December 2002 Archive
Tuesday 31st December 2002
ANNIKA (13 WINS) SECOND IN GOLF WRITERS' POLL ONCE AGAIN
SWEDEN'S Annika Sorenstam must be wondering what she has to do to
win the Association of Golf Writers' Trophy, awarded annually to
the person, male or female, who, in the opinion of members of the
AGW, have done most for European golf in the preceding year. Report
PARK WINS ORANGE BOWL JUNIOR TITLE BY FOUR STROKES
American-born players failed to fill any of the top placings in
either the boys' or girls' sections of the 39th Orange Bowl junior
international golf championship - one of the leading events on the
world calendar of Under-18 tournaments _ at Biltmore Golf Club,
Coral Gables in Florida on Monday. Report
KirkwoodGolf would like to wish you all a Happy New Year... see
you in 2003!
Monday 30th December 2002
If you were wondering where I was.... the entire Kirkwood family
took off for Vilamoura, Portugal last weekend and spent Christmas
Day playing Penina, and David's birthday playing Quinta do Lago,
as well as sampling some of the Algarve's other great courses and
restaurants. It was shorts and T shirt weather most of the time
although we did get wet on Friday, when we had hailstones the size
of marbles. Carrie was the big winner, Claire and Ali close runners-up,
Mum and Dad tied for fourth!
Meanwhile, Colin has been sending what little News there's been....
BEE" TAKES OVER LEAD IN ORANGE BOWL'S GIRLS' EVENT
In-Bee Park, pictured right, the Korean-born player who won
the United States' girls championship at the age of 14 earlier this
year, has taken up a one-stroke lead with one round to go in the
girls' section of the Orange Bowl international junior golf championship
at Biltmore Golf Club, Coral Gables in Florida. Report
ADA APPOINTED VAGLIANO TROPHY AND CURTIS CUP CAPTAIN
Ada O'Sullivan has been selected by the Ladies Golf Union to captain
the Great Britain & Ireland teams in the 2003 Vagliano Trophy
match - in her native Ireland, at Co Louth on Friday and Saturday,
July 25 & 26 - and also the 2004 Curtis Cup match at Formby,
Lancashire on June 12 & 13.Report
More News tomorrow!
A Very Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year to all Kirkwoodgolf viewers.
Keep the News coming
Friday 20th December 2002
DAWN, JENNA AND CLARE AMONG SIX ADDED TO SCOTTISH INSTITUTE OF
The Scottish Institute of Sport has name six young golfers who join
the Institute golf programme, alongside the official announcement
of Steve McNally as the High Performance Golf Coach who aims to
continue the success Scottish golf has seen in recent years. Report
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS ON-LINE..... NO PASS-OUT SYSTEM INTRODUCED.....
It is now easier than ever for spectators to purchase tickets
for The Open Championship following the introduction of on-line
ticket sales on the R&AÌs web site, www.randa.org. Report
Susan Simpson of the LGU has pointed out that the dates for the
British Seniors are 24-26 September and not 23-25 as reported by
the European Golf Association (I've corrected the dates sent in
by Pam Williamson see 15th Dec) ....
Also... there is still some confusion as to the venue for the European
Ladies Team Championship in Germany. Colin Farquharson has checked
this week (again) and it has been confirmed by the German Golf Federation
that the venue is the Frankfurter Golf Club, and not the Wittelsbacher
GC as reported by the European Golf Association.
Monday 16th December 2002
Marian Wilson, Captain of Ayrshire, reports that they made about
£850 from a Silent Auction for their Junior Girls scheme and "Galloway
and I are swapping quiz sheets for future funds. They have raised
a few hundred pounds each for Galloway Ladies and Brunston Castle
juniors respectively and are worth a thought!" Do any other
Counties have schemes for raising funds? Perhaps you could share
Southern Methodist University recruiting for January 2003
As usual, I don't feel too comfortable passing this information
on (you can get a perfectly good education at a UK university).
However, with the disclaimer that I'm not endorsing them... just
providing the information... here are the messages I received at
the weekend. Note that SMU is a private University, (fees over $30K
per annum and bank guarantee needed) NCAA Division I, currently
ranked No 97 in Golfweek.
Hi Gillian, I am the women's golf coach here at SMU in Dallas,
TX. I am looking for a player that can start in January of 2003.
I really need someone who can come in and help make us a better
team. I am only in my third year but still in the process of rebuilding
and getting the program back into the rankings. I only have six
players so someone could come and play a lot golf this spring.
Thanks for your time and help.
Women's Golf Coach (Mustangs
Southern Methodist University
Sam Houston State are also recruiting for Fall 2003
Here is a message
from the coach, Craig Rex.
Sam Houstion State is NCAA Division I, just getting started, currently
ranked at No 160 in Golfweek.
Note that if I was a good golfer, thinking about going to the States
for my education, I would try to get into a team that was ranked
in the top 50, as these teams play in leagues which provide a higher
level of competition. In the US, College Golf is a team sport. Your
goal is to get your team to the NCAA finals. You have to be in a
good team to get there..
Sunday 15th December 2002
Pam Williamson has sent in details of the European Seniors Golf
Fixtures for 2003
Portugal Jan 29,30,31
Spain Feb 18,19,20,21 Castellon, Valencia.....4somes and individual
France March 10,11,12,13 Cannes
France April 2,3 Chantaco
France April 28,29,30 Chantilly....4somes, qualifying and matchplay
Italy May 28,29,30 Pisa
Holland June 4,5,6, Broekpolder
France June 12, 13,14 Chantaco European Individual Championship
run by European Golf Assoc
Switzerland June 24,25,26 Zurich
Austria June 23,24,25,26 Gut Altentann
Sweden July 10,11 12 North Pitea
Finland July 25,26,27 Turku
Ireland Sept. 17,18 Seapoint,co. Louth
Britain Sept 24-26 South Staffs
A number of these continental championships have handicap sections
so they are not just for low handicap golfers
Further info from LGU and European Golf Assoc. at Place de la Croix
Blanche19 PO Box 1066, Epalinges, Swizerland.
Wednesday 11th December 2002
SLGA St Leonards Under 16 Championship
Please note that the dates for the SLGA St Leonards Under 16's Tournament
at Drumoig in April have changed to a day later and should now be
- Wednesday 16 April 2003 - Practice Round
- Thursday 17 April 2003 - 1st Round
- Friday 18 April 2003 - 2nd Round
Golf Joke (thanks to Fiona Playfair)
After a particularly poor game of golf, a popular club member skipped
the clubhouse and started to go home. As he was walking to the parking
lot to get his car, a policeman stopped him and asked,
"Did you tee off on the sixteenth hole about twenty minutes ago?"
"Yes," the golfer responded.
"Did you happen to hook your ball so that it went over the trees
and off the course?"
"Yes, I did. How did you know?" he asked.
"Well," said the policeman very seriously, "your ball flew out onto
the highway and crashed through a driver's windshield. The car went
out of control, crashing into five other cars and a fire truck.
The fire truck couldn't make it to the fire and the building burned
down. So, what are you going to do about it?"
The golfer thought it over carefully and responded, "I think I'll
close my stance a little bit, tighten my grip and lower my right
Tuesday 10th December 2002
Here's a pearl of wisdom from Jim Laurie which struck a chord when
I read it in the Scottish Golf newsletter last week....
No matter how bad you are playing, it is always
possible to play worse.
It sort of sums up my golf at the moment!
Would any County Secretaries or Junior conveners like
to send me some dates
for the Fixture list? (or snippets of news, pearls of wisdom or
even a joke to relieve the monotony!)
Wednesday 4th December 2002
FIRST AUGUSTA NATIONAL MEMBER TO RESIGN OVER ALL-MALE POLICY
MARTHA Burk's campaign to force the all-male Augusta National Golf
Club to admit women members has received a boost.
A former chief executive of CBS has become the first member of the
club, which hosts the
U S Masters every year, to resign in protest over the club's refusal
to admit a female member. Report
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Tuesday 3rd December 2002
ST ANDREWS LINKS TRUST EVENTS A WEEK EARLIER NEXT YEAR
The staging of the British men's mid-amateur championship over the
Jubilee Course from August 13 to 17 next year has had a knock-on
effect on the popular programme of multi-day open events organised
by the St Andrews Links Trust.
The St Andrews Junior Ladies open championship and the Strathtyrum
Trophy women's open tournament, normally played in the second and
third weeks of August respectively, have both been brought forward
by a week.
That means the St Andrews Junior Ladies open championship next year
will be played the same week as the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association's
Scottish junior women's open stroke-play championship at Kilmacolm
on July 29 and 30.
The Strathtyrum Trophy women's open tournament week will clash with
the Veteran Ladies' Golf Association jamboree at Lilleshall Hall,
Newport from August 5 to 7.
Scotland will be defending the over-50s' title they won at Seaton
Carew this year. Pam Williamson, a former winner of the Strathtyrum
Trophy and a regular supporter of the event, was a member of the
winning Scotland team.
Monday 2nd December 2002
Here's a happy picture of Aberdeenshire County Players with their
trophies after their County Prize-giving recently. Sheena Wood (Aberdeen
Ladies'), their County Champion, is in the centre of the front row.
Photograph courtesy of the Cal Carson Golf Agency
November 2002 Archive