Centenary Trophy

Ayrshire Girls' final competition of the season was played over Barassie Links on Saturday.   This was a first time of playing the course for most of the girls and it couldn't have happened on a better day with blue skies and sunshine all afternoon.  The winner of the stableford competition was Cristina McCracken (Troon Ladies) playing off 28 who finished on 35 points.  Runner-up was Barassie girl Katie Ronnie(30) who had 31 points.   Sarah Ramsay(West Kilbride) was the top silver player on 29 points.

The Pre-handicap girls played the 9 hole Hillhouse course with forward tees at a few of the more difficult holes.   It was a very close contest all the way for these girls, and I'm sure it won't be too long until they get their handicaps.   Results:-
1st   Tammi Grady (Ardeer)             59
2nd  Connie Greig (Barassie)          60
3rd   Melissa Graham (Barassie)    62
The putting competition was won by Melissa.

Very well done to all the girls who played today.   Cristina is pictured with the Centenary Trophy along with the runner-up trophy for the West Girls' Bronze Championship.

West of Scotland Girls' Championship

Two Ayrshire girls qualified through to finals day of the West Girls' Championship, Katy Hill (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) in the semi-finals of the main Championship, and Cristina McCracken (Troon Ladies) in the Bronze final.   In sharp contrast to Saturday's sunshine at Barassie, Sunday morning at Troon Portland was wet and windy.    Katy played well but just failed to make it through to the final losing to Megan Docherty, while Cristina also missed out on the win by a narrow margin.   Well done girls getting to this stage.   Incidentally, the final has been postponed due to worsening of the weather, it will now be played on 21st October.

West Kilbride Girls' Open

Two Ayrshire girls won trophies today at West Kilbride Girls' Open.   Louise Duncansuccessfully defended the Nancy Chisholm Trophy for the best scratch score, with an excellent round of 76 on a bright sunny afternoon, but with a very strong northerly wind making scoring conditions very difficult.   Cristina McCracken (Troon Ladies) won the Kandy Bar Cup for the best nett score 104 (28) 76 bih.   Well done girls 😊

Ayrshire Girls' Championship and St. Nicholas Trophy

Samantha McKay (Loudoun Gowf Club) was a double winner on Sunday at Prestwick St. Cuthbert's.    Claire McLaughlin (West Kilbride) and Samantha both returned scores of 81.   The girls were still locked together on the better inward half, and the last 6 holes, but Samantha clinched the trophy having the better last 3 holes to become County Junior Champion for 2018.    Playing off 14 handicap Samantha had the best nett of the day to win the St. Nicholas Trophy.    
Samantha McKay            81 (14) 67
Sarah Ramsay                  82 (10) 72
Katy Hill                            85 (10) 75
The Bronze winner was Katie Ronnie (Barassie), and in the Telegraph sponsored event Freya Russell had the best Under 14 scratch score - 87.
Pre-handicap Competition
Three girls played 8 holes from the red tees followed by a putting competition.
1st  Melissa Graham (Barassie)
2nd  Connie Greig (Barassie)
3rd  Tammi Grady (Ardeer)
Tammi won the putting competition
 Very well done to all the girls!    More photos (courtesy of Gaynor Russell) can be found under Google Photos

World Junior Championships

Louise Duncan is one of three girls representing Scotland in the above event which concluded today at Camelot Golf and Country Club in Canada.   Louise had a disappointing start returning scores of 83 and 78 in the first two rounds, but on day three was level par on 72 and with a 70 today improved on her overall position to finish T36.   The winner of the event was Atthaya Thitikul from Thailand who finished on -20 for the four rounds! ....her final round today was 60!!   Italy won the team competition.   Well done Louise! 

McCall Salver

Congratulations to Sandra Johnson (Kilbirnie) for winning the final of the McCall Salver at Loudoun against Sandra Shackleton (Irvine) Well Played Ladies!!


British Girls' Open Championship

Louise Duncan got off to a great start with two rounds of 77 and 75 to qualify for the match play stages of the above Championship at Ardglass in Ireland.   Out of only 4 Scots entered, Louise and Hannah Darling, the girl who defeated Louise in the final of the Scottish Girls' Championship earlier in the year, made the cut of the top 64 from an entry of 140.   The standard is exceptionally high in this field that includes a vast number of players from overseas. Louise beat her first round German opponent, Nina Lang 2&1 to progress to the second round where she came up against England's Sophie Johnson unfortunately losing by 2holes. Very well done Louise 😊