal.
Substantive discussions on the formation of a single governing body for amateur golf in Scotland can now resume in a positive atmosphere.
Alastair Thornton, a Sheriff (Kirkcaldy) and former solicitor, has been appointed as Independent Chairman of the Joint Group. Thornton, a keen golfer, was for many years a partner in the Edinburgh solicitor practice, A abd W M Urquhart, where he specialised in litigation and mediation. He is also Past President of the Law Society of Scotland.
The SGU chairman, Tom Craig, said: “The SGU, in partnership with the SLGA, is committed to working towards a unified body in the Home of Golf.
“There is a great deal of common ground, and both bodies are ready to re-commence detailed consideration by means of a Joint Group. Alastair Thornton’s credentials are impressive and we look forward to working with him.”
Shona Malcolm, SLGA Chairman, added: “Alastair expressed an enthusiasm for being involved in the process. He is an excellent choice for this role and we are confident that our discussions, as a Joint Group, will enable us to progress this already lengthy amalgamation process to a conclusion which is in the best interests of Scottish amateur golf.”

Thursday 29 November 2012

Proposed Rule Change for Long and Belly Putters

 Rule Would Take Effect on January 1, 2016, Allowing for Transitional Period.
 Belly-Length and Long Putters Would Remain as Conforming Clubs
 To read more go to the SCOTTISH GOLF VIEW WEBSITE

Wednesday 28 November 2012


Having served an agreed additional year following expiry of her 3 year term of office last January, the SLGA Chairman steps down at the AGM in January 2013.  We are therefore looking for a dynamic person to take the Association forward.  Click HERE for further details.
Applications are invited by Friday 7 December 2012.

Friday 23 November 2012

SGU Video -- Pamela Pretswell gets a mention

November Issue of the SGU e-bulletin


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The cream of European golf are sunning themselves in Dubai for the Tour finale, but there is still much to warm you all here in Scotland so keep reading to be kept up to date with all the latest news, competitions and offers from the SGU.
Sandy to be Honoured at the 2013 Scottish Golf Awards

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Take your seat at the Glasgow Hilton on Friday 1 March and see Sandy Lyle receive a richly-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award – 25 years after his Masters win. The Scottish Golf Awards are a night not to be missed for a great evening of celebration and entertainment.  The package includes a four-course meal, wine and glass of champagne on arrival.  Book your ticket now!  »Find out more
Win a Signed Paul Lawrie Book

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We have teamed-up with Paul Lawrie for a Christmas cracker of a competition! The former Open champion and Ryder Cup hero at Medinah has his new autobiography on the book shelves... and you can claim one of two personalized copies! To win a superb Christmas present, either for you, a family member or a friend, all you have to do is answer our question and enter. »Find out more
Special Offer Winter Tee Times
We have some fantastic course offers to entice you and your friends onto the course this autumn. Exclusively for members of SGU & SLGA affiliated clubs, why not play at the first Open Championship venue, Prestwick, for £280 for a fourball? Or try the fantastic test of The Duke's in St Andrews, priced just £25 for Scottish golf club members in January and February. »Find out more
Want a Job in Golf?
Check out our new Jobs in Golf page on the home page of the SGU website and see the latest senior vacancies. ClubGolf, the national junior programme, are currently recruiting for the roles of Scottish Golf Development Centre Project Manager and ClubGolf Events Coordinator. Falkirk and Windyhill Golf Clubs are also seeking new Club Managers.  »Find out more
Win £500 as RBS Top Volunteer!
As part of the 2013 Scottish Golf Awards, nominations are now open for the RBS Volunteer of the Year. Do you know any worthy candidates? Or why not self-nominate yourself? There's plenty of incentive, with £500 up for grabs for the top volunteer, plus invites to the awards night for all short-listed finalists. Download a nomination form now! »Find out more
Festive Goodies in the Scottish Golf Shop

Christmas is not far away now, so make sure you visit the Scottish Golf Shop to stock up on presents. Purchase clothing, caps and other accessories for the golfers in your life. You can also purchase the popular Scottish Golf Card and Life Membership via the Shop.  »Find out more
Log in and register to the CDH
The Scottish Golf Centralised Database of Handicaps (CDH) is live with more than 400 clubs now uploaded. If your club is on the system, you can receive your own individual, unique CDH ID Number to access and register. Among its aims, The CDH will provide a wide and vitally important range of benefits to affiliated golf club members.  »Find out more
New-look Scotland Squads Announced
Following a media launch in St Andrews, the SGU has announced expanded National Squads for 2012-13 with four pools now in place in pursuit of success – Men's Performance and Men's Transitional and Boys' Performance and Boys' Development. The changes have been designed to offer more players the chance to access support appropriate to their performance. »Find out more
SGU Seals Four-Year Agreement with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf

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The SGU has extended its partnership with TaylorMade-adidas Golf, signing a notable four-year deal for the support of the National Squads with regard to clothing, shoes, equipment and accessories until the end of 2016. TaylorMade and adidas are recognised as two of the world's leading golf brands and squad players will also benefit from additional support and advice from the TMAG staff team.  »Find out more
SGU Club Seminars Reminder
The annual SGU Club Seminars are continuing across Scotland, so don't forget that you could attend to represent your club. This year's focus is on helping clubs run their businesses more effectively via the SGU support tools. Forthcoming seminars are at Glencorse GC (5 December) and Hirsel GC (6 December). Four representatives per club can attend.   »Find out more
Are You on Camera on SGU TV?
Highlights of the Belhaven Best Scottish Club Handicap Championship Grand Final 2012 are now showing on SGU TV in glorious HD format. Played at the Fairmont St Andrews, golfers from across Scotland gathered for the final showpiece. See if you are filmed in action at Scotland's biggest participation golf event. »Find out more
Check out the latest Scottish Club Golfer
Read a copy of the latest issue of Scottish Club Golfer magazine in clubhouses up and down the country. It features the latest news and views from the SGU and Scottish Golf as a whole. Alternatively, view the current issue on line by registering via the link.   »Find out more
Meet the Press on SGU TV
With the curtain coming down on the golf season, SGU TV is now screening a light-hearted chat with four well-known Scottish golf journalists as they reflect on their highlights of the year and offer some predictions for 2013. A TV experience not to be missed! »Find out more
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The SGU's social media numbers continue to increase. Make sure you join us to keep up to date with the latest news across Scottish Golf – including events, players and clubs. Follow the SGU onTwitter @SGUGolf or Like us on Facebook.
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Thursday 22 November 2012


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Tuesday 20 November 2012

The Scottish ladies Golfing Asssociation have announced their training squads for 2012 - 2013

West of Scotland's Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) and Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) are all included in the National Squad.
 Hazel McGarvie and Emma Hale from Troon are both included in the Foundation 2 squad.

The full squad lists are :-

National Squad 
Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies), Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Connie Jaffrey (Ladies’ Golf Club Troon), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies), Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies), Rachel Walker (Dumfries & County), Lauren Whyte (St Regulus), Clara Young (North Berwick) 

Foundation 2 
Eilidh Crawford (Harburn), Jillian Farrell (Cardross), Mirren Fraser (Powfoot), Emma Hale (Ladies’ Golf Club Troon), Hazel MacGarvie (Ladies’ Golf Club Troon), Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne), Charlotte Munro (Gullane Ladies), Claire Robertson (Carnoustie Ladies), Andrea Walker (Falkirk) 

Foundation 1 
Kirsten Brown (Strathaven), Joanne Free (Gullane Ladies), Lori MacDonald (Cardross), Katie Scott (Strathaven)


Some of the Lanarkshire County Prizewinners at their AGM - Photo courtesy of Jean Macintyre
Back row L to R: Susan McGrenaghan, Jenny Potter, Jean Macintyre (VC), Lesley Lloyd, Janice Paterson, Roxy Brown, Karen Ward
Front row: Erin Johnston ((Junior Handicap Champion), Anne Burden (President), Fiona Scott (Captain), May Hughes (Champion), Eva O'Connor (Junior Scratch Champion)

Monday 19 November 2012

West of Scotland's Eilidh Briggs and Mhairi McKay are off the Florida

The Stirling University squad to take part in Florida's Orange Blossom women's amateur tour in January is:
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Kelsey Macdonald (Nairn Dunbar), Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey), Jordana Graham (Southerness), Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) and Georgia Gilling, a new first-year student from Essex.
All bar Eilidh Briggs will play in the Harder Hall Invitational, the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur (The Sally), and the Doherty match-play tournament.
Eilidh will return to Scotland before the match-play event to start her Second Year PE teaching placement.
Raleigh Gowrie will be in charge of the Stirling students and also two English girls who took up his open offer to any girl golfer who wanted to join the party for the trip.
They are Annabel Dimmock from Surrey and English universities international Chloe Rogers (Bucks and Chiltern University graduate). Lesley Mackay from Playsport Golf will travel with the squad as coach.

Friday 16 November 2012


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