Merry Christmas

Captain Joanne, Vice Captain Ann and the Committee would like to wish all County Members a Happy Christmas and very best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, fun and successful golfing season in 2020.

Winter Foursomes

The Winter Foursomes is well under way and we now have our quarter final line up way ahead of schedule!

At the top of the draw Alex Glennie and Anne Edgar (Barassie) will take on Irene Papworth and Gillian Pollock (Skelmorlie)

Next Past Captain Liz Wilson and her partner Linda McDonald (Barassie) will be making a trip to Kilbirnie to face Sandra Johnson and Nancy Shedden

Holders Minnie Hamilton and Liz Fitzpatrick (Barassie) will host the 2017 winners Margaret White and Sheila McDougall (St Nicholas)

In the last tie Jill West (Irvine) and Margaret Miller (Troon Ladies) will take on June Dempster and Katie Hodge (St Nicholas)

Ties to be played by 2 February 2020

Beetle Drive

Wednesday night saw our first social event of the winter with a very successful Beetle Drive, 43 members and friends enjoyed an evening of fun, games and entertainment at Irvine Golf Club.

In addition to the Beetle Drive we had a quiz with a "name the baby" round. Pictures of the committee "then and now" were on display for all to see. This proved to be quite a tricky task with some being more obvious than others! Thanks to our talented Treasurer Sandra for putting the quiz together, this was won by Moyra Withycombe, St Nicholas, and her guest Ann Ferguson.

Skills were tested with a putting competition where the non golfers seemed to better than the golfers! In addition there was the chance to win a bottle by "simply" throwing a pound coin at the said bottle.  I do think there was more luck than skill involved in this task but Elspeth Howie, Skelmorlie, and Pauline Patrick, Irvine, showed us all how it should be done.

The Beetle itself was won by our own President, Sheila Adams and she, along with Chris Auld finished off the evening with a very entertaining set of Beatles songs on their ukuleles.

AGM & Prize-giving 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM and Prizegiving last night at West Kilbride Golf Club. Well done to all of this year's prizewinners!

Please join me in welcoming our new captain Joanne Sharp from Barassie Golf Club and her new Vice Captain Ann Wallace from St Nicholas Golf Club. All the best for the next two years and good luck to all the ALCGA members for next season.

Scottish Champions

The Ayrshire Ladies team of -

Louise Ducan (West Kilbride)                         Rachel Foster (St Nicholas)
Luisa Gibson (Irvine)                                      Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies)
Jenny Linklater (Largs)                                   Pauline Patrick (Irvine)
Roz Purdom (St Nicholas)                              Audrey Thompson (Loudoun)

arrived at Peebles golf club last week to represent the West of Scotland in the Scottish County Finals.

Playing East Champions Fife on the first day they took a lead of 2-1 into the afternoon singles which they won by an impressive 5-1 to give their first win of the competition by a total of 7-2.

Day 2 and the opponents were the much fancied Champions from the North, Perth and Kinross.  Again a 2-1 lead in the morning gave the team an advantage going into the afternoon where they won the singles 4-2.  An excellent result on the day of 6-3 and confidence was high heading into the final day.

In recent years Ayrshire had reached the final stages of the competition being 3rd back in 2015 at Stranraer and runners up in 2011 at Dumfries and County but everyone was aware that it had been a long 49 years since we had been Champions of Scotland and the prospect of a long awaited win was looking likely.

Day 3 opponents were the 2016 Champions Dumfriesshire and the team did not disappoint taking a clean sweep of the morning foursomes which meant only a further point was needed for Ayrshire to be out of reach of the other teams.  Not only did we get that one point but went on to win the singles by 4-2 for a winning score of 7-2 and be unbeaten over the weekend and worthy champions.

Ayrshire had a very strong team, led by our Champion Louise Duncan and, along with some very experienced players, we also welcomed new recruits Pauline Patrick and Luisa Gibson and all 8 members of the team made their contribution to the overall result.

The Captain and the team would like to thank all the members and friends of ALCGA who offered their support over the weekend. We were fortunate to have some great caddies which helped in the tricky weather conditions and it was nice to see a lot of Ayrshire support around the course. We also received many good wishes before, during and after the event which was very much appreciated.

Attached are some pictures of the winning team plus one of the 1970 winning team of Ann Turner, Jean Campbell, Sheila Hamilton, Isabel Crawford, Cathy McLelland, Betty Singleton, Pat Cairns Smith and Margaret Sharp.

Scottish County finals

Dear county member,

Thank you in advance to those of you who have volunteered to TrolleyPull next weekend, at the inter county championship Finals, at Peebles Golf Club.

For the new members, or for those of you who are not quite sure what’s happening, next week.

In June Ayrshire LCGA, won the west of Scotland inter county championship at Prestwick GC. We now go on to represent the west against Fife,Perth & Kinross Dumfrieshire.

This will be an exciting weekend for Team Ayrshire, they will be up against the cream of ladies amateurs golfers from all over Scotland.

We are still 4 Trolley pullers short for Friday and Sunday. If you can spare a morning or afternoon to help out we would really appreciate it, please get in touch :)

If you only have a couple of hours spare the Team would love to see some Ayrshire support on the course, sporting Yellow and Green of course.

Yours sincerely
Liz Wilson
ALCGA Captain

The Byrne Howard

Freya won the girls scratch with a 1 under par 74 over the Portland course at Royal Troon’s junior open The Byrne Howard in tough windy conditions. 
Luisa Gibson was 2nd Nett with a 73
Louise Milligan 1st Nett with a 72 

Along the road at West Kilbride Claire McLaughlin won the ladies club championship 

West of Scotland Inter County Champions

We did it! After only winning one of our foursome matches in the morning the Ayrshire Ladies fought back taking 5 out of the 6 points on offer in the afternoon singles to win the final day 6 points to 3.

Final Scores:
Ayrshire (6points)
Lanarkshire (4points)
Renfrewshire (1 point count back)
D&A (1 point)

County Finals will be held at Peebles Golf Club on the 30th of August till the 1st of September, so get it in your diaries we need caddies and supporters to get us over the line!!

Congratulations to everyone that played this week it was a tough test of golf, not only was the course relentless, the constant weather changes were forever keeping us on our toes.

Also thank you to everyone we came out to watch, your support out there is greatly appreciated (I'll admit the new uniforms does make Ayrshire supporters easy to spot)

West of Scotland Inter County Matches Day 2

Well another successful day on the links for our Ayrshire team winning the day with 6 games to 3.
Bring on the final day where we take on Lanarkshire.
Thank you very much to everyone who has been down to watch and we would love to see as many green and yellows out there tomorrow as we can.

Good luck girls!

West of Scotland Inter County Matches Day 2

Apologies for not having a post up this morning. Well done to the ladies this morning they go into the afternoon singles with 2 wins in this morning

West of Scotland Inter County Matches Day 1

West of Scotland Inter County Matches - Day 1

Good luck to the girls who start their battle on the links today. Opening matches are already underway with Ayrshire playing D&a and Renfrewshire playing Lanarkshire. 

Good luck everyone! 

June Medal

The CSS at Barassie was 77

Results from the competition -

1st Scratch - Claire McLaughlin 82 better last 6
2nd Scratch - Audrey Thompson 82


1st Silver - Joanne Sharp 76
2nd Silver - Helen McGibbon 77 bih

1st Bronze - Sandra Carruthers 79
2nd Bronze - Susan Harris 80

Winner of the Eleanor Taylor Trophy - Claire McLaughlin

Winner of the Bronze Quaich final - Sandra Carruthers

2's sweep - Nancy Shedden

Qualfiers for the McCall Salver -

Susan Harris
Sandra Carruthers
June Dempster
Helen Davidson
Barbara Kerr
Mary McQuade
Jennifer Mutter
Carolyn Christie (bih)

Inter County West Divisional Team Announcement

Fortunately this year the Jamboree does not clash with any SG events, so we are fortunate to have lots of players available. I am extremely proud to announce 
Team Ayrshire  

Louise Duncan  - West Kilbride GC
Jane Finnie.       - Troon Ladies GC
Rachael Foster. - Prestwick St Nicholas GC
Alex Glennie.      - Kilmarnock Barassie GC
Connie Jaffrey.   - Troon Ladies GC
Jenny Linklater.  - Largs GC
Hazel McGarvie. - Royal Troon GC
Audrey Thompson - Loudoun GC

This is an outstanding group of ladies, who will be representing Ayrshire, at the inter county championships at Prestwick Golf Club. Please encourage your friends and family and of course ALCGA members to come along and support our team.

Eleanor Watson has sorted out the Rota for trolley Pullers, for the Jamboree, however if any members are not trolley pulling, and have some free time, it would be nice to see all matches with some supporters follow them round, wearing yellow and green of course.

Thank you all for your continued support 
Liz Wilson

Louise Duncan Ayrshire Ladies Champion 2019

A beautiful day at Turnberry today for the semi final and final of our County Championship.

This morning Louise Duncan booked a place in her first final by winning her match against Sharon Lambie and Audrey Thompson reached her second final winning on the 18th green against Jenny Linklater.

Great golf was played by both players in the afternoon, a good match to watch for the 20 ladies who came to support.  Louise won the match on the 15th hole with her 4th birdie of the round.

Congratulations Louise on her first County Championship.

Thanks to Turnberry for their kind hospitality this week.

After the prize giving the draw was made for the 4 ball vouchers -

King Robert the Bruce - Jill Fox
Dundonald - Sandra Johnson
Ballochmyle - Audrey Thompson

Championship knockouts

Sadly, the wet weather caught up with us once again in Championship week and it was a pretty dreich afternoon on the course.

Results from this mornings match play

Louise Duncan beat Barbara Beckett
Jane Finnie beat Katy Hill
Sharon Lambie beat Helen Craig
Gillian Gowers beat Arlene Sinclair
Jenny Linklater beat Sara Ann Bottomley
Liz Wilson beat Liz Keohone
Audrey Thompson beat Jocelyn Faris
Pauline Patrick beat Lorna Ronnie

The girls battled through the elements and produced some very close matches, well done to them all. 

Louise Duncan beat Jane Finnie 2&1
Sharon Lambie beat Gillian Gowers 1 up
Jenny Linklater beat Liz Wilson 3&1
Audrey Thompson beat Pauline Patrick 3&2

The first semi final starts at 0930 tomorrow, top qualifier Louise Duncan will take on Sharon Lambie who is a 7 time champion, she won her last county championship the last time it was played at Turnberry back in 2002.

The second match is between Jenny Linklater, runner up in 2008 and Audrey Thompson, runner up in 2013.

The forecast is looking good for tomorrow so we hope to see some spectators out to support the girls and watch some great golf.

The final will tee off at 2pm

Hole in One

Great Smith, Ardeer, picking the ball out the hole at the 12th on the King Robert the Bruce, Turnberry, during the stroke play round of the Championship. Well done Greta!!

Championship Qualifer 2019 - King Robert the Bruce, Turnberry.


Great turn out today at Turnberry, bit blustery out but everybody seemed to really enjoy the course and the day!

The CSS for today is 77 and it is Reduction Only

1st Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) 78
2nd Jenny Linklater (Largs) 85 bih

1st Sharon Lambie (Barassie) 86-10=76
2nd Margaret White (St Nicholas) 97-20=77 bih

1st Sandra Carruthers (St Nicholas) 102-23=79
2nd Dee Kippen (Ardeer) 103-22=81

There were three 2's today - Audrey Thompson, Jane Finnie and Margaret White

Special mention to Greta Smith (Ardeer) who had a hole in one at the 12th

Junior Tour - Southerness Golf Club

Well done to the Ayrshire girls who took part in the Junior Tour event at Southerness.

Claire Mclaughlin finished in first place after the two rounds with a total score of 159. Luisa Gibson finishing 3rd (161) Freya Russell 6th (168). Katy Hill and Samantha Mckay tied 15th (183).

Full results can be found here
Well done to all the ladies who took part at the West Vets Spring Meeting at Glasgow Gailes. By all accounts it was a horrible wet and windy day, I take my hats off to all those who endured and made it round. Obviously Ayrshire is just keeping the good weather for the championships in a couple of weeks.
Scores from the day can be found here

Winter Foursomes Final

The final was between Audrey Thomson/Liz Keohone and Marion Hamilton/Liz Fitzpatrick. 
Very close game all the way 12th turning point in the game, into the wind all the way home. Liz and Minnie capitalized on there shots and sealed the win on the 16th 3&2
Well done all for reaching the final. 

Junior Spring Salver

Ten girls braved the elements at Troon Fullarton this morning to contest the Spring Salver.  Four pre-handicappers played 7 holes with the winner being Connie Greig with 39 and losing out on the inward half was Melissa Graham.

Here they are pictured with Vice Captain Joanne Sharp plus the other 2 competitors, Amy Hopkins and Tammi Grady.

In the 18 hole competition for the salver there were some great scores with the winner, on the better inward half, being Katy Hill with a nett 61

First silver was Freya Russell, nett 62
First bronze was Louise Milligan, nett 61
Second bronze was Katie Ronnie, nett 69