Cal Westall & Ellen Forbes win the Flag Competitions
10th February 2010 - The Flag Competition for the Juniors, arranged to provide sport for the local school in-service days, proved to be a very big hit today as they were played in glorious sunshine and in fantastic spirit. Cal Westall won on the Wee Course with his unique "Happy Gilmour" swing after 9 extra shots beyond the ninth green. On the Winter Tees, Ellen Forbes continued her run of fine form by running out a clear winner reaching the second extra green - a full hole ahead of all the other competitors! Congratulations to Ross Spence, Stuart Murray, Lee Gowans and Craig Bryson who applauded every one of Ellen's shots on the final hole - a fantastic demonstration of sportsmanship - especially as they had just been beaten by a girl!!!
IMPORTANT NEWS ON THIS WEEKS COMPETITIONS
8th February 2010 - Details of the competitions which have been organised for this weeks School "Holidays" have been published on the calendar. If you intend to play please e-mail Allan Bryson to allow an order of play to be arranged.
Also VERY IMPORTANT - the medal this weekend has had to be brought forward to Saturday as Allan Bryson is working on Sunday and Al Forbes will be in Brazil! Details are again on the calendar.
Greensomes provide great fun and great golf!
8th February 2010 - Another great turnout on a cold day with 28 Juniors competing in the Greensomes and one new member (Scott Heron) playing for his handicap.
Jack Reid and partner Jason Weir won the Wee Course Greensomes in the morning with a nett score of 35, beating Dale Brooksby and Gavin Williamson by one shot. New member Scott Heron impressed with his first ever round shooting an impressive 40 which started with a narrowly missed putt for a 2.
On the Big Course, fun and games were the order of the day with John Batemans hilarious arrival - which he quickly recovered from to fire the longest, straightest drive on the first hole and going on to win with partner Ellen Forbes! Jack Simpson and Stuart Murray arrived directly from playing football, covered in mud! Jack hobbled round the course bravely despite his sore legs.
All of the Juniors playing today received an attendance point in the Order of Merit.
Well done to everyone who took part - a great day again!
GOG is late for the Greensomes!
7th February 2010 - Drama at the start of the greensomes - would GOG (John Bateman) be there in time? Watch the video above WITH SOUND to find out!
Full report of today's play to follow shortly!
Hole in One in Junior Medal!
1st February 2010 - Andrew Marshall shot a hole in one at the 7th on the Wee Course yesterday going on to win the medal outright. The other main highlights of the day were:
Andrew Marshall, Jake Coxall and Amy Paton all broke their handicaps. Bad luck for Jonathan Mckendry who had to withdraw after two holes after twisting his knee on 1st tee. The very hard ground made it very difficult to judge chip shots and putting so the good scoring was very impressive. Full result here.
Lewis Fox had an excellent net 27 - smashing his handicap to win the medal outright. Again the course was solid making it very difficult for all of the players. Despite the conditions 8 Juniors went on to break their handicaps. Full results here.
ORDER OF MERIT
The Order of Merit is still all to play for with about 8 weeks of play left. Lee Gowans maintains his lead in the overall standings, closely purused by Craig Bryson. The latest standings and handicaps are available here.
Thomas Craig beat John Bateman in a very close, highly competitive, top quality match - Thomas won by 1 shot to reach the quarter finals of Winter Knockout. The updated draw is published here.
Credit where credits due - considering there were 29 Juniors at the course yesterday their behaviour in the dirty bar and also on the course was exemplary - long may it continue - brilliant day!!!
STAGE 2 PROGRESSION
Congratulations to Lewis Fox and Ellen Forbes who have both achieved Stage 2 Progression as a result of Sunday's scores. Lewis will play off the Yellow Tees and Ellen will play off the Ladies Tees come April.
The only black mark on an otherwise great day was poor marking of cards - Mr Bryson, Mr Kleinman and Mr Sneddon all incorrectly totalled their opponents cards! Need to get better!
Winter Coaching Starts This Week
25th January 2010 - The Winter Coaching Sessions start this week at the following times:
Tuesday Session - 8pm
Wednesday Session - 7pm
Friday Session - 7pm
Three places are still available on the Friday session.
If a junior wishes to switch nights it is up to them to arrange the swap with another Junior from a different session.
The names for each session are as follows:-
TUESDAY - Jack Reid, Cameron Yuille, Ellen Forbes, Michael Kleinman, Dale Brookesby, Ryan Ledwidge, Gavin Williamson, Lewis Fox - FULLY BOOKED.
WEDNESDAY - Cameron Fulton, Kenneth Orr, Craig Bryson, Ross Spence, Greg Tierney, David Burt, Lee Gowans, John Bateman - FULLY BOOKED.
FRIDAY - Stuart Murray, Jonathan McKendry, Jake Coxall, Aarron Beattie, Jack Simpson, Kyle McCann, Scott Heron - ONE PLACE AVAILABLE.
If you wish to take up the WInter Coaching opportunity send an e-mail to Allan Bryson as soon as possible
Superb golf to start the year!
24th January 2010 - The year has started with a bang at last! 17 Juniors played in the competitions today and you wouldn't know they had been away. The ball striking and scoring were fantastic from the first ball struck by Craig Bryson and Amy Paton on the Wee Course in the morning to the last putts made by the Michael Klienman, Ryan Ledwidge and Stuart Murray in the final group of the day.
WEE COURSE MATCH
Jack Reid, playing with his new clubs for the first time, played out of his skin and shot a nett 19 to take the honours. Jack's round couldn't have had a better start as he chipped in for a two at the first. Amy Paton's year got off to a good start too with a nett 28. Kyle McCann played for the first time for his handicap and shot a creditable gross 40 - hitting some fantastic tee shots - so it won't be long before we see Kyle on the Big Course! Top marks to Aaron Beattie, resplendant in his new Ping waterproofs, whose round got off to a shaky start, watched by Al Forbes, but came good on the last few holes when Allan Bryson came alongside and Al Forbes had to leave! What does that tell you? The conditions for the five players in the morning were tough with very low temperatures and a biting wind so they deserve real credit for perserverance as well as the good golf - well done guys!
WINTER TEE MATCH
12 Juniors turned up for play in the afternoon which was great given the relatively short notice and the still wintry conditions. The match was played as a best net sweep, and not as part of the Order of merit. Michael Klienman started his year with a brilliant net 26, fully 10 strokes under the par! This takes 5 shots of his handicap and qualifies him to move up to the Yellow tees in Spring, achieving the secong stage of the Junior Progression Process. Ryan Ledwidge recorded a superb net 30 to take second place whilst Thomas Craig took third place with a fine nett 31. Ellen Forbes and Shaun Lynch battled it out in the Winter Knockout as an added side show to the main competition, with Ellen edging it and progressing to the Semi-Finals. Well done Ellen!
In all eight players broke par and improved their handicaps with Stuart Murray also achieving Progression Stage 2 as a result. Well done to all of you.
Full results have been posted in the members area.
New Club Website
10th January 2010 - The new official website of Falkirk Golf Club has been launched. Following the success of the Juniors website the intention is to try and create a similar informative site for the main club. Whilst the new site has a lot of similarities to the old one there are lots of new features including news from around the club, a hole by hole guide to the course, a members forum, Greenkeeping news and lots of other new content. It will be further developed in the next few weeks so have a look and see what else is happening at Falkirk Golf Club. Click here to visit the site.
Winter Knockout Competition Draw
7th December 2009 - The Winter Knockout Draw has been made and is available on the website and the noticboard. Round 1 and Round 2 matches should be completed before 1st January 2010. It is the responsibility of the top player in each match to make arrangements with the other player to find a suitable time to play.
14th December 2009 - On another icy cold day Amy Paton won at last on the Wee Course taking the honours in the medal whilst later in the day Ellen Forbes triumphed in the Winter Tee Medal.
Amy has been knocking at the door for a medal win for some weeks now and at last made the breakthrough winning on a count-back to the last three holes from Jake Coxall, both shooting net 31's.
Ellen won on countback too from Shaun Lynch, both scoring fantastic net 30's and receiving three shot cuts to their handicaps. Kenneth Orr, Lee Gowans, Lewis Fox and Cameron Fulton all improved their handicaps on the day too - well done to all.
Sunday's results mean that Lee Gowans moves into a two point lead in the overall order of merit from second-placed Craig Bryson.
As well as playing in the medal a few Winter Knockout matches were played with the following results:
Ellen Forbes beat Ross Spence
Michael Kleinman beat Craig Bryson
Shaun Lynch beat Lee Gowans
Kenneth Orr beat Cameron Fulton
Lewis Fox beat Richard Furby
Full results, updated Order of Merit and updated Winter Knockout Draw have all been posted on the website.
Despite the icy cold, those who were well wrapped up enjoyed the conditions and played some great golf. Unfortunately not all Juniors were sufficiently well dressed for the occasion and gave in early to the cold conditions. The worst example was a Junior who was dressed only in a t-shirt and a cardigan - despite his bravado he quickly felt the effects of the cold and left the course. NO JUNIOR WILL BE ALLOWED TO PLAY FROM NOW ON UNLESS THEY ARE ADEQUATELY KITTED OUT FOR THE WEATHER!
Good News on 2010 Membership Fees
23rd November 2009 - The announcement of the Green Fees for 2010 is a clear commitment from Falkirk Golf Club to the development of Juniors Golf. Whilst most fees across the region have been increased the club has announce a significant reduction in entry level junior membership fees and the new category of Annual Wee Course Membership. There will also be no joining fee for new members during 2010.
The fees for 2010 will be as follows:
Wee Course £50
Big Course Under 14 - £75 (Eligible to play in medals on Big Course only after completing Stage 1 of Junior Progression)
Big Course 14-16 - £130 (Eligible to play in medals on Big Course only after completing Stage 1 of Junior Progression)
Junior/Senior - £240
Youth 17 - £240
Youth 18 - £290
Youth 19 - £345
Youth 20 - £ 395
Youth 21 - £455
Ladies - £480
Gents - £565
Existing members will receive notification by post of the new fee structure and payment terms. New members should apply to the club for an application form.
14th December 2009 - Two fun competitions, open to all club members, have been arranged for the festive period.
A BOXING DAY BONANZA (nine hole Texas Scramble) will allow all the new gear brought by Santa to be tested out on the course. Team entry will be £4 with 1/20th of combined 18 hole handicaps being used as the basis for scoring (don't worry the format will be explained on the day!)
A NEW YEAR STAGGER has been arranged for the 1st January to blow away the cobwebs and hangovers - played over 11 holes (1 to 9 and 17 & 18) with a SHOTGUN start. Again entry is £4 per team with 1/2 handicap and best two scores on each hole counting. Please arrive at the course promptly for 11am draw and 11:30 tee off.
Following the golf there will be a Karaoke in the clubhouse from 2pm until 7pm.
Team Member Tops Available for Christmas!
8th December 2009 - We have placed an order for a limited number of Junior Section Team Tops which WILL be available before Christmas!. These will be in extremely limited supply and available on a strictly first come first served bases. The tops are made by Nike and feature the club badge and "Team Member" logo. They are dark blue with light blue and white side panels and made of polyester cotton for easy washing and wear. The tops are priced at £20 for Junior sizes Medium (age 10-12) and Large (age 12-13) and £25 for Extra Large (age 13-15). Unfortunately other sizes will not be available until the early part of 2010 due to stock shortages at Nike.
Ellen Forbes is seen in the photo above wearing a Large version of the new top.
If you wish to order a top please e-mail Al Forbes as soon as possible.
Winter Tee Medal Midday Start
7th December 2009 - The Winter Tee Medal on the Big Course will start at midday on Sunday 13th December. Please be at the course for 11:30am to get signed in, warmed up and ready to go!
Texas Scrambles Provide Good Sport.
7th December 2009 - Yesterdays Texas Scrambles provided great sport for the players in warmer conditions than last weeks medals. On the Wee Course "Team Williamson" (Gavin Williamson, Jonathan McKendry and Andrew Marshall) came out on top with a scratch score of 33 to win a sleeve of balls each. Gavin came close to a hole in one on the 8th, hitting his tee shot to within a foot of the hole. For most of the players this was a first ever Texas Scramble introducing them to team play on the golf course.
In the afternoon the Scramble was won by Team Bryson (Craig Bryson, Ross Spence and Cameron Fulton) when a miss-hit shot on the last hole went in from 80 yards! This fluke won the sleeve of balls for Team Bryson who beat Team Orr (Kenneth Orr, Stuart Murray and Greg Tierney) by one shot with a net 26.
Once again Allan Bryson had to play as an "Older Junior" to make up the numbers - which meant he had a grin like a Chesire cat for the rest of the day despite finishing fourth as a member of Team Bateman (John Bateman and David Burt being held back by the old guy!).
Texas Scrambles This Weekend
2nd December 2009 - To add variety to the winter golf season we will hold a team Texas Scramble this weekend on both the Big Course and the Wee Course. Players should report for the Wee Course event at 9am and for the Big Course at 12 noon. The teams and the format will be explained at that point. Please come prepared for bad weather - remember we are playing in Scotland in the WINTER! (This means hat, waterproofs, umbrella, gloves, lots of layers and anything else that'll keep you warm and dry! Don't also forget pencil, marker, tee, and BALLS!!!!)
2010 Winter Coaching Sessions
2nd December 2009 - We have arranged a second phase of Winter Coaching with Peter Ledwidge at Forthview Golf Academy and Driving Range. The coaching will be over an eight week period from the end of January leading up to the start of the 2010 golf season proper - so a fantastic opportunity to get in great shape for the new year. Priced at only £40 this is fantastic value for members of the Junior Section. In addition by paying a £10 deposit now the Range is offering half price balls until the coaching starts in January and then through the coaching period until the end of March. If you are interested please e-mail Allan Bryson to secure your place. Places will be available on a first come first served basis. Each session will be strictly limited to a maximum of eight Juniors to ensure that Peter can spend sufficient time with each of the youngsters.
Winter Knockout Championship Launched
30th November 2009 - As if there wasn't enough happening in the Junior Section we've decided to put in place a Winter Knockout Championship for players on the Big Course. The format will be strokeplay over 9 holes with the best net score going through to the next round. Players eliminated in the first round will go into the Plate Competition. Anyone wishing to enter should either put their name on the entry sheet on the noticboard or e-mail Allan Bryson. The closing date for entries is 10am Sunday 6th December. A draw for the first round will be made in the clubhouse on Sunday following the completion of the medal.
Winter Arrives with a Vengance!
30th November 2009 - On a freezing cold day with a biting wind and snow lying on the Ochils and Trossachs Hills 30 Juniors battled for honours on the Wee Course and Winter Tees. Two players had to leave the course as they were feeling the effects of the cold due to inadequate cold weather clothing. This is a concern for the club as we do not want the Juniors to be put at risk playing the game.
Junior Match Secretary Allan Bryson said, "I would like to thank all the Juniors for coming along today and playing in the Medals. Considering the weather conditions to have 30 Juniors turning up to play at this time of year is fantastic.
Unfortunately many of the Juniors again were not dressed appropriately for the weather conditions - no hats, no gloves, light clothing, etc.
There is no problem playing golf in really cold conditions as long as you are wearing the correct clothing.
Al Forbes and myself feel we have a responsibility to make sure that the Juniors who come along to play, especially through the winter are dressed for the conditions. We have already tried to advise Juniors and Parents on the sort of things Juniors should wear i.e. plenty of thin layers of clothing, thermal long-johns, wooly hat, gloves, etc. Juniors should also have a waterproof jacket and brolley. Unfortunately we are still finding that some Juniors dont have those basic pieces of clothing/equipment.
From next week if we find that a Junior is not dressed appropriately or doesn't have a waterproof jacket or brolley for the Medal they will not be allowed to play.
We have also found that Juniors are arriving late for Medals which means they sometimes miss important information that I am passing on to everyone as a group. Can I ask all Juniors in future to do the following.
Arrive at the course at least 1/2 hour before the tee-time on the Calendar.
Go to the shop and pay for the medal and receive your card.
Go to the noticeboard - check your handicap and write it on the scorecard.
Give the scorecard to either Al Forbes or myself.
Make sure you have a pencil, markers, tees and golf balls.
Juniors who are playing in the Big Course Medals should now be aware of the importance of using the correct handicap and also signing the scorecard properly. Any Big Course Junior who fails to do this will be disqualified from the competition. This rule will not apply to Wee Course Medals as this is a part of the game that some Wee Course Juniors are still learning."
On the playing front, Jack Reid, with a nett score of 28, won the Wee Course Medal by 3 shots from Amy Paton. Amy's time to win will surely come soon as she has been playing consistently well over the last few weeks.
David Burt won the Winter Tee Medal for the second week in a row with a nett 29, taking 3.5 shots off his handicap in the process!
Lee Gowan's third place finish in the Winter Tee Medal moves him to the top of the Order of Merit as joint leader with Craig Bryson.
Full results have been published in the Members Only area.
Wee Course Saves the Day
23rd November 2009 - Yesterdays medals could easily have been cancelled due to the extreme weather being suffered across the country. However, the Wee Course, as ever, was in great condition with not a puddle in sight! The morning session went ahead as normal with 12 players rewarded with bright sunshine and very little wind until close to the end of their rounds when conditions started to deteriorate. The Winter Tee medal on the Big Course was cancelled and the play switched to the Wee Course where the players had to battle strong winds and threatening skies. Jason Weir proved to be the winner on the day with a nett 30 edging Richard Furby into second place by one shot. It is a credit to the Carmuirs Juniors that 21 players turned out on a day when most folks would have stayed at home and played on the Xbox or Playstation! Full results and an updated Order of Merit have been posted in the members area.