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June 2002 Archive

Sunday 30 June

Welsh Stroke-Play
Vikki LaingScot Vikki Laing (Musselburgh and University of California) retained the Welsh Open Stroke-play title at Northop Golf Club, North Wales.. Final rounds of 69 yesterday and 70 today gave her a total of 218 and a one stroke lead over Heather Stirling (Bridge of Allen). Lynn Kenny (Striling University and Dunblane) tied for third with a total of 222 with Becky Brewerton (Abergele) and Naomi Edwards (Scarborough S. Cliff). This was great day for the Scots, with Linzi Morton (Tulliallan) in the next group on 224. Read Colin's report and results

Mackie Bowl at Gullane 28th July.
Vickie Sandeman, the Secretary of Gullane Ladies' is in despair over the lack of entries for the Mackie Bowl, an SLGA Order of Merit event, to be held on Gullane No 1 on Sunday 28th July. Only 16 people have entered so far. This prestigious two-round tournament is held on an Open Qualifying course just days after the Open Championship (so it is and still will be in top class condition). Officially entries close on the 6th, so download an entry form and get entering! If you are coming from a long way and are worried about somewhere to stay please come and stay with me. [I might regret this.. first four applicants only! email Gill]

Saturday 29th June

Sorry... no news yet on the Welsh Strokeplay. If anyone does know news of today's play, can they email me or fax me on 01620 84 4002

Friday 28th June

Welsh Stroke-Play
Susie Laing (University of San Francisco and Troon Ladies') leading in the Welsh Open Stroke-play. Read all about it

North Division Inter-County Championship Photos
Photos of three of the teams that played in this week's North Division Inter-County Championship are now included in the Day3 final results. Unfortunately the fourth team declined to be photographed.

More Photos!
Photos from the Scottish Ladies', St Rule Trophy and British Ladies' Open Amateur are now available on this website. (If you can't find them in a few weeks time they are also linked to the relevant event on my Calendar of Events page.)

Thursday 27th June

Curtis Cup
Are any of you going to the Curtis Cup?
I'm looking at ways of setting up a discussion list so that you can make contact and arrangements with other supporters. Let me know if you would like to be included. If there are just a few I can put you in touch with each other; if there is a whole mob then I can set something up on the website. Email me

Welsh Stroke-Play
The Welsh Ladies Open Amateur Stroke-Play Championship starts tomorrow at Northop Country Park. This is the event that University of California student Anne Walker (Strathaven) won two years ago, and her fellow college team member Vikki Laing (Musselburgh) won last year... so Scotland have rather a good record... are we going to get three in a row? The Scottish side for the Team Championship is Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Vikki Laing and Anne Walker with reserves, Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) and Linzi Morton (Tulliallan) also travelling to the event. Heather Stirling (Bridge of Allen), Susie Laing (Troon Ladies' and University of San Francisco) and Lyndsey Devenish (Cruden Bay and University of San Francisco) are also in the field. Good Luck Girls!

British Mid-Amateur
The Inaugural British Mid-Amateur Championship is being held at The Berkshire Golf Club next weekend (5-7 July) . The LGU website will have full reports and results. Scots in the draw include
Claire Hargan (Prestonfield), Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Ruth Rankin (Lanark) and Pam Williamson (Baberton) Here is the official Press Release.

Oh yes.. and congratulations to Anne Brownie who had a hole-in-one while playing with my daughter Carrie in the Gullane medal last night. Enjoyed the champagne! [yes... us newshounds get everywhere!]

Wednesday 26th June

East Division Inter-county Championship
Stirling and Clackmannan are through to the County Finals after a close call with East Lothian. S&C had won the foursomes 3-0 this morning, but when your correspondent arrived... East Lothian were up in five singles matches... exciting!!
If S&C had lost, Fife, who beat Midlothian 6-3 today would have won the East Division Championship. However it was not to be, and the S&C players, missing Linzi Morton and Heather Stirling, who left today to travel to the Welsh Strokeplay Championship, found that "something extra". S&C lead player, Linda Robertson beat Sharon McMaster and tail-gunner, Heather Macrae, beat Lindsey Anderson, thus ensuring victory and a place in the finals for the current Scottish County Champions. Five games went to the 18th in a nail-biting match which the 7/2 final result does not convey.
Stirling and Clackmannan with 2 1/2 points took the Team title, followed by Fife with 2 points, Midlothian with 1 and East Lothian with 1/2 point.
Fife 6 Midlothian 3
East Lothian 2 Stirling and Clackmannan 7

Tuesday 25th June

East Division Inter-County Championship
Stirling and Clackmannan must be the favorites to retain the East Division Inter-County Championship at Haddington tomorrow. Midlothian held them to a draw today, but are half a match point behind. The feature match this afternoon, between the two new Curtis Cup caps, Vikki Laing (Midlothian) and Heather Stirling (Stirling and Clackmannan) went to the 18th, with Heather winning by two holes.
East Lothian had a close encounter with Fife and narrowly lost by 5 matches to 4. In the top singles match Iowa State student, Louise Kenney (Fife), beat East Lothian's County Champion Sharon McMaster by 4&3.
If Stirling and Clackmannan lose to East Lothian tomorrow, then the Championship will go to the winners of the Midlothian v Fife match.
If Stirling and Clackmannan draw with East Lothian, then Midlothian need to beat Fife by 7 matches to 2 to take the Championship (or Fife need to beat Midlothian by 7 matches to 2 to take the Championship) If either Fife or Midlothian win by a lesser margin, then S&C take the championship.. [This is too much speculation.. My head hurts. Ed]
Midlothian 4 1/2 Stirling and Clackmannan 4 1/2
East Lothian 4 Fife 5

Monday 24 June

Aberdeenshire win the North Division Inter County Championship.
Report and Results

East Division County Matches
Stirling and Clackmannan 6 1/2 Fife 2 1/2
Midlothian 4 1/2 East Lothian 4 1/2

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Ella MarshallSunday 23 June

This is Ella Marshall, just a week old today, the lovely daughter of Stephen and Elaine, and first grandchild for Joan and Brian Marshall. For those of you doubters... yes... that tiny camera took this picture (and I've cropped it!) Happy Birthday to Maggie Macpherson.. we had a great day!

North Division InterCounty Matches
Perth and Kinross 2 Northern Counties 7
Angus 3 Aberdeenshire 6
Results and Report

Saturday 22nd June

North Division County Matches Day 1
Perth and Kinross 5 Angus 4
Northern Counties 4 Aberdeenshire 5
Report and Results

West Division County Matches
Photos of the winning D&A team who won through to the County Finals at PortPatrick in September have been included in the West Division Day 3 Report.

SLGA announce Under 18 and Under 16 squads for summer training.

SLGA Junior Squad head for Ireland
A squad of 12 girls are going to practice on the Hermitage course, just outside Dublin, in preparation for the Junior Home Internationals in August. Report

Put this date in your diary....
If you are around East Lothian during the Practice Days for the Open next month then please call in at a Golf Collectors Antique Fair that my husband, David, and I are organising at the Mallard Hotel, East Links Road, Gullane on Tuesday 16th July from 12noon until 5pm.
Sixteeen Golf Collectors from all over Britain are taking tables and will be displaying and selling their surplus stock. Two golf artists, Robert Gould and Chico Ramos, will also be displaying oils and watercolours. If you are interested in starting a golf collection, acquiring sometrhing special, getting something valued, selling some unwanted old golf items or commisioning an artist to paint your favorite scene, then please come along.
The Mallard Hotel serves bar lunches and drinks so make it a stopping off point to/from your trip to Tuesday's Practice Day. If you want to know more then email me Gillian Kirkwood

Vikki Laing, her mother Jan and sister Varri at Varri's weddingFriday 21st June

Thought you would like to see Vikki Laing , her Mum, Jan, and sister Varri at Varri's wedding last Saturday. Don't they look good! (Photo supplied by Fiona Playfair, by kind permission of Vikki and Jan)

Thursday 20th June

British Universities Womens' Championship at Nefyn and District
Lynn KennyLynn Kenny (Stirling University) added the British University title to her current Scottish University Championship on a lovely sunny day at Nefyn and District, Wales today. She was three under par in defeating the second seed, Sam Lovell (Loughborough) by 3 & 2.
Andrew Lynch (Stirling University) has reached the Quarter Finals in the Mens' Championship.

Wednesday 19th June

British Universities Womens' Championship at Nefyn & District
Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) led the qualifiers at Nerfyn and District on Tuesday with a second round of 75 for a total of 146, to finish six strokes ahead of Sam Lovell (Loughborough) who could not match her opening 69 over the Porthmadog course and fell away with an 83. Cara Gruber (Stirling University) was third with a second round 82 for 162.
The top eight qualified for the match play stages, the first two rounds of which were held today. Results were as follows
Lynn Kenny (Stirling) beat Emily Lowther (Northumbria) 4&3
Gemma Pritchard (Exeter) lost to Jo Summers (Exeter) 2&1
Cara Gruber (Stirling) beat Ann Ramsay (Heriot Watt) 5&4
Kirsten Westgate (Plymouth) lost to Sam Lovell (Loughborough) 3&2
Lynn Kenny beat Jo Summers 4&3
Cara Gruber lost ot Sam Lovell 1up

East Lothian Ladies
Pam Hall (Royal Musselburgh) won the Scratch with an 82 and Brenda Bower (Dunbar) won the Silver Handicap with a net 71 in the Summer Meeting yesterday at the Glen. Results

West Division Inter-County Matches
Dunbarton and Argyll are through to the County Finals.
D&A 4 1/2 Lanarkshire 4 1/2
Ayrshire 2 1/2 renfrewshire 6 1/2
Report and results

Midlothian News
The Draw for the Summer Meeting at Murrayfield on 9th July is up on the MCLGA website.

Tuesday 18th June

West Division Inter-County Matches
Lanarkshire 6 Ayrshire 3
Renfrewshire 4 Dunbarton and Argyll 5
Report and results

South Division Inter-County Championship
Borders are through to the County Finals after a nailbiting 5-4 win over Dumfriesshire at the weekend. Report

Monday 17th June

Scottish Schools Championships.
Dawn Dewar, the Angus Ladies' County Champion took the Scottish Schoolgirls' title at Dumfries and County. John Hempstock, the current Scottish Boys Champion, won the Schoolboys' Championship at Dumfries and Galloway. Report and results

West Division Inter-County Matches
Lanarkshire 4 Renfrewshire 5
Dunbarton and Argyll 8 Ayrshire 1
Full results

British Universities Womens' Championship at Porthmadog and Nefyn and District
Sam Lovell (Loughborough) is leading after the first qualifying round with a three under par 69 at the British Universities Womens' Championship at Porthmadog today. Stirling's Lynn Kenny is two behind with a 71. Ann Ramsay (Heriot Watt) is on 75 and the holder Cara Gruber (Stirling) scored an 80 in windy conditions. Play switches to Nefyn and District for the second qualifying round. The top eight go forward to the matchplay stages later in the week. Scores

European Ladies Seniors.
Pam Williamson finished sixth in the European Ladies Seniors Championship at La Manga on Saturday. Report

Sunday 16th June

LGU Medal Finals
Tulliallan's Michelle Lawson won the gold medal with a net score of 70 off seven in the LGU Medals' Scottish final at Crieff Golf Club. Report from Colin

Munross Trophy
Heather Macrae won the Munross Trophy by three shots at Montrose today. Full report from Colin (He does get around doesn't he!)

Curtis Cup
Vikki LaingCongratulations to Midlothian's Vikki Laing for gaining her first Curtis Cup cap. Those of us who have watched her since she was a child have always known that she could do it. Vikki is a superb player, a tremendous ball striker with an excellent temperament. Her County Captain. Karen Ballantyne, had this to say about the controversy over Vikki withdrawing from the British Championship to attend her sister Varri's wedding.

"Gillian, having read various reports ion the press about Vikki attending her sister's wedding this weekend I would like to add my own views. I would like to note my full support for Vikki Laing in her decision not to play in the Match Play stages of the British. Whilst the British Amateur is a very important competition, Vikki is competing as an individual in an amateur competition. She is putting her family first and her golf second. I think this reinforces what we have all known for a number of years, that Vikki is a very level-headed young lady. It can't have been an easy decision for her but I think it shows that she has a great strength of character. We have seen this strength displayed on the golf course many times. She will have many more years to prove herself on the golf course, this time she is proving that her family matters to her. Well done Vikki, I hope you had a great day.
Karen Ballantyne"

Karen wrote this yesterday before we knew that Vikki was in the team. It's obvious the selectors also realised what strength of character was needed to make such a decision, and picked her on her current good form and previous record. I congratulate them on making such a good choice.

Saturday 15th June

Rebecca HudsonBritish Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham
Rebecca Hudson is British Champion for the second time in three years. She beat Lindsey Wright (Australia) 5&4 in the final. Read Colin's report and quotes from the players.


Vikki Laing

Vikki Laing and Heather Stirling are in the Curtis Cup team to face America in August. Full report. Well done to them both! and Good Luck to the team under the Captaincy of Pam Benka.


Heather Stirling

Oh yes... and if you are all on the edge of your seats wondering who won the Broomieknowe Club Championship... well done to Caroline Macintosh and Ross McAlpine, the worthy winners!

Lunchtime News

Lindsey WrightBritish Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham
It's Lindsey Wright v Rebecca Hudson in the final Rebecca Hudson

I'm not going to be able to relay the final results as I'm at Broomieknowe for our Finals day.

However look at the LGU website for full and up to date results (all credit to Susan Simpson) . I'll publish Colin's report on the final when I get back later tonight.The Curtis Cup team will be announced at the Prizegiving. Read it here before you see it in the Sunday papers!

Friday 14th June

Late evening news

European Seniors at La Manga.
Pam Williamson lying 10th after the second round. Read Colin's report

6:15pm British Ladies Open Amateur at Ashburnham
Coffey v Wright, Simon v Hudson
Read complete "hole by hole"s and quotes from the players + Report

British Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham
QUARTER-FINALS. See Colin's Hole by hole report

British Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham
Coffey v Pritchard, Wright v Heath, Simon v Fry, Hudson v Gillen.
Read all about the third round in Colin's report

Technical difficulties. (Why does nothing ever work as it should?)
Apologies to those of you who were unable to reach this site last night and this morning.
There was a problem with web redirection in that was not finding (currently the real address of this site).
It was very annoying as it is happened to three sites that I manage on two different hosts (don't blame Lycos!), and it was completely out of my control.
If it happens again use the real address and you should get in. (write it down... you won't be able to see this page if it happens again!)
I'm trying to provide my kirkwoodgolf service as economically as I can... i.e. using free or cheap resources wherever possible. Sometimes these things fall over...
Thanks for all your kind messages of encouragement.

Thursday 13th June

Even Later News

First round results from the European Womens' seniors at La Manga, Spain

Evening news

British Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham
There is not a Scot left in the last 16. Read Colin's report and the second round results

3:30pm British Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham
Heather Stirling is the only Scot left in the last 32. Full first round results from Colin

1:20pm British Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham
Anne Walker beaten by one hole in the first round. Not all matches are in yet. Read Colin's first report of the day.

Vikki Laing not able to play in the Home Internationals for the third year running. Read Colin's report.

Wednesday 12th June

Late evening news

British Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham
Alison Coffey led the qualifiers with a total of 143. Vikki Laing (Musselburgh) , in joint second place two strokes behind, withdrew from the matchplay in order to attend her sister's wedding on Saturday. The cut was at 160. Read Colin Farquharson's report
Here are the final scores and the draw (In the first round Anne Laing plays Heather Stirling in a repeat of the recent Scottish Final)

Alison Coffey (Warrenpoint) led the qualifiers with 72,71 for a total of 143

LGU Challenge Bowls
Meanwhile, here in Scotland, Gillian Wallace won the LGU Challenge bowls at Glenisla today.

News at 6:30

British Ladies Open amateur Championship at Ashburnham
Vikki Laing (Musselburgh and University of California Berkeley), currently lying second in the Qualifying, decides not to play in the matchplay stages. Read Colin's third report which also contains the scores returned up until 6:30pm.

Lunchtime News

1:45 Colin's second report of the day has just come in. Liz McKinnon (Nairn, Northern Counties and New Zealand) is leading the qualifiers in the clubhouse and Anne Walker has had the best round so far.. a 71.

British Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham
Louise Kenney improves with an 80, but it's not good enough to qualify. Clare Queen has a second 79 and is on the borderline. Read Colin's first report of the day.

Read about Vikki Laing's dilemma - Is she going to play in the Match-play?

The official and up-to-date results are on the LGU website (I have meetings all afternoon and won't be able to update this site until after 6pm - sorry - G)

Tuesday 11th June

Late Evening News

British Ladies' Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham, South Wales
At the end of the first qualifying round, Alison Coffey (Warrenpoint) leads the field. Read Colin Farquharson's report, Check on all the scores, and here are a some selected scorecards.

Afternoon News

British Ladies' Open Amateur Championship
Here are some early scores and a few selected scorecards from the First Round

Lunchtime News

British Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Ashburnham.
The LGU website will be providing the official results service. Meanwhile I will receive reports from Colin, and will publish them as and when I get them... (except I'm playing golf myself tonight... so you might have to wait until after 10:00pm for the final scores today... sorry about this - GK)

Read about the first incident of the Championship... a disqualification

SLGA Order of Merit
Heather Stirling has a record lead in the SLGA Order of Merit

Monday 10th June

Evening Update

Cruden Bay retain Watt Duffus Trophy at Ballater

Read Colin's preview of the British Ladies at Ashburnham "Heather tipped for Title"

Also... checkout this version of Scottish Championship photographs. Let me know what you think... are they taking too long to download?

Lunchtime edition

British Ladies Open Amateur at Ashburnham
Our intrepid newshound, Colin Farquharson, is traveling to Ashburnham today to bring us reports of how the Scots are doing in the British Ladies Open Amateur Championship. The LGU website will be providing up-to-date reports of the complete event including results. Look on this website for more in-depth coverage of the Scottish contingent.

Tennant Cup
Four American student golfers figure in the top six in the Tennant Cup
Although this site does not normally follow Men's golf, I thought you would be interested in the success of Scott Jamieson, Jamie McLeary, David Inglis and Lee Rhind on vacation from their college studies in the United States. (Well done to Barry Hume too!)

Inter-County matches
With the addition of the Stirling and Clackmannan team, my list of County Teams for the forthcoming Inter-county matches is complete! Venues are:- Northern Division at Glenisla Golf Club, Alyth (June 22 to 24), East Division at Haddington Golf Club, Monday to Wednesday, June 24 to 26 and West Division at Cochrane Castle Golf Club, Monday to Wednesday, June 17 to 19.

Aberdeenshire Girls
Sara Thomson (Murcar) won Aberdeenshire Girls' 36 hole competition for the McRobert Thistle Trophy yesterday.

Midlothian Ladies beat Scottish Universities Golfing Society (SUGS) by 3 matches to 1 on Friday over Gullane No2 See full results on the MCLGA website

Some of you might have fleetingly seen the photographs I put up on Friday of the Scottish and the St Rule... no... you have not all gone mad... I took them off again on Saturday morning as Colin and I were not all that pleased about how they looked / behaved on some browsers. I'm experimenting with providing an album of Colin's photographs and I'll have another attempt soon.

Sunday 9th June

East v West Girls match
The eight-a-side match was played in drizzly rain throughout. In the last four matches, East of Scotland Girls gave strokes to the West Girls because of the large difference in handicaps. The result was close, with West Girls winning 4.5 matches to 3.5. Full results

Saturday 8th June

Munross Trophy
LATE entries are being accepted by Mrs Margaret Stewart, secretary of the Montrose Links Trust (telephone 01674 672932) for the Munross Trophy 36-hole women's open tournament over the Montrose Links on Sunday, June 16. See Colin's Report and the Draw

Friday 7th June

Veteran News
Pam and Alan Williamson are just back from Holland where they played in the Dutch Seniors. Pam led the Ladies after 2 rounds with 72,76 (4 over par) and then (Pam's words) "blew it with a horrendous 11 over 83 in the final round" and finished tied with Sue Hedges (Royal Cinque Ports, Deal), a former Vagliano and English internationalist. In the playoff Pam lost on the 5th extra hole. Alan was 6th and did better than last year when it was 2 rounds. Pam says "So today I am licking my wounds as I feel pretty sick....doing a Greg Norman is no fun! Do you know a good psychologist? great to come back and catch up on all the golf news."
Budding psychologists please form an orderly queue!

East of Scotland Girls' are playing West of Scotland Girls' at Pumpherston on Sunday at 11:00am.
Come along and watch! Here is a map.

Clare Queen  (Drumpellier)Clare Queen (Drumpellier), current British Girls Matchplay and Strokeplay Champion, explains why she decided on a British University.

Four Scots have pulled out of the British Ladies Championship at Ashburnam

Midlothian have published their latest newsletter which includes an announcement of their county team. My collated list is just waiting for Stirling and Clackmannan to be complete!

Results and report of the Astor Salver
Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) was leading on the Blue Course when play was stopped.

Nairn is to host the 2005 British Ladies Open Stroke-Play Championship

Thursday 6th June

County Golf
I've added Northern Counties to the list of County Golf Teams for the imminent Inter-County matches

Astor Salver
Yesterday's Astor Salver at the Berkshire was washed out by rain, and only one round was played. The Salver will not be awarded this year.


Just to make us all jealous... read ELGA's press release CLAIRE LILLEY APPOINTED ELGA START MANAGER

Wednesday 5th June

England have rescheduled their Close Championship to Littlestone in August

LGU announce St Andrews as venue for the Curtis Cup 2008

Scottish Veteran Ladies Golfing Association's Northern Division championship
HUNTLY'S Rose Anderson toppled title-holder and leading qualifier Pat Wilson (Murcar) on her way to winning the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golfing Association's Northern Division championship at Banchory.. Full report

Tuesday 4th June

County News
More teams have been added to the list of County Teams for the forthcoming Inter-County Championships.

Student Golf News

Jamie McLeary, the Scottish youths golf champion from Scotlandwell, Kinross, has been named the American Big 12 Conference "newcomer of the year" at the end of his first season at Baylor University, Texas. He transferred there from Odessa Junior College last autumn. McLeary, a member at Glenrothes Golf Club, won one event, was placed in the top five three times and was a top-20 finisher on 10 occasions in his stand-out year for Baylor. McLeary finished 65th in the All-America college rankings for the 2001-2002, September to May golf season with a stroke average of 71.69. Top Scot was Scott Jamieson (Augusta State), the Scottish boys open stroke play champion from Cathkin Braes. He was ranked No 54 with an average of 71.54. David Inglis (Tulsa), the 2000 British boys champion from Glencorse, was 68th with 71.80. Martin Laird (Colorado State), a beaten semi-finalist in last year's Scottish amateur championship at Downfield and a member at Hilton Park, finished 274th with 73.37. Craig Gordon (University of Alabama) from Edinburgh was 472nd with 74.33. Steven Mackie (Jacksonville State)from Thornton was 505th with 74.51.Graeme McDowell (University of Alabama) from Portrush, Northern Ireland was the top-ranked player with a stroke average of 68.93 after winning six events during his last season at college.

Monday 3rd June

Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association's Northern District championship
TITLE-holder and Aberdeenshire county captain Pat Wilson (Murcar) headed the four qualifiers for the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association's Northern District championship at Banchory Golf Club. Read about the qualifying round here

St Rule Trophy
Colin has sent me a complete list of the St Rule Trophy winners since the event started in 1984. You'll find it in my Archive section.

Lindsey Wright
Have you ever heard of Lindsey Wright? She is British and could be selected for our Curtis Cup team. Read Colin's article about her

Curtis Cup
The United States have announced their Curtis Cup team. Here is Colin's preview

Sunday 2nd June

Heather's historic treble

by Colin Farquharson

Heather Stirling, 25 year old Bridge of Allan full-time amateur golfer, today completed a historic hat-trick in Scottish golf when she won the St Rule Trophy from a strong field by three strokes.
Heather thus became the first player to win the Helen Holm Scottish women's open stroke-play, the Scottish championship and the St Rule Trophy all in the space of five weeks.
Heather, who led from start to finish over first the New Course and then the final two rounds in a steady drizzle over the Old Course, had rounds of 71, 71 and 76 for a nine-under par total of 218.
Defending champion Alison Coffey from Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, finished runner-up on 221 with Scottish junior champion Lynn Kenny (Dunblane) third on 222 after birdieing the 16th and 17th.
It was not quite so easy a win as the margin of victory suggests. Miss Coffey started the final round four strokes behind Miss Stirling but had slashed the deficit to one with nine holes to go.
Still only one shot off the pace, Alison's charge nosedived at the 17th Road Hole Bunker.
She sent a sand wedge approach, her third shot at the par-5 hole, into the dreaded bunker, was plugged against the face, took two to get out and ran up a triple bogey 8.
"The wind got up just as I played the shot and pushed it into the bunker, which was bad enough but the lie I had was awful, right into the face. It took me two shots to get out and then I missed from 4ft," said Miss Coffey, a civil engineer in Belfast.
"But, that's golf, and I'm not complaining. Some day things go for you, other days they don't. I had a good run to get close to Heather and nobody's been doing that this season."
Heather had no definite news about what was happening in the group behind her, which included Alison Coffey.
"When I three-putted the last for a bogey 5, I thought it was going to prove costly. It was tough on Alison to get into such bad trouble at the 17th. The Old Course is much tougher than Stranraer and I had to work for the figures in the last round. But that's another big win. That can't be bad," said Heather.
As in the "Helen Holm," English ace Rebecca Hudson never got close enough to Heather Stirling to put pressure on her in the closing stages and she finished joint fourth on 227 alongside last year's Scottish champion Linzi Morton (Tulliallan), Rachel Bell (Ganton), who was beaten finalist in the British girls championship final at Blairgowrie two years ago and is now at college in America, and Rebecca Coakley, the Irish-based Australian.
Ireland won the team event with a total of 451, three ahead of England with Scotland, last year's winners, inthird place on 455.

St Rule Trophy

Heather Stirling wins by three from Alison Coffey

Final results

I'm awaiting a report from Colin in the next few minutes


St Rule Trophy

Apologies for the lack of coverage today... I was playing golf myself and I've just got back...

Needless to say, Colin has been supplying the info even although I was not here to publish it.

Read his report after the second round

An update after the second round

and the current position after nine holes of the third round (copied here for your convenience)

Alison Coffey had closed to within one stroke of long-time leader Heather Stirling after nine holes of the final round over the Old Course.
Miss Coffey, who had missed a shortish birdie putt on the 18th green in the second round, went out in four-under-par 34 to be on nine-under-par 180 with nine holes to go.
Heather Stirling went out in one-under 37 to be on 10-under-par 180 with nine to go.
Incidentally, the record low winning total in the tournament is 12 under par 215 by Catriona Lambert (North Berwick) in 1993.
Catriona became Mrs Matthew before she retained the St Rule Trophy in 1994 and is the last player to win it two years in a row.
10 under par: Heather Stirling 71 71 37.
9 under par Alison Coffey 76 70 34.
6 under par Lyn Kenny 72 75 36.
3 under par Rachel Bell 75 73 38; Linzi Morton 73 77 36; Rebecca Coakley 78 74 34.
2 under par Rebecca Hudson 75 73 39.

I am awaitung the final results and will publish them asap.

NCAA Men's Championships

by Colin Farquharson

Walker player Graeme McDowell from Portrush, Northern Ireland, the top-ranked player on the United States college circuit, lost the overnight lead in the last round and finished tied for fourth place in the NCAA men's Division 1 championship at Columbus, Ohio. McDowell, Irish champion in 2000 and one of the Walker Cup-winning Great Britain & Ireland team at Sea Island, Georgia last August, was favourite to make this his seventh and biggest win of the college season but he slumped to a three-over-par 74, by three shots his worst of the four rounds in the weather-hit tournament over the Ohio State University's Scarlet Course.
McDowell, a golf scholarship student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham had moved up to lead after three rounds with scores of 71, 67 and 67. He finished a disappointed young man with a total of five-under-par 279.
The winner of the coveted title, won by many players who have gone on to fame and fortune on the US PGA Tour, was Troy Matteson (Georgia Tech) who signed off with a 67 for eight-under-276.
The next best United Kingdom player after McDowell was England international Oliver Wilson (Augusta State) from Mansfield. He finished with a 70 for one-over 285 and a share of 28th place.

Graeme McDowell
No1 in Golfweek
student rankings

Best Scot
David Inglis
British boys champion of 2000, David Inglis (Tulsa) was the leading Scot of the four in the exclusive field. David had a last round of 71 for three-over 287 and joint 38th place. Tulsa finished joint ninth in
the team contest. Jamie McLeary (Baylor), the Scottish youths champion from Glenrothes), suddenly hit form on the final day with a two-under 69 for a seven-over total of 291 and a tie for 64th place. His previous best had been a 72.
Ireland's Sean McTernan finished just outside the top 100 with a 75 for 297.
Scottish boys open stroke play champion Scott Jamieson (Augusta State) from Cathkin Braes had the galling experience of losing the form that had given him some high finishes on the college circuit over the past month or two, just when he needed it. Scott closed with a 74 for 14-over 298 and joint 118th place but the silver lining for him was that Augusta State came fifth in the team event.
Craig Gordon (UAB) from Edinburgh finished tied for 151st place in a field of 156 with a closing round of 73 for 308. He twice failed to break 80.
The University of Minnesota, who have fixed up BP Scottish boys champion John Hempstock (Dumfries & Co) to join their golf team in the autumn, were the shock winners of the team title. They totalled 1134, four ahead of Georgia Tech with Clemson and Texas joint third on 1145 and Augusta State fifth on 1143.
Minnesota's golf programme has been given a one-year reprieve after being named as one of the sports to be axed by the university authorities as part of an economy drive.


US NCAA MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP - Columbus, Ohio - Final totals - 276 T Matteson (Georgia Tech) 73 66 70 67. 277 A Rubinson (TCU) 69 67 72 69. 278 H Mahan (Oklahoma State) 68 71 67 72. 279 G McDowell (UAB) 71 67 67 74, J Smith (Minnesota) 69 70 71 69. 280 J Walters (North Carolina State) 70 67 71 72, N Watney (Fresno State) 72 68 70 70. 281 M Anderson (Minnesota) 73 71 71 667, M Beard (Pepperdine) 71 72 67 71, R Moore (UNLV) 72 69 68 72, P Nilsson (Oklahoma State) 71 73 68 68, D J Trahan (Clemson) 71 66 78 66. Other GB&I scores: 285 O Wilson (Augusta
State) 73 68 74 70. 287 D Inglis (Tulsa) 70 74 72 71. 291 J McLeary (Baylor) 74 72 76 69. 297 S McTernan (Toledo) 75 73 74 75. 298 S Jamieson (Augusta State) 73 72 79 74. 308 C Gordon (UAB) 81 72 82 73.

Team event - 1134 Minnesota. 1138 Georgia Tech. 1142 Clemson, Texas. 1143 Augusta State. 1144 North Carolina State. 1145 Purdue. 1146 Pepperdine. 1150 Arizona, Tulsa.

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Saturday 1st June

8:00pm: Heather Stirling leads by one at the St Rule Trophy

First round scores from the St Andrews

Read Colin Farquharson's report

County Teams

Some Counties have picked their teams for the forthcoming Inter-County matches. See the current list of county team selections

St Rule

The St Rule Trophy is taking place this weekend at St Andrews.
Read Colin Farquharson's preview
Heather Stirling, the United Kingdom's female amateur golfer of the season so far, bids to complete a unique hat-trick of titles in the prestigious St Rule Trophy tournament over 54 holes at St Andrews this weekend.
The 25-year-old from Bridge of Allan beat a field of fellow Curtis Cup team contenders by four strokes in the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play at Troon at the end of April.
Then blooming Heather was the leading qualifier in the Scottish women's amateur championship at Stranraer earlier this month by a record 13 strokes and went on to win the title by beating Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) by 3 and 1 in a high-class final. No Scot has ever won the "Helen Holm," the Scottish title and the St Rule Trophy in the same season.
Catriona Matthew (North Berwick), Anne Laing and Lesley Nicholson (Haddington) have come the closest by winning two out of the three.
Catriona won the Scottish championship at Gullane in 1994 and the St Rule Trophy a couple of weeks later..
After winning the Scottish championship at Royal Dornoch in 1996 Anne went on to St Andrews to win the St Rule Trophy that year.
In 1999 Lesley won the "Helen Holm" and the "St Rule."
Heather Stirling was joint seventh in the St Rule Trophy last year with a 54-hole total of 231, the same as the Scottish champion of the time, Linzi Morton. The winner with an aggregate of 221 (74, 72, 75) was Irish champion Alison Coffey (Warrenpoint) with Rebecca Hudson (Wheatley) second on 223 (75, 74, 74) and Vikki Laing (Musselburgh), the winner in 2000, third on 226 (76, 77, 73).
Scotland won the team event by five strokes from England 12 months ago, thanks to the efforts of Vikki Laing, Anne Laing and Linzi Morton. The same trio will be representing the home country in the team event.
+The first round on Saturday is over the New Course at St Andrews. Scores will be available on this website at the completion of the round, hopefully around 6.30pm.
++ The second and third rounds will be played over the Old Course. Some second round scores will be posted on this website but I'm playing golf myself on Sunday afternoon so it is unlikely that there will be regular updates. Final scores and totals will be available when play finishes (after 7pm).
Photo Courtesy of CalCarson Sports Agency.

Curtis Cup players from the past six decades have already entered for the inaugural Ladies British Mid-Amateur Championship which will be played at The Berkshire from 5th to 7th July.
Angela Bonallack, Mary McKenna and Claire Dowling represented GB&I in Curtis Cup matches from 1956 to 1992 while Emma Duggleby, one of the youngest in the Championship, for players aged 25 and over, played in the 2000 Curtis Cup at Ganton.
The Championship will be played over 54-holes with the winner receiving the Angela Uzielli Trophy, presented by John Uzielli in memory of his late wife.
Entries for the Mid-Amateur close on 10th June.

East Lothian Commonwealth Spoons
The Dunbar pairing of Alyson Smith and Aileen Simpson won the East Lothian Ladies County Golf Association Commonwealth Spoons competition at Gifford Golf Club (on Tuesday, May 28). They had a net score of 74 off their combined handicap of 16 and headed the five pairings who qualified for the Commonwealth Spoons final at Cowglen Golf Club on Monday, September 23.
Qualifiers were :- A Smith & A Simpson (Dunbar) (16) 74; E Renton & H Main (Gullane) (24 1/2) 75 1/2; J Reid & L Lowrie (Gifford) (22) 76; A McIntosh (Gullane) & A McArthy (The Glen) (16 1/2) 76 1/2; J Smith & E Hamilton (Longniddry) (20) 77.

NCAA Mens' Championship Third Round
Scottish /American Students aren't doing too well in the NCAA Championships on the Scarlet course, Columbus Ohio. It's pretty boring news.
David Inglis (Tulsa) is the best of the bunch with 70, 74, 72 for 216 and a tie for 52nd. Jamie Mcleary (Baylor) is 74,72,76 = 222 for tied 104, Scott Jamieson (Augusta State) is 73,72,79=224 to be tied 126 and Craig Gordon (UAB) is three from the end with 81,72,82=235.
Graham McDowell (UAB) has got his nose in front with 71,67,67=205. Georgia Tech are leading the Team Championship, closely followed by Minnesota. Tulsa are tied 6th, Augusta State are 15th, Baylor and UAB are tied for 25th.

THE Ayrshire county team partnership of Sharon Lambie (Troon Ladies) and Morag McQueen (Largs) won the West of Scotland inter-county women's foursomes at windy West Kilbride yesterday (Friday) with a scratch round of 85.
They won by two shots from Ruth McIntyre and Christine Kelly of Dunbartonshire & Argyll with Carol Fell and Fiona Roger (Renfrewshire) third on 88.
The top net score was an 81 1/2 by Wendy Miller and Marie Stevenson (Dunbartonshire & Argyll) off 21 1/2 of a combined handicap.
Scratch - S Lambie & M McQueen (Ayrshire) 85; R McIntyre & C Kelly (Dunbartonshire & Argyll) 87; C Fell & F Roger (Renfrewshire) 88;
Handicap - W Miller & M Stevenson (Dunbartonshire & Argyll) (21 1/2) 81 1/2; H Pettigrew & M Craig (Renfrewshire) (24) (bih), B McCormack & W Patrick (Lanarkshire) (13) 83.

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