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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

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.
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

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.

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.
Collated scoreboard
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.

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.
Collated scoreboard
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 - 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.

ILGU logoIrish News
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

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.
Collated scoreboard
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).

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.
Collated scoreboard
Ladybank Golf Club.
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.

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.
Collated scoreboard
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.

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:
11-12 Years
1 Jack Heasman (London) 11th hole, 2 Andrew McLachlan (Newton Mearns), 3 Connor Campbell (Belfast).
9-10 Years
1 James Turland (Shipton Bellinger, Hants) 11th fairway, 2 Aaron Rai (Wolverhampton), 3 Sebastian Crookall-Nixon (Cockermouth).
7-8 Years
1 William Aldred (Welwyn Garden City) 10th green, 2 Maxwell Martin (Birmingham), 3 Greg Purdie (Wrexham).
5-6 Years
1 Billy Spooner (Boston, Lincs) 9th green, 2 Thomas Williams (Wrexham), 3 Daniel Limrick (West Cheshunt, Herts).
11-12 Years
1 Kelly Miller (Aberystwyth) 11th fairway, 2 Charlotte Thomson (Chelmsford), 3 Hayley Davis (Three Legged Cross, Dorset).
9-10 Years
1 Lesley Atkins (Hawick) 9th hole, 2 Hannah Turland (Shipton Bellinger, Hants), 3 Jamie-Leigh Voss (Leicester).
7-8 Years
1 Georgina Blackman (Tiptree, Essex) 9th green, 2 Ellie Goodall (Castleford, West Yorks), 3 Kyra Horlock (Wimborne, Dorset).
5-6 Years
1 Hannah Henderson (Broughshane, Co Antim) 6th hole, 2 Annabel Bailey (Coalville, Leics), 3 Emily Lloyd (Ashford, Kent).

Saturday 25th September 2004

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.

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).

Clubgolf logoSandy 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

Zac Gould receives trophy from Duke of YorkYOUNG 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.
Anna Nordqvist receiving congratulations from the Duke of YorkLike 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.
Kingbarns Links, Fife.
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. (We’re 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!

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.
Collated scoreboard
The Ridge Golf Club, Auburn, California.
Leading first round scores (Par 71)
64 Christina Kim.
65 Rachel Teske.
Other scores:
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

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

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.
Zak GouldGould 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.

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."

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.
Portstewar Golf Club, Northern Ireland
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.

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.

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 WatsonSally 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

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

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
Collated scoreboard
Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland (Par 73)
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.

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.
Kingsbarns Links (Par 72)
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)

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.

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

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).
Scott HendryBoth 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

Clubgolf News
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
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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!

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 the semi-finials.
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.

Gibson Cup
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.

County Finals
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

SLGA LogoNorthern 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 5-4.
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 2.
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.
Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
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 5 (2-1).
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).
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 (1-2).
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).
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

ELGA LogoELGA Press Release
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

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 first day.
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.
Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
Day 2 results:
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)
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).
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

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 programme.
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 1/2.
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).
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).
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).
Saturday's matches:
Dunbartonshire & Argyll v Northern Counties, Borders v Fife.
Sunday's matches:
Borders v Dunbartonshire & Argyll, Northern Counties v Fife.

ELGa LogoEnglish Seniors News

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 on Saturday.
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 (Pannal).
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.

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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.

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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 GC.
"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 McEwan.
"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

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 last year.
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 is:
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.

Vivien Saunders, one of the leading competitors fancied to win the English senior women’s 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 position.
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 Hedges.
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 hole.
Elizabeth Borrow (Corhampton) beat Pauline Oliver (Burnham Beeches) 6 and 5.
Patricia West (Spalding) beat Pat Skelton (Henbury) 4 and 3.
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 O’Keeffe (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 O’Keefe 1 hole.
Hedges beat Pidgeon 4 and 3.

Irish LogoIrish News
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)


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 season.
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 v Borders.
Saturday: Dunbartonshire & Argyll v Northern Counties, Border v Fife.
Sunday: Borders v Dunbartonshire & Argyll, Northern Counties v Fife.
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).
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

Sjavon Wilson's mother has explained to 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

ILGU LogoIrish Senior Ladies Open Amateur Championship
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.
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, R
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) 85 78,
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 O’Donoghue (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 O’Brien (Edenberry) 92 90, A Afzeloius-Alm (Sweden) 89 93.]
183 I Smyth (Bangor) 97 86, A Somers (Cill Dara) 94 89, A O’Neill (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) 98 93.
193 K Stewart-Moore (Royal Portrush) 100 893, A Kane (The Curragh) 92 101.
194 K Tredford (Canada) 101 93.]
195 G O’Connor (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 O’Carroll (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) NR.

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 week’s 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 O’Gaunt 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 George’s 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 George’s H 179 93 86
LYNNE BEAUMONT Broome Manor 180 89 91
PENNY PERKINS Whitstable 185 98 87
STACEY RODGER West Hove 185 88 97

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 women’s close amateur championship at Trevose Golf Club near Padstow in Cornwall.
Christine followed up her opening 76 with a 77 in bright but breezy conditions.
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 165.
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) 84 81.
166 Rosalind Page (Came Down) 87 79, Jane Barrington (Perranporth) 84 82.
168 Patricia West (Spalding) 84 84, Elizabeth Borrow (Corhampton) 83 85.
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) 88 87.
176 Hilary Smyth (Pannal) 93 83.
177 Pauline Oliver (Burnham Beeches) 93 84, Pat Skelton (Henbury) 92 85, Jeannie O’Keefe (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 87.
+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 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

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.
collated scoreboard
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 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 weekend.
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 Denise Knaebel.
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 (886).
Kent State, who no longer have the services of former Irish women's champion Martina Gillen, were placed sixth on 915.

Ness Open
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.

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 year’s 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 history.
Cecilia Mourgue d’Algue 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

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 Air Show.
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.

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 women’s 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 year’s finals at Scotscraig, where they finished runners-up to Northern Counties, is:
DOROTHY FORD (Scotscraig)
KATRINA MILNE (Dunfermline)
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 title.
"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 Telfer’s 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 Bishop.
Team is:
SARA BISHOP (Windyhill)
HELEN FAULDS (Douglas Park)
ANNE LAING (Vale of Leven).
FIONA McLEAN (Hilton Park)
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 recorded.
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

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 today

L to R: Rebecca Watson, Sally Watson, Louise Macgregor and Vicki Stevenson

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 net 74.
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

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 1992.
Picture (right): SLGA Girls' Chairman Louise Clark awards the Farquharson Trophy to Northern Counties Girls Captain Kelsey Macdonald.
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 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.
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

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 in 2002.
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 year.
Reigning European champion and last years Spanish champion Maj Britt Heden from Sweden is also in the draw.

More Irish News
Home Internationals

The victorious Irish team will arrive at Dublin Airport at 15.00 today.

Friday 10th September 2004

Home Internationals

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.
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.
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.
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

Home Internationals
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. How exciting!
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 Queen
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 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

Home Internationals
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 Heather Macrae
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 Midlothian website.

Tuesday 7th September 2004

East of Scotland Girls' Autumn Meeting
The Draw for the East of Scotland Girls' Autumn Meeting at Falkirk Tryst on Sunday 12th September is here

Midlothian Autumn Meeting Prestonfield CSS 75
For a full report please see the Midlothian website
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)

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 been safeguarded.
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.
CSS 74
Silver Division:
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
Bronze division:
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 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 1/2.
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 hole.
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).
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

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. Tipperary
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, Droitwich
Portal, Moira Jones, Rhuddlan Golf Club, Afonwen, Mold, N. Wales
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, Belfast
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

Louise KenneyUS College Golf
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 State website

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 two rounds.
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.
Other scores:
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 Championship
with sponsor's representative Eric Lindsay

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 (Sunday).
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 second round.
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).
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 76..
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) 76 79.
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) 75 NR.
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 (Aberdeen Ladies).
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 (Monifieth).
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

Midlothian 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 hole.
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 enthusiasm.
Noreen, a Junior Internationalist in her youth, was recently picked for Scotland's Senior International Team for the second time.

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, Illinois.
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.
Other scores:
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.
Read more here

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.
Anne Walker


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

ILGUSuzuki 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 first)
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

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 second round.
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 players.
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 up.
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 63.

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 SutherlandRoyal 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 (Baberton).
Reserves: 1 Anna Telfer (Milngavie), 2 Rose Anderson (Huntly), 3 Emma Wilson (Elie & Earlsferry), 4 Ann Smart (Banchory).
Collated scoreboard
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) 81 91.
173 Rita Dee (Kingsknowe) 84 89.
174 Stella Hodge (Aberdeen Ladies) 86 88, Nancy Duncan (Brechin) 83 91.
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 90.
183 Elizabeth Munro (Moray) 92 91.
184 Sally Coster (Hilton Park) 92 92.
185 Jean Bald (Aberdour) 91 94, Pamela Twinn (Aberdeen Ladies) 90 95.
186 Margaret Mowat (Troon Ladies) 90 96.
187 Anne Athol (Southerness) 99 88, Margaret Beattie (Thornhill) 95 92.
189 Doris Dunn (Dunblane New) 97 92, Pam Gordon (Inverness) 95 94.
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) 99 100.
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 (80 84).
Over-60 scratch aggregate: Heather Anderson (Troon Ladies) 165 (78 87).
Best net aggregate: Vivienne Harper (Deeside) (11) 153 (75 78) (bih).
Best net second round: Anne Athol (Southerness) (12) 76 (bih).
Best net first round: Marian Wilson (Stranraer) (8) 72

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.
Foursomes (2-1)
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.
Singles (4-2)
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.
Foursomes (0-3)
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.
Singles (1-5)
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)

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.
210 Alena Sharp (Canada) 65 75 70.
216 Nicole Cutler (US) 70 74 72, Jennifer Perri (US) 74 76 66.
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.

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 in regulation.
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 cut.
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.
Other scores:
69 Lindsey Wright, Kathryn Marshall.
70 Laura Davies.
72 Becky Morgan, Karen Stupples.
73 Joanne Morley, Vikki Laing.

Thursday 2nd September 2004

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 of 76.
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.
Collated scoreboard
SCOTTISH SENIOR WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPSoutherness Golf Club, near Dumfries
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 (Torwoodlee).
82 Ruth Brown (Lothianburn), Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay), Rose Anderson (Huntly), Isobel Harvey (St Rule), Shelagh Quinn (Stirling), Pat Wilson (Murcar), Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park).
83 Nancy Duncan (Brechin), Sheila Travers (Alloa), Frances Neish (Murcar).
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 Ladies).
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 New).
99 Anne Athol (Southerness), Mairi Orr (Tain), Anne Stalker (Aberdeen Ladies).

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 International.
The four-day, stroke-play event will feature 51 teams from around the world,

There is everything to play for on the final day of the English women’s county championship finals at High Post Golf Club, Salisbury.
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 foursomes.
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:
Foursomes (1-2)
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.
Singles (1-5)
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.
Foursomes (1-2)
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.
Singles (3-3)
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.
Foursomes (2-1)
Duggleby & Edwards lost to Highgate & Hall 1 hole.
C Smith & M Smith beat Thomas & Gould 1 hole.
Bell & Matharu beat Morgan & Rees 1 hole.
Singles (2-4)
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.
Foursomes (2-1)
K Smith & White beat Dowling & Atkin 3 and 1.
Quinn & Deeley beat Button & Howells 2 holes.
Booth & Ahmed lost to Johnson & Barton 2 holes.
Singles (2-4)
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 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 Ada O’Sullivan.
"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

ELGA logoEnglish Ladies’ Golf Association
Press Release

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 2 -1.
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 website.

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.
65 Alena Sharp (Canada).
68 Dodie Mazzuca (U S).
69 Louise Friberg (Sweden).
70 Nicole Cutler (U S).
Other scores:
77 Lisa Meredith-Seary (England).
79 Susie Laing (Scotland).

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
of Brussels.
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 encounter.
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 final.
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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