Juniors take on Newton Shield Champions
Juniors take on Newton Shield Champions Elderslie welcomed the Newton Shield Champions, Old Ranfurly. The Champions fielded a strong team with the initial 3 players boasting handicaps of 2, 5 and 6! It was also a warm return for Aiden O’Hagan the current Elderslie Junior Open champion. The drives off the first were fantastic with Elderslie staying in touch, and commencing the tough battle. As Robert McIlroy, Scott McGrenaghan, Andy (Old Ranfurly Junior Convenor) and myself (Craig Campbell) watched the games it was exciting stuff. 2 games were quickly over (Lewis and Caolan), however the rest battled on to the last few holes. The overall results are detailed below, however it does not state what a great night it was between two clubs who have become firm friends. Well done to Jack Tourish whose first Newton Shield performance resulted in a superb win. Also of note are the two reserve players who won their matches. Elderslie lost 5 – 1 Scores: Lewis Greenless (8) v Kieran O’Brian (5) lost 6/5 Ben Campbell (8) v Matt Dalrimple (2) lost 4/2 Caolan McGoldrick (11) v Aiden O’Hagan (4) lost 8/7 Heather Mushet (11) v Callum Bell (12) lost 3/2 Jack Tourish (24) v Ollie Weir (13) won 5/4 Evan Cole (24) v Arran Stirling (17) 1 down Jack Burns (15) v Callum Adams (17) won 3/2 Josh Campbell (20) v Alfie Sidebothan won 10/8 Results so far: Caldwell away – Halved Erskine at home – Elderslie Lost 4.5 to 1.5 Old Ranfurly – Elderslie Lost 5 – […]
New Display in Clubhouse
This week saw the opening of a new display in the clubhouse. It recognises the achievements of Stuart Murray and Stephen McAllister, two of Elderslie’s finest ever golfers, both of whom came through the junior ranks at the club. It is hoped that the display will, among other things, help inspire our current juniors to set and achieve their own golfing goals. The display also features many items of interest from the club’s archives and illustrates some of our club’s proud, 100+ years of history. Stuart and Stephen are pictured at the display with Club Captain Robert Reilly. Stuart was dominant in amateur golf in the 1950s and ’60s — culminating in his Scottish championship success when he beat Ronnie Shade 2 and 1 in the final at Muirfield in 1962. Playing No. 1 for GB&I in the 1963 Walker Cup at Turnberry, his success included a 3 and 1 victory over Deane Beman who was later to become commissioner of the US PGA. Stephen’s exceptional success came in the 1980s and ’90s. Encouraged by victory as an amateur in the world-ranked Lytham Trophy of 1983, he then stepped up to the professional ranks. Further triumphs followed in the glorious year of 1990 when he won two tournaments on the PGA European Tour: The Atlantic Open and The Dutch Open. Later that year he joined Sandy Lyle and Sam Torrance in the three-man Scottish team for the Alfred Dunhill Cup at St Andrews. Stuart had asked that a trophy he donated be played for by novice juniors who may not […]
12th tee updates
There has been an increase in the number of reports of golf balls leaving the course from the 12th tee. As a consequence red, yellow and white tee markers will be placed on the forward tee from Monday 31st August. All players must use this tee until further notice. If players are waiting to drive, those on the 12th green should mark their ball and allow the game behind to tee off. During Medal play, the white marker will be placed on the back/top tee. The hole will continue to be played as a par 4. If you suspect your drive has left the course when hitting form any tee, you must record the incident in the book behind the bar. Colin J. Haldane – Greens
Charities Day an Overwhelming Success
A lovely Sunday witnessed a great Charities day enjoyed by all. Over £1100 was raise for local charities (Elderslie scouts and girl guides) by all at the club. A massive thank you to all that supported, the juniors helped throughout the day and ended up coming 2nd, 3rd and 4th with the two teams they entered. The raffle was a great success hosted by club Captain David and Amanda, with the girl guides and scouts enjoying a putting challenge on the day. A great day that will continue to support the local community.
Major David Crichton Maitland – Honorary President of 43 years
We are saddened to inform you that our Honorary President of 43 years, Major David Crichton Maitland has died. It was he who, in 1980, agreed to the sale of the 212 acres of woodland, golf course, and adjacent lands to our membership at a bargain price. When he inherited the estates from the Speirs family in 1959 Major Crichton Maitland continued the relationship of goodwill which had been evident between landowner and tenant from the very foundation of our club. Elderslie Golf Club have much to thank Major David Crichton Maitland for.
Juniors play Barrasie (Kilmarnock)
12 juniors from the club battled fierce weather today playing a return match at Barrasie. The overall score witnessed Barrasie winning all matches bar one (well done Jack). The juniors continue to learn the harsh reality of competition golf with difficult weather playing a major factor, however it was pleasing to know on their return to Elderslie many of them went out to address their weaknesses. Barrasie were fantastic host with honest hospitality and great food, many thanks to their Junior Convenor Craig for making the day possible. Can I also thank the Dads and Mum who supported driving us there and back, and not forgetting Scott for supporting the juniors in all aspects.