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November 2005


30th November 2005: Back from Hols and one or two news updates

Just to let you know we are back from Madeira after a very enjoyable week. Weather was luckily very good as it was raining on arrival , sunny all week and then was pouring when we left. Lots of lovely plants, views, and sites to see.

Mail On Sunday Golf Classic
Stirling who beta Whitecraigs in the Scottish Final just miss out in Mail on Sunday grand final. (Thanks to Tricia Chillas for this report)
Stirling Ladies missed out on becoming the first Scottish Ladies team to win the Mail on Sunday Classic by the narrowest of margins.   Played at El Rompido in Spain, they defeated Westhill 4-2 in the semis with convincing wins for Elaine Allison, Tricia Chillas, Alison Davidson and Vicki Stevenson.   Aileen Lee and Sheilagh Quinn both lost very tight matches at the last hole.   In the final, Stirling played against English Champions Ellesborough.   The handicap situation was very even, with 10 out of the 12 players 6 handicap or below.   Unfortunately Elaine, Tricia and Aileen lost, which put considerable pressure on the remaining three players.   Shelagh edged out her match at the 16th and the ever reliable Alison won her match at the 18th against American Bound Scholarship student Cara Leathers who plays off three.    The Stirling crowd agonisingly watched Vicki’s birdie attempt at the last lip out which would have forced a play-off, the final result being 3 ˝ to 2 ˝
It was a tremendous experience for all concerned and Stirling did their Club and Scotland proud.   With Elaine Allison on the team you can all also imagine that they made a significant contribution to the entertainment at the gala dinner!!
The team would like to thank everyone who sent best wishes from many parts of the country, and Guardian Systems who kindly provided uniform for the team and supporters

Edinburgh resident Margaret Rodgers, who came to live in Scotland from Northern Ireland over 35 years ago, is the new chairman of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association. She succeeded Kirkcaldy’s Emma Wilson who completed her one-year term of office at Wednesday’s annual meeting in Perth of the body that governs Scottish women’s amateur golf.
Aberdeen-based Margaret MacNaughtan, who hails from Bearsden, Glasgow, is the new SLGA vice-chairman. Mrs MacNaughtan  is a former Scotland hockey international team player and selector. She was captain of Aberdeen Ladies Golf Club in its centenary year of 1992 and she was county captain of Aberdeenshire in the late 1990s.
She was chairman of training during her first two years on the SLGA executive and as such was the Scotland team manager at home internationals and European championships.
Sheila Pickles and Janet Wake have come on to the SLGA to replace Emma Wilson and Jennifer Mack.

Drumpellier’s Clare Queen finished joint eighth in the Ladies European Tour Final Qualifying School at La Cala Resort, Mijas on the Costa del Sol and immediately relinquished her amateur status.
The 22-year-old Great Britain & Ireland amateur international player – who would have almost certainly gained a Curtis Cup against the United States next summer – will instead be a rookie pro on the European women’s circuit.
Clare, who came through last week’s Stage 1 36-hole preliminary test, finished the final 72-hole eliminator with rounds of 70, 74, 71 and 78 for a one-over-par total of 293.
Thanks go to Gillian Kirkwood for all the news reports


20th November 2005: No News --- Your Webmaster is having a break

Just to say we are away for a weeks holiday to Madeira --- no golf !! There will therefore be no news, so to keep up to date then link to the  Gillian Kirkwood Website
As of today at 9pm Sunday News

Only Clare Queen of the four Scots bidding to win players’ cards for next year’s Ladies European Tour are likely to survive the cut at the end of Monday’s third round over La Cala Resort North Course at Mijas on Spain’s Costa del Sol.
The 22-year-old Drumpellier player, entered as an amateur, is tied for fourth place after scores of 70 and 74 for two-under-par 144. Clare would have been right up there alongside halfway leader Sarah Kemp from Australia but for a double-bogey 6 at the 310yd 17th hole.
The Scot birdied the same hole in Saturday’s opening score of 70.
She had three birdies in Sunday’s so-steady round – at the short eighth and 10th. She bogeyed the second.
Only the top 50 and ties will advance to the fourth and final round.

Please Note :  The SLGA AGM is on Wednesday 23rd November in the Quality Hotel in Perth at 11am
Check out the The RLCGA Guest Book and see who has added her best wishes to Renfrewshire County.
Eleanor Bremner will let me know all your winter foursomes results on my return so that I can update the Winter Foursomes 2005_2006 Results Page


14th November 2005: Karyn Burns gives you a golfing tip for the winter months

Karyn Burns
Karyn Burns
the RLCGA Senior and Junior Coach has given us all a golfing tip for the winter
 Why not click on the Mearns Castle Golf Academy Logo where Karyn is one of the resident Golf Professionals


11th November 2005: AGM -----Christine Finlayson is the new RLCGA Vice Captain and Donna receives a picture in recognition of her record 10th County Championship win

Donna Jackson
Christine Finlayson



Captain Aileen Wilson, Vice Captain Beth Paterson, Honorary President Wendy Cameron, Honorary Secretary Christeen Finlayson, Honorary Treasurer Audrey Sturgess, Junior Secretary Gillian Kyle and 50 ladies attended the meeting at Haggs Castle Golf Club on Wednesday 9th November

Sheila Goudie, Team Assessor of the Course Rating Committee, reported  that Team 1 consisting of Sheila Goudie, Maureen Mitchell (Cathcart Castle), Rhona Graham and Jennifer Graham had rated Bonnyton, Caldwell, Cathcart Castle, Cowglen, East Renfrewshire, Eastwood, Fereneze, Haggs, Paisley, Port Glasgow, Whitecraigs and Williamwood.  Team 2 with Maureen Mitchell (Old Ranfurly), Mamie Robin, Espeth Hanlon, Nancy McGadie and Janette Nelson had completed Cochrane Castle, Elderslie, Erskine, Kilmacolm, Old Ranfurly and Ralston.but they still had to complete Gleddoch, Gourock, Greenock, Lochwinnoch, Renfrew and Ranfurly Castle.  The Course Rating had to be completed by the end of 2008 and Renfrewshire was well ahead of the other Counties.  Sheila was indebted to Bill Mitchell of the Scottish Golf Union (husband of Maureen Mitchell of Old Ranfurly) for his training and help.  Sheila then intimated that as she had agreed to set up the Course Rating Committee and set it on its way she was now happy to pass on the position as Team Assessor to the able hands of Maureen Mitchell of Cathcart Castle and she wished her every success.   

Captain Aileen thanked Sheila and both teams for all their time and hard work and, once again,  reminded the meeting that the girls gave of their time on a voluntary capacity. She then presented Sheila with a small gift in appreciation of all her efforts.

Vice Captain Beth reported that Fiona Roger had been assisting Carol Fell in order to take over as the Results Secretary.  The purchase of the laptop had still to be finalised.  The Vice Captain was relieved that although Carol was retiring from the Committee she would be on hand should any problems arise.

Audrey Sturgess then gave her full Treasures report (which will be available in the AGM minutes)

In closing her report Audrey thanked Aileen, Beth, Christeen and the other committee members for their support throughout the past year  -  it had made her job much easier.  She also thanked Elizabeth Simpson (Whitecraigs) for, once again, carrying out the audit and much appreciated the giving of her valuable time.  The Treasure was pleased to report that Elizabeth had agreed to continue as Auditor for next year.      

 Secretary Christeen opened her report by announcing that all competitions for 2006 had been confirmed and copies were available for perusal  The June Medal at Cochrane Castle and the August Medal at Kilmacolm were commencing at 2p.m. in order to enable business ladies to have the chance to compete.  The situation would be reviewed at the end of the season.  Christeen then went on to give dates for the Championship, the West of Scotland Championship and the Kennedy Salver.  Renfrewshire was hosting the Jamboree at East Renfrewshire Golf Club on 27th, 28th and 29th June and it was hoped as many as possible would support in County colours.  The Secretary reminded the meeting that the winners of the Jamboree go on to the Scottish Finals at Hirsel, Berwickshire.

The Committee had decided that in future the Summer Foursomes would accept entries in pairs rather than fours to allow more flexibility should be weather be bad on the day of the competition.   (Full Secretarial Report in the Minutes)

Captain Aileen thanked Christeen for the many hours she had worked tirelessly behind the scenes on the County’s behalf.  She was indebted to her for staying on as Secretary for her fifth year and it gave her great pleasure to present her with a gift from the County

Results Secretary Carol Fell said that although  the weather this summer was much better than last year the turn out to the County Medals had again been  rather disappointing  
Apart from the April Medal at Ralston, the Spring Meeting at Elderslie and the July Medal at Whitecraigs, with all of these having 50- 60 entries, and the Autumn Meeting had 60 entrants but only 12 went on a day of poor weather All other entries have been low 
All the 2005 Results  are  available on the web at in the Archive section under prizewinners 2005.
She had also continued to send results to the Herald and said they still make mistakes !!
However by linking the Handicap Software to the Howdidido website, the results at the end of each competition were transferred to this site.
In addition, the player’s Gross Score, Net Score and Adjusted Gross Scores were also sent back to the players Home club along with the SSS and the CSS. The clubs that are not using Club Systems Software or have not got their handicap system connected to Howdidido had their results sent back to their Golf club via an email system in the publishing mechanism. Also some handicap secretaries that were having problems had  the exported  handicap exchange letter at the end of a competition  sent to their home email address and this has worked well.

She then gave some useful statistics  --- one of them being ---
The 19.8 Stableford Scores where there were 374 scores over the past season and out of that there were 132 adjusted scores (35%). However out of these scores there were only 13 cards that had the adjustment that affected their handicap (3%) and these would be the cards that according to the SLGA would need a copy returned to their Home Club.   Only a few card copies were taken and as far as RLCGA was concerned all these adjusted scores were returned to the clubs by some means (by Howdidido or by email to H’Cap secretary Home address).
she thought some people did not realize they even had an adjusted score !

She then reported that The RLCGA Website continues to tick along and the visits have increased this year with over 27,000 visits since March 2004.
The visits to the site this year are up by 45% from last year and the number of pages viewed is up by 55%. The average number of visits per month is roughly 1800 which is approximately 500 pages a month more than the same period last year (March – October) The most popular pages are Club News, Greenlees Results, Junior News, Competition Draws, Results and Photographs being the top pages. The top month count was in September with 8540 pages being viewed, with the Greenlees Results Page being the most popular
She needs to revamp the site over the winter as she is having problems with it  However, she will keep the winter foursomes results up to date and any relevant news.

If you ever have a problem seeing what you think should be up to date results or news PRESS F5 which refreshes your internet browser

Carol Fell with presentation plantFinally she said  how much I have enjoyed being on the committee over the past 3 years and  promised to continue with the website. However for the web to survive she needs stories and any photographs taken to be sent to her. It can be anything to do with you or someone in your home club that you would like us all to hear about. Also it does not necessarily need to be about golf.
Finally, she wished Beth and the rest of the committee every success for the future

Captain Aileen thanked Carol for the many hours she had worked setting up the website and getting us up and running with Computer for all our scores and results. She then presented her with a beautiful plant in thanks from the County for all her work

Gillian Kyle gave a very informative Junior Report (See AGM Minutes when available) and she finished up by announcing some of the girls achievements (apologies if she has missed anyone)

Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) Age 16  Handicap 3  -  Ladies Champion at Kilmacolm and Greenlees and Newton Shield Member.  Gryffe High School Champion 2005 and Renfrewshire Girls Champion 2005.  1st Reserve for four man Scottish Girls Team for European Girls Team Championship at Lucerne, Switzerland, July 2005.  Team member for Scottish girls under 16 Team for Home Internationals at Worplesdon, Surrey, August 2005.  Team Member for West Division Girls Team for the Inter-divisional Girls Team Championship at Balumbie Castle, Dundee, in June, 2005.  West of Scotland Girls Vice-Captain for their 50th Anniversary year, 2006, and West Girls Team member.  Selected for SLGA Scottish Girls Training Squad 2004/5 and 2005/6 and selected for ten man Scottish Schools Squad after the Scottish Schools Championship at St. Andrews Bay, June 2005.  Selected for Training by Butch Harman at St. Andrews Bay.  Reached quarter semi-finals of Scottish Girls Matchplay Championship at Tain, July, 2005.  Reached semi-finals of Renfrewshire Ladies Championship at Cowglen, April 2005.  She has also been selected for the Scottish under 17 Netball Squad!! 

Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm)  Age 12  Handicap 12.7  -  Scottish Girls under 16 Open Strokeplay Chamionship winner  of the Murray, Donald & Caithness Trophy for the best overall net aggregate winner of the Royal Bank of Scotland Skills Test for under 12’s.  Winner of the Under 13’s St. Leonards National Junior Schools Championships, April 2005.  Winner of the Under 12’s at the Scottish Girls under 14  Strokeplay Championships at Craigielaw, July 2005.  Winner of the best net aggregate in the Scottish Junior Ladies Strokeplay championships at West Kilbride, July 2005.  Member of West Girls winning their Bronze Championship and representing them in team matches.  Member of Kilmacolm Greenlees Team. 

Catherine Conejo-Watt (Williamwood) Age 14  Handicap 26 - 17.  Won three ladies medals at Williamwood and the Captain’s Competition.  Played in her first Greenlees match.  Won the Bronze Scratch Trophy.  Won the Handicap Trophy at The North Berwick Junior Open at The Glen, July 2005.

Lauren Mackin (Ranfurly Castle)  Age 14  Handicap 13.- Winner of the SLGA Challange Cup at Cardross

Captain Aileen thanked Gillian for the amazing amount for work she had done promoting junior golf.  It played a very important part in the County and she also congratulated Gillian on her excellent play in 2005.

 Aileen opened her report by announcing the 2005 season had commenced with the Dinner at The Williamwood Golf Club in March when 96 ladies had enjoyed an excellent meal and entertained by Helen Fauld’s amusing after dinner speech. 
 The 2004/5 Winter Foursomes Final had been played at Haggs Castle and was won by Penny Baglin and Audrey Barclay of East Renfrewshire who defeated Sheila Shaw and Maureen Cook, both of Lochwinnoch, by 3 and 2.  The Renfrewshire Rosebowl Final was played at Haggs Castle in September when Carol Fell defeated Freda Smith on the 18th.  Coaching for the Renfrewshire Team started early in October, 2004, with 12 players take part.  At the first session Addi Shamash had been present with her County Brooch for representing the County in six matches.  Coaching had again taken place at Mearns Castle Golf Academy with Karyn Burns.  Mini-leagues had been introduced from October to April and their aim was to help players to get to know one another and improve their matchplay skills.  In February the group attended an evening with Karyn Burns and Adam Hunter called “Get the Edge”.   Aileen thought this had been an excellent evening and hoped that the players would continue to benefit from it.  The final Coaching Day was held in April when SLGA coach Karen Dallas and our own Karyn Burns held two sessions  -  one for Juniors in the morning and one for 16 seniors in the afternoon.  This had been a great day  -  Renfrewshire had planned it for more than a year, but Aileen was pleased to say that as part of an SLGA initiative.  The Captain thanked Junior Secretary Gillian for arranging coaching and matches in addition to the Junior Jamboree and again reiterated the importance of this for the future of the County. 

With regard to matches, the match against the West of Scotland Girls had been discontinued by mutual agreement.  The West Girls committee know that Renfrewshire will help whenever requested.  The Ranfurly Castle Newton Shield Team could not field a team on the arranged date by Ranfurly Castle kindly gave our team two tee times for practice.  In June the team played a successful match against a Haggs Castle Men’s Select Team.  The Championship was played at Cowglen with 49 ladies competing in the Stroke Round.  The Peggy Clark Rosebowl was won by Gillian McGinlay of Cochrane Castle.  The losing semi-finalists were Megan Briggs losing at the 19th to Donna Jackson and Linda McDougall losing at the 18th to Gillian McGinlay.  The final between Donna and Gillian was won by Donna for a record tenth time  -  a magnificent achievement.  Congratulations were also due to Gillian for reaching the final and to the semi-finalist Megan, aged only 15, and Linda.  The Captain recorded her thanks to Cowglen for the courtesy of the course for the three day and she also thanked Vice Captain Beth for her smooth organisation of the event.  At this point, to mark Donna’s great achievement, it gave Captain Aileen great pleasure and pride to present Donna Jackson with an inscribed photograph of Donna holding the Championship Trophy. 
The West of Scotland Championship was held at Largs Kelburn in May with Clare Marie Carlton gaining third place.  Unfortunately, Renfrewshire did not retain the Team Trophy.  The Scottish Championship was held at Cruden Bay Golf Club and ten Renfrew ladies played.  Donna Jackson and Gillian McGinlay won the Grainger Cup have the best net scores in the first qualifying round.  Donna was the fifth qualifier but lost in Round 1.  Clare-Marie qualified and was beaten in the quarter finals by the then current champion, Anne Laing.  At the end of May the County Team was selected  -  Donna Jackson, Megan, Briggs, Clare Marie Carlton, Jennifer Jenkins, Gillian Kyle, Gillian McGinlay, Kate O’Sullivan, Julie Wilson and the reserves were Carol Whyte, Sara Harman, Maureen Skinner and Gillian Mullen.  Lesley Robertson and Addi Shamash were unavailable due to work commitments and Karen Fitzgerald was on holiday.  In June The West of Scotland Inter County Jamboree was played over Lanark Golf Club where our Renfrewshire Team did us proud  -  every single member played their part, whether playing or supporting, and there was great enthusiasm and camaraderie.  Many thanks was offered to the Caddy Mistress, Christeen Finlayson, and Vice Captain Beth along with the caddies and supporters.  Renfrewshire played Lanarkshire in the first day and sadly lost 4 to 5.  The next two days we defeated Ayrshire 6.5 and 2.5 and Dunbartonshire and Argyll 7 to 2.  Renfrewshire finished second, unfortunately not in the first place we wished, losing out by just one point.  On a very hot day, it had been amazing to see two of our younger members Kate O’Sullivan and Megan Briggs running back up the sixteen after winning their match to support the rest of the team.  It had been great to see such enthusiasm!  Lanarkshire then went on to the Scottish Finals at   Ranfurly Castle in September and Midlothian were the overall winners.  Captain Aileen felt that Renfrewshire’s performance augured well for the future and she wished Beth and Renfrewshire every success in the years ahead.  Donna Jackson was runner up the in SLGA Champion of Champions held at Glasgow Gailes.  Clare Marie Carlton was runner up the in Scottish Under 21 Open at West Kilbride and she was selected as a Reserve for the Scottish Ladies Home International Team.  Clare Marie broke the course record with a 69 at Fereneze - SSS 71.  Kate O’Sullivan has continued to have good score for the University of North Carolina and is now in her third year of a Golf Scholarship.  Addi Shamash was second in the Scottish Mixed Foursomes.  Jennifer Jenkins was Captain of the Scottish Girls Home International Team. 

In the Inter County Foursomes Final held at the Old Course Ranfurly Donna Jackson and Pearl Orr won the second scratch prize  -  one stroke behind the Ayrshire winners.  Maureen Skinner and Gillian McGinlay won third scratch.  In the second  handicap category Moira Hogg and Merope Dunlop won second place.  In the Counties Open Meeting at Cardross, the SLGA Challenge Bowl was won by Lauren Mackin, aged 14.

Aileen then went on to intimate other golf news of Renfrewshire members.  Jennifer Mack and Pamela MacKenzie are the West Representatives on the SLGA.  Sheila Goudie is the new secretary of the West of Scotland Vets.  Wilma Leburn has just finished her term as the Chairman of the West of Scotland Girls.  She was also an official with the West Division Girls Team at Ballumbie Castle Golf Club.  Jennifer Mack was runner up the the West of Scotland Vets Championship at Renfrew Golf Club.  Congratulations went to Cochrane Castle Golf Club on winning back the Greenlees Trophy and to Whitecraigs for winning the third division.  Special mention was due to Willeen McCallum for, once again, being Greenlees Organiser.   The Whitecraigs ladies did well this year with Elspeth Buck and Kay Murray winning the Daily Mail Scottish Foursomes and the Team led by Dorothy Cartlidge were Scottish Runners up in the Mail on Sunday Competition.  Congratulations went to all members who had won Club championship and other events and those who reduced their handicaps.  Renfrewshire was grateful to all Clubs for the courtesy of the courses and their support. 
In closing, Captain Aileen intimated what a great privilege it had been to be Renfrewshire’s County Captain and how much she had appreciated and enjoyed the honour.  Her thanks went to Honorary President Wendy, her Vice Captain Beth and all the committee members past and present for their support and hard work.  She made particular mention of those retiring  -  Secretary Christeen and Results Secretary Carol and committee members Maureen Skinner and Carol Whyte.  She also thanked all Renfrewshire members, especially those who had taken part in our competitions, encouraged our Team and our Juniors, and have done all they could do to promote golf in Renfrewshire. 

 Pinning on of the Captains BadgeAileen then presented Vice Captain Beth with her Captain’s brooch and thanked her for her support over the past two years.  She had no doubt that Beth with all her qualities as a golfer, past Junior Secretary of Renfrewshire County and Past Lady Captain of Eastwood she would make an excellent Captain of the RLCGA. 

Beth thanked Past Captain Aileen for her kind words and she thanked Renfrewshire County for the honour of becoming Captain.  She then presented Past Captain Aileen with her Past Captain’s brooch. 


It gave Beth great pleasure to announce her Vice Captain Christeen Finlayson.    Christeen was a Past Captain of Whitecraigs, had contributed much as County Secretary for the past five years and had got to know the team in her position as Caddy Mistress.  Beth then presented Christeen with her Vice Captain’s brooch.  Christeen was most honoured to be Renfrewshire’s new Vice Captain and thanked Captain Beth and Past Captain Aileen for their faith in her.  She was fully aware of the aims and ambitions of the RLCGA and would do her utmost to uphold and promote them.  Christeen had no doubt that Beth would be a conscientious and enthusiastic Captain and she looked forward to giving her her full support and encouragement in all aspects of County golf.  Captain Beth then went on to say how pleased she was that President Wendy, Treasurer Audrey and Junior Secretary Gillian would remain in office.   Beth was pleased to announce that Jane Thomson (Whitecraigs) had agreed to take on the position of Secretary and she looked forward to working with her.  Anne Robinson would continue to look after the sweaters.   Jane Thomson, Kay Black, Dorothy Yates and Freda Tuck

Gillian McGinlayAs no nominations had  been received for the committee the Captain was delighted to welcome Jane Thomson (Whitecraigs), Kay Black (Paisley), Freda Tuck (Bonnyton) and Gillian McGinley (Cochrane Castle) who would serve for
three years and Dorothy Yates of Cowglen who would serve for two years to replace Jane Thomson.   

In the any other business section Gillian Kyle suggested that a raffle be held at the Spring and Autumn Meeting to raise funds for the Under 23’s coaching.  This was approved by the meeting.  There being no further business Captain Beth closed the meeting and invited President Wendy to present the prizes. Click here to see the  LIST OF PRIZEWINNERS ---
Certificate awards
were also presented to Jennifer Jenkins (Ralston) and Clare Marie Carlton (Fereneze) from Renfrewshire County Council for Outstanding Sporting Achievements

The Meeting was closed with a vote of thanks from Vice Captain Christeen congratulating Past Captain Aileen and Captain Beth on the excellent manner in which they had conducted the meeting.  The ladies present joined her in a hearty vote of thanks to the Chair.   


4th November 2005: RLCGA Past Captain Sheila Goudie is the new secretary of the West Division of the Scottish Vets

The West Division of the SVLGA AGM took place yesterday at Cowglen Golf Club.
 Sheila Goudie (Cowglen) was appointed as the new secretary replacing Hatty Forrest (Troon Ladies) who retires.

 Constance Wright (Troon) is Captain, Pat Walker (Ranfurly Castle) is Vice Captain, Lilias Snodgrass (Ranfurly Castle) is Treasurer.

 RLCGA members Sandra Gilchrist (Whitecraigs) and Maureen Herbert (Old Ranfurly)
replace Susan Young (Fereneze) and Sally MacFarlane (Douglas Park) who both retire.

Sally Coster (Hilton Park)
and Maureen Neilson (Greenock) are the other 2 committee members.


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