Tuesday, February 20, 2018

GOLF’S NEW WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM DESIGNED TO WELCOME MORE GOLFERS



20 February 2018, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA:

The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and the USGA, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.

The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The new system will feature the following:

Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability

A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for national or regional associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction

A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries

An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control

A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day

Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation

A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)

A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game

TO READ MORE GO TO THE R&A WEBSITE

Sunday, February 18, 2018

WINTER FOURSOMES SEMI FINAL - GOES TO THE 18TH HOLE

Winter Foursomes Semi Final played at Cowglen

Home player Alyson McGinnigle with partner Carol McNally (Williamwood) had an extremely exciting semi final winter foursomes tie giving 7 shots to Gill Unick and Lorraine Morris also of Williamwood.

Alyson and Carol got off to a good start with some pars and a birdie resulting in being 4 up at turn.  Gill and Lorraine seriously rallied and played fabulous golf in the back 9. 

With ground conditions being extremely wet, 6 holes were shortened and indeed, the par 3 12th was closed.  This resulted in the par 4 13th being converted to 2 x par 3s.  


From the 10th hole Gill and Lorraine won the next 6 holes with a net score of 1 under par. Fantastic golf.  This resulted in the Williamwood pairing being 2 up with 3 to play.

Alyson and Carol won the par 3 16th with par bringing the game closer.  The long par 4 17th was the last stroking hole for Gill and Lorraine.  Alyson and Carol won this hole with bogey 5.  Game now square.  All to play for going up a shortened 18th.

Two good tee shots were followed by two good second shots.  Again a winter green with Gill and Lorraine posting bogey 5. 

Alyson had a downhill putt for par and a win.  The ball went in!  Could not have been closer, all down to the last ball struck.


Thanks go to Carol McNally for the report

Alison and Carol now meet Linda Ellery and Elizabeth Munro (East Renfrewshire) in the final -- To be arranged 

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE RESULTS

Monday, February 12, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS GO TO MEGAN BRIGGS WHO HAS JUST GOT ENGAGED

Megan and fiancé Iain Scholefield
 Many congratulations from all at RLCGA  to Past Scottish and County Champion Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) who has just got engaged to Iain Scholefield today in North Berwick. 

A CARD FROM US ALL

Sunday, February 04, 2018

£1,503 RAISED AT WONDERFUL BEETLE DRIVE AT HAGGS CASTLE GOLF CLUB




RLCGA members as always proved to be most loyal and generous by attending our annual fund raising Beetle Drive at Haggs Castle Golf Club, which catered for us very well. 

 88 ladies participated in the fun competition but they also contributed in several ways to achieving an incredible £1,503 profit. 

 The amount was achieved by means of a raffle, a star draw for some 4-ball vouchers and free lessons, and some silent auction items mostly provided by members. 

Generous donations were also given at the end of the afternoon, and many ladies also enjoyed some retail therapy through stalls set up by Carol McNally and Doreen Mains. 

A huge thanks is due to our hard working committee in the lead up to the event and on the afternoon (particularly Gillian Kyle and Marilyn Muir), with finishing touches provided by our wonderful photographers Fiona Armour and Carol Fell. 

 Finally RLCGA should not only be proud of its team and its juniors, but also its members. 





CLICK HERE TO SEE SOME PHOTOS -- Courtesy of Fiona Armour

Friday, February 02, 2018

BEETLE DRIVE 2018

Captain June and your RLCGA Committee look forward to welcoming you to Haggs Castle Golf Club on Sunday for our fundraising event. The fun begins at 2pm. Even if you have not formally signed up, please come along as we will be able to organise more tables if required on the day-only £5 to enter.

Donations of bottles and plants for the raffle will be very much appreciated. The raffle, together with the Silent Auction and Star Prize draw, generates our biggest income on the day. There are great prizes that have kindly been donated in both the Auction and Star Prize Draw so hopefully everyone will go home with something!

PAST CAPTAIN GILLIAN HAS A GREAT START TO 2018

I have just been playing with Past RLCGA Captain Gillian Kyle in the February Medal at Troon.  She had a gross 72.
One under the winter SSS  of 73. 

She had an Eagle 3 at the 2nd and out in par 37. Back in 35. 
Birdies at 10,11 and 18. Great score on a beautiful day.

I opted not to play in medal but went out as marker. I'm needing the practise!  It was just lovely to watch.

With the start of the season coming soon it is great that with golfers like Gillian things are looking good for Renfrewshire! 

Look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday at the Beetle Drive

Jen Mack (President)

Thursday, February 01, 2018

DETAILS OF THE SCOTTISH GOLF AGM


Scottish Golf is delighted to announce details for the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which takes place on Sunday 4 March in Edinburgh.

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, easily accessible on the outskirts of the capital, is to host the event, and they very much hope you can attend.

CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

SQUAD COACHING FUN AT THE INDOOR GOLF ACADEMY

9 girls and 7 seniors enjoyed squad coaching with Karyn Burns at the Indoor Golf Centre at Kinning Park on Sunday 28th January. 



She split everyone into 3 teams with a mixture in each. 

There was a chipping challenge, putting competition and 9 holes strokeplay at Kingsbarns! (On simulator!) 

We had a speed putting challenge but that turned too competitive when someone (Liz!) introduced a quicker method which was perhaps not proper! 

The results were very close after Karyn interpretated them all and the winning team was Liz Stewart , Carol Whyte , Jennifer Lynagh (Caldwell), Emily Crushed (Eastwood) and Aaliyah Sandhu (Haggs Castle)

Everyone enjoyed pizza and time to chat afterwards.  Our thanks go to Karyn for organising a great session.

Monday, January 22, 2018

PAST COUNTY STALWART MAY MUIR OF RALSTON GOLF CLUB HAS DIED

by Morag Key 

I am sure many Members will remember the Mure sisters (May and Jessie) who were stalwarts of Ralston Golf Club, the County and the Vets. 

Jessie died about 25 years ago just after her 80th birthday. May sadly passed away last week and would have been 104 this Saturday. What an innings! She had been in a Care Home in Paisley for quite a long number of years now. 

Jessie and May were known the length and breadth of Scotland in golfing circles and sadly there won't be any of her contemporaries left. 

However, there will be a few County and Vet members who will remember May. 

Her funeral is on Thursday 1st February at 10am at Woodside Crematorium in Paisley.

When I took up golf in 1981, the Mures were very encouraging and once we started going to Open Days and golfing venues around Scotland and met other golfers, it was amazing how many asked if we knew the Mures when they heard we were from Ralston.  — 
We had to be on our best behaviour !

Sunday, January 14, 2018

SECOND QUARTER FINAL WINTER FOURSOMES TIE IS PLAYED

Cathy Morton and Lyn Black (Eastwood) played Alyson McGinnigle (Cowglen) and Carol McNally (Williamwood/Pollok) on a rather surprising dry and reasonably mild day for January. 

 Owing to ground conditions at Williamwood and Cowglen, the tie was played at Pollok as full course was open.

The "home" players got off to a good start. Cathy and Lyn pulled one back with par at 7th hole. Misfortune struck the Eastwood pairing at stroke index 1 allowing Alyson and Carol to stretch their lead. 

 Again the "visitors" pulled one back with par at 12th but par thereafter gave Alyson and Carol the victory.

Another super game of golf with great chat too.

SCOTTISH GOLF VOLUNTEER CHAPERONE ROLES


The Scottish Golf Performance Team are seeking volunteers to accompany the National squads and teams at selected domestic and Internationals events during 2018  in the role of Volunteer Team Chaperone. 

They are looking for individuals who are keen golfers, have a good understanding of Performance Sport and enjoy working with groups/teams.


Clare Queen has attached an advert for the role which details the responsibilities involved and would appreciate if you would circulate this among your members. 

If anyone has any questions or would like more information on what the role entails they can contact her. 


Although there is no deadline for anyone wishing to put their name forward we would like to hear from anyone interested by Monday 29th January.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Saturday, January 06, 2018

BEETLE DRIVE SUNDAY 4TH FEBRUARY


Our annual fundraising Beetle Drive is only 4 WEEKS away on Sunday February 4th from 2pm at Haggs Castle Golf Club. 

 It is now time to let your Committee know if you are able to come along and support the event on February 4th at Haggs Castle Golf Club. 
 Only £5 for a fun-filled afternoon. 

We have received generous 4 ball donations from various clubs which will be up for silent auction on the day. These include Glasgow Gailes, Bonnyton, Pollok, East Renfrewshire, Old Ranfurly, Whitecraigs and Ralston and hopefully more nearer the time. 

Why not get a group together and plan your bidding in advance? 
The raffle will be one of the major income generators and your donations will be gratefully received on the day or hand into Haggs Castle prior to the event. 

 So please reply to Past Captain Gillian asap at gilliank17@sky.com if you haven't already done so. Looking forward to kicking off the 2018 season with you all. 

 Regards, Captain June and the RLCGA Committee.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

CAPTAIN JUNE DEFENDS COUNTY GOLF REMARK IN GLASGOW HERALD NEWSPAPER

In yesterday's Glasgow Herald many County Members may have read the article about the Golfing Fixtures for 2018 including the new 9 Hole National Final. --- She emailed them saying -

In usual fashion for many sports articles (Nick Rodger, 20th Dec – Scottish Golf), the first two paragraphs attempt to be amusing.

 However in describing Scottish Golf’s unveiling of its 2018 schedule of events by saying “nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit quite like opening an email to see when the Scottish Women’s County Finals are on” was both patronising and offensive.

Scottish Golf certainly has its problems at the moment, and I get the sentiment of the article (eg. Ready Golf and 9 hole competitions to improve the game), but to include a flippant comment on the Women’s County Finals was both patronising and offensive.

 Most amateur championship competitors require time off work, so it is vital dates are listed well in advance. Having been involved in the County Finals in September with Renfrewshire , the eventual winners in a very closely fought Tournament, I’m sure most competitors would have found Mr Rodger’s comment offensive.

 June Lockhart (Captain of Renfrewshire Ladies County Association)
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Reply from Nick Rodgers

Good afternoon June.


Hope all well and thanks for the mail which was forwarded on to me.

Many apologies if I caused offence, which I clearly have.

It was unintentional and, as you say, a bit throwaway.
I’m well aware of the efforts that go into these events, both from players and organisers.

In my years at an agency the redoubtable Colin Farquharson, a doyen of the ladies amateur scene, and myself would pick up the SLGA county results and batter them round the houses.

Easier days! Anyway, thanks for getting in touch. All feedback gratefully received.

All the best for the festive season and good golfing in 2018.

Kind regards, Nick

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Hi Nick,

Many thanks for your prompt reply.

 I am an avid sports fan (not just golf), and I do appreciate the work you do in promoting golf, and ladies golf – my good friend Carol Fell certainly sang your praises !!

However it is a worrying and stressful time, especially in the pressure to amalgamate the Ladies Counties and the Gents Areas.

 This is complicated and not helped by the attitude of several gents towards women over a long period of time.

Unfortunately your one sentence just hit a nerve, and possibly I overreacted – though I was out of my chair faster than a cruise missile.
 I certainly accept your apology, and I do hope we can meet up at one of these meetings to laugh it off.

 Kind Regards June

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Hello again June. 


Thanks for coming back and, aye, I can appreciate the hassles you’ll have had down the seasons with certain gents still living in the Cretaceous period. 
It’s not often I stoke up much reaction so the thought of someone rising off their chair in a fury is something to savour!! 
Give my regards to Carol. 

Thanks again. Nick
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SEASON'S GREETINGS TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND READERS



On behalf of Sandra and myself, I would like to wish all County Members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 


Keep healthy and we look forward to seeing you next season, and at the Beetle Drive at Haggs Castle GC on February 4th. 

 June Lockhart (Captain RLCGA)


CLICK HERE FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD -- AND HAVE A GO AT YOUR JIGSAW SKILLS !!

Committee having fun  - Click Here
Some Juniors getting ready for Christmas - Click Here

and Finally the 2017 winning County Team wish you all the Merry Christmas 


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

SCOTTISH GOLF CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, VIDEO & FEEDBACK

From the Scottish Golf Website

Dear Golfer  

Thank you for attending The Future of Golf Conference in Edinburgh earlier this month. 
We hope you enjoyed the presentations, discussions and the opportunity to take part in the debate around finding solutions to the challenges we face in our game. It was great to meet so many people with a passion for the game across the golfing spectrum and gain opinion, insights and feedback which will shape our future direction. 
Our Board and staff team have been working hard to collate the content from the Conference and this e-newsletter pack provides a recap for you, which we hope you will share with your fellow golfers. 
Over the coming weeks, the Board of Scottish Golf will be meeting to discuss how we use these insights to deliver our strategy of growing participation in golf and building stronger clubs. The feedback we have had has been hugely positive and we look forward to harnessing the collective power of clubs and golfers to create a brighter future for our game. 
Thank you for your continued support. 

 Eleanor Cannon, Executive Chair - Scottish Golf 


Scottish Golf have themed all the general comments, suggestions and feedback from delegates attending the Conference to give you a full overview of the opinions coming in on the day, which they will take on board in their discussions.


CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Monday, December 18, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER AND AN UPDATE

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Liz Hale and Captain June Lockhart visited Heather Anderson in hospital yesterday afternoon, and they  glad to say she has improved in her mobility. 

 She can walk a little around the wards, and was most interested in the golf talk !! She might be home in a few days but unfortunately she had a fall which has set her back – but luckily there was nothing broken. 

It would be great if some members could keep sending her a message now and then – she does very much appreciate it, as does her daughter, Lesley.

However today -- Seemingly there is a bug in the ward and Heather has been moved into a side ward. She is now in Room 10 in Ward 4 of the RAH. This may have put her chances of getting home for Christmas on hold. Shame to gave set backs when she is doing so well

Some messages that have come in today -- Have been sent to Liz to pass on the Heather's daughter Lesley

June Kerr Happy Birthday Heather! I vividly remember you winning the Scottish at W.K, that wasn't yesterday but you haven't changed a bit! Take care, try not to fall and have a Happy Christmas 

Manage
Pearl Orr Wishing you a Happy Birthday Heather. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Wishing you best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a healthier New Year. Pearl x

Manage
Catherine Malcolm Delighted to hear Heather is on her feet.x

Manage
Linda McDougall Happy Birthday Heather. Hope you get home soon.

Manage
Donna Jackson Heather glad to hear you are doing better hope you are home soon x

Manage
Christeen Finlayson You are amazing, Heather. Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a much healthier 2018. C x

Doreen Mainds Sorry to hear you have had a fall. Hope you mend quickly and have a happy birthday. X

Thursday, December 14, 2017

WINTER FOURSOMES IN THE SNOW !!


Anne Judge & Marion Munro (Ranfurly Castle) - pictured above were victors in the Winter Foursomes over Gillian Kyle and Carole Spy - 5/4 on Tuesday 11th December. The match was played over East Renfrewshire in condition that look rather tricky !!!




CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE RESULTS

Monday, December 04, 2017

PAST MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY JEAN SMITH HAS DIED

Jean at the 2015 RLCGA AGM
It is with deep sadness that, after bravely facing up to her illness over the last few years, we inform you of the death of Jean Smith (Cathcart Castle). 
Jean was a very loyal and hard working member of the County, having acted as Membership Secretary for several years. She was also very active in her own Club and in much of the organisation of the 75th Greenlees Anniversary Celebrations. Jean was a lovely lady to deal with, and she will be very sadly missed by all in Renfrewshire County.

June Lockhart (Captain)


Jean joined RLCGA in 2006. After she joined the committee and it had been decided to split the tasks of the Secretary and create a Membership Secretary, I immediately thought of Jean and she she took on this role with great enthusiasm in 2009. Her records were immaculate. 
Having worked previously with Jean when she was a member of Bonnyton and Lady Captain, I was very happy to work along side her especially when it came to hand over all her records as RLCGA transferred their data to Club V1. 
By this time Jean's health stopped her from continuing an active interest in the County but I know she always had a great love of the game of golf and when she could no longer play, she was always interested to know what was going on

Freda Tuck - Former Results Secretary


When the 75th Greenlees Trophy Anniversary celebrations were held at Cathcart Castle on the 19th September 2015 and organised by Sheila Orr and the ladies at Cathcart Castle it is certainly a day that I remember with much fun and laughter.

Jean who was the Ladies handicap Secretary at Cathcart Castle and RLCGA Membership Secretary at that time  was not well enough to attend the celebrations that day which was sad considering the time and effort that she and her husband and put into producing a wonderful brochure for the day which I still have as a keepsake.    CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


Jean with President Jennifer Mack and Past Captain Gillian Kyle
at the 9th Hole at Pollok GC in the 2009 Centenary Shotgun
In happier days back in 2009 she enjoyed the County Centenary Celebrations over Pollok GC where of course this years County Championship took place.

Carol Fell Webmaster

As you have all said Jean was heavily involved in golf.
She thoroughly enjoyed welcoming the players from all County Clubs on the 75th Greenlees Anniversary and the icing on the cake was we won the 3rd Division that season in 2015 and Jean played her part in that. 
Jean was a lovely lady and we will all miss her. 

Sheila Orr (Cathcart Castle)

The Funeral is Monday 11th at 2pm at the Linn. Everyone is invited to join the family afterwards at Cathcart Castle.
Please also see more in the Glasgow Herald 


Sunday, December 03, 2017

GOLF IN SCOTLAND IS SINKING FAST, DELEGATES TOLD

June and Sandra

Some of the delegates

Around 500 delegates including Captain June Lockhart, Vice Captain Sandra Littlejohn and your webmaster Carol attended the first Scottish Golf national conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre yesterday (Saturday 2nd December)

It was easily the soundbite that made the biggest impact during a four-and-a-half hour discussion about the future of golf in Scotland. “We are all on the Titanic if we choose not to do anything,” 

When he was subsequently accused by one delegate of being responsible for “a lot of negativity” about the state of the game in its birthplace by delivering that message, Stewart Darling, a Scottish Golf board member, stuck firmly to his guns. “It’s not negativity – it’s reality,” he said in response. 

Eleanor Cannon, the Scottish Golf chair, kicked off the day’s proceedings in the capital by asking a wide cross section of the game to “suspend disbelief” following recent negativity towards the governing body on the back of a controversial proposed new strategy being put on hold as some keynote speakers addressed the audience and, with all due respect to the others, it was Darling who definitely made the strongest impression in the hall.

TO READ MORE GO TO THE  KIRWOODGOLF WEBSITE