Thank you very much to all those who attended the Christmas Capers event at Kilmarnock Barassie last week, I'm sure you will all agree that the food was fantastic and a brilliant night was had by all. We raised an excellent £400 to go towards future county events. So once again thank you very much for your support.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the new year!
Ayrshire Committee 😀
- Annabell Fuller (71, 74, 70) -1
- Lily May Humphreys (74, 75, 79) +12
- Martha Lewis (79, 80, 74) +17
- Charlotte Heath (70. 81, 82) +17
- Annabel Wilson (75, 79, 80) +18
- Hannah Screen (74, 82, 78) +18
- Jessica Hall (79, 83, 75) +21
- Louise Duncan (77, 82, 80) +23
- Ana Dawson (78, 82, 84) +28
New Captain, Liz Wilson, Barassie, highlighted a number of Connie's many golfing achievements over the past 9 years. From her debut in the Junior Kennedy Salver team in 2008, aged 12, to winning the Scottish Ladies Amateur Championship this year and many other highs in between!
Connie is in her final year at Kansas State University where she recently picked up her 4th individual title with an impressive 3 round total of 9 under par.
Connie was absolutely delighted to accept this honour.
The game was all square at the turn with Sandra taking the lead on the 11th then Margaret winning 12 to take it back to all square. Thirteen was halved, Margaret took 14 and 15, going 2 up but Sandra won 16.
The 17th was halved which meant Margaret headed to 18 one up where she got the half she needed to win the match.
A very deserving winner in a super game which was played in a very friendly manner.
Thanks go to Loudoun Gowf Club for allowing us courtesy to host the final
1st Jenny Linklater (Largs) 77-4=73
2nd Kath MacKellar (Skelmorlie) 91-14=77 bih
3rd Audrey Thompson (Loudoun) 81-4=77 bih
1st Jennifer Mutter (Troon Ladies) 102-21=81
2nd Shelagh Young (Barassie) 108-25=83
3rd Catherine Gerrard (Loudoun) 108-23=85 bih
There were no 2's today so the "pot" will roll over to Irvine next month.
Full list of scores available on Howdidido
Entries still being received for our final comp of the year at Irvine Golf Club on Monday 11 September
Rachel Foster (Turnberry) finished in 8th place with rounds of 81 and 79 (+12) in the Scottish Girls' Under 14 Open at Crail. Well done Rachel! Hannah Darling the 13 year old winner of the Scottish Girls' last month won the Under 14's with a 2 under par total.
Good luck to team Ayrshire team player Louise Duncan, playing this week in the Scottish Girls Home International team at Little Aston Golf Club along with Hazel MacGarvie from Troon Ladies.
Past Ayrshire champion Connie Jaffrey is also playing in the ladies team.
Good luck girls. We know you'll do us proud! 😊
Ayrshire Ladies team player Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) has been selected along with ex county member Hazel Mcgarvie (Troon Ladies) for the Girls European team event at St Laurence, Finland from 11 – 15 July.
Past champion Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) has been selected for the European Ladies Team Championship at Montado, Portugal from 11 – 15 July.
Please click here for a full rundown of the team
Good luck ladies!
Our Ayrshire Girls' Team came so close to taking the trophy yesterday at Clober losing to Lanarkshire by only half a point. In the morning foursomes Samantha McKay and Cristina McCracken put a point on the board for us, D & A had one point, while Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire shared the lead with two points each.
In the top singles, Rachel Foster giving 9 strokes found herself 3 down but managed to fight back on the inward 9 to finish with a halved match. Sarah Ramsay had a faltering start to be 4 down early on but she too rallied and won by 2 & 1. Number three for Ayrshire was 11 year old Freya Russell who was playing a very experienced Lanarkshire player 6 years her senior. Her opponent's tee shot to 6 feet at the 15th, a blind par 3, was just too good to allow the match to continue any further. Samantha won again in the afternoon, while Cristina 1 down with two to play hit beautifully down the last two holes and putted to perfection to win both holes and gain another point for the team. Lanarkshire finished on 6 points, Ayrshire 5.5, D & A 3.5 and Renfrewshire 3.
The course was in super condition and looked beautiful, the weather was tremendous, but the thing that shone out was the friendliness and happy faces of all the girls across the four counties and the spirit in which the games were played.Congratulations to Lanarkshire, worthy winners of the Kennedy Salver despite being a player short this year. To my Ayrshire team.........you were magnificent! .........Kath and I had a fabulous day 😊
The Kennedy Salver team for the West Division Junior Inter-County Matches to be played at Clober on Monday (19th of June) is:-
Rachel Foster (Turnberry)
Zara Mason (Kirkcudbright)
Cristina McCracken (Troon Ladies)
Samantha McKay (Loudoun)
Freya Russell (Troon Ladies)
Sarah Ramsay (West Kilbride) - Team Captain
For anyone wishing to come and support the girls they'd be most welcome. Foursomes start at 9 o'clock, singles from 1.15 p.m.
Good luck girls!
Our Connie was back at it again this week. Following her success at the Scottish Amature in Aberdeen, Connie shot a first round score of 75 (+4) and a second round of 71 (par) to qualify T22 at the British Amature Championship at Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club, South Wales.
Unfortunately in the first round of match play Connie's opponent (E Osborn from Sweden) birdied 17 and 18 to win the match by 1 hole.
Well done champ, we are all very proud!
- BMW PGA Championship: May 24 – 28
- Dubai Duty Free Irish Open: July 5 – 9
- Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open: July 12 - 16
- The British Masters supported by Sky Sports: September 27 – October 1
- commit to read and understand the pre-tournament brief;
- attend all tournament days including the Wednesday briefing before tournament play (tournament days are six to seven hour days and the Wednesday briefing will be 2-3 hours);
- travel to and from the tournament on all days (travel expenses up to £15 per day will be covered); and
- be physically able to walk 18 holes of golf (approximately five to six miles) each day across different terrains.
1st RENFREWSHIRE (6 points)
2nd LANARKSHIRE (4 points)
3rd AYRSHIRE (2 points)
4th D&A (0 points)
Lanarkshire 5.5, Ayrshire 3.5
Fiona Norris and Katie Scott bt Catherine Malcolm and Emma Hale 4 and 3.
Alyson Hendry and Lesley Lloyd halved with Jennifer Linklater and Liz Wilson
Susan Wood and Eva O'Connor lost to Audrey Thompson and Louise Duncan 2 and 1.
Wood bt Duncan 3 and 1.
Norris bt Linklater 2 and 1.
O'Connor bt Liz Keohone 3 and 2.
Scott lost to Thompson 1 hole.
Susan McGrenahan lost to Malcolm 2 holes.
Molly Richmond bt Hale 3 and 2
The Ayrshire Ladies went 3-0 up in the morning with strong foursomes play and secured 3.5 points in the afternoon singles against some tough opposition on the greens.
Day three will see our team playing against the home tean Lanarkshire with the foursomes starting at 9.30am.
Good luck team!!
Renfrewshire turned the tables this year and defeated our Ayrshire team. All the matches were closely fought with 4 out of the 9 going to the 18th.
Today our Ayrshire girls will be up against defending champions D&A, with the foursomes kicking off at 9.30am.
Clara Young did not win a hole until the 11th but it triggered off a two-under-par run which saw her also win the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th - five in a row, a magnificent fightback which saw her square the match on the 15th. However the miserable weather saw to Clara's rally petered out. She bogeyed the 16th to go one down again and then was plugged in the thick and wet rough with her second shot at the 18th, moving the ball only a few feet, and eventually conceded a 10ft birdie putt to go down by two holes.
Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies), and Clara Young (North Berwick), will contest Saturday's 18-hole final of the 103rd Scottish women's amateur championship over Royal Aberdeen's Balgownie links (8.30am tee off).
Connie was Ayrshire Champion and Scottish U18 girls champion in 2013 and beaten finalist in the Scottish Ladies Amature Championship at Prestwick by Gabrielle MacDonald in the same year, will start slight favourite to win what should be an intriguing contest.
Connie ,who KO'd the North's last hope, Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) by 2 and 1 in the morning quarter-finals, was five under par in winning her semi-final by 3 and 2 against 17-year-old professional's daughter, Jillian Farrell.
Connie had six birdies in all, including three of the last four holes played to end the match on the 15th green but Farrell did not go down without a fight and was all square at the turn, both players having gone out in two-under-par 37.
Clara Young, Scottish champion at Monifieth in 2015, has carried on the impressive form - 16 under par for 54 holes - which saw her win the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews last week.
The second qualifying round was cancelled yesterday due to winds gusting over 40 mph making putting impossible on the exposed greens.
The 32 qualifiers were therefore decided on scores returned on Tuesday only. Unfortunately Louise wasn't able to play in the matchplay due to her school prom which left Emma and Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) playing in the knockout stages.
Emma lost this morning to Kimberley Beveridge while Connie had 2 good wins today taking her through to the last 8 tomorrow.
All the best from Ayrshire Connie, we are with you in spirit!
Both Emma and Louise will be playing for Ayrshire in the Inter County matches at Hamilton Golf Club next week.
In round 1 Louise birdied the 2nd followed by 5, 6, and 7 then 5th and 7th again in round 2. Rachel's first round had 7 birdies - the 2nd then 5, 7, 8, 11, 12 and 14. In round 2 the 5th, 6th and 17th.
The girls finished tied 7th in a field of 40 in this ladies ranking tournament. SSS 73 and CSS 73 for both rounds.
Congratulations - you are both superstars!!
Liz finished runner up to Liz Stewart (Renfrewshire) in a very friendly final.
Well done also to Roz Purdom and Liz Wilson who qualified for the championship match play and to Linda Parry for qualifying in the handicap section.
Louise Duncan (West Kilbride)
Emma Hale (Troon Ladies)
Liz Keohone (Loudoun)
Jenny Linklater (Largs)
Catherine Malcolm (St Cuthbert)
Lorna Ronnie (Barassie)
Audrey Thompson (Loudoun)
Liz Wilson (Barassie)
Congratulations to all those selected and good luck
Rachel Foster had two 81's to finish a very creditable 4th in the Junior Tour Under 14's at Turnhouse at the weekend. 11 year old Freya Russell was 99, 87 and finished 9th from a field of 18 girls. Claire McLaughlin 84 and 88 placed her 5th from 10 in the Under 16's also over Turnhouse. CSS 73 for both rounds. Well done girls!
Both Junior matches were won by the boys but the Ladies won their matches to tie the match. Having won the trophy last year at Loudoun this meant that the cup was retained.
The McQueen family was represented on the day by, past Ayrshire Champion and team member, Rachael McQueen and her parents. Rachael is pictured with the winning team (above) and the gents team (below)
An Ayrshire Girls' Friendly Match was played against Renfrewshire Girls at Skelmorlie on Saturday. The course was in great condition, the sun was shining, the views amazing, but...... there was a strong wind blowing making conditions very tricky! Nevertheless, all the girls enjoyed the day.... gaining matchplay experience, playing a different type of golf course and making new friends:) Well done Ayrshire for recording the win! 5.5 points to 0.5.
This is a qualifier for the Inter County 4's which is on Wednesday 7 June at Cochrane Castle Golf Club. Two best scratch scores and 4 best nett scores will qualify. In addition the 3 best nett scores will qualify for the Commonwealth Spoons which will be held at Alyth on Monday 11 September.
Have your diaries ready when you check in as you will be asked to confirm your availability! Unfortunately the Commonwealth Spoons does clash with our meeting at Irvine Golf Club.
Jane got off to a great start winning the first 2 holes, the next 4 holes were exchanged before Liz won 8 and 9 to square the match. Liz then chipped in at the 10th to go ahead for the first time in the game. Eleven and 12 were halved in pars before Jane took 3 holes in a row to be 2 up with 3 to play. Sixteen was halved, then a par on 17 was enough for Liz to take the match down 18 where a great chip secured a 4 and a win.
Despite good approach shots to the 19th green neither found the putting surface with Jane running into some trouble at the back of the green. A good up and down from Liz was enough for her to win the hole and the title.
The match was watched by a good crowd who were certainly entertained by the quality of the golf from both finalists in tricky conditions. The better ball score for the 18 holes played being 3 over par.
Well done to everyone who played this week!
Liz Keohone beat Pauline Patrick (3&2)
Jane Finnie beat Audrey Thompson (1hole)