June 2003 Archive
Monday 30th June 2003
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
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 REGAIN NORTH TITLE
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 RETAIN SOUTH TITLE
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
ELAINE RETURNS TO WIN DEESIDE TITLE No. 6
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
Scotland hope McArthurs success continues in European Team
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
Sunday 29th June 2003
VIKKI COMPLETES HAT-TRICK OF WELSH TITLES
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
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.
GALLOWAY 1, BORDER COUNTIES 8
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
NORTHERN COUNTIES v ANGUS FOR TITLE AT MURCAR
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.
NORTHERN COUNTIES 6 1/2, PERTH & KINROSS 2 1/2
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
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).
ANGUS 5, ABERDEENSHIRE 4
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
SHARES LEAD WITH BECKY IN WELSH OPEN
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
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
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.
ABERDEENSHIRE 4, NORTHERN COUNTIES 5
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
ANGUS 7, PERTH & KINROSS 2
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
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.
GALLOWAY 2, DUMFRIES-SHIRE 7
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 WINS IRISH TITLE FOR FIRST TIME
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.
IRELAND NAME SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
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)
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
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
HOW THEY FINISHED
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
LANCOME IRISH WOMEN'S CLOSE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
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
CARLY HEADING FOR NICK FALDO JUNIOR SERIES FINAL
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
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
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 SLIPS BACK
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 GIRLS ENJOY TRIP TO SOUTH WALES
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."
CATHERINE BOOTH NOMINATED PRESIDENT OF THE LADIES’ GOLF UNION
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
SCOTS CAUGHT IN LIGHTNING STORM
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.
WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD OF DAUGHTER ALISON'S R&A ROLE
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
IRISH LEGEND MARY LOSES IN FIRST ROUND
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
FROM TROON IS STILL PROSPERING AS US ROOKIE
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.
TITLE HOLDERS DEESIDE MAY STRUGGLE TO QUALIFY
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
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
ST LEONARDS START SECOND CHILDREN'S GOLF EVENT
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
Wednesday 25th June 2003
COUGHLAN HEADS IRISH QUALIFIERS AGAIN
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
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
SHELLEY WINS BRIDGET JACKSON BOWL
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
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
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
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. Renfrewshires 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 Ayrshires
Roslyn Fleming by 1 hole but lost her afternoon match against Lanarkshires
Debbie Swan also by I hole. No doubt she slept well on her journey
back to Carradale in the evening!
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
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
(Thanks to Beth Paterson for this report)
North Division Inter-County Team Championship
NORTHERN COUNTIES SKIPPER ANNE MAY HAVE TO PLAY THIS WEEKEND
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 http://www.redmarklimited.com/uk2shop.htm
" 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"
LOCAL BURHILL KNOWLEDGE PAYS OFF
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
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
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!
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
WEDNESDAY CLOSING DATE FOR KILMACOLM ENTRIES
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
Entry forms can be downloaded from the SLGA
There are no entries from any of the Continental countries this
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 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
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
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
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
Sunday 22nd June 2003
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
SCOTTISH YOUTHS OPEN AMATEUR STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Letham Grange Old Course
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
"The practice facilities are also great and you seldom have
to worry about the weather when you play to play or practice."
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 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,
(Thanks to Margaret Rodgers for supplying these results)
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,
"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!!!!
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
Linzi, from Alloa, had two halves of 38 to be joint 57th at four
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
GOLF AT STIRLING CONTINUES TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS
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
Friday 20th June 2003
FIFE WIN EAST DIVISION TICKET TO FINALS
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
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
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
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).
STIRLING & CLACKMANNAN 4 1/2, EAST LOTHIAN 4 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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Thursday 19th June 2003
East Division Inter-County Chmpionship
FIFE-MIDLOTHIAN TITLE DECIDER AT KIRKCALDY
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
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
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.
STIRLING & CLACKMANNAN 3 1/2, FIFE 5 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).
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).
MIDLOTHIAN 5, EAST LOTHIAN 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
OPERATION PUTS CLARE-MARIE OUT OF SCOTS GIRLS' TRIP TO WALES
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.
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
A SHAMASH HIT IN IRELAND!
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 WIN WEST DIV TITLE AND PLACE IN SCOTTISH COUNTY FINALS
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:
AYRSHIRE 6, RENFREWSHIRE 3
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
DUNBARTONSHIRE & ARGYLL 5, LANARKSHIRE 4
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
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
East Division Inter-County Championship
CHAMPIONS STIRLING FACE UPHILL STRUGGLE IN EAST DIVISION
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:
STIRLING & CLACKMANNAN 3 1/2, MIDLOTHIAN 5 1/2
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
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).
QUALITY FIELD FOR SUNDAY'S MUNROSS TROPHY AT MONTROSE
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
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
Tuesday 17th June 2003
KEEPS TITLE IN SCOTS 1-2-3
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
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)
BRITISH UNIVERSITIES WOMEN'S STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP Saunton GC
151 Lynn Kenny (Stirling) 74 77. 154 Ann Ramsay (Heriot Watt) 74
80. 157 Lesley Mackay (Stirling) 78 79.
VAGLIANO TROPHY SCALPS FOR PAMELA AND JENNIFER
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.
LANARKSHIRE 4 1/2, RENFREWSHIRE 4 1/2
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
AYRSHIRE 5, DUNBARTONSHIRE & ARGYLL 4
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,
Final matches: Ayrshire v Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire v D&A.
SCOTLAND SCHOOLS GOLF TEAMS
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
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
Monday 16th June 2003
Scottish Schools Champions
Kylie Walker (Glasgow) and Simon Hislop (Selkirk)
SCOTTISH SCHOOLS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
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
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
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
LANARKSHIRE MADE GOOD START IN WEST DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
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
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
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.
LANARKSHIRE 6, AYRSHIRE 3
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)
DUNBARTONSHIRE & ARGYLL 4 1/2, RENFREWSHIRE 4 1/2
A Laing & S Bishop halved C Whyte & D Jackson.
L Ruane & J Galbraith lost to M Skinner & G McKinlay 3 and
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)
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
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.
LINZI, HEATHER WIN SOME DOLLARS
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
LGU MEDALS SCOTTISH GRAND FINAL
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)
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
LAST ROUND TEST FOR LINZI MORTON
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
(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.
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
NEW BRITISH CHAMPION SAYS SHORT GAME WON HER TITLE ON DEBUT
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
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
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
FOUR SCOTS IN VAGLIANO TROPHY TEAM
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
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
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 v ELISA FOR BRITISH TITLE
Pia Odefey (Germany) and Elisa Serramia (Spain), conquerors of Scottish
players on Friday, reached the final of the British womens
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
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.
SCOTS DOWN THE FIELD IN ILLINOIS
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).
Senior Ladies Home International Matches
Whittington Heath Golf Club 1st 3rd October 2003
Bridget Jackson, pictured right, will Captain this years 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.
Bridgets 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.
ENGLAND TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE EUROPEAN LADIES TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
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
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
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
"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
"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
Ladies Open Amateur Championship
Lynn Kenny only Scot left in final eight
round matchplay results
THIRD ROUND SUMMARY
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
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
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
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.
SCOTS HAVE GREAT CHANCE TO CLINCH VAGLIANO SELECTION
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
THREE SCOTS IN LAST 16 AT LINDRICK Matchplay
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
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
"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
"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.
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."
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
GERMANY EDGE SPAIN FOR TEAM AWARD AT LINDRICK
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
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).
Ladies' Open Amateur Championship
Late evening edition...
LYNN LEADS SCOTS SURVIVORS AT LINDRICK
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
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
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
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.
Early Evening edition..
FRENCH TANTRUMS UPSET SCOT''S QUALIFYING HOPES AT LINDRICK
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
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.
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.
Tuesday 10th June 2003
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
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
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
ELAINE LEADS DEESIDE TO VICTORY
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
THIRTEEN SCOTS COULD BE UNLUCKY FOR THE REST OF BRITISH FIELD
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
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
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.
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
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!
OCTOGENARIAN HILDA'S 2ND ACE
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
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
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
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.
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 LYING 14TH WITH ONE ROUND TO GO
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
LAING COLLECTS PAY CHEQUE ON PRO DEBUT
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!
BIG FIELD FOR SCOTTISH SCHOOLGIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
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
ANOTHER TITLE FOR MARY McKENNA
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
Roma English won the over-60s title with a pair of 82s for 164.
LINZI LETS FUTURES LEAD SLIP AWAY
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
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.
71 Heather Stirling (Sco).
72 Jo Clingan (Eng), K Tebbet (Eng)>
73 Linzi Morton (Sco).
88 Rebecca Prout (Eng).
Friday 6th June 2003
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
SMITH WINS ASTOR SALVER
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.
HIGHGATE WINS CRITCHLEY SALVER
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 ENDS U S COLLEGE GOLFING CAREER AS NO 12
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
TWO SCOTS RANKED IN TOP 12 OF US MEN'S COLLEGE CIRCUIT
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
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
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
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 TITLE DOUBLE IN NORTH VETS CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.
SVLGA NORTHERN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP Ballater
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
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
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)
SJAVON-DEE WILSON'S DOUBLE-WHAMMY IN LGU EVENT AT DOUGLAS PARK
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
FIELD FOR NORTH OF SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP AT ROYAL DORNOCH
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.
HEATHER WINS 441 DOLLARS BUT NOT A CENT FOR LINZI
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
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.
FINAL TOTALS (CSS 75 75 75)
217 K Borjeskog (Sweden) 68 74 75.
219 M Gillen (Beaverstown) 70 78 71, A Laing (Vale of Leven) 75
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
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
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
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
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
253 L Terry (Cruden Bay) 82 87 84.
254 J Rhodes (South Staffs) 84 81 89, K Caithness (St Regulus) 80
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
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)
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 & HEATHER TRAIL IN WISCONSIN
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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