Monday, January 26, 2015

SOUTH AMERICAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - walker finishes tied 40th after closing 82

A final round 82 saw Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) finish in equal 40th place in the South American Amateur Championship at the weekend, following three steady opening rounds.


Euan Walker

Scots Calum Hill (Tantallon) and Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) tied for 40th place at the South American amateur championship at Lima Peru.
University of Louisiana-Monroe student Hill had rounds of 80, 72, 74 and 75 for a 13-over-par total of 301 - 22 shots behind the American winner Scott Harvey.
Hill had a triple bogey 7 at the sixth in his final round which included a strong finish of birdies at the 12th, 14th and 17th.
Walker had rounds of 72, 73, 74 and 82 for 301. His inward half of 44 in the final round included an 8 at the par-3 11th.
Harvey, last year's US mid-amateur champion, made all the running with scores of 66, 70, 70 and 73 for nine-under 279 and a two-shot victory.
England's double European champion Ashley Chesters finished the top British and Irish player in  eighth place on 285 (74-68-69-74) 

Lima, Peru
Par 288 (4x72)
279 Scott Harvey (USA) 66 70 70 73
281 Andrew Tourinho (Brazil) 69 67 73 72, Patricio Alzamora (Peru) 72 69 71 69, Joaquin Niemann (Chile) 71 73 68 69. 

285 Ashley Chesters (England) 74 68 69 74 (8th)
288 Chris Selfridge (Ireland) 73 71 72 72 (T9)
289 Jack Davidson (Wales) 70 69 72 78 (T12)
291 Joe Dean (England) 74 68 72 77 (T19). 
295 Paul McBride (Ireland) 74 78 74 73 (T25)
298 Owen Edwards (Wales) 80 72 68 78 (T34)
301 Calum Hill (Scotland) 80 72 74 75, Euan Walker (Scotland) 72 73 74 82 (T40).

SCOTTISH GOLF AMALGAMATION PROPOSAL - All clubs urged to take part in online poll

All clubs affiliated to the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) are being urged to vote in an independent Poll over the coming weeks, as part of the Proposal to amalgamate the SGU and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA).

(Press release from the Scottish Golf Union)

The independent Poll is now open and runs until Friday 27 February

This gives all affiliated SGU clubs the opportunity to make a difference to the future structure of the game in this country.

The SGU Board and Area Golf Associations agreed to seek the views of all SGU affiliated clubs as an essential part of the amalgamation process, guiding the respective Areas on how to vote on the Proposal at an Extraordinary General Meeting of Scottish Golf Union Limited in the near future.

Speaking after the SGU Annual Conference in Stirling at the weekend, SGU Chairman Tom Craig said: “We encourage and advise all affiliated SGU clubs to vote in the independent Poll. It is simply vital that they do so.

“At our forthcoming Extraordinary General Meeting, the 16 Area Golf Associations, who are the shareholders of the SGU, will vote according to their clubs’ wishes.”

To ensure complete integrity and transparency of the Poll process, it will be conducted by 4 global Consulting, an independent market research company, and they have been in touch will all affiliated clubs on how to participate, either online or via the telephone.

Shortly before Christmas, the Proposal to amalgamate the SGU and the SLGA into a single unified governing body for amateur golf in Scotland was finalised, one that can herald an exciting “new era” for Scottish Golf and one fundamentally important for the future of the game.

In clear terms, the Proposal – prepared by a Joint Working Group under the independent chairmanship of Sheriff Alastair Thornton – outlines how amalgamation can provide a platform for a new governing body to lead Scottish golf positively into the future, help Clubs be viable and vibrant and attract more people of all ages and gender into the sport.

The Proposal, together with supporting documents, was distributed to the memberships of each organisation – namely the SGU’s 16 Area Associations, the SLGA’s 15 County Golf Associations, Ladies Clubs and Ladies Sections of Clubs and all SGU affiliated Clubs in Scotland.
The independent Poll will now be held to allow golf clubs to feedback their views, with all clubs encouraged to take part. Once the Poll concludes, the full results will be published and available to view on both the SGU and the SLGA websites.

Craig added: “Currently, this is the most significant issue facing Scottish Golf. Amalgamation is fundamentally important to building a modern, democratic, inclusive governing body for Scottish amateur golf. It is vital we pass on a fit for purpose organisation for the next generation to take the game forward.

“It creates the opportunity to build an effective partnership among golfers, Clubs, Areas, Counties, Board and staff for the greater good of Scottish Golf. A single body will help attract more women into golf and remove some of the stigma of a male-dominated game.

“It is a hugely important we amalgamate to help grow the sport and assist clubs in becoming viable and vibrant again, and to be great places for all golfers to spend their leisure time.”

Furthermore, the SLGA Membership (Ladies Sections of Clubs, Ladies Clubs, County Golf Associations, Vice Presidents and Directors) will vote on whether to back the amalgamation Proposal at their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 7 February in Edinburgh.

Friday, January 23, 2015

AYRSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIPS - 8 days until entries close for 2015 competitions

There are only eight days remaining for clubs to submit their entries to three of the premier Ayrshire Golf Association events for 2015.

Entries for the Champion Of Champions Trophy, Fourball Championship and Scratch leagues close on 31st January.

In the Scratch leagues, Doon Valley have intimated that they will not be entering this year, however Troon Portland will be taking part for the first time, contesting Division 5 in 2015.

Entries received to date (23.01.15) in the three compettiions are:-



MALLETSHEUGH - Kevin Coupland Jr.

PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS - Christopher Ireland

IRVINE - John Shanks

BRAEHEAD - Kieran Clark

ALTON - Kevin O'Neill

DRONGAN - Andrew Carroll

ABBOTSFORD - Craig Robertson

STEWARTON - Alan Stewart Jr.

ROYAL TROON - Paul Moultrie

THE CHASE - Alan Smeeton

NORTH BEACH – Johnny O’Neill

AYR CARRICK – Jamie McCrae

ANNANHILL – Anthony Fraser

ARDEER – Scott Ainsworth

CROSSHOUSE – Greg Jardine

NEW CUMNOCK – Charles Allen

LOUDOUN – Tommy McInally

MUIRKIRK – Iain Girvan


KILBIRNIE PLACE – Gordon Johnston

TROON WELBECK – Del Chamberlain

TROON ST MEDDANS – Kenny Milliken

AYR DALMILLING – Andrew Lindsay


MOORPARK – Tom Armstrong

WALLACETOWN – Thomas Smith

DOON VALLEY – James Graham

BALLOCHMYLE – Craig Hamilton



GLACIER – Billy Skehill

GIRVAN - Gregor MacKintosh

 Clubs who entered last year who have not, as yet, submitted an entry for the 2015 competition are :-

Auchenharvie 88, Ayr Belleisle, Ayr seafield, Brodick, Caprington, Fenwick, Largs, largs Routenburn, maybole, Prestwick St Cuthbert, Rowallan Castle, Saxone, Skelmorlie, Tam O Shanter, Turnberry, Turnberry Staff & Whiting Bay.


AUCHENHARVIE 88 - David McNaught & Brian Robertson

WEST KILBRIDE - Alan Mulholland & Jim Duncan

MALLETSHEUGH - Hugh Connor & Steven Capaldi

IRVINE - Craig Hillis & Nicky Booth

BRAEHEAD - Gary Boyle & George Campbell

ALTON - Gerry Reid & Peter Moir

DRONGAN - David McAlpine & Scott Wilson

ABBOTSFORD - Robert Adams & Ian Pirrie

STEWARTON - Darren Murdoch & Robert Johnstone

THE CHASE - Alan Smeeton & Colin Downie

NORTH BEACH – George Lyon & Jim Wilson

AYR CARRICK – Craig Hodge & David Gibson

ANNANHILL – Allan Kidd & Richard Hope

LARGS ROUTENBURN – Scott McGill & John Boyd

ARDEER – Paul Giffney & John Milroy

PONTOON – Richard Stevenson & Colin McIlwraith

CROSSHOUSE – Stuart Docherty & Martin Docherty

NEW CUMNOCK – D Bryson & R Bryson

LOUDOUN – John Craig & Ross Samson

MUIRKIRK – Craig Menzies & Murray Pringle

WALLACETOWN – Steven Jackson & Andrew Graham

MOORPARK – Colin McCafferty & Peter Watson

IRVINE RAVENSPARK – Andy McFarlane & Mark Dickson

AYR DALMILLING – Andrew Lindsay & Tom Lindsay

TROON ST MEDDANS – John Paul Flanigan & Eddie Saunders

TROON WELBECK – Robert Adam & Mark Skilling

DOON VALLEY – Scott Bunyan & Robert Murdoch

BALLOCHMYLE – David Bain & Gordon McKissock

KILMARNOCK (BARASSIE) – Calum Sharp & Jim McGhee

KILBIRNIE PLACE – Scot Cairns & Neil Cairns

BRUNSTON CASTLE – George McCulloch & David McCulloch

TROON PORTLAND – John McLaughlan & Robbie Galt

GLACIER – John Wylie & John Wylie Jr.

GIRVAN – Alex Kerr & Martin Campbell

Clubs who entered last year who have not, as yet, submitted an entry for the 2015 competition are :-

Ayr Belleisle, Ayr Neptune, Ayr Seafield, beith, Caprington, Fenwick, Largs, Maybole, Prestwick St Cuthbert, Prestwick St Nicholas, Skelmorlie, Tam O Shanter & Turnberry Staff.



















Clubs who entered last year who have not, as yet, submitted an entry for the 2015 competition are :-

Prestwick St Cuthbert, Ayr Belleisle, Caprington, Turnberry, Prestwick St Nicholas, largs, Rowallan Castle, Tam O Shanter & Maybole

THE WALKER CUP - Jack McDonald named in 20 man initial squad

Jack McDonald
Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) has been named as one of the 20 strong initial Walker Cup Squad for the GB & I team, who will take on The USA later this year in the bi annual match.

(From the website)

An initial 20-man squad for the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to face the USA at Royal Lytham & St Annes in September has been announced by The R&A.
The 45th Walker Cup match will be played on the weekend of 12 and 13 September and will see GB&I bidding to win back the historic trophy after the USA’s convincing 17-9 victory in the 2013 match at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.
A get together for the 20-man squad will be held on 21 and 22 July at Royal Lytham & St Annes and the players will also meet ahead of the Lytham Trophy in May.
Nigel Edwards, Captain of the GB&I team, said: “We have selected a strong squad of players and they will all know that they are in contention for a place on the team and it is up to them to perform this season.
“As the season progresses I am sure that a number of players who do not form part of this current squad will challenge for places on the team as has happened in previous years with the likes of Steven Brown and Danny Willett playing their way on to the 2011 and 2007 teams. Players who do not form part of this squad can still play their way on to the team for September.”
Amateur champion Bradley Neil leads a strong Scottish contingent in the squad, which also includes the 2014 St Andrews Links Trophy champion, Grant Forrest (pictured top), and Jamie Savage, who won the Irish Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship last season.
Jack McDonald, a member of Europe’s victorious Palmer Cup side in 2014 alongside Forrest, and Graeme Robertson, who helped GB&I win the St Andrews Trophy last year together with Neil, Forrest and Savage, are also included.
Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan is the only player in the squad with previous Walker Cup experience. The current Scottish Open Stroke Play Champion played in the 2013 match where he earned two points for GB&I. He is joined by fellow Irishmen Gary Hurley, who finished joint runner-up in the 2014 European Amateur Championship, and Paul Dunne, who came through Final Qualifying to play in last year’s Open at Royal Liverpool.
Double European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters, Adam Chapman, who won the South of England Open Amateur Championship last year, and Sam Horsfield, who recently successfully defended his New Year’s Invitational title in Florida, are among the English players in the squad. David Boote, who enjoyed a top-10 finish in last year’s European Amateur Championship, is the sole Welshman included.
The GB&I squad in full:
·         Tomasz Anderson (Brocket Hall)
·         David Boote (Walton Heath)
·         Daniel Brown (Bedale)
·         Adam Chapman (Windermere)
·         Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park
·         Paul Dunne (Greystones)
·         Grant Forrest (Craigielaw)
·         Sam Horsfield (Davenport, USA)
·         Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale)
·         Jack Hume (Naas)
·         Gary Hurley (West Waterford)
·         Nick Marsh (Huddersfield)
·         Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock (Barassie)
·         Gavin Moynihan (The Island)
·         Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon)
·         Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie)
·         Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie)
·         Jamie Savage (Cawder)
·         Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass)
·         Ben Stow (Rushmore)

The final 10-man GB&I team will be announced in August. Tickets for the 2015 Walker Cup match will go on sale at the beginning of May.

ASTOR TROPHY - Connie Jaffrey helps GB & I to runners up place.

Connie Jaffrey (Standing, left) with Astor Trophy
team mates and officials
Troon Ladies' member Connie Jaffrey helped defending champions Great Britain & Ireland to runners up spot in the Astor Trophy at Grange Golf Club, Adelaide, Australia last week.

With three teams tied on two points after the round robin tournament, GB & I edged out New Zealand and South Africa by virtuie of game points to take second place.

On the opening day GB & I lost out by 4-3 to New Zealand, and despite bouncing back with wins by 6 - 1 against South Africa and 5 - 2 against canada, a final day defeat by 5.5 - 1.5 inflicted by Australia saw GB & I relinquish their crown.

Connie Jaffrey contributed two of a possible four points to the GB & I cause.

4 pts - Australia (19-9)
2 pts - Great Britain & Ireland (15.5-12.5)
2 pts - New Zealand (15-13)
2 pts - South Africa (12-16)
0 pts - Canada (8.5-19.5)

Along with team mate Chloe Williams (Wrexham), Conie remained in Australia to compete in the Australian Women's Amateur Championship at The Australian and Lakes Golf Clubs this week, where she came through the 36 strokeplay qualifying rounds but lost out in the first round of matchplay.

The next Astor Trophy, in 2019, will be hosted by Canada.

SOUTH AMERICAN MENS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Good opening round from Troon student

Euan Walker

Kilmarnock Barassie's Euan Walker, from Troon, had a good opening round on the first day of the South American men's amateur championship at Lima, Peru.

(from the website)

Walker, a student at the University of Missouri, shot an eventful, par-matching 72 to be joint 13th, six behind American leader Scott Harvey. 

Fellow Scot Calum Hill (Tantallon), a student at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, slumped to an 80 which left him in joint 64th place in a field of 70.

Walker bired the long first, short fourth, short ninth, 14th and 18th in halves of 35 (one under) and 37 (one over). He had a double bogey 6 at the 16th and dropped single shots at the long second, sixth and 11th.

Par 72
66 Scott Harvey (USA)
67 Juan Alvarez (Uru), Marcos Montenegro (Arg)
70 Jack Davidson (Wal) (T5)
71 Evan Griffiths (Wal) (T8)
Euan Walker (Sco) (T13).
73 Chris Selfridge (Ire) (T19)
74 Paul McBride (Ire), Joe Dean (Eng), Ashley Chesters (Eng) (T25)
75 Michael Saunders (Eng) (T34)
76 Luke Johnson (Eng) (T40)
78 Lee Jones (Wal) (T51)
80 Calum Hill (Sco), Owen Edwards (Wal) (64).