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June 2003 Archive

Monday 30th June 2003

Anne LaingSLGA 2002-2003 Order of Merit
With only two County Championships (Galloway and Dumfriesshire) still outstanding, Centenary Scottish Champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) has won the SLGA 2003-2004 Order of Merit. Fellow Vagliano team-mates Clare Queen (Drumpellier) and Lynn Kenny (University of Stirling) take second and third places respectively. Order of Merit Table

County Finals
Northern Counties, Fife, Ayrshire and Border Counties will contest the Scottish women's county championship finals at Scotscraig, North Fife from September 19 to 21. Northern Counties and Borders completed the field of four today (Monday) when they won the North and South Divisional championships respectively.

Northern Counties will be going to the Scottish county finals at Scotscraig from September 19 to 21 as North Division champions after overpowering Angus 5-1 in the decisive final session of singles' play over the parched Murcar links today. Report

Border Counties retained the South Division women's inter-county team golf championship at Southerness Golf Club today. Report

Scottish Girls (Close) Championship at Newmachar (Tuesday - Friday 18-21 July)
Here is the Draw

Former Curtis Cup player and past Scottish champion Elaine Farquharson-Black, captain of the Scotland team for the home internationals at Cruden Bay in September, has won the Deeside Golf Club women's championship for a sixth time in all, but 17 years after win No. 5. Report

SGU News
Scotland hope McArthur’s success continues in European Team Championships

Scottish Champion, Andrew McArthur (Windyhill), leads the Scottish Men's team in the European Team Championships in the Netherlands this week (1-5 July) SGU Press release

Sunday 29th June 2003

Viki LaingWelsh Stroke-Play Championship

Curtis Cup player Vikki Laing, pictured right, from Musselburgh completed a notable hat-trick of Welsh women's open amateur stroke-play titles at Southerndown Golf Club today (Sunday).
Vikki was tied with European champion Becky Brewerton with one round to go and won the day with a 76 for a final total of 213 to the Welsh player's closing 78 for 215.
It was Miss Laing's second big win of the year and undoubtedly the best she has played since the last one - the Pacific-10 individual women's title on the American college circuit in the spring.
Her earlier scores in much more favourable conditions on Saturday were 68 and 69 for 137, a 36-hole total which was matched by Becky Brewerton, who is also the reigning British women's open amateur stroke-play champion.
Jenna WilsonThere was a second Scot in the top four - young Jenna Wilson (Strathaven), pictured left, who shared the first-round lead on 68 with Vikki Laing and then subsided to rounds of 76 and 77. Curtis Cup player Sarah Jones and Jenna both totalled 221 and third place on a card countback when to the Welsh player by virtue of her better third round (a 72).
A 10th place finish by Heather MacRae (Dunblane New), pictured right, was also a good performance by a player, who, like Vikki Laing, was a winner of an American college tournament earlier this year.
213 V Laing (Musselburgh) 68 69 76
215 B Brewerton (Abergele) 70 67 78
221 S Jones (Pennard) 78 71 72
221 J Wilson (Strathaven) 68 76 77
222 A Highgate (Cottrell Park) 71 70 81
226 K Hutcherson (Porters Park) 76 71 79
226 K Phillips (Creigiau) 74 73 79
226 S Evans (Vale of Llangollen) 72 76 78
227 K Smith (Waterlooville) 71 76 80
228 H MacRae (Dunblane New) 76 75 77
230 J Nicolson (Wrexham) 74 77 79
231 L Ball (Parklands) 81 71 79
231 T Boyes (Meon Valley) 76 73 82
231 F Johnson (Harborne) 70 75 86
Rest of scores

South Division Inter-county Championship
Border Counties' good start

Title holders Border Counties made a 6-0 clean sweep of the afternoon singles on their way to an 8-1 win over Galloway in their first match of the South Division women's inter-county team championship at Southerness Golf Club today (Sunday).
Galloway lost 7-2 to Dumfries-shire on the first day. This is the first time the three-cornered South Division team championship has been played over a three-day consecutive programme.
Double winners for Border Counties were Aileen Hunter, Louise Fleming, Judith Anderson and Sheila Cuthbertson.
Border Counties play Dumfries-shire in today's final match to decide who represents the division in the Scottish county finals at Scotscraig from September 19 to 21.
Foursomes _ S McMurtrie & C Meldrum beat M Pow & A Hunter 3 and 1; P McGill & S Martin lost to J Birdsall-White & L Fleming 1 hole; J Brydson & G Robson lost to J Anderson & S Cuthbertson 2 and 1 (1-2).
Singles _ McMurtrie lost to Pow 1 hole, F Fingland lost to Fleming 1 hole, S Bruce lost to L Campbell 6 and 4, Birdsall-White lost to Cuthbertson 4 and 2, McGill lost to Anderson 8 and 6, Meldrum lost to Hunter 3 and 2 (0-6).

North Division Inter-county Championship
IT will be Northern Counties v Angus for the North Division women's inter-county team golf championship at Murcar tomorrow (Monday). They are the only two teams with 100 per cent winning records going into the third day's play and if it were to finish in a draw, Angus have a slender half-point advantage in the games-won column that would win them the title on a countback. Northern Counties followed up their 5-4 win on Saturday over defending champions Aberdeenshire by beating Perth & Kinross 6 1/2-2 1/2.
Angus, 7-2 winners over P&K on the opening day, edged Aberdeenshire out of the title reckoning by beating them 5-4. The winning county go forward to the Scottish county finals at Scotscraig from September 19 to 21.
Northern Counties took a stranglehold on the outcome of their match against Perth & Kinross when they won the morning foursomes 2 1/2-1 1/2. Singles wins by Lesley Mackay, Liz McKinnon, and county champion Mary Smith clinched overall victory in the singles. The bright spot for Perth & Kinross was the 3 and 2 win for 14-year-old Roseanne Niven from Crieff over Jenny Milne (Elgin). Roseanne, winner of the SLGA St Leonards Under-16 girls' open stroke-play championship at Drumoig back in April, also won her Saturday singles tie against Angus on Saturday when she was making her debut for Perth & Kinross.
Aberdeenshire took the foursomes 2-1 against Angus but could not maintain that advantage in the singles. Jane Tough, Lynne Fotheringham and Shonagh Raitt scored the afternoon wins that enabled Angus to win the singles 4-2 and triumph 5-4 overall.
Foursomes _ L Mackay & P McLennan beat D Butchart & R Niven 8 and 6; L McKinnon & J Milne beat A Scott & J Milne 5 and 4; K Harper & M Smith halved with K Fullerton & J Yellowlees (2 1/2-1/2).
Singles _ Mackay beat E Ogilvy 1 hole, McKinnon beat E Napper 8 and 6, McLennan halved with Scott, Smith beat Milne 2 and 1, L Walker halved with Butchart, Milne lost to Niven 3 and 2 (4-2).
Foursomes _ J Tough & S Raitt lost to L Devenish & S Wood 4 and 3; A Ramsay & D Dewar beat J Henderson & C Wilson 3 and 2; S Arbuckle & L Fotheringham lost to J Harrison & D Pocock 2 and 1 (1-2).
Singles _ Ramsay halved with Wood, Dewar halved with Devenish, Tough beat Wilson 2 and 1, S Murray lost to Harrison 2 and 1, Fotheringham beat L Coleman 2 and 1, Raitt beat L Urquhart 3 and 2 (4-2).

Saturday 28th June 2003

Curtis Cup player Vikki Laing from Musselburgh, bidding to win the title three times in a row, is sharing the lead after 36 holes of the Welsh women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Southerdown Golf Club.
Vikki, recapturing the form that won her an American college circuit event in the spring and had her rated in the top 10 in the United States, had rounds of 68 and 69 for a total of 137.
She shares the lead with the European women's amateur individual champion Becky Brewerton from Abergele. Becky, who is reported to be set to turn professional after next month's Vagliano Trophy match at Co Louth, Ireland, had scores of 70 and 67 to set the stage for a great final-day shoot-out over the final 18 holes.
They are four shots ahead of Welsh international Anna Highgate (Cottrell Park) who had 71 and 70 for 141.
Young Scot Jenna Wilson shared the lead with Vikki Laing on 68 after the first round but slipped back to fourth place with a 76 for 144 ... but it was, nevertheless, a most encouraging day's work by the Strathaven player as she stakes a claim for a place in the Scotland team for the home internationals at Cruden Bay in September. Scores

North of Scotland Divisional Inter-county Championship
Northern Counties took a significant step towards regaining the Northern Division women's inter-county golf title when they beat the defending champions and leading rivals Aberdeenshire 5-4 in the opening day at Murcar today.
In the other match, Angus beat Perth & Kinross 7-2.
Northern Counties gained the edge over Shire when they carried over a 2-1 foursomes lead into the singles which were shared 3-3.
New Zealander Liz McKinnon, who now lives near Inverness and is a member at Nairn, was a double winner for Northern Counties, partnering Jenny Milne to a 5 and 4 foursomes win over Jill Harrison and Julie Henderson and then winning by 3 and 2 against Lindsey Devenish in the singles.
Sheena Wood (Aberdeen ladies) was a double winner for Aberdeenshire in vain. She and Miss Devenish took the top foursomes by 3 and 1 over Scotland international Lesley Mackay (Royal Dornoch) and Pat McLennan (Forres). Sheena followed that up by winning the top singles by 3 and 2 over Nairn Dunbar youngster Laura Walker.
Fourteen-year-old Roseanne Niven from Crieff made a winning debut for Perth & Kinross but Angus had already made a clean sweep of the morning foursomes 3-0 and needed only two of the afternoon singles to claim victory.
In fact Angus won four of them through Dawn Dewar, Jane Tough, Sheila Murray and Shonagh Raitt.
Foursomes _ L Devenish & S Wood beat L Mackay & P McLennan 3 and 1; J Harrison & J Henderson lost to L McKinnon & J Milne 5 and 4; L Coleman & L Urquhart lost to L Walker & K Harper 1 hole (1-2).
Singles _ Wood beat Walker 3 and 2, Henderson lost to Mackay 3 and 2, Devenish lost to McKinnon 3 and 2, C Wilson beat Harper 2 and 1, D Pocock lost to McLennan 4 and 3, Urquhart beat Milne 2 and 1 (3-3).
Foursomes _ J Tough & S Raitt beat A Scott & E Ogilvy 2 holes; A Ramsay & D Dewar beat J Yellowlees & K Fullerton 1 hole; S Arbuckle & L Fotheringham beat E Napper & J Milne 1 hole (3-0).
Singles _ Ramsay lost to R Niven 2 and 1, Dewar beat D Butchart 4 and 3, Tough beat Yellowlees 6 and 5, D Carcary lost to Ogilvy 5 and 3, S Murray beat Napper 1 hole, Raitt beat A Scott 1 hole (4-2).

South of Scotland Divisional Inter-county Championship
Dumfries-shire beat Galloway 7-2 in the opening match of the Southern Division women's inter-county team golf championship at Southerness Golf Club today.
Dumfries-shire won the morning singles 2-1 and then took the singles 5-1 for a comprehensive victory.
Title-holders Border Counties swing into action in the three-cornered contest, being played over three consecutive days for the first time, against Gallowy.
Today's results
Foursomes _ S McMurtrie & C Meldrum beat L Wells & C Murray 3 and 1; G Robson & S Martin lost to D McDonald & K Wells 6 and 5; P McGill & J Brydson lost to F McGregor & M McGregor 6 and 5 (1-2).
Singles _ McMurtrie lost to L Wells 6 and 4, Meldrum lost to McDonald 4 and 2, S Bruce lost to Murray 5 and 4, Brydson beat F McGregor 4 and 3, F Fingland lost to K Wells 5 and 3, McGill lost to M McGregor 1 hole (1-5).

Martina GillenIrish News

Martina Gillen from Beaverstown Golf Club, four miles north of Dublin Airport, won the Irish women's close amateur championship for the first time at Donegal Golf Club today.
She beat Maria Dunne (Skerries) by two holes in the 18-hole final.
Martina was runner-up in the Irish women's stroke-play championship last year, having won the Irish girls' championship in 2000.
Miss Gillen is a golf scholarship student at Kent State University, Ohio and there is no doubt that regular play at high level on the American female college circuit from September through to May has played its part in her steady improvement to be Irish champion class.
In the morning semi-finals, Martina beat Helen Jones (Strabane) who had beaten Ireland's only Vagliano Trophy team member, Tricia Mangan (Ennis) at the 20th in the quarter-finals, by 3 and 2.
In the other semi-final, Maria Dunne beat former champion and leading qualifier Claire Coughlan (Cork) by 4 and 3.
Martina Gillen (Beaverstown) beat Helen Jones (Strabane) 3 and 2.
Maria Dunne (Skerries) beat Claire Coughlan (Cork) 4 and 3.
Final (18 holes)
Martina Gillen (Beaverstown) beat Maria Dunne (Skerries) 2 holes.

Irish News

IRELAND squad to take part in the European women's amateur team championship at Frankfurt Golf Club from July 8 to 12:
Claire Coughlan (Cork)
Maria Dunne (Skerries)
Martina Gillen (Beaverstown)
Helen Jones (Strabane)
Tricia Mangan (Ennis)
Maura Morrin (Curragh)
1st - Karen Delaney (Carlow)
2nd - Sinead Keane (Curragh)

Susie LaingWest Coast Ladies Golf Tour
Troon exile Susie Laing continues to win money in her first few events as a rookie tour pro golfer in California where she has stayed on after completing four years at the University of San Francisco in May.
Susie earned dollars 725 for a joint sixth finish in the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour Qualifying School Scholarship tournament at Oak Valley Golf Club, Beaumont in California.
Miss Laing had rounds of 73, 79 and 76 for a 12-over-par total of 228, 14 shots behind the winner Denise Philbrick from Carefree Arizona who had a course record 68 in her two-under-par tally of 214.
Runner-up Christina Baena was making her pro debut.
The leading pair each won $3,300 to finance their expenses in competiting in the forthcoming LPGA Qualifying School tournaments in Florida and California.
214 Denise Philbrick 76 68 70.
217 Christia Baena 73 70 74.
220 Theodosia Mazzuca 76 71 73.
273 Hong-Mei Tag 78 72 73, Angie Yoon 79 73 71.
228 Susie Laing 73 79 76, Anne Lee 76 77 75.

Friday 27th June 2003

Irish News
Donegal Golf Club.
Vagliano Trophy team selection Tricia Mangan bowed out of the Irish women's close amateur championship after a thriller of a quarter-final at Donegal Golf Club today.
Tricia, who will make her debut for Great Britain & Ireland in the biennial match against the Continent of Europe at Co Louth, Ireland on July 25 and 26, lost at the 20th to Helen Jones (Strabane).
The top two qualifiers have both made progress to this morning's (Sat) semi-finals. Top seed Claire Coughlan from Cork will play Maria Dunne (Skerries) in the first tie. Helen Jones will face the No 2 qualifier, Martina Gillen (Beaverstown), who plays for Kent State University, Ohio on the American college circuit.
Gillen is second reserve for the Vagliano Trophy team. Results

Golfing girl of the moment, 11-year-old Carly Booth from Comrie is heading for a place in the Nick Faldo Junior Series Grand Final at the Brocket Hall Golf Club in Hertsfordshire from September 2 to 4.
Carly, winner of the Dunblane Golf Club women's championship recently, won the girls' section at today's Scottish Qualifying Round 2 competition over the Jubilee Course St Andrews. She had a good scratch score of 79 to win by two shots from Jane Turner (Glencorse) with Louise Fleming (The Roxburghe) in third place on 83 with Lesley Hendry (Routenburn).
New Scottish schoolgirls champion Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) finished six shots behind Carly.
With the third and final Scottish qualifying competition to be played at Blairgowrie next Thursday (July 3), Carly leads the girls' Order of Merit with 25pt, ahead of Kylie Walker 22, Louise Fleming 21.5 and Jane Turner 19.
The total points gained by competitors all three competitions will decide the winners of each of the five boys' and one girls' sections. Only the winners go forward to the Grand Final. Boys and girls scores

Marion Quigley champion in four decades
Marion Quigley has set up quite a record at Craigmilar Park, after winning the Ladies Club Championship for the 13th time last Sunday, when she beat Jane Flucker in a nail-biting final at the 19th hole. She first won the Championship in 1974 as Marion Stavert, and has now won in four decades. Well done Marion!

Susie Laing from Troon slipped back to joint fifth place with one round to go in the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour Qualifying School Scholarship tournament at Oak Valley. Susie had been tied in the lead but a second-round 79 dropped her to 152, nine shots behind leader Christina Baena (73, 70). West Coast Ladies Golf Tour website

Scotland girls' squad at Pyle & Kenfig GC
with national coach Karyn Dallas (Kirriemuir) on the left.

Scottish Ladies Golf Association official Pat Hutton is optimistic that the Scotland squad will improve on last year's showing in the British girls' home internationals in August following a two-day trip to South Wales to play over the course, Pyle & Kenfig.
"The squad had an excellent trip to Wales. Pyle and Kenfig is a great links course. Monday was very windy but Tuesday was a much calmer day," said Mrs Hutton. "The 12 girls had the opportunity to play the course and get a feel for it. Hopefully they have returned home to dream about it and the required shots."

LGU News

Catherine Booth will cap a career spanning over 20 years in golf administration when she is proposed as President of the Ladies’ Golf Union at the Annual General Meeting in January 2004.
Mrs Booth will be the 21st President since the position was instigated in 1908 and will commence her three years in office in succession to Sue Johnson.
Her career in golf administration started in her native Ireland at Sutton, her home club, where she was the Hon Secretary and then the ladies’ captain in 1981. It was then that she started her interest in junior golf and three years later, was elected Chairman of Ireland’s Eastern District. After a four year spell, from 1985 – 1989, on the ILGU Central Council, she represented Ireland from 1993 – 1998 on the Council of the LGU, serving on a number of different committees. During that period, she was Chairman of the Curtis Cup Committee that oversaw the GB&I team famously retaining the Cup at Killarney.
Commenting on her impending appointment, Mrs Booth said: "I still have a great interest in junior golf and really feel that we must do everything possible to encourage youngsters into the game. They are the heart and soul of golf. "
" I am truly honoured to be a member of the LGU – quite a unique organisation – and I look forward to hopefully using my position to further the game both at home and abroad."
Mrs Booth was involved in marketing in her family business, is married to Leo, a retired businessman and they have two children, Laura and Liam.

Lee Rhind and Steven Young were out on the course when a lightning storm forced the abandonment of play for the day in the first round of the Audibon Imports Open at Baton Rouge (THU, USA TIME). Rhind, who has earned dollars 13,440 on the Tight Lies Tour this season, had reached the turned in three-over-par 39 while Young scored 41 for the first nine. Leaders back in the safety of the clubhouse were Richard Ainsley, Chris James and Scott Volpitto, all Americans, at six-under 66.

A WOMAN - Nairn-born Alison White - has been given a key role in the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews' 250th anniversary celebrations in 2004.
Alison, daughter of the late Nairn Golf Club professional Gregor McIntosh, has the title 250th Anniversary Administrator, which is a huge responsibility when you consider all the things that are planned. Mrs White, who has been based in St Andrews for a number of years, has to pull all the strings together.
A marquee of even bigger than Open championship tented village dimensions will be put up on the Bruce Embankment outside the R&A clubhouse. It will seat 1,200 and will be the focal point of the social events to which representatives from all 127 of the R&A's worldwide affiliated unions and associations will be invited. The Royal Bank of Scotland are to issue a £5 note with an image of the R&A clubhouse and the third volume of the club history will be published to commemorate the anniversary of the founding date of May 14, 1744. The British men's amateur championship will be played over the Old Course from May 31 to June 5. There will also be a junior event and an inter-club competition for invited clubs from around the world. And that's only the part of the packed programme.
Gregor McIntosh was Nairn club pro for 30 years so Alison grew up in a an environment steeped in golf. She played for the Scotland girls' team and for St Andrews University where she developed her liking for the town. She joined the Professional Golfers Association staff for five years and was then secretary of the Ladies Golf Union for a further five years.
More recently Alison, handicap six and still a member of Nairn Golf Club, served on the SLGA executive and was chairman of selectors. As a member of the St Rule Club since 1984, Alison has helped organise the St Rule Trophy over the last decade.

Thursday 26th June 2003

Mary McKenna from Donabate, eight times Irish champion between 1969 and 1989, lost in the first round of the 2003 championship, sponsored by Lancome, at Donegal Golf Club today. Mary, the current Ireland international team captain, lost by 4 and 3 to Sinead Keane (The Curragh), a member of Irish teams in recent years.
There were no other surprise results with top seed Claire Coughland (Cork) winning by 5 and 4 over Jenny O'Byrne (Elm Park) and No 2 qualifier, Martina Gillen (Beaverstown) beating taken to the 17th green before beating Dawn Marie Conaty (Ashbouorne) by 2 and 1. Tara Delaney (Carlow) scored a good 5 and 4 win over past Ireland international player Deirdre Smith (Co Louth).
One of the best ties of the second round should be Martin Gillen against Eileen Rose Power (Kilkenny). Mrs Power was a Curtis Cup player in 1994 and has won the Irish title three times, first as Eileen Rose McDaid in 1990 and then in her married name in 1992 and 1995. She was twice later a beaten finalist. Since then Eileen Rose has put her young family before her golf but her form in beating Suzanne Corcoran by 6 and 4 in the first round suggests she has not lost her touch completely. Results

Troon exile Susie Laing continues to prosper in her first few weeks as a rookie golf professional on the West Coast of the United States. In her latest tournament, Susie, who completed four years at the University of San Francisco in May and decided to stay on in America, is sharing the lead on 73 at the end of the first round of the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour event at Oak Valley Golf Club. The tournament is called the WCLGT Annual Qualifying School Scholarship and the first and second players at the end of 54 holes will each receive a cheque for dollars 3,300 to help them bid for players' cards on the United States' No 1 ladies pro circuit, the LPGA Tour. Susie shares the lead with Christina Baena, three shots ahead of Denbise Philbrick, Anne Lee and Theodosia Mazzuca.

DEESIDE, holders of the Golfview Trophy as winners of the Aberdeenshire Ladies County Golf Association Scratch League last season, may be hard pushed to qualify for this year's final between the winners of the two sections. Deeside won 3-1 away to Aboyne but lost 3-1 at home to Aberdeen Ladies. Banchory are the draw queens of the competition. The drew 2-2 at home to Banchory and then drew 2-2 away to the same side. Then Banchory went to Murcar and achieved a very creditable 2-2 draw. Results so far

Renfrewshire Girls, who won the Kennedy Salver on Monday
Back: L to R Dawn Bell (Whitecraigs), Megan Briggs (Ranfurly Castle), Linzi Graham (Ralston),
Victoria McCulloch (Williamwood), Front Gillian Mullen Captain (Paisley)
Thanks to Fiona Cowan, Dunbarton and Argyll County Captain, for the photograph..

St Leonards School in St Andrews is to organise a golf competition for all Preparatory school children during the 2004 summer term.
The 'St Leonards Prep School Challenge' will be played over one of the golf courses in St Andrews. St Andrews Links Trust has agreed to support the event and the venue will be announced shortly.
Mrs June Caithness, director of golf at St Leonards, said: "I am delighted that this new competition will be happening early next summer. I am sure it will attract many young golfers to St Andrews and give them the opportunity to play together and sample the wonderful facilities available here.
"St Leonards is joint initiator of the Scottish Ladies Golf Association / St Leonards Under-16 stroke-play championship, and this new Prep school competition will reinforce our commitment to promoting the game of golf to youngsters. There will be one practice round followed by two competition rounds and trophies will be awarded to the winning players in several age groups."
At a recent celebration dinner marking the 10th anniversary of St Leonards Golf Club, the school announced the launch of its new golf programme, under the guidance of Jim Farmer, one time coach to Open champion Paul Lawrie, and Elliot Rowan, one of the top Scottish coaches of the past 20 years.
The new golf programme was given a significant boost when Lady Angela Bonallack recently accepted the post of president of St Leonards Golf Club.

Wednesday 25th June 2003

Claire CoughlinIrish News

Claire Coughlan, 23, Cork Leisure Centre staff worker, headed the Lancome Irish women's (close) amateur golf championship qualifiers for the second year in a row at Donegal Golf Club on Wednesday.
Claire, the 1999 champion, had rounds of 73 and 74 for a three-under-par aggregate of 147 - three shots ahead of American college student Martina Gillen (Beaverstown & Kent State University, Ohio). Martina scored 76 and 74.
Miss Coughlan had an eagle at the fourth where she holed from 12ft and a pair of birdies. She holed a 10ft putt at the fifth after a nine-iron approach and she also birdied the sixth.Karen Delaney from Carlow, only 18 years old with a handicap of two, had the joint third best qualifying aggregate of 155 after socres of 74 and 80.
Karen, last year's Lancome Irish girls champion, will be joining Martina Gillen at Kent State University after the summer break. She has secured a four-year golf scholarship.
Deirdrie Smith, a past Ireland international from Co Louth and a member of the ILGU training squad, had an eagle at the 11th and birdies at the fourth, sixth and 18th on her way to a 76 and a total of 157.
Mary McKenna, multi-winner of the Irish title in her heyday and now in her 50s, was among the 32 qualifiers for the match-play stages. The current Ireland international captain from Donabate, Mary had the potentially demoralising start of 6 (bogey), 6 (double bogey) but she rallied with birdies at the fifth, 11th and 18th for 77 and a total of 161. Scores and Match-play Draw

English News

Shelley McKevitt from Reading, semi-finalist in the English women's close amateur championship in May and 1997 English girls champion, won the Bridget Jackson Bowl 36-hole women's open tournament at Handsworth Golf Club on Tuesday. Shelley had rounds of 70 and 71 for a total of 141 to win the prestigious event by three strokes from joint runners-up Sara Garbutt (Ganton), last year's English women's stroke-play championship, and F Johnson of Harborne, both of whom had rounds of 73 and 71.
The best score of the day was a 69 by a player who finished 29th equal. C Durbin of Chipping Sodbury had a 91 in the first round and then improved by an amazing 22 shots in the afternoon for a total of 160. [I wonder what she had for her lunch? - Gill] Scores

LGU LogoLGU News
2003 Weetabix Women’s British Open Championship

Annika Sorenstam of the U.S. and Eliza Serramia of Spain are two of 122 entries already received for the Weetabix Women’s British Open to be played at Royal Lytham & St Annes from 31st July to 3rd August. Press Release

Tuesday 24th June 2003

Claire CoughlinIrish News
Lancôme Irish Ladies' Close Championship 2003

23 year Claire Coughlin from Cork, pictrued right, is the overnight leader after the first round of the Lancôme Irish Ladies' Close Championship held at Donegal Golf Club today. Her two under par 73 put her just one stroke ahead of Irish Girls' Champion Karen Delaney (Carlow). Kent State Stduent Martina Gillen (Beaverstown) is in third place with a 76. Scores

West of Scotland Girls
Kennedy Salver

Renfrewshire won the West of Scotland Junior Girls Inter-County competition for the Kennedy Salver at Williamwood Golf Club on Monday 23rd June in glorious overhead and underfoot conditions.
The results were as follows: - Semi-final - Renfrewshire 4 Lanarkshire 1, Ayrshire 3 Dunbartonshire & Argyll 2
Final - Renfrewshire 3 Ayrshire 2, 3rd/4th playoff - Lanarkshire 3 Dunbartonshire & Argyll 2
The final was a tense affair. Renfrewshire’s Linzi Graham (Ralston) and Gillian Mullen (Paisley) came back from dormie down to half their matches with Roslyn Fleming (Ballochmyle) and Fiona Williamson (Barassie). There were wins for Megan Briggs (Ranfurly Castle) and Dawn Bell (Whitecraigs) while Sarah Hutton (Troon Bentinck) was Ayrshire's only winner against Williamwood player Victoria McCulloch.
The furthest travelled player was Kirstie McAlister from Carradale. After her long journey she won her first match against Ayrshire’s Roslyn Fleming by 1 hole but lost her afternoon match against Lanarkshire’s Debbie Swan also by I hole. No doubt she slept well on her journey back to Carradale in the evening!
Semi-Final Results
Renfrewshire v Lanarkshire
Megan Briggs beat Gillian McMann 2/1, Gillian Mullen beat Avril McIvor 1up, Linzi Graham lost to Debbie Swan 4/2, Dawn Bell beat Carol McMillan 7/6, Victoria McCulloch beat Gayle Carenduff 2/1
Ayrshire v Dunbartonshire &Argyll
Morag MacPherson beat Gillian Barraclough 6/5, Fiona Williamson beat Debbie Neilson 2/1, Roslyn Fleming lost to Kirstie McAlister 1 down, Vicki Smith beat Nicola McNeil 5/3, Carys McGhee lost to Laura Jane Erunlu 2/1
Renfrewshire v Ayrshire
Megan Briggs beat Morag MacPherson 2/1, Gillian Mullen halved with Fiona Williamson, Linzi Graham halved with Roslyn Fleming, Dawn Bell beat Vicki Smith 4/2, Victoria McCulloch lost to Sarah Hutton 1down
3rd / 4th playoff
Lanarkshire v Dunbartonshire
Gillian McMann lost to Gillian Barraclough 3/1, Avril McIvor beat Debbie Neilson 5/4, Debbie Swan beat Kirstie McAlister 1 up, Carol McMillan lost to Nicola McNeil 4/3, Marsha Hull beat Laura Jane Erunlu 3/2
(Thanks to Beth Paterson for this report)

North Division Inter-County Team Championship

Delete the "non" in non-playing captain. That's what could happen to Anne Ryan's Northern Counties team position this weekend when Northern Counties line up against defending champions Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perth & Kinross in the Northern Division inter-county team championship at Murcar from Saturday to Monday. Preview, including teams and match programme

Jocelyn Faris, who played in the recent Munross Trophy, emailed me today .
"I now live in England and 3 years ago started business on my own supplying Promotional Clothing, Corporate Workwear and Business Gifts. We source products and organise embroidery and print of logos . We have supplied County Team Poloshirts for Angus. Golf Towels and rollnecks for the SLGA . Sweatshirts , umbrellas, Baseball Caps, Visors , Sports Bottles for my present county - Bedfordshire. We have also sponsored a Scottish Girls Curling Team - Team Lean , and we supply Blazers for the English Indoor Bowling Association. You will see our online catalogue with over 600 items at
" I have spent a lot of time developing the Online Catalogue and I am always looking at new ways to promote Redmark and I was wondering if it may be possible to have a link from your site?"
Delighted to Jocelyn!

English News (Guinness Trophy is an ELGA "approved" event)

HOST club playuer Debbie Richards, who plays off four, won the Burhill Golf Club's 36-hole women's open tournament for the Guinness Trophy. She had rounds of 76 and 72 for an aggregate of 148, only three over the combined CSS (72, 73) for the New and Old Courses at the Surrey venue. Debbie covered her final inward half in 33 (three under par) and this sent her clear of the field. She eventually won with five shots to spare from Natalie Cruse (Windlesham) on 153 (75 and 76).


Monday 23rd June 2003

Dunblane New Club Championship
I'm sure some of you will have read in the Press (e.g. today's Scotsman... look in the News, not the Sports section) that 11 year old, 6 handicap, Carly Booth, pictured left, became the Ladies' Champion at Dunblane New on Saturday. Well done, Carly!!
The article does not tell you a thing about the final or who she played, but NewsHound Gill has the inside story...
11 year old Carly played another youngster, 14 year old, 12 handicap Sally KettlewellSally Kettlewell, pictured right... surely the youngest pair of contestants ever to play in a Ladies Club Championship Final.
Carly was only one over par when she beat Sally at the sixteenth by 3&2. I'm told that their better ball was 5 under, and that no hole was won with anything other than a par or a birdie The only difference between the two players was that Sally missed shortish putts at the 4th, 8th and 13th and Carly missed nothing!!
I'm also told that it was a great game which was thoroughly enjoyed by the big crowd. Both girls did themselves proud.
For those of you who don't know Dunblane New, it's a great test of golf... . The Scottish Girls' Championship was played there in July 2000, when Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) won. It's the home club of Lynn and Cecilia Kenny, Heather Macrae and Frances Liddle, and Carly must be very proud to get her name up on the Champion's board amongst such illustrious company.
Scotland is producing some really great young golfers at the moment.... Well done girls!

Student News
WALKER Cup team short leet player Jamie McLeary (Leven Golfing Society), pictured left, heads the list of seven newcomers to the Stirling University golf programme in the autumn. McLeary, a former Scottish youths champion, had a spell at Baylor University in Texas and played on the American college circuit for a couple of seasons. Earlier this year he won the Edward Trophy open tournament at Glasgow Gailes and was a runner-up in the Craigmillar Park Open.
Other new golfing faces at Stirling will be: England schools cap Nick Olson and Michael Hunt, a Scottish schoolboy international, and, on the female side, Dawn Dewar (Monifieth), last year's Angus women's county champion, Claire-Marie Carlton (Fereneze), one of the youngest winners of the Renfrew women's county championship this season, and two from England, Olivia Briggs and Emma Tipping, both of whom have played international golf at junior level.
Sjavon-Dee Wilson (Murcar) and Stephanie Crolla (Longniddry) are joining the big number of Scottish girls attending American colleges. They will be going to McLennan College, Waco in Texas after the summer holidays.

Scottish Ladies Golfing Association tournament secretary Gillian Roy says she has received 61 entries so far for the BP Scottish Under-21 girls stroke-play championship, to be held at Kilmacolm Golf Club, on July 29 and 30.
"Wednesday is the deadline for entries," said Gillian, "So there is time for anybody out there who wants to play and has not entered yet."
Entry forms can be downloaded from the SLGA website
There are no entries from any of the Continental countries this year.

Jessie ValentineJessie Valentine
Here's a great picture of Jessie Valentine (left). She is past 88 and is a resident of a nursing home at Bridge of Earn. She is pictured with an ornamental dish specially made to mark the Centenary Scottish women's amateur golf championship which Jessie won six times, one fewer than Belle Robertson's record of seven. When told that she was given a standing ovation in her absence at the "Parade of past champions" at the SLGA Centenary Championship dinner at the Old Course Hotel, St Andrews, Jessie said: "It brings tears to my eyes to hear that."
Blairgowrie Golf Club secretary John Simpson is Jessie's most regular visitor and he has promised to take her round the Rosemount and Lansdowne courses in a buggy this summer. CF

Heather StirlingFutures Tour
Heather falls away in final round

Heather Stirling fell away badly with a third and final round of 79 in the Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Classic tournament in Michigan. After steady rounds of 74 and 71, the Bridge of Allan rookie pro slipped back to a tie for 54th place on 224 and a prize of only $219.
Ju Kim from Seoul, Korea won the $8,400 first prize with scores of 72, 71 and 66 for seven-under-par 209, one shot ahead of Lisa Hall from Stoke on Trent. Lisa scored 72, 70 and 68 to earn $6,000. Lisa is now fifth on the Futures Tour money list with earnings of $22,648..
LEADING SCORES (Players from America unless stated)
209 Ju Kim (Kor) 72 71 68. 210 Lisa Hall (Eng) 72 70 68. 211 Jaejean Kang 72 70 69, Stacy Prammanasudh 70 67 74. 212 Allie Blomquist 72 75 65, Soo Young Moon (Kor) 70 70 72.
Other scores: 224 Heather Stirling (Sco) 74 71 79. 230 Rebecca Prout (Eng) 76 74 80.
Did not qualify 156 Linzi Morton (Sco) 76 80.

Photos of yesterday's Munross Trophy

L to R: Louise Kenney who took third place after a course record 67 in her second round,
winner Anne Laing and second place Clare Queen

Anne Laing with the Munross Trophy

Photos Courtesy and copyright © the Cal Carson Golf Agency

Sunday 22nd June 2003

Anne LaingLouise KenneyAnne Laing loses record but wins Munross Trophy
Centenary Scottish women's champion Anne Laing, pictured left, won the Montrose Links Trust 36-hole women open tournament for a second time today despite having her morning course record 68 eclipsed by Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) in the afternoon.
Anne's five-under-par 68 shaved a shot off the record set by Australian Nadina Taylor in 2001 by shooting an eagle and five birdies and a couple of bogeys in halves of 33 and 35 in the first round.
The new record stood for about four hours before Louise Kenney, pictured right, home on holiday from the Iowa State University, clipped a shot off it with a bogey-free score of six-under 67. Report and full scores

Letham Grange Old Course
Martin LairdWinner of two American college events in the spring, Martin Laird recaptured that form to score his first notable win on home soil - the Scottish youths open amateur stroke-play championship over the testing Letham Grange Old Course near Arbroath today.
With darkness falling - play was suspended during the morning third for 90min when flooded greens were swept clear - Laird came storming past the second and third-round leader, fellow American college student, Scott Jamieson, to sign off with a par 73 for a 72-hole total of five-over-par 297.
Jamieson, five shots ahead of the field with one round to go, slipped back to form that had him ranked well behind Laird in the US college ratings. He had a triple bogey, and two double bogeys in a mind-blowing final round of 81 for 300.
That dropped him into joint second place with Chris Johnston (Dunbar) who finished with a 75 for 300.
"I'm a much more consistent player after two years on the American college circuit. Playing with good-class players almost every week in competitive conditions is bound to bring you on," said Martin who has one more year to go of his golf scholarship at Colorado State.
"The practice facilities are also great and you seldom have to worry about the weather when you play to play or practice." Scoreboard

East v West Vets Match
East beat West 6 1/2 to 2 1/2 in the Vets match on Tuesday.17th June for The Elise Duncan Trophy over Gullane No1. The result perhaps does not describe how close it could have been... the first five matches all finished on the 18th. Results were as follows:-
 P Williamson beat H Faulds    1hl
N Fenton beat J Mack    2hls
R Brown all sq with P Hutton
K Ballantyne lost to E Hanlon 2 up
M Ferguson beat A Prentice  1hl
J Marshall beat E Grant  2&1
E Jack beat M Nielson  5&4
S Boyd beat S Coster  4&2
N Gow lost to E Dewar  3&2

Heather StirlingFutures Tour
Heather plays on out but Linzi misses cut

Heather Stirling, pictured right, shot one of her best rounds of her rookie season on the United States Futures Tour to be lying in a tie for 19th place with one round to go in the Bank of Ann Arbor Classic at Lake Forest Golf Club, Michigan.
Heather's one-under-par second-round 71 gave her a 36-hole tally of one-over 145 - eight shots behind the leader from Oklahoma, Stacy Prammanasudh who had a 67 for 137.
The other Scot in the field, Linzi Morton from Alloa, missed the cut by five shots after an 80 for 156.
Lisa Hall from Stoke continues to be the most successful British player on America's No 2 women's pro tour. She had a 70 for 142 to be joint fifth after two rounds.
Rebecca Prout from Surrey also made the cut. She had a 74 for 150, one inside the limit.
(Players from America unless stated)
137 Stacy Prammanasudh 70 67.
140 Erika Wicoff 70 70, Soo Young Moon (Kor) 70 70.
141 Seol-An Jeon (Kor) 70 71.
142 Courtney Swain 73 69, Tracy Cone 73 69, Jaejean Kang 72 70, Lisa Hall (Eng) 72 70, Kate Nolan (Aus) 72 70.
145 Heather Stirling (Sco) 74 71.
150 Rebecca Prout (Eng) 76 74.
Failed to qualify
156 Linzi Morton (Sco) 76 80.
157 Jo Clingan (Eng) 80 77.

Hole in one
Stirling & Clackmannan County Captain, Christine Sikora, aced the 11th hole at Braehead GC today on her way to 3 & 2 victory over SLGA Secretray, Sheila Hartley in the final of the Braehead Ladies Club Championship.

East of Scotland Veteran Ladies Golf Association
The Summer meeting and Championship qualifying of the East of Scotland section of the SVLGA was held on Friday 13th June over the Glen at North Berwick.
Ruth Brown (Lothianburn) led the qualifiers with an 84. Second was Ellice Cackett (Broomieknowe) with 90, and third Patricia Savin (North Berwick) with a 92. J Letham won the handicap prize with a net 77 off a 20 handicap. Maureen Matthews (Gullane) had a hole in one at the 4th.
Results : Scratch R Brown 84
Handicap    J Letham 77 (20) bih, P Savin 77 (15) bih, M Matthews 77 (19), E Cackett 78 (12)
Bronze Handicap  N Cook  77 (24), K Thomson  78 (28)
Qualifiers for the EofS Vets Championship
R Brown, E Cackett, P Savin, E Rose, E Jack, K Ballantyne ,N Gow, J Marshall
(Thanks to Margaret Rodgers for supplying these results)

Susie Laing Rookie Susie is making money
Rookie professionial Susie Laing from Troon won $1,200 for finishing sixth in the Colorado Women's Open championship at Valley Country Club, Aurora. Susie, a member of last year's Scotland women's home international team, turned professional after completing her golf scholarship at San Francisco University in May and staying on in the United States to play the various mini-women's pro golf circuits.
Susie had rounds of 72, 74 and 78 for an eight-over-par total of 224, nine shots behind tournament winner Lisa DePaulo from Austin, Texas.
"I was tied for third after that opening-day 72 and then I was joint second after two rounds. The final day I think I was most nervous and played badly for a 78," said Susie. "The weather wasn't great and considering the fairways averaged about 13 yards wide, I felt I had a good tournament. It is annoying, though, to know that if only two more putts had falled in I would have won $3,000.
"But it is all a learning experience and I am making money, which is a huge bonus. I am going on to play in a few events on the West Coast Ladies Tour. This is all to prepare myself for the LPGA Tour Qualifying School."
Aberdeen's Claire Hunter played on the West Coast Ladies Tour last year with some success.. Good luck Susie, we are looking forward to more good news!

Saturday 21st June 2003 - Harry Potter Day!!!!

Futures Tour
Heather Stirling had a two-over-par 74 and Linzi Morton a 76 in the first round of the Ann Arbor Futures Classic in Michigan (Friday, USA time). Heather, from Bridge of Allan, was in a tie for 28th place in the field of 139 after having only two players ahead of her at the turn.
Out in two-under 34, the former Curtis Cup Scot sagged to 40 shots for the inward half and finished five behind American leader Krista Bartlett (33-36).
Linzi, from Alloa, had two halves of 38 to be joint 57th at four over par.
The leading British player was Lisa Hall from Stoke. She had a 72 (34-38) to be tied ninth at the end of the first day. Futures Tour website

The University of Stirling's golf scholarship students continued to keep the institution in the limelight with numerous victories at the 2003 British Universities' Golf Championships played at Saunton Golf Club, Cornwall over the past week.
Raleigh Gowrie sends us this report

East v South Girls Match
It is with regret that we have had to cancel the East v South Girls match, due to be played at Harburn tomorrow. South could not raise a team..

Friday 20th June 2003

Fife won the East Division women's inter-county team championship at windswept Kirkcaldy Golf Club today for the first time since 1997. In the match between the only two 100 per cent winning teams after two days' play, Fife scored a comprehensive 6 1/2-2 1/2 win over Midlothian.
Fife took the foursomes 3-0 and then Louise Kenney from Pitreavie claimed the scalp of Vagliano Trophy team selection Vikki Laing of Musselburgh by 4 and 3. Other singles winners for Fife were Fiona Lockhart and Elaine Moffat.
The contest to decide who would finished third in the table finished in a draw: Stirling & Clackmannan 4 1/2-East Lothian 4 1/2. Stirling & Clackmannan, with a much weakened team to defend the title which sent them on to win the Scottish crown last year, did not win any of their three matches. Neither did East Lothian.
Fife now go forward to represent the East Division in the Scottish county finals from September 19 to 21 and the bonus for them is that they will be played on a home venue, Scotscraig at Tayport. Ayrshire are also through as West Division winners earlier this week.
The North and South Division championships will be played next weekend.
The most successful players in the three-day Kirkcaldy competition were Fife's Louise Kenney, Fiona Lockhart and Elaine Moffat and Heather MacRae (Stirling & Clackmannan), all with 5pt of six apiece.
Midlothian's best performers were Claire Hargan and Belinda Murphy with 4 1/2pt apiece while two players, Shonagh McEwan and Jayne Smith top scored for East Lothian with 3pt each.
MIDLOTHIAN 2 1/2, FIFE 6 1/2
Foursomes: C Hargan & V Laing lost to L Kenney & J Carthew 2 holes; K Marshall & J Williamson lost to F Lockhart & E Moffat 4 and 3; T Laughland & B Murphy lost to K Milne & L Fury 3 and 2 (0-3).
Singles: Lainig lost to Kenney 4 and 3, Hargan beat L Bennett 2 and 1, Murphy beat Carthew 6 and 5, Marshall lost to Lockhart 4 and 3, L Fraser lost to Moffat 4 and 3, P Williamson halved with K Milne (2 1/2-3 1/2).
Foursomes: H MacRae & E Allison beat J Smith & L Anderson 3 and 2; S Quinn & V Stevenson lost to M Thomson & S McEwan 2 and 1; L Robertson & F McArthur halved with S McMaster & F Hindshaw (1 1/2-1 1/2).
Singles: MacRae beat McEwan 1 hole, Allison beat Anderson 1 hole, Quinn lost to Hindshaw 3 and 2, McArthur lost to S Crolla 4 and 2; Stevenson beat M-L Renton 2 and 1, Roberrtson lost to Smith 2 and 1 (3-3).
Fife 6pt; Midlothian 4pt; Stirling & Clackmannan 1pt, East Lothian 1pt.

East Division Inter-County Championships (lunch-time results)
FIFE looked to be on course to win the East Division women's inter-county team championship at windswept Kirkcaldy Golf Club today after making a clean sweep of the three foursomes against Midlothian. The battle between the only two teams with 100 per cent winning records after two days' play went Fife's way from start to finish in the morning programme.
Louise Kenney and Jo Carthew , Fife's first string, finished two up on Great Britain & Ireland international Vikki Laing and Centenary Scottish championship beaten finalist Claire Hargan. Louise and Jo won by two holes. Fiona Lockhart and Elaine Moffat made it 2-0 for the host county with a 4 and 3 win over Karen Marshall and Jane Williamson. Katrina Milne and Lorna Fury completed the whitewash with a 3 and 2 win over Tracy Laughland and Brenda Murphy.
The winners of the East Divisional title go forward to the Scottish county finals at Scotscraig from September 19 to 21.
In the contest to decide third place, Stirling & Clackmannan shared the foursomes with East Lothian.
Foursomes details:
Fife 3, Midlothian 0
Louise Kenney & Jo Carthew beat Claire Hargan & Vikki Laing 2 holes. Fiona Lockhart & Elaine Moffat beat Karen Marshall & Jane Williamson 4 and 3. Katrina Milne & Lorna Fury beat Tracy Laughland & Brenda Murphy 3 and 2.
Stirling & Clackmannan 1 1/2, East Lothian 1 1/2
H MacRae & E Allison beat J Smith & L Anderson 3 and 2. S Quinn & V Stevenson lost to M Thomson & S McEwan 2 and 1. L Robertson & F McArthur halved with S McMaster & F Hindshaw.

It's Photo time folks!
I've been pretty busy with my real job over the last few weeks, and haven't had time to process all the photos that Colin has been sending in... However I found a spare moment today... Here are 85 from the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews and 37 from the British at Lindrick. Prepare to feast your eyes! (Pictured right is Elisa Serramia with the British trophy)

European Senior Womens' Championship
Scores have finally filtered through from the Club de Golf de Chantaco in France last week (see report on Sunday 15th June). Scotland finished 8th out of 12 in the Team competition. Moira Thomson (North Berwick) finished 20th with scores of 79, 78 and 78 for 235, 14 shots behind the winner Claudine Cros Chatrier (France). Scottish Seniors Champion, Pam Williamson (Baberton) just missed the cut with two first round scores of 79 and 80. The third member of the Scotland team, Christine McAndrew, scored 87 and 89.

New Golf Championships Draw a Big Entry
Over 1000 golf clubs have welcomed qualifying rounds for the new Health Perception Ladies’ Championship of Great Britain and Ireland. LGU Press Release

Thursday 19th June 2003

East Division Inter-County Chmpionship

Fife and Midlothian, the only two teams with 100 per cent records going into the final programme of the East Division women's inter-county team championship, meet tomorrow at Kirkcaldy with the title and a place in the Scottish county finals at Scotscraig in September at stake.
Midlothian came back from 2pt deficit in the morning foursomes to beat East Lothian 5-4 while Fife, held to a share of the foursomes, finally ended Stirling & Clackmannan's hopes that they would earn the chance to defend the national title. Fife beat them 5 1/2-3 1/2.
Midlothian's strength in the singles was too much for East Lothian who needed only 2 1/2pt from the six singles to record an upset win. International players Vikki Laing and Claire Hargan started Midlothian's come-from-behind victory surge with wins at the top end of the singles and Pam Williamson and Belinda Murphy added two more wins. Tracy Laughland had a square game.
Fife pulled away from Stirling & Clackmannan by taking the singles 4-2. Louise Kenney beat Vagliano Trophy team selection Lynn Kenny by 4 and 3 and there were further Fife wins by Fiona Lockhart, Jo Carthew and Jean Duncan.
Foursomes: L Kenny & H MacRae lost to L Kenney & J Carthew 1 hole; L Robertson & F McArthur lost to E Moffat & F Lockhart 5 and 4; E Allison & V Stevenson halved with K Milne & L Fury (1 1/2-1 1/2).
Singles: L Kenny lost to L Kenney 4 and 3, MacRae beat L Bennett 2 holes, S Quinn lost to Lockhart 7 and 6, Allison lost to Carthew 4 and 3, Stevenson lost to J Duncan 2 and 1, Robertson beat Moffat 2 and 1 (2-4).
Foursomes: V Laing & J Williamson lost to J Smith & L Anderson 3 and 2, L Fraser & K Marshall lost to M Thomson & S McEwan 2 and 1, C Hargan & B Murphy halved with S McMaster & F Hindshaw (1/2 - 2 1/2)
Singles: Laing beat M-L Renton 8 and 7, Hargan beat Anderson 2 and 1, Fraser lost to J Smith 1 hole, P Williamson beat Hindshaw 2 and 1, T Laughland halved with S McMaster, B Murphy beat McEwan 3 and 1 (4 1/2-1 1/2).
How they stand
Fife 4pt, Midlothian 4pt, East Lothian 0pt, Stirling & Clackmannan 0pt.

Clare-Marie Carlton, 16-year-old Fereneze member who became one of the youngest winners of the Renfrewshire women's county titles a few weeks ago, has had to withdraw from a Scottish Ladies Golfing Association squad of 12 girls who are bound for South Wales on a 48hr familiarisation trip next week. Miss Carlton is having surgery on ankle injury instead of flying from Glasgow to Cardiff early on Monday morning and travelling on to the Pyle & Kenfig golf course, where the girls' home internationals will be played from August 12 to 14.
Kylie Walker"The plan is to play a practice round on Monday after lunchtime and then two rounds of Tuesday before flying back to Glasgow that evening," said Mrs Pat Hutton (Lanark), chairman of the SLGA training committee.
The squad will be accompanied by team captain Lindsey Anderson (Gullane) and SLGA national coach, Karyn Dallas, the Kirriemuir GC professional.
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), pictured right, winner of The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish schoolgirls championship at Hilton Park earlier this week, has accepted a late invitation to join the party. Laura Aitken (Falkirk Tryst) has had to decline selection because of school examinations. Kerri Harper, the Inverness women's club champion and Grampian TV girls' title-winner last autumn, has been drafted into the squad which now reads: Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan), Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), Dawn Dewar (Monifieth), Louise Fleming (The Hirsel), KerrI Harper (Inverness), Lesley Hendry (Routenburn), Roseanne Niven (Crieff), Kate O'Sullivan (Cochrane Castle), Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), Gemma Webster (Hilton Park), Kirsty Wells (Dumfries & Co), Sjavon-Dee Wilson (Murcar).

East Division Inter-County Championship (lunchtime)
Stirling & Clackmannan fightback starts

Scottish champions Stirling & Clackmannan started their fightback from an opening day defeat by sharing the foursomes 1 1/2-1 1/2 with host county Fife in the East Division women's inter-team county championship at Kirkcaldy Golf Club today. Lynn Kenny and Heather MacRae won the top morning tie by one hole over Fife's lead-off pairing of Louise Kenney and Jo Carthew. Fife levelled the scoreline when Elaine Moffat and Fiona Lockhart beat Linda Robertson and Fiona McArthur by 5 and 4. The third foursome was shared.
East Lothian, the other first-day losers, also rallied to such good effect that they took a surprise 2 1/2- 1/2pt lunchtime lead over Midlothian. Midlothian's Vagliano Trophy player, Vikki Laing, partnered Jane Williamson to a 3 and 2 defeat by East Lothian's top pairing of Jayne Smith and Lindsey Anderson. Moira Thomson and Shonagh McEwan were East Lothian's other winners. They beat Louise Fraser and Karen Marshall by 2 and 1. The third foursomes was shared.
Results so far:
Stirling & Clackmannan 1 1/2, Fife 1 1/2 Foursomes: L Kenny & H MacRae lost to L Kenney & J Carthew 1 hole; L Robertson & F McArthur lost to E Moffat & F Lockhart 5 and 4; E Allison & V Stevenson halved with K Milne & L Fury (1 1/2-1 1/2). Midlothian 1/2,
East Lothian 2 1/2 Foursomes: V Laing & J Williamson lost to J Smith & L Anderson 3 and 2, L Fraser & K Marshall lost to M Thomson & S McEwan 2 and 1, C Hargan & B Murphy halved with S McMaster & F Hindshaw (1/2 - 2 1/2)

Wednesday 18th June 2003

Addi Shamash, 22-year-old from Kirkcudbright, pictured right, scored the best open win of her golfing life so far when she lifted the Irish women's open intermediate championship over 54 holes at Charlesland Golf Club, 18 miles south-east of Dublin, yesterday (Wed).
Addi, the only Scot in the field, just failed to qualify for the match-play stages of the British women's open amateur championship at Lindrick last week. She has been taking part in the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association training matches at Cruden Bay for the women's home internationals at that venue in September.
Miss Shamash had scores of 80, 75 and 80 for a three-round final total of 235, one ahead of Maria Dunne (Skerries) who had scores of 81, 74 and 81. They had been level with 18 holes to play, two strokes behind leader Maura Diamond (Portstewart) who finished with a costly 85 for 238. Scores

West Division Inter-County Championship

Ayrshire, losers to Lanarkshire on the opening day, came back strongly with wins over title-holders Dunbartonshire & Argyll and then Renfrewshire to win the West Division women's inter-county team championship on home ground at Brunston Castle yesterday (Wed).
Ayrshire clinched their place in the Scottish county finals at Scotscraig in September by beating Renfrewshire 6-3 while Dunbartonshire & Argyll ended the Lanarkshire hopes by beating them 5-4.
Jenna Wilson (Lanarkshire) was the player of the tournament with six wins out of six, closely followed by Sara Bishop (D&A) with 5 1/2 and Pamela Feggans (Ayrshire) 5.
In the singles tie between two players who will be Vagliano Trophy team-mates for Great Britain & Ireland at Co Louth, Ireland next month, it was perhaps fitting that Anne Laing (D&A) and Clare Queen (Lanarkshire) should fight out a square match.
Yesterday's (Wed) results:
Foursomes: P Feggans & G Lockhart beat K Fitzgerald & J Jenkins 3 and 1; S Lambie & M McQueen lost to M Skinner & G McGinlay 3 and 2; L Moffat & L Hendry beat D Jackson & C Whyte 2 holes (2-1).
Singles: Moffat beat Fitzgerald 4 and 3, Feggans beat Skinner 7 and 5, C Taylor lost to Jackson 4 and 3, Hendry beat Whyte 4 and 3, Lockhart beat McGinlay 3 and 2; L Keohone lost to Jenkins 5 and 4 (4-2).
Foursomes: A Laing & S Bishop beat C Queen & F Prior 2 and 1; L Ruane & G Webster beat J Gardner & S Wood 3 and 2; C McNeil & F McLean lost to M Hughes & J Wilson 2 holes (2-1).
Singles: Laing halved with Queen, Bishop beat Prior 4 and 3, Webster beat Hughes 7 and 5, Ruane halved with Wood, J Galbraith lost to L Lloyd 1 hole, McNeil lost to Wilson 5 and 4 (3-3).
Final points: Ayrshire 2pt, D&A 1 1/2, Lanarkshire 1 1/2, Renfrewshire 1.

East Division Inter-County Championship

SCOTTISH champions Stirling & Clackmannan may not qualify to defend that title in Scotscraig in September after losing the opening match of the East Division women's inter-county team championship at Kirkcaldy Golf Club yesterday (Wednesday).
Only the team with the most points at the end of the three-day programme go forward to the Scottish county finals and Stirling & Clackmannan lost their opening tie 5 1/2-3 1/2 to Midlothian.
In the battle of Vagliano Trophy team-mates, Vikki Laing (Midlothian) won by 4 and 3 over Lynn Kenny (Stirling University). Midlothian also won the No singles tie through county champion Claire Hargan (Prestonfield), the Centenary Scottish championship beaten finalist making her debut for Midlothian.
In the other match, Fife made a good start with a 6 1/2-2 1/2 win over East Lothian winning the foursomes 3-0. Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) won the top singles tie for Fife, beating East Lothian champion Jayne Smith (Gullane) 2 and 1.Wednesday's results:
Foursomes: L Kenny & H MacRae beat V Laing & J Williamson 3 and 2; L Robertson & F McArthur beat L Fraser & K Marshall 1 hole; E Allison & V Stevenson lost to C Hargan & B Murphy 3 and 1 (2-1).
Singles: L Kenny lost to Laing 4 and 3, MacRae lost to Hargan 2 holes, Robertson halved with P Williamson, Allison beat T Laughland 4 and 2, C Kenny lost to K Marshall 6 and 5, S Quinn lost to Murphy 4 and 3 (1 1/2-4 1/2).
FIFE 6 1/2, EAST LOTHIAN 2 1/2
Foursomes: L Kenney & J Carthew beat L Anderson & S McEwan 7 and 5; F Lockhart & E Moffat beat S McMaster & J Smith 3 and 1; K Milne & L Fury beat M Thomson & M-L Renton 1 hole (3-0).
Singles: Kenney beat Smith 2 and 1, L Bennett lost to McEwan 7 and 6, Moffat beat McMaster 4 and 3, Carthew beat S Crolla 4 and 2, J Duncan halved with F Hindshaw, Lockhart lost to Anderson 2 and 1 (3 1/2-2 1/2).

Centenary Scottish women's amateur champion Anne Laing and a second member of the Great Britain & Ireland team for next month's Vagliano Trophy match, Clare Queen, are in the quality field for Sunday's Munross Trophy 36-hole women's open tournament over the Montrose Links.
Preview and Draw

Irish News
Lancôme Irish Ladies‚ Close Championship, Donegal Golf Club June 24-28 2003

The Lancôme Irish Ladies‚ Close Championship returns to the Donegal Club at Murvagh for the first time since 1979 when Mary McKenna won the fifth of her eight titles. Mary is once again a contender for a title left vacant by Rebecca Coakley who is now a professional. The challenge for her crown could not be stronger with all available members of the National Panels included in the draw. Press Release

Tuesday 17th June 2003

Stirling University student Lynn Kenny, pictured right, retained the British universities women's stroke-play title at Saunton, Devon yesterday (Tuesday) when the 36-hole championship produced a Scottish 1-2-3.
New Vagliano Trophy team selection Lynn from Dunblane had rounds of 74 and 77 for an aggregate of 151 and won by three strokes from Ann Ramsay (Heriot Watt Univ & Kirriemuir) who had shared the halfway lead with Lynn.
Lesley Mackay (Stirling Univ & Royal Dornoch) finished third, a further three shots in arrears.
Collated scoreboard (Monday-Tuesday)
151 Lynn Kenny (Stirling) 74 77. 154 Ann Ramsay (Heriot Watt) 74 80. 157 Lesley Mackay (Stirling) 78 79.

Anne Laing and Clare Queen, the two players in the field who have been selected for the Great Britain & Ireland team for next month's Vagliano Trophy match in Ireland, are not having the best of fortunes in the West Division women's inter-county team golf championship at Brunston Castle.
Anne Laing, playing No 1 in the singles for Dunbartonshire & Argyll lost by 3 and 2 to Ayrshire youngster Pamela Feggans while Clare Queen, leading off for Lanarkshire lost by 3 and 2 to Jennifer Jenkins of Renfrewshire.
Lanarkshire lost their 100 per cent record when they were held to a 4 1/2-4 1/2 draw by Renfrewshire and Ayrshire, beaten by Lanarkshire on the opening day, bounced back with a 5-4 win over defending champions Dunbartonshire & Argyll event though they trailed 2-1 after the morning foursomes.
The points totals going into Wednesday's final matches (Ayrshire v Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire v Dunbartonshire & Argyll) is: Lanarkshire 1 1/2pt, Ayrshire 1, Renfrewshire 1, D&A 1/2.
Tuesday's results:
Foursomes _ C Queen & F Prior halved with K Fitzgerald & J Jenkins; M Hughes & J Wilson beat M Skinner & G McKinlay 2 holes; F Scott & S Wood lost to D Jackson & C Whyte 3 and 2 (1 1/2-1 1/2).
Singles _ Queen lost to Jenkins 3 and 2, Hughes lost to Jackson 4 and 3, Wilson beat Whyte 5 and 4, Wood beat Fitzgerald 1 hole, L Lloyd lost to McGinlay 1 hole, Prior beat L Robertson 4 and 3 (3-3).
Foursomes _ L Moffat & C Taylor lost to A Laing & S Bishop 3 and 1; P Feggans & G Lockhart beat L Ruane & J Galbraith 5 and 3; L Hendry & L Keohone lost to C McNeil & F McLean 4 and 2 (1-2).
Singles _ Feggans beat Laing 3 and 2, Moffat beat McNeil 3 and 2, Taylor lost to G Webster 3 and 1, Hendry beat Galbraith 3 and 1, Lockhart beat Ruane 2 holes, M McQueen lost to Bishop 2 and 1 (4-2).
How they stand: Lanarkshire 1 1/2pt, Ayrshire 1, Renfrewshire 1, D&A 1/2.
Final matches: Ayrshire v Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire v D&A.

Louise Fleming (Hirsel) was unavailable to accept a place in the Scotland team in the annual schools international match against England at Cardrona Hotel Golf & Country Club, Peebles on Monday, September 1. Runner-up Louise had gained automatic selection through finishing in the leading five of the girls' event at The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish schoolboys' championship at Hilton Park on Monday. But she was available for selection for the smaller Scotland squad to take part in the European schools team championship at Vale of Glamorgan Golf Club, South Wales from July 7 to 10.
Dawn Dewar, the defending Scottish schoolgirls champion, finished outwith the top five at Hilton Park but the Monifieth player, who is bound for Stirling University after the summer holidays, retained her place from last year when the Scottish Schools Golf Association officials exercised their prerogative to select one girl on previous form. Full team lists

Simon FletcherLGU appoint Simon Fletcher coach for Vagliano Trophy Match
Simon Fletcher, the professional at Morecambe Golf Club, has been appointed coach to the GB & I team that will be competing against the Continent of Europe for the Vagliano Trophy at Co Louth on 25th and 26th July. Fletcher, 35, who has worked extensively with many of Britain’s top amateur and professional players, will work in conjunction with Captain Ada O’Sullivan and Manager Fiona Norris to prepare the team for the biennial contest.
Commenting on his appointment, Fletcher said: " The players in the nine-strong team are all highly talented and have experience at every level of international competition. I see my position as being that of someone the players can turn to if they need advice on any aspect of their game. However it not my intention to interfere with or change the way they have been coached in reaching their current levels of ability."
Andy Salmon, CEO of the LGU said: " This appointment has been made prior to the LGU finalising their long term plan for training which will be announced some time in the near future. We feel, however, that Simon is the right person to act as coach in Ireland where I believe our team can regain the Trophy."
The one-match appointment was made at the request of skipper Ada O'Sullivan who felt it was essential to have someone with professional golf expertise on hand should any of the players run into temporary technique difficulties.

Monday 16th June 2003

Scottish Schools Champions
Kylie Walker (Glasgow) and Simon Hislop (Selkirk)

Selkirk's Simon Hislop and Kylie Walker from Glasgow were surprise winners of the individual titles in The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish schools golf championships over the Hilton Park Golf Club Hilton and Allander courses yesterday (Monday).
Simons, a 16-year-old two-handicapper, returned a 70 and 68 for 138, to win by four shots from the favourite, Paul O'Hara (North Lanarkshire).
Hislop had an eagle 2 and four birdies in his 68 over the Allander course after matching O'Hara's 70 over the Hilton lay-out. Paul had a 72 in his second round.
Full Scotland cap Wallace Booth (Perth & Kinross) finished in fourth place on 144, one shot behind third-placed Richard Graham (Stirlingshire).
Kylie Walker, a 16-year-old seven-handicapper at Buchanan Castle, is also a member at Hilton Park and she used her local knowledge to compile an excellent score of 69 over the Allander course. That put her well clear of the field and she could afford to score 80 over the Hilton course for a total of 149 - and still win by a couple of shots from Louise Fleming (Borders) with Krystle Caithness (Fife), Gemma Webster (Glasgow) and Lesley Hendry (North Ayrshire) in joint third place on the 154 mark.
North Lanarkshire retained the boys' title while Glasgow won the girls' event... Scoreboard

Title-holders Lanarkshire are the only team with a 100 per cent record at the end of the opening day in the West Division women's inter-county team championship at Brunston Castle, Ayrshire.
Lanarkshire beat Ayrshire 6-3 after building up a 3-0 lead in the morning foursomes.
Dunbartonshire & Argyll and Renfrewshire drew 4 1/2-4 1/2, sharing the foursomes and the singles.
Ayrshire threatened to mount a singles fightback that would turn the tables on Lanarkshire when Laura Moffat, the Ayrshire champion from West Kilbride, had a 5 and 4 win over new Vagliano Trophy team selection Clare Queen from Drumpellier, Pamela Feggans beat May Hughes by two holes and Charlie Taylor was a 5 and 4 winner of Lesley Lloyd.
That levelled the overall scoreline at 3-3 but Lanarkshire pulled away again with wins by Jenna Wilson, Janice Gardner and Fiona Prior.
Dunbartonshire & Argyll's top player, Anne Laing, the other Vagliano Trophy team choice in action at Brunston Castle, beat Donna Jackson by 5 and 4 in the lead-off singles but it was nip and tuck down the order after that.
In the end, everything hung on the final singles in which D&A's Sara Bishop beat Carol Whyte by 2 and 1.
C Queen & F Prior beat L Moffat & C Taylor 2 and 1.
M Hughes & J Wilson beat P Feggans & G Lockhart 3 and 2.
F Scott & S Wood beat S Lambie & M McQueen 4 and 3 (3-0).
Queen lost to Moffat 5 and 4.
Hughes lost to Feggans 2 holes.
L Lloyd lost to Taylor 5 and 4.
Wilson beat Lambie 7 and 5.
J Gardner beat McQueen 1 hole.
Prior beat L Keohone 4 and 2 (3-3)
A Laing & S Bishop halved C Whyte & D Jackson.
L Ruane & J Galbraith lost to M Skinner & G McKinlay 3 and 2.
C McNeil & F McLean beat K Fitzgerald & J Jenkins 3 and 1 (1 1/2-1 1/2).
Laing beat Jackson 5 and 4.
Ruane halved with Skinner.
McNeil halved with Jenkins.
McLean lost to Fitzgerald 5 and 3.
Galbraith lost to L Robertson 3 and 2.
Bishop beat Whyte 2 and 1 (3-3)
Tomorow's ties:
Lanarkshire v Renfrewshire, Ayrshire v Dunbartonshire.

Scottish Schoolgirls Championship (lunch-time)
Kylie Walker from Glasgow set a hot pace - to match the weather at Hilton Park - in the first round of The Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish schools golf championships over the Hilton and Allander courses today. Kylie returned an excellent 69 over the Hilton course to lead at that venue by seven strokes from Kirsty Wells (Dumfries & Galloway). At the Allander course, Gillian Barraclough (Glasgow) led with an 84, two ahead of Gillian Mullen (Renfrewshire). Leading girls' scores in the 36-hole competition:
HILTON COURSE 69 Kylie Walker (Glasgow). 76 Kirsty Wells (Dumfries & Galloway). 77 Louise Fleming (Borders). 79 Krystle Caithness (Fife), G Webster (Glasgow). 80 Kerrie Harper (Highland). 81 Dawn Dewar (Angus), Lesley Hendry (North Ayrshire). 82 Roseanne Niven (East Lothian). 85 Amanda Edwards (Edinburgh). 86 Stephanie Crolla (Edinburgh), Kelsey MacDonald (Highland). 87 Jane Turner (Edinburgh). 88 Claire McLoughlin (East Lothian), Debbie Neilson (Glasgow). 89 Fiona Hindshaw (Edinburgh). 90 Michelle MacDonald (Moray). 92 Vicki Stevenson (Forth Valley).
ALLANDER COURSE 84 Gillian Barraclough (Glasgow). 86 Gillian Mullen (Renfrewshire). 87 Emma Fairnie (East Lothian). 88 Laura Murray (South Aberdeenshire), Jill McNicoll (East Lothian). 89 Hannah Harvey (Fife). 90 Megan Briggs (Renfrewshire), Alison Tait (Dumfries & Galloway), Dawn Bell (Glasgow), Louise McGregor (Forth Valley). 91 Ashton Ingram (Highland), Pamela Meiklejohn (Fife). 92 Sara Horsburgh (East Lothian). 93 Fiona Williamson (South Ayrshire). 94 Alana McCabe (West Lothian). 95 Wendy Gilchrist (Glasgow). 96 Morag Macpherson (South Ayrshire). 98 Linzi Graham (Renfrewshire). 99 Gillian Weir (Fife), Avril McIvor (South Lanarkshire), H Myles (Fife). 100 Victoria McCulloch (Glasgow). 101 Michelle Thomson (North Aberdeenshire).

West Division inter-County Championship (lunch-time)
Lanarkshire made a flying start to the West Division women's inter-county team championship at Brunston Castle today by making a clean sweep of the morning foursomes against Ayrshire, the host county.
New Vagliano Trophy team selection Clare Queen and Fiona Prior won the top tie by 2 and 1 against Laura Moffat and Charlie Taylor. May Hughes and Jenna Wilson had a 3 and 2 victory over Pamela Feggans and Gillian Lockhart while Fiona Scott and Susan Wood completed the whitewash 3-0 victory by beating Sharon Lambie and Morag McQueen 4 and 3.
In the other match, Dunbartonshire & Argyll shared the morning honours with Renfrewshire 1 1/2 pt each. Anne Laing, another Vagliano Trophy selection, and Sara Bishop were held to a square game by Carol Whyte and Donna Jackson. Louisa Ruane and Judy Galbraith lost by 3 and 2 to Renfrewshire's Maureen Skinner and Gillian McKinlay. Claire McNeil and Fiona McLean secured D&A's morning victory by 3 and 1 over Karen Fitzgerald and Jenny Jenkins 3 and 1.

Futures Tour

Linzi Morton, former Scottish amateur champion from Alloa, strung together three of her most consistent rounds to finished on two-over-par 218 in the Michelob Light Futures Classic over the Hickory Point course at Decatur, Illinois. But so high is the standard on America's No 2 women's pro circuit that rounds of 73, 72 and 73 placed her no higher than joint 42nd and earned her only $270.
Heather Stirling, last year's Scottish amateur champion from Bridge of Allan, finished tied 57th on 220 with scores of 74, 73 and 73. Her pay check amounted to only $68.
Lisa Hall from Stoke, as usual, was the top Briton. She came joint 19th with 71, 73, 70 for two-under-par 214. She earned $769 and is 10th on the season's money list with $16,648.
Kent-born Australian Lindsey Wright made her debut as a pro in the event and finished tied 37th on 217 to earn $317. Three Americans contested a play-off for the top $8,400 prize after they tied at eight-under-par 208 for the 54 holes. Stephanie George from Myerstown, Pennsylvania won it from Lisa Strom of Huntersville, North Carolina and Stacy Prammanasudh of Enid, Oklahoma who each received $5,250.
LEADING SCORES (US unless stated) 208 Stephanie George 69 69 70, Lisa Strom 68 70 70, Stacy Prammanasudh 67 70 71 (George won play-off). 209 Yvonne Cox 70 69 70, Erika Wicoff 67 71 71. 211 Kathy Choi-Rogers 67 74 70, Seol-An Jeon (Kor) 70 71 70, Kim Augusta 72 68 71.
Other scores: 214 Lisa Hall (Eng) 71 73 70. 217 Lindsey Wright (Aus) 75 72 70. 218 Linzi Morton (Sco) 73 72 73. 220 Heather Stirling (Sco) 74 73 73, R Prout (Eng) 73 73 74.

Sunday 15th June 2003

Gillian Gowers, winner of the Bronze Division Medal Final, Ethel Farquharson, Chairman of SLGA
and Deborah Barton, winner of the Silver Division

Crieff GC (CSS 73)

Deborah Barton (Elderslie) and Gillian Gowers (Annanhill Ladies) won the leading prizes at the LGU Medals Scottish Grand Final at Crieff Golf Club on Sunday. Deborah's net 70 off a handicap of 16 won her the Silver Division top award by one shot from Addi Shamash (Kirkcudbright) who plays off two.
Jenna Wilson (Strathaven), also playing off two, finished third with a net 74.
Gillian Gowers won the Bronze Division with a net 68 off 18. She won by six strokes from Teresa Dye (Montrose Mercantle) (27) and Shirley Muntro (Drumpellier) (16). Teresa was placed second by virtue of a better inward half.
Silver Division _ Deborah Barton (Elderslie) (16) 70; Addi Shamash (Kirkcudbright) (2) 71; Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) (2) 74 (bih).
Bronze Division _ Gillian Gowers (Annanhill Ladies) (18) 68; Teresa Dye (Montrose Mercantile) (27) (bih), Shirley Munro (Drumpellier) (16) 76.

Big group
Ethel Farquharson with the prizewinners

Scot David is Euro senior champion

SCOT David Smith is the new European men's senior amateur golf champion. The 67-year-old from Stirling won the title after a dramatic three-way play-off with Luis Javier Trenor (Spain) and English seniors champion Douglas Arnold after they had all tied on 216 for the 54 holes of the championship at Club de Golf de Chantaco in France.
David, a member of the inaugural Scotland senior team in last year's over-55s home internationals at Nairn Dunbar but almost better known in Continental golf circles for his success in their open senior events, had rounds of 73, 72 and 71.
There were no British players in the top 10 of the European women's senior championship played at the same venue. Claudine Chatrier (France) beat Vicky Pertierra (Spain) at the first hole of a play-off after they had tied on 221. Scores

Linzi MortonFutures Tour

Linzi Morton from Alloa is lying in joint 30th place after scores of 73 and 72 for a one-over-par total of 145 in the Michelob Light Futures Classic over the Hickory Point course in Decatur, Illinois.
Linzi's final rounds in these 54-hole events have often let her down on her rookie season so it will be interesting to see if she can continue to shoot around the par-72 mark for the 6,432yd course on the third day in a row.
Heather Stirling of Bridge of Allan is back in a tie for 55th place with Kent-born Australian Lindsey Wright on 147 after rounds of 74 and 73.
The leading Brit is Stoke's Lisa Hall, better known in her maiden name of Lisa Hackney. She is tied for 24th place on 144 with scores of 71 and 73.
Rebecca Prout from Surrey had a pair of 73s for 146.
Americans dominate the leading numbers after 36 holes with Stacy Prammanasudh in the pole position at seven-under-par 137 (67 and 70).
(Americans unless stated)
137 Stacy Prammanasudh 67 70.
138 Lisa Strom 68 70, Stephanie George 69 69, Erika Wicoff 67 71.
139 Yvonne Cox 70 69.
140 Kim Augusta 72 69, Kristy McPherson 69 71.
141 Katherine Hull (Australia) 71 70, Kelly Lagedrost 71 70, Seol-an Jeon (Korea), Tara Bateman 69 72, Kathy Choi-Rogers 67 74.
Other scores:
144 Lisa Hall (Eng) 71 73.
145 Linzi Morton (Sco) 73 72.
146 Rebecca Prout (Eng) 73 73.
147 Lindsey Wright (Aus) 75 72, Jo Clingan(Eng) 78 69, Heather Stirling (Sco) 74 73.
+Players with totals of 149 and better qualified for the final round.

Saturday 14th June 2003

From Colin Farquharson at Lindrick
Elisa Serramia, the 18-year-old Barcelona player who haswon the British women's open amateur championship at the first attempt, said that the part of her game which won her the title was her short game.
Later LGU chairman Anne Wallace said she felt that was the department of golf that separated the rampant Continentals from the British of the present generation.
And Bridget Jackson, a former English and British champion, also said that international-class female players in the British Isles were not working hard enough at their short games, compared with their opposite numbers on the Continent.
Miss Serramia beat Pia Odefey, 23, from Hamburg by two holes in an 18-hole final, played in warm, sunny conditions at Lindrick on Saturday afternnon.
It was the first all-Continental final to the championship since 1968 but Elisa, the Spanish junior international open title-holder, is the second Spaniard to win the title in three years. No player had won the title since the championship started in 1983. Then Marta Prieto made the breakthrough in 2001 at Ladybank and now Miss Serramia has followed quickly in her footsteps.
The fact that Germany won the international team event (staged in conjunction with the two qualifying rounds at the start of week) after a countback with Spain and that only two of the eight quarter-finalists (Lynn Kenny and Fame More), coupled with recent Vagliano Trophy results, underscores the fact that the best female amateurs in Europe are, by and large, based on the Continent.
Why? Ladies Golf Union chairman Anne Wallace said yesterday (Sat) that there was no doubt the Continentals had become superior to the British and Irish players in a comparison of the short games.
The new British open amateur champion added fuel to that fire by saying that she believed it was her pitching and putting that was the strongest part of her game all week at Lindrick .... "When I am at home, I practise it for three hours every Wednesday and for at least an hour every other day," said Elisa.
Bridget Jackson, the former English and British champion who has been made an MBE for her services to women's golf, said: "When you go to our open championships, it is easy to see that the Continentals spent every spare minute on and around the practice greens. Our players don't work as hard on the pitching and putting."
Elisa Serramia, who beat Lynn Kenny by 2 and 1 in Friday afternoon's quarter-finals, was never behind in either match of the last day. She was two under par in winning her semi-final by two holes over Anja Monke (Germany) and one under par in overcoming Miss Odefey, also on the last green.
"I want to become a professional golfer some day but I have to get my education first. I am flying home to sit seven exams next week then I sit down with my parents to choose which American university I wish to go to," said Elisa.
Certainly, after this most impressive victory at such an early age, Senorita Serramia will be able to have her pick of the top golfing American colleges.


Anne Laing

Vikki Laing

Lynn Kenny

Clare Queen
Photos courtesy and Copyright © of the Cal Carson Golf Agency

SCOTLAND provides almost half the Great Britain & Ireland team of nine players for the biennial Vagliano Trophy women's amateur international golf match against the Continent of Europe at Co Louth, Ireland on July 25 and 26.
The four Scots selected are: Anne Laing, 27, from Vale of Leven; Vikki Laing (Musselburgh), 22, Lynn Kenny (Stirling University), who will be 23 on June 19, and Clare Queen (Drumpellier), 20.
Vikki Laing made her GB&I debut in last summer's Curtis Cup match in the United States. Centenary Scottish champion Anne Laing played in the Vagliano Trophy match of 1999 at North Berwick.
Clare Queen, winner of the British match-play and stroke-play girls' titles in 1980, and Lynn Kenny, Scottish women's champion in 2000, gain their GB&I spurs.
The rest of the GB&I team for the Co Louth match are:
Becky Brewerton (Abergele), Emma Duggleby (Malton & Norton), Tricia Mangan (Ennis), Danielle Masters (Bearsted) and Fame More (Chesterfield).
Reserves: Nicola Timmins (Sene Valley), Martina Gillen (Beaverstown).
The team will be captained by past Irish international player Ada O'Sullivan from Cork with Scot Fiona Norris, sister of LPGA Tour player Mhairi McKay, from Turnberry the team manager.
The Continent of Europe team has won the last four Vagliano Trophy matches, covering the period 1995 to 2001.
Ladies Golf Union chairman Anne Wallace said: "I think our team is a good balance of youth and experience. We had nine players in the last 16 of the championship which I think was a very good effort, given the strength of Continental golf these days. Our team members have seen the players in action this week they are going to have to beat to win the Vagliano Trophy and I am optimistic."

Last hole at Lindrick, Odefey chipping

Elisa Serramia, pictured right, 18-year-old Barcelona player, won the British women's open amateur championship at the first attempt this past past week. She beat Pia Odefey, 23, from Hamburg by two holes in the 18-hole final, played in warm, sunny conditions at Lindrick.
Elisa was never behind all day. She was two under par in winning her semi-final by two holes over Anja Monke (Germany) and one under par in overcoming Miss Odefey, also on the last green.
It was the first all-Continental final to the British championship since 1968 but Elisa is the second Spanish player in three years to take the title. She follows in the footsteps of Marta Prieto who won it at Ladybank two years ago.
Final (18 holes)
E Serramia (Spain0 beat P Odefey (Germany) 2 holes.

British Ladies Open Amateur Championship (Lunchtime adition)

Pia Odefey (Germany) and Elisa Serramia (Spain), conquerors of Scottish players on Friday, reached the final of the British women’s open amateur golf championship at Lindrick today (SATURDAY).
Hamburg-based Odefey, who beat Clare Queen (Drumpellier) 4 and 3 in the third round, beat Fany Schaeffer (France) by 6 and 5 in the first sem-final.
It was the first time two Continental players had contested the final since 1968.
In the other tie, Elisa Serramia from Barcelona, who beat Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) 2 and 1 in the quarter-finals, won by two holes against Anja Monke (Germany).
Results of semi-finals:
P Odefey (Germany) beat F Schaeffer (France) 6 and 5.
E Serramia (Spain) beat A Monke (Germany) 2 holes.

Futures tour

Linzi Morton was in joint 38th place at the end of the opening day of the Michelob Light Futures Charity Classic at Decatur, Illinois. Play was halted because of fading light and several competitors were due to complete their first rounds early on Saturday before the second round play began.
Past Scottish champion Linzi had a one-over-par 73 (38-35), one ahead of Heather Stirling, last year's Scottish amateur champion, who had two halves of 37.
The best placed British player was Lisa (Hackney) Hall from Stoke on Trent in 23rd place with a 71.
Leading the field at five-under 67 were Americans Stacy Prammanasuth, Erika Wicoff and Kathy Choi Rogers
(Americans unless stated)
67 Stacy Prammanasuth, Erika Wicoff, Kathy Choi Rogers.
71 Lisa Hall (Eng).
73 Linzi Morton (Sco).
74 Heather Stirling (Sco)
Still to finish
Rebecca Prout (Eng), Jo Clingan (Eng).

Bridget JacksonELGA Press Release
Senior Ladies’ Home International Matches
Whittington Heath Golf Club 1st – 3rd October 2003

Bridget Jackson, pictured right, will Captain this year’s Senior Home International Matches when the inaugural event is held at Whittington Heath Golf Club, Staffordshire in early October. The team of six will be selected following the Senior Ladies’ Close Amateur Championship at Ilkley Golf Club in September.
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.
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.

Dnielle Masters ELGA Press Release

The six strong England Team for the European Ladies Team Championship which takes place at the Frankfurt Golf Club from 8 – 12 July 2003 has recently been selected:
The full team, to be captained by Nickie Clarke (Norwich) is as follows:
Emma Duggleby (Malton & Norton)
Alex Keighley (Lightcliffe)
Danielle Masters (Rochester & Cobham) (pictured right)
Fame More (Chesterfield)
Kerry Smith (Waterlooville)
Nicola Timmins (Sene Valley)
1st Reserve: Sara Garbutt (Ganton)
2nd Reserve: Naomi Edwards (Ganton)
This is a hugely talented team with all players members of the GB & I Squad and part of the World Class Performance Programme funded by Sport England. Duggleby the new 2003 English Amateur Champion brings a wealth of experience and together with More represented England in this event in 2001. Keighley, Masters (the current England Under-18 Stroke Play Champion) and Timmins were in the European Lady Juniors’ Team last year.

Friday 13th June 2003

British Ladies Open Amateur Championship
No Brits left
From Colin Farquharson
Lynn Kenny took time out to defend the state of women's amateur golf in the United Kingdom after the British women's open amateur golf championship at Lindrick went Continental.
Two Germans, one French girl and a Spaniard won their way through to Saturday morning's semi-finals.
It will be the first time no British player has appeared in the final since 1991 and the first all-Continental final since 1968 is assured.
Past Scottish champion Kenny and Curtis Cup player Fame More were the only Brits to reach the quarter-finals but it was so far and no further.
"I let her get too far ahead of me before I started playing," said Stirling University student Lynn who lost by 2 and 1 to Elisa Serramia, an 18-year-old from Barcelona.
"She won the second, fourth and fifth before I managed to put the brakes on her with six halves in a row. I won my first holes at the 11th and 12th and I thought I had a chance at only one down in the closing stages.
"But I went through the back of the 15th green with my approach to go back to two down and that really was it."
When asked if the nationalities of the four semi-finalists reflected just how much the women's amateur game on the Continent has advanced past the country that introduced them to golf, Lynn Kenny did not agree.
"The Continentals are good. They don't make mistakes when they get to this stage of a championship but we should not run ourselves down all the time. We have a lot of good players but we're not confident enough," said Lynn.
"I think the only thing that separates us from the Continentals is our attitudes. They're good and they know it. We're also good but we've don't believe it. I think our national training programmes should concentrate more on building up our confidence levels.
"If I could play my quarter-final over again, I would be far more aggressive right from the first drive. I would do my best to take charge of the match. I didn't do it ... but I should have."
Conqueror Serramia's semi-final opponent will be No 2 qualifier, Anja Monke, 26, from Bielefeld, Germany. Anja was three under par in beating Fame More by 5 and 4.
The other semi-final will be between Fany Schaeffer (France), 24, who plays on the American college circuit for the University of Southern Florida, and Pia Odefey, 23, from Hamburg.
In the morning third round ties, Miss More had been been too strong and too consistent for Anne Laing who lost by 5 and 3. Clare Queen (Drumpellier) never got going at all in her morning tie against Pia Odefey and lost by 4 and 3.

Fany Schaeffer beat Denise Simon 3 / 2
Pia Odefey beat Carmen Alonso 1up
Elisa Serramia beat Lynn Kenny 2 / 1
Anja Monke beat Fame More 5 / 4

Lynn KennyBritish Ladies Open Amateur Championship
Lynn Kenny only Scot left in final eight

Third round matchplay results

The Continent of Europe was assured of at least one finalist with the four third-round winners in the top half of the draw coming from France, Germany (2) and Spain).
Fany Schaefer (France), a golf scholarship student at the University of San Francisco, beat the No 1 qualifier, Danielle Masters from Bearsted by 3 and 2. There was little to choose between the players on the outward half but Fany, the 17th qualifier, was one up at the 11th and build on that advantage on the inward holes.
Denise Simon, 19, from Frankfurt, earned herself a quarter-final meeting with Miss Schaefer by beating the European champion from Abergele, Becky Brewerton, by 4 and 3.
Denise, winner of the Portuguese and Austrian open titles last season and runner-up in the Spanish Open this year, came back from losing the second hole to birdie the fourth and fifth and go one up.
A par 3 at the short sixth was good enough to put the Germany player two up, but Becky levelled matters with pars at the seventh and eighth.
Miss Simon, who qualified in ninth position to Miss Brewerton's 25th place, edged ahead again at the 10th and and went two up with another par at the 12th.
Miss Brewerton birdied the 433yd par-5 13th ... but lost the hole to a superb eagle 3 from her opponent.
Denise, semi-finalist in this championship at Ashburnham last year, followed that up with a birdie 4 at the long 14th to take a grip of the match with a four-hole lead. A half at the next ended the contest.
Pia Odefey, 23, from Hamburg ended the hopes of 20-year-old Scot, Clare Queen, beating the Drumpellier player by 4 and 3 after dominating the outward holes. Pia, the No 5 qualifer, won the fourth, fifth and six holes with a birdie-birdie-par burst and then won the ninth and 10th with pars to take a five-hole lead.
Clare, the 44th qualifier, found some form to birdie the long 13th and 14th to cut the deficit to three but Miss Odefey clinched her first appearance in the British quarter-finals by winning the 15th with a par 4.
Pia's opponent for a place in Saturday morning's semi-finals was Spanish youngster Carmen Alonso, who reached the final of the British girls' championship at Brough a couple of years ago before losing to Clare Queen.
Miss Alonso, the No 13 qualifier, beat Sweden's Louise Stahle, the 29th qualifier, by 3 and 2 after establishing a three-hole lead over the first 11 holes.
Elisa Serramia from Spain, the 30th qualifier, beat Nicola Timmins, the 19th qualifier from Sene Valley by 2 and 1. Elisa produced the birdies just when she needed them. Nicola was one up on the outward half until the Spanish player birdied the eighth to square the match and then went one up with a par at the ninth.
Miss Serramia birdied the 14th to go two up before Nicola got one back with a par at the 16th.
The Spanish player then conjured up another birdied at the 17th to win by 2 and 1.
Elisa's opponent in the quarter-finals was the former Scottish champion, Lynn Kenny (Stirling University), the No 6 qualifier.
Lynn beat the 54th qualifier, Kelly Hanwell (Northampton) who had beaten Curtis Cup player Sarah Jones in the second round.
Miss Kenny won by 3 and 2 after a flying start in which she won the first three holes with par figures and then halved the fourth in birdies. Lynn, from Dunblane, went four up at the sixth, but lost the seventh and then birdied the eighth to restore her four-hole lead.
Kelly hung on in there with a par at the ninth to turn for home three holes in arreas.
A series of halves followed with the players matching birdies at the 14th, Miss Hanwell doing particularly well to get a 4 after slicing her tee shot but getting down with a single putt.
Kelly won the 15th to be only two down but Lynn won the 16th and the match with a par.
Fame More (Chesterfield), who qualified in 55th place, won by 5 and 3 against Centenary Scottish champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), the No 7 seed.
Anne had an early lead but a hat-trick of birdies by Curtis Cup player Fame at the fourth, fifth and sixth transformed that deficit into a two hole lead. Miss More raised her game again with birdies at the 13th and 14th to go four up and a par at the 15th was enough to finish the contest.
No 2 seed Anja Monke from Germany continued her good form in the bottom half of the draw with 6 and 5 with over Welsh international player Anna Highgate, the 18th qualifier from Cottrell Park. Anja was only two up after seven holes but had trebled that lead to be six up on the 12th tee.

The three Scots in the last 16 of the British women's open amateur golf championship at Lindrick _ Anne Laing, Clare Queen and Lynn Kenny _ are in with an outstanding chance of being chosen by the Great Britain & Ireland selectors for the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Co Louth in Ireland at the end of next month.
The selection committee meet at the end of this week and good form in the "British " is usually rewarded with a place in the team of nine.
Vikki Laing, who made her Curtis Cup debut at Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh, last August, is so highly regarded by the selectors that her second-round exit will be disregarded. It is generally recognised that Vikki is enduring a temporary loss of form, judged by her own high standards.

Thursday 12th June 2003

British Ladies' Open Amateur Championship
Matchplay results
Past and present native champions Lynn Kenny and Anne Laing were in celebratory mood at Lindrick tonight after combining with Clare Queen to give Scotland three players in the last 16 of the British women's open amateur golf championship.
Neither had ever got past the first round of the match-play stages of the tournament and to clear two hurdles in one day had them on a high.
Anne LaingCentenary Scottish title-winner at St Andrews a couple of weeks ago, Anne swept imperiously into the third round where she will meet Fame More (Chesterfield), the only survivor from last summer's Curtis Cup team.
"This is the seventh time I've played in the event and I've never got past the first round of the match-play before!" said Anne.
"Getting through to the last 16 makes easily my best week ever in the 'British.' But it's going to be tough tie against Fame More."
Anne, pictured left, a 28-year-old lecturer at Elmwood College and a Vale of Leven member, beat Lisa Holm Sorensen (Denmark) by 4 and 2 after winning six holes between the fifth and the 12th and then she demolished Finnish player Minea Blomqvist by 7 and 5.
In the morning play, Miss Bolmqvist had putted like a demon in beating Inverness- based New Zealander Liz McKinnon (Nairn) by 5 and 4.
"I was two or three under par in the afternoon. I putted really well and was four up after eight holes," said Anne.
Lynn kennyLynn Kenny, pictured right, Scottish champion at Machrihanish in 2000, had the same feelings of delight at winning not one but two ties on the same day.
"I've never got past the first round in all the British girls' or British women's championships I've played in. So you can imagine how I'm feeling right now," said Lynn, a Stirling University student from Dunblane.
She looked in big trouble in the early stages of her morning tie against Ria Quiazon from California.
"Ria putted brilliantly in the early holes and was three up on me after five but I didn't panic and I won six out of seven holes in a row from the seventh to go three up," said Lynn who won by 3 and 2.
In the second-round, Lynn's Spanish opponent, Beatriz Recari Eransus had her first-ever hole in one at the third but Kenny kept her cool once again and went on to win by 4 and 3.
"I congratulated her and told her not to do it again, well, not against me, anyway," said Lynn who went one down to the ace but then, as in the morning, reeled off a string of successes.
"I won the fourth, sixth, seventh, 10th, 11th, 14th and 15th .. and that was it. I played better in the afternoon than I did in the morning."
Clare QueenFormer British girls' match-play and stroke-play champion Clare Queen, pictured left, from Drumpellier admitted her form dipped in her afternoon tie which she won with a bogey at the 19th against Chloe Court from Goodwood.
"I certainly didn't play as well as I did in the morning (when she beat first-day leader Rachel Adby) but in match-play it's all about winning rather than scoring well," said 20-year-old Clare who came back well after being three down to the English girl on the fifth tee.
The defeat of Curtis Cup player Vikki Laing from Musselburgh in the second round was a
blow in that she was the most fancied of the Scots' title challengers. But Vikki lost by 5 and 4 to Fany Schaeffer (France) and admitted she was in the middle of a form slump.
"I played really well on the American college circuit until the end of season national championship at the end of May and now, here at another major championship, I've been struggling again to regain my spring form," said Vikki who is still expected to retain her place in the Great Britain & Ireland team for the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Co Louth, Ireland at the end of next month.
Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) and Heather MacRae (Dunblane New) both lost in the first round.
Heather went down by 6 and 4 to Fame More (Chesterfield), the only member of last year's Curtis Cup team to reach the last 16. Fame was three under par in beating the Scot and was again played sub-par golf to win by 7 and 6 against France's Sophie Giquel. Now Miss More plays Anne Laing.

Borders Ladies' News
The Borders County Team to play in the South jamboree at the end of the month is Martine Pow (Selkirk), Judith Anderson (Hawick), Aileen Hunter (Innerleithen), Sheila Cuthbertson (Peebles), Julie Birdsall-White (Roxburghe), Louise Fleming (Hirsel), Mags Morrison (Hawick) and Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee).

British Ladies Open Amateur Championship

Scotland finished fifth, four strokes behind leaders Germany and Spain, in the international team event run in conjunction with the qualifying rounds of the British women's open amateur championship at Lindrick.
Germany and Spain both totalled 286 and their second round totals (best two from three to count) were used as a tie-breaker. Germany scored 142 in Round 2, five better than Spain.
Scotland's team were Anne Laing, Vikki Laing and Clare Queen.
296 GERMANY 154 142 (B Hauert, A Monke, D Simon), SPAIN (C Alonso, N Clau, E Serramia).
297 ENGLAND 146 151 (E Duggleby, D Masters, N Timmins).
299 FRANCE 156 143 (N David, P Fraysse, S Giquel).
300 SCOTLAND 152 148 (A Laing, V Laing, C Queen).
306 WALES 156 149 (B Brewerton, A Highgate, K Phillips).
307 IRELAND 155 152 (T Delaney, M Gillen, T Mangan).
318 DENMARK 164 154 (A Larsson, L Holm Sorensen).

Wednesday 11th June 2003

British Ladies' Open Amateur Championship

Jenna Wilson hit a massive drive down the first hole of the play-off and had only a nine-iron approach to the green at this 380yd hole. She was able to hole the 15ft birdie putt for a 3 to win herself a place in the match-play stages.
Jo Nicolson (Wrexham), Marion Sapin (France), Niloufar Azam (Switzerland), Lisa Holm Sorensen (Denmark) and Ria Quiazon (United States) also earned places as the play-off progressed down the 18th and up the first again while Kiran Matharu (Sandmoor), Camilla Hilland (Norway), Alexandra Keighley (Lightcliffe), Anne Larsson (Denmark) and Melanie Holmes-Smith (Australia) were eliminated.
The marathon play-off was finally suspended when darkness fell and the field had been reduced to three players - Dana Lacey (Australia), Rachel Bell (Ganton) and Anne-Sophie Le Nalio (France) who were playing for the last two places in the draw.
The trio will resume the play-off before the scheduled 7.30am start for the first-round ties this morning (Thursday).

Lynn KennyBritish Ladies' Open Amateur Championship
Late evening edition...

Past Scottish champion Lynn Kenny, pictured right, does not like late tee times. And it showed in the second qualifying round of the British women's open amateur golf championship at Lindrick yesterday when, after starting at 4pm, she was five-over-par and, in her own words, "heading for a 90-something score."
"I get bored, I get tired just hanging around a clubhouse when I have a late afternoon starting time," said Lynn. "I know we can't all tee off in the morning but a late start really brings out the worst in me.
"I bogeyed five of the first holes for 41 to the turn it was not looking good. Fortunately, I was able to snap out of it after the turn and I did not bogey another hole and came home in three-under 34 for a 75."
Miss Kenny birdied three long holes, the 13th, 14th and 16th and parred the rest as she eventually got into gear in time for an aggregate of two-over-par 148 and joint fifth place among the 64 qualifiers for the match-play stages.
She finished only three shots behind the top seed, 20-year-old Danielle Masters, a self-employed chauffeuse from Kent, who had a 72 for one-under 145, 12 months after being disqualified without striking a blow in the championship after a mix up in her first-round starting time.
Lynn Kenny had the honour of being the top Scots qualifier, one shot ahead of Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) who had a 74 for 149.
Heather MacRae (Dunblane New) had a pair of 2s among her three birdies within six holes on the outward half on her way to a much-improved 73 for 150.
Curtis Cup player Vikki Laing (Musselburgh) made it through without much trouble on 151 after a 73 although she confesses that she is driving with a three-wood to keep out of the trees that line almost every fairway.
Inverness-based former New Zealand champion Liz McKinnon had a great day in all. After getting a 75 to qualify on 156 she and her Scottish husband Roy had a chance meeting in front of the clubhouse with a local member who, on hearing they were staying in a tent at a campsite 35min away, offered them the free use of his cottage house as he was going away on holiday.
Former British girls champion Clare Queen (Drumpellier) had a roller coaster round of 77 with five birdies and two double bogeys to survive on 157.
Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) was one of 14 players who finished on 159 and at 8.30pm set off in a play-off to eliminate six of them. Jenna had slumped to a second-round 83 after being upset by the tantrums of her French playing partner.
The Scots who qualified were:
148 Lynn Kenny 75 73.
149 Anne Laing 74 75.
150 Heather MacRae 77 73.
151 Vikki Laing 78 73.
156 Liz McKinnon (NZ) 81 75.
157 Clare Queen 77 80.
159 Jenna Wilson 76 83 (Subject to result of play-off).
The Scots who failed to qualify were:
161 Addi Shamash 80 81.
162 Lyndsey Devenish 86 76, Cara Gruber 84 78.
164 Louise Kenney 82 82.
167 Lesley Mackay 80 87.
174 Elaine Cuthill 91 83.
191 Dawn Dewar 95 96.
Full scoreboard

Early Evening edition..

Jenna WilsonSTRATHAVEN teenager Jenna Wilson's hopes of qualifying for the match-play stages of the British women's open amateur golf championship at Lindrick, near Worksop were endangered by the conduct of her French playing partner.
Jade Schaeffer gave a shocking display of bad temper when things did not go her way.
Jenna would not comment but the caddie of her other playing partner, Jo Nicolson (Wrexham), said:
"I thought the Scots girl was very upset and put off her game by the French girl's swearing and tantrums. She should have been frogmarched off the course," he said.
Jenna, pictured right, was perilously near the qualifying borderline on 159 after a disaster-strewn 83 which included a four-putt double-bogey 6 at the ninth, a triple-bogey 8 at the 14th where she took three to get out of a bunker, and a double-bogey 5 at the last where she fluffed a pitch into greenside bunker.
Two Yankee-doodle Scots were leading the Tartan Army's 13-strong platoon for most of the second qualifying round at the end of which only the leading 64 were due to go forward to the match-play stages.
Heather MacRae from Dunblane, a golf scholarship student at Waco, Texas but moving on to San Diego State University after the summer holidays, had a pair of 2s among her three birdies in a par-matching 73 for an aggregate of 150.
"My putter wasn't so hot as it was over the last eight holes in the first round but it didn't have to be. I was a lot more consistent from tee to green," said 20-year-old Heather, a former winner of the Scottish girls' match-play championship.
Curtis Cup player Vikki Laing from Musselburgh, a star member of the University of California women's golf team for the past four years, shot a 73 for 151 and was assured of figuring among the 64 players who will go forward to the match-play stages.
But the 22-year-old blonde, who pulled out of the championship last year after the 36-hole qualifying test so that she could attend her sister's wedding, admitted that her game has not firing on all cylinders for three or four weeks.
"I've used my driver only once since I arrived her because of the trees on either side of each fairway. I'm using a three-wood off the tee to try to stay on the fairways. My game is varying from day to day after I played so well in the spring on the American college circuit," said Vikki.
Liz McKinnonLiz McKinnon, pictured left, a former New Zealand junior champion who married a Scot and now lives near Inverness and is a member of Nairn Golf Club, squeezed five birdies and two double-bogeys into the space of 11 holes in her 75 for 156.
Then she revealed her mother in Auckland would be getting up early to look for her score on the women's golf websites.
"Apart from my husband, who's my caddie, my mum is my biggest fan and she continues to follow my fortunes since I moved to Scotland a couple of years ago through the Internet. Quite often when I phone to tell her some golf news, she'll know all about it already."
Stirling University students Lynn Kenny (73) and Lesley Mackay (80) as well as Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), 74, and Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), 82, were among the later starters.
With the qualifying cut almost certain to be under 160, Addi Shamash (Kirkcudbright) 161, Lyndsey Devenish (Cruden Bay) 162, Cara Gruber (Stirling Univ) 162, Elaine Cuthill (Lanark) 174 and Dawn Dewar (Monifieth) 191 were packing their bags to head back over the Border from "Robin Hood Country."

(Photo of Liz McKinnon taken at recent St Rule Trophy, courtesy and copyright © of the Cal Carson Golf Agency.
Best wishes to Liz's Mum in New Zealand)

Ayrshire Girls Medal
Morag Macpherson (Barassie), winner of the Pargood Scottish Under -14 Championship last year, won the Ayrshire Girls' Medal over the Hillhouse course at Barassie on Sunday. She won on the better inward half from Carys McGhee (also Barassie). Both girls had net 64's. Scores

Tuesday 10th June 2003

Lynn KennyBritish Ladies Open Amateur Championship - Lindrick
Lynn Kenny leading Scot
Stirling University student Lynn Kenny was the leading Scot with a level par round of 73 on a rain-disrupted opening day to the British women's open amateur golf championship at Lindrick, near Worksop today. Report and Full scoreboard

Scottish Girls Championship
The SLGA have not received many entries for the Girls' Championship (Under 18 Matchplay at Newmachar - 15 - 18 July - practice round Monday 14) The closing date is tomorrow although Gillian Roy has said she will take late entries. It costs £15.00 to enter and the SLGA have negotiated a special accommodation rate at the Marriott in Aberdeen - less than half price rooms!
Download entry forms from the SLGA website

Borders Ladies' Championship
The Borders Ladies have been keeping their Championship results rather close to their chests... here they are now... and there are photos too! Thanks Aileen!

Monday 9th June 2003

Scotland skipper Elaine Farquharson-Black, six months pregnant with her second child, came out of semi-retirement as a competitive player, to lead Deeside Golf Club to victory in the Aberdeenshire Ladies County Golf Association's Watt Duffus Trophy tournament over their home course at Bieldside.
. Report and scores

Since Belle Robertson, winner at the 20th, and Wilma Aitken, contested a classic British women's open amateur golf championship at Caernarvaronshire in 1981, there have only been two Scottish winners of the title.
Catriona Lambert won it in 1993 and Alison Rose in 1997. It's not a record that inspires confidence in the prospect of the title coming back over the Border from this week's championship which starts today (Tuesday) in at one-time Ryder Cups venue, Lindrick Golf Club near Worksop.
Statistics, however, don't always tell the up todate story line and there are reasons to be optimistic that from within the ranks of the 13 Scots who have made the journey down to "Robin Hood Country" in Nottinghamshirefor there is a golfing queen in waiting.
Clare QueenClare Queen from Drumpellier, pictured right, already winner of the British girls' match-play and stroke-play crowns a couple of years ago, is slowly, well, not so slowly, coming to the boil as a golfer at the age of 20.
She was runner-up to the best Welsh player around, Becky Brewerton, in last year's British women's stroke-play championship in which another leading Scot, Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) was in contention for a long way.
Anne LaingThen there's Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), left, Scottish women's champion for a second time and so patriotic that she has decided not to defend the British women's mid-amateur title next month because this year's dates clash with the departure date of the Scotland squad for the European women's team championship in Frankfurt.
"I could have played in the mid-amateur but it would have meant arriving maybe 24hr late in Frankfurt and not having a practice round. That would not have been good for me or the team. So I think this is once instance where my country comes first," said the Elmwood College lecturer.
Queen, Anne Laing, Kenny all have an obvious chance at Lindrick but the ace in the Scots pack must be Curtis Cup player Vikki Laing from Musselburgh. In the latter half of the 2002-2003 American college season, Vikki was playing the best golf of her life, rising to No 10 in the nationwide rankings as she helped the University of California-Berkeley to team victory after victory.
Unfortunately, when the end-of-the term American colleges' national championship came long at the end of May, Vikki's form suddenly dipped for some reason and neither she nor California were ever in contention.
Then Miss Laing flew back to Scotland the night before she played in the recent St Rule Trophy at St Andrews and, not surprisingly, jet-lag and travel tiredness caught up with her.
Now refreshed, Vikki will be seeking to carry on where she left off in last year's British women's championship at Ashburnham. She had the second-lowest aggregate in the 36-hole stroke-play test to decide which 64 players will go through to the match-play stages.
Then Vikki surprised everyone (except her family) by withdrawing from the event as her sister was to be married on the Saturday, the day of the final and Vikki wanted to get back up to Musselburgh from South Wales to help in the preparations.
Did Vikki give up a golden chance to win the title? We'll never know but the eventual champion, Rebecca Hudson, and a few of the other leading England international players have gone into the professional ranks. The chance is there now for a Scot to pick up the crown of British women's amateur golf. Go for it, girls!

Grantown-on-Spey octogenarian Hilda Laing has been playing golf "for only 25 to 30 years" but she has two more holes in one to her credit than most golfers have in their lifetime.
Hilda, 80, bagged her latest ace over her home course ... at the same 125yd 16th hole that Hole in one No 1 was achieved in 20 years ago.
She used her No 5 wood to chalk up a '1' at the Wee Dunt hole.
Hilda was playing with Amelia Oakes in the Grantown club's Thistle Brooch and LGU Medal.
"I only took up golf after my family grew up. I suppose about 25 or 30 years ago. It's great exercise for me and I really enjoy the social side," said Hilda.
" I don't play golf as often as I used to but I still managed the medal round on a Tuesday plus the odd friendly game. But I won't play in the club championship this year."

US Futures tour
Heather wins $536 in Ohio

Heather Stirling slipped over par for the first time in her third round and that was enough to drop her 12 places to a tie for 26th in the Lima Memorial Hospital Foundation Futures Classic golf tournament in Ohio.
After scores of 71 and 71, Heather, from Bridge of Allan, had a two-over-par round of 71 for a level par total of 216, one of her best so far in her rookie season on America's No 2 women's pro circuit. She earned $536.
Linzi Morton from Alloa won $111 for a 59th place tie on 221a scores of 73, 74 and 74.
Straight out of Pepperdine University, California, Australian Katherine Hull made a little bit of tour history by following up her debut appearance victory by shooting 11-under-par 205 to win the $8,4000 first prize in this one as well. Not even Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam had a 100 per cent winning record after their first two pro events.
Katherine has already amassed $18,200 and is on target, even this early, to be one of the top two money-earners who qualify for promotion to next season's LPGA Tour.
(players from US unless stated)
205 Katherine Hull (Australia) 66 66 73.
206 Isabelle Beisiegel 66 71 69.
209 Luciana Bemvenuti (Brazil) 68 67 75.
210 Sasha Medina (Puerto Rico) 69 69 72.
British totals
216 Heather Stirling (Bridge of Allan) 71 71 74
220 Rebecca Prout (Surrey) 77 68 75.
221 Linzi Morton (Alloa) 73 74 74.

Sunday 8th June 2003

Heather StirlingFutures Tour

FORMER Scottish amateur champion Heather Stirling shot a second one-under-par 71 to be lying 14th on 142 with one round to go in the Lima Memorial Hospital Foundation Futures Classic at Lost Creek Country Club, Lima in Ohio (Saturday, USA time).
Heather, from Bridge of Allan, is 10 shots behind Australian Katherine Hull who made a winning debut as a pro on the tour last week after leaving university in California.
Linzi Morton from Alloa, another past Scottish title-holder, made the 36-hole cut with not a stroke to spare after rounds of 73 and 74 for five-over 147.
England's Rebecca Prout (145) survived after a second-round 68 but Jo Clingan (149) and Katie Tebbet (153) were eliminated.
(Players from US unless stated) 132 Katherine Hull (Queensland) 66 66. 135 Luciana Bemvenuti (Brazil) 68 67. 136 Erika Wicoff 66 70. 137 Isabelle Beisiegel 66 71.
BRITISH SCORES 142 Heather Stirling (Bridge of Allan) 71 71. 145 Rebecca Prout (Surrey) 77 68. 147 Linzi Morton (Alloa) 73 74.
Did not qualify 149 Jo Clingan (Gloucester) 72 77. 153 Katie Tebbet (Mountsorrel) 72 81.

Saturday 7th June 2003

Susie Laing from Troon, a golf scholarship student at San Francisco University for the past four years, has turned professional and earned a pay cheque for dollars 410 by finishing 20th on her tournament debut in Colorado.
Susie, who is 22, was a member of the Scotland team that went so close to winning the women's home internationals title at The Berkshire last August. She was 109th in the United States women's college golf circuit individual rankings for the 2002-2003 season with an average score of 75.81 through 31 rounds.
She is the third member of last year's Scotland women's squad of eight to turn pro. Heather Stirling (Bridge of Allan) and Linzi Morton (Tulliallan) are campaigning as rookie pros on the Futures Tour, America's No 2 female pro circuit. Good Luck Susie!

The Scottish schoolgirls championship, over the Allander and Hilton courses at Hilton Park Golf Club, on Monday, June 16 is one of the strongest in ability as well as numbers, a reflection of how the tournament has become more widely know since the Scottish Schools Golf Association and the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association began to work in harness. Preview and Draw

Irish News
Irish golfing legend Mary McKenna continues to collect titles like other people save stamps!
Mary has this past week won the Irish Senior Ladies Golf Association close championship at Ballinasloe Golf Club, Co Galway.
Miss McKenna (Donabate) had rounds of 76 and 77 in the two-day event for an aggregate of 153.
She won by two strokes from Rhona Fanagan (Milltown) whose tally of 155 was made up with a 79 and a 76.
Valerie Hassett (Ennis), chairman of the Irish SLGA, was third on 161 with scores of 84 and 77.
Eileen McMullen (Donegal) also had a total of 161 (79 and 82) but had to settle for fourth place on a comparison of their second-round scores.
Roma English won the over-60s title with a pair of 82s for 164.

Linzi MortonFutures Tour

Former Scottish amateur champion Linzi Morton from Alloa led the field at the halfway stage of the first round of the Lima Memorial Hospital Foundation Futures Classic at Lost Creek Country Club, Lima in Ohio (FRIDAY, USA TIME).
Linzi reached the turn in four-under-par 32 and looked set for her best performance in her rookie season on the United States' No 2 women's professional circuit.
But she lost her way on the inward half and took 41 shots (five over par) for a disappointing 73 and 51st place.
Another past Scottish champion, Heather Stirling from Bridge of Allan ended the opening day in a tie for 24th place with a one-under-par 71 (36-35).
Leading the field of more than 100 were three rookies, Americans Isabelle Beisiegel and Erika Wicoff and the Australian, Katherine Hull, who won on her debut appearance the previous week, having come straight from Pepperdine University at Malibu, California.
Jo Clingan (35-37) from Gloucester and Katie Tebbet (34-38) of Mountsorrel, England were among those tied for 33rd place on 72.
Rebecca Prout (38-39) from Surrey was joint 110th on 77 and in big danger of not surviving the 36-hole cut.
(players from US unless stated)
66 Isabelle Beisiegel, Katherine Hull (Aus), Erika Wicoff.
67 Debbie Harmon, Kathryn Cusick.
British scores:
71 Heather Stirling (Sco).
72 Jo Clingan (Eng), K Tebbet (Eng)>
73 Linzi Morton (Sco).
88 Rebecca Prout (Eng).

Friday 6th June 2003

Cara GruberKerri HarperCara out, Kerri in for Northern Counties
Stirling University student and Royal Dornoch member Cara Gruber, pictured left, has had to withdraw from the Northern Counties squad for the Northern Division inter-county team championship against Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perth & Kinross at Murcar from June 28 to 30. She has been named by the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association selectors as a travelling reserve to the Scotland team playing in the Welsh women's open stroke-play championship at Southerndown from June 27 to 29. Cara's place in Northern Counties' line-up at Murcar will be taken by first reserve Kerri Harper (Inverness), pictured right, winner of last year's Grampian TV girls' championship.

Thursday 5th June 2003

Curtis Cup player Kerry Smith, fourth in the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale two days earlier, stepped up a gear to win the Astor Salver women's open 36-hole tournament at The Berkshire Golf Club on Wednesday. Waterlooville member Kerry had an aggregate of 141 with a 71 over the Red Course and 70 over the Blue Course. The CSS for both rounds was 73. Miss Smith won by the runaway margin of six strokes from four players on 147 - Stephanie Evans (Vale of Llangollen), Shelley McKevitt (Reading), Clare Lipscombe (Cirencester) and Kelly Hutcherson (Porters Park). Welsh cap Anna Highgate (Cottrell Park), winner of the Critchley Salver, finished down the field, joint 15th to be precise, in this one.
LEADING FINAL TOTALS (Red course first score; Blue Course second) 141 Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) 71 70. 147 Stephanie Evans (Vale of Llangollen) 74 73, Shelley McKevitt (Reading) 76 71, Clare Lipscombe (Cirencester) 76 71, Kelly Hutcherson (Porters Park) 76 71. 148 Fiona Smith (Chelmsford) 72 76, Chloe Court (Goodwood) 73 75. 149 Alison Coffey (Warrenpoint) 77 72, Marie Allen (Moor Park) 77 72, Emma McBride (Upton by Chester) 78 71. 150 Sarah Jones (Pennard) 76 74. 151 Jo Pritchard (Tredegar Park) 78 73.

Welsh international player Anna Highgate (Cottrell Park) pulled out of the St Rule Trophy tournament at St Andrews last weekend so that she could play instead in the Critchley Salver women's open 36-hole event at Sunningdale on the Monday. Perhaps Anna would have won the St Rule Trophy. We'll never know but, in terms of winning at Sunningdale, it was a decision that paid off handsomely. Miss Highgate won the prestigious Critchley Salver by two strokes from Curtis Cup player and past British and European champion Emma Duggleby (Malton & Norton). Clare Lipscombe was third and Sarah Jones finished joint third on 145. Perhaps the organisers of the St Rule Trophy and the Critchley Salver should get their heads together to put some space between their events. Both tournaments would have been enhanced by the appearance of players who, like Anna Highgate, Emma Duggleby, Alison Coffey (a former winner of the St Rule Trophy) & Co, decided to play in one or the other because it was impossible to play in both.
The CSS for both rounds of the Critchley Salver was 74

US Student News

Vikki Laing was listed at No 12 in the final Golfstat American college women's golf circuit rankings for the 2002-2003 season. It was her highest end-of-term ranking in the four years of her golf scholarship at the University of California Berkeley The Curtis Cup Scot from Musselburgh is ineligible to play any further competitive golf on the American circuit, having completed four years.
Sweden's Mikaela Parmlid (University of South Carolina) was ranked No 2 and is the highest-placed European since Janice Moodie, then attending San Jose State University, was ranked the No 1 female golfer at the end of the 1995-96 college season. The top spot for 2002-2003 went to Erica Blasberg, the fourth Arizona University player to be named No 1 in successive seasons.
Spain's Nuria Clau (Wake Forest), a past winner of the St Rule Trophy, gained a final ranking of No 21. Ireland international player Martina Gillen (Beaverstown & Kent State) was ranked joint 78th.
Susannah Laing (San Francisco) from Troon finished in 109th place, 17 ahead of Louise Kenney (Pitreavie & Iowa State). Ireland's Heather Nolan (Eastern Michigan) was ranked No 202 for the season. Laura Wells (Dumfries & Co and Iowa State) came 235th.
LEADING RANKINGS 1 Erica Blasberg (Arizona). 2 Mikaela Parmlid (Southern California). 3 Katherine Hull (Pepperdine). 4 Lindsey Wright (Pepperdine). 5 Alena Sharp (New Mexico State). 6 Kristy McPherson (South Carolina). 7 Virada Nirapathpongporn (Duke). 8 Karen Dennison (Indiana). 9 Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA). 10 Violeta Retamoza (Tennessee). 11 Sarah Sasse (Nebraska). 12 Vikki Laing (California).
Other rankings: 21 Nuria Clau (Wake Forest). 34 Karen Sjodin (Oklahoma State). 69 Maria Beautell (Wake Forest). 78 (tie) Martina Gillen (Kent State). 109 Susie Laing (San Francisco). 126 Louise Kenney (Iowa State). 183 Rachel Bell (Southern California). 202 Heather Nolan (Eastern Michigan). 235 Laura Wells (Iowa State).

US Student News

Scotland had two players in the top 12 of the end-of-season Golfstat Cup rankings for the United States men's college golf 2002-2003 circuit. Scottish champion Andrew McArthur (Pfeiffer College & Windyhill), who has completed his scholarship in the United States, was rated No 8 while David Inglis (Tulsa & Glencorse) was given the No 12 slot.
England's top-rated player was Oliver Wilson (Augusta State) from Mansfield. He finished in No 22 position after holding a top-10 ranking prior to the NCAA Division 1 championship in which he disappointed. Americans filled all the top places with Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State), a certain selection for the United States Walker Cup team for Ganton in September, at No 1, Nick Watney (Fresno State) second and D J Trahan (Clemson) third.
Ireland's Gareth Maybin (Southern Alabama) was ranked No 28th. Martin Laird (Colorado State) from Hilton Park was a third Scot in the prestigious top 50. Martin filled the No 41 position. Scott Jamieson (Augusta State & Cathkin Braes) dropped out of the top 250 after a disappointing second half of the college season.
LEADING RANKINGS 1 Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State). 2 Nick Watney (Fresno State). 3 D J Traham (Clemson). 4 Bill Haas (Wake Forest). 5 Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt). 6 Treoy Matteson (Georgia Tech). 7 Ricky Barnes (Arizona). 8 Andrew McArthur(Pfeiffer). 9 Brock Mackenzie (Washington). 10 Alejandro Canizates (Arizona State). 11 Jack Ferguson (Clemson). 12 David Inglis (Tulsa).
Other placings: 22 Oliver Wilson (Augusta State). 28 Gareth Maybin (Southern Alabama). 41 Martin Laird (Colorado State). 50 David Skinns (Tennessee).

Wednesday 4th June 2003

Angus women's team for Murcar
The Angus women's golf team for the Northern Division inter-county team championship against Aberdeenshire, Northern Counties and Perth & Kinross, at Murcar from June 28 to 30 looks a good blend of youth and experience. It features new county champion Donna Carcary (Royal Montrose).
Team is: Donna Carcary (Royal Montrose), Dawn Dewar (Monifieth), Lynne Fotheringham (Monifieth), Susan Murray (Brechin), Sue McGregor (Edzell), Shonagh Raitt (Forfar), Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir), Jane Tough (Brechin). Reserve: Susan Arbuckle (Panmure Barry).

2003 Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association Northern Division championship at Ballater Golf Club.
Line-up left to right: Rose Anderson (Huntly), Silver Division beaten finalist, Mary Mutch (Cruden Bay) Northern Division captain, Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay), Silver Division champion, Toni Moffat (Aberdeen Ladies), Northern Division president, May Willox (Cruden Bay), Bronze Division wiinner, Cathy Kane (Murcar), Bronze Division beaten finalist.

Cruden Bay member Lynne Terry, treasurer of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association, beat title-holder Rose Anderson from Huntly by 3 and 2 in the final of the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association Northern Division championship at Ballater. Rose is the current Scottish veterans' champion, having won that title at Blairgowrie last October as the Northern Division representative. Now Dr Terry will go forward as the new area title winner to the October 5 and 6 national championship. Lynne won her semi-final at the 19th against last year's runner-up, Frances Neish (Murcar), while Rose won by 5 and 4 against Ann Smart (Banchory). May Willox completed a double for the Cruden Bay club by winning the Bronze Division championship at Ballater. She beat Cathy Kane (Murcar) by 3 and 2 in the final.
Silver Division _ Semi-finals _ Rose Anderson (Huntly) beat Ann Smart (Banchory) 5 and 4, Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) beat Frances Neish (Murcar) at 19th. Final - Lynne Terry beat Rose Anderson 3 and 2
Bronze Division: Semi -finals - May Willox (Cruden Bay) beat Sadie Craig (Cruden Bay) 1 hole, Cathy Kane (Murcar) beat Margaret Anderson (Newmachar) 1 hole. Final - May Willox beat Cathy Kane 3 and 2.

US Student News
Anne Walker's newsletter from University of California (CAL Bears) team

Tuesday 3rd June 2003

West Vets Summer Meeting at Erskine 2nd June
SSS 73 CSS 76 Red. only
Scratch Heather Anderson 80
Silver 1. Heather Anderson 80-6= 74 bih 2. Ina McVicar 87- 13=74 3. Enid Howie 94-18=76 bih
Bronze 1. Netta Mathew 108-29=79 bih 2. Maureen Gray 107-28=79

Stirling and Clackmannan announce County team
The holders of the Scottish County Championship, Stirling and Clackmannan, have announced their team for the East Division Inter-county Championships at Kirkcaldy Golf club (Balwearie) on June 18-20.
The team is Elaine Allison, Alison Davidson, Cecilia Kenny, Lynn Kenny, Heather Macrae, Fiona McArthur, Linda Robertson and Vicki Stevenson and reserves are Shelagh Quinn and Christine Sikora.

Irish Intermediate Open Championship 2003
Charlesland Golf Club Tuesday 17th – Wednesday 18th June
Irish International Marian Riordan (Tipperary/Ballykisteen) will defend the Irish Intermediate Championship to be held at Charlesland Golf Club on Tuesday and Wednesday June 17th and 18th June. Report and Draw


LGU Challenge Bowls winners at Douglas Park yesterday
L to R. Janette Gray (Cawder) Jennifer Mack (SLGA) Helen Faulds (Douglas Park Ladies Captain)
Sjavon-Dee Wilson (Murcar), Morag Sinclair (Dunblane New), Ruth Dick (Vale of Leven), Elinor Grant (Douglas Park)
(Thanks to Carol Fell, RLCGA Webmaster, for photograph)

Murcar teenager Sjavon-Dee Wilson scored a double victory at yesterday's (Monday) LGU Challenge Bowls final at Douglas Park - only a week or two after winning the Clark Rosebowl match-play event at the Centenary Scottish women's amateur championship over the Old Course, St Andrews. Sjavon-Dee, who lives at Portlethen, won the Wallace Williamson Bowl for the best scratch score in the Silver Division and also the LGU Challenge Bowl for the best net return. Miss Wilson pipped Scotland girl international Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) for both prizes. In the scratch section, the countback went down to the last hole was declared the winner. She had a birdie 3 at the last hole. In the handicap section, the pair were also dead level with net 70s off a handicap of five before Sjavon-Dee won that countback also on the last hole. A field of 50 took part. The CSS was 74.
Prizewinners: Silver Division Scratch Wallace Williamson Bowl - Sjavon-Dee Wilson (Murcar) 75 (better last hole). Handicap LGU Challenge Bowl - Sjavon-Dee Wilson (Murcar) (5) (better last hole), Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) (5) 70; Elinor Grant (Douoglas Park) (9) 71; Emily Ogilvy (Muckhart) (4) 73 (bih). Bronze Division Scratch Bronze Scratch Cup - Janette Gray (Cawder) 97. Handicap LGU Challenge Bowl - Ruth Dick (Vale of Leven) (31) 71; Jean Irvine (Ranfurly Castle) (24) 76; Morag Sinclair (Dunblane New) (21) 77.

Rose AndersonRose blooms again in Vets Northern Division Championship
Huntly's Rose Anderson is through to this morning's (Tuesday) semi-finals in her defence of the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association Northern Division championship. Rose won the leading scratch and handicap awards at the championship meeting with a scratch round of 75 at Ballater yesterday (Monday). In the semi-finals, Rose plays SLGA selector Ann Smart (Banchory) while Frances Neish (Murcar), last year's beaten finalist, plays Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay), the SLGA treasurer. In the Bronze Division championship, the semi-finals line-up is: Sadie Craig (Cruden Bay) v May Willox (Cruden Bay), Cathy Kane (Murcar) v Margaret Anderson (Newmachar).
Prizewinners: Silver Division _ Scratch _ Davidson Trophy _ Rose Anderson (Huntly) 75; Frances Neish (Murcar) 77. Handicap _ Lyon Bowl _ Rose Anderson (Huntly) (5) 70; Marion Donald (Aberdeen Ladies) (12), Elizabeth Thomson (Aberdeen Ladies) (17) 71. Senior prize _ Eppie Marshall (Blairgowrie) (15) 73.
Bronze Division _ Scratch _ Edwards Trophy _ Sadie Craig (Cruden Bay) 93; Cathy Kane (Murcar) 94. Handicap _ Lyon Bowl _ Sadie Craig (Cruden Bay) (21) 72; Pam Peaston (Inverurie) (31), Margaret Anderson (Newmachar) (22) 75. Senior prize _ Fiona Lyall (Edzell) (27) 76. Strawberry Bowl _ Eppie Marshall (Blairgowrie).

Former SLGA secretary dies.
Mrs Margaret Hood, secretary of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association from 1980 to 1985, has died in St Andrews after a long illness. She stood down from her SLGA post because of ill health

Monday 2nd June 2003

SLGA Order of Merit
Anne Laing, left, consolidated her lead at the top of the SLGA Order of Merit Table with her second place finish in the St Rule Trophy at the weekend.

St Rule Trophy
Next year's St Rule Trophy tournament at St Andrews will move from its traditional end of May-beginning of June weekend dates to the third weekend of June (20 and 21) because the British men's amateur championship is being played over the Old and Jubilee Courses from May 31 to June 5, 2004.
There is a possibility that the St Rule Club, organisers of the 54-hole event, will reduce it to 36 holes to fit in with the schedule of the United States team for the Curtis Cup match at Formby on June 12 and 13. The thinking is that a three-round event might be considered too taxing by the American officials, given their squad's other commitments. The expectation is that the United States team will stay on in Britain for the 2004 British women's open amateur championship over the Gullane No 1 course from June 22 to 26.
"Everything is up in the air at the moment," said Marigold Speir, pictured right, of the St Rule Club. "The only definite thing is the date shift because of the British men's amateur championship being played at St Andrews next year."
The St Rule Trophy started off as a 36-hole event in 1984 when it was won by Penny Hammel, a member of the United States team who won the Curtis Cup match that year at Muirfield. It was not extended to a 54-hole tournament until 1989.
Stockholm left-hander Karin Borjeskog, 21, followed in the footsteps of Swedish compatriots Annika Sorenstam (1990) and Maria Hjorth (1995) as St Rule Trophy tournament winners, with an aggregate of 10-under-par 217 on Sunday evening. Playing in Scotland for the first time, Karin won by two strokes from Irish international Martina Gillen (Beaverstown) and Scottish champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven).

Aberdeenshire Girls
Katie Thomson (Kintore), pictured left, had the best scratch score of 79 over the testing Newmachar Hawkshill course - venue for next month's BP Scottish girls' match-play championship - in the Aberdeenshire girls' monthly competition, organised by SLGA chairman Ethel Farquharson. Next best in the scratch returns was Aberdeen University student Lesley Williamson from Ayrshire with an 83.
Leading returns: SCRATCH K Thomson (Kintore) 79 L Williamson (Aberdeen University) 83 V Riddell (Turriff) 87 L Murray (Alford) 95 HANDICAP A Edgar (Peterculter) (33) 69 K Thomson (Kintore) (9) 70 L Pirie (Newmachar) (24), L Williamson (Aberdeen University) (8) 75.

The chance to play the classic Royal Dornoch links has played its part in attracting one of the best fields in recent years for the North of Scotland championship from July 7 to 9. Lyndsey Devenish (Cruden Bay), pictured right, will be defending the title she won at Downfield last year. Her challengers include: Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch), Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies), Jane Yellowlees (Murrayshall), Linda Urquhart (Banchory), Liz McKinnon (Nairn), Laura McLardy (Murcar), Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose), Ann Hay (Letham Grange), Jane Tough (Brechin), Linda Fotheringham (Monifieth), Lorraine Coleman (Peterhead) and SLGA tournament secretary Gillian Roy (Abertay). There will be an 18-hole qualifying round on the Monday followed by scratch and handicap match-play.

Australian Katherine Hull was a golf scholarship student at Pepperdine College, Malibu in California last week. This week she is a rookie pro with distinction, having won her debut tournament, the Aurora Health Care Futures Classic at Ironwood Golf Club, Sussex in Wisconsin. Katherine, who had been one of the top-ranked college players in Amercia, beat Ju Jim from Seoul, Korea in a sudden death play-off for the 9,800 dollars first prize after they had tied at 10-under-par 210.
England's Lisa (Hackney) Hall boosted her Futures Tour earnings this season to 15,879 dollars by finishing joint fifth on 217, closing the event with a couple of one-under-par 71s.
In contrast, the Scots rookies continue to disappoint on America's No 2 women's pro circuit. Heather Stirling from Bridge of Allan did earn 441 dollars for finishing joint 32nd on 224 after scores of 75, 77 and 72. But for another past Scottish champion, Linzi Morton from Alloa, there was no cheque at all for making the last day. Her scores of 77, 74 and 79 for 230 placed her in a tie for 67th place and only the top 50 receive money.
SCOREBOARD (US players unless stated) 210 Katherine Hull (Aus) 71 70 69, Ju Jim (Kor) 70 70 70 (Hull won sudden-death play-off). 214 Nicole Materne 72 71 71. 215 Catherine Cartwright 73 70 72. 217 Lisa Hall (Eng) 75 71 71,k Laura Myerscough 75 72 70. Scottish scores: 224 Heather Stirling 75 77 72. 230 Linzi Morton 77 74 79.

Sunday 1st June 2003

St Rule Trophy
Karin Borjeskog from Sweden made all the running to win the St Rule Trophy women's open amateur tournament at St Andrews today. She got one hand on the silverware when she shaved one stroke off the New Course women's record with a seven-under-par 68 on Saturday and she followed that up with scores of 74 and 75 (against the par of 76) for the Old Course today.
That gave her a 54-hole total of 10-under-par 217 and a two-stroke winning margin from Scottish champion Anne Laing, who had a victory chance over the final nine holes, and Ireland's Martina Gillen.
Anne had scores of 75, 70 and 74 for 219 while Martina scored 70, 78 and 71.
All-the-way leader Karin Borjeskog, a 21-year-old left-hander from Stockholm, left the door open for Anne Laing, by running up a double-bogey 6 at the 15th in her final round.
"I played well in the first round over the New Course for my 68 but I do not think I played very well for my two rounds over the Old Course," said Karin
Karin birdied the second, fifth, 10th, 13th and 17th in halves of 36 (two under) and 39 (one over) for her last round over the Old Course. She bogeyed the 11th, 12th and double-bogeyed the 16th (her only double bogey of the 54 holes).
Anne Laing, three behind the leader after a super, six-under-par 70 in the second round, managed to shave a shot off the deficit by going out in three-under-par 35 to be nine under for the tournament with nine to play.
Anne got one of the necessary birdies at the 10th but she then bogeyed the 11th, 14th, 17th and 18th, three-putting the 14th and the last.

217 K Borjeskog (Sweden) 68 74 75.
219 M Gillen (Beaverstown) 70 78 71, A Laing (Vale of Leven) 75 70 74.
224 T Mangan (Ennis) 78 69 77, V Laing (Musselburgh) 73 74 76.
226 C Hargan (Prestonfield) 75 75 76.
227 L Mackay (Stirling Univ)76 76 75.
228 P Feggans (Doon Valley) 78 77 73, L Kenny (Stirling Univ) 78 73 77.
230 H MacRae (Dunblane New)75 78 77, K Brophy (US) 81 73 76, C Queen (Drumpellier) 78 74 78.
234 K Miharu (Sandmoor) 83 77 74, L Wells (Dumfries & Co) 82 74 78.
235 R Lomas (Hallowes) 72 84 79, D Lacey (Australia) 79 80 76, R Bell (Ganton) 77 80 78, R Quiazon (US) 75 82 78.
236 A Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 77 81 78, L Fraser (Kingsknowe) 79 79 78, J Wilson (Strathaven) 80 80 76, L Kenney (Pitreavie) 83 78 75.
237 A Davidson (Stirling) 84 77 76.
238 O Briggs (Delamere Forest) 81 75 82.
239 A O'Sullivan (Monkstown) 78 79 82, K Milne (Dunfermline) 82 75 82..
240 S Hayes (Hermitage) 82 78 80, F Lockhart (St Regulus) 80 80 80, C Gruber (Stirling Univ) 81 75 84, M Holmes-Smith (Aus) 78 84 78..
241 L Ball (Parklands) 85 76 80, S Bishop (Windyhill) 82 82 77, L McKinnon (Nairn) 80 80 81.
242 L Devenish (Cruden Bay) 78 81 83, J Carthew (Ladybank) 81 82 79, S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 79 83 80.
243 N Evans (Pleasington) 78 84 81.
245 D Dewar (Monifieth) 83 78 84, L Owens (US) 84 77 84.
246 E Ogilvy (Muckhart) 81 84 81, R Rankin (Lanark) 78 80 88, E Dickson (Royal Co Down) 85 81 80.
247 V Power (Brampton Park) 83 81 83, S Raitt (Forfar) 80 81 86.
249 J Jenkins (Ralston) 83 84 82.
250 J Wheeldon (Wakefield) 81 82 87.
250 H Carr (Bedfordshire) 80 83 87
251 F Gilbert (Carnoustie) 89 80 82, K Marshall (Baberton) 94 80 77.
253 L Terry (Cruden Bay) 82 87 84.
254 J Rhodes (South Staffs) 84 81 89, K Caithness (St Regulus) 80 82 92.
255 L Aitken (Falkirk Tryst) 83 81 91.
256 M Sheehy (Tralee) 83 84 89.
258 R Niven (Crieff) 83 91 84.
260 H Butterfield (Bringley St Ives) 89 85 86.
261 I Brien (Wentworth) 86 80 95.
262 K Lotta (US) 87 87 88.
263 A Bushby (Letham Grange) 91 84 88, N Ford (Shaw Hll) 83 93 87.
266 S Bassett (US) 83 83 100.
269 F Hay (Deeside) 92 92 85.
271 L Brabender (Greenock) 88 87 96.
280 J Yellowlees (Murrayshall) 91 92 97.
Withdrew: K Phillips (Creigiau) 83 -; C McNeil (Milngavie) 91 -.
NRs: F Farquharson (King James VI) 95 NR, D Butchart (Strathmore) 87 86 NR.

Second round report
Swedish left-hander Karin Borjeskog increased her overnight lead of two shots to a three-stroke advantage going into the final round of the St Rule Trophy women's open amateur tournament in brilliant sunshine which drew hundreds/thousands to the sands of the St Andrews Beach while the golfing action was taking place over the Old Course.
Karin's seven-under-par 68 over the New Course on Saturday has been ratified as a new women's record - one shot inside the previous best set by Kim Rostron in 1997 when the Clitheroe player went on to win the title that year.
The 21-year-old from Stockholm, who plays off plus two, has never played golf in Scotland prior to this weekend and she has never won a single title of note in her native country although she was a member of the Sweden team who beat Scotland in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 team championships in Moscow last summer. Incidentally, Vikki Laing beat Miss Borjeskog in the singles in that match.
Karen shot two-under-par 74 round the Old Course this morning for a 36-hole tally of nine-under-par 142.
Anne Laing from Vale of Leven, winner of the Centenary Scottish women's championship over the Old Course the week before last, became the tall Swede's nearest challenger when she shot a six-under 70 to trail by three on 145.
Curtis Cup player Vikki Laing (Musselburgh), who flew back from university in California only on Friday night was sharing third place with Ireland's Trish Mangan on 147.
Mangan's 69 was the best of the third-round scores.

ST RULE TROPHY _ St Andrews New & Old Courses
Leading second round totals

142 K Borjeskog (Sweden) 68 74.
145 A Laing (Vale of Leven) 75 70.
147 V Laing (Musselburgh) 73 74, T Mangan (Ennis) 78 69.
148 M Gillen (Beaverstown) 70 78.
150 C Hargan (Prestonfield) 75 75.
151 E Moffat (St Regulus) 77 74, L Kenny (Stirling Univ) 78 73.
152 L Mackay (Stirling Univ) 76 76, C Queen (Drumpellier) 78 74.
153 H MacRae (Dunblane New) 75 78.
154 K Brophy (US) 81 73.
155 P Feggans (Doon Valley) 78 77.
156 O Briggs (Delamere Forest) 81 75, L Wells (Dumfries & Co) 82 74, C Gruber (Stirling Univ) 81 75, R Lomas (Hallowes) 72 84.
157 R Quiazon (US) 75 82, R Bell (Ganton) 77 80, K Milne (Dunfermline) 82 75, A O'Sullivan (Monkstown) 78 79.
158 R Rankin (Lanark) 78 80, L Fraser (Kingsknowe) 79 79, A Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 77 81.
159 D Lacey (Aus) 79 80, L Devenish (Cruden Bay) 78 81.
160 L McKinnon (Nairn) 80 80, F Lockhart (St Regulus) 80 80, J Wilson (Strathaven) 80 80, S Hayes (Hermitage) 82 78, K Matharu (Sandmoor) 83 77.
161 A Davidson (Stirling) 84 77, L Kenney (Pitreavie) 83 78, L Owens (US) 84 77, S Raitt (Forfar) 80 81, \l Ball (Parklands) 85 76, D Dewar (Monifieth) 83 78.
162 M Holmes-Smith (Aus) 78 84, S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 79 83, K Caithness (St Regulus) 80 82.
Withdrew: K Phillips (Creigiau) 83 -.

US Futures Tour

Linzi Morton and Heather Stirling survived the 36-hole cut but failed to make progress up the scoreboard in the second round of the Aurora Health Care Classic, the latest event on the Futures Tour, at Ironwood Golf Club, Sussex in Wisconsin.
Linzi, from Alloa, had a 74 for seven-over-par 151 and joint 41st place. Heather from Bridge of Allan scored a 77 for 152 and a tie for 47th place. Totals of 154 and better qualified.
Ju Kim from Seoul, one of several Koreans prospering on America's No 2 women's pro tour, established a one-shot lead with 18 holes to go with a repeat 70 for four-under-par 140.
Her closest rivals are Australian Katherine Hull, who left Pepperdine University, Malibu last week and immediately turned pro at the age of 21, and Katie Baaken from Minneapolis.
Lisa Hall - Lisa Hackney that was - from Stoke continues to be the most successful British player on the circuit. A former US LPGA Tour regular who lost her card, Lisa shot a 71 to move into a tie for seventh place on 146.
Four other English players failed to make the cut: Rebecca Prout from Surrey (155), Vanessa Bell (Ipswich) 160, Jo Clingan (Gloucester) 163 and Katie Tebbet (Mountsorrel) 166.

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