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

Arnold Palmer Cup

Congratulations to Hazel MacGarvie, Royal Troon, who has been selected to represent the International team that is due to take on the USA in this years Arnold Palmer Cup. This is a Ryder Cup style event for College/University golfers which began back in 1997.

This is due to take place at Lahinch Golf Club in Ireland from July 3rd to 5th this year. Obviously we don't know if this event will be able to go ahead this year (fingers crossed) but this is a great achievement for Hazel.




Scottish Golf Update


Copy and paste the following link for the recent advice from Scottish Golf - stay safe folks


https://mailchi.mp/8602c411e92f/covid-19-update-monday-23-march-9247722?e=18d945fe54



Update from the Captain

Ladies

Since I last wrote to you the situation with the Coronavirus has got much worse and therefore it will probably come as no surprise to you that, it is with great disappointment and regret, the Committee and I have decided to cancel the County Championship in April and the Foursomes in May.

We had hoped that it may have been possible to keep these competitions going by adhering to social distancing and not using club house facilities. However, following the Prime Ministers announcement yesterday and for the safety and well being of our members and their families this will not be possible. These are very sad and unprecedented times.

Being an optimist, hopefully we will all get back to our golf in June.

Thank you for your continued understanding.

Take care and stay safe.

Joanne

Great start for Luisa in Iowa

Luisa Gibson (Irvine GC) is in her Freshman year at Iowa Community College and she has got off to a great start in her time there by being named as Athlete of the week for March 9-13.

Well done Luisa, keep up the good work!