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September 2005 Archive

Friday 30th September 2005

LGU Press Release

The LGU have named the 2005/2006 Training Squad of 16, comprising a blend of youth and experience, which will form the nucleus of the side to compete against the U.S. in the Curtis Cup match at Bandon Dunes next year.
As expected, eight of the nine players - Claire Coughlan, Martina Gillen, Felicity Johnson, Anne Laing, Tricia Mangan, Clare Queen, Kerry Smith and Sophie Walker - who convincingly defeated the Continent of Europe for the Vagliano Trophy at Chantilly, have again been selected and they are joined by Emma Duggleby, an experienced Curtis Cup player and the winner over the years of many titles, both home and abroad.
The squad is completed with youngster Kiran Matharu and her English colleagues Naomi Edwards and Melissa Reid, Scottish players Kylie Walker and Jenna Wilson and finally Stephanie Evans and Breanne Loucks of Wales. Tara Delaney and British Stroke Play champion, Heather MacRae, are currently studying in America and are therefore unable to be active members of the squad.
Ada O’Sullivan, who will continue as team captain said; "I am both delighted and excited to be working with a squad of this strength. It has a fantastic blend of successful mature players and new talented youth. The new members will be eager to make their mark thus creating competitiveness amongst the squad."
"The Training Committee has set action packed weekends throughout the Winter and Spring at spectacular venues, bearing in mind the terrain of the links course at Bandon Dunes, a truly magnificent host venue for the Curtis Cup."
"The Selectors have had a difficult job in keeping the squad to 16, such is the talent in GB&I and while it will be tough work for all involved, the desire to be in the winning 2006 Curtis Cup team will have just reward."
As several players are going to Q School, the LGU may issue an updated squad after the results are known.
2005/06 LGU Squad Selection
Claire Coughlan (Cork)
Emma Duggleby (Malton &Norton)
Naomi Edwards (Ganton)
Stephanie Evans (Vale of Llangollen)
Martina Gillen (Beaverstown)
Felicity Johnson (Harborne)
Anne Laing (Vale of Leven)
Breanne Loucks (Wrexham)
Tricia Mangan (Ennis)
Kiran Matharu (Cookridge Hall)
Clare Queen (Drumpellier)
Melissa Reid (Chevin)
Kerry Smith (Waterlooville)
Sophie Walker (Kenwick Park)
Kylie Walker (StirlingUniversity)
Jenna Wilson (Strathaven)
Reserves in Order
Krystle Caithness (St Regulus)
Sahra Hassan (Vale of Glamorgan)
Florentyna Parker (Royal Birkdale)
Maura Morrin (Curragh)

Grampian Juniors
(left to right) Graeme Mitchell (Aberdeen), AdrianStiles (Garthdee), Christopher Munro (Westhill), Lee Vitesse (Aberdeen), Michelle Thomson (Ellon) and Laura Murray (Alford)

Press Release

Who: Six of the twelve junior golfers taking part in this year¹s Grampian Houston Junior Golf tour and managing director of Quantum Claims which sponsors the tour each year, George Clark.
What: The above representatives gather to receive their new golf equipment and clothing, worth in excess of £1,000 each, from key sponsor Quantum Claims in advance of their departure to Houston on 9th October 2005.
Quantum Claims¹ managing director George Clark said: "We have had a long association with Grampian Houston Junior Golf.  We have worked with John Connon, the chairman of the programme, and his Grampian Houston team for several years and we are delighted to be sponsoring such a worthwhile scheme for Scotland¹s budding young golfers.  This tour is the opportunity of a lifetime for these young people and for those who get chosen for the scholarships, a life changing experience."
Grampian Junior Golf was founded in 1992 by the current director of golf at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Bruce Davidson, when he was the professional at Kings Links Golf Centre. His aim was to give young people from the North and North East of Scotland the potential of golf scholarships in the USA, studying at college or university while playing competitive golf.  
The programme is a non-profit making organisation and raises money via its annual Pro-Am tournament, which was held this year at Murcar Golf Club in July.  Quantum Claims is the key sponsor of the tour and each year generously contributes a five-figure sum towards the team clothing, equipment and to the programme funding.
The twelve selected junior golfers are as follows:
Liam Sang from Aboyne who plays at Aboyne Golf Club
Chris Baron from Oldmeldrum who plays at Oldmeldrum Golf Club
Lewis Kirton from Oldmeldrum who plays at Newmachar Golf Club
James Byrne from Banchory who plays at Banchory Golf Club
Steven Mann from Moray who plays at Moray Golf Club
Philip McLean from Peterhead who plays at Peterhead Golf Club
Graeme Mitchell JR from Aberdeen who plays at Northern Golf Club
Lee Vettesse from Aberdeen who plays at Nigg Bay Golf Club
Adrian Styles from Garthdee, Aberdeen who plays at Caledonian Golf Club
Christopher Munro from Westhill who plays at Westhill Golf Club
Laura Murray from Alford who plays at Alford Golf Club
Michelle Thomson from Ellon who plays at McDonald Golf Club

Curtis Cup
Carol Semple Thompson Chosen AS 2006 USA Curtis Cup Captain

It had escaped our attention that the US had announced that Carol Semple Thompson would be the next US Curtis Cup Captain. The USGA have published the following on their website.
Far Hills, N.J. – Seven-time USGA champion Carol Semple Thompson, 56, of Sewickley, Pa., has been selected as the captain for the 2006 United States of America Curtis Cup team by the Women's Committee of the USGA. The 2006 Curtis Cup will take place July 29-30 at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.
Thompson has competed on a record 12 USA Curtis Cup teams, including the 2002 squad in her home area of Pittsburgh, Pa., when she holed a 27-foot putt from just off the 18th green at Fox Chapel Golf Club to retain the Curtis Cup for the American side. Thompson owns an overall Curtis Cup match-play record of 18-15-4, including 9-8-1 in singles competition.
The Curtis Cup is a biennial competition between female amateur teams from the USA and Great Britain and Ireland. The first Match was held in 1932 at Wentworth (England) Golf Club and the USA owns a 24-6-3 record, including victories in the last four Matches.
"I think it will be very different," said Thompson when asked to compare playing in the Curtis Cup versus captaining the team. "Before, I was just able to relax and think about my own game and now I will have to think about a lot more people. But I think it's a natural progression and I think it will be great fun. I am very excited. I figured someday it would come. I guess I didn't figure it would come this soon."
Thompson's first USGA title came at the 1973 U.S. Women's Amateur when she defeated Anne Quast Sander in the final, 1 up, at Montclair (N.J.) Golf Club. She has since gone on to win two U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur titles (1990 and 1997) and four consecutive USGA Senior Women's Amateur crowns (1999-2002). In August, Thompson will compete in her record 100th individual USGA competition when she competes at the U.S. Women's Amateur at Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek Course in Roswell, Ga.
In addition to her Curtis Cup experience, Thompson also played in five Women's World Amateur Team Championships for the USA. Thompson's father, Harton S. Semple, was president of the USGA from 1974-75, and her mother, Phyliss, has been active on various USGA committees.


Thursday 29th September 2005


Scotland are still looking for their first senior men’s home amateur golf internationals title. They lost 5-2 to host nation Ireland in the last-day championship decider at Lahinch today (THURSDAY).
Only seven singles in each match were played on the third day, instead of three foursomes and six singles, because of the threat of the return of the bad weather which wiped out the second-day singles.
Ireland were outright winners over the over-55s title for the first time since the senior internationals were introduced four years ago. They had shared the title with Wales in 2003.
The final standings were: 1 Ireland, 2 Scotland, 3 Wales, 4 England.
Scotland’s most successful competitor of the three days was the unsung Stephen Ellis from Cowal. He won all three ties in which he was fielded.
Brian Grieve (King James VI) also finished with 3pt, made up of two wins and two halved games.
The Scots were never really in with a chance of recording the win over Ireland they needed to leapfrog over them to the top of the final table.
Scottish seniors champion Gordon MacDonald went down 4 and 3 to Maurice Kelly in the top singles matches while George Macgregor was surprisingly beaten out in the country, 6 and 5 by Hugh Smyth.
Alan Ferguson (Drumpellier) lost by 2 and 1 to Sean Coin while Charlie Green, who earned half-a-point in three outings – also lost by 2 and 1 to Michael Malone.
The Scots’ two points came from a win by Stephen Ellis (one hole against Michael Morris) and halved games for Brian Grieve (with Seamus McParland) and skipper Ian Hutcheon (Monifieth), with Hugh Mackeown.
Ireland, not surprisingly, had the most successful competitors of the series – Mackeown, Smyth and Malone, all of whom gathered 3 ½ pt out of four.
Lahinch GC, Ireland.
Day 3
Singles: M Kelly bt G MacDonald 4 and 3, H Smyth bt G Macgregor 6 and 5, S Coyne bt Ferguson 2 and 1, M Malone bt C W Green 2 and 1, S McParland halved with B Grieve, M Morris lost to S Ellis 1 hole, H Mackeown halved with I C Hutcheon.
Singles: R Smethurst lost to P Jones 1 hole, A Squires bt G Rees 4 and 3, G Broster lost to J Whitcutt 2 and 1, M Wigley lost to K Stimpson 4 and 3, D Lane bt M Rooke 4 and 3, J Marks lost to J Gottwaltz 1 hole, D Arnold lost to B Cramb 2 holes.
Final placings: 1 Ireland, 2 Scotland, 3 Wales, 4 England.

US College Golf

Ohio State University team debutante Gemma Webster and Heather Macrae (San Diego State University) tied for 34th place on seven-over-par 226 in the Dick McGuire Invitational women’s college tournament over the University of New Mexico championship course.
Gemma, after a great start with a two-under 71, went backwards with scores of 76 and 79. In her final round, the former Dundee University student had birdies at the first, fifth and 12th but she had a double bogey at the long seventh and another double bogey at the 13th.
It was the second day in a row that Gemma, the British universities women’s champion, had double bogeyed the 13th. She had four doubles over the last 36 holes.
Heather, from Dunblane, shot 74, 79 and 73. In her last round she had an eagle 2 at the eighth after a birdie at the third and later a birdie at the 18th. She bogeyed the fourth, seventh, 13th and 14th .
England’s Sian Reddick had a tournament to forget. The Baylor student  finished tied 62nd with scores of 77, 78 and 77 for   232. She had a triple bogey at the 15th in her last round.
Eileen Vargas (Pepperdine) won the individual title with an eight-under-par total of 211 (69-74-68).
She won by two shots from Ashley Knoll (Texas A&M) (71-70-72) and Carolina Llano (Pepperdine) (72-69-72).
Ohio State, who had been team leaders at the end of the first round, dropped down to a final placing of fifth on 886. Pepperdine (873) won by two shots from Texas A & M with New Mexico (882) third.
Baylor (910) shared 10th place and San Diego State were a disappointing 15th equal on 920.

US College Golf
Fraserburgh’s Jordan Findlay struggled to find his feet on his American college golf debut but ended the 54-hole tournament at Shoal Creek, Birmingham in Alabama by matching the par of 72 over a course measuring 7,200yd.
Former British boys champion Findlay, a freshman at East Tennessee State University, shot rounds of 79, 80 and 72 to share 63rd place on 231 with another new UK recruit on the team, Adam Hodkinson from Dore, England. Adam had rounds of 75, 75 and 81.
Former British boys’ champion Rhys Davies, the star man on the East Tennessee State team, scored a sixth win in his last 11college tournaments with scores of 72, 70 and 68 for six-under-par 210.
Davies actually tied with Jonathan Mount (Tennessee) and Cole Isban (Notre Dame) on 210. Isban was eliminated at the first hole of a sudden-death play-off. After Davies and Mount were still locked together after four holes, the organisers declared them joint winners of the individual championship.
Gareth Shaw from Lisburn, Northern Ireland, yet another East Tennessee State player from this side of the Atlantic, finished 10th equal with 69, 74 and 73 for 216.
Irish player Cian McNamara, also ETSU, came 31st equal with 77, 70 and 73 for 22.
East Tennessee State (869) finished fourth in the team event behind winners Louisiana State (863).

Tarbert Golf Club - clubgolf’s hundredth club to back the national strategy
clubgolf is over halfway towards its 2009 target of recruiting 200 of Scotland’s clubs and community-linked centres to deliver the national junior golf strategy’s Stage 1 course to Primary 5 age group children.
Tarbert, on the west coast of Kintyre, recently became the hundredth club to sign up to the strategy. Since then a further 10 clubs have joined the partnership between the Scottish Golf Union, the Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association, the Professional Golfers' Association, the Golf Foundation and sportscotland, developed as a direct result of the Scottish Executive's commitment to introduce every nine-year-old child in Scotland to the game by 2009.
Like the other 109 clubs, Tarbert recognizes the importance of boosting the numbers of youngsters in the game and is keen to breath life into its own junior section.
Research shows that of the 260,000 members in the 580 clubs north of the border, the average age is between 42 and 44 years old. This figure is likely to rise in line with the demographic trend of an ageing Scottish population. Although memberships have grown at a rate of just under five percent during the past decade, there has been an increase of almost 20 percent in the number of courses built over the same period.
Tarbert has already made impressive inroads into encouraging the local youngsters to take part in junior sessions. Primary school children can take an annual membership for just £10; secondary school youngsters can play for £20 a year. The club also has a junior practice area which it plans to further develop over the next five years.
“We have over 70 kids, of which there is a hard core of around 30, ranging from six years old up to 16,” said the club’s treasurer, John McNab.
“We’ve been using our own knowledge in recent years, teaching the children the basics of grip, how to swing the club, safety and etiquette. What we hope to get out of clubgolf is to ensure that what we are teaching is correct. We can’t wait to get started for our coaches to be tutored, we’re champing at the bit to get going.”
Five Tarbert club members have already stepped forward as recruits for the two-day PGA clubgolf Level 1 Training for Volunteers Course, which will qualify them to guide local children through Stage 1 of the syllabus. By the time these children reach the Club they will have already experienced the strategy’s introductory game, firstclubgolf at school.
“We’ve already been sent the clubgolf equipment, and we are just desperate to get it out and used,” said Mr McNab. “Moves are afoot for us to be tutored over the winter so that come March or April when we start again, we’ ll be able to go at it and be more confident that what we are teaching the kids is correct.
“We’ve had discussions with the local school’s sports administrator who is really keen to get it moving at school and encourage the kids to play. Juniors are very important to us and we hope to be swamped with kids.”

Wednesday 28th September 2005

Scottish Universities Womens' Team
L to R: Emma Tipping, Olivia Briggs, Kirsty Wells, Alex Marshall, Kylie Walker, Ann Ramsay

British Universities Golf
Scottish Universities v English Universities International Match

Scotland scored a double whammy victory over England in the universities’ golf international two-day match at Longniddry Golf Club yesterday (Wed).
The Scottish men won by 12 ½-7 ½ while the Scottish women triumphed by 10-5.
It should be pointed out that the Scottish women’s line-up included three Stirling University students from south of the Border – Alex Marshall, Olivia Briggs and Emma Tipping.
The Scots led 6-2 in the men’s match and 4-2 in the women’s match at the end of the first day.
27-28 September, Longniddry Golf Club
Second Day results
Women - Foursomes (Scottish women listed first)
Alex Marshall and Olivia Briggs beat Samantha Round and Samantha Birks 5/3
Kylie Walker and Emma Tipping beat Amy Olding and Zoe Humphries 2/1
Kirsty Wells and Ann Ramsay lost to Janet Phipps and Jessie Punia 3/2 (2-1)
Kylie Walker beat Sam Birks 4 and 3
Oivia Briggs halved with Janet Phipps
Alex Marshall beat Amy Olding 5 and 4
Kirsty Wells halved with Jessie Punia
Ann Ramsay beat Zoe Humphries 5 and 4
Emma Tipping lost to Sam Round 3 and 1 (4-2)
Overall result 10 - 5 to Scottish Unis
Men - Foursomes (Scottish men listed first)
Stuart Turnbull and James McEwan beat Oliver Gunning and Sean Doherty 2/1
Gordon Yates and Blair Paterson halved with Charlie Swann and Tom Pulling
Ally Love and Mark Hilson lost to Simon Lee and Nick Scholey 3/2
Jimmy Dale and Neil Cameron lost to Shane Ruddle and Marcus Read 4/2 (1.5-2.5)
Gordon Yates halved with Tom Pulling
Jimmy Dale beat Simon Lee 1 hole
Stuart Turnbull lost to Nick Scholey 2 and 1
Blair Paterson lost to Oliver Gunning 4 and 3
Ally Love beat Sean Doherty 1 hole
Mark Hilson halved with Marcus Read
James McEwan beat Shane Ruddle 2 and 1
Neil Cameron beat Charlie Swann 3 and 2 (5-3)
Overall result 12.5 to 7.5 to Scottish Unis

Scottish Universities Mens team
L to R: Mark Hilson, Ally Love, Gordon Yates, Blair Paterson, Jimmy Dale, Stuart Turnbull, James McEwan, Neil Cameron

Competitors and Officials at the Scottish Universities v English Universities match at Longniddry today.
Some had to leave early to catch flights home.

Senior Mens Internationals

Scotland and Ireland will meet at Lahinch Golf Club tomorrow morning (THU) to decide who will be this year’s senior men’s home amateur international champions.
Both started the three-day programme with wins – Scotland beating Wales and Ireland beating title-holders England. High winds and rain forced the cancellation of today’s (Wed) singles, leaving the matches decided on the foursomes result.
Ireland took all three foursomes from Wales to give them two match wins out of two while Scotland drew 1 ½-1 ½ with England for an overall record of one win, one draw.
That means the Scots must beat the Irish to overtake them at the top of the final table.
The final-day foursomes have been cancelled and there will instead be seven singles instead of six played in both the Scotland v Ireland and England v Wales matches.
Lahinch Golf Club, Ireland.
Day 2 results
Hugh Smyth & Michael Malone bt Brian Cramb & John Gottwaltz 2 holes; Maurice Kelly & Seamus McParland bt Phil Jones & Keith Stimpson 3 and 1; Michael Morris & Hugh Mackeown bt John Whitcutt & Mike Rooke 3 and 2.
Singles cancelled.
Gordon MacDonald & Alan Ferguson lost to Roy Smethurst & Alan Squires 3 and 1.
Charlie Green & George Macgregor halved with Doug Arnold & Gordon Broster.
Stephen Ellis & Brian Grieve bt David Lane & Michael Wigley 4/2.
Singles cancelled.
Maurice Kelly v Gordon MacDonald; Hugh Smyth v George Macgregor; Sean Coyne v Alan Ferguson; Michael Malone v Charlie Green; Seamus McParland v Brian Grieve; Michael Morris v Stephen Ellis; Hugh Mackeown v Ian Hutcheon.
Roy Smethurst v Phil Jones; Alan Squires v Glyn Rees; Gordon Broster v John Whitcutt; Michael Wigley v Keith Stimpson; David Lane v Mike Rooke; Jon Marks v John Gottwaltz; Doug Arnold v Brian Cramb.

US College golf

Ohio State University golf team debutante Gemma Webster, late of Dundee University, tumbled out of the top 10 over the second round of the Dick McGuire Invitational women’s college tournament over the 6,069, par-73 University of New Mexico’s championship course (TUESDAY, USA TIME).
Gemma, who had seven birdies in an opening two-under-par 71, still managed to collect another four bogeys although her second-day round of three-over 76 saw her fall back from joint seventh place into a tied for 16th spot.
Miss Webster, a Hilton Park Golf Club member who played for Scotland in the recent women’s home internationals in Ireland, birdied the second, fifth, ninth and 18th in halves of 35 and 41. She had costly double-bogey 6s at the 11th and 13th and dropped single shots at the 16th and 17th.
British open stroke-play champion Heather MacRae from Dunblane, representing San Diego State University, had one birdie, at the third, and bogeyed the first, second, fourth, seventh,12th, 13th and 17th in halves of 40 and 39 for a 79 and a share of 41st place on 153.
England’s Sian Riddick, who had three double bogeys in a first-round 77, had another one at the third in a 78 for 155, which puts her down in a tie for 60th place.
It looks like being a competitive final round with three players sharing the lead on three-under-par 141.
Ohio State have dropped out of the team leadership but are still only one shot behind joint pacemakers Pepperdine and Texas A & M.
141 Ashley Knoll (Texas A&M) 71 70, Carolina Llano (Pepperdine) 72 69, Grace Wood (UNLV) 70 71.
142 Mikaela Backstedt (New Mexico) 70 72, Josefin Sevenningson (Baylor) 70 72.
Other scores:
147 Gemma Webster (Ohio State) 71 76.
153 Heather Macrae (San Diego State) 74 79.
155 Sian Reddick (Baylor) 77 78.
586 Pepperdine, Texas A&M.
587 Ohio State.
588 New Mexico, UNLV.
US College Golf

Scottish youths champion Peter McLachlan (Eastwood) is continuing his impressive early-season form for the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Peter, a freshman student, recorded another top-10 finish in the Bill Ross Inter-collegiate tournament at Oakwood Country Club, Kansas City.
McLachlan has still to have a team-mate score better than him.
In this one, Peter shared seventh place with UMKC senior Brian Donnelly on the three-over-par 219 mark. Peter had rounds of 73, 74 and 72 to finish eight shots behind the winner, John Sutko (Creighton) who scored 72, 71 and 68.
The efforts of McLachlan and Donnelly help the “Kangaroos” win the team title with a total of 884 – seven ahead of Oklahoma Christian.

Scottish Veteran Ladies Golfing Association

Midlands players finished first and second in the final event of the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golfing Association three-day programme at Blairgowrie.
Anne Moffat and Isobel Harvey won the Beddows Quaich greensomes tournament with a net round of 72 off seven of a handicap.
Sheila Travers and Kay Jarvey, also of Midlands and playing off 11.4, were runners-up with a net score of 72.6
Jean Clarke and Jen Petrie (North) finished third with a net 75.2 off 8.8 (better inward half). The other pair who had a net 75.2 were Anne Stalker and Judith Slater (North).
Anne Moffat and Isobel Harvey also had the best scratch score of 79 to win the SVLGA Foursomes Trophy with Stella Hodge and Margaret MacNaughtan (North) runners-up with an 82.
Blairgowrie Rosemount course
Beddows Quaich greensomes
Anne Moffat & Isobel Harvey (Midlands) (7) 72.
Sheila Travers & Kay Jarvey (Midlands) (11.4) 72.6.
Jean Clarke & Jen Petrie (North) (8.5) 75.2 (bih).
SVLGA Foursomes Trophy
Anne Moffat & Isobel Harvey (Midlands) 79.
Stella Hodge & Margaret MacNaughtan (North) 82.

Tuesday 27th September 2005

British Universities Golf
Scottish Universities v English Universities International Match

27-28 September, Longniddry Golf Club
The Scottish Universities men and women’s teams got off to a good start on the fist day of their 2-day BUSA Golf International match against English Universities at Longniddry Golf Club.
The blustery conditions proved more favourable for the Scottish players after the mornings greensomes with the men gaining a 3 – 1 lead and the women a 2 – 1 lead. Alex Marshall and Olivia Briigs both from Stirling University comfortably beat Samantha Round (Gloucestershire) and Jessie Punia (Royal Holloway) 5/3. The other two pairings were more closely contested with Kylie Walker and Emma Tipping (both Stirling) narrowly winning 1up after a brave fight back from Janet Phipps (Exeter) and Samantha Birks (Manchester). Zoe Humphreys (Birmingham) and Amy Olding (Loughborough) put English Universities first women’s point on the board with a 1up victory over Kirsty Wells (Dundee) and Ann Ramsay (Heriot Watt).
The men’s Greensomes began with a victory to English Universities pairing Oliver Gunning (Loughborough) and Sean Doherty (Leeds Met) over Mark Hillson (St Andrews) and Ally Love (Heriot Watt). However, English Universities were unable to build on this and Blair Paterson and Gordon Yates (both Stirling) beat Tom Pulling (Bath) and Marcus Read (Bournemouth) 3/2, Stuart Turnbull and James McEwan (both Stirling) also won but by the smaller margin of 2/1 against Simon Lee and Nick Scholey (both Northumbria). The final pairing of Jimmy Dale (Aberdeen) and Neil Cameron (Stirling) beat Charlie Swann and Shane Ruddle (both Bournemouth) 4/3.
The afternoon fourballs proved to be a similar affair however the majority of the matches were much more keenly contested. Sam Round and Sam Birks recorded the only win of the afternoon for English Universities women beating Kirsty Wells and Kylie Walker 3/2. The Scottish Universities women continued to perform well as Ann Ramsay and Olivia Briggs beat Amy Olding and Jessie Punia 3/1 whilst Alex Marshall and Emma Tipping were victorious over Zoe Humphreys and Janet Phipps 2/1.
Scottish Universities men narrowly scored wins in their first three fourball matches of the afternoon therefore extending their lead convincingly against the English Universities team. Blair Paterson and Gordon Yates continued their good form by beating Oliver Gunning and Tom Pulling 3/2. Mark Hillson and Stuart Turnbull also beat Sean Doherty and Marcus Read 2/1 whilst Shane Ruddle and Charlie Swann were defeated 2/1 by Ally Love and Jimmy Dale. The only win of the afternoon for English Universities men was somewhat convincing as Simon Lee and Nick Scholey beat James McEwan and Neil Cameron 6/5.
The scores going into tomorrows foursomes and singles leave English Universities with difficult but not impossible tasks. Scottish Universities women are 4 – 2 up whilst the men have a more comfortable lead of 6 – 2.

Carly Booth has won the Perth & Kinross women’s champion of champions’ golf tournament for a second time – and brought her handicap down to +1 at the age of 13 and a bit!
The Comrie girl, who qualified as county champion and Crieff women’s club title-holder,  had a round of 71 – three under par and three under the CSS – over the Gleneagles Queen’s Course (ON SUNDAY) to win the P&K title by six shots from runner-up Jillian Milne (Craigie Hill).
“Carly was four under par after only six holes but then she had a bad run of four bogeys in a row. She got back in the groove before the finish,” said her proud dad Wally.
“Her actual handicap is plus point eight but, rounded up, that makes her +1. She must be one of the youngest girl golfers anywhere to have a plus handicap at 13 years and three months.
“Carly’s got one more tournament to play in – the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association champion of champions’ tournament on October 14 so she’s keen to finish off the competitive season by getting another score for her handicap.”

R&A Press Release

The R&A and the United States Golf Association (the "USGA"), golf’s governing bodies, have announced no fewer than 111 amendments to the book "Decisions on the Rules of Golf", published every two years and effective for all golfers from 1st January 2006.
The 2006-2007 Decisions book, published by Hamlyn, includes 37 new Decisions and 66 revised Decisions, while 8 Decisions are withdrawn. The principal change is the governing bodies’ sanction of the use of distance measuring devices, including GPS based systems and laser rangefinders. New Decision 14-3/0.5 allows a Committee to permit the use of distance measuring devices by Local Rule. This applies to devices that measure distance only, not any other conditions that might affect a player’s play (e.g. wind or gradient). In the absence of such a Local Rule, the use of a distance measuring device remains contrary to the Rules.
The latest Decisions book also gives a Committee the ability to help the player who has signed for the correct score, but on the wrong score card. Mark Roe and Jesper Parnevik were disqualified from The Open Championship in 2003 in such circumstances. In the future, such an "administrative error" can be corrected without penalty. Revised Decision 6-6d/4 gives a Committee the power to strike the wrong name from an otherwise correctly completed score card and add the correct name, without limit of time.
Each year The R&A and the USGA receive thousands of requests to clarify the Rules for on course incidents that have occurred at all levels of the game, throughout the world. With changes to the Rules of Golf established on a four year rolling cycle, the facility to publish official interpretations of the Rules in the Decisions book every two years, in response to events, is helpful to the game. The book contains over 1200 individual Decisions, which are set out in question and answer format.
Another New Decision (Decision 16-1e/2) helps the player who inadvertently makes a putting stroke with both feet square on to the hole, often to avoid taking a stance on another player’s line of putt. In this instance, the player will not now be penalised under Rule 16-1e, which has as its true purpose the prevention of "croquet style" putting.
A significant revision to Decision 4-3/1 is also a feature on the 2006-2007 Decisions on the Rules of Golf. A change in the interpretation of what is considered to be the "normal course of play" will allow the repair or replacement of a damaged club, provided that the club was not abused.
The new edition of Decisions on the Rules of Golf is published on 15 November 2005, priced £14.99 and is available from bookshops and from .

US College Golf

Gemma Webster (Hilton Park), pictured right, a member of the Scotland team in the recent women’s home internationals, has transferred from Dundee University – where she was studying dentistry – to Ohio State University.
Gemma, winner of the British universities women’s individual title at Murrayshall during the summer, made an excellent debut for the Buckeyes (Ohio State) golf team in the Dick McGuire Invitational over the University of New Mexico course at Albuquerque on Monday.
Miss Webster packed seven birdies into a round of two-under-par 71 to be lying in joint seventh place.
Gemma had birdies at the short second, the fourth, the long fifth, the short seventh, the eighth, the 15th and the long 18th.
She also had bogeys at the sixth, 12th, 13th, 14th and 17th in halves of 33 and 38 over the par-73 women’s course.
Jennifer Cassidy, one of Gemma’s new team-mates at Ohio State, shared the lead on four-under-par 69 with Eileen Vargas (Pepperdine).
No surprise that Ohio State have opened up a useful lead in the team event with two rounds to go.
British women’s amateur stroke-play champion Heather MacRae from Dunblane – a student at San Diego State University, shot a one-over-par 74 to be tied for 25th place.
Heather began at the 10th and bogeyed the 11th, 15th and 17th before she birdied the long 18th to be two over par for her first nine holes. She then birdied the long first and the short second before bogeying the sixth, birdying the short seventh and bogeying the eighth for back-to-front halves of 38 and 36.
It wasn’t all good news for UK players in the tournament. England’s Sian Riddick, a student at Baylor University, Texas, had double bogeys at the fourth, 11th and 15th in returning a four-over-par 77 to be in a share of 50th place.

Scottish youths champion Peter McLachlan from Glasgow is making a big impression in his early golf competitions for the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has been the team's top scorer in the first three events of the new college golf season.
In the latest one, the UMKC team was placed 11th of 17 at the Kansas Invitational at the Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kansas. The Kangaroos fired a three round total of 884 (296-293-295) in the two-day tournament.
Freshman McLachlan gained a top-10 individual placing with a three-under-par total of 213, made up of 72, 69 and 72. The winner shot 206.
The Scot was nine-under-par for the par-5 holes alone. He also had 12 birdies in the three rounds.
In his debut for UMKC, McLachlan shot 75-76-76 for a total of 227 in the Missouri Intercollegiate at Lake of the Ozarks. Peter was tied 5th while his team came eighth of 19. The individual winner shot 211.
In Peter's second outing for UMKC, he came 13th equal in the Nebraska-Fairway Invitational at Lincoln, Nebraska. He had scores of 73, 76 and 74 for 223, 12 shots behind the winner. UMKC finished eighth of the 13 teams.


Monday 26th September 2005

President Liz Miskimmin presenting SVLGA Championship Trophy to Moira Thomson.

Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association championship

NORTH Berwick's Moira Thomson gained revenged for defeat in last year's Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association championship final when she Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) by 2 and 1 in over the Lansdowne course in non-stop rain at Blairgowrie today (MONDAY).
Twelve months ago Lorna beat Moira by 5 and 4 in a one-sided final but this year's contest was a nip-and-tuck affair with very few holes halved.
A birdie put Lorna, the Midlands vets' champion one up at the second but Moira, the East vets' title-holder, hit straight back to set the pattern for the final.
Bennett won the second, fourth and seventh while Thomson won the third, fifth, sixth and ninth on the outward half to be one up at the turn.
Thomson stretched her lead to two holes for the first time at the 10th but Bennett, who was under par in physical sense fighting the onset of a cold or flu, rallied to win the 11th and 12th to get back on terms.
Thomson was not to be denied, however. She won the 13th and the 15th with a birdie to re-establish a two-hole lead. Bennett birdied the 16th to cut the deficit to one again but she was in among the trees at the 17th, losing the hole and the match.
"I think both of us played our best golf to get to the final rather than in it," said Moira Thomson. "But I certainly played better than I did in the final last year against Lorna. I putted a lot better this time."
In the morning semi-finals, Thomson beat former champion Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee), the Borders champion, by 2 and 1 while Bennett beat the Northern vets' title-holder, Ann Smart (Banchory) by 3 and 1.
Semi-finals : Moira Thomson (East) bt Liz Campbell (Borders) 2 and 1, Lorna Bennett (Midlands) bt Ann Smart (Northern) 3 and 1.
Final: Thomson bt Bennett 2 and 1.
Prizewinners in Monday’s stroke-play competition over Rosemount:
Patrick Rosebowl – Pat Hutton (West) (6) 72; Esme Hill (Dumfries) (12) 74;
Lyon Trophy (best three net scores in Rosebowl) – West.
Jean Lambert (Galloway) (9) 75. Scratch – Pat Hutton (W) 78; Christine McAndrew (Highland) 79. Bronze Division – Handicap – Doorothy Rae (Highland) (22) 77.
Allen Plate – Isobel McIntosh (Highland) 84.
Buchanan Cup – Moyra Gordon (West) (19) 74; Kay Jarvie (Midlands) (15) 75.
Small Cup (nine holes) – Elda Morrison (Highland) (9) 30.

LGU Press Release
Health Perception Final
Turnberry hurricane rocks Ladies golfing world

In gale force winds nine year old Charley Hull From Kettering in Northamptonshire, swept away the opposition in the Grand Final of the 2005 Health Perception LGU Championship today at Turnberry.
Tiny Charley faced driving rain and winds gusting between 35 and 45 miles per hour to score 28 stableford points in this national championship to earn herself a place in the play off against 46 year old Janice Cloran from Alkrington, Manchester. She won the play-off, to lift the title, at the second extra hole.
The play off was the culmination of a tough competition, the initial stages of which took place between May and July this year from an original entry of 24,000 lady players from over 1270 golf clubs across Great Britain and Ireland.
Third place went to Gillian Wallace from Glenisla Golf Club who was one of the two ladies representing Scotland.
The resulting fourteen Regional Finalists arrived in Ayrshire on Sunday 25th September to prepare for the final over Turnberry’s Ailsa Championship course, which provided an extreme test in the prevailing weather conditions.
Health Perception LGU Championship is a competition for lady club golfers and includes players from all four Home Countries.
Charley received her trophy from the Managing Director of sponsors Health Perception – Olympic Gold Medallist, David Wilkie MBE.
"I first swung a golf club when I was two and my Dad has always encouraged me, as he is a regular player, but I am so excited to win today, I can’t believe it said Charley".

Gibson Cup
Letters have been sent out to competitors in this year’s Gibson Challenge Cup over Braids No1 Golf Course, Edinburgh.
The Draw for Saturday’s strokeplay qualifying round is as follows
8.30 Anne Brownie & Mary Stark, Linda Boyle & Dorothy Wilson
8.37 Elsa Todd & Maureen Cranston, Carole Mason & Nancy Lickrish
8.45 Caroline Kinnaird & Anne Hanson, Cara Easton & Rachel Watton
8.52 Gillian Simpson & Rachel Archibald, Fiona Smith & Aileen Kennedy
8.59 Linda Scotland & Frances McFadzean, Joan Marshall & Karen Marshall
9.06 Jennifer Bryans & Helen Warnock, Sandra Hennessey & Linda Wemyss
9.13 Pam Townsend & Liz Sowler, Jean Robertson & Katrina Muir
9.20 Margaret Davidson & Irene Dove, Elspeth Adair & Hazel Carpenter
9.27 Starter’s time
9.34 Janet Begrie & Catherine Stewart, Eileen Gillespie & Linda Bain
9.41 Isobel Harvey & Marion Brooks, Ruth Brown & Christine Clements
9.48 Janet Graham & Sheila McEwan, Katherine Anderson & Shona Sharp
9.55 Alison Mutch & Eleanor Anderson, Elspeth Johnston & Margaret McLaren
10.02 Elspeth Morrison & Alice Jack, Carol Clarkson & Hazel Deerness
10.09 Sal Shepherd & Kay Baillie, Samantha Lamb & Marie Young
10.16 Sandra Ashurst & Elinor Kemp, Sandra Craig & Thelma Dey
10.23 Eileen Montgomery & Deirdre Taylor, Beverly Winton & Sarah McCall
10.30 Ann Leitch & Marion Cunningham, Margaret Ritchie & Janet Hardie
10.37 Suzanne Ireland & Diane Moncrieff, Colleen Derighetti & Jaci Moriarty

Sunday 25th September 2005

Team Winners in the East of Scotland Championship at Murrayfield today
Fife: L to R: Fiona Lockhart, Krystle Caithness, Jocelyn Carthew, Elaine Moffat

East of Scotland Championship

Scottish champion Fiona Lockhart, pictured right, pipped two St Regulus clubmates, Elaine Moffat and Krystle Caithness for the East of Scotland women’s amateur golf championship at Murrayfield Golf Club today (Sunday).
All three players finished with 74s and Fiona, who had covered the back nine in three under par with three birdies, won with the best inward half.
Elaine Moffat, a former Scottish champion, was the East of Scotland title-holder. Krystle has won the Scottish Under-16 girls’ open championship for the past two years.
Not surprisingly, Fife won the team event with a total of 222 with the best three scores from their four players – Fiona Lockhart, Elaine Moffat, Krystle Caithness and Jocelyn Carthew (77).
Lynn Cackett (Broomieknowe) won the top handicap award with a net 69 off 16.
Murrayfield Golf Club.
CSS 73, LGU SS 73
74 Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus), Elaine Moffat (St Regulus), Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) (Lockhart won with best inward half).
75 Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse).
76 Claire Hargan (Mortonhall).
77 Jane Gibson (Mortonhall), Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank), Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry).
78 Val Aitchison (Murrayfield), Jane Turner (Mortonhall).
69 Lynn Cackett (Broomieknowe) (16).
71 Val Aitchison(Murrayfield) (7).
222 Fife (Fiona Lockhart 74, Elaine Moffat 74, Krystle Caithness 74, Jocelyn Carthew 77).
228 Midlothian (Kirsten Blackwood 75, Claire Hargan 76, Sally Watson 77, Rebecca Watson 85)

Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Assocation championship

Banchory’s Ann Smart won a tense quarter-final (on Sunday) against Christine McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) to reach Monday morning’s semi-finals of the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Assocation championship over the Blairgowrie Lansdowne course.
Ann, the Northern Division vets’ champion, finished one up against Highland vets’ title-holder Christine after taking a four-hole lead within the first seven holes.
Christine fought back to square the game at the 14th but Ann Smart regained the lead at the next only to be pulled back to all square again the 17th. Ann won the last hole and the match with a par after Christine missed a short putt for a half.
Ann Smart now plays the defending champion Lorna Bennett, the Midlands vets’ champion from Ladybank. Lorna beat West champion Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) by 2 and 1.
The other semi-final will be between former Scottish vets champion Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee), the Borders title-winner, and Moira Thomson, the East vets champion from North Berwick and last year’s beaten finalist.
The semi-finals will tee off at 9am and 9.10 with the final starting in the early afternoon.
Collated results
Liz Campbell (Borders) bt Jean Lambert (Galloway) 8 and 7.
Moira Thomson (East) bt Pearl Beattie (Dumfries-shire) 6 and 5.
Ann Smart (Northern) bt Christine McAndrew (Highland) 1 hole.
Lorna Bennett (Midlands) bt Helen Faulds (West) 2 and 1.

Scratch winners in the Aberdeenshire Girl-Lady Greensomes
L to R: Donna Pocock, Ros Roy (past county captain making presentations), Mhairi Johnstone

Aberdeen schoolgirls champion Mhairi Johnstone (Northern) and Aberdeenshire women's county player Donna Pocock (Murcar) teamed up to win the scratch category of the Aberdeenshire Girls Golf Association girl-lady greensomes at Oldmeldrum today (Sunday).
Mhairi, who plays off six, and three-handicap Donna had a score of 75 to finish five shots ahead of their nearest rivals - Lauren White and her Aberdeen Ladies team-mate Kim Watt who is a Scotland international indoor bowler.
In the handicap section, there was a very good net return of 59 - 12 under the LGU par for Oldmeldrum) by Aboyne mother and daughter Maria and Lauren Duncan. Maria plays off 21 and Lauren off 31, giving them a deduction of 26 from their gross score of 85.
They won the overall handicap category by 10 1/2 shot from the Westhill mother and daughter pairing Karen and Mairi Templeton.
A total of 18 partnerships took part in the competition which was sponsored by the KPMG Business League.
Leading scratch
75 Mhairi Johnstone (Northern) & Donna Pocock (Murcar).
80 Lauren Whyte & Kim Watt (Aberdeen Ladies).
85 Caitlin Geddes (Northern) & Ellie Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) (better last three); Lauren Duncan & Maria Duncan (Aboyne).
Leading handicap
59 Lauren Duncan & Maria Duncan (Aboyne) (26).
69 ½ Mairi Templeton & Karen Templeton (Westhill) (24 ½ ).
71 Samantha Leslie & Adrienne Fraser (Westhill) (16).

Handicap winners in the Aberdeenshire Girl-Lady Greensomes
L to R: Lauren Duncan, Marian Duncan, Ros Roy from Ballater who made the presentations.

The father-and-daughter partnership of Ian and Nicky Wilson from Whitecraigs Golf Club won the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association’s adult-girl foursomes at Falkirk Tryst today (Sunday).
They topped a big field of 75 couples with a Stableford points score of 38 off an adjusted handicap of 14.
Leading points scores in the categories were:
Class 1 (0-12 handicaps)
Tom Peebles (Carnoustie) & Heather Peebles (Monifieth) (10) 36pt (better inward half); Alison Gemmill & Lynsey Weadon (Barassie) (11) 36pt.
Class 2 (13-24 handicaps)
Alex Sargent & Jenny McGee (Skelmorlie) (22) 36pt; Gary Fotherigham & Nicola Fotheringham (Canmore) (13) 35 (better inward half); Wendy Smith & Ashley Smith (Kirriemuir) (15) 35; Jim Matthew (Craigmillar Park) & Saphia Matthew (Monifieth) (16) 32 (better inward half).
Class 3 (25 and over handicaps)
Morag & Rebecca Cunningham (Ranfurly Castle) (32) 29.
Non-handicap Class.
James & Claire Morrison (Barassie) (17) 46pt; Hamish Potts (Royal Troon) & Fiona Potts (Barassie)  (21) 30; David Jaffrey (Troon Welbeck) & Connie Jaffrey (Troon Bentink) (19) 29.

LET News
2005 Ladies European Tour rookies Lynn Kenny and Elizabeth McKinnon have secured full playing privileges for the 2006 Ladies European Tour. Lynn finished 75th on the money list while Liz finished 85th. The LET ended their 2005 season yesterday.

Saturday 24th September 2005

LPGA Qualifying School Stage 1

Rebecca Coakley, Samantha Head and Becky Brewerton made it through – but Kirsty Taylor failed by one shot.
That was the bottom line from the final day of the LPGA Qualifying School Stage 1 event at Mission Hills, California.
Irish-Australian Rebecca had a final round of 68 to finish in joint 12th place at four-under-par 284.
England’s Samantha Head also broke 70 at the last time of asking. Her 68 lifted her to a share of 16th place on three-under 285 – the same mark as Becky Brewerton from Wales. Becky closed with a 70.
But England’s Kirsty Taylor dropped out of the top 30 with a 74 for 290.
Former US Curtis Cup player Brittany Lang headed the total of 32 players with totals of one-over 189 and better. She had a 67 for 12-under-par 276 – one shot ahead of Japan’s Ai Miyazota.
Louise Stahle (Sweden), British women’s open amateur champion for the past two seasons, had a 71 to be joint third on 278. Another Scandinavian on 278 was Finland’s Minea Blomqvist.
The low-scoring story of the final day belonged to 17-year-old amateur Morgan Pressel who shot an incredible 63 – nine birdies, no bogeys to finish in fourth place on 280.
The next regional qualifier is at Venice, Florida from October 4 to 7. The final qualifying – over 90 holes – is at Daytona Beach, Florida during the last week of November/first week of December.
276 Brittany Lang (US) 70 72 67 67.
277 Ai Miyazato (Jap) 76 66 66 69.
278 Minea Blomqvist (Fin) 72 69 70 67, Shinobu Moromizato (Jap) 68 69 70 71, Louise Stahle (Swe) 70 66 71 71.
280 +Morgan Pressel (US) 72 72 72 67.
Other qualifiers included:
284 Rebecca Coakley (Ire) 75 68 73 68.
285 Samanthan Head (Eng) 74 72 71 68, Becky Brewerton 67 75 73 70.
(32 players with totals of 289 or better qualified for the Final LPGA Qualifying School).
Non-qualifiers included:
290 Kirsty Taylor (Eng) 74 73 69 74.

Friday 23rd September 2005

LPGA Qualifying School Stage 1

The European quartet of Becky Brewerton, Kirsty Taylor, Rebecca Coakley and Samantha Head are on course to be among the leading 30 (plus ties) at the end of the fourth and final round of the LPGA Qualifying School Stage 1 tournament at Mission Hills, California.
If so, they will all go forward to the Final Q School over 90 holes at Dayton Beach, Florida in late November-early December.
207 Shinobu Muromizata (Jap) 69 68 70; Louise Stahle (Swe) 70 66 71.
208 Ai Miyazato (Jap) 76 66 66,Jessica Lewis (US) 71 68 68, Kris Lindstrom (US) 69 69 70.
Other scores:
215 Becky Brewerton (Wal) 67 75 73 (18th).
216 Kirsty Taylor (Eng) 74 73 69; Rebecca Coakley (Ire) 75 68 73 (19th equal).
217 Samantha Head (Eng) 74 72 71, *Morgan Pressel (US) 73 72 72 (23rd equal).

New Scotland cap Bryan Fotheringham, pictured below right, from Forres shot a splendid five-under-par 64 over The Duke’s Course, St Andrews – a shortened lay-out while reconstruction work takes place – to win the top individual prize by two shots in the DSL Scottish Golf Union am-am tournament today (FRIDAY).
John Gallagher (Swanston), who also made his Scotland debut in the team that won the home internationals, finished second on 66 with yet another team-mate, Walker Cup man Lloyd Saltman (Craigielaw) third on 67.
Scott Knowles (Kingsknowe) steered The Duke’s Course team of Des Docherty (handicap 14), George Granger (14) and Dave Stewart (8) to victory in the am-am with a 15-under-par net total of 123.
They won by five strokes from Scott Henry (Cardross) and the Gerald Eve team of Kenneth McKay (8), Andrew Crossbie (2) and Blair McKellar (10).
A total of 18 teams took part.
Collated scoreboard
The Duke’s Course, St Andrews
Leading individuals (Par 69)
64 B Fotheringham (Forres).
66 J Gallagher (Swanston).
67 L Saltman (Craigielaw).
69 S Henry (Cardross).
70 G Campbell (Blairgowrie).
71 S McEwan (Barassie), S Mackenzie (West Linton), C W Green (Cardross).
73 M Thomson (Cardrona), W F Bryson (Drumpellier), E Saltman (Craigielaw).
75 I C Hutcheon (Monifieth).
76 S Knowles (Kingsknowe).
80 A Dick (Shotts).
Leading teams
123 S Knowles (Kingsknowe) & The Duke’s Course: Des Docherty (14), George Granger (14), Dave Stewart (8).
128 S Henry (Cardross) & Gerald Eve team: Kenneth McKay (8), Andrew Crossbie (2), Blair McKellar (10).
129 I C Hutcheon (Monifieth) & SGU team: Alistair Low (5), Colin Pearson (18), Campbell Cooper (14) (better inward half); J Gallagher (Swanston) & President’s Club team: Ian McDonald (14), Ian Printy (4), Louis Fairlie (7).

Scotland team ready for the weather at Dundalk last week.
L to R: Emma Wilson (SLGA Chairman) , Krystle Caithness, Gemma Webster, Jenna Wilson, Clare Queen, Fiona Lockhart, Kylie Walker, Sally Watson, Anne Laing, Nancy Chisholm (SLGA President)
(Photo Courtesy of Emma Wilson)
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LPGA Qualifying School Stage 1

Louise Stahle, the 20-year-old Swedish player who won the British women’s open amateur championship two years in a row before turning professional this past summer, jumped into the lead at the halfway stage of the LPGA Qualifying School Stage 1 tournament at Mission Hills, California.
Louise shot a brilliant round of 66 over the 6,368yd course for a 36-hole tally of eight-under-par 136.
She leads by one shot from 19-year-old Japanese player Shinobu Moromizato who had a 69.
Overnight leader Becky Brewerton from Wales slipped back with a 75 – eight shots worse than her very good first round. But, sharing 11th place on Becky is well placed to figure among the 30 players and ties who will advance at the end of four rounds to the LPGA Final Qualifying School at Daytona Beach from November 30 to December 4.
US amateur Morgan Pressel (145) and England’s Samantha Head (146) and Kirsty Taylor (147) were among the 79 players with totals of 148 or better who qualified for the last two rounds at Mission Hills.
Two former Curtis Cup players failed to make it – Fame More (152) and Danielle Masters (157).
136 Louise Stahle (Swe) 70 66.
137 Shinobu Moromizato (Jap) 68 689.
138 Kris Lindstrom (US) 69 69.
139 Jessia Lewis (US) 71 68.
Other scores:
142 Becky Brewerton (Wal) 67 75.
145 *Morgan Pressel (US) 73 72.
146 Samantha Head (Eng) 74 72.
147 Kirsty Taylor (Eng) 74 73.
Missed cut
152 Fame More (Eng) 80 72.
157 Danielle Masters 82 75.

Press Release

Solheim Cup star Karen Stupples has spoken of her ‘sadness and disappointment’ at news of the fire which swept through Chart Hills Golf Club in Kent.
News of the fire, which broke out at the Biddenden golf club around 8pm last Wednesday and destroyed two-thirds of the clubhouse, reached Stupples as she was preparing for the LPGA’s John Q Hammons Hotel Classic at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Oklahoma.
Stupples said: “It’s really sad and disappointing to hear of any golf club catching fire, but especially Chart Hills which is very dear to me.
“My dad sent me a text message while I was in Tulsa preparing for the tournament. He told me he had two pieces of news – Chart Hills had burned down and my credit card bill had arrived. I thought ‘Oh dear, that’s two pieces of bad news at once!’
“The important thing is that no-one was hurt. You can always rebuild a clubhouse but you can’t bring people back.”
Chart Hills, one of four top golf clubs owned by Leaderboard Golf, must now rebuild the clubhouse in time for next year’s renewal of the Ladies’ English Open – the Ladies’ European Tour event which it has staged successfully for the last two years and which it has committed to until 2010.
Stupples added: “Chart Hills will carry on and rebuild, and I look forward to playing in next year’s Ladies’ English Open in front of a nice new clubhouse on a course that I love playing.”
On the course, Stupples finished in a tie for 21st place in the John Q Hammons Hotel Classic to offset the disappointment of the European team failing to retain the Solheim Cup at Crooked Stick, Indiana.
She said: “We really thought it was going to be our year. We were all playing well and we really thought we would be the first European team to win the Solheim Cup on American soil.
“It was a fantastic experience and I really learned a lot about myself over those few days, even under extreme pressure. But I have never felt as sick as I did during the matches, it was so nervewracking. Every shot was crucial and you could never relax.
“What it means is that we have unfinished business, and I have absolutely no doubt that we will regain the Solheim Cup in Sweden in two years time.”

Thursday 22nd September 2005

Oliver Fisher receiving The Duke of York Young Champions' Trophy from HRH Prince Andrew

Oliver Fisher, 17-year-old Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team player, completed a great junior golf double within five days over the Castletown Links, Isle of Man today (THURSDAY) when he came from behind over the last round to win The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy.
Last Sunday, Fisher romped away with the boys’ title in the Nick Faldo Junior Series Grand Final at Celtic Manor.
Fisher, playing out of the West Essex club, started the last round of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy in fourth place, four shots behind leader Andrea Pavan from Italy.
After 16 holes it was a triple tie for the lead between Pavan, Fisher and Sweden’s Bjorn Akesson.
The Italian finished bogey-birdie-bogey for a 73 and a total of 213. Akesson parred the 16th and 17th and then played into the gorge at the 18th and had to drop another ball. He finished on 72 for 214.
Fisher parred all three finish holes for a terrific closing round of four-under-par 68 and a final 54-hole total of four-under-par 212. The CSS, incidentally was three times 73 = 219.
Pavan missed a 10ft par putt on the 18th which would have put him into a play-off with Fisher who had got up and down from a bunker to save par at the 17th.
Scott Henry (Cardross), Scottish boys’ match-play champion for the past two years, tied for sixth place on 217 after a final round of 72.
Steven McEwan (Barassie), winner of the Scottish boys’ open stroke-play championship at Monifieth this past summer, signed off with a 77 for 227.
Anna Nordqvist, the British girls’ open champion from Sweden, was the leading girl in The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy for the second year in a row.
She followed up her triumph at Kingsbarns 12 months ago with a 75 for 223, four over par from the LGU tees. Anna finished two shots ahead of France’s Valentine Derry and another Swede, Anna D’Ber-Soderestom.
Scotland’s Laura Murray from Alford, who played in the winning Scotland team against England in Monday’s schoolgirls international match at Glasgow Gailes and thus missed the practice round on the Isle of Man finished with her best round of the three, a 76, for 238.
Collated final totals
Castletown Links, Isle of Man.
Boys (Par 72, CSS 73 73 73)
212 Oliver Fisher (Eng) 71 73 68.
213 Andrea Pavan (Italy) 70 70 73.
214 Bjorn Akesson (Swe) 72 70 72.
215 Tom Sherreard (Eng) 71 74 70.
216 Zac Gould (Wal) 76 69 71.
217 Niall Kearney (Ire) 70 71 76, Scott Henry (Sco) 73 72 72.
222 Bernhard Neumann (Ger) 77 69 76.
224 Thomas Haylock (Eng) 76 73 75,Adrian Schwartzel (SAfr) 74 74 76, Xavier Feyaerts (Bel) 71 75 78.
227 Charles Levitte (Fra) 74 78 75, Steven McEwan (Sco) 72 78 77, Jesper Drongstrup (Den) 76 74 77.
230 Adam Runcie (Wal) 80 76 74.
231 Janos Toth (Hun) 76 76 79.
232 Philipp Fendt (Aut) 76 78 78.
235 Arthur De Rivoir (Swi) 78 76 81.
237 Max Biwer (Lux) 81 81 75, Riku Eve (Fin) 84 75 78.
239 Thordur Gissurarson (Ice) 78 85 76.
245 Mark Suursalu (Est) 88 77 80, Stanislav Matus (Cze) 79 81 85.
GIRLS (Par 73, CSS 73 73 75)
223 Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 71 77 75.
225 Valentine Derrey (Fra) 75 74 76, Anna D’Ber-Soderstom (Swe) 74 73 78.
226 Sahra Hassan (Wal) 74 74 78.
233 Monica Christiansen (Den) 81 76 76.
234 Iliska Verwey (SAfr) 77 82 75.
235 Justine Barbier (Bel) 80 72 83.
236 Danielle McVeigh (Ire) 73 84 79.
238 Laura Murray (Sco) 79 83 76.
240 Kerstin Mertl (Aut) 76 84 80.
241 Alessandra Gallo (Ita) 83 77 81.
242 Nejla Gercek (Tur) 81 79 82.
250 Katereina Rizickova (Cze) 87 84 79, Melanie Gruenfelder (Swi) 84 83 83.
253 Sanna Vihervaara (Fin) 82 82 89.
259 Hanna Sugurdardottir (Ice) 83 88 88.

The Midlothian pairing of Jane Neville (Murrayfield) and Amanda Liddell (Ratho Park) won the SLGA’s Commonwealth Spoons foursomes final at Broomieknowe Golf Club today (THURSDAY).
Jane and Amanda, with a net score of 74 off 14 of a handicap headed a field of 53 pairings who had qualified through their counties.
In a comparison of their inward halves,  Jane and Amanda pipped the Aberdeenshire pairing of Sheila Fyfe and Avril Willox, both Murcar members, who also had a net return of 74 off 23 of a handicap.
Midlothian also supplied the third-placed partnership of Rona Hunter and Jill Lothian, both Liberton members. They had a net 75 off 16 and won on the better last three holes from the Angus combination of Jackie Brown (Monifieth) and Lynne Fenton (Abertay) who also had a net 75 off four.
A third pairing, Lanarkshire’s Shirley Munro and Janice Gardner of Drumpellier also had a net 75 off nine. They lost out on the better inward half to Jackie and Lynne.
Broomieknowe Golf Club
Leading scores
74 Jane Neville (Murrayfield) & Amanda Liddell (Ratho Park) (14) (bih), Sheila Fyfe & Avril Willox (Murcar) (23).
75 Rona Hunter & Jill Lothian (Liberton) (16) (better last three), Jackie Brown (Monifieth) & Lynne Fenton (Abertay) (4) (bih), Shirley Munro & Janice Gardner (Drumpellier) (9).

British Seniors

Two double bogeys on the inward half killed off the title hopes of Fiona De Vries in the final round of the Senior British Open women’s golf championship at Newport today (THU).
The St Andrews hotel proprietor finished joint fifth with an aggregate of 233 after scores of 78, 75 and 80. Out in one-over-par 37, Fiona was progressing nicely in second place only two shots off the pace.
Then she ran up a double bogey 6 at the 11th followed by a double bogey 7 at the 12th. Mrs De Vries dropped further shots at the 15th and 16th to take 43 shots for the inward half.
Fiona finished seven shots behind Sweden’s Eva Ansgarius who made a successful defence of the championship with scores of 74, 77 and 75 for seven-over-par 226.
After a double-bogey 6 at the 10th, Eva played it straight down the middle and finished with four par figures for halves of 35 and 40.
Eva won by a single shot from her strong-finishing compatriot Viveca Hoff who birdied the 17th and 18th for a closing 72 – easily the best round of the day – and a total of 227.
Former champion Mary McKenna from Ireland finished third with 78, 74 and 77 for 229.
Scottish seniors champion Pamela Williamson never really got going and tied for 23rd place on 243 with scores of 85, 80 and 78.
Lynne Terry from Cruden Bay had scores of 81, 85 and 90 for 256.
Newport Golf Club.
Par 73
226 Eva Ansgarius (Swe) 74 77 75.
227 Viveca Hoff (Swe) 78 77 72.
229 Mary McKenna (Ire) 78 74 77.
230 Christine Watson (Eng) 74 80 76.
233 Jeannie O’Keeffe (Eng) 80 75 78, Rozalyn Adams (Eng) 73 80 80, Fiona De Vries (Sco) 78 75 80.
234 Geraldine Bray (Eng) 77 81 76, Vicki Thomas (Wal) 80 75 789.
235 Pamela Valentine (Wal) 80 78 77.
237 Marilyn Henderson (Eng) 78 84 75, Julie Ballard (Eng) 76 78 83, Alison Murdoch (Can) 80 73 84.
239 Valerie Hassett (Ire) 81 84 74, Diane Williams (Can) 76 83 80
240 Sue Westall (Eng) 78 83 79.
241 Vivien Saunders (Eng) 87 79 75.
Other Scottish totals:
243 Pamela Williamson 85 80 78.
244 Verona Mackenzie 83 82 79.
256 Lynne Terry 81 85 90.

Wednesday 21st September 2005


St Andrews hotelier Fiona De Vries is lying in joint third place, only two shots off the lead, with one round to go in the Senior British Women’s Open golf championship at Newport Golf Club.
Fiona shot a second-round 75 for a 36-hole tally of 153. The inward half cost her 42 strokes in the first round but she played it in par 37 today (WED) with a birdie at the 10th and a bogey at the 16th.
On the outward half, Mrs De Vries had a sticky run of bogeys at the fourth, fifth and sixth before a birdie 2 at the short eighth cheered her up.
Sweden’s Eva Ansgarius leads with a 74 and 77 for 151 – one shot ahead of the legendary Irish player Mary McKenna who improved by four shots with a second-round 74.
On the same 153 mark as Fiona De Vries is Alison Murdoch who retained the Irish senior women’s open title last week and has won the Canadian seniors title three times in the past four years.
Alison lives in British Columbia but she has Scottish roots on both sides of her family tree.
Cruden Bay’s Lynne Terry survived the 36-hole cut with nothing to spare after an 81 and 85 for 166.
Not so lucky was Scottish Ladies Golfing Association secretary Dr Sheila Hartly who had an 88 and 86 for 174.
Newport Golf Club.
Leading second-round totals
151 Eva Ansgarius (Swe) 74 77.
152 Mary Mckenna (Ire) 78 74.
153 Alison Murdoch (Can) 80 73, Fiona De Vries (Sco) 78 75.
154 Julie Ballard (Eng) 76 78, Christine Watson (Eng) 74 80.
155 Vicki Thomas (Wal) 80 75, Jeannie O’Keeffe (Eng0 80 75, Viveca Hoff (Swe) 78 77.
Other Scots scores:
165 Pamela Williamson 85 80, Verona McKenzie 83 82.
166 Lynne Terry 81 85.
Scots who did not qualify:
174 Sheila Hartley 88 86, Luci Foster 85 89.
175 Patricia Midcaff 88 87.
178 Pat Bennett 91 87.

Scott Henry from Cardross is lying in joint fifth place at the halfway stage of the boys’ section of  The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy tournament over the Castletown Links on the Isle of Man.
Henry, Scottish boys’ match-play champion for the past two years, had a second-day 72 for a 36-hole tally of 145 – five shots behind the Italian pacemaker Andrea Pavan who has had a pair of 70s so far.
Scotland’s other boy representative, stroke-play title-holder Steven McEwan ( Barassie) is sharing 12th place on 150 after slipping back to a second-round 78.
Zac Gould, the Welsh “wonder boy” who won the title at the age of 16 at Kingsbarns last year, returned to form with the best score of the day – a 69 – which lifted him into joint fifth place on 145 alongside Henry and England’s Tom Sherreard.
Alford’s Laura Murray had a disappointing second day with an 83 which gave her a halfway total of 162. She is 15 shots behind the leader, Sweden’s Anna D’Ber-Soderstom.
Castletown Links, Isle of Man
140 Andrea Pavan (Ita) 70 70.
141 Niall Kearney (Ire) 70 71.
142 Bjorn Akesson (Swe) 72 70.
144 Oliver Fisher (Eng) 71 73.
145 Scott Henry (Sco) 73 72, Tom Sherreard (Eng) 71 74, Zac Gould (Wal) 76 69.
146 Bernhard Neumann (Ger) 77 69, Xavier Feyaerts (Bel) 71 75.
148 Adrian Schwartzel (SAfr) 74 74.
149 Thomas Haylock (Eng) 76 73.
150 Jesper Drongstrup (Den) 76 74, Steven McEwan (Sco) 72 78.
152 Charles Levitte (Fra) 74 78, Janos Toth (Hun) 76 76.
154 Arthur De Rivoire (Swi) 78 76, Philipp Fendt (Aut) 76 78.
156 Adam Runcie (Wal) 80 786.
159 Riku Eve (Fin) 84 75.
160 Nejla Gercek (Tur) 81 79, Stanislav Matus (Cze) 79 81.
162 Max Biwer (Lux) 81 81.
163 Thordur Gissurarson (Ice) 78 85.
165 Mark Suursalu (Est) 88 77.
147 Anna D’Ber-Soderstom (Swe) 74 73.
148 Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 71 77, Sahra Hassan (Wal) 74 74.
149 Valentine Derrey (Fra) 75 74.
152 Justine Barbier (Bel) 80 72.
157 Danielle McVeigh (Ire) 73 84, Monica Christiansen (Den) 81 76.
159 Iliska Verwey (SAfr) 77 82.
160 Alessandra Gallo (Ita) 83 77, Kersstin Mertl (Aut) 76 84.
162 Laura Murray (Sco) 79 83.
164 Sanna Vihervaara (Fin) 82 82.167 Melanie Gruenfelder (Swi) 84 83.
171 Hanna Sigurdardottir (Ice) 83 88, Katerina Rizickova (Cze) 87 84.

LPGA Qualifying School

Becky Brewerton from Wales was leading on five-under-par 67 going into the second round of the LPGA Qualifying School Stage 1 event at Mission Hills, California.
Becky,22,  had halves of 33 and 34 to lead by one shot from Meredith Ward and Shinobu Moromizato.
Sweden’s Karin Sjodin and Louise Stahle, British women’s open amateur champion for the past two years, were back on 70 while the highly-rated American amateur, Morgan Pressel, was in 37th place after a 73.
Samantha Head had a 74 (35-39) and Fame More an 80 (38-42).
Another former Curtis Cup player who has struggled as a pro, Danielle Masters had a disastrous 82 which included 43 shots for the inward half.

Faldo Series

The PR company updating the Nick Faldo website with the final totals in Sunday’s Nick Faldo Series Grand Final at Celtic Manor Golf Resort have apologised for missing out Carly Booth from the scoresheet.
She had a 78 and a 77 for a total of 155 to finish fourth behind the repeating winner, Kiran Matharu who had 71 and 73 for 144.
Carly’s father Wally, who drove her on the 1000-mile round trip to Celtic Manor, said they were quite happy with fourth place behind three very talented – and older competitors.
“Celtic Manor is a very tough course but Carly played well from tee to green. It was the greens she found difficult. You had to hit the greens in the right places to have any chance of scoring well,” said Wally.
“But it is no disgrace to finish behind Kiran Matharu, Henrietta Brockway and Melissa Reid. They are all very good players and that bit older than Carly.”

Celtic Manor Golf Resort
Par 72 (Ladies)                                             Girls Under 18


Golf Club

1st Round

2nd Round


Kiran Matharu

Cookridge Hall




Henrietta Brockway





Melissa Reid





Carly Booth





Becky Harries





Hannah Barwood





Danielle McVeigh

Royal County Down Ladies




Nicola Dunn





Pamela Pretswell

Bothwell Castle




Laura Thomas





Vicky Harris





US College golf

Heather Macrae from Dunblane, the British women’s open amateur stroke-play champion, finished sixth in her first American college golf tournament of the 2005-2006 season.
Heather helped her college team, San Diego State University, win the team event in a tight finish to the Mountain Shoot-out tournament over the Continental Country Club course at Flagstaff, Arizona.
Miss Macrae had a pair of 76s for a six-over-par total of 152. The event was won by team-mate Megan McLeod with 73 and 72 for 145.
San Diego State (614) won the team event from Sacramento State (615), Arizona (616) and Northern Arizona (619).
145 Megan McLeod (San Diego State) 73 72.
147 Amanda Wilson (Arizona) 76 71.
149 Sophia Choi (Northern Arizona ) 77 72.
151 Rachel Gavin(Arizona) 78 73, Lindsay Snowden (UC Riverside) 76 75.
152 Heather Macrae (San Diego State) 76 76.
US College golf

Anna Scott from Consett, Co Durham tied for second place in the Cardinal Cup women’s college tournament over the Cardinal course at Simpsonville, Kentucky.
Anna had scores of 74, 69 and 75 for a two-over-par total of 218. She finished three shots behind Georgia State University team-mate Lisbeth Meincke who shot 74, 71 and 70 for 215.
Welsh international Lucy Gould from Bargoed, a freshman at East Tennessee State University, tied for 28th place on 237 with scores of 81, 75 and 81.
Georgia State (894) won the team event by 13 shots from Kentucky (907) with Lousville (915) third.
215 Lisbeth Meincke (Georgia State) 74 71 70.
218 Anna Scott (Georgia State) 74 69 75, Erin Faulkner (Kentucky) 74 69 75.
Other score:
237 Lucy Gould (East Tennessee State) 81 75 81 (tied 28th).

Tuesday 20th September 2005

Scotland’s two representatives in the boys’ section – Steven McEwan (Barassie) and Scott Henry (Cardross) – were well to the fore at the end of the first round of The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy over the Castletown Links on the Isle of Man today (TUESDAY).
In warm, sunny conditions with a light breeze, McEwan, the BP Scottish boys' open stroke-play champion, shot a 72 – one under the CSS – and Henry, the repeating BP Scottish boys' match-play title-winner, had a 73. Both are in the top seven behind the boys’ pacemaker from Ireland, Niall Kearney who returned an excellent score of 70.
One of the lads breathing down his neck is Walker Cup 16-year-old Oliver Fisher who won the Nick Faldo Series Grand Final at Celtic Manor on Sunday.
Zac Gould, the 17-year-old Welshman who won The Duke of York Young Champons Trophy boys’ title by three shots at Kingsbarns 12 months ago, had a 76 to keep his hopes alive in what is a 72-hole event.
Laura Murray from Alford, the only Scottish girl invited to join the select field, did not have the benefit of a practice round over the Isle of Man course. She played for the winning Scottish schoolgirls team against the English schoolgirls at Glasgow Gailes on Monday then flew to the Isle of Man during the evening.
In these circumstances, Laura’s opening round of 79 – six over the girls’ CSS – was as good as could be expected.
Defending champion Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), who won the British girls’ open championship earlier this summer, had a 71 to be one shot behind leader Andrea Pavan from Italy.
Castletown Links Golf Club, Isle of Man.
First round scores
BOYS (CSS 73)   
70 Niall Kearney (Ire).
71 Tom Sherreard (Eng), Xavier Feyaerts (Bel), O Fisher (Eng).
72 Steven McEwan (Sco), Bjorn Akesson (Swe).
73 Scott Henry (Sco).
74 Charles Levitte (Fra), Adrian Schwartzel (SAfr).
76 Jesper Drongsrup (Den), Zac Gould (Wal), Janos Toth (Hun), Thomas Haylock (Eng), Philipp Fendt (Aut).
77 Bernard Neumann (Ger).
78 Thordur Gissurarson (Ice), Arthu De Rivoire (Swi).
79 Stanislav Matus (Cze).
80 Adam Runcie (Wal), Justine Barbier (Bel).
81 Max Biwer (Lux).
84 Riku Eve (Fin).
88 Mark Suursalu (Estonia).
70 Andrea Pavan (Ita).
71 Anna Nordqvist (Swe).
73 Danielle McVeigh (Ire).
74 Anna D’Berg-Soderstom (Swe), Sahra Hassan (Wal).
75 Valentine Derrey (Fra).
76 Kerstin Mertl (Aut).
77 Iliska Verwey (SAfr).
79 Laura Murray (Sco).
81 Nejla Gercek (Tur), Monica Christiansen (Den).
82 Sanna Vihervaara (Fin).
83 Alessandro Galo (Ita), Hanna Sigurdardottir (Ice).
84 Melanie Gruenfelder (Swi).
87 Katerina Ruzickova (Cze).

US College Golf

British women’s open amateur stroke-play champion Heather Macrae from Dunblane was tied for third place at the end of the first round of the Mountain Shoot-out women’s college golf tournament at Continental Country Club, Flagstaff in Arizona on Monday (USA time).
Heather, a senior year golf scholarship student at San Diego State University, shot a three-over-par 76 (38-38) over the 6,002yd course.
It was Miss Macrae’s first competition since winning the British title at Nairn in August.
San Diego University team-mate Megan McLeod (37-37) and Kim Cammer (Western New Mexico) (37-37) share the lead on 73.
Continental Country Club, Flagstaff, Arizona.
Par 73
73 Megan McLeod (San Diego State) 37-37, Kim Cammer (Western New Mexico) 37-36.
76 Heather Macrae (San Diego State) 38-38, Mergaux Sheehan (Sacramento State) 40-36, Amanda Wilson (Arizona) 38-38,Erica Yoshino (Sacramento State) 38-38, Lindsay Snowdon (UC Riverside) 39-37.
77 Noel Larson (Northern Arizona) 38-39, Sophie Choi (Northern Arizona) 38-39, Devon Douglas (UC Riverside) 37-40.

Photos wanted
I know there were lots of you taking photos at the County Finals.... If there are any that you are particularly proud of, could you consider sending them in to me and I will collate and put into an album. It doesn't just have to be Midlothian, I would appreciate photos of all the teams (and spectators!)
We're also looking for a "good" one of the Midlothian team behind the shield at the Prizegiving. My effort was not quite up to scratch!
Thanks.. my email is
PS Check out Lanarkshire's webpage of the County Finals... superb! Congratulations to Margaret Reid for taking some excellent photos.

US College Golf

Anna Scott from Consett, County Durham is sharing second place after two rounds of the Cardinal Cup women’s college golf tournament at the Cardinal course, Simpsonville in Kentucky.
Anna, a member of the Georgia State University team, had rounds of 74 and 70 for a level par total of 144. She is tied with Adrienne White (Louisville), one shot behind the leader, Erin Faulkner (Kentucky) who shot 74 and 69 for 143.
Welsh international Lucy Gould from Bargoed, a freshman student at East Tennessee State University, is tied for 19th place with one round to go after scores of 81 and 75 for 156.
Georgia State (595) have a big lead in the team event from Kentucky (611) and Louisville (612).
East Tennessee State (633) are sharing seventh place.
The Cardinal course measures 6,181yd and has a par of 72.


Monday 19th September 2005

Victorious Scottish Schoolgirls team
L to R; Laura Murray, Krystle Caithness, Rebecca Watson, Michelle Thomson, Sally Watson and Roseanne Niven
(Photo Courtesy Graham Watson)

Schools International

Bad weather forced the cancellation of the afternoon singles play in the schools golf international match between Scotland and England at Glasgow Gailes today (MONDAY).
The morning foursomes were played in very strong winds and torrential rain but the organisers felt it the conditions were simply too bad to send the boys and girls out again.
England won the boys’ foursomes 3 ½-2 ½ while Scotland won the girls’ foursomes 2-1 in the morning.
Chris Bell (St Aidan’s High) & Robert Carson (James Young High) halved with Chase Davis (Norfolk) & James Curry (Northumberland).
Stuart Robin (Prestwick Acad) & Cameron Gray (Glasgow High) bt Ben Bernamont (Warwickshire) & Andrew Smedley (Notts) 3 and 2.
Lewis Kirton (Inverurie Acad) & Adrian Styles (Harlaw Acad)  lost to Luke Joy (Dorset) & Henry Smart (Somerset) 5 and 3.
Philip McLean (Peterhead Acad) & Chris Robinson (Douglas Ewart High) lost to Luke Burrows (Lancashire) & Tommy Fleetwood (Lancashire) 1 hole.
James White (Buckhaven High) & Alan Murdoch (Stranraer Acad) bt David Booth (Yorkshire) & Rory Kirwan (Warwickshire) 5 and 4.
Scott Borrowman (Dollar Acad) & Ryan Delaney (Holy Cross High) lost to Joe Favata (Surrey) & Scott Brace (Lincolnshire) 2 holes.

Krystle Caithness (Waid Acad) & Sally Watson (Mary Erskine School) bt Katie Thompson (Hampshire) & Edwina Lowery-Gold (Norfolk) 8 and 6.
Laura Murray (Alford Acad) & Michele Thomson (Ellon Acad) lost to Gemma Parkes (Leicestershire) & Nicole Whitemore (Buckinghamshire) 4 and 3.
Roseanne Niven (Loretto School)  & Rebecca Watson (Mary Erskine School) bt Rachel Connor (Lancashire) & Nicola Race (Lancashire) 3 and 2.

Anglo-Scot Norma Varley came back over the Border with Stoke Rochford Golf Club team-mate Sheila Dugmore to win the prestigious Peugeot Ladies Golf Union Coronation Foursomes Grand Final over the Jubilee Course, St Andrews today (MONDAY).
Well over 20,000 couples entered the tournament at club level back at the start of the season. The winners progressed to regional finals and from there 11 pairings made it through to the Grand Final which was played in quite windy and latterly rainy weather.
Norma, handicap 19, and Sheila, handicap 18, from Grantham, Lincolnshire totalled 36 Stableford points to win by a single point from Karen James (handicap 21) and Hazel Daniel (handicap 24) from Vale of Glamorgan.
Karen and Hazel looked set to win with three holes to go but did not score any points on the 16th or the 18th where they were playing three off the tee.

Victorious Midlothian Team after their epic win at the Scottish County Finals at Ranfurly Castle yesterday.
L to R: Kirsten Blackwood, Claire Hargan, Claire Macdonald, Wendy Nicholson, Margaret Macpherson (Captain), Belinda Murphy, Rhona McLennan, Jane Turner, Karen Marshall.
The team mascot is called Micheala

Faldo Series

Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) finished down the field in the Girls’ Category at the Nick Faldo Junior Series Grand Final at Celtic Manor Golf Resort yesterday.
Pamela, who pulled out of the Scotland team for Monday’s schools international against England at Glasgow Gailes so that she could play in the Nick Faldo event, had rounds of 81 and 80 for 161.
Kiran Matharu (Cookridge Hall) was the winner by a resounding six-shot margin after two very good rounds of 71 and 73 against the LGU red tees par of 73 and the CSS of 75 and 74.
Henrietta Brockway (Yeovil) was runner-up on 150.
Carly Booth (Auchterarder) qualified to be Scotland’s representative in the Girls’ Category, and scored 155 to take 4th place.
Walker Cup teenager Oliver Fisher played the outstanding golf of the day. He shot 63 and 66 (Par 72, CSS 72-72) for an aggregate of 15-under-ar 129 in the Boys’ Under-17 Category, finishing 10 shots ahead of Joe Lippett.
Fisher’s total was easily the best of the day.
Two Scottish boys finished runners-up in their sections – James Byrne (Banchory) in the Under-16s with rounds of 70 and 77 for 147, and Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) with 74 and 72 for 146 in the Under-15s.
144 Kiran Matharu (Cookridge Hall) 71 73.
150 Henrietta Brockway (Yeovil) 76 74.
153 Melissa Reid (Chevin) 78 75.
155 Carly Booth (Auchterarder)
156 Becky Harries (Haverfordwest) 79 77.
157 Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies) 80 77.
159 Nicola Dunn (Harrogate) 81 78.
161 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 81 80.
166 Laura Thomas (Dentron) 84 82.
Other leading scores:
Par 70. CSS 72 72.
137 John Parry (Harrogate) 67 70.
138 Ben Evans (Rye) 69 69.
142 Michael Lowe (Wentworth) 72 70.
145 Dale Marmion (Delamere Forest) 69 76.
146 Frazer Bone (Cardross) 73 73.
140 Steven Capper (Caldy) 69 71.
141 Thomas Haydock (The Hertfordshire) 72 69.
142 Lee Cameron (Fulwell) 71 71.
Other score:
147 (10th equal) Robbie King (Dumbarton) 72 75.
129 Oliver Fisher (West Essex) 63 66.
139 Joe Lippett (Burghley Park) 73 66.
141 Ben Loughrey (Wrag Barn) 73 68.
145 Ross Kellett (Colvilel Park) 74 71, Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin) 68 77.
145 Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford) 71 74.
147 James Byrne (Banchory) 70 77.
149 Matthew Nixon (Ashton under Lyne) 72 77.
143 Eddie Pepperell (Frilford Heath) 69 74.
146 Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) 74 72.
148 Luke Lennox (Moyola Park) 72 76.

LGU Press Release

Swedish player Eva Ansgarius recorded a two shot victory in the Senior Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship last year at Portstewart and now heads for Newport Golf Club from 20-22 September looking for a successful defence of her title.
Ninety competitors from 12 countries will be hoping to prevent that repeat win and break the back-to-back success of Swedish competitors in the past two years.
That may be difficult, since Sweden again have a strong entry of 13 players including Anna-Kristin Hermanson, one of their country’s top senior amateurs.
Ruth Lindley from Hartlepool finished second last year and with third placed Vivien Saunders will be hoping to improve on these performances and add to the list of distinguished English names on the Trophy. Alison Murdoch of Canada is another player currently in form and with a successful defence of the Irish Senior Ladies’ Championship behind her, must be one of the favourites for the British title at Newport.
Former winners in the field include Diane Williams (1994), Valerie Hassett (1996), Birthe Mogensen (2000), Mary McKenna (2001) and Ros Page (2002) while six times Curtis Cup player Vicki Thomas must also be considered a contender for the title.
In addition to regularly hosting Welsh championships, Newport most recently was the venue in 2003 for the Girls British Open Amateur Championship.
The full list of competitors can be viewed on

US College Golf

Becky Wood from Glossop, Derbyshire, a senior-year golf scholarship student at Kent State University, Ohio,  chalked up her best performance on the American women’s college circuit when she was the joint winner with Jennifer Hong (Northwestern University) of the Mary Fossum Invitational at East Lansing, Michigan at the weekend.
Becky had rounds of 76, 71 and 73 for a four-over-par total of 220 over the Par-72, 6,278yd Forest Akers West course. Jennifer Hong scored 70, 76 and 74.
In the tightest of finishes, they finished one shot ahead of five players who shared third place.
Becky began at the fourth and bogeyed the last hole she played - the third. It was the third hole that cost her a double-bogey 6 in the second round. Miss Wood also had a double bogey 6 at the 16th in her first round.
Jennifer Hong, starting at the first hole, bogeyed the 17th and 18th.
Irish international Karen Delaney, who is also a member of the Kent State women’s golf team, finished joint 48th onf 237 with rounds of 78, 81 and 78.
Kent State (909) finished fourth in the team event behind Michigan State (889), Southern Methodist (897) and Northwestern (901).

US College Golf

Former Scottish boys' open stroke-play champion Mark Lamb from Haddington dropped from tied 12th to a final placing of joint 31st due to a last-round 76 in the William H Tucker college tournament at Albuquerque, New Mexico at the weekend.
Lamb, a student at the University of Arizona, had rounds of 73, 73 and 76 for a total of 220 - 13 shots behind the winner, Andres Gonzales (UNLV) who shot 67, 72 and 68 for nine-under-par 207.
Arizona (879) tied for eighth place in the team event won by UNLV (851) from  Brigham Young (861) and Texas Tech (862).

ILGU Press Release
Menolly Homes/ILGU Inter-Club Fourball

Castle Golf Club beat Mullingar Golf Club to win the final of the Menolly Homes/ILGU Inter-Club Fourball at the K Club on Sunday 18th September.
Castle won the two top matches 2up and 3&1 leaving the tie one-sided however a strong rally from Mullingar saw them take the final two matches on the 18th (1up) and 17th (2&1) greens but just a little too late. Castle won on countback by 2 holes and keep the trophy for the next 12 months.
217 Clubs entered the competition in April 2005, and the final 2 teams had each survived eight gruelling rounds to reach Sunday’s Final.  Each finalist appeared at this stage of the competition for the first time. Last year’s winners Roscommon exited at the first hurdle while beaten finalists Cahir Park were beaten in this year’s fifth round
Mullingar 2-2 Castle (Castle win by 3 holes)
Lucy Tormey (8) & Bernie Kelly (16) lost to Sinead Heraty (6) & Martha Jones (14) 2up
Fiona Burke (10) & Lily Gilleran (14) lost to Lorraine Crighton (9) & Niamh Leonard (12) 3/1
Eilish McCormack (12) & Una Stevens (17) beat Yvonne Managhan (9) & Anna Vella (14) 1up
Patience Collier (9) & Ann Marie Fagan (20) beat Sally Lenehan (9) & Mary Bourke (14) 1up

Midlothian Past Captains had to get into the picture!
L to R: Gillian Kirkwood, Fiona Verth, Margaret Rodger, Anne Brownie, Sue Caton (current President), Joan Marshall, Karen Ballanyne and Margaret Macpherson (current Captain)

Sunday 18th September 2005

Midlothian Team
Back row L to R: Claire Hargan, Claire Macdonald, Karen Marshall, Rhona McLennan, Belinda Murphy, Wendy Nicholson
Front Row Jane Turner, Kirsten Blackwood

Midlothian have won the Scottish women’s county team championship for the first time since 1935. They followed up earlier wins over Borders and Northern Counties with a 7-2 victory over Lanarkshire at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club today.
Although Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) lost her final singles match to Ruth Rankin (Lanark), she shared the honour of being the most successful player at the tournament with Midlothian team-mates, Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse) and Belinda Murphy (Mortonhall). Each won five times with Belinda actually finished with a 100 per cent record as she did not play in the first-day singles.
Northern Counties, who had won the title for the past two years, finished on a high with a 7 ½ -1 ½ win over Borders to fill second place in the final standings.
We will never know if Lanarkshire would have been a match for Midlothian had they not lost the services of their two star players, Clare Queen and Jenna Wilson, due to an unfortunate clash with the last day of the women's home internationals at Dundalk.
As Midlothian officials and players would point out - quite rightly - you can only beat the players that are there ... and Midlothian certainly did that with something to spare.
Well done, Midlothian!
Renfrewshire GC, Bridge of Weir.
Third Day
Foursomes: L Walker & K MacDonald bt M Pow & J Anderson 3 and 2,
J Milne & K Harper bt J Birdsall-White & W Wells 5 and 4, Manson & A Ingram bt E Fairnie & K Hughes 2 and 1 (3-0)
Singles: MacDonald lost to Fairnie 1 hole, Walker bt Hughes 4 and 3, Harper bt S Paterson 4 and 3, Ingram bt Wells 5 and 3, Milne halved with Birdsall-White, M Smith bt Anderson 4 and 2 (4 ½ - 1 ½ )
Foursomes: Blackwood & C MacDonald bt S Wood & R Rankin 3 and 2,
K Marshall & J Turner bt A Hendry & P Hutton 3 and 2, Hargan & B Murphy bt E Cuthill & A Young 1 hole (3-0).
Singles: Hargan lost to Rankin 3and 2, Marshall halved with Cuthill, MacDonald halved with Young, W Nicholson bt Wood 4 and 3, Murphy bt L Lloyd 6 and 5, Blackwood bt Hughes 4 and 2 (4-2).
Final placings: Midlothian 3 wins, Northern Counties 1 win and 1 draw, Borders 1 win, Lanarkshire 0 wins and 1 draw.
5 pt K Blackwood, C Hargan, B Murphy.
3 1/2 pt K macDonald, K Harper.
3 pt E Fairnie, M Pow, J Anderson.
3pt R Rankin.

Saturday 17th September 2005

Scottish County Finals

Midlothian are on the verge of becoming Scottish women’s county golf champions for the first time since 1935. They thrashed defending champions Northern Counties 7 ½-1 ½ today after beating Borders 6-3 on Friday.
The writing was on the wall for Northern Counties when they lost the foursomes 3-0. Then Claire Hargan score a 6 and 5 win over Laura Walker in the top singles. Kelsey MacDonald, only 14 years old, squared the next tie with her Midlothian namesake, Claire MacDonald but Wendy Nicholson clinched victory for her team by beating Kerri Harper 5 and 4.
Northern Counties teenage county debutante Ashton Ingram beat Rhona MacLennan by 3 and 2 before Midlothian added two more wins to their scoreline. Belinda Murphy beat Jenny Milne by one hole and Kirsten Blackwood was a 4 and 2 winner over Mary Smith.
In the other Saturday match, Borders scored a 7 ½- 1 ½ win over Lanarkshire who were deprived of the services of their two star players, Clare Queen and Jenna Wilson, because of a clash of dates with the women’s home internationals in Ireland.
Lanarkshire suffered the same 3-0 foursomes whitewash as Northern Counties and also lost the singles 4 1/2- 1 1/2 to Borders. Young Emma Fairnie, Julie Birdsall-White, Judith Anderson and Martine Pow were Borders' afternoon winners. Elaine Cuthill score Lanarkshire's only singles win while Susan Wood and Karen Hughes drew their match.
Midlothian end their campaign by playing Lanarkshire on Sunday while Northern Counties play Borders. Midlothian look certainties to win the title while even the runner-up placing for Borders would represent their best ever performance in the national championship.
Saturday details:
Foursomes: J Birdsall-White & W Wells bt E Cuthill & A Young 2 holes, J Anderson & M Pow bt M Hughes & A Hendry 3 and 2, E Fairnie & K Hughes bt S Wood & R Rankin 2 holes (3-0).
Singles: Fairnie bt Rankin 2 and 1, K Hughes halved with Wood, Wells lost to Cuthill 3 and 2, Birdsall-White bt Young 2 and 1, Anderson bt L Lloyd 2 and 1, Pow bt Hendry 4 and 3 (4 ½ -1 ½ ).
Foursomes: K Blackwood & C MacDonald bt K MacDonald & L Walker 3 and 2; K Marshall & J Turner bt K Harper & M Smith 4 and 3; C Hargan & B Murphy bt J Milne & A Ingram 3 and 1 (3-0).
Singles: Hargan bt Walker 6 and 4, C MacDonald halved with K MacDonald, W Nicholson bt Harper 5 and 4, R MacLennan lost to Ingram 3 and 2, Murphy bt Milne 1 hole, Blackwood bt Smith 4 and 2 (4 ½ - 1 ½ ).
How they stand
Midlothian 2 wins, Borders 1 win, Lanarkshire 1 draw, Northern Counties 1 draw.

Friday 16th September 2005

Scottish County Finals

Midlothian led the table at the end of the first day of the Scottish women’s county championship finals at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club, Bridge of Weir today.
They beat Borders 6-3 while Lanarkshire and title-holders Northern Counties played a 4 ½-4 ½ draw.
Midlothian took the foursomes 3-0 and then shared the singles 3-3 with Claire Hargan, Karen Marshall and Wendy Nicholson winning for Midlothian in the afternoon and Martine Pow, Wendy Wells and Judith Anderson winning for Borders.
A Lanarkshire team already without key Scotland international players, Clare Queen and Jenna Wilson, also suffered a third loss before the finals when the up and coming Pamela Pretswell withdrew, to be replaced by the experienced Pat Hutton.
The foursomes were shared and the singles too after some nerve-tingling finishes.
Ruth Rankin put Lanarkshire ahead in the afternoon by beating Laura Walker 3 and 1 in the top singles.
But 14-year-old Kelsey MacDonald, the youngest ever Northern Counties women's champion, levelled up the scores again by winning 4 and 2 over Elaine Cuthill.
Northern Counties then showed ahead, thanks to a 3 and 2 win by Kerri Harper over Susan Wood.
But the nip-and-tuck match continued to sway one way, then the other when Alexandra Young of Lanarkshire beat county debutante Ashton Ingram by 4 and 2.
Jenny Milne put Northern Counties ahead at 4 1/2-3 1/2 by beating Lesley Lloyd on the last green.
Alyson Hendry saved the day for Lanarkshire by winning, also on the last green, against Mary Smith.
Foursomes: M Hughes & P Hutton lost to K MacDonald & L Walker 3 and 2; E Cuthill & A Young halved with K Harper & M Smith; S Wood & R Rankin bt J Milne & E Manson 5 and 3 (1 ½-1 1/2 ).
Singles: Rankin bt Walker 3 and 1, Cuthill lost to MacDonald 4 and 2, Wood lost to Harper 3 and 2, Young bt A Ingram 4 and 2, L Lloyd lost to Milne 2 holes, A Hendry bt Smith 1 hole (3-3).
Foursomes: K Blackwood & C MacDonald bt E Fairnie & W Wells 4 and 3; K Marshall & J Turner bt J Birdsall-White & M Morrison 2 holes; C Hargan & B Murphy bt M Pow & J Anderson 2 and 1 (3-0).
Singles: Hargan bt Fairnie 4 and 3, Blackwood lost to Pow 4 and 3, Marshall bt S Paterson 5 and 4, R MacLennan lost to Wells 3 and 1; W Nicholson bt Birdsall-White 2 and 1, MacDonald lost to Anderson 2 and 1 (3-3).

Home Internationals

Scotland beat Wales 6-3 in their final match of the women’s home amateur golf internationals at Dundalk, Ireland today but two wins out of three was not enough to make them champions.
That honour was earned by England who, after beating Wales on Wednesday and then Scotland on Thursday, completed a 100 % successful campaign with a 5 ½-3 ½ win over Ireland.
The Irish had been seeking an historic third title win in a row. Instead they lost all three matches and finished bottom of the table.
The Scots led 2-1 over Wales at lunchtime – the first time in three days they had won a foursomes series – and then emphasised their superiority by winning four of the six singles.
Kylie Walker, 19-year-old Stirling University student and Buchanan Castle member, finished off her week by beating Sahra Hassan 6 and 5. It was Kylie’s fifth win in six ties, which made her the most successful player in the Scotland camp.
She was closely followed by Krystle Caithness, 16-year-old St Regulus member. Krystle beat Kim Boulden to finish with four points out of six.
Jenna Wilson (Strathaven), who did well in the No 1 singles position, came next with ½ pt.
Skipper Fiona Anderson did not gave a game over the six sessions of play to 14-year-old Scottish girls’ match-play champion Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry).
England’s Sophie Walker was the only player from all four teams to win all six of her games.
England have now won the home internationals’ title 11 times since Scotland were last champions – in 1990 and 1991.
Next year’s matches will be played on English soil – Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.
Collated Friday scoreboard
Dundalk GC, Ireland
Day 3
Foursomes: C Queen & J Wilson bt S Jones & L Hall 3 and 2, K Walker & G Webster bt S Hassan & B Loucks 4 and 2, F Lockhart & K Caithness lost to S Evans & T Davies 2 and 1 (2-1).
Singles: Wilson bt Jones 3 and 2, Queen bt Evans 1 hole, A Laing lost to Loucks 2 and 1, Webster lost to Davies 5 and 4, Caithness bt K Boulden 5 and 3, Walker bt Hassan 6 and 5 (4-2).
Foursomes: E Duggleby & F Johnson lost to M Gillen & T Mangan 4 and 3, L Eastwood & N Edwards bt M Morrin & D Smith 4 and 3, S Walker & K Smth bt C Coughlan & H Nolan 3 and 2 (2-1).
Singles: Johnson bt Mangan 5 and 3, Walker bt Coughlan 6 and 5, Edwards lost to Gillen 1 hole, Duggleby bt D Smith 8 and 7, Eastwood halved with Morrin, K Smith lost to T Delaney 2 holes (3 ½ -2½).
England 3 wins, Scotland 2 wins, Wales 1 win, Ireland 0 wins.

ELGA Press Release

English Ladies’ Golf Association has appointed Diane Bailey MBE to be the next President of the Association and Sarah Miller as the next vice chairman of ELGA.
The posts will be taken up at the annual general meeting in December for 2006 and 2007.
Diane’s appointment marks the continuation of a long association with ELGA. She captained England to consecutive European team championship victories in 1991 and 1993 and, more recently, as Chairman of Training, she was involved in the development of the ELGA Elite squads and the subsequent acquisition of Lottery funding.
Diane, who is a member of Reigate Heath Golf Club and currently a Director of The Golf Foundation Executive Committee, said:
“I am delighted and very proud to have been given this honour and will do my utmost to uphold the traditions of ELGA and this great game of ours. Little did I know all those years ago when my father forced a club into my hands, and insisted I swing it, that golf would become such an important part of my life – I’ve been very fortunate”.
Diane Bailey was an English girls international at 14 and a full English international at 17. She went on to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the Curtis Cup, Vagliano Trophy and World Cup teams between 1961 and 1972.
Following her first Curtis Cup appearance she concentrated on bringing up her family whilst still playing county golf and captaining Surrey in 1981 and 1982. Following this she captained the British team in the Commonwealth Tournament and went on to captain the Vagliano and Curtis Cup teams between 1983 and 1988, recording 4 victories from 5 matches. She was awarded the MBE for services to golf in 1988.
Sarah Miller played for England and Great Britain & Ireland and won the inaugural Wills International tournament. Sarah captained the English girls’ team in 1969 and captained Kent to two county final wins in 1971 and 1972.
She played for Kent over four decades and has been county champion.Having raised her family Sarah continued her golfing career when she joined the English Senior Ladies’ Golf Association (ESLGA) in 1997 and represented ESLGA in the European team championship for five years. Sarah is the current ESLGA Captain, and will relinquish this post as it comes under the ELGA umbrella on January 1.
Sarah is an honorary member of Langley Park Golf Club, where she has been a Council Member since 1997 and is the current Chairman of the Council.

Home Internationals

Scotland won a morning foursomes series for the first time in three days at the women's home international matches at Dundalk Golf Club, Ireland today.
They led Wales 2-1 going into the six singles. England, who lead the table with two wins to Scotland and Wales' one win apiece, took the foursomes 2-1 from Ireland.
Clare Queen and Jenna Wilson gave Scotland a good start to the decisive day by beating Sarah Jones and Lydia Hall by 3 and 2.
Kylie Walker and Gemma Webster, making her first appearance of the week, beat Sahra Hassan and Breanne Loucks by 4 and 2.
But Wales hit back to take the final foursomes, Stephanie Evans and Tara Davies beating Fiona Lockhart and Krystle Caithness by 2 and 1.
Scotland skipper Fiona Anderson resisted the temptation to give 14-year-old Sally Watson her women's international debut in the final set of singles but Gemma Webster was retained. Anne Laing, not fielded in the Friday foursomes, came back into the line-up in the singles.
Scottish champion Fiona Lockhart was left out of the singles.
C Queen & J Wilson bt S Jones & L Hall 3 and 2.
K Walker & G Webster bt S Hassan & B Loucks 4 and 2.
F Lockhart & K Caithness lost to S Evans & T Davies 2 and 1.
F Johnson & E Duggleby lost to M Gillen & t Mangan 4 and 3.
L Eastwood & N Edwards bt M Morrin & D Smith 4 and 3.
S Walker & K Smith bt C Coughlan & H Nolan 3 and 2.
Jenna Wilson v Sarah Jones.
Clare Queen v Stephanie Evans.
Anne Laing v Breanne Loucks.
Gemma Webster v Tara Davies.
Krystle Caithness v Kim Bouden.
Kylie Walker v Sahra Hassan.
Felicity Johnson v Trish Mangan.
Sophie Walker v Claire Coughlan.
Naomi Edwards v Martina Gillen.
Emma Duggleby v Deirdre Smith.
Laura Eastwood v Maura Morrin.
Kerry Smith v Tara Delaney.

Thursday 15th September 2005

Home Internationals

England are favourites to regain the women’s home internationals amateur golf championship after beating Scotland 5-4 in a dramatic finale to the second day’s play at Dundalk, Ireland today.
In the other match, Ireland were beaten 5 ½-3 ½ by Wales, thus killing off the Irish hopes of an historic title hat-trick.
For the second day in a row, Scotland lost the foursomes 2-1 – and, unlike the opening match against Ireland, they could not quite make up the leeway over the six singles against England.
Skipper Fiona Anderson will be reflecting on the fact that the St Regulus pairing of Krystle Caithness and Fiona Lockhart were four up on the 11th tee in the morning foursomes against Sophie Walker and Kerry Smith – and lost by one hole to the English pair.
Scotland’s winners in the singles were Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) and teenagers Krystle Caithness and Kylie Walker (Stirling University).
Jenna, fielded in the No 1 position again, beat the English women’s Champion Felicity Johnson, by 4 and 2 after winning the 13th and 14th to go three up. That cancelled out England's 1pt lead from the foursomes to tie up the scoreline overall at 2-2.
The last four singles all went to the 18th green. Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), two up on Emma Duggleby after 14 holes, lost the 16th, 17th and 18th to go down by one hole and Fiona Lockhart went down by a similar margin to Laura Eastwood.
But 16-year-old Krystle Caithness and 19-year-old Kylie came up trumps.
Krystle, two down after 14 holes, won the 15th, 16th and 18th for victory while Kylie, two down after 11 holes, won the 12th, 16th and 18th to win.
Clare Queen (Drumpellier), in what is almost certainly her last women’s home internationals before she turns pro, had another disappointing day.
She lost with Jenna Wilson in the foursomes and by 3 and 2 to Sophie Walker in the singles.
In the last-day matches, Scotland play Wales and England face Ireland.
Although the Scots mathematically could still win the title, skipper Anderson will now probably bring into action for the first time her two international debutantes, 14-year-old Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry) and 19-year-old Dundee University student Gemma Webster (Hilton Park).
Thursday scoreboard
Dundalk GC, Ireland
Day 2
Foursomes: M Gillen & T Mangan bt S Jones & L Hall 5 and 3, C Coughlan & H Nolan lost to S Hassan & B Loucks 1 hole, M Morrin & D Smith bt S Evans & T Davies 4 and 2 (2-1).
Singles: Mangan lost to Jones 4 and 3, T Delaney halved with Evans, Smith lost to Loucks 3 and 2, M Dunne lost to Hassan 3 and 2, Nolan lost to Davies 3 and 2, Gillen bt L Gould 3 and 1 (1½ - 4½).
Foursomes: C Queen & J Wilson lost to F Johnson & E Duggleby 5 and 4, K Caithness & F Lockhart lost to S Walker & K Smith 1 hole, A Laing & K Walker bt K Matharu & J Ewart 5 and 4 (1-2).
Singles: Wilson bt Johnson 4 and 2, Queen lost to S Walker 3 and 2, Laing lost to Duggleby 1 hole, Lockhart lost to L Eastwood 1 hole, Caithness bt N Edwards 1 hole, K Walker bt Smith 1 hole (3-3).
How they stand:
England 2 wins, Scotland 1 win, Wales 1 win, Ireland 0 wins.

County Finals

But for an unfortunate clash with the women’s home internationals at Dundalk, Lanarkshire would have been warm favourites to win the Scottish women’s county golf championship over the next three days at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club, Bridge of Weir.
Scotland team players Clare Queen (Drumpellier) and Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) played a big part in Lanarkshire’s capture of the West Division title, which earned them one of the four team places in the county finals.
But Clare and Jenna cannot be in two places at once so Scotland’s claim on their services took precedence over playing for Lanarkshire against Northern Counties, Midlothian and Borders, the other divisional winners.
Northern Counties, bidding to win the national title for a third year in a row, have also been beset by team problems, so much so that their president, Isobel McIntosh, one of the North’s leading players in the 1980s, has answered a call to deputise for late call-off Linda Smith (Buckpool), who has family commitments.
Northern Counties’ line-up already lacked Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch) and Meg Sievewright (Keith) who were their leading points scorers in winning the Northern Division title. The reasons for their non-selection have not been disclosed by county captain Mairi Orr.
All of which leaves Midlothian and Borders with probably the best chance they have ever had of winning the Scottish title.
Even Midlothian’s team selection has been restricted by the women’s home internationals still going on in Ireland while the county finals action is starting at Ranfurly Castle. Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry) is making her debut for Scotland at the age of 14, having won the Scottish girls’ match-play championship and reached the semi-finals of the Scottish women’s championship at Cruden Bay.  
Judith Anderson (Hawick), Julie Birdsall-White (The Roxburghe), Emma Fairnie (Peebles), Karen Hughes (Minto), Mags Morrison (Hawick), Sharon Paterson (Kelso), Martine Pow (Selkirk), Wendy Wells (Peebles).
Elaine Cuthill (Lanark), Alyson Hendry (Hamilton), May Hughes (Lanark), Lesley Lloyd (Hayston), Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Ruth Rankin (Lanark), Susan Wood (Drumpellier), Alexandra Young (Torrance House).
Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse), Claire Hargan (Mortonhall), Rhona MacLennan (Baberton), Karen Marshall (Baberton), Belinda Murphy (Mortonhall), Wendy Nicholson (Broomieknowe), Jane Turner (Mortonhall).
Kerri Harper (Inverness), Ashton Ingram (Fort William), Eileen Manson (Thurso), Jenny Milne (Elgin), Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), Isobel McIntosh (Inverness), Mary Smith (Tain), Laura Walker (Nairn Dunbar).
Friday – Lanarkshire v Northern Counties, Midlothian v Borders.
Saturday – Borders v Lanarkshire, Northern Counties v Midlothian.
Sunday – Northern Counties v Borders, Midlothian v Lanarkshire.

Wednesday 14th September 2005

There was a measure of revenge for skipper Fiona Anderson and her young Scotland squad as they beat the Ireland team bidding to complete a hat-trick of title wins in the women’s home amateur golf internationals at Dundalk today (WEDNESDAY).
Last year, the Scots led the table going into the last day but were whipped 7-1 by Ireland who thus retained the title and the Scots finished last.
Fast forward to September 2006 and Scotland teed off their campaign – with an even younger side – and staged a great recovery to beat Ireland 6 1/2-2 1/2.
The Irish took the foursomes 2-1 but Scotland hit back with a vengeance in the afternoon singles.
Jenna Wilson (Strathaven), fielded in the No 1 position, halved with Vagliano Trophy team player Tricia Mangan – and Anne Laing (Vale of Leven), Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus), Clare Queen (Drumpellier), Kylie Walker (Stirling University) and Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) then proceeded to win the remaining five singles.
Anne Laing crushed “Helen Holm” Scottish women’s open stroke-play champion Martina Gillen by 4 and 3.
Scottish champion Fiona Lockhart had a gritty one-hole win over Curtis Cup player Claire Coughlan.
Sixteen-year-old Krystle Caithness had a very good 2 and 1 win over the experienced Deirdre Smith.
Captain Anderson did not field her 14-year-old women’s home internationals debutant Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies) nor another debutante, 19-year-old Gemma Webster (Hilton Park), in either the foursomes or the singles.
England beat Wales 6 ½ to 2 ½ by much the same route as the Scots against Ireland. Wales won the foursomes 2-1 but England took the singles 5 ½- ½.
Thursday’s programme sees the two first-day winning teams – Scotland and England – cross swords while Ireland and Wales meet in the other match.
First day results:
Foursomes – A Laing & K Walker lost to M Morrin & D Smith 5 and 4; C Queen & J Wilson lost to M Gillen & T Mangan 3 and 2; K Caithness & F Lockhart bt C Coughlan & T Delaney 4 and 2 (1-2).
Singles – Wilson halved with Mangan, Laing bt Gillen 4 and 3, Lockhart bt Coughlan 1 hole, Queen bt H Nolan 2 and 1, Walker bt Morrin 2 and 1, Caithness bt Smith 2 and 1 (5 ½- ½).
Foursomes – S Walker & K Smith bt S Jones & L Hall 2 holes; K Matharu & J Ewart lost to S Hassan & B Loucks 3 and 2; E Duggleby & F Johnson lost to S Evans & T Davies 2 holes (1-2).
Singles – Johnson halved with Jones, S Walker bt Loucks 3 and 1, N Edwards bt Hall 4 and 43, L Eastwood bt L Gould 2 holes, Duggleby bt Hassan 3 and 1, Smith bt Evans 2 and 1 (5 ½-1/2)

Press Release
Leading figures gather to discuss new disability laws

LEADING figures from the golfing world will gather at the De Vere Belfry next month to discuss dramatic changes to the Disability Discrimination Act that will radically affect all golf clubs and competition organisers.
The new Act comes into force on 1st December 2005. 
As well as insisting that golf clubs remove any physical barriers preventing a disabled person from using a course, the Act will impact on all bodies that organise competitions and events.  Those that don't comply will face hefty penalties and court appearances.
The seminar was the brainchild of the National Golf Clubs' Advisory Association (NGCAA) which has received a surge of calls from clubs unsure about their new obligations.
Michael Shaw from the NGCAA said that despite widespread publicity, too many golf clubs still haven't made any preparations:
"From December the golfing world will no longer be exempt from the Act.  Clubs and competition organisers will be under exactly the same obligations as high street shops.   Many people in the golfing world have been burying their heads in the sand about this issue but they now have no choice.  They must act now. 
"The aim of this seminar is to explain the Act and its implications, and give practical advice about how clubs and organisations can make sure they comply with it. Members are becoming much more aware of their legal rights and an expensive court case could bankrupt a club.  This really is an essential event for anyone associated with a club or competition."
Representatives from all of the UK's major golfing bodies are expected to attend the seminar, including the R & A, Council of National Golf Unions, Ladies' Golf Union, the PGA, as well as the various regional Golfing Unions.
The seminar will take place at the De Vere Belfry on Tuesday 29th November 2005.  Places will cost £135 + VAT for single delegates or £210 + VAT for two delegates from the same organisation.
To book a place call the NGCAA on 01684 311 353.

Kate O'Sullivan from Paisley finished tied for 16th place in the Draper Valley Women's College Invitational tournament at Draper Valley Golf Club, Draper in Virginia.
Kate was the highest-placed of the High Point University team with rounds of 78 and 75 for 153.
Malin Fryk (Western Carolina) was the individual tournament winner with a pair of 72s for level par 144.
Kate's High Point team-mate, Jenna Kinnear, finished in a tie for 31st place with an 80 and a 76 for 156.
Western Carolina won the team event with 591 shots. High Point (618) were placed sixth.

Home International Matches
There is live scoring on the LGU website.

Nancy Duncan, President of Angus County, presents Lynne Fenton with the Angus Champion of Champions trophy (Photo courtesy: Christina Speed)

Draw for the East of Scotland Championship at Murrayfield on Sunday 25th September

Tuesday 13th September 2005

2005 Irish Senior Ladies Open Strokeplay - Woodbrook
Canadian Alison Murdoch retained the Irish senior women’s open amateur stroke-play golf championship at Woodbrook Golf Club, near Dublin today (TUESDAY).
Overnight leader with a 75, Alison could do no better than an 81 in the second and final round but her aggregate of 156 was good enough to see her keep the title.
She won by one shot from the surprise packet of the championship, Germany-based Marilyn Henderson who had a best of the day 77 to add to her first-day 80.
Alison, pictured right with some Canadian trophies, is 55 years old and comes from Victoria, British Columbia. She has dominated Canadian senior women's golf over the last three years, winning the Canadian senior women's title in 2002, 2004 and again in 2005 (when she won the 36-hole event by five strokes).
Marilyn, born in Co Tyrone, has spend most of her life in Scotland and then Germany.
She pipped former Curtis Cup player and several times Welsh women’s champion Vicki Thomas and Scotland’s Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) for third place.
Vickie had rounds of 79 and 80 while Noreen scored 785 and 84.
Twice former winner Pamela Williamson from Baberton finished joint fifth on 161 (80-81) while Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) shared the 162 mark with Ireland’s Mary McKenna.
The selectors of the Irish team for the senior women’s home internationals at Radyr, near Cardiff from October 4 to 6 announced the following team after the championship:
Roma English, Mary Gorry, Valerie Hassett, Marilyn Henderson, Eileen MacMullen, Mary Madden and Pauline Walsh. The top six in the Irish Order of Merit following the Irish seniors open championship were selected automatically. Team captain Elaine Bradshaw opted for the experienced Mary Gorry of Baltinglass as her wild-card pick.
Full Results:-
156 Alison Murdoch 75 81
157 Marilyn Henderson 80 77
159 Vicki Thomas 79 80, Noreen Fenton 75 84
161 Pauline Walsh 84 77, Pamela Williamson 80 81, Mary Gorry 78 83
162 Mary McKenna 79 83, Helen Faulds 77 85
163 Rhona Fanagan 77 86
164 Valerie Hassett 85 79, Diane Williams 79 85
166 Patricia Hutton 83 83, Mary Madden 81 85, Judy Collins 76 90
169 Jane Allen 88 81, Noreen Granard 84 85, Sally Casey 82 87
170 Eileen MacMullen 89 81, Catharina Thott 84 86, Maj-Britt Heden 82 88
171 Anna Moloney 88 83
172 Jennifer Mack 86 86, Elisabeth Wendels 84 88
173 Maire Mansfield 89 84, Mary Geaney 86 87, Lynne Terry 84 89
175 Roma English 86 89
176 Catherine Carty 89 87, Elisabeth Simpson 87 89, Maureen Charleton 87 89, Dorothy Hulme 86 90, Kay McCartan 85 91
177 Maureen Bryson 88 89
179 Britt-Marie Walltorp 90 89, Helen O'Donoghue 89 90, Sheila Doherty 89 90, Roisin McCann 89 90, Rosemarie Dowling 87 92
180 Gill Rouiller 93 87, Breda Caffrey 92 88, Sonja Gottschalch 88 92
182 Mary Sinton 93 89, Ita Donnelly 91 91, Iet Hagels de Boer 88 94
183 Carol Kinsella 94 89, Anita Afzelius-Alm 89 94
184 Kitty Duffy 92 92, Sheila Bodmer 91 93, Maj-Britt Laempe 91 93
186 Ann Hayes 94 92
187 Anne Hayden 98 89
188 Anna Somers 99 89
189 Margaret Boomer 93 96
191 Linda Ward 97 94, Cait Cooney 95 96, Nuala Acton 95 96, Deirdre Curley 91 100
192 Sidsel Christensson 97 95
193 Pauline Martin 99 94, Carol Minogue 97 96, Jolanda Flueler 96 97
196 Elizabeth Rose 98 98
197 Rita McNamara 100 97
198 Máire McMahon 103 95
199 Mila Spray 94 105
200 Brenda Sheehan 102 98, Mary Fogarty 97 103
201 Sighle Henigan 95 106
202 Olive Marchant 105 97, Phil O'Carroll 102 100
209 Liz Beatty 106 103, Olive Wrixon 103 106
218 Ann O'Brien 108 110

Wee Wonders Tournament 10-11 September
The Grand Final of the Wee Wonders Tournament sponsored by HSBC was played over the 9 hole Balgove Course in St. Andrews at the weekend. To reach the final the boys and girls come through local qualifying, followed by regional qualifying in age group categories of 5-6 years, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, boys and girls separately. The format for the final is two rounds of medal play, the first on Saturday and second round on Sunday. Of the 9 qualifiers in each age group, there were two from Scotland (North and South), one from Ireland, one from Wales and five from England.
The children play in groups of three accompanied by an adult marker. They do not have caddies or parents/friends helping them. As Alastair Good, Chief Organiser, said in his remarks at the end, what the children achieved they did entirely on their own.
The standard of play throughout the competition and through all the age groups was incredibly good. Without exception each child, boy and girl, had a fabulous swing and seemed to know no other place to hit the ball than up the middle of the fairway!
In the girls 7-8 category, the winner was Faye Carpenter (Poole), who, after 38 on Day 1, followed this up with a splendid 33 for a total of 71. (SS for 9 holes is 30). Connie Jaffrey (pictured right) who lives in Kilwinning in Ayrshire and is a member of the Troon Bentinck Ladies Club, finished in 2nd place scoring 37, 36 for 73. This is Connie’s first season of playing on golf courses and she has enjoyed being part of her Club and County where she has the opportunity of playing with other girls and making new friends. We congratulate Connie on her fine achievement and wish her well for the future.
(Thanks to June Kerr for report and photo)

Scottish girls’ match-play champion Sally Watson from South Queensferry will make her debut for Scotland in the women’s home international golf matches at Dundalk, Ireland tomorrow (Wed).
At the age of 14 years and two months, Sally, a junior member at Elie & Earlsferry Ladies Club, is the youngest player to be selected for the Scotland women’s team since Jane Connachan in the 1970s.
Miss Watson was only a couple of months old when Scotland last won the title at Aberdovey in 1991, retaining the title they had won at Hunstanton in 1990.
Since then the Scots have gone close to heading England, Ireland and Wales in the table but have never quite made it. Twelve months ago at Royal Porthcawl, skipper Fiona Anderson’s team were leading going into the final day but then were whipped 7-1 by Ireland who retained the title they had won at Cruden Bay in 2003.
It’s an even younger Scotland line-up that Fiona leads at Dundalk with half the squad of eight only teenagers – Krystle Caithness (16), Kylie Walker (19), Gemma Webster (19) and Sally Watson (14).
Fiona Lockhart, winner of the Scottish title at Cruden Bay in May, makes her debut in the women’s home internationals at the age of 28 but three times title-winner Anne Laing, 30, is the oldest Scottish player in action.
This is almost certainly former British stroke-play champion Clare Queen’s last appearance. The 22-year-old Drumpellier player will be going to the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School in Spain at the end of November.
Programme of matches:
Wednesday – England v Wales, Scotland v Ireland.
Thursday – Ireland v Wales, Scotland v England.
Friday – Wales v Scotland, England v Ireland.
SCOTLAND – K Caithness (St Regulus), A Laing (Vale of Leven), F Lockhart (St Regulus), C Queen (Drumpellier), K Walker (Buchanan Castle), S Watson (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies), G Webster (Hilton Park), J Wilson (Strathaven).
ENGLAND – E Duggleby (Malton & Norton), L Eastwood (Yelverton), N Edwards (Ganton), J Ewart (Catterick), F Johnson (Harborne), K Matharu (Cookridge Hall), K Smith (Waterlooville), S Walker (Kenwick Park).
IRELAND – C Coughlan (Cork), T Delaney (Carlow), M Dunne (Skerries), M Gillen(Beaverstown), T Mangan (Ennis), M Morrin (The Curragh), H Nolan (Shannon), D Smith (Co Louth).
WALES – K Boulden (Maesdu), T Davies (Holyhead), S Evans (Vale of Llangollen), L Gould (Bargoed), L Hall (Royal Porthcawl), S Hassan (Vale of Glamorgan), S Jones (Pennard), B Loucks (Wrexham).

British Golf Museum Celebrates its 15th Birthday!
To celebrate the 15th Birthday of the British Golf Museum visitors are being given FREE OF CHARGE entry into the museum on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September.
This is to celebrate 100 years of collecting and 15 years of innovation at St Andrews' 5 star award winning visitor attraction.
After officially opening to great critical acclaim on 19th September 1990, the museum has won 7 major awards and is currently one of 52 visitor attractions that have reached the five star standard in the Scottish Tourist Board's Visitor Attractions Grading Scheme.
The museum includes a new exhibition, St Andrews Open Championships, 1946-2005, which focuses on the prizes, the players and the people who attend The Open.  Imaginative displays and stunning interactives add to visitor enjoyment of this attraction and the museum's amazing collections.
Visitors are encouraged to practice their putting in The 18th Hole with replica clubs and balls from the last 175 years and to try on period golf costume.  Add to this the new interactive displays with rare black and white footage from The Open Championships dating back to 1926 and the chance to test golfing knowledge in the interactive quiz, and you have the perfect break from playing golf!

US College Golf

Emily Ogilvy from Muckhart, a student at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, had a disastrous last two rounds to drop out of the top five and finish tied for 29th place in the Badger Invitational women’s college golf tourbnament at University Ridge, Verona in Wisconsin.
The Perth & Kinross county player had scores of 73, 81 and 78 for a 16-over-par total of 232 over the 6,241yd, par-72 course. Emily had three double-bogey 6s in her second round and one double-bogey 6 in her last round.
Onnarin Sattayabanphot (Purdue) won the tournament by one shot with 71, 69 and 75 for one-under 215. Runner-up was Ashley Knoll (Texas A&M) with 71, 72 and 73 for 216.
Spanish international player Maria Hernandez (Purdue) finished third on 217 (74-72-71).
Purdue (879) won the team event by 17 shots from Texas A&M) with Missouri (898) third.
Arkansas-Little Rock came 11th of 12 with 943.

US College Golf

England’s Sian Reddick (Baylor) finished joint second behind university team-mate Josefin Svenningson in the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic at Fort Collins, Colorado.
Sian had rounds of 73 and 67 for a four-under-par total of 140 over the 6,223yd, par-72 course.
Josefin scored 70 and 68 for 138.
Stephanie Ruiz (Nebraska) tied with Miss Reddick on 140 after rounds of 69 and 71.
Baylor (564) won the team event by 18 shots from New Mexico with Fresno State (585) third.

Monday 12th September 2005

Edinburgh’s Noreen Fenton shared the leading with Alison Murdoch, the defending champion from Canada, at the end of the first day of the Irish senior women’s open amateur championship at Woodbrook Golf Club, near Dublin today (MONDAY).
Noreen, a member of Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Club, and Alison both shot one-over-par 75 in bright but breezy conditions.
Noreen had twice as many birdies as Alison – four to two – but a double bogey at the 13th wiped out half their value. Fenton’s birdies came at the first, seventh, 16th and 17th.
Murdoch birdied the seventh and 16th but dropped shots at the fourth, 11th  and 13th.
Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) is a second Scot in the leading five who are covered by only three shots. Helen shot a 77, the same score as Rhona Fanagan, the leading Irish player in a field of 80. Rhona might well have been in the lead with one round to go but for double bogeys at the 10th and 17th.
The legendary Mary McKenna had a triple bogey 8 at the 14th on her way to a 79.
Pamela Williamson, twice a winner of the Irish open seniors title and winner of the Scottish seniors' closed championship at Grantown on Spey last week, left herself a bit of ground to make up over the final 18 holes. Mrs Williamson is joint 10th.
Woodbrook Golf Club.
Full Results:- Par 74, CSS 75
75     Alison Murdoch (CAN), Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh)
76     Judy Collins (CAN)
77     Rhona Fanagan (Milltown), Helen Faulds (Douglas Park)
78     Mary Gorry (Baltinglass)
79     Diane Williams (CAN), Vicki Thomas (Carmarthen), Mary McKenna (Donabate)
80     Marilyn Henderson (GER), Pamela Williamson (Baberton)
81     Mary Madden (Ballinasloe)
82     Sally Casey (Seapoint), Maj Britt Heden (SWE)
83     Patricia Hutton (Lanark)
84     Noreen Granard (King Edward Bay), Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay)
84     Elisabeth Wendals (SWE), Catharina Thott (SWE), Pauline Walsh (Headfort)
85     Kay McCartan (Greenore), Valerie Hassett (Ennis)
86     Jennifer Mack (HAggs Castle), Dorothy Hulme (RCDL), Mary Geaney (Killarney), Roma English (Larne)
87     Rosemarie Dowling (Malone), Elizabeth Simpson (Murrayfield), Maureen Charleton (Lisburn)
88     Jane Allen (Royal Portrush), Maureen Bryson (Lisburn), Anna Moloney (Clonmel), Mary Dinan (The Island), Iet Hagels de Boer (NED), Sonja Gottschalch (DEN)
89     Sheila Doherty (Cruit Island), Carmel Cahill (Hermitage), Anita Afzelius-Alm (SWE), Helen O'Donoghue (Clonmel), Catherine Carty (Tullamore), Eileen MacMullen (Donegal), Maire Mansfield (Elm Park), Roisin McCann (Downpatrick)
90     Britt-Marie Walltorp (SWE)
91     Deirdre Curley (Blainroe), Maj-Britt Laempe (SWE), Sheila Bodmer (SWI), Ita Donnelly (Dundalk)
92     Breda Caffrey (Edenderry), Kitty Duffy (Dundalk)
93     Margaret Boomer (Lisburn), Gill Rouiller (Mannan Castle), Mary Sinton (Dundalk)
94     Ann Hayes (Co. Longford), Mila Spray (Lambourne)
94     Carol Kinsella (Waterford)
95     Nuala Acton (Hermitage), Sighle Henigan (Ballybunion), Cait Cooney (Tullamore)
96     Jolanda Flueler (SWI)
97     Sidsel Christensson (FRA), Linda Ward (CAN), Carol Minogue (Clontarf), Mary Fogarty (Tullamore)
98     Anne Hayden (Foxrock), Elizabeth Rose (Aboyne)
99     Pauline Martin (Woodbrook), Anna Somers (Cill Dara)
100   Rita McNamara (The Heath)
102   Brenda Sheehan (Killiney), Phil O'Carroll (Cahir Park)
103   Máire McMahon (Dromoland), Paddie Connellan (Co. Longford), Olive Wrixon (Clonmel)
105   Olive Marchant (Woburn)
106   Liz Beatty (Luttrellsytown)
108   Ann O'Brien (Cahir Park)
N/R   Hilda Wyse (The Heath)

Marion wins West Vets Autumn Meeting
Marion Stewart (Kilmacolm and RLCGA), pictured right, won the SLVGA West Divisional  Autumn Meeting at Kilmacolm today with a gross 76 net 66. Out in 37 and back in 39 a delighted Marion won the net award from Anne Burden (Cambuslang and Lanarkshire) by 1 shot. She also won the scratch award from Anna Telford (Milngavie and D&A) by virtue of the better inward half.
SSS 72; CSS 72. 45 played.
(Thanks to Carol Fell, Renfrewshire webmaster, for the report and photograph)
SS 72; CSS 72. 45 played.
1st HCP - Marion Stewart, Kilmacolm, 66 (10)
2nd HCP - Anne Burden, Cambuslang, 67 (14)
3rd HCP - Patricia Brown, Kilmacolm, 69 (11) B.I.H.
1st HCP - Alison Nicolson, Douglas Park, 73 (24)
2nd HCP - Moira McCartney,Milngavie, 74 (21)
SCRATCH - Marion Stewart, 76 B.I.H.

Margaret Tough wins Midland Vets Meeting
Margaret Tough from Falkirk won the SVLGA (Midland Division) Autumn Meeting at Crieff today with a scratch 78. Eileen Perry of Tillicoultry had the best net score on the day - a net 68, six below the CSS of 74.
(Thanks to Jean Bald for the results. )
Autumn Meeting – Crieff CSS 74 (37 players)
1st Scratch Margaret Tough (Falkirk) 78.
Cat. 2 : Eva Muller-Allan (Elie) 85-12 = 73, Shelagh Quinn (Stirling) 84-6 =78
Cat. 3: Eileen Perry (Tillicoultry) 87-19 = 68, Ann Hood (Dunblane) 90-19 = 71
Cat. 4 Netta Hunter (Grangemouth) 98-25 = 73, Elinor Arkley (Falkirk Tryst) 101-20 = 81 bih
Senior Trophy: Ann Hood (Dunblane)

There are eight Scots in the field of 79 for the Irish senior women's open amateur championship which starts at Woodbrook Golf Club, near Dublin today.
Pamela Williamson (Baberton), winner of the title in 2002 and 2003, will be bidding for a three-timer.
She will be supported by Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh), Pat Hutton (Lanark), Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle), Helen Faulds (Douglas Park), Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay), Elizabeth Simpson (Murrayfield) and Elizabeth Rose (Aboyne).
Canada's Alison Murdock is the defending champion in the tournament which began as a one-round affair in 1988 but has been decided over 36 holes since 2001.
Scores will be available first on the Irish Ladies Golf Union website - - and you can get them here each evening.

Competitors at the Midlothian Junior Championship prize-giving at Merchants yesterday

Midlothian Junior Championship
Amanda Edwards (Liberton) won the Midlothian County Girls Championship yesterday at The Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Club with a one-over par scratch round of 70, three shots ahead of runner-up Jane Turner (Mortonhall). 
Cara Easton(Dalmahoy) won the handicap trophy with a scratch 77,less 14, net 63.
(Photo right: Cara Easton and Amanda Edwards
Courtesy Mandy Easton)
Leading Scratch Scores
 70 Amanda Edwards(4) (Liberton) 
 73 Jane Turner (3) (Mortonhall)
 77 Rachael Archibald (13) ( The Merchants)
 77 Cara Easton (14) (Dalmahoy)
 77 Rachael Livingstone (4) (Musselburgh Old)
 91 Rachael Watton (16) (Baberton)
 94 Gillian Simpson (16) (Baberton)
 97 Samantha Lamb (23) (Glencorse)

SGU News
Lothians pipped Ayrshire by a single shot 377 to 378 to win the BP Scottish boys' area team championship at Forrester Park Golf Resort, Fife yesterday.
1 - 377 Lothians: David Murray (Newbattle), Bruce Mackay (Prestonfield), David Warner (Haddington, Stuart George (Dalmahoy).
2 - 378 Ayrshire: Steven McEwan (Barassie), Robert McKnight (Barassie), Cameron Gray (West Kilbride), Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Nicholas).
3 - 382 Lanarkshire: Chris Bell (Colville Park), Chris Kelly (Kirkhill), Ross Kellett (Colville Park), Scott Pithie (Carluke).
4 - 387 Dumbartonshire, Fife.
6 - 388 South, North-east.
8 - 390 Stirlingshire.
9 - 394 Renfrewshire.
10 - 396 North.
11 - Perth & Kinross, Glasgow.
13 - Clackmannanshire.
14 - Borders.
15 - Angus.
16 - Argyll & Bute.

Sunday 11th September 2005

United States have maintained their proud record of winning every Solheim Cup contest played on their side of the Atlantic.
Nancy Lopez's team won 15 1/2-12 1/2 at Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel in Indiana.
Disappointed though the Europeans must be, it is still their best performance on American soil. They led on the first day, then were pegged back at 6-6, which moved along to an 8-8 scoreline going into the third and last day programme of 12 singles.
The Americans won the singles 7-4 with one halved. Their biggest and most impressive winner was 19-year-old rookie Paula Creamer who thrashed Laura Davies 7 and 5. That was the inspiration for the rest of the US team to make the final push for victory.
Europe's points in the singles came from wins by Sorenstam (4 and 3), Matthew (3 and 2), Nocera (2 and 1), Koch (2 and 1) and half-a-point from Pettersen's square game.
Europe went into the match as defending champions, having won the Solheim Cup before crowds of 100,000 at Barseback, Sweden two years ago.
Guess where the 2007 match will be held? You're right - in Sweden! 

(Photo courtesy Sheila Hartley)
Former British amateur champion Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire) and 13-year-old Carly Booth (Auchterarder) successfully defended the Scottish mixed foursomes championship at Braehead Golf Club, Alloa today (SUNDAY).
Craig, at 39 three times older than his talented partner, and Carly dovetailed their games admirably again to return a very good score of two-under-par 68, taking 34 for each half.
But it was no cakewalk for the title holders, Ayrshire women’s county champion Lesley Hendry (Routenburn), 19, and Brian Moore (Largs) finished just one stroke behind with a 69.
Jonathan King (Glasgow), a member of the Scotland team who won the men’s home internationals at Royal St George’s last week, teamed up with Addi Shamash (Kirkcudbright), whose brother Ben was beaten finalist in the Scottish amateur championship at Southerness this summer, finished third on 71. 
Leading scratch totals
68 Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire) & Carly Booth (Auchterader).
69 Brian Moore (Largs) & Lesley Hendry (Routenburn).
71 Jonathan King (Glasgow) & Addi Shamash (Kirkcudbright).
Best net scores:
69½ Ben Liddell (Stirling) & Frances McMillan (Braehead) (11 1/2).
71 Graeme Bolton (Braehead) & Isabel Gorman (Braehead) (5)  (better inward half).

US College Golf

Perth & Kinross county player Emily Ogilvy (Muckhart), a golf scholarship student at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, made a good start to the new American women's college circuit season yesterday (Sunday USA time).
Emily shot a one-over-par 73 to be lying fifth at the end of the first round of the Badger Invitational at University Ridge Golf Club, Verona in Wisconsin.
Emily, starting at the 10th, bogeyed the 10th, 12th and 16th before settling down to play her last 11 holes in two under par with birdies at the 17th and seventh.
She was four shots behind pacemaker Maddie Augustssson (Missouri).

Fife Juniors
Ashleigh Wilton (Ladybank) won the scratch prize and the Patrick Trophy with an 80 at Elie and Earlsferry yesterday. The handicap prize was won by Rachel Myles (St Leonards ) with a 82 less 13 net 69, and runner up was Emma Bisset of the home club with 92 less 21 net 71.

Saturday 10th September 2005

Scottish Home International Team at Edinburgh Airport this morning
enroute to Dundalk,Ireland for Matches starting on Tuesday.
Includes Captain Fiona Anderson, Coach Karyn Dallas,Manager Margaret
MacNaughtan and Chairman Emma Wilson.
(Thanks to Margaret Rodgers for photo)

Europe led the United States 5-3 at the end of the first day of the Solheim Cup match at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana.
The opening foursomes produced a 2pt advantage for Europe with a 3-1 scoreline in their favour.
The afternoon four-ball ties were shared 2-2.
Don't count the chickens yet!
There are two whole days' play to go.

Friday 9th September 2005

EGU Press Release

Scotland regained the Home Internationals title when they beat Ireland 10-5 to win the Raymond Trophy at Royal St George’s, Sandwich.
They pipped England, 9.5 - 5.5 winners over Wales, on points won after both countries finished with two victories, the Scots collecting 26.5 to England’s 21.5. Wales finished third and Ireland fourth.
It is only the third time in 20 years that Scotland have won the title and it followed a similar story last year when England edged out the Scots.
“I’m delighted,” said Scottish skipper George Crawford. “It was a tough afternoon and I think the match was much closer than the score suggests. At one stage it looked as if things were slipping away. But the players showed their resolved to come back and win well.”
England captain Cecil Bloice was happier with his side’s performance but disappointed with the final outcome. “Our character shone through today but I’m disappointed that we finished second,” he said. “However, we came here with six players new to the Home Internationals and they will be better players for the experience."
The Scots went into the day knowing they had the advantage after hammering England 11.5 - 3.5 yesterday. They made the best of starts by taking the foursomes 4-1 but the Irish made it difficult to get to the finishing line. At one stage the Scots were comfortably up in five matches and seemingly home and dry. But within half an hour the situation was reversed and everything was back in the balance.
However, Lloyd Saltman birdied the last to snatch a half against Amateur champion Brian McElhinney, while Eric Ramsay staged a late fight back to edge out young Rory McIlroy. Scotland also came good in the later matches to give the scoreline a somewhat lop-sided look.
After their hammering from Scotland yesterday, England not only needed to beat Wales but to win well and they did just that.
Sharing the morning foursomes equally didn’t help the cause but the singles proved a different story although prospects didn’t look good when Robert Dinwiddie was beaten 6 and 5 by Rhys Davies in the top match.
However, Steve Tiley, Jamie Moul and Paul Waring set the tone with clearcut victories and were backed by James Ruth and Matthew Cryer, while Gary Wolstenholme and Ed Richardson secured valuable halves.
Moul and Waring were particularly impressive. Moul opened with two winning birdies and was always in control on his way to a 4 and 3 success over Ryan Thomas, but Waring was even more impressive in his match with Cennydd Mills. The English champion also opened with winning birdies and added three more to be out in 31 and five up. It was a match he was not going to lose and he wrapped it up 6 and 4 on the 14th green.
Oliver Fisher, who went into his match with Tim Dykes without a win but with four halved matches, was two down with four to play but won on the 18th as the Welshman faltered over the closing stretch.
The 18th hasn’t been kind to James Crampton this week and it tripped him up again today. One down coming down the last, he looked like salvaging a half when his opponent, Craig Smith saw him approach finish through the green and inches from the out of bounds. However, Crampton, who had driven into a bunker, shanked his second but fired his third to 12 feet.
Smith, meanwhile, had to stand out of bounds and chip through the wire fence (pictured) but managed to secure a half and the match when Crampton’s putt rolled wide of the cup.

ELGA Press Release
Yorkshire successfully defend County Final title

Yorkshire have won the English County Championship at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club on a count back of matches. Play had to be abandoned early in the afternoon due to continuous torrential rain.
Yorkshire tied with Gloucester on points but won 15 games to 12 therefore becoming the 2005 County Champions. Hampshire finished third with 10½ games and Northamptonshire finished fourth in their first County Final.
Following rain throughout the night and all day, Met Office reports dictated unfavourable weather conditions, which would have made play dangerous. The decision was made to cancel the afternoons singles matches.
In the mornings foursomes Yorkshire’s Emma Duggleby and Naomi Edwards won 5&4, in the second match Rachel Bell and Kiran Matharu won 4&3. The experienced Kerry Smith and Chris Quinn beat Cheryl and Michelle Smith 4&2.
Gloucestershire also took two points in the foursomes. Hannah Barwood and Charlotte Ellis won 4&3 and Sharon Heeley and Sian James finally winning their close match on the 18th against Sharon’s ELGA Development Officer colleague Kirstie Jennings and her partner Kelly Hanwell.
Yorkshire’s captain Ann Thomas said: “It’s been a super week but it is disappointing we can’t take the competition to the conclusion. We are delighted to have successfully defended the title, the course has been excellent”.
The team of eight were presented with Hillbilly trolleys and all the players are very pleased. Ann has kindly offered to raffle the ninth at Yorkshires AGM for their Counties training charity.
The Gloucestershire team are disappointed not to have had the chance to contest the title but in good spirit Jenny May the captain said: “Well done Yorkshire”.

Royal Dornoch’s Cara Gruber, pictured below right, is the biggest climber in the updated Paull and Williamsons’ Rankings for Scottish women’s amateur golf following the Ness Open.
Cara, who organises girls’ golf tournaments for Northern Counties,  has moved from joint 12th into the top 10, sharing eighth place with Kylie Walker (Stirling University), after tieing for fourth place in the Inverness 36-hole tournament.
Cara, like long-time table leader Clare Queen (Drumpellier), intends to compete at the Ladies’ European Tour Qualifying School at La Cala on Spain’s Costa del Sol from November 16 to 22. Miss Gruber will be hoping it is second time lucky. She was narrowly eliminated last year.
Clare continues to hold a narrow lead in the inaugural Paull and Williamsons’ Women’s Rankings over Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) at the top of the season-long table.
Miss Queen has the excellent average score of 2.20 strokes UNDER CSS in 10 tournaments designated by the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association.
Miss Wilson has averaged 1.90 strokes under CSS.
Three times Scottish champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) and former international player Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) are the only others averaging below CSS in 10 tournaments. Anne is minus 0.50 and Claire is minus 0.10.  
1 Clare Queen (Drumpellier).
2 Jenna Wilson (Strathaven).
3 Anne Laing (Vale of Leven).
4 Claire Hargan (Mortonhall).
5 Gemma Webster (Hilton Park).
6 Martine Pow (Selkirk).
6 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie).
8 Kylie Walker (Stirling Univ).
8 Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch).
10 Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus).
11 Krystle Caithness (St Regulus).
12 Carly Booth (Auchterarder).
13 Sara Bishop (Windyhill).
14 Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan).
15 Heather Macrae (Dunblane New).
16 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle).
17 Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank).
18 Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle).
19 Emily Ogilvy (Muckhart).
20 Roseanne Niven (Crieff).

Scottish schoolgirls champion Laura Murray, pictured below right, from Alford and Steven McEwan (Kilmarnock Barassie), the Scottish boys' open stroke-play champion, will be Scotland’s representatives in The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy tournament over Castletown Links on the Isle of Man from September 20 to 23.
Laura will also be playing for Scotland against England in the schools international match at Glasgow Gailes on Monday, September 19, which is the practice day for the Isle of Man field.
Miss Murray decided she would forego the practice rather than give up the opportunity of playing for Scotland. Arrangements have been made for her to fly from the Isle of Man to Prestwick on the Monday evening.
The field for The Duke of York Young Champions' Trophy over 72 holes is (some countries, particularly Sweden, have still to make their nominations):
Philipp Fendt, Merti Kerstin.
Justine Barbier, Xavier Feyaerts.
Stanislav Matus, Katerina Ruzickova.
Jesper Drongsrup, Monica Christiansen.
Thomas Haydock, Melissa Reid, Oliver Fisher, Kiran Matharu, Tom Sherreard.
Riku Eve, Sanna Vihervaara.
Charles Levitte, Valentine Derrey.
Bernhard Neumann.
Thordur Gissurarson, Hanna Sigurdardottir.
Niall Kearney, Danielle McVeigh.
Andrea Pavan, Alexxandra Gallo.
Sandro Tan Piaget.
Steven McEwan, Laura Murray.
Adrian Schwartzel, Illishka Verwey.
Arthur de Rivoire, Melanie Gruenenfelder.
Nejla Gercek.
Zac Gould, Adam Runcie, Sahra Hassan.

EGU Press Release

England’s hopes of retaining the Home Internationals were dealt a mortal blow when they were thrashed 11.5-3.5 by Scotland at Royal St George’s, Sandwich on day two of the event. Having struggled to get past the Irish on day one, England’s vulnerability was exposed by the Scots, who put their opening day beating by Wales firmly behind them by coming out with all guns blazing.
England, who lost the foursomes 3-1 with one match halved, managed to win only one of the ten singles, courtesy of Jamie Moul, along with two halves. It led to home captain Cecil Bloice saying: “The result speaks for itself. It’s pretty humiliating even embarrassing and you can’t hide that. But we were pretty lethargic on the course and showed little sparkle.”
In contrast, Scottish skipper George Crawford was pretty upbeat. “It was a brilliant performance,” he said. “After losing to Wales we knew another defeat would put us out of it so we had to bounce back. The victory underlined my team’s resilience.”
However, all is not lost for the English because with Ireland beating Wales 9-6, it leaves all four countries with one win and the quest for the championship back in the melting pot. Any one of the four teams can still emerge triumphant but tomorrow’s winners between England and Wales and Scotland and Ireland will know that games won will be the deciding factor.
For England, it was more than a bad day at the office. They were unconvincing in the morning foursomes, winning only one match thanks to Matthew Cryer and James Crampton, who both extended their 100% records. But both experienced mixed fortunes after lunch.
Cryer found Bryan Fotheringham a tough nut to crack and lost 3 and 1, while Crampton was one up going down the last against George Murray only to leave his approach on the track behind the green, which is an integral part of the course. He needed two more to find the green while Murray got up-and-down from behind the putting surface to win the hole and snatch a half.
Moul, the 20 year old from Suffolk, kept a cool head against Andrew McArthur while the other Scots were tightening their grip to emerge a 2 and 1 winner.
Otherwise it was a tale of Scottish supremacy with seven victories and two halves from the ten singles.
Having trounced the Scots 10-5 yesterday, Wales found Ireland a much tougher proposition. After losing the foursomes 3-2, there was worse to come for the Welsh when James Williams went down 9 and 8 to Darren Crowe.
After the opening hole was halved in bogey fives, Crowe won the next nine holes, four with birdies. The unfortunate Williams was out in 41 to Crowe’s 33 and the end came when Crowe secured a birdie-three at the tenth.
Although Rhys Davies and Zac Gould completed comprehensive wins for the Welsh and Ryan Thomas won on the last green, Ireland carried the day to put themselves back in the contest.

Press Release

Five Open championship venues are part of an exciting new venture aimed at promoting links golf in Scotland.
St Andrews, Muirfield, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Carnoustie have joined forces with VisitScotland and 35 of the finest Scottish links courses to provide a mouth-watering treat for lovers of the game at the Home of Golf.
Golfers worldwide will be familiar with such landmarks as the Swilcan Bridge and the 17th Road Hole on St Andrews’ Old Course and the famous 8th hole at Royal Troon nicknamed The Postage Stamp.
But the Great Scottish Links Collection website has been launched to help raise awareness of some of the lesser-known links courses of the golfing world that lie in wait for players visiting the historic land where the game began.
And the project has received the full backing of former Royal & Ancient Club secretary and captain Sir Michael Bonallack – one of golf’s most respected figures.
Bonallack, who also won five Amateur Championships between 1951and 1970 and appeared in nine Walker Cups, was also part of the voting and helped launch the collection at St Andrews on the Fife coast.
He said: “Links golf is the truest test of the game. It brings out all the toughest characteristics in golf – not just as a golfer but also as a person.
“You get good bounces and bad bounces on undulating terrain. It is all about how you deal with them. Scotland’s courses offer the best test of them all.”
The idea was developed by VisitScotland’s Sector Development and UK and Ireland Marketing departments, with support from renowned Scottish golf writer and author Malcolm Campbell who was very keen for golfers across the globe to discover Scotland’s true golfing roots and heritage that dates back centuries.
Campbell, who joined Bonallack on the collection’s six-man panel of experts, said: “Scotland is not only the Home of Golf but where it all started and the collection will re-enforce that image.
“We have the best collection of pure links courses in the world. We have more of them and they are better than any other place and the idea is that people can collect them by visiting them.
“There are dozens and dozens and if you want to play links golf then Scotland is the place to be.
“Five of the eight Open venues are included in the collection but there are so many more courses waiting to be discovered.
“A lot of people won’t have heard of most of them but they are all great in their own right. They are very old and inexpensive and very happy to welcome visitors.”
Jillian Swankie, from VisitScotland, said: “This is a very exciting development.
“We believe Scotland has the best collection of links courses in the world and this website will make it obvious to the consumer.
“The new web pages have been designed so, not only can golfers choose the course they want to play, they can also book accommodation nearby and decide on which restaurant they’d like to eat at later.
“Additionally, although the collection features only 40 of our links courses, there are many more to choose from, all of which can be found on
“Some of the smaller courses are available to play for as little as £15, they are steeped in history and they are all true links courses.
“For example, Shiskine Golf Club on the Isle of Arran is only a twelve-hole course but is in a great setting with views of the Mull of Kintyre.
“A little further on from the course you will come across the cave where we’re told Robert the Bruce watched the tireless efforts of a spider whose persistence encouraged him to continue with his task and ultimate victory at Bannockburn.”
The panel of experts and VisitScotland drew up the exclusive list of courses by adhering to the strict definition of links golf provided by the British Golf Museum.
The museum states: “The links are the strip of land that can be found between the beach and the agricultural land used for growing crops. It is a stretch of land that is characterised by bunkers of sand, poor soil quality and long, thick grasses. The land is considered to have few uses … one use for this was to play golf on it and the tradition has stuck.”
In addition to this, VisitScotland set further criteria for inclusion including:
- Courses must be true links and not simply coastal or sea view;
- As the collection will be consumer-facing via the proposed online presence, the courses must be visitor friendly;
- The courses selected have a reputation for working in partnership with other tourism-related organisations and bodies.
Every course participating in the project will also receive a personalised plaque stating that they are a member of the collection, supply of postcards to give to visiting golfers and the right to use the specially-designed Great Scottish Links logo on their own golf club literature and website.
Full details of the courses included in the collection and further information can be found by entering the website link

Thursday 8th September 2005

ELGA Press Release
Gloucestershire and Yorkshire draw, it’s all to play for on the last day

Gloucester and Yorkshire had a close days battle in the English County Championship at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club.
Yorkshire won two of the morning foursome points, following a 3 down fight back by Hannah Barwood and Charlotte Ellis (Gloucestershire), who were all square going down the 18th when Yorkshires’ Cheryl and Michelle Smith won with a four for the second point of the day. Sharon Heeley and Sian James took the final point for Gloucestershire winning 3&2.
In the singles Jo Hodge was one up going down the 18th, her 7ft putt lipped out to halve the match with Rachel Bell. Emma Duggleby and Kiran Matharu took the next two points and the final three matches all finished 4&2 for Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire captain Jenny May said; “It’s been tight all day and could have gone either way at any point, the team have really pulled together, it’s a great result, we are all very pleased”.
Hampshire beat Northamptonshire 6-3 having won two of the foursome matches and taking four of the singles matches. Sarah Carter (Northamptonshire County GC) had a hole in one on the tricky 200 yard 9th hole with an 8 iron.
It’s all to play for on Friday 9th September, the last day, when Gloucestershire play Northamptonshire and Yorkshire play Hampshire.

Scottish Schools Golf Association teams for the annual international match against England at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club, Ayrshire on Monday, September 19 are:
BOYS – Chris Bell (St Aidan’s High, Wishaw), capt., Scott Borrowman (Dollar Acad), Robert Carson (James Young High, Livingston), Ryan Delaney (Holy Cross High, Hamilton), Cameron Gray (Glasgow High), Lewis Kirton (Inverurie Acad), Philip McLean (Peterhead Acad), Alan Murdoch (Stranraer Acad), Stuart Robin (Prestwick Acad), Chris Robinson (Douglas Ewart High, Newton Stewart), Adrian Styles (Harlaw Acad, Aberdeen), James White (Buckhaven High).
GIRLS – Krsytle Caithness (Waid Acad, Anstruther), capt., Laura Murray (Alford Acad), Roseanne Niven (Loretto School), Michele Thomson (Ellon Acad), Rebecca Watson, Sally Watson (both Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh).
+Two girls (Carly Booth & Pamela Pretswell) and three boys (James Byrne, Ross Kellet & Robbie King) were unavailable for selection as they are competing in the Nick Faldo Junior Series Grand Final at Celtic Manor.

United States regained the Junior Solheim Cup last night (Wed USA time) by winning 10 of the second and final day's 12 singles ties against Europe at Bridgewater Club, Westfield in Indiana.
The final result was: United States 16, Europe 8.
At the end of the first day four-ball and foursomes matches, the scoreline had been tied at 6-6 and a keenly-contested singles programme was anticipated. Instead the American Under-18 girls slaughtered their opponents from Europe.
The only European girls to win their singles were this year's winner of the British girls' open championship title, Anna Nordqvist from Sweden, and Spain's Carlota Ciganda.
England's Florentyna Parker and Melissa Reid - the only Great Britain and Ireland players in the European line-up - lost their singles by 3 & 2 and 3 & 1 respectively.

Wednesday 7th September 2005

ELGA Press Release
Yorkshire make a strong start to defending county title

Yorkshire started the competition by winning all three foursomes matches 2&1 against Northamptonshire, who are making their debut in the English County Championship at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club.
In the singles Yorkshire continued their show of force winning 5½ points, giving them a total of 8½ points on the first days play. Ann Thomas, Yorkshire’s Captain said: “We have a great team, it’s difficult to choose between them. They have loved the course, it’s in excellent condition, the greens are very fast”.
Gloucestershire representing the South-West beat Hampshire 5½ - 3½, Captain, Jenny May said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won, this was a close match. Sian James celebrates her 17th birthday today, she is one of our young stars and won her foursomes match 1up, then halved her singles match – happy birthday Sian!”.
Thursday, September 8 will see Gloucestershire play Yorkshire and Northamptonshire play Hampshire.

More photos from Scottish Seniors at Grantown-on-Spey
Feast your eyes on the array of photographs on the Renfrewshire website (Thanks to Carol Fell, the Renfrewshire webmaster, and Emma Wilson, SLGA Chairman)
If you haven't looked already, then check out the photos Colin took too.

Tuesday 6th September 2005

Countdown to the Gibson Cup… entries to be in by Friday 9th September
A reminder for any ladies foursomes pairings intending to enter the Gibson Cup over Braids No. 1 course in Edinburgh at the beginning of October that the deadline is only 3 days away i.e. Friday 9th September. For more information about this tournament see the article on this website on 24th August 2005.
Entry Forms can be obtained from Edinburgh Leisure (0131 652 2178), from Anne Brownie by e-mail @ or from most Golf Clubs in the Edinburgh area. The closing date for entries to be received by Edinburgh Leisure is 9th September 2005.

ELGA Press Release
ELGA launches Stakeholder Survey

ELGA is inviting everyone with a stake in English ladies’ golf to complete a survey that will help to shape the future of the association.
The Stakeholder Survey is on the ELGA website for the whole of September and is also available by post. It seeks views on a range of issues including:
· Successes
· Issues and opportunities facing the sport;
· Aspirations for the future
· Strategic priorities
· The future role of ELGA.
ELGA is appealing to all its stakeholders – including national committee members, staff, players, representatives of ladies’ sections and all interested parties – to complete the survey. Responses will be handled by specialists Performance Matters, and complete confidentiality and anonymity is guaranteed to those taking part.
The results will be reported back to ELGA’s executive committee and will help the association to plan for the future.
The survey is part of a review of the way ELGA operates and is organised. This review is being carried out under the Whole Sport Plan for golf and ELGA’s partners in the plan are involved in similar projects.
Pauline Perla, Chief Executive said “this is a really important time for ladies amateur golf and we want to be sure that our future plans have the support and meet the expectations of all our members. We want as many people as possible to take a few minutes of their time to give us their views”.
The survey is on the ELGA website:
It is also available from the ELGA office, telephone 0121 456 2088.

SVLGA (Northern Division)
Ann Smart (Banchory) and Ann Meldrum (Murcar) won the Silver and Bronze Divisions respectively in the final Stableford competiton of the SVLGA (Northern Division) season at Banchory Golf Club.
Results (CSS 71) were:
Silver Division:
1 A Smart (Banchory) (5) 38 pts
2 L Mitchell (Aberdeen Ladies) (19) 38
3 M Clapperton (Banchory (9) 37
4 A Wildgoose (McDonald Ellon) (20) 37
Senior Prize: W Brown (Newmachar) (17) 36
Bronze Division:
1 A Meldrum (Murcar) (21) 37 pts
2 E Anderson (Deeside) (24) 36
3 M Crawford (Murcar) (21) 35
Senior Prize: R Keith (Forfar) (21) 34

Monday 5th September 2005

Five of the Murcar Golf Club team who helped to retain the Aberdeen & District League championship for the Golfview Trophy.
Left to right: Pat Wilson, Donna Pocock, Laura McLardy, Victoria Donald and Carol Wilson.
Other team members who could not be present for the photograph were Frances Neish and Michele Thomson as well as Sjavon Wilson who is back in the United States at Tyler  Junior College.

Claire Hargan is Champ of Champs
Claire Hargan, representing Prestonfield, won the Midlothian Champion of Champions final over the Royal Burgess course, Edinburgh yesterday when she beat Amanda Edwards (Liberton) by 5 & 4.
Full report on the Midlothian website.

Sunday 4th September 2005

Cathy Wood, Jane Turner and Hannah Harvey after the EoS Girls Prizegiving.

East of Scotland Girls
Hannah Harvey wins Autumn Meeting
Hannah Harvey, a 15-year old pupil at St Leonards School, St Andrews, won the Autumn Meeting of the East of Scotland Girls Golfing Association at Balbirnie Park this afternoon, with a two-over-par scratch 73, three shots ahead of East of Scotland Girls' Champion Jane Turner (Mortonhall) who carded a 76.
Hannah's outward half of 33 included birdies at the first and fifth, and she continued to be two under par until an unfortunate run of five bogeys from the 13th rather spoilt her card. A birdie four at the last was a redeeming feature.
It was a good scoring day for the higher handicap girls, and a net 64 from 25 handicap Cathy Wood from Linlithgow should see her handicap tumbling down. A net 67 from 17 handicap Gillian Simpson (Baberton) won the Under 14 category handicap prize, and Jane Turner won the Under 18 handicap prize with a 76 less 3 net 73.
The CSS came down one stroke to 70
Leading scores
73 Hannah Harvey (5) (St Leonards)
76 Jane Turner (3) (Mortonhall)
84 Gillian Simpson (17) (Baberton)
87 Rachel Watton (16) (Baberton)
89 Cathy Wood (25) (Linlithgow)
93 Cara Easton (14) (Dalmahoy)
96 Megan Barbour (10) (North Berwick)
97 Arlene McGarty (14) (Bathgate)
105 Emma Bisset (14) (Elie and Earlsferry)
106 Eilidh Mckellar (29) (Dundas Park)
NR Rachael Livingstone (4) (Musselburgh Old Course)

Vikki Laing Ties for 71st

Vikki Laing (Musselburgh), playing in the LPGA State Farm Classic at the 6649 yard, par 72 Rail Golf Course at Springfield, Illinois, tied for 71st place on one-over par 289 with scores of 67 75 73 74.
The event was won by Pat Hurst who had a 17 under par total of 271 (67 69 65 70) from Cristie Kerr, three shots back. Catriona Matthew tied for 7th place on 11-under 277 and Mhairi McKay tied for 76th on three-over 291.

Prizewinners at the Platform 2 Girls Championship with Lesley Hardie (Aberdeen Ladies) who presented the prizes

Alford's Laura Murray, pictured right, retained the Platform 2 girls' golf championship over the Silverburn links at Balgownie today (Sunday) after a great shot-for-shot contest with playing partner Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth).
Laura, 17-year-old two-handicapper, won the day with a par-matching 65 on a blustery day, one shot ahead of 15-year-old Rebecca who plays off five.
Both reached the turn in one-under-par 33. Then, when Laura bogeyed the 10th and 11th, Rebecca's par figures at the same holes put her two shots ahead.
However, there was a two-shot swing in the defending champion's favour when Laura got a birdie 2 at the 15th which Rebecca bogeyed. That put the players level again before Rebecca finished bogey-par-par to Laura's pars at the last three holes.
Kelsey Macdonald, 14-year-old Nairn Dunbar two-handicapper, pipped Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon) for the third scratch prize. Both finished on 71 but Kelsey had an inward half of 32 to Michel's 36 to win the countback.
Caitlin Geddes, an 11-year-old who plays off  32 at Northern Golf Club, and Chloe Macleod (Nairn Dunbar) (21) led the net scores with 61s. Caitlin won the prize with a better inward half. Another 11-year-old, Tain's Julie Vass, who plays off 31, finished third with a net 64.
Silverburn, Balgownie.
65 Laura Murray (Alford).
66 Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth).
71 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon).
72 Ashton Ingram (Fort William).
79 Sammy Vass (Tain), Lauren Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies).
82 Chloe Macleod (Nairn Dunbar).
84 Samantha Leslie (Westhill).
85 Kirsty Moss (Monifieth).
61 Caitlin Geddes (Northern) (32) better inward half, Chloe Macleod (Nairn Dunbar) (21).
64 Julie Vass (Tain) (31).
65 Donna MacKinnon (Durness) (21).
67 Fiona Fullerton (Huntly) (25), Gail Wilson (Monifieth) (24), Louise Smith (Kirriemuir) (22).
68 Natalie Thomson (Murcar) (20), Hayley Thomson (Newmachar) (18).
69 Mairi Templeton (Westhill) (32), Jennifer Stewart (Golspie) (23)

Individual winner of the Platform 2 Boys Championship, James Byrne (holding trophy), and winning North-east team, of which he was a member.
Left to right: Back - Scott Brown, James Byrne, Graeme Mitchell.
Front left to right: Tom Spencer, Scott Fraser, Grant Carnie, Kevin Duncan.

Banchory's James Byrne, recent winner of the North of England Under-16 boys' open golf title, added another trophy to his impressive collection when he won the Platform 2  boys' championship (formerly the Grampian TV junior championship) at Tain in the North of Scotland today (Sunday).
Byrne shot two rounds of 70 for a level par aggregate of 140 - two shots ahead of runner-up Josh Clarke (Montrose Mercantile) who had a pair of 71s.
North-east (1461) won the team event from Angus (1541) and North (1562).
140 J Byrne (Banchory) 70 70.
142 J Clarke (Montrose Mercantile) 71 71.
143 G Mitchell (Northern) 71 72.
145 K Spence (Newmachar) 72 73.
146 R Bell (Downfield) 69 77.
147 C Gaittens (Fortrose) 77 70, G Carnie (Newburgh) 76 71, S Fraser (Northern) 72 75.
148 C Cowie (Stgrathlene) 74 74, K Duncan (McDonald Ellon) 70 78, C Baron (Oldmeldrum) 75 73.
150 J Foley (Forres) 77 73, J Fair (Fortrose) 79 71.
152 W Bremner (Edzell) 78 74, F Fotheringham (Nairn) 75 77, T Spencer (Inchmarlo) 77 75, K Harper (Carnoustie) 78 74.
153 R Elder (Nairn Dunbar) 72 81, C Bennett (Inverness) 79 74.
154 C Storrier (Downfield) 75 79, B Webster (Edzell) 83 71.
155 M Spence (Newmachar) 77 78.
157 A Weir (Montrose Mercantile) 78 79, G Payne (Monifieth) 81 78.
159 S Stables (Elgin) 85 74.
163 R McIntosh (Monifieth) 78 85, M Reid (Downfield) 80 83.

Saturday 3rd September 2005

ILGU Press Release

Royal Portrush won their 3rd consecutive Suzuki All Ireland Ladies Senior Cup final at Woodstock Golf Club, beating Ennis Golf Club in the final.
Irish Champion Tricia Mangan lead the way for Ennis beating Helen Jones on the 14th green. Gemma Hegarty got off to a solid start turning 4 up and levelled the tie with a 4/3 victory over Maura McNicholas. Royal Portrush’s Naoimh Quigg then holed from off the 14th green to go 1 up and eventually halved the 17th in par to close out on Pamela Murphy. Maura Diamond pitched in on 13 only for Ennis' Valerie Hassett to follow her in from 12 feet for a half in birdie 3, before Valerie eventually secumbed on the 16th green. Stephanie Meadow’s match with Sarah Cunningham was called-in off the 15th fairway with the match all square. Royal Portrush have now won the title 21 times.
In the morning semi-finals, Ennis saw off The Curragh with Mangan, Hassett and Cunningham winning while Sinead Keane was the only reply for the Curragh. Royal Portrush fought off a brave Co. Louth challenge with Maura Diamond securing the final point on the 18th green to join Ennis in the final and attempt a three-in-a-row for the Northerners.
Ennis – Royal Portrush
Tricia Mangan beat Helen Jones 5/4
Maura McNicholas lost to Gemma Hegarty 4/3
Pamela Murphy lost to Naoimh Quigg 2/1
Valerie Hassett lost to Maura Diamond 4/2
Sarah Cunningham halved with Stephanie Meadow
Ennis 3½-1½ The Curragh
Tricia Mangan beat Maura Morrin 2/1
Maura McNicholas lost to Sinead Keane 4/3
Pamela Murphy halved with Mary McNally
Valerie Hassett beat Catherine Joyce 4/2
Sarah Cunningham beat Judith Lynch 5/4
Royal Portrush 3-2 Co.Louth
Helen Jones lost to Deirdre Smith 6/5
Gemma Hegarty beat Oonagh Purfield 6/5
Naoimh Quigg lost to Maria Dunne 1up
Maura Diamond beat Jennifer Gannon 1up
Stephanie Meadow beat Jackie Quinn 3/2

EGU Press Release

The English Golf Union (EGU) today announced the launch of the Home Internationals website. The new website,, will include live scoring as well as all the latest news items and information about the event.
The Men’s Home Internationals is one of Great Britain and Ireland’s most prestigious team golf championships. Contested by teams of the top amateurs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and alternating between the four nations, the event in 2005 will take place at Royal St. George’s, Kent from 7th to 9th September.
For those spectators who cannot attend the event itself, scores for every match, as each one progresses, will be available via the website so supporters can follow their home side’s progress throughout each day’s play. Full details of all of the teams, news items and the latest pictures will be also be updated on the website.
James Crampton, Deputy Championship Secretary at the EGU said, “Live scoring has proved a great success when we have offered the facility previously. For those supporters who are unable to travel to the Home Internationals venue live scoring provides a great way to get behind their teams as the Championship progresses.”
Royal St George’s is looking forward to welcoming supporters of all four teams to the event, which is free of charge to attend.
Stephen Patrick, Captain of Royal St George’s commented, “I have the greatest pleasure in welcoming the players, families, officials and spectators to The Royal St. George's Golf Club for the 2005 Home Internationals. This is the first time we have had the honour of hosting the event and we look forward to respecting the best amateur golfers in the British Isles as they test their skill and nerve over our links.”
England are the holders of the Home Internationals title which was held last year at Prestwick, Scotland and also go into the event as reigning European Team Champions.

Scottish Seniors at Grantown-on-Spey
Photo album Courtesy and Copyright Cal Carson Golf Agency

Scotland beat England at Musselburgh
Members of the British Golf Collectors' Society played their annual International match yesterday over Musselburgh Old Course.
Scotland won by 5.5 matches to 1.5 and the coveted trophy was presented to the non-playing Scottish Captain, Archie Baird, at a dinner in the evening.
Results (Scottish names first)
William Tanner and Ronald Beatt halved with Neil Hutchinson and Roy Hobbis,
David Kirkwood and John Still beat Anthony Thorpe and Keith Bilbie 2 & 1,
Gillian Kirkwood and Scott Patrick beat Christopher Homer and Lionel Freedman 1 hole,
Hamish Ewan and David Hamilton beat Rod Lambert and Richard Carr 1 hole,
John Dixon (Ireland) and Eiron Morgan (Wales) beat Graham Walters and Derek Moore 3 & 2,
John Rigg and Alan Jackson beat Robert Mann and Alan Sowerby 1 hole,
Jim Colville lost to John Pearson (English Captain) 2 holes.

Friday 2nd September 2005

Scottish Seniors Championship

[Photos Courtesy and Copyright Cal Carson Golf Agency - Photo album]
Baberton's Pamela Williamson won the first four holes - two of them with birdies - on her way to a 3 and 2 win over Moira Thomson (North Berwick) in the final of the Scottish senior women's amateur golf match-play championship at Grantown-on-Spey today (Friday).
So ended four days of golf dominated by Mrs Williamson who, earlier in the week, won the seniors' 36-hole stroke-play championship for a third time in seven years. That made her the top seed for the inaugural match-play championship contested by the 16 players with the lowest aggregates.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to win the first ever Scottish seniors' match-play championship and complete the title double over the four days," said Pamela, a great competitor who has also been Irish senior women's open champion in the past.
Mrs Williamson was conceded the first when her opponent went out of bounds and then she birdied the long second and the third before winning the fourth with a par.
Four down on the fifth tee, Mrs Thomson, the No 3 seed and a former Scottish girls' match-play champion, responded in gritty fashion to make a very good game of it. She played an excellent tee shot to set up a winning birdie 2 at the eighth and should have won the ninth where Pamela lost a ball. But Moira took two shots to get out of a bunker and Mrs Williamson escaped with a half in 6s.
Mrs Thomson did cut her deficit to one by winning the 10th and 12th but Pamela won the 13th and 14th with pars to restore a three-hole lead and halves in par at the 15th and 16th ended a contest enjoyed by the gallery.
Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee), who had been the No 2 qualifier for the match-play stages but was knocked out in the first round, gained a measure of consolation by winning the Second Flight. She beat Anne Brownie (Lothianburn) by 3 and 2 in the final.
Grantown-on-Spey GC
Semi-finals - P Williamson bt R Anderson (Huntly) 7 and 6, M Thomson (North Berwick) beat J Gardner (Drumpellier) 1 hole.
Final - Williamson bt Thomson 3 and 2.
Second Flight
Semi-finals - A Brownlie (Lothianburn) w.o. F Neish (Murcar) scr, E Campbell (Torwoodlee) bt L Terry (Cruden Bay) 2 and 1. Final - Campbell bt Brownlie 3 and 2.

The Scotland team to play in the senior women's home international golf matches at Radyr, near Cardiff from October 4 to 6 is:
Rose Anderson (Huntly), Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee), Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh), Moira Thomson (North Berwick), Fiona De Vries (St Rule), Pamela Williamson (Baberton).
Reserves: 1 Anna Telfer (Milngavie), 2 Ann Smart (Banchory), 3 Helen Faulds (Douglas Park).

+Next year's Scottish senior women's (closed) amateur stroke-play and match-play championships will be played at Machrihanish Golf Club.

++ SLGA chairman Emma Wilson, who did not play in this year's championships because of her duties, had a hole in one with an eight-iron at the 16th hole (125yd) at Grantown on Spey on Thursday evening. She was playing with executive member Pat Wilson. It was Emma's fourth hole in one.

ELGA Press Release
Chris Quinn wins second English seniors’ championship

Hampshire’s Chris Quinn successfully defended the Senior Ladies’ English Close Amateur Championship when she beat Rozalyn Adams 3/2 in the final at Handsworth.
“I am absolutely thrilled, very happy,” said Chris (South Winchester). “I came here hoping to make a successful defence.”
The first nine holes of the final were a tight battle between the two players and the slender early lead was held by Rozalyn (Addington Court). But each time she edged ahead, the defending champion pulled her back.
Then, Chris won three holes in a row to take control of the match, moving from one down to two up. “I won the 9th to go all square, then won the 10th and 11th. It was a crucial part of the match,” she said.
The two players halved the next four holes before the title was decided on the 16th. Both players were on the fringe in two and Rozalyn made a bold attempt for a birdie and just shaved the hole, but her ball ran 6ft past. Chris, meanwhile, putted to within a foot of the cup for a certain four. Rozalyn’s return missed and the championship was over.
“I was absolutely determined not to let my ball go past the hole because the green runs sharply downhill past the pin – and the greens are very, very fast downhill,” said Chris.
“It was a good match – and a big relief to win!” she added.
Now Chris heads to Brancepeth Castle in Durham where she will be part of the Hampshire team in next week’s English County Championship.
In the seniors’ semi-finals Chris beat Hilary Smith (Pannal) 1 up, while Rozalyn beat Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield) 1 up. The Consolation Plate final was won by Julia Smith (Rotherham) who beat Patricia West (Spalding) at the 19th.

News of Stephanie Crolla
Stephanie was East of Scotland Girls Champion in 2003, and attended McLennan College, Texas, for two years . She switched to Nicholls State this summer.
Her Mum writes
"Just to let you know and if you could add this to your internet site. I have been asked by a few people in the golfing world if Stephanie is safe and well.
As you know Stephanie is on a golf scholarship at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. Steph managed to drive to Texas on Friday before the Hurricane hit New Orleans, she is safe and well in Texas.
Steph doesn't know when she will return to Nicholls State as they have no power or phone lines."

ILGU Press Release

Royal Portrush were taken to the 2nd tie hole in the deciding match before seeing off a very brave challenge from a young Claremorris side in the quarter-final play-off match at the Suzuki All-Ireland finals at Woodstock Golf Club, 2-3 September 2005.
Claremorris’ Fiona Carroll and Sarah Gallagher had beaten Gemma Hegarty and Niamh Quigg in the 2nd and 3rd singles while Maura Diamond and Stephanie Meadow levelled the tie with early wins over sisters Emily and Kate Gallagher.
All attention then focused on the top match between Niamh Kitching and Helen Jones, in which Kitching held the lead going to 18 following an uncharacteristic three putt by Jones on 17. Jones’ duly birdied the 330 yard eighteenth to take the tie to extra time. Both missed from 6 feet on 19 to force the issue to the 20th where Jones found sand on her approach shot. Kitching misjudged the pace of of the green and duly 3 putted from 12 feet to hand Royal Portrush a semi final berth against strongly fancied Co.Louth at 8.40 on Saturday.
Friday 2nd September – play-off
Royal Portrush 3-2 Claremorris
Helen Jones beat Niamh Kitching 20th
Gemma Hegarty lost to Fiona Carroll 4/3
Naoimh Quigg lost to Sarah Gallagher 2/1
Maura Diamond beat Emily Gallagher 6/5
Stephanie Meadow beat Kate Gallagher 4/3
Saturday 3rd September  - semi-finals                 
08.00 Ennis -v- The Curragh                              
08.40 Co. Louth -v- Royal Portrush
Saturday 3rd September - final 14.00

Vikki Laing lying 5th in State Farm Classic
Press Release from Bounce Sport
In a frustrating year that has seen her struggle to be afforded as many starts as she would have liked or expected this year (the same 1st non-exempt player last year started nearly 20 times, this is Vikki’s 6th start of 2005) Musselburgh’s Vikki Laing opened up with a sparkling 67 at The LPGA’s State Farm Classic in Springfield Illinois. This has her currently 2 behind the leader in a tie for 5th place.
Although early in the tournament, she has given herself a marvellous launch pad to go on and have a good week which, touch wood, will go a long way to securing exempt status on The LPGA Tour next year. It should be highlighted just how significant this would be given her lack of backing from the corporate world and the difficult conditions she has had to work within to make the breakthrough. A wholly unsatisfactory state of affairs given the potential she has to become one of our greatest golfing ambassadors abroad!

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