Sunday, 17 January 2021

Past Fife Captain and Past President Christine Steedman has died

                                              Top Left - Elaine Moffat, Bottom Left - Brogan Clark,
Top Right - Brogan and Elaine with Fife County Captain Christine Steedman
Bottom Right - Fife Team - Fiona Hastie, Susan Jackson, Christine Steedman and Elaine Moffat


It is with much sadness to hear today that Fife Counties Past Captain & Past President Christine Steedman lost her brave fight and passed away this morning.  

Christine was a great friend to many and loved her golf, she will be very sorely missed by all

She can be seen here presenting the Trophies at East of Scotland Championships at Elie in 2016 -- Read more on the old Kirkwood Golf website

She was also part of the Midlands Vets team who played against a West Vets Team in 2019 at Falkirk in the MID WEST TROPHY MATCH -- Click Here for photos

Friday, 15 January 2021

ANNE BROWNIE’S ACE HAS QUALIFIED HER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN HER A TRIP TO TPC SAWGRASS.


🚨 HOLE IN ONE ALERT 🚨 

Congratulations to our latest HIO Member making the ultimate shot in golf before lockdown.  1️⃣πŸ‘

Name - Anne Brownie
Club - Mortonhall Golf Club Scottish Golf
Hole - 128YDS 10th Hole
Club Used - No 6 Hybrid
Date - 28/11/20
Playing Partners - Patricia Smith & Sandra Liddle

Good Luck Anne you can now look forward to attending the National Hole In One Playoff Finals, playing for the trip of a lifetime to TPC Sawgrass. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ✈️🏌️‍♂️

Kilmacolm line up former Scottish Women's champion Megan Briggs as club captain

Megan in 2009 with the Scottish Amateur Championship Trophy 
 at Kilmacolm Golf Club 

By Martin Dempster 
The Scotsman Newspaper - 15th January 2021

Former Scottish Women’s Amateur champion Megan Briggs is set to become just the second lady captain of Kilmacolm in the Renfrewshire club’s 130-year history.

Briggs, who landed her national title triumph at Southerness in 2009, was recently appointed by Rene Kleyweg as his vice-captain and will take over the main post in 2022.

The Glasgow solicitor will join Jane Macdonald, who held the position in 2016, as the club’s only lady captains, with Romy Erskine, a Scottish Girls’ international, also set to take up the junior captaincy next year.

“I see Megan embodying how we want to be seen,” said Kleyweg. “Here we have a professional in her early 30s as captain of our club. Inclusive, progressive, friendly.

“We want to help people see golf as a game for all ages and that for clubs like Kilmacolm it is more about leggings on the golf course than blazers in the clubhouse.”

Briggs will follow in the footsteps of Andrew Farmer, a former Scottish international who won both the British and Scottish Mid-Amateur Championships, in taking up the role

“I think she will help build on the ‘one club’ message that Andrew focussed on in 2019 and that I hope I will maintain this year,” added Kleyweg. “More mixed medals on a Saturday, previous men’s competitions opening up to all, captain and pro in the evenings but also the mornings to encourage all ages and genders to play etc.

“Just having more and more ladies playing on a Saturday morning and being comfortable doing so. It is also great to see honorary members putting time and effort into the club.”

In addition to Briggs - her sister Eilidh, a former Scottish Girls’ champion and Curtis Cup player, too - and Farmer, current Scotland men’s captain Matt Clark has also done his bit in flying the Kilmacolm flag on the amateur circuit.

“Matt put time in a few years ago as greens convenor and Megan now,” said Kleyweg. "Maybe this, in turn, will help encourage clubs to promote what their elite players are up to, something which members have previously taken pride in and enjoyed following.”

Though out of use at the moment due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the club recently opened a two-bay indoor studio, which has replaced the old dining room.

It is hoped the imminent launch of a new £150 Ladies’ Academy, with a three-month membership, which includes a half set of clubs and a fortnightly clinic with the club’s new professional, Stuart Roberts, will help boost an already healthy ladies’ section.

“Like many clubs, we have seen a jump in our membership, but what is amazing is how this has continued since the end of the normal playing season,” said Kleyweg.

“What we need to do post-Covid is broaden the audience for the studio. The studio may not appeal to all members, but it has already helped bring in new members.”

The club also recently announced the appointment of James McMurdo as the new head greenkeeper. He was at Prestwick for 20 years and had risen to No 2 there when he left to go down south to Tadmarton Heath in Oxfordshire.Also returning north of the border to be his right-hand man is Johnny Caldwell, a Greenock boy who is heading home from The Wisley in Surrey.


LISTEN TO AYRSHIRE'S HAZEL MCGARVIE ON GOLF TALK


Scott McPike welcomes Top Scottish Amateur Ladies Golfer Hazel MacGarvie (Royal Troon) in the 2nd Episode of GolfTalk. 

Hazel talks about her journey in Golf so far including starting out, playing in tournaments all over the world, representing Scotland & Great Britain and her future plans in Golf. 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW 

Sunday, 10 January 2021

MYGOLFRANKING - WEEK 1 IN 2021


MyGolfRanking.net SCOTLAND GOLFER of Week 2021/01 is MADELEINE MACGREGOR of HAMILTON LADIES who remains NUMBER ONE on SCOTLAND Ladies MGRanking


SCOTLAND LADIES
1 Madeleine Macgregor (Hamilton) 1327 points 
2 Lynn Cranston (Liberton) 1292
3 Alyson Phillips (Oldmeldrum) 1213
4 Nicky Graham (Baberton) 1184
5 Gillian Ping (Falkirk GC) 1181
6 Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs) 1173
7 Dianne Watson (Leven Ladies) 1167
8 Jackie Carty (Hollandbush) 1163
9 Shaeen Ahmad (Balmore) 1157
10 Isabell Donnelly (Gleddoch) 1150
11 Hazel Hume (Tillicoultry) 1144
12 Margaret Parr (Merchants of Edinburgh) 1142 
13 Emily Aird (Blairgowrie) 1140
14 Ava Paterson (Tulliallan) 1133
15 Alison Gray (Elmwood) 1132

SCOTLAND LADIES CLUBS 
1 Tillicoultry 1026
2 Braehead 997
3 Balmore 990
4 Loudoun Gowf 979
5 Grangemouth 959
6 Pitlochry 951

MEGAN BRIGGS - Assume nothing – you might just get a fresh perspective


Great article by Kilmacolm’s  Club Vice Captain Megan Briggs who not only is a great golfer but gives a great insight into our assumptions.........

Monday, 4 January 2021

COVID - 19 UPDATE - 4th January 2021


As we turn the corner on an extremely difficult 2020, starting 2021 with additional restrictions and further uncertainty is not how anyone wanted to begin the new year.

Following today’s announcement from the First Minister and with an understanding that our affiliated clubs will need to make some adjustments to their business operations, we wanted to provide all clubs with the information we have available to us at present.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, we have worked alongside both sportscotland and The Scottish Government to demonstrate that golf is a sport that can be played outdoors with physical distancing and increased safety measures in place. We are pleased that this continues to be recognised and from 00.01 on Tuesday 5th January:

Golf courses can remain open for play with a maximum of two players from up to two households Golfers must stay close to home, travel only for essential purposes and in line with the new legislation 

 We are continuing to seek further clarification on a number of the wider aspects for sport from our partners at sportscotland and Scottish Government and as soon as we have sufficient detail with which to work, our more detailed guidance will be updated. We currently envisage being in a position to provide a more in-depth update for all affiliated clubs within the next 24 hours.

Scottish Golf asks that all golf clubs and golfers adhere to the new guidance with the same spirit and integrity that has been shown throughout the last year to ensure we can all continue to benefit from playing golf through this new period of restrictions.

You can stay up to date on all the latest information on our dedicated COVID-19 page here.

Kind Regards, Karin Sharp, - Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Golf

Sunday, 3 January 2021

If you missed "Iron Women" program -- CATCH UP BBC IPLAYER



Iron Women
explores the extraordinary history of women’s golf in Scotland. From the early pioneers of the 18th century, to formidable role models who challenged the patriarchal constraints of male-dominated golfing arenas, this story celebrates the trailblazers who put Scottish women’s golf firmly on the world map.

The story begins in the 18th century in Musselburgh, with recorded evidence of fishwives playing golf and competing for the prize of a creel and silk handkerchiefs. The game gathered momentum among the Victorian ladies of St Andrews from 1863, albeit under the watchful gaze of husbands and fathers who controlled the spaces women frequented, and how they used them. Transgressors such as Issette Pearson and Agnes Grainger developed strategies to create opportunities for women and thanks to their determination, the Ladies Golf Union and the Scottish Ladies Golf Association were formed in 1893 and 1904, formalising the sport and creating competition, and fundamentally, a handicap system before men.

Formidable golfers emerged, with several Scots leading the way at home and abroad. While the pioneer players were successful in increasing the visibility of women in golf, they still battled resistance with controls in play that restricted access to courses, clubs and career development. From the early heroes of Edith Orr, Dorothy Campbell and Charlotte Beddows, to Jessie Valentine, Jean Donald and Belle Robertson, women have played towards a fairer way for Scotland’s so called ‘fairer-sex'.

GO TO BBC IPLAYER -- CLICK HERE -- AVAILABLE FOR A MONTH

For those who wondered where some West of Scotland County Members were singing  -- It was after the West of Scotland County Foursomes played at Prestwick St Nicholas GC some of the players from Ayrshire, Dunbarton and Argyll, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire County sing a support song for the 2014 GB&I Curtis Cup team who are playing the 38th match at St Louis Country Club in the LADUE region of Missouri USA .  Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) was in the team  You Tube Full version video 

Saturday, 2 January 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL GOLFERS AND READERS OF THIS WEBSITE

 


Your Webmaster would like to wish everyone that plays golf or not a very Happy New Year   -- In RLCGA and all the County Associations in Scotland , West Vets, Scottish Vets,  Scottish Golf, PGA Greenlees Teams and all Clubs everywhere lets hope 2021 is a better year.

For your information  - BBC ALBA 9PM SATURDAY 2ND JANUARY

Iron Women explores the extraordinary history of women’s golf in Scotland. From the early pioneers of the 18th century, to formidable role models who challenged the patriarchal constraints of male dominated golfing arenas, this story celebrates the trailblazers who put Scottish women’s golf firmly on the world map. -- YOU MAY SEE SOME GOLFERS YOU KNOW 


CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


Report from today's Press and Journal Newspaper



The Glasgow Herald 2nd January 2021