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May 2004 Archive

Monday 31st May 2004

Northern Counties News

Former North of Scotland women's golf champion and Scotland junior international Audrey Scott will make her debut for Northern Counties in the Northern Division women's inter-county team championship at Monifieth from June 26 to 28.
Audrey (nee Shannon) played for her native county Perth & Kinross for 20 years, although she moved her base to north of Inverness some time ago. She decided last year that the time had come to switch her county allegiance to Northern Counties.
Northern Counties won the Northern Division title at Murcar last year and went on to land the Scottish counties championship at Scotscraig in September.
The big incentive for Northern Counties to qualify to defend the national title against the winners of the three other divisional championships is the fact the finals are being held on home territory, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, from September 17 to 19.
Mrs Scott's inclusion will add even more strength in depth to a very capable Northern Counties team which already includes full international Lesley Mackay and her sister Pam, who was the No 5 qualifier in the recent Scottish women's championship at Prestwick, and Inverness-based New Zealander Liz McKinnon who reached the final of the Portuguese women's open amateur championship on the Algarve in March.
Mrs McKinnon, a former Kiwi junior champion who is married to a Scot, won the Northern Counties championship at Nairn recently for the second time in three years.
Northern Counties team for Monifieth is:
Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch), Kerri Harper (Inverness), Pam Mackay (Royal Dornoch), Lesley Mackay (Royal Dornoch), Liz McKinnon (Nairn), Pat MacLennan (Forres), Jenny Milne (Elgin), Audrey Scott (Tain).
Programme at Monifieth:
Saturday: Aberdeenshire v Perth & Kinross, Northern Counties v Angus.
Sunday: Aberdeenshire v Angus, Northern Counties v Perth & Kinross.
Monday: Angus v Perth & Kinross, Northern Counties v Aberdeenshire.

Midlothian News
May 30th - MCLGA was pleased that the match previously played against The Lothians Golf Association every two years was revived. Four, two-ball foursomes games were played at Turnhouse, under handicap. Claire Hargan and Belinda Murphy played some sparkling sub-par golf to beat Keith Nicholson and Stephen Lamb 3/2; while the tables were turned in the second match where Craig Neilson and Alistair Love were well under par in beating Jane Flucker and Claire MacDonald. Michael Burnett and Stuart George just managed to win against Rachael Livingstone and Jane Turner and David Warner and Allan Shaw proved too strong a combination against Amanda Edwards and Hilary Laughland.(Results)

Iain S Prime of Gullane East Lothian, a member of the Scottish Blind Golf Society, has just returned from the Japanese Blind Golf Open as champion.
Iain (40) a B3 category golfer and a 13 handicapper, competed with over 50 other blind and vision-impaired players from 10 countries for the title, at Chaterasie Golf and Country Club, Nobana Pref in Japan.
For Iain it was a bitter sweet journey, as at the last Japanese Open in 2002 his long term sighted guide and friend Howard Leedale tragically died, aged only 48.
This year Howard's brother Mark accompanied Iain on the journey and the Japanese Association took them to visit the memorial to Howard.
The JBGA, through their sponsor Mr Handa, also provided funding toward flowers during Howard's funeral and a tree was planted at the Glen Golf Club, North Berwick, where he was club captain.
Iain not only won the overall net prize, but also laid claim to the gross trophy and the Japanese awarded him a prize for the best dressed golfer after demonstrating the kilt.
So, how's it all done?
Springfield, Cupar-based Jim Gale, MBE, director and company secretary of the Scottish Blind Golf Society, explains: "Blind golf is played strictly to the R & A Rules of Golf, with the one exception being that players are allowed to ground their club in a hazard. Players also use a sighted caddie or guide. Their role is to give the blind golfer verbal information about each hole, discuss club selection and then help align the player.
"From then on, it is down to the blind golfers skill and his/her golf swing. There is no reason why a blind golfer cannot achieve the same accuracy or distance as sighted players."

Ladies' Moroccan Challenge
The sun may be shining outside, but it won't be in November. Consider a holiday in Morocco with some marvellous prizes! Read more here.

Sunday 30th May 2004

I've not been paying much attention to the Bulletin Board recently, but I see that it was used to post news of the Ayrshire County Team. (see below). Please don't be afraid to use it to provide News if you think others would be interested.

Ayrshire News
The Ayrshire team for the forthcoming West Jamboree at Milngavie GC on Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th June is
Pamela Feggans
Alex Glennie
Lesley Hendry
Gillian Lockhart
Catherine Malcolm
Charlie Taylor
Debbie Watt
Lesley Williamson

Saturday 29th May 2004

Addi Shamash, playing over her home course at Kirkcudbright, won the South of Scotland women's amateur championship for the second time in three years today (Sat). Addi had rounds of 78 and 77 for a total of 155 for a narrow, one-stroke win from Christine Meldrum (Stranraer) and Sheila McMurtrie (Dalbeattie).
Christine trailed Miss Shamash by five shots after an opening 83 but just failed to make up the leeway with a 73, the best second-round score.
Sheila had rounds of 81 and 75.
155 Addi Shamash (Kirkcudbright) 78 77.
156 Christine Meldrum (Stranraer) 83 73, Sheila McMurtrie (Dalbeattie) 81 75.
158 Pat McGill (Portpatrick) 79 79.
160 Emma Fairnie (Minto) 80 80.
161 Kirsty Inkpen (Duns) 85 76.
162 Julie Birdsall-White (Roxburghe) 87 75, Martine Pow (Selkirk) 87 75.
163 Kirsty Wells (Dumfries & Co) 81 82.
166 Sheila Martin (Kirkcudbright) 84 82.

Midlothian News
Midlothian Ladies played Mortonhall men in a warm-up match for the East County matches yesterday. They lost 3 matches to 2. Full story on the MCLGA site
They play Lothians men tomorrow.

US College Golf

North-east of Scotland youths title-holder Greg McBain failed to complete the final round of the NJCAA Division 2 men's golf championship at Palm Valley Golf Club, Goodyear in Arizona (Friday, USA time).
McBain, from Newmachar and a sophomore student at Tyler College, Texas, had played three holes when he decided he could not continue because of food poisoning.
Tyler College golf coach Sandy Terry said that McBain and team-mate Trey McNeill had been sick overnight. McNeill also pulled out during his final round.
Tyler College, who had led the team standings by two shots going into the last 18 holes, were unable to return a team total because they needed to have at least four players to finish to be eligble for the team trophy. Tyler College were the defending champions.
There was some good news for the college. Stephen Knight, another member of the team, won the individual title by shooting a final round of 73 for a total of three-under-par 285 after earlier rounds of 74, 72 and 66.
McBain had been one of the favourites for the title following his strong performances in Division 2 tournaments over the 2003-2004 college golf season but had not played as well has expected in the season-ending championship. Greg started the last round in a tie for 33rd place on nine-over-par 225 after scores of 77, 73 and 75 over the 7,015yd par-72 course.
McNeill had been lying joint eighth on one-under 215 after three rounds.

Pamela FeggansUS Student News

Florida Southern University student Pamela Feggans from Doon Valley Golf Club, Ayrshire has been selected for the second year in a row by the National Golf Coaches Association of America as a member of the NCAA Division 2 All-America first team.
This team will never play a match but to be selected as a member is an indication of the top-ranked players on the Division 2 women's college circuit in the States.
Pamela was one of the key players in Florida Southern finished runners-up in the NCAA Division 2 championship.
Pamela was also a first team Junior College All-American as a freshman at Midland College in Texas before she transferred to Florida Southern.
Capped for the first time by Scotland in last September's home internationals at Cruden Bay, Pamela led Florida Southern with a 76.97 stroke average over the 2003-2004 college golf season.
Her 76.88 career average is the best in Florida Southern women's golf team history. Pamela finished third in the NCAA Division 2 championship and had four top-five finishes over 2003-2004.
Among those were tournament victories at the University of Central Florida Invitational and the Lady Moc Classic. Her winning score at UCF set a new tournamen

Friday 28th May 2004

Carly Booth has become the youngest player ever to be chosen for the Perth & Kinross women's county golf team.
The 11-year-old from Comrie, a Primary 7 pupil at Morrison's Academy, Crieff, has been named in the squad of eight for the Northern Division inter-county team championship at Monifieth from June 26 to 28.
Title-holders Northern Counties, Angus and Aberdeenshire are the other teams in the three-day, four-cornered match-play contest with the champions qualifying for the Scottish county finals at Nairn Dunbar Golf Club from September 17 to 19.
"We are almost positive that Carly is the youngest-ever team member in Perth & Kinross history but with a handicap of 2.9, she certainly deserves her place," said county secretary Dawn Butchart.
Carly, who brought her handicap down from 4 to 2.9 with her scores earlier this week in the qualifying rounds of the Comrie women's club championship which she is defending, was beaten by 15-year-old Roseanne Niven (Crieff) in the Perth & Kinross women's county championship final at Alyth on May 15.
Roseanne is also in the team for Monifieth, having made her county debut last year. First reserve Sally Kettlewell (Dunblane) is also a junior member of her club so Perth & Kinross are well off for up and coming players.
The P and K team is: Carly Booth (Auchterarder), Dawn Butchart (Strathmore), Avril Ker (Craigiehill), Jillian Milne (Craigiehill), Roseanne Niven (Crieff), Emily Ogilvy (Muckhart), Fiona Ramsay (Crieff), Jane Yellowlees (Murrayshall). Reserves _ 1 Sally Kettlewell (Dunblane), 2 Gillian Wallace (Glenisla).

Texas A&M on Scottish tour
Texas A&M University staff golf coach Jeanne Sutherland is taking her women's team, who qualified for the recent NCAA finals, over to Scotland in August - and she wants to make it a competitive holiday trip for the American girls.
"We will be based in St Andrews from August 18 to 23 and I would like to find some ladies' teams to play us on their home courses," said Jeanne. Any club or area golf official interested in taking up Jeanne's challenge should E-mail her direct at

Frank W Wood Gullane
Mackie Bowl

Gullane are hosting both the British Ladies' and the Scottish Mens' Championships this year. It's in superb condition already, and will be even better in a few weeks time. Here is another chance to play this first class course..... enter the Mackie Bowl, a 36 hole scratch event which counts in the SLGA Order of Merit. The date is Sunday 1st August and you can download an entry form (Word doc) here.

There is just no keeping 11-year-old Carly Booth from Comrie out of the golfing news. On Tuesday she cut her handicap from 4 to 2.9 with her scores in the Comrie Golf Club women's championship - one of three club titles she won last year. Then the Perthshire farmer's daughter went along to the Nick Faldo Series 2nd Scottish Qualifier over the Blairgowrie Lansdowne course today and had the lowest score in the Girls' section (there are five boys' age categories from 21 down to 15 but there is only one girls' category, presumably up to the age of 21).
Carly Booth, whose home club is Auchterarder, followed up her win in the first qualifier at Loch Lomond with a fine score of 73 which matched the women's par of 73 for Lansdowne but was one over the CSS for the day. Carly, a model of consistency, had only two deviations from par in her 73. She bogeyed the sixth in an outward 38 (one over) and birdied the long 17th) in an inward 35 (one under) to win the girls' category on the day by two shots from Lesley Hendry (Routenburn).
Roseanne Niven, 15, from Crieff, who beat Carly in the final of the Perth & Kinross women's county championship at Alyth a couple of weeks ago, had an 80 at Blairgowrie.
There is one more Faldo Series' Scottish Qualifier to go - over the Eden Course, St Andrews on Friday, July 16.
After that the players with the most Order of Merit points in each category go forward to the Grand Final at Burhill Golf Club, Surrey in October.
Carly qualified last year to make the trip to the south-east of England and, with a 9pt lead, from Lesley Hendry (Routenburn), today's runner-up at Blairgowrie with a 75, and a 10pt advantage over third-placed Roseanne Niven, Carly looks set to be Scotland's representative in the Grand Final girls' competiton. Incidentally,
Carly's father Wally, a former Commonwealth Games silver medal-winning wrestler, revealed at Blairgowrie that Augusta State University - where Carly's older brother Wallace has just ended his first year (2003-2004) - have made a inquiry as to whether Miss Booth would be interested in going there in seven or so years' time!
Kirkintilloch player Paul Betty celebrated the news that he has been awarded a full first-year golf scholarship at the University of Kentucky in Louisville - Cassius Clay's old home town - by returning the lowest score of the day, a three-under-par 69, over Lansdowne.
Hayston Golf Club member Betty birdied the first, fifth, sixth and eighth in a flawless outward half of four-under-par 32 and then reeled off eight pars and a solitary bogey at the 13th in an inward 37 (one over) for a score that was four under the CSS.
Other boys' age-group winners today were Kevin Truscott (Newmachar) with a 72 in the Under-18s, John Gair from Hexham with a 70 in the Under-17s, David Dungen who flew over from the Netherlands to return the lowest score, a 73, in the Under-16s, and Kris Harper (Carnoustie) with a 73 in the Under-15s. Scores

West Vets Results... lifted from the Renfrewshire site (Thanks Carol Fell and Sheila Goudie)
It was a beautiful day and the course was in superb condition, particularly the greens .
West Vets Summer Meeting Cowglen 27th May 2003 SSS 71, CSS 72, 49 Entrants
Scratch - Brenda Livingstone (East Renfrewshire) 78
Silver : 1st Lana MacDonald (Hilton Park) -- (11) 71
2nd Moira Hogg (Old Ranfurly) -- (15) 72 (bih)
3rd Sheilagh Osborne (Fereneze) -- (17) 72
Bronze: 1st Helen Crichton (Ranfurly Castle) -- (21) 69
2nd Margaret McKendrick (Old Ranfurly) -- (21) 72

Inter County Foursomes West Division Finals
The Inter County Foursomes West Division Finals were played yesterday over Mount Ellen
The Goldy Oldies from RLCGA -- County Captain Aileen Wilson and Veteran Heather Anderson won the scratch award.
For the summary of the winners go to : (Thanks Carol)

The St Rule Trophy tournament - June 19-20 over the New and Old Courses at St Andrews - had to be moved from its usual early June date this year because the British men's open amateur championship is being played over the Old Course. It was also reduced from three rounds to 36 holes in an effort to attract entries from the United States' Curtis Cup team in the belief that the majority of them would be staying on in Britain for the British women's open amateur championship at Gullane from June 22 to 26. As it turns out, only Sarah Huarte (University of California Berkley) and Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State University), are staying on for the "British" and they are the only two members of the Curtis Cup team in the draw for the St Rule Trophy.
Mind you, the American challenge might lack quantity but it certainly does not lack quality. Sarah has just been crowned champion of the NCAA Division 1 women's college circuit. She won the end of the college season championship with a record-low total of 10 under par. Annie Thurman was the 2002 US Public Links title-winner. There will be other big names from the American college circuit competing in the St Rule. Sweden's Karin Sjodin, runner-up to Sarah Huarte in the Division 1 championship, has entered. So too has compatriot Sophie Andersson.
A bit closer to home we have the repeating Scottish champion, Anne Laing, the new Irish champion Deirdre Smith and Gillian O'Leary, the Irish student who beat New Zealander Liz McKinnon, a Nairn Golf Club member, in the final of the Portuguese women's open amateur championship on the Algarve in the spring.
The Canadian women's international squad have entered en bloc and they are coming over with their Fife-born coach, Dean Spriddle.
Tournament organiser Marigold Spiers reports: "We have been slightly overwhelmed by numbers - 111 entries. We've had to do a considerable amount of balloting out to get down to our maximum field of 72. The highest handicap taken was 3.7. The backmarkers are the Swedes, Sjodin and Stahle, and Anne Laing."
One disappointing aspect of the entries is that Anne Laing is the only member of the eight-strong GB&I team for the Curtis Cup match who will be playing in the St Rule Trophy this year. The five England players - Emma Duggleby, Shelley McKevitt, Nikki Timmins, Fame More and Danielle Masters, as well as Anna Highgate from Wales and Claire Coughlan from Ireland have not entered.
The Swedish left-hander, Karin Borjeskog, who won the St Rule Trophy last year is not defending.
The order of play for Saturday's round over the New Course is:
9.30 Maria Dunne (Skerries), Bronwyn Mullins (Australia), Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus).
9.40 Sarah Kemp (Australia), Lesley Mackay (Royal Dornoch), Ashley Bickerton (Canada).
9.50 Deirdre Smith (Co Louth), Stephanie Lam (Canada), Elaine Moffat (St Regulus).
10.0 Louise Fleming (The Roxburghe), Corisande Lee (West Lancs), Henrietta Brockway (Yeovil).
10.20 Christine Boucher (Canada), Karin Sjodin (Sweden), Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ).
10.30 Claire Dury (New Zealand), Annie Thurman (United States), Jackie Little (Canada).
10.40 Martine Pow (Selkirk), Martina Gillen (Beaverstown), Dawn Dewar (Stirling Univ).
10.50 Karen Delaney (Carlow), Jo Nicolson (Wrexham), Addi Shamash (Kirkcudbright).
11.0 Karen Marshall (Baberton), Laura Walker (Nairn Dunbar), Elizabeth King (West Essex).
11.10 Lisa Jean (Australia), Stephanie Doring (Germany), Liz McKinnon (Nairn).
11.20 Maura Morrin (The Curragh), Stephanie Evans (Vale of Llangollen), Jessien Luciuk (Canada).
11.30 Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Eom Ji Park (Canada), Louise Stahle (Sweden).
11.40 Steffi Kirchmayr (Germany), Katrina Leckovic (Canada), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie).
11.50 Lindsay Knowlton (Canada), Clare Queen (Drumpellier), Sofie Anderson (Sweden).
12.0 Tara Delaney (Carlow), Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan), Felicity Johnson (Harborne).
12.10 Sarah Huarte (United States), Niki Garret (Australia), Tricia Mangan (Ennis).
12.20 Heather MacRae (Dunblane New), Veronique Drovin (Canada), Eva Steinberger (Austria).
12.30 Jenna Wilson (Strathaven), Katy Jarochowicz (Australia), Lisa Ball (Matfen Hall).
12.40 Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies), Olivia Briggs (Delamere Forest), Kaja Kerger (Germany).
12.50 Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle), Gillian O'Leary (Cork), Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe).
1.0 Elaine Cuthill (Lanark), Rachel Bell (Ganton), Sandra Gal (Germany).
1.10 Krystle Caithness (St Regulus|), Laura Harvey (Richmond), Lisa Barton (Coventry).
1.20 Kate Combes (Australia), Pam Mackay (Royal Dornoch), Sinead Keane (The Curragh).
1.30 Katrina Milne (Dunfermline), Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch), Marion Riordan (Tipperary).

US College Golf

North-east youths title-holder Greg McBain from Newmachar is lying joint 33rd with one round to go in the NJCAA Division 2 national golf championship at Palm Valley Golf Club, Goodyear in Arizona. Greg, a student at Tyler College, Texas, followed up his opening rounds of 77 and 73 with a 75 which gave him a 54-hole tally of nine-over-par 225 for the 7,015yd, par-73 course. He is 15 shots behind leader Michael Anthony (Darton) who has scored 73, 69 and 68. Tyler team-mate Stephen Knight jumped into a share of second place with a best-of-the-day score of six-under 66 and Tyler College (876) are now leading the race for the team title by two shots from Darton College with South Mountain College (883) in third place.
LEADING SCORES 210 Michael Anthony (Darton) 73 69 68. 212 Donnie Parker (Darton) 70 71 71, Stephen Knight (Tyler) 74 72 66. Other score: 225 Greg McBain (Tyler) 77 73 75.
LEADING TEAMS 876 Tyler. 878 Darton. 883 South Mountain.

Thursday 27th May 2004

Happy Birthday to daughter Claire.. hope you get a tenant for your bird house!

Why did nobody tell me I'd got my dates wrong (again!!!). I suddenly realised that today was Thursday because yesterday was Wednesday!!!

Curtis Cup website
The LGU have set up a special Website for the Curtis Cup. Connect to it here

Anyone recognise these shoes?
Find out the full story about the mysterious shoes here

North-east youths champion Greg McBain (Newmachar), a student at Tyler Junior College, Texas, improved from joint 58th to a tie for 32nd place with a second-round, one-over-par 73 in the NJCAA Division 2 golf championship at Palm Valley Golf Club, Goodyear in Arizona (Wednesday, USA time). McBain, one of the favourites for the title, improved by four shots on his first-day 77. At the halfway stage he is on six-over-par 150, 11 shots behind the leader, Josh Ollere (Hinds) who has had rounds of 70 and 69 over the 7,015yd course.
LEADING SCORES 139 Josh Oller (Hinds) 70 69. 140 Mike Mieske (Kirtland) 68 72. 141 Donnie Parker (Darton) 70 71, Sean McNemar (John A Logan) 71 70. Other score: 150 Greg McBain (Tyler) 77 73.

Far Hills, N.J. - Reigning U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion Michelle Wie of Honolulu, Hawaii, has accepted a special exemption from qualifying for the 2004 U.S. Women's Open Championship, which will be played from July 1-4 at the Orchards Golf Club, located on the campus of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.
The United States Golf Association, which conducts the championship, offered the exemption. The USGA reserves the right to offer additional special exemptions until the beginning of sectional qualifying on June 14.
It will be the second consecutive U.S. Women's Open appearance for the 14-year-old Wie, who finished tied for 39th at the 2003 championship at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.
Her USGA career began when she qualified for the 2000 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at age 10, making her the youngest to ever qualify for a USGA event. She became the youngest to ever win an "adult" USGA championship when she won the 2003 Women's Amateur Public Links at Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Fla.
Wie will also represent the USA at the Curtis Cup Match, to be held June 12-13 at Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England. She will be the youngest to ever play in the Match.
She has twice finished in the top 10 at the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship. In 2003 she finished in a tie for ninth, and in 2004 she earned a fourth-place finish, shooting seven under par for the four days of the championship. She has two other top-20 finishes in LPGA events in 2004 - a 12th-place tie at the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill and a tie for 19th at the Safeway International. In January, she missed the cut at the PGA Tour's Sony Open by one stroke.
"We are pleased to extend this exemption to Michelle into the Women's Open," said Jeanne Myers, chairman of the USGA Women's Committee.
"She is an exceptional talent and has proven herself against the best players in the world. The USGA has always been proud of its association with amateur golf, and we are happy to acknowledge the outstanding play of one of our country's best young amateurs."
It is the first time an amateur has been given a special exemption into the Women's Open. Jay Sigel received a special exemption into the 1980 U.S. Open and Aaron Baddeley received one into the 2000 U.S. Open. In 2003, Vinny Giles received a special exemption into the 2003 U.S. Senior Open.

Clubgolfclubgolf seeking Grampian 'Girls in Golf' Regional Manager
Scotland's national junior golf strategy, clubgolf is planning to appoint the sixth and final member of its development team next month.
The Regional Golf Manager will be responsible for promoting "Girls in Golf" and piloting the national programme in Grampian ready for its role out in 2006.
clubgolf is a partnership between the Scottish Golf Union, the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association, the Professional Golfers' Association and sportscotland.
The strategy has been developed as a direct result of the Scottish Executive's commitment to introduce every nine-year-old child to the game by 2009.
Five regional managers have already been appointed in the other regions of the country to deliver the strategy. In addition, each is responsible for a separate issue in golf - developing the introductory game for schools, club development, developing links between schools and clubs, social inclusion and talent identification.
The development of girls' golf in Scotland is a critical area.
Currently, there are just 2,700 girl golfers in Scotland compared to 25,000 boys.
The "Girls in Golf" role seeks to break down the barriers and the perceptions girls have of the game whilst changing the cultural approach of golf clubs to encourage more girls to take up and stay in the sport. The target is to double the number of girls involved in the sport by 2009.
"This is a very important step forward in the development of the clubgolf programme," said Alan McMillan, clubgolf Junior Golf Manager.
"The appointment of the final regional manager, who we expect to have in place by the end of June, will encourage more girls to get involved and stay within golf.
"A lot of good work has already been done by the SLGA on developing girls in golf within Grampian. We will be building on that work in the Grampian area so that we can roll it out nationally in 2006.
"Whilst this is about participation and giving girls the opportunity to come into a sport which they can play for life, at an elite level we have four top Scottish female players competing in the States on the LPGA Tour with many more in Europe. They are a shining example to anyone who would like to consider the sport as a career."
Meanwhile, at one club in Highland, girls are outnumbering the boys on the Level 1 stage of the clubgolf syllabus. Of the 10 children from Bonar Bridge Primary School who have been through the Introductory Game and have been invited onto the Level 1 programme at nearby Bonar Bridge and Ardgay Golf Club, seven are girls.

Wednesday 26th May 2004

left to right....Isobel Mcintosh, Audrey Leyden (Highland Captain), Jenny Louden.

Former Scotland international team captain Isobel McIntosh (Inverness) has won the Highland veteran women's golf championship for a seventh time. She was never behind in beating Jenny Louden (Nairn) 3 and 2 in the final at Elgin. The victory puts Mrs McIntosh through to the quarter-finals of the Scottish veteran women's championship at Blairgowrie from September 26 to 28 when the winners of the seven other areas will complete the field. Two years ago Isobel lost in the Scottish final to Rose Anderson (Huntly). Mrs McIntosh, before she turned 50, was a multi-winner of the Northern Counties women's championship and also the Inverness Golf Club women's title.
HIGHLAND VETERAN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP _ Elgin _ Quarter-finals _ I McIntosh (Inverness) beat E Fisken (Nairn) 1 hole, J Louden (Nairn) beat L Clark (Nairn Dunbar) 4 and 3. Final _ McIntosh beat Louden 3 and 2.

ANGUS women's golf team for the Northern Division inter-county championship at Monifieth from June 26 to 28 is: Jackie Brown (Monifieth), Alexandra Bushby (Letham Grange), Dawn Dewar (Monifieth), Lynne Fenton (Abertay), Lynne Fotheringham (Abertay), Fiona Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies), Shonagh Raitt (Forfar), Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir). Reserves: Susan Arbuckle (Ladies Panmure Barry).
Northern Counties, who went on to win the Scottish title at Scotscraig last autumn, will be defending the Northern title which gains entry to the Scottish finals, to be played at Nairn Dunbar from Friday to Sunday, September 17 to 19. Aberdeenshire and Perth & Kinross, for whom 11-year-old Carly Booth is expected to make her county team debut, are the other participants in the four-cornered competition at the end of June.

North-east youths title-holder Greg McBain, a student at Tyler Junior College, Texas made a slow start to the NJCAA Division 2 golf championship at Palm Valley Golf Club, Goodyear in Arizona (on Tuesday, USA time).
McBain, one of the favourites for the title on the strength of his form over the 2003-2004 season, opened with a five-over-par 77 (38-39) to be tied for 58th place behind three players shaing the first-round lead at four-under-par 68 over the 7,015yd course. The tournament is over four rounds.

R&A crestThe Captain Drives in 1894 Style
The magnificent, panoramic painting Medal Day at St Andrews, 1894 is now on display in the British Golf Museum until the end of June. This painting, completed in 1898, depicts the future Prime Minister, Arthur Balfour, driving in as Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 1894.
Measuring some 10 feet across and 5½ feet high, it is a group scene of 191 golfers gathered in front of the R&A Clubhouse as Old Tom Morris tees the ball up for Balfour.
The artist, Alexander Wardlow, captures the moment when Balfour is looking down the course in anticipation of hitting his drive. Peter Lewis, Museum Director, said "the painting is a visual who's who of golf in 1894 and captures the essence of late 19th century golf. The painting normally hangs in the Big Room of the R&A Clubhouse and this is a rare opportunity for the public to see this very special painting. We are very pleased that The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has loaned us the painting until the end of June"
The British Golf Museum recently underwent a major refurbishment and the current Royal and Ancient Golf Club Captain, HRH The Duke of York, KCVO, ADC recently opened the new shop and reception area.

John ForbesNorth boys' champion John bound for Texas
John Forbes, pictured right, winner of the Inverness Golf Club men's championship as a junior member last year, is off to Texas in August on a golf scholarship. He will be enrolling at the Abilene Christian University whose golf team compete in the NCAA Division 2. Whatever else, John will see a lot of Texas (which is several times larger than the British Isles), not to mention neighbouring states as the college circuit is played from autumn through to the following month of May.
John, who went to Texas last year as a member of the Grampian Houston Junior Trip, won the North of Scotland boys' championship for the H R Spence Trophy at Fortrose & Rosemarkie in May.
John, in very windy conditions, scored 71 and 79 to tie on 150 for the lead with Darren Hexley, also of Inverness. Darren had two rounds of 75. John won the sudden-death play-off at the second extra hole with a par 5 after Darren three-putted for a 6.
Euan PolsonBrora's Euan Polson, pictured left, now playing out of Royal Dornoch, finished third on 152 with rounds of 75 and 77. After an eagle 2 at the 16th, he was the clear leader but blew his chances with a triple bogey 7 at the 17th. Malcolm Murray (Brora) was third on 1567 (77, 79) with Chris Gaitens (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) fourth on 157 (80, 77).
LEADING TOTALS 150 J Forbes (Inverness) 71 79, D Hexley (Inverness) 75 75 (Forbes won sudden-death play-off at second hole). 152 E Polson (Royal Dornoch) 75 77. 156 M Murray (Brora) 77 79. 157 C Gaitens (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) 80 77.

US College Golf

Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) is the odd one out of the five college players selected for the United States' team for the Curtis Cup match at Formby GC on June 12-13.
The four others - Erica Blasberg (Arizona), Sarah Huarte (California), Liz Janangelo (Duke) and Brittany Lang (Duke) - have been named in the National Golf Coaches Association's All America team for the 2003-2004 season.
The NGCA also named Janangelo - winner of four tournaments and with 19 rounds of par or under - as the NCAA Division 1 women's Player of the Year. Duke team-mate Brittany Lang - winner of three events with 18 rounds of par or under to her credit - was named by the NGCA as the NCAA Division 1 women's Freshman of the Year.
The All-America team, which never plays a match but is an indication of the top-ranked players on the Division 1 women's college circuit, also includes Susie Matthews and Charlotte Mayorkas (both UCLA), Ashley Prange and Meaghan Francella (North Carolina), Allison Hanna (Ohio State), Kim Welsh (Washington State) and May Wood (Vanderbilt).
Annie Thurman did not gain a place in the All-America 2nd Team nor in the "Honourable Mentions."

Midlothian County Ladies Midsummer Foursomes (Liberton)
Janet Hamblin and Gilly Glen of Craigmillar Park set the pace at the Midlothian County Ladies Midsummer Foursomes and Commonwealth Spoons Qualifying Competition at Liberton yesterday. Their 79 less (15), net 64, was the best scratch and best net score. The course was in good condition and 14 players had net scores of 70 or under.
Results; Scratch: Janet Hamblin & Gilly Glen (Craigmillar Park) 79
Best Net: Janet Hamblin &. Gilly Glen (Craigmillar Park) 79 (15) 64 2nd Net: Anthea Mackenzie & Muriel Ritchie (Ratho Park) 85 (19) 66 3rd Net: Ruth Brown & Rhona Collins (Lothianburn) 80 (13.5) 66.5
Qualifiers for the Commonwealth Spoons to be played at Peebles Golf Course on 23 September 2004 Janet Hamblin & Gilly Glen; Anthea Mackenzie & Muriel Ritchie; Ruth Brown & Rhona Collins; Margaret Thompson & Dorothy Silver; Linda Boyle & Dorothy Wilson; May Hardy & Nook Weir; Joan Gilbert & Kathy Gibson
[Reserves: Patricia Stuart & Frances Douglas; Pam Townsend & Jeaneatte Jarvis]

Tuesday 25th May 2004

Scottish Ladies (Close) Amateur Championship
The photos have arrived, courtesy and copyright © Calcarson Golf Agency. Please thank Colin when you see him.

The Scottish Ladies Golfing Association is to send a squad for the first time to compete in the European girls' team championship at Golf National, Paris from July 6 to 10.
SLGA president Nancy Chisholm said the executive were influenced in their decision by the fact that Scotland has some very good young players who will benefit from the experience of playing in a European event earlier than they would in the normal course of things.
The team of four is: Claire-Marie Carlton (Fereneze), Gemma Webster (Hilton Park), Roseanne Niven (Crieff), Krystle Caithness (St Regulus). Reserves: 1 Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), 2 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar).
Claire-Marie Carlton, pictured right, spent most of last season on crutches after an ankle complaint required surgery and she missed the girls' home internationals after starting the season in a blaze of glory by becoming, at the age of 16, one of the youngest ever Renfrewshire women's champions. A trip to Paris is a delayed reward for the outstanding early season form of 2003.
Curtis Cup reserve and Scottish championship beaten finalist Clare Queen will spearhead a strong Scotland squad to compete in the European junior women (Under-21) team championship at Royal Cinque Ports, Kent from July 6 to 10.
Team of six is: Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan), Dawn Dewar (Stirling University), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Heather MacRae (Dunblane), Clare Queen (Strathclyde University), Jenna Wilson (Strathaven).
Reserves: 1 Kate O'Sullivan (Cochrane Castle), 2 Kylie Walker ((Buchanan Castle), 3 Gemma Webster (Hilton Park), 4 Sjavon Wilson (Murcar).
Other teams announced by the SLGA
BRITISH WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP  - Gullane No 1 course. June 22-26: Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ), Clare Queen (Strathclyde Univ). Reserves: 1 Heather MacRae (Dunblane), 2 Martine Pow (Selkirk), 3 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie).
IRISH WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP _ Cork GC. July 31-August 1: Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Pamela Feggans (Doon Valley), Jenna Wilson (Strathaven). Travelling reserves: Sara Bishop (Windyhill), Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus). Non-travelling reserve: Alexandra Young (Torrance House).

US College Golf
Paul Cormack loses two-shot lead in Kansas

Inchmarlo Golf Centre member Paul Cormack, a student at McLennan Community College, Waco in Texas, went into the recent NJCAA Division 1 championship over the Maria Hills course in Dodge City, Kansas with high hopes.
Paul, who is coached from long range by one-time Walker Cup player Paul Girvan, the Kings Links guru, over telephone and by E-mailed videos, had every reason to feel confident. After all he had earlier won the Region 5 championship in New Mexico with an 18-under par total (68, 65, 65) of 198, five shots clear of the field.
After three rounds of the NJCAA Division 1 title race, everything was going to plan. Cormack led the field by two shots with 18 holes to play after scores of 70, 68 and 71 over the par-72, 6,868yd course. Then he sagged to a disappointing final round of six-over 78 for a final total of one-under 287.
Paul finished only two shots behind the players who tied for the lowest aggregate of 285 - Jacob Davis (Brevard) and Shawn La Fontaine (Odessa). Davis, who finished with a 69, was seven shots behind Cormack at the beginning of the final day. La Fontaine was five shots off the North-east man's pace.
McLennan College (1195) were down the field behind team winners Odessa (1163) with Paris (1165) second on 1165.
LEADING TOTALS 285 Jacob Davis (Brevard) 73 69 74 69, Shawn La Fontaine (Odessa) 71 69 74 71. 286 Tommy Murray (Faulkner State) 73 66 75 72. 287 Paul Cormack (McLennan) 70 68 71 78. 288 Ryan Zamorano (Paris) 71 73 74 70, Anthony Cantu (UT-Brownsville) 72 74 72 71. 290 Ricki Neil-Jones (Paris) 76 72 72 70.

US College Golf
Sarah Huarte is NCAA Champion

Email from Anne Walker, Assistant Coach at UC, Berkeley, after the Bears finished fourth and Sarah Huarte first in the NCAA Championships. Go Bears!

Monday 24th May 2004


Curtis Cup players from both sides of the Atlantic will be competing in the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship that will be played at Gullane Golf Club from 22nd to 26th June 2004.
This year's field of 144 players is one of the strongest for some time and includes six of the GB&I side plus two of the American team who earlier in June will have met in the biennial match at Formby.
Sarah Huarte, 22, and Annie Thurman, 21, both attend college in the U.S. and although making their debuts in the Curtis Cup and in the British Amateur at Gullane, have extensive experience in their college states of California and Oklahoma.
Huarte is a former California Junior Champion and California High School Champion and already this year has won the 2004 South Atlantic Ladies Amateur. Last week Miss Huarte won the NCAA Division 1 women's individual championship.
Thurman won the 2002 Public Links Championship and with that win, became the first Utah born woman to capture a USGA Championship.
Kerry Smith, Dierdre Smith, Anne Laing and Sara Jones, the recently crowned national champions of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will also be at the East Lothian links, hoping to add their names to a long list of distinguished winners of the British title.
In the final of the English Championship, Kerry Smith had a 4&3 win over 24 year-old Curtis Cup player Shelley McKevitt who was hoping to add to the British Stroke play title she won last year.
Sarah Jones also defeated a Curtis Cup player, Anna Highgate, in her national final.
At Prestwick in the Scottish Championship, Anne Laing, a member of the team for the match at Formby, successfully defended her title with a win over Curtis Cup reserve Clare Queen.
The Ladies' British Amateur Championship is being played at Gullane for only the fourth time in the 111 year history of the event but on one of these occasions, spectators witnessed a win by one of the world's best known sporting superstars. The year was 1947 and the winner was Mildred 'Babe' Zaharias. It was her first and only time playing in Britain and as she was later to write;
"I was to find that nothing I'd done in golf in the past was anything like playing in this tournament. I've never had such an experience."
Her name is inscribed on the trophy, many years before that of Elisa Serramia of Spain, the 2003 winner who will be at Gullane seeking a successful defence of her title.
Mrs Judy Cuthbertson, captain of Gullane Ladies' Golf Club said: "We are delighted that the Ladies' British Amateur Championship is coming to Gullane in the centenary year of Gullane Ladies' Golf Club."
"We are looking forward to meeting many of the best known names in ladies amateur golf and I know that Gullane Golf Club will have their No. 1 course in peak condition for an outstanding championship."
Competitors play one round on each of the first two days and the players returning the 64 lowest scores over 36 holes, qualify for the match play stage leading to the 18-hole final on Saturday 26th June.

England teams for forthcoming tournaments:

EUROPEAN JUNIOR WOMEN'S (Under-21) TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP Royal Cinque Ports GC, Deal, Kent (July 6 to 10). Captain: Pat Skelton (Henbury).
Pat previously captained England's European girls' team in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 and the England girls' international team regaining the Stroyan Cup in 2000, which was retained in 2001 and 2002.
Team: Naomi Edwards Ganton, Laura Eastwood Yelverton, Felicity Johnson Harborne, Alexandra Marshall Toft Hotel, Faye Sanderson Heworth (Durham), Sophie Walker Kenwick Park
1st reserve: Sian Reddick Sene Valley , 2nd reserve: Sarah-Jane Eaves Cosby
EUROPEAN GIRLS (Under-18) TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP Golf National GC, Paris (July 6 to 10). Captain: Angela Caton (Pleasington).
Angela has a wealth of experience on and off the course having led the winning England girls' home international team last year and also previously accompanied players to the European Young Masters.
Team: Claire Aitken Mid-Kent, Kiran Matharu Sand Moo,r Florentyna Parker Royal Birkdale, Melissa Reid Chevin
1st reserve: Joanne Hod Knowle, 2nd reserve: Anna Scott Consett & District
R&A JUNIOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Kilmarnock Barassie GC, Troon (July 12 to 14). Every golfing nation is invited to send their best boy and girl golfer to compete and then enjoy the experience of attending the 133rd Open Championship at Royal Troon later in the week.
England's Selection: Henrietta Brockway, Yeovil
+There are three categories of competitors, Gold (handicap 3 and under), Silver, Handicap 4 to 9 ) and Bronze (handicap 10 – 21) . All competitors must be under the age of 16 on January 1 and should not be younger than 12 years of age at the time of the championship. All categories will play 18 holes of stroke play on July 12 and 13 with competitors in the Golf category playing a final 18 holes on the morning of July 14.
EUROPEAN YOUNG MASTERS Styrian GC, Murhof, Austria (July 22 to 24). The individual tournament is three rounds of 18-hole stroke play. The Nations Cup, played within the tournament, will be the three best gross scores out of four to count. Last year England's team of Kiran Matharu, Florentyna Parker, Ben Parker and Oliver Fisher won the Silver Medal.
England girls selected: Kiran Matharu Sand Moor Florentyna Parker Royal Birkdale

Children from Pumperston Primary School with Richard Fyvie,
head pro at Pumpherston Golf Club, last week

Pumpherston Golf Club first to pilot national junior strategy clubgolf in the Lothians
A far-sighted golf club, committed to junior development, and its neighbouring primary school, keen to try the sport, has proved the perfect combination to pilot the national junior golf strategy, clubgolf in the Lothians.
Last week Pumpherston Golf Club threw open its doors to welcome in 16 children from Pumpherston Primary for clubgolf - a partnership between the Scottish Golf Union, the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association, the Professional Golfers' Association and sportscotland. clubgolf - which aims to give every nine year old child in Scotland the opportunity to try the game by 2009.
"When I heard about clubgolf and how we could be involved in it, I jumped at the chance," said the school's Head Teacher, Hilary Muir.
"Having a golf course right on our doorstep is a tremendous opportunity and I thought the children could see it as a local amenity instead of something that didn't include them.
"This area isn't really golfing territory so it is something I see as including the children in the community more."
Before being let lose on the course, 31 of the school's children signed up for a six week Introductory Game, played with modified clubs and balls at school during the spring.
"Originally I thought clubgolf would be good for some of the quieter children, who might not be interested in a rough and tumble sport like football," said Muir.
"It's a mental game, you've got to plan and think ahead. It's good for their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It's a game they can play for a very long time and we have a superb golf course here and I wanted the children to be able to access that.
"Most of them have never played golf before. They are really enjoying it. The kids who play football are also showing an interest and there has been a big interest amongst the girls."
Last week marked the second stage in the programme, a progression to Level 1, staged at the club by Pumpherston's Head Pro, Richard Fyvie, together with the club's newly trained volunteer coaches.
Whilst clubgolf's Introductory Game, which seeks to introduce 50,000 nine-year-olds in Scotland to the game annually before 2009, is played with chunky clubs and rubberized balls, Level 1 uses real clubs and balls. The course covers putting and chipping and full swing. This Friday the children will be playing their first holes.
"As soon as we opened the L1 course last week we were oversubscribed within 25 minutes," said Fyvie.
"The kids think it's wonderful and there's a real buzz about the Friday afternoons here. It says a lot for their interest that they are prepared to come here after school. A lot of credit needs to go to the parents who are willing to bring the children here after school.
"It's also good to see such a big group of girls here. We will definitely be getting more schemes up and running after this one."
Last weekend, Fyvie helped train West Lothian's next band of clubgolf volunteer recruits - from Bridgend, Lithlithgow, Pumpherson Golf Clubs and West Lothian Council - through the Level 1 Volunteer Training programme which will enable them to teach the Level 1 game to children in their clubs.
"It's an excellent initiative," said Fyvie. "We heard about clubgolf and its pilot scheme a year ago and immediately saw it as something which we had to get on board. We are delighted to be the first club in the Lothians to have a Level 1 course.
Pumpherston's is an attitude that needs to be adopted by clubs, volunteer coaches and PGA Golf Professionals the length and breadth of Scotland if the national trend of falling junior memberships in clubs is to be reversed.
"Most people involved in the sport are aware that club memberships are in decline and less children, particularly girls, are playing the game," added Fyvie. "clubgolf is something that every club in Scotland must get involved with for the future of the sport."
Said Katie Oman, clubgolf's Central Regional Manager, "Pumpherston is the first club in the area to step forward as a partner club and we are extremely grateful that they are prepared to give the community's children a first experience of golf.
"Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the club's coaches and volunteers, we are proving that the plan works. We hoped that following the six week Introductory Game there would be a strong take up for the Level 1 course. It is extremely encouraging that the course is full and that all the children are getting so much out of it."

Glenbervie Open
There are still places available for the Ladies' Open at Glenbervie on Sunday 13 June 2004. The cost is £8 and the handicap limit is 30 and there are scratch and handicap prizes. Anyone interested in entering should contact the Ladies' Secretary, Lyn Fleming on 01324 715648 or use this entry form (Word Doc).

Sunday 23rd May 2004

Anne Laing was the only member of the Curtis Cup team for Formby to win her national championship over the past week or two.
First Claire Coughlan was beaten in the semi-finals of the Irish championship.
Then Anna Highgate lost in the final of the Welsh championship.
And now Shelley McKevitt from Reading has lost in the final of the English women's amateur championship at Northamptonshire County Golf Club.
She went down by 4 and 3 to Kerry Smith (Waterlooville), a former Curtis Cup player but not chosen for next month's match at Formby, in the 18 hole final on Saturday.

What a warm welcome and terrific hospitality we got at the Prestwick Golf Club last week. We watched a top class final. Mr Eugene O'Donaghue, the Captain of the club, made the comment that if Clare Queen was not in the Curtis Cup team, then the other members must be fantastic golfers, and the Americans had better watch out!

US College Golf

Sarah Huarte (California) was the surprise winner of the NCAA Division 1 women's championship at Grand National Lakes course, Opelika in Alabama.
Although one of the eight-stroke United States team heading for Formby and the Curtis Cup match in little over two weeks, Sarah was not expected to finish in front of the the top-ranked Duke University ace Liz Janangelo nor her team-mate Brittany Lang, both of whom will be playing for the United States against Great Britain & Ireland.
But it was a tournament of shocks for Duke. They were hot favourites to win the team title after dominating the US female college circuit in the 2003-2004 campaign.
Instead UCLA (1148) won the title ahead of Oklahoma State (1151) with Duke third on 1159, ahead of fourth place California (1172).
Sarah Huarte put together rounds of 73, 69 67 and 69 for an impressive total of 10 under par 278 - one shot ahead of Sweden's Karin Sjodin (Oklahoma State) with Susie Matthews (UCLA) in third place on 280.
Brittany Lang came joint 13th on 290 while Liz Janangelo and yet another US Curtis Cup team member, Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State), tied for 16th place on 291.
The fifth US team member in the field, Erica Blasberg (Arizona) did not do well by her own high standards. She came equal 28th on 294.
278 Sarah Huarte (California) 73 69 67 69.
279 Karin Sjodin (Oklahoma State) 71 69 68 71.
280 Susie Matthews (UCLA) 71 69 68 72.
Other totals:
290 Brittany Lang (Duke) 72 70 74 74.
291 Liz Janangelo (Duke) 73 70 77 71, Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) 73 76 72 70.
294 Erica Blasberg (Arizona) 78 73 71 72.
1148 UCLA.
1151 Oklahoma State.
1159 Duke.
1172 California.
1180 Vanderbilt.

US College Golf

The United States 2003-2004 college golf season ended for Scots David Inglis, Martin Laird, Scott Jamieson and Kevin McAlpine at the weekend when their universities failed to qualify for the national championships at Hot Springs, Virigina from June 1 to 4.
Inglis ended his four years as an outstanding golf scholarship student at the University of Tulsa on a low note.
The Walker Cup player from Roslin, Midlothian had a most uncharacteristic tournament to finish tied for lowly 60th place in the NCAA Central Regional qualifier at the Kampen course, West Lafayette in Indiana.
Glencorse Golf Club member David had rounds of 77, 74 and 81 for 16-over-par 232. In his final round he had double bogeys at the sixth and 12th and had four double bogeys in all over the 54 holes.
John Holmes (Kentucky) won the event with two-under-par 214 (73, 70 and 71).
Only the top 10 teams qualified for the national championships and Tulsa (933) were way back in a tie for 18th place behind Kentucky (882).
Martin Laird (Colorado State) was not quite so disappointing as Inglis but he still finished well out of the picture in a tie for 26th place in the NCAA West Regional qualifier at Sunriver Resort, Oregon.
Martin from Hilton Park, the Scottish youths champion, scored 72, 71 and 77 for 220 - nine shots behind individual winners Travis Johnson (UCLA) and Chris Nallen (Arizona).
Laird had double bogeys at the 18th in his second round and the 16th in his first.
Colorado State team-mate Kevin McAlpine from Alyth came 47th equal with 224 (74, 73 and 77).
Colorado State (901) finished tied for 15th - five places away from qualifying for the national championships - behind team winners UCLA (865).
Scott Jamieson (Augusta State) from Cathkin Braes continued in the form slump that has hit him over the past 18 months. He finished 100th in the NCAA East Regional qualifier at New Haven, Connecticutt with scores of 79, 72 and 79 for a 20-over-par total of 230. Winner was US Walker Cup player Bill Haas with 207.
Augusta State (897) finished 19th behind Clemson (856).

Saturday 22nd May 2004

Scottish Ladies Championship
Anne Laing, the only Scot in the Great Britain & Ireland team for next month's Curtis Cup match, will go to Formby as Scottish women's amateur golf champion for the third time since 1996.
In her fifth final over these eight years, the 29-year-old Vale of Leven Golf Club member, who is a sports studies lecturer at Elmwood College, Cupar, beat 21-year-old Strathclyde University student Clare Queen, a Drumpellier G C member, by two holes over the Prestwick Golf Club links.
It was a championship match of rare quality, the players responding to near-calm conditions, brilliant sunshine and a big gallery to play pretty close to their best.
Defending champion Anne had an eagle and four birdies while Clare's contribution to a glorious advertisement for female amateur golf had a bag of four birdies.
"That was the best game of match-play I've ever played, considering that I played well and so did Clare. Sometimes match-play finals are a bit of an anti-climax for everybody but this was quite a match," said Anne, a career-amateur who will never turn professional.
"Of course I'm disappointed at not winning but I was lucky to get as far as the final when you remember that I had to come through a play-off to to get into the match play and then I was two down with four to play against Lynn Kenny - and won that, and also scrambled through at the 19th against Jenna Wilson," said Clare whose figures were good enough to win more championship finals that they would lose.
"Yes, I played well and I'm glad of that. This was the first time I've played in the championship and I'm not turning pro. I'll be back in this championship - and maybe I'll be able to go one better soon."
When Anne Laing jumped into a three-hole lead by winning the fifth with a par, the eighth with an eagle 3, when she pitched in from 30yd, and the long ninth with a two-putt birdie, there was always the danger that she might have broken her younger opponent's resistance.
Not a bit of it! Clare showed she was made of the right stuff by hitting back immediately with winning birdies at the 10th and the 11th.
Miss Queen's rally faltered momentarily when she bunkered her second to lose the 12th to go two down again but she gritted her teeth and promptly birdied the long thiteenth with two big hits on to the green and the 14th after an approach shot to within 7ft of the flag.
That was the high point for Clare. Both players, who had hit just about every fairway until then, suddenly had bad tee shots at the 15th but Anne was able to win the hole with a bogey 5 to get her nose in front again.
Anne, raising her game in the style of a true champion, drove the green at the 245yd 16th and two-putted for yet another birdie to go two up with two to play.
Clare Queen was not finished yet. She hit an excellent approach at the blind 17th to cut the deficit to one but when Anne hit another corker of a drive almost pin high at the last hole (242yd), the writing was on the wall for Clare. She was on the green but still 30yd short of the hole and left her approach putt short before conceding Anne a birdie 3 for the match.
Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) beat Clare Queen (Strathclyde University) by 2 holes.

English Ladies Chamionship
Kerry Smith wins English Ladies’ Close Amateur Championship at Northamptonshire County Golf Club. Kerry, 31 years old from Waterlooville, Hampshire has finally made her break through after nine attempts to win this title by beating Shelley McKevitt (Reading) 24.
Kerry had a strong start sinking a 10ft putt on the first hole for a birdie. She led throughout the match, having two birdies and only one bogey. She went 2-up on the third when Shelley put her tee shot into the bunker, but Shelley reduced the deficit on the 7th with a birdie. Kerry went 2-up again on the 13th and carried on to win the 14th to go 3-up. She hit a superb 5 iron on the 15th to within 4ft of the hole and sank the putt for a birdie to win the match 4&3. Kerry said “This was my best shot into the 15th green all week. I am pleased with my game, it’s a great trophy to win, I’m now looking forward to the British”.
Kerry is a chef at her home golf club and fits in her golf and training around work. Lottery funding helps pay for her golf and Kerry said “The Sport England programme has definitely assisted my fitness and game”. Kerry was 3rd at the Sherry Cup and will be playing for her county at Brocket Hall before the British Ladies’ in June at Gullane, Scotland.

Margaret, it is me who can't spell consolation! I must have been tired when I wrote it!

Friday 21st May 2004

Scottish Ladies Championship

Here are the SLGA Officials (and Jessie) singing their song at the traditional Friday night party.

Clare QueenScottish Ladies Championship
Anne LaingClare Queen (University of Strathclyde) will play defending champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) in the Final over Old Prestwick tomorrow (tee off 8:30am).
This afternoon Clare beat Martine Pow (Selkirk) by 2 & 1 and Ann beat Sara Bishop (Windyhill) by a similar margin.
Dawn Dewar (University of Stirling) won the consolation event, the Clark Rosebowl, when she beat Donna Pocock (Old Meldrum) in the final.
There should be more detail on HotNews

Thursday 20th May 2004

Defending champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) is through to tomoorow morning's quarter-finals in which she will play Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus).
That will be a replay of their last-eight meeting over the Old Course, St Andrews 12 months ago. Anne could be spared if she had a "Deja Vu" feeling because her opponent in the first round was Claire Hargan - the good friend and player she beat in last year's final in the Centenary championship over the Old Course, St Andrews.
Also in the bottom half of the draw are Alexandra Young (Torrance House) and No 2 seed Sara Bishop (Windyhill). Sara birdied the 16th and 18th to win by one hole over Scotland international team member Lesley Mackay (Royal Dornoch).
Alexandra won her second-round tie by one hole against Fiona Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies).
In the top half of the draw, there will be two Scotland caps in action - Pam Feggans (Doon Valley) and Clare Queen (Strathclyde University).
Miss Feggans, who flew back from Florida Southern University at the weekend, will play Martine Pow who produced the upset result of the day. Miss Pow, 39-year-old many times Borders champion, toppled the No 1 seed Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) by one hole after winning the 15th, 16th and 17th to transform a one-hole deficit into victory.
Martine birdied the 16th and the 17th.
Clare Queen won the morning battle of Curtis Cup reserves, coming back from two down with four to play to beat Lynn Kenny (Stirling University). Then Clare, who had survived a play-off on Wednesday night to get into the match-play stages, had to go down the 19th to get the better of Jenna Wilson (Strathaven).
Clare, one up on the 18th tee, drove out of bounds to be pulled back to square. Then Jenna put her second out of bounds over the wall at the first extra hole to lose the hole and the match.
Miss Queen will now play Fife county champion Katrina Milne (Dunfermline) who won five holes in a row from the sixth to wipe out Pam Mackay's early three-hole lead. Katrina went on to win by 2 and 1.
The quarter-finals line-up on Friday morning is:
8.30 Martine Pow v Pam Feggans.
8.40 Katrina Milne v Clare Queen.
8.50 Fiona Lockhart v Anne Laing.
9.0 Alexandra Young v Sara Bishop.
The semi-finals will tee off at 1.30 and 1.50 pm.
The 18-hole final will start at 8.30am on Saturday morning.
Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) beat J Anderson (Hawick) 3 and 1.
M Pow (Selkirk) beat S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 1 hole.
K Brotherton (Tulliallan) beat F De Vries (St Rule) 3 and 2.
P Feggans (Doon Valley) beat L Williamson (Barassie) 4 and 3.
P Mackay (Royal Dornoch) beat L Fraser (Kingsknowe) 3 and 2.
K Milne (Dunfermline) beat T Laughland (Mortonhall) 1 hole.
J Wilson (Strathaven) beat K O'Sullivan (Cochrane Castle) 4 and 2.
C Queen (Strathclyde Univ) beat Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ) 1 hole.
F Lockhart (St Regulus) beat G Lockhart (Barassie) 8 and 6.
J Carthew (Ladybank) beat C Taylor (Troon Ladies) 3 and 2.
A Laing (Vale of Leven) beat C Hargan (Prestonfield) 5 and 3.
H MacRae (Dunblane) beat C Wilson (Murcar) 6 and 4.
F Gilbert (Carnoustie) beat K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 2 and 1.
A Young (Torrance House) beat C Gruber (Royal Dornoch) at 19th.
L Mackay (Royal Dornoch) beat A Lowe (Royal Birkdale) at 19th.
S Bishop (Windyhill) beat B Murphy (Prestonfield) 7 and 6.
Pow beat Louise Kenney 1 hole.
Feggans beat Brotherton 5 and 4.
Milne beat P Mackay 2 and 1.
Queen beat J Wilson at 19th.
F Lockhart beat Carthew 1 hole.
Laing beat MacRae 1 hole.
Young beat Gilbert 1 hole.
Bishop beat L Mackay 1 hole.
First round
J Flucker (Craigmillar Park) beat R Kennedy (Troon Ladies) at 19th.
F Finney (Great Hadham) beat J Harrison (Cruden Bay) 2 and 1.
L McLardy (Murcar) beat C Meldrum (Stranraer) 3 and 2.
D Dewar (Stirling Univ) beat C McNeil (Cawder) 2 and 1.
E Ogilvy (Muckhart) beat L Walker (Nairn Dunbar) 2 and 1.
K Mathieson (Glenbervie) K Caithness (St Regulus) 2 holes.
S Adams (Loudoun Gowf) beat S Mitchell (Dunbracken) 2 holes.
D Pocock (Murcar) beat K Blackwood (Glencorse) at 19th.
Finney beat Flucker 2 and 1.
Dewar beat McLardy 1 hole.
Mathieson beat Ogilvy 5 and 4.
Pocock beat Adams 4 and 2.
Friday morning semi-finals:
9.20 Frances Finney (Great Hadham) v Dawn Dewar (Stirling Univ).
9.30 Katy Mathieson (Glenbervie) v Donna Pocock (Murcar).
The Clark Rosebowl final will tee off at 2.10pm.

US College Golf
East Lothian girl, Stephanie Crolla, currently probably the only Scots golfer left in the States. is lying 5th equal after three rounds in the NJCAA championship at Prestwick (!) Golf Club, Daytona Beach, Florida today. Her scores of 75, 84 and 83 put her 7 shots being leader Kayla Shaul of Daytona Beach CC.
Individual scores: 1 Kayla Shaul - DBC 81 79 75 0 235
2 Mary Harvey - RCC 79 83 75 0 237
3 Olivia Campos - MCC 81 78 79 0 238
3 Erin Groeneveld - MCC 84 79 75 0 238
5 Jessica Trein - DBC 81 79 80 0 240
6 Stephanie Crolla - MLC 75 84 83 0 242
6 Sharon Lewin - TJC 80 79 83 0 2421
Team scores: Daytona Beach Community College, Fla. 324 326 320 970
2 Tyler Junior College, Texas 329 326 325 980
3 Redlands Community College, Okla. 324 329 331 984
4 Rend Lake College, Ill. 334 327 327 988
5 McLennan Community College, Texas 324 335 335 994
6 Mesa Community College, Ariz. 333 339 328 1000

Wednesday 19th May 2004

Prizewinners after the stroke-play stages of the Scottish Ladies Championship
Back Sara Bishop and Lynn Kenny,
Middle, Kelsey Macdonald and Dawn Dewar,
Front Rosalyn Kennedy, Louise Kenney and Charlotte Taylor
(Don't ask me to name all the trophies!)

Despite putting "terribly" in a second-round, one-over-par 76, Louise Kenney from Pitreavie, Dunfermline, was the leading qualifier by the wide margin of five shots for the match-play stages of the Scottish women's amateur golf championship over the Prestwick Golf Club links on Wednesday
On a day when the wind had dropped only a notch or two, Louise earned the top seed rating with a one-under-par total of 149 ahead of Nottingham-born Sara Bishop (Windyhill) who hit the 154 mark with a 74.
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), pictured left, only 13 years old, became the youngest qualifier since Jane Connachan in the 1970s. Kelsey repeated her 79, even though she did not birdie the last three holes second time round, for seventh place on 158.
Defending champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) was the 11th qualifier on 161 after an 81.
Louise struggled to cope with greens much slower than she has been used to on the American female college circuit as the star member of the Iowa State University team for the past two years. She three-putted the fourth and the sixth in a stuttering start but settled down with a birdie 4 at the ninth and for the second day in a row mastered the inward half.
In the first round, she reeled off nine straight pars from the turn. Yesterday Louise improved on that with eight pars and a two-putt birdie at the 242yd 18th where she drove the green.
But the experience gained of regular competitive play in an autumn to spring season in the States stood the 21-year-old Fifer in good stead.
"I actually hit the ball better than I did on the first day and I'm delighted to be the leading qualifier. I know it's a completely different game from now on but I actually like match-play better than stroke play," said Louise.
Curtis Cup reserve Claire Queen (Strathclyde University) survived a play-off featuring the eight players who tied on 170. They went out in a sudden-death eliminator to put five of them into the match-play draw.
Clare Queen, Louse Fraser (Kingsknowe), Judith Anderson (Hawick), Belinda Murphy (Prestonfield) and Gillian Lockhart (Barassie) made it through at the first extra hole.
Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse), Jane Flucker (Craigmillar Park) and Emily Ogilvy (Muckhart) all ran up triple bogey 7s to be eliminated.

English Close Championship
Emma Duggleby (Malton & Norton) the current English Champion leads the English Ladies’ Close Amateur Championship qualifying rounds for the first time, 6 under par. Emma said “I am delighted to be leading the field”.
Emma birdied the 2nd, 6th, 9th, 12th and the 16th and the only bogie arrived on the unlucky hole number 13. On the 379-yard 9th she produced what she described as “a career shot”. In her own words: “I was in the jungle on the right and hit it with a 9-iron through a 8-foot gap 140 yards over a bush and under a tree and sunk a uphill 20-foot putt for a birdie”.
Emma went out late and had the worst of the conditions as the sun baked the greens hard. So much so, the club is using sprinklers on the greens overnight.
Considering the conditions, the fact that Emma qualified 6 shots clear of a national standard field is a memorable achievement, even for a former champion of Europe and South Africa.
The brilliance of Emma’s round can be measured by the fact that in a field containing 5 Curtis Cup players only Harborne’s Felicity Johnson was the only other player to reach par for the two rounds. Emma is hoping to be on a winning Curtis Cup team for the first time at Formby next month. Should she keep this English Close title, it will be the first one she has ever successfully defended during her glittering career.
Scores for Emma’s Curtis Cup team mates were: Danielle Masters (Tudor Park Hotel) 70 / 76, Fame More (Chesterfield) 74 / 75, Nicola Timmins (Sene Valley) 79 / 74 and Shelley McKevitt (Reading) 75 /75.
The day reached fever point with 5 playing off for one place after the cut settled on 159. Katie Dobson (The Oaks) finally won the play off on the third extra hole when she sunk a four foot putt.
1|Emma Duggleby|Malton & Norton|70.00|68.00|138.00|-6
2|Felicity Johnson|Harborne|73.00|71.00|144.00|0
3|Kerry Smith|Waterlooville|72.00|73.00|145.00|+1
4|Sara Garbutt|Ganton|74.00|72.00|146.00|+2
5|Danielle Masters|Tudor Park Hotel|70.00|76.00|146.00|+2
6|Naomi Edwards|Ganton|76.00|71.00|147.00|+3
7|Kiran Matharu|Sand Moor|74.00|73.00|147.00|+3
8|Fame More|Chesterfield|74.00|75.00|149.00|+5
9|Melissa Reid|Chevin|73.00|76.00|149.00|+5

HotNews glitch
Sorry about the spam on HotNews today... hopefully I've sorted it. Thanks to those that alerted me.


Tuesday 18th May 2004

Iowa State University student Louise Kenney, pictured right, today rediscovered the secret of scoring well when she least expected it - under the pressure of the first qualifying round of the Scottish women's amateur championship with a strong westerly wind blowing over the ancient and potentially awesome Prestwick links.
With the clubhouse and car park awash with tales of players' calamities from countless out of bounds excursions, visits to bottomless bunkers shored up with railway sleepers and rough with a capital "R," 21-year-old Louise came sailing in serenely with a two-under-par 73 (35-38).
The Pitreavie player, a former Scottish girls champion, was one of only seven players to break 80 over the club women's course extended for the tournament by more than 400yd to just under 6,000yd by the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association.
Louise led at the end of the first day by four shots from Curtis Cup first reserve, 23-year-old Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) from Dunblane.
"I played well all season on the American college circuit but just didn't get the scores I felt I deserved," she said later. "So there was no way I expected to score two under par over a course like this. With the wind, it was tough going at times but, for the first time in many months, everything fell into place for me.
"I birded the second, third, eighth and ninth and was two under par at the turn, having bogeyed the fifth and sixth. Then I got nine straight pars on the inward half. The only time I nearly dropped a shot coming home was at the 17th where I landed in the gorse with my second shot. But I hacked out on to the green and holed an 18ft putt for a par."
Lynn Kenny was also mildly surprised to return a 77, which was a very respectable score at two over par.
"I played sloppy golf out there but I scrambled well. It seemed to be a cross wind at every hole, going out and coming in, and I struggled to judge the strength of shots from about the 50 or 60yd range," said Lynn.
"It's the kind of course that I think you have to play a lot of times before you really know it and begin to play it well consistently. Most of the field, like me, have played one practice round before going straight in at the deep end."
Miss Kenny, with the Scottish veteran women's champion as her caddie - her mother, Cecilia, birdied the 13th and 16th to cancel out two of the bogeys she had at the fifth, ninth, 11th and 18th in halves of 39 and 38.
In third place was Royal Dornoch's Cara Gruber with a 79, despite bogeying four of the first five holes.
Kelsey MacdonaldKelsey Macdonald (Nairn Dunbar), pictured left, the youngest and smallest competitor in the field, had a championship debut to remember by birdieng the last three holes for a 79 to share fourth place with the far more experienced Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus), Pam Mackay (Royal Dornoch) and Heather MacRae (Dunblane), just back from California where she plays for the San Diego State University team.
Defending champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) was joint eighth on 80 with Sara Bishop (Windyhill), champion of Dunbartonshire & Argyll for the past two years, and Scottish girls champion Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan).
Title-holder Anne, a lecturer at Elmwood College, Cupar, was seven over par after 11 holes but she birdied the 13th (two putts from 60ft), the 14th (holing a 40ft putt from off the green) and the 16th (driving the green at this 245yd hole with a three-wood) to finish the day at five over par after a three-putt bogey at the 17th.
Arguably the most surprising score of the day - next to Louise Kenney's 73 - was a 14-over-par 89 by Curtis Cup reserve Clare Queen (Strathclyde University).
"I had three 7s on my cards, one triple bogey and three double bogeys in all. I have nightmare halves of 46 and 43. It was just one of those days when everything went wrong. I was out of bounds twice," said the former British girls match-play and stroke-play champion from Drumpellier.
In terms of bullseye accuracy, the shot of the day was achieved by Kim Horne (Dalmahoy) who aced the 175yd 11th hole on her way to a round of 81. Kim achieved her first ever hole in one with a five-wood. What a time and a place to do it!
The 32 players with the lowest 36-hole aggregates at the end of the second qualifying round will go forward to the match-play stages.
Prestwick Golf Club
First qualifying round
73 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie).
77 Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ).
78 C Gruber (Royal Dornoch).
79 F Lockhart (St Regulus), P Mackay (Royal Dornoch), H MacRae (Dunblane New), K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar).
80 S Bishop (Windyhill), K Brotherton (Tulliallan), A Laing (Vale of Leven).
81 S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies), A Lowe (Royal Birkdale), J Carthew (Ladybank), P Feggans (Doon Valley), K Horne (Dalmahoy), L Williamson (Barassie).
82 M Pow (Selkirk), C Taylor (Troon Ladies), K Mathieson (Glenbervie).
83 P Williamson (Baberton), K O'Sullivan (Cochrane Castle), E Ogilvy (Muckhart), F Finney (Great Hadham), C Wilson (Murcar), S Adams (Loudoun Gowf).
84 T Laughland (Mortonhall), L Mackay (Royal Dornoch), N Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh), A F Ramsay (Kirriemuir), S Mitchell (Dunbracken).
85 K Caithness (St Regulus), K Milne (Dunfermline), A Shamash (Kirkcudbright), J Wilson (Strathaven), G McGinlay (Cochrane Castle), R Kennedy (Troon Ladies), J Gardner (Drumpellier).
86 F Hay (Deeside), D Pocock (Murcar), J Anderson (Hawick), L McLardy (Murcar), E Moffat (St Regulus), C Hargan (Prestonfield).
87 C McNeill (Cawder), K Blackwood (Glencorse), D Dewar (Monifieth), S Raitt (Forfar), L Walker (Nairn Dunbar), F Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies), F McFadzean (Craigmillar Park)..
88 H Anderson (Troon Ladies), F De Vries (St Rule), B Murphy (Prestonfield), J Harrison (Cruden Bay), J Flucker (Craigmillar Park), G Lockhart (Barassie), C MacDonald (Gullane), H Laughland (Prestonfield), M Morrison (Hawick), C Meldrum (Stranraer), B Waugh (Moor Hall).
89 C Queen (Strathclyde Univ), H Faulds (Douglas Park), M Rae (Barassie), N Smith (Downfield), R McIntyre (Windyhill).
90 G Kyle (East Renfrewshire).
91 A Davies (Bothwell Castle), A Thompson (Loudoun Gowf), J Jenkins (Ralston), A Young (Torrance House), C Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert), A Easton (Dalmahoy), T Milligan (Stranraer), P Stephenson (Glencorse).
92 S Wilson (Murcar), C Whyte (Windyhill), F Macgregor (Thornhill), R Brown (Lothianburn), A Moffat (St Regulus), M Wilson (Stranraer), L Casey (Dalmahoy), R Donaldson (Troon Ladies), H Harvey (St Leonards).
93 J Louden (Nairn), K Wells (Dumfries & Co), L Fraser (Kingsknowe), E Koehone (Loudoun Gowf), R Dunsmuir (Cruden Bay), I Harvey (St Rule).
95 K Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park), L Caine (Merchants of Edinburgh), C McLoughlin (Kilspindie), N Melville (Bridge of Allan).
96 L Terry (Cruden Bay), M Skinner (Gourock), G Thomson (Ayr Belleisle), M Briggs (Kilmacolm).
97 S Keddie (Dalmahoy), J Turner (Glencorse), S Ireland (Prestonfield), E Thomson (Portpatrick).
98 L Brabender (Greenock), S Malcolm (Prestwick St Cuthbert).
99 J Mack (Haggs Castle), N McCrossin (Troon Ladies).
100 E Taylor (Troon Ladies), A B Ramsay (Kirriemuir).
101 W Nicholson (Broomieknowe), E Dewar (Troon Ladies).
102 C Kinnaird (Glencorse), M McCallum (West Kilbride).
104 A Hanson (Glencorse), R Dee (Kingsknowe), M Neilson (Greenock).
107 J Wake (Merchants of Edinburgh), K Burden (Cambuslang).
109 H Nesbitt (Stranraer).
No Returns: L McDougall (Greenock), A Terrey (Greenock).
Withdrew: S Lambie (Troon Ladies).

Welsh Close Championship

Former Curtis Cup player Sarah Jones (Pennard) won the Welsh women's amateur championship for the first time at Royal Porthcawl on Tuesday. Not selected for the Great Britain & Ireland team for next month's match against the United States at Formby, Miss Jones won by one hole in the final against Anna Highgate (Southerndown) who will be making her Curtis Cup debut.
Miss Highgate also lost in the 2002 Welsh final.
Semi-finals _ A Highgate (Southerndown) beat S Evans (Vale of Llangollen) 8 and 7; S Jones (Pennard) beat L Hall (Royal Porthcawl) 4 and 3.
Final _ Jones beat Highgate 1 hole.

English Close Championship
English Ladies’ Close Amateur Championship round 1 scores:

Danielle Masters and Emma Duggleby make the running in the English Ladies’ Close Amateur Championship.
The Curtis Cup team mates share the lead with 70, 2 under par, at the Northamptonshire County Golf Club halfway through the Strokeplay qualifying stages of the tournament.
Emma, 32, the defending champion, is trying for her third title in five years.
Danni was 5 under after eight holes, including a chip-in from 30 yards for an eagle at the fifth. Emma also eagled the fifth.
Both players are looking forward to the Curtis Cup challenge where Michelle Wie, the 14 – year-old super girl from Honululu, is in the US team.
Masters said: “It’s a question of how the captains line up the teams as to who will play her, but I would love to take her on and I would love it even more if I could give her a good game”.
1 Emma Duggleby Malton & Norton 70 70 -2
2 Danielle Masters Tudor Park Hotel 70 70 -2
3 Kerry Smith Waterlooville 72 72 0
4 Natalie Booth Highcliffe Castle 73 73 1
5 Lisa Ball Matfen Hall 73 73 1
6 Shelley McKevitt Reading 73 73 1
7 Melissa Reid Chevin 73 73 1
8 Felicity Johnson Harborne 73 73 1
9 Tiffany Woodyer Saunton 74 74 2
10 Kiran Matharu Sand Moor 74 74 2
11 Sian Reddick Sene Valley 74 74 2
12 Fame More Chesterfield 74 74 2
13 Sara Garbutt Ganton 74 74 2
14 Laura Eastwood Yelverton 75 75 3
15 Karen Heywood Crompton & Royton 75 75 3
16 Sophie Walker Kenwick Park 75 75 3
17 Natalie Haywood Rotherham 75 75 3
18 Natasha Podmore High Legh Park 75 75 3
19 Florentyna Parker Royal Birkdale 76 76 4
20 Naomi Edwards Ganton 76 76 4
21 Laura Harvey Richmond (Yorkshire) 77 77 5
22 Clare Durbin Chipping Sodbury 77 77 5
23 Sarah-Jane Eaves Cosby 77 77 5
24 Joanne Hodge Knowle 77 77 5
25 Michelle Smith Hallowes 77 77 5
26 Anna Scott Consett & District 77 77 5
27 Julie Ross Whitley Bay 77 77 5
28 Emma Tipping Sandiway 78 78 6
29 Sarah Carter Northamptonshire Count 78 78 6
30 Vivien Saunders Cambridge Meridian 78 78 6
31 Caroline Marron Bromborough 78 78 6
32 Rachael Lomas Hallowes 78 78 6
33 Kelly Hanwell Northampton 78 78 6
34 Stephanie Brodie Delamere Forest 79 79 7
35 Claire Howells Moor Hall 79 79 7
36 Nicola Timmins Sene Valley 79 79 7
37 Sally Shayler The Bedfordshire 80 80 8
38 Irene Brien Wentworth 80 80 8
39 Marie Allen Moor Park 80 80 8
40 Emma Lyons West Surrey 80 80 8
41 Claire Starkie Silsden 80 80 8
42 Nicole Whitmore Woburn 80 80 8
43 Chloe Rogers Braintree 80 80 8
44 Olivia Briggs Delamere Forest 81 81 9
45 Emma Brown West Wilts 81 81 9
46 Gemma Thornell Oswestry 81 81 9
47 Corisande Lee West Lancashire 81 81 9
48 Lisa Barton Coventry 81 81 9
49 Kelly Anne Travers Alresford 81 81 9
50 Cheryl Smith Hallowes 82 82 10
51 Elizabeth King West Essex 82 82 10
52 Helen Batt Ashford (Kent) 82 82 10
53 Emma Sheffield Newark 82 82 10
54 Fiona Smith Chelmsford 82 82 10
55 Christine Watson Beaconsfield 83 83 11
56 Eleanor Givens Blackwell Grange 83 83 11
57 Annabel Silk Corhampton 83 83 11
58 Fiona Beattie Isle of Wedmore 83 83 11
59 Lucy Clarke Chelmsford 83 83 11
60 Leah Occleshaw Lansdown 84 84 12
61 Harriet Carr Bedfordshire 84 84 12
62 Katie Dobson The Oaks 84 84 12
63 Donna O.Connell Burnham & Berrow 84 84 12
64 Roseann Youngman Oundle 85 85 13
65 Carolyn Maclagan Thorndon Park 86 86 14
66 Joanne Ashmore Barnham Broom 86 86 14
67 Sarah Greenall Links 88 88 16
68 Charlotte Presland Sprowston Park 89 89 17
69 Marsha Button Nuneaton 89 89 17
70 Emma McBride Delamere Forest 92 92 20
71 Zoe Humphris Buckingham 92 92 20
72 Carol Gibbs Wellingborough 94 94 22
73 Amy Yeates Ham Manor 98 98 26

Ayrshire Girls v South Girls
Ayrshire Girls had a narrow victory against South of Scotland Girls on Saturday at Brunston Castle Golf Club. Ayrshire won by 3 matches to 2. The weather was perfect which added to the enjoyment of the day for the girls. The team members were: Ayrshire:- Vicki Smith, Carys McGhee, Sarah Hutton, Gillian Arnott and Linzi Allan. South of Scotland:- Gillian Montieth, Robyn McCulloch, Amy Ford, Rachael Harvey and Ashley McDonald.

News about Vikki Laing
Ian Stoddart of Bounce Sport (Vikki Laing's Management Company) has emailed t osay he is very pleased to report that Vikki tied 1st (score 72) at The US Women's Local Qual;ifying held at Corral de Tierra Country Club, California on 17th May. As such she receives the silver medal as well as the right to play in Final qualifying over 36 holes at San Gabriel C.C, California on Tuesday 22 / Wed 23

Sorry for the lack of photos... I'm doing this from my hotel bedroom and want to keep the costs down!

Monday 17th May 2004

Group of competitors at the Scottish Ladies Championship outside the clubhouse at Prestwick
This is the Centenary Year of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association

Roseanne Niven, 15-year-old Crieff player, won the "dream final" in the Perth & Kinross women's county golf championship at Alyth Golf Club yesterday (Sunday).
The leading qualifier Roseanne Niven won the battle of the "wee giants" by 5 and 4 over 11-year-old Carly Booth, No 2 qualifier from Auchterarder and, like Roseanne, one of the best young female golf prospects in the country.
[Picture left shows Carly Booth (left) and Roseanne Niven after the prizegiving]
In this morning semi-finals, Carly's debut appearance in the championship looked to be all but over when she was one down on the 18th tee in her semi-final against Jillian Milne (Craigie Hill).
But Carly sank a long putt for a birdie to win the hole and square the match. Then she won the 19th to join Roseanne in the final.
Miss Niven had earlier beaten the 1997 and 2003 champion, Nicki Harding (Craigie Hill) by one hole in the other semi-final, thus avenging last year's defeat in the final.
The final was a battle of birdies with Carly for once being outgunned. When the memorable match finished on the 14th green, new champion Roseanne was three under par and the better ball of the two little players with big golfing futures was six under par.
Jane Taylor  and Roseanne NivenThe handicap championship was won by Jane Taylor, (pictured right with Roseanne Niven) a 16-handicap Strathmore Golf Centre player, who beat Cath Irving (Blairgowrie), who plays off 12, by one hole.
Weekend rsults:
First round - R Niven (Crieff) beat B Clough (Blairgowrie) 4 and 2, S Leighton (Alyth) beat D Butchart (Strathmore) 3 and 2, A Ker (Craigie Hill beat C Turner (Alyth) 7 and 6, N Harding (Craigie Hill) beat M Middleton (Alyth) 6 and 5, J Yellowlees (Murrayshall) beat F Ramsay (Crieff) 4 and 3, J Milne (Craigie Hill) beat F Farquharson (King James VI) 5 and 4, G Wallace (Alyth) beat L Beaney (Taymouth Castle) 2 holes, C Booth (Auchterader) beat S Kettlewell (Dunblane) 4 and 3.
Quarter-finals _ Niven beat Leighton 3 and 2, Harding beat Ker 4 and 3, Milne w o Yellowlees scr, Booth beat Wallace 3 and 2.
Semi-finals _ Niven beat Harding 1 hole, Booth beat Milne at 19th.
Final _ Niven beat Booth 5 and 4.
Gibb Trophy (Handicap)
Quarter-finals _ K McKay (27) beat A Speirs (19) 1 hole, C Irving (12) beat S Crystal (20) 5 and 4, J Stevenson (24) beat E Muirhead) (16) 3 and 1, J Taylor (16) beat I Murdoch (20) 2 holes.
Semi-finals _ Irving (Blairgowrie) beat McKay (Crieff) 1 hole, Taylor (Strathmore) beat Stevnson (Callander) 3 and 1.
Final _ Taylor beat Irving 1 hole.

Sunday 16th May 2004

Roseanne NivenCarly BoothPerth and Kinross County Championship

It's the "dream final" in the Perth & Kinross women's county golf championship at Alyth Golf Club - leading qualifier Roseanne Niven, 15 years old from Crieff, versus Carly Booth, No 2 qualifier, 11 years old and playing out of Auchterarder.
In this morning semi-finals, Carly's debut apperance in the championship looked to be all but over when she was one down on the 18th tee in her semi-final against Jillian Milne (Craigie Hill).
But Carly sank a long putt for a birdie to win the hole and square the match. Then she won the 19th to join Roseanne in the final.
Miss Niven had earlier beaten the 1997 and 2003 champion, Nicki Harding (Craigie Hill) by one hole in the other semi-final.
Semi-finals _ R Niven (Crieff) beat N Harding (Craigie Hill) 1 hole; C Booth (Auchterarder) beat J Milne (Craigie Hill) at 19th.
Semi-finals _ C Irving (Blairgowrie) (12) beat K McKay (Crieff) (27) 1 hole, J Taylor (Strathmore) (16) beat J Stevenson(Callander) (24) 3 and 1.

US College Golf

Pamela FeggansScotland's Pamela Feggans finished joint third in the NCAA Division 2 women's college golf championship in Florida on Saturday.
The 21-year-old from Doon, Ayrshire, a golf scholarship student at Florida Southern University, had rounds of 78, 75, 74 and 76 for a final total of 303 - four shots behind Charlotte Campbell (Rollins College) who scored 76, 80, 73 and 70 for 11-over-par 299 after starting the final round two shots behind the Scot.
Pamela was flown home from the United States by the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association to play for Scotland in the women's home internationals at Cruden Bay last September.
But she is paying her own way home this weekend in time to compete in the Scottish women's amateur championship which starts at Prestwick on Tuesday.
Pamela started her final round badly with bogeys at the first, sixth and eighth and dropped to four over par for the round with another bogey at the 10th. Then she held her nerve and game together well enough to cover the treacherous closing holes of The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes course in level par with a birdie at the 11th and a bogey at the 18th for a 76.
She finished tied with long-time leader Mariana de Biase (Rollins), the Brazilian who led by seven shots with one round to play before collapsing to an 83 with three double bogeys and an inward half of 43.
Miss Feggans was the only non-Rollins College student in the top six places and Rollins (1196) won the team event by a massive 68 shots from joint second finishers Florida Southern and Ferris State.
299 Charlotte Campbell (Rollins) 76 80 73 70.
300 Freddie Seeholzer (Rollins) 76 77 74 73.
303 Pamela Feggans (Florida Southern) 78 75 74 76, Mariana de Biase (Rollins) 74 72 74 83.
1196 Rollins.
1264 Ferris State, Florida Southern.
1265 Northeastern State.

Saturday 15th May 2004

Irish Close Championship

Deirdre Smith from Co Lough was the surprise winner of the Irish women's amateur closed championship at The Island Golf Club on Saturday.
A former international but not a member of the Ireland team who won the women's home internationals title at Cruden Bay last September, Deirdre beat teenager Tara Delaney from Carlow at the 20th of a gripping final.
Earlier in the day Smith had scored a stunning 3 and 2 win in the semi-finals over Claire Coughlan (Cork), a former winner of the title and the only Irish player selected for the Curtis Cup match against the United States at Formby on June 12-13.
Delaney had swept through to her first women's final - she lost to her sister Karen in last year's Irish girls championship final - beating Deirdre Walsh (Milltown) 5 and 4.
Deirdre Smith was the 14th of the 32 qualifiers for the match-play stages; Tara Delaney the fifth.
Martin Gillen (Beaverstown), who had flown home from Kent State University, Ohio, to defend the title lost in one of the earlier rounds. Tara is bound to join sister Karen at Kent State University in the autumn.Results:
Tara Delaney (Carlow) beat Deirdre Walsh (Milltown) 5 and 4.
Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) beat Claire Coughlan (Cork) 3 and 2.
Smith beat Delaney at 20th.

Perth and Kinross County Championship

Wee Wonders Roseanne Niven (Crieff) and Carly Booth (Auchterarder) are still on course to meet in this afternoon's (Sunday) final of the Perth & Kinross women's county golf championship at Alyth.
Top seed Roseanne, 15, beaten by Nicki Harding (Craigie Hill) in last year's final, has a rematch with the defending champion but in the semi-final this morning. Miss Niven achieved wins by 4 and 2 over Brenda Clough (Blairgowrie) and by 3 and 2 over Shona Leighton (Blairgowrie) to reach the last four for the second year in a row.
No 2 qualifier Carly, only 11 years old, will play Jillian Milne (Craigie Hill) in the second semi-final. Carly beat another youngster Sally Kettlewell (Dunblane) by 4 and 3 and then ousted Gillian Wallace (Alyth) by 3 and 2.
Jane Yellowlees (Murrayshall), the 1998 champion, had to withdraw from her quarter-fiinal because of back problems.
First round - R Niven (Crieff) beat B Clough (Blairgowrie) 4 and 2, S Leighton (Alyth) beat D Butchart (Strathmore) 3 and 2, A Ker (Craigie Hill| beat C Turner (Alyth) 7 and 6, N Harding (Craigie Hill) beat M Middleton (Alyth) 6 and 5, J Yellowlees (Murrayshall) beat F Ramsay (Crieff) 4 and 3, J Milne (Craigie Hill) beat F Farquharson (King James VI) 5 and 4, G Wallace (Alyth) beat L Beaney (Taymouth Castle) 2 holes, C Booth (Auchterader) beat S Kettlewell (Dunblane) 4 and 3.
Quarter-finals _ Niven beat Leighton 3 and 2, Harding beat Ker 4 and 3, Milne w o Yellowlees scr, Booth beat Wallace 3 and 2.
Sunday semi-finals:
10.04 Niven v Harding, 10.11 Milne v Booth.
Final at 2.02pm.
Gibb Trophy (Handicap)
Quarter-finals _ K McKay (27) beat A Speirs (19) 1 hole, C Irving (12) beat S Crystal (20) 5 and 4, J Stevenson (24) beat E Muirhead) (16) 3 and 1, J Taylor (16) beat I Murdoch (20) 2 holes.
Sunday semi-finals:
10.18 McKay v Irvine, 10.25 Stevenson v Taylor.
Final at 2.09pm.

Midlothian Interclub
Baberton beat Murayfield by 7 and 5 in the final at Glencorse this afternoon. In this mornings's semifinals, Baberton beat Craigmillar Park and Murrayfield beat Ratho Park.

THE Duke of York, who performed the official reopening of the refurbished British Golf Museum at St Andrews, said he was "staggered" by the level of the changes introduced.
"I do hope that lots of people will come to the museum to see what the history of golf is all about," said Prince Andrew, who is the captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
John Lindesay-Bethune, chairman of the museum trust, paid tribute to the "vision" of the design team and the architect behind the development of a new shop and reception area at the museum which is sited across the road from the R&A clubhouse at the Old Course.
"This has been a major programme of reconstruction and refurbishment, resulting in a more welcoming, vibrant and energetic museum set-up," said Mr Lindesay-Bethune.
Museum director Peter Lewis said: "We are delighted that the British Golf Museum is ready to be the heritage centre at the heart of the R and A's 250th anniversary celebations.
Visitors to the home of golf expect a great heritage experience and we are confident that we will exceed their expectations."
Delegates from 125 organisations affiliated to the R and A, from 109 countries are expected to be among the eartly museum vistiors during the full programme of R &A 250th anniversary events.]
The new front-of-house exhibition space has enabled some of the museum's most popular pieces of golfing art to be shown to best effect. Included is an installation of 10 bronzes featuring the hands and golf grips of several champion golfers incouding Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman. They were sculpted by Tico Torres, the Bon Jovi drummer, and gifted to the museum.
A larger-than-life bronze statue of Old Tom Morris and scenes of St Andrews by artist Harold Riley also fill the new space, designed to give visitors a greater sense of the history and emotions of golf from the moment they enter the museum.
These are combined with photographs of great players, which form a dramatic backrop to the new retail area.
The refurbishment programme is the most comprehensive in the museum's 13-year history and required its closure to the public for around three months.
The British Golf Museum welcomes more than 50,000 visitors a year. It is rated a five-star attrction by VisitScotland.

Perth and Kinross County Championship (Morning results)
Wee Wonders Roseanne Niven (Crieff) and Carly Booth (Auchterarder) cleared their first hurdles in the match-play stages of the Perth & Kinross women's county golf championship without too much trouble at Alyth Golf Club today (Saturday).
Roseanne, 15, beaten finalist by Nicki Harding last year and the leading qualifier this time round, won by 4 and 2 against Sally Kettlewell (Dunblane).
Carly, making her debut in the event at the age of 11 and the No 2 seed, won by 4 and 3 over Fiona Ramsay (Crieff).
Defending champion Nicki Harding (Craigie Hill) had one of the biggest wins of the morning, by 6 and 5 over Carol Turner (Alyth).
Also through to the quarter-finals, to be played later on Saturday, are Shona Leighton (Alyth), Avril Ker (Craigie Hill|), Jane Yellowlees (Murrayshall), Jillian Milne (Craigie Hill) and Gillian Wallace (Alyth).
First round - R Niven (Crieff) beat B Clough (Blairgowrie) 4 and 2, S Leighton (Alyth) beat D Butchart (Strathmore) 3 and 2, A Ker (Craigie Hill| beat C Turner (Alyth) 7 and 6, N Harding (Craigie Hill) beat M Middleton (Alyth) 6 and 5, J Yellowlees (Murrayshall) beat F Ramsay (Crieff) 4 and 3, J Milne (Craigie Hill) beat F Farquharson (King James VI) 5 and 4, G Wallace (Alyth) beat L Beaney (Taymouth Castle) 2 holes, C Booth (Auchterader) beat S Kettlewell (Dunblane) 4 and 3.

Irish Close Championship

Claire Coughlan from Cork will not be competing in the Curtis Cup on June 12 and 13 as Irish champion. She was surprisingly beaten 3 and 2 by Deirdre Smith (Co Louth) in the second semi-final of the Irish women's amateur closed championship at The Island this morning.
Teenager Tara Delaney from Carlow swept through to her first women's final - she lost to her sister Karen in last year's Irish girls championship final - beating Deirdre Walsh (Milltown) 5 and 4.
Tara Delaney (Carlow) beat Deirdre Walsh (Milltown) 5 and 4.
Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) beat Claire Coughlan (Cork) 3 and 2.

Friday 14th May 2004

Midlothian Interclub
Tomorrows semifinals are Baberton -v- Craigmillar Park and Ratho Park -v- Murrayfield at 10:00 and 10:20 respectively.
The Final is at 2pm.
Tonights results:
Baberton beat Kingsknowe
Craigmillar Park beat Torphin Hill
Ratho Park beat Newbattle
Murrayfield beat Broomieknowe

Stirling and Clackmannan County Championship

Curtis Cup first reserve Lynn Kenny (Dunblane) boosted her morale - dented by her surprise omission from the Great Britain & Ireland team to play the United States - ahead of next week's Scottish women's amateur golf championship at Prestwick by winning the Stirling & Clackmannan county championship for a fourth time at Stirling Golf Club tonight.
Lynn added to her title triumphs in 1998, 2001 and 2003 with a 5 and 3 win over Linda Robertson (Falkirk Tryst) in the final. It was Miss Kenny's fifth appearance in the final. She lost to Heather Stirling in the 2000 climax to the championship.
Stirling University student Lynn, who was the leading qualifier, maintained her very good form throughout the championship and was four under par for the holes played in the final, just as she had been in the semi-finals on Wednesday night.
Final - Lynn Kenny (Dunblane) beat Linda Robertson (Falkirk Tryst) 5 and 3.

US College Golf
Pamela Feggans might not win the NCAA Division 2 women's college championship but the 21-year-old Ayrshire golfer has got her pride back with one round to go at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, Florida.
From a slow start and a nightmare inward half to her opening round of 78, Pamela has steadily climbed up the individual scoreboard on the back of gritty efforts of 75 and 74 to be lying joint second on 227.
Leader Mariana de Biase, from Rio de Janeiro, is almost out of sight on four-over 220, having set 36-hole and now 54-hole records for the championship. She has scored 74, 72 and 74 over a course that has some tough finishing holes. Even Mariana had two double bogeys in her third round.
Pamela birdied the first, fourth and 11th but bogeyed the second, fifth, 14th, 16th and 18th in halves of 36 (par) and 38 (two over). Like most of the field, Miss Feggans has yet to master the homeward stretch but she has regained her confidence - and that's important.
Her college, Florida Southern, is locked in a battle for second place with Northeastern State. Rollins College has virtually wrapped up the team title already with a 44-shot lead going into the final round.
220 Mariana De Biase (Rollins) 74 72 74.
227 Pamela Feggans (Florida Southern) 78 75 74, Freddie Seeholzer (Rollins) 76 77 74.
229 Charlotte Campbell (Rollins) 76 80 73, Kim Keyer-Scott (Northern Kentucky) 72 78 79, Ulrika Ljungman (Rollins) 77 77 75, Sarah Nicholson (West Florida) 79 74 76.
902 Rollins.
946 Florida Southern, Northeastern State.
950 Ferris State.
957 Western Washington.

Irish Close Championship

Martina Gillen's possession of the Irish women's amateur closed championship ended in the quarter-finals of this year's championship at The Island Golf Club on Friday.
Miss Gillen, who flew back from Kent State University, Ohio at the weekend, to defend the title, was beaten on the 18th green by teenager Tara Delaney from Carlow.
Tara will play Deirdre Walsh (Milltown) in the first semi-final on Saturday morning.
The other will pit Curtis Cup team selection Claire Coughlan (Cork) against Deirdre Smith (Co Louth) who beat Vagliano Trophy team member Trish Mangan (Ennis) in Friday morning's second round and then Helen Jones (Stabane) in the quarter-finals.
Claire Coughlan was taken to the 19th by Daragh McGowan (Ballybofey) in the quarter-finals.
Friday's results:
Sue Phillips (Woodbrook) beat Tracy Eakin (Killarney) 5 and 4.
Deirdre Walsh (Milltown) beat Heather Nolan (Shannon) 4 and 3.
Tara Delaney (Carlow) beat E.R. Power (Kilkenny) 3 and 1.
Martina Gillen (Beaverstown) beat Sinead Keane (The Curragh) 3 and 2.
Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) beat Trish Mangan (Ennis) 2 and 1.
Helen Jones (Strabane) beat Shauna McVeigh (RCDL) 3 and 2.
Claire Coughlan (Cork) beat Suzie Hayes (Hermitage) 6 and 5.
Daragh McGowan (Ballybofey/Stranorlar) beat Vicki Power (Brampton Park) 6 and 4.
Walsh beat Phillips 2 and 1.
Delaney beat Gillen 1 hole.
Smith beat Jones 1 hole.
Coughlan beat McGowan at 19th.
9am Walsh v Delaney.
9.09 Smith v Coughlan.
PLATE (Ita Wallace Trophy)
Marion Riordan (Tipperary) beat Emma Gilmore (Mountbellew) 3 and 2.
Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co. Down Ladies) beat Dawn Marie Conaty
(Ashbourne) 5 and 3.
Riordan beat McVeigh 3 and 2.

North v Midlands Vets
Northern, the host club, beat Midlands by 4 1/2-2 1/2 in a Scottish Veteran Ladies Golfing Association match at Glenisla.
Details (Northern names first): Lynne Terry, Cruden Bay lost to Cecilia Kenny, Dunblane 6 & 4 Frances Neish, Murcar lost to Lorna Bennett, Ladybank 4 & 3 Ann Smart, Banchory bt Emma Wilson, Elie & Earlsferry LGC 5 & 3 Ros Dunsmuir, Cruden Bay halved match with Sheilagh Quinn, Stirling Pat Wilson, Murcar bt Liz Miskimmon, Dunblane 3 & 2 Jean Clark, Panmure Barry bt Fran Liddle, Dunblane 5 & 4 Anne Chree, Panmure Monifieth bt Fiona Campbell, Stirling 2 & 1

Midlands: Back Row: L/R Fran Liddle, Emma Wilson, Fiona Campbell, Liz Miskimmon, Sheilagh Quinn Front: L/R Cecilia Kenny, Cecily Black (Captain), Lorna Bennett

Northern: L/R Ros Dunsmuir, Pat Wilson, Lynne Terry, Jean Clark, Edna Simpson (Vice-Captain), Stella Hodge (Captain), Ann Smart, Anne Chree, Frances Neish

Rising star Carly Booth has added another title to her collection. The 11-year-old Morrisons Academy Primary 7 pupil won the Girls' Shield with a round of 77 at Glenisla Golf Club, Alyth in the Perthshire schools championships.
The Boys' Cup was also won by a Morrisons Academy pupil - Finlay White - with a round of 73..
Recently Carly partnered Sandy Lyle to victory in the British Masters curtain-raising pro-am at Forest of Arden with a net score of 14-under-par 58.
She has not been entered for next week's Scottish women's amateur championship at Prestwick - which must be a relief to defending champion Anne Laing and the other title contenders.

United States Curtis Cup team members Sarah Huarte from California and Annie Thurman (Oklahoma) have entered the St Rule Trophy women's golf tournament to be played over the Old and New Courses, St Andrews on June 20-21. This year the event is over 36 instead of 54 holes because the British women's amateur championship is at Gullane the following week.
The Canadian international women's team, with their Fife-born coach, Dean Spriddle, will also be playing in the St Rule Trophy before moving on to the "British."
The international entry also includes five Germans, two Australians and one New Zealander.
Leading Scottish players who have entered include Vagliano Trophy players Clare Queen (Drumpellier) and Lynn Kenny (Stirling University & Dunblane), (first reserve for the Curtis Cup), Dawn Dewar (Stirling University & Monifieth, and the past two winners of the SLGA St Leonards Under-16 girls' open stroke-play championship, Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) and Roseanne Niven (Crieff).
Entries close at noon on Saturday, May 22 and there are a few spaces still to be filled. The organising St Rule Golf Club's telephone number is: 01334 472988

ELGA logoELGA News
Northamptonshire County Golf Club host first ELGA Championship of the season.
The English Ladies' Golf Association sees the start of their championship season next week with the Close Amateur Championship at Northamptonshire County Golf Club, 18 - 22 May 2004.
The event has attracted the cream of female amateur golfers in England and amongst the field are the 2003 Champion Emma Duggleby (Malton & Norton) and Naomi Edwards (Ganton), 2003 runner-up.
Emma's fellow 2004 Curtis Cup English team mates will all be playing at the Close; Fame More (Chesterfield), Danielle Masters (Tudor Park), Nicola Timmins (Sene Valley), and the British Stroke Play Champion Shelley McKevitt (Reading).
The Championship format is two 18 hole qualifying rounds of stroke play with the 32 players with the lowest aggregate score qualifying for the match play stages which culminates in an 18 hole final on Saturday morning 22 May.
Results will be available daily at the end of play and available on the ELGA website: A full competitors list and draw sheets for the two qualifying rounds are available on the ELGA website.

Jennifer MackWest of Scotland Vets
From the Renfrewshire Website (Thanks Carol!):
Jennifer Mack is the 2004 West of Scotland Veterans Champion
Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) Runner Up in the RLCGA Championships this month became the SVLGA West Division Champion on Wednesday. The 8 qualifiers from the Spring Meeting at Sandyhills on the 26th April played in the the Matchplay stages at Renfrew Golf Club.
Jennifer won the final by beating Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) 2 and 1 in a closely contested match. To reach the final Jennifer beat Jennifer Graham (Haggs Castle) and Heather Anderson (Troon Portland) in Tuesday'sties. Helen won against Elinor Grant (Douglas Park) and then Fiona McLean (Hilton Park)
In the Bronze Championship final Jane Thomson (Whitecraigs) beat Avril Berry (Douglas Park) 3 and 1

US College Golf

Pamela Feggans from Ayrshire improved to joint fifth place with a second-round 75 in the NCAA Division 2 women's golf championship at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, Florida on Thursday.
Miss Feggans, a Florida Southern student, had her third double-bogey of the tournament, at the ninth, and also dropped single shots at the sixth and 17th but she did birdie the 10th and was able to match the inward par of 36 in her three-over-par round on the 5,994yd course.
Pamela, who opened with a 78, is on the nine-over-par mark of 153, seven shots behind the leader, Mariana De Biase (Rollins College) who set a tournament low 36-hole record of two-over 146 with a par-matching second round of 72.
Rollins (606) lead the team event from Ferris State (630) with Florida Southern and Northeastern State sharing third place on 635.
LEADING INDIVIDUAL 146 Mariana De Biase (Rollins) 74 72. 149 Kristen Kennedy (West New Mexico) 75 74. 150 Kim Keryer-Scott (Northern Kentucky) 72 78. 152 Elena Robles (Ferris State) 74 78. 153 Pamela Feggans (Florida Southern) 78 75, Jamie Long (Northwood) 81 72, Sarah Nicholson (West Florida) 79 74, Freddie Seeholzer (Rollins) 76 77.
LEADING TEAMS 606 Rollins. 630 Ferris State. 635 Florida Southern, Northeastern State.

Thursday 13th May 2004

Midlothian Interclub tournament
Results from tonight's ties in the first round of the Midlothian Interclub held at Glencorse are as follows.
Kingsknowe beat Glencorse
Baberton beat Prestonfield
Torphin Hill beat Turnhouse
Craigmillar Park beat Lothianburn
Newbattle beat Royal Musselburgh
Ratho Park beat Liberton
Broomieknowe beat Musselburgh
Murrayfield beat Merchants

Lancôme Irish Ladies Close Championship
Surprise result of the opening match-play ties in the Lancome Irish women's amateur championship at The Island Golf Club was the elimination of Maria Dunne who reached the final last year before losing to Martina Gillen.
Martina's title defence got off to a steady start with a 3 and 2 win over Maura Diamond.
Leading qualifier Susanne Phillips had a big win over Moira Cassidy and now plays reinstated amateur Tracy Eakin.
Matchplay Results for the Championship
Round 1
Susanne Phillips (Woodbrook) beat Moira Cassidy (Co. Louth) 6/5
Tracy Eakin (Killarney) beat Mary Sheehy (Tralee) on the 19th
Angie Dwyer (The Island) lost to Heather Nolan (Shannon) on the 19th
Pat Doran (Donabate) lost to Deirdre Walsh (Milltown) 3/1
Tara Delaney (Carlow) beat Sinead O’Sullivan (Galway) 5/4
Jennifer Gannon (Co. Louth) lost to Eileen Rose Power (Kilkenny) 6/4
Maria Dunne (Skerries) lost to Sinead Keane (The Curragh) 2/1
Maura Diamond (Royal Portrush) lost to Martina Gillan (Beaverstown) 3/2
Tricia Mangan (Ennis) beat Catherine Tucker (Limerick) 6/5
Angela Kilmartin (Warrenpoint) lost to Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) 3/2
Shauna McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies) beat Laura Holmes (Enniscrone) 1up
Pamela Murphy (The Island) lost to Helen Jones (Strabane) 3/2
Claire Coughlan (Cork) beat Alison Tayler (Malahide) 5/3
Naoimh Quigg (City of Derry) lost to Suzie Hayes (Hermitage) 2/1
Darragh McGowan (Ballybofey/Stranorlar) beat Therese O’Reilly (Grange)5/4
Vicki Power (Brampton Park) beat Maura Morrin (The Curragh) 3/2
Matchplay results for the Plate (Ita Wallace Trophy)
Round 1
Marian Riordan (Tipperary) beat Miriam Gartland (The Island) 1 up
Ann Geoghegan (Athlone) lost to Gertie McMullen (The Island) 3/2
Joanne Black (Knock) beat Jenna Kinnear (Belvoir Park) 3/2
Sandra Atkinson (Woodbrook) lost to Emma Gilmore (Mountbellew) 1 up
Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies) beat Christina Armanasco(Enniscrone) 3/2
Margaret Hayes (Tralee) lost to Rachel Cassidy (The Island) 6/5
Sheena O’Brien Kenney (Grange) beat Sarah Carty (The Island) 2/1
Penny Gleeson (Milltown) lost to Dawn Marie Conaty (Ashbourne) 3/1
Riordan beat McMullen at 20th. Gilmore beat Black 1 hole. McVeigh beat Cassidy 5 and 3. Conaty beat O'Brien Kenney at 19th.
10.30 Riordan v Gilmore.
10.39 McVeigh v Conaty.

Stirling and Clackmannan County Championship

Curtis Cup first reserve Lynn Kenny (Dunblane), three times winner of the title, is through to play Linda Robertson (Falkirk Tryst) in the final of the Stirling & Clackmannan women's county golf championship at Stirling Golf Club on Friday evening.
Lynn, the leading qualifier, was in sparkling form in scoring a 6 and 5 win over teenager Vikki Stevenson (Stirling) in last night's (Wed) first semi-final. Miss Kenny was four under par for the holes played.
Linda Robertson, the No 2 qualifier, had a ding dong struggle with Falkirk Tryst clubmate Stella Mitchell before winning by one hole. A birdie 2 put Linda one up at the 14th but Stella won the 15th and 16th to go into a one-hole lead. Then Linda finished strongly to win the 17th and 18th for the match. Linda Robertson beat Lynn Kenny's mum Cecilia in the quarter-finals.
Results: Semi-finals Lynn Kenny (Dunblane) beat Vikki Stevenson (Stirling) 6 and 5. Linda Robertson (Falkirk Tryst) beat Stella Mitchell (Falkirk Tryst) 1 hole.

Scotish Youths v Irish Youths

Scottish universities champion Richard Ramsay (Royal Aberdeen) helped Scotland beat Ireland 7-2 in a youths' one-day international match at Craigielaw Golf Club on Wednesday.
"Richie" lost the top foursomes in partnership with George Murray (Earlsferry Thistle) by two holes to Harry Diamond and Robert McCarthy. But both Stirling student Ramsay and Murray bounced back to take the top two singles and increase Scotland's 2-1 morning lead from the foursomes. Murray beat Diamond 4 and 3 while Ramsay beat Brian O'Connor 3 and 2.
BP Scottish boys champion Scott Henry (Cardross), who had partnered Robert Taylor (Downfield) to a two-hole foursomes success over O'Connor and Ray Williams, suffered a surprise defeat in the singles. Henry lost by 3 and 2 to Cathal O'Malley and was Scotland's only loser in the six singles.
The other winners after Murray and Ramsay were Stephen Buckley (2 and 1 over Stephen Crowe), Robert Taylor (2 and 1 over Robert McCarthy) and Lloyd Saltman (Craigielaw), by 4 and 3 over Ray Williams. Taylor,
Buckley and Saltman had 100 per cent records for the day.
To sum up, Scotland took the foursomes 2-1 and the singles 5-1 for an impressive, overall 7-2 win over their Irish counterparts.
Foursomes (Scottish names first) George Murray & Richard Ramsay lost to Harry Diamond & Robert McCarthy 2 holes. Scott Henry & Robert Taylor beat Brian O'Connor & Ray Williams 2 holes. Stephen Buckley & Lloyd Saltman beat Stephen Crowe & Cathal O'Malley 2 and 1.
Singles Murray beat Diamond 4 and 3. Ramsay beat O'Connor 3 and 2. Buckley beat Crowe 2 and 1. Henry lost to O'Malley 3 and 2. Taylor beat McCarthy 2 and 1. Saltman beat Williams 4 and 3.

US College Golf

Pamela FeggansPamela Feggans (Florida Southern University) from Ayrshire had a disappointing finish to her opening round in the NCAA Division 2 women's college championship at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, Florida on Wednesday. The Scotland international team player was level par with six holes to play and then bogeyed the 12th, 13th, 14th and 17th before running up a double bogey at the 18th. Her inward half cost her 42 shots and added up to a six-over-par round of 42. Pamela had recovered from starting with a double bogeying by getting an eagle 3 at the long seven th turn in 36. She then cancelled out a bogey at the 10th with a birdie at the 11th before dropping six shots over the last seven holes.
The Scot was lying tied 13th behind pacemaker Kim Keyer-Scott (Northern Kentucky) on 72 going into the second round.
Pamela's college, with a tally of 326, was in seventh place behind Rollins (303), Northeastern State (313) and Ferris State (314).

The success of the Weetabix Women's British Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2003 has resulted in the Lancashire course being named by the Ladies' Golf Union as the venue for the 2006 Championship, from 3rd to 6th August. This will be the third time that Royal Lytham has hosted the Championship and will generate huge interest from the knowledgeable golfing public in England' s North West.
Last year a record crowd of over 75,000 attended during the week as World No.1 Annika Sorenstam completed her career Grand Slam with a one shot victory over Korean Se Ri Pak.
"Lytham was a great success last year and we are delighted to be returning so soon after Annika's win," said Andy Salmon, Chief Executive Officer of the Ladies' Golf Union.
"There was exceptional support from the golfing public and that underlines why, in two year's time, this testing championship course will again be host to all of the world's top women players."
Sir Richard George, Chairman of Weetabix Ltd said, "Royal Lytham has been a wonderful venue for the Championship in both 1998 and 2003 and we look forward to returning in two year's time. Great courses produce great champions and Lytham proved this to be true last year with Annika's win to complete her Grand Slam."
Graham Cochrane, Secretary of Royal Lytham & St Annes said, "We are delighted that the Weetabix Women's british Open will be returning in 2006. We were proud of the way our course was presented for last year's Championship and this decision confirms our belief that Royal Lytham is a fitting venue for the worlds major golf tournaments."
This year's Weetabix Women's British Open Championship will be played at Sunningdale Golf Club from 29th July to 1st August.

ClubgolfOver 400 children introduced to clubgolf at Ayrshire Special Games A deluge of over 400 children with special needs experienced golf this week, many for the first time, through the junior national strategy clubgolf, which became part of the 2004 Ayrshire Special Games.
Staged in Irvine's Magnum Centre, the Games, organised on an Ayrshire-wide basis by NHS Ayrshire & Arran in partnership with local authorities, sports clubs, governing bodies and disability organisations, gave primary and secondary school children with learning disabilities the opportunity to take part in eight sports ranging from archery to dancercise.
For clubgolf - a partnership between the Scottish Golf Union, the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association, the Professional Golfers' Association and sportscotland which aims to give every nine year old child in Scotland the opportunity to try the game by 2009 - this was its first appearance at the Games. And the continuous flow of children to the clubgolf area quickly convinced organisers and clubgolf staff alike that the event will now become a regular fixture on the calendar.
The clubgolf area gave the Ayrshire children the chance to take part in a variety of golf related activities with same SNAG golf equipment, as used in clubgolf's Introductory Game which is steadily sweeping its way across the country.
"We had a fantastic turnout in the clubgolf section which was busy for the entire two days," said Tommy Sneddon, clubgolf coordinator at the Games. "It was a very progressive two days. The children enjoyed the golf immensely and as organisers we got a lot out of it. We had four different golf games set up for them and we modified the games for the children who had Cerebral Palsy."
Sneddon, who was one of the first volunteers to take part in the PGA clubgolf Level 1 Training for Volunteers last June and has since helped introduced twice-weekly training sessions within his own club, Winhill in Greenock, was assisted over the two days by students from Kilmarnock College.
"As coaches it was a great experience for us," he said. "Almost all of the children had never lifted a golf club before but they were all highly motivated and picked up the game very quickly."
Said clubgolf West of Scotland Regional Manager Dawn Middleton, "This was clubgolf's first experience of the Games and we had an overwhelming response to the golf area.
"Very few of the children had any previous golf experience and some of them were in wheel chairs. But all of them tried it and they clearly enjoyed the experience.
"To see so many youngsters getting so much out of the game which we are taking to schools throughout the country gives us total confidence that we have created the right formula to introduce every nine year old child in Scotland to the game.
"From now on we will be taking part in the Ayrshire Special Games every year. We are also busy building partnerships with clubs throughout Scotland so in order that any child who enjoys the type of activities we organised this week can have a clear pathway to follow in their local golf clubs."

Wednesday 12th May 2004

Lancôme Irish Ladies Close Championship (evening edition)
The big guns in the Lancome Irish women's amateur championship at The Island Golf Club were forced out of the spotlight in the qualifying rounds. Susanne Phillips (Woodbrook) claimed the No 1 spot in the match-play draw with scores of 73 and 75 for 148 - two shots ahead of Maura Morrin (The Curragh).
Defending champion Martina Gillen (Beaverstown), who flew back from Kent State University in the United States to play, first-round leader Tara Delaney and Trish Mangan (Ennis), a member of the winning GB&I team in last summer's Vagliano Trophy, all totalled 151.
Claire Coughlan, a former champion and the only Irish player in the home team for the Curtis Cup match at Formby on June 12-13, qualified in seventh place with rounds of 73 and 80 for 153.
Qualifiers for the Championship
148      S Phillips (Woodbrook) 73 75
150      M Morrin (The Curragh) 78 72
151      T Mangan (Ennis) 73 78, M Gillen (Beaverstown) 73 78, T Delaney (Carlow) 70 81
152      H Jones (Strabane) 78 74
153      C Coughlan (Cork) 73 80
154      D Walsh (Milltown) 73 81
156      A Dwyer (The Island) 80 76, S Hayes (Hermitage) 78 78, S McVeigh (Royal Co Down L) 77 79, E Power (Kilkenny) 76 80,M Dunne (Skerries) 76 80, D Smith (Co Louth) 75 81
157      D McGowan (Ballybofey/Stranorlar) 80 77, M Sheehy (Tralee) 80 77
158      T Eakin (Killarney) 82 76, T O'Reilly (Grange) 81 77, A Kilmartin (Warrenpoint) 76 82
159      S Keane (The Curragh) 83 76, J Gannon (Co. Louth) 82 77, L Holmes (Enniscrone) 81 78, N Quigg (City of Derry) 77 82
160      H Nolan (Shannon) 78 82
161      P Doran (Donabate) 79 82, A Taylor (Malahide) 79 82
162      P Murphy (The Island) 83 79, S O'Sullivan (Galway) 82 80, M Diamond (Royal Portrush) 80 82
163      C Tucker (Limerick) 83 80, V Power (Brampton Park) 81 82, M Cassidy (Co. Louth) 79 84
Non qualifiers for Championship
164      M Riordan (Tipperary) 86 78
165      D Conaty (Ashbourne) 84 81, D McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies) 81 84
166      M McNicholas (Ennis) 81 85, E Gilmore (Mountbellew) 79 87
171      J Black (Knock) 86 85, R Cassidy (The Island) 85 86, S O'Brien Kenney (Grange) 84 87
172      G McMullen (The Island) 87 85, S Mullaney (Co Louth) 85 87, K Yates (Co. Louth) 82 90
173      A Geoghegan (Athlone) 91 82, M Dowling (New Ross) 86 87
174      S Carty (The Island) 87 87, M Hayes (Tralee) 87 87
175      J Kinnear (Belvoir Park) 91 84, S Atkinson (Woodbrook) 89 86
176      C Armanasco (Enniscrone) 91 85, P Gleeson (Milltown) 90 86, M Gartland (The Island) 88 88, I Johnstone (Fortwilliam) 88 88
177      S Byrne (Ardee) 89 88, O Cunneen (The Island) 88 89, A Crowley (Woodbrook) 85 92
178      M Geaney (Killarney) 89 89
179      S Cleary (Woodbrook) 90 89
181      L Kilmartin (Tipperary) 95 86
182      A McCartan (Greenore) 94 88
183      C Cahill (Hermitage) 91 92, O Shannon (Malahide) 91 92
186      A Parker (Greenore) 92 94
187      P Murray (Naas) 97 90
190      M Mulcahy (Killarney) 98 92, A Langstone (The Island) 97 93
199      E Neville (Athenry) 102 97
Draw for the Lancome Irish Ladies Close Championship
Thursday 13th May 2004
10:30         Susanne Phillips (Woodbrook) V Moira Cassidy (Co. Louth)
10:39         Tracy Eakin (Killarney) V Mary Sheehy (Tralee)
10:48         Angie Dwyer (The Island) V Heather Nolan (Shannon)
10:57         Pat Doran (Donabate) V Deirdre Walsh (Milltown)
11:06         Tara Delaney (Carlow) V Sinead O'Sullivan (Galway)
11:15         Jennifer Gannon (Co. Louth) V Eileen Rose Power  (Kilkenny)
11:24         Maria Dunne (Skerries) V Sinead Keane (The Curragh)
11:33         Maura Diamond (Royal Portrush) V Martina Gillen (Beaverstown)
11:42         Tricia Mangan (Ennis) V Catherine Tucker (Limerick)
11:51         Angela Kilmartin (Warrenpoint) V Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth)
12:00         Shauna McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies) V Laura Holmes (Enniscrone)
12:09         Pamela Murphy (The Island) V Helen Jones (Strabane)
12:18         Claire Coughlan (Cork) V Alison Taylor  (Malahide)
12:27         Naoimh Quigg (City of Derry) V Suzie Hayes (Hermitage)
12:36         Darragh McGowan (Ballybofey/Stranorlar) V Therese O'Reilly (Grange)
12:45         Vicki Power (Brampton Park) V Maura Morrin (The Curragh)
Draw for the Lancome Irish Ladies Close Championship - Plate
Thursday 13th May 2004
09:00   Marian Riordan (Tipperary)  V Miriam Gartland (The Island)
09:09   Ann Geoghegan (Athlone) V Gertie McMullen (The Island)
09:18   Joanne Black (Knock) V Jenna Kinnear (Belvoir Park)
09:27   Sandra Atkinson (Woodbrook) V Emma Gilmore (Mountbellew)
09:36   Danielle McVeigh (Royal County Down Ladies) V Christina Armanasco (Enniscrone)
09:45   Margaret Hayes (Tralee) V Rachel Cassidy (The Island)
09:54   Sheena O’Brien Kenney (Grange) V Sarah Carty (The Island)
10:03   Penny Gleeson (Milltown) V Dawn Marie Conaty (Ashbourne)

Irish Close Championship
Tara Delaney (Carlow), pictured right, stole a three-stroke march on the field in the first qualifying round of the Lancome Irish women's amateur championship at The Island Golf Club, north of Dublin yesterday (Tuesday). Tara, who lost to her older sister Karen in the final of the Irish girls' championship last year and who will be joining Karen at Kent State University in American in the autumn, shot a brilliant round of 70 - five under par. Tara also helped Ireland to win the women's home internationals title at Cruden Bay last September for the first time since 1986.
Among her nearest rivals on 73 are Martina Gillen (Beaverstown), the defending champion who flew back from Kent State University at the weekend, Claire Coughlan (Cork), the only Irish representative in the Curtis Cup match against the United States at Formby on June 12-13, and Trish Mangan (Ennis), surprisingly left out of the Great Britain & Ireland team after helping to win the Vagliano Trophy last summer.
SCOREBOARD 70 T Delaney (Carlow). 73 S Phillips (Woodbrook), M Gillen (Beaverstown), C Coughlan (Cork), D Walsh (Milltown), T Mangan (Ennis). 75 D Smith (Co Louth). 76 E Power (Kilkenny), A Kilmartin (Warrenpoint), M Dunne (Skerries). 77 N Quigg (City of Derry), S McVeigh (Royal Co Down). 78 M Morrin (The Curragh), H Nolan (Shannon), H Jones (Strabane), S Hayes (Hermitage). 79 E Gilmore (Mountbellew), P Doran (Donabate), A Taylor (Malahide), M Cassidy (Co Louth). 80 A Dwyer (The Island), M Diamond (Royal Portrush), M Sheehy (Tralee), D McGowan (Ballybofey). 81 T O'Reilly (Grange), V Power (Brampton Park), L Holmes (Enniscrone), D McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies), M McNicholas (Ennis). 82 J Gannon (Co. Louth), T Eakin (Killarney), S O'Sullivan (Galway), K Yates (Co. Louth). 83 C Tucker (Limerick), P Murphy (The Island), S Keane (The Curragh). 84 D Conaty (Ashbourne), S O'Brien Kenney (Grange). 85 S Mullaney (Co Louth), A Crowley (Woodbrook), R Cassidy (The Island). 86 M Riordan (Tipperary), M Dowling (New Ross), J Black (Knock).

LGU Medal Finals (West Division)

The eight players who qualified from the LGU Medal Final (West Division) at Loudoun Gowf Club yesterday (Tuesday) and go forward to the Grand Final at Crieff on Sunday, June 6 were: Jean Paton (Vale of Leven), Jane Alexander (Cathcart Castle), Pamela Connacher (Colville Park) and Gale Andrew (Loudoun Gowf) in the Silver Division and Jean Snodgrass (Hilton Park), Mary Mackie (Vale of Leven), Hazael Brown (Troon Bentinck) and Hazel Watson (Williamwood) in the Bronze).
Collated return
LGU MEDAL FINAL (West Division) _ Loudoun Gowf Club - Silver Division _ Scratch _ Gale Andrew (Loudoun) 77; handicap _ Jean Paton (Vale of Leven) (20) (bih), Jane Alexander (Cathcart Castle) (10) 71; Pamela Connacher (Colville Park) (9) (bih), Gale Andrew (Loudoun) (5), Fiona Butler (Paisley) (16) 72.
Bronze Division _ Scratch _ Hazel Watson (Williamwood) 93 (bih); handicap _ Jean Snodgrass (Hilton Park) (28) 65; Mary Mackie (Vale of Leven) (25) 68; Hazael Brown (Troon Bentinck) (25) 69; Hazel Watson (Williamwood) (22) 71; Karen Smith (Ranfurly Castle) (28) 73.
Qualifiers for Grand Final at Crieff _ Paton, Alexander, Connacher, Andrew, Snodgrass, Mackie, Brown, Watson.

Lanarkshire Website
Lanarkshire Ladies County Golf Association is using Club 2000 software and is publishing county competition results on the HowDidIDo site. Click here to be taken directly to the Lanarkshire Ladies page. I've added the link to the list of Counties in the index to the left of this page.

US College Golf
Although there is no Scots interest in the NCAA Womens' Division I Championships, I thought you might be interested in this email from Anne Walker who is Assistant Coach at University of California, Berkeley, where Vikki Laing attended.
Pamela Feggans is still involved in the NCAA Division 2 women's championship at Orlando from May 12 to 15.

Laureus World Newcomer of the Year

· 'I want to thank God for giving me the talent' says excited Michelle
· Hawaii's golf prodigy wins Laureus Statuette after taking on the men
· Beats Alonso, Curtis, James, Robinho and Sharapova to win Award
· 350 million TV audience watches Awards Ceremony on Lisbon Coast
ESTORIL, May 10, 2004 - Michelle Wie, golf's most exciting young prospect, has been named Laureus World Newcomer of the Year. The 14-year-old from Hawaii played in the Sony Open in January 2004 as an amateur and shot a two-under-par 68 in her second round to become the first woman ever to record a sub-par round in a men's PGA Tour event. Full story

A three bedroom house with a grandstand view of the 18th green of the Old Course at St Andrews is up for sale at "more than £1.25 million.
" The Victorian property at No 9 The Links is being sold by FPD Savills and local company Pagan Osborne and has been advertised in the United Kingdom and abroad. The previous owner of the house, who died recently, purchased it for less than £5,000 around 50 years ago. The accommodation, which will require modernisation, comprises three reception rooms, a conservatory, kitchen, laundry, three bedrooms, a shower room and two bathrooms. It is built over three floors and has a wallen garden to the rear.

Tuesday 11th May 2004

East Lothian County Championship

Moira ThomsonTop seed Moira Thomson from North Berwick won the East Lothian women's county golf championship over the Gullane No 1 course today - 21 years after her last success in the event.
Moira, pictured right, a member of the Scotland senior women's international team, won by 5 and 3 in the final against defending champion Jayne Smith (Gullane), below left, a former Scottish champion, who was making her seventh appearance in the county final.
Jayne SmithAs Mrs Smith she won the title in 2001 and 2003 and lost in the finals of 1997 and 1999. As Jayne Ford, she won the 1987 final and lost it in 1988.
Moira Thomson was county champion in 1983 and beaten finalist in 1985 and 1993.
Jayne Smith came through a tough semi-final against another former Scotland international player, Lindsey Anderson, at the 19th while Moira was a 5 and 4 winner against teenager Fiona Hindshaw (Gullane).
East Lothian county secretary Ros Thoresen completed a title double for the North Berwick club by winning the handicap championship. She beat Kate Hume, also of North Berwick) by two holes. Both players play off 16. Mrs Thoresen was beaten in last year's handicap final.
Tuesday's results: SCRATCH Semi-finals _ Moira Thomson (North Berwick) beat Fiona Hindshaw (Gullane) 5 and 4, Jayne Smith (Gullane) beat Lindsey Anderson (Gullane) at 19th. Final _ Thomson beat Smith 5 and 3.
HANDICAP Semi-finals _ Kate Hume (North Berwick) beat Jill Rankin (North Berwick) at 19th, Ros Thoresen (North Berwick) beat Elise Guy (Gullane) 3 and 2. Final _ Thoresen beat Hume 2 holes.

Jane Connachan Golf Centre
I'm sure some of you will be wondering what has happened to Jane Connachan since she left Fenton Barns Driving Range.
Well.... here she is... she's opened a new Golf Centre at 98 North High Street, Musselburgh. Full story


East Lothian County Championship

Leading qualifier Moira Thomson (North Berwick), seeking to win the title for the first time since 1983, reached the final over the Gullane No 1 course today (Tuesday) with a 5 and 4 win over teenager Fiona Hindshaw (Gullane).
Moira, a member of the Scotland senior women's international team, plays defending champion Jayne Smith (Gullane), a former Scottish champion, for the title.
Mrs Smith won at the 19th in her semi-final against another former Scotland international player, Lindsey Anderson (Gullane). This is the seventh time Jayne has reached the final of the county championship. She won the title in 2003 and 2001 and lost in the finals of 1999 and 1997. Before her marriage, as Jayne Ford, she won the championship in1987 and lost in the final in 1988.
The handicap championship final is between county secretary Ros Thoresen (North Berwick) and Kate Hume (North Berwick).
This morning's results:
SCRATCH SEMI-FINALS Moira Thomson (North Berwick) beat Fiona Hindshaw (Gullane) 5 and 4. Jayne Smith (Gullane) beat Lindsey Anderson (Gullane) at 19th.
HANDICAP SEMI-FINALS Kate Hume (North Berwick) beat Jill Rankin (North Berwick) at 19th. Ros Thoresen (North Berwick) beat Elise Guy (Gullane) 3 and 2.

Roseanne NivenPerth and Kinross County Championship

Carly BoothRoseanne Niven (Crieff) (pictured left) and Carly Booth (Auchterarder) (right), two of the brightest young female prospects in Scottish golf, qualified in the top two places for the match-play stages of the Perthshire & Kinross women's county golf championship at Alyth Golf Club last night (Monday).
Roseanne, beaten by Nicola Harding in last year's final when she was only 14, earned the No 1 seeding in the match-play draw with a very good score of 72, only one over par and one over the CSS.
Carly Booth, 11 years old with a handicap of four, was only shot behind her great rival on 73 to take the No 2 qualifying spot. This was Carly's debut in the county championship.
On paper Roseanne and Carly are seeded to meet in Sunday's final - which would guarantee a big turn-out if it were to come about.
Defending champion Nicola Harding qualified in fourth place.
QUALIFIERS (CSS 71) 72 R Niven (Crieff). 73 C Booth (Auchterarder). 74 J Yellowless (Murrayshall). 75 N Harding (Craigie Hill). 78 A Ker (Craigie Hill). 79 F Farquharson (King James VI), L Beaney (Taymouth Castle), S Leighton (Alyth), D Butchart (Strathmore). 80 G Wallace (Alyth), J Milne (Craigie Hill). 81 J French (Strathmore), C Turner (Alyth), M Middleton (Alyth), F Ramsay (Crieff). 82 S Kettlewell (Dunblane).
Match-play draw (Saturday 10.04, 7min intervals) Niven v Kettlewell, Butchart v Leighton, Ker v French, Turner v Harding, Yellowlees v Middleton, Milne v Farquharson, Beaney v Wallace, Ramsay v Booth. Quarter-finals at 2.30pm.
HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP Match-play draw (Saturday 11am, 7min intervals) A Speirs (Dunkeld & Birnham) (19) 63 v K McKay (Crieff) (27) 71; C Irving (Blairgowrie) (12) 70 v S Crystal (Taymouth Castle) (20) 70; E Muirhead (Pitlochry) (16) 69 v J Stevenson (Callander) (24) 71; I Murdoch (Blairgowrie) (20) 71 v J Taylor (Strathmore) (16) 69.

Heather MacraeUS College Golf

Jenna WilsonJust to put things into perspective, although San Diego State University failed to qualify for the NCAA Division 1 women's golf championship later this month, Heather MacRae and Jenna Wilson have much to be proud of at the end of their first complete golf year at the college.
San Diego State's 15th place finish in the NCAA West Regional tournament was their highest ever in event. It was only the college's third participation in the event and their first since 2001.
The play of the two young Scots undoubtedly lifted San Diego State throughout the 2003-2004 college season. Heather's 11th place finish on four-over-par 220 (75, 71, 74) was the best ever achieved by a San Diego State University student in the West Regional tournament. The previous best was 18th place by Hiroko Fukushima in 1999.
Jenna Wilson tied for 30th place with 78, 72 and 75 for nine-over 225. The Strathaven player's finish was the third best in San Diego State University women's golf history at the tournament. It says much for Jenna's battling spirit that she came back from the potentially demoralising start of bogeys at each of the first three holes in the final round to play the last 12 holes in one under par.

ESTORIL, May 10, 2004 - Annika Sorenstam, the world's leading woman golfer, has been named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year - at last. For Sweden's Sorenstam it was a particularly satisfying moment after also being nominated in 2002 and 2003, but losing out to Jennifer Capriati and Serena Williams. Full story

Monday 10th May 2004

Stirling and Clackmannan County Championship

Title-holder Lynn Kenny (Dunblane) is through to the semi-finals of the Stirling & Clackmannan women's county golf championship at Stirling Golf Club on Wednesday night - but her mother Cecilia was knocked out in last night's (Mon) quarter-finals.
Stirling University student Lynn, unlucky to be only first reserve for next month's Curtis Cup match at Formby, beat Trish Chillas (Stirling), wife of European Seniors Tour professional John, by 3 and 1.
Lynn, three times county champion and winner of the Scottish title at Machrihanish in 2000, now plays teenager Vikki Stevenson, a junior Stirling member, who won by 2 and 1 over Margaret Tough (Falkirk).
The second semi-final will be an all-Falkirk Tryst affair between Stella Mitchell and Linda Robertson. Stella beat Nicola Melville (Bridge of Allan) while Linda scored a 3 and 2 win over Cecilia Kenny (Dunblane), the Scottish veteran women's champion.
Lynn Kenny (Dunblane) beat Trish Chillas (Stirling) 3 and 1.
Vikki Stevenson (Stirling) beat Margaret Tough (Falkirk) 2 and 1.
Stella Mitchell (Falkirk Tryst) beat Nicola Melville (Bridge of Allan) 1 hole.
Linda Robertson (Falkirk Tryst) beat Cecilia Kenny (Dunblane) 3 and 2.

East Lothian Championship 2nd edition

Former Scottish champion Jayne Smith from Gullane is through to the semi-finals in her defence of the East Lothian women's county golf championship at Gullane No 1 course.
Jayne, national title-winner at Nairn Dunbar in 1999, has won her county championship in two of the past three years and was also beaten in the finals of 1997 and 1999.
Today (Monday), Mrs Smith beat Margaret Sneddon (Gullane) 6 and 5 and then Maureen Woodward, another clubmate, 3 and 1 to earn a semi-final tie this morning (Tuesday) with another past Scotland international team player, Lindsey Anderson, from Tain originally but a Gullane member now for a number of years.
Scotland senior team member Moira Thomson (North Berwick), the leading qualifier for the match-play stages had two comfortable wins over Diane Huish (North Berwick) and Sarah Horsburgh (Dunbar) to reach the last four. She now plays Fiona Hindshaw (Gullane), the youngest of the semi-finalists.
Collated scoreboard
Match-play first round
M Thomson (North Berwick) beat D Huish (North Berwick) 6 and 5.
S Horsburgh (Dunbar) beat P Savin (North Berwick) 4 and 3.
B McIntosh (Gullane) beat S Penman (Gullane) 2 and 1.
F Hindshaw (Gullane) beat C McLoughlin (Kilspindie) 3 and 2,
J Smith (Gullane) beat M Sneddon (Gullane) 6 and 5.
M Woodward (Gullane) beat J Hunnam (Gullane) 3 and 1.
G McNicoll (Longniddry) beat J Watt (Gullane) 4 and 3.
L Anderson (Gullane) beat M L Renton (Gifford) 5 and 4.
Thomson beat Horsburgh 6 and 4.
Hindshaw beat McIntosh 4 and 2.
Smith beat Woodward 3 and 1.
Anderson beat McNicoll 5 and 4.
Semi-finals at 9.0 & 9.06. Final at 2.06pm.
Quarter-finals _ J Rankin (North Berwick) beat M Christie (North Berwick) 3 and 2 K Hume (North Berwick) beat B Boggon (Gifford) 3 and 2, E Guy (Gullane) beat B Bower (North Berwick) 4 and 3, R Thoresen (North Berwick) beat A Muir (Gullane) 4 and 3.
Semi-finals at 9.12 & 9.18. Final at 2pm.

LGU LogoLGU Medal finals North Division
Aberdeen Ladies' youngster Lauren Whyte was one of the six qualifiers from the LGU Medal Final (North Division) at Ashludie, Monifieth yesterday (Mon) for the Grand Fnal at Crieff on Sunday, June 6.
Lauren, playing off 24, had a net 64 against the CSS of 68, and won the top award in the Bronze Division by virtue of a better inward half than Heather Gough (Kinloss) who also had a net 64, playing off 33.
Heather and Sheila Hamilton (Aberdeen Petroleum Club), who had a net 68 off 26, were the other Bronze qualifiers. Diane McNeil (Inverness), who had a net 67 off 26, is unavailable to play on June 6 so declined the invitation to go forward to Crieff.
The Silver Division qualifiers were Lindore Aitken (Panmure Barry) with a net 67 off 10, Jackie Brown (Whitemoss), net 68 off eight, and Janey Heaney (Callander), net 69 off 15 with a better inward half than Helen Ewen (Muckhart) who had a net 69 off 13.
Collated scoreboard
LGU MEDAL FINAL (North Division) - Ashludie, Monifieth (CSS 68) - Silver Division - Scratch - Jackie Brown (Whitemoss) 76; handicap _ Lindore Aitken (Panmure Barry) (10) 67; Jackie Brown (Whitemoss) (8) 68; Janey Heaney (Callander) (15) (bih), Helen Ewen (Muckhart) (13) 69; Ashton Ingram (Fort William) (7) 70 (bih). Bronze Division _ Scratch _ Heather Dailly (Abertay) 89; handicap _ Lauren Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) (24) (bih), Heather Gough (Kinross) (33) 64; Diane MacNeil (Inverness) (26) 67; Sheila Hamilton (Aberdeen Petroleum Club) (26) 68. Qualifiers for Crieff _ L Aitken, J Brown, J Heaney, L Whyte, H Gough, S Hamilton.

Spectators attending The Open Championship at Royal Troon in July will have access to additional grandstand seats as a result of higher than anticipated advance ticket sales.
"We have been delighted with our advance bookings that show a good increase on the comparable figures for 1997," said David Hill, Director of Championships of The R&A.
"In keeping with our policy of making it as easy as possible for spectators to view the world’s top golfers and to be given value for money, we are proceeding with further additional grandstands."
Approximately 19,000 seats in 22 grandstands will be sited at strategic locations around the course so that the public can sit in some comfort as the drama of The Open unfolds.
The erection of the grandstands started last month with the 18th hole already nearing completion. These stands at the 18th can seat seven thousand spectators.
Grandstands are positioned at the 1st tee and 1st green; 2nd green; 3rd green; 4th green; 5th tee and 5th green; 6th green; 7th green; 8th green; 13th green; 14th tee and 14th green; 15th green; 16th tee and 16th green; 17th tee and 17th green; 18th green (Composite, Reserved plus two Public) and the Practice Ground.

Halcyon Days Pill boxThe Ladies’ Golf Union has commissioned a numbered limited edition of 140 hand painted enamelled Halcyon Days Pill Boxes to commemorate the 2004 Curtis Cup Match at Formby Golf Club. These pill boxes are highly collectable and should you wish to reserve a box in advance of the Curtis Cup, please download this form (pdf) and post it to the LGU Office with payment.
You can view similar pill boxes on the Halcyon Days website at

Krystle CaithnessAWARD FOR KRYSTLE
Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), winner of the SLGA St Leonards Under-16 girls' open stroke-play championship at Strathtyrum, St Andrews last month, has been awarded £250 by the Scottish Sports Aid to assist with her coaching or tournament expenses. Krystle, who is 15 years old, lives at Cellardyke, Fife. Last year, at the age of 14, she became the youngest player since Jane Connachan in the 1970s to reach the match-play stages of the Scottish women's amateur championship.

East Lothian County Championship

Moira ThomsonLeading qualifier Moira Thomson (North Berwick), pictured left, marched into this afternoon's quarter-finals of the East Lothian women's county golf championship with a 6 and 5 win over Diane Huish (North Berwick) at the Gullane No 1 course. Moira now plays Sarah Horsburgh (Dunbar), a 4 and 3 winner against Patricia Savin.
In the bottom half of the draw, former Scotland internationals Jayne Smith (Gullane) and Lindsey Anderson (Gullane) stayed on course for a semi-final meeting. Jayne beat Gullane clubmate Margaret Sneddon 6 and 5 while Lindsey was a 5 and 4 winner over Mary Lou Renton (Gifford).
Today's results: Quarter-finals Moira Thomson (North Berwick) beat Diane Huish (North Berwck) 6 and 5. Sara Horsburgh (Dunbar) beat Patricia Savin (North Berwick) 4 and 3. Barbara McIntosh (Gullane) beat Sue Penman (Gullane) 2 and 1. Fiona Hindshaw (Gullane) beat Claire McLoughlin (Kilspindie) 3 and 2. Jayne Smith (Gullane) beat Margaret Sneddon (Gullane) 6 and 5. Maureen Woodward (Gullane) beat Joyce Hunnam (Gullane) 3 and 1. Gillian McNicoll (Longniddry) beat Joanne Watt (Gullane) 4 and 3. Lindsey Anderson (Gullane) beat Mary Lou Renton (Gifford) 5 and 4.

Angus County Championship at Arbroath
L to R: Handicap Runner-up Fiona Taylor, Handicap Winner Maggie Thurston, County Captain Kathleen Sutherland,
County Champion Lynne Forthering ham, runner-up Fiona Gilbert

Angus County Championship

Lynne Fotheringham (Abertay) beat another first-time finalist, Fiona Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies) by 3 and 2 to win the Angus women's county golf championship at Arbroath yesterday (Sunday). [Picture right shows Lynne, right, receiving trophy from County Captain Kathleen Sutherland]
Lynne, the 12th qualifier for the match-play stages,  was two down at one stage but fought back to take the measure of No 3 seed Fiona, a former beaten finalist in the Scottish girls championship and recently returned from college in the United States.
The leading qualifier, Alexandra Bushby (Strathmore), was beaten in the quarter-finals by 13-year-old Monifieth player, Rebecca Wilson. Rebecca lost by 4 and 3 by Lynne Fotheringham in the semi-finals.
The handicap championship was won by Maggie Thurston, who plays off 18 at Panmure Barry. She beat Fiona Taylor (Royal Montrose), who plays off 22, by 3 and 2 in the final. Collated Sat-Sunday results
ANGUS WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP _ Arbroath - Match-play first round A Bushby (Stramore) beat F Miller (Carnoustie Ladies) 2 holes. R Wilson (Monifieth) beat E Easton (Brechin) 6 and 5. L Fotheringham (Abertay) beat A Chree (Panmure Monifieth) 3 and 1. L Fenton (Abertay) beat S Arbuckle (Panmure Barry) 1 hole. F Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies) beat F Duthie (Panmure Barry) 8 and 7. S Raitt (Forfar) beat S Murray (Brechin) 3 and 2. J Brown (Monifieth) beat J Tough (Brechin) 1 hole. M Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) beat D Dewar (Monfieth) 3 and 2. Quarter-finals _ Wilson beat Bushby 1 hole, Fotheringham beat Fenton 1 hole, Gilbert beat Raitt 2 and 1, Brown beat Summers 2 and 1. Semi-finals _ Fotheringham beat Wilson 4 and 3, Gilbert beat Brown at 19th. Final _ Fotheringham beat Gilbert 3 and 2.
HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP First round _ E Adamson w o K McNicoll scr, F Taylor beat J Ganson 1 hole, S Baxby beat D Rawnsley 5 and 4, J Henderson w o A Connolly scr, A Smith beat J Atherton 5 and 4, F Blair beat A Hutchison 3 and 2, P Wickstead beat L Cowan 1 hole, M Thurston beat L Falconer at 19th. Quarter-finals _ Taylor beat Adamson 6 and 5, Henderson beat Baxby 4 and 3, Smith beat Blair 4 and 3, Thurston beat Wickstead 5 and 3. Semi-finals _ Taylor beat Henderson at 19th, Thurston beat Smith 2 and 1. Final _ Thurston beat Taylor 3 and 2.

Scottish Schools Championships
There is some concern in Scottish Schools Golf Association circles about lack of entries for the 2004 championships at Murrayshall GC, Perth on Monday, June 14.
There is a particular lack of girls' entries.
Leading placings in the 36-hole event gain automatic selection for the Scotland team to play England in the annual schools international later in the season.
Girls (and boys) can enter individually (I think the entry fee is £5) or through their schools as a team.
Dorothy Scott is the SSGA person to be contacted by teachers or would-be competitors. She lives in St Andrews and her number is 013344 75681.

Aberdeenshire Girls

New Aberdeenshire women's county champion Sjavon Wilson (Murcar) won the top scratch award in Sunday's Aberdeenshire girls' competition at Inverurie with a score of 75. Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon), top girl in last year's Bank of Scotland Junior Masters' event at Gleneagles, was second best in the scratch returns with a 78 and, playing off nine, also second best in the handicap returns.
The best net round was a 68 by Natalie Thomson (Murcar) - no relation - off a handicap of 28. Eight-year-old Kimberley Beveridge from Aboyne continues to figure in the returns. She had a net 75 off 36. Watch this space.
Leading returns: SCRATCH 75 Sjavon Wilson (Murcar). 78 Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon). 82 Katie Thomson (Kintore).
HANDICAP 68 Natalie Thomson (Murcar) (28). 69 Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon) (9). 70 Sjavon Wilson (Murcar) (5). 71 Eleanor Franks (Ballater) (27), Lauren Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) (24). 72 Nicola McAulay (Stonehaven) (23). 73 Amy Edgar (Peterculter) (23). 74 Mairi Templeton (Westhill) (36), Hayley Thomson (Newmachar) (26). 75 Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) (36). 76 Katie Thomson (Kintore) (6), Lauren MacCallum (McDonald Ellon) (21).

Futures Tour

Heather Stirling plummeted from joint sixth going into the last round with a definite chance of a pay-out in excess of $2,000 to a joint 69th finish with a paltry cheque for £146 in the US Futures Tour event, the Isleta Casino & Resort Classic, at Albuquerque, New Mexico (on Sunday, USA time).
The former Curtis Cup player and past Scottish amateur champion from Bridge of Allan followed up promising rounds of 69 and 71 with a nightmare 83 - 11 over par for the 6,621yd Isleta Eagle course.
Heather's total of 223 was 20 shots behind the winner, Kent-born Australian Lindsey Wright who picked up a cheque for $10,500 with scores of 68, 69 and 66 for 13-under-par 203. She won by two shots from overnight leader Aram Cho (Korea).
Three players from Seoul, Korea finished in the top seven and five in the leading 14.
The other Scot in the field, Linzi Morton, another past native champion from Alloa, failed by five shots to survive the 36-hole cut with rounds of 77 and 75 for 152.
US FUTURES TOUR _ Isleta Casino & Resort Classic - Albuquerque, New Mexico. Leading final totals 203 Lindsey Wright (Aus) 68 69 66. 205 Aram Cho (Kor) 69 66 70.208 Yovonne Cox (US) 68 71 69. 209 Mee Na Lee (Kor) 69 70 70. 210 Kathryn Cusick (US) 74 68 68, Bo Mi Suh (Kor) 69 71 70, Nicole Perrot (Chi) 72 68 70.
Other score: 223 Heather Stirling (Sco) 69 71 83.
Non-qualifiers included: 152 Linzi Morton (Sco) 77 75.


Sunday 9th May 2004

Clare QueenWest of Scotland Championship

Curtis Cup reserve Clare Queen (Drumpellier) won the West of Scotland women's amaeur championship by three shots at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club today.
The 20-year-old Great Britain & Ireland international player - she was a member of the Vagliano Trophy-winning team at Co Louth last summer - had rounds of 75 and 71 for an aggregate of 146 against the CSS of 73 for both rounds, which represented very good scoring on a course playing very long after torrential rain in the area earlier in the week.
Miss Queen, looking forward to playing full-time golf for the rest of the year after completing her final exams at Strathclyde University, won by three shots from 17-year-old Kylie Walker, the Scottish schoolgirls champion from Buchanan Castle.
Clare had four birdies and an eagle in her three-under-par 71. Kylie's rounds of 78 and 71 included an albatross 2 at the 451yd par-5 2nd hole which she reduced to a driver and a seven-wood second shot in the afternoon round.
Miss Walker also had five birdies in that second-round 71 which earned her second place from Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) who also finished on 149.
Kylie also won the handicap trophy for a net aggregate of 141 off four of a handicap. Donna, a former Scotland international team player, had rounds of 73 and 76 which meant that Kylie took second place by virtue of the better second round.
Donna Jackson also had a net total of 141 but again lost out to Kylie on the second-round countback.
Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) took the third handicap prize with a net total of 142.
Donna Jackson led the field with her first-round of 73 which earned her the morning scratch prize.
Clare Queen took the second-round scratch award with her 71, by virtue of a better inward half over Kylie Walker and Sara Bishop (Windyhill) who also scored 71 in the second round.
The Renfrewshire trio of Karen Fitzgerald, Donna Jackson and Lesley Robertson won the team award.
Collated scoreboard
Leading totals (CSS 73 73)
146 C Queen Lanarkshire 75 + 71
149 K Walker D & A 78 + 71 Donna Jackson RLCGA 73 + 76
150 S Bishop D & A 79 + 71 G Webster D & A 75 + 75
153 A Young Ayrshire 77 + 76 Addi Shamash RLCGA 74 + 79
154 Lesley Robertson RLCGA 77 + 77
157 A Thompson Ayrshire 83 + 74 Gillian McGinlay RLCGA 76 + 81
158 Karen Fitzgerald RLCGA 79 + 79
159 A Glennie Ayrshire 82 + 77 F Prior Lanarkshire 81 + 78
160 Julie Wilson RLCGA 81 + 79 L Ruane D & A 79 + 81
161 L Hendry Ayrshire 82 + 79 Jennifer Jenkins RLCGA 81 + 80
162 R Rankin Lanarkshire 85 + 77 Sara Harman RLCGA 84 + 78 H Faulds D & A 82 + 80 Clare-Marie Carlton RLCGA 79 + 83
164 Carol Whyte RLCGA 79 + 85
165 E Cuthill Lanarkshire 82 + 83
166 C McNeil D & A 87 + 79
167 Allison Mitchell RLCGA 83 + 84
170 Jennifer Mack RLCGA 90 + 80 Megan Briggs RLCGA 87 + 83
171 Gillian Kyle RLCGA 91 + 80 G Smith Ayrshire 83 + 88
175 Fiona Roger RLCGA 91 + 84
177 Maureen Skinner RLCGA 89 + 88
182 E Keohone Ayrshire 90 + 92
186 K Burden Lanarkshire 95 + 91
189 P Prestwell Lanarkshire 91 + 98
NR E Munn RLCGA 86 + NR

Stirling and Clackmannan County Championship

Trish Chillas (Stirling), wife of the European Seniors Tour professional John Chillas, had one of the best wins of the opening round of the match-play stages of the Stirling & Clackmannan women's county golf championship at Stirling Golf Club yesterday (Sunday).
Trish was one under par in winning by 8 and 7 against Stirling clubmate Shelagh Quinn.
That victory earned Mrs Chillas a quarter-final tie tomorrow evening (Monday) against the defending champion and leading qualifier, Lynn Kenny (Dunblane). Lynn won by 6 and 5 against Helen Hunter (Linlithgow).
Lynn's mother, Cecilia Kenny (Dunblane), the current Scottish veterans' champion, progressed to the last eight in the bottom half of the draw with a one-hole win over Elaine Allison (Stirling).
Collated scoreboard
Match-play first round
L Kenny (Dunblane) beat H Hunter (Linlithgow) 6 and 5.
T Chillas (Stirling) beat S Quinn (Stirling) 8 and 7.
V Stevenson (Stirling) beat J Harrison (Linlithgow) 1 hole.
M Tough (Falkirk) beat K Mathieson (Glenbervie) 1 hole.
N Melville (Breidge of Allan) bet L Thacker (Braehead) 2 and 1.
S Mitchell (Falkirk Tryst) beat E Goodwin (Glenbervie) 6 and 5.
C Kenny (Dunblane) beat E Allison (Stirling) 1 hole.
L Robertson (Falkirk Tryst) beat W McCallum (Falkirk) 2 and 1.

Carly Booth, playing out of Auchterarder, will make her debut in the Perthshire & Kinross women's golf championship at Alyth Golf Club on Monday - aged 11 with four of a handicap.

Pamela WilliamsonPamela Wiliamson wins Italian Seniors.
Scottish Senior Internationalist Pamela Wiliamson (Baberton) , pictured right, has come back from a week in Italy with the Italian Seniors crown in her luggage.
The Championship, held at La Pavonierie, in Prato near Florence, was curtailed to one round due to dreadful weather, but the course stood up to it admirably.
Describing the course Pamela commented " It is an Arnold Palmer design with 6 holes involving serious water! It is just under 5900yards, par 72 and 73.8 rating so ss 74. It was seriously tough and long.
"The course construction and drainage were brilliant . It rained all week, had been raining for days and any other course I know would have been closed. There was not a spot of surface water on the greens that had billiard table top surfaces and were quite amongst the best greens I have ever putted on. The fairways were pretty saturated, consequently no run on the ball but no plugging."
When we think of Italy in May, we think of warmth and sunshine. Pam says "The weather for the practice round was showery but windless. The 4 ball was rain and wind . The first round of the singles was thundered off . The counting round was in a gale force wind but dry...there were 2 blinks of sun!"
In the preliminary four-ball competition Pamela and Valerie Hassett from Ireland took third place with a 75 behind a pair of Italians (73) and a pair of Germans (74).
The first round of the Individual Championship was abandoned due to thunder and Pamela had an 82 on the second day to win by a stroke from Laurence Nauhuas of France. Last year's winner, Rita Boeri from Italy was in third place with an 85.
The international field of 78 included three English players, French, Swiss, Germans Spaniards and of course Italians. There was a team championship and also a second category up to about 15 handicap and net prizes. It sound a super format, what a pity about the weather!

Heather MacraeUS College Golf

Heather MacRae, pictured left, tied for 11th place and Jenna WilsonJenna Wilson (right) finished joint 30th but they and their college, San Diego University, failed to qualify for the season-ending NCAA women's college golf championship at Auburn University, Alabama from May 18 to 21.
Competing in the West Regional qualifier, former Scottish girls champion Heather from Dunblane had scores of 75, 71 and 74 for four-over-par 220 - 11 shots behind individual winner Hannah Jun (UCLA), the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
Heather shot nine birdies in 54 holes, including the third and 12th in her final round. In the final analysis, a double-bogey earlier in the competition cost her a top-10 finish.
Jenna Wilson scored 78, 72 and 75. She started badly in her final round to be four over par after only six holes and was out in 40. A solitary birdie at the 14th was her fifth of the tournament. She had a double bogey at a short hole in an earlier round.
American Curtis Cup team pick Sarah Huarte (California) finished sixth on 216 after running up a double bogey at the fifth but countering with an eagle at the seventh.
Danielle Roseberry (New Mexico State) from Sunderland had a nightmare last round of 87 to fill 105th place on 251. She had double bogeys at the third and seventh and a triple at the sixth in an outward half of 12-over-par 48. Over the three rounds, Danielle had seven double bogeys, two triples ... and three birdies.
Only the top eight teams advanced to the national championship and San Diego State (925) tied for 15th place. They were 12 shots away from making the eight place play-off.
209 Hannah Jun (UCLA) 67 71 71.
211 Allison Hanbna (Ohio State) 71 70 70.
214 Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 70 72 72, Anna Temple (California) 71 71 72.
215 Elizabeth Allen (CSU-Northridge) 72 71 72.
216 Sarah Huarte (California) 73 71 72.
Other totals:
220 Heather MacRae (San Diego Stte) 75 71 74.
225 Jenna Wilson (San Diego State) 78 72 75.
251 Danielle Roseberry (New Mexico State) 81 83 87.
861 UCLA
868 California.
883 Stanford.
892 Washington.
900 Georgia.
901 Ohio State.
908 Arizona State.
913 Washington State.
Non-qualifiers included:
924 San Diego State (tied 15th).

US College Golf

The way is clear for Martina Gillen to defend her Irish title at The Island next week and Kent State University team-mate Karen Delaney is also free to play back home if she has entered.
But that's not so good news for their American college who finished 20th of 21 competing teams in the NCAA Division 1 Central Regional women's championship at Illinois State University golf course, Normal in Illinois.
Only the top eight teams qualified for the national championships at Auburn University, Alabama from May 18 to 21.
The Central Regional individual title was won by Erica Blasberg (Arizona University) who will be a member of the United States' Curtis Cup team at Formby on June 12 and 13. Erica shot 68, 73 and 71 for one-under-par 212 and a three-shot victory from May Wood (Vanderbilt).
The highest-placed British player in the field was England's Rachel Bell (Southern California) from Ganton. She scored 74, 80 and 75 for joint 17th place on 16-over-par 229. Because Southern California finished fourth in the team event, Rachel will be going to the national championships.
The Kent State team had a tournament they would rather forget.
Becky Wood from Glossop scored 81 three times for 243, double bogeying three of her last six holes for 43 home. She finished joint 82nd.
Irish champion Martina Gillen from Beaverstown shot 85, 78 and 84 to tie for 91st place on 34-over-par 247. She double-bogeyd the fifth and 18th in her final halves of 44 and 40 in what must rank as one of her worst every 54-hole performance on the US college circuit. In all she had seven double bogeys and one triple bogey over the third rounds.
Karen Delaney from Carlow, Irish girls' champion over the past two years, tied for 93rd place with scores of 82, 87 and 78 for 248. She had her fifth double bogey of the three days at the 13th and had a 9 at a short hole earlier in the competition.
212 Erica Blasberg (Arizona) 68 73 71.
215 May Wood (Vanderbilt) 73 72 70.
218 Josefin Svenningsson (Baylor) 75 72 71.
Other totals:
229 Rachel Bell (Southern California) 74 80 75.
243 Becky Wood (Kent State) 81 81 81.
247 Martina Gillen (Kent State) 85 78 84.
248 Karen Delaney (Kent State) 82 87 79.
893 Vanderbilt.
902 Arizona.
906 Michigan State.
910 Southern California.
915 Baylor.
917 Purdue.
918 New Mexico.
926 Texas A&M.
Non-qualifiers included:
965 Kent State (20th).

US College Golf

American Curtis Cup team members Liz Janangelo and Brittany Lang finished tied for third place in the NCAA Division 1 East Regional women's college championship at Mission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills in Florida.
The individual title was won by five shots by Meaghan Francella (North Carolina) with a seven-under-par total of 209 - eight ahead of Liz and Brittany.
US Curtis Cup reserve Leigh Anne Hardin, like Janangelo and Lang a member of the top-ranked Duke University team, tied for fifth place on 218.
Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State), a third US Curtis Cup team pick in the field, finished tied for 20th place on 226 but she will be competing in the national championships after her college team won a play-off against Florida for the last of the eight qualifying places.
209 Meaghan Francella (North Carolina) 69 71 69.
214 Ashley Prange (North Carolina) 74 71 69.
217 Liz Janangelo (Duke) 72 76 69, Brittany Lang (Duke) 71 72 74.
218 Leigh Anne Hardin (Duke) 71 72 75.
Other totals:
226 Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) 76 77 73.
869 Duke.
891 UNLV.
904 Florida State.
906 Wake Forest.
907 Furman.
918 Tennessee.
920 Oklahoma State.

Futures Tour

Heather Stirling is lying in joint sixth place going into the final round of the US Futures Tour event, the Isleta Casino & Resort Classic .
The former Curtis Cup player and past Scottish amateur champion from Bridge of Allan has had rounds of 69 and 71 for a four-under-par tally of 140.
Aram Cho, a 19-year-old rookie from Seoul, Korea leads on 135 after scores of 69 and 66. She is two ahead of Kent-born Australian Lindsey Wright (68, 69).
There are three players from Seoul, Korea in the top five and five in the leading 12.
Linzi Morton, another former Scottish champion from Alloa, failed to make it among the 75 players with tallies of 147 or better who qualified for the final 18 holes.
Linzi shot 77 and 75 for 152 - the same tally as Rebecca Prout from Surrey (73, 79).
135 Aram Cho (Kor) 69 66.
137 Lindsey Wright (Aus) 68 69.
138 Naree Song (Kor) 73 65.
139 Mee Na Lee (Kor) 69 70, Yovonne Cox (US) 68 71.]
140 Heather Stirling (Sco), Wendy Martin (US), Nicole Perrot (Chi), Michelle Murphy (US), Bo Mi Suh (Kor), Julie Turner (US), Lisa Chang (US).
Non-qualifiers included:
152 Linzi Morton (Sco) 77 75, Rebecca Prout (Eng) 73 79.

Saturday 8th May 2004

East Lothian County Championship

Scotland senior international team player Moira Thomson (North Berwick) is the leading qualifier for the match-play stages of the East Lothian women's county golf championship over the Gullane No 1 course.
She had a score of 75 to claim the No 1 seeding in the draw. Moira is seeded to meet former Scotland women's cap Lindsey Anderson (Gullane Ladies) who had a 76, the same score as past Scottish champion and international Jayne Smith (Gullane Ladies).
75 M Thomson (North Berwick).
76 L Anderson (Gullane Ladies), J Smith (Gullane Ladies).
79 C McLoughlin (Kilspindie).
82 S Penman (Gullane Ladies).
85 J Hunnam (Gullane Ladies), J Watt (Gullane Ladies).
86 P Savin (North Berwick), S Horsburgh (Dunbar), G McNicoll (Longniddry).
87 B McIntosh (Gullane Ladies), F Hindshaw (Gullane Ladies), M Woodward (Gullane Ladies).
88 D Huish (North Berwick), M Sneddon (Gullane), M L Renton (Gifford).
Draw (Monday 9am)
Thomson v Huish, Savin v Horsburgh, Penman v McIntosh, Hindshaw v McLoughlin, Smith v Sneddon, Woodward v Hunnam, Watt v McNicoll, Renton v Anderson. Quarter-finals at 2pm
J Rankin (North Berwick) v M Christie (North Berwick), B Boggon (Gifford) v K Hume (North Berwick), E Guy (Gullane Ladies), B Bower (North Berwick),A Muir (Gullane Ladies) v R Thoresen (North Berwick).
Prizewinners at the East Lothian LCGA spring meeting and county championship qualifier were:
Moira Thomson (North Berwick) 75.
1 Claire McLoughlin (Kilspindie) (7) 72.
2 Patricia Savin (North Berwick) (13) 73 bih
3 Jayne Smith (Gullane Ladies) (3) 73.
1 Ellen Ellis (Longniddry) (21) 73 bih.
2 Hilda Kean (Gullane Ladies) (33) 73.
3 Mary Miller (North Berwick) (30) 77.

Angus County Championship

Rebecca Wilson, 13-year-old Monifieth player, knocked out the leading qualifier, Alexandra Busby (Strathmore) to reach this morning's (Sunday) semi-finals of the Angus women's county golf championship at Arbroath.
Rebecca won by one hole, having chalked up a 6 and 5 victory over Elaine Easton (Brechin) in the first round of the match-play.
Rebecca now plays Lynne Fotheringham (Abertay) for a place in the afternoon final against the winner of the other semi-final between Fiona Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies), just back from her United States college, and Jackie Brown (Monifieth).
ANGUS WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP _ Arbroath - Match-play first round
A Bushby (Stramore) beat F Miller (Carnoustie Ladies) 2 holes.
R Wilson (Monifieth) beat E Easton (Brechin) 6 and 5.
L Fotheringham (Abertay) beat A Chree (Panmure Monifieth) 3 and 1.
L Fenton (Abertay) beat S Arbuckle (Panmure Barry) 1 hole.
F Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies) beat F Duthie (Panmure Barry) 8 and 7.
S Raitt (Forfar) beat S Murray (Brechin) 3 and 2.
J Brown (Monifieth) beat J Tough (Brechin) 1 hole.
M Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) beat D Dewar (Monfieth) 3 and 2.
Wilson beat Bushby 1 hole.
Fotheringham beat Fenton 1 hole.
Gilbert beat Raitt 2 and 1.
Brown beat Summers 2 and 1.
First round _ E Adamson w o K McNicoll scr, F Taylor beat J Ganson 1 hole, S Baxby beat D Rawnsley 5 and 4, J Henderson w o A Connolly scr, A Smith beat J Atherton 5 and 4, F Blair beat A Hutchison 3 and 2, P Wickstead beat L Cowan 1 hole, M Thurston beat L Falconer at 19th.
Quarter-finals _ Taylor beat Adamson 6 and 5, Henderson beat Baxby 4 and 3, Smith beat Blair 4 and 3, Thurston beat Wickstead 5 and 3.

Northern Vets
Northern Division of Scottish Veterans opened their season with a greensome at Brechin Golf Club in excellent weather on Friday.
Scratch winners Anne Chree (Panmure Monifieth) and Frances Neish (Murcar) retained the Hodge Trophies.
Leading scores:
SCRATCH (Hodge Trophies)
77 A Chree (Panmure Monifieth) & F. Neish (Murcar).
HANDICAP (Montrose Trophy)
70.4 S Hay (Panmure Barry) & N Duncan (Brechin) (8.6).
70.8 B Duncan & M Clapperton (Banchory) (10.2).
71.8 E Thomson & E Barrack (Aberdeens Ladies) (15.2).

US College Golf

San Diego University golf team-mates Heather MacRae from Dunblane and Strathaven's Jenna Wilson had two of the best rounds of the second day in the NCAA Division 1 West Regional women's college championship over Tiger Woods' old stamping ground at Stanford University, California (ON FRIDAY, USA TIME).
Heather shot a one-under-par 71 to be lying 12th with one round to go on 146 while Jenna matched the par of 72 for joint 26th place on 150.
Hannah Jun (UCLA) leads at six-under-par 138.
Heather had birdies at the sixth, ninth and 12th with bogeys at the 11th and 16th in halves of 34 and 37.
Jenna deviated from par only twice - a bogey at the 12th and a birdie at the 18th.
Danielle Roseberry (New Mexico State) from Sunderland had four double bogeys in an 83 for 164 and she is tied for 98th place.
US Curtis Cup team selection Sarah Huarte (California) had a 71 for 144 to be sharing sixth place.
Only the top eight college teams after 54 holes will qualify to take part in the national championships. Currently San Diego State are tied for 13th place with 613, seven shots more than the team in eighth place. UCLA lead with 575.
138 Hannah Jun (UCLA) 67 71.
141 Allison Hanna (Ohio State) 71 70.
142 Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 70 72.
Other scores:
144 Sarah Huarte (California) 73 71.
146 Heather MacRae (San Diego State) 75 71.
150 Jenna Wilson (San Diego State) 78 72.
164 Danielle Roseberry (New Mexico State) 81 83.
575 UCLA.
579 California.
590 Stanford.
601 Denver.
Other score:
613 San Diego State.

US College Golf

Irish champion Martina Gillen will almost certainly be flying home to defend her title next week after another dismal day for her college, Kent State, in the NCAA Division 1 Central Regional women's college championship over the Illinois State University course at Normal, Illinois.
Kent State need to finish in the leading eight teams after the third and final round to advance to the national championships. If they don't, then title-holder Martina is hot footing back across the Atlantic to The Island Golf Club for her native championship which starts on Tuesday.
After 36 holes at Illinois, Kent State have no chance of making the grade. They are lying last of the 21 competing teams.
Martina, who had had a nightmare round of 85 in the first round, picked up slightly with a seven-over 78 for joint 84th place on 163. Miss Gillen was moving along nicely at the turn with eight pars and a solitary bogey at the third. Then the wheels came off again.
She bogeyed the 10th, double bogeyed the short 11th, bogeyed the 12th and double-bogeyed the short 17th for an error-strewn inward half of 41.
Kent State team-mate and Irish compatriot Karen Delaney took over the nightmare role. She staggered round in 87 (16 over par) with double bogeys at the 10th and 14th and then an incredible 9 a the short 17th. Karen, Irish girls champion for the past two years, is lying in 103rd place.
Becky Wood from Glossop, another member of the Kent State team, levelled off her standard of performance with anothere 81 for 162, which put her in joint 78th place.
Meanwhile, way up at the top of the leaderboard, US Curtis Cup team member Erica Blasberg (Arizona) has shot 68 and 73 to be leading by two shots on 143.
England's Rachel Bell (Southern California) from Ganton had nine bogeys in a second round of 80 for 154. She is tied for 20th place.
141 Erica Blasberg (Arizona) 68 73.
143 Laura Cross (Southern Methodist) 72 71.
145 May Wood (Vanderbilt) 73 72.
Other scores:
154 Rachel Bell (Southern California) 74 80.
162 Becky Wood (Kent State) 81 81.
163 Martina Gillen (Kent State) 85 78.
169 Karen Delaney (Kent State) 82 87.
605 Vanderbilt, Michigan State.
609 Baylor.
611 Southern California.
Other score:
644 Kent State.

US College Golf

Liz Janangelo, America's top-ranked female college player and expected to be the No 1 force - Michelle Wie apart - in the Curtis Cup match against Great Britain & Ireland at Formby on June 12-13, had one of her worst rounds of a dazzling season in the NCAA Division 1 East Regional women's college championship at Mission Inn Resort, Howey in the Hills, Florida (Friday USA time).
Liz, a member of the crack Duke University team, slumped to a four-over-par 76 (41-35) after double bogeying the first and sixth holes and then bogeying the 17th after birdies at the 10th, 11th and 16th had signalled a revival.
Duke and Curtis Cup team-mate Brittany Lang is lying joint second with USA team reserve Leigh Anne Hardin (also Duke) on 143 - three shots behind leader Meaghan Francella (North Carolina) with one round to go.
Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State), the third member of the American Curtis Cup team in the field, continued to struggle with a 77 for 153 and joint 34th place.
140 Meaghan Francella (North Carolina) 69 71.
143 Leigh Anne Hardin (Duke) 71 72, Brittany Lang (Duke) 71 72.
145 Deborah Means (Wake Forest) 75 70, Sunny Oh (UNLV) 72 73, Ashley Prange (North Carolina) 74 71, Karin Sjodin (Oklahoma State) 70 75, Jenny Suh (Furman) 75 70.
Other scores:
148 Liz Janangelo (Duke) 72 76.
153 Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) 76 77.
578 Duke.
594 UNLV.
597 North Carolina.
605 Florida.
607 Oklahoma State, Wake Forest.

Tight Lies Tour

Former Walker Cup player Steven Young from Inverallochy missed the halfway cut by one shot in the Tight Lies Tour event, the Rockwall Classic at The Shores Country Club, Rockwall in Texas.
Young had scores of 70 and 75 for one-over-par 145. The former British and Scottish boys' champion, who lives in Midland, Texas, birdied the ninth and 15th but a string of bogeys at the first, third, 10th, 11th and 18th left him 13 shots behind leader Wade White who had a 65 and 67 for 12-under 132.

Futures Tour

Former Scottish amateur champion Heather Stirling from Bridge of Allan shot a three-under-par 69 (34-35) to be lying joint eighth at the end of the first round in the US Futures Tour event, the Isleta Casino Resort Classic (FRIDAY USA TIME).
Another past Scottish title-winner, Linzi Morton from Alloa was back in a tie for 107th place after a 77 (37-40).
Australian Kylie Pratt is setting the pace with a five-under-par 67.

Scottish Golf Union president Hugh Hunter has received the Golf Foundation's Sir Henry Cotton Award for services to junior golf.
Hugh, a retired schoolteacher who lives in Auchterarder, has had an association with junior golf since the 1960s when he was match secretary at Alloa Golf Club and introduced junior medal competitions. He later became secretary of the Clackmannan District of the Scottish Golf Union and expanded the county's junior competitions to include Under-14s.
Hugh played a big part in the development of the Scottish Schools Golf Association from 1980 onwards and at McLaren High School, Callander he helped to foster the team of Ben Collier, David Love and Alan Martin who won the Scottish Final of the Golf Foundation schools championship in 1991.
"I think the idea that probably won me the Sir Henry Cotton Award was the introduction of the Junior Charter through the Scottish Golf Union. This encouraged golf clubs to fulfil a list of obligations to their junior members," said Hugh.
"The Junior Charter idea has since been taken up by the three other home unions.
"I'm very proud to have been given this award."

Well done Jane!
Dr Jane George, a member of the Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Club, has been awarded the Ratcliff prize for her thesis Women and golf in Scotland'. It's been awarded jointly and the other recipient is Prof Mairead Nic Craith of the University of Ulster. Jane recently was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh. She is now working at the University of Stirling Sports Institute with Wray Vamplew working on 'The British Golf Club as a Social Institution'. Well done Jane!


Friday 7th May 2004

ILGU logoLancome Irish Ladies Close Championship
The Island Golf Club, Corballis, Doniobate, Co Dublin, Tuesday 11- Saturday 15th May
Martina Gillen (Beaverstown) hopes to arrive home from the United States in time to defend her Lancome Irish Ladies’ Close Championship. Martina is currently playing for Kent State University, Ohio in the Regional Qualifying Tournament for the NCAA National Finals. If Kent State should finish in the top ten on Saturday May 8, 2004 and thus qualify for the National, Finals Martina will have to cancel her plans to defend the title she won last year at Donegal Golf Club. Press Release (sorry about the formatting, no time to fix it!)

Lynn KennyS&C County News

Title-holder Lynn Kenny (Dunblane) headed the qualifiers for the match-play stages of the Stirling and Clackmannan women's county golf championship with a score of 78 - two over the CSS - at the end of a rainy day when play was interrupted by the heaviest showers. Linda Robertson (Falkirk Tryst) earned the No 2 seed position in the draw with an 80. Cecilia Kenny (Dunblane), the reigning Scottish senior women's champion, is in the opposite half of the draw for her daughter. With an eight-shot spread covering all 16 qualifiers, the stage is set for many tight ties when the match-play stages start on Sunday afternoon (2pm) and continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings next week.
QUALIFIERS (CSS 76) 78 Lynn Kenny (Dunblane). 80 Linda Robertson (Falkirk Tryst). 81 Nicola Melville (Bridge of Allan). 82 Katie Mathieson (Glenbervie). 84 Vicki Stevenson (Stirling), Stella Mitchell (Falkirk Tryst). 85 Elaine Allison (Stirling), Sheila Quinn (Stirling), Trish Chillas (Stirling), Celia Kenny(Dunblane), Elizabeth Goodwin (Glenbervie). 86 Jill Harrison (Linlithgow), Margaret Tough (Falkirk), Lynn Thacker (Braehead), Winifred McCallum (Falkirk), Helen Hunter (Linlithgow).
Match-play draw (Sunday L Kenny v Hunter, Chillas v Quinn, Stevenson v Harrison, Tough v Mathieson, Melville v Thacker, Goodwin v Mitchell, Allison v C Kenny, McCallum v Robertson.

Heather MacraeUS College golf

San Diego State University team-mates Heather MacRae (left) and Jenna Wilson (right) Jenna Wilsonfound the course and the competition tough in the opening round of the NCAA Division 1 West Regional women's college championship at Stanford University golf course, California.
Heather from Dunblane shot a three-over-par 75 for tied 29th place while Jenna from Strathaven was back in joint 55th place after a 78. Heather birdied the first, seventh, 12th and 13th but had a double bogey at the ninth and dropped other shots at the fourth, fifth, eighth, 15th and 17th over the 6,159yd par-72 course. Jenna also had a double bogey - at the 14th - and her birdies at the fifth and 12th could not compensate completely for other slips at the second, sixth, 10th, 11th, 16th and 17th.
Hannah Jun (UCLA) set the pace with a five-under-par 67 to go into the second round with a three shot lead from Ashley Gomes (San Jose State) and Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA). US Curtis Cup team selection Sarah Huarte (California) was tied 15th overnight after a 73 which had four birdies and five bogeys. Danielle Roseberry from Sunderland, a student at New Mexico State, was in joint 84th place with an 81 which included double bogeys at the fifth and sixth. San Diego State (314) are toiling in joint 14th place in the team event which is well out of contention meantime for qualifying for the NCAA championship. UCLA (282) lead from California (290).
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 67 Hannah Jun (UCLA). 70 Ashley Gomes (San Jose State), Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA). 71 Allison Hannah (Ohio State), Anna Temple (California).
Other scores: 73 Sarah Huarte (California). 75 Heather MacRae (San Diego State). 78 Jenna Wilson (San Diego State). 81 Danielle Roseberry (New Mexico State).

US College Golf

Irish champion Martina Gillen (left) had her worst round ever on the American college circuit on the opening day of the NCAA Division 1 Central Regional women's college championship over the Illinois State University golf course at Normal, Illinois. Martina starts the second round in joint 102nd place after a first-round, 14-over-par 85. The Dublin girl, a student at Kent State University, did not have a single birdie to brighten the day which got worse and worse - bogey at the first, double bogeys at the third, fourth AND fifth, bogeys at the seventh, ninth, 14th, 15th and, to cap it all, a triple bogey 7 at the 17th in halves of 45 and 40.
US Curtis Cup selection Eric Blasberg (Arizona) underlined the scoring possibilities over the 6,108yd par-71 course with a five-birdie round of three-under-par 68 to share the lead with Kyla Neal (Texas A&M). Rachel Bell (Southern California) from Ganton is joint 12th after a 74 which included a double bogey 6 at the eighth. Martina Gillen's team-mates at Kent State, Becky Wood from Glossop and Karen Delaney from Carlow, did not break 80. Becky had an 81 and Karen an 82.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 68 Erica Blasberg (Arizona), Kyla Neal. 72 Sarah Jacobs (Vanderbilt), Laura Cross (SMU).
Other scores: 74 Rachel Bell (Southern California). 81 Becky Wood (Kent State). 82 Karen Delaney (Kent State). 85 Martina Gillen (Kent State).

US College golf

US Curtis Cup team selections Brittany Lang, Liz Janangelo and Annie Thurman were pushed out of the spotlight in the NCAA Division 1 East Regional women's college championship openday day at Mission Inn, Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Meaghan Francella (North Carolina) posted a three-under-par 69 to lead by one shot from Liliana Alvarez (Tulane) and Swedish player Karin Sjodin (Oklahoma State). Brittany Lang, a member of the crack Duke University team, shared third place on 71 with Curtis Cup first reserve Leigh Anne Hardin, also of Duke. Brittany had four birdies but three bogeys. Liz Janangelo, the top-ranked female college player in the State and also a member of the Duke and Curtis Cup teams, had one of her poorer rounds of an outstanding season. She had to settle for a par 72 with birdies at the first, 10th and 17th cancelling out a hat-trick of bogeys from the seventh to the ninth. Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State), the third US Curtis Cup player in the field, is back in joint 28th place after a 76.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 69 Meaghan Francella (North Carolina). 70 Liliana Alvarez (Tulane), Karin Sjodin (Oklahoma State). 71 Adrienne Gautreaux (South Carolina), Leigh Anne Hardin (Duke), Brittany Lang (Duke). 72 Anna Grzebien (Duke), Liz Janangelo (Duke). Other score: 76 Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State).
LEADING TEAMS 286 Duke. 297 UNLV. 298 Oklahoma State. 301 Tulane.

Tight Lies Tour

Former Walker Cup player Steven Young from Inverallochy shot a two-under-par 70 to be lying joint 16th at the end of the first round of the Tight Lies Tour event, the Rockwall Classic at The Shores Country Club, Rockwall, Texas. Texas-based Steven, eighth on the mini-tour's money list with $10,070 earned in three events, had birdies at the first, third, fourth, seventh, 15th and 17th but bogeys at the sixth, 10th, 12th and 13th. American Wade White set the pace on seven-under-par 65 over the 7,114yd course.

US College Golf

Gavin Dear from Perth and Carnoustie's Keith McNicoll - both students at Lynn University, Boca Raton in Florida, finished tied 15th and joint 37th respectively in the NCAA Division 2 South Regional championship men's golf tournament at Millwood Country Club, Springfield.
Dear scored 76, 77 and 69 for 222 while McNicoll returned 79, 86 and 70 for 235. The tournament was won by Andrea Signor (West Florida) with 68, 70 and 68 for four-under-par 206.

US College Golf
Vicki in Atlantic Sun Conference All-freshmen team
Vicki Power who represented Ireland in the girls home internationals last year completed her first year of US college golf by been selected for the Atlantic Sun Conference All-freshmen team. It's a team of 5 that will never play a match but it is the American tradition of picking a line-up that reflects the best freshmen players in that particular conference. She consolidated her place on the team by finishing 14th at the conference championship (82,75,76) which also helped her secure the number one spot on the Troy State college team.

Thursday 6th May 2004

P and K launch website
They are popping up like daisies on the fairway!
Perth and Kinross are the next to launch a website for their members. The address is
Well done to County Secretary Dawn Butchart!
Dawn has used Blogspot, which is a service provided and hosted by Blogger. It's a simple way of providing a web log for news, draws and results.
While I'm on the subject... has anyone tried the Article Publisher which comes with the Club2000 Howdidido Handicapping software? This is another service which could make a difference to clubs who don't want the hassle of providing a website themselves. I'd be interested to hear from any clubs that have used it. Email

US College Golf

Walker Cup Scot David Inglis from Roslin became the first player win the Western Athletic Conference men's golf individual title for a fourth straight year after a sparkling final round under pressure at San Joaquin Country Club, Fresno in California yesterday (Wed USA time).
The 6ft red-head, born in Edinburgh on April 9, 1982, shot rounds of 67, 73 and 69 for a four-under-par final total of 209 over the 6,840yd par-71 course.
A Glencorse Golf Club member, Inglis, coming up to the end of his golf scholarship at the University of Tulsa, won the title by two shots from James Allenby (Texas El Paso) and Casey Watabu (Nevada).
It was David's seventh win of his US college career and his 30th top-10 placing in 50 events.
An eagle 3 at the third hole of his final round gave him the scent of a four-timer victory and he went on to birdie the eighth and the 18th to cancel out bogeys at the sixth and 16th in halves of 33 and 36. Allenby was level with him with two holes to play but bogeyed the 16th and 18th. Inglis's closing birdie clinched victory for the Scot.
"David is the best player I've every had on campus. He's played well from the day he walked on campus," said University of Tulsa head coach Bill Brogden. "His scores always counted (for the team). He has always been there and this tournament was no different ... he birdies the last hole to win."
But the Western Athletic Conference coaches, who select a Most Valuable Player for the season, were as not as pro-Inglis as the coach. For some reason, they named Chris Baryla (Texas El Paso) as the winner of the league's award. The University of Tulsa website said that "David Inglis had been snubbed by the coaches."
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 209 David Inglis (Tulsa) 67 73 69. 211 James Allenby (Texas El Paso) 71 69 71, Casey Watabu (Nevada) 69 72 70. 212 Scott Abbott (Southern Methodist) 69 71 72.
LEADING TEAMS 853 Southern Methodist. 864 Tulsa. 867 Texas El Paso. 869 Boise State, Fresno State.

Angus County Championship

STRATHMORE Golf Centre member Alexandra Bushby set a new women's course record at Arbroath Golf Club yesterday (Wed) when she returned a score of 70 - two under the CSS - in the qualifying round of the Angus women's county golf championship.
None of the host club officials could be certain of what the previous lowest women's score was but there seemed no doubt that Alexandra's effort was the best ever.
Alexandra, who plays off five, won the trophies for the best scratch and the best net scores.
Stirling University student Dawn Dewar (Monifieth) earned the No 2 seeding in the match-play draw with a 72 - three ahead of Fiona Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies), home from college in the United States.
The tournament continues at Arbroath on Saturday with the first and second rounds in both the scratch and handicap championships. The semi-finals and finals are on Sunday.
QUALIFIERS (CSS 72) 70 A Bushby (Strathmore). 72 D Dewar (Monifieth). 75 F Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies). 76 L Fenton (Abertay). 78 A Chree (Panmure Barry). 79 S Murray (Brechin), J Tough (Brechin). 81 R Wilson (Monifieth), E Easton (Brechin), J Brown (Monifieth). 82 S Raitt (Forfar), L Fotheringham (Abertay), S Arbuckle (Panmure Barry). 83 M Duthie (Panmure Barry), M Summers (Carnoustie Ladies). 85 F Millar (Carnoustie Ladies). Saturday's draws (8min intervals)
SCRATCH _ 10am Bushby v Millar, Easton v Wilson, Chree v Fotheringham, Arbuckle v Fenton. 10.32 Gilbert v Duthie, Raitt v Murray, Tough v Brown, Summers v Dewar.
Quarter-finals at 2.30
HANDICAP _ 11.10 E Adamson v K McNicoll, F Taylor v J Ganson, S Baxby v D Rawnsley, J Henderson v A Connolly. 11.42 A Smith v J Atherton, F Blair v A Hutchison, L Cowan v P Wickstead, M Thurston v L Falconer.
Quarter-finals at 3.10.
Prizewinners: Silver Division _ Handicap _ Class 1 _ J Knight (Kirriemuir) (11) 68; F Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies) (5) 70; A Chree (Panmure Monifieth) (7) 71. Class 2 _ M Duthie (Panmure Barry) (15) 68; E Adamson (Kirriemuir) (18) 71, L Falconer (Monifieth) (20) 72.
Bronze Division _ Scratch _ A Smith (Kirriemuir) 95; handicap _ F Stewart (Monifieth) (23) 73; S Baxby (Panmure Barry) (24) 75; F Taylor (Royal Montrose) (22) 77; F Wildsmith (Panmure Barry) (21) 78.

US College Golf

Scotland international Pamela Feggans crashed to a 9 at the par-4 16th in a nightmare final round of 83 in the NCAA Division 2 women's south regional championship at Stonebrook Country Club, Pace in Florida yesterday (Wed USA time).
The Ayrshire girl - a student at Florida Southern University - had progressively deteriorating rounds of 78, 80 and 83 for a total of 241, 14 shots behind individual title winner Charlotte Campbell (Rollins College) who scored 76, 73 and 745 for 224. Miss Feggans was placed joint 14th. Rollins College players filled all four leading placings and won the team title by the runaway margin of 62 shots from Florida Southern.
The only consolation for Pamela Feggans and her team was that they just held on to second place, by one shot from West Florida, and so qualified for the seventh straight year to go on to the NCAA Division 2 women's championship at Orlando from May 12 to 15.
In her final round, Pamela bogeyed the second, fifth, eighth, 11th, 17th and 18th apart from her quintuple bogey 9 at the 16th. Her only birdie came at the 12th. Her inward half for the 83 was 44, eighth over the card. In the second round, the inward half cost her 43 shots.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 224 Charlotte Campbell (Rollins) 76 73 75. 225 Ulrika Ljungman (Rollins) 74 73 78. 229 Mariana De Biase (Rollins) 73 77 79, Freddie Seeholzer (Rollins) 76 78 75. Other score: 241 Pamela Feggans (Florida Southern) 78 80 83.
LEADING TEAMS 904 Rollins College. 966 Florida Southern. 967 West Florida. 980 Central Arkansas.

If her showing in the Portuguese women's open amateur championship at Quinta de Cima is anything to go by, Inverness-based but New Zealand-born Liz McKinnon is already one of the top female amateur golfers living and playing in Scotland. Full story
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Kingsbarns Golf Links helps local children into full swing
When Kingsbarns Golf Links threw open its doors to two of the community's primary schools in February as part of the newly launched national junior golf strategy, clubgolf, they had little idea that almost half of the group would develop a taste for the game and return for the next stage of the plan.
Press Release

Tutors (l to r) Mary Hayden, Colin Hayden and Avril Cowie, with Bonar Bridge pupils
Picture Courtesy and Copyright © Robin Wilson

..and another Club golf story... Golf on the curriculum at Bonar Bridge Primary School

R&A News

The Past Captains, having conferred together, are pleased to announce that they have nominated Arthur Richard Cole-Hamilton C.B.E. as Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews for the year 2004-2005.
Richard Cole-Hamilton was educated at Loretto School and then at Cambridge University where he graduated with a B.A. degree prior to his National Service with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. In 1962 he commenced his career as a Chartered Accountant with Brechin Cole-Hamilton and left them to join the Clydesdale Bank in 1967. He served as Chief Executive of the bank from 1982-1992 and, in 1993, was awarded the C.B.E. for services to banking. Among the many positions he has occupied are those of President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Scotland, Chairman of Stakis plc and President of The Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Richard Cole-Hamilton joined The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1979 and has served on the Finance Committee, the Championship Committee and the General Committee where he was Chairman from 1994-1996.
He is also a member of Prestwick Golf Club where he served as Captain in 1987 and is a Past President of the Old Lorettonian Golfing Society. He remains a regular competitor both in St Andrews and Prestwick and plays to a handicap of eight although in earlier years his handicap was such that he regularly represented Renfrewshire in inter-county matches.
Richard Cole-Hamilton lives in Troon with his wife Prue and has three children, Joy, Sara and Johnnie, and eight grandchildren.

R&A News

The General Committee of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is pleased to announce that John Jacobs O.B.E. and Peter Alliss have accepted invitations to become Honorary Members of the Club.
John Jacobs, 79, has served a lifetime in golf and is generally recognised as being a pioneering architect of Europe's united approach to the present day game. Born in Yorkshire, the son of a golf professional, Jacobs' golf career included playing in the 1955 Ryder Cup and winning both the Dutch Open and the South African Match Play Championship.
However, it is for his work in teaching and in golf administration that he is perhaps more widely recognised. He was the first Tournament Director General of the PGA which led to the formation of the present PGA European Tour and his services to golf have been recognised by the award of the O.B.E. in 1997 and by induction to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.
Peter Alliss, born in Berlin in 1931, was also the son of a golf professional and at the age of 16 followed his father Percy into the professional game. During his distinguished playing career that lasted until 1974, he won three British PGA Championships, played in eight Ryder Cup teams, represented England in ten World Cup teams and won a total of 23 major tournaments.
Peter Alliss' early retirement from tournament golf has led to a successful triple career as a broadcaster, writer and golf course designer. It is for the first of these that he is best known and it was in 1961 that he first commentated for the BBC and went on to become the most widely recognised voice in the world of television golf broadcasting.


Wednesday 5th May 2004

West of Scotland Championship
The draw for the West of Scotland Championship to be held on Sunday 9th May at Ranfurly Castle is on the Renfrewshire Website

US College News

Defending champion David Inglis from Roslin, near Edinburgh is still in with a chance of gaining a historic fourth win in a row in the Western Athletic Conference college golf championship at San Joaquin Country Club, Fresno in California.
David, coming up to the end of his golf scholarship at the University of Tulsa, is tied for second place, one shot off the lead with 18 holes to go. David has had rounds of 67 and 73 - he bogeyed three of the first nine holes before getting an eagle 3 at the long 12th but a bogey at the 17th put him two over par for the day. Inglis is on two-under-par 140 alongside three other players who are one shot behind the pacemaking Graham DeLaet (Boise State) who has shot 71 and 68 for 139.
Tulsa (576) are in fourth place behind Southern Methodist (568) in the team event which is the all-important contest in the college managements' eyes.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 139 Graham DeLaet (Boise State) 71 68. 140 Scott Abbott (SMU) 69 71, James Allenby (Texas El Paso) 71 69, David Inglis (Tulsa) 67 73. 141 Casey Watabu (Nevada) 69 72.
LEADING TEAMS 568 Southern Methodist. 574 Texas El Paso. 575 Fresno State. 576 Tulsa.

US College News

Pamela Feggans from Ayrshire, in ninth place overnight, looks to be out of contention for the individual title in the NCAA Division 2 South Region tournament at Stonebrook Country Club, Pace in Florida. The Florida Southern University student shot rounds of 78 and 80 on Tuesday for a 14-over-par tally of 158. The leader with one round to go is Ulrika Ljungman (Rollins College) with scores of 74 and 73 for 147.
Miss Feggans had problems in her morning round, a triple-bogey 6 at the short fifth undermining her confidence. A double-bogey at the 16th completed a dispiriting morning effort. Unfortunately, the situation got worse for her after lunch despite a birdie the third. That was the highlight. It was all downhill after that. Pamela then bogeyed the fourth, ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th before crashing to a triple bogey 7 at the 17th. Her score for the inward half was seven-over 43.
Rollins College, who have players in all three leading positions, have command of the team title with a running score of 598, 42 shots ahead of second-placed Florida Southern.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 147 Ulrika Ljungman (Rollins) 74 73. 149 Charlotte Campbell (Rollins) 76 73. 150 Mariana de Biase (Rollins) 73 77.
Other score: 158 Pamela Feggans (Florida Southern) 78 80.

Tuesday 4th May 2004

Scottish Ladies Championship
The draw for the first round of the Scottish Ladies Championship to be held at Prestwick Golf Club on Tuesday 18th May is up on the SLGA Website

US College Golf

Walker Cup player David Inglis began his bid to win the Western Conference men's college championship four times in a row by sharing the lead at the end of the first round at San Joaquin Country Club, Fresno in California. Inglis, in his last year of a golf scholarship at the University of Tulsa, birdied the fifth, eighth, 12th, 15th and 16th, with only one bogey, at the fourth, in returning a four-under-par 67 for the 6,840yd course. His score was matched by Will Dodson (Southern Methodist) as they stand a shot ahead of Bobby Powers (San Jose State).
Tulsa are lying fourth behind Southern Methodist in he team event.
LEADING INDIVIDUALS 67 David Inglis (Tulsa), Will Dodson (SMU). 68 Bobby Powers (San Jose State). 69 Scott Abbott (SMU), Casey Watabu (Nevada).
LEADING TEAMS 277 Southern Methodist. 284 San Jose State, Fresno State. 285 Tulsa.

Picture shows group of prizewinners at the conclusion (last Friday) of inaugural St Leonards School, St Andrews junior golf championships held over Balgove and Strathtyrum courses, St Andrews for boys and girls, ages ranging from under nine years to under-13 years.
Copyright © Michael L Joy, Ian Joy Photographic, St Andrews.

St Leonards School, St Andrews, already sponsors of the SLGA Under-16 girls' open stroke-play have introduced a national event aimed at boy and girl golfers of even younger age groups.
The first St Leonards national junior championship featured boys and girls under nine years on the Balgove course and boys and girls under-11 and under-13 on the Strathtyrum course.
A spokeswoman for St Leonards School, June Caithness, said the tournament would become an annual event.
A total of 46 children from not only St Andrews schools but also Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Newcastle, Leeds and North Yorkshire took part.
Leading results:
Team Trophy - 1 Lawhead Primary, St Andrews (Under-9: Ewan Scott 72. Under-11: Andrew White 93. Under-13 Cameron Scott 96) 261; St Leonards, St Andrews (Under-9: Fraser Gillan 100. Under-11: Iain Watson 91. Under-13: Katie Dobell 100) 292; 3 Ascham House, Newcastle (Under-9: Nathan Edwards 101. Under-11: Basil Strange 126. Under-13: Charles Robinson 158) 385.
Under-9 boys - 1 Ewan Scott (Lawhead) 72, 2 Sam Heggie (Springfield Primary) 80, 3 Fraser Gillan (St Leonards) 100 (bih).
Under-9 girls - 1 Lauren Whyte (Lawhead) 100.
Under-11 boys - 1 Joe Stamper (Giggleswick, North Yorkshire) 84, 2 Iain Watson (St Leonards) 92 (bih), 3 Josh Jamieson (St Leonards) 92.
Under-11 girls - 1 Morven McCulloch (New Park Primary, St Andrews) 110, 2 Isabel Hinds (James Gillespie Primary, Edinburgh) 126.
Under-13 boys - 1 Alan Tulleth (Langlands Primary, St Andrews) 79, 2 Adam Starkey-Smith (Leeds Grammar) 81 (bih), 3 Bradley Snowdon (Leeds Grammar) 81.
Under-13 girls - 1 Katie Dobell (St Leonards) 100, 2 Inga Rowan (St Leonards) 145, 3 Dayna Watson (St Leonards) 161.

Monday 3rd May 2004

Prizewinners and Officials at the Northern Counties Championship
L to R Norma Scrimegour (Royal Dornoch), beaten scratch semi-finalist, Annette Strauss (Royal Dornoch) handicap champion, Liz McKinnon (Nairn), scratch champion, Isobel McIntosh (Inverness), president of Northern Counties LGA, Jenny Milne (Elgin), beaten scratch finalist, Helen Stuart (Muir of Ord), beaten handicap finalist, Kerri Harper (Inverness), beaten scratch semi-finalist, Anne Ryan (Tain), captain of Northern Counties LGA.

Northern Counties Championship

Inverness-based New Zealander Liz McKinnon won the Northern Counties women's golf championship for the second time in three years when she beat Jenny Milne (Elgin) 3 and 2 in the final over her home course at Nairn on Monday. [Picture right shows Liz receiving trophy from County President Isobel McIntosh]
Liz, 26, won the title at the first attempt two years ago before losing it last year. This time round there was never much doubt that Mrs McKinnon, with her Scottish husband Roy as her caddie, was the best player in the tournament. She set an unofficial women's course record of 71 on Saturday in heading the match-play qualifiers by seven shots and was under par in winning her ties with the exception of the semi-final. In the final, Liz was one under par for the holes played after standing five up at the turn. She won the second, fourth and fifth with pars before losing the sixth to a par and then won the seventh, eighth and ninth with a par and back-to-back birdies. Jenny Milne hit form on the inward nine with birdies at the 10th, 11th (where she hit the flagstick with a seven-wood tee shot), 12th, 15th and 16th but Liz matched two of them (the 12th and the 16th) to hold off her opponent's great rally and finish the contest on the 16th green.
"Roy and I set out to play the course each day, rather than the opponent, and I think it worked well," she said.
Mrs McKinnon, beaten finalist in the recent Portuguese women's open amateur championship, returns to Portugal this week to play in the Portuguese Open at Aurora, near Lisbon. She takes the place of her conqueror in the Algarve final, Gillian O'Leary who was unable to take up the Portuguese Federation invitation because of university exams. Liz has made it clear that she and her husband are paying all their own expenses for the trip.
The handicap championship final was won by Annette Strauss, a 13-handicap Royal Dornoch player, who came back from one down on the 18th tee to beat Helen Stuart (Muir of Ord) (12) at the 20th. Annette had gone to the 19th in the semi-final.
NORTHERN COUNTIES WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP _ Nairn GC Scratch - Semi-finals _ L McKinnon (Nairn) beat N Scrimegour (Muir of Ord) 4 and 2, J Milne (Elgin) beat K Harper (Inverness) 1 hole. Final _ McKinnon beat Milne 3 and 2.
Handicap _ Semi-finals _ A Strauss (Royal Dornoch) (13) beat A Burnett (Royal Dornoch) (25) at 19th, H Stuart (Muir of Ord) (12) beat H Cumming (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) (18) 1 hole. Final _ Strauss beat Stuart at 20th.

Aberdeenshire Launch Website
Aberdeenshire now have a website for their members.
Kathleen Esslemont who runs the successful North East Golf Draws site has started it. I've put it in the index on the left, so that you can find it quickly. Well done to all involved!

Pamela FeggansUS College Golf

Pamela Feggans from Ayrshire, a student at Florida Southern University, has been selected for the All-Sunshine State Conference women's golf team. It's a team that will never play a match but it is the American tradition of picking a line-up that reflects the best players in that particular conference or league.
Pamela is competing for Florida Southern on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week in the Division 2 South Region tournament, to be played at Stonebrook Country Club in Pace, Florida. The tournament is over 54 holes - two rounds Tuesday, one round Wednesday - and the top two teams will go forward to the Division 2 national championship from May 12 to 15 in Orlando.
Even if Florida Southern don't finish in the first two, and they should because they are seeded No 2 behind Rollins College, Pamela would still have a chance of qualifying as an individual to play in the national championship. The leading two individual players, not members of the two qualifying college teams, will go forward to the Orlando action.
Since the Florida Southern University women's golf programme was created in 1996, the Lady Moccasins have qualified for NCAA post-season play eight times in nine years. Florida Southern has won three national championships and finished as national runners-up three times. They finished second to Rollins last year after winning three straight national titles. Florida Southern returns four golfers who played in last year's (Division 2 women) national championship tournament, led by All-Americans Pamela Feggans and Sarah Coleson. Lake Wales' Angie Armstrong and Megan Riley also played in the national finals in 2003. Coleson is the only senior on this year's squad, which is ranked No 3 in the (Division 2 women) nation behind Rollins and St. Mary's (Texas).

ILGU logoIrish News
Denise McCarthy has joined the administrative staff of the Irish Ladies' Golf Union. She took up the post just three weeks ago after two years with the Irish Hockey Association. She is well known in both sports and as a member of Woodenbridge Golf Club played for Ireland between 1988 and 1995 as well as the European Team Championship in 1993. But, apart from her sporting background, in was her experience in Information Technology that brought her to the ILGU Headquarters in Clonskeagh in Dublin.
"I took a break from the competitive side of golf in 1998 but have recently returned to the sport. Women's golf in Ireland is entering a very exciting phase with recent International success and development of the Golf-for-All programme. I didn't expect such high activity with the administration of both domestic and international tournaments and there's never a dull moment."
Irish Ladies' Golf Union President Ita Butler said "We are delighted to welcome Denise on board" We already have a very efficient and loyal staff in Sandra Barnett, Bernie Cullen and Geraldine Carmody who have been terrific during this time of transition. There are so many aspects to running a growing organisation like the ILGU and with the arrival of our new Chief executive Sinead Heraty we are now equipped the with the efficiency and expertise required in the 21st century to continue to improve our service to our members."

Sunday 2nd May 2004

Karen's Weather Forecast
Monday is going to be a sunny day!

Welsh Strokeplay

THREE years of Scottish dominance came to an end in the Welsh women's open amateur stroke-play golf championship over the Ashburnham links on the South Wales coast yesterday (Sunday) when Curtis Cup team selection Danielle Masters from Kent won the title by two shots.
Vikki Laing from Musselburgh, now a professional, won the title in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
"Danny" Masters, pictured right, from the Bearsted Tudor Park and a professional chauffeuse had scores of 69, 70 and 77 for a nine-under-par total of 77 - a performance that will boost her confidence for her forthcoming appearance for Great Britain & Ireland in the match against the United States at Formby Golf Club on June 12-13.
Skipper Ada O'Sullivan will be delighted at the result for the runner-up is also a member of her eight-strong team. Welsh player Anna Highgate (Southerndown), who started the final round five shots behind Miss Masters, made up three of them with a 74 for 218 after scoring 74 and 70 on Saturday.
Strathclyde University student Clare Queen (Drumpellier), joint fourth after scoring 74 and 75 for the opening 36 holes, slipped back with a 78 for 226 which gave her joint 10th place.
Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch) was next best Scot in 13th place with scores of 80, 74 and 76 for 230.
Scottish schoolgirls champion Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) was dragged down to joint 29th place on 229 with a mediocre middle round of 87 after starting with a 74 and finishing with a 77.
Fife county player Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank) was placed 31st on 242 with scores of 78, 79 and 85.
Youngsters Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan) 83 for 243, Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) 84 for 246 and Stirling University student Dawn Dewar (Monifieth), 87 for 256, finished 32nd, tied 37th and 47th respectively in a field of 51.
Ashburnham GC, South Wales (CSS 75 75 75)
216 Danielle Masters (Tudor Park Bearsted) 69 70 77.
218 Anna Highgate (Southerndown) 74 70 74.
221 Sophie Walker (Kenwick Park) 74 75 72.
222 Stephanie Evans (Vale of Llangollen) 73 72 77.
223 Jo Nicolson (Wrexham) 74 75 74.
225 Sarah Jones (Pennard) 74 77 74, Joanne Hodge (Knowle) 72 77 76.
226 Kirian Matharu (Sandmoor)73 81 72, Lisa Ball (Matfen Hall) 76 77 73.
227 Laura Eastwood (Yelverton) 76 75 76, Clare Queen (Strathclyde) 74 75 78.
228 Henrietta Brockway) (Yeovil) 77 78 73.
230 Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 80 74 76, Shelley McKevitt (Reading) 80 73 77, Rachel Lomas (Hallowes) 74 77 79.
232 Cheryl Smith (Hallowes) 85 76 71, Jodi Ewart (Catterick) 76 79 77.
233 Emma Brown (West Wilts) 75 78 80.
234 Tracey Boyes (Meon Valley) 78 76 80, Natalee Evans (Pleasington) 75 82 77.
235 Breanne Loucks (Wrexham) 78 82 75.
236 Samantha Birks (Wolstanton) 82 77 77, Stephanie Brodie (Delamere Forest) 79 81 76, Lydia Hall (Royal Porthcawl) 77 77 82, Lauren Diggle (Celtic Manor) 75 84 77.
237 Kate Phillips (Creigiau) 80 74 83, Sara Mountford (Ormskirk) 77 83 77.
238 Michelle Smith (Hallowes) 83 76 79, Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 74 87 77.
242 Katie Walls (Taunton & Pickeridge) 78 82 82, Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank) 78 79 85.
243 Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan) 76 84 83.
244 Lisa Barton(Coventry) 84 80 80, Leah Occleshaw (Lansdown) 78 82 84.
245 Lucy Gould (Bargoed) 85 82 78, Fern Grimshaw (Weymouth) 81 87 77.
246 Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) 74 88 84, Amy Rees (Southerndown) 86 78 82, Holly Watkins (Tenby) 82 83 81.
247 Rebecca Harries (Haverfordwest) 83 84 80, Donna O'Connell (Burnham & Berrow) 78 86 83.
248 Melanie Peake (Rhuddlan) 84 80 84, Hannah Grant (Enmore Park) 83 88 77.
252 Sarah Morgan (Mountain Ash) 89 93 80.
253 Donna Jones (Caernarfon) 85 84 84.
255 Corisande Lee (West Lancs) 85 85 85.
256 Dawn Dewar (Stirling Univ) 83 86 87.
257 Sahra Hassan (Vale of Glamorgan) 90 84 83.
259 Annabel Silk (Corhampton) 82 93 84.
265 Rosie Vaughan-Jones (Cardigan) 81 88 96.
267 Janet Phipps (Gog Magof) 90 86 91.

Janet Wake writes:
Claire Hargan (Prestonfield), pictured far right, won the Midlothian County Championship for the second time today over Newbattle Golf Course when she beat Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse) by 3&2 in the final. Claire won the first with a par 4, but then lost her tee-shot at the second, where Kirsten had a 3 and squared the match.. Kirsten won the third with a 3 to go one up. Claire then won the 5th with a 4 to square the match and went one up at the 8th with a birdie 2, The 9th was halved in 4, then Claire went ahead at the 10th with a 4 to Kirsten's 5. The 11th and 12th holes were halved with birdie and par 3s. Claire was bunkered after her pitch at the 13th and Kirsten won hole with a birdie 4 to bring the deficit back to one hole. At the 14th Claire had a birdie 3 to win the hole and go back to 2 up. She won the 15th with a par 4 and the match finished at the 16th as the hole was halved in 5 and Claire won by 3/2. There were 9 birdies between the two players and the best ball was six under fours.
In the morning semi-finals Claire Hargan finished with birdies at the 13th and 14th to beat Karen Marshall (Baberton) by 5/4. Fiona de Vries (St Rule) had been out in 4 under par and was 5 up, but Kirsten Blackwood held on and gradually reduced the deficit and squared the match at the 16th with a birdie 3. The 17th and 18th holes were halved, with Kirsten winning through at the 19th.
Semi-finals - C Hargan (Prestonfield) beat K Marshall (Baberton) 5 and 4; K Blackwood (Glencorse) beat F De Vries (Baberton) at 19th.
Final - Hargan beat Blackwood 3 and 2.
B Championship
In the B Championship Jill Ireland (Newbattle) beat Pam Townsend (Murrayfield). In a tightly contested match, Jill had never been up. She squared the match at the 17th when Pam lost her tee-shot. The 18th and 19th holes were halved and Jill then holed a put to win at the 20th. Maureen Gardner and Mary Richardson (both Craigmillar Park) were the beaten semi-finalists.

Aberdeenshire County Championship 2004, finalists and officials

Anne Rae Sjavon WilsonSjavon Wilson, 19-year-old Portlethen girl, won the Aberdeenshire women's county golf championship for the first time over The Laird's Course at Inchmarlo, Banchory today. [Picture right shows Aberdeenshire President Anne Rae presenting trophy to Sjavon wilson]
After a ding-dong final against four times title-winner Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies), Sjavon won at the 19th when Sheena hooked into the trees and eventually conceded the hole and the match.
Miss Wood had been one up on the 18th tee and also hooked into trees there to be pulled back to all square.
Sjavon beat the defending champion, Julie Henderson (Inverurie) by 5 and 4 with level par figures in the semi-finals while Sheena earned a place in the final for an eighth time by squeezing through at the 22nd against Donna Pocock (Murcar).
Miss Wilson, who spent some time at McLennan Community College, Waco in Texas, won the Clark Rosebowl at last year's Centenary Scottish women's amateur championship over the Old Course, St Andrews.
Semi-finals - S Wilson (Murcar) beat J Henderson (Inverurie) 5 and 4; S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) beat D Pocock (Murcar) at 22nd.
Final - Wilson beat Wood at 19th.

Emma FairnieYoung Emma Fairnie (Minto), picured left, 16-year-old pupil at Loretto School, won the Border Counties women's championship for the first time her way at The Roxburghe, Kelso today (Sunday). The youngsters scored a notable 3 and 2 win in the final over an experienced past champion Judith Anderson (Hawick).
Semi-finals - J Anderson (Hawick) beat J Birdsall-White (Roxburghe) 5 and 4; E Fairnie (Minto) beat S Cuthbertson (Peebles) 4 and 3.
Final - Fairnie beat Anderson 3 and 2.

TITLE-holder Mary Smith (Tain) was toppled in the quarter-finals of the Northern Counties women's golf championship at Nairn today (Sunday). She lost by one hole to Nan Scrimgeour (Muir of Ord).
But another past champion, New Zealander Liz McKinnon, playing over her "home" course is on the trail of regaining the championship she won two years ago.
After being the leading qualifier by seven shots with a brilliant round of 71 on Saturday, Liz has cruised into the last four where, this morning (Monday), she will beat Nan Scrimgeour, the nine-handicap dark horse of the tournament.
The other semi-final is between Jenny Milne (Elgin) and Abertay University student Kerri Harper from Inverness.
NORTHERN COUNTIES WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP _ Nairn GC - Match-play first round _ E McKinnon (Nairn) beat P Morrison (Muir of Ord) 6 and 5, L Clark (Nairn) beat E Manson (Thurso) 2 and 1, N Scrimgeour (Muir of Ord) beat E Coghill (Royal Dornoch) at 19th, M Smith (Tain) beat S Mackenzie (Elgin) 7 and 6, J Milne (Elgin) beat E Munro (Moray) 7 and 6, A Ryan (Tain) beat C McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) 2 holes, K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) beat J Louden (Nairn) 2 holes; K Harper (Inverness) beat E Mackay (Nairn Dunbar) 4 and 3.
Quarter-finals - McKinnon beat Clark 5 and 4, Scrimgeour beat Smith 1 hole, Milne beat Ryan 6 and 5, Harper beat MacDonald 2 holes.
Handicap championship -
Quarter-finals _ A Strauss beat S MacDonnell 2 holes, A Burnett beat P Moscati 9 and 7, H Stuart beat G Hutcheon at 19th, H Cumming beat S Rowan 2 holes.

Ladies European Tour

Aboyne's Julie Forbes finished top Scot in the weather-disrupted Tenerife Ladies Open won by 21-year-old Italian, Diana Luna, with a nine-under-par total of 278 to take the 33,000 Euros prize at Buenavista Golf Club. It was her first Ladies European Tour victory.
Diana had scores of 71, 66, 73 and 69 to win by two shots from Welsh player Becky Brewerton who had 74, 67, 71 and 60 for 281.
Julie Forbes finished tied for 21st on seven-over 295 with scores of 72, 72, 77 and 74 and earned 2,706 Euros.
Lesley Nicholson from Haddington finished joint 39th on 302 with scores of 73, 75, 82 and 72 to earn 1,320 Euros.
Stirling University student Lynn Kenny from Dunblane did not earn any money for tieing in 54th place for the simple reason that she is an amateur player. Apart from her third round, when she had to play through the storm and gale-force wind that eventually suspended the completion of the round until Sunday morning, Lynn had three steady scores.
She had 77, 73, 83 and 75. Her placing in a field of 124 would have boosted her morale after the "downer" of not being selected for the Curtis Cup match against United States.
279 Diana Luna (Italy) 71 66 73 69.
281 Becky Brewerton (Wales) 74 67 71 69.
282 Georgina Simpson (England) 71 69 72 70.
295 Julie Forbes (Scotland) 72 72 77 74.
302 Lesley Nicholson (Scotland) 73 75 82 72.
307 Lynn Kenny (Scotland) (am) 77 73 83 75.

Lunch-time County Round-up

Sjavon Wilson, 19-year-old Portlethen girl, reached the final of the Aberdeenshire women's county golf championship for the first time at Inchmarlo, Banchory today. She beat the defending champion, Julie Henderson (Inverurie) by 6 and 4 with level par figures.
Sjavon, who spent some time at McLennan Community College, Waco in Texas, won the Clark Rosebowl at last year's Centenary Scottish women's amateur championship over the Old Course, St Andrews.
In the final Miss Wilson, who plays out of Murcar, will meet four times past champion and former Scotland cap, Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies).
Sheena had to go to the 22nd to win her semi-final against Donna Pocock (Murcar).
Semi-finals - S Wilson (Murcar) beat J Henderson (Inverurie) 6 and 4; S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) beat D Pocock (Murcar) at 22nd.
Defending champion Claire Hargan (Prestonfield) is through to the final of the Midlothian women's county championship once again after beating leading qualifier Karen Marshall (Baberton) by 5 and 4 in the first semi-final at Newbattle today.
The other semi-final went to the 19th before Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse) beat Fiona de Vries (Baberton).
Semi-finals - C Hargan (Prestonfield) beat K Marshall (Baberton) 5 and 4; K Blackwood (Glencorse) beat F De Vries (Baberton) at 19th.
Young Emma Fairnie (Minto), a pupil at Loretto School, won her way through to the final of the Borders women's county championship at The Roxburghe, Kelso today. She won by 4 and 3 in the semi-finals against Sheila Cuthbertson (Peebles).
In the final, Emma will play experienced past champion Judith Anderson (Hawick), a 5 and 4 winner over Julie Birdsall-White (Roxburghe) in the other semi-final.
Semi-finals - J Anderson (Hawick) beat J Birdsall-White (Roxburghe) 5 and 4; E Fairnie (Minto) beat S Cuthbertson (Peebles) 4 and 3.

Martin lairdUS College Golf

Scottish youths champion Martin Laird, the long-time leader in the Mountain West Conference college championship, was overhauled over the final round at Sunriver Resort, Oregon.
Colorado State University student Laird, a member at Hilton Park Golf Club, had gone clear of the field with a brilliant, eight-birdie round of 64 over the 7,568yd course and still led after after a second-round 73.
But the Scot's closing 74, with bogeys at the eighth, 15th, and 16th saw him relegated to fourth place with a five-under-par total of 211.
Ryan Moore (UNLV) shot 70, 69 and 67, birdieing the fourth, fifth, eighth, 16th and 18th in his last round, for a winning total of 10-under-206. He won by three shots from Laird's Colorado State team-mate Nolan Martin and Mark Warman (San Diego State).
Kevin McAlpine from Alyth, another member of the Colorado State team, was disqualified after completing his second round but was allowed to play on the final day and returned an 81, having scored 78 in the first round.
Colorado State (867) finished a disappointing fifth in the team event behind Brigham Young and New Mexico who both totalled 867.
Laird and McAlpine will not know until this week whether they and their college team have gained a place in the NCAA West Regional championship at the same Oregon venue from May 20 to 22.
206 Ryan Moore (UNLV) 70 69 67.
209 Nolan Martin (Colorado State) 72 67 70, Mark Warman (San Diego State) 69 70 70.
211 Martin Laird (Colorado State) 64 73 74.
Other score:
Disq Kevin McAlpine (Colorado State) 78 Disq 81.
867 Brigham Young, New Mexico.
873 UNLV
874 San Diego State.
876 Colorado State.

Saturday 1st May 2004

Welsh Strokeplay

Scotland's challenge, so promising in the first round, faded on the second circuit, leaving only Clare Queen from Drumpellier in the top 10 with one round to go in the Welsh women's open amateur stroke-play golf championship at Ashburnham Golf Club on the South Wales coast.
Vikki Laing from Musselburgh, now a pro, has won the Welsh open title for the past three years but the prospects of a Scot extending that monopoly of the title to a fourth year looks remote.
Strathclyde University student Clare has had rounds of 74 and 75 for 149 and is lying joint fourth but she is 10 shots behind pacemaker Danielle Masters with 69 and 70 for 139.
Danielle, who plays out of Bearsted Tudor Park, Kent and is a professional chauffeuse, leads by five shots from fellow Curtis Cup team member Anna Highgate (Southerndown) who shot 74 and 70 for 144.
Youngsters Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) and Gemma Webster) who had been in the thick of things with first-round 75s faded to 87 and 88 respectively in the second.
139 Danielle Masters (Bearsted Tudor Park) 69 70.
144 Anna Highgate (Southerndown) 74 70.
145 Stephanie Evans (Vale of Llangollen) 73 72.
149 Sophie Walker (Kenwick Park) 74 75, Clare Queen (Strathclyde Univ) 74 75, J Nicolson (Wrexham) 74 75, Joanne Hodge (Knowle) 72 77.
151 Laura Eastwood (Yelverton) 76 75, Sarah Jones (Pennard) 74 77, Rachel Lomas (Hallowes) 74 77.
153 Shelley McKevitt (Reading) 80 73, Lisa Ball (Matfen Hall) 76 77, Emma Brown (West Wilts) 75 78.
154 Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 80 74, Kate Phillips (Creigiau) 80 74, Tracey Boyes (Meon Valley) 78 76, Lydia Hall (Royal Porthcawl) 77 77, Kiran Matharu (Sandmoor) 73 81.
155 Henrietta Brockway (Yeovil) 77 78 Jodi Ewart (Catterick) 76 78.
157 Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank) 78 79, Natalee Evans (Pleasington) 75 82.
159 Michelle Smith (Hallowes) 83 76, Samantha Birks (Wolstanton) 82 77, Lauren Diggle (Celtic Manor) 75 84.
160 Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan) 76 84, Stephanie Brodie (Delamere) 79 81, Breanne Loucks (Wrexham) 78 82, Katie Walls (Taunton & Pickeridge) 78 82, Leah Occleshaw (Lansdown), Sara Mountford (Ormskirk) 77 83.
161 Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 74 87, Cheryl Smith (Hallowes) 85 76.
162 Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) 74 88.
164 Amy Rees (Southerndown) 86 78, Lisa Barton (Coventry) 84 80, Melanie Peake (Rhuddlan) 84 80, Donna O'Connell (Burnham & Berrow) 78 86.
165 Holly Watkins (Tenby) 82 83.
167 Lucy Gould (Bargoed) 85 82, Rebecca Harries (Haverfordwest) 83 84.
168 Fern Grimshaw (Weymouth) 81 87.
169 Dawn Dewar (Stirling Univ) 83 86, Donna Jones (Caernarfon) 85 84, Rosie Vaughan-Jones (Cardigan) 81 88.
170 Corisande Lee (West Lancs) 85 85.
171 Hannah Grant (Enmore Park) 83 88.
172 Sarah Morgan (Mountain Ash) 89 83.
174 Sahra Hassan (Vale of Glamorgan) 90 84.
175 Annabel Silk (Corhampton) 82 93.
]176 Janet Phipps (Gof Magog ) 90 86.

Welsh Strokeplay

YOUNG Scots Kylie Walker, Gemma Webster and Clare Queen were all in the top 10 places behind pacemaker Danielle Masters at the end of the first round of the Welsh women's open amateur stroke-play golf championship at Ashburnham Golf Club in South Wales.
Vikki Laing from Musselburgh, now a professional, won the title for the past three years.
Danielle Masters from Kent, one of three of the Great Britain & Ireland team for next month's Curtis Cup match against the United States at Formby, jumped into a three-shot lead with a sparkling three-under-par round of 69.
But Scottish schoolgirls champion Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) and Gemma Webster (Hilton Park) played very well in their debut in this event to hit the 74 mark.
Strathclyde University student Clare Queen (Drumpellier), getting over her disappointment at not getting a Curtis Cup team place, was also on 74 going into the second round of what is a 54-hole event.
Anna Highgate (Southerndown) and Shelley McKevitt (Reading) are the other members of skipper Ada O'Sullivan's squad in action at Ashburnham. Anna had a creditable 74 but Shelley disappointed with an 80.
Other Scots first-round scores were a 76 by Scottish girls champion Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan), a 78 by Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank), an 80 by Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch) and an 83 by Stirling University student Dawn Dewar (Monifieth).

Tenerife Open
High winds and stormy weather forced the suspension of third-round play in the Ladies European Tour's Tenerife Ladies Open at Buenavista Golf Club until 08.15am Sunday morning.
Scots Lesley Nicholson and Lynn Kenny completed their rounds in the atrocious weather and, not surprisingly, scored up in the 80s as the wind gusted up to 50 mph.
Lesley from Haddington had an 82, after earlier scores of 73 and 75, for a final total of 14-over-par 230.
Amateur Lynn from Stirling University had double bogeys at the seventh and 12th and a triple bogey 8 at the 18th in scoring an 83 (39-44) after rounds of 77 and 73. Miss Kenny's final total was 17-over-par 233.

Borders Championship

Youngster Emma Fairnie (Minto) has won her way through to this morning's (Sun) semi-finals of the Border women's county golf championship at The Roxburghe, Kelso.
Emma had a 4 and 3 win over Gillian Oliver (St Boswells) in the morning and then a 6 and 5 victory over Anne Dods (Torwoodlee) in the quarter-finals.
In the first semi-final it will be Judith Anderson (Hawick) versus Julie Birdsall-White (Roxburghe) and Emma's opponent in the second tie will be Sheila Cuthbertson (Peebles
Collated results
Match-play first round -
Judith Anderson (Hawick) beat Marny Waddell (Peebles) 9 and 8.
Wendy Wells (Peebles) beat Mags Morrison (Hawick) at 22nd.
Julie Birdsall-White (Roxburghe) beat Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee) 4 and 3.
Katie Massie (Duns) w o Jackie Preston (Peebles (scr).
Sheila Cuthbertson (Peebles) beat Karen Hughes (Minto) 4 and 3.
Sharon Patterson (Kelso) beat Alison Rutherford (Selkirk) 4 and 3.
Anne Dods (Torwoodlee) beat Kirsty Inkpen (Duns) at 19th.
Emma Fairnie (Minto) beat Gillian Oliver (St Boswells) 4 and 3.
Anderson beat Wells 3 and 2.
Birdsall-White beat Massie 7 and 6.
Cuthbertson beat Patterson 2 holes.
Fairnie beat Dods 6 and 5.

Aberdeenshire Championship

Leading qualifiers Julie Henderson from Inverurie and Aberdeen Ladies' Sheena Wood are on course to meet in Sunday afternoon's final of the Aberdeenshire women's county golf championship at Inchmarlo, Banchory.
Top seed and defending champion Julie reach the semi-finals with a 2 and 1 win over Ros Dunsmuir (Cruden Bay) and a 4 and 3 victory over Katie Thomson (Kintore).
Sheena Wood, on the trail of a fifth county title over two decades, won by 7 and 6 over Ann Smart (Banchory) and 2 and 1 against Lynne McPherson (Deeside).
The semi-finals will feature Henderson against Sjavon Wilson (Murcar) and Wood against Donna Pocock (Murcar).
Julie and Sheena met in the county championship final two years ago at Cruden Bay where Sheena was the winner but Julie won the title at Kemnay last year.
Collated scoreboard
ABERDEENSHIRE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP _ Inchmarlo - Match-play first round _ J Henderson (Inverurie) beat R Dunsmuir (Cruden Bay) 2 and 1, K Thomson (Kintore) beat J Harrison (Cruden Bay) 3 and 2, A Bowman (Banchory) beat L Urquhart (Banchory) at 20th, S Wilson (Murcar) beat P Wilson (Murcar) 3 and 2, D Pocock (Murcar) beat C Wilson (Murcar) at 20th, L McLardy (Murcar) beat M Thomson (Ellon) 2 and 1, L McPherson (Deeside) beat F Hay (Deeside) 3 and 1, S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) beat A Smart (Banchory) 7 and 6. Quarter-finals _ Henderson beat Thomson 4 and 3, S Wilson beat Bowman 5 and 4, Pocock beat McLardy 3 and 2, Wood beat McPherson 2 and 1.

LGU Medal Finals (South)

Ann Wilson (Portpatrick Dunskey), Gladys Kelly (Kirkcudbright), Robin McCulloch (Stranraer) and Irene Johnstone (Moffat) were the qualifiers for the Grand Final at Crieff Golf Club on June 6 from yesterday's (Sat) Ladies Golf Union Medal Final (South Division) in glorious sunshine at Thornhill.
Mary Scott (The Woll) and Anne McQueen (New Galloway) had net scores good enough to figure among the four qualifiers but were unavailable to travel to Crieff.
Collated scoreboard
LGU MEDAL FINAL - South Division - Silver Division - Scratch - June Laurie (Thornhill) 84; handicap Mary Scott (The Woll) (11) 72; Anne Wilson (Portpatrick Dunskey) (12) 74; Anne McQueen (New Galloway) (14) 76; Gladys Kelly (Kirkcudbright) (17) 77. Bronze Division _ Scratch - Margo Cook (Lochmaben) 95; handicap - Robin McCulloch (Stranraer) (23) 70; Irene Johnstone (Moffat) (22) bih, Patricia Dawson (Southerness) (22) 74; Gill Yates (New Galloway) (32) 75. Qualifiers for Grand Final at Crieff - Anne Wilson, Gladys Kelly, Robin McCulloch, Irene Johnstone.

Northern counties championship

Former New Zealand champion Liz McKinnon spreadeagled the field with a scratch round of 71 - five shots under the CSS - over her home course at Nairn in the qualifying round of the Northern Counties women's golf championship on Saturday.
Mrs McKinnon, beaten in the final of the Portuguese women's open amateur championship in March, finished seven strokes ahead of the next best qualifiers - defending champion Mary Smith (Tain), Kerri Harper (Inverness) and Jenny Milne (Elgin).
Liz won the Northern Counties title at the first attempt two years ago but was surprisingly beaten by Kerri Harper in last year's match-play.
Collated scoreboard
71 E McKinnon (Nairn).
78 K Harper (Inverness), M Smith (Tain), J Milne (Elgin).
79 C McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar), N Scrimgeour (Muir of Ord).
81 J Louden (Nairn).
83 E Manson (Thurso), L Clark (Nairn).
84 K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar).
85 A Ryan (Tain).
89 S Mackenzie (Elgin), E Coghill (Royal Dornoch).
90 E Munro (Moray).
91 E Mackay (Nairn Dunbar), P Morrison (Muir of Ord).
Match-play draw Sunday morning (8min intervals)
8.0 McKinnon v Morrison, Manson v Clark, Scrimgeour v Coghill, Mackenzie v Smith.
8.32 Milne v Munro, Ryan v McAndrew, Louden v MacDonald, Mackay v Harper.
Qualifiers & match-play draw (8min intervals)
9.04 S MacDonnell (Inverness) (16) 76 v J Buist (Forres) (8) 84, A Strauss (Royal Dornoch) (13) 82 v W Spencer (Muir of Ord) (19) 81, A Burnett (Duff House Royal) (14) 102 v A Drummond (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) (20) 83, M Orr (Nairn) (14) 83 v P Moscati (Royal Dornoch) (13) 80.
9.36 G Hutcheon (Inverness) (12) 79 v R Cruickshank (Inverness) (16) 84 , H Stuart (Muir of Ord) (12) 83 v M McMorris (Newtonmore) (23) 81, J Drummond (Nairn) (22) 81 v H Cumming (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) (18) 83, S Rowan (Inverness) (23) 84 v N Green (Nairn) (15) 77.

Stirling student Lynn Kenny, understandably depressed after her surprise omission from the GB&I Curtis Cup team selection, gave her self-confidence a big boost by surviving the 36-hole cut in the Ladies European Pro Tour event, the Tenerife Open, at Buenavista Golf Club.
Lynn made it with nothing to spare after rounds of 77 and 73 for 150. She had a two-stroke penalty imposed in that first round for taking a practice putt on a green after she had completed the hole -- which is a "No-No" in pro tour play.
In her second round the former Scottish amateur champion from Dunblane birdied the 10th and 13th and bogeyed the seventh, 12th, 15th and 17th for a one-over-par round.
Fame More from Chesterfield, one of the eight who were chosen for the Curtis Cup match against the United States at Formby on June 12-13, had scores of 81 and 73 for 154.
Scots who failed to score 150 and better and were therefore eliminated were Pam Wright on 153 (80-73) and Dale Reid on 155 (83-72.]
Julie Forbes (Aboyne) is in 12th place after a pair of 72s and Lesley Nicholson (Haddington) is in 39th posion after following up her first round 73 with a 75.
Rookie pro debutante Minea Blomqvist, 19 years old from Helsinki, shares the lead at seven-under-par 137 with Diana Luna (Italy). Minea has had 66 and 71, while Diana scored it the other way round, 71 and 66.

Four months of the year gone and rookie pro Vikki Laing from Musselburgh has still to make her debut on the LPGA Tour.
With non-exempt status, she is low down on the pecking order for getting into tournaments.
The only money the former Curtis Cup Scot has won as a professional was $2,070 on the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour earlier this year. She is still listed as the 29th leading money-winner on that circuit this season although she is unlikely to return.
Susie Laing, who is also based in San Francisco, is tied for 31st on the WCLGT money list with $1,870 to her name.
Top earner on the mini-tour is Canadian Alena Sharp with $10,070.

US College Golf

Scottish youths champion Martin Laird from Hilton Park held a two-shot lead after 36 holes of the Mountain West Conference men's college golf tournament at Sunriver Resort in Oregon.
Laird, a golf scholarship student at Colorado State University and ranked in the top 20 American college players, had scores of 64 and 73 for a seven-under-tally of 137.
Martin's compatriot and team-mate, Kevin McAlpine from Alyth, had the misfortune to be disqualified after a first-round 78.

Futures Tour

Heather Stirling from Bridge of Allan and Alloa's Linzi Morton were well down the field at the end of the first round of the Futures Tour Classic at El Paso, Texas. Heather had halves of 37 and 38 in compiling score of 75, three over par for the 6,955yd Underload Golf Complex course.
That put the former Curtis Cup player and past Scottish amateur champion in joint 40th place. Linzi, another former Scottish champion, returned a 76 (38-38) to be tied for 58th place in the 54-hole event.
Heather Angel from North Carolina leads with a 68 (36-32). The leading British player is Rebecca Proust from Surrey who is joint fourth on 71 (36-35).
Kent-born Australian Lindsay Wright is also on the 71 (35-36) mark.



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