Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Well November has certainly finished up with what you can only say is WET WET WET .

Despite the bad weather all the the matches have been able to be played or nearly played !

The last tie was played today --  Wednesday 30th November  (St. Andrew's Day) -- the day after the floods -- between Jean Irvine and Agnes Williamson (Ranfurly Castle) against Linda Stevenson and Lorna Howie (Whitecraigs). The match was meant to be played over Whitecraigs but with the HORRENDOUS CONDITIONS the match was transferred to Ranfurly Castle.

The message your webmaster got was " Whitecraigs Golf Course was closed and we used the 12 hole stroke index and played at Ranfurly Castle in what can only be described horrendous weather"
Well done to you all for managing to endure the tie.

The Quarter finalists are Morag Little and Thea Morgan (Whitecraigs), Jinty Rodger and Lesley Forsyth (Williamwood), Susan Reid (Ranfurly Castle) and Barbara Lyle (Whitecraigs), Sheila Shaw (Lochwinnoch) and Maureen Cook (Ranfurly Castle), Mary Hardie and Helen Abram (Ranfurly Castle), Angela Fergusson (Eastwood) and Julie Will (Ranfurly Castle) and June Irons and Mary Gildea (Caldwell)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Autumn Mailing --- From the SLGA

The SLGA Autumn Mailing to clubs was posted on 16 November 2011.
It contains a letter from the Chairman, Shona Malcolm, a conditions of competition checklist, the mailing update form and the 2012 subscription form.

Seminars on handicapping and the Rules of Golf will be held between 6 December 2011 and 19 January 2012 at locations round the country. An invitation and booking form, for a maximum of 4 attendees per club (ladies and Men), are also in the pack.

Monday, November 14, 2011


The SLGA are seeking candidates to act as Rules Officials. To qualify you must have passed the SGU Rules Exam. If you have not passed this exam (2 day event with exam at the end) you can apply to do this, at your own cost. 
Once successful, you will be asked to give time to assist in Scottish events. Thereafter, at the invitation of the SLGA, you may be put forward to sit the more advanced R&A exam. The SLGA fund this exam.

Anyone who is interested should, in the first instance, contact Captain Maureen by email ---- Click on the following link --- CLICK HERE TO CONTACT MAUREEN   before 25 November 2011.

Sunday, November 13, 2011




Friday, November 11, 2011

Armistice Day - November 11th 2011

'They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.'

Thanks go to Jean Irvine for the wonderful poppy and lily display (click on photo to enlarge)

Thursday, November 10, 2011


The West Renfrewshire League AGM was held at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club yesterday - Wednesday 9 November at 7.30pm.
18 ladies attended with tea being provided at the beginning of the evening. The business was completed promptly allowing the representatives a chance to mix and also to put some provisional dates in the 2012 playing diary.
The Divisional Trophies were presented to the winning Clubs by Ranfurly Castle's Lady Captain Karin Mackenzie. Sue Lyon,  team captain for Ranfurly Castle, collected the Division 1 Trophy

Final Results:
Division 1: Ranfurly Castle and Gleddoch were level on points and games won. Ranfurly Castle were confirmed as the winners after a count back of "holes up".
Division 2: Winners: Renfrew, Runners up: Caldwell.
Division 3: Kilmacolm and Gourock were joint leaders with Kilmacolm the winners as they had won the most games.

To see all the Divisional Winners Photographs (Courtesy  of Agnes Williamson ) go to the West of Scotland Website

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Julie Will and Angela Fergusson -- All Smiles after their Winter Foursomes Victory
Click to enlarge 
Janette McCartney (Erskine) and Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle) the holders of the Winter Foursomes Trophy were knocked out of this years knockout by new RLCGA members Julie Will (Ranfurly Castle) and Angela Fergusson (Eastwood) when they played today over a rather driech Ranfurly Castle.
Janette and Carol who had to give 9  shots and despite were out in 42 (4 over par) and were 1 up at the turn. However Julie and Angela played very well and with a few poor putts in the inward half by the title holders they were able to win through to the next round with a 2&1 victory.

Sunday, November 06, 2011


Alyson McKechin and Eilidh Briggs who were unable to attend the AGM last week since they were at SLGA coaching at Desert Springs in Spain last week.
Alyson said ---
"The trip to Spain was great. It wasn't the best weather over there as it rained for a few days but it was alot warmer than back home. We all got some really productive practice in when we were there. Mainly focusing on our short game and putting. It was a very enjoyable 5 days and everyone enjoyed themselves"

Thursday, November 03, 2011



Maureen Woodhead (Captain) and Past Captain Trish Brown --
With some glasses of Wine to Celebrate the New Appointments 
The 102nd Renfrewshire AGM was held last night at Haggs Castle Golf Club. Maureen Woodhead pictured above is our new Captain, and Gillian McGinlay pictured below is our new Vice Captain.
Gillian McGinlay -- Vice Captain
The other main news of the evening was the appointment of Wendy Cameron as Honorary Life President. She follows on from Kathleen McNeil who died in 2006. Wendy was absolutely delighted to accept this highest of positions within Renfrewshire County.
Wendy Cameron - Honorary Life President
Wendy who has had a terrific golfing career especially in the administrative side was honoured to accept the post --
Wendy joined Eastwood Golf Club in 1963 and was Secretary and Handicap Secretary for 15 years. She was County Captain 1982 - 1983 - Team won finals at Peebles
Chairman of Scottish Selectors 1987 - 1988
Chairman SLGA 1989.
Played for the County and Scottish Vets
Captain of Vets -- Team won at Mansfield
President of SLGA 1998 - 2000
President of Vets 2000 - 2001
President of RLCGA 2004 - 2011
Honorary President West Vets 2010 - 2011
The happy memories and highlights of her golfing career are -- twice winner of the Challenge Bowl, the gold medal (once) and the Scratch Trophy at the Scottish Vets all played on the Kings Course Gleneagles.
The other highlights are - Captain of Renfrewshire and the Scottish Vets when they won at Peebles and Mansfield.

Carol and Trish with the Ambassador Chocolates -- Ferrero Rocher !

Finally it was announce that Honorary Member and Webmaster Carol Fell has been appointed as Renfrewshire County Ambassador to liaise with the SLGA to promote the 37th Curtis Cup that will be held at Nairn Golf Club next June. -- She was presented with some Chocolates by Captain Maureen and --- The significance of the Chocolates can be seen in the video below!!!

Finally the Prizegiving took place which Honorary President Eileen Gibb presented the trophies and prizes. Unfortunately Eilidh Briggs our Champion was not at the AGM due to SLGA training in Spain. -- However, here are some of the prizewinners.

Some of the Renfrewshire Prizewinners




WINTER FOURSOMES (Salvers) 2010/2011
Winners: Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle) and Janette McCartney (Erskine)
Runners up: Margaret Gray (Old Ranfurly) andGlennis Rentoul (Old Ranfurly)


Scratch Denise Cowan (Ranfurly Castle)
Scratch – 12 1st H Birgit Clark (Old Ranfurly)
2nd H'cap Denise Cowan (Ranfurly Castle)
3rd H'cap Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle)
13 + 1st H Jan Macnab (Ranfurly Castle)
2nd H'cap Maimie Robin (Elderslie)
3rd H'cap Jean Irvine(Ranfurly Castle)


Scratch:  1st Trish Brown (Kilmacolm) and Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm)
2nd Maureen Woodhead (Gourock) and Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle)
3rd Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) and Liz Stewart (Glenburn)

 Handicap: 1st Mary Hardie (Ranfurly Castle) and Sheila Gray (Shiskine)
2nd Megan Briggs ( Kilmacolm) and Trish Brown (Kilmacolm)
3rd Lois Brown (Kilmacolm)and Liz Crichton (Kilmacolm)

CHALLENGE BOWL (Best net aggregate of April Medal & Spring Meeting knockout)

Runner Up Denise Cowan (Ranfurly Castle)
Winner Trophy Marion Stewart (Kilmacolm)

AUTUMN MEETING (Renfrew – 36 Couples)

1st Agnes Williamson (Ranfurly Castle) and Jackie Gray (Gleddoch)
2nd Marion Munro (Ranfurly Castle) and Jean Irvine (Ranfurly Castle)
3rd Annabel Kane (Kilmacolm and Rena Simpson (Kilmacolm)

April Lochwinnoch  Lorraine Morrow (Erskine)
June Bonnyton  Maureen Cook (Lochwinnoch);    July Fereneze Denise Cowan (Ranfurly Castle)
August Gleddoch Roisin Black (Gleddoch); Sept Medal Eastwood cancelled due to weather

SLGA BROOCH (Awarded to winner in medal with largest entry) Bonnyton 58

Scratch – 12 Lindsay Mathie (Windyhill) 13 + Maureen Cook (Lochwinnoch)

MEDAL FINALS (Played in conjunction with June Medal – 5 spoon winners for 2010)
Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle)



JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Winner Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry) Runner-up: Alexandra Qayum (Ranfurly Castlle)

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP (Blythswood Trophy and Brooch) – All prizes presented on the day

Winner: Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) Blythswood Trophy and Brooch
Runner Up: Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm)

Semi Finalists: Carol Whyte (Windyhill) Alyson McKechin (Elderslie)

OPEN DAY:  Haggs Castle (2010 Ranfurly Castle 66)

THE PEGGY CLARK CUP ----     Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm)

Scratch Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm)
1st H. Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm
2nd H. Nicola Henderson (Haggs Castle)
3rd H. Anne Judge (Ranfurly Castle)


The 102nd RLCGA AGM was held at Haggs Castle Golf Club yesterday the 2nd November 2011.



Captain Trish Brown opened the meeting by welcoming Honorary President Eileen, Honorary members, Past Captains to our one hundred and second annual general meeting. She was delighted to see so many members present (approximately 55) and thanked Haggs Castle Golf Club for once again allowing us to host our AGM in their clubhouse.

Secretary Jean Irvine announced that there were 73 apologies

The minutes of the meeting held on 3rd November, 2010, had already been distributed and were taken as read

Matters Arising: None


We have a healthy cash balance in the bank at year end – and if you look at the sheets, it appears that we have done better than last year (a profit of £3,200 rather than a loss of about £800).

However - this difference can be completely explained by 3 things:

• Firstly, the generous donation of £2,000 from the R&A which we received towards the end of 2010. This was reported at last year’s AGM and the money can be spent as we wish, so we are currently holding it for when it is really needed.
• Secondly, the very successful fund-raising raffle which was drawn at the dinner in March and raised £1,336. Thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets.
• And thirdly, the fact that we disappointingly did not get to play at the County finals in September. As I explained last year, qualifying leads to additional expense of about £1,000 (which is why we held the raffle). As we ended up not having to spend this extra £1,000, we can keep it on hand to spend when we hope the Team return to their winning ways next year!

Everything else was really much the same as last year, subject to the trend common everywhere that costs are up slightly and income is down slightly. The new Windshirts have proved very popular, with I think 24 sold in total, which does give some income for the County. Thanks again to Sheila Robson for masterminding this. I am sure many of you saw the photo on the website of her stock management system!

Membership numbers are down very slightly, but during 2011 the number of resignations was nearly matched by 16 new members. Please continue to encourage any ladies at your Club, who are not already members, to join. I am sure you can persuade them of the benefits.

The proposal is to keep subscriptions at the same level i.e. £30 for 2012, plus the £10 joining fee.

This year, with the increasing use of technology and e-mail, there are no subscription notice envelopes to fight over at the desk (a significant saving in time, envelopes and postage). However Jean and I will be available after the meeting and will be happy to receive subscriptions this evening.

Many thanks once again from me to Jean for all her work in collecting subscriptions and co-ordinating the Membership lists. If anyone has any changes of details especially e-mail addresses, please let us know.

In conclusion:

I would like to put the following proposals to the meeting:
1) That the 2011 accounts be adopted by the meeting
2) That the Annual Subscription for 2012 be set at £30.

The Proposals were then seconded


Membership numbers for this year have dropped, we have had 20 resignations, 16 new members and we have no waiting list. At present the membership is 233, consisting of 199 full members, 10 non playing members, 12 Honorary members, and 12 Juniors.
All venues for next years competitions have been confirmed, copies of the dates are available tonight. Of particular interest, The Championship this year will be held at Erskine on 18/19/20th April, our Sunday medal at Ranfurly Castle on 29th April and our afternoon medal at Cochrane Castle on 8th August . The Inter County Jamboree will be held at Cardross on 18 – 20th June.
The weather this year was mixed, our only problem medal was Eastwood which was postponed on our first date, Eastwood GC very kindly gave us another date and unfortunately this was every bit as bad as the first day and was eventually cancelled.
Numbers for competitions were similar to last year. The Autumn Greensomes had 36 couples playing and although Renfrew was a little muddy, this proved a very good competition.
Entries through the website are another success, I think emails prompting entries is also helpful.
I have enjoyed my first year as Secretary -  I admit to being a bit apprehensive being thrown in at the deep end but with lots of help from Trish, Jan and of course Morag Turner as well as her husband Gordon, I have got through without too many hiccoughs, although you will have noticed my deliberate mistakes I am sure.
My only worry is that I don’t have everyones email address, if you or anyone you know is not getting emails, please let me know.


This year our Junior Girls’ Subcommittee was made up of Liz Hale, Jinty Roger and myself.
Lesley MacKay coaches the Juniors
We started the golf season by organising coaching sessions at the Playsport Centre in East Kilbride with our County coach, Lesley MacKay, during February and March. The ‘A’ squad involved 14 girls nearly all of whom have managed to reduce their handicaps during the summer – a good sign of the success of the coaching.
In January I had sent out forms to all the Ladies’ Clubs asking for information about their junior girls. Only 7 Clubs returned the forms – quite disappointing! From these lists we selected 15 girls and invited them to coaching sessions during April. Only 9 girls attended – again disappointing – however we felt the poor weather was a contributing factor.
All the girls in both squads really enjoyed their sessions with Lesley who works them all quite hard but manages to make the lessons interesting and fun.
We also held our annual ‘Fun’ day for juniors with either high handicaps or none at all with 13 young girls attending. Once again we discovered some good new talent. A 9 year old called Fay Hendry is a name worth watching out for as she can hit amazing shots for her age and is full of enthusiasm and energy.
The 2011 Kennedy Salver Team
Our 6 lowest handicap girls from our ‘A’ squad represented the County in the Kennedy Salver at Erskine GC. The team played extremely well, only missing being winners again by ½ point from Ayrshire. We were the host County and the arrangements were very capably organised by Liz. Freda Tuck also contributed greatly to the smooth running of the event as she produced all our colour coded scoring sheets etc., manned the computer and kept a running programme of results. We could not have managed without her!
In September, we held our annual Campbell Clock County Stableford competitions at Whitecraigs GC. We were extremely fortunate this year as it was a lovely sunny afternoon. Altogether 37 girls played in the three competitions – 13 played the Par 3 course, another 13 managed 8 holes on the ‘big’ course and 11 girls competed over 18 holes for the Trophy. Our Treasurer Jan’s daughter Alison Macnab won the putting competition and was the Par 3 winner. Connie Dodds from Kilmacolm won the 8 hole event and Lyndsay McCall from Williamwood scored an amazing 46 points to win the Campbell Clock. The Runner Up with 38 points was Charlotte McCluskey from Haggs Castle.
Lyndsay McCall - 2011 Campbell Clock Winner
Lyndsay and Charlotte joined up with Samantha Cowan, Laura Craig, Emily Weir and Lauren Coventry to play a ‘Friendly’ game against Ayrshire on Sunday. Unfortunately we lost 2 games and won 1 but two of the matches went to the last green. Earlier in July we had organised a match at Caldwell but Ayrshire was unable at the last moment to gather enough girls to play so we only played one ‘Friendly’ this year.
As I said at the beginning, most of our squad have reduced their handicaps and some by quite a number of strokes. They have also won quite a number of Open competitions as well as winning their Club Championships. Some of the notable achievements are as follows – Samantha Cowan came third in the Nancy Chisholm Tournament at West Kilbride; Alexandra Qayam tied 3rd in the Scottish Boys and Girls’ Under 14 Championship at Aberdour and also won the Category 1 Prize playing with her Dad in the Adult and Junior Tournament at Auchterarder. Emma Kennedy and her Dad won this event, a great achievement in a big field of competitors.
This year we tried another different formula for our Junior Championship. As Eilidh and Alison were now top County players and very busy young ladies, we decided to leave them out and allow our next 4 lowest handicap juniors to compete. Linsey Stevenson played Emma Kennedy at Whitecraigs and Alex played Samantha at Ranfurly Castle in the morning, then the 4 girls rushed along to Old Ranfurly in the afternoon, where the winners Lindsay and Alex played each other in the Final, with Emma and Samantha caddying. It was a great, friendly match with both girls playing some super shots making some of us quite envious! Linsey managed to read the greens better than Alex and won the match at the 16th hole.
Once again we put forward 2 girls’ names – Alex and Emma – to be considered for the SLGA National Coaching but neither girl was accepted. However, both were invited to attend the Scottish Golf Academy winter series of events and Alex has now heard that she is receiving funding from the SGU golf Development Programme and is now being coached by a National coach.
It is definitely a case of watch this space, keep in touch with the website and I am certain that you will read about some great achievements from our Juniors.
Lastly, I would like to finish by thanking Liz, Jinty and Trish for all their help and support during my 3 years as Junior Convenor. I did not really volunteer for this job, having my arm twisted hard by Christeen, but I have enjoyed organising arrangements and working with the girls. I believe it is a good idea having a Subcommittee and I wish Liz and Jinty every success working with the Juniors next year.


On reading last year’s report I noticed that I mentioned at the beginning about all the meetings which I had attended as your representative. Since becoming your Captain I have been to 17 different meetings over the past 2 years..these do not include our own committee meetings or West of Scotland meetings of which there have been another 10. Some of these have been County Captains Forums in Perth or Dunblane which were helpful as it is good to hear how the other Counties run their Associations. There have also been joint SLGA and SGU meetings where we have discussed The Central Data Base for Handicaps, the Development and pathways for potential young golfers, the Performance of our elite players, the Management of golf clubs, Course rating, the way we can all help Tourism in Scotland through golf and also the proposed Amalgamation of the SLGA with the SGU. I must say that quite a lot of this was interesting but in the end the most disappointing aspect of all after all the talking and discussion was the result of the Amalgamation vote where over 90% of the SLGA voted FOR the proposal, and the SGU Areas voted AGAINST by 10 to 6. Maureen and I attended another Counties meeting recently and I must say that the pessimistic feeling was that we are a long way from amalgamating with the men…………there seems to be quite a bit of resentment on both sides and I feel pretty depressed about it after all the time and effort which was put in. Most of the SLGA office bearers were due to retire after October which was the date for amalgamation but because this is now not going to happen the SLGA needs to vote in some new board members so if any of you would like to volunteer…..?

A Toast to Renfrewshire
Every second year we hold a Dinner and this was held in March where the guest speaker was the immediate past Captain of the R and A, Mr Colin Brown. He told us about his experiences throughout his year and the golfers he met who are all now his new best friends! He highlighted the visits to the Masters at Augusta and the PGA at Whistling Straits and especially the Open at St Andrews where he had the honour to meet and be photographed with all the past Open Champions. The County were lucky to have been donated a voucher by the St Andrews Links Trust for a fourball at the Castle Course just outside St Andrews for which we had sold raffle tickets and Colin was delighted to draw Anne Terrey’s ticket out of the hat at the dinner. Anne and her Greenock Girls duly played at the Castle in August ….unfortunately on a rather poor day but they did eventually get to enjoy the good views over St Andrews.

Carol and Janette - 2010-2011 Winter Foursomes Winners

We really have been tested to the limit this year by adverse weather conditions. It became extremely hard to get the Winter Foursomes ties played mainly because of ice and snow but eventually the final was played at Kilmacolm between Janette McCartney from Erskine and her partner Carol Fell from Ranfurly Castle and Glennis Rentoul and Margaret Gray both from Old Ranfurly. We actually had a nice day for this and an exciting 1st nine holes when it was anybody’s game but Carol and Janette forged ahead and won the winter foursomes by 6&4 … congratulations to them.

Eilidh Briggs - 2011 RLCGA Champion
It always feels so early in the season but the Championship was played here at Haggs in April and we had some fantastic golf played in great spirit! Eilidh Briggs spent the three days giving us a demonstration of near perfect golf by firstly having the best net score of 71…..2 under par on the Open Day……which was 5 ahead of the rest. She then went on to beat her sister, Megan by 2&1 in the final. Before that there was a thrilling semi-final between Eilidh and Alyson McKechin where they were throwing birdies at each other. Eilidh just clinched victory at the eighteenth by 1up. Meanwhile sister Megan won her semi-final against Carol Whyte. As Captain it was very gratifying to see those in the squad qualifying for the knock out stages and that did happen this year. Anyway we congratulate Eilidh on winning the County Championship for the second time.

I feel that you as members should know about our talented youngsters of whom we are so proud.

Eilidh Briggs - 2011 Scottish Girls Champion
I shall start with Eilidh…our Champion. Eilidh began the year with a handicap of 0.2. She went to Spain with the Scottish girls for some winter training which obviously stood her in good stead because after winning here at Haggs she went on to do well in the Helen Holm at Troon finishing 3rd . She then put the West of Scotland Championship at Lanark in her bag after she had 2 very good scores. And then she was off to Machrihanish for the Scottish Ladies Championship. Well she did not win this but she once again managed to beat her sister, Megan in the semi-final only to lose in the final to Louise Kenney on the most dreadful day possible. The Scottish Girls beckoned in July and we were absolutely thrilled that after playing some fantastic golf, Eilidh was crowned the Scottish Girls Champion. 
Eilidh Briggs - 2011 Champion of Champions
Eilidh was runner up in the Scottish Schools Championship and in the Munross Trophy. She was once more picked to represent Scotland in the European Team Championships in Sardinia and in the Girls Home Internationals. But the icing on the cake was being awarded her first full cap for the Scottish Ladies team at the Home Internationals. Lastly Eilidh played in the SLGA Champion of Champions at Glasgow Gailes and guess what…yes she won that as well playing 3 under her handicap. Many, many congratulations to Eilidh from all of us for a wonderful year. By the way her handicap is now plus 1.3 and she is no. 3 in the SLGA Order of Merit and is once again and for the last time the winner of the SLGA Junior Order of Merit.

Alyson McKechin
Now Alyson who has also had a tremendous year. She began the year with a handicap of 1.0  She was invited to join the Stirling University students in Florida where she gained great experience playing in the Orange Blossom Tour. Our thanks to Alyson for sending her news to the website…..nice to hear about warmer climes when we are deep in snow! After losing in our semi-final she went on to finish in the top 15 at the Under 18 Irish Strokeplay. She was of course narrowly beaten by Eilidh in our championship but then had a superb 1st round at the Helen Holm. She was runner up to Eilidh in the West of Scotland Championship. At the Scottish she lost in the ¼ final to Megan, did extremely well in the St Rule Trophy and Mackie Bowl then led after the 1st two rounds of the Scottish under 21 Strokeplay at Cardross finishing 3rd. Once again she was picked to represent Scotland in the European Team Championships and the Girls Home Internationals. She had good scores in the British Girls and British Ladies Open and again we were thrilled that she too was awarded her first full cap for the Scottish Ladies team to play at Gullane in the Home Internationals. Many, many congratulations to Alyson as well. She is now our backmarker with a handicap of plus 1.8 in other words plus 2 and is 4th in the SLGA Order of Merit.

Unfortunately neither Alyson or Eilidh can be here tonight because they are away in Spain (lucky things!) -- having some more warm weather training.

Eilidh and Mega with the Eglinton Quaich
Megan Briggs has had a busy year starting on plus 0.1. She announced her engagement at the New Year to Gordon and we wish them many congratulations. Of course she was busy at the beginning of the season with law degree exams so apart from being runner up to Eilidh in our Championship, she did not play as much as usual. I realised of course that she needed to get away from her books and so she I gave her a wee refresher lesson at Williamwood where we won the best scratch score in the County Foursomes in May!! She then went to the Scottish at Machrihanish and was leading qualifier. Megan won through to the semi final only to be beaten by Eilidh in a gripping match. Megan and Eilidh, however won the Eglinton Quaich for Kilmacolm for the Lowest Aggregate Gross Score - Team 1st Round. The most disappointing bit about the Scottish Championship was that our 3 youngsters all ended up in the same half of the draw……so please will you organise it better next year?! By the way I think that Eilidh had better watch out next year because her big sister will be gunning for her! Megan was selected once more for the Scottish team at the European team Championships in Austria, she was 3rd in the Mackie Bowl and 5th in the English Open Strokeplay Championships and it was no wonder therefore that she was picked to play for her country again in the Home Internationals. Unfortunately Scotland did not win the trophy again but with 3 rookies in the team I am sure they will come good again. Megan was Kilmacolm champion once more for the 6th time and she won the Strathclyde University Sportswoman of the Year Award. Megan’s handicap is now plus 1.2 and she is 5th in the SLGA Order of Merit.

Linsey Stevenson - The 2011 RLCGA Junior Champion
Linsey Stevenson who has just left school with 5 As in her Highers has also played very well this year. She has been attending intensive training from the combined SLGA and SGU development programme over the past couple of winters. As Maureen said she is our Junior Champion and she did well at the Scottish Girls being beaten in the semi final in the 2nd flight. She won the Club Championship at Elie. She was selected to play for the Scottish Schools match against English Schools and I am pleased to say that both the girls and boys teams beat the Auld enemy! Her Handicap is now 3.0 and she is Junior Order of Merit no 18.

You can see how busy these young golfers are with tournaments here there and everywhere and representative fixtures as well. I just want to say that we have become quite used to their successes and triumphs and I hope we are not taking this for granted. I do not know of any other county in Scotland who can boast 3 players with handicaps better than plus one and 3 players selected for the full Scottish Team. This is a very special time in our history and we are very lucky to have them as members of our Association and we are extremely proud of them!
Eilidh is now studying Physical Education at Stirling University, Alyson is having a year to concentrate on her golf as a full time amateur and Megan who gained a 2/1 in her Law degree is now doing her diploma year. Linsey is doing a part time course in Graphic Design and concentrating on her golf this year before going to University next year.

And now for the rest of us! (the also rans!)
Mary Hardie and Sheila Gray - Foursomes Winners
I have mentioned already the County Foursomes but the winners of the handicap section were Mary Hardie and Sheila Gray. Three Scratch and 3 handicap couples went forward to the West Inter County finals at Milngavie in June and Megan Briggs and Trish Brown just pipped Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart on a count back to take 3rd place in the scratch section and Mo Neilson and Sandra McDougall were 3rd in the handicap section. We sent some couples to the Commonwealth Spoons at Forres in September but unfortunately no-one from Renfrewshire was in the prize list.

Our Spring Meeting was held at Old Ranfurly and we congratulate Denise Cowan and Birgit Clark for winning the scratch and handicap respectively.

Denise and Marion
The County Rosebowl is a knockout competition on handicap played over the summer. To qualify for this we take the players with the 8 best combined scores from the April Medal and the Spring Meeting. This year I think we hardly had 8 people who had played in both competitions so in order to make it more competitive perhaps you could try to enter both these next year! As it happens we had a very high class of players this year and in the end Marion Stewart from Kilmacolm and Denise Cowan from Ranfurly Castle reached the final which was played at Ralston. Marion was the winner by 4&2 after playing some very steady golf but well done both of them.

The Autumn Greensomes was played at Renfrew in September. I think we were lucky to get it played at all after the wet stormy weather which we had experienced. The course was playing very long but Sheila Gray and Agnes Williamson must have found it easy because they won with a fantastic 37 points!

In outside competitions Jen Mack just missed out in a play off for the matchplay stages of the Scottish Seniors at Portpatrick and Carol Fell and Sandra Littlejohn lost in the 1st round of the handicap matchplay.
Lorraine Morrow and her partner were 3rd in the Scottish Mixed foursomes and Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart were also 3rd in the Scottish Ladies Foursomes.
I have talked about the Scottish Ladies Championship but I must mention that Carol Whyte and Lorraine Morrow qualified for the 2nd flight at Machrihanish but sadly lost in the 1st round. Carol Whyte and her partner Tracy Masterton have just been beaten in the final of the Daily Mail Foursomes after winning through seven rounds.
At the Scottish Vets last month at Blairgowrie we had some stars. In the Greensomes competition Carol Fell and her partner Helen Faulds retained the Tony Moffat Trophy for best scratch and the Beddows Quaich for the best handicap. Meanwhile June Irons won the Buchanan Cup and Sheila Osborne was 2nd. Congratulations to you all.

At the beginning of the year the squad got together at Braehead for some fun golf followed by a pizza. They started their winter training at Playsport under the guidance of Lesley MacKay to whom we are very grateful. Lesley gives them drills and targets for practice and it is a chance not only to keep swinging through the winter but to get together with each other. The team is picked in May and the 8 players then represent Renfrewshire at the West Inter County Jamboree. This was played at Barassie Golf Club and we were keen to get to the finals again for the 4th year in a row but it was not to be. Ayrshire were the winners this year and they went on to the County Finals in Dumfries where they finished 2nd to Midlothian who won after being runners up for 3 years in a row. Thank you so much to our loyal band of caddies and supporters… we appreciate your help so much and I would just like to mention a very special caddy from Northern Ireland who has been coming to help us for a number of years….some of you will know him as Gerald Bunting but most of us consider him as our 4 leaf clover. This year he was unable to come because his wife Pat was not well. We just hope he and Pat can make it next year to Cardross where we are determined to qualify for the finals once more.

On the administrative side we want to congratulate Beth Paterson who is coming to the end of her term at SLGA in charge of Performance. Beth is also away in Spain with the girls but well done to Beth….I know it has been a huge commitment!
Fiona Roger is Captain of the West Vets and Ruth Henderson and Sheila Shaw are Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Fiona has just handed over the post of Greenlees Secretary to Anne Dunn and we wish them all good luck in their posts.

And now my committee.
No-one could do this job without a lot of help and I want to thank them most sincerely for all their support and friendship over the last 2 years.
Thank you Eileen for supporting me and for attending so many of our representative games.
Our honorary secretary Jean and honorary treasurer Jan have been hard working and reliable…thank you both so much.
Maureen Mitchell rather reluctantly took on the job as Junior Secretary 3 years ago and has worked very hard finding and encouraging young talented girl golfers. I think now that you are glad you did it but you have earned a rest…..thank you so much and please accept this as a small token of our appreciation.
We have 3 ladies who are due to retire after doing 3 years on committee and I want to thank Audrey Barclay for organising the Winter Foursomes through 2 of the worst winters recently, to June Lockhart for being a very efficient and amicable Caddy Mistress. 3 years ago we divided the role of treasurer and Jean Smith took on the mantle of Membership Secretary. She has done a fantastic job and I want to thank her particularly for her fabulous lists which she updates constantly.
To the other members of committee…thank you Sheila for dealing with the County Sweaters etc, Liz and Jinty with the Juniors and all the others for being willing to help with competitions. I wish you all the best for the rest of your time on committee
I have thanked most of my committee but there is no way I can ignore 2 of the people who work away keeping us updated on news and competitions. Carol Fell…what can I say …you are just a wee gem! The website is wonderful but the best news is I won’t be featuring on it after tonight! (unless I win something!) Freda Tuck is so good at organising the competitions and although she is not on committee any more she has been so helpful to us all so thank you for all your work.
Lastly I wish to thank Maureen my Vice-Captain. At least I have done one thing right because she has been an inspired choice and I think we have enjoyed each other’s company…I certainly have and what’s more we led the team to victory last year. You have been fun to be with, always coming up with good ideas and you helped me enormously with team selection. Here’s to reaching the County Finals again next year…I’ll be right behind you sending you scores by text from behind trees!

And that concludes my report for 2011.

Despite my protestations, I have really enjoyed being your Captain for the past 2 years. I have especially loved watching our team playing, though occasionally I had my fingers crossed and my eyes shut! Watching our individual players coming to the top in tournaments was as much enjoyment as watching our less elite players winning the Winter Foursomes or the Rosebowl. Thank you Christeen for inviting me to succeed you. It has been an honour and privilege to be your Captain and I look forward to joining the superb group of Past Captains. I wish Renfrewshire Ladies County Golf Association “orrabest” for the future.

Wendy says a few words of thanks
Before I hand over finally I have one other pleasant task to perform. Sadly a few years ago we lost our Honorary Life President, Kathleen McNeil.
I have great pleasure in announcing that Wendy Cameron has agreed to become our new Honorary Life President. Wendy first joined the County committee in 1974. She became Captain in 1981 and led the County team to win the County Finals in 1982. She was invited on to the SLGA as West Representative in 1984 and was elected Chairman of the SLGA Executive Committee in 1989 whereupon she was given Honorary Membership of the RLCGA. She subsequently became President of the SLGA from 1998 – 2000. I can’t give you all her golfing highlights but Wendy was our Honorary President before Eileen and was a great supporter of our team and our various events.
We are delighted that you have agreed to take on this position and please would you come up to the front and accept this token of our thanks. Come and join us.
Wendy was absolutely delighted to accept and said a few words of thanks

It now gives me the greatest of pleasure to propose Maureen Woodhead as our next Captain of Renfrewshire Ladies County Golf Association.


Election of Office Bearers;

I am indeed honoured to be taking over from Trish as Captain. In the two years I have been her Vice Captain I have watched and learned – and what a teacher she has been. You would think she had trained as a teacher!! - you did??

She has always been on the end of a phone, despite the many other demands on her time, to give advice and help and has been a terrific sounding board. There is no doubt that she will be a hard act to follow, but follow I must and I hope I am up to the task.

As I said when I became Vice Captain, I will do my best.

It gives me great pleasure Trish, to present you with your Past Captain’s badge and also a token of our appreciation of the hard work and time you have given to this County.

The Committee is a team and to this team I welcome my Vice Captain. I first met this person many, many years ago when we played against each other in a County Championship at Whitecraigs. Modesty prevents me from saying who won! Shortly afterwards we played together in the County Team. We have been firm friends since then.

She is a Past Captain and Champion at her home club and is currently the Handicap Secretary there. She is a current member of the Renfrewshire Team, a former County Committee Member and County Championship finalist. In other words, she knows her way around golf – both on and off the course. I am delighted to propose, and this is seconded by Past Captain Trish, Gillian McGinlay as my Vice Captain.

(Gillian comes up and I present her with the Vice Captain’s badge. She says a few words).

Jean Irvine has been appointed Secretary for her 2nd year and Jan Macnab has been appointed for her 3rd year as Treasurer. Both these ladies are extremely competent and I thank them for their hard work for this County and I look forward to working with them in my Captaincy.

Maureen Mitchell retires as Junior Secretary after many years and I wish to take this opportunity to thank her for the time and effort she has put into this challenging, but very rewarding post. Thank you Maureen.

Liz Hale, who assisted Maureen with the Juniors has agreed to take over as Junior Secretary and I am sure she will do a fantastic job. She will be assisted by Jinty Rodger from Williamwood who continues on Committee for her 2nd year and by Janette McCartney from Erskine who has, over the years, been involved with Juniors at her home club. Jeanette has been proposed by Liz Hale and seconded by me and is duly elected to committee. Jeanette, for those who may not know you, would you please stand up, thank you.

Freda Tuck has agreed to continue as our Results Secretary and she will now be assisted by Lorraine Morrow from Erskine. Lorraine has been on committee before but business commitments took her away from the area for some time. The Results Secretary is not a Committee position but reports are provided to the committee for each meeting.

Jean Smith retires from Committee this year after 3 years sterling service but I am delighted to report that she has agreed to continue as Membership Secretary, ex officio of the Committee. Like the Results Secretary, she will keep the committee up to date with membership details and reports to the Committee meetings.

Audrey Barclay and June Lockhart also retire from committee on rotation. I thank them for their hard work and commitment to Renfrewshire over the years.

Patricia Davidson, Sheila Robson, Nikki Henderson and Susan Reid all remain on Committee.

Gillian Kyle has agreed to continue as our Child Protection Officer, thank you Gillian. I would also wish to record the thanks of the Association to Elizabeth Simpson who has agreed to continue as our Auditor. Elizabeth has done this task since 1996 and we are indeed indebted to her.

No other nominations for Committee have been received.
We now move onto Item 10 on the Agenda;

Item 10 - Proposed amendments to Constitution.

The proposed amendments really fall into two parts so, if I may, I will first speak to you about the numbers on Committee.

To give you some information on the thinking behind this proposed change, the current Constitution determines that we have 6 Office Bearers and 9 Committee members to manage the running of our County with 5 to form a quorum.

Having 15 women at a committee meeting can often result in lengthy discussion and a bit of ‘going round the houses’ before a decision is arrived at. At our last Committee meeting I asked for consideration to reduce the committee members to six. Again, after lengthy and frank discussions the committee agreed that reducing the committee numbers would not detract from the Aims and Objectives of Renfrewshire Ladies County Golf Association. The running of our competitions and fixtures is an area where (if necessary) I would hope to draw on the knowledge and assistance from host club members who are members of RLCGA. A note of the confirmed fixtures will be available at the end of the meeting.

Any change in Committee numbers necessitates an Amendment to the Constitution which must go to the AGM.

I therefore propose - and this Motion is Seconded by Past Captain Trish;

Article 6 should now read;
The Management of the Association shall be vested in the Committee, which shall consist of the Honorary President, Captain, Vice-Captain, Secretary, Treasurer, Junior Secretary and six elected members. The Immediate Past Captain shall serve ex-officio for one year. (Five shall form a quorum).

Article 8 should now read;
The elected Members of Committee shall hold office for three years. Two shall retire annually by rotation.

There may be a transitional period as the terms of office of the current committee members rotate.

There were no questions from the floor and Articles 6 and 8 were passed unanimously.

As far as Article 11 is concerned, it was felt that there was no formal avenue for a lady golfer to join Renfrewshire unless she was a low handicap golfer. However, it is one of the Objectives of this County to promote friendship and golf at whatever standard so I believe that the amendment to Article 11 allows us to do this but still keep to the current membership criteria.

I propose and Past Captain Trish seconds the Motion that Article 11(iii) should now read;
(iii) A low handicap golfer or a golfer who meets the membership criteria and is new to the area who has expressed an interest in joining the Association may be proposed and seconded by the Captain and President in their years of office.

Lyndsay Mathie queried the wording regarding “low handicap golfer” and Christeen Finlayson clarified that this was to specifically encourage Class 1 golfers to the County. There were no other questions and the Motion was again passed unanimously.

Ladies, can I thank you very much for your support, you have no idea how many hours sleep I lost trying to get that right.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS - there are one or two things I should intimate to you.

1. It has been decided to continue with the practice and training facilities at Playsport. Their Senior Professional, Lesley Mackay, is keen to continue for the forthcoming Winter. In particular, the Juniors have benefited greatly both from Lesley’s vast experience and the facilities at Playsport. When negotiations begin with Playsport, you can be assured that the general membership will not be forgotten. I do appreciate it is probably not the most convenient location but the facilities there do outweigh that.

2. Fixtures. As Jean Irvine told you the West Division Inter-County matches (or the Jamboree as it will be forever called) will be played at Cardross Golf Club 18 -20 June 2012. The Scottish County Finals will be at Montrose Golf Club 21 – 23 September 2012. It would be fantastic if Renfrewshire again represented the West. The standard of golf is very high and there was very little in the West Division and Scottish Finals this year – a little putt here or there makes a huge difference.

3. The Kennedy Salver, which you will know is the Junior equivalent, will be held on Monday 6 August 2012 at West Kilbride Golf Club. Caddies are not required for this event but the girls would love to see the pink of Renfrewshire cheering them on so everyone – everyone - is very welcome.

4. On the topic of Pink I should advise you that pink brollies ordered can be collected this evening, we have a few spare ones – so speak to Nikki Henderson or Susan Reid tonight if you have not already ordered one and would like one, they are £20. Since Past Captain Trish had lost her first one, she suggests we all put our names on our brolly........

5. More dates for you ....... The West of Scotland Championship will be held over Renfrew Golf Club on 6 May 2012. We will be hosting this event and I would urge you to play. It would be great to have another Renfrewshire West of Scotland Champion.

6. Another couple of dates for you. It is hoped the inter county foursomes will be at Hamilton but venue and date have still to be verified by Lanarkshire. The Scottish Championship will be held at Tain 15-19 May 2012 and I look forward to another outstanding performance from Renfrewshire members.

7. We all know that GB&I men hold the Walker Cup, European Professionals hold both the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup and all that remains is the Curtis Cup, the amateur ladies trophy. This match will be held in Scotland at Nairn 8-10 June 2012 and the SLGA are hoping that Scotland can be the scene of the clean sweep of all the Team Championships. At a meeting in Strathmore in September each Scottish County was asked to put forward an ‘Ambassador’ (no less) to liaise with the SLGA to get as many bums on seats and feet on the course to support the GB&I team. I am delighted to report that our Honorary Member and Champion Webmaster Carol Fell has agreed to be our Ambassador. She will be putting all the information on the website. I would also ask you to approach your own club and ask them if they are making any arrangements as a club to go to the Curtis Cup. It promises to be a fantastic event. It could be made even better if members of the GB&I team were to be from Scotland. I am sure Renfrewshire can put at least a few names into the nomination hat for places!! We wish all the top Scottish Lady Amateurs the best of luck and hope there is at least one Scot in the GB&I team. Apparently the supporters will be known as “Tegs Troops” after Tegwyn Matthews the Captain……..enough said about that the better!! Maybe I should create “Maureen’s Marauders”, perhaps not.

To acknowledge Carol’s Ambassadorial involvement for Renfrewshire, can I ask you to come up Carol and accept some Ferrero Rocher chocolates – the kind all Ambassadors enjoy..

AOCB; Lindsay Mathie queried the use of GPS measuring devices and was advised that the committee had discussed it as it had also been discussed at a recent SLGA / Counties meeting. Renfrewshire were continuing with the SLGA mandate of not using them. Maureen did, however, joke that if she got one for Christmas the County may look at that again.

Item 12
Presentation of Prizes.

Can I call upon Jean Irvine to read out the prizewinners and ask our Hon President Eileen Gibb to present the prizes.

After prizes are handed out;

Well done to all those who have received prizes this evening and congratulations to those of our members who have won prizes at their home club.

The date of next year’s AGM is Wednesday 7 November 2012. Thank you ladies for attending and can I wish you all a safe journey home.

Gillian McGinlay then gave the vote of thanks at the end and coffee, tea and chat finished off the evening.