Saturday, 21 November 2020

Saudi sweep’ joy boosts Michele Thomson


From The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) 20 Nov 2020
 

 Aberdeen’s Michele Thomson helped Denmark’ s Emily Pedersen complete a “Saudi sweep” after victory in both the team and individual events in the Saudi Ladies Team International. Pedersen, who won the Aramco Saudi Ladies International on Sunday, carded a final round of 67 at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club to finish two shots ahead of overnight leader Luna Sobron Galmes, Anne van Dam and Stephanie Kyriacou. 

That helped Pedersen’s group, which included Thomson and South Africa’s Casandra Hall, to win the team event by a shot, with Hall making a decisive birdie on the parfive 18th. Pedersen was ranked outside the world’s top 500 earlier this year but has now won three times since the end of August and has secured top spot in the season-long Race to Costa del Sol. 

“We did really well today, we complemented each other,” Pedersen said. “Today was the first day where we didn’t have a hole over par so I’m really happy that we got that done and it was a really clutch putt by Casandra on the last. 
“This has obviously been a strange year for all of us with Covid, everyone’ s saying it’s such a bad year and I’m here having the best year ever, so it’s a little weird but I’m just really happy.” Thomson, who won around £25,000, was selected by team captain Pedersen at the “draw party” earlier in the week. 

She said :“It’ s been unbelievable, I was absolutely delighted when I heard she’d picked me. “She is one of the best players I think I’ve ever played with and we just wanted to make some birdies out there. “Although I am about 10 years older than her, I have learnt a lot from her this week and I’ve gained a great friend this week.” 

Kyriacou chipped in for an eagle on the ninth, her final hole, to card a course record of 63 in the final round. Nairn’s Kelsey Macdonald finished top Scot in the individual event after rounds of 70, 70 and 71 for a five-under-par total. Alford’s Laura Murray and Thomson were both tied 68th on eight-over-par. 

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

COVID 19 -LOCAL AREA RULES -- UPDATE FROM SCOTTISH GOLF


FROM THE SCOTTISH GOLF WEBSITE 

Following our last communication on Tuesday 17th November, Scottish Golf is now in a position to provide all affiliated clubs with further guidance relating to the Scottish Government’s COVID protection levels by local area. 

With restrictions tightening across many parts of the country, we welcome the fact that on-course activity can continue across Scotland in compliance with local restrictions. In recognising the contribution of golf to the physical and mental health of our membership, we are most appreciative of the opportunity to keep the golf courses open and our golfing community benefiting from playing the game during these ongoing times of uncertainty.

We have been working with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to gain final sign-off on our latest version of our COVID-19 Guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers which includes a new summary sheet detailing what golf activity can take place under each level of protection. This information should be used in conjunction with Scottish Golf’s main guidance and clubs should be aware that this guidance may be subject to further change. Should this happen, we will continue to keep all clubs informed. 

Through our ongoing work with The Scottish Government, MSPs on the Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee want to know more about the impact of COVID-19 and associated restrictions on sports clubs, sporting organisations and sports and leisure venues. Clubs are encouraged to complete a short survey which should take no more than 6-7 minutes to complete. Please note this survey closes on 7th December

It’s really important that the Committee capture as much insight and experience of the sector as possible to ensure MSPs have a full picture of the impact.

We know that these new restrictions are difficult, but it remains our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the Government guidelines. In doing so, this will ensure that we continue to benefit from playing the game we love. We thank all of our clubs and golfers for continuing to play their part during these challenging times. 

We will continue to keep all clubs and tournament organisers updated via our dedicated COVID-19 webpage which can be accessed
 here. 

Kind regards,
Karin Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Golf

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Grace Crawford has a new Course Record over Longniddry


Grace Crawford
from north Berwick  played in the ProDreamUSA UK Junior Open at Longniddry Golf Club in October and her score of 6 under  (66) in the last round last month has just been confirmed as the new ladies course record. Same course where she won the us kids golf European Championship when she was 8 years old!

Read more in the Scotsman Newspaper (26th October) on  ---- Rising star Grace Crawford follows in Catriona Matthew's footsteps at North Berwick



Saturday, 14 November 2020

JENNIFER RANKINE IS THE NEW COURSE RECORD HOLDER OVER HAGGS CASTLE



It has been confirmed that  Jennifer Rankine is now the Haggs Castle Ladies Course Record holder with her 69 in the Tuesday Medal on the 18th August 2020 -- The previous record of 70 was held jointly by Claire Hargan and Adi Shamash
 
Thanks go to Neal Stewart for the update and photograph

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

COVID - 19 UPDATE FROM SCOTTISH GOLF

Following the First Ministers update in Parliament on Tuesday 10 November, Scottish Golf has been in further dialogue with our partners at sportscotland to gain further clarity on the current travel guidance in place. We are now able to provide the following updated travel guidance for all golf clubs below: 

 • You should avoid travel to other areas regardless of their level unless essential.

.• For exercise/sport – there is an exemption, however, it is limited: In Level 4, not permitted to drive outside your Local Authority area for exercise – you can cross boundaries in the process of exercising i.e if a golf course straddles two Local Authority area boundaries. 

 In Level 3 - You can travel anywhere within your local authority area to take part in sport. You may cross a local authority boundary by up to 5 miles if necessary, this includes where a golf course straddles two local authority areas. You can currently travel up to 5 miles into another local authority for sport where this is absolutely necessary and you cannot access the sport otherwise. 
If there is a more local option to play golf within your local authority area, this would be recommended as unnecessary travel is being actively discouraged.
 
 In Levels 0-2 - Adults should, where possible, minimise unnecessary travel between areas and not travel to a Level 3 or 4. It is important that we continue to show good adherence to the current guidance in place and Scottish Golf encourages all clubs and golfers to play their part in demonstrating that as a sport, we are acting responsibly and safely amidst the ongoing restrictions. 

 The current guidance for golf remains the same and is summarised below: 

 • On-course golf activities can continue under our current Phase 3 Guidance, with up to four players from four different households allowed to participate together. 
There are no changes to access to toilet facilities, locker rooms or professional shops which can continue to be utilised provided all appropriate measures, such as the use of face masks, increased sanitation are adhered to. 
• Clubhouses and sports facilities which provide catering and bar services, can operate providing they adhere to Scottish Government guidance appropriate to the protection level in which they are operating.

Saturday, 7 November 2020

-- SOME KEY FEATURES OF THE SCOTTISH GOLF APP



With the new World Handicap System launching in Scotland on Monday, and more than 77,000 golfers now using the Scottish Golf App, over 400 golfers from across the country engaged with Scottish Golf’s latest Zoom Panel Call which focussed on showcasing some of the key features of the App, as well as answering some frequently asked questions. 

Hosted by Scottish Golf’s Club Business Manager, Iain Evans, golfers from across Scotland had the opportunity to hear from, and pose questions to, David Kernohan, Handicapping and Course Rating Officer at Scottish Golf, Gordon Crae from Gourock Golf Club and Joe Persh, Head of Development and Technology at OCS. -- Go to the Scottish Golf Website for More



Kylie Henry finishes with a flourish in Dubai -- A course record 63 !!

Kylie Henry -- Photo courtesy of the Ladies European Tour

Australia’s Minjee Lee captured her first LET title at the OMEGA Dubai Moonlight Classic with a clutch birdie putt from 20ft at the first extra hole to beat France’s Celine Boutier in a thrilling shoot-out under the Middle Eastern moonlight.

Tied at the top of the leaderboard in regulation at ten-under-par, just one shot ahead of overnight leader Caroline Hedwall, defending champion Nuria Iturrioz and Germany’s Laura Fuenfstueck, the pair could not be separated after Minjee posted a consistent round of 69 (-3) to Boutier’s 68 (-4).

Aside from the top of the leaderboard, Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald finished strongly with a 68 to be in 8th position and West of Scotland's Kylie Henry had a day to remember, firing a course-record round of 63 to catapult herself from three-over-par to six-under-par and into the top ten. 

 Speaking about the round, Kylie said, “It’s my lowest stroke play round and It felt great. I hit it solid all round and was hitting it fairly close on most holes. The main highlight was the par 3 8th when I hit it to a foot with my 8 iron.” 

 She continued, “I’m just so delighted to be playing tournaments. I’m so grateful to everybody at the Tour who is working doubly hard and all our sponsors who’ve got us back up and running through this pandemic. It’s made us all remember how much we love the game and we’re really appreciating the opportunity to be out here competing for a living.”

Dubai-based Scot Alison Muirhead also finished in the top 20, signing off with a 70 for three-under.


Thursday, 5 November 2020

MyGolfRanking -- West of Scotland Week 44 - 2020 - Final results

AYRSHIRE LADIES
1 Luisa Gibson (Irvine) 1099 points
2 Arlene Sinclair (Irvine) 1037
3 Gillian Gowers (Loudoun Gowf) 1017
4 Audrey Thompson (Loudoun Gowf) 972 
5 Anne Burns (Loudoun Gowf) 967
6 Fran Hadden (Kilmarnock(Barassie)) 959 
7 Liz Keohone (Loudoun Gowf) 947
8 Aileen Anderson (Loudoun Gowf) 945 
9 Margaret-Ann McCrorie (Irvine) 940 
10 Kelly McNee (Loudoun Gowf) 931 
11 Eileen Munro (Loudoun Gowf) 927 
12 Rona Walker (Kilmarnock(Barassie)) 923 
13 Jan Flint (Troon Welbeck) 920
14 Robina Gilbertson (West Kilbride) 916 
15 Helen Craig (West Kilbride) 914

AYRSHIRE LADIES CLUBS 
1 Loudoun Gowf 963
2 Largs 848
3 West Kilbride 844
4 Irvine 838
5 Kilmarnock (Barassie) 

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
6 Gemma Canham (Helensburgh) 1052 
7 Andrea Torrie (Bearsden) 1026
8 Rhona Murison (Douglas Park) 1025 
9 Carrie Irvine (Bearsden) 1019
10 Barbara Walker (Bearsden) 1015 
11 Nichola Kidd (Dunaverty) 990
12 Carol Fell (Douglas Park) 976
13 Elspeth Mulholland (Hilton Park) 951 
14 Ailie Macbrayne (Dunaverty) 937 
15 Carol Bews (Helensburgh) 935

DUNBARTONSHIRE/ARGYLL LADIES CLUBS 
1 Balmore 990
2 Bearsden 883
3 Taynuilt 865
4 Douglas Park 860
5 Clober 848

LANARKSHIRE LADIES
1 Madeleine Macgregor (Hamilton) 1327 points 
2 Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs) 1173
3 Jackie Carty (Hollandbush) 1163
4 Anne-Marie Livingstone (Cawder) 1133
5 Yvonne Welsh (Playsport) 1095
6 Melissa Boyle (Cawder) 1075
7 Katie Graham (Hamilton) 1066
8 Jennifer Weir (Cawder) 1058
9 Lesley Watson (Cathkin Braes) 1046
10 Joy Mottram (Carnwath) 1042
11 Jan Kidd (Carluke) 1038
12 Susan Woodhouse (East Kilbride) 1035
13 Suzanne Woodman (Cathkin Braes) 1021 
14 Hayley McPherson (Bishopbriggs) 1014
15 Alice Brown (Bothwell Castle) 1002

LANARKSHIRE LADIES CLUBS 
1 Playsport 943
2 Bishopbriggs 931
3 Wishaw 921
4 Cawder 898
5 Carluke 897

RENFREWSHIRE LADIES
1 Isabell Donnelly (Gleddoch) 1150 points 
2 Lynn Forsyth (Paisley) 1061
3 Susan Morrow (Caldwell) 1060
4 Laura McGeachy (Haggs Castle) 1051
5 Susan Ramsay (Haggs Castle) 969
6 Jennifer Rankine (Haggs Castle) 968
7 Gillian Lavety (Old Course Ranfurly) 947
8 Birgit Clark (Old Course Ranfurly) 930
9 Moira Holt (Caldwell) 929
10 Ann McKenzie (Old Course Ranfurly) 927 
11 Sandra Bell (Old Course Ranfurly) 905 
12 Susan Ferguson (Caldwell) 903
13 Marion Downie (Old Course Ranfurly) 898 
14 Jennifer Owen (Old Course Ranfurly) 889 
15 Fiona Macphee (Old Course Ranfurly) 888

RENFREWSHIRE LADIES CLUBS 
1 Caldwell 926
2 Haggs Castle 920
3 Old Course Ranfurly 893
4 Paisley 834
5 Gleddoch 779

The last day for “counting competitions” for 2020 MGR Medals was 31 October.


Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Renfrewshire Ladies' County Pause their Winter Competition due to Scottish Golf -- Covid 19 Guidance 2nd November 2020


With the ever-changing situation regarding Covid-19, the Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association committee have reviewed the latest travel guidance from both the Scottish Government and Scottish Golf in relation to their ongoing Winter 4 Ball Better Ball competition

Due to the travel restrictions in place, and members residing in different local authorities, they have taken the difficult decision to pause the competition. It is obviously disappointing to have to take this action, but they feel we are doing so to comply with the guidance and in the best interests of their members.  READ MORE 

FROM SCOTTISH GOLF WEBSITE YESTERDAY 

Scottish Golf is now in a position to provide all affiliated clubs with further guidance relating to the Scottish Government’s COVID protection levels by local area. The latest version of our COVID-19 Guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers can be found on the Scottish Golf Website.The updated guidance is summarised as follows and unless otherwise stated are effective from yesterday 2nd November:


• On-course golf activities can continue under our current Phase 3 Guidance, with up to four players from four different households allowed to participate together. There are no changes to access to toilet facilities, locker rooms or professional shops which can continue to be utilised provided all appropriate measures, such as use of face masks, increased sanitation are adhered to.

You should avoid travel to other areas regardless of their level unless essential.

• For exercise/sport – there is an exemption, however, it is limited:  

o In tier 4, not permitted to drive outside your Local Authority area for exercise – you can cross boundaries in the process of exercising i.e if a golf course straddles two Local Authority area boundaries. 

o In tier 3, you are permitted to travel around 5 miles for exercise. 

o In tier 2 & tier 1, you are permitted to travel freely for exercise within your own Local Authority area.
o U18s – can travel freely for exercise in Tiers 0-3. They should not travel in or out of a Tier 4 area.•  


All golfers should be aware of travel guidance outlined by the Scottish Government and this should always be followed.

Clubhouses and sports facilities which provide catering and bar services, can operate providing they adhere to Scottish Government guidance appropriate to the protection level in which they are operating.


Once again, we would like to thank all of our clubs and golfers across Scotland for your continued co-operation and adherence to the current guidance and ask that you continue to play your part during these challenging times.

We will continue to keep all clubs and tournament organisers updated via our dedicated COVID-19 webpage on the Scottish Golf Website. 

Kind regards,
Karin Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Golf

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Top Ten in Central and East Scotland - MYGOLFRANKING

SCOTLAND CENTRAL LADIES
1 Madeleine Macgregor (Hamilton) 1327 points 
2 Alison Davidson (Stirling) 1222
3 Gillian Ping (Falkirk GC) 1181
4 Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs) 1173
5 Jackie Carty (Hollandbush) 1163
6 Shaeen Ahmad (Balmore) 1157
7 Hazel Hume (Tillicoultry) 1144
T8 Anne-Marie Livingstone (Cawder) 1133 & Ava Patterson (Tulliallan) 1133
10 Gayna McGreish (Balmore) 1117 
11 Jean Cosgrove (Falkirk Tryst) 1113 
12 Laura Bissett (Braehead) 1111
13 Yvonne Welsh (Playsport) 1095
14 Monica Stewart (Douglas Park) 1089 
15 Nicola Madden (Hilton Park) 1083

SCOTLAND CENTRAL LADIES CLUBS 
1 Tillicoultry 1026 points
2 Braehead 997
3 Balmore 990
4 Grangemouth 959
5 Playsport 943

SCOTLAND EAST LADIES
1 Lynn Cranston (Liberton) 1292 points
2 Colleen Stuart (St Regulus) 1265
3 Dianne Watson (Leven GS) 1213
4 Margaret Parr (Merchants of Edinburgh) 1191 
5 Nicky Graham (Baberton) 1184
6 Linda Boyle (Harburn) 1125
7 Mhairi Ferrol (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies) 1120
8 Karen Gloag (Gogarburn) 1118
9 Alicia Hay (Ladybank) 1117
10 Alyson Scrimgeour (Dundas Parks) 1105 
11 Jane Grubb (Edzell) 1097
12 Jane Tough (Edzell) 1092
13 Margaret Boitz (Scotscraig) 1091
14 Julie Taylor (Edzell) 1090
15 Susan Arbuckle (Panmure) 1081

SCOTLAND EAST LADIES CLUBS 
1 Gogarburn 960
2 Harburn 947
3 Edzell 945
4 Brechin 938
5 Dundas Parks 937

Friday, 30 October 2020

WHS INITIAL HANDICAP INDEX EXPLAINED


The new World Handicap System (WHS) will be launched in Scotland, and the rest of GB and I, next week - Monday 2nd 
November

The current golf handicapping system maintained by CONGU will be replaced by WHS which will unify the six different structures currently in operation throughout the world of golf.

WHS Initial Handicap Index Calculation Explained

From Thursday 23rd October Scottish Golf started the World Handicap System (WHS) transition process of golfer handicaps as we move to implement the new WHS. The main part of this transition was the calculation of every current CONGU Handicap into a WHS Index and golfers may have noticed their projected handicap has changed several times over the last few days as we aligned the data from the two systems.

To find out more about how we have generated initial handicap values that are as accurate as possible, please 
click here to access the WHS Initial Handicap Index document. This document also aims to answer some of the additional questions members may have around the process. 



MyGolfRanking - West of Scotland - Week 43 - 2020

AYRSHIRE LADIES
1 Luisa Gibson (Irvine) 1099 points
2 Arlene Sinclair (Irvine) 1037
3 Gillian Gowers (Loudoun Gowf) 1017
4 Audrey Thompson (Loudoun Gowf) 972 
5 Aileen Anderson (Loudoun Gowf) 967
6 Anne Burns (Loudoun Gowf) 963
7 Liz Keohone (Loudoun Gowf) 960
8 Fran Hadden (Kilmarnock(Barassie)) 959 
9 Eileen Munro (Loudoun Gowf) 944
10 Margaret-Ann McCrorie (Irvine) 940 
11 Kelly McNee (Loudoun Gowf) 931 
12 Rona Walker (Kilmarnock(Barassie)) 923 
13 Jan Flint (Troon Welbeck) 920
14 Helen Craig (West Kilbride) 914
15 Sheila Adams (Loudoun Gowf) 907

AYRSHIRE LADIES CLUBS 
1 Loudoun Gowf 970
2 Largs 848
3 West Kilbride 844
4 Irvine 838
5 Kilmarnock (Barassie) 828

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
6 Gemma Canham (Helensburgh) 1052 
7 Justine Fulton (Hayston) 1044
8 Rhona Murison (Douglas Park) 1025 
9 Carrie Irvine (Bearsden) 1019
10 Andrea Torrie (Bearsden) 1015
11 Ina Cameron (Bearsden) 1003
12 Barbara Walker (Bearsden) 1002 
13 Nichola Kidd (Dunaverty) 990
14 Carol Fell (Douglas Park) 976
15 Elspeth Mulholland (Hilton Park) 951

DUNBARTONSHIRE/ARGYLL LADIES CLUBS 
1 Balmore 990
2 Bearsden 908
3 Taynuilt 865
4 Douglas Park 860
5 Hayston 858

LANARKSHIRE LADIES

1 Madeleine Macgregor (Hamilton) 1327 points

2 Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs) 1173

3 Jackie Carty (Hollandbush) 1163

4 Anne-Marie Livingstone (Cawder) 1133

5 Yvonne Welsh (Playsport) 1095

6 Melissa Boyle (Cawder) 1075

7 Katie Graham (Hamilton) 1066

8 Jennifer Weir (Cawder) 1058

9 Lesley Watson (Cathkin Braes) 1046

10 Joy Mottram (Carnwath) 1042

11 Jan Kidd (Carluke) 1038

12 Susan Woodhouse (East Kilbride) 1035

13 Suzanne Woodman (Cathkin Braes) 1021

14 Hayley McPherson (Bishopbriggs) 1014

15 Alice Brown (Bothwell Castle) 1002


LANARKSHIRE LADIES CLUBS

1 Playsport 943

2 Bishopbriggs 931

3 Wishaw 921

4 Cawder 898

5 Carluke 897


RENFREWSHIRE LADIES

1 Isabell Donnelly (Gleddoch) 1150 points

2 Lynn Forsyth (Paisley) 1061

3 Susan Morrow (Caldwell) 1060

4 Laura McGeachy (Haggs Castle) 1051

5 Susan Ramsay (Haggs Castle) 969

6 Jennifer Rankine (Haggs Castle) 968

7 Gillian Lavety (Old Course Ranfurly) 947

8 Birgit Clark (Old Course Ranfurly) 930

9 Moira Holt (Caldwell) 929

10 Ann McKenzie (Old Course Ranfurly) 927

11 Sandra Bell (Old Course Ranfurly) 905

12 Susan Ferguson (Caldwell) 903

13 Marion Downie (Old Course Ranfurly) 898

14 Jennifer Owen (Old Course Ranfurly) 889

15 Fiona Macphee (Old Course Ranfurly) 888


RENFREWSHIRE LADIES CLUBS

1 Caldwell 926

2 Haggs Castle 920

3 Old Course Ranfurly 893

4 Paisley 834

5 Gleddoch 779

Susie Robertson from Elie and Earlsferry Ladies is believed to be the first woman to ever play all 556 courses in Scotland.

Susie Robertson

From the Women and Golf Magazine 

Susie Robertson (pictured above) from Elie & Earlsferry Ladies is believed to be the first woman to ever play all 556 courses in Scotland. 

 Did you know that there are roughly twice as many golf courses as munros (or mountains) in Scotland? Well, Susie Robertson of Elie & Earlsferry Ladies Golf Club in Fife, certainly does. 
When her husband announced in 2005 that he was going to climb every mountain in Scotland, she decided to do one-up on him and challenge herself to play every single golf course in the country by summer 2020. And guess what.... she's only gone and done it. 
 
She has played 556 Scottish courses over the last 15 years. It saw her travel over 40,000 miles from as far north as the island of Whalsay, as far west as Barra, as far east as Peterhead and right down south to St. Medan. 
She's ticked off all the courses on the official Visit Scotland 'Golf in Scotland' guide plus some extra ones. After completing 556 courses she now thinks she's played roughly 15,000 (!) holes of golf. 

Playing off a handicap of 18, Susie believes she is the first female to play every course in Scotland. She finished slightly later than planned due to lockdown (we think we can let her off though), and she has just completed her last 18 holes at Gleddoch, Renfrewshire

 Reflecting on her achievement Susie said: "I've played golf all my life but feel very fortunate to still be fit and able enough to play every golf course in Scotland. "I have travelled in excess of 40,000 miles, played in hail, wind, rain and of course lots of sunshine, but most importantly have met some wonderful people along the way and enjoyed every single second." 

 Naturally, the rest of the members at Elie & Earlsferry Ladies Golf Club, which was founded over a century ago in 1884, are absolutely thrilled for her. 
 
Captain Susan Kennedy said "What an achievement it is. 
 To play every single course in Scotland takes a lot of time and dedication and we, at her home club, are all immensely proud of Susie's success." 
 We're incredibly proud of her too. Congratulations Susie! You are an inspiration to us all. Now go and put your feet up

From CarolFellGolf -- Amazing - Many congratulations Susie -- Having met you at the 2012 Ladies' Senior Home Internationals and you were captain of Elie at the time and Helen Faulds (Douglas Park and Elie) was the Scottish Team Captain you certainly were very active there - leading all the players to do some Scottish Country Dancing at the presentation Dinner. --  I am sure you will still be on the go and active as ever !


Here are some photos from "Down memory Lane Album " from October 2012 CLICK HERE FOR SCOTTISH SENIOR HOME INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS and some VIDEOS from the entertainment after the event.

 

Thursday, 29 October 2020

SCOTTISH GOLF APP FAQ SHEET


Scottish Golf
have added  a Frequently Asked Questions link on their website about the Scottish Golf App you can download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store depending on what type of modern phone you have (Apple or Android)


You will find out by clicking on the following link  --  Scottish Golf App questions and Answers 

WHS - What Are the Soft and Hard Cap ? - DAY 9


A player’s Low Handicap Index is remembered within the handicap formula – this is the lowest Handicap Index they have held within the last 12 months. 

The Low Handicap Index provides a reference point against which the current Handicap Index can be compared.

This is to help ensure that the player’s current Handicap Index cannot stray too far away from their demonstrated ability, in too short a space of time

If the new Index is more than a certain number of strokes above the Low Handicap Index, the cap is triggered.

The soft cap suppresses upward movement when the difference between the new calculated Index and the Low Index is greater than 3. 

The increase is suppressed by 50% of any value over 3.

The hard cap prevents further upward movement by placing a hard ceiling at 5 above the Low Index.

The soft cap and hard cap procedures only start to take effect once a player has at least 20 acceptable scores in their scoring record

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

WHS - EXCEPTIONAL SCORES - DAY 8


A score differential which is at least 7.0 strokes or more better than the player’s Handicap Index at the time the round was played.

Score can be from any format of play, competitive or general play and this is not restricted to competition scores.

When a player submits an exceptional score, the handicap formula applies an additional adjustment to the player’s updated Handicap Index.

This adjustment is in addition to any reduction caused within the 8/20 calculation.

The Handicap Committee can override the adjustment if they deem necessary.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

WHS - PLAYING CONDITION CALCULATION - DAY 7

 


At the end of each day, a playing conditions calculation (PCC) takes place automatically, behind the scenes, to determine if scores made at the course were significantly higher or lower than expected.

If scores were unusually low or high, a PCC adjustment of between –1 and +3 will be applied to your score differential calculation to reflect the playing conditions on the day. 

When abnormal playing conditions cause scores to be higher or lower than expected on a given day, a Playing Conditions Calculation will adjust score differentials to better reflect the player’s actual performance.

This means that a higher score on a tough day may still be a good score and one of your best 8, used to calculate your updated Handicap Index.

The PCC considers all acceptable scores submitted on a golf course on a given day (all formats, competitive & recreational, 9 & 18 holes).

For a PCC to be calculated, at least eight acceptable scores must be submitted by players with a Handicap Index of 36.0 or below.  The PCC is automatically applied within the calculation of score differentials for all players. 

Monday, 26 October 2020

COURSE AND SLOPE RATING -- DAY 6

As we continue the countdown to 2nd November, the second week of our campaign will focus on: 
Course & Sloping Rating 
Playing Conditions Calculations (PPC) 
Exceptional Score Reduction 
Soft and Hard Cap 
WHS Summary for Golfers

Day 6 - The Course Rating system forms the foundation for the Rules of Handicapping. The system enables handicaps to be portable by adjusting a player’s handicap according to the relative difficulty of the golf course being played.  

What is course rating?

An indication of the difficulty of a golf course for the scratch player under normal course and weather conditions

What is a bogey rating?

An indication of the difficulty of a golf course for the bogey player under normal course and weather conditions

What is a Slope Rating?

A Slope Rating is the number which indicates the relative playing difficulty of a course for bogey golfers, compared to scratch golfers. 

It is the combination of the Course Rating and the Bogey rating that allow us to calculate the Slope Rating of a set of tees.

Details of these ratings for courses across Scotland will be available on the Scottish Golf Website and App from 2nd November 2020 for a course rating database lookup.

Friday, 23 October 2020

Acceptable Scores for the WHS. - Day 5

 

Under WHS, one of the key aims is to provide golfers with more opportunities to submit counting scores.  

Some of the factors that will mean a score is considered acceptable for handicapping purposes, as outlined in the new Rules of Handicapping, include:

  • In an authorized format of play; (Strokeplay, Stableford and Par/Bogey).
  • Over a minimum number of holes, (9 for 9 holes and 10 for 18 holes) all scores will be scaled up into an 18-hole differential.
  • By the Rules of Golf.
  • With at least one other person.
  • On a course with a current Course Rating and Slope Rating. 
  • During an active season.
  • Certified in accordance with Rules of Handicapping

Players must pre-register their intent to submit a score in general play for handicap purposes. General play is a significant benefit under WHS, allowing golfers to, so long as they pre-register and play the game by the WHS requirements, submit any round of golf from any golf course on the globe.  This is a massive opportunity for golfers who wish to consume their golf this way all year round and opens up new opportunities to maintain and obtain a handicap. General play scores can be submitted directly through the Scottish Golf App.

Such pre-registration must be made before the player starts the round, and in the manner prescribed by the Handicap Committee or Scottish Golf.

To find out more about the key features of WHS, click here.

MyGolfRanking - West of Scotland Week 42 - 2020

AYRSHIRE LADIES
1 Luisa Gibson (Irvine) 1099 points
2 Arlene Sinclair (Irvine) 1037
3 Gillian Gowers (Loudoun Gowf) 1029
4 Aileen Anderson (Loudoun Gowf) 1001 
5 Eileen Munro (Loudoun Gowf) 990
6 Audrey Thompson (Loudoun Gowf) 969
7 Fran Hadden (Kilmarnock(Barassie)) 959
8 Anne Burns (Loudoun Gowf) 950
9 Kelly McNee (Loudoun Gowf) 931
10 Margaret-Ann McCrorie (Irvine) 930
11 Liz Keohone (Loudoun Gowf) 927
12 Jan Flint (Troon Welbeck) 920
13 Rona Walker (Kilmarnock(Barassie)) 914
T14 Robina Gilbertson (Prestwick St Nicholas) 906 & Joanne Sharp (Kilmarnock(Barassie)) 906

AYRSHIRE LADIES CLUBS 
1 Loudoun Gowf 978
2 Irvine 917
3 Largs 848
4 West Kilbride 835
5 Kilmarnock (Barassie) 822

DUNBARTONSHIRE/ARGYLL LADIES 
1 Shaeen Ahmad (Balmore) 1157 points 
2 Gayna McGreish (Balmore) 1117
3 Carol Maclarty (Taynuilt) 1103
4 Nicola Madden (Hilton Park) 1083
5 Justine Fulton (Hayston) 1074
6 Gemma Canham (Helensburgh) 1052 
7 Rhona Murison (Douglas Park) 1025 
8 Carrie Irvine (Bearsden) 1019
9 Andrea Torrie (Bearsden) 1015
10 Nichola Kidd (Dunaverty) 990
11 Monica Stewart (Douglas Park) 986 
12 Carol Fell (Douglas Park) 976
13 Barbara Walker (Bearsden) 962
14 Elspeth Mulholland (Hilton Park) 951 
15 Ailie MacBrayne (Dunaverty) 937

DUNBARTONSHIRE/ARGYLL LADIES CLUBS 
1 Balmore 990
2 Bearsden 860
3 Taynuilt 865
4 Douglas Park 850
5 Clober 848

LANARKSHIRE LADIES
1 Madeleine Macgregor (Hamilton) 1327 points 
2 Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs) 1173
3 Jackie Carty (Hollandbush) 1163
4 Anne-Marie Livingstone (Cawder) 1133
5 Yvonne Welsh (Playsport) 1095
6 Melissa Boyle (Cawder) 1075
7 Katie Graham (Hamilton) 1066
8 Jennifer Weir (Cawder) 1058
9 Lesley Watson (Cathkin Braes) 1046
10 Joy Mottram (Carnwath) 1042
11 Suzanne Woodman (Cathkin Braes) 1041 
12 Jan Kidd (Carluke) 1038
13 Susan Woodhouse (East Kilbride) 1035
14 Hayley McPherson (Bishopbriggs) 1014
15 Alice Brown (Bothwell Castle) 1002

LANARKSHIRE LADIES CLUBS 
1 Playsport 943
2 Bishopbriggs 931
3 Wishaw 929
4 Cawder 898
5 Carluke 897

RENFREWSHIRE LADIES
1 Isabell Donnelly (Gleddoch) 1143 points 
2 Lynn Forsyth (Paisley) 1131
3 Susan Morrow (Caldwell) 1060
4 Laura McGeachy (Haggs Castle) 1051
5 Susan Ramsay (Haggs Castle) 969
6 Jennifer Rankine (Haggs Castle) 968
7 Gillian Lavety (Old Course Ranfurly) 947
8 Birgit Clark (Old Course Ranfurly) 930
9 Moira Holt (Caldwell) 929
10 Ann McKenzie (Old Course Ranfurly) 927 
11 Sandra Bell (Old Course Ranfurly) 905 
12 Susan Ferguson (Caldwell) 903
13 Marion Downie (Old Course Ranfurly) 898 
14 Jennifer Owen (Old Course Ranfurly) 889 
15 Fiona Macphee (Old Course Ranfurly) 888

RENFREWSHIRE LADIES CLUBS 
1 Caldwell 926
2 Haggs Castle 920
3 Old Course Ranfurly 893
4 Paisley 844
5 Gleddoch 

Thursday, 22 October 2020

FREQUENCY OF HANDICAP INDEX UPDATE -- DAY 4


The handicap calculation will take place every night at a specific time and a golfer’s new Handicap Index will be calculated ready for the following day. 

It is therefore important that a player submits their score as soon as possible on the day of play, after completion of their round and before midnight (local time).

Golfers must input their gross score for every hole played. If a golfer’s score is not submitted on the day of play it will not be used in the Playing Conditions Calculation.

A golfer will be able to view their new Handicap Index on the Scottish Golf Platform (via the Scottish Golf Website or App) or through their own golf club.


Under WHS, one of the key aims is to provide golfers with more opportunities to submit counting scores.  

Some of the factors that will mean a score is considered acceptable for handicapping purposes, as outlined in the new Rules of Handicapping, include:

  • In an authorized format of play; (Strokeplay, Stableford and Par/Bogey).
  • Over a minimum number of holes, (9 for 9 holes and 10 for 18 holes) all scores will be scaled up into an 18-hole differential.
  • By the Rules of Golf.
  • With at least one other person.
  • On a course with a current Course Rating and Slope Rating. 
  • During an active season.
  • Certified in accordance with Rules of Handicapping

Players must pre-register their intent to submit a score in general play for handicap purposes. General play is a significant benefit under WHS, allowing golfers to, so long as they pre-register and play the game by the WHS requirements, submit any round of golf from any golf course on the globe.  This is a massive opportunity for golfers who wish to consume their golf this way all year round and opens up new opportunities to maintain and obtain a handicap. General play scores can be submitted directly through the Scottish Golf App.

Such pre-registration must be made before the player starts the round, and in the manner prescribed by the Handicap Committee or Scottish Golf.

To find out more about the key features of WHS, click here.


Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Course and Playing Handicap - WHS - Day 3

 

What is a Course Handicap?

Your Course Handicap will be the number of strokes a player receives, before handicap allowances, from a specific set of tees as determined by the Slope Rating: 

Course Handicap = Handicap Index x slope rating/ 113

For example, for a golfer with a Handicap Index of 12.0, playing a course with a Slope Rating of 127, the calculation would be:

12.0 x (127/113) = 13.5 (14)

Note -  This is the handicap you will put and your card and use when submitting a score, this the important handicap to remember!

Playing Handicap 

The Playing Handicap adjusted for any handicap allowances or Terms of the Competition. It represents the actual number of strokes the player gives or receives for the format of golf being played

Playing Handicap = Course Handicap x Handicap Allowance 

For example, using the above example where the golfer has a Course Handicap of 13.5 and playing a competition with a 95% handicap allowance, the calculation for Playing Handicap would be:

13.5 x 0.95 = 12.8 (13)

Note- This handicap is solely used for the purpose of calculating competition results or when working out allowances for a specific format of play.

Handicap Allowance 

The percentage of a Course Handicap recommended to create equity for all players participating in a specific format of play. See below a list of all formats of play and the recommended. Go to the Scottish Golf Website 

So the most important points to remember are


Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Lorraine Campbell and Laura McGeachy with the 2019 - 2020 D&A Winter County Foursomes

 

The delayed final of this years D&A Winter Foursomes (2019 - 2020) was played on Sunday 18th October 2020 at Douglas Park Golf Club,

The  Finalists were Lorraine Campbell (Cardross) and Laura McGeachy (Haggs Castle) v Karen McIlvaney (Hilton Park) and Audrey Adams (Hilton Park) 


Lorraine Campbell and Laura McGeachy

In a close encounter Lorraine and Laura won at the 17th Hole - Many congratulations