Thursday 2 September 2021

Greenlees Trophy 80th Anniversary Celebration at East Renfrewshire Golf Club

Winners -
Anne McGillveray, Susan Griffin, and Kay McColl
Runners - Up
Irene Boyd, Barbara Aird and Pauline Warlow

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VIDEO FROM THE PRIZEGIVING  - Courtesy of Carol Fell
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE DAY  - Courtesy of East Renfrewshire GC
WOMEN AND GOLF MAGAZINE - Article sent to the Magazine by Carol Fell

On Tuesday 31st of August, East Renfrewshire Golf Club was delighted to host the Tri-am event and lunch to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the West of Scotland Ladies Inter Club Leagues that compete for the Greenlees Trophy.

72 ladies from 25 different golf clubs in the West of Scotland were represented, teams ideally having a player from each of the three divisions. 

The weather was calm and mild, with the sun appearing intermittently, resulting in almost perfect playing conditions. The golf course was at its best, having recovered its lushness after the long dry month of July. 

After their round, ladies enjoyed a lovely lunch in the club lounge which had been decorated with balloons and bunting and were able to chat and catch up with old friends

Lady Captain, Carole Spy from East Renfrewshire Golf Club spoke before the Prize giving and welcomed everyone, expressing her hope that they had all enjoyed their day. She gave an insight into East Renfrewshire Golf Club’s history of involvement in the Greenlees Trophy leagues. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR THE -------> VIDEO OF PRESENTATION    or watch at end of post

Carole Spy said --

I hope you have all enjoyed playing East Ren in perfect golfing conditions and had fun with the bendy driver and left-handed putter on 18th. Watching on, there certainly seemed to be a lot of laughter, there were even several offers to buy the putter

 Val Crawford who organised today’s events has left information leaflets on the history of the Greenlees for you. What you probably won’t know is East Ren’s involvement. 

 We were invited to take part in the Greenlees Trophy in 1952. It took us four years to win the second division and were then promoted to division one, where we stayed until ’65. The ladies of the day were obviously not satisfied with the demotion and promptly won Division two in ‘66 followed by Division one in ‘67 where the team remained until 1976. 

There was more success in winning division 2 in 1978. It’s fair to say that since those ‘glory days’ East Ren has had experience of all 3 divisions taking advantage of playing at a variety of great courses over the years. 

 No matter which division a team is playing in or wither a player is number one or number 9 or even 7, when we represent our clubs in a Greenlees match, we do it with pride and great determination to get that point for our club.
 Thank you, ladies, for your competitive spirit and for taking part in the 80th year celebration of Greenlees golf.

Prizes were then awarded by Carole, with Val Crawford, the club’s Greenlees Secretary announcing the various winners. 

A final vote of thanks was given by Maureen Mitchell, West of Scotland Greenlees Convenor.

Prizes were awarded to
Winning Team: 
Anne McGillivray - Prestwick St Nicholas 
Susan Griffin - Douglas Park 
Kay McColl - Hilton Park 

Runners Up 
Pauline Warlow - Cathkin Braes 
Irene Boyd - Bothwell Castle 
Barbara Aird - Cathkin Braes 

Nearest pin 4th Catriona McHarg – Cathcart Castle 
Nearest pin 13th May Hughes – Lanark Golf Club 
Longest drive 18th Debbie Watt – Ayr Belleisle 
Longest putt 18th June Kerr – West Kilbride

Many thanks go to organiser Val Crawford for the report and all the helpers at East Renfrewshire Golf Club including all who took the Photographs at the event.

The end of the video has the history of Ysobel Greenlees the founder of  Greenlees Trophy -- Courtesy to the late Jean Smith and her husband at the 75th Anniversary Celebration