Sunday, 7 March 2021

Scottish Golf Annual Review 2020

Douglas Park GC (See Video)
Lynn Hain and  Morag Thomson

A year unlike any other! The Story of 2020 for Scottish Golf. - 

The Review, available download below, reports a 6.1% rise in club membership and also showcases the extensive work carried out by Scottish Golf during the COVID-19 pandemic to support our clubs in Scotland.

Karin Sharp, Chief Operating Officer at Scottish Golf, said, "2020 was an incredibly tough year, but one in which we delivered significant improvements in our focused services to our members. 2021 will be about continuing to build on these improvements and to support our affiliated clubs no matter what happens."

Download their annual review at Scottish Golf

The Death of Lady Marjory MacSween - A golfing Tribute

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the sudden death of Lady Marjory MacSween (nee Brown) who was well known to many in the West of Scotland golfing circles and beyond. 


Marjory was brought up in Strathaven, attended Hamilton Academy and was School Captain.  Although she was very sporty and was Captain of the hockey team, she was also very clever and went on to study medicine at Glasgow University.

It was there that she met Roddy MacSween a fellow medical student and married him in 1961.


Marjory became a dermatologist and like her husband was a fine golfer, and supported him in all his professional activities.


She also had a great love of Kintyre with the MacSween cottage in Southend which they restored from an old ruined cottage.

She had a special friendship with Scotland’s Belle Robertson (Dunbartonshire and Argyll County Golf Association), Jennifer Mack (Renfrewshire Ladies’ County Golf Association)  and also with Isabel Crawford (SLGA and Ayrshire Ladies’ County Golf Association) who all had known her for many years and enjoyed holidays down in Southend, Kintyre.


She had a very interesting life and had many friends world-wide. She was devoted to her husband and son Gordon and daughter Ruth - all golfers of course! - and to her five grandchildren 2 in Canada and 3 in England. 


She was a  member of Dunaverty, The Ladies Golf Club Troon, and Past member of East Renfrewshire Golf Club where she was Ladies’ Captain in 1985. 

She was also an active past member of Renfrewshire Ladies’ County Golf Association. 

She played in the West of Scotland Greenlees Team,  a past Greenlees Team Captain 

and a Past Ladies’ Captain of Dunaverty. 


She won many trophies and her biggest highlight of her golfing career was reaching the final of the Renfrewshire Ladies’ County Championship in 1999 played over Whitecraigs Golf Club. She played Donna Jackson on that day and although she lost was amazed and so very proud to have made such an achievement.


From the RLCGA General Meeting Minutes (3rd November 1999).

The Captain’s AGM Report stated:

The Championship was played at Whitecraigs amidst snow storms.  Dr Marjory MacSween stormed her way to the final beating shell-shocked county team members on the way.  In the final against Donna Jackson, Donna played like a true champion but credit goes to Marjory who did not go down without a fight.


Some Tributes 


Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle, Troon Ladies, Dunaverty)


Marjory and I first met in the late 50's when we were both holidaying in Southend, Kintyre.  Marjory's father Dr Brown had a caravan just over the wall from Jock McVicar's house. Jock has been a close friend of the family for many years.   

Isabel Crawford was also a regular at that time as she had relations living in Southend.    I then found myself working for Marjory in the mid 60's when she was in the Dermatology Department of the Western Infirmary.   I admired her enormously as she seemed to cope with so many things and was super-efficient in all aspects of her life.     Over the years we played countless games of golf over Dunaverty, a course very dear to both of us.  Marjory was a very down to earth person and a wonderful source of information about so many things.    She was great at telling a story and it was always interspersed with humour.    

She was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren who so loved spending time with their 'Granny Mac'!    

In the words of her daughter in law, she was so bright, bubbly, caring and never complained in spite of her many health issues.       

She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.’.


Sallie Harkness (Haggs Castle, Troon Ladies) 


Marjory joined the Saturday (old) Girls playing at Troon and we also would play on Wednesdays. If the weather was poor we usually went for lunch at Parklands or Loks or the Orchard Park. Marjory was great company whether on the golf course or at the lunch table. She loved Troon but was before a member at East Renfrewshire Golf Club 

In recent years Marjory was attending the Victoria for regular blood transfusions but she did not let her illness get her down and continued with golf when she could. She was still driving her car, busy in the kitchen and garden and keeping in touch via the internet using  FaceTime, Zoom and e-mails.

It’s hard to believe that she is no longer with us for her departure was very sudden. We all miss her for we shall not see her like again.



Isabel Crawford (Ayrshire Ladies’ County Golf Association) 


I had known Marjory for over 60 years!

We holidayed at Southend in July, Marjory in August … her caravan was always parked at the end of Dunaverty beach to be near Angus and Jean MacVicar (their son Jock, became the long-time renowned Scottish Daily Express golf journalist)

They were great friends and Marjory and her sister Anne were often to be found in Achnamara for a wee bit of home baking while their father fished in the local rivers and lochs.

It was really that association that encouraged both Marjory and Roddy to play golf.

It was Angus MacVicar who encouraged Marjory to play and they had many keenly fought rounds over Dunaverty.

Marjory loved Southend and thoroughly enjoyed being there with her family … she was a very welcoming hostess, extremely kind to many local events and to villagers and took pleasure in keeping up with all village news and gossip !

Her zest for life, her lovely sense of fun and humour, and her keen interest in folk in Kintyre made her a popular semi local !

Her influence will be felt in this part of the world for many years


Carol Fell (Renfrewshire Ladies’ County Golf Association)

I met Marjory through East Renfrewshire Golf Club and playing County Golf. 

Roddy’s end of life care in 2015 was in Mearnskirk Hospital in Newton Mearns as was my mothers. Marjory and I used to chat on numerous occasions and even at these sad times she did make me laugh. I remember one day looking out of Mum’s bedroom window and seeing  Marjory’s daughter Ruth and her new husband on their wedding day, the sun shining and all the family sitting with Roddy out in the hospital gardens — It was such a special day for them all. 

She was a very special person and will be missed by so many including all those from RLCGA that knew her so well


From the Glasgow Herald  Isabel Dawson said -- We remember her with real affection, it is only a few weeks since she addressed the haggis for us at our Lunch and Social Club for people living with dementia, using the Burns book presented to her mother at Glasgow High School 100 years ago. Marjory had been a committed volunteer at the club for many years. As we remembered her it was with thankfulness for the fun and laughter she brought into our lives


GLASGOW HERALD --- MACSWEEN - Lady Marjory With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Lady Marjory MacSween. Wife of the late Professor Sir Roddy MacSween, irreplaceable mother of Ruth and Gordon, mother-in-law to Graeme and Jo, beloved Granny Mac to grandchildren Ben, Tess, Jamie, Sammy and Alex, she will be missed by all. She was a true force of nature in her time, and those who knew her will miss her joie de vivre, her soup, her baking, and her general enthusiasm for all things, especially family, friends, golf, and garden. Determined, strong, competitive, witty, and sharp as a tac to the end, her legendary putt-sinking, card-sharpening and crossword-solving skills and her utterly indomitable spirit will live on for some time, we suspect. A fitting Celebration of Life will be held at a later date - Ruth and Gordon will confirm when lock down allows   



CLICK HERE TO PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THIS TRIBUTE 




Thursday, 4 March 2021

KILMACOLM'S MEGAN BRIGGS IS INTERVIEWED ON BBC ALBA

 This week in the 360 studio, Iona Ballantyne is joined by Netball Scotland CEO, Claire Nelson, who catches up with former Scotland women’s Amateur champion golfer Megan Briggs. -- She chats about her golfing career to date and her future role as Kilmacolm Golf Club Captain in 2022. 

The episode also comes at a great time in run up to international Women's Day -- 

To view the whole video --  CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

WEST VETS SPRING MEETING IS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS

Following a West Vets Committee Meeting on Monday 1st March 2021 it was decided due to the current restrictions we are all in at the moment and also the uncertainty of what the next steps are, the decision was made to cancel the Spring Meeting at Lanark GC on the 7th April. 

At the moment, the rest of the Fixtures remain in place. CLICK HERE 

To read more go to the West Vets Website

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

World Handicap System (WHS) ZOOM PANEL MEETING

 With the first full season under the World Handicap System (WHS) approaching, our next Zoom Panel Call will provide club officials with everything they need to be ready.

Scottish Golf’s Handicapping and Course Rating team will answer some of the most frequently asked questions from clubs since WHS went live. They will also cover the key features and resources available, including: 

  • WHS CDH Tools  
  • CDH Number Management 
  • WHS Competition Advice 
  • Stroke Indices 
  • Hive Learning 

You can find out more by accessing the WHS section on the Scottish Golf website.

The Zoom Panel Call takes place on Thursday 11th March at 3pm and attendees can submit their WHS questions when registering and our team will do their best to answer as many as possible.

Registration closes at 5pm on Wednesday 10th March and you will receive information regarding access to the call shortly after this time.

If you cannot attend, please do not worry, as we will record the session and make it available to watch online.

Friday, 26 February 2021

Scottish Golf cancels first three national events in 2021 due to COVID restrictions


Scottish Golf has cancelled its first three 2021 national championships, all scheduled for April, because of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

The decision to call off the Scottish Boys’ Open, Scottish Girls’ Open and Scottish Women’s Open (Helen Holm) follows talks between the governing body, sportscotland and the Scottish Government.


Unlike elsewhere in the UK or Ireland, courses in Scotland are currently open. But, with restrictions still set to be in place in April, the events at Lundin, Longniddry and Royal Troon have all been scrapped.


“Following the latest update from the First Minister, and further discussions with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government, it is with regret that Scottish Golf has taken the decision to cancel the hosting of our first three national championships,” said a statement. “To avoid creating additional pressure on tee-sheets at our host venues, and to give club members as much access to their course as possible, we will not be rescheduling these events.


“We will be in touch with everyone who has entered to issue a full refund in due course.”

The entire 2020 Scottish Golf schedule was scrapped because of the pandemic but the plan is to look at events individually going forward this year.

For national open events, a decision will be made at the closing date. For national closed events, it will be two weeks before the practice day and, for national club events, a call will be made one week before the start date.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Latest COVID-19 Update


 Following the First Minister's latest update on COVID-19 restrictions, please note that there is no change to the current position for golf. This means: 

  • Golf courses can remain open for play with a maximum of two players from up to two households 
     
  • Outdoor coaching will be restricted to 2 people (including the coach) for those 12 years or over. Under 12s do not count towards the number so a coach can take larger groups of up to 30 U12s
  • Golfers must stay close to home, travel only for essential purposes (which includes golf as part of the permitted exercise activities) and in line with the new legislation 

The next update is not anticipated until mid-March. Should anything change, we will keep clubs up to date on our COVID-19 page  -- CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

R&A -- PACE OF PLAY MANUAL AN INTERESTING READ


A practical guide that brings together a wide selection of solutions to pace of play issues, focussing on management practices, course set-up and player behaviour.


Saturday, 20 February 2021

STIRLINGHIRE & CLACKMANNAN GOLFERS of Week 6 - 2021

STIRLINGSHIRE & CLACKMANNAN WOMEN
1 Gillian Ping (Falkirk GC) 1181 points
2 Hazel Hume (Tillicoultry) 1144
3 Ava Patterson (Tulliallan) 1133
4 Alison Davidson (Stirling) 1119
5 Jean Cosgrove (Falkirk Tryst) 1113
6 Laura Bissett (Braehead) 1111
7 Lorna Brown (Dunblane New) 1070
8 Janice Bridgeman (Grangemouth) 1056 
9 Jean Leitch (Buchanan Castle) 1033
10 Lorna Buchanan (Buchanan Castle) 1031 
11 Melanie Dunsmore (Dunblane New) 1024 
12 C S M Goodwin (Glenbervie) 1023
13 Margaret Kenny (Tillicoultry) 1011
14 Lynn Parsler (Braehead) 1010
15 Olivia Borwick (Braehead) 996

STIRLINGSHIRE & CLACKMANNAN WOMEN CLUBS
1 Tillicoultry 1026
2 Braehead 997
3 Grangemouth 959 
4 Bridge of Allan 936 
5 Glenbervie 922
6 Buchanan Castle 897

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS


 

Entries Open For 2021 National Championships

Members of Scottish golf clubs can now enter Scottish Golf’s National Championships on the Scottish Golf App and Website.

Golfers of all ages and abilities can choose to enter our events and play some of the top golf courses in Scotland such as Lundin, Royal Troon, Murcur Links, and Gullane No. 1 and No. 2. 

Please share this information with your members, and, if you need more information, please click the link below. 
 
Click For More Information

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

RENFREWSHIRE'S JENNIFER LYNAGH FROM CALDWELL SIGNS UP TO JOIN TEAMPRODREAM USA



A great way to start off the week with the announcement of TeamProDream latest signing as they welcome Scottish golfer 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Jennifer Lynagh to their class of 2023 roster!

A member Caldwell Golf Club, Jennifer became the first junior to win her Ladies Club Championship last year in an impressive season which saw her handicap come down from 15 to 8. 

She has played for the Renfrewshire Ladies County Junior team and is a former winner of the West of Scotland Championship handicap trophy, as well as being the first girl to win the Newton Shield Junior League with the Caldwell GC Junior Team.

Jennifer is a pupil at Saint Luke’s High School and would like to major in Aerospace Engineering. 

Her inspiration is Anne van Dam having watched her in action at the 2019 Solheim Cup


Thursday, 4 February 2021

GET THE RULES FROM CLAIRE HARGAN IN THE R&A RULES SKOOL OPEN


CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE R&A WEBSITE  -- FOR THE QUESTIONS AND QUIZ AND ALSO WATCH THE VIDEO THERE  


SHAEEN AHMAD of BALMORE LADIES leads the Dunbartonshire & Argyll Ladies MGRanking Week 4 - 2021

 DUNBARTONSHIRE/ARGYLL LADIES

1 Shaeen Ahmad (Balmore) 1157 points

2 Gayna McGreish (Balmore) 1117

3 Carol Maclarty (Taynuilt) 1103

4 Monica Stewart (Douglas Park) 1089

5 Nicola Madden (Hilton Park) 1083

Gemma Canham (Helensburgh) 1052

7 Barbara Walker (Bearsden) 1050

8 Rhona Murison (Douglas Park) 1025

9 Nichola Kidd (Dunaverty) 990

10 Carol Fell (Douglas Park) 976

11 Elspeth Mulholland (Hilton Park) 951

12 Carol Bews (Helensburgh) 935

13 Justine Fulton (Hayston) 928

14 Pauline McMillan (Bearsden) 927

15 Anne Terry (Douglas Park) 925



DUNBARTONSHIRE/ARGYLL LADIES CLUBS


1 Balmore 990

2 Bearsden 869

3 Douglas Park 860

4 Taynuilt 853

5 Clober 848

6 Hilton Park 843

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

The MGRanking WEST OF SCOTLAND COUNTIES CLUB of Week 4 - 2021 is BALMORE LADIES.


WEST OF SCOTLAND COUNTIES GOLFERS


1 Madeleine Macgregor (Hamilton) 1327 points

2 Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs) 1173

3 Jackie Carty (Hollandbush) 1163

4 Shaeen Ahmad (Balmore) 1157

5 Isabell Donnelly (Gleddoch) 1150

6 Anne-Marie Livingstone (Cawder) 1133

7 Gayna McGreish (Balmore) 1117

8 Luisa Gibson (Irvine) 1099

9 Monica Stewart (Douglas Park) 1089

10 Nicola Madden (Hilton Park) 1083

11 Melissa Boyle (Cawder) 1075

12 Katie Graham (Hamilton) 1066

13 Lynn Forsyth (Paisley) 1061

14 Susan Morrow (Caldwell) 1060

15 Jennifer Weir (Cawder) 1058

16 Gemma Canham (Helensburgh) 1052

17 Barbara Walker (Bearsden) 1050

18 Lesley Watson (Cathkin Braes) 1046

19 Gillian Gowers (Loudoun Gowf) 1044

20 Jan Kidd (Carluke) 1038


WEST OF SCOTLAND COUNTIES CLUBS


1 Balmore 990 points

2 Loudoun Gowf 983

3 Playsport GC 940

4 Bishopbriggs 931

5 Caldwell 926

6 Wishaw 921

7 Cawder 898

8 Carluke 897

9 Old Course Ranfurly 893

10 Lanark 890

11 Colville Park 875

12 Airdrie 874

13 Bearsden 869

14 Largs 864

15 Bothwell Castle 862

16 Douglas Park 860

17 Clober 848

18 Hilton Park 843

19 Dullatur 840

20 Dunaverty 839 


Saturday, 30 January 2021

MyGolfRanking.net SCOTLAND GOLFERS of Week 2021/03


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 Jackie Carty (Hollandbush) 1163
8 Shaeen Ahmad (Balmore) 1157
9 Isabell Donnelly (Gleddoch) 1150
10 Hazel Hume (Tillicoultry) 1144
11 Alison Gray (Elmwood) 1141
12 Emily Aird (Blairgowrie) 1140
13 Dianne Watson (Leven Ladies) 1135 
T14 Anne-Marie Livingstone (Cawder) 1133 & Ava Paterson (Tulliallan) 1133

SCOTLAND LADIES CLUBS
1 Tillicoultry 1026
2 Braehead 997
3 Balmore 990
4 Loudoun Gowf 983 
5 Grangemouth 959 
6 Pitlochry 951

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

Monday, 21 December 2020

LEVEL 4 COVID RULES FOR GOLF FROM DECEMBER 26th


Following the First Minister’s weekend announcement that a move to Level 4 will be implemented from 26 December, we can advise that there has been no changes advised to the previously shared sporting guidance based on each local protection level.


The Scottish Golf website remains current and the full detail of what is permitted can be found here, with further details from sportscotland on the wider sporting framework and responsibilities of COVID officers available here.

Should there be any changes advised in the days ahead, we shall of course keep you updated but in the meantime all detail on our website shows the current position for golf.

With best wishes to you and your membership for a safe festive season and collectively let’s hope for better things to come in 2021.

Kind regards, 
The Scottish Golf Team

Friday, 18 December 2020

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY WISHES TO RENFREWSHIRE'S HEATHER ANDERSON

 


Heather Anderson is 90 today  ---- Friday  (18th December 2020 ) - A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Heather was Scottish Champion in 1969 and in the Vagliano Team in that year. She was also the Renfrewshire County Champion 9 times, and a Scottish Ladies Internationalist in 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971.

10 years ago we wished Heather a Happy 80th Birthday and at that time her life story featured in the RLCGA County Centenary Book  -- courtesy of Colin Farquharson (pages 36 - 38)


Now, her very good friend Renfrewshire Counties Liz Hale from Caldwell Golf Club has written a very nice tribute to her for her 90th birthday in 2020 which I am delighted to share  --


Heather took up golf at the age of 17. Her passion, up until this point had been horse riding however, after a serious horse  riding accident at the Royal Highland Show, her parents managed to persuade her to sell her horses. She was then left with a choice on whether to take up badminton or golf. Golf won.


Heather joined Caldwell Golf Club, aged 17 and in the same year, competed and won the Paisley Grammar School Championship. By 1948, Heather had a handicap and started playing in the Medals at Caldwell GC which were played on Saturday afternoons after the gents. It was during this time that Heather met Ian, her future husband.


Heather partnered a number of accomplished golfers during her career including Findlay Black (who holds the record scorecard at Caldwell GC) - playing in the final of the Daily Mail Medal Foursomes at Gleneagles and Margaret Sharp at Troon Portland and at Caldwell GC with many successes. Heather also performed with style, most notably at the Highland Open Championship, Pitlochrie, where she donned trousers, shirt, cap and glove – all in the Anderson tartan. A competitor was overheard saying; ‘My God, it’s a bag of pipes she should be playing!’.


By 1958, Heather was a scratch golfer and was chosen to play for the Renfrewshire Team which she continued to do over a span of 32 years.


In 1964, Heather’s international career took off.

Heather played for Scotland in the Home Internationals in Sweden and France. She led the team in the European Championship and then two months later, Scotland won the Home International at Western Gailes. This was when Heather defeated the National Champion of England, of Ireland and of Wales, finishing the series with 100% success and earning the honour of being asked to play for Great Britain and Ireland.


Heather’s most memorable win, of course, was at West Kilbride when she won the

Scottish Ladies’ Championship in 1969. There was a gold Medal but no prize money at that time.


However, history was made when Heather was presented with a replica owned by the late Jean McCulloch of West Kilbride. Jean had, in her earlier years, won the Scottish title on three occasions between 1913 and 1928 and it was this last replica that Heather now regards as one of her most treasured possessions. 


In 1980, Heather turned professional, only the second lady professional in Scotland, at that time and then reinstated in 1985 to the amateur ranks. 

In the same year, Heather received an Honourable Membership at Caldwell GC. Heather is a Ladies Caldwell GC Champion (20 times) as well as winning many other trophies. She is our current Ladies President. Heather is truly an inspiration to us all!


Since her 80th Heather still managed to play golf up until about 2016 and featured throughout the last decade with various achievements -- 


In 2013 She entered a competition through 'How did I do' . It was to tell a story about a memory of the 'Open'.


Heather's memory told about the time when her young daughter, Lesley, had approached Gary Player and asked for his autograph for her Mum. He was delighted to give this. At which point Lesley asked 'Would you like me to get my Mum's autograph now to give to you ?


This story made Heather one of the prize winners --  and to top it all she was informed she could bring a friend - and her friend invited was Liz Hale 


A round of golf at Muirfield (with Caddy) on Thursday 20th June, just before the closing of the course to perpare for the Open.

2 nights stay at the McDonald Marine Hotel in North Berwick . (Taxi to the Course included)

Golf Clinic With Darren Clark followed by Buffet Lunch.

Dinner on Thursday Evening with 'Q and A session' with Darren Clark.


They both had a marvellous day  --  the Marine was comfortable, friendly and good food. The clinic with Darren Clark was really informative and interesting - driving and short game- always something relevant you remember to take away with you.

This was followed by a wonderful buffet lunch in the Clubhouse before going out for our round of golf.

We were put into ten teams of four. As Heather and Liz were the only two ladies it was funny to see the expressions on the faces of the two Irish gentlemen who had been landed with us. They were great to play with.


The weather was good, sunshine and they each had a caddy. Heather played well which made the game enjoyable for her and Darren Clark played 2 holes with their team.

It was a great experience to play the course and made watching The Open itself more interesting.


After the game they returned to the Hotel where there was a prizegiving dinner with Darren Clark hosting a question and answer session. The men were given ties with the Claret Jug embroidered on it while Heather and Liz were each given a lovely silver brooch of the Claret Jug --  Nice keepsake.


A really enjoyable experience - a well deserved experience for Heather to add to all her very many golfing achievements. She was quite sad to come away from Muirfield.





In 2014 she was  first Commonwealth  Games baton bearer in her home town of Uplawmoor in East Renfrewshire. The BBC reported that -- Heather has long been an active member of the community and has been involved with the local council, the church board and the church choir. She is also an accomplished golfer, and won the Scottish Ladies Championship in 1969


It was an early start for Heather as she had to be there  for 6.15am!! The carrying of the torch was at 7.30am and the rain held off. All TV cameras and eyes on Heather in her blue and white uniform as she carried the torch about 400 yards before handing it on. Quite an honour and a day to remember for Heather. Half the village turned out  to see her and we were all given a lovely breakfast in the local hall afterwards. Heather had her hair done the day before and the first thing she asked her daughter on the  the morning of the event was -'Is my hair alright?'  She did well!!


Heather played in the West Vets Summer Meeting in 2016 over her Home course Caldwell with your webmaster who was so impressed with her still wonderful swing -- SO EASY!!


 




Heather, Wendy and Aileen
 
Later that year she was then awarded Honorary Membership of the West Vets at the 2016 AGM alongside Aileen Wilson  - West Vets now have 3 honorary Members - Wendy Cameron being the 3rd - she was awarded the title in 2010 

Thereafter, Heather has suffered poor health and been in and out of hospital -- She has however attended many events at Caldwell Golf Club and well looked after by her daughter Lesley.
Unfortunately she has had fall recently and has broken her hip and is back in hospital. She hopes to get home for Christmas.

We all wish Heather a Happy BIG Birthday and a speedy recovery -- and finally your webmaster Carol had wished she could have baked cake for you Heather !!