Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Inter County Foursomes at Ranfurly Castle

Mary Hardie and Sheila Gray - Click to enlarge
The Inter County Foursomes was played to-day over Ranfurly Castle in very wet conditions.
37 couples braved the elements - well done to all those who ventured out.
Donna Jackson (2) and Liz Stewart (5) Cochrane Castle had the best gross with an 85.
Mary Hardie (21) and Sheila Gray (18) Ranfurly Castle --- (Pictured left) playing off 19.5 -- who were the winners of the the County Winter Foursomes, had the best net of the day with 74.5. They were winners by a huge margin from the rest of the field.
Valerie McKinnon(10) Shirley McKnight(13)
Old Ranfurly
were the only other couple to break 80 with a net 79.5

To see the full list of results CLICK HERE

Qualifiers for the Inter County Finals at East Kilbride on the Wednesday 21st May

1st Donna Jackson & Liz Stewart (Cochrane Castle) 85
2nd Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle) & Maureen Woodhead (Gourock) 85
3rd Cathy Morton (Eastwood) & Denise Cowan (Cochrane Castle) 89

1st Mary Hardie & Sheila Gray (Ranfurly Castle) Gross 94 H'Cap 19.5 Net 74.5
2nd Varerlie McKinnon & Shirley McKnight (Old Ranfurly) Gross 91 H'Cap 11.5 Net 79.5
3rd Merope Dunlop & Maureen Taggart (Old Ranfurly) Gross 93 H'Cap 13.0 Net 80 (last 6 holes)


The Scottish LGU Challenge Bowls will take place at Hilton Park Golf Club on Thursday, 5th June, 2008. Silver and Bronze players are eligible to compete and there is NO HANDICAP LIMIT. This is a one round medal stroke play competition. Tee times are available from 10.00a.m. to 2p.m. approximately. The CLOSING DATE IS MONDAY, 5TH MAY, 2008.
Application Forms can be obtained from the SLGA website -

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


The entries for the Spring Meeting at Gleddoch on Tuesday, 20th May, are rather disappointing and as a result the closing date has been extended to Wednesday, 30th April. Please contact Maureen Mitchell of Old Ranfurly by telephone if you wish to add your name to the ballot.

Monday, April 28, 2008

LGU Press Release - Curtis Cup Discounted Season ticket offer ends on the 1st May 2008.

Curtis Cup Logo
Time is running out for spectators to take advantage of the LGU’s special season ticket offer.
The discounted season ticket at price of £30 will only be available until Thursday 1st May 2008. This ticket allows entry to the Old Course, St Andrews for all three exciting days of golf from the top women amateurs of Great Britain and the United States.
The 2008 Curtis Cup is a ticket only event with a capacity of 8,000 spectators each day. Tickets will not be available at the gate.
Susan Simpson, the LGU’s Director of Championships, said “Interest in this historical match is high and I would advise you to purchase your ticket as soon as possible and avoid disappointment”
As a bonus, all Curtis Cup ticket holders will be entitled to a 25% discount on green fees at The Duke's Course, St Andrews, during the week of the Curtis Cup.
The Curtis Cup was donated by the sisters Harriot and Margaret Curtis in 1927 and is inscribed: “to stimulate friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands.” However, largely due to financial reasons, the first official match was not played until 1932 at Wentworth where the US beat GB&I 5½ - 3½.

In the series the US teams have won 25 matches, GB&I teams 6, with three matches halved. However, since 1984 the results have been much closer with four wins each and one halved match.

LGU LogoTo purchase your ticket visit: or call the Ticket Hotline on 01334 475 811.
For all event information please visit:
Susan Simpson, LGU Director of Championships
Lynn Wallace, LGU Communications
01334 475 811

Draw for the Inter County Foursomes at Ranfurly Castle

Mamie Robin has completed the draw for the Inter County Foursomes qualifying round at Ranfurly Castle on Wednesday 30th April. To see the draw CLICK HERE

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Clare- Marie is the best of the Renfrewshire Players

The HELEN HOLM SCOTTISH WOMEN’S OPEN AMATEUR STROKE-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP was played today over Royal Troon ---- First two rounds at Troon Portland, third round at Royal Troon.

Par 225 (3 x 75).
214 B Genuini (Fra) 74 70 70.
216 J Hedwall (Swe) 75 74 67.
217 M Enarsson (Swe) 71 74 72.
218 K Walker (Buchanan Castle) 76 73 69, C Ellis (Minchinhampton) 74 71 73,
RLCGA Players:
227C-M Carlton (Fereneze)75 75 77
235 M Briggs (Kilmacolm))80 75 80

To see all the results : CLICK HERE

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Clare- Marie and Megan qualify for the final round of the Helen Holm

Congratulations to Clare-Marie Carlton and Megan Briggs who have both qualified for the last round of the Helen Holm Trophy and now play over Royal Troon tomorrow. To see all the qualifying scores go to West of Scotland Website

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Helen Holm Scottish Ladies' Open Stroke Play Championship Starts Tomorrow

Good luck to Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) and Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) who are playing in the above event tomorrow. Clare-Marie tees off at 8.50a.m. and Megan at 10.10a.m. The event will be played over Troon Portland Golf Course on Friday and Saturday and over the Old Course, Royal Troon Golf Club on the Sunday. Why not go along and support our girls and watch how the game should be played! Handicaps are from 3 to +6!

Also many Congratulations to Megan who was runner up in the Scottish Universities Women's golf championship over the Moray Old and New course at Lossiemouth this week --- WELL DONE MEGAN

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Photographs and short video from the 2008 RLCGA County Championship

Here are some photos from the 2008 County Championship at Bonnyton last week.
RLCGA Championship 2008

Click on the photograph to see more
Plus here is a short video of Captain Christeen Finlayson presenting the prizes at Bonnyton Golf Club :

Sunday, April 20, 2008

West of Scotland Girls Medal at Troon Portland

It was a cold windy day but nevertheless produced some fine results.
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) won the Scratch with a 77.
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) is now in the (18-21) bracket and had a gross 76.
The medal finals were held alongside the medal and Natasha Quayum (Ranfurly Castle) won the Silver Medal Final.
CSS was 75.
To read all the results go to the West of Scotland Ladies Golf News Website
The West of Scotland Girls would like to take this opportunity to thank Renfrewshire Ladies County for their very kind donation of £50 that they received from them recently.
New members are always made welcome and there are plenty more medals and matches in store for this summer. Anyone interested should contact :
Irene Stewart
2 Balmore Court
PA13 4LX

Friday, April 18, 2008

The 2008 Greenlees Trophy

Next week sees the start of the 2008 Greenlees matches when Largs have a home game against Haggs Castle in the first of the Division 3 matches.

Fiona Roger has taken over the running of the Greenlees League from Willeen McCallum. Willeen has run the League for a considerable number of years, and a huge debt of gratitude is due to her, from all participating clubs, for the efficient and friendly way she has carried out the task. We wish her a happy, stress free golfing season.
In previous seasons you saw a link on the Renfrewshire Website for the Divisional Totals. However,from now on the main links will be found on the The West of Scotland Ladies Golf News website
In addition to the results you will also find a link to the match dates for all 3 Divisions, a full list of results as they are played and also the full divisional totals

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Megan Briggs is the 2008 RLCGA Champion

Megan and Eilidh Briggs - Click to enlarge

It was the battle of the Briggs sisters from Kilmacolm in today's 18-hole RLCGA Championship final at Bonnyton Golf Club.
Megan, 18, won the the title for the third year in a row by beating her 14-year-old sister Eilidh by 4 and 3.
Both played well on the outward half, Megan turning in level par to be only one hole up.
She then birdied the 10th to double her advantage and then went three up with a par at the 11th.
Eilidh kept her hopes alive by winning the 12th before the 13th was halved.
Megan went three up again with a par at the 14th and this time there was no way back for young Elidh.
Megan birdied the 15th for a 4 and 3 winning margin - but how lucky Kilmacolm Golf Club and we are to have two such talented youngsters.
In the semi-finals, Megan, the leading qualifier, won by 4 and 2 against former internationalist Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle), winner of the County title 10 times in the past, while Eilidh, the No 3 seed, beat the No 2 qualifier, Sarah McCorkell (Williamwood) - nee Harman by one hole.
Today's results:
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) beat Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) 4 and 2.
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) beat Sarah McCorkell (Williamwood) 1 hole.
Megan Briggs beat Eilidh Briggs 4 and 3.
To see the complete results of all the Championship matchplay rounds CLICK HERE
Click on photo above to see an enlargement

To see some more photographs from the day CLICK HERE

RLCGA Championship Final Day

The semi finals and final were played today at Bonnyton Golf Club in bitter cold and blustery conditions with the odd blink of sunshine.

In the first semi final the holder, Megan Briggs, defeated the ten times former Champion, Donna Jackson, by 4/2. In the second semi final the up and coming 14 year old, Eilidh Briggs beat the 2002 Champion, Sara McCorkell (nee Harman), by 1 hole.
Megan retained the County Championship for the third time in a row by beating her younger sister 4/3. After nine holes Megan had played to par and was 1 up. Birdies at the 10th and 15th hole saw Megan clinch the title.Howard Lockhart, the Green's Convener at Bonnyton refereed the final and was most impressed not only by the high standard of play but by the sisters' speedy pace!

Bonnyton is a valued supporter of the RLCGA and players and spectators alike were made to feel very much at home. It was just such a pity our Championship cannot be played a bit later in the season to do Bonnyton's beautiful course justice.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

County Championship -- Megan and Eilidh Briggs progress to the Renfrewshire County Semi Finals

Megan Briggs - Click to enlarge
Defending champion Megan Briggs -- pictured on the left progressed to the semi-finals with two convincing wins over Linda McDougall (Greenock) 7/5 in the morning and Gillian McGinley (Cochrane Castle)) 6/5 in the quarter finals.

Younger sister Eilidh pictured on the right also reached the semi-finals with wins over Denise Cowan (Cochrane Castle) 5/4 followed by a 3/2 win over Beth Paterson (Eastwood).
Eilidh Briggs - Click to enlarge

Remaining semi-finalists are former champion Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) with a 5/4 win over Janette McCartney (Erskine) in the morning and a narrow 2/1 win over Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle) in the afternoon.
Sara McCorkell(Williamwood) --- (nee Harman) who continued a good run of form after winning the Peggy Clark Trophy on Tuesday with wins over Julie Nicol (Elderslie) 4/2 and another former winner, Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) 3/2.
Clare-Marie had in the first round played 14 year old Alyson McKechin (Elderslie). --- Playing in her first championship, Alyson put up a good fight against the experienced former champion losing narrowly 3/2 - one to watch for the future

First round - M Briggs beat L McDougall (Greenock) 7 and 5, G McGinlay (Cochrane Castle) beat P Orr (Cochrane Castle) 6 and 4, D Jackson (Cochrane Castle) beat J McCartney (Erskine) 5 and 4, C Fell (Ranfurly Castle) bt C Whyte (Windyhill) 2 and 1, E Briggs (Kilmacolm) beat D Cowan (Cochrane Castle) 5 and 4, B Paterson (Eastwood) bt L Stewart (Greenburn) 3 and 2, C-M Carlton (Fereneze) beat A McKechin (Elderslie) 3 and 2, S McCorkell (Williamwood) beat J Nicol (Elderslie) 4 and 2.

Quarter Finals - M Briggs beat McGinlay 6 and 5, Jackson beat Fell 2 and 1, E Briggs beat Paterson 3 and 2, McCorkell beat Carlton 3 and 2.

To print out all the results for the 1st round and quarter finals CLICK HERE

To keep up to date with County News and Club Golf News within the West of Scotland
Then go to the West of Scotland Golf News Website by clicking HERE

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Megan Briggs is the leading Qualifier in the County Championship at Bonnyton

Megan Briggs
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) --- pictured left -- the 2007 County Champion was the leading qualifier over Bonnyton today with a gross 75 in very wet underfoot conditions.

She was closely followed by County Team member Sara McCorkell (Williamwood) - (nee Harman) who had a 76 and who also had the lowest net score of 72 for the day --- She is the winner of the Peggy Clark Trophy.

The SSS 71 CSS 74 (Reduction only)

Qualifiers (SSS 71, CSS 74)
75 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm).
76 Sara McCorkell (Williamwood).
77 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm).
79 Carol Whyte (Windyhill), Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle).
80 Liz Stewart (Greenburn).
81 Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze).
83 Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle).
84 Pearl Orr (Cochrane Castle).
85 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Beth Paterson (Eastwood).
86 Jeanette McCartney (Erskine).
87 Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle), Denise Cowan (Cochrane Castle).
89 Julie Nicol (Elderslie), Linda McDougall (Greenock).
Match-play draw
9.15 M Briggs v McDougall, Orr v McGinlay, 9.30 Jackson v McCartney, Fell v Whyte. 9.45 E Briggs v Cowan, Paterson v Stewart. 10.0 Carlton v McKechin, Nicol v McCorkell.
Quarter-finals at 1.30, 1.37, 1.45 and 1.52.

Handicap Prizewinners:
1st: Sara McCorkell (Williamwood) 76 (4) 72 --Peggy Clark Trophy Winner
2nd: Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 77 (4) 73
3rd Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 75 (1) 74 (bih)

To see the full list of results go to Howdidido Website

Looking for your handicap exchange letter CLICK HERE

Print out a copy of the drawsheet CLICK HERE

Monday, April 14, 2008

The County Championship begins tomorrow

Looking forward to seeing you all at the County Championship which starts tomorrow at Bonnyton Golf Club
To see the draw then ---- Click Here

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Pearl Orr wins the April Medal at Cochrane Castle

Pearl Orr with Captain Christeen Finlayson
The April County Medal was played today at Cochrane Castle in dry conditions.
Clare- Marie Carlton (Fereneze)had the best round of the day with a Gross 74 ---- 1 over the CSS of 73.
Pearl Orr (Cochrane Castle) pictured with Captain Christeen after her round was the overall winner of the Medal with a Net 71

Freda Tuck --- Results Secretary calculates the CSS
Entrants : 31 SSS: 72 CSS: 73
Scratch: Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) 74
Scr - 12
1st: Pearl Orr, (Cochrane Castle)78, (7) 71
2nd: Denise Cowan (Cochrane Castle) 81 (8) 73
3rd: June Lockhart (Gleddoch) 84 (11) 73 bih
13 - 28
1st: June Irons (Caldwell)92 (17) 75
2nd: Paula McBride (Cochrane Castle)92 (16)76
3rd: Moira Cameron (Whitecraigs)93 (16) 77 bih.

Freda (pictured above) has published the results to HOWDIDIDO ---- For the full list of results CLICK HERE

If you wish a printout of your
then click the link.
The Clubs are in Alphabetical Order --- Find your own Club and print out your letter if required.

Monday, April 07, 2008

RLCGA Umbrellas For Sale

As we are about to start our golfing season the thought of brollies come to mind!

Why not treat yourself to one of our pink umbrellas or even treat a friend or relative - they do not have to be a member of the County.

The umbrellas come in small, which is really a lady's umbrella, and large which is more like a gent's size and they cost £20 each

We already have a number of orders but can't get them delivered until we have a minimum order of 25 for each size.

Remember you will be able to use them as a parasol in the summer and when you come along to support your team you will brighten up the world! ---- WHY NOT PLACE YOUR ORDER IN THE FORM BELOW
If you have any queries please contact Sally Smyth.. She will also be delighted to help you with uniform orders too!

CLICK HERE to see all the uniforms and a downloadable order form that you can give to Sally

BBC -- Could you be the Sport Mastermind Champion

Sport Mastermind -- The Chair
The BBC is currently working with their production team for a new format Sport Mastermind; ---- a high profile sports questions show. They are currently in the early stages of production and in the process of finding contributors to appear on the programme. They have already received a lot of interest from men wanting to be contestants, however they have yet to receive applications from female sports enthusiasts. Subsequently, they are targeting womens sports groups such as yourselves.

The BBC is looking for contestants to take part in the quiz show Sport Mastermind, presented by Des Lynam
To become a contestant (Applicants must be aged 18 or over)

Email: BBC Sport Mastermind

Apply Online:

Or send an SAE to:

Sport Mastermind Applications, Room 4012, BBC Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester. M60 1SJ

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Draw for the April Medal at Cochrane Castle

Here is the draw for the April Medal at Cochrane Castle on the 9th April 2008
9.00 J Mack, S Eckford
9.10 M Stewart, D Cowan
9.20 G McGinlay, C-M Carlton, J Nicol
9.30 B Paterson, M Neilson, M Cook
9.40 M Doherty, J Irons, E Black
9.50 R Henderson, L McDougall, V Mackinnon
10.00 D Belch, S Osborne, M Cameron
10.10 E J Thomson, A Terrey, K Black
10.20 P Brown, F Roger, P Orr
10.30 C Finlayson, E Hale, N MacGadie
10.40 J Lockhart, S McKnight, P McBride
10.50 C Fell, L Mathie, S Smyth

Thursday, April 03, 2008

2008 Winter Foursomes Final at Whitecraigs Golf Club

From Left to Right June, Sheila, Mary and Roisin - Click to enlarge

The Winter Foursomes Final was played over Whitecraigs today in excellent weather conditions.
Despite the recent heavy rain the course was in remarkable condition.

Last years winners, Roisin Black and June Lockhart of Gleddoch, played Sheila Gray and Mary Hardie of Ranfurly Castle.

The Ranfurly Castle pairing took advantage of their 8 strokes to be two up at the turn but Roisin and June fought back to be all square after the 17th hole. Going down the 18th Sheila and Mary played steadily to clinch the game.

The Ranfurly Castle ladies reminded the Gleddoch ladies that they had met in the first round of the Winter Foursomes last year when Roisin and June had beaten them on the 17th green. They look forward to doing battle once again in the final of the 2008/9 Winter Foursomes Final!
Congratulations to Sheila and Mary.
For all the 2007/2008 Winter Foursomes Results CLICK HERE

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Easter at Mearns Castle Golf Academy

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If you are looking for something for the kids to do during the Easter Holidays, look no further than Mearns Castle Golf Academy.
They still have limited spaces left on our Kids Easter Classes. Details are as follows;
Dates: Mon 7th to Fri 11th April / Mon 14th to Fri 18th April
Times: 10am to 12noon
Age Group: 5 to 13 years olds
To read all about it CLICK HERE