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April 2004




28th April 2004: County Foursomes Erskine

I am away to Elie with Gordon and friends so I don't know how everyone has got on at the County Foursomes at Erskine today. I know Fiona Roger and myself were not good. The only birdie we picked up was at the 15th -- a very colourful one at that. I must stop carrying my camera around with me !!

When I return I will post the result. Probably not until Saturday


Pheasant at the 15th Hole Erskine


27th April 2004: Heather Anderson wins both the scratch and handicap prize in the West Vets Spring Meeting yesterday and Jennifer Graham is 3rd in the  Silver Division.

West Vets Spring Meeting Sandyhills  26th April  SSS 73  Par 74 CSS 75
Scratch  H. Anderson 77
Silver  1. H. Anderson (5)  72 
           2. I. McVicar  (14) 74 bih
           3. J. Graham   (10) 74
Bronze 1. M. Gray      (29) 79
           2. M. Doonan  (24) 80
           3. J. Thomson (22) 82


25th April 2004: Donna Jackson is the only RLCGA player in the Helen Holm

Donna played in the Helen Holm at Troon over the weekend. Her score was  245 over the 3 rounds ------ 83, 79, and 83. For a full report of the event see The Helen Holm Trophy


22nd April 2004: Karen Fitzgerald is the 2004 County Champion at Haggs Castle

 Karen Fitzgerald Past Captain of Turnberry and  who had won the County Championship in 1993 and again in 1998 reached the final this morning by beating last years champion Clare Marie Carlton (Fereneze) by 2 & 1.Veteran past County Captain and Past Haggs Castle Captain Jennifer Mack progressed to her 1st ever County final by beating the 1997 Champion Lesley Robertson (Ranfurly Castle) at the 19th in the other mornings Semi Final.

 The front nine of the final were played exceedingly well by both Jennifer and Karen. The 5th was won by Karen with a conceded birdie and then at the 6th Jennifer hit a magnificent 8 iron into the green for a birdie win. At the 8th hole Karen who had driven into the right hand fairway bunker struck a very good 7 iron from 130 yards to the fringe of the green to set up a win at the hole. At the turn, however, Jennifer was 3 down.
At the 141 yard 11th Jennifer looked as if she was going to win the hole when Karen who had overshot the green. However, a magnificent lob wedge by Karen that lipped the hole and a 3 putt by Jennifer was the turning point in the match. Although winning the 12th she then lost the 13th to a par and halved the 14th in par. At the 15th Karen hit an exceedingly good 8 iron for her second shot into 10 feet from the pin to secure her 3rd County Championship win by 5 & 3.

George Crawford Captain of Haggs Castle refereed the final and presented the prizes in the clubhouse afterwards. Many thanks to him and the hospitality given by the Haggs Castle staff and members. Many thanks to all the supporters who came out to watch the final and to all the caddies for their hard work.

Before the final the Annual Past Captains lunch took place which was enjoyed by all.



21st April 2004: 2003 Renfrewshire Champion Clare- Marie Carlton on course to retain Trophy and the draw for the May Medal has been done:

An exciting day in the matchplay stages of the 2004 County Championships took place today at Haggs Castle Golf Club
 In gale force winds it was a hard day for all the competitors:

Just to show you how bad
Clare- Marie Carlton (Fereneze) it was here is an example --- Poor Fiona Roger (Ranfurly Castle) in the first round was penalised because her golf bag  cover blew off her bag and fell on her ball and moved it thus incurring a penalty !!
Apart from any unfortunate mishaps the qualifying scores on count back made  the bottom half of the draw having 4 past County Champions to fight their way through.
Nine times champion Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) lost in the first round to the 2002 Champion Sara Harman (Williamwood).
then lost in the quarter finals to last years champion Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) pictured right who had struggled in the morning round to beat Julie Wilson (Williamwood).
Past Champion Karen Fitzgerald (Turnberry) won through comfortably to the semi finals by beating Lis Harvey (Cowglen) in the 1st round and Lynda Brabender (Greenock) in the afternoon who had beaten Fiona Roger in the morning
In the top half of the draw the 1997 Champion Lesley Robertson (Ranfurly Castle) managed to get to the semi finals by beating Moira Begbie (Kilmacolm) and Fiona Campbell (Erskine) the surprise victor of Carol Whyte (Windyhill) in the morning.
Home Player Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) quietly progressed to the semis with a 1st round win against Jennifer Graham (Haggs Castle) and a second round victory over Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle)
The final is at 2pm tomorrow -- Please do come and support


20th April 2004: County Championship Qualifier. Past Champions come to the Fore

On a day with the usual April weather (Rain, Sunshine, Hailstones and Wind !!) 72 players braved the elements in the qualifying round of the County Championship played over Haggs Castle today. The top competitors of the day were 3 Past County Champions Lesley Robertson (Ranfurly Castle), Karen Fitzgerald (Turnberry) and Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) who all had scores of 77.
(pictured right) was the number 1 qualifier by virtue of the better inward half.
Sheila Robson
past captain of Whitecraigs had the best net score of the day with a 68 off a handicap of 13
The SSS was 73, the PAR 73 and the CSS was 74. For all the results click on a Howdidido icon
Lesley Robertson (Ranfurly Castle)

The Leading Qualifiers were:

Qual. Player Home Club Gross Score Tee off Time 1st Round
1 Lesley Robertson Ranfurly Castle 77 09:15
2 Karen Fitzgerald Turnberry 77 09:58
3 Donna Jackson Cochrane Castle 77 09:39
4 Gillian McGinlay Cochrane Castle 78 09:33
5 Jennifer Mack Haggs Castle 79 09.27
6 Clare-Marie Carlton Fereneze 79 09:45
7 Lynda Brabender Greenock 80 09:51
8 Fiona Campbell Erskine 81 09:21
9 Carol Whyte Windyhill 81 09:21
10 Fiona Roger Ranfurly Castle 82 09:51
11 Julie Wilson Williamwood 82 09:45
12 Jennifer Graham Haggs Castle 82 09:27
13 Maureen Mitchell Cathcart Castle 82 09:33
14 Sara Harman Williamwood 83 09:39
15 Lis Harvey Cowglen 84 09:58
16 Moira Begbie Kilmacolm 85 09:15

NB: Both Sheila Robson with a Gross 81 and Heather Anderson with an 82 were unable to play in the matchplay stages


15th April 2004: A note from Captain Aileen

Welcome to the first month of our season's competitions, accompanied by lots of April showers.
Well done to the winners in our first two competitions at Cochrane Castle and Kilmacolm .

Best of luck to all those playing in the Championship at Haggs Castle next week.  There is a great entry, and there should be some excellent golf. I hope that all members will come along and watch when they are not playing and even bring some friends!- it would be great to see lots of supporters and spectators at the quarter finals taking place pm on Wednesday 21st April and semis am on Thursday, with the final taking place at 2pm on Thursday 22nd April.

Congratulations to our own Jennifer Jenkins, Captain of the Scottish Girls team this year, who encouraged the Scottish girls to a win at the Scottish Under-16 Championships at St. Andrews last week.  Krystle Caithness (St. Regulus) won the individual event with a 69 and 67 and Scotland won the Team
Event. Our juniors did well too - Megan Briggs had a 78 and 76, and younger sister Eilidh had a 91 and 91.

Meanwhile our current Renfrewshire Champion Clare-Marie Carlton is just back from a Tournament at Stanford College, California- she was there courtesy of the Scottish Institute of Sport.

Kate O'Sullivan tells me she is practicing every weekday afternoon after morning studies at High Point University N. Carolina.  There are Weekend Tournaments and she had recent scores of 74 and 78.

Many thanks to Carol Fell for all her hard work with our results and congratulations on the new website.

Remember to give Gladys Speedie our caddy mistress a note of the days you can caddy at the Jamboree on June 28th to 30th, at Milngavie. We need you all to help support and encourage YOUR team to victory.

Good golfing to you all



13th April 2004:Spring Meeting at Kilmacolm: Megan Briggs wins the Spring Meeting

The Spring Meeting was played today over Kilmacolm with 76 entrants. The home players were the best of the day with all 3 players winning the Scr - 12 awards and one player in the 13 + category. The SSS of 72 went up to a CSS of 74. Despite a bad hole at the last Maureen Skinner (Gourock) had the best Gross of 79 and with the new Congu System will still cut her handicap although her net score off a handicap of 5 was 74 her adjusted gross score is 78 net 73 --- one under the CSS.  Well done Maureen !
However, the star of the day was 14 year old Megan Briggs (Photograph below) with a net 70 and is our  over all winner of the Spring Meeting by virtue of the better inward half from Maureen Cook
( Lochwinnoch)
and Noel Duthie (Greenock)
Division   Player Home Course Gross H'Cap Net Megan Briggs
Scr - 12 1st Megan Briggs Kilmacolm 80 10 70
  2nd Morag Turner Kilmacolm 83 12 71(BIH)
  3rd Patricia Brown Kilmacolm 83 12 71(BIH)
13 - 28 1st Maureen Cook Lochwinnoch 84 14 70 (BIH)
  2nd Noel Duthie Greenock 98 18 70
  3rd Irene Stewart Kilmacolm 91 19 72




Gladys Speedie is celebrating a BIG Birthday today and we all wish her a very happy day.
To see her Birthday card click on the cake.

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5th April 2004: Jennifer Graham (Haggs Castle) is April's Medal Winner

In exceedingly blustery and wet conditions at Cochrane Castle today 38 players braved the weather to play in the first Competition of the year. With such difficult conditions the 72 SSS  score went up by 3 to give a CSS of 75 and also be reduction only. Therefore no one in the field goes up 0.1
Donna Jackson
was the only player to break 80 and Jennifer Graham was the Overall Medal Winner of the day with a net 75. Denise Cowan won Division 2 by virtue of the better inward half
Division   Player Home Course Gross H'Cap Net Jennifer Graham
Scr - 12 1st Jennifer Graham Haggs Castle 85 10 75
  2nd Donna Jackson Cochrane Castle 79 (Best Gross) 3 76
  3rd Maureen Skinner Gourock 82 5 77(BIH)
13 - 28 1st Denise Cowan Cochrane Castle 89 13 76(BIH)
  2nd Maureen Mitchell Old Ranfurly 90 14 76(BIH)
  3rd Jeanette Nelson Cochrane Castle 93 17 76(BIH)
bulletFor all the rest of the results click on any of the the howdidiido icons that are on any web page.
Your scores have been returned to your home club via email. A manual exchange letter will also  be sent to your handicap secretary on this occasion and will be posted tomorrow.


2nd April 2004: Janette McCartney launches new Web Site for Open Competitions:

Janette McCartney, a golfer for almost 30 years, from Erskine in Renfrewshire, has today launched,  a web site that will provide facts and figures on the 1,000 and more Open Amateur Competitions held every year in Scotland. The site will cover all types of competitions for Gents, Ladies, Mixed, Seniors and Juniors.
Visitors to the web site will be able to find a competition diary; starting times for Opens and club competitions; late availability; weekly Club returns; a notice board featuring "The Winners Gallery"; and the ability to check your handicap against the competition scratch score quickly on line.
An enthusiastic golfer since the age of 16, Janette said: "Having worked with computers in business, and golfing for pleasure, I realised I could combine my two interests and provide an invaluable service for both golfers and golf clubs".
In addition, the web site will feature a golfing news service, golf up-dates and a hot spot section where club professional, Campbell Elliott, will pass on some practical hints and tips to help the club golfer reduce their handicap.
Golf clubs up and down the country will also benefit from this much needed service as they can promote their club for free to visitors at home and abroad knowing they will reach their target market. As well as promoting their Opené competitions and special offers they will be able to e-mail subscribers directly if they still have tee times available for the competitions. Clubs will welcome the service as it will reduce their admin costs and speed up times for contacting golfers without having to be on the phone constantly.
Craig Heap, member of the winning Scotland team at the European Men's Team Championship 2001 in Sweden, and a former Scottish Amateur Champion said: "This website is a great idea and will be of huge benefit to amateur golf in Scotland. To be able to review your performance and results after the tournament will be very helpful, particularly if you finish your round well before the final competitor's putt is made. It will also assist with keeping your handicap up to date, as it will be much easier to obtain the competition standard scratches from the website and save a phone call to the club. Another advantage is having the information in one place allowing you to plan ahead and tailor your competition schedule more readily at the start of the season. It also gives you the chance to make relatively late decisions to enter tournaments knowing full well spaces are still left in the field


1st April 2004: Its not an April Fools card (Click on the Golf Ball)

Spring Card for all our RLCGA Members
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