Monday, August 31, 2009

Lesley Cosh is the Cowglen's Champion for the Second Time in a Row

Renfrewshire's Lesley Cosh has won the Cowglen Club Championship for the 2nd time in a row
WELL DONE LESLEY

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

RENFREWSHIRE SISTERS WIN THE SCOTTISH LADIES FOURSOMES

Megan and Eilidh Briggs - the 2009 Scottish Strokeplay Champions - Photograph courtesy of Fiona Farquharson

Megan and Eildh Briggs (Kilmacolm) won the Scottish Ladies' Foursomes Stroke-play title with a gross round of 2 under par (70) at Forfar today.

Well done, girls! Yet again, you are keeping Renfrewshire to the front of Scottish Ladies Golf!

To read more about the event go to the West of Scotland Website

Megan is Kilmacolm's Champion for the Sixth Time

Kilmacolm's Championship was held on Saturday morning in blustery conditions but it was dry for a change! The final was between the Briggs sisters, Megan & Eilidh. It was very close all the way round but Megan won at the 16th for her sixth consecutive year which is an amazing achievement. Congratulations to Megan and commiserations to Eilidh who played her sister yet again but it is getting closer each year.

Natasha is a Double Club Champion

Congratulations go to Renfrewshire's Natasha Qayum who won the 2009 Ranfurly Castle Club Championship today to add to her Crail Championship win earlier this month. To read more about the event and see some pictures go to the Ranfurly Castle Ladies Website

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CAMPBELL CLOCK -- GET YOUR ENTRY SENT TODAY !!

Renfrewshire Girls - Campbell Clock Stableford Competition
Venue - Whitecraigs G.C. - Sunday 6th September 2009 at 2pm

The closing date for entries has been extended to Sunday 30th August.

Competition is open to Girls of all abilities (with or without a Handicap)

CLICK HERE to get your application form

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Megan is representing Scotland in this years Home Internationals

The following players will represent Scotland in the 2009 Home International Matches at Irvine Golf Club, Ayrshire from September 9th to 11th 2009:
SCOTLAND
Captain - Lesley Nicholson
Manager - Claire Hargan
Carly Booth (Comrie)
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm)
Louise Kenney (Pitreavie)
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar)
Laura Murray (Alford)
Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle)
Jane Turner (Craigielaw)
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle)

Reserves:
Katy McNicoll (Carnoustie Ladies)
Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze),
Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Renfrewshire Players play with the Professionals


Alyson MecKechin, Heather MacRae, Clare-Marie Carlton and Gillian McGinlay (Click to enlarge)

The Professionals Click to enlarge Left to right: Lynn Kenny, Vikki Laing, Krystle Caithness, Heather MacRae, Karyn Burns (standing at back), Michele Thomson, Jenna Wilson, Pamela Feggans and Clare Queen. Click on the image to enlarge


Renfrewshire's Clare-Marie Carlton, Alyson McKechin, Gillian McGinlay, Gillian Kyle, June Lockhart and Audrey Barclay were playing in the All womens Pro Am organised by Renfrewshire's Professional Coach Karyn Burns at the Archerfield Golf Club last week.
The Team Winners on the day were: Morag Wright, Gael Davidson and Janice Aikman, all representing Clydebank & District (Karyn's club as she grew up as a junior!) accompanied by team professional Jenna Wilson. They won by one shot with a net 61.
3 teams tied on 62 for 2nd and 3rd.
2nd were: Fiona Leslie, Alison McKellar and Liz Blincow from East Renfrewshire Golf Club, accompanied by Team Professional Michele Thomson and 3rd was: Gillian Kyle, Linda Ellery and Anne McGeoch also from East Renfrewshire Golf Club accompanied by Team Professional Vikki Laing. The Longest Drive which was an accumlative prize was won by Belle Robertson, Anne Wilson and June Lockhart who were accompanied by team professional Pamela Feggans who contributed a Massive 312yards with her drive! Nearest the pin prizes were won by Alyson McKechin (amateur) and Vikki Laing (professional).
An external putting competition where the pro's were blindfolded and directed by their team was won by
Team Professional: Heather MacRae assisted by Renfrewshire's Clare-Marie Carlton, Alyson McKechin and Gillian McGinlay representing Playsport Golf.



Groups taking part in the pro-am were:
Jane Herd, Clare Queen, Cynthia Guthrie, Fiona Playfair.
Belle Robertson, Pamela Feggans, June Lockhart, Anne Wilson.
Morag Wright, Jenna Wilson, Gael Davidson, Janice Aikman.
Anne McGeoch, Vikki Laing, Gillian Kyle, Linda Ellery.
Margaret Quin, Lynn Kenny, Elma Perry, Audrey Barclay.
Alyson McKechin, Heather MacRae, Clare-Marie Carlton, Gillian McGinlay.
Denise Parr, Krystle Caithness, Pat Lunney, Alison Chisholm.
Fiona Leslie, Michele Thomson, Liz Blincow, Alison McKellar.


Over £300 was raised for 'The Teddy Bear Foundation' and Photographs courtesy of Lynne Cameron (press association)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Solheim Cup USA win


The Solheim Cup is underway.
Day 1 : Fourball Result--- USA 2.5 Europeans 1.5
Foursomes -------USA 2.0 Europeans 2.0
Total after Day 1: ---- USA 4.5 Europeans 3.5

Day 2 :Fourball Result--- USA 1.5 Europeans 2.6
Foursomes:------- USA 2.0 Europeans 2,0
Total after Day 2: USA 8.0 Europeans 8.0
Day 3: Singles---- USA 8.0 Europeans 4.0
Final Result : USA 16 Europeans 12

To look at all the Results CLICK HERE

Represent Renfrewshire in the Fife County Centenary Open

Fife County Ladies Golfing Association are holding a Centenary Open at Dunfermline Golf Club on Sunday, September 27. Tee-times: from 9.30 am – 1.30pm.
The competition is open to members of any county association in Scotland.
Scratch & Handicap Prizes. Entry Fee: £12 .
It would be great to have some representatives from each county participating in this event, so please come along and join us in our celebration of 100 years of county golf in Scotland.
If you are interested, please submit ENTRY FORM with fee by September 6 to:
Mrs Margaret Steele, 26 South Dewar Street, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 8AR (Tel: 01383 721840) .

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Megan is out in the worst of the weather at Balgownie and misses the cut at the British Open

Nine Scots figured among the 44 qualifiers for Friday's final two rounds with two-round aggregates of 22-over-par 166 or better. Unfotunately Renfrewshire's Megan Briggs was one of the early starters when the rain and gale force winds were at their full force and had a terrible 2nd round and just missed the cut off for the last 2 rounds.
Tournament director Susan Simpson from Carnoustie admitted later that around 11am she did go out to the exposed 10th green to check the wind-and-ball situation.
Other West of Scotland players who made the cut were Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) and Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle)

TO READ MORE GO TO THE WEST OF SCOTLAND WEBSITE

So sorry Megan to hear that it was such awful conditions to spoil such a good first round
To read the Final Totals after the Four Rounds Click Here

British Strokeplay -- Live Scoring

To follow the live scoring at the British Open Strokeplay go to the LGU Website

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Megan is leading Scot after windswept opening day at Balgownie

Report by Colin Farquharson
Scottish champion Megan Briggs has perhaps not had the respect she has deserved since winning the national title at Southerness in May ... but that may be about to change.
The Kilmacolm 20-year-old student shot a 78 in a 30mph gale at Balgownie today (Wed) to be the leading Scot at the end of the first round of the 72-hole British women's open amateur stroke-play championship.
A six over par score is not generally one to write home about - but a southerly wind which made the inward half a battle for survival meant anyone who had broken 80 deserved a medal.
Ladies Golf Union tournament director Susan Simpson foresaw the problems that players would have even reaching some fairways into the teeth of the wind on the back nine.
"I went out and moved forward quite a few of the tees, some by up to 30 yards, to give the competitors a chance of clearing the rough from some of the tees," said Susan.
The wind was so strong that even downwind, with it at their backs, it was little or no help as pitch-and-runs were being blown through the greens.
Megan did not make the best of starts downwind. She bogeyed the first, the fourth and the sixth. But a birdie 2 at the eighth settled her and she turned in two-over-par 38.
A birdie 3 at the 10th was followed by a double bogey 5 at the short 11th but she was able to limit any more damage on that scale.
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website
Leading Scores:
FIRST ROUND TOTALS FROM BALGOWNIE
BRITISH WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
Par 72. 6,231yd

73 Lucie Andre (France) 34-39.
75 Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down) 37-38.
76 Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) 37-39, Caroline Karsten (Netherlands) 35-41, Nicola Rawlinson (Leyland) 39-37.
77 Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 38-39
78 Ciara Butler (Newlands) 35-43, Gemma Bradbury (Cottrell Park) 38-40, Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 38-40, Maaike Naafs (Netherlands) 36-42, Jeanne Metivier (France) 42-36.


Other Scots:
79 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 38-41, Emma Fairnie (Dunbar) 39-40,Laura Murray (Alford) 36-43,
80 Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) 40-40.
81 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle).39-42, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 38-43, Roseanne Niven (Crieff) 37-44, Katy McNicoll (Carnoustie Ladies) 38-43.
82 Carly Booth (Comrie) 41-41,
83 Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 42-41,
84 Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 42-42,
85 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 39-46,
86 Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 40-46,
87 Jill Meldrum (Dullatur) 39-48,
89 Linda Urquhart (Banchory) 45-44,
90 Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) 49-41, Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) 45-45, Tara Davies (Holyhead) 44-46, Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 39-51,
91 Lesley Atkins (Minto) 44-47.
95 Donna Pocock (Murcar Links) 48-47, Louise McGillivray (Banchory) 47-48,
96 Morag MacPherson (Kilmarnock Barassie) 42-54.
97 Gillian Simpson (Murrayfield) 44-53..
98 Fiona Hay (Deeside) 50-48.
99 Annabel Niven (Crieff) 41-58.

Megan is playing in the British Open Strokeplay at Royal Aberdeen

The British Open Stroke play begins today at Royal Aberdeen . To see the draw Click Here

We wish Megan all the best

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Renfrewshire Sisters are Champions

Congratulations go to Renfrewshire's Natasha Qayum (Ranfurly Castle) who won the Crail Championship and her younger sister Alexandra who won the Crail Bronze Championship on Sunday.--- a Double Act -- Well done to you both

Renfrewshire's Annabel Kane wins the Handicap Award at the SLGA Open Meeting at Dullatur

Annabel Kane - Click to enlarge

Annabel Kane (Kilmacolm) -- Click to enlarge

In what can only be described as wet and driech -- Renfrewshire's Annabel Kane (Kilmacolm) managed to overcome the horrible conditions to win the Silver Division handicap award at the SLGA County Open Meeting at Dullatur Golf Club today with a very good net 73 off 12. She was closely followed by Renfrewshire's Sally Foster also from Kilmacolm with a net 74

Milngavie's Anna Telfer won the top Silver Division scratch prize in a tight finish with two other players, Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe) and Nicola Ferguson (Clober) They all matched the 82 returned by Anna but lost out in the card countback. Anna had a better inward half than Louise and Nicola. Then Louise had a better last three than Nicola.
In the Bronze Division, Irene Gray (Musselburgh) won both the scratch and handicap awards
The par was 72, the standard scratch 73 and the CSS 76

Thursday, August 13, 2009

CADDIES AND SUPPORTERS NEEDED FOR SCOTTISH COUNTY FINALS

Caddies for County Finals--Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th September--Baberton--Midlothian

Trish Brown is currently trying to organise caddies for the above and several people have kindly offered. She did not always have her paper and pencil with her at the time (over a short putt somewhere!) so please could they email her at cmbardlui@aol.com or tel on 01505 873462 to let her know when they are available. Also if there is anyone else who could help she would be very grateful.

We don't just need caddies WE ALSO NEED SUPPORTERS!
This is the first County Finals of the new Century of County Golf with a brand new Trophy so we would love to be the first names at the top so please come along and give the team your support. Directions to Baberton will be posted on the web site nearer the time but it is this side of Edinburgh so not too far to go!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Eilidh knocked out in the first round of the British Girls' Matchplay

Eildh lost in the 1st round of the matchplay stages of the British Girls when she was beaten 3 Clemence Abrahamian (FRANCE):

NO SCOTS LEFT IN BRITISH GIRLS' CHAMPIONSHIP (THANKS GO TO COLIN FARQUHARSON FOR THE REPORT)

Two rounds of match-play have whittled the British girls' open amateur championship field of 64 qualifiers down to 16 players at West Lancashire Golf Club.
But it took only one round to snuff out the Scottish challenge.
Renfrewshire's Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Carly Booth from Comrie, who qualified in ninth and 10th position respectively, were beaten by Continental players who were 55th and 56th best at the end of the stroke-play eliminator.
After a fairly even start through four holes, Eilidh had slumped to three down against Clemence Abrahamian and her French opponent went on to win by 3 and 2.
Carly lost by 2 and 1 to Spain's Luna Sobron who had been one up after four and two up at the turn.
England have the biggest representation in the last 16 - six players - Wales have one, Ireland and Scotland 0. But Spain, to be fair, have only one.

To read who eventually won the title go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Eilidh qualifies for the matchplay stages of the the British Girls and Alyson misses out by one stroke

Eilidh Briggs - Click to enlargeRenfrewshire's Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) (pictured left) - courtesy of Colin Farquharson – qualified for the match-play stages after the two stroke-play eliminating rounds finished in wind and rain at West Lancashire Golf Club this evening.
Both Eilidh and Carly Booth (Comrie) had totals of six-over-par 150, made up of two 75s each.
They qualified with ease quite high up among the 64 who made it through with totals of 158 or better.
Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) unfortunately missed out by one stroke with scores of 80 and 79 for 159, and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) bowed out on 168 with rounds of 82 and 86.
Borders women’s champion Lesley Atkins (Minto), who is enduring that loss of form which all young improving players go through at some time or other, had scores of 83 and 89 for 172.
Eilidh clinched her place with two late birdies, at the 14th and 16th in an inward 37 for 75 while Carly covered the last 13 holes with 12 pars and one bogey … the kind of form that wins match-play ties.
Rachael Watton had a nightmare 9 at the par-4 10th and had an inward half of 46.
Leading qualifier was the 15-year-old Spanish girl, Noemi Jimenez from Malaga, with rounds of 70 and 73 for 143

Eilidh now plays Clemence Abraham (France) tomorrow morning

For the all the scores go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Reminder from your Secretary Morag

Autumn Meeting

Sadly this is the last competition to apply for now in the season (apart from below). The Autumn Meeting is being held at Haggs Castle Golf Club which is always a popular venue with our members so I expect this one to be quite busy. Please send entries to Sally Smyth (with s.a.e.) by Wednesday 19th August.

Winter Foursomes

Sorry to mention the "W" word when we are still in the middle of summer (well maybe late summer!). Audrey Barclay is organising the Winter Foursomes this year and she has asked me to remind everyone of this Winter competition and that entries have to be in by 19th September (with s.a.e.). Usually people enter with a partner but if not, please enter yourself and Audrey will try and organise one for you. It is a good way to keep the golf going in the Winter and maybe play some other courses.


I am not promising this will be my last reminder to you all as I am sure there may be a couple of other things that might be useful in the coming months, i.e. AGM 4th Nov (put it in your diary now). Hope you all enjoyed the summer as May & June were great months - not to sure about July!!

Look forward to seeing some of you at Haggs and also the Centenary Shotgun if you are playing.

Morag Turner (RLCGA Secretary)

Monday, August 10, 2009

British Girls -- Eilidh is the leading Scot

Eilidh Briggs - Click to enlarge
BRITISH GIRLS’ OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
West Lancashire Golf Club.
FIRST OF TWO QUALIFYING ROUNDS Par 72. 6324 yards
Leading Scores:

70 Noemi Jimenez (Spa).
71 Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry).
72 Hannah Turland (Tidworth Garrison), Delacour Perrine (Fra), Mandy Goyos (Spa).
73 Mara Puisite (Lat).
74 Anna-Lena Kraemer (Ger), Meghan McLaren (Wellingborough), Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies), Marlies Krenn (Aut), Justine Dreher (Fra).

75 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Carly Booth (Comrie).
Others:
80 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie)
82 Rachael Watton (Mortonhall),
83 Lesley Atkins (Minto),

To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website
Photograph courtesy of Colin Farquharson -- click to enlarge

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Eilidh and Alyson are playing in the British Girls' Championship

Thr Girls’ British Open Championship at West Lancashire Golf Club begins tomorrow. We wish Eilidh and Alyson the very best of luck

Friday, August 07, 2009

Renfrewshire Girls have a good day at Mearns Golf Academy

RLCGA Junior Girls - Click to enlarge RLCGA Junior Girls at Mearns Golf Academy -- Click to enlarge


15 Junior girls were at the Mearns Golf Academy today where they played the 9 hole course then hit some balls at the golf range. The day was fantastic and the girls all enjoyed themselves, but more importantly they made new golf friends!!!

We have some very good junior girls coming through and these fun days are the way forward.

Thanks go to Denise Cowan (Cochrane Castle) for the photo and report

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Eilidh Briggs and Alyson McKechin help Scotland to be Runners Up in The Girls' Home Internationals

The 20009 Scottish Girls Team -- Click to enlarge
The Scottish Girls Team with Team Captain Margaret McNaughton -- Runners Up -- Click to enlarge - Photo courtesy of Colin Farquharson


By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Scotland regained their pride and their fighting spirit to finish runners-up to Stroyan Cup winners England on the last day of the girls’ home international golf matches at sunny Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire.
The Scots came from 2pt in arrears to snatch a 4 ½-4 ½ draw with Wales and so win the Swansea Spoon for finishing second.
"I'm thrilled to bits with the way Scotland played. England were the only team to beat us and we all agree they are different class this year," said Scotland captain Margaret MacNaughtan. "As we did against Ireland on the first day, we rallied from what could have been a losing position in the singles. Great stuff. I've enjoyed every minute of being here in Lancashire with the girls."
Kevin Craggs, the SLGA coach said," It was a good all-round performance. You have to remember most of the Scotland girls were new to international golf and it was a young team."
England were given their toughest match of the series by Ireland before beating them 6 ½-2 ½. LISA AND ALEXANDRA THE MVPs
The “Most Valuable Players” of the week were Ireland’s 14-year-old Lisa Maguire and England’s Alexandra Peters. Both won five times and lost one in their six outings.
Scotland’s top points achievers were Renfrewshire's Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall), both with 4pt out of six. Ironically, both lost their final ties against Wales.
After the Wales v Scotland foursomes were shared 1 ½-1 ½, Wales claimed victory in the first two singles to finish. Amy Boulden beat Eilidh Briggs by 3 and 1 and Gemma Bradbury beat Rachael Watton 4 and 3.
The Scots’ rally began with a one-hole win by Renfrewshire's Alyson McKechin over Kelly Miller.
Alyson McKechin staged a grandstand finish to win both the 17th and the 18th for a one-hole victory.
Sammy Leslie’s 3 and 1 win for Scotland over Chloe Williams levelled the overall scoreline at 3 ½ pt each.
Katie Bradbury put Wales back in front by beating Rachael Taylor by one hole.
Scotland, trailing by one with one tie to finish, got the levelling point with a 2 and 1 win by their champion from Peebles, Ailsa Bain, over Natasha Gobey. Bain was never behind in a match in which she was three up after nine holes

GIRLS HOME INTERNATIONALS
Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire
DAY3

WALES 4 ½, SCOTLAND 4 1/2

Foursomes: Chelsey Herbert & Katie Bradbury halved with Ailsa Bain & Rachael Taylor; Amy Boulden & Gemma Bradbury lost to Eilidh Briggs & Rachael Watton 3 and 2; Natasha Gobey & Chloe Williams bt Alyson McKechin & Sammy Leslie 1 hole (1 ½-1 ½).
Singles: Boulden beat Briggs 3 and 1, Kelly Miller lost to McKechin 1 hole, Gemma Bradbury bt Watton 4 and 3, Katie Bradbury bt Taylor 1 hole, Williams lost to Leslie 3 and 1, Gobey lost to Bain 2 and 1 (3-3).

ENGLAND 6 ½, IRELAND 2 1/2.
Foursomes: Heidi Beck & Kelly Tidy lost to Leona Maguire & Lisa Maguire 3 and 2;
Hannah Turland & Hayley Davis halved with Laura McCarthy & Emma O’Driscoll;
Holly Clyburn & Alexandra Peters bt Carla Reynolds & Patrice Delaney 2 and 1 (1 ½-1 ½).
Singles: Clyburn lost to Lisa Maguire 1 hole, Peters bt Delaney 4 and 2, Turland bt Reynolds 1 hole, Nikki Foster bt O’Driscoll 3 and 2, Davis bt McCarthy 3 and 2, Lauren Taylor bt Leona Maguire 2 and 1 (5-1).

HOW THEY FINISHED
England 3pt, Scotland 1 1/2pt, Ireland 1pt, Wales ½ pt.


WELL DONE EILIDH AND ALYSON ON A GREAT WEEK --RENFREWSHIRE ARE PROUD OF YOU BOTH

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Gillian McGinlay is a winner in the County Centenary Greensomes run by Ayrshire

Carol Fell -- Click to enlarge A Turnberry Flag - Click to enlarge

Renfrewshire's Gillian McGinlay and Janette Stewart from Ayrshire won the County Centenary Greensomes played over Troon Portland today . Unfortunately Gillian had to send her apologies for the prizegiving so I do not have a photo of her with Janette
As an alternative here is a photo of your webmaster instead !!--- We were to wear the colours of Ayrshire if possible,

However, to read all the results and see some photos from today's successful event go to the West of Scotland Website

Scotland Girls lose to England and Eilidh is the only winner

Report By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Scotland’s Under-18 girls team have tasted the highs and the lows of golf on consecutive days at the girls' home international matches for the Stroyan Cup at Fairhaven Golf Club.
Quite rightly proud of their come-from-behind 5-4 win over European champions Ireland on Tuesday, the Scots were humbled 8-1 by England today on a very hot day at the Lancashire venue.
England, the defending champions, are currently different class at this age level and when it is eight-a-side – or they certainly have looked it this week. They simply have more good players than any of the other countries.
On Tuesday, they slaughtered Wales 8-1 and 24 hours later they did the same to the Scots team who are no duffers by any means. Several of the Under-18 Scots will graduate to the adult line-up in the not too distant future.
England had to settle for a 2-1 lead from the foursomes when Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) won their alternate shot tie by two holes over Holly Clyburn and Alexandra Peters.
Holly is the new England girls champion and Alexandra is the Fairhaven women's course record holder, having won the Fairhaven Junior Open girls' title for the past two years. So that was a great win by Eilidh and Rachael.
But it was to prove the sole crumb of comfort.
England whitewashed the Scots 6-0 in the singles with defeats for Germany-based Rachael Taylor (3 and 2 by Holly Clyburn), Sammy Leslie (4 and 2 by Kelly Tidy), Rachael Watton, failing to win for the first time in four outings as she went down by 5 and 4 to Nikki Foster, Eilidh Briggs (3 and 2 by Hannah Turland), Alyson McKechin (2 and 1 by Heidi Baek) and Lesley Atkins (5 and 4 by Alexandra Peters).
Ireland came from 4-2 down to beat luckless Wales 5-4 but, even with the brilliance of the 14-year-old Maguire twins giving them a chance of securing three points – one in the foursomes and two in the singles – it is almost impossible to see them beating England in their last match.
Scotland finish by playing Wales – and, judging by the way the Welsh played against the Irish, it could be a close one.
DAY TWO RESULTS

IRELAND 5, WALES 4
Foursomes: Lisa & Leona Maguire lost to Katie Bradbury & Chelsey Herbert 1 hole; Carla Reynolds & Patrice Delaney lost to Amy Boulden & Gemma Bradbury 2 and 1; Laura McCarthy & Emma O’Driscoll bt Chloe Williams & Natasha Gobey 3 and 1 (1-2).
Singles: Leona Maguire bt Gobey 5 and 3, Paula Grant lost to Gemma Bradbury 3 and 2, O’Driscoll bt Herbert 1 hole, Reynolds lost to Katie Bradbury 6 and 5, McCarthy bt Kelly Miller 1 hole, Lisa Maguire bt Boulden 3 and 2 (4-2)

SCOTLAND 1, ENGLAND 8
Foursomes: Ailsa Bain & Sammy Leslie lost to Heidi Baek & Kelly Tidy 3 and 2; Sammy Vass & Rachael Taylor lost to Hannah Turland & Hayley Davis 2 and 1; Eilidh Briggs & Rachael Watton bt Holly Clyburn & Alexandra Peters 2 holes (1-2).
Singles: Taylor lost to Clyburn 3 and 2, Leslie lost to Tidy 4 and 2, Watton lost to Nikki Foster 5 and 4, Eilidh Briggs lost to Turland 3 and 2 , Alyson McKechin lost to Baek 2 and 1, Lesley Atkins lost to Peters 5 and 4 (0-6) .

HOW THEY STAND
England 2pt, Scotland 1pt, Ireland 1pt, Wales 0pt.

FINAL MATCHES
England v Ireland, Scotland v Wales.

Greenock Medal -- Vivien Young from Cochrane Castle is the Winner

The August Medal was played to-day over Greenock Golf Club. Conditions were very windy, but dry and sunny giving lovely views over the Clyde. Unfortunately there was a very small entry due to the Ayrshire Centenary Greensomes held over Troon Portland where there were many Renfrewshire players taking part
The overall winner was Vivien Young (Cochrane Castle) 88 (18) 70. Best gross was Maureen Woodhead (Gourock) with an 80. The CSS was 71.

1st Class (Scratch - 12 handicap)
1st Mary Wylie (Elderslie) 85 (12) 73
2nd Maureen Woodhead (Gourock) 80 (6) 74
3rd Cathy Morton (Eastwood) 85 (10) 75 a.c.b.

2nd Class (13 Handicap and upwards)
1st Vivien Young (Cochrane Castle) 88 (18) 70
2nd Anne Terrey (Greenock) 93 (20) 73
3rd Jean Smith (Cathcart Castle) 94 (15) 79

Scratch : Maureen Woodhead (Gourock) 80


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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Eilidh Briggs is in great form in helping Scotland defeat Ireland

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
“The Catriona Matthew inspiration is working already,” said a cock-a-hoop captain Margaret MacNaughtan after Scotland toppled European champions Ireland on the opening day of the Under-18 gitrls’ home international matches at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire today
Very much the underdogs against an Irish team that won the Euro girls team title only four weeks ago and includes two Vagliano Trophy team players in the 14-year-old Maguire twins, Scotland rallied from 3-1 down to win 5-4.
That sets the scene for a Day 2 summit meeting – Scotland versus defending champions England.
The English walloped Wales 8-1 in their opening tie.
“I’ve never seen a Scotland girls team so animated since they went to Royal Lytham to see Catriona winning the Women’s British Open and meeting her afterwards. And I’m quite certain that some of Catriona’s magic rubbed off on our girls,” said Mrs MacNaughtan, who played for Scotland … at hockey.
“To beat Ireland was a simply fantastic performance. I don’t want to single any players out for special mention because I’ve been stressing since we got here that this is a team championship – and everybody has a role to play in the team effort.
“And that was some team effort against Ireland.”
The Scots, 2-1 down from the morning foursomes, saw that deficit stretchto two points when Lisa Maguire produced some brilliant golf to beat Alyson McKechin (Eldereslie) 7 and 6. Lisa was six up at the turn and birdied the first, fourth, sixth and 10th She was roughly four under par for the holes played.
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) started the afternoon ball rolling for Scotland when she put a second team point on the board by beating Sara Helly 4 and 3Helly was one up at the turn but the initiative in what had been a tight match was seized by Briggs who won three holes in a row, the 13th, 14th and 15th , for victory
Rachael Watton put Scotland on level terms at 3-3 overall with a tremendous 2 and 1 win over Leona Maguire. The tone for a quality match was set when the first hole was halved in birdie 4s. Watton took the lead at the second and was never in arrears after that.
Maguire won the third but the Scot then won the fourth, fifth and eighth to take a three-hole lead. Briggs lost the 10th but went back to three up with a birdie 3 at the 12th. In a ding-dong finish Maguire birdied the 15th and 16th to cut her deficit to one but Briggs won the 17th and the match with a par.
Scotland moved into a 4-3 lead when their new champion, Ailsa Bain (Peebles) beat her Irish counterpart Emma O’Driscoll by one hole after being two down at the turn. Bain won the 10th, the 11th with a birdie and then the 12th to lead for the first time.
O’Driscoll squared the contest again at the 14th but Bain’s par 3 at the 17th put her back in the lead and the last hole was halved.
Ireland drew level at 4-4 when Carla Reynolds, who had been three up after three holes, bt Lesley Atkins (Minto) by 3 and 2 after the Scot had cut her deficit to one hole with a birdie at the 11th. Reynolds won the 12th, 13th and 14th to go four up. Atkins won the 15th but a half at the 16th ended the match in Ireland’s favour.
And so everything hinged on the last of the six singles – Sammy Lesie for Scotland and Patrice Delaney for Ireland.
After losing the first hole, Leslie, from Westhill, Aberdeen, won the next four in a row for a three-hole advantage which was cut to one when Delaney won the seventh and eighth.
A birdie by the Scot at the ninth put her two up again and a par at the 13th was good enough to re-establish Leslie’s three-hole lead and a half in bogey 6s at the 15th meant that neither Sammy nor Scotland could be beaten.
END OF PLAY RESULTS

ENGLAND 8, WALES 1
SCOTLAND 5, IRELAND 4

FIRST DAY FOURSOMES
ENGLAND 3, WALES 0
England names first
Kelly Tidy & Heidi Baek bt Chloe Williams & Natasha Gobey 1 hole (Wales one up after nine).
Hayley Davis & Hannah Turland bt Gemma & Katie Bradbury 4 and 3 (England four up after nine).
Alexandra Peters & Holly Clyburn bt Kelly Miller & Amy Boulden 2 and 1 (England one up after nine).

SCOTLAND 1, IRELAND 2
Scotland names first
Ailsa Bain & Sammy Leslie lost to Leona & Lisa Maguire 5 and 4 (Ireland two up after nine).
Lesley Atkins & Alyson McKechin lost to Patrice Elaney & Carla Reynolds 2 and 1 (Ireland one up after nine).
Eilidh Briggs & Rachael Watton bt Laura McCarthy & Emma O'Driscoll 2 and 1 (Scotland four up after nine).

SINGLES

ENGLAND v WALES
Holly Clyburn bt Natasha Gobey 2 holes (Wales one up after nine).
Kelly Tidy bt Amy Boulden 2 holes (Wales one up after nine)
Lauren Taylor bt Gemma Bradbury 4 and 3 (England four up after nine).
Nikki Foster bt Katie Bradbury 2 and 1 (Wales one up after nine).
Hayley Davis lost to Chloe Williams 4 and 3 (Wales three up after nine).
Alexandra Peters bt Emma Davies 8 and 7 (England seven up after nine).

SCOTLAND v IRELAND
Ailsa Bain bt Emma O'Driscoll 4 and 3.
Alyson McKechin
lost to Lisa Maguire 7 and 6.
Rachael Watton bt Leona Maguire 2 and 1.
Eilidh Briggs bt Sarah Helly 4 and 3.
Lesley Atkins lost to Carla Reynolds 3 and 2.
Sammy Leslie bt Patrice Delaney 4 and 2.

Live Results from the Girls Home Internationals

Click on the following link ---- LGU Website for all today's play

WELL DONE, SARA --- CONGRATULATIONS - IT'S A BOY !

Congratulations to Sara (nee Harman) and Graeme McCorkell on the birth of their son, Finlay, born on Thursday, 30th July, weighing in at 10lbs 4oz.! Mummy and baby are both doing well.

Sara, of Williamwood Golf Club, had to pull out of the Renfrewshire Training Squad as she was pregnant but agrees Finlay is the best prize she could have won this year!

Renfrewshire wishes you all much happiness

Monday, August 03, 2009

Scottish Girls' Team Eilidh and Alyson both play tomorrow

Scottish Girls Team -- Click to enlarge
Click on the above official Photograph of the 2009 Scottish Girls Team to enlarge
(Courtesy of Colin Farquharson)


Scottish Girls Home International Matches, to play at Fairhaven GC, 4-6 August 2009
Lesley Atkins (Minto), Ailsa Bain (Peebles), Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Sammy Leslie (Westhill), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Rachael Taylor (Bad Griesbach), Sammy Vass (Tain), Rachael Watton (Mortonhall).

TUESDAY FOURSOMES PAIRINGS

SCOTLAND v. IRELAND
Ailsa Bain & Sammy Leslie v Leona & Lisa Maguire.
Lesley Atkins & Alyson McKechin v Patrice Delaney & Paula Reynolds
Eilidh Briggs & Rachael Watton v Laura McCarthy & Emma O'Driscoll.

ENGLAND v WALES
Kelly Tidy & Heidi Baek v Chloe Williams & Natasha Gobey.
Hayley Davis & Hannah Turland v Gemma & Katie Bradbury.
Alexandra Peters & Holly Clyburn v Kelly Miller & Amy Boulden

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Girls' Home International Team Celebrate with Catriona Matthew

2009 SLGA Junior Team with Catriona Matthew -- Click to enlarge (Alyson McKechin LHS -- Eilidh Briggs 2nd from the RHS)

Good luck to Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) for the Girls Home International Matches at Fairhaven Golf Club from Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th August.

Those that were watching Catriona Matthew's wonderful win at Lytham St. Annes on televison spotted Eilidh and Alyson flying the Scottish flags! --

AND AS YOU WILL SEE FROM THE PHOTO ABOVE THEY BOTH HAD A GREAT DAY AT LYTHAM ST ANNES -- CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE FOR AN ENLARGEMENT - Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the photograph


Let's hope her success and inspiration rubs off on all the team!

RLCGA's Helen Crichton's Niece Catriona Matthew wins the 2009 Womens' British Open

Catriona Matthew and Hazel Irvine
Renfrewshire Ladies County Golf Association send our warmest congratulations to Catriona Matthew who won the 2009 Womens' British Open today at Royal Lytham St Annes --- the first Scot to ever win a Major Championship.
Renfrewshire's Helen Crichton (Ranfurly Castle) is Catriona's aunt and is as proud as punch at this wonderful success.
To read the full report go to the West of Scotland Website

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Draw for the August Medal over Greenock

The draw for the August County Medal over Greenock on Wenesday 5th August is as follows --- plus (Contact -- June Lockhart's mobile Number for the day = 07956142619)

Draw Sheet:
9.30 Maureen Woodhead (6) Linda McDougall (8)
9.37 Ruth Henderson (11) Anabel Kane (12)
9.45 Mary Wylie (14) Sheila Shaw (15)
9.52 Jean Smith (15) June Irons (17)
10.00 Betty Stewart (17) Dorothy Belch (18)
10.07 Vivien Young (18) Pat Pennel (21)
10.15 Anne Terrey (22) Jane Thomson (24)
10.22 Morag Turner (10) Val MacKinnon (9)