Tuesday, May 26, 2015

DOUGIE DEMPSTER - former Ayrshire Golf Association Executive member passes away

Dougie Dempster of Ballochmyle Golf Club, the former Ayrshire Junior Golf League representative to The Ayrshire Golf Association passed away at 5.20 p.m. on Tuesday 26th May 2015 after a brave battle against cancer.

A great character, Dougie's time in charge of the juniors at Ballochmyle was much appreciated by young golfers and the club in general and his jovial and friendly manner made him many friends in the wider golfing circles in Ayrshire.

It was during his time with the juniors at Ballochmyle that Dougie represented the Ayrshire Junior Golf league on the Ayrshire Golf Association Executive, until the advent of his illness.

Dougie battled cancer with the same stoic, sometimes jovial, but always determined and optimistic attitude that he had developed during his military service, still keeping up to date with friends and golfing acquaintances via social media and encouraging the junior members of Ballochmyle in competition, even though he was not well enough to be present himself, but the end came peacefully on Tuesday evening with his family around him.

The thoughts of all at the Ayrshire Golf association are with Dougie's wife and children, his wider family and close friends at this sad time.

With Dougie's passing Ayrshire golf has lost a valued volunteer and many within the wider golfing circles of the county have lost a good friend.

SCOTTISH BOYS AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire team announced for Tulliallan event

The Ayrshire team who will contest the Scottish Boys Area Team Championship at Tulliallan Golf Club on Sunday 7th June has been announced.

Ayrshire Boys Champion Jack Thomas (Irvine) is in the four man team alongside former Junior Champion Of Champions title holder Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck), and Ayrshire Boys County team members Luke Murdoch (Loudoun) and Jack Broun (Turnberry)

The championship begins with two morning foursomes, where Jack Thomas will be paired with Jack Broun and Murray McCrone will partner Luke Murdoch, with both scores counting towards the team total.

In the afternoon, the best three of the four singles scores will complete the team score for the competition.

CAPRINGTON GOLF CLUB - Greenkeeping vacancies advertised

Caprington Golf Club, who take over responsibility for the Caprington course from the local authority this month, are advertising three greenkeeping positions to be filled in the near future, as the membership embark on an exciting new chapter in the history of the club.

Details of the requirements for the posts are included in the letter reproduced below, along with contact details for the Club Secretary Billy Richmond.

WEST OF SCOTLAND BOYS LEAGUE - Ayrshire lose opener to Dumbartonshire at Cardross

Ayrshire were narrowly defeated in their opening fixture in the 2015 West Of Scotland Inter County Under 18 Boys league on Sunday 24th May, going down by 4 1/2 - 3 1/2 to defending champions Dumbartonshire at Cardross GC.

The Under 16's won three of the four ties, but only Jordan Sweeney (Ayr Belleisle) picked up anything from the four Under 18 ties.

Match details (Ayrshire names first) :-

Under 16

Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle)  lost to Calum Burns (Balmore) by 5&4

Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) beat Kyle Reid (Balmore) by 2&1

Blair Fleming (Troon Welbeck) beat Ross Cameron (Douglas Park) by 3&2

Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Andrew Halfpenny(Dullatur) by 1 hole

Under 18

Craig McKenzie (Troon Welbeck) lost to Robbie Kemsley (Balmore) by 5&4

Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck) lost to Cameron Black (Cardross) by 9&8

Jordan Sweeney (Ayr Belleisle) halved with Rhys Thomson (Palace Rigg)

Elliot Spence (Loudoun) lost to Ellis Hart (Dullatur) by 4&2


Ayrshire's next fixture is at home to Glasgow at Caprington GC on Sunday 14th June.

Friday, May 22, 2015

TURNBERRY JUNIOR OPEN - new event added to Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit counting competitions

The Turnberry Junior Open, to be played over the Kintyre course on Thursday 16th July 2015, has been included as an Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit counting event for the first time this year.

The championship is open to junior golfers between the ages of 12 and 18, with a maximum handicap of 24.

Entry fee is £25 and places can be booked by phone on 01655 334175 or by email at

More information can be found on the Turnberry Hotel website or by clicking on the appropriate link on the left of this page, under the 'Juniors Info' heading.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DOC THOM AYRSHIRE ORDER OF MERIT - McInally takes early lead

With three of the sixteen qualifying events completed, Tommy McInally (Loudoun) leads the table in the 2015 Ayrshire Order Of Merit, for the Doc Thom salver.

McInally, winner of the Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship last month, leads from Hillhouse Cup winner James Johnston (Ayr Belleisle).

The next counting event is the Scottish Strokeplay Championship at Moray at the end of May and the next two local counting events are the Belleisle Cup on 31st may and the Ayr Seafield Open on 6th June.

The present positions in the order of merit are :-

150 TOMMY  McINALLY Loudoun
100 JAMES JOHNSTON Ayr Belleisle
87.5 STUART ROBIN Prestwick St Cuthbert
87.5 JOHN  SHANKS Irvine
75 MICHAEL SMYTH Royal Troon
75 C McFARLANE Irvine
56.67 JOHN  HAGGARTY Loudoun
50 KEITH HAMILTON Ayr Belleisle
50 STUART  MILLER Kilmarnock Barassie
35 EUAN  BROWN Kilmarnock Barassie
35 SANDY BUCHANAN Prestwick St Nicholas
35 COLIN McGOWAN Troon Welbeck
21.67 SCOTT BROWN Turnberry
21.67 STEVEN STAMPER Turnberry
7.5 GARY JORDAN Crosshouse
7.5 BRUCE CALDOW Kilmarnock Barassie

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL - Third round line up completed

The eight third round ties in the 2014 Ayrshire Fourball Championship are now known, following completion of the second round ties this week.

In the outstanding two second round matches, George Wallace & Neil Black (Saxone) had a 4 & 3 win away from home against Gordon Mackay & Martin Lothian (Turnberry Staff), whilst Graeme Logan & Derek Patterson (Ayr Belleisle) had a one hole home win over Daren Murdoch & Robert Johnstone).

The full line up for the third round, with ties due to be completed by 21st June, is :-

3rd Round
Played By:- 21st June 2015
Derek Bryson & Robert Bryson
New Cumnock

Hugh Connor & Steven Capaldi
George Wallace & Neil Black

John Sloan & Robert Long
Tam O Shanter
John Paul Flanigan & Eddie Saunders
Troon St Meddans

Andrew Macleod & John Cook
Rowallan Castle
Graeme Logan & Derek Patterson
Ayr Belleisle

Steven Jackson & Andrew Graham
Jim Shankley & Hugh Letford
Ayr Seafield

James Anderson & Paul Church
Stuart Docherty & Martin Docherty

Richard Stevenson & Colin McIlwraith
David McCulloch & George McCulloch
Brunston Castle

Craig Menzies & Murray Pringle
Scott Bunyan & Robert Murdoch
Doon Valley

James McQueen & Fergus Henry
Prestwick St Cuthbert

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Championship down to last sixteen

The Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Trophy competition is down to the last sixteen after all second round ties were completed last week.

In the four outstanding second round ties, Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) and Jamie Stewart (Whiting Bay) received walkovers from Del Chamberlain (Troon Welbeck) and Hugh Letford (Ayr Seafield) respectively, whilst Greg Jarvie (Crosshouse) had a 2 hole home win over Alan Stewart (Stewarton) and Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) beat Martin Moore (Tam O Shanter) by 6 & 5.
The third round ties, due to be completed by 21st June, are :-

3rd Round
Played By:- 21st June 2015
Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon)
James Graham (Doon Valley)
John Shanks (Irvine)
Tommy McInally (Loudoun)
Frank Murdoch (Brunston C)
Andrew Power (Troon Portland)
Stuart Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Scott Ainsworth (Ardeer)
Kenny Whitfield Irvine Ravenspark)
Stuart Robin (St Cuthbert)
Jamie Stewart (Whiting Bay)
Greg jarvie (Crosshouse)
Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle)
Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle)
Kenny Milliken (Troon St Meddans)
Kieran Clark (Braehead)

HILLHOUSE CUP - Johnston battles the weather to win trophy at Royal Troon

James Johnston
James Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) came out on top as many of Ayrshire's leading players battled the elements at Royal Troon on Sunday 17th May in the annual competition for The Hillhouse Cup.

With wind and rain throughout the day, scoring was so difficult that the CSS rose to 78 reduction only.

Johnston's performance in the conditions was admirable, returning a scratch score of 75 to win the trophy by four strokes from his nearest challenger.

Leading Scores :-

75 - James Johnston (Ayr Belleisle)

79 - C McFarlane (Irvine)

80 - Matthew Dargie (Royal Troon), Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas),
Colin McGowan (Troon Welbeck)

81 - Gary Jordan (Crosshouse), Bruce Caldow (Kilmarnock Barassie)

BELHAVEN BEST SCOTTISH CAPTAINS & SECRETARIES CHAMPIONSHIP - Rowallan castle take the honours at Bathgate qualifier

The Rowallan Castle duo of John Rushbury & Andrew Macleod took the honours on Tuesday 19th May at Bathgate GC when they came first in the SGU Belhaven Best captains & Secretaries Championship qualifying event.
John Rushbury & Andrew Macleod toast their success at Bathgate

For John Rushbury it proved to be his second taste of success in 48 hours in national competition, following his role as team manager for the winning Ayrshire team in the Scottish Area team Championships on Sunday 17th May at Blairgowrie.

With the top eight in each qualifying event in the better ball format going forward to the grand final at Cruden Bay in October, Rusbury & Macleod led the field at Bathgate with a five under par score of 66. 

The Ayr Seafield pairing of Jason Denham & Peter Harding finished in fifteenth place at Bathgate with a one over par 72.

Earlier this month, on Thursday 7th May, three other Ayrshire teams tasted success in the qualifying event at Williamwood GC when they qualified for the grand final alongside Rowallan Castle.

The Ardeer pair of Ken Smith & John Boyle were tied second on the day with a level par 69, four shots behind winner Bearsden.

Troon St Meddans, represented by John Nellany & Frank Drum, and Stewarton, represented by Darren Murdoch & Jim McBlain, tied in fifth place on 70 to take two of the qualifying places.

The Tam O  Shanter team of Findlay Craig & David Gemmell along with the Irvine representatives Bill McMahon & Brian Lamb, tied ninth place on 73 to just miss out on qualification.

Three other Ayrshire teams played in the qualifier at Williamwood.

Civil Aviation Authority Golf Society (CAAGS), represented by Graham Donald & James Ross, finished tied fourteenth on 74 whilst the irvine ravenspark duo of Gerry McKenna & Ian Griffin were one shot further back on 75 and the Chase representatives John Brodie & Eric Boreland finished in 24th place on 80.

Two other Ayrshire clubs have the chance of booking a place in the final when they compete in the qualifying event at lanark GC on Wednesday 19th August.

New Cumnock will be represented by Brian park & james Graham whilst Troon merchants will be represented by John Dodd & Tom McClements

Monday, May 18, 2015

AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - Holders through to last sixteen

Title Holders David & George McCulloch
Title holders David & George McCulloch (Brunston Castle) are through to the last sixteen in the 2015 Ayrshire Fourball Championship.

The McCulloch's were awarded a walkover in their second round clash by their opponents John McLaughlan & Robbie Gault (Troon Portland) and will now be at home to Craig Menzies & Murray Pringle (Muirkirk) in the third round.

Also through to the last sixteen are Stuart & Martin Docherty (Crosshouse) who were 3&2 winners at home to John Craig & Ross Samson (Loudoun) in their second round clash. The Crosshouse duo now have a home tie against Richard Stevenson & Colin Mcilwraith (Pontoon) in round three.

With all second round ties due to be completed by Sunday 17th May, there are two outstanding results yet to be received:-

Gordon Mackay & Martin Lothian (Turnberry Staff)
George Wallace & Neil Black (Saxone

Graeme Logan & Derek Patterson (Ayr Belleisle) 
Daren Murdoch & Robert Johnstone (Stewarton)

AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Moultrie winns the meeting of former winners

Paul Moultrie
2008 Champion Of Champions title winner Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon) came out on top in his clash with 2012 & 2013 back to back title winner Steven McEwan in their second round meeting in the 2015 competition for the Champion Of Champions Trophy.

Playing at home, Moultrie overcame Mcewan with a 4 & 3 victory, to set up another home tie in Round three against James Graham (Doon Valley).
Also through to the last sixteen is Kenny Milliken (Troon St Meddans) who beat Colin Berry (Rowallan Castle) at Rowallan Castle by 4 & 3 in round two. Milliken now faces a home tie against Kieran Clark (Braehead) in round three.

With all second round matches due to be completed by Sunday 17th may, the outstanding results still to be received are :-

Del Chamberlain (Troon Welbeck) Vs. Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert)
Hugh Letford (Ayr Seafield) Vs. Jamie Stewart (Whiting Bay)
Greg Jarvie (Crosshouse) Vs. Alan Stewart (Stewarton)
Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) Vs. Martin Moore (Tam O Shanter) 

WEST OF SCOTLAND BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP - Entry forms and poster now available

The 2015 West Of Scotland Boys Championship will be hosted by Stirlingshire at Falkirk GC on Monday 6th July, and entry forms are now available.

The entry form and poster has been distributed to clubs throughout Ayrshire by email today, and are also available to download via the appropriate link on the left of this page under the 'Juniors Info' heading.

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THE 2015
MONDAY 6th JULY 2015
ENTRY FEE £ 10.00
Open to members of clubs affiliated to the
Ayrshire, Dumbartonshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Stirlingshire
Areas of The Scottish Golf Union



The players returning the 16 best aggregate scratch totals will contest

At Falkirk Golf Club on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th July 2015
Or from the Stirlingshire Golf Union Secretary
(Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope)



Sunday, May 17, 2015

SCOTTISH AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS - Ayrshire are champions after final win over Dumbartonshire

The winning Ayrshire team :-
Keith Hamilton, Jack McDonald, Stuart Robin, John Shanks
Tommy McInally, Scott Brown
Ayrshire are the 2015 Scottish Area Team Champions after defeating Dumbartonshire by 5.5 - 3.5 in the final at Blairgowrie Golf Club on Sunday 18th May.

Leading by 2 - 1 following the morning foursomes, Ayrshire needed three of the six afternoon singles to ensure their third title win in the event, following their previous two successes in 1986 and 2008.

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) faced the in form Ewan Ferguson (Bearsden) in the lead singles and it was the Ayrshire player who won by 3 & 2 to put the team a point closer to victory.

McDonald's win was soon followed by a 2 & 1 victory for Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) over Angus Carrick (Douglas Park) to leave Ayrshire needing just one point to secure victory.

The match had been tight throughout and so it was to prove in the closing stages as Dumbartonshire fought back, with Chris McLean (Balmore) beating Tommy McInally (Loudoun) by one hole and Steven Stewart (Clydebank & Overtoun) winning by 2 & 1 against Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle), to level the singles score at 2 - 2 with two ties remaining on the course.

The honour of securing the winning point for Ayrshire fell to John Shanks (Irvine). Despite being two down after two holes against James Wilson (Balmore), Shanks fought back to forge a three hole lead with four holes remaining. At the fifteenth, Shanks had the comfort of two putts to win the hole and the tie and he rolled his first putt close enough to the hole to prompt a concession from his opponent, giving Ayrshire the vitam third point needed to take the 2015 Area Team Championship title.

In the final tie on the course, Scott Brown (Turnberry) had fought back from three down to George Duncan (Windyhill) to lead by two holes with two to play. The title having been secured following Shanks' win, Brown and Duncan agreed a half match, leaving the final match score as Ayrshire 5.5 Dumbartonshire 3.5.

Players and officials celebrating Ayrshire's title win

In what was a great team performance, all six players contributed to at least 1 1/2 from a possible four points towards the Ayrshire wins in the three matchplay round en route to victory, with Jack McDonald taking four points from four and recording notable wins over Amateur Champion Bradley Neil, on his home course, in the quarter finals as well as a semi final win against fellow internationalist Matt Clark and a final win over the in form Ewan Ferguson.

Ayrshire's win was richly deserved and all the more notable as they defeated the host area and pre tournament favourites Perth & Kinross, who won the championship the last time it was played at blairgowrie in 2012, in the quarter finals before ousting the defending champions Renfrewshire in the semi finals and then defeating the top qualifiers Dumbartonshire in the final.

At the conclusion of the final, both teams received medals and Ayrshire Captain John Rushbury accepted the Area Team Championship Trophy on behalf of the county team.

SCOTTISH AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS - Ayrshire take 2 - 1 foursomes lead in final

Ayrshire lead Dumbartonshire 2 - 1 after the morning foursomes in the final of the Scottish Area Team Championships at Blairgowrie today, Sunday17 May, as the county side bid for only their third win in the competition, following their title successes in 1986 & 2008.

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Scott Brown (Turnberry), playing in the second tie, got the first point on the board for Ayrshire with a 5 & 4 win over Steven Stewart and James Wilson.

Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) and Tommy McInally (Loudoun) lost out by 3 & 2 to Ewen Ferguson & Angus Carrick as Dumbartonshire levelled the match score at 1 - 1.

The Ayrshire advantage in the match was assured in the final foursomes tie when John Shanks (Irvine) holed a long birdie putt on the fifteenth green to give him and his partner, Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) a 4 & 3 victory over Chris McLean and George Duncan.

The final concludes on Sunday afternoon with the closing six singles matches.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

SCOTTISH AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS - Ayrshire storm into final at Blairgowrie

Ayrshire will play Dumbartonshire in the final of the 2015 Scottish Area team Championships at Blairgowrie on Sunday 17 may after two great results in the quarter and semi finals on Saturday.

In the quarter finals on Saturday morning, Ayrshire faced one of the pre tournament favourites, host area Perth & Kinross, who won the championship the last time it was staged at Blairgowrie.

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat host club member and British Amateur Champion Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie) in the lead singles on the final green, and a 2 & 1 win for Scott Brown (Turnberry) over Gavin Dear along with a 4 & 3 win by John Shanks (Irvine) over Stuart Graham gave Ayrshire the required three points for a win.

With the foursomes pairing of Tommy McInally (Loudoun) and Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) having just completed the first extra hole in their match with Glenn Campbell & Mark Cameron and the final singles between Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) and Danile Young being all square after eighteen, the last two games were agreed as halved, giving Ayrshire a 4 - 1 victory overall.

In the afternoon Semi Finals, Ayrshire faced defending champions Renfrewshire.

Tommy McInally and keith Hamilton again played foursomes and beat Ronnie Clark & Gordon Stevenson by 4 & 2.

Jack McDonald kept up his impressive form with a 4 & 3 win over Matthew Clark and when Stuart Robin holed from eight feed at the final hole of his match against Michael Daily for a one hole victory, Ayrshire had the three points needed for victory.

Scott brown lost out in his match by 4 & 3 to Andrew farmer and with the match won, John Shanks and Craig Watson agreed  a half, giving Ayrshire a 3 1/2 - 1 1/2 victory.

The final against Dumbartonshire on Sunday morning with three foresomes starting at 0800 and six singles in the afternoon.

Friday, May 15, 2015


With all second round matches due to be completed by Sunday 17th May, there are six results still outstanding.

John Shanks (Irvine) recently booked his place in the last sixteen with a one hole victory away from home against Gordon Johnston (Kilbirnie Place). In the third round Shanks will be at home in a difficult tie against five times winner Tommy McInally (Loudoun).

Andy Power (Troon St Meddans) had a 5 & 3 home win over Kevin Coupland (Malletsheugh) to set up a third round away tie against Frank Murdoch (Brunston Castle).

Also away from home in the third round, against Stuart Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie), is Scott Ainsworth (Ardeer) who had a home win in round two over Alan Smeeton (The Chase).

The only other result posted recently saw Gregor Mackintosh (Girvan) lose at home by 3 & 2 to Kieran Clark (Braehaed). Clark will be away from home again in the third round at Rowallan Castle or Troon St Meddans.

The outstanding ties in round two are :-

Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon) Vs. Steven McEwan (Caprington)
Del Chamberlain (Troon Welbeck) Vs Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert)
Hugh Letford (Ayr Seafield) Vs. Jamie Stewart (Whiting Bay)
Greg Jarvie (Crosshouse) Vs. Alan Stewart (Stewarton)
Craig Hamilton (Ballochyle) Vs. Martin Moore (Tam O Shanter)
Colin Berry (Rowallan Castle) Vs. Kenny Milliken (Troon St Meddans) 

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Nine clubs remain as Caprington withdraw from League Championship this year.

Only nine clubs will contest the 2015 Ayrshire Junior Golf League Championship this year, following the withdrawal of Caprington from the premier event this season, following on from the earlier withdrawal of Prestwick St Nicholas from the competition.

Though some of the clubs concerned will take part in other Ayrshire Junior Golf league events such as the Under 16 and Champion Of Champions competition, the loss of clubs in the League Championship competition is a worrying trend, with less than half the clubs taking part now than the number that competed in the early 1990's.

Following the withdrawal of Caprington, two sections of five teams will play throughout the season, with the section winners progressing to the final to conterst the league Championship.

The sections are :-

Troon Welbeck
Kilmarnock Barassie
Prestwick St Cuthbert

Ayr Belleisle
West Kilbride

LADIES GOLF - Ayrshire players shine in West Veterans champoinship at Largs

Liz Keohone
A number of Ayrshire ladies shone in difficult conditions at the West Of Scotland Veteran Ladies Championship played at Largs GC on Thursday 14th May, led by Liz keohone (Loudoun) who was just pipped by virtue of the better inward half for the scratch prize but won the silver handicap section.

Strong winds made scoring very difficult and contributed to the CSS rising to 76, reduction only.

The leading scores were :-

83 - Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) (BIH), Liz Keohone (Loudoun)


77 - Liz Keohone (Loudoun)
78 - Christine Fowler (Cowglen) (BIH), Helen Robertson (Douglas Park)

78 - Gail Brown (Troon Ladies)
83 - Janette Stewart (Kilmarnock Barassie)

83 - Janette Stewart (Kilmarnock Barassie)

Following on from the strokeplay at Largs, the West Vets Championship matchplay rounds will take place at Renfrew GC on 28th and 29th May, whilst the handicap matchplay for the Stewart Trophy will take place at largs, also on 28th and 29th May.

Alex Glennie
Ayrshire has two representatives amongst the Championship Matchplay qualifiers, Liz Keohone (Loudoun) being joined by Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie)

The full draw for the first round of the championship, on 28th may, is :-

Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) Vs Maureen Woodhead (Gourock)
Anabel Kane (Kilmacolm) Vs. Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle)
Chris Fowler (Cowglen) Vs. Mary Wylie (Elderslie)
Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire) Vs. Anna Telfer (Milngavie)
Liz Keohone (Loudoun) Vs. Liz Stewart (Greenburn)
Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) Vs. Sheena McDonald (Milngavie)
Nicola Henderson (Haggs Castle) Vs. Pat Hutton (Lanark)
Larraine Campbell (Cardross) Vs. Linda McDougall (Greenock)

In the handicap championship for the Stewart Trophy, Ayrshire only have one representative in the guise of County Captain Sheila Adams (Loudoun).
Sheila Adams

The full draw for the first round, to be played on 28 May, is :-

Morag Key (Ralston) Vs. Margaret Gray (Old Ranfurly)
Sheila Adams (Loudoun) Vs. Merope Dunlop (Old ranfurly)
Mo Neilson (Greenock) Vs. Marion Stewart (Kilmacolm)
Cathy Morton (Eastwood) Vs. June Lockhart (Gleddoch)

SCOTTISH AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS - Ayrshire qualify comfortably for matchplay stages

Ayrshire qualified comfortably in sixth place for the matchplay stages of the 2015 Scottish Area team Championships, being played this weekend at Blairgowrie.

The succesful Ayrshire team :-
Jack McDonald, John Shanks, Stuart Robin
Keith hamilton, Scott Brown, Tommy McInally
With two rounds of strokeplay qualifying on Friday 15th May, and the top eight of the sixteen areas going through to the matchplay rounds, the best five scores from six over both the Landsdowne and Rosemount courses counted towards the team total.

Ayrshire's score over the Lansdowne course was 370, with Jack McDonald (71), Stuart Robin (75), John Shanks (71), Keith Hamilton (78) and Scott Brown (75) providing the counting scores and Tommy McInally's score of 79 being discarded.

On the Rosemount course the Ayrshire team total was 359 with jack McDonald (68), stuart Robin (69), John Shanks (75), Keith Hamilton (73) & Tommy McInally (74) providing the counting scores and Scott Brown's score of 76 being discarded.

The team total of 729 left Ayrshire comfortably in sixth place of the eight qualifiers, eight shots ahead of the North east in seventh place.

Final team totals were :-

726 - FIFE
748 - NORTH
749 - ANGUS
751 - SOUTH

The quarter final matches take place on Saturday morning, 16th May, with the semi finals in the afternoon. The format for the quarter and semi finals is four singles matches and one foursome.

The line up for the quarter finals matches (subject to confirmation) is :-



AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - Latest second round results

With all second round ties due to be completed by Sunday 17th May, there have been a number of results posted recently.

Hugh Connor & Steven Capaldi (Malletsheugh) were awarded a walkover by their opponents Robert Adams & Iain Pirrie (Abbotsford) and will now play Derek & Robert Bryson (New Cumnock, at New Cumnock, in round three.

John Sloan & Robert Long (Tam O Shanter) beat near neighbours Gary Boyle & George Campbell (Braehead) by 3 & 2 and will be away from home in round three against either Turnberry Staff or Saxone.

John Paul Flannigan & Eddie Saunders (Troon St Meddans) will be at home to Andrew Macleaod & John Cook (Rowallan Castle) in round three. the Troon St Meddans duo had a one hole win away from home against David McAlpine & Scott Wilson (Drongan) in round two whilst the Rowallan Castle pair won at the nineteenth at home to John Wylie & John Wylie (Glacier).

Richard Stevenson & Colin McIlwraith (Pontoon) booked their place in the last sixteen with a 5 & 4 away win over Allan Kidd & Richard Hope (Annanhill), and now face an away tie against Crosshouse or Loudoun in round three.

Also through are Jim Shankley & Hugh Letford (Ayr Seafield) who had a home win over Robert Adam & Mark Skilling (Troon Welbeck) in round two, and now have a home tie against James Anderson & Paul Church (Skelmorlie) in the last sixteen.

The results still outstanding from round two are :-

Turnberry Staff Vs Saxone
Ayr Belleisle Vs Stewarton
Crosshouse vs Loudoun
Troon Portland Vs Brunston Castle.

CHARITY CHAMPS - 4 Ayrshire Golf Professionals to play six Championship Courses in 1 Day

Four local Golf Professionals are teeing off on a special charity golf challenge to play six of Ayrshire’s Championship courses in one day.
The six course challengers pictured at Trump Turnberry along with Eric Trump
L - R - Kieron Stevenson, Ricky Hall, Eric Trump, Guy Redford & David Fleming
Attempting the feat to play six courses in one day on the 20th June, are the Head Professionals at four of Ayrshire’s finest golf courses, including three venues that have hosted the Open Championship 36 times between them. 

Ricky Hall of Trump Turnberry, David Fleming of Prestwick Golf Club, Kieron Stevenson of Royal Troon Golf Club and Guy Redford of Dundonald Links, will be taking up this challenge in a bid to raise funds for a selection of charities.

The Eric Trump Foundation and CLIC Sargent have been named as the beneficiaries, with The Eric Trump Foundation raising funds as part of a new partnership that will help Yorkhill Children’s Charity.  

Ricky Hall commented:

 “We all met working at Turnberry at various times over the years and we all have stayed in touch and remained friends.
“When we started to discuss the idea of doing something for charity it really had to involve golf and it’s great to be able base the concept around these six great golf courses. We will be out on the courses practicing but I’m not sure anything can really prepare us properly for what’s to come – we’ll be walking each course with no buggies or caddies, so it will be an interesting and exhausting day!
“We’re starting by teeing off on the Ailsa Course at 4am so we’re hoping that our alarm clocks are working properly!”

David Fleming from Prestwick Golf Club added:

“We know each of the courses really well which should make them quicker to play but there’s no doubt it’s going to be a real challenge for all of us.
“However, it’s all for a fantastic cause, so we’re looking forward to getting started, raising some money and perhaps even making it an annual event.”

The team will start on the Championship Ailsa course, before continuing on to the Kintyre Course, Dundonald Links, then the Portland and Old courses at Royal Troon, finishing at the birthplace of Open golf, Prestwick Golf Club at approximately 10:30pm.

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