Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Parkdean Resorts pro-am at Ayr Belleisle Golf Club

Mark Hillson wins Ayr Belleisle pro-am 

with a five-under-par 66

Mark Hillson (Kilconquhar Castle) won today's Parkdean Resrts pro-am at Ayr Belleisle Golf Club with a five-under-par round of 66 which earned him the £1,192 top prize
He had birdies at the long second, ninth, short 10th, 11th, long 15th and long 18th in halves of 34 (two under) and 32 (three under). His only bogey came at the short 14th.
Runner-up was Craig Gordon (Edinburgh Golf Centre) with a 67 (31-36). Gordon birdied five of the first six holes but was one over par for the remainder. He earned £953.
Greig Hutcheon (PLGC Inchmarlo) and Paul O'Hara (Clydeway Golf) tied for third place with 69s and earned £625 each.
David-Ross Nicol (Dundonald Links) led the Gilmour Hamilton team of amateurs: Neil Hamilton (handicap 3), Billy Wilson (11) and Dick Robison (15) victory in the pro-am team event with a net score of 18-under-par 124 

Ayr Belleisle Golf Club SCOREBOARD
Par 71
66 M Hillson (Kilconquhar Castle).
67 C Gordon (Edinburgh GC)
69 G Hutcheon (PLGC Inchmarlo), P O'Hara (Clydeway Golf)
70 J Lomas (Ayr Caprington), P Robinson (Largs), C Matheson (Falkirk Tryst), C Ronald (Carluke), J Gallacher (unatt), S Gray (Lanark).
71 J Sharp (Carrick on Loch Lomond), A Welsh (Cathkin Braes), S Binning (Mearns Castle), D Orr (Eastwood).
72 A Marshall (Houston GR), I Colquhoun (Loch Lomond), C McMaster (Wellsgreen), D-R Nicol (Dundonald Links), G Paxton (Ralston), S Henderson (Kings Links), R Arnott (Bishopbriggs), C Currie (Caldwell), G Brown (Montrose Links).
73 G Hardy (Prestwick St Nicholas)
74 N Huguet (Musselburgh), J McGhee (Whitehill House)
75 M Kerr (Marriot Dalmahoy), I McNab (Trump Turnberry).
76 A Fullen (Largs), D Watters (Gourock), C Kelly (unatt), J McCreadie (Largs).
77 G Cowan (Westerhope)
78 R Leeds (Archerfield Links)
79 G Redford (Loch Lomond)
80 M Rae (Drumoig)

124 David-Ross Nicol (Dundonald Links) and Gilmour Hamilton team: Neil Hamilton (handicap 3), Billy Wilson (11), Dick Robison (15)






                    The ninth green at Castle Stuart on the Moray Firth coastline
Planners have today given their unanimous support for a second championship golf course to be built at the renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links in partnership with the Arnold Palmer Group.

Detailed plans to develop the Palmer Tribute course adjacent to the existing links, which hosts next week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, were lodged with Highland Council in October.
The council’s South Planning Applications Committee approved the proposal, with committee chairman Jimmy Gray saying it was an extremely welcome development.
Stuart McColm, general manager at Castle Stuart Golf Links, said: “We are extremely pleased that the committee has approved plans for a second world class course at Castle Stuart Golf Links.
“This decision will allow preparations to continue towards construction getting under way later this year.
“The new course will provide a huge economic boost for Inverness, the Highlands and Scotland. It will strengthen the Highlands’ position as a leading golfing destination and, along with new transport links, help visitors regard it as a gateway for visitors to the Home of Golf.”
“Together with the Arnold Palmer Group, we are acutely aware it has to be developed in the correct way, with community backing and with the support of local and national statutory bodies to protect a sensitive environment.
“As a report to the committee pointed out, our work on the existing course has demonstrated we can create something with worldwide appeal to bring benefit to the area while working within the regulatory framework.”
In 2014 Castle Stuart was awarded the GEO Certified ecolabel, an international symbol of ‘great golf environments’, which recognises golf clubs that have met high standards for performance in nature conservation, water and energy efficiency, ethical and environmental supply chain, pollution control and community engagement, one of only a handful to be awarded in the UK.

The Palmer Tribute course will be golf legend Arnold Palmer’s first course in Scotland.
The Arnold Palmer Group (APG) is investing in the current partnership at Castle Stuart and senior architects from the Arnold Palmer Design Company (APDC) are lined up to join the on-site team to design and build the new course.
Arnold Palmer, who visited Castle Stuart last year, said the team’s aim is to “create something truly special”.
It is predicted that about 30 jobs will be created during the initial 14-month construction period, with ten posts retained for a further year. An additional 20 jobs will be created on site, including greenkeepers, clubhouse staff and a marketing, sales and admin team.
Routing of the new course will ensure that at least seven holes will have the iconic 17th century Castle Stuart in sight, with ten holes having sea views and five having a local burn featured as both a strategic and an aesthetic element
Castle Stuart Golf Links opened in 2009 and has achieved global acclaim in its first      seven years. It staged the Scottish Open for three successive years from 2011-2013, with the 2013 championship, won by Phil Mickelson, reaching a worldwide television audience of more than 500 million.
The championship, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and the Scottish Government, returns to Castle Stuart from 7-10 July 2016.


Ewen Ferguson (Bearsden) has withdrawn from the Scotland team to defend the European men's title in France next week due to a recurrence of a hand injury.
Robert MacIntyre (Glencruitten), pictured, the Oban left-hander who won the Scottish amateur title last year, steps up from first reserve to replace Ferguson.


Firm, fast, bouncy ... that's the aim for the 
Open at Royal Troon links next month
        The Postage Stamp short eighth hole at Royal Troon
Royal Troon Golf Club has completed the most comprehensive preparations it has ever undertaken to ensure the Open Championship is played over firm and running links turf. Considered one of the world’s finest links courses, Royal Troon’s unprecedented preparations for the 145th Open have been three years in the making.
Weather permitting, this year’s Championship should have all the hallmarks of a classic links lay-out with firm surfaces providing ideal playing conditions for four exciting tournament days. These characteristics are intrinsic to the history and traditions of the game and, of course, The Open Championship.
“We want a traditional links feel,” said Billy McLachlan, course manager at Royal Troon Golf Club. “Firm, fast and bouncy. That’s what we’re trying to target for at The Open, and at any time. We’re doing everything we can to get a linksy feel and if the weather goes with us, we will hopefully achieve it.”
The Ayrshire course has hosted The Open Championship eight times with the last Royal Troon Open being decided in dramatic style by Todd Hamilton in a four-hole play-off in 2004. This year’s tournament will be an even greater feast for links lovers thanks to the efforts made by McLachlan and his team of greenkeepers as well as the support of the Sport Turf Research Institute (STRI) and sand supplier Hugh King and Co.
This collective team, along with the club itself, embarked on a targeted project to deliver a firmer, more linksy feel following the staging of The Amateur Championship in 2012. Played in less than ideal conditions, the event highlighted the need to improve the firmness of the golf course in the run-up to The Open Championship.
“We held The Amateur in 2012 and it wasn’t very nice weather. It was wet and the ground was a bit soft,” McLachlan remembered. “There was a deliberate decision made then to be more linksy. At that time, we were the softest of the Open Championship courses.”
Until then the club had used a sand-soil mix. A judgement was made to retain the sand but omit the soil. “In 2013 we went to using straight sand, which was Hugh King’s Washed Dune sand. It is used by a lot of golf courses, so we were quite fortunate to have it just 10 miles up the road.”
The club opted to topdress its greens, tees, fairways and surrounds with Hugh King’s Washed Dune sand and, under the guidance of Richard Windows, the STRI’s turfgrass agronomist, dilute organic matter and improve firmness. “This was initially done through hollow-coring and Graden sand injection scarification using Hugh King kiln-dried sand,” explained Windows. “Thereafter, there was a process of solid-tining and routine sand top-dressing with the majority of sand being applied during the September to May period to minimise disruption to golf.”
The ambitious three-year project was completed this winter and has delivered sensational results. “It has been incredibly successful,” said Windows. “Organic matter has been reduced by an average of 58% on the greens and firmness has been improved by 25% and is now in the target range of The Open Championship. We tried to get the levels of firmness in target regardless of the weather conditions. The more sand you put on, the more chance you have of achieving that objective.”
For the man closest to the project, the change has been most noticeable on the greens. “Before there was more organic material in the greens, so the turf held more moisture,” McLachlan explained. “Hopefully we’re heading down the right path. All the tests are giving us good results – organic matter down, firmness readings up. I can get more speed in the greens more easily and they don’t hold the water as they did before - all this kind of stuff. We’re on line to where we want to be which is harder, faster and firmer.”
The ambitious project to firm up Royal Troon centred around taking organic matters out of the soil. To do this, the club needed sand. “It has been a privilege to work with Billy on this project and to see the huge strides made by he and his team,” said Graeme King, managing director of the family run business Hugh King and Co. “Sand is a critical part of a golf course and we are extremely proud our sand is helping one of the finest links golf courses in the world deliver what should be a memorable Open Championship.”
Hugh King & Co supplies sands to over 120 golf courses including all Open Championship venues in Scotland.


 Dunbar's Connor Wilson wins by three at 

Kirriemuir Development Day

Dunbar's Connor Wilson won the boys' section of the Scottish Golf Academy's 16 years and under Development Day competition at Kirriemuir Golf Club (on Sunday).
Despite requiring 13 shots to play the par-4 18th hole twice (7 in Round 1; 6 in Round 2), Connor was able, with the help of a bag of seven birdies, to win by three strokes with scores of  71 and 68 for a three-over-par total of 139.
Aidan O'Hagan (Old Ranfurly) (73-69) and Jamie Roberts (Muckhart) (72-70) were joint runners-up on 142.

16yrs and under Development Day competition
Kirriemuir Golf Club
Par 136 (2x68). SSS 67. CSS 69 67
139 Connor Wilson (Dunbar) 71 68
142 Aidan O'Hagan (Old Ranfurly) 73 69, Jamie Roberts (Muckhart) 72 70.
145 Lewis Irvine (Kirkhill) 73 72]146 Alex Simpson (Strathmore) 75 71, Harry Austin (Dumfries and Co) 73 73, Cameron Gallagher (Longniddry) 70 76
147 Conor O'Toole (Craigmillar Park) 77 70, Calum D Scott (Nairn) 75 72, Logan Gillies (Nairn) 74 73, Ewan Wheat (Royal Montrose) 73 74.
148 Greg Dalziel (Aidrie) 77 71, Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) 76 72
149 Cameron Johnstone (Troon Welbeck) 74 75, Ben McKay (Crail GS) 73 76
150 Aaron Hall (Kilspindie) 78 72
152 Cameron Dunn (Sandyhills) 77 75.
157 Jack Lockhart (Pitreavie) 78 69.
158 Roddy McAuley (Fereneze) 80 78
Withdrew: Christian Barbour (St Andrews New) 76 - 


Girls' scores on www.kirkwoodgolf.co.uk


Draw for AAM Scottish Open Qualifier at Lossiemouth
Round 1: Moray Golf Club - 
Old Course 07/02/2016

 Tee  Time      Name

  1   7:30 AM   Craig Goodwin, Duff House Royal Golf Club
                Derek Ramsay, Moray Golf Club

  1   7:39 AM   Jackson Bell, Lanark Golf Club
                Ian Campbell, Cheshunt Park Golf Club
                Ross McKen, Trump International Golf Links

  1   7:48 AM   Rodger Clarke, Golf Dedication Centre
                Scott Smith, Loretto School Golf Academy
                Neil Henderson, Renaissance

  1   7:57 AM   Cameron Adam
                Ian Brown, Newent Golf Club
                Chris McQueen, Dalmuir Golf Club

  1   8:06 AM   Michael McAllan, Elgin Golf Club
                Blair Cross, St Andrews Links Golf Academy
                Gavin Hay, Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club

  1   8:15 AM   Chris Brown, Carrick on Loch Lomond
                Ross McConnachie, Peterculter Golf Club
                Louis Gaughan, Bathgate Golf Club

  1   8:24 AM   Jamie Fraser, Renaissance Club
                Jordan Gallagher
                Ron Goudie, Machrie Hotel & Golf Club

  1   8:33 AM   Calum Fyfe (a), Cawder
                Christopher McMaster, Wellsgreen Golf Range
                Sam McLaren, Blairgowrie Golf Club

  1   8:42 AM   Fraser Cromarty, Nairn Golf Club
                Alexander Culverwell, Dunbar
                Samuel Binning, Mearns Castle Golf Academy

  1   8:51 AM   Malcolm Murray, Brora Golf Club
                Liam Neeson, Gleddoch House Golf & Country
                Patrick McKenna, Paul Lawrie Golf Centre

  1   9:09 AM   Scott Gibson (a), Southerness
                Jordan McColl, Kingsbarns Pro Academy
                Andrew Pillans, Banchory Golf Club

  1   9:18 AM   Jeff Wright (a), Forres
                Zac Saltman, Archerfield
                Jonathan Sharp, Carrick on Loch Lomond

  1   9:27 AM   Kris Nicol, Paul Lawrie Golf Centre
                Craig Matheson, Falkirk Tryst Golf Club
                Lee Vannet, Craibstone Golf Centre

  1   9:36 AM   Christopher Currie, Caldwell Golf Club
                Alastair Forsyth, Mearns Castle Golf Academy
                Craig Ross (a), Kirkhill

  1   9:45 AM   Mark Kerr, Marriott Dalmahoy Golf & Count
                Greg Paxton, Ralston Golf Club
                Stephen Gray, Lanark Golf Club

  1   9:54 AM   Neil Fenwick, Dunbar Golf Club
                Kyle Godsman (a), Moray
                Stephen McAllister, Stephen McAllister Golf

  1   10:03 AM  James Ross, Royal Burgess
                Paul Robinson, Largs Golf Club
                Ross Munro, Duddingston Golf Club

  1   10:12 AM  Chris Kelly
                Jack Doherty, Rowallan Castle
                Jason McCreadie, Largs Golf Club

  1   10:21 AM  Craig Ronald, Carluke Golf Club
                Robert Arnott, Bishopbriggs Golf Range
                Paul Wardell, North Berwick Golf Club

  1   10:30 AM  Craig Gordon, Edinburgh Golf Centre
                Paul Malone, Braid Hills Golf Range
                Paul Brookes, Pitreavie Golf Club

  1   10:48 AM  Murray Urquhart, Nairn Golf Club
                Lloyd Saltman, Archerfield Links
                Stewart Savage, Dalmuir Golf Club

  1   10:57 AM  Jonathan Porteous, Craigielaw Golf Club
                James Byrne, Banchory
                Paul McKechnie, Braid Hills Golf Range

  1   11:06 AM  Craig Lawrie, Paul Lawrie Golf Centre
                Greg McBain, Newmachar Golf Club
                Scott Henderson, Kings Links Golf Centre

  1   11:15 AM  Peter Whiteford
                Marc Owenson, Gullane Golf Club
                Gareth Wright, West Linton Golf Club

  1   11:24 AM  Greig Hutcheon, Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchma
                John Henry, Clydebank and District
                Paul O'Hara, Clydeway Golf

  1   11:33 AM  Keir McNicoll, Gullane Golf Club
                Conor O'Neil, Mearns Castle
                Michael Patterson, Kilmacolm Golf Club

  1   11:42 AM  Steven O'Hara
                Lindsay Mann, Carnoustie Golf Links
                Cameron Farrell, Cardross Golf Club

  1   11:51 AM  Steven Maxwell, Eastwood Golf Club
                Michael Stewart, Troon Welbeck
                Fraser Mann, Carnoustie Golf Links

  1   12:00 PM  James Erskine, Dumfries & County Golf Club
                Alan Tait, Marriott Dalmahoy Golf & Count
                Elliott Saltman

  1   12:09 PM  Graeme Brown, Montrose Golf Links Ltd.
                Graham Fox, Clydeway Golf
                George Murray, Kingsbarns

  1   12:27 PM  Malcolm Isaacs, Gamola Golf
                Scott Grieve, Turnhouse Golf Club
                Liam Johnston (a), Dumfries and County

  1   12:37 PM  Ross Cameron
                Wallace Booth, Eastwood
                Nathan Keast, Renaissance Club

  1   12:47 PM  David Orr, Eastwood Golf Club
                Rory Tinker, Piperdam Golf & Leisure Resort
                Euan Bowden, North Berwick Golf Club

  1   12:57 PM  Michael Mackenzie, Edzell Golf Club
                Graeme McDougall, Elie Links
                Callum Beveridge, Gailes Golf & Leisure

  1   1:07 PM   Lewis Burnett, Mearns Castle Golf Academy
                Stephen Speirs, Swanston New Golf Club
                Christopher Billows, Gleneagles Hotel Golf Courses

  1   1:17 PM   Greg Miller, Gleneagles Hotel Golf Courses
                Kamran Zeynalov, Portlethen Golf Club
                James McGhee, Whitehill House Golf Club

  1   1:27 PM   Jonathan Lomas, Caprington Golf Club
                Patrick Walker, Ballumbie Castle Golf Course
                Mark Hillson, Kilconquhar Castle Estate

  1   1:37 PM   James Dick, Duddingston Golf Club
                Alan Waugh, Clydebank & District Golf Club
                Fraser Malcolm, North Berwick Golf Club

  1   1:47 PM   Graham Forbes, Mar Hall Hotel & Resort
                Fraser Moore, Glenbervie
                Brian Mason, Callaway Golf

Complete information is available at Tournament I
nformation Page (TIP)


Clubs invited to send results of Aberdeen Pennant matches TONIGHT

There are five Aberdeen and District Men's Pennant League down for decision tonight.

The home clubs are requested to Email the results to Colin@scottishgolfview.com:

Deeside v Caledonian
Hazlehead v Auchmill
Murcar Links v Portlethen
Banchory v Craibstone
Nigg Bay v Newmachar


Monday, June 27, 2016

Ireland's Robin Dawson wins world students' title,

Gemma Batthy T5 in women's event

The 16th FISU World University Golf Championship was hosted in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France.  Student-golfers representing 23 nations were present.
The French men’s team succeeded in keeping the gold medal in the host country. The French student-golfers shared the medal podium with Team Ireland which got silver and Team Chinese Taipei who won the bronze.
In the women’s team competition, Team Czech won the gold leaving the silver to Team Chinese Taipei and the bronze to Team USA.
The girls of Team Czech also dominated the Individual Women’s competition as they took over the whole podium with Karolina Vlckova collecting the gold, Marie Lunackova the silver and Katerina Vlasinova the bronze. 

Scotland's Gemma Batty finished tied 5th with an 11 over par total and Chloe Goadby from St Andrews finished 14th with a +18 aggregate.
In the Men’s Individual competition, Robin Dawson (IRL) mounted the highest podium winning the gold with Xuewem Luo (CHN) getting the silver and Yu-Chen Yeh (TPE) settling for the bronze.

Dawson finished with a three over par aggregate.
Scot Chris Maclean finished tied fourth with a nine over par total.
Mike Howard finished 23rd with a +23 aggregate


The MyGolfRanking Angus Players of Week 2016/25 are Susan Stewart (Montrose Caldonia), who enters the MGR Angus Ladies’ Ranking Top Ten at No 10, and James Howe of Arbroath who hits the highspot of No 1 on the MGR Men’s Angus Ranking.

James Howe (Arbroath) 1141 points                                                                      
2 Dinish Bailwal (Piperdam Osprey) 1098
3 Jamie Watt (Broughty) 1088
4 Aidan Smith (Edzell) 1069
5 Keith Law (Forfar) 1030
6 Matthew Crabb (Brechin) 1022
7 Steven McLachlan (Grange Monifieth) 994
8 *Campbell Donaldson (Downfield) 966
9 Kenneth Marshall (Camperdown) 956
10 Steven Geekie (Logie) 950

1 Edzell 856 pts
2 Grange Monifieth 793
3 Arbroath 704
4 Caird Park 670
5 Forfar 643
6 Brechin 637

+Switch over to www.kirkwoodgolf.co.uk for the Angus ladies' rankings

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for The Mackay Bowl.

Positions after 10 events:

1 Connor Syme (Drumoig) 260 pts
2 Alan Sutherland (Cupar) 200
3 Greg Forrester (Lundin) 156
T4 Andrew Davidson (Charleton), David Mitchell (Leven Thistle) 140
T6 Scott Brownlie (Burntisland GHC), Stuart Meiklejohn (Aberdour) 125
8 Hamish Gorn (Aberdour) 100
T9 Dan Bones (Scotscraig), Raymond Perry (St Andrews GC), Paul Stewart (Ladybank) 90

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Seb Galeppini: Highlands and Islands University 

graduate who's looking for big-time break

Colin Farquharson writes: Remember the name Sebastiano Galeppini. He has recently completed a degree course in Golf Management at the University of Highlands and Islands at Dornoch. He has a CV that takes a lot of beating.   I meet him regularly during the golf season when I am the Ladies Golf Union website story writer and photographer. Seb has become the right-hand man of Susan Simpson, the LGU Head of Golf Operations.
Now he needs a big break to move further up the ladder of golf management.  The sky's the limit for a young man with his qualifications. He even refereed a match at last week's British women's open amateur championship at Dundonald Links.
Scottishgolfview.com is read by well over a million viewers annually. Someone out there could want Seb for a golf post that will being the best out of him.
    Read on

 I have been working for the last three summers with the Ladies Golf Union in the United Kingdom and Ireland and it has been a great experience. I have had the opportunity to be involved in the event planning and delivering of national and international championships, including the Ricoh Women’s British Open, the 2016 Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire and the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. 
 I have currently finished my last year of a degree in Golf Management at the University of Highlands and Islands and I am intending to develop my career in the event management and sport management. I am looking for long term internship and getting even more  experience which would be an invaluable step in my career.
I am a responsible, sociable, hard-working individual with experience of working in golf clubs with a high customer care expectation, as well as experience of event management in golf tournaments with the LGU and in the local bars of my city. 
Moreover, I spent few summers coaching golf at the summer camp in my local golf club.  I have an understanding of issues such as planning action, tournament operation as well as how to communicate with, motivate and support colleagues and customers. I also have a good knowledge of the rules of golf and I passed the R and A Level 3 rules exam with 88%.
During my degree course I have learned about various aspects of the business environment including marketing, finance management, operational areas, customer-centred business, event-planning, contemporary issues, human resource and golf tourism. 
 Furthermore, I have been the captain of the University golf club and it has been giving me experience about social event, fund-raising, club competition and team management. I was also part of the finalist team for the 2016 British University Championship. I was the winner of the Best Contribution to Clubs and Societies award in 2016 by the University Student Association.
I have always enjoyed travelling and learning everything I did not know, especially from different cultural backgrounds and I have learned to adapt to different situations.
Below is my CV.
Sebastiano Galeppini

§  Italian: Mother tongue
§  English: Writing, fluent; speaking, fluent; reading, fluent
Personal Skills:           
§  MS Office: Excellent command of Microsoft Office package.
§  Team Work: Proven ability to work in teams and independently
§  Intercultural: Used to working in a highly intercultural and flexible Environment. Love of learning and visiting new places
§  University golf club team member, Expert skier and tennis player.
§  Rapallo golf club team captain for the under 18 tournaments.
§  Aeronautical knowledge on 360°
§  Greenkeeping experience at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
§  R and A Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referees School 88%
§  Currently Captain of the University Golf Club based at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
§  University Award for the student Best Contribution to Club and Society
References are available upon request


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