April 2004 Archive
Friday 30th April 2004
JULIE AND SHEENA MATCH 77s IN ABERDEENSHIRE Q ROUND
Inverurie's Julie Henderson, the title-holder, and four times
past champion Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) topped the leaderboard
with five-over-par rounds of 77 in the qualifying round of
the Aberdeenshire women's county golf championship in very
wet conditions at Inchmarlo on Friday.
With The Laird's Course playing very long, Julie was out in
41 with 6s at the fourth, fifth and seventh but she matched
the inward half par of 36, thanks to a birdie 2 at the short
11th which was cancelled out by a bogey at the 12th.
Sheena did not have a birdie in halves of 38 and 39, shots
dropped at the 13th, 16th and 18th costing her the top seeding
which went to Julie on the better inward half.
Three youngsters - Murcar's Donna Pocock and Sjavon Wilson
and Ellon's Michele Thomson - qualified among the top six.
Qualifiers (CSS 74 non-counting)
77 J Henderson (Inverurie), S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies).
78 D Pocock (Murcar).
79 S Wilson (Murcar).
80 L Urquhart (Murcar), M Thomson (Ellon).
81 F Hay (Deeside), J Harrison (Cruden Bay).
83 K Thomson (Kintore).
84 L McPherson (Deeside).
85 L McLardy (Murcar).
86 C Wilson (Murcar), A Bowman (Ellon), P Wilson (Murcar).
87 A Smart (Banchory).
88 R Dunsmuir (Cruden Bay).
Did not qualify
88 V Riddell (Turriff).
89 I Thomson (Kintore).
90 G Christie (Banchory), K Stalker (Fraserburgh), E Whyte
(Aberdeen Ladies), L Murray (Alford).
91 P McGunnigle (Banchory), L Terry (Cruden Bay), J Whitehead
92 B Duncan (Banchory), E Brown (Aboyne).
93 J Slater (Aboyne).
97 S Gordon (Ballater), Y Moir (Kemnay), M Millership (Deeside).
Saturday's match-play draw (7min intervals):
10.00 Henderson v Dunsmuir, K Thomson v Harrison, Urquhart
v Bowman, P Wilson v S Wilson.
10.28 Pocock v C Wilson, McLardy v M Thomson, Hay v McPherson,
Smart v Wood.
Quarter-final ties begin 2.30.
Sunday's semi-finals at 10.0 & 10.10. Final at 2.30.
LEADING QUALIFIERS CONTEST MIDLOTHIAN SEMI-FINALS
The form of the leading players in the qualifying round of
the Midlothian women's county championship was maintained
in the first two rounds of the match-play stages at Newbattle
Golf Club on Friday - to such an extent that the top four
qualifiers will contest the semi-finals on Sunday morning.
It will be leading qualifier Karen Marshall (Baberton) against
former international Claire Hargan (Prestonfield) in the first
semi-final and Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse) versus Fiona
De Vries (Baberton) in the second.
Two of the winning Scotland veterans' team - they beat Ireland
to retain the Mary McKenna Trophy in Ireland earlier in the
week - just failed to progress. Pamela Williamson (Baberton)
lost at the 19th to Karen Marshall in the quarter-finals while
Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) lost on the 17th green
to Kirsten Blackwood.
MIDLOTHIAN WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP - Newbattle GC
Match-play First round
Karen Marshall beat Rita Dee at 19th hole.
Pamela Williamson beat Kate Rorke 2 holes.
Jennifer Bryans beat Jane Flucker 1 hole.
Claire Hargan beat Tracy Laughland at 19th.
Fiona de Vries beat Linda Caine 5 and 4.
Sheila Lyon beat Jane Turner 1 hole.
Noreen Fenton beat Louise Fraser 2 and 1.
Kirsten Blackwood beat Fiona Hunter 3 and 2.
Marshall beat Williamson at 19th.
Hargan beat Bryans 5 and 4.
De Vries beat Lyon 2 and 1.
Blackwood beat Fenton 2 and 1.
Sunday's semi-finals (Marshall v Hargan, De Vries v Blackwood)
begin at 10am and the final will tee off at 3.15pm.
Pam Townsend beat Carol Fulton 1 hole.
Maureen Knubley w o Sylvia Ritchie scr.
Maureen Gardner beat Eileen McLauchlan 6 and 5.
Pat Wood beat June Oliver 4 and 2.
Gina Thomson beat Margaret McLaren at 19th.
Mary Richardson beat Carole Mason 3 and 1.
Jill Ireland beat Sheelagh Richardson at 19th.
Molly Woolgar beat Judy Wilkie at 22nd.
Townsend beat Knubley 4 and 3.
Gardner beat Wood 4 and 3.
Richardson beat Thomson at 19th.
Ireland beat Woolgar 4 and 2.
makes amateur mistake
Scotland's Lynn Kenny, the surprise omission from the Curtis
Cup Team, has been invited to play in the Tenerife Ladies
Open at the Buenavista Golf Club this week. Joining Lynn are
three other amateurs, Spanish girls Emma Cabrera and Ana Sanso-Rubert,
and GB&I Curtis Cup team member Fame More (England).
The full strength Ladies European Tour produced some excellent
scores in the first round, with Finn Minea Blomqvist leading
the field with a six-under 66, closely followed by Johanna
Westerberg (Sweden) and Amanda Moltke-Leth (Denmark) on 67
and Spaniards Nuria Clau and amateur Emma Cabrera on 68.
Lynn was satisfied with her play from tee to green in her
first round of 75. Her three strokes over par were directly
attributable to three three putts. Imagine her surprise when,
on finishing her round, she was penalised two strokes for
taking a practice putt at the 12th (her third hole) after
the hole was completed. The penalty shots were added to her
score at the 13th giving her a bogey 6 instead of a birdie
4, and increased her final score to five over 77.
Practise between holes is allowed in the Rules of Golf (see
Rule 7.2) but there is a caveat in Note 2 of Rule 7 which
says "The Committee may, in the conditions of a competition
(Rule 33.1), prohibit: (a) practice on or near the putting
green of the hole last played, and (b) rolling a ball on the
putting green of the hole last played."
The Ladies European Tour have probably invoked this Note to
Rule 7 to speed up play.
It's a warning to us all to check the Conditions of the Competition
before we play in a tournament.
Scotland's Julie Forbes from Aboyne and Lesley Nicholson from
Haddington are handily placed on par 72 and one-over 73 respectively.
Pam Wright had an 80 and Fame More is on 81. Full scores can
be found on the LET
Catriona Matthew doing well...
North Berwick's Catriona Matthew, currently in the top ten
of the money list in the US, made a great start to the Chick-a-Flick
tournament at Eagle's Landing Country Club, Stockbridge, Georgia
yesterday with a 68 to be three strokes off the lead. A post
round interview can be found here
(NB. scroll to the end)
Scottish Womens' University Golf
ORGANISER ANNE FAVOURS JOINING UP MEN'S AND WOMEN'S UNI CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Scottish women's universities golf championship may be
played in conjunction with the men's week-long championship
at Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth with effect from March next
year. The women's universities event has been played over
36 holes in one day at one venue during the month of April
in recent years. This year's title was won by the tournament
organiser Anne Ramsay (Heriot Watt University & Kirriemuir
At the conclusion of the prizegiving at Edzell Golf Club on
Wednesday, Anne told competitors that she was in favour of
staging the women's universities championship alongside the
men's championship which has found a home at Lossiemouth during
the last week of March for the past few years.
"The girls who had played in this year's championship at Edzell
were all in favour of such a move with the proviso that I
wouldn't ask them to go all the way to Lossiemouth just to
play two rounds in one day," said Anne. "I favour adopting
the same format as the British women's universities championship
with a couple of qualifying rounds to decide the match-play
qualifiers and their places in the draw. So that could be
a programme of four days minimum.
"All of this has to be talked through with the organisers
of the men's universities championship to see if we can be
incorporated into their week at Lossiemouth. "
INGLIS WANTS TO BOW OUT WITH FOUR-TIMER
Walker Cup player David Inglis, pictured right, from Roslin,
Midlothian is determined to end his four-year golf scholarship
at the University of Tulsa by extending his record as the
only player ever to win the Western Athletic Conference golf
championship three times in a row. The tournament will be
played at the San Joaquin Country Club in Fresno, California
from May 3 to 5 (next Monday to Wednesday).
COLETTE IN KENTUCKY TOP 10
Colette Murray (Jacksonville State University), pictured right,
from Dumfries finished joint ninth in the Ohio Valley Conference
women's college championship at the Country Club of Paducah,
Kentucky. Colette had rounds of 83, 82 and 84 for 249 - 15
shots behind winner Nikki Orazine (Murray State) with 80,
77 and 77.
Jacksonville State (989) finished third in the team event
behind Murray State (963) and Tennessee Tech (977).
MARTIN LAIRD IS TOP BRIT IN US RANKINGS
Scottish youths champion Martin Laird (Colorado State & Hilton
Park), pictured right, is the top-ranked British and Irish
player in the Golfweek male US college golf rankings. He is
in at No 19 in the latest list.
David Inglis (Tulsa & Glencorse), a regular top-20 man over
the last two or three seasons, has dropped to No 37 while
Scott Jamieson (Augusta State & Cathkin Braes) is No 190 and
Kevin McAlpine (Colorado State & Alyth) is down at No 365.
Wallace Booth (Augusta State) and Mark Lamb (Arizona) have
not played in enough NCAA tournaments to be ranked as yet.
MVP AWARD FOR LOUISE
Former Scottish girls' champion Louise Kenney from Pitreavie,
Fife received the Most Valuable Player award at Iowa State
University's annual awards banquet. She averaged 76.7 strokes
per round in 28 rounds of college tournaments and was described
as "a valuable asset to the team" in the presentation.
US College Golf
CURTIS CUP AMERICANS OCCUPY THREE OF TOP FOUR COLLEGE RANKING
The selectors of the United States Curtis Cup team for Formby
on June 12-13 could claim, at the moment, that, as far as
the five college players in their eight-strong line-up are
concerned, they have got it nearly right.
latest Golfweek rankings have Liz Janangelo (Duke University),
pictured right, at No 1, Brittany Lang (also Duke University)
at No 3 and Erica Blasberg (Arizona) at No 4. Not selected
but ranked No 2, with a clutch of wins this season to her
credit, is Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA).
Supporters of the GB&I team should be grateful that the US
selectors did not think the California girl was good enough
to be selected - not even as a reserve!
The two other US team members in the rankings are Sarah Huarte,
who is having a slightly disappointing season for California
and is rated No 17, while Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) is
down at No 26 but won her most recent tournament by seven
strokes and could be running into form just in time for Formby.
The leading British and Irish players in the Golfweek rankings
are Rachel Bell (Southern California & Ganton) at No 88, and
Irish champion Martina Gillen (Kent State & Beaverstown) at
No 99. Jenna Wilson (San Diego State & Strathaven) is the
top Scot at No 109. Team-mate Heather MacRae (Dunblane) is
ranked 134th and Louise Kenney (Iowa State & Pitreavie) is
Other rankings include: 305 Danielle Roseberry (New Mexico
State & Sunderland). 518 Karen Delaney (Kent State & Carlow).
549 Suzie Hayes (Notre Dame).
East of Scotland Girls Champion, Stephanie Crolla, (McLennan
College) is the only Scottish girl playing in the National
Junior College Championship at Daytona Beach, Florida from
17/5/04 to 24/5/04. She has a lot to live up to, as Scots
have dominated this event in recent years. Claire Hunter,
Heather Stirling, Linzi Morton, Angela Finlay, Pamela Feggans
and Heather Macrae all cut their teeth in this tournament.
Stephanie is looking forward to the challenge! Good luck Stephanie!
CAN PHONE THE SLGA AGAIN
The Scottish Ladies Golfing Association is now back in contact
with the outside world after a brief hiatus following the
transfer of its headquarters from Drumoig to Perth.
The telephone number is: 01738 442357
The postal address is: The Den, 2 Dundee Road, Perth.
Don't all phone at once!
Thursday 29th April 2004
ARE BOUND FOR TIGER WOODS' OLD STAMPING GROUND
San Diego State University's "Tartan Twins" - Heather MacRae
(left) and Jenna Wilson (right) - will be playing in the NCAA
women's college regional golf championships next week but
another Scot, Louise Kenney at Iowa State University, has
missed out on end of the season play-offs.
MacRae from Dunblane and Wilson from Strathaven have been
a big hit in their first college golf season for San Diego
State who, thanks to their combined efforts, have qualified
to play in the West Regional championship at Stanford University
golf course - where Tiger Woods used to play - California
from May 6 to 8.
Danielle Roseberry from Sunderland, a student at New Mexico
State University, is also playing in the Stanford event.
There are 21 college teams competing at three regional championship
venues. Only the top eight will go forward to the NCAA championships
from May 18 to 21 at Auburn University's Grand National Lake
course in Opelika, Alabama.
Louise Kenney's Iowa State University team failed to qualify
from their local conference championship and Louise, a member
at Pitreavie, Dunfermline, has not been in good enough form
to be invited to play as an individual, as was the case last
Ireland's Martina Gillen and Karen Delaney - both students
at Kent State University - will be competing in the Central
Regional championship from May 6 to 8 at Illinois State University's
course at Normal, Illinois.
Notre Dame and Southern California are also in the field of
21 teams at this venue. Suzie Hayes from Dublin is at Notre
Dame while England's Rachel Bell (Ganton), beaten finalist
in the British girls' championship at Blairgowrie in the year
2000, is a member of the Southern Cal team.
Five members of the United States' Curtis Cup team - Liz Janangelo
and Brittany Lang (Duke), Sarah Huarte (California), Annie
Thurman (Oklahoma) and Erica Blasberg (Arizona) - will be
in action in the various regional championships. They will
almost certainly be further sharpened up for the Formby match
on June 12-13 by taking part in the NCAA champions from May
18 to 21, less than three weeks before the American squad
of eight (the other three are only at high school) fly to
MUSSELBURGH GETS R&A CALL IN 2006
Musselburgh Golf Club will become the Scottish regional qualifying
venue for the Open championship from 2006 onwards. The Open
is being played at Royal Liverpool that year.
Although there are 16 venues for the one-round regional qualifiers,
normally held on the first Monday in July, only one of them
is in Scotland.
In recent years, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club has used Lanark,
Deer Park, then Glenbervie and latterly Renfrew. In contrast
England, Wales and Ireland have 15 regional qualifying venues
between them. In 2006 they will be Ashridge, Little Aston,
Minchinhampton, Notts, Orsett, Pleasington, Prestbury, Rochester
& Cobham Park, Royal Ashdown Forest, Silloth-on-Solway, The
Island, Trentham, Effingham, Old Fold Manor and Pannal.
ANN RAMSAY WINS UNI TITLE
Ann Ramsay (Heriot Watt University), organiser of Scottish
women students' golf competitions, won the Scottish women's
university title for the first time at Edzell yesterday (Wednesday).
[Picture (right) shows Ann receiving the trophy from Edzell
Ladies Captain Kate Caithness, © Cal Carson Golf Agency]
Ann, a five-handicap member of Kirriemuir Golf Club and a
former Angus women's county champion, tied with English-born
Alex Marshall (Stirling University) on 153, both having similar
rounds of 75 and 78. Miss Ramsay took the title on the better
inward half in the second round, played in the afternoon rain.
Dawn Dewar (Stirling University) led the field after a first-round
73 but slipped back to third place with an 84 for 157. But
Dawn did help
Stirling to win the team title with a total of 303. Her team-mates
were Alex Marshall and another English student, Olivia Briggs.
Robert Gordon University (326) were runners-up. Fiona Mahoney
(St Andrews), who plays off 27, won the handicap award with
a net total of 143.
SCOTTISH WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIP Edzell GC FINAL TOTALS
153 Ann Ramsay (Heriot Watt) 75 78, Alex Marshall (Stirling)
75 78. 157 Dawn Dewar (Stirling) 73 84. 159 Olivia Briggs
(Stirling) 82 77. 160 Kirsty Wells (Dundee) 79 81. 161 Kerri
Harper (Abertay) 85 76. 163 Gillian Davidson (Robert Gordon)
84 79, Lesley Williamson (Robert Gordon) 84 79. 175 Katie
Brown (Edinburgh) 90 85. 177 Catherine Patterson (St Andrews)
92 85. 181 Suzanne Graham (Edinburgh) 89 92. 186 Deli Skinner
(Aberdeen) 98 88. 197 Fiona Mahoney (St Andrews) 94 103. 213
Melissa Nicholson (St Andrews) 111 102.
HANDICAP PRIZELIST 143 F Mahoney (St Andrews) (27). 145 K
Brown (Edinburgh) (15), G Davidson (Robert Gordon) (9).
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 303 Stirling (A Marshall, D Dewar, O Briggs).
327 Robert Gordon (G Davidson, L Williamson). 356 Edinburgh
(S Graham, K Brown). 373 St Andrews (F Mahoney, C Patterson,
St Andrews team who won the Scot Unis Women's league over
Catherine Paterson, Melissa Nicholson and Fiona Mahoney
St Andrews University's men's and women's golf teams pulled
off a double by winning their respective Scottish championships.
The St Andrews men won their title after a week of endeavour
at Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth at the end of March.
The St Andrews University ladies team came through a longer
haul to win the winter-long league championship by a clear
margin from Stirling with Edinburgh third.
The final placings were: 1 St Andrews 32pt 2 Stirling 17.
3 Edinburgh 14. 4 Heriot Watt 8.5 5 Abertay 5.5 6 Strathclyde
4. 7 Robert Gordon 3.
US College Golf
SCOT LAMB HELPS US COLLEGE WIN TITLE
Mark Lamb from Haddington, now a golf scholarship student
at Arizona University, helped his college win the Pacific
10 Conference title at Marana, Arizona. Mark, Scottish boys'
open stroke-play champion in 2002, had rounds of 76, 76, 76
and 74 over the monster, 7,435yd course at The Gallery at
Dove Mountain for a total of 14-over-par 302. That placed
him joint 28th in the overall standings. Team-mate Henry Liaw
won the individual title with nine-under 279 (69, 70, 72,
68). The Arizona team of six, including Mark Lamb, came from
nine shots behind over the last round with five counting scores
to total 1450 and beat their great rivals Arizona State University
by five shots for the title.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 279 Henry Liaw (Arizona) 69 70 72 68.
283 Alejandro Canizares (Arizona State) 781 72 66 74, Chez
Reavie (Arizona State) 69 70 70 74. Other score: 302 Mark
Lamb (Arizona) 76 76 76 74.
LEADING TEAMS 1450 Arizona. 1455 Arizona State. 1470 UCLA.
Wednesday 28th April 2004
Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay
The photographs are here...
slightly surreal, as the mist rolled in... that's Colin's
LIZ FAVOURITE TO REGAIN NORTHERN COUNTIES TITLE ON HOME NAIRN
Tain's Mary Smith, pictured below left,, faces a stern test
at Nairn this weekend when she opens her defence of the Northern
Counties women's county championship. Local scratch player
Liz McKinnon (right) will start as favourite.
New Zealander McKinnon won the title at her first attempt
two years ago at Moray. Then defending at Tain last year,
Liz was surprisingly beaten in the quarter final by Inverness
teenager Kerri Harper. Mrs McKinnon, whose husband Roy caddies
for her, has had a great start to the season, recently reaching
the final of the Portuguese women's open amateur championship
before losing to Ireland's Gillian O'Leary.
Liz will be returning to Portugal early next month, courtesy
of the Portuguese Federation. The winner of their open amateur
championship always receives an all-expenses-paid place in
the Ladies European Tour Portuguese Open. Gillian O'Leary
cannot take her place in that event as the amateur champion
so the Portuguese Federation have invited Mrs McKinnon to
take her place.
Missing from the 90+ field at Nairn - they will play one qualifying
round on Saturday followed by two days of match-play - are
Royal Dornoch's top three players, sisters Lesley and Pam
Mackay and Cara Gruber.
Gruber, an SLGA selection, travels with the Scottish squad
to Ashburnham to play in the Welsh women's open amateur stroke-play
championship on the South Wales coastline. Lesley Mackay is
going to America and Pam MacKay is unable to get time off
work. Pam, who attempted to get her pro tour playing card
in Portugal last winter, finishes off her winter job in Inverness
this weekend and returns to Royal Dornoch as a caddie to fund
her intended full season on the leading women's amateur events.
Golf Gurus in Nairn
Highland golfers were treated to a unique event last Wednesday
at the Newton Hotel in Nairn. At the invitation of European
Tour Professional and coach Gillian Stewart, golfing gurus
Dr Karl Morris and Jamie Edwards presented a Seminar on how
to Train your Golf Brain. Report
NORTH GOLF CLUB WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club on the Black Isle, north of
Inverness has been named the winner of the 2004 International
Environmental Golf Course award and a cheque for £1,500
by the Friends of Conservation and GolfPlanet Holidays for
promoting wildlife-friendly practices. The judges considered
nominations from around the world in making their decision.
The money is to be used for creating wildlife woodland corridors
around the course. The ecology of the course includes a variety
of important species such as breeding skylarks, linnet, yellowhammer,
whitethroat, grey partridge, brown hare, red kite and peregrine
falcons. Its grasslands are rich in wildflowers and butterflies.
"Fortrose & Rosemarkie are setting an excellent example to
golf courses everywhere. As golf tour operators and enthusiastic
golfers ourselves we are keen to promote and reward initiatives
that enhance our golf courses and the wider environment,"
said Morgan Clarke, managing director of GolfPlanet Holidays.
Ironically, Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club is losing its
head greenkeeper Stuart Hogg. He has been appointed course
manager of St Annes Old Links, Lytham with effect from July
after 12 years on the Black Isle.
UK Student Golf
Womens' ScotUnis at Edzell
The Scottish Women Students are playing two rounds at Edzell
today in the Scottish Universities Championship. Go and watch
if you are in the vicinity. They could do with some support!!!
Here are results from the last league game. St Andrews head
the League Championship with 32 points.
1st Scratch - Ann Ramsay 76 (5pts) 2nd Scratch - Kerri Harper
83 (4pts) 3rd Scratch - Theresa Caban 95 (3pts)
1st Handicap - Melissa Nicholson 71 (5pts) 2nd Handicap -
Fiona Mahoney 72 (4pts) 3rd Handicap - Lyndsey Johnston 80
League Points after 3 games 1st St Andrews 32pts 2nd Stirling
17pts 3rd Edinburgh 14pts 4th Heriot Watt 8.5pts 5th Abertay
5.5pts 6th Strathclyde 4pts 7th RGU 3pts
Tuesday 27th April 2004
KAREN HEADS MIDLOTHIAN QUALIFIERS
Baberton's Karen Marshall headed the qualifiers for the match-play
stages of the Midlothian women's county golf championship
at Newbattle on Tuesday. Karen had scores of 76 and 74 for
150, one shot ahead of No 2 seed Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse)
who had rounds of 79 and 72.
Defending champion Claire Hargan (Prestonfield) was the fourth
qualifier on 155 with a 79 and a 76.
The championship continues at Newbattle on Friday with the
semi-finals and final on Sunday (10am and 3pm).
Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park), the current Scottish
senior women's champion, was a surprise non-qualifier with
a 36-hoe total of 167 (84 and 83).
QUALIFIERS (CSS 72 72)
150 Karen Marshall (Baberton) 76 74
151 Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse) 79 72
152 Fiona de Vries (St Rule) 76 76
155 Claire Hargan(Prestonfield) 79 76
156 Jennifer Bryans (Harburn) 76 80
157 Jane Turner (Glencorse) 80 77, Noreen Fenton (Merchants)
158 Pamela Williamson (Baberton) 83 75, Kate Rorke (Kingsknowe)
159 Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe) 78 81
160 Sheila Lyon (Kingsknowe) 82 78
161 Jane Flucker (Craigmillar Park) 80 81 Tracy Laughland
(Mortonhall) 80 81
162 Linda Caine (Merchants 83 79
164 Fiona Hunter (Baberton) 79 85.
166 Rita Dee (Kingsknowe) 85 81.
+Jane Williamson (Mortonhall) scored 160 (82 78) but withdrew
from the match-play stages.
166 Elizabeth Simpson (Murrayfield) 84 82.
167 Aileen Kennedy (Harburn) 85 82, Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar
Park) 84 83, Betty Anderson (Deer Park) 83 84.
168 Hilary Laughland (Prestonfield) 80 88.
169 Mairi Pollock (Craigmillar Park) 86 83.
171 Wendy Nicholson (Broomieknowe) 91 80, Anne Hanson (Glencorse)
172 Letty Mackinnon (Kingsnowe) 83 89.
Match-play draw (Friday): 9.0 Marshall v Dee, Rorke v P Williamson,
Bryans v Flucker, Laughland v Hargan. 9.30 DeVries v Caine,
Lyon v Turner, Fenton v Fraser, Hunter v Blackwood.
Also See www.mclga.co.uk
for the scores and championship qualifiers
Judith Anderson led the qualifiers in the Borders County Championship
at the weekend. The matchplay stages continue over the Roxburghe
Golf Course on Sat and Sunday 1st and 2nd May. The draw is
1 JUDITH ANDERSON v 16 MARNY WADDELL
9 MAGS MORRISON v 8 WENDY WELLS
5 JULIE B-WHITE v 12 LIZ CAMPBELL
13 JACKIE PRESTON v 4 KATIE MASSIE
3 SHEILA CUTHBERTSON v 14 KAREN HUGHES
11 ALISON RUTHERFORD v 6 SHARON PATTERSON
7 ANNE DODS v 10 KIRSTY INKPEN
15 GILLIAN OLIVER v 2 EMMA FAIRNIE
Joan Marshall, captain of the victorious Scottish
team, holding the Mary McKenna Salver,
surrounded by the Scottish and Irish teams, after their match
at the Hermitage, Dublin last week.
Photo Courtesy of Pat Hutton... thanks Pat!
Here is the Draw
(Excel file) for the Welsh Open Strokeplay to be held at Asburnham
at the weekend
£4 MILLION PURSE FOR THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Total prize money for The Open Championship at Royal Troon
will be £4 million, an increase of £100,000 on the 2003 figure.
The 2004 Champion will receive a cheque for £720,000, an increase
of £20,000 from last year. The additional £100,000 will be
distributed amongst the 70 players and ties who make the cut,
with an average increase of 2.6%.
"We have increased The Open Championship prize money in line
with inflation and this again keeps The Open purse highly
competitive," said Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A
Group of Companies.
The increase in prize money should prove attractive to overseas
competitors, particularly those from the United States, with
the prize fund equating to U.S. $7.1 million at today's exchange
rates. In recent years prize money has been substantially
increased and in the seven years since Justin Leonard won
at Royal Troon, the first prize has increased almost three-fold,
from £250,000 to £720,000, and the total prize fund from £1.6
million to £4 million.
West Vets Spring Meeting Sandyhills 26th April SSS
73 Par 74 CSS 75
Scratch H. Anderson 77
Silver 1. H. Anderson (5) 72 2. I. McVicar (14) 74 bih 3.
J. Graham (10) 74
Bronze 1. M. Gray (29) 79 2. M. Doonan (24) 80 3. J. Thomson
Irish champion in 2000 and 2001, Alison Coffey bowed out of
international golf after the Curtis Cup of 2000 at Ganton.
More's the pity, some might say as the 2004 match against
the United States is fast approaching at Formby on June 12-13.
Alison felt she hampered her career as a civil engineer by
have a brief fling at winning golf titles and honours and
it was time to move from Northern Ireland - she played out
of the Warrenpoint club, near Newry - to the London area in
furtherance of her job. She became a member at Worplesdon
where she still has plus two of a handicap. And in Saturday's
(April 24) Roehampton Gold Cup - one of the few female tournaments
open to amateur AND professionals - Miss Coffey showed she
still has a golf game to match the best. Alison put together
rounds of 74 and 72 for a two-over-par aggregate of 146 -
two under the CSS (74+74) to win by two shots from Colchester
professional Sarah Bennett who had 73 and 75 for 148. The
professionals dominated third place with four of them tieing
on 151 - Kirsty Taylor, Claire Duffy, Claire Lipscombe and
Curtis Cup team selections Fame More (Chesterfield) - winner
of the Roehampton Golf Club in 2002 - and Danielle Masters
(Bearsted) elected to play at the London venue instead of
joining five more of skipper Ada O'Sullivans team at Troon
for the Helen Holm Trophy 54-hole Scottish women's open stroke-play
championship. Ada would have been pleased with their performance.
Fame (80, 73) and Danielle (75, 78) finished on 153, joint
LEADING FINAL TOTALS (CSS 74 74) 146 A Coffey (Worplesdon)
(am) 74 72. 148 S Bennett (Colchester) 73 75. 151 K Taylor
(Sandford Springs) 72 79, C Duffy (Sandford Springs) 74 77,
C Lipscombe (Cirencester) 80 71, K Evans (Wales) 78 73. 152
S Moon (US) 76 76, L Walters (Horsley Lodge) 77 75. 153 F
More (Chesterfield) (am) 80 73, D Masters (Bearsted) (am)
75 78, K Hutcherson (Porters Park) 78 75. 154 A Keighley (Lightcliffe)
79 75, K Knowles (England) 75 79, S Foster (Herne Bay) 77
77, E Weeks (Fleming Park) 78 76. 156 C Aitken (Mid-Kent)
(am) 79 77, C Leathers (Ellesborough) (am) 77 79, J Oliver
(Knebworth) 78 78, W Dicks (Hacienda del Alamo 81 75. 157
S Lovell (Stockbrook Manor) (am) 82 75, L Hamilton-Diggle
(Celtic Manor) (am) 75 82, V Bell (England) 80 77. 158 K Shepherd
(Guildford) (am) 82 76, S Heath (England) 81 77. 159 N Evans
(Pleasington) (am)75 84, C Hall (Filton) 82 77. 160 F Brown
(Silvermere) 86 74. 161 J Hodge (Knowle) (am) 81 80, T Boyes
(Meon Valley) (am) 80 81, C Grady (Dunston Hall) 81 80. 162
E Lyons (West Surrey) (am) 82 80, E Brown (West Wilts) (am)
79 83, H Burke (Mid-Herts) (am)76 86, A Radford (Rochester
& Cobham) 81 81. 163 A Silk (Corhampton) (am) 84 79. 164 J
Phipps (Gog Magog) (am) 81 83. ends
Monday 26th April 2004
Strathaven's Jenna Wilson (San Diego State), pictured right,
the holder of the Scottish U21 Stroke Play title, was her
University's top performer as she carded a two-over par 215
to finish fifth, the low freshman in the field, in the Mountain
West conference, held at the Sunriver Resort, Meadows Course,
Sunriver, Oregon, over the weekend. Jenna shot 71 on Friday
and Saturday after opening with a two-over 73. Her team-mate,
2002 Scottish Girls' champion, Heather MacRae, from Dunblane,
finished the tournament in 12th place after shooting 75 for
a 220 total. San Diego State finished in fourth place and
wait to see whether they have qualified for the NCAA regionals,
which should be announced later today.
Another past Scottish Girls Champion, Louise Kenney (Iowa
State) was a disappointing 46th in the Big 12 conference held
at College Station, Texas. Her scores were 80 and 79. The
third round was cancelled due to rain. Annie Thurman (Oklahoma
State), a member of the US Curtis Cup team, blew the field
apart with a seven stroke lead over the next competitor. Her
scores were 69 and 68 for a seven under 137. Iowa State finished
11th and will not be progressing any further in the NCAA's
And a third ex Scottish Girls Champion, Nairn Dunbar's, Laura
Walker, a student of Arkansas - Little Rock, finished in 28th
place in the Sun Belt conference last week with scores of
85, 82 and 77 for 244. Her team-mate Fiona Gilbert from Carnoustie
had scores of 78, 88 and 84 (250) and took 35th place. England's
Danielle Roseberry from Sunderland, a student of New Mexico
State, took 12th place with scores of 82, 77 and 73 (232).
Helen Holm CSS
The CSS for the three rounds of the Helen Holm tournament
was 75, 74 and 76 respectively.
The following girls have been selected to play for the Ayrshire
Girls in a match against Dumbartonshire & Argyll at Clober
on 2nd May 2004.
Morag MacPherson (Barassie), Roslyn Fleming (Ballochmyle),
Vicki Smith (Barassie), Claire Brawley (Barassie), Sarah Hutton
(Troon Bentinck) and Katie MacPherson (Barassie).
Irish Schools Championship
US College Golf
The current North-east youths champion, Greg McBain is having
a tremendous season in America. He currently leads the NJCAA
Division II individual men's ranking table with a stroke average
of 70.938, having been best player in the Tyler Junior College
team for the last five events.
Newmachar Golf Club member Greg also notched up two second
place finishes in the "All tournament Team" standings at Galveston
and Eagles Bluff.
Tyler notched fourth place with a 54-hole total of 920 at
the Garden Valley Golf Resort's Dogwood course. in the Texas
State Junior College championship. Odessa College won its
second straight state title and was the only team to break
900. The Wranglers fired a final-round 295 for an 889 total.
McLennan Community College was second at 914, and Midland
College was third at 915. All three teams compete in Division
I, while Tyler is the defending Division II national champion.
Greg led the way with 228. He shot 75-78 on Monday, then carded
a 3-over 75 on Tuesday.
"It played really tough both days," McBain said of the 6,754yd
"The weather wasn't great on the Monday and it was quite windy
on the Tuesday and the greens were really hard. It was hard
to stop the ball on the greens. The pin placements were really
McBain's final round included two birdies and one eagle -
a chip-in on No. 18. He also had five bogeys and one double
bogey, mostly the result of three-putting.
"I couldn't get the pace of the greens right," McBain said.
Greg is now looking forward to the end of the month when Tyler
will be hoping to retain their Division II national title
in Arizona, and then it's home to defend his North-east youths'
title at Oldmeldrum.
Sunday 25th April 2004
Emma Duggleby holding the Helen Holm trophy
Emma wins Helen Holm with a Record Score
Curtis Cup team selection Emma Duggleby gave herself a big
boost for the June 12-13 match against the United States by
winning the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play
championship with a record low total of 14-under-par 211 at
Emma, 32-year-old former British and English women's champion
from Yorkshire, had rounds of 71 and 69 over Troon Portland
on Saturday and forged clear of the field for an impressive
five-shot victory with a four-under-par final round of 71
at the Open championship venue, the Royal Troon links.
Four years ago Miss Duggleby and Rebecca Hudson set the previous
tournament record in tieing on 213 before Rebecca won the
"That's about as well as I can play at Troon," said
a delighted Emma who works in her home club Malton & Norton's
administration office and pro's shop.
"I could never play full-time golf. I would be bored
to tears. This way I have the best of both worlds. I have
actually been playing less and less golf over the past couple
of years but it does not seem to have affected my play. If
anything, I'm getting better results!"
Miss Duggleby, Faye Sanderson from Heworth, Durham, and France's
Marion Sapin, started the final round locked together in the
lead at 10-under-par 140. Emma birdied the first hole, Marion
parred it, and Faye took two shots in a bunker to run up a
That put Emma clear in the pole position and she steadily
pulled away from the field with further birdies at the second,
fourth, 11th, 12th and 18th in halves of 34 (three under)
and 37 (one under).
Miss Duggleby did not drop a shot until the 16th where she
missed the green on the left and she stayed out of Royal Troon's
punishing bunkers until the short 17th where she took no chances
and did not go for the flag with her recovery and finished
up with her second and last bogey.
Claire Coughlan from Cork, another member of the Great Britain
& Ireland team for Formby, finished runner-up on 216 with
rounds of 74, 71 and 71.
Dawn Dewar, 19-year-old Stirling University student from Monifieth,
finished the top Scot in sixth place with a total of five-under-par
220, following up a 71 and a 75 at Troon Portland with a gutsy
74 over Royal Troon.
Dawn was four under par for her final round with birdies at
the second, fourth, sixth and 12th but ran up a double bogey
6 at the 13th, squeezed in another birdie at the 15th before
bogeying the last two holes for an inward half of 40.
Duggleby and Shelley McKevitt (Reading), pictured right, won
the international team event for England after a tie on 437
with Ireland's Claire Coughlan and Maura Morrin. The tie-breaker
was the better final-round aggregate.
HELEN HOLM SCOTTISH WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR STROKE-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Troon Portland & Royal Troon
211 E Duggleby (Malton & Norton) 71 69 71.
216 C Coughlan (Cork) 74 71 71.
217 K Ruutila (Finland) 71 70 76.
219 S Harkonen (Finland) 74 72 73, N Edwards (Ganton) 74 71
220 D Dewar (Monifieth) 71 75 74.
221 J Schaeffer (Strasbourg) 77 72 72, S Jones (Pennard) 77
71 73, K Smith (Waterlooville) 72 72 77, M Morrin (The Curragh)
74 70 77.
222 S Westerlund (Finland) 73 75 74, M Bourdy (Bordelais)
77 71 74, M Smith (Hallowes) 73 69 80, M Sapin (Deauville)
72 68 82.
223 E Lind (Bro-Balsta) 79 67 77.
224 K Matharu (Sandmoor) 71 73 80, F Sanderson (Heworth) 71
225 S Garbutt (Ganton) 77 74 74, A Highgate (Southerndown)
75 75 75, M Pow (Selkirk) 71 76 78, D Smith (Co Louth) 73
74 78, A Laing (Vale of Leven) 74 73 78.
226 A-S Le Nalio (Val Queven) 78 77 71, S McKevitt (Reading)
72 78 76, C Queen (Strathclyde Univ) 78 71 77, J Nicolson
(Wrexham) 75 73 78, J Klatten (St Cloud) 76 71 79.
227 L Kenny (Stirling Univ) 77 74 76, L Gendronneau (La Baule)
73 76 78, R Lomas (Hallowes) 76 73 78.
228 C Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 82 72 74, C Westrup (Kristianstads)
76 73 79, S Evans (Vale of Llangollen) 73 74 81.
229 M Allen (Moor Park) 74 78 77, E Giraud (Racing Club de
France) 74 75 80, E McKinnon (Nairn) 75 73 81.
230 M Scalabre (St Germain) 80 77 73, L Ball (Matfen Hall)
81 74 75, K Hanwell (Northampton) 75 77 78, C Hargan (Prestonfield)
76 74 80.
231 C Frick (Jonkopings) 80 74 77, S Keane (The Curragh) 78
75 78, J Ewart (Catterick) 71 78 82.
232 H Nolan (Shannon) 78 77 77, A Scott (Consett) 79 74 79,
E Sheffield (Newark) 76 75 81, S Harju (Finland) 76 74 82.
233 M Hallanoro (Finland) 77 75 81, F Johnson (Harborne) 72
77 84, K Heywood (Crompton & Royton) 75 73 85.
234 O Briggs (Delamere Forest) 76 76 82.
235 G O'Leary (Cork) 74 78 83, N Haywood (Rotherham) 74 78
236 M Snickars (Finland) 78 76 82, J Ross (Whitley Bay) 79
75 82, L Mackay (Royal Dornoch) 78 74 84, S Birks (Wolstanton)
75 74 87.
238 J Carthew (Ladybank) 82 72 84.
241 K Brotherton (Tulliallan) 79 78 84, K Dobson (The Oaks)
81 76 84.
242 A-C Gourinat (Porcelaine) 81 81 80.
243 K McKenna (Tynemouth) 80 84 79, A-K Salmen (Finland) 80
82 81, E Cuthill (Lanark) 87 74 82.
245 D Jackson (Cochrane Castle) 83 79 83, S Brodie (Delamere
Forest) 75 83 87.
246 R Svahn (Finland) 84 78 84, R Youngman (Oundle) 80 79
251 R Rankin (Lanark) 87 77 87, C Lee (West Lancashire) 88
257 C Taylor (Troon Ladies) 81 84 92.
INTERNATIONAL TEAM EVENT
437 England (E Duggleby & S McKevitt), Ireland (C Coughlan
& M Morrin) (England won trophy on better third-round
439 Finland (K Ruutila & S Westerlund).
446 Wales (A Highgate & S Jones).
448 France (A-S Le Nalio & M Sapin).
452 Scotland (L Kenny & A Laing).
459 Sweden (C Frick & C Westrup).
KATRINA WINS FIFE COUNTY TITLE
Katrina Milne, playing over her home course, won the Fife
women's county golf championship at Dunfermline Golf Club
today. The No 4 qualifier for the match-play stages, Katrina
beat the seventh seed, Dorothy Ford (Scotscraig) by 3 and
1 in the final. Dorothy had beaten former Scottish champion
Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) in the quarter-finals and No 3
seed Fiona Lockhart, also St Regulus, in the semi-finals.
Katrina beat 15-year-old Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), the
No 1 qualifier and recent winner of the SLGA St Leonards Scottish
open Under-16 girls' stroke-play championship, by one hole
in the morning semi-finals.
Miss Milne got off to a good start in the final and was four
up at one stage before Dorothy fought back to slash the leeway
to only one hole.
Then Katrina clinched the title by winning the 16th and 17th.
Fife Championship Lunch-time results
IT'S KATRINA v DOROTHY FOR FIFE TITLE
Katrina Milne, playing over her home course, and Dorothy Ford
(Scotscraig) won their way through to the final of the Fife
women's county golf championship at Dunfermline Golf Club
Katrina beat 15-year-old Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), the
No 1 seed and recent winner of the SLGA St Leonards Scottish
open Under-16 girls' stroke-play title, by one hole in the
In the second semi-final, there was a form upset when Dorothy
Ford won by 3 and 2 over Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus), the
No 3 qualifier. Earlier Dorothy had beaten former Scottish
champion Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) by one hole.
Collated results so farFIFE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP _
Match-play first round _
K Caithness (St Regulus) beat G Davidson (Saline) 5 and 4.
J Sharp (Kirkcaldy) beat M Campsie (Scotscraig) 3 and 1.
L Rolland (Dunfermline) beat L Bennett (Ladybank) 2 and 1.
K Milne (Dunfermline) beat S Millar (Kirkcaldy) 7 and 6.
F Lockhart (St Regulus) beat L Fair (Kirkcaldy) 2 and 1.
A Wilton (Ladybank) beat K Webster (Ladybank) 1 hole.
D Ford (Scotscraig) beat B Copland (Scotscraig) 6 and 5.
E Moffat (St Regulus) beat E Hodgetts (Balbirnie Park) 6 and5.
Caithness beat Sharp at 20th.
Milne beat Rolland 3 and 2.
Lockhart beat Wilton 5 and 3.
Ford beat Moffat 1 hole.
Milne beat Caithness 1 hole.
Ford beat Lockhart 3 and 2.
Saturday 24th April 2004
LEADS BUT SHE'S NOT COUNTING HELEN HOLM CHICKENS AT TROON(pictured
right) and Faye Sanderson, and Marion Sapin from France share
the lead on 10-under-par 140 with one round to play over this
year's Open championship venue, the Royal Troon links, tomorrow
In the opening rounds over the par-75 Troon Portland course,
Curtis Cup team selection Duggleby of the Malton & Norton
club shot 71 and 69, the 6ft-plus Sapin from Deauville had
a 72 and 68 and late finisher Sanderson from Heworth, Durham
returned 71 and 69.
Emma, a former British women's champion, will not be counting
her chickens just yet ....
In last year's third and final round, Emma ran up a 10 at
the par-5 15th on her way an 83.
Miss Duggleby had everything from an eagle 3 to a triple bogey
6 in her second round. She had her eagle at the second and
birdied the first, fourth and sixth to be five under par after
only six holes.
Then Emma went from the sublime to the ridiculous with a 6
at the par-3 eighth which measures only 127yd. That was the
only blip on a brilliant round which took off again with a
run of birdie-birdie-birdie from the 10th to the 12th. A seventh
birdie followed at the 15th on her way to an inward half of
Marion, 24-year-old beaten finalist in last year's French
women's championship, bogeyed the 16th with three putts and
went out of bounds to run up a double bogey at the 17th or
else she could have gone clear of the field in the second
She had started with an eagle and then birdied the second,
sixth, eighth, ninth, 11th, 12th, 15th and 18th in halves
of 32 and 36.
HELEN HOLM SCOTTISH WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR STROKE-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Troon Portland Golf Club
SECOND ROUND TOTALS
140 E Duggleby (Malton & Norton) 71 69, M Sapin (Deauville)
72 68, F Sanderson (Heworth) 71 69.
141 K Ruutilla (Finland) 71 70.
142 M Smith (Hallowes) 73 69.
144 K Smith (Waterlooville) 72 72, M Morrin (The Curragh)
74 70, K Matharu (Sandmoor) 71 73.
145 C Coughlan (Cork) 74 71, N Edwards (Ganton) 74 71.
146 E Lind (Bro-Balsta) 79 67, S Harkonen (Finland) 74 72,
D Dewar (Monifieth) 71 75.
147 A Laing (Vale of Leven) 74 73, M Pow (Selkirk) 71 76,
S Evans (Vale Llangollen) 73 74, J Klatten (St Cloud) 76 71,
D Smith (Co Louth) 73 74.
148 S Jones (Pennard) 77 71, M Bourdy (Bordelais) 77 71, S
Westerlund (Finland) 73 75, E McKinnon (Nairn) 75 73, J Nicolson
(Wrexham) 75 73, K Heywood (Crompton & Royton) 75 73.
149 E Giraud (Racing Club de France) 74 75, C Westrup (Kristianstads)
76 73, C Queen (Strathclyde Univ) 78 71, J Schaeffer (Strasbourg)
77 72, F Johnson (Harborne) 72 77, R Lomas (Hallowes) 76 73,
L Gendronneau (La Baule) 73 76, S Birks (Wolstanton) 75 74,
J Ewart (Catterick) 71 78.
150 A Highgate (Southerndown) 75 75, S McKevitt (Reading)
72 78, C Hargan (Prestonfield) 76 74, S Harju (Finland) 76
151 L Kenny (Stirling Univ) 77 74, S Garbutt (Ganton) 77 74,
E Sheffield (Newark) 76 75.
152 L Mackay (Royal Dornoch) 78 74, M Hallanoro (Finland)
77 75, M Allen (Moor Park) 74 78, K Hanwell (Northampton)
75 77, O Briggs (Delamere Forest) 76 76, G O'Leary (Cork)
153 S Keane (The Curragh) 78 75, A Scott (Consett) 79 74.
154 J Ross (Whitley Bay) 79 75, C Frick (Jonkopings) 80 74,
J Carthew (Ladybank) 82 72, M Snickars (Finland) 78 76, C
Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 82 72.
155 A-S Le Nalio (Val Queven) 78 77, L Ball (Matfen Hall)
81 74, H Nolan (Shannon) 78 77.
157 K Brotherton (Tulliallan) 79 78, M Scalabre (St Germain)
80 87, K Dobson (The Oaks) 81 76.
158 S Brodie (Delamere Forest) 75 83.
159 R Youngman (Oundle) 80 79.
161 E Cuthill (Lanark) 87 74.
162 A-K Salmen (Finland) 80 82, A-C Gourinat (Porcelaine)
81 81, R Svahn (Finland) 84 78, D Jackson (Cochrane Castle)
163 C Lee (West Lancs) 88 75.
164 R Rankin (Lanark) 87 77, K McKenna (Tynemouth) 80 84.
165 C Taylor (Troon Ladies) 81 84.
Holm, first round scores
MARTINE'S LATE SLIPS BUT SHE STILL SHARES "HELEN HOLM"
Borders champion Martine Pow, pictured right, from Selkirk
gave up the chance of defending that title to make her debut
in the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play
championship this weekend - and shot a four-under-par 71 to
share the early first-round lead with Curtis Cup player Emma
Duggleby from Lancashire over Troon Portland course today
"The Borders championship always clashes with the 'Helen
Holm' so I've never been able to play at Troon in the past
but this year I decided I would miss out on the qualifying
round for my local championship," said Martine.
After bogeying the second, had a glory run of five consecutive
birdies and an eagle between the seventh and the 12th, where
she got an eagle 3. Another birdie at the 14th put her seven
under par but she slipped up with a three-putt bogey at the
16th and two-shots in a bunker to double-bogey the 17th.
FIRST ROUND SCORES
71 E Duggleby (Malton & Norton), M Pow (Selkirk).
72 K Smith (Waterlooville), S McKevitt (Reading), F Johnson
73 S Westerlund (Finland).
74 A Laing (Vale of Leven), C Coughlan (Cork), E Giraud (Racing
Club de France), N Edwards (Ganton), M Morrin (The Curragh).
75 A Highgate (Southerndown), E McKinnon (Nairn),.
76 C Westrup (Kristianstads).
77 L Kenny (Stirling Univ), S Jones (Pennard), M Bourdy (Bordelais),
S Garbutt (Ganton), J Schaeffer (Strasbourg).
78 C Queen (Strathclyde Univ), L Mackay (Royal Dornoch), A-S
Le Nalio (Val Queven).
79 E Lind (Bro-Balsta), K Brotherton (Tulliallan), J Ross
80 M Scalabre (St Germain).
81 C Taylor (Troon Ladies).
R Rankin (Lanark).
SARA RETAINS D AND A TITLE
Windyhill's Sara Bishop repelled the young challenge of Scottish
schoolgirls champion Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) to win
the Dunbartonshire and Argyll women's county championship
for the second year in a row at Hilton Park on Friday.
Sara won by 4 and 3. Earlier she had beaten Claire McNeil
(Cawder) by 3 and 2 in the semi-finals.
Kylie beat Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) at the 19th in the
The county bronze division championship was won by Margaret
Douglas (Windyhill). She beat Jackie Sinclair (Hilton Park)
by 2 and 1 in the final.
Semi-finals - K Walker (Buchanan Castle) beat G Webster (Hilton
Park) at 19th, S Bishop (Windyhill) beat C McNeil (Cawder)
3 and 2.
Final - Bishop beat Walker 3 and 2.
Bronze Division championship - Final - M Douglas (Windyhill)
beat J Sinclair (Hilton Park) 2 and 1.
D&A County Captain Anna Telfer with Hon President Belle
Friday 23rd April 2004
It's Kylie v Sara for D&A title
Scottish schoolgirls champion Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle)
and title-holder Sara Bishop (Windyhill) were the finalists
in the Dunbartonshire & Argyll women's county golf championship
at Hilton Park Golf Club today (Friday). Kyle, the top qualifier
for the match-play stages, beat another top prospect, Gemma
Webster (Hilton Park) at the 19th in a very good first semi-final
this morning. Sara, the No 2 seed, won by 3 and 2 in the second
semi-final against Claire McNeil (Cawder).
Results: Semi-finals - K Walker (Buchanan Castle) beat G Webster
(Hilton Park) at 19th, S Bishop (Windyhill) beat C McNeil
(Cawder) 3 and 2.
Helen Holm Preview
Lynn and Clare out to make the selectors squirm
by Colin Farquharson
Five members of the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team
for the June 12-13 match against the United States will be
in action this weekend at the Helen Holm Scottish women's
open amateur stroke-play championship over the Troon Portland
and Royal Troon courses. Scottish champion Anne Laing (Vale
of Leven), Claire Coughlan (Cork), Emma Duggleby (Malton &
Norton), Shelley McKevitt (Reading) and Anna Highgate (Southerndown)
will be seeking to endorse the selectors' confidence in them
by playing well in this first 54-hole open event of the domestic
In contrast, Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) and Clare Queen
(Drumpellier), two Scots who played in the winning GB&I team
in the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe
at Co Louth last summer but were surprisingly relegated to
reserve status for the Curtis Cup, will be seeking to make
the selectors squirm by winning this prestigious event.
The same applies to Kerry Smith (Waterlooville), Sarah Jones
(Pennard), Tricia Mangan (Ennis), Kate Phillips (Creigiau),
who all played in the LGU Elite Squad's memorable win over
the Ladies European Tour Select in the Weetabix Challenge
It is one of the strongest entries on record for the "Helen
Holm" with quality players from France, Finland, Sweden, Germany
in the maximum field of 72 with handicaps ranging from plus
three to a "normal" three.
There is room for only 11 Scots, which means that none of
Scotland's current crop and bright young prospects, such as
Carly Booth (Auchterarder), Roseanne Niven (Crieff), Krystle
Caithness (St Regulus) and Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar),
all with handicaps of four or five, can gain valuable experience
by playing in a class field such as this.
Elaine Farquharson-Black, the former Scottish champion and
past Curtis Cup player who captained the Scotland women's
team for the past three seasons, has been advocating for the
past few years the introduction of a Scottish women's closed
stroke-play championship, "closed" in that it would be open
only to those who were born or live in Scotland. Perhaps,
with one eye on the development of young players, the Scottish
Ladies Golfing Association should give the suggestion serious
TOP YOUNGSTERS MEET IN D AND A SEMI-FINALS AT HILTON PARK
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) and Gemma Webster (Hilton Park),
two of the best teenage female golf prospects in Scotland,
meet in the first semi-final of the Dunbartonshire & Argyll
women's county golf championship at Hilton Park this morning
(Friday). Kylie, the current Scottish schoolgirls champion
and No 1 qualifier for the match-play stages, needed only
25 holes to win her first two ties yesterday. Gemma, playing
over her home course, was also in devastating form with wins
by 7 and 5 and 6 and 5. The other semi-final is between the
defending champion, Sara Bishop (Windyhill) and Claire McNeil
(Cawder), the second and third qualifiers.
The Bronze Division championship final will be between Jackie
Sinclair (Hilton Park) and Margaret Douglas (Windyhill).
KAREN WINS RENFREWSHIRE TITLE FOR THIRD TIME
Turnberry's Karen Fitzgerald won the Renfrewshire women's
county championship for the third time at Haggs Castle yesterday
(Thursday). Karen added to her title triumphs in 1993 and
1998 by beating Jennifer Mack, playing over her home course,
5 and 3 in the final. Karen had been the No 2 qualifier for
the match-play stages, having the same score as the No 1 seed
Lesley Robertson (Ranfurly Castle). Mrs Mack was the fifth
qualifier. Jennifer had a good win in the semi-finals, beating
Lesley Robertson, the 1997 title-winner, at the 19th while
Karen won by 2 and 1 against the young defending champion,
Claire-Marie Carlton (Fereneze).
Semi-finals _ J Mack (Haggs Castle) beat L Robertson (Fereneze)
at 19th, K Fitzgerald (Turnberry) beat C-M Carlton (Fereneze)
2 and 1.
Final _ Fitzgerald beat Mack 5 and 3.
Thursday 22nd April 2004
LGU Divisional Medal Finals
JOCELYN BEST SCRATCH BUT MISSES OUT ON LGU PLACE AT CRIEFF
Ladybank's Jocelyn Carthew had the best scratch score of 73
- one over the CSS - in the East Division Ladies Golf Union
Medal final at Balbirnie Park - but she did not figure among
the six qualifiers for the Grand Final at Crieff on June 6.
Qualification is decided on the best three net scores in the
Silver and Bronze Divisions and Marilyn Rowan (St Rule), Eileen
Gillespie (Lochend), Alyson Scrimgeour (Dundas Park), Laura
Reekie (Baberton), Val Smith (Lochend) and Pat Jessett (Glenrothes)
were those who earned a place at Crieff.
Collated scoreboard LGU MEDAL FINAL _ East Division - Balbirnie
Park (CSS 72) -
Silver Division - Scratch - J Carthew (Ladybank) 73; handicap
- M Rowan (St Rule) (11), E Gillespie (Lochend) (12), A Scrimgeour
(Dundas Park) (9) 71; F Comrie (Falkirk Tryst) (18) 72 (bih).
Bronze Division _ Scratch - S Peebles (Elie & Earlsferry)
95; handicap - L Reekie (Baberton) (23) 70; V Smith (Lochend)
(26) 72; P Jessett (Glenothes) (33) 73; A Cosgrove (Harburn)
Qualifiers for Grand Final at Crieff, June 6: M Rowan, E Gillespie,
A Scrimgeour, L Reekie, V Smith, P Jessett.
Renfrewshire County Championship
Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle), nine times winner of the
title, was knocked out in the first round of the match-play
stages of the Renfrewshire women's county golf championship
at very windy Haggs Castle yesterday (Wed). Donna, who had
qualified in third spot with the same score (77) as Nos 1
and 2 seeds Lesley Robertson (Ranfurly Castle) and Karen Fitzgerald
(Turnberry) went down by two holes to Sara Harman (Williamwood)
who lost in the afternoon to the young defending champion,
Claire-Marie Carlton (Fereneze). In this morning's (Thu) semi-finals,
Lesley Robertson will play Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) while
Karen Fitzgerald meets Claire-Marie Carlton.
RENFREWSHIRE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP _ Haggs Castle _
Match-play _ First round _ L Robertson (Ranfurly Castle) beat
M Begbie (Kilmacolm) 5 and 4, F Campbell (Erskine) beat C
Whyte (Windyhill) 2 holes, J Mack (Haggs Castle) beat J Graham
(Haggs Castle) 6 and 4, G McGinlay (Cochrane Castle) beat
M Mitchell (Cathcart Castle) 4 and 3, S Harman (Williamwood)
beat D Jackson (Cochrane Castle) 2 holes; C-M Carlton (Fereneze)
beat J Wilson (Williamwood) 2 holes, L Brabender (Greenock)
beat F Roger (Ranfurly Castle) 6 and 5, K Fitzgerald (Turnberry)
beat L Harvey (Cowglen) 7 and 6.
Quarter-finals _ Robertson beat Campbell 6 and 5, Mack beat
McGinlay 2 holes, Carlton beat Harman 5 and 4, Fitzgerald
beat Brabender 4 and 3.
Scottish schoolgirls title-holder Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle),
right, headed the qualifiers for the match-play stages of
the Dunbartonshire & Argyll women's county golf championship
at a very windy Hilton Park, Glasgow yesterday (Wed). Kylie
earned the No 1 seeding with a battling score of 78 - two
over the CSS. She finished one ahead of the defending champion
Sara Bishop (Windyhill). Three junior girls figured among
the 16 qualifiers - Kylie, Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) with
an 84 which included an eagle 2 at the ninth, and Gillian
Barraclough with a 93.
DUNBARTONSHIRE & ARGYLL WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP _ Hilton
Park (CSS 76) _ Qualifiers _ 78 K Walker (Buchanan Castle).
79 S Bishop (Windyhill). 83 C McNeil (Cawder). 84 G Webster
(Hilton Park). 85 H Faulds (Douglas Park). 87 F McLean (Hilton
Park), A Struthers (Buchanan Castle), A Telfer (Milngavie).
88 K Maxwell (Clober), M Dalglish(Balmore). 90 I Harvey (St
Rule), A Wilson (Clydebank & Dist). 93 N Grant (Hilton Park),
G Barraclough (Hilton Park), L MacDonald (Hilton Park). 98
M Barr (Erskine).
Bronze Division championship qualifiers _ 106 F Thomson (Helensburgh),
D Harrow (Hilton Park). 107 M Douglas (Windyhill), F McArthur
(Cardross). 110 M Dunan (Milngavie). 111 M McGhee (Balmore).
112 P Johnson (Cardross). 113 J Sinclair (Hilton Park).
Nick Faldo Junior Series
Scottish boys champion Scott Hendry (Cardross) and Carly Booth
(Auchterarder) were the star performers in the first Scottish
qualifying round of the Nick Faldo Junior Series at Loch Lomond.
Hendry birdied four out of six holes after the turn on his
way to a best-of-the-day, one-under-par round 71 - three shots
under the CSS.
Carly Booth's score of 73 - one under the women's par - included
a birdie at the par-5 13th. She won the girls' section by
six strokes from Roseanne Niven (Crieff) and English challenger
Melanie Temple (Seascale).
After further Scottish qualifying rounds at Blairgowrie and
St Andrews Eden, the players with most points in each category
will qualify for the Grand Finals at a south of England venue.
NICK FALDO JUNIOR SERIES _ Scottish qualifier - Loch Lomond
BOYS Under-21 74 David McLure (Ballochmyle, Blair Paterson
(Tillicoultry), Evan Bryceland (Craigielaw). 75 A Phillips
(Murcar). 77 P Betty (Hayston), S Clark (Haggs Castle). 78
F Skene (Tantallon). 80 Ewan Hogarth (Peebles). 83 M Casson
(Kirkby Lonsdale). 84 G Docherty (King James VI). 85 C Malcolm
(Dunfermline),C Heuchan (Colvend).
Under-18 74 P Waugh (Hexham). 76 P O'Hara (Colville Park),
C Paisley (Stocksfield). 77 K Truscott (Newmachar). 78 R Hyland
(Newmachar). 84 G Aitken (Renfrew) 87 S Larkin (Banchory).
92 A Weir (Portlethen). 93 S Bordon (Carnwatch).
Under-17 71 S Hendry (Cardross). 75 B Rushford (Grangemouth.
76 Darren Watson (Peterhead), J Gair (Hamilton). 77 S Robin
(Prestwick St Nicholas). 78 E Malcolm (Dunfermline). 79 G
Stewart (Lenzie). 81 S McEwan (Barassie). 82 S Borrowman (Dollar).
83 R McKnight (Barassie), P McLean (Peterhead). 84 M Spence
Under-16 73 G Mitchell (Northern). 74 R Kellett (Colville
Park). 78 S Chalmers (Dollar). 79 D Van den Denger (Netherlands),
G Robertson (Glenbervie), S Stuart (Shaw Hill). 80 T Higson
(Eyemouth), J Denwood (Eden), J Findlay (Fraserburgh). 85
P Keeling (North Berwick). 92 K Duncan (McDonald Ellon).
Under-15 78 O Smith (Eden). 79 S Barras (Helensburgh). 80
J Byrne (Banchory). 81 C Gray (West Kilbride), J Caldwell
(Greenock). 82 K Harper (Carnoustie). 84 C Fairweather (Knock).
85 D Borthwick (Perth). 87 D Parlane (Helensburgh).
Girls 73 C Booth (Auchterarder). 79 M Temple (Seascale), R
Niven (Crieff). 86 L Hendry (Routenburn). 89 P Pretswell (Carluke).
90 B Copland (Scotscraig). 94 D Neilson (Hilton Park).
US College Golf
RED-HOT CHARLOTTE (and she's not in the US Curtis Cup team)
WINS PAC-10 TITLE
Charlotte Mayorkas - not selected for the United States Curtis
Cup team - won the Pacific-10 Conference women's college title
at Saticoy Country Club, Somis in California. It was the second-year
UCLA student from Chula Vista, California's fifth title of
her college golf career and her fourth win in her last five
tournaments. She is the first UCLA winner of the Pac-10 individual
title in 13 years. UCLA team-mate Hannh Jun was runner-up
and UCLA won the team title for the first time since 1991.
Charlotte's rounds were 74, 71 and 73 for a two-over-par total
of 218. She won by two shots from Hannah Jun (75, 70, 75)
with Erica Blasberg (Arizona), who is in the American team
for the Formby match against GB&I on June 12-13, in third
place, three shots behind the winner with rounds of 71, 75
and 75. Sarah Huarte (California), another member of the US
Curtis Cup team, tied for 12th place with disappointing scores
of 76, 82 and 74. England's Rachel Bell (Southern California)
from Ganton) finished joint 37th with scores of 84, 76 and
82 for 242.
LEADING FINAL INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 218 Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA)
74 71 73. 220 Hannah Jun (UCLA) 75 70 75. 221 Erica Blasberg
(Arizona) 71 75 75. 224 Alissa Kuczka (Arizona State) 76 73
75. Other totals: 232 Sarah Huarte (California) 76 82 74.
242 Rachel Bell (Southern California) 84 76 82.
LEADING FINAL TEAM TOTALS 902 UCLA. 920 California. 923 Arizona.
928 Southern California, Arizona State. 930 Washington.
US College Golf
SCOTS DOWN THE FIELD IN NORTH CAROLINA
SCOTS Jamie Kennedy from Edinburgh, Duncan Stewart (Grantown
on Spey) and Russell Knox (Inverness) - all students at Jacksonville
University - finished tied 31st, 40th and 48th respectively
in the Atlantic Sun men's college golf championship at Keith
Hills, Buies Creek in North Carolina. Kennedy had scores of
78, 72 and 74 for eight-over-par 224. Stewart shot 76, 76
and 74 for 227 and Knox had 80, 74 and 79 for 233. Barry Roof
(Central Florida) was the winner by two shots with an 11-under-par
aggregate of 205.
Central Florida (845) won the team event from Georgia State
(851). Jacksonville (901) came 10th in a field of 11.
US CURTIS CUP PLAYER WINS ACC TITLE
Speaking of the American Curtis Cup team, Brittany Lang, a
member of the crack Duke University team, won the ACC individual
women's college championship at Salem Glen Country Club, at
Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Brittany shot 67, 68 and 68
for a final total of nine-under-par 204 - impressive scoring
to win by two shots from Meaghan Francis (North Carolina.
Liz Janangelo, another Duke player who is in the US team for
Formby and the top-ranked female college golfer in the States,
finished fourth on one under par 212.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 204 Brittany lang (Duke) 67 69 68. 206
Meaghan Francis (North Carolina) 66 69 71. 207 Ashley Prange
(North Carolina) 69 71 67. 212 Liz Janangelo (Duke) 73 73
LEADING TEAMS 838 Duke. 857 Wake Forest. 861 North Carolina.
Wednesday 21st April 2004
STILL LANARKSHIRE CHAMPION
May Hughes, pictured right, retained the Lanarkshire women's
golf championship at windswept Lenzie Golf Club yesterday
(Wed). The Lanark player beat the dark horse of the tournament,
leading qualifier Liz Lees (Hamilton) by 6 and 5 in the final.
In the semi-finals, May beat clubmate Elaine Cuthill by one
hole while Liz beat Alexandra Young (Torrance House) 4 and
LANARKSHIRE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP _ Lenzie _ Semi-finals
_ L Lees (Hamilton) beat A Young (Torrance House) 4 and 3,
M Hughes (Lanark) beat E Cuthill (Lanark) 1 hole. Final -
Hughes beat Lees 6 and 5.
SCOTS RALLY TO KEEP MARY McKENNA TROPHY
Scotland's tail wagged to produce a come-from-behind victory
in the veteran women's international golf match against Ireland
at The Hermitage Golf Club, Dublin today (Wednesday). The
Scots retained the Mary McKenna Trophy by a 7-5 margin after
Ireland had led 5-4 with three singles to finish.
Rose Anderson (Huntly), Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee) and Noreen
Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) saved the day for skipper
Joan Marshall's team by beating Terry Sexton, Anna Maloney
and Roma English respectively. Anderson and Campbell won on
the 18th green while Fenton was a 4 and 3 winner of the final
Earlier singles winner for the Scots, who had also finished
strongly to share the foursomes 2-2 after trailing 0-2, were
Scottish seniors champion Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park)
and Moira Thomson (North Berwick).
Mary McKenna, who donated the trophy for annual competition
among the over-50s three or four years ago, withdrew from
the Ireland line-up following a family bereavement. Collated
Scot Pam Williamson (Baberton points
out a vital landmark to new girl Cecilia Kenny (Dunblane
New) at the Hermitage, Dublin
|VETERAN WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL - Ireland
5, Scotland 7 (at The Hermitage GC, Dublin).
Results (Irish names first):
Foursomes _ V Hassett (Ennis) & M Madden (Ballinasloe)
beat C Kenny (Dunblane) & L Campbell (Torwoodlee) 4 and
2; R Fanagan (Milltown) & R English (Larne) beat P Williamson
(Baberton) & R Anderson (Huntly) 4 and 2; T Sexton (Dun
Laoghaire) & V James (Bangor) lost to K Ballantyne (Craigmillar
Park) & M Thomson (North Berwick) 1 hole; A Maloney (Clonmel)
& D O'Sullivan (Hermitage) lost to N Fenton (Merchants
of Edinburgh) & L Bennett (Ladybank) 3 and 2 (2-2).
Singles _ Fanagan beat Kenny 4 and 3, O'Sullivan lost
to Ballantyne 3 and 2, Hassett beat Williamson 3 and 1,
James lost to Thomson 3 and 2, Madden beat Bennett 3 and
2, Sextion lost to Anderson 1 hole, Maloney lost to Campbell
1 hole, English lost to Fenton 4 and 3 (3-5).
Winning Scottish Vets team with their Captain
SCOTS STRUGGLE IN US
Jamie Kennedy (left) from Edinburgh, Duncan Stewart (right)
(Grantown on Spey) and Russell Knox (below right) (Inverness)
- all members of the Jacksonville University golf team - were
well down the field after two rounds of the Atlantic Sun men's
college championship at Keith Hills, Buies Creek in North
Carolina. Jamie has had rounds of 78 and 72 for 35th place
on 150; Duncan a pair of 76s for 39th spot on 152, and Russell
is back in 46th place after an 80 and a 74 for 154. Russell
Knox had won the Geico Direct Spring Invitational in Savannah
in late March. Sonny Nimkhum (Central Florida) leads with
71 and 66 for 137.
US College Golf
US CURTIS CUP ACE LEADS PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP
US Curtis Cup team member Erica Blasberg (Arizona University)
set the pace in the first round of the Pac-10 women's college
championship at Saticoy Country Club, Somis in California.
Erica shot a one-under-par 71 over the 6,406yd course - 100yd
longer than the Formby course for the GB&I v United States
match on June 12-13 - to open up a two-stroke lead from Sofie
Another US Curtis Cup player, Sarah Huarte (California), was
lying tied ninth after a 76.
Rachel Bell from Ganton, a student at Southern California
University, had a bad day with an 84.
UCLA - with Charlotte Mayorkas and Hannah Jun in the top seven
- were the early team leaders on 308, one ahead of Washington
with Stanford third on 310.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL SCORES 71 Erica Blasberg (Arizona). 73
Angela Rho (Stanford). 74 Sofie Andersson (California), Tiffany
Tavee (Arizona State. 75 Irene Cho (Southern California).
74 Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 75 Hannah Jun (UCLA), Lindsay
LEADING TEAM SCORES 308 UCLA. 309 Washington. 310o Stanford.
312 California, Southern California, Arizona. 314 Arizona.
Tuesday 20th April 2004
SCOTS AND IRISH DRAWING 2-2 IN MARY McKENNA TROPHY
SCOTLAND, the holders, and Ireland were drawing 2-2 at the
end of the first day of the veteran women's international
golf match for the Mary McKenna Trophy at the Hermitage Golf
Club, near Dublin. The Irish jumped into a 2-0 lead with a
5 and 4 win for Valerie Hassett (Ennis) and Mary Madden (Ballinasloe)
over Cecilia Kenny (Dunblane) and Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee)
and a 4 and 2 victory by Rhona Fanagan Milltown) and Roma
English (Larne) over Pam Williamson (Baberton) and Rose Anderson
(Huntly). But the Scots rallied to share the foursomes honours
with a one-hole win by Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park)
and Moira Thomson (North Berwick) over Terry Sexton (Dun Laoghaire)
and Val James (Donabate) and a 3 and 2 success for Noreen
Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) and Lorna Bennett (Ladybank)
over Anna Maloney (Clonmel) and Denise O'Sullivan (Hermitage).
Lanarkshire County Golf
LEES GLORY RUN CONTINUES AT LENZIE
Hamilton player Liz Lees continued to be the dark horse of
the Lanarkshire women's county golf championship at Lenzie
yesterday (Tuesday). The surprise top seed - by virtue of
a better inward half than Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) - beat Marcia
Stirling (Airdrie) by 7 and 6 in the first round of the match-play
and then ousted Gillian Brodie (Lenzie) at the 20th in the
Liz now plays Alexandra Young (Torrance House) this morning
(Wed) for a place in the afternoon final.
The other semi-final is between former Scottish schoolgirls
champion Elaine Cuthill (Lanark) and title-holder May Hughes
(Lanark) who beat Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) by 2 and 1 in a repeat
of the 2003 final.
LANARKSHIRE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP _ Lenzie - Match-play
- First round _ L Lees (Hamilton) beat M Stirling (Airdrie)
7 and 6, G Brodie (Lenzie) beat P Warlow (Cathkin Braes) 3
and 1, A Young (Torrance House) beat J Christie (Lenzie) 8
and 7, M Reid (Lanark) beat E Crosbie (Lenzie) 2 holes, J
Gardner (Drumpellier) beat G Campbell (East Kilbride) 7 and
6, E Cuthill (Lanark) beat M Anderson (Drumpellier) 2 holes,
M Hughes (Lanark) beat A Prentice (Bothwell Castle) 5 and
4, L Lloyd (Hayston) beat E Nelson (Hamilton) 8 and 7. Quarter-finals
_ Lees beat Brodie at 20th, Young beat Reid 6 and 5, Cuthill
beat Gardner 2 and 1, Hughes beat Lloyd 2 and 1.
Renfrewshire County Golf
THREE PAST CHAMPIONS LEAD RENFREWSHIRE QUALIFIERS
Three past title-winners, Lesley Robertson (Ranfurly Castle),
Karen Fitzgerald (Turnberry) and Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle),
shared the lead with 77s - three more than the CSS - in the
qualifying round of the Renfrewshire women's county golf championship
in a mixture of sun, hail, heavy showers and, at times, wind
at Haggs Castle yesterday (Tuesday).
A countback of the cards made Lesley the No 1 seed, Karen
No 2 and Donna No 3.
Defending champion Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) qualified
in sixth place on 79.
Sheila Robson (Whitecraigs), winner of the Peggy Clark Trophy
in the handicap section with a net 68 off 13, is unable to
play in the match-play.
RENFREWSHIRE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP _ Haggs Castle (CSS
73) _ Qualifiers - 77 L Robertson (Ranfurly Castle), K Fitzgerald
(Turnberry), D Jackson (Cochrane Castle). 78 G McGinlay (Cochrane
Castle). 79 J Mack (Haggs Castle), C-M Carlton (Fereneze).
80 L Brabender (Greenock). 81 F Campbell (Erskine), C Whyte
(Windyhill). 82 F Roger (Ranfurly Castle), J Wilson (Williamwood),
J Graham (Haggs Castle), M Mitchell (Cathcart Castle). 83
S Harman (Williamwood). 84 L Harvey (Cowglen). 85 M Begbie
(Kilmacolm). Peggy Clark Trophy (handicap _ S Robson (Whitecraigs)
(13) 68; F Roger (Ranfurly Castle) (11) 71; G McGinlay (Cochrane
Castle) (6) 72 bih.
US College Golf
HEATHER AND JENNA ARE KEY PLAYERS FOR SDSU IN CONFERENCE TITLE
from the San Diego State website:-
DIEGO - SDSU begins the quest for its first conference title,
April 22-24, as it heads to Sunriver, Ore. for the Mountain
West Conference Championships. In 23 years of competing for
a conference title, the Aztecs have come up empty each time
but have recorded five runner-up finishes, including the 2001
and 2002 seasons. A year ago, SDSU got off to a slow start,
in part to cold, snowy weather, and never recovered as they
The 2004 Aztecs have a much different look with two newcomers
from Scotland leading the way. Freshman Jenna Wilson (left)
and junior Heather
MacRae (right) have combined for nine top-10 finishes in their
inaugural year on the Mesa to lead SDSU to a No. 43 national
ranking. Add to that the experience of seniors Shayna Miyajima
and Sandy Kim and sophomore Toni Lutz and the Aztecs look
to be a postseason threat.
Held at the par-72, 5,851-yard Meadows Course at the Sunriver
Resort in Oregon, the MWC Championship is a 54-hole event
with 18 holes played each day beginning at 10 a.m. The championship
has been held in Sunriver for each of the last three years,
except for last season's first round which was forced to a
different venue because of snow.
* San Diego State (No. 43 Golfweek/No. 49 Golfstat) is enjoying
arguably its best season ever. The Aztecs earned their first
victory since 2000 when it fired a school record 878 at the
Aztec Invitational in the fall and have posted three straight
top four finishes. The Aztecs have put themselves in solid
position to return to the NCAA tournament after a two-year
hiatus as they are currently ranked 13th in the western region
according to Golfweek, with 21 teams making the tournament.
* Senior Shayna Miyajima has posted top-10 results in each
of her two MWC Championships. Last season, she led SDSU with
a ninth place finish and placed fourth in 2002. This year's
championship will be the fourth for Sandy Kim, who has recorded
two 14th place finishes for the Aztecs at the MWC tournament.
In addition, Aztec newcomers Jenna Wilson (5th in MWC with
a 75.04 avg.) and Heather MacRae (five top-10 finishes, 7th
in MWC with a 74.39 avg.) both have legitimate chances of
earning MWC all-conference honors this season. Wilson, MacRae,
and Miyajima are all within 20 total strokes of each other
on the season and each are currently on pace to break the
SDSU scoring record for an individual season, which currently
stands at 76.10 by Joanne Clingan in 2000-01. Sophomore Toni
Lutz will play in her second straight MWC Championship after
posting solid scores in the final two rounds last season.
MacRae Continues Strong Play
* Heather MacRae (Dunblane, Scotland (McLennan CC) posted
her third straight top-10 finish at the BYU Dixie Classic
as she shot 223 to finish fifth. MacRae leads SDSU in the
spring with a 74.83 stroke average and is second for the season
* MacRae was named the MWC golfer of the month for March after
posting top-10 results in both of SDSU's tournaments. MacRae
recorded a career best second-place finish at the Dr. Thompson
Invitational in Kaneohe, Hawai'i, and led SDSU to a runner-up
finish. She followed that performance with a seventh place
finish at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz. MacRae
shot five-over 221 in both events, her second best 54-hole
score of the year. She also posted three rounds of even par
72. Overall, MacRae has recorded six rounds of par or better
this season, which leads the team.
* MacRae leads SDSU with five top-10 finishes and six top-20
finishes in eight tournaments this year. Her best score of
the year, a 219, came at the Las Vegas Intercollegiate to
finish sixth against a tough field. MacRae has also been incredibly
consistent, recording 20 straight rounds of 79 or better,
the longest streak on the team, which dates back to the first
tournament of the season. MacRae has been climbing the rankings
and is currently 102nd in Golfstat's listings.
Fabulous Freshman Jenna Wilson
* Freshman Jenna Wilson (Strathaven, Scotland/ Strathaven
Academy) has posted some incredible numbers in her first season
on the Mesa. She currently leads SDSU with a 75.04 stroke
average, which is the best in school history and ranks fifth
in the MWC this season.
* Wilson also won the Aztec Invitational in the fall by shattering
the SDSU 54-hole scoring record by six strokes when she fired
a five-under 211. A SDSU-record 67 in the second round propelled
Wilson to the first victory for an Aztec since 2000. She also
set the 36-hole scoring record two weeks before when she shot
145, including a second round 68, to place second at the Heather
* The spring results have also been eye-catching as Wilson
has tallied three straight top-20 finishes including a second
and fourth to finish the regular season. Overall, Wilson has
led the Aztecs in scoring a team-high four times and has five
top-20 finishes. She is currently the Aztecs top-ranked player
at No. 72 by Golfstat.
Announce 2004 Team Captains
Pat Skelton (Henbury), will captain the European Lady Juniors
Team Championships that will be hosted by England at the Royal
Cinque Ports Golf Club from 6 - 10 July 2004. Pat has a wealth
of experience having captained the European Girls' Team in
2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 and the Girls International Team
regaining the Stroyan Cup in 2000, which was retained in 2001
Angela Caton (Pleasington) will captain the Girls' European
Team at the Championships at Golf National Golf Club Paris
from 6 â€“ 10 July 2004. Angela who led the winning Girls'
Home International team last year has also accompanied players
to the European Young Masters.
Beverley New (Landsdown) will captain the Home International
Team at Royal Porthcawl from September 8 - 10. Beverley who
won the English championship at 19, played in the Vagliano
and Curtis Cup teams before turning Professional. She regained
her amateur status in 2001.
Joy Traffford (Woodhall Spa) takes over as captain of the
Girls' Home International team for the matches at Strathaven
Scotland from August 11 - 13. Joy Trafford has been involved
with junior golf for many years and is currently Divisional
Training Officer for the Midlands.
For the second time Bridget Jackson (Handsworth) will Captain
the team that defends the Seniors Home International title
when the event is held at Kilkeel Golf Club, Ireland in early
October. Bridget has great experience as a player and Captain
having represented England at the highest level since 1954.
Her junior career included playing for the English Girls v
Scotland and as a player and Captain in the first World Team
Championship in 1964. She represented England nine times in
the Home International Matches between 1955 and 1966 and was
non playing Captain in 1973 and 1974. The team of six will
be selected following the Senior Ladies' Close Amateur Championship
at Trevose Golf Club in September. Bridget's keen involvement
with ladies golf has seen her hold many key administrative
roles including Chairman of ELGA 1970 -1971, President of
ELGA 1993 -1995 and President of the LGU from 1998 to 2001.
She also served 6 years as an International Selector.
LADIES' GOLF UNION APPOINT CHIEF EXECUTIVE
The Irish Ladies' Golf Union has introduced the post of Chief
Executive to head up their headquarters at Clonskeagh in Dublin.
Longford born Sinead Heraty, who is well known in banking
and golf circles in this country, will fill the new position.
Her primary and secondary education was at the Convents of
Mercy in Longford and Newtownforbes before beginning a long
and successful career in banking. She furthered her education
by taking the Certificate of Banking Exams (Institute of Bankers)
and is a qualified financial advisor (Institute of Bankers).
Her current position in the Bank of Ireland is manager of
the Data Authority Unit, which involves leading and managing
the overall structure and design of customer information/data
so that it meets business needs. She brings to the ILGU a
variety of skills including budget management, people management
and motivational leadership and the ability to communicate
articulately on the business side. She also has a strong golfing
background both as a player and administrator in the Castle
Golf Club in Dublin.
"I thought I would be a life-long banker. When this opportunity
came up I saw it as one not to be missed, an opportunity to
work at my hobby. Not many people get that. Golf is changing
and the Union is changing. I like what I see in the Strategic
Plan and I like the by-line Golf for All and the drive to
bring younger people into the game."
Sinead was first introduced to golf by her father and mother
in Longford and joined Castle GC in 1983 with a 36 handicap.
Five years later she was down to single figures and currently
plays off six.. She has also played for Connacht in the Interprovincial
Sinead has signed a three-year contract with the Union and
will begin her duties towards the end of June.
Ita Butler, President of the Irish Ladies' Golf Union (I.L.G.U.)
in commenting on Sinead's appointment as Chief Executive said:
"Sinead brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the
new role of Chief Executive and we are delighted that she
has accepted the position. Membership of the Irish Ladies'
Golf Union has almost doubled in the last ten years and we
are confident that Sinead's management and motivational skills
will be of particular benefit to us at this exciting time
in our organisation's development. Overseeing the implementation
of our Strategic Plan will be one of the key responsibilities
of our Chief Executive whilst at the same time maintaining
and improving the core business of the ILGU. Sinead will be
taking up her appointment in June and we, in the Irish Ladies'
Golf Union, look forward to working closely with her in providing
a good service to our growing membership."
Monday 19th April 2004
Lanarkshire County Golf
LIZ LEES IS TOP LANARKSHIRE SEED
Hamilton player Liz Lees' better inward half earned her the
top qualifying position over Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) as the
Lanarkshire women's county golf championship began in bad
weather at Lenzie on Monday.
Both Liz and Lesley returned 84s to finish a shot ahead of
Janice Gardner (Drumpellier).
Title holder May Hughes (Lanark) had an 87.
Only four shots covered the leading nine players which suggests
that the match-play stages, which start on Tuesday at 9am
with the quarter-finals at 1.30pm, are going to feature some
very close encounters.
LANARKSHIRE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP _ Lenzie - Qualifiers
_ 84 L Lees (Hamilton) bih, L Lloyd (Hayston). 85 J Gardner
(Drumpellier) bih, E Crosbie (Lenzie), A Young (Torrance House.
86 E Cuthill (Lanark). 87 M Hughes (Lanark) bih, P Warlow
(Cathkin Braes). 88 G Brodie (Lenzie). 91 A Prentice (Bothwell
Castle). 92 M Anderson (Drumpellier). 96 J Christie (Lenzie)
bih, M Reid (Lanark). 97 G Campbell (East Kilbride). 98 E
Nelson (Hamilton). 99 M Stirling (Airdrie). Bronze Trophy
Qualifiers - 103 G McKechnie (Hayston). 108 J Henderson (Drumpellier).
125 J Wylie (Bothwell Castle).
Championship draw (7min intervals): 9am Lees v Stirling, Brodie
v Warlow, Young v Christie, Reid v Crosbie, Gardner v Campbell,
Anderson v Cuthill, Hughes v Prentice, Nelson v Lloyd.
SVLGA(Midland Division) Spring Meeting at Thornton GC 19th
The competition was played in rather wet and windy weather
which resulted in heavy course, with very few ladies playing
Scratch P Simpson 82
Category 2 M Rowan 84 (11) 73, A Moffat 83 (8) 75, M MacRae
85 (10) 75
Category 3 E Todd 89 (16) 73, A Hood 92 (17) 75 , H Brown
95 (19) 76 [BIH]
Bronze J MacKinlay 97 (24) 73, G Jenkins 95 (21) 74
SSS 70 CSS - Reduction only, Number of Players 70
Junior Open day at Kilmarnock Barassie
Kilmarnock (Barassie) Ladies Golf Club are having an Open
Day for Junior Girls on Saturday 19th June from 3.00p.m. This
is open to girls aged 18 and under. The cost is £2.00.
It is a stableford competition over 18 holes for those with
a handicap and over 9 holes for those who do not hold a CONGU
Could you also advise if you are staying for something to
Contact Maggie Magee Junior Convenor 12 Alder Place Kilmarnock
KA1 2HR Tel.01563 572005 e-mail DOCMAGEE2000@AOL.com
COME TRUE FOR ANNE LAING, LONE SCOT IN CURTIS CUP LINE-UP
by Colin Farquharson
For Anne Laing, 29-year-old lecturer in sports coaching at
Elmwood College, Cupar, "It's a dream come true,"
but for the two Scots short-leeted but not selected for the
Curtis Cup match - Lynn Kenny and Clare Queen - it's the
nightmare of not achieving their ambition of playing against
the United States at Formby Golf Club, Lancashire on June
12 and 13.
"Even though I had a good win in the singles in Saturday's
Weetabix Challenge match, I myself didn't think I was definitely
in the line-up after that because I'm not one for counting
chickens when it comes to team
announcements," said Anne, a Vale of Leven Golf Club
member whose family home is in Alexandria but who lives in
Fife during the college terms.
"So to be told that I was in a Curtis Cup team for the
first time really is a dream come true.I feel heart-sorry
for Lynn Kenny and Clare Queen but it was such a difficult
choice for the selectors. I would have hated to be one of
"I love the Formby course so that helps and I'm very
much looking forward to the match. If I'm drawn to play against
Michelle Wie, then that will be added pressure for me but,
at the same time, Michelle herself is going to be
under a lot of pressure in the Curtis Cup because everyone's
expectations of her are so high."
Anne, a graduate of Edinburgh University, has played in four
Scottish women's amateur championship finals, winning the
title at Royal Dornoch in 1996 and the Centenary championship
over the Old Course, St Andrews last
year. She lost in the finals of 1999 and 2002.
Anne, won the inaugural British women's mid-amateur title
at The Berkshire in 2002 and has played for Great Britain
& Ireland in the Vagliano Trophy matches against the Continent
of Europe at North Berwick in 1999 and at Co
Louth, Ireland last summer when GB&I, led by Curtis Cup
skipper Ada O'Sullivan, won the trophy for the first time
Anne, who was introduced by her dad to golf when she was 14
and did not start playing competitively until she was 16,
has said in the past that has considered turning professional
but decided against it on the grounds that she was not a good
As was the case in 1984, when Gillian Stewart and Jane Connachan
were surprisingly not chosen for the Curtis Cup match at Muirfield
and turned professional soon after, Lynn Kenny, named only
as first reserve when freely
tipped to be in the team on the strength of her 2003 tournament
record, is unlikely to hang around in the amateur ranks.
"I'm gutted, simply baffled by not being selected. I
really thought I had done enough to be included but I know
there were a lot of players in contention and the selectors
have come up with a strong team. I wish them
all the best against the United States," said 23-year-old
Lynn from Dunblane, winner of the Scottish title at Machrihanish
in 2000 and runner-up in the British women's open amateur
stroke-play championship at Royal
Portush last year.
"I will certainly be thinking about going to the Ladies
European Tour Qualifying School at the end of the season.
I've got a degree from Stirling University so if it didn't
work as a pro, I would have that to fall back on."
Clare Queen, a Drumpellier G C member, who has been named
as last of the four reserves following defeat in the foursomes
and singles of Saturday's Weetabix Challenge match, completes
her degree course at Strathclyde
University over the next two or three weeks.
At Formby, on the eve of the Weetabix Challenge, Clare, a
former British girls' match-play and stroke-play champion
who will celebrate her 21st birthday on April 29, said she
was looking forward to playing golf for the rest of the year
after her university exams.
Depending on the results of these exams, Clare could well
be in the same position as Lynn Kenny.
Six of the eight-strong GB&I team will be making their
Curtis Cup debuts. Only Emma Duggleby and Fame More have previous
experience at this level.
Team, with ages, is:Claire Coughlan (Cork) 24, Emma Duggleby
(Malton & Norton) 32, Anna Highgate (Southerndown) 21,
Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) 29, Danielle Masters (Bearsted
Tudor Park) 21, Shelley McKevitt (Reading) 24, Fame More (Chesterfield)
22, Nicola Timmins (Sene Valley) 23.
Reserves: 1 Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) 24, 2 Tricia
Mangan (Ennis) 30, 3 Kate Phillips (Creigiau) 21, 4 Clare
Queen (Drumpellier) 20.
Curtis Cup Team
CURTIS CUP TEAM ANNOUNCED
Emma Duggleby, 32, a member of both the 2000 and 2002 Curtis
Cup teams plus Fame More, 22, from the 2002 side, have again
been selected for the biennial match against the United States
at Formby Golf Club on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June
The six players making their debuts in the contest and completing
the team of eight are Claire Coughlan, 24, Anna Highgate,
21, Anne Laing, 29, Danielle Masters, 21, Shelley McKevitt,
24, and Nicola Timmins, 23.
Emma Duggleby, Anne Laing, Danielle Masters and Fame More
were all members of the team that regained the Vagliano Trophy
in last years match against the Continent of Europe
at County Louth.
In giving details of the eight players selected for the side,
Ada OSullivan, Captain of the GB&I team said: We
undoubtedly have a very solid team with a nucleus of players
experienced at playing at the highest level. Furthermore,
in the run-up to this announcement we have pushed Elite Squad
players to the limit with matches against two mens county
sides plus that great win against the LET professionals in
the Weetabix Challenge on Saturday. The results from
these matches have left me in no doubt that our eight players
can, on the day, produce a performance worthy of bringing
the Curtis Cup back to home soil.
Claire Coughlan, 24, a Cork based Irish International for
many years, has underlined her ability in match play by winning
the Irish Ladies Close Championship in 1999 and reaching the
semi final stage last year at Donegal. In 2003 she also won
the Irish Stroke Play title.
Emma Duggleby, 32, is certainly the most experienced player
in the side with a record of four wins, three defeats and
one half from the 2000 and 2002 Curtis Cup matches.
Last year she added a second English Ladies title to
her achievements, led the English Order of Merit and already
this year has taken second place in the South Atlantic Championship.
Anna Highgate, 21, a full time amateur from Bridgend, first
played at International level for the Welsh girls team
in 1997 and since 1999 has been a full Welsh International.
In addition to the Home Internationals, she has represented
her country in European events and in 2003 played for GB in
the Commonwealth Tournament. She won her county championship
for the three years, 2001 2003.
Anne Laing, 29, a lecturer in golf and sports studies, plays
most of her golf at Vale of Leven and has twice, in 1996 and
2003 been Scottish Amateur Champion. Last years
win at the Old Course, St Andrews capped a highly successful
season in which she topped the Scottish Order of Merit and
played in the Vagliano Trophy and the Commonwealth Tournament
Danielle Masters, at 21, from Maidstone, is one of the younger
members of the team and first came to the notice of selectors
with her wins in the English Under21 and Under23
Championships. After making steady progress, she led
the qualifiers in the 2003 Ladies British Championship
at Lindrick and was rewarded last year with a place in the
team for the Vagliano Trophy.
Shelley McKevitt is a 24-year-old from Reading who studied
sport and exercise science at the University of North Carolina.
She lifted her first major title in 1997 when she won the
English Girls Championship and from 1998 till 2003,
played most of her competitive golf at college in America.
In 2003 she had a single shot win in the Ladies British
Stroke Play Championship, won the New Zealand Womens
Amateur Championship and reached the semi final stage of the
English Match Play Championship at Aldeburgh. She also represented
GB in the Commonwealth Tournament.
Fame More, 22, has represented GB&I since the 2001 Vagliano
Trophy match in which she won all four matches. She
also played two years later at County Louth and in the Curtis
Cup in 2002 at Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania. In 2003 she
finished fourth in the Ladies British Stroke Play and reached
the quarter finals of both the Ladies British Match
Play and English Match Play Championships.
Nicola Timmins, 23, is a maths teacher at Pent Valley Technology
College, and manages to combine top level amateur golf with
her career in education. In 2003 she was selected to play
for England in the Home Internationals and the European Championships
and in the same year won the English Ladies Intermediate
Championship at Notts Ladies Golf Club.
This years match is generating a huge amount of
public interest, said Andy Salmon, CEO of the Ladies
We have planned for around 6,000 spectators on each
of the two days and have already gone some way towards these
targets with our advance ticket sales. However, we still
intend selling tickets at the gate and are anticipating a
full house for what we expect to be a close and
highly competitive match.
An adult season ticket for the biennial clash, which includes
entry to the two practice days on Thursday 10th and Friday
11th June, the opening ceremony on Friday 11th June and two
days of tournament play over the weekend of Saturday 12th
and Sunday 13th June, costs £28.00 and can be purchased
on-line at www.lgu.org. Alternatively, members of the public
can buy their tickets through the Curtis Cup ticket hot-line
on 0870 366 6541. A daily ticket for tournament play on Saturday
and Sunday will cost £15 per day while juniors, under
the age of 16, can enjoy the experience free of charge, if
accompanied by an adult.
The Curtis Cup was first played in 1932 at Wentworth. The
Great Britain & Ireland team hope to follow on from their
Vagliano Trophy victory against the Continent of Europe and
regain the Curtis Cup that they last won at Killarney in 1996.
The Curtis Cup team was announced at a media day sponsored
by the North West Development Agency (NWDA).
Similar help has come from England's Golf Coast which is delighted
to be supporting the Ladies Golf Union (LGU) in staging
the 2004 Curtis Cup match at Formby, Sefton (Southport). England's
Golf Coast is the result of the Boroughs of Sefton, Wirral,
Fylde and Lancashire teaming up with the Northwest Development
Agency (NWDA) and The Mersey Partnership (TMP) to make the
region the most significant golfing destination in the UK
by promoting its world class courses, seven of which are of
* * * *
Malton & Norton
Vale of Leven
Bearsted Tudor Park
1. Lynn Kenny
2. Tricia Mangan
3. Kate Phillips
4. Clare Queen
KRYSTLE IS LEADING FIFE QUALIFIER
Krystle Caithness, 15-year-old St Regulus Golf Club member,
followed up her recent win in the SLGA St Leonards Under-16
girls' open stroke-play championship by being the leading
qualifier at Dunfermline for the match-play stages of the
Fife women's county championship.
Krystle topped the 16 qualifiers by four shots with an impressive
round of 72, two under the CSS, thanks to birdies at the first,
seventh, 14th and 18th. A double-bogey 5 at the short 13th
was the only real blemish on the youngster's card.
Last year Miss Caithness reached the semi-finals of the championship
which was won by Lorna Bennett (Ladybank).
St Regulus club players finished 1-2-3 in the qualifying round
with former Scottish champion Elaine Moffat and Fiona Lockhart
both scoring 76.
QUALIFIERS (CSS 74)
72 K Caithness (St Regulus).
76 E Moffat (St Regulus), F Lockhart (St Regulus).
78 K Milne (Dunfermline).
80 L Bennett (Ladybank), K Webster (Ladybank).
81 D Ford (Scotscraig).
82 J Sharp (Kirkcaldy), M Campsie (Scotscraig), B Copland
83 A Wilson (Ladybank), L Rolland (Dunfermline), S Millar
(Kirkcaldy), L Fair (Kirkcaldy).
84 E Hodgetts (Balbirnie), G Davidson (Saline).
Match-play draw (Saturday, April 24, 9.45am)
Caithness v Davidson, Campsie v Sharp, Bennett v Rolland,
Millar v Milne, Lockhart v Fair, Wilson v Webster, Ford v
Copland, Hodgetts v Moffat.
Nikki McAulay from Stonehaven won the opening event of the
Aberdeenshire girls' season in a steady downpour at Aboyne
Playing off 23 of a handicap, she scored 35 stableford points
to win the Grant Trophy from a field of 22.
A name to note for the future perhaps - Kimberley Beveridge,
only eight years old, but she scored 30 points round her home
course off a handicap of 36.
Leading scores (CSS 73):
N McAulay (Stonehaven) (23) 35pt
L MacCallum (McDonald Ellon) (23) 34
R Considine (Banchory) (27), M Johnstone (Northern) (20),
L Williamson(Aberdeen University) (7), L Murray (Alford) (8)
H Thomson (Newmachar) (26) 31.
K Beveridge (Aboyne) (36), M Thomson (McDonald Ellon) (11),
S Wilson (Murcar) (5) 30.
Sunday 18th April 2004
Fife Girls team - Winners of the Cuthberson Cup at The Glen
Golf Club, North Berwick today
L to R: Ashleigh Wilton (Ladybank), Hannah Harvey (St Leonards),
Rebecca Copeland (Scotscraig) and Krystle Caithness (St Regulus)
East of Scotland
Fife win the Cuthberson Cup
Fife and East Lothian fought a nerve-racking battle this afternoon
at the Glen Golf Club, North Berwick, for the Cuthberson Cup.
In the opening match, Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), recent
winner of the SLGA / St Leonards Under 16 Open Strokeplay
title, was three down with three to play against Fiona Hindshaw
(Haddington), and had to pull out all the stops to secure
Ashleigh Wilton (Ladybank) , a student at Elmwood College,
was dormie 4 against a tenacious Claire McLaughlin (Kilspindie),
who took her to the 17th green before succombing. Ashleigh
was under par for her holes played.
The third match involved Becky Copeland (Scotscraig) and Sarah
Horsburgh (Dunbar) and there was little in it as they fought
all the way to a half on the 18th green.
Tail-gunners, Hannah Harvey (St Leonards) and Megan Barbour
(North Berwick) also took their match all the way to the 18th,
and shared the honours.
The final result was Fife 2.5, East Lothian 1.5.
In the morning, East Lothian beat Midlothian by 3 matches
to 1, and Fife beat Stirling and Clackmannan by a similar
Midlothian and Stirling and Clackmannan played two foursomes
matches in the afternoon, and shared them at 1 match apiece.
Midlothian 1 East Lothian 3 (Midlothian names first)
Amanda Edwards (Liberton) lost to Fiona Hindshaw (Haddington)
Jane Turner (Glencorse) beat Claire McLaughlin (Kilspindie)
6 and 4
Sarah Heron (West Linton) lost tto Sarah Horsburgh (Dunbar)
5 and 4
Amanda Forrest (Broomieknowe( lost to Megan Barbour (North
Berwick) 5 and 4
Fife 3 Stirling and Clackmannan 1 (Fife names first)
Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) beat Vicki Stevenson (Stirling)
6 and 4
Ashleigh Wilton (Ladybank) beat Nicola Melville (Bridge of
Allan) 5 and 3
Becky Copeland (Scotscraig) lost to Louise Macgregor (Falkirk
Carmuirs) 1 hole
Hannah Harvey (St Leonards) beat Arlene McGarty (Bathgate)
6 and 5
East Lothian 1.5 Fife 2.5 (East Lothian Names first)
Fiona Hindshaw halved with Krystle Caithness
Claire McLaughlin lost to Ashleigh Wilton 2 and 1
Sarah Horburgh halved with Becky Copeland
Megan Barbour halved with Hannah Harvey
Midlothian 1 Stirling and Clackmannan 1 (Midlothian
Jane Turner and Sarah Heron beat Louise Macgregor and Nicola
Melville 2 and 1
Amanda Edwards and Amanda Forrest lost to Vicki Stevenson
and Arlene McGarty 5 and 4
East of Scotland Girls Teams
The following girls were selected for the East of Scotland
team to play West Girls at Pitreavie on Sunday 6th June at
Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), Amanda Edwards(Liberton),
Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh Old), Nicola Melville (Bridge
of Allan), Vicki Stevenson (Stirling), Jane Turner (Glencorse,
Claire McLaughlin (Kilspindie), Ashleigh Wilton (Ladybank)
REserves Hannah Harvey (St Leonards) Sarah Horsburgh (Dunbar)
The following girls were selected for the East of Scotland
team to play South of Scotland at Lochmaben on Saturday 26th
June at 11:30am
Louise Macgregor (Falkirk Carmuirs), Arlene McGarty (Bathgate,
Cara Easton (Dalmahoy), Samantha Lamb (Glencorse)
Spanish Junior Championship
ANOTHER TITLE FOR ELISA
Elisa Serramia from Barcelona, who will be defending the British
women's open amateur championship at Gullane in June, just
keeps on winning.
The 19-year-old, who is bound for the University of California-Berkeley
- Vikki Laing's alma mater - in the autumn, has followed up
her victory in the French junior women's open championship
by winning the Spanish junior women's international championship
at Lomas-Bosque, 20 miles away from Madrid.
She beat Maria Hernandez, also from Spain, at the 19th hole
of the final.
In the semi-finals, Elisa beat Adriana Zwanck (Spain) 3 and
2 while Maria beat Irene Baon, the fourth Spanish player in
the semi-finals, by one hole.
17th April 2004
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Ada O'Sullivan, seated centre, surrounded by the Squad and
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ADA'S AMATEURS TURN TABLES ON PROS
The Ladies Golf Union Elite Squad - the short leet for the
Great Britain & Ireland women's amateur team for the forthcoming
Curtis Cup match - scored a great morale-boosting win over
the professionals of the Ladies' European Tour select in the
Weetabix Challenge at Formby Golf Club on Saturday, only eight
weeks ahead of the encounter with the United States - Michelle
Wie and all - over the same Merseyside side.
Only 12 months after being drubbed 16 1/2-4 1/2 by the professionals
in the annual Weetabix match, skipper Ada O'Sullivan's girls
gained their revenge with a 14 1/2-9 1/2 victory.
Ada had predicted on the eve of the match that "It would
be a different story this year" ... and she was so right.
The LGU team won the morning foursomes session 4 1/2 - 3 1/2
- equalling their whole day's points total of 2003 in one
session of play - and then increased their lead over the professionals
to 5pt by winning nine of the 16 singles ties and halving
Double winners - morning and afternoon - for the amateurs
were Emma Duggleby (Malton & Norton), Sarah Jones (Pennard),
Kerry Smith (Waterlooville), Sophie Walker (Kenwick Park).
Scottish champion Anne Laing from Vale of Leven was the biggest
LGU winner of the singles. She chalked up a 5 and 4 win over
a former Curtis Cup player, Caroline Hall after going up four
up at the eighth.
Clare Queen (Drumpellier) lost twice on the day, going down
by 4 and 3 in the singles to Wendy Dicks after losing the
fourth, fifth and eighth on the outward half.
Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) won her morning foursomes
in parthership with Kerry Smith but then lost by 3 and 2 to
Joanne Morley after running up two double bogeys before the
turn and letting the match get away from her by losing the
ninth, 10th, 12th and 13th.
The Weetabix Challenge match was started in 1994 and this
is only the second win by the LGU Elite Squad. The only other
time was in 1998. Since then the professionals have won rather
easily each year, culminating in last year's runaway victory.
The LGU Curtis Cup team selectors meet in the Formby clubhouse
on Sunday morning and they will have a tough time narrowing
their choice down to the eight-player line-up to face the
Americans on June 12 and 13.
LGU chief executive Andy Salmon said: " To win the Weetabix
Challenge in this Curtis Cup year here at Formby and so close
to the match is going to give the girls a great lift ahead
of the Americans' visit in only eight weeks."
Skipper Ada O'Sullivan said: "The selectors have a ferocious
task ahead of them. I would find it difficult myself to whittle
the squad down to just eight. I can think of 10 maybe more
players who have justifiable claims to be in this year's Curtis
"I think our preparation for the match against the Americans
has been superb, particularly the recent matches against top-level
men's county teams, Lancashire and Cheshire. There's no question
those toughened up the girls' match-play games. Match-play
is so different from stroke play - that's why we have a definite
chance against the Americans.
"Our girls now have belief in themselves. It has been
developing and that is why I was so confident that we could
beat the professionals this year. Now that self-belief should
be sky night. Not cockiness, not over-confidence just a belief
in their own ability."
Results (LGU Elite Squad amateurs first):
LGU ELITE SQUAD 14 1/2, LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR SELECT 9 1/2
S McKevitt (Eng) & E Duggleby (Eng) beat A Munt (Aus)
& S Heath (Eng) 4 and 3.
T Mangan (Ire) & F More (Eng) halved with N Moult (Eng)
& L Fairclough (Eng).
C Coughlan (Ire) & C Queen (Sco) lost to C Ekelundh (Swe)
& C Dibnah (Aus) 3 and 1.
S Jones (Wal) & A Highgate (Wal) beat W Dicks (Eng) &
M Eberl (Ger) 3 and 2.
A Laing (Sco) & K Phillips (Wal) lost to D Reid (Sco)
& C Hall (Eng) 1 hole.
L Kenny (Sco) & K Smith (Eng) beat J Forbes (Sco) &
K Knowles (Eng) 2 and 1.
D Masters (Eng) & N Timmins (Eng) lost to R Bailey (Eng)
& S Parry (US) 4 and 3.
S Walker (Eng) & M Gillen (Ire) beat J Mills (Aus) &
J Morley (Eng) 3 and 2.
(4 1/2-3 1/2)
Mangan halved with Fairclough.
Duggleby beat Munt 4 and 2.
More beat Heath 3 and 2.
McKevitt lost to Moult 4 and 3.
Coughlan lost to Ekelundh 5 and 4.
Highgate halved with Eberl.
Queen lost to Dicks 4 and 3.
Jones beat Dibnah 2 and 1.
Laing beat Hall 5 and 4.
Phillips beat Reid 3 and 1.
Gillen lost to Forbes 6 and 4.
Timmins beat Bailey 3 and 1.
Smith beat Knowles 3 and 1.
Walker beat Parry 3 and 2.
Kenny lost to Morley 3 and 2.
Masters beat Mills 2 holes.
Weetabix Challenge - Lunchtime edition
LGU AMATEURS TAKE FOURSOMES LEAD
The Ladies Golf Union Elite Squad of amateurs led the Ladies
European Tour team of professionals 4 1/2-3 1/2 at the end
of the morning foursomes in the Weetabix Challenge match at
Formby Golf Club, Merseyside.
That means that Curtis Cup skipper Ada O'Sullivan's bold pre-match
prediction that it "would be a different story this year"
was spot on.
In last year's Weetabix match at Royal Birkdale, the amateurs
won only 4 1/2pt all day long and were hammered by a 12pt
margin by their professional opponents.
Ada - whose team of eight for the Curtis Cup match against
the United States at the same venue on June 12-13 will be
chosen by the LGU selectors on Sunday morning - based her
confident outlook on the series of toughening-up matches the
lady amateurs have played against county-level male opposition
in recent weeks.
The LGU morning winners were Shelley McKevitt and Emma Duggleby,
Sarah Jones and Anna Highgate, Lynn Kenny and Kerry Smith,
and Sophie Walker and Martina Gillen.
Tricia Mangan and Fame More gained half a point for the amateurs
in a square match which would have been another win for the
LGU girls but for a 12ft birdie putt holed by Nicola Moult
on the last green to wipe out the amateurs' one-hole lead.
Results (LGU Elite Squad amateurs first):
S McKevitt (Eng) & E Duggleby (Eng) beat A Munt (Aus)
& S Heath (Eng) 4 and 3.
T Mangan (Ire) & F More (Eng) halved with N Moult (Eng)
& L Fairclough (Eng).
C Coughlan (Ire) & C Queen (Sco) lost to C Ekelundh (Swe)
& C Dibnah (Aus) 3 and 1.
S Jones (Wal) & A Highgate (Wal) beat W Dicks (Eng) &
M Eberl (Ger) 3 and 2.
A Laing (Sco) & K Phillips (Wal) lost to D Reid (Sco)
& C Hall (Eng) 1 hole.
L Kenny (Sco) & K Smith (Eng) beat J Forbes (Sco) &
K Knowles (Eng) 2 and 1.
D Masters (Eng) & N Timmins (Eng) lost to R Bailey (Eng)
& S Parry (US) 4 and 3.
S Walker (Eng) & M Gillen (Ire) beat J Mills (Aus) &
J Morley (Eng) 3 and 2.
LGU Elite squad 4 1/2, Ladies European Tour 3 1/2
(16 singles to be played in afternoon)
SINEAD HERATY APPOINTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF IRISH L G U
Sinead Heraty has been appointed chief executive of the Irish
Ladies Golf Union.
Ita Butler, President of the ILGU, commented: "Sinead
brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the new role
of Chief Executive and we are delighted that she has accepted
"Membership of the Irish Ladies' Golf Union has almost
doubled in the last ten years and we are confident that Sinead's
management and motivational skills will be of particular benefit
to us at this exciting time in our organisation's development.
"Overseeing the implementation of our Strategic Plan
will be one of the key responsibilities of our Chief Executive
whilst at the same time maintaining and improving the core
business of the ILGU.
"Sinead will be taking up her appointment in June and
we, in the Irish Ladies' Golf Union, look forward to working
closely with her in providing a good service to our growing
Irish Girls Inter-Provincials
CONNACHT WIN TITLE FOR FIRST TIME
Connacht, the favourites, won the Irish girls' inter-provincial
team championship for the first time at Westport Golf Club
The last day's proceedings were marred slightly by a mystery
illness bug which laid several players low. Connacht were
the only team able to field a full complement of players in
the afternoon singles.
Ulster had only four fit players. Leinster had two players
incapacitated while Munster had three hors de combat due to
Connacht completed their programme with a 100 per cent record
beating Ulster 6-2.
Leinster and Munster drew 3 1/2-3 1/2.
Final points totals:
Spanish Junior Championship
ALL-SPANISH SEMI-FINALS IN MADRID
The last two non-Spanish players in the Spanish junior women's
international championship at Madrid were eliminated in the
first round of the match-play stages on Friday.
Laura Thiel (Germany) and Maria Verchenova (Russia) lost to
B Mozo and C Ciganda respectively.
The semi-finalists are Elisa Serramia, the British women's
open amateur champion, Maria Hernandez, I Baon and Adriana
Results (Players from Spain unless stated):
S Cologan beat P Arana 5 and 4.
M Hernandez beat L Mar 2 and 1.
A Felgueroso beat C Andrade at 19th.
I Baon beat A Munoz 2 and 1.
C Ciganda beat M Verchenova (Rus) 4 and 3.
A Zwanck beat M Macias at 19th.
B Mozo beat L Thiel (Ger) 1 hole.
E Serramia beat E Cabrera 5 and 4.
Hernandez beat Cologan 3 and 2.
Baon beat Felgueroso 4 and 3.
Zwanch beat Ciganda 4 and 3.
Serramia beat Mozo 7 and 6.
Friday 16th April 2004
ADA STICKS HER CHIN OUT FOR WEETABIX MATCH v PROS
Curtis Cup skipper Ada O'Sullivan put her judgment on the
line at Formby Golf Club on Friday when she predicted that
"Things will be different this time" in the annual
one-day Weetabix Challenge golf match between the Ladies Golf
Union Elite Squad - the short leet for the Curtis Cup match
against the United States at the same venue on June 12 and
13 - and the Ladies' European Tour team.
Last year at Royal Birkdale, the pros thumped the amateurs
16 1/2-4 1/2, a record margin in the series. In 2002 and 2001
it was 12-6 and 13-5 in favour of the pros who have not lost
this match since 1998.
"Yes, we lost heavily last year but a lot of the matches
were decided as late as the 16th, 17th and 18th holes,"
said Ada. "We've had some matches against men lately
and these will have toughened up our girls so that they can
finish better and win in tight situations.
"This is a rehearsal for the Curtis Cup. There is no
doubt about that. We are using the same tees, the same course
(6,369yd) as we will have for the match against the Americans.
There will be the same kind of pressure on the LGU Elite Squad
"I don't agree with those who say the amateurs are on
a hiding to nothing. In my view only good can come out of
playing against professionals in preparation for the Curtis
Scots Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Lynn Kenny (Stirling University)
and Clare Queen (Drumpellier) follow their skipper's lead
in being confident that it will be no walk-over for the professionals
this time - and they are horrified at the suggestion that
the pros should concede at least a couple of bisques (shots
to be taken at holes decided by the player who receives them)
to their amateur opponents to make it a fairer contest.
"We are all raring to go," said Anne Laing. "We
won't need to receive strokes. We can beat them."
"It's a long course, set up for the Curtis Cup, and there's
not much run at this time of the year but it's the same for
all us. I'm up for it. Bring them on," said Lynn Kenny.
"I'm playing quite well and really looking forward to
playing the pros. Another two weeks, then exams and that will
be be finished at Strathclyde University. So I'm going to
do nothing but play golf for the rest of the year. Isn't that
great?" said Claire Queen.
The professionals' team at Formby includes former Solheim
Cup skipper Dale Reid from Ladybank and Julie Forbes from
The team of eight amateurs to represent Great Britain &
Ireland in the Curtis Cup match on June 12-13 will be chosen
by the LGU international selection committee after a meeting
in the Formby clubhouse on Sunday morning.
FOURSOMES (GB&I amateurs first)
8.0 S McKevitt (Eng) & E Duggleby (Eng) v A Munt (Aus)
& S Heath (Eng).
8.10 T Mangan (Ire) & F More (Eng) v N Moult (Eng) &
L Fairclough (Eng).
8.20 C Coughlan (Ire) & C Queen (Sco) v C Ekelundh (Swe)
& C Dibnah (Aus).
8.30 S Jones (Wal) & A Highgate (Wal) v W Dicks (Eng)
& M Eberl (Ger).
8.40 A Laing (Sco) & K Phillips (Wal) v D Reid (Sco) &
C Hall (Eng).
8.50 L Kenny (Sco) & K Smith (Eng) v J Forbes (Sco) &
K Knowles (Eng).
9.0 D Masters (Eng) & NTimmins (Eng) v R Bailey (Eng)
& S Parry(US).
9.10 S Walker (Eng) & M Gillen (Ire) v J Mills (Aus) &
J Morley (Eng).
12.30 Mangan v Fairclough.
12.48 Duggleby v Munt.
12.56 More v Heath.
1.04 McKevitt v Moult.
1.12 Coughlan v Ekelundh.
1.20 Highgate v Eberl.
1.28 Queen v Dicks.
1.36 Jones v Dibnah.
1.44 Laing v Hall.
1.52 Phillips v Reid.
2.0 Gillen v Forbes.
2.08 Timmins v Bailey.
2.16 Smith v Knowles.
2.24 Walker v Parry.
2.32 Kenny v Morley.
2.40 Masters v Mills.
Spanish Girls Championship
BRITISH CHAMPION ELISA IS NO 2 SEED AT HOME
Only two non-Spanish girls are through to the match-play stage
of the Spanish girls' international championship in Madrid.
They are Laura Thiel (Germany) who was the 10th qualifier
with 153 and Maria Verchenova (Russia), the 14th qualifier
British amateur champion Elisa Serramia from Spain had to
settle for No 2 seed status after two rounds of 72 for level
par 142. Top qualifier was compatriot Sonia Cologan with 72
and 69 for 141.
141 Sonia Cologan (S;pa) 72 69.
144 Elisa Serramia (Spa) 72 72.
146 Carlota Ciganda (Spa) 74 72, Azahara Munoz (Spa) 73 73.
147 Carolina Andrade (Spa) 74 73.
153 Laura Thiel (Ger) 79 74.
154 Maria Verchenova (Rus) 76 78.
156 Kimberley Bouden (Wal) 79 76.
160 Breanne Loucks (Wal) 80 80.
168 Melanie Pearce (Wal) 88 80.
171 Donna Jones (Wal) 78 93.
West Coast Ladies Golf Tour
FISTFUL OF DOLLARS FOR SUSIE LAING
Susie Laing from Troon - a resident of San Francisco since
her college days - earned dollars 1,150 for a joint sixth
place finish in The 2004 Traditional tournament at Sunrize,
Arizona, the latest event on the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour.
Susie had rounds of 69, 67 and 68. She finished five shots
behind two-stroke winner Dina Ammaccapane from Phoenix. Dina
followed up a 67 and 69 with a course-record 63 for 199 for
the dollars 3,400 first prize.
Lisa Meredith-Seary, from Reading, the only other British
player in the event, tied for 15th place with 211 (72, 71,
199 Dina Ammaccapane (US) 67 69 63.
201 Cathie Williamson (US) 68 66 67, Alena Sharp (Can) 67
66 6, Dodie Mazzuca (US) 66 66 69, Yang Hong Mei (Chi) 65
204 Joellyn Crooks (US) 66 72 66, Susie Laing (Sco) 69 67
Other score: 211 Lisa Meredith-Seary (Eng) 72 71 68.
Thursday 15th April 2004
Ayrshire County News
ALEX GLENNIE BEATS JANE FINNIE IN CRACKING FINAL
English-born Alex Glennie won the Ayrshire women's county
golf championship for the first time at West Kilbride Golf
CluB on Thursday. Twice women's club champion at Broadstone
and now a member at Prestwick St Nicholas, Mrs Glennie, who
was the sixth of the 16 match-play qualifiers, beat Jane Finnie
(Troon Ladies) by one hole with one-under-par play in an exciting,
fluctuating final, played in dry conditions after the heavy
Mrs Finnie, who was Ayrshire champion as Jane Leishman in
1985, came back well to square that match at the 15th after
losing the third, fourth, fifth and sixth to a one-under-par
run from her opponent.
Jane, the fifth qualifier, scored her first success at the
ninth, then birdied the 11th and took the 12th and 15th with
pars to be back on level terms.
After a half at the 16th, Alex Glennie struck the decisive
blow, winning the 17th with a birdie to edge ahead again.
The last was halved.
In the morning semi-finals, Mrs Finnie ended the bid by 1992
champion Catherine Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert) to reach
the final for the seventh time while Mrs Glennie beat Audrey
AYRSHIRE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
West Kilbride Golf Club
Semi-finals _ Jane Finnie (Troon Ladies) beat Catherine Malcolm
(Prestwick St Cuthbert) 2 and 1, Alex Glennie (Prestwick St
Nicholas) beat Audrey Thompson (Loudoun) 6 and 5.
Final _ Glennie beat Finnie 1 hole.
Girls Interprovincial Matches Westport Golf Club 14th – 16th
Match Results for Day 2 – Thursday 15th April 1
Ulster 2 - Leinster 0 Foursomes (Ulster names first) Danielle
McVeigh & Lynsey Humphries beat Tara Delaney & Kate Leydon
4/3 Charlene Reid & Emma Getty beat Rachel Cassidy & Orla
Munster 0 - Connacht 2 Foursomes (Munster names first) Catherine
Tucker & Naoimh McMahon lost to Sinead O’Sullivan & Emma Gilmore
5/4 Linda Toomey & Sarah Cunningham -v- Fiona Carroll & Laura
Oxford beat Cambridge in nail-biting finish
Left to right back row Samantha Grey-Wilson,
Sophie Harper, Camilla Day, Tania Oh, Jenny Andrews, Carolyn
Olsburgh, Kirsty Wybar, Alex Leriche, Helen Moore, Keiko Saito,
and sitting from the left; Jen Harvey, Lisa Benham (Oxford
Captain), Sarah Ticehurst (Cambridge Captain), Erin Mitchell
The 7th Ladies' Golf Varsity Match took place this year at
the historic Rye Golf Club in East Sussex, and ended in victory
for the Oxford team after a closely fought battle that came
down to the last match of the day. Full
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Spanish Junior Championship
ELISA IS OFF AND RUNNING IN PURSUIT OF HOME TITLE
Elisa Serramia, the Spanish teenager who won the British women's
amateur title at Lindrick last June and the French junior
women's title in Paris on Monday, is sharing the lead at the
end of the first round of the Spanish international junior
women's championship over the Lomas Bosque course in Madrid.
Elisa, who is bound for the University of California-Berkeley
in the autumn and currently has a handicap of plus 3, shot
a 72, a score matched only by compatriot Sonia Cologan. Lying
third is another Spanish starlet, Azahara Munoz who, a year
or two ago, won the Spanish WOMEN'S championship when she
was only 14. Wales are the only one of the four home countries
supporting the Spanish event. They have sent three players
over to Madrid and the best placed after the first round is
Donna Jones, joint 13th on 78. Kimberley Boulden is lying
tied for 17th on 79 while Breanne Loucks is joint 23rd on
West Coast Ladies Golf Tour
SUSIE WELL UP IN ARIZONA
Troon exile Susie Laing was lying in joint seventh place at
the end of the first round in the 54-hole "The 2004 Traditional"
tournament at Arizona Traditions Golf Club in Surprise. Susie
had a sub-par score of 69 - four behind leader Yang Hong Mei
from China. Dodie Mazzuca (Las Vegas) and Joellyn Crooks (Wisconsin)
were lying joint second onf 66. Lisa Meredith-Seary from Reading,
the only other British player competing on the West Coast
Ladies Golf Tour, had a score of 72.
East of Scotland Vets
Results from ESVLGA Spring Meeting Silver Division, Gullane
Scratch Noreen Fenton 76
Handicap Margaret Sneddon 82 13 6 Nancy Lichrish 83 13 70
Anne Henderson 90 19 71 Carol MacLeod 83 11 72 bih
Bronze Division Handicap Catriona Henderson 92 25 67 Caryl
Campbell 96 25 71
Wednesday 14th April 2004
Ayrshire County Championship
IT COULD BE CATHERINE THE SEVENTH OF AYRSHIRE
TOP seed Catherine Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert) is on course
for a seventh appearance in the final of the Ayrshire women's
county golf championship. On a very windy day at West Kilbride
Golf Club, Mrs Malcolm first beat her clubmate and sister
in law Shona Malcolm by two holes and then repeated last year's
win over three times past champion Sharon Lambie (Troon Ladies)
by 4 and 3. Catherine now plays Jane Finnie (Troon Ladies)
for a place in the final.
The other semi-final features Alex Glennie (Prestwick St Nicholas)
and Audrey Thompson (Loudoun) who beat the No 2 seed, young
Lesley Hendry (Routenburn) by 2 and 1 in yesterday's (Wed)
Mrs Malcolm won the Ayrshire title when she was Miss Catherine
Gibson in 1992 and then, since her marriage, has lost in the
finals of 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003.
AYRSHIRE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP West Kilbride Golf Club
First round _ C Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat S Malcolm
(Prestwick St Cuthbert) 2 holes, S Lambie (Troon Ladies) beat
G Lockhart (Barassie) 3 and 2, J Finnie (Troon Ladies) beat
S Streets (Largs) 4 and 3, M Wilson (Girvan) beat E Taylor
(Troon Ladies) 3 and 2, C Taylor (Troon Ladies) beat R Purdom
(Prestwick St Nicholas) 2 and 1, A Glennie (Prestwick St Nicholas)
beat L Keohone (Loudoun) 2 and 1, A Thompson (Loudoun) beat
M McQueen (Largs) at 22nd, L Hendry (Routenburn) beat J Neilson
(West Kilbride) 2 and 1.
Quarter-finals _ C Malcolm beat Lambie 4 and 3, Finnie beat
Wilson 4 and 3, Glennie beat C Taylor at 19th, Thompson beat
Hendry 3 and 2.
Irish Girls Interprovincial Matches
LEINSTER AND ULSTER MAKE GOOD START AT WESTPORT
There were clear-cut wins for Leinster and Ulster on the opening
day of the Irish girls' provincial team championship at Westport
Golf Club. Leinster beat Connacht 6-2 after losing both the
morning foursomes but making a clean sweep of the six afternoon
singles. Ulster beat Munster 6-2, taking 5 1/2pt of the six
available in the singles.
Scoreboard IRISH GIRLS' PROVINCIAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP Westport
Golf Club CONNACHT 2, LEINSTER 6
Foursomes (2-0) Sinead O'Sullivan & Emma Gilmore beat Tara
Delaney & Kate Leydon 3 and 2. Fiona Carroll & Laura Holmes
beat Rachel Cassidy & Orla Dunphy 1 hole.
Singles (0-6) Sinead O'Sullivan lost to Tara Delaney 2 and
1. Emma Gilmore lost to Rachel Cassidy 5 and 4. Fiona Carroll
lost to Kate Leyden 2 and 1. Laura Holmes lost to Orla Dunphy
5 and 4. Anne McCormack lost to Sarah Carty 3 and 2. Sarah
Faller lost to Aisling Hyland 5 and 4.
MUNSTER 2, ULSTER 6
Foursomes (1/2-1 1/2) Catherine Tucker & Naoimh McMahon halved
with Danielle McVeigh & Lynsey Humphries. Linda Toomey & Sarah
Cunningham lost to Charlene Reid & Nikki Taggart 3 and 2.
Singles (1/2-5 1/2) Catherine Tucker halved with Danielle
McVeigh. Naoimh McMahon lost to Charlene Reid 5 and 4. Linda
Toomey lost to Nikki Taggart 1 hole. Louise Butler lost to
Emma Getty 6 and 5. Aisling O'Connor lost to Lynsey Humphries
6 and 5. Sarah Cunningham lost to Louise Coffey 3 and 2.
US College Golf
SCOTS DOWN THE FIELD IN OKLAHOMA
The three Scots competing in the Suzie Maxwell Berning Classic
women's college golf tournament finished down the field in
the 54-hole event over the Jimmie Austin course at Norman,
Oklahoma on Tuesday. Louise Kenney (Iowa State University)
from Pitreavie, Dunfermline had rounds of 79, 77 and 79 to
finish tied 30th on 235. Arkansas-Little Rock University team-mates
Fiona Gilbert from Carnoustie and Laura Walker from Nairn
were joint 40th on 240. Fiona scored 80, 83 and 77 while Laura's
rounds were 83, 75 and 82.
Oklahoma (900) won the team event from Southern Methodist
(920) and Baylor (924). Arkansas-Little Rock (930) came sixth.
Iowa State (948) finished 10th.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 215 Lisa Meldrum (Oklahoma) 73 70
72. 221 Linda Svennson (Arkansas-Little Rock) 74 71 70. Scots'
scores: 235 Louise Kenney (Iowa State) 79 77 79. 240 Fiona
Gilbert (Arkansas-Little Rock) 80 83 77, Laura Walker (Arkansas-Little
Rock) 83 75 82.
Tuesday 13th April 2004
SLGA St Leonards Under 16 Open Stroke Play Championship
Yes... the moment you've all been waiting for.. the photos
SLGA MOVE TO PERTH THIS WEEK
The Scottish Ladies Golfing Association is moving its headquarters
from Drumoig to Perth later this week.
The actual movement of office furniture, equipment, files,
etc will be handled by a professional firm on Thursday. SLGA
secretary Dr Sheila Hartley and her full-time staff of Alison
Houston and Mary Bird will be "open for business"
at The Den, 2 Dundee North Road, Perth from Friday morning.
"The central location will provide easier access for
our members with good road and rail links," said SLGA
chairman Pat Hutton.
"The new premises will afford us the additional accommodation
required to meet the growing needs of the association as we
move forward into our second century.
Although no longer based under the same Drumoig roof as the
Scottish Golf Union, chairman Hutton stresses that the spirit
of co-operation between the two bodies will not be affected
by the move.
"We will continue to work in close partnership with the
Scottish Golf Union on issues common to both organisations.
We look forward to utilising our new premises for the many
meetings held by the executive committee and other administrators
on behalf of our members."
Midlothian County Ladies' Spring Meeting - Braids No 1
April 13th 2004
LGU SS 72, CSS 75 (Reduction Only)
Elizabeth Simpson (Murrayfield) won the Cormack Salver for
the best Scratch score at the Spring Meeting at The Braids
No 1 with a score of 81. The best net overall score came from
Nancy Lickrish (Dalmahoy) who had a net 73. The weather was
fine, although there was a strong breeze and the competitors
found the greens very difficult.
Silver Scratch - Winner of Cormack Salver: Elizabeth Simpson
2nd Scratch - Pamela Williamson (Baberton) 82
Best overall net - Nancy Lickrish (Dalmahoy) 86 (13) 73 (bih)
2nd overall net -Carol Fulton (Ratho Park) 92 (18) 74 (conceded
by Elizabeth Simpson)
Silver Handicap 1. Jane Turner (Glencorse) 84 (7) 77
2. Jennifer Bryans ( Harburn) 83(5) 78 (bih)
Bronze Scratch - winner of the CM Park Rosebowl Margaret McLaren
(Torphin Hill) 105
Bronze Handicap: Jennifer Moffat (Lothianburn) 109 (22) 87
(bih) (conceded by Margaret McLaren))
MALCOLM FAMILY BATTLE IN AYRSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP
SISTERS in law Catherine and Shona Malcolm, both members of
Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club, meet in the first round of
the match-play stages of the Ayrshire women's golf county
championship at West Kilbride GC on Wednesday.
Catherine earned the No 1 seed position in a field of 107
with a round of 80 on a day when the weather was bad enough
for the CSS to be non-counting. Shona was the last of the
16 qualifiers with a score of 92.
Past champion Sharon Lambie (Troon Ladies) qualified in ninth
spot with an 85 and plays Gillian Lockhart (Barassie), who
also had an 85. The winner of this tie will play the winner
of the Malcolms' family battle.
Laura Moffat is not defending the title because she works
in the New York area.
AYRSHIRE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
80 C Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert).
82 L Hendry (Routenburn), C Taylor (Troon Ladies), M Wilson
83 J Finnie (Troon Ladies).
84 A Glennie (Prestwick St Nicholas, M McQueen (Largs).
85 S Lambie (Troon Ladies), G Lockhart (Barassie), A Thompson
86 L Keohone (Loudoun).
88 C Taylor (Troon Ladies), S Streets (Largs).
91 R Purdom (Prestwick St Nicholas).
92 J Neilson (West Kilbride), S Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert).
First round - C Malcolm v S Malcolm, S Lambie v G Lockhart,
J Finnie v S Streets, E Taylor v M Wilson, C Taylor v R Purdom,
L Keohone v A Glennie, M McQueen v A Thompson, J Neilson v
Silver Division - M Wilson (Girvan) (8) 74; S Streets (Largs)
(12) (bih), D Cree (Prestwick St Cuthbert) (16) 76.
Bronze Division _ M Magee (Barassie) (21) 76; A Kettlewell
(Troon Ladies) (23) (bih), C Tortolano (West Kilbride) (22)
Quaich Finals - Silver Division _ S Streets (Largs) (12) 76;
A Thompson (Loudoun) (5) 80.
West of Scotland Girls
West Girls beat Fereneze Boys by three matches to one on Sunday
WINS FRENCH JUNIOR OPEN TITLE
Elisa Serramia from Spain, winner of the British women's open
amateur championship at Lindrick last June, added another
title to her collection at Paris St Cloud on Easter Monday.
She beat compatriot Beatriz Recari by 4 and 3 in the 36-hole
final of the French junior women's open amateur championship
for the Trophee Esmond.
In the consolation tournament for the Trophee Michel Carlhian,
Jade Schaeffer of France beat Azahara Munoz (Spain) at the
v Scotland Vets match
LORNA BENNETT MAKES VETERANS' DEBUT FOR SCOTLAND
LORNA Bennett (Ladybank), pictured right, five times Fife
women's county champion over a span of 19 years - she defends
the title later this month, makes her first appearance for
Scotland against Ireland at over-50s level in the veteran
women's international golf match for the Mary McKenna Trophy
at The Hermitage, Dublin on April 20 and 21. Miss Bennett
was capped for Scotland in 1977, 1980 and 1981.
Other "new" faces in the Scotland team which won the trophy
at Prestwick last year are Cecilia Kenny (Dunblane), winner
of the Scottish veteran women's title at Blairgowrie last
October and mother of Curtis Cup team candidate Lynn Kenny,
and Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park), winner of the Scottish
senior women's championship at Ballater last summer.
The Scotland team is captained by Joan Marshall (Baberton).
Teams are: SCOTLAND - Rose Anderson (Huntly), Karen Ballantyne
(Craigmillar Park), Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), Liz Campbell
(Torwoodlee), Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh), Cecilia
Kenny (Dunblane), Moira Thomson (North Berwick), Pamela Williamson
IRELAND - Roma English (Larne), Rhona Fanagan (Milltown),
Valerie Hassett (Ennis), Mary Madden (Ballinasloe), Anna Maloney
(Clonmel), Mary McKenna (Donabate), Denise O'Sullivan (Hermitage),
Terry Sexton (Dun Laoghaire).
Monday 12th April 2004
Triumphant Scots - Scotland's Under 16 teams
Laura Murray (Alford), Jane Turner (Glencorse), Kelsey Macdonald
(Nairn Dunbar), Roseanne Niven (Crieff), Krystle Caithness
(St Regulus) Carly Booth (Auchterarder), Nancy Chisholm (President
SLGA) and Pat Hutton (Chairman SLGA) after the prizegiving
Well done Girls!
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US COLLEGE NEWS ROUND-UP
LAMB TIES FOR 28TH IN HOT ARIZONA TOURNAMENT
FORMER Scottish boys' open stroke-play champion Mark Lamb,
now a golf scholarship student at the University of Arizona,
tied for 28th place in the Arizona State University Thunderbird
Invitational college tournament over the Karsten course in
Tempe, Arizona. So high was the standard of play that Lamb's
two-under-par total of 214 (70, 73 and 71) did not get him
in the top 20.
Spaniard Alejandro Canizares of the host university won the
individual title with 65, 66 and 69 for 16-under-par 200 -
two shots ahead of Ryan Moore (UNLV) who scored 67, 68 and
The scoring in the team event was nothing short of sensational.
Arizona State totalled 43-under-par 821 - to win by 11 strokes
from Arizona (832) and Southern California (835).
MARTIN LAIRD TOP EUROPEAN IN US COLLEGE RANKINGS
COLORADO State University student Martin Laird from Hilton
Park Golf Club, Glasgow is the top-ranked European player
on the men's college golf circuit at the moment. Martin, recent
winner of a 54-hole event, is ranked No 11 in the Golfstat
US Walker Cup player Bill Haas (Wake Forest) is No 1. GB&I
Walker Cup hero David Inglis (Tulsa & Glencorse GC) is ranked
In the Golfstat Cup women's college rankings, three members
of the US Curtis Cup team for Formby on June 12 and 13 are
in the top four. Liz Janangelo (Duke) is No 1, Erica Blasberg
(Arizona) - last year's No 1 - is currently third and Brittany
Lang (Duke) is rated No 4. The two other US team members currently
at college - Sarah Huarte (California) and Annie Thurman (Oklahoma
State) - are occupying 17th and 58th places respectively.
Irish champion Martina Gillen (Kent State University & Beaverstown)
is the top-ranked Great Britain & Ireland player in 66th spot.
Scottish Under-21 title-holder Jenna Wilson (San Diego State
& Strathaven) is in 90th place and, slightly surprisingly,
her San Diego State team-mate, Heather MacRae from Dunblane,
is down at No 114 in the latest rankings.
English player Rachel Bell (Southern California & Ganton)
Former Scottish girls champion Louise Kenney (Iowa State &
Pitreavie) is ranked No 167.
MARK HOPES TO IMPROVE HIS GOLF IN VIRGINIA
Mark Kerr, 21-year-old Edinburgh University and Dalmahoy Golf
Club member, is taking a "year out" to enrol at Old Dominion
University in Virginia, United States in the autumn.
"Basically, I want to play golf for a year in weather and
conditions that will generally be better than we have in Scotland.
The idea is to give myself a chance to see just how good a
player I can become without the distractions I would have
at home," said Mark who was beaten finalist in the Lothians'
men's championship last year and finished tied for sixth place
in the Craigmillar Park Open at the weekend. A former Craigmillar
Park Golf Club member, Mark had rounds of 69, 65, 65 and 70
to an 11-under-par total of 269.
ALL-SPANISH FINAL IN FRENCH JUNIOR OPEN
British women's amateur champion Elisa Serramia will meet
fellow Spaniard Beatriz Recari in Monday's 36-hole final of
the French junior women's open championship at Paris St Cloud.
Serramia, the No 3 qualifier, beat yet another Spanish player,
Carlota Ciganda, the No 2 seed, by the convincing margin of
7 and 6 in Sunday's semi-finals.
In the other penultimate tie, Recari beat France's last hope
Anna Lise Caudal from Nivelle by two holes.
No English or Welsh player reached the last 16. Only Florentyna
Parker, daughter of an English professional in Germany, Naomi
Edwards and Felicity Johnson figured in the second-round programme.
Florentyna beat Welsh left-hander Stephanie Evans 4 and 3
in the first round but then lost by 4 and 2 to Spain's Belen
Mozo. Felicity Johnson had a good win over another English
player, LGU Elite Squad member Sophie Walker by two holes
but then lost by 2 and 1 to No 2 seed Ciganda.
Naomi Edwards won at the 19th in the first round against Elena
Giraud but went down on the last green to Elisa Serramia in
the second round.
MATCH-PLAY RESULTS FIRST ROUND Pernilla Lindberg (Swe) bt
Valentine Derrey (Fra) 5 & 4. Beatriz Recari (Spa) bt Audrey
Decharne (Fra) 7 & 6. Jennifer Weiler (Fra) bt Carmen Alonso
(Spa) 3 & 1. Maria Hernandez (Spa) bt Kiran Matharu (Eng)
3 & 1. Anne Lise Caudal (Fra) bt Nicole Gergely (Aut) 2 &
1. Marine Deleplanque (Frta) bt Stefanie Michl (Aut) 2 holes.
Denise Becker (Ger) bt Ana Sanso Rubert (Spa) 2 holes. Dewi-Claire
Schreefel (Net) bt Maha Haddioui (Mor) 5 & 4. Elisa Serramia
(Spa) bt Laura Eastwood (Eng) 4 & 3. Naomi Edwards (Eng) bt
Elene Giraud (Fra) at 19th. Belen Mozo (Spa) bt Eva Steinberger
(Aut) 4 & 3. Florentyna Parker (Eng) bt Stephanie Evans (Wal)
4 & 3. Stefani Endstrasser (Aut) bt Lou9ise Stahle (Swe) 3
& 2. Emma Cabrera (Spa) bt Joanna Klatten (Fra) 3 & 2. Felicity
Johnson bt Sop[hie Walker (Eng) 2 holes. Carlola Ciganda (Spa)
bt Claire Aitken (Eng) 3 & 1. SECOND ROUND Recari bt Lindberg
2 & 1. Hernandez bt Weiler 2 & 1. Caudal bt Deleplanque 7
& 6. Becker bt Schreefel 6 & 5. Serramia bt Edwards 1 hole.
Mozo bt Parker 4 & 2. Cabrera bt Endstrasser at 20th. Ciganda
bt Johnson 2 & 1.
QUARTER-FINALS Recari bt Hernandez 2 & 1. Caudal bt Beckere
at 21st. Serramia bt Mozo 2 & 1. Ciganda bt Cabrera 5 & 3.
SEMI-FINALS Recari bt Caudal 2 holes. Serramia bt Ciganda
7 & 6.
FINAL (36 holes) Recari v Serramia
Jamie McLeary (University of Stirling) receives the Craigmillar
Park Trophy from BP's Ian Howarth. Runner up Stuart Wilson
is on the right.
McLEARY WINS CRAIGMILLAR PARK OPEN PLAY-OFF
Andrew McArthur, the 2002 Scottish amateur champion, led after
two and three rounds but was caught down the home straight
by Jamie McLeary and Stuart Wilson in an exciting finish to
the Craigmillar Park Open 72-hole tournament in Edinburgh
(Sat-Sun, Apr 10-11).
McLeary put his name on the list of title winners - which
includes Nick Faldo - with a birdie at the first hole of a
sudden-death play-off against Walker Cup player Wilson. Stirling
University student McLeary had scores of 69, 66, 64, 65 over
the par-70 lay-off while Wilson from Forfar carded 67, 70,
64 and 63 for a tie on 16-under-par 264. McArthur, who had
squeezed 10 birdies into a brilliant second-round 62, could
hardly buy a birdie putt over the last two rounds. He tied
for third place, four shots behind the play-off participants,
on 268 with Bryan Innes (Murcar) and Great Britain & Ireland
boy cap last year, Lloyd Saltman (Craigielaw).
LEADING FINAL TOTALS (CSS 69 69 69 69) J McLeary (Leven GS)
69 66 64 65 264 S Wilson (Forfar) 67 70 64 63 264 *McLeary
won play-off at first extra hole. B Innes (Murcar) 69 66 68
65 268 A McArthur (Windyhill) 68 62 68 70 268 L Saltman (Craigielaw)
72 63 65 68 268 M Cameron (Alyth) 66 68 70 65 269 M Kerr (Dalmahoy)
69 65 65 70 269 R Ramsay (Ryl Aberdeen) 70 63 68 68 269
Sunday 11th April 2004
East of Scotland Girls
Back Row Susan McKerracher (Alva/Alloa), Claire McLaughlin
Front Row: Nicola Melville (Bridge of Allan), Samantha Lamb
( Glencorse), Stephanie Barclay (Kircaldy)
Nicola Melville (Bridge of Allan) won the Scratch
prize in the East of Scotland Girls Spring Meeting at Burntisland
this afternoon. Her score of 78 was matched by Claire McLaughlin
(Kilspindie) but Nicola won on the better inward half.
Susan McKerracher (Alva/Alloa) took the best handicap with
104 less 33 for a nett 71, on the better last six holes from
Claire McLaughlin. However Claire did get into the prizelist
as she won the Under 18 handicap on the better inward half
from Ashleigh Wilton (Ladybank). Stephanie Barclay (Kirkcaldy)
took the Under 16 prize with 97 less 25 net 72 and Samantha
Lamb (Glencorse) won the Under 14 prize with 105 less 26 net
The CSS remained the same as the SSS at 71.
East of Scotland Girls are very grateful to the Captain and
Council of Burntisland Golf Club for allowing them to play
on their fine golf course. Hospitality in the clubhouse was
78 Nicola Melville (Bridge of Allan) , Claire McLaughlin (Kilspindie)
79 Ashleigh Wilton (Ladybank)
80 Krystle Caithness (St Regulus)
81 Jane Turner (Glencorse)
82 Amanda Edwards (Liberton) Hannah Harvey (St Leonards)
87 Rachel Livingstone (Musselburgh Old)
88 Sarah Horsburgh (Dunbar)
Special Birthday greetings to Lucille Thomson (Kirkcaldy)
who is 80 years young today!
US College Golf
Pamela Feggans from Doon Valley, Ayrshire, finished tied for
18th place in the Ryder Florida Women's Collegiate Championship
with scores of 80, 81 and 74.
French Junior Championships (Trophe Esmonde)
There is no British interest left in the French Junior Championships
at St Cloud near Paris. Six Spanish, one French and one German
have progressed to the quarter finals. The top seed Pernilla
Lindberg (Sweden), was beated by Beatriz Recari of Spain.
Leading Brit after the qualifying stages, Stephanie Evans
of Wales, was beaten by England's Florentyna Parker, who in
turn was beaten in the next round by Belen Mozo of Spain.
Curtis Cup hopeful, Sophie Walker was beaten by Felicity Johnson,
but Felicity succumbed in the next round to Spain's Carlota
Saturday 10th April 2004
STEPHANIE LEADING BRITISH QUALIFIER IN FRENCH JUNIOR OPEN
Elisa Serramia, the British women's open amateur champion
from Spain, qualified in third place for the match-play stages
of the French junior women's open championship for the Esmond
Trophy at Paris St Cloud Golf Club on Friday.
Elkisa, who has an exact handicap of +3.2, had scores of 77
and 66 for 143 - two behind the No 1 seed Pernilla Lindberg
(Sweden) and one in arrears of another Spanish player, Carlota
Welsh left-hander Stephanie Evans (Llangollen) was the leading
British player in No 6 spot with scores of 73 and 71 for 144.
LEADING QUALIFYING TOTALS
141 Pernilla Lindberg (Swe) 69 72.
142 Carlota Ciganda (Spa) 69 73.
143 Elisa Serramia (Spa) 77 66, Dewi-Claire Schreefel (Net)
144 Anne Lise Caudal (Fra) 74 70, Stephanie Evans (Wal) 73
71, Louise Stahle (Swe) 73 71.
145 Maria Hernandez (Spa) 72 72, Carmen Alonso (Spa) 74 74.
146 Emma Cabrera (Spa) 74 72, Belen Mozo (Spa) 69 77.
147 Stefanie Michl (Aut) 76 71, Ana Sanso Rubert (Spa) 68
148 Elena Giraud (Fra) 76 72, Sophie Walker (Eng) 75 73, Audrey
Decharne (Fra) 74 74, Beatriz Recari (Spa) 74 74, Felicity
Johnson (Eng) 72 76.
149 Felicity John (Eng) 72 76.
149 Naomi Edwards (Eng) 77 72, Denise Becker (Ger) 77 72,
Marine Deleplanque (Fra) 76 73, Eva Steinberger (Aut) 76 73,
Joanna Klatten (Fra) 73 76.
150 Jennifer Weiler (Fra) 76 74, Kiran Matharu (Eng) 75 75,
Stefanie Endstrasser (Aut) 75 75, Florentyna Parker (Eng)
75 75, Nicole Gergely (Aut) 75 75, Maha Haddioui (Mor) 73
77, Laura Eastwood (Eng), Claire Aitken (Eng) 72 78, Valentine
Derrey (Fra) 71 79.
151 Danielle Masters (Eng) 75 76, Melissa Reid (Eng) 73 78.
152 Katrina Holford (Eng) 79 73.
153 Alexandra Marshall (Eng) 75 78.
156 Sahra Hassan (Wal) 80 76.
159 Lydia Hall (Wal) 78 81.
160 Samantha Birks (Wal) 82 78.
167 Roseann Youngman (Eng) 87 80.
Friday 9th April 2004
SHINES IN SCOTLAND GIRLS 1-2 AT ST ANDREWS
For a change it was not so much Scotland the Brave as Scotland
the Best in the SLGA St Leonards Under-16 girls' open stroke-play
golf championship at St Andrews on Good Friday.
In the face of a strong English challenge, Krystle Caithness
(St Regulus) won the individual title and the St Leonards
Cup by a single shot from another outstanding Scottish prospect,
Carly Booth (Auchterarder), and Scotland - Krystle, Carly
and Roseanne Niven (Crieff) - won the international team event
by four shots from England.
Krystle had a second-round 67 (32-35) for an aggregate of
level par 136 while Carly also had a 67 (34-33) for 137.
"What a great boost for Scottish girls golf," said
Margaret MacNaughtan (Aberdeen Ladies), the Scottish Ladies
Golfing Association executive member in charge of training.
"I know how hard these girls worked in our pre-season
practice camp at Pals in Spain a couple of weeks ago and it
has paid a huge dividend in this tournament."
Despite a bit of a breeze, the standard of scoring over the
7,074yd lay-out rose perceptibly in the second round - 10
scores under 70, compared with only one (a 69 by Krystle Caithness)
on the first day.
Anstruther-based Krystle, a 15-year-old pupil at Waid Academy
and coached by Tartan Tour pro Donald Mackay at Wellsgreen,
kept her cool in the face of a potentially nerve-shattering
double-bogey 5 at the short sixth.
"I had birdied the second and the fourth so I told myself
that all that had happened was that I was back to level par
again," said Miss Caithness. "When I holed a 10ft
birdie putt for a 2 at the eighth, I felt I was back on track
and even though I bogeyed the 10th, where I missed the green,
I was able to pitch and putt for a birdie 4 at the long 11th
to go one under par again.
"After that I just focused on hitting fairways and greens
in regulation and I was able to finish with seven straight
Good news for Scottish universities who will be talent-hunting
for golfing students two or three years from now, Krystle
is not of a mind to join the clutch of Scottish girls at college
in the United States.
"If I go to university, I think it will almost certainly
be in Scotland," she said. "At the moment, my big
ambition is to get down to two of a handicap (she is four
at the moment) before the end of the season."
Carly Booth, only 11 years old, might well have been involved
in a play-off but for a three-putt bogey 4 at the second and
a 4 at the short eighth where she was plugged in a bunker.
Carly, who has stretched a bit since last season, set up her
birdies at the seventh, 11th and 14th with big hits for a
stripling. She birdied the 284yd seventh hole where she drove
the green and two-putted for a 3; got home in two with ease
at the par-5 401yd 11th with a drive and three-wood and drove
pin-high at the 264yd par-4 14th, getting down with two putts
for a 3.
"I played well and putted well so I can't complain,"
said Carly, a five-handicapper who has the same ambition in
that direction as Krystle Caithness. "I aim to get down
to two by the end of the year."
Henrietta Brockway, the highly-rated English prospect from
Yeovil, finished third with 71 and 68 for 139.
Roseanne Niven made a stout defence of the title she won as
a 14-year-old last year. The Loretto School pupil from Crieff
was officially placed fourth, after a card countback with
Emilee Taylor (Gainsborough). They both finished on 140, Roseanne's
72 and 68 including a bogey at the last.
The Murray Donald and Caithness Cup for the best net aggregate
was won by 10-year-old Eilidh Briggs (Ranfurly Castle) with
a total of 110 off 36. Little Eilidh, who had earlier in the
week won the Under-12 Skills Test sponsored by the Royal Bank
of Scotland, had two gross scores of 91.
SLGA ST LEONARDS Under-16 girls' open stroke-play championship
Strathtyrum course, St Andrews
FINAL TOTALS (CSS 66 66)
136 Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) 69 67.
137 Carly Booth (Auchterarder) 70 67.
139 Henrietta Brockway (Yeovil) 71 68.
140 Roseanne Niven (Crieff) 72 68, Emilee Taylor (Gainsborough)
141 Hannah Burke (Mid-Herts) 71 70, Sian James (Bristol) 74
143 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 75 68, Julia Norman (Exeter)
76 67, Nicole Whitmore (Woburn) 70 73.
144 Hannah Moul (Chelmsford) 75 69.
145 Rebecca Harries (Haverfordwest) 77 68, Eleanor Givens
(Blackwell Grange) 75 70.
144 Jodi Ewart (Catterick) 71 73.
146 Gemma Hardie (Forest Pines) 72 74, Katy McNicoll (Carnoustie
Ladies) 76 70.
147 Jane Turner (Glencorse) 74 73, Stacie Morton (Hobson)
76 71, Hannah Harvey (St Leonards) 73 74, Morag Macpherson
(Barassie) 73 74.
148 Nicola Dunn (Harrogate) 73 75.
149 Tara Davies (Holyhead) 76 73, Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh
Old) 76 73.
150 Rachel Connor (Manchester) 76 74, Hannah Barwood (Knowle)
151 Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) 79 72, Elizabeth Over (Forest
Pines) 79 72.
153 Laura-Jane Roberts (Holyhead) 77 76, Laura Jones (Upton-by-Chester)
77 76, Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon) 74 79, Holly Calvert
(Lancaster) 72 81.
154 Emma Fairnie (Minto) 77 77, Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 78
156 Hannah Coles (Maxstoke Park) 80 76, Laura Murray (Alford)
82 74, Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth) 75 81, Catherine-Ann Mayor-Martin(Ponteland)
157 Louise MacGregor (Falkirk) 78 79.
158 Kelly Tidy (Manchester) 80 74, Pamela Pretswell (Carluke)
159 Amy Rees (Southerndown) 83 76, Katie Thompson (Meon Valley
Hotel) 80 79, Ashton Ingram (Fort William) 78 81.
160 Isabel Foley (Seaton Carew) 80 80, Ami Storey (Parklands)
78 82, Lauren Rogerson (Penrith) 76 84, Amy Rainford (Bramhall)
82 78, Kimberley Bates (Houghwood) 80 80, Georgina Kilby (The
Warren) 75 85, Jacqueline Sneddon (Scotscraig) 82 78.
161 Sally Kettlewell (Dunblane) 75 86.
162 Fiona Blair (Monifieth) 85 77.
163 Angharad Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) 76 87.
164 Kate Whitmore (Sandiway) 81 83.
165 Rachel Myles (St Leonards) 82 83.
166 Sophie Shearer (Fairhaven) 87 79.
167 Hannah Davies (Didsbury) 88 79.
168 Annabel Niven (Crieff) 82 86.
169 Andrea Bowie (Monifieth) 88 81.
171 Ann-Marie Ballantine (Ponteland) 88 83.
172 Elizabeth Sweetnam (Leighton Buzzard) 91 81, Claire Laggan
(Tynemouth) 89 83, Ashley Smith (Monifieth) 86 86.
174 Lauren Calvert (Houghwood) 89 85.
175 Sarah Hale (Clitheroe) 89 86, Lauren Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies)
176 Kristy Moss (Monifieth) 95 81.
178 Mhairi Johnstone (Northern) 92 86, Jenny Bilton (Tynemouth)
179 Helen Searle (West End) 97 82, Jenna Cooke (Fairhaven)
182 Eilidh Briggs (Ranfurly Castle) 91 91.
183 Alyssa Balding (Parklands) 90 93.
185 Laura Falconer (Monifieth) 90 95.
186 Cara Easton (Dalmahoy) 92 94, Jennifer Jones (McDonald
Ellon) 93 93, Karen Murray (Alford) 99 87.
188 Louise Smith (Monifieth) 94 94.
190 Gillian Scanlan (Kirkhill) 100 90.
192 Lauren MacCallum (McDonald Ellon) 101 91.
194 Samantha Lamb (Glencorse) 90 104.
199 Kirstin Scott (Windyhill) 105 94.
200 Catherine Smith (Brancepeth Castle) 100 100.
222 Kirstin Burnet (Aberdeen Ladies) 118 104.
231 Heather Peebles (Monifieth) 110 121.
249 Claire Penrose (Monifieth) 127 122.
INTERNATIONAL TEAM EVENT
Best two individual scores per round
273 Scotland 1 (R Niven, K Caithness, C Booth).
277 England 2 (H Brockway, E Taylor, J Norman).
290 Scotland 2 (K MacDonald, J Turner, L Murray).
295 England 1 (J Ewart, R Jennings, H Coles).
298 Wales 2 (R Harries, L-J Roberts).
308 Wales 1 (A Rees, T Davies).
MURRAY DONALD & CAITHNESS CUP
110 Eilidh Briggs (Ranfurly Castle) (36) 55 55
116 Louise Smith (Monifieth) (36) 58 58.
119 Lauren Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) (28) 59 60 (bih), Alyssa
Balding Parklands) (32) 58 61.
Scratch: 69 Krystle Caithness (St Regulus).
Handicap: 59 Holly Calvert (Lancaster) (13).
Scratch: 67 Julie Norman (Exeter) (best last three holes).
Handicap: 59 Jacqueline Sneddon (Scotscraig) (19).
Scratch: 71 Henrietta Brockway (Yeovil).
Handicap: 58 Jenna Cooke (Fairhaven) (19).
Scratch: 68 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) (bih).
Handicap: 59 Claire Laggan (Tynemouth) (24).
Scratch: 70 Carly Booth (Auchterarder).
Handicap: 55 Eilidh Briggs (Ranfurly Castle) (36).
Scratch: 67 Carly Booth (Auchterarder).
Handicap: 55 Eilidh Briggs (Ranfurly Castle) (36).
SKILLS TEST (Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland)
1 Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon).
2 Laura Murray (Alford).
3 Louise MacGregor (Falkirk).
1 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar).
2 Mhairi Johnstone (Northern).
3 Ashley Smith (Monifieth).
1 Eilidh Briggs (Ranfurly Castle).
2 Cara Easton (Dalmahoy).
3 Louise Smith (Monifieth).
JOINS SLGA STAFF
Alison Houston has joined the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association
permanent staff as an administration officer.
"I love anything connected with golf and I love administration
work so I'm lucky to be able to combine the two in my new
job," said Alison who lives in Milnathort and taught
basic computing at the Clackmannan College in Alloa before
working as an administration assistant at the University of
She is a member of Muckhart and Dollar Golf Clubs and has
a handicap of 10.
"It's been quite hectic learning the ropes and being
a member of the organisation team for the first SLGA tournament
of the season, the SLGA St Leonards Under-16 girls' open stroke-play
championship at St Andrews," said Alison.
US College Golf
From the San Diego State website -
Heather MacRae Named MWC Golfer Of The Month
Junior Aztec Posted Two Top 10 Finishes In March
March 30, 2004 SAN DIEGO - San Diego State junior Heather
McRae [from Dunblane, Scotland] was named Mountain West Conference
Women's Golfer of the Month for March after posting top-10
finishes in both Aztec tournaments. MacRae recorded a career
best second place finish at the at the Dr. Thompson Invitational
in Kaneohe, Hawai'i where she shot a five-over 221 (72-77-72),
and led SDSU to a runner-up finish. She followed that performance
with a seventh place finish at the Mountain View Collegiate
in Tucson, Ariz. where she fired an identical five-over 221
(75-72-74). For the month, McRae had a 73.67 stroke average
over the two tournaments and lowered her season average to
75.55. MacRae leads SDSU with four top-10 finishes on the
year, and has also posted five top-20 finishes in the last
MacRae's 75.00 stroke average for the spring leads SDSU.
SDSU now has four different golfers on the active roster who
have won the award in their career. In the fall, Jenna Wilson
earned the award in Oct., marking the first time two different
individuals have earned the award for SDSU in a single season.
Last season, Shayna Miyajima won the award in March as a junior,
and Sandy Kim was named the golfer of the month in March of
Thursday 8th April 2004
Krystle Caithness, pictured right, more accustomed to playing
the Old Course in her native St Andrews, found the shorter
Strathtyrum lay-out a much easier proposition and led the
field with a one-over-par score of 69 in the SLGA St Leonards
Under-16 girls' open stroke-play championship yesterday (Thursday).
The 15-year-old four-handicap St Regulus player, the youngest
qualifier since Jane Connachan in the 1970s for the match-play
stages of the Scottish women's amateur championship over the
Old Course last May, birdied the first and ninth and bogeyed
the fifth, seventh and 18th in halves of 33 (level par) and
36 (one over).
One shot behind on 70 at the halfway stage are 11-year-old
Carly Booth (Auchterarder) and Nicole Whitemore (Woburn).
Carly, who plays off five, birdied the fourth, 11th and 15th
but dropped shots at the first, eighth, ninth, 12th and 17th
in her 35-35 card.
Defending champion Roseanne Niven (Crieff) starts the final
round in joint eighth position, three shots off the pace on
72 (34-38) after a disastrous finish in which she bogeyed
the 16th and 17th and then double-bogeyed the 18th.
Lowest net score of the day was a 55 by Eilidh Briggs (Ranfurly
Castle), playing off 36.
SLGA ST LEONARDS UNDER-16 GIRLS' OPEN STROKE-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Strathtyrum course, St Andrews
69 K Caithness (St Regulus).
70 C Booth (Auchterarder), N Whitmore (Woburn).
71 J Ewart (Catterick), H Brockway (Yeovil), E Taylor (Gainsborough),
H Burke (Mid-Herts).
72 R Niven (Crieff), G Hardie (Forest Pines), H Calvert (Lancaster).
73 N Dunn (Harrogate), H Harvey (St Leonards), M Macpherson
74 J Turner (Glencorse), S James (Bristol), M Thomson (McDonald
75 E Givens (Blackwell Grange), K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar),
H Moul (Chelmsford), S Kettlewell (Dunblane), R Wilson (Monifieth),
G Kilby (The Warren).
76 T Davies (Holyhead), J Norman (Exeter), S Morton (Hobson),
R Connor (Manchester), R Livingstone (Musselburgh Old), L
Rogerson (Penrith), K McNicoll (Carnoustie Ladies), A Porteous
77 R Harries (Haverfordwest), L Roberts (Holyhead), H Barwood
(Knowle), L Jones (Upton-by-Chester), E Fairnie (Minto).
78 A Storey (Parklands), A Ingram (Fort William), M Briggs
(Kilmacolm), L MacGregor (Falkirk).
79 R Jennings (Izaak Walton), E Over (Forest Pines).
80 H Coles (Maxstoke Park), I Foley (Seaton Carew), K Thompson
(Meon Valley Hotel), K Bates (Houghwood).
81 K Whitmore (Sandiway), P Pretswell (Carluke).
82 L Murray (Alford), A Rainford (Bramhall), R Myles (St Leonards),
A Niven (Crieff), J Sneddon (Scotscraig).
83 A Rees (Southerndown).
84 K Tidy (Manchester).
85 F Blair (Monifieth), C-A Mayor-Martin (Ponteland).
86 A Smith (Monifieth).
87 S Shearer (Fairhaven), J Bilton (Tynemouth), L Whyte (Aberdeen
Ladies), J Cooke (Fairhaven).
88 H Davies (Didsbury), A-M Ballantine (Ponteland), A Bowie
89 L Calvert (Houghwood), C Laggan (Tynemouth), S Hale (Clitheroe).
90 L Falconer (Monifieth), S Lamb (Glencorse), A Balding (Parklands).
91 E Sweetnam (Leighton Buzzard), E Briggs (Ranfurly Castle).
92 C Easton (Dalmahoy), M Johnstone (Northern).
93 J Jones (McDonald Ellon).
94 L Smith (Monifieth).
95 K Moss (Monifieth).
97 H Searle (West End).
99 K Murray (Alford).
AND LYNN TOP R & A BURSARS
British amateur championship semi-finalist Francesco Molinari
from Italy and Curtis Cup team place contender Lynn Kenny
(Stirling University) won the men's and women's top awards
with varying degrees of ease in the R&A Bursars' Day competition
over the Old Course, St Andrews (on Thursday, April 8).
Molinari and St Andrews student Rob Hynson both made the most
of benign, windless conditions to tie for the lowest round
with 66 each - six under par and eight under the CSS.
Their scorecards were almost identical - matching each other's
halves of 33 both ways. Molinari, who had made the long journey
to St Andrews from the University of Turin, eventually won
the card tie-breaker with a birdie 3 at the 16th to Hynson's
James Dale (Aberdeen University) finished third with a 70.
Scottish champion Lynn Kenny (Stirling University), in contrast
to the tightness of the men's leading position, had three
shots to spare as "leading lady" after matching
the Old Course women's par of 76.
Lynn birdied the second, fifth, ninth and 15th but had a double
bogey 6 at the seventh and bogeys at the 12th and 18th in
halves of 37 (one under par) and 39 (one over).
English players finished second and third with Olivia Briggs,
another Stirling student, runner-up on 79 and Rachel Lomas
(Sheffield Hallam University) next on 81.
66 F Molinari (Italy), R Hynson (St Andrews) (Molinari won
on card countback).
70 J Dale (Aberdeen).
71 M Cameron (Dundee), T Hewitt (Nottingham Trent), A McCloy
72 B Fitzsimmons (Ulster).
73 S Vanderwoord (Exeter), J Devereux (Swansea).
74 R Hooper (St Andrews), G Cooper (Central Lancashire), S
Shepherd (Birmingham), M Hunt (Stirling).
75 J McLeary (Stirling), A Romano (Italy), A Love (Heriot-Watt),
S Stewart (Edinburgh).
76 J Cheetham (Birmingham), S Doherty (Leeds Metropolitan).
77 J Neill (Teesside), C Baseden (Leeds Trinity & All
Saints), D Graham (Edinburgh).
78 M Tansley (Durham), R Townsend (Hull), A Fernside (Glasgow),
M Clinch (Dundee).
79 R Hewitt (Nottingham Trent), A Gibson (Swansea), C Menai-Davies
(Swansea), C Morrow (Newcastle).
80 B Hemstock (Cardiff), A Altoft (Lincoln), B Palfrey (Surrey),
L Summerill (Glamorgan), A Young (York).
81 I Leadbetter (Liverpool), A Leggate (Strathclyde), S Kyle
(Glasgow), S Sheerin (Stirling).
82 A Snoddy (Central Lancashire), R Pace (Leeds Metropolitan),
C Hollingdale (York).
83 S Young (Northampton), K Thomas (Wales Institute Cardiff),
R White (Exeter), C Rossi (Strathclyde).
84 D Rix (Leicester).
85 P Joseph (Cardiff), C Mayer-Aull (Newcastle).
86 C Bjarnram (Durham), S Rennie (Heriot-Watt), M Parkinson
(Leeds Trinity & All Saints), D Barker (Teesside).
76 L Kenny (Stirling).
79 O Briggs (Stirling).
81 R Lomas (Sheffield Hallam).
84 N Ford (Stirling).
86 S Morgan (Glamorgan), K Harper (Abertay).
87 A Olding (Loughborough).
92 S Woods (Hull).
US College Golf
LAIRD IN RUNNING FOR TOP US COLLEGE AWARD
Scottish youths champion Martin Laird of Hilton Park Golf
Club, Glasgow - currently a golf scholarship student at Colorado
State University, has been named in a list of 34 leading American
men's college circuit players who are the short leet for the
2004 Ben Hogan Award.
The award system is organised annually by the Friends of Golf,
the Colonial Country Club and the Golf Coaches Association
of America. It is presented annually to the leading male golfer
competing in the NCAA Divisions 1, 2 and 3.
Laird won the Border Olympics tournament in Texas last week
and has had seven top-10 finishes during the 2003-2004 college
golf season. He was a member of the Scotland team for last
year's home internationals.
"The depth in college golf this year is reflected in
the watch list for the Hogan," stated GCAA Executive
Director Gregg Grost. "Obviously, a great collegiate
amateur will be chosen in this, the Heisman Trophy of college
The Hogan Award selection committee will select 10 semi-finalists
on April 14 and name five finalists on April 27. The winner
of the Hogan Award will be announced on May 6 and the presentation
banquet will be held at Colonial Country Club on May 17, the
Monday prior to the Bank of America Colonial. 2004.
US College Golf
FIONA GILBERT 13TH IN INDIANA
Fiona Gilbert from Carnoustie, a golf scholarship student
at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, finished 13th in
the Indiana Invitational women's college tournament at Bloomington,
Fiona had rounds of 77, 75 and 80 over the 6,134yd, par-72
course for a 54-hole total of 232.
Karen Dennison (Indiana) was the winner with 76, 71 and 71
for four-under-par 218.
Irish champion Martina Gillen (Kent State) came eighth with
73, 79 and 76 for 228.
Former Scottish girls champion Laura Walker from Nairn Dunbar,
a team-mate of Fiona Gilbert, tied for 27th place on 238 with
scores of 80, 78 and 80.
Louise Fleming (Minnesota) from the Borders was joint 82nd
on 259 after rounds of 83, 87 and 89.
US College Golf
KATE TOP SCORES FOR HIGH POINT
Scotland girl international Kate O'Sullivan (High Point University)
tied for 27th place in the Spider Spring Invitational at Hunting
Hawk Golf Club, Glen Allen in Virgina.
Kate, who had the best total of the High Point squad, had
scores of 77, 78 and 83 for 239 over the 5,898yd course.
Tournament winner was Becky Berzonski (UNCW) with three rounds
of 73 for three-over 219.
High Point (1012) came 12th in the team event behind North
Carolina Wilmington (903).
Wednesday 7th April 2004
FINISHES 25TH IN SOUTH AFRICA
Julie Forbes from Aboyne produced one of the best final rounds
of the day - a three-under-par 69 - to finish joint 25th in
the Nedbank Women's South African Masters tournament at Johannesburg
Country Club on Wednesday.
The Scot, a former winner of the French Open, must have been
wishing it had been a four-round event instead of 54 holes
as she was just getting into her stride with ever-improving
scores of 76, 73 and 69 for a two-over-par aggregate of 218
when it was all over.
Miss Forbes earned Rand 3,062.
The only British player ahead of her in the final placings
was England's Sarah Heath who had scores of 72, 71 and 74
for a joint 19th finish on one-over 217. Sarah's pay cheque
amounted to Rand 3,500.
Victory by two shots - and a cheque for Rand 37,500 - went
to 26-year-old Swede Helena Alterby. It was her maiden pro
win and she achieved it with scores of 69, 67 and 68 for a
12-under-par total of 204.
Birdies at the seventh, ninth, 10th, 11th, 13th and 16th saw
overnight leader Helen Alterby consolidate her No 1 position
ahead of compatriot Asa Gottmo in a Swedish 1-2.
Alterby, who has a Masters in Computer Science, played golf
part-time until recently. She finished 14th in the Ladies
European Tour Qualifying School at the end of last year and
will be making her debut soon on that circuit.
NEDBANK WOMEN'S SOUTH AFRICAN MASTERS
Johannesburg C C
LEADING FINAL TOTALS
204 Helena Alterby (Swe) 69 67 78.
206 Asa Gottmo (Swe) 69 69 68.
207 Lisa Holm Sorensen (Den) 74 68 65, Laurette Maritz (SA)
70 69 68.
209 Minea Blomqvist (Fin) 70 71 68, Ursula Tuutti (Fin) 68
69 72, Bettina Hauert (Ger) 71 69 69.
210 Johanna Westerberg (Swe) 68 73 69, Carlie Butler (Aus)
68 69 73.
217 Sarah Heath (Eng) 72 71 74.
218 Julie Forbes (Sco) 76 73 69.
219 Emma Weeks (Eng 77 71 71.
222 Kerry Knowles (Eng) 71 78 73.
223 Kirsty Fisher (Eng) 74 76 73.
224 Clare Lipscombe (Eng) 76 73 75, Jo Clingan (Eng) 74 75
230 Rebecca Hudson (Eng) 75 76 79.
154 Kelly Hutcherson (Eng) 80 74, Yvonne Cassidy (Ire) 77,
77 Deana Rushworth (Eng) 77 77.
156 Vanessa Bell (Eng) 79 77.
TEST FOR ROSEANNE AT ST ANDREWS
Roseanne Niven, 15-year-old five-handicap player from Crieff,
sets out on Thursday morning with a tough task ahead of her
if she to become the first player to win the SLGA St Leonards
Under-16 open stroke-play championship two years in a row.
For the first time the 36-hole event will be play over Strathtyrum,
one of the St Andrews Links Trust courses, instead of Drumoig.
Miss Niven, who ended the 2004 season by winning the Grampian
Television girls title, has stiff opposition to overcome from
both sides of the Border.
Fellow Scots Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), Carly Booth (Auchterarder)
and Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) - to name but three -
are all title contenders and there are lower-handicap players
among the English ranks, such as Jodi Ewart, who plays off
two at Catterick, Henrietta Brockway, a three-handicapper
at Yeovil, and several others who play off four.
For the first time, the Welsh Ladies Golf Union has entered
players so that will add spice to the international team event
which has been monopolised by England over the years.
SCOTS FINISH IN TOP FIVE AT UTAH
Scottish Under-21 champion Jenna Wilson, pictured right, from
Strathaven and Heather Macrae, the Dunblane girl she beat
in a play-off for that title, are still sticking closely together
on the American women's college golf circuit circuit. Both
members of the San Diego State University women's team, Jenna
finished strongly to fill fourth place while Heather had a
bad last nine holes in slumping into a tie for fifth place
in the BYU Dixie Classic tournament at Entrada at Snow Canyon
course, St George in Utah on Tuesday.
Jenna had rounds of 70, 80 and 72 for a six-over-par total
of 222 - seven shots behind the winner, Sunny Oh (UNLV) who
won by three from team-mate Seema Sadekar. Miss Wilson had
five birdies in her par final round, which was one of the
best of the last day. Jenna could have been even more in contention
at the death but for a nightmare outward half of 40, which
included five bogeys in a row, and a double-bogey 5 at the
short 12th in her second-round 80. Jenna also had a double
bogey at the 17th in her first round. It was Miss Wilson's
second consecutive top-five finish, having come runner-up
in the Mountain View Collegiate event last week. She won the
Lady Aztec Invitational earlier in the 2003-2004 college season
and was second in the Heather Farr Memorial tournament.
pictured left, began the last day in a tie for second place
but she had four bogeys and a double bogey at the 17th in
a closing inward half of 41 for a 77, her worst score of the
week. She also had a double-bogey 7 at the 16th on the opening
day. It was the Scot's third straight top-10 finish and she
leads the San Diego State team with five top-10 placings this
San Diego State (919) finished third in the Dixie Classic
team event behind Nevada Las Vegas (876) and San Francisco
LEADING INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 215 Sunny Oh (UNLV) 70 72 73. 218
Seema Sadekar (UNLV) 73 73 72. 221 Mariko Shimozaki (San Francisco)
73 76 72. 222 Jenna Wilson (San Diego State) 70 80 72. 223
Heather MacRae (San Diego State) 71 75 77, Hanna Hoch (Colorado)
76 72 75.
LEADING TEAM TOTALS 876 UNLV. 903 San Francisco. 919 San Diego
State. 922 Brigham Young. 929 Colorado State. 936 Nevada.
South African womens' Tour
JULIE IMPROVES IN SOUTH AFRICAN MASTERS
Lone Scot Julie Forbes pulled herself up to joint 37th after
36 holes of the Nedbank Women's South African Masters golf
tournament with a second-round 73 - an improvement of three
shots - for a five-over-par aggregate of 149 at Johannesburg
Country Club on Tuesday.
Sweden's Helena Alterby has a slender one-shot lead at eigtht-under-par
136 going into the final round and she may well have cause
to regret bogeying the last two holes for a 67. Right on her
tail are Ursula Tuutti (Finland) and Carlie Butler (Australia),
both of whom shot 68s for 137.
England's Sarah Heath is the leading British player in a tie
for 14th place after a 71 for one-under 143.
NEDBANK WOMEN'S SOUTH AFRICAN MASTERS Johannesburg CC.
Leading second-round totals 136 Helena Alterby (Swe) 69 67.
137 Ursula Tuutti (Fin) 68 69, Carlie Butler (Aus) 68 69.
138 Asa Gottmo (Swe) 69 69. 139 Laurette Maritz (SA) 70 69.
140 Anna Tybring (Swe) 71 69, Bettina Hauert (Ger) 71 69.
141 Mandy Adamson (SA) 72 69, Minea Blomqvist (Fin) 70 71,
Johanna Westerberg (Swe) 68 73, Caryn Louw (SA) 69 72.
Other totals: 143 Sarah Heath (Eng) 72 71. 148 Emma Weeks
(Eng) 77 71. 149 Julie Forbes (Sco) 76 73, Clare Lipscombe
(Eng) 76 73, Kerry Knowles (Eng) 71 78, Jo Clingan (Eng) 74
75. 150 Kirsty Fisher (Eng) 74 76. 151 Rebecca Hudson (Eng)
75 76. 154 Kelly Hutcherson (Eng) 80 74, Deana Rushworth (Eng)
77 77. 156 Vanessa Bell (Eng) 79 77.
US College Golf
from Anne Walker, assistant Coach for University of California,
Tuesday 6th April 2004
TEAM DEBUTANTE CARLY WILL BE ONE UP ON MICHELLE WIE THIS WEEK
Carly Booth - Scotland's answer to Michelle Wie - will go
one up on the 14-year-old Hawaiian wondergirl later this week
by make her international team golfing debut for her country.
That will be nine weeks ahead of the Curtis Cup match at Formby
Golf Club, Lancashire on June 12 and 13 when Miss Wie - 15
years old on October 11 - will make her first representative
appearance for the United States as the youngest player ever
to take part in the transatlantic match.
Perthshire farmer's daughter Carly, who does not celebrate
her 12th birthday until June 21, has been named in the Scotland
No 1 trio to take part in the international team event which
is staged in conjunction with the SLGA St Leonards Under-16
girls' open stroke-play championship over the Strathtyrum
course, St Andrews on Thursday and Friday (April 8 and 9).
Last month (March) Carly spent a week at the SLGA pre-season
practice camp at Pals in North-east Spain.
Carly's team-mates in the St Andrews event will two talented
15-year-olds, Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), who was the
youngest player since Jane Connachan in the 1970s to qualify
for the match-play stages of the Scottish women's amateur
championship over the Old Course last May, and Roseanne Niven
(Crieff), surprise winner in the face of strong English opposition
of the Scottish Under-16 title 12 months ago.
The Scotland No 2 team is 13-year-old Kelsey Macdonald (Nairn
Dunbar), 15-year-old old Laura Murray from Alford and 14-year-old
Jane Turner (Glencorse). The reserves are Emma Fairnie (Minto)
and Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh Old).
Other teams announced by the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association:
Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play championship
(Troon Portland & Royal Troon, April 24-25): Anne Laing (Vale
of Leven), Lynn Kenny (Stirling University). Reserves: Clare
Queen (Drumpellier), Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch).
Welsh women's open amateur stroke-play championship (Ashburnham,
May 1-2): Clare Queen (Drumpellier), Dawn Dewar (Stirling
University), Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan). Travelling reserves:
Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch), Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank).
St Rule Trophy (St Andrews, June 19-20): Anne Laing (Vale
of Leven), Heather MacRae (Dunblane), Pamela Feggans (Doon
Valley). Reserves: Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Jenna Wilson
Scottish Student Golf
Scottish Universities Womens' Championship
The Scotish Universities Womens' Championship will be held
at Edzell Golf Club on Wednesday 28th April. The Club have
been very kind and given the students the courtesy of the
course. Further information from the organiser Ann
SCOTS IN TOP 10 PICTURE AT UTAH
San Diego State University team-mates Heather MacRae, pictured
right, from Dunblane and Jenna Wilson from Strathaven were
both in the top 10 of the BYU Dixie Classic women's college
golf tournament after two rounds at the Entrada at Snow Canyon
course in St George, Utah on Monday.
Heather, a member of the LGU Elite Squad, had rounds of 71
and 75 for two-over-par 146 and a share of second place, four
shots behind leader Sunny Oh (UNLV) who shot 70 and 72 over
the 6,127yd course. Heather achieved her opening 71 despite
a double bogey 7 at the long 16th, redressing the balance
with birdies at the first, ninth and 17th. On her second circuit,
the Scot had only one birdie, at the first, before she bogeyed
the third, fourth, 14th and 16th.
Wilson, the Scottish Under-21 champion, shared the first-round
lead on 70 with a rollercoaster round (33-37) that began with
an eagle 3 followed by a bogey at the third and then birdies
at the fifth and seventh in an outward 33. Jenna led the field
on her own when she birdied the 11th and 16th but then she
spilled three shots to par over the last two holes with a
double bogey at the 17th and a bogey at the 18th. In her second
round card of 40-40, Miss Wilson birdied the first and third
but had a double bogey at the 12th and bogeys at the second,
fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, 15th and 18th.
The Scots' efforts have helped San Diego State (611) to be
lying third behind the University of Nevada Las Vegas (587)
and San Francisco (602) with one round to go.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL SCORES 142 Sunny Oh (UNLV) 70 72. 146 Heather
MacRae (San Diego State) 71 75, Seema Sadekar (UNLV) 73 73.
147 Dale Gammie (Hawaii) 71 76, Dawn Virdell (Colorado State)
76 71. 148 Hannah Hoch (Colorado) 76 72. 149 Mariko Shimozaki
(San Francisco) 73 76. 150 Jenna Wilson (San Diego State)
70 80, Natalie Newren (Brigham Young) 75 75.
LEADING TEAM TOTALS 587 UNLV. 602 San Francisco. 611 San Diego
State. 614 Brigham Young. 621 Colorado State.
South African Tour
JULIE WELL BACK IN SOUTH AFRICA
Scot Julie Forbes was lying in joint 47th place after a four-over-par
76 in the opening round of the Ladybank Women's South African
Masters golf tournament at Johannesburg Country Club on Monday.
The Aboyne player was eight shots behind four players tieing
for the lead at four-under 68 -Peg Frays (France), Johanna
Detterberg (Sweden), Ursula Tuutti (Finland) and Carl Butler
(Australia). England's Kerry Knowles and Sarah Heath were
the leading British players with scores of 71 and 72 respectively.
LEADING FIRST-ROUND SCORES 68 Peg Frays (Fra), Johanna Detterberg
(Swe), Ursula Tuutti (Fin), Carl Butler (Aus). 69 Asa Got
(Swe), Helena Alterby (Swe), Caryn Louw (SA). 70 Christina
Kurd (Den), Laureate Mariti (SA), Minea Blomqvist (Fin). 71
Jean Jail (Fra), Nina ERISA (Swe), Bettina Hauert (Ger), Sofia
Renell (Swe), Anna Trebling (Swe), Kerry Knowles (Eng). 72
Martina Eberl (Ger), Stacey Bargeman (SA) (am), Sarah Heath
(Eng), Maria Bode (Swe), Amanda Moltke-Leth (Den), Mandy Adamson
(SA), Emma Zackrisson (Swe).
Other scores: 74 Jo Clingan (Eng)), Kirsty Fisher (Eng). 75
Rebecca Hudson (Eng). 76 Clare Lipscombe (Eng), Julie Forbes
(Sco). 77 Deana Rushworth (Eng), Emma Weeks (Eng), Yvonne
Cassidy (Ire). 79 Vanessa Bell (Eng). 80 Kelly Hutcherson
Monday 5th April 2004
Scottish Squads in Spain
Here is picture from the second week of the Scottish Ladies
Golfing Association pre-season practice camp at Pals in North-east
One squad of 10 went the first week; another squad of 10 went
the second week.
Back row (left to right): SLGA executive member in charge
of training Margaret MacNaughtan (Aberdeen Ladies), national
coach Karyn Dallas (Kirriemuir), women's home international
team captain Fiona Anderson (Formby Ladies), SLGA vice-chairman
Emma Wilson (Elie).
Centre row (l to r): Lesley Mackay (Stirling Univ), Addi Shamash
(Kirkcudbright), Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch), Lynn Kenny (Stirling
Univ), Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan).
Front row (l to r): Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), Roseanne
Niven (Crieff), Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), Clare Queen
(Drumpellier), Kerri Harper (Inverness).
"We had a highly successful two weeks of warm weather training
at Pals, " said Mrs MacNaughtan.
"The girls and their coaches enjoyed warm, sunny weather and
beautiful courses, which made for excellent training conditions.
The girls worked hard and have returned full of confidence
to meet the challenges of the new season.
"The highlight of the trip for two of the squad was holing
in one! Both Dawn Dewar (Stirling University) and Kylie Walker
(Buchanan Castle) ace a tee shot on the Gualta course.
Info note: The players who attended the first week at Pals
were: Carly Booth (Auchterarder), Jo Carthew (Ladybank), Clare-Marie
Carlton (Fereneze), Dawn Dewar (Stirling Univ), Claire Hargan
(Prestonfield), Lesley Hendry (Routenburn), Fiona Hindshaw
(Gullane), Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Gemma Webster (Hilton
Park), Kirsty Wells (Dumfries & Co.).
St Leonards Under 16 Open Strokeplay Championship,
Strathtyrum course, St Andrews
Draw for Thursday
8th April and Friday
South African Womens tour
Another major win for Minea Blomqvist in Telkom Women's Classic
By Michael Vlismas (from www.wpga.co.za)
JOHANNESBURG (2 April 2004) - Minea Blomqvist stormed to a
seven-shot victory in the Telkom Women's Classic at the Randpark
Golf Club on Friday for her second win in as many weeks on
the Nedbank Women's Golf Tour. Blomqvist started the final
round three clear of the field and closed with a bogey-free
68 to win on 12 under par 204 in only her third tournament
as a professional, and coming a week after her maiden victory
in the Pam Golding Ladies International.
The 19-year-old from Helsinki was hardly challenged on the
final day, arriving at the par-five 18th green with a handsome
lead which allowed her the luxury of a thinned bunker shot
over the green, but from where she still managed to save par.
Amateur Ashleigh Simon, runner-up to Blomqvist last week as
well, and Laurette Maritz shared second on five under 211
with respective final rounds of 70.
Scot Julie Forbes, from Aboyne, shared 32nd spot on 226 with
rounds of 75.73 and 78. She took home 2137.50 Rand. Not far
behind was Lesley Nicholson (Haddington) with her best finish
this season 229 (82,74,73) to be in joint 37th position and
winning 1750 Rand.
1 Blomqvist, Minea (Fin) 73 63 68 204 -12 R 37,500.00
2 Maritz, Laurette 70 71 70 211 -5 R 27,500.00
2 Simon, Ashleigh * 72 69 70 211 -5 amateur
4 Westerberg, Johanna (Swe) 69 71 73 213 -3 R 20,000.00
5 Nocera, Gwladys (Fra) 69 71 75 215 -1 R 12,375.00
5 Becker, Anna (Swe) 80 66 69 215 -1 R 12,375.00
5 Tuutti, Ursula (Fin) 71 68 76 215 -1 R 12,375.00
8 Adamson, Mandy 72 76 68 216 Lvl R 8,625.00
9 Boden, Maria (Swe) 69 76 72 217 +1 R 7,375.00
10 Hutcherson, Kelly (Eng) 71 72 75 218 +2 R 6,375.00
19 Heath, Sarah (Eng) 74 74 73 221 +5 R 3,437.50
32 Forbes, Julie (Sco) 75 73 78 226 +10 R 2,137.50
37 Nicholson, Lesley (Sco) 82 74 73 229 +13 R 1,750.00
42 Hudson, Rebecca (Eng) 78 76 76 230 +14 R 1,450.00
57 Clingan, Jo (Eng) 77 80 79 236 +20
58 Fisher, Kirsty (Eng) 79 76 82 237 +21
Scottish University Mens Team Championships
St Andrews University beat the holders, Stirling, by 5.5 matches
to 4.5 in the final at the Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth, on
Friday afternoon. Full
match results (Excel file)
ANNOUNCES LIMIT FOR DRIVERS AT ALL R&A CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM
The R&A has announced that the Condition of Competition limiting
the "spring-like" effect of driving clubs will be
introduced at all of its Championships and international matches
from 2005, including all of its Amateur Championships. Press
PAMELA DOWN THE FIELD IN FLORIDA
Pamela Feggans finished in a tie for 27th place in the Ryder/Florida
women's collegiate championship over Don Shula's Golf Course
at Miami Lakes on Sunday.
The Scotland international team member from Doon Valley, Ayrshire
had rounds of 80, 81 and 74 for a total of 235 - 12 shots
behind individual title winner, Charlotte Campbell (Rollins)
who scored 78, 74 and 71 for 223. Rollins also won the team
event with 916, seven shots ahead of South Florida. Pamela
Feggans' college, Florida Southern, finished eighth with 980.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL SCORES 223 Charlotte Campbell (Rollins)
78 74 71. 224 Natalia Navarro (Florida Atlantic) 79 72 73.
226 Camilla Hilland (Miami) 79 71 76. Other score: 235 Pamela
Feggans (Florida Southern) 80 81 74.
LEADING TEAM TOTALS 916 Rollins. 923 South Florida. 924 Miami.
927 Florida State. Other total: 980 Florida Southern.
US College Golf
US CURTIS CUP ACE TRUMPS AGAIN - AND IT'S NOT MICHELLE WIE!
United States Curtis Cup team member Liz Janangelo, a student
at Duke University, birdied four of the last five holes to
win the Bryan National Collegiate women's championship at
Bryan Park Champions' course, Browns Summit in North Carolina
Liz finished with a two-under-par total of 214 after rounds
of 74, 70 and 70 for a two-shot win from May Wood (Vanderbilt)
The top-ranked player on the US female college circuit, Miss
Janangelo has achieved a top-five finish in each of her seven
college tournaments in the 2003-2004 season. This was her
second outright win of the season and her seventh college
victory in all. Other members of the American squad for the
match against Great Britain & Ireland at Formby Golf Club,
Lancashire on June 12 and 13 playing in this tournament were
Brittany Lang (Duke), Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) and first
reserve Leigh Anne Hardin (Duke). Miss Lang came joint third
on 217 with scores of 71, 69 and 77; Miss Hardin tied for
fifth on 218 while Miss Thurman finished a disappointing joint
39th on 230.
Thanks to the efforts of Liz Janangelo, Brittany Lang and
Leigh Anne Hardin, Duke University won the team event by 14
strokes from Wake Forest. It was their eighth team title of
the 2003-2004 season.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 214 Liz Janangelo (Duke) 74 70 70.
216 May Wood (Vanderbilt) 72 68 76. 217 Brittany Lang (Duke)
71 69 77, Karin Sjodin (Oklahoma State) 74 69 74. 218 Alison
Hanna (Ohio State) 71 75 72, Leigh Anne Hardin (Duke) 74 70
74. Other total: 230 Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) 79 78
LEADING TEAM TOTALS 869 Duke. 883 Wake Forest. 887 Vanderbilt.
890 Oklahoma State. 891 Auburn. 903 Tennessee.
US College Golf
US CURTIS CUP PAIR IN TOP 10 AT ARIZONA EVENT
Two US Curtis Cup team members, Erica Blasberg (Arizona) and
Sarah Huarte (California) achieved top-10 finishes in the
Ping/Arizona State University Invitational women's college
tournament over the Karsten course at Tempe on Sunday.
But England's Rachel Bell (Southern California) and Danielle
Roseberry (New Mexico State) finished down the field).
The 54-hole event was won by Charlotte Mayorkas from her UCLA
team-mate Gina Umeck. Charlotte scored 71, 71 and 65 for a
nine-under-par total of 207 - five shots ahead of Gina. Eric
Blasberg tied for sixth place on 217 with scores of 70, 72
and 75 while Sarah Huarte was joint ninth on 218 (73, 72 and
73). Rachel Bell (Southern California) from Ganton tied for
30th place on 224 with scores of 71, 75 and 78 while Danielle
Roseberry (New Mexico State) from Middlesbrough finished joint
67th on 234 with scores of 80, 75 and 79.
UCLA won the team event by 16 shots from Southern California.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 207 Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 71
71 65. 212 Gina Umeck (UCLA) 74 68 70. 213 Carolina Llando
(Pepperdine) 74 67 72. 214 Paige Mackenzie (Washington) 71
69 74. 216 Lisa Ferrero (Texas) 70 72 74. 217 Erica Blasberg
(Arizona) 70 72 75, Sophia Sheridan (California) 73 71 73,
Irene Cho (Southern California) 75 72 70. 218 Sarah Huarte
(California) 73 72 73, Suzie Fisher (Tulsa) 74 71 73, Ashley
Rollins (New Mexico) 77 70 71. Other totals: 224 Rachel Bell
(Southern California) 75 75 78. 234 Danielle Roseberry (New
Mexico State) 80 75 79.
LEADING TEAM TOTALS 861 UCLA. 877 Southern California. 881
New Mexico. 885 Texas. 886 California. 890 Arizona. Other
total: 907 (New Mexico State (12th).
US College Golf
WINS BORDER OLYMPICS GOLF TITLE IN TEXAS
Scottish youths champion Martin Laird (Hilton Park), a golf
scholarship student at Colorado State University, scored his
first victory of the 2003-2004 American college golf season
in the 53rd Border Olympics men's tournament at Laredo Country
Club, Laredo in Texas (at the weekend).
Laird strung together rounds of 68, 68 and 71 for a nine-under-par
total of 207 over the long and testing 7,125yd Par-72 course.
Martin won by one shot from the fast finishing Ryan Baca (Baylor),
68 for 208, and the overnight leader, Jerard Harklau (Southern
Methodist), 74 for 208. Laird had started the final round
in second place, two behind Harklau. It was the consistent
Scot's seventh top-10 finish of the season. Fellow Scot and
Colorado State University team-mate Kevin McAlpine from Alyth,
son of the former Dundee United goalkeeper Hamish McAlpine,
finished in a tie for 51st place on eight-over-par 224 after
rounds of 76, 73 and 75.
Colorado State (866) finished fourth in the team event behind
winners Southern Methodist (852).
LEADING INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 207 Martin Laird (Colorado State)
68 68 71. 208 Ryan Baca (Baylor) 69 71 68, Jerad Harklau (Southern
Methodist) 65 79 74. 210 Chris Stroud (Lamar) 69 70 71. 210
Oscar Alvarez (Brigham Young) 73 68 69. Other total: 224 Kevin
McAlpine (Colorado Sate) 76 73 75.
LEADING TEAM TOTALS 852 Southern Methodist. 859 Baylor. 862
Brigham Young. 866 Colorado State.
US College Golf
JAMIESON DOWN THE FIELD AT AUGUSTA
Scotland international Scott Jamieson from Cathkin Braes finished
a disappointing joint 52nd in his home college's tournament,
the Augusta State University Invitational, at Forest Hills
Golf Club, Augusta on Sunday.
Jamieson had scores of 77, 74 and 74 for a nine-over-par total
of 225 - 18 shots behind tournament winner Matt Hendrix (Clemson)
who won a play-off with a par at the first extra hole after
he and Nathan Smith (Duke) had tied on nine-under 207. Jamieson,
beaten finalist in the Scottish amateur championship of 2002,
a performance that earned him a place in the home internationals
team that year, could not keep a double bogey off his card.
He had one at the 12th in his final round inward half of 40;
one at the 16th in his second round and one at the 18th on
the opening day.
Minnesota (861) won the team event by five shots from UCLA
and Duke. Hosts Augusta State came fourth on 871.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 207 Matt Hendrix (Clemson) 72 68
67, Nathan Smith (Duke) 68 70 69 (Hendrix won play-off at
first extra hole). 208 Bill Haas (Wake Forest) 67 71 70. 209
Steve Conway (UCLA) 70 68 71. 211 Bronson LaCassie (Minnesota)
70 72 69. 212 Kalle Edberg (Augusta State) 75 67 70. Other
total: 225 Scott Jamieson (Augusta State) 77 74 74.
LEADING TEAM TOTALS 861 Minnesota. 866 UCLA, Duke. 871 Augusta
State. 874 Georgia. 876 Clemson.
GO AHEAD FOR SEVENTH COURSE AT HOME OF GOLF
Golfers heading for the Home of Golf can look forward to a
greater choice of courses in years to come as St Andrews Links
Trust yesterday received permission from the planning authorities
to create a new golf course on the edge of the town. The new
18 hole course will be joining the Trust's portfolio of six
courses, which includes the Old Course, venue for the Open
Championship in 2005. It will be a public course, open all
year round and affordable.
Work will start on site this summer and while progress is
dependent on weather conditions, it is hoped the course will
be open for play in 2006.
Following the coastline east of St Andrews, the seventh course
will be exposed to sea breezes. The designer, David McLay
Kidd, creator of Bandon Dunes on the West Coast of America,
intends to create a typical Scottish golf experience. It will
be playable between 5000-7000 yards.
"This is good news for the tens of thousands of golfers making
their pilgrimages to St Andrews," said Alan McGregor, general
manager of the Links Trust. "Our courses are just about at
capacity which is putting both golfers' access to the courses
and their enjoyment at risk. The seventh course will ease
this unrelenting pressure and ensure that the quality of the
golfing experience is maintained."
Around 210,000 rounds are played on the six courses on the
Links every year with the last peak being 215,000 in 2001,
the year after the Open Championship. The new course is being
created in response to rising demand and will ease congestion
on the existing courses by offering golfers an alternative
high quality course to play, with spectacular views of the
Sunday 4th April 2004
Carrie and Alastair Armstrong
Here is the Draw
for the East of Scotland Girls Spring Meeting at Burnisland
on Sunday 11th April
JULIE LONE SCOT IN PROFESSIONALS' LINE-UP
FOR WEETABIX CHALLENGE
Former French Open champion Julie Forbes from Aboyne is the
only Scot in the Ladies European Tour team of 16 professionals
for the 2004 Weetabix Challenge match against the Ladies Golf
Union squad of top amateurs at Formby Golf Club on Saturday,
There will be three Scots - Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Lynn
Kenny (Stirling University) and Clare Queen (Drumpellier)
- in Curtis Cup captain Ada O'Sullivan's squad who will be
playing for places in the Great Britain & Ireland eight-strong
line-up for the match against the United States over the same
course on June 12 and 13.
The professionals usually win the eight foursomes, 16 singles
contest with something to spare. But if anybody can inspire
the Ladies Golf Union girls to play above themselves then
it is skipper Ada who led the GB&I team to their first
Vagliano Trophy win since 1993 over the Continent of Europe
at County Louth last summer.
The Curtis Cup selectors will meet the morning after the Weetabix
Challenge match and the Great Britain & Ireland team will
be announced on the Monday.
Teams for the Weetabix Challenge:
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR _ Nicola Moult (Eng) capt, Rachel Bailey
(Eng), Cecilia Ekelundh (Swe), Martina Eberl (Ger), Lora Fairclough
(Eng), Julie Forbes (Sco), Caroline Hall (Eng), Sarah Heath
(Eng), Ludivine Kreutz (Fra), Joanne Mills (Aus), Joanne Morley
(Eng), Alison Munt (Aus), Gwladys Nocera (Fra), Susan Parry
(US), Marta Prieto (Spa), Kirsty Taylor (Eng).
LADIES GOLF UNION _ Claire Coughlan (Cork), Emma Duggleby
(Malton & Norton), Anna Highgate (Cottrell Park), Martina
Gillen (Beaverstown), Sarah Jones (Pennard), Anne Laing (Vale
of Leven), Lynn Kenny (Stirling University, Tricia Mangan
(Ennis), Danielle Masters (Rochester & Cobham), Shelley
McKevitt (Reading), Fame More (Chesterfield), Kate Phillips
(Creigiau), Clare Queen (Drumpellier), Kerry Smith (Waterlooville),
Nicola Timmins (Sene Valley), Sophie Walker (Kenwick Park).
McARTHUR WINS CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TITLE
Andrew McArthur, Scottish amateur champion in 2002, chalked
up his first 72-hole tournament victory in Scotland at the
age of 24 on Sunday when he won the Scottish champion of champions'
event, sponsored by Tartan Bean Coffe Roasters Ltd, at Leven
McArthur was always in the picture with scores of 68, 67,
72 and 70 for a three-under-par total of 277 on a weekend
when the weather ranged from brilliant sunshine to period
The former American college title winner as a student at Pfeiffer
College started the final round level on 207 with 37-year-old
Craig Watson but McArthur forged clear and was three shots
clear of the field on the inward half.
George Murray, the promising 20-year-old from Earlsferry Thistle,
eventually finished runner-up with a closing round of 69 for
McArthur, playing safe over the closing holes where Watson,
Jamie McLeary, Graeme Brown, Jonathan King and Steven Armstrong
all came to grief, was able to afford the luxury of bogeys
at the 14th and the 18th, where he three-putted.
"I won a lot of tournaments on the American college circuit
but nothing big apart from the Scottish title in my home country,"
"I played pretty good throughout the four rounds at Leven
although I shouldn't have eased up in the closing holes when
I heard on the grapevine that I had several shots in hand.
That's not my game. I'm happier having a go for birdies but
it all worked out in my favour in the end."
Young Murray, who finished a highly creditable sixth in the
Sherry Cup international event in Spain the week before last,
continues to impress as a top prospect. Last year's leading
amateur in the Northern Open, George was kicking himself for
three-putting the 16th for his only bogey of the final inward
"I played my irons well over the two days so I am delighted
to get so close to winning the title," said George.
SCOTTISH CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS' TOURNAMENT
Leven Links, Fife.
CSS 70 70 70 71
277 A McArthur (Windyhill) 68 67 72 70.
278 G Murray (Earlsferry Thistle) 67 70 72 69.
280 J King (Glasgow) 66 77 66 71, G Brown (Royal Montrose)
74 68 67 71, G Brown (Royal Montrose) 74 68 67 71, J McLeary
(Leven GS) 70 69 71 70.
281 C Watson (East Renfrewshire) 75 66 66 74.
282 S Armstrong (Turnhouse) 69 74 65 74, S Mackenzie (West
Linton) 75 68 71 68, L Saltman (Craigielaw) 70 72 72 68.
283 G Bolton (Rothesay) 73 67 71 72, D Sutton (Lockerbie)
71 69 72 71.
284 M Clark (Old Ranfurly) 74 68 69 73.
285 S Wilson (Forfar) 68 74 68 75, Barry Crawford (West Kilbride)
71 70 73 71.
286 E Forbes (Turriff) 69 75 75 67, G Munro (Ranfurly Castle)
71 72 66 77, S Carmichael (Auchterarder) 73 69 72 72, G Campbell
(Blairgowrie) 70 70 76 70, N Mitchell (Murcar) 66 73 71 76,
R Taylor (Downfield) 70 69 78 69.
287 J Gallagher (Swanston) 66 73 78 70, E Ramsay (Carnoustie)
63 74 74 76.
288 R Hinshelwood (East Kilbride) 71 78 68 71, M Kerr (Dalmahoy)
72 75 69 72, J Laurie (Cowglen) 73 72 75 68, M Thomson (Cardrona)
77 66 71 74.
289 I C Hutcheon (Monifieth) 70 72 73 74.
291 S Borrowman (Dollar) 72 75 73 71, G Rodger (Cambuslang)
72 71 76 72.
292 B Scott (Dumfries & Galloway) 77 72 72 71.
293 N MacRae (Cawder) 73 75 69 76.
294 B Edmond (Bon Accord) 73 75 73 73, K McGowan (Thornton)
69 79 72 74, C Peddie (Hayston) 71 75 74 74.
295 P Betty (Hayston) 73 75 75 72, N Scaife (Tulliallan) 72
74 75 74, C Kerr (Cowglen) 70 74 78 73, I Ross (Alloa) 72
71 76 76.
296 S McLachlan (Falkirk Tryst) 74 75 72 75.
298 S Lamb (Peebles) 70 77 74 77.
299 K Matheson (Royal Dornoch) 75 76 73 75, G Barrie (Callander)
70 76 81 72.
300 C Checkley (Vale of Leven) 78 74 78 70.
302 D Addison (Barassie) 76 78 73 75, K Hamilton (Whitecraigs)
75 78 73 76.
303 P Doherty (Vale of Glamorgan) 79 75 78 71.
307 T McInally (Loudon Golf) 75 73 82 77.
310 I McLennan (Machrihanish) 78 75 76 81.
Saturday 3rd April 2004
My daughter Carrie's big day. Pray for good weather!
Friday 2nd April 2004
New Website for Open Competitions
A nine-handicap club golfer has started up a new online information
web site for the 300,000 amateur golfers in Scotland. She
got so fed up wasting time and effort chasing round golf clubs
trying to enter their Open competitions, and afterwards
having to track down the scores that she has started up her
own golf information service.
Janette McCartney, a golfer for almost 30 years, from Erskine
in Renfrewshire, has today launched, onanytee.com,
a web site that will provide facts and figures on the 1,000
and more Open Amateur Competitions held every year in Scotland.
The site will cover all types of competitions for Gents, Ladies,
Mixed, Seniors and Juniors.
Visitors to the web site will be able to find a competition
diary; starting times for Opens and club competitions; late
availability; weekly Club returns; a notice board featuring
"The Winners Gallery"; and the ability to check
your handicap against the competition scratch score quickly
An enthusiastic golfer since the age of 16, Janette said:
"Having worked with computers in business, and golfing
for pleasure, I realised I could combine my two interests
and provide an invaluable service for both golfers and golf
In addition, the web site will feature a golfing news service,
golf up-dates and a hot spot section where club professional,
Campbell Elliott, will pass on some practical hints and tips
to help the club golfer reduce their handicap.
Golf clubs up and down the country will also benefit from
this much needed service as they can promote their club for
free to visitors at home and abroad knowing they will reach
their target market. As well as promoting their Open
competitions and special offers they will be able to e-mail
subscribers directly if they still have tee times available
for the competitions. Clubs will welcome the service as it
will reduce their admin costs and speed up times for contacting
golfers without having to be on the phone constantly.
Craig Heap, member of the winning Scotland team at the European
Men's Team Championship 2001 in Sweden, and a former Scottish
Amateur Champion said: "This website is a great idea
and will be of huge benefit to amateur golf in Scotland. To
be able to review your performance and results after the tournament
will be very helpful, particularly if you finish your round
well before the final competitor's putt is made. It will also
assist with keeping your handicap up to date, as it will be
much easier to obtain the competition standard scratches from
the website and save a phone call to the club. Another advantage
is having the information in one place allowing you to plan
ahead and tailor your competition schedule more readily at
the start of the season. It also gives you the chance to make
relatively late decisions to enter tournaments knowing full
well spaces are still left in the field".
South African Ladies tour
Two Finns, Minea Blomqvist and Ursula Tuutti, led the Telcom
Womens Classic at the Randpark Golf club yesterday. Scot Julie
Forbes is in 20th position with scores of 73 and 75 for a
a four over total of 148. Lesley Nicholson (Haddington) improved
considerably on her first round 82, and her second round,
a 74, ensured that she made the cut and played today.
Full results and reports
Blomqvist, Minea (Fin) 73 63 0 136 -8
2 Tuutti, Ursula (Fin) 71 68 0 139 -5
3 Westerberg, Johanna (Swe) 69 71 0 140 -4
3 Nocera, Gwladys (Fra) 69 71 0 140 -4
5 Maritz, Laurette 70 71 0 141 -3
5 Simon, Ashleigh * 72 69 0 141 -3
20 Julie Forbes 73 75 0 148 +4
53 Lesley Nicholson 82 74 0 156 +12
Irish Press Release
Girls Interprovincial Championship. - Westport Golf
Club April 14 to 16, 2004.
Irish International Tara Delaney will lead Leinster in their
bid to win a fourth title in a row and seventh in eight years.
But, the Carlow teenager will not have her elder sister as
a team-mate this year. Karen, the 2003 Lancome Irish Girls
Close champion, has moved on and is currently on the first
team of Kent University in the state of Ohio.
In fact, Leinster have just two of the side that won last
year when the event had to be cut short by a day because of
bad weather. Rachel Cassidy of the Island is the other survivor
while Tara stands alone from the team that won in 2002. Last
year she won her first senior cap, when sister Karen cried
off, and played a significant role in Irelands sensation
success in dethroning England after a three year reign.
Connacht made a serious bid for the Girls Interprovincial
title last year when they beat Munster without the loss of
a single match and halved with Ulster. But bad weather robbed
them of the opportunity to pit their strength against champions
Leinster when play on the final day was abandoned.
Helen Sweeney (Roscommon), honorary secretary of the national
junior committee, is delighted with the improvement in girls
around the country and particularly in Connacht. Sinead OSullivan
(Galway), who leads the team, has been a girls international
for the past two years and is a current member of the national
senior A squad.. Emma Gilmore (Mountbellew) is on the B Squad
and Fiona Carroll (Athenry), Sarah Faller (Galway), Laura
Holmes (Enniscrone) and Ann McCormack (Roscommon) are all
on the C squad. So, watch out for them at Westport.
Louise Coffey from Warrenpoint is one of two newcomers on
the Ulster team for the Girls Interprovincial championship
at Westport from April 14 to 16. She is a first cousin of
former Irish champion, international and Curtis Cup player
Allison. Another new comer is Nikki Taggart from Greenisland,
a nine hole course at Carrickfergus that celebrates its centenary
Ulster should also be a force in the event as they retain
four of last years team Danielle McVeigh, Emma Getty,
Charlene Reid and Lynsey Humphries.
Munster introduces the youngest player in the entire championship
with 14-year-old Sarah Cunningham from Ennis. An accomplished
camogie player, Sarah started to play at ten years of age
with a handicap of 45 and now plays off 14. The province interrupted
Leinsters six-year run when they won at Strandhill in
2000 and still have three of last years team, girls
international Catherine Tucker, and Linda Toomey from Limerick
and Naoimh McMahon (Shannon).
Connacht: Fiona Carroll (Athenry), Sarah Faller (Galway),
Emma Gilmore (Mountbellew), Laura Holmes (Enniscrone), Ann
McCormack (Roscommon), Sinead OSullivan (Galway).
Leinster: Sarah Carthy (Corrstown), Rachel Cassidy (Island),
Tara Delaney (Carlow) Orla Dunphy (Kilkenny), Ashland Hyland
(Forrest Little), Kate Leyden (Island).
Munster: Louise Butler (Shannon), Sarah Cunningham (Ennis),
Naoimh McMahon (Shannon), Aishling OConnor (Mallow),
Linda Toomey (Limerick), Catherine Tucker (Limerick).
Ulster: Louise Coffey (Warrenpoint), Emma Getty (Carrickfergus),
Lynsey Humphries (Co Armagh), Danielle McVeigh (Kilkeel and
Royal Co Down Ladies), Charlene Reid (Gracehill), Nikki Taggart
Thursday 1st April 2004
Scottish Universities' Mens' Individual Championships
Yesterday, at the Scottish Universities Individual Golf
Championship, Richard Ramsay (Stirling University) eased to
a six-shot victory over the field to win the Jack Allan Trophy
in the annual 36-hole event. The championship, being held
again on the Old Course at Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth (par
71), saw over one hundred of the top student and youth golfers
competing in unseasonally warm sunshine and light winds. Scoring
throughout the day was good and, at lunchtime, over a third
of the field were still in with a chance of winning. The morning
highlight was provided by Ramsay himself, when he shot a three-under
par 68, to lead his teammate Robert MacGregor by four strokes.
The afternoon rounds got off to a spectacular start with Alistair
Love (Heriot Watt) racing to six-under par through seven holes.
The pace, however, was too difficult to maintain and, despite
finishing with an excellent 68, Love was unable to get any
closer to Ramsey who added a one-under par 70 to his morning
round for a championship record score of 138 (4 under par).
Ramsay (20), from Aberdeen and a member of Royal Aberdeen
Golf Club is a second year Marketing and Sports Studies student
at Stirling University. He is a R&A Sports Bursar and
plays off a handicap of +1. A Scottish Under-21 international
and North-east district player, he thanked his team mates,
and particularly his coaches Ian Rae and Steven Rosie, for
his current run of good form and achievement.
Scores: Champion Richard Ramsay Stirling 68 70 138
Runner-up Alistair Love Heriot Watt 78 68 146
Third Jamie McLeary Stirling 74 73 147
4= C Levert St Andrews 75 73 148
R MacGregor Stirling 72 76 148
6= A Robertson Edinburgh 76 73 149
R Gill Heriot Watt 76 73 149
M Webb St Andrews 76 73 149
J Moore St Andrews 73 76 149
10= R Hynson St Andrews 75 75 150
E Campbell Abertay Dundee 74 76 150
Scottish Universities' Mens' Team Championship.
Here are the results from the two leagues (Excel
file) currently battling it out at the Moray Golf Club,
Dundee have still to play UHI, and Heriot Watt to play Abertay
this morning. The top four in each league go forward to the
quarter finals this afternoon. Aberdeen, Edinburgh, St Andrews,
and Stirling have already qualified.
Being left-handed myself (although I play right-handed), I
welcome the announcement from Titleist today that they are
about to launch a left-handed golf ball. A spokesman for the
company said. "We have been making left-handed clubs
for years, and have often received complaints that a right-handed
golf ball did not come off the face properly. If the left-handed
golfer's natural swing produced a draw, a right-handed golf-ball
would go further left, and if they had a natural fade, the
golf ball would drift a few degrees further right. Left-handed
golfers were being disadvantaged by playing with right-handed
"Golf ball technology has moved on in recent years, and
we have been able to move the centre of gravity to the opposite
side, so that a left-handed golfer can now tee the ball up
and eliminate this exaggerated effect."
Look out for the new Titleist Sinister golf-balls in your
local pro-shop. If you are left-handed like me, you'll be
playing them all the time. Further
Linda Caine writes "For those that saw the small article
in last Wednesday's Scotsman, advising that CONGU have given
authority to the SGU to allow Men to submit extra day scores
to affect their handicaps, this is only applicable to Men.
The SLGA have no plans to authorise this for the ladies. I
e mailed Sheila Hartley to query it and she has replied today.
March 2004 Archive