Captain's letter

Happy New Year to all of our Lady and Junior Girl members and a very warm welcome to those who have joined the County in 2020.

I am very excited to be your Captain for 2020 and 2021 and to have Ann Wallace as my Vice Captain. We, with the support of the Committee, are committed to continuing to build the membership and to encourage and support our lady and junior members to enjoy their golf and the social events planned for 2020.

We have a good range of courses for you to play this year, details of which can be found on the fixture card on the website

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Beetle Drive and games night at the Irvine Golf club in November, it was a great turnout and a fun night, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. A special thank you to our President Sheila Adams and county member Chris Auld for finishing off the evening with Beetle songs on their ukuleles and a super sing along

Our next social event will be a Fashion Show on the 15th of April at the Walker Hall in Troon, further details will be available nearer the time. I hope to see you and your family and friends there.

Over the last few years we have made a concerted effort to recruit new members, please encourage your friends and golf buddies to join the County if they are not already members, application forms can be obtained from the website, any committee member or on your local club county notice boards.

Wishing you all successful and enjoyable golf in 2020

Very Best Wishes

Joanne Sharp

January 2020

Merry Christmas

Captain Joanne, Vice Captain Ann and the Committee would like to wish all County Members a Happy Christmas and very best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, fun and successful golfing season in 2020.

Winter Foursomes

The Winter Foursomes is well under way and we now have our quarter final line up way ahead of schedule!

At the top of the draw Alex Glennie and Anne Edgar (Barassie) will take on Irene Papworth and Gillian Pollock (Skelmorlie)

Next Past Captain Liz Wilson and her partner Linda McDonald (Barassie) will be making a trip to Kilbirnie to face Sandra Johnson and Nancy Shedden

Holders Minnie Hamilton and Liz Fitzpatrick (Barassie) will host the 2017 winners Margaret White and Sheila McDougall (St Nicholas)

In the last tie Jill West (Irvine) and Margaret Miller (Troon Ladies) will take on June Dempster and Katie Hodge (St Nicholas)

Ties to be played by 2 February 2020

Beetle Drive

Wednesday night saw our first social event of the winter with a very successful Beetle Drive, 43 members and friends enjoyed an evening of fun, games and entertainment at Irvine Golf Club.

In addition to the Beetle Drive we had a quiz with a "name the baby" round. Pictures of the committee "then and now" were on display for all to see. This proved to be quite a tricky task with some being more obvious than others! Thanks to our talented Treasurer Sandra for putting the quiz together, this was won by Moyra Withycombe, St Nicholas, and her guest Ann Ferguson.

Skills were tested with a putting competition where the non golfers seemed to better than the golfers! In addition there was the chance to win a bottle by "simply" throwing a pound coin at the said bottle.  I do think there was more luck than skill involved in this task but Elspeth Howie, Skelmorlie, and Pauline Patrick, Irvine, showed us all how it should be done.

The Beetle itself was won by our own President, Sheila Adams and she, along with Chris Auld finished off the evening with a very entertaining set of Beatles songs on their ukuleles.

AGM & Prize-giving 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM and Prizegiving last night at West Kilbride Golf Club. Well done to all of this year's prizewinners!

Please join me in welcoming our new captain Joanne Sharp from Barassie Golf Club and her new Vice Captain Ann Wallace from St Nicholas Golf Club. All the best for the next two years and good luck to all the ALCGA members for next season.

Scottish Champions

The Ayrshire Ladies team of -

Louise Ducan (West Kilbride)                         Rachel Foster (St Nicholas)
Luisa Gibson (Irvine)                                      Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies)
Jenny Linklater (Largs)                                   Pauline Patrick (Irvine)
Roz Purdom (St Nicholas)                              Audrey Thompson (Loudoun)

arrived at Peebles golf club last week to represent the West of Scotland in the Scottish County Finals.

Playing East Champions Fife on the first day they took a lead of 2-1 into the afternoon singles which they won by an impressive 5-1 to give their first win of the competition by a total of 7-2.

Day 2 and the opponents were the much fancied Champions from the North, Perth and Kinross.  Again a 2-1 lead in the morning gave the team an advantage going into the afternoon where they won the singles 4-2.  An excellent result on the day of 6-3 and confidence was high heading into the final day.

In recent years Ayrshire had reached the final stages of the competition being 3rd back in 2015 at Stranraer and runners up in 2011 at Dumfries and County but everyone was aware that it had been a long 49 years since we had been Champions of Scotland and the prospect of a long awaited win was looking likely.

Day 3 opponents were the 2016 Champions Dumfriesshire and the team did not disappoint taking a clean sweep of the morning foursomes which meant only a further point was needed for Ayrshire to be out of reach of the other teams.  Not only did we get that one point but went on to win the singles by 4-2 for a winning score of 7-2 and be unbeaten over the weekend and worthy champions.

Ayrshire had a very strong team, led by our Champion Louise Duncan and, along with some very experienced players, we also welcomed new recruits Pauline Patrick and Luisa Gibson and all 8 members of the team made their contribution to the overall result.

The Captain and the team would like to thank all the members and friends of ALCGA who offered their support over the weekend. We were fortunate to have some great caddies which helped in the tricky weather conditions and it was nice to see a lot of Ayrshire support around the course. We also received many good wishes before, during and after the event which was very much appreciated.

Attached are some pictures of the winning team plus one of the 1970 winning team of Ann Turner, Jean Campbell, Sheila Hamilton, Isabel Crawford, Cathy McLelland, Betty Singleton, Pat Cairns Smith and Margaret Sharp.

Scottish County finals

Dear county member,

Thank you in advance to those of you who have volunteered to TrolleyPull next weekend, at the inter county championship Finals, at Peebles Golf Club.

For the new members, or for those of you who are not quite sure what’s happening, next week.

In June Ayrshire LCGA, won the west of Scotland inter county championship at Prestwick GC. We now go on to represent the west against Fife,Perth & Kinross Dumfrieshire.

This will be an exciting weekend for Team Ayrshire, they will be up against the cream of ladies amateurs golfers from all over Scotland.

We are still 4 Trolley pullers short for Friday and Sunday. If you can spare a morning or afternoon to help out we would really appreciate it, please get in touch :)

If you only have a couple of hours spare the Team would love to see some Ayrshire support on the course, sporting Yellow and Green of course.

Yours sincerely
Liz Wilson
ALCGA Captain