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Saturday, August 01, 2015

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT - Euan Ferguson still leads title chase

With the Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit entering the last fortnight of counting events, Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) still leads the chase for the title, following completion of the latest counting event, The Prestwick St Nicholas Junior Open, this week.


Euan Ferguson




Ferguson took points for second place in the event, whilst Callum Irving (Ayr Belleisle) and Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) also gained points at St Nicholas to consolidate their second and third places in the table respectively.







Present positions in the Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit are :-

342.5 EUAN FERGUSON TURNBERRY
277.5 CALLUM IRVING AYR BELLEISLE
247.5 JACK BROUN AYR BELLEISLE
130 CHARLIE CAMERON AYR BELLEISLE
127.5 ROSS Mc DONALD IRVINE
115 CRAIG McKENZIE TROON WELBECK
101.67 ELLIOT SPENCE LOUDOUN
92.5 ROBBIE MUIR KILMARNOCK BARASSIE
87.5 JACK KERR WEST KILBRIDE
86.67 LUKE MURDOCH LOUDOUN
80 JORDAN SWEENEY AYR BELLEISLE
70 ALYX MURRAY TROON WELBECK
50 SEAN COOK KILMARNOCK BARASSIE
42.5 ANDREW GORDON AYR BELLEISLE
20 KIERAN HUGHES AYR BELLEISLE
15 CAMERON PETTIGREW LARGS
11.67 EWAN MILLIGAN KILMARNOCK BARASSIE
7.5 JACK THOMAS IRVINE
5 BLAIR FLEMING TROON WELBECK


Over the next two weeks the remaining counting events will be played. 
The remaining events are :-

Sun 2 August - Brunston Classic Junior Open (Brunston Castle)
Tuesday 4 August - Tom Lehamn Trophies (Troon Municipal)
Thursday 6 August - Ayrshire Boys Championship (West Kilbride)
Monday 10 August - Ballochmyle Junior Open (Ballochmyle)
Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 August - Ayrshire Boys matchplay Championship (Prestwick)
Monday 11 to Saturday 16 August - Boys Amateur Champioship (Royasl Birkdale)
Thursday 13 August - Ayr Belleisle Junior Open (Ayr Belleisle)
Friday 14 August - Prestwick Boys Open (Prestwick St Cuthbert)

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Competitions update

Kilmarnock Barassie and Ayr Belleisle remain on course for a re run of last years final in The Ayrshire Juniior Golf League Championship, as clubs enter the last few weeks of competition.

In SECTION A, Prestwick St Cuthbert gained a 3 – 3 draw in their first match of the campaign at Troon Welbeck.

Present positions in Section A are :-

TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
Dif
Pts
Kilmarnock Barassie
4
4
0
0
16 1/2
7 1/2
9
16
Ballochmyle
4
2
0
2
14
10
4
8
Prestwick St Cuthbert
1
0
1
0
3
3
0
2
Troon Welbeck
5
0
1
4
8 1/2
21 1/2
-13
2

In SECTION B, Loudoun maintained their hopes of a place in the final with two wins over Largs, by 4.5 – 1.5 at home and 3.5 – 2.5 at Largs.

Present positions in Section B are :-

TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
Dif
Pts
Ayr Belleisle
7
4
2
1
27
15
12
20
Loudoun
5
3
1
1
16
14
2
14
Largs
4
1
1
2
11
13
-2
6
Irvine
5
1
1
3
11
19
-8
6
West Kilbride
3
0
1
2
7
11
-4
2

The three other Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions are progressing to the semi final stage.

In the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS event, Ayrshire Boys Matchplay champion Jack Thomas beat his club mate Ross McDonald (Irvine) by 2 & 1 to book his place in the last four whilst Jordan Fraser (Ayr Belleisle) had a 5&4 home win over Tom Nairn (Prestwick St Cuthert) to book his semi final spot. 

With Robert Clark (Ballochmyle) already in the semi finals, the only remaining tie to be decided is the match between Hamish Mills (Largs) and Graeme Greer (Prestwick St Nicholas)

In the WALLACE THORNTON TROPHY, Kilmarnock (Barassie) received a walkover from Irvine Ravernspark whilst Ayr Belleisle beat West Kilbride away from home in their first leg match and were subsequently awarded the tie.

With Ayr Belleisle and Kilmarnock (Barassie) in the semi finals, the results of the matches between Largs & Irvine and Loudoun & Troon Welbeck have still to be confirmed.

The semi final draws for the Champion Of Champions and Wallace Thornton Trophy competitions will take place next week.


In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY, the semi final matches have Irvine playing host to Ballochmyle and Ayr Belleisle at home to Troon Welbeck, with both ties due to be completed by 30th August.

Friday, July 31, 2015

PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS ASSOCIATION - Shona Malcolm appointed PGA Secretary in Scotland

Shona Malcolm has been appointed as the new Secretary of the PGA in Scotland - the first female to hold that post in any of the Association’s seven Regions. 
(From The PGA Website)
Malcolm, who hails from Ayrshire and is a member of Prestwick St Cuthbert golf club, is an experienced golf administrator, having served as both Chairman of the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and CEO of the Ladies’ Golf Union.
In the latter role, she successfully re-engineered the organisation, managing and growing marketing and promotional sponsorship activities of the St Andrews-based organisation while delivering both professional and amateur golf championships.
“Shona’s experience and passion for the game means that she is extremely well equipped to promote the best interests of the PGA in Scotland, its Members and to realise the Region’s potential,” said Liam Greasley the PGA Director of Regions.
Malcolm officially starts her new role on Monday, August 3, and will be based at the PGA in Scotland regional office at Gleneagles.

SCOTTISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire hopes ended as Robin loses in quarter finals

Ayrshire's hopes of a Scottish Amateur Champion in 2015 ended on Friday morning, 31st July, when Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) lost in the quarter finals at Muirfield.

Robin, in the quarter finals of the national championship for the first time, faced Daniel Young (Craigie Hill) in the last eight, but after losing the first hole to a par was never ahead in his match as Young eventually ran out the winner of the tie by 3 & 2.

Two bogeys in the first three holes to go two down saw Robin up against it early on and despit reducing the deficit to one with a par three at the fourth hole, a further bogey five at the eighth saw Robin go two behind once again. Young conceded the par five ninth to Robin which saw the match turn for home with the Ayrshire player one down, but further bogeys at the tenth an fourteenth from Robin saw Young forge a three hole lead with four to play, with the Craigie Hill player closing out the match by halving both the fifteenth and sixteenth for his 3 & 2 victory.

In the semi finals Young plays Scotland internationalist Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie) whilst the other semi final features Robert McIntyre (Glencruitten) and Greg Marchbank (Thiornhill)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SCOTTISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Stuart Robin caries Ayrshire hopes into the quarter finals.

Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) will carry Ayrshire hopes into the quarter finals of the 2015 Scottish Amateur Championship at Muirfield on Friday morning, after the fourth and fifth rounds were completed on Thursday and saw the other two remaining Ayrshire players bow out.

Robin played Colin Martin (Balbirnie Plark) in the fourth round on Thursday morning and ran out a comfortable winner by 5 & 3 to set up fifth round tie against Chris McLean (Balmore) in the afternoon. In a close match, Stuart Robin prevailed by 2 & 1 to book his place in the last eight of the national championship for the first time.


Stuart Robin
In the quarter finals on Friday morning, Robin plays Daniel Young (Craigie Hill).

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Fraser Davren (Williamwood) by 4 & 3 on Thursday morning to secure a place in the last sixteen, but lost out to the 2001 champion Barry Hume (Haggs castle) on the final green in the afternoon, by a single hole, in his bid to reach the quarter finals this year.

The other Ayrshire player to reach the fourth round, John Shanks (Irvine) was ahead at the turn in his Thursday morning match with David Mitchell (Leven Thistle), but eventually lost out to his opponent by a single hole.

The quarter finals and semi finals are scheduled to be completed on Friday, with the 36 hole final on Saturday.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - Division 2 updated

Two more results from Division 2 of the Ayrshire Scratch leagues have been reported today, which moves Ayr Belleisle to the top of the table, just ahead of Turnberry and Troon Welbeck. 




The Ayr Belleisle team lost away to Girvan by 5 - 1 earlier this month but a narrow 3.5 - 2.5 home win over West Kilbride moved them to the top of the table, though Turnberry have three games in hand in their bid to take top spot again.

Present positions in DIVISION 2 are :-


Played
For
Against
Points
Ayr Belleisle
7
23.5
18.5
16
Turnberry
4
14
10
14
Troon Welbeck
7
21.5
20.5
14
Girvan
6
18
18
12
West Kilbride
6
18
18
12
Ardeer
6
13
23
4

SCOTTISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Shanks, McDonald & Robin carry Ayrshire hopes in the last 32

John Shanks (Irvine), Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert), who formed half of the Ayrshire team who won the Area Team Championship earlier this year, will carry Ayrshire hopes into the last 32 of the Scottish Amateur Championships on Thursday morning, following completion of the third round ties on Wednesday.





Five Ayrshire players won through to the third round on Wednesday afternoon and there was the prospect of an all Ayrshire fourth round tie when John Shanks (Irvine) beat Adam Dunton (McDonald) by 5 & 4. Unfortunately, local hopes of a certain representative in the fifth round were dashed when Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost out to David Mitchell (Leven Thistle) at the first extra hole, ending his hopes of facing Shanks in the fourth round.







Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) continued his good form in beating Colin Riddle (Torwoodlee) by 4 & 3 and now plays Fraser Davren (Williamwood) in Thursday mornings fourth round.






The all Ayrshire third round clash between James Bunch (Prestwick) and Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) resulted in a 3&1 win for Stuart Robin, who now faces Colin Martin (Balbirnie Park)

All fourth and fifth round ties are scheduled to be completed on Thursday, with the quarter finals and semi finals on Friday and the 36 hole final on Saturday.

SCOTTISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS - Five Ayrshire players make it to the third round

Five of the Ayrshire hopefuls made it through to the third round of the Scottish Amateur Championship at Muirfield, as the remaining second round matches were concluded on Wednesday.













With Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) and John Shanks (Irvine) already through, there were high hopes of more of the ten local playersstill in the championship progressing through the second round ties on Wednesday.

Ayrshire hopes were dented early however, withwith the first six local players in action being defeated.

Steven Stamper (Turnberry) lost by 5&4 to Angus Carrick (Douglas Park), Stephen Spence (Royal Troon) went down by 271 to Kyle Godsman (Moray) whilst Stuart Miller (Kilmanrock Barassie) was edged out by a single hole against Calum Burgess (Musselburgh).

The morning did not improve any when Stuart Easton (Irvine) went down to Scotland internationalist Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie) by 2&1, Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) lost at the third extra hole to Ryan Campbell (Falkirk) and Charlie Macneal (Prestwick) also suffered a single hole defeat agaist Kieran Cantley (Liberton).






Jack McDonald (Kilmanrock Barassie) stemmed the tide of defeat with a 6&5 win over Conor Neil (Mount Ellen) but hopes of an all Ayrshire third round tie were dashed when Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon) lost by 3&2 to Colin Riddle (Torwoodlee).










At the foot of the second round draw, James Bunch (Prestwick) boosted the local representation in round three with a 4&3 win over Btyan Fotheringham (Inverness) and when Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Craig Pirrie (Millport) at the first extra hole, an all Ayrshire third round tie between Bunch and Robin was confirmed.


All, third round ties were scheduled to be completed on Wednesday evening.

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - All four leagues updated

With more results being reported in all four leagues on Tuesday 28th July, the position in Divisions 1 and 3 are beginning to reveal title favourites, whilst the destination of the championship crowns in Divisions 2 and 4 have become very close affairs.

In DIVISION 1, defending champions Irvine moved further ahead in the bid for a second successive title win with a 3.5 – 2.5 win away to Prestwick St Cuthbert last Friday evening.
At the foot of the table, Irvine Ravenspark’s position was made more perilous with a 4 – 2 defeat at Loudoun recently.
Present positions in Division 1 are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Irvine
6
26
10
22
Kilmarnock Barassie
7
20.5
21.5
14
Pr. St Cuthbert
6
19.5
16.5
8
Loudoun
4
10.5
13.5
8
Ballochmyle
4
8.5
15.5
8
Irvine Ravenspark
5
11
19
4

In DIVISION 2, Troon Welbeck’s title hopes were dented with a 4 – 2 defeat at Girvan whilst Turnberry maintained their unbeaten record with a narrow 3.5 – 2.5 home win over Girvan. West Kilbride boosted their chances recently with a 4.5 – 1.5 away win at Ardeer.
Present positions in Division 2 are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Turnberry
4
14
10
14
Troon Welbeck
7
21.5
20.5
14
Ayr Belleisle
5
19
11
12
West Kilbride
5
15.5
14.5
12
Ardeer
6
13
23
4
Girvan
5
13
17
8

In DIVISION 3, Troon St Meddans created further space between them and their nearest challengers following a comprehensive 6 – 0 win over Caprington at Troon.
Present positions in Division 3 are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Troon St Meddans
8
31
17
22
Caprington
7
22
20
14
Kilbirnie Place
5
13.5
16.5
10
Pr. St Nicholas
4
13
11
8
New Cumnock
5
11
19
6
Largs
3
5.5
12.5
4

In DIVISION 4, a 5 – 1 home win over league leaders Rowallan Castle saw tam O Shanter go joint top of the table, whilst Troon Portland maintained their title challenge with a 6 – 0 home win over Ayr Dalmilling.
Present positions in Division 4 are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Rowallan Castle
7
26.5
15.5
20
Tam O Shanter
7
24.5
17.5
20
Troon Portland
8
28.5
19.5
18
Brunston Castle
6
17
19
14
Ayr Dalmilling
6
14.5
21.5
8
Moorpark
6
9
27
0