Ayrshire secured the West Division title by beating Lanarkshire 5 1/2 - 3 1/2 on the third day [Wednesday] of the West Division Inter County Match Week at Barassie. Hopes were high after a 2-1 lead from the morning foursomes. Even Ruby’s wonderful catering got kind of lost in the excitement. Could we do it again on the last afternoon?
Ayrshire had got off to a good start on the Monday with a 7-2 win over Dunbarton and Argyll. They won the morning foursome 3-0 and continued with a 4-2 win in the afternoon singles.
Ayrshire had another sucessful day on day two of the West division inter county matches. They carried on from their good performance in the morning foursomes to achieve an excellent win over defending champions,[led by the Briggs sisters,] Renfrewshire, 5-4. Suddenly the blooding the youngsters experiment, had an unforseen result!
Joy at beating the County that seemed unbeatable with its clutch of Internationalists was tempered by thoughts of coming down from that high and losing to Lanarkshire. And was it close! Most of the matches were nip and tuck. Jenny Linklater romped to an 8&7 win over Emma Caddow but Lesley Hendry only managed to secure a halved match after her opponent Fiona Norris [old rival Fiona MacKay] sunk her yard putt for a birdie 3 to win the 18th. Only a halvf point was needed to secure the West Division title. Connie Jaffrey playing in her first Inter County Match week had the extra thrill of a win on the 18th beating Susan Wood 2 up. To top things off Catherine Malcolm secured an extra point with a 3&2 win over Lanarkshire captain Lesley Lloyd. In the other two matches Rachael McQueen lost to Rachael Taylor 3&2 and Alex Glennie lost to Angela Devine 2down.
This is the first Ayrshire win since 2003 at Brunston Castle. We did not win the County Finals that year, but with a little bit of luck and fighting spirit, perhaps this will be our time at Dumfries and County GC in September.
Not to be outdone on the glory front, the Ayrshire Girls Team gad already won through by half a point in the Inter-County Junior Matches for the Kennedy Salver at Erskine on Monday, 13th June to show their elders the way. Last year they had failed in the treble but it was back to business again.
After the morning Foursomes, D & A, Renfrewshire and Ayrshire shared the 6 points at stake with 2 points each. Lanarkshire fought back in the afternoon Singles making 3.5 points from the 6 games, D & A added a further 2, Renfrewshire 3 while Ayrshire made 3.5 which secured the victory. The final totals of Ayrshire 5.5, Renfrewshire 5, D & A 4, Lanarkshire 3.5 is the closest overall result since the format for this event changed in 2007. Erskine was a great venue, despite the cold!, Renfrewshire the perfect hosts, and it was lovely to see all the girls competing in such a friendly manner. Our girls were:- Katie McGarva (captain), Emma Hale, Rachel Irvine, Grace Mackie, Alexandra Brown, and twins Gillian and Sophie Love.