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January 2005


19th January 2005: Jennifer Jenkins to lead the Scottish Girls again

Jennifer Jenkins (RLCGA and Ralston) pictured left, Scottish girls champion in 1988 and a junior international in 1987 and 1988, has been chosen again  to lead Scotland in the Girls' Home Internationals. She will be hoping for better conditions and better luck when they are played at Worplesdon, Surrey from August 3rd to 5th 2005
Strathaven - venue for last year's girls' internationals - was almost waterlogged by recurring rain and the Scots lost to England, Ireland and Wales.
Congratulation Jenny and good luck for 2005
Jennifer Jenkins
European Women's Team Championship (Karlstad, Sweden: July 5-9) Mrs Elaine Farquharson-Black (Deeside).
Women's Home Internationals (Dundalk, Ireland: September 14-16) Miss Fiona Anderson (Formby Ladies).
European Girls' Team Championship (Lucerne, Switzerland:  July 5-9) Miss Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies).
Girls' Home Internationals (Worplesdon, Surrey: August 3-5) Miss Jennifer Jenkins (Ralston).
Senior Women's Home Internationals (Radyr, Cardiff: October 4-6) Mrs Pam Gordon (Inverness).


16th January 2005: Ranfurly Castle Winners Celebrate in Style

This will be the last time I mention the 2004 Greenlees Trophy Winners -- Ranfurly Castle. The team have been celebrating for about 3 months now and the celebrations were rounded off with the AGM on Thursday and a Party on Saturday. At the AGM The Trophy was there for all to view --- and there was one past Greenlees Team Member and RLCGA Member who was delighted to see the Trophy for the 1st time.
Can you guess who is peering at the past winners on the Trophy ?

On Saturday Team Captain Fiona Roger and husband Peter hosted a magnificent celebration Party in their home for the Greenlees/Mail on Sunday Scottish Winning Teams and their husbands and partners. RLCGA County Members, Mary Craig, Carol Fell, Anne Judge, Sarah Kirby (New Member this year) Nancy MacGadie, Evy MacGregor, Pamela MacKenzie, Marion Munro, Rosemary Reedie, Lesley Robertson Anne Robinson and Sally Smyth all attended the celebration ""bash".
 A terrific evening was had by all. Our thanks go to them both
Greenlees Trophy (Click to open up the photo album)






Some of the Players



Special Olympics is a popular local charity. Why don't you join the fund raising by having a T Break or Coffee Morning at your club. The dates are the weekend of the 18th - 20th February 2005. They want to raise awareness for their teams in the Special Olympics Great Britain National Games in Glasgow in July 2005. To register your interest and involvement phone, fax or email details to the following contact Tel/fax 0141 563 6345 or email by clicking here - Special Olympics 2005 .
Or do you have something you would like to donate. Christeen Finlayson has given her Samuel L Johnstone golf ball  and a set of Dunhill waterproofs. She has friends that have a Downs Syndrome boy that is taking part in the golf section. Various other golfers eg Isabel Crawford (Ayrshire) and Anne Laing (D&A) are both helping. If you are interested or would like to donate something then why not telephone or email Tom Nisbet the West of Scotland organiser. He is also running a charity (Special Olympics) ProAM at Cambuslang GC on 13th May 2005. If anyone you know might be interested in entering a team or supporting through sponsorship please let him know. The cost is £400 per team of 3 or £300 or £200 for sponsorship opportunities



Golf for People with Learning Difficulties

The golf development programme for people with learning difficulties has been running in the West of Scotland for 7 years.   Currently 15 - 20 special schools from in and around the Glasgow area send pupils to receive regular coaching.   Some colleges are now starting to become interested in the programme.  This development, which is the largest in Europe, receives support from a number of local authorities as well as The Golf Foundation which promotes Junior golf across the UK.    Most of the work, however, is successful only with the generous support of teachers who give up much free time to help their students gain experiences in golf.

There are monthly events within the calendar.  More than 50 pupils attend the monthly events held at a range of venues.   The events are initially held at driving ranges where we can cater for mass participation.   Thereafter, as you can see from the calendar below, the events tend to cater for those who are more interested or showing more promise.   Pitch and Putt competitions lead on to Team Strokeplay competitions.   The highlight of the season is the Individual Strokeplay Championship.   It is at this event that the representatives are chosen for any particular major events in the coming year.   This July the team  representing the West of Scotland at the next British Games which will be held in Cardiff in 2005 consists of 15 golfers of a range of ability levels. 


Brief History

In 1998 a team of 6 golfers went to Ireland to compete in their National Championships.   The golfers took part in a range of competitions and returned with a number of medals after some excellent performances.  In 1999 one of our golfers was awarded  The Golf Foundationís Special Needs Award at a ceremony at Wentworth Golf Course.  

Also in 1999, 2 of our golfers were selected to compete in the Special Olympics World Games in USA.   Two young golfers were chosen to be part of the United Kingdom Team which went to North Carolina for this prestigious event.   both golfers, one male and one female were seeded in Division 1 of their respective golf competitions.   The female golfer won the gold medal and the male golfer won the bronze medal.   Both of them have continued their involvement with the sport.

In 2000 a group of 20 youngsters went for a daysí coaching at the National Golf Centre where they received excellent coaching and service from the staff there.   In 2001 6 golfers took part in the first Welsh Championships and then a team of 12 participated in the Special Olympics Great Britain Summer games in Cardiff.   2002 saw golfers compete in the Irish games and in the GB Championships in Glasgow in September.   In 2003 SOGB took a team of 12 golfers to Dublin for the World Games


Remaining Events for 2005

Thursday February 10      (S Kerr)       Driving Range Day - Mearns Castle

Thursday March 17          (T Nisbet)    Driving Range Day - Mearns Castle 

Tuesday April 26             (L Coyle)      Pitch and Putt - Hogganfield  

Week Beg May 16            (G Andrew)  Team Strokeplay - Alexandra Parade 

All of the above events will start at approximately 10.30 am and finish at midday.   For those that can wait there will be a time to get together afterwards for lunch and presentations.



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