Ladies Greensome

12 ladies played in the recent Greensome and the winners were Margaret Campbell and Gail McIntosh

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Ladies and Gents Club Championship

Carradale Ladies Club Championship took place in glorious weather with the players competing for the Chris Campbell Memorial Trophy.  As last year, the ladies two days of golf took place on the last weekend of the Gents’ championship culminating in the presentation of prizes to the winners of each section.

Results: Ladies Scratch and Club Champion – Laura McGeachy 139; Runner-Up – Marlene Walker 161; Third- Eilidh Neilson 185

Handicap – Fiona Rattray (nett 126); Runner-Up – Anne Storm (nett 129); Third – Lynsay McGeachy (nett 136)

Silver Salver – Eilidh Neilson


Gents’ Club Champion – Paul Davis 282; Runner- Up Bobby Willan Jnr 292; Third – Jamie Campbell 295

The Greenkeeper’s Cup – Danny Galbraith 278; Runner – Up Diarmid Dunlop 280; Third – Mike Holder 281

Fiona Rattray, Handicap winner; Moira Foreman; Laura McGeachy, Club Champion; Eilidh Neilson, Senior Salver

Moria Foreman, whose late father originally presented the trophy in memory of his wife, a keen golfer is seen here with Fiona, Laura and Eilidh

Danny Galbraith, Greenkeeper's Cup; Paul Davis, Club Champion; Mike Holder, Seniors Champion

Danny Galbraith, Greenkeeper’s Cup; Paul Davis, Club Champion; Mike Holder, Senior Champion

Senior Champion – Mike Holder 148, scratch after 36 holes

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Gents’ Captain’s Day


Paul Davis, in blue polo shirt winner of the Captain’s Prize with Gents’ Captain, Roy McMurchy (right) and some of the other prizewinners. The Captain’s Charity was Campbeltown Grammar School Gambia Appeal to be able to send pupils out to Gambia again to help with a variety of projects.

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Carradale held its annual AM-AM on Saturday 9 August this year, a departure from the usual Sunday. Despite it clashing with the Rotary Open at Machrihanish and the Mid Argyll Show, 16 teams took part and enjoyed an excellent day of golf in beautiful Winners of Carradale AM-AMsunshine.

This year, history was made with the winners and runners-up being ladies teams with the third team, a Gents’ team from Machrihanish.

The full results are:

1st – Laura McGeachy, Margaret Campbell, Gail McIntosh, Lynsay McGeachy

2nd – June Ferguson, Jill McKinlay, Jinty Halley, Eilidh Neilson

3rd – Charlie McIntyre, Billy Deans, Donald MacKinnon, David Irwin

Nearest the Pin 1st/10th – Derek Milne – Old Ranfurly

Nearest the Pin in 2 4th/13th – Ladies – Jennifer Owen- Old Ranfurly; Gents – David Irwin – Machrihanish

Nearest the Pin 17th – Campbell McCallum – Dunaverty

Longest Drive 18th – Ladies – Jennifer Owen – Old Ranfurly; Gents – Campbell McMurchy – Machrihanish





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Captain’s Day

On Captain’s Day a total of 20 ladies including invited guests took part in an 18 hole Stableford Competition and for the non handicapped ladies a 9 hole competition.

The early players completed their game in dry conditions, however the later players had to endure driving rain, gusts of wind and eventually a spot of sunshine.

The captain’s charity this year is SSAFA Argyll and Bute (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

This very worthwhile charity has helped a number of veterans and their families around Argyll and particularly in Kintyre.  With the support and generosity of the competitors, members and friends of the club, a huge amount was raised from a superb raffle, supported by a number of local businesses as well as individual donations on the day, entry fees and money raised at the Ladies Open.

A cheque for £575 ( since increased to £590) was presented to Mike Richardson, secretary of SSAFA, Argyll and Bute by his wife and Lady Captain, Margaret Richardson.

As usual, the course was in excellent condition, due to greenkeeper, Robert Strang and his assistant, son, Gareth’s hard work and attention to detail.

The results were:

Handicap – Margaret Campbell  40 pts; Runner-Up – Marlene Walker  38 pts

Visitor Winner – Hilary Oman (Machrihanish) 35 pts; Runner-Up – Lesley Armour (Machrihanish) 30 pts

Nine Hole winner – Gillian Kitson 19 pts; Runner-Up – Lorna Campbell 17 pts

Longest Drive 9th/18th (Silver)- Anne Gallagher (Machrihanish)

Longest Drive 4th/13th (Bronze)- Laura Finlayson

Nearest the Pin 8th/17th – Marlene Walker

Special thanks to the sponsors of the holes, Isobel Williamson and Roy McMurchy and to the businesses who donated raffle prizes: Carradale Gold Foundry; The Glen Restaurant, Carradale; Carradale Hotel; The Cadenhead Whisky Shop; The Blacksmith’s Shop; The Treehouse; Zena’sLadies Captain, Margaret Richardson with the prizewinnersMike Richardson, Branch Sec, SSAFA, Argyll and Bute receiving cheque from Ladies Captain





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Children’s Competitions

The Taylor Trophy (Boys) was won by Rowan Irvine.  The Girls’ Trophy was not competed for this year, but Anna Gemmill won the Junior Girls’ Trophy.

The competitions for children under 13 took place in July and August and there are some budding future golfers if their efforts were anything to go by.  They all seemed to enjoy themselves.

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Neil McMurchy Centenary Trophy

The Neil McMurchy Centenary Trophy is an annual competition played as a Texas Scramble.  40 players took part and the winning team was Bill Martin, G. McMillan, Lindsay MacDonald and Gillian Kitson with a score of 24.85 (29-4.15)

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Interclub Day

On Sunday 27 April, Carradale Ladies held their annual Interclub Day. Throughout the day, players from Machrihanish, Dunaverty and Tarbert enjoyed their round of golf in beautiful sunshine. Thanks to Greenkeeper Robert Strang’s hard work over the winter, the course was in an excellent condition. The host club put on a buffet prior to the competition and afterwards everyone enjoyed a delicious meal at Carradale Hotel. Thanks to all who contributed in any way to ensuring the day was a success.
Prize winners:
1st Scratch Linda Arkell (Dunaverty)
Margaret Robertson (Machrihanish)
2nd Scratch Lesley Armour (Machrihanish)
Mary McKinnon (Dunaverty)
3rd Scratch Margaret Walsh (Carradale)
Anne Gallagher (Machrihanish)

1st Handicap Eilidh Neilson (Carradale)
Ailie MacBrayne (Dunaverty)
2nd Handicap Sally McDougall
Isobel White (Carradale)
3rd Handicap Hazel Scally
Linda Brannigan (Dunaverty)

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Ladies Open

IMG_4355 Fiona Rattray and Laura Finlayson were the winners at the Carradale Ladies Open which attracted 36 entrants at the beginning of June. Despite mixed weather conditions, some of the ladies achieved excellent scores. The course was in tip-top condition, thanks to greenkeeper, Robert Strang and his assistant, Gareth. Fiona Rattray won the scratch salver while Laura Finlayson defended her win from last year to lift the handicap trophy. Scratch: 1. Fiona Rattray (Douglas Park) 72     2. Lindsay Ramsay (Machrihanish) 83 BIH     3. Sheena Murchie (Lamlash) 83 Handicap: 1. Laura Finlayson (Mortonhall) nett 52   2. Sheena Ferguson (Tarbert) nett 64   3. Margaret Richardson (Carradale) nett 67.

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Neilson Rosebowl


Despite contrary weather conditions, 28 golfers played in the annual Neilson Rosebowl nine-hole mixed greensome at Carradale Golf Club.
The competition is open to members and non-members alike and juniors over the age of 13. Winners of the Handicap Trophy, the Neilson Rosebowl, scoring an excellent 25.8 were Eilidh Neilson and Jim Galbraith. Runners-up with 31.9 were Margaret Richardson and John Rattray.
Scratch winners were Marlene Walker and Andrew Kitson scoring 36 and the runners-up with a score of 38 were Jean Brown and Angus Neilson. The condition of the course, in particular the greens was excellent, thanks to greenkeeper, Robert Strang.

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Captain                   Margaret Richardson

Vice Captain          Eilidh Neilson

Secretary                Sylvia Irvine

Treasurer               Margaret Walsh

Match Secretary   Marlene Walker

Past Captain.         Margaret Campbell

Handicap Secretary (ex officio)  Dede Robertson

Committee Members: Eleanor Bennett; Gail McIntosh

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Gents’ Committee

Captain: Roy McMurchy

Vice Captain: Jim Galbraith

Secretary: J.S Irvine

Treasurer: D. Galbraith


J.W Campbell (Greens Convener)

F.C King (Match Secretary)

S. Walker (Past Captain)

J. McFadyen (Team Manager)

J. Robertson (Handicap Secretary)




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Fixture List

Our fixture list booklets are presently being printed and should be with me soon.  However, if you want a sneak preview of the dates for next year’s fixtures, then you will find all the matches listed under the Events heading.  I need to point out a deliberate error in the fixture list booklets (again!).  The McMillan Salver, a Mixed Greensome match has been omitted from the Gents’ fixture list but is included in the Ladies’s fixtures. It will be played on Saturday 19 July at 4pm.

You will also find Open matches for Dunaverty and Machrihanish listed.

I have received quite a few membership fees already so thanks to all who have beaten the Christmas rush and posted early.  There are still a number of subscription letters sitting in the clubhouse awaiting collection from local members.

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to everyone.

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Dinner Dance

Carradale Golf Club’s Dinner Dance is being held in Carradale Hotel on Saturday 2 November 7 for 7.30pm

Tickets cost £23 and can be bought from :

Alan Walker 01583 431637

Margaret Campbell 01583 431272

Margaret Richardson 01583 431788

There will be a Raffle and all contributions greatly received.


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Following in his family’s golf shoes

Scott McGeachy, 7 years of age shows us his skill swinging like a professional. Look at the concentration on his face!  He went on to win the. 7-8 years competition recently in the Children’s competition. His aunt Laura has won the Chris Campbell Memorial Trophy 13 times, and his mum, Lynsay was the winner of the the Matchplay trophy this year.


He also discovered that a lost ball could lead to all sorts of adventures when he almost disappeared down a ditch!


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Golf Club Brochure

Carradale Golf Club now has its own brochure with information on Open Competitions, how to find us and links to other clubs in the area.  Information about two Hotels close by  (Carradale Hotel and Ashbank Hotel) can also be found on the brochure, as well as photographs of the course.

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The Tarcarra Cup

Carradale Ladies travelled to Tarbert recently to play in the annual Tarcarra Cup, currently held by Carradale.  In a mixture of sunshine and heavy downpours, Tarbert Ladies proved too strong for Carradale and won two matches and halved the third.  The return match will take place next year in Carradale.  Carradale Ladies, undaunted, thoroughly enjoyed the day and the usual hospitable welcome from their hosts with bacon rolls to set them on their way and a meal at Tarbert Hotel after the match.


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The Doctor’s Cup

The Doctor’s Cup, an annual competition played between Carradale and Dunaverty was won by Dunaverty 5-2.

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Keeping it in the Family

Team Owen came up trumps winning the AM-AM with a score of 51.  Lindsay, Jennifer and Ross joined forces with their father, Bob and nailed the competition.

23 teams consisting of 4 players (3 teams from Arran) took part.

Thanks once again to Carradale Hotel for their continued sponsorship of this event.Team Owen

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RNLI Shield

The RNLI Shield, an annual 9 hole mixed greensome attracted 40 players recently, helping the club to raise an excellent amount for the charity.  The winners were Angus Neilson and Margaret Richardson with an impressive nett 25.2; second were Ken Head and Marlene Walker with a nett 27; third were Lyndsay MacDonald and Margaret Campbell with a nett 27.4.

Angus and Margaret with the RNLI Shield


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