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March 2004 Archive

Wednesday 31st March 2004

US College Golf
University of Arkansas - Little Rock's Fiona Gilbert (Carnoustie) and Laura Walker (Nairn Dunbar) both contributed to their team's second place in the Lindsey Collegiate Classic at the Hurricane CC, Bryant Arizona yesterday.
Fiona finished in joint 6th place with scores of 83, 76, 83 for a 26 over par total of 242 and Laura was 17th with scores of 86, 85 and 77 for 248. Another Scot, Emily Ogilvie, playing for Sam Houston State University took 24th position with 89, 80 and 82 for 251.
Annie Mallory of the University of Texas - El Paso won the tournament with a 12 over 75, 75 and 78 for 228.
El Paso won the team tournament on 958, 12 shots ahead of UALR. Sam Houston State were 7th on 1008.

Tuesday 30th March 2004

LGU Elite Squad matches
The LGU Elite Squad played two 14 a-side matches against Cheshire and Lancashire last weekend
After holding the Cheshire Men's County team to a 3.5 to 3.5 match draw in the Saturday morning foursomes at Heswall, the ladies flagged in the singles and only took 5.5 points in the afternoon. The Cheshire Men won by 12 matches to 9.
The Elite Squad went on to play Lancashire Men at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, on Sunday morning, but only took 3 points out of the 14 on offer. The Men won by 11 matches to 3.
Ireland's Claire Coughlan was the best of the Elite Squad, winning all three of her matches. Vagliano heroine, Danielle Masters, took 2 points, and Emma Duggleby 1.5. The Selectors must be scratching their heads wondering who to pick for the Curtis Cup team. Full results

You can probably tell that Colin is on holiday!!!

Scottish University Men's Team and Individual Championships
The Scottish University Men's Team and Individual Championships are being played at The Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth this week. They are having communication difficulties in the clubhouse and there is no internet connection. The format is two leagues, played on a Round Robin basis, the winners play each other in the Final on Friday. I'm expecting to relay results on Thursday and Friday. Hope you can wait!!!
Here is the draw (Excel file) for the Men's Individual to be held on Wednesday. Don't fancy the 6:36 start!

Bulletin Board NOW WORKING!!!
I know it's hard to be the first to do anything... you wait around to see if others will follow.. and sometimes they do and sometimes they don't... and if they don't you feel a stupid fool... but will someone PLEASE try out the Bulletin Board?
I'm very concious that I'm a one-woman-band here at Kirkwood Towers. There are going to be times this season when I am not at my desk, and if you want to read the news you are going to have to write some of it yourself.
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Monday 29th March 2004

Helen Holm - Scottish Ladies Open StrokePlay Championship
Here is the Draw for the Championship to be held on the weekend of 24-25 April. The SLGA had 107 entries for the 72 places and the ballot fell at 3.2. This year there are 9 players coming from Finland as well as 11 from France and 3 from Sweden, as well as 10 members of the current Curtis Cup squad.

Irish Schools' Championship Final
Draw for Irish Schools' Championship Final to take place at Milltown Golf Club on Monday 26 April 2004

Jenna WilsonHeather MacraeUS College Golf
Three Scots in the top Twelve
Three Scottish girls finished in the top 12 places in the Mountain View Collegiate Tournament in Tucson, Arizona yesterday.
Jenna Wilson (San Diego State and Strathaven), pictured left, took joint second place with a final round of 74 for a total of 217, to be three strokes behind the winner. Her team-mate Heather Macrae (Dunblane New), pictured right, matched her 74 and tied for 7th on 221. And Pitreavie's Louise Kenney, (below right), playing for Iowa State, had a final round of 75 and took joint 12th place on 225.
The tournament was won by Kim Welch of Washington State whose scores of 70-71-73 gave her the only subpar total of the tournament (214).
Denver won the team tournament on 894, Iowa State were second, eight shots further back (902), and San Diego State took joint 4th place on 906.
[Look out Korea... the Scots are coming! - Ed]
1. Kim Welch, Wash. St. 70-71-73--214 -2
2. Emily Hoeper, Denver 74-72-71--217 +1
2. Jenna Wilson, S.Diego St 72-71-74--217 +1
4. Cassie Castleman, Idaho 71-73-75--219 +3
5. Christine Boucher, Kansas St. 73-75-72--220 +4
5. Kristen Campos, Col. St. 76-69-75--220 +4
7. Heather MacRae, S.Diego St 75-72-74--221 +5
7. Lauren Gray, No Arizona 73-73-75--221 +5
7. Nozomi Hoshino, IPC 71-75-75--221 +5 1
0. Lisa Kajihara, PortlandST 73-72-77--222 +6
11. Katie Tewell, Louisville 75-74-75--224 +8
12. Louise Kenney, Iowa State 74-76-75--225 +9
1. Denver 296-292-306--894 +30
2. Iowa State 297-296-309--902 +38
2. Colorado State 308-292-302--902 +38
4. Int. Pacific College 300-305-301--906 +42
4. San Diego State 296-299-311--906 +42

ELGA logoElga Press Release
Kerry SmithKerry Smith (Waterlooville) finished a creditable third in the Sherry Cup with scores of 71, 76 and 71. Kerry played in the 2002 Curtis Cup and is a current England International player and previous holder of the English Ladies' Intermediate Championship and the Hampshire Champion.
The final round was abandoned due to incessant, heavy rain which robbed Kerry of the chance to catch Tania Elosegui of Spain, who was declared the winner on 211 and Anghern Nora of Switzerland with 217.
Kerry said "The Desert Springs training the week prior to the Spanish Championship has stood me in good stead and I am very pleased to have shot a couple of rounds 1 under par during my first championship this year".
The Sherry Cup is played annually at Sotogrande and attracts a high class field from across Europe both male and female. The England ladies' team finished fifth in the team event.

Futures Tour
Koreans 1 and 2 in the Futures Tour too
[try saying it! - Ed]
From a Futures Tour report:
OLDSMAR, Fla., March 28, 2004: It was a Korean sweep in women's golf this final-round Sunday. Jimin Kang of Seoul, Korea won her first tournament in two years on the FUTURES Golf Tour at Tampa Bay's Next Generation FUTURES Golf Classic. An hour after Kang had secured her win, compatriot Grace Park, the 1999 FUTURES Tour Player of the Year, sunk a six-footer to claim her first major LPGA title at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
But Kang, like Park, had to earn her victory and had to win on the final green with a 30-second putt that felt more like 30 hours. While Park drained a six-foot birdie for her one-stroke win over FUTURES Tour alum Aree Song of Korea, Kang rammed home a 15-footer to edge Korean rookie Seon-Hwa Lee of Chonan, Korea, also by a single shot.
Heather Stirling (Bridge of Allan) slipped down the field to finish tied for 62nd spot and took home $178 in prizemoney. Fellow-Scot Linzi Morton (Tulliallan) failed ot make the cut.
Top Scores
1 Jimin Kang (Seoul, Korea) 71-67-70 - 208 $9,100
2 Seon-Hwa Lee (Chonan, Korea) 72-67-70 - 209 $6,500
3 Meredith Ward (Crystal Lake, IL) 70-69-71 - 210 $4,804
T4 Courtney Swaim (Duluth, GA) 70-72-71 - 213 $3,471
Emily Bastel (Upper Sandusky, OH) 69-71-73 - 213 $3,471
Other score: T62 Heather Stirling (Stirling, Scotland) 75-76-77 - 228 $178

US College Golf
Pamela Feggans fourth in Unicco Spring Invitational
From the Florida Southern Website:
BRASELTON, GA - The Lady Mocs had the best final round of the day on Sunday (321), but had to settle for a second place finish at the Unicco Spring Invitational. They were able to cut only one stroke off the first-round lead of West Florida and finished with a team score of 643, 10 strokes behind West Florida.
Individually for the Lady Mocs, Pamela Feggans shot a second-round 76 to finish in a tie for fourth at 155.
West Florida's Sarah Nicholson maintained her first-round lead and was the individual winner with a 150.
School Scores 1 West Florida 311-322 633 2 Florida Southern 322-321 643
Individual score [sorry, don't have others- ed] T 4 Pamela Feggans 79-76 155

Midlothian tie with Borders
Midlothian Ladies' County team played Border Ladies' County team in a friendly on Sunday at Mortonhall Golf Club. The teams played greensomes and tied two matches a piece. Four juniors also played, and also tied with one match apiece. A good time was had by all. Full results on the Midlothian website.

US College golf
Kate O'Sullivan had a final round 76 (87+76=163/T52) to help lead the High Point women's golf team to a 15th place finish out of 23 teams after the final day of competition at the William & Mary Invitational on the par 72 Ford's Colony-Marsh Hawk G.C. in Williamsburg, Va.

Sunday 28th March 2004

Jenna WilsonUS College Golf
Jenna Wilson in second place

Jenna Wilson (Strathaven and San Diego State), pictured right, is second heading into tomorrow's third and final round of the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Arizona.
Freshman Jenna led SDSU in the first day of play with a one-under par 143, two strokes off the lead.
Jenna, who has already won the Lady Aztec Invitational and finished second at the Heather Farr Memorial, opened with an even par 72 and shot a one-under 71 in the afternoon. Heather MacRae (Dunblane New) is in 14th after shooting 75-72 for a score of 147. Heather has been under 80 in 16 straight rounds dating back to SDSU's opening tournament, the longest streak for the Aztecs.
San Diego State sits in third place after two rounds after posting scores of 296 and 299 for a 19-over par total of 595. The Aztecs are seven strokes off the pace set by the University of Denver.

Futures Tour
Heather Stirling scored another 75 to make her second round total 150, but fell back to 50th place in the $65,000 Tampa Bay's Next Generation FUTURES Golf Classic at the 6366-yard, par 36-36 - 72 East Lake Woodlands Golf & Country Club yesterday. Linzi Morton (Tulliallan) falied to make the cut by two strokes after adding a 76 to her first round 79. The tournament is led by Korean Jimin Kang (Seoul, Korea) 71-67 on 138. see

US College Golf
Ayrshire's Pamela Feggans shot 78 on Friday and is in 8th place after the first day of the Unicco Spring Invitational in Braselton Georgia. Her team, Florida Southern are in third position.

Saturday 27th March 2004

Futures Tour
Scot Heather Stirling (Bridge of Allan) was in 34th place after the first round of the FUTURES Golf Tour's $65,000 Tampa Bay's Next Generation FUTURES Golf Classic at the 6366-yard, par 36-36 - 72 East Lake Woodlands Golf & Country Club yesterday.. Her 75 put her six strokes behind first round leader Emily Bastel (Upper Sandusky, OH) who had halves of 36 and 33 for a 69. Linzi Morton (Tulliallan) was further down the field in joint 89th place in 79.

Friday 26th March 2004

Kerry SmithKerry Smith third in the Sherry Cup
Kerry Smith (Waterlooville), pictured right, first reserve for the Curtis Cup squad, has probably made the GB&I Selectors sit up and take notice after her third place finish in the Sherry Cup at Sotogrande, Spain, today. Her third round 71 for 218, was just one stroke behind Nora Angehrn (Switzerland) whose 67 was the best of the day.. Tania Elosegui (Spain) romped home by a six stroke margin with a final 68.
Spain won the team prize on 236
Results (How is your Spanish?)
2 ANGEHRN, NORA (SUIZA) 217 (75+75+67)
3 SMITH, KERRY (INGLATERRA) 218 (71+76+71)
+ STAHLE, LOUISE (SUECIA) 218 (72+73+73)
5 SIMON, DENISE (ALEMANIA) 221 (70+76+75)
6 BARBIER, JUSTINE (BELGICA) 222 (73+75+74)
7 RANDBAEK, METTE (DINAMARCA) 225 (72+73+80)
8 STEINBERGER, EVA (AUSTRIA) 226 (75+76+75)
12 RUUTTILA, KAISA (FINLANDIA) 229 (78+77+74)
14 NICOLSON, JO (GALES) 230 (73+78+79)
16 MICHL, STEFANIE (AUSTRIA) 232 (81+77+74)
+ BUUS, METTE (DINAMARCA) 232 (78+75+79)
18 VAN HECKE, VALERIE (BELGICA) 233 (85+77+71)
+ RINGDAHL, MARIA (SUECIA) 233 (73+84+76)
21 TANNO, NATALIA (SUIZA) 234 (80+74+80)
+ ROSSI, ANNA (ITALIA) 234 (77+81+76)
23 GARBUTT, SARA (INGLATERRA) 235 (79+78+78)
24 KAARNALAHTI, MINNA (ESPAÑA) 238 (77+81+80)
+ LEE, SHEILA (SUIZA) 238 (82+79+77)
+ EDWARDS, NAOMI (INGLATERRA) 238 (81+79+78)
+ GARVACCIO, GULIA (ITALIA) 238 (83+81+74)
28 EVANS, STEPHANIE (GALES) 239 (75+80+84)
30 GAL, SANDRA (ALEMANIA) 243 (85+77+81)
32 ISAKSSON, NINA (FINLANDIA) 246 (79+82+85)
34 BIRKS, SAMANTHA (GALES) 249 (75+88+86)
35 BUSSCHOTS, YELENA (BELGICA) 251 (85+84+82)

Julie ForbesJulie Forbes holds onto fourth in the Pam Golding Invitational Tournament in South Aftrica.
Julie Forbes (Aboyne), pictured right, finished in fourth position after the third and final round of the Nedbank Women’s Golf Tour event at the Glendower Golf Club, South Africa today (Friday). Her final 71 gave her a three under par total of 216 and she pocketted 17,500 Rand in prizemoney.
In a tussle of the teenagers, 19-year-old Minea Blomqvist claimed her maiden victory in only her second tournament as a professional when she held off 14-year-old Ashleigh Simon to win by a single stroke with a final 69 to the youngster's 70.
Lesley Nicholson (Haddington) claimed 731.25 Rand prizemoney with a final round of 75 for a total of 232.
1 Blomqvist, Minea (Fin) 71 73 69 213 -6 R 37,500.00
2 Simon, Ashleigh * 68 76 70 214 -5
3 Holm Sorensen, Lisa (Den) 72 73 70 215 -4 R 27,500.00
4 Kuld, Christina (Den) 73 73 70 216 -3 R 17,500.00
4 Forbes, Julie (Sco) 73 72 71 216 -3 R 17,500.00
6 David, Nathalie (Fra) 75 72 70 217 -2 R 12,000.00
7 Eberl, Martina (Ger) 75 75 68 218 -1 R 10,125.00
8 Larrauri, Mara (Arg) 69 76 74 219 Lvl R 6,625.00
8 Boden, Maria (Swe) 72 74 73 219 Lvl R 6,625.00
8 Hirschhorn, Andrea 75 70 74 219 Lvl R 6,625.00
8 Adamson, Mandy 74 73 72 219 Lvl R 6,625.00
8 Gottmo, Asa (Swe) 71 76 72 219 Lvl R 6,625.00
13 Heath, Sarah (Eng) 73 74 73 220 +1 R 4,625.00
13 Kreutz, Ludivine (Fra) 67 74 79 220 +1 R 4,625.00
15 Becker, Anna (Swe) 69 77 75 221 +2 R 4,300.00
16 Ekelundh, Cecilia (Swe) 73 75 74 222 +3 R 3,750.00
16 Reis, Nina (Swe) 73 75 74 222 +3 R 3,750.00
16 Butler, Carlie (Aus) 75 79 68 222 +3 R 3,750.00
16 Maritz, Laurette 75 70 77 222 +3 R 3,750.00
16 Calzavara, Tullia (Ita) 74 73 75 222 +3 R 3,750.00
16 Schaeffer, Fany (Fra) 76 70 76 222 +3 R 3,750.00
16 James, Nicole (Aus) 71 75 76 222 +3 R 3,750.00
23 Rasmussen, Rikke (Den) 75 76 72 223 +4 R 3,250.00
24 Tybring, Anna (Swe) 75 78 71 224 +5 R 3,000.00
24 Tuutti, Ursula (Fin) 74 76 74 224 +5 R 3,000.00
24 Moltke-Leth, Amanda (Den) 75 72 77 224 +5 R 3,000.00
27 Lundgreen, Cecilie (Nor) 79 71 75 225 +6 R 2,687.50
27 Wessberg, Linda (Swe) 79 77 69 225 +6 R 2,687.50
29 Alterby, Helena (Swe) 76 78 72 226 +7 R 2,375.00
29 Wessels, Annerie 76 73 77 226 +7 R 2,375.00
29 Hauert, Bettina (Ger) 71 81 74 226 +7 R 2,375.00
32 Westerberg, Johanna (Swe) 73 78 76 227 +8 R 2,035.00
32 Jail, Jehanne (Fra) 77 73 77 227 +8 R 2,035.00
32 Hutcherson, Kelly (Eng) 77 73 77 227 +8 R 2,035.00
32 Louw, Caryn 70 76 81 227 +8 R 2,035.00
32 Nocera, Gwladys (Fra) 79 76 72 227 +8 R 2,035.00
37 Smith, Vanessa 74 78 76 228 +9 R 1,787.50
37 Garrett, Nikki * (Aus) 77 71 80 228 +9
37 Moulder, Cherry 73 78 77 228 +9 R 1,787.50
40 Rigon, Margherita (Ita) 72 78 79 229 +10 R 1,637.50
40 Skold, Josefine (Swe) 74 79 76 229 +10 R 1,637.50
42 Bell, Vanessa (Eng) 78 76 76 230 +11 R 1,450.00
42 Zackrisson, Emma (Swe) 77 75 78 230 +11 R 1,450.00
42 Cvitan, Antonella (Swe) 75 80 75 230 +11 R 1,450.00
45 Bjarvall, Eva (Swe) 76 78 77 231 +12 R 1,180.00
45 Beauchet, Virginie (Fra) 77 76 78 231 +12 R 1,180.00
45 Knowles, Kerry (Eng) 76 77 78 231 +12 R 1,180.00
45 Loven, Lotta (Swe) 76 80 75 231 +12 R 1,180.00
45 Hudson, Rebecca (Eng) 79 74 78 231 +12 R 1,180.00
50 Kagonyera, Nora (Uga) 80 77 75 232 +13 R 731.25
50 Clingan, Jo (Eng) 79 74 79 232 +13 R 731.25
50 Jung, Eun Jeong (Kor) 80 74 78 232 +13 R 731.25
50 Nicholson, Lesley (Sco) 79 78 75 232 +13 R 731.25
54 Fisher, Kirsty (Eng) 76 76 81 233 +14
54 Lipscombe, Clare (Eng) 76 79 78 233 +14
56 Venter, Suzette * 78 75 81 234 +15
57 de Vries, Michelle 74 82 79 235 +16
58 Rushworth, Deana (Eng) 81 75 80 236 +17
58 Beliard, Patricia (Fra) 79 78 79 236 +17
60 Robbertze, Morgana 74 81 82 237 +18
61 Tornevall, Lena (Swe) 77 79 82 238 +19
61 Renell, Sofia (Swe) 76 81 81 238 +19
63 Carlborg, Sandra (Swe) 76 81 83 240 +21


Thursday 25th March 2004

Julie ForbesSouth African Tour
Julie Forbes in joint fourth place in Pam Golding Ladies International
Scotland's Julie Forbes, pictured right, is one of five players in joint fourth place after Thursday’s second round of the Nedbank Women’s Golf Tour event at the Glendower Golf Club. Julie added a one-under 72 to her first round 73 for 145, and was four strokes behind the leader.
France’s Ludivine Kreutz struggled to a 74 for a total of five under par 141, but it was still good enough for a three-stroke lead over Ashleigh Simon and Finland’s Minea Blomqvist on a day when those near the top of the leaderboard all seemed to struggle with their games. Simon, one behind Kreutz overnight, signed for a 76 while Blomqvist, playing in only her second professional event, posted a 73.
Lesley Nicholson form Haddington just squeezed under the wire to make the cut on 157 with rounds of 78 and 79.
Collated Scores
141 Kreutz, Ludivine (Fra) 67 74 0
144 Blomqvist, Minea (Fin) 71 73 0 Simon, Ashleigh * 68 76
145 Holm Sorensen, Lisa (Den) 72 73, Maritz, Laurette 75 70, Hirschhorn, Andrea 75 70, Larrauri, Mara (Arg) 69 76, Forbes, Julie (Sco) 73 72
146 James, Nicole (Aus) 71 75, Louw, Caryn 70 76 ,Boden, Maria (Swe) 72 74, Schaeffer, Fany (Fra) 76 70, Becker, Anna (Swe) 69 77, Kuld, Christina (Den) 73 73
147 Heath, Sarah (Eng) 73 74, Moltke-Leth, Amanda (Den) 75 72, Calzavara, Tullia (Ita) 74 73, Adamson, Mandy 74 73, David, Nathalie (Fra) 75 72, Gottmo, Asa (Swe) 71 76
148 Garrett, Nikki * (Aus) 77 71, Ekelundh, Cecilia (Swe) 73 75, Reis, Nina (Swe) 73 75
149 Wessels, Annerie 76 73
150 Hutcherson, Kelly (Eng) 77 73, Lundgreen, Cecilie (Nor) 79 71, Tuutti, Ursula (Fin) 74 76, Rigon, Margherita (Ita) 72 78, Eberl, Martina (Ger) 75 75, Jail, Jehanne (Fra) 77 73
151 Moulder, Cherry 73 78,, Westerberg, Johanna (Swe) 73 78, Rasmussen, Rikke (Den) 75 76
152 Fisher, Kirsty (Eng) 76 76, Smith, Vanessa 74 78, Zackrisson, Emma (Swe) 77 75 , Hauert, Bettina (Ger) 71 81
153 Beauchet, Virginie (Fra) 77 76 , Skold, Josefine (Swe) 74 79 , Tybring, Anna (Swe) 75 78, Knowles, Kerry (Eng) 76 77, Hudson, Rebecca (Eng) 79 74, Venter, Suzette * 78 75 , Clingan, Jo (Eng) 79 74
154 Alterby, Helena (Swe) 76 78 , Butler, Carlie (Aus) 75 79, Bell, Vanessa (Eng) 78 76 , Jung, Eun Jeong (Kor) 80 74, Bjarvall, Eva (Swe) 76 78
155 Robbertze, Morgana 74 81 , Lipscombe, Clare (Eng) 76 79, Nocera, Gwladys (Fra) 79 76, Cvitan, Antonella (Swe) 75 80
156 Loven, Lotta (Swe) 76 80 , Wessberg, Linda (Swe) 79 77 Tornevall, Lena (Swe) 77 79 , Rushworth, Deana (Eng) 81 75 , de Vries, Michelle 74 82
157 Beliard, Patricia (Fra) 79 78, Renell, Sofia (Swe) 76 81, Carlborg, Sandra (Swe) 76 81 , Kagonyera, Nora (Uga) 80 77, Nicholson, Lesley (Sco) 79 78

Kerry SmithKerry Smith currently fifth in the Sherry Cup
England's Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) is lying 5th on 147 after she added a second round 76 to her first round 71 in the Sherry Cup being played at Sotograne on Spain's Costa Del Sol. Tanya Elosegui continues to lead the tournament on 143. Spain lead the team tounament on 294.
1.- Tania Elósegui (Spain) 143 (69+74)
2.- Mette Randbaek (Denmark) 145 (72+73)
+.- Louise Stahle (Switzerland) 145 (72+73)
4.- Denise Simon (Germany) 146 (70+76)
5.- Kerry Smith (England) 147 (71+76)
Full scores (pdf file)

New Look website for ELGA.
Press Release
ELGA are launching a new look website, on the ELGA main website you will find all the regular features; news, results, complete list of all clubs affiliated to ELGA, together with their contact details, a comprehensive links page offering instant access to a host of other golfing websites, details of handicap competitions and the latest news of the country’s top players.
Check out the website on
There are two complementary micro sites; for younger golfers and for the ELGA Trust, registered charity. The Golf Girls site has specially commissioned cartoon characters; Lucy, Trudy and Gita, they will guide players through the junior golf elements, including  ‘Pathway to Pro’, ‘Competitions’ and a comprehensive ‘Grown up stuff’ section for all the support documents and details that both players and parents/guardians may need.  The Trust site holds all the Trust event details including the Rosebud Pro-am, Trust history and merchandise. The ELGA Trust has a new design rosebud image, this completes the ELGA re-branding exercise and the ELGA staff and Executives would like to invite you to view the new websites.

Wednesday 24th March 2004

Vikki LaingVikki Laing Open Day at Musselburgh
Musselburgh Golf Club, Monktonhall, are holding a Fund-raising day for member, Vikki Laing, on Saturday 8th May. Vikki, four times Scottish Girl Champion, Scottish Internaionalsit and Curtis Cup player, has a Provisional card for the LPGA tour, and the club are raising funds for travel, subsistence and entry to tournaments.
The format of the day is a Triam with full handicap allowance. Teams can be Ladies, Men or Mixed. Maximum Handicap is 36 for Ladies, 24 for Men. The Entry fee is £60 per team and tee off times are available from 8:30am until 3:30pm. Team prizes will be awarded If you are unable to enter a team, single entries ( £20 pp) will be accepted and the committee will endeavour to make up teams from all single entries.
For anyone unable to play on the day but would like to support the fundraising donations will be gratefully accepted.
A free social evening will follow this event at 8.00 p.m.
Download an entry form here (Word format) or get in touch with Fiona Playfair for further information.
Fiona say that the course is in great condition and that the clubhouse is sparkling after its recent improvements and they are looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors. Sounds a great day out for a very good cause!

Tuesday 23rd March 2004

Please try out the Bulletin Board, also found on the top right of this page under New Features. I've put in a "Counties" Category and each County as a topic. You can add Club or County results into your county slot, or indeed anything that takes your fancy. There's also the opportunity to carry out discussions or provide a forum for questions and answers. I'll probably add Handicaps, Rules, Equality Issues etc to the Bulletin Board, so watch this space!

Monday 22nd March 2004

US College News
Colette Murray helps Jacksonville State to Winners Podium

Dumfrieshire's Colette Murray had rounds of 76 and 83 for 159 to finish in ninth place and help her team to win the JSU Chris Banister Classic at Silver Lakes G.C. Calhoun Co, Alabama last week.
There was a tie for top place between Candice Satow of Oral Roberts and Maggie McGill of Middle Tennessee State, both on 151. Jacksonville State took the team prize by one stroke from Oral Roberts.

Sunday 21st March 2004

What a turnout!
Here are the girls from Monifeith Golf Club at their Winter League Prizegiving today.
The winners were
Division 1 1st Rebecca Wilson 2nd Andrea Bowie 3rd Laura Falconer/Kirsty Moss
Division 2 1st Louise Smith 2nd Saphia Matthew
Division 3 1st Gail Wilson 2nd Jemma Chalmers 3rd Alison Pryde

Saturday 20th March 2004

Julie Forbes from Aboyne saved her best until last - a three-under-par third and final round of 69 for a level par aggregate of 216 lifting her up into a tie for ninth place finish in the Acer Women's South African Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club on Friday.
Miss Forbes, a former winner of the French Open, had earlier rounds of 74 and 73. She earned 6,458 Rand for her performance which will give her a big confidence boost for the European Women's Tour campaign that lies ahead.
Ashleigh SimonIf Julie's last-day display was very good, what kind of superlatives apply to the shock winner of the title, 14-year-old South African amateur Ashleigh Simon who closed with a brilliant, nine-under-par round of 63 to come from eight shots off the pace at the start of the day to win with an eight-under-par total of 208 over her home course.
Ashleigh's earlier scores had been 71 and 74 and she did not seem a threat to Denmark's Carina Vagner who had a two-shot lead over the field with one round to go after rounds of 70 and 67.
The Dane matched the par of 72 at the last time of asking and failed by one shot to equal Miss Simon's clubhouse target of 208. Miss Vagner finished joint second with the fast-finishing Swede, Johanna Westerberg - 68 for 209 - and split the first two pro pay-outs to earn 32,500 Rand apiece.
Ashleigh's 63 equalled the lowest ever round on the South African Women's Tour. She is also
the first amateur to claim the title and the youngest player.
Miss Simon won the South African women's amateur stroke-play and match-play titles earlier this month. Not surprising she is rated the greatest female golf prospect ever to come out of South Africa.
A few weeks ago she became the first female to play in a men's pro tournament on the local Sunshine Tour.
"I was aiming for a 68 but this is my best score ever. I've had a few 67s but never a 63. You need to be at least 18 to turn professional and I won't be 15 until May 11. I think I'll hold off a few years after that. I still want to play in and win a few major international amateur tournaments so I might look at turning pro around the age of 20 or so. I'm not going to turn pto and go out there and miss cuts," said the youngster.
Ashleigh's flawless scorecard for the 5,769yd course contained birdies at the second, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth, 11th, 14th, 15th and 17th. So accurate was her approach play that her longest putt all day was a 20-footer at the 11th.
[NB. We might get to see Ashleigh playing in Scotland if she enters the R&A Junior Open ar Kilmarnock Barassie in July just before the Open at Troon -GGK]
Collated scoreboard
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC
Leading final totals
208 Ashleigh Simon (SA) (am) 71 74 63.
209 Carina Vagner (Den) 70 67 72, Johanna Westerberg (Swe) 68 73 68.,
212 Cecilia Ekelundh (Swe) 67 72 73.
213 Gwladys Nocera (Fra) 69 72 72, Laurette Maritz (SA) 69 72 72, Virginie Beauchet (Fra) 74 70 69.
214 Mandy Adamson (SA) 875 69 70.
216 Julie Forbes (Sco) 74 73 69, Minea Blomqvist (Swe) 70 75 71, Cecilie Lundgreen (Nor) 73 72 71.
Other totals:
224 Kirsty Fisher (Eng) 74 74 76.
226 Kelly Hutcherson (Eng) 82 73 71.
227 Kerry Knowles (Eng) 82 69 76, Rebecca Hudson (Eng) 76 75 76.
229 Sarah Heath (Eng0 71 79 79, Vanessa Bell (Eng) 71 80 78.
239 Emma Weeks (Eng) 72 83 84.

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Friday 19th March 2004

Vikki LaingWest coast Ladies Tour

Vikki Laing's bid for her first win as a rookie professional ended in disappointment. Starting the final round of The International tournament - the latest event on the West Coast Ladies Tour - at Yucaipa Valley, California - with a two-stroke lead after rounds of 69 and 70, the 23-year-old from Musselburgh sagged to a 77 for a 54-hole total of level par 216. That put her into a four-way play-off with Joellyn Crooks (Wisconsin), Dodie Mazzuca (Las Vegas) and Alena Sharp from Hamilton, Ontario. Vikki's woes continued when she bogeyed the first hole of the sudden-death play-off. The three other players then decided to split the 1-2-3 prizemoney rather than continue in fading light. Miss Laing earned $900 dollars. Joellyn, Dodie and Alena each pocketed $1,800.
The other Scot in the field, Susie Laing from Troon, finished outwith the money - only the top 20 and ties earned a cheque. Susie scored 79, 73 and 75 for 11-over-par 227.
Lisa Meredith-Seary from Reading finished 50th on 236 with rounds of 78, 76 and 82.
Yeo Jin Kang from Seoul, Korea set a pro record of 68 for the 6,108yd women's course in the final round. She finished joint fifth on 217.
LEADING FINAL TOTALS 216 Joellyn Crooks (US) 73 70 73, Dodie Mazzuca (US) 74 69 73, Alena Sharp (Can) 74 70 72 (tied for first place), Vikki Laing (Sco) 69 70 77 (placed fourth after play-off). 217 Lisa Chang (US) 74 73 70, Yeo Jin Kang (Kor) 76 73 68, So Young Park (Kor) 74 72 71, Jamie Stevenson (US) 74 72 71. 218 Becky Lucidi (US) 70 71 77.
Other totals: 227 Susie Laing (Sco) 79 73 75 (tied 28th). 236 Lisa Meredith-Seary (Eng) 78 76 82 (50th).

South African Ladies tour

Former French Open champion Julie Forbes from Aboyne is tied for 14th place with one round to go in the Acer Women's South African Open golf championship at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. Miss Forbes has had rounds of 74 and 73 over the 5,769yd course for a three-over-par tally of 147. She is the leading player from Great Britain & Ireland. Julie is 10 shots off the pole position which has been taken over by Carina Vagner (Denmark) with a 70 and 67 for seven-under 137.
First-round leader Cecilia Ekelundh (Sweden) followed up her 67 with a 72 to be demoted to second place on 139.
A total of 59 players with totals of 156 and better qualified to play the final round.
Lesley Nicholson, the former Curtis Cup player from Haddington, was one of those to miss the cut. The Scot had disappointing scores of 80 and 79 for 159.
LEADING SCORES 137 Carina Vagner (Den) 70 67. 139 Cecilia Ekelundh (Swe) 67 72. 141 Gwladys Nocera (Fra) 69 72, Laurette Maritz (SA) 69 72, Johanna Westerberg (Swe) 68 73. 144 Mandy Adamson (SA) 75 69, Virginie Beauchet (Fra) 74 70, Antonelia Cvitan (Swe) 73 71. 145 Cecilie Lundgreen (Nor) 73 72, Minea Blomqvist (Swe) 709 75, Andrea Hirschhorn (SA) 71 74, Nina Reis (Swe) 72 73, Ashleigh Simon (SA) (am) 71 74. 147 Helena Alterby (Swe) 70 77, Julie Forbes (Sco) 74 73. Other scores: 148 Kirsty Fisher (Eng) 74 74. 150 Sarah Heath (Eng) 71 79. 151 Rebecca Hudson (Eng) 76 75, Kerry Knowles (Eng) 82 69, Vanessa Bell (Eng) 71 80. 155 Kelly Hutcherson (Eng) 82 73, Emma Weeks (Eng) 72 83.
Non-qualifiers included: 159 Lesley Nicholson (Sco) 80 79,. 160 Deana Rushworth (Eng) 85 75. 161 Yvonne Cassidy (Ire) 81 80.

Thursday 18th March 2004

Vikki LaingVikki heads for first pro win
Former Curtis Cup player Vikki Laing from Musselburgh is poised to chalk up her first win as a professional. The Scot, who celebrated her 23rd birthday at the weekend (Sunday), leads by two strokes with one round to play in The International tournament at Yucaipa Valley, California. It is one of the events on the West Coast Ladies Pro Tour on which Miss Laing is warming up for her debut on the LPGA Tour. Vikki has had rounds of 69 and 70 for a five-under-par tally of 139. Her nearest challenger is another rookie pro and one-time big-name amateur - Becky Lucidi, the 2002 US women's champion from California. Becky has scored 70 and 71. Susie Laing from Troon is back in a tie for 32nd place on 152 after scores of 79 and 73 while Lisa Meredith-Seary from Reading is tied for 39th place with 78 and 76 for 154.
SCOREBOARD 139 Vikki Laing (Sco) 69 70. 141 Becky Lucidi (US) 70 71. 143 Dodie Mazzuca (US) 74 69, Joellyn Crooks (US) 73 70. 144 Alena Sharp (Can) 74 70, Shelly Stouffer (Can) 70 74. Other scores: 152 Susie Laing (Sco) 79 73. 154 Lisa Meredith-Seary (Eng) 78 76.

US College News

Heather MacraeStirling-born Heather MacRae achieved her highest finish on the 2003-2004 American women's college circuit when she tied for second place in the Dr Donnis Thompson Invitational tournament over the Kaneohe Klipper course on Hawaii on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old Dunblane player, a Scotland international and member of the LGU Elite Squad, had scores of 72, 77 and 72 for a total of five-over-par 221. San Diego State University team-mate Jenna Wilson from Strathaven dropped down the final placings after a disappointing last round of 83 for 231 and joint 16th place. Jenna, 19, had opened the event with promising scores of 73 and 75. The Scots' efforts helped San Diego State (918) to finish runners-up to New Mexico in the team event.
LEADING FINAL TOTALS 219 Kim Welch (Washington State) 75 73 71. 221 Heather MacRae (San Diego State) 72 77 72, Kailin Downs (New Mexico) 74 73 74, Christine Fernandez (New Mexico) 77 68 76, Dale Gammie (Hawaii) 72 75 74. 222 Brooke Tull (Texas Christian) 72 72 78, Ashley Rollins (New Mexico) 76 75 71. Other total: 231 Jenna Wilson (San Diego State) 73 75 83.
LEADING TEAMS 889 New Mexico. 918 San Diego State. 924 Washington State. 926 Pepperdine, Hawaii. 928 Nevada. 930 Texas Christian.

South African Open

Julie Forbes from Aboyne was lying joint 21st at the end of the first round of the Acer Women's South African Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. Julie had a score of two-over-par 74 to be seven shots off the pace being set by Sweden's Cecilia Ekelundh. Another Swede, Johanna Westerberg, was in second place overnight after a 68. Lesley Nicholson from Haddington was tieing for 66th place after an 80.
LEADING SCORES 67 Cecilia Ekelundh (Swe). 68 Johannan Westerberg (Swe). 69 Gwladys Nocera (Fra), Laurette Maritz (SA). 70 Carina Vagner (Den), Minea Blomqvist (Swe), Helena Alterby (Swe). 71 Sarah Heath (Eng), Ashleigh Simon (SA) (a), Charlaine Coetzee-Hirst, Andrea Hirshhorn (SA), Vanessa Bell (Eng), Carlie Butler (Aus). 72 Nina Reis (Swe), Emma Weeks (Eng), Ludivine Kreutz (Fra). Other scores: 74 Julie Forbes (Sco), Kirsty Fisher (Eng). 76 Rebecca Hudson (Eng). 80 Lesley Nicholson (Sco). 81 Yvonne Cassidy (Ire). 82 Kerry Knowles (Eng), Kelly Hutcherson (Eng).

Former Scottish Golf Union president Colin Wood from the Borders is the Europe team captain and the squad of 12 includes Walker Cup hero Stuart Wilson from Forfar for the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy men's amateur international golf match against Asia-Pacific at Circolo Golf Club, Rome from April 21 to 23.
The teams are:
EUROPE - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), Nigel Edwards (Wal), Noel Fox (Ire), James Heath (Eng), Brian McElhinney (Ire), Pablo Martin (Spa), Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Hugo Santos (Por), Jan Willem Van Hoof (Net), Stuart Wilson (Sco), Gary Wolstenholme (Eng). Capt - Colin Wood (Sco).
ASIA-PACIFIC _ Nick Flanagan (Aus), Haruo Fujishima (Jap), Mathew Holten (NZ), Yuta Ikeda (Jap), Bradley Iles (NZ), Shiv Kapur (Ind), Shahid Javed Khan (Pak), Kyong-Tae Kim (Kor), Dong Hwan Lee (Kor), Ben Leong (Mal), James Nitties (Aus), Juvic Pagunsan (Phi). Capt - Tai Kawata (Jap).

US College News

Newmachar Golf Club member Euan McIntosh, a golf scholarship student at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, tied for seventh place in the Texas Intercollegiate tournament at Terra Verde Golf Club, Arlington. He had rounds of 70 and 74 for a level par aggregate of 144 - eight shots behind team-mate and winner Reino Deetlefs who scored 67 and 69 for eight-under 136 to win by five shots.
McIntosh's effort helped Texas Wesleyan (582) finished runners-up in the team event to Oklahoma Christian (575).
FINAL TOTALS 136 Reino Deetlefs (Texas Wesleyan) 67 69. 141 Rob Morgan (Oklahoma Baptist) 72 69. Other total: 144 Euan McIntosh (Texas Wesleyan) 70 74.
TEAM TOTALS 575 Oklahoma Christian. 582 Texas Wesleyan. 594 Oklahoma Baptist.

US College News

Sam Houston University, Texas golf scholarship student Emily Ogilvy from Dunning finished 12th in the Lady Bearkat Invitational women's college golf tournament at Waterford National course, Livingston in Texas.
Emily, who had helped the Sam Houston team to win the curtain-raising event in which she finished runner-up, scored 82, 78 and 82 for a 54-hole total of 242 - 12 shots behind team-mate Raman Saran who won the title with rounds of 76, 76 and 78 for 230.
Sam Houston University did chalk up their second team win of the week with a total of 950, four ahead of Texas A&M Corpus Christi with McNeese State (971) a distant third.
LEADING FINAL TOTALS 230 Raman Saran (Sam Houston) 76 76 78. 231 Casey Cain (Lamar) 79 76 76, Lisa Westman (McNeese State) 76 73 82, Maria Engstrom (McNeese State) 73 78 80. Other total: 242 Emily Ogilvy (Sam Houston) 82 78 82.
LEADING TEAMS 950 Sam Houston. 954 Texas A&M Corpus Christi. 971 McNeese State.

Hobday Golf Seals Deal for Spey Bay
Hobday Golf Company has acquired the prestigious Spey Bay Golf Links and Hotel operation with the support of equity investors from the United States and banking from Allied Irish Bank.
Neil Hobday, Chief Executive, and Alan Watt, Finance Director, will oversee the management of the resort and the implementation of exciting plans to restore the links and improve the clubhouse facilities.
Hobday made his mark in the world of golf by managing some of Europe's finest golfers with both Mark McCormack's International Management Group and Carnegie Sports International. Subsequently, he was involved with two of Scotland's finest golf courses. He led Lyle Anderson's operational team in the development of the Loch Lomond Golf Club, including initiating the World Invitational tournament, and advised on the opening of Kingsbarns Golf Links. Hobday is now ready to bring this world-class experience to projects initially in the UK and then overseas. He commented on the acquisition, "Spey Bay is Hobday Golf's first venture into this marketplace, acquiring what many golfers refer to as a hidden gem. The Spey Bay links course was the inspiration of the Duke of Gordon who, in 1907, asked Ben Sayers to mark out the course. He created a true links course with great natural beauty and character, which became a special retreat of the aristocracy for much of the last century.
"I believe that Hobday Golf's challenge is to remain true to the designer's ideas whilst improving the condition of the course and clubhouse in order to re-create a special golfing experience."
Watt, a chartered accountant with venture capital investment experience with NVM and Albany Ventures, commented on corporate development strategy, " Initially, I was fairly sceptical about golf projects. Although there are many superb golf courses in Scotland, few produce attractive returns for investors. I believe, however, that Hobday Golf is different. The unique business model identifies synergies between quality golf and luxury residential developments, which have the potential to reduce the debt requirement and create a more attractive risk and reward profile."

Wednesday 17th March 2004

Vikki LaingWest Coast Ladies Golf Tour

Rookie pro Vikki Laing led the field with a three-under-par round of 69 on the opening day of The International tournament at Yucaipa Valley, California on Tuesday. The 54-hole event is part of the West Coast Ladies Pro Tour. First prize is $3,000 and the former Curtis Cup player from Musselburgh, who will soon be moving on to the LPGA Tour, has a one-shot lead from Canadian Shelly Stouffer from British Columbia and Becky Lucidi, the 2002 United States women's amateur champion from California. Lisa Meredith-Seary from Reading is tied for 37th place after a 78 - one shot better than Susie Laing from Troon. Susie is joint 44th.
See West Coast Ladies Golf Tour website
LEADING SCORES 69 Vikki Laing (Sco). 70 Shelly Stouffer (Can), Becky Lucidi (US). 72 Mika Arito (Jap). Other scores: 78 Lisa Meredith-Seary (Eng). 79 Susie Laing (Sco).

Jenna WilsonUS College News

San Diego State University golf team-mates Jenna Wilson, left, from Strathaven and Heather MacRae, right, Heather Macrae from Dunblane were lying joint sixth and eighth respectively at the end of the opening day of the Dr Thompson Rainbow women's college tournament over the Kaneohe Klipper course on Hawaii on Tuesday.
Jenna shot rounds of 73 and 75 for four-over-par 148 while Heather had 72 and 77 for 149.
Brook Tull (Texas Christian) led on level par 144 after a couple of 72s.
San Diego State (601) are lying second to New Mexico (594) in the team event. There is one round to go.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL SCORES 144 Brooke Tull (Texas Christian) 72 72. 145 Christine Fernandez (New Mexico) 77 68. 146 Alana Condon (Nevada) 74 72. 147 Kailin Downs (New Mexico) 74 73, Dale Gammie (Hawaii) 72 75. 148 Jenna Wilson (San Diego State) 73 75, Kim Welch (Washington State) 75 73. 149 Heather MacRae (San Diego State) 72 77, Eileen Vargas (Pepperdine) 76 73.
LEADING TEAMS 594 New Mexico. 601 San Diego State. 604 Pepperdine. 610 Texas Christian. 611 Nevada. 615 Hawaii.


HSBC, the world's second largest bank, has become the major title sponsor of the Wee Wonders Open Golf Championships, in association with the Golf Foundation and the Professional Golf Association. Report

Portuguese Amateur.
Liz McKinnonKirkwoodgolf invited Liz McKinnon, pictured right, the "Kiwi Scot" who did so well to reach the final of the Portuguese women's amateur international championship at Quinta de Cima on Sunday, to write a few words. Report and Results

US College Golf

Walker Cup Scot David Inglis chalked up his umpteenth top-10 finish on the American college golf circuit in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate tournament at Austin Country Club, Texas (on Tuesday).
The red-haired six-footer from Roslin, Midlothian shot rounds of 71, 70 and 72 over the 6,906yd, par-72 course to tie for ninth place on three-under-par 213. Inglis was still two over par for the final round after bogeying the seventh and ninth until he birdied the 15th and 17th. Eight of the Scot's 10 birdies over the two days came over the last five holes.
Individual winner was Andrew Dahl (Arkansas) with 64, 68 and 74 for 10-under 206. He won by four shots from Jason Hartwick (Texas).
Inglis's team-leading effort enabled Tulsa University (865) to finish fourth behind Brigham Young (858), Texas Christian (860) and Oklahoma State (861).
LEADING FINAL TOTALS 206 Andrew Dahl (Arkansas) 64 68 74. 210 Jason Hartwick (Texas) 70 71 69. 211 Jeff Bell (Texas) 72 71 68, Will Dodson (Southern Methodist) 72 68 71, Jake Ellison (Brigham Young) 75 871 75, Anthony Kim (Oklahoma) 70 67 74. Other total: 213 David Inglis (Tulsa) 71 70 72.
LEADING TEAMS 858 Brigham Young. 860 Texas Christian. 861 Oklahoma State. 865 Tulsa. 867 California. 869 Texas.

Louise KenneyUS College Golf

Louise Kenney from Pitreavie, Dunfermline finished a disappointing 20th in the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational women 's college golf tournament at the Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, California on Tuesday.
The Scotland international player, a golf scholarship student at Iowa State University, had rounds of 75, 77 and 79 for a 54-hole aggregate of 15-over-par 231 - 15 shots behind the winner, Kristi Larsen (San Francisco).
San Francisco dominated the team event, winning by 29 shots from Brigham Young. Iowa State came joint 11th of the 13 teams with a total of 956.
FINAL TOTALS 216 Kristi Larsen (San Francisco) 72 74 70. 217 Elizabeth Allen (CSU Northridge) 75 72 70. 220 Nikky Jacoby (San Francisco) 71 74 75. 221 Angela Won (UC Irvine) 73 76 72. Other score: 231 Louise Kenney (Iowa State) 75 77 79.
LEADING TEAMS 883 San Francisco. 912 Brigham Young. 919 UC Irvine. 920 Michigan. Other score: 956 Iowa State.

Russell Smith has been appointed new head golf professional of Gleneagles Hotel. The 32-year-old from Kirkcaldy takes over the post vacated by Sandy Smith who, earlier this year, moved to Ladybank Golf Club as Martin Gray's successor. Smith won a Tartan Tour pro-am last year. He has been on the Gleneagles staff as a teaching pro for more than two years after spells in England and Germany.
"I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity," said Smith, who was runner-up in the 1998 Luxembourg Open.
"I'm looking forward to building on the excellent work Sandy Smith has done over the years at Gleneagles. It's a new challenge and one I'm very excited about."

US College Golf

Emily Ogilvie from Dunning, Perthshire, a golf scholarship student at Sam Houston University, finished joint runner-up in the individual section of the SHSU Spring Match against Southern University over the Waterford National course at Livingston, Texas. Emily returned an 80 to tie with three other players, two shots behind winner Raman Saran (Sam Houston). Sam Houston beat Southern 328-357 in the match.


Tuesday 16th March 2004

ELGA logoElga Press Release
Record win for Karen Stupples

England's Karen Stupples won the Welchs/Fry Championship in Tuscon, Arizona, her first LPGA title, in record style. Her 22 under par total of 258 is the lowest four-round total ever recorded in an LPGA event and left her 5 shots clear of Grace Park. Karen, from Deal in Kent, was an England international from 1995 to 1998. She played in the winning GB & I Curtis Cup team in 1996 and again in 1998, before turning professional.

US College Golf
Play golf and see the world...

Scotland's Jenna Wilson and Heather Macrae are off to Hawaii this week to play for San Diego State in the Dr Donnis Thomson Invitational at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Club.

US College Golf

The ever-consistent David Inglis from Roslin, Midlothian is lying in a tie for sixth place with one round to go in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate men's golf tournament at Austin Country Club, Texas.
Walker Cup hero David has had rounds of 71 and 70 for a 36-hole tally of two-under-par 142 - good scoring but the leader is almost out of reach over the final 18 holes. He's Andrew Dahl (Arkansas) who has shot rounds of 64 and 68 for a 12-under-par score of 132 and a four-shot lead. Inglis had eight birdies over his opening two rounds. In the morning 71, he birdied the seventh, 14th, 15th and 16th to cancel out bogeys at the third, fifth and ninth in halves of 38 and 33. In the afternoon 70, David again finished strongly with birdies at the 15th, 17th and 18th - after an earlier birdie at the eighth, having only two bogies, at the third and fourth, in halves of 36 and 34. The 6ft, red-haired Scot is a senior student at the University of Tulsa who are currently fifth on 579 in the team event which is being led by Brigham Young (566) and Texas Christian (567).
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 132 Andrew Dahl (Arkansas) 64 68. 136 Jake Ellison (Brigham Young) 65 71. 137 Anthony Kim (Oklahoma) 70 67. 140 Will Dodson (Southern Methodist) 72 68. Other score: 141 David Inglis 71 70.
LEADING TEAMS 566 Brigham Young. 567 Texas Christian. 571 Oklahoma. 572 Arkansas. 579 Tulsa. 580 Oklahoma. 581 California.

Monday 15th March 2004

Dunbarton and Argyll launch website
Notice anything different down the Left Hand Side of this webpage? I've added Dunbartonshire and Argyll (D&A) to the list of Counties with their own website. D&A have joined Midlothian and Renfrewshire in providing a County Golf website for their members. It's address is, but if you forget, you can always find it from the link in the Left Index of this page. Congratulations to Jean Campbell who has developed the site.
If other Counties are interested in providing a website for their members, but don't want the hassle of doing it themselves, then consider using kirkwoodgolf to host it. Read more here.

Kate O'SullivanUS College Golf

Kate O'Sullivan, a member at Cochrane Castle Golf Club and a golf scholarship student at High Point University, North Carolina, was the leading player in the High Point team in the Shamrock Intercollegiate women's college golf tournament at Teca Cay golf course, Teca Cay in South Carolina.
Kate, a Scotland girls' international player, finished on a high with a round of 74 - one of her best since she went to the United States. Her earlier rounds were 84 and 86 and she claimed a share of 10th place with a total of 244.
The individual winner by three shots was Ashley Harris (Mercer University) with scores of 82, 73 and 74 for 229.
High Point (1008) finished seventh in the team event behind joint winners Coastal Carolina and East Tennessee State on 977.
LEADING FINAL TOTALS Individual 229 Ashley Harris (Mercere) 82 73 74. 232 Lauren Smith (Augusta State) 79 78 75. 235 Jutta Degerman (Winthrop) 82 79 74. Other total: 244 Kate O'Sullivan (High Point) 84 86 74.
Teams 997 Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State. Other total: 1008 High Point (seventh).

Gillian O'LearyPortuguese Championship

GILLIAN O'Leary staked a claim to make her full women's international debut for Ireland later this year when she won the Portuguese women's amateur international championship at Quinta de Cima course on the Eastern Algarve (on Sunday, March 14).
Gillian is 20 years old and a student at University College Cork as well as a member of Cork and Youghal Golf Clubs. She has been a member of Ireland's national training panels for the past couple of years - and this is her big breakthrough as a tournament winner.
She is studying Food Science and Technology at UCC, having received a grant from the college in 2002 and 2003.
She reached the semi-finals of the Belgian International Junior Championship last summer and represented Ireland in Moscow in the 2002 European Under-21 junior women's team championship.
Miss O'Leary is, by all accounts, a very hard working, dedicated player so one could say she earned the Portuguese title.
She qualified in third place for the match-play stages behind former English women's stroke-play champion Sara Garbutt from Ganton and Irish compatriot Tricia Mangan, the LGU Elite Squad player from Ennis.
Sara had rounds of 75 and 70 for 145 and and seven shots to spare over No 2 seed Tricia (77, 75) and Gillian (76 77).
Miss Garbutt, whose rounds helped England (302) to win the team title from Ireland A (304) and Ireland C (312), failed to carry on her fine stroke-play form in the match-play. In the semi-finals, Gillian O'Leary had a fine 2 and 1 win over Tricia Mangan in the first semi-final.
Former New Zealand junior champion Liz McKinnon, a Nairn Golf Club member who married a Scot and has lived in the Inverness area for the past three years, beat Eva Steinberger (Austria) 5 and 4 in the other semi-final.
Although she has won the Scottish Northern Counties individual title and helped Northern Counties to win the Scottish county championship finals last year, this has been Mrs McKinnon's best performance since she came over from New Zealand.
In the 36-hole Portuguese final, however, Gillian O'Leary was two up after 18 holes and won the tie by 5 and 4. She was only two or three over par for the 32 holes played.
Collated scoreboard . Leading qualifiers 145 Sara Garbutt (Eng) 75 70. 152 Tricia Mangan (Ire) 77 75. 153 Gillian O'Leary (Ire) 76 77. 154 Carolina Catanho (Por) 77 70. 155 Maria Vertechenova (Russ) 78 77.
Match-play later stages Semi-finals O'Leary beat Mangan 2 and 1, McKinnon beat Eva Steinberger (Aut) 5 and 4. Final (36 holes) O'Leary beat McKinnon 5 and 4.

Suzie HayesUS College Golf

Suzie Hayes from Dublin started brightly in the St Croix Collegiate Classic women's tournament over the 6,020yd, par-72 Carambola course at St Croix on the Virgin Islands but slumped by six shots on each of the succeeding rounds.
Suzie, a student at Notre Dame University, scored 76, 82 and 88 for a 30-over-par total of 246, which earned her joint 41st place.
The tournament was won by Samantha Richdale (Illinois State) with a 10-over total of 226, made up of 76, 76 and 74. She won by one stroke from Kristina Rothengatte (Southern Methodist) with scores of 73, 75 and 79.
Southern Methodist (916) won the team title by 13 shots from Baylor. Notre Dame (959) tied for fifth place.
LEADING FINAL TOTALS 226 Samantha Richdale (Illinois State) 76 76 74. 227 Kristina Rothengatte (Southern Methodist) 73 75 79. 228 Anna Rehnhom (Baylor) 79 76 73, Laura Cross (Southern Methodist) 75 79 74. 230 Alison Walshe (Boston College) 75 78 74. Other total: 246 Suzie Hayes (Notre Dame) 76 82 88.
LEADING TEAMS 916 Southern Methodist. 929 Baylor. 947 Texas Tech. 958 Illinois State. 959 Notre Dame, Boston College, Xavier.

US College Golf

Augusta State University team-mates Scott Jamieson from Cathkin Braes and Wallace Booth of Crieff finished tied 32nd and 52nd respectively in a classy field for the Southern Highlands Collegiate championship over the Southern Highlands course at Las Vegas on Sunday.
Jamieson had rounds of 71, 76 and 75 for a creditable six-over-par total over the 7,440yd, par-72 course. He had 12 birdies over the three rounds, including three in his final card but cost himself a much higher finish with a double bogey at the 15th and a triple bogey at the 16th in an inward half of 41 on Sunday.
Booth, making his competitive team debut for Augusta State, scored 77, 77 and 72 for 10-over 226 after the potentially demolarising start of double bogey, triple bogey to his oening round. Booth finished with a bag of 12 birdies, boosting his total on the last day at the ninth, 11th, 14th and 16th but, like Jamieson, Wallace had a costly late slip, running up a double-bogey 5 at the short 17th. Over the three days, the former Scottish Under-16 champion had two double bogeys, one triple and 15 bogeys.
There were three US Walker Cup team players in the top five - Bill Haas (Wake Forest), Brock Mackenzie (Washington) and Matt Hendrix (Clemson) but victory went to Camilo Villegas (Florida) with 67, 69 and 69 for 11-under-par 205. Haas finished a shot behind in second place.
Arizona State did not have a player in the top five but still managed to win the team event with 848, two shots ahead of Florida with Clemson (859) third. Augusta State (887) were 12th.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 205 Camilo Villegas (Florida) 67 69 69. 206 Bill Haas (Wake Forest) 68 67 71. 207 Ryan Moore (UNLV) 69 69 69. 208 Brock |Mackenzie (Washington) 70 67 71. 210 Matt Hendrix (Clemson) 71 69 70. Other totals: 222 Scott Jamieson (Augustua State) 71 76 75. 226 Wallace Booth (Augusta State) 77 77 72.
LEADING TEAM TOTALS 848 Arizona State. 850 Florida. 859 Clemson. 863 Georgia. 870 Washington. 871 UCLA, Georgia Teach. Other total: 887 Augusta State (12th).

US College Golf

A moderate second round cost Callum Macaulay, 20-year-old golf scholarship student at the University of Mississippi, a much higher final placing than 59th in the Conrad Rehling Alabama Invitational men's college golf tournament over the Old Colony course at Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Sunday.
Callum, from Dunfermline, had scores of 75, 85 and 77 for a 54-hole total of 236. The individual winner was John Holmes (Kentucky) with scores of 69, 69 and 71 for 209. Mississippi (884) finished fourth in the team event behind winners Alabama (878).
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 209 John Holmes (Kentucky) 69 68 71. 210 Lars Brovold (Alabama) 68 71 71. Other total: 236 Callum Macaulay (Mississippi) 75 84 77.
LEADING TEAMS 878 Alabama. 880 Jacksonville State. 881 Kentucky. 884 Mississippi.

Heather StirlingFutures Tour

Former Curtis Cup player and past Scottish champion Heather Stirling from Bridge of Allan picked up $641 dollars for finishing tied 24th in the opening event of the United States Futures Tour over the Cleveland Heights course at Lakeland, Florida on Sunday.
Heather looked as though she was pitching for the $9,100 first prize when she opened with a five-under-par round of 67 but she fell away with subsequent scores of 77 and 75 for a final total of three-over-par 219.
Another former Scottish women's amateur title holder, Linzi Morton from Alloa, failed by four shots to survive the 36-hole cut. She had scores of 78 and 76. Rebecca Prout from Surrey also missed out on the final day action after rounds of 77 and 83.
Canadian Kimberly Adams from Tide Head, New Brunswick won by four shots with scores of 71, 67 and 67 for 11-under-par 205. Runner-up Seon-Hwa Lee from Chonan Korea, with scores of 66, 73 and 70 for 209, collected $6,500. There were eight competitors from Korea in the leading 29 finishers.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 205 Kimberly Adams (Can) 71 67 67. 209 Seon-Hwa Lee (Kor) 66 73 70. 210 Nicole Perrot (Chil) 71 66 73. 211 Jimin Kang (Kor) 70 70 71. 212 Lori Atsedes (US) 69 72 71, Meredith Ward (US) 73 67 72, Carri Wood (US) 66 71 75. 213 Cortney Reno (US) 72 65 78. Other totals: 219 Heather Stirling (Sco) 67 77 75.
Non-qualifiers included: 154 Linzi Morton (Sco) 78 76. 160 Rebecca Prout (Eng) 77 83.

Sunday 14th March 2004

Liz McKinnonPortuguese Amateur

Nairn Golf Club member Liz McKinnon, a former New Zealand junior champion who married a Scot and now lives in the Inverness area, lost by 5 and 4 to Ireland's Gillian O'Leary in the 36-hole final of the Portuguese women's amateur international golf championship at Quinta de Cima on the Eastern Algarve today (Sunday).
Gillian, a 20-year-old student at University College Cork, was two up after the first round and only two or three over par for the 32 holes of the final.
In the semi-finals, Miss O'Leary, who is studying Food Science and Technology, beat LGU Elite Squad player and Irish compatriot Tricia Manga (Ennis) by 2 and 1. Tricia had been the No 2 qualifier and Gillian the No 3 seed from the 36-hole qualifying test.
Mrs McKinnon, Northern Counties champion in 2002, beat Eva Steinberger (Austria) by 5 and 4 in the other semi-final.
Top seed Sara Garbutt from Ganton failed to make headway in the match-play stages. She had scored 75 and 70 in the qualifying rounds to finish seven shots ahead of Miss Mangan (77 75) with Gillian O'Leary on 153 (76 77).
Quinta de Cima, Algarve
Semi-finals _ G O'Leary (Ireland) beat T Mangan (Ireland) 2 and 1; L McKinnon (Scotland) beat E Steinberger (Austria) 5 and 4.
Final (36 holes) - O'Leary beat McKinnon 5 and 4.

Futures Tour
LAKELAND, Fla., March 13, 2004 – LPGA Tour veteran Carri Wood maintains a share of the lead going into Sunday’s final round of the $65,000 Lakeland FUTURES Golf Classic, posting a one-under-par 71 today. But Wood, a co-leader in the first round, will have to push past a pair of hungry contenders if she hopes to earn her first professional title in eight seasons.
Second-year pros Cortney Reno of Grosse Ile, Mich., and Nicole Perrot of Vina del Mar, Chile, both played their way into the lead today with rounds of 65 and 66, respectively at Cleveland Heights Golf Course.
Scotland's Heaher Stirling will be disappointed with her second round 77 after being so close to the leaders yesterday. Her total of 144 puts her in joint 18th place.
Linzi Morton added a 76 to her first round 78 and failed to qualify for the final rounds by 4 strokes.

US College Golf

Suzie Hayes from Dublin, a golf scholarship student at Notre Dame University, slipped back with a second-round 82 to be lying joint 19th with one round to go in the St Croix Collegiate Classic women's tournament at St Croix on the Virgin Islands on Saturday.
Suzie, whose scores are not counting for the Notre Dame team, had been well placed after a 76 on the opening day but almost all of the players found scoring conditions more difficult in the second round and Miss Hayes suffered a six-shot slide.
Kristina Rothengatte (Southern Methodist) took over as the leader on 148 after a 73 and a 75. She leads by three from Kori Goulet (Boston College) (78 73).
Overnight leader Missy Ryan (Southern Methodist) slumped from a 73 to an 81 for 154 to be sharing fifth place.
Southern Methodist (606) have opened up a 13-shot lead from Baylor. Notre Dame (643) are in seventh place.
148 Kristina Rothengatte (Southern Methodist) 73 75.
151 Kori Goulet (Boston College) 78 73.
152 Sam Richdale (Illinois State) 76 76, Ashlie Rose (Illinois State) 76 76.
154 Megan Godfrey (Illinois) 79 75, Missy Ryan (Southern Methodist) 73 81, Jessica Steward (Boston College) 78 76, Laura Cross (Southern Methodist) 75 79.
Other score:
158 Suzie Hayes (Notre Dame) 76 82.
607 Southern Methodist.
620 Baylor.
636 Boston College, Illinois State, Xavier.
638 Texas Tech.
643 Notre Dame.

US College Golf

Augusta State University team-mates Scott Jamieson from Cathkin Braes and Wallace Booth from Crieff were in joint 33rd and 67th places respectively with one round to go in the Southern Highlands Collegiate championship over the Southern Highlands course, Las Vegas on Saturday.
Jamieson had been tied for 18th at the start of the second round but fell back with a 76 for three-over-par 143. Scott did well to keep his nerve after a triple bogey 7 at the first and a quadruple bogey 9 at the long third. He hit back with birdies at the fourth, fifth, ninth and 10th before bogeying the 14th.
Booth repeated his opening-round 77 with eight bogeys over the 7,440yd par-72 course. Wallace, who started at the 10th, did birdie the sixth, seventh and ninth to boost his morale for the last day.
United States Walker Cup player Bill Haas (Wake Forest) leads on nine-under-par 135 (68, 67) but he is only one shot ahead of Camilo Villegas (Florida).
Arizona State (555) lead the team event from Florida (558) with Georgia (570) third.
135 Bill Haas (Wake Forest) 68 67.
136 Camilo Villegas (Florida) 67 69.
137 Kevin Kisner (Georgia) 72 65, Chez Reavie (Arizona State) 69 68, Brett Stegmaier (Florida) 68 69, Brock Mackenzie (Washington) 70 67.
Other scores:
147 Scott Jamieson (Augusta State) 71 76.
154 Wallace Booth (Augusta State) 77 77.
555 Arizona State.
558 Florida.
570 Georgia.
571 Clemson.
Other score:
589 Augusta State (13th).

Saturday 13th March 2004

Heather StirlingHeather Stirling lying fourth equal with a 67 in the first Futures tour event.
LAKELAND, Fla., March 12, 2004 – The FUTURES Golf Tour kicked off the season with a plethora of sub-par rounds at the $65,000 Lakeland FUTURES Golf Classic. Thirty-two players finished under par in the first event of the season at the Tour’s 400th tournament.
Teenager Seon-Hwa Lee of Chonan, Korea took the early first-round lead at six-under-par 66 at Cleveland Heights Golf Course. By afternoon, two other players – Carrie Wood of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Nicole Dalkas of Palm Desert, Calif. – had also carded 66s for a share of the lead.
Ex Scottish Champion Heather Stirling, in her second year of the Futures Tour, was one of three players on 67. Her outward half of 31 was the best of the entire field.
Another ex Scottish Champion, Linzi Morton from Tulliallan had a 78 made up of two halves of 39 and is in 109th place.

Scotland international player Wallace Booth from Crieff recovered from a nightmare start to score a five-over-par 77 on his competitive debut on the American college circuit.
Booth, older brother of "wonder girl" Carly, has been at Augusta State University since the autumn but, because he is still a teenager, the golf coach decided he would "save up" Wallace's four years of golfing eligibility and not introduce him in the team until now.
Competing in Southern Highlands Collegiate championship over the 7,440yd, par-72 Southern Highlands course, Las Vegas, Wallace started at the 10th hole and immediately ran up a triple bogey 7. At the 11th, he chalked up a double bogey 6 to be five over par after only two holes.
But Booth battled on and birdied the 13th, 16th, 18th, third and sixth in halves of 40 (for his first nine) and 37. He bogeyed the first, second, fifth, 15th and 17th apart from his triple and double bogey.
Wallace is lying joint 61st in a field of 77.
Scott JamiesonAugusta State team-mate Scott Jamieson from Cathkin Braes recaptured a bit of the form that made him a successful college player a year or two ago and is lying tied 18th in a quality field after a one-under-par 71.
Scott birdied the fifth, seventh, ninth and 13th in halves of 35 (one under) and 36 (level). He bogeyed the first and sixth.
Henry Liaw (Arizona) is tournament leader with a seven-under-par round of 65, which gave him a one-shot lead from Jack Ferguson (Clemson) and Niklas Lemke (Arizona State).
65 Henry Liaw (Arizona).
66 Jack Ferguson (Clemson), Niklas Lemke (Arizona State).
67 Camilo Villegas (Florida).
68 Bill Haas (Wake Forest), John Merrick (UCLA), Brett Stegmaier (Florida), Brendon Tocki (Georgia), Chan Wongluekiet (Georgia Tech).
Other scores:
71 Scott Jamieson (Augusta State).
77 Wallace Booth (Augusta State).
277 Florida.
279 Clemson, Arizona State.
282 UCLA.
284 Georgia, Arizona.
289 Washington, Augusta State, UNLV.

Dubliner Susie Hayes top-scored for Notre Dame, despite not being an official team member, in the first round of the inaugural St Croix Collegiate Classic women's college golf tournament on the US Virgin Islands on Friday.
Susie shot a 76 to be lying joint seventh. She is three shots behind the joint leaders, Missy Ryan and Kristina Rothengatte, both Southern Methodist University students.
Susie was taken on the trip to play as an individual but, so far, has been in better form than the other Notre Dame players whose scores are counting for the team event in which they are lying third on 316 behind Southern Methodist (296) and Baylor (306).
73 Missy Ryan (SMU), Kristina Rothengatte (SMU).
74 Michaelyn Morgan (Baylor).
75 Ashley Deatherage (SMU), Megan Hull (Texas Tech), Laura Cross (SMU).
76 Suzie Hayes (Notre Dame), Josefin Svenningson (Baylor), Samantha Richdale ((Illinois State), Ashlie Rose (Illinois State), Michelle Caroll (Illinois)
296 SMU.
306 Baylor.
316 Notre Dame.
317 Texas Tech.
318 Illinois State.

ELGA Press Release
England wins Nations Cup

Sara Garbutt (Ganton, Yorkshire) leads a young team to victory at the Campeonato Internacional Amador, Portugal. Sara, a previous English Strokeplay Champion and English International player was joined by Emma Sheffield (Newark, Nottinghamshire) 16 years old ELGA Elite Potential Girls squad member and Chloe Rogers (Braintree, Essex) 18 years old. The young English team beat three Irish teams that included several of the GB &I Squad players. The best two gross scores each day counted, the aggregate score being 302, leading the field by two, with the Irish teams taking second and third place and Portugal 4th. Sara had a round one score of 75 and a round 2 score of 70, 2 under par. Emma’s 82 counted for day one and Chloe came back on the second round with an outstanding 75 performance.
Sara said “This has been a great team performance and it has been good for the younger players who have both contributed to the success of the English team in an adult championship. I am sure they will take home valuable experiences”. Sara as the leading qualifier has now reached the quarterfinals.


Friday 12th March 2004

Vikki LaingWest Coast Ladies Golf Tour

A final round of one-under-par 71 - easily her best of the three days - propelled former Curtis Cup player Vikki Laing from Musselburgh up the scoreboard into a final placing of joint seventh in her competitive professional debut in the Inland Empire Women's Open at Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Club in California.
Vikki, warming up for the LPGA circuit for which she qualified at last year's Qualifying School in Florida, had earlier scores of 75 and 76 and her total of 222 earned her $1,170 US dollars. Susie LaingSusie Laing from Troon had scores of 75, 75 and 78 to finish 14th on 228 and collect $720. Lisa Meredith-Seary from Reading scored 76, 81 and 76 top tie for 20th place on 233 and win $330.
The tournament was won by rookie pro Alena Sharp from Hamilton, Ontario. She was one of the top-ranked players on the American women's college circuit last year. Alena had set the first-round pace with a 70 but dropped back with a second-round 72 before finishing strongly with a six-birdie 68 (31-37) for a two-stroke win with a total of 215. Her cash prize was $3,000. There were two holes in one at the par-3, 153yd fourth hole on the final day. The first was by Amy Powell from Del Mar, California and the second from an amateur competitor, C J Kim from Rowland Heights, California. Both were gifted copies of the flag on the fourth green.
LEADING TOTALS 215 Alena Sharp (Canada) 70 77 68. 217 Brittney Bacon (North Dakota) 71 72 74. 218 Angie Rizzo (Arizona) 72 71 75. 219 Christel Tomori (Hawaii) 76 74 69. 220 Dana Ebster (California) 77 76 68. 222 Vikki Laing (Scotland) 75 76 71, Leila Chartrand (British Columbia) 77 73 72. Other total: 228 Susie Laing (Scotland) 75 75 78.

Sara GarbuttSara Garbutt from Ganton, a former English women's stroke-play champion, earned the top seeding for the match-play stages by seven strokes in the Portuguese women's amateur international championship at Quinta de Cima on the Eastern Algarve. Sara had scores of 75 and 70 for a one-over-par total of 145. No 2 qualifier was Ireland's Tricia Mangan from Ennis. Tricia scored 77 and 75 for 152. Ireland also supplied the No 3 qualifier in Gillian O'Leary, 76 and 77 for 153. England won the team event by two shots from Ireland A.
LEADING QUALIFIERS 145 Sara Garbutt (Eng) 75 70. 152 Tricia Manga (Ire) 77 75. 153 Gillian O'Leary (Ire) 76 77. 154 Carolina Catanho (Por) 77 70. 155 Maria Vertchenova (Russ) 78 77.
TEAM EVENT 302 England. 304 Ireland A. 312 Ireland C. 316 Portugal.

England's James Heath, who was playing for Augusta State University on the American men's college circuit not all that long ago, was the leading qualifier for the match-play stages of the Portuguese men's amateur international championship over the Quinta de Cima course on the Eastern Algarve.
James had scores of 74 and 67 for a three-under-par total of 141 - two ahead of the Santos brothers from Portugal - Hugo and Ricardo - and also the first-round leader, Mikko Korhonen (Finland).
LEADING QUALIFIERS 141 James Heath (Eng) 74 67. 143 Hugo Santos (Por) 73 70, Ricardo Santos (Por) 73 70, Mikko Korhonen (Fin) 68 75. 144 Erik Stenman (Fin) 73 71, Matthew Cryer (Eng) 72 72.
TEAM EVENT 286 Portugal, England B. 289 England A.

David InglisUS College Golf

Walker Cup player David Inglis from Glencorse, a student at the University of Tulsa, finished third in the LouisIana Classic men's college golf tournament at Oakbourne Country Club, Lafayette. Inglis had rounds of 73, 71 and 71 for a one-under-par total of 215 - five behind winner Kevin Ward (Kansas) who scored 72, 72 and 66 over the 7,083yd par-72 course. Will Dodson (Southern Methodist) was runner-up on 211 with 70, 73 and 68. England's David Skinns from Lincoln and Ross McGowan from Surrey, both students at the University of Tennessee, finished joint 20th and joint 24th respectively with totals of 222 (73, 72,77) and 223 (81, 69, 73).
Tulsa (879) finished fourth in the team event behind Southern Methodist (86), Kansas (866) and Texas Tech (868).

US College Golf

Russell Knox from Nairn, a student at Jacksonville University, tied for fourth place in the Winthrop Waterford Invitational men's college golf tournament at Waterford Golf Club, Rock Hill in South Carolina. Russell had scores of 72 and 74 for two-over-par 146 - eight shots behind four-stroke winner, Ulf Hedlund (Campbell University) who had 71 and 67 for six-under 138.
Jacksonville (610) tied for fourth place in the team event behind North Carolina Greensboro (594).

Kate O'SullivanUS College Golf

Former Scottish girl international player Kate O'Sullivan, pictured left, from Cochrane Castle, a golf scholarship student at High Point University, tied for 12th place in the Lady Terrier Intercollegiate tournament at Carolina Country Club, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Kate had scores of 82 and 85 for 167. Laura Tereby (Radford) won the event by five shots with scores of 73 and 76 for 149.

The final of the Aberdeen Links Centenary Championship has been put back a week to Friday, June 25 because of a clash with the Elton John concert at Pittodrie Stadium following this week's announcement that it would be held on Friday, June 18.
"The committee decided that there would be too much disruption to the players in the final with people walking across the course to get to the concert and that the links golf clubs would be very busy with people before the concert," said Craig Wheeler, the Links championship secretary.
When Rod Stewart gave a concert at the Aberdeen Football Ground seven years ago, at the same time of the year, the Aberdeen Links championship carried on as normal. Does this mean that Elton John is rated a bigger crowd-puller and potential golf tournament-disrupter than Rod?

Thursday 11th March 2004


Former English women's stroke-play champion Sara Garbutt, pictured left, led with a three-over-par 75 (35-40) at the end of the first qualifying round in the Portuguese women's amateur international golf championship over the Quinta da Cima course on the eastern Algarve. One shot behind was Gillian O'Leary, one of the clutch of Irish players in the relatively small field. Claire Coughlan from Cork and Tricia Mangan (Ennis), both members of the LGU Elite Squad, shared third place on 77.
Scotland's only representative - New Zealand-born Liz McKinnon, a Nairn Golf Club member who lives near Inverness, had an 81 to be tied for 14th place.
Collated scoreboard First qualifying round
75 Sara Garbutt (Eng). 76 Gillian O'Leary (Ire). 77 Claire Coughlan (Ire), Caroline Catanho (Por), Tricia Manga (Ire). 78 Marta Vertchenova (Russ), Heather Nolan (Ire). 79 Robina Fagerberg (Swe), Sinead O'Sullivan (Ire), Eva Steinberger (Aut). 80 Lee Corisande (Eng), Cristina Frick (Swe), Sinead Keane (Ire). 81 Laure Sibille (Fra), Catherine Tucker (Ire), Liz McKinnon (Sco). 82 Carla Cruz (Por), Emma Sheffield (Eng), Kaisa Korhonen (Fin), Desiree Karlsson (Swe), Helen Jones (Ire). Other scores: 84 Maura Morrin (Ire), Donna O'Connell. (Eng). 85 Julia Sales (Eng). 86 Tara Delaney (Ire). 87 Chloe Rogers (Eng). 88 Vivien Saunders (Eng).

Portuguese men's amateur international golf championship

It was a day of mixed fortunes for the young Scottish competitors in the first qualifying round of the Portuguese men's amateur international golf championship at Quinta da Cima course on the Eastern end of the Algarve. Young Robert Taylor (Downfield) did well to return a one-over-par 73 (36-37) to be lying joint 11th and Paul O'Hara (Colville Park), 75, Andrew Rollo (Elgin), 76, and George Murray (Earlsferry Thistle), also 76, were not all that far behind. But there was disappointment for Stuart Turnbull, Paul Doherty (Vale of Glamorgan) and Lloyd Saltman (Craigielaw) who all scored in the 80s and can little hope of going on to the match-play stages. Mikko Korhonen (Finland) set the pace with a four-under-par 68.
Collated scoreboard
First qualifying round 68 Mikko Korhonen (Fin). 71 Jean-Marie Gougeon (Fra), Adam Gee (Eng), Kevin Harper (Eng), James Williams (Wal). 72 Andrew Bravant (Eng), Roger Furrier (Swi), Antti Lehtinen (Fin), James Ruebotham (Eng), Mathew Cryer (Eng). 73 Hugo Santos (Por), Nuno Campino (Por), Erik Stenman (Fin), Robert Taylor (Sco), Roope Kakko (Fin), Ghislain Rosler (Fra), Paul Ring (Eng), Antonio Rosado (Por), Nuno Brito e Cunha (Por), Ricardo Santos (Por). Other scores: 74 James Heath (Eng), Joe Ferguson (Eng), Charles Ford (Eng), Llewellyn Matthews (Wal), Alesx Smith (Wal). 75 Jamie Donaldson (Eng), Craig Housden (Eng), Ross Wilson (Eng), Brian Lee (Wal), Neil Chaudhuri (Eng), Paul O'Hara (Sco), Kennedy Lloyd (Eng), Jonathan Poulton (Eng). 76 Edward Butler (Eng), Gareth Wright (Wal), James Smith (Eng), Jonathan , Craig Morrow (Eng), Andrew Rollo (Sco), Lee Gauthier (Eng), Michael Lowe (Eng), George Murray (Sco). 77 Tommy Hunter (Eng), David Horsey (Eng), Nicholas Bamber (Eng). 78 Dale Mannion (Eng), Craig Smith (Wal), Alex Murrel (Eng), Paul Hendrikson (Wal). 79 Jack Bircham (Eng), Craig McCollum (Eng), Andrew Rudge (Eng), Jonathan Holmes (Wal). 80 Tim Dykes (Wal), James Shield (Eng). 81 Stuart Turnbull (Sco), Scott Taylor (Eng). 82 Oliver Turnhill (Eng), Paul Coburn (Eng). 84 Paul Doherty (Sco), David Price (Wal). 86 Lloyd Saltman (Sco).

A North woman golfer's long campaign to end sex discrimination with regard to competition days within golf clubs has finally made it to the floor of the House of Commons.
Jenny Louden, 55, a member of Nairn Golf Club with a handicap of six, has been raising the issue with her MP, David Stewart, for more than five years. The mother of two claims discriminator playing practices are damaging the women's game on a sporting level. Working women have little or no chance of playing in most club's women competitions because they are played during the week.
Mr Stewart sponsored a 10min rule bill in the Commons on Tuesday this week to prevent sex discrimination at clubs and associations, whether in the form of membership benefits, facilities or services.
Mrs Louden claims the current golfing culture is one where female golfers have to play virtually all their club competitions during the five-day working week while male members of the clubs have their competitions at weekends.
She explained how her club's fixtures lists differed, with male members playing about 67 % of their club competitions at weekends while women play only 13 %.
"In essence, the issue is that boys and girls should be given the same level playing field and this means the same weekend playing opportunity which will, in turn, benefit younger working women who want to play the game," she said.
Mrs Louden believes the Government's recommended voluntary introduction of equal status membership at many golf clubs is not working. She stressed her campaign was not a "Nairn-bashing exercise" but an example of the outdated behaviour and practices which can be found at the vast majority of mixed-sex golf clubs through the British Isles.
"Even where clubs have equal status membership, this does not guarantee equal opportunity for female members," she said. "This issue is about obtaining equal playing opportunity in the club itself and not merely obtaining equal status membership. There is no point in women being given a vote at annual meetings or, as has happened at some clubs already, a female being made club captain, if, at the end of the day, you then fail to provide equal playing practices."
Mrs Louden added: "Sadly, it is a fact that, by and large and irrespective of membership status, this final bastion of golfing discrimination has not been eliminated across the board.
"The bottom line is that equal status membership, by itself, is not a panacea. If we don't take this opportunity to change this culture, then , make no mistake, we will continue to fail to retain the interest in the sport of nearly all schoolgirls and young women.
Mr Stewart, who represents Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber, said:" I admire Mrs Louden's fighting spirit. In the many years I have been in contact with her, and with Government ministers, I have backed her campaign to improve women's access to the game.
"Clubs need to prove equal status for men and women to access many improvement grants but the case here is if it is truly equal. Legislation would back members who have serious issues to contest."

Susie Laing, pictured left, from Troon moved up into a share of seventh place with a second consecutive round of 75 for a 36-hole tally of 150 in the Inland Empire Women's Open golf tournament at Moreno Valley Ranch, California, one of the events on the West Coast Ladies Tour.
Vikki Laing, pictured right, followed up her opening 75 with a 76 and is tied for 11th place on 151 with one round to go.
Lisa Meredith-Searly from Reading is back on 157 after scores of 76 and 81.
The lead is shared on 143 by Angie Rizzo from Scottsdale, Arizona and Brittney Bacon (North Dakota).
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 143 Angie Rizzo (Arizona) 72 71, Brittney Bacon (North Dakota) 71 72. 146 Dana Ebster (California) 72 74, Linda Ishii (Los Angeles) 71 75. 147 Alena Sharp (Canada) 70 77. Other scores: 150 Susie Laing (Scotland) 75 75. 151 Vikki Laing (Scotland) 75 76. 157 Lisa Meredith-Searly (England) 76 81.

Inchmarlo Golf Centre, Banchory have kindly granted the courtesy of The Laird's Course for the North of Scotland girls' championship on Sunday, August 29. The 18-hole tournament is open to girls Under 18 years of age on January 1, who live in the Northern Counties, Aberdeenshire, Angus or Perth & Kinross women's county golf divisions.
Previous winners of the title include Curtis Cup players Elaine Farquharson (Deeside) and Kathryn Imrie (Monifieth).

Kelly Brotherton joins East Lothian
Kelly Brotherton, current Scottish Girls Champion and a pupil at Loretto, Musselburgh has joined East Lothian County Ladies Golf Association.
Carole Ross, East Lothian County Captain explained. "Kelly is a member of Craigielaw through her school, and this makes her eligible for County membership. We checked with the SLGA to make sure that we were not breaking any rules. We are delighted to welcome her to the County".
East Lothian were vitually unbeatable in their hayday when they had four Scottish Internationalists in the team. They have gone off the boil recently , and this injection of talent will surely change their fortunes. It will certainly make the Cuthbertson Cup (East Junior Inter-County) and East Division County matches very interesting!

Wednesday 10th March 2004

Scots Vikki and Susie Laing had more than their surnames in common at the end of the first round of the 54-hole Inland Empire Women's Open at Moreno Valley Ranch, California, one of the events on the West Coast Ladies Tour.
Vikki from Musselburgh and Troon exile Susie both finished on 75 to be lying joint ninth, five shots behind the leader, Canadian Alena Sharp from Hamilton, Ontario.
It was the competitive pro debut of former Curtis Cup player Vikki who is warming up for her first appearance on the LPGA Tour. Susie won some dollars on the WCLT circuit last year after turning pro. Both Scots are at home in California. Vikki was a golf scholarship student at the University of California-Berkeley for four years while Susie attended the University of San Francisco.
LEADING SCORES 70 Alena Sharp (Canada). 71 Brittany Bacon (North Dakota), Linda Ishii (Los Angeles). 72 Angie Rizzo (Scottsdale), Dana Ebster (Modesto). Other scores: 75 Vikki Laing (Scotland), Susie Laing (Scotland). 76 Lisa Meredith-Seary (Reading).

Curtis Cup hopefuls tie in ScotUnis Medal
Vagliano Cup stars Lynn Kenny (University of Stirling) and Clare Queen (University of Strathclyde) returned the same score, a 77, in the second Scottish Universities Women's Medal of the season, held on Sunday at Drumpellier. Lynn took first place on the better inward half. Gillian Davidson, (Robert Gordon's University) came third with 84, with Ann Ramsay (Heriot-Watt) taking 87 to be in fourth spot and Dawn Bell (Edinburgh) picking up a point for fifth with a 93.
Scoring was high with the best net being Gillian Davidson's 75. However she didn't pick up maximum points as she had already been awarded points in the scratch section. Lynn and Clare would also have qualified for handicap points off their +2 and +1 handicaps. First handicap went to Fiona Mahoney (St Andrews) with a net 81, with Lyndsey Johnston (Edinburgh) second with net 83 and Theresa Caban (St Andrews) third on net 84. Fourth place went to Suzanne Graham (Edinburgh) and fifth was Karen O'Neal (Edinburgh).
Edinburgh and St Andrews tied with 8 points apiece, and when added to the cumulative total, this put St Andrews at the top of the table with 20 points, followed by Stirling on 17 and Edinburgh on 11.

The Ladies Golf Union has confirmed the 16 players who will compete for the Elite Squad against the team of Ladies' European Tour professionals at Formby Golf Club in the Weetabix Challenge Match on Saturday, April 17.
As indicated on this website earlier this week, Irish champion Martina Gillen is flying back from the Kent State University, Ohio campus to take part.
Heather MacRae, a student at San Diego State University, and also a member of the originally selected Elite Squad, will not make the flying trip home for the match.
Claire CoughlanClaire Coughlan (Cork), pictured right, the most successful player in last year's home internationals at Cruden Bay, stepped up from first reserve into the squad when Becky Brewerton turned professional.
That meant Kerry Smith (Waterlooville), a former Curtis Cup player, became first reserve but she will play in the Weetabix match.
The LGU international selection committee will meet immediately after the Weetabix Challenge match to choose the team of eight for the Curtis Cup match against the United States at Formby Golf Club on June 12 and 13.
The LGU line-up for the April 17 contest is: Claire Coughlan (Cork). Emma Duggleby (Malton & Norton). Anna Highgate (Cottrell Park). Sarah Jones (Pennard) Lynn Kenny (Dunblane New & Stirling Univ). Anne Laing (Vale of Leven). Tricia Mangan (Ennis). Danielle Masters (Bearsted). Shelley McKevitt (Reading). Fame More (Chesterfield). Kate Phillips (Creigiau). Clare Queen (Drumpellier). Kerry Smith (Waterlooville). Nicola Timmins (Sene Valley). Sophie Walker (Kenwick Park). Martina Gillen (Beaverstown & Kent State Univ, Ohio).
The Ladies' European Tour squad has yet to be named.

Pamela FeggansUS College Golf

Pamela Feggans failed to make it three wins in a row in a matter of four weeks in Florida but the 21-year-old Scot from Ayrshire did achieve her customary top-10 finish in the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational women's college golf tournament at Tuscawilla Country Club, Winter Springs. Pamela, a student at Florida Southern University, had rounds of 76, 77 and 76 for a 13-over-par total of 229 to share eighth place, five shots behind Polly Willett (North Carolina Greenboro) who won a three-way play-off for the title.
Miami (910) won the team title from Rollins (915) and James Madison (922).
LEADING INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 224 Polly Willett (N C Greenboro) 76 74 74, Tiffany Prats (Miami) 73 78 73, Tina Miller (Miami) 78 71 75 (Willett won play-off). 225 Mariana De Biase (Rollins) 76 79 70. 226 Carol Green (James Madison) 72 78 76. 228 Christy Larrimore (Georgetown) 76 74 78, Charlotte Campbell (Rollins) 75 77 76. 229 Pamela Feggans (Florida Southern) 76 77 76, Freddie Seeholzer (Rollins) 77 73 79.
LEADING TEAMS 910 Miami. 915 Rollins. 922 James Madison. 948 N C Greenboro. 954 Penn State. 958 Southern Illinois. 972 Minnesota. 974 Florida Southern.


THE Curtis Cup match at Formby is still 13 weeks away but the form of at least two of the college circuit players in the United States team must be putting a smile on the face of skipper Martha Kirouac. Brittany Lang and Liz Janangelo, two Martha's team and also members of the all-conquering Duke University line-up finished first and second on Tuesday in the latest big event on the American women's college circuit, the Lady Gator Invitational over the University of Florida course at Gainesville.
Brittany, an 18-year-old freshman from McKinney Texas, won the individual honours with scores of 72, 73 and 71 over the par-70, 5,723yd course. Her total of 216 was six over par but there were not many rounds round par by anyone over the three days. Miss Lang won because she made fewer errors than anyone else. In the final round, she restricted her bogeys to the third and the ninth and picked up a birdie 2 at the short 15th in halves of 37 and 34. She won by one shot from team-mate Liz Janangelo, the top-ranked female college player in the States.
Liz had scores of 73, 74 and 70. She packed four birdies into that final round (at the short eighth, 10th, 12th and 14th). Her bogeys in halves of 37 and 33 came at the first, second, ninth and 15th.
Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State), the third member of the 2004 US Curtis Cup team in the field, tied for 26th place with scores of 77, 81 and 76 for a 24-over-par total of 234. Annie had one triple bogey and four double bogeys over the three days. Her final round of 76 seemed typical - a birdie at the short 15th, a double bogey 7 at the long seventh and bogeys at the third, eighth, 12th, 16th and 18th in halves of 39 and 37.
Curtis Cup first reserve Leigh Anne Hardin (Duke) tied for 35th place with scores of 77, 80 and 79 for 236.
Duke University, who actually provided the first three players in the individual event because overnight leader Anna Grzebien (also of Duke) finished third on 218 after a closing 73, won their seventh straight team title of the 2003-2004 college season to maintain their No 1 nationwide ranking.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL 216 Brittany Lang (Duke) 72 73 71. 217 Liz Janangelo (Duke) 73 74 70. 218 Anna Grzebien (Duke) 73 72 73. 219 Allison Fouch (Michigan State) 69 78 72. 221 Allison Hanna (Ohio State) 74 73 74. 223 Aimee Cho (Florida) 77 73 73, Nicole Hage (Auburn) 75 76 72. Other scores: 234 Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) 77 81 76 (tied 26th). 236 Leigh Anne Hardin (Duke) 77 80 79 (tied 35th).
LEADING TEAMS 878 Duke. 811 Ohio State. 914 Michigan State. 919 Florida, Auburn. 922 Oklahoma State, Tennessee.

At last it can be revealed why Pamela Williamson (Baberton), the current Irish senior women's open champion, did not play in the first round of the Spanish senior women's open foursomes championship. Having taken the "tourist route" home from the tournament, here is her message:
"I ate something that caused me one else had a problem . I think it must have been a prawn. Felt fully recovered by the Friday and then we were rained off. I was out in 39 and had hopes of a decent score! 
"Played Sotogrande and Valderrama so really enjoyed that part of the trip."
Glad to hear you are feeling better Pam.. you had us all worried!

Tuesday 9th March 2004

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US Curtis Cup Watch

There are still two members of the United States Curtis Cup team for Formby in June in challenging positions with one round to go in the Lady Gator Invitational women's college golf tournament over the University of Florida course at Gainesville.
On a day of unFlorida-like weather, only one player got within two shots of the par of 70 over the course which is just under 6,000yd long. That was Anna Grzebien, yet another player from the formidable Duke University team which is carrying all before them on the 2003-2004 American women's college season. Anna shot a 72 for one-over-par 145 to tie for the lead with Curtis Cup selection and fellow Duke University player, Brittany Lang who had a 73 for 145. Anna's card was highlighted by an eagle 2 at the 17th which cancelled out a double bogey 6 at the 14th in her halves of 36. Brittany was out in 37 and home in 36 with only one birdie, a 4 at the long 12th.
Liz Janangelo, who has been the star of the Duke team this season and is the No 1 ranked player on the US college circuit, shot a 74 for 147 to be tied for third place. Liz had a nightmare at the short eighth which cost her a quadruple bogey 7 in halves of 38 and 36.
Curtis Cup first reserve Leigh Anne Hardin - who also happens to be a student at Duke - shot an 80 to be tied for 29th place on 157. Leigh had double bogeys at the eighth and 14th in halves of 40.
Annie Thurman, the third US Curtis Cup team member in the tournament and a student at Oklahoma State, struggled for the second day in a row. She shot an 81 for 18-over-par 158 and is languishing in joint 38th place. Annie had a triple bogey at the 16th and doubles at the sixth and eighth in halves of 43 and 38.
Duke, of course, are heading for another team triumph. They have opened up a 20-shot lead from Ohio State with Michigan State another eight shots back of that in third place.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL 145 Anna Grzebien (Duke) 73 72, Brittany Lang (Duke) 72 73. 147 Allison Fouch (Michigan State) 69 78, Allison Hanna (Ohio State) 74 73, Liz Janangelo (Duke) 73 74. 148 Violeta Retamoza (Tennessee) 72 76. 150 Aimee Cho (Florida) 77 73. 151 Nicole Hage (Auburn) 75 76, Virada Nirapathpongpron (Duke) 74 77. Other scores: 157 Leigh Anne Hardin (Duke) 77 80. 158 Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) 77 81.
LEADING TEAMS 588 Duke. 608 Ohio State. 616 Michigan State. 617 Florida. 620 Tennessee. 621 Auburn. 623 Vanderbilt 624 Oklahoma State. 630 South Florida, Arkansas.

Portuguese Amateur Championship
We've found a website for the Portuguese Amateur Championship. Lets hope they keep it up to date with results! The two back-markers are England's Vivienne Saunders and Ireland's Claire Coughlan, but not far down the list is New Zealander Liz McKinnon, who hails from Nairn. Go Liz!

Monday 8th March 2004

Club Golf LogoNew golf website for Scotland’s youngsters
Scotland’s first website totally dedicated to junior golf has been unveiled in Edinburgh today. Press release

Ireland international player Martina GillenMartina Gillen , pictured right, from Beaverstown Golf Club has received permission from the authorities at Kent State University, Ohio, to fly to England for the Weetabix Challenge match between the LGU Elite Squad and a European Ladies Tour professional squadat Formby Golf Club on April 17.
Last year, Martina and the Irish girls champion, Karen Delaney, were not released by their American college to play for Ireland in the women's home international matches at Cruden Bay in September. Ireland still managed to win the title for the first time since 1986.
Heather MacRae, the only other member of the LGU Elite Squad who is at college in America - she's at San Diego State University - is not making the trip back to this country for the Weetabix Challenge match.
The team of eight for the Curtis Cup match against the United States, also at Formby Golf Club, on June 12 and 13, is being selected immediately after the Weetabix Challenge fixture and will be made public on the Monday morning, April 19. If Martina did not make the trip, it is very unlikely she would have been selected for the Curtis Cup squad. She was not a member of the Great Britain & Ireland team who beat the Continent of Europe in the Vagliano Trophy match at County Lough last summer. Now Miss Gillen has given herself one last chance of impressiving the selectors before they begin their deliberations.
The full LGU Elite Squad is: Claire Coughlan (Cork), Sarah Jones (Pennard) Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ) Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) Tricia Mangan (Ennis) Danielle Masters (Bearsted) Shelley McKevitt (Reading) Fame More (Chesterfield) Kate Phillips (Creigiau) Clare Queen (Drumpellier) Nicola Timmins (Sene Valley) Sophie Walker (Kenwick Park) US-based players: Martina Gillen (Beaverstown & Kent State Univ) Heather McRae (Dunblane New & San Diego State Univ) Reserves: Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) Tara Delaney (Carlow)

Loretto School backs Scottish Golf
The Scottish Golf Union has signed a new sponsorship deal with Loretto School for the Scottish Boys & Girls Under 14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Press release


Former Scottish champions Linzi Morton from Alloa and Heather Stirling from Stirling are in the field for the first event of the 2004 United States Futures Tour. It's the Lakeland Futures Classic at Lakeland, Florida - a 54-hole event from March 12 to 14. The total prize fund is $65,000 with $9,000 going to the winner and $6,500 to the runner-up.
Both Scots played on the Futures Tour in 2003. This year the big incentive is that the number of players who will gain automatic places on the 2005 US LPGA circuit has doubled from five to 10, taken from the final list of money-winners on the Futures Tour after the last event of 2004.

Spanish women's open amateur golf championship

Beatriz Recari became the second home-country player in a row to win the Spanish women's open amateur golf championship when she beat compatriot Carlota Ciganda by 4 and 3 in the 18-hole final at El Bosque Golf Club on Sunday.
Miss Ciganda had beaten the defending champion, another Spaniard, Adriana Zwanck by 5 and 4 in the quarter-finals and last year's beaten finalist, Denise Simon (Germany) by 3 and 2 in the semi-final.
In the first all-Spanish final for several years, Miss Recari always held the upperhand to chalk up the biggest win of her golfing career in claiming the Queen's Cup.
In last year's British women's open amateur championship at Lindrick, Beatriz lost to Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) by 4 and 3 in the second round after qualifying in 27th place. At El Bosque, Miss Recari was the 12th seed while Miss Ciganda qualified in 18th place.
Final (18 holes) Beatriz Recari (Spain) beat Carlota Ciganda (Spain) 4 and 3.

Laura WalkerFiona GilbertUS College Golf

Former Scottish girls champion Laura Walker, pictured left, from Nairn and Carnoustie's Fiona Gilbert, right, one-time beaten finalist in the Scottish girls' championship, turned in their best overall performance for their college, Arkansas-Little Rock, in the East-West Rio Verde Invitational women's college golf tournament which ended at Rio Verde Country Club, Arizona on Saturday.
Laura, a member of Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, had two scores of 75 for a six-over-par total of 150 and joint eighth place. Fiona was up with the leaders with an opening round of one-over 73 at the Quail Run course (6,069yd, par-72) but faded slightly with a 79 for 152. Nevertheless, she did tie for 15th place.
Irish eyes were smiling when Martina Gillen from Beaverstown and Carlow's Karen Delaney played a significant part in Kent State University's team victory. Martina had rounds of 73 and 76 for a five-over total of 149 to finish tied for fifth place behind another Kent State student, Gabby Wedding who took the individual honours with scores of 71 and 74 for 145. Linda Svensson (Arkansas-Little Rock) finished second on 146 with 74 and 72. Young Karen Delaney, the Irish girls' champion, posted the best finish of her first year on the American college golf circuit with scores of 80 and 74 for 154, finishing 21st. Another Kent State student, Becky Wood from Glossop, had scores of 79 and 81 for 160 and tied for 46th place.
Kent State (604) came from behind to pip halfway leaders Arkansas-Little Rock and Boston College who tied for second place on 607. Iowa (610) were fourth.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL 145 Gabby Wedding (Kent State) 71 74. 146 Linda Svensson (Arkansas-Little Rock) 74 72. 148 Alison Walshe (Boston College) 77 71, Kori Goulet (Boston College) 74 74. 149 Martina Gillen (Kent State) 73 76, Julie Tomlinson (Ohio) 77 72, Liz McCoppin (Texas State) 73 76. 150 Laura Walker (Arkansas-Little Rock) 75 75, Karla Murray (Arkansas-Little Rock) 75 75, Meaghan LeBlanc (Bradley) 74 76, Megan Godfrey (Illinois) 76 74. Other scores: 152 Fiona Gilbert (Arkansas-Little Rock) 73 79. 154 Karen Delaney (Kent State) 80 74. 160 Becky Wood (Kent State) 79 91.
LEADING TEAMS 604 Kent State. 607 Boston College, Arkansas-Little Rock. 610 Iowa. 612 Western Michigan. 622 Ohio.

Brittany LangLiz JanangeloCURTIS CUP: AMERICAN WATCH

Three of the United States' team for the Curtis Cup match at Formby on June 12-13 are competing in the Lady Gator Invitational women's college golf tournament which began over the University of Florida course at Gainesville on Sunday.
Duke team-mates Brittany Lang, left, and Liz Janangelo, right, had reasons to be cheerful with scores of 72 and 73 respectively to be lying tied for second and joint fourth respectively at the end of the opening round. But the third Curtis Cup selection in action, Annie ThurmanAnnie Thurman (Oklahoma State), below left, struggled to return a seven-over-par score of 77 round the 5,927yd course. Alison Fouch (Michigan State) was the overnight leader with a one-under 69 (34-35) in which she birdied the first three holes, bogeyed the next two and then parred the next 13 holes. Brittany Lang had one birdie, at the 12th, and bogeys at the ninth, 13th and 14th in halves of 36. Liz Janangleo also could mange only one birdie, at the 11th, and she shed shots at the first, third, fifth and 13th in halves of 38 and 35. Annie Thurman had a nightmare finish of lbogeys at the 12th, 13th and 14th, followed by a double bogey at the 16th and another bogey at the 17th in halves of 36 and 41. She did manage more birdies than her team-mates - at the fourth and 11th - but she did also drop an awful lot of shots to par.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL 69 Allison Fouch (Michigan State). 72 Brittany Lang (Duke), Violeta Retamoza (Tennessee). 73 Anna Grzebien (Duke), Allyson Harvie (Ohio State), Liz Janangelo (Duke), Katie Quinney (Florida State). 74 Allison Hanna (Ohio State), Virada Nirapathpongporn (Duke). Other score: 77 Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State).


Icelander Heidar Bragason, conqueror of English champion Gary Lockerbie in the first round and Michael Lowe in the second, went on to win the 36-hole final of the Spanish men's open amateur international golf championship at Desert Springs on Sunday. Bragason beat the favourite, defending champion and No 1 qualifier, Sebastian Garcia from Majorca by 3 and 2. Matthew Richardson from Pinner Hill, the only British player to reach the last eight, was beaten 5 and 3 by Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) by 5 and 3 in Saturday's quarter-finals.
Weekend results
SPANISH MEN'S OPEN AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Desert Springs (players from Spain unless stated) Quarter-finals S Garcia beat B Miarka (Ger) 2 and 1, G Fernandez-Castano bt M Richardson (Eng) 5 and 3, G Berlin bt F Garcia 1 hole, H Bragason (Ice) beat R Santos (Por) 1 hole.
Semi-finals S Garcia bt Fernandez-Castano at 20th, Bragason bt Berlin 3 and 2.
Final (36 holes) Bragason bt S Garcia 3 and 2.

Sunday 7th March 2004

Aberdeenshire Girls with their coach Andrew Locke
at today's training seesion at Inchmarlo Golf Centre, Banchory.

Back row (left to right): Mhairi Templeton (Westhill), Lauren Fowler (Banchory), Andrew Locke, Rachel Considine (Banchory).
Front row: Samantha Leslie (Westhill), Fiona Glennie (Braemar), Natalie Thomson (Murcar).

Sunday's 18-hole final of the Spanish women's open amateur international championship at El Bosque Golf Club will feature two Spanish players for the first time in a number of years.
Two of the lesser known Spanish competitors - certainly outwith Spain - Beatriz Recari and Carlota Ciganda won the Saturday afternoon semi-finals.
Beatriz, the No 12 qualifier for the match-play stages, beat Natalia Tanno (Switzerland) by 4 and 3 while Carlota, who was 18th of the 32 qualifiers, beat Denise Simon (Germany), last year's beaten finalist, by 3 and 2.
In the morning quarter-finals, Senorita Ciganda knocked out the defending champion, Adriana Zwanck, by 5 and 4.
The No 1 seed, British open amateur champion Elisa Serramia (Spain), had been beaten by Natalia Tanno 2 and 1 in the second round.
Saturday's results:
Natalia Tanno (Swi) beat Ana Sanso-Rubert (Spa) 2 and 1.
Beatriz Recari (Spa) beat Tania Elosegui (Spa) 5 and 4.
Denise Simon (Ger) beat Maria Hernandez (Spa) 2 and 1.
Carlota Ciganda (Spa) beat Adriana Zwanck (Spa) 5 and 4.
Recari beat Tanno 4 and 3.
Ciganda beat Simon 3 and 2.

DEFENDING champion and leading qualifier Sebastian Garcia from Spain will play Iceland's Heidar Bragason in the 18-hole final of the Spanish men's open amateur championship at Desert Springs Golf Club on Sunday.
Matthew Richardson from Middlesex, the only British player to reach the quarter-finals, lost by 5 and 3 to Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano who lost at the 20th to Sebastian Garcia in the afternoon semi-finals.
Saturday's results:
Sebastian Garcia (Spa) beat Benjamin Miarka (Ger) 3 and 1.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa) beat Matthew Richardson (Eng) 5 and 3.
Gonzalo Berlin (Spa) beat Fernando Garcia (Spa) 1 hole.
Heidar Bragason (Ice) beat Ricardo Santos (Por) 1 hole.
S Garcia beat Fernandez-Castano at 20th.
Bragason bt Berlin 3 and 2.

Saturday 6th March 2004

Carnoustie-born Fiona Gilbert produced one of the best scores she has ever achieved in the United States to be lying joint third at the halfway stage of the East-West Rio Verde Invitational women's college golf tournament at the Rio Verde Country Club, Arizona on Friday.
Fiona, a student at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, shot a one-over-par 73 (36-37) to be tied with Irish international Martina Gillen, two shots behind Martina's Kent State team-mate, Gabby Wedding.
Miss Gilbert's very good effort enabled Arkansas-Little Rock to lead the team event by three shots at the end of the first round.
71 Gabby Wedding (Kent State).
72 Andra Lancaster (North Texas).
73 Martina Gillen (Kent State), Liz McCoppin (TGexas State), Fiona Gilbert (Arkansas-Little Rock).
298 Arkansas-Little Rock.
301 Kent State.
303 Iowa.
305 Boston College.
309 Western Michigan.
311 Ohio, North Texas.

Vikki Laing, right, and her unrelated Scottish namesake Susannah Laing, left, have both entered for two events this month on the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour, one of the many mini-pro tours for women in the States.
The first tournament is the Inland Empire Open at Moren Valley Ranch, California from March 9 to 11.
The second is The Interntional at Yucaipa Valley, Yucaipa, also in California, from March 16 to 18.
Both are 54-hole events with an entry fee of $375 and a prize fund of $40,000.
Susannah played in WCLGT events last season after turning pro and made earned some prize money.
Vikki is obviously warming up for her debut on the LPGA Tour.
Both girls are familiar with California. Susannah attend the University of San Francisco while Vikki was at the University of California-Berkeley for four years.

Fifer George Murray lost in the second round of the match-play stages of the Spanish men's open amateur international golf championship at Desert Springs Golf Club on Friday. Elie & Earlsferry Golf Club member Murray, who had beaten England's Charles Ford 5 and 4 in the morning, gave a good account of himself in going down by 2 and 1 to the No 1 seed, Sebastian Garcia (Spain).
Jamie McLeary (Leven Golfing Society), the No 2 qualifier, lost to the 31st qualifier, England's Michael Lowe) by 2 and 1 in the first round.
Only one British player reached the last eight - Matthew Richardson from Pinner Hill, who qualified in fifth place. Richardson squeezed through at the 19th against Frenchman Julien Grillon in the first round and then beat fellow Englishman James Smith (Sundridge Park) by 3 and 2 to earn a place in the quarter-finals.
Desert Springs Golf Club
Match-play (players from Spain unless stated)
First round _ S Garcia bt R Huiskamp (Bel) 1 hole, G Murray (Sco) bt C Ford (Eng) 4 and 3, B Miarka (Ger) bt W Bowe (Eng) 1 hole, J A Bragulat bt A Gee (Eng) 5 and 4, M Richardson (Eng) bt J Grillon (Fra) at 19th, J Smith (Eng) bt H Santos (Por) 2 and 1, E Molinari (Ita) bt L Garcia 2 and 1, G Fernandez-Castano bt A Garcia 1 hole, F Garcia bt J Garcia 4 and 2, L Corfield (Eng) bt G Wright (Wal) 2 and 1, G Berlin bt M Kaymer (Ger) 3 and 2, J W Van Hoff (Net) bt J Donaldson (Eng) 5 and 3, R Santos (Por) bt F Molinari (Ita) at 20th, M Sell (Eng) bt J Fourquet (Fra) 4 and 2, H Bragason (Ice) bt G Lockerbie (Eng) 2 holes, M Lowe (Eng) bt J McLeary (Sco) 2 and 1.
Second round _ S Garcia bt Murray 2 and 1, Miarka bt Bragulat 3 and 2, Richardson beat J Smith 3 and 2, Fernandez-Castano bt E Molinari 5 and 4, F Garcia bt Corfield 2 holes, Berlin bt Van Hoff at 19th, R Santos bt Sell 4 and 3, Bragason bt Lowe 4 and 3.

All five British qualifiers for the match-play stages of the Spanish women's open amateur international golf championship at El Bosque Golf Club were eliminated in the first round on Friday.
Welsh cap Anna Highgate from Cottrell Park, last of the 32 qualifiers, was beaten 6 and 5 by the top seed, Spain's Elisa Serramia who won the British women's open amateur championship at Lindrick last June.
Welsh champion Kate Phillips (Creigiau) lost by 3 and 2 to Anna Rossi (Italy) and the third Welsh qualifier, left-hander Stephanie Evans (Llangollen) went down by two holes to Carlota Ciganda (Spain).
Sara Garbutt from Ganton was beaten 3 and 2 by Adriana Zwanck (Spain), the defending champion, and the only other English player to qualify, Marie Allen, was beaten at the 19th by Carmen Alonso of Spain.
Miss Serramia lost in the second round to Natalia Tanno (Switzerland) who, with Denise Simon (Germany), last year's beaten finalist, are the only non-Spanish players in the last eight.
El Bosque Golf Club
Match-play (players from Spain unless stated)
First round _ E Serramia bt A Highgate (Wal) 6 and 5, N Tanno (Swi) bt M Backstedt (Swe) 3 and 2, A Munoz bt M Scalabre (Fra) 3 and 2, A Sanso-Rubert bt I Baon 4 and 3, C Grignolo (Ita) bt L Gustafsson (Swe) 4 and 3, B Recari bt V Martinez 7 and 6, T Elosegui bt T Morato 5 and 4, P Lindberg (Swe) bt E Cabrera 5 and 4, M Hernandez bt A-S Le Nalio (Fra) at 19th, C Alonso bt M Allen (Eng) at 19th, L Mar bt C Rominger (Swi) 3 and 2, D Simon (Ger) bt C Perez 5 and 4, A Rossi (Ita) bt K Phillips (Wal) 3 and 2, A Zwanck (Spa) bt S Garbutt (Eng) 3 and 2, C Ciganda (Spain) bt S Evans (Wal) 2 holes, S Cologan bt M Campomanes 3 and 1.
Second round _ Tanno bt Serramia 1 hole, Sanso-Rubert bt Munoz 6 and 4, Recari bt Grignolo at 19th, Elosegui bt Lindberg 4 and 3, Hernandez bt Alonso 3 and 2, Simon bt Mar 2 and 1, Swanck bt Rossi 1 hole, Ciganda bt Cologan 2 and 1.

Friday 5th March 2004

Sorry for being in April for the last three days! There's a major wedding coming up and the Mother of the Bride can't think straight! Just shows you that there is a human being behind this web-site, and thanks to Hazel for pointing it out. GGK

County Websites
I've been asked by one or two Counties about how they can set up a website. Website development and maintenance can be quite a hassle (ask Carol Fell of Renfrewshire and she'll agree - she's revamped the Renfrewshire site.. have a look - Well done Carol!)
Back to basics: What you want is something simple, with no computer jargon like HTML, FTP etc. to confuse you. A site where you can get your messages to members, publish draws and relay results, including that all important CSS.
Try this.... I've set up an Example Ladies County Golf Association Website which you can all look at and have a go. (login is countysec password is countypass)
You type (or cut and paste) simple text into a box, no special web-editing software is needed. Click on "Preview your post", and then, if you are happy, "Publish". It allows you to upload files, so if your draw is in Excel you can include the file in your message. Everyone with Excel will be able to download it and read it.
Have a look, and, if your County is interested, I can personalise it for you, and give your County a link in the left hand index of this website, so that your members can find it easily. Let me know what you think.
PS. No charge!

Royal Troon will measure 7175 yards for the 2004 Open Championship, 96 yards longer than the course over which Justin Leonard won the title in 1997. Since 1997 the major changes are: -
Hole 1 (+6 yards) - New tee constructed back and 30 yards to the right of the previous first tee.
Hole 6 (+24 yards) - New tee constructed behind and in line with previous tee.
Hole 11 (+27 yards) - New tee constructed back and nearer the railway.
Hole 15 (+26 yards) - New tee constructed back and to the left of the 14th green. The previous tee was to the right of the green.
The par for Royal Troon remains 71.


British women's stroke-play champion and New Zealand open match-play title-holder Shelley McKevitt from Reading was a surprise non-qualifier for the match-play stages of the Spanish women's open amateur international golf championship at El Bosque Golf Club on Thursday.
Shelley had two rounds of 79 for a 36-hole total of 158 - three shots too many to figure among the 32 qualifiers.
Welsh international player Anna Highgate from Cottrell Park, with scores of 75 and 80, survived the card countback which eliminated two of the players on 155 to be the last of the qualifiers.
She tees off the match-play stages against the leading qualifier, young Spanish player Elisa Serramia who won the British women's open amateur championship at Lindrick last June.
England's Marie Allen and Welsh left-handed Stephanie Evans made it through on 150 and Sara Garbutt was the only other English player to beat the cut. She qualified on 153.
Non-qualifiers included Welsh champion Kate Phillips, former Curtis Cup player Sarah Jones, Laura Eastwood, Kiran Matharu and Felicity Johnson.
143 SERRAMIA, ELISA 72 71.
147 SIMON, DENISE 73 74, ROSSI, ANNA 69 78.
149 ELOSEGUI, TANIA 73 76.
150 ALLEN, MARIE (Eng) 79 71, EVANS, STEPHANIE (Wal) 73 77.
153 ROMINGER, CAROLINE 80 73, GARBUTT, SARA (Eng) 78 75.
154 SCALABRE, MIREILLE 81 73, SANSO, ANA 80 74, PHILLIPS, KATE (Wal) 77 77.

Spanish men's open amateur international golf championship

Jamie McLeary (Leven Golfing Society) and George Murray from Elie & Earlsferry, Fife figured among the 32 qualifiers for the match-play stages of the Spanish men's open amateur international golf championship at Desert Springs on Thursday.
McLeary, joint leader overnight with a 69, shot a 72 in the second qualifying round for a total of three-under-par 141, the same total as Spain's Sebastian Garcia. Garcia's second-round 68 earned him the No 1 seed placing in the draw with McLeary the No 2 spot.
George Murray had two rounds of 73 for 146 and qualified in 16th place.
The Saltman brothers from Kilspindie failed to beat the cut on 149. Elliot had a pair of 75s for 150 while Lloyd shot 75 and 78 for 153.

The Irish Ladies Golf Union is sending a party of players for warm weather training on Portugal's Algarve and they will compete in the Portuguese women's open amateur championship at Quinta da Rima from March 10 to 14.
The players are: Claire Coughlan, Tara Delaney, Helen Jones, Sinead Keane, Tricia Mangan, Maura Morrin, Heather Nolan, Gillian O'Leary, Sinead O'Sullivan, Marion Riordan, Catherine Tucker.
They will be accompanied by Irish team captain Sheena O'Brien Kenney and national coach David Kearney.

Thursday 4th March 2004

Stephanie EvansSpanish women's open amateur international championship
First-round play was not completed on the opening day of the Spanish women's open amateur international golf championship at El Bosque Golf Club due to early morning frost, which delayed play for two hours, and darkness came while some were still out on the course. Some players will go out early on Thursday morning to complete their first rounds. The leading 32 36-hole aggregates will go forward to the match-play stages beginning on Friday.
Anna Rossi (Italy) had the best first-round score of 69 of the players who completed their scores. She leads by one shot from Spain's Beatriz Recari. Two more Spaniards, British open amateur champion Elisa Serramia and Lucia Mar, came next on 72.
The leading player from the English & Welsh contingent was left-hander Stephanie Evans, pictured right, from Llangollen. She was sharing fifth place with a 73. Another Welsh contender, Anna Highgate, had a 75. And a third player from the Principality, Welsh champion, Kate Phillips scored a 77.
The English challenge did not get into its stride on the first day. Naomi Edwards and Sara Garbutt were best of the bunch with 78s. Shelley McKevitt, the British women's open amateur stroke-play champion and New Zealand open match-play champion from Reading, had a 79 to be in joint 34th place. She needs to improve at least two places to figure in the championship match-play draw. Curtis Cup player Sarah Jones from Wales shot an 80 - two better than Laura Eastwood and Felicity Johnson.

Karen DallasPamela FeggansUS College News
There was no long lie in bed for Pamela Feggans, pictured left, after she scored her second win inside three weeks in a women's college tournament in Florida. The 21-year-old Scotland international from Ayrshire was back in class at Florida Southern University the morning after her four-stroke win in the Lady Moccasins Classic at Lakeland.
But Pamela took time out to praise Scottish Ladies Golfing Association national coach Karyn Dallas, pictured right, the professional at Kirriemuir Golf Club, for her part in the two victories. "Even though Karyn is over in Scotland, and I'm here in Florida, I am still managing to work with her. We've stayed in touch," said Pamela. "She has this new thing where I can send her an E-mail of my swing but I have not quite worked out how to do it from by my end yet but hopefully I wll be able to master the computer technology soon.
"Karyn send me a short-game programme just after I arrived back in Florida from the Christmas break and I've been working on that every side. It it is certainly paying off for me, my putting especially.
"I hit the ball well overall in this latest tournament but I did struggle a bit in the second round when I had a 78 and dropped out of a share of the lead. I just couldn't find my swing that day.
"In the final round (a one-under-par 71, which enabled her to overtake overnight leader Freddie Seeholzer), I had a lot of good par saves, which really made a big difference.
"I had two bogeys - at the first and 12th - and three birdies - at the seventh, eighth and 14th, in the final round." Pamela, who was runner-up in the NJCAA national championship when she was a student at Midland College, Texas and second again in the NCAA Division 2 national championship last year, has one more year to go at Florida Southern. Miss Feggans was one of the four Scots flown home by the SLGA from their American colleges last September to play in the home internationals at Cruden Bay.

US College News

SUNDERLAND-born Danielle Roseberry, a golf scholarship student at New Mexico State University, finished tied for 44th place in the Spartan Invitational women's college golf tournament over the Corral de Tierra Country Club course in California on Wednesday. Playing against some of the best players on the US female circuit, Danielle had rounds of 78, 75 and 79 over the 6,010, par-72 course for a total of 232.
California-born Charlotte Mayorkas (University of California Los Angeles) won for the second time in three weeks, a reminder to the United States Curtis Cup team selectors that they may have erred in leaving her out of the eight chosen for the match at Formby on June 12 and 13. Charlotte score 72, 67 and 72 for a five-under-par total of 211 - one shot ahead of UCLA team-mate Krystal Shearer.
Sarah Huarte (California), who is in the US Curtis Cup team, finished third on 213.
UCLA, with three players in the top four, not surprisingly won the team title by the runaway margin of 21 shots from University of Nevada Las Vegas.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL TOTALS 211 Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 72 67 72. 212 Krystal Shearer (UCLA) 74 69 69. 213 Sarah Huarte (California) 71 72 70. 215 Susie Mathews (UCLA) 71 72 72. 216 Sung Ea Lee (Washington) 71 73 72. Other totals: 232 Danielle Roseberry (New Mexico State) 78 75 79.
LEADING TEAM TOTALS 858 UCLA. 879 UNLV 882 California. 892 Washington. 901 Stanford. 907 Arizona State. 910 New Mexico State.

A SCHEME to open a David Leadbetter Golf Academy at the former Scottish National Golf Centre at Drumoig has been scuppered by the management of Drumoig Ltd, the company which owns the land. A consortium of businessmen had reached an agreement with the official receiver, Blair Nimmo, head of KPMG corporate recovery, to buy the centre which foundered last year. The plan was to give the vacated SNGC facilities the kiss of life and revive them as one of only two David Leadbetter golf training centres in Europe. But Drumoig Ltd, the landlord and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dundee-based civil engineering group Torith Ltd, has refused to accept the consortium's bid. As a consequence, the centre, built for the Scottish Golf Union at a total cost of £4.5million - a large part of it Lottery funded, the rest from subscriptions by SGU affiliated clubs, is likely to revert to Drumoig Ltd. The landlord company has invoked a special clause of "irritancy" in the lease. Irritancy is a legal term which refers to the right of a landlord to end a lease if the tenant has breached any conditions. In the case in question, it is understood the fact that the Scottish National Golf Centre went into receivership could be interpreted as an "irritancy."
Receiver Blair Nimmo said the consortium had emerged as the preferred bidder from a number of interests that had been expressed in the future of the golf facilities.
Mr Nimmo added: "The landlord has refused to accept the assignation of the leases to this party and has now also served formal notices of irritancy in relation to the leases of the golf centre and associated offices.
"It is with great disappointment that we have had to make this announcement, having had a potential purchaser in position to trade the golf centre as a golf facility."
Bruce Linton, one of the businessmen in the consortium, said: "There would appear to be an argument between Torith Ltd and the Receiver and it seems we are the innocent party in the whole episode. We had a very good scheme in place that would have seen the facility become a David Leadbetter golf training centre. Drumoig Ltd has now started irritancy proceedings which will most likely result in the lease coming to an end."
Torith Ltd managing director Ian Mathers declined to comment on the grounds that it would be "inappropriate." The most likely scenario now is that the driving range, practice area and holes will eventually disappear under another phase of the housing development which surrounds Drumoig Golf Hotel and its 18-hole golf course.

US College Golf

Chris Cousins from Aberdare has been named the Conference USA men's golfer of the month for February. Chris, who was 21 on March 3, is a golf scholarship student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The six-footer won the individual title at the Gator Invitational in February with a three-under-par score of 207 (67-70-70) over the par-70, 6,701yd University of Florida Golf Club course. It was Cousins' second title on the US college circuit. He won the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate last autumn and was named player of the month for September.

US College Golf

University of Tennessee team-mates Ross McGowan from Cheam, Surrey and David Skinns from Lincoln finished joint 14th and 22nd respectively in the Cleveland Classic men's college golf tournament at North Ranch Country Club, near Los Angeles. Ross had rounds of 69, 74 and 73 for a three-over-total of 216 over the par-71, 6,900yd course. A bogey at the 18th in his final round cost him a top-10 place, so close was the competition. He was one of five players to finish on 216. David shot 70, 76 and 72 for 218. Matthew Rosenfeld (Texas) won the individual title with scores of 67, 68 and 73 for two-over 208, one ahead of three players, Texas team-mates Jeff Bell and Jason Hartwick and Peter Tomasulo (California). Texas (847) won team honours from Southern California (862).
LEADING INDIVIDUAL 208 Matthew Rosenfeld (Texas) 67 68 73. 209 Jeff Bell (Texas) 72 68 69, Jason Hartwick (Texas) 71 67 71, Peter Tomasulo (California) 69 69 71. 212 Chez Reavie (Arizona State) 72 73 67. Other scores: 218 Ross McGowan (Tennessee) 69 74 73. 218 David Skinns (Tennessee) 770 76 72.
LEADING TEAMS 847 Texas. 862 Southern California. 872 Texas Christian, Brigham Young. 874 California. 875 Arizona State, UCLA. 876 Tennessee 881 Stanford, Alabama.

Two of the golfing worlds' much-acclaimed gurus are joining European Tour Professional Gillian Stewart in the presentation of a unique seminar. The Newton Hotel, Nairn will be the venue for this 2-½ hour special event on Wednesday 21st April at 7pm. More information

British Universities' Golf
The BUSA Individual Golf Championships will be taking place at Brighouse Bay Golf Club and Kirkcudbright Golf Club in Dumfrieshire between the 14 - 18 June 2004.
The 2004 Home Internationals will take place between the 16-18 August 2004 at Nefyn and District Golf Club.
The 10th World University Golf Championship will take place in Korat, Thailand from August 1st to 8th, 2004.

Wednesday 3rd March 2004

Pamela FeggansUS College News

Pamela Feggans, 21 year old Scottish Internationalist from Patna, Ayrshire, who is a student at Florida Southern Univversity, took her second title this year when she shot a one-under-par 71 in the final round of the 54-hole Lady Moccasin women's college golf tournament at Cleveland Heights, Lakeland in Florida yesterday.She had been tied for the lead after the first round, but dropped to second place after Monday's second round. Her final round 71 matched the previous best round of her career and allowed her to finish with a five-over-par 221, moving her past second-round leader Freddie Seeholzer of Rollins, who had a final round 77 to finish at 225.
Rollins College had a 23-stroke lead heading into the final round and they expanded it to win by 30 over runner-up Florida International, 911 to 941. The Florida Southern and Florida Atlantic tied for third at 943.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 1 Pamela Feggans Fl. South. 72 78 71 221 +5 2 Freddie Seeholzer Rollins 75 73 77 225 +9 3 Natalie Navarro Fl. Atlan. 78 75 73 226 +10 4 Ulrika Ljungman Rollins 75 80 74 229 +13
TEAM RESULTS:: 1 Rollins College 306 298 307 911 +47 2 Fla. International 311 316 314 941 +77 3 Florida Southern 304 323 316 943 +79 Florida Atlantic U. 324 304 315 943 +79

THE Scottish Ladies Golfing Association squad of 20 players for the pre-season practice camp at Pals in North-east Spain from Saturday until March 20 includes three of the brightest young prospects in the country - 11-year-old Carly Booth (Auchterarder), and two 15-year-olds, Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) and Roseanne Niven (Crieff).
Carly won the Comrie, Auchterarder and Dunblane women's club championships during 2004 when she became one of the youngest female players in the world to have a handicap as low as 5. She has won all three of her ties in the SLGA Weekend Winter League competition. The fourth round of matches should have taken place at Kirriemuir last Saturday-Sunday but were cancelled because of snow.
Krystle, 14 years old at the time, became the youngest player since Jane Connachan in the 1970s, to qualify for the match-play stages of the Scottish women's championship over the Old Course, St Andrews last May.
Roseanne Niven resisted a strong English challenge to win the SLGA St Leonards Scottish Under-16 girls' open stroke-play championship at Drumoig last April and, towards the end of the season, won the Grampian Television girls' championship at Inchmarlo.
Three more experienced Scots in the running for Curtis Cup team places at Formby in June - Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) and Clare Queen (Drumpellier) - are also in the party.
Ten players will go out to Spain for the first week (March 7 to 13) and another 10 for the second week (March 13 to 20).
Margaret MacNaughtan (Aberdeen Ladies), the SLGA executive member with responsibility for training, will be in overall charge of the fortnight's activities.
SLGA national coach Karyn Dallas (Kirriemuir) will put the girls through their paces.
Former Scottish champion Fiona Anderson (Formby Ladies), appointed captain of the Scotland team for the women's home internationals, has accepted an invitation to go out for the fortnight so that she can get to know better most of the players she will lead at Royal Porthcawl in September.
Emma Wilson (Elie), the SLGA vice-chairman, will fly out for the first week at Pals.
Dorothy Gordon (Monifieth), another member of the SLGA executive, will take Emma's place for the second week.
Diane Gray and Jan MacGregor will travel out with the party and act as chalet maids for the fortnight.
"The main emphasis each week will be on improving each player's short game but course and mental management plus personal fitness will also be high on the agenda," said Mrs Macnaughtan. "The object at the end of the day is to produce successful Scotland teams and the girls will be made to work hard to that end.  It is a great chance for them to work together, building up team spirit for the future."
All the activity will not be confined to the practice ground and driving range. The players will play the Pals and Emporda courses.
The players who accepted invitations were:
FIRST WEEK Carly Booth (Auchterarder). Jo Carthew (Ladybank). Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze). Dawn Dewar (Stirling Univ). Claire Hargan (Prestonfield). Lesley Hendry (Routenburn). Fiona Hindshaw (Gullane). Anne Laing (Vale of Leven). Gemma Webster (Hilton Park). Kirsty Wells (Dumfries & Co).
SECOND WEEK Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan). Krystle Caithness (St Regulus). Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch). Kerri Harper (Inverness). Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ). Lesley Mackay (Royal Dornoch). Roseanne Niven (Crieff). Clare Queen (Drumpellier). Adi Shamash (Kirkcudbright). Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle).

US College News

Arkansas-Little Rock University team-mates Laura Walker from Nairn and Carnoustie's Fiona Gilbert finished outside the leading 50 places in the Texas A&M Invitational women's college golf tournament at Blackhorse Golf Club, Cypress in Texas on Tuesday.
Former Scottish girls champion Laura Walker had rounds of 81, 78 and 81 for a 24-over-par total of 240 while Fiona shot 79, 84 and 82 for 249. Laura, who tied for 64th place, had a triple bogey at the 17th in her final round while Fiona, who finished joint 76th, had four double-bogeys on the final day.
Christine Boucher (Kansas State) won the individual title with total of 219. Kansas State and Missouri tied for the team honours on 909.
LEADING FINAL TOTALS INDIVIDUAL 219 Christine Boucher (Kansas State) 70 77 72. 221 Amanda Costner (Kansas) 72 74 75, Maria Ohlsson (Missouri) 75 74 72. 222 Malinda Johnson (Wisconsin) 74 77 71, Alice Kim (Northwestern) 76 72 74. Other scores: 240 Laura Walker (Arkansas-Little Rock) 81 78 81. 245 Fiona Gilbert (Arkansas-Little Rock) 79 84 82.
TEAMS 909 Kansas State, Missouri. 912 Texas Christian. 914 Texas A&M, Arkansas. Other total: 941 Arkansas-Little Rock (14th).

Spanish women's open amateur international championship
The first big women's amateur international tournament of the year tees off at El Bosque Golf Club, Valencia on Wednesday morning. It's the Spanish women's open amateur international championship in which British players have done well over the years.
Rebecca Hudson from Wheatley, Doncastere played in four finals in a row - 1999 to 2002 - but won only one, in 2000 when she beat Tania Elosegui (Spain) by 3 and 1.
The format is two rounds of stroke-play on Wednesday and Thursday with the leading 32 players after that going on to sudden-death match-play.
The final, on Sunday morning, is over 18 holes.
In 1993, when the championship was played at San Roque and the format for that one year was four rounds of stroke-play, it was a Scottish 1-2 at the end of 72 holes with Catriona Lambert (294) winning the title by a shot from Janice Moodie.
Back in 1984, Gillian Stewart lost by one hole to Carmen Navarro in the finial at El Prat.
But there no Scottish entries for this week's championship and have not been for several years. The policy of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association, rightly or wrongly, is not send players to the Spanish and Portuguese open amateur championships which are played within a few weeks of each other at this time of the year.
The English Ladies Golfing Association and the Welsh Ladies Golf Union take the view that the money spent on sending squads to the Spanish championship is an investment in producing successful England teams of the future.
There are seven English and four Welsh players in the field at El Bosque.
The ELGA squad has a young look about it: Sara Garbutt, Laura Eastwood, Shelley McKevitt, Felicity Johnson, Naomi Edwards, Kiran Matharu, Marie Allen.
The Welsh quartet in Spain are: Anna Highgate, Kate Phillips, Stephanie Evans, Sarah Jones.

US College News (Keeping you up to date with the US Curtis Cup team)

AMERICAN Curtis Cup team selection Sarah Huarte, a student at the University of California-Berkeley, is in joint third place after 36 holes of the San Jose State Spartans Invitational women's college tournament at Corral de Tierra Country Club, California on Wednesday. Sarah had rounds of 71 and 71 for a tally of one-under-par 143 over the 6,010yd, par-72 course. The in-form Charlotte Mayorkas spearheaded a great day for the University of California Los Angeles (ULCA) by scoring 72 and 67 to go two shots clear of the field on five-under-par 139. With three players in the top six, not surprisingly UCLA opened up a nine-shot lead from California in the team event.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 139 Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 72 67. 141 Sophie Andersson (California) 70 71. 143 Sarah Huarte (California) 71 72, Krystal Shearer (UCLA) 74 69, Susie Mathews (UCLA) 71 72. 144 Sung Ea Lee (Washington) 71 73.
LEADING TEAMS 573 UCLA. 582 California. 588 UNLV. 593 Washington. 601 Stanford. 606 Arizone State. 610 New Mexico State, San Jose State.

Tuesday 2nd March 2004

Pamela FeggansUS College News

Pamela Feggans from Ayrshire dropped back to joint second place with a 78 in the second round of the 54-hole Lady Moccasin women's college golf tournament at Cleveland Heights, Lakeland in Florida on Tuesday. Sharing the lead overnight, the Scottish international player went four shots clear of the field in the early stages but lost her momentum when she bogeyed the eighth and ninth. Pamela, a student at the University of Florida Southern, is on six-over-par 150, two behind leader Freddie Seeholzer (Rollins College) who has had scores of 75 and 73.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 148 Freddie Seeholzer (Rollins) 75 73. 150 Pamela Feggans (Florida Southern) 72 78, Jessica Trein (Daytona Beach) 72 78. 151 Sarah Coleson (Florida Southern) 74 77. 152 Liz Stuart (Florida International).
LEADING TEAMS 604 Rollins. 627 Florida Southern, Florida International. 628 Florida Atlantic. 633 Middle Tennessee State. 644 Western New Mexico, Daytona Beach.

Laura WalkerUS College Golf

Laura Walker, pictured left, from Nairn and Carnoustie's Fiona Gilbert, pictured right, both students at the University of Little Rock-Arkansas, were well down the field after two rounds of the Texas A&M Invitational women's college golf tournament at Blackhorse Golf Club, Cypress in Texas.
Former Scottish girls champion Laura has had rounds of 81 and 78 for a 36-hole tally of 159 - four ahead of Fiona who has scored 79 and 84. Miss Walker, who is tied for 62nd place, had three double bogeys in her second round - at the first, 13th and 18th. The last hole has cost her a 7 on both days. She did birdie the third and sixth in halves of 37 and 41.
Fiona, who will start the final round in 77th place, did not have a single birdie to in her 84, taking 44 shots for the inward half. Karen Dennison (Indiana) leads with scores of 72 and 73 for one-over 145.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 145 Karen Dennison (Indiana) 72 73. 146 Amanda Costner (Kansas) 72 74. 147 Christine Boucher (Kansas State) 70 77. 148 Alice Kim (Northwester) 76 72, Amanda McCurdy (Arkansas) 76 72.
Other scores: 159 Laura Walker (Arkansas-Little Rock) 81 78. 163 Fiona Gilbert (Arkansas-Little Rock) 79 84.
LEADING TEAMS 602 Missouri. 604 Indiana, Kansas. 604 Kansas State. 606 Arkansas.
Other total: 621 Arkansas-Little Rock (joint 12th).

International Management Group (IMG) and Nick Faldo have confirmed they will be parting company from May 22, 2004. It is Nick's intention to further expand his off-course business interests and is considering golf client management as well as exploring other opportunities while continuing his commitment to his playing schedule. The departure is wholly amicable and any details of this departure are and will remain confidential to both parties.

Student News

The Royal Canadian Golf Association and Canadian Interuniversity Sport are teaming up to try to keep Canada's best young golfers from moving to the United States. Canada's governing body for golf is donating $1 million to help establish university and college golf programmes, complete with scholarships, the RCGA has announced. The hope is that the programmes will eventually provide an alternative to the United States' long-established NCAA programmes. There are more than 300 Canadian golfers attending universities or colleges in the United States. "We're confident this will be successful, based on the enthusiasm we've already received from both the university and college people," said RCGA supremo Rich Desrochers.

Monday 1st March 2004

Pamela FeggansUS College Golf

Pamela Feggans, 21-year-old Scotland international player from Ayrshire, followed up her victory in the Central Florida Invitational, by sharing the first-round lead in the Lady Moccassin Classic women's college golf tournament at Cleveland Heights Golf Club, Lakeland in Florida on Sunday.
Pamela, a golf scholarship student at the University of Florida Southern - the hosts of the tournament - matched the par of 72 with halves of 36 to tie for the overnight lead with Jessica Trein (Daytona).
Florida Southern (304) lead the team event from Rollins College (306) and Florida International (311).
LEADING INDIVIDUAL 72 Pamela Feggans (Florida Southern), Jessica Trein (Daytona). 74 Sara Coleson (Florida Southern). 75 Laura Viveros (Florida International), Freddie Seeholzer (Rollins), Ulrika Ljungman (Rollins). 76 Liz Stuart (Florida International), Courtney Burdick (Florida International), Kristin Lynch (Middle Tennessee State).
LEADING TEAMS 304 Florida Southern. 306 Rollins. 311 Florida International. 320 Nova Southeastern, Middle Tennessee State. 324 Grand Valley State, Florida Atlantic. 325 Dayton Beach. 328 Western New Mexico, Barry.

SGU LogoSGU Press release

The Scottish Golf Union has made a key new signing as part of their modernisation in a bid to realise the undoubted potential of the SGU brand. Ex-Sunderland Football Club brand manager Ross Duncan has been appointed as the Scottish Golf Union's Commercial Manager.
Ross (29) has a specific remit of bringing new commercial partners into Scottish Golf while maximising the game's value both at home and abroad. His main objective is to generate income from increased sponsorship revenue and to develop the Scottish Golf Union as a commercial brand.
"The new role represents a great challenge to me," said Ross. "With Scotland's roots as the Home of Golf and with some of the best courses in the world, Scottish Golf is a strong brand and one which has possibly been undersold in the past.
"We have a great audience in Scotland with a strong passion for golf which is an attractive proposition for many brands. "The SGU have recognised the need to modernise and I am looking forward to playing an important part in the restructure and development of the game in Scotland.
"One of my key objectives will be to increase Scottish Golf's revenue through sponsorship, using the experience I gained in football marketing. These investments will, in turn, be used to develop further the game for golfers of all ages and abilities while delivering many benefits for our partners."
Ross Duncan, originally from Peebles, graduated with an honours degree in marketing from the University of Strathclyde Business School.

SGU Press release 2
Torrance bids for top title
Daniel Torrance, son of former Ryder Cup winning captain Sam, will compete in this year's BP Scottish Boys Championship at Southerness Golf Club (5 - 10 April).
Fifteen-year-old Daniel Torrance (Sunningdale) has ambitions to turn professional this year, so his appearance at Southerness may be one of his last as an amateur. The youngster, who made his national debut in last year's event at Dunbar, reached the fifth round after a string of excellent performances. Since then, Daniel, along with dad Sam, has gone on to win the Team Competition at the Dunhill Links Championship. Now playing off a handicap of 2.9, young Torrance will be looking to add yet more silverware to his family's already extensive collection.
Won in previous years by leading Scot and former Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart, the championship is one of the Scottish Golf Union's flagship events. Time is running out for young golfers to enter this year's BP Scottish Boys Championship - one of the most prestigious on the amateur golfing calendar. The closing date for entries is Thursday 4 March. Those wishing to enter this year's championship must have a handicap of 8.4 or less and be under 18 years of age at 00.01 hours on January 1st 2004.
For more information on how to enter the BP Scottish Boys Championship should contact the Events Department at the Scottish Golf Union on 01382 549504.

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