AGM

 

THE AGM 2017  WILL BE HELD AT GLENBERVIE GOLF CLUB ON MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER AT 7.30PM

THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING ARE BELOW

Minutes of the AGM held at Falkirk Golf Club on 26th September 2016 AT 7.30PM

Dr Sheila Hartley welcomed the 50 ladies present and said that before we move on to the formal agenda it is with sadness that I have to inform the meeting of the death, this year of

Sheila Muirhead. She was a former member of our association and a member of Stirling Golf Club. Dr Hartley asked the meeting to stand for a few moments to remember her and any other lady golfer you know who has died since our last A.G.M.

Dr Hartley continued as follows: As I am sure you all know the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and the Scottish Golf Union voted unanimously at their respective meetings in 2015 to amalgamate to become Scottish Golf Limited (SGL).The amalgamation took place last October and I regret to say, as an advocate of amalgamation, that it has been a huge disappointment for ladies’ golf in particular. I n fact I don’t think the men’s game has been affected at all but the women’s game certainly has.

In January Anna, Claire and I attended, as representatives of the County, a forum for Areas and Counties at Gleneagles. From the presentation given and the questions we were asked to consider it seemed to me that S.G.L. had come to that meeting with an agenda to replace Areas and Counties with Regions whose purpose will be to support clubs. Not all of us there were in agreement with that thinking and I think it is fair to say that there has been nothing further from SGL on this since then.

However, many of us at the meeting were critical of the Website (SGU with a few tweaks), communication with members was dire and felt that SGL had taken to effort to re-brand itself for the unified body. I am afraid to say that, almost a year on, nothing has changed. I still don’t know what the directors of SGL look like, who the staff and what their roles are and who are the members of the various sub-committees. The website is still SGU with a few tweaks and communication is still awful. Subsequently to that January meeting I sent a series of emails to Eleanor Cannon, the chair of SGL, primarily about the competitions the SLGA had run for club and county members.

These eventually culminated with a meeting with her and Audrey Sturgess at Dunblane Golf Club at the beginning of March where it was established that a number of events will no longer take place. These include the County Open meeting, the Junior Open Strokeplay and the Matchplay and Strokeplay Foursomes. The reasons given were that entries for these events were falling.

However an undertaking was given that club medals would continue (as they have in England and Wales following their mergers) and indeed Regional Finals and Grand Final took place this year. I hope your club was successful in finding the entry form on SGL website to enter players. These will continue next year but will not be sent out automatically. Your club needs to register by the end of October to receive the medals and be eligible for next year’s Regional Finals. There is a link on the home page of the Scottish Golf website (scottishgolf.org) and I urge you to get your clubs to register. I firmly believe that if not enough clubs register then SGL will use this as evidence to discontinue these events.

I understand that at some point there was doubt about the future of the county finals but these will take place in 2017 at a venue still to be determined.

I also discovered that many of the trophies traditionally presented at the Scottish Championship, some dating back to the earliest years of the Championship, were not presented and there were no prize vouchers. I still have not had any feedback on these matters. I feel quite frustrated that I have received bland acknowledgements to my email messages but no direct answers to the specific questions I have been asking. Maybe the board of SGL thinks everything is fine but nobody else does.

Membership: As you are aware from the agenda the committee is proposing to change the membership criteria to allow any lady with a handicap of 35 or less who was born lives or is member of a club in the Stirling and Clackmannan catchment to become a member of the County . This is in response to our falling membership as the demographics change. I hope you will support this measure and promote county membership within your clubs. It is a great deal as you get 6 Stroke play meetings , a Stableford, a Foursomes and Greensomes and winter competitions all for the bargain price of £30.

I have now come to the end of my term of office as President and it has been an honour and privilege to fulfil that role.

The role of president is threefold:

  1. To chair the meetings of the committee and the AGM and I shall hand this job for the remainder of the meeting to Winifred in due course;

  2. To support the teams – we go into our inter- county matches with our hopes high and have come so close to winning that, at times, it is nerve-wracking and hard to watch as the players and their captains give their all. I am sure that with the players we have and their commitment success is just on the horizon;

  3. To say “Thank You “ to the clubs who host our dinners and Championships for allowing us courtesy

So, in conclusion, I would like to thank you all for allowing me to be President for the last three years .

  1. Apologies: There were 16 apologies

  2. Minutes: The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 28th September 2015 had been circulated and were taken as read. There were no amendments and their adoption was proposed by Mrs Winifred MacCallum and seconded by Miss Lindsey Sabin.

  3. Business Arising: There was no business arising .

  4. Captain’s Report:

  1. Champion of Champions: On 11th October last year Louise MacGregor played at Glasgow Gailes GC finishing runner up in a field of 21 with a score of 73 .The winning score was 71 and the CSS was 77. Well done Louise.

  2. Centenary Greensomes: This was played at Grangemouth Golf Club on 11th October. There were 30 entries and it was a very enjoyable competition. The winners were Janice Craig from Falkirk Tryst and Louise Rutherford from Linlithgow. This year the Greensomes is at Braehead G.C. on 16th October.

  3. Grant Allison: Despite the very wet winter most pairs managed to complete all their games by 31st March. The winners with 8 points were Claire Capocci and Karen Burns. The runners up were Linda Allan and Fiona McArthur. There were 6 pairs taking part.

  4. County Championship: The County Championship was played at Tulliallan Golf Club from 5th to 13TH May in excellent weather which lasted for the whole competition .The Captain’s prize for the best scratch went to Linda Allan ( Falkirk Tryst) with a 74 and the best handicap was won by Mhairi Hall ( Bathgate )with a nett 70 .In the semi-finals Laura Bissett ( Braehead ) beat Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst ) 6&5 and Louise MacGregor ( Falkirk ) beat Fiona Wait ( Bathgate) 2&1. The Final was an excellent match with great golf being played which Louise won 2&1 making this a total of 6 titles.

  5. East Division Inter County Matches: The Jamboree was held at Mortonhall Golf Club from 26thto 28th June. The team selected was Jennifer Allan, Elaine Allison, Laura Bissett, Claire Capocci, Alison Davidson, Mhairi Hall, Louise MacGregor, Fiona Wait and Margo Gardner was reserve.

On Day 1 we played Midlothian in very wet conditions. The team put in a very good performance but lost 6 ½ -2 ½ .However the afternoon singles were very close with us winning the first game , halving the second and although losing the remaining four they all went to 17th or 18th hole –very close .

On Day 2 we played East Lothian in difficult windy conditions. We had 3-0 lead in the morning foursomes and won the singles 5-1. An excellent result 8-1

On Day 3 we had the best weather when we played Fife .Again we won 3-0 in the foursomes and then 3 ½- 2 ½ in the singles. The overall result was 6 ½ -2 ½.

It was an outstanding team effort which meant Stirling and Clackmannan finished in second place with 4 points. Midlothian was winners with 6 points.

Midlothian went on to play in the Scottish County Finals at Aboyne on 16th-18th September where Dumfriesshire won the title of Scottish Women’s County Champions for the first time since the South Division joined the finals in 1972.

Next Year’s Jamboree will be at Stirling Golf Club on 26th-28th June and we look forward to your support there.

  1. SCCLGA and Stirlingshire Golf Union AM/AM

This year the competition was held at Stirling Golf Club on Sunday 11th September. 21 teams of 4 (gents, ladies and mixed) took part raising money for junior golf in our area. This was well supported by the ladies in our county and is such an important fundraising event. Thanks to all who played and to Gail who continues to do so much of the organisation. The total amount raised was £1877 which will be divided equally between Stirlingshire Golf Union and ourselves.

  1. Juniors: I would like to thank Fiona Wait, who has completed her first year as Junior Secretary. She has done a great job looking after out juniors and she will be giving her report on their progress later on.

  2. Achievements: -Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship.

Jennifer Allan and Margo Gardner competed at West Kilbride in May with Jennifer on level par for two rounds progressing to the matchplay stages winning her 1st Round match but going out in the 2nd round. Margo won her 1st round match in the Clark Rosebowl but lost in the quarter final.

Congratulations to all our members who have been successful in county and club competitions and apologies if I have missed anyone.

Finally I would like to thank Anna and the committee for their help and support throughout my first year as captain.

This concludes my report.

  1. Secretary’s Report: Mrs Anna Hunter presented the following report

1 .Winter Round Robin: There were 30 teams entered but 2 had to pull out before any matches had been played. The section winners were Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane, Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross, Fiona Logan and Marie McLellan and Claire Capocci and Hilary Duggua. Unfortunately Hilary and Claire had to concede their semi-final match to Fiona and Marie and in the other semi-final Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane beat Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross. The Semi Finals and Final matches were played at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club and in the Final between Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane from Bathgate and Marie McLellan and Fiona Logan from Tulliallan resulted in a win for the Margaret and Margaret. Well done. This continues to be a very popular competition.

This year we have 26 entries and the draw has been made and sheets are available. If you can please check that the contact details are correct. We shall not be giving and extension this year if there is difficulty in getting matches played by end of March .Last year , giving and extension caused problems with time arrange the semi-final matches

2. Pullar Cup: There were 25entries, which is quite good, and the semi-final and Final matches were played at Glenbervie Golf Club The final was .between Winifred MacCallum and Lindsey Sabin .This was good match and resulted in a win for Lindsey. Well done, another new name on the trophy.

3. Meetings: All the meetings have been played this year. There were a total of 305 entries

(202 Silver and 103 Bronze) for 7 meetings which is an average of 43.6 per meeting. This is down by 10.4 per meeting. The defaults were not too bad .There were 26 in total but Tulliallan and Glenbervie had 7 each and Falkirk 6. There are 40 winners from 14 different clubs so it is well spread out.

4. Commonwealth Spoons at Alloa saw a slightly increased entry from 19 last year to 24 this year but the weather was considerably better. The winners were Isabel Rhind and Janie McMahon from Alloa and 2nd Margaret Tough and Lindsay Wilson from Falkirk but unfortunately Isobel and Janie are unable to play in the finals at Eyemouth on 7th September so Margaret and Lindsey were joined By Linda Allan and Jennifer Allan , who were in 3rd place . Both teams played well and enjoyed their day at Eyemouth

5. Millennium Trophy was played for at the Falkirk meeting and was won by Falkirk with a total of 221 (72,73,76)

6. The Nimmo Trophy and the Order of Merit have both been won by Louise MacGregor.

7. Reporting of Results: The CSS and winners were posted on the website on the evening of the competition and also emailed to the reps. The individual scores went to the CDH without problem but there was a problem with posting on howdidido . I have spent many hours on the phone to clubsystems to resolve this and it is still not fully resolved and they suggested I contact my IT person However as I downloaded the software to my own laptop and got it working and processed the scores from there it worked and the last 3 competitions are shown on howdidido . During the closed season I shall have someone look at the County Laptop and hopeful get it resolved for next year.

8. Shirts and Sweaters: We had sufficient shirts in stock so did not need to source any this year. Sweaters are bit of a problem. In the summer the Lambswool sweaters are too hot to wear and the team do not like them but there are a number of ladies who like them in the winter. It is proposed to look for softshell tops for the team and continue with the Glenmuir Sweaters for those who want to buy them. We shall also continue with the Black Gilets (which are a great buy) and the mint shirts.

9. Resignations: I have had a resignation for Isabel Rhind, who has been rep for Alloa over the past year . Isabel is leaving the area and wishes us well.

Lastly I would like to thank the reps for all the work they do collecting subscriptions, disseminating information to their members and organising the draw for County meetings. I should also like to thank Sarah, Claire and Nan Provan and the reps for their help on competition evening and also Lindsey Sabin, who is happy to help to bring cards etc. back to me.

This is my report for 2016. Thank you

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Miss Gail Haley presented the following report :

Ladies, I would like to thank Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

I am pleased to present you with this year’s balance sheet. I hope you have all had a chance to browse the accounts and await any questions you may have after I cover some of the figures.

On the Income Side- £4220 for subscriptions represents 140 ladies .This is an overall reduction of 9 from last year. Again we are seeing a decrease in membership.

AM/AM 2015 resulted in £1194 (net) Our share with a 50/50 split between ourselves and Stirlingshire Golf Union. This is an event to raise funds to help cover the cost of junior coaching.

On the Expenditure Side – Prize Vouchers amounted to £1039.50

Jamboree Costs –net expenditure for 2016 was £3241.04. Comparing costs from last year’s jamboree there was an increase of £201.94 which in pretty good . Next year we shall have no accommodation costs but there is still a substantial cost.

Junior Coaching cost £1360 which shows how important the AM/AM is.

Overall there is a deficit of £959 leaving us with a closing balance at 31.08.16 of £4487.17

The floor is now open for questions .There were no questions.

  1. Junior Secretary’s Report: Miss Fiona Wait presented the following report :

The girls had an early start with coaching just after the New Year at Airth Driving Range with Stewart Craig. We attended over a ten week period on a Wednesday running two sessions split by age, for the first hour 7 younger girls under 12 and second hour the 7 senior girls aged 12 and over . The commitment made to attend by the girls and their chaperones paid off with some great improvements and visible signs that thing were going well.

We had a social night at the 10 pin bowling in Stirling .It was a great success and competitive as always .It was a good opportunity to mix the two age groups together getting them more involved and the characters beginning o show.

The Golf Season started with the Cuthbertson Cup which was held at Craigielaw Golf Course on Sunday 17th April. The team was Andrea Walker, Morgan Graham, Rebecca Watkins and Katie Liddle with Natalie Fowler as a reserve. The weather was kind, clear blue skies in the morning with a light wind getting slightly colder and gustier in the afternoon. The course was its usual challenging self with tricky pin positions .We played East Lothian in the morning winning

2 ½ to 1 ½ . A great result against last year’s winners .Andrea had a comfortable win by 4 and 3.Morgan’ match was up and down but she hung on well to halve the match.

Rebecca had a tough match which was tight for the first nine but had some bad luck on the inward half to lose 3 and 2. Katie was up and down in the first nine, then lost a few holes but fought back to win by 2 and 1 . This is a scratch competition and our girls were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. With heads held high and abuzz throughout the team they tee’s of against Midlothian in the afternoon. Again they were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. Morgan and Rebecca fought hard to keep their matches going until 13/14th but tired heads both mentally and physically got the better of them, both losing out but gusty performances .Katie’s match was another gripping performance when she turned the game around after being down. Unfortunately she lost at the 18th, very tired but gutsy wee lass.

Andrea’s Match was up and down but she hung on taking it to 18th where she unfortunately lost Thus resulted in a 4-0 win for Midlothian but the defeat was certainly no reflection on how well the girls played. Proud, gutsy and together as a team

Thanks to Anna and Sarah for their support on the day.

Individual Performances

Andrea Walker – This has not been her best year for Andrea’s golf as she had had her head in text books and applying for university. Andrea played at St Andrew s in the junior ladies and qualified 17th scoring a scratch 78 but unfortunately could not play in the matchplay.

Morgan Graham – She had a great win at Falkirk Ladies Open ,picking up the handicap trophy and a big cut to her handicap and is now playing off 12.She was also selected to play for the East girls v West girls at Kingsknowe . In August she entered the Junior Ladies Open at St Andrews and returned a scratch 83 to qualify for the matchplay. She stuck in but lost on 18th but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the course.

Rebecca Watkins – has played most of her golf at her home club Falkirk Tryst where she won the Tom Duncan Trophy which is two round competitions for both boys and girls. She has lowered her handicap to 12 throughout the season. Rebecca also played in the St Andrew s Junior Ladies Open finishing 55th and shooting at 92 , she did not play as well as she could have and she also had some bad luck but thoroughly enjoyed the occasion .Rebecca was also chosen for the East v West Girls match but was unable to play due to exam commitments .

Natalie Fowler has played mainly at Bathgate in the junior competitions and in the Stephen Gallagher Foundation Competitions and has reduced her handicap from 20 to 13. She is part of West Lothian excellence in Sport Programme where she receives tuition from Stuart Callan twice a week during school hours.

Katie Liddle has played mainly club golf at Falkirk Tryst. Her matchplay performance has been outstanding; she is nicknamed “Gutsy”.

Chloe Graham has been troubled by injury this year which has kept her off the course. We wish her speedy recovery and more golf next season.

The Junior Juniors have had their own mini competitions where we gratefully had the use of the small course at Falkirk G.C. The girls managed two out three dates we arranged for them and played a six hole medal.

Watching their progression from the driving range on to the course and seeing everything come together and their competiveness grow is brilliant .The scores were close after two rounds Laura and Georgia had the same score so we arranged to hold the final at Falkirk Tryst on the same day as the Junior Championship. Unfortunately for various reasons we had only two competitors on the day Lara and Georgia .The girls had a singles putting competition and team event where they were paired with an adult and a foursomes match was played over 4 holes .The tension between them was high , they both so much wanted to win. The girls had a great day both winning prizes and they stayed for the whole day and watched the older juniors play.

The Junior Championship was played at Falkirk Tryst. Andrea, Morgan, Rebecca and Katie played in the strokeplay qualifier and Summer Competition. Andrea won the Scratch section and Rebecca the Handicap. The matchplay was played the following day were Andrea played Morgan and Rebecca played Katie. Andrea and Katie won their matches and played one another in the Final .This was well fought; Katie put up her usual gutsy performance and took Andrea to the 16th. Well done both girls and congratulation to Andrea on winning the Junior Championship.

I would like to extend my thanks to all those ladies who helped during the year especially Jennifer Allan, Lindsey Sabin, Nancy Thomas, Margaret Logan and not forgetting Sarah and Claire for all your support and advice.

Dr Hartley asked for a Proposer for the adoption of all reports

This was proposed by Mrs Shelagh Quinn and seconded by Mrs Mary Thomson.

  1. Fixtures

Not all the fixtures have been confirmed yet

Championship :

The Championship has been confirmed at West Lothian on the following dates :

Strokeplay Friday 5th May

Matchplay on Sunday 7th May at 2pm ,

Monday 8th May at 5pm,

Wednesday 10th May at 5.30pm

Friday 12th May at 5.30pm.

Strokeplay meetings have been confirmed as follows:

Tulliallan on Monday 5th June

Falkirk on Monday 22nd May

Tryst on Monday 7th August.

Stableford at Bathgate on Thursday 17th August.

Commonwealth Spoons on at Braehead on Monday 17th July

I am awaiting confirmation for

Stirling on 17th April

Glenbervie on Friday 23rd June .

Greensomes at Bonnybridge on Sunday 8th October (10m-1pm)

The Inter County matches will be held at Stirling from Monday 26th –Wednesday 28th June.

The East of Scotland Championship is at The Burgess on 15th October

The Cuthbertson is at Pitreavie on Saturday 15th April – Juniors.

  1. Election of Office Bearers: Dr Hartley said that she had completed her three year term of office and it had been and honour and pleasure to serve as President. She had much pleasure in appointing Mrs Winifred MacCallum as president for the next three years . She presented Winifred with her President’s Brooch.

Winifred thanks Sheila for the all the work she had done over past three years ,chairing meetings ,organising caddies and general supporting the County in many ways . Since Sheila already had a past Captain’s Brooch she had indicated that it was not necessary to have a Past Presidents one as well so Winifred presented her the a gift token as a thank you for all the work she had done .

Winifred said that it was an honour to be appointed President and looked forward to the next three years.

Hon Secretary: Mrs Anna Hunter, proposed by Mrs Helen Hunter and seconded by Mrs Maureen Moore .Mrs Hunter accepted the post but said that she would be giving up next year and would welcome someone to work with her during the year especially and we host the Inter County Matches in 2017 .

Hon. Treasurer: Miss Gail Haley proposed by Miss Margaret Tough and seconded by Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin.

Junior Secretary: Miss Fiona Wait proposed by Dr Sheila Harley and seconded by Mrs Tammy Haycock

  1. Election of Auditor: Mrs Margaret Forsyth prosed by Miss Gail Haley and seconded by Mrs Anna Hunter.

  2. Election of Selection Committee: This is the Captain, Vice-Captain and it was agreed to defer the appointment of the third member of the selection committee.

12. Resolution by the Committee: Mrs MacCallum said that since the membership of the county was reducing , the committee feel that an increase in the handicap limit may attract more members The Committee propose the following change to the Constitution:

6. Membership:

  1. Ordinary Members: It is proposed to replace “handicap 32 “with “handicap 35 “ and insert “former” before S.L.G.A

The sentence would read “Membership will be open to any person with a handicap of 35, on application, who is eligible under the former S.L.G.A. regulations for County Golf. There will be a limit of 280 members.

This was carried unanimously.

13. A.O.C.B.

  1. There was a discussion about ways to possibly attract more members.

It was suggested that the send out a flyer to clubs telling them about the County and emphasising that it was not just for elite players. It was for players of all abilities. and perhaps we should try to “rebrand “the County.

There was a suggestion that more Stableford competitions might help.

There was no support for 9- hole competitions.

  1. There was a question about playing with a junior in competitions. Mrs Goodwin said that a letter was given to parents of Juniors asking for permission for certain things and that playing unaccompanied with and adults was one of the situations for which the parents would sign to signify agreement.

Mrs MacCallum said that she had been appointed Child Protection Officer for the County last year and after initial contact the SGL had heard nothing at all about it.

There was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.30pm

The prize giving took place with the Captain presenting the prizes.

A vote of thank to committee as given by Miss Louise Macgregor.

Minutes of the AGM held at Falkirk Golf Club on 26th September 2016 AT 7.30PM

Dr Sheila Hartley welcomed the 50 ladies present and said that before we move on to the formal agenda it is with sadness that I have to inform the meeting of the death, this year of

Sheila Muirhead. She was a former member of our association and a member of Stirling Golf Club. Dr Hartley asked the meeting to stand for a few moments to remember her and any other lady golfer you know who has died since our last A.G.M.

Dr Hartley continued as follows: As I am sure you all know the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and the Scottish Golf Union voted unanimously at their respective meetings in 2015 to amalgamate to become Scottish Golf Limited (SGL).The amalgamation took place last October and I regret to say, as an advocate of amalgamation, that it has been a huge disappointment for ladies’ golf in particular. I n fact I don’t think the men’s game has been affected at all but the women’s game certainly has.

In January Anna, Claire and I attended, as representatives of the County, a forum for Areas and Counties at Gleneagles. From the presentation given and the questions we were asked to consider it seemed to me that S.G.L. had come to that meeting with an agenda to replace Areas and Counties with Regions whose purpose will be to support clubs. Not all of us there were in agreement with that thinking and I think it is fair to say that there has been nothing further from SGL on this since then.

However, many of us at the meeting were critical of the Website (SGU with a few tweaks), communication with members was dire and felt that SGL had taken to effort to re-brand itself for the unified body. I am afraid to say that, almost a year on, nothing has changed. I still don’t know what the directors of SGL look like, who the staff and what their roles are and who are the members of the various sub-committees. The website is still SGU with a few tweaks and communication is still awful. Subsequently to that January meeting I sent a series of emails to Eleanor Cannon, the chair of SGL, primarily about the competitions the SLGA had run for club and county members.

These eventually culminated with a meeting with her and Audrey Sturgess at Dunblane Golf Club at the beginning of March where it was established that a number of events will no longer take place. These include the County Open meeting, the Junior Open Strokeplay and the Matchplay and Strokeplay Foursomes. The reasons given were that entries for these events were falling.

However an undertaking was given that club medals would continue (as they have in England and Wales following their mergers) and indeed Regional Finals and Grand Final took place this year. I hope your club was successful in finding the entry form on SGL website to enter players. These will continue next year but will not be sent out automatically. Your club needs to register by the end of October to receive the medals and be eligible for next year’s Regional Finals. There is a link on the home page of the Scottish Golf website (scottishgolf.org) and I urge you to get your clubs to register. I firmly believe that if not enough clubs register then SGL will use this as evidence to discontinue these events.

I understand that at some point there was doubt about the future of the county finals but these will take place in 2017 at a venue still to be determined.

I also discovered that many of the trophies traditionally presented at the Scottish Championship, some dating back to the earliest years of the Championship, were not presented and there were no prize vouchers. I still have not had any feedback on these matters. I feel quite frustrated that I have received bland acknowledgements to my email messages but no direct answers to the specific questions I have been asking. Maybe the board of SGL thinks everything is fine but nobody else does.

Membership: As you are aware from the agenda the committee is proposing to change the membership criteria to allow any lady with a handicap of 35 or less who was born lives or is member of a club in the Stirling and Clackmannan catchment to become a member of the County . This is in response to our falling membership as the demographics change. I hope you will support this measure and promote county membership within your clubs. It is a great deal as you get 6 Stroke play meetings , a Stableford, a Foursomes and Greensomes and winter competitions all for the bargain price of £30.

I have now come to the end of my term of office as President and it has been an honour and privilege to fulfil that role.

The role of president is threefold:

  1. To chair the meetings of the committee and the AGM and I shall hand this job for the remainder of the meeting to Winifred in due course;

  2. To support the teams – we go into our inter- county matches with our hopes high and have come so close to winning that, at times, it is nerve-wracking and hard to watch as the players and their captains give their all. I am sure that with the players we have and their commitment success is just on the horizon;

  3. To say “Thank You “ to the clubs who host our dinners and Championships for allowing us courtesy

So, in conclusion, I would like to thank you all for allowing me to be President for the last three years .

  1. Apologies: There were 16 apologies

  2. Minutes: The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 28th September 2015 had been circulated and were taken as read. There were no amendments and their adoption was proposed by Mrs Winifred MacCallum and seconded by Miss Lindsey Sabin.

  3. Business Arising: There was no business arising .

  4. Captain’s Report:

  1. Champion of Champions: On 11th October last year Louise MacGregor played at Glasgow Gailes GC finishing runner up in a field of 21 with a score of 73 .The winning score was 71 and the CSS was 77. Well done Louise.

  2. Centenary Greensomes: This was played at Grangemouth Golf Club on 11th October. There were 30 entries and it was a very enjoyable competition. The winners were Janice Craig from Falkirk Tryst and Louise Rutherford from Linlithgow. This year the Greensomes is at Braehead G.C. on 16th October.

  3. Grant Allison: Despite the very wet winter most pairs managed to complete all their games by 31st March. The winners with 8 points were Claire Capocci and Karen Burns. The runners up were Linda Allan and Fiona McArthur. There were 6 pairs taking part.

  4. County Championship: The County Championship was played at Tulliallan Golf Club from 5th to 13TH May in excellent weather which lasted for the whole competition .The Captain’s prize for the best scratch went to Linda Allan ( Falkirk Tryst) with a 74 and the best handicap was won by Mhairi Hall ( Bathgate )with a nett 70 .In the semi-finals Laura Bissett ( Braehead ) beat Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst ) 6&5 and Louise MacGregor ( Falkirk ) beat Fiona Wait ( Bathgate) 2&1. The Final was an excellent match with great golf being played which Louise won 2&1 making this a total of 6 titles.

  5. East Division Inter County Matches: The Jamboree was held at Mortonhall Golf Club from 26thto 28th June. The team selected was Jennifer Allan, Elaine Allison, Laura Bissett, Claire Capocci, Alison Davidson, Mhairi Hall, Louise MacGregor, Fiona Wait and Margo Gardner was reserve.

On Day 1 we played Midlothian in very wet conditions. The team put in a very good performance but lost 6 ½ -2 ½ .However the afternoon singles were very close with us winning the first game , halving the second and although losing the remaining four they all went to 17th or 18th hole –very close .

On Day 2 we played East Lothian in difficult windy conditions. We had 3-0 lead in the morning foursomes and won the singles 5-1. An excellent result 8-1

On Day 3 we had the best weather when we played Fife .Again we won 3-0 in the foursomes and then 3 ½- 2 ½ in the singles. The overall result was 6 ½ -2 ½.

It was an outstanding team effort which meant Stirling and Clackmannan finished in second place with 4 points. Midlothian was winners with 6 points.

Midlothian went on to play in the Scottish County Finals at Aboyne on 16th-18th September where Dumfriesshire won the title of Scottish Women’s County Champions for the first time since the South Division joined the finals in 1972.

Next Year’s Jamboree will be at Stirling Golf Club on 26th-28th June and we look forward to your support there.

  1. SCCLGA and Stirlingshire Golf Union AM/AM

This year the competition was held at Stirling Golf Club on Sunday 11th September. 21 teams of 4 (gents, ladies and mixed) took part raising money for junior golf in our area. This was well supported by the ladies in our county and is such an important fundraising event. Thanks to all who played and to Gail who continues to do so much of the organisation. The total amount raised was £1877 which will be divided equally between Stirlingshire Golf Union and ourselves.

  1. Juniors: I would like to thank Fiona Wait, who has completed her first year as Junior Secretary. She has done a great job looking after out juniors and she will be giving her report on their progress later on.

  2. Achievements: -Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship.

Jennifer Allan and Margo Gardner competed at West Kilbride in May with Jennifer on level par for two rounds progressing to the matchplay stages winning her 1st Round match but going out in the 2nd round. Margo won her 1st round match in the Clark Rosebowl but lost in the quarter final.

Congratulations to all our members who have been successful in county and club competitions and apologies if I have missed anyone.

Finally I would like to thank Anna and the committee for their help and support throughout my first year as captain.

This concludes my report.

  1. Secretary’s Report: Mrs Anna Hunter presented the following report

1 .Winter Round Robin: There were 30 teams entered but 2 had to pull out before any matches had been played. The section winners were Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane, Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross, Fiona Logan and Marie McLellan and Claire Capocci and Hilary Duggua. Unfortunately Hilary and Claire had to concede their semi-final match to Fiona and Marie and in the other semi-final Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane beat Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross. The Semi Finals and Final matches were played at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club and in the Final between Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane from Bathgate and Marie McLellan and Fiona Logan from Tulliallan resulted in a win for the Margaret and Margaret. Well done. This continues to be a very popular competition.

This year we have 26 entries and the draw has been made and sheets are available. If you can please check that the contact details are correct. We shall not be giving and extension this year if there is difficulty in getting matches played by end of March .Last year , giving and extension caused problems with time arrange the semi-final matches

2. Pullar Cup: There were 25entries, which is quite good, and the semi-final and Final matches were played at Glenbervie Golf Club The final was .between Winifred MacCallum and Lindsey Sabin .This was good match and resulted in a win for Lindsey. Well done, another new name on the trophy.

3. Meetings: All the meetings have been played this year. There were a total of 305 entries

(202 Silver and 103 Bronze) for 7 meetings which is an average of 43.6 per meeting. This is down by 10.4 per meeting. The defaults were not too bad .There were 26 in total but Tulliallan and Glenbervie had 7 each and Falkirk 6. There are 40 winners from 14 different clubs so it is well spread out.

4. Commonwealth Spoons at Alloa saw a slightly increased entry from 19 last year to 24 this year but the weather was considerably better. The winners were Isabel Rhind and Janie McMahon from Alloa and 2nd Margaret Tough and Lindsay Wilson from Falkirk but unfortunately Isobel and Janie are unable to play in the finals at Eyemouth on 7th September so Margaret and Lindsey were joined By Linda Allan and Jennifer Allan , who were in 3rd place . Both teams played well and enjoyed their day at Eyemouth

5. Millennium Trophy was played for at the Falkirk meeting and was won by Falkirk with a total of 221 (72,73,76)

6. The Nimmo Trophy and the Order of Merit have both been won by Louise MacGregor.

7. Reporting of Results: The CSS and winners were posted on the website on the evening of the competition and also emailed to the reps. The individual scores went to the CDH without problem but there was a problem with posting on howdidido . I have spent many hours on the phone to clubsystems to resolve this and it is still not fully resolved and they suggested I contact my IT person However as I downloaded the software to my own laptop and got it working and processed the scores from there it worked and the last 3 competitions are shown on howdidido . During the closed season I shall have someone look at the County Laptop and hopeful get it resolved for next year.

8. Shirts and Sweaters: We had sufficient shirts in stock so did not need to source any this year. Sweaters are bit of a problem. In the summer the Lambswool sweaters are too hot to wear and the team do not like them but there are a number of ladies who like them in the winter. It is proposed to look for softshell tops for the team and continue with the Glenmuir Sweaters for those who want to buy them. We shall also continue with the Black Gilets (which are a great buy) and the mint shirts.

9. Resignations: I have had a resignation for Isabel Rhind, who has been rep for Alloa over the past year . Isabel is leaving the area and wishes us well.

Lastly I would like to thank the reps for all the work they do collecting subscriptions, disseminating information to their members and organising the draw for County meetings. I should also like to thank Sarah, Claire and Nan Provan and the reps for their help on competition evening and also Lindsey Sabin, who is happy to help to bring cards etc. back to me.

This is my report for 2016. Thank you

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Miss Gail Haley presented the following report :

Ladies, I would like to thank Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

I am pleased to present you with this year’s balance sheet. I hope you have all had a chance to browse the accounts and await any questions you may have after I cover some of the figures.

On the Income Side- £4220 for subscriptions represents 140 ladies .This is an overall reduction of 9 from last year. Again we are seeing a decrease in membership.

AM/AM 2015 resulted in £1194 (net) Our share with a 50/50 split between ourselves and Stirlingshire Golf Union. This is an event to raise funds to help cover the cost of junior coaching.

On the Expenditure Side – Prize Vouchers amounted to £1039.50

Jamboree Costs –net expenditure for 2016 was £3241.04. Comparing costs from last year’s jamboree there was an increase of £201.94 which in pretty good . Next year we shall have no accommodation costs but there is still a substantial cost.

Junior Coaching cost £1360 which shows how important the AM/AM is.

Overall there is a deficit of £959 leaving us with a closing balance at 31.08.16 of £4487.17

The floor is now open for questions .There were no questions.

  1. Junior Secretary’s Report: Miss Fiona Wait presented the following report :

The girls had an early start with coaching just after the New Year at Airth Driving Range with Stewart Craig. We attended over a ten week period on a Wednesday running two sessions split by age, for the first hour 7 younger girls under 12 and second hour the 7 senior girls aged 12 and over . The commitment made to attend by the girls and their chaperones paid off with some great improvements and visible signs that thing were going well.

We had a social night at the 10 pin bowling in Stirling .It was a great success and competitive as always .It was a good opportunity to mix the two age groups together getting them more involved and the characters beginning o show.

The Golf Season started with the Cuthbertson Cup which was held at Craigielaw Golf Course on Sunday 17th April. The team was Andrea Walker, Morgan Graham, Rebecca Watkins and Katie Liddle with Natalie Fowler as a reserve. The weather was kind, clear blue skies in the morning with a light wind getting slightly colder and gustier in the afternoon. The course was its usual challenging self with tricky pin positions .We played East Lothian in the morning winning

2 ½ to 1 ½ . A great result against last year’s winners .Andrea had a comfortable win by 4 and 3.Morgan’ match was up and down but she hung on well to halve the match.

Rebecca had a tough match which was tight for the first nine but had some bad luck on the inward half to lose 3 and 2. Katie was up and down in the first nine, then lost a few holes but fought back to win by 2 and 1 . This is a scratch competition and our girls were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. With heads held high and abuzz throughout the team they tee’s of against Midlothian in the afternoon. Again they were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. Morgan and Rebecca fought hard to keep their matches going until 13/14th but tired heads both mentally and physically got the better of them, both losing out but gusty performances .Katie’s match was another gripping performance when she turned the game around after being down. Unfortunately she lost at the 18th, very tired but gutsy wee lass.

Andrea’s Match was up and down but she hung on taking it to 18th where she unfortunately lost Thus resulted in a 4-0 win for Midlothian but the defeat was certainly no reflection on how well the girls played. Proud, gutsy and together as a team

Thanks to Anna and Sarah for their support on the day.

Individual Performances

Andrea Walker – This has not been her best year for Andrea’s golf as she had had her head in text books and applying for university. Andrea played at St Andrew s in the junior ladies and qualified 17th scoring a scratch 78 but unfortunately could not play in the matchplay.

Morgan Graham – She had a great win at Falkirk Ladies Open ,picking up the handicap trophy and a big cut to her handicap and is now playing off 12.She was also selected to play for the East girls v West girls at Kingsknowe . In August she entered the Junior Ladies Open at St Andrews and returned a scratch 83 to qualify for the matchplay. She stuck in but lost on 18th but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the course.

Rebecca Watkins – has played most of her golf at her home club Falkirk Tryst where she won the Tom Duncan Trophy which is two round competitions for both boys and girls. She has lowered her handicap to 12 throughout the season. Rebecca also played in the St Andrew s Junior Ladies Open finishing 55th and shooting at 92 , she did not play as well as she could have and she also had some bad luck but thoroughly enjoyed the occasion .Rebecca was also chosen for the East v West Girls match but was unable to play due to exam commitments .

Natalie Fowler has played mainly at Bathgate in the junior competitions and in the Stephen Gallagher Foundation Competitions and has reduced her handicap from 20 to 13. She is part of West Lothian excellence in Sport Programme where she receives tuition from Stuart Callan twice a week during school hours.

Katie Liddle has played mainly club golf at Falkirk Tryst. Her matchplay performance has been outstanding; she is nicknamed “Gutsy”.

Chloe Graham has been troubled by injury this year which has kept her off the course. We wish her speedy recovery and more golf next season.

The Junior Juniors have had their own mini competitions where we gratefully had the use of the small course at Falkirk G.C. The girls managed two out three dates we arranged for them and played a six hole medal.

Watching their progression from the driving range on to the course and seeing everything come together and their competiveness grow is brilliant .The scores were close after two rounds Laura and Georgia had the same score so we arranged to hold the final at Falkirk Tryst on the same day as the Junior Championship. Unfortunately for various reasons we had only two competitors on the day Lara and Georgia .The girls had a singles putting competition and team event where they were paired with an adult and a foursomes match was played over 4 holes .The tension between them was high , they both so much wanted to win. The girls had a great day both winning prizes and they stayed for the whole day and watched the older juniors play.

The Junior Championship was played at Falkirk Tryst. Andrea, Morgan, Rebecca and Katie played in the strokeplay qualifier and Summer Competition. Andrea won the Scratch section and Rebecca the Handicap. The matchplay was played the following day were Andrea played Morgan and Rebecca played Katie. Andrea and Katie won their matches and played one another in the Final .This was well fought; Katie put up her usual gutsy performance and took Andrea to the 16th. Well done both girls and congratulation to Andrea on winning the Junior Championship.

I would like to extend my thanks to all those ladies who helped during the year especially Jennifer Allan, Lindsey Sabin, Nancy Thomas, Margaret Logan and not forgetting Sarah and Claire for all your support and advice.

Dr Hartley asked for a Proposer for the adoption of all reports

This was proposed by Mrs Shelagh Quinn and seconded by Mrs Mary Thomson.

  1. Fixtures

Not all the fixtures have been confirmed yet

Championship :

The Championship has been confirmed at West Lothian on the following dates :

Strokeplay Friday 5th May

Matchplay on Sunday 7th May at 2pm ,

Monday 8th May at 5pm,

Wednesday 10th May at 5.30pm

Friday 12th May at 5.30pm.

Strokeplay meetings have been confirmed as follows:

Tulliallan on Monday 5th June

Falkirk on Monday 22nd May

Tryst on Monday 7th August.

Stableford at Bathgate on Thursday 17th August.

Commonwealth Spoons on at Braehead on Monday 17th July

I am awaiting confirmation for

Stirling on 17th April

Glenbervie on Friday 23rd June .

Greensomes at Bonnybridge on Sunday 8th October (10m-1pm)

The Inter County matches will be held at Stirling from Monday 26th –Wednesday 28th June.

The East of Scotland Championship is at The Burgess on 15th October

The Cuthbertson is at Pitreavie on Saturday 15th April – Juniors.

  1. Election of Office Bearers: Dr Hartley said that she had completed her three year term of office and it had been and honour and pleasure to serve as President. She had much pleasure in appointing Mrs Winifred MacCallum as president for the next three years . She presented Winifred with her President’s Brooch.

Winifred thanks Sheila for the all the work she had done over past three years ,chairing meetings ,organising caddies and general supporting the County in many ways . Since Sheila already had a past Captain’s Brooch she had indicated that it was not necessary to have a Past Presidents one as well so Winifred presented her the a gift token as a thank you for all the work she had done .

Winifred said that it was an honour to be appointed President and looked forward to the next three years.

Hon Secretary: Mrs Anna Hunter, proposed by Mrs Helen Hunter and seconded by Mrs Maureen Moore .Mrs Hunter accepted the post but said that she would be giving up next year and would welcome someone to work with her during the year especially and we host the Inter County Matches in 2017 .

Hon. Treasurer: Miss Gail Haley proposed by Miss Margaret Tough and seconded by Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin.

Junior Secretary: Miss Fiona Wait proposed by Dr Sheila Harley and seconded by Mrs Tammy Haycock

  1. Election of Auditor: Mrs Margaret Forsyth prosed by Miss Gail Haley and seconded by Mrs Anna Hunter.

  2. Election of Selection Committee: This is the Captain, Vice-Captain and it was agreed to defer the appointment of the third member of the selection committee.

12. Resolution by the Committee: Mrs MacCallum said that since the membership of the county was reducing , the committee feel that an increase in the handicap limit may attract more members The Committee propose the following change to the Constitution:

6. Membership:

  1. Ordinary Members: It is proposed to replace “handicap 32 “with “handicap 35 “ and insert “former” before S.L.G.A

The sentence would read “Membership will be open to any person with a handicap of 35, on application, who is eligible under the former S.L.G.A. regulations for County Golf. There will be a limit of 280 members.

This was carried unanimously.

13. A.O.C.B.

  1. There was a discussion about ways to possibly attract more members.

It was suggested that the send out a flyer to clubs telling them about the County and emphasising that it was not just for elite players. It was for players of all abilities. and perhaps we should try to “rebrand “the County.

There was a suggestion that more Stableford competitions might help.

There was no support for 9- hole competitions.

  1. There was a question about playing with a junior in competitions. Mrs Goodwin said that a letter was given to parents of Juniors asking for permission for certain things and that playing unaccompanied with and adults was one of the situations for which the parents would sign to signify agreement.

Mrs MacCallum said that she had been appointed Child Protection Officer for the County last year and after initial contact the SGL had heard nothing at all about it.

There was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.30pm

The prize giving took place with the Captain presenting the prizes.

A vote of thank to committee as given by Miss Louise Macgregor.

 

Minutes of the AGM held at Falkirk Golf Club on 26th September 2016 AT 7.30PM

Dr Sheila Hartley welcomed the 50 ladies present and said that before we move on to the formal agenda it is with sadness that I have to inform the meeting of the death, this year of

Sheila Muirhead. She was a former member of our association and a member of Stirling Golf Club. Dr Hartley asked the meeting to stand for a few moments to remember her and any other lady golfer you know who has died since our last A.G.M.

Dr Hartley continued as follows: As I am sure you all know the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and the Scottish Golf Union voted unanimously at their respective meetings in 2015 to amalgamate to become Scottish Golf Limited (SGL).The amalgamation took place last October and I regret to say, as an advocate of amalgamation, that it has been a huge disappointment for ladies’ golf in particular. I n fact I don’t think the men’s game has been affected at all but the women’s game certainly has.

In January Anna, Claire and I attended, as representatives of the County, a forum for Areas and Counties at Gleneagles. From the presentation given and the questions we were asked to consider it seemed to me that S.G.L. had come to that meeting with an agenda to replace Areas and Counties with Regions whose purpose will be to support clubs. Not all of us there were in agreement with that thinking and I think it is fair to say that there has been nothing further from SGL on this since then.

However, many of us at the meeting were critical of the Website (SGU with a few tweaks), communication with members was dire and felt that SGL had taken to effort to re-brand itself for the unified body. I am afraid to say that, almost a year on, nothing has changed. I still don’t know what the directors of SGL look like, who the staff and what their roles are and who are the members of the various sub-committees. The website is still SGU with a few tweaks and communication is still awful. Subsequently to that January meeting I sent a series of emails to Eleanor Cannon, the chair of SGL, primarily about the competitions the SLGA had run for club and county members.

These eventually culminated with a meeting with her and Audrey Sturgess at Dunblane Golf Club at the beginning of March where it was established that a number of events will no longer take place. These include the County Open meeting, the Junior Open Strokeplay and the Matchplay and Strokeplay Foursomes. The reasons given were that entries for these events were falling.

However an undertaking was given that club medals would continue (as they have in England and Wales following their mergers) and indeed Regional Finals and Grand Final took place this year. I hope your club was successful in finding the entry form on SGL website to enter players. These will continue next year but will not be sent out automatically. Your club needs to register by the end of October to receive the medals and be eligible for next year’s Regional Finals. There is a link on the home page of the Scottish Golf website (scottishgolf.org) and I urge you to get your clubs to register. I firmly believe that if not enough clubs register then SGL will use this as evidence to discontinue these events.

I understand that at some point there was doubt about the future of the county finals but these will take place in 2017 at a venue still to be determined.

I also discovered that many of the trophies traditionally presented at the Scottish Championship, some dating back to the earliest years of the Championship, were not presented and there were no prize vouchers. I still have not had any feedback on these matters. I feel quite frustrated that I have received bland acknowledgements to my email messages but no direct answers to the specific questions I have been asking. Maybe the board of SGL thinks everything is fine but nobody else does.

Membership: As you are aware from the agenda the committee is proposing to change the membership criteria to allow any lady with a handicap of 35 or less who was born lives or is member of a club in the Stirling and Clackmannan catchment to become a member of the County . This is in response to our falling membership as the demographics change. I hope you will support this measure and promote county membership within your clubs. It is a great deal as you get 6 Stroke play meetings , a Stableford, a Foursomes and Greensomes and winter competitions all for the bargain price of £30.

I have now come to the end of my term of office as President and it has been an honour and privilege to fulfil that role.

The role of president is threefold:

  1. To chair the meetings of the committee and the AGM and I shall hand this job for the remainder of the meeting to Winifred in due course;

  2. To support the teams – we go into our inter- county matches with our hopes high and have come so close to winning that, at times, it is nerve-wracking and hard to watch as the players and their captains give their all. I am sure that with the players we have and their commitment success is just on the horizon;

  3. To say “Thank You “ to the clubs who host our dinners and Championships for allowing us courtesy

So, in conclusion, I would like to thank you all for allowing me to be President for the last three years .

  1. Apologies: There were 16 apologies

  2. Minutes: The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 28th September 2015 had been circulated and were taken as read. There were no amendments and their adoption was proposed by Mrs Winifred MacCallum and seconded by Miss Lindsey Sabin.

  3. Business Arising: There was no business arising .

  4. Captain’s Report:

  1. Champion of Champions: On 11th October last year Louise MacGregor played at Glasgow Gailes GC finishing runner up in a field of 21 with a score of 73 .The winning score was 71 and the CSS was 77. Well done Louise.

  2. Centenary Greensomes: This was played at Grangemouth Golf Club on 11th October. There were 30 entries and it was a very enjoyable competition. The winners were Janice Craig from Falkirk Tryst and Louise Rutherford from Linlithgow. This year the Greensomes is at Braehead G.C. on 16th October.

  3. Grant Allison: Despite the very wet winter most pairs managed to complete all their games by 31st March. The winners with 8 points were Claire Capocci and Karen Burns. The runners up were Linda Allan and Fiona McArthur. There were 6 pairs taking part.

  4. County Championship: The County Championship was played at Tulliallan Golf Club from 5th to 13TH May in excellent weather which lasted for the whole competition .The Captain’s prize for the best scratch went to Linda Allan ( Falkirk Tryst) with a 74 and the best handicap was won by Mhairi Hall ( Bathgate )with a nett 70 .In the semi-finals Laura Bissett ( Braehead ) beat Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst ) 6&5 and Louise MacGregor ( Falkirk ) beat Fiona Wait ( Bathgate) 2&1. The Final was an excellent match with great golf being played which Louise won 2&1 making this a total of 6 titles.

  5. East Division Inter County Matches: The Jamboree was held at Mortonhall Golf Club from 26thto 28th June. The team selected was Jennifer Allan, Elaine Allison, Laura Bissett, Claire Capocci, Alison Davidson, Mhairi Hall, Louise MacGregor, Fiona Wait and Margo Gardner was reserve.

On Day 1 we played Midlothian in very wet conditions. The team put in a very good performance but lost 6 ½ -2 ½ .However the afternoon singles were very close with us winning the first game , halving the second and although losing the remaining four they all went to 17th or 18th hole –very close .

On Day 2 we played East Lothian in difficult windy conditions. We had 3-0 lead in the morning foursomes and won the singles 5-1. An excellent result 8-1

On Day 3 we had the best weather when we played Fife .Again we won 3-0 in the foursomes and then 3 ½- 2 ½ in the singles. The overall result was 6 ½ -2 ½.

It was an outstanding team effort which meant Stirling and Clackmannan finished in second place with 4 points. Midlothian was winners with 6 points.

Midlothian went on to play in the Scottish County Finals at Aboyne on 16th-18th September where Dumfriesshire won the title of Scottish Women’s County Champions for the first time since the South Division joined the finals in 1972.

Next Year’s Jamboree will be at Stirling Golf Club on 26th-28th June and we look forward to your support there.

  1. SCCLGA and Stirlingshire Golf Union AM/AM

This year the competition was held at Stirling Golf Club on Sunday 11th September. 21 teams of 4 (gents, ladies and mixed) took part raising money for junior golf in our area. This was well supported by the ladies in our county and is such an important fundraising event. Thanks to all who played and to Gail who continues to do so much of the organisation. The total amount raised was £1877 which will be divided equally between Stirlingshire Golf Union and ourselves.

  1. Juniors: I would like to thank Fiona Wait, who has completed her first year as Junior Secretary. She has done a great job looking after out juniors and she will be giving her report on their progress later on.

  2. Achievements: -Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship.

Jennifer Allan and Margo Gardner competed at West Kilbride in May with Jennifer on level par for two rounds progressing to the matchplay stages winning her 1st Round match but going out in the 2nd round. Margo won her 1st round match in the Clark Rosebowl but lost in the quarter final.

Congratulations to all our members who have been successful in county and club competitions and apologies if I have missed anyone.

Finally I would like to thank Anna and the committee for their help and support throughout my first year as captain.

This concludes my report.

  1. Secretary’s Report: Mrs Anna Hunter presented the following report

1 .Winter Round Robin: There were 30 teams entered but 2 had to pull out before any matches had been played. The section winners were Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane, Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross, Fiona Logan and Marie McLellan and Claire Capocci and Hilary Duggua. Unfortunately Hilary and Claire had to concede their semi-final match to Fiona and Marie and in the other semi-final Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane beat Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross. The Semi Finals and Final matches were played at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club and in the Final between Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane from Bathgate and Marie McLellan and Fiona Logan from Tulliallan resulted in a win for the Margaret and Margaret. Well done. This continues to be a very popular competition.

This year we have 26 entries and the draw has been made and sheets are available. If you can please check that the contact details are correct. We shall not be giving and extension this year if there is difficulty in getting matches played by end of March .Last year , giving and extension caused problems with time arrange the semi-final matches

2. Pullar Cup: There were 25entries, which is quite good, and the semi-final and Final matches were played at Glenbervie Golf Club The final was .between Winifred MacCallum and Lindsey Sabin .This was good match and resulted in a win for Lindsey. Well done, another new name on the trophy.

3. Meetings: All the meetings have been played this year. There were a total of 305 entries

(202 Silver and 103 Bronze) for 7 meetings which is an average of 43.6 per meeting. This is down by 10.4 per meeting. The defaults were not too bad .There were 26 in total but Tulliallan and Glenbervie had 7 each and Falkirk 6. There are 40 winners from 14 different clubs so it is well spread out.

4. Commonwealth Spoons at Alloa saw a slightly increased entry from 19 last year to 24 this year but the weather was considerably better. The winners were Isabel Rhind and Janie McMahon from Alloa and 2nd Margaret Tough and Lindsay Wilson from Falkirk but unfortunately Isobel and Janie are unable to play in the finals at Eyemouth on 7th September so Margaret and Lindsey were joined By Linda Allan and Jennifer Allan , who were in 3rd place . Both teams played well and enjoyed their day at Eyemouth

5. Millennium Trophy was played for at the Falkirk meeting and was won by Falkirk with a total of 221 (72,73,76)

6. The Nimmo Trophy and the Order of Merit have both been won by Louise MacGregor.

7. Reporting of Results: The CSS and winners were posted on the website on the evening of the competition and also emailed to the reps. The individual scores went to the CDH without problem but there was a problem with posting on howdidido . I have spent many hours on the phone to clubsystems to resolve this and it is still not fully resolved and they suggested I contact my IT person However as I downloaded the software to my own laptop and got it working and processed the scores from there it worked and the last 3 competitions are shown on howdidido . During the closed season I shall have someone look at the County Laptop and hopeful get it resolved for next year.

8. Shirts and Sweaters: We had sufficient shirts in stock so did not need to source any this year. Sweaters are bit of a problem. In the summer the Lambswool sweaters are too hot to wear and the team do not like them but there are a number of ladies who like them in the winter. It is proposed to look for softshell tops for the team and continue with the Glenmuir Sweaters for those who want to buy them. We shall also continue with the Black Gilets (which are a great buy) and the mint shirts.

9. Resignations: I have had a resignation for Isabel Rhind, who has been rep for Alloa over the past year . Isabel is leaving the area and wishes us well.

Lastly I would like to thank the reps for all the work they do collecting subscriptions, disseminating information to their members and organising the draw for County meetings. I should also like to thank Sarah, Claire and Nan Provan and the reps for their help on competition evening and also Lindsey Sabin, who is happy to help to bring cards etc. back to me.

This is my report for 2016. Thank you

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Miss Gail Haley presented the following report :

Ladies, I would like to thank Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

I am pleased to present you with this year’s balance sheet. I hope you have all had a chance to browse the accounts and await any questions you may have after I cover some of the figures.

On the Income Side- £4220 for subscriptions represents 140 ladies .This is an overall reduction of 9 from last year. Again we are seeing a decrease in membership.

AM/AM 2015 resulted in £1194 (net) Our share with a 50/50 split between ourselves and Stirlingshire Golf Union. This is an event to raise funds to help cover the cost of junior coaching.

On the Expenditure Side – Prize Vouchers amounted to £1039.50

Jamboree Costs –net expenditure for 2016 was £3241.04. Comparing costs from last year’s jamboree there was an increase of £201.94 which in pretty good . Next year we shall have no accommodation costs but there is still a substantial cost.

Junior Coaching cost £1360 which shows how important the AM/AM is.

Overall there is a deficit of £959 leaving us with a closing balance at 31.08.16 of £4487.17

The floor is now open for questions .There were no questions.

  1. Junior Secretary’s Report: Miss Fiona Wait presented the following report :

The girls had an early start with coaching just after the New Year at Airth Driving Range with Stewart Craig. We attended over a ten week period on a Wednesday running two sessions split by age, for the first hour 7 younger girls under 12 and second hour the 7 senior girls aged 12 and over . The commitment made to attend by the girls and their chaperones paid off with some great improvements and visible signs that thing were going well.

We had a social night at the 10 pin bowling in Stirling .It was a great success and competitive as always .It was a good opportunity to mix the two age groups together getting them more involved and the characters beginning o show.

The Golf Season started with the Cuthbertson Cup which was held at Craigielaw Golf Course on Sunday 17th April. The team was Andrea Walker, Morgan Graham, Rebecca Watkins and Katie Liddle with Natalie Fowler as a reserve. The weather was kind, clear blue skies in the morning with a light wind getting slightly colder and gustier in the afternoon. The course was its usual challenging self with tricky pin positions .We played East Lothian in the morning winning

2 ½ to 1 ½ . A great result against last year’s winners .Andrea had a comfortable win by 4 and 3.Morgan’ match was up and down but she hung on well to halve the match.

Rebecca had a tough match which was tight for the first nine but had some bad luck on the inward half to lose 3 and 2. Katie was up and down in the first nine, then lost a few holes but fought back to win by 2 and 1 . This is a scratch competition and our girls were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. With heads held high and abuzz throughout the team they tee’s of against Midlothian in the afternoon. Again they were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. Morgan and Rebecca fought hard to keep their matches going until 13/14th but tired heads both mentally and physically got the better of them, both losing out but gusty performances .Katie’s match was another gripping performance when she turned the game around after being down. Unfortunately she lost at the 18th, very tired but gutsy wee lass.

Andrea’s Match was up and down but she hung on taking it to 18th where she unfortunately lost Thus resulted in a 4-0 win for Midlothian but the defeat was certainly no reflection on how well the girls played. Proud, gutsy and together as a team

Thanks to Anna and Sarah for their support on the day.

Individual Performances

Andrea Walker – This has not been her best year for Andrea’s golf as she had had her head in text books and applying for university. Andrea played at St Andrew s in the junior ladies and qualified 17th scoring a scratch 78 but unfortunately could not play in the matchplay.

Morgan Graham – She had a great win at Falkirk Ladies Open ,picking up the handicap trophy and a big cut to her handicap and is now playing off 12.She was also selected to play for the East girls v West girls at Kingsknowe . In August she entered the Junior Ladies Open at St Andrews and returned a scratch 83 to qualify for the matchplay. She stuck in but lost on 18th but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the course.

Rebecca Watkins – has played most of her golf at her home club Falkirk Tryst where she won the Tom Duncan Trophy which is two round competitions for both boys and girls. She has lowered her handicap to 12 throughout the season. Rebecca also played in the St Andrew s Junior Ladies Open finishing 55th and shooting at 92 , she did not play as well as she could have and she also had some bad luck but thoroughly enjoyed the occasion .Rebecca was also chosen for the East v West Girls match but was unable to play due to exam commitments .

Natalie Fowler has played mainly at Bathgate in the junior competitions and in the Stephen Gallagher Foundation Competitions and has reduced her handicap from 20 to 13. She is part of West Lothian excellence in Sport Programme where she receives tuition from Stuart Callan twice a week during school hours.

Katie Liddle has played mainly club golf at Falkirk Tryst. Her matchplay performance has been outstanding; she is nicknamed “Gutsy”.

Chloe Graham has been troubled by injury this year which has kept her off the course. We wish her speedy recovery and more golf next season.

The Junior Juniors have had their own mini competitions where we gratefully had the use of the small course at Falkirk G.C. The girls managed two out three dates we arranged for them and played a six hole medal.

Watching their progression from the driving range on to the course and seeing everything come together and their competiveness grow is brilliant .The scores were close after two rounds Laura and Georgia had the same score so we arranged to hold the final at Falkirk Tryst on the same day as the Junior Championship. Unfortunately for various reasons we had only two competitors on the day Lara and Georgia .The girls had a singles putting competition and team event where they were paired with an adult and a foursomes match was played over 4 holes .The tension between them was high , they both so much wanted to win. The girls had a great day both winning prizes and they stayed for the whole day and watched the older juniors play.

The Junior Championship was played at Falkirk Tryst. Andrea, Morgan, Rebecca and Katie played in the strokeplay qualifier and Summer Competition. Andrea won the Scratch section and Rebecca the Handicap. The matchplay was played the following day were Andrea played Morgan and Rebecca played Katie. Andrea and Katie won their matches and played one another in the Final .This was well fought; Katie put up her usual gutsy performance and took Andrea to the 16th. Well done both girls and congratulation to Andrea on winning the Junior Championship.

I would like to extend my thanks to all those ladies who helped during the year especially Jennifer Allan, Lindsey Sabin, Nancy Thomas, Margaret Logan and not forgetting Sarah and Claire for all your support and advice.

Dr Hartley asked for a Proposer for the adoption of all reports

This was proposed by Mrs Shelagh Quinn and seconded by Mrs Mary Thomson.

  1. Fixtures

Not all the fixtures have been confirmed yet

Championship :

The Championship has been confirmed at West Lothian on the following dates :

Strokeplay Friday 5th May

Matchplay on Sunday 7th May at 2pm ,

Monday 8th May at 5pm,

Wednesday 10th May at 5.30pm

Friday 12th May at 5.30pm.

Strokeplay meetings have been confirmed as follows:

Tulliallan on Monday 5th June

Falkirk on Monday 22nd May

Tryst on Monday 7th August.

Stableford at Bathgate on Thursday 17th August.

Commonwealth Spoons on at Braehead on Monday 17th July

I am awaiting confirmation for

Stirling on 17th April

Glenbervie on Friday 23rd June .

Greensomes at Bonnybridge on Sunday 8th October (10m-1pm)

The Inter County matches will be held at Stirling from Monday 26th –Wednesday 28th June.

The East of Scotland Championship is at The Burgess on 15th October

The Cuthbertson is at Pitreavie on Saturday 15th April – Juniors.

  1. Election of Office Bearers: Dr Hartley said that she had completed her three year term of office and it had been and honour and pleasure to serve as President. She had much pleasure in appointing Mrs Winifred MacCallum as president for the next three years . She presented Winifred with her President’s Brooch.

Winifred thanks Sheila for the all the work she had done over past three years ,chairing meetings ,organising caddies and general supporting the County in many ways . Since Sheila already had a past Captain’s Brooch she had indicated that it was not necessary to have a Past Presidents one as well so Winifred presented her the a gift token as a thank you for all the work she had done .

Winifred said that it was an honour to be appointed President and looked forward to the next three years.

Hon Secretary: Mrs Anna Hunter, proposed by Mrs Helen Hunter and seconded by Mrs Maureen Moore .Mrs Hunter accepted the post but said that she would be giving up next year and would welcome someone to work with her during the year especially and we host the Inter County Matches in 2017 .

Hon. Treasurer: Miss Gail Haley proposed by Miss Margaret Tough and seconded by Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin.

Junior Secretary: Miss Fiona Wait proposed by Dr Sheila Harley and seconded by Mrs Tammy Haycock

  1. Election of Auditor: Mrs Margaret Forsyth prosed by Miss Gail Haley and seconded by Mrs Anna Hunter.

  2. Election of Selection Committee: This is the Captain, Vice-Captain and it was agreed to defer the appointment of the third member of the selection committee.

12. Resolution by the Committee: Mrs MacCallum said that since the membership of the county was reducing , the committee feel that an increase in the handicap limit may attract more members The Committee propose the following change to the Constitution:

6. Membership:

  1. Ordinary Members: It is proposed to replace “handicap 32 “with “handicap 35 “ and insert “former” before S.L.G.A

The sentence would read “Membership will be open to any person with a handicap of 35, on application, who is eligible under the former S.L.G.A. regulations for County Golf. There will be a limit of 280 members.

This was carried unanimously.

13. A.O.C.B.

  1. There was a discussion about ways to possibly attract more members.

It was suggested that the send out a flyer to clubs telling them about the County and emphasising that it was not just for elite players. It was for players of all abilities. and perhaps we should try to “rebrand “the County.

There was a suggestion that more Stableford competitions might help.

There was no support for 9- hole competitions.

  1. There was a question about playing with a junior in competitions. Mrs Goodwin said that a letter was given to parents of Juniors asking for permission for certain things and that playing unaccompanied with and adults was one of the situations for which the parents would sign to signify agreement.

Mrs MacCallum said that she had been appointed Child Protection Officer for the County last year and after initial contact the SGL had heard nothing at all about it.

There was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.30pm

The prize giving took place with the Captain presenting the prizes.

A vote of thank to committee as given by Miss Louise Macgregor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes of the AGM held at Falkirk Golf Club on 26th September 2016 AT 7.30PM

 

Dr Sheila Hartley welcomed the 50 ladies present and said that before we move on to the formal agenda it is with sadness that I have to inform the meeting of the death, this year of

 

Sheila Muirhead. She was a former member of our association and a member of Stirling Golf Club. Dr Hartley asked the meeting to stand for a few moments to remember her and any other lady golfer you know who has died since our last A.G.M.

 

Dr Hartley continued as follows: As I am sure you all know the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and the Scottish Golf Union voted unanimously at their respective meetings in 2015 to amalgamate to become Scottish Golf Limited (SGL).The amalgamation took place last October and I regret to say, as an advocate of amalgamation, that it has been a huge disappointment for ladies’ golf in particular. I n fact I don’t think the men’s game has been affected at all but the women’s game certainly has.

 

In January Anna, Claire and I attended, as representatives of the County, a forum for Areas and Counties at Gleneagles. From the presentation given and the questions we were asked to consider it seemed to me that S.G.L. had come to that meeting with an agenda to replace Areas and Counties with Regions whose purpose will be to support clubs. Not all of us there were in agreement with that thinking and I think it is fair to say that there has been nothing further from SGL on this since then.

 

However, many of us at the meeting were critical of the Website (SGU with a few tweaks), communication with members was dire and felt that SGL had taken to effort to re-brand itself for the unified body. I am afraid to say that, almost a year on, nothing has changed. I still don’t know what the directors of SGL look like, who the staff and what their roles are and who are the members of the various sub-committees. The website is still SGU with a few tweaks and communication is still awful. Subsequently to that January meeting I sent a series of emails to Eleanor Cannon, the chair of SGL, primarily about the competitions the SLGA had run for club and county members.

 

These eventually culminated with a meeting with her and Audrey Sturgess at Dunblane Golf Club at the beginning of March where it was established that a number of events will no longer take place. These include the County Open meeting, the Junior Open Strokeplay and the Matchplay and Strokeplay Foursomes. The reasons given were that entries for these events were falling.

 

However an undertaking was given that club medals would continue (as they have in England and Wales following their mergers) and indeed Regional Finals and Grand Final took place this year. I hope your club was successful in finding the entry form on SGL website to enter players. These will continue next year but will not be sent out automatically. Your club needs to register by the end of October to receive the medals and be eligible for next year’s Regional Finals. There is a link on the home page of the Scottish Golf website (scottishgolf.org) and I urge you to get your clubs to register. I firmly believe that if not enough clubs register then SGL will use this as evidence to discontinue these events.

 

I understand that at some point there was doubt about the future of the county finals but these will take place in 2017 at a venue still to be determined.

 

I also discovered that many of the trophies traditionally presented at the Scottish Championship, some dating back to the earliest years of the Championship, were not presented and there were no prize vouchers. I still have not had any feedback on these matters. I feel quite frustrated that I have received bland acknowledgements to my email messages but no direct answers to the specific questions I have been asking. Maybe the board of SGL thinks everything is fine but nobody else does.

 

Membership: As you are aware from the agenda the committee is proposing to change the membership criteria to allow any lady with a handicap of 35 or less who was born lives or is member of a club in the Stirling and Clackmannan catchment to become a member of the County . This is in response to our falling membership as the demographics change. I hope you will support this measure and promote county membership within your clubs. It is a great deal as you get 6 Stroke play meetings , a Stableford, a Foursomes and Greensomes and winter competitions all for the bargain price of £30.

 

I have now come to the end of my term of office as President and it has been an honour and privilege to fulfil that role.

 

The role of president is threefold:

 

  1. To chair the meetings of the committee and the AGM and I shall hand this job for the remainder of the meeting to Winifred in due course;

  2. To support the teams – we go into our inter- county matches with our hopes high and have come so close to winning that, at times, it is nerve-wracking and hard to watch as the players and their captains give their all. I am sure that with the players we have and their commitment success is just on the horizon;

  3. To say “Thank You “ to the clubs who host our dinners and Championships for allowing us courtesy

 

So, in conclusion, I would like to thank you all for allowing me to be President for the last three years .

 

  1. Apologies: There were 16 apologies

  2. Minutes: The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 28th September 2015 had been circulated and were taken as read. There were no amendments and their adoption was proposed by Mrs Winifred MacCallum and seconded by Miss Lindsey Sabin.

  3. Business Arising: There was no business arising .

  4. Captain’s Report:

 

  1. Champion of Champions: On 11th October last year Louise MacGregor played at Glasgow Gailes GC finishing runner up in a field of 21 with a score of 73 .The winning score was 71 and the CSS was 77. Well done Louise.

  2. Centenary Greensomes: This was played at Grangemouth Golf Club on 11th October. There were 30 entries and it was a very enjoyable competition. The winners were Janice Craig from Falkirk Tryst and Louise Rutherford from Linlithgow. This year the Greensomes is at Braehead G.C. on 16th October.

  3. Grant Allison: Despite the very wet winter most pairs managed to complete all their games by 31st March. The winners with 8 points were Claire Capocci and Karen Burns. The runners up were Linda Allan and Fiona McArthur. There were 6 pairs taking part.

  4. County Championship: The County Championship was played at Tulliallan Golf Club from 5th to 13TH May in excellent weather which lasted for the whole competition .The Captain’s prize for the best scratch went to Linda Allan ( Falkirk Tryst) with a 74 and the best handicap was won by Mhairi Hall ( Bathgate )with a nett 70 .In the semi-finals Laura Bissett ( Braehead ) beat Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst ) 6&5 and Louise MacGregor ( Falkirk ) beat Fiona Wait ( Bathgate) 2&1. The Final was an excellent match with great golf being played which Louise won 2&1 making this a total of 6 titles.

  5. East Division Inter County Matches: The Jamboree was held at Mortonhall Golf Club from 26thto 28th June. The team selected was Jennifer Allan, Elaine Allison, Laura Bissett, Claire Capocci, Alison Davidson, Mhairi Hall, Louise MacGregor, Fiona Wait and Margo Gardner was reserve.

 

On Day 1 we played Midlothian in very wet conditions. The team put in a very good performance but lost 6 ½ -2 ½ .However the afternoon singles were very close with us winning the first game , halving the second and although losing the remaining four they all went to 17th or 18th hole –very close .

 

On Day 2 we played East Lothian in difficult windy conditions. We had 3-0 lead in the morning foursomes and won the singles 5-1. An excellent result 8-1

 

On Day 3 we had the best weather when we played Fife .Again we won 3-0 in the foursomes and then 3 ½- 2 ½ in the singles. The overall result was 6 ½ -2 ½.

 

It was an outstanding team effort which meant Stirling and Clackmannan finished in second place with 4 points. Midlothian was winners with 6 points.

 

Midlothian went on to play in the Scottish County Finals at Aboyne on 16th-18th September where Dumfriesshire won the title of Scottish Women’s County Champions for the first time since the South Division joined the finals in 1972.

 

Next Year’s Jamboree will be at Stirling Golf Club on 26th-28th June and we look forward to your support there.

 

  1. SCCLGA and Stirlingshire Golf Union AM/AM

 

This year the competition was held at Stirling Golf Club on Sunday 11th September. 21 teams of 4 (gents, ladies and mixed) took part raising money for junior golf in our area. This was well supported by the ladies in our county and is such an important fundraising event. Thanks to all who played and to Gail who continues to do so much of the organisation. The total amount raised was £1877 which will be divided equally between Stirlingshire Golf Union and ourselves.

 

  1. Juniors: I would like to thank Fiona Wait, who has completed her first year as Junior Secretary. She has done a great job looking after out juniors and she will be giving her report on their progress later on.

  2. Achievements: -Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship.

 

Jennifer Allan and Margo Gardner competed at West Kilbride in May with Jennifer on level par for two rounds progressing to the matchplay stages winning her 1st Round match but going out in the 2nd round. Margo won her 1st round match in the Clark Rosebowl but lost in the quarter final.

 

Congratulations to all our members who have been successful in county and club competitions and apologies if I have missed anyone.

 

Finally I would like to thank Anna and the committee for their help and support throughout my first year as captain.

 

This concludes my report.

 

  1. Secretary’s Report: Mrs Anna Hunter presented the following report

 

1 .Winter Round Robin: There were 30 teams entered but 2 had to pull out before any matches had been played. The section winners were Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane, Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross, Fiona Logan and Marie McLellan and Claire Capocci and Hilary Duggua. Unfortunately Hilary and Claire had to concede their semi-final match to Fiona and Marie and in the other semi-final Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane beat Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross. The Semi Finals and Final matches were played at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club and in the Final between Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane from Bathgate and Marie McLellan and Fiona Logan from Tulliallan resulted in a win for the Margaret and Margaret. Well done. This continues to be a very popular competition.

 

This year we have 26 entries and the draw has been made and sheets are available. If you can please check that the contact details are correct. We shall not be giving and extension this year if there is difficulty in getting matches played by end of March .Last year , giving and extension caused problems with time arrange the semi-final matches

 

2. Pullar Cup: There were 25entries, which is quite good, and the semi-final and Final matches were played at Glenbervie Golf Club The final was .between Winifred MacCallum and Lindsey Sabin .This was good match and resulted in a win for Lindsey. Well done, another new name on the trophy.

 

3. Meetings: All the meetings have been played this year. There were a total of 305 entries

 

(202 Silver and 103 Bronze) for 7 meetings which is an average of 43.6 per meeting. This is down by 10.4 per meeting. The defaults were not too bad .There were 26 in total but Tulliallan and Glenbervie had 7 each and Falkirk 6. There are 40 winners from 14 different clubs so it is well spread out.

 

4. Commonwealth Spoons at Alloa saw a slightly increased entry from 19 last year to 24 this year but the weather was considerably better. The winners were Isabel Rhind and Janie McMahon from Alloa and 2nd Margaret Tough and Lindsay Wilson from Falkirk but unfortunately Isobel and Janie are unable to play in the finals at Eyemouth on 7th September so Margaret and Lindsey were joined By Linda Allan and Jennifer Allan , who were in 3rd place . Both teams played well and enjoyed their day at Eyemouth

 

5. Millennium Trophy was played for at the Falkirk meeting and was won by Falkirk with a total of 221 (72,73,76)

 

6. The Nimmo Trophy and the Order of Merit have both been won by Louise MacGregor.

 

7. Reporting of Results: The CSS and winners were posted on the website on the evening of the competition and also emailed to the reps. The individual scores went to the CDH without problem but there was a problem with posting on howdidido . I have spent many hours on the phone to clubsystems to resolve this and it is still not fully resolved and they suggested I contact my IT person However as I downloaded the software to my own laptop and got it working and processed the scores from there it worked and the last 3 competitions are shown on howdidido . During the closed season I shall have someone look at the County Laptop and hopeful get it resolved for next year.

 

8. Shirts and Sweaters: We had sufficient shirts in stock so did not need to source any this year. Sweaters are bit of a problem. In the summer the Lambswool sweaters are too hot to wear and the team do not like them but there are a number of ladies who like them in the winter. It is proposed to look for softshell tops for the team and continue with the Glenmuir Sweaters for those who want to buy them. We shall also continue with the Black Gilets (which are a great buy) and the mint shirts.

 

9. Resignations: I have had a resignation for Isabel Rhind, who has been rep for Alloa over the past year . Isabel is leaving the area and wishes us well.

 

Lastly I would like to thank the reps for all the work they do collecting subscriptions, disseminating information to their members and organising the draw for County meetings. I should also like to thank Sarah, Claire and Nan Provan and the reps for their help on competition evening and also Lindsey Sabin, who is happy to help to bring cards etc. back to me.

 

This is my report for 2016. Thank you

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Miss Gail Haley presented the following report :

 

Ladies, I would like to thank Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

 

I am pleased to present you with this year’s balance sheet. I hope you have all had a chance to browse the accounts and await any questions you may have after I cover some of the figures.

 

On the Income Side- £4220 for subscriptions represents 140 ladies .This is an overall reduction of 9 from last year. Again we are seeing a decrease in membership.

 

AM/AM 2015 resulted in £1194 (net) Our share with a 50/50 split between ourselves and Stirlingshire Golf Union. This is an event to raise funds to help cover the cost of junior coaching.

 

On the Expenditure Side – Prize Vouchers amounted to £1039.50

 

Jamboree Costs –net expenditure for 2016 was £3241.04. Comparing costs from last year’s jamboree there was an increase of £201.94 which in pretty good . Next year we shall have no accommodation costs but there is still a substantial cost.

 

Junior Coaching cost £1360 which shows how important the AM/AM is.

 

Overall there is a deficit of £959 leaving us with a closing balance at 31.08.16 of £4487.17

 

The floor is now open for questions .There were no questions.

 

  1. Junior Secretary’s Report: Miss Fiona Wait presented the following report :

 

The girls had an early start with coaching just after the New Year at Airth Driving Range with Stewart Craig. We attended over a ten week period on a Wednesday running two sessions split by age, for the first hour 7 younger girls under 12 and second hour the 7 senior girls aged 12 and over . The commitment made to attend by the girls and their chaperones paid off with some great improvements and visible signs that thing were going well.

 

We had a social night at the 10 pin bowling in Stirling .It was a great success and competitive as always .It was a good opportunity to mix the two age groups together getting them more involved and the characters beginning o show.

 

The Golf Season started with the Cuthbertson Cup which was held at Craigielaw Golf Course on Sunday 17th April. The team was Andrea Walker, Morgan Graham, Rebecca Watkins and Katie Liddle with Natalie Fowler as a reserve. The weather was kind, clear blue skies in the morning with a light wind getting slightly colder and gustier in the afternoon. The course was its usual challenging self with tricky pin positions .We played East Lothian in the morning winning

 

2 ½ to 1 ½ . A great result against last year’s winners .Andrea had a comfortable win by 4 and 3.Morgan’ match was up and down but she hung on well to halve the match.

 

Rebecca had a tough match which was tight for the first nine but had some bad luck on the inward half to lose 3 and 2. Katie was up and down in the first nine, then lost a few holes but fought back to win by 2 and 1 . This is a scratch competition and our girls were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. With heads held high and abuzz throughout the team they tee’s of against Midlothian in the afternoon. Again they were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. Morgan and Rebecca fought hard to keep their matches going until 13/14th but tired heads both mentally and physically got the better of them, both losing out but gusty performances .Katie’s match was another gripping performance when she turned the game around after being down. Unfortunately she lost at the 18th, very tired but gutsy wee lass.

 

Andrea’s Match was up and down but she hung on taking it to 18th where she unfortunately lost Thus resulted in a 4-0 win for Midlothian but the defeat was certainly no reflection on how well the girls played. Proud, gutsy and together as a team

 

Thanks to Anna and Sarah for their support on the day.

 

 

Individual Performances

 

Andrea Walker – This has not been her best year for Andrea’s golf as she had had her head in text books and applying for university. Andrea played at St Andrew s in the junior ladies and qualified 17th scoring a scratch 78 but unfortunately could not play in the matchplay.

 

Morgan Graham – She had a great win at Falkirk Ladies Open ,picking up the handicap trophy and a big cut to her handicap and is now playing off 12.She was also selected to play for the East girls v West girls at Kingsknowe . In August she entered the Junior Ladies Open at St Andrews and returned a scratch 83 to qualify for the matchplay. She stuck in but lost on 18th but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the course.

 

Rebecca Watkins – has played most of her golf at her home club Falkirk Tryst where she won the Tom Duncan Trophy which is two round competitions for both boys and girls. She has lowered her handicap to 12 throughout the season. Rebecca also played in the St Andrew s Junior Ladies Open finishing 55th and shooting at 92 , she did not play as well as she could have and she also had some bad luck but thoroughly enjoyed the occasion .Rebecca was also chosen for the East v West Girls match but was unable to play due to exam commitments .

 

Natalie Fowler has played mainly at Bathgate in the junior competitions and in the Stephen Gallagher Foundation Competitions and has reduced her handicap from 20 to 13. She is part of West Lothian excellence in Sport Programme where she receives tuition from Stuart Callan twice a week during school hours.

 

Katie Liddle has played mainly club golf at Falkirk Tryst. Her matchplay performance has been outstanding; she is nicknamed “Gutsy”.

 

Chloe Graham has been troubled by injury this year which has kept her off the course. We wish her speedy recovery and more golf next season.

 

The Junior Juniors have had their own mini competitions where we gratefully had the use of the small course at Falkirk G.C. The girls managed two out three dates we arranged for them and played a six hole medal.

 

Watching their progression from the driving range on to the course and seeing everything come together and their competiveness grow is brilliant .The scores were close after two rounds Laura and Georgia had the same score so we arranged to hold the final at Falkirk Tryst on the same day as the Junior Championship. Unfortunately for various reasons we had only two competitors on the day Lara and Georgia .The girls had a singles putting competition and team event where they were paired with an adult and a foursomes match was played over 4 holes .The tension between them was high , they both so much wanted to win. The girls had a great day both winning prizes and they stayed for the whole day and watched the older juniors play.

 

The Junior Championship was played at Falkirk Tryst. Andrea, Morgan, Rebecca and Katie played in the strokeplay qualifier and Summer Competition. Andrea won the Scratch section and Rebecca the Handicap. The matchplay was played the following day were Andrea played Morgan and Rebecca played Katie. Andrea and Katie won their matches and played one another in the Final .This was well fought; Katie put up her usual gutsy performance and took Andrea to the 16th. Well done both girls and congratulation to Andrea on winning the Junior Championship.

 

I would like to extend my thanks to all those ladies who helped during the year especially Jennifer Allan, Lindsey Sabin, Nancy Thomas, Margaret Logan and not forgetting Sarah and Claire for all your support and advice.

 

 

Dr Hartley asked for a Proposer for the adoption of all reports

 

This was proposed by Mrs Shelagh Quinn and seconded by Mrs Mary Thomson.

 

  1. Fixtures

 

Not all the fixtures have been confirmed yet

 

Championship :

 

The Championship has been confirmed at West Lothian on the following dates :

 

Strokeplay Friday 5th May

 

Matchplay on Sunday 7th May at 2pm ,

 

Monday 8th May at 5pm,

 

Wednesday 10th May at 5.30pm

 

Friday 12th May at 5.30pm.

 

Strokeplay meetings have been confirmed as follows:

 

Tulliallan on Monday 5th June

 

Falkirk on Monday 22nd May

 

Tryst on Monday 7th August.

 

Stableford at Bathgate on Thursday 17th August.

 

Commonwealth Spoons on at Braehead on Monday 17th July

 

I am awaiting confirmation for

 

Stirling on 17th April

 

Glenbervie on Friday 23rd June .

 

Greensomes at Bonnybridge on Sunday 8th October (10m-1pm)

 

 

The Inter County matches will be held at Stirling from Monday 26th –Wednesday 28th June.

 

The East of Scotland Championship is at The Burgess on 15th October

 

The Cuthbertson is at Pitreavie on Saturday 15th April – Juniors.

 

  1. Election of Office Bearers: Dr Hartley said that she had completed her three year term of office and it had been and honour and pleasure to serve as President. She had much pleasure in appointing Mrs Winifred MacCallum as president for the next three years . She presented Winifred with her President’s Brooch.

 

Winifred thanks Sheila for the all the work she had done over past three years ,chairing meetings ,organising caddies and general supporting the County in many ways . Since Sheila already had a past Captain’s Brooch she had indicated that it was not necessary to have a Past Presidents one as well so Winifred presented her the a gift token as a thank you for all the work she had done .

 

Winifred said that it was an honour to be appointed President and looked forward to the next three years.

 

Hon Secretary: Mrs Anna Hunter, proposed by Mrs Helen Hunter and seconded by Mrs Maureen Moore .Mrs Hunter accepted the post but said that she would be giving up next year and would welcome someone to work with her during the year especially and we host the Inter County Matches in 2017 .

 

Hon. Treasurer: Miss Gail Haley proposed by Miss Margaret Tough and seconded by Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin.

 

Junior Secretary: Miss Fiona Wait proposed by Dr Sheila Harley and seconded by Mrs Tammy Haycock

 

  1. Election of Auditor: Mrs Margaret Forsyth prosed by Miss Gail Haley and seconded by Mrs Anna Hunter.

  2. Election of Selection Committee: This is the Captain, Vice-Captain and it was agreed to defer the appointment of the third member of the selection committee.

 

12. Resolution by the Committee: Mrs MacCallum said that since the membership of the county was reducing , the committee feel that an increase in the handicap limit may attract more members The Committee propose the following change to the Constitution:

 

6. Membership:

 

  1. Ordinary Members: It is proposed to replace “handicap 32 “with “handicap 35 “ and insert “former” before S.L.G.A

 

The sentence would read “Membership will be open to any person with a handicap of 35, on application, who is eligible under the former S.L.G.A. regulations for County Golf. There will be a limit of 280 members.

 

This was carried unanimously.

 

 

13. A.O.C.B.

 

  1. There was a discussion about ways to possibly attract more members.

 

It was suggested that the send out a flyer to clubs telling them about the County and emphasising that it was not just for elite players. It was for players of all abilities. and perhaps we should try to “rebrand “the County.

 

There was a suggestion that more Stableford competitions might help.

 

There was no support for 9- hole competitions.

 

  1. There was a question about playing with a junior in competitions. Mrs Goodwin said that a letter was given to parents of Juniors asking for permission for certain things and that playing unaccompanied with and adults was one of the situations for which the parents would sign to signify agreement.

 

Mrs MacCallum said that she had been appointed Child Protection Officer for the County last year and after initial contact the SGL had heard nothing at all about it.

 

There was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.30pm

 

The prize giving took place with the Captain presenting the prizes.

 

A vote of thank to committee as given by Miss Louise Macgregor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes of the AGM held at Falkirk Golf Club on 26th September 2016 AT 7.30PM

Dr Sheila Hartley welcomed the 50 ladies present and said that before we move on to the formal agenda it is with sadness that I have to inform the meeting of the death, this year of

Sheila Muirhead. She was a former member of our association and a member of Stirling Golf Club. Dr Hartley asked the meeting to stand for a few moments to remember her and any other lady golfer you know who has died since our last A.G.M.

Dr Hartley continued as follows: As I am sure you all know the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and the Scottish Golf Union voted unanimously at their respective meetings in 2015 to amalgamate to become Scottish Golf Limited (SGL).The amalgamation took place last October and I regret to say, as an advocate of amalgamation, that it has been a huge disappointment for ladies’ golf in particular. I n fact I don’t think the men’s game has been affected at all but the women’s game certainly has.

In January Anna, Claire and I attended, as representatives of the County, a forum for Areas and Counties at Gleneagles. From the presentation given and the questions we were asked to consider it seemed to me that S.G.L. had come to that meeting with an agenda to replace Areas and Counties with Regions whose purpose will be to support clubs. Not all of us there were in agreement with that thinking and I think it is fair to say that there has been nothing further from SGL on this since then.

However, many of us at the meeting were critical of the Website (SGU with a few tweaks), communication with members was dire and felt that SGL had taken to effort to re-brand itself for the unified body. I am afraid to say that, almost a year on, nothing has changed. I still don’t know what the directors of SGL look like, who the staff and what their roles are and who are the members of the various sub-committees. The website is still SGU with a few tweaks and communication is still awful. Subsequently to that January meeting I sent a series of emails to Eleanor Cannon, the chair of SGL, primarily about the competitions the SLGA had run for club and county members.

These eventually culminated with a meeting with her and Audrey Sturgess at Dunblane Golf Club at the beginning of March where it was established that a number of events will no longer take place. These include the County Open meeting, the Junior Open Strokeplay and the Matchplay and Strokeplay Foursomes. The reasons given were that entries for these events were falling.

However an undertaking was given that club medals would continue (as they have in England and Wales following their mergers) and indeed Regional Finals and Grand Final took place this year. I hope your club was successful in finding the entry form on SGL website to enter players. These will continue next year but will not be sent out automatically. Your club needs to register by the end of October to receive the medals and be eligible for next year’s Regional Finals. There is a link on the home page of the Scottish Golf website (scottishgolf.org) and I urge you to get your clubs to register. I firmly believe that if not enough clubs register then SGL will use this as evidence to discontinue these events.

I understand that at some point there was doubt about the future of the county finals but these will take place in 2017 at a venue still to be determined.

I also discovered that many of the trophies traditionally presented at the Scottish Championship, some dating back to the earliest years of the Championship, were not presented and there were no prize vouchers. I still have not had any feedback on these matters. I feel quite frustrated that I have received bland acknowledgements to my email messages but no direct answers to the specific questions I have been asking. Maybe the board of SGL thinks everything is fine but nobody else does.

Membership: As you are aware from the agenda the committee is proposing to change the membership criteria to allow any lady with a handicap of 35 or less who was born lives or is member of a club in the Stirling and Clackmannan catchment to become a member of the County . This is in response to our falling membership as the demographics change. I hope you will support this measure and promote county membership within your clubs. It is a great deal as you get 6 Stroke play meetings , a Stableford, a Foursomes and Greensomes and winter competitions all for the bargain price of £30.

I have now come to the end of my term of office as President and it has been an honour and privilege to fulfil that role.

The role of president is threefold:

  1. To chair the meetings of the committee and the AGM and I shall hand this job for the remainder of the meeting to Winifred in due course;

  2. To support the teams – we go into our inter- county matches with our hopes high and have come so close to winning that, at times, it is nerve-wracking and hard to watch as the players and their captains give their all. I am sure that with the players we have and their commitment success is just on the horizon;

  3. To say “Thank You “ to the clubs who host our dinners and Championships for allowing us courtesy

So, in conclusion, I would like to thank you all for allowing me to be President for the last three years .

  1. Apologies: There were 16 apologies

  2. Minutes: The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 28th September 2015 had been circulated and were taken as read. There were no amendments and their adoption was proposed by Mrs Winifred MacCallum and seconded by Miss Lindsey Sabin.

  3. Business Arising: There was no business arising .

  4. Captain’s Report:

  1. Champion of Champions: On 11th October last year Louise MacGregor played at Glasgow Gailes GC finishing runner up in a field of 21 with a score of 73 .The winning score was 71 and the CSS was 77. Well done Louise.

  2. Centenary Greensomes: This was played at Grangemouth Golf Club on 11th October. There were 30 entries and it was a very enjoyable competition. The winners were Janice Craig from Falkirk Tryst and Louise Rutherford from Linlithgow. This year the Greensomes is at Braehead G.C. on 16th October.

  3. Grant Allison: Despite the very wet winter most pairs managed to complete all their games by 31st March. The winners with 8 points were Claire Capocci and Karen Burns. The runners up were Linda Allan and Fiona McArthur. There were 6 pairs taking part.

  4. County Championship: The County Championship was played at Tulliallan Golf Club from 5th to 13TH May in excellent weather which lasted for the whole competition .The Captain’s prize for the best scratch went to Linda Allan ( Falkirk Tryst) with a 74 and the best handicap was won by Mhairi Hall ( Bathgate )with a nett 70 .In the semi-finals Laura Bissett ( Braehead ) beat Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst ) 6&5 and Louise MacGregor ( Falkirk ) beat Fiona Wait ( Bathgate) 2&1. The Final was an excellent match with great golf being played which Louise won 2&1 making this a total of 6 titles.

  5. East Division Inter County Matches: The Jamboree was held at Mortonhall Golf Club from 26thto 28th June. The team selected was Jennifer Allan, Elaine Allison, Laura Bissett, Claire Capocci, Alison Davidson, Mhairi Hall, Louise MacGregor, Fiona Wait and Margo Gardner was reserve.

On Day 1 we played Midlothian in very wet conditions. The team put in a very good performance but lost 6 ½ -2 ½ .However the afternoon singles were very close with us winning the first game , halving the second and although losing the remaining four they all went to 17th or 18th hole –very close .

On Day 2 we played East Lothian in difficult windy conditions. We had 3-0 lead in the morning foursomes and won the singles 5-1. An excellent result 8-1

On Day 3 we had the best weather when we played Fife .Again we won 3-0 in the foursomes and then 3 ½- 2 ½ in the singles. The overall result was 6 ½ -2 ½.

It was an outstanding team effort which meant Stirling and Clackmannan finished in second place with 4 points. Midlothian was winners with 6 points.

Midlothian went on to play in the Scottish County Finals at Aboyne on 16th-18th September where Dumfriesshire won the title of Scottish Women’s County Champions for the first time since the South Division joined the finals in 1972.

Next Year’s Jamboree will be at Stirling Golf Club on 26th-28th June and we look forward to your support there.

  1. SCCLGA and Stirlingshire Golf Union AM/AM

This year the competition was held at Stirling Golf Club on Sunday 11th September. 21 teams of 4 (gents, ladies and mixed) took part raising money for junior golf in our area. This was well supported by the ladies in our county and is such an important fundraising event. Thanks to all who played and to Gail who continues to do so much of the organisation. The total amount raised was £1877 which will be divided equally between Stirlingshire Golf Union and ourselves.

  1. Juniors: I would like to thank Fiona Wait, who has completed her first year as Junior Secretary. She has done a great job looking after out juniors and she will be giving her report on their progress later on.

  2. Achievements: -Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship.

Jennifer Allan and Margo Gardner competed at West Kilbride in May with Jennifer on level par for two rounds progressing to the matchplay stages winning her 1st Round match but going out in the 2nd round. Margo won her 1st round match in the Clark Rosebowl but lost in the quarter final.

Congratulations to all our members who have been successful in county and club competitions and apologies if I have missed anyone.

Finally I would like to thank Anna and the committee for their help and support throughout my first year as captain.

This concludes my report.

  1. Secretary’s Report: Mrs Anna Hunter presented the following report

1 .Winter Round Robin: There were 30 teams entered but 2 had to pull out before any matches had been played. The section winners were Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane, Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross, Fiona Logan and Marie McLellan and Claire Capocci and Hilary Duggua. Unfortunately Hilary and Claire had to concede their semi-final match to Fiona and Marie and in the other semi-final Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane beat Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross. The Semi Finals and Final matches were played at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club and in the Final between Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane from Bathgate and Marie McLellan and Fiona Logan from Tulliallan resulted in a win for the Margaret and Margaret. Well done. This continues to be a very popular competition.

This year we have 26 entries and the draw has been made and sheets are available. If you can please check that the contact details are correct. We shall not be giving and extension this year if there is difficulty in getting matches played by end of March .Last year , giving and extension caused problems with time arrange the semi-final matches

2. Pullar Cup: There were 25entries, which is quite good, and the semi-final and Final matches were played at Glenbervie Golf Club The final was .between Winifred MacCallum and Lindsey Sabin .This was good match and resulted in a win for Lindsey. Well done, another new name on the trophy.

3. Meetings: All the meetings have been played this year. There were a total of 305 entries

(202 Silver and 103 Bronze) for 7 meetings which is an average of 43.6 per meeting. This is down by 10.4 per meeting. The defaults were not too bad .There were 26 in total but Tulliallan and Glenbervie had 7 each and Falkirk 6. There are 40 winners from 14 different clubs so it is well spread out.

4. Commonwealth Spoons at Alloa saw a slightly increased entry from 19 last year to 24 this year but the weather was considerably better. The winners were Isabel Rhind and Janie McMahon from Alloa and 2nd Margaret Tough and Lindsay Wilson from Falkirk but unfortunately Isobel and Janie are unable to play in the finals at Eyemouth on 7th September so Margaret and Lindsey were joined By Linda Allan and Jennifer Allan , who were in 3rd place . Both teams played well and enjoyed their day at Eyemouth

5. Millennium Trophy was played for at the Falkirk meeting and was won by Falkirk with a total of 221 (72,73,76)

6. The Nimmo Trophy and the Order of Merit have both been won by Louise MacGregor.

7. Reporting of Results: The CSS and winners were posted on the website on the evening of the competition and also emailed to the reps. The individual scores went to the CDH without problem but there was a problem with posting on howdidido . I have spent many hours on the phone to clubsystems to resolve this and it is still not fully resolved and they suggested I contact my IT person However as I downloaded the software to my own laptop and got it working and processed the scores from there it worked and the last 3 competitions are shown on howdidido . During the closed season I shall have someone look at the County Laptop and hopeful get it resolved for next year.

8. Shirts and Sweaters: We had sufficient shirts in stock so did not need to source any this year. Sweaters are bit of a problem. In the summer the Lambswool sweaters are too hot to wear and the team do not like them but there are a number of ladies who like them in the winter. It is proposed to look for softshell tops for the team and continue with the Glenmuir Sweaters for those who want to buy them. We shall also continue with the Black Gilets (which are a great buy) and the mint shirts.

9. Resignations: I have had a resignation for Isabel Rhind, who has been rep for Alloa over the past year . Isabel is leaving the area and wishes us well.

Lastly I would like to thank the reps for all the work they do collecting subscriptions, disseminating information to their members and organising the draw for County meetings. I should also like to thank Sarah, Claire and Nan Provan and the reps for their help on competition evening and also Lindsey Sabin, who is happy to help to bring cards etc. back to me.

This is my report for 2016. Thank you

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Miss Gail Haley presented the following report :

Ladies, I would like to thank Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

I am pleased to present you with this year’s balance sheet. I hope you have all had a chance to browse the accounts and await any questions you may have after I cover some of the figures.

On the Income Side- £4220 for subscriptions represents 140 ladies .This is an overall reduction of 9 from last year. Again we are seeing a decrease in membership.

AM/AM 2015 resulted in £1194 (net) Our share with a 50/50 split between ourselves and Stirlingshire Golf Union. This is an event to raise funds to help cover the cost of junior coaching.

On the Expenditure Side – Prize Vouchers amounted to £1039.50

Jamboree Costs –net expenditure for 2016 was £3241.04. Comparing costs from last year’s jamboree there was an increase of £201.94 which in pretty good . Next year we shall have no accommodation costs but there is still a substantial cost.

Junior Coaching cost £1360 which shows how important the AM/AM is.

Overall there is a deficit of £959 leaving us with a closing balance at 31.08.16 of £4487.17

The floor is now open for questions .There were no questions.

  1. Junior Secretary’s Report: Miss Fiona Wait presented the following report :

The girls had an early start with coaching just after the New Year at Airth Driving Range with Stewart Craig. We attended over a ten week period on a Wednesday running two sessions split by age, for the first hour 7 younger girls under 12 and second hour the 7 senior girls aged 12 and over . The commitment made to attend by the girls and their chaperones paid off with some great improvements and visible signs that thing were going well.

We had a social night at the 10 pin bowling in Stirling .It was a great success and competitive as always .It was a good opportunity to mix the two age groups together getting them more involved and the characters beginning o show.

The Golf Season started with the Cuthbertson Cup which was held at Craigielaw Golf Course on Sunday 17th April. The team was Andrea Walker, Morgan Graham, Rebecca Watkins and Katie Liddle with Natalie Fowler as a reserve. The weather was kind, clear blue skies in the morning with a light wind getting slightly colder and gustier in the afternoon. The course was its usual challenging self with tricky pin positions .We played East Lothian in the morning winning

2 ½ to 1 ½ . A great result against last year’s winners .Andrea had a comfortable win by 4 and 3.Morgan’ match was up and down but she hung on well to halve the match.

Rebecca had a tough match which was tight for the first nine but had some bad luck on the inward half to lose 3 and 2. Katie was up and down in the first nine, then lost a few holes but fought back to win by 2 and 1 . This is a scratch competition and our girls were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. With heads held high and abuzz throughout the team they tee’s of against Midlothian in the afternoon. Again they were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. Morgan and Rebecca fought hard to keep their matches going until 13/14th but tired heads both mentally and physically got the better of them, both losing out but gusty performances .Katie’s match was another gripping performance when she turned the game around after being down. Unfortunately she lost at the 18th, very tired but gutsy wee lass.

Andrea’s Match was up and down but she hung on taking it to 18th where she unfortunately lost Thus resulted in a 4-0 win for Midlothian but the defeat was certainly no reflection on how well the girls played. Proud, gutsy and together as a team

Thanks to Anna and Sarah for their support on the day.

Individual Performances

Andrea Walker – This has not been her best year for Andrea’s golf as she had had her head in text books and applying for university. Andrea played at St Andrew s in the junior ladies and qualified 17th scoring a scratch 78 but unfortunately could not play in the matchplay.

Morgan Graham – She had a great win at Falkirk Ladies Open ,picking up the handicap trophy and a big cut to her handicap and is now playing off 12.She was also selected to play for the East girls v West girls at Kingsknowe . In August she entered the Junior Ladies Open at St Andrews and returned a scratch 83 to qualify for the matchplay. She stuck in but lost on 18th but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the course.

Rebecca Watkins – has played most of her golf at her home club Falkirk Tryst where she won the Tom Duncan Trophy which is two round competitions for both boys and girls. She has lowered her handicap to 12 throughout the season. Rebecca also played in the St Andrew s Junior Ladies Open finishing 55th and shooting at 92 , she did not play as well as she could have and she also had some bad luck but thoroughly enjoyed the occasion .Rebecca was also chosen for the East v West Girls match but was unable to play due to exam commitments .

Natalie Fowler has played mainly at Bathgate in the junior competitions and in the Stephen Gallagher Foundation Competitions and has reduced her handicap from 20 to 13. She is part of West Lothian excellence in Sport Programme where she receives tuition from Stuart Callan twice a week during school hours.

Katie Liddle has played mainly club golf at Falkirk Tryst. Her matchplay performance has been outstanding; she is nicknamed “Gutsy”.

Chloe Graham has been troubled by injury this year which has kept her off the course. We wish her speedy recovery and more golf next season.

The Junior Juniors have had their own mini competitions where we gratefully had the use of the small course at Falkirk G.C. The girls managed two out three dates we arranged for them and played a six hole medal.

Watching their progression from the driving range on to the course and seeing everything come together and their competiveness grow is brilliant .The scores were close after two rounds Laura and Georgia had the same score so we arranged to hold the final at Falkirk Tryst on the same day as the Junior Championship. Unfortunately for various reasons we had only two competitors on the day Lara and Georgia .The girls had a singles putting competition and team event where they were paired with an adult and a foursomes match was played over 4 holes .The tension between them was high , they both so much wanted to win. The girls had a great day both winning prizes and they stayed for the whole day and watched the older juniors play.

The Junior Championship was played at Falkirk Tryst. Andrea, Morgan, Rebecca and Katie played in the strokeplay qualifier and Summer Competition. Andrea won the Scratch section and Rebecca the Handicap. The matchplay was played the following day were Andrea played Morgan and Rebecca played Katie. Andrea and Katie won their matches and played one another in the Final .This was well fought; Katie put up her usual gutsy performance and took Andrea to the 16th. Well done both girls and congratulation to Andrea on winning the Junior Championship.

I would like to extend my thanks to all those ladies who helped during the year especially Jennifer Allan, Lindsey Sabin, Nancy Thomas, Margaret Logan and not forgetting Sarah and Claire for all your support and advice.

Dr Hartley asked for a Proposer for the adoption of all reports

This was proposed by Mrs Shelagh Quinn and seconded by Mrs Mary Thomson.

  1. Fixtures

Not all the fixtures have been confirmed yet

Championship :

The Championship has been confirmed at West Lothian on the following dates :

Strokeplay Friday 5th May

Matchplay on Sunday 7th May at 2pm ,

Monday 8th May at 5pm,

Wednesday 10th May at 5.30pm

Friday 12th May at 5.30pm.

Strokeplay meetings have been confirmed as follows:

Tulliallan on Monday 5th June

Falkirk on Monday 22nd May

Tryst on Monday 7th August.

Stableford at Bathgate on Thursday 17th August.

Commonwealth Spoons on at Braehead on Monday 17th July

I am awaiting confirmation for

Stirling on 17th April

Glenbervie on Friday 23rd June .

Greensomes at Bonnybridge on Sunday 8th October (10m-1pm)

The Inter County matches will be held at Stirling from Monday 26th –Wednesday 28th June.

The East of Scotland Championship is at The Burgess on 15th October

The Cuthbertson is at Pitreavie on Saturday 15th April – Juniors.

  1. Election of Office Bearers: Dr Hartley said that she had completed her three year term of office and it had been and honour and pleasure to serve as President. She had much pleasure in appointing Mrs Winifred MacCallum as president for the next three years . She presented Winifred with her President’s Brooch.

Winifred thanks Sheila for the all the work she had done over past three years ,chairing meetings ,organising caddies and general supporting the County in many ways . Since Sheila already had a past Captain’s Brooch she had indicated that it was not necessary to have a Past Presidents one as well so Winifred presented her the a gift token as a thank you for all the work she had done .

Winifred said that it was an honour to be appointed President and looked forward to the next three years.

Hon Secretary: Mrs Anna Hunter, proposed by Mrs Helen Hunter and seconded by Mrs Maureen Moore .Mrs Hunter accepted the post but said that she would be giving up next year and would welcome someone to work with her during the year especially and we host the Inter County Matches in 2017 .

Hon. Treasurer: Miss Gail Haley proposed by Miss Margaret Tough and seconded by Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin.

Junior Secretary: Miss Fiona Wait proposed by Dr Sheila Harley and seconded by Mrs Tammy Haycock

  1. Election of Auditor: Mrs Margaret Forsyth prosed by Miss Gail Haley and seconded by Mrs Anna Hunter.

  2. Election of Selection Committee: This is the Captain, Vice-Captain and it was agreed to defer the appointment of the third member of the selection committee.

12. Resolution by the Committee: Mrs MacCallum said that since the membership of the county was reducing , the committee feel that an increase in the handicap limit may attract more members The Committee propose the following change to the Constitution:

6. Membership:

  1. Ordinary Members: It is proposed to replace “handicap 32 “with “handicap 35 “ and insert “former” before S.L.G.A

The sentence would read “Membership will be open to any person with a handicap of 35, on application, who is eligible under the former S.L.G.A. regulations for County Golf. There will be a limit of 280 members.

This was carried unanimously.

13. A.O.C.B.

  1. There was a discussion about ways to possibly attract more members.

It was suggested that the send out a flyer to clubs telling them about the County and emphasising that it was not just for elite players. It was for players of all abilities. and perhaps we should try to “rebrand “the County.

There was a suggestion that more Stableford competitions might help.

There was no support for 9- hole competitions.

  1. There was a question about playing with a junior in competitions. Mrs Goodwin said that a letter was given to parents of Juniors asking for permission for certain things and that playing unaccompanied with and adults was one of the situations for which the parents would sign to signify agreement.

Mrs MacCallum said that she had been appointed Child Protection Officer for the County last year and after initial contact the SGL had heard nothing at all about it.

There was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.30pm

The prize giving took place with the Captain presenting the prizes.

A vote of thank to committee as given by Miss Louise Macgregor.

 

Minutes of the AGM held at Falkirk Golf Club on 26th September 2016 AT 7.30PM

Dr Sheila Hartley welcomed the 50 ladies present and said that before we move on to the formal agenda it is with sadness that I have to inform the meeting of the death, this year of

Sheila Muirhead. She was a former member of our association and a member of Stirling Golf Club. Dr Hartley asked the meeting to stand for a few moments to remember her and any other lady golfer you know who has died since our last A.G.M.

Dr Hartley continued as follows: As I am sure you all know the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and the Scottish Golf Union voted unanimously at their respective meetings in 2015 to amalgamate to become Scottish Golf Limited (SGL).The amalgamation took place last October and I regret to say, as an advocate of amalgamation, that it has been a huge disappointment for ladies’ golf in particular. I n fact I don’t think the men’s game has been affected at all but the women’s game certainly has.

In January Anna, Claire and I attended, as representatives of the County, a forum for Areas and Counties at Gleneagles. From the presentation given and the questions we were asked to consider it seemed to me that S.G.L. had come to that meeting with an agenda to replace Areas and Counties with Regions whose purpose will be to support clubs. Not all of us there were in agreement with that thinking and I think it is fair to say that there has been nothing further from SGL on this since then.

However, many of us at the meeting were critical of the Website (SGU with a few tweaks), communication with members was dire and felt that SGL had taken to effort to re-brand itself for the unified body. I am afraid to say that, almost a year on, nothing has changed. I still don’t know what the directors of SGL look like, who the staff and what their roles are and who are the members of the various sub-committees. The website is still SGU with a few tweaks and communication is still awful. Subsequently to that January meeting I sent a series of emails to Eleanor Cannon, the chair of SGL, primarily about the competitions the SLGA had run for club and county members.

These eventually culminated with a meeting with her and Audrey Sturgess at Dunblane Golf Club at the beginning of March where it was established that a number of events will no longer take place. These include the County Open meeting, the Junior Open Strokeplay and the Matchplay and Strokeplay Foursomes. The reasons given were that entries for these events were falling.

However an undertaking was given that club medals would continue (as they have in England and Wales following their mergers) and indeed Regional Finals and Grand Final took place this year. I hope your club was successful in finding the entry form on SGL website to enter players. These will continue next year but will not be sent out automatically. Your club needs to register by the end of October to receive the medals and be eligible for next year’s Regional Finals. There is a link on the home page of the Scottish Golf website (scottishgolf.org) and I urge you to get your clubs to register. I firmly believe that if not enough clubs register then SGL will use this as evidence to discontinue these events.

I understand that at some point there was doubt about the future of the county finals but these will take place in 2017 at a venue still to be determined.

I also discovered that many of the trophies traditionally presented at the Scottish Championship, some dating back to the earliest years of the Championship, were not presented and there were no prize vouchers. I still have not had any feedback on these matters. I feel quite frustrated that I have received bland acknowledgements to my email messages but no direct answers to the specific questions I have been asking. Maybe the board of SGL thinks everything is fine but nobody else does.

Membership: As you are aware from the agenda the committee is proposing to change the membership criteria to allow any lady with a handicap of 35 or less who was born lives or is member of a club in the Stirling and Clackmannan catchment to become a member of the County . This is in response to our falling membership as the demographics change. I hope you will support this measure and promote county membership within your clubs. It is a great deal as you get 6 Stroke play meetings , a Stableford, a Foursomes and Greensomes and winter competitions all for the bargain price of £30.

I have now come to the end of my term of office as President and it has been an honour and privilege to fulfil that role.

The role of president is threefold:

  1. To chair the meetings of the committee and the AGM and I shall hand this job for the remainder of the meeting to Winifred in due course;

  2. To support the teams – we go into our inter- county matches with our hopes high and have come so close to winning that, at times, it is nerve-wracking and hard to watch as the players and their captains give their all. I am sure that with the players we have and their commitment success is just on the horizon;

  3. To say “Thank You “ to the clubs who host our dinners and Championships for allowing us courtesy

So, in conclusion, I would like to thank you all for allowing me to be President for the last three years .

  1. Apologies: There were 16 apologies

  2. Minutes: The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 28th September 2015 had been circulated and were taken as read. There were no amendments and their adoption was proposed by Mrs Winifred MacCallum and seconded by Miss Lindsey Sabin.

  3. Business Arising: There was no business arising .

  4. Captain’s Report:

  1. Champion of Champions: On 11th October last year Louise MacGregor played at Glasgow Gailes GC finishing runner up in a field of 21 with a score of 73 .The winning score was 71 and the CSS was 77. Well done Louise.

  2. Centenary Greensomes: This was played at Grangemouth Golf Club on 11th October. There were 30 entries and it was a very enjoyable competition. The winners were Janice Craig from Falkirk Tryst and Louise Rutherford from Linlithgow. This year the Greensomes is at Braehead G.C. on 16th October.

  3. Grant Allison: Despite the very wet winter most pairs managed to complete all their games by 31st March. The winners with 8 points were Claire Capocci and Karen Burns. The runners up were Linda Allan and Fiona McArthur. There were 6 pairs taking part.

  4. County Championship: The County Championship was played at Tulliallan Golf Club from 5th to 13TH May in excellent weather which lasted for the whole competition .The Captain’s prize for the best scratch went to Linda Allan ( Falkirk Tryst) with a 74 and the best handicap was won by Mhairi Hall ( Bathgate )with a nett 70 .In the semi-finals Laura Bissett ( Braehead ) beat Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst ) 6&5 and Louise MacGregor ( Falkirk ) beat Fiona Wait ( Bathgate) 2&1. The Final was an excellent match with great golf being played which Louise won 2&1 making this a total of 6 titles.

  5. East Division Inter County Matches: The Jamboree was held at Mortonhall Golf Club from 26thto 28th June. The team selected was Jennifer Allan, Elaine Allison, Laura Bissett, Claire Capocci, Alison Davidson, Mhairi Hall, Louise MacGregor, Fiona Wait and Margo Gardner was reserve.

On Day 1 we played Midlothian in very wet conditions. The team put in a very good performance but lost 6 ½ -2 ½ .However the afternoon singles were very close with us winning the first game , halving the second and although losing the remaining four they all went to 17th or 18th hole –very close .

On Day 2 we played East Lothian in difficult windy conditions. We had 3-0 lead in the morning foursomes and won the singles 5-1. An excellent result 8-1

On Day 3 we had the best weather when we played Fife .Again we won 3-0 in the foursomes and then 3 ½- 2 ½ in the singles. The overall result was 6 ½ -2 ½.

It was an outstanding team effort which meant Stirling and Clackmannan finished in second place with 4 points. Midlothian was winners with 6 points.

Midlothian went on to play in the Scottish County Finals at Aboyne on 16th-18th September where Dumfriesshire won the title of Scottish Women’s County Champions for the first time since the South Division joined the finals in 1972.

Next Year’s Jamboree will be at Stirling Golf Club on 26th-28th June and we look forward to your support there.

  1. SCCLGA and Stirlingshire Golf Union AM/AM

This year the competition was held at Stirling Golf Club on Sunday 11th September. 21 teams of 4 (gents, ladies and mixed) took part raising money for junior golf in our area. This was well supported by the ladies in our county and is such an important fundraising event. Thanks to all who played and to Gail who continues to do so much of the organisation. The total amount raised was £1877 which will be divided equally between Stirlingshire Golf Union and ourselves.

  1. Juniors: I would like to thank Fiona Wait, who has completed her first year as Junior Secretary. She has done a great job looking after out juniors and she will be giving her report on their progress later on.

  2. Achievements: -Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship.

Jennifer Allan and Margo Gardner competed at West Kilbride in May with Jennifer on level par for two rounds progressing to the matchplay stages winning her 1st Round match but going out in the 2nd round. Margo won her 1st round match in the Clark Rosebowl but lost in the quarter final.

Congratulations to all our members who have been successful in county and club competitions and apologies if I have missed anyone.

Finally I would like to thank Anna and the committee for their help and support throughout my first year as captain.

This concludes my report.

  1. Secretary’s Report: Mrs Anna Hunter presented the following report

1 .Winter Round Robin: There were 30 teams entered but 2 had to pull out before any matches had been played. The section winners were Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane, Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross, Fiona Logan and Marie McLellan and Claire Capocci and Hilary Duggua. Unfortunately Hilary and Claire had to concede their semi-final match to Fiona and Marie and in the other semi-final Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane beat Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross. The Semi Finals and Final matches were played at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club and in the Final between Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane from Bathgate and Marie McLellan and Fiona Logan from Tulliallan resulted in a win for the Margaret and Margaret. Well done. This continues to be a very popular competition.

This year we have 26 entries and the draw has been made and sheets are available. If you can please check that the contact details are correct. We shall not be giving and extension this year if there is difficulty in getting matches played by end of March .Last year , giving and extension caused problems with time arrange the semi-final matches

2. Pullar Cup: There were 25entries, which is quite good, and the semi-final and Final matches were played at Glenbervie Golf Club The final was .between Winifred MacCallum and Lindsey Sabin .This was good match and resulted in a win for Lindsey. Well done, another new name on the trophy.

3. Meetings: All the meetings have been played this year. There were a total of 305 entries

(202 Silver and 103 Bronze) for 7 meetings which is an average of 43.6 per meeting. This is down by 10.4 per meeting. The defaults were not too bad .There were 26 in total but Tulliallan and Glenbervie had 7 each and Falkirk 6. There are 40 winners from 14 different clubs so it is well spread out.

4. Commonwealth Spoons at Alloa saw a slightly increased entry from 19 last year to 24 this year but the weather was considerably better. The winners were Isabel Rhind and Janie McMahon from Alloa and 2nd Margaret Tough and Lindsay Wilson from Falkirk but unfortunately Isobel and Janie are unable to play in the finals at Eyemouth on 7th September so Margaret and Lindsey were joined By Linda Allan and Jennifer Allan , who were in 3rd place . Both teams played well and enjoyed their day at Eyemouth

5. Millennium Trophy was played for at the Falkirk meeting and was won by Falkirk with a total of 221 (72,73,76)

6. The Nimmo Trophy and the Order of Merit have both been won by Louise MacGregor.

7. Reporting of Results: The CSS and winners were posted on the website on the evening of the competition and also emailed to the reps. The individual scores went to the CDH without problem but there was a problem with posting on howdidido . I have spent many hours on the phone to clubsystems to resolve this and it is still not fully resolved and they suggested I contact my IT person However as I downloaded the software to my own laptop and got it working and processed the scores from there it worked and the last 3 competitions are shown on howdidido . During the closed season I shall have someone look at the County Laptop and hopeful get it resolved for next year.

8. Shirts and Sweaters: We had sufficient shirts in stock so did not need to source any this year. Sweaters are bit of a problem. In the summer the Lambswool sweaters are too hot to wear and the team do not like them but there are a number of ladies who like them in the winter. It is proposed to look for softshell tops for the team and continue with the Glenmuir Sweaters for those who want to buy them. We shall also continue with the Black Gilets (which are a great buy) and the mint shirts.

9. Resignations: I have had a resignation for Isabel Rhind, who has been rep for Alloa over the past year . Isabel is leaving the area and wishes us well.

Lastly I would like to thank the reps for all the work they do collecting subscriptions, disseminating information to their members and organising the draw for County meetings. I should also like to thank Sarah, Claire and Nan Provan and the reps for their help on competition evening and also Lindsey Sabin, who is happy to help to bring cards etc. back to me.

This is my report for 2016. Thank you

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Miss Gail Haley presented the following report :

Ladies, I would like to thank Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

I am pleased to present you with this year’s balance sheet. I hope you have all had a chance to browse the accounts and await any questions you may have after I cover some of the figures.

On the Income Side- £4220 for subscriptions represents 140 ladies .This is an overall reduction of 9 from last year. Again we are seeing a decrease in membership.

AM/AM 2015 resulted in £1194 (net) Our share with a 50/50 split between ourselves and Stirlingshire Golf Union. This is an event to raise funds to help cover the cost of junior coaching.

On the Expenditure Side – Prize Vouchers amounted to £1039.50

Jamboree Costs –net expenditure for 2016 was £3241.04. Comparing costs from last year’s jamboree there was an increase of £201.94 which in pretty good . Next year we shall have no accommodation costs but there is still a substantial cost.

Junior Coaching cost £1360 which shows how important the AM/AM is.

Overall there is a deficit of £959 leaving us with a closing balance at 31.08.16 of £4487.17

The floor is now open for questions .There were no questions.

  1. Junior Secretary’s Report: Miss Fiona Wait presented the following report :

The girls had an early start with coaching just after the New Year at Airth Driving Range with Stewart Craig. We attended over a ten week period on a Wednesday running two sessions split by age, for the first hour 7 younger girls under 12 and second hour the 7 senior girls aged 12 and over . The commitment made to attend by the girls and their chaperones paid off with some great improvements and visible signs that thing were going well.

We had a social night at the 10 pin bowling in Stirling .It was a great success and competitive as always .It was a good opportunity to mix the two age groups together getting them more involved and the characters beginning o show.

The Golf Season started with the Cuthbertson Cup which was held at Craigielaw Golf Course on Sunday 17th April. The team was Andrea Walker, Morgan Graham, Rebecca Watkins and Katie Liddle with Natalie Fowler as a reserve. The weather was kind, clear blue skies in the morning with a light wind getting slightly colder and gustier in the afternoon. The course was its usual challenging self with tricky pin positions .We played East Lothian in the morning winning

2 ½ to 1 ½ . A great result against last year’s winners .Andrea had a comfortable win by 4 and 3.Morgan’ match was up and down but she hung on well to halve the match.

Rebecca had a tough match which was tight for the first nine but had some bad luck on the inward half to lose 3 and 2. Katie was up and down in the first nine, then lost a few holes but fought back to win by 2 and 1 . This is a scratch competition and our girls were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. With heads held high and abuzz throughout the team they tee’s of against Midlothian in the afternoon. Again they were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. Morgan and Rebecca fought hard to keep their matches going until 13/14th but tired heads both mentally and physically got the better of them, both losing out but gusty performances .Katie’s match was another gripping performance when she turned the game around after being down. Unfortunately she lost at the 18th, very tired but gutsy wee lass.

Andrea’s Match was up and down but she hung on taking it to 18th where she unfortunately lost Thus resulted in a 4-0 win for Midlothian but the defeat was certainly no reflection on how well the girls played. Proud, gutsy and together as a team

Thanks to Anna and Sarah for their support on the day.

Individual Performances

Andrea Walker – This has not been her best year for Andrea’s golf as she had had her head in text books and applying for university. Andrea played at St Andrew s in the junior ladies and qualified 17th scoring a scratch 78 but unfortunately could not play in the matchplay.

Morgan Graham – She had a great win at Falkirk Ladies Open ,picking up the handicap trophy and a big cut to her handicap and is now playing off 12.She was also selected to play for the East girls v West girls at Kingsknowe . In August she entered the Junior Ladies Open at St Andrews and returned a scratch 83 to qualify for the matchplay. She stuck in but lost on 18th but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the course.

Rebecca Watkins – has played most of her golf at her home club Falkirk Tryst where she won the Tom Duncan Trophy which is two round competitions for both boys and girls. She has lowered her handicap to 12 throughout the season. Rebecca also played in the St Andrew s Junior Ladies Open finishing 55th and shooting at 92 , she did not play as well as she could have and she also had some bad luck but thoroughly enjoyed the occasion .Rebecca was also chosen for the East v West Girls match but was unable to play due to exam commitments .

Natalie Fowler has played mainly at Bathgate in the junior competitions and in the Stephen Gallagher Foundation Competitions and has reduced her handicap from 20 to 13. She is part of West Lothian excellence in Sport Programme where she receives tuition from Stuart Callan twice a week during school hours.

Katie Liddle has played mainly club golf at Falkirk Tryst. Her matchplay performance has been outstanding; she is nicknamed “Gutsy”.

Chloe Graham has been troubled by injury this year which has kept her off the course. We wish her speedy recovery and more golf next season.

The Junior Juniors have had their own mini competitions where we gratefully had the use of the small course at Falkirk G.C. The girls managed two out three dates we arranged for them and played a six hole medal.

Watching their progression from the driving range on to the course and seeing everything come together and their competiveness grow is brilliant .The scores were close after two rounds Laura and Georgia had the same score so we arranged to hold the final at Falkirk Tryst on the same day as the Junior Championship. Unfortunately for various reasons we had only two competitors on the day Lara and Georgia .The girls had a singles putting competition and team event where they were paired with an adult and a foursomes match was played over 4 holes .The tension between them was high , they both so much wanted to win. The girls had a great day both winning prizes and they stayed for the whole day and watched the older juniors play.

The Junior Championship was played at Falkirk Tryst. Andrea, Morgan, Rebecca and Katie played in the strokeplay qualifier and Summer Competition. Andrea won the Scratch section and Rebecca the Handicap. The matchplay was played the following day were Andrea played Morgan and Rebecca played Katie. Andrea and Katie won their matches and played one another in the Final .This was well fought; Katie put up her usual gutsy performance and took Andrea to the 16th. Well done both girls and congratulation to Andrea on winning the Junior Championship.

I would like to extend my thanks to all those ladies who helped during the year especially Jennifer Allan, Lindsey Sabin, Nancy Thomas, Margaret Logan and not forgetting Sarah and Claire for all your support and advice.

Dr Hartley asked for a Proposer for the adoption of all reports

This was proposed by Mrs Shelagh Quinn and seconded by Mrs Mary Thomson.

  1. Fixtures

Not all the fixtures have been confirmed yet

Championship :

The Championship has been confirmed at West Lothian on the following dates :

Strokeplay Friday 5th May

Matchplay on Sunday 7th May at 2pm ,

Monday 8th May at 5pm,

Wednesday 10th May at 5.30pm

Friday 12th May at 5.30pm.

Strokeplay meetings have been confirmed as follows:

Tulliallan on Monday 5th June

Falkirk on Monday 22nd May

Tryst on Monday 7th August.

Stableford at Bathgate on Thursday 17th August.

Commonwealth Spoons on at Braehead on Monday 17th July

I am awaiting confirmation for

Stirling on 17th April

Glenbervie on Friday 23rd June .

Greensomes at Bonnybridge on Sunday 8th October (10m-1pm)

The Inter County matches will be held at Stirling from Monday 26th –Wednesday 28th June.

The East of Scotland Championship is at The Burgess on 15th October

The Cuthbertson is at Pitreavie on Saturday 15th April – Juniors.

  1. Election of Office Bearers: Dr Hartley said that she had completed her three year term of office and it had been and honour and pleasure to serve as President. She had much pleasure in appointing Mrs Winifred MacCallum as president for the next three years . She presented Winifred with her President’s Brooch.

Winifred thanks Sheila for the all the work she had done over past three years ,chairing meetings ,organising caddies and general supporting the County in many ways . Since Sheila already had a past Captain’s Brooch she had indicated that it was not necessary to have a Past Presidents one as well so Winifred presented her the a gift token as a thank you for all the work she had done .

Winifred said that it was an honour to be appointed President and looked forward to the next three years.

Hon Secretary: Mrs Anna Hunter, proposed by Mrs Helen Hunter and seconded by Mrs Maureen Moore .Mrs Hunter accepted the post but said that she would be giving up next year and would welcome someone to work with her during the year especially and we host the Inter County Matches in 2017 .

Hon. Treasurer: Miss Gail Haley proposed by Miss Margaret Tough and seconded by Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin.

Junior Secretary: Miss Fiona Wait proposed by Dr Sheila Harley and seconded by Mrs Tammy Haycock

  1. Election of Auditor: Mrs Margaret Forsyth prosed by Miss Gail Haley and seconded by Mrs Anna Hunter.

  2. Election of Selection Committee: This is the Captain, Vice-Captain and it was agreed to defer the appointment of the third member of the selection committee.

12. Resolution by the Committee: Mrs MacCallum said that since the membership of the county was reducing , the committee feel that an increase in the handicap limit may attract more members The Committee propose the following change to the Constitution:

6. Membership:

  1. Ordinary Members: It is proposed to replace “handicap 32 “with “handicap 35 “ and insert “former” before S.L.G.A

The sentence would read “Membership will be open to any person with a handicap of 35, on application, who is eligible under the former S.L.G.A. regulations for County Golf. There will be a limit of 280 members.

This was carried unanimously.

13. A.O.C.B.

  1. There was a discussion about ways to possibly attract more members.

It was suggested that the send out a flyer to clubs telling them about the County and emphasising that it was not just for elite players. It was for players of all abilities. and perhaps we should try to “rebrand “the County.

There was a suggestion that more Stableford competitions might help.

There was no support for 9- hole competitions.

  1. There was a question about playing with a junior in competitions. Mrs Goodwin said that a letter was given to parents of Juniors asking for permission for certain things and that playing unaccompanied with and adults was one of the situations for which the parents would sign to signify agreement.

Mrs MacCallum said that she had been appointed Child Protection Officer for the County last year and after initial contact the SGL had heard nothing at all about it.

There was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.30pm

The prize giving took place with the Captain presenting the prizes.

A vote of thank to committee as given by Miss Louise Macgregor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes of the AGM held at Falkirk Golf Club on 26th September 2016 AT 7.30PM

Dr Sheila Hartley welcomed the 50 ladies present and said that before we move on to the formal agenda it is with sadness that I have to inform the meeting of the death, this year of

Sheila Muirhead. She was a former member of our association and a member of Stirling Golf Club. Dr Hartley asked the meeting to stand for a few moments to remember her and any other lady golfer you know who has died since our last A.G.M.

Dr Hartley continued as follows: As I am sure you all know the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and the Scottish Golf Union voted unanimously at their respective meetings in 2015 to amalgamate to become Scottish Golf Limited (SGL).The amalgamation took place last October and I regret to say, as an advocate of amalgamation, that it has been a huge disappointment for ladies’ golf in particular. I n fact I don’t think the men’s game has been affected at all but the women’s game certainly has.

In January Anna, Claire and I attended, as representatives of the County, a forum for Areas and Counties at Gleneagles. From the presentation given and the questions we were asked to consider it seemed to me that S.G.L. had come to that meeting with an agenda to replace Areas and Counties with Regions whose purpose will be to support clubs. Not all of us there were in agreement with that thinking and I think it is fair to say that there has been nothing further from SGL on this since then.

However, many of us at the meeting were critical of the Website (SGU with a few tweaks), communication with members was dire and felt that SGL had taken to effort to re-brand itself for the unified body. I am afraid to say that, almost a year on, nothing has changed. I still don’t know what the directors of SGL look like, who the staff and what their roles are and who are the members of the various sub-committees. The website is still SGU with a few tweaks and communication is still awful. Subsequently to that January meeting I sent a series of emails to Eleanor Cannon, the chair of SGL, primarily about the competitions the SLGA had run for club and county members.

These eventually culminated with a meeting with her and Audrey Sturgess at Dunblane Golf Club at the beginning of March where it was established that a number of events will no longer take place. These include the County Open meeting, the Junior Open Strokeplay and the Matchplay and Strokeplay Foursomes. The reasons given were that entries for these events were falling.

However an undertaking was given that club medals would continue (as they have in England and Wales following their mergers) and indeed Regional Finals and Grand Final took place this year. I hope your club was successful in finding the entry form on SGL website to enter players. These will continue next year but will not be sent out automatically. Your club needs to register by the end of October to receive the medals and be eligible for next year’s Regional Finals. There is a link on the home page of the Scottish Golf website (scottishgolf.org) and I urge you to get your clubs to register. I firmly believe that if not enough clubs register then SGL will use this as evidence to discontinue these events.

I understand that at some point there was doubt about the future of the county finals but these will take place in 2017 at a venue still to be determined.

I also discovered that many of the trophies traditionally presented at the Scottish Championship, some dating back to the earliest years of the Championship, were not presented and there were no prize vouchers. I still have not had any feedback on these matters. I feel quite frustrated that I have received bland acknowledgements to my email messages but no direct answers to the specific questions I have been asking. Maybe the board of SGL thinks everything is fine but nobody else does.

Membership: As you are aware from the agenda the committee is proposing to change the membership criteria to allow any lady with a handicap of 35 or less who was born lives or is member of a club in the Stirling and Clackmannan catchment to become a member of the County . This is in response to our falling membership as the demographics change. I hope you will support this measure and promote county membership within your clubs. It is a great deal as you get 6 Stroke play meetings , a Stableford, a Foursomes and Greensomes and winter competitions all for the bargain price of £30.

I have now come to the end of my term of office as President and it has been an honour and privilege to fulfil that role.

The role of president is threefold:

  1. To chair the meetings of the committee and the AGM and I shall hand this job for the remainder of the meeting to Winifred in due course;

  2. To support the teams – we go into our inter- county matches with our hopes high and have come so close to winning that, at times, it is nerve-wracking and hard to watch as the players and their captains give their all. I am sure that with the players we have and their commitment success is just on the horizon;

  3. To say “Thank You “ to the clubs who host our dinners and Championships for allowing us courtesy

So, in conclusion, I would like to thank you all for allowing me to be President for the last three years .

  1. Apologies: There were 16 apologies

  2. Minutes: The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 28th September 2015 had been circulated and were taken as read. There were no amendments and their adoption was proposed by Mrs Winifred MacCallum and seconded by Miss Lindsey Sabin.

  3. Business Arising: There was no business arising .

  4. Captain’s Report:

  1. Champion of Champions: On 11th October last year Louise MacGregor played at Glasgow Gailes GC finishing runner up in a field of 21 with a score of 73 .The winning score was 71 and the CSS was 77. Well done Louise.

  2. Centenary Greensomes: This was played at Grangemouth Golf Club on 11th October. There were 30 entries and it was a very enjoyable competition. The winners were Janice Craig from Falkirk Tryst and Louise Rutherford from Linlithgow. This year the Greensomes is at Braehead G.C. on 16th October.

  3. Grant Allison: Despite the very wet winter most pairs managed to complete all their games by 31st March. The winners with 8 points were Claire Capocci and Karen Burns. The runners up were Linda Allan and Fiona McArthur. There were 6 pairs taking part.

  4. County Championship: The County Championship was played at Tulliallan Golf Club from 5th to 13TH May in excellent weather which lasted for the whole competition .The Captain’s prize for the best scratch went to Linda Allan ( Falkirk Tryst) with a 74 and the best handicap was won by Mhairi Hall ( Bathgate )with a nett 70 .In the semi-finals Laura Bissett ( Braehead ) beat Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst ) 6&5 and Louise MacGregor ( Falkirk ) beat Fiona Wait ( Bathgate) 2&1. The Final was an excellent match with great golf being played which Louise won 2&1 making this a total of 6 titles.

  5. East Division Inter County Matches: The Jamboree was held at Mortonhall Golf Club from 26thto 28th June. The team selected was Jennifer Allan, Elaine Allison, Laura Bissett, Claire Capocci, Alison Davidson, Mhairi Hall, Louise MacGregor, Fiona Wait and Margo Gardner was reserve.

On Day 1 we played Midlothian in very wet conditions. The team put in a very good performance but lost 6 ½ -2 ½ .However the afternoon singles were very close with us winning the first game , halving the second and although losing the remaining four they all went to 17th or 18th hole –very close .

On Day 2 we played East Lothian in difficult windy conditions. We had 3-0 lead in the morning foursomes and won the singles 5-1. An excellent result 8-1

On Day 3 we had the best weather when we played Fife .Again we won 3-0 in the foursomes and then 3 ½- 2 ½ in the singles. The overall result was 6 ½ -2 ½.

It was an outstanding team effort which meant Stirling and Clackmannan finished in second place with 4 points. Midlothian was winners with 6 points.

Midlothian went on to play in the Scottish County Finals at Aboyne on 16th-18th September where Dumfriesshire won the title of Scottish Women’s County Champions for the first time since the South Division joined the finals in 1972.

Next Year’s Jamboree will be at Stirling Golf Club on 26th-28th June and we look forward to your support there.

  1. SCCLGA and Stirlingshire Golf Union AM/AM

This year the competition was held at Stirling Golf Club on Sunday 11th September. 21 teams of 4 (gents, ladies and mixed) took part raising money for junior golf in our area. This was well supported by the ladies in our county and is such an important fundraising event. Thanks to all who played and to Gail who continues to do so much of the organisation. The total amount raised was £1877 which will be divided equally between Stirlingshire Golf Union and ourselves.

  1. Juniors: I would like to thank Fiona Wait, who has completed her first year as Junior Secretary. She has done a great job looking after out juniors and she will be giving her report on their progress later on.

  2. Achievements: -Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship.

Jennifer Allan and Margo Gardner competed at West Kilbride in May with Jennifer on level par for two rounds progressing to the matchplay stages winning her 1st Round match but going out in the 2nd round. Margo won her 1st round match in the Clark Rosebowl but lost in the quarter final.

Congratulations to all our members who have been successful in county and club competitions and apologies if I have missed anyone.

Finally I would like to thank Anna and the committee for their help and support throughout my first year as captain.

This concludes my report.

  1. Secretary’s Report: Mrs Anna Hunter presented the following report

1 .Winter Round Robin: There were 30 teams entered but 2 had to pull out before any matches had been played. The section winners were Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane, Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross, Fiona Logan and Marie McLellan and Claire Capocci and Hilary Duggua. Unfortunately Hilary and Claire had to concede their semi-final match to Fiona and Marie and in the other semi-final Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane beat Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross. The Semi Finals and Final matches were played at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club and in the Final between Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane from Bathgate and Marie McLellan and Fiona Logan from Tulliallan resulted in a win for the Margaret and Margaret. Well done. This continues to be a very popular competition.

This year we have 26 entries and the draw has been made and sheets are available. If you can please check that the contact details are correct. We shall not be giving and extension this year if there is difficulty in getting matches played by end of March .Last year , giving and extension caused problems with time arrange the semi-final matches

2. Pullar Cup: There were 25entries, which is quite good, and the semi-final and Final matches were played at Glenbervie Golf Club The final was .between Winifred MacCallum and Lindsey Sabin .This was good match and resulted in a win for Lindsey. Well done, another new name on the trophy.

3. Meetings: All the meetings have been played this year. There were a total of 305 entries

(202 Silver and 103 Bronze) for 7 meetings which is an average of 43.6 per meeting. This is down by 10.4 per meeting. The defaults were not too bad .There were 26 in total but Tulliallan and Glenbervie had 7 each and Falkirk 6. There are 40 winners from 14 different clubs so it is well spread out.

4. Commonwealth Spoons at Alloa saw a slightly increased entry from 19 last year to 24 this year but the weather was considerably better. The winners were Isabel Rhind and Janie McMahon from Alloa and 2nd Margaret Tough and Lindsay Wilson from Falkirk but unfortunately Isobel and Janie are unable to play in the finals at Eyemouth on 7th September so Margaret and Lindsey were joined By Linda Allan and Jennifer Allan , who were in 3rd place . Both teams played well and enjoyed their day at Eyemouth

5. Millennium Trophy was played for at the Falkirk meeting and was won by Falkirk with a total of 221 (72,73,76)

6. The Nimmo Trophy and the Order of Merit have both been won by Louise MacGregor.

7. Reporting of Results: The CSS and winners were posted on the website on the evening of the competition and also emailed to the reps. The individual scores went to the CDH without problem but there was a problem with posting on howdidido . I have spent many hours on the phone to clubsystems to resolve this and it is still not fully resolved and they suggested I contact my IT person However as I downloaded the software to my own laptop and got it working and processed the scores from there it worked and the last 3 competitions are shown on howdidido . During the closed season I shall have someone look at the County Laptop and hopeful get it resolved for next year.

8. Shirts and Sweaters: We had sufficient shirts in stock so did not need to source any this year. Sweaters are bit of a problem. In the summer the Lambswool sweaters are too hot to wear and the team do not like them but there are a number of ladies who like them in the winter. It is proposed to look for softshell tops for the team and continue with the Glenmuir Sweaters for those who want to buy them. We shall also continue with the Black Gilets (which are a great buy) and the mint shirts.

9. Resignations: I have had a resignation for Isabel Rhind, who has been rep for Alloa over the past year . Isabel is leaving the area and wishes us well.

Lastly I would like to thank the reps for all the work they do collecting subscriptions, disseminating information to their members and organising the draw for County meetings. I should also like to thank Sarah, Claire and Nan Provan and the reps for their help on competition evening and also Lindsey Sabin, who is happy to help to bring cards etc. back to me.

This is my report for 2016. Thank you

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Miss Gail Haley presented the following report :

Ladies, I would like to thank Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

I am pleased to present you with this year’s balance sheet. I hope you have all had a chance to browse the accounts and await any questions you may have after I cover some of the figures.

On the Income Side- £4220 for subscriptions represents 140 ladies .This is an overall reduction of 9 from last year. Again we are seeing a decrease in membership.

AM/AM 2015 resulted in £1194 (net) Our share with a 50/50 split between ourselves and Stirlingshire Golf Union. This is an event to raise funds to help cover the cost of junior coaching.

On the Expenditure Side – Prize Vouchers amounted to £1039.50

Jamboree Costs –net expenditure for 2016 was £3241.04. Comparing costs from last year’s jamboree there was an increase of £201.94 which in pretty good . Next year we shall have no accommodation costs but there is still a substantial cost.

Junior Coaching cost £1360 which shows how important the AM/AM is.

Overall there is a deficit of £959 leaving us with a closing balance at 31.08.16 of £4487.17

The floor is now open for questions .There were no questions.

  1. Junior Secretary’s Report: Miss Fiona Wait presented the following report :

The girls had an early start with coaching just after the New Year at Airth Driving Range with Stewart Craig. We attended over a ten week period on a Wednesday running two sessions split by age, for the first hour 7 younger girls under 12 and second hour the 7 senior girls aged 12 and over . The commitment made to attend by the girls and their chaperones paid off with some great improvements and visible signs that thing were going well.

We had a social night at the 10 pin bowling in Stirling .It was a great success and competitive as always .It was a good opportunity to mix the two age groups together getting them more involved and the characters beginning o show.

The Golf Season started with the Cuthbertson Cup which was held at Craigielaw Golf Course on Sunday 17th April. The team was Andrea Walker, Morgan Graham, Rebecca Watkins and Katie Liddle with Natalie Fowler as a reserve. The weather was kind, clear blue skies in the morning with a light wind getting slightly colder and gustier in the afternoon. The course was its usual challenging self with tricky pin positions .We played East Lothian in the morning winning

2 ½ to 1 ½ . A great result against last year’s winners .Andrea had a comfortable win by 4 and 3.Morgan’ match was up and down but she hung on well to halve the match.

Rebecca had a tough match which was tight for the first nine but had some bad luck on the inward half to lose 3 and 2. Katie was up and down in the first nine, then lost a few holes but fought back to win by 2 and 1 . This is a scratch competition and our girls were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. With heads held high and abuzz throughout the team they tee’s of against Midlothian in the afternoon. Again they were playing opponents with much lower handicaps. Morgan and Rebecca fought hard to keep their matches going until 13/14th but tired heads both mentally and physically got the better of them, both losing out but gusty performances .Katie’s match was another gripping performance when she turned the game around after being down. Unfortunately she lost at the 18th, very tired but gutsy wee lass.

Andrea’s Match was up and down but she hung on taking it to 18th where she unfortunately lost Thus resulted in a 4-0 win for Midlothian but the defeat was certainly no reflection on how well the girls played. Proud, gutsy and together as a team

Thanks to Anna and Sarah for their support on the day.

Individual Performances

Andrea Walker – This has not been her best year for Andrea’s golf as she had had her head in text books and applying for university. Andrea played at St Andrew s in the junior ladies and qualified 17th scoring a scratch 78 but unfortunately could not play in the matchplay.

Morgan Graham – She had a great win at Falkirk Ladies Open ,picking up the handicap trophy and a big cut to her handicap and is now playing off 12.She was also selected to play for the East girls v West girls at Kingsknowe . In August she entered the Junior Ladies Open at St Andrews and returned a scratch 83 to qualify for the matchplay. She stuck in but lost on 18th but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the course.

Rebecca Watkins – has played most of her golf at her home club Falkirk Tryst where she won the Tom Duncan Trophy which is two round competitions for both boys and girls. She has lowered her handicap to 12 throughout the season. Rebecca also played in the St Andrew s Junior Ladies Open finishing 55th and shooting at 92 , she did not play as well as she could have and she also had some bad luck but thoroughly enjoyed the occasion .Rebecca was also chosen for the East v West Girls match but was unable to play due to exam commitments .

Natalie Fowler has played mainly at Bathgate in the junior competitions and in the Stephen Gallagher Foundation Competitions and has reduced her handicap from 20 to 13. She is part of West Lothian excellence in Sport Programme where she receives tuition from Stuart Callan twice a week during school hours.

Katie Liddle has played mainly club golf at Falkirk Tryst. Her matchplay performance has been outstanding; she is nicknamed “Gutsy”.

Chloe Graham has been troubled by injury this year which has kept her off the course. We wish her speedy recovery and more golf next season.

The Junior Juniors have had their own mini competitions where we gratefully had the use of the small course at Falkirk G.C. The girls managed two out three dates we arranged for them and played a six hole medal.

Watching their progression from the driving range on to the course and seeing everything come together and their competiveness grow is brilliant .The scores were close after two rounds Laura and Georgia had the same score so we arranged to hold the final at Falkirk Tryst on the same day as the Junior Championship. Unfortunately for various reasons we had only two competitors on the day Lara and Georgia .The girls had a singles putting competition and team event where they were paired with an adult and a foursomes match was played over 4 holes .The tension between them was high , they both so much wanted to win. The girls had a great day both winning prizes and they stayed for the whole day and watched the older juniors play.

The Junior Championship was played at Falkirk Tryst. Andrea, Morgan, Rebecca and Katie played in the strokeplay qualifier and Summer Competition. Andrea won the Scratch section and Rebecca the Handicap. The matchplay was played the following day were Andrea played Morgan and Rebecca played Katie. Andrea and Katie won their matches and played one another in the Final .This was well fought; Katie put up her usual gutsy performance and took Andrea to the 16th. Well done both girls and congratulation to Andrea on winning the Junior Championship.

I would like to extend my thanks to all those ladies who helped during the year especially Jennifer Allan, Lindsey Sabin, Nancy Thomas, Margaret Logan and not forgetting Sarah and Claire for all your support and advice.

Dr Hartley asked for a Proposer for the adoption of all reports

This was proposed by Mrs Shelagh Quinn and seconded by Mrs Mary Thomson.

  1. Fixtures

Not all the fixtures have been confirmed yet

Championship :

The Championship has been confirmed at West Lothian on the following dates :

Strokeplay Friday 5th May

Matchplay on Sunday 7th May at 2pm ,

Monday 8th May at 5pm,

Wednesday 10th May at 5.30pm

Friday 12th May at 5.30pm.

Strokeplay meetings have been confirmed as follows:

Tulliallan on Monday 5th June

Falkirk on Monday 22nd May

Tryst on Monday 7th August.

Stableford at Bathgate on Thursday 17th August.

Commonwealth Spoons on at Braehead on Monday 17th July

I am awaiting confirmation for

Stirling on 17th April

Glenbervie on Friday 23rd June .

Greensomes at Bonnybridge on Sunday 8th October (10m-1pm)

The Inter County matches will be held at Stirling from Monday 26th –Wednesday 28th June.

The East of Scotland Championship is at The Burgess on 15th October

The Cuthbertson is at Pitreavie on Saturday 15th April – Juniors.

  1. Election of Office Bearers: Dr Hartley said that she had completed her three year term of office and it had been and honour and pleasure to serve as President. She had much pleasure in appointing Mrs Winifred MacCallum as president for the next three years . She presented Winifred with her President’s Brooch.

Winifred thanks Sheila for the all the work she had done over past three years ,chairing meetings ,organising caddies and general supporting the County in many ways . Since Sheila already had a past Captain’s Brooch she had indicated that it was not necessary to have a Past Presidents one as well so Winifred presented her the a gift token as a thank you for all the work she had done .

Winifred said that it was an honour to be appointed President and looked forward to the next three years.

Hon Secretary: Mrs Anna Hunter, proposed by Mrs Helen Hunter and seconded by Mrs Maureen Moore .Mrs Hunter accepted the post but said that she would be giving up next year and would welcome someone to work with her during the year especially and we host the Inter County Matches in 2017 .

Hon. Treasurer: Miss Gail Haley proposed by Miss Margaret Tough and seconded by Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin.

Junior Secretary: Miss Fiona Wait proposed by Dr Sheila Harley and seconded by Mrs Tammy Haycock

  1. Election of Auditor: Mrs Margaret Forsyth prosed by Miss Gail Haley and seconded by Mrs Anna Hunter.

  2. Election of Selection Committee: This is the Captain, Vice-Captain and it was agreed to defer the appointment of the third member of the selection committee.

12. Resolution by the Committee: Mrs MacCallum said that since the membership of the county was reducing , the committee feel that an increase in the handicap limit may attract more members The Committee propose the following change to the Constitution:

6. Membership:

  1. Ordinary Members: It is proposed to replace “handicap 32 “with “handicap 35 “ and insert “former” before S.L.G.A

The sentence would read “Membership will be open to any person with a handicap of 35, on application, who is eligible under the former S.L.G.A. regulations for County Golf. There will be a limit of 280 members.

This was carried unanimously.

13. A.O.C.B.

  1. There was a discussion about ways to possibly attract more members.

It was suggested that the send out a flyer to clubs telling them about the County and emphasising that it was not just for elite players. It was for players of all abilities. and perhaps we should try to “rebrand “the County.

There was a suggestion that more Stableford competitions might help.

There was no support for 9- hole competitions.

  1. There was a question about playing with a junior in competitions. Mrs Goodwin said that a letter was given to parents of Juniors asking for permission for certain things and that playing unaccompanied with and adults was one of the situations for which the parents would sign to signify agreement.

Mrs MacCallum said that she had been appointed Child Protection Officer for the County last year and after initial contact the SGL had heard nothing at all about it.

There was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.30pm

The prize giving took place with the Captain presenting the prizes.

A vote of thank to committee as given by Miss Louise Macgregor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE AGM WILL BE HELD AT FALKIRK GOLF CLUB ON MONDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2016 at FALKIRK (CARMUIRS) GOLF CLUB at 7.30pm

Minutes of the AGM held on 28th September 2015 at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club at 7.30pm

Dr Sheila Hartley welcomed the 45 ladies present.. She continued by saying that before we move to the formal agenda she had to inform the meeting of deaths during the year of the following ladies. Jean Davidson, who was a member of Falkirk Tryst and Bonnybridge died suddenly in April . she was a long-time member of the County and had been rep for Falkirk Tryst . She enjoyed her golf and played in many County competitions and in foursomes with her friend Elizabeth Stevenson. Doris Reid was a member at Tillicoultry and died suddenly in May. She enjoyed playing in the County competitions and had had to give up her membership because of her failing health. Both ladies will be sadly missed. Please stand for a few minutes to remember them and any other lady golfer you know who has died since our last AGM.

1. Apologies : There were 25 apologies

2. Minutes : The Minutes of the Meeting held on 29th September 2014 had been circulated and were taken as read . There were no amendments and their adoption was proposed by Mrs Helen Hunter and seconded by Mrs Mary Thomson.

3. Business Arising: There was no business arising.

4. Captains Report.

1. East of Scotland Championship Last year’s East of Scotland Championship was held at Falkirk Tryst on Sunday 5th October. This was won by Susan Jackson (Fife) with a gross score of 70. Louise MacGregor was 3rd with a 71 beaten by Kate McIntosh (Mid Lothian) on BIH. The team trophy was a very close finish with 3 counties all tied. Fife won on the best 4th score in the their team

Thanks to Anna for organising the event and also to Tryst members for helping on the day. Much appreciated.

2. 2015 East of Scotland Championship was at Luffness yesterday with 10 players representing S & C. What a glorious day we had and on a very good golf course. Hannah Scott (Midlothian) won with a gross 70 probably (a course record) and Midlothian won Team trophy. Karen Burns (Bathgate) had a gross 74 and won the best handicap with a nett 68.

3. Grant Allison Winter League: We had 9 couples participating in the Grant Allison winter league. For those new to the County this league is for Category 1 & 2 players. Despite giving an extension due to the inclement weather there were a number of ties not played. However this does not detract from our eventual winners Margo Gardner (Linlithgow) and Laura Bissett (Braehead) I am delighted for the two of them. It was probably their last match against Lindsey and me. We were 1 down with 2 holes to play at Linlithgow and lo and behold Margo had a hole in one at the 17th. We tried hard but we were unsuccessful. This year’s league is already underway with 8 couples participating.

4. Juniors: A big thank you to Elizabeth Goodwin our Junior convenor for organising and looking after our Juniors. Some of you might not be aware Elizabeth is standing down this year as Convenor after 8 years.

Not stealing Elizabeth’s thunder I feel it would be amiss as Captain if I did not mention the successes of Jennifer Allan, Katie Liddle and Andrea Walker this year. Elizabeth Goodwin will elaborate on their achievements in her report.

5. County Dinner: Yet again the County Dinner was a very successful evening at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club on Friday 6th March with 59 attending. I had a number of emails and texts to say they enjoyed their meal and found the quizzes great fun which were organised again by Ann Richards. Thanks go to Anna Hunter for sending out the menus and to all the County Reps who drummed up the ladies and sending payments to me.

6. Friendly Matches: We had a friendly match against D & A at Windyhill G C in March on a wet and windy day. Despite this we had a successful day winning 3 -1.

We were more fortunate with the weather for our friendly match on Sunday 22nd March at Stirling GC v Perth & Kinross. We won 3 matches and halved a match. Thanks to all the players who participated in both matches.

7. County Championship: Many thanks to Braehead GC for hosting this year’s County Championship and for fitting in our first round matchplay ties on the Monday afternoon due to the atrocious weather on the Sunday.

Results of the Qualifying Round: Louise MacGregor (Falkirk) - 1st scratch 78 bih, Jane Moyes (Linlithgow), 1st handicap 89(19) nett 70.

Semi- finalists were Laura Bissett, Louise MacGregor, Claire Capocci & Alison Davidson

Louise MacGregor beat Laura Bissett in an up & down final 2 & 1. At one time Louise was 5 up and Laura made a great fight back to pull it back to just 2 down. This is the 6t h time Louise has won the title.

8.East Division Inter-county matches, Scotscraig GC

The East Division Inter-county Jamboree was hosted by Fife at Scotscraig GC on Monday 22nd - Wednesday 24th June and we stayed at Drumoig Country House Hotel. This was an ideal location where the accommodation, food and service were excellent.

The team selected this year was: Jennifer Allan, Linda Allan, Elaine Allison, Laura Bissett, Claire Capocci, Margo Gardner, Mhairi Hall and Louise MacGregor.

All the players played really well and gave their all

On the Monday 22nd June we played East Lothian. In the morning foursomes we won 2 -1. Unfortunately we could not get over the finishing line in the singles. Overall match result was 5/4 to East Lothian

On Tuesday 23rd June we played Fife. The foursomes were very closely contested with the result ending 1½-1½. In the afternoon again there were very close matches with us winning 1game and halving 2 games. The Overall result was 5½-3½ to Fife.

On Wednesday 24th June we played Midlothian. In the foursomes we won one game to go 2-1 down going into the singles which we lost 5-1. The result was 7-2 to Midlothian.

The overall winners were Mid Lothian having won all three matches. Although S&C finished in 4th place this was not a reflection of the good golf played. The matches were close and could have gone either way. I have to say the 18th hole was not lucky for S & C.

Yet again there was great camaraderie and team spirit. In fact good camaraderie and sportsmanship was shown by all the counties and caddies. On behalf of the team and myself I wish to thank the following people: Sheila for organising the caddies, to Anna for organising the accommodation, the meals etc., to Gail for buying the goodies and having the cheque book to pay the bills, to all the people who caddied over the 3 days, the supporters and to Sarah Walker my vice- captain and Linda Allan helping me with selecting the players over the 3 days. Your help was very much appreciated. S & C had the biggest support over the 3 days

The venue for next year’s jamboree is at Mortonhall GC from 26st- 28rd June, 2016 and for your continued support

9. SCCLGA & Stirlingshire Golf Union Am/Am competition: This year’s Am/Am competition, run in association with Stirlingshire Golf Union, was held at Glenbervie GC on Sunday 6th September 2015.

23 teams of gents / ladies / or mixed took part and helped to raise £2,400, which is split between the two associations to help fund boys & girls junior coaching in the area.

There were many more ladies teams participating this year. I really cannot stress enough how important this day is to raise funds for our junior coaching. We could not offer the junior coaching. Whether you are first or last every team wins a 4 ball and is a great day.

Many thanks to Elaine Allison and Gail Haley who gave up a lot of time to organise this event in conjunction with the men of Stirlingshire GU

10.. Achievements

Scottish Amateur Championship

Well done to Louise MacGregor and Margo Gardner who qualified for the Matchplay stages at the Scottish Amateur Championships held at Monifieth GC. Fiona Wait would also have qualified but was unable to play in the Match play stages.

Louise progressed into the 2nd round and was beaten by the eventual winner Clara Young.

Scottish Senior Championships at Powfoot

Karen Burns had the best nett scores over the 2 qualifying rounds and Margaret Tough had the best nett scores over the 2 rounds in the over 60’s category.

Lyn Fleming qualified for the Handicap Championship matchplay.

Karen reached the semi- finals having beaten me to be beaten by the eventual winner Martine Pow.

Grand Final Medal

On 6th September we had another success. Margo Gardner won the SLGA’s Grand Final medal over the Dukes Course, St. Andrews.

On that successful note that concludes my Captain’s report. Finally thanks also to all who have helped and supported me through my two years.

5. Secretary’s Report. Mrs A Hunter gave the following report:

1. Winter Round Robin: There were 27 teams entered for the Round Robin, unfortunately some had to withdraw for various reasons.

The Section Winners were

Section 1 Margaret Tough and Linda Allan

Section 2 Jennifer Anderson and Dorothy Donnelly

Section 3 Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross

Section 4 Sarah Walker and Norma Kerr

The semi-finals and final were played at Tulliallan Golf Club. Thanks to Tulliallan for the courtesy of the course. Margaret Tough and Linda Allan beat Jennifer Anderson and Dorothy Donnelly and Sarah Walker and Norma Kerr beat Winifred MacCallum and Fiona Ross .The final was a good match with Sarah and Norma beating Margaret and Linda. Well Done.

2. Pullar Cup: There were 19 entries for the Pullar Cup, which is down on previous years. However all the matches were played on time and the Semi-Finals between Elizabeth Goodwin and Margaret Logan and Linda Allan and Norma Kerr were played at Falkirk Golf Club. Elizabeth beat Margaret and Linda beat Norma. Elizabeth and Linda played the final at Glenbervie, as they are both members there and Linda emerges as the winner. Well Done Linda.

3. Meetings: The meeting at Falkirk was cancelled due to heavy rain. The Championship qualifying at Braehead was played in excellent weather but the first round of the matchplay on the Sunday had to be postponed because the course was unplayable. Braehead was very accommodating and allowed us times to play the matchplay rounds on the Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Final on Friday. Over the season there were 320 entries , 230 silver and 90 bronze for the 6 competitions .This is an average of 54 per meeting. It is similar to last year but still showing a downward trend .The defaults were better .There were no cancellations at Braehead but at Tulliallan there were 20. 8 during the day when the weather was fine and in the evening there were 12 but it was torrential rain and I was surprised that 2 ladies actually played. There are 37 prize-winners from 13 clubs so it is well spread out.

4. Commonwealth Spoons: This was played at Bathgate and 18 couples played. Again this was affected by weather .There was heavy rain in the evening and also an accident on the motorway which meant that there were 8 cancellations. The winners were Fiona Wait and Tammy Haycock (Bathgate) and 2nd Jean Cosgrove and Helen Ferry also from Bathgate .These two pairs went through to the Scottish Finals played at Bothwell Castle on 3rd September.

5. Nimmo Cup: Jennifer Allan has won the Nimmo Cup this year (for the lowest gross scores over 3 County Competitions ( +7,+7 ,-2) =12 . She had an excellent gross 69 at the Tryst Meeting.

6. Order of Merit: This has been won by Laura Bissett.

7. The Millennium Trophy was shared again .It was played for at Glenbervie . Glenbervie and Linlithgow both scored 220. (3 best nett scores )

8. Results: The results seem to have been going through to CDH and Howdidido without any problems this year. I also have all the CDH numbers so it is so much easier .I have also been using the website to report results and alert ladies to any news etc. It seems to be working well and does save a lot of time and paper.

9. Child Protection: We received a letter from SGU asking us to update our Child Protection policy and Child Protection Officer. Sheila has dealt with this and Winifred MacCallum has agreed to act as our new Child Protection Officer and things are progressing to ensure the people involved with Junior have the necessary Disclosures etc.

10.Reps : We had a new Rep from Dollar ,Elan Borrowman and I hope she has enjoyed being involved .Lindsey Sabin has indicated that she will no longer be the rep for Falkirk after this year but shall continue as Rep for Bonnybridge .Unfortunately Grangemouth was unable to find anyone to take on the role after Nancie Millar retired .It makes it communication more difficult. .My thanks go to the Reps who do so much to ensure meetings run smoothly and all information to passed on to their members .They do a fantastic job.

6. Treasurer’s Report : Miss Gail Haley presented the following report :

I would like to begin by thanking Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

I am pleased to present this year’s balance sheet. I hope you have had a chance to browse the accounts and await any questions you may have after I cover some of these figures.

On the Income Side - £3715 subscriptions represents 149 ladies. Of those we have 8 new or renewed members .Unfortunately we had 22 resigned or suspended, leaving an overall decrease in membership of 14. This is the biggest nett decrease we have had in any one year.

The AM-AM gained us £1200 for the juniors .This is a shared event with Stirlingshire Golf Union to help raise funds for Junior Coaching.

On the Expenditure Side – Prize Vouchers amount to £1376.50.

The Inter County Matches 2015 cost £3239.10, which is an increase of £210.64 or 6.5%.

Overall there is deficit of £1690.91 leaving us with a balance at 31/08/15 of £5447.84.

With the balance being as it is we are proposing to ask to increase the fees by £5 to £30.

Miss Haley was open to questions .There were no questions.

7. Junior Report : Since Mrs Goodwin was unable to attend as she had qualified to play in a competition in Ireland Dr Hartley read her report as follows:

Sorry I cannot be with you evening but I am currently at Old Head Links, Eire and tonight is the “Old Mutual Wealth Challenge Grand Final” dinner with Sam Torrance as the special guest.

Our season began in January with coaching at Forthview Driving Range, Airth with coach, Stewart Craig. We had 2 session every Wednesday from the start of January until the end of March. Thanks to Margaret Tough, Sarah Walker and Nancy Thomas for being there most weeks .2016 coaching has been booked for Wednesday evenings, from start of January until March.

We have 16 juniors with CONGU handicaps, 5 are new to the County this year and 12 have handicaps below 30.

A successful games evening was held at Falkirk Golf Club in February and thanks go to the ladies who came along and helped make it an evening of fun.

The Spring meeting was held at Falkirk Tryst G.C. on 7th April .The winner was Katie Liddle (Glenbervie) and 2nd Erin Cobb ( Falkirk Tryst)

The Summer Meeting and Championship was held at Falkirk G.C. in July. 5 Girls played. The strokeplay Champions is Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie. The Matchplay Champion is Andrea Walker (Glenbervie) and the Handicap Strokeplay is Champion Morgan Graham (Falkirk).

Andrea Walker also had the best scratch score in the Stephen Gallacher “road to Dunbar” finals held at Dunbar at the start of September. She is the first girl to win this event.

Our girls also had success in the East of Scotland Girls competitions .Andrea had the best scratch score and Katie won the under 14s at the Spring Meeting at Ratho Park G.C.

Jennifer Allan was part of the East Girls’ Team who beat the West Girls and won the Mhairi McKay trophy at Bothwell Castle GC in May.

Jennifer won the East of Scotland Girls’ Championship at Aberdour GC in July. She beat Emma Morrison (Craigmillar Park) in the final at the 20th hole.

Jennifer also won the scratch prize at the autumn meeting at Gifford GC

Jennifer is the Ladies’ Champion at Glenbervie having beaten Margaret Tough in the Final.

Jennifer once again played in the S&C team at the Inter County Matches at Scotscraig in June.

The Cuthbertson Cup was played at Glenbervie GC in April. The S&C team was Jenifer Allan, Catherine Goodwin, Andrea Walker and Rebecca Watkins .The girls played against stiff opposition and lost to Fife in the morning and then to Midlothian in the afternoon. The overall winners were East Lothian.

Thanks to all who supported the AM-AM. We raised £2300 which goes toward Junior Golf and in split equally between Stirlingshire Golf Union and ourselves.

It has been most enjoyable being County Junior Secretary for the past 8 years. We have had a super group of youngsters and I have met lots of lovely people at the various events I have attended. I wish my successor good luck.

Adoption Of All Reports

The adoption of all reports was proposed by Mrs Winifred MacCallum and seconded by Mrs Jean Hillis.

8. Fixtures :

The Championship will be at Tulliallan

The qualifying round on Thursday 5th May

Matchplay on Sunday 8th May at 2pm, Quarter Finals on Monday 9th May at 5pm. Semi Final Thursday 12th May at 5pm and Final on Friday 13th May at 5pm.

Strokeplay meeting have been confirmed at Falkirk on Monday 23rd May, West Lothian on Monday 6th June, Tryst o Monday 1st August .The Stableford is at Linlithgow on Thursday 11th August.

The Commonwealth Spoon will be at Alloa on Monday 18th July

The Greensomes at Braehead on Sunday 9th October.

I am awaiting confirmation of strokeplay at Stirling on Monday 19th April and Glenbervie on Friday 24th June

The Inter County Matches will be at Mortonhall from Sunday 26th June – Tuesday 28th June.

The Cuthbertson will be at Craigielaw Golf Club on Saturday 17th April

East of Scotland 2016 will be at in Fife.

The Inter County Matches 2017

We shall be the hosts and we have requested Stirling Golf club from Monday 26th –Wednesday 28th June 2017.

9. Election of Office Bearers :

Dr Hartley proposed Mrs Winifred MacCallum as Vice-President and this was seconded by Mrs A. Hunter.

Miss Margaret Tough had served her two years as Captain and said how privileged she had been to serve as Captain and said how much she had enjoyed it and had pleasure appointing Mrs Sarah Walker as Captain for the next two years .

Sarah thanked Margaret for her work in her two years and presented her with her past captain’s brooch. Sarah also said it was an honour to be appointed Captain and she would do her best to serve the County.

Sarah then proposed Mrs Claire Capocci as Vice-Captain this was seconded by Dr S. Hartley.

Hon Secretary - Mrs Anna Hunter, proposed by Dr Hartley .This was approved unanimously.

Hon Treasurer – Miss Gail Haley, proposed by Dr Hartley and seconded by Miss M. Tough

Junior Secretary:

Elizabeth Goodwin had indicated that she was retiring from this position after 8 years. Dr Hartley thanked her for all the work she had done in encouraging the juniors and organising coaching and matches. She said that the County were giving Elizabeth a small gift in recognition of her service.

Miss Fiona Wait was proposed as Junior Secretary by Mrs S. Walker and seconded by Miss M. Tough.

Committee Member – Mrs Linda Allan, proposed by Mrs A. Hunter and seconded by Mrs S. Walker

10. Election of Auditor- Mrs Margaret Forsyth –proposed by Miss G. Haley seconded by Miss N. Provan

11. Election of Selection Committee: The selection committee consists of Captain, Vice-Captain and one other .Dr Hartley suggested that the appointment of the third member should be left to the Captain and Vice-Captain. This was agreed.

12. Resolution by the Committee: The Committee propose that the annual subscription for 2016 be increased to £30 .The entrance fee should remain at £5.

This was proposed by Miss G. Haley and seconded by Dr S. Hartley .It was carried unanimously.

13. A.O.C.B. There was no business arising.

The meeting closed at 8.20pm

Mrs Sarah Walker presented the prizes

Miss Louise MacGregor proposed a vote of thanks to the chair and to the committee for all their hard work during the year.



THE AGM WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER at FALKIRK TRYST GOLF CLUB at 7.30PM

Minutes of the AGM held at Glenbervie Golf Club on 29th September 2014

 

  1. Dr Sheila Hartley, President welcomed the 63 ladies present. It was with deep regret that she recorded the death of a number of our members, Janice Taylor, who was member at Alloa Golf Club and had been a past Captain, and county team member 15 times from 1983-2002. She played in the county team at the Scottish Finals twice, firstly at Prestwick in 1989 and contributed to the winning team at Portpatrick in 2002.She was also a selector and deputy selector for the SLGA. Jean McKinlay was a member of Grangemouth and Tulliallan golf clubs and a member and supporter of the county for many years. She and her friend Netta played in Open Competitions all over the country sometimes twice in one day .Linda Hunter was just 58 years old and a member at Dunblane Golf Club. She had been County Junior secretary from 1998-2005. She worked tirelessly for the juniors and enjoyed her golf. Elizabeth Binnie who died in her 90th year was a member of Linlithgow Golf Club and had been its County Rep for many years. She enjoyed playing in the Winter Round Robin and was quite competitive. All of these ladies will be sadly missed .Dr Harley asked for a minute’s silence to remember them.

  2. Apologies: There were 16 apologies

  3. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting on 25th September 2013 had been circulated and were taken as read .There were no amendments and their adoption was proposed by Mrs S. Quinn and seconded by Miss M. Hall.

  4. Business Arising : There was no business arising

  5. Captain’s Report : Miss Margaret Tough presented her report as follows :

 

  1. Greensomes Competition

 

The Greensomes competition was played at Bonnybridge GC on Sunday 13th October Weather conditions were pretty good for the time of year. There were very good scores and Sheila Hartley had a hole in one at the 6th hole. I think I am right in saying this was her 2nd hole in one that year. The results were as follows:

 

1st: Linzi Wilson and Joanna McIntosh (Tillicoultry)

 

2nd: Nancy MacFarlane and Megan Kane (Bonnybridge)

 

3rd: Lindsey Sabin and Eildih Milne (Falkirk)

 

  1. Grant Allison Winter League

 

We had 9 couples participating in the Grant Allison winter league. Everyone got off their marks and most partnerships managed to play all their games.

 

Congratulations go to Elaine Allison & Alison Davidson (Stirling) who halved one match and won 7 matches. There was a tie for 2nd place between Tricia Chillas & Claire Capocci and Linda Allan and Fiona McArthur

 

This year we have 8 couples taking part and already ties have been arranged.

 

  1. Juniors

 

I attended Junior Coaching at Forthview Driving Range in the winter months and was very impressed with the talent of our young golfers and it augers well for the County’s future. Many thanks to Elizabeth Goodwin our Junior Convenor for attending to our Juniors. It is very much appreciated.

 

  1. County Dinner

 

The annual county dinner was held at Alloa GC on Friday 7th March; 58 Ladies attended and enjoyed a lovely meal, followed by good fun with very challenging quizzes organised by Ann Richards (or should I say Ann Robinson). Get clued up for next year as Ann has already started preparing for I am sure another entertaining evening.

 

  1. County Championship

 

The county championship was played in mixed and challenging weather conditions at Stirling G C during the first week in May. So much so it was reduction only.

 

The Captains’ Prizes for the best scratch and the best handicap were Louise MacGregor (Glenbervie) and Susan MacLeod (Stirling) respectively.

 

In the semi- finals Louise MacGregor (Glenbervie) beat Laura Bissett (Braehead) at the 19th hole and in the other semi- final Alison Davidson (Stirling) beat Elaine Allison(Stirling) 6&5. Alison went on to beat Louise MacGregor in an excellent final by 3 & 2. This was Alison’s 8th title.

 

  1. Coaching

 

I organised 2 squad training sessions with Stewart Craig. He did putting analysis sessions with the players and the feedback seemed very positive.

 

  1. Squad Training Matches

 

For the first time in a few years we managed to play all three friendly practice matches. I would like to thank Linda Allan, Elaine Allison, Laura Bissett, Karen Burns, Claire Capocci, Tricia Chillas, Alison Davidson, Margo Gardner, Lesley Gibb and Sarah Walker for playing in the matches.

 

Unfortunately, we lost 2-1 against Dunbartonshire & Argyll on Sunday 3rd April at Tryst GC. We lost 3-0 against Perth & Kinross on Sunday 10th April at Pitlochry GC and the result of the third match vs. Dunblane Gents’ team on Monday 25th April was a win for the men 3-1.

 

Despite losing all our matches it is a chance for the players to play together

 

It is also good practice for the Jamboree.

 

  1. East Division Inter-county matches, North Berwick GC

 

The East Division Inter-county jamboree was hosted by East Lothian at North Berwick GC on Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th June.

 

I am pleased to give a special mention to 16 year old Jennifer Allan from Glenbervie who joined Linda Allan, Elaine Allison, Laura Bissett, Claire Capocci, Alison Davidson, Margo Gardner and Louise MacGregor to make up the team of eight players selected to represent the county

 

I knew I had a great team and I was not to be disappointed. On Day 1 we were drawn against East Lothian We won the morning foursomes 2-1 and in the singles we could only manage to win 2 matches and this meant we lost 5-4

 

On Day 2 our match opponents were Midlothian last year’s Scottish Champions. Again we won the morning foursomes 2-1 and it was all to play for in the singles. This time we won 3 crucial single matches to win 5-4 overall.

 

On Day 3 we played Fife. Again we won two of our foursomes games in the morning and won 5 singles matches to win the match 7-2

 

The overall winners were East Lothian having won all three matches. S&C finished in 2nd place, Fife (3rd) and Mid Lothian (4th).

 

The team played really well over the 3 days and to win 6 points out of 9 possible points in the foursomes was a great achievement.

 

The atmosphere and camaraderie was great with the team and all the counties and caddies. On behalf of the team and myself I wish to thank the following people: Sheila for organising the caddies, to Anna for organising the accommodation, the meals etc., to Gail for buying the goodies and having the cheque book to pay the bills, to all the people who caddied over the 3 days, the supporters and to Sarah Walker my vice- captain and Linda Allan helping me with selecting the players over the 3 days. Your help was very much appreciated.

 

The venue for next year’s jamboree is Scotscraig GC, 22nd-24th June, 2015 and hopefully we can go one step further. Already Anna has the accommodation booked.

 

  1. SCCLGA & Stirlingshire Golf Union Am/Am competition

 

The annual Am/Am competition, run in association with Stirlingshire Golf Union, was held at Alloa GC on Sunday 31st August 2014.

 

22 teams of gents / ladies / gents & ladies took part and helped to raise £2,400, which will be split between the two associations to help fund boys & girls junior coaching in the area.

 

 

 

The winning team was the ladies team from Bathgate GC who won The Hamish Mullen Memorial Quaich

 

Many thanks to Elaine Allison and Gail Haley who gave up a lot of time to organise this event in conjunction with the men of Stirlingshire GU

 

  1. Scottish Team Selection

 

I am delighted to report Louise MacGregor (Falkirk), secured her first cap when she was selected to represent Scotland in the Home Internationals at Aberdovey GC (Wales). Unfortunately, Scotland came 4th but Louise had a great experience and will have boosted her confidence.

 

  1. SLGA events

 

Elaine Allison and Alison Davidson (Stirling) won the Scottish Ladies Foursomes title at Auchterarder GC on 31st August and at the same venue Margo Gardner and Helen Hunter (Linlithgow) won the knockout Scottish Ladies Foursomes. What a successful day for S&C

 

Tricia Chillas and Louise MacGregor headed a field of 50 pairs who had qualified through individual counties competitions to win the SLGA Commonwealth Spoons Grand Final at Ladybank on 3rd September.

 

On Sunday 7th September the Grand Medal Finals were played at King James V1 GC with a field of 21 players who had qualified from one of the six Regional Medal Finals played throughout the season. Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie) won the Silver Division thus the Gold Medal with a nett 68. This was a wonderful achievement.

 

Congratulations to all our members who have won prizes in both our county competitions and in club championships and competitions. However, it would be amiss not to mention a special score at Falkirk Tryst Ladies Open on Saturday 13th September. There were a number of very good scores on the day but Alison Davidson had a scratch 65 with a 7 on a card and this was a course record.

 

If I have missed any notable successes or achievements throughout the year then I do apologise.

 

Finally thanks also to all who have helped and supported me through my first year term as Captain of Stirling & Clackmannan. It has been an honour and a privilege to be your Captain and looking forward to more successes in 2015.

 

  1. Secretary’s Report

 

  1. Winter Round Robin: There were 28 teams played, which gave 7 teams in each section.

 

The winners of the sections were:

 

Section 1: Linda Allan and Margaret Tough – 10 points -23 holes up

 

Section 2: Sarah Walker and Norma Kerr -10 points -17 holes up

 

Section 3: Nancy Thomas and Sheila Dixon – 8 points – 12 holes up

 

Section 4: Jean Hillis and Gourlay Jenkins – 10points -14holes up

 

The Semi-finals and final were played at Alloa Golf Club. Thanks to Alloa for allowing us the courtesy of the course. In the first semi-final, Linda Allan and Margaret Tough beat Sarah Walker and Norma Kerr in a very close match. The other semi-final went to the 19th hole and Jean Hillis and Gourlay Jenkins beat Nancy Thomas and Sheila Dixon.

 

In the Final, Jean and Gourlay played very well to beat Margaret and Linda. .It was a very friendly and enjoyable match. Well done to Jean and Gourlay.

 

  1. Pullar Cup: There were 30 entries for the Pullar Cup and all the matches were played on time .The semi-finalists were Lindsey Sabin and Nancy Thomas both Falkirk and Margaret Tough and Fiona Ross both from Glenbervie. The finalists were Margaret Tough and Lindsey Sabin. In the final played at Falkirk Tryst Margaret emerged as winner in a well fought match.

  2. Commonwealth Spoons: was played Bridge of Allan on Monday 28th July .It was fun. There were 23 entries. The winners were Louise Macgregor and Tricia Chillas with 72(5)67 and second Jennifer Anderson and Dorothy Donnelly (Falkirk) -91(20)71.These two pairs went forward to the Scottish Finals at Ladybank on 3rd September and Louise and Tricia were the overall winners .This was a great performance.

  3. County Meetings. All the meetings have now been completed .Unfortunately the April meeting at West Lothian was abandoned due to weather. There were 327 entries for the 6 meetings, which averages 55 per meeting .This is a slight increase from last year but still down on previous years The entry for the Commonwealth spoons was similar to last year but the Greensomes we had only 22 pairs playing , that may have been due to the date being in September . We are still having around 10 defaults per meeting. We really need to watch this because as clubs are struggling for money and if we have cancellations we are losing them potential revenue.

 

The prizes are well spread out .We have 44 prize-winners from 11 clubs.

 

5. The Millennium Trophy was played for at Tulliallan and was shared by Linlithgow and Falkirk Tryst both had 222 points.

 

6. The Nimmo Trophy (for the player with the best three gross scores in County Meetings) has been won by Claire Capocci (Bridge of Allan) and the Order of Merit this year goes to Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst).

 

7. The Greensomes was played at Alloa Golf Club on 21st September .There were 22 entries and the winners were Helen Hunter and Jill Harrison (Linlithgow) 72.8, 2nd Linda McAinsh (Alloa) and Helen Ferry (Bathgate) 73.6 and 3rd Cecelia Kenny and Sandra Green (Dunblane) 74 .This is a really good competition to end the season and hopefully there will be more entries next year when it will be in October.

 

8. CDH . I now have all the CDH numbers for County Members and the scores should go directly to your club .We have found that sometimes there is a delay and they don’t arrive immediately Similarly the results sometime appear on Howdidido and sometimes they do not even appear though they are sent .However we do post the CSS on the county website on the evening of the competition. The background of the website has been changed to white so it should be easier to read .Thanks to Shona Gunn for doing this modification.

 

9. Shirts. We seem to be unlucky, whenever we get a supplier and shirt we like they take it off the range. This happened with Greg Norman shirts we bought last year .However we have managed to source some from Adidas which are very close to the original mint colour and have a stock of small medium and large at a cost of £27 . We also have a supply of black Gilets with the county badge at £25 each .There are available for anyone who would like to purchase them.

 

10. Reps : We lost a very long standing Rep in Netta Hunter who had been the rep for Grangemouth for 23 years .We thank Netta for all her years and wish her good health . That post was taken by Nancie Miller but Nancie will not be carrying on next year due to health problems. We are also losing Moragh Dunning as rep for Dollar; she has been the rep for 25 years and thanks go to her for the many years of service she has given . Also I would like to thank to all the reps, they do a fantastic job.

 

Finally I would like to thank the County Team and officials past and present who gave me a gift of a Hotel Connexions voucher this year. It was quite unexpected and much appreciated. Chris and I enjoyed a lovely weekend at Auchrannie Hotel in Arran. Thank you all so much.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Miss Gail Haley presented the following report :

 

Gail said she was pleased to present the balance sheet and thanked Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

 

On the Income Side - £4075.50 for subscriptions represents 163 ladies who have paid plus 50p overpayment. Of those we have 9 new or renewed members. Unfortunately we have 18 resigned or suspended members leaving an overall decrease in membership of 9.We are seeing the same trend as last year, and we can only hope we can recruit as many new members as possible.

 

There is an entry of £269 for East of Scotland .This is the balance passed to us by Midlothian and will be passed on next year .

 

On the Expenditure side: We purchased new polo shirts and gilets at a cost of £657.89 . We now have small stock of Adidas shirts very similar to our mint colour.

 

Jamboree Costs – The nett expenditure for 2014 =£3028.46 and £300 for the deposit for the hotel for 2015. Comparing the costs for the previous “away” jamboree in 2012 there was an increase of £89.21, just over 3%.This is very satisfactory in the current financial climate .

 

Overall there is a deficit of £1674.15 leaving us with a closing balance on 31.08.14 of £7138.75. With the balance being as it is I am pleased to inform the membership that the committee agreed that the subscriptions for 2015 should remain at the current level of £25.

 

I would like to thank all who helped during the year both committee and members .I would also like to thank Elaine Allison who plays a major part of the AM/AM organising team along with the Stirlingshire Golf Union men, raising funds for the juniors . Without this we would be unable to provide the level of coaching for the Juniors.

 

Also I would like to thank the teams who take part in this event and hope they continue to support it and pass the word around.

 

She then asked for questions. There were no questions.

 

  1. Junior Report: Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin gave the following report:

 

1. The girls winter coaching got underway in January at Airth driving range. Numbers were down but 11, out of a possible 14 junior members, attended regularly, weekly until the end of March and our thanks goes to Stewart Craig and his team. I wish to thank Margaret Tough, Sheila Hartley and Nancy Thomas for coming along on a Wednesday evening to the coaching and giving me their support.

 

2. Cuthbertson Cup -Broomieknowe GC. 12/4/14

 

For the first time in a while, S&C qualified for the afternoon singles after beating Fife 4-0 in the morning. The team was Jennifer Allan, Andrea Walker, Catherine Goodwin and Beth Donoghue. East Lothian then beat our girls 4-0 in the afternoon to win the trophy.

 

3. The East of Scotland Girls Spring Meeting was held at Pitreavie. Katie Liddle (Glenbervie) won the overall prize for the best nett score on the day - 68 and Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie) won the scratch with 84.

 

4. East v West Girls, playing for the Mhairi McKay Trophy, match Baberton GC - Jennifer Allan and Catherine Goodwin (both Glenbervie) played in the East team which won 4.5/3.5

 

5. Jennifer was the beaten finalist in the Ladies Championship at Glenbervie in June, - losing to Louise MacGregor at 19th and Katie Liddle aged 10 won the ladies handicap Trophy on the last green.

 

6. In the Scottish Schools championships at Murrayshall, Jennifer Allan won the Team event for the Forth Valley Schools along with Eildih Watson (P&K)

 

7. In the East of Scotland girls summer meeting and championship, played at The Glen GC on 28th June, Morgan Graham (Falkirk) won U14s with nett 72 and Catherine Goodwin (Glenbervie) won the U18s with a nett 71.

 

8. In the East of Scotland girls matchplay championship Jennifer and Catherine both won their Saturday afternoon matches. On the Sunday morning, Jennifer beat Lauren Lee at 19th and Emma Morrison beat Catherine 3/1 Jennifer then went on to beat Emma 2/1 in the afternoon's final

 

9. Jennifer Allan has won the Stephen Gallagher girls scratch order of merit for 2014.

 

10. The East Girls’ Autumn Meeting was held at Stirling GC at the end of August. Jennifer won scratch prize with a 79, Catherine won the U18 section with a 77 and Katie Liddle won the overall prize with a nett 70.

 

11. Andrea Walker (also Glenbervie) and Jennifer were selected to play for the East Girls in the match against a Spanish U16 team at Longniddry GC. The Spanish won by 3 games to 2.

 

12. In the Scottish Girls under 18s at Dumfries and County, Jennifer and Andrea qualified for the Ansley Reid salver but both got knocked out in the first round.

 

13. At the Under 21s at Alloa GC in July 23-25, Andrea was 27th with rounds of 78, 80 and 84 and Jennifer finished 32nd with rounds of 82,78 and 85

 

14. Jennifer played for the S&C ladies team at the Inter- County Jamboree in June.

 

Andrea Walker qualified for the St. Andrews Junior ladies handicap matchplay but lost in the first round.

 

Catherine qualified for the handicap competition in the Strathtyrum Tournament at St. Andrews but also lost in the first round.

 

15. The County girls Autumn Meeting and Strokeplay Championship was played at Falkirk Tryst GC on 20th Sept. Jennifer won the Scratch with an 86 and Katie Liddle won the handicap with a nett 74.

 

The following weekend the matchplay took place at Glenbervie GC. Jennifer beat Katie by 2 holes in the first semi- final and Catherine Goodwin beat Rebecca Watkins (Falkirk Tryst) 4/3 in the other match. Jennifer then beat Catherine by 7/5 in the afternoon's final.

 

16. I have spoken to Stewart Craig and winter coaching will commence on Wed nights from 6-8pm at the start of January until the end of March as usual.

 

I will be standing down from the post of county girls secretary this time next year. Please speak to me if you would like to take over this role and I will be more than happy to let you know what it entails and you could come along to some of the events to see what it's all about.

 

Adoption of All Reports

 

The Adoption of the reports was proposed by Mrs T. Chillas and seconded by Miss J. Quin.

 

9. Fixtures 2015

 

Mrs A Hunter said that he following fixtures had been agreed

 

The Championship will be at Braehead. The qualifying round is on Friday 1st May , Matchplay on Sunday 3rd May at 2pm Monday 4th May at 5pm , Wednesday 6th May at 5.30pm and the Final on Friday 8th May at 5.30pm.

 

Strokeplay meeting agreed as follows:

 

Falkirk on Monday 18th May

 

Tulliallan on Monday 1st June

 

Glenbervie on Friday 26th June

 

Tryst on Monday 3rd August

 

Stableford at Bonnybridge on Thursday 13th August

 

The Commonwealth Spoons at Bathgate on Monday 20th July

 

Greensomes at Grangemouth on Sunday 11th October.

 

 

 

The strokeplay meeting at Stirling had not yet been confirmed. Mrs T. Chillas suggested we try for another date to move slightly later and get away from a Tuesday .It was agreed that she should liaise with the secretary at Stirling and select a suitable date.

 

 

 

Inter County Matches are at Scotscraig from 22nd-24th June

 

The Cuthbertson Cup is at Glenbervie on Sunday 12th April

 

East of Scotland Championship is at Luffness on 27th September

 

AM /AM has still to be agreed.

 

 

 

  1. Election of Office Bearers: Dr S. Hartley will continue as President for a further 2 years.

 

Margaret Tough and Sarah Walker have another year to serve as Captain and Vice-Captain.

 

Hon. Secretary- Mrs A Hunter, proposed by Dr Hartley and seconded by Mrs H. Thomson

 

Hon. Treasurer – Miss G. Haley, proposed by Dr Hartley and seconded by Mrs A. Hunter.

 

Junior Secretary – Mrs E. Goodwin, proposed by Miss M. Tough and seconded by Mrs E. Allison.

 

  1. Election of Auditor: Mrs M. Forsyth –proposed by Miss G. Haley and seconded by Miss J. Quin.

  2. Election of Selection Committee: It was agreed that the Election of a 3rd selector could be deferred and appointed at a later date.

  3. A.O.C.B

 

Miss J. Quin said that she was standing down as rep for Bonnybridge and the role would be taken on by Lindsey Sabin.

 

Miss Gail Haley raised the question of cancellations and defaults at County Competitions .This was a recurring problem and raised it for discussion. It was agreed that it was difficult to control but we need to be very careful as we do not want to lose the goodwill of the clubs .We are very lucky to be granted courtesy of the courses .Margaret Tough said that ladies should think carefully before cancelling . It was suggested that if you are not sure if you will be able to play it is better to seek a late entry than cancel .There was also a discussion about booking on line but that was not thought to be a solution to the problem. Dr Hartley suggested that reps take this back to their members and make sure they are aware of the situation.

 

There being no further business the meeting closed and a vote of thanks to the chair was proposed by Miss Louise MacGregor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The AGM  wll be held on Monday 29th September at Glenbervie Golf Club at 7.30pm

Minutes of the AGM on 25th September 2013 at Alloa Golf Club

1. Mrs Christine Sikora welcomed the 57 ladies present. She commented that it had been a marvellous season weather-wise and was sure that lots of handicaps had been reduced.

On a sad note she had two bereavements to report, firstly Marjorie Porteous, who died in November. She had been a member at Dollar and past President, Captain and Auditor for the County.Secondly, Elma Miller , who died in March . Elma was a member of Glenbervie and supported all the County functions, played in the Round Robin and was a very lively and enthusiastic golfer. Both ladies will be sadly missed by friends and family and certainly by the golfing community.

Mrs Sikora continued by saying that she had enjoyed her time as President and thanked Helen Hunter for asking her to take the position .It is not really a hard job and is made easier by the prompting from our secretary , Anna . During her time as President she had the pleasure of attending the Junior winter training, these youngsters , along with Elizabeth and Mhairi brave the cold wet winter evenings and it was great to see them improve. Elizabeth does a fantastic job each year. There are a few up and coming potentials for the County Ladies team . She congratulated Jennifer Allan on winning the Junior Championship and to Andrea walker on winning the Handicap Plate .Jennifer Allan also won ,through Clubgolf ,opportunity of playing at Gleneagles with Tom Watson and Paul McGinley at the launch of the Ryder Cup. She played one hole with them and also was nearest the pin at the 10th hole which won her complementary tickets for the Ryder Cup . Well done Jennifer, an experience she will never forget. She also congratulated Louise Macgregor who won our Championship and commiserations to Mhairi the runner-up. Louise has played in the top Scottish competitions this year and has brought her handicap down to 1.5. Mrs Sikora also congratulated the team from Falkirk Tryst who have reached the quarter finals of the Mail on Sunday Competition and are the last Scottish team remaining in the competition .She wished them success in the match with Ryton Golf Club at the weekend. She also congratulated Sarah Walker and Norma Kerr from Braehead Golf Club on reaching the semi-finals of the SLGA Foursomes

2. Apologies: There were 26 apologies

3. Minutes: The minutes of the AGM held on 26th September 2012 had been circulated and were taken as read .The adoption of the minutes was proposed by Mrs J. Hillis and seconded by Ms .F. McMillan.

4. Business arising from the minutes: There was no business arising.

5. Captain’s Report

1. East Of Scotland Championship: This was played at Kirkcaldy Golf Club on Sunday 7th October. Unfortunately Stirling and Clackmannan did not have sufficient entries for a team. The winner was Jane Turner from Midlothian and the Team Competition was won by Midlothian .This year’s Championship will be hosted by Midlothian Count at Duddingston on Sunday 6th October and we wish Louise Macgregor and Andrea Walker good luck.

2. County Dinner .This year’s Dinner was held at Bathgate Golf Club on Friday 8t March and 26 ladies attended . Although our numbers were down on previous years I believe all who attended enjoyed their meal .Some light entertainment, in the form of a quiz ,was enjoyed after the meal .It was not as difficult as in previous years and the team from Glenbervie won. Overall a good night was had by all.

3. Grant Allison Winter League. This year we had 8 couples playing in one section. Most of

The games were played before the end of March which, considering the weather, was pretty good. Our winners were Linda Allan and Fiona McArthur and runners –up Gail Haley and Christine Sikora .Congratulations to both couples.

4. Practice Matches: Unfortunately we were not able to play our Annual Match V Dunbartonshire and Argyll or Perth and Kinross due to bad weather. We did play our annual match against Dunblane Gents on a rather blustery cold evening. The team lost overall 2-1, with Margo Gardner and Mhairi Hall winning their match. All matches were close and well fought .Thanks goes to Dunblane Golf Club and the Gents team for our match.

5. Squad Training: Again due to scheduling and weather conditions we were unable to organise formal squad training this year. It was my intention to have some sessions at Kingsfield with Jane Connachan but the diaries did not want to agree on suitable dates and time. However the squad did receive some extra support from a familiar face in Sonia Grant .She gave us a few sessions on building confidence and positive thinking. These sessions were of great assistance to the squad and I am sure we shall be asking for services in the future.

6. County Championship: The Championship was played at Glenbervie Golf Club in mixed conditions. The qualifying round had to be abandoned on the Friday evening as the course became unplayable, meaning some of the field had to return on the Saturday afternoon to complete their rounds .Thankfully the weather improved as the week progressed and there were no more rain delays but it was very cold. The Captain’s prizes were won by Karen Burns (Bathgate) and Linda Mathewson ( Stirling) for the scratch and handicap respectively . The final was contested between Louise Macgregor and Mhairi Hall with Louise winning 8&6 .This is the fourth year in succession that Louise has won the Championship and congratulations go to her.

7. East Division Inter County Matches: The Jamboree was hosted by Stirling and Clackmannan at Glenbervie Golf Club. The team selected was Elaine Allison, Linda Allan , Laura Bissett , Karen Burns ,Claire Capocci , Margo Gardner , Mhairi Hall, Louise Macgregor. The reserves were Alison Goodwin and Margaret Tough. On a day 1 we lost 8-1 to Midlothian, On Day 2 we won 5-4 against Fife and on Day 3 we narrowly lost 5-4 to East Lothian. Overall we finished I 3rd position being just pipped for second place by East Lothian on the final day. I think our position does not reflect how we played and how our team has continued to improve over the last few years .This year’s result could have been very different if we had just score 1.5 more points. I think the team and I would like to thank Sonia Grant for her session both in groups and individually on the run up to the matches .This helped greatly to improve our confidence . Also I would like to thank Anna, Gail, Christine Sheila and Margaret for all their work on the lead up to n the event to make it run so smoothly and take the pressure off myself as a playing captain. Midlothian County won the Inter County matches and were also successful at the Scottish Finals at Stirling. We congratulate Sheila Stuart and her team

8. Other Notable Successes : Throughout the season I have tried to keep tabs on all the major successes from our Ladies in our County and there have been many . If I had to read out a list then we would be here for some time . I would like to congratulate everyone who has encountered a success this year , may it be playing to your handicap ,qualifying for all three rounds of the Helen Holm , reaching the last round on the Mail on Sunday or just making it out on to the golf course on a medal night . Success can be something personal to yourself so I congratulate everyone on their own success no matter how small or large an accomplishment it may be . However there are notable successes which must be recorded . Louise Macgregor reached the quarter finals of the Scottish Championship played at Longniddry by beating the 1st seed, Jennifer Meek. She finished 11th in the Order of Merit . Elaine Allison won the St Andrews Quaich in the first round at The Scottish Championship with a nett 73. Elaine won the silver medal final at Forres CG in August and qualified for the Grand Final to be played at King James GC ON 8TH September. She was also 8th Qualifier in the Scottish Senior Championships played at West Linton. Also at the Senior Championship, Margaret Tough was 3rd scratch in the qualifying rounds and Karen Burns was 2nd nett and 7th qualifier. All three ladies were beaten in the 1st round of the matchplay stages. Well done.

6. Secretary’s Report

1. Winter Round Robin: There were 30 entries for the Winter Round Robin .Unfortunately 3 had to withdraw through illness . The weather made playing the matches difficult, however most matches were played .

The section winners were:

Section 1. Nan Provan and Elinor Arkley (Tryst and Glenbervie)

Section 2 . Nancy Thomas and Sheila Dixon (Falkirk)

Section 3 . Karen Bowerman and Sheena Litster (Linlithgow)

Section 4 .Gourlay Jenkins and Jean Hillis (Tulliallan)

The semi-finals and final were played Stirling Golf Club and thank to Stirling for the courtesy of the course. In the semi-finals, Nan Provan and Elinor Arkley beat Nancy Thomas and Sheila Dixon and Karen Bowerman and Sheena Litster beat Gourlay Jenkins and Jean Hillis. In the final Karen and Sheena won in a closely fought match.

2. Pullar Cup: There were 21 entries for the Pullar Cup. All the matches were played on time .In the semi-finals played at Alloa Golf Club; Jackie Stevenson (Stirling) beat Margaret Logan (Bathgate). Unfortunately Margaret Tough was injured and was not able to play her match v Linda Allan .The final between Jackie and Linda resulted in a win for Jackie at the 18TH Hole . Well done .This is a new winner of the trophy.

3. Meetings: All the meetings have now been completed. Unfortunately the Stirling meeting had to be abandoned because of the weather and the Championship Qualifying was also abandoned on the Friday evening as the course became unplayable .The competitors completed the hole they were playing and resumed again the following day. This was because it was the qualifying round for the Championship. The Competition was for reduction only for those who completed their round and was non- counting for those finishing on the next day. We are very grateful to Glenbervie Golf Club for being so accommodating and allowing us tee times on the Saturday to finish the rounds.

The other Meeting were all played in good weather. The entries were down this year .The highest being a Tryst in August when 64 ladies played. In total 318 ladies played in 6 meeting this is an average of 53 per meeting. This is compared with last year 369 in 6 competitions giving and average of 61.5 per meeting. This represents a reduction of 51 ladies playing in our strokeplay competitions from 2012 and 77 from 2011. There was also a reduction in the entries for the Pullar Cup. The defaults were not bad and there have been quite a few ladies phoning for late entries. The Innes Rose-bowl, which should have been played for at Stirling was allocated to the best Scratch Score at Falkirk Tryst.

4. Commonwealth Spoons There were 24 entries for this competition ,played at Alloa Golf Club on 29th July . The winners were Norma Kerr and Sarah Walker (Braehead)and 2nd Claire Capocci and Sandra Green ( Bridge of Allan). Unfortunately these ladies are unable to go to Fortrose and Rosemarkie to play in the Finals so Jackie Golding and Jackie McFadden (Linlithgow) and Rena Curran and Pat Bow (Glenbervie ) represented us in the finals on 4th September . They had very enjoyable matches but were not in the prize list.

5. The Millennium Trophy was played for at Falkirk Golf Club and was won by Falkirk

The winner of the Nimmo Cup and the Order of Merit is our Champion, Louise Macgregor.

6. CDH: Quite a number of ladies have given me their CDH numbers .This working really well .The scores go directly back to your computer at your home club . I would like to have the CDH Number for everyone whose club is registered . It will save quite a bit in postage. At present it can cost up to £10 per meeting to send out scores to every club .

We are continuing to publish results on howdidido.com and also on the County Website, which seems to work quite well.

7. Greensomes 2012: This competition was cancelled due to the weather and condition of the course at Alloa .We hope that this year’s one at Bonnybridge will have more luck. At present I have 27 entries so there are still places available if you wish to enter.

8. Inter County Matches: As you know it was our turn to host these this year . I think the venue was perfect and I would like to thank Glenbervie Golf Club for the use of their facilities and also to Ian Webster , secretary, for his help , Ewen McGinnis for the catering, which was first class and the green staff who prepared the course so well. It is a lot of organisation but we felt it went really well.

9. Trophies : We had a mild panic when Gail received the quote for the insurance of our trophies from the company we have used for many years .It had increased 3 fold to £1060 . However we did contact other counties and also on a recommendation from Sheila and we found a company, Carrick Neil ,from Edinburgh who gave us a quote for £262 for the cover we require . The trophies can be stored in recipient’s homes or in Golf Clubhouses so we are very happy with the outcome. In addition the band on the Pullar cup was full and also was badly discoloured. On advice for the engravers we had it resilvered and also he made a new plinth and added another band which will last for many years. This cost £345. Mr Colley estimated that the cost of engraving the names on the original band would be £700 at today’s rates. The cost of engraving is becoming more and more expensive .This trophy had been hand engraved but it had been decided that the names on the new band should be machine engraved ,which will reduce the cost considerably .

10.Shirts : Glenmuir, in their wisdom, decided to remove the colour mint from their range of polo shirts which caused us a problem .However with the help of Steven Dunsmore, the professional at Tryst, we have sourced Aqua Mint shirts from the Greg Norman range and have purchased 27 at a cost of £25 each . Most of these have been purchased by the team and officials but I do have 7 medium in stock. I intend to order more in case they take it off the range.

We also purchased some black gilets from Gourlay and I have a number in stock in small, medium and large at a cost of £25 each.

This is my report for 2013. In conclusion I would like to thank all the reps for their continued hard work and also to the members of the committee and Linda Allan for their help with processing results from County Meetings.

6. Treasurer’s Report: Gail said that she was pleased to present this year’s balance sheet and hoped that the meeting had had time to digest it and would welcome any comments or questions.

On the Income side: The £4300 from subscriptions represented 172 ladies paid and there were 8 new or renewed members. Unfortunately there were 18 resignations or suspensions. This means that there is an overall decrease of10. We are seeing a downward trend year on year and can only hope that we can keep the ladies we have and try to recruit as many new members as possible.

We received £2522.34 from the Sophie Gifford fund .This had been a legacy donated to county golf and had been distributed throughout the years .It had been decided to wind up the fund so we benefitted .

On the expenditure side

Jamboree : there is an income of £2537.00 and an outgoing of £3946.60 giving a nett expenditure of £1409.60 for the Jamboree .The reason for the income was that the Counties paid us for the catering and gratuity and we paid Glenbervie. The reason for the decrease in expenditure was that we did not have hotel costs this year.

The Junior Development of £400 was that we contributed to £100 each to 4 girls to attend organised coaching.

We purchased new polo shirts and gilets at a cost of £925.

Overall there is a deficit of £1523.69 leaving us with a closing balance of £8812.90. Therefore I am pleased to inform the membership that the committee agreed that the subscriptions should remain

at £25 for 2014.

I should like to thank the committee members and Linda Allan who helped with the AM-AM. Special thanks must go to Elaine Allison who continues to do tireless work drumming up teams. Sponsors and organising this event .Lastly thanks to ladies who took part and thoroughly enjoyed their day . Hopefully the word will spread and encourage more ladies to take part next year. Without the money we generate at this event we would not be able to continue with the Junior Coaching. There were no questions.

7. Junior Report : Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin gave the following report

We had 12 weeks of coaching on a Wednesday evening for two hours from the start of January until the end of March. This took place at Forthview driving range, Airth with professional, Stewart Craig. It was good to see some new faces in the beginners class, two from Dollar, one each from Alloa, Bonnybridge and Tulliallan. There were a total of 17 girls.

In February we held a games night for the girls at Falkirk Golf Club, which was enjoyed by all.

The Cuthbertson Cup matches were played at Dunfermline Golf Club on a very wet and windy day in April. The S&C team was Jennifer Allan ( Glenbervie),Catherine Goodwin(Glenbervie), Andrea Walker (Falkirk) and Beth Donoghue(Alloa). The girls lost 3/1 to Midlothian in the morning singles and in the afternoon they tied 1 each with Fife. Midlothian were the overall winners.

In the East of Scotland Girls this year Alison Goodwin won the under 21 section in the Spring Meeting .In the Summer meeting and Championship qualifying at Braehead, Jennifer Allan was the leading qualifiers and in the matchplay Catherine Goodwin beat Jennifer Allan in the semi-finals and then lost to Jane Free (Gullane )at the 19th in the final.

Fiona Liddle, a member of our county, although based in Germany, played in the junior Vagliano Trophy, the European Girls Team and the Scottish Girls international team.

Jennifer, Catherine and Beth attended the regional development coaching at Linthgow and Andrea Walker was in one of the Scottish Golf Academy squads last winter.

Jennifer won both the Junior County Strokeplay and Matchplay Championships which were played at Glenbervie this year.

The Spring Meeting was played at Falkirk Tryst GC in April . Rhona Cobb won the handicap prize and her sister Erin was runner up. Jennifer, Catherine and Beth were selected for the East Girls’ team for the Inter Divisional matches at Glenisla this year. The North won.

Over the summer the girls have participated in the national championships at Ranfurlay Castle and Inverness Golf Clubs.

I hope that some of our younger players will participate in girls’ tournaments next year. Coaching has again been organised at Airth Driving Range in January and I hope you will encourage any potential girl you know at your clubs to come along.

Finally, a huge thanks to all the ladies who supported the Am/Am this year at Falkirk Golf Club. The success of this event is a tremendous help towards fundi ng coaching for girls and boys in the county.

8. Adoption of all the reports: The adoption of the reports was proposed by Mrs MacCallum and seconded by Mrs M. Thomson.

9. Fixtures

The Championship will be at Stirling Matchplay:

Qualifying Round on Thursday 1st May and Matchplay rounds on Sunday 4th May at 2pm, Monday 5th May at 5pm, Wednesday 7thMay at 5.30pm and Friday 19th May at 5.30pm

Strokeplay Meetings have been confirmed at West Lothian on Tuesday 22nd April, Glenbervie on Friday 27th June , Tryst on Monday 4th August confirmed

I Have requested Falkirk and Tulliallan for strokeplay meetings and Buchanan Castle for the Stableford but these dates are not yet confirmed .

Commonwealth Spoons foursomes is confirmed for Bridge of Allan on Monday 29th July

The Greensomes will be at Alloa Golf Club on Sunday 21st September

The Inter County Matches are at North Berwick West Links 23rd -25th June

The Cuthbertson Cup is Broomieknowe to be confirmed

East of Scotland Championship is at Tryst on 5th October

The AM/AM will be at Alloa Golf Club on Sunday 31st August

I do not have information about the other national fixtures yet

Counties Open Meeting

Commonwealth Spoons Finals

Scottish County Finals.

Adult/Girls foursomes

The Winter Round Robin There are 26 entries and the list are available but if anyone else would like to play .There are two spaces too make the Sections even .

Greensomes on 10th October at Bonnybridge Golf Club-there are 27 entries and the draw has not been finally completed so if anyone else would like to play please give me your names as soon as possible

10. Election of Office bearers:

President: Dr Sheila Hartley, proposed by Mrs C. Sikora and seconded by Mrs A. Hunter.

On relinquishing the post of President Mrs Sikora said it had been an honour and pleasure to have served as president and that the three years had just flown by. She wished Dr Hartley good luck and hope that she would enjoy it as much as she had done. Dr Hartley thanked Christine for the years as president and presented her with her past president’s brooch saying that she had been a excellent ambassador for Stirling and Clackmannan in her three years as president.

Captain: Miss Margaret Tough, proposed by Miss M. Hall and seconded by Mrs J. Cosgrove. On presenting Margaret with her Captain’s brooch, Miss Hall wished Margaret every success in her two years and said that she had enjoyed her time as Captain and thanked the committee, club reps and all who had supported her in her two years as captain.

Miss Tough in turn presented Miss Hall with her past Captain’s brooch and thanked her for all the work she had put in and for stepping in to the role as Captain when it was difficult to find someone willing to do the job.

Vice-Captain; Miss Tough said she had great pleasure in proposing Mrs Sarah Walker as Vice-Captain this was seconded by Dr Hartley.

Hon. Secretary: Mrs Anna Hunter, proposed by Dr Hartley and seconded by Mrs E. Allison

Hon. Treasurer: Miss Gail Haley, proposed by Dr Hartley and seconded by Miss M. Tough.

Junior Secretary: Elizabeth Goodwin proposed by Mrs A. Hunter and seconded by Mrs C. Sikora.

Committee Member: Mrs Jean Cosgrove, proposed by Mrs A. Hunter and seconded by Miss K. Burns

10. Election of Auditor: Miss Gail Haley proposed Mrs Margaret Forsyth .This was seconded by Mrs M. Fairbairn.

11. Election of Selection Committee: The committee consists of Captain and Vice-Captain and one other member .It was agreed to allow the Captain to appoint a third selector.

12. A.O.C.B

Winter Round Robin: Dr Hartley said that it had been brought to the attention of the committee that the handicap allowance for the winter round robin was 3/8 of the difference in handicaps because the matches were played under winter conditions .When the semi-final and final were played it was under summer condition on a full course so it was proposed that he handicap allowance for those matches should be ½ of the combined difference .This was agreed by the meeting.

There was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.35 pm

Miss Louise Macgregor gave a vote of thanks to the chair and thanked the Captain and Committee for all their hard work during the year.

 

Minutes of the AGM held on 26th September 2012 at Bonnybridge Golf Club

•1. Welcome: Mrs Christine Sikora , president, welcomed the 62 ladies present . She said she hoped they had had an enjoyable season despite the weather . She was happy to announce that there were no deaths to report this year.

•2. Apologies : There were 17 apologies

•3. Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated and were taken as read .There were adopted by Dr S, Hartley and seconded by Mrs M. Thomson .

•4. Business Arising: There was no business arising.

•5. Captain's Report: The Captain, Miss Mhairi Hall was unable to be present as her Dad was ill .The report was read by the vice-Captain Miss Margaret Tough.

  • East of Scotland Championship 2011

This year the EoS was hosted by East Lothian on Sunday 9th October at a very windy but sunny Gullane No 2.  There was an entry of 51 competitors, which is higher than in recent years, there were 18 ladies from Stirling & Clackmannan.  The overall winner was Louise Kenny (Fife) with a fantastic score of  73, in very difficult conditions.  Allison Davison was defending her title from 2010 and came very close with a 75 scratch.  In the Handicap Section, Hannah Scott (Midlothian) won by a count back against our own Allison Goodwin with a score of 72.  In 3rd place was Lesley Gibb who had a 74.

In the Team competition we were represented by Louise Macgregor, Allison Davidson, Jennifer Bryans and Laura Bisset.  We came 3rd with Fife 1st, Mid Lothian 2nd and East Lothian 4th.

  • Greensomes Competition

The County Greensomes were held on Sunday 16th October at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club.  We had 42 pairs playing on a dry but cold day.  The winners were a Mother and Daughter combination of Ann Taggart and Lesley Campbell both from Stirling Golf Club, with a winning score of 71.2.  In 2nd place were Karen Burns and Jennifer Bryans from Bathgate Golf Club with a score of 73.  3rd Place was Nancy MacFarlane and Dorothy Bell-Sneddon from Bonnybridge with a score of 73.8.

Overall the scoring was quite high out with the prize-winners.  Once again the general comment from the competitors was how much everyone enjoyed the day again this year.

  • County Dinner

The Annual County Dinner was held in Stirling Golf Club on Friday 16th March.  43 Ladies attended and enjoyed a lovely meal.  Along with the usual get together and catch up there was also a quiz after dinner which was deemed to be slightly hard for some of the teams.

  • Grant Allison Winter League

The Grant Allison winter league was played over a rather wet and windy winter season this year, with matches having to be re-organized several times.  We started with seven pairs in the league, which was played in one section; unfortunately one pair had to retire early so each pair had 5 games to play.

Most of the games were played and the league winners were Margaret McFarlane and Karen Burns (Bathgate) and the runners up by one point Linda Allan and Fiona Macarthur (Falkirk Tryst).  Congratulations to both couples for a well fought race.

  • County Championship

The Championship was held this year at Bathgate Golf Club.  Qualifying was played over very mixed weather conditions, which most of the scores reflected.  However Lesley Gibb (West Lothian GC) and Vicki Stevenson (Stirling GC) returned superb scores to both win the Captains Prize for best Scratch and Handicap scores, respectively.

Unfortunately the weather did not improve throughout the week and the final between Louise Macgregor and Claire Capocci had to be abandoned, due to flooded greens.  The final was later played on Wednesday 16th May with Louise winning 7&6.

Special mention has to go too Louise for winning the championship now 3 times in a row. Well done Louise .

  • Practice Matches

Our Annual matches against Dunbartonshire & Argyle LGA was played at Stirling Golf Club on a rather cold but dry day which we lost 2&1.  Our Match against Perth & Kinross LGA was played over the Queens Course, Gleneagles on again a rather cold day.  The team lost 3.5 to 0.5.  Both Matches were enjoyed by all and I would like to thank both the ladies and girls who were available to play in these matches.  Unfortunately our annual match which we play against Dunblane Gents had to be cancelled on the day due too heavy rain falling for most of the day.

  • East of Scotland Inter-County Matches

The SCCLGA Team this year was:

Louise Macgregor .Linda Allan,  Jennifer Bryans, Claire Capocci. Elaine Allison,  Alison Goodwin and Mhairi Hall.

 

Day 1 - We played Mid Lothian.  In the Foursomes Louise and Jennifer, Claire and Laura both lost their match however Linda and Elaine won.  In the afternoon singles, Alison won with Louise winning a half point.  The overall result was 6.5 to 2.5 to Mid Lothian.

 

Day 2 - We played East Lothian.  In the foursomes Linda and Elaine won their match with Claire and Mhairi gaining a half point.  In the afternoon singles Alison and Elaine both halved there matches whilst Jennifer won.  Overall match result was 5.5 to 3.5.

 

Day 3 - We played Fife.  In the foursomes we lost 3-0.  Our only point came from the afternoon singles with Claire Capocci winning her match.

My thanks go to the team for the outstanding performances which they gave and that the results do not show the performance they gave.  Also thanks to all those who came along to support and/or caddy.  I think we had a memorable week and look forward to welcoming the East of Scotland Counties to Glenbervie GC next June for the Inter County Matches.

Mid Lothian have just returned from the Scottish Finals were they were narrowly beaten on the final day by Angus Ladies.  This is the first time that Angus has won the Scottish Finals.

She congratulated Elaine Allison and Karen Burns for their performance in the Scottish Seniors Championship  and also Elaine for her selection for the Scottish Team.

That concluded the Captain's report for this year.  She apologised if  she had missed   any notable successes or achievements throughout the year then .She apologised for  not being present for the AGM this evening and sent her congratulations to all our members who have won prizes in both our county competitions and in club championships throughout this season.

 

•6. Secretary's Report

  • Winter Round Robin: There were 32 entries for the Round Robin .The section winners were

Section 1 Nancy Thomas and Sheila Dixon (Falkirk)

Section 2   Edna Stewart and Elma Leisk (Stirling)

Section 3 Linda McAinsh and Moira McRae (Alloa)

Section 4 Norma Kerr and Sarah Walker (Braehead)

In the semi-finals, played at Falkirk Tryst Edna Stewart and Elma Leisk beat Nancy Thomas and Sheila Dixon and Norma Kerr and Sarah Walker beat Linda McAinsh and Moira McRae. In the final Norma and Sarah emerged as the winners in a well contested final .Well done, we have new winners this year.

  • Pullar Cup: There were 23 entries for the Pullar Cup .The matches were all completed on time and the semi-finalists were Lesley Gibb and Frances McMillan and Margaret Tough and Aileen Jenkins. Lesley beat Frances and Margaret won against Aileen. In the final, played Braehead ,Margaret Tough emerged the winner in a closely fought match .Well done to Margaret and thanks to Braehead for the courtesy of the course for the semi-finals and final
  • Meetings: All the competitions have been completed .The weather has really played havoc with some of the fixtures. The Championship Qualifying at Bathgate was very wet and we had to have preferred lies. The Final had to be abandoned and finished on the following Wednesday. Thanks to the committee and green staff at Bathgate who were very helpful. Glenbervie had to be abandoned because of rain, the Stableford at Buchanan Castle was almost unplayable but in the end everyone managed to finish but the competition was for reduction only. Of the six competitions played three were for reduction only. The css increased by one at Bathgate and Falkirk and remained the same as the SSS at Falkirk Tryst. The McGrigor cup which was due to be played at Glenbervie was transferred to the Stableford at Buchanan Castle. The Presidents Cup was also to be played for at Glenbervie and it was awarded to the best scratch at Falkirk Tryst. This meant that at least all the trophies were awarded but it was a difficult season..

415 Ladies played in the 7 competitions which a slight reduction in last year .However if Glenbervie had been played it would have balanced out the numbers as the entry there was 101.

There are 40 prize-winners from 13 clubs so it is well spread out .

  • The Greensomes in October continue to be a great success and last year at Falkirk Tryst we had full entry and the winners were mother and daughter Ann Taggart and Lesley Campbell from Stirling
  • The Commonwealth Spoons was played at West Lothian and the winners were Claire Capocci and Sandra Green from Bridge of Allan and 2nd Janie McMahon and Isabel Rhind. These two go forward to the Finals at Powfoot G.C. They had an enjoyable day but were not amongst the prize winners
  • The Millennium Trophy was played for at Falkirk Tryst and was won by Braehead by 2 points from Falkirk Tryst . Thanks to a late entry by our President, Christine. Well done Braehead.
  • The Order of Merit and the Nimmo Trophy have both been won by our champion, Louise Macgregor, who has had a very good season.
  • Shirts and Sweaters: Since we have found a colour we are all happy with Glenmuir have decided to discontinue the Mint Colour in the Polo shirts. They are continuing with the sweaters but they do not have shirts to match .I have a small stock at present but we are trying to investigate alternatives .I am also going to write to Glenmuir and explain the situation. We are not the only county who wear the mint shirts.
  • Reporting of Results: The automatic reporting of results back to clubs using club 2000 seems to be a bit erratic. Sometimes the results go through to the clubs automatically and sometimes they do not. Fortunately I can check with the Tryst if they have come through and if not I send out away score letters. However we , as a county, have access to the Central Database of handicaps and if your club has registered it will be possible to send out results that way which is really easy. However at present I would need to have each person's unique number or you would have to register with the SLGA. I tested it out for Buchanan Castle results and I sent Linda, myself, Claire directly but I tried others but I could not access and I think that is because although the club is registered the individual players themselves need to register . We shall investigate this further for next year .
  • Conditions of Competitions: Some time ago Linda and myself started to document conditions and rules for competitions .This has now been completed thanks to some very good work by Linda and we now have a definitive document relating to the organisation of all the competitions and also guidelines for bad weather conditions. This will be available for reference at all of the meetings .Thanks to Linda for this .
  • Greensomes will be held at Alloa on 14th October. We have 34 entries and could possibly accommodate another two. I have done the draw and t is available tonight and I shall also put it on the website and send it out to the Reps .
  • In conclusion I would like to thank the club reps for all their hard work organising the meetings , collection and disseminating information to their club members .Without them it would not be possible to run the County as smoothly .

Also thanks to the committee for all the help they give me, in particular Linda and Gail. I was on holiday for number of the competitions this year and Linda happily helped out. It is a pleasure to work with such a good group of ladies.

•7. Treasurer's Report

Miss Gail Haley presented the treasurers report . She had distributed the balance sheet and explained the following:

On the Income side -£4550 in subscriptions represents 182 ladies who have paid .Of these 9 are new or renewed members .Unfortunately we had 12 resigned / suspended members leaving an overall decrease of 3 members.

Our full complement is 278 so we currently have 98 places available which amounts to £2400 income .Again the same old "war cry" .please try to encourage as many as possible to join.

On the expenditure side - The inter County matches cost us £2939.25 which is an increase of £288.55 from last year. This  represents an increase of 10.88% which I think in reasonable under the current climate . We got a good deal on the hotel this year again.

We also  purchased 8 silver brooches at a cost of £520 .This is the first purchase for a number of years and   significant increase in the cost of each item .However these  will last for a good few years.

Overall there is a deficit of £814.38 leaving us a closing balance at 31.08.12 of a healthy £7289.21. Well done to everyone for keeping the expenses down to a minimum again and it pleases me to inform you that the subscriptions for 2013 should remain at £25.

At this point Miss Haley thanked everyone who had helped her during the season and to all the voucher holders who hand in their vouchers promptly allowing her to managed the accounts . She also had a special thanks to Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

She then asked for questions from the floor. There were no questions.

•8. Junior Secretary's Report

Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin presented the junior report for 2012.

  • As usual, the season began with the county girls' winter coaching at Forth View Driving Range, Airth. This was held weekly for 12 weeks from the start of January until the end of March. Twenty girls enjoyed the Wednesday night coaching from Stewart Craig and there had been two sessions 6-7pm and 7-8pm. each week.
  • Our games night was held in February at Falkirk Golf Club this year, for a change, and a good fun night was had by the 10 girls who attended.
  • The Cuthbertson Cup was played at Whitekirk Golf Club on 15th April. Our team consisted of Catherine Goodwin (Glenbervie), Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie) , Beth Donoghue (Alloa) and Andrea Walker (Falkirk). The girls played well in the morning singles narrowly losing to Midlothian, the overall winners.
  • Matches The Girls also played in matches against P&K at Gleneagles and D&A at Stirling.
  • Competitions: The girls have played in a number of competitions this season and have had a quite a few successes ;

Catherine Goodwin and Jennifer Allan played in the under 16 at Strathmore on 12th/13th April.

The East of Scotland Spring meeting was played at Falkirk Tryst and Jennifer Allan was presented with her prize for the best 3 nett scores in the East Girls meetings for 2011.

Catherine, Jennifer and Andrea played in the East v West match at Longniddry on 27th May. All three girls won their matches and the East won 6-2 and retained the Mhairi McKay trophy.

Catherine Goodwin (Handicap 10 ) won the Glenbervie Championship , was semi-finalist in the East of Scotland Girls Championship at Murrayfield and a part of the winning East Girls' team at Ballumbie Castle. Jennifer Allan (Handicap 11) won the East of Scotland Girls' summer meeting at Murrayfield. Andrea Walker won the Highland Spring Junior Masters regional qualifying at Auchterarder.

Along with Beth Donoghue, Jennifer, Catherine and Andrea they took part in the SLGA under 18's at Crail and also in the SLGA under 21 strokeplay championship at the Lansdown Course at Blairgowrie.

  • The County Girls Championship was played on 8th and 9th September at Falkirk Golf Club. Jennifer Allan won both the stroke play and the matchplay events. She beat Andrea Walker by 2 holes in a closely fought final.
  • We have finished the season with12 girls in our county with CONGU handicaps.

Jennifer Allan and Catherine Goodwin have qualified for the Stephen Gallagher "Race to Dunbar" which is on this Sunday at Dunbar GC. Jennifer finished overall second in the run up games to this. Andrea Walker has gained a place in the Scottish Golf Academy.

  • The 2013 winter coaching starts on Wednesday 9th January so if you have any girls at your club, I hope to see them there.
  • And finally, a big thanks to those who supported the recent AM-AM at Stirling to raise funds

 

•9. Mrs Christine Sikora thanked all the ladies for their reports and asked for the adoption of all the reports The reports were adopted by Mrs C .Robertson and seconded by Mrs M. Moore .

 

•10. Fixtures 2013

Mrs Anna Hunter presented the fixtures as follows:

The Championship will be at  Glenbervie

Qualifying Round: Friday 3rd May

Matchplay: Saturday 4th May at 2pm, Monday  6th May at 5pm, Wednesday 8th May at 5.30pm and      Friday 10th May at 5.30pm

 

Strokeplay Meetings: - Tuesday 16th April at Stirling , Monday  3rd June at Tulliallan, Monday 15th July at Braehead , Tryst on Monday  5th August

Commonwealth Spoons at Alloa on Monday 29th July

Greensomes at Bonnybridge on 13th October. -

 

Strokeplay meeting at Falkirk on Monday 20th May   not confirmed

Stableford on 17th June at Grangemouth - not confirmed

 

The Inter County Matches are at Glenbervie from 25th-27th June

The Cuthbertson Cup is at Dunfermline on 21st April

East of Scotland Championship is at Duddingston on 6th October

 

•11. Election of Office Bearers

Mrs Christine Sikora said that the Captain and Vice-captain were in place for another year .

She had much pleasure in proposing Dr Sheila Hartley as vice-president; this was seconded by Mrs Anna Hunter. Dr Hartley accepted and was duly elected.

Hon Secretary; Mrs Anna Hunter, proposed by Dr S. Hartley and seconded by Mrs J. Cosgrove

Hon Treasurer;   Miss Gail Haley,  proposed by Miss M. Tough and seconded by Miss N .Provan.

Junior Secretary: Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin , proposed by Miss G. Haley and seconded by Mrs A. Hunter.

Auditor : Mrs Margaret Forsyth , proposed by Miss G. Haley and seconded by Ms F. McMillan

The election of  Selection Committee .This consists of the Captain and Vice-captain and another member will be appointed by the Captain during the season .

 

A.O.C.B : There was no further  business arising and the meeting closed at 8.10pm

 

 

 

 

 

Addendum to Captains report for AGM held on   26TH September 2012

 

Successes: In the Scottish Seniors Championship played at Kenmay Golf Club, Elaine Alison was 4th qualifier. Karen Burns was 14th and Margaret Tough 15th. In the matchplay Elaine and Margaret were both beaten in the first round, both matches went to the 19th hole. Karen Burns reached the semi-final to be beaten by Heather Anderson, the eventual winner. Well done ladies

 






Minutes of AGM held on Wednesday 28th September 2011 at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club

Mrs Christine Sikora welcomes the 65 ladies present and said that it was good to have such a good turnout. Fortunately she had no bad news in terms of bereavements to report . She had enjoyed her first year as president and reminded those present that she would be looking for a vice-president next year .

  1. Apologies : there were 16 apologies
  2. The Minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated and were taken as read . The adoption of the minutes was proposed by Miss K. Burns and seconded by Mrs L. Tucker
  3. Business Arising from Minutes: There was no business arising.
  4. Captain's Report.: Linda Allan presented her "last ever " Captains Report as follows :

Ladies, welcome to the AGM and I am pleased to present my Captain's report for the year.

  • East of Scotland Championship 2010

SCCLGA hosted the 2010  championshipat Falkirk Tryst GC On Sunday 3rd October 2010.

There were 30 entries with all counties in the East Division represented. Weather conditions were wet and windy and although the course held up well, the scoring was relatively high and the CSS went up to 74 over the SSS of 71. The overall winner was Alison Davidson (Stirling) with a scratch 74, winning on the better inward half from Loren White (St Regulus). Third place went to Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) with 75. Both handicap prizes were won by SCCLGA players; 1st: Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst) 77 (8) 69; 2nd: Claire Capocci (Bridge of Allan) 78 (6) 72. Fife won the team trophy with a total of 231, beating SCCLGA by one stroke.

  • Champion of Champions 2010

By virtue of her success in the East of Scotland Championship, Alison Davidson qualified to play in the Scottish Champion of Champions championship at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club on Sunday 10th October 2010.  Alison finished in 3rd place behind Scottish Girls' Champion, Lesley Atkins (Gullane) in 2nd place, and overall winner Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), the reigning British Stroke Play Champion. Our own County Champion, Louise MacGregor (Falkirk) also played in this event and finished in joint 6th place.

  • Greensomes Competition

The Greensomes competition, playing for the Centenary Trophy, was played at Bathgate GC on Sunday 17th October 2010. Weather conditions were mainly dry but very cold and windy. Local knowledge was proved to be of benefit when three of the top four pairs were from the home club; and the overall winners scored an excellent sub-par round.

Final results were:

1st: Jennifer Bryans and Karen Burns (Bathgate) - 71 (5.4) 65.4

2nd:  Linda Allan and Fiona McArthur (Falkirk Tryst) -- 74 (5.6) 68.4

3rd:  Helen Ferry and Margaret Logan (Bathgate) - 84 (15.4) 68.6

This year the competition will be played at Falkirk Tryst GC on Sunday 16th October and the event is fully subscribed with 40 pairs playing.

  • Grant Allison Winter League

The Grant Allison winter league got off to a good start early on with a few matches being played in the first couple of weeks, but suffered once again this year with the severe adverse winter weather in December and January. Seven pairs played in the league, which was played in one section, meaning each pair had six games to play.

Most of the games were eventually played and the league winners were Claire Capocci (Bridge of Allan) & Tricia Chillas (Stirling) - congratulations to them both. Runners-up were Louise MacGregor & Margaret Tough (Falkirk GC).

  • County Dinner

The annual county dinner was held at Glenbervie GC on Friday 18th March; 61 Ladies attended and enjoyed a lovely meal and the usual catch-up chatter.

We held a prize draw for various donated prizes, including courtesy fourballs at several local clubs, a lesson from Stewart Craig, Falkirk GC, and lessons from Michael McAllan, Asst Pro, Glenbervie GC, and raised just over £300 to go towards the costs of county girls coaching & development.

  • County Championship

The county championship was played in mixed weather conditions at Falkirk Tryst GC during the first week in May with thunder & lightening disrupting play for a brief period during the second round matchplay games.

In the qualifying round the winners of the Captains' Prize for best scratch score was Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst) score 73; and the prize for best handicap score was awarded to Margo Gardiner (Linlithgow) score 79 (11) 68. In the semi finals Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst) beat Jill Harrison (Linlithgow) 5&4, and Louise MacGregor (Falkirk) beat Laura Bissett (Braehead) 5&3. Louise went on to beat Alexis at the 18th by one hole to successfully defend the title she won for the first time last year.

  • Squad Training Matches

The squad participated in three friendly practice matches which have become regular fixtures in preparation for the season ahead and ultimately for the Inter-County matches and these produced mixed results as always.

The first match vs. Dunbartonshire & Argyll on Sunday 3rd April at Clober GC, Milngavie resulted in a 2-1 loss.

The result of the match vs. Perth & Kinross on Sunday 10th April at Glenbervie GC was a win for S&C by 2½ - 1½ .

Unfortunately the result of the third match vs. Dunblane Gents' team on Monday 25th April was a whitewash win for the men 4-0.

  • East Division Inter-county matches, Dunfermline GC

The East Division Inter-county jamboree was hosted by Fife at Dunfermline (Pitfirrane) GC on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd June.

For the third year in a row we had a 'rookie' in the team, Laura Bissett, who joined Linda Allan, Elaine Allison, Jennifer Bryans, Karen Burns, Claire Capocci, Mhairi Hall and Louise MacGregor to make the team of eight players selected to represent the county in this event.

The team were up against it from Day 1 when we were drawn against defending champions Midlothian. We lost the morning foursomes 2-1 and then only won one out of the six singles matches in the afternoon to lose the match 7-2 overall.

On Day 2 our match opponents were Fife, but unfortunately Mother Nature was against us all with very heavy rain throughout the night and forecast to get worse as the day progressed. The Captains convened an urgent meeting prior to the matches commencing and a decision was made to play the six singles matches in the morning and, if the course remained playable, the foursomes would be played in the afternoon. This decision proved to be the right one and although all the singles matches were completed, only our first foursomes' pair commenced their match in the afternoon before play was abandoned for the day. Unfortunately we lost all six singles games and the match result was recorded as a 6-0 defeat.

On Day 3 we played East Lothian. We won one foursomes game in the morning and were unable to secure the four singles game points we required in the afternoon to win the match, sharing the singles 3-3, which meant we lost the match 5-4.

The overall winners were once again Midlothian having won all three matches. Unfortunately we finished in last place behind Fife (2nd) and East Lothian (3rd).

Midlothian subsequently went on to win the Scottish County finals at Dumfries & County GC earlier this month.

As always our team put everything we had into each match but we just can't seem to convert our team spirit and determination into the crucial winning points. My thanks as always go not only to my team but to the officials, helpers and spectators who continue to give their advice and support to me and the team.

The venue for next year's jamboree is Turnhouse GC, Midlothian on 18th, 19th & 20th June 2012.

  1. SCCLGA & Stirlingshire Golf Union Am/Am competition

The 4th annual Am/Am competition, run in association with Stirlingshire Golf Union, was held at Falkirk Tryst GC on Sunday 4th September 2011.

22 teams of gents / ladies / gents & ladies took part and helped to raise around £2,000, which will be split between the two associations to help fund boys & girls junior coaching in the area.

The winning team, for the second year in a row, with 91 stableford points was the gents' team from Stirling GC. Runners-up, only a point behind, were the ladies team from Falkirk Tryst GC, led by our county treasurer Gail Haley.

  • County Captains' Meetings

As always I have attended various meetings, sometimes along with Mhairi and Anna, at East Division level and at Scottish level over the past year, at which we have discussed many matters, all of which have been reported on and recorded within the minutes of S&C committee meetings. However, the one topic which dominated most of the meetings in the early part of the year was the proposed amalgamation of the SLGA and the SGU.

  • SGU/SLGA Proposed Amalgamation

The SLGA EGM to vote on the proposed amalgamation took place on Wednesday 25th May at 12 noon at the AK Bell Library, Perth. The proposal was carried with a significant majority 93% of votes cast in favour of adoption of the proposal to amalgamate. The SLGA were obviously delighted with the outcome of the members' vote and expressed their thanks to members who had supported the proposal

Unfortunately at the SGU EGM on Thursday 26th May the SGU shareholders, the 16 Areas, voted 10 - 6 against the amalgamation proposal meaning the amalgamation would not proceed in its proposed format. The SGU publicly expressed their disappointment with the outcome of the vote, stating they believed the vote was contrary to the wishes of the majority of clubs they represent, which saw 263 affiliated clubs (89.2%) approve the amalgamation proposal from the 295 clubs (51%) that formally responded with their views.

Both Boards clearly see this as a setback for future development and governance of Scottish amateur golf. The SLGA Board are now trying to resume 'business as usual' for the time being while the SGU Board has been forced to reconvene to consider how they can progress this important matter. Only time will tell whether agreement can be reached and whether any amalgamation between the two bodies takes place in the future.

  • Other notable successes

Scottish Team Selection

Elaine Allison, Stirling GC, secured her first Scotland cap at any level when she was selected to represent Scotland in the Senior Ladies' International Match vs. Ireland for the Mary McKenna Perpetual Trophy at Craigielaw GC in April 2011; and in August she represented Scotland Veterans team in the Veteran Ladies Jamboree at Wellingborough GC. Elaine is absent tonight as she is currently in Ireland representing Scotland in the Senior Home Internationals at Tranmore GC.

SLGA events

Elaine's success has continued in other events - she partnered Jill Meldrum (Dullatur) to win the Scottish Ladies Foursomes title at Glenbervie GC in August. Elizabeth & Catherine Goodwin (Glenbervie) won 3rd prize in the handicap category of this competition.

Elizabeth & Catherine also won 2nd prize in the Category One handicap section of the SLGA Adult & Girl Foursomes played at Auchterarder GC last weekend.

Mhairi Hall and Margaret McFarlane (both Bathgate GC) headed a field of 45 pairs who had qualified through individual counties competitions to win the SLGA Commonwealth Spoons Grand Final at Forres GC last Thursday by the narrowest of margins, half a point, ahead of pairs from Perth & Kinross and Midlothian.

Finally, Karen Burns has asked me to thank everyone once again for their generous support, whether through buying her home-made tablet or by sponsoring her to do the Maggie's Monster Bike & Hike event (a 73-mile trek from Fort William to Inverness), in her fund-raising efforts for Maggie's Centres; her efforts and your support have helped to raise just over £20,000 for the charity this year.

That concludes my report for the year. If I have missed any notable successes or achievements throughout the year then I apologise.

Congratulations to all our members who have won prizes in both our county competitions and in club championships and competitions.

Finally thanks also to all who have helped and supported me through my three year term as Captain of Stirling & Clackmannan. It has again been an honour and a privilege to be your Captain.

  1. Secretary's Report : Mrs Anna Hunter gave her report as follows :

Ladies I am happy to present my report for 2011

  • Winter Round Robin: There were 28 teams entered which gave  7  teams in each section . The weather played havoc with the matches however most people managed to complete their fixtures .The section winners were 1.Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane (Bathgate) 2.Eileen Perry and Doris Reid (Tillicoultry) 3. Ann Richards and Angela Duggie(Glenbervie) and 4. Norma Kerr and Sarah Walker (Braehead). The Semi-finals and Final matches were played Falkirk Golf Club and thanks to Falkirk for the courtesy of the course . In the 1st Semi-final Margaret and Margaret beat Eileen and Doris and the 2nd Ann and Angela beat Norma and Sarah .The final was a very close match going to the 19th hole when Margaret and Margaret emerged as winners over Ann and Angela. Well done
  • Pullar Cup; There were 28 entries this year which was excellent and the matches were played on time .The semi-finals and Final were played at Falkirk Tryst  Golf Club . In the 1st Semi-final Jennifer Bryans (Bathgate) beat Sheila McMorris (Campsie) and in the 2nd Hilary Duggua (Bridge of Allan ) beat Helen Ferry ( Bathgate) . In the final Jennifer beat Hilary. Congratulation to Jennifer  Bryans and thanks to Falkirk Tryst for the courtesy of the course .
  • Meetings : Unfortunately the meeting at Falkirk was cancelled because of rain but all the other meetings were played in reasonable weather. There were 63 entries at Stirling,83 at Falkirk Tryst , 58 at Tulliallan ,91 at Glenbervie 50 at Braehead and 50 at Linlithgow . In total we had 395 ladies playing in 6 meetings which is an average of 66 per meeting .This is slightly down on previous years .The defaults were significantly better , even Tulliallan did not have too many . We tried a stableford this which was played at Linlithgow. This proved quite popular and it is intended to repeat it next year . The Greensomes in October were also a great success and the winners were Karen Burns and Jennifer Bryans (Bathgate)    There is also a full  entry for  this years Greensomes at Falkirk Tryst on 16th October
  • Nimmo Cup; Linda Allan has been successful in winning the Nimmo Cup this year. This awarded to the played with best 3 gross scores in County Meetings
  • The Order of Merit : Points are awarded to players the best 5 scratch scores in County meetings and also for the performance in the Championship .This year's winner is Louise MacGregor.
  • Millennium Trophy was played for at Braehead this and was won by Braehead , Stirling was  coming second.
  • Commonwealth Spoons was exciting as it was played at Bonnybridge There were  29 entries .The winners were :

1st ; Aileen Jenkins and Sarah Archibald ( Falkirk)

2nd Mhairi Hall and Margaret McFarlane ( Bathgate)

3rd Jackie Stevenson and Frances McMillan ( Stirling)

These players played  in the Scottish Finals on Thursday 22nd September at Forres Golf Club when Mhairi and Margaret Won the Spoons by half point from P&K .Well done , a great achievement .

  • Computer Software ; We continued to use the Clubgolf software and it is a great help in processing the competition scores and getting the results out quickly. This also allows publication of the full results on howdidido.com . I hope you have all managed to find the results . This year I have sent the scores directly to the Club Handicap Secretaries. I have tried to send these electronically but it has not been successful .
  • Website . We have continued to use the website to publish results, draws , Pullar cup updates and any news . This is now really the main source of information regarding SCCLGA I think most people are getting used to checking it.
  • . Shirts and Sweaters . We continue with the mint green sweaters and shirts which have been well admired. The sweaters are £46 and the  shirts are £30 . I also have  a supply of black fleece gilets with the county badge .These are priced at £20 each and are really good buy .If you would like any please order them through myself. If you have a County Voucher Gail is quite happy to take that towards payment .
  • Club Reps . The Club Reps are invaluable to the running and organisation of the County. They  organise meetings ,collecting subs and disseminate information to their club members . Thank you for your help and commitment.
  • In conclusion I would like to thank everyone for their help and support during the year .especially Linda and Gail for help with cards and results when I have been unable to go to meetings . I would also like to thank all of you who have sent good wishes for my speedy recovery .I hope to be back to playing golf next season.
  1. Treasurer's Report : Miss Gail Haley presented the balance sheet and her report as follows:

Ladies , I hope you have had a chance to drowse a copy of this year's balance sheet and said she was happy to take any questions .

She explained some of the items

    • Income

£4635 represents 185 full members and 1 life member paid .The current membership is

185 Full Members , 6 Honorary , 9 life , 12 suspended .These figure show a decrease of  2 from last year with 23 new/renewed members it and  25 have resigned or suspended .Also in the income side there is a "one off payment "of  £2000 , which was a grant from the R&A to all counties .

The income from  the AM-AM of £770  is down on the previous year due to the number of entries. This is a great team day and raises much needed funds towards Junior Golf  and we would encourage as many as possible to try to enter next year . Perhaps you can persuade your club to enter a team .

    • Expenditure

Insurance of trophies was down £192.55 this year even though we are with the same company. This was a very welcome boost.

The Inter-County expenditure was similar to last year's mainly due to Anna's negotiation skills in getting a great  hotel deal .

 

The overall surplus is £1920.76 leaving a closing balance as of 31.08.11 of £8103.59 . Considering we had a "windfall" of £2000 from SLGA we have managed to keep close to budget and the committee has agreed that the fees should remain at £25 for the coming season

Many thanks to Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts.

There were no questions

•7. Junior Secretary's Report : Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin gave her report as follows:

Good evening ladies

Here is my county girls report for 2011.

  • We have 29 junior members this year. 10 have CONGU handicap.
  • Club golf stage 3 year 2 part 2 coaching was held mainly over the winter months with the county girls coach Stewart Craig and our top 8 players. There were ten 2 hour sessions. The last session was an "on course lesson" with Stewart.
  • The girls winter coaching was held every Thursday evening from the start of January until the end of March. This was split into 2 sessions -The first for beginners who came from 6-7pm each week and the second from 7-8pm was mainly for those with CONGU handicaps . 27 girls came regularly to the coaching. We thank Stewart Craig and his team at Forth View Driving Range.

Stewart held a tour stars golf day with Trish Johnson and Becky Brewerton and raised £400 in a raffle which they have given to us for  our funds. This will go towards  coaching costs.

  • We held the girls games night at Glenbervie on a Wednesday evening in the middle of February - about half way through the winter coaching. This was a fun night and enjoyed by those who came along.
  • The Cuthbertson Cup, the girls Inter-county matches were held in April at Tulliallan Golf Club. Our team was Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie), Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst), Tiffiny Wood (Glenbervie) and Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie). The girls lost the morning's singles to a strong Midlothian team. Midlothian lost to East Lothian in the afternoon. This is the first time in 18 years that East Lothian Girls have won the trophy.
  • The Stirling and Clackmannan Girls Spring meeting was played at Falkirk Tryst in April and was won by Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie).
  • In the East of Scotland Girls, this season the Spring meeting was held at Broomieknowe GC. The summer meeting and championship was held at Kirkcaldy GC. Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie) won the U14 category of the strokeplay. Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) was beaten in the semi-final of the championship.

The Autumn Meeting was held at Whitekirk GC in August. Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie )won the overall nett prize with a nett 69.

  • In the East v West Girls match at Bothwell Castle GC, Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst) played in the victorious East Girls team who won the Mhairi McKay Trophy.

Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst) and Catherine Goodwin (Glenbervie) represented the East of Scotland Girls in the inter-divisional matches at Ballumbie Castle GC. The East Girls' team won.

Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie) played in the East Girls match against the South at Ratho Park. The South won.

Alison, Alexis, Catherine, Jennifer, Tiffiny, Beth Donoghue (Alloa) and Andrea Walker (Falkirk GC) have all participated in many of the girls events run by the SLGA.

I feel that the clubs should be doing more to encourage junior girl members to get a CONGU handicap because there really isn't much for them to play in until they have this.

 

  • Other notable achievements by our girls are: Alexis Hutton was the beaten finalist in both the S&C Ladies' Championship and also in the Falkirk Tryst Ladies' Championship. Jennifer Allan had the best nett score in the Glenbervie Ladies' Open and won the Paddy Smith Trophy. Alison Goodwin is the Glenbervie Ladies' Champion for the third year running. Andrea Walker (Falkirk GC) has qualified for the grand final of the Junior Masters competition at Gleneagles in a couple of week's time. We wish her good luck! Andrea was also our most improved player this year reducing her handicap from 29 to 19.
  • The County Girls Championship was played at Glenbervie on 17th and 18th Sept. Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie) won the handicap trophy. Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) won both the stroke play and matchplay trophies. Alison beat Alexis Hutton at the 20th hole to win the matchplay title. Alexis had been 3 up at the turn but a strong finish by Alison squared the game on the 18th green. The girls halved the 19th in pars and Alison holed a good putt for a 5 at the 20th to win.

 

  • The county AMAM, a joint venture with Stirlingshire Golf Union and our county ladies at Falkirk Tryst on 4th Sept. raised about £2000 to go towards boys and girls coaching. Thanks to all those ladies who supported this. Finally, I would also like to thank the clubs who gave donations to the county for junior girls golf. Every little helps!

 

I would like to thank Anna, Linda and Christine for all their help this year.

This is my report .Thank You

 

Adoption of all reports: The Adoption  of  all reports was proposed  by Mrs S. Quinn and seconded by  Dr S. Harley .

 

  1. Fixtures : The  Championship will be played at Bathgate

Qualifying Strokeplay Friday 4th May 9.30-11.30,12.30-2pm,4.45-6.15

Matchplay:  Saturday 5th May at 2pm

Monday 7th May at 5 pm

Wednesday 9th May at 5.30pm

Friday11th May at 5.30pm

 

The following strokeplay meetings have been confirmed

Stirling on Tuesday  17th April  9.30-11.30, 12.30-2, 4.15-5.45

Tulliallan on Monday 4th June  9.30-11.30,12.30-2pm,4.45-6.15

Tryst on Monday  6th August   9.30-11.30,12.30-2pm,4.45-6.15  will be OK

I have written for the following and these are being considered at Club Meetings

Falkirk on  Monday 21st May    9.30-11.30,12.30-2pm,4.45-6.15

Glenbervie on  Friday 29th June    9.30-1.30, 4.45-6.15

Buchanan Castle on  Thursday 16th Augustnb   Buchanan may be only morning times

I also have confirmation for

Commonwealth Spoons at West Lothian on Monday 30th July

Greensomes will  be at  Alloa for Sunday 14th October .

 

The Inter County Matches will be at Turnhouse from 18th-20th June

The Cuthbertson is at Whitekirk Golf Club on Sunday 15th April

East of Scotland Championship will be in Fife Date and venue to be confirmed .

Adult /Girl Foursomes at East Renfrewshire on 30th September

Scottish Golf Mixed Foursomes will be at Dunblane New on 23rd August

Counties Open Meeting and Final of the Commonwealth Spoons  to be confirmed .

 

Inter County  2013

It is our turn to host  this again  and it shall be held at Glenbervie on 25th, 26th ,27th June (Tuesday-Thursday)

 

The Winter Round Robin sheets are available tonight. There were additions to the entries to give 4 sections of 8 in each section .

 

  1. Election of Office Bearers

Mrs Linda Allan welcomed Mhairi Hall as Captain and wished her every success in the two years ahead  and presented her with the Captain's Brooch .

Miss Mhairi Hall accepted the position and said that it was an honour to be appointed Captain and she would do her best but she said she was taking over from a legend and Linda would be hard act to follow .She thanked Linda for her 2nd term as Captain and said that in all Linda had served 5 years . Sue presented Linda with her past Captain's Brooch and also a voucher to  say thanks for her dedication and commitment to the position .Linda  said that it had been an honour to serve as Captain .It was a good job and would encourage members to think about volunteering  in the future . It does not require a low handicap golfer ,just someone who is interested in golf .

Vice-Captain : Mhairi Hall had pleasure in proposing Miss Margaret Tough as Vice-Captain .This was seconded by Mrs   Margaret McFarlane. Margaret Tough was not present but had indicated that she would be willing to take on the position.

Hon Secretary: Mrs Anna Hunter was proposed by Dr  Sheila Harley and seconded by Miss Nan Provan.

Hon. Treasurer : Miss Gail Haley was proposed by Mrs Anna Hunter and seconded by Miss Mary Wallace

Junior Secretary: Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin was proposed by Miss Mhairi Hall and seconded by Mrs Elinor Arkley

Committee Member : Mrs Claire Capocci was proposed by Mrs Christine Sikora and seconded by Ms Frances McMillan.

  1. Election of Auditor

Mrs  Margaret Forsyth was proposed by Miss Gail Haley and seconded by Miss Joanne Quin.

  1. Election of Selection Committee : This consists of the Captain, Vice-Captain and one other member and since the Captain and vice-captain had been unable to discuss this it was left pending until they were able to  get together .
  2. A.O.C.B: There  was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.30pm

 

Miss Louise MacGregor proposed a vote of thanks to the Captain and Committee and thanked then for all their hard work during the season .

 

The Captain presented the prizes for 2011

 

 




S. & C. C. L. G. A.

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & PRIZE GIVING

 

At Falkirk  Tryst Golf Club on  Wednesday 28th September 2011

AGENDA

 

1.                             Apologies.

2.                             Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 29th    September

2010 which had been previously circulated.

3.                             Business arising from Minutes.

4.                             Report from Captain.

5.                             Report from Hon. Secretary.

6.                             Report from Hon. Treasurer.

7.                             Report from Junior Secretary.

8.                             Fixtures

9                              Election of Office Bearers.

10.                           Election of Auditor

11.                           Election of Selection Committee.

12                            A.O.C.B

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Minutes of the AGM held on 29th September 2010 at Glenbervie Golf Club

Mrs Helen Hunter , President , welcomed the 66 ladies present to Glenbervie Golf Club and thanked Glenbervie Board for allowing us the use of the clubhouse for the AGM. She then said that it was with great sadness that she remembered those members who had died during the year . In January Anne Walker and Paddy Smith both passed away . Anne had been a keen member of Tulliallan Golf Club and a County Member for many years. Paddy played her Club Golf at Glenbervie and was an Honorary Member of the County .She had been County Champion, Team Member Captain and President. She had been very much involved in the amalgamation of Stirling and Clackmannan Counties and had designed the Stirling and Clackmannan County Badge as it is to this day. Yet another Honorary Member passed away in March , Netta McLaren . She was a long serving County Treasurer and a member at Falkirk Tryst for many a year. Eileen Fairbairn from Linlithgow died in May .after a short illness ,barely two months before her 70th birthday .Eileen was a friend of mine ,but also a valued assistant to Elaine Allison and myself ,during our course rating days over the past few years .They shall all be sadly missed and I am sure you will each remember at least one of them. I think it would be appropriate and respectful to take a few minutes to remember them as they were and for heir contribution to Stirling and Clackmannan County Ladies Golf Association.

1.Apologies : There were 20 Apologies

2. Minutes : The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated and were taken as read .The adoption of the minutes was proposed by Miss Karen Burns and seconded by Miss Margaret Tough .

3. Business Arising from the Minutes ;There was no business arising

4. Captain’s Report : Ladies, welcome to the AGM and I am pleased to present my Captain’s report for the year.

  • Vice Captain

At this time last year I stood here with no Vice Captain by my side and I delivered a slightly emotional plea for members to consider volunteering to undertake the role. Well it seems that my words did have an effect on a few ladies and, following some gentle persuasion from other sources I think, I am delighted to report that Mhairi Hall from Bathgate GC stepped up to the plate and has been acting as my Vice Captain over the past year. We will complete the formalities of that appointment later in this meeting but I would like to thank Mhairi for agreeing to be my VC and hope that the past year has not made her regret her decision. I have agreed to remain in office as Captain for a third year, subject of course to the approval of you the members, to allow Mhairi two years as VC before she takes over the reins as Captain.

  • East of Scotland Championship

This was played on Sunday 4th October 2009 at Mortonhall GC in Midlothian. Stirling & Clackmannan had 10 competitors in the championship, but despite the course being in great condition and the bright, relatively calm but chilly weather conditions our scores were not good enough to bring home any prizes.

The overall winner, with an excellent 1 under par score of 72, was Claire MacDonald (Midlothian) over her home course. The team trophy was won by Midlothian.

  • Centenary Greensomes Competition

After the unfortunate postponement of the Centenary Greensomes Competition on 23rd August due to poor weather and course closure the competition was able to go ahead on the re-arranged date of Sunday 11th October, a glorious autumn day.

42 couples played in the competition and the inaugural winners of the Centenary Trophy with an excellent 3 under par scratch score of 69, nett 67, were Alison Davidson and Tricia Chillas from Stirling GC. Overall the day was a great success and was enjoyed by all who took part.

Members of the committee received many positive comments about how enjoyable the format of competition was that we decided to make the event an annual, end of season competition and this year’s Greensomes Competition will be held at Bathgate GC on Sunday 17th October.

  • Grant Allison Winter League

The league was played in two sections again as had been done in previous years. Unfortunately the progress of games in section 1 was hampered by illness & injury of some players involved and hardly any games were played in this section. All games in section two were played resulting in Louise MacGregor & Margaret Tough (both Falkirk GC) as clear winners. Following consultation between committee and some players involved in section 1 a decision was taken to declare Louise & Margaret as overall winners of the league without the need for a final being played. Congratulations to them both.

 

  • County Dinner

The annual dinner was held at Tulliallan GC on Friday 19th March 2010. 48 Ladies attended and enjoyed the meal and, more importantly, the chance to catch up with golfing friends prior to the start of the new season.

We did not hold a raffle this year; however those in attendance did give generously in the form of sponsorship totalling £168 for the team of four ladies from West Lothian GC, including county members Lesley Gibb & Maureen Shanks, who completed a 55 mile ‘pairs tag team relay’ cycle run incorporating the playing of one hole on 18 different golf courses to raise money to support the long term care and rehabilitation of one of their club members, Margaret McLuckie, who was paralysed from the neck down following a tragic accident last year.

  • County Championship

The championship was played at Falkirk GC in reasonably dry but cold weather during week 7–14th May. The course was in excellent condition and the greens were a dream to putt on.

In the qualifying round Alison Davidson (Stirling) scored scratch 74, and Jill Harrison (Linlithgow) scored 89 (9) 71 to win the scratch and handicap Captain’s Prizes respectively. Unfortunately Alison was unavailable for the match-play stages of the championship and so Margaret Tough (Falkirk) went through as 1st qualifier

The final was contested by Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst) and Louise MacGregor (Falkirk) with Louise going on to be crowned county champion with a convincing 5&4 win.

  • Squad Training Matches

The squad participated in three friendly practice matches which have become regular fixtures in preparation for the season ahead and ultimately for the Inter-County matches and these produced mixed results.

The first match against Dunbartonshire & Argyll County LGA was played at Falkirk GC and has halved 2-2. The second match vs. Perth & Kinross County LGA at Gleneagles PGA Centenary GC resulted in a 3-1 victory for our team but unfortunately the result was not so favourable in the final match against Dunblane New GC Gents team which we lost 3½ - ½.

East Division Inter-county matches, Royal Musselburgh GC

The jamboree was hosted by East Lothian at Royal Musselburgh GC on Mon 28th, Tues 29th and Wed 30th June.

The team selected to represent the county was Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst), Jennifer Bryans and Karen Burns (both Bathgate), Claire Capocci (Bridge of Allan), Lesley Gibb (West Lothian), Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie), Louise MacGregor (Falkirk) and Vicki Stevenson (Stirling).

Day 1 vs. East Lothian saw the team achieve something we haven’t managed to do for the past two years and that was to win a morning foursomes series and take a 2-1 lead into the afternoon singles. Spurred on by that minor achievement the team secured the necessary 3 points in the afternoon singles to produce an overall 5-4 win. On Day 2 we lost the morning foursomes against Midlothian by 2-1 and then only secured 1½ points from the afternoon singles to lose overall 6½ - 2½. Unfortunately on Day 3 against Fife, we lost all three foursomes matches to leave an uphill climb in the afternoon singles and ultimately too much to do, winning only 2 ½ points from the singles to lose again.

The overall winners were Midlothian having won all three matches and they went on to represent the East Division at the Scottish County finals at Bothwell Castle GC in September. We managed to avoid the wooden spoon and finished in 3rd place behind Fife but ahead of East Lothian.

Once again I was delighted with the overall team performance and team spirit. We have had five new members in the team in the last two years but it is great to see how quickly our players gel together and play together as a team. It is also worthy of note that our most consistent player in the team, playing all six matches and securing 4½ points, was also the oldest member of the team, Karen Burns. My thanks as always go not only to my team but to the officials, helpers and spectators who continue to give their advice and support to me and the team.

The venue for next year’s jamboree is Dunfermline (Pitfirraine) GC, Fife on 20th, 21st & 22nd June 2011.

  • Stirlingshire Golf Union & SCCLGA Am/Am competition

The 3rd annual Am/Am competition was held at Dunblane GC on Sunday 5th September. 25 teams of gents / ladies / gents & ladies took part with the and an estimate of money raised on the day is around £2,200, which will be split between the two associations to help fund boys & girls junior coaching in the area.

 

  • County Captains’ Meetings

Mhairi Hall, Anna Hunter and I have attended various meetings at East Division level and at Scottish level over the past year and, along with Captains, Vice Captains and Secretaries of other counties, we have discussed many matters, all of which have been reported on and recorded within the minutes of S&C committee meetings.

  • SGU/SLGA Potential Amalgamation

Almost every meeting I have attended included some discussion regarding the proposed amalgamation of the SLGA with the SGU as a result of the topic having been raised at the SLGA AGM in January followed by the joint press statement of the SLGA / SGU which suggested that the amalgamation would take place possibly by the end of 2011.

The only formal written communication I have received on the matter has been a letter dated 26 May from the SGU/SLGA which was to provide “interested parties with an update of progress” on the potential amalgamation; however the letter did not include much information other than to say that the working group of four representatives from each organisation, set up under the independent Chairmanship of Donald Turner, has had two meetings and is seeking further independent professional advice on tax, legal and other financial matters relevant to potential amalgamation. The letter stated that further meetings were scheduled following which a proposal, with clear timelines, would be developed and presented to the meetings of the members of both organisations later in the year.

At this time I have no further information to add on the matter. A Scottish County Captains’ forum has been arranged for 14th October which Mhairi will be attending and there will be further discussion with Shona Malcolm, Chairman of the SLGA on the matter then. As soon as we receive any formal communication which requires consultation with the members we will let you know but, rest assured, we will continue to press for information to try to ensure that the amalgamation is the best way for ladies golf in Scotland.

That concludes my report for the year. If I have missed any notable successes or achievements throughout the year then I apologise. Congratulations to all our members who have won prizes in both our county competitions and in club championships and competitions. Finally thanks also to all who have helped and supported me through the past year, and I look forward to my next (and hopefully final) year as Captain of Stirling & Clackmannan.

 

5. Secretary’s Report: Ladies it gives me great pleasure in presenting my report for 2010

· Winter Round Robin: There were 29 teams at the start , but because of injury and illness 5 teams had to withdraw .The matches were completed on time despite the weather .the section winners were Hilary Duggua and Claire Capocci, Doris Reid and Eileen Perry , May Macnair and Rena Curran and Margaret McFarlane and Margaret Logan .The semi-finals and final matches were played at Falkirk Tryst . In the 1st semi-final Hilary Duggua and Claire Capocci beat Eileen Perry and Doris Reid In semi-final 2 Margaret McFarlane and Margaret Logan won against May Macnair and Rena Curran. The final was the same as in the past two years and this year the winners were Hilary and Claire and Margaret and Margaret runners up .

· Pullar Cup: There were 26 entries for the Pullar Cup and all the matches were played on time . The semi-finals and final was played at Glenbervie Golf Club . In the 1ST semi-final Sheila McMorris (Campsie ) beat Brenda Lawlor (Falkirk Tryst) in a closely fought game. The 2nd saw Nancy Thomas win over fellow Falkirk club mate Margaret Tough .This meant there were two new comers in the final , Sheila and Nancy and Sheila McMorris emerged the winner . Well done Sheila .

· Meetings: The meetings have all been played this year albeit in varying weather conditions .At Buchanan Castle and Tryst is was very wet in the morning .The entries were similar to previous years varying from 86 at Glenbervie to 55 at Stirling . In total we had 466 playing in the 7 meetings and we have 70 prize winners from 11 clubs .The defaults have also improved apart from Tulliallan where there were 20 call offs .I don’t know why Tulliallan is always so bad .There have also some concerns about the length of time to play a round in some cases particularly at Tryst where it took 4 ½ hours in the morning but the afternoon players were OK . With the tee times available and the numbers playing we need to so out in threes but this should not take more than 4 hours at worst . At this point I should like to thanks the clubs for giving us the courtesy of the courses for our competitions

· Commonwealth Spoons :This was played at Grangemouth and we had 29 entries .The winners were Barbara McLeod and Alison Kirk (Glenbervie), 2nd Joanne Quin and Diane Craig (Glenbervie ) , 3rd Linda Allan and Gail Haley (Tryst) , 4th Helen Hunter and Margo Gardner (Linlithgow) . Unfortunately the winners were unable to play in the finals at Cathkin Braes and the players in 2nd,3rd 4th positions went forward .However the Finals were unable to be played last Thursday because of weather conditions. I heard this week that it is to be rescheduled for 21st October . Tee times from 10 am .I do hope it gets played then.

· East of Scotland Championship is to be played at Falkirk Tryst and we have a poor entry of only 34 so far. The fact that it is on the final day of the Ryder Cup may have some bearing on the entry.

· Greensomes on 17th October. At present we have 31 entries and I have made the draw but there are still times available .I have made the draw and it available for to see your tee times tonight .I will be sending out a copy to reps and it will also go on the website.

· Order of Merit : Linda Allan has won the order of merit by the narrowest of margins from Louise MacGregor

· Nimmo Cup : Linda has also won the Nimmo Cup for the best three gross scores in county meetings.

· The Millennium Trophy : This was played for at West Lothian and was won by Falkirk Tryst .

· Website : We are continuing to use the website for reporting results and updating Pullar Cup etc as well as any news items . We are also publishing our results on howdidido.co.uk .and I have tried to send scores directly to the clubs this way with varying results . I shall try to improve this next season.

· Club Reps : We have had number of new reps this year and their input is very welcome and brings in new ideas .They are invaluable to the organisation and running if the meetings . I would like to thank them most sincerely

· I would also like to thank all the committee for their help and support during the year especially Helen , Linda and Gail who are always on hand to help with the processing of results etc .It is a pleasure to work with such a happy committee .

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6. Treasurer’s Report : Madame President, Captain ,Ladies I hope you all have had a chance to browse a copy of this year’s balance sheet .and await any questions you may have after I briefly run through a few points .

On the Income side-£4675 subscriptions represents 187 ladies who have paid. Of those we have 11 new or renewed members. Unfortunately we have had 10 resignations ,6 suspended , 1 death and 7 “don’t know”. This leaves an overall decrease in membership of 13. This is a worry as in the past couple of years we have managed to get a s many new members as we have lost .

Our full complement is 278 and we currently have 187 .This leaves 91 places which represents £2275 in subscriptions .

Again the “old war cry” please try to encourage as many ladies as possible to join us.

On the Expenditure side - Donation to the East of Scotland Girls -£100 – actually represents years 2009 and 2010 as last year we forgot to pay. The vouchers paid -£1351- shows a large increase from 2009 due to there being 2 years Championship , centenary Greensomes and girls vouchers included .

The Inter- County Matches costs are up due to the fact we were “away from home” this year.

Overall there is a deficit of £1273.21 leaving us with a closing balance as at 31/8/10 of £6182.83 and therefore your committee has decided that the good news is your fees with remain at £25 for the forthcoming year but the bad news is , if the numbers keep decreasing this will have to be reviewed next year.

At this point I would like to thank everyone who has helped and more so listened to my moaning this year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Margaret Forsyth for auditing the accounts .

At this point any questions were invited .There were no questions.


7. Junior Secretary’s Report: Elizabeth Goodwin was unable to be present so the report was read by the vice captain ,Mhairi Hall

Good evening ladies. Elizabeth sorry she cannot attend this evening.

· We started the season with our winter coaching at Forthview driving range for 12 weeks from January until the end of March. Because of the large numbers the previous winter, we decided to split the section into beginners and improvers – Beginners from 6-7pm and improvers from 7-8pm. Stewart Craig and his team at the range gave us the second hour coaching for half price with no extra charge for use of the range. 5 of our top girls were offered 4 individual 1hour lessons with Stewart over the winter We also ran Clubgolf stage 3 year 2 part 1 for our elite players which consisted of 10 weeks of 2 hours coaching per week.

· I also attended the SLGA district development programme along with other County Girls’ Secretaries and 12 girls from counties all over Scotland. Tiffiny Wood (Glenbervie) attended the 4 sessions which were held over the winter months at Stirling University and Dunblane New Golf Club. Steve Paulding (Scottish Golf Performance Manager) and Kevin Craggs (SLGA National Coach) covered topics such as fitness, fundamental golf mechanics, techniques to developing performance and short game. These sessions were very interesting and there was plenty of information to help the girls improve their game.

· It was disappointing that our membership dropped to 21 which was a fall of 10 from the previous winter. However I would say that we have quality now rather than quantity. Of these 21, 9 have a CONGU handicap below 30 and the others are keen.: We once again held a fun games night for the girls at Glenbervie in February.

· The season got underway with the county girls Spring Meeting at the Tryst. Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie) had a tremendous nett 59.

· We did not fair too well at the Cuthbertson Cup at Ratho Park. Our team faced strong Mid Lothian opposition in the first round and they went on to win the girls East division trophy for the 5th consecutive year.

· Tiffiny Wood (Glenbervie) was among the prize-winners at the East of Scotland Girls Spring Meeting at Pitreavie.

· We had a friendly match with the Dunbarton & Argyll girls at Carmuirs and our young team won both the foursomes matches.

· Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) was selected to represent the East Girls team at Baberton against the West girls in the Mhairi McKay trophy. The west won. In the Inter-Divisional matches at Ballumbie Castle, Dundee, Alison Goodwin, Tiffiny Wood (Glenbervie) and Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst) and were all in the East Girls team. Alison was asked to captain this team.

· There were a number of successes in local ladies club championships. At Glenbervie, Alison Goodwin beat county captain, Linda Allan on the last green in an exciting final. Her 12 year old sister Catherine Goodwin won the ladies handicap championship. At Falkirk Golf Club, former county girl Louise MacGregor won the Ladies Championship and 11 year old Andrea Walker won the ladies handicap championship.

· Alison Goodwin along with Eilidh Watson (Perth & Kinross) were third in the girls’ team event of the Scottish Schools Golf Championships at Murrayshall. They represented the Forth Valley region. This was quite an achievement.

· We held the County Girls’ summer meeting at Glenbervie and Ellen Forbes (Falkirk) had the best nett score.

· Alison Goodwin, Alexis Hutton and Catherine Goodwin all participated in the SLGA Under 18 championship at Eyemouth

Catherine Goodwin and Andrea Walker (Falkirk) played in the Scottish Under 14’s at Auchterarder.

· The SLGA Under 21 Junior Ladies’stroke play event was held at Dunfermline Golf Club. Alison Goodwin, Alexis Hutton and Louise MacGregor all participated.

· At the Scottish regional qualifying round of the Faldo Series at the Roxburghe, Alison Goodwin won the Under 21 section. This qualified her to play in the Grand Final at Lough Earne Resort, Northern Ireland. This event took place last week and as well as staying in this 5-star resort for the week, she had playing partners from Greece, Slovakia, Germany and England. She also met Sir Nick Faldo and Rory McIlroy. The whole experience was quite something.

· Alison Goodwin played in the ladies county team at the inter-county matches at Royal Musselburgh Golf Club.

· Alexis Hutton was runner-up in the 15-17 age category at the Janice Moodie Trophy at Windyhill Golf Club. Alison and Catherine Goodwin also participated in this.

· The East of Scotland girls Summer Meeting and Championship took place at Haddington Golf Club. Ellen Forbes (Falkirk) won the under 14 category and Alison Goodwin won the Under 18 section. The matchplay was won by Rachel Hanlon (St. Regulus) who beat Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) in the final.

· Catherine Goodwin (Glenbervie) won the overall prize for the best nett score at the East of Scotland Girls’ Autumn Meeting at Glenbervie. The Under 14 category was won by Beth Donoghue (Brucefields).

· Alison and Catherine Goodwin, Alexis Hutton and Nicole Underhill all participated in the St. Andrews Junior Ladies’ Tournament.

· At the Falkirk Festival of Junior Golf, Alison Goodwin, Alexis Hutton, Tiffiny Wood, Nicole Underhill, Jennifer Allan and Catherine Goodwin all won prizes at the various junior opens. Catherine Goodwin won the overall girls’ prize for the week.

· The East of Scotland Girls had a match against the South Girls at Peebles Golf Club at the beginning of September. Alexis Hutton, Tiffiny Wood and Catherine Goodwin were all in the East team.

· Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst) won the county girls scratch strokeplay championship at Alloa GC. Ellen Forbes (Falkirk) won the handicap trophy. The matchplay will take place this Saturday.

· It was good to see a number of our girls playing in the SLGA Adult &Girl Foursomes at Alloa last Sunday. Alexis Hutton, Ellen Forbes and Beth Donoghue were amongst the prize-winners.

· Our most improved player this season is Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie) who has reduced her handicap from 34 to 18.

· Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) was named by the SLGA as third reserve for the girls home international matches. Alison has kept her place in the Scottish Golf Academy for the winter coaching programme.

I think I’ve covered most of the girls’ successes this season.

· I will be contacting the clubs soon regarding this winter’s coaching programme.

· I would like to thank our County ladies committee for all their help and also Stewart Craig (County Girls’ Coach) and his team for all the coaching . Finally I would like to thank those of you who supported the County Am-Am which was held at Dunblane this year. The money raised from this goes towards boys’ and girls’ coaching in the county. I hope many of you will support the event next year which is on Sunday 4th September 2011 at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club.

Thank you all

 

ADOPTION OF ALL REPORTS : The adoption of all reports was proposed by Margaret Logan and seconded by Joanne Quinn

 

8. Fixtures : Unfortunately I do not have as many fixtures confirmed as I would like . We need to wait until Clubs have their meetings to get agreement .

The Championship will be at Falkirk Tryst : Strokeplay Qualifying on Friday 6th May

Matchplay rounds on Sunday 8th May at 2pm, Monday 9th May at 5pm, Wednesday 11th May at 5.30pm and Final on Friday 13th May at 5.30pm.

Strokeplay Meetings Confirmed : Stirling on 19th April , Tulliallan on 6th June, Glenbervie on 25th July .

I have asked for meetings at Falkirk on 23rd May and am assured we shall get a date but it has not yet been confirmed . Also I have asked for Braehead on 18th July .. still awaiting confirmation.

The Committee thought we would try a Stableford for one of the meetings this year and have asked for Linlithgow on 8th August again not yet confirmed

The Commonwealth Spoons we hope will be at Bonnybridge on 1st August and I still awaiting confirmation

The Inter County Matches will be at Pitfirraine from 20th-22nd June

The East Of Scotland Championship at the Renaissance Golf Course (North Berwick ) on 2nd October to be confirmed.

Cuthbertson Cup will be at Tulliallan on Sunday 17th April.

 

Winter Round Robin

We have 28 entries so that means 7 in each section .Sheets are available tonight.

Greensomes on 17th October : I have already mentioned that there are still tee times available

 

9. Proposal by the Committee. To amend the Constitution as follows :

Paragraph 6: Membership

1.Ordinary Members :delete 28 and replace with 32.

The paragraph would now read “Membership will be open to any person with a handicap of 32 and under ,on application , who is eligible under the SLGA Regulations for County Golf .There will be a limit of 280 members.

 

The President , Mrs Hunter explained that the handicap limit had been introduced when we had a long waiting list .Now that we are very short of members it was agreed y the committee that we should raise this limit to 32 to try encourage more ladies to join .

This proposal was put to the meeting and was agreed unanimously.

 

10. Election of Office Bearers :

Mrs Helen Hunter said that in her last few minutes as President she would like to say that her term of office has flown by and that during that tome she had watched some excellent golf by adults and juniors alike. She was also privileged to be included in the County Golf’s Centenary celebrations , firstly at a lunch in Perth ,organised by the SLGA , and then with Anna attending as guests ,Fife County’s Centenary Lunch, a little more serious than our own offering , but none the less very enjoyable . Helen said that a bonus for her is that .hopefully, she will never be a SLAG again??!! Those of you who witnessed the “SLAGS” performances will no doubt be eternally grateful!

Our County may not be the biggest, or the best in terms of our golf prowess but what we do have is friendship and fun in bucket loads . The office bearers do a superb job of running our County Golf and she thanked them all ,plus the other committee members ,on behalf of everyone .If the opportunity arises please join them , you will certainly not regret it. She said that she was honoured to have been President for the past three years and wished County lots of success in the future . She also thanked the caddies and supporters of the County Team at the Inter County Matches and said that we would appreciate a little more support especially when the team plays closer to home next year. It always seems to be the same faces appearing every year .

In concluding she said that it gave her great pleasure to propose Mrs Christine Sikora as President .This was seconded by Mrs Elaine Allison, Mrs Sikora thanked Helen for the nomination and said that she was honoured to become President and would do her best to uphold the high standard which had been set . She thanked Helen for all the her hard work and presented her with her Past President’s Badge .

Vice – Captain: Mrs Sikora said that last year we did not have a vice –captain but that Mhairi Hall had volunteered during the season . Linda Allan had agreed to do a third year as Captain to allow Mhairi to gain more experience . Mrs Linda Allan proposed Miss Mhairi Hall as Vice Captain this was seconded by Mrs Helen Hunter.

Hone Secretary : Mrs Anna Hunter was proposed by Mrs Elinor Arkley this was carried unanimously .

Hon Treasurer : MIS Gail Haley was proposed by Mrs Anna Hunter and seconded by Mrs Linda Allan.

Junior Secretary : Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin was proposed by Mrs Helen Hunter and seconded by Miss Mhairi Hall

11.Auditor : Mrs Margaret Forsyth was proposed by Miss Gail Haley and seconded by Mrs Anna Hunter .

12. The Selection Committee consists of the Captain , Vice –Captain and one other member . Mrs Linda Allan proposed Mrs Elaine Allison as selector .This was seconded by Miss Mhairi Hall .

13. A.O.C.B. ; There was further business and the meeting closed at 8.30pm

Miss Louise MacGregor proposed a vote of thanks to the Committee for all their hard work during the year

 

 

 



AGM

The AGM 2010 WILL BE HELD AT GLENBERVIE GOLF CLUB ON WEDNESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2010AT 7.30PM

The agenda is as follows :AGENDA

1. Apologies.
2. Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 30th September
2009 which had been previously circulated.
3. Business arising from Minutes.
4. Report from Captain.
5. Report from Hon. Secretary.
6. Report from Hon. Treasurer.
7. Report from Junior Secretary.
8. Fixtures
9 Proposal By Committee to change to the constitution as follows:
(6. Membership : ordinary members delete 28 and under and replace with 32 and under )
10 Election of Office Bearers.
11 Election of Auditor
12 Election of Selection Committee.
13. A.O.C.B

 

The committee are proposing a change to the consitution as follows:

Proposed Change to the Constitution

The Committee propose the following change to the Constitution.

Paragraph 6 : Membership

•1. Ordinary Members: delete 28 and replace with 32.

 

The paragraph would now read "Membership will be open to any person with a handicap of 32 and under, on application, who is eligible under S.L.G.A Regulations for County  Golf ". There will be a limit of 280 members.

 

 

Minutes of previous AGM

 

Minutes of the A.G.M. Held on 30TH September 2009 at Falkirk Golf Club.

Mrs Helen Hunter , president , welcomed the 73 ladies present and thanked Falkirk Golf Club for the use of their clubhouse for our AGM

Helen continued by saying  that there had been three bereavements since last year .In January , Jean Patrick passed away .Jean was a member of Stirling Golf Club and a long time member of the County .She had been a past Captain and team member and had wonderful spirit .

.In March ,Margaret Ferguson , a member as past Captain of Bonnybridge golf club and an active member of the County died  suddenly .She  had a great sense of humour, loved life and was great fun on and  off the golf course.

After  a long fight against Cancer , Susan Peebles died at the end of August . She had been Lady Captain of Falkirk Golf Club and  a also a member of the County .They will all be sadly missed by friends and family alike but shall also be missed for their sense of fun and golf camaraderie.

Our Condolences have also been passed to May Macnair, our treasurer for many years. May's Husband, David, very recently passed away and our thoughts are with May. The County was represented at all the aforementioned funerals.

 

1 .Apologies : There were 32 apologies.

2. Minutes the previous meeting were circulated and were taken as read. The adoption of the minutes was proposed by Miss J.Quin and seconded by Mrs M. Logan.

3. Business arising from the minutes. There was no business arising.

Mrs Helen Hunter , president, said that the Committee have worked tirelessly to make sure that your County Golf runs smoothly , especially with the extra work because of the centenary. She said she would like to give special mention to Anna. Linda, Gail and Elizabeth for their efforts this past year. Each does her own job very well, backing up each other when necessary and they deserve a huge thank you from all of us .Despite being Captain and having a responsible job to cope with ,Linda has managed to win the Scottish Police Championships a few weeks ago . Congratulations and best wishes in defending the title next year .

4. Captains Report;

  • East of Scotland Championship

This was played at Elie GC on 28th September. Unfortunately Stirling & Clackmannan did not have sufficient entries for a team entry; in fact I think Louise MacGregor was the only entrant from the county. The overall winner was Louise Kenney from Fife County. This year's championship will be hosted by Midlothian County at Mortonhall on Sunday 4th October and I pleased to say we have several entries from the county membership and hopefully some of our members will feature in the prizes.

  • Grant Allison Winter League

The usual format prevailed for the scratch winter league, with 10 pairs playing matches in two sections. The winners of section 1 were Alison Davidson & Elaine Allison (both Stirling) and winners of section 2 were Stella Mitchell (Falkirk Tryst) & Mhairi Hall (Bathgate). Overall winners were Alison & Elaine.

  • County Dinner

The annual dinner was held at Falkirk GC on Friday 20th March 2009. 65 Ladies attended and enjoyed a lovely meal and lots of chatter. We ran a raffle for various donated prizes and a total of £310 was raised for the benefit of the junior girls coaching and development within the county.

  • County Championship

The championship was played in fairly dismal, wet & windy weather conditions at Linlithgow GC in early May. That said, the course held up remarkably well and remained playable at all times which is a testament to the good work done by the course manager and ground staff.

Scores were fairly high in the qualifying round with one or two exceptions, in particular, Mhairi Hall (Bathgate) and Helen Goodwin (Glenbervie) who won the scratch and handicap Captain's Prizes respectively.

The final was closely contested by Jill Harrison (Linlithgow) and Vicki Stevenson (Stirling) with Jill running out the winner by 1 hole. This was Jill's fourth championship win, the third of which was 21 years ago in 1988.

 

  • Squad Training

Due to personal circumstances (i.e I was away on holiday for 5 weeks of the winter!) I was unable to organise the winter training format which had been tested out last year. However we did participate in our regular practice matches against Perth & Kinross at Falkirk GC; Dunbartonshire & Argyll at Douglas Park GC; and Dunblane Gents at Dunblane New GC, and an additional match against our own junior girls' team at Burntisland GC. Unfortunately the results did not bode well for the season ahead with losses in all four matches.

One alteration to the training this year was a change of coach. The squad attended five practice sessions with Stewart Craig at Falkirk GC, again with emphasis on short game and putting. Despite some scheduling problems due to Stewart's various Solheim Cup commitments with some higher profile clients, I think the squad did benefit from the sessions and I am hopeful we can secure Stewart's services again for the year ahead

  • East Division Inter-county matches, Falkirk GC

The jamboree was hosted by us this year at Falkirk GC on Mon 29th, Tues 30th June and Wed 1st July.

The team selected to represent the county was Linda Allan, Elaine Allison, Claire Capocci, Lesley Gibb, Jill Harrison, Stella Mitchell, Louise MacGregor and Vicki Stevenson. Unfortunately Stella developed an injury had to withdraw from the team only a few days prior to the event, and Mhairi Hall was drafted into the team from 1st reserve.

Unfortunately we lost all three matches losing to Fife 7-2 on Day One; to East Lothian 5-4 on Day Two; and to the eventual winners Midlothian 8½ - ½ on Day Three. The overall result does not reflect how close some of the games actually were - out of a total of 27 games played. 11 finished on the 18th green, 5 finished on the 17th and 8 finished on the 16th green. It is clear that we are not far from winning more matches, we just need to keep working on our short game and putting in the hope that eventually we hole a chip shot or sink that crucial put that helps us win instead of lose the match.

Despite the overall result, I am delighted with the team's hard work & effort and their general team spirit, and also for their support and patience as I tried various different foursomes' pairings and singles order in an effort to win valuable points.

I am also very grateful as always to Anna for all her hard work and for keeping me organised and composed; to Helen Hunter for her support and advice; to Helen Thomson for acting as starter each day and to all others who provided support by caddying, providing supplies or just being there to watch.

The venue for next year's jamboree is Royal Musselburgh GC, East Lothian on 28th, 29th & 30th June.

  • Centenary Greensomes Competition

As has already been mentioned 2009 is Centenary for SCCLGA. To celebrate the committee decided to run a Centenary Greensomes competition which had been planned to take place at Alloa GC on Sunday 23rd August 2009. Unfortunately 'Mother Nature' was against us and the course was closed on the day as a result of the persistent heavy rain we had experienced in the days before the event and on the actual date. Since the caterers had already sourced food to cater for the 80+ participants, and all entrants had already paid for their meal in the entry fee, the decision was taken to go ahead with an informal centenary buffet lunch. Nearly all the ladies, with the exception of four, who had entered plus our non-playing members who had attended to help with the administration of the competition enjoyed a very enjoyable, relaxing lunch which was not ruined by the frustrations of bad golf! The buffet food was excellent, particularly the desserts and, despite absolutely no demand what-so-ever, the SLAGS, who retired after the 2008 county dinner,

  • Mail on Sunday Women's National Club competition

It would seem that Stirling GC members are our most consistent players this year and I am delighted to report that the current Stirling GC ladies team is continuing in the successful footsteps of previous teams in this competition. They beat Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC 3-2 away from home in the last of the Scottish rounds to reach the quarter finals in Manchester where their successful run continued this weekend past and they won 3½ - 1½  against Glamorganshire and will soon be off to El Rompido in Spain for the semi-finals and hopefully the final. The team include Captain Jayne McKenzie, Aileen Lee, Lesley Campbell, Linda Mathewson, Maureen Noble, Frances McMillan and Lianne Muirhead.

  • Finally I would like to make a special mention to Karen Burns, who has had some personal success herself although not on the golf course. Along with a team of friends she entered a gruelling fundraising event on the 2nd May 2009 called Maggie's Monster Bike & Hike, crossing the width of Scotland from Fort William to Inverness, along the Great Glen Way using leg power alone. This consisted of cycling 30 miles, followed by a 43 mile hike, which we completed in 20hrs 56mins, through the rain, darkness and minus 5 temperatures. This was an event which became all too close to Karen's heart as her younger brother Paul has cancer and is currently undergoing his 2nd bout of chemo, so to complete the full 73 miles was very emotional for her. The total money raised in 2009 was an incredible £16,343.89 and she thanks everyone for their generous support. Karen has been instrumental in raising over £100,000.00 over the last 4 years and Maggie's Centres have nominated her for a Pride of Britain Award.

There are probably several other successes by members throughout the year but these are the main ones I have picked up on. My apologies go to those who I have missed and failed to mention.

5. Secretary's Report

This has been a busy year admin wise with  all the usual competitions ,hosting the Inter County Matches and our Centenary Celebrations.

  • Winter Round Robin: There were 32  teams entered and  unfortunately two had to withdraw early in the competition. Despite the weather most teams managed to complete their matches  .The section winners were  Claire Capocci and Hilary Duggua (Bridge of Allan) ,Kate Luke and Frances Scott (Falkirk), Joyce Mulgrew and Pat Cockshoot(Stirling), and Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane(Bathgate). The semi finals were played at Glenbervie Golf Club where Claire and Hilary beat Kate and Frances and Margaret and Margaret beat Joyce and Pat. The  finalists were the same as last year but the outcome different .This year Margaret Logan and Margaret McFarlane won in a very enjoyable match .Well done.
  • Pullar Cup; There were 37 entries this year which was excellent and the matches were played on time .The Semi-finals and Final were played at Stirling Golf Club when Lesley  Gibb beat Brenda Lawlor and Winifred MacCallum beat  Margaret Tough .The final between Winifred and Lesley resulted in a win for  Winifred . Congratulations on  being the winner in  centenary of the trophy .
  • Meetings : The meetings were all played in fairly good weather except for the Championship Qualifying at Linlithgow, when it rained and blew a gale .

We had 492 ladies played in the 7 meetings an average of 70m per meeting. Which is exactly the same as last year .We have 48 prize-winners from 14 clubs .The defaults have certainly improved. The worst was Tulliallan with 12 and there were 7 at  Glenbervie  but there were even late entries so things are definitely improving in this area..

At  both Stirling and Falkirk Tryst we had more than 20 home players so 2 CCS'S were calculated . This was of benefit to away players since their CSS at Stirling was 76 for reduction only and at Falkirk Tryst 73 compared with home players of 74 and 72 respectively. At Glenbervie and Braehead the CSS remained the same as the SSS and in all others it increased.

  • Nimmo Cup; Linda Allan has been successful in winning the Nimmo Cup this year. This awarded to the played with best 3 gross scores in County Meetings
  • The Order of Merit : Points are awarded to players the best 5 scratch scores in County meetings and also for the performance in the Championship .This year's winner is Elaine Allison.
  • Millennium Trophy was played for at  Bathgate this and was won by Bathgate , Falkirk Tryst coming second ..a long way behind
  • Commonwealth Spoons was exciting as it was played at Bridge of Allan .There were 29 entries and the winners were Jennifer Ure (Braehead) and Gina Beglin(West Lothian ) both new members to the County  his year. 2nd was Claire Capocci and Sandra Green(Bridge of Allan) and 3rd Jean Davidson and Elizabeth  Stevenson(Falkirk Tryst).All thee teams played in the Scottish Finals at Longniddry on 24th September and Jean and Elizabeth narrowly missed out of the prizes ..(Elizabeth's fault at the last ..so she says ).
  • Computer Software ; We continued to use the Club2000 software and it is a great help in processing the competition scores and getting the results out quickly.
  • Website . With the help of Shona Gunn we have a new website this year which we have used to give out news items, results , draws for meetings and update in the Pullar Cup competitions .I have found it very helpful and I think people are getting used to accessing it for information.
  • Shirts and Sweaters . We continue with the mint green sweaters and shirts which have been well admired . The sweaters are £46 and the  shirts are £30 . I also have  a supply of black fleece gilets with the county badge .These are priced at £20 each and are really good buy .If you would like any please order them through myself. If you have a County Voucher Gail is quite happy to take that towards payment .
  • Club Reps . The Club Reps are invaluable to the running and organisation of the County.. We had a few new ones this year who have all brought some new ideas  which is very welcome. For 2010 the only change I know about is Susan McLeod from Stirling in being replaced by Frances  McMillan .Thanks ,Susan , for all your hard work .
  • Centenary: Linda has spoken about the cancellation of the  Greensomes competition The Golf  of has been rescheduled for 11th October .The tee times will be 10am-12.45pm .I have prepared a new draw sheet your times are approx. 2 hours earlier.. We have managed to secure lots of prizes and will have a prize for every hole  . Thanks to everyone who has donated the prizes and  Elaine for the  wonderful Centenary Trophy .
  • Ball Markers: At the lunch for the Greensomes everyone was given centenary ball markers and tees .  We also have markers for all members of the County and Juniors which were given to Reps at the last committee meeting. However is still have some to distribute tonight.
  • In conclusion I would like to thank everyone for their help and support during the year especially Linda and Gail for help with cards and results and Helen for being a shoulder to lean on when required .It is a pleasure working with such a good group .

6.Treasurer's Report

Firstly I would like to thank May for helping me out in the beginning and giving me a good slow start to my induction as your treasurer .

I would  now like to present the 2009  balance sheet for the year ended 31st August 2009. and run through a few points and hopefully answer any of your questions.

  • Income: £5000 represents 199 ladies who paid their subscriptions ( one lady paid the previous year's which she innocently had missed) Of those we have 18 new or renewed members .Unfortunately we had 10 resignations and 5 suspended memberships .I would like at this point to thank the reps who have done a good job rallying the new members and would ask that they keep it up and would ask all members to encourage ladies to join. Our full complement is 278 and we currently have 199 so there are lots of places.

The Income this year was higher than the previous year and this is largely due to the    Stirlingshire AM/AM figure of £1000.This is now an annual competition which is held  to raise funds for Junior Golf. We also had a large increase in the contribution to Girls tuition fund with the proceeds of a raffle held at the Annual Dinner which raised £310 and the very gratefully received donations from clubs.

  • Expenditure Girls Expenditure was covered almost entirely by the lottery grant with the exception of £120 which relates to last year's Cuthbertson Cup .The lottery fund is not guaranteed so therefore the above mentioned incomes are vital to keep coaching etc going for the stars of the future.

The Inter County figure is less due to us hosting the this year and no accommodation costs were incurred.

There are also some "one off "costs , centenary ball markers to mark a special year.

The Centenary Greensomes look like showing a small profit but this is due to the fact that we have not had the competition yet so we have not paid out he prizes.

  • Overall there is a deficit of £2165.95 but in reality we have a profit of £2662.50 (taking into account the lottery money)

I am therefore happy to say that the committee has agreed that the membership fees should remain at £25.

At this point I would like to thank Margaret Forsyth fir auditing these accounts and now hope that I have made some sense and not put you all to sleep I am now open for questions .

There were no questions .

 

7. Junior Secretary's Report:

  • Membership: We now have a total of 34 girls in the county. Most of them are members of clubs in the Falkirk area. Very few are from the Stirling, Clackmannan and Linlithgow areas

.      Of these, 15 now have a CONGU handicap compared to 9 at the start of this season. We now have 8 girls with handicaps below 20, 3 with handicaps between 21 and 30 and 4 between 31 and 36. The biggest handicap reductions have been by Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) who has reduced her handicap from 16 to 6 this season. Tiffiny Wood, also Glenbervie, has reduced hers from 23 to 13. Alison has been offered a place in the SGU/SLGA Academy Squad and Tiffiny has been invited to join the SLGA District Education Development Programme which is being held this winter

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  • Lottery Fund: I would like to say a bit about the lottery funding we received in April 2008. All the funding had to be spent by the middle of April 2009 and we managed to do this. Our coaching programme last winter began with the elite squad who met weekly for 1 hour for 6 weeks at the driving range. Each girl was told the swing changes she was to make over the winter by our coach, Stewart Craig. Lottery funding also paid for the Jan. to March coaching at the driving range for the other girls. Our numbers increased dramatically from the previous winter. In 2008 we had 6 to 16 girls attending winter coaching and 2009 we had 17 to 27 girls coming along. It was great to have a lot of new faces although it did get a bit crowded some evenings We are extremely fortunate to have Stewart Craig as our county girls coach. He is keen to help develop the county girls' golf and we do get a good deal from him. We also gave some of our younger, keen members the opportunity to have a couple of individual lessons each with Stewart and I think this has helped to encourage them. Again this was funded by lottery money.
  • Games Night :We held a games night in the middle of February which was a fun evening for the girls It was held at Glenbervie Golf Club and 19 girls took part.
  • Our "Elite Squad" were given the opportunity to take part in the Clubgolf Stage 3 programme. Funding for this, for Year 1, came partly from the Golf Foundation and the rest of the cost was met by the girls themselves. This was an intense programme - 40 hours of coaching over 20 weeks. 7 girls participated in part 1 and 5 in part 2. It is hoped that Stage 3 Year 2 will commence soon with 6 girls taking part The Golf Foundation have reduced their grants this year so they can't give us any funding. However Clubgolf Scotland are keen to see this project completed and they have agreed to meet part of the cost.
  • Our website is up and running and can be accessed through the girls link in the Kirkwood Golf website and also through the S&C Ladies one. All information regarding competitions, teams, results etc. can be found here. So if you're interested please do have a look. The address is www.scclgagirls.blogspot.com.
  • National Events: The girls have been encouraged to play in national events:

3 played in the Scottish Girls U16 's Strokeplay at Craigielaw GC . Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) won 2nd handicap and Nicole Underhill (Falkirk Tryst) was 3rd in the handicap section.

2 took part in the  Scottish Girls U14's at Largs GC

4 played in the Scottish Girls U18's at Lanark . Alison Goodwin qualified for the matchplay stage of the championship and Alexis Hutton(Falkirk Tryst) qualified for the Ansley Salver knockout.

5  girls played in the Scottish U21 Strokeplay at Nairn Dunbar-3 reduced their handicaps at this event. Alexis returned the best nett score in the first round.

  • East of Scotland Girls: Ten S&C girls are now members of the East of Scotland Girls' Golf Association. The East Girls championship was played at Kingsknowe GC. Alison Goodwin qualified for the matchplay and got to the semi-final where she was beaten by the eventual winner, Rachel Hanlon(St. Regulus).

Judy Shields(Dunblane) played  for the East team in the inter Divisional championship at Ballumbie Castle GC and the East won the event for the second year running.

  • Cuthbertson Cup:I have 2 Cuthbertson Cup events to report. This is the girls inter county matches held annually between S&C, East Lothian, Fife and Midlothian. Last year's match finally was played at the 3rd attempt at Longniddry GC in October,2008. The weather was poor and the S&C team of Judy Shields, Helen Goodwin, Jordynn Laird and Alison Goodwin lost 3/1 to East Lothian. They played 12 hole foursomes against a Fife team of only 3 players in the afternoon.

This year the Cuthbertson Cup was held at Burntisland GC on a beautiful sunny April day. Our girls ' team had had a practice match a couple of weeks before  against our own S&C ladies team. Unfortunately in the competition our girls were drawn to play against  Midlothian who do not have a large girls' section at the moment, but they did have a very low handicap team compared to us. We lost 4/0 in the morning, our team comprising Helen Goodwin, Alison Goodwin, Alexis Hutton and Jordynn Laird. We also  lost 2/0 in the afternoon foursomes against East Lothian.

We also enjoyed the a friendly match playing against the P&K girls at Falkirk GC in April when we had a halved match.

  • County Competitions: This season we have had Spring Meeting, Summer Meeting and Autumn Meetings at Falkirk Tryst GC, Glenbervie GC and Falkirk GC .
  • The Championship was played on 19th and 20th September. This is the first time we have had stroke play and match play. 9 girls competed (some of the older girls were unable to play) The Strokeplay champion is Alison Goodwin who returned a gross 82(CSS 76 R.0.).The handicap trophy was won by Kirsty McGuckin (Bonnybridge) with a nett 74. The Matchplay took place the following day. Alison beat her sister Catherine 8/6 and Alexis Hutton beat Tiffiny Wood (Glenbervie) 7/5 in the morning. In the afternoon Linda Allan (County Captain) refereed a closely contested match between Alison Goodwin and Alexis Hutton. Alexis won by 2 holes so she is the girls' matchplay champion for 2009.
  • Coaching: Over the summer our younger members have had the opportunity to meet once a month on a Saturday for an hours coaching followed by a par 3 competition .Numbers have varied from 6 to14. This helped to keep their golf going over the season. Stewart also made it fun for them.
  • The winter coaching programme will soon be underway. Because of the increase in numbers last winter, I am intending to split the Jan to March coaching at the driving range into two groups- beginners 6pm-7pm and improvers- 7pm -8pm. So we'll see how this goes. Some of the "Elite Squad" will receive a few individual lessons with Stewart over the winter.

Finally, I wish to thank Anna, Linda and Gail who have helped me over the year. I also thank Stewart Craig, our coach, Falkirk Golf Club for the use of their par 3 course and Forthview Driving Range where our winter coaching takes place.

I would also like to thank many of the county ladies who supported the AM/ AM held at Glenbervie GC in September. We received £950 which was a third of the total money raised for junior golf in the county. Next year the AM/AM will be held on Sun 5 September at Dunblane New GC. I hope you will put this date in your diary and give your support

 

The Adoption of all Reports was proposed by Dr S. Hartley and seconded by Mrs  M. Macrae.

 

8. Fixtures

The Championship will beheld at Falkirk Golf Club on Friday 7th May

1ST Round Matchplay on Sunday 9th May at 2pm

Quarter Finals on Monday 10th May at 5pm

Semi-finals on Wednesday 12th May at 5.30pm

Final on Friday 14th May at 5.30pm

 

Strokeplay meetings have been confirmed for

Monday 7th June at Tulliallan

Friday 25th June at Glenbervie

Monday 12th July at Buchanan Castle

Monday 9th August at Falkirk Tryst

I am awaiting confirmation from Stirling for Tuesday  20th April and West Lothian for Monday 24th May .

The Inter County Matches are at Royal Musselburgh from 28th -30th June

The East of Scotland Championship at Falkirk Tryst on 3rd October

The Cuthbertson Cup at Ratho Park on Sunday 18th April.

The Winter Round Robin sheets are available tonight.

9. Election of Office Bearers

 

Vice President: Mrs Helen Hunter said that since as 2010 would be her last year as President a vice president should be appointed and she had much pleasure in proposing Mrs Christine. Sikora . This was seconded by Mrs Anna Hunter

Vice-Captain. : The Captain Mrs Allan said that she had functioned for a year without a vice captain and it had been very difficult .She had asked a number of ladies who had all declined for various reasons . She asked ladies to consider the position and if anyone would be willing to take on the position to contact her .She would be willing to remain as Captain for an additional year to allow the new Vice- Captain to become familiar with what is required . She hoped that someone would come forward .This need not be a low handicap golfer

Hon. Secretary. Mrs Anna Hunter was proposed by Mrs H. Hunter and it was agreed and was appointed by an unanimous decision.

Hon. Treasurer : Miss Gail Haley was also appointed unanimously.

Junior Secretary: Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin was elected unanimously.

Committee Member : Mrs May ,Macnair proposed Mrs Jean Hillis as Committee member  for two years and Mrs Cathrine Robertson seconded this .

Auditor: Mrs Margaret Forsyth was proposed by Miss Gail Haley and seconded by Mrs Elizabeth Goodwin.

11. Election of Selection Committee : This was delayed until a vice captain had been appointed.

12 .Use of  Distance Measuring devices in County Meetings : Mrs Allan said that the committee had been approached over use of these devices in our competitions .She said that most of the clubs in the area allowed their use , Fife County ladies also did but East Lothian and Midlothian did not . Dr Sheila Harley explained that the position taken by  the SLGA and most if the governing bodies in golf was that they would not be allowed in National Competitions. The R&A had no plans to review rule 14.3  until 2012 . She felt that they were of little advantage to the average golfer and would slow up play .There was an extended discussion on the matter and a vote was taken. The proposal  was that Distance Measuring Devices would be allowed in SCCLGA competitions .The motion was carried by 54 to 19 .

It was pointed out that this would be for SCCLGA competitions only .A new set of General Conditions for Competitions would be drawn up.

13 A.O.C.B

Mrs Winifred MacCallum said that Hazel Glennie and former Champion of the County had died in Australia recently .This was duly noted.

Mrs Joyce Mulgrew asked if consideration could be given to altering the draw to avoid a two going out in the middle of threes in competitions .This happened when a player called off or did not appear .It was agreed that the players could use their discretion as  to the best arrangements for play should this happen . However care should be taken when doing this to ensure that  no player should be left without a playing partner .

 

These was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.53pm