2017 West of Scotland Strokeplay Championship
Dullatar Golf Club will host this years West of Scotland Strokeplay Championship on the 14th of May.
The closing date for entries is the 1st of May.
Welcome to Renfrewshire Golf Union
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.
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 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.
Renfrewshire Golf Union Boys Retain the West league Title
In a match played in very windy but dry conditions, the Renfrewshire Golf Union Boys Team retained the West League Title which they won in 2015 by defeating Glasgow Golf Union at Ranfurly Castle by 6.5 matches to 1.5 matches.
The team went through the season, again unbeaten with 3 wins and 2 draws.
The wind caused a lot of problems for the boys, most finding it difficult to control the ball evidenced particularly at the first hole where over 60% of them either found the right rough or went out of bounds.
This was something to be repeated throughout the course with numerous lost or out of bounds balls being played.
However the Renfrewshire boys appeared to be coping better than their opponents, but at the turn the match was very much in the balance with 3 of the under 16 players being well down and the Under 18’s being very even.
The holes after the turn proved crucial, as first Roddy McAulay turned a 3 hole deficit after 9 into a 2 hole lead by 15, eventually winning by 3/1.
Greg McCaffer in his first outing for the RGU was 4 down after 10 but said “he was now coming onto his game”, and proved his point by securing a half match.
Cameron Johnstone was not at his best and poor putting cost him the game as he lost by 3/2.
Aidan O’Hagan the youngest player in the team, but a boy to watch out for in the future, played the anchor role for the Under 16’s in the absence of Tom Mackenzie and was never in trouble running out a comfortable 7/6 winner.
Angus Frood on his home course where he is Junior Champion was always in command against Jack Crawford, who admitted that his golf was a bit out of sorts, won 6/4.
Jamie Sinnamon, he of few words, but a great ball striker, was never down, but threw away some good leads before setting the nerves of the management by winning by 2 holes.
Jack Currie, a bit of an enigma at times, played the worst shot of the day off the first tee, while his opponent was clearly in trouble out right he hit his tee shot further right into a garden neighboring the course, neither found their ball, and the hole was halved in 7 !! This was a bit of an up and down game and while Jack never lost the lead, mistakes kept the game close. He eventually ran out winner by 3/1.
In the top match Ibrahim Hussain, looking for his first win for the RGU came up trumps and put in a great performance, never behind, he built a comfortable early lead which he never gave up and ran out a comfortable winner by 6/4.
The Renfrewshire Golf Union are delighted to have retained the league trophy despite the fact that boys who played earlier in the season were no longer available as the have gone to University in both Scotland and the USA, or in the case of one who is now living in Holland.
This does show the strength in depth of the RGU Boys, and is a great reflection on the coaching programme driven by David Orr at Eastwood Golf Club and Mark Loftus at Mearns Castle and the support of the clubs with in the RGU who nominate their juniors into the coaching programme. We look for their continued support to promote Junior Golf In Renfrewshire
Full results as follows –
Roddy McAulay – Fereneze – beat Alistair Harris – Ralston – 3/1
Greg McCaffer – Whitecraigs – halved – Nick Branney – Cathcart Castle
Cameron Johnstone – Eastwood – Lost 3/2 – Alan Murphy – Ralston
Aidan O’Hagan – Old Course Ranfurly – beat – Chris McMillan – Bishopbriggs – 7/6
Angus Frood – Ranfurly Castle – beat Jack Crawford -Williamwood – 6/4
Jamie Sinnamon – Greenock Whinhill – beat Alex Melrose -Haggs Castel – 2 holes
Jack Currie – Greenock – beat Jack Savage – Cawder – 3/1
Ibrahim Hussain – Eastwood – beat – Jack Williams – Sandyhills – 6/4
Please note that despite the best efforts of the Executive this Sunday’s Herbie Pirie Championship has been cancelled, the event was simply not viable with the entries received.
All entries recieved will will be refunded via cheque in due course.
This is the 2nd year now this has happened and a decision regarding the viability of this event will be made in the coming weeks.
Jack Currie wins Renfrewshire Boys Match Play Championship
This year it was special that on the day of the competition many family members,brepresenting 3 generations associated with the Freedman Trophy were able to be present and to present the Trophy, including those who had travelled from Canada.
The Renfrewshire Golf Union thanked them for their continued support of the event.
The weather on the day was as good as you get in Scotland at this time of the year.
The semi-finals and final were held on Sunday 4th September much later than usual, due to the fact that the original qualifying had to be rearranged and the players were then left to organize the preliminary rounds themselves.
In the Semi Finals Stewart Percy – Caldwell faced Cairan O’Brien – Old Course Ranfurly, while Jack Currie – Greenock faced Aidan O’Hagan Old Course Ranfurly.
While both semi-finals finished with the same result – 6/5 victories for Stewart and Jack the result did not truly reflect the play by their opponents, both were up against players on the top of their form.
The prospect of a great final was always on the cards as the 2 Renfrewshire County Boys Team Players battled for the victory, and the crowd were not to be disappointed.
First blood to Stewart with a birdie at the second can cancelled out by a birdie from Jack at the third. A lost ball, at the fourth by Jack and the one hole lead was restored. Jack hit back with a birdie at the fifth and won the sixth with a par. After a half in par at the seventh, Stewart made birdie at the eighth, to square the game, but a poor approach at 9 saw him lose the hole to par, Jack Currie 1 up at the turn.
Both made birdie at 10 but Stewart with an excellent approach iron at the par 5 eleventh to the green gave him the chance for an eagle 3 which he took, the birdie by Jack not good enough!!
Both made par at the next hole, but a poor pitch at 13 by Stewart saw Jack win the hole with par. The next 2 holes were halved. Jack played first to the green at 16 and almost holed his second shot, ending up 2 feet from the hole and his birdie was good enough to win the hole to be 2 up with 2 to play.
Both hit good tee shots to the par 3, 17th but into the wind they came up short and with nothing to lose Stewart went for his birdie but failed, Jack played safe and with a concession by Stewart the game was over, Jack Currie winning by 3/1.
The game was played in the best of spirits as you would expect from 2 RGU Team Players, just a shame in such a great scoring game that someone had to lose.
Jack now goes to University to study Accounting while Stewart continues his golfing life with a placement at the University of the Highlands and Islands based at Dornoch, we wish them both well in the future.
Final Result –
Jack Currie – Greenock beat Stewart Percy – Caldwell 3/1
Earl of Mar – 2016 County Cup Champions
Sean Burns wins Renfrewshire Youths Match Play Championship
This was played at Renfrew Golf Club who presented the original George Duncan Memorial Trophy on a day when the weather held off allowing the players the best of overhead conditions.
The final was held on Saturday 3rd September as due to the fact that the original qualifying had to be rearranged due to adverse weather conditions, this also affected the playing of the match play rounds.
In the Final Sean Burns – Caldwell faced Stuart Thomas – Erskine.
The game started quietly with both players having solid pars at the first 2 holes.
Stuart however perhaps feeling the strain of having won the County Match Play Championship at Elderslie last week-end was not at his best and over the next few holes
decided on the bucket and spade route round the course, and with bunkers found at 3, 5, 6 and 8 he found he found himself 2 down at the turn having failed to get up and down on most occasions.
All in all the first 9 holes were very scrappy affairs from both players.
The game only came alive on the last 9 holes
Stuart won his first hole of the day at 10 when he hit the par 3 green while Sean missed the green to the left fluffed his pitch and it was back to 1 up.
However Stuart reciprocated at 11 with a poor pitch followed by another at 12 and Sean found himself 3 up. Sean missed the green at 13 and with a par by Stuart his lead was cut to 2. The 14th was shared in par, but the shot of the day was played by Stuart on the par 5 15th, where his 3rd shot hit the pin and sat 2 feet from the hole, for the only birdie of the game. The lead of Sean now reduced to 1 hole. At 16 Sean found the heart of the green, but Stuart from the centre of the fairway found the left hand bunker, again he failed to get up and down and Sean was 2 up and 2 to play. The 17th was played well by both players both having regulation 4‘s which left Sean victorious by 2/1.
This leaves Sean as one of a few people have won both the Boys and Youths Match Play Championships, as he was a winner of the Boys in 2014.
The final was as usual played in the true spirit of the game which is what the RGU expect of their player s at the top level.
Unfortunately Sean was not able to remain for the presentation of the George Duncan Memorial Trophy or to receive his winners voucher, but Stuart Thomas as runner up received his voucher and thanked the RGU for their organization of the event.
Final Result –
Sean Burns – Elderslie beat Stuart Thomas – Erskine – 2/1.