Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Scotland’s Hannah Darling holds a slender one shot lead over compatriot Chloe Goadby heading into the final round of the 2021 Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open at Royal Troon Portland Course.CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE SCOTTISH GOLF WEBSITE FOR THE FULL REPORT
|Sandra Macdougall, Morag Little and Pat Pennel|
It was hot, hot, hot yesterday at the Renfrewshire County June Medal at Kilmacolm GC and so were the scores, with quite a bit of run on the ball and barely a breeze, quite a number of the 44 competitors took advantage of the conditions and played under their handicap. Whilst others enjoyed the fantastic views of the countryside and on too many occasions visited the rough!
|Six pints should do it !!|
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Scotland’s Hannah Darling holds a one-shot lead over three of her compatriots after a dramatic first round of the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open at Royal Troon Portland Course.
Monday, 28 June 2021
RLCGA Junior Jennifer Lynagh had a great day at Caldwell yesterday to round off a great week of superb golf golf by becoming the first girl to win the Junior Club Championship in the clubs history.
The 2021 Douglas Park Ladies’ Open Day was held on Friday 25th June in sunshine and mostly dry conditions.
Douglas Park was host to a total of 141 ladies in 47 teams of 3. The overall winners were a team from Milngavie with a great score of 81 points.
Well done to all the ladies who won prizes.
This day does not happen by itself and we would like to thank:
Anne Fergusson for her support on the day and keeping us right with the scorecards.
Our very smart and sociable gentlemen starters: Ian Macdougall, Iain Fergusson, George Roberts, George Simmons and Stephen Murray, who kept the tee going extremely smoothly!
Thanks also to the greenkeeping staff for presenting our course in great condition, especially ensuring the works at the front of the clubhouse were neat and tidy.
Lisa Cuthbert and her team had a very early start to be ready to offer the first competitors a bacon roll and a cup of tea, as well as catering during a full day for our many guests.
|Water to go from Tesco|
|Laura Macdougall Barbara Aitchison (Event Organisers)|
Team winners: - 2 scores from 3 to count
1st: Mandy Allan/Laura Robinson/Susan O’Neill 81
(all from Milngavie)
2nd: Marion Mason/Karen Maxwell/Lynn McColl 79
3rd: Sheila Steele/Pat Syme/Viv Mansouri 78
(all from Hilton Park)
4th: Hilary MacNaughton/Denise MacNaughton/Sheila McDougall 77
(Douglas Park/Douglas Park/Prestwick St Nicholas)
5th: Ann Fisher/Carol Sim/Susan Mcgrenaghan 75 (acb)
6th: Carol Fell/Anne Judge/Nancy MacGadie 75
(Douglas Park/Ranfurly Castle /Ranfurly Castle)
Par 3 totals Team Competition (All 3 scores to Count)
Winners: Helen Divers/Pauline Vannet/Janet Dalglish 26 (acb) (all from Douglas Park)
Par 5 totals Team Competition (All 3 Scores to Count)
Winners: Tracey Macpherson/Madeleine MacGregor/Valerie MacGregor 35 (Langlands/Hamilton/Hamilton)
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
Thanks go to Barbara Aitchison for the report and photographs
Sunday, 27 June 2021
|Alison Davidson, back left, with fellow Scots Mhairi McKay, back right, and Janice Moodie, front, |
after helping Great Britain & Ireland win the 1996 Curtis Cup at Killarney.
By Martin Dempster (The Scotsman)
Saturday, 26 June 2021
Many congratulations go to Cathy Skinner (Clydebank) who had a Hole In One at the 6th hole earlier this week in the Balmore Ladies Open Day.
Her team included Janet Buchanan (Crieff) and Roxy Brown (Dullater) ended up winning 5th prize.
The Balfron team of Eda Davey, Joan Walker, and Betty Wilder were the winners
|Scores --Click To enlarge |
Apologies for poor quality
Friday, 25 June 2021
|Karen Ferguson- Snedden|
Photo Courtesy of Scottish Golf
From the SCOTTISH GOLF WEBSITE
Thursday, 24 June 2021
He fired a final round 69 to finish on 7-under and one shot clear of Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) in a thrilling finish. - - CLICK HERE FOR FINAL RESULT
West of Scotland Girls featured well with Jennifer Lynagh (Caldwell) and Leah Bryce (Sandyhills) being 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Under 18's net scores after today's final round -- UNDER 18'S NET LEADERBOARD -- CLICK HERE
In the Girls section Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) had the best scratch with Freya Russell (Royal Troon) being 4th and Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs) 5th-- LEADERBOARD UNDER 18'S -- CLICK HERE .
RLCGA'S Gillian Kyle - East Renfrewshire
Photo Courtesy of Scottish Golf
Elaine Moffat remains on course to claim the Scottish Senior Women’s Match Play title for a third time in a row but only after surviving two tough matches on the opening day of this year’s Championship at Aberdour.
|Scottish Seniors Matchplay Results |
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|Net Competition Matchplay Results|
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Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Susan’s first hole in one at Haggs although she has had 3 at Williamwood GC while she was a member of that Club.
ELAINE MOFFAT, AILEEN BAKER AND RUTH HUNTER TIE AT THE TOP OF THE SCOTTISH SENIORS WOMENS OPEN AT ABERDOUR ON DAY 1
Monday, 21 June 2021
1 LUISA GIBSON (IRVINE) 1099 points
2 Ann May (Brodick) 1068
3 Kath MacKellar (West Kilbride) 1043
4 Alice Anderson (Shiskine) 993
5 Marie Clare (Largs) 990
6 Jennifer Linklater (Largs) 961
7 Fran Hadden (Kilmarnock(Barassie)) 959
8 Anne Burns (Loudoun Gowf) 954
9 Sheena Murchie (Lamlash) 941
10 Catherine McAdam (Lamlash) 924
11 Elizabeth McNee (Loudoun Gowf) 904
12 Eileen Munro (Loudoun Gowf) 880
13 Linda McDonald (Kilmarnock(Barassie)) 877
14 Rona Walker (Kilmarnock(Barassie)) 876
15 Denise Harker (Turnberry) 862
AYRSHIRE CLUBS - WOMEN
1 KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE) 7602 points
2 Loudoun Gowf 7563
3 Largs 7206
4 West Kilbride 7136
5 Irvine 6880
6 Prestwick St Cuthbert 6592
7 Prestwick St Nicholas 6473
8 Lamlash 6215
Sunday, 20 June 2021
In case you missed this great article by Martin Dempster (The Scotsman) a couple of weeks ago a young Mhairi and sister Fiona (Norris) - current Lanarkshire Ladies' County Captain -- CLICK HERE to read the full article --
Mhairi McKay followed in the footsteps of her older sister, Fiona, as she came through the amateur ranks in Scotland, benefiting from the patience shown by her sibling as she “hung on to her coat-tails” to play in two Curtis Cups
She then enjoyed a successful collegiate career during a ground-breaking scholarship stint at Stanford University at the same time Tiger Woods was there before enjoying the highlight of her professional career when winning the Australian Open in 2003.
McKay, who now lives in Los Alamos in New Mexico, also played in two Solheim Cups, including a success in Sweden in 2003 alongside her long-time friend Janice Moodie and Catriona Matthew.
Clear this one up: did you start to play at Bothwell Castle or Turnberry?
MM: I played a bit at Bothwell Castle, but my parents, Peter and Mary, had a little holiday place in Girvan and I would play the first eight holes at Girvan as a little thing before becoming a member at Bothwell Castle. The first eight holes at Girvan are brilliant and, when I get back home, it’s nice for my two kids to learn on the same track I did and it’s funny the memories you have as a youngster there and how big and intimidating it seemed then but, to then go back and play it again as a bit more experienced player, it seems a bit more manageable (laughing).
You clearly had some great family memories from those early days playing the game?
MM: Yeah, my sister Fiona also played and also my brother Kenny, who is a year older than my sister. We’d go out and I’d have my little hickory-shaft golf club and they’d let me have a hit out on the fairway and not try and hold the game up behind. It was great the five of us being out on the golf course and those are special golf memories that help plant the seed.
So, it was through having that home in Girvan that you became a Turnberry member?
MM: My mum was the first member of the family to become a member at Turnberry in 1977, I think. Then my sister and brother joined the junior section, as I eventually did as well, and my dad was the last one to join as he was so busy working. I have some very happy memories from playing at Turnberry, too.
How important was playing there in your development as a golfer?
MM: Gregor and Bob Jamieson were so important to my career and also my sister’s career. Before Gregor moved over to Lake Nona, he was great, giving my brother and sister lessons and was patient enough to let me tag along and give me some instruction, too. When he moved over to the States, we had lessons from Bob and it was that traditional coaching and playing by feel. Turnberry and the Jamiesons definitely played an instrumental part in our development.
You won the Girls’ Amateur Championship back-to-back in 1992 and 1993. You must have realised then that you were pretty decent at the game?
MM: Those were good, fun victories down at Northamptonshire and Helensburgh. There was always another goal to play for. I just loved trying to get into the Scottish Girls’ team and then the Scottish Under-21s team and then a senior internationalist then playing in the European Team Championship and then the Curtis Cup. There were always these little stepping stones and I was really lucky to have an older sister who led the way for me and was always happy for me to hang on to her coat-tails and have the patience to take care of her little sister. Her friends also didn’t mind having this wee girl four years younger than them tagging along. I was always trying to keep up with Fiona by making teams, starting at county level and then Scottish Schools’ teams and so on.
It must have been a special occasion when you and Fiona played on the same Scotland team in the 1992 Women’s Home Internationals at Hamilton?
MM: Yes, definitely. I have a picture up on the wall in my home, I can see it up in the other room right now, of Fiona and I together. I was just so lucky to have my sister be so successful in the game and go ahead and do things before me. Seeing what she was achieving made me want to follow in her footsteps and keep up with her. It was great to be able to play in the Home Internationals together, though I honestly can’t remember if we played together that week (laughing).
You played in two Curtis Cups, joining Catriona Matthew, Janice Moodie and Myra McKinlay in flying the Saltire in a draw in 1994 then being part of a win two years later with Janice Moodie and Alison Rose?
MM: The draw was at the Honours Course in Chattanooga and that was a big deal to take the trophy on American soil. To then go to Killarney two years later and win outright, I’ve got brilliant memories of both occasions but particularly Killarney as we had amazing support there from the Irish golf fans and the other people who’d made the trip over. It was one of those amazing, brilliant weeks.
How did your move to Stanford University come about as you were the first international female player to be offered a golf scholarship there?
MM: I think there was a Swedish girl there several years before me, but she became really homesick and I’m not sure she stayed more than a year. The coach was concerned about taking a risk with another international player, but my mum’s really good friend from Bothwell Castle, Joyce Scott, it was all due to her, really, that I ended up at Stanford. She and her husband, Charlie, are very keen golfers and their daughter was a nurse at Stanford University Hospital and they’d go out and visit Val. She arranged for them to go and play at Stanford golf course and they bumped into the women’s golf coach at the time, Tim Baldwin, and struck up a conversation, saying ‘we know a girl who would love to come here’ and told him about a few of my achievements. I don’t know why they had it, but I was on the cover of the Golf Foundation’s Tee to Green magazine, having won the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship, with a nice article inside on that and they gave it to Tim, which started my whole connection. I’m not sure how else Tim would have found out about me if it hadn’t been for that. Through Bob Jamieson, there had been contact with Duke University, so I went on a recruitment trip to both places and ended up going to Stanford, where I enjoyed an opportunity of a lifetime.
They’ve been improved since, but I take it the facilities back then were still pretty special?
MM: You virtually rolled out of your bed in the dorm and found yourself on this amazing driving range, where you hit ball after ball, or an amazing short-game area, as well as having the chance to play an amazing golf course. At the time I was there, there were so many great players, including Notah Begay, Casey Martin, who had the Supreme Court case a few years ago over using a golf buggy, and the year after I started Tiger Woods came along. It was a really fun time to be there and the men’s and women’s teams were really close. We were always encouraging one another.
You won the Australian Women’s Open in 2003. What do you remember about that?
MM: It was at Terry Hills Golf in Sydney. I love Australia and I love Sydney. I remember my caddie saying on the back nine in the last round, ‘don’t look at the leaderboard’ and also holing a huge putt - it must have been 70 feet - from the side of the green at the 15th. I played really well on the back nine and made lots of birdies. I think Laura Davies had been leading going into the final round, but I just kept plugging away and making birdies. I didn’t look at the leaderboard until holing my final putt and it was great seeing my name at the top of it. That was really special and the Australian fans were great that week.
You played in two Solheim Cups, beating Beth Daniel in the second one in Sweden in 2003 to help secure a big win for Europe. How special was that?
MM: Yeah, the Solheims were great. In the first one at Interlachen, I lost to Pat Hurst in the singles. I actually played really well that day. She chipped in twice and we were both under par. There might have been one other girl on the European team who had better figures that day, but I just came up against a strong opponent in Pat. It was disappointing that the team didn’t get it over the line that day after being in a good position heading into the singles, so it was nice to get another chance in Sweden, where I managed to get a singles victory over Beth.
Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie were also part of that 2003 team. Have they both been a big part of your life in golf over the years?
MM: Absolutely, particularly Janice. Catriona is that little bit older and I think my first Home Internationals in Wales, I think she was in the team and then she turned pro. Janice and I came up through the West of Scotland Girls together since I was 10 or she was around 12. It’s funny that we ended up going to college at the same time and she was at San Jose and I was at Stanford. We grew up together in Scotland and continued to see each other a lot when we were halfway around the world. To have somebody like Janice, who was so competitive and driven, a bit like my sister, you want to keep up with them and match or better them. Janice is still a great, dear friend and we keep in touch.
Tell us about some of your scoring feats at St Andrews?
MM: I was the first woman to break 70 on the Old Course in the St Rule Trophy with a 69 then, two years later, I shot 67. I was proud to then go back there and play as a pro and shot 67 again to tie the course record, though I think that has subsequently been broken. But it’s definitely nice to be able to say that I was a course record at St Andrews as it is a special place.
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|Elaine Moffat - Photo Courtesy of Scottish Golf|
Elaine Moffat will be bidding to claim the silverware for a third time in a row when she tees up in the Scottish Senior Women’s Open at Aberdour on 22-25 June.
Moffat, from the St Regulus Ladies club in St Andrews, won the match play title at Prestwick St Nicholas in 2018 and then completed the double by claiming both the stroke play and match play trophies at Edzell the last time the championship was staged back in 2019.
The senior international will start as the firm favourite but will face strong competition from a field that also includes 2016 champion Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) and Alison Davidson (nee Rose) from Stirling who was the last Scot to win the Women’s Amateur Championship (1997) before Louise Duncan’s triumph at Kilmarnock (Barassie) last weekend. Davidson is the low handicapper in the field with a playing handicap of plus three.
Aberdour is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and its stunning parkland will provide an excellent test of golf for the field. The course measures 5,447-yards (Par 69) from the white tees and is unusual in that it starts with two par threes. The first and several other holes enjoy a panoramic view towards the Firth of Forth while the second is played along the edge of the shore.
Thursday, 17 June 2021
|12 year old Jules - Family pet of Jennifer Rankine|
DAY 1 --Renfrewshire v Ayrshire -- Courtesy of Fiona Armour
DAY 1 - On the tee all matches - Courtesy of Jean MacIntyre
DAY 2 - Renfrewshire v D&A - Courtesy of Fiona Armour
DAY 2 - On the tee all matches - Courtesy of Jean MacIntyre
DAY 3 - Renfrewshire v Lanarkshire - Courtesy of Fiona Armour
DAY 3 - Final Day on the Tee and D&A Celebration - Courtesy of Jean MacIntyre
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