Sarah wins Spring Salver

5 girls battled the windy conditions at Ardeer today in Ayrshire Girls' Spring Salver competition.   Sarah Ramsay (West Kilbride) had an excellent round of 84, nett 71 which matched the standard scratch and wins the trophy.  Close on her heels was local girl Luisa Gibson with a nett 73 followed by Cristina McCracken (Troon Ladies) on 75.   Well done girls!

Katie Ronnie (Barassie) and Susie Walsh (Troon Ladies) played 9 holes from forward tees in the Pre-handicap competition.   Both girls played very nicely and have a very good 'feel' for the chipping shots and putting.   Keep it up girls, you were a joy to be with!   
Girls with June

Katie and Susie

Katie, Kath and Susie


Katy and Sarah

Luisa, Cristina, Sarah, Katy and Rebecca

Putting Competition

Rebecca, Luisa and Cristina

Sarah just missing a birdie on the 1st 

Susie and Katy


Hazel tied 21 in Helen Holm

16 year old Hazel MacGarvie (Troon Ladies) finished a very commendable T21st in the prestigious Helen Holm  tournament this weekend.   After a slightly disappointing 78 over Portland on Friday, Hazel improved on that on Saturday with a 75 that included an albatross!!   On the par 5 12th hole, Hazel holed her 2nd shot........a 5 iron from 210 yards! .......a mighty blow despite being downwind.   Of the 5 birdies Hazel recorded in the competition, four of them came today over Royal Troon, at the 4th, 6th, 12th and 16th giving her a splendid round of 76 today, overall total 229.   Olivia Winning was the tournament winner on 217.

2016 Championship Final

Past Champion Alex Glennie, Barassie, was beaten in the semi final this morning by Lorna Ronnie, also Barassie (6&5). Lorna, past champion at Strathven and former Lanarkshire team player moved to Ayrshire 5 years ago and recently joined Ayrshire Ladies. Lorna was also a past West of Scotland girls champion (1986) and played for Stirling University team.

In the final she will play top qualifier Emma Hale, Troon Ladies, who beat Louise Duncan, West Kilbride (2&1). It was a closely fought match with both girls making birdies. Emma went one up at the 13th followed by halves on 14th, 15th and 16th, before winning the 17th.

In the final, Lorna did not quite reproduce her morning form, but remained in contention well into the latter stages of the match.

The finalists with
Prestwick Captain Dr. Paul Stevens
and ALCGA Captain Liz Keohone
With Emma two holes up, the pivotal hole proved to be the thirteenth where it looked like Lorna would have a chance to reduce the deficit to one after Emma found the famous fairway bunker, ' Willie Campbell's Grave', that lies between the thirteenth and sixteenth, from the tee. Despite this setback however, Emma secured a remarkable par five and with Lorna unable to match her, Emma won the hole to go three  up with five to play.

An excellent approach to four feet set up a winning birdie three at the fourteenth saw Emma go dormie four and whilst both players hit their approach shots to within fifteen feet on the difficult fifteenth green, Lorna's putt just failed to drop whilst Emma slotted home her effort to win the hole with a second successive birdie three, and more importantly take her first Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association Championship title with a 5 & 3 victory.

At the conclusion of play Prestwick Golf Club Captain Dr. Paul Stevens, who acted as referee for the final, presented prizes to both finalists and other successful players during the week, before handing the trophy over to the 2016 champion, Emma Hale.


2016 Championship Matchplay

Poor weather again at Prestwick this morning for the first round of the match play with heavy rain and still a gusty wind. First round results were:

Emma Hale beat Barbara Beckett 7&5
Pauline Patrick beat Joanne Sharp 3&1
Debbie Watt beat Linda McDonald 5&4
Louise Duncan beat Margaret Miller 8&7
Lesley Barker beat Sally Hamilton 4&3
Alex Glennie beat Annie Howie 3&2
Lorna Ronnie beat Liz Wilson 3&2
Audrey Thompson beat Liz Keohone 3&2

Emma Hale, Troon Ladies, won by 8&7 this afternoon against Pauline Patrick, Irvine, to book her place in tomorrows semi-final of the Ayrshire Ladies County Championship.  In the morning she will face Louise Duncan, West Kilbride, who beat Debbie Watt, Belleisle, 7&6.

The other semi final will be between Alex Glennie, Barassie, champion at West Kilbride in 2004, and club mate Lorna Ronnie, a new member to Ayrshire ladies.

Alex won through this afternoon against another Barassie member, Lesley Barker, by 5&4 whereas Lorna had a tougher route to the semi final going to the 18th green against losing 2013 finalist Audrey Thompson, Loudoun, eventually winning by 1 hole.

Tomorrow's play kicks off at 8:45am with Hale V Duncan followed by Glennie V Ronnie at 9:00am.

Final will be at about 1:30pm (we will keep you posted on the exact time) Please come along and show the ladies your support, they have all battled hard, not just against each other but the weather too and I'm sure they could do with a boost to get through that last round!

2016 Championship

77 ladies battled against strong gusty winds at Prestwick Golf Club today in the Ayrshire Ladies County Championship qualifying round.  Not surprisingly it was a reduction only outcome.

Unfortunately last years Champion, Catherine Malcolm, Prestwick St Cuthbert, was unable to defend her title having to pull out due to illness.

Emma Hale, Troon Ladies, repeated her performance from last year by finishing top qualifier with an excellent score of 83.  Jenny Linklater, Largs, was second scratch with an 85 but is unable to go through to the Match Play.

All the qualifiers -

Emma Hale, Troon Ladies, 83
Audrey Thompson, Loudoun, 86
Sally Hamilton. Loudoun, 87
Louise Duncan, West Kilbride, 87
Debbie Watt, Belleisle, 90
Alex Glennie, Barassie, 92
Lorna Ronnie, Barassie, 93
Pauline Patrick, Irvine, 93
Joanne Sharp, Barassie, 95
Liz Wilson, Barassie, 95
Annie Howie, Troon Ladies, 101
Linda McDonald, Barassie, 101
Margaret Miller, Troon Ladies, 101
Lesley Barker, Barassie, 101
Liz Keohone, Loudoun, 101
Barbara Beckett, Loudoun, 103