November 2002 Archive
Friday 29th November 2002
STAFFING CHANGES AT ELGA
Sue Dennis has resigned as ELGA Secretary after almost two years
in the post. Press release
Irish Ladies' Website
I was just having a look at the ILGU
website. They have a very informative recent news item on Equality
Guidelines (find it under "News"), which I think any club,
contemplating a change in their constitution to provide equal status
for men and women, would find a useful starting point.
Thursday 28th November 2002
FARQUHARSON NEW SLGA CHAIRMAN
Mrs Ethel Farquharson, pictured right, from Aberdeen is the new
chairman of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association. She succeeds
Mrs Margaret Mowat from Ayr, whose one-year term of office concluded
at the association's annual general meeting in Edinburgh on Wednesday.
Mrs Pat Hutton from Lanark steps up to be vice-chairman.
Miss Joyce Cooper (Troon) will be entering her final year as president
of the SLGA.
Mrs Sheila Lord from Thornhill retired from the executive committee
after a five year term of office. Mrs Alison White (St Andrews)
resigned from the Executive to take up a full-time appointment with
the R&A.. Their replacements are Mrs Isobel Fairlie from Lochmaben
and an East Division nomination which will be confirmed at the first
meeting of the new SLGA executive committee. Mrs Jennifer Mack succeeds
Mrs Margaret Mowat as West Division representative.
Mrs Margaret Rodgers from Edinburgh takes over as Chairman of County
Golf from Mrs Louise Clark (Nairn) who will succeed Mrs Farquharson
as Chairman of Girls.
Mrs Hutton remains Chairman of Training.
INTERNATIONAL TEAM CAPTAINS
Mrs Elaine Farquharson-Black (Deeside) will captain the Scotland
team in the women's home internationals for a third successive year.
The matches will be played at Cruden Bay in September.
Miss Lindsey Anderson (Gullane) will serve a second year as captain
of the Scotland team in the girls' home internationals. They will
be played at Pyle & Kenfig, South Wales in August.
Miss Alison Gemmill (Barassie) will be captain of the Scotland team
for the European women's team championships, to be played at Frankfurter
Golf Club, Germany in July.
Veteran Dates 2003
If you are over 50, then here are some dates
for your diary for next year. The Fixture
List (see link in the left panel) has been updated. If you know
of any Junior Open events or County events which should be included
please email me.
Daily Telegraph Awards
Becky Brewerton (Abergele) has won The Daily Telegraph Golfer of
the Year Award. A shock exclusion from the line-up at the Curtis
Cup in August; she proved her prowess to the British Selectors by
winning the European Individual Championship and the British Strokeplay
at the end of the season, and was picked for three-strong team for
the Espirito Santo (Women's World Team Championship) in Kuala Lumpur.
Sarah Jones (Pennard) is the winner of the Daily Telegraph's Joyce
Wednesday 27th November 2002
Over 120 women golfers attended the Scottish Ladies' Golfing
Association Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh this morning.
The SLGA have been working on a revision of the Constitution for
the last five years, and their efforts finally came to fruition
when they presented their Proposed Constitution to the members and
the new Rules were adopted unanimously.
The annual per capita subscription fee for each playing member of
clubs (over the age of 18) will rise to £7 with effect from
1 January 2004.
Tuesday 26th November 2002
and Games in Portugal!
Gillian Roy is European Champion.
GILLIAN Roy, pictured right, tournament officer of the Scottish
Ladies Golfing Association, has won the 2002 The Glenlivet European
golf writers' open indoor putting championship. Report
Hope you are remembering that it's the SLGA AGM tomorrow at 11:00am
at the King James Thistle Hotel in Edinburgh. See you there!
Monday 25th November 2002
WEETABIX TO SPONSOR CHALLENGE MATCH FOR FURTHER THREE YEARS
The Ladies̀ Golf Union is pleased to confirm that Weetabix will
support the Weetabix Challenge for a further three years starting
in 2003. Press
Scots bound for Frankfurt
THE Germany Golf Federation, hosts to the biennial European women's
amateur team golf championshp next year, have finally decided that
the five-day event will be played at Frankfurter Golf Club, near
the international airport, from July 8 to 12. Report
Thursday 21st November 2002
Visit New York in 2004/5 and call in at the new USGA Museum which
has taken over the premises of the Russian Tea Room in Manhattan.
Wednesday 20th November 2002
Happy birthday to daughter Ali!
Stan Mitchell writes from McLennan Community College, Waco, Texas
on the progress of Heather Macrae, pictured left, and Laura Walker,
right, and he is recruiting for next year. Message
Tuesday 19th November 2002
Drumoig Management change
McColls of Argyll, the Hotel & Tour Operator based on the West Coast
of Scotland have been chosen to take over as the operator of the
Drumoig Hotel and Golf Resort at Leuchars, near St Andrews. Press
Monday 18th November 2002
County golf news (from Colin Farquharson)
ALL CHANGE AT NORTHERN COUNTIES
IT'S all change as far as Northern Counties Ladies Golf Association
office-bearers for 2003 are concerned.
Mrs Ann Ryan from Tain, a former Northern Counties team member,
succeeds Mary Law who had been county captain for the past two years.
Ann works full-time so Northern Counties are lucky she is prepared
to take on the job.
Mrs Winnie Ross from Elgin, sister of former North of Scotland champion
Susie Alexander (now Drummond), is Ann's vice-captain.
The new secretary-treasurer is Mrs Maggie Vass from Tain, sister
of Ann Ryan, a past Northern Counties team member and a former Scotland
junior international player.
Pat McLennan from Forres, who has played squash for Scotland and
has been a Northern Counties team player for many years, succeeds
Jenny Louden as junior convener.
As Liz Munro from the Moray club, Lossiemouth - a former Northern
Counties official herself - put it: "Isn't it refreshing that
all these past and current team members are prepared to put someback
into the county."
Not surprisingly, with the new captain and secretary-treasurer both
long-time members of Tain Golf Club, it will host the Northern Counties
LGA county championship from Saturday to Monday, May 3 to 5.
Tain, situated some 35 miles north of Inverness and eight miles
south of Dornoch, is one of Scotland's largely unsung links courses
that would be invited to stage events of national distinction were
it more adjacent to the Central Belt.
New Zealander Liz McKinnon (Nairn) will be the defending Northern
Counties champion. She took the title from the 2001 champion, Cara
Gruber (Royal Dornoch), over the Moray club's links at Lossiemouth
in the spring.
Golfing trivia question: What distinction does Northern Counties
hold over Scotland's 14 other women's counties every year?
Answer: The largest number of member clubs: 36. Second in the list
comes Aberdeenshire (32). Ayrshire and Midlothian are joint third
with 25 clubs each.
AS YOU WERE AT ABERDEENSHIRE
In contrast to next-door neighbours Northern Counties, Aberdeenshire
Ladies County Golf Association retains its 2002 officials en bloc
That means Pat Wilson (Murcar) will be serving her second year as
county captain with Morag Clapperton (Banchory) as vice-captain.
Mary Robinson (Murcar) is a fixture as honorary secretary and Karen
Stalker from Fraserburgh continues as treasurer.
Ethel Farquharson from Aberdeen remains junior secretary.
Friday 15th November 2002
There have been one or two County AGMs recently. Would any Counties
like to tell me of their
change in personnel? or anything else that they think would interest
Thursday 14th November 2002
Just like the 23 bus, nothing happens for ages and then three come
along at once!
Scottish champion turns pro in United States
THE American coach of Linzi Morton (Tulliallan), pictured right,
winner of the Scottish women's amateur golf championship at Carnoustie
two years ago, has confirmed that she has turned professional. Report
DEESIDE WIN ABERDEENSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUE
DEESIDE, pictured below, are the first winners of the Golfview Trophy,
presented by the publishers of a North-east golf monthly magazine,
to the champions of the AberdeenshireWomen's Scratch League. They
beat Murcar by 2 ½-1 ½ at Murcar in the final between the winners
of Section A and Section B. Report
Deeside team (left to right): Mariva Millership, Lynne McPherson,
Vivien Harper and team captain Fiona Hay.
Beverly Lewis to be PGA captain
It is not all that long ago that the Professional Golfers' Association
was accused of being male chauvinistic in its outlook, at least
by one of its female staff employees.
Which makes the news that the PGA is nominating Beverly Lewis to
be its captain in 2005-2006 a surprise, to say the least. Report
Tuesday 12th November 2002
STIRLING MAKES IT OFFICIAL:
SCOTTISH CHAMPION NOW A PRO
Scottish women's amateur champion Heather Stirling from Bridge of
Allan has officially turned professional. She has contacted the
Ladies Golf Union to inform them that she has relinquished her amateur
status and was, consequently, no longer eligible to be a member
of the LGU'S Great Britain & Ireland Elite Squad for winter training
and coaching. Report
I'd like to build a comprehensive Fixture List for next year. I've
added a new item down the index on the left - Fixture
List. If you have any dates that should be included, please
email me. I'm particularly
interested in publishing Girls/Junior Open events, and will take
Vets and County dates, and anything else you think suitable. Thanks,
Saturday 9th November 2002
GAINS US FUTURES TOUR CARD BUT LINZI FAILS
There was a nine-player play-off, involving those who finished with
totals of 305, for the last four places among the precise figure
of 38 (no ties) who gained full playing rights for the 2003 season
on America's No 2 female professional golf circuit which will have
roughly 19 events worth a total of 1.3 million dollars.
The good news for followers of Scottish golf is that our native
women's amateur champion, Heather Stirling from Bridge of Allan,
pictured right, made it with ease among the top 38, finishing in
joint 16th place after a final round of 76 for 300. Report
Friday 8th November 2002
FOR CLAIRE IN FLORIDA
Oregon-based Aberdonian Claire Hunter failed to survive the third-round
cut in the United States Futures Tour Qualifying School at Lakeland,
Florida on Thursday. Heather Stirling slipped back to joint 8th
place after a 79. Report
launches HOT NEWS
I've added a new feature to Kirkwoodgolf.
It's called HOT NEWS (there's
a link down the left hand side) I'm pretty excited about it and
I hope you will be too, as now registered viewers can post news
instantly onto this site, without my intervention. It means that
I can have a day off sometimes, and even go on holiday, without
worrying that you're left in the dark with no-one to publish the
I'm sure many
of you are frustrated that so few results get into the Daily papers.
Here's your chance to publish them on the same day as the event,
where you can be guaranteed that they'll be read by other interested
golfers in Scotland (and all over the world).
It is very simple... if you can read this page and type, then you
can post results on the HOT NEWS page.
To get HOT NEWS to work I need your
help... I need volunteers, ideally all round the country, who would
like to keep their fellow golfers informed of anything exciting
that has happened in their area or club. It could be as simple as
the results and CSS of a competition, the result of a match or an
announcement of a hole-in-one. Or it could be a major report which
would normally be on this page, but perhaps I'm not around to publish
about HOT NEWS here
and email me if you would
like to become a Kirkwoodgolf correspondent.
Thursday 7th November 2002
starts to bloom in Florida
Scottish champion Heather Stirling moved up into joint third place
after the second round of the United States Futures Tour Qualifying
School near Orlando, Florida on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old from Bridge of Allan shot a one-over-par 73 for
a halfway total of 145, five strokes behind leader Lisette Lee from
Los Angeles. Lisette is on four-under 140, thanks to scores of 71
and 67. Report
Wednesday 6th November 2002
Futures Tour Qualifying school
champion Heather Stirling, who has still not officially relinquished
her amateur status, made a good start to the United States Futures
Tour Qualifying School at Orlando, Florida on Tuesday.
Heather, from Bridge of Allan, matched the par of 72 with a 38-34
card to be lying tied for 11 place in the huge field of 300 which
were divided between the Eaglebrook, Imperial Lakes and Cleveland
Heights courses, all of them over 6,000yd long with a par of 72.
GB Long Driving Championship
Ever considered entering a long driving contest? Read this email
from Kathryn Massey, GB Long Driving women's champion.
Student News (Old News)
Andrew McArthur (Windyhill and Pfeiffer College) was second in a
Division II tournament which finished on the 27th Oct. See http://www.golfweek.com/articles/2002/college/men/30815.asp
Also there's an article in Golfweek on the California Women's
team who are leaping up the rankings. They were ranked 11th before
Hawaii and are likely to move into the top 10. See http://www.golfweek.com/articles/2002/college/womens1/30819.asp
Tuesday 5th November 2002
Ballater to host Scottish Seniors in 2003
Ballater Golf Club has accepted an invitation from
the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association to stage next year's Scottish
senior women's championship on September 8 and 9. Report
Monday 4th November 2002
Inglis 25th in US
David Inglis finished in a tie for 25th place with a three-round
total of 225 in the Landfall Traditional college golf tournament
at Wilmington, North Carolina (SUNDAY, USA TIME). Scotland international
player David, a member at Glencorse Golf Club, had rounds of 73,
78 and 74 to be the University of Tulsa's joint top scorer as they
finished in seventh place (900) behind winners University of Minnesota
(863), whose line-up did not include Scottish boys champion John
Hempstock who began a four-year golf scholarship there in August.
Nuria Clau, the Spanish girl who won the St Rule Trophy tournament
at St Andrews as a 16-year-old and who is now at student at Wake
Forest, won the women's individual event at Wilmington with rounds
of 71, 71 and 72 for 214.
Saturday 2nd November 2002
Claire fails at last hurdle
US-based Aberdonian Claire Hunter's transatlantic flight from Oregon
to compete in the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School at Grenoble,
France ended in tears on Saturday when she finished joint last of
the 59 qualifiers for the final day's play. Report
Friday 1st November 2002
Claire survives but Cathy KO'd
Claire Hunter survived a late wobble to make it through to the last
day of the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School at Grenoble, France.