Contents Message from the President ................................................................................................. 4 Executive Committee / Executive Members / Past Presidents ............................................. 6 Past Presidents.................................................................................................................. 6-7 2017 Review of the Year / Coaching / Teams ...................................................................... 8 Tournaments / Course Rating / Ayrshire Junior Golf League .............................................. 10 Press & Publicity ................................................................................................................. 11 In Memorium .................................................................................................................. 11-12 Club Directory ................................................................................................................ 13-14 Ayrshire Boys Team Championship .................................................................................... 15 Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship ..................................................................................... 16 Ayrshire Matchplay Championship / Ayrshire Handicap Strokeplay Championship ........... 17 Ayrshire Club Championship .............................................................................................. 18 Ayrshire Seniors Championsip / Ayrshire Boys Championship ..................................... 18-19 Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship / Champion of Champions Trophy ................ 19-20 Fourball Championship / Gary Bryden Memorial Salver................................................ 20-21 Presidents Putter................................................................................................................. 21 Ayrshire Scratch Leagues .................................................................................................. 22 Ayrshire Handicap League Championship.......................................................................... 23 Doc Thom Order Of Merit / Junior Order Of Merit............................................................... 24 Other Notable Performances ......................................................................................... 25-26 The Ayrshire Junior Golf League......................................................................................... 26 2018 Fixtures ................................................................................................................ 28-29 Historical Records.......................................................................................................... 30-31 Roll Of Honour ............................................................................................................... 31-34
A Message from the President Welcome to the ﬁfteenth edition of The Ayrshire Golf Association Yearbook. I am delighted to serve my second season and ﬁnal year as President in 2018 and look forward to the challenge.
Ayrshire was very much at the forefront of Scottish Golf in 2017 as we hosted the Scottish Strokeplay at Western Gailes and the Scottish Amateur Championship at Prestwick & Prestwick St Cuthbert under the new format of a 36 hole strokeplay qualiﬁer followed by matchplay. The event was won by Sam Locke from Banchory.
I was overjoyed that our Ayrshire A team retained the West League for a third successive season and for the ﬁrst time in our history. In addition we included a new competition into the growing Ayrshire calendar this year with the inaugural Ayrshire Handicap Championship held at Rowallan Castle. It was unfortunate that, during the year, the Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association voted against amalgamation in Ayrshire. I genuinely hope that this is a decision which changes in the near future. To all the members of our executive, I would like to thank you for your time, commitment and enthusiasm shown during the year. I would also like to thank all the clubs who hosted events as we really appreciate your continued support. To all Ayrshire golfers out there, I encourage you to continue supporting your club and county competitions. I believe this will strengthen your own game and also build golf in Ayrshire to consolidate and develop at all levels. Have a fabulous season. John Rushbury President 4
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Honorary Life Presidents President Vice President Immediate Past President Secretary/Treasurer
Matthew H. Lygate (Troon Portland) R. Leslie Crawford (Kilmarnock Barassie) John Rushbury (Royal Troon) John W. Watt (Prestwick St Cuthbert) James McMurdo (Ballochmyle) Alasdair J. Malcolm (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)
Back Row M Murray, G Boyle, H McKenzie, S Gilchrist, R Wilson, P Doyle, A Coulter, M Hazlewood, A Muir. Front Row I Harvey, J W Watt, J Rushbury, J McMurdo, A J Malcolm, R Magee. Not Present W McCormick, A Gilligan.
Executive Members Robert Wilson (Ballochmyle), Gordon Boyle (Turnberry), Hugh McKenzie (Troon Welbeck), Iain Harvey (Kilmarnock Barassie), Ricky Magee (Caprington), Allan Coulter (Ayr Belleisle), Peter Doyle (Troon Welbeck), Milton Murray (Irvine) Allan Muir (Caprington), Willie McCormick (Ayr SeaďŹ eld), Mike Hazlewood (Ayr Neptune), Andrew Gilligan (Troon St Meddans). Ayrshire Junior League Rep. Scott Gilchrist (Loudoun)
PAST PRESIDENTS 1955-1956 1956-1958 1958-1960 1960-1962 1962-1964 1964-1966 1966-1968 1968-1970 1970-1972 1972-1973 1973-1975 1975-1977 1977-1979
J.T. Shaw (Troon) J. Rae (Prestwick St. Nicholas) E.W. Ecrepont (Troon) Robert Kirkland (Prestwick St. Nicholas) Sam Haswell (Irvine Ravenspark)
Archie Carroll (Prestwick St. Nicholas) Matthew H. Lygate (Troon Portland) Robert McLaren (Largs)
PAST PRESIDENTS (continued) 1979-1981 1981-1983 1983-1985 1985-1987 1987-1989 1989- 1990 1990-1992 1992-1994 1994-1996 1996-1998
David Murdoch (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) R.Leslie Crawford (Kilmarnock Barassie) John Wilson (Royal Troon) R.A. Innes McQueen (Troon Welbeck) Charles Bruce (Loudoun) John Boyd (Caprington) William Dowie (Ballochmyle) Angus MacPhee (Kilmarnock Barassie) John Rutherford (Caprington) Iain Harvey (Kilmarnock Barassie)
1998-2000 2000-2002 2002-2004 2004-2006 2006-2008 2008-2010 2010-2012 2012-2014 2014-2016
Ronnie Potts (Irvine Ravenspark) Morgan Hall (West Kilbride) Robin G. Baker (Troon Portland) J.F. (Ian) Guthrie (Ballochmyle) Ricky Magee (Caprington) Alasdair J. Malcolm (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) David J Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) Milton Murray (Irvine) James McMurdo (Ballochmyle)
2017 Review of the Year Coaching Scott Gilchrist continued to lead on the development and implementation of the local coaching programme in 2017, and will continue in that role into 2018. Prestwick and Brunston Castle golf clubs again provided exceptional support for the coaching scheme, allowing use of their facilities throughout the programme. The coaching professionals, Richard Gordon and David Fleming, delivered the coaching programme in 2017 and have agreed to undertake the coaching programme jointly again in 2018. The timing of the coaching programme has changed slightly this year, with the entire programme scheduled to be delivered in the ﬁrst four months of 2018 instead of beginning the programme in late 2017. The Squad Development group were identiﬁed throughout the 2017 season and individual players were then invited to join the programme, which got under way in January this year. Further coaching provision for a wider group of players is constantly under review, with the aim of early identiﬁcation and development of young talent, and enhancing the skills of present team members. Individual coaching schemes within member clubs were again supported in 2017 with the continuation of the club coaching grant scheme, and the scheme will be in place again for the 2018 season. Our sincere thanks must be recorded for the eﬀorts of our coaching professionals Richard Gordon (Ayr Belleisle) and David Fleming (Prestwick), who enthusiastically continue to support The Association and develop the Ayrshire squad within the coaching framework.
Youth Team Robert Wilson again managed the youth team for a seventh successive year in 2017, supported by John Watt. The youth squad experienced another year of transition in 2017, with some younger players being brought in to replace established players who were no longer eligible. In the West Of Scotland Inter County League, 6 - 2 defeats away to Stirlingshire at Callander and at home to Lanarkshire at Troon Darley were followed by narrow 5 - 3 defeats by the eventual champions, Dumbartonshire, at Douglas Park and Renfrewshire at Troon Portland, before the team ﬁnished the campaign in style with a 7 - 1 win over Glasgow at Loudoun. The annual match with the South of Scotland, played at Troon Lochgreen in March 2017, resulted in a 13 5 win for Ayrshire, who retained The President’s Trophy for a third successive year.
President’s Trophy winning team at Troon Lochgreen
Boys Team Scott Gilchrist, assisted by John Watt and Robert Wilson, took over the administration of the boys’ team in 2017. The opening match in the West of Scotland Inter County League, for the Wishart Trophy, saw Ayrshire lose by 5 - 3 to Renfrewshire at Erskine and this was followed by a 4.5 - 3.5 defeat by Stirlingshire at Strathkendrick. The team faced Lanarkshire at Kilmarnock (Barassie) in their third ﬁxture and emerged comfortable winners by 7 - 1 and kept their good run going for the remainder of the campaign, drawing their fourth match 4 - 4 with Dumbartonshire at Dumbarton and closing with another 7 - 1 win over Glasgow at Irvine Ravenspark to ﬁnish in mid table behind the title winners Renfrewshire. In the Scottish Boys Area Team Championship, played at Stranraer on Sunday 18th June, the team of Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle), Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) and the Kilmarnock Barassie duo of Ewan Milligan and Robbie Muir challenged for the title well into the inward nine in the afternoon singles, before eventually ﬁnishing in seventh place overall.
County A Team James McMurdo managed the A team in 2017, assisted by Gordon Boyle and Allan Coulter. The Scottish Area Team Championships took place in early September at Newmachar near Aberdeen, and the team of Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle), John Shanks (Irvine), Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert), Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle), Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) and Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) qualiﬁed in third place for the Matchplay stages, with John Shanks recording a ﬁne 64 in the qualifying round. In the quarter ﬁnals Ayrshire played defending champions Lanarkshire. The Ayrshire team looked to have the upper hand and by the middle of the round in the ﬁve ties they led the title holders 3.5 - 1.5. Lanarkshire however fought back in the inward half of the ties, running out victors by 3.5 - 1.5 by the end of the match. In September, the Ayrshire team began their defence of the West of Scotland Inter County League title, which they had won for the ﬁrst time in 27 years in 2015 and retained in 2016. The team opened their title defence with a 5 3 win over Stirlingshire at Prestwick St Cuthbert, which was followed by postponed ﬁxtures over the next two weeks due to poor weather. The title defence remained on track with a 7 - 1 win over Dumbartonshire at Prestwick St Nicholas and a 5 - 3 win over Glasgow at Sandyhills, leaving Ayrshire undefeated with just the two postponed matches still to play. The penultimate ﬁxture saw Ayrshire beat Lanarkshire 5.5 - 2.5 at East Area Team Championship team Kilbride to set up a ‘winner takes all’ ﬁnal match with Renfrewshire at Kilmacolm, in a repeat of the 2015 league showdown. Ayrshire made no mistake in the ﬁnal match, running out winners in a closely fought encounter by 5.5 - 2.5 to take the league title three times in a row for the ﬁrst time since the championship was inaugurated in 1936. The twelve players who contributed to the successful 2017 West League campaign were: Steven Wallace, Greg Telfer, Craig Telfer, Scott Brown & Stuart Robin (all Prestwick St Cuthbert), Jack Broun & Jim Johnstone (both Ayr Belleisle), John Shanks (Irvine), Tommy McInally (Loudoun), Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle), Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) and Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie).
West of Scotland Trophy
Tournaments 1n 2017 James McMurdo, assisted by Willie McCormick Hugh McKenzie, Mike Hazlewood and Allan Coulter, continued as tournament administrator, with all events again enjoying good level of entries. The Association presently have twelve qualiﬁed referees, Alasdair Malcolm, James McMurdo, Iain Harvey, John Rushbury, Scott Gilchrist, Hugh McKenzie, Ricky Magee, John Watt, Mike Hazlewood, Gordon Boyle, Peter Doyle and Allan Coulter. Thanks are due to all the referees for their contribution towards the successful administration of our championships throughout the season. During the year, Ayrshire Executive members are called upon to assist in the running of national events held within the county whilst individual members also take on the task of the ongoing administration of extended competitions, including the Champion of Champions, Fourball, Handicap League Championship and Scratch League events, to ensure their smooth and successful conclusion by the end of the playing season.
Course rating Allan Muir, Ricky Magee and Mike Hazlewood, assisted by John Rutherford, administer and implement the course rating programme in Ayrshire each year, ensuring that the courses throughout the country have a rating and Standard Scratch Score that accurately reﬂects the diﬃculty of the course. Ratings undertaken in 2017 included the new King Robert The Bruce course at Turnberry, Machrie Bay, Shiskine, Brodick, Ballochmyle and Troon Darley as well as a nine hole course at Rowallan Castle. The team will continue to oversee the course rating scheme in 2018, working towards aligning the ratings of all tees on courses in Ayrshire, to provide a more streamlined structure for the rating programme going forward.
The Ayrshire Junior Golf League Scott Gilchrist remained as the AJGL representative on the county Executive in 2017 and will continue in this role in 2018. Since 1987 the Ayrshire Golf Association and Ayrshire Junior Golf League, have worked closely together in the development of junior golf, with a representative of The League serving on the Ayrshire Golf Association Executive since that time. Billy Tait remained as AJGL Secretary in 2017 with Gavin Scott acting as Assistant Secretary and Robin Baker as Treasurer. The same administration team will continue in 2018.
Membership and Administration Ayrshire lost a member club in 2017 with Saxone winding up due to failing membership. Beith looked to be following suit when the members voted to wind up the club after 123 years, but early this year the members agreed to continue the club and play over the original nine hole course. In addition, the members of Doon Valley Golf Club were stunned by the announcement from East Ayrshire Council that their home course would close in March 2017. Fortunately, alternative playing arrangements were secured for the club in Ayr, and the club continues in membership of The Association. The future of two South Ayrshire courses, at Maybole and Ayr Dalmilling, are in some doubt as we enter 2018, with the position being closely monitored by The Association and the clubs likely to be aﬀected by any changes. Following two years of negotiation and planning between both local golﬁng bodies, The Association were disappointed to learn that The Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association membership overwhelmingly rejected proposals for the amalgamation of the two county administrations to form an all-inclusive governing body for golf in Ayrshire.
Press and Publicity The Ayrshire Golf Association web page has been the main vehicle for publicising the work of The Association for over ten years now, since its establishment in the autumn of 2004. Association Secretary Alasdair Malcolm has administered the web page since its establishment, and will be assisted in publicity matters in 2018 by John Watt. The weblog continues to prove popular with county players and club members alike, with strong visitor numbers every year, from both Scotland and further aﬁeld. Fixture lists, competition results and entry forms are all made available on the web page, which also features links to member clubs own websites and other useful golf links. Local press often use the web page as a source for press articles, which are regularly being reproduced from the weblog in local papers and on golf related websites. Clubs are encouraged to forward anything of interest to Alasdair Malcolm at email@example.com for possible inclusion on the web page. A Facebook page and Twitter account were also added in 2015. The Ayrshire Golf Association Yearbook was produced again in 2017, its fourteenth successive year, and the quality production by Ayrshire Media Services who are based in Dukes Road in Troon, has again been excellent and well received both within the county and beyond. The Association are pleased that Ayrshire Media Services have again produced the yearbook in 2018 and are conﬁdent that this publication will continue to prove popular and useful to both members and advertisers alike.
The Ayrshire Golf weblog can be accessed on www.ayrshiregolf.blogspot.com The Association Secretary, Alasdair Malcolm, can be contacted at: Post – 17 Auchincruive Avenue, Prestwick, KA9 2DT E-Mail – firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone – 01292 477657 Mobile - 07912 026341
In Memorium As we look back over 2017 we remember friends and golﬁng colleagues who are no longer with us.
Former Chairman of the R & A Championship Committee Mike Brown passed away peacefully at home on 30th December. A lawyer by profession and a long-time member of Prestwick Golf Club, where he served as Captain in 2011, he was a member of the R & A and a respected golf rules oﬃcial who refereed at many prestigious events. His many years of service on various R & A committees culminated in his chairmanship of the Championship Committee from 2007 to 2010, during which the 150th anniversary of the inaugural championship at Prestwick was celebrated.
Mike Brown was a friendly and unassuming gentleman who was well liked and respected by all those in the golﬁng community who were fortunate enough to meet him, and he will be sadly missed by his golﬁng friends in Ayrshire and beyond.
In Memorium (continued)
Just a few days into 2018, golfers throughout Ayrshire were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of former county player Ian McBlain at the age of 69. A member of Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club for 38 years, and Captain of the club in 1994, Ian played his early golf at Ayr Belleisle, and became an accomplished player whose achievements included twice winning the prestigious Belleisle Cup competition. During his time at Prestwick St Cuthbert his greatest achievement was winning the Club Championship in 1982, the pleasure which the win gave only being matched for him when his son Stephen won the same title in 2005. A quiet and mannerly individual, Ian will be very much missed by his golďŹ ng friends and acquaintances.
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TOURNAMENTS AND COMPETITIONS 2017 AYRSHIRE BOYS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The 30th annual competition for the Matt Lygate Trophy was played at Caprington on Sunday 23rd April. Formerly known as the Ayrshire Boys Team Championship, the title was changed in 2017 to The Ayrshire Junior Team Championship, to reﬂect a rule change to allow girls to compete in the event for the ﬁrst time. Ten Ayrshire clubs took part in the competition for the team and individual scratch and handicap trophies. Turnberry Golf Club won the Matt Lygate Trophy for the ﬁrst time, in sunny but increasingly breezy conditions, a 76 by Euan Ferguson and a 74 from Kieren Beauchamp along with a superb level par 68 from Jack Broun giving the team a total of 218 and victory by ten shots. In the three score from four format, Kyle Brown's 79 was the non counting score. Runners up in the scratch event were defending champions Kilmarnock (Barassie) with Robbie Muir (76), Ewan Milligan (72), Ben Watson (83) and Ross McDonald (80) combining for a team total of 228. Jack Broun won the Prestwick Circuits Trophy for the best individual scratch score of the day with his 68. In the handicap event, David Stark of Caprington posted a nett 64 oﬀ his 11 handicap, to win The Carrick Trophy for the best individual nett score. Jamie McKinnon added a nett 73 and Cameron Shanks a nett 81 but the eﬀorts of Jack Park, playing oﬀ 25, in returning a nett 67 ensured that the host club would win the Andrew D Nimmo Trophy for the best handicap team return of the day with 204. 25 handicapper Jack Park (Caprington) and 3 handicapper Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) won the individual handicap classes with nett scores of 67 and 69 respectively
FINAL PLACINGS - Scratch (Nett) 218 – Turnberry (212) 228 – Kilmarnock Barassie (214) 242 – Troon Welbeck (228) 251 – Caprington (204) 255 – Irvine (223) 256 – Loudoun (209) 262 – Ballochmyle (226) 263 – Prestwick St Cuthbert (222) 263 – Ayr Belleisle (233) 268 – West Kilbride (226)
AYRSHIRE STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP Alan Connery (Irvine) secured one of the ﬁnest victories of his career when he won the 2017 Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship at Western Gailes on Sunday 7th May, to take the county title for the ﬁrst time. A superb one under par 69 in the second round gave Connery the title by single shot. The defending champion Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert), bidding to be the ﬁrst player to win successive titles in the history of the championship, set the pace after the ﬁrst round with a best of the day 68, two under par, but some wayward play in the second round culminated in a no return at the seventeenth hole as he ﬁnally relinquished his title. Closest to Telfer, after the opening round, was Paul Denim (Loudoun) with a one under par 70, but he too faded away in the afternoon, ﬁnishing well oﬀ the pace on 150 for 36 holes.
The ultimate champion, Alan Connery, had an opening round of 76 to put him in a large chasing group on 76 or less going into the second round, but whilst many challenges faded away, Connery set up his title bid with an excellent two under par total of 34 on the outward half in the afternoon, which included a single bogey at the par four second and birdies at the ﬁfth, sixth and eighth holes. In the inward half, bogeys at the ﬁfteenth and seventeenth were oﬀset by birdies at the twelfth and fourteenth to give Connery an inward half of level par 35 and a second round of 69. Iain Brown (West Kilbride) was runner up, his opening 74 being beaten by two shots in the afternoon for a total of 146, whilst Steven Spence (Royal Troon) was third on 147 following rounds of 72 and 75. Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) took fourth place on 148, by virtue of the better second round, ahead of clubmate Jim Johnston, whilst Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas) ﬁlled the ﬁnal place on the prize list, also by virtue of the better second round, again on 148.
LEADING FINAL TOTALS 145 - Alan Connery (Irvine) 76/69 146 - Iain Brown (West Kilbride) 74/72 147 - Stephen Spence (Royal Troon) 72/75 148 - Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) 75/73 148 - Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) 74/74 148 - Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas) 73/75 148 - Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) 72/76 150 - Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark) 76/74 150 - Paul Denim (Loudoun) 70/80
AYRSHIRE MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) won the Ayrshire Matchplay Championship for the third time on Thursday 11th May at Prestwick Golf Club when he beat Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) by 6 & 4 in the ﬁnal. Hamilton had been taken to the ﬁnal green in all three of his previous ties during the week but he had an easier passage in the ﬁnal, eventually winning on the fourteenth green by 6 & 4. Craig Hamilton
An opening par four was enough to give Hamilton the early lead, which was extended to two holes when Johnston had a bogey at the par ﬁve third hole.
A birdie three at the fourth hole put Hamilton three ahead but Johnston won the ﬁfth, only for Hamilton to take the sixth with a birdie to restore his three hole advantage. Hamilton ﬁnished the outward half with three successive par fours, which also saw him extend his lead to four holes after Johnston could only manage a ﬁve at the eighth hole. Pars were good enough for the players to exchange the next two holes, then a birdie four at the twelfth put Hamilton ﬁve ahead with six to play. The players matched each other with pars at the diﬃcult thirteenth hole and Hamilton closed out the match with a concession at the fourteenth for victory in the match In the semi-ﬁnals, Hamilton beat John Shanks (Irvine) by two holes to avenge defeat to Shanks at the same stage the previous year, whilst Johnston beat Greg Watson (West Kilbride) by 2 & 1. In the quarter ﬁnal matches, Hamilton beat Andy Gibson (Irvine) by 1 hole, Shanks beat Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark) by 3 & 2, Johnston beat Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas by 2 & 1 and Watson beat Paul Denim (Loudoun) by 5 & 4.
THE AYRSHIRE STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP A new event was introduced to the Ayrshire Golf Association calendar in 2017 with the ﬁrst Ayrshire Handicap Strokeplay Championship taking place At Rowallan Castle on Sunday 25th June. The overall entry of 53 was a little disappointing but it was members of the host club who were to the fore in the prize list at the close of play. Rowallan Castle members took seven of the nine prize vouchers on oﬀer during the competition with seventeen handicapper William Brown taking the top prize by two shots with his net 71. Best Nett - William Brown (Rowallan Castle) 88 (17) 71 (13-24) 1st - Blair Taylor (Rowallan Castle) 88 (15) 73 2nd - Alex MacNeil (Rowallan Castle) 94 (19) 75 3rd - David Rooney (Rowallan Castle) 94 (18) 76 4th - Gerry Brannigan (Rowallan Castle) 91 (14) 77
(0 – 12) 1st - Chris Hobson (Irvine) 78 (5) 73 2nd - Iain Houston (Rowallan Castle) 79 (5) 74 bih 3rd - Gary Allison (Rowallan Castle) 77 (3) 74 bih 4th - Bruce Travers (Loudoun) 76 (2) 74 bih
The event will be played again in 2018 to assess the popularity of the competition, before a ﬁnal decision is taken to include the ﬁxture as an annual competition or not.
THE AYRSHIRE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Ballochmyle won the Ayrshire Club Championships for the third time in the history of the competition, when the 2017 event was held over the Ballochmyle course on Sunday 2nd July. 14 clubs took part in the championship, with the best two scratch scores from three being combined for the team score. Winners of the R.L. Crawford Trophy in 2002 and again in 2011, when they went on to win the Scottish Club Champions title, the team of William Fleming (69), Calum McKirdy (70) and James McMurdo (72) combined to produce a best two scores team total of 139 to take the 2017 title by three shots. The early pace setters were Royal Troon whose three team members, Michael Smyth, Ian Walker and Stephen Spence each returned scores of 72 for a team total of 144. Defending champions Prestwick St Cuthbert put up a stout defence, a 68 by Scott Brown and 78's from both Greg Telfer and Graeme Gimson, giving them a team score of 146. In the ﬁnal game on the course, Loudoun's John Haggarty return a best of the day 67 which, added to the 75 by Paul Kennedy, edged Loudoun into the runners up spot ahead of Royal Troon. RESULTS 139 - BALLOCHMYLE 142 - LOUDOUN 144 - ROYAL TROON 146 - PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT 150 - KILMARNOCK BARASSIE 151 - WEST KILBRIDE 151 - IRVINE RAVENSPARK
151 - TROON WELBECK 152 - AYR BELLEISLE 152 - THE CHASE 154 - ROWALLAN CASTLE 154 - TAM O SHANTER 159 - NEW CUMNOCK 162 - TROON ST MEDDANS
Ballochmyle Ballochmyle went on to represent Ayrshire in the Scottish Club Championship competition at Eastwood in September where they ﬁnished in third place.
THE AYRSHIRE SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP Alex MacNeil (Rowallan Castle) won the 2017 Ayrshire Seniors Champion by a single shot at Ayr Seaﬁeld golf course on Tuesday 18th July. In perfect, sunny weather, 19 handicapper MacNeil was round in 81 shots for a nett score of 62, six under par, which gave him victory over Charles McMurtrie (Troon Welbeck) in the chase for the Sandy Provan Trophy. One handicapper Henry Thompson (Irvine) had the best scratch score of the day with a three over par 71, by virtue of the best inward half over Allan Coulter (Ayr Belleisle). Keith Ross (Beith) won the 55 - 62 age category with a nett 66, whilst McMurtrie's 63 took the 63 - 69 age category ﬁrst prize. Jim Smith (Prestwick St Cuthbert) won the 70+ age category with a nett 66. Two nearest the hole prizes were introduced for the ﬁrst time in 2017, Andrew McAllister (Annanhill) and Gary Cochran (Irvine Ravenspark), taking the prizes for their eﬀorts.
THE AYRSHIRE SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP (continued) List of Prizewinners:Best Nett Alex MacNeil (Rowallan Castle) 81 (19) 62 Best Scratch Henry Thompson (Irvine) 71
Age 63 -69 Charles McMurtrie (Troon Welbeck) 76 (13) 63 Ian R. Lamb (Irvine) 77 (7) 70 Clayton McCormick (West Kilbride) 82 (12) 70
Age 55 – 62 Keith Ross (Beith) 72 (6) 66 Allan Coulter (Ayr Belleisle) 71 (4) 67 Stephen Bell (Ayr Belleisle) 73 (6) 67
Age 70 + Jim Smith (Prestwick St Cuthbert 85 (19) 66 Neil Black (Annanhill) 87 (18) 69 John Tait (Irvine) 96 (24) 72
In an eﬀort to increase the entry levels in 2018, the minimum age will change from 55 to 50 for the competition, with the age categories being altered accordingly.
THE AYRSHIRE BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) retained the Ayrshire Boys Championship at Largs Golf Club on Thursday 3rd August, with a two shot victory. Broun trailed Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) by a single shot with his opening round of 75, but a second round 72 gave him a 7 over par total of 147, and a two shot victory over Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) who stormed to second place with a best of the day 68 in the afternoon round. The best nett return of the day was posted by 12 handicapper Fraser Wallace (Kilmarnock Barassie) with nett rounds of 70 and 65 for a 135 total. Leading ﬁnal scores: Jack Broun Scratch Nett 147 - Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) 135 - Fraser Wallace (Kilmarnock Barassie) 149 - Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) 141 - John Jack (West Kilbride) 152 - Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) 147 - Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) 154 – Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) 158 - Kyle Brown (Turnberry)
AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) retained the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship in 2017 when the competition was played at Prestwick Golf Club from Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th August, beating Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 2 & 1 in the ﬁnal. The players enjoyed good conditions throughout the match and the scoring from both players was worthy of any county ﬁnal. Birdies at the ﬁrst, ﬁfth and eighth holes gave Ferguson a three hole advantage as the players turned for home. Euan Ferguson
Muir won the tenth and fourteenth to reduce the deﬁcit to one hole but a birdie three at the sixteenth swung the match back in Ferguson’s favour. A solid par four at the diﬃcult seventeenth hole gave Ferguson a half and the title for the second year in succession.
AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (continued) The excellent standard of play was evidenced by the fact that at the conclusion of the match the winner was two under par for the holes played. In the semi ﬁnals, Ferguson beat Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 2 & 1 whilst Muir beat John Jack (West Kilbride) by 5 & 3. In the quarter ﬁnals, Ferguson beat Jamie McKinnon (Caprington) by 7 & 6, Milligan beat Kyle Brown (Turnberry) by 5 & 3, Muir beat Fraser Wallace (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 5 & 4 and Jack beat Kieran Beauchanp (Turnberry) by 2 & 1.
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY COMPETITION Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) won the Champion Of Champions title for the ﬁrst time on Friday 11th August 2017 when he beat Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St Cuthbert) by 4 & 3 in the ﬁnal over the Old Course at Royal Troon. 45 players started in the competiton in April, bidding for a place in the ﬁnal at Royal Troon. In the ﬁnal, Smyth got oﬀ to the perfect start by winning the ﬁrst three holes. A concession by Gimson at the ﬁrst was followed by a birdie three for Smyth at the second and a winning par four at the third.
Gimson stemmed the tide brieﬂy at the fourth with a half in birdie threes but a par at the ﬁfth was good enough to put Smyth four ahead. Successive birdies at the sixth and seventh saw Gimson half Smyth’s advantage to two holes and the margin of Smyth’s advantage remained the same through the turn. Gimson took the tenth to further reduce Smyth’s lead, but at the testing eleventh hole the St Cuthbert player could only manage a double bogey against Smyth's par four, and the momentum swung back to Smyth who went on to win the thirteenth and restore a three hole advantage. With holes running out, halves at the thirteenth and fourteenth and a winning par at the ﬁfteenth were good enough to give Smyth victory in the match and the Champion Of Champions title. In the semi ﬁnals, Smyth beat David Macdonald (Largs) by 3 & 1 whilst Gimson defeated Steven Stamper (Turnberry) by one hole.
FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 44 clubs took part in the 2017 Ayrshire Fourball Championship, with ties being played throughout the summer, culminating in the ﬁnal at Loudoun on Friday 29th September. The ﬁnal brought together Steven Miller and Ian Smith of Troon Welbeck and the Ayr Belleisle pairing of Andy Brown & John McBean.
Fourball winners Steven Miller & Ian Smith
The Welbeck pair had beaten James Ross & Billy Whitten (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 3 & 2 at Troon in the semi ﬁnal whilst the Belleisle duo had a win by 3 & 2 away from home against Gordon & Iain McKenzie of Annanhill in their semi ﬁnal.
FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (continued) In the ﬁnal the Welbeck team took the early lead at the second but the match was squared when Belleisle won the fourth. The Ayr duo then took two further holes by the ninth to turn for home with a two hole lead. Smith and Miller dug in however and managed to square the match again by the ﬁfteenth before they completed a great ﬁghtback by winning the ﬁnal two holes for a two hole victory.
THE GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER Prestwick St Cuthbert won the 2017 Ayrshire scratch club team knockout competition for the Gary Bryden Memorial salver when the ﬁnal took place at Loudoun Gowf Club on Sunday 3rd September. Steven Wallace put Prestwick St Cuthbert into the lead in the opening singles tie with a 6 & 5 win over Gary Holland but Craig Hamilton squared the match for Ballochmyle when he beat Scott Brown by 2 & 1. Prestwick St Cuthbert
The destination of the trophy again rested on the result of the foursomes tie between Callum McKirdy and William Fleming of Ballochmyle and the Prestwick St Cuthbert duo of Graeme Gimson and Steven Gillies, and like the previous year, the championship was decided on the ﬁnal green with the Prestwick St Cuthbert duo securing the title with a one hole victory, to give a 2 - 1 win to Prestwick St Cuthbert in the match. 26 clubs entered the 2017 event, which has proved to be a popular addition to the list of county championships.
THE PRESIDENT’S PUTTER 34 clubs entered the handicap club team competition, for The President’s Putter in 2017, a slight increase in the numbers taking part the previous year when the event was ﬁrst introduced. Ballochmyle beat West Kilbride 2 & 1 at Ballochmyle in the semi ﬁnal and in the ﬁnal, played at Loudoun on Sunday 3rd September, they faced Troon Portland who had overcome their visitors from Rowallan Castle by 3 - 0 in their semi ﬁnal. In the lead singles tie in the ﬁnal, Billy Hamilton beat Andrew Power by 3 & 2 and a 6 & 4 win by Tom Scott over Gary Finlayson in the second singles tie ensured that the Ballochmyle team would take the trophy in 2017. In the ﬁnal foursomes tie, Jack Murdoch and Jim Holland completed a 3 - 0 win for Ballochmyle with a 4 & 3 win over Peter Malone & Jim McComiskey Ballochmyle
AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES With a total of 23 clubs entering the Ayrshire Scratch Leagues in 2017, only four of the ﬁve leagues were contested although three had their full complement of six teams. Prestwick St Cuthbert retained the Division 1 title in some style, with a clear advantage over Irvine in second place. Final placings in Division 1 DIVISION 1 Played For Against Points PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT 10 41.5 18.5 33 IRVINE 10 31.5 28.5 20 LOUDOUN 10 29 31 18 KILMARNOCK BARASSIE 10 27.5 32.5 18 TURNBERRY 10 25 35 16 WEST KILBRIDE 10 25.5 34.5 13 Irvine Ravenspark won Division 2 and secured promotion back to the top league at the ﬁrst attempt, ahead of Troon Welbeck. Final placings in Division 2
Scratch League Trophies
DIVISION 2 Played For Against Points IRVINE RAVENSPARK 10 34 26 28 TROON WELBECK 10 30.5 29.5 24 TROON ST. MEDDANS 10 29 31 20 AYR BELLEISLE 10 28.5 31.5 18 BALLOCHMYLE 10 31.5 28.5 16 LARGS 10 26.5 33.5 14 Troon Portland followed up their Division 4 win the previous year by winning Division 3 in 2017 and progressing to League 2 in 2018. Caprington and Rowallan Castle pushed the Portland team all the way but narrowly failed to take the title and promotion place. Final placings in Division 3 DIVISION 3 Played For Against Points TROON PORTLAND 10 36.5 23.5 24 CAPRINGTON 10 30 30 22 ROWALLAN CASTLE 10 30 30 22 GIRVAN 10 30.5 29.5 20 PRESTWICK ST. NICHOLAS 10 27.5 32.5 19 KILBIRNIE PLACE 10 25.5 34.5 11 Largs Routenburn won the Division 4 title for the ﬁrst time and gained promotion to Division 3 in 2018, just ahead of Tam O Shanter and Brunston castle. Final placings in Division 4 DIVISION 4 Played For Against Points LARGS ROUTENBURN 8 28 20 24 TAM O SHANTER 8 29.5 18.5 22 BRUNSTON CASTLE 8 26.5 21.5 22 CROSSHOUSE 8 21.5 26.5 10 MOORPARK 8 14.5 33.5 2
THE AYRSHIRE HANDICAP LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP Ayr Dalmilling became the inaugural Ayrshire Handicap League Champions following the introduction of another new competition in 2017. Played in a similar format to the Scratch League matches, the 23 clubs who entered the competition were drawn into four qualifying sections and played matches home and away throughout the season. The winners of the four sections then progressed to play a home and away semi ﬁnal tie before the winners of the semi ﬁnals met in the ﬁnal at Loudoun in September.
The clubs who contested the qualifying sections were :SECTION A Loudoun, Stewarton, Troon St Meddans, Ballochmyle, Drongan & Royal Troon. SECTION B Moorpark, Irvine Ravenspark, Beith, Rowallan Castle, Troon Welbeck & Ayr Seaﬁeld. SECTION C Ailsa Craig, Prestwick St Cuthbert, Troon Merchants, Largs Routenburn, Auchenharvie 88 & Braehead. SECTION D Annanhill, Prestwick St Nicholas, Ayr Dalmilling, Tam O Shanter & Kilbirnie Place. Following completion of the four qualifying sections, Ballochmyle won Section A and faced Section B winners Rowallan Castle in the semi ﬁnals whilst Section C winners Auchenharvie 88 met Section D winners Ayr Dalmilling in their semi ﬁnal. In the ﬁrst semi ﬁnal Rowallan Castle drew 3 - 3 at Ballochmyle in the ﬁrst leg, before recording a 4.5 - 1.5 win in the home tie to go through to the ﬁnal. A 6 - 0 win in the ﬁrst leg at Home to Auchenharvie 88 saw Ayr Dalmilling almost assured of a ﬁnal place and this was conﬁrmed when they dew the away leg 3 - 3 to progress. In the ﬁnal on Sunday 3rd September at Loudoun, Andrew Lindsay got Ayr Dalmilling oﬀ to a great start in the lead tie, with a 3 & 2 win over Ruan McMillan and Adam Cambers gave the Ayr club a 2 - 0 lead with a 2 & 1 win over Graham Gardiner in the second tie. Glen Wilson and Andy Macleod fought out what ultimately proved to be a crucial half in the third tie before Craig Hutchinson pulled a point back for Rowallan Castle with a 1 hole win over Gerard Mullen. In the anchor tie, Graeme Telfer had a 4 & 2 win over Alan Purvis to bring the match score back to 2.5 - 2.5, leaving the destination of the trophy resting on the result of the last tie on the course between Alex MacNeil of Rowallan Castle and Tony McCurdie of Ayr Dalmilling. In a closely fought tie, McCurdie edged a single hole victory to give Ayr Dalmilling the title with a 3.5 - 2.5 match win.
THE DOC THOM ORDER OF MERIT The 2017 Ayrshire Order of Merit for the Doc Thom Salver included 20 local, national and international counting events, with the Mainholm Cup at Ayr Dalmilling and the Stone Trophy at Largs Routenburn becoming counting events for the ﬁrst time. Michael Smyth won the Doc Thom Salver for the second time, a win in the ﬁnal event giving him the title from Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) with a points total of 400.00 gained from wins in three of the qualifying events, the Hillhouse Cup at Royal Troon, the Belleisle Cup at Ayr Belleisle and the Arrol Cup at Prestwick St Nicholas. The Runner Up, Scott Brown, had a total of 352.5 points gained from ﬁve events including a win in the Ballochmyle Rosebowl.
Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) ﬁnished in third place with 301.25 points gained in seven events. Leading ﬁnal totals:400.00 MICHAEL SMYTH (Royal Troon) 352.50 SCOTT BROWN (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 301.25 JIM JOHNSTON (Ayr Belleisle) 295.00 JOHN SHANKS (Irvine) 212.05 KEITH HAMILTON (Ayr Belleisle) 205.00 IAIN BROWN (West Kilbride) 150.00 ALAN CONNERY (Irvine) 105.00 STEVEN STAMPER (Turnberry) 103.75 CRAIG HAMILTON (Ballochmyle)
THE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT TROPHY
407.50 324.17 257.50 220.00 212.50 150.00 150.00 150.00 104.17 102.50
Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) was the clear winner of the Ayrshire Junior Order of Merit in 2017 with a points total of 407.50 gained in seven of the qualifying competitions including a win in the Byrne Howard Trophy competition at Royal Troon.. Ross McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) was runner up in 2017 with 324.17 points from six qualifying events including wins at Turnberry and the Tom Lehman Trophy competition at the Troon Municipal courses. Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) was third with 257.50 points gained in four of the qualifying competitions, which included runners up spots at West Kilbride and in The Ayrshire Boys Championship. Leading ﬁnal totals:EWAN MILLIGAN (Kilmarnock Barassie) ROSS McDONALD (Kilmarnock Barassie) RUBEN LINDSAY (Ayr Belleisle) ROBBIE MUIR (Kilmarnock Barassie) EUAN FERGUSON (Turnberry) JACK BROUN (Ayr Belleisle) CHRISTOPHER HUNTER (Ballochmyle) ALYX MURRAY (Troon Welbeck) SEAN ADDIE (Ayr Belleisle) LEWIS MacMILLAN (Ballochmyle)
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES DURING THE YEAR Connie Jaﬀrey (Troon Ladies) won the Scottish Ladies Championship in June at Royal Aberdeen with a 2 hole victory over Clara Young of North Berwick in the ﬁnal to bring the trophy back to Ayrshire for the thirteenth time in the 114 year history of the competition, and the ﬁrst time since Alison Gemmell won over her home course at Kilmarnock Barassie in 1985. In a season which also saw Jaﬀrey record a number of wins and put in some notable performances for her Kansas State University team. She was also selected to represent Scotland in the Ladies Home Internationals at Little Aston and the European Team Championships in Portugal and the year ended with inclusion in the initial G.B. & I. squad for the forthcoming Curtis Cup matches.
In girls golf, Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) won the Scottish Schools championship at Murrayshall in June and was a semi ﬁnalist in the Scottish Girls Championship at Scotscraig in July and, along with Hazel McGarvie (Troon Ladies), was selected to represent Scotland at the Girls Home Internationals at Little Aston in August and the European Girls Team Championshps in Finland. Hazel McGarvie & Louise Duncan
Claire McLaughlin (West Kilbride) reached the ﬁnal of the handicap competiton at the Scottish Girls Championship at Scotscraig in July.
Following some good performances in the American college circuit for Missouri University, Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) was selected to represent Scotland at full international level for the ﬁrst time at the Home Internationals at Moortown in August.
Euan Walker, Jack Broun, Alyx Murray, Stuart Easton.
Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) ensured that Ayrshire were represented at all levels of international teams when he was selected to represent Scotland at the Boys Home Internationals at St Annes Old Links in August. Stuart Easton (Irvine) also had some notable results in the college circuit in the United States, playing for West Kentucky University, and on his return to Scotland he continud his ﬁne run of form, ﬁnishing runner up in the East Of Scotland Open at Lundin Links in July and carrying Ayrshire hopes all the way to the quarter ﬁnals of the Scottish Amateur Championship at Prestwick in August. In boys golf, Alyx Murray (Troon Welbeck) reached the last 16 of the Scottish Boys Championship at Scotscraig in July and was selected to represent Scotland at under 16 level later in the year, whilst Cameron Johnstone (Troon Welbeck) earned a place in the Scottish Schools team in the annual match against England which was held at Troon in September.
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES DURING THE YEAR At the Scottish Schools Championship at Murrayshall in June, Cameron Johnstone and Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) combined to win the boys team event for South Ayrshire and Ruben Lindsay added to his achievements in June when he won the US Kids Golf Under 13 European title at Royal Musselburgh. Cameron Johnstone & Ruben Lindsay
THE AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE
11 clubs contested the 2017 Ayrshire Junior Golf League competitions, with all the ﬁnals being played at Troon Darley in September. Kilmarnock (Barassie) won the Wallace Thornton Trophy, for the fourteenth time, beating Turnberry in a sudden death play-oﬀ after the match ﬁnished 2 - 2, whilst Troon Welbeck beat Prestwick St Cuthbert 4 - 0 in the Under 16 Knockout Trophy ﬁnal. The 2017 Junior Champion Of Champions Trophy was won for the ﬁrst time by Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle), who beat Blair Fleming (Troon Welbeck) by 5&4 to win his ﬁrst county title. The League Championship began with two qualifying sections, Kilmarnock (Barassie) winning their section to secure a fourth successive appearance in the ﬁnal whilst Ballochmyle won the other section to reach the ﬁnal. The ﬁnal was a closely fought aﬀair ending in a 3 - 3 draw, with Kilmarnock (Barassie) taking the trophy by virtue of a countback over the results of the six ties. Later in September Kilmarnock (Barassie) represented Ayrshire in the inaugural Scottish Junior Team Championship at Glenbevie where they ﬁnished in third place, with Ewan Milligan returning the best individual score of the day with a one under par round of 70 for 41 stableford points.
Ayrshire Golf Association Fixture List 2018
** Doc Thom Ayrshire Order OF Merit Counting Event ** Woman’s & girls’ events **Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit Event DATE FEBRUARY 16th MARCH TBC 25th APRIL 4th - 6th 4th - 6th 20th - 22nd 22nd 29th MAY TBC 7th - 10th 13th TBC 20th 20th 27th JUNE 2nd TBC 5th - 9th TBC 10th 10th 16th 18th - 23rd 24th JULY 1st 1st 1st - 6th 1st - 6th 5th 6th TBC 7th 8th 9th 10th - 11th 10th - 12th 16th 17th 17th 22nd 29th 31st 31st - 5th
Annual Dinner and Presentation
Prestwick St Cuthbert
Ayrshire A Vs Prestwick St Cuthbert GC Ayrshire Vs South Of Scotland
Prestwick St Cuthbert Portpatrick (0930)
*** Scottish Boys Open Strokeplay Scottish Girls Open Strokeplay ** Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Ayrshire Junior Team Championship * Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship
Montrose Moniﬁeth Royal Troon Skelmorlie Turnberry (K.R.T.B.)
Innes McQueen Trophy - AGA Vs ALCGA * Ayrshire Matchplay Championship ** West Of Scotland Ladies Championship * West Of Scotland Strokeplay Ayrshire U18 Vs Stirlingshire U18 * Hillhouse Cup * West Kilbride Mens Open
TBC Rowallan Castle Balmore TBC Ayr Seaﬁeld Royal Troon West Kilbride
* Ayr Seaﬁeld Open * Belleisle Cup ** Scottish Women's Championship Ayrshire U18 Vs Lanarkshire U18 Scottish Boys Area team Championship *** Golf South Ayrshire Junior Open Strokeplay * The McGilchrist Cup * The Amateur Championship Ayrshire Handicap Strokeplay Championship
Ayr Seaﬁeld Ayr Belleisle Golf Club House, Elie Away Bothwell Castle Ayr Belleisle Ardeer Royal Aberdeen/Murcar Ayr Belleisle
*** Byrne Howard Trophy Ayrshire Club Championship *** Scottish Boys Championship **Scottish Girls Championship *** Largs Junior Open *** Troon Welbeck Junior Open * Brunston Castle Open * The Stone Trophy * The Gowf Cup *** West of Scotland Boys Strokeplay *** West of Scotland Boys Matchplay Scottish Boys Under 16 Strokeplay *** Loudoun Junior Open Ayrshire Seniors Championship *** Harris Boys Open Ayrshire U18 Vs Dumbartonshire U18 * Rowallan Castle Open *** Tom Lehman Junior Open ** Scottish Amateur Championship
Royal Troon West Kilbride Moray Moray Largs Troon Welbeck Brunston Castle Largs Routenburn Loudoun Dullatur Dullatur Fortrose & Rosemarkie Loudoun Caprington West Kilbride Ballochmyle Rowallan Castle Troon Municipal Blairgowrie
Ayrshire Golf Association Fixture List 2018
** Doc Thom Ayrshire Order OF Merit Counting Event ** Woman’s & girls’ events **Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit Event DATE AUGUST 2nd 3rd TBC 6th 7th - 9th 9th 10th 10th TBC TBC 13th - 14th 13th - 14th TBC 14th - 19th TBC 19th 19th 27th - 29th
*** Ayrshire Boys Championship Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Semi Finals * Stevenson Trophy *** Turnberry Junior Open *** Ayrshire Boys Matchplay *** Ayr Belleisle Junior Open *** Prestwick Boys Open Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Final * Troon St Meddans Open * Ballochmyle Rosebowl Scottish Boys Under 14 Strokeplay **Scottish Girls Under 16 & 14 Strokeplay *** Ballochmyle Junior Open *** Boys Amateur Championship Ayrshire U 18 Vs Glasgow U18 * Viking Krus * Mainholm Cup * Scottish Mens Open Championship
Ardeer Royal Troon Girvan Turnberry - The Bruce Prestwick Ayr Seaﬁeld Prestwick St Cuthbert Royal Troon Troon Municipal Ballochmyle Turnhouse Murrayﬁeld Ballochmyle Away Largs Ayr Dalmilling Gleneagles (Kings)
Royal Portrush/Port Stewart
SEPTEMBER 2nd 2nd 9th 9th TBC 7th - 9th 14th - 16th TBC 16th 16th 16th 16th 23rd 23rd 30th 30th OCTOBER 7th 7th 14th 14th
Ayrshire U18 vs Renfrewshire U18 Ayrshire Finals Day AJGL Under 16 Knockout Final AJGL Wallace Thornton Trophy Final *** Prestwick St Nicholas Junior Open SGL Mens Area Team Championships ** Scottish Womans County Finals * Arrol Cup AJGL Champion Of Champions Final AJGL Junior League Championship Final Ayrshire A Vs Lanarkshire A Ayrshire Youths Vs Lanarkshire Youths Ayrshire A Vs Renfrewshire A Ayrshire Youths Vs Renfrewshire Youths Ayrshire A Vs Dumbartonshire A Ayrshire Youths Vs Dumbartonshire Youths
Brunston Castle TBC Caprington Caprington Prestwick St Nicholas Cawder Kilmacolm Prestwick St Nicholas Caprington Caprington Kilmarnock (Barassie) Away Western Gailes Away Clober Troon Lochgreen
Ayrshire A Vs Glasgow A Ayrshire Youths Vs Glasgow Youths Ayrshire A Vs Stirlingshire A Ayrshire Youths Vs Stirlingshire Youths
Turnberry (K.R.T.B.) Ralston Glenbervie Girvan
Ayrshire Junior Golf League Dinner
HISTORICAL RECORDS - NATIONAL HONOURS The Amateur Championship 1906
J. Robb (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
1923 1936 1959 1961 1985 1987
J. Wilson (Prestwick St Nicholas) J.M. Dykes (Prestwick) W. D. Smith (Prestwick) J. Walker (Irvine) C. Montgomerie (Royal Troon) C. Montgomerie (Royal Troon)
J.L.C. Jenkins (Troon) G. Sherry (Kilmarnock Barassie)
The Walker Cup Team 1987 1989 1991 1995 2011 2015
P. Girvan (Prestwick St Nicholas) J.W. Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) J.W. Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) G. Sherry (Kilmarnock Barassie) M. Stewart (Troon Welbeck) J. McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie)
The British Boys Championship
British Youths Championship
1931 1947 1955
H. Thomson (Irvine) J. Armour (Troon St. Meddans) S. C. Wilson (Troon St. Meddans)
J.S. Martin (Kilbirnie Place)
The Seniors Amateur Championship 1980 1986
J.M. Cannon (Irvine) A.N. Sturrock (Prestwick)
The Disabled British Open Championship
The European Mens Club Championship
A Berry (Irvine Ravenspark)
Scottish Amateur Championship 1922 1931 1937 1939 1947 1950 1951 1957
J. Wilson (Prestwick St. Nicholas) J. Wilson (Prestwick St. Nicholas) H. McInally (Ardeer) H. McInally (Ardeer) H. McInally (Irvine) W. C. Gibson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) J. M. Dykes (Prestwick) J. S. Montgomerie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
1950 1961 1964 1985
A. Miller (Marr College) K. Thomson (Ayr Academy) W.R. Lockie (Marr College) A. McQueen (Troon Welbeck)
1958 1961 1969 1987 1988 1989 1994 2010
W. D. Smith (Prestwick) J. Walker (Irvine) J. Cannon (Irvine) C. S. Montgomerie (Royal Troon) J. W. Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) J.A. Thomson (Ayr Belleisle) H. McKibbin (Troon Welbeck) M. Stewart (Troon Welbeck)
Scottish Boys Championship 1986 1992 2008 2011
A. Tait (Irvine) A.E. Reid (Kilmarnock Barassie) M. Stewart (Troon Welbeck) D. Wilson (Troon Welbeck)
Scottish Area Team Championship
Scottish Boys Area Team Championship
1986, 2008, 2015
C.S. Montgomerie (Royal Troon)
Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship 1993
A.E. Reid (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Scottish Boys Strokeplay Championship 1998 2005 2009
Scottish Mid Amateur Championship
G. Holland (Ballochmyle) S. McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie) J. McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Scottish Club Championship 1992 1993 1994 2009 2011
Kilmarnock (Barassie) Troon Welbeck Kilmarnock (Barassie) Prestwick Ballochmyle
D. Addison (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Scottish Seniors Championship 1978 1980 1981
Scottish Junior Order Of Merit 2008
C. Hamilton (Ballochmyle)
Scottish Boys Under 16 Strokeplay Championship
M. Stewart (Troon Welbeck)
J.M. Cannon (Irvine) J.M. Cannon (Irvine) I.R. Harris (Royal Troon) Dr. J. Hastings (Royal Troon) A.N. Sturrock (Royal Troon) J.M. Cannon (Irvine) W.D. Smith (Prestwick) A.N. Sturrock (Prestwick)
2012 G Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert)
1982 1983 1985
Scottish Mens Order Of Merit
Mens Scottish Golfer of The Year
2008 - S. McEwan (Caprington) 2010 - M. Stewart (Troon Welbeck) 2013 - J. McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie)
2011 - M Stewart (Troon Welbeck) 2012 - J McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Scottish Junior Champion of Champions
AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION â€“ ROLL OF HONOUR (from 1990)
AYRSHIRE STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
R.L. Crawford (Kilmarnock Barassie) J.A. Thomson (Ayr Belleisle) G. Lawrie (Prestwick St. Nicholas) G. Sherry (Kilmarnock Barassie) G. Lawrie (Prestwick St. Nicholas) A. Gourlay (Irvine) G. Lawrie (Prestwick St. Nicholas) B.W. Aitken (West Kilbride) D. Glass (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) G. Holland (Ballochmyle) A. Gourlay (Irvine) G. Bryden (Girvan) R. Duncan (Brodick) T. McInally (Loudoun)
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
A. Gourlay (Irvine) D. McLure (Troon Welbeck) S. McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie) J. Shanks (Irvine) S. Wallace (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) J. Shanks (Irvine) T. McInally (Loudoun) J. Mackay (Kilmarnock Barassie) D. Wilson (Troon Welbeck) S. Robin (Prestwick St Nicholas) J. Shanks (Irvine) T. McInally (Loudoun) G. Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) A. Connery (Irvine)
AYRSHIRE MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
R.E. Fulker (Kilmarnock Barassie) R.L. Crawford (Kilmarnock Barassie) G. Sherry (Kilmarnock (Barassie) H. McKibbin (Caprington) J. Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) A.E. Reid (Kilmarnock Barassie) J. Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) G. Fox (West Kilbride) I. Robertson (West Kilbride) G. Holland (Ballochmyle) A. Bagnall (Troon Welbeck) A. Gourlay (Irvine) A. Gourlay (Irvine) B. Crawford (West Kilbride)
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Jim W. Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) J. Allan Thomson (Ayr Belleisle) Jim W. Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) Gordon C. Sherry (Kilmarnock Barassie) Henry Thomson (Ivine) Alan E. Reid (Kilmarnock Barassie) Gavin Lawrie (Prestwick St. Nicholas) Graham Fox (West Kilbride) David Glass (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) Gary Holland (Ballochmyle) Graham Fox (West Kilbride) Alex Gourlay (Irvine) Alex Gourlay (Irvine) Barry Crawford (West Kilbride)
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
D. McLure (Ballochmyle) D. Addison (Kilmarnock Barassie) T. McInally (Loudoun) S. Murray (Troon Welbeck) C. Hamilton (Ballochmyle) S. Brown (Turnberry) E. Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) M. Smyth (Royal Troon) D. Wilson (Troon Welbeck) M. Smyth (Royal Troon) C. Hamilton (Ballochmyle) M. Smyth (Royal Troon) J. Shanks (Irvine) C. Hamilton (Ballochmyle)
DOC THOM ORDER OF MERIT 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Barry Crawford (West Kilbride) Stephen McBlain (Prestwick St.Cuthbert) John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) Brian Moore (Largs) John Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) Tommy McInally (Loudoun) Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) D. Wilson (Troon Welbeck) Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Nicholas) John Shanks (Irvine) John Shanks (Irvine) Steven Stamper (Turnberry) Michael Smyth (Royal Troon)
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TROPHY 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
J. Graham (Loudoun) K. Middlemiss (Irvine Ravenspark) G. Blair (Troon Welbeck) K.M. Lammie (Troon Welbeck) K.M. Lammie (Troon Welbeck) No Competition D. Glass (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) D. Glass (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) D.J. Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) C.R. Savala (Prestwick St. Nicholas) B.H. McGunnigle (Lamlash) S. Pennington (Troon St. Meddans) A. Fraser (Annanhill) T. McInally (Loudoun)
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
T. McInally (Loudoun) T. McInally (Loudoun) B. Moore (Largs) J. Cairney (Irvine Ravenspark) P. Moultrie (Troon Portland) T. McInally (Loudoun) T. McInally (Loudoun) S. Brown (Turnberry) S. McEwan (Caprington) S. McEwan (Loudoun) G. Bryden (Girvan) P. Moultrie (Royal Troon) J. Sloan (Doon Valley) M. Smyth (Royal Troon)
AYRSHIRE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Prestwick Kilmarnock (Barassie) Ayr Belleisle Ballochmyle Ballochmyle Tam Oâ€™Shanter Annanhill Doon Valley Ballochmyle Prestwick St. Cuthbert Largs Routenburn Carrick Speakers North Beach Caprington
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Irvine Ballochmyle Irivne Largs Prestwick St. Nicholas Irvine Irvine Ravenspark Irvine Prestwick
2003 2004 2005 2006
Ballochmyle Ballochmyle Troon Welbeck Ballochmyle
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Annanhill Troon Portland Ayr Belleisle Irvine Ravenspark West Kilbride Annanhill Maybole Kilbirnie Place Brunston Castle Maybole Brunston Castle Brunston Castle Largs Troon Welbeck
AYRSHIRE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP - The R.L. Crawford Trophy 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Loudoun Ballochmyle Girvan Turnberry Prestwick Largs Prestwick St. Cuthbert Ballochmyle
AYRSHIRE SCRATCH (SUMMER) LEAGUES
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Division 1 Troon Welbeck Loudoun Loudoun Irvine Irvine Prestwick St. Cuthbert Prestwick St. Cuthbert
2007 2008 2009 2010 Division 2 Ballochmyle West Kilbride Ballochmyle Prestwick St Cuthbert Turnberry West Kilbride Irvine Ravenspark
Division 3 Prestwick St. Cuthbert Largs Girvan Turnberry Troon St Meddans Largs Troon Portland
Irvine Troon Welbeck Loudoun Kilmarnock (Barassie) Division 4 Prestwick St. Nicholas Girvan Turnberry Troon St Meddans Rowallan Castle Troon Portland Largs Routenburn
Division 5 Girvan Rowallan Castle Doon Valley Brunston Castle No Competition Moorpark No Competition
AYRSHIRE SENIORS CHAMPIONSHP 1991 1992 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2003 2008
Alec McIntosh (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) William Wilson (Largs Routenburn) John Boyd (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) Cameron Greer (West Kilbride) Leslie Crawford (Kilmarnock Barassie) Matt Lygate (Troon Portland) Matt Lygate (Troon Portland) Cameron Greer (West Kilbride) Frank Moore (Irvine) Ronnie Potts (Irvine Ravenspark)
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Ronnie Young (Irvine) George Millard (Irvine Ravenspark) Tom McKay (Annanhill) Billy Moore (Loudoun) Andy Gilchrist (Loudoun) Allan J Merry (West Kilbride) Iain McKenzie (Annanhill) Allan J Merry (West Kilbride) Alex MacNeil (Rowallan Castle)
GARY BRYDEN MEMORIAL SALVER - Scratch Club Team Knockout Competition 2016
Prestwick St Cuthbert
PRESIDENTâ€™S PUTTER - Handicap Club Team Knockout Competition 2016
AYRSHIRE BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Hugh McKibbin (Caprington) Hugh McKibbin (Caprington) Lawrence Hearton (Maybole) Gary Vogwell (West Kilbride) Joe Gilligan (Troon Welbeck) Neil McCormack (New Cumnock) Scott Sheridan (Beith) Lee Baker (Largs) Mark E. Henderson (Loudoun) Gordon Fraser (Troon St. Meddans) Andrew Brown (West Kilbride) Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) Alasdair E. Leggate (Kilmarnock Barassie) Cameron Gray (West Kilbride)
1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2003 2004
David Wallace (Ballochmyle) Ruaridh McIntyre (Millport) Hugh McKibbin (Caprington) Richard Hall (West Kilbride) Robert Gould (Caprington) Joe Gilligan (Troon Welbeck) Tommy McInally (Loudoun) Scott Cairns (Kilmarnock Barassie) John Doolan (Ayr Dalmilling) Gordon Fraser (Troon Welbeck) Ian Guthrie (Ballochmyle) Nicky Sinclair (Kilmarnock Barassie) Jamie Murchie (Lamlash)
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Robert McKnight (Kilmarnock Barassie) Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie) Jamie Mackay (Kilmarnock Barassie) John Shanks (Ardeer) Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) Scott Brown (Turnberry) Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) Charlie Macneal (Troon Welbeck)
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Iain Menzies (Largs) Jamie Mackay (Kilmarnock Barassie) John Shanks (Ardeer) Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) Scott Brown (Turnberry) Colin Robinson (Largs) Charlie Macneal (Troon Welbeck) Callum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck) Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) Louis Murray (Troon Welbeck) Jack Thomas (Irvine) Craig McKenzie (Troon Welbeck) Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle)
AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) Kyle Smith (Kilmarnock Barassie) Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay) Scott Brown (Turnberry) David Wilson (Kilmarnock Barassie) David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) Callum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck) Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) Louis Murray (Troon Welbeck) Jack Thomas (Irvine) Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) Ewan Ferguson (Turnberry) Ewan Ferguson (Turnberry)
AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT TROPHY 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) Conor McKay (Loudoun) Jack Thomas (Irvine) Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie)