Thursday, October 26, 2017

AGENDA AND FINAL REMINDER ABOUT THE 108th AGM

We welcome ALL members of the RLCGA to the AGM next Wednesday 1st November at Haggs Castle Golf Club at 7.30pm.

The agenda for the evening shall be emailed out to all members but copies will also be available on the evening. 
or click here --- AGENDA
If you haven't already paid your subscription, Tracy will be there to accept all payments. 

Scottish Golf to Extend Consultation Period to March AGM


The Board of Scottish Golf planned to hold a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday 2 December, as previously outlined.

The SGM was scheduled to allow members to vote on key recommendations that would enable the governing body to implement a four-year strategy, by delivering much-needed investment into the game and making our golf clubs – and the game as a whole – more sustainable.

Those remain our core strategic objectives as a Board. However, in light of the departure of our Chief Executive, Blane Dodds, and having consulted with a wide range of stakeholders in recent weeks, we believe the immediate priority should be in securing a new leader for the organisation.

To that end, we intend to cancel the scheduled SGM in December, but use the date to provide a platform for all members – and others with an interest in golf – to debate the future direction for golf in Scotland, with a view to creating a collaborative set of proposals for our Annual General Meeting in March 2018.

Executive Chair Eleanor Cannon met with the Board of sportscotland earlier this week and they are supportive of the modernisation of the game in Scotland. They are pleased with the objective of the organisation to be self-sustaining, removing the over-reliance on external funding.

Stewart Harris, sportscotland’s Chief Executive, said: “Scottish Golf made a well-constructed presentation to sportscotland’s board on Wednesday 25 October, and we are supportive of the governing body’s direction of travel, which is inherently consistent with our governance framework.

“We remain committed to working closely with Scottish Golf and supporting them in reaching their objectives of increasing self-sustainability and modernising the sport. This autumn, we received an ambitious strategic plan from the governing body and we look forward to discussing it with Scottish Golf and their stakeholders at the public event on 2 December.”

In the interests of transparency, the December meeting will be a public event to bring some of the many private conversations that take place about the future of the game to a wider audience. It will be a conference-style event, with the opportunity for all stakeholders to attend.

The process of appointing our new Chief Executive is already under way and the Board has been pleased by the calibre of potential candidates who have already expressed an interest. We will formally advertise the role shortly and seek to identify and appoint the best candidate as quickly as is practicably possible.

The Board is pleased that the proposed strategic plan has created wide-ranging discussion among all those who care passionately about our sport. Critical to this consultation period is listening to our members, which is why we believe the date already scheduled in the diary for the SGM should be utilised to provide a platform for debate.

It is imperative that we utilise this two-way conversation to discuss and address the very real challenges facing golf now and in the future. On that note, it should be said that the Board has decided to use the organisation’s reserves to bridge the immediate funding gap. However, this is not a long-term approach and we will seek to rebuild those reserves in the coming years.

On 2 December, we want to engage golfers in debate and discussion on a number of subjects. These include the key trends and challenges facing golf in Scotland and the potential impact of these on club revenue and membership fees; what feedback and surveys suggest members increasingly value and demand for their membership fee; addressing our ageing demographic profile and low uptake of membership amongst young people and women; embracing digital and technology capability to enhance the experience for all golfers; reviewing governance and structure; and engaging our communities to grow club revenue.

In light of the well-documented cut in public funding and continued decline in club membership, it is essential that we hear as many perspectives as possible as we look to address significant challenges now impacting the game in Scotland.

This is the backdrop against which changes will be proposed to the game’s shareholders in 2018. We will do so with one objective: to secure the future for our game in the Home of Golf.

Kind regards
The Board of Scottish Golf

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

GILLIAN MCLEOD IS THE 2017 ROSEBOWL WINNER

Alyson and Gill

Due to the persistent rain on Sunday the 25th September , the final of the 2017 Rosebowl between Gill McLeod (Williamwood) and Alyson McGinnigle (Cowglen) was resumed on the 4th tee at East Renfrewshire Golf Club on Saturday 30th September at 1.30pm. Gill was 2 up at this point . 

It was a great match enjoyed by both players in which every hole was closely contested thereafter.
Alyson was then 4 down after 12 holes but then won 2 holes in a row playing a great iron shot to give herself a tap in on the 14th and bring the match back to 2 down. 
She was unlucky when a well struck tee shot at the 15th went in the burn and Gill took advantage to win the hole and then close the match out on the 16th.
Many congrats go to  Gill and commiserations go to Alyson -- also apologies for the delay in this report.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

AGM Notice

The 108th AGM will take place on Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 7.30pm at Haggs Castle Golf Club. The link to the minutes can be found at the top of this page -- or CLICK HERE and the agenda will be issued nearer the time.
Look forward to seeing you all there,
The Committee.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

EILIDH IS THIRD IN CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS


Alyson, Gillian and Eilidh


Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) won the Scottish women's champion of champions' 18-hole tournament at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club today (Sunday) despite double bogey 6s at the ninth and 10th holes.
Birdies at the first, fourth and 14th helped her return a one-over-par 72, a good score for the testing links course.
Tara Mactaggart (Minto) finished runner-up, one stroke behind with a 73. Had Tara finished with a par 4 instead of a double bogey 6 she would have won the title. The Borders player started well with birdies at the first, second and fifth but had a bad spell in the middle of the round when she bogeyed the eighth, 10th, 12th and 15th. A birdie at the 14th put her back on track for a possible win but the double bogey at the 18th relegated her to second place.
Renfrewshire champion Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) finished third with a 74.
A field of 16 was the biggest the competition has attracted in recent years.

SCOTTISH WOMEN'S CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS' TOURNAMENT
Glasgow Gailes Golf Club, Ayrshire.
SCRATCH SCORES
Par 72
72 Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey).
73 Tara Mactaggart (Minto).
74 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm)
75 Gillian Paton (Royal Montrose).
76 Jennifer Saxton (Muckhart).
77 Katie Wright (Stranraer).
81 Lorna McKinlay (Dunnikier Park), Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe), Alyson McGinnigle (Cowglen), Anna McKay (Crail GS)).
82 Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire), Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne).
85 Mhairi Hall (Bathgate).
88 Molly Stewart (Murcar Links).
90 Cara Thompson (Royal Dornoch).
Retired: Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) after 9 holes.

Saturday, October 07, 2017


GOOD LUCK TOMORROW TO RLCGA PLAYERS -- Alyson McGinnigle, Eilidh Briggs and Gillian Kyle - Hoping one of you can be Champion

Tee times are:

11:00
1
HALL, Mhairi
Bathgate Golf Club
5.4
Yellow
11:00
1
MCKINLAY, Lorna
Dunnikier Park Golf Club
4.7
Yellow
11:10
1
STEWART, Molly I
Murcar Links Golf Club
3.5
Yellow
11:10
1
MCGINNIGLE, Alyson
Cowglen Golf Club
4.8
Yellow
11:10
1
MCKAY, Anna
Crail Golfing Society
3.3
Yellow
11:20
1
BROWN, Kirsten
Strathaven Golf Club
2.6
Yellow
11:20
1
BRIGGS, Eilidh
Kilmacolm Golf Club
+3.0
Yellow
11:20
1
KYLE, Gillian
East Renfrewshire Golf Club
2.5
Yellow
11:30
1
THOMPSON, Cara
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
0.3
Yellow
11:30
1
SAXTON, Jennifer
Muckhart Golf Club
+0.3
Yellow
11:30
1
FRASER, Louise
Kingsknowe Golf Club
0.4
Yellow
11:40
1
WRIGHT, Katie
Stranraer Golf Club
+1.2
Yellow
11:40
1
MCCOOK, Hannah
Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club
+2.5
Yellow
11:40
1
MACTAGGART, Tara
Minto Golf Club
+1.2
Yellow
11:50
1
PATON, Gillian
Royal Montrose Golf Club
+2.7
Yellow
11:50
1
MOFFAT, Elaine
St Regulus Ladies Golf Club
+1.1
Yellow
11:50
1
MCWILLIAM, Shannon
Aboyne Golf Club
+3.6
Yellow

Monday, October 02, 2017

DRAW FOR THE WINTER FOURSOMES IS NOW AVAILABLE


Linda Ellery has prepared the draw for this years Winter Foursomes. 
You will find the drawsheet on the link on the LHS at Competition Entry and Draws Page -- or  CLICK HERE or at the top of this website 

If you are the challenger you will find the contact telephone number of one of the players 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.

PLEASE EMAIL OR TELEPHONE YOUR RESULT TO LINDA ELLERY  AT 07759285712  Email: lindajellery@gmail.com
 OR YOUR WEBMASTER CAROL FELL ---    webmaster@rlcga.com -- If you also have a story and / or a photo of your game please do include it to your webmaster Carol - alternatively send a whatsapp photo if preferred