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November 2003 Archive

Saturday 29th November - Sunday 7th December 2003

With Golf News practically non-existent, it seems a good time to escape to the sun for a week and I'm off to play golf in Morocco. I would like to say "Keep your eye on Hot News", but unfortunately (for you) Colin is coming with me, or rather I'm going with Colin, so there won't be anyone to paste up any news that does come in. You'll hear all about the trip when we get back!
If you do want me to publish news about anything golf related - email me.

Friday 28th November 2003

No News today!

Thursday 27th November 2003

Past Aberdeenshire county captain Mrs Margaret MacNaughtan (Aberdeen Ladies), pictured right, and Ms Dorothy Gordon, the Angus Women's County Golf Association secretary from Monifieth, are the new faces on the executive committee of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association following its annual meeting in Perth.
Mrs MacNaughtan, who has been given the Chairman of Training responsibilities, accepted an invitation from the executive committee to join the ruling body of Scottish women's amateur golf. Normally, representatives are nominated by their areas.
Nancy Chisholm (Prestwick St Nicholas and West Kilbride) takes over from another former Ayrshire county team player, Joyce Cooper (Troon Ladies), as president. Nancy was chairman of the Ladies Golf Union from 1997-1998.
Pat Hutton (Lanark), a member of the Scotland team who retained the veteran ladies' team title at Lilleshall Hall Golf Club, Shropshire this year, succeeds Ethel Farquharson (Balmoral) as chairman of the SLGA.
Emma Wilson from Fife becomes vice-chairman and continues as chairman of selectors.
At the SLGA annual meeting in Perth, a change to the CONGU unified handicapping system was approved by over 90 per cent of the votes cast.
SLGA appointments are:
President, Mrs Nancy Chisholm.
Chairman, Mrs Pat Hutton.
Vice-chairman, Mrs Emma Wilson.
Chairman of Selectors, Mrs Emma Wilson.
Chairman of girls' committee, Mrs Louise Clark.
Chairman of training, Mrs Margaret MacNaughtan.
Chairman of county golf, Mrs Margaret Rodgers.
Executive members, North: Mrs Clark, Mrs Dorothy Gordon. East: Mrs Rodgers, Mrs Wilson. West: Mrs Hutton, Mrs Jennifer Mack. South: Mrs Isabell Fairlie.
LGU councillors, Miss Nancy Duncan, Mrs Maureen McKerrow (Miss Duncan will retire at the LGU annual meeting in January and be replaced by Mrs Janet Brown).
Treasurer, Dr Lynne Terry.
Secretary, Dr Sheila Hartley.

Organisers of The Barclays Scottish Open today announced a special pre-Christmas ticket offer for next year's tournament, which takes place at Loch Lomond Golf Club from July 8-11, 2004. If booked before December 31, 2003, an adult season ticket can be purchased at the special discounted rate of £45 (£35 for a senior citizen) - a saving of over £25 on the full season ticket price. This ticket gives spectators access to the course for all five days of practice and championship play, including free car parking, at a saving of over 50% on the standard daily admission rates. Anyone booking season tickets before December 31, 2003 will also receive a voucher for a free copy of the official Tournament Programme. As in previous years, juniors under the age of 16 who are accompanied by an adult will enjoy free admission, provided suitable proof of age is presented.
The event, which is considered one of the most prestigious on The European Tour International Schedule, looks set to provide yet another great week's golf with an exceptional field expected to compete for the £2.2 million prize fund.
Full details of all daily and season ticket prices and Christmas gift vouchers are available by calling the Ticket Office on 01436 65 55 59 or by sending an email to

Wednesday 26th November 2003

The SLGA AGM took place at the Quality Station Hotel in Perth today, very ably managed by the out-going SLGA President, Joyce Cooper. Reports from outgoing Chairman, Ethel Farquharson, Treasurer, Lynne Terry and LGU Councillor, Nancy Duncan were concise and entertaining.
The reasons for the change to the CONGU Unified handicapping system were carefully explained by LGU Councillor Nancy Duncan. Opinions and comments were aired from the floor before a vote was taken. Over 90% of the votes cast were in favour of the changes, and the amendments to the LGU and SLGA constitutions were duly passed. There were some very valid points made by the ladies who spoke, and some of these points need to be presented for consideration when the SLGA has representation on CONGU.

US Student News

Walker Cup Scot David Inglis tied for third place in the prestigious American college golf event, the Western Refining College All-America Classic, at El Paso Country Club, Texas yesterday (Tuesday).
Inglis shot ever-improving rounds of 70, 69 and 67 for a seven-under-par total of 206 over the 6,781yd, par-71 course. It was the Glencorse player's best performance of a disappointing first half of the college season.
Chris Nallen (Arizona) led from start to finish, matching the tournament low record of 17-under-par 196 with rounds of 66, 63 and 67. Nallen, who won the long-driving and putting performances on the eve of the 54-hole event, did not have single bogey over the two days.
His winning margin - by six shots from Ryan Moore (UNLV) - was the biggest for 23 years.
Ireland's Gareth Maybin (Southern Alabama) finished joint 17th in the select field of 26. He had scores of 75, 66 and 71 for 212.
The standard of play was so high that 23 of the field finished under par for the 54 holes.
196 Chris Nallen (Arizona) 66 63 67.
202 Ryan Moore (UNLV) 67 67 68.
206 David Inglis (Tulsa) 70 69 67, David Schulz (TCU) 67 69 70, Travis Johnson (UCLA) 70 67 69.
207 Brock Mackenzie (Washington) 66 67 74, Alejandro Canizares (Arizona State) 72 70 65, Chez Reavie (Arizona State) 72 68 67, Matt Every (Florida) 70 71 66.
Other score:
212 Gareth Maybin (Southern Alabama) 75 66 71.

Tuesday 25th November 2003

US Student News

Walker Cup player David Inglis was lying tied seventh after 36 holes of the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic at El Paso Country Club, Texas.
Inglis, a member of Glencorse Golf Club and a golf scholarship student at the Universtiy of Tulsa, had rounds of 70 and 69 for 139. He is 10 shots behind pacemaker Chris Nallen (Arizona) who set a tournament record with a 13-under-par two-round total of 129. After an opening 66, he tied the course record of 63 in the second round. Nallen, winner of the curtain-raising long driving (346yd) and putting competitions, leads by four shots from Brock Mackenzie (Washington) (66, 67). Ireland's Gareth Maybin is one of 14 players under par for two circuits of the par-71 6,781yd course. Maybin, a student at Southern Alabama, had rounds of 75 and 66 for 141 to be lying 10th. The field is limited to 29 of last college season's leading players. Every student invited to compete earns $1000 for his college.
SCOREBOARD 129 Chris Nallen (Arizona) 66 63. 133 Brock Mackenzie (Washington) 66 67. 134 Ryan Moore (UNLV) 67 67. 136 David Schulz (TCU) 67 69. 137 Travis Johnson (UCLA) 70 67. 138 Chris Baryla (UTEP) 70 68. 139 David Inglis (Tulsa) 70 69, Emmet Turner (Augusta State) 71 68. Other score: 141 Gareth Maybin (Southern Alabama) 75 66.

Monday 24th November 2003

The SLGA are holding their AGM at 11:00am on Wednesday 26th November at the Station Hotel, Perth.

Sunday 23rd November 2003

THE Irish Ladies Golf Union is seeking a Chief Executive to take over the administration reins with the impending departure of Teresa Thompson who is retiring from the post of secretary which she has held with distinction for the past four years.
The ILGU website advertises the post as follows:
"Candidates will be seasoned managers, who can demonstrate an excellent track record of leadership and achievement at a senior managerial level in a medium-sized organisation. They will be strong communicators with positive influencing and interpersonal skills, coupled with strong media management abilities. They will also be in accord with the ethos and objectives of the ILGU.
"The renumeration package will be commensurate with the seniority of the appointment."
If you think you have what it takes to be Chief Executive of the Irish Ladies Golf Union,
send your CV to Barry O'Connor, MERC Partners, 11/12 Richview Ofdfdice Park, Clonskeagh, Dublin.

More Irish News
Tara Delaney, one of Ireland's leading girl golfers, is to join sister Karen at Kent State University, Canton in Ohio next autumn. According to the American "Golfweek" website, the Carlow teenager, runner-up to Karen, in the final of the Irish girls' closed championship at Ardee Golf Club in July, has signed a letter of intent to enrol at Kent State in time for the 2004-2005 women's college golf season.
Karen and Tara were first and second and well clear of the third placed girl in the 2003 Irish girls' Order of Merit. In the Irish women's Order of Merit, won by Trish Mangan, from Claire Coughlan with Martina Gillen third, Karen Delaney was fifth and Tara ninth.
Apart from Karen Delaney, Irish champion Martina Gillen (Beaverstown) and English girl Rebecca Wood from Glossop are already on the Kent State women's golf team roster.
Martina and Karen were not released by the Kent State authorities to play for Ireland in the women's home internationals at Cruden Bay in September. Ireland were still able to win the title for the first time since the 1980s with Tara Delaney's one-hole win over Alex Keighley proving of vital significance in Ireland's 5-4 win over England on the final day.
Now, with Tara bound for Kent State, it looks as if she might not be released to play for the Ireland team defending the title at Royal Porthcawl in September, 2004.
Other Irish players currently on golf scholarships in the United States are Maria Dunne at Bethune-Cookman, Florida, Suzie Hayes at Notre Dame, Indiana and Heather Nolan (East Michigan). Maria and Heather were members of the title-winning Ireland team.

Saturday 22nd November 2003

No news today!

Friday 21st November 2003

US Student News
From Colin Farquharson
Louise Stahle from Sweden has become the second leading Continental youngster to sign a letter of intent for a United States university. Louise has accepted the offer of a four-year golf scholarship at Arizona State - one of the top sporting colleges - starting in the autumn of 2004.
Earlier this week, Dewi-Claire Schreefel from the Netherlands signed a letter of intent for the University of Southern California and she too will join the American women's college circuit after the summer break in 2004.
Louise was one of the favourites to win the British girls' championship last year before bad weather caused the abandonment of the event before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final could be played. Miss Stahle, who hails from Lund, Sweden, was the No 2 qualifier behind Emma Cabrera (Spain) who was eliminated by Dawn Dewar (Monifieth) in the first round of the match-play. Louise reached the last eight - and then the championship had to be abandoned. She played for Sweden in this year's European women's team championship at Frankfurt.
Could Louise Stahle follow in the footsteps of her compatriot Annika Sorenstam who played on the American college circuit and then turned pro in the States, going on to reach her No 1 position on the LPGA Tour?
"Louise is going to be a major impact player for our programme," said Arizona State University women's golf coach Melissa Luellen. "She has lofty goals for herself. She would like to be the No 1 female player in the world and I believe she has the talent, drive and work ethic to do it."

The Scottish National Golf Centre at Drumoig, near Leuchars, Fife officially put up the shutters today (Friday). No progress has been made on the sale of the indoor facilities or the driving and practice range although the receivers remain hopeful. Only two of the 13 SNGC staff have been retained on a care-and-maintenance basis. The remainder have been made redundant.
The following Press Release was issue today (Friday) on behalf of the Scottish Golf Union:
Receiver Blair Nimmo, Head of KPMG Corporate Recovery in Scotland, has today announced that Scottish National Golf Centre Ltd, which operates the Scottish National Golf Centre, based at Drumoig, near St Andrews, is to cease trading with immediate effect. While the Receiver received a number of interests in the business and assets of the Centre, to date it has not been possible to conclude a sale and therefore it is with regret that 11 of the 13 employees will be made redundant.
Blair Nimmo, Head of KPMG Corporate Recovery in Scotland, said: "Unfortunately, at this time of year trading is such that we have had to close the Centre as it continues to incur significant losses. We will operate the Centre on a care-and-maintenance-basis while we puruse a number of interested parties.
"Obviously it is with disappointment that we have had to make today's announcement and we would like to thank all those concerned for their co-operation to date. Despite the present situation, we are still hopeful of achieving a sale that will allow the Centre to re-open."
The Centre, whihc offers state-of-the-art golf teaching, coaching and practising facilities, including an indoor practice area, incorporatingt cutting-edge coaching technology in the form of VI Digiala Coaching System, a gymnasium and fitness room, went into Receivership on Thursday, September 25, following financial difficulties as a result of the Centre failing to attract customers in sufficient numbers.

Faldo Series LogoThursday 20th November 2003

Happy Birthday to daughter Ali - 24 today!

New Look Faldo Series for 2004
Now going into its eighth season, Nick has decided to rebrand his junior series, unveiling a new name and logo along with an exciting schedule for the coming year. Press Release

Dewi-claire SchreefelUS Student News
THIS is the time of the year when American colleges recruit players for the start of the 2004-2005 season, i.e. August-September next year.
European names are conspicuous by their absence - with one exception. She's Dewi-Claire Schreefel from the Netherlands, one of the top teenagers on the Continent and a player who has been competing in international events since she was 12 or 13 years old. She was a member of the Continent of Europe team beaten by Great Britain & Ireland in this summer's Vagliano Trophy match at County Louth, Ireland.
Miss Schreefel and world junior girls champion Paolo Moreno have signed letters of intent for the University of Southern California, based in Los Angeles. USC are the reigning NCAA women's golf champions.
"We're very excited to have both players join us next season," said USC women's golf coach Andrea Gaston. "They're going to have a tremendous impact on our team. They will also add to the international diversity of our team makeup. Both players have a lot of experience playing internationally and have had opportunities representing their countries at major events. Their experience will certainly pay off and keep us at an elite level, competing with the best in the country."
Moreno, from Cali, Colombia, is an outstanding talent. She won the 2003 world junior girls championship, held at Torrey Pines, California. She also represented Colombia at the World junior girls championships held in Malaysia. Paolo was the 2003 Colombian girls champion and finished third in the 2003 Mexican women's amateur championship behind former USC player Becky Lucidi and current USC golfer Tanya Dergal.
Schreefel, from Alkmaar in the Netherlands, won the Dutch women's championship this year. She played for Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup match against the United States in 2002. Dewi-Claire (pronounce it DEVI-Claire) also was the 2002 French junior women's champion.

FIVE Scottish teenagers have been inducted to the Scottish Institute of Sport golf programme - Paul O'Hara (Colville Park), Andrew Rollo (Elgin), Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze), Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) and Gemma Webster (Hilton Park).

Claire-Marie Carlton

Kylie Walker

Gemma Webster

Steve McNally, the SIS high performance coach, said: "These young golfers have been recognised for being particularly talented in their sport. They will be given the opportunty to compete on this higher platform and I'm sure they will rise to the challenge." SIS service providers, including dieticians, physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches, have built profiles of each of the five, allowing individually tailored programmes to be developed.

Wednesday 19th November 2003

Ness Open
Inverness have announced that the Ness Open will be held on 26th September next year. Unfortunately this date clashes with the East of Scotland Championship at Ladybank.

FORMER Walker Cup player Lorne Kelly from Cowal has been appointed Head Golf Consultant of FirstPoint USA, a company looking to assist in the placement of young British golfers, male and female, on golf scholarships at American colleges. Lorne spent four years at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina and can speak with authority on the benefits.
"When I went there I had two of a handicap. When I came back, I was playing off plus three and I was one of the Great Britain & Ireland team who won the Eisenhower Trophy at Santiago, Chile in 1998 and then the Walker Cup at Nairn in 1999," said Glasgow-based Lorne.
"Apart from the improvement in my golf game, I gained a degree, so it was definitely worth my while."
Lorne stresses that he and the company are not simply looking for ready-made elite golfers who are playing off scratch and are members of international teams.
"The handicap guide would be five and under for males, 10 and under for females. We are looking for potential and targeting from the age of 16 up to 21. The boy or girl would not go to the United States at the age of 16, but we would be able to get the information across to them and their parents at that age just what is available in a year or two years' time. And you can start at an American college at the age of 21."
Lorne Kelly can be contacted at 0141 572 2005 or by e-mail on
There have been on average a dozen Scottish girls and a larger number of Scottish boys, at American colleges, over the past few years. Walker Cup player David Inglis (University of Tulsa) and Scotland international Martin Laird (Colorado University) are the best known Scots currently in the States. On the female side, Jenna Wilson, the Scottish Under-21 girls' open stroke-play champion from Strathaven, went with Scotland international Heather MacRae from Dunblane, to San Diego State University at the end of August. Full Scottish Internationalists, Louise Kenney (Pitreavie/Iowa State) and Pamela Feggans (Patna/Florida Southern) are also students.

Tuesday 18th November 2003

County News
Perth and Kinross award Honorary membership to Dorothy Farquhar and Audrey Scott
Dawn Butchart writes:-
The following two members were awarded Honorary Membership of Perth & Kinross County:
Dorothy Farquhar, member of the county since 1976, County Captain 1986&1987 - a member of the county team on various occasions between 1978 & 1991, has also held the posts of Match Secretary and Junior Convener.
Audrey Scott - a stalwart member of the County Team for 20 years, winner of the North of Scotland on 3 separate occasions this year being one of them.
After the retirement of our President Mrs Evelyn Aitken we are delighted to announce our new president as Miss Elizabeth Miskimmin, our new Captain Mrs Pam Drysdale and Vice Captain Mrs Janet Griffiths.

Monday 17th November 2003

Not much news today!

County News
Ayrshire are holding their County Championship at West Kilbride on 13-15 April 2004

Sunday 16th November 2003

Jenna WilsonUS Student News
from the San Diego State website
Jenna Wilson Named Mountain West Golfer Of The Month
Aztec Posts First Career Victory At Lady Aztec Invitational

Nov. 13, 2003
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State freshman Jenna Wilson was named Mountain West Conference Women's Golfer of the Month for October after tying for second at the Colorado/Heather Farr Invitational in Broomfield, Colo., and then capturing her first collegiate individual crown and leading the Aztecs to the team title at the Lady Aztec Invitational in Chula Vista, Calif.
Wilson began the month shooting a one-over 145 (77-68) and tying for second out of 94 golfers at the Colorado/Heather Farr Invitational. She followed that performance with her first-ever individual title at SDSU's own Lady Aztec Invitational. Wilson broke two SDSU individual scoring records en route to the tournament crown. Her 67 posted during the final round is a new 18-hole school record, while her five-under 211 (70-74-67) set a new 54-hole mark. Wilson became the first Aztec to win an event since the 2000 season.
Wilson recorded a 71.2 stroke average over five rounds in October and moved from 18th position on the Mountain West Leader Board to third. Jenna finished the fall with the Aztecs' top stroke average of 74.55. SDSU will resume action in the spring as they travel to the Wildcat Invitational on February 23.

Ann Mooney from Cork has won the European Lady Writers' Golf Championship in Spain.
Ann, the Irish Daily Mirror's Travel Editor, totalled 101 points in the stableford tournament played over four courses in the Murcia region - Las Ramblas, Altorreal, La Finca and La Manga North.
Mrs Mooney played off a handicap of 17, having started the golf season with a rating of 23.
Her prize was a Callaway two-ball putter.
"It's been a great week in very sunny Spain and to win this title at the first attempt is just fantastic," said Ann.
The men's title went down to the wire with Erwin Mulder from the Netherlands just pipping Matthew Lindsay of the Evening Times, Glasgow for the trophy on the better last round points total (37 to 31).
Erwin, managing editor of three golf magazines, plays off three and Matthew has a handicap of six.
They tied at the end of 72 holes with 127 stableford points apiece.
"Erwin and I were playing together so we both knew exactly the situation in the last round. I was beside the last green in two shots and all I had to do was get down in two, even three shots to win the title," said Matthew.
"Unfortunately, I did not have a good chip and then I took three putts to finish up with a 6 which made me finish on 127pt overall, the same as Erwin. But there was no provision in the competiton organisation for a play-off so the title went to him on the better last round."
Erwin won a Callaway Great Big Bertha II driver while Matthew also received a Callaway metal wood.
The tournament's main sponsor was Hacienda del Alamo where a championship golf course, designed by Dave Thomas, is being opened next year at a venue which will also include a hotel and villas.

Saturday 15th November 2003

Jessie Valentine opens Loretto School Golf Academy Facilities
Three-times British Ladies Amateur Champion, Jessie Valentine MBE, opened the new facilities at Loretto School Golf Academy, Musselburgh, on Thursday. Loretto has a double connection with the Valentine family. Rick Valentine, Jessie's grandson, has come from Hong Kong to be the new golf coach.
The Acadamy has recently recruited Scottish Girls Champion, Kelly Brotherton, to join Scottish Under-16 Champion Roseanne Niven and there are also a couple of Irish boy Internationalists, James Moran (16) and Nick Heather (16), in the ranks. There are now six players at National level attending the school. Their time-table is juggled around competition dates to ensure that these talented youngsters don't miss out on their studies.

Friday 14th November 2003

Shelley McKevittNew Zealand Amateur Championship
from the New Zealand Website:-
Great English champion wins women's golf title
England's Shelley McKevitt scored the biggest win of her career to win the Lion Foundation women's amateur golf championship at Mount Maunganui today.
The 24-year-old took advantage of a superior short game to beat Australia's Nikki Garrett 3 and 1 in the 36-hole final. The current British strokeplay champion stamped her authority on proceedings in the morning round, making five birdies - four of them on the back nine - to open a 4-up advantage after 18 holes. Garrett fought hard to reduce the margin to a two-hole deficit after 34 holes before she ran out of real estate. Both players were running on empty over the closing holes of their eighth round in four days.
McKevitt, from Reading near London, enjoyed reasonable success at No 1 in last weekend's Commonwealth Tournament, winning two singles and losing two. The former English Girls champion was a semifinalist in the English matchplay championship this year.
Garrett, 19, is a former New South Wales junior champion and played for Australia against New Zealand in both the Junior and Senior Tasman Cup clashes over the last 12 months. Although ranked sixth in the stroke averages, Garrett said indifferent form in the inter-state competition probably cost her as place in the Australian side for last week's Commonwealth Tournament. While she was solid off the tee, Garrett missed two good opportunities in the morning round but could not get close enough to make a serious challenge in the afternoon.
McKevitt was delighted with the results which she said was the highlight of her career. ``It caps off of a great year for me after winning the British Strokeplay title earlier in the year,'' McKevitt said. She said the performances in New Zealand at the Commonwealth Tournament last week and winning the New Zealand Amateur championship would help her standings towards making the British team for next year's Curtis Cup clash against the United States.
New Zealand's Stacey Tate won the New Zealand Plate when she beat Canada's Veronique Drouin 2-up in the final. Tate was 3-up after eight before the match was squared on the 14th. She birdied the 15th to regain the initiative, and won the 18th with a par. It was a continuation of a strong run of form for Tate who finished with four birdies and three bogeys. The North Harbour player had only one round over par this week - a one-over 73.
In other matches Annece Choi (North Harbour) won the Waddell Rosebowl Flight when she beat Judy Cameron (Waikato) 3 and 1 and Natasha Krishna (Auckland) beat Heather Warren (Australia) on the 20th to win the Waddell Rosebowl.

Captains and Managers announced for 2004

Sheena O’Brien Kenney has been appointed as Captain of the Irish Women’s Home International Team. A native of Dublin and a member of the Grange Golf Club, Sheena’s own International career started in 1973 on the Girls International Team. She then went on to play for Leinster in the Interprovincial Matches from 1976 to 1988 and also in 1995. Leinster won the title nine times during that period. Sheena made her full International debut in 1977 and has represented Ireland six times. Lillian Starrett (Cairndhu) has been appointed Manager of the Team. The Ladies Home International Matches will be played at Royal Porthcawl, Wales 8th – 10th September 2004.
Other appointments made
Charlotte Crowe (Tipperary/Ballykisteen) has been re-appointed as Captain and Jackie Quinn (Co Louth) has been re-appointed as Manager of the Girls International Team. The Girls Home International Matches will be played at Strathaven, Scotland 11th – 13th August 2004.
Pauline Martin (Woodbrook) has been re-appointed as Captain of the Senior Home International Team. The Senior Home International Matches will be played at Kilkeel, Northern Ireland 5th – 7th October 2004.

Thursday 13th November 2003

New Zealand Amateur Championship
Shelley McKevitt gets to the final
from the New Zealand website:-
International affair for women's golf finals
Tomorrow's final of the Lion Foundation women's amateur championship will be an international affair between Australia's Nikki Garrett and England's Shelley McKevitt (pictured right) at Mount Maunganui.
Garrett made a fast start and held off a comeback from Otago's Kyla Welsh winning 2 and 1 in the semifinal battle between the two players who were not selected for their respective national teams for last week's Commonwealth Tournament.
McKevitt, the British strokeplay champion, overwhelmed South Africa's Lee-Ann Pace 5 and 4 in the other semifinal. McKevitt made no race of her semifinal, streaking to a 3-up advantage after three holes and had the match effectively over when she went through 10 holes 6-up. The English player did not give any leeway, going on to win 5 and 4. The 24-year-old from Reading, outside of London, enjoyed mixed success in last weekend's Commonwealth Tournament, winning two singles and losing two. The former English Girls champion is the current British strokeplay champion and was a semifinalist in the English matchplay championship.
Garrett also made a fast start to be 2-up after five holes. Welsh missed a grand chance to grab one back after a strong drive on the sixth but a pulled approach shot eventually cost her a double bogey and the hole. She fought back to be 1-down after 10 holes before dropping the 11th to a lengthy Garrett birdie putt and the 12th to a bogey. The Kiwi pulled one back before she ran out of real estate, losing 2 and 1. Garrett, 19, is a former New South Wales junior champion and played for Australia against New Zealand in both the Junior and Senior Tasman Cup clashes over the last 12 months.
In the morning quarterfinals Welsh fought back to grab an outstanding win over Australian No 1 Sarah Kemp. Two-down after six holes against the second qualifier, Welsh won three of the next four holes to move to 1-up after 10 holes. The Otago player won the 11th and 12th to move to 3-up, before dropping the 13th and winning the 14th to retain her advantage. She eventually closed out the match 2 and 1.
Fellow Kiwi Enu Chung, 1-up after four holes, was1-down after 12 holes with both players making outstanding birdie putts on the par-5 12th. Chung went 2-down after 15 holes when she went through the back of the green before making a birdie at the 17th to close the deficit. However the Canadian made sure of her par on the 18th to secure the victory.
Pace was two-down at the turn against Canada's Eom Ji Park before winning the 11th and 12th holes to square the match. Pace took the crucial lead on the 16th before closing out the match 2up.
Garrett outlasted Scotland's Lynn Kenny on the 19th after there was never more than one hole between the pair throughout.
NZ Championship quarterfinal results:
Lee-Ann Pace (South Africa) bt Eom Ji Park (Canada) 2up, Shelley McKevitt (England) bt Enu Chung (New Zealand) 1up, Kyla Welsh (New Zealand) bt Sarah Kemp (Australia) 2 and 1, Nikki Garrett (Australia) bt Lynn Kenny (Scotland) at the 19th.
Semifinals: McKevitt bt Pace 6 and 5, Garrett bt Welsh 2 and 1.
Plate quarterfinals: Sarah Kenyon (Australia) bt Grace Jeong (Harewood, Cant) 6 and 5, Stacey Tate (Huapai, Nth Harbour) bt Robyn Boniface (Queens Park, Sthland) 6 and 4, Veronique Drouin (Canada) bt Jackie Little (Canada) 5 and 4, Sarah Nicholson (Hutt, Wgtn) bt Rochelle Miles (Australia) at the 19th.

Heather MacraeUS Student News
From the San Diego State website:-
Aztecs Save Best For Last; Finish Ninth In Las Vegas
MacRae, right, Finishes Sixth At Three-Over Par

Nov. 12, 2003 SAN DIEGO - San Diego State shot its best round of the tournament with an 11-over 299 on Wednesday to finish ninth at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. The Aztecs started slowly on Monday with a 314 but posted solid scores of 300 and 299 for a 913 (+49) total.
Heather MacRae's individual performance highlighted the tournament as she finished sixth overall at three-over 219, after posting a 73 in today's final round.
No. 4 New Mexico won the tournament by 18 strokes at 869 in a tournament field where all 16 schools ranked in Golfweek's Top 100 and eight were listed in the top 50.
MacRae earned her best finish of the season in a 54-hole event, and is the third Aztec to lead the squad in scoring in four events. Heather opened the week with a 75, before shooting a season best one-under 71 on Tuesday, where she posted four birdies. MacRae was more consistent in Wednesday's round as she recorded only one bogey to go with 17 pars on the day. Heather, a junior, is originally from Dunblane, Scotland but went to McLennan College before transferring to SDSU this season.
Senior Shayna Miyajima duplicated MacRae's final round with a 73 of her own and finished at 10-over 226 in 22nd. Miyajima posted scores of 79-74-73 in the tournament and for the fall did not post one score over 80.
Freshman Jenna Wilson fired a final round 74, her best score of the tournament, to place 32nd at 13-over par (229). Wilson finishes the fall with the Aztecs' top stroke average of 74.5 after earning medallist honors at the Lady Aztec Invitational and a runner-up finish at the Heather Farr Memorial.
Megan Mulhaupt also posted her best score of the tournament as she shot 79 to finish at 243, while Jamie Oliver shot 81 and ended with a 242. T
he Aztecs entered the tournament ranked No. 35 in the country but were without the services of senior Sandy Kim for the first time in the last four years after Kim injured her back in the final round of the Lady Aztec Invitational. Kim had posted the Aztecs' third best scoring average of the fall.
San Diego State is through with its fall season, and will have a couple months off before hosting the SDSU Invitational in February.
SDSU won its first tournament in two years during the fall and also earned a second place finish, and will attempt to advance to the NCAA Championships this spring.

Wednesday 12th November 2003

New Zealand Amateur Championship
Lynn Kenny and Shelley McKevitt through to the quarterfinals

From the New Zealand website:-
"There's a truly international flavour to tomorrow's quarterfinals at the Mount Maunganui Golf Club with five nationalities in the final eight - two Kiwis, two Australians and one each from South Africa, Canada, Scotland and England.
15-year-old Chung (Auckland) accounted for Great Britain's Anna Highgate 2 and 1 while Welsh (Taeiri, Otago) edged out Canada's Terrill Samuel 1up.
The main upset saw 18-year-old Eom Ji Park (Canada) dispose of top qualifier and Australian Amateur champion Katy Jarochowicz 1up.
Sheley McKevittIn the top half of the draw, Park takes on South Africa's Lee-Ann Pace in one quarterfinal and Chung meets Great Britain's Shelley McKevitt (pictured right).
In the bottom half Australian No 1 Sarah Kemp meets Welsh while Australian Nikki Garrett plays South Africa's Sandra Winter.
Park, winless in last week's Commonwealth Tournament, made a fast start against Jarochowicz, 2-up after six holes and 3-up at the turn. The Canadian was dormie-three up and withstood a late charge from Jarochowicz to win on the 18th.
Pace, who lost just once at the Commonwealth Tournament, was 2-up early against the diminutive Canadian Little, and held on to win 1-up, while McKevitt, square at the turn, won two in a row to hold off Canadian Veronique Drouin.
Chung had a fierce battle against Highgate. They were square after 13 holes before Chung reeled off wins in three out of the next four holes to claim the hard-fought victory.
Kemp, unbeaten at No 1 in the Commonwealth Tournament, was never troubled over compatriot Rochelle Miles, six-up at the turn on the way to a 6 and 5 win to remain the favourite for overall honours.
Welsh, who shone for New Zealand at the recent Spirit International in the United States, had to work overtime to dispose of Canada's Terrill Samuel. They were all square and even par at the turn before swapping birdies to remain deadlocked. Samuel succumbed with back-to-back bogies at the 14th and 15th and despite a birdie at the 17th, was unable to catch the Kiwi. The Taeiri player faces a mammoth test against Kemp in the pick of tomorrow's quarterfinals.
Garrett made three birdies to grab a 3-up advantage over the 18-year-old Nicholson with both players producing par golf on the homeward nine, the New Zealander was unable to close the gap.
Lynn KennyScotland's Lynn Kenny, pictured left, down early over South Africa's Sandra Winter, edged home on the final green and will face Garrett tomorrow.
Quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled tomorrow with the 36-hole final on Friday.
First round: K Jarochowicz (Australia) bt CM Lee (Muriwai, North Harb ) 6 and 4, E Park (Canada) bt G Jeong (Harewood, Cant) 7 and 5, J Little (Canada) bt H McCulkin (Australia) 1up, LA Pace (South Africa) bt A Simon (South Africa) at the 19th, V Drouin (Canada) bt SJ Kenyon (Australia) at the 21st, S McKevitt (Great Britain) bt O Hartley (Westown, Tar) 2 and 1, E Chung (Auckland) bt C Bristow (Westown, Tar) 1up, A Highgate (Great Britain) bt A Parsons (Australia) 1up, S Kemp (Australia) bt C Webb (Muriwai, North Harb) 5 and 4, R Miles (Australia) bt K Phillips (Great Britain) 2 and 1, T Samuel bt S Tate (Huapai, North Harb) 3 and 1, K Welsh (Taeiri, Ot) bt D Wells (Matamata) 4 and 3, S Nicholson (Hutt, Wgtn) bt R Boniface (Queens Park, Sthland) 4 and 3, N Garrett (Australia) bt HJ Kang (Whangarei) 3 and 2, S Winter (South Africa) bt P Newbrook (Springfield, BOP) 1up, L Kenny (Great Britain) bt T Kirby (Australia) 4 and 3.
Second round: Park bt Jarochowicz 1up, Pace bt Little 1up, McKevitt bt Drouin 2 and 1, Chung bt Highgate 2 and 1, Kemp bt Miles 6 and 5, Welsh bt Samuel 1up, Garrett bt Nicholson 3 and 2, Kenny bt Winter 1up.

US Student News
From the San Diego State website:-
Women's Golf Moves Into Ninth After Second Round
Heather MacRae Tied For Eighth After Shooting 71
Nov. 11, 2003 LAS VEGAS - San Diego State improved 14 stokes, shooting 300 in Tuesday's second round at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, and sits in ninth place with a 614 total heading into tommorrow's finale.
Heather MacRae shot a one-under 71 on Tuesday and is tied for eighth in one of the best tournament fields of the fall, with all sixteen teams ranked in Golfweek's top 100. No. 4 New Mexico is one of eight teams in the top 50 and holds a 15 stroke lead over the rest of the field after shooting two rounds of even par 288. SDSU entered the tournament ranked No. 35 in the country.
MacRae's round of 71 is her best of the year and was the sixth best score of the day. Heather began the day on the back nine and bogeyed three of her first six holes, but finished the day four-under on her last 12 holes. She shot 75 yesterday and sits at two-over 146 with 18-holes to play. MacRae is seeking her third straight top-20 finish and her second top-10 of the year.
Senior Shayna Miyajima shot 74 on Tuesday and is in 32nd at nine-over 153. Miyajima was one-under with four holes to play, but ran into trouble on her 15th hole with a six on the par-three. Jenna Wilson posted a three-over 75 to go with an opening round of 80 and is tied for 40th at 11 over. Megan Mulhaupt shot an 80 for the Aztecs final score of the day.

Futures tour
I was commiserating with Susie Laing about just missing out on her card for the Futures tour (see 8th November) but she is quite upbeat about it.
She says "Speaking to the officials of the tour, I will be able to play in all the events. Because I am on the top of the conditional list it really doesn't make much difference. That softened my dissapointment.
" Last year Linzi Morton and Heather Stirling were high on the conditional list....and they got into all the events so with that in mind I just have to go and make sure I play well. If I do well in the first couple of tournaments it will really help me."
NB. There were 15 amateurs in the top 50 qualifiers, and not all of them will actually play. Some of them are College students, who probably won't join the tour until the summer, and two are still in High School. Jay Coffin has written an article in Golfweek about the problem. Quoting from his article....
“Recently, we’ve become aware that there are players that are playing because it’s just another event to play in,” said Tracy Kerdyk, the Futures Tour’s vice president of business development and communications. “It concerns us. We just haven’t come up with a good way of finding and eliminating those players.”
"To add fuel to the fire, if any of the amateurs opt not to play on tour next year, the players next in line under the Priority 2 category -- nonexempt status -- do not get bumped to Priority 1, although it is highly likely they will be able to get into more events."

Futures Tour events start in March 2004. Susie says "Now I have to look for a REAL job to fund me through my Pro career. Looking forward to coming back to my homeland, it has been about a year. I need my accent back!!!"
Good Luck Susie!

Press Release
English Ladies' Golf Association
Success for England Amateurs at Ladies European Tour School

Five players from ELGA's World Class programme who have turned professional within the last twelve months have now achieved their LET cards.
Sarah Heath finished the season 83rd in the Order of Merit and won full playing rights for next year. Rebecca Hudson, Kerry Knowles and Kirsty Fisher returned to the qualifying school They were joined by Alex Keighley who turned professional at the end of the season. They all survived the elimination process and will be competing full time on tour next season. Rebecca Prout will continue to compete on the US Futures Tour.
The World Class Sports Lottery fund will continue to provide all these players with financial support and access to sports science facilities through the English Institute of Sport.

Tuesday 11th November 2003

New Zealand Amateur Championship
The four Britons who stayed on in New Zealand for the Lion Foundation Women's Amateur Championship at Mount Maunganui are all safely through to the match-play stages. Lynn Kenny (University of Stirling) leads the GB contingent in joint 11th place with two rounds of 75 and 72 for 147. Shelley McKevitt (Reading) is one stroke behind with 71, 77 for 148. The two Welsh girls, Creigian's Kate Phillips (76,74=150) and Cottrell Park's Anna Highgate (78,75=153) also made it into the top 32 and will play tomorrow in the top flight.
Australian champion Katy Jarochowicz fired a six-under par 66 to lead the qualifiers. The 20-year-old, who was not picked for the Australian team which won the Commonwealth Tournament last week, shot a two-under 70 in themorning, finished with a 36 hole tally of eight-under par 136 to be one shot ahead of fellow Australian Sarah Kemp. Full story on the New Zealand website .

Heather MacraeUS Student News
From the San Diego State website:-
Heather MacRae Leads Aztecs With Opening Round 75
Nov. 10, 2003 LAS VEGAS - San Diego State women's golf team is in 10th place after shooting an opening round 314 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.
SDSU enters the tournament ranked No. 35 in the country by Golfweek and is one of eight schools in the tournament in the Top 50. All 16 teams at the tournament are ranked in the top 100 in one of the better fields of the fall. Junior Heather MacRae led SDSU on Monday with a three-over 75 and sits in 20th overall. The tournament's second round will be on Tuesday and will conclude with a final 18 holes on Wednesday.
MacRae finished the front nine at one-over 38, but bogeyed three holes on the way in, along with her lone birdie of the day on the par three, 17th.
It is the second time MacRae has posted the lowest round for the Aztecs since arriving at SDSU from McLennan College this season.
Senior Shayna Miyajima posted a 79, the second best score for SDSU. Jamie Oliver and Jenna Wilson both shot 80 to round out the Aztec scoring.
SDSU is without the services of senior Sandy Kim for the first time in the last four seasons. Kim was injured in the final round of the Lady Aztec Invitational and was unable to play in a tournament for the first time in her career.

Monday 10th November 2003

Ex Scottish Internationalist, Valerie Melvin, has been blazing a trail this summer in the Metroplitan area of the United States. Read about her exploits

New Zealand Amateur Championship
With most of the Commonwealth players staying on in New Zealand this week, the strongest international field ever will contest the Lion Foundation women's amateur golf championship at Mount Maunganui starting tomorrow. Check out the New Zealand website for details.

Sunday 9th November 2003

Gullane Ladies'
Gullane Ladies' Golf club launched their Centenary book at their annual lunch and prize-giving yesterday. Shona Low, Margaret Sneddon, Ethel Jack, Kay McLean Ross and the late Connie Lugton worked together to compile an excellent history with many interesting anecdotes of the Championships and personalities that have been associated with the Club.
The British Championship was first held over Gullane in 1897, and returned in 1947 and again in 1970. Gullane Ladies' are looking forward to hosting the British Championship for the fourth time in June 2004, and also have several Centenary events lined up for September 2004.

US Student News

Th San Diego State Website reports
"The San Diego State women's golf team will travel to the Las Vegas Women's Collegiate Showdown to face some of the nation's best in their final tournament of the fall. The Aztecs are coming off of their first victory in three years, behind the medalist performance of freshman Jenna Wilson. The Showdown begins on Monday, Nov. 10 and runs through Wed., Nov. 12 with teams playing 18-holes each day in the 54-hole tournament.
The tournament field consists of 16 teams and all of them are ranked in Golfweek's Top 100, including eight in Top 50. MWC rival, New Mexico, tops the list in sixth place and is the defending champion of the tournament after shooting 880 last year. Oklahoma (11), Tennessee (22), host UNLV (26), and Kent State (27) also sit in the top 30. The Aztecs enter the tournament ranked No. 35, their highest position of the season.
Las Vegas Starters
Leading the team in scoring is freshman Jenna Wilson, who has posted scores averaging 73.88 in the team's first three tournaments. Heather MacRae cracked the starting lineup in each of her first three tournaments and has two top 20 finishes. "

Saturday 8th November 2003

Britain drew 3-3 with Canada to finish fourth of five in the Commonwealth women's amateur golf team championship at Remeura Golf Club, Auckland in New Zealand today (Saturday).
The British team, skippered by Pam Benka and including Scottish champion Anne Laing from Vale of Leven and Stirling University student Lynn Kenny, failed to beat anybody during the five-day tournament which is played every four years. Their only other half-point came in a draw with wooden spoonists South Africa.
Australia, winners of the title in 1995 and 1999, had completed a hat-trick of Commonwealth triumphs even before the final day when they were not in action. They won all four of their matches. New Zealand clinched second place by beating South Africa 4 1/2-1 1/2.
Anne Laing and Lynn Kenny went down by 4 and 2 to Canada's Mary Ann Lapointe and Terrill Samuel but Great Britain were able to start the singles level at 1-1.
The all-Welsh pairing of Anna Highgate and Kate Phillips beat Veronique Drouin and Laura Matthews by two holes after being all square on the 12th tee and one up after 16 holes.
Laing and Kenny were two down after 12 in the top foursome and then lost two of the next four holes to be beaten on the 16th green.
The singles were also shared, 2-2, with Britain's wins from Highgate, by 3 and 1 over Eom-Ji Park, and from Anne Laing who beat La Pointe 4 and 3.
Lynn Kenny went down by 5 and 4 to Drouin while Shelley McKevitt from Reading lost by 4 and 3 to Laura Matthews.Results:
Foursomes (1-1)
Anne Laing & Lynn Kenny lost to Mary Ann Lapointe & Terrill Samuel 4 and 2.
Kate Phillips & Anna Highgate beat Veronique Drouin & Laura Matthews 2 holes.
Singles (2-2)
Highgate beat Eom-Ji Park 3 and 1.
Kenny lost to Drouin 5 and 4.
Laing beat Lapointe 4 and 3.
Shelley McKevitt lost to Matthews 4 and 3.
Foursomes (1 1/2-1/2)
Sarah Nicholson & Jenny Park halved with Lee-Anne Pace & Esme Behrens.
Enu Chung & Penny Newbrook beat Sandra Winter & Ashleigh Simon 1 hole.
Singles (3-1)
Stacey Tate beat Tanica Van As 5 and 3.
Newbrtook beat Winter 5 and 3.
Chung beat Pace 1 hole.
Nicholson lost to Simon 4 and 3.
1 Australia 4pt (4 wins).
2 New Zealand 3pt (3 wins).
3 Canada 1 1/2 pt ( 1 win, 1 draw).
4 Britain 1pt (two draws).
5 South Africa 1/2pt (1 draw.

Futures Tour

Susie Laing from Troon failed by one stroke to earn one of the 50 player's cards for next year's Futures Tour, the No 2 women's pro golf circuit in the United States.
Miss Laing, who turned pro during the summer after completing a four-year golf scholarship at San Francisco University, finished joint 51st with rounds of 75, 74 and 75 for 224.
Play suspensions because of thunderstorms meant that 98 of the field of 300 playing three courses could not complete their third rounds on Thursday. The Futures Tour officials then decided to cancel the fourth and final round, stating that the top 50 when the third round was completed on Friday would be given full playing rights for the 2004 season.
Susie was joint 35th at the start of the extra day but gradually she was squeezed out of the top 50.
She does have Priority 2 Status for next year which means she will get into some events on a tour on which two fellow Scottish internationals, Heather Stirling (Bridge of Allan) and Linzi Morton (Tulliallan), campaigned last year and retained player's cards for the 2004 season.
Lyndsey Devenish, daughter of a Cruden Bay hotelier, finished joint 187th with rounds of 81, 77 and 80 for 238. Lyndsey was a San Francisco University golf team-mate of Susie Laing. She entered the Futures Tour School as an amateur.
(US unless stated)
211 Summer Sirmons 71 67 73, Courtney Wood (a) 69 70 72, Sung Ah Yim (Korea) 75 68 68.
212 Nicolle Dalkas 74 70 68.
213 Naree Song (Korea) (a) 69 71 73, Li Chun Zang (China) 72 70 71..
214 Seon-Hwa Lee (Korea) 69 71 74.
215 Stella Lee (Korea) (a) 68 71 76, Paula Creamer (a) 74 72 69.
216 Malinda Johnson (a) 73 74 69, Mee Na Lee (Korea) 75 70 71, Sarah Johnston (a) 75 70 71.
Other scores:
Joint 51st
224 Susie Laing (Scotland) 75 74 75.
Joint 141st
233 Lisa Meredith-Seary (England) (a) 79 77 77.
Joint 187th
238 Lyndsey Devenish (Scotland) (a) 81 77 80.
Joint 208th
241 Jo Clingan (England) 76 78 87.

Friday 7th November 2003

Commonwealth Tournament

Britain face a last-day fight to avoid the wooden spoon after losing 4-2 to New Zealand on the fourth day of the Commonwealth women's amateur team championship at Remeura Golf Club, Auckland in New Zealand today (Friday).
Stirling University student Lynn Kenny, in partnership with Shelley McKevitt from Reading, halved her foursomes tie and also her singles match against Penny Newbrook.
Anna HighgateBritain trailed 1 1/2-1/2 after the foursomes and lost the singles 2 1/2-1 1/2. Anna Highgate from Wales, pictured right, was the only British winner in the singles. Scottish champion Anne Laing from Vale of Leven was not fielded in either the singles or the foursomes by skipper Pam Benka.
Australia, winners in 1995 and 1999 of the title in this tournament which is played only every four years, made it a hat-trick of championships by beating Canada 3 1/2-2 1/2. The Aussies finished their programme with four wins out of four - an beatable record.
Britain, earlier beaten by Australia and held to a draw by South Africa, complete their fixtures with a match against Canada while New Zealand play South Africa.
In the foursomes Kenny and McKevitt halved with Nicholson and Jenny Park after being two down at the turn. But the all-Welsh combination of Highgate and Kate Phillips suffered their third foursomes defeat. They went down by one hole to Enu Chung, only 15 years old, and Newbrook. Phillips and McKevitt lost their singles ties.

GB&I team with Captain Pam Benka
and trolley-puller Shelley.

Picture courtesy of Barbara Aitken

Foursomes (1/2-1 1 1/2) Lynn Kenny & Shelley McKevitt halved with Sarah Nicholson & Jenny Park. Anna Highgate & Kate Phillips lost to Enu Chung & Penny Newbrook 1 hole.
Singles (1 1/2-2 1/2) Highgate beat Stacey Tate 2 and 1. Kenny halved with Newbrook. Phillips lost to Chung 1 hole. McKevitt lost to Nicholson 2 and 1.
Foursomes (1 1/2-1/2) Mary Ann Lapointe & Terrill Samuel halved with Sarah Kenyon & Anna Parsons. Laura Matthews & Veronique Drouin beat Sarah Kemp & Misun Cho 1 hole.
Singles (1-3) Matthews lost to Parsons 1 hole. Eom-Ji Park lost to Cho 3 and 2 Drouin beat Kenyon 2 and 1
Points totals
Australia 4, New Zealand 2, Canada 1, Great Britain 1/2, South Africa 1/2.


Susie LaingFutures Tour Qualifying School

Susie Laing from Troon, pictured right, faces a nerve-racking wait to see if she has earned one of the 50 player's cards for next year's Futures Tour, the No 2 women's pro golf circuit in the United States. But for her former San Francisco University team-mate, Lyndsey Devenish from Cruden Bay, the Final Qualifying School at Lakeland, Florida is over - and she failed to make the grade.
Play suspensions because of thunderstorms meant that 98 of the field of 300 playing three courses could not complete their third rounds. The Futures Tour officials then decided to cancel the fourth and final round, stating that the top 50 when the third round was completed on Friday would be given playing rights for the 2004 season. In the event of a tie for 50th place, there will be a play-off.
Susie Laing finished with rounds of 75, 74 and 75 for 224 and is currently in joint 35th position.
A total of 22 of the players still to finish had the same 36-hole total (149) or better than Miss Laing so the odds are that she will be squeezed out of the top 50 when everyone is back in the clubhouse. But it's a close enough situation - and one she can do nothing about - to keep Susie on tenterhooks as she watches the third-round scores going up on the board.
For Lyndsey it is back to amateur golf. Unlike Miss Laing, who is a rookie pro and has won money on some of the other mini-tours already this year since leaving San Francisco University, Miss Devenish, daughter of a Cruden Bay hotelier, entered the Futures Tour Qualifying School as an amateur. She had scores of 81, 77 and 80 for 238 and tied for 121st place in the completed totals.
LEADING FINAL TOTALS +98 players still to finish (US unless stated) 211 Summer Sirmons 71 67 73, Courtney Wood (a) 69 70 72. 213 Naree Song (Korea) (a) 69 71 73. 214 Seon-Hwa Lee (Korea) 69 71 74. 215 Stella Lee (Korea) (a) 68 71 76. 216 Sara Johnston (a) 75 70 71.
Other scores: Joint 35th 224 Susie Laing (Scotland) 75 74 75. Joint 121st 238 Lyndsey Devenish (Scotland) 81 77 80. Still to finish 154 Jo Clingan (England) 76 78. 156 Lisa Meredith-Seary (England) (a) 79 77.

Emily OgilvieUS Student News

Former Dollar Academy pupil Emily Ogilvy from Dunning, now a golf scholarship student at Sam Houston State University, Texas, finished eighth in the Ellingson Fall Classic women's golf tournament at Waterwood National Golf Club, Huntsville in Texas. Emily had rounds of 72, 78 and 72 for a total of 232 - 16 shots behind individual winner Ashleigh Simmons (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) who had scores of 70, 73 and 73.
Emily's effort helped Sam Houston State (933) finish runners-up to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (931) in the team event.

Thursday 6th November 2003

Lynn KennyCommonwealth Tournament

Stirling University student Lynn Kenny, right, from Dunblane won both her foursomes and singles tie but Britain were still held to a 3-3 draw by South AFrica on the third day of the Commonwealth women's amateur team championship at Remeura Golf Club, Auckland in New Zealand today (THURSDAY).
Defending champions Australia beat New Zealand 4 1/2-1 1/2 and top the table with 3 wins from 3 games. Canada and New Zealand share second place with one win each. Britain and South Africa share the bottom spot with half-a-point apiece.
Kenny and Shelley McKevitt from Reading were two down at the turn to Tanica Van As and Lee-Anne Pace but then won five of the next 6 holes for a 3 and 2 win. Lynn then won the top singles by 5 and 4 over Esme Behrens. Scottish champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), dropped from the foursomes by skipper Pam Benka, lost her singles title by 2 and 1 to Sandra Winter. After sharing the foursomes 1-1, it took a 2 and 1 win by McKevitt over Ashleigh Simon in the last singles tie to salvage half a point for Britain. Anna Highgate was whipped 8 and 7 by Lee-Anne Pace
Foursomes (1-1) Lynn Kenny & Shelley McKevitt beat Tanica Van As & Lee-Anne Pace 3 and 2. Anna Highgate & Kate Phillips lost to Sandra Winter & Ashleigh Simons 5 and 3.
Singles (2-2) Kenny beat Esme Behrens 5 and 4. Anne Laing lost to Winter 2 and 1. Highgate lost to Pace 8 and 7. McKevitt beat Simon 2 and 1.
Foursomes (1-1) Sarah Nicholson & Jenny Park beat Sarah-Jane Kenyon & Anna Parsons 2 holes. Enu Chung & Penny Newbrook lost to Sarah Kemp & Misun Cho 4 and 3.
Singles (1/2-3 1/2) Park lost to Rochelle Miles 5 and 3. Stacey Tae lost to Cho 2 and 1. Chung lost to Kenyon 2 and 1. Nicholson halved with Kemp.
1 Australia 3pt,
2 Canada & New Zealand 1pt,
4 Britain & South Africa 1/2pt.

Stop Press
Lynn Kenny has emailed to say she is suffering from shin splints.. sounds painful! She was chosen for the foursomes on Wednesday but had to withdraw. Obviously better today (Thursday)... Well done , Lynn!

Susie LaingFutures Tour Qualifying School
Susie Laing (Troon), pictured right, with a second round, two-over-par 74 for a total of 149, is in joint 40th position in a field of 300 vying for a place on next year's Futures Tour. Her University of San Francisco teammate, Lyndsey Devenish, who has not yet committed herself to professional golf, improved on her first round 81 with a 77 for 158 and is lying 145th.
Summer Sirmons, an ex University of Georgia student, is in the lead with 67, 71 for 138.

County News
Claire Hargan has been awarded Honorary Membership by Dunbartonshire and Argyll. Congratulations!
Report on the Midlothian website.

2004 Senior Dates
I've been sent the following Seniors dates.. Now you can plan your holidays!

25-28 January Portuguese Seniors Vilamoura Old Course, Portugal
19-22 February Spanish Federation Seniors Castellon (Valencia), spain
8-9 March French Seniors Cote d'Azur (Cannes - Mougins), France
23-26 March ESWGA Canary Islands, Spain
31 March- 1 April Open Simone Thion de la Chaume Chantaco, France
28-30 April International Foursomes Ravenstein, Belgium
4-7 May Italian Seniors Le Pavoniere (Florence), Italy
? June Dutch Seniors Twensche GC, Netherlands
10-12 June European Individual Seniors (EGA) La Baule (France)
15-17 June Swiss Seniors  
28 June -1 July Austrian Seniors  
9-10 July Swedish (60-70 years old) Grappas Gothenburg, Sweden
9-11 July Swedish (35-50 years old) St Lunby, Sweden
23-25 July Finnish Seniors Turku, Finland
15-16 September Irish Seniors Seapoint, Ireland
21-23 September British Seniors Portstewart, Northern Ireland
14 October USGA Seniors Pasatiempo, California


Wednesday 5th November 2003

Lyndsey DevenishFutures Tour Qualifying School
Troon's Susannah Laing, left, and Aberdeenshire's Lyndsey Devenish, right, are both competing in the Futures Tour Qualifying School at Lakeland, Florida.
Fledgling Pro Susie scored 75 in the first round and is in joint 55th place. Lyndsey (playing as an amateur) had an 81 and is lying 195th. Leading is amateur Stella Lee from Seoul, Korea with a 68.
The tournament is being contested over three golf courses, all playing at par 72. The 300-player field will be rotated on each course for the first three rounds, with competition held simultaneously on Cleveland Heights Golf Course, Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club and Schalamar Creek Golf Club. A cut will be made after 54 holes for the low 100 scores and ties. Friday’s final round will be contested at Cleveland Heights.

Gibson Cup
Please note that the Gibson Cup will be played over the Braids, Edinburgh on October 2&3 next year.

Commonwealth Tournament
Scots Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) and Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) finished the day pointless as Great Britain were beaten 4-2 by defending champions Australia in their opening match of the Commonwealth women's amateur team golf championship over the Remeura Golf Club course at Auckland, New Zealand.
Anne and Shelley McKevitt (Reading) lost their foursomes time by 2 and 1. Then Miss Laing was beaten 4 and 2 in the top singles by Australian champion Sarah Kemp. Miss Kemp won three out of four holes in a mid-round decisive swing in her favour.
Lynn Kenny, who was not chosen for the foursomes, was well beaten 7 and 5 in the singles by 16-year-old Misun Cho who had three birdies.
Australia were the only team with a 100 per cent record (two wins out of two) as play moved into its third day.
Day 2 scoreboard
Foursomes: S J Kenyon & A Parsons beat A Highgate & K Phillips 2 and 1; S Kemp & M Cho beat A Laing & S McKevitt 2 and 1 (0-2)
Singles: Kemp beat Laing 4 and 2, Kenyon lost to McKevitt 1 hole, Cho beat L Kenny 7 and 5, Parsons lost to Phillips 2 holes (2-2).
Foursomes: E J Park & T Samuel beat T Van As & L Pace 1 hole; L Matthews & V Drouin beat A Simon & S Winter 2 and 1 (2-0).
Singles: Park lost to Simon 2 and 1, Matthews beat Winter 8 and 6, Drouin lost to Pace 1 hole, M A Lapointe beat Van As 4 and 3 (2-2).

Tuesday 4th November 2003

Michael Innes Black
son of Scottish Captain, Elaine F-B.

Last time you saw him he was 5 days old...
now he is five weeks...
Wish I had a doughnut to sleep in!

Commonwealth Tournament
New Zealand and Australia scored wins on the first day of play in difficult conditions at the Commonwealth Golf Tournament held at Remuera Golf Club in Auckland.
The Kiwi team beat Canada five matches to one while favourites Australia accounted for South Africa four and a half to one and a half.
Going into the singles New Zealand was ahead one and half to a half after some solid golf in the foursomes having to contend with heavy rain and wind.
Jenny Park and Sarah Nicholson squaring the contest against Veronique Drouin and Laura Matthews on the 18th. New Zealand led from the second hole and went 3-up after the 11th before dropping a shot the next hole and another on the 13th. They regained a two shot advantage on the 15th before dropping a shot on the 16th and again on the 17th to be square. On the 18th both teams parred the hole giving each side a score of a half.
The second combination of Penny Newbrook and Enu Chung trailed their Canadian rivals Eom-Ji Park and Mary Ann Lapointe throughout the majority of holes but squared the scores on the 12th and then went a shot ahead as the Canadians hit six and the Kiwis five. The Kiwis moved 2-up on the 15th and 16th before dropping a shot but holding on in a strong wind on the 18th to win the match.
In the singles Stacey Tate was brought in for Jenny Park and won her match after leading from hole one. Tate finished 2-up over Laura Matthews and was more than happy with her performance. "I started with a birdie and then bogeyed the next hole but still managed to half it. Overall I was happy with the results in the conditions. It is always going to be tough in the wind," said Tate. When asked whether in a match play competition Tate pays attention to her opponent the 18-year-old is happy to admit that she is happy to see her rivals shots go off-centre. "Sometimes you really want them to miss. I think that's natural. But its strange playing match-play sometimes," she said.
Penny Newbrook won her match 1-up over Terrill Samuel while Sarah Nicholson also had a 1-up victory over Eom-Ji Park. The match between Enu Chung and Mary Ann Lapointe was squared.
Australia's win came on the back of two good doubles where South Africa was forced to concede at the 16th and 17th holes.
In the singles South Africa's Sandra Winter scored a 2/1 win over Sarah-Jane Kenyon for her sides solitary win.
South Africa also gained a half in the Misun Cho against Lee Anne Pace contest. Cho had a 5-up lead with five holes to go but dropped shots as Pace improved her accuracy.
"It was looking like a lot better result this afternoon but the South Africans are fighters and fought to the end," said Edwina Kennedy the Australian non-playing captain. "A couple of our girls were disappointed. Misun was up by five with five to go but her opponent holed a 25 footer on the 17th and 18th. That's what happens in matchplay," said Kennedy. "It was terrible conditions. I have played in Commonwealth's in Australia, England, Canada and New Zealand but these are the toughest conditions I've seen."
Play continues tomorrow (Wednesday) with Great Britain and Ireland against Australia and South Africa versus Canada.
The GB&I team is: Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ), Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Anna Highgate (Cottrell Park), Kate Phillips (Creigiau) and Shelley McKevitt (Reading).
AUSTRALIA 4 1/2, SOUTH AFRICA 1 1/2 Australian names first
Foursomes (2-0) Sarah-Jane Kenyon & Anna Parsons bt Tanica Van As & Lee Anne Pace 3 and 2. Sarah Kemp & Misun Cho bt Ashleigh Simon & Sandra Winter 3 and 1.
Singles (2 1/2-1 1/2) Parsons bt Esme Behrens 6 and 4. Cho halved with- Pace. Kenyon lost to Winter 2 and 1. Kemp bt Simon 2 holes.
NEW ZEALAND 5, CANADA 1 New Zealand names first
Foursomes (1 1/2-1/2) Jenny Park & Sarah Nicholson halved with Veronique Drouin &Laura Matthews. Penny Newbrook & Enu Chung bt Eom-Ji Park & Mary Ann Lapointe 1 hole.
Singles (3 1/2-1/2) Stacey Tate bt Matthews 2 holes. Newbrook bt Samuel 1 hole. Chung halved with Lapointe. Nicholson bt Park 1 hole.

LGU LogoEvents for 2004
The Curtis Cup match in which Great Britain and Ireland compete against the U.S. and the Weetabix Women’s British Open are the highlights of the Ladies’ Golf Union calendar confirmed for 2004. Press Release


Euro Tour School

Pam WrightAboyne exile Pam Wright could be seeing a lot more of her mum Janette, four times Curtis Cup player and four times Scottish champion, next year following her tie for 14th place in the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School, which ended over the Aroeira 2 course, near Lisbon, Portugal on Monday. The top 30 and ties are guaranteed entry to every event on the Evian Tour in 2004 and 39-year-old Pam, 1989 Rookie of the Year on the LPGA Tour and a three-time Solheim Cup player before shoulder injuries led to the loss of her American player's card, collected a bonus of £550 for her finish. A resident of the United States since the 1980s when she became one of the leading players on the women's college circuit as a golf scholarship student at Arizona State, Pam will use the family home in Aberdeenshire as a base for her first sustained European campaign. It was Miss Wright's best four-round performance for a long time. There were no signs of her swing not being able to last out 72 holes. In fact, she got better and better, signing off with a one-under-par score of 71, thanks to mastering the inward half at the fourth attempt. Pam had bogey 6s at the second and fourth but wiped them out with birdies at the third and eighth in a level par outward half of 36. Then she wiped out the second-nine wobbles of the past with birdies at the 11th and 15th and only one slip, a bogeey at the 14th for an inward, one-under-par 35.
Feature of the Q School was the prominent showing of amateur players. The first and the second, Bettina Hauert (Germany) on four-under 284, and Sophie Giquel (France) on 285, entered as amateurs but will now turn pro. The desire to keep their options open cost them the first two cash prizes of £2,500, which went to third placed Linda Wessberg (Sweden), and £1,750, gained by former LPGA player Stefania Croce (Italy) for joint fourth place overall. In all 10 of the leading 21 finishers entered as amateurs. Becky Brewerton from Abergele, Wales, one of Great Britain & Ireland's leading amateurs over the past four or five years, will now turn pro after finishing joint 12th on six-over 294.
Collated scoreboard
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR QUALIFYING SCHOOL Aroeira 2 course, nr Lisbon, Portugal
FINAL TOTALS 284 Bettina Hauert (Ger) (am) 70 68 73 73. 285 Sophie Giquel (Fra) (am) 71 74 69 71. 288 Linda Wessberg (Swe) 74 74 73 67 (£2,500). 290 Stefania Croce (Ita) 74 71 72 73 (£1,750). 291 Anja Monke (Ger) (am) 73 75 76 67, Pia Koivuranta (Fin) 75 72 74 70 (£1,125), Celestine De Vos (Bel) 77 72 70 72 (£1,125). 292 Kirsty S Taylor (Eng) 75 75 72 70 (£750) 293 Virginie Beauchet (Fra) (am) 77 72 76 68, Tullia Calzavara (Ita) (am) 74 74 76 69, Milagros Ingaramo (Arg) 74 71 71 77 (£600). 294 Ursula Tuutti (Fin) (am) 71 83 69 71, Becky Brewerton (Wal) (am) 71 77 74 72. 296 Helena Alterby (Swe) 77 73 76 70, Pamela Wright (Sco) 76 76 73 71 (£550), Geraldine Brown (Aus) 72 74 76 74 (£550). 297 Federica Piovano (It) 78 75 73 71 (£250), Fany Schaeffer (Fra) (am) 78 73 74 72, Nuria Clau (Spa) (am) 78 73 74 72, Rikke Rasmussen (Den) 77 73 71 76 (£250). 298 Elin Olsson (Swe) (am) 78 77 74 69, Patricia Sota (Spa) 73 75 77 73, Anna Tybring (Swe) 75 73 75 75. 299 Rebecca Hudson (Eng) 75 76 75 73, Valerie Michaud (Fra) 75 78 73 73, Monica Cosenza (Ita) 76 74 75 74, Lisa Hed (Swe) 77 74 73 75, Katie Bakken (US) 77 72 72 78, Margherita Rigon (Ita) (am) 75 72 72 80. Joint 30th: 300 Laura Wright (Eng) 73 76 76 75, Sophie Hunter (Eng) 77 73 75 75, Joanna Whalley (Aus) 75 76 73 76, Kerry Knowles (Eng) 75 76 73 76, Barbara Paruscio (Ita) 77 72 74 77, Jessica Lindbergh (Swe) 73 76 74 77.
Joint 36th: 301 Alex Keighley (Eng) 76 78 74 73, Jenni Kuosa (Fin) 72 77 75 77, Sofia Renell (Swe) 75 72 76 78, Minea Blomqvist (Fin) 72 75 76 78, Josefine Skold (Swe) 76 77 76 73. 302 Kirsty Fisher (Eng) 78 75 75 74, Nathalie David (Fra) (am) 79 77 73 73. 303 Eva Bjarvall (Swe) 78 74 77 74, Sara Jelander (Swe) 77 74 76 76, Isabella Maconi (Ita) 75 75 76 77. 304 Caroline Grady (Eng) 79 73 77 75. 305 Caryn Louw (SA) 83 74 70 78, Maria Ringdahl (Swe) (am) 78 80 69 78. 306 Patricia Beliard (Fra) 74 79 76 77, Uliana Rotmistrova (Rus) (am) 80 76 73 77, Caroline Goasguen (Fra) 77 77 74 78.

Monday 3rd November 2003

Pamela FeggansUS Student News

SCOTLAND international player Pamela Feggans from Doon Valley, Ayrshire finished sixth in the Pat Bradley Invitational women's college golf tournament over the Doral White course at Miami (on Sunday USA time).
Pamela, a student at the University of Florida Southern, had rounds of 77, 75 and 79 over the 6,084yd par-72 course for an aggregate of 15-over-par 231.
Stephanie Hicks (Longwood) beat Natalia Navarro (Florida Atlantic) in a play-off for the individual title after they had tied on 224. Stephanie scored 81, 71 and 72; Natalia 78, 71 and 75.
Irish international Maria Dunne (Bethune-Cookman) finished fourth on 228 with scores of 73, 78 and 77.
Miss Feggans helped Florida Southern (950) to finish third behind Florida International (941) and Princeton (944) in the team event.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS 224 Stephanie Hicks (Longwood) 81 71 72, Natalia Navarro (Florida Atlantic) 78 71 75 (Stephanie won play-off). 226 Courtney Burdick (Florida International) 76 76 74. 228 Maria Dunne (Bethune-Cookman) 73 78 77. 230 Avery Kiser (Princeton) 76 80 74. 231 Pamela Feggans (Florida Southern) 77 75 79.
TEAM LEADERS 941 Florida International. 944 Princeton 950 Florida Southern.

Commonwealth Tournament
The Commonwealth Tournament starts in New Zealand tomorrow. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and GB&I are represented. Each team is playing each other on a round robin basis with two foursomes and four singles counting in each match. Tomorrow Australia (the holders) play South Africa and Canada play New Zealand. GB&I don't play until Wednesday. Full results are going to be on the New Zealand website and there might be some more photos from Barbara Aitken....

Anna Highgate cutting her 21st Birthday cake

Lynn Kenny tucking in to a large second helping of Pavlova!

Pictures courtesy of Barbara Aitken

Alison TaitAEG British Ladies amateur golf tournament

Alison Tait from Moffat, the 16-year-old "baby" of the 20 finalists for the AEG British Ladies amateur golf tournament Grand Final in South Africa, finished a creditable seventh.
Alison, who plays off 12, had net scores of 85 and 76 over the Gary Player Course at Sun City, a 2hr drive from Johannesburg.
Miss Tait's aggregate of 161 was 26 shots behind the runaway winner, Wendy Shaw from Hamptworth, Herts, who took up golf only 10 months ago and has a handicap of 38.
"The players took nearly 6hr for the second round because it was very hot and the course was so difficult with many water hazards which required long carries over water. I think there were only a couple of players who finished the rounds using the same ball they started with," said Gillian Roy, tournament secretary of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association, who helped to run the event.
Alison was the highest-placed of the five Scots who won their way through to the Grand Final from regional eliminators from a total entry of thousands.
Catherine Duncan (Stonehaven), who plays off 16, finished eighth with a net tally of 163 (83, 80).
Helen Kerr (Dumfries & Galloway), a 14-handicapper, had net scores of 83 and 91 for 15th place on 174.
Sandra Robb, a 20-handicapper at Royal Montrose, totalled 181 (90, 91) and Marlene Isherwood, who plays off 30 at Kirriemuir, had scores of 93 and 101 for 194.
Gary Player Course, Sun City, South Africa
137 Wendy Shaw (Hamptworth) (38) 64 73.
147 Alison Grandison (Chippenham) (16) 72 75.
153 Jo Naysmith (Royal Porthcawl) (17) 80 73.
156 Anne Johnstone (Wychwood Park) (22) 77 79.
157 Maureen Hombal (Radyr) (14) 76 81.
159 Joyce Byrne (Gay Hill) (24) 80 79.
161 Alison Tait (Moffat) (12) 85 76.
163 Catherine Duncan (Stonehaven) (16) 83 80.
164 Sheila Thorpe (Scarborough South) (21) 77 87.
166 Linda Wray (Hendon) 79 87.
167 Marilyn Taylor (Bramley) (25) 80 87.
170 Marlene Vinegrad (Lees) (35) 87 83.
172 Cathy Yau (South Winchester) (28) 89 83, Rowena Liles (Garnant Park) (33) 88 84.
174 Helen Kerr (Dumfries & Galloway) (14) 83 91.
177 Anne Mather (Notts Ladies) (16) 85 92.
178 Carol Venn (Saunton) (20) 86 92.
181 Sandra Robb (Royal Montrose) (20) 91 90.
186 Susan Harries (Aston Wood) (22) 93 93.
194 Marlene Isherwood (Kirriemuir) (30) 93 101.

Ed Bellew (Frontiers Group) presents
AEG British Ladies tournament champion
Wendy Shaw with an engraved, latest design Ping Putter.


Jo Naysmith, Alison Grandison, Wendy Shaw,
Anne Johnstone, (top four prizewinners)

US-based Scot Pam Wright assured herself of at least some appearances on next year's Ladies European Tour when she figured among the 51 players with three-round totals of 229 or better who go forward to Monday's final round of the Qualifying School over the Aroeira 2 course near Lisbon, Portugal. The top 30 after 72 holes will gain full players' cards for the 2004 tour. The remainder of the qualifiers will gain conditional exemption based on their final placing.
Miss Wright, the 1989 LPGA Rookie of the Year and a Solheim Cup player before chronic shoulder injuries eventually cost her playing rights on the American tour, shot a third-round 73 - one over par and her best so far - despite still being unable to master the inward half. Pam was out in two-under 34 with birdies at the third and seventh and looking like the class player she once was. But she took 39 strokes to come with bogeys at the 10th, 13th and 16th. Her earlier inward halves for the par-36 stretch were 38 and 40.
Bettina Hauert, a 21-year-old German amateur from Dortmund, saw her lead reduced to three shots after shooting a 73 for five-under-par 211. Fellow amateur Sophie Giquel from France returned a 69 for 214 to be her closest rival with one round to go. Leading GB&I players with one round to go are Kirsty S Taylor and Becky Brewerton on the 222 mark.
Qualifiers for Fourth Round
211 Bettina Hauert (Ger) (am) 70 68 73. 214 Sophie Giquel (Fra) (am) 71 74 69. 216 Milagros Ingaramo (Arg) 74 71 71. 217 Stefania Croce (Ita) 74 71 72. 219 Celestine De Vos (Bel) 77 72 70, Margherita Rigon (Ita) (am) 75 72 72. 221 Rikke Rasmussen (Den) 77 73 71, Katie Bakken (US) 77 72 72, Linda Wessberg (Swe) 74 74 73, Pia Koivuranta (Fin) 75 72 74. 222 Kirsty S Taylor (Eng) 75 75 72, Becky Brewerton (Wal) (am) 71 77 74, Geraldine Brown (Aus) 72 74 76. 223 Ursula Tuutti (Fin) (am) 71 83 69, Jessica Lindbergh (Swe) 73 76 74, Barbara Paruscio (Ita) 77 72 74, Anna Tybring (Swe) 785 73 75, Minea Blomqvist (Fin) 72 75 76, Sofia Renell (Swe) 75 72 76. 224 Kerry Knowles (Eng) 75 76 73, Lisa Hed (Swe) 77 74 73, Jenni Kuosa (Fin) 72 77 75, Joanna Whalley (Aus) 76 73 75, Tullia Calzavara (Ita) (am) 74 74 76, Anja Monke (Ger) (am) 73 75 76. 225 Pam Wright (Sco) 76 76 73, Sophie Hunter (Eng) 77 73 75, Laura Wright (Eng) 73 76 76, Nuria Clau (Spa) (am) 78 73 74, Fany Schaeffer (Fra) (am) 78 73 74, Monica Cosenza (Ita) 76 74 75, Virginie Beauchet (Fra) (am) 77 72 76, Parricia Sota (Spa) 73 75 77. 226 Rebecca Hudson (Eng) 75 76 75, Helena Alterby (Swe) 77 73 76, Isabella Maconi (Ita) 75 75 76. 227 Maria Ringdahl (Swe) (am) 78 80 69, Caryn Louw (SA) 83 74 70, Sara Jelander (Swe) 77 74 76. 228 Alex Keighley (Eng) 76 78 74, Kirsty Fisher (Eng) 78 75 75, Carolina Goasguen (Fra) 77 77 74. 229 Nathalie David (Fra) (am) 79 77 73, Uliana Rotmistrova (Rus) (am) 80 76 73, Elin Olsson (Swe) (am) 78 77 74, Caroline Grady (Eng) 79 73 77, Josefine Skold (Swe) 76 77 76, Patricia Beliard (Fra) 74 79 76, Eva Bjarvall (Swe) 78 74 77.
MISSED CUT 230 Kelly Hutcherson (Eng) 76 81 73, Diane Barnard (Eng) 78 75 77, Joanne Oliver (Eng) 78 75 77, Nina Reis (Swe) 81 78 71, Malin Burstrom (Swe) 78 81 71, Helen Beatty (Aus) 80 74 76, Peggy Fraysse (Fra) (am) 77 77 76, 231 Cecilia Sjoblom (Swe) 76 81 74, Yvonne Cassidy (Ire) 80 74 77, Virginie Roques (Fra) 80 75 76, Maria Blomqvist (Swe) 76 78 77. 232 Lisa Holm Sorensen (Den) (am) 79 74 79. 233 Vanessa Bell (Eng) 74 81 78, Jimena Marchan (Arg) 81 80 72, Elisabeth Larsson (Swe) 80 798 74, Monica Quartana (Ita) 82 75 76. 234 Simone Morgan (Eng) 77 78 79, Marion Sapin (Fra) (am) 81 75 78. 235 Line Berg (Nor) 83 76 76, Carlie Butler (Aus) 81 78 76, Tina Schneeberger (Aut) 79 769 77, Beatriz Minchiotti (Spa) 81 76 78, Ellen Smets (Bel) 77 75 83. 236 Sarah Bennett (Eng) 76 82 78, Eva Steinberger (Aut) (am) 80 81` 75, Jill Magnusson (Swe) 77 81 78. 237 Kajsa Gothman (Swe) 79 77 81, Antonella Cvitan (Swe) 78 75 84. 238 Annamaria Milie (Ita) 78 80 80. 239 Zuzana Kamasova (Slo) (am) 82 80 77, Hazel Kavanagh (Ire) 81 80 78, Jehanne Jail (Fra) 79 82 778, Naima Ghilain (Bel) 79 80 80. 240 Eun-Jeong Jung (Kor) 78 84 78. 242 Clare Lipscombe (Eng) (am) 79 83 80, Sarah Douglass (Aus) 79 83 80. 243 Katie Tebbet (Eng) 83 77 83.

Walker Cup Scot David Inglis hit the level par mark of 216 for three rounds over the 6,973 yd Jack Nicklaus-designed course but finished only joint 12th in the Landfall Tradition college golf tournament at Country Club of Landfall, Wilmington in North Carolina (on Sunday, USA time).
David from Glencorse and a student at the University of Tulsa had rounds of 74, 70 and 72 against the card of 72 and finished eight shots behind individual winner Justin Smith (Minnesota) who had scores of 69, 74 and 65. Minnesota also provided the runner-up in Ryan Paulson on 210 with scores of 70, 68 and 72. Both Smith and third-placed Chris Noel (Tulsa) equalled the course record of 65 during the event. Noel scored 70, 65 and 76 for 211.
Former Scottish boys champion John Hempstock from Colvend, Dumfries-shire finished in a tie for 47th place with rounds of 74, 80 and 73 for 227 but he helped Minnesota retain the team title with a total of 851, 15 ahead of runners-up Ohio State. Tulsa (873) came sixth in the field of 12.

Sunday 2nd November 2003

GB&I team for the Commonwealth Tournament
L to R: Lynn Kenny (Scotland), Kate Phillips (Wales), Anne Laing (Scotland),
Anna Highgate (Wales), Shelley McKevitt (England). 

Greetings from New Zealand
Liz McKinnon's Mum, Barbara Aitken, has emailed me with photos of the GB&I Team who are out in New Zealand for the Commonwealth tournament and then the New Zealand Championships.
She says ....

Hi Gillian

I thought I would drop you line to let you know some "goings on" over here.

Tonight I had the honour of having the Great Britian Commonwealth Team come to dinner. We had a traditional Kiwi Barbeque. I have attached a couple of photos. The first two of Nancy Duncan- she is following instructions of eating a BBQ sausage in a piece of bread, complete with tomato sauce. We did have plates and salads etc, but at a very casual BBQ, ( like at a sports club) sausages get cooked on the BBQ then served in this manner.

Lynn Kenny has fallen in love with Pavlova, and I would suggest that so did most of the others, by the amount of pavlova eaten. Hope you know what pavlova is?

I have also included a photo of the girls and one of the whole group. All the "strangers" are friends from The Grange Golf Club in Auckland.

United States-based Pam Wright from Aboyne is lying joint 36th at the end of the second rund in the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School over the Aroeira 2 course near Lisbon.
Pam, LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1989, duplicated her opening round of four-over-par 76 for a 36-hole tally of 152.
Only the leading 50 and ties at the end of Sunday's third round will qualify for Monday's final round which will decide who wins exempt status for next year's tour.
Pam reached the turn in a steady par 36, cancelling out a bogey at the first with a birdie at the third but that was her only sub-par figure. Miss Wright, who has lived in America since she went to college in Arizona in the 1980s, dropped shots at the 10th, 12th, 16th and 18th in an inward 40.
German amateur Bettina Hauert, 21, from Dortmund surged seven strokes clear of the field with an excellent round of two-under-par 68 for a six-under-par total of 138.
Young Welsh amateur Becky Brewerton slipped back into a tie for 10th place aftrer a 77 for 148.
Collated scoreboard
Aroeira 2, nr Lisbon, Portugal
138 Bettina Hauert (Ger) (am) 70 68.
145 Stefania Croce ((Ita) 74 71, Sophie Giquel (Fra) (am) 71 74, Milagros Ingaramo (Arg) 74 71.
146 Geraldine Brown (Aus) 72 74.
147 Sofia Renell (Swe) 75 72, Pia Koivuranta (Fin) 75 72, Minea Blomqvist (Fin) 72 75, Margherita Rigon (Ita) (am) 75 72.
148 Anja Monke (Ger) (am) 73 74, Linda Wessberg) (Swe) 74 74, Patricia Sota (Spa) 73 75, Anna Tybring (Swe) 75 73, Becky Brewerton (Wal) (am) 71 77, Tullia Calzavara (Ita) (am) 74 74.
149 Laura Wright (Eng) 73 76, Celestine De Vos (Bel) 77 72, Virginie Beauchet (Fra) (am) 77 72, Katie Bakken (US) 77 72, Barbara Paruscio (Ita) 77 72, Joanna Whalley (Aus) 76 73, Jenni Kuosa (Fin) 72 77, Jessica Lindberth (Swew) 73 76.
150 Sophie Hunter (Eng) 77 73, Kirsty S Taylor (Eng) 75 75, Isabella Maconi (Ita) 75 75, Rikke Rasmussen (Den) 77 73, Helena Alterby (Swe) 77 73, Monica Cosenza (Ita) 76 74.
151 Rebecca Hudson (Eng) 75 76, Fany Schaeffer (Fra) (am) 78 73, Nuria Clau (Spa) (am) 78 73, Sara Jelander (Swe) 77 74, Lisa Hed (Swe) 77 74.
152 Caroline Gready (Eng) 79 73, Pam Wright (Sco) 76 76, Eva Bjarvall (Swe) 78 74, Ellen Smets (Bel) 77 75.
153 Kirsty Fisher (Eng) 78 75, Joanne Oliver (Eng) 78 75, Diane Barnard (Eng) 78 75., Federica Piovano (Ita) 78 75, Antonella Cvitan (Swe) 78 75, Patricia Beliard (Fra) 74 78, Josefine Skold (Swe) 76 77, Valerie Michaud (Fra) 75 78, Lisa Holm Sorensen (Den) (am) 79 74.
Tied for 49th place:
154 Alex Keighley (Eng) 76 78, Y Cassidy (Ire) 80 74, Peggy Fraysse (Fra) (am) 77 77, Helen Beatty (Aus) 80 784, Caroline Goasguen (Fra) 77 77, Ursula Tuutti (Fin) (am) 71 83, Maria Blomqvist (Swe) 76 78.
Tied for 56th place:
155 Elin Olsson (Swe) (am) 78 77, Virginie Roques (Fra) 80 75, Simone Morgan (Eng) 77 78, Vanessa Bell (Eng) 74 81.
Tied for 60th place:
156 Uliana Rotmistrova (Rus) (am) 80 76, Marion Sapin (Fra) (am) 81 75, Kajsa Gothman (Swe) 79 77, Nathalie David (Fra) (am) 79 77.
Tied for 64th place:
157 Kelly Hutcherson (Eng) (am) 76 81, Jessica Krantz (Swe) 81 76, Beatriz Minchiotti (Spa) 81 76, Cecilia Sjoblom (Swe) 76 81, Monica Quartana (Ita) 82 75, Caryn Louw (SA) 83 74.
158 Tina Schneeberger (Aut) 79 79, Maria Ringdahl (Swe) (am) 78 80, Sarah Bennett (Eng) 76 82, Annamaria Milie (Ita) 78 80, Jill Magnusson (Swe) 77 81.
159 Naima Ghilian (Bel) 79 80, Malin Burstrom (Swe) 78 81, Elisabeth Larsson (Swe) 80 78, Carlie Butler (Aus) 81 78, Line Berg (Nor) 83 76, Nina Reis (Swe) 81 78.
160 Katie Tebbet (Eng) 83 77, Jehanne Jail (Fra) 79 82, Eva Steinberger (Aut) 80 81, Jimena Marchan (Arg) 81 80, Hazel Kavanagh (Ire) 81 80.
162 Clare Lipscombe (Eng) (am) 79 83, Zuzana Kamasova (Slo) (am) 82 80, Eun-Jeong Jung (Kor) 78 84, Sarah Douglass (Aus) 79 83.
Retired: Nicola Spurgeon (Eng) 83 Ret.

US Student News

Walker Cup player David Inglis from Glencorse was lying 10th with one round to go in the Landfall Tradition men's college tournament at Wilmington, North Carolona.
Inglis, a student at Tulsa University, had rounds of 74 and 70 for an aggregate of 144 - nine strokes behind team-mate Chris Noel who set a course record with his second round in compiling 70 and 65 for nine-under-par 135 to lead by three.
Former Scottish boys champion John Hempstock (Minnesota) from Colvend, Drumfries-shire is back in 50th place after scores of 74 and 80 for 154.

Saturday 1st November 2003

Aboyne exile Pam Wright, based in the United States since the late 1980s, made a satisfactory start to the four-round Ladies European Tour Qualifying School over the tight, tree-lined Aroeira 2 course near Lisbon.
Pam, a former LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year, shot a four-over-par 76 in dreadful conditions of strong winds and rain.
She had a dreadful first hole, running up a double-bogey 6 and dropped another shot at the sixth, but the Scot stopped the rot with birdies at the seventh and 11th before the weather got to her down the home straight.
Pam bogeyed three in a row from the 14th.
She is lying joint 27th and if she maintains that position will make it past the vital third-round cut which allows only the leading 50 and ties to play the final round.
Becky Brewerton, the 21-year-old Welsh player, was one of a clutch of amateurs at the top of the leaderboard. Becky had three birdies in a 71 which tied her for second place behind Germany’s Bettina Hauert who had a two-under-par 70.
Aroeira 2 course, near Lisbon
Leading first round scores
70 Bettina Hauert (Ger) (am).
71 Sophie Giquel (Fra) (am), Ursula Tuuti (Fin) (am), Becky Brewerton (Wal) (am).
72 Minea Blomqvist (Fin), Jenni Kuosa (Fin), Geraldine Brown (Aus).
73 Jessica Lindberth (Swe), Anja Monke (Ger) (am), Laura Wright (Eng).
Other scores:
74 Vanessa Bell (Eng).
75 Kirsty Taylor (Eng), Rebecca Hudson (Eng), Kerry Knowles (Eng), Sarah Bennett (Eng), Kelly Hutcheson (Eng) (am).
76 Alex Keighley(Eng), Pam Wright (Sco), Sophie Hunter (Eng).

Dumfries & Galloway Golf Club’s trio of Barry Scott, John Power and Ian Reid, were lying a creditable eighth at the end of the first round in the 72-hole European Club Cup men’s amateur golf tournament at Kemer Golf & Country Club, Istanbul in Turkey.
Two French teams, Deauville and Bordelais, set the pace on 147, but the Scots were only four shots behind, thanks to a 73 by Scott and a 78 by John.
Only the best two individuals’ scores count each day for the team total so Ian Reid’s 79 was the non-counter.
Dumfries & Galloway earned the right to be Scotland’s representatives by winning the Scottish club championship on home territory at Powfoot in September.
Collated scoreboard
EUROPEAN CLUB CUP – Kemer GC&CC, Istanbul, Turkey – First round totals (best two from three individuals).
147 Deauville, Bordelais.
148 Odense.
149 Schloss Frauenthal, Klassis.
150 Puerto de Hierro, Auro.
151 Dumfries & Galloway (B Scott 73, J Power 78. NC: I Reid 79).
152 Portmarnock, Vilamoura.
153 De Pan.
155 Royal Waterloo.
156 Pontnewydd.
157 Rapallo.
160 Bled.
160 Luxembourg, Glyfada.
161 Reykjavik, Borregaard.
163 Binowo Park.
165 Benmont.
168 Ostrava.
169 Tallinn.
172 Pula Peza.
184 Moscow.

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