Club and Handicap Championship Update 20th July 2017


Club and Handicap Championship Update

Please click below to see the current standings for the upcoming Club Championship:

Club Championship Update 22-07-17

The current top 16 cut is on players with a score of 162 and below.

Please click below to see the current standings for the upcoming Club Handicap Championship:

Handicap Championship Update 20-07-17

The current top 16 cut is on players with a score of 148 and below.

The final counting medal is on Sunday the 23rd of July, after this date the draw will be made for the upcoming championships.


Ayrshire Seniors Championship


AYRSHIRE SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP – Alex Macneil takes title at sunny Seafield

Ayrshire Seniors Champion
Alex MacNeil

Alex MacNeil (Rowallan Castle) is the 2017 Ayrshire Seniors Champion, following a single stroke victory at a sunny Ayr Seafield course on Tuesday 18th July.

In perfect, sunny, weather, 19 handicapper MacNeil was round in 81 shots for a nett score of 62, six under par, which gave him victory over Charles McMurtrie (Troon Welbeck) in the chase for the Sandy Provan Trophy.

One handicapper Henry Thompson (Irvine) returned the best scratch score of the day with a three over par 71, by virtue of the best inward half over Allan Coulter (Ayr Belleisle), though Coulter had the consolation of taking a nett prize in his age category.

Keith Ross (Beith) won the 55 – 62 age category with a nett 66, whilst McMurtrie’s 63 took the 63 – 69 age category first prize.

Jim Smith (Prestwick St Cuthbert) won the 70+ age category with a nett 66.

There were also a couple of nearest the hole prizes this year, at the third where Andrew McAllister (Annanhill) hit his tee shot to 16 inches, and at the fifteenth where Gary Cochran (Irvine Ravenspark), who was out in the second game of the day, was closest with 9 feet 7 1/2 inches.

Also included this year was a two’s event, and three players received prizes of golf balls for recording a two on their cards. Derek Gemmell (Ayr Dalmilling) was successful at the sixth, the winner Alex MacNeil (Rowallan Castle) had a two at the sixteenth, whilst Andrew McAllister (Annanhill) followed his nearest the pin effort at the third by holing his sixteen inch putt for a two.

Club Championship Update


Club Championship and Handicap Championship Updated Standings

Top 16 qualify for the matchplay stages in both competitions


Club Championship: Currently 162 and below is qualifying.

Club Championship – Update 17-7-17

Handicap Championship: As some of the qualifiers are currently in the Club Championship the current cut line is 148 and below.

Handicap Championship Update – 17-07-17

Their are two counting medals left to qualify for the championships (Wednesday 19th and Sunday 23rd July) after this the qualification will be closed and the draws will be made. The format of both Championships is knockout matchplay, with the last 16 and quarter finals played on Sunday 6th of August and Semi Finals and Finals played on Sunday 13th of August.


Curry Night


Glasshouse Restaurant Curry Night

The Glasshouse restaurant are delighted to announce a curry evening on Friday the 28th of July. For more information on the curry night please click on the link below or call the Glasshouse 01563 572678.

Curry Evening – Glasshouse

Course Report from Robert


July Course Report

Please click on the link below to view the course report from Course Manager Robert Johnston.

Course Report from Robert



Ayrshire Handicap Strokeplay Championship


Members of the host club were to the fore when the inaugural Ayrshire handicap Strokeplay Championship took place at Rowallan Castle on Sunday 25th June.

Rowallan Castle members took seven of the nine prize vouchers on offer during the competition, with, seventeen handicapper William Brown taking the top prize with his net 71 which put him two ahead of his closest challengers.

53 players eventually took part in the competition and the course was in good condition but a breeze made it testing at times and contributed to the CSS rising by three shots to 75.

The prizewinners were :-

Best NettWilliam BrownRowallan Castle881771
0 – 12 – 1stChris HobsonIrvine78573
0-12 – 2ndIain HoustonRowallan Castle79574bih
0-12 – 3rdGary AllisonRowallan Castle77374bih
0-12 – 4thBruce TraversLoudoun76274bih
13-24 – 1stBlair TaylorRowallan Castle881573
13-24 – 2ndAlex MacneilRowallan Castle941975
13-24 – 3rdDavid RooneyRowallan Castle941876
13-24 – 4thGerry BranniganRowallan Castle911477

The Campbell Scramble

Tri Nations Event

The Campbell Scramble Results are in!!

Congratulations to the winning team of Grant Wilson, Ruari McMillan, Jamie Watson and Ian MacDonald.

2nd Place: Iain Houston and team
3rd Place: Steven Roper and team
4th Place: Mark Tait, John Dale Smith and team

Nearest the pin:

Hole 2: Dave McBeth (Graeme McCubbin)
Hole 5: Andrew Donaghy
Hole 8: Connie Jaffrey (Cameron Grant)
Hole 10: John Cook
Hole 17: Iain Houston
Hole 19: Alan Cunningham

Longest Drive:

Hole 18: Mark Tait

Please see click here for a full list of scores, thank you to everyone who played in our biggest Campbell Scramble to date and well done to all the prize-winners.

All prizes are awaiting collection from the pro shop.


Rowallan Castle Host PGA of Scotland Tartan Tour

Scott Henderson (l) congratulated by Rowallan Castle official May 2017

Rowallan Castle 36 Hole OOM Challenge

Aberdonian Scott Henderson, Kings Links Golf Centre’s long-serving tour pro, scored his first Order of Merit tournament win for quite some time in a tight finish to the Rowallan Castle 36-hole OOM Challenge.

Henderson, 47, European Tour Rookie of the Year in 1997, the year after he won the Northern Open in a gale at Cruden Bay, had five birdies (short fifth, seventh, short eighth, long 13th  and 14th, offset by two bogeys (fourth and 11th) in halves of 33 (two under) and 35 (one under) for a three-under-par 68 to add to his opening 70.

His four-under-par total of 138 won him the £1,200 first prize by one shot from Steven O’Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) who had the round of the day, a five-under-par 66, which could not quite make up the  leeway after a first-round 73.
O’Hara had an eagle 3 at the par-5 third and five birdies in halves of 32 and 34.
His third bogey of the day came at the 18th which cost him a play-off against Henderson. Steven had to settle for the £900 runner-up prize.

Sam Binning (Mearns Castle Golf Academy) earned £700 for third place on 140 (71-69). He parred the last six holes after birdies at the third, fourth, 10th and 12th in halves of 35-34.

Overnight co-leaders Paul McKechnie and Gareth Wright failed to break par at the final attempt. Wright, with only one birdie on his card, had a 72 for 142 and a share of fourth place for a £332.50 payslip.

McKechnie had five birdies but also a triple bogey 7 at the 11th and double bogey 5s at two short holes, the second and the eighth in scoring a 73 for 141 and a share of eighth place for a £200 reward. Rowallan would like to thank all of the PGA staff, The Glasshouse Restaurant and Robert and his team for their hard work on the lead up to and during the event.


Please click here for the full results.


Captains Letter 2017

Tri Nations Event

Dear Member,

Another new season at Rowallan is finally upon us. The winter does seem to last forever in Scotland but it was great to see such involvement in our winter series event. It was by far the greatest success we’ve had with an off-season competition and will hope to continue it in the future. Congratulations again to winner Tommy Webster and to all who took part. With the number’s we had playing it augers well for the new season proper, and hopefully we will have more members than ever competing in all competitions this year.

With that in mind we have more medal options than ever before, including the first Rowallan Open and our first Doc-Thom counting event, both great additions to the Ayrshire calendar. This season also brings a new Ayrshire Handicap league, which along with the scratch league gives members the chance to play for the club and play some other great Ayrshire courses.

I must say it is a great privilege to be captain of RCGC, I’m going into my sixth season as a member and it is a fantastic club to be part of. From improvements on the course, increased numbers playing and more competitions than ever things have been rapidly progressing over that time and we continue to look at ways in which we can further progress. We have our first social event of the year next Friday, which will be a fun quiz night. Hopefully we will see plenty members, partners and friends coming along. The success of these nights will be largely measured on attendance and if you have any ideas for the future please let us know.

Finally, many thanks to my predecessor Andy Macleod who was a fine Captain. Last year especially was no ordinary year. The coordination of the marshalling team for the Open Championship was no easy task and the success of that week for our team was in no small part thanks to him. Letting him win the play-off last week in our Captain vs past Captain match was the least I could do!

We have our first counting medal tomorrow, and the numbers look great on the BRS system, I’m sure you can’t wait to get started. Play well!



Winter Series Final and Championship scores

Tri Nations Event

Winter Series Final and Championship Results:

Scores on the day:
1st Tom Webster 28 points
2nd Alan Ward 27 points

Iain Clark
Robin Gemmell

Winter Series Championship:

1st Tom Webster 54.3 points
2nd Alan Ward 53.3 points
3rd Drew Parsons 48.5 points.

Congratulations to our prize winners. Tommy wins a game of golf with our ambassador Jack Doherty at a selected date throughout the year. Alan wins two tickets one day tickets to the AAM Scottish Open at Dundonald Links and Drew wins a gift set of products from the shop.

Well done to everyone who played on Saturday and throughout the whole of the Winter Series. Below is the master scoreboard. Winter Series Scores Final