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February 2002


Best wishes to you all for 2002 and I hope you are all out practicing for the start of the Golfing Season as I am. Of course I need the practice! With the resignation of Tom Dunn as Secretary/Treasurer from the 31st December 2001 I am pleased to report that the transition to the new arrangements have occurred relatively smoothly. The Islay Links Newsletter has not been a priority due to the upheaval but I hope this brings you all up-to-date. John MacIntyre Jnr has accepted the roll of Interim Secretary/Treasurer. Past Captain Alan Hyslop has agreed to be Assistant Secretary with his home address becoming the mailing address for Islay Golf Club. The Club telephone has also been installed in Alan’s house. David Brodie has agreed to be Assistant Treasurer and will support John with all matters financial including all the Bank business. John MacIntyre has managed to establish an office in his place of work for the Club’s computer and database etc.The new address for Islay Golf Club is 25 Charlotte Street, Port Ellen PA42 7DF and the telephone number is 01496 300094. You will note that John MacIntyre wants to be considered as Interim Secretary as he does not feel he has the spare time available to do the job justice. However I have every confidence in John filling the roll until a more permanent appointment can be made. I would therefore welcome names, from the membership, of suitable candidates for the post of Secretary. The roll of Treasurer will now be separated from the Secretaries duties and responsibilities as the workload, with an increasing membership, is too great for one person. You can contact me at home address at: Springfield, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm PA13 4AY or Telephone Number 01505 872706 or my email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Yours Captain Gordon Hyslop


We have received notification from the SGU that the Centralised Handicapping System roll-out will be deferred until the end of the 2001 playing season and will now be officially launched in April 2002. This primarily for two reasons:(1) Data Protection Act Islay Golf Club has only submitted Names and Addresses to the SGU not dates of birth or any other information that was requested. Members will receive a letter direct from the SGU issuing their Scottish Golf smart card and unique Scottish Golf identification number. It will be with this letter that members will be given the option to opt in or out of receiving further information on member’s benefits that are on offer(2) Players Score Input/Away Score Returns to Home ClubsThe SGU have been experiencing technical difficulties with the formatting of software to accommodate all the existing software systems that some golf clubs have installed at great expense. It would appear that they are close to resolving this problem and it would seem that the solution found should be of benefit to us all.With the introduction of the centralised handicapping system an integral part will be the recording of members who do not summit a minimum of 3 cards in qualifying competitions either home or away during the full playing season in the case of Islay G.C home members the review period will start in the April 2002 seasonPlayers who do not meet this minimum requirement will have their handicap StarredThis means that player will be unable to enter competitions in which a CONGU handicap is required. This includes official club stroke-play and match-play competitions and any qualifying competitions at other golf clubs.The players Starred handicap may, however be used for social and the like and it will still be valid where a handicap certificate is required to gain access to play at another course. Where Junior members who hold a CONGU handicap of 28 or below they are subjected to the same SSS and handicapping scheme as ordinary gentlemen members.To regain a CONGU compliant handicap it is necessary to return a minimum of three cards in accordance with Clause 15.3 of the Standard Scratch Score and Handicapping Scheme.Further updates will be made in our Web page.  


The standard scratch for the course played from the ladies tees is in the process of being reassessed, the results of this assessment should be known before the start of the 2002 playing season. The Ladies Golf Union have recommended as an interim measure that a Standard Scratch Score of 70 be used until such time we receive their full assessment.


Simon Freeman and his team have been extremely busy over the last few months and a number of course developments are ongoing.These include a new hole layout at the 12th with a new tee and green. (New 12th green to left of existing green)The new tee and green should be in operation during 2003 season. The new green is positioned to the left of the existing green, which can just be seen in the picture below. (View from New 12th tee position)Other course developments are ongoing and include the relaying of bunkers at the 5th(by popular demand) and the introduction of new brass hole plates at each tee. Machrie continues to develop and we thank Malcolm King for his continued investment in the course and Simon and his team for the ongoing hard work throughout the year.(Approach to New 12th Green) 2002 SEASON Here are a few early warning dates for your new 2002 diaries: -


May 25th /26th Machrie Open



June 29th Ardbeg AM-AM

 Sat 3rd Aug Cross week Starts


Sept 8th Lagavulin Quaich

Club Matches:


June 1st Kilmacolm (Home)



June 8th Lochgilphead (Away)



Aug 17th Luffness (Home)



Oct 27th Machrie Misfits (Home)

Gents Monthly Medals will be played on the 1st Sunday of the month except August.

MEMOS The Club’s web site can be found at www.islay.golf.btinternet.co.uk.To distinguish between members with email facility only and those with internet access would members who are able please visit the web site and record the visit with comments in the ‘guest book’. This way we can save postage once a proper email address book is completed.

TOM DUNN Tom Dunn would like to thank personally all Club Members for their kind wishes and messages of thanks following his resignation as Club Secretary/Treasurer.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2001 Club Competitions.

Icicle Trophy Tom Dunn

January Medal Nigel Carmichael

February Medal Sandy Peter

March Medal David Brodie

April Medal Nigel Carmichael

May Medal Kevin Cormack

June Medal Kevin Cormack

July Medal Ruaraidh MacIntyre

August Medal John Kidd jnr

September Medal Alistair Livingstone

October Medal Andrew Bauld

November Medal John Campbell

December Medal Ian Beck

Grouse Trophy Keith Mcdonald & Iain Maccuaig

Robert Brown Ralph Middleton, Diane Thomson,

Keith Mcdonald, Rosie Johnson

Western Ferries Lachlan Gairns

Laphroaig Trophy Nigel Carmichael

Marshall Trophy Douglas Tott, Alan Stewart

John Letters Ralph Middleton

White Horse Trophy Keith McDonald

Lagavaulin Prize Keith McDonald & Kevin Cormack

S P Morrison Salver Simon Freeman

Mrs Macintyre Trophy Nicol McKinnon

Logan Air Keith McDonald


Morley Hedley Ralph Middleton, John MacIntyre, Nicolas Bowman

Ardbeg Am-Am Douglas Tott, Dennis Melrose,

Ian Beck, Michael Bonar

Guy Quaich Alan Hyslop

Cross Country Tom Dunn, Diane Thomson

Higginbotham Trophy Nigel Carmichael

Bowmore Plate Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Lifeboat Spoon Jim Rozga

Luffness Quaich The Ladies

Soutter Trophy Alan & Greig Hyslop, Richard & John Kidd

Club Champion John Gordon

Lachie MacKinnon Liam O’Donoghue

Secretary’s Cup Alex Brown

Visitors v Locals The Visitors

Captains Prize Angus Kerr

Peking Cup Derek Gray

Consolation S/ford Ken Clark

S.W.Thompson Cross William Wallace

Kildalton Plate Douglas Tott

Kildalton Cross Robert Smith

Hunter Trophy Under 40’s

Calmac Trophy Nigel Carmichael

Machrie Salver Brian O’Neill

Bank of Scotland Alistair Livingstone

Lagavulin Quaich John Campbell

Foreland Trophy Jim McGhie

Mhairi Kerr Trophy Nicolas Bowman, Margaret Hastie & A Stirling

19th Challenge David Drewitt

D Mackinnon Prize John Edgar

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