Friday, 30 December 2016



Many congrats go to Kyle Walker and  Scott Henry who got married yesterday

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Seasons Greetings to all West of Scotland Website Readers

Renfrewshire, D&A, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Counties wish all our readers a Merry Christmas

Friday, 16 December 2016


An exciting mixed team competition for Scottish club golfers is to tee off next season, with Solheim Cup venue, The Gleneagles Hotel, to act as host for the showpiece finale.

The PING Scottish Mixed Championship is to be a unique new addition to the domestic handicap amateur calendar in 2017, as Scottish Golf brings male and female golfers together in a fun-filled format for all ages and abilities to add further value to club membership.

The innovative new event sees PING become sponsors of Scottish Golf for the first time, with the leading golf brand’s investment providing a welcome boost to the governing body’s partnership portfolio.

American Beth Allen, the Scots-based new Ladies European Tour No 1, and Scottish Golf Men’s Order of Merit winner Euan McIntosh were on hand at Gleneagles today to help launch the event, along with Scottish Golf chief executive Blane Dodds.

The free-to-enter competition will be open to all golf club members in Scotland holding an official handicap, from juniors to seniors. Golfers can compete in a mixed event at local club level (stableford format), with the top 40 club pairings nationwide going forward to the Grand Final over the superb Queen’s Course at Gleneagles.

The event sees a fitting partnership between Scottish Golf, Gleneagles and PING, given the manufacturer was founded by Karsten Solheim, who helped create the biggest team event in ladies’ golf.

Beatson Cancer Charity is the official charity partner for the competition, with Beatson also charity partner for the forthcoming Scottish Golf Awards at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on 24 February.

The PING Scottish Mixed Championship will see qualifying take place at club level (either using an existing mixed event in the club’s calendar or introducing a new event) from April through to the end of July.

Scottish Golf’s online leaderboard will show the top 40 mixed stableford scores nationwide, with 80 golfers then coming together to contest the Grand Final over the idyllic James Braid-designed Queen’s on Monday 18 September 2017.

Blane Dodds said: “We’re pleased to launch this new mixed event for club golfers in 2017, one which adds further value to club membership and offers the chance to compete at a world-class venue for the final.

“We are delighted to be working with PING for the first time and it’s great to have such a strong global golf brand supporting grass roots golf in Scotland. The environment remains challenging for attracting investment from sponsorship, but these partnerships illustrate our continued determination to grow the game and enhance the golfing experience for club members.”

John Clark, PING Europe Managing Director, added: “We’re delighted to be supporting this new mixed event which will bring together both female and male golfers from around Scotland in a competitive, yet fun format at one of the UK’s most iconic venues.”

Beth Allen said: “It’s great that Scottish Golf, PING and Gleneagles are doing this event for club golfers in the build up to the Solheim Cup. It would obviously be great for me to represent the United States of America here in 2019 and I’m sure the players who qualify for the final of the PING Scottish Mixed Championship will have an amazing experience at Gleneagles.”

With the Perthshire property staging the Solheim Cup – only five years after hosting The Ryder Cup – and the inaugural European Golf Team Championships in 2018, the new PING Scottish Mixed Championship adds to Gleneagles’ illustrious event history across the amateur and professional game.

Event information will be issued by Scottish Golf to all affiliated clubs early next year, who are encouraged to add the event to their club calendar.

Monday, 12 December 2016


80 ladies attended the 2016 Ladies Christmas Lunch yesterday at Douglas Park Golf Club . After a lovely lunch the DPark Ladies Choir sang a couple of songs followed by everyone else joining in -- Thanks go to Eileen Hunter and Margaret Morris for all their help time and trouble !

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Save the Date! -- Scottish Golf Annual Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Scottish Golf will take place on Saturday 11 March 2017 at The Fairmont St Andrews. Representatives of Clubs, Areas & Counties are invited to attend to meet, share experiences and debate.

The day will include the opportunity for 9 holes of golf in the morning, before a buffet lunch and the Annual General Meeting from 1 – 4pm. The afternoon agenda will focus on consulting on the issues, opportunities and strategies for Scottish Golf with the objective of growing our game. We would encourage you to add the date to your diaries and more information on how to book your place will be provided in due course.

Thursday, 8 December 2016


8 December 2016, St Andrews, Scotland:

The R&A and the USGA today announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.

The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a competition to use starting 1 January 2017. It will be adopted by The R&A and the USGA in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.

David Rickman, Executive Director - Governance at The R&A, said, “For the past several years, as part of The R&A and USGA’s Rules Modernisation initiative, we have considered the penalty for a ball that is accidentally moved on the putting green. Both Rules Committees agreed that it needed to be changed and decided that in this particular case it was important to act now, through a Local Rule, rather than wait for the next overall set of revisions to the Rules of Golf.”

Thomas Pagel, Senior Director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status at the USGA, said, “Eliminating this penalty responds to the concerns we have heard from both golfers and committees about the difficulties in applying the current Rules when a player accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green. This change is a good example of the type of Rules Modernisation changes we hope to implement after completing our fundamental review of all of the Rules. We are looking for ways to improve the Rules by making them easier to understand and apply.”

The Local Rule has been welcomed by all of the major Tours worldwide, and the PGA TOUR, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America and the Masters Tournament are among the golf organisations that will implement the Local Rule for all future events, beginning 1 January 2017.
If a Committee wishes to introduce this Local Rule, the following wording is recommended:
“Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.
The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.
This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”
For more information about the new Local Rule, including explanatory diagrams, videos and a detailed question-and-answer document, please visit

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Ranfurly Castle Christmas Cheer

Winning Team and
Helen Crichton (bottom left) best dressed award

Some more Smiling faces!

50 ladies enjoyed their Christmas Cheer today at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club in Bridge of Weir. 

Despite exceedingly windy conditions and some rain the 9 hole Stableford was played in teams of 3 with the "Christmas Ball" passing on from each player at each hole -- If you lost it £2 was donated to the funds -- If you did well with the ball you got your stableford points doubled !!

 The winning score for 9 holes (one score to count) was 41 points !!

 All this was followed by lunch, prize giving and best dressed Christmas outfit --- Octogenarian Helen Crichton won the prize -- A great day --(despite the dreich conditions) was had by all.

Thanks go to Jean Irvine for the photos

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Scots trio fail to make it to LPGA Final Q School last round

Scots Gemma Dryburgh, Sally Watson and Kylie Walker failed to make it through to the fifth and final round of the LPGA Final Qualifying School at Daytona Beach, Florida.
But Edinburgh-based American Beth Allen is sixth among the leading 71 players with 72-hole totals of 290 and better who will play on Sunday with 25 LPGA players' cards for the 2017 season on the line.
Aberdeen-born Dryburgh shot a 71 for four-over 292, failing by two shots to beat the cut in T80th place.
Watson had her best score of the week - a two-under-par 70 - but it was too little too late for the Edinburgh-born player to advance to the final day. She had a total of 295 and was tied 105th.
Walker was never really in with a shout after starting with an 81 but she shoot 72-73-71 over her last three rounds for 297 and a T117 finish.
American Jaye Marie Green leads the qualifiers into the final round over the Hills Course.She had a third-round 70 (her worst so far!) for 15-under-par 273 and leads by two shots from Iceland's Olivia Kristinsdottir (68 for 275).
Beth Allen has had back-to-back 68s for 279 and is obviously pushing hard for LPGA Tour playing rights. She said in a pre-round interview that she has no wish to leave the Ladies European Tour, only to play in the States when there was no tournament in America.
Mel Reid is the leading English player in joint seventh place after a 72 for 280.
England's Hannah Burke and Bronte Law (still an amateur but she will have to turn pro for LPGA Tour status) are bracketed in T30 place on 286. Hannah had a fourth-round 69, Bronte a 70.
Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow made it through with a 73 for 289 and T50 position.
Felicity Johnson was the fourth and last English-born player to make the final day. But she almost blew it with a fourth-round, fie-over-par 77 for 290 - the limit mark for the 71 qualifiers.

Par 288 (4x72)
Leading qualifiers for final round
273 Jaye Marie Green (USA) 68 68 67 70
275 Olivia Kristinsdottir (Iceland) 74 66 67 68
276 Sadena Parks (USA) 69 72 67 68
277 Nasa Hataoka (Japan) 68 65 69 75
278 Angel Yin (USA) 74 67 69 68
279 Beth Allen (USA) 71 72 68 68

Other final-round qualifiers included:
280 Mel Reid (England) 69 64 75 72 (T7)
285 Aditi Ashok (India) 73 70 71 71 (T23)
286 Hannah Burke (England) 73 75 69 69, Bronte Law (England) (am) 75 68 73 70 (T30)
289 Stephanie Meadow (N Ireland) 73 70 73 73 (T50)
290 Felicity Johnson (England) 76 66 71 77 (T61)

(71 players with totals of 290 and better qualified)
291 Charlotte Thomas (England) 73 71 73 74 (T71)
292 Gemma Dryburgh (Scotland) 77 69 75 71 (T80)
294 Eleanor Givens (England) 78 72 70 74 (T96)
295 Sally Watson (Scotland) 77 76 72 70 (T105)
297 Kylie Walker (Scotland) 81 72 73 71 (T117)

Withdrew: Holly Clyburn (England) 77 69 75 wd

Monday, 28 November 2016


Has your golf club achieved success in 2016?

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to the sport at local, regional or national level?

Nominations are now open for the Scottish Golf Club and Volunteer of the Year awards which celebrate those who have gone above and beyond to make a difference over the past year.

Four finalists, plus their guests, in each category will be invited to attend the 2017 Scottish Golf Awards where the winners will be presented with their accolade on stage. The Club of the Year will also receive a grant of £1,500 to support a future club project or local initiatives.


Friday, 18 November 2016

Douglas Park raises £700 at coffee morning for Cancer Support

Captain Mary Mclean hands over cheque 

 £700 cheque was handed over to Karen Harrower for Cancer Support Scotland today by the Douglas Park Ladies Captain Mary McLean and Ladies Treasurer Denise MacNaughton
The money was raised at the coffee morning on Saturday 5th November,

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Scottish Golf Handicap Seminars

To help your club gain a better understanding of the Unified Handicapping System (UHS), Scottish Golf are running a number of Handicapping Seminars across Scotland.

The two-hour regional seminars are free of charge and are open to Match and Handicap Convenors from any affiliated golf club (Places subject to demand).

 The two hour seminars will be dedicated to providing a generic overview on the CONGU Unified Handicapping System and will also look at a number of changes introduced in 2016 and how they affect your club.

Workshop topics include: Club Handicaps; 9-Hole Qualifying Competitions and Supplementary Scores; Alteration of Handicaps; Multi-Tee Competitions; and Initial Handicap Allocation.

Go to the Scottish Golf Website to book your place

Lanarkshire's Lesley Lloyd is awarded Honorary Membership

Lesley Lloyd
Lesley Lloyd was awarded Honorary Membership of Lanarkshire Ladies' County Golf Association last night at their AGM.

 This is well deserved for the outstanding contribution she has made to county golf over many years serving as Junior Secretary, Treasurer, Captain, Champion, caddy and then team member continuosly for the past 24 years.

 She has also brought honour to the county through representing Scotland in Senior European Team Championships and Home Internationals.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Disabled golfers approve new indoor facility in Ayrshire.

Disabled golfers from across Scotland will attend the Studio Golf facility in Stevenston Ayrshire, for a day-long training session at their new indoor centre, with local PGA Golf Professional, David Rushbury, on Monday 21 November.

International players, heading off soon to the Portuguese Disabled Open, will be in attendance, along with beginners and novices to the game, for some tuition from owner and resident Pro David Rushbury.

Chic Brodie, formerMSP and supporter of disabled golfers, along with his son who is a Professional Golf Coach, will also attend the event to help out with tuition and support for Scottish Disability Golf.

James Gales MBE, who is the Secretary and Founder of the Scottish Disability Golf charity said, “this is a wonderful opportunity for some of our members to get some much needed winter practice. We have an extensive golf diary throughout the traditional golfing season, but like most players, we cannot get a great deal of practice throughout the colder months. The new Studio Golf facility looks great and we can get some tuition and fun practice on the simulator, playing some prestigious golf courses, while relaxing with a coffee”.

Some of those attending will be heading off at the end of the month for the final European Disabled Golf Championship event of the year, at the Villa Sol Resort in Portugal. The event, for the European Order of Merit Rankings will host over forty of the best disabled golfers from across Europe for the coveted title.

David Rushbury began his career in golf at Troon Municipal Courses for 3 years before fully qualifying as a Professional in 1982. Since then he has worked and taught in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Spain and various other European locations, before opening the 3000-square foot facility in Stevenston last year.

More information about Scottish Disability Golf can be found at

Thursday, 3 November 2016

June Lockhart is the new West Vets Captain

Future, Present and Past Captains -- Chris Fowler, June Lockhart and Marion Stewart

46 ladies attended the AGM of the West Division's SLVGA which was held at Cowglen GC this afternoon - Thursday, November 3rd 2016.

Captain Marion Stewart gave a full review of a successful season for the West Vets. 

She then handed over the Captain's roll to June Lockhart and the new Vice Captain is Chris Fowler (pictured above)

Honorary Members Heather Anderson, Wendy Cameron and Aileen Wilson

Aileen Wilson and Heather Anderson were awarded Honorary Membership of the West Vets and were presented with their Honorary membership certificates. Both Heather and Aileen were delighted and both gave entertaining replies. 
West Vets now have 3 honorary Members - Wendy Cameron being the 3rd - she was awarded the title in 2010
Honorary Member Wendy Cameron then presented the prizes to this year's winners.

Some of the main prizewinners

To read more go to the West Vets Website

Renfrewshire Ladies' County AGM and Prizegiving

From L to R - June Lockhart (Vice Captain)  Jennifer Rankine, Shirley Back, Gillian Kyle (Captain)
Donna Jackson, Linda Ellery, Birgit Clark and Marilyn Muir

Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association held their 107th AGM last night at Haggs Castle Golf Club. Captain Gillian Kyle gave her annual report of the years events and was pleased to announce the various successes at girls, ladies and senior level.
Audrey Sturgess from Scottish Golf gave an excellent overview of the difficulties and challenges that have been faced since the SLGA / SGU amalgamation.
Renfrewshire's Maureen Mitchell from Old Ranfurly up dated and explained the needs of Course Rating and that Scottish Golf, is seeking willing volunteers to join their team of national golf Course Rating -- Read more at  Scottish Golf - Course Rating
Secretary Carol McNally was pleased to announce that the 2017 County Championship would be held at what was formerly an all male club - Pollok Golf Club in Glasgow.

The evening was rounded up with the presentation of trophies by RLCGA president Jennifer Mack

County Champion Eilidh Briggs gave the vote of thanks after a very informative and enjoyable AGM.

To read the full report go to the RLCGA WEBSITE.

Friday, 28 October 2016

D&A AGM and Prizegiving

D&A prize giving

The D&A county AGM and prizegiving took place at Douglas Park golf club on Wednesday 26th October.
Lorna McClymont - Milngavie (County Champion) Fiona Rattray - Douglas Park (Junior Champion) and Jillian Farrell - Cardross were amongst the prize winners.
President Enid Young presented the trophies.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Douglas Park Golf Club is flying the flag -- Sport remembers the Somme 1916 - 2016

 Bob Gamble (Royal British Legion) with Sam Torrance and Shona Malcolm

The Royal British Legion is urging golf clubs to fly a poppy pin flag on the 16th hole as part of its Somme 100 commemorations

The Royal British Legion’s ‘Fly the Flag’ initiative is part of a nationwide campaign, ‘Sport Remembers the Somme 1916-2016’, which is calling on sporting organisations, associations, clubs, teams and individuals to commemorate the role played by sportsmen on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Douglas Park Golf Club in Bearsden Glasgow have sent in their Photograph of the flag now flying at their 16th Hole

The Poppy Pin Flag at Douglas Park Golf Club
Photo courtesy of Brian Thistle (Captain)

To read more  CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Keep up to date with all golf News go to Kirkwood Golf Website


Scottish Golf 2017 National Championships

Scottish Golf has announced a number of changes to its national championships following a comprehensive review, with several to come into effect from the start of next season.

The governing body has engaged with players, clubs and other stakeholders to help shape the changes, helping to provide a better platform for the nation’s amateur golfers to perform on while showcasing some of the country’s outstanding courses.

The most significant developments concerns changes to the formats and timing of the major national match play championships, while the Scottish Youths Championship will be removed from the schedule, with the category no longer complimenting the national structure or international amateur calendar.

In line with a number of other countries, the Scottish Boys and Men’s Amateur Championships will change from straight knock-out to 36-hole stroke play qualifying, with the leading 64 players (and ties) reaching the match play stages. The Scottish Boys Championship also moves from its traditional April slot into the school summer holidays, to be played for the first time alongside the Scottish Girls Championship, running concurrently on two neighbouring courses, with Scotscraig and Drumoig named as the 2017 host venues. The boys’ field size will reduce to 180, with the girls at 64.

The Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship will be held at Royal Aberdeen (6 – 10 June) for the first time since former Solheim Cup star Janice Moodie won the event there 25 years ago, while Royal Troon’s Old Course will continue to host the prestigious Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Stroke Play Championship accompanied by the Troon Portland course.

Also in Ayrshire, Prestwick will be joined by Prestwick St Cuthbert in hosting the stroke play qualifying for the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship (31 July – 5 Aug) and Western Gailes welcomes the leading male amateurs for the Carrick Neill Scottish Stroke Play Championship in early June.

Like their match play equivalents, the Scottish Boys and Girls Stroke Play Championships will be played on the same dates, moving to the Spring (Easter) holiday slot of 10 - 12 April next year, with Monifieth welcoming the boys and Montrose staging the girls.

 To read all go to Kirkwood golf Website

Monday, 24 October 2016


Three Scots - Kylie Walker, Gemma Dryburgh and Sally Watson finished in the leading 80 and ties at the LPGA Tour Q School Stage 2 event over four rounds at Venice, Florida on Sunday.
They advance to the Final Q SChool at LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Florida, from November 30 to December 4.

Venice, Florida
Par 288 (4x72)
277 M Skarpnord (Nor) 69 68 69 71.
282 B Law (Eng) (am) 69 70 74 69.

285 Leona Maguire (Ire) (am) 72 67 74 72 (T6)
286 M Reid (Eng) 70 71 74 71 (T8)
288 B Allen (USA) 67 75 76 79 (T12)
291 G Dryburgh (Sco) 723 71 75 72, K Walker (Sco) 71 72 76 72 (T19).
293 C Thomas (Eng) 69 75 72 77 (T30)
298 S Watson (Sco) 75 78 73 72, E Givens (Eng) 68 75 79 76 (T67).
300 H Burke (En) 70 69 75 77 (T176).

304 R Taylor (Sco) (am) 77 73 77 76 (T116)
307 A Boulden (Wal) 78 72 78 78 (T135)
309 A Knowles (Eng) (am) 77 77 78 79.
313 H Davis (Eng) 82 80 80 71 (T176).
315 R Davies (Eng) 77 83 77 81

For all the results --- CLICK HERE

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Jennifer Rankine loses in play off for Scottish Junior Champion of Champions

Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazelhead) and Jennifer Rankine (Haggs Castle) tied with two-over-par 73s. in the Junior Champion of Champions at the Duke's Course St Andrews yesterday.
Jasmine  birdied the first, 14th and 18th in halves of 37-36. Jennifer birdied the 14th and 17th but bogeyed the eighth, ninth, 10th and 18th in halves of 38-35.
Three players tied for third place on 74 - Louise Duncan (West Kilbride), Kirsten Brown (Strathaven) and Joanne Free (Gullane).

Par 71. CSS 72.
73 J Mackintosh (Hazlehead), J Rankine (Haggs Castle). Mackintosh won play-off.
74 L Duncan (West Kilbride), K Brown (Strathaven), J Free (Gullane).
77 K Brodie (Strathmore).
78 E Hynd (Balbirnie Park).
79 C Griffiths (Aboyne)
80 F Rattray (Douglas Park)
82 M Richmond (Strathaven).
83 E Morrison (Craigmillar Park), L McClymont (Milngavie).
84 H Darling (Broomieknowe).
92 K Scott (Strathaven).
101 A Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert)
No show: E Crawford (Baberton).

Friday, 21 October 2016


West Kilbride's Catherine Garrett and Helen Cattanach
The Daily Mail Finals Results - Click to enlarge 

Many congratulations go to West Kilbride's Catherine Garett and Helen Cattanach on reaching the Semi Finals of the 2016 Daily Mail Foursomes where they were beaten by Grangemouth Golf Club.

Congratulations also go to Scotland's Grangemouth's Janice Bridgeman and Fiona Lawless for battling through the last 16 teams at St. Pierre Golf & Country Club.

Janice and Fiona made there way through the rounds beating Thornhill, Ashburnham and West Kilbride and were finally beaten by Bromborough in the final 3&2.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Connie Jaffrey wins in North Carolina

Connie Jaffrey with Kirsti Knight - Head Kansas Coach

GREENVILLE, North Carolina – Third-year Kansas State University student Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) from Kilwinning, Ayrshire, took home the Greenville Regional Preview individual title on Tuesday as she led the Kansas State women’s golf team to a third-place finish at the par-72, 6,122-yard Brook Valley Country Club.
Jaffrey, a former Scottish U18 girls champion, with rounds of 71,75 and 73 for an aggregate of three-over-par 219, earned the second individual win of her US college golf career and the 13th individual title in K-State women's golf history. The Wildcats shot a 50-over par 914 for the tournament, finishing one shot back of Augusta for second place and 19 behind team title winners Texas Christian University.
“Connie played exceptionally well on a very difficult course,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “I am very proud of her and this entire team. A top-three finish in this field is great.”

Top Individuals: 
1. Connie Jaffrey, Kansas State, 71-75-73—219 (+3)
T2. Alice Hewson, Clemson, 76-74-71—221 (+5)
T2. Emmy Martin, Texas Christian, 75-73-73—221 (+5);
T4. Brooke Graebe, TCU, 74-76-73—223 (+7);

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Trophy Winners
L to R Valerie MacKinnon (Division 2 - Old Ranfurly), Karen Maxwell Milngavie ( Greenlees Trophy Winners),
Anne Wallace (Division 3 Prestwick St Nicholas ) and Sarah Eckford (Ranfurly Castle - Greenlees Trophy Runners Up)

68 ladies representing 25 of the 28 Golf Clubs in the West of Scotland Greenlees teams attended the  2016 Greenlees Trophy presentation and lunch at Cathkin Braes Golf Club today.

Cathkin Braes Lady Captain Joyce Mullin ---- and Greenlees Secretary Anne Dunn presided over the event at which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Results coordinator on the Web Carol Fell and Cathkin Braes Greenlees Secretary Pauline Wardlaw were also at the top table.

After an excellent lunch and lots of chat Anne Dunn said a few words --

"Once again it is my privilege to welcome you to the Greenlees Presentation Lunch.
The Weather this year, until near the end, was kind to us and the matches were finished on time. It is lovely to see new, and old, names on the trophies and the leagues for next year look interesting I say this as a spectator."

"Going up to the First Division for the first time is always difficult, as Cathcart Castle will tell you but, as I am sure they will also tell you, it was enjoyable. "

"I wish Old Ranfurly and Largs all the very best for next year. I also wish to welcome Prestwick St Nicholas and Cardross back into the Second Division – all the best to you. "
"I wish to thank all the Secretaries for all their hard work and for sending in their results in so quickly. Also to Carol Fell for putting all the details on the web, which allows everybody to keep up to date."

She then asked Cathkin Braes Lady Captain Joyce Mullin to present the trophies.

Pauline Wardlow finally thanked  all who had helped make the event such a success. 

Milngavie Golf Club

Ranfurly Castle

Old Ranfurly
Prestwick St. Nicholas 

To see some more photos --- CLICK HERE


Greenlees Trophy Divisional Totals CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE 

Division 1: 
Winner Milngavie
Runner up Ranfurly Castle
Demoted Ayr Belleisle and Cathcart Castle

Division 2:   
Winner Old Ranfurly
Runner Up Largs
Demoted Erskine and Lenzie

Division 3:   
Winner Prestwick St Nicholas
Runner Up Cardross


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Connie Jaffrey - Photo courtesy of Colin Farquharson

Connie Jaffrey, (Troon Ladies) former Scottish U18 girls champion from Kilwinning, was joint leader at the Greenville Regional Preview women's college tournament at Brook Valley Country Club in North Carolina after an openign round of one-under-par 71 over a 6,133yd course.
She shared the lead at the head of a field of 92 players with Jessica Spicer (Virginia Tech).
Curtis Cup player Alice Hewson from Berkhamsted, a stdent at Clemson University, was T6 with a 76.
Chloe Weir (Kansas State) from Belfast had an 80.
Jessica Carty (Denver), also from Northern Ireland, and Rachel Walker (Old Dominion), from Dumfries, had 81s.
Sophie Newlove (Denver), from Nottingham, had an 8

Monday, 17 October 2016


Hazel MacGarvie - 2016 Scottish Girls Champion
Photo - courtesy of Scottish Golf

Scottish Golf’s Orders of Merit
have been finalised with Hannah McCook, Hazel MacGarvie and Sheena Wood winning the respective womens', girls and senior domestic titles for 2016.

Troon’s Hazel MacGarvie has won the 2016 girls’ merit award  with 902 points from four events, ahead of Jasmine Mackintosh from Hazlehead on 834, and Gullane’s Joanne Free on 759 who pipped Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) by one point.

She said: “I am delighted to win the Girls’ Order of Merit especially since I didn't play in many counting events. I think this season has been successful. I really just wanted to do the best I could bearing in mind I was sitting my Highers, my last one not being until the beginning of June.”

The 17 year-old’s season included winning all six of her matches at the Home Internationals, and she even squared a match with Thomas Pieters in practice ahead of the Open Championship. But it was her victory in the weather-disrupted Scottish Girls Amateur Championship which was key in topping the girls’ Order.

“I was really pleased to win the Scottish Girls, particularly finishing on three under and then going onto win with an eagle at the par four first. Next year I just want to continue to improve my game.”

To read the full report go to the KIRKWOOD GOLF WEBSITE

Monday, 10 October 2016

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Gillian Paton wins Champion of Champions and Kilmacolm's Eilidh Briggs is the runner up

Gillian Paton
Angus women's champion Gillian Paton (Royal Montrose) finished four strokes clear at the top of a field of 13 in the Scottish women's champion of champions' tournament over 18 holes at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club today.

Mrs Paton had contrasting halves of three-over 39 and Sree-under 32 for a par round of 71.

She bogeyed the fourth, fifth and seventh before birdieing the 10th, 17th and 18th.

Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) was runner-up with a 75 (37-38) and Joanne Free (Gullane) third with a 76 (39-37).

Par 71
71 G Paton (Montrose)
75 E Briggs (Kilmacolm)
76 J Free (Gullane)
77 H McCook (Grantown on Spey)
81 E Hale (Troon Ladies), L Macgregor (Falkirk)
83 K Wright (Stranraer), L McClymont (Milngavie)
87 D Young (North Berwick)
88 A Hanson (Glencorse)
92 G Kyle (East Renfrewshire), S Wood (Drumpellier), L Lloyd (Hayston)


Ayrshire Junior Girls' Centenary Trophy (Stableford)

Golfing conditions were perfect for the girls playing in their last county competition of the season.   On a hot, sunny, calm afternoon at Dalmilling Golf course, Claire McLaughlin (West Kilbride) scored 40 points to win by 5 strokes from Cristina McCracken (Troon Ladies).
1st      Claire McLaughlin (West Kilbride)  (h'cap 11)      40 points
2nd     Cristina McCracken (Troon Ladies) (h'cap) 30)    35 points
3rd      Rebecca Hale (Troon Ladies) (h'cap 31)                32 points
Katie Ronnie (Barassie) won the 9 hole Pre-handicap competition 
Kirsty Shaw (Dalmilling) won the Putting competition
Christian McCracken, Claire Mclaughlin, Rebecca Hale
Kirsty Shaw and Katie Ronnie
Kirsty Shaw, Rebecca Hale, Christina McCracken, Samantha McKay,
Claire McLaughlin Alison Malcolm, Emma Waitzmann

Wednesday, 5 October 2016


GIRLS' OPEN (rescheduled)
Sunday 30th October 2016
Tee times from 11am-1pm
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Monday, 3 October 2016


Birthday card from Lorraine Campbell D&A

In 2013 Donna Jackson had played for the Renfrewshire Ladies' County Team County Team for  30 years -- so in 2016 she has now played in the team for 33 years
Today she has now become a "Senior Player" and in the video below with RLCGA 2013 County Captain Maureen Woodhead you will hear some of her achievements.



Katie Scott wins the West Girls Championship at Troon Portland

Lto R - Sophie Kyle, Taylor White, Katie, Scott and Lorna McClymont
Photo courtesy of Allison Bell
The West Girls Championship Final was played yesterday over the Troon Portland in beautiful sunshine.
The Final was between Lanarkshire County Team player Katie Scott and D&A'S County Champion Lorna McClymont.
Both girls played the front nine very well with Katie only 1 over par at the turn and 2 up.
Lorna was 2 over par.

Katie then birdied 10th with a fantastic 2 to go 3up which seemed to be the turning point of the game. Katie then played very steady over the next 3 holes and won each hole to finally win the trophy.

In the Bronze Championship the match went to the 19th with Taylor White from Cathkin Braes beating Sophie Kyle from Whitecraigs

Championship Results

Semi Final - Katie Scott (Strathaven) beat Rachel Foster (Turnberry) 2&1
Lorna McClymont (Milngavie) beat Justine Fulton (Hayston)  1hole

Final: Katie Scott beat Lorna McClymont 6&5

Bronze Championship: Taylor White (Cathkin Braes) beat Sophie Kyle (Whitecraigs) at the 19th

Thanks go to Allison Bell for the Photo and report

Sunday, 2 October 2016


Helen Cattanach and Catherine Garrett
Photo courtesy of Aileen Donaldson
Congratulations to Catherine Garrett and Helen Cattanach of West Kilbride Golf Club in reaching the last 16 in The Daily Mail Foursomes competition.
They will now be heading off to the Finals Event at Marriott St Pierre Hotel & Country Club, Chepstow on the 16 – 18 October 2016

Last 32 Results:

Ashburnham Golf Club beat Welshpool Golf Club 5&3 
Ashby Decoy Golf Club beat Toft Hotel Golf Club 6&5 
Bromborough Golf Club beat The Mere Golf Resort & Spa 3&2 
Crane Valley Golf Club beat Chichester Golf Club 4&2 
Cranleigh Golf and Country Club beat Hendon Golf Club 5&4 
Grangemouth Golf Club beat Leven Golfing Society 2&1 
Kendal Golf Club beat Durham City Golf Club 5&3 
Milnathort Golf Club beat Huntly Golf Club 2&1 
Perranporth Golf Club beat Marlborough Golf Club 3&2 
Tadmarton Heath Golf Club beat Marriott Forest Of Arden Golf Club won at 20th 
Thornhill Golf Club beat Uphall Golf Club 5&3 
Walmer and Kingsdown Golf Club beat Stock Brook Manor Golf & Cc 4&3 
Walmersley Golf Club beat Hart Common Golf Club won at 19th 
Welwyn Garden City Golf Club beat Ufford Park Hotel Golf Club 4&3 
West Kilbride Golf Club beat Cardross Golf Club 6&4 
Wilton Golf Club beat Boldon Golf Club 5&4


The West of Scotland Girls Championship day takes place today Sunday 2nd October, 2016 9.45am at Troon Portland GC

Championship Semi-finals:
Lorna McClymont (Milngavie)  v Justine Fulton (Hayston)
Rachel Foster 
(Turnberry) v Katie Scott (Strathaven)

Bronze Championship Final:
Sophie Kyle (Whitecraigs) v Taylor White (Cathkin Braes)

Friday, 30 September 2016


Greenlees Trophy Divisional Totals CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE 
The 2016 Greenlees matches have now been completed. -- although in Division 3 - some matches were unable to be completed due to weather bit they did not affect the outcome.

The results are as follows:

Division 1: 
Winner Milngavie
Runner up Ranfurly Castle
Demoted Ayr Belleisle and Cathcart Castle

Division 2:   
Winner Old Ranfurly
Runner Up Largs
Demoted Erskine and Lenzie

Division 3:   
Winner Prestwick St Nicholas
Runner Up Cardross


The presentation lunch of all divisional clubs takes place on Tuesday 18th October at Cathkin Braes Golf Club

Thursday, 29 September 2016


England are the Senior Women's Home Internationals title winners for the 10th time since the tournament started in 2003. They completed a 100 per cent winning week at Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire by beating Wales 5.5-2.5 to win the Sue Johnson Trophy for the third year in a row.
Ireland beat Scotland 6-2 in today's other match on a very windy day. That meant that Ireland, Scotland and Wales finished with 1point apiece. After a countback involving further 3 stages, European champions Ireland were declared the runners-up.

To read more go to the KIRKWOOD GOLF

Wednesday, 28 September 2016



Ireland v Wales 
08.30 Carol Wickham and Sheena McElroy v Ann Lewis and Sharon Roberts 
08.40 Laura Webb and Suzanne Corcoran v Jane Rees and Denise Richards 
08.50 Mary Sheehy and Maria O'Reilly v Chris Harries and Olwen Davies 

England v Scotland 
09.00 Jule Brown and Aileen Greenfield v Sheena Wood and Gillian Kyle 
09.10 Helen Lowe v Karen Jobling v Fiona De Vries and Lesley Lloyd 
09.20 Jackie Foster and Katherine Russell v Mary Smith and Lorna McKinlay.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


Scotland scored their first win for at least two years in the Senior Ladies Home Internationals at Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire today, beating Wales 5-3 in their first match after losing all three 12 months ago.
The Scots took a 2-1 edge from the morning foursomes and added three more points with wins by Gillian Kyle (2 and 1 over Denise Richards), Lesley Lloyd (2 and 1 against Olwen Davies) and Fiona De Vries (2 and 1 against Sharon Roberts).
Wales' two winners in the singles were Jane Rees, who beat Sheena Wood 3 and 2 n the lead-off tie, and former Senior British champion Ann Lewis, a 3 and 2 winner over Lorna McKinlay.
All square at the turn, Rees went two up on Wood by winning the 10th and 13th. The Scot won the 14th to be only one down but Rees took the 15th and 16th for the match.
Kyle was one up at the turn against Richards and went up at the 12th. Richards rallied to win the 13th to be only one down but halves at the 14th and 15th gave Kyle some breathing space and the Scot won the 16th and halved the 17th for a 2 and 1 win, her second of the day.
McKinlay was two up after nine against Lewis but the Welsh player went to town on the inward half, winning the 11th and 12th to square the contest and then taking the 13th, 14th and 16th for a 3 and 2 victory.
Lloyd won the sixth, 10th and 12th for a two-hole lead over Davies. The Scot then won the 14th to be three up. Davies won the 15th to be two down with three to play but she ran out of holes as Lloyd won on the 17th green.
Roberts won the ninth and 10th to square her match against De Vries. The next three holes were halved before De Vries edged ahead again by winning the 14th.
The 15th was halved. Then De Vries won the 16th to be dormie and she won by 2 and 1 to clinch Scotland's 5-3 victory.
European senior champions Ireland came a cropper in their bid to take the home title out of England's grasp. England won 5.5-2.5, taking the foursomes by a 2pt margin and the singles 3-1.
Scotland, who lost all three matches 12 months ago, beat Wales 5-3 on a day that started wet but turned bright and very breezy by lunchtime.
England's singles winners were Julie Brown (by 4 and 3 against Mary Sheehy), Katherine Russell (by 2 and 1 over Maria O'Reilly) and Jackie Foster (by 5 and 4 against Irish senior champion Gertie McMullen).
Wickham set the ball rolling for England in the afternoon with a flying start which saw her win four of the first seven holes, losing only the sixth, and then the 11th to see her lead cut to two holes by Catherine Rawthore.
Holes 12 to 17 were halved, leaving Wickham the winner.
Last year's Senior British champion Julie Brown lost the third to Mary Sheehy but then won four in a row for a three-hole lead. Sheehy won the eighth and ninth to be only one down at the turn. Brown won the 12th, 13th and 15th for victory.
The Russell v O'Reilly was the last match to finish. The English player was two up at the turn after winning the eighth and ninth, then the 11th for a three-hole lead. O'Reilly hit back with wins at the 12th and 13th. Three halves holes followed before Russell clinched a 2 and 1 win by taking the 17th.
New Senior British champion Laura Webb was in impressive form against Karen Jobling. The Berkshire-based Iris player lost the second hole but won the next five to be four up at the turn. Webb added the 10th to her collection for a five-hole lead.
Jobling stopped the rot by winning the 11th and 12th but there was no holding Webb in this form. She won the 13th and 14th for the match.
Ireland's Gertie McMullen does not lose many matches by 5 and 4 but she did this afternoon with Jackie Foster her conqueror.
There was no hint of the eventual margin of victory when Foster turned with a one-hole lead but the English player slipped up a gear to take the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th for victory.


Wood lost to Rees 3 and 2.
Kyle bt Richards 2 and 1.
L McKinlay lost to Lewis 3 and 2.
Lloyd bt O Davies 2 and 1.
De Vries bt Roberts 2 and 1.

Rawthore lost to Wickham 2 and 1
Brown bt M Sheehy 4 and 3.
K Russell bt O'Reilly 2 and 1.
Jobling lost to Webb 5 and 4.
Foster bt McMullen 5 and 4.


Scotland gained a 2-1 lunchtime lead over Wales after the morning foursomes on the first day of the Senior Women's Home Internationals at Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire.
Title-holders lead European champions Ireland 2.5-0.5 after a morning which started wet and miserable but brightened nearer lunchtime although a half-gale replaced the wind.

Sheena Wood and Gillian Kyle bt Ann Lewis and Sharon Roberts 1 hole.
Fiona De Vries and Lesley Lloyd bt Chris Harries and Patricia Fernon 4 and 2.
Alex Glennie and Mary Smith lost to Denise Richards and Jane Rees 7 and 6.

ENGLAND lead IRELAND 2.5-0.5
Jackie Foster and Catherine Rawthore bt Gertie McMullen and Maria O'Reilly 2 holes.
Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield bt Carol Wickham and Sheena McElroy 1 hole.
Helen Lowe and Karen Jobling halved with Laura Webb and Suzanne Corcoran.


Monday, 26 September 2016


Senior Home International Matches
Alyth Golf Club
27th - 29th September 2016

Scottish Seniors Team
Top - Lt o R - Mary Smith, Gillian Kyle, Alex Glennie, Sheena Wood
Front - L to R - Fiona de Vries, Lorna McKinlay, Lorna Bennett (Captain) and Lesley Lloyd


 Lorna Bennett Captain

1  Fiona de Vries (St Rule)

2  Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
3  Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire)
4  Lesley Lloyd (Hayston)
5  Lorna McKinlay (Dunnikier Park)
6  Mary Smith (Tain)
7  Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies)

Tuesday's  opening matches at Alyth:
Scotland v Wales
England v Ireland.
Foursomes tee off from 08.30 to 09.30

Singles tee off from 1.10pm to 2.22

Friday, 23 September 2016


Milngavie team jump for joy with their victory
From L to R - Jillian Farrell, Anna Telfer, Lorna McClymont, Katy McCauley
Davina McLavery, Marion Mason Sheena McDonald,
Carol Whyte and  Lois Connell
The 1st Division Title decider of the West of Scotland 2016 Greenlees Trophy was played yesterday (Thursday 22nd September) in the rearranged match between Ranfurly Castle and Milngavie 
Milngavie who produced an exceedingly formidable team -- with Scottish Girls Internationalist Jillian Farrell, Lorna McClymont (D&A County Champion) and Renfrewshire County Team Carol Whyte leading the field and five of the remaining six team players having a handicap of 8 and under  came up trumps with a 6.5 - 2.5 win.
The result meant that Milngavie won the division with 50.5 points and Ranfurly Castle and Kilmarnock Barassie were equal with 44 points.
On count back with Home and Away wins --  2 points for a home win and 3 points for an Away win Ranfurly Castle just won the runners up slot by 1 point

Division 1 Results

Milngavie 50.5 - Winners
Ranfurly Castle 44 Runner Up (after count back on Home and Away wins)
Kilmarnock Barassie 44
Cathkin Braes 40.5
Troon Ladies 37.5
Loudoun Gowf 35.5
West Kilbride 30
Ayr Bellisle 25
Cathcart Castle 17

After the match Milngavie Team Captain Sheena McDonald presented Lorna McClymont (whose 16th birthday had been the day before) with Team player of the year award -- Played in 8 matches and won 7

Lorna and Team Captain Sheena

The other highlight of the day was Ranfurly Castle's Carol Fell who had a HOLE IN ONE at the 5th Hole.

Carol picks the ball out the hole !

Thursday, 22 September 2016


D&A Team 
D&A County Team player Lorraine Campbell has sent me  a link to the (over 400) photos from the weekend at the County Finals at Aboyne.  They are nearly all of the D&A Team, caddies and supporters -- If there is any that you would particularly like in a bigger file (for framing printing, dart board etc), just email Lorraine and she will fire it/them back to you.


The occasion was West Kilbride Ladies Committee and Past Captains' outing. It was a beautiful sunny morning which was asking for a picture! Some of the ladies had started their round but Nancy Chisholm along with past captains Joan McGlynn, Eileen Atkinson, Janette Mair, Janice Gallagher and Alison Baillie were waiting at the tee so captured them. We all had a lovely day, Kilmacolm is such an interesting, challenging course which I always enjoy.

Thanks go to June Kerr for the post and photo

Wednesday, 21 September 2016


Your Webmaster Carol Fell is now an editor for Kirkwood Golf and will be looking over the next few months to see if the West of Scotland Website news can be published there. If you think you cannot see what you are looking for the CLICK HERE to go to that Website


L to R-- Captain Marion with prizewinners  Fiona, Alex, Carol, Gillian and Jill
Photo courtesy of Gillian Kirkwood
The Scottish Vets Matchplay, Singles Strokeplay and Greensomes took place on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of this week --  To read all about it go to the West Vets Website