Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas to all our readers

Your Captain Mary Craig, Your Vice Captain Mary Harvie, Your Webmaster Carol Fell and all the committee wish all the ladies fom Ranfurly Castle Golf Club plus all of the Ranfurly Castle members who have read these 2007 golf stories a very Merry Christmas --- Click on the photo below to test your Christmas brain !! Christmas Carol ChristmAS Card --- Click here to see your card

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Lauren admits she prefers running to golf

Since publishing the story of Lauren Mackin, a 16-year-old Scottish girl living with her parents on the island of Majorca, winning the Spanish Balearic Islands' girls golf championship recently, it has come to light that golf is by no means her No 1 sport.
Lauren has confessed that running is not her main sport at the moment. She really does not have time to play golf!
The amazing thing about Lauren, who did not take up golf until four or five years ago, is that has improved her handicap from seven to four this year despite giving running her top priority
Last year Lauren played in the St Andrews girls’ open quaich (handicap) tournament and lost to Jessica Scott (Wanstead) by one hole in the final. Lauren was conceding nine strokes to her opponent.
Lauren is a member at Son Muntaner golf course, a newer course than its immediate neighbour, the better-known Son Vida. Both are fairly close to Palma, the capital of Majorca.
“I am also a member at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club in Scotland but I have not played there for a while,” said Lauren.
“Sometimes I go over to Scotland to visit family and friends.
“I’m a very sporty girl. I love all sports and challenges. I lay beach volleyball and I’m in the beach volleyball team here in Majorca. During the week I play tennis with my friends and sometimes I play golf.
“But my main sport at the moment is running. I compete nearly every weekend in races and I’m a member of a running team in Majorca.”
Lauren's mother Jennifer summed up her sporting daughter's prowess:
"I hope you don't think we are playing this (winning the Balearics' girls championship) down but we don't want you to think that our daughter is an up and coming golf star. However she is a very good runner and was the national Scottish Under-13 crosscountry champion, Scottish schools crosscountry champion, national 1,500 metres champion and national road champion - all in the same year: 2003 !
"Lauren is still a member of the Giffnock North Athletic Club in Glasgow. When she is in Glasgow she sees golf coach Karyn Burns at Mearns Golf Academy. She has not had many golf lessons and never had any here in Majora where we have been for the past three years. "She is a very fluent Spanish speaker and is now studying German ."
In short, Lauren Mackin is a talented young lady on and off the golf course.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Christmas Cracker

32 ladies played in the Christmas Cracker yesterday morning in what can only be described as WET !
Alison Robertson and Pamela Mackenzie were the winners of the 9 hole Greensomes and Lois Brown won a prize for having the best hat.
A glass of mulled wine helped to warm everyone up at the end and there was plenty of chat and much hilarity!
To see enlargements of the photos go to Ranfurly Castle Christmas Cracker Winners

Friday, December 07, 2007

Christmas 9 hole Stableford

The Ladies annual Christmas stableford/lunch will be held on Wednesday 12th December.
Ballot between 9.20am and with coffee available if desired. Lunch will follow at approximately 12.00 for anyone who cannot make the golf.
Christmas spirit is essential! Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Mary Craig

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Lauren Mackin
16 years old Lauren Mackin who is now living on the island of Majorca with her parents, has won the Spanish Balearic Islands’ girls championship and the No 1 Under-18 ranking for 2007.
The Balearics consist of Majorca (20 golf courses), Menorca (one course), Ibiza (one course), Cabrera and Formentera. The Islands had close on 800,000 inhabitants at the last census.Lauren, picture left from St Andrews Links Trust website, who did not take up golf until four or five years ago, has improved her handicap from seven to four this year.After a good showing in the Ballearic Islands’ women’s championship – she lost out by one shot to experienced Spanish senior player Vicky Pertierra, Lauren came into her own in the girls’ championship last weekend. At Alcanada Golf Club, rated the most difficult of Majorca’s courses, Lauren won the title with rounds of 75 and 77 for 155. She won by five strokes from Luna Sorbon, a highly-rated Spanish girl and the favourite for this title.Last year Lauren played in the St Andrews girls’ open quaich (handicap) tournament and lost to Jessica Scott (Wanstead) by one hole in the final. Lauren was conceding nine strokes to her opponent.Lauren is a member at Son Muntaner golf course, a newer course than its immediate neighbour, the better-known Son Vida. Both are fairly close to Palma, the capital of Majorca.

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Rules of Golf 2008 - 2011

The R & A and the United States Golf Association have worked closely for more than fifty years to produce a uniform code of rules so that wherever golf is played the same laws apply. Every four years these two governing bodies, after consultation with golf authorities worldwide, agree any changes that they consider will make the Rules of Golf fairer and easier to understand.

New rules come into force on 1st January 2008. Four million copies of the ‘Rules of Golf’, sponsored by Rolex, will be printed in English. The new rules will also be printed, under licence, in twenty-five other languages. Rule books will be distributed free of charge to golf clubs and may be ordered on the R&A Website
‘Decisions on the Rules of Golf 2006 – 2007’ becomes obsolete and is replaced by the new 2008 – 2009 edition. This book is invaluable not only for Rules Officials but also for all those involved in the administration of the game (e.g. club committees). It may be purchased from the above website or from high street or on-line booksellers.

Many members will have read in the press recently that there are to be changes to 28 of the 34 rules but there is no cause for alarm. ‘Rules of Golf 2008 –2011’ contains a new ‘Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf". This is excellent and should certainly make players feel more at ease with their rule books. Many rules have simply been re-worded in order to make them easier to understand. One example is the term ‘reasonable evidence’ that was used previously used in several rules. This was difficult to interpret and has been changed to ‘known or virtually certain’ which is much clearer.

One significant change relates to hazards. Until now the rules did not giver a player the opportunity to lift a ball from a hazard in order to identify it and therefore there was no penalty for playing a wrong ball either from a bunker or from a water hazard. The restriction on identifying a ball in a hazard has been removed (Rule 12 – 2) and the exemption from penalty for playing a wrong ball from a bunker or water hazard has also been removed (Rule 15 – 3). The result is that the penalty for playing a wrong ball anywhere on the course is now loss of hole in match play or a two stroke penalty in stroke play. In stroke play the mistake must of course be corrected in order to avoid disqualification.

Several other changes are to penalties rather than to actual rules and in every case the change favours the player. When a ball in motion is stopped or deflected by the player, her partner, or either of their caddies or equipment the penalty has been reduced from loss of hole in match play and a two stroke penalty in stroke play to one stroke in either form of play (Rule 19 – 2). This is a very welcome change. Many members will have been in the situation where the ball re-bounds off the face of a bunker and it is impossible to move quickly enough to avoid being struck by it!

Until now a flagstick that had been removed and placed on the ground was not allowed to be moved whilst a ball was in motion. This left players in a ‘catch 22’ situation. Moving the flagstick in case a ball in motion struck it incurred a penalty under one rule (Rule 1- 2). Leaving it on the ground to be struck by the ball incurred a penalty under another rule (Rule 17 – 3). This situation has been resolved. A flagstick, whether attended, removed or held up may now be moved when a ball is in motion (Rule 24 – 1).

On the putting green it is sometimes very difficult to avoid standing on another player’s line without standing astride the line of one’s own putt which is of course not allowed (Rule 16 –1e). An ‘exception’ to this rule has been added to allow inadvertent standing astride the line of putt or doing so in order to avoid another player’s line.

The penalty for carrying, but not using, a non-conforming club has been reduced from disqualification to, in stroke play, a penalty of two strokes per hole at which a breach occurred, with a maximum penalty of four strokes per round. In match play the state of the match is adjusted by one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred with a maximum penalty of two holes per round (Rule 4 – 1). This is now the same penalty as that for carrying more than fourteen clubs (Rule 4 – 4).

The penalty for using a non-conforming club remains disqualification. The R & A announced four years ago that from 1st January 2008 all drivers must have a conforming clubhead and ensured that this was well publicised. Sufficient warning was given to allow players plenty of time to check and, if necessary, change their drivers. This rule applies to all golfers of all abilities and in all forms of play. The required specifications are set out in Appendix II, 5c of the new rule book and detailed lists of conforming and non-conforming driver heads may be found on the R & A website. In club golf it is the responsibility of each player to check that her equipment conforms to the Rules of Golf. Players taking part in County or National events should also check as to whether the Conditions of Competition include the Driving Club Condition. If so any driver used must be on the R & A’s ‘List of Conforming Driver Heads’. For more detailed information refer to the R & A website and in particular their ‘Frequently asked questions’ on this topic.

Space does not permit me to mention, let alone explain, every single rule change but I have highlighted those most likely to crop up in the normal course of play. For more detailed information refer to the R & A website and to ‘Principle Changes introduced in the 2008 code’ which you will find on page 6 in your new rule book. Always remember that the Rules of Golf exist to make the game fair for all players. The more familiar you become with the rules the more you will enjoy your golf.

Jenny McGahan
R & A qualified Rules Official
November 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

CONGU Unified Handicap System 2008 -2011

The Council of National Golf Unions has published the CONGU® UHS (Unified Handicap System) 2008-2011 manual which is the result of substantial voluntary work of the Council Members during the last four years.

The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) is the governing body for handicapping matters in Great Britain & Ireland and is comprised of members from the men’s and ladies’ Golf Unions/Associations in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with additional representatives from The R&A and the LGU.

The UHS 2004-2007 manual included, for the first time, a unified approach for handicapping men and ladies under the same system. The 2008 UHS has built on this success and has been expanded to include a number of new concepts. These include Supplementary Scores, Nine Hole Handicap Competitions, a separate CSS calculation for “Home” and “Away” players in Open Competitions and assistance for handicap committees in carrying out the time consuming Annual Handicap Review (AHR). The manual has been totally revised to make it more user friendly to clubs and their members by placing the clauses in a more logical order and adding explanations to relevant clauses (in a blue shaded area) to clarify the system.

The section on Supplementary Scores has been included to assist golfers who, for whatever reason, play in few or no competitions each year, by allowing them to return cards outside competitions for handicap purposes. At the discretion of affiliated clubs, a limited number of Nine-Hole qualifying competitions may be run and such scores shall be used to adjust handicaps. This option is designed to attract more players into the Unified Handicapping System.

Common sense has always suggested that in Open Competitions, the ‘Away’ player is often at a disadvantage compared to the ‘Home’ player and subsequent statistical analysis showed this to be on average between one and two shots. Since this unfairly affects adjustments of handicaps, there will now be a separate Competition Scratch Score for ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ players to take account of this factor and to provide a more equitable basis for handicap alterations.

The CONGU® website – – is being updated to explain the changes and also to answer many queries about the UHS. The “Myths and Misconceptions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” sections should be of particular interest to the club golfer. All the constituent Unions/Associations websites have links to the CONGU® website.

CONGU believes that the revised manual and the incorporation of the new concepts will assist in meeting the demands of the modern game and the changing needs of club members.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Sally Smyth is now on the RLCGA Committee

Pamela, Moyra, Carol, Fiona and Vivien - click to enlarge
The Renfrewshire Ladies County Golf Association held their AGM at Haggs Castle Golf Club on Wednesday 7th November. Fiona Roger has now finished her 3 years on the committee and Sally Smyth now goes on to the commiittee. Sally had to send her apologies as she was away on holiday as was unable to attend.
The photo above has the "few" Ranfurly Castle ladies that attended the AGM where Christeen Finlayson (Whitecraigs) is now the new Captain and Trish Brown (Kilmacolm) daughter of Janet Gillies is the new Vice Captain. Fiona Roger and Vivien Howe both collected prizes.
To read all about it go to the Renfrewshire Website

Thursday, November 08, 2007

November Stableford

Played over 15 holes 7/11/07 16 entries
Silver - P McKenzie (13) 26 pts, V Howe (17) 24 pts
Bronze - H Abram (25) 28 pts, M Reid (23) 27 pts

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The West Vets AGM

West Vets Captain Pat Walker
Mary Irving (Runner Up) with Maureen Rennie (Douglas Park)  Winner of the Bronze Championship
Congratulations go to Pat Walker on ending her 1st year as Captain of the West Vets by chairing their annual AGM at Cowglen Golf Club. Lilias Snodgrass who is the Treasurer gave an excellent report to the 52 ladies who were present today. Maureen Irving was presented with the Runners Up Trophy for the Bronze Championship.
To read all about it and see some Photographs go to WEST VETS WEBSITE

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The R&A Publishes revisions to the Rules of Golf Book

The R&A, golf’s world rules and development body and organiser of The Open Championship, today publishes revisions to the world’s most widely read rule book, The Rules of Golf, and extends its sponsorship arrangement with Rolex to 2012.
Golf has 34 playing rules and in 2008, 28 have been amended to a greater or lesser extent. All changes are agreed, jointly, by The R&A and the United States Golf Association, and can be characterised as improving clarity or reducing penalties to ensure that they are proportionate. They are effective from 1 January 2008.
Of the more significant changes, the most likely to be encountered by golfers in regular play are: revised Rule 12-2 allowing a player to lift a ball in a bunker or water hazard for identification purposes. There is a consequential change to Rule 15-3, which introduces a penalty for playing the wrong ball in these circumstances.
Revised Rule 4-1 reduces the penalty for carrying, but not using, a non-conforming club from disqualification to, in stroke play, a penalty of two strokes per hole, with a maximum penalty of four strokes per round.
In match play, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred, with a maximum penalty of two holes per round.
Revised Rule 19-2 reduces the penalty for the accidental deflection of the ball by the player, his partner, their caddies or equipment to one penalty stroke in both match and stroke play.
Commenting on the revisions to The Rules of Golf, R&A Director of Rules and Equipment Standards, David Rickman said:
“We always aim to make the Rules readily accessible to golfers worldwide and the simpler, clearer language of the 2008 edition is designed to make them easier for players to use.”
“The introduction of a Quick Guide to The Rules at the front of the Rule book will, we hope, encourage players to carry a Rule book with them on the course and to refer to it, when necessary."
Rolex sponsored the 30th revision of the Rules of Golf in 2004 and have renewed their commitment to supporting the publication through to 2012.
The R&A is planning to produce 4 million copies of the rule book in English while Golf Unions affiliated to The R&A, reproduce the Rules of Golf under license in more than twenty five other languages, ranging from Arabic to Thai.
Companion publications to The R&A Rules of Golf, Decisions on the Rules of Golf 2008 - 2009 and Golf Rules Illustrated 2008 are published next month (November 2007) by Hamlyn and are available from The R&A, high street and online bookstores.

Copies of the new R&A Rules of Golf will be distributed free of charge to golf clubs around the world and can be requested or downloaded from The R&A website: R&A Website

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Wednesday Bounce Game

The autumn / winter bounce games started today with 17 people turning up for the 9:30 ballot. We had 3 threes and 2 fours and played from 1 - 6 and cut across to the 12th and played all the way in. The team of Margaret Parrott, Morag Thomson and Eileen Walker were the winners with 32 points (one score to count) Lunch followed and the chat was enjoyed by all.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Final Swing

10/10/07 Final Swing [non qualifying score] SSS 73
Scratch A.Judge 79
Silver N.MacGadie 71[10] bih S.Smyth 71 [12]
Bronze E.Walker 69 [36] P.Wilson71 [36]

Monday, October 08, 2007

Greenlees Lunch and Presentation

Greenlees Trophies
Fiona Roger, Carol Fell, Anne Robinson and Sarah Eckford attended the annual Greenlees Lunch and Presentation at Prestwick St Nicholas today. To read all about it go to West of Scotland Website

Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Ladies Section congratulate Gregor, Murray and Colin

Murray, Gregor and Colin
Ranfurly Castle, represented by Gregor Munro, Murray Stewart and Colin Haddow, won the Manor Oak Scottish Club Championship at Glenbervie Golf Club on Sunday (28 September) in a tight finish with the host club trio of Andrew Wallace, Mark Hislop and Andrew Lynch, and also St Andrews New Club (Kevin Weir, Rhodri Price and Greg Paterson).

At the end of the first round, Ranfurly Castle (140) were two shots ahead of St Andrews New and Glenbervie but they could not shake off their challengers and after a further 18 holes, Ranfurly Castle’s total of 282 earned them the title by a single shot from Glenbervie who took second place after a card countback against St Andrews New who had the same total of 283.

Ranfurly Castle GC will now represent Scotland in the European Club Cup which will take place in Greece in November.

The Ladies section send their warmest congratulations to you all and wish you all the best in the European finals in Greece

Friday, October 05, 2007

SLGA Roadshow - Future Structure and Governance

Pamela MacKenzie
Fiona Roger and Carol Fell represented the ladies section at the SLGA Road Show on its future structure and governance. This event was held Haggs Castle Golf Club yesterday. Ranfurly Castle's Pamela MacKenzie who is Chairman of County Golf introduced the meeting and Shona Malcolm who is chairman of the SLGA Business Development Group held the presentation.

Shona MalcolmShona is also on the One Plan for Golf Steering Group, an SLGA Board Member and sits on the clubgolf Board to represent the interests of the SLGA - She is also an LGU Councillor.
A very interesting and informative meeting took place with plenty of discussion at the end
To read and see all the topics discussed click on this link SLGA Presentation

If you have any queries on the content of the roadshow, please let Pamela know and she will pass on your queries to Shona who will try to to address them

Thursday, October 04, 2007

October Medal --- Lesley Robertson has a great score

3/10/07 10 entries SSS 73 CSS 73 alt/76 R/O - main day
Scratch L Robertson 71 (3)
Silver L Robertson 68 (3), S Gray 77 (19)
Bronze M Muirhead 79 (25), J Will 83 (23)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Charity and 5 Club Competition

Played 19/09/07 Charity 4 ball best Ball Winners: V.Howe H.Crichton M. Muirhead S. Crawford
Played 26/09/07 5 Club SSS 73 25 entries Scratch L.Brown 87 [bih]
Silver: P.MacKenzie 74 [13] L.Brown 76 [11]
Bronze: DMR Hardie 74 [21] [bih] A. Williamson 74 [22]

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Greenlees Attire - 2008

Glenmuir Logo
Tallow Alpine Pink Wind Shirt

The colour and styles of our outfits are changing. This should allow you more personal choice in garments you find comfortable in which to play good golf. Please look at the Glenmuir Website for more information.

Trousers: Navy

Polos: Alpine pink.
Stlye: Sophie shaped fit, Mallow shaped fit sleveless, Iona classic fit

Sweaters: Alpine pink.
Style: Elgin Merino v neck, Ailsa Merino v neck slip over,Sundridge lambswool high v neck, Brunton lambswool high v neck, Dornoch lambswool v neck slip over.

Wind Shirt:Alpine Pink
Style: Tallow 1/4 zip long sleeve, Auckland half sleeve v neck, Evesham long sleeve v neck

Anne Robinson who is our Greenlees Captain suggests purchasing a polo shirt and sweater/slipover/windshirt. The Board have agreed to make a contribution to the cost. Please let Anne know your requirement and size Tel: 0141 427 0303 and any other enquiries speak to Sarah Eckford (the Glenmuir Representative)

Greenlees Trophy 2007 Presentation

The presentation of trophies will take place on Monday 8th October 2007 at Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club. A glass of wine or soft drink will be served from 12:30pm and a 2 course lunch and coffee will be served at 1:00pm costing £10. Plesae let Anne Robinson know if you wish to attend 0141 427 0303

Final Positions : Division 1
Cochrane Castle 48 ---- Winners
Prestwick St Nicholas 43.5 ---- Runners Up
Cathkin Braes 42
Kilmarnock Barassie 38
Ranfurly Castle 35.5
Kilmacolm 33.5
Hilton Park 29
Cardross 28
Lanark 26.5

Cardross and Lanark go down to Division 2

Monday, September 17, 2007

Greenlees Result -- Many Birdies but - We lose to Kilmarnock Barassie

Saker Falcon
Greenlees Result: Kilmarnock (Barassie) 6 Ranfurly Castle 3
Kilmarnock Barassie had a very good team out today -- The leading 4 players all were past or present Ayrshire County Team players with one of them even being a Past Scottish Champion. With all these good golfers there were many birdies --- but the best of all was a Saker falcon that had escaped and was flying over all our games --- Eventually it was caught and it was the BEST BIRDIE OF THE DAY.

Click on the photo for an enlargement

September Medal and Autumn Meeting

September Medal 2/9/07 and 12/9/07 SSS 73 CSS 73/73 entries 24
Scratch L.Robertson 82
Silver: R.Ogilvie 72 [18] bih M.Parrott 72 [20]
Bronze: A.Robertson 69 [28] J.Will 70 [26]

Autumn Meeting Played 12/9/07 31 entries SSS 73 CSS 73
Scratch E. MacGregor 81
Silver E.MacGregor 67 [14] R. Ogilvie 72 [18]
Bronze H.M. Irving 68 [23] H.Dunn 75 [31]

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Fiona Roger has the best Net Score in the Renfrewshire County Autumn Meeting

Congratulations go to Fiona Roger who won the Scratch to 12 handicap award at the Renfrewshire Ladies County Autumn Meeting played over Ralston Golf Course today

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Marion and Eileen lose out at Dumfries

Marion Munro and Eileen Walker unfortunately lost in the final regional round of the Daily Mail Foursomes yesterday against a pair from Dumfries and County. The Scottish final was played over the oppositions home course. Well done to you both on making it so far.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Carol Fell is the Ranfurly Castle Ladies Champion

Carol and Evy
The final of the Ladies Championship took place yesterday between Carol Fell and Evy MacGregor. In rather blustery conditions a very close match took place. Carol sank a huge putt on the 3rd to go one up and there after on the outward nine it was nip and tuck with the match being all square at the turn.
Carol then went to 2 up with pars at the 10th,11th and 12th.The 13th was halved in 5 and then Evy's par at the 14th got her back to 1 down. Carol then par'd the 15th and 16th to win 3 and 2.
Thanks go to Mary Craig for refereeing the match and to Anne Judge and Marion Munro who were the caddies.
Thanks also go to the all the supporters who came out to watch including "young" Janet Gillies
Many congratulations go to Gregor Munro who won the Men's Championship and Ronnie Judge who won the Senior Championship

To see some photos of the day CLICK HERE ---- Thanks go to Jean Irvine and Fiona Roger for the photographs

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Outing to Lanark is a great success

Refreshments before the Tri Am Competition
15 ladies had terrific outing to Lanark today.
On arrival we all had bacon rolls and coffee and then a lovely glass of wine before the tee off. A tri am was played with 2 scores from 3 to count.
The winners were Carol Fell, Sue McLaren and Eileen Walker - 84 points
Runners Up: Mary Craig, Margaret Gray and Vickie Rennie - 77 points (bih)
Silver Nearest the pin :Carol Fell, Longest Drive Mary Craig
Bronze Nearest the pin: Agnes Williamson, Longest Drive Agnes Williamson
Sue McLaren who had organised the day had a brilliant eagle 2 at the 5th hole
After the round we all had a lovely meal with -- yet another glass of wine !!
If you would like to see some photos from the day then CLICK HERE

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Natasha gets her handicap to single figures

Congratulations to Natasha who won Kilmacolm's Stroke play Competition last week with a Gross 77 net 67. This score resulted in Natasha getting her handicap down 9.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Invitation Foursomes

Morven English Mary Craig and Mary Hardie

The Annual Invitation Foursomes were held in rather blustery conditions on Monday 13th August. 56 Ladies played and enjoyed their day.
The prize winners were
1st Mary Craig and Morven English
2nd Susan Reid and Barbara Lyle
3rd Cynthia Keanie and Fiona Bain
Par 3's Linda Macdougall and Estelle Scroggie

Thanks go to Jean Irvine for the Photograph

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

August Stableford

Played 15/08/07 49 entries, SSS 73 PAR 74 CSS 73
Silver: K.Robinson 39 pts N.Qayum 36 pts [bih]
Bronze: M MacDonald 37pts [bih] M Irving 37pts
Winner of the Grans Trophy: M MacDonald

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Daily Mail Foursomes

Marion Munro and Eileen Walker have won through to the seventh round of the Daily Mail Foursomes. They beat the Ladies from Niddrie Casle Golf Club in a very close match.
Good luck in the next round girls.

Natasha Qayum wins again

Natasha Qayum
Natasha Qayum won the Dunfermline Building Society Junior Masters west regional final at Ralston on Sunday. Her impressive tally of 36 points takes her to the Gleneagles final in October. Well done Natasha. More info and photos can be viewed on the SGU Web Site

Monday, August 13, 2007

Pat Walker's Team are Winners

Pat Walker
Pat Walker who is the Captain of the West Division of the Scottish Veteran's Ladies Golf Association was delighted that her team were winners in the annual match against the East Vets played at Troon Portland today. Fiona Roger and Carol Fell were in the team. To read all about it go to The West Vets Website

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Halden Cup -- Mary's Team have narrow victory over the men

Mary Craig and Don Bremner - click to enlarge
The Annual match between the Captain's Team and the Lady Captain's Team took place today.
In the foursomes format Mary Craig's Team had a narrow victory over Don Bremner's Team to win the Halden Cup for the 30th time. The men have won it 26 times and there have been 2 draws.
Click on the picture of Mary and Don with the cup to see an enlargement

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

LGU Strokeplay

Played August 8th 2007 38 entries, SSS 73 CSS 75
Silver S.Smyth (12) 75 R. Ogilvie (18) 75
Bronze H.Abram (26) 73 H.Dunn (31) 75
Scratch: A Judge 86 (better last 6 holes)

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

August Medal

Played 1st August, 25 entries CSS 73 SSS 73
Scratch A Judge 87 (7)
Silver E Muir 72 (20), M Munro 77 (12)
Bronze K MacKenzie 74 (28), S Biggart 75 (23)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Carol wins the Glenhead Trophy

Carol with the Glenhead Trophy
Carol Fell had the lowest scratch stableford points at Lochwinnoch Open Day yesterday and won of a lovely new PGA golf bag
She was also the overall winner of the Glenhead Trophy with 40 points.
Mary Irving also won the prize for being nearest the hole at the 13th.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

RNLI Volvo - Stableford

Played 25/7/07 19 entries CSS 73 SSS 73
Silver: Dr S Gray 41 pts (20), N Qayam 40 pts (12)
Bronze: P Pennel 32 pts (21), P Wilson 28 pts (36)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Marion and Eileen are into the 6th round of the Daily Mail Foursomes

Marion Munro and Eileen Walker have progressed to the 6th round of the Daily Mail Foursomes by beating Lanarkshire County Team players May Hughes and Angela Devine( Hamilton) over their home course. They now meet Niddry Castle at Home in the next round. --- Many Congratulations to you both and good luck in the next round

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Greenlees Result

Greenlees Result: Prestwick St Nicholas 5 Ranfurly Castle 4

Natasha qualifies for the Daily Express Junior European Open

Natasha Qayum won her age group qualifier in the Daily Express and Andalucian Junior European Open on Friday 20th July and qualifies for the finals in Spain later this year. Unfortunately school commitments look like preventing her going. Well done Natsha anyway!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

July Medal

Scratch Evy Macgregor 86, Carol Fell 87
Silver Evy Macgregor 72,Mary Hardie 74
Bronze Marilyn Mirner 72,Mary Irving 74
NB July Medal main day was reduction only due to a thunder shower flooding the greens in the afternoon.

Natasha up against in the Scottish Under 18 Matchplay stages

Natasha Qayam who qualified yesterday for the matchplay stages of the Under 18 Scottish Championships was outplayed by the East of Scotland Girls Champion and Midlothians County Team player Jane Turner to go out in the 1st round. However, well done Natasha on doing so well in your first ever major Scottish event. To see all the days scores go to
The West of Scotland Website

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Natasha qualifies for the Matchplay stages of the Scottish Under 18's

Congratulations go to Natasha Qayum who qualified for the match-play stages of the Scottish Under-18 girls’ match-play championship over Peterhead Golf Club’s Craigewan links today.

Qualifying Scores

Monday, July 16, 2007

Greenlees Result

Greenlees Result : Lanark 5 Ranfurly Castle 4

Friday, July 13, 2007

Summer Meeting for Walker Quaich

Played July 11th 32 Entries SSS 73 CSS 74
SILVER A.Mitchell (8) 71 M.Munro (12) 72
BRONZE S.Gray (21) 73 A.Williamson (22) 77
SCRATCH A.Mitchell 79

Friday, July 06, 2007

Rebecca Cunningham does well

Rebecca Cunningham with trophy won at Gullane

Congratulations go to Rebecca Cunningham on winning the Centenary Trophy at the club and also for winning the Gullane Junior Open (handicap section ) with a net 70 over Gullane 2.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Natasha wins the West Girls Medal at Cawder

3rd Medal Cawder Monday 2nd July 07, Daily Telegraph Qualifier
SSS 72 CSS 71 10 entries

Scratch Pamela Pretswell Bothwell Castle 73
1st Silver Natasha Qayum Ranfurly Castle 67 (14)

Greenlees Result

GREENLEES RESULT: Kilmacolm 7 Ranfurly Castle 2

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Tom and Sarah get married

Sarah the glamorous bride
Congratulations go to Tom Eckford and Sarah Kirby who got married yesterday. Here are a few photos from the day.
Click on the stack of photos below to reveal the next small photo

Thanks go to Captain Mary Craig and Anne Robinson for these photos

Here is another Webalbum of photos with some more added by Marion Munroe
Tom and Sarah's Wedding

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

LGU Strokeplay/ Golf Foundation

20 Entries 27/6/07 SSS 73 CSS 73
Scratch A Judge 82
Silver S Gray 70 (19), A Judge 75 (7) bih
Bronze Dr S Gray 74 (21), M Irving 78 (22)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Tri Am / Texas Scramble

Played 25/06/07
Charity Tri-am: M.Parrott E.Jessop L.Cawte

Played 23/06/07
Texas Scramble: D.McConnell H.Craig E.Williamson M Irving

Monday, June 25, 2007

Sarah Kirby's Hen Night

Sarah who is marrying Tom Eckford our Resident Golf Professional on Saturday 30th June held her "Hen Night" in The Cabin in Dunbarton Road. To see some photos for the evening click on the photo below
Sarah Kirby's Hen Night

Here is even a link to a short video from the evening

Short Video from the evening !!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Past Captain's Trophy

Alison Robertson and Captain Mary Craig

Nancy MacGadie and Captain Mary Craig

18 Past Captains played in the Past Captains Trophy today. Alison Robertson was the overall winner with 40 points and Nancy MacGadie was Runner Up with 39 points. Some of the older Past Captains joined the rest for lunch and Sally Nisbet was winner of the putting competition --- 24 Past Captains attended the lunch and there were apologies from 11 Pas Captains
To see some photographs from the lunch click on the following link

Photos from the  Past Captains Day

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Greenlees Result

Greenlees Result : Ranfurly Castle 4.5 Cathkin Braes 4.5

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Carol Fell is the Douglas Park Champion

Carol Fell - 2007 Douglas Park Champion
Carol Fell beat Anne Fergusson in the Douglas Park Championship finals today

Friday, June 15, 2007

Helen Crichton is holding a Garden Open Day

Helen Crichton in her Garden 

Helen Crichton is holding an Open Day in her garden on Sunday 17th June.
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The Gardens are open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday 17th June .
There are 5 gardens in Bridge of Weir. They will be signposted from the bottom of Prieston Road with yellow signs. The easiest to find Helen's garden is: - Airlie which is straight on up Prieston Road and is on the right hand side and will have a small Gazebo at the gate so should be easy to spot. The charge is £3 for all three gardens, there is a plant stall in Helen's garden and tearoom at one of the other gardens.
There was a big article on the gardens in last sundays Scotland on Sunday in the At Home section if you still have the paper. The herbaceous borders and several interesting features that are worth a look at

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Centenary Trophy

One Class: 36 entries Played 13th June 2007, SSS 73 CSS 75
Winner R Cunningham (31) 67, S Gray (19) 73

Friday, June 08, 2007

Greenlees Result

Ranfurly Castle 3 1/2 Cochrane Castle 5 1/2

Thursday, June 07, 2007

June Medal

Played 6th June 2007, 47 entries SSS 73 CSS 73
Scratch L Robertson 73
Silver N Qayum 68 (17), L Robertson 70 (3)
Bronze A Williamson 71 (23), H Dunn 72 (32)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Girls Trip to Dublin

The Ranfurly Castle Ladies in Dublin
Sarah Kirby had her 1st "hens night /day" girls outing for her wedding by inviting a few Ranfurly Castle friends to Dublin. The weather,however, was very disappointing. Very Windy at Portmarnock on the Saturday and stairroda rain at the K Club on Sunday.
They all had a great time tho'

Friday, June 01, 2007

Greenlees Result

Greenlees Result: Ranfurly Castle 7.5, Cardross 1.5

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

LGU Stroke Competition

Played 30/5/07 30 entries SSS 73 CSS 73

Scratch A Judge 81 (7)
Silver S Lyons 73 (18), S Kirby 74 (9)
Bronze K MacKenzie 75 (28), H Abram 76 (26) bih

Friday, May 25, 2007

Dorrie Hunter / Medal Finals

Played 25/05/07, 25 Entries,SSS 73, CSS 73
Dorrie Hunter : Winner V Howe 71 (18) R/UP R Ogilvie 73 (18)
Medal Finals: Silver V Howe 71 (18) Bronze M Cunningham 78 (26) bih

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Greenlees Result

Greenlees Result: Ranfurly Castle 7 Hilton Park 2

Saturday, May 19, 2007

McMillan Cancer Relief

Played 18th May 2007 7 entries
SSS 73 CSS 73 One Class
Winner S Lyons 75 (18) bih, R/UP M Craig 75 (10)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Vets Trophy / Gillies Trophy

Played 16th May 2007 SSS 73 CSS 73 33 entries
Vets: Silver M Craig 40 (10), S Smyth 38 (12)
Bronze L MacDougall 34 (36), M Mitchell 33 (24)

Gillies Trophy: M Mitchell 33 (24), M Parrott 30 (20)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Spring Meeting

Played 9th May 2007 55 Entries
SSS 73 CSS 73 (Reduction only)
Scratch A Robinson 82 A Judge 86
Silver A Robinson 72 (10) S M Gray 74 (19) (bih)
Bronze H Dunn 69 (35) K MacKenzie 71 (28)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sarah Kirby wins the County Medal at Gourock

Congratulations go to Sarah Kirby who had the best scratch score of the day in the April Renfrewshire County Medal played over Gourock today and was the only player to break 80. Despite having a 9 at the 8th, she was out in 39 and then came back in 40 for a gross 79. Playing off a handicap of 10 meant she had a net 69 winning the Scratch - 12 handicap award.
Under the 19.8 stableford adjustment rule the 9 is converted to an 8 and with the CSS being 75 for the day, Sarah was 7 under for handicap purposes and is therefore cut by 1.4 ----- Well done Sarah.
Liz Williamson was the winner of the Handicap 13 and above division with a net 71.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Ladies Social Evening

Ranfurly Castle's Ladies Captain Mary Craig had her Social Evening on Thursday 29th March 2007 . Approx 50 Ladies attended a superb evening with some wine tasting from Jason Harvey from T M ROBERTSON (Wine Sellers) --- from Edinburgh and a Fashion Show organized by Sarah Kirby of GLENMUIR
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Ranfurly Castle - Social Evening

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Pamela MacKenzie is on the SLGA Committee

Past Ranfurly Castle Captain and Renfrewshire Ladies County Captain Pamela MacKenzie is the West Division Representative on the Executive Committee of the SLGA