Margaret MacGregor

In an update to the earlier post about the sad death of Margaret MacGregor (Barassie) I have been notified that her funeral will be on Thursday 2 July.

Obviously, under the current circumstances, many people who would have attended will be unable to do so.  The cortege will be leaving Margaret's home at 1.10pm and will slow down on the stretch of beach on the A78 between Ardrossan and and Seamill.

The family have suggested that those who wish to pay their respects should stand on the path between the 2 car parks on that stretch as the cortege passes.

Alternatively, you would be welcome to stand outside the Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium where the service will be held at 2pm.



Congratulations

Congratulations to Freya Russell (Royal Troon) on receiving the South Ayrshire Council Active Schools award for Sports Performer of the Year.


Congratulations

Congratulations to our President Sheila Adam's who aced her 5th (yes FIFTH) hole in one today.

Her latest success was on the 17th hole at Loudoun today while out for a game with hubby Tom.


Margaret MacGregor

It is with sadness that I have to advise of the death of former County member Margaret MacGregor (Barassie)

Margaret was a very enthusiastic member of the County who willingly helped June Kerr at many of our Junior events over the years.  She also took on the role of Webmaster for a time which was greatly appreciated by all. She was only too happy to help and enjoyed keeping the members up to date with all her posts.

Margaret only gave up her membership a few years ago when she was diagnosed with Cancer.  She bravely fought her illness and had a remarkable outlook on life, not allowing it to get her down.  During that time she also completed her year as Lady Captain at Barassie, no mean feat.

Aside from her golf, Margaret had many talents; a gifted squash player, an artist and she played tennis at a very high level which led to being selected to play in the Scottish Veterans team. With any spare time that she did have she enjoyed cycling and pottering in her garden.



Fiona Collier, a great friend of Margaret's, sent me this lovely picture taken a few years ago in Spain enjoying one of the many wonderful games of golf they had both abroad and at home.

Sadly Margaret's health deteriorated recently and she lost her battle on Saturday morning where she was surrounded by her 3 lovely daughters.

She will be remembered for her tremendous spirit and courage and will be very sadly missed by her family and all of her many friends.

I'm sure you will all have her family in your thoughts at this sad and difficult time.


Update

Hopefully you will all have seen the email regarding the cancellation of our June fixture at Routenburn.  Unfortunate but to be expected at this time.

Your committee have been keeping in contact with our What's App group plus we had our first Zoom committee meeting, think this could be the new norm for meetings now!

The main topic is obviously fixtures and the decision was made not to wipe out the whole season in the hope that we may manage to get a competition played this year.  This is something that we can't predict at the moment but at least it looks like our courses will be opening soon for us to get some social golf.

Regarding the 4 West of Scotland Inter County fixtures, the West of Scotland secretary hosted a Zoom meeting with the 4 Captains and Vice Captains and it has been decided that this years rota of events will roll over into next year.  This means that Ayrshire will host the Kennedy Salver (junior inter county matches) in 2021 which was originally meant to be played next Monday 1 June at Irvine Golf Club. Hopefully we can use the same venue next year with a new date tbc  The main senior event (Jamboree) will be hosted by D&A at Cardross with the date tbc


I felt it was appropriate today to post a wee "blog" this morning given it was the day that we would all have been meeting up at St Nicholas to play in our first event of the year, the County Championship.

Ironically, in a year when we are unable to play, the weather has chosen to be glorious!! Not something that can be said for Championships in recent years. Prestwick springs to mind when it was particularly hellish but the support of our members is to be applauded as you all battled on and supported the event.

Last year was pretty cold and windy on the first day but the sun shone for the final contested by Louise Duncan, West Kilbride and Audrey Thompson, Loudoun in the beautiful setting of the Robert the Bruce Course at Turnberry.


It was a very sporting final with Louise claiming her first Ayrshire County Championship title



Despite the golf courses being closed I hope you are all practicing at home, where possible, for when they open up again. Your committee have been contesting putting and chipping challenges via Whats App, no breakages so far!

Stay safe and look forward to seeing you all again when we can

West of Scotland Competition update

Coronavirus Update

It is with regret that, due to the continuing threat from the Covid-19 virus and following a consultation with the 4 West County Captains, it has been decided to cancel the following competitions -

1 West of Scotland Championship - 10 May
2 Junior Inter County Matches (Kennedy salver) - 1 June
3 Inter County Foursomes Final - 2 June
4 West Inter County Matches (Jamboree) - 15-17 June

I hope you are all keeping safe and well

Jean Macintyre
West of Scotland secretary