Friday, November 13, 2015

STUDIO GOLF AYRSHIRE - Golf comes inside as Ayrshire's first indoor golf practice facility opens its doors

A new and much needed addition to the local golf scene will soon be available when Ayrshire’s first indoor golf practice facility opens to the public on Tuesday 17th November, providing an exciting new option for local golfers to keep their game up to scratch over the winter months and beyond.

The putting green area

Studio Golf Ayrshire is located in in the Stevenson Industrial Estate, just a couple of minutes drive from the Ardeer roundabout on the A78 near Kilwinning.

Short game area and bunker

Facilities included within the 3,000 square feet floor space include a Top of the range Golf Simulator offering 14 top courses, Driving Range Area and Kids 3-D golf software. A Short Game Area allowing pitching, chipping, bunker and putting practise. Practise Putting Green. T-Line Netted Hitting Area including a kids area for full shots, chipping and putting. A Terrace & Refreshment Area to sit back enjoy and soak up the atmosphere. 

David Rushbury addressing guests at the opening event 

The latest in a number of pre-opening promotional events took place on Thursday evening, 12th November, with attendees seeing the full benefit of the indoor facility as Storm Abigail raged outside. Inside the studio golfers and non-golfers alike enjoyed a couple of hours trying out the various facilities and testing their skills, or otherwise, in various aspects of the game.

The short game chipping area

For anyone wanting to try out the facility, there is an open weekend on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm, where anyone is welcome to drop in and experience the new concept in golf in Ayrshire.

Practice bays

|Studio Golf Ayrshire is owned and will be run by PGA golf professional David Rushbury. David began his professional career as Assistant at Troon Municipal Golf Courses for three years before qualifying in 1982 at Lilleshall Hall. 

Since then, David's career path took him to the continent of Europe where he enjoyed 20 years working in Holland, Sweden, Germany and Spain, where he coached golfers of all ages and abilities,

The golf simulator

The intention of Studio Golf Ayrshire is to provide an atmosphere that will be will be welcoming, vibrant and relaxed for all, be it the beginner or seasoned golfer, creating a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for its customers, where the beginner and experienced golfers will feel very welcome and comfortable to visit and want to return to.

David has also created a dynamic coaching programme that will excite and encourage golfers to improve their golf games by participating in Studio Golf Ayrshire's coaching programmes.

David Rushbury is to be congratulated for bringing this concept and facility to Ayrshire for the golfing community to utilise, and the studio is well worth a visit for local golfers if they are in the area, and will undoubtedly be an asset over the winter months and throughout the year in the West Of Scotland’s variable climate.

Everyone at Ayrshiregolf wishes David every success with this new and exciting venture.

Anyone wishing to visit Studio Golf Ayrshire or discuss their requirements with David and his staff can do so as noted below :-

Studio Golf Ayrshire Ltd.
Building 10, Unit 14/15
Stevenston Industrial Estate
KA20 3LR
Tel – 07825 411244

Friday, November 06, 2015

AYRSHIRE WINTER GOLF ASSOCIATION - Ronald & Lappin win at Western Gailes

The second of the Ayrshire Winter Golf Association 2015 - 16 events series was played at Western Gailes on Wednesday 4th November

Craig Ronald took the leading professional prize by one stroke with a four under par 67, whilst six handicapper John Lappin of Troon Portland won the Ian McLeod trophy for the best amateur with a nett score of 69.

Leading scores were :-

David-RossNICOLDundonald linksPRO69
JOHNLAPPINTroon Portland G C75669
STUARTROSSGlasgow G C75471
DOUGLASZUILLWestern Gailes G C75471

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - 2015 winners honoured at annual dinner

The winners from the Ayrshire Junior Golf League's 47th year, in 2015, were honoured at the annual dinner and presentation of trophies which was held at Ballochmyle Golf Club on Monday 2nd November.

The event, hosted by league chairman Robert Wilson of Ballochmyle GC, was attended by a number of guests, honorary members of the association and a healthy representation of players and conveners from member clubs, The company enjoyed a good meal before the nights proceedings culminated in the presentation of prizes.

Hazel McGarvie

 The presentation of prizes began, in what has become something of a tradition, with the announcement of the winners of the Macrobert Thistle Junior Golfer Of The Year awards by David Reynolds of The national Playing Fields Association.

After an excellent playing season which saw her gain national representative honours at under 18 level, as well as winning the Under 16 award at the British Girls Championship held at West Kilbride during the season, following a nine under par opening round of 64 as well as being a member of the Scotland team who won the team trophy at the same event, the 2015 girls award was presented to Hazel McGarvie of The Ladies Golf Club, Troon, by David Reynolds.

The winner of the boys award for 2015 was announced by David Reynolds as Sean Cook of Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club. In a good golfing season which saw him reach the final of the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship, the particularly sporting nature displayed by Cook following an incident in the final of the boys matchplay championship final at Prestwick contributed to his selection as the 2015 winner of the award.

Sean Cook
With the match all square, Cook attended the pin for his opponent on one hole but as the players ball approached the hole Cook was unable to extract the pin in time and the players ball struck the pin before falling into the hole, resulting in loss of hole to Cook's opponent. Cook immediately announced to his opponent, fellow Kilmarnock (Barassie) member Robbie Muir, that he was conceding the hole to him as he considered the incident his fault.

Both players were advised by the referee that under the circumstances this was not permitted, and the players moved to the next tee with Cook one up as a result. In an act of admirable sportsmanship, Cook advised his opponent that he intended conceding the next two holes to him, effectively giving his opponent the one hole advantage that, in Cook's opinion, he should have had. Concession of long putts by Cook over the next two holes gave his opponent the two holes as Cook intended and the match progressed to a conclusion with Cook eventually losing out to his club mate by 4 & 2.

The sportsmanship displayed by Sean Cook was admirable and, like the great Bobby Jones many years earlier, his integrity eventually cost him a championship but earned him amny admirers in the process. Though applauded for his display of sportsmanship, Sean Cook's attitude to the incident was unassuming, and the praise given to him for his actions somewhat puzzling. After the incident, Sean Cook could perhaps relate to Bobby Jones' reaction to the praise given to him after his own similar incident in the 1925 US Open - "You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank".

Along with his golfing performance during 2015, Sean Cook's display of sportsmanship at Prestwick made him a deserving winner of the award this year.

Following the presentation of the player of the year trophies by David Reynolds, the remaining awards for 2015 were passed to the winners by Ayrshire's player of the moment, Jack McDonald of Kilmarnock (Barassie), who was a guest for the evening.

A former player in the Ayrshire Junior Golf League for his home club, the 2015 season was an excellent one for Jack. Top 15 places in a number of prestige events throughout the country and a semi final place in the Amateur Championship culminated in a place in the victorious Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team, where he secured 2 1/2 points from 3 over the series of matches. In addition, jack also helped Ayrshire win the Scottish Area team Championship for the third time in 2015 as well and assisting the Ayrshire team in ending a 27 year wait to regain the West Of Scotland Inter County Championship, and thus win the Scottish and West titles in the same season for the first time.
Matt Lygate Trophy
Kilmarnock (Barassie
) GC

The first of the seasons trophies presented was the Matt Lygate Trophy for the Ayrshire Boys Team Championship. The Championship, which was held in April at Ayr Seafield, was won for the 12th time in the 28 year history of the event by Kilmarnock (Barassie).

Andrew D Nimmo Trophy
Irvine GC

The handicap trophy in the same competition, the Andrew D Nimmo Trophy, was won by Irvine Golf Club, who took the trophy for the first time since the event was innaugurated in 1992.

Carrick Trophy
Scott Murray

The individual scratch trophy played for during the Ayrshire Boys team Championship, the Prestwick Circuits Trophy, was retained in 2015 by Hamish Mills of Largs Golf Club, who was unable to be present to uplift the trophy. The individual handicap award, The Carrick Trophy, was won by Scott Murray of Irvine Golf Club who recorded a five under par score of 63 over the Seafield course to take the trophy.

The Silver Jubilee Trophy, played for during the convenors competition, was won by Peter Gossman and Cameron McLean of West Kilbride, who were unable to attend to uplift the prize.

Ayrshire Boys Champion
Craig McKenzie

In August the Ayrshire Boys Championship took place at West Kilbride Golf Club and the winner of the title, in the championships 63rd year, was Craig McKenzie of Troon Welbeck GC.

Boys Matchplay Champion
Robbie Muir

In the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship, played at Prestwick in August, the final was contested by Kilmarnock (Barassie) duo Sean Cook and Robbie Muir. In a match played in the finest traditions of the game, Robbie Muir prevailed by 4 & 2 to take the title.

Callum Irving

The Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit encompasses a number of local and national events tyhroughout the season. In third place in 2015 was Callum Irving of Ayr Belleisle who amassed 307.5 points over six events including wins at Largs and Trump Turnberry.

Jack Broun

The runner up in the Order Of Merit in 2015 was Jack Broun of Ayr Belleisle and TrumpTurnberry, his 457.5 points being gained over eight events including wins at Ballochmyle and Troon Welbeck.

Junior Order Of Merit Winner
Euan Ferguson

With 580 points gained in 7 events, including wins at Prestwick St Nicholas, Ayr Belleisle and West Kilbride, the winner of the 2015 Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit was Euan Ferguson  of Trump Turnberry.

The final of the four major Ayrshire Junior Golf League championships all took place at Ballochmyle Golf Club in September. 

Wallace Thornton Runners Up
Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC

The final of the Wallace Thornton Trophy saw defending champions Irvine GC play Kilmarnock (Barassie). In a close encounter, Irvine managed to retain the title with a 2 1/2 - 1 1/2 win over the Kilmarnock (Barassie) team.

Wallace Thornton Trophy Winners
Irvine GC

Under 16 Runners Up
Ayr Belleisle GC

The final of the Under 16 Knockout Trophy featured the teams from Ayr Belleisle and Ballochmyle. In what proved to be a very close match, with two of the four ties being decided on the final green, it was Ballochmyle who secured the trophy, for the third time, with a 3 - 1 victory.

Under 16 Knockout Trophy Winners
Ballochmyle GC

Thee final of the Champion Of Champions Trophy was contested between Jordan Fraser of Ayr Belleisle and Graeme Greer of Prestwick St Nicholas. Graeme Greer forged an early three hole lead but in a late fightback, Jordan Fraser won the final three holes of the round for a one hole victory. None of the two finalists were able to be present to pick up their awards.

League Championship Runners Up
Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC
The 47th Ayrshire Junior Golf league Championship in 2015 saw a repeat of the 2014 final, with defending champions Kilmarnock (Barassie) again facing Ayr Belleisle for the title. Two of the six ties went to the final hole whilst a third was concluded at the seventeenth, and in a reverse of the 2014 result, it was Ayr Belleisle who took the title in 2015 with a 5 - 1 victory, giving the club only their second League Championship title in the history of the event.

2015 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Champions
Ayr Belleisle GC

The evening concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Ayrshire Golf Association President James McMurdo, of the host club.

Monday, October 26, 2015


Today, Monday 26th October 2015, the 2016 Subscription forms and entry forms for three major Ayrshire events have been forwarded to all member clubs by email.

The per capita subscription remains at £2.30 this year, and is liable in respect of all MALE playing members of clubs at 30th September 2015.

The minimum ammount payable by any club is 30 members (£69).

All subscriptions should be paid, and subscription forms returned to The Area Secretary, by 31st January 2016 at the latest.

Also forwarded to the Club Secretaries  are entry forms for three of the major Ayrshire events in 2016 - The Champion Of Champions Trophy, The Ayrshire Fourball Trophy and the Ayrshire Scratch leagues.

Entries for all three competitions must be in the hands of The Secretary by 31st January 2016.

Any club secretary who does not receive the forms by email should contact the Area Seceretary to arrange for further copies to be forwarded.

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION AGM - Clubs hear of county successes in 2015

President James McMurdo
The Ayrshire Golf Association Annual General Meeting was held at Caprington Golf Club on the evening of Tuesday 20th October.

28 members, representing 14 member clubs attended the meeting.

President James McMurdo (Ballochyle GC) highlighted a number of points contained within the  Presidents report, Financial Report, Coaching Report, Course rating report, Ayrshire Junior Golf League Report and Scottish Golf Union report, all of which had previously been circulated to member clubs.

Alasdair Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert GC) was re elected as Secretary / Treasurer of The association.

The three retiring members of the Area Executive, by rotation, Robert Wilson (Ballochmyle GC), Gordon Boyle (Turnberry GC) & Hugh McKenzie (Troon Welbeck GC) were all re elected for a further three year term.

Ronnie Potts
Retired after 27 years service

The AGM also marked the retiral from the Ayrshire Golf Association Executiive of Past President Ronnie Potts, after 27 years continual service on the Area Executive. Ronnie was warmly thanked for his service by President McMurdo.

West Of Scotland
Area Championship Trophy

Scottish Area Team
Championship Trophy

Those present at the meeting also had the opportunity to view, at close hand, the Scottish Area Team Championship Trophy, won by the county team at Blairgowrie in May, and also the West Of Scotland Area Team Trophy which had been secured by the county team only two days before the meeting, their first success in the competition for 27 years.

At the meeting, representatives were advised that the per capita subscription to AScottish Golf Ltd would rise from £11.00 to £11.25 in 2016 and, on the recommendation of the AGA Executive, it was agreed to retain the Ayrshire Golf Association per capita subscription at the present level of £2.30.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

GREENLEES TROPHY- Kilmarnock (Barassie) Ladies presented with championship cup

Members of the successful Kilmarnock (Barassie) Greenlees Trophy winning team were presented with the trophy at a lunch at Cathcart Castle Golf Club  on Tuesday afternoon, 20th October 2015.

The successful Kilmarnock (Barassie) players with the Greenlees Trophy
(Photograph courtesy of Carol Fell)
The team, who won the trophy for the first time this year, in the 75th anniversary year of the competition, were honoured along with the other divisional champions and winners in the special anniversary competition held earlier this year, at the lunch.

Monday, October 19, 2015

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Fraser best for Ayrshire at The Dukes

Jordan Fraser
Tied fourth at The Dukes
Jordan Fraser (Ayr Belleisle) was Ayrshire's best performer at the Scottish Junior Champion Of Champions event, played at The Dukes, St Andrews, on Saturday 17th October, finishing tied fourth in the boys competition.

Fraser posted a three over par score of 74, leaving him five strokes adrift of the winner, Jamie Stewart (Old Ranfurly) and just two storkes behind second placed Darren Howie (Peebles)

Jack Thomas (Irvine ) finished tied 11th on 5 over par 76, whilst Ayrshire Boys Champion Craig Mckenzie (Troon Welbeck) finished tied 15th on 78, 7 over par.

In the girls event, following the withdrawal of Emma Hale (Troon Ladies), Ayrshire's only representative was Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) who finished tied sixth on 77, 6 over par, leaving her four shots adrift of the winner Fiona Liddell (Schloss Vornholz).

GREENLEES TROPHY - First title win for Kilmarnock (Barassie) Ladies in West Of Scotland Inter Club Leagues

The ladies of Kilmarnock (Barassie) won the the Greenlees Trophy and Division 1 title in the West Of Scotland Inter Club Leagues in 2015, their first ever success in the competition.

7 - 2 wins at home to West Kilbride and away at Whitecraigs in their final two fixtures saw the Barassie team overtake Milngavie at the top of the table to capture the league crown and get their name on the Greenlees Trophy in the 75th anniversary year of the competition.

Troon ladies finished the season in third place with Loudoun fourth, whilst West Kilbride avoided relegation to division 2, finishing in seventh place in the table.

Final placings in Division 1 were :-

46.5 - Kilmarnock (Barassie)
45.0 - Milngavie
42.0 - Troon Ladies
40.5 - Loudoun
38.0 - Ranfurly Castle
37.5 - Cathkin Braes
31.0 - West Kilbride
27.0 - Douglas Park
16.5 - Whitecraigs

In Division 2, Cathcart Castle edged out Ayr Belleisle for the league title, though the Ayr club have the satisfaction of winning promotion for the second successive season. 

Largs finished in joint third place in division 2, but even a 5.5 - 3.5 away win at Hilton park in their final match of the season could not save Prestwick St Nicholas from relegation for a second successive year.

Final placings in Division 2 were :-

42.5 - Cathcart Castle
41.0 - Ayr Belleisle
38.5 - Williamwood
38.5 - Largs
37.5 - Erskine
33.5 - Old Ranfurly
33.0 - Lenzie
30.0 - Hilton Park
27.5 - Prestwick St Nicholas

Haggs Castle were clear winners of Division 3 and gained promotion alongside Kilmacolm.

Final placings in Division 3 were :-

64.0 - Haggs Castle
56.5 - Kilmacolm
51.5 - Cardross
37.5 - East Renfrewshire
36.5 - Bothwell Castle
36.0 - Cawder
34.0 - Eastwood
32.5 - Cowglen
31.0 - Lanark
25.5 - Greenock

Kilmarnock (Barassie) will be presented with their trophy at a lunch at Cathcart Castle on Tuesday 20th October.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire Youths lose out to Renfrewshire in final league match

The Ayrshire Youths team lost their final West Of Scotland Inter County League match of the season to Renfrewshire at Ayr belleisle on Sundau 18th October, going down by 5 - 3 to their visitors.

Sandy Buchanan and Jordan fraser won the opening two ties but defeats for Luke Murdoch, Robbie Fitzpatrick and Ally berry left the home side trailing 3 - 2 with three ties remaining. Renfrews edged closer to a win when David Wilson lost in the anchor match but a 2 & 1 win by Murray McCrone kept Ayrshire hopes alive, before Renfrewshire secured the win when Sandy walker lost on the final green.

Match details (Ayrshire names First) :-

Sandy Buchanan (St Nicholas) beat Anton O'Donnell (Greenock Whinhill) by 2 holes
Jordan Fraser (Ayr Belliesle) beat Alex Ferguson (Paisley) by 4 & 2
Luke Murdoch (Loudoun) lost to Paul Dorian (Greenock) by 6 & 5
Robbie Fitzpatrick (Irvine) lost to Matthew Dalrymple (Old Ranfurly) by 3 & 1
Ally Berry (Irvine Ravenspark) lost to Bryan Robertson (Renfrew) by 3 & 2
Sandy Walker (Ardeer) lost to Callum Taggart (Eastwood) by 1 hole

Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck) beat Sean Burns (Caldwell) by 2 & 1
David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) lost to Josh Beatt (Caldwell) by 5 & 4


WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire beat Renfrewshire to win West Of Scotland title for the first time in 27 years

The Ayrshire A Team beat Renfrewshire on Sunday 18th October at Bonnyton GC, in the West Of Scotland Inter County league, to claim the championship title for the first time in 27 years.

Going into the match both teams knew that the winners on the day would win the league title for 2015, and whilst Ayrshire were bidding to end a barren run dating back to their last win in 1988, 

Renfrewshire were hoping to extend their unprecedented run of successive championship wins to 13, having not tasted defeat in the West League since Dumbartonshire won the title on 2001.

Jack McDonald opened for Ayrshire against Matt Clark and was well ahead early on before Clark found his putting touch and pegged McDonald back to be all square playing the last. In a top class tie, the players halved the final hole in birdie threes to end all square.

Tommy McInally put Ayrshire’s first full point on the board with a 3 & 2 win over Andrew Farmer before the match was squared again when Malcolm Pennycott, who was leading after five holes, lost 6 & 5 following a run of five birdies and an eagle from his opponent.

Keith Hamilton held out for a notable one hole win over Craig Watson to put Ayrshire ahead once more and when Stuart Robin added a 2 & 1 win in his tie, Ayrshire only required a point from the remaining three ties to ensure victory in the match and the championship.

After 14 holes Craig Telfer was all square but lost fifteen and sixteen which resulted in a 2 & 1 defeat, but Ayrshire hopes remained high with both Steven Wallace and John Shanks one hole ahead after fourteen in their respective ties.

Steven Wallace extended his lead to two holes after fifteen and at the sixteenth a par five was good enough for Wallace to win his tie by 3 & 2. Having contributed five wins from five during the series, it was fitting that Wallace’s win gave Ayrshire the required 4 ½ points to win the match.

In the final tie on the course, John Shanks remained one hole up with two to play, but two closing birdies by his opponent was enough to pull one hole back to leave their tie all square and give a final match score of Renfrewshire 3 Ayrshire 5.

Match details (Ayrshire names first) :-

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) halved with M. Clark
Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) beat C. Watson by 1 hole
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) beat A. Farmer by 3 & 2
Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat P. Reilly by 2 & 1
Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay) lost to D. Anderson by 6 & 5
Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) lost to C. Pirie by 2 & 1
Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat S. Watt by 3 & 2
John Shanks (Irvine) halved with D. Dickson


The 2015 win is the ninth time that Ayrshire have won the West Of Scotland title since the competition began in 1936, the previous wins being in 1936, 1938, 1948, 1966, 1968, 1970 1971 and 1988,

Following on from the success earlier in the season in the Scottish Area Team Championships at Balirgowrie , this win provided a perfect end to the season for the management team of John Rushbury, Gordon Boyle and Allan Muir.

Over the five match series a total of 13 Ayrshire players took part, from nine clubs throughout the county:-

Ayr Belleisle – Keith Hamilton & Jim Johnstone
Ballochmyle – Craig Hamilton
Irvine – John Shanks
Kilmarnock (Barassie) – Jack McDonald
Loudoun – Tommy McInally
Prestwick St Cuthbert – Steven Wallace, Stuart Robin & Craig Telfer
Royal Troon – Michael Smyth
Turnberry – Gordon Boyle & Scott Brown
Whiting Bay – Malcolm Pennycott

Friday, October 16, 2015

AYRSHIRE WINTER GOLF ASSOCIATION - Gray, McKechnie and O'Neill take the honours at Dundonald

The first of this years Ayrshire Winter Golf Association competitions took place on Tuesday 13th October, in glorious sunny weather, over the Dundonald Links course.

Paul McKechnie  and Stephen Gray tied on 67  at Dundonald in the AWGA opening fixture of the season.

Both had front 9’s of 35 and back nines of 32.  Paul started with a triple bogey 7.   Stephen's  2 birdies and 1 bogey in front 9 were matched by Paul after his 7 he followed that with  birdie, birdie,  par, birdie, birdie  then 3 pars.

Professional scoreboard :-

PAR 72
Hayston G C
Braid Hills
Clydebank & District G C
Cathkin Braes G C
Strathaven G C
The Renaissance
Haggs Castle G C
Dundonald Links
Clydeway Golf
Royal Troon G C
American Golf Gailes
West Kilbride G C
Whitecraigs G C
Prestwick G C
Fereneze G C
Prestwick G C
Hilton Park G C
West Kilbride G C
Trump Turnberry
Cowglen G C

Johnny O'Neill of the North Beach Golf Club in Prestwick won the amateur competition for the J Kerr Wylie Salver with a nett 71

Leading amateur scores :-


North Beach
Dundonald Links
Glasgow G C
Loudon Gowf
Royal Troon G C