Western Gailes

Eighty seven ladies enjoyed a great day at Western Gailes. The weather was dry but conditions were tough given the cold wind.

The winning team was Elza Chapman, Katherine Eland and Lesley Barker with a great score of 55 points. In second place, on the bih, was Yvonne Park, Joanne Sharp and Jill West with 48 and third was Janette Stark, Sheila Shedden and Jane Gillen.  

There were some teams of 2 and the best score from them came from Maria Watson and Linda McDonald with 35 points.

Well done ladies

One or two pictures from the day -








Junior Championship

Six girls braved the elements on Sunday at Troon Portland to play for the Junior Championship.


Emerald Rose Bowyer, Tammi Grady, Kirsty Howe


Amy Hopkins, Sandi Rogerson and Mya Wilson

Congratulations to Kirsty Howe who won with a score of 98







Bronze medal at Crieff

Very well done to Moyra Withycombe and Susan McKenzie who picked up the bronze medal today at the commonwealth spoons.


It was very close at the top with the girls missing out on the overall win by one shot and losing out on the silver medal by a better inward half. Well done to both!

Full results can be found on the scottish golf app/website


Good luck

Good luck to the following pairings who are playing in the commonwealth spoons competition at Crieff golf club -

Moyra Withycombe and Susan Mckenzie

Debbie Peberdy and Sarah Eckford

McCall Salver

The final of the McCall Salver was played on a lovely sunny day at Barassie golf club today. The finalists were Angela Lyden from Skelmorlie and Margaret Dalziel from Loudoun.


Angela (left) and Margaret (right) on the 1st tee

The game started with a friendly half on the first before Angela went ahead winning the 2nd. Both players found trouble at the 3rd but walked off with another half before Margaret had a lovely 2 at the 4th to square the match. 

A few more holes changed hands before Margaret took a one hole advantage into the back 9. Wins at 10 and 12 gave her a 3 hole lead, Angela did win 13 but lost 14 then halves at 15 and 16 were enough for Margaret to win 3&2.

It was a lovely game played in a very sporting manner. Thanks go to Kilmarnock Barassie gc for courtesy and well done Margaret


McCall Salver Final

The final of this years McCall Salver will take place at Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club on Sunday 28 August, tee off 1400

The finalists are Angela Lyden, Skelmorlie and Margaret Dalziel, Loudoun. Good luck ladies

Spectators welcome

Congratulations Tammi

Tammi Gray (Irvine GC) obviously enjoys playing at Prestwick St Cuthbert! Having won the ALCGA junior centenary trophy there earlier this season she recently won again at their open day.


Well done Tammi


Skelmorlie Double at Largs

On a beautiful summer day 65 ladies enjoyed the weather and the views at Largs Golf Club for our August meeting.

Winners of the coronation medals this year both came from Skelmorlie Golf Club! Well done to Gillian Pollock, silver, with 85 - 10 = 75 and to Elspeth Howie, bronze, with 102 - 32 = 70

The best scratch, from those not already in the prizes, was Jocelyn Faris, West Kilbride

Full results can be found on HowdidIdo

Scottish Champion

Congratulations to Freya Russell (Royal Troon) on winning the Scottish Girls under 16 championship at Forfar yesterday 



Home Internationals

Congratulations to Freya Russell (Royal Troon) who represented Scotland this week in the Girls Home Internationals at Downfield Golf Course.

There was a new look this year with a combined team of girls and boys but sadly it was not Scotland's week with losses against Ireland and England and a drawn match with Wales.

Freya played in 6 matches winning 3 points for Scotland

Good luck Louise

Louise Duncan makes her professional debut today at the Womens Scottish open which is being played at Dundonald links


Good luck Louise from everyone at ALCGlA


Katie and Louise win again

Well done to Katie Ronnie (Barassie) winning the scratch prize in the West girls medal at Milngavie on Monday 


Katie on the left 

Louise Milligan (Irvine) then won the scratch prize at the Tom Lehman junior open yesterday! 



Louise on the left


Well done girls, keep up the good work 🏌‍♀️


Happy Birthday

Congratulations to Pat Cairns Smith who had her 100th birthday last Thursday (July 21st)

Pat is pictured here with her fellow team members when Ayrshire won the Scotiish County finals in 1970.

Best wishes from all at ALCGA 


Pat seated in the centre

Good luck Freya

Freya Russell (Royal Troon) is in Finland this weekend as part of the Scottish team playing in the European Young Masters.

More information and scoring can be found on the European Golf Association website - 

www.ega-golf.ch

Well done Louise

Louise Milligan (Irvine) won the best scratch prize at the West Kilbride junior open! 



Good week at Auchterarder for Ayrshire girls

In the recent Scottish Girls Championship at Auchterarder, Ayrshire had 2 qualifiers after the 36 hole stroke play. 

Freya Russell (Royal Troon) had 2 excellent rounds to qualify on 3 over par.

Also joining her in the matchplay was Caitlyn Bilham (Irvine)

Freya lost in the quarter finals but Caitlyn went on to compete in the semi finals. Sadly, both girls lost out to eventual winner Freya Constable but a great tournament nonetheless. Well done girls

Fereneze results

Thirty ladies made it to Fereneze for this years summer meeting.

1st silver Jocelyn Faris (West Kilbride) 85 - 12 = 73 
2nd silver Greta Smith (Ardeer) 93 - 19 = 74

1st bronze Jane Ashdown (Largs) 98 - 22 =76
2nd bronze Elspeth Howie (Skelmorlie) 112 - 31 = 81

Best scratch Liz Keohone (Loudoun) 84

Trophy winner Jocelyn Faris

Well done all

St Nicholas ladies open day

Due to call offs there are now spaces in the draw for the annual Betty Singleton trophy at Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club.

This is a 2 ball foursome event on Friday 29 July. Contact Sheila McDougall for more information -

Sheilamcdougall2@aol.co.uk 

St Nicholas trophy

Louise Milligan, Orla Moran and Katie Ronnie contested the junior St Nicholas trophy at Ayr Belleisle golf course.


Left to right - Louise, Katie and Orla


The winner was Katie Ronnie with an excellent score of 84 - 12 = 72



9 Hole Comp and Afternoon Tea

Ballochmyle Golf Club are hosting a 9 hole open competition followed by Afternoon tea on Sunday 10 July from 1300 - 1500

Entry to the event is £12 and can be made via the Scottish Golf App

There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd place in 3 handicap categories - up to 20, 20-36 and 36+

An enjoyable afternoon and good to support one of our Ayrshire Clubs.

Kennedy salver

A lovely day at Hilton Park on Monday for this years junior Inter County matches.

It wasn't our year this year but the girls had a great day and tried their very best.



Congratulations to the winning Renfrewshire team who were in excellent form.

Thanks to D&A for hosting, to all the junior Secretaries for looking after the girls and making this event happen and especially Gaynor for all her had work with the Ayrshire Juniors.






Scottish Seniors

Good luck to the Ayrshire members playing in the scottish seniors championship at Stranraer golf club - Linda Grieve, Liz Keohone, Lorna Ronnie and Joanne Sharp

Good luck

Good luck to Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) who starts the defence of her British Amateur title at Hunstanton Golf Club in Norfolk today.

Live scoring is available on the R&A website 

Ayrshire runners up at Strathaven

On day 3 at the Jamboree the home side Lanarkshire were just too strong for Ayrshire as they won the title for the first time since 2004.

Needing a strong start this morning Ayrshire took one of the 3 foursomes matches which left 4 out of 6 singles needed to win. Unfortunately it wasn't to be with Lanarkshire gaining 4 and a half points.

The Ayrshire team did so well finishing second this year at an away venue and look forward to Williamwood next year.

Thanks to everyone who supported in person or with texts, cards and good wishes. Also a huge thanks to our loyal caddies, we couldn't do it without you.




Second win at the jamboree

Another tense afternoon at Strathaven watching the singles matches against D&A.

The girls pulled through with 3 wins out of 6 to hey an overall win today by 6 points to 3.

Deciding match tomorrow against lanarkshire who have also had 2 wins out of 2



Day 2 at Strathaven

In the morning foursomes against D&A, Ayrshire had a clean sweep in the foursomes. 

Freya Russell and Luisa Gibson won 5&4. Sarah Ramsay and Jenny Linklater won on 18. Rachel Foster and Joanne Sharp won 5&4

Success on day one

In a tense afternoon the girls pulled it out the bag! Needing 3 points for the win we won the singles by 3.5 to 2.5 making the overall score 5.5 to 3.5 for Ayrshire.












Day one at strathaven

After the morning foursomes on day one of the Jamboree, Ayrshire take a 2-1 lead into the afternoon singers against Renfrewshire.

Two games were halved after a convincing win by Sarah Ramsay and Jenny Linklater.

Inter County Foursomes Result

The final of the Inter County Foursomes took place at Elderslie today. Unfortunately due to illness and to car trouble we didn't have an entry in the scratch event but congratulations to Jocelyn Faris and Jane Gillen who collected 2nd prize in the handicap section with a nett 73


Thanks to Renfrewshire ladies for hosting the event this year.


Routenburn Results

Fifty five ladies enjoyed a glorious day at Routenburn yesterday, the views were much admired and the scores were very good!

1st Silver Jess Blackwood (Barassie) 86 - 18 = 68 bih

2nd Silver Allison Jarvie (Caprington) 81 - 13 = 68

1st Bronze Elspeth Howie (Skelmorlie) 96 - 28 = 68

2nd Bronze Angela Lyden (Skelmorlie) 92 - 23 = 69

Best Scratch and winner of the Eleanor Taylor Trophy was Linda McDonald (Barassie) 81 bih

Full results on Howdidido


The following ladies have qualified for the McCall Salver, Bronze match play -

Margaret Dalziel (Loudoun)

Margaret Gillies (West Kilbride)

Elspeth Howie (Skelmorlie)

Grace Kennedy (Skelmorlie)

Angela Lyden (Skelmorlie)

Lesley McClain (West Kilbride)

Linda Pearson (Caprington)

Sandra Shackleton (Irvine)


Well done to all and good luck in the knock out

Well done Luisa

Congratulations to Luisa Gibson (Irvine) on winning the Clark Rosebowl on Sunday at the Scottish Womens Amateur Championship held at Trump Aberdeen.

In the mornings semi final Luisa beat Megan Robb by 3&2 and, in a close final, she beat Carinne Taylor by 2&1

Luisa will be part of the Ayrshire team teeing it up at Strathaven next week in the Inter County Matches, lets hope her great form continues.

Well done Luisa


Mixed fortunes in Aberdeen

After a very close match, Freya unfortunately lost on the 17th hole in the first round of the match play.

In the Clark Rosebowl Luisa won her first round match at the 18th. In the afternoon she was one down playing the last hole but managed to win that and go on to book her place in the semi final by winning at the 21st hole 

Good luck today Luisa 

Scottish Update

On a day of high scoring in Aberdeen, congratulations to Freya Russell (Royal Troon) who has qualified for the match play stages of the Scottish Women's Amateur championship.

Freya finished in 9th place out of a field of 78 with rounds of 75 and 77 which left her on 8 over par.

Commiserations to Luisa Gibson who just missed out on a place in tomorrow's first flight match play having finished on 13 over par in 19th place. However she has qualified for the second flight and will play in the Clark rosebowl.

Well done to all the other Ayrshire players for completing the stroke play rounds today.

Scottish Women's Amateur Championship

Good luck to the following members who are playing at the Scottish Women's Amateur Championship this week. 

Sarah Ramsay, Luisa Gibson, Joanne Sharp, Lorna Ronnie, Freya Russell, Rachel Foster and Liz Keohone

The event is being held at Trump International, Aberdeen with 2 rounds of stroke play on Friday with the top 16 qualifiers progressing to the match play stages on Saturday and Sunday.

Ayrshire Team

The following have been selected to represent Ayrshire at the West of Scotland Inter County matches at Strathaven on June 13, 14 and 15 -

Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas)

Luisa Gibson (Irvine GC)

Katy Hill (Prestwick St Cuthbert)

Jenny Linklater (Largs)

Sarah Ramsay (West Kilbride)

Lorna Ronnie (Barassie)

Freya Russell (Royal Troon)

Joanne Sharp (Barassie)

Reserve Roz Purdom (Prestwick St Nicholas)

Congratulations to all those selected and good luck in the matches.

Spectators welcome, especially wearing green and yellow!!


Death of Past Captain Joyce Cooper

Joyce Cooper, Troon Ladies, sadly passed away on Monday morning after a short illness. Joyce was a Past Captain and President of ALCGA, in addition she was Chairman and President of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association and also Chairman of the Ladies Golf Union. 


A fantastic achievement and a very well known face in Ladies golf who will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

There will be a church service on Tuesday 31 May at Portland Church in Troon at 1245 followed by and internment at Ardrossan Cemetery.


Joyce is pictured here at the 2020 ALCGA Past Captains lunch, seated in the middle at the front



 Picture here on the far right, Joyce, in her capacity as SLGA President

West Kilbride celebrate their British Champion

A presentation was made to Louise Duncan recently at W.K.G.C. in order to publicly recognise the wonderful golfing achievements by Louise in 2021.   The Club Captain, for the benefit of any new members, recounted these successes.

Winner of the Women's British Amateur Championship

Top 10 finish and winner of the Smyth Salver in the AIG Women's Open

GB & I Curtis Cup Team Member

Invitation to play in Augusta National Women's Amateur event in Georgia and the US Open in 2022 and added that Louise has been selected once again to represent GB & I in the Curtis Cup this year. 

As a past Chairman of the L.G.U. Nancy Chisholm was invited to make the presentation. Nancy was honoured to be asked and alluded to a connection, in that she had a similar presentation to make to Stirling golfer Alison Rose who was the last Scottish winner of the British in 1997 when she was Chairman and, much to Nancy's delight, Alison also won the Scottish Amateur Championship in the same year here at West Kilbride! Nancy added that West Kilbride is very much on the map with talented lady golfers, with Sarah Ramsay from our club being the current Ayrshire Ladies Champion. Nancy thanked Lady Convenor Catherine Garrett who researched to produce this picture and Sarah Ramsay for spending many hours on the computer to put together this lasting memory for Louise. Nancy closed by wishing Louise all the very best in the Curtis Cup matches at Merion Golf Club, U.S in June and indeed with her own golfing career ahead.  


Thanks to June Kerr for the report and photograph

West of Scotland Championship

Congratulations to Lorna Ronnie (Barassie) winning the 2nd handicap prize at the West of Scotland Championship with a score of 77 - 6 = 71. Lorna only just missed out on a scratch prize.

The winner was Jennifer Rankine (Renfrewshire) with an excellent one over par round of 72

Thanks to all the ladies who played, Jean MacIntyre for running the competition, Ann Mungall (Lanarkshire) and Donna Jackson (Renfrewshire) for their help and to Glasgow Gailes golf club for looking after everybody on and off the course.

Foursomes Results

Tricky conditions for the Foursomes at Darley yesterday but the weather was perhaps better than forecast other than the evening girls who got quite wet. There was a good turnout of 32 pairs in total and the full list of scores can be found on Howdidido

Qualifiers for the Inter County Final at Elderslie -

Scratch

Linda Grieve (Irvine) and Sara Bottomley (Troon Ladies) 89 bih

Debbie Peberdy and Sarah Eckford (both Barassie) 89

Handicap

Moyra Withycombe (St Nicholas) and Susan McKenzie (Balfron) 93 - 19 = 74

Sheila Adams (Loudoun) and Julie Mackie (Troon Ladies) 95 - 18 = 77

Jane Gillen and Jocelyn Faris (both West Kilbride) 94 - 15 = 79

Liz Wilson (Troon Ladies) and Linda McDonald (Barassie) 91 - 11 = 80


Qualifiers for the Commonwealth Spoons at Crieff -

Moyra and Susan

Sheila and Julie

Debbie and Sarah


Well done ladies and good luck

West of Scotland Championship

Here is the link to the draw for the West of Scotland Championship which is being held at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club on Sunday 8 May. The draw is subject to change so all players should ensure they are at the club in plenty of time.

Good luck to all the Ayrshire ladies playing

https://us.docs.wps.com/l/sIJ6TldkhxvrEkwY

Curtis Cup place for Louise

Congratulations to Louise Duncan on being selected for her second Curtis Cup appearance. 

After making her debut in the event at Conwy, Wales last year Louise will join fellow Scot, Hannah Darling, at Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania in June to represent GB&I against the American team.

Congratulations Louise and good luck to the team.

Success for Luisa in Iowa


Luisa Gibson, Irvine, has won the Athlete of the week at her Iowa Community College. At the recent 36 hole Susie Benning Maxwell Tournament she hit every green in regulation! With rounds of 71 and 73 Luisa finished at level par for the event and tied second, only one shot behind the winner. She led the field in scoring on the Par 4s and tied with 2 others for the lead in Pars having 26 in total.


Luisa is a Sophomore at Iowa Western but will be continuing her studies and golf career at Coastal Carolina University next year.

Well done Luisa, look forward to seeing you when you get home for the summer

West of Scotland Championship - closing date

Due to the high demand for places at this years West of Scotland Championship the closing date for entries has been brought forward to Sunday 25 April

For anyone who is still thinking of entering, copy and paste the link below to complete your entry -

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdt42p9e1Y0wn6hVG50nNBwe8Df5MohPZ6hEp7KOlMfxIX1SA/viewform?usp=sf_link



Winter Foursomes Final

The final of the Winter Foursomes was played on a reasonably calm, dry day at the Irvine Golf Club.


Both teams were up for the challenge although nerves were evident in the first couple of holes. Audrey and Liz got off to a great start going 2 up after 2 but Ann and Susan managed to win the 3rd to go back to 1 down. It was nip and tuck and the game stayed at 1 up to Liz and Audrey at the turn. 




Susan and Ann found their putting strokes on the inward half, making it very difficult for Liz and Audrey to match their opponents form. Gradually momentum began to swing in favour of Ann and Susan. Liz and Audrey weren’t helped by having some unfortunate bounces from good shots. In the end some lovely shots to the green and great putts meant the game finished at the 15th. 

Well played both teams and congratulations to Ann and Susan for going one better than last year when they were the beaten finalists. 

Thank you to the ladies who came to support our finalists, Irvine Golf Club for courtesy of the course and Helen Craig for refereeing


Ella Aitken

It is with great sadness that news came of the death of Past Captain, Ella Aitken.



Ella, a member of West Kilbride Golf Club, was 93 years old and a long time supporter of the County. She enjoyed catching up with all her golfing friends including the Past County Captains lunch while she was still able. A lovely lady who will be sadly missed.



Our thoughts are with her son Brian and daughter Pamela at this sad time.


West of Scotland Championship

Ayrshire are hosting the West of Scotland closed championship at Glasgow Gailes GC on Sunday 8th May 2022 this year.

If you have a handicap of 20.4 or less then you can enter.

Entry Fee is £10, payable by cheque or BACS transfer (information will be sent to entrants).

For Conditions of the competition and paper entry form click on the link below

https://us.docworkspace.com/d/sIIeTldkhg6bpkQY


For the Online Entry copy and paste the following -



https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdt42p9e1Y0wn6hVG50nNBwe8Df5MohPZ6hEp7KOlMfxIX1SA/viewform?usp=sf_link







Championship

A great Championship at Prestwick this year with a new Champion, Sarah Ramsay, winning at the 15th hole yesterday against Roz Purdom.



Roz and Sarah on the 1st tee with Club Captain Pete Graham

The conditions were trying all week but at least it was dry for the most part on the final day. In the morning semi final matches top qualifier Joanne Sharp lost out to Roz Purdom on the 16th hole and Sarah Ramsay overcame 2017 champion Liz Keohone at the 15th.

Both girls found bunkers on the first hole of the final and walked off with a half, a nice par 3 at the 2nd put Roz one up but Sarah won the next 2 holes to go ahead. Sarah then won 6 and 8 to go 3 holes up at the turn. A couple of halves at the start of the back 9 before the girls reached the long tricky 12th hole. Playing particularly long into the wind Sarah hit a superb third shot onto the green to stretch her lead to 4. Roz then got a hole back at 13 but found the bunker on 14 which allowed Sarah to go 4 up with 4 to play. A half at the tricky 15th was enough for Sarah to win her first County Championship. 


Sarah receiving her trophy from the Club Captain



Top left Joanne Sharp and right Liz Keohone losing semi finalists with Roz, bottom left, and Sarah




Ayrshire will have a new champion

In this mornings semi finals, Roz Purdom beat Joanne Sharp and Sarah Ramsay beat Liz Keohone.

This is the first final for both players so we will have a new champion this year.

Semi Finals

Cold and blustery at Prestwick this morning as the girls tee'd off in the semi finals 


Roz Purdom and Joanne Sharp


Liz Keohone and Sarah Ramsay




Match Play update

Results from the matches at Prestwick today -

Morning

Joanne Sharp (Barassie) beat Margaret Ann McCrorie (Irvine)

Lesley Barker (Barassie) beat Catherine Garrett (West Kilbride)

Roz Purdom (St Nicholas) beat Alison Jarvie (St Nicholas)

Audrey Thompson (Loudoun) beat Gillian Pollock (Skelmorlie)

Sarah Ramsay (West Kilbride) beat Anne Gilbert (Kilbirnie)

Lorna Ronnie (Barassie) beat Linda Grieve (Irvine)

Liz Keohone (Loudoun) beat Jean Capes (Largs)

Pauline Patrick (Irvine) beat Sara Ann Bottomley (Troon Ladies)


In the afternoon Joanne, Roz, Sarah and Liz all progressed through to the semi finals tomorrow.

Well done to all the players today, the conditions were extremely difficult and there were some very close games with one or 2 going up the 19th hole!

Semi finals tee off at 0830 and 0840 tomorrow with the final starting at 1330 to which all spectators will be made welcome. Prize giving and drawing of the raffle will take place in the clubhouse immediately after the final.



County Championship

Eighty ladies braved the elements today at Prestwick GC for our first event of 2022, the Championship.

Despite the conditions there were some excellent scores with the best scratch of the day being returned by Past Captain Joanne Sharp who had an 80, well done Joanne.

1st Scratch - Joanne Sharp 80

2nd Scratch - Sarah Ramsay 81

Division 1

1st Handicap - Liz Keohone 84 - 7 = 77

2nd Handicap - Alison Jarvie 96 - 18 = 78 bih

Division 2

1st Handicap - Alyson Hutton 105 - 28 = 77

2nd Handicap Margaret Dalziel 108 - 26 = 82


Draw for tomorrow's matchplay 

Joanne Sharp v Margaret Ann McCrorie

Lesley Barker v Catherin Garrett

Rosalind Purdom v Alison Jarvie

Audrey Thompson v Gillian Pollock

Sarah Ramsay v Anne Gilbert

Lorna Ronnie v Linda Grieve

Liz Keohone v Jean Capes

Pauline Patrick v Sara Ann Bottomley

Good luck to all those playing


FOURSOMES FINAL POSTPONED

Due to a positive covid test this morning, the winter foursomes final had been postponed. 

New date tbc

Winter Foursomes

Due to the adverse weather the final of the Winter Foursomes has been postponed until Sunday 13 March at Irvine Golf Club, tee off 1.20pm

Winter Foursomes Finalists Confirmed

This years winter foursomes final will take place at Irvine Golf Club on Sunday 20 February at 1330

The first semi final was a repeat of last years final with the holders, Janet Harkness and Elspeth Hamilton (Skelmorlie) making the trip to St Nicholas to play Susan McKenzie (Balfron) and Ann Wallace (St Nicholas)

Susan and Ann had a commanding lead at the turn but they were pegged back on the back 9 with Janet and Elspeth squaring the match on 18. Susan and Ann held their nerve to win on the 19th hole and book their place in the final.

In the other match Katie Hodge and June Dempster (St Nicholas) headed to Loudoun to take on the formidable pairing of Liz Keohone and Audrey Thompson. All the girls played well and a par on 16 was good enough for Liz and Audrey to go through.

Spectators welcome at the final, good luck to both teams