September 2004 Archive
Thursday 30th September 2004
Perth and Kinross Scratch League (thanks to Jen Petrie)
The prizegiving for the Perth and Kinross Ladies Scratch League was held at Muckhart Golf Club. League results for 2004 were as follows:
Blairgowrie - 15 points
Craigie Hill - 9 points
Alyth - 7 points
Auchterarder - 6 points
Crieff - 6 points
Muckhart - 3 points
Pitlochry - 1 point
Some members of the winning Blairgowrie team,
L to R Cathy Irving, Mary Hope, Susan Arbuckle, Jen Petrie
This is Blairgowrie’s first win since the League began in 1991.
Wednesday 29th September 2004
LEADING SCOT JOINT SIXTH IN GRAND FINAL OVER WENTWORTH WEST
Della Lansley from Crow Wood Golf Club, Lanarkshire did best of the three Scottish qualifiers for the Grand Final of the Health Perception Ladies Champion of Great Britain & Ireland, organised by the Ladies Golf Union, over the West Course, Wentworth yesterday (Tuesday).
Della, an 18-handicapper, scored 28 Stableford points to finish joint sixth behind Elizabeth Martinez-Gray from High Elms Golf Club, Kent and Debbie Knight of Knighton Heath Golf Club, Dorset who tied for the No 1 spot with 31pt apiece.
Elizabeth plays off 14 and Debbie 28. The sudden-death play-off lasted only one hole with victory going to Elizabeth Martinez-Gray.
Apart from the magnificent, specially commissioned Health Perception Ladies Championship trophy, the Kent player will be invited to take part in the Weetabix Women's British Open pro-am at Royal Birkdale Golf Club on July 27 next year.
The Grand Final was contested by 16 Qualifiers from the regional finals throughout Great Britain and Ireland.
Scotland's other qualifiers, Jenny Milne (Elgin) and Pat Lockhart (Kirkcaldy), scored 22 and 21pts respectively.
HOW THEY FINISHED
31pt Elizabeth Martinez-Gray (High Elms) (14), Debbie Knight (Knighton Heath) (28) (Elizabeth won sudden-death play-off at first hole).
30 Helen Griffin (Droitwich) (9), Moira Jones (Rhuddlan) (15).
29 Hannah Batty (Pike Hills) (18).
28 Clare Patterson (Royal County Down) (26), Della Lansley (Crow Wood) (18), Pat Exton (Phoenix) (8).
27 Emma Lau (Pinner Hill) (26).
24 Natasha Gobey (Rhondda) (12), Karen Eastwood (Henley in Arden) (24).
22 Jenny Milne (Elgin) (2).
21 Pat Lockhart (Kirkcaldy) (17), Evelyn Dunne (Rathdowney) (27), Kate McAlpine-Smith (Wellow) (19).
18 Anne Eades (Marriott Tudor Park) (21).
Tuesday 28th September 2004
GOLFVIEW CUP FINAL DATES
The two-legged final of the Aberdeenshire Women's Inter-Club Scratch League for the Golfview Cup will feature the holders, Murcar, against Ballater.
The first leg will be at Ballater on Saturday, October 2 and the second leg at Murcar on Sunday, October 10.
Louise Clark stands proudly beside the Nairn Dunbar clubhouse scoreboard she maintained during the Scottish county championship finals with her immaculate scroll writing which, she says, won her a prize during schooldays.
Louise, who as Louise Phimister - daughter of club professional Roy Phimister, was a member of the Northern Counties team a decade or two ago, will make North golfing history in November when she becomes ladies' captain of Nairn Golf Club.
Mrs Clark has twice been ladies' captain of Nairn Dunbar Golf Club.
No woman has ever captained both clubs.
Well done, Louise who is coming to the end of her term of office as a member of the SLGA executive. She has been serving as Chairman of Girls.
Monday 27th September 2004
SVLGA Captain Joan Marshall (left) presents the Scottish Veterans Championship trophy to Lorna Bennett today watched by runner-up Moira Thomson.
LORNA WINS SCOTTISH VETS TITLE AT THE FIRST ATTEMPT
CHAMPIONSHIP debutant Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) won the Scottish veteran women's championship at Blairgowrie yesterday (Monday), thus winning a national title that evaded her until after her 50th birthday.
Lorna, a Scotland international player in the women's home internationals of 1977, 1980 and 1981, beat Moira Thomson (North Berwick), winner of the Scottish girls' match-play title in 1968, by 5 and 4 in the final over the Lansdowne course.
The anticipated close encounter between Lorna and Moira, both members of the over-50s Scottish Ladies Golfing Association and Scottish Veterans LGA international teams this season, never materialised.
"I certainly wasn't on song in the afternoon," said Moira who had beaten Pearl Beattie, the Galloway veterans' champion, by 3 and 1 in the morning semi-final.
"My driving was good and so was my short game," said Lorna, the Midlands veterans champion. She had scraped through at the 19th in her Sunday quarter-final against former champion Liz Campbell (Borders). In the first semi-final, Miss Bennett beat the West Division champion Jennifer Mack by 3 and 2.
Lorna lost only one hole in the final - the second - but she won the first, third, fifth and ninth to be three up at the turn. Miss Bennett then parred five holes in a row from the 10th, winning the 10th and the 14th to end the match.
SCOTTISH VETERAN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP _ Blairgowrie Lansdowne - Semi-finals
Lorna Bennett (Midlands) beat Jennifer Mack (West) 3 and 2.
Moira Thomson (East) beat Pearl Beattie (Dumfries-shire) 3 and 1.
Final - Bennett beat Thomson 5 and 4.
CHESHIRE PAIR THWART SCOTS IN LGU CORONATION FOURSOMES GRAND FINAL AT ST ANDREWS
The Cheshire partnership of Susan Dye and Jackie Hesketh from Delamere Forest Golf Club won the Peugeot Ladies Golf Union Coronation Foursomes over the Jubilee Course, St Andrews on Monday.
On a cool day of intermittent rain for the 11 pairs who won regional tests to qualify for the Grand Final at the Home of Golf, Susan, who plays off three of a handicap, and 18-handicapper Jackie had the winning net score of 76 1/2 off half their combined handicap (10 1/2).
Susan and Jackie, who won the regional eliminator at Portal Golf Club on June 2, qualify to play in next year's Weetabix British Women's Open pro-am at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.
Carol Bates and Alison Carse from the Fereneze club, Barrhead were runners-up with a net score of 78. They had won the Ralston qualifier.
Another Scottish pairing, Northern Counties team player Jenny Milne and Marion Thomson from the Elgin club, finished third with a net score of 81. Jenny and Marion had won the Edzell qualifying competition.
PEUGEOT LGU CORONATION FOURSOMES
Jubilee Course, St Andrews (Par 74).
Susan Dye & Jackie Hesketh (Delamere Forest) 76 1/2.
Carol Bates & Alison Carse (Fereneze) 78.
Jenny Milne & Marion Thomson (Elgin) 81.
Joanne Long & Denise Union (St Mary's) 82.
Jane Barrington & Jane Wragg (Perranporth) 84 1/2.
Valerie Mendham & Stephanie Mendham (Diss) 85 1/2.
Carol Hughes & Anne King (Denham) 86.
April Whetton & Carol Moore (Sapey) 87 1/2.
Irene Hockley & Karen Habja (Forest Park) 90.
Linda Aitken & Gilly Corstorphine (Baberton) 91.
Ann Thomas & Carol Williams (Denbigh) 95.
THREE SCOTS BOUND FOR SUN CITY
Three Scots - Jordan Findlay (Fraserburgh), Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) and Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) (pictured right)- have gained places in the Daily Telegraph's junior golf championship grand final at Sun City, South Africa next month.
Jordan Findlay is the British boys' champion.
Kylie Walker, who recently enrolled at Stirling University on a golf scholarship, is the Scottish Under-18 girls' stroke-play champion and has played for both the Scotland Under-18 girls and women's home international teams in August-September.
Michael Stewart, a member of the Scotland Under-16 boys international squad, is only 14 years of age and will be the youngest of the Grand Finalists at Sun City. He has a handicap of one.
The field is:
Mark Bicknell, Adam Burwood, Steven Capper, Jordan Findlay, William Hancock, Adam Kemp, John Parry, Dean Rodgers, Michael Stewart, Kevin Taylor, Christopher Vidal, Simon Williams.
Sarah Anderson, Hannah Bews, Hannah Grant, Donna O'Connell, Melissa Reid, Chantal Scott, Claire Starkie, Kylie Walker, Nicole Whitmore.
2004 Menolly Homes Interclub 4 ball - The K Club
In blustery conditions at Co. Kildare, Roscommon beat Cahir Park by 3 matches to 1 in the final of the ILGU Menolly Homes Interclub 4-ball at the K Club on Sunday, 26th September 2004. The final proved very
exciting as both sides fought bravely to gain the coveted title of inaugural winners of this new Inter-club tournament.
Roscommon had seen off the challenge of Ashbourne while Cahir Park beat Cushendall in the regional semi final matches at Moate Golf Club on Monday, 30th August 2004.
The national competition saw over 200 clubs participate in the 4 qualifying regions and Roscommon, in their Centenary year, were crowned 2004 Champions on Sunday, 26th September 2004 at The K Club in Co. Kildare.
Roscommon 3-1 Cahir Park
Paula Miley (7) & Paula Keane (12) lost to Catherine Morrissey (10) & Yvonne Morrison (18) 3&1
Sinead Benedetti (4) & Kay Ruanne (18) beat Susan Carey (13) & Imelda Buckley (16) 4&2
Deirdre Judge (4) & Joan Hannon (19) beat Caitlin Fitzgerald (14) & Imelda Fitzpatrick (20) 4&3
Mary Seymour (5) & Teresa Browne (20) beat Marie Keating (18) & Margaret Casey (22) 4&2
Sunday 26th September 2004
TAYSIDE PAIR WIN SLGA ADULT-GIRL FOURSOMES
Monifieth Golf Club junior member Heather Peebles and her dad Thomas, who is a member of Carnoustie Golf Club, had the best overall score of 37 Stableford points in a field of 63 pairs for the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association adult-girl foursomes, played in adverse cohditions of wind and rain at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club yesterday (Sunday).
The local partnership fo Douglas and Louise Macgregor (Falkirk) won Category 1 with 36pt on a better inward half than Allan and Rebecca Hyde from Kirkcaldy.
In Category 2, the winners were Malcolm and Eilidh McKellar from Dundas Park with 34pt.
Maggie Magee and Lyndsey McInnes, a Kilmarnock Barassie partnership, won the Category 3 prize with 26pt.
Janice Taylor and Zoe Vasse, both from Alloa, won Category 4 with 30pt.
SLGA ADULT-GIRL FOURSOMES
Falkirk Tryst Golf Club
(Adult named first)
Overall winners _ Thomas Peebles (Carnoustie) & Heather Peebles (Monifieth) 37pt.
Category 1 _ Douglas & Louise Macgregor (Falkirk) (better inward half), Allan & Rebecca Hyde (Kirkcaldy) 36pt.
Category 2 _ Malcolm & Eildih McKellar (Dundas Park) 34pt, Andrew Crichton (Muckhart) & Morag Crichton (Tillicoultry) (bih), Ian Smith (Grange & Dundee) & Louise Smith (Kirriemuir) 30; Steven & Gail Wilson (Monifieth) 29 (bih).
Category 3 _ Maggie Magee & Lyndsey McInnes (KIlmarnock Barassie) 26pt.
Category 4 _ Janice Taylor & Zoe Vasse (Alloa) 30pt, Alasdair & Megan Aird (Pitlochry) 29pt; Elizabeth & Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) 24 (bih).
ELAINE PIPS LYNN FOR EAST TITLE
FORMER Scottish women's champion Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) pipped another past national title-holder Lynn Kenny (Stirling University) for the East of Scotland women's golf championship at Ladybank Golf Club, Fife on Sunday.
Both players scored 77 - one over the CSS in windy conditions. Edinburgh-based Miss Moffat won the title with a better inward half of 36 to Miss Kenny's 40. Lynn, reaching the turn in 37, had been four strokes ahead of her rival at that point.
Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse) was third, only one shot behind on 78.
Fife (Elaine Moffat, Krystle Caithness, Fiona Lockhart and Jo Carthew) won the team event with a total of 236, three shots ahead of runners-up Midlothian.
Margaret Tough (Falkirk), playing off five, and Cecilia MacIntyre (Craigmillar Park), who has 11 of a handicap, headed the net returns on the 74 mark. Margaret took the top prize with a better net score for the last six holes.
EAST OF SCOTLAND WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Ladybank Golf Club.
LEADING SCORES (Par 75, CSS 76)
77 Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) (better inward half), Lynn Kenny (Stirling University).
78 Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse).
79 Fiona de Vries (Baberton), Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), Margaret Tough (Falkirk).
80 Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry), Jo Carthew (Ladybank).
81 Claire Hargan (Prestonfield).
82 Jane Williamson (Mortonhall), Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus).
83 Rhona Maclennan (Baberton).
84 Nicola Melville (Bridge of Allan), Rebecca Watson (Elie & Earlsferry), Wendy Nicholson (Broomieknowe), Katy Mathieson (Glenbervie).
86 Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh).
87 Ann Hanson (Glencorse), Becky Copland (Scotscraig), Mandy Easton (Dalmahoy), Ann Moffat (St Regulus), Amanda Edwards (Liberton).
Margaret Tough (Falkirk) (5) (better last six), Cecilia MacIntyre (Craigmillar Park) (11) 74.
LORNA'S GRANDSTAND FINISH TO REACH SCOTTISH VETS' SEMI-FINALS
Midlands champion Lorna Bennett, making her debut in the over-50s tournament, staged a grandstand finish to win through to this morning's (Monday) semi-finals of the Scottish veteran women's golf championship at Blairgowrie.
One down on the 18th tee in her quarter-final against former champion Liz Campbell (Borders), Lorna birdied the hole to square the match and then won the 19th to earn herself a semi-final match against Jennifer Mack, the West Division champion. Jennifer won by 7 and 6 against Agnes Freeman (North).
Former Scottish girls champion Moira Thomson (East) won by two holes against Isobel McIntosh (Highland) and will meet Pearl Beattie (Dumfries-shire) in the second semi-finalo.
Mrs Beattie beat Stella Booth (Galloway) by 2 and 1.
The semi-finals tee off at 9.0 and 9.10 with the final at 1.30pm.
SCOTTISH VETERAN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Jennifer Mack (West) beat Agnes Freeman (North) 7 and 6.
Lorna Bennett (Midlands) beat Liz Campbell (Borders) at 19th.
Moira Thomson (East) beat Isobel McIntosh (Highlands) 2 holes.
Pearl Beattie (Dumfries-shire) beat Stella Booth (Galloway) 2 and 1.
HAWICK LASS LONE SCOTS WINNER IN WEE WONDERS GRAND FINAL
Lesley Atkins from Hawick ensured that one of the HSBC Wee Wonders Open golf championship titles would stay in Scotland when she won the Girls' 9-10 Years' category IN the Grand Final on the Balgove Course, St Andrews on Sunday.
Lesley was one of 70 junior golfers who had come through the regional qualifying competitions throughout the United Kingdom.
All eight category winners have been offered places in Team HSBC Wee Wonders GB&I to take part in the 2005 world junior championships.
In addition, Jack Heasman from London and Kelly Miller from Aberystwyth, winners of the Boys' 11-12 Years and Girls' 11-12 Years sections respectively, have been invited to take part in the HSBC world match-play championship pro-am at Wentworth next month.
Brother and sister James and Hannah Turland from Shipton Bellinger made their long trip from Hampshire to Fife well worthwhile when James won the Boys' 9-10 Years section and Hannah was runner-up in the Girls' 9-10 Years category.
The Wee Wonders competition, sponsored by HSBC for the first time this year, is the brainchild of Alasdair Good, now head professional at Gullane Golf Club. It allows all competitors, with ages ranging from five to 12 years, to have 36 shots over a par-3 course and place their flag where their final shot finishes.
Results at the Grand Final:
1 Jack Heasman (London) 11th hole, 2 Andrew McLachlan (Newton Mearns), 3 Connor Campbell (Belfast).
1 James Turland (Shipton Bellinger, Hants) 11th fairway, 2 Aaron Rai (Wolverhampton), 3 Sebastian Crookall-Nixon (Cockermouth).
1 William Aldred (Welwyn Garden City) 10th green, 2 Maxwell Martin (Birmingham), 3 Greg Purdie (Wrexham).
1 Billy Spooner (Boston, Lincs) 9th green, 2 Thomas Williams (Wrexham), 3 Daniel Limrick (West Cheshunt, Herts).
1 Kelly Miller (Aberystwyth) 11th fairway, 2 Charlotte Thomson (Chelmsford), 3 Hayley Davis (Three Legged Cross, Dorset).
1 Lesley Atkins (Hawick) 9th hole, 2 Hannah Turland (Shipton Bellinger, Hants), 3 Jamie-Leigh Voss (Leicester).
1 Georgina Blackman (Tiptree, Essex) 9th green, 2 Ellie Goodall (Castleford, West Yorks), 3 Kyra Horlock (Wimborne, Dorset).
1 Hannah Henderson (Broughshane, Co Antim) 6th hole, 2 Annabel Bailey (Coalville, Leics), 3 Emily Lloyd (Ashford, Kent).
Saturday 25th September 2004
VETERANS' LINE-UP AT BLAIRGOWRIE ON SUNDAY.
Neither of last year's finalists - champion Cecilia Kenny and runner-up Lynne Terry - won their area title this year and so they don't figure among the eight qualifiers for the quarter-finals of the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association championship at Blairgowrie on Sunday.
The ties are:
1.33pm Jennifer Mack (West) v Agnes Freeman (North).
1.40pm Liz Campbell (Borders) v Lorna Bennett (Midlands).
1.48pm Moira Thomson (East) v Isobel McIntosh (Highlands).
1.55 Margaret Beattie (Dumfries-shire) v Stella Booth (Galloway).
The semi-finals will be played on Monday morning and the final on Monday afternoon.
VIKKI MISSES LPGA CUT AFTER SECOND-ROUND NIGHTMARE
Rookie professional Vikki Laing from Musselburgh missed the halfway cut in the Long Drugs Challenge, only her third event on the LPGA Tour, at The Ridge golf course, Auburn near Sacramento, California (FRIDAY, USA TIME).
The San Francisco-based Scot had a triple bogey at the eighth and double bogeys at the fourth, seventh and 15th in a nine-over-par score of 80 for a 15-over-par 36-hole total of 157.
A total of 75 players with scores of 143 or better qualified for the final two rounds.
Vikki just could not keep the double bogeys off her card. She had three of them in her first-round 77 and the triple bogey 8 at the ninth in an outward 42 in the second round was
a nightmare experience.
Scots who made the cut were Mhairi McKay (71-140), Janice Moodie (70-141) and Catriona Matthew (69-142).
Kathryn Marshall joined Vikki on the sidelines with a 73 for 147. Defending champion Helen Alfredsson (Sweden) plummeted out of the tournament also with a second-round 77 for 144.
LPGA Tour veteran Julie Inkster is the halfway leader on 10-under-par 132 with two rounds of 66. She leads by one from 20-year-old Christina Kim (69-133).
Sandy Lyle golf clinic for local youngsters at Callander opening on Monday
Sandy Lyle, five times European Ryder Cup Team Member and the first British player to win the Masters Tournament, will give the next generation of golfers a coaching lesson at Callander Golf Club on Monday (27 September).
Mr Lyle will coach the club's junior team at 1.30pm following the official opening of the club's new Coaching and Junior Facilities with sportscotland Chairman, Alastair Dempster, at 12.15pm.
Friday 24th September 2004
YOUNG WELSH ACE WINS DUKE OF YORK TROPHY
Teenaged Welsh wizard Zac Gould capped fabulous nine-week stretch of brilliant golf by winning the prestigious The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy tournament over the Kingsbarns Links, Fife today.
(He is pictured right receiving the trophy from the Duke of York)
The 16-year-old from Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales won the European Young Masters in Austria at the end of July, helped Europe win the Junior Ryder Cup in the United States earlier this month, and was named as a member of the 2005 Walker Cup preparatory squad on Wednesday - the same day that he smashed the Kingsbarns Links amateur record by four shots with a five-under-par 67.
"Everything clicked for me in that first round and though I never quite played as well as that in the second and third rounds, it gave me a lot of confidence to handle the Kingsbarns course," said Zac who wants to go to a United States college on a golf scholarship in a year or so.
"I reckon playing over there on the college circuit would do my game a lot of good."
Gould, who is coached by Peter Johnson, started the final round of the 54-hole tournament, contested by the Under-18 national champions of 19 European countries, tied with another bright young prospect, 15-year-old Rory McIlroy from Belfast but forged clear with a closing round of 71 for a final total of four-under-par 212.
Zac birdied the third, fourth and fifth to put daylight between himself and his playing partner and never looked like being headed after that, even though he ran up a double bogey 6 at the 10th.
Gould's immediate response was to birdied the 11th and 12th! What a young player! What a prospect!
Zac Gould making speech
McIlroy felt his putting let him down as he closed with a 74 to take second place on 215 - two shots ahead of the defending champion Rikard Kalberg (Sweden) who had the last day's best score of 68 (32-36), including a double-bogey 6 at the 17th.
Scotland's match-play and stroke-play boys' champion Scott Henry (Cardross) birdied four of the last five holes for a 71 and sixth place in the boys' section on 225.
British boys' champion Jordan Findlay (Fraserburgh) had a triple bogey at the short 15th and finished with a 77 for 229.
Like Zac Gould, Anna Nordqvist (Sweden) began the last round in a tie for the lead, in her case with Fabienne In-Albon (Switzerland) with Spain's Azahara Munoz, winner of the British girls' open title at Lanark in August, breathing down their necks.
Anna, again like the boys' winner, outclassed her rivals with a brilliant final round of two-under-par 70 (36-34) to win the title by five shots from In-Albon with last year's girls' winner, Justine Barbier (Belgium) coming through into third place on 231 with a 74.
Azahard Munoz surprisingly fell away to a 79 to tie for fourth place 233 in the girls field with Russian Maria Vertechenova who matched Miss Nordqvist's 70. Maria took an 11 at the 16th hole in her second round 85. She improved by six shots at that one hole alone in the third round.
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), the third Scot in the classy field, improved every day and closed with a 75 for 239 to be seventh in the girls' section. She birdied the 13th in halves of 36 and 39.
THE DUKE OF YORK YOUNG CHAMPIONS' TROPHY
Kingbarns Links, Fife.
FINAL TOTALS (Par 72)
212 Zac Gould (Wales) 67 74 71.
215 Rory McIlroy (Ireland) 73 68 74.
217 Rikard Karlberg (Sweden 72 72 73.
219 Matthew Kent (South Africa) 74 77 68.
224 John Parry (England) 75 76 73.
225 Scott Henry (Scotland) 75 79 71.
226 Tristan Bierenbroodspot (Netherlands) 75 80 71.
227 Jesper Drongstrup (Denmark) 79 77 71, Tony Raillard (France) 79 77 71.
229 Jordan Findlay (Scotland) 80 72 77.
230 Marcus Rytkola (Finland) 80 77 73.
231 Miguel Cabrera (Spain) 77 81 73, Justine Barbier (Belgium) 80 77 74.
233 , Sandro Tan Piaget (Monaco) 81 78 74.
234 Lee Jones (Wales) 82 76 76, Matthew Jones (Wales) 77 79 78.
235 Andreas Christ (Austria) 78 83 74, Jonathan Lavin (Sweden) 76 84 75, Lien Willems (Belgium) 85 74 76.
237 Marc Dobias (Switzerland) 82 81 74.
242 Didier Dykmans (Belgium) 84 81 77.
245 Elfar Halldarson (Iceland) 84 81 80.
249 Thordur Gissurarson (Iceland) 79 82 88.
223 Anna Nordqvist (Sweden) 76 77 70.
228 Fabienne In-Albon (Switzerland) 79 74 75.
233 Maria Vertchenova (Russia) 78 85 70, Azahara Munoz (Spain) 77 77 79.
234 Maria Hernandez (Spain) 80 82 72.
237 Melissa Reid (England) 80 81 76.
239 Kylie Walker (Scotland) 86 78 75.
242 Tinna Johansdottir (Iceland) 79 83 80.
246 Tara Davies (Wales) 84 81 81.
248 Nejla Gercek (Turkey) 87 85 76.
252 Minna Vuorenpaa (Finland) 85 87 80.
256 Alessandra de Luigi (Italy) 86 89 91.
265 Sara Monberg (Denmark) 88 88 89.
Sara Monberg (Denmark) has a Birthday cake surprise!
Photos and story Courtesy and Copyright © Cal Carson Golf Agency
All-Ireland Ladies Fourball Final
The Final of the ILGU All Ireland Ladies Fourball, sponsored by Menolly Homes, which will take place on Sunday 26th at The K Club, is between ROSCOMMON and CAHIR PARK
Gibson Challenge Cup Draw, Saturday 2nd October
If you are playing then you will have the draw posted to you by Edinburgh Leisure, but if you are just interested then here it is. Anne Brownie says "We have 30 couples taking part a really good increase over last year. (Were hoping to continue to grow the Tournament over the next few years so this is a great start!!) "
If you missed entering this year then it is on October 1&2 next year. Put it in your diary now!
VIKKI STRUGGLES IN LPGA EVENT
San Francisco-based Vikki Laing from Musselburgh had a roller-coaster ride of an opening round on her third start on the LPGA Tour as a rookkie professional. She shot a six-over-par 77 on the first day of the Long Drugs Challenge tournament at The Ridge Golf Club, Auburn, near Sacramento, California.
The former Curtis Cup player had double bogeys at the fourth, 14th and 18th and birdies at the eighth, 15th and 17th in halves of 38 (two over par) and 39 (four over par).
Miss Laing, who stayed on in the United States after spending four years at the University of California Berkeley, was tied for 129th place going into the second round and needed to a sub-par round to have a chance of surving the halfway cut.
Laura Davies and defending champion Helen Alfredsson were the top Europeans in joint seventh place on 67 and Mhairi McKay the leading Scot in joint 24th place on 69.
Janice Moodie had a 71; Catriona Matthew a 73 and Kathryn Marshall a 74.
LPGA TOUR - LONG DRUGS CHALLENGE
The Ridge Golf Club, Auburn, California.
Leading first round scores (Par 71)
64 Christina Kim.
65 Rachel Teske.
67 Laura Davies (Eng), Helen Alfredsson (Swe).
69 Mhairi McKay (Sco).
71 Janice Moodie (Sco).
73 Catriona Matthew (Sco).
74 Kathryn Marshall (Sco).
77 Vikki Laing (Sco).
US Student News
SWEDISH 1-2 IN U S COLLEGE EVENT IN OREGON
Louise Stahle, the Swedish girl who won both the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews and the British women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Gullane this past summer, finished one shot behind compatriot Karin Sjodin (Oklahoma State) in the Bend Fall Preview women's college tournament at Sunriver, Oregon this week.
Louise, who started a four-year golf scholarship at Arizona State University a few weeks ago, shot rounds of 68, 66 and 73 for 207.
Karin Sjodin scored 67, 67 and 72 for 206.
US Curtis Cup player Brittany Lang (Duke) came third on 209 (64, 74 and 71).
Duke (858) won the team event from Washington (864) and Oklahoma State (866) with Arizona State (868) fourth.
Thursday 23rd September 2004
THE DUKE OF YORK YOUNG CHAMPIONS TROPHY
British boys champion Jordan Findlay improved by eight shots with a par second round of 72 for 152 in The Duke of York Young Champions' Trophy tournament over the Kingsbarns Links, Fife on Thursday.
That elevated the 16-year-old from Fraserburgh into sixth place with one round to go tomorrow (Friday) - but he is still 11 shots off the pace.
Sharing the lead at three-under-par 141, setting the stage for an exciting Celtic head-to-head struggle for supremacy in this Under-18 boys and girls tournament, contested by the national champions of 19 countries, are 15-year-old Rory McIlroy from Holyrood, near Belfast, pictured left, and 16-year-old Zac Gould, from Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, pictured below right.
McIlroy had an incredible round of 68 (31-37) -one outside the amateur course record set by Gould in the first round - which included nine birdies, a triple bogey and a double bogey.
Gould had two double bogeys in his inward half of two-over 74 (36-38).
Findlay was "flying" early in his round with birdies at the third, fourth, fifth and seventh but after turning in one-under-par 35, he could not conjure up a sub-par figure on the inward half and a bogey at the 15th saw him home in 37.
"I putted very poorly for an 80 on the first day. I was better on the greens today and had it going for a spell but couldn't get the putts to drop after the turn," said Findlay.
Scottish boys' match-play and stroke-play champion Scott Henry (Cardross) slipped back to joint ninth place with a 79 for 154 and was still smouldering in the clubhouse after a lost-ball incident which cost him a triple-bogey 8.
"I went very close to one of the other players but he said he never saw it - and I couldn't find it. I was upset about that and I let it affect me for the rest of the round," said Henry who finished with fourth bogeys on the trot for 40 home.
It was a game of two halves for Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) who went out in 36 with a birdie at the long third but required 42 shots for the inward journey. Still her 78 represented an eight-shot improvement over her first-day effort.
The leading girls are Fabienne In-Albon (Switzerland) and Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), sharing seventh place overall on 153. Fabienne had a second-day 74 and Anna a 77.
British girls' open champion Azahara Munoz (Spain) is only one shot behind them after a second 77.
There are some treacherous holes on the Kingsbarns Links. The 18th hole causes big problems with the elevated sloping green providing little margin for error. But it was the par-5 16th that seemed to be the most difficult hole on the course in the second round. Maria Vertchenova (Russia) ran up an 11 at this hole.
FOOTNOTE: The Duke of York stayed well away from the second-day action after being hit on the ankle by a stray ball struck from the fourth tee in the first round. But he will be back at Kingsbarns Links today for the final round and the presentation of the trophy to the winner.
Kingsbarns Links (Par 72)
141 Rory McIlroy (Ire) 73 68, Zac Gould (Wal) 67 74.
144 Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 72 72.
151 John Parry (Eng) 75 76, Matthew Kent (SAfrica) 74 77.
152 Jordan Findlay (Sco) 80 72.
153 Fabienne In-Albon (Swi) 79 74, Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 76 77.
154 Scott Henry (Sco) 75 79, Azahara Munoz (Spa) 77 77.
155 Tristan Bierenbroodspot (Net) 75 80.
156 Jesper Drongstrup (Den) 79 77, Tony Raillard (Fra) 79 77, Matthew Jones (Wal) 77 79.
157 Justine Barbier (Bel) 80 77, Marcus Rytkola (Fin) 80 77.
158 Lee Jones (Wal) 82 76, Miguel Cabrera (Spa) 77 81.
159 Lien Willems (Bel) 85 74, Sandro Tan Piaget (Monaco) 81 78.
160 Jonathan Lavin (Swe) 76 84.
161 Melissa Reid (Eng) 80 81, Thordur Gissurarson (Ice) 79 82, Andreas Christ (Aut) 78 83.
162 Maria Hernandez (Spa) 80 82, Tinna Johansdottir (Ice) 79 83.
163 Marc Dobias (Swi) 82 81, Naria Vertchenova (Rus) 78 85.
164 Kylie Walker (Sco) 86 78
165 Tara Davies (Wal) 84 81, Didier Dykmans (Bel) 84 81, Elfar Halldarson (Ice) 84 81.
172 Nejla Gercek (Tur) 87 85, Minna Vuorenpaa (Fin) 85 87.
175 Alessandra de Luigi (Ita) 86 89.
176 Sara Monberg (Den) 88 88.
BIG NORTH WOMEN'S GOLF EVENT CANCELLED
The Ness Open women's amateur golf tournament, due to be played at Inverness Golf Club on Sunday, has been cancelled.
The 36-hole competition, which was started in 1986 and became one of the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association Order of Merit events, had attracted only 15 entries this year.
In its hey day, the Ness Open drew fields of more than 50, including many leading players from the Central Belt.
But, in recent years, changes to the women's handicapping system have discouraged players from playing in open tournaments because their handicaps go up if they do not play to their official rating.
"It's a great pity but it wasn't fair to the sponsors to carry on with so few entries although Claire Queen, the British women's open amateur stroke-play champion from Drumpellier, was one of them," said main organiser Pam Gordon, a former Scotland women's international team captain.
"I did ask some locals why they had not entered and they told me they didn't want their handicaps to go up by 0.2 after the tournament.
"Apart from 2002 when the course was flooded and we just couldn't play, this will be the first year since 1986 that there will not be a Ness Open. I don't know what the answer is but I'm certainly not ringing the curtain down on the event for good.
"We have to think of ways to attract players back to the Ness Open. If that means making it an 18-hole tournament, then that may be the way we have to go."
PAMELA WILLIAMSON JOINT EIGHTH IN BRITISH SENIOR WOMEN'S OPEN
Edinburgh's Pamela Williamson finished joint eighth in the British senior women's open amateur golf championship over the Portstewart Golf Club links, Northern Ireland on Thursday.
The Baberton player had rounds of 87, 83 and 83 in conditions that were bad enough for the three days to give a daily non-counting CSS three strokes above the par of 73 for the 5,965yd course.
Swedish player Eva Ansgarius, a four-handicapper, won the title with a 17-over-par total of 246, made up of 83, 83 and 80 to win by two strokes from five-handicap Ruth Lindley (Hartlepool) who scored 84, 84 and 80.
Both the first and second are in the 50 to 54 years age category.
Former British Open champion and now a reinstated amateur Vivien Saunders (Cambridge Meridian), who plays off scratch, finished joint third on 251 with scores of 85, 81 and 85.
SLGA treasurer Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) scored 89, 82 and 96 for joint 29th place on 267.
Overnight leader Carole Caldwell (Sunningdale) slumped to a final round of 92 after earlier scores of 85 and 75 to tie for fifth place on 252.
Christine McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) finished 35th on 270 with scores of 85, 89 and 96.
Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) was placed 38th on 272 with rounds of 87, 89 and 96.
Shelagh Quinn (Stirling) finished 43rd with scores of 88, 91 and 97 for 276.
BRITISH SENIOR WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Portstewar Golf Club, Northern Ireland
LEADING FINAL TOTALS (Par 73, CSS 76 76 76)
246 Eva Ansgarius (Swe) 83 83 80.
248 Ruth Lindley (Hartlepool) 84 84 80.
251 Jackie Rosart (Can) 81 87 83, Vivien Saunders (Cambridge Meridian) 85 81 85.
252 Anki Hermanson (Swe) 86 84 82, Catherine Gonzalez-O'Brien (Spain) 82 81 89, Carole Caldwell (Sunningdale) 85 75 92.
253 Pamela Williamson (B aberton) 87 83 83, Cristina Marsans (Spa) 86 81 86, Sue Westall (Copt Heath) 84 80 89.
Other Scots scores:
267 Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) 89 82 96.
270 Christine McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) 85 89 96.
272 Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) 87 89 96.
276 Shelagh Quinn (Stirling) 88 91 97.
SCOTTISH QUALIFIERS FOR WEE WONDERS GRAND FINAL ON SUNDAY AT ST ANDREWS
Tee times at the Balgove Course, St Andrews on Sunday for the Scottish qualifiers among the 76 junior golfers from around the United Kingdom who will be contesting the 2004 HSBC Wee Wonders Grand Final are:
8.10am James Macfarlane (Bieldside, Aberdeen). Boys 11-12 years.
8.20am Andrew McLachlan (Newton Mearns, Glasgow) Boys 11-12 years.
8.30am Samantha Leslie (Kingswells, Aberdeen) Girls 11-12 years.
8.40am Eilidh Briggs (Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire). Girls 11-12 Years.
9.30am Jonny O'Mara (Arbroath, Angus) Boys 9-10 Years.
9.40am Daniel McConnachie (Dumfries) Boys 9-10 Years.
10.0 am Caitlin Geddes (Aberdeen). Girls 9-10 Years.
10.20am Lesley Atkins (Hawick). Girls 9-10 Years.
11.0 am Benjamin Kinsley (St Andrews). Boys 7-8 Years.
11.20am Scott Clarke (Glasgow) .Boys 7-8 Years.
11.30am Lauren Whyte (St Andrews). Girls 7-8 Years.
11.40am Connie Jaffrey (Kilwinning, Ayrshire). Girls 7-8 Years.
12.0pm Ross Whyte (Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway). Boys 5-6 Years.
12.20am Jordan Chatt (Gullane, East Lothian). Boys 5-6 Years.
1.0pm Rachel Cobb (Turriff, Aberdeenshire). Girls 5-6 Years.
1.10pm Fiona Ireland (Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway). Girls 5-6 Years.
The brainchild of Alasdair Good, now head professional at Gullane Golf Club, the HSBC Wee Wonders competition allows the boys and girls to have 36 shots and place their flag where their final shot finishes. Played on par-3 course, the winners are those achieving the greatest distance around the course with their 36 shots.
The winners of the boys and girls' Under-12 categories will be invited to take part in the HSBC world match-play championship pro-am at Wentworth next month.
SLGA COMMONWEALTH SPOONS - Final - Peebles
E Black & C Dingwall (East Lothian) (8 1/2) (better inward half), D Cassidy & A Rutherford (Borders) (10 1/2) 74 1/2; F McLean & M Bell (Dunbartonshire & Argyll) (13) 75; K Hughes & J Michie (Borders) (14 1/2) 75 1/2; L Fenton & J Brown (Angus) (4) 76.
US Student News
Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) fourth in the States
From the Iowa State Webite: "Iowa State was led at the event by senior standout and captain Louise Kenney. Kenney, who set the school record for a 54-hole score at ISU's last event, notched the second top-five performance of the 2004-05 season and the sixth of her career. Kenney fired a 224, including rounds of 72, 79 and 73, good for a fourth-place tie." Full report on Iowa State website
Prospective US Student News
I've received this email from Brendan Ryan, Golf coach at Coppin State University, Maryland.
"My name is Brendan Ryan and I am the head Women's Golf Coach at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD, USA. We are starting a Division One Women's Golf Team and I am interested in finding some young ladies who might be interested in this experience-...Please pass it along!... More info
Sally Watson wins East of Scotland Girls Order of Merit
Midlothian member Sally Watson (Elie and Earlsferry), pictured right, has won the 2004 East of Scotland Girls' Order of Merit at her first attempt.13-year old Sally amassed 50 points from taking first scratch prize in the EoS Girls' Summer and Autumn Meetings and winning the EoS Girls' Championship at Kingsknowe in July.
Runner-up was another Midlothian girl, Amanda Edwards from Liberton with 43 points. Third place was shared between Fife's Ashleigh Wilton (Ladybank) and Nicola Melville (Bridge of Allan), both with 32 points.
The Gifford Trophy for the best two net scores out of three in the East of Scotland Girls' Meetings was also won by Sally Watson with a total of three under par. Runner-up was her sister Rebecca who played to her handicap in both the competitions she entered.
Vikki Laing playing in LPGA tournament this week
Iain Stoddart of BounceSport has emailed to say
"Vikki has been granted the final alternate spot at The Longs Drugs Challenge on the LPGA Tour today enabling her to start her third LPGA event and hopefully surpass her impressive performance at The State Farm Classic at the start of September.
"To make it even more interesting she has been paired with Janice Moodie on Thursday / Friday and I am sure you will wish her all the best and keep up to tabs with her performance and report as the week goes on."
Keep up to date with Vikki's score on the LPGA Leaderboard
NO PASS MARKS AT US Q SCHOOL FOR SUSIE AND OTHER BRITS
San Francisco-based Susie Laing, a former Scotland amateur international player from Troon, failed by a wide margin to survive the halfway cut in the LPGA Sectional Qualifying tournament at Daytona Beach, Florida (WED USA TIME).
Susie, who has competed on the West Coast Ladies Tour since she turned pro in the States, had two rounds of 81 for a total of 18-over-par 162 - 14 shots more than the deadline.
Other British players whose hopes of making it through to the lucrative LPGA Tour next year included Kirsty Fisher, daughter of a former Scotland Rugby Union international, and three members of this year's Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team - Shelley McKevitt (Reading), Fame More (Chesterfield) and Danielle Masters (Bearsted).
Shelley had rounds of 78 and 72 for 150.
Fame scored 79 and 74 for 153.
Kirsty 80 and 76 for 156, the same total as Danielle (78 78).
Leading the Stage 1 qualifying field with 36 holes to go are Americans Wendy Martin and Mollie Fankhauser at six-under-par 138.
Sweden's Asa Gottmo is lying third on 140 (70 70).
Paula Creamer, the 18-year-old member of the winning United States Curtis Cup team at Formby in June, plummeted out of the overnight lead, following up a 67 with a 77 but she survived the halfway cut easily on 144 as did team-mate Sara Huarte on 145 (76 69).
Wednesday 22nd September 2004
Happy Birthday to my daughter Carrie....... I am now the mother of two girls over 30...... AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHH
PAMELA LEADING SCOTS SENIOR AS CAROLE GOES THREE CLEAR WITH ONE ROUND TO GO
Former Curtis Cup player Carole Caldwell, who plays off one at Sunningdale, has opened up a three-stroke lead with a second-round 75 - two over par in very wet conditions - for a 36-hole tally of 160 in the British senior women's open amateur golf championship at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland.
Mrs Caldwell, who played against the United States in 1978 and 1980, had an opening 85 in the almost gale-force winds which marred the opening day of the three-round tournament.
She was the only player to break 80 in the second round when the winds were replaced by very wet weather.
Carole's nearest challenger is Catherine Gonzalez-O'Brien (Spain) with 82 and 81 for 163.
Top Scot is Pamela Williamson from Baberton, joint 14th going into the last round on 170 after scores of 87 and 83.
Forty-six players with totals of 179 or better qualified for the third and final round, which meant that apart from Mrs Williamson, Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) 171, Christine McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) 174, Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) 176 and Shelagh Quinn (Stirling) 179 made it through to the final day's play. Up-to-date results will be on the LGU website
BRITISH SENIOR WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland (Par 73)
LEADING SECOND-ROUND TOTALS
160 Carole Caldwell (Sunningdale) 85 75.
163 Catherine Gonzalez-O'Brien (Spain) 82 81.
164 Sue Westall (Copt Heath) 84 80.
165 Cathy McMillan (Canada) 83 82.
166 Vivien Saunders (Cambridge Meridian) 85 81, Jeanne Beaith (Canada) 85 81, Eva Ansgarius (Sweden) 83 83.
167 Cristina Marsans (Spain) 86 81, Jane Moffat (Canada) 83 84..
168 Ruth Lindley (Hartlepool) 84 84, Viveca Hogg (Sweden) 85 83, Diane Williams (Canada) 87 81, Jackie Rosart (Canada) 81 876, Gunilla Nordgren (SDweden) 81 87.
170 Pamela Williamson (Baberton) 87 83, Christine Watson (Beaconsfield) 84 86, Christina Birke (Sweden) 87 83, Anki Hermanson (Sweden) 86 84, Alison Murdoch (Canada) 90 80.
Other Scots scores:
171 Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) 89 82.
174 Christine McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) 85 89.
176 Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) 87 89.
179 Shelagh Quinn (Stirling) 88 91.
YOUNG WELSH ACE SPREADEAGLES DUKE OF YORK FIELD IN FIRST ROUND AT KINGSBARNS
Zac Gould, 16-year-old winner of the European Young Masters boys' title in Austria in late July, recaptured that brilliant form to spreadeagle the high-class field in the first round of The Duke of York Young Champions' Trophy 54-hole tournament over the Kingsbarns Links, Fife in Scotland today (Wednesday).
Gould was celebrating the Royal & Ancient Golf Club announcement earlier in the day that he had been named in a squad of 29 Great Britain & Ireland players to prepare for the Walker Cup match against the United States at Chicago Golf Club on August 13 and 14 next year.
Gould, a junior member of the Vale of Glamorgan Golf Club in South Wales, shot a five-under-par 67 to open up a five-shot lead from last year's winner, Rikard Karlberg (Sweden) with Rory McIlroy (Ireland) in third place on 73.
McIlroy, from Holyrood, Belfast, finished fourth in the R&A Junior Open at Barassie, Scotland in July.
The girls' section at Kingsbarns is being led by Anna Nordqvist (Sweden) with a 76, one shot ahead of 16-year-old Azahara Munzo (Spain), winner of the British girls' open amateur championship the last time she was in Scotland -- several weeks ago at Lanark Golf Club.
THE DUKE OF YORK YOUNG CHAMPIONS TROPHY
Kingsbarns Links (Par 72)
FIRST ROUND SCORES
67 Zac Gould (Wal).
72 Rikard Karlberg (Swe).
73 Rory McIlroy (Ire).
74 Matthew Kent (South Africa).
75 John Parry (Eng), Tristan Bierenbroodspot (Net), Scott Henry (Sco).
76 Anna Nordqvist (Swe), Jonathan Lavin (Ice).
77 Matthew Jones (Aal), Miguel Cabrera (Spa), Azahara Munox (Spa).
78 Andreas Christ (Aut), Maria Vertechenova (Rus).
79 Fabienne In-Albon (Swi), Jesper Drongstrup (den), Tinna Johansdottir (Ice), Tony Raillard (Fra), Thordur Gissurarson (Ice).
80 Maria Hernandez (Spa), Marcus Rytkola (Fin), Jordan Findlay (Sco), Melissa Reid (Eng), Justine Barbier (Bel).
81 Sandro Tan Piaget (Monaco).
82 Lee Jones (Wal), Marc Dobias (Swi).
84 Didier Dykmans (Bel), Elfar Halldarson (Ice), Tara Davies (Wel).
85 Lien Williems (Bel), Minna Vuorenpaa (Fin).
86 Alexandra de Luigi (Ita), Kylie Walker (Sco).
87 Nejla Gercek (Tur).
88 Sara Monberg (Denmark)
CLOBER PLAYERS DO WELL AT MURRAYFIELD
May Myers (Clober) won the Wallace Williamson Bowl for the best scratch score of 86 in very windy conditions for the LGU Challenge Bowls meeting at Murrayfield Golf Club, Edinburgh on Wednesday.
Another Clober Golf Club member, Joyce Tait, won the LGU Challenge Bowl for the best net score of 79 off a handicap of 18. Joyce won by one shot from Fiona Roger (Ranfurly Castle) who had a net 80 of 12. Anne Paton (Douglas Park) was third with a net 81 (better inward half) off 14.
In the Bronze Division, Helen Crichton (Ranfurly Castle) earned the Scratch Cup with a round of 101 and her net score of 77 off 24 also earned her the LGU Challenge Bowl for the best net score.
Celine Grant (Vale of Leven), playing off 23, and Ruth Dick (Vale of Leven), 31, both had net scores of 84. Celine's better inward half placed her second.
SUSIE AND FELLOW BRITS STRUGGLE AT LPGA QUALIFYING SCHOOL ONE
Ayrshire exile Susie Laing, based in San Francisco for the past few years, made a disastrous start to the LPGA Sectional Qualifying tournament at Daytona Beach, Florida.
The former Scotland amateur international shot a nine-over-par 81 and was in 163rd position going into the second round of the 72-hole tournament.
Only the leading 70 players and ties will contest the final two rounds and only the top 30 at the end of the event will go forward to the Final Qualifying School event at the same venue from December 1 to 5.
Kirsty Fisher, whose father played for the Scotland rugby team as a hooker, had an 80 while three members of this year's GB&I Curtis Cup team - Danielle Masters (Bearsted), Shelley McKevitt (Reading) and Fame More (Chesterfield) - fared little better.
Danielle and Shelley had 78s and Fame a 79.
In contrast, Paula Creamer, 18-year-old member of the winning United States team at Formby in June, headed the field of 188 with a first-round, five-under-par 67.
Stirling and Clackmannan Junior County Championship
Edinburgh University Student Vicki Stevenson (Stirling) won the Stirling and Clackmannan Junior Championship at Glenbervie on Sunday in atrocious weather conditions which caused the course to became waterlogged and the greens eventually unplayable. Louise Macgregor (Falkirk) was runner-up and took the handicap prize. Nicola Melville (Bridge of Allan) was third and Nicola Hume (Tulliallan) fourth.
Tuesday 21st September 2004
TEST WITH THE BEST FOR SCOTS TRIO AT KINGSBARNS
British boys' title-winner Jordan Findlay (Fraserburgh) (left), Scottish boys' match-play and stroke-play champion Scott Hendry (Cardross) (pictured below right) and new Scotland women's cap Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), (pictured right), come up against the best Under-18 golfers in Europe and beyond when The Duke of York Young Champions' Trophy tees
off at Kingsbarns Links tomorrow morning (Wed).
It's the fourth year of the 54-hole mixed tournament and the first time it has come to Scotland.
A total of 19 nations are represented in the field of 36, including Switzerland, South Africa and Turkey for the first time.
Sixteen of the competitors have plus handicaps and six play off scratch.
"We want to continue to grow the championship every year," said tournament organiser Billy Waugh. "We are introducing boys and girls from three new countries to the event this year and the aim is to continue to expand, bringing in the champions from other countries. But increasing numbers won't mean that the quality of the field will be affected. Only champions will continue to be invited each year."
If the wind which swept the links yesterday (Tues) continues for the next three days, then Findlay and Hendry, well used to playing on exposed links courses, must have a chance of taking the title from defending champion Rikard Karlberg (Sweden).
Both Scots teenagers played the Kingsbarns Links earlier this year when the SGU Junior Tour had an event there and both are delighted to be back.
"It's one of the best courses I've played in Scotland. I love it," said Jordan, the 16-year-old winner of the British boys' open championship at Conwy in North Wales in August.
Jonathan Lavin, the Swedish boys' champion, had a hole in one at the 190yd 15th hole in his final practice round.
Tomorrow's first-round order of play:
8.0 Maria Hernandez (Spain), Scott Henry (Scotland).
8.07 Justine Barbier (France), Matthew Kent (South Africa).
8.16 Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), Jordan Findlay (Scotland).
8.24 Azahara Munoz (Spain), Marc Dobias (Switzerland).
8.32 Alssandra de Luigi (Italy), Miguel Cabrera (Spain).
8.40 Maria Vertchenova (Russia), Sandra Tan Piaget (Monaco).
8.48 Kylie Walker (Scotland), Lee Jones (Wales).
8.56 Melissa Reid (England), Rikard Karlberg (Sweden).
9.04 Tinna Johansdottir (Iceland), John Parry (England).
9.12 Minna Vuorenpaa (Finland), Andreas Christ (Austria).
9.20 Sara Monberg (Denmark), Matthew Jones (Wales).
9.28 Tara Davies (Wales), Marcus Rytkola (Finland).
9.36 Fabienne In-Albon (Switzerland), Jonathon Lavin (Sweden).
9.44 Nejla Gereek (Turkey), Jesper Drongstrup (Denmark).
9.52 Lien Willems (Belgium), Didier Dykmans (Belgium).
10.0 Tristan Bierenbroodspot (Netherlands), Rory McIlroy (Ireland).
10.08 Thordur Gissurarson (Iceland), Zac Gould (Wales).
10.16 Elfar Halldarsson (Iceland), Tony Raillard (France).
SVLGA (Midlands) (Thanks to Doris Dunn)
The Autumn Meeting was held at Falkirk Golf Club yesterday.
In rather wet and windy conditions a small field braved the elements and only four completed the course, resulting in a reduction only competition.
The results are as follows [ everyone a winner!]
Scratch S Travers 88
Silver [0-12] H Thomson 98 (12) 86
Silver [13-20] M Spittal 114 (16) 98
Bronze B Farrell 101 (21) 80
St Fillans GC introduces local children to golf
St Fillans Golf Club is bucking a nationwide trend of falling junior membership in golf clubs.
Last year the club, which sits at the east end of Loch Earn below rugged slopes of Ben Vorlich, celebrated its centenary. The only blemish to the nostalgic milestone was the club's struggle to attract a new generation of players. Just one solitary junior turned up for the weekly junior coaching session in the whole of last summer.
There was a very different atmosphere at St Fillans on Friday night. A group of older members found themselves jostling for space in a clubhouse packed with children enjoying an awards ceremony having enjoyed a 15 week introduction to the game.
St Fillans is one of four golf clubs involved in the Rural Demonstration Project for the Junior National Golf strategy, clubgolf, which aims to meet the Scottish Executive's targets of introducing every nine-year-old child in Scotland to the game by 2009.
Eighty seven children from Aberfoyle, Callendar, Strathyre, Lochernhead, Killin, Crianlarich and St Fillans Primary Schools were part of the pilot project which put clubgolf's six week Top clubgolf game, played with modified equipment, on their syllabus last term. Almost three quarters enjoyed the experience so much that they readily signed up for the Level 1 stage, hosted by local clubs.
Six of the eight St Fillans primary school children who experienced the Top clubgolf decided to move on to the next stage at St Fillans GC. To boost these numbers, the club did a leaflet drop to attract children from nearby villages.
"We really didn't know what to expect but on the first night of the course in May, 19 children turned up (interestingly the girls outnumbered the boys by 11 to 7), so we were really pleased with the response," said Rita Milburn, St Fillan's Junior Convenor.
Already in place to meet the demand were two of St Fillans' stalwart members, Mos. Pugh and Ena Bennie, who had become fully trained volunteer coaches via the PGA Level 1 Training for Volunteers Course. For the last 15 Friday nights they have taught everything from hitting a crisp drive to how to repair a divot.
"Every Friday night we have had between 14 to 19 children taking part in the course," said Mrs Milburn. "Some of them come from the next village, Comrie and one boy makes the trip from Lochearnhead, which is eight miles away. Most of them have never played the game before, they have all improved but most importantly they all seem to have enjoyed it.
"Unless clubs like ours welcome in the youngsters and encourage then to take up the game then rural golf clubs will be in serious trouble!"
The view is echoed at clubs around the country who are piloting clubgolf.
"I would say this is an initiative that every golf club without exception should become involved with," said John Morrison, secretary for the steering group of the four clubs, Aberfoyle, Callander, Killin and St Fillans, involved in the Rural Demonstration Project and Men's Captain at Callander GC, which has 31 children on its Level 1 courses.
"It's a very comprehensive and professional programme and at Callander we are putting in place all the necessary training and structures to make sure that it works."
St Fillans is already preparing for the next season by training up a further two volunteer coaches.
"Our coaching course begins again next April and it will be interesting to see how many of these children come back," said Mrs Milburn, shortly before asking for a show of hands from those who planned to come back. Nineteen pairs of hands shot up.
"We'll be really pleased if we can get them all back again next year. Hopefully they'll spread the word and they will come back with their brothers, sisters and friends.
"Two more coaches will be trained up next year so there will be four of us. In two years time we are hoping to have so many kids trained that we will be able to get a PGA professional to the club to teach them.
In partnerhsip with clubgolf, St Fillans GC is also undergoing a facility development, including a three hole junior golf course and junior tees within the body of the main course.
For information about the clubgolf Level 1 course at St Fillans GC, please contact: St Fillans Golf Club Manager, Gordon Hibbert on Tel. 01764 685312
More about clubgolf
Bank of Scotland Junior Masters
The above will be held over the Queens Course at Gleneagles on Sunday 10th October.
30 Junior Girls (along with 60 Junior Boys) from clubs around Scotland have qualified for this prestigious event.
Monday 20th September 2004
What a great weekend! Well done Europe in the Ryder Cup!
TROPHY WON BY CLARE AND JENNA IN ITALY
British women's open amateur stroke-play champion Clare Queen
(Drumpellier) (left) and Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) (right),
last year's Scottish Under-21 girls title-winner, combined
to win the Nations Trophy for Scotland at the Italian women's
international amateur championships at Bogogno Golf Club,
near Novara at the weekend.
Both players scored two-over 146 - Clare 72 and 74, Jenna
74 and 72 - for a 36-hole aggregate of 292 winning the team
award by a single shot from France's Joanna Klatten (75, 70)
and Alexandra Vilatte (72, 76).
Germany (Denise Simon & Pia Odefey) were third on 294.
Miss Queen and Miss Wilson were joint seventh qualifiers for
the match-play stages of the individual Italian championship.
Both lost in the first round. Clare was beaten at the 19th
by Caroline Hedwall (Sweden) while Jenna was beaten 3 and
2 by Giusy Paolillo (Italy).
England's Rachael Lomas lost in the second round by 3 and
2 to eventual beaten finalist Anna Rossi (Italy).
Dewi-Claire Schreefel (Netherlands) beat Miss Rossi by 5 and
4 in the final.
In the Italian men's international amateur championship, played
at Villa D'Ester Golf Club near Como, Paul O'Hara (Colville
Park), who reached the final of the Scottish amateur championship
at Gullane at the beginning of August, lost in the semi-finals
to Wouter De Vries (Netherlands) by 3 and 2.
De Vries lost in the final by 1 hole to Claudio Consul (Germany)
who had eliminated England's James Morrison by 4 and 3 in
O'Hara had qualified for the match-play in 20th place with
scores of 73 and 71 for 144.
Robert Taylor (Downfield) and Tom Gilchrist (Falkirk Tryst)
failed to make the 32 qualifiers.
Both players totalled 150 to tie for 54th place, Taylor with
scores of 74 and 76, Gilchrist with a 72 and 78.
Anne Brownie tells me that the entries for the Gibson Cup
(Braids, 2/3 October) are up significantly from last year
andthe draw will be later this week.
Colin Farquharson (CalCarsonGolf) has sent these photos of
the teams to go with the weekend results
Winners, Northern Counties, with the SLGA County Final Shield
Runners-up, Dunbartonshire and Argyll
Third place for Fife
SLGA Executive member Louise Clark with the Results Board
Sunday 19th September 2004
Counties are County Champions
Northern Counties, the favourites at a home-course venue,
retained the Scottish women's county golf championship at
a windy Nairn Dunbar Golf Club today (Sunday).
Skipper Ann Ryan's team beat Fife 5-4 in very windy conditions
to complete the three-day programme with three wins out of
three after beating Dunbartonshire & Argyll 6-3 and Borders
Kerry Harper (Inverness) clinched victory for Northern Counties
in a very-tight final match agaisnt Fife and the overall capture
of the championship by beating Jo Carthew (Ladybank) 3 and
Earlier, Northern Counties had shaded the foursomes 2-1 but
Fife gave as good as they got in the afternoon play to share
the singles 3-3. Kerri Harper (Inverness) was Northern Counties'
top performer with 4 1/2pts out of six.
Dunbartonshire & Argyll finished runners-up with two wins
out of three, beating the much improved Borders 5 1/2-3 1/2
on the last day.
Young Kylie Walker (Dunbartonshire & Argyll) was the player
of the tournament with six wins out six.
SCOTTISH WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
BORDERS 3 1/2 DUNBARTONSHIRE & ARGYLL 5 1/2
Foursomes: Paterson & Fairnie lost to Laing & Walker
8 and 7; Birdsall-White & Wells beat Ruane & Galbraith
2 and 1; Pow & Anderson beat Faulds & F McLean 7 and
Singles: Pow lost to Laing 4 and 3, S Cuthbertson lost to
Walker 5 and 3, Birdsall-White lost to Ruane 3 and 2, Inkpen
lost to Faulds 4 and 3, Anderson beat Galbraith 5 and 3, Wells
halved with McLean (1 1/2-4 1/2).
FIFE 4, NORTHERN COUNTIES 5
Foursomes: K Milne & Carthew lost McKinnon & J Milne
1 hole; Moffat & Lockhart beat Gruber & Mackay 2 and
1; Caithness & Ford lost to Harper & MacDonald 1 hole
Singles: K Milne lost to McKinnon 1 hole, Lockhart beat Gruber
2 and 1, Moffat lost to J Milne 2 and 1, Bennett beat MacDonald
6 and 5, Carthew lost to Harper 3 and 2, Caithness beat Scott
4 and 3 (3-3).
HOW THEY FINISHED P W D L F A Pts
Northern Counties 3 3 0 0 16 11 3
Dunbartonshire and Argyll 3 2 0 1 13 1/2 13 1/2 2
Fife 3 1 0 2 13 14 1
Borders 3 0 0 3 11 1/2 15 1/2 0
Chris Quinn wins Senior Ladies English Amateur Championship
Chris Quinn (South Winchester) has won the Senior Ladies English
Amateur Championship having beaten Liz Boatman, local member
4&3 in the final.
The two finals set off in very wet and windy conditions. The
finalists in the Championship Plate were birthday girl
Julia Sales (Kenwick Park) and Sue Westall (Copt Heath). After
getting off to an excellent start by winning the first three
holes Sue, went on to win the match 5/3.
The Championship final between Chris Quinn & Liz Boatman
was a very close match for the first nine holes. Chris won
the next three holes and although Liz fought back Chris won
the match on the 15th hole.
As they finished the sun came out and the course looked its
magnificent best under a clear blue sky. It has been an extremely
friendly and happy tournament on a wonderful links course.
Saturday 18th September 2004
COUNTIES ON COURSE TO RETAIN SCOTTISH WOMEN'S TITLE
Title-holders Northern Counties took a big stride towards
retaining the Scottish women's county golf championship when
they beat Dunbartonshire & Argyll 6-3 on second day of
the three-day programme at Nairn Dunbar Golf Club on Saturday.
Northern Counties are the only team with two wins out of two
going into the final day, having beaten Borders 5-4 on the
Tomorrow's (Sunday) final ties are: Northern Counties v Fife,
Dunbartonshire & Argyll v Borders.
Fife scored their first match win by beating Borders 5-4 today.
Dunbartonshire & Argyll, 5-4 winners over Fife on Friday,
took the foursomes 2-1 against Northern Counties but the champions,
with the big advantage of a home-course venue, rallied strongly
by winning five of the six afternoon singles.
Northern Counties' champion, New Zealander Liz McKinnon (Nairn)
beat three times Scottish champion Anne Laing from Vale of
Leven by one hole in a quality tie. Anne had the better of
the outward half - Liz had to eagle the long ninth to be only
one down at the turn.
But Mrs McKinnon squared the contest with a par at 16th and
after a half at the 17th, the Northern Counties No 1 won the
match with a birdie 4 at the long 18th where she got home
with a drive, three-wood and an eight-iron to within 6ft of
the pin - and then sank the putt.
Scotland cap Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) won the second
tie for Dunbartonshire & Argyll but the tide turned in
favour of Northern Counties after that with wins by Pam Mackay
(Royal Dornoch), Jenny Milne (Elgin), Kerri Harper (Inverness)
and Audrey Scott (Tain).
Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), the Scottish Under-16 girls'
champion, beat Judith Anderson (Hawick) 2 and 1 in the last
singles tie to give Fife a 5-4win over Borders.
Fife had taken a 2-1 lead from the foursomes but Martine Pow
(Selkirk) beat Jo Carthew (Ladybank) by 6 and 5 in the top
singles and thereafter it was a ding-dong struggle with Fiona
Lockhart (St Regulus) and Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) chalking
up big wins for Fife only for Wendy Wells and Julie Birdsall-White
to level it at 4-4 with wins for Borders.
SCOTTISH WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
Day 2 results:
DUNBARTONSHIRE & ARGYLL 3, NORTHERN COUNTIES 6
Foursomes: A Laing & K Walker beat L McKinnon & J
Milne 3 and 1; S Bishop & L Ruane beat C Gruber &
P Mackay 1 hole; F McLean & A Telfer lost to K Harper
& K MacDonald 3 and 2 (2-1).
Singles: Laing lost to McKinnon 1 hole, Walker beat Gruber
3 and 2, Ruane lost to Mackay 1 hole, J Galbraith lost to
Milne 4 and 3, H Faulds lost to Harper 4 and 3, Bishop lost
to A Scott 1 hole (1-5)
BORDERS 4, FIFE 5
Foursomes: M Pow & J Anderson lost to K Milne & J
Carthew 2 and 1; S Cuthbertson & E Fairnie lost to F Lockhart
& E Moffat 8 and 7; J Birdsall-White & W Wells beat
K Caithness & D Ford 2 and 1 (1-2).
Singles: Pow beat Carthew 6 and 5, S Paterson lost to Lockhart
8 and 7, K Inkpen lost to L Bennett 6 and 5, Wells beat K
Sharp 4 and 3, Birdsall-White beat Moffat 3 and 2, Anderson
lost to Caithness 2 and 1 (3-3).
HOW THEY STAND P W D L F A Pts
Northern Counties 2 2 0 0 11 7 2
Dunbartonshire 2 1 0 1 8 10 1
Fife 2 1 0 1 9 9 1
Borders 2 0 0 2 8 10 0
Friday 17th September 2004
RUN TITLE FAVOURITES CLOSE IN SCOTTISH COUNTY FINALS' OPENING
Northern Counties, favourites to retain the Scottish women's
county championship at a home venue - Nairn Dunbar, met unexpectedly
strong resistance from Borders on the opening day of the three-day
Northern Counties won as expected, but only by 5-4 after sharing
the foursomes 1 1/2-1 1/2 and shading the singles 3 1/2-2
In the top singles tie, Northern Counties' champion, New Zealander
Liz McKinnon (Nairn), had a square match with new Scotland
cap Martine Pow from Selkirk.
Royal Dornoch's Cara Gruber and Pam Mackay as well as Jenny
Milne (Elgin) got the middle-of-the-order victories that would
make all the difference for Northern Counties.
Kelsey MacDonald, playing over her home course, made her debut
for Northern Counties at the age of 13 but lost on the last
green to Julie Birdsall-White (The Roxburghe).
In the other first-day match, Dunbartonshire & Argyll
dented Fife's title hopes by beating them 5-4. Here again
the foursomes were shared before the West Division champions
took the first three singles through three times Scottish
champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) - a 3 and 2 winner over
15-year-old Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), Kylie Walker (Buchanan
Castle) and Louisa Ruane (Cardross).
DUNBARTONSHIRE & ARGYLL 5, FIFE 4
Foursomes: A Laing & K Walker beat K Milne & J Carthrew;
S Bishop & L Ruane halved with F Lockhart & E Moffat;
H Faulds & A Telfer lost to K Caithness & D Ford 3
and 2 (1 1/2-1 1/2).
Singles: Laing beat Caithness 3 and 2, Walker beat Milne 2
and 1, Ruane beat Carthew 7 and 6, F McLean lost to L Bennett
3 and 1, Faulds lost to Lockhart 3 and 2, Bishop halved with
Moffat (3 1/2-2 1/2).
NORTHERN COUNTIES 5, BORDERS 4
Foursomes: L McKinnon & J Milne lost to M Pow & J
Anderson 2 and 1; C Gruber & P Mackay beat S Cuthbertson
& W Wells 4 and 3; A Scott & K Harper halved with
J Birdsall-White & E Fairnie (1 1/2-1 1/2).
Singles: McKinnon halved with Pow, Gruber beat Fairnie 4 and
3, Mackay beat Wells 3 and 2, Milne beat Cuthbertson 6 and
4, K MacDonald lost to Birdsall-White 1 hole, P McLennan lost
to Anderson 7 and 5 (3 1/2-2 1/2).
Dunbartonshire & Argyll v Northern Counties, Borders v
Borders v Dunbartonshire & Argyll, Northern Counties v
MIGHTY QUINN MEETS BATTLING BOATMAN FOR ENGLISH SENIOR WOMEN'S
RUNAWAY leading qualifier Christine Quinn (South Winchester)
will play former Curtis Cup skipper Liz Boatman (Royal Worlington
& Newmarket) - and also a member of the host club this
week - in the final of the English senior women's open amateur
chammpionship at Trevose Golf Club, near Padstow, Cornwall
Christine has maintained her fine form in the qualifying rounds
right through the match-play and had good wins over Pat West
(Spalding) (3 and 2) and Susan Gibb (Royal Cinque Ports) (5
and 4) in Friday's quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Mrs Boatman beat Ros Page (Came Down), winner of the British
senior women's title at Longniddry two or three years ago,
by 3 and 2 in the round of the last eight and then clinched
her place in the final with a 5 and 4 win over Hilary Smyth
Christine Quinn beat Pat West 3 and 2.
Susan Gibb beat Chris Stirling 1 hole.
Liz Boatman beat Ros Page 3 and 2.
Hilary Smyth beat Susan Hedges 1 hole.
Quinn beat Gibbs 5 and 4.
Boatman beat Smyth 5 and 4.
Sandy Lyle to open new coaching and junior facilities at
Callander Golf Club
Five times European Ryder Cup Team Member, Sandy Lyle, will
officially open Callander Golf Club's New Coaching and Junior
Facilities, part of clubgolf's Demonstration Programme, on
Monday 27 September at 12.15pm and give a golf clinic to members
of the club's junior team at 1.30pm.
Jointly funded by Callander Golf Club and sportscotland through
clubgolf, Scotland's junior national golf strategy, the club's
new coaching and practice facilities comprise a practise area,
three covered bays for driving, three mini holes, a chipping
green, a bunkered area and a conservatory in the clubhouse
for exclusive use by juniors.
Linlithgow Golf Club opens to local school children
Linlithgow Golf Club is playing a leading role in helping
to breath new life into the sport.
It is the first in the area and the second in West Lothian
(Pumpherston Golf Club was the first) to be part of the pilot
project for clubgolf, Scotland's National Junior Golf Strategy,
which aims to achieve the Scottish Executive's target of introducing
every nine-year-old in Scotland to the game by 2009.
The club already has an active junior policy and two of its
young members, Michael Hunt and Edward Shannly, play golf
for Scotland. But until now it has not had the volume
of qualified coaches to be able to cater for younger children.
The coaching situation changed dramatically last May when
three club members, Bill Duthie, Jim Alexander and Frank McGhee,
took part in the PGA clubgolf Level 1 Training for Volunteers
Course, qualifying them to introduce the children to golf
within a safe and enjoyable environment.
"The course was essential and the manual we have been
working through is invaluable," said Bill Duthie. "I
don't think we would have known where to start without it.
It's a step by step programme with a progressive nature."
A further four members - Douglas McEwan, Nan Easton, Lizabeth
Swan and Jim Thomson - who plan to join the course next year,
have volunteered to be assistants for the current course.
Meanwhile the Active Primary Schools (Primary) programme,
which promotes the development of physical activity and skills
in young children by increasing the range, frequency and quality
of opportunities for children to participate in physical activity
and sport, played a vital role in encouraging some local schools
to take part.
Last term, P5 pupils from St Joseph's, Linlithgow Bridge and
Springfield were approached and last term pupils enjoyed their
first taste of golf using the modified TOP clubgolf equipment
as part of the Active Schools Programme. Other local schools
are now onboard to take part in this project.
Eighteen of the children enjoyed the experience so much that
they signed up for clubgolf's Level 1 course, hosted by Linlithgow
"Our aim is to help make children in primary schools
more active and provide them with as many opportunities as
possible," said Active Schools (Primary) Manager, Sheila
"The majority of children from these schools wouldn't
have previously had an opportunity to play golf. Through Linlithgow
Golf Club, clubgolf and Active Schools working in partnership,
there is now a genuine pathway for children who are interested
in the sport to develop it further. It is very encouraging
to see that 18 have decided to take things onto the next stage."
Last week the children enjoyed putting and a variety of fun
games and activities. This Friday will mark their introduction
to driving and in the near future the children will be introduced
to the course.
"The club was delighted to be asked to support the clubgolf
project," said Jim Thomson. "We are really pleased
that 18 children chose to come along. It is more than we expected
and to run the session properly it means we have to put on
two, back to back on a Friday afternoon.
"A handful of them have already played with their parents,
but due the progressive, structured nature of the coaching
session they are all picking the game up very well and they
seem to be progressing well.
"Parents have come up to us since we started and told
us how thrilled they are and the kids were desperate to get
back this week. We are all delighted to be able to introduce
some of the local youngsters to golf. We have lots of juniors
in the club already and we hope that some of these new youngsters
will enjoy it and go on to become boy and girl members."
Thursday 16th September 2004
SCOTS IN FIELD FOR DUKE OF YORK YOUNG CHAMPIONS TROPHY
British boys title-winner Jordan Findlay from Fraserburgh,
double Scottish boys' champion Scott Henry (Cardross) and
last year Scottish schoolgirls champion Kylie Walker (Buchanan
Castle), pictured right, who made her debut for Scotland at
women's level in last week's home internationals, will be
Scotland's representatives in next week's The Duke of York
Young Champions Trophy field.
The 54-hole event, regarded as Europe's premier event for
Under-18 year-olds, will played over the Kingsbarns Links
from Wednesday to Friday.
A total of 39 of the leading junior golfers, boys and girls,
from 20 countries, most of them with scratch handicaps of
better, will make Fife their home for the week.
Rikard Karlberg (Sweden) will be defending the title he won
impressively over the Castletown Links on the Isle of Man
Others in the field include Zac Gould from Wales, winner of
the European Under-16 Young Masters title in Austria in July,
South Africa's Mattrhew Kent who won the Toyota world junior
championship in Japan earlier this year, and Azahara Munoz,
the 16-year-old from Malaga, Spain, who won the British girls'
open championship at Lanark in August.
The Duke of York, who is extremely motivated towards being
personally involved with the event, will be in attendance
for the duration of the tournament.
Not only will Prince Andrew present the prizes at the end
of the week but at the start of it, on Tuesday,
the eve of the tournament, he will play golf with the guests
and VIPs and also host the official tournament dinner in Anstruther
the same evening.
The complete field for The Duke of York Young Champions' Trophy
Austria: Andreas Christ, Martina Hochwimmer.
Belgium: Didier Dyukmans, Lien Willems.
Denmark: Jesper Drongstrup, Sara Monberg.
England: John Parry, Melissa Reid.
Finland: Markus Rytkola, Minna Vuorenpaa.
France: Tony Raillard, Elena Giraud.
Germany: Carolin Lohr.
Iceland: Thordur Gissurarson, Elfar Halldarsson, Tinna Johannsdattir.
Ireland: Rory McIlroy.
Italy: Alexandra De Luigi.
Monaco: Sandro Tan Piaget.
Netherlands: Tristan Bierenbroodspot.
Russia: Maria Vertchenova.
Scotland: Jordan Findlay, Scott Henry, Kylie Walker.
South Africa: Matthew Kent.
Spain: Miguel Cabrera, Maria Hernandez, Azahara Munoz.
Sweden: Rikard Karlberg, Jonathan Lavin, Anna Nordqvist.
Switzerland: Marc Dobias, Fabienne In-Albon.
Turkey: Hamza Sayin, Nejla Gercek.
Wales: Zac Gould, Lee Jones, Matthew Jones, Tara Davies.
WIFE KOS VIVIEN SAUNDERS IN ENGLISH SENIORS MATCH-PLAY
Vivien Saunders, one of the leading competitors fancied to
win the English senior womens closed amateur championship
at Trevose Golf Club near Padstow in Cornwall was eliminated
in the first round of the match-play after qualifying in fifth
She was beaten on the last green by the English seniors title
holder Chris Stirling, whose husband John is a Scot. Chris
then went on to reach the quarter-finals with a 4 and 3 win
over Barbara Woodham.
Ann Booth, the second seed, was another to make an early exit.
She lost on the 18th green to the 31st qualifier Sue Pidgeon
who was herself beaten in the afternoon, 4 and 3 by Susan
Leading qualifier by a big margin, Christine Quinn had to
play only 26 holes to reach the last eight of the match-play
stages. She won her first two ties by 5 and 3 and 8 and 7.
Defending champion Adele Keighley was toppled in the first
round. She was beaten 4 and 3 by Jenny Tootell.
Christine Quinn (South Winchester) beat Carol Atack (Moortown)
5 and 3.
Elizabeth Moverley (Preston) beat Judy McCairns (Oxford) 1
Elizabeth Borrow (Corhampton) beat Pauline Oliver (Burnham
Beeches) 6 and 5.
Patricia West (Spalding) beat Pat Skelton (Henbury) 4 and
Chris Stirling (Meon Valley) beat Vivien Saunders (Cambridge
Meridian) 1 hole.
Barbara Woodham (Bearsted) beat Elaine James (Aspley Guise)
7 and 5.
Julie Ballard (Calcot Park) beat Sue Westall (Copt Heath)
2 and 1.
Susan Gibb (Royal Cinque Ports) beat Susan Oldfield (St Enodoc)
2 and 1.
Geraldine Bray (Littlestone) beat Sarah Beasley (Royal Liverpool)
4 and 3.
Elizabeth Boatman (Royal Worlington) beat Valerie McFarlane
(Lansdown) 3 and 2.
Jenny Tootell (Blackpool North Shore) beat Adele Mitchell
(Keighley) 4 and 3.
Rosalind Page (Came Down) beat Julia Sales (Kenwick Park)
2 and 1.
Jeannie OKeeffe (Guildford) beat Jane Barrington (Perranporth)
5 and 4.
Hilary Smyth (Pannal) beat Sara Reston (Sandiway) 2 and 1.
Susan Hedges (Royal Cinque Ports) beat Carolyn Kirk (York)
7 and 6.
Sue Pidgeon (Wrekin) beat Ann Booth (Little Aston) 1 hole.
Quinn beat Moverley 8 and 7.
West beat Borrow 2 holes.
Stirling beat Woodham 4 and 3.
Gibb beat Ballard 2 holes.
Boatman beat Bray at 20th.
Page beat Tootell 3 and 2.
Smyth beat OKeefe 1 hole.
Hedges beat Pidgeon 4 and 3.
The Seniors Home International Team to play at Kilkeel Golf
Club, Co.Down, 5th -7th October 2004 is as follows:
Captain- Pauline Martin (Woodbrook)
- Jane Allen (Royal Portrush)
- Maura Breathnach ( Monkstown)
- Roma English (Larne)
- Rhona Fanagan (Milltown)
- Valerie Hassett (Ennis)
- Mary McKenna (Donabate)
1st - Mary Madden (Ballinasloe)
2nd - Anna Moloney (Clonmel)
COUNTIES START FAVOURITES TO RETAIN SCOTTISH COUNTIES TITLE
FROM COLIN FARQUHARSON
Northern Counties, with the big advantage of a home-course
venue, start favourites to retain the title when the Scottish
women's county championship finals tee off at Nairn Dunbar
Golf Club on Friday.
Last year at Scotscraig it boiled down to a Northern Counties
v Fife championship decider and that could well be the case
again this weekend. The two teams meet in the final session
of play on Sunday.
There is only one change in the Northern Counties line-up
from the team that won the Northern Division championship
at Monifieth in June. Lesley Mackay (Royal Dornoch) has since
turned professional as an assistant to Karyn Dallas at Kirriemuir.
Her place goes to 13-year-old Kelsey Macdonald who will make
her county debut over her home course.
Fife have strength in depth but their title chances would
certainly have been brighter chance if Scotland international
Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) been available. She helped Fife
win the East title but has since flown back to Ohio State
University and won her first event of the American college
Dunbartonshire & Argyll will miss Claire McNeil, Gemma
Webster and Lois Connel who helped them win the West title
but any line-up containing thrice Scottish champion and Curtis
Cup player Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) cannot be disregarded.
Borders have never won the Scottish counties title but for
the first time their team includes a current Scottish cap,
Martine Pow (Selkirk).
Friday: Dunbartonshire & Argyll v Fife, Northern Counties
Saturday: Dunbartonshire & Argyll v Northern Counties,
Border v Fife.
Sunday: Borders v Dunbartonshire & Argyll, Northern Counties
Judith Anderson (Hawick), Julie Birdsall-White (The Roxburghe),
Sheila Cuthbertson (Peebles), Emma Fairnie (Minto), Kirsty
Inkpen (Duns), Sharon Paterson (Kelso), Martine Pow (Selkirk),
Wendy Wells (Peebles).
DUNBARTONSHIRE & ARGYLL
Sara Bishop (Windyhill), Helen Faulds (Douglas Park), Judy
Galbraith (Cowal), Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Fiona McLean
(Hilton Park), Louisa Ruane (Cardross), Anna Telfer (Milngavie),
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle).
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), Krystle Caithness (St Regulus),
Joceleyn Carthew (Ladybank), Dororthy Ford (Scotscraig), Fiona
Lockhart (St Regulus), Katrina Milne (Dunfermline), Elaine
Moffat (St Regulus), Karin Sharp (Kirkcaldy).
Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch), Kerri Harper (Inverness), Kelsey
Macdonald (Nairn Dunbar), Pam Mackay (Royal Dornoch), Liz
McKinnon (Nairn), Pat McLennan (Nairn), Jenny Milne (Elgin),
Audrey Scott (Tain).
US Student News
WHY SJAVON WILSON IS NOT ON TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE ROSTER
Sjavon Wilson's mother has explained to www.kirkwoodgolf.co.uk
why her daughter, who flew out to Tyler Junior College with
Claire McNeil, does not figure on the college's girls' golf
team roster, nor did she play in the opening tournament over
there, which Tyler JC won and in which Claire finished fourth.
Sheila Wilson says:
"Sjavon is not allowed to play in the university competitions for
the first semeseter, because she came home early last year
(from McLennan Community College), but she knew that before
she went out. She has been playing every week day since going
out as there are four clubs attached to the college, and returned
some cracking scores.
"The Tyler golf coach was not happy that he could not
take Sjavon to the first competition, but the other girls
did him proud. Claire McNeil was lucky to be playing at all,
as she went over on her ankle the week before and is still
struggling with it. She did well to get round twice, never
mind finishing fourth."
Wednesday 15th September 2004
Senior Ladies Open Amateur Championship
PAMELA GALLANT THIRD IN DEFENCE OF IRISH TITLE
Pamela Williamson, bidding for a hat-trick of titles, finished
a gallant third in the Irish senior women's open amateur golf
championship, sponsored by Penneys, at Seapoint Golf Club,
Co Louth on Wednesday.
Mrs Williamson, a member of the Baberton club, Edinburgh,
had scores of 82 and 76 for an aggregate of 158 - six shots
behind the winner, Alison Murdoch from Canada.
Alison had scores of 78 and 74 for 152. She was the only player
to have a better second-round score than the defending champion.
Pamela gained third place by virtue of her second-round 76
over Maj-Britt Heden (Sweden) and Ruth Lindley (England) who
also finished on the 158 mark.
Of the other Scots in the field, Elizabeth Simpson from Murrayfield
finished a creditable joint 11th with 78 and 87 for 165; Elspeth
Hanlon (Gourock) totalled 175 (90, 85); former Scottish women's
champion Heather Anderson (Troon Ladies) scored 177 (94, 83)
and Banchory-based Elizabeth Rose (Murrayfield) had two rounds
of 94 for 188.
IRISH SENIOR WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Seapoint Golf Club, Co Louth.
152 A Murdoch (Canada) 78 74.
154 C Gonzalez O'Brien (Spain) 75 79.
158 P Williamson (Scotland) 82 76, M-B Heden (Sweden) 81 77,
Lindley (England) 79 79.
160 R Fanagan (Milltown) 81 79.
161 C McMillan (Canada) 79 82.
163 M Breathnach (Monkstown) 86 77, N Spits (Netherlands)
V Hassett (Ennis) 84 79.
165 J Moffat (Canada) 85 809, M Madden (Ballinasloe) 85 80,
J Beaith (Canada) 84 81, V James (Bangor) 78 87, E Simpson
(Murrayfield) 78 87.
166 D Williams (Canada) 82 84, J Rosart (Canada) 82 84, E
MacMullen (Donegal) 78 88.
167 J Allen (Royal Portrush) 85 82, C Smith (Canada) 81 86.
168 M McKenna (Donabate) 81 87, T Cronin (US) 91 77, P Walsh
(Headfort) 86 82.
170 E Wendels (Sweden) 983 77, J Dutilh (Netherlands) 88 82,
U Anderson (Sweden) 84 86, D Backhouse (England) 83 87.
171 B Wilson(Canada) 88 83, G Rouiller (Mannan Castle) 87
84, C Thott (Sweden) 80 91.
172 S Wickware (Canada) 92 80, C Carty (Tullamore) 89 93,
J Saunders (Canada) 88 84, B Walltorp (Sweden) 84 88.
173 R Dowling (Malone) 83 90.
174 A Hayden (Foxrock) 91 83, L McKeeman (Canada) 90 84, R
Watters (England) 88 86.
175 E Hanlon (Gourock) 90 85, M Coopman (Netherlands) 87 88.
176 S Joy-Sobota (US) 90 86, G Foran (Edenderry) 88 88, O
Conroy (Co Longford) 87 89.
177 H Anderson (Troon Ladies) 94 83, A Ladd (Killarney) 93
84, B Caffrey (Edenderry) 88 89, C Cahill (Hermitage) 87 90.
178 E De Bruin (Netherlands) 94 84, J Shannon (Canada) 94
84, M Charleton (Lisburn) 92 86, M Bryson (Lisburn) 89 89,
S Gottschalch (Denmark) 87 91.
179 A Moloney (Clonmel) 91 88, M Boomer (Lisburn) 8891, T
Wells (Royal Belfast) 85 94.
180 M McGowan (Malahide) 94 86, A Kaudern(Sweden) 94 86, H
ODonoghue (Clonmel) 92 88, J Preece (England) 91 89.
181 R English (Larne) 93 88, S Doherty (Cruit Island) 93 88,
C Burgersdyk-Donkers (Netherlands) 92 89, M Andersson (Torreby)
91 90, K Duffy (Dundalk) 88 93.
182 N Acton (Hermitage) 98 84, I OBrien (Edenberry)
92 90, A Afzeloius-Alm (Sweden) 89 93.]
183 I Smyth (Bangor) 97 86, A Somers (Cill Dara) 94 89, A
ONeill (Laytown & Bettystown) 88 95.
184 E Higgins (Laytown-Bettystown) 95 89, S Christensson (France)
94 90 M Hill (US) 89 95.
185 J Clarke (Royal Portush ) 92 93, A Bouton (France) 92
93, E Laing (Royal Belfast) 91 94.
186 P Eakin (Laytown-Bettystown) 95 91, B Heaton (Royal Belfast)
94 92, J Dicks (England) 94 92.
187 M Mulcahy (Killarney) 98 89.
188 E Rose (Murrayfield) 94 94, L Van Den Berghe (Belgium)
101 87, E Clark (England) 92 92, E Van Bergen Walraven (Netherlands)
95 93, M Hall (England) 93 95, G Birkby (England) 90 98.
190 C Kinsella (Waterford) 97 93.
191 I Hagels (Netherlands) 99 92, S MacDonald (Royal Portrush)
193 K Stewart-Moore (Royal Portrush) 100 893, A Kane (The
Curragh) 92 101.
194 K Tredford (Canada) 101 93.]
195 G OConnor (Skerries) 9798, B Strain (Portstewart)
95 100, J Boynton (Canada) 93 102.
197 A Freeman (Co Longford) 103 94, S Hirschler (US) 99 98.
198 K Murphy (Malahide) 98 100.
199 L Ward (Canada) 105 94.
200 C Tayler (Kinsale) 98 102.
206 P OCarroll (Cahir Park) 101 105.
208 G Hogan (Lurgan) 98 110.
211 M McMahon (Dromoland Castle) 111 100.
NRs P Connellan (Co Longfoed) 105 NR, P Farrell (Co Longford)
MARIE ALLEN WINS LIPHOOK SCRATCH CUP
Marie Allen from Moor Park had Curtis Cup players Kerry Smith
and Shelley McKevitt trailing in her wake as she won the Liphook
Scratch Cup at Liphook Golf Club in Hampshire on Tuesday.
Marie had rounds of 73 and 71 for a total of 144 and won by
four strokes from Layla Ahmed (Waterlooville) and by five
from Kerry Smith, also a Waterlooville member, who gained
third place by virtue of a better inward half over Tracey
Boyes (Meon Valley) who also totalled 149.
Shelley McKevitt (Reading), still an amateur player
although she was astonishingly not chosen by England for last
weeks home internationals at Royal Porthcawl, finished
ninth on 155 with scores of 79 and 76.
MARIE ALLEN Moor Park 144 73 71
LAYLA AHMED Waterlooville 148 77 71
KERRY SMITH Waterlooville 149 78 71
TRACEY BOYES Meon Valley 149 74 75
JANET PHIPPS Gog Magog 151 80 71
LAURA COLLIN John OGaunt 151 77 74
EMMA BROWN West Wilts 153 73 80
NATALIE BOOTH Highcliffe Cstle 154 79 75
SHELLEY McKEVITT Reading 155 79 76
CLARISSA BUSHELL West Sussex 157 82 75
KATE SHEPHERD Guildford 157 80 77
DEBBIE RICHARDS Burhill 157 78 79
CHLOE ROGERS Braintree 157 78 79
LAUREN H-DIGGLE Celtic Manor 159 83 76
SUE ELLIS Dudsbury 160 84 76
JESSICA PEARCEY Ferndown 160 84 76
CAROLE CALDWELL Sunningdale 160 83 77
HANNAH RALPH Goodwood 160 82 78
DIANA HOLT Basingstoke 161 83 78
HARRIET LEGG Dudsburgy 161 77 84
FERN GRIMSHAW Weymouth 162 79 83
CLAIRE DURBIN Chipping Sodby 162 77 85
MANDY BRUCK Woodcote Park 164 84 80
KATHERINE RUSSELL Royal Ashdwn 165 83 82
JANE BARTON Wimbledon Pk 165 83 82
LYNDA KING Hemstead Forst 165 82 83
HELEN BATT Ashford 165 78 87
JESSIE PUNIA Stanmore 166 84 82
MARKETA MANN Dudsbury 166 81 85
JULIA BROOK Croham Hurst 167 86 81
LEAH OCCLESHAW Lansdown 167 85 82
EMMA SAGGERS Crowborough B 167 84 83
JEMMA RIDLEY Croham Hurst 168 86 82
DONNA HARDY Horsley Lodge 168 85 83
NORIKO MIYAKAWA Muswell Hill 168 82 86
KEIKO HASHIMOTO Burnham Bches 169 86 83
DI GRITT Tidworth Garr 169 82 87
BARBARA BROOKS West Hill 172 83 89
MARIA DOLPHIN Rochester & C 173 89 84
CARLY BOULTON Wrag Barn 173 87 86
AILSA DOOLEY St Georges H 174 92 82
SARAH WAUGH Orchardleigh 174 90 84
LIBBY LEGG West Hill 176 88 88
ANA HARVEY Leatherhead 176 87 89
SUE McKEON St Georges H 179 93 86
LYNNE BEAUMONT Broome Manor 180 89 91
PENNY PERKINS Whitstable 185 98 87
STACEY RODGER West Hove 185 88 97
QUINN LEADS ENGLISH SENIOR QUALIFIERS BY ELEVEN
Christine Quinn (South Winchester) maintained her overnight
lead to be the leading qualifier with a 36-hole aggregate
of seven-over-par 153 in the English senior womens close
amateur championship at Trevose Golf Club near Padstow in
Christine followed up her opening 76 with a 77 in bright but
She "won" the qualifying eliminator by the wide
margin of 11 strokes and her rivals will be hoping her cut-above
form does not extend into the match-play stages.
Ann Booth (Little Aston) is the No 2 seed with scores of 81
and 83 for 164.
Vivien Saunders (Cambridge Meridian), one of the favourites
for the title, qualified in fifth place with 84 and 81 for
Defending champion Adele Mitchell from Keighley figured among
the 32 qualifiers with totals of 180 or better but her scores
of 88 and 87 for 175 suggest that she will an uphill struggle
to retain the title.
153 Christine Quinn (South Winchester) 76 77.
164 Ann Booth (Little Aston) 81 83.
165 Geraldine Bray (Littlestone) 87 78, Susan Gibb (Royal
Cinque Ports) 85 80, Vivien Saunders (Cambridge Meridian)
166 Rosalind Page (Came Down) 87 79, Jane Barrington (Perranporth)
168 Patricia West (Spalding) 84 84, Elizabeth Borrow (Corhampton)
169 Sara Reston (Sandiway) 90 79, Jenny Tootell (Blackpool
North Shore) 84 85.
170 Barbara Woodham (Bearsted) 90 80.
171 Sue Westall (Copt Heath) 89 92, Elizabeth Boatman (Royal
Worlington) 88 83, Carolyn Kirk (York) 87 84, Judy McCairns
(Oxford) 86 85, Elizabeth Moverley (Preston) 84 87.
172 Susan Hedges (Royal Cinque Ports) 89 83.
173 Valerie McFarlane (Lansdown) 89 94.
174 Julie Ballard (Calcot Park) 86 88.
175 Elaine James (Aspley Guise) 91 84, Adele Mitchell (Keighley)
176 Hilary Smyth (Pannal) 93 83.
177 Pauline Oliver (Burnham Beeches) 93 84, Pat Skelton (Henbury)
92 85, Jeannie OKeefe (Guildford) 90 87, Julia Sales
(Kenwick Park) 88 89, Chris Stirling (Meon Valley) 87 90.
179 Susan Oldfield (St Enodoc) 89 90, Sarah Beasey (Royal
Liverpool) 87 92.
180 Sue Pidgeon (Wrekin) 93 87, Carol Atack (Moortown) 93
+Pat Rodgers (Enmore) 91 89 also scored 180 but was eliminated
by virtue of having the poorest third round of the three players
on that mark.
US Student Golf
CLAIRE TEES OFF WITH A FOURTH PLACE FINISH IN TEXAS
Claire McNeil from Cawder finished a creditable fourth in
her first American college tournament since she enrolled at
Tyler Junior College, Texas a few weeks ago.
Claire shot 77 and 78 for a total of 155 - only four shots
behind Tyler team-mate Chelsea Tabor, also a freshman, in
the tournament hosted by the Texas Lutheran University over
the Chaparral County Club course at Sequin, Texas.
Tyler won the team event by a convincing margin with a total
of 623 - 15 strokes ahead of runners-up Mary Hardin-Baylor.
A total of 11 teams took part.
Tuesday 14th September 2004
ELIZABETH SIMPSON LEADING SCOT IN IRISH SENIOR WOMEN'S
EDINBURGH golfer Pamela Williamson, seeking a hat-trick of
victories in the event, is tied for 13th place at the halfway
stage of the Irish Senior Women's Open golf championship at
Seapoint Golf Club, at Termonfeckin, Co Louth.
Baberton member Pamela had a round of 10-over-par 82 on a
day when the CSS was 75, three over par, and a score of 75
- by Catherine Gonzalez O'Brien (Spain) - was good enough
to open up a three-shot lead.
Leading Scot is Elizabeth Simpson (Murrayfield) , sharing
second place on 78 with two Irish players and a Canadian.
Of the other Scots in the field, Elspeth Hanlon (Gourock)
scored a 90 and Heather Anderson (Ladies' Golf Club, Troon)
and Elizabeth Rose (Murrayfield) both 94.
IRISH SENIOR WOMEN'S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP _ Seapoint GC, Co Louth
Leading first round scores (Par 72, CSS 75)
75 C Gonzalez O'Brien (Spain).
78 V James (Bangor), A Murdoch (Canada), E Simpson (Scotland),
E MacMullen (Donegal).
79 R Lindley (England), C McMillan (Canada).
80 C Thott (Sweden
81 M Heden (Sweden), M McKenna (Donabate), R Fanagan (Milltown),
C Smith (Canada).
82 J Rosart (Canada), D Williams (Canada), P Williamson (Scotland).
Other Scots scores:
90 E Hanlon (Gourock)
94 H Anderson (Ladies Golf Club, Troon) , E Rose (Murrayfield).
West Vets Autumn Meeting, Largs Kelburn, today (Thanks
to Sheila Goudie)
The sss was 73 css 75 30 ladies played.
Scratch A Brooks Largs 88
Silver 1st E Howie Troon (16) 73bih
2nd M Hogg Old Ranfurly (17) 73
Bronze 1st G Rintoul Old Ranfurly (21) 73
2nd M McKendrick Old Ranfurly (21) 80
IRISH SISTERS DOWN THE FIELD IN FIRST USA COLLEGE EVENT
Irish sisters Tara and Karen Delaney, both golf scholarship
students at Kent State University, Ohio, finished down the
field in their first American college golf event of the year
- the "Lady Northern" at Ann Arbor, Michigan last
Tara finished tied for 36th place on 233 with scores of 76,
76 and 79.
Karen, playing in her first ever competition in the United
States, was joint 43rd on 236 (79, 77 and 80).
Becky Wood, the English girl on the Kent State University
team, finished 33rd equal on 232 (16 over par) with scores
of 73, 79 and 80.
University of Missouri players finished first and second but,
surprisingly, Missouri did not win the team event.
Maria Ohlsson won the individual honours with a two-under-par
total of 214 (75, 66 and 73), five shots ahead of team-mate
Michigan, playing over their home course, proved that local
knowledge can be a huge advantage. With a total of 881, they
won the team event - which is what counts with American college
coaches - with a total of 881 from Ohio (885) and Missouri
Kent State, who no longer have the services of former Irish
women's champion Martina Gillen, were placed sixth on 915.
Late entries are still being accepted for the Ness Open, a
36 hole Order of Merit event held at Inverness Golf Club,
on Sunday 26th September. Just fill out this entry
form (Word .doc file) and send to Pam Gordon.
LADIES BRITISH OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Christina Birke, Sue Pigeon and Carole Caldwell respectively
the winner, second and third in the 2003 Senior Ladies
British Open Amateur Championship have entered for this years
championship which will be played at Portstewart Golf Club
from 21st to 23rd September.
Last year at South Staffordshire, Ms Birke of Sweden surged
ahead with a second round of 73 and her final round of 77,
the same as her two closest rivals, was sufficient to give
her a six shot title winning margin.
Sweden, with 14 players, again top the overseas entrants but
they will have a 13-strong contingent from Canada hoping to
take the trophy overseas for only the fourth time in its 24-year
Cecilia Mourgue dAlgue of France is another foreign
player with championship credentials. Although not yet a British
champion, she was runner-up to Emma Duggleby in the 1994 Ladies
British Amateur Championship and from 2000 to 2003 held the
European Senior Ladies title.
In addition to Sue Pigeon (Wrekin) and Carole Caldwell (Sunningdale)
other British Isles players who would be expected to challenge
for the title include +2 player Vivien Saunders, Irish competitor
Valerie Hassett, the 1996 champion and runner-up in the following
three years, and 2003 Irish Senior Ladies Champion Pamela
Williamson of Scotland.
The 90 competitors play one round on each of the first two
days and the 40 lowest scores and ties qualify for the third
and final round on Thursday 23rd September.
Further information: - Susan Simpson, Championship Secretary,
Ladies Golf Union, Tel: 01334 475811
NOTE: - The full list of competitors can be viewed on www.lgu.org
FIFE GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
On Saturday 11th September over the Strathtyrum Course at
St Andrews, the Fife girls played their junior championship.
It was a very windy day and the girls had the added distraction
of the Red Arrows aerial display overheard as it was the Leuchars
The Patrick Trophy for the scratch champion was won by Ashleigh
Wilton of Ladybank with a gross 76. The Junior Cup for the
handicap champion was won by the youngest and smallest competitor
in the field, Emma Bisset of Elie and Earlsferry with a net
score of 64.
EUROPEANS KEEP JUNIOR RYDER CUP
The European youngsters retained the Junior Ryder Cup by a
big margin in the two-day contest for Under-16 year olds at
Westfield Group Country Club, Westfield Centre in Ohio.
The Europeans built up a 3pt lead over the first day (4 1/2-1
1/2) and then added a 4-2 margin for a final scoreline of
8-2 over the Americans.
Results (US names first):
Josh Dupont & Tony Mapu Finau lost to Zack Gould (Wal)
& Lluis Garcia del Moral (Spa) 4 and 2.
Mina Harigae & Jessica Smith lost to Belen Mozo (Spa)
& Carlota Ciganda (Spa) 3 and 1.
Luke Guthrie & Chris DeForest halved with Rory McIlroy
(Ire) & Marius Thorp (Nor).
Angela Oh & Tessa Teachman beat Linn Gustafsson (Swe)
& Carmilla Lennarth (Swe) 2 holes.
Chase Wright & Kyle English lost to Dominic Angkawidjaja
(Aut) & Oliver Fisher (Eng) 3 and 2.
Kelly Fuchik & Anne Ormson lost to Valerie Sternebeck
(Ger) & Florentyna Parker (Eng) 7 and 5.
Mapu Finau & Smith lost to Garcia del Moral & Ciganda
3 and 1.
Wright & Oh lost to Gould & Mozo 6 and 4.
Dupont & Fuchik lost to Fisher & Parker 2 holes.
DeForest & Harigae beat McIlroy & Gustafsson 1 hbole.
Guthrie & Teachman beat Thorp & Lennarth 2 and 1.
English & Ormson lost to Angkawidjaja & Sternebeck
3 and 2.
Monday 13th September 2004
Scottish County Finals
The complete line-up for the Scottish womens county
championship finals at Nairn Dunbar this coming weekend is
now known following the naming of their squads to travel north
by Fife and Dunbartonshire & Argyll.
Fife have promoted Karin Sharp (Kirkcaldy), first reserve
to the team that retained the East Division title earlier
in the summer, to take the place of Louise Kenney (Pitreavie)
who has gone back to Iowa State College and won her first
event of the American college golf season.
The Fife team which will be hoping to go one better than in
last years finals at Scotscraig, where they finished
runners-up to Northern Counties, is:
LORNA BENNETT (Ladybank)
KRYSTLE CAITHNESS (St Regulus)
JOCELYN CARTHEW (Ladybank)
DOROTHY FORD (Scotscraig)
FIONA LOCKHART (St Regulus)
KATRINA MILNE (Dunfermline)
ELAINE MOFFAT (St Regulus)
KARIN SHARP (Kirkcaldy)
Captain: Mrs K J KEIR
Dunbartonshire & Argyll county captain Anna Telfer has
had to include herself in the team for Nairn Dunbar following
the loss of three players who helped to win the West Division
"Claire McNeil has gone to college in America and Gemma
Webster and Lois Connel are unavailable because they are on
holiday," said Mrs Telfer.
Other newcomers to the D & A team for the Scottish finals
are Judy Galbraith and Fiona McLean.
Mrs Telfers squad does include two members of the Scotland
team who played last week in the home internationals at Royal
Porthcawl Scottish champion Anne Laing and youngster
Kylie Walker as well as an international reserve: Sara
SARA BISHOP (Windyhill)
HELEN FAULDS (Douglas Park)
JUDY GALBRAITH (Cowal)
ANNE LAING (Vale of Leven).
FIONA McLEAN (Hilton Park)
LOUISA RUANE (Cardross)
ANNA TELFER (Milngavie)
KYLIE WALKER (Buchanan Castle)
Midlothian Girls Championship
Amanda Edwards of Liberton won the Brown Trophy and the Midlothian
Junior Girls Championship yesterday at Turnhouse with a very
good scratch score of 80, on the better inward half from the
runner-up, Rachael Livingstone of Musselburgh Old.
The Marshall Trophy for the best net score was awarded to
Fiona Bennett of Kingsknowe with an excellent 92 (25) 67.Second
handicap winner was Leigh Kasperek (Merchants of Edinburgh)
with 106 (32) 74. SS 72. CSS 74. Fourteen girls with handicaps
ranging from 5 to 36 played in the competition in a very strong
wind. All the competitors deserved a prize for playing and
completing 18 holes of golf in very testing conditions. see
Perth and Kinross Champion of Champions
Carly Booth battled through awful conditions to become the
P&K 2004 Champion of Champions. With gale force winds
and horizontal rain the elements were not kind to the Club
Champions of P&K on Saturday 11th September, however the
competitors showed great determination and only one NR was
A huge thank you goes to Gleneagles who once again provided
courtesy for this event.
The results were as follows:
Carly Booth (Auchterarder) 79
Sarah Herd (Dunblane) 82
Dawn Butchart (Strathmore) 85
Sally Shepherd (Blairgowrie) 87
Jane Yellowlees (Murrayshall) 88 bih
Janey Heaney (Callander) 88 bih
Fiona Ramsay (Killin) 88 bih
Nicky Harding (Craigiehill) 88
Kathleen Duncan (Pitlochry) 89
The competition was reduction only
EUROPE SET TO RETAIN JUNIOR RYDER CUP
The European youngsters are set to retain the Junior Ryder
Cup in the two-day contest for Under-16 year olds at Westfield
Group Country Club, Westfield Centre in Ohio.
At the end of the first day, the Europeans led by 4 1/2pt
to 1 1/2. As holders they only need to reach the 6pt mark
to keep the junior transatlantic trophy for another two years.
First day results (US names first):
Josh Dupont & Tony Mapu Finau lost to Zack Gould (Wal)
& Lluis Garcia del Moral (Spa) 4 and 2.
Mina Harigae & Jessica Smith lost to Belen Mozo (Spa)
& Carlota Ciganda (Spa) 3 and 1.
Luke Guthrie & Chris DeForest halved with Rory McIlroy
(Ire) & Marius Thorp (Nor).
Angela Oh & Tessa Teachman beat Linn Gustafsson (Swe)
& Carmilla Lennarth (Swe) 2 holes.
Chase Wright & Kyle English lost to Dominic Angkawidjaja
(Aut) & Oliver Fisher (Eng) 3 and 2.
Kelly Fuchik & Anne Ormson lost to Valerie Sternebeck
(Ger) & Florentyna Parker (Eng) 7 and 5.
The match concludes with six mixed four-ball ties.
Sunday 12th September 2004
Prizewimners at the East of Scotland Girls Autumn Meeting
L to R: Rebecca Watson, Sally Watson, Louise Macgregor and
East of Scotland Girls' Autumn Meeting
East of Scotland Girls' Champion, thirteen-year old Sally
Watson (Elie and Earlsferry) continued her winning streak
when she won the Scratch prize at the Autumn Meeting of the
East of Scotland Girls Golfing
Association today (Sunday) at Falkirk Tryst.
Her three over par 74 was three shots better than her fifteen-year
old sister Rebecca, who took the Handicap Prize with a net
71. Vicki Stevenson (Stirling) won the Under 18 Age group
prize with 82 less 7 net 75, and Louise Macgregor (Falkirk
Carmuirs) won the Under 16 Age Group prize with 83 less 9
Scores (SS 71, CSS 71)
74 Sally Watson (Elie and Earlsferry)
77 Rebecca Watson (Elie and Earlsferry)
82 Vicki Stevenson (Stirling)
83 Louise Macgregor (Falkirk Carmuirs)
86 Nicola Melville (Bridge of Allan)
87 Ashleigh Wilton (Ladybank)
89 Claire McLoughlin (Kilspindie)
Northern Counties Girls Team who won today at Nairn Dunbar
GIRLS' HOME WIN OVER NORTH-EAST
Northern Counties beat North-east 6-2 in the inter-area girls'
golf team match at Nairn Dunbar Golf Club on Sunday. It was
the North's first win in the Farquharson Trophy match since
Picture (right): SLGA Girls' Chairman Louise Clark awards
the Farquharson Trophy to Northern Counties Girls Captain
Results (Northern Counties names first):
Eilidh Mackay (Nairn Dunbar) beat Nikki McAuley (Stonehaven)
3 and 2.
Emma Barton (Moray) beat Amy Edgar (Peterculter) 5 and 4.
Kelsey Macdonald (Nairn Dunbar) beat Laura Murray (Alford)
2 and 1.
Ashton Ingram (Fort William) beat Michele Thomson (Ellon)
6 and 4.
Michelle Macdonald (Buckpool) lost to Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth)
6 and 5.
Nadia Green (Nairn) beat Sara Thomson (Murcar) 6 and 5.
Sammy Vass (Tain) beat Fiona Allan (Auchterarder) 4 and 3.
Chloe MacLeod (Nairn Dunbar) lost to Natalie Thomson (Murcar)
4 and 3.
North East Girls Team pictured today at Nairn Dunbar
CARLY AND CRAIG A WINNING PARTNERSHIP
Carly Booth, 12-year-old Perthshire golfing prodigy, teamed
up with Scotland men's international team captain and former
British amateur champion Craig Watson to win the Scottish
mixed foursomes golf title at Stirling Golf Club today (Sunday).
Carly, capped for the Scotland girls team this season, and
Craig dovetailed splendidly to return a 72 and head a field
of 62 couples by one shot from the Selkirk pairing of Scotland
boy international Simon Hislop and Martine Pow, who gained
her first cap for Scotland in last week's women's home internationals.
The son and daughter of former world junior champion and teenage
Curtis Cup player Suzanne Cadden finished runners-up to the
handicap section winners, Douglas and Fiona Hunter (Baberton).
The Hunters totalled 71 _ off 3 _ while the McMahons, playing
out of Cardross, had a net 73 off six and gained the runner-up
handicap prize by having a better inward half than Ken and
Elisabeth Goodwin (Glenbervie).
Former British champion and another past Curtis Cup player,
Alison Rose (Stirling), partnered her husband Martin Davidson
to third place in the handicap section with a net 74 off seven.
SCOTTISH MIXED FOURSOMES - Stirling Golf Club
LEADING FINAL TOTALS
72 Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire) & Carly Booth (Auchterarder).
73 Simon Hislop (Selkirk) & Martine Pow (Selkirk).
74 Graham Allan (Cardross) & Claire Hargan (Prestonfield)
(bih), Ben Genese (Stirling) & Lynn Kenny (Dunblane New).
75 Douglas Hunter (Baberton) & Fiona Hunter (Baberton).
77 Fergus Niven & Roseanne Niven (Crieff).
78 Martin Brown (Monifieth) & Dawn Dewar (Monifieth).
79 David Owens (Kilmacolm) & Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm),
Brian Moore (Largs) & Lesley Hendry (Routenburn), John
McMahon (Cardross) & Suzanne McMahon (Cardross), Ken Goodwin
(Glenbervie) & Elizabeth Goodwin (Glenbervie).
Douglas Hunter (Baberton) & Fiona Hunter (Baberton) (3
1/2) 71 1/2; John McMahon (Cardross) & Suzanne McMahon
(Cardross) (6) (bih); Ken Goodwin (Glenbervie) & Elizabeth
Goodwin (Glenbervie) (6) 73; Martin Davidson (Stirling) &
Alison Davidson (Stirling) (7) (bih) 74.
Saturday 11th September 2004
SENIOR LADIES OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP SPONSORED BY PENNEYS
Seapoint Golf Club
Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th September 2004
A total of 11 countries will be represented in the Irish Senior
Ladies' Open Championship at Seapoint. Scotland's Pamela Williamson
who will be seeking her third victory in a row, will defend
the title. She won last year at Seapoint and County Louth
Mary McKenna was the winner in 2001 and Mary has the distinction
of being one of only two Irish players to have won both the
Irish and British titles. Dr Gerry Costello was a three time
winner of the Irish Championship and won the British in 1985.
Mary won the double in 2001 when she captured the British
Crown at Aberdovey in Wales.
Valerie Hassett was also a winner of the British title in
1996 and was runner-up in the American championship. She finished
second one stroke behind Pamela Williamson last year.
Canada's Diana Williams was second in 2002 and third last
Reigning European champion and last years Spanish champion
Maj Britt Heden from Sweden is also in the draw.
More Irish News
The victorious Irish team will arrive at Dublin Airport at
Friday 10th September 2004
IRISH WHIP SCOTS TO KEEP TITLE
by Colin Faquharson
Ireland thrashed Scotland 7-1 on a weather-hit final day to
retain the women's home amateur internationals championship
at stormy Royal Porthcawl in South Wales today (Friday).
A severe thunderstorm forced the cancellation of the foursomes
programme. When the weather improved slightly, it was decided
to increase the number of singles matches from six to eight
so that every member of all four squads had to play.
This was bad news for the Scots who started the last day in
a marginal lead. Skipper Fiona Anderson was forced to play
her inexperienced teenagers Krystle Caithness (St Regulus)
and Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) who were both beaten.
There were defeats too for the top Scots - Clare Queen, Anne
Laing, Lynn Kenny, Heather MacRae and Martine Pow. The only
winner was Jenna Wilson by 2 holes.
Wales and England drew 4-4 which meant that Scotland finished
with the wooden spoon.
SCOTLAND 1, IRELAND 7
Clare Queen lost to Deirdre Smith 2 and 1.
Anne Laing lost to Tricia Mangan 3 and 1.
Lynn Kenny lost to Sinead O'Sullivan 4 and 2.
Heather MacRae lost to Heather Nolan 2 and 1.
Kylie Walker lost to Helen Jones 7 and 6.
Jenna Wilson beat Maura Morrin 2 holes.
Martine Pow lost to Martina Gillen 2 and 1.
Krystle Caithness lost to Claire Coughlan 5 and 4.
WALES 4, ENGLAND 4.
Anna Highgate lost to Kerry Smith 2 holes.
Breanne Loucks lost to Emma Duggleby 3 and 2.
Lydia Hall beat Julie Ross 1 hole.
Jo Nicolson beat Alex Marshall 2 and 1.
Natalie Evans halved with Naomi Edwards.
Kate Phillips halved with Lisa Ball.
Stephanie Evans beat Faye Sanderson 4 and 2.
Sarah Jones lost to Sophie Walker 2 holes.
HOW THEY FINISHED
1 Ireland Won 2, Lost 1. + 14.5
2 Wales Won 1 Drawn 1 Lost 1 +13.5
3 England Won 1 Drawn 1 Lost 1 +12.5
4 Scotland Won 1 Lost 2 +11.5
Thursday 9th September 2004
All to play for tomorrow!
Scotland narrowly lost to England, and Wales beat Ireland
7/2 in a reversal of fortunes today at Royal Porthcawl.
In the England v Scotland match, the top foursome between
Kerry Smith & Sophie Walker and Lynn Kenny & Clare
Queen was halved, and the other two matches were shared. Going
out first in the singles, Clare Queen beat English Champion,
Kerry Smith, by 2 & 1, and, further down the order, Clare's
foursomes partner, Lynn Kenny polished off Northumbria student
Julie Ross by 5 & 3. Lynn's round included a hole in one
at the 14th. However the other Scots in the team were not
doing so well, and could only muster a half from Anne Laing's
match against Newcastle student Faye Sanderson. The final
result was a win for England by five matches to four.
The Welsh team must have been given a good talking to last
night, as they came outwith all guns blazing and took a clean
sweep of the morning foursomes against the holders, Ireland.
All the singles were tight games, but Wales took the first
three and last, to win by seven matches to two.
Each team has won once and lost once.Scotland have the most
points (10.5). Wales have 9.5, England have 8.5 and Ireland
7.5. Scotland play Ireland tomorrow, and Wales play England.
The overall winner not only has to win as many games as they
can, they also have to rely on the other match finishing closely.
Watch the LGU website for
on line scoring
England 5 Scotland 4 (English Names first)
Foursomes (1.5 / 1.5)
Kerry Smith and Sophie Walker halved with Lynn Kenny and Clare
Emma Duggleby and Naomi Edwards beat Martine Pow and Jenn
Wilson 1 hole
Lisa Ball and Faye Sanderson lost to Anne Laing and Heather
Macrae 2 & 1
Singles (3.5 / 2.5)
Kerry Smith lost to Clare Queen 2 & 1
Emma Duggleby beat Martine Pow 5 & 4
Julie Ross lost to Lynn Kenny 5 & 3
Lisa Ball beat Jenna Wilson 4 & 2
Faye Sanderson halved with Anne Laing
Sophie Walker beat Heather Macrae 4 & 2
Ireland 2 Wales 7 (Irish Names first)
Foursomes (0 / 3)
Tricia Mangan and Martina Gillen lost to Sarah Jones and Anna
Highgate 1 hole
Claire Coughlan and Helen Jones lost to Jo Nicholson and Natalie
Evans 2 holes
Dierdre Smith and Sinead O'Sullivan lost to Kate Phillips
and Breane Loucks 3 & 1
Singles (2 / 4 )
Dierdre Smith lost to Anna Highgate 3 & 1
Maura Morrin lost to Sarah Jones 1 hole
Heather Nolan lost to Breanne Loucks 2 & 1
Tricia Mangan beat Lydia Hall 3 & 2
Martina Gillen beat Kate Phillips 2 & 1
Claire Coughlan lost to Stephanie Evans 1 hole
TEAMS FOR GIRLS' GOLF AT NAIRN DUNBAR
TEAMS chosen for Sunday's inter-area girls' golf match for
the Farquharson Trophy at Nairn Dunbar Golf Club are:
NORTH - Emma Barton (Moray), Nadia Green (Nairn), Ashton Ingram
(Fort William), Michelle MacDonald (Buckpool), Kelsey Macdonald
(Nairn Dunbar), Eilidh Mackay (Nairn Dunbar), Chloe MacLeod
(Nairn Dunbar), Sammy Vass (Tain).
NORTH-EAST - Fiona Allan (Perth & Kinross), Amy Edgar
(Peterculter), Nikki McAuley (Stonehaven), Laura Murray (Alford),
Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon), Natalie Thomson (Murcar),
Sara Thomson (Murcar), Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth).
North-east are the holders of the trophy which this year sees
a slightly different format in the composition of the teams.
At North's suggestion, the eight-strong line-ups consist of
five players with Silver Division handicaps and three with
Bronze Division handicaps.
Wednesday 8th September 2004
Scotland and Ireland take first blood
Scotland had a convincing 6.5 / 2.5 win over Wales on the
first day of the Womens' Home Internationals at Royal Portcawl
today. The Scottish team won two, and halved the third foursome
in the morning, which put them in a comfortable position for
the singles, and with four wins in the afternoon, the Scots,
who were runners-up to Ireland last year, must feel reasonably
confident. In the top match, Anna Highgate, runner-up in the
British Ladies Match play at Gullane in June, beat British
Strokeplay Champion Clare Queen by 4 & 2.
However Ireland have also started strongly. Three wins in
the morning set them up, and although they only won two, and
halved one singles match in the afternoon, it was enough to
come away the winners over England by 5.5 matches to 3.5.
Wales 2.5 Scotland 6.5 (Wales names first)
Sarah Jones and Anna Highgate lost to Lynn Kenny and Clare
Queen 3 & 2
Stephanie Evans and Lydia Hall lost to Martine Pow and Jenna
Wilson 1 up
Kate Phillips and Breanne Loucks halved with Anne Laing and
Anna Highgate beat Clare Queen 4 & 2
Natalie Evans lost to Lynn Kenny 1up
Stephanie Evans lost to Anne Laing 6 & 5
Jo Nicholson beat Krystle Caithness 2 & 1
Kate Phillips lost to Jenna Wilson 5 & 3
Sarah Jones lost to Heather Macrae 1up
Ireland 5.5 England 3.5 (Irish Names first)
Martina Gillen and Tricia Mangan beat Emma Duggleby and Naomi
Edwards 2 & 1
Claire Coughlan and Helen Jones beat Kerry Smith and Lisa
Ball 3 & 2
Maura Morrin and Deirdre Smith beat Sophie Walker and Alex
Marshall 3 & 2
Dierdre Smith lost to Kerry Smith 3 & 1
Claire Coughlan lost to Emma Duggleby 6 & 5
Tricia Mangan beat Julie Ross 3 & 2
Heather Nolan halved with Faye Sanderson
Maura Morrin beat Naomi Edwards 3 & 2
Martina Gillen lost to Sophie Walker 3 & 2
In tomorrow's matches, England play Scotland and Ireland play
Wales. Watch the LGU website
for up to date results
I get upset over a bad shot like anyone else.
But it's silly to let the game get to you. When I miss a shot
I just think what a beautiful day it is. and what pure fresh
air I am breathing. Then I take a deep breath. I have to do
that. That's what gives me the strength to break the club.
- Bob Hope
East of Scotland Championship
The Draw for the East of Scotland Championship to be held
at Ladybank on Sunday 28th September is on the
Tuesday 7th September 2004
East of Scotland Girls' Autumn Meeting
Midlothian Autumn Meeting Prestonfield CSS 75
The Draw for the East of
Scotland Girls' Autumn Meeting at Falkirk Tryst on Sunday
12th September is here
For a full report please see the Midlothian
Scratch - Winner of Lady Ford Cup: Claire Hargan (Prestonfield)
74 2.Fiona de Vries (St Rule) 77
Best Net Overall and Winner of the McIntyre Trophy - Elizabeth
Smith (Murrayfield) 88 (17) 71 (last 6 holes), 2.Marge Gammie
(Ratho Park) 82 (11) 71
Silver Handicap: 1. Linda Lockerbie (Prestonfield) 85
(13) 72, 2. Jennifer Bryans (Harburn) 79 (5) 74 bih
Bronze Scratch - winner Jill Lothian (Liberton) 97
Bronze Handicap - winner Annette Sutherland (Deer Park)
102 (23) 79
2's Claire Hargan (Prestonfield), Emily Paterson (Prestonfield),
Elizabeth Riach (Merchants), Careen Sinclair(Murrayfield)
TULLOCH BUY BRUCEFIELDS FAMILY GOLF CENTRE
Inverness building and facilities management company Tulloch
has expanded its fledgling leisure division by buying Brucefields
Family Golf Centre near Stirling for an undisclosed sum but
understood to be more than £1million.
Brucefields, situated at the junction of the M9 and the M80,
has been bought from a group of investors. It operates two
nine-hole courses, a driving range and coaching facilities
plus a bar and restaurant with a staff of 20 whose jobs have
Tulloch chairman David Sutherland said he had been impressed
by the number of people using the Brucefields facility every
time he visited the centre. The company plan, he said, would
be to market the facility to people in the Stirling area who
did not have the time to play a full round of 18 holes. He
also stressed that the company would continue to expand.
"We are looking for opportunities in the leisure sector throughout
Scotland to develop this division. This can cover anything
from caravan parks to hotels to various facilities of visitor
interest and passive or active leisure use where Tulloch expertise
can inject added value," said Mr Sutherland.
Tulloch, involved in construction, homes and civil engineering,
has already a one-third stake in the Aviemore Highland Visitor
Development, the largest tourism investment in the Highlands.
The company is also beginning a £4.5million project
to convert the Links Hotel, Brora to apartments overlooking
the golf course and the sea.
Northern Vets at Kemnay
SVLGA (Northern Division) played a Stableford at Kemnay yesterday.
Mrs F. Neish, Murcar, (5) 37pts
Mrs M. Robinson, Murcar, (12) 36 pts
Mrs E. Russell, Insch, (16) 36 pts
Mrs E. Barrack, Aberdeen Ladies, (16) 35 pts
Senior Prize: Mrs A. Wildgoose, McDonald, (20) 35 pts
Mrs S. Reid, Murcar, (21) 37 pts
Mrs S. McHardy, Aberdeen Ladies, (21) 32 pts
Mrs H. McIntosh, Murcar, (21) 32 pts
Senior Prize: Mrs M.F. Anderson, Newmachar, (25) 31 pts
ENGLAND WIN SCHOOLS INTERNATIONALS
ENGLAND beat Scotland 10-8 in the schoolboys golf international
match at Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club on Monday.
England also won the schoolgirls' international by 5 1/2-3
The Scottish girls trailed by 2pt after the foursomes with
only the Loretto pairing of Kelly Brotherton and Roseanne
Niven getting half a point with a square match against Hannah
Barwood and Lizzie Brand.
The singles were shared 3-3 with Kelly Brotherton beating
Hannah Barwood 4 and 2 and Carly Booth (Morrisons Academy,
Crieff) triumphing by 2 and 1 over Lizzie Brand.
Amanda Edwards (Boroughmuir High) beat Katie Minney by one
ENGLISH GIRLS 5 1/2, SCOTLAND GIRLS 3 1/2
Foursomes: Hannah Barwood & Lizzie Brand halved with Kelly
Brotherton (Loretto) & Roseanne Niven (Loretto); Laura
Collin & Ami Storey beat Carly Booth (Morrisons Acad,
Crieff) & Clare-Marie Carlton (St Andrew's Acad, Paisley)
6 and 4; Laura Harvey & Katie Minney beat Amanda Edwards
(Boroughmuir High) & Rachel Livingstone (Edinburgh) 5
and 4 (2 1/2-1/2).
Singles: Barwood lost to Brotherton 4 and 2, Brand lost to
Booth 2 and 1, Collin beat Niven 3 and 2, Storey beat Livingstone
3 and 2, Harvey beat Carlton 2 and 1, Minney lost to Edwards
1 hole (3-3).
ENGLAND BOYS 10, SCOTLAND BOYS 8
Foursomes: Stuart Ashwood & Alan Glyn beat Jordan Findlay
(Fraserburgh Acad) & Lewis Kirton (Inverurie Acad) 1 hole;
Chase Davis & Matthew Stockdale beat Chris Bell (St Aidan's
High, Wishaw) & Robbie King (Our Lady's HIgh, Dumbarton)
3 and 2; Steven Capper & Craig Lewis beat Andrew Gordon
(Stranraer Acad) & Graeme Stewart (Lenzie Acad) 6 and
4; Dale Marson & Andrew Sullivan lost to Graeme Molloy
(Coltness High, Wishaw) & Stuart Robin (Prestwick Acad)
6 and 4; Tom Coombes & Karl Shepherd lost to Simon Hislop
(Selkirk High) & Alan McCandlish (Stonelaw High, Rutherglen)
2 and 1; Sam Cullen & Daniel Willet beat Richard Graham
(Balfron High) & Bobby Rushford (Graeme High, Falkirk)
2 holes (4-2).
Singles: Glyn halved with Bell, Stockdale lost to Kirton8
and 6, Cappaer lost to Gordon 1 hole, Dvis beat Robin 1 hole,
Coombes beat McCandlish 1 hole, Cullen beat Graham 3 and 2,
Ashwood lost to Findlay 3 and 1, Lewis lost to King 5 and
4, Sullivan beat Stewart 2 and 1, Marson lost to Molloy 2
and 1, Shepherd halved with Hislop, Willet beat Rushford 4
and 3 (6-6).
LGU Press Release
A TRUE NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP IN A TRULY INTERNATIONAL SETTING
The course is ready, the scene is set and the players are
about to enter into one of the biggest experiences of their
lives on one of the World’s great sporting arenas. The
nerves will be jangling and the caddies will be on hand with
keen advice. No, this is not the Ryder Cup but for those taking
part this is certainly on a par.The Grand Final of the Health
Perception Ladies’ Championship of Great Britain &
Ireland will tee off at the famous Wentworth Golf Club in
Surrey for the second running of this prestigious Final on
September 28th. Just 16 players from all parts of Great Britain
& Ireland will do battle over the West Course to determine
the final victor of this national championship for lady golfers
and this is the only championship of its kind to include the
whole of Ireland as well as Great Britain. The Grand Final
is the culmination of over 24,000 players competing at their
home clubs to qualify for 16 Regional Finals that took place
throughout the months of June and July and visited all parts
of Great Britain and Ireland. Courses included the Walker
Cup venue of Nairn Golf Club, the Irish Open Qualifying venue
of Forrest Little Golf Club and The Open Championship qualifying
venue of Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire. Each finalist
will represent themselves, their clubs and their respective
areas of the country, which puts an immense amount of pressure
on these amateur golfers.
The details of Finalists are below:
Qualifying Regional Venue, Name, Home Club, Home Area
Bedale, Hannah Batty, Pike Hills GC, Nr Tadcaster, Yorks
Forrest Little, Evelyn Dunne, Rathdowney GC, Thurles, Co.
Eastbourne, Anne Eades, Marriott Tudor Park, Lenham, Sussex
Bedfordshire, Karen Eastwood, Henley in Arden GC, Birmingham
Wollaton Park, Pat Exton, Phoenix GC, Rother Valley, Sheffield
Southerndown, Natasha Gobey, Rhondda Golf Club, Rhondda-cyfon-Taff
Trentham, Helen Griffin, Droitwich Golf & Country Club,
Portal, Moira Jones, Rhuddlan Golf Club, Afonwen, Mold, N.
Orchardleigh, Debbie Knight, Knighton Heath GC, Bournemouth
Westerwood, Della Lansley, Crowwood Golf Club, Glasgow
Hertfordshire, Emma Lau, Pinner Hill Golf Club, Middlesex
Crail, Pat Lockhart, Kirkcaldy Golf Club, Kirkcaldy, Fife
Burhill, Elizabeth Martinez-Grey, High Elms GC, Kent
Tavistock, Kate McAlpine-Smith, Wellow Golf Club, Southampton
Nairn, Jenny Milne, Elgin Golf Club, Moray
Malone, Claire Patterson, Royal County Down Golf Club, Holywood,
Each of these ladies are set for an experience of a lifetime
with the winner also receiving an invitation to compete in
the Pro-Am at the Weetabix Women’s British Open at Royal
Birkdale in 2005. The first Championship took place in 2003
and was won by Heather Neale of the Cowes Golf Club, who works
in Beckenham, Kent. She will be soon returning the Perpetual
trophy to stand in the trophy cabinet of another golf club,
a trophy presented to her by England Rugby Captain, Lawrence
Dallaglio, and Health Perception Managing Director, Olympic
Gold Medallist David Wilkie. A replica will forever remain
in her home and that day in her memory.
The event sponsors, Health Perception are the market leaders
in the glucosamine health supplement market. Based in Sandhurst
in Berkshire, the Company Managing Director is multiple Olympic
swimming medallist, David Wilkie MBE.
News from the Aussie Tour
Gillian Roy, until recently the Tournament Secretary of the
SLGA, has sent this
report of her travels in Australia.
Monday 6th September 2004
The US College Golf season has started once again, and I'm
delighted to report a win with the firrst story.....
Louise Kenney wins Notre Dame Invitational
Scottish International player Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), pictured
right, took Individual Medallist honours, and led her Iowa
State team to victory in the Notre Dame Invitational at the
Warren Golf Course, Indiana at the weekend. Louise scored
an even par total of 216 (71,73,72) and won by five shots
from Kim Welch (Washington State) and Karen Lotta (Notre Dame).
The full story is on the Iowa
Further info on the Vikki Laing story
I know we are all delighted that Vikki has broken her duck
on the LPGA tour, and I'm sure that she will go on to even
greater things in the very near future!
Fiona Playfair has had an email from Vikki, Fiona says "she
sent one after the 3rd round saying she had been bitten on
the right hand by a bug and it had really puffed up "like
a catchers mitt" was her description so had to get cream and
pills and ice packs to reduce the swelling.
"She said it came down enough to play the final round but
she couldn't hit the ball as well as the 3rd round day but
she is happy to have made the cut and finish fairly well up
the final field."
Vikki's last round 73 was very creditable under the circumstances.
Well done Vikki!
Another Junior wins her Senior Club Championship
Fourteen year old Hannah Harvey won the Lundin Ladies Championship
on Sunday 5 September. She chipped in for a 2 at the last
hole to beat Joan Blythe. Well done Hannah!
Vikki Laing tied for 53rd
Vikki Laing finished tied for 53rd place in her second LPGA
tournament - the State Farm Classic at Springfield, Illinois
- and the first in which she has made it through to the last
The San Franciso-based 23-year-old from Musselburgh shoit
a final round of 73 after earlier efforts of 73, 70 and 68
for a four-under-par total of 284 - 16 shots behind tournament
winner Cristie Kerr whose 24-under-par tally was one of the
lowest of the season.
Vikki failed to birdie any of the inward holes in her third
and fourth rounds. Her bogeys at the 12th and 18th in that
closing round of one-over-par cost her quite a few dollars.
(US unless stated)
264 Cristie Kerr 69 63 63 69.
265 Christina Kim 62 66 71 66.
270 Mi Hyun Kim 68 69 66 67.
278 Karen Stupples (Eng) 72 67 69 70.
279 Laura Davies (Eng) 71 72 67 69.
279 Kathryn Marshall (Sco) 69 73 66 71.
284 Vikki Laing (Sco) 73 70 68 73.
286 Karen DAvies (Wal) 70 71 72 73.
288 Johanna Head (Eng) 70 72 73 73.
Sunday 5th September 2004
Handicap and Scratch prize-winners in the Girls Platform 2
with sponsor's representative Eric Lindsay
AND LAURA WIN TOP PRIZES AT BRECHIN
Downfield's junior champion Ross Bell and Laura Murray from
Alford (pictured right) won the individual boys' and girls'
titles at the inaugural Platform 2 junior championships (formerly
sponsored by Grampian Television) at Brechin Golf Club yesterday
Ross, a 16-year-old one-handicapper who also holds the Angus
junior stroke-play championship, had scores of 71 and 73 for
an aggregate of 144, winning by two shots from Philip McLean
(Peterhead) who had the best score of the day - a 69 in the
Dean Yeats (Newmachar), beaten finalist in the BP Scottish
boys' championship in April, also totalled 146 but McLean
was placed second by virtue of his better second round. Laura
Murray had change of luck at Brechin - seven days after she
was beaten in a play-off for the North of Scotland girls'
title at Inchmarlo.
Laura, 16, parred the last three holes for victory in the
girls' event with a round of 79, heading a field of 31 by
one shot from 13-year-old Kelsey Macdonald (Nairn Dunbar)
who bogeyed the 15th and 18th , and by two strokes from Michele
Thomson (McDonald Ellon) who had a double bogey at the eighth
and bogeys at the 14th and 16th in her 81.
Laura Falconer (Monifieth) had the best girls' net score of
70 off a handicap of 31 after card countback against two other
players on the net 70 mark - Ashley Smith (Kirriemuir) (18)
and Lauren MacCallum (McDonald Ellon).
PLATFORM 2 JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Brechin Golf Club
144 R Bell (Downfield) 71 73.
146 P McLean (Peterhead) 77 69, D Yeats (Newmachar) 72 74.
147 K Truscott (Newmachar) 76 71.
148 M Spence (Newmachar) 76 72.
151 S Baxter (Downfield) 77 74, C Storrier (Downfield) 75
152 K Duncan (McDonald Ellon) 75 77.
153 D Watson (Peterhead) 78 75, M Watson (Elgin) 74 79.
154 G Watson (Downfield) 75 79.
155 L Sang (Aboyne) 74 81, R McKen (Newburgh) 80 76, C Cowie
(Strathlene) 75 80, W Bremner (Edzell) 79 76, J Foley (Forres)
156 K Spence (Newmachar) 79 77.
158 L Davidson (Brechin) 79 79.
159 J Gardiner (Montrose Mercantile) 81 78, A Weir (Montrose
Mercantile) 83 76, C Baron (Oldmeldrum) 80 79.
160 T Mitchell (Longside) 84 76.
161 S Neillie (Downfield) 82 79.
162 J Byrne (Banchory) 80 82.
165 A Lindsay (Banchory) 84 81.
166 I McMillan (Monifieth) 81 85.
168 K Harper (Carnoustie) 83 85, R Young (Nigg Bay) 86 82.
169 L Barbour (Peterhead) 83 86.
171 M Thomson (Grange-Dundee) 81 90.
NRs Garry Cox (Balumbie Castle) 78 NR, J Walkden (Royal Montrose)
LEADING TOTALS (CSS 72)
79 L Murray (Alford).
80 K Macdonald (Nairn Dunbar).
81 M Thomson (McDonald Ellon).
82 K McNicoll (Carnoustie Ladies).
83 A Ingram (Fort William), L Falconer (Monifieth).
84 F Blair (Monifieth), S Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies).
85 L MacCallum (McDonald Ellon).
87 R Wilson (Monifieth).
88 A Smith (Kirriemuir).
90 S Leslie (Westhill), M Macdonald (Buckpool).
92 S Vass (Tain), H Thomson (Newmachar), L Gilmour (Strathmore).
96 M Johnstone (Northern), A Niven (Crieff).
97 N Thomson (Murcar), J Jones (McDonald Ellon), L Johnston
98 J Pryde (Monifieth).
100 L Hunter (Monifieth).
102 A Edgar (Peterculter).
103 L Smith (Kirriemuir).
104 C Macleod (Nairn Dunbar), E Franks (Ballater), F Stewart
106 L Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies).
111 L Fowler (Banchory).
112 H Peebles (Monifieth).
Leading handicap: L Falconer (Monifieth) (13) (bih), A Smith
(Kirriemuir) (18) (bih), L MacCallum (McDonald Ellon) (15)
70; S Vass (Tain) (21) 71; L Smith (Kirriemuir) (31), L Hunter
(Monifieth) (28), H Thomson (Newmachar) (20) 72.
Noreen Fenton and Liz Stewart after the prizegiving of the
Midlothian Champion of Champions
Champions of Champions
Liz Stewart of Greenburn, pictured right, was a convincing
winner of the Midlothian Champion of Champions today at Royal
Burgess. In calm but overcast conditions she beat 2001 winner,
Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) by six and five.
Liz was one over fours when the game finished at the 13th,
and played very steady golf.
Liz quickly became two up after pars at the first and second,
and although Noreen visited bunkers at the third and fifth,
the score-line remained at two until the short eighth, where
Noreen caught the rough, her chip on was too strong and she
missed the return. Liz went four up at the turn when Noreen
landed in another greenside bunker with her approach.
They halved the 362 yard 10th in fours. Noreen's drive at
the 11th found the rough and she had a bank of trees between
herself and the hole, which made it difficult to reach the
green. Her shot caught the trees and she was forced to take
three to get on. It was here that Liz made her only mistake
of the round when she missed the green to the left, but she
made up for it with a excellent pitch and putt to still win
The two finalists halved the 12th with textbook fours, and
Liz put her tee shot to the 183 yard 13th on the front apron.
Noreen, going for the pin, just caught the bunker on the front
right and could do no better than a bogey four. Liz made sure
of the Championship with two putts.
Liz plays off five at Greenburn. In her younger days she played
volleyball and football for Scotland. She had a spell away
from the game but has recently returned to golf with renewed
Noreen, a Junior Internationalist in her youth, was recently
picked for Scotland's Senior International Team for the second
VIKKI CLIMBS THE LPGA SCOREBOARD
Vikki Laing started the third round in joint last place of
the 84 halfway qualifiers but three birdies and an eagle over
the last six holes hoisted her up into a tie for 46th place
with 18 holes to play in the State Farm Classic at Springfield,
Playing in only her second LPGA Tour event, and the first
in which she has made it through to the last two rounds, Vikki
added a four-under-par 68 to earlier rounds of 73 and 70 for
a five-under-par 54-hole tally of 211.
Kathryn Marshall from Broughty Ferry scored 69, 73 and 66
to be in joint 38th place on 2o8.
Cristie Kerr took over the lead in a low-scoring tournament
with back-to-back 63s for a 21-under-par total of 195 - four
ahead of the earlier leader and fellow Americn Cristie Kerr.
195 Cristie Kerr (US) 69 63 63.
199 Christina Kim (US) 62 66 71.
201 Jennifer Rosales (Phi) 68 65 68.
208 Kathryn Marshall (Sco) 69 73 66, Karen Stupples (Eng)
72 67 69.
210 Laura Davies (Eng) 71 72 67.
211 Vikki Laing (Sco) 73 70 68.
215 Johannan Head (Eng) 70 72 73.
Get your Solheim Tickets Now
For the first time ever, tickets for The Solheim Cup, the
most prestigious team event in women's professional golf,
will be distributed via a random drawing. The number of tickets
for the 2005 event, Sept. 6-11, at Crooked Stick Golf Club
in Carmel, Ind., will be limited to maximize spectators' viewing
enjoyment. This comes on the heels of the immensely successful
2003 Solheim Cup in Malmo, Sweden, which was sold out with
nearly 100,000 spectators in attendance throughout the week.
Saturday 4th September 2004
Anne Walker from Strathaven went out to States as
a student, and stayed on to become assistant coach of
University of California, Berkeley. She writes :-
I am the assistant golf coach with the University
of California, Berkeley. Located seven miles from downtown
San Francisco we enjoy year round great weather. We
have access to seven private country clubs all within
30 minutes, enjoy wonderful strength and conditioning
facilities, travel around the US during the academic
year playing in the top collegiate tournaments and on
top of it all the University of California is the #1
public university in the nation. The University of California,
known as Cal around the world, is a wonderful place
for any student athlete wishing to pursue both their
sport and a degree at the same time.
Over the last few years our women's golf program has
been consistently ranked among the top in the nation.
This year we finished ranked third in the country and
finished fourth at the national championship. Senior
Sarah Huarte won the individual championship with a
72 hole total of ten under par. We have had three European
players come through the program, most recently Curtis
Cup player Vikki Laing (2002) and British Ladies' quarter
finalist Sofie Andersson. Sofie is from Sweden and has
very much enjoyed her experience here. We have three
players representing their countries in the world amateur.
Cal fits well with international players.
We are interested in recruiting a player from Great
Britain for either January 2005 or August 2005. We are
looking for a player who can play for the team in their
first year, keeping their scores consistently below
75. If you are interested or know of anyone who may
be, please send the following information:
Name, Address & E-mail Address
High School Graduation Date
Handicap (Consistently scoring below 75 or handicap
better than 2)
Please send the info to:
Head Coach, Nancy McDaniel
3rd Floor Strawberry Canyon Center
Berkeley, CA 94720
001 510 643 7940
After receiving your information we will contact you
and begin correspondence.
NOTE: If you already attend university you are ineligible
for college golf in the United States, unless you have
completed two years. In addition, if you would like
to begin college in January 2005 you are not able to
attend university in Britain this fall.
We hope to hear from you soon.
Borders announce their team
The Borders team for the County Finals at Nairn Dunbar from
September 17-19 is as follows
Judith Anderson, Hawick
Julie Birdsall-White, The Roxburghe
Sheila Cuthbertson, Peebles
Emma Fairnie, Minto
Kirsty Inkpen, Duns
Sharon Paterson, Kelso
Martine Pow, Selkirk
Wendy Wells, Peebles
All Ireland Senior Cup Finals
Athlone Golf Club, 3rd – 4th September 2004
Draw for Final – Saturday 4th September
Royal Portrush –v- Kilkenny (Royal Portrush names
14:00 Helen Jones –v- Eileen Rose Power
14:09 Gemma Hegarty –v- Mary Dowling
14:18 Naoimh Quigg –v- Ruth Lennon
14:27 Maura Diamond –v- Ann Smee
14:36 Caroline Smyth –v- Evelyn Crotty
Result Semi Final - Saturday 4th September
Co. Louth 1.5 Royal Portrush 3.5 (Co. Louth names first)
Deirdre Smith beat Helen Jones 3 & 2
Maria Dunne lost to Gemma Hegarty 3 & 2
Jennifer Gannon halved with Naoimh Quigg
Susan Mullaney lost to Maura Diamond 2up
Jackie Quinn lost to Caroline Smyth 4 & 2
Kilkenny 3 Killarney 2 (Kilkenny names first)
Eileen Rose Power beat Tracey Eakin
Mary Dowling lost to Mary Sheehy 1up
Ruth Lennon beat Margaret Hayes 5 & 4
Mary Leahy lost to Joanne Cronin 4 & 3
Evelyn Crotty beat Deirdre Prendergast 2 & 1
Results Friday 3rd September (Playoff for Semi Finals)
Royal Portrush 3.5 Roscommon 1.5
Helen Jones beat Deirdre Walsh 2 & 1
Gemma Hegarty lost to Sinead Benedetti 2up
Naoimh Quigg beat Deirdre Judge 4 & 2
Maura Diamond beat Paula Quinn 8 & 7
Caroline Smyth halved with Mary Seymour
VIKKI LAING MAKES FIRST LPGA CUT
LPGA Tour rookie Vikki Laing has made her first cut in only
her second tournament on the world's No 1 female pro golf
circuit. The former Curtis Cup player and past Scottish girls
champion did it with nothing to spare in the State Farm Classic
at The Rail Course, Springfield in Illinois (Friday, USA time),
shooting a two-under-par second-round 70 for one-under 36-hole
tally of 143.
That was the limit mark for 84 players who qualified for the
The San Francisco-based 23-year-old from Musselburgh is 15
strokes behind four-shot leader Christina Kim from California.
Christina is 16 under par after rounds of 62 and 66.
Kathryn Marshall from Broughty Ferry also qualified after
rounds of 69 and 73 for 142.
Laura Davies (71 and 72) is on the same mark as Vikki Laing
who was rock solid over the last 10 holes, parring each one
after birdies at the third, fourth and eighth and a bogey
at the seventh.
Her driving improved considerably in the second round over
the 6,403yd, par-72 course. Averaging 254yd off the tee, the
Scot hit 11 fairways, seven more than on the opening day.
She required only 30 putts, one fewer than on Thursday and
she hit roughly the same amount of greens in regulation, 15
compared with 14 in the first round.
Vikki came through last year's LPGA Qualifying School with
non-exempt status which means, in effect, that she is so far
down the pecking order in the entry list that she gets into
only the "minor" events which are not popular with the mainstream
Earlier in the summer she managed to squeeze into her first
LPGA event but failed by one shot to make the cut. She has
been first reserve on one or two occasions without being called
Unless she were to win a significant sum before the end of
the season, the Scot will have to return to the Qualifying
School in an attempt to win a full player's card.
(Players from US unless stated)
129 Christina Kim 62 66.
132 Cristie Kerr 69 63.
133 Jennifer Rosales (Phi) 68 65.
134 Suzann Pettersen (Nor) 67 67.
Other scores included:
139 Karen Stupples (Eng) 72 67.
141 Karen Davies (Wal) 70 71.
142 Joahanna Head (Eng) 70 72, Kathryn Marshall (Sco) 69 73.
143 Vikki Laing (Sco) 73 70, Laura Davies 71 72.
Did not qualify
145 Joanne Morley (Eng) 72 73.
152 Lisa Hall (Eng) 75 76.
Course Record at Liberton
Congratulations to Robert Jack of Liberton, who has regained
the Liberton course record with a 61 in a recent 36 hole stroke
competition at the club, which he won with scores of 61 and
I'm back! Many thanks to Colin for keeping the site going
in my absence. I've transferred the Hot News reports onto
this page. Just don't look too closely at the Southerness
scores.. well.... it was very windy!!!
In the battle of the Webmasters, Renfrewshire's Carol Fell
just got the better of me. Look at ClubNews on the Renfrewshire
website for a West slant to the tournament.
Friday 3rd September 2004
Prizewinners and officials at Southerness
Back Row L to R: Southerness Mens' Captain, Anna Telfer (Milngavie),
Moira Thomson (North Berwick)
Front Row L to R: Nancy Chisholm (SLGA President) Noreen Fenton
(Merchants of Edinburgh) Southerness Ladies' Captain, Kathleen
Sutherland (Royal Montrose) and Rose Anderson (Huntly)
KATHLEEN WINS SENIORS TITLE ON DEBUT
Montrose player Kathleen Sutherland, pictured right, making
her debut in the over-50s tournament, won the Scottish senior
women's championship over the windswept Southerness Golf Club
links near Dumfries on Friday.
Overnight leader Kathleen, the Angus county captain from Broughty
Ferry, added an 80 in the testing conditions to her first-day
76 for an aggregate of 156 to win by four strokes from Anna
Telfer (Milngavie) who had an 81 for 160.
Former Scottish veterans champion Rose Anderson (Huntly) and
Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) both had the same aggregate
of 161. Third prize went to Rose on the better second round
- a 79 to Noreen's 82.
Vivienne Harper (Deeside) had the best net aggregate of 153
off a handicap of 11 after a countback.
Defending champion Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) had
a 9 at the 16th in her second round - and then finished birdie-birdie
for an 89 and an aggregate of 171.
So strong was the wind that in terms of a CSS for handicaps,
it was non-counting.
Miss Sutherland's additional reward for winning the title
was a place in the Scotland team of six for the Senior women's
home internationals at Kilkeel Golf Club, County Down from
October 5 to 7.
The full team is:Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee),
Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh), Kathleen Sutherland
(Royal Montrose), Moira Thomson (North Berwick), Pamela Williamson
Reserves: 1 Anna Telfer (Milngavie), 2 Rose Anderson (Huntly),
3 Emma Wilson (Elie & Earlsferry), 4 Ann Smart (Banchory).
SCOTTISH SENIOR WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Southerness Golf Club.
FINAL TOTALS (Par 73, CSS Thursday: 75, Friday: Non-counting)
156 Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose) 76 80.
160 Anna Telfer (Milngavie) 79 81.
161 Rose Anderson (Huntly) 82 79, Noreen Fenton (Merchants
of Edinburgh) 79 82.
164 Moira Thomson (North Berwick) 80 84.
165 Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) 82 83, Emma Wilson (Elie &
Earlsferry) 81 84, Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) 79 86, Heather
Anderson (Troon Ladies) 78 87.
167 Isobel Harvey (St Rule) 82 85.
168 Ruth Brown (Lothianburn) 82 86, Marian Wilson (Stranraer)
80 88, Pamela Williamson (Baberton) 80 88.
169 Frances Neish (Murcar) 83 86, Pat Wilson (Murcar) 82 87,
Shelagh Quinn (Stirling) 82 87, Ann Smart (Banchory) 79 90.
171 Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) 82 89.
172 Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) 88 84, Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee)
173 Rita Dee (Kingsknowe) 84 89.
174 Stella Hodge (Aberdeen Ladies) 86 88, Nancy Duncan (Brechin)
175 Vivienne Harper (Deeside) 86 89.
176 Margaret McGregor (Dumfries & Co) 92 84, Jean Brydson
(Castle Douglas) 84 92.
177 Margaret Hill (Powfoot) 84 93.
179 Ann Moffat (St Regulus) 90 89, Carol Whicher (Aberdeen
Ladies) 88 91, Sheila Travers (Alloa) 83 96.
180 Pat McGunnigle (Banchory) 89 91, Helen Faulds (Douglas
Park) 88 92, Jean Lambert (Southerness) 86 94.
181 Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle) 88 93.
182 Judy Slater (Aboyne) 92 90, Eleanor Fisken (Nairn) 92
183 Elizabeth Munro (Moray) 92 91.
184 Sally Coster (Hilton Park) 92 92.
185 Jean Bald (Aberdour) 91 94, Pamela Twinn (Aberdeen Ladies)
186 Margaret Mowat (Troon Ladies) 90 96.
187 Anne Athol (Southerness) 99 88, Margaret Beattie (Thornhill)
189 Doris Dunn (Dunblane New) 97 92, Pam Gordon (Inverness)
190 Gillian Kirkwood (Broomieknowe) 96 94, Helen MacGregor
(Hilton Park) 93 97.
191 Pam Nicoll (Banchory) 90 101.
192 Beth Duncan (Banchory) 96 96, Elinor Grant (Douglas Park)
95 97, Jenny Wheeler (Aberdeen Ladies) 95 97, Marion Donald
(Aberdeen Ladies) 94 98.
193 Fiona Roger (Ranfurly Castle) 94 99.
197 Gillian Glen (Craigmillar Park) 97 100, Sheena McLennan
(Nairn Dunbar) 95 102, Joy Robertson (Lundin Ladies) 92 105.
198 Ella Walker (Troon Ladies) 101 97, Morag Laycock (Lees
Hall) 96 102, Sally Huntley (Wigtown & Bladnoch) 94 104.
199 Anne Stalker (Aberdeen Ladies) 99 100, Mairi Orr (Tain)
206 Gwynneth Haines (St Regulus) 104 102.
210 Pamela Moscati (Royal Dornoch) 102 108.
212 Kay Jarvie (Auchterarder) 101 111.
214 Maureen MacRae (Dunblane New) 117 97, Liz Webster (Aberdeen
Ladies) 106 106, Anne Hood (Dunblane New) 101 113.
219 Pat Nile (Banchory) 113 106.
Additional prizes outwith main prize list (a competitor may
win only one prize).
Over-50 scratch aggregate: Moira Thomson (North Berwick) 164
Over-60 scratch aggregate: Heather Anderson (Troon Ladies)
165 (78 87).
Best net aggregate: Vivienne Harper (Deeside) (11) 153 (75
Best net second round: Anne Athol (Southerness) (12) 76 (bih).
Best net first round: Marian Wilson (Stranraer) (8) 72
CRUSH HAMPSHIRE TO WIN TITLE
Yorkshire won the English Ladies Golfing Association county
finals on points after finishing the three-day programme with
a crushing 8-1 win over Hampshire.
All four counties started the final day with one win and one
defeat to their credit.
Glamorgan, who had beaten Yorkshire 5-4 on the second day,
signed off with a 6-3 win over Warwickshire, which gave them
13 game points compared with Yorkshire's 17pt.
Outstanding player for Yorkshire was Cheryl Smith with six
wins out of six, closely followed by Rachel Bell and Michelle
Smith, each with 4pt out of five.
Emma Duggleby, so often the mainstay of Yorkshire efforts
in the past, was not at her best this week. She was not fielded
in the final day foursomes or singles after taking only one
point from four matches over Wednesday and Thursday.
For Glamorgan, who were runners-up for the second year in
a row, Curtis Cup player Anna Highgate was the top performer
with five wins from six outings.
Katie Thompson, only 13 years old, made her debut for Hampshire
in the final match against Yorkshire. She was three down at
one stage but showed great promise for the future by taking
her match to the last green before admitting defeat.
GLAMORGAN 6, WARWICKSHIRE 3
Anna Highgate & Lydia Hall beat Anne Parry & Hannah
Coles 7 and 6.
Lucy Gould & Denise Richards beat Marsha Button &
Claire Howells 6 and 4.
Sahra Hassn & Amy Rees lost Felicity Johnson & Lisa
Barton 4 and 3.
Highgate beat Claire Dowling 4 and 2.
Hall beat Tracy Atkin 3 and 2.
Hassan beat Johnson at 19th.
Rees lost to Howells 3 and 1.
Gould beat Parry at 19th.
Vicki Thomas lost to Barton 2 and 1.
HAMPSHIRE 1, YORKSHIRE 8
Kerry Smith & Sarah White lost to Rachel Bell & Kiran
Matharu 3 and 2.
Natalie Booth & Layla Ahmed lost to Cheryl Smith &
Michelle Smith 5 and 3.
Chris Quinn & Jenny Deeley lost to Naomi Edwards &
Rachael Lomas 2 and 1.
K Smith lost to Edwards 6 and 5.
Booth beat Bell 3 and 2.
Quinn lost to Matharu 2 holes.
Katie Thompson lost to C Smith 1 hole.
Tracey Boyes lost to M Smith 2 and 1.
Deeley lost to Lomas 6 and 5.
1 Yorkshire 2 wins, 1 defeat (17pt)
2 Glamorgan 2 wins, 1 defeat (13pt)
3 Warwickshire 1 win, 2 defeats (12pt)
Hampshire 1 win, 2 defeats (12pt)
NO PAY FOR SWELTERING SUSIE
San Francisco-based Susie Laing from Troon finished out of
the money in the latest West Coast Ladies Golf Tour event,
the Vistal Classic at Vistal Golf Club, Phoenix in Arizona.
In temperatures touching 110 degrees, Susie had rounds of
79, 76 and 80 for a 54-hole total of 235 for tied 32nd place
behind five-times tour winner Alena Sharp from Hamilton, Ontario.
Alena scored six-under-par 65 (a course record), 75 and 70
for a three-under-par total of 210 and a six-stroke win from
Nicole Cutler from Colorado and Jennifer Perri from Minnesota.
First prize was $ 3,400.
Lisa Meredith-Seary from Reading finished tied 11th on 221
to earn $680 and Jo Clingan from Gloucester, like Susie Laing,
was outside the money in joint 28th place on 232.
FINAL TOTALS (Par 71)
210 Alena Sharp (Canada) 65 75 70.
216 Nicole Cutler (US) 70 74 72, Jennifer Perri (US) 74 76
217 Louise Friberg (Sweden) 69 74 74.
Other totals:221 Lisa Meredith-Seary (England) 77 74 70.
232 Jo Clingan (England) 77 79 76.
235 Susie Laing (Scotland) 79 76 80.
ONE OVER PAR BUT TIED FOR 89TH
Former Curtis Cup player Vikki Laing from Musselburgh shot
a one-over-par 73 in the first round of the State Farm Classic
at Springfield, Illinois.
This is only the second LPGA tournament she has been able
to get into in her rookie season as a pro.
Lack of competitive play showed most in the San Francisco-based
Scot's driving. She hit only four fairways - average drive
256yd - but recovered well enough to make 14 of the greens
Vikki had only 31 putts as she birdied the second, fourth
and eighth but bogeyed the third, fifth, 12th and 18th.
So high is the standard on the world's No 1 female pro tour
that Vikki is back in a tie for 89th place and will need to
shoot under par in the second round to survive the halfway
She failed by one shot to make the last two rounds in her
LPGA debut earlier in the season.
62 Christina Kim.
64 Mikaela Parmlid.
65 Laura Diaz.
69 Lindsey Wright, Kathryn Marshall.
70 Laura Davies.
72 Becky Morgan, Karen Stupples.
73 Joanne Morley, Vikki Laing.
Thursday 2nd September 2004
KATHLEEN SUTHERLAND LEADS AT SOUTHERNESS
ANGUS women's county golf captain Kathleen Sutherland (Royal
Montrose) took a two-stroke halfway lead in the Scottish senior
women's championship over the Southerness Golf Club links
on the shores of the Solway Firth on Thursday with a round
That represented a good score in very windy conditions, periodically
laced with rain, pushing the standard scratch score up by
two shots from 73 to 75.
Miss Sutherland, who lives at Broughty Ferry and has won the
Angus title several times, said she did "nothing spectacular,
just played the ball from A to B to C."
Her closest rival at the start of Friday's second and final
round is Heather Anderson (Troon Ladies), Scottish women's
amateur champion in 1969 at West Kilbride and still a marvellous
competitor in her 70s.
Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park), winner of the title at
Ballater 12 months ago, is lying joint 12th on 82.
SCOTTISH SENIOR WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPSoutherness Golf Club,
FIRST ROUND SCORES (SS 73, CSS 75)
76 Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose).
78 Heather Anderson (Troon Ladies).
79 Anna Telfer (Milngavie), Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh),
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), Ann Smart (Banchory).
80 Marian Wilson (Stranraer), Moira Thomson (North Berwick),
Pamela Williamson (Baberton).
81 Emma Wilson (Elie & Earlsferry), Elizabeth Campbell
82 Ruth Brown (Lothianburn), Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay), Rose
Anderson (Huntly), Isobel Harvey (St Rule), Shelagh Quinn
(Stirling), Pat Wilson (Murcar), Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar
83 Nancy Duncan (Brechin), Sheila Travers (Alloa), Frances
84 Anne Prentice (Bothwell Castle), Jean Brydson (Castle Douglas),
Margaret Hill (Powfoot), Rita Dee (Kingsknowe).
86 Stella Hodge (Aberdeen Ladies), Jean Lambert (Southerness),
Vivienne Harper (Deeside).
88 Carol Whicher (Aberdeen Ladies), Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle),
Helen Faulds (Douglas Park), Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle),
Ros Dunsmuir (Cruden Bay).
89 Pat McGunnigle (Banchory).
90 Pamela Twinn (Aberdeen Ladies), Ann Moffat (St Regulus),
Margaret Mowat (Troon Ladies), Midge Miller (Aberdeen Ladies),
Pam Nicoll (Banchory).
91 Jean Bald (Aberdour).
92 Margaret McGregor (Dumfries & Co), Sally Coster (Hilton
Park), Elizabeth Munro (Moray), Eleanor Fisken (Nairn), Judly
Slater (Aboyne), Joy Robertson (Lundin Ladies).
93 Helen MacGregor (Hilton Park).
94 Sally Huntley (Wigton & Bladnoch), Marion Donald (Aberdeen
95 Jenny Wheeler (Aberdeen Ladies), Pam Gordon (Inverness),
Margaret Beattie (Thornhill), Elinor Grant (Douglas Park),
Sheena McLennan (Nairn Dunbar).
96 Beth Duncan (Banchory), Morag Laycock (Lees Hall), Gillian
Kirkwood (Broomieknowe), Sheila Reid (Aberdeen Ladies).
97 Gillian Glen (Craigmillar Park),. Doris Dunn (Dunblane
99 Anne Athol (Southerness), Mairi Orr (Tain), Anne Stalker
CURTIS CUP TRIO WILL START FAVOURITES
The United States Golf Association have named three of their
Curtis Cup-winning team to represent the country in the women's
world amateur team championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy
at the Rio Mar Country Club, Rio Grande in Puerto Rico, starting
on October 20.
With an average of 19 years, the American team is not only
one of the youngest in the line-up, t they will also start
favourites to win the title.
The three, all from California, are:
PAUL CREAMER from Pleasanton.
SARAH HUARTE of Shingle Springs.
JANE PARK of Rancho Cucamonga.
Creamer, Huarte and Park were all members of the U.S. Curtis
Cup squad that won the 2004 Match at Formby Golf Club in Merseyside,
England. Creamer and Park also teamed to win the 2003 Spirit
The four-day, stroke-play event will feature 51 teams from
around the world,
ANYBODY’S TITLE ON LAST DAY AT HIGH POST
There is everything to play for on the final day of the English
women’s county championship finals at High Post Golf
Warwickshire, Hampshire, Glamorgan and Yorkshire each have
one victory and one defeat to their credit following Thursday’s
results which were:
Warwickshire 5, Hampshire 4 and Glamorgan 5, Yorkshire 4.
On Wednesday, the results were:
Glamorgan 2, Hampshire 7 and Warwickshire 4, Yorkshire 5.
So that means Friday’s final-day line-up is:
Warwickshire v Glamorgan and Hampshire v Yorkshire.
There were two holes in one at the 11th during the morning
The first was achieved by Layla Ahmed (Hampshire) and in the
next match by Naomi Edwards (Yorkshire). Strangely enough,
neither ace helped their partnership to win.
Warwickshire, who trailed 2-1 to Hampshire after the foursomes,
hit back with four wins in the singles to take the match 5-4.
The Yorkshire v Glamorgan match all hinged on the last match
between Rachael Lomas and Denise Richards. The tie went to
the 20th where Denise won to give Glamorgan a 5-4 victory.
Denise, an ex-international golfer, has been playing county
golf since the mid-1980s.
Recap on the results so far:
GLAMORGAN 2, HAMPSHIRE 7
Anna Highgate & Lydia Hall beat Kerry Smith & Sarah
White 2 and 1.
Sahra Hassan & Lucy Gold lost to Natalie Booith &
Layla Ahmed 5 and 4.
Vicki Thomas & Denise Richards lost to Chris Quinn &
Jenny Deeley 6 and 4.
Highgate lost to Smith 2 holes.
Hall lost to Booth 1 hole.
Gould lost to Ahmed 3 and 1.
Amy Rees beat Quinn 2 and 1.
Thomas lost to White 5 and 3.
Sarah Morgan lost to Deeley 3 and 1.
WARWICKSHIRE 4, YORKSHIRE 5
Claire Dowling & Tracy Atkin lost to Emma Duggleby &
Naomi Edwards 3 and 2.
Marsha Button & Claire Howells lost to Cheryl Smith &
Michelle Smith 4 and 3.
Felicity Johnson & Lisa Barton beat Rachael Lomas &
Ruth Skaife 2 and 1.
Dowling beat Duggleby at 21st.]
Atkin beat Edwards 3 and 2.
Howells beat Kiran Matharu 2 & 1.
Button lost to Smith 3 and 2.
Barton lost to Rachel Bell 2 and 1.
Johnson lost to Lomas 2 and 1.
YORKSHIRE 4, GLAMORGAN 5
Duggleby & Edwards lost to Highgate & Hall 1 hole.
C Smith & M Smith beat Thomas & Gould 1 hole.
Bell & Matharu beat Morgan & Rees 1 hole.
Edwards lost to Highgate 3 and 2.
Bell beat Hall 7 and 6.
C Smith beat Gould 3 and 2.
Duggleby lost to Hassan 4 and 3.
M Smith lost to Rees 4 and 3.
Lomas lost to Richards at 20th.
HAMPSHIRE 4, WARWICKSHIRE 5
K Smith & White beat Dowling & Atkin 3 and 1.
Quinn & Deeley beat Button & Howells 2 holes.
Booth & Ahmed lost to Johnson & Barton 2 holes.
K Smith beat Dowling 3 and 2.
White lost to Atkin 3 and 2.
Tracey Boyes lost to Johnson 5 and 4
Ahmed beat Hannah Coles 3 and 2.
Deeley lost to Howells 4 and 3.
Booth lost to Barton 4 and 3.
ADA O’SULLIVAN AND FIONA NORRIS RE-APPOINTED
Ada O’Sullivan has been re-appointed captain of the
2005 Vagliano Trophy and 2006 Curtis Cup teams with Fiona
Norris again acting as team manager.
"I’m delighted to have been named as captain for both
matches and to have Fiona alongside me as team manager," said
"Many people had assumed that I would automatically be re-appointed
and while I was hoping to be given the chance to lead the
sides to defend the Vagliano Trophy and to regain the Curtis
Cup, I was taking nothing for granted.
"However, the LGU contacted me immediately after the Curtis
Cup at Formby, inviting me to take on both challenges once
again. Now that I have been re-appointed we can get on with
the business of looking at the players and naming an Elite
Squad that will form the nucleus of the side for the match
in America in two years time."
Andy Salmon, CEO of the Ladies Golf Union, said:
"This was one of the easiest decisions we have had to make.
Ada has done a tremendous job with the squad over the past
two years and we are delighted that she has decided to accept
the role and that Fiona Norris will continue as manager. We
look forward with great confidence to both the Vagliano Trophy
and the Curtis Cup."
Ms O’Sullivan’s first experience of captaining
a GB&I team was in the 2002 Espirito Santo Trophy in Malaysia
and that preceded her appointment as captain of the winning
2003 Vagliano Trophy team and of this year’s Curtis
Cup team at Formby.
Prior to taking up these positions, she had a long career
in Irish amateur golf and gained experience of a captain’s
duties with Irish teams at both junior and senior levels.
She remains fiercely competitive as a player although her
forays into national tournaments are limited by her commitments
as a director of the family business, specialising in domestic
appliances sales, based in Cork.
The 2006 Curtis Cup will be played at Bandon Dunes. Oregon
on 29th and 30th July and the 2005 Vagliano Trophy at Chantilly,
France, on 22nd and 23rd July.
Wednesday 1st September 2004
Ladies’ Golf Association
Hampshire beat Glamorgan 7-2 and Yorkshire beat Warwickshire
5-4 on the opening day of the English women's county finals
at High Post Golf Club.
Both teams had strong starts, winning their respective foursomes
Jackie Keay the Hampshire Captain said, “I have a brilliant
young team. We have had a hard battle to get here, anything
else will be a bonus”.
Katie Thompson, the youngest player - 13th birthday on Wednesday
- is looking forward to her debut match in the county finals.
Kerry Smith was in the winning team when Hampshire last won
the event in 1995. Kerry lost her foursomes match with Sarah
White to Lydia Hall and Curtis Cup player and Welsh cap Anna
Highgate by 2 and 1.
Warwickshire won the first three singles matches from Yorkshire.
Former Curtis Cup captain and player Claire Dowling won the
top match against current Curtis Cup player Emma Duggleby
at the 21st hole. This was Claire’s first competitive
match at this level for 12 years.
She said “I went out hoping to get as far as I could
so I am thrilled to have won”. Yorkshire fought back
to win the last three singles and the exciting match 5-4.On
Thursday Hampshire play Warwickshire and Yorkshire play Glamorgan.
*Note: No individual match details were available on the ELGA
SUSIE'S DISAPPOINTING START IN PHOENIX
Former Scotland amateur internatinal Susie Laing was tied
for 28th place at the end of the first round of the Vistal
Classic - the latest event on the West Coast Ladies Tour -
at Vistal Golf Club, Phoenix in Arizona (on
Tuesday, USA time).
Troon exile Susie, who has lived in San Francisco since her
college days there, shot an eight-over-par 79 round the 6,463yd
course. She now has a fight on her hands, even to recoup her
entry fee of $375.
Canadian Alena Sharp from Hamilton, Ontario set a course record
of six-under-par 65.
Lisa Meredith-Seary from Reading, the only other British player
apart from Miss Laing, was joint 19th after a 77.
LEADING SCORES (Par 71)
65 Alena Sharp (Canada).
68 Dodie Mazzuca (U S).
69 Louise Friberg (Sweden).
70 Nicole Cutler (U S).
77 Lisa Meredith-Seary (England).
79 Susie Laing (Scotland).
KYLIE AND KRYSTLE FAIL TO SHINE IN BELGIAN JUNIOR EVENT
Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) and Kylie Walker (Buchanan
Castle) did not make a big impact in the girls' event at the
Belgian Junior International Championships at Royal Golf Club
de Belgique, Teruvern, 10 kilometres east
Kylie qualified for the match-play stages in 18th place after
rounds of 81 and 80 for 161 (17 over par). She beat Joanne
Cronin (Ireland) by one hole in the first round but then lost
to Karina Rosenmeir (Denmark), also on the
last green, in the second round.
Krystle qualified in 24th place with two rounds of 82 for
164 (20 over par). She lost in the first round of the match-play
by 2 and 1 to Italy's Giulia Garbaccio.
Heather Nolan (Ireland) qualified in fourth place and beat
Victoria Tomko (Belgium) 2 and 1 before losing to Sabrina
Borchhardt (Switzerland) at the 22nd hole in an epic second-round
That was the toughest tie of the tournament for 13th qualifier
Sabrina who went on to win the girls' title by beating Elodie
Wanet (Belgium), the 11th qualifier, by 5 and 4 in the 36-hole
In the boys' champion, Derek Addison (Barassie) qualified
for the match-play stages in 13th place with rounds of 74
and 75 for five-over-par 149. He made good progress to the
semi-finals where he lost by 6 and 5 to Nicolas Eberhart (Switzerland).
Marco Guersoli (Italy) won the boys' title by beating Victor
Riu (France) 5 and 3 in the 36-hole final. Guersoli was the
11th qualifier and Riu the 31st.
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