Friday, December 11, 2015


From L to R - Jinty, Morag, Anita, Morag, Jennifer, Gillian, Marion, Sandra and Julie
Some of the RLCGA members have taken up the "extreme" sport of "pickleball"
They play on a Tuesday and Thursday at the Paisley Lagoon Centre.
It takes place on a badminton court with a 3ft net and you use a paddle instead of a racket and a plastic ball.
It gets very competitive but is played in good spirits and is great fun.
I say "extreme" sport as we have at least one injury per session!!!
It was Jinty's turn today to pull a muscle in her calf sprinting for the ball.
It will keep us fit and busy over the winter.

Thanks go to Past Captain Gillian McGinlay for the photograph and the news.

Thursday, December 10, 2015


Audrey Mackenzie and Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire) seized a tiny window of decent weather on Tuesday December 8th to play against Carol McNally and Gill Unick. (Williamwood) at East Renfrewshire GC .
The ground conditions were fairly wet so playing off the mats or moving to the semi rough was actually beneficial. It remained dry overhead although the rain wasn’t far away with the increasingly strong winds.
Not many strokes needed to be given to the visitors who took an early lead. Gillian and Audrey squared the match at the 6th and with Carol and Gill finding trouble at the 7th, 9th and 11th, they increased their lead with steady golf and eventually won on the 15th.
All enjoyed the good chat and to be outdoors in the fresh air actually playing golf !

Monday, December 07, 2015


Meet at 1.30 to start the games at 2pm.
Cost £5/person, which includes tea/coffee and a cupcake.

Please join us for an afternoon of fun and catch up with Renfrewshire golfing friends at the Beetle Drive.

Carol McNally (our new Secretary) shall be displaying her handbags and scarves, Val Lawrence, her Stella and Dot jewellery and Doreen Mainds will be selling her delicious tablet. They will kindly give the County a percentage of their takings from the day.

Raffle tickets shall be on sale and any raffle prizes will be gratefully received on the day. There will also be silent auctions for a 4xball at Gleneagles (any course, valid for 2016) and a 4xball at Dunaverty Golf Club. Maybe arrange your 4 in advance to plan your bid? These have been kindly donated so it would be great to get a good sum of money for them.

It is hoped that this will be the main fundraiser of 2016 so let’s make it worthwhile!

Please let us know if you’d like to attend by contacting Gillian Kyle at or telephoning 0141 639 2927.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Some of the RLCGA Junior Girls 
The juniors had a coaching session yesterday (Sunday 22nd November) and enjoyed golfing together at The Glasgow Indoor Golf Centre. 
Under the supervision of Karyn Burns the girls practiced their long game and short game.

Photographs - Courtesy of  Audrey MacKenzie(Junior Convenor)

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Dorothea Hastings - 1934 - 2015

Dorothea joined Haggs Castle in 1950 when she first took up golf. She was coached by Eric Brown but did not attempt to play over the course for some time but kept practising until March 1951.

Once she started playing the course there was no stopping her. Dorothea's enthusiasm  for the game allowed her to be offered Ladies' membership at the age of 17.

She won the Highland Open at that age and was selected and played for Scotland against England in the Girls International 0f 1952 and was in the British Junior Girls Team in 1953.

She won the individual title and Scottish Universities Golf Team Championship in 1953 and then was a member of the British Touring Team to Australia and New Zealand  in 1955.
Dorothea enjoyed great success in 1958 when she won the Scottish Ladies Championship at Elie and Earlsferry and was then selected as a member of the GB&I's Curtis Cup Team and an Honorary Member of Haggs Castle and RLCGA.

Home Internationals 1960 . From L to R - Janette Wright, Ansley Lurie, Belle Robertson, Jean Burnett
Jean McCulloch (Captain) Betty Singleton, Dorothea Sommerville, Joan Lawrence and Margaret Myles
She was runner up in the Scottish in 1960 at Turnberry and semi finalist in 1963, West of Scotland Champion in 1961 and was selected to play for Scotland from 1955 - 1963 and for the British Isles against Europe in the Vangliano team 1963.
As Dorothea Somerville she won the Haggs Castle Championship 5 times and as Dorothea Hastings 5 times.
In 1961 became Captain of Haggs and in 1963 married Dr James Hastings. She then stopped playing golf for about 20 years while she brought up here children Gillian and Crawford and assist her husband running his medical practice.
Dorothea Scottish Vets Champion
She returned to golf in 1983 with a handicap of 8 and won the RLCGA Championship at Kilmacolm. She was back to scratch within just 2 years and had a remarkable run of successes by winning the Haggs, Erskine Championships and the Scottish Veterans Championships in 1992 and 1994. She also won the Scottish Foursomes with Renfrewshire's Pearl Orr.
She played for the successful Greenlees team many times and in the mid nineties served as a Scottish Selector for the West District and as RLCGA's Captain in 1995 - 1997.
With on going severe back pain Dorothea was forced to stop playing in 2003 but was still actively involved with Haggs Castle Erskine and the County.
Rena Simpson (Kilmacolm) and Dorothea at the RLCGA AGM 4th November 2015

In fact Dorothea was at the RLCGA AGM on the 4th November 2015 at Haggs Castle and enjoyed her evening there. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her and we send our sincere condolences to her daughter Gillian and son Crawford. 

To read an account as written by Dorothea herself in the RLCGA Centenary Book 1909 - 2009 - Page 56 - 59 -- 

Alternatively Click Here - (May take time to load page)

Also to see some photographs over the years  CLICK HERE

The Funeral will take place on Saturday 5th December at 10:30 am at Craigton Crematorium in Cardonald and then back to Haggs Castle Golf Club.  Everyone is welcome and no flowers please.  

 Due to a major project being carried out by Scottish water, the main entrance to Craigton crematorium at Berryknowes Road is closed.

The new entrance and exit is from Paisley Road West and there is diversion signs from Berryknowes Road in place to assist with your travel. There is also road markings and signage in place at the cemetery and crematorium to ease traffic flow. For those travelling by car and using Satnavs the new post code for the Paisley Road West entrance will be  G52 1SJ.

Friday, November 20, 2015


Dorothea at the 2015 RLCGA AGM

It is with great sadness I have to announce that Honorary Member Dorothea Hastings has died suddenly at home on Wednesday 18th November. 

Her daughter Gillian King and her son Crawford Hastings would like all her golfing friends to be informed. 

Our thoughts and best wishes go to the family 

The Funeral will take place on Saturday 5th December at 10:30 am at Craigton Crematorium in Cardonald and then back to Haggs Castle Golf Club.  Everyone is welcome and no flowers please.  

 Due to a major project being carried out by Scottish water, the main entrance to Craigton crematorium at Berryknowes Road is closed.

The new entrance and exit is from Paisley Road West and there is diversion signs from Berryknowes Road in place to assist with your travel. There is also road markings and signage in place at the cemetery and crematorium to ease traffic flow. For those travelling by car and using Satnavs the new post code for the Paisley Road West entrance will be G52 1SJ.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015


Past Present and Future Captains  - Gillian McGinlay, Gillian Kyle and June Lockhart
Over 50 ladies attended the 106th  RLCGA AGM which was held at Haggs Castle Golf Club tonight  --  the 4th November 2015.  
Captain Gillian McGinlay welcomed Honorary President Jennifer Mack and all the committee and members to the AGM.  -Secretary Jean Irvine read out 60 apologies

The minutes of the meeting held on November, 2014, had already been distributed and also on the website were taken as read.There were no matters arising.


The following reports were read out  - 


You should all have in front you a copy of our accounts for the year ended 30 September 2015.

The accounts show a loss for the year. Those of you who were here last year may remember Gillian reading my report and highlighting the fact that without any significant fundraising in 2015 we would make a loss.

There are however two important things to draw your attention to:

- Our overall loss would have been significantly higher had the team qualified for the county finals. The cost of going to the county finals is around £2,500 although we do receive a grant from the SLGA of £1,500 towards these costs.
- We also had a fairly high level of resignations this year so as a result our subscription income has gone down.  Had we not had those resignations we would have shown a slight profit for the year.

The majority of our costs are fairly fixed and there are not really any other significant areas to comment on. Going forward we will continue to review our cost base and try to make as many savings as we can.

We currently are still in a healthy position however going forward we do need to increase our income – either through new members or significant fundraising. As it stands just now our annual costs are more than our annual income and whilst this has not had a significant impact on us this year it is not a position that is sustainable going forward.

Another successful year with most competitions being played in reasonable weather.
Not having an April medal proved a good decision and the new formats of a Stableford (although poorly attended) and a Tri-am I think were popular changes.
We have a good selection of courses for next year and I hope we can encourage members to support as well as is possible. My worry is that if we don't get good attendances, we will lose the support of the county clubs who very generously give us courtesy year after year so please try and encourage your fellow members to attend.
You will see that there will be evening ballots at the Spring meeting, June and July medals, a maximum of three times at 5.30 so we hope working ladies will benefit from this.
I again enjoyed being part of the jamboree this year, again so close, these competitions have been one of the highlights of my time as secretary. Caddying is such good fun and keeps you very involved with the team.
This is my last report as secretary and therefore there are quite a number of people whom I wish to thank. Firstly I would like to record my thanks to Haggs Castle Golf club and all their staff, Alan Williams who was General Manager for most of my time as secretary and to Tracy and all the staff in the clubhouse, they made my job so easy regardless of what we were organising, many thanks. To Jean Smith our Membership Secretary, Freda Tuck our results secretary, Past Captain Trish Brown, Past Captain Maureen Woodhead, Morag Turner who was secretary before me and of course Carol Fell who does such a power of work for everyone in the County. To everyone who has been on the committee during my five years also many thanks. That only leaves Gillian McGinlay, we have had a great two years and during my trials and tribulations this year, I only had to text or phone and she would be there to help.
Thank you so much. I wish my successor good luck, I assure you the first year is the worst!! Lastly, best wishes to Gillian Kyle , I know she will be an outstanding Captain.


The juniors started the year with three winter coaching sessions – two at the Glasgow Indoor Golf Centre with Karyn Burns and one at Mearns Castle Golf Academy with Mark Loftus. 
The sessions helped the girls prepare for the forthcoming season and they approached March looking forward to the upcoming team matches. 
Coming into this winter the girls are meeting up at various courses to play together. The first of these sessions took place at Ranfurly Castle with 14 girls taking part. The next session is scheduled to take place on 22nd November. 

The RLCGA Junior Kennedy Salver Team with Captain Gillian McGinlay, Vice Captain Gillian Kyle and Junior Secretary Audrey MacKenzie
As Renfrewshire were hosting the Kennedy Salver at Elderslie GC we took the opportunity to play at Elderslie as often as possible. Our first match was against the Elderslie Junior Team and the girls got off to a great start winning 4-0. We then played a match against the Renfrewshire Ladies team - again at Elderslie. Unfortunately due to other golf commitments and holidays the Ladies struggled to field a full team. However the girls enjoyed the experience and won 4-1. 

The bad weather in June meant a friendly match against Dunbartonshire and Argyll had to be postponed. It was played in October. D&A won but it was a great experience for the girls as 3 of the team were playing for the county for the first time. 

The Kennedy Salver is the West of Scotland Inter county match. The girls were disappointed with their previous results and were determined to do better this year. In the end Lanarkshire were the overall winners but Renfrewshire came 2nd missing out by only 1 point. The day was a great success and the team of Heather Mushet, Anna MacKenzie, Niamh Kinney, Laura Craig, Charlotte McCluskey, Jan Adams and Ellie Wilkie did themselves proud. 

21 girls took part in the Campbell Clock Stableford Competition at Whitecraigs Golf Club. The day was well attended with Gillian Henderson, Whitecraigs winning the Campbell Clock Trophy with 34 points. Kirsty MacDonald Whitecraigs won the 8 hole competition and Robyn Harrison MCGA won the 9 hole competition. 
Jennifer, Gillian and Anna
12 girls entered the Junior Scratch County Championship. At the end of September the final took place at Cochrane Castle. The finalists were Jennifer Rankine, Haggs Castle and Anna MacKenzie, East Renfrewshire. Both girls played well with Jennifer winning 7/5. 

There have been many individual achievements and I would like to mention a few: Starting with handicap cuts – Emily Crusher, Eastwood, started the season at 29 and ended the season at 20, Romy Erskine, Kilmacolm, started the season at 29 and finished the season at 21 and Alison Macnab, Kilmacolm, reduced her handicap from 21 to 18. 

The West Girls teams often included girls from Renfrewshire with Niamh Kinney, Erskine, Heather Mushet, Elderslie, Anna MacKenzie, East Renfrewshire and Jennifer Rankine, Haggs Castle all being selected to play at various times. Heather and Jennifer played in the qualifying round of the Ladies Championship and both girls qualified for the match play stages, with Jennifer reaching the semi-finals. Heather reached the final of the Ladies championship at Elderslie losing on the 1st extra hole. Anna MacKenzie, East Renfrewshire has been selected for the Scottish Golf Academy which is the national development programme. Playing in many events over the summer Anna’s handicap has come down from 18 to 10. 
 Jennifer Rankine has had a tremendous year enjoying a great deal of success. Jennifer was selected to play for the Ladies County in the Inter County match at Loudon Gowf Club. She qualified for the match play stages of the Scottish Amateur Championship and she represented Scotland in Switzerland at the European Young Masters. Jennifer won the Ladies Club Championship at Haggs Castle and she won the Junior County championship for the 2nd consecutive year. There is no doubt she has had a great year. Well done Jennifer. 

I think overall a very impressive year for the juniors and I would like to finish by thanking everyone who has helped me this year. Janette McCartney for a thorough handover. Carol Fell for updating the web site. Gillian McGinlay and Gillian Kyle for all their help and support throughout the year. Thanks also to all the ladies who have supported the juniors with a special mention to Jennifer Mack, Sandra Littlejohn, Kay Black and Freda Tuck. 


It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the …. Annual General Meeting of the R.L.C.G.A. 2015.
I cannot believe it`s been a year since I last stood here. It`s flown in.
I will just recite a brief account of the golfing year:
Senior squad has 4 training sessions with Karyn Burns at the Indoor Centre.
One session combined with the juniors and proved very successful with pizza and drinks afterwards.
Senior squad v Scottish Seniors match was arranged at Cochrane Castle .
The team lost 4 – 3 but it was a very worthwhile exercise.
The Junior team played a match against Elderslie boys, with the girls winning all 4 matches.
Senior team v Junior Team match at Elderslie. Girls won 4 – 1.
County Championship was held at Ralston Golf Club.
In a very exciting final, Gillian Kyle beat Donna.
Peggy Clark was won by Elaine Robb net 74.
Winter 4 final was held at Cochrane Castle between Carol Smith & Jennifer Graham v Liz Crichton & Sara Bishop.
The Haggs pair won 6 & 5 in a very good game.
There were no Renfrewshire entries into the Helen Holm competition.
West Of Scotland Championship at Cawder was called off due to weather conditions and re-arranged for 13th September.
Inter County 4`s was held at Cochrane Castle
Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart 81.
Liz Howie and Gillian Gibson 73.
The Scottish Ladies close championship was held at Montrose with Jennifer Rankine qualifying for the last 32 and Denise Cowan qualifying for the Clark Rosebowl.
Spring Meeting Ranfurly Castle
Scratch Carol Fell 86
1st Class: Carol Fell 
2nd Class, Jan Adams 69
The County Squad had a practise session over Loudon in preparation for the Inter County match.
Whitecraigs Medal
Ist Class: Marion Stewart 73
2nd Class: Fiona Roger 77
Medal Finals was played in conjunction with this tournament and that was won by Carol Fell.
Inter County Matches at Loudon.
Team: Gillian Kyle, Donna Jackson, Liz Stewart, Denise Cowan
Gillian McGinlay, Jennifer Rankine, Carol Whyte and Katrina Milne

Renfrewshire  7 v Lanarkshire  2
Renfrewshire 4 v D & A 5
Renfrewshire  4 v Ayrshire 5
Very close competition with Ayrshire winners and representing the West at the County Finals at Stranraer.
Inter County 4`s at Hilton Park
Donna Jackson & Liz Stewart won scratch with a 75
Gillian Kyle & Elaine Munn 84 were 3rd.

Kennedy Salver
We were hosting this event was held at Elderslie Golf Club.
The girls looked very smart in their new team gillets.
In the morning foursomes we won half a point with all games going to the 18th.
In the afternoon singles the team won 5 out of 6.
We were beaten by a point by Lanarkshire.
The girls put in a sterling amount of practise and can be very proud of their efforts.
I was a bit disappointed, as the host County we had no spectators there to encourage the girls.
July Medal Renfrew
Gross Liz Hale 82, 1st Class: Liz Hale 71 , 2nd Class: Alison McNab 69
Gleddoch Stableford
June Lockhart 35
Only 6 ladies played very disappointing.
Erskine Medal
Gross G.Kyle 8, 1st Class: Carol Fell 75, 2nd Class: Muriel Young 75, 
Greensomes Kilmalcolm
Sara Bishop & Liz Criton 34
Linda McDougall & Jennifer Mack 32
Commonwealth Spoons
Gill McGinlay & June Lockhart 77.5
Tri-am Cowglen
Jean Sloan, Shiela Shaw Margaret Gray 79 points

West Of Scotland was rescheduled at Cawder and clashed with our Campbell Cock.
Renfrewshire team Lindsay Mathie and Cathy Morton
Campbell Clock was a great success at Whitecraigs with Gillian Henderson winning the trophy with 34 stableford points. I would just like to thank all the helpers.
Rosebowl final held at Haggs between Carol Fell and Denise Cowan - Denise was the winner
Junior Final held at Cochrane Castle between Jennifer Rankine and Anna McKenzie with Jennifer winning in what was a splendid display of golf from both girls.
Gillian Kyle 81 and Megan Briggs 76 represented Renfrewshire in the Champions of Champions at Glasgow Gailes.
Jennifer Rankine was beaten finalist in the junior west of Scotland championship final beaten by Katie Scott of Strathaven 2 & 1.

Gillian Kyle was selected for Scottish Veterans friendly match against the Irish at Dunbar.
She was also selected for both the Scottish Vets at Sherwood Forest and the Scottish Senior Team at Lithuania.
Megan Briggs was selected for the Home International Team at Wimbledon.
Jennifer Rankine was selected for the Junior European masters in Switzerland.
My congratulations to all 3 for representing their country.

My congratulations go to all the ladies who are the club champions of their clubs.
S.L.G.A and S.G.U amalgamation complete now called Scottish Golf Limited.
My congratulations go to Eleanor Cannon of Ranfurly Castle the Chairperson and to Audrey Sturgess who is elected onto the board and responsible for Handicap and course rating

I cannot believe my time as County Captain is over.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 4 years serving 2 as Vice Captain and 2 as Captain.
Running the County is a team effort and I wish to thank all the members who served on the committee during my time in office.
I would particulary like to thank Maureen Woodhead, Jean Irvine and Gillian Kyle for their wisdom, guidance and being at the end of a phone any time night or day to answer my questions.
I`d like to thank Karyn Burns for acting as County Coach.
I would also like to thank both the Senior and Junior teams for the excitement, fun , camaraderie and potential heart attacks they have caused me over the years.
I can now attend Jamboree and Kennedy Salver and enjoy it!!!.

Jennifer Mack presents Beth Paterson with RLCGA Honorary Membership

We have a very special announcement to make tonight.

The committee have decided to give Beth Paterson Honorary membership of the County for her services to golf.

Beth has a life long association with golf.
She was born and brought up on the isle of Arran.
Member of Whiting Bay, Brodick, Eastwood and the Ladies Golf Club at Troon.
She has been in golf administration for 37 years.
A Committee member of both Brodick and Eastwood G.C.
Junior convenor and Past Captain of Eastwood G.C.
She served on Our County committee as junior secretary for 3 years and was Captain from 2005-2007.

She has served on the S.L.G.A. committee as both chairman of training and performance director, before being appointed as Chairwoman of the 2013.

Her dedication and hard work culminating in the amalgamation of the S.L.G.A. and S.G.U.

She retired from the post of Chairwoman last month
And it is with great pleasure that the County award her honorary membership.

Gillian then presented Gillian Kyle with her Captains badge  


Ladies, I am honoured to be your new Renfrewshire Ladies County Captain. I shall endeavour to fulfil the role to the best of my ability and hope I shall have your support. Please do not hesitate to inform me of any ideas you may have to lead our County forward in this new era of unified golf. Gillian has dedicated the last 2 years of her life to the County. Despite her fulltime, crazy-shifted job, she’s rarely missed an event, even if on night duty and if she was at work, she was certainly thinking of us. She will be a hard act to follow but has reassured me that her phone will be in her pocket at all times.

Gillian, I’d now like to present you with your Past-Captain’s badge and a token of the TEAM’S appreciation for all your hard work over the last 2 years.

It gives me very great pleasure to introduce my Vice Captain to you. She is a tremendous supporter of the County despite starting her golf career in Dumbartonshire! She plays in most of our competitions, often finishing high up on the leader board, showing that the competitive spirit from her international hockey days has not left her. She has been a regular, super keen caddy at the jamborees-although has been known to swear at her player in frustration! She is a member of 2 golf clubs at the moment and Captain for the 2nd time at Gleddoch. As a retired teacher, I’m sure she will be very organised and will keep me in order.

Ladies, I am very lucky and absolutely delighted that JUNE LOCKART has agreed to be my Vice Captain.
Thanks you so much June for taking on this role. Please come up and collect your badge and take a seat at the top table.

Moving on to the other office bearers-

Wendy Cameron continues as our Honorary Life President. Thank you Wendy.

Jennifer Mack starts her 2nd year as President. In line with the other counties, we have changed the term of office of this position to 3 years rather than 5. Thank you for all your support at last season’s events Jennifer.

I shall remain the Child Protection Officer.
Jean Irvine and new Secretary Carol McNally

Jean Irvine has finally got the chance to step down as Secretary. What a great amount of work plus extra tasks like caddying and ballot duties you have done over the past 5 years, Jean. It has been very much appreciated by us all. Please accept this small token of our thanks from Gillian.

I’d like to propose Carol McNally, from Williamwood, to take on the role of Secretary. I have known Carol for around 35 years through other sports and I know she will be an efficient secretary and enjoy being more involved in the County. Can I have a seconder please….. Jean has kindly agreed to keep an eye on Carol next season. Thanks again Jean.

Tracy Masterton will stay on as our very efficient Treasurer and Audrey Mackenzie as our very proactive Junior Convenor. Many thanks to both of them for their excellent work.

Jean Smith - Retiring Membership Secretary

At this time, Jean Smith is stepping down as Membership Secretary. She has been amazing at keeping our records up to date whilst battling ill health for so long. It’s super to see you here tonight Jean, and thank you so much for all your hard work behind the scenes in the dark winter months. I believe Gillian has a little gift for you.

In her role as Past Captain, Gillian has agreed to oversee the role of Membership Secretary for 2015/16. As you should have read by now, we are trying to make the process of paying the subscriptions a straightforward one by using more of the software we already have. We shall see how this year goes and assess the situation for 2016.

Coming off the Committee, but quickly back on as our new Results Secretary, is Sandra Littlejohn.  Thank you so much Sandra. 

Freda is presented with flowers
 Freda Tuck hopes to teach her all that she knows over the course of the season for that role. On that note, we’d like to thank Freda for all her input and hard work for the County over the past 8 years, both on committee then as our Results Secretary. Please accept this gift as a token of our appreciation. 

As always, grateful thanks to Carol Fell - the Master of the website.

The rest of the committee is as follows-
Donna Jackson, Elaine Robb and Shirley Back are going on to their final year.
New on this year is Fiona Armour of Renfrew and Linda Ellery (East Renfrewshire)  I hope you will both really enjoy your time on the Committee.

Other matters-
June has brought along some of our clothes range tonight, including the new outerwear. It is not ideal for someone to have to bring everything along to each event so the plan is to display it at the County Championship, Foursomes and Greensomes and orders can be made via email at all other times. A particular garment can always be brought along if requested. I hope that suits everyone.

On to the fixtures for 2016.
If I could just highlight a few of the forthcoming events-
fundraising Beetle Drive will be held at Ralston GC on Sunday February 7th from 2pm. This raised a super amount for County funds last time so your attendance and/or a raffle donation would be very much appreciated. More information will be sent out soon but please put the date in your diaries TONIGHT!
The County Championship will be held at East Renfrewshire GC from 13th to 15th of April.
The West of Scotland Championship will be held at Bonnyton GC on Sunday 8th May.
The Intercounty Jamboree will be held at Douglas Park GC from 20th-22nd of June.
As you can see-we are offering 3 evening ballots in 2016 with 3 tee off times in each. These are primarily for those who are unable to play in morning ballots due to work commitments and I do hope they will be fully used. Many of the other competitions will be ‘fun’ competitions so hopefully there will be something for everyone. Looking at last year’s results, in the 6 competitions which counted for handicap, the CSS went UP every time and 3 of them were Reduction Only so please try and support next year’s competitions.

There being no further business, let’s move on to the Prizegiving. Jean will read out the prizewinners and Jennifer will present them.
Congratulations to everyone who has won a prize this evening and to those who have been successful at their clubs. There’s always next year! Talking of next year, the 2016 AGM will be on November the 2nd, here at Haggs Castle GC.

Donna Jackson then gave the vote of thanks which was followed by the prize giving


Some of the main trophy winners


WINNERS:​Jennifer Graham and Carol Smith Haggs Castle​
Runners up:​Liz Crichton and Sara Bishop Kilmacolm​

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP  - 15-17 April, 2015

Scratch​:   ​Gillian Kyle​ (East Renfrewshire​)
Peggy Clark Trophy : Elaine Robb​ (Milngavie)
Semi Finalists​: Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire), Donna Jackson, (Cochrane Castle)

Winner:  Gillian Kyle ---Blythswood Trophy​
Runner up​: Donna Jackson

April Medal​:Not played this year​

COUNTY FOURSOMES 6th May , 2015 ​

SCRATCH: Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) & Liz Stewart (Greenburn)
Lorna Howie & Gillian /Gibson​ (Whitecraigs​)
Anne Judge & Sally Smyth​ (Ranfurly Castle)
HANDICAP​: ​Lorna Howie & Gillian Gibson​ (Whitecraigs​), Anne Judge & Sally Smyth​ (Ranfurly Castle​), Susan Reid & Val Lawrence​ (Kilmacolm)

​SPRING​ MEETING​ - May 22nd, 2015​

SCRATCH​: Carol Fell ( Ranfurly Castle)
HANDICAP 0 – 12​: ​Carol Fell​ (Ranfurly Castle​)
Lynda Bradley​ (Kilmacolm​)
Anne Judge​ (Ranfurly Castle​)
13-28​​: Jan Adams​ (Greenock Whinhill​), Muriel Young​ (Old Ranfurly​),  Maureen Cook​ (Ranfurly Castle​)

COUNTY ROSEBOWL​: Denise Cowan (Ranfurly Castle) beat Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle)

​JUNE MEDAL​​: 10 June, 2015​​

SCRATCH​​: Marion Stewart ​(Kilmacolm​)
HANDICAP 0-12​: Marion Stewart​ (Kilmacolm​),Carol Fell​ (Ranfurly Castle​), Linda McDougall​(Greenock)​
13-28: ​Fiona Roger​ (Ranfurly Castle​),Joyce Kelly​ (Elderslie​), Sandra MacDougall​ (Greenock​)

MEDAL FINALS​: Carol Fell​ (Ranfurly Castle)

JULY MEDAL​: 16 July, 20
SCRATCH​: Liz Hale​ (Caldwell​)

HANDICAP 0 – 12: ​Liz Hale​ (Caldwell​) Sandra Littlejohn​ (Erskine​) Fiona Armour​ (Renfrew)
13 – 28​: Alison Macnab​(Kilmacolm​), Muriel Young​ (Old Ranfurly​) Anita McMillan​ (Erskine)


SCRATCH​: Gillian Kyle​ (East Renfrewshire)

HANDICAP 0-12​: Carol Fell (​Ranfurly Castle​), Gillian Kyle​ (East Renfrewshire​), Linda McDougall​(Greenock)
13-28: ​Muriel Young​ (Old Ranfurly​) Joyce Kelly ​(Elderslie​), June Irons​ (Caldwell)

AUTUMN GREENSOMES 1st September, 2015

1st​: Sara Bishop/Liz Crichton​ (Kilmacolm​)
2nd​: Linda McDougall (Greenock) & Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle)
3rd​: Carolyn Hibberd/Sylvia McDonald​ (Kilmacolm​)

1st​: Jean Sloan (Cathcart Castle), ​Sheila Shaw (Kidsneuk), Margaret Gray (Old Ranfurly​)

Thank you to everyone for attending tonight and I’d now like to call on Donna Jackson to give the vote of thanks.


Beetle Drive - Sunday 7th February  - Ralston 
Championship - 13/14/15 April - East Renfrewshire 
Foursomes - Wednesday  4th May - Old Ranfurly 
Spring Meeting - Monday 16th May  - Paisley  am/ evening Ballot                                  
June Medal - Tuesday 7th June - Eastwood  am/ evening Ballot        
July Medal- Wednesday 20th July - Haggs Castle am/ evening Ballot
August Medal  - Monday 15th August  - Caldwell 
Autumn Greensomes - Monday  29th August  - Cathcart  Castle 
September Tri Am - Tuesday 13th September - Greenock 
West of Scotland Championship - Sunday1st May - Bonnyton
Inter County Jamboree - 20-22nd June - Douglas Park     

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Anabel Kane and Moira Hogg 2001 Commonwealth Spoon winners
It is with great sadness that we have to report that Past RLCGA Member Moira Hogg died on Friday, 23rd October 2015. 
The Funeral Service, to which all family and friends are respectfully invited, is at Woodside Crematorium, 46 Broomlands Street, Paisley PA1 2NP on Monday, 2nd November at 11am. No flowers. Donations if desired to St Vincent’s Hospice.
The photo above was taken in 2001 when the Old Ranfurly duo of Anabel Kane and Moira Hogg, representing Renfrewshire, beat a field of 60 pairings from 15 counties in Scotland to win the S.L.G.A. Commonwealth Spoons Final at Tulliallan. Despite a handicap of 12 the girls played to 7 scoring a net 67. 
Moira was very proud of that win as she was of many of her achievements. 
She put a lot into her golfing days and was always enthusiastic and a great participator.
Moira was also involved and proud to be in the 1970 Commonwealth games as a referee.
She will be sadly missed.

Monday, October 26, 2015


Audrey, Gillian, Morag and Thea  - Photo courtesy of Gillian Kyle
Gillian Kyle and Audrey Mackenzie (East Renfrewshire) played Morag Little and Thea Morgan (Whitecraigs ) on Friday 23rd October at Whitecraigs GC. 
A real autumn feel to the day with a fresh wind but it remained dry and a very enjoyable morning was had by all.
The East Renfrewshire pair were giving 4 shots to the home players and the match was very tight with Audrey and Gillian requiring back to back birdies at the 6th and 7th to keep it that way-all square after 9.
The Whitecraigs pair found trouble at the tricky 11th then 2 poor tee shots at the 14th and 15th let Audrey and Gillian go 3 up with 3 to play. 
 Thea holed an excellent 15 foot putt at the 16th to keep the game going but 2 nice shots on to the 17th green from the visitors was enough to win that hole and the match-3 and 1.


Experienced Girls

Younger Girls
14 girls met yesterday (Sunday 25th October) at Ranfurly Castle GC and enjoyed a great day of golf. The girls were split into 2 groups. The experienced girls played 18 holes stableford and the young developing girls played 6 holes and spent time practicing at the practice area. Everyone had a great time and although a little cold we avoided rain! 

Thanks to Ranfurly Castle GC for courtesy of their course and to everyone who helped on the day.

Thanks go to Junior Secretary Audrey MacKenzie for the report and photographs

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Willeen and Aileen
Carol Smith (Haggs Castle) Debbie Peberdy (Kilmarnock Barassie) and Jane Alexander (Cathcart Castle)
Many congratulations go to Renfrewshire's Cathcart Castle and Haggs Castle who were winners of the 2nd and 3rd Division of the 2015 Greenlees Trophy. 
Kilmarnock Barassie were the winners of the Greenlees Trophy 
Past Captain Aileen Wilson was at the top table with PAST Greenlees Secretary Willeen McCallum.
Aileen was acknowledged by Greenlees Secretary Anne Dunn as the longest playing member in the Greenlees Trophy matches DATING BACK TO HER FIRST GAME IN 1958 !
To read the full report, see more photographs and a video of the speeches go to the West of Scotland Website

Monday, October 19, 2015


L to R:Caitlin McCartney (Caldwell) Gillian Henderson (Whitecraigs) 
Niamh Kinney (Erskine) Alison Macnab (Kilmacolm) 
Zara Thomson (Williamwood) Amy Morris (Williamwood)

Well done to D&A who were the overall winners. A match which was postponed in June due to heavy rain and strong winds was rescheduled for the 18th October and was played in wonderful conditions on a perfect Autumn day. 
 A team of 6 players enjoyed the course at Clydebank and District Golf Club. D&A had a last minute call off and fielded a team of 5. 
Both teams had 2 beginners who played a 9 hole match. Zara Thomson and Amy Morris (both Williamwood GC) played very well and enjoyed their debut! 
Zara's match was very close and she was unlucky to lose on the 9th green. Amy also had a very close match and lost 3/2 . 
A good experience for the young girls and it was great to see lots of good golf. Our more experienced players played 18 holes. 
Niamh Kinney played a great round of golf and although down throughout the match continually fought back to unfortunately loose on the 18th. 
Alison Macnab had a great game with terrific shots and won 5/3. Due to D&A being 1 player short, Gillian Henderson and Cailtin McCartney (also making her debut) played the same opponent but for 9 holes each! Gillian narrowly lost on the front 9 but Caitlin won the back 9. The match was played in great spirit and the girls all enjoyed the day. 
Thanks go to Jenny Todd (D&A Junior Secretary) for arranging the match and the Clydebank and District Golf Club for courtesy of their course. 

 Thanks to Audrey MacKenzie for the report and photograph

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Many congratulations go to RLCGA's Audrey Sturgess who has been appointed to the new Scottish Golf Limited Board

Integration, with responsibility for Handicapping & Course Rating – Audrey Sturgess

Since graduating from the University of Stirling in Accountancy and Business Law and then qualifying as a certified accountant, Audrey has enjoyed a varied career, having lived and worked at home and abroad. She has worked for the National Health Service in Scotland and England and two firms of Chartered Accountants, PWC (Coopers & Lybrand), during a spell in South Africa, and Deloitte (Spicer & Pegler).

Audrey, who is also the owner/manager of a small property portfolio and, along with her husband Andy, has a farming business in south-west Scotland, has a deep knowledge of the history of the SGU and the SLGA. The former SLGA Finance Director was a member of the Amalgamation Working Group, responsible for producing its budget and forecast figures. A member of Haggs Castle Golf Club, The Ladies Golf Club Troon and Renfrewshire Ladies County Golf Association, Audrey was Club Finance Convenor for four years at Haggs Castle and was the first woman to be elected Club Captain in 2009.

To read more of all the appointments -- CLICK HERE

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Well done to Megan Briggs and Gillian Kyle who played in the CHAMPION OF CHAMPION'S TROPHY at Glasgow Gailes today. Both had very respectable scores. 
To read more CLICK HERE

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Elaine Robb has prepared the draw for this years Winter Foursomes. 

You will find the drawsheet on the link on the LHS of this website at Competition Entry and Draws or by CLICKING HERE FOR THE DRAW 

If you are the challenger you will find the contact telephone number of one of the players and their Home Club on the second tab at the top of the draw sheet.

Rules for Winter Foursomes

Top line are the challengers
Challengers to offer three dates not in the same week
Strokes = half the difference between aggregate handicaps of each side
Sudden Death - in the event of a tie after 18 holes competitors should continue play until one couple gain a hole
No time extensions permitted
All ties to be played within the County
Final to be played by arrangement with the County Captain.

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Monday, October 05, 2015


Dear Member

The Annual General Meeting of the Renfrewshire Ladies’ County Golf Association, to which all members are invited, will take place at Haggs Castle Golf Club, Glasgow on Wednesday 4th November 2015 at 7.30 p.m.  Copies of the Minutes for the 2014 AGM have been published on RLCGA website --  CLICK HERE

I do hope you can manage along to meet up with golfing friends.  However, if you cannot make it, please intimate any apologies to Jean Irvine, Hon. Secretary.  Email address:

Yours sincerely


Gillian McGinlay


1.      Captain’s Remarks
2.      Apologies
3.      Minutes of the 2014 AGM
4.      Matters Arising
5.      Treasurer’s Report
6.      Secretary’s Report
7.      Junior Secretary’s Report
8.      Captain’s Report
9.      Election of Office Bearers
10.    Any Other Business
11.    Presentation of Prizes
12.    Date of Next AGM    -      Wed 2nd November, 2016

13.    Vote of Thanks