2017 Seniors Championship Draw Sheet – Now Published Here
Renfrewshire Boys win at Erskine Golf Course
Renfrewshire Boys Golf Team started the defence of the West League Title which they have won for the past 2 years with a win at home against Ayrshire at Erskine Golf Club on Sunday 30th April.
The course was in great condition although with the recent dry spell and cold wind the playing conditions were difficult with greens being very firm. Conditions were made more difficult as play was with a strong east wind which made ball control quite difficult.
Due to the non availability of a number of under 18 players Renfrewshire were forced into some last minute changes, in addition to having to play an under 16 player at under18.
We knew that this would be a tough match as the Ayrshire boys are very strong at Under 18.
Early indications were that Ayrshire were struggling with the conditions and through 8 holes were down in 5 matches and only up in 1.
Aidan O’Hagan lost the first hole but was in sparkling form producing a string of birdies to beat his opponent 8/7.
Euan McNeill was playing solid golf against a somewhat out of sorts Euan Milligan and won by 7/6, revenge for the heavy defeat Milligan inflicted on Aidan O’Hagan last year.
Roddy McAuley was next to show and played good golf from the 8th onwards and ran out a winner by 4/3.
Cameron Johnstone and Jonny Murphy were never behind and both found themselves 3 up with 3 to play with both winning on the 17th green.
Greg McCaffer was in a see-saw battle against a formidable opponent in Jack Broun and did have the lead on several occasions but eventually experience told and he lost by 2/1.
Kenan Ingram got off to a bad start and found himself 3 down after 3. However he fought back well and by the twelfth he was all square. The effort however was to prove too much and he lost the next 4 holes to lose by 4/2.
The final match saw the closest game of the day, with Ibrahim Hussain going 2 up after 3 holes a lead which he held into the back nine. He did however lose 13 to go all square but won 14 to restore his lead. A poor drive blocked him out at 15 and he lost the hole. 16 was the turning point where he failed to get up and down from just off the green and lost the hole to par.
Both 17 and 18 were halved in par figures to give victory to his opponent.
A good match played in the best of spirits.
Full results as Follows – Renfrewshire names first –
Jonathan Murphy – Erskine beat Sean Addie Ayr Belleisle – 3/1
Cameron Johnstone – Eastwood beat Ruben Lindsay – Ayr Belleisle – 2/1
Roddy McAuley – Fereneze beat Ross McDonald – Kilmarnock Barassie – 4/3
Aidan O’Hagan – Old Course Ranfurly beat John McCracken – Irvine Bogside – 8/7
Greg McCaffer – Whitecraigs lost to Jack Broun – Turnberry – 2/1
Euan McNeill – Lochwinnoch beat Ewan Milligan – Kilmarnock Barassie – 7/6
Kenan Ingram – Port Glasgow lost to Robbie Muir – Kilmarnock Barassie – 4/2
Ibrahim Hussain – Eastwood lost to Euan Ferguson – Turnberry 1 hole
Jamie Sinnamon wins Renfrewshire Boys Champion of Champions
Played at Paisley Golf Club and once again generously sponsored by Greenlaw Garage, Paisley, on a day when for once the gods shone on the RGU the weather was superb and with a course in great condition the prospect of good golf was always on the cards.
In the Final Jamie Sinnamon – Greenock Whinhill faced current Scottish and Renfrewshire Boys Champion of Champions, Jack Currie – Greenock in an all Tail of the Bank final.
The game started in a fairly scrappy manner with Jack going out of bounds at the first while Jamie had a solid par to go 1 up. Jack won the second with par when Jamie seriously overshot the green. Jack then went 1 up with a superb birdie at the third. The fourth was halved but the fifth was conceded after a wild drive by Jack. The sixth was halved in par and Jack went 1 up with a great approach shot birdie at the seventh while Jamie missed the green. The eighth was halved in par and the ninth was halved in bogeys after both hit poor drives to the right and had to play back to the fairway.
Jack Currie was 1 up at the turn.
The second nine was in complete contrast to the first nine with Jamie hitting a great second to ten for a tap in birdie to square the game. After halves in par at eleven, Jamie made birdie at the par 5 twelfth to go 1up. At the short thirteenth both missed the green and the hole was halved. With Jack failing to get up and down at the fourteenth Jamie won it with par to go 2 up and with the same thing happening at the next hole this meant Jamie was 3 up with 3 to play. He closed out the game at the par 5 sixteenth with his third birdie in seven holes to win the match by 4 and 2.
A match played in the best of spirits between 2 friends.
In the semi-finals played on Friday 21st Jamie Sinnamon beat Alan Donnelly – Caldwell at the 19th while Jack Currie beat Euan English – Erskine by 2 holes.
On the previous Sunday 16th Alan Donnelly beat Ibrahim Hussain – Eastwood at the 19th, Jamie Sinnamon beat Jack Crawford – Williamwood by 1 hole and Euan English beat Kenan Ingram – Port Glasgow 2 and 1. Jack Currie received a walk over when his opponent failed to make his tee-time.
In the preliminary rounds Alan Donnelly beat Cameron Lyle – Paisley 3 and 1, Jack Crawford beat Ben Campbell – Elderslie 2 and 1 and Timmy Erskine – Kilmacolm beat Naill Gallagher – Gourock 3 and 2.
Junior Champion of Champions
The opening fixtures and subsequent rounds for the Junior Champion of Champions is available here.
With the 2017 Golfing Season fast approaching the Renfrewshire Golf Union (RGU) have been busy preparing their programme of events covering all levels of golfing age and ability.
The Boys Development and Under 14 squads have received coaching over the winter delivered by professionals David Orr – Eastwood G.C and Mark Loftus – Caldwell G.C. and this will hopefully lead to the Boys retaining the West league Title which they have won for the past 2 years.
The RGU have introduced a Gents Champion of Champions Event with will be played for on an individual knock out basis between the various Club Champions of the RGU clubs. They will play for the Herbie Pirie Trophy donated by the Pirie family in memory of Herbie, a long time member of Renfrew Golf Club.
The first event of the year is the Boys Champion of Champions event starting at Paisley G.C. on Sunday 9th April where Jack Currie – Greenock G.C. will be looking to retain the title he won last year.
Entries are now open for the various RGU Events which must be entered on line at www.renfrewshiregolfunion.co.uk
Dates of the events are as follows:-
- Caven Boys Stoke Play Championship – 7th May at Lochwinnoch G.C.
- Menzies Youths Stoke Play Championship – 7th May at Lochwinnoch G.C.
- Seniors (over50) Championship – 17th May at Kilmacolm G.C.
- Handicap Championship (handicaps from 6 – 28) – 11th June at Eastwood G.C.
- Scratch Championship (handicaps 5or less) – 30th July at Ranfurly Castle G.C. with the leading 16 players progressing to the Match Play Championship
We look forward to the support of the club members with in the RGU for these various events.
Major Trophy winners from 2016 are as follows:-
- Boys Champion of Champions – Jack Currie – Greenock G.C.
- Caven Trophy – Matthew Dalrymple – The Old Course Ranfurly G.C.
- Seniors Championship – David Doak – Greenock Whinhill G.C.
- Handicap 6 – 12 – Gary Meechan – The Earl of Mar G.C.
- Handicap 13 – 28 – Liam Hamilton – Erskine G.C.
- Scratch Championship – Matthew Clark – Kilmacolm G.C.
- Freedman Trophy (Boys match Play) – Jack Currie – Greenock G.C.
- Duncan Trophy (Youths Match Play) – Sean Burns – Caldwell
- Match Play Championship – Stuart Thomas – Erskine G.C.
- Club Team Championship – The Old Course Ranfurly G.C.
- County Cup -The Earl of Mar G.C.
- Boys Order of Merit – Jack Currie – Greenock G.C.
- Under 14’s Order of Merit – Scott Newman – Greenock G.C.
Away From RGU events players have been involved in many National and International events.
- Craig Watson – East Renfrewshire G.C. was appointed captain of the Walker Cup and St Andrews Trophy Teams for2017.
- International Caps were won by Jamie Stewart – The Old Course Ranfurly, Ronnie Clark – Erskine C.C. and Matthew Clark – Kilmacolm G.C.
- Ronnie Clark and Matthew Clark were also selected to play in the British team for Concessional Cup played for in U.S.A.
- Jack Currie won the Scottish Boys Champion of Champions
- Ronnie Clark won the Scottish Seniors Match Play Championship and finished runner-up in the Seniors Order of Merit.
- Jamie Stewart was part of the Scottish Golf winter training programme in South Africa where he finished third in the Stroke Play Championship; the first 2 places were taken by his Team mates.
- Matthew Dalrymple – The Old Course Ranfurly won the West of Scotland Boys match Play Championship.
- Matthew and Lewis Breslin – Fereneze G.C. are now both in USA on golf scholarships and Stewart Percy – Caldwell G.C. has scholarship at the University of the Highlands and Islands based in Dornoch.
Over the winter Junior Boys take part in many events organized by Scottish Golf and the Junior Tour with some notable performances coming from Jonathan Murphy – Erskine G.C., Roddy McAuley – Fereneze G.C., Aidan Reid – Whitecraigs G.C. and Aidan O’Hagan – The Old Course Ranfurly G.C.
All in all a very successful year for the RGU and the players who form part of the RGU and our thanks to the individual clubs for their support..
RGU Introduces Champion of Champions
The Renfrewshire Golf Union is launching a new matchplay competition in 2017. “Renfrewshire Golf Union Champion of Champions”
This event will be open to current club Champions and will be played on a straight matchplay singles knock out (the first player drawn to be the home player).
This competition will be run on a “no entry fee” basis and will include for the winner, an automatic entry into the Scottish Champion of Champions, currently held over Leven Golf Club, RGU order of merit points (100) and a prize voucher to the value of £100. Runner up 50 points and a prize voucher of £50.
Entry is open to all current Renfrewshire Member Clubs, Club Champions. These players will be contacted shortly to confirm their participation.
Following the recent cancellations of the Herbie Pirie Championship this event will be played for “The Herbie Pirie Trophy” as kindly donated by the Pirie family.
Learn to Play Golf for Free
Iain Nicholson, the PGA Professional at Kilmacolm Golf Club, is running a free introduction to golf at the end of January and through to spring.
The 10-week course is aimed at beginners and those returning to the game and is a great opportunity for those interested in playing. The course will cover all the basics such as setup, grip and putting.
The course starts on the 30th of January and runs each Monday night from 7pm to 8pm until the 3rd of April. It will be held in St Columba’s Church Hall, Kilmacolm with the final two weeks at the driving range at Kilmacolm golf club. The programme is open for adults and children aged 8 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment is provided at the course.
If you are interested in signing up or you know someone who might be interested then contact Iain at the pro shop on: (01505) 872695.
Jack Currie is Crowned Scottish Junior Champion of Champions
Jack Currie of Greenock Golf Club has become the winner of the Scottish Junior Champion of Champions, having defeated Calum Bruce of Duff House Royal Golf Club in a play off after both players had tied on level par 71 over the Dukes Course St Andrews on Saturday 22nd October.
Jack Currie, the current Renfrewshire Golf Union Junior Match Play Champion and Junior Champion of Club Champions rounded off the finale to his Junior Career in style by winning the Championship.
Jack played an almost flawless round of golf with 16 holes played in par figures together with a birdie at the 3rd Hole and a bogey at the 11th hole to give him a level par round.
The play off was forced when Calum Bruce made birdie on 3 of the last 6 holes, including a birdie on 18 to tie with Jack.
Congratulations are also due to 12 year old Aidan O’Hagan (The Old Course Ranfurly) who finished in 8th place.
Mixed Fortunes for the RGU
Sunday the 18th September was a busy day for the Renfrewshire Golf Union.
At Stranraer Golf Club the RGU were represented by the team from The Old Course Ranfurly in the Scottish Club Team Championship by Stewart Watt, Jamie Stewart and Steven Renfrew where they turned in a very creditable performance in finishing tied in 4th position behind the winners Balmore from Dunbartonshire.
Best individual performance for the RGU came from Boys Scotland and British International Jamie Stewart who finished as the 8th best individual.
Meanwhile the Men’s “A” and Youth teams were in action against Stirlingshire.
The Youths played away at Kilsyth Lennox Golf Club and ran out winners by a comfortable 7-1 margin, where they were in charge throughout in most of the games.
The 3 Renfrewshire Boys Team players selected, Jack Currie – Greenock, Ibrahim Hussain – Eastwood and Euan English – Erskine, all won by 4-3, while Team Leader Alex Ferguson – Paisley led from the front with a solid 5-3 victory.
They were ably supported by Stuart Thomas -Erskine, the newly crowned RGU Mens Match Play Champion with a good 2-1 victory and Graham Barr – Gleddoch, where he is the Men’s Champion also winning by 2-1.
Possibly the best performance, came from Andrew Guthrie – Erskine, drafted in at the last minute following a late call off from one of his former Erskine team mates, he won by 6-5.
Unfortunately, usually someone has to lose, and despite the best performance from any RGU player in the Glasgow Youths Championship the previous day at Ralston Golf Club, Sean Burns – Caldwell suffered a rare defeat against an opponent who “holed everything”.
The Men’s “A” team were in action at the Earl of Mar Golf Course at Mar Hall, a new venue for County matches.
The courtesy of the course afforded to the RGU was much appreciated, but the result unfortunately did not go in their favour losing by 4.5 to 3.5.
In the earlier exchanges there was nothing much between the 2 teams with the RGU looking to have the upper hand earlier on, and again at the turn.
However as the matches progressed, the last 6 holes were proving difficult for the home players with only Craig Pirie – Renfrew and Craig Thomson – Paisley managing to win, both on the last green, while Chris Conroy – Paisley, Willie McMillan and David Sibbald –both Bonnyton, failed to hold on to earlier leads and they finished all square. Losing players were David Dickson – Eastwood, Paul Dorrian – Greenock and Michael Daily – Erskine.
Next Sunday, both teams play Lanarkshire with the Youths at home at The Old Course Ranfurly while the Men’s “A” team is away at East Kilbride.
Finishing off the week-end, 6 members of the RGU Under 14 coaching squad were playing in the Stanley Morrison Memorial Junior Team Championship at Dumfries and County Golf Club where they were accompanied by Mark Loftus and Gordon Urquhart.
The boys finished 3rd in the Team Championship and in the individual Championship Alexander Farmer – Kilmacolm won the Bronze medal, a chip off the old block former Mid-Amateur Champion Andrew Farmer.
Other boys who made up the teams were Ewan McGeoch and Euan Urquhart – both Paisley, Harry McFarlane – Whitecraigs, Scott Newman – Greenock and Mackenzie Holmes – Kilmacolm.