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May Archive

Friday 31st May

NCAA Championships
David Inglis (Glencorse and Tulsa) is leading the Scots contigent in the NCAA Mens Championships after the second round. His two over par score of 70,74 (144) puts him tied for 53rd, following Brock Mackenzie (Washington) whose 66,69 total of 135 puts him at the top of the leader board.. Ireland's Graham McDowell (UAB) had a 67 yesterday and is three shots behind the leader. Scott Jamieson (Augusta State) has scores of 73,72 to be tied for 75th place. Jamie McLeary (Baylor is one stroke behind with 146 and Craig Gordon (UAB) hada a 72 to improve nine shots on his first round score. Clemson and Georgia Tech are tied for the Team Championship with 563, Tulsa is tied 9th, Augusta State tied for 13th.
Read Colin's comments

Today is the Scottish Hickory Championship on Gullane No3. Come and watch some very silly people wearing very old clothes trying to hit the ball with very old clubs! (myself included!)

Thursday 30th May

MCLGA Foursomes
Mother and daughter combination, Dorothy and Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe) won both the scratch (with a 77) and handicap (with 66˝) sections in the Midlothian Ladies' Midsummer Foursomes and Commonwealth Spoons tournament at Liberton on Tuesday. See the other prizewinners and qualifiers on the MCLGA website .

Student News - Mens' NCAA Championships
Stranraer and St Enedoc are not the only places to experience adverse weather conditions.. Play was suspended at the NCAA Division I Mens' Championships, at the Scarlet Course Columbus, Ohio yesterday with a third of the field still on the course. Jamie McLeary (Baylor) had finished with a three over par 74, Craig Gordon (UAB) had also completed his round with an 81. David Inglis (Tulsa) and Scott Jamieson (Augusta State) are both one over par after 12 and 11 holes respectively. Play resumes at 7:00am Golfstat are running a live scoreboard.

US Womens' final rankings
Susie Laing (University of San Franscisco and Troon Ladies) finished 25th in the GolfStat rankings (based on scoring average) at the end of the 2001/2002 NCAA Div I season. Vikki Laing (University of California, Berkeley and Musselburgh) was ranked at No 35. Anne Walker was 111 and Lyndsey Devenish took 244th place. The outright winner as Lorena Ochoa (Arizona), over 1.6 strokes better than her nearest rival.
Colin Farquharson has written a summary of the final Golfweek Rankings after the finish of the 2001/2002 NCAA Div I season. Also find further information on my Student Golf Rankings webpage

LGU News
The Draw for the British Ladies' Open Amateur Championship is out on the LGU Website. Read this Press Release from the LGU.

Wednesday 29th May

Scotland don't enter a team for the European Girls' Championship but you might be interested in this ELGA Press Release about the England Girls' team. Melissa Reid, who has been named as first reserve, was beaten in the playoff for the SLGA St Leonards Under-16 Championship at Drumoig in April. Claire Aitken, who also played at Drumoig, is in the team of four going to the Torino Golf Club, Italy from 9th to 13th July.

Mens' NCAA Championships
Four teams containing Scots are playing in the NCAA Division I Mens' Championships, on the Scarlet Course Columbus, Ohio, which starts today (and finishes on Saturday, US time). Scott Jamieson (Augusta State), Craig Gordon (University of Alabama-Birmingham) , David Inglis (Tulsa) and Jamie McLeary (Baylor) will compete in a field of 30 teams-of-five and six individuals players. Ireland's Graeme McDowell (UAB) , No 1 in the Golfweek rankings, must be the favorite for the individual crown. The weather is pretty awful over there too and they've not been able to cut the rough.... Read Golfweek's preview article. Golfstat is providing a live scoreboard.

Child: "Mum, Where's the Alps?"
Mum (distracted): "Ask your father... he's been tidying up again"

Tuesday 28 May

Scottish Team selections for the forthcoming Strokeplay events in the next few weeks are :-

St Rule Trophy (St Andrews, June 1-2)
Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Vikki Laing (Musselburgh), Linzi Morton (Tulliallan).
Reserves: 1 Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ), 2 Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus).

Ladies' British open amateur championship (Ashburnham, South Wales, June 11-15).
Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Vikki Laing (Musselburgh), Linzi Morton (Tulliallan).
Reserves: 1 Anne Walker (Strathaven), 2 Lynn Kenny (Stirling Unv), 3 Clare Queen (Drumpellier).

Welsh open amateur 54-hole stroke-play championship (Northop Country Park, North Wales, June 28-30).
Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Vikki Laing (Musselburgh), Anne Walker (Strathaven).
Reserves: 1 Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ) (travelling), 2 Linzi Morton (Tulliallan) (travelling), 3 Clare Queen (Drumpellier).

Irish ladies open amateur championship (Dundalk, July 27-28)
Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Vikki Laing (Musselburgh), Linzi Morton (Tulliallan).
Reserves: 1 Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ) (travelling), 2 Anne Walker (Strathaven) (travelling), 3 Clare Queen (Drumpellier) (non-travelling).


European lady juniors team championship (Moscow City, Russia, July 9-13).
Pam Feggans (Barassie), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Susannah Laing (Troon Ladies), Vikki Laing (Musselbuirgh), Clare Queen (Drumpellier), Jenna Wilson (Strathaven).
Reserves: 1 Lyndsey Devenish (Cruden Bay), 2 Heather MacRae (Dunblane), 3 Elaine Cuthill (Lanark), 4 Laura Walker (Nairn Dunbar).

Read Colin Farquharson's Preview of the Scottish European Team

Colin also writes "I have not mentioned it in my story but Vikki is the only survivor of the Scotland team who finished fifth after losing to Sweden in the quarter-finals in Italy in this event two years ago.All the others are too old now.
By the way, I think some of your readers will wonder why the new Scottish champion is not listed in any of the "teams" for the stroke-play events. The explanation is that Heather Stirling wrote to the SLGA after she came home early from the warm-weather training at Pals in North-east Spain, saying that she did not want to be selected for any Scotland teams in the immediate future for personal reasons. The selectors have respected Heather's wish and will wait until she writes again, lifting her self-imposed ban on representing Scotland."

Student Golf - University of Washington

I'm not always an advocate of girls going to the States when we have a perfectly good university education system with R&A Bursary help for the good golfer here in the UK. [I speak as a University of Edinburgh employee and a member of the University Bursary Working Group which liases with the R&A Training Committee.]

However, I can see the attraction of going to America, and certainly the American University/College system suits some people e.g. Janice Moodie, Mhairi Mackay, Laura Moffat, Vikki Laing etc.

The prospective student needs to be careful that they consider all the facts....viz.

  • does the college have a good academic record (and will they be able to cope with studying and playing golf)
  • does the golf team have a good track record,
  • are they likely to get into the college team,
  • what kind of support will they get,
  • what are the costs involved (travel, fees, living expenses)

I've just had an email from the coach of the University of Washington golf team, (currently ranked at No18 by Golfweek in the States), who is looking for a player for 2002.. This is very short notice, most 2002 teams have been finalised by now. Note that they don't start the school session until September 30th. (see further message from the coach)

University of Washington is a good University, Seattle is a very nice place and the team has a good track record. Look at the athletics website for more information on the golf team. If anyone is interested then get in touch with Mary Lou Murflur (and let me know if you are going!)

Monday 27th May

Happy birthday to my daughter, Claire - Hope you get your birthday wish!

I'll be announcing some of the Scottish Team selections tomorrow. There's an embargo until the news gets published in the papers on Tuesday morning. Just to get your appetites whetted... here's a Press release of the English Under-21 Team for the European Championships in Moscow.

Meanwhile you'll have to contain yourselves with the news that the South of Scotland Womens' Championship was washed out on Saturday. Read Mary Greig's comments.

Also... Colin's report of the Clark Rosebowl at last week's Scottish Championships somehow missed publication on Saturday. Read all about it now!

We were lucky to get the Scottish played.... The English Championship was abandoned last week at St Enodoc, Cornwall. Read this extract from the ELGA website.

I finally found the results of the Men's NJCAA Championship at Scottsdale, Arizona. The local team, Scottsdale CC won with a score of 1180. Midland College, Texas were fifth equal with 1201. Scot, Lee Rhind (Midland) scored 73,78,74,77 for 302 and a share of twentieth place.

Saturday 25th May

Scottish Ladies' Championship News

Heather Stirling wins the Scottish Ladies' Championship

Heather Stirling (Bridge of Allan) beat Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) 3 and 1

Clark Rosebowl

Jo Carthew (Ladybank) beat Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) at the 20th

Here is Colin's report "Heather completes Scottish double" and a hole by hole report

Many thanks for all the emails of encouragement over the last week. Colin and I hope to repeat our arrangement for the St Rule, and also for the British Ladies' at Ashburnam. Meanwhile, if you find anything newsworthy that would suit this website, please email me.

Student News (Friday's American results)

Duke finished six ahead of rivals Arizona, Auburn and Texas with a total of 1164 after the fourth and final round of the NCAA Div I Womens' Championships, held at Washington National Golf Club, Auburn, WA. University of California were fifteeenth, with 1193.

Best European was Ireland's Martina Gillen (Kent State), playing without her team mates on one of the individual places. She had 74,74,70,73 for 291 (+3) and finished in thirteenth place behind Virada Nirapathpongporn (Duke) whose scores of 68,69,70,72 for 279 (-9) put her five shots ahead of a pack of four players including No1-ranked Lorena Ochoa (Arizona). Musselburgh's Vikki Laing (CAL) finished with another creditable 72 and her total score of 298 (74,80,72,72) put her in 45th place. Anne Walker (CAL) must be very disappointed with her last round 82, in this, her last NCAA tournament.

In the Men's NCAA Div II Championships at Mission Inn Resort, Howey-In-the-Hills, Florida. Lee Harper (USC-Aiken) finished with scores of 77,75,82,80 for 314 (+30) and 63rd place. The tournament was won by Rollins College, Florida on 1194 (+58) one shot ahead of Cal St Stanislaus. USC-Aiken were 5th on 1203 (+67) Best individual was JJ Jakovac (Chico State) with a one over par 285.

I cannot find out any more information on the Men's NJCAA Championships at Scottsdale Arizona. . The scores on the website are still Wednesday's; Lee Rhind (Midland College) is 73, 78. (I think the person updating the website does not play golf and those two half scores I reported on Wednesday have magically turned into a 73!)

Friday 24 May

Heather Stirling v Anne Laing will be a super final... wish I was in Stranraer to see it all happen!

Here is Colin's report and the results after Day 4 of the Championship.

Scottish Ladies' Championship

Friday 7:00pm. Apologies for keeping you waiting..

Stirling beat Morton 4&2

Laing beat Kenny 1 hole

I expect to have a fuller report later

Friday 2:58pm: I don't know how long Colin can keep this going.. you'll find the next section might get replaced as/when I get the next email!

SEMI-FINALS (Hole-by-hole)

Weather report: Heavy rain began falling at 2.15pm (semi-finals teed off at 1.45pm and 2pm) and the wind was still quite fierce.

HEATHER STIRLING (Bridge of Allan) v LINZI MORTON (Tulliallan)
(No 1 qualifier) (No 4 qualifier)

Hole 1: Halved in par 4s.
Hole 2: Stirling won with par 4. STIRLING ONE UP.
Hole 3: Halved in par 3s.

Hole 4: Halved in par 4s.
Hole 5: Halved in par 5s.
Hole 6: Winning par 3 conceded to Stirling by Morton who had bad lie against face of bunker and took two shots to get out. STIRLING TWO UP.

Hole 7: Morton won with eagle 3. STIRLING ONE UP.
Hole 8: Holed halved in par 4s after Stirling missed 3ft putt.
Hole 9:

ANNE LAING (Vale of Leven) v LYNN KENNY (Stirling Univ)
(No 3 qualifier) (No 10 qualifier)

Hole 1: Kenny won with birdie 3. KENNY ONE UP.
Hole 2: Hole halved in bogey 5s.
Hole 3: Laing won with birdie 2. ALL SQUARE.

Hole 4: Laing won with birdie 3. LAING ONE UP.
Hole 5: Hole halved in par 5s.
Hole 6: Laing won with par 3. LAING TWO UP.

Hole 7:

Friday Lunchtime: News from Colin Farquharson at Stranraer GC (Sorry if this duplicates some of the News you've read previously but it is quicker just to paste the lot in... GGK)


Heavy overnight rain and a fresh rainstorm at 10am left most of the Stranraer fairways resembling paddy fields and matches were taking 2hr to reach the turn, mainly because of the amount of lift and drops required to gain relief from the casual water. At lunchtime, the sun came out (as it did on Thursday to be followed by a mid-afternoon rainstorm) but the wind began to rise to almost gale proportions.


HEATHER STIRLING (Bridge of Allan) v CLAIRE HARGAN (Prestonfield)
Stirling won by 2 and 1.
Claire took a two-hole lead in the early stages but Heather hit back to win three in a row, the fifth, sixth and seventh, to go one up and was still one up at the turn, having bravely holed a 10ft putt for a half in par 5s at the ninth. Claire hung on to that slender deficit with a series of halves and then squared the match by winning the 14th. However, Heather hit back immediately to edge ahead again at the 15th and after a half at the 16th, Claire had to take a lift and drop under penalty away from the trees at the 17th. That was the end of her brave fight, Heather winning the hole for a 2 and 1 entry into the semi-finals.

LINZI MORTON (Tulliallan) v FIONA DE VRIES (St Rule)
Morton won by 5 and 4.
Linzi lost only one hole, the third, to be pulled back to all square before seizing the initiative to win the fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth and turn with a five-hole lead. Fiona took a bogey 6 at the long ninth after mishitting her approach shot which hardly rose above the pools of water between her and the green. The first five holes after the turn were halved, leaving Linzi the winner by 5 and 4.

ANNE LAING (Vale of Leven) v SHEENA WOOD (Aberdeen Ladies)
Laing won by 5 and 3.
Anne established a four-hole lead over the first eight holes and the ninth was halved in par 5s. Anne was still four up after 13 holes and Sheena was unable to make any inroads. Anne extended her lead to five and won the match on the 15th green.

LYNN KENNY (Stirling Univ) v JENNA WILSON (Strathaven)
Kenny won by 2 and 1.
Lynn Kenny, leaving her approach putt 5ft short on the wet putting surface at the ninth, managed to hole it to halve the hole in par 5s and remain two up. Jenna, only 17, kept battling away but could not improve her position and eventually ran out of holes, Lynn winning on the 17th green.



Judith Anderson (Hawick) beat Carol Wilson (Murcar) 4 and 3.
Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank) beat Fiona Gilbert (Carnoustie) at 21st.
Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) beat Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse) 1 hole.
Catherine Miller (Stonehaven) beat Janice Gardner (Drumpellier) 6 and 4.

Friday news from Stranraer GC

11:45am.Colin Farquharson writes "Heavy overnight rain and a fresh rainstorm at 10am left most of the Stranraer fairways resembling paddy fields and matches were taking 2hr to reach the turn, mainly because of the amount of lift and drops required to gain relief from the casual water.


Heather Stirling one up on Claire Hargan after nine holes. Claire took a two-hole lead in the early stages but Heather hit back to win three in a row, the fifth, sixth and seventh, to go one up.

Linzi Morton five up on Fiona De Vries after nine holes. Linzi took the initiative early on and was two up after six holes. She then won the seventh, eighth and ninth to be five up at the turn. Mrs De Vries took a bogey 6 at the long ninth after mishitting her approach shot which hardly rose above the pools of water between her and the green.

Anne Laing four up on Sheena Wood after nine holes.

Lynn Kenny two up on Jenna Wilson after nine holes. Lynn had to hole a tricky five-foot second putt to halve the ninth in par 5s.

Second round
Judith Anderson (Hawick) beat Carol Wilson (Murcar) 4 and 3.
Catherine Miller (Stonehaven) beat Janice Gardner (Drumpellier) 6 and 4.

Weather forecast: Colin Farquharson writes "Early morning sunshine disappeared as the rain clouds roll in once again. Rain started to fall quite heavily at 10am. Play had started on time at 8.30 with the held-over Clark Rosebowl matches.
One concession made to the wetness of the course, particularly the third fairway, which is below the level of an adjacent burn was that the par-4 third (330yd) was reduced to a par-3 of around 150yd. This is apparently standard practice at Stranraer Golf Club where the par-3 tee was built for use in the winter when the third fairway is more often than not under water. "

Friday morning's championship line-up is:
9.00 Heather Stirling v Claire Hargan.
9.10 Fiona De Vries v Linzi Morton.
9.20 Anne Laing v Sheena Wood.
9.30 Lynn Kenny v Jenna Wilson.
Semi-finals at 1.30 and 1.45.

The CSS for the two qualifying rounds was 77 on Tuesday and 78 on Wednesday


For the first time for many years, possibly for the first time ever, the Scottish women's amateur golf championship subsidiary competition for the Clark Rosebowl will have its final played on Saturday, instead of the traditional Friday.
It will tee off at 8.45am on Saturday, 15min ahead of the championship final.
This is because the 2hr 5min suspension of play on Thursday afternoon meant there was insufficient time left on Thursday evening to complete the four second-round Clark Rosebowl ties.
They will go off ahead of the championship quarter-finals on Friday morning. Only one will start at the first tee at 8.30am. The three other ties will recommence at various places over the opening four holes.
The Clark Rosebowl semi-finals will be played at 1pm and 1.15pm on Friday afternoon.

Scottish Student News

(Thanks to Colin for saving me time... I'll check on the Boys progress asap)

SCOTS Heather MacRae from Dunblane and Laura Walker (Nairn Dunbar) finished third and sixth respectively in the United States junior colleges women's national golf championship at Shawnee Country Club, Oklahoma (THURSDAY, US TIME).
Heather, the Scottish girls champion, shot a final round of 81 for a 72-total of 318, 12 shots behind title-winner and McLennan Community College, Waco (Texas) team-mate Ashlie Simmons who signed off with a 74 for a runaway 10-shot win.
Laura, like Heather, coming up to the end of her first year at McLennan CC, had a last-round score of 82 for 325.
The NJCAA individual title was won by Scots Pamela Mackay (1998), Linzi Morton (1999) and Angela Finlay (2000) three years in a row.
McLennan Community College (1267) won the team event by the resounding margin of 53 strokes from Daytona Beach (1320) with Mesa Community College (1387) third.

In the senior American colleges women's national championship at Auburn, Washington State, four times past Scottish girls champion Vikki Laing from Musselburgh returned to something like her old form by matching the par of 72 for the 6,273yd course in the third and penultimate round (ON THU US TIME).
That lifted Vikki (University of California Berkeley to a tie for 59th place on 10-over-par 226 after earlier rounds of 74 and 80. Team-mate Anne Walker, winner of two US college events over the past four years but now playing her last event before returning to Scotland for good, sagged to an 80 for joint 105th place on 234. Her earlier scores were 79 and 75.
Former Irish girl champion Martina Gillen (Kent State) was the leading European player in joint 12th place after rounds of 74, 74 and 70 for two-over-par 218.
Virada Nirapathpongporn (Duke) leads by three strokes at nine-under-par 207 with one round to play.
Arizona (874) leads from Texas (876) and Duke (877) in the team championship.

Please see my Student Golf pages for full, collated (well not yet... but soon!!!) results

Thursday 23 May

Scottish Ladies' at Stranraer

10:50pm: Read Colin's report and study the results after the first two rounds of the matchplay.

LGU Press release: Championship Programme 2003

Scottish Ladies's Championship at Stranraer

3:25pm: Play suspended due to rain

St Rule Trophy

The Draw for the St Rule Trophy has been issued. Read Colin's Preview

Scottish Ladies' Championship at Stranraer

1:35pm: Read Colin's Report of the First Round of the Matchplay

Student News (Wednesday's American results)

California dropped to 17th place after the second round of the NCAA Div I Womens' Championships, held at Washington National Golf Club, Auburn, WA with a two round total of 601, 20 shots behind leaders, Arizona. Virada Nirapathpongporn (Duke) shares the individual lead with Summer Sirmons (Georgia), both at seven under par, but they must be worried that Lorena Ochoa (Arizona), No1 in the Golfstat ranknigs, is only three shots back.
The best four out of five scores count on each day, and yesterday (Wednesday) it was Musselburgh's Vikki Laing's turn to have the non-counting score, with an 80 which contained three double bogeys and only one birdie. Anne Walker (Strathaven) started and finished with a birdie to return a 75. They are tied 81st , with totals of 154. Both girls will be disappointed with their performance so far, especially Anne who is playing in her last NCAA tournament here this week.

McLennan College, Texas, continue to lead in the National Junior College Championships, hosted by Seminole State College at the Shawnee Country Club in Shawnee, Oklahoma. They are now 37 shots in front of Daytona Beach Community College. The windy weather produced higher average scores, but Heather Macrae (Dunblane) and Laura Walker (Nairn Dunbar) managed to keep it together with 81, and 80 respectively. Heather is currently third with a total of 237, five shots behind the leader and fellow McLennan team-mate, Ashlie Simmons, Laura is seventh with a total of 243. The tournament finishes today (Thursday their time)

University of South Carolina - Aiken dropped back tofifth place behind leaders North Alabama after the second round of the NCAA Division II Men's Championships at Mission Inn Resort, Howey-In-the-Hills, Florida. Lee Harper (USC-Aiken) had a 75 to add to his first round 77 and lies in 25th place, nine shots behind Jason Vaughn (North Alabama).

The weather in Arizona must be pretty awful as the 2002 NJCAA Division I Men's Championship at Scottsdale CC, Arizona has only managed to complete two sets of nine holes in the first two days of the Championship. Midland College, Texas, is lying 6th behind Odessa College, Texas, with Scot Lee Rhind lying fourth with two halves of 36 and 37 for a total of 73.

Wednesday 22 May

Late evening (11:30pm) edition!

Don't expect much chat!!! Read Colin's report and study the qualifiers and final results after Day 2.

Sleep well!

3:15pm report from Stranraer

Colin Farquharson writes "Overnight leader Heather Stirling had extended her lead from seven to nine shots after nine holes of the second qualifying round of the Scottish women's amateur golf championship at Stranraer. If anything, the weather was even worse than it had been for the opening day when the 25-year-old Bridge of Allan player outclassed the field in taming a south-easterly win with a six-under-par 69.
The wind was from the same direction but stronger and there spasmodic rainstorms on a course which was already sodden after overnight rain. The third fairway, for instance, seemed barely playable with pools of water all over what could be seen of the fairway.
Understandably, the pace of play slowed down to such an extent that the last three out of the course, Heather Stirling, Anne Laing and Claire Hargan took 2 1/2hr to complete the first nine holes.
Heather was out in 39, one over par, Anne Laing in 41 (three over) and Claire Hargan in 43 (five over). Defending champion Linzi Morton and Martin Pow were both out in 42. Sharon Lambie slipped back with 46 to the turn.
Leader in the clubhouse at 3.30pm was Tracy Laughland from Prestonfield after returning the first sub-80 score of the day. She had a 79 for 165."

Here are scores recorded up to 3:15pm

Lunchtime report from Stranraer

Colin Farquharson writes "It's even windier today here at Stranraer and there has been a lot of rain overnight. The third fairway is getting close to being unplayable. Great pools of water and even the green patches are very squelchy under foot.
To cap it all there is a thunder and lightning warning for later in the afternoon and all the players have been warned to scamper back to the clubhouse if they hear the klaxon. I hear the "English" is having even worse problems down in Cornwall where they had to scrub their first Q round.
This is the second year that the "Scottish " puts the players out in score order for the second round, which means that Heather Stirling, Anne Laing and Claire Hargan don't go out until 12.30. Yesterday, the end of the field were taking more than 4 1/2hr. That means it is most unlikely I will have an end of play report for you by 6pm.
I will try to transmit to you completed scores at say, 4pm, and, if it is not raining, I might go over to the ninth green and see how Heather & Co are doing.
Will do my best for you but I think I shall be back in my hotel room transmitting to you mid-evening."

Please note that I'm going out for dinner tonight (well.. I have to eat!!) so it unlikely that I'll get the finished results up on this site before 11:00pm. (You'll be saying.. "Some News service this"... still it's better than nothing, isn't it?)

Student News (Tuesday's American results)

NCAA Div I Womens Championships

University of California made an excellent start to the NCAA Div I Womens' Championships, held at Washington National Golf Club, Auburn, WA. They are tied for fourth with 298, thirteen strokes behind leaders Arizona (285). Duke and Georgia are tied second with 294. Virada Nirapathpongporn (Duke) leads the field with a 68. Vikki Laing (CAL) is tied for 30th place with a 74 and Anne Walker had a non-counting 79. Ireland's Martina Gillen (Kent State), who qualified for this tournament as an individual, also had a 74. This is a four round tournament and finishes on Friday.

NJCAA results

McLennan College lengthened their lead with a score of 618 over Daytona Beach Community College (654) after the second round of the National Junior College Championships, hosted by Seminole State College at the Shawnee Country Club in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Heather Macrae (McLennan) is lying fifth equal with a second round of 79 for a halfway total of 156 , five shots behind the tournament leader and her Mclennan team-mate Ashlie Simmons. Laura Walker (also McLennan) improved on her opening 85 with a counting 78 and is eleventh equal. This tournament is over four rounds and finishes on Thursday.

NCAA Div II Results

University of South Carolina - Aiken is one shot off the lead behind CSU- Bakersfield after the first round of the NCAA Division II Men's Championships at Mission Inn Resort, Howey-In-the-Hills, Florida. Lee Harper (USC-Aiken) had a first round of 77 and lies in 41st place behind leader and fellow team-mate Aaron Black and J.J. Jakovac (Chico State) who both shot 69.

Tuesday 21 May

Evening Edition!

Scottish Ladies Championship at Stranraer

Read Colin's final report of the day and check the complete First Day's scores

Afternoon edition!

Scotish Ladies Championship at Stranraer

Report from Colin Farquharson - First round scores at 2.45pm

Heather Stirling tamed a strong south-easterly wind to return an excellent score of six-under-par 69 in the first qualifying round of the Scottish women's amateur golf championship at Stranraer today (Tuesday).

The score is, of course, a record for the lay-out being used for the championship. It is a course that will be used only this week, utilising several of the men's tees and adding some 300y to the standard club women's course.

The 25-year-old Bridge of Allan player carried on in the rich vein of form which has seen her win the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Troon by four strokes and the Stirling and Clackmannan women's county championship with some notable performances including a Bathgate women's course record in the qualifying round.

Miss Stirling seemed to be playing a different course at Stranrar from the rest of the field. While others, including big names such as former champion Alison Davidson, were buffeted here, there and everywhere, Heather had only two bogeys, both on the inward half and both the result of three putts.

Her bag of birdies included five in a row from the seventh in halves of 33 and 36.

Mrs Davidson and Sheena Wood, Heather's playing partners, said it was a delight to watch with the wind which was causing them so many problems having little or no effect on Miss Stirling's accuracy. Alison Davidson ran up a 10 at the par-5 14th in her 83.

Defending champion Linzi Morton (Tulliallan) had a 78 which included a drive out of bounds for a double bogey on the inward half, upon which the wind was more of a handful than on the first nine.

Only the leading 32 at the end of the second qualifying round will go forward to the championship match-play stages.

Morning edition!

Colin Farquharson's Preview of the Scottish Championship at Stranraer

SLGA Plans for the Centenary Scottish Championship at St Andrews next year.

Home Internationals to revert to September from 2003

Those photos of the Midlothian Interclub that you've all been waiting for!!!

McLennan College are leading in the first round of the NJCAA Championship at the Shawnee Country Club in Oklahoma. Heather Macrae is one shot off the lead with a 77, Laura Walker had an 85.

I'm hoping to have the First Round results from Stranraer in the early evening.

Monday 20 May

Dawn Dewar won the Angus County Championship yesterday at Monifeith. Read Colin's report

Angus announce their County Team for Glenisla.

Colin is having a problem with mobile phone communications from Stranraer clubhouse. Reports of the Scottish Ladies' Championship, from Tuesday to Saturday of this week, are unlikely to be received by Yours Truly until he gets back to his hotel. Please be patient!!

Sunday 19th May

Midlothian News
Baberton won the Midlothian Ladies' Interclub tournament in very "dreich" conditions yesterday at Broomieknowe, beating Kingsknowe in the final. Baberton's first couple, Fiona de Vries and Karen Marshall, finished two down to Kingsknowe's Rita Dee and Louise Fraser, but their second couple, Pamela Williamson and Fiona Hunter were four up after 17 holes on Sheila Lyon and Kate Rorke, ensuring a final result of 2 & 1. In the semifinals, Kingsknowe beat Merchants and Baberton beat Lothianburn. Those waiting for the photographs will need to be patient - I've left the camera cable at the office!

The draw for the Midlothian Ladies' Summer Foursomes and Commonwealth Spoons tournament at Liberton on 28th May can be found on the website

Student News...
Last week Susie Laing (Troon Ladies' and University of San Francisco) entered the first stage of qualifying for the LPGA U.S Open. She shot a 75, one under the course rating of 76.and is now through to the 36 hole final stage at Valencia, Los Angeles. She won't be home until the end of June, and consequently is not entering the British this year.

NCAA Regionals
Four teams containing Scots boys will be going through to the NCAA Division I Mens' Championships, on the Scarlet Course Columbus, OHIO, May 29-June1. Augusta State (T36 Scott Jamieson 79,75,71=225) were 4th and University of Alabama-Birmingham (T73 Craig Gordon 76,77,77=230) tied for ninth, the last qualifying place at the EAST REGIONAL at Ansley Golf Club's Settin' Down Creek in Roswell, Ga.
Tulsa (T55 David Inglis 78,68,79=225) took third and Baylor (T12 Jamie McLeary 71,71,74=216) were seventh in the CENTRAL REGIONAL at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Ark.

Saturday 18th May

Many thanks to Colin, who knew I would be short of time today, for this report on the Scottish student's progress in the NCAA Regionals

Scots in US college golf championships
Scottish youths golf champion Jamie McLeary (Baylor University) from Glenrothes moved into the top 10 and former British boys champion David Inglis (University of Tulsa) from Glencorse found his form in the second round of the NCAA men's Division Central Region college golf championship at Little Rock, Arkansas (ON FRIDAY, US TIME).
McLeary repeated his opening one-under-par 71 to be lying joint eighth on 142, five shots behind leader Lee Williamson (Purdue University) with one round to go.
Inglis, Tulsa's top player all season but a big disappointment with a first-round 78, bounced bck with a four-under-par 68 to be tied for 34th place on 146.
Scottish boys stroke-play title-holder Scott Jamieson (Augusta State University), who finished second in a big Atlanta event recently, is making no impact in the East Region championship at Settingdown Creek, Roswell in Georgia.
Jamieson has had roounds of 79 and 75 for 1o-over 154 and is tied for 80th spot behind D J Traham (Clemon), the two-shot leader on 139.
Edinburgh-born Craig Gordon (University of Alabama-Birmingham) is a shot ahead of Jamieson after a second-round 77 for 153 but Steven Mackie (Jacksonville State), from Thornton, Fife, is out of the top 100 after a 75 for 158.
Martin Laird (Colorado State University), from Hilton Park and a beaten semi-finalist in last year's Scottish amateur championship at Downfield moved into the top 100 with a 71 for six-over-par 150 in the West Region championship at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ricky Barnes (Arizona University) leads here on seven-under 137.

Friday 17th May

Evening edition!

Sorry I don't have an update on tonight's results of the Edinburgh Ladies' Interclub.. I'm at a Petula Clark concert instead! However I'll be there tomorrow (Saturday) - I'm refereeing the final - and I'll post the results asap.

Just to keep your appetites whetted for News in June..... my newshound, Colin F, will be relaying results from the St Rule Trophy and the British Championships at Ashburnham. Note that the LGU have published the list of entrants to the British Championships on their website.

If you are looking for News on the NCAA Regionals over the weekend please be aware that I'm not likely to post anything tomorrow (Saturday) but should have complete results on Sunday. If you are desperate to know.... look at the Golfstat live scoreboards

Oh yes.. before I forget... another Student going to the States next year... Scottish international boys cap David Aitchison (Royal Dornoch). He is bound for Louisiana State University in late August..

Have a good weekend!

Morning edition!

News is coming in thick and fast from my Aberdeen source (Colin Farquharson)
He deserves a medal for providing all my Ladies Golf News.
Here are some snippets received overnight.....

.....and you are not going to believe these two stories....

Sue Shepherd given an 8 handicap at her first attempt


  • Scottish 9-year-old could be the world's youngest 13 handicap golfer (read about Carly Booth)
  • Scottish "30-something" gets first handicap of 8 (Sue Shepherd)


Remember you read it here first !!!!

Carly Booth - best 9-year-old in the world?

Student News - Scots progress in the NCAA Regionals

I can't say that any of the Scots were burning up the fairways in the first round of the NCAA Regionals yesterday (Thursday).

Augusta State are sixth equal (Scott Jamieson 79), Alabama-Birmingham fourteenth equal (Craig Gordon 76) and Jacksonville State seventeenth (Steven Mackie 83) in the EAST REGIONAL at Ansley Golf Club's Settin' Down Creek in Roswell, Ga.

At the CENTRAL REGIONAL at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Ark., Baylor are eighth (Jamie McLeary 71), Tulsa are thirteenth equal (David Inglis 78) and Jackson State (Danny Mills 87) bring up the rear at 27th.

At the WEST REGIONAL at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M., Colorado State (Martin Laird 79) are 26th.

10 teams and two individuals qualify from each venue to play at the NCAA Division I Mens' Championships, on the Scarlet Course Columbus, OHIO, May 29-June1.

Note that Graeme McDowell (UAB) had a 72 at the East Regional to be 12th equal individually. He and/or UAB has to improve dramatically if he is to get the NCAA finals.

Click on the Golfstat link for live scoring

Thursday 16th May

Apologies for the annoying pop up advert that you get on your screen. I've had to move KirkwoodGolf to Lycos as it was being held on an academic site and was beginning to get too busy... I thought I had better move it before questions got asked! :-)

Rest assured that will still work (as will which has come too) Lycos gives me 50Mb of free web space but unfortunately you get the popups. I'm still looking for a site which will give me free webspace with less hassle. Just ignore the popups and the strange URLS with Lycos in them.

Apologies too if you thought I was not going to produce any news today... I've just come back from the first round of the Edinburgh Ladies Interclub tournament at Broomieknowe and can report the following

  • Kingsknowe beat Broomieknowe
  • Murrayfield beat Newbattle
  • Craigmillar Park beat Ratho Park
  • Merchants beat Liberton (the holders)
  • Baberton beat Musselburgh
  • Glencorse beat Turnhouse
  • Lothianburn beat Prestonfield
  • Torphin Hill beat Royal Musselburgh

The Second round is on Friday night; Semifinals and Final (at 4pm) on Saturday

And Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law Dorothy who is just a little bit older than I am!

Wednesday 15th May

Seven men, two women, still involved in NCAA Championships
Be prepared for a flood of American Student Golf results, as the NCAA's hot up over the next two weeks.

First off are the NCAA Division I Mens' Regionals from 16th to 18th May. [From a previous report....No 6 Augusta State (Scott Jamieson), No 11 Alabama-Birmingham (Craig Gordon) and No 20 Jacksonville State (Steven Mackie) are playing in the EAST REGIONAL at Ansley Golf Club's Settin' Down Creek in Roswell, Ga. In the CENTRAL REGIONAL at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Ark., No 9 Baylor (Jamie McLeary), No 12 Tulsa (David Inglis) compete for one of the 10 places. The WEST REGIONAL at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M. hosts No 23 Colorado State (Martin Laird)] 10 teams and two individuals qualify from each venue to play at the NCAA Division I Mens' Championships, on the Scarlet Course Columbus, OHIO, May 29-June1.

The NCAA Mens' Division II Championships (USCA Lee Harper) are May 21-24 hosted by Rollins College at the Mission Inn Resort, Orlando, Howey-in- the-Hills, FL (72 Holes)

The University of California (Vikki Laing, Anne Walker) are competing in the NCAA Division I Women's Championships from May 22 to May 25 hosted by the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Ireland's Martina Gillen is also competing in this tournament as an individual.

The best site for all the NCAA Championship results is GolfStat. They are going to be running live scoreboards for all NCAA tournaments.

Scottish Students involved in the NJCAA (Junior College) Championships
Trying to find out about our students in Junior Colleges can be likened to getting blood out of a stone! Their college websites do not carry any results, and you can only prod a coach so much before you antagonise them! Competitions are mostly local, and there are no leagues or rankings that I can discern (IMHO). Their National organisation, the NJCAA, only kicks in at the end of the season when the National Championships take place.
Scotland have a very good record in the Womens' NJCAA Championships. Linzi Morton, Pam Mackay and Angela Finlay (all from Midland College. Texas) have won the individual crown in each of the last three years. The Midland Womens' Golf team has been disbanded, and our two Scottish hopes this year are Laura Walker and Heather Macrae representing McLennan College, Texas. Seminole State College will be hosting the 2002 NJCAA Women's Golf National Championship for the third year at the Shawnee Country Club in Shawnee, Oklahoma, from May 20 to May 23.

Midland College have qualified for the 2002 NJCAA Men's Division I Golf Championship. The championship, a 72 hole event, will be contested over the tough McCormick Ranch Golf Course, Scottsdale, Arizona from May 21-24. Four Scots are in the squad at Midland (Iain Colquhoun, Lee Rhind, Jay Taylor and Scott Taylor) but I am afraid I have no idea of their form or who will be playing.

Have a look at my Student Website for details of Scottish Student Golfers in the States.

Next year's Students
If anyone reading this knows of students who will be attending University/College in the States then please email me. I already know that current Scottish Boys Champion, John Hempstock (Dumfries and Galloway) is going to Minnesota, and that previous Scottish Boy Champions, Stephen Buckley (Prestonfield) and Steven Brown (Carnoustie) are heading for Midland College along with Thomas Beattie (Ratho Park).

For any prospective student thinking about going to the States I would implore you to consider your options very carefully. You might get a better degree if you stay in Britain. If you are good enough you can get a Golf Bursary from the R&A which may be equal to anything an American University or College can offer. Many British Universities offer excellent Golf Bursary programmes and have good golf facilities. Look at EGU Guide to Golf related opportunities in Higher and Further Education for information.

Tuesday 14 May

Scott Jamieson carded 66,70,70 for a total of 206


From the Augusta State Site...
"Jamieson Holds On For Second at Atlanta Intercollegiate
Stockbridge, GA--Scott Jamieson shot a final round score of 70 to hold off the nation's top-ranked golfer and finish second overall at the Atlanta Intercollegiate at Eagles Landing Country Club Friday. Jamieson finished at 10-under par, one stroke ahead of Camilo Villegas of Florida and nine strokes behind champion Graeme McDowell of UAB. For the third straight year, McDowell won the tournament, and once again broke his own course record. McDowell shot a final round 63, breaking his Eagles Landing Country Club course record of 64"


Midlothian County Ladies Golf Association launch website
County Vice-Captain, Janet Wake, has been the driving force behind this new initiative, currently hosted by kirkwoodgolf. The site describes the MCLGA setup and will contain draws and results of County Meetings, matches and Junior competitions. "We hope that MCLGA members will find it useful" said County Captain, Karen Ballantyne.
A link to the new MCLGA site can be found on the Navigation List on the left of this page.

The SLGA have issued a List of Qualifiers for the LGU Medal Finals at Crieff on 16th June.

Stranraer is to be lengthened for next week's Scottish Championship.
Read Colin Farquharson's Report

Get your Scottish Championship results here!
Arrangements are being made for this site to post results of the Scottish Ladies' Championship as and when received from Colin Farquharson in Stranraer [apart from a minor glitch on the Thursday night when I'm playing golf myself... You might need to burn the midnight oil to find out who is playing on the Friday... sorry about this - G]

Global News (we're not parochial here!)
R&A bursary holder Stuart Wilson (University of Abertay) represented Europe in the recent Bonallack Trophy match against Asia/Pacific. This three-day match, run in a "Ryder Cup" format, took place in Japan from May 8-10. Asia/Pacific won 18-14. Stuart only took half a point in the foursomes but won his singles. See the results at the European Golf Association site.

Monday 13th May

A bad weekend for the Kirkwoods... Claire, Carrie and I all got knocked out of the Gullane hole-and-hole, David, the holder, lost in the first round of the Scottish BGCS matchplay and Carrie and Sandy lost their Hanky-Panky tie. Congratulations to all the winners, we hope you go on and win the finals!

SLGA v Scottish Boys

A Scottish Ladies Golfing Association team beat the Scottish Golf Union boys' select 2 1/2-1 1/2 over the Lansdowne course at Blairgowrie yesterday (Sunday). Read Colin Farquharson's report

Perth and Kinross County Championship

LOCAL knowledge paid off in a big way for Dawn Butchart in the Perth & Kinross women's county golf championship at Strathmore Golf Centre, Alyth. A member of the host club, Dawn won the title for the first time, beating former champion Claire Meir (Muckhart) by 2 and 1 in the final yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. Read Colin's report

Angus County Championship

I have news up to the semi-final stage. Dawn Dewar plays Ann Ramsay, Kathleen Sutherland plays Lyn Fenton next Sunday. Read Colin's report

US Student News

Martina Gillen's team, Kent State will not be going to the NCAA finals, hosted by University of Washington, at the end of the month, but the Irish girl will attend as one of the two low individual qualifiers. University of California (Vikki Laing and Anne Walker) will also be making the trip after their third place finish in the West Regionals at the weekend.

Late News

Pamela Williamson (Baberton) and Valerie Hassett (Ireland) won the European Seniors' Association International Foursomes played at The Royal Club in Belgium in April. Well done!!

Sunday 12th May

US Student News

University of California have qualified for the NCAA Championship hosted by University of Washington later this month. They finished with a total of 889 at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford, six shots behind joint leaders Pepperdine and UCLA. San Franscisco took ninth place, and just missed out on making the trip with the top eight teams from each Regional Championship.

Lorena Ochoa (Arizona) led the Individual list with three 70s for a total of 210. Vikki Laing (CAL) was the best Scot, tied for 12th with 75, 70, 77 = 222. Susie Laing (San Franscisco) had a last round 76 for 229, Lyndsey Devenish (San Franscico) had a final 74 for 232 and Anne Walker (CAL) had a counting 76 to finish with a total of 240.

More news on this tournament on Monday.

Ireland's Martina Gillen (Kent State) shot 71, 77, 75 for a total of 223 and took second place, four shots behind Stacy Prammanasudh (Tulsa) at the NCAA Central Regionals at Forest Akers West Golf Course, East Lansing, Michigan

Saturday 11th May

US Student News

Vikki Laing (CAL) has improved to 6th equal with a second round 70, 5 behind leader Lorena Ochoa at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford.Susie Laing (San Franscisco) had the best round of the day with a 69 to add to her opening 84 to pull herself up to 29th place. Lyndsey Devenish (San Franscisco) had a 81 for 158 (T51) and Anne Walker (CAL) slipped back with a 86 for 164 (T80)
Pepperdine are leading with 592, Cal are lying second equal, 3 strokes back, and San Franscisco are 11th with 619.
8 teams qualify and the current eighth place team is only 6 shots better than San Franscisco , so they are still in with a chance.
Live leaderboard

County News

Heather Stirling won the Stirling and Clackmannan County Championship last night for the fifth time, beating Alison Davidson , 4&3 in an excellent final. Read Colin Farquharson's report.

TEENAGERS Dawn Dewar (Monifieth) and Carnoustie's Fiona Gilbert claimed the Nos 1 and 2 seed positions at the end of the qualifying round of the Angus women's county championship at Monifieth.
Dawn matched the CSS of 74 and Fiona was only one over.
Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose), the defending champion, was third qualifier with a 76, one shot ahead of the 2000 title-winner Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) whom Kathleen beat in last year's final.

Title-holder Jane Yellowlees (Murrayshall) gained the third seed place in the draw for the match-play stages with a score of 78 at Strathmore Golf Centre, Alyth in the Perth & Kinross women's county golf championship qualifying round.
Avril Ker from Craigie Hill and Emily Ogilvie (Muckhart) topped the leaderboard on 77 with Avril deemed the No 1 qualifier by virtue of a better inward half.
Judith Blake (Pitlochry) did not qualify for the match-play stages in either the scratch or handicap sections but she finished the evening happier than most. That's because she had a hole in one at the 17th (189yd). She was partnered by H Welsh and A Hood.

Many thanks to Colin Farquharson for supplying the County News.

Friday, 10th May

My brother-in-law's special birthday! Have a great day Sandy!

US Student News

CAL are third with a 9 over par total of 297, and San Franscisco are tied for twelfth with a 27 over par first round at the NCAA West Regional, played on the par-72, Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif..

Vikki Laing (CAL) is the best Scot with a 75 which puts her in 17th place, six shots behind first round leader Katherine Hull (Pepperdine). Lyndsey Devenish (USF) had a 77 to be tied for 38th place, Anne Walker (CAL) is one shot worse with a 78 and Susie Laing (USF) had an 84.

I do intend to update this page over the weekend, but if you are desperate to find out their progress, check here for the live scoreboard.

Ireland's Martina Gillen (Kent State) had a 71 and lies second equal, one stroke behind Melanie Hagewood (Baylor) after one round of the NCAA Central Regional played on the par-72, 6,053-yard Forest Akers West Golf Course, East Lansing, Mich.

Thursday, 9th May

Heather Stirling and Alison Davidson meet in the final of the Stirling and Clackmannan County Championship tomorrow. Read all about the qualifying and early rounds here.

Ruth Rankin took the Scratch and was one of the lowest eight qualifiers in the West Division qualifying for the LGU Medal Finals. See my Ladies Golf page for results of this and other divisional medal finals.

Lee Harper (Musselburgh) led University of South Carolina - Aiken to victory in the NCAA Division II South East Regional at North Shore Golf Club, Sneads Ferry, N.C. His ten under par total of 206 (67,67,72) took him to second place individually, two strokes behind Nick Cowper of Armstrong Athletic. USCA advance to the 72-hole Division II Finals, hosted by Rollins College at Mission Inn Resort, Orlando, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, May 21-24.
Read USCA report

I track progress of Scottish Student Golfers in the United States. Let me know of anyone I have missed.

Wednesday, 8 May

US Student News

University of California, Berkeley, and University of San Franscisco compete at the NCAA Women's West Regionals at Stanford Golf Course from May 9-11. Students Vikki Laing, Anne Walker, Susie Laing and Lyndsey Devenish are all playing, and both their teams have a good chance of reaching the NCAA Finals later this month. Look at my Student Golf/USGirls site for more details.

There will be live scoring... click here to be taken to the Golfstat site.

My "Latest news" will carry Daily updates.

Lyndsey Devenish Earned 2002 All-WCC Honourable Mention Honours


Sharon McMaster has won the East Lothian County Championship. I now have the results of ten County Championships on my Ladies' golf page.

Tuesday, May 7

Read about injury-hit SLGA team for the match against the boys at Blairgowrie on Sunday

New Zealander Liz Mackinnon (nee Aitken) has won the Northern Counties Championship

An update of the East Lothian County Championship results

Qualifying teams for the NCAA Mens' Regionals are announced.
Each 54-hole regional, played on May 16-18, hosts 27 teams and six individuals. At each venue the teams compete for 10 places (and two low individuals) at the NCAA Championship, May 29-June 1 at Ohio StateŘs Scarlet course in Columbus.
No 6 Augusta State (Scott Jamieson), No 11 Alabama-Birmingham (Craig Gordon) and No 20 Jacksonville State (Steven Mackie) are playing in the EAST REGIONAL at Ansley Golf Club's Settin' Down Creek in Roswell, Ga. This regional is heavily weighted with the best teams. The NCAA organisers normally spread the favorites evenly throughout the country, but after the September 11 disaster, teams within 400 miles of a regional venue are allocated to their local regional. East has the majority of good teams, hence the surplus of talent at the Georgia venue.
In the CENTRAL REGIONAL at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Ark., No 9 Baylor (Jamie McLeary), No 12 Tulsa (David Inglis) and No 19 Texas-Arlington (Euan Macintosh) compete for one of the 10 places.
The WEST REGIONAL at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M. hosts No 23 Colorado State (Martin Laird)
[The numbers refer to their rating at each venue, only Augusta State and Baylor are expected to qualify for the NCAA finals. Note that in the East Regional, No 11 Alabama-Birmingham is Graeme McDowell's Uni and he is currently No 2 in the Golfweek rankings. and leading in the Golfstat Cup]

Monday, May 6

Lots of information from Colin Farquharson....Look at my Ladies' Golf site for news of several County Championships, South of Scotland County Matches, West of Scotland Women's Championship, an update on the SLGA Order of Merit and stuff that you might have missed the last time you looked! Belinda Murphy (Prestonfield), winner of the Midlothian County Championship, played at Duddingston Golf Club, on Sunday, 5th May. She beat Paula Silver (Gullane) in the final.

Many thanks to Janet Wake who sent me the East of Scotland Junior Cuthbertson Cup results

May 3

Alison Davidson expecting a baby.
Ada O'Sullivan replaces her as Captain of the Espirito Santo Trophy team. Press release

Colin Farquharson's Preview of the Scottish Ladies Close Championship, and a glimse of the draw.

Lesley Rolland won the Fife Junior County Championship (played on April 28) Results
East of Scotland Girls' Order of Merit table has been updated.

May 2

Martin Laird wins Mountain West Conference Championship

Martin Laird finished with a third round 70 for three-under par total of 212, to win by three shots from Mark Warman of San Diego State. Colorado State were fifth equal in this eight team tournament. Look at GolfWeek for results. The following is copied from the CSU Rams site
"May 1: Martin Laird Wins MWC Golf Title Sunriver, Ore./
"May 1, 2002- For the second time in less than a week, Colorado State University boasts the top individual golfer in the Mountain West Conference. Sophomore golfer Martin Laird won the individual title in the MWC Championships Wednesday, less than a week after Lynette Duran won the women's conference title. A native of Beardsden, U.K., Laird finished with a three-round total 212, four under par on the par 72, 7,188-yard Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. He beat San Diego State's Mark Warman and J.C. Deacon on UNLV by two strokes. Laird entered the day in second place, two shots off the lead, but shot a two-under par 70 in the final round, the same score he had in the second round Tuesday. Laird was named to the all-conference team following the meet. Following Laird, the Rams' David Schultz finished tied for 26th place, seven over par, 223. Brett Tobyne, who shot a nine-over 225, tied for 33rd, while Tommy Sharp finished in 37th, 12-over 228. John Hayes was 40th, 235, 19 over. Duran, a freshman from Lakewood, Colo., won the women's conference individual title last week. Colorado State finished in a tie for fifth in the team standings. UNLV won the tournament, shooting 867, while the Rams finished at 879, and now await word on a seventh consecutive NCAA Invitation. "

May 1

Good news from the students across the pond......

Apr 29- May 1 MWC Championships Sun River, OR
After second round: Colorado State are lying 7th out of 8, but the good news is that Martin Laird is second, two shots off the pace with 72,70 (Note there is no direct link to this news. (you need to go to CSU site and click on "Select a Sport" and "Mens Golf" ) )

April 29-30 Big 12 Championships Hutchinson, Kans.
Baylor Finishes Fourth at Big 12 Tourney (from Baylor's website)
McLeary's third round 65 sets tourney record.
Junior Jamie McLeary shot a 65 Tuesday to set a third round record at the Big 12 Championship
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Jamie McLeary shot a three-round 213 to lead Baylor to a fourth place finish at the Big 12 Championship at the Prairie Dunes Country Club here Tuesday. McLeary shot a third-round 65 Tuesday to set a Big 12 Championship record for a third round score. McLeary (75-73-65=213) tied a career-low by shooting five-under Tuesday and recorded his fourth top-10 finish of the season (He tied for eighth). The Bears (297-286-285=868) shot their best round of the tournament Tuesday to finish in the top five in their 10th straight tournament.

4/29/02 (From the University of California, Berkeley's Website.......)
No. 17 Cal Earns Bid To NCAA West Regional (Vikki Laing and Anne Walker)
The California women's golf team was one of 21 squads selected to compete in the 2002 NCAA West Regional Monday by the NCAA selection committee. The Golden Bears, which just finished their regular season with an all-time best third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championship, compete May 9-11 at the Stanford Golf Course on Stanford's campus. This marks the Bears third-straight appearance in an NCAA regional.

ALSO University of San Franscisco (Susie Laing and Lyndsey Devenish) have qualified No 12 for one of the 21 places at the West Regionals at Stanford. See the complete list of 63 qualfiers at the NCAA Championship site. No other Scottish Women Students are involved in NCAA Division 1 Regionals.

The selection date for the Mens NCAA Division 1 regionals is May 6th.

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