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Thursday, October 23, 2014

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION AGM - James McMurdo elected new Association President

President
James McMurdo
James McMurdo (Ballochmyle) was elected as the new Ayrshire Golf Association President at the Annual General Meeting of The Association which was held at Caprington Golf Club on Tuesday 21 October, taking over from Milton Murray (Irvine) who stood down after his two year tenure.

A member of Ballochmyle since he was a junior golfer, President McMurdo is self employed and plays of a handicap of 3. He has been a member of the AGA Executive since 2006 and has been involved in a number of aspects of the work of the Association in his time on The Executive, including coaching and tournaments, as well as having gained an SGU rules qualification.

In accepting the position, James McMurdo considered it an honour, both personally and for his club, He also paid tribute to the good work that Past President Milton Murray did during his two years in office, and presented him with his Past Presidents badge.

Seventeen member clubs were represented at the meeting where approval was given to the previously circulated Presidents Report, Financial Report, Coaching Report, Course Rating Report, Ayrshire Junior Golf League Report and Scottish Golf Union Report.





Vice President
John Rushbury
 
John Rushbury (Rowallan Castle) was elected as Vice President at the meeting, for the next two years. A 4 handicap golfer, Vice President Rushbury is self employed and has been on The Executive since 2011. In his time with The Association he has gained an SGU rules qualification as well as being involved in a number of aspects of the work of The Association, including assisting with teams and tournaments and leading on the coaching scheme over the last year.




Secretary / Treasurer
Alasdair J Malcolm




Alasdair J Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert) was re elected as Secretary / Treasurer for the forthcoming year, having held the post since 2009.

Two valued executive members stood down at the AGM after a number of years of involvement with The Association. Past President David Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) and John Duncan (Troon Portland) were thanked for their efforts on behalf of The Association.





John Watt
Three serving executive members, Allan Muir (Caprington), Ronnie Potts (Irvine Ravenspark) and Mike Hazlewood (Ayr Neptune),  were re elected for a further three year period.

Also elected to The Executive were new members. John Watt (Prestwick St Cuthbert) and Willie McCormack (Ayr Seafield), who will serve for a three year period.




Ian Hoynes


 
 
 


Ian Hoynes (West Kilbride) was also elected to The Executive for the first time, filling a vacancy for a two year initial period.







Ronnie Potts (Irvine Ravenspark) was re elected as Area Representitive to the SGU.

Ronnie Potts
Representatives of member clubs present were advised by The Secretary that the Scottish Golf Union per capita subscription will increase from £10.60 to £11.00 this year, and a proposed rise in the Ayrshire Golf Association per capita subscription from £2.20 to £2.30 was also approved at the meeting.

There being no other business or matters raised, President McMurdo closed the meeting at 7.45 p.m.


The 2014 - 2015 Ayrshire Golf Association Executive
Standing (L - R) :- Iain Harvey, Ian Hoynes, John Watt, Scott Gilchrist, Ricky Magee,
Hugh McKenzie, Mike Hazlewood, Allan Muir, Robert Wilson.
Seated (L - R) :- SGU Representative Ronnie Potts, Vice President John Rushbury, President James McMurdo,
Past President Milton Murray, Secretary/Treasurer Alasdair J Malcolm
(Not present - Cliff Francis & Willie McCormack)

WOMANS GOLF - Connie Jaffrey selected for G B & I Astor Trophy team

Connie Jaffrey
Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) has been named by The ladies Golf Union  as one of the five members of the Great Britain & Ireland team to defend The Astor Trophy against teams from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

The event, formerly known as The Commonwealth Tournament, takes place every four years and will be played at The Grange, Adelaide, Australia from 12th to 16th January 2015.

The full team, which includes three Curtis Cup players, is :-

Hayley Davis (Ferndown) Age 21

Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) Age 18

Bronte Law (Bramhall) Age 19

Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) Age 19

Charlotte Thomas (Singapore) Age 21


The team captain is Elaine Farquharson-Black (Deeside)
 

 The players in the GB & I team will also have the opportunity to play in the Australian Amateur Championship which will take place the following week, from 20th to 25th January at The lakes Golf Club in Sydney. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WEST OF SCOTLAND LEAGUES - A Team draw with Stirlingshire whilst youths record fourth successive win of the campaign


Title holders and league leaders Renfrewshire had their march to the 2014 West Of Scotland Inter County A League title interrupted by the weather on Sunday 19th October when their match with Lanarkshire at Crow Wood was postponed due to the overnight rain closing the course. The fixture is now due to be rescheduled to Sunday 2 November.

The Ayrshire A Team travelled to face Stirlingshire at Stirling and secured a point with their second successive 4 - 4 draw in the series this year.
Match details (Stirlingshire names first) :-

Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie) halved with John Shanks (Irvine)
Ryan Campbell (Falkirk) beat Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 2 & 1
David Buchanan (Falkirk Tryst) lost to Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) by 2 holes
Stuart Irving (Falkirk) beat Scott Brown (Turnberry) by 2 & 1
Mark Hyslop (Glenbervie) lost to Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 1 hole
Lindsay Blair (Grangemouth) lost to Malcolm pennycott (Whiting bay) by 5 & 4
James Donaldson (Falkirk Tryst) halved with Stephen Spence (Royal Troon)
Iain Munro (Stirling) beat Gordon Boyle (Turnberry) by 1 hole

STIRLINGSHIRE   4   AYRSHIRE   4

In the other match played on Sunday, Glasgow beat Dumbartonshire 6 – 2 at Douglas park.

In the fixtures scheduled for week 5, on Sunday 26 October, Renfrewshire can secure their 13th successive league title with a win over their visitors Dumbartonshire at Erskine. Should the league leaders slip up in their fixture Glasgow or Stirlingshire, who meet at Sandyhills, could leapfrog Renfrewshire to the top of the table depending on thei result between them, which would leave Renfrewshire needing a result in their final rearranged fixture against Lanarkshire the following week.

Present positions in the league, going into the final scheduled week of fixtures are :-

COUNTY
P
W
D
L
F
A
Diff.
Pts
RENFREWSHIRE
3
3
0
0
15
9
+6
6
STIRLINGSHIRE
4
2
1
1
21
11
+10
5
GLASGOW
4
2
1
1
18
14
+4
5
AYRSHIRE
4
1
2
1
15
17
-2
4
LANARKSHIRE
3
1
0
2
11
13
-2
2
DUMBARTONSHIRE
4
0
0
4
8
24
-16
0

The fourth weekend of fixtures in the 2014 West Of Scotland Inter County Youths Leagues were beset with windy and wet weather, and saw the defending champions Ayrshire record their fourth successive win of the campaign to remain ahead in the title chase.

Ayrshire hosted Stirlingshire at Kilmarnock Annanhill and despite losing the opening tie, the home side recorded a comprehensive 6.5 - 1.5 win over their visitors.

Match details (Ayrshire names first) :-
Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas) lost to Peter Maxwell (Glenbervie) by 1 hole
Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Calum Bisset (Glenbervie) by 2 & 1
Greg Vernon (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Calum Bauchop (Glenbervie) by 2 holes
Robbie Fitzpatrick (Irvine) beat Mark McInulty (Glenbervie) by 5 & 3
Alasdair Berry (Irvine Ravenspark) halved with Greig Nicoll (Falkirk Tryst)
Gary Morrison (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Stuart Murray (Falkirk) by 3 & 2
Sandy Walker (Ardeer) beat Shaun Lynch (Falkirk) by 3 & 2
Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Fraser laird (Glenbervie) by 2 & 1

AYRSHIRE   6.5    STIRLINGSHIRE  1.5

In the other match completed on Sunday Glasgow hosted Dumbartonshire at Cathkin Braes, but it was the visitors who came out on top with a comprehensive 6.5 - 1.5 win over their hosts, which included walkovers in four of the eight ties.
The third match scheduled for Sunday 19th October was the match between Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire at Eastwood. Apparently during the fixture the Lanarkshire players and officials refuced to continue with the match, citing 'overhead conditions' as the reason and, despite the course still being open and playable, opted to concede the match to their hosts Renfrewshire. As a result, under the rules of the competition, an 8 - 0 score was awarded to Renfrewshire.
As a consequence of the awarded match scoreline, the destination of the 2014 title is still very much undecided, the 8 - 0 scoreline bringing Renfrewshire up to an identical tie difference with Ayrshire, albeit that Ayrshire remain two points ahead in the table overall.

The position going into the last weekend is that if Ayrshire get a draw or a win in their final match away from home against Lanarkshire at Lanark they will retain the title but if Ayrshire lose their final fixture then a win by any margin for Renfrewshire over Dumbartonshire at Milngavie will give them the title on tie difference.
The other scheduled fixture in the final week is Stirlingshire Vs Glasgow at Buchanan Castle.

present positions going into the final week are :-

COUNTY
P
W
D
L
F
A
Dif
Pts
AYRSHIRE
4
4
0
0
21
11
+10
8
RENFREWSHIRE
4
3
0
1
21
11
+10
6
DUMBARTONSHIRE
4
2
0
2
19.5
12.5
+7
4
LANARKSHIRE
4
2
0
2
13.5
18.5
-5
4
STIRLINGSHIRE
4
1
0
3
12.5
19.5
-7
2
GLASGOW
4
0
0
4
8.5
23.5
-15
0