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