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January 2006

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30th January 2006: Wonderful News from Maureen Skinner

Maureen Skinner (Gourock) got engaged on Christmas Day.
Maureen has told me that Neil put the ring under the Christmas tree for her and for once she was speechless (apart from saying 'Yes' of course!!). Neil does not play golf but has played 'at' golf for many years through business.
He has a 10 year old son, Scott, who is very keen so it may become more of a family past time now.

Maureen we are all thrilled to hear your news and wish you and Neil every happiness for the future. Here is a card for you from all in the county CARD FOR MAUREEN AND NEIL

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26th January 2006: We are now at the semi final stages of the Winter Foursomes

Congratulations to all who took part in the Winter Foursomes as all the ties have been played up to the correct closing date for each round. The quarter finals had to be completed by the end of January , which they have been.
The Semi finalists  are
A Patrick and L Stevenson (Whitecraigs),M Craig (Ranfurly Castle)  and G McRae (Troon),E Macgregor and L Brown (Ranfurly Castle)and F Roger and A Robinson (Ranfurly Castle). To see all the results click here Winter Foursomes 2005_2006 Results

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16th January 2006: LGU Survey Report

LGU Press Release
FEW LADIES IN WAITING FOR GOLF CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Just one golf club in six (17.2%) has a waiting list for ladies’ membership, and on average it is just six names long, according to the biggest study of ladies’ golf ever undertaken in Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I).
Commissioned by the Ladies Golf Union (LGU) and carried out by Comperio Research the study offers a comprehensive profile of lady golfers and their views on golf.
A downward trend in the number of lady golfers who are also golf club members, underpins the research project in which 1200 lady golfers and 369 golf club secretaries took part.
Commenting on the study findings LGU Chief Executive Andy Salmon said:
"We have a wealth of new information which in many cases confirms what has long been believed. Clearly, the ladies’ game has a number of issues which need to be addressed for the long-term good of the game. We have shared and discussed these findings with the ladies’ and men’s unions in each of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and now look forward to seeing how they and their respective partnerships (where relevant) utilise the data to take the game and specifically, ladies’ golf forward."
The average golf club in GB&I has 103 lady members, each paying an annual membership fee of £460 / €678 and a joining fee of £485 / €715, although this figure varies significantly between countries. More than two-thirds of clubs (70.6%) were found to have vacancies for lady members, with an average of 26 places available. Clubs were found on average to have 460 men, 107 ladies, 58 boys and only 7 girls.
The average lady golfer in GB&I is aged between 55-64 years with a handicap of 25, plays 2-3 times a week and golf is her main pastime. She is married with children and has played for 17 years. Nearly 9 out of 10 lady golfers have another member of their household who plays golf.
Questioned on barriers to more women playing golf the top responses from both lady golfers and golf club secretaries were: lack of time 53.9%, lack of TV coverage for ladies’ golf 42.2%, clubs too male dominated 41.6% and too expensive 40.5%. Clubs seen as unfriendly polled 28.9%, lack of family atmosphere 24.9% and dress code 16.1%.
Although access to membership is not a barrier, with 96.5% of the golf clubs surveyed having equal admission to membership for men and women members, researchers found strong support for the view that government should legislate to make discrimination in clubs on the basis of gender illegal, a situation that already exists in Ireland. Three quarters of UK lady golfers (73.5%) and UK golf club secretaries (75.2%) were found to support legislation.
Additionally two thirds (66.1%) of lady golfers interviewed were of the opinion that men and women only clubs damage the image of the game but views were less clear cut on the future for men or women only club membership with less than half (46.7%) of those polled viewing them as unacceptable. Over a third (36.9%) supported the right to choose membership of a men only or women only golf club and 16.4% held no strong opinions.
The move to the CONGU Unified Handicapping System for men and women that came into effect on 1 February 2004 is found to be good for the game, supported by 73.6% of lady golfers and 90.2% of golf club secretaries.
Women playing in The Open Championship is also given a positive approval rating with 55% of lady golfers in favour but with most (80.2%) agreeing that qualification must be on equal terms with men.

Thanks go to Gillian Kirkwood for the Report

 

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13th January 2006: West of Scotland Girls Reunion

50th ANNIVERSARY
OF
WEST OF SCOTLAND GIRLS

WERE YOU A WEST GIRL OF THE-
50’s? 60’s? 70’s? 80’s? 90’s?

COME, ENJOY, GOLF AND REMINISCE AT A

GOLFING REUNION
AT
THE LADIES GOLF CLUB TROON
ON
WEDNESDAY 9TH AUGUST 2006

GOLF – BETWEEN 9AM – 12NOON (IF YOU STILL PLAY!)
FOOD – BUFFET LUNCH FROM 12NOON (IF YOU STILL EAT?)
FUN AND CHAT – ALL DAY (SURELY YOU STILL ENJOY A BLETHER)

ENTRIES AND ENQUIRIES – MRS M SEYMOUR
(TEL: 0141 570 3925)  or   EMAIL ---- Marjorie Seymour

FOR ALL FORMER WEST GIRLS AND WEST COMMITTEE MEMBERS –
A MUST DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!

ENTRIES CLOSE – FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 2006

Pick up an Entry form (Word doc) here  
(Save the word Document to your computer and then print it out)

 

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10th January 2006: Poem for January !

'Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The stuffing I'd nibbled, the turkey I'd taste
The yummies I'd eaten gone straight to my waist.
The wine and the mince pies, The bread and the cheese
I should have just said, "No thank you, please."
So as I dressed myself in my boyfriend's old shirt,
I couldn't believe my bottom and belly - the girth!
I said to myself, as only I can,
"You can't spend the year disguised as a man!"
So away with the last of the sour-cream dip,
Get rid of the fruitcake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
'Til all the additional ounces have vanished.
I won't have a cookie, not even a lick.
Instead I'll chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have Irish coffees, or chocolates, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly I'll cry:
"I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore-
But isn't that what January's for?"
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

Thanks go to Maureen Skinner for the poem

 

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2nd January 2006: Kick off your New Year by going to a PGA Level 1 Workshop and assist in Junior Golf Coaching

Erskine Golf Club will be hosting a PGA Level 1 Workshop which all RLCGA members and others are invited to. The Level 1 course is the introductory course which will allow volunteers to assist with Junior Golf Coaching. The workshops will be taking place at Erskine Golf Club on Saturday the 18th February and Sunday 19th February (9am - 5pm).
Application forms are available at the PGA Website.


 

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1st  January 2006: Happy New Year everyone and congratulations to Craig Reedie who is in the Queens Honours List


Click on the man above for your New Year Card

Craig Reedie  (pictured right )who in October quit after 13 years as chairman of the
Craig ReedieBritish Olympic Association receives a knighthood for services to sport. He was the unsung, less high profile hero behind Lord Sebastian Coe at the vote in Singapore which awarded the the 2012 Olympics to London.
"It's a great honour, but everyone worked very hard" he said at his Bridge of Weir home. " It was the people at BOA who did it all. This honour has much to do with their dedicated and professional staff"
Craig's wife Rosemary (RLCGA and Ranfurly Castle) will also start the year on a high when she becomes "LADY" Captain at Ranfurly Castle later this month

Our warmest Congratulations go to both Craig and Rosemary

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