County AGM was held at Haggs Castle Golf
Club this evening and approximately 50 members attended
The meeting was opened by Captain Beth who
held 1 minutes silence in memory of Kathleen McNeil our Honorary Life
President who died last December
Reports were given by Jane Thomson (Secretary) and Audrey Sturgess
(Treasurer). This was followed by
Gillian Kyle who then gave a very interesting
Junior Report --- click on this link to read
all about it
Captain Beth then gave her annual
She opened her report by saying she was sorry to announce the
deaths of following County members Lily Green (Bonnyton), Alison
McPherson (Whitecraigs) & Doreen Shaw (Williamwood).
then thanked Karyn
Burns for coaching the team again this year and for her help over the
past two years.
The course rating
team has rated all the courses in Renfrewshire. Maureen Mitchell
(Cathcart Castle) has resigned as team leader and the other,
Maureen Mitchell (The Old Course Ranfurly) has kindly agreed to take
over this position. Beth thanked
all their course rating team members for all the work they had
She then continued:-
site continues to thrive with over 100,000 hits. Carol is
always looking for ways to improve it by adding new facilities. This
year she has added a new web area for news around the West of Scotland –
Please encourage the appropriate person at your club to send a copy
of your clubs results to
at the same time as sending them to the Glasgow Herald. Carol also had a
trial for online entry for competitions. She would like to thank all who
participated. Unfortunately due to such small numbers of entries into
competitions we are unlikely to proceed with this at this time.
Carol is always
looking for news. You can become a ‘blogger’ ask Carol about this later
or send it through the website via the “Send me News” link. We all
appreciate your hard work Carol – Thank you.
We held a
successful dinner in March with Sir Craig Reedie being our guest
speaker. Craig was excellent and our Vice Captain didn’t let us down
with a witty Vote of Thanks.
The Team Squad had
a bowling night at Escape followed by a meal to help team
bonding. The star bowler was Megan Briggs!
As part of the team
training we had a match against the Eastwood Youth team which we lost 3
Foursomes final was played at Eastwood Golf between Roisin Black and
June Lockhart (both Gleddoch) and Gillian Kyle and Eva Thomson
(both East Renfrewshire). Roisin and June were the winners
playing excellent golf.
was played at Erskine. Donna Jackson was the leading
qualifier with a 74- 2 under the CSS and the winner of the Peggy Clark
Rosebowl. There was a smaller entry partly due to the West of Scotland
Veteran Association Spring meeting being played on the same day. The
fixture cards are now becoming so crowded it is very hard to avoid these
clashes, but we will try in future.
Donna Jackson lost
to Megan Briggs by 4/3 in the first semi final and Clare-Marie Carlton
beat Gillian Kyle 3/1 in the other.
The final was a
very closely fought match with Megan winning for the second year
beating Clare-Marie by only one hole.
Thanks go to
Erskine for the courtesy of their course over the three days and to
Christeen for organising the event.
The West of
Scotland Championship was played at Drumpellier. It was cut
to one round due to the atrocious weather conditions – hail, rain and
sun shine! Renfrewshire were well represented but did not feature in the
Ladies (Close) Championship was played at Barassie in May. Several
of our players played, with Megan Briggs being 3rd qualifier. She
unfortunately went out in the first round of the matchplay stages.
Gillian Kyle, Eilidh Briggs and Gillian McGinlay all
qualified for the Clark Rosebowl, with Gillian Kyle making it
through to the quarter finals.
The West of
Scotland Inter County Matches were played at Prestwick St
Nicholas 9th – 11th July. We finished in 3rd place. Renfrewshire
were represented by Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm),
Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze), Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle), Gillian
Kyle (East Renfrewshire) Gillian Mullen (Paisley), Gillian McGinlay
(Cochrane Castle) and Julie Wilson (Williamwood)
A special thank you
to Julie and Gillian Mullen for playing at such short
We won on the 1st
day beating Ayrshire 5/4, lost to Dunbartonshire & Argyll 5/4 on the 2nd
day and lost to Ayrshire 5/4 on the 3rd
day. All very close games and each could have gone either way. The team
performed well as we had a depleted team with Kate O’Sullivan and
Lesley Robertson both having called off due to work and illness.
Megan had an
outstanding tournament being the only player to win all six
points. Clare-Marie also did extremely well with five points. They were
the best players in the tournament.
I would like to
thank Kay Black for taking the roll of Caddy Mistress and all the
ladies who caddied and supported the team.
final was played at Eastwood and was won by Lorraine Morrow (Erskine)
beating Lindsay Mathie (Cochrane Castle) 2/1. There were no
supporters only a referee! It would be nice to have a little support at
the finals of our trophies so I hope that there might be some spectators
I would like to
thank Eastwood for giving us the courtesy for both the Winter
Foursomes and The Rosebowl finals.
We have had many
success stories this year. Megan Briggs our champion has been a
runner up in the Scottish Girls Championship and managed a
hole-in-one in the semi final. She played in the winning Girls Home
International Team. She teamed up with Kelsey MacDonald to win the
International Team Trophy at the Belgian Junior International
Megan won the
Munross trophy, was runner up in the Leveret Trophy and 3rd
in the Ness Trophy. She played for a LGU team against a
Vagliano Trophy Select team
She and Matthew
Clark were runner-up in the Scottish mixed foursomes.
In September she
won her first full cap after being selected to play for Scotland
at the Home Internationals at Dunbar. Scotland finished runners up to
won the Scottish under 14 championship and played for the
Scottish Girls under 16 team. She won the LGU Medal West Division
Final and was 1st Silver
at the Grand Final at Crieff Golf Club.
Clare-Marie Carlton graduated this year from Stirling University.
She was 3rd in the Mackie
Rosebowl, 4th in the
British Universities Strokeplay and made the cut for the final round
of the Helen Holm & finished with a creditable 235.
member Maureen Richmond (Royal Liverpool) was runner up in the
Spanish Open and was 3rd in the
doubles with Barbara Biggart.
Barbara Biggart and Jennifer
Mack both qualified for the matchplay stages of the Scottish
Jennifer Mack was runner-up in
the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association (West Division)
Gillian McGinlay and Maureen
Woodhead, formerly Skinner (Gourock) won the scratch at the West
of Scotland Inter County Foursomes Finals with Donna Jackson and
Alyson McGinnigle finishing third. Shirley McKnight and Valerie
MacKinnon won 3rd handicap.
Sara Harman, who got married
this year, found time to play golf and equalled Aileen Wilson’s course
record at Williamwood with a 69.
Congratulations to all those were
successful in Open Days and everyone who won their club championships. I
would like to commiserate with the runners up.
Jenkins once again this year captained the European Girls Team.
On the administration side Pamela
Mackenzie is Chairman of County Golf on the SLGA Board of Directors
Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf
Association (West Division) Committee, Renfrewshire are well
represented. Pat Walker is Captain, Sheila Goudie is
Secretary and Lilias Snodgrass is the Treasurer.
Renfrewshire have 5 members in
the SLGA training squads. Megan Briggs, is in the National
Ladies A Squad,
Eilidh Briggs and
Clare-Marie Carlton are in the
National Ladies C Squad
as Gillian mentioned Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) is in the
Development Squad and Maureen Richmond was in the Senior Squad.
She asked Eilidh Briggs, Gillian Mullen and Julie Wilson,
who were selected and played from the County team this year to come
forward to receive their team brooches. Both Gillian and Julie
had sent their apologies
Beth then presented Christeen Finlayson with her Captains badge
Christeen then told us of the following changes in the
Retiring from the committee are Fiona Roger (Ranfurly
Castle), Eleanor Bremner (Whitecraigs) and Dorothy Yates (Cowglen).
Secretary Jane Thomson (Whitecraigs) and Junior Secretary
Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire) also retire
New to the committee are
Lorraine Morrow (Erskine),
Sally Smyth (Ranfurly Castle) and Morag Little (Whitecraigs)