Saturday, June 30, 2012

CURTIS CUP HEROINE STEPHANIE MEADOW WINS THE BRITISH OPEN AT CARNOUSTIE

Curtis Cup team heroine at Nairn at the beginning of the month, Stephanie Meadow chalked up another success story on a Scottish links today (Saturday).
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website


THIRD ROUND RESULTS

Laetitia Beck (Israel) beat Augusta James (Canada) 5 and 4
Perrine Delacour (France) beat Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) 4 and 2.
Rocio Sanchez Lobato (Spain) beat Camilla Hedberg (Spain) 1 hole.
Noel Jimenez (Spain) beat Daniela Holmqvist (Sweden) 1 hole.
Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush) beat Amy Boulden (Conwy) 2 and 1.
Ariane Provot (France) beat Laure Castelain (France) 2 and 1.
Amanda Strang (Sweden) beat Nina Muehl (Austria) 3 and 1.
Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) beat Isaberlle Boineau (France) at 19th.

QUARTER-FINAL
Delacour beat Beck 4 and 2.
Lobato beat Jimenez 1 hole
Meadow beat Provot 2 and 1.
Hall beat Strang 6 and 4.
SEMI-FINALS
Rocio Sanchez Lobato (Spain) beat Perrine Delacour (France) 2 holes.

Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush) beat Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) 3 and 2.

FINAL (18 holes)
Meadow beat Lobato 4 and 3.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

ALYSON BEATS CURTIS CUP STAR BRONTE LAW BUT LOSES OUT TO A FRENCH PLAYER

 Renfrewshire's Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) had a marvellous 5 and 3 win over 17-year-old Curtis Cup player Bronte Law (Bramhall) this morning after being two up at the turn with two-under-par figures.
She then played Laure Castelain from France this afternoon and was one up with three to play but  lost all three holes to go down by two holes. 

Alyson also almost had a hole in one at the short 13th, her ball coming to rest an inch or two from the cup.
What a great experience for Alyson and many congratulations from everyone in the County for qualifying for the matchplay stages and reaching the last 32 -- a fantastic achievement.


Three members of the winning GB and I Curtis Cup team at Nairn are through to the last 16 of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Carnoustie

Unfortunately, two of them, Amy Boulden from Conwy, North Wales and Stephanie Meadow, the University of Alabama student from Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland, will meet in the third round.
The other Curtis Cupper through to the last 16 is English champion Kelly Tidy who produced some of the best figures of the opening match-play day. She was three or four under par in beating Olivia Winning (Rotherham) by 7 and 5

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE LGU WEBSITE FOR RESULTS OF TODAY'S PLAY

BRITISH WOMEN'S MATCHPLAY

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE LGU WEBSITE FOR RESULTS OF TODAY'S PLAY

CENTRAL DATABASE OF HANDICAPS - Increasing number of clubs registering for scheme

377 clubs throughout Scotland, representing over 143,000 players, have registered so far with the Central Database Of handicaps scheme being undertaken by the SGU in association with the SLGA and the Welsh Golf Union.

The Scottish Golf Union continue to make good progress with the promotion of the scheme and have been assisting with club/player registration enquiries.

 The SGU/SLGA are hoping that  as many clubs as possible will register for the scheme, maximising the benefits of the automatic transfer of away scores between clubs.

A paper outling the benefits of the schem has been in circulation for some time :-
CENTRAL DATABASE OF HANDICAPS
BENEFITS
For the Individual Golfer:
 Players able to access their Exact and Playing Handicap online (including date of last update and itemising any away scores Nett Differentials pending processing at the Player’s home golf club)
 Once all golf clubs actively participating, removes the requirement for player’s to return away score information to their ‘home’ golf club
 Using unique identification numbers ensures all player’s scores are recorded on their own individual Player Handicap Record, eliminating the possibility of scores being recorded against the wrong name
 Full annual playing record readily available to all players
 Assurance that the integrity of the CONGU® Unified Handicapping System is being maintained and the System is being consistently applied throughout Scotland/Wales creating as level a playing field as possible across all handicap categories
 Current handicap position available to all players on central server
 Personalised ‘Scottish Golf/Welsh Golf’ member card, facilitating easy access/reference to CDH

For the Club Administrators:
 A standardised system of assured integrity
 All ‘away’ scores returned to the ‘home’ club of players automatically – these will contain correct CSS information along with applicable Stableford / Nett Double Bogey Adjustments
 No further need for golf clubs hosting competitions to manually return the results back to the ‘home’ clubs of participating players
 ‘Away’ score administration streamlined through batch data processing of all members ‘away’ scores
 Significantly reduces the possibility of double entry of ‘away’ scores
 Eliminates requirement for clubs to file returns for the annual National Handicap Audit
 CDH provides a Handicap history / archive, available when player changes club or leaves the game for a period and later, rejoins a golf club
 Tournament organisers able to authenticate handicaps online for competition entrants in real time
 If a club loses its handicap data for any reason then they can immediately access the full handicap records of their members and reinstate these to minimise disruption to their operations.
 Ability to verify members of affiliated golf clubs and hence provide benefits to such members that are not available to other golfers
 Provision of ‘Scottish Golf/Welsh Golf’ member card enabling clubs to automatically verify handicaps of all competitors. Also, at the clubs discretion, the potential to use this member card as a club card e.g. door entry systems

For the Governing Bodies:
 Ability to verify members of affiliated clubs and hence provide benefits to such members that are not available to other golfers
 Monitor trends in golf club membership
 Automated information available for annual National Handicap Audit purposes
 Unions, Associations, Areas and Counties have ability to access up-to-date handicap information for team and coaching squad selection purposes
 Gives the potential for tournament organisers to access up-to-date information for entry qualification and authenticate handicaps online for competition entrants
 Provides a wealth of statistical information readily accessible to monitor trends in handicapping, participation within the game and assure a fair and equitable handicapping system for all amateur golfers
 Greater assurance that the handicapping system is being applied consistently by all clubs and players throughout golf clubs affiliated to the participating Governing Bodies – thereby increasing integrity of the CONGU Unified Handicapping System
 Provision of ‘Scottish Golf/Welsh Golf’ member card to all members of golf clubs affiliated to the participating Governing Bodies
The SGU are aware that some clubs do not have computer equipment or handicap software but would still like to hear from these clubs to buld a comprehensive picture of involvement, or future intent, with regard to the scheme.

 The only clubs in Renfrewshire who have not registered so far are Lochwinnoch (the Men are registered!) and Greenock.

Renfrewshire Ladies County Golf Association is one the 1st Counties to be trialling it. As you can imagine we have over 230 members who are all Away Members within the club and everyone's UNIQUE CDH must be matched with your home Club and put into the county laptop. There have been a few hiccups within the system and hopefully as the season progresses these will be eventually ironed out. 
To log into your own PERSONAL CDH -  CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS ---
If you know your own CDH ID Number you can access and register at ----- www.scottishgolf.org/go/cdh_members

If you find you have a major issue with your own CDH membership there is a contact help form within the members area 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ALYSON QUALIFIES FOR THE MATCHPLAY STAGES OF THE BRITISH WOMEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

A marvellous three under par 69 - the lowest of both qualifying rounds - earned Super Scot Sally Watson the honour of being top seed for the match-play stages of the British women's open amateur golf championship at Carnoustie.
Sally, originally from South Queensferry but whose family home is now Elie in Fife, tied with 18-year-old French girl Celine Boutier on three-under-par 141 for the No 1 spot.
Sally had rounds of 72-69, Celine 70-71, so the card comparison gave Sally, with the better second round, the No 1 seeding.

Alyson
The only other Scots to figure among the 64 match-play qualifiers were:
Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) on 152 (77-75).
Young Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) on 153 (82-71). --- The 17-year-old who came off the waiting list at the last minute on Tuesday because she was local and ready, willing able to step into a vacancy that came up. Her 71 is a record by a Carnoustie Ladies GC member.
Renfrewshire's Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) on 157 (82-75) also made the cut.

Alyson now plays Curtis Cup Team player Bronty Law in the 1st round tomorrow. CLICK HERE to see the draw.

BRITISH WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Carnoustie links.
MATCH-PLAY QUALIFIERS
Par 144 (2x72) SS 79 79 CSS 79 79.
141 Sally Watson (Elie and Earlsferry) 72 69, Celine Boutier (Fra) 72 69.
146 Amy Boulden (Wal) 73 73, Daniela Holmqvist (Swe) 72 74, Giulia Molinaro (Ita) 70 76.
147 Bronte Law (Eng) 73 74
148 Holly Clyburn (Eng) 75 73
149 Perrine Delacour (Fra) 72 77.
150 Johanna Tillstrom (Swe) 76 74, Brittany Marchand (Can) 78 72, Vicki Troeltsch (Ger) 79 71, Isabel Gabsa (Ger).
151 Charley Hull (Eng) 76 75, Alex Peters (Eng) 72 79, Emily Taylor (Eng) 76 75, Gabrielle Cowley (Eng) 78 73.
152 Ariane Provot (Fra), Josephine Janson (Swe) 78 74, Rachael Watton (Sco) 77 75, Meghan Maclaren (Eng) 79 73, Sophia Popov (Ger), Kyle Roig (Pue) 76 76, Brooke Henderson (Can) 76 76.
153 Marita Engzelius (Nor) 79 74, Jessica Meek (Sco) 81 72, Meghan Stasi (US) 74 79, Anne Van Dam (Net) 77 76, Manon Gidali (Fra) 76 77, Lauren Taylor (Eng) 81 72, Marina Stuetz (Aut) 75 78, Hayley Davis (Eng) 75 78.
154 Laure Castelain (Fra) 75 79, Augusta James (Can) 79 75, Georgia Hall (Eng) 78 76, Anna Young (Can) 77 77, Christine Wong (Can) 75 79, Ann-Kathrin Lindner (Ger) 79 75, Sara Monberg (Den) 78 76, Marta Sanz Barrios (Spa) 75 79, Patricia Sanz Barrios (Spa) 73 81.
155 Olivia Winning (Eng) 81 74, Amanda Strang (Swe) 80 75, Noemi Jimenez (Spa) 78 77, Nina Holleder (Ger) 80 75, Laetitia Beck (Isr) 76 79, Rachael Goodall (Eng) 77 78, Jisoo Keel (Can) 76 79, Justine Dreher (Fra) 80 75, Isabelle Boineau (Fra) 75 80, Nathalie Mansson (Swe) 78 77
156 Kelly Tidy (Eng) 77 79, Stephanie Meadow (NIr) 81 75 Claudia Chemin (Fra) 80 76, Camilla Hedberg (Spa) 79 77, Noora Taamminen (Fin) 78 78, Kerry Smith (Eng) 74 82, Emilie Alonso (Fra) 78 78.
157 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 82 75, Nina Muehl (Aut) 86 71, Leona Maguire (Ire) 73 84, Myrte Eikeenar (Net) 79 78, Fanny Vuigner (Swi) 81 76, Roco Lobato (Spa) 81 76.
158 (after card countback) Emily Taylor (Eng) 83 75.

SCOTS THAT MISSED THE CUT
158 Laura Murray (Sco) 79 79.
159 Susan Jackson (Sco) 84 75,
160 Megan Briggs (Sco) 81 79
161 Jane Turner (Sco) 79 82, Kelsey MacDonald (Sco) 82 79
163 Ann Ramsay (Sco) 82 81.
166 Ailsa Summers (Sco) 84 82
170 Gemma Dryburgh (Sco) 85 85.

ALYSON ON THE BORDERLINE TO MAKE THE CUT IN THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

Alyson McKechin had a very good round of 75 at Carnoustie this morning and is currently on the borderline of the cut. The top 64 qualify for the matchplay stages. Megan had a 79 and will not make the cut.
I am out this evening so go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website for up to date news
To Follow the live scoring -- CLICK HERE

MAR HALL IN ERSKINE IS HOLDING A PGA EUROPRO tOUR TOURNAMENT

The PGA Europro tour Tournament is being held at Mar Hall from 8-10 August 2012. Lynn Mitchell is looking for volunteers (men and women) for various duties including greenside scorers/leader boards etc.
If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch with Lynn Mitchell at lynn.mitchell1@ntlworld.com

TO READ MORE CLICK HERE

RAIN RAIN AND MORE RAIN AT CARNOUSTIE

The rain has arrived at Carnoustie for the second qualifying round of the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship - and the forecast is that it will stay for a few days.
The good news is that the wind will stay away.
A total of 68 players broke 80 in the first qualifying round when the CSS was 79, exactly the same as the SSS but, of course, seven over the par for the championship course laid out by the Ladies Golf Union.
With the weather deteriorating, it is difficult to forecast what the qualifying mark will be for the 64 leading players who will progress at the end of the day to the match-play stages on Thursday-Friday-Saturday.
Megan had an 81 and Alyson an 82 in Round 1. They will both have to have good rounds today to make the cut .

To Follow the live scoring -- CLICK HERE

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

MEGAN AND ALYSON ARE WELL OFF THE PACE AFTER ROUND 1 OF THE BRITISH AT CARNOUSTIE

Renfrewshire's Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) had an 81 which matched the scores of defending champion Lauren Taylor (Woburn) and Curtis Cup heroine Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush) in today's first round of the British Ladies Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), beaten in the final at Ganton a couple of years ago by Kelly Tidy, has an 82, the same score as Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) and Renfrewshire's Alyson McKechin (Elderslie)
Aberdonian Gemma Dryburgh, a student at Tulane University, New Orleans, had a disappointing 85.
Carnoustie is no respector of reputations. Alexandra Bonetti (France), beaten in last years final, had an 84 (44-40), the same score as Susan Jackson (Ladybank).
Bonetti had an 8 at the second and a 7 at the sixth.
The leading 64 will go forward after Wednesday's second qualifying round

To read the full report go to The Gillian Kirkwood Website

First qualifying round
Par 72, SSS 79, CSS 79
70 Celine Boutier (Fra), Giulia Molinaro (Ita).
72 Daniela Holmqvist (Swe), Sally Watson (Sco), Alexandra Peters (Eng), Perrine Delacour (Fra)
73 Leona Maguire (Ire), Amy Boulden (Wal), Patricia Sanz Barrios (Spa), Bronte Law (Eng)
74 Sophia Popov (Ger), Kerry Smith (Eng), Meghan Stasi (US).
75 Christine Wong (Can), Marta Sanz Barrios (Spa), Holly Clyburn (Eng), Isabelle Boineau (Fra), Marina Stuetz (Aut), Hayley Davis (Eng), Laure Castelain (Fra), Ariane Provot (Fra).
SELECTED SCORES
76 Charley Hull (Eng)
77 Kelly Tidy (Eng), Rachael Watton (Sco)
78 Georgia Hall (Eng)
79 Jacqueline Sneddon (Sco), Laura Murray (Sco), Jane Turner (Sco)
81 Megan Briggs (Sco), Lauren Taylor (Eng), Stephanie Meadow (NIr)
82 Kelsey MacDonald (Sco), Ann Ramsay (Sco), Alyson McKechin (Sco), Jessica Meek (Sco)
84 Alexandra Bonetti (Fra), Susan Jackson (Sco).
Ailsa Summers (Sco).
85 Gemma Dryburgh (Sco).


CLICK HERE FOR UP TO DATE SCORING

Monday, June 25, 2012

EILIDH WITHDRAWS FROM THE BRITISH OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP AT CARNOUSTIE

Renfrewshire's Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), last year's Scottish girls golf champion, has had to withdraw from the 109th British women's open amateur championship which tees off tomorrow with the first of two stroke-play qualifying rounds at Carnoustie's championship links.

"I am disappointed not to be able to compete, I was really looking forward to my first British as in the past I have had school exams! Especially since it is being held at a great venue I have never had the chance to play," said 19-year-old Eilidh.
"However, I fly out later this week to the world university championships in the Czech Republic as a part of the GB team. Therefore, if I had qualified for the match play at Carnoustie and continued throughout the championship the two would clash, and LGU regulations state you cannot just compete in the stroke-play so therefore I have had to withdraw from the British."

Both Megan Briggs and Alyson McKechin are playing and we wish them all the best.

CLICK HERE to see the draw

Sunday, June 24, 2012

HELENSBURGH TV WERE AT CARDROSS

Alisoun Fairbairn (Captain of D&A) and Nichola Ferguson (D&A County Champion) were interviewed last week at the County Jamboree at Cardross.

To read more go to the West of Scotland Website

Thursday, June 21, 2012

THANKS FROM CAPTAIN MAUREEN

Well, what a fantastic three days we had at Cardross.  The team spirit was terrific and we had some great laughs between the serious matter of winning the West Division Championship!!

On behalf of Alyson, Eilidh, Carol, Linsey, Megan, Gillian, Liz, Donna and Vice-Captain Gillian, I would like to thank our caddies and supporters who played such an important part in our win. 

I would also wish to record my thanks to Carol Fell whose photographic reporting of the entire three days was fantastic.

The Scottish Championship will be played at Montrose Golf Club 21 - 23 September and it would be absolutely terrific if the team could look to the spectators and see some "Pink Ladies" around.

Thanks to you all once again,

Maureen

A FEW FINAL WORDS FROM CAPTAIN MAUREEN AND HER TEAM AND THE PRESENTATION OF THE TROPHY

Alisoun Fairbairn Captain of D&A gives her closing speech and Maureen Woodhead (Renfrewshire Captain) receives the Trophy. Fiona Scott (Captain of Lanarkshire) announces the venue for next years Jamboree




Captain Maureen, Vice Captain Gillian and Past Captain Trish and her delighted victorious winners

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

RENFREWSHIRE WIN THE INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

Renfrewshire - The 2012 West Division Inter County Champions
Renfrewshire are the 2012 Inter County Champions --  They clinched their appearance in September's Scottish county finals at Montrose Links with a 6 1/2-2 1/2 win over Ayrshire on the last day of the West Division women's inter-county team championship at Cardross.
Renfrewshire had already beaten Dunbartonshire and Argyll, and Lanarkshire.
On paper, Renfrewshire's final match was still in the balance at 1 1/2pts each after the morning foursomes, but their outstanding depth of talent in the singles saw them take the afternoon session by a commanding 5-1 margin.
Scottish girls champion Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) were the joint top winners of the tournament, the Renfrewshire pair each winning six out of six points.
Not far behind them were Megan Briggs and Linsey Stevenson with 4 1//2pt apiece.
Lanarkshire finished runners-up, beating Dunbartonshire and Argyll 6-3 in the day's other match after making a clean sweep of the three morning foursomes.

Of note from the day --  Megan and Linsey staged a fantastic fightback this morning in their foursomes match.
They were 4 down with 4 to play and managed to win the last 4 holes to square their match and allow the team to draw the foursomes against Ayrshire and in the afternoon we won 5 out of the 6 singles.

RENFREWSHIRE v AYRSHIRE
Foursomes Results:
Alison McKechin and EIlidh Briggs beat Connie Jaffrey and AUdrey Thomson 6/5
Megan Briggs and Linsey Stevenson halved with Jenny Linklater and Lesley Hendrie
Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart lost to Linzi Allan and Catherine Malcolm 3/2

Foursomes Result: Renfrewshire 1.5 Ayrshire 1.5

D&A v LANARKSHIRE
Nichola Ferguson and Jill Meldrum lost to Susan Wood and Emma Caddow 3/1
Anne Laing and Jorden Ferrie lost to May Hughes and Lesley Lloyd 2/1
Sheena McDonald and Lynn McColl lost to Susan 3/2

Foursomes Result D&A 0 Lanarkshire 3

Afternoon Singles:


Renfrewshire v Ayrshire
Alyson McKechin beat Rachael McQueen 5/4
Donna Jackson lost to Lesley Hendry 3/2
Linsey Stevenson beat Connie Jaffrey 6/5
Eilidh Briggs beat Mhairi McKay 2 holes
Gillian Kyle beat Linzi Allan 2/1
Megan Briggs beat Catherine Malcolm 7/6
Renfrewshire 5 Ayrshire 1
Final Result Renfrewshire 6.5 Ayrshire 2.5

D&A v Ayrshire
Jill Meldrum lost to Emma Caddow 3/1
Lorraine Campbell beat Fiona Norris 2/1
Nichola Ferguson lost to Susan Wood 5/4
Laura McGeachy halved with Susan McGrenaghan
Sheena McDonald beat Ruth Rankin 6/5
Anne Laing halved with Lesley Lloyd

D&A 3 Lanarkshire 3
Final Result D&A 3 Lanarkshire 6

Final positions: Renfrewshire 6 points, Lanarkshire 4 points, D&A 2 points and Ayrshire 0 points


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

RENFREWSHIRE WIN AGAINST LANARKSHIRE ON DAY 2 OF COUNTY JAMBOREE

THE 2102 RLCGA COUNTY TEAM
L to R: Carol Whyte, Maureen Woodhead (Captain), Liz Stewart, Gillian Kyle, Donna Jackson,
Alyson McKechin, Megan Briggs, Linsey Stevenson, Eilidh Briggs and Gillian McGinlay (Vice Captain)
Renfrewshire are favourites to win the West Division women's inter-county team golf championship at Cardross GC.
They made it two wins out of two on Day 2 when they beat the other Day 1 winners, Lanarkshire 7-2.
The Morning Foursomes were won by 2-1 with Alyson and Eilidh being in tremendous form starting with 3 birdies in a row to kick off the teams fantastic display of good golf.
Their strength in depth in the singles, spearheaded by County Champion Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) followed by, Eilidh, Megan Gillian and Linsey shone through as they took the afternoon session 5-1.
In the other tie last year's champions, Ayrshire, lost for the second time, beaten 5 1/2-3 1/2 by Dunbartonshire and Argyll.
The West Division champions will meet the other three divisional title-winners in the Scottish county finals at Montrose Links in September.


FOURSOMES:


RENFREWSHIRE v LANARKSHIRE (Renfrewshire names first)
Alyson McKechin and EIlidh Briggs beat Susan Wood and Susan McGrenaghan 7/6
Megan Briggs and Linsey Stevenson lost to Fiona Norris and Ruth Rankin 2 holes
Liz Stewart and Donna Jackson beat May Hughes and Lesley Lloyd 3/2
Foursomes Result: Renfrewshire 2 Lanarkshire 1

SINGLES
Renfrewshire 5 Lanarkshire 1

Alyson McKechin beat Emma Caddow 3&2
Eilidh Briggs beat Fiona Scott 8&6
Megan Briggs beat Susan Woods 4&2
Gillian Kyle beat Susan McGrenaghan 3&2
Linsey Stevenson beat Ruth Rankin 4&3
Carol Whyte lost o Fiona Norris 6&4

Final Result : Renfrewshire 7 Lanarkshire 2


D&A v AYRSHIRE ( D&A names first)

FOURSOMES
Nichola Ferguson and Jill Meldrum beat Linzi Allan and Mhairi McKay 3/2
Anne Laing and Jorden Ferrie halved with Lesley
and Jenny Linklater
Laura McGeachy and Lorraine Campbell lost to Connie Jaffrey and Audrey Thomson 7/6
Foursomes Results : D&A 1.5 Ayrshire 1.5

SINGLES
D&A 4 Ayrshire 2

Nichola Ferguson beat Lesley Hendry 1 hole.
Jorden Ferrie lost to Rachael McQueen 2 holes.
Sheena McDonald lost to Connie Jaffrey 3 and 2.
Laura McGeachy beat Catherine Malcolm 1 hole.
Jill Meldrum beat Audrey Thompson 1 hole.
Anne Laing beat Mhairi McKay 2 and 1.

Final Result : D&A 5.5 Ayrshire 3.5




ALTERNATIVELY CLICK ON THE SMALL THUMBNAIL TO SEE SOME PHOTOS FROM TODAY'S MATCHES

2012 County Jamboree Day 2 - RLCGA v Lanarkshire

Monday, June 18, 2012

RENFREWSHIRE WIN AGAINST D&A AND LANARKSHIRE WIN AGAINST AYRSHIRE

Eilidh, Megan, Alyson and Linsey are all winners against D&A

The first day of the County Jamboree took place at Cardross today in lovely sunshine and Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire were the winners against D&A and Ayrshire respectively.

RENFREWSHIRE v D&A


FOURSOMES
Renfrewshire 2.5 -- D&A 0.5 (Renfrewshire names first)
Eilidh Briggs and Alyson McKechin beat Nichola Ferguson and Jill Meldrum 5/3
Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart halved with Anne Laing and Jorden Ferrie
Megan Briggs and Linsey Stevenson beat Lorraine Campbell and Lynn McColl 7/6

SINGLES (Renfrewshire 4 D&A 2)
Alyson McKechin beat Nichola Ferguson 5/4
Megan Briggs beat Anne Laing 5/3
Linsey Stevenson beat Sheena McDonald 5/4
Eilidh Briggs beat Jorden Ferrie 3/2
Gillian Kyle lost to Laura McGeachy 3/2
Carol Whyte lost to Jill Meldrum 2 holes

FINAL RESULT: Renfrewshire 6.5 D&A 2.5


LANARKSHIRE v AYRSHIRE


FOURSOMES
Lanarkshire 1.5 Ayrshire 1.5 ( Lanarkshire names first)
May Hughes and Lesley Lloyd beat Rachael McQueen 1up
Susan McGrenaghan and Susan Wood halved with Lesley Hendry and Jenny Linklater
Fiona Norris and Ruth Rankin lost to Linzi Allan and Mhairi McKay

SINGLES
Susan Wood beat Rachael McQueen 1 up
Emma Caddow lost to Lesley Hendry 1 down
Susan McGrenaghan beat Catherine Malcolm 1 up
Fiona Norris beat Audrey Thompson 3/1
Ruth Rankin beat Linzi Allan 1up
Lesley Lloyd beat Jenny Linklater 2/1

Singles: Lanarkshire 5 Ayrshire 1

FINAL RESULT : Lanarkshire 6.5 Ayrshire 2.5




Alternatively Click on the small thumbnail to see some photos from the days event

PHOTOS RLCGA v D&A

Sunday, June 17, 2012

CURTIS CUP JUBILATION.

Bronte Law and his sister Bella

Flashback to last Sunday and a picture - even though it's slightly out of focus with the moving figures and taken from some distance away - that's worth publishing because it encapsules the unbounded joy of GB and I winning for the first time since 1996. 
That's Bronte Law with her back to the camera and that's her kid sister Bella, obviously delighted and excited, as she runs towards her.
Stephanie Meadow, who had just clinched victory for GB and I, is just behind Bella Law.
Image by CAL CARSON GOLF AGENCY -- Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the flashback story and photograph.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

COUNTY JAMBOREE STARTS ON MONDAY AT CARDROSS -- PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT THE TEAM

The squad who will represent Renfrewshire at the Inter-County Championship (Jamboree) is as follows;


Alyson McKechin (Elderslie)
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm)
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm)
Liz Stewart (Greenburn)
Linsey Stevenson (Whitecraigs / Elie and Earlsferry)
Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle)
Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire)
Carol Whyte (Windyhill)


Reserve; Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle).

The matches against D&A, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire will take place at Cardross Golf Club 18 - 20 June 2012. 
The Draw and playing times, foursomes in the mornings and singles in the afternoons are as follows:

Monday 18th June

1st Flight                                                      2nd Flight
Renfrewshire v D.&A                      Lanarkshire v Ayrshire

Foursomes                                                    Foursomes
08.40                                                              09.10
08.50                                                              09.20
09.00                                                              09.30

Singles
13.37                                                              14.22
13.44                                                              14.29
13.51                                                              14.36
13.58                                                              14.43
14.05                                                              14.50
14.12                                                              14.57

Tuesday 19th June (times as above)
Lanarkshire v Renfrewshire                       D & A v Ayrshire

Wednesday 20th June (times as above)
D.&A v Lanarkshire                                     Renfrewshire v Ayrshire

PAST CURTIS CUP PLAYERS MATCH --- THE SCOTS AND IRISH WIN

FLASHBACK to last week's Curtis Cup match and the Past Players' Match which helped to raise the curtain for the 37th encounter.  The former Curtis Cup players who travelled to Nairn were split into two teams - Scotland and Ireland versus The Rest (who included United States stalwart Carol Semple Thompson who has made most appearances in Curtis Cup matches, both as a player and as a captain).The Scotland/Ireland team won the Neville Trophy and they have pride of place in the above picture taken on the steps of The Nairn clubhouse.


 Past Curtis Cup Players Match played on Thursday 7th June -- This is the Neville Trophy, won by the Scots/Irish players from the USA/England/Wales/ -- Thanks go to Mary McKenna for the photograph and Colin Farquharson for the report . (Renfrewshire's Wilma Leburn and Maureen Richmond were both playing)

CAPTION (back row first, then descending, names left to right); 

Ada O'Sullivan (Ireland), Anne Laing (Scotland), Margaret Pickard (England), Maureen Madill (Ireland).
Suzanne Cadden (Scotland), Maureen Richmond (Scotland), Jill Thornhill (England), Lady Angela Bonallack (England)
Linda Bayman (England), Claire Hourihane (Ireland), Bridget Jackson (England), Diane Bailey (England)
Breanne Loucks (Wales), Vivien Saunders (England), Ann Howard (England), Carole Semple Thompson (United States)
Ita Butler (Ireland), Wilma Leburn (Scotland), Mary McKenna (Ireland), Elaine Farquharson-Black (Scotland), Gillian Stewart (Scotland).

Friday, June 15, 2012

THE EAST OF SCOTLAND LIKES TO VIEW THE RLCGA WEBSITE !!


Just a wee note from the "Far East" ( ie St Rule!) to thank you for all the super photos/videos we are all enjoying on your website over here. What a fantastic job you did. Congratulations.


Kind regards
Liz Childs


Thanks Liz -- It was a fantastic result and we all had a great time !!

Thanks also for the photo of your carrier bag !!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

THE CURTIS CUP CLOSING CEREMONY


APOLOGIES FOR THE SOUND QUALITY -- THE WIND WAS BLOWING AND YOUR AMATEUR WEBMASTER ONLY HAS A "WEE CAMERA" !!

DONNA AND LIZ WIN THE INTER COUNTY FINALS AT HAMILTON

Liz Stewart and Donna Jackson
The West Ladies Inter-County Foursomes Final was held on Monday at Hamilton Golf Club. The rain stopped in time for the start of the competition and the competitors enjoyed the course which was in good condition.
Scratch prizewinners (left to right): Catherine Malcolm, Debbie Watt, Liz Stewart, Donna Jackson, Lesley Lloyd and Fiona Scott
Results:
Scratch
1. Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart (Renfrewshire) 75
2. Lesley LLoyd and Fiona Scott (Lanarkshire) 82 bih
3. Catherine Malcolm and Debbie Watt (Ayrshire) 82

Handicap prizewinners (left to right): Lillias Snodgrass, Jean Irvine, Margaret Miller, Jill West, Margaret McGregor and June Kerr.
Handicap
1. Margaret McGregor and June Kerr (Ayrshire) 93 (15.5) 77.5
2. Margaret Miller and Jill West (Ayrshire) 95 (16.5) 78.5
3. Lilias Snodgrass and Jean Irvine ( Renfrewshire) 101 (20) 81

 Thanks go to Lanarkshire's Jean MacIntyre for the photos and results

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SOME PHOTOS AND VIDEOS FROM NAIRN



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More Videos are on the Video Channel.






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Sunday, June 10, 2012

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS TO FOLLOW SOMETIME !!

Your Webmaster Carol and Tegwen Mathews with the Curtis Cup
As you will have guessed I have been out on the course for most of the day amidst the excitement of winning the Curtis Cup -- The first time since 1996.
I have lots of photos and a few videos to sort out and this cannot be done until sometime later this week.
Meantime I am very proud to have been part of this wonderful event.

GB&I WIN THE CURTIS CUP

GB&I Curtis Cup Winners
Great Britain and Ireland staged a brilliant last-day surge to win back the Curtis Cup at The Nairn Golf Club today. They finished victors by 10 1/2pt to 8 1/2.
Trailing by 1pt going into the final set of eighth singles, captain Tegwen Matthews' team notched individual wins by Kelly Tidy, who was three down after six holes, 
Amy Boulden, Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull and the clincher from Stephanie Meadow.
The last time GB and I beat the Americans was at Killarney in 1996. The US were bidding to win the Curtis Cup for an eighth straight occasion in the biennial fixture.
This is believed to be the first time since 1956 that the United States have lost a Curtis Cup match after leading into the final set of singles.
The Ryder Cup, Walker Cup, Solheim Cup and now the Curtis Cup all now rest on this side of the Atlantic.
English amateur champion Kelly Tidy came back from three down after six to put the first point of final day on the board at around 1pm.
The English champion's 2 and 1 victory over Austin Ernst in the lead-off singles squared the match overall at 6 1/2pt each.
GB and I's overall points total rose to 8 1/2 with wins by Holly Clyburn (3 and 2 over Erica Popson) and Amy Boulden (3 and 1 over Emily Tubert).
The United States advanced their overnight points total of 6 1/2 by one with Lisa McCloskey beat Scotland's Pamela Pretswell 4 and 3.
Charley Hull played sub-par golf to beat Lindy Duncan 5 and 3 - GB and I now on 9 1/2pt to United States' 7 1/2
The Americans' total moved up to 8 1/2 with Brooke Pancake registering a 6 and 5 win over Leona Maguire in the eighth singles.
Stephanie Meadow produced the clinching point by beating Amy Anderson 4 and 2. Stephanie's figures of four under par were the best of the day, surpassing Charley Hull#s earlier three-under-par effort.
The Olympic Torch (unlit) was on the first tee. Perhaps it lit the flame of fighting spirit among Tegwen's Troopers.
It was a dull, overcast morning, no sunshine but no rain and relatively no wind.



Results : GB and I names first

Kelly Tidy beat Austin Ernst 2&1
Amy Boulden beat Emily Tubert 3&1
Holly Clyburn beat Erica Popson 3&2
Pamela Pretswell lost to Lisa McCloskey 4&3
Bronte Law lost to Tiffany Lua 2 holes
Charley Hull beat  Lindy Duncan 5 & 3
Stephanie Meadow beat Amy Anderson 4 &2
Leona Maguire lost Brooke Pancake 6 & 5

Singles --- GB&I 5 USA 3
Overall result -- GB&I 10.5 USA 9.5

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

LIVE SCORING FROM NAIRN-- FINAL DAY SINGLES

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THE LINE-UP IS
GB and I names first
Kelly Tidy v Austin Ernst.
Amy Boulden v Emily Tubert
Holly Clyburn v Erica Popson.
Pamela Pretswell v Lisa McCloskey
Bronte Law v Tiffany Lua
Charley Hull v Lindy Duncan.
Stephanie Meadow v Amy Anderson.
Leona Maguire v Brooke Pancake.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

GB&I CURTIS CUP TEAM HAVE GIVEN THEMSELVES A CHANCE

Great Britain and Ireland have given themselves an outstanding chance of winning the Curtis Cup for the first time since Killarney in 1996.
Team captain Tegwen Matthews' squad of eight players took this afternoon four-balls programme by 2 1/2 to 1/2pt after losing the morning foursomes 2-1.
That means that the United States' lead has been cut to a single point - 6 1/2-5 1/2 -with only Sunday's eight singles to come.
The Americans have won the biennial contest for the last seven times and they had looked to be well on their way to yet another victory until the tide started to turn on Day 2 - miserably wet in the morning but perfect golf conditions in the afternoon.
All the GB and I players were stars in the afternoon heroics but a special mention to the two winning partnerships.
Holly Clyburn and Kelly Tidy won the lead-off four-ball bty one hole with three-under-par figures against Amy Anderson - her first defeat in four matches - and Emily Tubert.
And Stephanie Meadow and Pamela Pretswell finished strongly to beat Erica Popson and Tiffany Lua by 2 and 1.
Pamela Pretswell played a career approach shot under pressure to grab a vital winning birdie at the 17th.
"I played a threequarters nine iron to about 2 to 2 1/2ft of the hole. But I have to confess that when I was standing over the putt it seemed to have stretched to twice that distance. I was glad to see the ball disappear into the hole," said Pamela.
"But what a great afternoon for all the GB and I team. We have come back from nowhere and we are all up for the Sunday singles."
Both winning GB and I partnerships had better-ball figures of three under par.
And lets not forget teenagers Leona Maguire and Bronte Law who halved with Brooke Pancake and Austin Ernst, two of America's top college players.
The attendance for the second day was 2,900, surprising in view of the bad weather in the morning which kept the early crowds down. But as the weather improved so the spectators made their way to the Nairn links.
Sunday's attendance for the singles showdown, starting at 10am, is likely to be well over 3,000. Come early!
It looks as if American captain Pat Cornett has loaded her "tail" with her best players - Lindy Duncan, Amy Anderson and Brooke Pancake.
That might make it easier for GB and I to make up the deficit and establish a winning lead from the first five ties
Remember, the US as holders of the Curtis Cup need only to draw to retain the trophy.
10pt is the "magic number" for the Americans. They start the eight singles needing 3 1/2pt to reach that safety mark.


THE LINE-UP IS
GB and I names first
10.00 Kelly Tidy v Austin Ernst.
10.15 Amy Boulden v Emily Tubert
10.30 Holly Clyburn v Erica Popson.
10.45 Pamela Pretswell v Lisa McCloskey
11.00 Bronte Law v Tiffany Lua
11.15 Charley Hull v Lindy Duncan.
11.30 Stephanie Meadow v Amy Anderson.
11.45 Leona Maguire v Brooke Pancake.


DAY 2 FOUR-BALLS REPORT
Holly Clyburn and Kelly Tidy (GBandI) beat Emily Tubert and Amy Anderson (US)1 hole
Clyburn and Tidy had the edge over the first six holes, thanks to a birdie-birdie start which put them one up, the Americans being able to halve the first in 3s.
Anderson, with three wins out of three under her belt, and Tubert birdied the short sixth as the drizzle began to start again. All square on the seventh tee. Halves at the eighth and ninth followed. Both teams out in a better-ball 35. Wind has dropped a bit and it's not raining! Stand by for a birdie fest.
Clyburn and Tidy went one up with a birdie 4 at the 10th but Tubert and Anderson levelled it with a birdie 3 at the 12th.
After a half in 4 at the 13th, neither Clyburn nor Tidy was able to par the short 14th and the Americans' 3 put them one up for the first time in the match. Clyburn birdied the 15th to square an absorbing match.
Clyburn and Tidy conjured up a second birdie in a row to win the 16th and go one up with two to play. The last two holes were halved in mounting excitement among the home crowd - and players - leaving Clyburn and Tidy the winners by one hole with three under par better-ball figures. A magnficent effort by the GB and I pair.

Leona Maguire and Bronte Law (GB and I) halved with Brooke Pancake and Austin Ernst (US).
A birdie 3 at the fifth put Maguire and Law back in front. They had won the opening hole with a par 4 but bogeyed the third to be pulled back to square by Pancake and Ernst.
Maguire and Law between them birdied 5 and 6 to go two up but Pancake and Ernst conjured up an eagle 3 at the long seventh to get back to one down.
The Americans bogeyed the eighth to go back to two down, which was the position at the turn. GB and I had better-ball 35 for the first nine to the Americans' 36.
Pancake and Ernst won the 10th with a birdie to be one down again. The 11th and 12th were halved in pars before the Americans won the 13th with a 4 to square the contest for the first time since the fourth.
The short 14th was halved in 3s and the 15th in 4s. All square with three to play.
All three were halved to make it a square match. The GB and I pair were round in a better ball of level par

Stephanie Meadow and Pamela Pretswell (GB and I) beat Erica Popson and Tiffany Lua (US) 2 holes.
First two holes halved in par-birdie before Popson and Lua won the third wiMth a par 4.
Meadow and Pretswell actually birdied three of the first six holes - the second (halved), the fifth (won) and the short sixth (won) to go one up as the standard of scoring rose appreciably as the conditions improved considerably.
Popson and Lua birdied the long seventh to square the match again but the Americans could do no better than a bogey 5 at the ninth, which Meadow and Pretswell won with a 4 to be one up at the turn which they reached in a better-ball 34 to the Americans' 35.
Meadow and Pretswell had a 6 at the 10th - their first better-ball bogey since the third and it cost them the lead - all square with eight to play.
The short 11th was halved in birdie 2s, Meadow holing from off the green after Lua looked favourite to win the hole after a very good tee shot. The 12th was halved in par 4s.
Meadow and Pretswell regained the lead with a par 4 at the 13th .. One up with five to play.
Popson won the short 14th for the US with a par 3 after the GB and I players three-putted.
After the 15th and 16th were halved, Pretswell played a brilliant threequarters nine-iron to within 2 1/2ft of the stick for a birdie 3 that put the GB and I pair dormie one.
They finished the winners by two holes after the Americans couldn't hole their vital putts on the last green. Meadow and Pretswell were three under par for the five-hour rounds.

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

FOURSOMES AND FOURBALL CURTIS CUP RESULTS DAY 2

Not so many spectators at The Nairn GC for the start of Day 2 in the 37th Curtis Cup but the weather is a lot worse than it was on Friday when 2,690 turned up.
It's miserably gloomy and pouring with rain.
Pamela Pretswell and Charley Hull lost to Anderson and Lua . The Americans started birdie birdie and despite the GB&I pairing get birdies at the 5th and 7th the weather appeared to take its toll with pars being difficult for both sides and eventually Pamela and Charley lost 3&2

The weather in the afternoon improved and the GB&I team came to the fore by winning 2 matches and halving the third

Foursomes Results -- USA Names First


Amy Anderson and Tiffany Lua beat Pamela Pretswell and Charley Hull 3&2
Austin Ernst and Brooke Pancake beat Holly Clyburn and Amy Boulden 2 holes
Lindy Duncan and Lisa McCloskey lost to  Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire. 3&1

Match stands at USA 6 GB&I 3

Afternoon Fourball


Tubert and Anderson lost to Holly Clyburn and Kelly Tidy 1 Hole
Brooke Pancake and Austin Ernst halved with Leona McGuire and Bronty Law
Popson and Tiffany Lua lost to Stephanie Meadow and Pamela Pretswell 2 holes

TOTAL AFTER DAY 2 USA 6.5 GB&I 5.5


MORE PHOTOS WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ALBUM TOMORROW -- NO internet connection in the evening

Friday, June 08, 2012

US TEAM CAPTAIN BREAKS ANKLE IN BIZARRE BUGGY ACCIDENT

United States' pleasure at going 4-2 ahead at the end of the first day of the 37th Curtis Cup match at The Nairn Golf Club was tempered by an unfortunate accident to their team captain, Dr Patricia Cornett.
She was taken to Raigmore Hospital, Inverness with a suspected right ankle fracture. It is understood that the golf cart in which she was a passenger was involved in an incident as it was driven past the spectator grandstand adjacent to the first tee after the three four-ball matches had set off.
Carol Semple Thompson, who had played in 11 Curtis Cup matches for the United States and captained the team twice, including the last match in Scotland - at St Andrews in 2008 - stepped in as acting team captain.
Mrs Thompson played in the Past Players' Match at The Nairn Golf Club on Thursday and also in the Supportters' Saucer at Nairn Dunbar the previous day.
Martha Lang, chairman of the United States Golf Association, said that Dr Cornett had her injured ankle put in a plast but she is in "good spirits and will resume her captaincy of the team on Saturday."
"I am very relieved that Patricia will resume tomorrow," said Carol Semple Thompson. "It's the most bizarre incident I can recall in all the Curtis Cup matches in which I've been involved. I did nothing out there while Patricia was away but I went round with the matches and was on hand if asked for any advice."
The American players were not told during their afternoon matches of the unfortunate accident.
Dr Cornett's husband is also in hospital but in Nairn. He was taken there on Thursday night after feeling unwell.

QUOTES FROM GB AND I CAPTAIN
TEGWEN MATTHEWS
"I am feeling a lot happier than I was a lunchtime after we had lost the foursomes 3-0 and even a lot happier than I was halfway through the afternoon four-balls and we were trailing.
"But the GB and I girls are fantastic at digging deep and to win the last two games was a terrific finish to the day. Now we have to start Saturday as we have finished Friday.
"I had a heart to heart talk with my players in the locker-room at lunchtime. They had made too many schoolboy errors. Their scoring was very poor. I know the weather and the wind was not very good but the Americans' short games were immaculate and ours were not.
"I give full credit to the the United States team whose play in the foursomes very good. They came out very strong. But I think our strong finish to the day could have a massive influence on the overall match. I think the GB and I players are now in the right frame of mind for Day 2."


SATURDAY'S FOURSOMES

8.00 Amy Anderson and Tiffany Lua v Pamela Pretswell and Charley Hull.
8.12 Austin Ernst and Brooke Pancake v Holly Clyburn and Amy Boulden
8.24 Lindy Duncan and Lisa McCloskey v Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire.

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

RESULTS OF THE COUNTY JUNE MEDAL AT CALDWELL

Sandra Littlejohn - runner up 0-12
Maureen Taggart - winner 13+
The June Medal was played to-day over Caldwell in very unlike June weather!  Strong winds and at times heavy showers made conditions difficult.   Only 33 ladies played as many were either at Nairn for the Curtis Cup or watching the Olympic Torch passing through the Renfrewshire area.  The overall winner was IONA STEPHEN (Ranfurly Castle) with an excellent score of net 71.  Iona also had the best scratch score of 79.  Winner of the 13+ handicaps was MAUREEN TAGGART (Old Ranfurly) with a score of 87 (15) 72.  The SSS was 72 and the CSS 75.

Results:
0-12       1st    Iona Stephen  (Ranfurly Castle)   79 (8) 71
               2nd  Sandra Littlejohn (Erskine)           89 (12) 77 acb
               3rd  Maureen Woodhead (Gourock)   84 (7) 77
13+        1st    Maureen Taggart (Old Ranfurly)   87 (15) 72
               2nd  Julie Sobocinski (Ross Priory)      95 (20) 75
               3rd  Mary Gildea  (Caldwell)               97 (20) 77 acb


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However please check your Home Club handicap records to see if they have got them as their appears to be problems and I no longer have an exchange letter for you. Therefore give your handicap secretary your score.