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January 2003 Archive

Friday 31st January 2003

News from the Far East
FORMER Welsh amateur international Eleanor Pilgrim, pictured right, now a rookie professional, achieved her third top-10 finish in a row with joint sixth place in the Indonesia Ladies Open which ended at Pantai Indah Kapuk Golf Club, Jakarta today.
Report and scores

The English Ladies╠ Golf Association is very pleased to announce that Pauline Perla has been appointed to the position of Secretary/CEO with immediate effect.
ELGA Chairman, Joy Hunter said, ¤We are absolutely delighted to have secured Pauline╠s services. She has worked for the Association for nearly five years, firstly as Assistant Secretary and latterly as Administration Manager. Pauline has already made a significant contribution to many aspects of the organisation╠s operation and to the identification of the strategic steps necessary to move the Association forwardË.
Commenting on her new appointment Pauline said ¤ The last few years have been very exciting with many changes taking place and there is still a great deal to be done. I look forward to the challenge of continuing the progressionË.

Thursday 30th January 2003

News from the Far East

Norwegian Vibeke Stensrud, 29, from Oslo is hot on the trail of her first win as a professional golfer.
She shot a two-under-par 70 (36-34) in the second round today (Thursday) for a 36-hole aggregate of one-under-par 143 to share the lead with Hyun-Soon Park from Korea with 18 holes to go in the chase for the 10,500 US dollars first prize in the Indonesia Ladies Open championship at Pantai Indah Kapuk Golf Club, Jakarta. Report and Scores

Wednesday 29th January 2003

Champion of Champions
Colin has come up with a suggestion for a Scottish Womens' Champion of Champions tournament which has a lot of merit. Read his suggestion and send me any comments.

News from the Far East

NORWEGIAN Vibeke Stensrud was the leading European, in a tie for ninth place, at the end of the opening round of the Indonesia Ladies Open golf championship at Pantai Indah Kapuk Golf Club today. (Yes today!... the carrier pigeon has picked up speed!) Report and scores

Tuesday 28th January 2003

News from the Far East
That song about a slow boat from China is true. We have just received news of the Taiwan Open (Jan 16-18), the first event on the Kosaido Ladies Asia Golf Tour. (N.B. the Malaysian Open, reported yesterday, was the second event on the tour). Eleanor Pilgrim finished in the top 12 in Taiwan. Report and scores

Open tickets
It's your last chance for cheap season tickets for the Open at Sandwich. Press release from the R&A

County Championship Dates
I've added a few more County Championship dates into the Fixture List that can be found in the left column.

Liz McKinnon
Northern Counties Champion

Sheena Wood
Aberdeenshire Champion

Photos Courtesy © Cal Carson Golf Agency

Monday 27th January 2003

Muriel Thomson, Portlethen Professional,
went to South America for her hols...
read her Postcard from Patagonia

NB: Dear readers,
this does not imply
that I'm going to publish
all your holiday snaps!




FORMER Welsh amateur international player Eleanor Pilgrim, pictured left, from Chepstow was the leading European finisher in the Malaysian Women's Open over the Peter Thomson-designed course at Sultan Aziz Shah Golf Club, Shah Alam. Report and scores.

Sunday 26th January 2003

Kelly Brotherton to go to school in the States
Kelly Brotherton, pictured right, last year's record-breaking winner of the BP Scottish Under-21 girls' open stroke-play title at the age of only 16, will fly to Florida in February to take up a two-year scholarship at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Report

Claire Hunter 44th in Malaysian Women's Open
Read her email

If you've got any News, please send it to me, and I'll publish it here.



Thursday 23rd January 2003


The Ladies╠ Golf Union has named Fiona Norris (McKay) , pictured above, manager of the team to compete for the Vagliano Trophy at County Louth Golf Club on 25th and 26th July.
Press Release

Claire HunterClaire Hunter
Claire Hunter, pictured right, is lying 5th after the first round of the Malaysian Ladies Open.
Read her email



Anne Wallace took over the office of Chairman at the Annual General Meeting of the Ladies╠ Golf Union in Glasgow on Wednesday 22nd January. Press Release

Wednesday 22nd January 2003

The LGU AGM was held at the Thistel Hotel, Glasgow today. Maureen Lockett, the retiring Chairman of the Executive Council, gave a witty and informative report of the year's events. Ireland's Ada O'Sullivan, the next Vagliano and Curtis Cup Captain was presented with her Captain's badge by Sue Johnston, President of the LGU. Bridget Jackson, immediate past President was elected as an Honorary Vice-President. "The History of Ladies Golf" was the topic chosen by the Guest Speaker, and I hope that those that were there enjoyed it!

Connie Lugton
The funeral of Connie Lugton will be held on Friday 24th January at 11:00am in the Lorimer Chapel, Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh

Tuesday 21st January 2003

The Ladies╠ Golf Union is delighted to announce that Peugeot has become their first ╬Official Partner╠ and will be involved in several elements of the LGU╠s tournaments and administration. Press Release

The LGU are holding their AGM tomorrow (22nd) at the Thistle Hotel, Cambridge Street, Glasgow. It's not often that this is held in Scotland, so come along if you can. Fingers crossed that the guest speaker will be good!

Connie Lugton
It is with much sadness that I report the death, yesterday, of Connie Lugton, past Scottish Champion and Scottish Team Captain. She will be deeply missed by all her friends. Obituary

Monday 20th January 2003

Katie Weiss, University of Minnesota (ranked Golfweek No 78) coach is recruiting for next season. email message

Tuesday 14th January 2003

Southerness Junior Open
Southerness Golf Club are holding a Junior Ladies Under 21 tournament on Monday 14th July for the Paulo Trophy. Entry forms, which have to be returned by July 4th, can be obtained from the Secretary, Southerness Golf Club, Southerness, Dumfrieshire.

Monday 13th January 2003

UNIVERSITY of California women's head golf coach Nancy McDaniel feels the Golden Bears could be contenders for the national college title in the spring - and Vikki Laing, pictured left, from Musselburgh is one of the aces in her pack. Report


Sunday 12th January 2003

The SLGA announce their new line-up.
Aberdeen's Ethel Farquharson, pictured right, takes over as Chairman and three new members join the Executive. Report and photos

Friday 10th January 2003

Very little happening in the golf world... if you have any fixtures or future events you would like publicised please send them to me.

Change of format for South Division Inter-County matches
The South Division are going to hold their Inter-county matches over one weekend, 28-30 June. There are only three counties viz. Dumfriesshire, Galloway and Borders, and therefore one county will have to sit out on each of the three days. This is a trial for three years, i.e. each county will take a turn at hosting it. It is Dumfrieshire's turn first, and it will be held at Southerness. The County Captains are very enthusiastic about the new format, which will relieve the pressure on having to find venues and pick teams for individual county matches and make the whole thing much more of an occasion for all involved. They must be very friendly bunch in the South.... for they plan to have a dinner on the Saturday night... other divisions take note!!

Thursday 2nd January 2003

Happy New Year!!!!

2003 Lisbon World Amateur Golf Classic
THE organisers of the inaugural Lisbon World Amateur Golf Classic from May 3 to 10 are hoping that its anticipated entry of at least 300 players will include a percentage of Scots. Further details

A new raft of measures to further promote the game of golf in Scotland is to be undertaken by the Scottish Golf Union ("SGU"), it has been announced. Press Release

and if you fancy a game at Gleneagles.....

Gleneagles freeze green fees
GLENEAGLES Hotel's scale of golf green fees is being frozen until April 2004 (REPEAT 2004). This means that in the peak golf months, May to September, the cost of a visitor's round over either the PGA Centenary, King's or Queen's courses will remain at £110 (£90 for residents).

Happy Holidays!


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