|RLCGA AGM AND PRIZEGIVING|
SOME PHOTOS FROM THE EVENING -- COURTESY OF FIONA ARMOUR
RLCGA Website -- www.rlcga.co.uk
60 ladies attended the 110th RLCGA AGM which was held at Haggs Castle Golf Club last night -- the 6th November 2019.
Captain June Lockhart opened the meeting by welcoming Honorary Life President Wendy Cameron, Honorary President Pearl Orr, Honorary Members and all the Ladies to the 110th AGM of Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association, and thank them all for their presence tonight.
She then said "Before we pass on to the business of the evening, I must record our sadness at the passing of 2 of our well known members from the past
Secretary Carol McNally intimated that there were 46 apologies
The minutes of the meeting held on November, 2018, had already been distributed and also on the website. They were taken as read and were proposed and seconded.
With no matters arising the following reports were read out --
|Treasurer -- Tracy Masterton|
TREASURER REPORT -- The report was read out by treasurer Tracy Masterton and the full report will be available in the 2019 AGM minutes.
|Secretary - Carol McNally|
SECRETARY REPORT -- Carol McNally
SEE PHOTOS OF SOME 2019 WINNERS
43 teams participated over a rather lovely Spring day.
Donna Jackson Troon Ladies and Liz Stewart of Greenburn were second with 80.
Gill Unick and Lorraine Morris both of Williamwood won the handicap with nett 72. Carol and Alyson in second place and Susan Reid and Barbara Lyle both of Kilmacolm were third (only 1.5 shots between 1st and 3rd).
|Valerie Crawford Linda Ellery (Handicap Winners)|
and Alyson McGinnigle and Carol McNally (Scratch Winners)
2 scratch and 4 nett pairings represented Renfrewshire on a rather wet and cold day.
Cardross is hosting next year's Jamboree, wonder if there will be even more grass by then!
The triam. Held this year at Greenock. A drop in numbers from 39 last year to 30 this year.
Very kindly Mo Neilson and Cath Forbes of Greenock organised a raffle on the day for County funds. A wonderful £123 was generated on the day. Many thanks indeed ladies.
May 10th: West Championship at Cochrane Castle
Inter County Foursomes TBA
Also, do remember next year the Scottish Senior Women’s Open Championship is being held in Renfrewshire County as Pollok Golf Club are hosting this prestigious event.
Here's hoping home advantage plays well!
That being said, some points to mention are - Scottish Golf are their disappointment of the uptake of the Women Into Golf Charter with only 18 Clubs committed to date. They are hoping to improve on this during this year.
A Golf Sixes League has been launched with very high interest. For further information ladies, please view Scottish Golf web site.
Captain June then called upon Maureen Mitchell from Old Ranfurly to present her update on course rating
COURSE RATING REPORT - Maureen Mitchell
I would like to update you on the course rating progress this year. Fortunately Renfrewshire is up to date with rating our courses as we only managed to rate 6 courses with only 1 in Renfrewshire.
As some counties do not have many raters, we are often asked to help out. As I am sure you will understand, it is not easy to arrange 5 people and a course to agree on a date then organise suitable weather!
My team managed 3 courses – Loch Lomond, Millport & Whinhill (Greenock) We nearly managed Port Glasgow but had to cancel 3 times due to very heavy rain, gale force winds and very wet slippery paths & fairways.
The team of 3 ladies from East Renfrewshire – Linda Ellery, Carole Spy & Liz Munro – also rated 3 courses – Lenzie, Balmore and Vale of Leven.
Unfortunately, Carole had an accident at Vale of Leven when she was hit by a wayward ball on her face beside her eye despite having on her safety helmet and this required her to have a hospital visit. Hopefully it has not put her off rating as we need her and that she will be raring to go again in the spring.
|Baillie does some course rating !!|
Sometimes we are asked about what we do when we are rating. Apart from a lot of measuring, there are many other considerations eg when there are burns on courses. If we discover that a landing zone comes in or beside a burn this could result in a ‘forced layup’. However, if we find that your landing zone is over the burn by 10 yards but you choose not to take the risk, then it is called a ‘layup by choice’.
I decided to take my rescue dog with us to Whinhill – his first outing to a course. At one hole there was a burn in front of the green – the 2 men had reached the green but Marilyn Muir and I were still measuring the fairway when Baillie decided to join the men. If you have ever been perplexed as to what to do to get over a burn, have a look at the photograph above of my wee dog trying to solve the problem – you will appreciate the look on his face !
She was very organised and the girls enjoyed their sessions which were both outdoors on the practice ground and indoors using the simulator. Myself, Clair Barclay, Liz Hale, Lynda Bradley and Gill McLeod organised 5 sessions for the younger girls over the winter too-at Gourock’s fabulous indoor facility, Cowglen’s covered bays and clubhouse and at Caldwell outside with Mark Loftus, their Pro.
Our sessions at Kilmacolm and Williamwood were unfortunately cancelled due to poor weather although Gill ran a Texas Scramble for 10 girls at the end of June where we met more new faces.
|Renfrewshire County Juniors - Win the 2019 Kennedy Salver|
All girls entered into the Renfrewshire spirit wearing their team outfits accessorised with pink hair ribbons. Unfortunately D&A had to withdraw as they only have 1 girl with a handicap atm so after a bit of expert Maths from Clair, we reorganised the draw.
The girls got off to a great start and had 3 points after the Foursomes in the morning. They came out even stronger after lunch and won every single match in the afternoon. They had all practised hard together at Paisley in the winter with Claire-Marie and had managed some practice rounds at East Renfrewshire so they really deserved their victory.
It has been great to see them get to know each other better during our meetings and become good friends. I thank them all for making a great effort this year with their golf.
CAMPBELL CLOCK AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
|Campbell Clock winner Orla Rooney [Cowglen]|
with Whitecraigs Lady Captain Helen Daye
These were played at Whitecraigs GC on Sunday August 25th - 9 girls played 18 holes on a rather wet course but with decent overhead conditions. Orla Rooney won the Championship scoring a gross 77 and as that also produced the most Stableford points, she also won the Campbell Clock.
Jennifer Lynagh was 2nd with 37 points over Ava Graham from Paisley by the bih.
8 girls played 8 holes with Tammi Grady of Caldwell winning and Lucie Barclay of Kilmacolm runner up. 4 girls played on the Par 3 course with Maisie Cunniffe the winner and Maya Clark runner up-both Whitecraigs. -- READ MORE
My thanks go to Clair for organising the day so well and to all the helpers on the day without whom it would not have been possible.
|Rosie McGuire, Hannah Carson and Ava Graham|
Ava Graham (now Elderslie) helped out D&A by making up their team and played with Tara Mactaggart, an elite Scottish player.
Although the girls were not prizewinners, they had a fabulous day, especially as the weather was calm and dry -- READ MORE
In summary, we have met around 36 different girls this year who have taken part in 1 event or another.
15 of them now have a current CONGU handicap. They are from a variety of different clubs and while there are many other girls who are just enjoying playing at their own clubs, please encourage them to join in with our events if possible.
I’m sure they would find us all very friendly. Once handicaps have been attained, they will be made very welcome at all West Girls events too.
8 of our girls are members (out of their 25) and enjoyed successes in the West Girls’ medals and matches.
Details are on their website.
Here are some of the girls’ achievements this past season that I know of…
Orla Rooney (Cowglen) - handicap now 9.
Won RLCGA Junior Championship and Campbell Clock
Won RLCGA August Medal
Played in Cowglen Junior and Greenlees teams as well as West Girls team
In SG Development Academy-year 2.
Sophie Kyle (East Renfrewshire) - handicap now 9.
Captain of West Girls and East Renfrewshire Juniors
Played in East Renfrewshire Junior and Greenlees teams as well as West Girls team
She is a member of the Scottish Young Persons Golf Panel who meet 2-3 times a year to provide valuable insights and a better understanding of young people and society today. The Panel gives the young people a platform to voice their opinions about sport, its barriers and what can be done to improve this.
Sophie has been working in a smaller group on a paper looking a mental health and what benefits golf may have here.
She has also been very lucky and been a guest at the Solheim Cup and Scottish Open where she interviewed Justin Thomas. (with just 30 minutes warning!) - See Video above
Jennifer Lynagh ( Caldwell) - handicap now 15.
Caldwell Junior Team-won every match in Newton Shield League Fereneze Junior Team-won every match in Fleming Watson League Millennium Trophy at Whitecraigs - won U15 9 hole team event
West Girls-1st bronze in 2 medals and 1st silver in another to gain a place in the Bronze Championship which she won comfortably on October 6th at Troon.
Played in several West Girls matches
West of Scotland Championship at Sandyhills -1st Handicap overall and part of winning Junior Team with Orla and Aaliyah.
Runner up in RLCGA Junior Championship and Campbell Clock Scottish Junior Team Championship at Barassie representing Caldwell-2nd placed girl
Ella McGrath (Caldwell) - handicap now 34
Won SG Development medal at Montrose in March
Played in Caldwell Newton Shield team winning 3 out of 4 matches Reserve for RLCGA team at Kennedy Salver
Qualified for Junior Flag Tour finals With Mia Thyne from Caldwell, Was best girls team at Dumfries and County in Stanley Morrison Trophy and 3rdgirl overall
In SG Development Academy-year 1 Scottish Junior Team Championship at Barassie representing Caldwell
Lauren Agnew(Williamwood) -handicap now 19.
Eastwood Junior Team in Fleming Watson matches (now a member of Williamwood)
Won West Girls nett silver medals at Troon and Cawder
Played in West Girls matches
Runner up in Williamwood Girls Scratch Final
Ava Graham (Elderslie) -handicap now 34.
Runner up in St Leonard’s under 11’s on Balgove Course
Qualified for Junior Flag Tour finals at Carnoustie
Runner up in u15’s Schools Invitational at Murrayfield GC
3rd in Campbell Clock
In SG Golf Development Academy-year 1.
There may be many other achievements but if the girls don’t tell me or Carol Fell doesn’t know, then I don’t know of them.
Apologies to them!
This winter, as Claire-Marie has moved from Paisley to work for Paul Lawrie, we are hoping to host 5 x 2 hour sessions and sharing ourselves in a few venues. -- 2 sessions before Christmas are for those with handicaps and the 3 after are for all girls that we know who are involved in Renfrewshire clubs.
We plan to use Fairways Golf Arena in Coatbridge plus the facilities at Caldwell, Kilmacolm and Cowglen golf clubs and I will again be ably assisted by Clair Barclay, Liz Hale and Lynda Bradley.
Clair will then take over the running of any summer events-normally a match vs another county, the Kennedy Salver and then the Campbell Clock with Championship.
In summary, we have a great, growing group of girls who seem really keen about golf so please keep looking forthem and any new girls at your own clubs and let us know of any more future stars out there. Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank June, Sandra and Pearl for coming along to support our events and to the great junior team of Clair, Lynda, Liz and Gill for all their help and enthusiasm last season.
QUESTIONAIRE REPORT - FIONA ARMOUR
Results Secretary Fiona Armour had compiled a survey for all members to fill in relating to - member participation in competitions; if there was interest in different formats; communication; competition booking; members hub; and the use of communication mediums -- So far she had 87 responses which have been very informative and she would still be taking in more after the AGM from members who wished to fill in a paper copy
She thanked everyone who had taken time-out to participate in the survey. She also thanked Sandra Littlejohn and Committee member, Julie Wilson for assisting with compiling the survey and printing off the hard copies. CLICK HERE FOR FIONA'S REPORT
CAPTAINS REPORT - JUNE LOCKHART
The year started off extremely well at the end of January, with a most successful Beetle Drive Fundraiser achieving a magnificent £1,750.
|Captain June and guest Speaker Karen Maxwell|
READ MORE TO SEE THE 110 YEARS CELEBRATION EVENING
|Sheila and Jan, Captain June and Marion and Anne|
The Winter Foursomes Final took place at Pollok GC between Jan McNab (Ranfurly Castle ) partnering Sheila Shaw (Caldwell) against Marion Munro and Anne Judge of Ranfurly Castle. The day was dry but bitterly cold, and all 4 players deserve great credit for an extremely close match where it finished on the 4th extra hole with Marion and Anne emerging victorious. Thanks go to Pollok GC for use of their course and to Sandra Littlejohn for taking over as referee for the last 4 extra holes, before I caught another dose of pneumonia. - READ MORE
|Beth Paterson (Peggy Clark Trophy) , Gillian Kyle 20019 Champion |
and Morag Little (Irvine Trophy)
Again thanks go to Cochrane Castle for giving us such a good deal on the golf and food.
On Sunday 19th May the West Championship was held at Sandyhills, and we're glad to say that Renfrewshire had a clean sweep for the 2nd year in a row. Megan Briggs successfully defended the Championship with a 72 and Julie Wilson was 3rd with a 77.
The team of Megan, Donna Jackson and Alyson McGinnigle won the Team Trophy, and the Junior Team of Jennifer Lynagh, Aaliyah Sandhu and Orla Rooney won the Junior Trophy.
Renfrewshire has always supported this event well, so hopefully we can continue to do so, especially as we are hosting it next season at Cochrane Castle. READ WEBSITE REPORT
|RLCGA's Sandra McDougall and Fiona Armour|
|Sandra and Donna|
As both Donna and Sandra played 6 competitive rounds in 4 days (and a practice round before that !), they did Renfrewshire proud in both their level of play and their stamina. - Click here for full report
|2019 County Team|
For full report CLICK HERE
|Jan Macnab -2019 Rosebowl Winner|
On September 15th at Gleddoch GC, the County Rosebowl Final was contested between Jan Macnab (Ranfurly Castle) and Linda McDougall (Greenock).
They played some wonderful golf despite the wind being a factor at times. Jan was 3 up after nine, then Linda hit a superb burst of 3 birdies (including one at the 452 yard 11th !)
However Jan continued to play steady golf to record a 3 & 1 victory. - Click here for report and results
Congratulations go to Eilidh Briggs who was selected for the Scottish Team in the European Ladies Team Championship in Italy, where they finished 6th overall.
Scottish Golf Update
In December 2018, Sandra Littlejohn, Carol Fell and I attended the SG Conference in Edinburgh, where new CEO Andrew McKinlay provided details of strategies to try and safeguard Golf's future, that of clubs and across the spectrum of the grassroots game.
Central to their plans is a new digital management system for clubs and individuals, and to understand it all, please look up the report on Carol Fell Golf.
It would appear SG is resigned to acknowledging that Amalgamation is not ideal for most Counties – for the near future anyway. However a questionnaire was also issued which we completed with the help of the Squad. In this they were obviously pushing to combine the Scottish County Finals with the Gents Area Finals at the same venue and on the same weekend.
Our response was a big 'No' but with good reasons given. In a later email, it appeared they were still pushing for this, but in September came the good news that they were leaving the Counties as they were for 2020 at least.
|THE CAPTAINS BADGE PRESENTATION !!|
At this point Sandra was given her Captains badge and there was much hilarity as she was given much help to make sure she got it put round her neck with assistance of June and Gillian !!
|Past Present and Future Captains|
June, Sandra and Donna
Donna then said a few words to say how honoured she was to take on the role of Vice Captain after being a member of the County for so long and hoped to be able to follow the excellent Captains we have had over the years.
Finally a Vote of Thanks was given by County Champion Gillian Kyle
The date for the 111th AGM is at Haggs Castle - Wednesday 7th November 2020 at 7:30pm