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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Loudoun youngsters book place in Under 16 Semi Finals

The winning Loudoun Under 16 team :-
Elliot Spence, Samantha McKay, Greg Hampshire & Chris Dawson
The Loudoun Gowf Club Under 16 team became the first side to book their place in the semi finals of the 2014 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Under 16 Knockout Trophy competition on Tuesday night, 29th July, with a nail biting home win over Ayr Belleisle.

Defending the trophy they won in 2013, the Loudoun team had 3 new players in the team, including the first girl ever to play for Loudoun in an Ayrshire Junior Golf League competition.
 
The Loudoun team fought out a 2 - 2 draw before the under 16 team captain Elliot Spence ) returned to the course, after winning on of his sides two points, to contest the sudden death play off which he won with a solid par four at the first hole.
 
In the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY competition, three of the four semi finalists are now known.
 
Connor McKay (Loudoun) beat Neil Stevenson (Ardeer) by 3 & 1 at Loudoun to reach the last four, where he was joined by Graeme Greer (Prestwick St Nicholas) who had a crushing 7 & 6 home win over John McCracken (Troon St Meddans) in the quarter finals.
 
Also through to the last four is Callum McLean (Caprington) who had an away win by one hole over Callum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie).
 
The remaining quarter final pairs Craig McKenzie (Troon Welbeck) and Jack Thomas (Irvine).
 
In the AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP, Kilmarnock Barassie and Ayr Belleisle look favourites to top their respective league sections and book their places in the final.
 
West Kilbride lead Section A from Kilmarnock Barassie, following away wins at Prestwick St Cuthbert (3.5 -2.5) and Largs (4.5 - 1.5), but have completed three more matches than their closest rivals.
 
Despite beating Ballochmyle 4 - 2 at home, Prestwick St Cuthbert team hopes were dented following a 5.5 - 0.5 defeat in the corresponding away fixture, whlst their near neighbours Prestwick St Nicholas also suffered a recent setback following a 4 - 2 home defeat by Largs.
 
Present positions in Section A are :-
 
West Kilbride                     8              6              0              2              26           22           4              24
Kilmarnock Barassie        5              5              0              0              22           8              14           20
Largs                                      7              3              0              4              19           23           -4            12
Prestwick St Cuthbert    6              2              0              4              16           20           -4            8
Prestwick St Nicholas     5              1              0              4              12 1/2    17 1/2    -5            4
Ballochmyle                        4              1              0              3              11           13           -2            4
 
In Section B, there have been no recent results posted.
Present positions in Section B are :- 
 
Ayr Belleisle                       7              5              1              1              30 1/2    11 1/3    19           22
Irvine Bogside                   6              3              0              3              20           16           4              12
Loudoun                              5              3              0              2              13 1/2    16 1/2    -3            12
Troon Welbeck                 5              2              1              2              13 1/2    16 1/2    -3            10
Troon St Meddans           1              0              1              0              3              3              0              2
Caprington                          5              0              1              4              8 1/2      21 1/2    -13          2
                                                                                                                               
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SCOTTISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Three from four through to round three after Tuesday matches

The first group of second round matches in the 2014 Scottish Amateur Championship at Downfield, Dundee, were completed on Tuesday afternoon, with three of the four Ayrshire players in action successfully going through to round three.

The only casualty on Tuesday afternoon was Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay), who lost to former champion Glenn Campbell (Blairgowrie) by 3 & 2.

The first Ayrshire player to successfully book his place in round three was Kenny Macaskill (Turnberry Staff), who beat Christopher Hutcheon (Monifieth) by 3 & 2. Macaskill will now play Lawrence Allan (Alva) in round three.

Also going through on Tuesday afternoon was Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon), courtesy of a 4 & 3 win over Ross Kane (Glenbervie). Moultrie now faces Kyle McClung (Wigtownshire County) in the third round on Wednesday.

The final Ayrshire player to book his third round place on Tuesday afternoon was Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) who beat Fraser Moore (Glenbervie) by 3 & 2, to line up a Wednesday third round match with Greig Kennedy (Hazlehead).

The other six Ayrshire players remaining in the competition play their second round ties on Wednesday morning.

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - Troon St Meddans lead League Division 4


Troon St Meddans have gone clear at the top of league Division 4 of the Ayrshire Scratch Leagues following recent good results.

A 3 - 3 draw at Ayr Dalmilling was followed by a 5 - 1 win in the corresponding home fixture, whilst a good 4 - 2 away win was recorded at Ayr against Tam O Shanter.

Present positions in League Division 4 are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Troon St Meddans
6
22
14
18
Tam O Shanter
4
13
11
10
Ayr Dalmilling
4
10.5
13.5
6
Doon Valley
4
10
14
4
Rowallan Castle
2
4.5
7.5
2

SCOTTISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Ten from nineteen Ayrshire players survive first round.

Ten of the 19 Ayrshire players who entered the Scottish Amateur Championship at Downfield, Dundee, have safely negotiated the first round.

With four from six through on the first day on Monday, the remaining thirteen Ayrshire players lined up in their opening round matches on Tuesday morning.

Things did not start well for the Ayrshire contingent, David McLellan (Largs) losing to Campbell Donaldson (Downfield) and Ross McEwan (Troon Welbeck) being defeated 3 & 2 by Allan Watson (Braehead - Alloa), in the opening two ties with Ayrshire interest.

Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) stopped the slide with a 2 & 1 win over Kieran MacKay (Inverness) and now faces Calvin Cheyne (Newmacher) in round two.

Louis Murray (Troon Welbeck), Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) and Mark Robertson (Western Gailes) all suffered first round defeats by 2 & 1, against Andrew Burgess (Nairn), Daniel Hendry (Emirates) and A Fyfe (Carnoustie) respectively.

James Bunch (Prestwick) had a comfortable 5 & 4 win over Allan McKie (Glencruitten) to line up a second round clash with John Mitchell (Fraserburgh).

Former Scottish Boys Champion David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) lost out at the first extra hole to Ralph Wardlaw (Carnoustie Caledonia) whilst Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) won through to the second round by a single hole against Jake Hogg (Dukes St Andrews), where he will play Mark Cameron (Alyth).

The winner of the only all Ayrshire first round clash was Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas) who defeated Greg Telfer's brother Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 4 & 2. Buchanan now faces Mark Napier (Turnhouse) in round two.

Scott Brown (Turnberry) beat Kevin Dalgleish (Portlethen) by 3 & 2 in the opening round and now has a second round match with Scott Gillies (Gullane).

The final Ayrshire player to book his place in the second round was Charlie Macneal (Prestwick) who had a 5 & 3 win over Alastair Thurlow (Murrayfield). In the second round on Wednesday, Macneal plays Alasdair McDougall (Elderslie).

Monday, July 28, 2014

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - St Cuthbert title bid suffers setback


Prestwick St Cuthbert hopes of the Division 2 title in the Ayrshire Scratch Leagues suffered a setback recently.
The St Cuthbert team suffered a narrow 3.5 – 2.5 defeat away to Ardeer, which edged them down into third place behind Ayr Belleisle on points difference.

Present positions in Division two are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
West Kilbride
7
27.5
14.5
20
Ayr Belleisle
6
22.5
13.5
14
Prestwick St Cuthbert
6
21.5
14.5
14
Caprington
7
16
26
12
Ardeer
5
12.5
17.5
8
Girvan
7
14
28
8

 

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT - Jack Thomas pulls clear at top of the table

Jack Thomas
Jack Thomas (Irvine) extended his lead at the top of the Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit table following good performances in two of the three recently completed counting events.

Thomas took first place at Loudoun and had a fifth place finish at Troon Welbeck to extend his lead at the top of the table.

Title holder Connor McKay (Loudoun) took points in all three of the recent counting events, played at Troon Welbeck, Loudoun and West Kilbride, which takes him into second place in the table, whilst Blair Wallace (Kilmarnock Barassie) propelled himself straight into third place with full points from hjs first place finish at West Kilbride.

The remaining two counting events in July are the junior opens at Prestwick St Nicholas and Kilmarnock Barasssie.

In august there are seven counting events, beginning with the Tom Lehman Junior Open at the Troon Municipal courses on Tuesday 5th August.

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

315Jack THOMASIrvine
167.5Connor McKAYLoudoun
150Blair WALLACEKil. Barassie
100 Stuart EASTON Irvine
100 Jordan FRASER Ayr Belleisle
100 Murray McCRONE Troon Welbeck
75 Campbell MATHIESON Troon Welbeck
75 Craig McKENZIE Troon Welbeck
64.17 Euan FERGUSON Turnberry
44.17 Charlie CAMERON Ayr Belleisle
42.5 Aiden DORE Loudoun
42.5 Luke MURDOCH Loudoun
42.5 Jack KERR West Kilbride
35 Callum IRVING Ayr Belleisle
35 Sean COOKE Kil. Barassie
20 Robbie MUIR Kil. Barassie
16.67 Ross MEIKLE Ayr Belleisle
15 Jordan ORR Ballochmyle
15 Tom NAIRN Pr. St Nicholas
15 Jordan WOTHERSPOON Troon Welbeck
15 Elliot SPENCE Loudoun
15 Aiden DORE Loudoun
15 Fraser RIGBY Kil. Barassie
7.5 Blair GAVIN Kil. Barassie
7.5 Calum McLEAN Kil. Barassie
6.67 Jack BROWN Turnberry
3.3 Jordan SWEENEY Ayr Belleisle
1.67 Ruairidh SAYCE Pr. St Nicholas

DOC THOM AYRSHIRE ORDER OF MERIT - Robin moves into third place after Gowf Cup success

Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) moved into third place in the chase for the Doc Thom Ayrshire Order Of Merit title following his success in an exciting finish in the recent Gowf Cup competition at Loudoun Gowf Club.

Robin, the present holder of the Order Of Merit title, tied with G Miller (Cawder) and Steven McEwan (Loudoun) on 140 after 36 holes at Loudoun and eventually overcame both the other players in a sudden death play off for the trophy.

Only five counting events remain this season, the first of which is the Scottish Amateur Championship being played this week at Downfield, Dundee.

August sees three counting events, with the Stevenson Trophy at Girvan on Sunday 3rd, The Welbeck Links at Troon Municipal on Sunday 10th and the Viking Krus at Largs on Sunday 17th, whilst the final counting event is The Arrol Cup at Prestwick St Nicholas on Saturday 20th September.

Present positions in the Doc Thom Ayrshire Order Of Merit table are :-

550JOHNSHANKSIRVINE
231.25CRAIGHAMILTONBALLOCHMYLE
208.33STUARTROBINPR. ST CUTHBERT
162.5 STEPHEN  SPENCE ROYAL TROON
130 STEVEN MCEWAN LOUDOUN
100 DANIEL FORBES IRVINE
96.25 KEITH  HAMILTON AYR BELLEISLE
95 SANDY BUCHANAN PR. ST NICHOLAS
92.5 JIM JOHNSTON AYR BELLEISLE
88.33 GORDON BOYLE TURNBERRY
85 SCOTT BROWN TURNBERRY
85 STEVEN  WALLACE PR. ST CUTHBERT
75 MARK  ANDERSON IRVINE
75 BRIAN JAMIESON BRUNSTON CASTLE
62.5 JOHN  SLOAN DOON VALLEY
50.42 GEORGE ROBERTSON IRVINE RAVENSPARK
50 JOHN  NEILAN BRUNSTON CASTLE
45 MARTIN GRAY IRVINE
45 ROBIN McCAIG WEST KILBRIDE
45 JIM  SHEARER WEST KILBRIDE
45 GARY MORRISON KIL. BARASSIE
42.5 SHAUN RYAN AYR BELLEISLE
36.25 MICHAEL SMYTH ROYAL TROON
35 GARY ALLISON ROWALLAN CASTLE
21.67 EWAN  MCKINNON CORRIE
20 A BREADON ROWALLAN CASTLE
17.5 JAMES  MCMURDO BALLOCHMYLE
17.5 LEX LINDSAY BALLOCHMYLE
17.5 WILLIAM F WILSON BALLOCHMYLE
15 ALAN DUNSMORE AYR BELLEISLE
15 LEE HUGHES AYR BELLEISLE
10 PAUL  GIFFNEY ARDEER
7.5 FRANK MURDOCH BRUNSTON CASTLE
5 LORIMER SHAW AYR SEAFIELD
5 GARY VOGWELL WEST KILBRIDE
0.83 GREG VERNON KIL. BARASSIE
0.83 IAIN MACDONALD LARGS
0.83 STEPHEN  MCBLAIN TROON PORTLAND
0.83 A D  WRIGHT ROYAL TROON
0.83 STEVEN MURRAY TROON WELBECK