Captain's New Year message

 

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 2021.

 

I, and I am sure all of us, had hoped by this time that we would be free of the Covid restrictions!  Alas that is not the case and we are now in the midst of a further period of lockdown. The positive is that we can still get outside and play golf even if it is just in two’s, and the Covid vaccine is on the horizon, which is great news!

 

Looking forward, Vice Captain Ann, the Committee and I, will do what we can to continue with the schedule of golf that we have in place for 2021. Obviously this will be dependent on Scottish Golf and the restrictions in place at the time of each competition. As always the safety of our members must be our priority.

 

As you will have seen, we have a good range of courses for you to play this year, so fingers crossed and with my optimistic hat on I look forward to seeing you for our first competition of the season, the Championship at Old Course, Royal Troon, (Booking opens on the 1st of March) book early as we expect numbers to be high, details of this and all competitions can be found on the website www.alcga.com.

 

Unfortunately due to the current restrictions the committee and I have taken the decision not to plan any social events meantime.

 

Take care of yourselves, stay safe and I and the committee look forward to seeing you on the golf course during 2021!

 

 

Joanne Sharp

Captain

January 2021

Captain Joanne, Vice Captain Ann and all the committee hope that all our members had a lovely Christmas and would like to offer our very best wishes for a healthy, safe and better golfing season in 2021


Congratulations Hazel

The R&A have this week announced their squads for the 2021 Vagliano Trophy and Curtis Cup teams. The squad consists of the top 17 amateur lady golfers in GB & I and we are delighted that Hazel MacGarvie (Royal Troon) has been included in the squad.


Hazel, who turned 21 in October, is the 3rd ranked Scottish player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings behind fellow squad members Hannah Darling, Broomieknowe, and Shannon McWilliam, Aboyne. 

The Vagliano is a biennial match between GB&I and the Continent of Europe, Hazel played in the team at Royal St George's in 2019 and was unbeaten with an impressive 3.5 points out of 4. Next years match is due to take place in Switzerland from 25-26 June.

The Curtis Cup was due to be played this year but for obvious reasons had to be postponed. It is due to take place in Wales from 26-28 August.

We all wish Hazel well for the final team selection.




Fiona Gilchrist

 It is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden death of Mrs Fiona Gilchrist, Troon Ladies.



Fiona was a long time member of the Ayrshire ladies, latterly as a non playing member. She was an excellent golfer and did play in the County team. She continued to be a very loyal supporter of the County and, along with Past Captain Grace Kennedy, supported the annual team matches (Jamboree) travelling all over to offer her services as trolley puller and spectator.

This picture was taken at one of these events, Bothwell Castle in 2013.

Funeral arrangements are still to be confirmed.

Sympathy to her family and friends at this difficult time.

Holders into the quarter finals

With the current travel restrictions affecting our annual winter foursomes, an all South Ayrshire tie took place at Barassie today between holders Minnie Hamilton and Liz Fitzpatrick and past captain Liz Wilson and her partner Linda McDonald.

Minnie and Liz booked their place in the quarter finals with a 4 and 2 victory.

They may have a long wait to find out their opponents as ties have been put on hold until travelling between counties can resume.

AGM

A successful Zoom AGM took place this evening with 39 ladies "zooming" in!

Captain Joanne Sharp highlighted the difficulties that this year has brought but was delighted that we were able to hold our Summer Meeting at Pollok in July and our Autumn Meeting at Dundonald in September.

One of the highlights of the AGM is always the announcement of the Fixtures for the new year and they are as follows -

Championship, Old Course, Royal Troon, April 26, 27, 28

Foursomes, Kilbirnie, May 11

Eleanor Taylor Trophy and Bronze Match play qualifier, Prestwick St Cuthbert, June 8

Summer Meeting, Whitecraigs, July 14

Coronation Medals, Ballochmyle, August 10

Autumn Meeting, West Kilbride, September 14


Leaving committee this year is Jenny Linklater, Largs, and our new committee member is Sheila Shedden, Prestwick St Nicholas.

Also leaving committee is Sheila Adams, Loudoun, having served her 2 year term as President.  The new President, coming on to committee for 2 years, is Liz Keohone (Loudoun)

Sheila is picture here handing over the Presidents badge to Liz





Winter Foursomes

This years winter foursomes are well under way now with most of the first round ties having been completed and even some of the second round!  Everyone is obviously taking advantage of the decent weather we've had recently.

Whether you are playing in the competition or not the up to date draw is available to view on How did I do - just log in and look for knockouts