Monday, January 31, 2011

SGU/SLGA AMALGAMATION-- SOME RLCGA MEMBERS VIEWS







You will remember that before Christmas I requested your views on the make up of the County membership.

There had been a suggestion from the SLGA that we might include every lady member of all the Renfrewshire clubs as members of the RLCGA. Each lady would automatically become a member of the County and her subscription would be collected through her club...just as subscriptions to the LGU and SLGA are collected at present. The advantage of this of course would be increased revenue albeit that the sub would probably be under £5. It is interesting to note that as things are at the moment there are only 9% of all the lady golfers in Renfrewshire who are members of the RLCGA.

I must stress that this was only a suggestion brought on by the proposed amalgamation of the SLGA and the SGU. The men's areas which are affiliated to the SGU run their membership in this way and it was put to us--the County Captains-- that perhaps we should consider this option. Of course the men do not have anything like the number of County competitions as we do and their borders do not align with ours.

We are under no obligation to take this any further but I felt that I wanted to know your views before I go back to the next Counties Forum in February. I am attaching some, but not all of the emails  - CLICK HERE TO READ SOME OF THE RLCGA MEMBERSHIP VIEWS -- which I received and I want to thank you all so much for taking the time to send them to me. It has been interesting reading! I think that you will notice that nearly all of the comments are negative and I am relieved about this! Things of course may well change in the future!

Before I finish I would like you also to be aware that there is to be a vote taken sometime in May on the amalgamation and if you are interested please read about it on the SLGA website:-  www.slga.co.uk. Alternatively click on the following links to read more -------
The proposal with details of the roles of Board members and committees and a covering letter from the Amalgamation Group Chair, Donald Turner may be accessed by clicking on the links.

If you would like to email any comments or queries either to me or even better straight to the SLGA we will endeavour to answer them.

I would be very grateful if you would pass on the information in this email to anyone who does not have email. Thank you all so much for your interest and HAPPY GOLFING!

With kindest regards
Trish Brown (Captain) -- Apologies for those who did not receive this message by email or the views could not been seen as an attachment

Saturday, January 29, 2011

RENFREWSHIRE SQUAD NIGHT OUT

We had good fun last night at Paradise Golf at Braehead last night where we played four ball better ball over one of the 18 hole courses. It ended in a tie for 1st place between Liz Stewart and Linsey Stevenson and Carol Whyte and Alyson McKechin (recently returned from Florida!) who all finished on 30 strokes. In a very tense finish there was a playoff between these 2 couples and on the 3rd playoff hole ....playing left handed(!) and (by taking a tip from the captain!)

 Alyson managed to hole in one so that she and Carol won the fantastic prize of a RLCGA pink plant!

Then we all retired to Pizza Express for a well earned bite to eat!

Winter Training starts on 6th February at Playsport with Lesley MacKay for both Junior girls and the Senior Squad and we look forward to more success this year.



Thanks Trish for your news

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WINTER FOURSOMES QUARTER FINALS - LUNCH TIME SMILES !

Mary, Willeen, Liz and Helen enjoy their lunch after this morning's quarter final tie
Click to enlarge
Mary Hardie and Helen Abram (Ranfurly Castle) played their rearranged quarter final tie today over their home course against the Eastwood pairing of Willeen McCallum and Liz Drysdale (Eastwood).

 Mary and Helen were the victors by 5 and 3 and now progress to the Semi finals and meet Margaret Gray and Glennis Rentoul (Old Ranfurly).


In the bottom half of the draw Morag Little and Thea Morgan (Whitecraigs)are through the the Semis and will meet the winners of the last quarter final to be played between Janette McCartney (Erskine) and Carol Fell(Ranfurly Castle) against Lois Brown and Carol Anderson (Kilmacolm).
Due to the poor weather and holiday commitments their rearranged quarter final tie will be played on Thursday 3rd February

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Amalgamation Roadshows

Invitations and booking forms (to be returned to the SGU Office at The Dukes by 31 January) have been sent to clubs and counties for the second round of roadshows on the proposed amalgamation of the SLGA and SGU. These will take place at the following venues:

Ladybank GC on Wednesday 16 February at 6.30 pm
Downfield GC on Thursday 17 February at 6.30 pm
Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC on Monday 21 February at 6.30 pm
Turnhouse GC on Wednesday 23 February at 6.30 pm
Dullatur GC on Thursday 24 February at 6.30 pm
Stranraer GC on Monday 28 February at 6.30 pm
Murcar Links GC on Wednesday 2 March at 6.30 pm
Loch Ness GC on Thursday 3 March at 11.00 am
Hilton Park GC on Monday 7 March at 6.30 pm
Haggs Castle GC on Tuesday 8 March at 6.30 pm

Places are limited to 4 per club (men and women) and 2 per county.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

CHARLEY HALL BEATS ALYSON IN FLORIDA MATCH-PLAY

Woburn wonder girl Charley Hull beat Renfrewshire's Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) in the second round of the Jones-Doherty match-play championship at Coral Ridge Country Club, the second event of Florida's Orange Blossom Tour for female amateur golfers.
No 3 seed Hull, only 14 years old and runner-up in last weekend's South Atlantic women's amateur championship, did not have it all her own way against Alyson, 19th of the 32 qualifiers for the match-play stages but won in the end by 4 and 3.
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ALYSON MEETS CHARLEY HULL IN FLORIDA SECOND ROUND

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
No 3 seed Charley Hull, the 14-year-old rising star from the Woburn club, and two Scots, Jordana Graham (Southerness) and Renfrewshire's Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) --- pictured left  are through to the last 16 of the Jones-Doherty match-play championship, the third event on the Orange Blossom Tour, at Coral Ridge Country Club, Florida.
 Charley, runner-up at the weekend in "The Sally" - South Atlantic Ladies Amateur championship, scored a 6 and 5 win over the No 30 qualifier, A M Levin.


Alyson, the No 19 qualifier, scored a good 6 and 4 win over the 14th qualifier A. Dulman - and now she crosses swords with Charley Hull for a place in the quarter-finals.


Curtis Cup player Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), the No 10 qualifier, had a 6 and 5 win over Stirling University student Eilidh Mackay from the Nairn Dunbar club.
Holly now plays the highly-rated Argentina junior Victoria Tanco, the No 7 seed.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS
Players from US unless stated
 K Roig bye.
J Graham (Sco) bt C Martin at 19th.
T Collins bt H Beasley (Eng) 6 and 5.
M Stasi bt L Blease (Eng) 5 and 4.
F Lafaille (Bel) bt J Linn 3 and 2.
A Hancock bt N McNicholas 6 and 4.
D Lendl bt S West 3 and 2.
N Hardy bt P Grande 5 anbd 3.
J M Green bye.
P Malinchak bt R Wilson (Sco) 5 and 3.
V Tanco (Arg) bt C Myhrum 7 and 6.
H Clyburn (Eng) bt E Mackay (Sco) 6 and 5.
C Hull (Eng) bt A M Levin 6 and 5.
A McKechin (Sco) bt A Dulman 6 and 4.
B Smolen bt T St Louis 1 hole.
M Arnoux bt T Caldabaugh 1 hole.

MORAG AND THEA ARE INTO THE SEMI FINALS OF THE WINTER FOURSOMES

Morag Little and Thea Morgan (Whitecraigs) have won through to the Semi finals of the Winter Foursomes against the Williamwood partnership of Ruth Henderson and Jennifer Graham. They won by 2 and 1 and are the 1st of the quarter finalists to play their tie after the last few weeks of bad weather.

Monday, January 17, 2011

ALYSON QUALIFIES IN 19TH PLACE TO PLAY IN THE MATCHPLAY STAGES AT CORAL RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB

JONES/DOHERTY WOMEN'S AMATEUR MATCH-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Coral Ridge Country Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Leading qualifiers
Players from US unless stated
72 Kyle Roig.
74 Charley Hull (Eng), Carol Semple Thompson, Jaye Marie Green.
Selected scores:
78 Daniele Lendl.
79 Victoria Tanco (Arg), Taylor Collins.
80 Meghan Stasi, Holly Clyburn (Eng).
82 Rebecca Wilson (Sco).
83 Jordana Graham (Sco).
86 Alyson McKechin (Sco).
89 Eildh Mackay (Sco), Lauren Blease (Eng), Harriet Beasley (Eng).

Scottish champion Kelsey MacDonald has had to withdraw from this week's Orange Blossom Tour golf event at Fort Lauderdale, Florida and fly home to Nairn because of the death of a close friend.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

ALYSON IS 38TH IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC LADIES AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

SOUTH ATLANTIC LADIES AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL LEADING TOTALS
OCEANSIDE COUNTRY CLUB, ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA
Par 288 (4x72)
1 JAYE MARIE GREEN 69 73 74 67 283
2 CHARLEY HULL (England) 74 75 69 69 287
T3 ASHLAN RAMSEY 74 75 73 73 295
T3 ERICKA SCHNEIDER 78 72 76 69 295

SCOTS
T19 KELSEY MACDONALD 74 79 82 74 309
T38 ALYSON McKECHIN 79 84 80 82 325
T41 REBECCA WILSON 82 80 85 80 327
T56 JORDANA GRAHAM 80 87 90 80 337
T68 EILIDH MACKAY 91 90 87 82 350

TO READ THE FULL REPORT GO TO THE GILLIAN KIRKWOOD WEBSITE

Saturday, January 15, 2011

SLGA AGM AT PERTH TODAY

REPORT TAKEN FROM THE GILLIAN KIRKWOOD WEBSITE

SLGA Chairman Shona Malcolm welcomed a full house to the Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association Limited AGM at the Dewars Centre in Perth this morning.
Renfrewshire were represented by Captain Trish Brown, Secretary Jean Irvine and Junior Secretary Maureen Mitchell. -- Plus also attending the meeting - Past President Wendy Cameron, Past Captains Christeen FinlaysonAileen Wilson, Jennifer Mack, Sheila Goudie and your webmaster Carol Fell
Before proceedings began, President, Emma Wilson, paid tribute to past Chairman, Anne Fraser, a member of Turnberry and Ayrshire, who died in 2010.
The Chairman's report had already been circulated and Shona picked out particular highlights, including the Scottish Ladies' team victory in the Home Internationals and third place in the European Team Championships, the Seniors' team fantastic victory in the European Senior Team Championships and our Junior team's runner-up spot in the Junior Home Internationals. On the individual front, Pamela Pretswell had won the British Stroke Play Championship and Kelsey Macdonald had been runner-up in the British Amateur and had won the Scottish Championship. Pamela and Sally Watson had represented GB&I in the Curtis Cup at Essex County Club, near Boston, Mass.
Shona also touched on the Performance and Development aspects of the SLGA remit, as well as giving thanks to those who had helped SLGA last year.
Finance Director, Lynne Terry, reported that SLGA Ltd had shown a healthy surplus of £61,000 last year, largely due to prudent cost control and some events costing less than expected. The fall in the number of lady golfers was once again evident at 4.1%, but an increase in subscriptions by £1 had absorbed that potential shortfall.
The report of the Scottish Representative on the Executive Council of the Ladies Golf Union, Janet Wake, had also been previously circulated, and Janet highlighted some of the coming events in the 2011 season, in partcular the Ricoh Womens British Open at Carnoustie, 28-31st July, the Astor Trophy (previously Commonwealth Trophy) at Fairhaven 15-19th June and the Vagliano Trophy Match against the Continent of Europe at Royal Porthcawl, 24-25 June.
Election of office-bearers went through smoothly with June McEwan (East) and Liz Scott (South) coming onto the Board. Lorna Bennett takes over from Janet Wake as Scottish Representative on the Executive Council of the Ladies Golf Union. Cara Gruber is the new North selector.
Amendments to Regulation 3.5 governing County Golf had already been discussed by the County Captains and were approved at the meeting.
A "tidying up" exercise had been performed on Regulation 7 (National Championships and other Tournaments run by the SLGA) and amendments were approved at the meeting.
The proposal that annual subscriptions and fees for 2012 remain the same was also approved, with the caveat that if the amalgamation goes through then subscriptions would be different.

Amalgamation.
Chairman, Shona Malcolm and Chief Operating Officer, Sheila Hartley, presented a cut down version of the road-show that had already been shown to clubs and counties round the Country in the last few months. There were many questions from the floor. Anxiety that the proposals were proceeding at "breakneck speed" with little time to take it in, were voiced. These proposals are still at the consultation stage, and feedback from the roadshows and the two AGMS (The SGU AGM is next weekend) as well as individual feedback from clubs, counties and members will be examined at a meeting of the Amalgamation Committee at the end of January.
 Sheila Hartley asked that any comments should be made to her before 25th January ----- secretary@slga.co.uk for consideration by this committee. Once the proposal has been refined in the light of feedback, a new round of roadshows will be presented to both men and women together in the spring, with a view to holding Special General Meetings of both organisations in the latter half of May, where 75% would have to vote in favour for the proposals for it to go through. If that happens the Board of the new Scottish Golf Limited would be recruited in the summer with a view to the Amalgamation happening on 1st October.
There were questions of costs, representation, who would pay etc. It was emphasised that the proposal was a "very broad brush" at present, the minutiae of how it will all happen has not yet be finalised. Yes, there would be costs, but they would be kept to a minimum, and absorbed by both organisations. Subscriptions, currently £9 for men and £14 for women would probably settle at £11 for both genders.
SLGA County and SGU Area boundaries would remain the same. There is no proposal for Counties and Areas to amalgamate. Clubs would be the stakeholders in the new organisation, with each club's liability limited to £1.

As was already asked for feedback by Captain Trish away back in November  -- Please do give her your views

The move to bring the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association (SLGA) together as a single governing body has gathered momentum with a formal proposal being delivered to each organisation’s members.
The proposal with details of the roles of Board members and committees and a covering letter from the Amalgamation Group Chair, Donald Turner may be accessed by clicking on the links.

The SGU and SLGA have delivered a formal proposal to member clubs, Areas and Counties this week outlining plans for amalgamation as a single governing body from 1 October 2011. Click Here to read more

Friday, January 14, 2011

WINTER FOURSOMES EXTENSIONS

I have given the question of extensions a lot of thought over the last few days, and I feel that safety should come first and games should only be played when courses are properly playable and safe. We have lost several weeks due to snow and ice – and there’s nothing we can do about that! I fully appreciate that holidays have been arranged, and that ties would, and could, now be played if the conditions allow.

I therefore would ask that competitors play their ties at the earliest possible time when the course involved is playable. I would like the “Final” to be played by the end of March at the latest, so please do your best to play as soon as you can, so that all the rounds can be completed and still leave time for the Final to be arranged. Surely by mid-February the weather will have improved!

If there are any queries please do not hesitate to give myself or Audrey Barclay a phone.

Trish Brown (Captain)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

ALYSON NOW PLAYING IN THE NEXT AMATEUR CHMAPIONSHIP IN FLORIDA -- LIVE SCORING FROM THE ORANGE BLOSSOM TOUR

SOUTH ATLANTIC LADIES AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP (The Sally)
IS AVAILABLE ON THE OCEANSIDE COUNTRY CLUB WEBSITE

CLICK HERE

SELECTED SECOND-ROUND SCORES

149 Charley Hull (England) 74 75
153 Kelsey MacDonald (Scotland) 74 79.
158 Holly Clyburn (England) 80 78.
163 Alyson McKechin (Scotland) 79 84.
163 Ashleigh Albrecht (US: winner of the Harder Hall Invitational) 79 84.

Monday, January 10, 2011

CAPTAIN TRISH IS A GRANNY AGAIN - CONGRATULATIONS


Trish with new grandson Murray Brown born on Hogmanay. (click to enlarge)
Thanks go to Laura (daughter in law) for the photo

Sunday, January 09, 2011

FINAL ROUND IN FLORIDA AT HARDER HALL WOMEN'S INVITATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIP SCOREBOARD LEADERBOARD
Par 288 (4x72) Yardage 6,151.
1 Albrecht, Ashleigh J Murrieta, CA 63 74 69 72 278
2 Woods, Cheyenne Phoenix, AZ 67 69 70 73 279
3 Roig, Kyle Pembroke Pines, FL 67 73 68 73 281
T4 Clyburn, Holly England, 70 72 69 74 285
T4 Popson, Erica Davenport, FL 67 73 73 72 285
6 Maguire, Leona Ireland, 72 69 72 74 287

Scots:
MacDonald, Kelsey, 77 73 76 71 297
Graham, Jordana, 82 76 86 76 320
Wilson, Rebecca, 84 74 78 85 321
Watson, Rebecca, 82 74 86 82 324
McKechin Alyson , 84 78 80 84 326
Mackay, Eilidh, 86 84 85 81 336

To see all the results go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Saturday, January 08, 2011

ALYSON HAS AN 80 IN ROUND 3 OF THE HARDER HALL WOMENS INVITATIONAL IN FLORIDA

Alyson McKechin
Scottish champion Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) is heading the Stirling University contingent in joint 31st place overall on 226. Kelsey has scored 77, 73 and 76.
Former Scotland junior cap Rebecca Wilson (Grange, Monifieth and Stirling Uni) is on 236 with rounds of 84, 74 and 78 - six shots ahead of Tennessee University student Rebecca Watson (Elie and Earlsferry) who slipped back with an 86 for 242, the same mark as Scottish girl international from Renfrewshire Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) who enrols at Stirling in the autumn. Alyson had a third-round 80.
Two more Stirling students, Eilidh Mackay (Nairn Dunbar) and Harriet Beasley (Wobur ) are on 255 and 257 respectively. Eilidh had a third-round 85 and Harriet an 84.
Jordana Graham (Stirling Univ and Southerness) also had an 86 for 244.
To see all the results after Round 3 go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

HOW DID I DO FORUM -- TRY IT

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MEGAN HAS JUST GOT ENGAGED --- CONGRATULATIONS

Gordon and Megan
Many Congratulations go to Renfrewshire's Megan Briggs who has just got engaged to International Badminton Player  Gordon Thomson. 
Megan and Gordon certainly have fantastic sporting abilities


Gordon's International Badminton Titles:
2005 Leinster Open Men's Singles & Mixed Doubles Champion
2005 Autumn Open Men's Singles Champion
Scottish Titles:2009 National Men’s Singles Champion
2007 National Men’s Singles Champion
2006 National Junior U23 Men's Singles Champion
2005 & 2006 Glasgow Open Men's Singles Champion
2005 Dunfermline Open Men's Singles Champion
2004 & 2005 West of Scotland Open Men's Singles Champion
2004 National Junior U21 Men's Singles Champion
2003 National Junior U19 Men's Doubles & Mixed Doubles Champion

Other notable achievements:
2005 (Oct) Scottish National Mens Singles Finalist
Career Highlight:  First cap for Scotland vs Ireland (Dec 2004) and every cap since then.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THEIR ENGAGEMENT CARD 

Friday, January 07, 2011

ALYSON 6 SHOTS BETTER ON DAY 2

Instead of teeing off, the golfers took cover as the rain and wind took over Thursday morning and delayed the start of the second round for one hour and 45 minutes on Day 2 of the Harder Hall Women's Invitational Tournament at Harder Hall Golf Club, Sebring in Florida - the first event of the annual Orange Blossom Tour. Alyson improved her score by 6 shots --- Well done
COMPLETED SECOND-ROUNDLEADERBOARD
Par 144 (2x72). Yardage 6,151
Woods, Cheyenne 67 69 136
Popson, Erica 67 73 140

Scots and Stirling University:
MacDonald, Kelsey (Scotland) 77 73 150
Graham, Jordana (Scotland) 82 76 158
McKechin, Alyson (Scotland) 84 78 162
Laffaille, Flore (France and Stirling Univ) 84 82 166
Mackay, Eilidh (Scotland) 86 84 170
Beasley, Harriet (England and Stirling Univ) 85 88 173

To see all the results after they managed to complete the 2nd round go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Thursday, January 06, 2011

HARDER HALL INVITATIONAL DAY 2 AT SEBRING, FLORIDA

FROM LESLEY MACKAY
With the Stirling Univ squad on the Orange Blossom Tour in Florida.
Just a note to say the weather was awful this morning due to thunder and lightning. There was a two-hour delay so there will be a number of groups that won't complete the second round today.

ALYSON MCKECHIN IS IN FLORIDA PLAYING IN THE ORANGE BLOSSOM TOUR

The women’s golf squad, headed by Scottish champion Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar),is currently taking part  in three events on the women's amateur Orange Blossom Tour in Florida.

Lesley Mackay
The students who are making the trip along with Kelsey are: Rebecca Wilson, Jordana Graham, Eilidh Mackay, Harriet Beasley, Flore Lafaille
Two guest golfers are also part of the Stirling squad - Renfrewshire's Scottish Junior Internationalist Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), who intends to apply for a September 2011 entry place at Stirling, and English Curtis Cup player Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa).
The squad is competing in the following events: the Harder Hall Invitational, Sebring; the South Atlantic Championship, Ormond Beach; and the Doherty Championship match-play event at Fort Lauderdale.
The Stirling women's squad is accompanied by Renfrewshire's coach, Stirling graduate and former British amateur internationalist, Lesley Mackay, pictured when she won the PGA Assistant of the Year trophy.
Yesterday was the 1st round of the Harder Hall Invitational, Sebring and Alyson had an 84. She has text me to let me know she was suffering from "Jet Lag" so good luck in the next round Alyson.
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

WINTER FOURSOMES RESULTS --- NOW AT THE QUARTER FINAL STAGES

Click on he following link to see who are into the quarter finals which are to be played by the 24th January 2011 ---CLICK HERE
Unfortunately a couple of games have been given to the opposition as walk overs --- EITHER due to weather or injuries.
Quarter Finals:
Denise Cowan & Jackie MacDonald v Margaret Gray & Glennis Rentoul
Mary Hardie & Helen Abram v Elizabeth Drysdale & Willeen McCallum
Janette McCartney & Carol Fell v Lois Brown & Carol Anderson
Jennifer Graham & Ruth Henderson v Morag Little & Thea Morgan

Sunday, January 02, 2011

2011 SLGA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Papers for the Annual General Meeting to be held in the Dewars Centre, Perth on Saturday 15 January 2011 have been sent out on, 20 December 2010. The following were enclosed in the mailing and may be accessed by clicking on the links:

Saturday, January 01, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ALL READERS - GUESS WHO IS BEHIND THE PINK TREE !

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To find out who is behind the "Pink" Tree you must click on the photo above and then on the match and drag it to the rocket