Following the conclusion of the 2019 Caven Trophy attached is the draw for the Quarter Finals of the Freedman Trophy to be held at Kilmacolm Golf Club on Sunday 12th May, 2019.
Golf – Roddy McAuley wins the Caven Trophy
East Renfrewshire Golf Club was the setting for the playing of the Renfrewshire Golf Union Boys Stroke Play Championship for 2019.
The Caven Trophy was sponsored once again by Paisley based family run company STRATHAND FIRE AND SECURITY and we thank them for their continued support of the event.
While the weather stayed dry for RGU Competition there was a cold and biting wind to contend with. The course as always was a test for those taking part, and with the recent spell of dry weather the course was playing well with little run available, however the greens were in superb condition. This was reflected in the majority of the scoring on the day.
This event is now played over 18 holes due to various issues, and the handicap limit was also increased to allow the younger Renfrewshire Boys to experience Competition at a higher level and this produced worthy winners in both events, as it was also decided to present a Net Score prize in addition to the main Scratch competition event..
In the Boys Caven Trophy Roddy McAuley of Fereneze Golf Club was the winner of the Renfrewshire Golf Union Boys Stroke Play Championship with a Gross score of 73 having played steadily throughout his round. Roddy was the lowest handicap entrant in the field but the pressure of this did not affect his play, and he played with his usual happy characteristic.
Runner up was Rhys McIlroy of Elderslie Golf Club on 75 who has been impressive at coaching with Cameron Percy – Caldwell third also on 75 losing out to a better back nine, mainly due to the bogeys compiled on the last 4 holes.
The lowest net score was won by Gregor Rawson – Ranfurly Castle with a net score of 68 playing of a handicap of 16.
The 8 available qualifiers in the event go forward to the RGU Match Play Championship for the Boys for the Freedman Trophy being played as always over Kilmacolm Golf Club. The title is currently held by Cameron Percy who will no doubt be keen to repeat his wins over the last 2 seasons.
Full results of the Competition can be found on Howdidido at Renfrewshire Golf Union, with the Draw for the Match Play on the RGU web site.
The courtesy of East Renfrewshire Golf Club, the condition of the course and the hospitality that they provided was much appreciated.
Graham McGee – RGU Press Officer
National Club Golfer – Top 100 Tour
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The RGU exec are currently reviewing some of the events in the calendar. These amendments/considerations are noted below, any suggestions from members or member clubs would be welcome.
Firstly the Caven Trophy which is the RGU Boys Stroke Play Championship. This event will take place at East Renfrewshire Golf Course on Sunday 5th May.
In a bid to return Junior Golf in Renfrewshire to happier times we have decided to increase the handicap limit for this event to 24. The entry fee will be £5 and the event will now take place over 18 holes and no longer 36. The event will be played in 2 classes with prizes awarded in both.
Entry for this should be made on line at the RGU web site under the “BOOK” Tab.
The lowest Gross Score will win the Caven Trophy and the lowest 8 gross scores will then compete for the RGU Match Play Championship for the Freedman Trophy which as always will be played over Kilmacolm G.C. over the following 2 weekends.
The Menzies Trophy is the RGU Youths Stroke Play Championship. This event will no longer take place on its own. Due to a lack of numbers this event will be combined with the County Championship (19th May 2019, Erskine Golf Club). All players will compete for the County Stroke Play Championship with all competitors aged 25 and under also competing for the Menzies Trophy. Further to the Match Play Qualifiers for the County Championship the leading 8 players will also go forward and compete for the Duncan Trophy (Youth Match Play Championship) later in the season. No entry fee will be charged for the Menzies Trophy.
Junior Order of Merit
For a number of years now the Junior Order of Merit, which is based on the results from the Renfrewshire Junior Opens, has struggled for numbers. As a result there will be no Junior Order of Merit held in 2019. A number of options are being considered with a view to reintroducing a Junior Order of Merit for 2020 with Junior County Medals being considered. This requires co-ordination and buy in from local clubs to host these events and further communication will be issued in due course.
Gents Order of Merit
A number of options are being considered for this event with a survey of all players scheduled to take place at the County Championships in May.
Introduction of County Medals
One of the most popular County Events is the RGU Handicap Championship in June. Discussions have taken place about growing that into possibly 3 County Medals spread across the County throughout the season again a survey of all players at the Handicap event in June will take place prior to any further decision being made.
Paul Alexander, Caldwell has a chance to finish in 3rd place should be win the Champion of Champions on 16th Sept.
2018 Club Team Championship
The 2018 Club Team Championship held at Williamwood Golf Club was won by a fantastic display of Golf by the members of Bonnyton Golf Club. Bonnyton won by a clear 11 shots from 2nd place Cochrane Castle.
Great scoring from William MacMillan 69 (Pictured), David Dickson 68 and Allan Johnstone 70 for an aggregate total of 207 shots.
Bonnyton now go on to represent Renfrewshire at the National Final at Kinross in September.
A big thanks to Williamwood for hosting the event. This was a historical day in that it was the first event held at Williamwood which has recently switched to Renfrewshire.
Full Scores can be seen below.
RGU Club Team Championship
Sunday 29th July 2018 – Williamwood Golf Club
Please see the draw for the 2018 Club Team Championships…
Stewart Watt (OCRGC) Crowned Duncan Champion
Stewart won the event with a 19th hole triumph over Craig Pirie (Renfrew).
After steady, rather than spectacular golf over the opening fifteen holes, Watt held a slender one-hole lead playing the 16th. It was at this point that the match burst into life. After both players hit close approach shots, Pirie’s birdie levelled the match. On the 17th, Watt countered with a birdie of his own to go back to one-up.
On the 18th, with Pirie hitting his approach to four feet, Watt missed the green, but got up-and-down to save par and put the pressure back on Pirie – who’s short putt was never in doubt, and thus the third birdie on the spin levelled the match and forced extra holes.
In a further miraculous development, on the first extra hole Watt holed from eighteen feet, again for birdie, to claim a hard-fought victory.
In the morning semi-finals, again both matches were close, with Watt defeating Ewan Cleary (Erskine) and Pirie defeating Colin Edgar (Elderslie) both by a margin of 2&1.
Thanks to the members of Renfrew GC for affording courtesy of the course for this championship.
RGU County Handicap Championships
The County Handicap Championship of the Renfrewshire Golf Union was held at Paisley Golf Club on Sunday 10 June.
Playing conditions on the day were good with fine weather and little wind. The course was in immaculate condition as commented on by most of the players.
The winner of the 6 – 12 event was 11 handicap Darren Nugent – Eastwood Golf Club with an incredible net 62 and the best gross score of the day by 4 shots. The round included and eagle 3 at 16 and birdies at 3 and 8, but finished with 2 bogeys. Some shooting at this level.
In second place was 8 handicap East Renfrewshire Golf Club member Stuart McPhail with a net 69.
Third place went to 10 handicap Chris Rae – Paisley Golf Club with a net 70, and Fourth place went to another Paisley Golf Club member Bob Holmes with a net 71 off his 6 handicap, beating 3 others on the same score on the better inward half.
In the 13 – 28 event, 3 players tied with a net score of 67 all from the Paisley Golf Club who dominated this event.
First place went to 13 handicap Gordon McKilnley and Second place to 13 handicap Paul Nicholson and Third place to 15 handicap Ross McLean
Fourth place went to15 handicap Gordon Manley – Lochwinnoch Golf Club with a net 69.
A total of 93 competitors took part and the CSS for the day was 72.
Full results of the event can be found under Renfrewshire Golf Union on How did I Do.
The courtesy of Paisley Golf Club given to the Renfrewshire Golf Union for the use of the course during the event and the support of the club members of the Renfrewshire Golf Union is much appreciated by the RGU Executive.