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April 2005



The pairing of Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle) and Maureen Skinner (Gourock) won the Scratch Award at yesterday's Inter County Foursomes Qualifying round played over Lochwinnoch yesterday. Maureen and Gillian had 3 birdies in their  gross 83 round (testament to the greens more than anything says Maureen!!) Donna Jackson and Pearl Orr (Cochrane Castle) were runners up with an 84. Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) and Heather Davidson (Ranfurly Castle) in the 1st game out had an excellent 87 to be 3rd despite having a quadruple bogey 8 at the 17th

Nancy MacGadie and Rosemary Reedie (Ranfurly Castle) playing off 12.5 took the top Handicap prize with a  net 74. despite having had a tough 7 at the par 3 13th but made  amends by having a birdie 3 at the 16th,
Sheila Shaw and Jan MacNab (Lochwinnoch) who started badly with an 8 a the first hole and a 6 at the 2nd in the worst of the weather, then had a birdie 3 at the 3rd and  played well over the rest of the round to finish with a net 75 and be runners up

23 Couples played but 13 called off which resulted in the RLCGA qualifiers for the Commonwealth Spoons Final being reduced from 4 to 2 which is rather disappointing.
Despite the trials and tribulations of the first two games that went out in the rain
I am sure everyone who played will agree that the course was in great condition given the time of year.  The assistance given in the clubhouse and catering was
excellent. Many thanks to Lochwinnoch Golf Club



25th April 2005 (Monday) Elspeth Hanlon wins the scratch prize at the West Vets Spring Meeting at West Kilbride

Renfrewshire players did well in todays West Vets Spring Meeting played over West Kilbride today. The SSS WAS  73  AND THE CSS 76 (counting)
Scratch E. Hanlon (Gourock) 84
1st   M Cameron, Whitecraigs 74 (13) 
2nd  S Scott, Troon 75 (19) bih
3rd  G Campbell, Bearsden 75 (13)
1st   M Orr, Whitecraigs 74 (22)

2nd  M Doonan, Milngavie 74 (25)


24th April 2005 (Sunday) Coaching for the Juniors and the Seniors by the 2 Karyns

Well what a wonderful day the Junior and the Senior County players had at the Mearns Golf Academy today.
Coaching was provided by
Karyn Dallas, Kirriemuir Golf Club, who is  the Scottish Ladies coach and also the Scottish Junior coach.

Karyn Burns the RLCGA Coach assisted with the days events.

Captain Aileen
thanked the 2 Karyns at the end of the day for all their expertise help .
Everyone that was there enjoyed all the coaching routines and hopefully it will help with their future golfing skills.


The RLCGA Junior Squad
The Junior Squad


The RLCGA County Senior Squad
The Senior Squad


Karyn Dallas and Karyn Burns
The Coaches
Karyn Dallas (Pro at Kirriemuir and SLCGA Squad Coach)
Karyn Burns (Pro at Mearns Golf Academy and RLCGA Coach)


23rd April 2005 (Saturday) Photos of the RLCGA Championship

Looking for some photos of the day when Donna had her record breaking 10th Championship victory. Click on the link to see  what the day was all about. Thanks to all the spectators who contributed to such a successful day.


21st April 2005 (Thursday) -- Donna is Champion for the 10th time

Donna Jackson (RLCGA 2005 Champion)

Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) won the 2005 RLCGA Championship over Cowglen Golf Course today.
In an exciting semi final against young Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) she came back from being 3 down after 7 holes to square the match with a birdie at the 14th. They then halved the 15th and 16th and then Donna won the 17th to go one up. Donna then 3 putted the 18th and the tie went down the 19th where her par 4 was enough to clinch an exciting battle.

In the other semi final Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle) was never up in the match against Linda McDougall (Greenock) until the 17th hole and a halved hole at the 18th was enough to progress to the final.

After a long week of good overhead conditions but heavy underfoot and putting conditions Donna came to the fore by going out in a 2 over par 37 to be 3 up at the turn. Gillian struggled a little and eventually lost 5 and 3

Donna first won the Championship in 1989 and and now holds the Championship Winners Record of 10 wins which beats Heather Anderson (Troon Ladies) who has won the Trophy 9 times.

Many thanks go to Cowglen Golf Club for the courtesy of the course and their friendly hospitality through out the week. Ian Campbell (Club Captain) refereed the final and presented the prizes. The Past Captains had a lovely lunch and Sheila Goudie (Past Captain and of Cowglen ) helped out with any rulings .

When I have time I will put some photos of the day on the website



20th April 2005 (Wednesday) --- Some surprises in the Championship matchplay stages at Cowglen

Donna Jackson and Gillian McGinlay the top qualifiers in yesterday's stroke play have managed to reach the semi final stages of the Matchplay Championships. Donna progressed to the semis by wins against Denise Cowan (Cochrane Castle) in the morning and then Jennifer Graham (Haggs Castle)  the surprise winner against Past Champion Sara Harman (Williamwood) in the morning.
 Gillian won through by beating Morag Turner (Kilmacolm) and then Vice Captain Beth Paterson (Eastwood).

A few surprise results in the morning meant the departure of Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire), Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) - last years finalist and Julie Wilson (Williamwood)
Under 16's Scottish Team Member Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) now meets Donna and Linda McDougall (Greenock) plays Gillian



19th April 2005 (Tuesday) Donna Jackson is the leading Championship Qualifier.

With nice overhead conditions, but rather wet underfoot conditions Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) was the leading qualifier with a gross 75  at Cowglen today. Her score was 2 better than Gillian McGinlay also from Cochrane Castle.
Gillian, however won the Peggy Clark Rosebowl by having the lowest net score of the day with a net 71.
The SSS 71 and the CSS 73.

The first match is out at 09:15 ie the top of the draw and then there are 6 minute intervals till the last match ie bottom of the draw who go out at 10:07.


16th April 2005 (Saturday) County Team Player Kate Stars again

Kate O'Sullivan from Paisley (RLCGA and Cochrane Castle) tied for eighth place in the Big South Women's College Championship at Greenwood Country Club, South Carolina.
Kate had rounds of 75, 71 and 78 for a total of 234. Her 71 was the lowest second-round score in the second round.
Many Congratulations Kate


14th April 2005 (Thursday) News from Kate O'Sullivan in the USA

Women's Golf Travels To Big South Tournament
Greenwood, SC - 11th April 2005
High Point's women's golf team will travel to Greenwood, S.C. Monday for the 2005 Palmetto Utility Protection Service (PUPS) Big South Women's Golf Championship.

The tournament will take place at the Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor in Greenwood.

Sophomore Kate O'Sullivan (RLCGA) earned All-Conference honors, while teammate Anni Svensson was named to the Big South's All-Academic Team when the Conference announced its 2005 women's golf awards on Sunday.

O'Sullivan, from Paisley, Scotland,
was the first women's golfer in Panther history to win an individual title, as she has captured Medalist honors three times this season (Sea Trial Intercollegiate (76-78-154), Virginia Beach Intercollegiate (74-77-151), and Monarch Invitational (80). O'Sullivan's current scoring average of 77.64 is eighth in the Big South and she owns the most tournament victories of any player in the Conference with three.

Svensson, from Upplands Vasby, Sweden, is a Big South Presidential Honor Roll member and a Millis Scholar-Athlete. She carries a 3.902 grade-point average in computer information systems. Svensson tied for the individual crown at the Monarch Invitational. She was High Point's first-ever All-Conference women's golfer following an eighth-place finish at the 2003 Big South Championships and she is also a member of the 2003 Big South-champion women's soccer squad.

Kate -- Thanks for all your up to date news


12th April 2005 (Tuesday) The wind, rain and hail takes its toll at the first County Medal of the season at Ralston

The first county medal of the season was played at a windswept Ralston Golf Course.  There were also numerous hail showers that added to the degree of  difficulty on the day.
Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle) who was in the leading  group that went out  at 9:15 ended up by having the best gross score of the day with an 80 and also the best net score of the day with a  74. The SSS 71 went up to a CSS 74 (Reduction Only)



This is the ruling that the County have had from the SLGA with regards to taking back a copy of their card from a Renfrewshire County Medal to their HOME CLUB

Under the CONGU regulations it is the PLAYER’S responsibility to ensure that all "Away" scores are reported to her home club and only scores where there is a 19.8 adjustment require the card. Clubs, counties and other organisations running qualifying competitions do return scores as a help to handicap secretaries but THEY DO NOT HAVE TO.

Renfrewshire returns all the scores back to the Home Clubs when publishing to the Howdidido Website and the few clubs who do not will have their authenticated scores returned by post and signed by the Results Secretary or one of the committee.



8th April 2005 (Friday) The Masters at Augusta--- Enjoy your golfing weekend and the Briggs Sisters do well at the St Leonards Under 16 Championships

Well its the MASTERS at Augusta -- Why not click on the logo above to find out all the up to date scores



Click on logo to view the re-launched Congu Website
The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU®) was pleased to announce the re- launch of its Website yesterday. CONGU® represents the four Ladies & the four Men's National Unions/Associations for handicapping in Great Britain and Ireland.
The 1st February 2004 was a landmark day for golf handicapping with the introduction of the Unified Handicapping System (UHS) which, for the first time, used the same System for ladies and men's handicaps. The objective of the new Website is to promote greater understanding of the UHS and the principles behind it. This is achieved by publishing the System in full linked to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) and explanations of the more important aspects.
The more common criticisms of the UHS are answered by the analysis of actual competition data in a 'Myths and Misconceptions' section. The site contains items of interest for experienced administrators, golf club secretaries, club golfers and indeed for anyone who has an interest in golf handicapping.
By using the Website golfers should develop a greater understanding of the handicapping process and the reasons behind it, which in turn will enhance their enjoyment of competitive golf. It is intended that the site will become the focal point where administrators and golfers will find the definitive answers to their handicapping queries. The site will be further developed from now on with more FAQ's and other items of interest as the need arises.
Thanks go to Gillian Kirkwood for all this information


5th April 2005 (Tuesday) -- Have you not entered the County Foursomes --- Then why not do so now-- still some availability

Anyone who doesn't have a partner for the County Foursomes at Lochwinnoch then contact Maureen Skinner and she can match people up.  She already has one singleton....

Best to contact her  by email Maureen Skinner failing that the work number is 0141 420 4996.


2nd April 2005 (Saturday) News from Katy Robinson from the Scottish University Championships

Hi Carol, just back from Lossiemouth, had an excellent trip. Lots of golf and plenty of socialising!

Day 1 - Play was over Moray Old Course, dry weather with a little wind. This proved quite testing for me (and others!) Main drama after playing was finding our car with a flat battery --- oops could have left the door open with our early start! Never mind, a friendly local got us going. Made it back to our cottage at Portknockie, where the Edinburgh boys cooked us a slap up meal!

Day 2 - Two rounds on Moray New Course, similar weather conditions. Four hours sleep and an early start obviously suited me as I scored well in the morning and managed to hold it together (just) in the afternoon!! Wound down with drinks in the bar, pool against the boys and then prizegiving at 8pm.

I was runner-up in the handicap championships (by one shot) to Ann Ramsay, who also carded new course record of 67 over Moray new. Clare-Marie Carlton was runner up in the Team Championship playing for Stirling 3

I would really recommend this event to all girls who play golf and attend university!

Well done Katy and Clare-Marie thanks for your news --- Obviously a little socialising helps the golf !!!

Collated results:

SUSF Golf Womens' Handicap Championship
1. Ann Ramsay (Heriot-Watt) (80 69 65) 214
2. Katy Robinson (Edinburgh) (80 65 70) 215
3. Emma Tipping (Stirling) (77 74 68) 219

SUSF Golf Womens' Team Championship
455 Stirling 1 (Alex Marshall, Kylie Walker)
463 Stirling 3 (Clare-Marie Carlton, Emma Tipping)
468 Stirling 2 (Olivia Briggs , Dawn Dewar)
477 Dundee (Gemma Webster, Kirsty Wells)
570 Edinburgh (Katy Robinson, Lindsay Johnston)

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