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October 2004


24th October : The Week of Witches and Brooms !

Apart from that , I have no news at the moment  and since it is the week of young children being excited about it being Halloween next weekend I thought I should remind all members that the AGM is on Wednesday 3rd November at Haggs Castle Golf Club.

Black Cat (Click to open up a Halloween Card)


17th October 2004: Our Secretary Christeen Finlayson has been rubbing shoulders with the stars

Another step for Christeen!   
This is after scoring at the first round of the Dunhill for David Howell (leader) and Samuel L. Jackson. 
Sadly, I didn't know who he was and have never seen any of his films.

 From what I hear there are many who would have been pleased to have been in my place!  For the record he seemed a very decent fellow and took time to sign autographs for everyone not only as he played as well as when he came off the course. 
Thanks Christeen for your story --- you look as if you were enjoying yourself

Christeen Finlayson and Samual L Jackson



15th October 2004: The tragic death of Lis Harvey

It is with much sadness that I have to report the sudden death of Lis Harvey in a drowning accident on Tuesday 5th October, 2004 while on a golfing holiday in Turkey with 7 other ladies from Cowglen Golf Club.
Lis had been an active member of the County since 1988 and regularly played in our competitions.  She had a single figure handicap and was the Champion of Cowglen. Lis was a liked and highly respected member of our County and will be sadly missed. We send our sincere sympathy to her husband Mike and family.
Aileen Wilson, Captain.


14th October 2004: Greenlees Trophy Presentation at Lenzie Golf Club

The Greenlees Trophy Presentation Buffet lunch took place today at Lenzie Golf Club.
Willeen McCallum
the Greenlees Secretary gave a very enlightening report of this years events and was able to also produce the original box for the trophy which had been in Troon Ladies safe keeping for the last 15 years.
Sheena Mitchell (Lenzie Lady Captain) presented the trophies to all 3 Divisional winners.


1st Division Winners : Ranfurly Castle (Fiona Roger) --- Middle of Photo
2nd Division Winners
: Kilmacolm (Annette Bailey) ---- RHS
3rd Division Winners
: West Kilbride (Morag McCallum) ---- LHS
Click on photo to see an enlargement. For all the final scores click here Greenlees Results 2004
Ranfurly Castle,
the 2004 Winners of the Main Trophy have competed in the Greenlees Trophy since the year it was started (1931) and this is the first time they have ever won it. Going back 40 years they have been in the 1st Division for 36 of those years and as Fiona Roger the team captain in her speech said " If at first you do not succeed --- TRY TRY AND TRY AGAIN !!"
We were also told that there were 5 members of the current team who have played the unbelievable total of 727 matches between them!!
Nancy MacGadie the longest serving Greenlees Team Player accepted the Trophy on behalf of Ranfurly Castle


10th October 2004: SLGA Centenary Lunch in Edinburgh 

330 Golfers from all over Great Britain and Ireland including a table representing RLCGA congregated in the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, yesterday to celebrate the Centenary of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association.
The LGU presented the SLGA with a framed print of St Andrews, and the R&A gave a silver salver, both of which were graciously accepted by SLGA President, Nancy Chisholm.
After a delicious lunch the speeches were led off by professional golfer, Cathy Panton-Lewis, one of the founding members of the Ladies European Tour, who toasted the SLGA, and expressed her gratitude to the SLGA for all they had done to develop her into a professional golfer.
Nancy Chisholm SLGA President replied by reminded the audience of the early beginnings of the Association,
Vice-Chairman, Emma Wilson, toasted the guests and Richard Cole-Hamilton, Captain of the R&A, replied. The SLGA Chairman Pat Hutton,co ordinated the event  and the Vote of Thanks was given by Vice-President, Margo Bauer.
The Renfrewshire County Representatives were Beth Paterson, Christeen Finlayson, Carol Fell, Fiona Roger, Audrey Sturgess, Evi Park, Dorothea Hastings, Moyra Gordon, Pamela MacKenzie, Rosemary Dykes, Jennifer Mack (SLGA), Sheila Goudie (Cowglen) and Gladys Speedie (Douglas Park)
Unfortunately Captain Aileen Wilson was unable to attend due to a family bereavement and we send her our deepest sympathy.


7th October 2004: The Mail on Sunday Report from Fiona Roger in Manchester

The Ranfurly “ Mail on Sunday” team left Bridge of Weir by coach at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, heading for Manchester and the quarter finals of the National Mail on Sunday competition.  By 8.10 a.m., as the coach sped down the M74,  the team of Evy MacGregor, Anne Judge, Sally Smyth, Marion Munro, Mary Craig and Lois Brown plus caddies enjoyed Bacon and egg rolls and bucks fizz!! After a short stop for coffee during the journey they arrived at The Marriot Worsley Park Golf and Country Club in plenty of time to prepare for a practice round on Sunday afternoon.

This was the second time in two years that
Ranfurly Castle had reached the quarter final stage of this competition.  The Mail on Sunday competition is the world’s biggest golf club team event with 3,115 teams competing in the men and ladies sections.  To reach the quarter final stage Ranfurly played 8 rounds within Scotland culminating in a final against Falkirk Tryst.

The practice round was played in very wet conditions overhead and extremely muddy conditions underfoot.  Hot showers were the order of the day after golf before the eight ladies teams and eight mens teams, plus supporters gathered for a champagne reception followed by dinner.

Dinner over, the eight ladies teams were put in the hat and four matches were drawn.  This was followed by the same procedure for the men.  There was plenty of fun and laughter and a lot of cheering as each team was drawn from the hat and relevant information was given about each of them.  The Ranfurly team drew Reading Golf Club for their eagerly anticipated tie the next morning.

Torrential rain and high winds during the night caused an hour’s delay to the start of play.  An early morning  ‘phone call from our Captain Evy, meant an extra hour in bed!  There was a great deal of doubt about whether the course would be playable, which would have given the organisers a huge problem.  However, the rain eased and the decision to start the matches taken.  The men started at the 1st. tee and the ladies at the 11th.

Each team played 4 singles matches played off handicap.  Mary Craig, Evy Macgregor, Marion Munro and Anne Judge set off on a course which was so wet that it was never going to be an easy match for either side.  The conditions overhead improved hugely and both teams played well considering the appalling conditions underfoot.  It was a tight match and the Ranfurly team played well, but on the day, were beaten by a better side who now go forward to the last stage of the competition to be played in Spain in November.  Reading Golf Club will be joined by two other English Clubs plus a Club from Ireland and another from Wales.  We wish them all well.
Congratulations must go to the Ranfurly team for reaching the quarter finals and competing so well in
Manchester.  We had a lot of fun and a weary team returned home on the coach along with several bottles of champagne and many tales to tell from each round of the 2004 competition.

Fiona thank you so much for your most interesting and detailed report. We are sorry the team lost but many congratulations to you all for a terrific performance over the whole 2004 season


5th October 2004: Ranfurly Castle wins the Greenlees Trophy for the First Time and the SLGA name their winter training squads

From L to R Back Row: Sally Smyth, Mary Craig, Sarah Kirby, Lesley Robertson, Fiona Roger (Team Captain),
Anne Robinson, Pamela MacKenzie.
Front Row: Marion Munro, Evy MacGregor, Anne Judge, Nancy MacGadie, Carol Fell and Rosemary Reedie (click to enlarge photograph)


Ranfurly Castle Golf Club have won this year's  West of Scotland Greenlees Trophy for the first time in the Clubs history.They won the season's scratch match play competition with 49½pt, with defending champions Cochrane Castle runners-up with 45pt.
Erskine and Lanark were relegated to Division 2, their places being taken by Division 2 winners Kilmacolm and runners-up Eastwood.
Cawder and Cowglen make the drop to Division 3 with West Kilbride and Cardross being promoted to Division 2.
Final placings:
Division 1 - Ranfurly Castle 49 ½, Cochrane Castle 45, Troon 41 ½,  Kilmarnock Barassie 36 ½, Cathkin Braes 35, Prestwick St Nicholas 35, Douglas Park 34 ½, Erskine 24 ½,  Lanark 18 ½
Division 2 - Kilmacolm 47 ½, Eastwood 45, Bothwell Castle 39 ½, Old Ranfurly 36 ½,  East Renfrewshire 35 ½, Haggs Castle 32, Milngavie 31 ½, Cawder 29, Cowglen 29 ½.
Division 3 - West Kilbride 61 ½, Cardross 48, Whitecraigs 46 ½, Hilton Park 45 ½, Greenock 38 ½, Cathcart Castle 38, Largs 37, Turnberry 31 ½, Lenzie 27 ½, Williamwood 27.

The Winter training squads have been announced by the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association for 2004-2005 and there are 3 Renfrewshire Juniors selected

NATIONAL 2 SQUAD: Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm),
NATIONAL SUPPORT SQUAD: Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze),
DEVELOPMENT SQUAD:Lauren Mackin (Ranfurly Castle),
National 2 Squad – Drumoig Driving Range on October 31, November 27. December 4-12. January 29. February 6.
National Support Squad – Drumoig Driving Range on November 21, January 9, February 13.
Development Squad – Drumoig Driving Range on November 13, December 5, January 15, February 5.
February 26-27.


1st October 2004 : Best wishes to Renfrewshire players over the next few days

Best wishes also go to  the Ranfurly Castle Team of Lois Brown, Mary Craig, Anne Judge, Evy MacGregor, Marion Munro and Sally Smyth  who  won the Scottish Final of the Mail on Sunday Golf Classic.
They travel to the Marriott Worsley Park Golf and Country Club in  Manchester on Sunday to play in the Quarter Finals on Monday which consists of  5 teams from England, and 1 each from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
The draw is done on Sunday at the dinner and the all the winners of the quarter finals then go to the Grand Final of the Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic at El Rompido Western Andalucia  in Spain which is midway between Faro and Seville.



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