Junior News 2006
2006 County Rosebowl
2006 Draw sheets
2006 Greenlees Results
2006 Golf Tips
|Sunday 31st December 2006 :The
end of 2006|
||After a fantastic 2006 season for the
RLCGA County Team and many of its players.
We now go forward into
a new year and hope to keep up the high standards on and off the golf
To see some of the highlight review photos from 2006 click on the picture
on the left hand side
|Friday 22nd December 2006: Your Christmas Card from
Your webmaster has eventually sent off all her Christmas cards. Here is
my last one --- Click on her picture to reveal all
Allow it time to load (might only work if you are on broadband -- sorry)
and make sure your sound is turned on.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
|Thursday 21st December2006 : Your Christmas card and
message from your Captain|
and her committee wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and all good wishes
Click on the picture to see it. --- Give
it time to load.
|Tuesday 19th December 2006: Kathleen McNeil's
Obituary is in the Glasgow Herald|
|In case you missed reading the Glasgow Herald ,
here is a link to Kathleen McNeil's Obituary that was posted in
the Glasgow Herald -----
from the Glasgow Herald. It is similar to the
tribute posted earlier on the web with some additional words from
SLGA President Nancy Chisholm
|Sunday 17th December 2006: Post your Golf Club News
on this Website|
I am having a trial run with a web page that I hope to
incorporate into the website in 2007 that will allow your own golf club to send in their news.
eg Gladys Speedie and Carol Fell can be
seen at the Douglas Park Christmas Lunch ---
Golf Club News in the West of Scotland. to read all about it.
If you would like to have a go at becoming a "blogger" contact
Carol or alternatively why not email me some news to
Email Carol with some Golf Club News in the West of Scotland. Your news will go on
automatically but under my name. I can adjust it if needed.
|Friday 15th December 2006: Get some Christmas Cheer
at Mearns Castle Golf Academy|
|Fed up with soggy shoes, windswept hair and
inside-out upside-down umbrellas?
Why not stay warm
this December and buy your Christmas presents over the phone?
To buy lessons for a loved one this Christmas, all it
takes is one phone call to Mearns Castle Golf Academy on 0141
644 8200 and we'll do the rest!
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have the following fantastic offers;
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an additional 3 months on all Season Tickets - when purchased
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|Thursday 14th December 2006:
European Tour’s Dean Robertson inspires young golfers at
Erskine Golf Club and an opportunity for Scots Girl to go to Texas College
for Two Years|
Dean Robertson, the reigning Scottish PGA champion and
Italian Open winner in 1999, took time out of his schedule this weekend
to encourage a new generation of local golfers.
On Saturday, the Paisley 36 year old gave a clinic to a group of
children who are being coached by Erskine Golf Club volunteer coaches,
through the national junior golf strategy, clubgolf.
Encouragement from the European Tour player comes at a perfect time for
the youngsters. Whilst other golfers in Scotland have hung up their
clubs for the winter, the children are mid-way through a coaching course
organised by the Club.
“This group of children had an Easter starter session, then a summer
school, and now we are giving them a six week winter slot,” said
Erskine Golf Club’s Junior Development Co-ordinator, Janette McCartney.
“We wanted to keep their enthusiasm going so we are very grateful that
Dean could spare time this weekend. The children loved the experience
and we hope that the word will spread and we will attract more juniors
has always had a strong junior section and a welcoming approach to its
young players. Janette, together with fellow club members, has made an
extra commitment to encourage local children to take up the sport by
becoming the only club in Renfrewshire to offer clubgolf coaching.
Launched by Colin Montgomerie and First Minister, Jack McConnell in
2003, clubgolf aims to create the opportunity for every nine year old in
Scotland to experience the game from 2009. Six Erskine GC members have
since become qualified to coach the programme’s Level 1 course. This
winter a further three will become trained to join them as volunteer
“We did have a big junior section before but we realised that they
weren’t going to be around for ever unless we did something about it,”
“After six of us became qualified to coach last year, we advertised in
local papers, spread the word amongst our members, I approached the
Active Schools Co-ordinator and got permission to send flyers around
“We attracted over 50 children, most of whom hadn’t played golf before.
One of my main reasons for doing clubgolf was we had no girl players but
now we have five as a result of this programme.”
In addition to creating this Christmas treat for the current children on
the programme, the Club hopes that Dean Robertson’s clinic this weekend
will generate further interest from other local children.
"The children on our programme have varying levels of ability but they
are all enjoying it and improving,” said Janette. “Some of them are only
just learning to hold the club whilst others are already at the stage
where they are ready to move on to being coached by our local Pro, Peter
Thomson, who can take them to the next stage.
“We start the coaching again at Easter time and now that we have a
larger group of coaches, I’m hoping we will get a similar number of
children from the local community signing up for the course.”
Dean Robertson said, “Erskine Golf Club is helping the development of
golf in Scotland by giving these local children the opportunity to play
golf at an early age in a fun environment.
“The volunteers are doing a fantastic job in teaching these
children the fundamental skills. Golf programmes like this one
will provide the required platform from which these kids can follow
their dreams and aspire to one day play like their golfing heroes.”
|Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas is looking
for a girl student/golfer from this side of the Atlantic for a two-year
scholarship starting in the spring of next year.
There are already two girls from England on the junior college's golf
roster, as well as three boys from England and two from Scotland.
The college website is:
More details available from Graham Gordon, sen, of SWM management at
You can also
email Colin Farquharson if you
Wednesday 13th December2006: Funeral of Kathleen McNeil takes place today
|Despite the appalling weather conditions approximately
200 people attended Kathleen McNeil's funeral
today at Greenock Crematorium. Kathleen had no close family and
was 90 years of age, and yet this large congregation filled the
Crematorium - a demonstration of the strong affection we had for a
wonderful lady who led a very busy and active life in golf.
The Rev. Alan Ward from
Ardgowan Parish Church conducted the service and paid the following
|Tribute to Katherine Wilson
McNeil, died December 8th 2006
(plus Some photographs)
– also known as Kathleen, Kate and Katie – was born in May 1916
and lived almost all of her life in Greenock. She was educated at
Beltrees St Columba’s, St Leonard’s School in St Andrews, and graduated LLB from Edinburgh University in 1939.
For many years she practised law in her father’s firm of W W & J
McClure in Greenock, but declined to become a partner because it
might interfere with her many other interests, principal among which
was, of course, golf. She was well regarded in the area for the quality
and integrity of her legal work. She had another, lesser-known, string
to her bow, as the proprietrix of McNeil’s ladies’ drapers’ shop in Grey
Her father, Charles McNeil, was Session Clerk of the former
Trinity Church and Kathleen’s connection with that Church and its
successors, St Andrew’s and Ardgowan, has therefore been lifelong. We
think she was the oldest surviving Trinity member in Ardgowan. A regular
attender, she was at worship on the Sunday immediately before the stroke
which led to her death.
From the age of four she was involved in playing golf, and her love
of the game grew and blossomed for the next 86 years. She became a girl
member of Greenock Golf Club in 1927 and in 1986 became the first lady
Honorary Member, in recognition of the enormous contribution to golf
locally, nationally and internationally. As a player she was
outstandingly good, being champion of Greenock seventeen times, and
several times at Kilmacolm. She was a member also at Troon, Shiskine on
Arran, and St Rule in St Andrew’s.
In golf administration she was twice Chairman of the Executive
Committee of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association. For many
years she was an international selector. She was the non-playing
captain of the Scottish Home International Team in 1969 (when
the Scottish team won) and in 1974. In 1991 she became Honorary Vice
President of the SLGA. She was also President of the Ladies' Golf
Union 1987-1989; during her presidency she was in charge of
the 1988 Curtis Cup in which the British and Irish Team beat the
USA team. She has been an Honorary Vice-President of the LGU
More locally, she was a non-playing captain of Renfrewshire Ladies
County Golf Association 1957 – 1959, of the county finals winning
team in 1959. She was an Honorary Life President of RLCGA, a
position created for her several years ago.
Kathleen was awarded an MBE for services to ladies
golf. She was a great supporter and encourager of all players, whether
club, county, national or international, travelling all over the county
and country. As recently as 1999 she went to Vancouver to support the
British Team in the Commonwealth Tournament. She was also given an award
from the Scottish Council “National Service to Sports” Awards.
There must be far more than this, and all you golfers present will
cherish happy memories of her talent and skill at the gowff.
She was very fond of travel, and was blessed with good health which
enabled her to indulge that hobby almost until the end of her life.
Although she was in some ways quite a private person, she was
immensely popular with all golfers and made many friends of all ages not
only in the golfing world but also in the non-golfing world. She was
modest and kind, and the twinkle in her eyes we saw in the photograph on
the website and in the Greenock Telegraph sums her up beautifully.
We shall miss her. We offer our sincere sympathy to her close
friends, and to all who knew her and loved her.
Tribute in the Greenock Telegraph ------ This was in
To see some photographs of Kathleen in
the last few years click here:
Saturday 9th December 2006: Renfrewshire's Honorary Life President Kathleen McNeil
MBE has died
It is with great sadness that I have to inform all our
members that our Hon. Life President Kathleen McNeil MBE (in her 91st
peacefully last night at 11:30pm.
Kathleen (pictured left --taken last month) was in great form at both the RLCGA and
the Greenock Golf Club AGM's at the beginning of November.
She then had a stroke on the 13th November and never recovered
A solicitor by profession, Kathleen was very involved with the
administration of golf.
Kathleen was Captain of Renfrewshire County 1958/59 and President
As well as being Honorary Life President of Renfrewshire, she was a past
President (1987/88) and current Hon Vice-President (since 1991) of the
She had also been Chairman (1965/67), President (1982/85) and was a
current Vice-President of the SLGA.
Everyone in Renfrewshire and Scotland are going to miss her. We always
looked forward to meeting up with her as she took such a great interest
in the golf and golfers, and was such a friendly lady who put everyone
at their ease. Our sympathies go to all her many friends all
over the world.
funeral will take place at 12 noon on Wednesday 13th December
2006 at Greenock Crematorium .
Guest Book for a new entry from Northern
Counties about Kathleen ---- plus why not contribute a comment yourself
Friday 8th December 2006:
Christmas Gifts from Mearns Castle Golf Academy
Christmas less than three weeks away, it's time to get those
presents sorted and under the tree. Do you have a golfer in the
family? Then why not treat him, her or even them to some of our special
offers this Christmas? Click here for more details -
Buy your presents from the comfort of your own home, contact reception
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