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October 2006 Archive

Tuesday 31st October 2006

Inchmarlo Golf Centre, Banchory head teaching professional Andrew Locke gets to grips with 10-year-old Bekki Gray (Kintore). Looking on the rest of an Aberdeenshire girls' winter coaching class (left to right):
Kirsten MacCallum (McDonald Ellon), Natalie Goodall (Turriff), Eleanor Franks (Ballater), Rachel Polson (Peterculter).

Roseanne Niven, 17-year-old winner of the Scottish girls’ match-play title at Peebles this summer, is to join the University of California Berkeley early in the New Year.
Roseanne, a member of Crieff Golf Club, has been one of Scotland’s best young female golfers for a number of years. Her first national title was the Scottish Under-16 girls’ open championship in 19?? And she was one of the youngest ever winners of the Perth & Kinross women’s county title in 2004.
Apart from winning the Scottish Under-18 girls title this year, Roseanne was a member of the Scotland team who brought home the girls’ home internationals team trophy from Portstewart, Northern Ireland.
She has been awarded a full golf scholarship by the University of California Berkeley, where Vikki Laing (Musselburgh) and Anne Walker (Strathaven), winner and beaten finalist in the 1997 Scottish girls championship, both spent four years.
Vikki became one of the leading players on the American women’s college circuit and Ann was not far behind her. She won two tournaments.
Miss Walker stayed on at the California college to become the Bears’ assistant women’s golf coach.
The universities of North Carolina, Virginia and Vanderbilt were also prepared to offer Roseanne a golf scholarship and she visited the United States to see what their facilities were like before making up her mind to enrol at the University of California Berkeley.
Roseanne said last night:
“I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to further my golfing career and to be educated at a top university such as Berkeley. It is a very exciting time in my life and I cannot wait to get started in January.”
Nancy McDaniel, the head women’s coach of University of California Berkeley, said:
“We are delighted to have Roseanne Niven join our women’s golf team. She succeeds two of our most accomplished players, also from Scotland – Anne Walker and Vikki Laing.
“Scottish players seem to love California and really fit into the Cal Golf system. Roseanne brings a great deal of experience on an international level that will undoubtedly impact the team upon her arrival.”
+There are nine Scottish girls currently at college in the United States: Michele Thomson (Jacksonville State), Louise Fleming (Jacksonville State), Carly Booth (David Leadbetter Golf Academy), Sally Watson (David Leadbetter Golf Academy), Ashton Ingram (Belmont Abbey College), Kate O'Sullivan (High Point), Kelly Brotherton (Tennessee-Chattanooga), Katy McNicoll (Lynn University), Gemma Webster (Ohio State).

De Vere Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce the official completion of its long-awaited 18 hole golf course, The Carrick, at De Vere Cameron House, on the banks of Loch Lomond.
The ceremony will be conducted by HRH Princess Anne on November 14, adding another outstanding golfing destination to the group’s illustrious portfolio.
The championship course has breathtaking views, straddling both Highlands and Lowlands, and is destined to take its place among Scotland’s elite.
The tranquility of The Carrick provides a refreshing alternative to Scotland’s other major golf destinations – the still waters of Loch Lomond, in contrast to the busy North Sea, the oak groves instead of wind-blown dunes. The approach to The Carrick, by water taxi from Cameron House, takes golfers past the nature reserve, which forms almost a third of the 350 acre estate in Scotland’s first national park.
The Carrick on Loch Lomond is named after its award winning archictect, Doug Carrick. However, by coincidence, the word ‘carrick’ also means ‘rocky place’ in ancient Scots – an apt description of the setting – and, if that wasn’t enough, the legendary Robert the Bruce is buried nearby, (one of his titles was The 3rd Earl of Carrick).
The official opening of The Carrick will incorporate it into the world-renowned De Vere portfolio of prestigious golf resorts, including: The De Vere Belfry, De Vere Slaley Hall, De Vere Carden Park and De Vere Mottram Hall, all of which have a pedigree in managing golf tournaments.
De Vere Cameron House, EventScotland and partners have already submitted a joint bid to stage the 2011 Solheim Cup. A major part of that bid is the four year commitment to bringing the Scottish Ladies Open back to the sporting calendar in the Home of Golf, as a specific part of Scotland`s Major Events Strategy and to cement her reputation for delivering exceptional golf events.
The event will be played at De Vere Cameron House, home to The Carrick, a brand new 7200 yard, par 71 championship golf course, on the banks of Loch Lomond. The Carrick, part of a £65 million investment, will reinforce De Vere’s impressive reputation and first-class pedigree of hosting international golf tournaments such as The Ryder Cup, which has been held at The De Vere Belfry an unprecedented four times.

Annika Sorenstam led from start to finish to win the 75,000 Euros top prize in the Dubai Ladies Masters with a brilliant score of 18-under-par 270 at the Emirates Club.
It was as good as it gets from the 36-year-old world No 1 female player from Sweden. She set a course record 65 in the first round and broke 70 in every succeeding round to win by six shots in the end.
Compatriot Helen Alfredsson came through with a closing 70 to finish second on 276 and earn 50,750 Euros.
Australian Karrie Webb slipped down to third place with a 70 for 278.
The leading British players were back in a share of 10th place – Becky Brewerton and Trish Johnson on 284. They earned 8,962 Euro apiece.
270 (-18) Annika Sorenstam (Swe) 65 68 68 69.
276 Helen Alfredsson (Swe) 70 71 68 67.
278 Karrie Webb 70 68 70 70.
280 Amy Yang 69 72 70 69, Veronica Zorzi 69 72 69 70.
Leading British players:
284 Becky Brewerton (Wal) 73 73 71 67, Trish Johnson (Eng) 72 67 71 74 (jt 10th).

US College golf

The “Jacksonville Jocks” are on the march again. Duncan Stewart from Grantown on Spey and Russell Knox from Inverness – both senior-year students at Jacksonville University, Florida - are up with the leaders with one round to go in the Charleston Southern Fall Invitational college tournament at Charleston, South Carolina.
In fact, Stewart, winner of six individual events on the American college circuit, is homing in on win No 7. Duncan, winner of the Chiberta Grand Prix in southwest France during his summer holidays, is sharing the lead with Matt Cook (West Carolina) on 138, six under par for the 6,928yd, par-72 course.
Both players have had rounds of 68 and 70.
Russell Knox, who played for Scotland in the European youth team championships in Spain during the summer, is sharing third place on the 141 mark with rounds of 73 and 68.
Jacksonville University, bidding for a third team win in the early weeks of the 2006-2006 college golf season, are in second place on 581, three behind leaders South Carolina. Hosts Charleston Southern (583) are third best in a field of 10 colleges.

US College Golf

Michele Thomson, the North of Scotland women’s champion from Ellon, is sharing 13th place after one round of the Troy Women’s Invitational college tournament over the 5,888yd, par-72 Arrowhead Country Club course at Montgomery, Alabama.
Michele, a freshman student at Jacksonville State University, Alabama had a round of 75 – six shots behind the leader, Swedish player Elinor Andersson (South Alabama).
Portia Abbott from Wiltshire, one of Michele Thomson’s team-mates, had a 79.
Jacksonville State (305) are in sixth place behind leaders South Alabama (292) in the team event.

Claire Starkie from Skipton, West Yorkshire, a student at Georgia State University, was climbing up the leaderboard rapidly when fading light forced an early finish to the first day’s play in the Edwin Watts Intercollegiate women’s tournament at Oak Point Golf Club on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Claire, who had a disappointing first round of seven-over-par 79 – still good enough to share eighth place over a tough course – had birdied six holes of her second round and was three under par with three holes to play when called in from the course.
Twice Welsh girls champion Lucy Gould (East Tennessee State) was lying 74th in a field of 99 after an opening round of 84 which included two triple bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies over the last five holes. Lucy was four over par for the second round with three holes to go when play was halted.
German-born Steffi Kirchmayr (College of Charleston) was the first-round leader by two shots with a 69.
Campbell Univeresity (295) lead the team event from East Tennessee State (301) with Georgia State (317) eighth of the 19 competing colleges.

US College Golf

The Delaney sisters from Carlow – Tara and Karen – both students at Kent State University, Ohio, were sharing 53rd place on five-over-par 77 at the end of the first round in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown women’s college tournament at Anthem Country Club, Henderson in Nevada.
Karen had a double bogey 7 at the third but birdied the sixth, seventh and 18th.
Tara also ran up a double bogey 7 – at the eighth. She had one birdie, at the ninth.
Sarah Bradley (Oklahoma State) led the field of 83 players with a three-under-par 69 over the 6,175yd course.
Leading European players were former British girls champion Azahara Munoz (Arizona State) from Spain and Dewi Schreefel (Southern California) from the Netherlands. They are joint 11th on 72.
Arizona State and Oklahoma State share the team lead on 292. Kent State (302) are back in 12th place in a field of 17 colleges.

US College Golf

English player Fern Grimshaw tied for 33rd place in the DeBary Intercollegiate women's tournament at DeBary, Florida.
Fern, a student at Bethune-Cookman College, had rounds of 78 an d80 for a total of 158 - 17 shots more than the six-stroke winner, Danielle Jackson (Stetson).
Danielle scored 73 and 68 for three-under-par 141.
Minnesota (603) won the team event by one shot from Mercer. Bethune-Cookman (633) finished 10th of the 13 teams.
The course was a par-72, measuring 6,078yd.

Monday 30th October 2006

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US College Golf

Hertfordshire player Hannah Burke, a freshman student at Baylor University, Texas, finished 17th in the rain-shortened The Derby women’s college tournament over the Auburn University course at Auburn, Alabama.
Hannah had two rounds of 76 for a total of 152. She had a double bogey 6 at the fifth and dropped more shots at the 15th and 18th in a birdie-less second round over the 6,310yd course.
In the first round, Hannhad had a triple bogey 8 at the 12th and a double bogey 6 at the 18th.
Playing over their home course, Marisa Milligan (Auburn) finished first on 145 and team-mate Nicole Hage joint second on 146.
Auburn (594) also won the team event by 12 strokes from Alabama.
The scheduled 54-hole event was reduced to two rounds when rain and flooding washed out the first round.
145 Marisa Milligan (Auburn) 74 71.
146 Nicole Hage (Auburn) 76 70, Lauren Hunt (North Carolina 75 71.
Other score:
152 Hannah Burke (Baylor) 76 76 (17th).
594 Auburn.
606 Alabama.
608 Tennessee.
619 (12th of 17) Baylor.

US College Golf

Alan Glynn from Middlesex, a freshman student at Xavier University helped his college to finish runners-up to Tulsa in the team event of the Men’s Landfall Tradition tournament at Wilmington, North Carolina.
Alan had ever-improving scores of 81, 75 and 73, birdieing the 10th, 12th and 13th but bogeying the third, 11th, 15th and 16th in his final. He finished 23rd with a total of 229 – 14 shots behind the joint winners, both Tulsa University players, Mitch Cohlmia and Nicolas Geyger. Tulsa also provided the third individual finisher in Brett Meyers.
215 Mitch Cohlmia (Tulsa) 71 73 71, Nicolas Geyger (Tulsa) 74 71 70.
218 Brett Meyers (Tulsa) 74-74-70.
Other score:
229 Alan Glynn (Xavier) 81 75 73.
868 Tulsa.
894 Xavier.
897 Purdue.

Sunday 29th October 2006

US College Golf

Gemma Webster’s hopes of at least a top-10 finish in the Women’s Landfall Tradition tournament at Country Club of Landfall evaporated over her third and final round at Wilmington, North Carolina.
Joint fifth at the start of the day, second-year Ohio State University student Gemma from Glasgow dropped down to a final placing of joint 14th on 230 after an 80 which ruined the good work of earlier rounds of 74 and 76 over the par-72 course.
Miss Webster bogeyed the first four holes, found a bit of form with birdies at the fifth and seventh and then fell away again with a bogey at the 10th and then a catastrophic finish of a triple-bogey 7 at the 14th and a double-bogey 6 at the 17th for an inward half of 42.
Catterick girl Jodi Ewart, a freshman at New Mexico University, pulled herself up to a joint 12th finish with a final round of 73 for 223. She had five double bogeys over her two opening rounds of 77 but birdied the 10th, 13th and 18th in her last effort.
Sara Brown (Michigan State) won by four shots with a one-under-par total of 215 (74-69-72).
Virginia and Michigan State tied on 902 for the team title with New Mexico (904) third. Ohio State (920) finished sixth of the 12 colleges taking part.

215 Sara Brown (Michigan State) 74 69 72.
219 Mandy Goins (Wake Forest) 77 72 70.
222 Mikaela Backstedt (New Mexico) 77 73 72, Brianna Broderick (Migigan) 72 76 74.
223 Dana Je (Ohio State) 72 79 72.
225 Jennie Arseneault (Virginia) 72 81 72, Giselle Claux (New Mexico) 75 75 75.
Other scores:
227 Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) 77 77 73 (jt 12th).
230 Gemma Webster (Ohio State) 74 76 80 (jt 14th).
902 Virginia, Michigan State.
904 New Mexico.
915 Wake Forest.
917 Michigan.
920 Ohio State.

Volvo Masters Amateur World Final
La Quinta Golf Course, Marbella, Spain

Well done Vicki Stevenson from Stirling Golf Club (pictured right) on finishing tied 6th overall in the World Final. With difficult conditions on both scoring days she had 63 points. The winner was scratch player Allen McGhee of Canada who scored 70 points. Vicki was second lady finishing one point behind Jirwan Chaiyanboon of Thailand who received 11 shots compared to Vicki’s two.
Seventy competitors representing 21 countries participated in the world final. They were well looked after by Volvo and were guests at the final day of the Volvo Masters at Valderamma.
Those interested in seeing how Vicki won the UK final can watch it on TV at the following times.
Sport Nation Sky Sports Extra 3rd November 1.00 a.m/8.00 a.m. or 3 p.m.
[Thanks to Tricia Chillas for this report]

US College Golf

Glasgow girl Gemma Webster, a second-year student at Ohio State University, is still on course for one of her best finishes on the American women's college circuit.
She is in joint fifth place going into Sunday's final round of the Women’s Landfall Tradition college golf tournament at Country Club of Landfall, Wilmington in North Carolina.
Gemma, capped for Scotland in last year’s home internationals and a member of Hilton Park Golf Club, has had rounds of 74 and 76 for 150.
She had no birdies in her second round and is seven shots behind the leader Sara Brown (Michigan State) (74-69 for 143) but only three behind the second placed Leah Wigger (Virginia).
Ohio State (615) is sharing fourth place behind Virginia (596) in a team event being contested by 12 colleges.
First-round leader Jennie Arsenault (Virginia) plummeted to a share of 11th place after following up a 72 with an 81 for 153.
Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) from Catterick was in joint 17th place on 154 after a pair of 77s.
143 Sara Brown (Michigan State) 74 69.
147 Lea Wigger (Virginia) 75 72.
148 Brianna Broderick (Michigan) 72 76.
149 Mandy Goins (Wake Forest) 77 72.
150 Gemma Webster (Ohio State) 74 76, Giselle Claux (New Mexico) 75 75, Mikaela Backstedt (New Mexico) 77 73.
151 Dan Je (Ohio State) 72 79.
Other scores:
153 Jennie Arsenault (Virginia) 72 81.
154 Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) 77 77.
596 Virginia.
607 Michigan State.
611 New Mexico.
615 Michigan, Ohio State.
622 Wake Forest.

US College Golf

Hertfordshire player Hannah Burke, a freshman student at Baylor University, Texas, was challenging for the first-round lead in the rain-abbreviated The Derby women’s college tournament over the Auburn University course (6,310yd, par-72) in Alabama until gad a couple of disasters on the inward half.
Hannah finished on four-over-par 76 and has a share of 12th place going into the final round of what was scheduled to be a 54-hole event. Heavy rain and flooding washed out the first round.
Hannah birdied the sixth, seventh and 16th but she had a triple bogey 8 at the long 12th and a double-bogey 76 at the 18th as well as single shots droped at the ninth and 10th in halves of 35 and 41.
Margaret Shirley (Auburn), playing over her home course, leads by two shots with a par round of 72.
Baylor (306) are in fourth place in the team event behind North Carolina (301), Auburn (303) and Louisiana State (305).

US College Golf

English player Alan Glynn (Xavier University) is in joint 27th place after round of 81 and 75 in the Men’s Landfall Tradition tournament at Country Club of Landfall, Wilmington in North Carolina.
It’s a tough course of 7,084yd with a par of 72 and a par total of 144 by Mitch Cohlmia (Tulsa) (71-73) has been good enough to lead. Another Tulsa player, Nicolas Geyger (74-71) is in second place so, not surprisingly, Tulsa (588) have a commanding lead in the team event from Purdue (601) and Xavier (605). Twelve colleges are competing.

Saturday 28th October 2006

Annika Sorenstam increased her lead to seven shots with a third-round 68 in the Dubai Ladies Masters at the Emirates Club today.
Karrie Webb is her nearest challenger after a 70 for 208 - one ahead of Helen Alfredsson.
201 (-15) Annika Sorenstam (Swe) 65 68 68.
208 (-8) Karrie Webb (Aust) 70 68 70.
209 (-7) Helen Alfredsson (Swe) 70 71 68.

Perth & Kinross Ladies County Golf Association held their annual general meeting at Craigie Hill Golf Club in Perth on Thursday. The prizewinners are:
Back row from left to right Coronation Trophy - Gwen Lambie (Dunkeld & Birnam), Gibb Trophy - Carole Turner (Alyth), Crawford Salver - Sandy Young (Auchterarder), Nell Scott Quaich - Liz Fertacz (Dunkeld & Birnam), Order of Merit - Jane Yellowlees (Murrayshall).
Front row from left to right Brown Memorial Salver & Champion of Champions - Alexandra Bushby (Strathmore), Captain Janet Griffiths (Comrie) with the Inter Counties Team Champions Trophy and County Champion - Jillian Milne (Craigie Hill).

US College Golf

Glasgow girl Gemma Webster, a second-year student at Ohio State University – “The Buckeyes,” was lying joint fifth at the end of the first round of the Women’s Landfall Tradition golf tournament at Country Club of Landfall, Wilmington in North Carolina (Friday, USA time).
Gemma, a Hilton Park Golf Club member, has a two-over-par score of 74 with birdies at the fifth and sixth in two halves of 37.
Catterick girl Jodi Ewart, a freshman student at New Mexico University, was sharing 17th place on 77 after a round of 77 that include birdies at the eighth, 12th and 18th but also double bogeys at the third, ninth and 11th in halvesof 39 and 38.
Three players - Jennie Arseneault (Virginia) Brianna Broderick (Michigan) and Dana Je (Ohio State) lead - with par-matching 72s over the 6,072yd course.
Michigan (300) lead the team event from Virginia (301) with Ohio State and Michigan State (305) sharing third place place ahead of New Mexico (309) fifth of the 12 colleges participating.

Clare Queen, Lynn Kenny, Liz McKinnon and Kathryn Imrie all missed the cut on the second day of the Dubai Ladies Masters at the Emirates Club.
The “magic” figure was 148. Clare, Lynn and Liz missed out on 149 while Kathryn was well outside the mark with 154.
Clare birdied the14th and 16th on her way to a 74 but a double bogey at the third was to prove costly.
Lynn also had an early double bogey, at the fourth, and birdies at the 10th and 18th could not wipe that out as she returned a 73. This failure confirmed Miss Kenny’s fears that she will have to go back to the Tour School in Spain next month.
Liz was moving along nicely until bogeying the 12th, 13th and 17th for a 77.
Kathryn had a pair of 77s.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the scoreboard, Annika Sorenstam continued to show her outstanding class with a 68 for 11-under-par 133 and a five-stroke lead from Australia Karrie Webb who also had a 68.
133 Annika Sorenstam (Swe) 65 68.
138 Karrie Webb (Aus) 70 68.
139 Tania Elosegui (Spa) 69 70, sophie Sandolo (Ita) 68 71, Trish Johnson (Eng) 72 69.
149 Clare Queen (Sco) 75 74, Lynn Kenny (Sco) 76 73, Liz McKinnon (NZ) 74 75.
154 Kathryn Imrie (Sco) 77).

Friday 27th October 2006

Cathy Panton-Lewis, winner of 14 events on the forerunner of the Ladies European Tour between 1979 and 1988, is the only British player named in the Rest of the World team to play the United States in a women’s professional golf match organised by the LPGA's Legends Tour.
The inaugural 12-a-side contest for the Handa Cup – donated by Japanese businessman and philantrophist Dr Haruhisa Handa, will be played over the Slammer & Squire Course at World Golf Village, St Augustine in Florida on December 16 and 17.
The first day’s play will feature nine holes of foursomes, nine holes of better-ball and nine holes of a “Texas Scramble” format. The second and final day will consist of 12 singles ties.
Born at Bridge of Allan, daughter of John Panton, MBE, one of Scotland’s most successful professional golfers of yesteryear, Cathy now lives at Sunningdale. She had her 51st birthday last June.
In her amateur days, Cathy won the 1976 British women’s open amateur championship at Silloth on Solway, the same year she was named Scottish Sportswoman of the Year.
Turning pro in 1978, she was a founder member of the British women’s professional golf tour in 1979 and won its first Order of Merit.
Unlike her contemporaries on the British women’s pro golf scene, Cathy has played periodically on the Legends Tour which was founded in 2001 and is the LPGA’s official tour for over-45s. She has won $38,959 in fleeting visits to the States.
The teams for the Handa Cup match are:
UNITED STATES – Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Joanne Carner, Jane Geddes, Sandra Hainie, Chris Johnson, Rosie Jones, Marilyn Lavander, Nancy Lopez, Martha Nause, Cindy Rarick, Patty Sheehan. Captain – Kathy Whiteworth.
REST OF THE WORLD – Dawn Coe-Jones (Canada), Alicia Dibos (Peru), Maria Alice Gonzalez (Brazil), Sally Little (South Africa), Mieko Nomura (Japan), Michiko Okada (Japan), Anne-Marie Palli (France), Cathy Panton-Lewis (Scotland), Barb Bunkowsky Sherbank (Canada), Jan Stephenson (Australia), Angie Tsai (Taiwan), Nayoko Yoshikawa (Japan). Captain – Hisako Higuchi (Japan).

US College Golf

West of Scotland Open champion Callum Macaulay from Tulliallan, a student at Mississippi University, notched up his third top-five finish of the 2006-2007 American college golf season in the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate tournament at Vanderbilt Legends Club, Nashville, Tennessee (this week).
In cold and windy conditions – just like back home – Macaulay had rounds of 72, 71 and 73 for a level par aggregate of 216 over the long and testing 7,190yd course.
He finished joint fifth behind Kyle Peterman (Memphis) and Silas Sutton (Mercer) who tied for victory on 213. Petereman scored 77-66-70; Sutton 71-71-71.
Two players were joint third on 215 and Macaulay shared fifth place with three players.
Macaulay’s effort helped Mississippi (876) to win the team event by eight shots from joint runners-up North Florida and Vanderbilt in a field of 14 colleges.
Macaulay and the Mississippi University golf team will not be back in action until mid-February when they travel to a college tournament in Florida.

New Zealander Liz McKinnon had the lowest score of the Scotland-based players in the first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters at the Emirates Golf Club today.
Liz is in joint 59tyh place after birdieing the 13th and 17th on her way to a 74.
Clare Queen had a 75 with birdies at the fourth, 15th and 18th but a double bogey at the 10th. She is in joint 72nd position.
Lynn Kenny, who needs a top-10 finish, to avoid going back to the Tour School next month, birsied the seventh and 17th and finished with an eagle 3 for a 76. Lynn is sharing 80th place.
Kathryn Imrie had one birdie, at the second, in her 77 which puts her in joint 90th place.
Annika Sorenstam had only 28 putts – at least two of them in the “monster” category – on her way to leading the field by two shots with a seven-under-par 65.
65 Annika Sorenstam (Swe).
67 Namika Omata (Jap).
68 Kiran Matharu (Eng), Bettina Hauert (Ger), Sophie Sandolo (Ita), Kristy Taylor (Eng).
Other scores:
70 Karrie Webb (Aus) (jt 13th).
72 Rebecca Hudson (jt 31st).
73 Becky Brewerton (Wal) (jt 41st).
74 Liz McKinnon (NZ) (jt 59th).
75 Clare Queen (jt 72nd).
76 Lynn Kenny (jt 80th).
77 Kathryn Imrie (jt 90th).

Thursday 26th October 2006

US College Golf

Edinburgh-born Welshman Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State University) and Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) from Catterick are the leading British and Irish players in this week’s GolfWeek/Sagarin college rankings.
Davies is eighth in the men’s rankings while freshman Ewart is 17th in the women’s table.
1 Dustin Johnson (Coastal Carolina).
2 Billy Horschel (Florida).
3 Zack Miller (Stanford).
4 Charlie Beljan (New Mexico).
5 Niklas Lemke (Arizona State) (Sweden).
6 Manuel Villegas (Florida).
7 Pablo Martin (Oklahoma State) (Spain).
8 Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State) (Wales).
9 Lucas Lee (UCLA).
10 Jamie Lovemark (USC).
GB&I players:
78 Ben Taylor (Georgia State) (England).
84 Duncan Stewart (Jacksonville) (Scotland).
106 Gareth Shaw (East Tennessee State) (Ireland).
119 Seamus Power (East Tennessee State) (Ireland).
174 Daniel Willett (Jacksonville State) (England).
178 Russell Knox (Jacksonville) (Scotland).
181 Lewis Kirton (Louisville) (Scotland).
222 Adam Hodkinson (East Tennessee State) (England).
226 Niall Kearney (East Tennessee State) (Ireland).
243 Callum Macaulay (Mississippi).
261 Aaron O’Callaghan (SE Louisiana).
272 Wallace Booth (Augusta State) (Scotland).
284 Tom Sherreard (Georgia State) (England).
297 Alan Glynn (Xavier) (England).
305 Farren Keenan (Texas) (England).
611 Alex Hogben (UMKC) (England).
625 Cian McNamara (East Tennessee State) (Ireland).
781 Peter McLachlan (UMKC) (Scotland).
796 Jordan Findlay (East Tennesee State).
1101 Jamie Kennedy (Jacksonville) (Scotland).
1627 Stephen Clark (UMKC) (Scotland).
1 Caroline Westrup (Florida State) (Sweden).
2 Misun Cho (Pepperdine).
3 Taylor Leon (Georgia).
5 Jennie Lee (Duke).
6 Anna Nordqvist (Arizona State) (Sweden).
7 Leah Wigger (Virginia).
8 Amanda Blumenherst (Duke).
9 Jennifer Osborn (Arizona State).
10 Sandra Gal (Florida) (Germany).
GB&I players:
17 Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) (England).
40 Tara Delaney (Kent State) (Ireland).
162 Danielle McVeigh (Texas A&M)
183 Hannah Burke (Baylor) (England).
276 Karen Delaney (Kent State) (Ireland).
303 Michele Thomson (Jacksonville State) (Scotland).
327 Gemma Webster (Ohio State) (Scotland).
353 Dawn Marie Conaty (Memphis) (Ireland).
358 Sinead O’Sullivan (East Tennessee State) (Ireland).
390 Lucy Gould (East Tennessee State) (Wales).
536 Fern Grimshaw (Bethune-Cookman) (England).
622 Kate O’Sullivan (High Point) (Scotland).
625 AnnMarie Dalton (High Point) (Ireland).
627 Claire Starkie (Georgia State) (England)
807 Vicki Power (Northern Arizona) (Ireland).
935 Portia Abbott (Jacksonville State) (England)
1244 Jenna Kinnear (High Point) (Ireland).

Representatives from the winning clubs in the 2006 Greenlees Trophy Leagues
Beatrice Orr (Kilmacolm: winners of Division 2).
Joanna Scott (Cathkin Braes, runners-up Division 1).
Donna Jackson with the Greenlees Trophy (Cochrane Castle, winners of Division 1 for three of the past four years).
Gina McDowall (Erskine, winners of Division 3).

Greenlees Trophy

Cochrane Castle Golf Club’s women members have won the West of Scotland match-play league championship for the Greenlees Trophy for the third time in the past four years. They retained the title with a total of 45pt at the top of Division 1.
Cathkin Braes were runners-up with 40pt.
The Division 2 title was won by Kilmacolm with 36.5pt – half-a-point ahead of runners-up Hilton Park.
Erskine were winners of Division three by a large margin with 57pt. Runners-up Haggs Castle totalled 45.5pt.
Willeen McCallum is the organiser of the Greenlees Trophy Leagues which were described by leading Cochrane Castle player, Donna Jackson, as “exceedingly competitive but also very friendly” at today’s (WED) lunch and presentation of trophies at Old Ranfurly Golf Club.
The full final placings in the 2006 Greenlees Trophy Leagues:
Division 1
1 Cochrane Castle 45.
2 Cathkin Braes 40.
3 Ranfurly Castle 38.
4 Prestwick St Nicholas 38.
5 Lanark 37.
6 Cardross 36.
7 Kilmarnock Barassie 33.
8 Troon 29.5
9 Douglas Park 27.5
Troon & Douglas Park.
Division 2
1 Kilmacolm 36.5.
2 Hilton Park 36.
3 West Kilbride 36.
4 Bothwell Castle 29.5
5 Whitecraigs 29.5.
6 Old Ranfurly 29.5.
7 East Renfrewshire 29.
8 Eastwood 26.
9 Milngavie (withdrawn).
Promoted to Division 1:
Kilmacolm & Hilton Park.
Eastwood & Milngavie.
Division 3
1 Erskine 57.5.
2 Haggs Castle 44.5.
3 Cowglen 44.
4 Turnberry 44.
5 Lenzie. 36.5.
6 Largs 35.
7 Williamwood 35.5.
8 Greenock 32.
9 Cawder 39.
Promoted to Division 2:
Erskine & Haggs Castle.

Wednesday 25th October 2006

Some of the many prizewinners at the Midlothian AGM last night
[Photo courtesy and copyright © Janet Wake]

US College News

Fort William teenager Ashton Ingram is beginning to find her feet in golfing terms at Belmont Abbey College in America. Ashton, 18, a freshman student at the North Carolina college, finished joint 24th in the Flagler Fall Slam women’s college tournament at World Golf Village, St Augie in Florida (on Tuesday, USA time).
It was Ashton’s highest finish since she went to America in August and this was the first time she had the lowest total of the five Belmont Abbey College team players in the tournament.
Miss Ingram had scores of 76 and 85 for 161 over the 5,987yd, par-72 course.
Victoria Jackson (West Florida) won with rounds of 71 and 77 for four-over-par 148.
West Florida (613) won the team event by one stroke from Nova Southeastern. Belmont Abbey (662) finished seventh of the 17 colleges participating.

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Great Britain & Ireland boy international Lewis Kirton, a freshman student at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, finished 22nd equal in The Club Glove Intercollegiate golf tournament at Somis in California (on Tuesday, USA time).
Newmachar Golf Club member Lewis, third in his last competition a couple of weeks ago, had rounds of 72, 78 and 81 for a 15-over-par total of 231 over the 6,985yd, par-72 course at Saticoy Country Club.
Kirton finished 13 strokes behind the tournament winner, Charlie Beljan (New Mexico) who had rounds of 71, 76 and 71 for two-over 218 and a one-stroke victory from Jason Kokrak (Xavier) and Ricky Romano (Houston).
Alan Glynn (Xavier), from Middlesex, was joint 34th with 77, 79 and 80 for 236.
Lamar University (893) won the team event from New Mexico and Pepperdine, both 904, with Houston (906) fourth, Louisville (911) fifth and Xavier (921) sixth in the field of 12 colleges.

US College Golf

Alex Hogben, a 6ft 3in freshman student from Manchester, is the toast of the University of Missouri Kansas City golf team after scoring his first win in only his fourth tournament on the American college circuit.
Alex, (Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Tom Ward), shot rounds of 71, 71 and 69 for a five-under-par score of 211 – the third lowest score in UMKC golf programme history – in the ORU Shootout college tournament over the Broken Arrow course at Indian Springs Country Club in Oklahoma.
Hogben won by three shots from John Sutko (Creighton University) who had scores of 72, 71 and 71.
Alex had achieved two top-10 finishes in his first three tournaments and had been named as one of the top 25 freshmen golfers on the circuit.
UMKC (875) finished only one stroke behind the winners of the team event, Oklahoma City, in a field of 12 colleges.
Scots Peter McLachlan – last year’s Scottish youths champion – and Stephen Clark, both from Glasgow, are also on golf scholarships at the University of Missouri Kansas City but did not figure in the team of five for this tournament.
As winter approaches in the state of Missouri, this is the last tournament the UMKC team will play until late February.


Tuesday 24th October 2006

Stirling swept the boards of the leading awards at the first of the British Universities Sports Association Regional Qualifiers (Scotland), played over the Devlin and Torrance courses at Fairmont St Andrews Bay.
Stirling students Paul Betty (pictured right) and Claire-Marie Carlton (pictured below left) won the individual titles and Stirling won both the men’s and women’s team events.
Betty had rounds of 74 and 69 for a one-under-par total of 143 to win by a single shot from two Highland & Islands University students, Greg McBain (144) from Aberdeen and David Morrison (146) from Banff. Scott Borrowman (Stirling) shared third place on 146.
Miss Carlton had 10 shots to spare in the women’s event after rounds of 80 and 75 for 155. Runner-up was Alford’s Laura Murray (Robert Gordon’s) who won the Scottish schoolgirls title at this venue two years ago.
Emma Fairnie (Edinburgh) from the Borders was third on 167.
The next three Scottish qualifying events are at Lossiemouth (March 26-28), Macdonald Cardrona (Apri 21-22) and Carrick on Loch Lomond (May 1-2).
Players who gain the most points will qualify to compete against qualifiers from English and Wales venues for the BUSA individual stroke-play championship next summer.
The Scottish Golf Union is supporting the regional qualifying events and in return a small number of entries will be allocated to the SGU for Scottish non-student youth players.
Collated results:
Devlin & Torrance Courses, Fairmont St Andrews Bay.

143 Paul Betty (Stirling) 74 69.
144 Greg McBain (UHI Millennium Inst) 70 74.
146 David Morrison (UHI Millennium Inst) 73 73, Scott Borrowman (Stirling) 72 74.
148 Gordon Yates (Strling) 82 66.
149 Gavin Dear (Stirling) 75 74.
150 Cameron Gray (St Andrews) 73 77.
151 Mark Dickson (Edinburgh) 80 71, Kevin Garwood (Bournemouth) 74 77.
152 Grant Little (St Andrews) 79 73, Bobby Rushford (Stirling) 77 75, Bradley Brooke (Stirling) 77 75.
153 David Booth (Stirling) 69 74, Jonny Watt (Strlng) 76 77, Steven Hume (Abertay Dundee) 71 82.
154 James Warwick (UHI Millennium Inst) 83 71, Ross Dixon (St Andrews) 77 77, Fergus Niven (Edinburgh) 74 80.
155 Jason Edgeworth (St Andrews) 80 75, Ricardo Rebbechi (St Andrewss) 77 78, Brian Soutar (Heriot Watt) 75 80.
156 Karl Shephard (Stirling) 79 77, Charlie Swann (Bournemouth) 79 77, Euan Polson (Stirling) 75 81.
157 Malcolm Murray (UHI Millennium Inst) 82 75.
158 Mark Wilkie (Edinburgh) 81 77, Nick Feinbergh (St Andrews) 81 77, Colin Colraine (Strathlyde) 79 79, Gordon Stevenson (St Andrews) 78 80, Evan Bryceland (Stirling) 78 80.
159 Chris O’Hagan (Bournemouth) 82 77, Andrew Brown (Strathclyde) 81 78, Craig Cowie (Robert Gordon’s) 80 79, Henric Namander (Abertay Dundee) 76 83.
160 Jamie Gardiner (Robert Gordon’s 81 79, Mike Evans (Bournemouth) 79 81, Jack Musgrove (Edinburgh) 768 82.
162 Henry Killington (Bournemouth) 81 81, David McInroy (Strathclyde) 79 83.
165 Fraser Inglis (Glasgow) 78 86,.
166 David Currie (Glasgow) 88 78, Niall Finlay (Glasgow) 85 81, Richard Aspin (Strathclyde) 85 81, Gary Reid (Heriot Watt) 81 85.
167 Scott Green (Robert Gordon’s) 83 84.
168 Bruce Mackay (Heriot Watt) 89 79, Ali Leggate (Strathclyde) 84 84.
172 Graeme McInroy (Strathclyde) 85 87.
155 Claire-Marie Carlton (Stirling) 80 75.
165 Laura Murray (Robert Gordon’s) 85 80.
167 Emma Fairnie (Edinburgh) 86 81.
168 Emma Tipping (Stirling) 85 83.
173 Faye Haffey (Edinburgh) 93 80.
174 Morag Macpherson (St Andrews) 87 87.
179 Lesley Rolland (Napier) 94 85.
180 Joanna Krupa (Edinburgh) 92 88, Dawn Dewar (Stirling) 92 88.
182 Rachel Schwartz (Glasgow) 86 95.
183 Kerri Harper (Abertay Dundee) 94 89.
186 Coleen Winstanley (St Andrews) 95 91.
195 Jennifer Linklater (St Andrews) 97 98

430 Stirling 1 (Betty, Borrowman, Yates, Dear).
443 UHI Millennium Inst (McBain, Morrison, Warwick, Murray).
456 Stirling 2 (Rushford, Booth, Watt, Polson).
Other totals:
459 St Andrews 1. 460 Edinburgh. 465 Bournemouth, St Andrews 2. 466 Stirling 3. 486 Robert Gordon’s. 488 Strathclyde. 489 Heriot Watt. 497 Glasgow.
323 Stirlingt (Carlton, Tipping, Dewar).
339 Edinburgh (Fairnie, Haffey, Krupa).
360 St Andrews (Macpherson, Winstanley, Linklater).

Former Ladies European Tour supreme Ian Randell has been appointed chief exectutive of the PGAs of Europe. He will start his new role at its
headquarters at The Belfry in mid-January.
Randell, 33, is meantime chief executive of the British Universities Sports Association where he has to fulfil his contract before moving.
The PGAs of Europe has not had a man at the helm since the retirement of Lawrie Thornton as general secretary in August 2005.
In announcing the appointment Sandy Jones, the PGAs of Europe chairman, said that the new man would take up the role of ‘driving the Association forward’ in certain crucial areas devised by a series of strategy committee meetings during the interim period.
“Ian originally worked for the PGA here at the Belfry before he went off to further his career elsewhere, so we had given him a good groundwork,” said Sandy.
“Among those we considered for the post Ian ticked all of the boxes. Such areas as ‘commercial’ and ‘communications’ are vitally important to us if we are to make the PGAs of Europe a successful business, one that generates the income necessary to provide member countries with the services and the support they need.
“During the 12 months that, effectively, I have been personally undertaking the chief executive role one thing that has come across loud and clear is the gulf between the more mature PGAs and the comparative newcomers. We’re light years apart.
“Those from the old Eastern bloc, for example, need a great deal of help and I would like to believe that with the strategies we are now putting in place, we can provide that help. The PGAs of Europe brand has an important role to play, and ought to be able to develop a really strong voice within the political structure of the European Community,” he added.
In five successful years at the Ladies European Tour, Ian Randell did much to advance the organisation, including increasing the tournament schedule from 13 tournaments to in excess of 20. Before that he was a Senior Tournament Director with the PGA, having earlier worked in the Midland Region. He has a Management Sciences degree from the University of Warwick.
“I’m absolutely delighted to get this second opportunity to work at the forefront of professional golf,” said Ian. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with BUSA, since February, but when Sandy described the plans for the future of the PGAs of Europe, the prospect of driving the growth of the Association was one that I felt was too good to miss. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to advance the game across Europe.”


Monday 23rd October 2006

US College Golf

Laura Jansone, an 18-year-old freshman student at East Tennessee State University, pulled off a double whammy for herself and her college in the Lady Pirate Invitational tournament over the Bradford Creek course at Greenville, North Carolina.
Laura, women’s champion of Latvia in 2004 and again this year, became the first ever player from her country to win an event on the American college circuit and also the first-ever female player from the East Tennessee State University programme to win individual honours.
Miss Jansone was actually joint first with Sara Hunt (Birmingham Southern) on level par 216 but a win’s a win!
Over the 6,232yd, par-72 course Laura had scores of 71, 74 and 71. Sara’s rounds were 70, 75 and 71. They finished two shots ahead of Ashley Davis (Old Dominion).
Irish girl AnnMarie Dalton (High Point) from Carlow finished in joint 32nd place on 227, one shot and four places ahead of former Welsh girls champion (2002 and 2003) Lucy Gould, a student at East Tennessee State from Bargoed
Another Irish player, East Tennessee State freshman Sinead O’Sullivan from Galway came 51st equal on 231, one shot ahead of High Point’s Kate O’Sullivan from Paisley. Kate was played joint 57th
Another High Point team player, Jenna Kinnear from Belfast, finished joint 97th in a field of 105 on 249.
Birmingham Southern (880) won the team event by five shots from Maryland. East Tennessee State (889) shared fourth place with Central Florida. High Point (938) finished 14th in a strong field of 20 teams.

216 Laura Jansone (East Tennessee State) 71 74 71, Sara Hunt (Birmingham Southern) 70 75 71.
218 Ashley Davis (Old Dominion) 75 75 68.
Other scores:
227 AnnMarie Dalton(Hgh Point) 76 75 76 (jt 32nd).
228 Lucy Gould (East Tennessee State) 78 73 77 (jt 36th).
231 Sinead O’Sullivan (East Tennessee State) 80 79 72 (jt 51st).
232 Kate O’Sullivan (High Point) 79 77 76 (jt 57th)..
249 Jenna Kinnear (High Point) 84 82 83 (jt 97th).
880 Birmingham Southern.
885 Maryland.
887 Augusta State.
889 East Tennessee State, Central Florida.
938 High Point (14th of 20).

Irish girls champion Stephanie Meadow from Antrim, Northern Ireland has followed up her victory in the Nick Faldo Series Girls’ Final at Celtic Manor by chalking up her first win on the International Junior Golf Tour in Florida.
Now a student at the International Junior Golf Academy, Stephanie was runner-up up her debut on the IJGT in September.
This time, competing in the latest event at Bent Tree Country Club, Sarasota, Stephanie made no mistake.
Trailing by a couple of shots after a first-round 73, Stephanie’s second-round score of 74 for a final total of 147 was good enough to give her a three-stroke win in the Girls’ 19 and Under division.
Emphasising the international quality of the field, the four girls who tied for second place behind Miss Meadow came from the United States, Japan, Thailand and Peru.
Unlike most of British Isles at the weekend, Stephanie played the event under sunny skies with temperatures up in the 80s.

I know they won a couple of weeks ago, but I just thought you'ld like to see this photo of the victorious Scottish Senior Mens' team and their wives and partners. The Scottish Team won the Mens Senior Home Internationals at Dunbar. I'm told the girls all caddied (in some horrible weather) and were a great help...they really enhanced the team spirit!
Well done everyone!
[Photo courtesy SGU]

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Yorkshire’s Jodi Ewart tumbled out of the top 10 with a triple bogey 6 at the short 17th in her final round at the Stanford Fall Intercollegiate women’s tournament at Stanford, California on a sunny Sunday when the temperatures were up in the high 70s-low 80s.
Jodi, a freshman student at New Mexico University and already No 4 in the Golfstat Cup rankings, entered the third round in joint fifth place after scores of 69 and 70 but she crashed to a 77 (36-41) for a three-over-par total of 216 over the 5,985yd, par-71 course over which Tiger Woods and Mhairi McKay used to play when they were Stanford University students a decade or so ago.
Miss Ewart, from Catterick, bogeyed the third, ninth, 10th, and 12th before her disaster at the 17th. After finding birdies easy to come by through the first two rounds – she had four in the first and five in the second - Jodi could muster only one on Sunday, at the fifth.
She finished the tournament, which had many of the leading female college players in the field, in joint 13th place.
Stacy Lewis (Arkansas) birdied the 16th, 17th and 18th to finish with a 69 and a six-under-par total of 207. That was matched only by Alison Walshe (Arizona), who birdied the 16th and parred the last two, also for a 69. The pair shared first place.
Spaniard Adriana Zwanck (Arizona) tied for third place with home-course player Lauren Todd (Stanford) on 208, one behind the leading pair.
Vanderbilt (855) won the team title by five shots from Arizona with Georgia (862) third and Stanford (863) fourth.
New Mexico (884) came joint eighth in a field of 15 colleges.
207 Stacy Lewis (Arksansas) 71 67 69, Alison Walshe (Arizona) 67 71 69.
208 Lauren Todd (Stanford) 70 68 70, Adriana Zwanck (Arizona) 68 71 69.
Other score:
216 Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) 69 70 77.
855 Vanderbilt.
860 Arizona.
862 Georgia.
863 Stanford.
Other score:
884 New Mexico (jt 8th of 15).

Sunday 22nd October 2006

US College Golf

Yorkshire girl Jodi Ewart is in joint fifth place with one round to play in the Stanford Fall Intercollegiate women’s tournament at Stanford, California.
Jodi, from Catterick, a freshman at New Mexico University, has made such a good start to her career on the American women’s college circuit that she was No 3 in the GolfStat Cup rankings going into this event which features many of the top players and colleges.
Jodi has had rounds of 69 and 70 over the par-71, 5,985yd Stanford course in California conditions which really do seem thousands of miles away from Scotland’s rain – temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s!
Miss Ewart, in her second round, had a double bogey 7 at the long seventh and dropped another stroke at the 11th but cancelled those slips out with birdies at the second, 12th, 15th and 17th. She had five birdies in her opening round of two-under-par 69.
Jodi is three shots behind pacemaker Whitney Wade (Georgia) who has put together scores of 67 and 69 for six-under-par 136.
Stanford, putting their local knowledge to good use, are leading the team event on 564 – a five shot lead from Arizona. New Mexico are in joint fifth place. A total of 15 colleges are represented.
Stanford is the university which Tiger Woods – and, before him, Mhairi Mackay attended.
136 Whitney Wade (Georgia) 67 69.
138 Lauren Todd (Stanford) 70 68, Stacy Lewis (Arkansas) 71 67, Alison Walshe (Arizona) 67 71, Stacy Lewis (Arkansas) 71 67.
139 Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) 69 70, Adriana Zwanki (Arizona) 68 71.
564 Stanford.
569 Arizona.
570 Georgia.
580 Vanderbilt.
585 New Mexico, Duke.

Saturday 21st October 2006

Espirito Santo
South Africa withstood a surge by defending champions Sweden to win the 2006 Women’s World Amateur Golf Team Championships on a tiebreak, becoming the first victorious host nation since 1980, at Steelenbosch.
Playing at De Zalze, Ashleigh Simon and Kelli Shean each shot 2-over par 74s for their final day total of 148. Teammate Stacy Bregman was one further back on 75. Sweden, making up a four-stroke deficit, tied the host nation at 10-under-par for a 72-hole total of 566. With the initial tie-break (final round non-counting score) being equal on 75, the non-counting score from the third round was called into play and South Africa’s Simon shot 73 to Andersson’s 77, making the host nation the victors.
It was desperately close at the top of the table with Colombia only a shot behind the top two on 567. Then came France, just one shot further back in fourth place on 568.
Germany and Japan were squeeze up behind them in joint fifth place on 569.
England (578) were the top British & Irish team in joint 11th place.
Scotland were 19th on 591 – two shots better than Wales who were tied for 20th place.
Ireland will be disappointed to have finished no higher than joint 23rd on 594.
Sweden’s Caroline Westrup, currently at college in the United States, came with a late run to deprive 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl Rikako Morita of the individual honour.
Rikako had led through the first three rounds but a final effort of 75 left the door open for someone to catch – and it was Miss Westrup who signed off with a 69 for an eight-under-par total of 280.
That was two shots ahead of the second-placed Japanese girl.
England’s Kerry Smith (jt 16th on 288) and Sophie Walker (jt 19th on 290) were the leading GB&I players individually.
Heather MacRae finished with a 71, thanks to late birdies at the 16th and 18th for a seven-over-par total of 295 and a share of 36th place with Curtis Cup Welsh player Breanne Loucks.
Jenna Wilson ran up a quadruple bogey 7 at the short ninth in an outward half of 42. Her only birdie in two days’ play came at the 18th for a 78. She had an outstanding 69 in the second round but disappointed in the other three rounds as she finished on 12-over-par 300 and a share of 52nd place.
Krystle Caithness was back among the double bogeys in a final round of 76. She had a 6 at the second and a 6 at the 15th but she finished with birdies at the 17th and 18th for a total of 305 and a share of 73rd place.
566 South Africa 139 138 141 148, Sweden 139 145 138 144.
567 Colombia 147 141 143 136.
568 France 146 136 142 144.
569 Germany 141 139 143 146, Japan 137 144 145 143.
570 New Zealand 146 144 139 141.
572 Spain 145 146 138 143.
574 United States 144 146 138 146.
576 Chinese Taipei 139 146 143 147.
578 Korea 145 141 149 143, England 145 139 145 149, Netherlands 149 140 142 147.
581 Australia.
583 Canada.
584 Italy.
585 Russian Federation.
590 Mexico.
591 Scotland 153 141 150 147 (19th).
593 Wales 150 148 153 142, Czech Republic, Belgium (jt 20th).
594 Austria, Ireland 152 149 146 147 (jt 23rd).
602 Brazil.
603 Finland.
605 Argentina.
608 Norway.
610 Venezuela, Phillipines.
623 Bermuda.
624 Iceland.
625 Switzerland.
636 Puerto Rico.
638 Guatemala.
643 Egypt.
647 Trinidad & Tobago.
670 Slovakia.
694 Zambia.
705 Colombia.
760 Gabon.
280 C Westrup (Swe) 72 73 66 69.
282 R Morita (Jap) 65 72 70 75.]283 A Munoz (Spa) 74 72 69 69, Pei-lin Yu (Chinese Taipei) 66 73 71 73.
285 M Bourdy (Fra) 74 68 69 784 (jt 7th).
286 K Schallenberg (Ger) 73 68 72 73 (jt 12th).
287 C Masson (Ger) 77 71 71 73, A Nordqvist (Swe) 68 72 72 75 (jt 14th).
288 A Rossi (Ita) 71 73 70 74, K Smith (Eng) 73 69, 72 74 (jt 16th).
290 S Walker (Eng) 72 70 73 75 (jt 19th).
293 B Mozo (Spa) 71 74 74 74 (jt 29th).
295 B Loucks (Wal) 77 75 75 68, H MacRae (Sco) 76 72 76 71 (jt 36th).
299 M Gillen (Ire) 75 75 74 75, C Coughlan (Ire) 81 74 72 72 (jt 48th).
300 J Wilson (Sco) 77 69 76 78 (jt 52nd).
302 M Reid (Eng) 75 74 76 77 (jt 63rd).
303 T Davies (Wal) 78 73 78 74, S Hassan (Wal) 73 78 78 74 (jt 66th).
305 K Caithness (Sco) 77 78 74 76 (jt 73rd).
322 T Mangan (Ire) 77 79 83 83 (jt 101st).

The Algarve Golf Guide publication, in association with Golf for Greys, is launching a major new annual event, the Algarve Amateur Open Championship and Pro-am.
The inaugural tournament will be held at Pestana’s new course near Silves on Friday December 8 and at Valda Pinta, near Carvoeiro, the following day.
The Algarve Amateur Open Championship is for players aged 18 or over who have a national federation or golf union membership card or an official handicap certificate from their club.
Both ladies and men are welcome to enter, and ladies play from the forward tees.
The field will be limited to 100 entries. If there are more than 100 entries, the lower handicappers will get priority.
The entry fee of 110 Euros guarantees two rounds of golf and lunch on the second day.
November 30 is the closing date for entries.
Entry forms and more details are available from the championship director (E-mail:; telephone 00351 918 449 966; fax 00351 282 381 063).
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Maeve Morrison (Powfoot) now a Teaching Pro in the States
Ten or so years ago, Maeve Morrison (pictured right) was one of the leading Dumfries-shire county players. She had been Powfoot women’s club champion six times and twice county champion.
Fast forward to 2006 and Maeve has become Mrs Jim Cromwell. Not only that, she is now the professional at Braelinn Golf Club in Peachtree City, just a few miles south of Atlanta, Georgia, and is “Director of Instruction” for three courses in all.
So how did all that come about?
Let Maeve tell you her story

US College Golf
Baylor University freshman student Hannah Burke from Hertfordshire finished joint 23rd in the Prices Give ‘Em Five Invitational women’s college tournament over the New Mexico State University course (6,319yd, par 72) course at Las Cruces.
Hannah had a roller-coaster tournament with rounds of 80, 72 and 76 for a total of 228.
New Mexico State made the most of their local knowledge to win the individual title through Lehua Wise (72-72-70 for two-under-par 214) and the team event with a total of 890 – six shots ahead of Baylor in a 17-team contest.

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Charlene Reid from Antrim, Northern Ireland, a freshman student at Pfeiffer University, North Carolina, finished third in a field of 60 for the Patsy Rendleman Invitational women’s college tournament at Country Club of Salisbury, North Carolina.
Charlene had rounds of 78 and 74 for an aggregate of 152 – 10 shots behind the runaway winner, Franziska Blum (Newberry) who scored 70 and 72.
But Miss Reid was only one shot behind the runner-up, team-mate Brittany Beltran (76-75).
A second Pfeiffer player from Ulster, sophomore Nikki Taggart of Belfast, shared 20th place on 165 with scores of 81 and 84.
Scotland’s Ashton Ingram from Fort William, a first-year student at Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina, finished joint 32nd on 170 with scores of 87 and 83.
Catawba College (627) won the team event by a single shot from Pfeiffer (628) with Newberry (631) third. Belmont Abbey (667) shared fifth place in the field of 10 colleges.
The tournament was played over a par-72 course measuring 5,949yd.

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Meanwhile, in the Spider Invitational women’s college tournament at Virginia Crossing Golf Club, Glen Allen in Virginia, AnnMarie Dalton from Carlow, Ireland, was the first-round leader with a 74 over the par-72, 6,038yd course.
But the junior student at High Point University faded to a second-day 89 as bad weather hit the venue. AnnMarie, with a total of 163, was placed 14th behind the winner, Belen Diaz Cisneros (Campbell University) who shot 77 and 74 for 151 and a three-shot victory from Kristin Simpson (Virginia) (76-78).
Two other High Point team players, both seniors, finished down the field. Kate O’Sullivan from Paisley scored 80 and 93 for 173 and a share of 36th place while Jenna Kinnear from Belfast had rounds of 85 and 91 for 176 and joint 45th place.
Campbell University (623) won the team event by six shots from Virginia.
High Point (872) finished joint sixth in a field of 11 colleges.

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In the Aztec Fall Classic at Salt Creek Golf Club, Chula Vista in California, Irish junior international Vicki Power had one of her less successful forays on the American women’s college circuit.
Vicki, a student at Northern Arizona University, scored 76 and 85 for 161 to finish 71st in a quality field of 112 players over a 6,259yd course with a par of 72.
Two Denver University players, Emily Hoeper and Stephanie Sherlock tied for first place on three-under-par 141. Emily scored 66 and 75 while Stephanie had 69 and 72.
Denver (582) won the team event by seven shots from Brigham Young. Northern Arizona (634) came 16th of 19 colleges.

Friday 20th October 2006

Espirito Santo - Womens World Amateur Team Championship
Third round report

Scotland go into the fourth and final round of the women’s world amateur team golf championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy in joint 19th place in a field of 42 nations at Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The Scots scored six-over-par 150 on the third day with a 74 from Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) and a pair of 76s from Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) and Heather MacRae (Dunblane New).
Krystle birdied two short holes, the seventh and 15th, on the Stellenbosch course but bogeyed the sixth, eighth, 10th and 13th.
Jenna and Heather could not muster a single birdie between them.
Jenna is the best-placed Scot in the individual rankings, sharing 41st place on six-over-par 222. Heather is joint 47th on 224 while Krystle is 74th equal of 229.
Stacy Bergman, who played well in the British women’s open amateur championship at Royal County Down in June, fired a three-under-par 69 to give South Africa a four-stroke lead after 54 holes.
Sweden leapfrogged Japan, France, England and Germany into second place with a seven-birdie 66 from Caroline Westrup while teammate Anna Nordqvist, the former British girls’ open champion, shot 72.
Rikako Morita, the 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl, continues to set the pace. She had a 70 for nine-under-par 207 – three shots ahead of Pei-lin Yu from Chinese Taipei who had a 71.
England’s Kerry Smith is the highest placed British and Irish player in joint ninth place on 214 after a 72.
This is the first time that Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales have been able to send their own teams of three to the women’s world amateur team championship since the early days of the Espirito Santo Trophy in the 1960s. The Ladies Golf Union, traditionally, selected three players to represent Great Britain & Ireland.
418 South Africa.
422 Sweden.
423 Germany.
424 France.
426 Japan.
428 United States.
429 England, Spain, New Zealand, Chinese Taipei.
431 Colombia,Netherlands.
434 Italy.
435 Korea, Austria.
436 Australia.
441 Canada, Russian Federation
444 Scotland, Czech Republic.
445 Mexico, Chile.
447 Ireland.
448 Belgium.
450 Finland.
451 Wales.
452 Brazil, Venezuela.
455 Philippines.
456 Argentina.
458 Bermuda
460 Norway
463 Iceland
472 Switzerland
476 Guatemala
478 Puerto Rico
485 Egypt
496 Trinidad & Tobago
496 Slovakia
518 Zambia
527 Croatia
576 Gabon.
Leading individual third-round totals
Par 72
207 R Morita (Jap) 65 72 70.
210 Pei-lin Yu (Chi Tai) 66 73 71.
211 M Bourdy (Fra) 74 69 68, K Shean (SAF) 70 689 72, A Simon (SAf) 69 69 73, C Westrup (~Swe) 72 73 66.
212 A Nordqvist (Swe) 68 72 72.
213 K Schallenberg (Ger) 73 68 72.
214 A Blumenhirst (US) 71 71 72, C Masson (Ger) 72 71 71, A Munoz (Spa) 74 72 68, A Rossi (Ita) 71 73 70, K Smith (Eng) 72 69 72.
Other scores:
215 S Walker (Eng) 72 70 73 (jt 14th).
222 J Wilson (Sco) 77 69 76 (jt 41st).
224 M Gillen (Ire) 75 75 74, H MacRae (Sco) 76 72 76 (jt 47th).
225 M Reid (Eng) 75 74 76 (jt 56th).
227 C Coughlan (Ire) 81 74 72, B Loucks (Wal) 77 75 75 9jt 66th).
229 K Caithness (Sco) 77 78 74, T Davies (Wal) 78 73 78, S Hassan (Wal) 73 78 78 (jt 74th).
239 T Mangan (Ire) 77 79 83 (100th).

Alyth Golf Club is to hold an evening reception to mark the achievement of one of its members, Kevin McAlpine, in winning the Allied Surveyors Scottish amateur championship at Nairn Golf Club during the summer.
It will take place in the Alyth clubhouse on Thursday, October 26.
Guests will include representatives of the Scottish Golf Union and Perth & Kinross County Golf Union, last year’s Scottish amateur champion Glenn Campbell (Blairgowrie) and former Walker Cup player Ian Hutcheon (Monifieth) who skippered the Scotland team to victory in the recent senior men’s home internationals.
Ian will say a few words before presenting Kevin with a framed painting of Nairn Golf Club.
Kevin joined Alyth Golf Club as a junior member and later spent four years at Colorado State University on a golf scholarship.
Kevin played in the Scotland team who retained the men’s home internationals title at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, South Wales in September.
Apart from winning the national title, he won the Alyth club championship this year and also the Perth & Kinross county stroke-play title by five strokes over his home course with rounds of 65 and 64 for an 11-under-par total.
McAlpine returned to the town of Nairn to win the North of Scotland open amateur stroke-play title for the David Blair Trophy over four rounds.
His father, Hamish, was Dundee United’s goalkeeper for many years.

Name a new course at the Home of Golf
(Aerial photos of the new course are available by contacting Mike Woodcock on 0044 1334 466610 or at
Golf fans around the world will have a chance to carve their name in history next month when St Andrews Links Trust runs a competition through its website to find a name for its seventh course which is under construction.
It will be the first time in 600 years of history at the Home of Golf that golf fans and the public will have the chance to suggest the name of a new course.
Visitors to will be invited to send in suggestions from November 1 to December 1. The best names will be submitted to the Course No 7 Working Party to select the winning name. The identity of the new course will be announced in January.
Competition winners will be invited to play one of the first rounds on the new course when it opens in 2008 and will be invited to the official opening ceremony along with VIP’s from the world of golf.
Course No 7 is under construction on a clifftop site to the south east of St Andrews centred on Kinkell Point and Brownhills Farm. The 220 acre site features spectacular views over the town of St Andrews and out to the North Sea.
Alan McGregor, general manager of St Andrews Links Trust, said, “The anticipation for what will be one of the finest courses not only in Scotland but in world golf has been building steadily and the mystery over its name seems to have captured the minds of golf fans everywhere.
“It is not very often that a new course opens at the Home of Golf and we have been acutely aware of the interest that Course No 7 has been attracting. We know that many golfers feel an emotional attachment to the birthplace of the game and we really wanted them to have the opportunity to become a part of the process of naming this new course.
“We have already received dozens of enquiries regarding the name from all corners of the globe and this competition promises to be fascinating. I would urge anyone who would like to be part of golf history to send in their suggestion.”
The internet competition follows the success last year of an auction on the Links Trust website for the tee plaques from the Old Course which attracted bids from around the world. The sale of the tee plaques raised £15,000 for St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association.
Full details for the competition and weekly information bulletins regarding the history and nature of the land at Course No 7 will be provided at To send in your entry please email from November 1. The deadline for entries will be 12noon on December1.

ELGA Press Release
Derbyshire pair win ELGA's new PING Fourball Betterball tournament

Matlock's Shirley Kay and Jenny Knight stormed home to become the first winners of ELGA's new competition for club golfers, the PING Ladies' Fourball Betterball Tournament of England.
The Derbyshire pair claimed their crown with a net score of seven-under par 65 in the grand final, which was played over the Thonock Park course at PING's Gainsborough Golf Club in Lincolnshire.
They won by the narrowest of margins, beating Staffordshire's Sue Spencer and Patricia Davies on countback - thanks to a remarkable performance on the back nine.
Shirley, who plays off 22, and Jenny, a 13-handicapper, came home in a net score of six-under 30, courtesy of a net eagle and four net birdies.
"I didn't realise we were doing so well until our playing partners told me our score as we left the last green. I was quite staggered," said Shirley. "We knitted together very well."
As their victory sank in Jenny added: "I could do a back flip, I am so chuffed. It's just out of this world. We scraped through our club round and through the regional final and I had no idea we could possibly do this."
Both women are PING fans and Jenny, who holed out for a net birdie on the 18th green, said: "No-one has enough money to take my PING putter away from me!"
Meanwhile Sue Spencer, a Staffordshire county player, and Patricia Davies were left counting the cost of the 13th, where they both had a shot but could manage only a net bogey five. "That's dismal in this format," said Patricia.
It was the only dropped shot of the day for the Whittington Heath pair, who were four-under on the front nine and three-under on the homeward half, helped by a net eagle two on the 15th, where Patricia holed a 45-footer. Sue, a former county champion, plays off four while Patricia is a 15-handicapper.
Third place went to Jane Fletcher and Janet Day of New North Manchester who scored net 66. Jane, who plays off six, had the additional handicap of a bad back but was determined to compete in the final and said: "Janet did all the work on the back nine when I flagged."
The pair made a quick start to the final when Janet, who plays off 13, had a gross birdie on the first hole and Jane chipped in on the par five 6th for a gross eagle three. They finished with matching halves of net 33.
The betterball medal format of the tournament proved a great hit with competitors. "It's brilliant," said Shirley Kay. "It's lovely for ladies because we don't get many opportunities to play fourball betterball."
Patricia Davies added: "I think it's a great format because it allows you to be a bit more aggressive."
The tournament attracted an initial entry of thousands of pairs from 800 clubs across England. Over 330 clubs were represented at the four regional finals and 48 pairs qualified for the grand final.
John Clark, the managing director of PING Europe, said: "We are thrilled. This tournament has exceeded all our expectations in terms of the numbers of clubs and the numbers of golfers who took part. It has been a fantastic event."
Clare Tyler, ELGA's marketing, press and PR officer, added: "We have worked with PING to create a competition for everyone to take part in. This is something we are able to offer to all our members across the handicap range."
The winners hold the PING Fourball Betterball Trophies for a year. They also each received a memento and a choice of clothing from PING Collection's exclusive ladies' range, or PING ladies' golf clubs to the retail value of 500 (less the value of any prize won in an earlier round). The runners-up and the third-placed players each received prizes to the value of £100. All the finalists received a pair of ECCO shoes and a PING Collection shirt.
During the grand final competitors also had the opportunity to tour the PING factory and visit the PING fitting centre to try out clubs.
They could also take part in a putting competition to win a PING G5i putter, and a nearest the pin challenge, where their shots were plotted by PING's state of the art "TrackMan" radar system. The winner of the challenge received a PING G5 driver.
Information about the 2007 tournament will be sent to clubs in January.

US College Golf

Banchory exile Adam Lindsay finished 10th equal in the NAIA Region 7 college golf tournament at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Galena in Illinois.
Adam, a second-year student at Iowa Wesleyan College, had rounds of 78 and 77 for a total of 155 over the 6,875yd, par-72 course.
The leading Iowa Wesleyan player was freshman James Lennox from Yorkshire who came fourth with 77 and 75 for 152. It was his second top-10 finish.
Ben Hanson (St Ambrose) won with a one-under-par total of 143 (74-69).
St Ambrose, who provided the top three finishers, won the team event with 598 ahead of Grand View (617) and Iowa Wesleyan (621) in a field of 11 teams.

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Daniel Sommerville from St Andrews and Neil McBride of Glasgow – both students at Clayton State University, Atlanta – finished tied 12th and 35th respectively in the rain-abbreviated Queen City Shoot-out college tournament at Rocky River Golf Club, Concord in North Carolina.
The scheduled 36-hole event had to be reduced to only 18 holes due to torrential rain which flooded the course on the second day.
Former Madras College pupil Daniel had a three-over-par 75 over the 6,970yd course and Neil had a 79.
The individual winner was Jakin Fox (Lenoir-Rhyne College) with a three-under-par 69.
Clayton State (324) finished 10th of 13 in the team event won by Belmont Abbey College (298).

Thursday 19th October 2006

US College Golf

West of Scotland Open champion Callum Macaulay from Tulliallan, a student at the University of Mississippi, finished joint 45th with a three-over-par round of 75 in the rain-shortened Squire Creek Inter-Collegiate tournament at Ruston, Louisana.
Torrential rain forced the organisers to reduce the 54-hole tournament to a one-round affair which was won by Johnny Caldwell (South Alabama) with a five-under-par 67.
Mississippi (287) finish fourth in the team event won by Sam Houston State (281) with Southeastern Louisiana and UT-Chattanooga joint second on 286 in a field of 18 teams.


Portlethen's Ryan Penny (pictured right), Kyle Godsman (Hopeman) and Scott Duncan (Newtonmore) were the respective age and handicap winners when the inaugural North District boys’ open match-play championship ended at Forres Golf Club today.
Penny (15), recent beaten finalist in the Aberdeen & District junior champions’ Spence Trophy match-play tournament, birdied the 18th against Jack Thow (Crieff) in the semi-final to book his place in Under-18 years’ section final in which Ryan beat local hope James Foley by 2 and 1.
Hopeman's Kyle Godsman, now aged 15, beat Alistair Begg (Muir of Ord) in the in the Under-15 years’ final. Begg was a 19th hole semi-final winner over Peter Ramsay (Elgin) in the morning but three-handicapper Godsman was the stronger player in the final.
Kyle was four up after nine holes and six ahead after 11 before winning by 5 and 4.
Scott Duncan (Newtonmore), only 13 years of age, won the 17th hole to go one ahead of local Aiden McLean before securing a half on the final green to win the handicap section.
The tournament, backed by the North District, was the brainchild of Forres Golf Club professional Sandy Aird who wanted to provide an opportunity for youngsters to gain more match-play experience. It is expected to become an open event, drawing entries from farther afield as more boys - and their parents - learn about the tournament.
Semi-finals - R Penny (Portlethen) bt J Thow (Crieff) 1 hole, J Foley (Forres) bt A Baillie (Elgin) 4 and 3.
Final - Penny bt Foley 2 and 1.
Semi-finals - A Begg (Muir of Ord) bt P Ramsay (Elgin) at 19th, K Godsman (Hopeman) bt J Treasurer (Castle Heather) 4 and 3.
Final - Godsman bt Begg 5 and 4.
Semi finals - J Milne (Elgin) (12) bt N Skene (Garmouth & Kingston) 1 hole, S Duncan (Newtonmore) (19) bt A McLean (Forres) (19) at 19th.
Final - Duncan bt Milne 1 hole.


Scotland improved nine places to joint 18th in the field of 42 on the back of a super 69 by Jenna Wilson, pictured right, from Strathaven in the second round of the women’s world amateur team golf championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy in South Africa today (THURSDAY).
Playing over the 6,080yd, par-72 Zalze Golf Club course, Jenna was able to improve by eight shots on the 77 she had in the first round over the marginally longer Stellenbosch club course.
Curtis Cup reserve Heather MacRae from Dunblane New was Scotland’s other second-round counter with a par 72, also at Zalze, four shots better than she managed at Stellenbosch.
Scottish Under-21 title-holder Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), also a Curtis Cup reserve, had Scotland’s non-counting score – a 78 - under the best two from three daily format.
Krystle, just 17 years old, was heading for a great score when she was two under par after 11 holes, having birdied the first, fourth and seventh and dropped only one shot, at the fifth.
Then the Fifer from Cellardyke shed eight shots over a nightmare last seven holes. Krystle bogeyed the 12th and 14th before running up a disastrous triple bogey 7 at the 15th.
Another bogey went on her card at the 17th before the final blow of a double-bogey 6 at the 18th, giving her sadly-contrasting halves of two-under-par 34 and eight-over-par 44.
Jenna Wilson conquered the De Zalze inward nine that floored team-mate Krystle. Jenna was out in one-under 35 with birdies at the first, third and fifth and bogeys at the fourth and seventh.
Then Jenna eliminated all the mistakes from her game with seven pars and birdies at the 17th and 18th for two-under 34 home and a 69.
Miss Wilson improved from joint 66th to joint 29th at the end of the second day.
Heather MacRae also turned in one-under-par 35 at De Zalze with birdies at the third and eighth and a bogey at the 17th. She almost held on to a sub-par score with a birdie at the 13th but bogeys at the 12th and 16th for an inward 37 and a par-matching 72 which put her in a share of 38th spot, an improvement of 16 places.
Host nation South Africa have taken up the running with a total of 277 – three shots clear of Germany with the toppled overnight leaders Japan in third place on 281.
England are in joint fifth place on 284; Scotland joint 18th on 294; Wales 21st on 298 and Ireland sharing 24th place on 301.
England’s Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) (73-69) and Sophie Walker (Kenwick Park) (72-70)– both of whom were overlooked for the Curtis Cup match in late July – are the leading British or Irish players in the individual standings in joint seventh place on 142 – five shots behind 16-year-old Japanese high school girl Rikako Morita (65-72).

US College Golf

Fraserburgh teenager Jordan Findlay just cannot get back in the groove for East Tennessee State University on the American college circuit since his summer break back home.
The former British boys champion had rounds of 85, 74 and 79 for a total of 22-over-par 238 in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tournament at The Ridges Golf & Country Club, Jonesborough in Tennessee.
Findlay was placed 73rd in a field of 77 students.
The event was won by his ETSU team-mate, another past British boys champion, Edinburgh-born Rhys Davies.
It was an eighth college win in the States for the Walker Cup player from Bridgend, South Wales.
Davies score 71, 69 and 71 for a five-under-par total of 211 which was three ahead of runner-up Philip Petit (Tennessee).
Tennessee (869) pipped East Tennessee State (870) for the team event contested by 15 colleges.
211 Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State) 71 69 71.
214 Philip Petit (Tennessee) 73 69 72.
Other scores by East Tennessee State University players:
220 Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) 73 74 73.
221 Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) 74 78 69.
222 Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland) 73 74 75.
225 Adam Hodkinson (England) 77 75 73.
238 Jordan Findlay (Fraserburgh) 85 74 79.

Michelle Thomson in action

North of Scotland women’s champion for the past two years, Michele Thomson has finished third in her second appearance on the American women’s college golf circuit – but is still not guaranteed a place in the Jacksonville State University team for the next tournament!
Michele, 18, from Ellon, Aberdeenshire, is a freshman student at the university in Alabama. She finished 26th in her debut tournament in September but is obviously now more acclimatised to the American conditions.
Michele shot scores of 80, 74 and 71 for an aggregate of 225 over a par-72, 5,963yd course in the Chris Bannister Gamecock Classic at the Silver Lakes course in Calhoun County, Alabama.
Hiliary Zeigler (Lamar University), who set a tournament low record mark, was the runaway winner by nine shots with scores of 73, 72 and 69 for two-under-par 214. But Michele was only two shots behind runner-up Therese Nilsson, also of Lamar, who had 73, 77 and 73 for 223.
Miss Thomson was the leading freshman – first-year student – in a field of 47 players.
“I was a bit disappointed with my first-round score of 80 but delighted with my last two rounds of 74 and one-under-par 71, especially as the weather was pretty bad,” said Michele.
“The start of the third round was delayed because of thunder storms and the weather suited me a lot more than it did some of the other players.
“I’m just delighted that I’ve been able to get off to such a good start in America and hopefully I can build on this performance and do even better next time.”
Although Michele’s performance helped Jacksonville State University (933) to finish second in the team event behind Southern Alabama (919) and she was nine strokes better than the next best JSU player in the final totals, there is no guarantee that the long-hitting Scot will be a member of the college’s team for the next tournament which is the Troy University Invitational at Birmingham, South Alabama from October 29 to 31.
Michele explained: “Jacksonville State is no different from any other college golf team out here. We have seven players in our squad and only five players travel to a tournament. We have a little qualifying competition over our home course – and the players with the five best scores make up the team to travel, the sixth and seventh stay at home.
“It is the same for all the universities on the circuit. Although Katy McNicoll from Carnoustie has this week won her first event, she will still have to qualify to make the Lynn University team for the next tournament.”
Par 72
214 Hiliary Zeigler (Lamar) 73 72 69.
223 Therese Nilsson (Lamar) 73 77 73.
225 Michele Thomson (Jacksonville State) 80 74 71.
227 Elin Andersson (South Alabama) 75 73 79.
229 Sara Marti (South Alabama) 76 80 73.
919 South Alabama.
933 Jacksonville State.
937 Lamar
957 Western Kentucky.

Mrs Elaine Farquharson-Black, a Great Britain and Ireland team player in the Curtis Cup matches of 1990 and 1992 and the Vagliano Trophy of 1989 and 1991, is one of four Aberdeen-born golfers who will be among the first 21 inductees to the newly-created Aberdeen Sporting Hall of Fame.
Mrs Farquharson-Black, an honorary member of Deeside Golf Club, won the Scottish Under-18 girls’ title in 1985, the Helen Holm Trophy in 1987 and the Scottish women’s amateur championship at Machrihanish in 1990 when her victims included Kathryn Imrie (quarter-final), Catriona Lambert (semi-final) and Shirley Huggan (final).
In 1989, representing GB&I, she and Helen Dobson won the women's world amateur better-ball championship at Sao Paulo, Brazil. For some reason, the tournament has never been played since, which makes Elaine and Helen undefeated world champions!
Also, in 1991, Elaine was one of the five-strong GB&I who won the Commonwealth tournament, played at Northumberland GC.
Elaine had a short spell in the professional ranks after GB&I won the Curtis Cup at Hoylake in 1992 and she is one of the few lady golfers who can claim to have played for Scotland as an amateur AND a professional. She was a member of the Scotland professional side who beat England at Hazlehead in the mid-1990s in a one-off women’s match for the Union Cup.
Now a successful Aberdeen solicitor, specialising in planning an environmental law, 38-year-old Elaine is a mother of two boys, Nicholas (7) and Michael (3) – and still has a scratch handicap although she has been only a social golfer for more than a decade.
In recent years, she captained the Scotland team in the women’s home internationals three times and also led Scotland in two European women’s team championships.
The other Aberdonian golfers to be honoured are Paul Lawrie, winner of the Open championship at Carnoustie in 1999, Harry Bannerman, who played in the 1971 Ryder Cup match at St Louis, Missouri and gained a square match with Arnold Palmer, then in his prime, and Sandy Pirie, the Hazlehead greenkeeper who became a GB&I player in the Walker Cup match of 1967
A civic ceremony will be held in the Aberdeen Town House on November 23 when all 21 inductees will be made founder members of the Aberdeen Sporting Hall of Fame.

West Vets beat East Vets 5-4
The rescheduled match between the West and East was played in glorious conditions at Troon Portland yesterday. In a very closely contested match the West team were able to regain the Elise Duncan Trophy by winning 5 - 4.
Team Players
West: Robina Gilbertson, Heather Anderson, Elspeth Hanlon, Pat Hutton, Aileen Wilson, Jennifer Mack, Anna Telfer, Rosemary Donaldson and Eleanor Taylor
East: Noreen Fenton, Ruth Brown, Anne Brownie, Susan Penman, Karen Ballantyne, Ethel Jack, Maureen Woodward, Norma Richmond and Jen Corbett.
Check out the West Vets website for results and photos from the Scottish Vets meeting at Blairgowrie, Scottish Seniors and Senior Home Internationals.

SGU North District secretary David Black, local club professional and tournament instigator Sandy Aird and Scottish international Brian Fotheringham all pitched in to clear water from the greens and enable the first and second rounds of the inaugural North District boys’ open match-play championship to be completed on a rain-sodden Forres Golf Club course yesterday.
After leading the Under-18 years’ section qualifiers Neil Howitt (Nairn Dunbar) made a shock exit in the second round to Ryan Penny (Portlethen), who won after just 13 holes.
Host club member James Foley plays Andrew Baillie (Elgin) in the second of Thursday’s semi finals to ensure a North presence in the final.
Foley, who had to play three extra holes to survive his first-round tie, beat the highly rated Aberdeen youngster, Scott Fraser (Northern), in the second round.
Penny takes on another Aberdonian, Scott Robertson (Hazlehead), in the other Under-18 semi final.
The North has four players through to the semi-finals of the Under-15s championship. Peter Ramsay (Elgin) meets Alistair Begg (Muir of Ord) and Kyle Godsman (Hopeman) tackles Jamie Treasurer (Castle Heather) for a place in the final.
N Howitt (Nairn Dunbar) bt A Hay (Grantown on Spey) 2 and 1.
R Penny (Portlethen) bt S Mann (Moray) 2 and 1.
J Thow (Crieff) bt D Macandrew (Hazlehead) 5 and 3.
S Robertson (Hazlehead) bt M. Brand (Tain) 5 and 4.
A Baillie (Elgin) bt S Stables (Elgin) 3 and 1.
C MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) bt B Macleman (Moray) 1 hole.
S Fraser (Northern) bt S Griffiths (Cullen) 5 and 4.
J Foley (Forres) bt A. Dunton (McDonald Ellon) at 21st.
Penny bt Howitt 6 and 5.
Robertson bt Thow 5 and 3.
Baillie bt MacDonald 4 and 3.
Foley bt Fraser 4 and 3.
D Edwards (Elgin) bt D Wright (Alness) 3 and 2.
P Ramsay (Elgin) bt C Nelson (Nairn) 2 and 1.
F Clarke (Westhill) bt R Clarke (Moray) at 21st.
A Begg (Muir of Ord)) bt E Duncan (Newtonmore) 8 and 7.
L Reid (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) bt W Rennie (Northern) 1 hole.
K Godsman (Hopeman) bt M Ross (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) 1 hole.
J Treasurer (Castle Heather) bt N MacAndrew (Cullen) 5 and 4.
T Maddocks (Forres) bt C MacLean (Inverness) 7 and 5.
Ramsay bt Edwards 3 and 2.
Begg bt F Clark 3 and 2.
Godsman bt Reid 2 and 1.
Treasurer bt Maddocks 8 and 6.

Wednesday 18th October 2006

By Pete Kowalski (International Golf Federation Press Officer)
With additional words by Colin Farquharson (
Scotland – represented by Heather MacRae (Dunblane), Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) and Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) – are joint 27th in a field of 42 nations at the end of the first day of the women’s world amateur team championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy at Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The Scots, captained by former Curtis Cup player Alison Davidson from Stirling, totalled 153 under the best-two-from-three-scores to count daily format.
Heather had a four-over-par 76 to be in joint 54th place individually. Krystle and Jenna both had 77s to be sharing 66th place.
Scotland’s first-round total was 153, which put them 16 shots behind the leading Japan team for whom 16-year-old Rikako Morita had the best individual score of seven-under-par 65.
Japan lead by two strokes from defending champions Sweden, South Africa and Chinese Taipei, all on the 139 mark.
Rikako Morita broke the record for lowest individual first-round score in Espirito Santo Trophy history. The second-year high school student from Kyoto had an eagle, six birdies and a bogey in her round.
Team-mate Mika Miyazato, 17, of Okinawa, added an even-par 72 for a team total of 137. Miyazato and the third Japanese player, Erina Hara, 18, played in the 2004 women’s world amateur team championship when they tied for fourth place behind Sweden.
"I hit my tee shots long and straight and I hit my irons close,” said Rikako Morita, the 2006 Japan Women’s Public Golf champion.
"We made a game plan for this championship,” said Japan’s captain Mayumi Satofuka. “We discussed course management and the team was very good at following the game plan.”
Former British girls champion Anna Nordqvist from Sweden was the most successful European player on the first day. Her four-under-par 68 at the De Zalze Golf Club course was the lowest at that venue and placed her third overall. Anna is a student at Arizona State Universtiy.
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137 Japan
139 Sweden, South Africa, Chinese Taipei.
141 Germany.
142 Canada.
143 Australia.
144 United States.
145 Korea, Spain, England.
146 New Zealand, France.
147 Colombia.
148 Italy.
149 Netherlands, Finland, Czech Republic.
150 Russian Federation, Wales, Chile, Venezuela.
151 Mexico, Austria, Belgium.
152 Ireland.
153 Scotland, Argentina.
154 Iceland, Brazil.
155 Norway, Phillipines.
157 Puerto Rico.
160 Bermuda.
162 Guatemala.
163 Switzerland.
164 Trinidad & Tobago, Egypt.
168 Slovakia.
175 Croatia.
176 Zambia.
191 Gabon.
Par 70
65 Rikako Morita (Jap).
66 Pei-Lin Yu (Chinese Taipei).
68 Anna Nordqvist (Sweden).
69 Emma Bennett (Australia), Sandra Gall (Germany), Ashleigh Simon (South Africa).
70 Laura Matthews (Canada), Kelly Shean (South Africa).
Other scores:
71 Belen Mozo (Spa) (jt 9th).
72 Sophie Walker (Eng) (jt 13th).
73 Sahra Hassan (Wal), Kerry Smith (Eng) (jt 20th).
75 Martina Gillen (Ire), Melissa Reid (Eng) (46th).
76 Heather MacRae (Sco) (jt 54th).
77 Krystle Caithness (Sco), Breanne Loucks (Wal), Tricia Mangan (Ire), Jenna Wilson (Sco) (jt 66th).
78 Tara Davies (Wal) (jt 79th).
81 Claire Coughlan (Ire) (jt 94th).

US College Golf

Karen Delaney, Irish girls champion in 2002 and 2003, does not usually finish ahead of her younger sister Tara in American college golf events but she earned the family bragging rights, at least until the next tournament, by doing so in the Mercedes Benz Women’s College Championship over the Cherokee Country Club course (par 71, 5,932yd) at Knoxville, Tennessee.
Both girls are students at Kent State University, Ohio.
Karen had scores of 77, 73 and 79 for a total of 229 which put her in a final position of joint 33rd in a field of 81 players.
Tara, who lost to Karen in the 2003 Irish girls final before winning that title in 2004, as well as the Irish women’s open amateur stroke-play championship in 2004 and 2005, had rounds of 75, 77 and 78 for a total of 230 and a share of 38th place.
It has to be said that this was not one of Tara Delaney’s best efforts on the American college circuit on which she has twice been a winner, including earlier this 2006-2007 season.
Jenny Suh (Alabama University) won the Mercedes Benz title by two shots from Lacey Jones (Southern Methodist) with scores of 74, 70 and 70 for a total of one-over-par 214.
Kent State, with a total of 912, finished 10th of 15 in the team event won by Tennessee at the first hole of a play-off against Georgia. They had tied on 887.

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Former Scottish youths champion Wallace Booth from Comrie, Perthshire finished joint 40th in a field of 67 for the Fighting Irish Classic men’s college golf tournament over the Warren course at South Bend, Indiana.
Now in his fourth and final year at Augusta State University, Wallace had scores of 81, 77 and 75 for a total of 233 over the par-70, 7,011yd course.
Justin Harding (Lamar University) won the event with a three-over-par total of 213 (67-71-75). He chipped in for a birdie at the last hole to pip two players who had finished on 214.
Augusta State (908) finished sixth of 11 in the team event won with ease by Lamar with a total of 860.

US College Golf
Carnoustie’s 18-year-old Katy McNicoll has won her first tournament on the American women’s college golf circuit.
Only a month or two into her second year at Lynn University, Boca Raton in Florida, Katy had rounds of 74 and 75 for a total of 145 – her lowest over 36 holes in the United States – to win the Nova Southeastern Fall Invitational women’s college tournament over the challenging, par-72, 6,000yd Squire Course at PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens in Florida.
During the summer break from college, Katy was runner-up to Krystle Caithness in the Scottish Under-21 girls’ stroke-play championship at Stirling and semi-finalist in the Scottish Under-18 girls championship at Peebles, beaten by the eventual winner Roseanne Niven (Crieff).
She said then that she felt that her first year in the United States had made her a better competitive golfer.
Katy finished third in the Lady Falcon Invitational at Daytona Beach in late September, her first tournament of the 2006-2007 college season.
"I'm really happy to have won my first tournament out here. The wind got up on the final day so I guess it was a bit like home for me. This is where some of the other girls struggled," said Katy from Florida today (WED).
"To be honest, I didn't start well both days. I was three over par through the first three holes on the first day and two over through three on the second. On the final day I made a couple of double bogeys but three birdies helped a bit to balance that out.
"My last birdie was at the par-5 14th and I parred in from there. Nothing exciting but it made the difference in the end for me to win by one stroke."
Lynn University won that team event and also this week’s one at West Palma Beach after a one-hole play-off against Florida Southern Univeresity who also finished with a team aggregate of 607.
“This was a fantastic day for our team,” said Lynn University women’s head golf coach Courtney Bibby. “I’m very proud of these girls.”
Katy won by one shot from three players – Heather Burgner and Lindsey Bergeon, both Florida Southern University, and Laura Fourdraine (Rollins College).
Lynn University had four players in the top 10, including Natasha Morgan from Monmouth, South Wales. Natasha finished joint seventh on 153 with scores of 76 and 77. Natasha is a senior (final year) student.
Lynn University women’s golf squad is made up of four students from the United States, and one each from Scotland, Morocco, Canada, India and Wales.
Katy McNicoll’s older brother Keir was also a student at Lynn University until he completed his golf scholarship before the summer during which he won the East of Scotland Open at Lundin Links and went on to make his debut for Scotland in the team that retained the men’s amateur home internationals title at Pyle & Kenfig, South Wales in September.
Katy’s dad Jim, a former Dunfermline footballer, runs a sports shop in Carnoustie.
“I’m never keen to be quoted re the performances of the ‘bairns.’ It’s all about them and not about the parents. But knowing how much hard work Katy has put in to her golf, we can appreciate any success she has,” said Mr McNicoll.

Winners in the Donald Ross Junior Invitational at Royal Dornoch
left to right: Christain MacLeod, Sammy Vass and John Fair.

Success for Nairn Dunbar Junior at Royal Dornoch.
Donald Ross Junior Invitational at Royal Dornoch
At just fourteen, he will be fifteen next month, Nairn Dunbar's Christain MacLeod took the first step to following in the path of club mates Ryan Elder and Russell Knox when he triumphed in his first major event outside his home club by becoming the seventh winner of the Donald Ross Junior International invitation tournament at Royal Dornoch today. (Wednesday)
From his handicap of ten, which will now reduce to eight, MacLeod with 37 stableford points, won on a card countback from Icelander Arnar Freyr Jonnsson. MacLeod's inward card of 20 points in the stableford scoring format was achieved with a birdie, birdie start at the 10th and 11th holes for three points at each hole as the North juniors made a clean sweep of the main trophies.
John Fair (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) with halves of 37 and 38 for 75 won the Royal Dornoch Trophy for the best scratch score on the championship course and Tain's Sammy Vass (14) was fourth overall and the girls winner with 36 points.
In the consolation competition on the Struie course for non qualifiers Michael Campbell, handicap 1, from Buckpool won the Dornoch Firth Trophy with 37 points on a better inward half over Martin Laing (Inverness).
Results. Donald Ross Championship CSS (boys 71, girls 77)
Donald Ross Trophy -C. MacLeod (Nairn Dunbar) (10), A F. Jonnsson (Iceland) (10) 37 pts. J. Fair (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) (5) , S. Vass (Tain) (5), N. Campbell (Royal Dornoch) (20) 36 pts. R. I. Mackenzie (Tain) (5), C. Stewart (Brora) (5), C. Sutherland (Royal Dornoch) (10) 35 pts. G. Morrison (Tain) (12), G. Rose (Jedburgh) (12), E. Anderrsson (Iceland) (6), J. Williams (Castle Douglas) (14) 34pt.
Girls scores- S. Vass (Tain) (5) 36pts. E. Anderrsson (Sweden) (6) 34pts. F. Fullerton (Huntly)(16) 33pts.
Struie Consolation. Dornoch Firth Trophy - M Campbell (Buckpool) (1), M. Laing (Inverness) (10) 37pts. O. Coull (Buckpool) (6) 34pts.

Megan Briggs, Elaine Moffat and Linda Allan
(photo courtesy SLGA)

SLGA Champion of Champions
Former Scottish champion Elaine Moffat won another national title at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club when she captured the SLGA Champion of Champions’ title.
Contested in the main by winners of this year’s county championships, but also the Scottish women’s and seniors championships, the third staging of the 18-hole event had a field of 12 players.
St Regulus member Elaine, the Fife county champion, had a round of 73 to win by four shots from one of her playing partners, teenager Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), the Renfreshire champion.
Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst), the Stirling & Clackmannan title-holder, finished third with a 78, beating Ayrshire champion Lesley Hendry (Routenburn), who also returned a 78, on a card countback.
Full results (CSS 77 Par 75)
73 Elaine Moffat (St Regulus).
77 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm).
78 Linda Allan (Falkirk Tryst), Lesley Hendry (Routenburn).
79 Kesley MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar).
80 Martine Pow (Selkirk), Claire Hargan (Mortonhall).
82 Addi Shamash (Kirkcudbright), Fiona De Vries (St Rule), Fiona McGregor (Thornton).
85 Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle).
87 Ruth Brown (Lothianburn).
Withdrew – Jillian Milne (Craigie Hill).

Tuesday 17th October 2006

Sally Watson wins the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship
Roseanne Niven in joint second place
from the Daily Telegraph website.....
IN the end, the margins of victory were as wide as the water that defines this superb course, but the manner of them was something special. Dale Whitnell and Sally Watson won their first Daily Telegraph Junior Championship crowns after superb final rounds at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.
Whitnell, 18, from Essex, conjured up a marvellous 68, three under par, to see off twin challenges in the shape of Daniel Casey, who had led by a shot going into yesterday's play, and England boys' captain Sam Hutsby. As his rivals flirted with the greenside hazards, Whitnell sank an eight-footer on the last to win in some style by six. Scotland's Watson, meanwhile, extended her overnight lead from four strokes to 10, decimating what was, in theory anyway, an equally competitive field. Only 15 and already a resident of the David Leadbetter Academy in Florida, she clearly has quite a future.
The pair join a clutch of former winners who have gone on to prosper, like Justin Rose, who became a Telegraph champion just months before chipping in at Royal Birkdale during the 1998 Open. Mhairi McKay, the girls' winner in 1991, has twice represented Europe in the Solheim Cup, while Rebecca Hudson, who collected a hat-trick of junior victories, secured her maiden Ladies European Tour title in July.
Some 40,000 juniors competed throughout the summer for the right to make the 21-strong field for the 2006 final and by the third round yesterday, the boys' contest had come down to a three-man race.However, Hutsby, who, like Whitnell, had started the day trailing Casey by one, immediately made his task more difficult with bogeys at the second and third.
Casey, though, was holding his own before a moment of carelessness put him in the sand at the eighth, resulting in a bogey four. Whitnell's tee shot came to earth eight feet from the pin, the putt went in and all of a sudden Essex's finest was two shots clear.Hutsby's challenge was truly sunk when he found the water at the 13th and racked up a seven, while Whitnell's coolness in temperatures that hit 43 degrees was remarkable. By the time Casey was signing off with a double-bogey six, Whitnell's round had comprised 14 pars and three birdies. A par at the 18th was the least he deserved.Watson, who had one hand on the trophy at the start of play, was never going to lose her grip despite a round that was more topsy-turvy than her level-par 71 would suggest.Roseanne Niven birdied the third to reduce Watson's advantage temporarily, but the champion-elect was all business, piling on the pressure as her rivals faded away.
"I was trying not to get distracted because I had a lead and it's easy to worry about what other people are doing," she said. "What they do is out of your control, so in the end I played matchplay against the course."That particular battle ended with honours even, though Watson can claim an overall victory in that her final tally was an impressive three under par, 10 shots ahead of a trio comprising Ellie Givens, of Darlington, Niven, from Perth, and Becky Harries, from Haverfordwest. Givens secured second on countback. Casey was second in the boys' event while Hutsby was two shots adrift in third.
213 - D Whitnell (Forrester Park) 73, 72, 68.
219 - D Casey (E Sussex) 69, 75, 75.
221 - S Hutsby (Lee-on-Solent) 70, 75, 76.
227 - N Kearns (Omagh) 79, 80, 68; J Galbraith (Rochford Hundred) 74, 77, 76; J Timmis 71, 76, 80.
228 - S Hodgson (Sunningdale) 80, 73, 75.
229 - G Mitchell (Northern) 69, 78, 82.
236 - J McClelland (St George's Hill) 77, 84, 75.
238 - C Hammond (Pontardwe) 82, 77, 79.
248 - C Jess (Mid Sussex) 78, 80, 90.
264 - N Cheese (Dudley) 92, 90, 82.
210 - S Watson (Elie and Earlsferry) 71, 68, 71.
220 - E Givens (Blackwell Grange) 69, 78, 73; R Niven (Crieff) 71, 73, 76; B Harries (Haverfordwest) 74, 69, 77.
229 - N Dunn (Harrogate) 79, 77, 73.
235 - K Best (The Sherwood Forest) 78, 80, 77.
237 - K McPhail (Ellesmere) 83, 77, 77.
240 - G Brown (Mere) 82, 79, 79.
246 - H White (Worfield) 81, 85, 80.

Sally Watson in the lead going into the third round
Second round report from today's Telegraph....
DAILY TELEGRAPH JUNIOR CH'SHIP (Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club)- Latest Scores:
ON a tough day when the best way of making progress was to avoid going backwards, Sally Watson fired an impressive, three under par 68 to grab a stranglehold on the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.
Only 15, but a resident at the David Leadbetter Academy in Florida, the Scot overcame another wayward start to earn a four-shot lead over the field. As the wind blew in from the creek, bringing relief from the 38-degree heat but posing problems for those swinging a club, only Watson and Becky Harries bettered par. None of the boys could match that.
Watson's focus on the course belies her rat-a-tat delivery off it, though she did well to maintain her composure after bogeying the second and third holes for the second day in a row. However, an eagle at the fourth got her back on track and she went on to reach the turn in two under, before dropping one shot coming home and picking up birdies at the 16th and 17th.
"When I got to two under it was hard to keep attacking because I didn't want to blow it," she said. "I wasn't comfortable at all on the back nine but I can't complain."
Harries, a full Welsh international, tacked her 69 onto an opening-day 74 and was delighted to move up the field. She said: "I birdied all the par fives and played much better - I think I was concentrating more because I knew I had to keep pace with the leaders."
She will start today's final round in the last group after Ellie Givens, the opening-day leader, fell away with a 78. For the record, Watson is on three under par overall followed by Harries on one over and another Scot, Roseanne Niven, whose 73 left her on two over.
The boys all struggled with Dale Whitnell's 72, one over par, the best of the day and such were the woes of others that it was enough to lift him into a share of second place, alongside Sam Hutsby, the England boys' captain, who shot 75.In pole position, however, is Daniel Casey, 17, from East Sussex, who holds a one-stroke advantage despite his 75, which left him on two over par going into the final round.
Had he been able to maintain his dream start, he might have given himself an even better lead for he was four under par after four holes, courtesy of birdies at the second and third, plus a second successive eagle at the fourth. By the turn, though, he was one over and admitted that he had got ahead of himself. "I was trying so hard to stay down to earth, but obviously it didn't work," he said. "The wind got up and I completely lost my rhythm. I made a couple of bad mistakes: for the final round I'm just going to concentrate on hitting it down the middle."
The day's disaster belonged to Nial Kearns, the optimist from Omagh, whose 80 contained an eight at the eighth. He holed in one at the 16th in practice but yesterday he was twice in the water on his way to oblivion. "I can't believe that 10 per cent of my score came on one hole," he sighed. "But I still don't want this to end."
DAILY TELEGRAPH JUNIOR CH'SHIP (Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club).- 2nd round scores:
144 - D Casey (E Sussex) 69, 75.
145 - D Whitnell (Forrester Park) 73, 72; S Hutsby (Lee-on-Solent) 70, 75.
147 - J Timmis (Newcastle-under-Lyme) 71, 76; G Mitchell (Northern) 69, 78.
151 - J Galbraith (Rochford Hundred) 74, 77.
153 - S Hodgson (Sunningdale) 80, 73.
158 - C Jess (Mid Sussex) 78, 80.
159 - C Hammond (Pontardwe) 82, 77; N Kearns (Omagh) 79, 80.
161 - J McClelland (St George's Hill) 77, 84.
182 - N Cheese (Dudley) 92, 90.
139 - S Watson (Elie and Earlsferry) 71, 68.
143 - B Harries (Haverfordwest) 74, 69.
144 - R Niven (Crieff) 71, 73.
147 - E Givens (Blackwell Grange) 69, 78.
156 - N Dunn (Harrogate) 79, 77.
158 - K Best (The Sherwood Forest) 78, 80.
160 - K McPhail (Ellesmere) 83, 77.
161 - G Brown (Mere) 82, 79.
166 - H White (Worfield) 81, 85.

West of Scotland Championship
Claire-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) of Renfrewshire won the rearranged West of Scotland Championship by five shots from Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) at the weekend. Schoolgirl, Nicola Ferguson (Clober) won the handicap salver with a net 69.
Results were:
Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) 73; Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle) 78; Nichola Ferguson (Clober) 80; Sara Harman (Williamwood) 81; Louisa Ruane (Cardross) 81; Jenny Jenkins (Ralston) 81; Fiona McLean (Hilton Park) 81; May Hughes (Lanark) 82; Ruth Rankin (Lanark) 83; Elaine Cuthill (Lanark) 84.
[Photo right: Claire Marie Carlton and Nicola Ferguson: courtesy of Nora McCrossin]

Highland Junior Golf Championships at Spey Valley -Thursday October 12
Played for the first time over the new Spey Valley Golf Course at Aviemore Tain's Ross Mackenzie emerged the scratch winner in the Highland Junior Golf Championship after a four way tie was decided on the better last nine holes.
The demanding Dave Thomas course just opened for play this year proved a real test with 81, nine over par, being the leading boys score returned. Mackenzie home in 40 claimed the scratch Duncan Allan Quaich ahead of William Mackay (Lossiemouth) and Peter Ramsay (Elgin) both 41, and Michael Campbell (Buckie) 42.
Scottish schoolgirl internationalist and Northern Counties champion Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Academy) was the only player to score below 80. She had a gross 76 recovering from an eight at the first hole in halves of 39 and 37 to retain the girl's championship and Grant Trophy for a fourth year.
William Mackay helped Lossiemouth Academy to the team event with Kyle Godman (82) and Brent Maclennan (84) returning a three score total of 247, ahead of Buckie High School on 255 and Fortrose Academy, winners over the past two years, on 259.
The course has not yet been rated by the SGU so the scores do not count for handicap adjustments.
Results; Girls' Scratch (The Grant Trophy): K.MacDonald (Nairn Academy ) 76.S.Vass (Tain Royal Academy) 91.D. Mackinnon, (Kinlochbervie H S)93..
Girls' Handicap (The Sutherland Trophy): H.MacKay (Tain Royal Academy) (24) 70; C.MacLeod (Nairn Academy) (13) 84; N. Green (Thurso High) (10), 87.
Boys Scratch (The Duncan Allan Quaich): R.I. Mackenzie, Tain, W.MacKay (Lossiemouth High)P.Ramsay( Elgin Academy), M. Campbell (Buckie HS) 81.
Boys Handicap (Skibo Trophy): Class 1-. G. Davidson (Buckie HS) (8), 77, M.Ross(Fortrose Academy) (5) 78; C.MacLeod, Nairn Academy (9), 79.
Boys~ Handicap (Highland clubgolf Trophy) Class 2 R.Proctor (Forres Academy) (12) 75; N.Skene ( Milne's Academy) (12) 77; R. Copland, (Milne's Academy) (11) 78.
Team Trophy (Bruce Robertson Trophy): 1. Lossiemouth High 247 (William Mackay 81 Kyle Godman 82 Brent MacLennan 84) Buckie High School 255 (Michael Campbell 81 George Davidson 85 Owen Coull 89). Fortrose Academy 259. (Morty Ross 83 John Fair 85 Lewis Reid 91)
[Thanks to Robin Wilson for this report]

Monday 16th October 2006

ELGA Press Release
England's girls beat the boys

England's U18 girls staged a superb singles performance to pull off an 8-7 victory over the England U16 boys at Longcliffe Golf Club, Loughborough.
The girls trailed 3½-1½ after the morning foursomes but they turned the scoreline around in the afternoon. Team captain Julie Brown said: "They came out all guns blazing and produced something really special.
"The golf was absolutely outstanding. I would love to know how many birdies both sides scored between them. I have never seen so many in a game of golf - apart from in the Ryder Cup."
The first birdie battle of the afternoon was played out between English girls' champion Rachel Jennings and Eddie Pepperell, the runner-up in the English boys' U16 championship. "They birdied nearly every hole between them and the lead went backwards and forwards," said Julie. Rachel finally birdied the last two holes to win one up.
Katie Mundy claimed another notable scalp when she beat Oscar Sharpe on the 18th. The 13-year-old has made history this year by winning every English boys' title from U13 to U16.
Hannah Barwood was three-under when she closed out her match on the 17th and more fine play was rewarded with wins for Charlie Douglass, Hannah Lovelock and Rachael Goodall.
The final result rested on the outcome of the last match on the course. Rachel Connor delivered the essential half-point for victory when she came back from one down after 16 to square her game.
"The girls have all been absolutely fantastic and I am really proud of them all," said Julie.
It's the fourth time in five years that the girls have won this annual encounter for the Marian Carr Salver and the match was played on level terms with no shots given.
Foursomes: Sian James (Bristol & Clifton) & Hannah Barwood (Knowle) halved with Eddie Pepperell (Frilford Heath) and Garrick Porteus (Bamburgh Castle). Gemma Hardie (Forest Pines) & Rachel Connor (Manchester) lost 6/5 to Tommy Fleetwood (Formby Hall) & Liam Brace (Stoke by Nayland). Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) & Rachael Goodall (Wirrall Ladies') lost 3/2 to Oscar Sharpe (Minchinhampton) & Matthew Johnson (Chipping Norton). Hannah Lovelock (Hindhead) & Sarah Tyson (Redlibbets) beat Billy Downing (Truro) & Jonathan Bell (Royal Blackheath) 1 up. Charlie Douglass (Brocket Hall) & Katie Mundy (Dunwood Manor) lost 6/4 to Adam Myers (Northants County) & Gary King (Tyrrells Wood).
Singles: Jennings beat Pepperell 1 up. James lost to Fleetwood 3/1. Douglass beat Porteus 4/3. Lovelock beat Brace 2/1. Hardie lost to Johnson 4/3. Goodall beat Downing 3/2. Mundy beat Sharpe 1 up. Tyson lost to Bell 2/1. Barwood beat Myers 2/1. Connor halved with King.

Alexandra Bushby
Winner of the P&K Champion of Champions

Alexandra wins P&K Champ of Champs
Perth & Kinross team member Alexandra Bushby won the Perth & Kinross County Association Champion of Champions event held on the Queen's Course at Gleneagles today (Sunday). 17 Club Champions took part on a misty but dry day and a scratch 77 gave Alexandra victory over runner up, Whitemoss Champion Jackie Brown by two shots.
[Thanks to Janet Griffiths for the report and photograph]

ELGA Press Release

England Golf has appointed Philip Beard as national volunteer manager – to support and champion the people who are one of the sport’s greatest assets.
There are reckoned to be 38,000 volunteers working at all levels of golf in England and their contribution is valued at £70 - £80 million a year.
“They are a huge asset,” said Phil, who has worked in sports development for over 20 years and is also an active volunteer.
“But a recent survey has shown that a large number of volunteers in the sport feel very unsupported. My role is to provide our volunteers with a network and new resources.”
Phil will implement a new volunteer strategy which is being prepared by ELGA on behalf of England Golf. This will be launched in 2007 and will set targets for recruiting, retaining, and rewarding volunteers.
It will pay particular attention to the benefit of identifying volunteer roles, rather than “jobs”, which particularly lend themselves to the interests of, and time pressures on, women and girls.
The strategy is being developed at a time when the importance of volunteers and volunteering in society is being increasingly recognised and more young people are coming forward to offer their services. Governments are much more aware of the benefits which accrue from volunteers and nowhere are these more keenly recognised than in sport.
Phil moves to his new post from the Golf Foundation where he was regional development officer for the north of England for the last seven years. He is a keen golfer and plays off four handicap.
His post, which is hosted by ELGA, is fully supported financially through England Golf’s Whole Sport Plan. It underlines the importance given to this area by golf and also demonstrates the confidence invested in ELGA to lead on this area on behalf of all the partners.

Louise Smith, Mary Summers and Susan Cameron,
Winners of the Angus Triam

Angus Junior Triam
On Sunday 15th October 2006, Angus County Ladies and junior girls held their annual tri-am event at Edzell.
The format was best two net scores counting at each hole with one senior and two juniors in each team.
The event was won by Mary Summers, Louise Smith and Susan Cameron with a total of 107(bih).
2nd place was Julie Taylor, Heather Peebles and Laura Hunter 107
3rd place was Aileen Hunter, Ashley Alston and Gail Wilson 109.
[Thanks to Steve Wilson for the report and photograph]

Thursday 12th October 2006

Vicki Stevenson being presented with the Volvo Masters trophy

Vicki Stevenson from Stirling is the Volvo Masters BritishAmateur Champion
Wentworth Club
10 - 11 October 2006
Vicki Stevenson of Stirling Golf Club is the Volvo Masters British Amateur Champion. The Finals were held at Wentworth Golf Club 10-11th October. Vicki who qualified in the Scottish Final at Roxburghe gained 36 points on day 1 to find herself in joint first position with fellow Scot Sara Thomson from Murcar. The second day proved to be very difficult due to the extreme weather conditions. Ten minutes before the shotgun was about to commence lightening and torrential rain struck. Play was suspended until noon when Volvo announced that the final day would be played over only 9 holes on the West Course.
Play commenced again at 1pm - the leaders went out first and started from the 1st tee. Vicki was lucky to be playing again with Sara and Rob from England who was leading the gent’s competition and whom she had also played with the day before. They were all playing for the four places available for the World Volvo Masters Amateur in Spain.
Vicki finished the first 5 holes with 10 points and carried on well into the last 4 holes to finish 9 holes with 19 points. On reaching the clubhouse she found out that she had the outright lead on her own. Her closest rival finished with 50pts which meant Vicki was the overall ladies winner with 55pts.
After a few more groups came in one of the Volvo officials informed her that she had the highest score not only for the women but also for the men so she was the British Volvo Masters Amateur Champion!! Vicki now goes forward to La Quinta, Spain in late October to represent Great Britain in the World Final.
[Thanks to Tricia Chillas for this report]

Tuesday 10th October 2006

ELGA Press Release
Tour event showcases England players

The BBC Radio Kent Ladies' English Open at Chart Hills was a showcase for three players who have come through ELGA's performance programme.
Professionals Danielle Masters and Rebecca Hudson and amateur Melissa Reid - who have all received lottery funding from Sport England - finished in the top 12 in the Ladies' European Tour event.
Danielle Masters, 23, who represents the Kent club, was third on four-under par and recorded her best finish on the Ladies' European Tour since turning professional in 2004. She was just two shots behind the winner, Cecilia Ekelundh of Sweden.
Rebecca Hudson, 27, from Doncaster, shared fifth place on two-under par. She's already won this season and finished in the top ten on six other occasions. Her latest result also took her up one place to seventh in the tour's New Star money list. This is her fourth season on tour.
Melissa Reid, 19, from Chevin, tied 12th on one-over par. She was two under after her first two rounds, opening with a pair of 71s, and finished off on 75.
During their amateur days Danielle and Rebecca - like Melissa - represented England and played in the Curtis Cup.


Monday 9th October 2006

The Scottish Women's Open championship will be restored to the Ladies European Tour in 2007 after a 12-year absence.
The event, sponsored by De Vere, will be held at the Carrick on Loch Lomond course between September 20 and 22 next year.
"This is an exciting new event for the Tour and one I know will be very well received by the players, the media and Scottish golf fans alike," said LET executive director Alexandra Armas.
"We look forward to working with Event Scotland, De Vere Cameron House and (tournament promoters) WSM to make this an event that Scottish golf can be proud of."
The Scottish Women's Open has featured on the Ladies European Tour schedule on five previous occasions, the last of which was at Dalmahoy in 1995.

Liz McKinnon from Inverness was the leading Scottish-based player in the Ladies English Open, won for the third year in a row by a Swede... this time by Cecilia Ekelundh... at Chart Hills Golf Club, Kent.
Kiwi Liz had scores of 75, 76 and 71 to finish joint 43rd on six-over-par 222 and earn just over 1,000 Euros (Cecilia won 24,750 Euros).
Amateur Jenna Wilson had rounds of 75, 73 and 75 for joint 47th place on 223.
Lynn Kenny earned 581 Euros for a share of 57th place on nine-over 225 with three rounds of 75.
Clare Queen missed the cut with scores of 78 and 75 for nine-over 153.

Sunday 8th October 2006

Victorious Scottish U-16 boys Team
(Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Tom Ward)

Scotland scored a notable 8-7 win over England in an Under-16 boys’ golf international at Hartlepool Golf Club today (Sunday).
Notable because the Scots had never before won this annual match for the Eddie Shamash Trophy.
England took the morning foursomes 3 ½-1 ½ but as the wind freshened for the afternoon singles, so the young Scots raised their game and responded to the challenge of pulling back the deficit.
This they did with wins by Scott Fraser (Northern), Tom Spencer (Inchmarlo), Kyle Smith and Frazer Ogston and halves for Michael Stewart, Sam McLaren and Mark Bookless.
Scotland won by the singles by a 3pt margin (6 ½-3 ½) which enabled them to cancel out the 2pt lunchtime deficit.
Scottish names first:
Foursomes – Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) and Scott Fraser (Northern) bt Eddie Pepperell (Frilford Heath) and Darren Renwick (Worthing) 1 hole; Tom Spencer (Inchmarlo) and Kyle Smith (Barassie) lost to Tommy Fleetwood (Formby Hall) and Adam Myers (Northants Co) 2 and 1; Paul Shields (Kirkhill) and Colin Baird (Bothwell Castle) lost to Liam Brace (Stoke by Nayland) and Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) 2 and 1; Sam Binning (Old Ranfurly) and Mark Bookless (Sandyhills) lost to Oscar Sharpe (Minchinhampton) and Eamonn Hodgson (Sunningdale) 1 hole; Frazer Ogston (St Andrews) and Sam McLaren (King James VI) halved with Gary King (Tyrells Wood) and Billy Downing (Truro) (1 ½-3 ½)
Singles – Stewart halved with Pepperell, Fraser bt Fleetwood 3 and 2, Spencer bt Renwick 3 and 2, Smith bt Myers 3 and 2, McLaren halved with Brace, Binning lost to Hodgson 1 hole, Baird lost to Porteous 5 and 4, Bookless halved with King, Ogston bt Downing 2 and 1 (6 ½-3 1/2).

Prizewinners at the Adult & Junior Girls Foursomes at the Glen Golf Club
Standing L to R: Aileen Hunter (Monifeith), Ross Seaton (Kilspindie) James Morrison (Kilmarnock (Barassie)), Mike Connor (Mortonhall), Andrew Irvine (Largs)
Sitting L to R: Laura Hunter (Monifieth), Rebecca Seaton (Kilspindie), Claire Morrison (Kilmarnock (Barassie)), Louise Connor (Kilspindie), Rachel Irvine (Largs)
Missing from the photograph: Isobel Hinds, Kim Fellows (both Liberton) Chloe Donaldson (St Regulus) and Gordon Donaldson (St Andrews GC)

Claire Morrison and her father James win SLGA Adult & Junior Girl Foursomes
Thirty seven couples took part in the SLGA Adult & Junior Girl Stableford Foursomes at the Glen Golf Club, North Berwick, today.
Ages ranged from wee Hazel McGarvie who just turned seven on Friday to Grannies and Grandpas and handicaps ranged from non-existent to scratch. What other sport would accommodate all these ages and standards of play in one competition?
Claire Morrison and her father James from Kilmarnock (Barassie), pictured right, won the overall prize with a sparkling 39 points off a handicap of 18, six shots ahead of the field.
The other prizewinners were as follows:-
Category 1 (Handicaps 0-12) Laura Hunter and Aileen Hunter (Monifieth) (11) 33 points
Category 2 (Handicaps 13-24) 1. Chloe Donaldson and Gordon Donaldson (St Regulus/St Andrews) (17) 33 bih. 2. Rachel Irvine and Andrew Irvine (Largs) (20) 33 points.
Category 3 (Handicaps 25-36) Isobel Hinds and Kim Fellows (Liberton) (29) 28 points
Category 4 (Girls with no handicap) 1. Rebecca Seaton and Ross Seaton (Kilspindie) (24) 32 points 2. Louise Connor and Mike Connor (Kilspindie / Mortonhall) (21) 28 points bih.

Group of prizewinners in front and some of the field of 78 competitors on steps of Dormy House, Gleneagles.
Robert Burns (Scottish Golf Union), left, front row.
Dorothy Gordon (Scottish Ladies Golfing Association), right, front row.

John Gibson, a 12-year-old from Climpy, Lanarkshire, and Jennifer Sinclair (13) from Glasgow won the individual titles at the Scottish Junior Masters Grand Final in testing, windy conditions over the Queen’s Course at Gleneagles Hotel today.
[Picture right: Prize-winning boys
Left to right:
Third place Ryan Boyle (Bathgate), winner John Gibson (Carnwath),
Robert Burns (Scottish Golf Union),
runner-up Lewis Meston (Ayr Belleisle).
Cal Carson Golf Agency picture ]
John, only 4ft 9in tall and a 27-handicapper, had the highest Stableford points total of 40. He has not had a golf lesson in the 2 ½ years or so since his non-golfing father – his mother is not a golfer either! – started him playing the game.
“John says if he went to a professional he would only change the way he gripped and swung the club – and he is quite happy with the way he plays the game,” said his farmer-dad Jimmy Gibson.
“He’s been told that the clubs he’s playing with are too long for him but he says he likes them that way.
“I don’t know enough about the game to know if he needs clubs that are the right length for him nor if he has the right technique or not.
“I did apply for planning permission to lay out a few holes of a golf course in one of my fields so that John could practise and play every day he felt like it. But, would you believe, the council planners turned it down.”
Master Gibson, a junior member of Carnwath Golf Club and a pupil at Carluke High School, had a terrific last fives holes, over which he added 14pt to his total with four gross pars and a bogey at the last. His net scores from the 14th to the 18th were 1-2-3-2-3!
John’s 40pt total won him the boys’ trophy by two points from Lewis Meston, who plays off 23 at Ayr Belleisle. Age 14, Lewis has been golfing for only a year. Remember the name!
Two 11-handicappers Ryan Boyle (Bathgate) and Murray Winton (Mortonhall) both finished with 37pt, the joint third best boys’ score of the day. The countback went to the last six holes before Ryan prevailed to be awarded third place. He has been golfing for about three years.
Girls champion Jennifer Sinclair is a member of Elie and Earlsferry Ladies Golf Club which she joined when the family went there regularly for holidays. She was introduced to the game there when she was four of five years old. In the beginning, that was the only golf Jennifer played – on holiday! Since then her interest in the game has increased tremendously and she has recently joined Hilton Park Golf Club, Glasgow.
Miss Sinclair, playing off 15 of a handicap, totalled 36pt to win the girls’ trophy by just one point.
[Picture left/above: Dororthy Gordon of Scottish Ladies Golfing Association presents girls' champion trophy to Jennifer Sinclair (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies). Second-placed Karen Mackay (Durness) is on left and third-placed Ashley Alston (Royal Montrose) on right. Cal Carson Golf Agency picture]
A field of 78 Under-16 year olds – 50 boys and 28 girls – qualified from regional eliminators all over Scotland. One of the farthest travelled competitors was 15-year-old Karen Mackay from Durness after winning one of the qualifying tests at Inverness. Karen has brought her handicap down from 31 to 23 this season. This is only her second full year since she took up golf.
Her score of 35pt at Gleneagles earned her the runner-up placing behind Jennifer Sinclair.
Third in the girls’ section was 15-year-old Ashley Alston (Royal Montrose). Playing off 18, she totalled 34pt. Ashley has been playing golf for only three years.
Queen’s Course, Gleneagles Hotel
FINAL TOTALS (Stableford points)
40 J Gibson (Carnwath) (27).
38 L Meston (Ayr Belleisle) (23).
37 R Boyle (Bathgate) (11) (bih), M Winton (Mortonhall) (11).
36 D Laing (Inverness) (8).
35 M Wiseman (Peterhead) (8).
34 C Graham (Milnathort) (7), A Elliot (Prestonfield) (9), G Mathieson (Muir of Ord) (20).
33 A Wiseman (Fraserburgh) (10).
32 G Burns (Bothwell Castle) (9), F Thain (West Linton) (13), S Hepburn (East Aberdeenshire) (12).
31 N McGregor (Bridge of Allan) (13), S Grant (Hilton Park) (9), R Fergus (Musselburgh Old) (10), E McIntosh (East Aberdeenshire) (7), S Duff (Strathpeffer Spa) (8).
30 B Ward (Glen) (14), D Gallagher (Clydebank & Dist) (6), K Moore (Jedburgh) (6)..
29 S Gray (Grange) (11), A Anderson (Kirriemuir Players) (11), C Jackson (St Boswells) (13), J Williams (Castle Douglas) (14), N McInnes (Glencruitten) (23), G Dunlope (Fort William) (7).
28 L Rafferty (Prestonfield) (12), C Stevenson (Monifieth) (5), C Cockburn (Turnhouse) (8), S Blackie (Jedburgh) (11), S Liddell (Duns) (20), N Skene (Garmouth & Kingston) (12).
27 C Hastie (Linlithgow (9), S Cruickshanks (Glenrothes) (10), H Burness (Westhill) (8), C Cromar (Lumphanan) (10), L MacDonald (Brora) (7).
26 M Gillespie (Falkirk Tryst) (14), G Mathieson (Deeside) (17), G Murray (Aboyne) (18).
25 S Bell (Linlithgow) (7), C Bell (Falkirk Tryst) (7), G Law (Newburgh on Ythan) (15).
24 S Burgess (Nairn Dunbar) (17), J McFadzean (Newton Stewart) (23).
23 C Morrison (Kilspindie) (19), G Guild (Huntly) (10).
20 M McDougall (Rothesay) (7).
17 S Ronald (Lanark) (6).
36 J Sinclair (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies) (15).
35 K Mackay (Durness) (23).
34 A Alston (Royal Montrose) (18).
33 E Franks (Ballater) (21).
32 T Stark (Inveraray) (21).
31 F Milne (Glen) (23), K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) (+1).
30 C Bain (St Michaels) (14), G MacDonald (Prestonfield) (17), G Simpson (Midlothian Ladies) (8), G Arnott (Ayrshire Ladies) (13), L McCallum (Newburgh on Ythan) (8).
29 L Smith (Kirriemuir Players) (13), R Wilson (Monifieth) (5), L McGillivray (Oldmeldrum) (16)..
28 N Taylor (Thornton) (15), N Quayum (Ranfurly Castle) (19), S Vass (Tain) (5)..
26 K Scott (Windyhill) (13).
25 C Penrose (Monifieth) (27).
23 K Beveridge (Aboyne) (13).
22 N Muir (Wishaw).
20 K Hennen (Kirkintilloch) (29), F Fullerton (Huntly) (16).
18 K Ward (Glen) (17), G Richens (Newmachar) (8), S Alexander (Deeside) (20).
15 R McQueen (Ayrshire Ladies) (6).

Saturday 7th October 2006

US College Golf

Callum Macaulay from Tulliallan, a second-year student at the University of Mississippi, finished joint fourth in the Magnolia Cup one-round tournament at Old Waverly Cup, West Point in Mississippi.The tournament, restricted to the golf teams of Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi was won by Noah Goldman (Mississippi State) with a three-under-par 69 (35-34).Macaulay had a 73 (37-36) over the par-72, 7,018yd course.

Chart Hills GC, Kent.
LEADERS (Par 72)
68 Amanda Moltke-Leth (Den).
69 Anna Highgate (Wal), Danielle Masters (Eng).
70 Martina Eberl (Ger).
Other scores:
75 Lynn Kenny (Sco), Liz McKinnon (NZ), Jenna Wilson (Sco) (jt 24th).
78 Clare Queen (Sco) (jt 77th).

Friday 6th October 2006

Musselburgh exile Vikki Laing is going back to the LPGA Tour Final Qualifying School.
The 25-year-old former Curtis Cup player, who has lived in the United States for the past six or so years - she went to university in California, was one of the 35 players with 72-hole totals of 299 or better who qualified from the sectional eliminator at Plantation Golf & Country Club, Venice, Florida.
Vikki had scores of 74, 71, 76 and 75 for an eight-over-par total of 296 - 10 shots behind Angie Hill and Nontaya Srisawang, the joint leaders in the event. Miss Laing was joint 20th among the qualifiers who go forward to the Final Q School at LPGA International, Daytona Beach in Florida from November 29 to December 3.
Vikki has been to the Final Q School before and gained partial exemption, which gained her entry to some but not nearly enough events on the lucrative LPGA Tour. This time Vikki must aim to gain full playing rights so that at last her career as a tournament professional can finally get off the ground.
Jo Clingan from Gloucester made it among the qualifiers with nothing to spare. She had rounds of 77, 74, 74 and 74 to hit the limit mark of 299.
But Polly Willett from London failed by just one shot. She had 73, 80, 72 and 75 for 300.

Celtic Manor.
Par 70, CSS 75 75 75.
211 Ben Evans (Rye) 71 71 69.
215 Dan Brooks (Mill Hill) 72 74 69.
219 John Parry (Harrogate) 73 75 71.
221 Jamie Abbott (Fynn Valley) 76 70 75.
224 Michael Bush (Rochester & Cobham Park) 77 71 76.
225 Stefan Mar (Iceland) 77 74 74.
226 Dale Marmion (Delamere Forest) 75 74 77.
231 Lee Cameron (Wentworth) 75 78 78.
234 Jonathan Hurst (Shaw Hill) 77 75 82.
238 Graham Turner (West Linton) 77 75 86.
221 Dale Whitnell (Forrester Park) 75 72 74, Simon Doherty (Malone) 72 75 74.
226 Luke Goddard (Hendon) 71 77 74.
227 Rhys Black (Sherwood Forest) 81 72 74.
230 James Robinson (Southport & Ainsdale) 75 80 75, Kristjan Thor (Iceland) 69 82 79.
231 Sam Stuart (Chorley) 78 81 74.
234 John Banbury (Moor Hall) 75 79 80.
235 Daniel Casey (East Sussex National) 81 75 79.
156 Daniel Casey (East Sussex National) 81 75.
Missed Cut
162 Graeme Mitchell (Aberdeen Northern) 74 88.
163 Kevin Barnes (Worcester) 79 84.
214 Rory McIlroy (Holywood, Belfast) 75 71 68.
220 Michael Swan (Stoke-by-Nayland) 72 75 73.
223 Stephen Healey (Claremorris) 75 73 75, Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford) 72 74 77.
224 Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 81 72 71.
228 Paul Cutler (Portstewart) 78 75 75, Henry Smart (Walton Heath) 76 74 78, Josh Kensit (Richings Park) 76 78 74.
235 Michael Dailey (Erskine) 71 82 82.
Missed Cut
165 James Maw (Abbeydale) 81 83.
168 Arnor Ingi (Iceland) 85 83.
219 Darren Renwick (Worthing) 72 72 75.
226 Gary King (Tyrrells Wood) 71 78 77.
231 Simon Mulholland (Penrith) 75 77 79, Stuart Ballingall (De Vere Dunston Hall) 75 76 80.
236 Garth Boyd (Donaghadee) 82 76 78, Martin Leese (Astbury) 82 76 78.
240 David Gregory (Burnham & Berrow) 77 80 83.
246 Axel Asgeirsson (Iceland) 81 78 87.
160 Mark Bookless (Sandyhills) 78 82 DQ.
Missed Cut
162 James Wilson (Formby) 80 82.
220 Eddie Pepperell (Frilford Heath) 75 75 70.
226 Hugo Dobson (Fynn Valley) 76 74 76.
232 Liam O’Neill (Keighley) 76 76 80, Oscar Sharpe (Minchinhampton) 78 77 77.
234 Levi Johnson (Canterbury) 76 77 81.
240 Sam Connor (Sandiway) 82 76 82.
Missed Cut
162 Iarlaith Keane (Malahide) 83 79.
167 Oliver Hart (Vilamoura) 90 77.
169 Andre Mar (Iceland) 81 88.
171 Reeve Whitson (Moure) 80 91.
241 Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush) 81 79 81.
244 Hannah Barwood (Knowle) 76 82 86.
246 Holly Calvert (Lancaster) 81 82 83.
252 Julia Norman (Exeter) 82 88 82.
266 Tiffany Hewetson (East Brighton) 85 91 90.
Missed Cut
182 Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry) 90 92.
186 Eygio Myrra (Iceland) 94 92.
196 Siobhan Richards (Owston Hall) 96 100.

Zack Saltman (Craigielaw) is presented with the World Hickory Open Trophy by organiser Lionel Freedman. Gordon Dewar of the PGA looks on.

Zack Saltman, at 17 the youngest of the talented trio of brothers who are members of Craigielaw Golf Club, can now boast something that even Walker Cup player Lloyd Saltman has not managed – yet! – and that’s a world title.
Zack beat a field of professionals and amateurs to win the World Hickory Open championship over his home course.
Master Saltman, a member of the title-winning Scotland team at Lossiemouth this summer in the boys’ home internationals, shot a four-under-par 67 to win the title by one shot from East Renfrewshire professional David Orr. David won £1,250.
Third was the late Jessie Valentine’s grandson, Richard Valentine, also a member of the host club and golf director at Loretto School, Musselburgh.
Richard had a 69 to win £1,000.
Competitors were permitted to use only five golf clubs, all of which had to pre-date 1935. Replica clubs were not permitted. Competitors also were restricted to 1.68 soft golf balls.
Zack’s victory will help erase the memory of letting the Scottish boys’ open stroke-play title slip out of his grasp over the last couple of holes at Alloa near the end of July.
Par 71
67 Zack Saltman (Craigielaw) (am).
68 David Orr (East Renfrewshire) £1,250.
69 Richard Valentine (Craigielaw) £1,000.
71 Gary McFarlane (Clydebank & Dist) £750.
73 Euan Cameron (Hamilton), Lee Vannet (Carnoustie GL), Jamie Stevenson (Braehead) £496 each, Mark Hillson (Craigielaw) (am).
75 Stewart Whiteford (Wellsgreen GR), Nick Holligan (Royal Burgess) £345 each.
76 Warren Sargent (Towerlands), Alan Lockhart (Ladybank), Paul Wardell (Whitekirk), Bernard Gallacher OBE (Wentworth), Mark King (Kingsfield GR) £250 each, Elliott Saltman (Craigielaw) (am).

Northern Counties' Girls' Prizegiving
The Francis Souter Trophy for the most improved girl was shared this year between Hannah McCook of Abernethy who cut her handicap from 30 to 15 and Julie Vass of Tain who cut her handicap from 31 to 16
The girls are pictured with Northern Counties President Isobel McIntosh

A 100 year old gutta percha golf ball found in a bed of rushes above a beach at St Andrews, will be in Bonhams next Golf Sale in Chester on January 27th. It is estimated that the antique golfball will attract bids of between £200 to £400 say Bonhams.
The ball was discovered when keen golfer, John McKay and his wife Margo strolled along the beach at West Sands, close to the 10th tee at the Jubilee course at St Andrews. After finding it they took the ball to the St. Andrews Golf Museum for identification and authentication. The assistant curator confirmed that it was a gutta percha `Mecca’ ball at least 100 years old.
Mr McKay, 78, said: “We were keeping our eyes peeled for stray balls as we strolled along the beach and when my wife picked it up I was pretty sure we had stumbled across a rare find. We took it to Bonhams in Edinburgh to have it valued and got a very pleasant surprise when they told us what it might make at auction.”
Mr McKay and his wife, from Leven, Fife are regular marshals at golf tournaments including the Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The ball is believed to date back to the 19th Century and was made by D. Anderson of St Andrews. Bonhams golf expert, Kevin McGimpsey says: :”This intriguing find should attract bids of around £200 to £400. It was only discovered because an exceptionally high tide moved the sand at the top of the beach at St Andrews and uncovered this old treasure of times past.”
Gutta percha balls, made from solid moulded rubber were first used on golf courses around 1850 replacing feather balls that had been used for the two previous centuries.
Bonhams hold two golf specific sales each year at their Chester saleroom.

Senior Home Internationals
Carol Fell has emailed to say that photos of the Senior Home International Prizegiving can be found on the SVLGA West Division website or directly at a

LPGA Qualifying School

If Vikki Laing can keep her nerve in the final round at Venice, Florida, then the 25-year-old Musselburgh exile will surely qualify for a place in the LPGA Final Qualifying School at Daytona Beach, Florida at the end of November.
Vikki has shot 74, 71 and 76 so far over the 6,401yd course at Plantation Golf & Country Club, the venue for this LPGA Qualifying sectional competition over four rounds.
Only the leading 30 and ties after 72 holes will go forward to Daytona Beach.
Miss Laing is currently in a comfortable joint 15th place on five-over-par 221 – seven shots behind the American leader, Tara Bateman (71-70-73), but this is one tournament Vikki is not thinking about winning. Survival is the name of the game.
Two other British players among the 73 who beat the halfway cut, Polly Willett from London and Jo Clingan from Gloucester, are under much more pressure than the Scot.
Both are in joint 37th place on 225, Polly with scoresof 73, 80 and 72, Joe with 77, 74 and 74. They need to improve at least seven places over the final round.
214 Tara Bateman 71 70 73.
215 Hae-Jung Kim 72 71 72.
216 Nontaya Srisawang 72 75 69.
Other scores:
221 Vikki Laing 74 71 76 (jt 15th).
225 Polly Willett 73 80 72, Jo Clingan 77 74 74 (jt 37th).

The Scottish qualifiers did not have a particularly happy day in the Nick Faldo Junior Series Final at Celtic Manor yesterday (Thursday)
Two rounds were played and only the leading players from each age category will return to the Roman Road course on Friday to play the final 18 holes.
The organisers have not specified who are the qualifiers for the last round.
Graham Turner (West Linton) scored 77 and 75 for 152, which was 10 shots behind Ben Evans (Rye), leader in the Boys’ Under-21 years category.
Graeme Mitchell (Aberdeen Northern) shot 74 and 88 for 162 – 15 strokes behind the joint leaders in the Boys’ Under-18 section.
Michael Daily (Erskine) had 71 and then 82 for 153 – seven strokes behind the Boys’ under-17 leader Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford).
Mark Bookless (Sandyhills) returned 78 and 82 for 160 – 16 shots behind Darren Renwick (Worthing), the 36-hole leader of the Boys’ Under-16 category.
There are no Scots in the Boys’ Under-15 or Girls’ Under-18 categories.
Here are all the scores returned today:
142 Ben Evans (Rye) 71 71.
146 Jamie Abbott (Fynn Valley) 76 70, Dan Brooks (Mill Hill) 72 74.
148 Michael Bush (Rochester & Cobham Park) 77 71, John Parry (Harrogate) 73 75.
149 Dale Marmion (Delamere Forest) 75 74.
151 Stefan Mar (Reykjavik, Iceland) 77 74.
152 Jonathan Hurst (Shaw Hill) 77 75, Graham Turner (West Linton) 77 75.
153 Lee Cameron (Wentworth) 75 78.
147 Simon Doherty (Malone) 72 75, Dale Whitnell (Forrester Park) 75 72.
148 Luke Goddard (Hendron) 71 77.
151 Kristjan Thor (Kjolur, Iceland) 69 82.
153 Rhys Black (Sherwood Forest) 81 72.
154 John Banbury (Moor Hall) 75 79.
155 James Robinson (Southport & Ainsdale) 75 80.
156 Daniel Casey (East Sussex National) 81 75.
157 Sam Stuart (Chorley) 76 81.
162 Graeme Mitchell (Aberdeen Northern) 74 88.
163 Kevin Barnes (Worcester) 79 84.
146 Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford) 72 74, Rory McIlroy (Holywood, Belfast) 75 71.
147 Michael Swan (Stoke-by-Nayland) 72 75.
148 Stephen Healey (Claremorris) 75 73.
1590 Henry Smart (Walton Heath) 76 74.
153 Paul Cutler (Portstewart) 78 75, Michael Dailey (Erskine) 71 82, Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 81 72.
154 Josh Kensit (Richings Park) 76 78.
165 James Maw (Abbeydale) 81 83.
168 Arnor Ingi (Reykjavik, Iceland). 85 83.
144 Darren Renwick (Worthing) 72 72.
149 Gary King (Tyrrells Wood) 71 78.
151 Stuart Ballingall (De Vere Dunston Hall) 75 76.
152 Simon Mulholland (Penrith) 75 77.
157 David Gregory (Burnham & Berrow) 77 80.
158 Garth Boyd (Donaghadee) 82 76, Martin Leese (Astbury) 82 76.
159 Axel Asgeirsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) 81 78.
160 M\ark Bookless (Sandyhills) 78 82.
162 James Wilson (Formby) 80 82.
150 Hugo Dobson (Fynn Valley) 76 74, Eddie Pepperell (Frilford Heath) 75 75.
152 Liam O’Neill (Keighley) 76 76.
153 Levi Johnson (Canterbury) 76 77.
155 Oscar Sharpe (Minchinhampton) 78 77.
158 Sam Connor (Sandiway) 82 76.
162 Iarlaith Keane (Malahide) 83 79.
167 Oliver Hart (Vilamoura) 90 77.
169 Andre Mar (Hella, Iceland) 81 88.
171 Reeve Whitson (Moure) 80 91.
158 Hannah Barwood (Knowle) 76 82.
160 Stephanie Meadow (Royal Portrush) 81 79.
163 Holly Calvert (Lancaster) 81 82.
170 Julia Norman (Exeter) 82 88.
176 Tiffany Hewetson (East Brighton) 85 91.
182 Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry) 90 92.
186 Eygio Myrra (Koparogur & Gardabaer, Iceland) 94 92.
196 Siobhan Richards (Owston Hall) 96 100.

Thursday 5th October 2006

Scotland's Senior Home International Team and officials at Hamilton
Standing L to R: Pam Williamson, Helen Faulds, Noreen Fenton, Lorna Bennett, Moira Thomson, Liz Campbell, Fiona de Vries
Sitting L to R: Nancy Chisholm (President SLGA), Pam Gordon (Captain), Margaret Rodgers (Chairman SLGA and Team Manager)
(Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Tom Ward)

England maintained their monopoly of the senior women’s home internationals championship when they won the title at Hamilton Golf Club today for the fourth year in a row.
No other country has won the title since it was first played in 2003.
England completed their 100 per cent record over the three days by beating Wales 4 ½-2 1/2, taking the foursomes 1 ½- ½ and the singles 3-2.
Scotland finished runners-up with 2pt by beating Ireland 4 ½-2 ½. Scotland edged ahead 1 ½- ½ in the foursomes and then won the singles 3-2.
The most successful individual player of the tournament honour was shared by two England players, Christine Quinn and Christine Watson. Both ended with 5pt, Quinn from six games, Watson from five.
Scotland’s most successful individual was their senior women’s match-play champion Fiona de Vries (St Rule). The St Andrews hotel proprietor gained 3pt, half-a-point ahead of Moira Thomson (North Berwick) and Helen Faulds (Douglas Park).
Senior women’s home internationals at Hamilton Golf Club.
Final day details
Foursomes: C Quinn and C Watson bt V Thomas and D Richards 5 and 4; C Caldwell and C Stirling halved with A Lewis and J Doleman (1 ½- ½ ).
Singles: Quinn bt Lewis 2 holes, Watson bt Doleman 4 and 2, G Bray lost to J O’Connor 2 holes, P Wrightson lost to H Joyce 1 holes, S Pickles bt Richards 4 and 3 (3-2).
Foursomes: M Madden and V Hassett lost to F De Vries and H Fauls 4 and 2; S O’Brien-Kenney and M Henderson halved with E Campbell and M Thomson ( ½ -1 ½)
Singles: O’Brien-Kenney bt De Vries 2 and 1, M McKenna lost to P Williamson 1 hole, Hassett lost to L Bennett 2 and 1, Madden lost to Thomson 2 and 1, E MacMullen bt N Fenton 2 and 1 (2-3).
1 England 3 pt (3 wins).
2 Scotland 2pt (2 wins, 1 defeat).
3 Wales 1 1/2pt (1 win, 1 draw, 1 defeat).
4 Ireland 0pt (3 defeats).
3pt Fiona De Vries (3 wins, 3 defeats).
2 1/2pt Moira Thomson (2 wins, 1 halved match, 1 defeat).
2 1/2pt Helen Faulds (2 wins, 1 halved match).
2pt Lorna Bennett (2 wins, 1 defeat).
1 1/2pt Liz Campbell (1 win 1 halved match, 1 defeat).
1 pt Noreen Fenton (1 win, 2 defeats).
1pt Pamela Williamson (1 win, 4 defeats).
5pt Christine Quinn (England) (5 wins, 1 defeat).
5pt Christine Watson (England) (5 wins).
4 1/2pt Carole Caldwell (England) (4 wins, one halved match).
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Musselburgh’s Vikki Laing is having yet another try at making it back on the LPGA Tour in the United States.
She failed to qualify for the Final Q School at a recent sectional eliminator in California but that did not rule her out of entering the next qualifying test, at Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice in Florida this week.
The leading 30 and ties will go forward to the Final LPGA Qualifying School at Daytona Beach, Florida from November 29 to December 3.
It’s so far so good this week for the 25-year-old Vikki who has had rounds of 74 and 71 for a halfway tally of one-over-par 145. She is lying joint fourth behind American Tara Bateman from Arizona (71+70=141).
A total of 73 players with 36-hole aggregates of nine-over-par 153 and better survived the cut on a windy Wednesday.
Other British players who will contest the final 36 holes are Jo Clingan from Gloucester and Polly Willett from London. Jo had 77 and 74 for 151; Polly 73 and 80 for 153.
Par 72
141 Tara Bateman 71 70.
143 Hae-Jung Kim 72 71.
144 Eun-Hee Ji 69 75.
145 Vikki Laing 74 71, Joanne Mills 76 69, Yeon Joo Lee 71 74, Julie Tvede 70 75.
Other qualifiers included:
151 Jo Clingan 77 74 (jt 48th).
153 Polly Willett 73 80 (jt 66th).

NSPCC Ladies’ Golf Classic 2006 – Grand Final
The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort played host to the Grand Final of the NSPCC Ladies’ Golf Classic on 28th and 29th September. Players came from across the UK and Northern Ireland to compete in a betterball competition on the Wales National Course.
For the second year in a row, the winners came all the way from Northern Ireland, with Carmel Hagan and Tracey Moore of Killymoon Golf Club topping the leaderboard with 38 points. [pictured right receiving trophy] In second place were Shelly Edkins and Alison Evans from Chelmsford with Liz Laflin and Tina Alexander from Stowmarket in third. All players commented on the superb condition of the course, although they found it pretty tough.
All clubs taking part in this year’s competition held a qualifying round at their home clubs, with the winning pair from each guaranteed a place in the Regional Finals. From there, the winning pair qualified for the two day Grand Final, which was sponsored by the Vale. The ladies were treated to two rounds of golf, two nights luxury accommodation, welcome party and prize presentation dinner.
Adrian Davies, Director of Sales at the Vale Resort, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the NSPCC Ladies Golf Classic. Not only is this a fantastic golfing tournament, but it is also a great way of raising funds for this extremely worthwhile cause.”
It is anticipated that this year’s event will raise in excess of £12,000. Janet Broadmore, NSPCC project manager, said: “The NSPCC runs 177 projects across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, all working towards our aim of ending cruelty to children. None of this work would be possible without the money that such fun activities help to raise.”
Thanks go to the Vale for their sponsorship of the Grand Final, together with Moose Clothing, Tivoli Hotels and TAP Air Portugal, all of whom have sponsored prizes for the event.
To take part in next year’s competition or for further information, clubs should contact Team Frith on 0870 850 3436 or email on Alternatively, you can contact Janet Broadmore at the NSPCC on 020 7825 2646 or email
NB This event does not include qualifying competitions in Scotland.

Wednesday 4th October 2006

England continued their domination of the senior women’s home internationals with a 5-2 win over Scotland on the second day of the series at Hamilton Golf Club today.
Wales, spearheaded by former Curtis Cup player Vicki Thomas, walloped Ireland 6-1 and only they can stop the English winning the over-50s title for the fourth year in row since its inauguration in 2003.
Scotland’s hopes virtually sank in the morning foursomes which they lost 2-0. But they did make a very good fight of it in the singles, winning two to England’s three. In fact, at the turn Scots led in four of the five ties, only British seniors champion Chris Quinn being ahead in her tie against Pamela Williamson, which she went on to win 3 and 2.
Christine Watson (a 3 and 1 winner over Lorna Bennett) and Carole Caldwell (winner by two holes against Noreen Fenton) turned their matches around with a fine display of finishing. England team manager Cathy Bowerbank said:
"Christine Watson was two down after 11 and won the next three holes to get to one up. She held on to that until the 16th where she hit two fantastic shots into the green to go two up. That gave us the four points we needed to win.
"Carole had a fantastic game. She was one down after 15 and then won 16, 17 and 18 to finish two up. It was a wonderful finish."
England head the table with two wins, ahead Scotland and Wales one win apiece, and Ireland two defeats.
Final matches: Ireland v Scotland, England v Wales.
Foursomes: F De Vries and P Williamson lost to C Quinn and C Watson 2 and 1; L Campbell and M Thomson lost to C. Caldwell and C Stirling 1 hole (0-2).
Singles: Williamson lost to Quinn 3 and 2, L Bennett lost to Watson 3 and 1, De Vries bt G Bray 5 and 4, H Faulds bt P Wrightson 2 and 1, N Fenton lost to Caldwell 2 holes (2-3).
Foursomes: V Thomas and D Richards bt S O’Brien-Kenney and M Henderson 4 and 3; A Lewis and J Doleman bt M Madden and V Hassett 1 hole (2-0)
Singles: Thomas bt E MacMullen 1 hole, Lewis bt Henderson 3 and 2, J O’Connor bt English 3 and 2, H Joyce bt O’Brien-Kenney 1 hole, T Carradice lost to M McKenna 2 and 1 (4-1).

Alan Glynn, a freshman student from Middlesex, finished joint fourth and helped Cincinnati’s Xavier University golf team to win its own invitational tournament at Oasis Golf Club, Loveland in Ohio this week.
Glnn scored 70, 71 and 64 for a total of 206 – four shots behind the winner, team-mate Jason Kokrank with 65, 69 and 68.
Xavier University had three players in the top five in compiling a team total of 830 – 10 shots ahead of runners-up Austin Peay State with Maryland (843) third of 18 teams.

Clayton State University golf team members Neil McBride from Glasgow and Daniel Sommerville from St Andrews were brought down to earth with a bump after helping their Atlanta college score their first team win for six years.
In their next event, this week, Clayton State finished joint 16th in a field of 18 teams for the Cougar Invitational tournament at Green Island Country Club, Colombus in Georgia.
Over a short course – par-71, 6,435yd – Neil scored 76 and 78 for 154 and a share of 73rd place while Daniel had 81 and 74 for joint 80th place on 155.
Neil had one double bogey in his first round and two double bogeys (at the first and seventh) in his second round.
Daniel had double bogeys at the 15th and 16th in his first round and a double bogey at the 10th on the second circuit. But he did birdie the fourth, seventh, 12th and 16th for his 74.
The joint winners were Johan Cronvall (Georgia College) and Chris Wolfe (Armstrong Atlantic) on four-under-par 138.

Northern Golf Club’s Scott Fraser is vice-captain of the Scotland team for Sunday’s Under-16 international match against England at Hartlepool Golf Club.
Also in the team of 10 is Tom Spencer (Inchmarlo Golf Centre), pictured right.
Neil Marr, head professional at Meldrum House Golf Club, is the coach and captain of the squad.
It is:
Colin Baird (Bothwell Castle), Sam Binning (Old Ranfurly), Mark Bookless (Sandyhills), Scott Fraser (Northern), Sam McLaren (King James VI), Frazer Ogston (St Andrews), Paul Shields (Kirkhill), Kyle Smith (Barassie), Tom Spencer (Inchmarlo), Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck).
Maurice Shields is the team manager.

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Last year’s Scottish youths golf champion Peter McLachlan, from Eastwood, a student at the University of Missouri Kansas City, tied for 13th place in the Bill Ross Intercollegiate tournament at Hillcrest Country Club, Kansas City.
Peter had rounds of 72, 72 and 75 for a total of 219 – 10 shots behind the joint winners Bruno Buccolo and Rhein Gibson, both students at Oklahoma Christian University.
McLachlan’s team-mate, Alex Hogben, a freshman from Ringway, Manchester, finished 10th with 71, 69 and 76 for 216 over the par-72, 6,763yd course. Hogben’s final round cost him the joint second place he held with one round to go.
Oklahoma Christian (852) won the team event by nine shots from Oklahoma City. UMKC finished third on 866.

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Lewis Kirton, pictured right, faded out of contention for the individual title but the big consolation for the Newmachar Golf Club member from Oldmeldrum was that his college, the University of Louisville Kentucky, won the team title for the third straight tournament since the summer holidays.
Kirton’s third and final round of 79 was in marked contrast to his so-steady opening scores of 71 and 70 over the par-72, 7,249yd Colonial Country Club course at Cordova in Tennessee.
A total of four-over-par 220 knocked him out of one of the top positions and he finished joint 17th in a field of 93 players – not a bad performance at all by a freshman playing in only his third tournament on the American college circuit.
But Kirton, who played for Great Britain & Ireland in the Jacques Leglise Trophy match against the Continent of Europe a few weeks ago, will be feeling just that little bit down on a personal level.
The Louisville coach, in contrast, will be delighted with his team. All five players finished in the top 20. The team score of 857 gave them an 11-stroke victory from Texas Christian University with Wisconsin way back in third place on 876 in a strong field of 18 colleges.
Frank Cortening (Texas Christian) claimed the individual honours with scores of 72, 70 and 70 for four-under-par 212.
He won by one shot from Tyler Hitchcock (Southern Florida) who had scores of 65, 74 and 74 for 213.
Southeastern Louisiana sophomore student Aaron O’Callaghan from Cork and team-mate Graham Benson from Leighton Buzzard were joint third on 215. O’Callaghan shot 69, 74 and 72; Benson 77, 71 and 67.
Kirton’s final placings in his three tournaments have been 15th, 26th and 17th equal.
212 Frank Cortening (TCU) 72 70 70.
213 Tyler Hitchcock (SE Louisiana) 65 74 74.
215 Aaron O’Callaghan (SE Louisiana) 77 71 67, Graham Benson (SE Louisiana) 77 71 67.
Other total:
220 Lewis Kirton (Louisville Kentucky) 71 70 79.
857 Louisville.
868 Texas Christian.
876 Wisconsin.

Tuesday 3rd October 2006

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Dawn Marie Conaty from Dublin, who transferred from North Carolina State University to the University of Memphis for this her junior year as a student, has helped her new college win their first team title since April 2005.
Dawn Marie, pictured right, after disappointing scores of 84 and 82 in the first two rounds of the Wildcat Fall Invitational at the University Club of Kentucky, Lexington, suddenly hit peak form to return a 73 in the final round for a total of 239 and a share of 27th place individually in a field of 83 players.
That big improvement was certainly the key to Memphis totalling 929 – four ahead of Augusta State with North Carolina State – Dawn Marie’s old team-mates – in third place with 937 in a field of 15 colleges.
Not many people know this but the 21-year-old Dawn Marie, the Irish girls champion of 2001, is also a talented musician. She can play the piano, accordion, tin whistle and fiddle all to a high standard. Just the girl for the party that the Memphis team held to celebrate their victory in Lexington.
225 Amanda Mathis (Mississippi State) 75 73 77.
226 Adrienne White (Louisville) 78 74 74.
Other score:
239 Dawn Marie Conaty (Memphis) 84 82 73.
929 Memphis.
933 Augusta State.
937 North Carolina State.

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Paisley exile Kate O’Sullivan, pictured left, lived up to the name of her American university – High Point in North Carolina – with a fourth place finish on level par 144 in the Great Smokies Intercollegiate women’s golf tournament at Waynesville County Club in North Carolina.
Kate, starting her final college year in America, had rounds of 74 and 70. The second round, which included two birdies and an eagle, was her lowest ever score in any competition either in the States or back home in Scotland.
It was also her lowest ever 36-hole total and her fifth top-five finish in the United States.
Julie Streng, the High Point University women’s head golf coach, said: “I was very proud of Kate’s performance. This is probably the best she has ever played and to do it in such a field of talented individuals is really something.”
Kate finished four shots behind the winner Staci Lynch (Austin Peay State College) who shot 71 and 69 for 140 over the par-72, 5,915yd course.
Also in the field were Lucy Gould, the Welsh girls champion of 2002 and 2003, and two players from Ireland – Sinead O’Sullivan, a freshman from Galway, and AnnMarie Dalton from Carlow.
Lucy and Sinead are students at East Tennessee State University. Lucy from Bargoed had rounds of 71 and 76 for 147 and a share of 10th place. Sinead scored 72 and 77 for joint 14th place on 149.
AnnMarie Dalton (High Point) had rounds of 83 and 76 for 159 and joint 76th place.
Despite the efforts of Lucy and Sinead, East Tennessee State, the overnight leaders, were pipped by one shot (586-587) for the team title by the host college, Western Carolina.
High Point, with nobody to give Kate O’Sullivan strong support, finished 16th of the 23 competing teams on 622.
140 Staci Lynch (Austin Peay State) 71 69.
142 Olivia Higgins (Charleston Southern) 74 68.
143 Desiree Karlsson (Western Carolina) 72 71.
144 Kate O’Sullivan (High Point) 74 70.
Other scores:
147 Lucy Gould (East Tennessee State) 71 76 (jt 10th).
149 Sinead O’Sullivan (East Tennessee State) 72 77 (jt 14th).
159 AnnMarie Dalton (High Point) 83 76 (jt 76th).
586 Western Carolina,.
587 East Tennessee State.
595 Winthrop.
622 High Point (16th of 23 teams).

Senior Womens' Home Internationals

If Scotland are to break England’s three-year grip on the senior women’s home internationals golf title, then they must beat the Auld Enemy at Hamilton on Wednesday on the second day of the three-day programme.
Scotland opened their account with a 4 ½-2 ½ win over Wales while England crushed Ireland 5-0 in the singles to complete a comprehensive 6-1 victory.
On Wednesday, it’s Scotland v England in what is a virtual title decider.
Former Curtis Cup player Vicki Thomas won the first singles for Wales by beating Pamela Williamson (Baberton) 2 and 1 in a tight match which was decided by Vicki’s capture of the 12th and 15th holes.
That was the only singles tie that Scotland lost.
St Andrews hotelier Fiona de Vries (St Rule), showing the skills that won her the Scottish senior women’s match-play title at Machrihanish recently, beat Janet Doleman 4 and 3 after being four up on the ninth tee.
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) won by 3 and 2 over Ann Lewis after winning the ninth, 12th and 14th for a three-hole lead.
Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) was held to a square game by Helen Joyce or perhaps it was the other way around. The Welsh player won the 17th to go one up and Helen, who had been two up at the turn, had to win the 18th to get half a point.
Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) won by 2 and 1 over Denise Richards with a strong finish which saw her win the 15th to square the contest, then the 16th and 17th for victory.
Foursomes: C Quinn and P Wrightson lost to S O’Brien-Kenney and Marilyn Henderson 4 and 2; Carole Caldwell and Chris Stirling bt Mary Madden and Valerie Hassett 4 and 3 (1-1).
Singles: Quinn bt E MacMullen 3 and 1, Watson bt O’Brien-Kenney 4 and 2,. G Bray bt Henderson 2 and 1, Stirling bt M McKenna 1 hole, Caldwell bt Hassett 1 hole (5-0).
Foursomes: F De Vries and P Williamson lost to V Thomas and D Richards 2 holes; E Campbell and M Thomson bt A Lewis and J Doleman 1 hole (1-1).
Singles: Williamson lost to Thomas 2 and 1, De Vries bt Doleman 4 and 3, L Bennett bt Lewis 3 and 1, H Faulds halved with H Joyce, N Fenton bt Richards 2 and 1 (3 ½-1 ½).

Strathaven clubhouses through the ages

Strathaven Golf Club will be celebrating its centenary in 2008.
As part of the preparation for this occasion a CD is being compiled of photographs taken at the club through the years. The club would be very grateful if anyone having such photographs could hand them in to the clubhouse. These will be copied and returned to the owner. Alternatively they can be e mailed to

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Peter McLachlan, pictured right, last year’s Scottish youths champion from Eastwood, was lying joint 12th after a pair of 72s for a level par 36-hole tally of 144 in the Bill Ross Intercollegiate golf tournament at Hillcrest County Club, Kansas City.
McLachlan, a second-year student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was outscored by a newcomer to the Kangaroos squad – Alex Hogben, a 6ft 3in freshman from Manchester, seventh in the English boys’ championship for the Carris Trophy this past summer.
Hogben scored 71 and 69 to be one shot behind leader Richard Graham (Oklahoma Christian) (69-70).
UMKC share the team lead with Oklahoma Christian on 572 in a field of 12 colleges.

SGU Press Release

A team of ‘strength, depth and substance’ – as described by SGU National Coach Ian Rae, will represent Scottish hopes when players embark for the Eisenhower Trophy later this month.
The tried and tested trio comprising Royal Aberdeen ace Richie Ramsay, Scott Jamieson and George Murray will head for the 25th World Amateur Team Championship, hosted in Africa for the first time, to play on the narrow tree lined courses of De Zalze and Stellenbosch in South Africa from 26 – 29 October 2006.
US Amateur Champion Richie Ramsay who has claimed the lion’s share of amateur title wins in recent weeks – and is playing in the Alfred Dunhill Links later this week - is joined by the recently crowned 2006 SGU Order of Merit winner Scott Jamieson (Cathkin Braes). Both Jamieson and Ramsay will be debutants at this event, whilst the third member to complete the team, George Murray (Earlsferry Thistle) will make his second appearance at the biennial event, having previously represented Scotland in Puerto Rico in 2004 when the USA took command of the Trophy.
The selected players have notched up a number of notable accolades between them individually and in addition have collectively produced a number of team successes, with all three players proving key to the European Youths title triumph in 2004. More recently, they have enjoyed further international acclaim by securing the St Andrews Trophy and Home Internationals title, and will hope to capitalise on their great team spirit. The team will be captained by the experienced George Crawford, who led the Mens Home Internationals team to back to back wins this year and last.
Commenting on the team, Ian Rae said, “Our players have enjoyed a sensational season, competing against a level and standard of competition which has been very high. We have selected players that have consistently proved themselves throughout the year, demonstrated by their solid performances and results.
“Within that trio is an accumulation of experience of competing and excelling at the bigger occasions and I am confident we have one of the strongest teams Scotland has sent to this event. They have earned their places in the team and the Eisenhower Trophy will provide them a valuable experience competing against the cream of 75 other nations.”
The World Team Championship has attracted a record number of entries with nine more nations joining the fray compared with the 66 teams who competed in 2004. Boasting such an accomplished side, Scotland will hope to improve on their performance in 2004, when they trailed behind the other three home nations.
The players will head out to South Africa ahead of the competition to acclimatise to the conditions and familiarise themselves with the courses which will determine a short game.
Scotland Team:
Richie Ramsay – Royal Aberdeen
Scott Jamieson – Cathkin Braes
George Murray – Earlsferry Thistle
Non-travelling reserve: Lloyd Saltman - Craigielaw
Non-playing Captain: George Crawford

Monday 2nd October 2006

Helen Holm will be three-day event next year
Increase in field might allow more "home" players to enter.
The Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association is pleased to announce that from 2007 the Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship will be played over three days.
The dates for 2007 are April 27-28-29. The number of entrants will be increased to 99 for the first two rounds which will be played over the Portland Course on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.
The top 66 and ties will play a further 18 holes over the Championship Course of Royal Troon on Sunday, April 29.
Mrs Margaret Rodgers, Chairman of the SLGA, said:
“The Helen Holm has become one of the leading events in the European calendar, attracting a very high standard of player. In 2006 the ballot fell at a handicap of 1.1 which meant that a number of top players were balloted out.
“We are most grateful to Royal Troon Golf Club for allowing us the additional day to play the Championship so that a larger number of top players will be able to play in this prestigious event”.
Mr Jan Chandler, Secretary of Royal Troon Golf Club, said:
“Royal Troon has a long and successful association with the Championship and the club remains committed to providing both courses for this prestigious competition.”

Katy McNicoll from Carnoustie, a second-year student at Lynn University, Boca Raton in Florida, finished joint 12th in a field of 45 for the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational women’s golf tournament at Miromar Lakes Golf Club, Fort Myers in Florida.
Katy had a pair of 76s over the par-72, 5,993yd course and her total of 152 put her nine shots behind the winner, playing over her home course, Heather Hagerman (Florida Gulf Coast), with rounds of 72 and 71.
Lynn University, halfway leaders in the team event, slipped back to a final placing of third with a total of 607 behind Florida Southern (600) and Daytona Beach (603) in a field of nine colleges.

If it wasn’t golf, they’d be calling in the Monopolies Commission!
England have won the senior women’s home amateur internationals’ every year since the three-day tournament for the over-50s was introduced in 2003.
Will it be any different at Hamilton Golf Club this week – starting on Tuesday – when the event comes to Scotland for the first time?
Well, Scotland skipper Pam Gordon from Inverness and her team of Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee), Fiona De Vries (St Rule), Helen Faulds (Douglas Park), Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh), Moira Thomson (North Berwick) and Pamela Williamson (Baberton) like to think so.
One of the reasons for the Scots to be cheerful about the outcome is that most of them were in the Scotland team which won the Veteran Ladies Golf Association championship by beating England North, South and Midlands at Formby earlier in the summer.
England will have the new Senior British women’s stroke-play champion, Christine Quinn in their ranks. Christine won that title by a comfortable six shots the last time she crossed the Border. The event was played at Dumfries & County Golf Club.
Ireland have the legendary Mary McKenna in their line-up while Wales also have a former Curtis Cup player in their team, Vicki Thomas now beginning to collect over-50s titles to add to the ones she won in her prime.
Hamilton, like almost every other course in Scotland, is bordering on waterlogged. Preferred lies may not be in operation but perhaps “mark, lift, clean and replace” may be the order of the day as it was in the wet conditions that prevailed at Dumfries & County.
Tuesday’s order of play at Hamilton:
England v Ireland. Foursomes: 8.0 & 8.10. Singles: 12.45 to 1.17.
Scotland v Wales. Foursomes: 8.20 & 8.30. Singles: 1.25 to 1.57.
Wales v Ireland, Scotland v England.
Ireland v Scotland, England v Wales.

Stars from the world of professional golf will line up this week to play a Charity Skins Game in honour of Heather Clarke, late wife of golfer Darren Clarke.
Some of the world’s leading golfers including Darren Clarke, Vijay Singh, Thomas Bjorn, Ernie Els, Lee Westwood and Scotland’s very own Colin Montgomerie will play in what will undoubtedly be a poignant event in honour of Heather, who sadly passed away just a few months ago. All winnings from the professional golfers will be donated to the Darren Clarke Foundation in aid of Cancer Research.
The Charity Skins Game will be hosted at The Duke’s Course in St Andrews, Fife this Wednesday (4 October) and will tee off at 3pm and will be played over holes 7, 8, 9, 17 & 18.
The event is open to the public and entry is free.
Collection boxes for the charity will be available on the day.

Sheila McEwen and Janet Graham, winners of the Gibson Cup at the Braids over the weekend.

The 2006 Gibson Cup Final was, as last year, contested between foursomes partnerships from Harburn and Lothianburn Golf Clubs with the ladies from Harburn, Janet Graham and Sheila McEwen, winning at the 18th. Congratulations to Janet and Sheila for their 2 up victory in a friendly but keenly contested final over Mary Stark and Anne Brownie (Chairperson of the Gibson cup Committee).
Janet’s wonderful approach to the 18th to less than 6 feet closing out victory for the Harburn pair in the late afternoon sunshine on Sunday 1st October.
The finalists were the 1st and 2nd seeds from the previous day’s qualifying round which was played in benign weather conditions over Braids Number 1. Janet and Sheila were leading qualifiers with a 69.5 off a handicap of 15.5 with Anne and Mary also breaking par with a net 71.5 (handicap 8.5). The beaten semi-finalists were Denise Mitchell and Elizabeth Findlay, and Iris O’Neill and Maureen Mackay . Many other good scores were recorded in glorious sunshine with the course in excellent condition.
Despite the odd shower on the Sunday, the conditions were again favourable as reflected in the scores from the Consolation Salver (for those foursomes pairings who had not qualified for the Gibson Cup matchplay). This was won with 39 Stableford points by Catherine Stewart and Janet Begrie (pictured right) of Lothianburn with Eileen Gillespie and Linda Bain of Lochend runner-up on 37 points. Four partnerships had 36 points; countback to the last 3 holes meant that Ruth Brown and Christine Clements (also of Lothianburn) took 3rd place.
All in all a very enjoyable and successful weekend with all this year’s competitors looking forward already to next year’s Gibson Cup Centenary. The dates for next year’s competition have already been finalised as the weekend of 29th and 30th September 2007.

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Paul McGhee from East Renfrewshire Golf Club, now a sophomore student at Johnson and Wales University, Miami finished joint sixth in the Sunshine State Shootout at Bonaventure Country Club.
Paul had rounds of 75 and 71 for a total of 146 over the 7,000yd, par-72 East course.
Erik Easton was the individual winner with 72 and 69 for 141.

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A ‘magnificent seven’ have been named to represent Scotland at the 2006 Bellhaven Best Seniors Home Internationals, hosted at Dunbar Golf Course this week (from 3 – 5 October).
The Scots will be hoping for a hat-trick to round off an impressive season on the home international front, following the boys and mens teams clinching their titles earlier this season.
Captained by former Scottish Amateur Champion Monifieth star Ian Hutcheon, the line-up comprises six team members recently crowned European Senior Team Champions at the inaugural event hosted in Nurmo, Finland this August.
Three times Scottish Stroke Play Champion Hutcheon is joined by current Scottish Senior Amateur Champion Stephen Ellis (Cowal), Brian Grieve (King James VI), 2005 Scottish Senior Amateur Champion Gordon MacDonald (Callander), Alan Ferguson (Drumpellier) and Castlerock’s Donald McCart; whose performance at the Scottish Amateur Championship this year at Nairn produced a premature surprise exit for rising star, George Murray. The European Champions are joined by Royal Aberdeen’s ace, John Johnston to complete the formidable side.
Commenting on the team, SGU Chief Executive Hamish Grey said: “I am confident this strong team, which represents a wealth of talent and experience of competing and winning at the highest level will make the most of their home soil advantage, and will prove a difficult side to beat.
We are very grateful to Dunbar Golf Club for hosting on the event on such a fantastic links course, and Belhaven Best for their generous support of the Seniors Home Internationals.”
Should their mission prove successful, it would be the first time Scotland have ever won the event in its six year history.
The Championship, sponsored by the SGU’s Official Beer Partner Belhaven Best, will mark Dunbar Golf Club’s 150th anniversary.
Belhaven Best Marketing Manager, Chris Anderson said, “Belhaven are delighted to be supporting the Seniors Home Internationals in partnership with the Scottish Golf Union. The event provides a great fit for our brand, with our roots in Dunbar and current expansion of our brand into the rest of the UK. We wish all teams the best of luck in what should be a great three days of competition.”

New appointment at St Andrews Links
Ewen Bowman, the golf sales manager at the Westin Turnberry Resort, has been appointed clubhouse operations manager at St Andrews Links.
He will take up the newly created post next Monday (Oct 9) and will have responsibility for running both the Links and Eden Clubhouses at the Home of Golf.
With more than 200,000 rounds a year played over the six St Andrews Links courses both clubhouses are extremely busy and offer a full range of services to both local and visiting golfers including restaurants and changing facilities.
Ewen, who hails from Kilmacolm, joins the Links Trust ahead of a particularly busy spell which will see the staging of the Women’s British Open, the Curtis Cup and The Open on the Old Course in the next four years.
“I am very much looking forward to the challenge of managing such a busy and dynamic clubhouse operation as the Links Trust’s,” he said. “I have been fortunate to work at such a wonderful location as Turnberry and I am sure that will stand me in very good stead for moving to the Home of Golf.
“Both the Links and Eden clubhouses attract a lot of customers and, of course, a new clubhouse will be created at Course No 7 when it opens in two years’ time. It is going to be a very busy period for the Links in the next few years with the opening of the new course and several major tournaments taking place. I will be working hard to ensure we continue to deliver the highest standards of service in our clubhouses in the years ahead.”
Ewen has spent 17 years at Turnberry, one of the world’s leading golf resorts, and has held various positions including golf operations manager and conference and banqueting manager before taking up his current post in 1998. He supervised the staging of two senior British Opens at Turnberry, in 1989 and 1990, and his responsibilities included the organisation and delivery of all events at the resort, including major conferences and golf days. Ewen was also the first manager of the clubhouse that was constructed prior to the staging of the 1994 Open Championship.
Alan McGregor, general manager of St Andrews Links Trust, said, “I am very pleased to welcome Ewen on board. With his extensive background in golf facilities management at Turnberry I am sure he will bring a great deal of experience and expertise to this role. Our clubhouses are a vital part of the Trust’s operations and the service we deliver to local and visiting golfers. Ewen will have a big part to play in helping us improve and develop these services even further.”
Ewen is married to Gillian and has two children, 11 year-old Emma and seven year-old Keith.

ELGA Press Release
Sarah, 16, completes clean sweep of south-east titles

Kent teenager Sarah Tyson has just completed a clean sweep of titles in ELGA's south-eastern division.
This season the 16-year-old has won the south-eastern ladies', girls' and foursomes championships. She also beat all the other junior county champions to become the division's champion of champions.
"It feels great," said Sarah - whose coach had warned her not to expect too much this season!
"We did some major swing changes last winter," said Sarah, who plays at Redlibbets, where she is ladies' champion. " I had a new grip, new backswing, new follow-through, new posture - and insoles in my shoes! Everything was changed.
"I went into every event with a very open and clear mind. I didn't set myself too high a target because I didn't want to be disappointed but I practised a lot, prepared myself and I was very determined."
She puts her success down to those swing changes, devised by Brocket Hall professional Keith Wood to improve her accuracy and consistency; and to her sessions with sports psychologist Karl Morris. In addition she lost two stone in weight and has worked hard in the gym.
Sarah has just won promotion into ELGA's U18 squad and she said: "I am really pleased. It shows you are making progress and that other people are noticing it." She's previously been a member of ELGA's Select south-east squad - which introduced her to Keith Wood - and before that was in a Birdie squad.
Now, her aims are good results in her GCSEs next summer, and continued progress in her golf. Sarah, whose handicap is one, has started playing national amateur events, with encouraging results, and her dream is to become a Curtis Cup player before turning professional.
For the record, Sarah won the south-east ladies' championship at Hadley Wood; the girls' title and the champion of champions at Chigwell; and the foursomes at Blackmoor. Sarah's partner in the foursomes was Sian Evans (Faversham) and the pair beat the field by six shots.

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Katy McNicoll from Carnoustie, a second-year student at Lynn University, Boca Raton in Florida, was in joint 15th place going into the final round of the Lady Eagle Invite women's colelge tournament at Fort Myers, Florida.
Katy had a 76 to be six shots behind the leader, team-mate Natasha Morgan.
Lynn won the team title at their last tournament and are heading for back-to-back victories.
Lynn (293) lead by five strokes from Florida Southern.

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The nagging thought for Gemma Webster and the rest of the Ohio State women’s golf team, with the notable exception of Dana Je, is that if they had managed to save only three strokes between them over the 54 holes, then the Buckeyes would have won the team title at the weather-hit Wolverine Invitational at Ann Arbor, Michigan at the weekend.
Dana Je, a senior student at Ohio State, shot rounds of 74, 73 and 75 to match the nine-over-par total (222) of Brianna Broderick (Michigan), playing over her home course.
Then Brianna beat Dana at the third hole of a sudden-death play-off for individual honours.
Ohio State (908) finished only two strokes behind team winners Michigan (906) with Northwestern (910) third and Michigan State and Indiana (both 919) back in joint fourth of the 10 participating colleges/
Gemma Webster finished joint 30th on 235 with scores of 81, 76 and 78. She had five double bogeys over the three rounds on the par-71, 6,098yd course.
The best British player by far in the event was Hannah Burke from Hertfordshire and a freshman student at Baylor University, Texas. She shared 11th place.
Hannah has made a big impact in her first three events in the States and is already easily the best player in the Baylor squad.
She was joint seventh in her American college debut in the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic on September 11-12 and tied 29th in the Ron Moore Invitational (September 25-26) in which her second-round 69 was one of the lowest of the 54-hole event. Now Hannah actually led the Wolverine Invitational after rounds of 77 and 69 for 146 in bad-weather conditions where good scoring was certainly not easy.
She dropped out of title contention with a third-round 81 (44-37) which included a triple bogey 7 at the sixth and double bogey 6s at the ninth and 18th but joint 11th place on 227 was further evidence that Hannah has got what it takes to hold her own on the American women’s college circuit.
Par 71
222 (+9) Brianna Broderick (Michigan) 70 77 75; Dana Je (Ohio State) 74 73 75.
223 Stephany Fleet (Eastern Michigan) 72 78 73.
224 Alice Kim (Northwestern) 78 71 75.
Other scores:
227 Hannah Burke (Baylor) 77 69 81 (jt 11th).
235 Gemma Webster (Ohio State) 81 76 78 (jt 30th).
906 Michigan.
908 Ohio State.
910 Northwestern.
919 Michigan State, Indiana.

Sunday 1st October 2006

Winning Stirling and Clackmannan side in the East of Scotland Championship today.
L to R: Vicki Stevenson, Linda Allan (nee Robertson), Elaine Allison (Captain), Alison Davidson and Heather Macrae

Former Scotland cap Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) won the East of Scotland women's amateur golf championship at Stirling Golf Club today (Sunday).
She had a round of 70 - three under the CSS - to win the title by two shots from Curtis Cup reserve Heather MacRae (Dunblane New) and former Curtis Cup player Alison Davidson, playing over her home course.
Vicki Stevenson (Stirling) won the leading handicap award with a net 70 off three of a handicap. Mandy Easton (Dalmahoy), playing off five, also had a net 70. Vicki's better inward half was the tie-breaker.
Elaine Allison, who took office as Stirling & Clackmannan county captain only four days previously, made her mark early with her selection winning the team trophy with a total of 217 – two shots ahead of Midlothian with Fife (221) third.
Stirling Golf Club
Par 74. CSS 73.
Leading scores
70 C Hargan (Mortonhall).
72 H MacRae (Dunblane) (bih), A Davidson (Stirling).
73 V Stevenson (Stirling).
74 R Livingstone (Musselburgh Old).
75 M Easton (Dalmahoy), K Blackwood (Glencorse), J Carthew (Ladybank), F Lockhart (St Regulus).
76 L Kenney (Dunfermline).
79 W Nicholson (Broomieknowe), E Moffat (St Regulus) .
Leading handicap
70 V Stevenson (Stirling) (3) (bih), M Easton (Dalmahoy) (5) 70.

The final county open meeting of the Northern Counties LGA season was abandoned at Tain Golf Club today when the greens became flooded.
At the annual general meeting, held in the Tain clubhouse, the members voted unanimously to adopt the rewritten constitution.
Entry fees for girls have been reduced as part of the ongoing attempts to encourage youngsters to play.
It was decided at the agm, that the championship would revert to 16 scratch qualifiers and eight handicap qualifiers.
It was also agreed to place the Brora and Spey Valley golf courses on the NCLGA list of approved championship venues, subject to the SLGA affiliation process being completed.
Officials unanimously re-elected for the next year:
Hon president: Isobel McIntosh.
Captain: Mairi C Orr.
Vice-captain: Eileen Manson.
Secretary-treasurer: Mary Hayden.
Junior secretary: Lorna Lloyd-Baker.
The Francis Souter Trophy for the most improved girl over the past year will be shared by Hannah McCook (Abernethy) and Julie Vass (Tain). Hannah cut her handicap from 30 to 15 while Julie cut hers from 31 to 16.
Next year, Northern Counties LGA will be 40 years old and a special day at Elgin on April 22 is planned. Elgin is where the first NCLGA event was played.

Midlothian Junior Girls
Jane Turner, winner of the Junior Championship, is in blue holding the trophy.
[Thanks to Mandy Easton for photo and report]

Jane Turner wins Midlothian Junior Championship
Jane Turner of Mortonhall birdied the last hole at Glencorse Golf Club to win the Midlothian County Junior Girls Championship by one stroke from Rachael Livingstone of Musselburgh Old. The handicap prize was won by Cara Easton of Dalmahoy Golf & Country Club. At the prize-giving, junior girls who regularly play in the 9 Hole Competitions which the County run for beginners throughout the year were also presented with their prizes.
Gabrielle Macdonald ( Prestonfield ) received the trophy for most improved player of the year.
Leading Scores SSS 70 CSS 70
Jane Turner ( Mortonhall ) 71 (1) 70
Rachael Livingstone ( Musselburgh Old ) 72 (1) 71
Cara Easton ( Dalmahoy ) 78 (8) 70
Gillian Simpson ( Baberton ) 83 (8) 75
Rachael Archibald ( Merchants Of Edinburgh ) 87(9) 78

Cruden Bay’s Laurie Phillips, Ross Cooper and Michael Buchan won the Scottish club championship for the second time in three years in very wet conditions at Cowglen Golf Club, Glasgow today.
The scheduled 36-hole tournament was reduced to one round after a suspension of play for the best part of 2 ½ hr during the morning.
The same players won the championship for Cruden Bay over two rounds at Erksine in 2004. This victory will send them to Corfu for the European club champion final from November 1 to 3.
Phillips was the cornerstone of the latest Buchan triumph with a round of 65 – five under the CSS. Michael Buchan and Ross Cooper gave him good support with scores of 70 and 71 respectively. Only two of the three scores could count, so Cruden Bay’s winning total was 135.
Glenbervie (Andrew Lynch, Murdo MacLeod and Tommy Wilson) were runners-up with 137.
Three teams finished on the 139 mark – Tulliallan, who were placed third, Glencorse fourth and Irvine fifth.
135 CRUDEN BAY (L Phillips 65, M Buchan 70, R Cooper 71).
137 GLENBERVIE (A Lynch 65, M MacLeod 72, T Wilson 74).
139 TULLIALLAN (N Scaife 69, S Horne 70, M Crichton 71); GLENCORSE (A Shanks 69, L Ramsay 70, J Lamb 73); IRVINE (A Gourlay 68, H RThompson 71, A MacFarlane 80).
142 DUNAVERTY (G Watson 70, G McMillan 72, C McMillan 785); DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY (B Scott 70, J Power 72, C Riddick 74).
143 LETHAM GREANGE (G Tough 71, I Reid 72, L Salariya 77); PAISLEY ( J Devlin 71, D Murphy 72, M Tallon 78).
144 ST ANDREWS (I Heddle 71, G Sharp 73, N Steven 74); BISHOPBRIGGS (S Munro 71, S Robertson 73, A MacPherson 754).
146 LENZIE (D Wylie 71, R Law 75, G Stewart 77).
147 AIRDRIE (S Morgan 783, S Rennie 74, D Craig 77).
152 CRAIGIE HILL (I Simpson 74, S Honeyman 768, I Flaherty 81).
153 FORRES (B Fotheringham 783, A Robertson 80, L Ramsey 84).
166 HAWICK (K Beattie 80, A Chalmers 86, A Morrison 86).

Banchory boy Tom Spencer (right in photo holding shield) won the Spence Trophy at Kings Links today (Sunday) when he beat Ryan Penny (Portlethen) by 3 and 1 in the final.
In a battle between two talented 15-year-olds – Tom plays off one and Ryan off two – in very wet conditions, the golf was of a surprisingly high standard.
Inchmarlo Golf Centre junior member Spencer had an eagle 2 – he pitched in from 60yd at the 17th – and four birdies while Penny was level par apart from the eighth where he lost a ball off the tee.
Four down after 12 holes following birdies by Spencer at the 11th and 12th, Penny hit back with birdies at the 14th and 16th. Then Spencer clinched the title contested by Aberdeen & District junior club champions with his eagle at the 17th.
Tom has recently been promoted from the Under-16s to the Under-18 Elite Squad by the Scottish Golf Union ... good going for a 15-year-old.
It was the second year in a row that Penny had lost in the Spence Trophy final.
In the semi-finals Spencer beat Shaun Stevens (Deeside) by 4 and 2 while Penny beat Donald Macandrew (Hazlehead) by 2 and 1.

Winning Craigielaw Boys Team and their supporters.
[Photo courtesy of Derek Scott, manager of Craigielaw Golf Club]

Craigielaw Juniors are off to La Manga
East Lothian Junior League winners Craigielaw put on an amazing display of golf to win the Scottish League Finals held at Crail on Saturday 30th September. This year’s Scottish Boys Strokeplay champion Shaun McAllister set the pace by carding a seven under par 65, closely followed by team mate Zack Saltman who shot 69. The other members of the team Michael Williams, Gordon Hillson, Sean Deegan and Grant Forrest produced a winning total of 354 - the lowest score produced in the history of this event. The team are now preparing themselves for the National Finals held at the La Manga Club, Spain in January.
Junior convener Gordon Smith said “I am delighted for the boys. They have worked hard all year and we are looking forward to going over to Spain to compete in the National Finals where we will hopefully put on another performance like today.”

Andrew Hay from Westhill, Aberdeen, now a student at Webber International University, Florida, shot 74, 78 and 74 for a total of 226 and a top-20 finish in the National Preview college golf tournament at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Andrew won the North-east District boys’ handicap championship at Inverallochy in 2000 and was a regular member of the North-east boys team from 2000 to 2004.
Webber International (891) finished fifth in the team event behind winners Brevard (864).

West of Scotland Open champion Callum Macaulay finished third in the Scenic City Intercollegiate golf tournament over the Honors course at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
It was his best finish – topping fifth in the Mason Rudolph tournament of 2004 - since he went to the University of Mississippi three years ago.
But the Tulliallan player, pictured right, should have won the event. He was at his best in compiling opening rounds of 69 and 71 to lead the field on 140. Callum had five birdies in his first round and two eagles and two birdies in his second.
Then he “lost” it in the weather-delayed final round which eventually cost him 80 shots for a total of 220.
That put him three strokes behind tournament winner Garrett Osborn (UAB) and one behind runner-up Rick Cochran (Middle Tennessee).
Macaulay is clearly the best player on the University of Mississippi golf team. In this tournament, the next squad player finished 11 shots behind Calum and in 33rd place.
Mississippi (912) finished sixth behind team winners UNC-Charlotte (890) in a field of 17 colleges.

Play had to be suspended because of bad weather before the completion on Saturday of the second round in the Wolverine Invitational women’s college tournament at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The 54-hole event will now be completed on Sunday (the organisers hope).
Scotland international Gemma Webster (Ohio State University) was probably glad of the break. It may give her a chance to regroup on Sunday and start climbing the scoreboard.
At the moment the Hiltin Park player is 15 over par for the tournament. She completed her first round in 10-over-par 81 for the 6,098yd, par-71 course.
Starting at the seventh in her second round, she had a birdie (her first of the day) at the ninth but a double bogey at the 13th and bogeys at the seventh, eighth, 10th and 16th.
Brianna Broderick (Michigan) was the first-round leader with a one-under-par 70.

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