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!


Fashion Show - Cancelled

Ladies

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus, movement restrictions and social distancing, the Committee and I have taken the decision to cancel the Fashion Show. Refunds will be available from the person who sold you your ticket. The safety of our members, and their friends and family, must come first.

A lot of work has gone in to organising this event by Lady Par, Scentsations, Scottish Tablet and the Social Sub Committee, I am sure that you will join with me in thanking them for all of the effort that they have put in.

It is very disappointing for all concerned that we have had to cancel the event, however, it is clear that our current situation is going to get much worse before it gets better.

On a lighter note, Lady Par has a fabulous Spring collection in stock which some of our members were going to model for you at the Fashion Show. If you are passing please pay Lady Par a visit to see the super collection of golf clothes that everyone will be wearing this season!  Who knows you may even be tempted to add to your wardrobe.

Thank you for your continued understanding at this very difficult time.

Stay safe and keep well.

Joanne

Captain

Message from the Committee

Ladies

After the last few weeks of miserable weather I'm sure we were all looking forward to the new golf season. However, due to the current situation with the Coronavirus, we may have to rethink our plans for the weeks ahead.

The Captain, Vice Captain and Secretary met today with the Secretary at Prestwick St Nicholas as part of our pre Championship planning.  We will obviously be liaising with them very closely over the next week or so regarding whether the Championship will be able to go ahead or not. They do hope that the course will not be closed but obviously that decision may be taken out of their hands.

We are due to make the draw for St Nicholas after the closing date next week and, at the moment, this is still planned to go ahead.

Regarding the fashion show, planned for Wednesday 15 April, a decision will be made early next week, at the very latest, as to whether this will go ahead but it looks a likely possibility that this will have to be postponed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time for us all.

From your Captain and Committee

Fun at Fullarton

Nine Ayrshire pre-handicap Juniors welcomed 5 girls from Lanarkshire for a friendly "match" at Fullarton Golf Club in Troon yesterday.  See Junior page for info and pictures.

Fashion Show

Tickets for our fashion show are already selling well, get yours now from a member of committee or by messaging secretary@alcga.com

Members, friends, non-members all welcome



Win for Claire

An update on my earlier post to say that, after a second successive round of 74, Claire has secured her first collegiate win.

Congratulations to Claire from all at ALCGA

Full story - http://www.lindseyathletics.com/article/12522.php

Claire doing well in USA

Claire McLaughlin (West Kilbride) is currently attending Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.



Back in September her individual 2nd place finish in the Blue Raider Classic helped her college team to win the overall title. This contributed to her then being named Mid-South Conference Women's Golfer of the week.

This week she has again been making headlines as she leads at the midway point of the Georgetown Gulf Shores Invitational.

To read the full article click on the link below -

http://www.lindseyathletics.com/article/12519.php?fbclid=IwAR27tbQOE6_Nzqc3ckTAVjCb2lC5TMcfMZWx8BGkxShjKZ_zp6ZhG66OH_E

Survey

Scottish Golf have asked if we can help with the dissertation of one of the Ladies squad members by completing a survey.

The survey title is "Motives and Points of Attachment of Golf Spectators in Great Britain" and can be accessed via the following link -

https://stirling.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/golf-spectators

I'm sure any contributions will be gratefully received

Thank you

Success for Louise in Portugal

Ayrshire Champion Louise Duncan, West Kilbride, has won the most recent R&A student series tournament which took place in Portugal last week.

Louise won with a 3 round total of 4 under par and she was a staggering 12 strokes ahead of second placed Penny Brown, a fellow Stirling University student.



Winter Foursomes Final

Congratulations to holders Minnie Hamilton and Liz Fitzpatrick (Barassie) who have booked their place in the final with a win against June Dempster and Katie Hodge (St Nicholas). 

They will now face, new pairing, Irene Papworth and Gillian Pollock (Skelmorlie) who won their semi final tie against Liz Wilson and Linda McDonald (Barassie)

The final will take place at Ballochmyle Golf Club, 1030am on Sunday 29 March 2020.

Good luck ladies

Junior Coaching

Our Junior winter coaching is well under way at Gailes, week 4 last night and, despite the horrendous weather, we had 24 girls making the most of the facilities and the coaching that we are offering.  To see some pictures go to the Junior page on the website.

Winter Foursomes

We now have our full semi final line up with both matches at the top of the draw being completed in the last few days. 

Irene Papworth and Gillian Pollock, Skelmorlie, beat Alex Glennie and Anne Edgar, Barassie, and will take on Liz Wilson and Linda McDonald, Barassie, who beat Sandra Johnson and Nancy Shedden, Kilbirnie.

Past Captains lunch

The Lady Past Captains of ALCGA held their Biennial luncheon at Highgrove House Hotel on Monday 27th January 2020.
Eleven ladies were present representing five decades from the seventies up to the current year. An abundance of talent sat down to lunch with ladies who had represented Ayrshire over the years and two Past Presidents of the former SLGA.
A lovely lunch was served and much chat and reminiscing was enjoyed by all.


Back Row (LtoR) Liz Wilson (2017-19) Grace Kennedy (1991-93) Nora McCrossin (2007-09) Eila MacLennan (2003-05) Isabel Crawford (1993-95) Ella Walker (1995-97) Sheila Adams (2013-15)

Front Row (LtoR) Margaret Sharp (1977-79) Joyce Cooper (1979-81) Nancy Chisholm (1985-87)



Current Captain Joanne Sharp (centre) with current President Sheila Adams (left) and current Honorary President Nancy Chisholm (right)

Coaching

Some of our senior squad, along with some Juniors and committee members, enjoyed their first coaching session today at Fairways Indoor Arena.

Not only were we able to shelter from the pouring rain but we also made use of the short game area, including bunker practice, long game area and trackman.

A successful morning enjoyed by all those who attended, thanks to resident professional Bobby Rushford for setting up the challenges and his advice.










Holders March On!

Winners of last years winter foursomes, Minnie Hamilton and Liz Fitzpatrick (Barassie) have booked their place in this years semi final courtesy of a win over Margaret White and Sheila McDougall (St Nicholas)

They now face another St Nicholas duo of June Dempster and Katie Hodge who won their quarter final match against Jill West (Irvine) and Margaret Miller (Troon Ladies)

Captain's letter


Happy New Year to all of our Lady and Junior Girl members and a very warm welcome to those who have joined the County in 2020.

I am very excited to be your Captain for 2020 and 2021 and to have Ann Wallace as my Vice Captain. We, with the support of the Committee, are committed to continuing to build the membership and to encourage and support our lady and junior members to enjoy their golf and the social events planned for 2020.

We have a good range of courses for you to play this year, details of which can be found on the fixture card on the website www.alcga.com.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Beetle Drive and games night at the Irvine Golf club in November, it was a great turnout and a fun night, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. A special thank you to our President Sheila Adams and county member Chris Auld for finishing off the evening with Beetle songs on their ukuleles and a super sing along

Our next social event will be a Fashion Show on the 15th of April at the Walker Hall in Troon, further details will be available nearer the time. I hope to see you and your family and friends there.

Over the last few years we have made a concerted effort to recruit new members, please encourage your friends and golf buddies to join the County if they are not already members, application forms can be obtained from the website, any committee member or on your local club county notice boards.

Wishing you all successful and enjoyable golf in 2020

Very Best Wishes

Joanne Sharp
Captain

January 2020