Monday, 4 February 2019

RENFREWSHIRE COACHING SESSION AT COWGLEN GOLF CLUB


Jennifer Lynagh (Caldwell), Hannah Carson  (East Renfrewshire)
Sophie Kyle (East Renfrewshire) , Lauren Agnew (Eastwood), 
Orla Rooney (Cowglen), Rachel Laidlaw (Eastwood)
18 Renfrewshire girls braved the cold morning to practise their golf at Cowglen Golf Club yesterday. 
They were divided into 3 groups and rotated between pitching into an inflatable fish!! and long game drills in the covered bays. 
Claudia Walker (Old Ranfurly), Abbie Hannah, Zoe Sayers, Natalie Sayers (all Kilmacolm)
Louise Clarke (Cowglen). Chloe Ham (Old Ranfurly)
The Covered Bays at Cowglen GC
Then putting challenges indoors with a rules quiz to follow. 

New friends were made considering the level of chatter and everyone seemed to enjoy the session. 
Grateful thanks go to Cowglen Golf Club for giving us the courtesy of their fabulous facilities and our volunteer coaching team of Clair, Lynda and Liz. 

The next session will be held at Caldwell Golf Club on February 24th. Details will be sent out nearer the time. 
If any other girl in Renfrewshire would like to come along, please email Gillian Kyle.

Thanks go to Gillian Kyle for the report and photos

Saturday, 2 February 2019

SCOTTISH GOLF YOUNG PERSONS GOLF PANEL



Scottish Golf is excited to announce the members of its first ever Young Person’s Golf Panel following the group’s first meeting at Cluny Clays in Kirkcaldy last weekend.
The Panel was established as part of Scottish Golf’s commitment to growing the game and will provide the National Governing Body with a better understanding of young people and society today.
Speaking at the launch event, Gavin Forrester, Junior Development Manager at Scottish Golf said:
“The Young Person’s Panel is a huge opportunity to give young people in Scotland a platform to voice their opinions about the sport and the issues or barriers they may face, but it is also an opportunity for them to discuss innovative ideas together that can help overcome these issues. 
We had a really positive first meeting of the panel and those involved have already got some great ideas of what they would like to achieve as a group which is really exciting for us all to be a part of. 
The team at Scottish Golf are really looking forward to working with the group and wish them the best of luck as they embark on this exciting journey together.”
Scottish Golf Young Person’s Golf Panel:
Gregor Rawson    Carys Irvine    Ross Plant    Sophie Kyle    James Grainger    Kirsten Miller   Hannah Braidwood    Jack Chalmers    Rudy Brown   Matthew Lynas   Andrew Stuart   Sophie McGuire

The 2019 Junior Flag and Stableford Challenge

About the Junior Flag and Stableford Challenge 

We exist to get Junior golfers out playing this wonderful game. Whether you are challenging to win the county open or are just starting out on your golfing journey this is the place to be! 




Dates and Venues - Click Here

We cater for all, with our 18 hole and 9 hole stableford events to our flag events for those a little earlier in their career on the course we will get you out playing with those of similar ages and abilities. 
Our flag events consist of each player being awarded 36 shots to get as far round a shortened golf course as possible. Points are awarded based on each players finishing position in the flag event and stableford score in both the 9 and 18 hole stableford.

For those returning from previous years it is nice to see you back, for those new to the tour then a very warm welcome!

“The home of Junior Golf in the West”

2019 marks a big change for the tour, we will be able running over 30 events this year to help encourage junior golfers get into the game and more importantly stay in the game! 

This year we will also be offering two options for joining the tour, every member of the tour will pay a £20 joining fee which will get them a welcome pack at their first event and then each golfer will have the option to pay as they go per event or join the whole tour.
We will be running three different events within the tour, an 18 hole stableford, 9 hole stableford and our flag events.

Each event will allow golfers to accumulate points over the course of the season and the tour will culminate in our tour championship finals at some of the very best courses Scotland has to offer! 
We PROMISE that  nobody will be disappointed in the venues we have lined up for our finals!

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Friday, 1 February 2019

ENTRIES FOR 2019 SCOTTISH GOLF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS




Scottish Golf is delighted to announce that online entries are now OPEN for all 2019 Scottish Golf National Championships.
The National Governing Body will stage various events, catering for golfers of all abilities and age groups, providing golfers with an opportunity to play in competitions on some of the finest courses in the country.
Fresh for 2019 is the Scottish Men’s Medal Finals with all affiliated clubs invited to enter their Scratch and Net medal winners from the 2018 season into Regional Finals for the chance to qualify for the Grand Final in August which will be played over the seven-time Open Championship qualifier course, Ladybank.
To register your spot in one of our National Championships, or for more information, click HERE

Monday, 28 January 2019

RENFREWSHIRE COUNTY BEETLE DRIVE FUNDRAISER


Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association held their annual Beetle Drive Fundraiser at Haggs Castle yesterday, 

Over 80 ladies were present and competition was intense during the 9 games, as evidenced by the level of noise ! An incredible total of approximately £1,750 profit was raised, through Silent Auction items, a Star Draw for some 4-ball Vouchers from Renfrewshire Clubs, and a Raffle. 

Photos (courtesy of Fiona Armour) : - Click Here



TO READ MORE -- GO TO THE RLCGA WEBSITE

Friday, 25 January 2019

SOLHEIM ROUND OF GOLF FOR 4 - SILENT AUCTION FOR ANYONE


Renfrewshire  Ladies' County Golf Association are holding  Beetle Drive on Sunday 27th January at Haggs Castle GC where their are numerous prizes to be won

There are 4 main Golf Silent Auction prizes -- READ MORE 
  • 4-ball at Glasgow Gailes GC (with meal), 
  • 4-ball at Pollok GC
  • A round for 3 with Gillian Kyle at Prestwick GC (kindly donated by Cammy Kyle)
  • Solheim Round of Golf for 4 -valid until 30 April 2019



To celebrate the Solheim Cup over the PGA Course at Gleneagles this year and the 110th Anniversary of Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association  and of course many other counties your webmaster has donated  a round of golf for four over Gleneagles  

The recipient of this gift voucher will have the chance to enjoy a tee-time for four on their choice of any of Gleneagles  three championship courses.


  • The PGA Centenary Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and played host to The 2014 Ryder Cup Matches and will host The 2019 Solheim Cup. 
  • The King's Course, opened in 1919, is a masterpiece of design. 
  • The natural beauty of The Queen's Course inspires the world's most experienced players. 

From now until 31st March - Available seven days a week after 11am.
From 1 - 30 April 2019 - Available Monday to Thursday after 12pm - Available Friday to Sunday after 1.30pm

All tee time offers are subject to availability. Valid up to  30/04/2019 

Those who are going to the Beetle Drive can obviously bid on the day -- however, you do not need to be a member of the county to bid. If you are interested in any of the venues above then email Carol   -- or preferably 
BIDDING CLOSED

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

SCOTTISH SOLHEIM CUP CLUB AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME



Solheim European Captain, Catriona Matthew supports launch of new Scottish Golf Solheim Cup Club Ambassador Programme. 



Read more on what the new programme is all about, and how you can get involved here: CLICK HERE

Monday, 21 January 2019

RENFREWSHIRE GIRLS WINTER COACHING AT PAISLEY GOLF CLUB

The Junior RLCGA Girls have an enjoyable time indoors
Great session with Renfrewshire County Girls yesterday. Course was under snow so great use of Paisley Golf Club Performance Studio. 

The girls enjoyed putting challenges, learning the new rules and a fun par 3 competition to finish with.
 Good work girls! 

Clare- Marie Macaulay

GREENOCK OPEN DAY - GET YOUR ENTRY FORM



Greenock Golf Club Ladies are holding their Open Day Greensome on Thursday 27th June 2019 

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR ENTRY FORM

IRISH GOLF HAVE VOTED FOR ONE GOVERNING BODY




Mary McKenna MBE, Lady Captain Grainne Synnott, Lady Vice Captain Mary Tobin and Pat Doran at the historic AGM of the ILGU on 19/1/2019.

The vote for the one governing body was passed in favour of proceeding to a new entity - Golf Ireland.  The vote was overwhelming in support of the motion - with the I.L.G.U. at 100% and the G.U.I. at 94%.  This is an exciting day in golfing history (19/1/19). A huge credit is due to the project teams who have worked tirelessly over the past 3 years to achieve this result.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

RENFREWSHIRE COUNTY GIRLS COACHING SESSION AT GOUROCK GOLF CLUB

Renfrewshire Juniors have fun at Gourock Golf Club
A wild wet and windy day saw the start of the RLCGA girls golfing meet ups, today which was hosted hosted by Gourock Golf Club.  

Everyone was very grateful to leave the waterproofs behind and make use of the fabulous new indoor facility.  
The session was led by club professional Derek Watters and we were very well supported with 15 young ladies attending spilt into two session times.  

Thanks to the girls who took time out of their study sessions and to all the parents for bringing the girls along.  The girls participated in making use of the technology at the facility and many enjoyed the excitement of the fun Zombie game at the end of the second session.  

It was a good opportunity for the girls to meet each other and hopefully in the coming sessions build on their friendships.
  
Grateful thanks to Honorary President, Pearl Orr, County Captain June Lockhart and Vice-Captain Sandra Littlejohn for coming along to meet the girls and supporting the session.  

Thanks to Gillian Kyle (Junior Secretary) for leading the meet ups and for steering us all in the right direction and thanks also to Lynda Bradley (Junior Convenor, Kilmacolm) for supporting the session also.

The next session is planned for Sunday 3rd February at Cowglen, anyone who hasn’t already intimated they would like to come along please get in touch with Gillian at gilliank17@sky.com.

Thanks go to Claire Barclay for the news

SHANNON McWILLIAM FINISHES EIGHTH IN CHILE

Elaine Farqharson and Shannon McWilliam
Aboyne Golf Club member Shannon McWilliam, finished eighth in a field of 32 final-day qualifiers at the South American women's amateur golf championship at Santiago, Chile today (Sunday).
The Curtis Cup player had ever-improving scores of 74, 73, 72 and 71 for a two-over-par aggregate of 290.

Connie Jaffrey, winner of the Scottish women's amateur championship at Royal Aberdeen last year, finished joint 16th with scores of 75, 74, 74 and 72 for seven-over 295.

Paraguay players finished first and second with Maria Escauriza winning by eight strokes with a 12-under par total of 276 which was made up of four sub-par rounds.
A classy effort.


SOUTH AMERICAN WOMEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
 Los Leones Golf Club, Santiago, Chile
Leading final totals
par 288 (4x72)
276 M F Escauriza (Paraguay) 69 71 68 68
284 S Garcia (Paraguay) 77 70 68 69
286 M J  Bottorquez (Argentina) 75 71 72 69.
SELECTED TOTALS
290  S McWilliam (Sco) 74 73 72 71 (8th)
295 C Jaffrey (Sco) 75 74 74 72 (T16)
297 G Blackman (Eng) 73 74 77 73 (T20)
308 B Morris (Wal) 74 81 73 80 (T

CHARLEY HULL WINS IN DUBAI

Charley Hull


January 12, 2019; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: England’s Charley Hull made the best possible start to 2019 when she claimed a wire-to-wire victory in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open to earn her second Ladies European Tour trophy.
Hull fired rounds of 67, 72 and 69 in warm and windy conditions for a total of eight-under-par 208 at the spectacular Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, ending one stroke ahead of Marianne Skarpnord
Scottish Scores
+3 Catriona Matthew (18th)
+8 Kylie Henry (38th)
+19 Carly Booth (55th)
Final Leaderboard

Saturday, 12 January 2019

AYRSHIRE'S BRUNSTON CASTLE CLOSES

It is with great shock and sadness that it was learned today that Ayrshire's Brunston Castle Golf Club will close from midnight on Sunday 13th January. 
 The news was posted on their club's facebook page today, announcing:- "It is with great sadness that due to unforeseen circumstances Brunston Castle Golf Club is closing on Sunday 13th January. 
 The course was laid out in the early 1990's and developed a fine reputation over the years, hosting many county and national events, and the members also enjoyed success in a number of Ayrshire competitions over the years.

In 2003 The West of Scotland County Jamboree was held there
 and Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association were the winners that year. (Sorry no photos)
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE 16th - 18th June 2003

RLCGA Team - Gillian McGinlay, Karen Fitzgerald, Maureen Woodhead, Jennifer Jenkins,
Lesley Robertson, Carol Whyte and Donna Jackson
Some photos from one of the matches CLICK HERE (Apologies - a couple of photos toward end no longer have links to main photo) - Go back to thumbnails and skip a couple

Shannon McWilliam is in 10th position with one round to go in Chile


By COLIN FARQUHARSON 

Liberton Golf Club member Kieran Cantley is in joint 12th position with Sunday's final round completing the South American men's amateur championship at Los Leones Golf Club, Santiago, Chile. 
 The Scot has had three par rounds of 72 for a running total of 21, seen shots behind the South American leader Luis Gagne who has scored 68, 72 and 69 for 209 to head the field by one stroke from Tom Plumb (England) 68, 74, 67 and South American Ivan Ramirez (69-72-68-69).  

In the women's championship Aboyne's Shannon McWilliam is in 10th spot with rounds of 74, 72 and 72 for 219 - 11 behind the leader by four, Paraguay's Maria F Escauriza with rounds of 69, 71 and 68. 

Former Scottish women's amateur champion Connie Jaffrey is 19th on 223. 

LEADING SCORES Par 216 (3x72) 
MEN 
209 L Gagne 68 72 69. 210 T Plumb (Eng) 68 75 67, I Ramirez 69 72 69. 

SELECTED SCORES 
216 K Cantley (Sco) 72 72 74 (T12) 
218 P O'Keefe (Ire) 74 72 72, B McKenzie (Eng) 71 75 72 (T22). 
220 T Froom (Wal) 73 76 71 (T28) 
222 M Roberts (Wal) 72 78 72, E Walker (Sco) 74 73 75 (T37). 

WOMEN 
208 M F Escauriza (Paraguay) 69 71 68. 
212 A Matte 71 71 70 
214 G Fernandez (Paraguay) 74 69 71 

SELECTED SCORES 
219 S McWilliam (Sco) 74 73 72 (10th) 220 E Brennan (Eng) 75 72 73 (T10) 
222 L A Bramwell (Wal) 74 76 72, A Wilson (Ire) 76 71 75 (T14) 
223 P Grant (Ire) 79 75 69, C Jaffrey (Sco) 75 74 74 (T19) 
224 G Blackman (Eng) 73 74 77 (T27) 
228 B Morris (Wal) 74 81 73 (36th)

Friday, 11 January 2019

D&A COUNTY JUNIOR COACHING

D&A Junior Coaching 
Come and join other girls from the Dunbartonshire & Argyll County for a fun coaching session on SATURDAY 2nd FEB at 10am.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE 

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Catriona Matthew glad to have Solheim Cup entourage sorted

Catriona Matthew


Catriona Matthew has most of her pieces in place for this year’s Solheim Cup – and is excited to now see how the battle for spots on the European team unfolds over the next six months.

The home skipper has appointed Laura Davies, Kathyrn Imrie and Suzann Pettersen as her vice-captains for September’s clash at Gleneagles, with others having also agreed to take on unofficial roles for the North Berwick woman.

“Three vice-captains is what it has been the last three or four. It’s nice to have that sorted and I also have my helpers organised. It’s nice, for a change, to be quite organised,” she said.

“I’ve got five helpers and I think you can have one or two more, which I will leave until nearer the time. They do whatever I tell them (laughing)!”

The fight for 12 spots on Matthew’s team for the match in Perthshire resumed today in Abu Dhabi as the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open marked the start of the 2019 LET.

Eight automatic spots are up for grabs, with the last counting event set to be the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club. On August 12, the day after that event in East Lothian finishes, Matthew, a nine-time Solheim Cup player, will announce her four captain’s picks for the match on September 13-15.

“At the moment there are a lot of possibilities, but six months is a long time in golf, so we will see who is in form at that time,” she said. “The core of the team will end up being similar, as it usually is. There will then be a few for us to debate.

“I think this next six months will be quite exciting. For someone (on the LET) to get in, they are going to have to play exceptionally well, but the chance is there. Georgia Hall played her way in the last time.”

Matthew is starting her new campaign by teeing up in Abu Dhabi, where she’s been joined by fellow Scots Carly Booth and Kylie Henry, as well as Edinburgh-based American Beth Allen. The winner in 2016 en route to topping the LET Order of Merit, Allen is looking to get her new season off to a good start after a disappointing season and a half.

“The last 18 months have been tough,” she admitted. “But I’m starting to feel positive about my game again. I started working with Karl Morris around September, leaving the mental coach I had been with for eight years.

“That has helped me find another direction and that has been a good thing for me. I have also been working hard on my swing with Ian Rae, though I don’t think it is that different to what it was a few years back. It’s been more down to a loss of confidence.”


Wednesday, 9 January 2019

WEST KILBRIDE GOLF CLUB LOOKING FOR A PGA 1st YEAR TRAINEE

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Broadlees Golf Club play host to our next set of events in January, providing girls with an excellent opportunity to meet new friends from other clubs. 

Find out more and book your place here ➡️ ow.ly/6xmF30mVqxQ

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

GUIDE TO THE NEW RULES OF GOLF 2019 IN ASSOCIATION WITH HOW DID I DO


If you weren't already aware, there are a new set of rules that have been introduced to golf in 2019. This, when you come to think of it is big news, and not just big news for tour pros but amateur golfers all over the world too.
The new, 'modernised' Rules of Golf were finalised and released by the R&A and USGA earlier in 2018 and came into effect on the 1st of January, with the main goal of increasing the speed of play. Although it's no doubt that this is a good thing and another step forward for the game, there's also no doubt it will bring some confusion at amateur and club level in the first few months of introduction.
The Rules of Golf have long been a much debated subject, so a more simplified approach will hopefully bring about an end to the all-too regular on course rule debates. Hopefully come May - by the time the obvious teething problems and discussions between your regular fourball have been eradicated - we will see an end to much of the infamous ambiguity caused by the sport's many guidelines.
In the long run, minus the obvious golf club grumblings of 'if it ain't broke don't fix it', it's all good news. Let's be honest with ourselves though, although governing bodies like The R&A and England Golf (who have held over 40 nationwide rules conferences to educate golf club members and associates) have been extremely helpful in communicating the changes, the language can still be a little hard to digest, even for the most rules-savvy amongst us. 
Luckily, we've done the hard work for you. 
We've taken what we consider to be the 20 major rule changes that will affect amateur golfers the most, broken them down in to categories and given you our thoughts on how they will impact you. Hopefully after reading this article you will be fully prepared to take to the course in the New Year. You're very welcome. 

General Play

Standard for deciding why a ball moved

A player will only be found to have caused the ball to move if it was known or virtually certain (at least 95% likely) that they caused it to move, otherwise it will be assumed that natural forces caused it to move. 
We've all been there. You address the ball, look at the target, look back down at your ball, and it seems to have moved slightly. It plays on your mind for the rest of the round and you're not quite sure what to do. The golfing gods of leniency are now 95% on your side. Once your playing partners are aware that the ball has moved but not through your doing, you're ok to carry on as normal.

Ball in motion accidentally deflected

If a ball in motion is accidentally deflected by you or your equipment, there will be no penalty and the ball will be played from where it comes to rest.
Still though, don't leave your bag in the way of either yourself or your playing partner taking their approach to the green. It's annoying, off-putting, and pretty bad etiquette too.

Relief for an embedded ball

Relief allowed without penalty for an embedded ball anywhere (except in sand) in the ‘general area’ - a new term for ‘through the green’. 
Good bye to the infamous 'plugged ball through the green, what happens next?' debate - which we all know every fourball had a different interpretation of anyway. Now, if you're unfortunately plugged in the general area, you can take relief without penalty. Simple.

Accidental double-hit

If your club accidentally strikes your ball more than once during a stroke, there will be no penalty and your ball will be played as it lies.
Double-hits are now a thing of golfing history. Well, on the scorecard at least. We all know that double-hits take place more than golfers care to admit, so to reduce confusion, penalties for committing such a golfing sin are now eradicated. In terms of simplifying and streamlining things, this new rule will no doubt do that. But is it right to not penalise a golfing mistake on the golf course? We will leave this to you to debate in your own time.

Prompt pace of play

It is recommended that from now on golfers play ‘ready golf’ and make each stroke in no more than 40 seconds.
Simple, hopefully very effective. Stopwatches at the ready folks.

Maximum score form of stroke play

A new ‘maximum score’ form of stroke play is recognised, where your score for a hole is capped at a certain number to improve pace of play. 
The golf course you are playing now has the option to set a 'maximum score' for any particular hole on the course so that when you're having one of those days, taking your 7th shot on stroke index one, you have the option of putting your playing partners out of their misery. Pick it up. Move on, don't worry this won't be an N/R.

On the Green

No penalty for a moving ball on the putting green

No penalty for accidentally moving your ball or ball-marker whilst on the putting green.
Hooray. A time-saving step forward for everyone.

Replacing moving ball on the putting green

After your ball has been lifted and replaced, you must replace your ball on its original spot, even if it was blown by the wind or moved for no clear reason.
Dustin Johnson, Lexi Thompson - look away now. If your ball happens to move accidentally on the green, before continuing to play, you must now replace the ball to it's original spot. Once you have done so, you can continue to putt without being penalised as you would have been in the past.

Repairing damage on the putting green

Repair of almost any damage allowed on the putting green (including spike marks and animal damage).
Gone are the days of having to ask an opponent politely whether you can repair a pitch mark that is clearly in your line. Golfers are free to repair spike marks, animal damage, and pitch marks on the green. This is however an argument as to whether this could slow down play and undo some of the progress made with other pace of play improving rules? No more excuses for the Tyrrell Hatton's of this world. You know who you are.

Touching line of play on a putting green

No penalty for touching your line of play on the putting green so long as doing so does not improve the conditions for your stroke.
An advancement on the above, just make sure you're not improving the area in which you can make your stroke.

Putting with flagstick left in the hole

No penalty if your ball played from the putting green (or anywhere else) hits the unattended flagstick and goes in the hole. 
Common sense prevails. This will also help to speed up play a little as the first player on a green won't have to wait for their playing partners to attend the flag or take the flag out of the hole when they're facing a 60 footer. Leave the flag in, crack on, if it goes in - great putt.

Caddie lifting ball on the putting green

Your caddie may lift and replace your ball on the putting green without your specific authorisation to do so.
This obviously applies more to the professional game than your average Monthly Medal, but those of you who are lucky enough to enjoy the pleasantries of a caddie, bear this in mind.

Bunkers

Unplayable ball in bunker

Relief outside a bunker for an unplayable ball for two penalty strokes.
If you deem a shot to be completely unplayable in a bunker, you can simply pick up your ball and drop it out of the bunker for two penalty strokes and move on with your round.

Relaxed rules for touching sand or loose impediments in the bunker

You are now prohibited only from touching the sand (1) with your hand or club to test the condition of the bunker, (2) with your club in the area right behind or in front of the ball or (3) when making a practice swing or the backswing for your stroke.
'Relaxed' being the key word here... Don't start thinking that you can now ground your club behind the ball in a bunker prior to hitting a shot. Simply speaking, the only thing that's different here is that if you ground your club by the following for example: stepping into the bunker, leaning on your club whilst waiting for a playing partner to play or by dropping your wedge, you won't be unfairly penalised.

Damaged Ball

Substituting another ball for a cut or cracked ball

You may substitute another ball if your ball in play on a hole has become cut or cracked while playing that hole.
This seems like a step in the right direction. Golfers will no longer be penalised for clipping a tree and having to wait until the end of a hole to replace what could be a damaged ball. You may substitute another ball if your ball in play has become cut or cracked while playing that particular hole. Be careful though, as you are no longer allowed to change balls solely because the ball has become 'out of shape'.

Hazards

Touching impediments or ground in penalty area

There is now no penalty for moving loose impediments, touching the ground, or grounding your club in a penalty area.
Unlike in bunkers, you can now ground your club behind the ball in a hazard when taking a shot.

Taking Drops or Relief

Ball lost or out of bounds: an alternative to stroke and distance

A local rule can be enforced which permits golfers to drop the ball in the vicinity of where it was lost or went out of bounds, including on the nearest fairway area, for a two-stroke penalty.
This is a biggy. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that this rule change has the sole purpose of speeding up play, and to be fair should do just that. Losing your ball, realising you forgot to hit a provisional, running 250 yards back to the tee, letting a group behind through, subsequently holding up the three groups behind that, then eventually hitting another only to miss the fairway once again in the opposite direction... Every golfers nightmare, now a thing of the past.
It's worth adding that this is not intended for professional or elite level competitions.

Relief area

Your relief area for dropping a ball will be a fixed size of either one or two club-lengths using the longest club in your bag, other than your putter.
So, in future, every golfer taking relief has to use their Driver (or longest club in their bag that isn't a putter just in-case you don't have a driver) to measure out two club lengths. This makes things universally much fairer and eradicates any question marks over where you should take lateral relief.

Drop procedure

A penalty drop must be taken from knee height and must fall without touching any part or your body or equipment.
This will no doubt cause some on-course discussions and arguably be the most important rule change in 2019. But put simply, golfers can no longer drop from shoulder height. It must now be from knee height. Hopefully this increases consistency amongst golfers when dropping for relief. The rule for placing the ball after two attempts if the ball goes closer to the hole or back into the hazard remains the same.

Lost ball search time

Ball is lost if not found in three minutes.
Finally, the powers that be have put an end to arguably the most ambiguous golf rule of all. Instead of having five minutes ball search time, golfers now have just three. This makes sense, let's be honest - if you can't find your ball in three minutes, you're never going to find it in five. If you did, you'd probably wish you hadn't.
So there you have it. The Golfalot guide to the New Rules of Golf in 2019.
Will everyone agree with every rule change? Will the new rules speed play up overnight? Will the rules be stuck to from the 1st January by every golfer on the planet? No, probably not is the unfortunate answer to all of the above. But, nothing changes overnight, and there's no doubting that this new approach from a seven-year process to review the rules is certainly a step in the right direction. 

READ MORE FROM THE R&A

2019 LADIES SCOTTISH OPEN IS THE CUT OFF FOR PLAYERS TO EARN SOLHEIM POINTS

The 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, to be held at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland from Aug. 8-11, will serve as the cut-off for players to earn Solheim Cup points for Team Europe and the full team, including the captain’s picks, will be announced on Monday, Aug. 12, in Scotland.

The cut-off to earn points for Team USA will be the 2019 CP Women’s Open, which will be held Aug. 22-25 at Magna Golf Club in Ontario, Canada.

MY GOLF RANKING MAINTENANCE BREAK


As we are deep into the off-season, My Golf Ranking is taking a maintenance break from publishing our weekly local MGRanking lists.

Those of you who eagerly await the daily changes in your club, regional and national MyGolfRanking can always find the current information by signing in to mygolfranking.net
MyGolfRanking will return on Week 2019/05.

Here’s wishing everyone a Guid New Year and here’s hoping you make the top of your personal rankings in 2019.

Regards
David

David Moir
Past President
SCOTTISH GOLF UNION
Hon Life President
FIFE GOLFING ASSOCIATION
Managing Director
in LEAGUE with GOLF Ltd

Friday, 4 January 2019

TEN ESSENTIAL VIDEOS TO GET YOU RULES READY AND EFFECT ON CONGU HANDICAPPING




The new Rules of Golf are now here and ready to be used by golfers across the globe! 

The R&A and the USGA embarked on the process to modernise the Rules in 2012, which was initiated to ensure that the Rules were easier to understand and apply for all golfers as well as making the game more attractive and accessible for newcomers. 

The R&A’s Rules jurisdiction extends across the globe, meaning that the new Rules came into effect on the stroke of midnight on Ist January 2019.

To read more go to the R&A Website

Details of additional materials that will become available in the coming months are also provided. Make sure you are Rules Ready for 2019!  RULES OVERVIEW


2019 Rules of Golf App for your mobile phone

The Official App for the 2019 Rules of Golf includes nearly 30 diagrams and how-to videos that help to explain the Rules and gives guidance for many common situations. Other features include: Improved Search Functionality A Visual Search – to help you quickly find the Rule you need Rules of Golf Quiz A Rules Essentials section will follow later in 2018 to help you learn the basics -- Click here to read more


2019 Rules of Golf – Effect on CONGU® Handicapping
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Thursday, 3 January 2019

SCOTTISH GOLF ORDER OF MERIT 2018 - Louise Duncan takes Girls' title as Ayrshire players feature in the top fifteen at all levels


Louise Duncan
A number of Ayrshire players featured in the Scottish Golf Order Of Merit tables at all levels in 2018, with pride of place going to Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) who won the Girls’ title, ahead of fellow Ayrshire golfer Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas). 

Both Louise and Rachel played in 11 events with Louise collecting 1518 points and Rachel finishing with 1165. CLICK HERE FOR FULL LISTING

 Claire McLaughlin (West Kilbride) finished in 22nd place with 175 points from 6 events, whilst the only other Ayrshire girl that featured was Katy Hill (Prestwick St Cuthbert) who was in 42nd place with 25 points from one event.

 In the Senior Womans’ Order Of Merit, Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) was best for Ayrshire in seventh place on 275 points from 2 outings, behind the winner Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) on 903 points. Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) was 2nd with 745 points.
Liz Keohone (Loudoun) finished in 11th place on 155 points from 2 starts. CLICK HERE FOR FULL LISTING

In the Womans’ Order Of Merit, won by Hannah McCook (Granton On Spey) with 1331 points, Chloe Goadby (St Regulus) was 2nd with 1165 points, followed by Gemma Batty (West Linton) and Eilidh briggs (Kilmacolm) .
The best placed Ayrshire player was Hazel MacGarvie (Troon Ladies) who finished in 6th place with 475 points in 6 events. CLICK HERE FOR FULL LISTING 

 Connie Jaffrey (Troon ladies) finished just outside the top 10, in 11th place with 310 points from 4 starts, whilst Girls’ title winner Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) was three places further back in 14th spot with 198 points from 3 events.

 Emma Hale (Troon Ladies) was tied 28th on 50 points from 4 outings along with Lorna Ronnie (Kilmarnock Barassie) who gained her points from just one event.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CAROL FELL GOLF

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Hope you all have a good golfing season in 2019. 

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