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September 2006 Archive

Saturday 30th September 2006

Gemma Webster is not playing well today in the Wolverine Invitational women's college tournament at Ann Arbor, Michigan. It's a three-round event with two rounds on the Saturday but the Scotland international from Glasgow, now in her second year at Ohio State University, is toiling early in the second round.
She had a 10-over-par 81 in the first round over the relatively short (6,098yd), par-71 course. She had not a single birdie but a double bogey at the 15th and eight bogeys liberally spread either side of that.
Things have not got better for Gemma in the second round. She did get a birdie but it has been outnumbered by bogeys after a few holes of the round.
Brianna Broderick (Michigan) set the first-round pace with a 70 to lead by two shots from Stephany Fleet (Eastern Michigan) and Laura Nochta (Indiana).
+We'll have more American college golf news for you on Sunday morning. Also coming up for you on Sunday evening, scores in the East of Scotland women's championship at Stirling.

Stephanie Meadow from Antrim, Northern Ireland, now a student at the International Junior Golf Academy in Florida, was almost a winner on her debut on the International Junior Golf Tour this week.
Stephanie, a member of Royal Portrush Golf Club, won this year's Lancome Irish girls' closed championship, beating Victoria Bradshaw (Bangor) 5 and 4 in the final at Malone Golf Club in July.
Stephanie had rounds of 74 and 76 for a total of 150 – one shot behind another IJGA pupil, Valentina Fontaine from Santiago, Chile in the IJGT event over the Greg Norman course at Champions Gate Golf Resort, Florida.
Valentina had rounds of 72 and 77 for 149.
A third IJGA student, Kiara Hayashida was a close third on 151 with 79 and 72.
A report of the tournament says: “The three girls kept spectators on their toes throughout the final round with only one stroke separating each competitor.”
The weather for the tournament was sunny with temperatures in the mid-90s.

US College Golf

Adam Lindsay from Banchory, a sophomore student at Iowa Wesleyan College, finished sixth in the IWC Invitational golf tournament at Burlington Golf Club, Iowa (on Friday).
Adam had scores of 76 and 75 for a total of 151 – six shots behind individual winner Dusty Drenth (St Ambrose).
It was Lindsay’s third top-10 college tournament finish since he returned to the States after the summer break.
Iowa Wesleyan (617) finished runners-up to St Ambrose (588) in the team event with Grand View (619) third.

Friday 29th September 2006

Irish Mixed Foursomes

Enniscorthy Golf Club, champions of Leinster, won the Irish mixed foursomes club title for the first time, and also the club’s first ever green pennant, when they beat the Munster champions, Nenagh Golf Club, 3 1/2-1 1/2 in the All-Ireland Final at Clandeboye Golf Club.
In the semi-finals Enniscorthy defeated the Ulster champions, Scrabo Golf Club by 3 ½ to 1 ½ while Nenagh beat the Connacht champions, Ballinasloe Golf club by the same margin.
(Enniscorthy names first)
William Rackard & Stella Sinnott bt Jim Gleeson & Marie Scroope 2 and 1; Cormac Martin & Jennifer King bt P J Hogan & Marie Corrigan 2 holes; P J Murphy & Eimear McGrath lost to David Reddan & Iris Dennison 5 and 3; Paul Gorby & Lori Whitney bt Billy Burke & Carmel Burke 1 hole; Michael Healy & Pauline Byrne halved with Paddy Kennedy & Winnie Ryan.


Thursday 28th September 2006

Nenagh will meet Enniscorthy in the final of the Irish mixed foursomes club match-play tournament at Clandeboye Golf Club.
Results of semi-finals:
(Nenagh names first)
Billy Burke & Carmel Burke bt Dermot Dunican & Lena Donohue 2 and 1; Jim Gleeson & Marie Scroope bt Kevin Cunniffe & Catherine Owens 4 and 3; Paddy Heffernan & Ber Cavanagh lost to Frank Donohue & Mary Madden 2 and 1; Paddy Kennedy & Winnie Ryan bt Mark Conneely & Ann Staunton 1 hole; David Reddan & Irish Dennison halved with Enda Finn & Rita Spellman.
(Enniscorthy names first)
William Rackard & Stella Sinnott bt Ryan Boal & Michele Mills 2 and 1; Cormac Martin & Jennifer King bt Martin Moreland & Sandra McMillan 5 and 3; Martin Sludds & Julie McCarthy lost to Noel Wishart & Alison Hiles 6 and 4; Paul Gorby & Lori Whitney halved with Chris Trelfa & Hazel Barry; Michael Healy & Pauline Byrne bt Tim Bailie & Karen Clarke 7 and 5.

US College Golf

Irish Curtis Cup player Tara Delaney’s victory in the Lady Northern Invitational at East Lansing, Michigan has earned the 20-year-old Kent State University, Ohio student from Carlow fourth place in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin women’s college ratings.
It was Tara’s third win in the United States.
The only players ranked ahead of her are Alison Walshe (Arizona), Sweden’s Sara Wikstrom (Arkansas Little Rock) and US Curtis Cup player Taylor Leon (Georgia).
Other Europeans in the top 20 are former British girls open champion Anna Nordqvist (Arizona State) from Sweden in seventh place, Germany’s Sandra Gal (Florida) in 11th place and Belgium’s Benedicte Toumpsin (South Carolina) in 19th place.

ELGA Press Release
Hawkstone Park helps girls tee off in golf

Hawkstone Park in Shropshire is celebrating a summer of success in girls' golf, thanks to an initiative led by head professional Stuart Leech.
He's given scores of girls their first taste of the game - and been rewarded with a healthy take-up of academy memberships.
"The response has been fantastic," said Stuart. "The girls are out there, it's just a matter of going out and finding them."
Stuart, who has been at the club for 3½ years, has always been keen to promote junior golf and decided to take action to boost the tiny girls' section.
With the backing of the club and the Shropshire ladies' association, he has run a number of taster sessions to whet the appetite of youngsters - from toddlers to 17-year-olds - and followed up with girls-only coaching sessions.
At least a dozen girls have taken out academy membership, honing their skills on the club's six-hole academy course. Two have already got handicaps and moved on to full junior membership and the target is for the others to follow suit before the end of the year.
The youngsters have been encouraged by the ladies who have arranged to play with them in special greensome and Texas scramble events. Some girls have also taken part in Shropshire ladies' competitions for players without handicaps - and won prizes.
"It's snowballing quite nicely," said Stuart, who is looking forward to the day when his own twin daughters will join the girls' section. "It would be nice to have a strong girls' section for them to go into - but as they are not yet quite two it's a long way off!"

US College Golf

Charlene Reid, pictured left, from Antrim and Belfast’s Nikki Taggart (pictured right) – both golf scholarship students at Pfeiffer University, North Carolina - finished eighth and 29th equal in the Bubba Watson Invitational women’s college tournament at Stonebrook Golf Club, Pace in Florida (this week).
Charlene scored 75 and 79 for 154 while Nikki had 88 and 77 for 165 in a field of 64 players.
Individual winner was Kim Ulander (Florida Southern) with 76 and 68 for 144, winning by two strokes from Sarah Nicholson (Western Florida) (73-73).
Pfeiffer (635) finished fifth in the team event behind winners Florida Southern (595).

Wednesday 27th September 2006

US College Golf

Madras College former pupil Daniel Sommerville has brought a change of luck to the Clayton State University, Atlanta men’s college golf team.
In only his second outing for the side, Daniel this week helped Clayton State – “The Lakers” – win the Orchard Fall Invitational tournament at Orchard Golf and Country Club, Clarkesville in Georgia.
Clayton State’s last team title victory was in the North Alabama Spring Classic of 2000.
Daniel was one of three players in the team to score in the 70s. He finished fourth overall with a 75. Senior team-mate Matt Beale figured in a triple tie for the individual title on one-under-par 71 before losing a play-off.
The third and fourth members of the Clayton State team were Mathias Carlander who had a 76 and Neil McBride from Glasgow. Neil’s 81 was in its own way just as important as Daniel’s because it gave Clayton State a winning total of 303 in the one-round event – two shots ahead of Piedmont College and 10 ahead of third-placed Rheinhardt College.
Daniel was named in the "All-Tournament Team" - denoting he was regarded as one of the best players in the event.

Ireland’s Dawn Marie Conaty and Vicki Power finished joint 36th and 77th respectively in the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate golf tournament at Highlands Ranch Golf Club, Colorado.
Dubliner Dawn, a junior year student at Memphis University, having transferred from North Carolina State, had rounds of 76, 76 and 77 for a total of 229 over the par-72, 6,399yd course.
Vicki, a student at Northern Arizona State University, had a disappointing tournament with scores of 84, 77 and 83 for a total of 244.
Rachel Newren (Brigham Young University) won the tournament with scores of 70, 69 and 67 for 10-under-par 206. She finished three shots ahead of Dawn Shockley (Denver) (70-70-69) with Chelsea Benton (Colorado State) third on 211 (71-69-71).
Memphis (895) finished fifth in the team event behind Denver University (849) who were playing over their home course. Northern Arizona (932) came 14th in the field of 16 college teams.

LGU Press Release

Christine Quinn, the new Senior Ladies’ British Open Amateur Strokeplay champion, will lead England in their bid for a fourth successive Seniors’ Home Internationals crown at Hamilton Golf Club (October 3-5).
Quinn, the 2005 English Senior Ladies’ champion, eased to a six-shot victory in the national championship at Dumfries & County and will head into the annual four-cornered event in buoyant mood as England look to continue their dominance of the Matches.
Quinn is one of five members of last year's triumphant English side who are back in the seven-strong team for this year’s title defence.
That number includes Christine Stirling, Christine Watson, Carole Caldwell and Pat Wrightson, while Susan Pickles and last year's English Senior Matchplay champion, Geraldine Bray, complete an impressive line-up.
Scotland, runners-up in last year's event at Radyr, can call on the vast experience of three-times Scottish Seniors champion Pam Williamson to lead their title challenge while the celebrated Mary McKenna, the eight-times Irish champion and the captain of the GB&I team for the 2007 Vagliano Trophy and 2008 Curtis Cup, is included in Ireland's squad.
Former Curtis Cup player Vicki Thomas, who has won both the Welsh Strokeplay title and the Irish Seniors’ Open crown this season, will be hoping her individual success can rub off on her team-mates and help Wales make a strong challenge for honours.
The format of the Matches will see each Country compete in 2 Foursomes followed by 5 Singles matches on each of the three days.

Hilary Green, Captain
Cathy Bowerbank, Manager
Geraldine Bray, Littlestone
Carole Caldwell, Sunningdale
Susan Pickles, Lee on the Solent
Christine Quinn, Hockley
Christine Stirling, Meon Valley
Christine Watson, Beaconsfield
Pat Wrightson, Huddersfield

Pam Gordon, Captain
Margaret Rodgers, Manager
Lorna Bennett, Ladybank
Elizabeth Campbell, Torwoodlee
Fiona De Vries, St Rule
Helen Faulds, Douglas Park
Noreen Fenton, Merchants of Edinburgh
Moira Thomson, North Berwick
Pamela Williamson, Baberton

Elaine Bradshaw, Captain
Rhona Brennan, Manager
Roma English,Larne
Valerie Hassett, Ennis
Marilyn Henderson, West Rhine
Eileen MacMullen, Donegal
Mary Madden, Ballinasloe
Mary McKenna, Donabate
Sheena O'Bien Kenney, Grange

Verona MacKenzie, Captain
Jill Fouracre, Manager
Trudy Carradice, Pyle & Kenfig
Janet Doleman, Rushcliffe
Helen Joyce, Long Ashton
Ann Lewis, Royal St Davids
Jean O'Connor, Newport
Denise Richards, Bargoed
Vicki Thomas, Carmarthen

US College Golf

Michele Thomson finished joint 26th in a field of 90 on her debut for Jacksonville State University, Alabama on the American college circuit.
Competing in the Unlimited Potential Classic, the Ellon teenager, winner of the North of Scotland women’s title for the past two years, had rounds of 76, 75 and 78 for a 10-over-par total of 229 over the par-73, 6,149yd Shaftesbury Glen course at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Michele finished 17 shots behind the winner, Araceli Felgueroso (Coastal Carolina) who shot 71, 70 and 71 for a five-shot win from Kelly Garlack (Southern Illinois).
Jacksonville State University (910) finished seventh of 15 in the team evnt behind Charleston (890).
Michele was the third best of the five JSU players in the field and was joint second best (one under par) in the field of 90 players for scoring at the par-3 holes.
She was joint ninth for total par figures with 38 out of 54.
Lewis Kirton from Oldmeldrum, a freshman student at the University of Louisville-Kentucky, finished 26th of 78 in a quality field for the Mattaponi Springs Intercollegiate tournament at Rutherglen, Virginia.
Lewis had scores of 72, 73 and 74 for a three-over-par total of 219 over the par-72, 6,911yd course.
Giving Kirton, a Great Britain & Ireland boy international, a taste of the standard of play in some American college events, the first 16 players all broke par for their 54-hole totals. The winner was Dan Woltman (Wisconsin) at 14-under 202 with 65, 70 and 67.
But Lewis did have the satisfaction of helping Louisville-Kentucky to score a joint win in the team event. They finished with a 13-under-par total of 851 – the same as Pennsylvania State. A one-hole play-off featuring all 10 team players did not break the deadlock and the teams were declared joint winners.
Kirton scored third best of the five ULK players in the tournament and he has settled very quickly. He scored 74-75-80 for 229 and joint 15th place in his debut event, the Rich Harvest Farms Invitational at Dekalb, Illinois where Louisville-Kentucky won the team event.

Tuesday 26th September 2006

Roseanne Niven

Sally Watson

Graeme Mitchell

Three Scots – Graeme Mitchell (Northern), Roseanne Niven (Crieff) and Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry) – have been confirmed as members of a 21-strong party bound for the magnificent resort of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club on Wednesday, October 11.
They are making the all-expenses-paid trip to compete for the Daily Telegraph junior golf championship over 54 holes from October 15 to 17.
Graeme Mitchell qualified with his eight-under-par record round of 62 at Hazlehead.
Roseanne also earned her place with a course record score – a seven-under-par 67 at her home club, Crieff. Graeme and Roseanne topped the respective boys' and girls' tables in the sub-par returns' format which was the basis for qualification.
Sally, now based at the IMG Academy in Florida, is the only girl to be awarded a sponsors’ invitation on the strength of her performances this season. She and Roseanne Niven were members of the title-winning Scotland team in the girls’ home internationals and Sally also played for Scotland in the women’s home internationals.
Previous winners of the championship include Andrew Coltart (1986) and Mhairi McKay in 1991.
The 21 finalists will stay for a week at a luxury hotel - the Park Hyatt - and play the world-famous Thomas Bjorn-designed Dubai Creek course, which is a European Tour venue.
The field is:
BOYS - Graeme Mitchell (Scotland), Stiggy Hodgson (England), FDaniel Casey (England), Joseph Galbraith (England), Nial Kearns (Ireland), Jack Heffernan (England), Nick Cheese (England), Jason Timmis (England), Christopher Jess (England), Carwyn Hammond (Wales), Dale Whitenll (England), Sam Hutsby (England).
GIRLS - Roseanne Niven (Scotland), Katie Best (England), Helen White (England), Kelly McPhail (England), Giorgina Brown (England), Nicky Dunn (England), Becky Harries (Wales), Sally Watson (Scotland).

Ashton Ingram from Fort William, now a student at Belmont Abbey College near Charlotte, North Carolina, finished tied for 62nd place in a field of 80 on her debut on the American women's college circuit.
Competing in the Sea Trail Invitational over the Willard Byrd course at Sunset Beach, North Carolina, Ashton had rounds of 88 and 85 for an aggregate of 173.
The winner was Danielle Mills (Elon University) with rounds of 70 and 75 for one-over-par 145.
Elon won the team event with 596. Belmont Abbey, with five freshmen in their squad, came 12th of 14 on 661.


Aberdeenshire teenager Michele Thomson’s American college golf career is off and running.
The Ellon girl was lying joint 24th on five-over-par 151 after rounds of 76 and 75 in the Unlimited Potental Classic women’s college 54-hole tournament over the par-73, 6,149yd Shaftesbury Glen course at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Michele, who has just started a four-year golf scholarship at Jacksonville State University, Alabama, was joint best in a field of more than 80 students at the par-3s over the first 36 holes. She was two-under-par. She was also joint second best for scoring par figures – 29 out of 36.
These statistics mean that the North of Scotland women’s champion for the past two years must have dropped seven shots to par over five holes.
“I think she must have been in among the crocodiles a couple of times,” said her dad Graham, who has been following his daughter’s progress through the Internet in Abu Dhabi where he is currently living and working in the oil industry.
“Michele has settled in well at Jacksonville State University and loves the weather. She has begun to get use to the gym sessions at 6am twice a week,” said Graham.
“The golf was tough for her at first because of the heat in Alabama – four bottles during warm-up, but she was pleased to make it into the JSU team for the first tournament, even though they had to make an eight-hour trip from Alabama to South Carolina in a mini-bus.”
Louise Fleming from Kelso, the other Scot on the Jacksonville State University women’s squad, missed the current tournament because of a back injury.
Michele started the final round 10 shots behind leader Araceli Felgueroso (Coastal Carolina) who shot 71 and 70 for 141 and a one-stroke lead from Kelly Gerlach (Southern Illinois).
Jacksonville State are lying fifth on 601, eight shots behind joint leaders Charleston and Middle Tennessee in the team event which is being contested by 16 colleges.

Henrietta Brockway (Yeovil) set a new course record of 65 in winning the Liphook Scratch Cup.
Henni's first round was a par 72 and she won the trophy with a total of seven-under-par 137.
Kerry Smith (Waterlooville), the previous course record-holder, finished second on 141 with last year's winner, Liz Bennett (Brokenhurst Manor) third on 142.
Brockway went out in four under par and back in three under par, birdieing the five par-5s in the process.
This score beats all previous course records including the men's at 66.
It was a fine warm sunny autumn day on the East Hants/West Sussex border and after torrential rain, thunder and lightening on Friday, the greens were holding and the fairways not running as much as a week ago.
As if Henny's 65 score wasn't exciting enough, two holes in one were scored - by Gabi Heuchel (East Berks) at the 109yd third in the morning and by Emma Stodart (Rugby) at the 131yd 11th in the afternoon.
Scoreboard (pdf file)

Monday 25th September 2006

SVLGA President Dawn Moor presents Kathleen Sutherland with the Scroggie Cup

North area over-50s title-holder Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose) produce an inspired spell of putting to win the Scottish veteran women’s championship over the Lansdowne course at sunny Blairgowrie.
Kathleen beat Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) by 4 and 3 in the final after holing single putts on the last five greens, two of them for birdies, at the 12th and 14th.
“I wish I could putt like that every day,” said Kathleen who holed from 6ft at the 11th, 15ft at the 12th, 4ft at the 13th, 25ft at the 14th and 8ft after being bunkered at the 15th.
It has to be said the rest of Miss Sutherland’s game was very good as well, particularly her iron play.
Noreen Fenton won the second hole but lost the fourth and fifth to fall one down. After a string of halved holes in a tight contest, Kathleen went through the back of the 10th to lose that hole and be pulled back to all square.
Then Miss Sutherland’s putting magic started on the 11th and she surged into a four-hole lead before halving the 15th for the match.
Both finalists grew up in Montrose and learned their golf there.
Both were members of the Scotland team that won the Veteran Ladies Golf Association area team championship at Formby in early August and Noreen is in the SLGA-selected Scotland team for the senior women's home internationals at Hamilton Golf Club next midweek. Kathleen is a reserve.
Lansdowne course, Blairgowrie.
Semi-finals – N Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) bt L Campbell (Torwoodlee) 5 and 3, K Sutherland (Royal Montrose) bt H Faulds (Douglas Park) 2 and 1.
Final – Sutherland bt Fenton 4 and 3.

R&A Captains Team v Town of St Andrews
Alan Elliot writes
"The Town of St Andrews won the "Town match" against the R&A Captains team on Saturday 17th September by 85-60 in matches. That means 145 results, or 290 a side, or 580 people playing. It was not quite that as there were one or two walk-overs with people failing to turn up! Anyway, I think it resulted in 573 playing. This is more than last year. We filled the Old Course and the New Course from dawn (0640) to dusk (start 1544 and end in rather more than dusk); and we had eleven times on the Strathtyrum Course - most places there being occupied by those of long years and long handicaps. The event started in 1913, and has been played every year apart from the war years. The Town nearly always wins, but the event is popular and the 19th Hole often extends - at the St Andrews Club and the New Club as well as the R&A - well towards the next day!"

Scotland has only four players in the top 100 of the European Golf Association final women’s amateur rankings for the year.
Curtis Cup reserve and Scottish Under-21 girls’ champion Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) is the highest place Scot in 41st spot, ahead of Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) in 57th place and Heather MacRae (Dunblane New), like Krystle a Curtis Cup reserve this year, in 80th place.
Carly Booth, 14-year-old Comrie player and Scottish Under-16 champion, now attending the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Bradenton, Florida, was ranked 92nd, mainly on the strength her sixth place in the British women’s open amateur stroke-play.
Last year, Clare Queen (Drumpellier), now a tour professional, was third in the final EGA rankings.
The clear No 1 was Spanish teenager Belen Mozo (pictured right (Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Tom Ward)) who won the British women’s and girls’ open amateur titles within the space of a few weeks at Northern Ireland venues and then capped her year by winning the European women’s individual amateur title.
Bound for Southern California University, Belen finished with 233.13pt, well clear of second-ranked Isabelle Boineau (France) (179).
The European Golf Association rankings are based on points achieved for high finishes a maximum of four from 15 designated tournaments during the season. For more information go to the EGA Website
1 Belen Mozo (Spain) 233.13.
2 Isabelle Boineau (France) 179.
3 Anne-Lise Caudal (France) 166.50.
4 Maria Verchenova (Russia) 157.38.
5 Carlota Ciganda (Spain) 155.
6 Anna Rossi (Italy) 139.13.
7 Naomi Edwards (England) 127.63.
8 Kerry Smith (England) 127.20.
9 Caroline Hedwall (Sweden) 125.50.
10 Marta Silva (Spain) 122.50.
11 Rachel Bell (England) 122.
12 (equal) Therese Nilsson (Sweden), Sara Wikstrom (Sweden) 120.
14 Thea Hoffmeister (Germany) 117.63.
15 Marjet Van der Graaf (Netherlands) 113.26.
16 Benedicte Toumpsin (Belgium) 112.50.
17 Katharina Schallenberg (Germany) 111.63.
18 (equal) Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), Melissa Reid (England) 105;
20 Sohvi Harkonen (Finland) 101.
21 Caroline Wsestrup (Sweden) 100.
22 Julie Berton (France) 99.
23 Vittoria Valvassori (Italy) 96.
24 Elena Giraud (France) 95.
25 Melodie Bourdie (France) 92.
26 Breanne Loucks (Wales) 91.63.
27 Sonia Cologan (S[pain) 89.38.
28 Caroline Masson (Germany) 86.
29 (equal) Maria Hernandez (Spain), Diana Terol (Spain) 85.50.
41 Krystle Caithness Scotland) 60.33.
57 Jenna Wilson (Scotland) 48.63.
80 Heather MacRae (Scotland) 33.75.
92 Carly Booth (Scotland 27.50.

Katy McNicoll from Carnoustie, pictured right, an 18-year-old second-year student at Lynn University, Boca Ration in Florida, finished third in the Lady Falcon Invitational college tournament.
Katy had rounds of 75 and 70 over the par-72, 5,937yd Riviera County Club course at Ormond Beach, Florida for a one-under-par aggregate of 145.
She finished three shots behind Ashley Kozlowski (Stetson University) who scored 72 and 70 for 142 and one behind runner-up Tara Allen (Embry-Riddle College) (73-70).
The first four finishers all shot three-under-par 70s in the second round – the lowest score of the 36-hole tournament.
Katy’s fine effort also helped Lynn University to catch first-round leaders Bethune-Cookman College and win the team event by four strokes with a total of 599. Teams from 12 colleges took part.
142 Ashley Kozlowski (Stetson) 72 70.
143 Tara Allen(Embry-Riddle College) 73 70.
145 Katy McNicoll (Lynn) 75 70.
599 Lynn.
603 Bethune-Cookman.
605 Barry, Stetson.

Last year’s Irish girls champion Danielle McVeigh, who has just started a four-year golf scholarship at Texas A&M University, finished joint 68th in a high-class field for the NCAA Women’s Fall Preview tournament over the LPGA International course at Daytona Beach, Florida.
Danielle, who hails from Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, had two triple bogey 7s, two double bogeys (one at a par-3 hole) and, more encouraging, seven birdies in returning rounds of 77, 79 and 79 for a 54-hole total of 235 over the par-72, 6,315yd course.
The tournament was won by Nicole Smith (Tennessee) who shot 67, 75 and 69 for a five-under-par total of 211 and a four-stroke victory from a field loaded with European players, the best of which was former British girls’ open champion Anna Nordqvist (Arizona State) from Sweden. She tied for fourth place with US Curtis Cup player Taylor Leon.
211 Nicole Smith (Tennessee) 67 75 69.
215 Mallory Hetzel (Georgia) 73 72 70, Leah Wigger (Virginia) 71 73 71.
216 Jacqui Concolino (Vanderbilt) 70 75 71, Taylor Leon (Georgia) 72 713 71, Anna Nordqvist (Arizona State) 73 74 69.
Other European scores:
217 Sandra Gal (Florida) 73 74 70 (jt 7th).
220 Pernilla Lindberg (Oklahoma State) 75 73 72 (jt 14th).
222 Maria Hernandez (Purdue) 78 73 71 (jt 18th).
228 Azahara Munoz (Arizona State) 77 73 78 (jt 46th).
229 Dewi-Claire Schreefel (Southern California) 76 77 76 (jt 49th).
232 Fabienna in-Albon (Purdue) 80 78 74 (jt 59th).
235 Danielle McVeigh (Texas A&M) 77 79 79 (jt 68th).
869 Georgia.
878 Duke.
885 UCLA.
888 Auburn.
890 Vanderbilt.
891 Arizona State.
Other score:
921 Texas A&M (15th of 18).

Sunday 24th September 2006

Fife - winners of the Scottish County Finals at The Hirsel Golf Club, Coldstream
L to R: Katrina Milne, Krystle Caithness, Fiona Lockhart, Louise Kenney, Dorothy Ford (Captain), Jocelyn Carthew, Elaine Moffat, Lorna Bennett, Becky Copland.

Fife regained the Scottish women’s county golf team championship they last won in 1995 when they beat Renfrewshire 6 ½-2 ½ on a very wet day at the Hirsel Golf Club near Coldstream today.
That victory (2-1 in the foursomes and 4 ½-1 ½ in the singles) in the title-decider gave Fife a 100 % winning record over the three-day programme, having earlier beaten Galloway 7-2 and Perth & Kinross 6-3 on Saturday.
It is a victory to be savoured by Fife who have not won the title all that often since their memorable hat-trick in 1965-66-67. They recaptured it in 1974 but went another 21 years before becoming Scottish champions again.
Strength in depth was the secret of Fife’s success at the Hirsel. Their line-up included Curtis Cup reserve and Scottish Under-21 champion Krystle Caithness and two former Scottish women’s champions, Fiona Lockhart and Elaine Moffat, all members of the St Regulus club, St Andrews.
Lockhart was the player of the tournament with six wins out of six, closely followed by Caithness with 5 1/2pt out of 6.
Final Day
Fife players first
Foursomes – L Kenney, J Carthew lost to C Whyte, L Robertson 2 and 1; E Moffat, F Lockhart bt D Jackson, G McGinlay 2 and 1; K Caithness, K Milne bt M Briggs, C-M Carlton 1 hole (2-1).
Singles – Caithness halved with Carlton, Kenney lost to Briggs, Lockhart bt Jackson 3 and 2, Carthew bt McGinlay 4 and 2, Moffat bt Robertson 6 and 5, Milne bt Whyte 6 and 5 (4 ½-1 1/2).
P&K players first
Foursomes – J Milne, F Ramsay bt S McMurtrie, A Shamash 5 and 4; A Bushby, S Shepherd bt C Meldrum, G Robson 3 and 2; J Yellowlees, G Lambie lost to T Milligan, G Monteith 7 and 5 (2-1).
Singles – Milne bt Shamash 4 and 3, Bushby bt Milligan 2 and 1, Shepherd lost to Monteith 2 and 1, Yellowlees lost to McMurtrie 2 and 1, Ramsay bt Meldrum 5 and 3, E Napper bt P Magill 3 and 2 (4-2).


Winning Banchory Team
Ann Smart (left) and Morag Clapperton with the trophy.
At the back, fellow team members Linda Urquhart (left) and Gail Christie

Banchory won the Aberdeenshire Women’s Scratch Golf League for the first time today when they beat Cruden Bay 3 ½-1/2 at Banchory in the last of the title play-off ties.
Details (Banchory players first):
Linda Urquhart bt Jill Harrison 2 and 1.
Ann Smart bt Gill Murray 3 and 2.
Gail Christie halved with Karen Stalker.
Morag Clapperton bt Kathleen Esslemont 3 and 1.
Murcar Links were the holders of the championship.
Earlier results:
Banchory 2 ½, Murcar Links 1 ½ (at Banchory); Murcar Links 3, Cruden Bay 1 (at Murcar Links).

Torwoodlee’s Liz Campbell is the only former title-winner through to Monday morning’s semi-finals in the Scottish Veteran Ladies GA championship over the Lansdowne course, Blairgowrie.
In Sunday’s quarter-finals, delayed because of heavy rain, Liz beat Margaret McGregor (Dumfries & Co) by 6 and 5 and will now play Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh). Noreen beat Jean Brydson (Castle Douglas) by 6 and 4.
The other semi-final will feature Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose), a 4 and 2 winner against Vivien Welsh (Elgin), and Helen Faulds (Douglas Park), 4 and 2 conqueror of the Scottish senior women’s match-play champion Fiona de Vries (St Rule).
Sunday's results:
Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) bt Jean Brydson (Castle Douglas) 6 and 4.
Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee) bt Margaret McGregor (Dumfries & Co) 6 and 5.
Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose) bt Vivien Welsh (Elgin) 4 and 2.
Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) bt Fiona de Vries (St Rule) 3 and 2.

Aberdeenshire Girls Finalists
L to R: Lauren Whyte (Championship runner-up), Mhairi Johnstone (Champion), Hayley Thomson (Handicap winner), Fiona Fullerton (Handicap Runner-up)

Mhairi Johnstone (Northern), pictured right, produced four birdies in winning the Aberdeenshire girls'championship at wet and mist-shrouded Portlethen Golf Club today.
Mhairi, a 16-year-old five-handicapper, beat Lauren Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) by 5 and 4 in the final with birdies at the second, eighth, ninth and 11th. She won four holes in a row from the eighth, three of the with birdies to surge from one up to five up.
Lauren won the fourth and the 12th. It was the second year in a row she had lost in the final.
In the morning semi-finals, Mhairi looked on her way out of the championship when she was three down with four to play against Nikita Lamond. But Miss Johnstone won through at the 19th after birdieing the 18th to square the match.
In the handicap championship final, Strathclyde University student Hayley Thomson (Newmachar), playing off 13, beat Fiona Fullerton (Huntly), handicap 16, by 2 and 1 after being three up at one stage but being pulled back to only one hole of a lead.
Semi-finals – M Johnstone (Northern) bt N Lamond (McDonald Ellon) at 19th, L Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) bt S Leslie (Westhill) 2 and 1.
Final – Johnstone bt Whyte 5 and 4.
Semi-finals – H Thomson (Newmachar) (13) bt B Gray (Kintore) (35) 5 and 3, F Fullerton (Huntly) (16) bt K MacCallum (McDonald Ellon) (36) at 19th.
Final – Thomson bt Fullerton 2 and 1.

Carnoustie’s Katy McNicoll, a second-year student at Lynn University, Boca Raton in Florida, was lying joint eighth at the end of the first round of the Lady Falcon Invite college golf tournament at Riviera CountRy Club, Ormond Beach in Florida.
Katy shot a three-over-par 75 (36-39) to be three shots behind joint leaders Ashley Kozlowski (Stetson), Kara Doyle (Stetson) and Anne-Sophie Friis (Nova Southeastern).
Lynn (304) are lying third in a field of 10 behind Bethune Cookman College (301) in the team event.

US College Golf

Northern Ireland’s Danielle McVeigh, a freshman student at Texas A&M University, was in joint 57th place in a field of 90 with one round to go in the NCAA Women’s Fall Preview golf tournament at LPGA International, Daytona Beach in Florida.
Danielle from Kilkeel and an Ireland international team player has had rounds of 77 and 79 for a total of 156 over the Par-72, 6,315yd Legends Course.
She has started both rounds at the 10th – and the hole has proved a nightmare for her. She had a double bogey 6 there in the first round and a triple bogey 7 at the 10th in the second round.
142 Nicole Smith (Tennessee) 67 75.
144 Leah Wigger (Virginia) 71 73.
European players:
147 Sandra Gal (Florida) 73 74, Anna Nordqvist (Arizona State) 73 74.
148 Pernilla Lindberg (Oklahoma State) 75 73.
1560 Azahara Munoz (Arizona State) 77 73.
151 Maria Hernandez (Purdue) 78 73.
153 Dewi Schreefel (Southern California) 76 77.
156 Danielle McVeigh (Texas A&M) 77 79.
584 Georgia.
588 Auburn.
594 Duke.
598 Virgina, Arizona State.
612 Texas A&M (14th of 18).


Saturday 23rd September 2006

Fife and Renfrewshire will meet in a title-decider on Sunday in the Scottish women’s county golf team championship at The Hirsel Golf Club near Coldstream.
Both teams made it two wins out of two on the second day. Fife, having swept the foursomes 3-0, beat Perth & Kinross 6-3. Perth and Kinross ralled to take the last three singles but but that time Fife had established a winning lead.
Renfrewshire were made to fight by Galloway who had lost 7-2 to Fife on the opening day. Renfrewshire edged ahead 2-1 in the foursomes and then took the singles 3 ½ to 2 ½ for an overall 5 ½-3 ½ victory.
Saturday details:
Foursomes: K Caithness, K Milne bt R Niven, A Bushby 3 and 2; E Moffat, F Lockhart bt J Milne, F Ramsay 4 and 3; L Kenney & J Carthew bt E Napper, S Shepherd 6 and 5 (3-0).
Singles: Caithness bt J Yellowlees 5 and 4, Kenney bt Milne 1 hole, Lockhart bt G Lambie 4 and 3, Carthew lost to Bushby 6 and 5, Moffat lost to Niven 4 and 3, Milne lost to Shepherd 3 and 2 (3-3).
Foursomes: M Briggs, C-M Carlton bt S McMurtrie, A Shamash 3 and 1; D Jackson, G McGinlay bt C Meldrum, G Robson 3 and 1; S Harman, G Kyle lost to T Milligan, G Monteith 5 and 3 (2-1).
Singles: Carlton bt Shamash 5 and 4, Briggs bt McMurtrie 2 and 1, Jackson halved with Milligan, L Robertson lost to Monteith 3 and 1, Harman lost to P Magill 2 holes, McGinlay bt Meldrum 4 and 3 (3 ½-2 ½).

Fife and Renfrewshire 2pt each, Perth & Kinross 1pt, Galloway 0pt.
Fife v Renfrewshire, Perth & Kinross v Galloway

Irish international team player Danielle McVeigh from Kilkeel, Northern Ireland shot a five-over-par 77 in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Fall Preview college golf tournament over the Legends Course at LPGA International, Daytona Beach in Florida.
Danielle, a freshman student at Texas A&M University, started at the 10th hole with a double bogey and had another at the short third. She also bogeyed the 16th, 17th and sixth holes but did have birdies at the 12th and 13th.
No other Texas A&M player had a better score than Miss McVeigh who is sharing 35th place in a field of 90 with former British girls champion Azahara Munoz (Arizona State University) from Spain.
Another past British girls champion, Anna Nordqvist (Arizona State) from Sweden had a 73 as had Germany’s Sandra Gal (Florida).
Pernilla Lindberg (Oklahoma State) from Sweden scored a 75.
American Nicole Smith (University of Tennessee) leads the field by three strokes with a 67.
Par 72/6,315yd course
67 Nicole Smith (Tennessee).
Other scores:
73 Sandra Gal (Florida), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden).
75 Pernilla Lindberg (Oklahoma State).
77 Danielle McVeigh (Texas A&M), Azahara Munoz (Arizona State).
289 Georgia.
298 Auburn.
299 Tennessee.
300 Arizona State.
314 Texas A&M (15th).

Musselburgh's Vikki Laing failed to figure among the leading 32 players with 72-hole totals of nine-over-par 297 or better who go forward from the LPGA Qualifying School sectional tournament at Mission Hills Country Club, California to the Final Qualifying School at Daytona Beach, Florida at the end of November.
Vikki shot rounds of 72, 77, 77 and 77 for a 15-over-par tally of 303 and finished joint 61st.
Her final-round 77 was actually as good a score as many of the qualifiers achieved in very windy conditions.
Samantha Head from Bedford finished with a 79 but still qualified in ninth place on 293, having had earlier rounds of 69, 72 and 73.
The first five qualifiers were all South Koreans - four of them entered as amateurs - which highlights the increasing numbers of players from North and South Korea who are either already on the LPGA Tour or are trying to get on it.
286 (-2) Hyun-Hee Moon (South Korea) 70 72 69 75.
287 Ji-Young Oh (South Korea) (am) 71 74 71 71, Seo-Jae Lee (South Korea) (am) 71 73 72 71.
291 I K Kim (South Korea) (am) 71 73 75 72, Na On Min (South Korea) (am) 74 72 70 75, Lee-Anne Pace (South Africa) 68 75 71 77.
292 Gwladys Nocera (France) 73 72 74 73, Caryn Wilson (United States) 70 73 74 75.
Non-qualifiers included:
303 (+15) Vikki Laing (Musselburgh) 71 77 77 77 (jt 61st).

Friday 22nd September 2006

Fife and Renfrewshire made winning starts to the Scottish women’s county golf championship’s three-day programme at The Hirsel Golf Club near Coldstream today.
Fife, the favourites on paper, beat Galloway 7-2 after making a clean sweep of the three foursomes.
Renfrewshire trailed 2-1 to Perth & Kinross after the foursomes but singles wins by Clare-Marie Carlton, Megan Briggs, Lesley Robertson and Gillian McGinlay enabled them to turn the tables and finished overall 5-4 winners.
On Saturday, it’s Perth & Kinross v Fife and Renfrewshire v Galloway.
P&K names first
Foursomes - J Milne, F Ramsay bt D Jackson, G McGinlay 3 and 2; J Yellowlees, G Lambie lost to C-M Carlton, M Briggs 1 hole; R Niven, A Bushby bt G Kyle, L Robertson 7 and 6 (2-1).
Singles - Niven lost to Carlton 7 and 6, S Shepherd lost to Briggs 7 and 5, Bushby bt Jackson 5 and 4, Milne bt C Whyte 5 and 4, Lambie lost to Robertson 4 and 2, Ramsay lost to McGinlay 5 and 4 (2-4).
Fife names first
Foursomes - E Moffat, F Lockhart bt S McMurtrie, A Shamash 2 and 1; L Bennett, B Copland bt C Meldrum, G Robson 2 holes; K Caithness, K Milne bt T Milligan, G Monteith 5 and 4 (3-0).
Singles - Caithness bt Shamash 4 and 3, Moffat lost to McMurtrie 4 and 3, Lockhart bt Monteith 4 and 3, J Carthew bt Meldrum 2 holes, Bennett lost to Milligan 6 and 5, Milne bt Robson 3 and 2 (4-2).

US College Golf

Glasgow’s Neil McBride finished sixth in his first tournament of the new American college golf season. Neil, a second-year student at Clayton State University, Atlanta, had rounds of 69 and 76 for a total of three-over-par 145 in the Kiawah Island Invitational over a 6,817yd, par-72 course in South Carolina.
Team-mate Daniel Sommerville, recently enrolled from Madras College, St Andrews, finished joint 53rd in a field of 80 with a pair of 79s for 158.
Winner of the individual tournament was Baxter Culler (USC Upstate) with 67 and 70 for seven-under-par 137.
There are two other Scots on the Clayton State Universitygolf roster – Brendan McKenna and Conaill Scanlon. They are freshmen students and, like Neil McBride, former pupils of St Ninian’s High School, Glasgow.
Curiously enough, all four boys are six-footers.

Northern Counties team player Jenny Milne (Elgin) has slashed five shots off the Hopeman Golf Club women’s course record she set four years ago – in the same competition!
Jenny won the club’s women’s open tournament for the McPherson Cup with a one-under-par 31. Figures:
OUT – 4 5 3 4 4 6 3 4 3: 36
IN – 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 3 5: 35
Jennie had birdies at the fourth, ninth, 13th and 16th. She had a double-bogey 6 at the sixth and a bogey at the short 14th in halves of level-par 36 and one-under 35.
The CSS on the day was 72, the same as par.

Vikki Laing from Musselburgh needs a sub-par score – the lower the better – to have any chance at all of qualifying for the LPGA Tour Final Qualifying School at Daytona Beach, Florida at the end of November.
The 25-year-old Scot is lying in joint 62nd place with one round to go in the sectional qualifying competition at Mission Hills Country Club, California.
After matching the par of 72 in the first round, Vikki has slumped down the field with a pair of 77s for a 10-over-par tally of 226.
Only the leading 30 and ties will qualify.
Samantha Head from Bedford is doing well in her bid to join her twin Johanna, who has played the LPGA Tour for a number of years.
Samantha is in joint second place on 214 (69-72-73), three shots behind the South Korean leader Hyun-Hee Moon (70-72-69).
211 (-5) Hyun-Hee Moon (South Korea) 70 72 69.
214 (-2) Samantha Head (England) 69 72 73, Lee-Anne Pace (South Africa) 68 75 71.
215 Adrienne Gautreaux (United States) 71 73 71, Kristina Tucker (Sweden) 72 71 72.
Other score:
226 Vikki Laing (Scotland) 72 77 77 (jt 62nd).

Thursday 21st September 2006

Hampshire player Christine Quinn won the weather-affected Senior British women's open amateur golf championship for the first time at Dumfries & County Golf Club today.
Christine spreadeagled the field with an opening round of 71 on Wednesday and, despite being one of the 27 players who had to finish their second round this morning after the course became waterlogged on Wednesday afternoon, she was able to clinch an easy six-stroke win with rounds of 75 and 78 for an aggregate of eight-over-par 224.
She had six birdies in her first round (which also included a triple-bogey 7), one in her second and no birdies at all in her closing round but no one made a charge at her position over the final 36 holes.
Viveca Hoff (Sweden) was runner-up for the second year in a row. She had scores of 73, 79 and 78 for 230.
Top Scot was former Scottish women's amateur champion Fiona Anderson from Blairgowrie, now living in Lancashire and a member of Formby Ladies. Fiona finished joint seventh with scores of 79, 79 and 77 for 235. She bogeyed her last four holes in her final round. But for that she would have finished third or fourth.
Fiona De Vries finished with one of the better scores of the third round – a 77 which lifted her up to joint 11th place with a total of 238. Fiona’s earlier scores were 79 and 82.
Moira Thomson (North Berwick) was the leading Scot until the final round in which she ran up two triple bogey 7s – the first at the 11th and the second at the 18th in an inward card of 44 for an 83. She had earlier rounds of 77 and 79.
FINAL TOTALS (Par 72, CSS 71 75 73)
224 C Quinn (Hockley) 71 75 78.
230 V Hogg (Swe) 73 79 78.
231 R Adams (Addington Court) 77 76 78.
232 A Murdoch (Can) 75 80 77.
233 V Thomas (Carmarthen) 80 77 76, C Birke (Swe) 74 78 81.
235 C Watson (Beaconsfield) 80 79 76, F Anderson (Formby Ladies) 79 79 77.
236 S Dye (Delamere Forest) 79 84 73.
237 J Doleman (Rushcliffe) 77 82 78.
238 A Hermanson (Swe) 80 84 74, R Waller (Kendal) 77 84 77, F De Vries (St Rule) 79 82 77.
239 M Thomson (North Berwick) 77 79 83.
240 H Faulds (Douglas Park) 80 81 79, S Westall (Copt Heath) 77 82 81.
242 P Hutton (Lanark) 80 83 79.
243 H Smyth (Pannal) 84 81 78.
244 L Foster (Bramhall) 77 80 87.
245 J O’Connor (Newport) 86 80 79, V Hassett (Ennis) 81 82 82.
246 A Wood (Furness) 79 81 86.
247 D Williams (Can) 82 87 78, R Lindley (Hartlepool) 87 82 78, L Hague (Rotherham) 82 86 79.
249 M Henderson (Ger) 81 86 82, P West (Spalding) 82 85 82.
250 H Joyce (Longt Ashton) 85 85 80, G Etcheverry (Spa) 82 85 83.
251 I Brien (Wentworth) 79 90 82, J Kellenberger (Camberley Heath) 80 89 92, G Ekman (Swe) 81 85 85.
252 A-C Sveningson (Swe) 80 89 83.
253 C Kirk (Ganton) 80 89 84, G Curley (Northants Co) 83 85 85.
254 S Pidgeon (Wrekin) 85 81 88.
255 C Liverside (Sandiway) 81 89 85, C McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) 84 84 87.
256 J Paterson (Drumpellier) 84 86 86, C Howell (Woburn) 78 90 88.
257 R English Larne) 85 85 87.
260 R Farrow (St Neots) 84 86 90.
Age-group winners
50-54 years – Vickie Thomas (Carmarthen).
55-59 years – Christina Birke (Sweden).
60-64 years – Sue Westall (Copt Heath).
65+ years – Rosemary Farrow (St Neots).

Lanarkshire's Anne Lloyd and Pat Casey, winners of the SLGA Commonwealth Spoons final at Loudoun Gowf Club, Ayrshire with Pamela MacKenzie of the SLGA executive.

A Fife line-up containing the current Scottish Under-21 champion, Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), and two former Scottish women’s champions, Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus) and Elaine Moffat (St Regulus), will start favourites to win the Scottish women’s county team championship over the next three days at The Hirsel Golf Club near Coldstream.
The title is contested by the winners of the four divisional team championships.
East Division champions Fife last won the national title at Prestonfield in 1995.
West Division champions Renfrewshire have not been Scottish champions since 1987 over the Eden Course at St Andrews.
Perth & Kinross qualified for the finals by winning the North Division title at Crieff for the first time since 1982. The P&K line-up includes Scottish Under-18 champion Roseanne Niven (Crieff).
Galloway’s victory in the South Division championship was also their first for a number of years.
Perth & Kinross v Renfrewshire, Galloway v Fife.
Fife v Perth & Kinross Renfrewshire v Galloway.
Fife v Renfrewshire, Perth & Kinross v Galloway.
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank), Becky Copland (Scotscraig), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus), Katrina Milne (Dunfermline), Elaine Moffat (St Regulus).
Jill Campbell (Castle Douglas), Pat Magill (Portpatrick Dunskey), Sheila McMurtrie (Dalbeattie), Christina Meldrum (Stranraer), Tracey Milligan (Stranraer), Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick Dunskey), Gwen Robertson (Newton Stewart), Addi Shamash (Kirkcudbright).
Alexandra Bushby (Strathmore), Gwen Lambie (Dunkeld & Birnam), Jillian Milne (Craigie Hill), Emma Napper (Craigie Hill), Roseanne Niven (Crieff), Fiona Ramsay (Killin), Sal Shepherd (Blairgowrie), Jane Yellowlees (Murrayshall).
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze), Sara Harman (Williamwood), Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle), Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire), Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle), Lesley Robertson (Ranfurly Castle), Carol Whyte (Windyhill).

The second round of the Senior British women's open amateur championship was completed at Dumfries & County Golf Club this morning.
Yesterday, when the course became waterlogged, play had to be suspended with 27 players still to complete their second rounds.
The computer forecast overnight that the cut for the 40 leading players and ties would fall at 170 and so it proved. A total of 41 players with scores of 170 or better went out again to contest the final round of the 54-hole championship.
Barring unforeseen disasters, it looked as if Hampshire player Christine Quinn had one hand on the championship trophy. She had a second-round 75 for a tally of two-over par 146, which meant she started the final round with a six shot lead from two Swedish players, Christina Birke and Viveka Hoff.
The leading Scot was still Moira Thomson (North Berwick) She had a 78 to be lying sixth on 156.QUALIFIERS FOR FINAL ROUND
146 Christine Quinn (Hockley) 71 75.
152 Christina Burke (Swe) 74 78, Viveca Hogg (Swe) 73 79.
153 Rozalyn Adams (Addington Court) 77 76.
155 Alison Murdoch (Canada) 75 80.
156 Moira Thomson (North Berwick) 77 79.
157 Vicki Thomas (Carmarthen) 80 77, Luci Foster (Bramhall) 77 80.
158 Fiona Anderson (Formby ladies) 79 79.
159 Christine Watson (Beaconsfield) 80 79, Janet Doleman (Rushcliffe) 77 82, Sue Westall (Copt Heath) 77 82.
160 Alyson Wood (Furness) 79 81.
161 Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) 80 81, Fiona De Vries (St Rule) 79 82.
163 Rosie Waller (Kendal) 77 84.
163 Valerie Hassett (Ennis) 81 82, Patricia Hutton (Lanark) 80 83, Susan Dye (Delamere Forest) 79 84.
164 Anki Hermanson (Sweden) 80 84.
165 Hilary Smyth (Pannal) 84 81.
166 Jean O'Connor (Newport) 86 80, Sue Pidgeon (Wrekin) 85 81, Gunilla Ekman (Swe) 81 85.
167 Gloria Etcheverry (Spa) 82 85, Pat West (Spalding) 82 85, Marilyn Henderson (Ger) 81 86.
168 Christine McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) 84 84, Gillian Curley (Northants Co) 83 85, Laraine Hague (Rotherham) 82 86, Carolyn Howell (Woburn) 78 90.
169 Pamela Williamson (Baberton) 87 82, Ruth Lindley (Hartlepool) 87 82, Carolyn Kirk (Ganton) 80 89, Jose Kellenberger (Camberley Heath) 80 89, Ann-Catrin Sveningson (Swe) 80 89, Irene Brien (Wentworth) 79 90.
170 Roma English (Larne) 85 85, Helen Joyce (Long Ashton) 85 85, Janice Paterson (Drumpelier) 84 86, Rosemary Farrow (St Neots) 84 86, Carol Liversidge (Sandiway) 81 89.

Vikki Laing slipped back with a second-round 77 for a 36-hole tally of five-over-par 149 but the Musselburgh player, in joint 52nd place, survived the halfway cut in the LPGA Qualify School sectional tournament at Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage in California.
The leading 84 players with totals of 150 went forward to the final two rounds which will decide the top 30 players and ties who will qualify for the LPGA Final Qualifying School over six rounds at Daytona Beach, Florida from November 29 to December 3.
Samantha Head from Bedfordshire, all out to join her twin sister on the LPGA Tour, was lying fourth on 141 with rounds of 69 and 73.
140 Lisa Meredith 74 66, Taya Battistella 73 67, Su A Kim 72 69.
141 Samantha Head 69 72.
142 Hyun-Hee Moon 70 72.
143 Sophia Sheridan 74 69, Kristina Tuckere 72 71, Caryn Wilson 70 73, Jeanne Cho 69 74, Lee-Anne Pace 68 75.
Other score:
149 Vikki Laing 72 77 (jt 52nd).

Wednesday 20th September 2006

Wet conditions at the British Seniors at Dumfries and County today
(Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Tom Ward)

Play in the second round of the Senior British women’s open amateur golf championship at Dumfries & County Golf Club had to be suspended with 27 players still to finish.
The lush course became waterlogged after steady, heavy rain.
The players who have still to complete 36-hole totals will go out at 8am in the morning (THURSDAY). A cut will be made when the second round is completed and the leading 40 and ties will go into in a two-tee start to play the third and final 18 holes.
The computer projection is that players with two-round totals of 170 or better will qualify.
Dumfries & County GC
27 players with the best first-round scores still to complete rounds.
Leaders in clubhouse
163 V Hassett (Ennis) 81 82.
165 H Smyth (Pannal) 84 81.
166 J O’Connor (Newport) 86 80, S Pidgeon (Wrekin) 85 81.
167 G Etcheverry (Spa) 82 85, P West (Spalding ) 82 85.
168 C McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar) 84 84, G Curley (Northants Co) 83 85, L Hague (Rotherham) 82 86.
169 P Williamson (Baberton) 87 82, R Lindley (Hartlepool) 87 82, D Williams (Can) 82 87.
170 R English (Larne) 85 85, H Joyce (Long Ashton) 85 85, J Paterson (Drumpellier) 84 86, R Farrow (St Neots) 84 86, C Liversidge (Sandiway) 81 89.
Other Scottish scores:
171 E Campbell (Torwoodlee) 88 83, L Terry (Cruden Bay) 85 86, M McGregor (Dumfries & Co) 83 88.
172 K Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) 85 87, S McKinnon (Royoal Liverpool) 85 87.
174 S McDonald (Buchanan Castle) 88 86, R Anderson (Huntly) 87 87.
177 W MacCallum (Falkirk) 86 91.
178 J Mack (Haggs Castle) 87 91.
179 J Brydson (Castle Douglas) 85 94.
185 I Harvey (St Rule) 86 99.
187 J Blount (Dumfries & Co) 93 94.
Retired – E Wilson (Elie & Earlsferry).

LPGA Qualifying School

Samantha Head from Bedford had a 69 and Vikki Laing a 72 in the first round of the LPGA Qualifying School sectional 72-hole tournament at Mission Hills, California.
Shayna Miyajima led with a 67 (33-34). Samantha was in fourth place with halves of 34 and 35.
Vikki had halves of 35 and 37 to be in 26th place.
Three rounds still to go - and a long way to the Final LPGA Q School.

Scott Jamieson has proved himself as one of Scotland’s leading and consistent players on the amateur circuit after winning the SGU Order of Merit 2006.
The Cathkin Braes Player topped the leaderboard in the title race and claimed the crown before the final event in the SGU Order of Merit calendar had taken place, the South East District Championship last weekend.
Jamieson, aged 22 has littered this season with many notable achievements including the Craigmillar Park Open title and claiming Glasgow’s Edward Trophy. He went on to secure a semi finalist place in the South African Amateur Championship and narrowly lost in the last eight of the British Amateur. More recently, Jamieson contributed to the stunning win by Scotland over England to retain the Home Internationals title for the first time in 24 years.
The SGU Order of Merit, sponsored by Polaris World Property Resales is determined by the highest number of points accumulated from player’s finishing positions in each event in the Order of Merit calendar. Jamieson, first over the finish line with 615.80 points beat last year’s title winner, Cameron Corbett Vase winner Glenn Campbell from Blairgowrie, on 564.10 points. Campbell, who distinguished himself by snatching the spoils at the South East District Championship, has secured his place in the top three in the Order of Merit over the last three years. Third place went to Lytham Trophy runner-up George Murray (Earlsferry Thistle).
Paul Cherry, the former St Johnstone footballer and now Managing Director of the Polaris World Property said, “The SGU Order of Merit and Golf Rankings underline the strength in depth of Scottish amateur golf at present.
We are delighted to be supporting the SGU and the development of the leading amateurs in Scotland in what has been a fantastic year for guys like Richie Ramsay and Scott Jamieson. We’ve grown our brand profile and increased our sales as a result of our partnership and we hope that success on both front continue.”
Jamieson is now on the cusp of turning professional and has continued his consistent form by booking his berth to the next round of European Tour School.
Success there will ensure his transition from successful amateur to the new kid on the block in the professional ranks.
Jamieson is currently on his way to check out the form among the seasoned professional players he hopes to join, as he spectates with the legions watching the Ryder Cup in Dublin which is about to get underway. Jamieson, along with US Amateur Champion Richie Ramsay and George Murray have been invited to attend the world’s most prestigious golf event, courtesy of Event Scotland who are attending as part of their Ryder Cup 2014 preparations, when they will bring the competition back to the home of golf, hosted at Gleneagles.
Top 50
1 Scott Jamieson (Cathkin Braes) 615.80.
2 Glenn Campbell (Blairgowrie) 564.10.
3 George Murray (Earlsferry Thistle) 525.00.
4 John Gallagher (Swanston) 512.50.
5 Keir McNicoll (Carnoustie) 485.00.
6 Elliot Saltman (Craigielaw) 478.30.
7 Kevin McAlpine (Alyth) 470.00.
8 Callum Macaulay (Tulliallan) 452.50.
9 Steven McEwan (Barassie) 426.25.
10 Paul O'Hara (Colville Park) 390.80.
11 Scott Henry (Cardross) 375.00.
12 Gavin Dear (Murrayshall) 345.80.
13 Duncan Stewart (Grantown on Spey) 326.25.
14 Lloyd Saltman (Craigielaw) 315.00
15 Mark Kerr (Dalmahoy) 290.00.
15 Jonathan King (Glasgow) 290.00.
17 Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire) 276.60
18 Ross Kellett (Colville Park) 274.10.
19 Philip McLean (Peterhead) 262.50.
20 Zack Saltman (Craigielaw) 232.50.
21 Wallace Booth (Comrie) 220.00.
22 Bryan Fotheringham (Forres) 215.80.
23 Scott Borrowman (Dollar) 208.75.
24 James Byrne (Banchory) 200.00.
25 Gordon Stevenson (Whitecraigs) 182.50.
26 Robert McKnight (Barassie) 175.00.
27 Terry Mathieson (Murcar Links) 172.50.
28 Lindsay Miller (Cawder) 167.50.
29 Bobby Rushford (Grangemouth) 165.00.
30 Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm) 144.10.
31 Gordon Yates (Hilton Park) 135.00
32 Mark Halliday (Royal Aberdeen) 125.00.
33 Iain Colquhoun (Ranfurly Castle) 115.00
33 Graeme Gorrie (Glasgow) 115.00.
33 Graeme Mitchell (Northern) 115.00.
36 Greg Paterson (St Andrews New) 112.50.
37 Stephen Clark (Haggs Castle) 107.50.
38 Bryan Innes (Murcar Links) 97.50.
38 Richard Ramsey (Royal Aberdeen) 97.50.
40 Alex Culverwell (Dunbar) 95.00.
40 Chris Orr (Lanark) 95.00.
42 Mark Lamb (Haddington) 92.50,
43 Shaun McAllister (Craigielaw) 85.00
44 Scott Mann (Carnoustie) 82.50.
45 Russell Thornton (Cardross) 77.50.
46 Euan McIntosh (Newmachar) 75.00.
47 David McMillan (Lanark) 70.
48 Paul Cormack (Inchmarlo) 67.50.
49 Stewart Elder (Kirkcaldy) 66.25.
50 Steven Armstrong (Turnhouse) 60.00.
50 Kris Nicol (Fraserburgh) 60.00.
50 Stuart Wilson (Forfar) 60.00.

US College Golf

Irish junior international Vicki Power, pictured right, finished joint third in the Mountain Shoot-out women’s college tournament at Continental Country Club, Flagstaff in Arizona.
Vicki had rounds of 77 and 73 for a total of six-over-par 150, the same as Northern Arizona University team-mate Ali Carter.
They finished two shots behind winner Anna Booth (San Diego State) who had a pair of 74s to win by one shot from team-mate Maki Kamimura with 74 and 75.
Northern Arizona (638) finished fourth in the team event behind winners Cal Poly (606).
“I was a lot more consistent today. I had a couple of mental lapses that cost me a lot of shots in the first round. Today I was more confident. I knew I could hit the pins I was trying to hit,” said Vicki.
Northern Arizona University head golf coach Tom McCurdy said: “Vicki played outstandingly today. She hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. She finished strong to post a good number.”
148 Anna Booth (San Diesgo State) 74 74.
149 Maki Kamimura (San Diego State) 74 75.
150 Vicki Power (Northern Arizona) 77 73, Ali Carter (Northern Arizona) 78 72.
606 Cal Poly.
617 Ferris State.
627 Sacramento State.
638 Northern Arizona.

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Former Welsh girls champion Lucy Gould (East Tennessee State) tied for 38th place in a field of 79 for the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup at the Cardinal Club, Simpsonville in Kentucky.
Lucy had rounds of 78,76 and 83 for a total of 237. She had double bogeys at the first, fourth and 14th in halves of 43 and 40 in her final round.
Kelly Calkin (Maryland) was the winner with one-over-par 217 (75-72-70).
Louisville (892) won the team event from Augusta State (897).
217 Kelly Calkin (Maryland) 75 72 70.
219 Jenny calkins(Louisville) 70 73 76.
220 Emilie Geury (Augsta State) 69 75 76.
Other score:
237 Lucy Gould (East Tennessee State) 78 76 83 (jt 38th).
892 Louisville.
897 Augusta State.
908 Maryland.
925 East Tennessee State (7th of 13 teams).

Pictured here are some of the girls who took part in Ayrshire’s last medal of the season at Loudoun Gowf Club.

Ayrshire Girls Medal (Thanks to June Kerr for the report)
15 girls with Congu handicaps played 18 holes while another 15 played 12 holes over a shortened course and enjoyed a putting competition. Results are as follows:-
Silver 1st Lynsey Weadon (Barassie) 88(18) 70 bih, 2nd Jenny Linklater (Largs Kelburn) 81 (11) 70, 3rd Linzi Allan (Kilbirnie) 84 (13) 71
Bronze 1st Rachel Howie (West Kilbride) 97 (30) 67, 2nd Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) 104 (29) 75, 3rd Emma Duncan (Barassie) 101 (25) 76
Pre-Handicaps Age 12 and over Emma Tweedie (Bentinck) 78, Catriona Macdonald (Ballochmyle) 79, Valentina Mozzoni (Skelmorlie) 80 bih
Pre-Handicaps Under 12 Rachel Irvine (Kilbirnie) 69, Kelly Fraser (Bentinck) 77, Rachel Evans (Kilbirnie) 83

Tuesday 19th September 2006

Former Scottish girls champion Moira Thomson (North Berwick), pictured right, was the best placed Scot in joint fifth place at the end of the first round of the Senior British women’s open amateur golf championship at Dumfries & County Golf Club in very blustery conditions today.
Moira sandwiched a double bogey at the 15th and a bogey at the 16th between birdies at the 14th and 18th in her round five-over-par 77 (40-37) to be six shots behind leader Christine Quinn from Hockley Golf Club, Hampshire.
Christine reached the turn in 32 and had six birdies in all – but she needed them to counter-balance a triple bogey 7 at the 11th and single shots dropped at the first and 16th.
Next best Scots after Mrs Thomson were St Andrews hotelier Fiona De Vries (St Rule), recent winner of the Scottish senior women’s match-play championship, and former Scottish champion Fiona Anderson from Blairgowrie, now based in Lancashire and a member of Formby Ladies. Fiona had a 79 (41-38 which included double bogeys at the fifth and 16 and birdies at the 10th and 12th.
Pamela Williamson (Baberton), who was expected to be among the leading Scottish challengers, saddled herself with an 87. After an opening birdie, she ran up a triple bogey 7 at the second and then had a string of bogeys, only rarely broken by pars in halves of 43 and 44.
Former Curtis Cup player Vicki Thomas (Carmarthen), one of the pre-tournament favourites, had an 80.
Carolyn Howell from Woburn, who had a 78, had a hole in one at the ninth.
Dumfries & County Golf Club.
First round (Par 72)
71 C Quinn (Hockley).
73 V Hogg (Swe).
74 C Birke (Swe).
75 A Murdoch (Can).
77 S Westall (Copt Heath), L Foster (Bramhall), M Thomson (North Berwick), R Waller (Kendal), R Adams (Addington Court), J Doleman (Rushcliffe).
78 C Howell (Woburn).
79 A Wood (Furness), S Dye (Delamere Forest), I Brien (Wentworth), F Anderson (Formby Ladies), F De Vries (St Rule).
80 P Hutton (Lanark), A-C Sveningson (Swe), H Faulds (Bearsden), M-B Heden (Swe), A Hermanson (Swe), J Kellenberger (Camberley Heath), C Watson (Beaconsfield), C Kirk (Ganton), V Thomas (Carmarthen).
81 G Ekman (Swe), M Henderson (Ger), V Hassett (Ennis), C Liverside (Sandiway).
82 P West (Spalding), G Etcheverry (Spa), D Williams (Can), L Hague (Rotherham).
83 M McGregor (Dumfries & Co), B Woodham (Cobtree Park), D Parker (Woodhall Spa), M Handl (Aut), G Curley (Northants Co), A Briggs (Royal Liverpool).
Other Scots:
84 C McAndrew (Nairn Dunbar), J Paterson (Drumpellier).
85 E Wilson (Elie (Earlsferry), L Terry (Cruden Bay), S McKinnon (Royal Liverpool Ladies), K Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park), J Brydson (Castle Douglas).
86 I Harvey (Sty Rule), W MacCallum (Falkirk).
87 J Mack (Haggs Castle), R Anderson (Huntly), P Williamson (Baberton).
88 E Campbell (Torwoodlee), S McDonald (Buchanan Castle).
93 J Blount (Dumfries & Co).

Lanarkshire’s Pat Casey and Anne Lloyd won the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association Commonwealth Spoons final at Loudoun Gowf Club, Ayrshire in one of the tightest finishes in the history of the tournament.
Half-a-stroke covered the first five pairs in the handicap prize list. Pat and Anne’s net 72 off 15 of a handicap was matched by Jackie Brown and Lynn Fenton (Angus) (4) and also Fiona Brawley and Frances Craig (Ayrshire) (12).
A comparison of inward halves placed Pat and Anne (back in 33) ahead of Jackie and Lynne (34) and Fiona and Frances (also 34). To separate the second and third, it was necessary to go down to the last six holes.
So close a contest was it that Jennifer Gough and Jennifer Alexander (Dunbartonshire & Argyll), playing off 18 ½, finished fourth with 72 ½ - and yet, had Jennifer holed a putt on the last green, they would have finished with a net total of 71 1/2 which would have won the competition.
Scottish international player Kylie Walker and her mother Elizabeth (Dunbartonshire & Agryll) finished fifth with the same score but a poorer inward half than the two Jennifers.
Heavy overnight rain flooded the 18th green but the local greenstaff did such a good job of mopping up that play was able to start on at 9.30am. A total of 45 couples took part.
72 Pat Casey & Anne Lloyd (Lanarkshire) (15) (better inward half); Jackie Brown & Lynne Fenton (Angus) (4) (better last 6); Fiona Brawley & Frances Craig (Ayrshire) (12).
72 ½ Jennifer Gough & Jennifer Alexander (Dunbartonshire & Argyll) (18 ½) (bih); Kylie Walker & Elizabeth Walker (Dunbartonshire & Argyll) (9 ½).

If the Ryder Cup match later this week produces as exciting a finish as the JUNIOR Ryder Cup did at Celtic Manor today (Tuesday), then it will be a memorable occasion indeed.
In the Under-16s version, Europe drew 6-6 with the United States and retain the trophy as holders. The young Americans have not won the Junior Ryder Cup since 1997 – but they went mighty close to scoring a second triumph!
When 14-year-old Carly Booth, pictured right, from Comrie, Perthshire and her Norwegian partner in the mixed four-balls format, Arie Friestad, beat Andrew Yun and Kristen Schelling by 3 and 2, that impressive display gave the Europeans a 2-0 lead on the day and a 5-3 lead overall – the opening day’s four-balls having been shared 3-3.
But the pendulum of power gradually swung the United States’ way in the exciting closing stages of the other ties.
Bud Cauley and Vicky Hurst of the United States squared off the scoreline at 2-2 by beating Pedro Figureido (Portugal) and Spain’s Marta Silva by 3 and 2.
Then France’s Vickor Dubuisson and Giula Molinaro (Italy) hit a purple patch of form that saw them win four holes in a row – quite a feat in four-ball, better-ball play – and they won by 4 and 3 over Joe Monte and Brittany Altomare who had led by two holes on the outward half.
That gave Europe a 6-5 lead with one match to finish in which America’s Tony Mapu Finau and Cassandra Blaney squared matters against Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer and Laura Gonzalez (Belgium) at the 11th, went one up at the 12th and doggedly held on to that one-hole advantage down the remaining holes as the tension mounted.
It went down to the last putt on the last hole of the last match but the young Americans held their nerve for the victory that made the final scoreline 3-3 on the day and 6-6 overall.

NICK FALDO, Ryder Cup-captain elect (for 2008 match), who watched the second-day action at Celtic Manor and presented each team with a crystal trophy at the closing ceremony:
“I am sure there are some future Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup players here."
ANDY INGRAM, Europe's Junior Ryder Cup captain:“I think that both teams put on a great spectacle, so hopefully people will realise the impressive standards of these players. There is a slight disappointment at not winning, but hopefully another Welshman in Ian Woosnam can do that later this week.”
ISABELLE LENDL, 15-year-old daughter of eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion Ivan Lendl and winner of all four ties she played over the two days:
“It has been fun and a real honour to represent my country in The Junior Ryder Cup. I’m back to school tomorrow but I will leave with some good memories, although we could have won it.”
BRIAN HUGGETT Former Ryder Cup captain and player Brian Huggett, pictured right, was full of praise for Scottish starlet Carly Booth after the 14 year old’s debut in The Junior Ryder Cup.
Carly, the youngest of the 12-strong European team - and the only British or Irish player in the line-up that drew with the Americans, was narrowly defeated in Monday’s four-balls (in which she was herself three-under-par apart from one hole, but responded brilliantly to partner Norwegian Are Friestad to a 3 & 2 victory over Andrew Yun and Kristen Schelling in today’s mixed fourballs.
Huggett, who watched both days of the competition at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, said: “Carly is a fantastic player and such a cool customer. In the holes I saw her play she probably had to hole from eight feet on five occasions and every time she popped it right into the middle. And she is long, especially as she’s only a little girl. I think she is going to be a star and I look forward to following her career.”
A contingent a purple-clad ladies from the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association turned up at the event to follow Carly and gave Huggett a little gift.
“They remembered me winning the Scottish Seniors at Aberdeen so they gave me a Scottish Thistle pin, which I said I would wear on my blouse the next time I play golf!” added Huggett.
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
First Day: Europe 3, United States 3.
Second Day: Europe 3, United States 3
Mixed four-balls
European pairings first
A Kristiansen (Nor) & C Ciganda (Spa) bt P Francis & E Choe 2 and 1.
S Einhaus (Ger) & S Hausladen (Ger) lost to D Kittleson & I Lendl 3 and 1.
A Friestad (Nor) & C Booth (Sco) bt A Yun & K Schelling 3 and 2.
P Figueirdo (Por) & M Silva (Spa) lost to B Cauley & V Hurst 3 and 2.
M Kieffer (Ger) & L Gonzalez (Bel) lost to T Mapu Finau & C Blaney 1 hole.
V Dubuisson (Fra) & G Molinaro (Ita) bt J Monte & B Altomare 4 and 3.

West of Scotland Girls
Jean Campbell has sent me a link to photos of the West of Scotland Girls' 50th anniversary celebration at Troon in August.

US College Golf

Scots Duncan Stewart from Grantown on Spey and Russell Knox from Inverness, both golf scholarship students at Jacksonville University, Florida, are in the top five after 36 holes of the RDG Intercollegiate tournament at Florence, South Carolina.
Stewart, bidding for a fourth win on the American college circuit, has had rounds of 69 and 71 for four-under-par 140 and is in second place in the field of 95, one shot behind leader Jordy Hayden (Troy), with one round to go.
Knox has scored 74 and 68 to be lying fifth on 142.
Jamie Kennedy from Edinburgh, a third Scot in the Jacksonville team, has not done so well. He is in 92nd place on 162 after scores of 78 and 84.
Troy and Jacksonville are sharing the team leadership on 574 – seven ahead of Tennessee-Chattanooga - in a field of 18 colleges.

United States amateur champion Richie Ramsay (Royal Aberdeen), pictured right, continues to lead the unofficial world men's amateur golf rankings, devised and compiled by R&A staff man David Moir on a test and trial basis for the momennt.
In all, there are seven Scots in the top 100 in the list which is updated weekly, based on amateur tournament returns received by David from all over the world.
They are:
1 Richie Ramsay (Royal Aberdeen)
20 Scott Jamieson (Cathkin Braes).
32 George Murray (Earlsferry Thistle).
51 Lloyd Saltman (Craigielaw).
58 Paul O'Hara (Colville Park).
61 Callum Macaulay (Tulliallan).
87 John Gallagher (Swanston).

US College Golf

Irish junior international Vicki Power, pictured below right, in her last year as a student at Northern Arizona University, returned a 77 to be four shots behind the leader at the halfway stage of the La Quinta Inn & Suits Mountain Shoot-out at Continental Country Club, Arizona.
Vicki, 21, from Cambridge was well in contention with an outward half of 37 but fell away with 40 for the inward nine to occupy joint eighth place overnight.
Northern Arizona is lying third in the team event.
Northern Arizona - the Lumberjacks - head women's golf coach Tom McCurdy is expecting big things from Vicki this college golf season.
"Vicki will be a key contributor for us this season. After a slow start last year due to injuries, she worked real hard to play her best golf at the end of last season. I expect her to have a big senior season," he said.
73 Margaux Sheehan (Sacramento State) 38-35.
74 Anna Booth (San Diego State) 35-39, Maki Kamimura (San Diego State) 38-36.
Other score:
77 Vicki Power (Northern Arizona) 37-40.
303 Cal Poly.
308 Sacramento State.
314 Ferris State.
318 Northern Arizona (4th of eight teams.

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Lucy Gould, the Welsh girls champion of 2002 and 2003 and now a student at East Tennessee State Universtiy, had rounds of 78 and 76 over the par-72, 6,181yd Cardinal Club course to be sharing 26th place on 154 after two rounds of the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup women's college tournament in Kentucky.
University of Lousville players were lying first and third and also leading the team event.
143 Jenny Calkins (Louisville) 70 73.
144 Emilie Geury (Augusta State) 69 75.
146 Cindy LaCrosse (Louisville) 75 71.
Other score:
154 Lucy Gould (East Tennessee State) 78 76.
587 Louisville.
592 Augusta State.
601 UNC Wilmington.
Other score:
620 East Tennessee State (9th of 13).

Monday, September 18, 2006

The Yorkshire pairing of Denise Jenkins and Pat Stageman from Allerthorpe Park Golf Club won the Ladies Golf Union’s 2006 Peugeot Coronation Foursomes Grand Final over the Jubilee Course, St Andrews today (MONDAY).
In blustery conditions, Denise and Pat, who both play off 17, did very well indeed to score 38 Stableford points but even that terrific score only won the day by a single point.
Gallant runners-up were the Newport pairing of Jean O’Connor (handicap 4) and Joan O’Brian (handicap 28) with 37pt.
Third, with 35pt, were Joanna Garrigan, who plays off 23, and Helen Harris (handicap 25) from Carden Park Golf Club near Chester.
The leading Scots Fiona Joss and Sheila Brunton from Carnoustie Caledonia, in fourth place with 34pt. Fiona has five of a handicap and Sheila plays off 11.
Grand Final – Jubilee Course, St Andrews.
38 Denise Jenkins (17) & Pat Stageman (17) (Allerthorpe Park).
37 Jean O’Connor (4) & Joan O’Brian (28) (Newport).
35 Joanna Garrigan (23) & Helen Harris (25) (Carden Park).
34 Fiona Joss (5) & Sheila Brunton (11) (Carnoustie (Caledonia).
33 Mia Kim (19) & Jasmin Kim (23) (Leatherhead).
32 Jill Buchan (25) & Lynne Sharp (16) (Dunning).
30 Sue Bourne (17) & Pat Evison (24) (Cape Cornwall); Olive Budd (19) & Margo Soloman (24) (Kings Norton).
28 Shirley Jiggins (14) & Jacqui Wormall (20) (Gosfield Lake); Janet Godfrey (15) & Sue Booth (16) (Elsham).
26 Cath Mossom (18) & Alison Vasey (29) (Maryport).
25 Cath Lucas (32) & Liz Hunter (36) (Kilmacolm).

Scotland lost the boys’ match 10-8 and the girls’ contest 5-4 in the annual schools golf international against England at Hillside Golf Club, Lancashire today (MONDAY).
Double winners for the Scots in both the foursomes and singles were Ross Bell (Harris Academy, Dundee), Joshua Clarke (Montrose Academy), Alan Murdoch (Stranraer Academy) and Krystle Caithness (Waid Academy, Anstruther).
In the boys’ match England took the foursomes 3 ½-2 ½ and the singles also by a one-point margin, 6 ½-5 ½ .
England won the foursomes 2-1 in the girls’ match before the singles were shared 3-3.
England schoolboys first
M Anderson & L Heaton lost to R Bell (Harris Acad) & J Clarke (Montrose Acad) 6 and 5.
T Benbow & H Smart halved with S Barras (Vale of Leven Acad) & A Campbell (Vale of Leven Acad).
B Fowles & S McGlynn bt C Gray (Glasgow High) & C Thomson (Hutchesons’ Grammar) 5 and 4.
J Sims & B Farthing bt M Daily (Trinity High) & D Fitzpatrick (Notre Dame High) 4 and 2.
J Grimoldby & J Senior bt M Main (Balwearie High) & F McKenna (Boclair Acad) 4 and 3.
R Kirwan & A Smedley lost to A Murdoch (Stranraer Acad) & C Robinson (Douglas Ewart High) 3 and 1.
Anderson lost to Bell 3 and 1.
Heaton halved with Campbell.
Benbow lost to Clarke 1 hole.
Smart bt Barras 6 and 5.
Fowles lost to Gray 5 and 4.
McGlynn bt Thomson 3 and 2.
Sims bt Daily 1 hole.
Farthing bt Fitzpatrick 2 and 1.
Grimoldby lost to McKenna 1 hole.
Senior bt Main 2 holes.
Kirwan lost to Murdoch 2 and 1.
Smedley bt Robinson 3 and 2.
H Barwood & K Larratt lost to K Caithness (Waid Acad) & R Livingstone (Musselburgh Grammar) 3 and 2.
A Banham & K Mundy bt K MacDonald (Nairn Acad) & R Wilson (Monifieth High) 1 hole.
K Best & S James bt J Turner (George Watson’s Coll) & M Briggs (Gryffe High) 5 and 3.
Barwood lost to Caithness 2 and 1.
Larratt lost to MacDonald 2 and 1.
Banham bt Turner 4 and 3.
Mundy lost to Briggs 3 and 2.
Best bt Wilson 1 hole.
James bt Livingstone 4 and 3.

Perthshire prodigy Carly Booth is a perfectionist. She does not like playing badly – and she does not like losing … as she did in her Junior Ryder Cup debut at the age of 14 at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport today (Monday).
Carly, leading girl in last week’s Duke of York Young Champions Trophy tournament over Dundonald links, was paired with Guilia Molinaro (Italy) by Europe skipper Andy Ingram.
Two holes up after 11 holes in the four-ball play, everything appeared to be heading for a home victory until their American opponents, the top-rated US girl junior Esther Choe and Kristen Schelling fought back to win by one hole.
“I am disappointed, but at least we only lost holes to birdies,” said Scottish Under-16 champion Carly, who would have been three under par for her round on the Roman Road course had she holed out at the 16th.
Isabelle Lendl, 15-year-old daughter of eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion Ivan Lendl and the fifth-ranked girl golfer in the United States, teamed up with Vicky Hurst to inflict a one-hole defeat on the very strong Spanish pairing of Carlota Ciganda, the Spanish international women’s open amateur champion and Marta Silva.
Lendl admitted to a few nerves as she reached the 18th tee with a one-hole lead, but was boosted by the cheers of the American gallery.
She said: “During my practice swing I heard a roar and looked back to see one of my friend’s parents going crazy, so I knew USA had pulled even in that match. That gave me an extra adrenalin rush.”
Suitably charged up, Lendl blasted the ball over the bunker on the left hand side and back into the middle of the fairway. Hurst did likewise and the pair went on to make comfortable pars.
Ciganda almost snatched a birdie with the last putt, but her long effort from the back of the green brushed the outside of the cup.
United States were leading 3-1 after Carly and Giulia’s defeat but the Germany boys, Sean Einhaus and Maximilian Keiffer made it 2-3 by winning the fifth game. Then Laura Gonzales (Belgium) and Saskia Hausladen (Germany) won the last game of the day by 2 and 1 to make it a 3-3 tie at the halfway stage.
The second and final day will be mixed four-balls. There are no singles ties in the Junior Ryder Cup which is contested by Under-16 year olds.
Both teams will be transported to Ireland to watch the Ryder Cup at the end of the week. After that Carly Booth will fly back to Florida where she recently enrolled at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Bradenton on a full four-year scholarship.
Day 1 details:
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport.
Four-ball matches
Anders Kristiansen (Nor) & Are Friestad (Now) bt Philip Francis & Drew Kittleson 3 and 1.
Carlota Ciganda (Spa) & Marta Silva (Spa) lost to Vicky Hurst & Isabelle Lendl 1 hole.
Pedro Figueiredo (Por) & Victor Dubuisson (Fra) bt Tony Mapu Finau & Joe Monte 2 and 1.
Carly Booth (Sco) & Giulia Molinaro (Ita) lost to Esther Choe & Kristen Schelling 1 hole.
Sean Einhaus (Ger) & Maxmilian Keiffer (Ger) bt Bud Caley & Andrew Yun 4 and 2.
Laura Gonzalez (Bel) & Saskia Hausladen (Ger) bt Brittany Altomare & Cassandra Blaney 2 and 2.

Banchory beat the holders, Murcar Links, 2 ½-1 ½, in the second match of the play-offs for the Aberdeenshire Women’s Scratch Golf League at Banchory. It went down to the last putt on the last green in the last match in which Morag Clapperton beat Frances Neish by one hole.
The match was switched to Banchory because of haar reducing the visibility at Murcar.
In the first play-off match, played earlier, Murcar Links beat Cruden Bay 3-1 at home.
The final match of the play-offs will feature Banchory against Cruden Bay at Banchory on Sunday. If Banchory win, they will take the Scratch League title.
(Banchory players first)
Linda Urquhart lost to Laura McLardy 3 and 2.
Ann Smart bt Carol Wilson 2 holes.
Gail Christie halved with Donna Pocock.
Morag Clapperton bt Frances Neish 1 hole.

Anyone can enter this Northern Counties Competition
The last Northern Counties Ladies Golf Association competition of the season will be held at Tain Golf Club on Sunday, October 1. The delegate to contact is Ann Ryan (telephone 01862 89100).
Late entries are being accepted.
County captain Mairi Orr says: “ Being an open meeting, we encourage members at £7, junior girls at £5 and non-members at £12. Maybe some people who are visiting the county would like a game with us.
“The silver and bronze aggregate trophies will be decided that day and as usual it is a run to the wire but, as they say, ‘You have to be in it to win it.
“We shall also be awarding the Frances Souter Trophy to the most improved junior girl. That one is also too close to call.
“Immediately following the open is the agm to which only senior and junior county members are invited.”

Schools International Match

England were beating Scotland 3 ½-2 ½ in the boys’ match and 2-1 in the girls’ encounter at Hillside Golf Club, Lancashire today in the annual schools international.
Ross Bell (Harris Academy) & Joshua Clarke (Montrose Academy) were in good form and had established a five-hole lead by the turn in their tie against Martin Anderson and Lee Heaton. Ross and Joshua went on to win by 6 and 5.
Scotland’s other boys’ foursomes winers, Alan Murdoch (Stranraer Academy) and Chris Robinson (Douglas Ewart High) were also five up at the turn against Rory Kirwan and Andrew Smedley and held off a fightback by the English pair to win by 3 and 1.
In the girls’ match, Krystle Caithness (Waid Academy) and Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh Grammar) beat Hannah Barwood and Kym Larratt by 3 and 2 in the top foursome but Scotland lost the two other ties.
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Academy) and Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth High) lost on the 18th green but Jane Turner (George Watson’s College) and Megan Briggs (Gryffe High) were beaten 5 and 3.
Details so far:
England names first
Martin Anderson & Lee Heaton lost to Ross Bell & Joshua Clarke 6 and 5.
Tom Benbow & Henry Smart halved with Simon Barras & Andrew Campbell.
Billy Fowles & Steven McGlynn bt Cameron Gray & Colin Thomson 5 and 4.
Josh Suims & Ben Farthing bt Michael Daily & Daniel Fitzpatrick 4 and 2.
Jack Grimoldby & Jack Senior bt Michael Main & Fraser McKenna 4 and 3.
Rory Kirwan & Andrew Smedley lost to Alan Murdoch & Chris Robinson 3 and 1.
England names first
Hannah Barwood & Kym Larratt lost to Krystle Caithness & Rachael Livingstone 3 and 2.
Alexandra Banham & Katie Mundy bt Kelsey MacDonald & Rebecca Wilson 1 hole.
Katie Best & Sian James bt Jane Turner & Megan Briggs 5 and 3.

LGU Press Release

Vicki Thomas will be looking to continue in the rich vein of form she has found in recent weeks when she begins her challenge in the Senior Ladies’ British Amateur Strokeplay championship, which starts on Tuesday (September 19), at Dumfries & County Golf Club.
The 51-year-old former Curtis Cup player has enjoyed considerable success since joining the senior ranks and, having retained her Welsh Strokeplay crown by a commanding eight shots in Cardiff a fortnight ago, Thomas went on to claim the Irish Seniors Open title in County Wicklow last week by a single stroke.
With those triumphs behind her, Carmarthen golfer Thomas will head into the British championship in buoyant mood where she will face stern competition from an impressive, 90-strong field.
Joining Thomas in the line-up are Christine Watson, Sue Westall and Christine Quinn, all members of the England side which lost narrowly in the final of the European Seniors Team championship in Belgium just over a week ago.
Vivien Saunders, the founder of the WPGA and the Women's British Open champion back in 1977, also tees-up while Baberton's Pam Williamson, a three-time winner of the Scottish Seniors title, returns for another stab at the crown.
Sweden's Eva Ansgarius, who has won the British title for the past two seasons, is not defending her title this week but her compatriot, Viveca Hoff, whom Ansgarius pipped to the crown last year, is included in the field.
Canada's Alison Murdoch, joint runner-up to Thomas in last week's Irish Open and the winner of that title in 2005, also competes in the south west of Scotland as does former European Seniors champion, Maj Heden, of Sweden.
The week's championship is a 54-hole strokeplay event with the leading 40 players after two rounds contesting the closing 18-holes on Thursday.
The list of entrants can be viewed at – Championships.

Scottish Ladies Golfing Association national coach Karyn Dallas has resigned after five years in the part-time post.
Karyn, who is the Kirriemuir Golf Club professional, tendered her resignation to the SLGA on August 16 but the news was not released until after last week’s women’s home international matches at Frilford Heath.
Scotland were beaten by Wales, England and Ireland and finished bottom of the table, only a few weeks after Scotland won the girls’ home internationals title at Portstewart, Northern Ireland.
“I’ve had five happy years as national girls’ and women’s coach and I feel very honoured to have had the post. I feel I have grown as a coach, working with the SLGA and some very good players,” said Karyn.
“There is a lot of talent coming through at Under-18 girls’ level in Scotland as the recent victory in the girls’ home internationals proved. I still had another year on my contract but I feel that now is the right time for me to go.
“I have a very successful programme for juniors at Kirriemuir Golf Club and our boys and girls have done very well in the Angus junior orders of merit.
A note on the SLGA website reads:
“It was with regret that the Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association, on 16th August 2006, received the resignation of Karyn Dallas, the National Coach. The Association appreciates the dedication and commitment which Karyn has shown throughout the past five years.”
Mrs Dallas, who is 41, took over the SLGA coaching post from Jane Connachan in September 2001. She turned professional in 1989 and played full-time on the Ladies European Tour until 1992 when she became an assistant pro and teaching co-ordinator on the staff of Gleneagles Hotel.
In 1998 she joined the select band of women in Britain and Ireland who have been appointed head professional by a golf club. Kirriemuir Golf Club gave Karyn wide-ranging responsibilities, including the marketing and booking of golf society outings and she has repaid their confidence in full.

Tara Delaney with the microphone after the Lady Northern Invitational in Michigan

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Curtis Cup player and Ireland international Tara Delaney has scored her third win on the United States women’s college circuit.
The 20-year-old from Carlow, a third-year golf scholarship student at Kent State University, Ohio won the Lady Northern Invitational with a one-under-par total of 215 for three rounds over the par-72, 6,237yd Forest Akers West Course at East Lansing, Michigan.
Tara had rounds of 72, 70 and 73 to win by four shots from Kelley Belcher (Indiana) and Brianna Broderick (Michigan).
Scotland international Gemma Webster (Ohio State) from Glasgow tied for 33rd place with 78, 75 and 81 for 234.
Tara Delaney’s sister Karen, also a student at Kent State, finished joint 42nd with 77, 79 and 81 for 237 in a field of 77 players.
Michigan State (889) won the team event from Northwestern (898), Ohio State (902), Michigan (904) and Kent State (905) in a field of 12 colleges.
Par 72
215 Tara Delaney (Kent State) 72 70 73.
219 Kelley Belcher (Indiana) 74 71 74, Brianna Broderick (Michigan) 74 71 74.
234 Gemma Webster (Ohio State) 78 75 81 (jt 33rd).
237 Karen Delaney (Kent State) 77 79 81 (jt 42nd).
889 Michigan State.
898 Northwestern.
902 Ohio State.
904 Michigan.
905 Kent State.

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The High Point University, North Carolina trio of Ann Marie Dalton (Carlow), Kate O'Sullivan (Paisley) and Jenna Kinnear (Belfast) finished 64th, 68th and 81st respectively in quality field of 81 for the Mason Rudolph women's college golf championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin in Tennessee.
Ann Marie scored 81, 76 and 76 for a total of 233, four better than Kate who had rounds of 80, 82 and 75. Jenna scored 85, 86 and 87 for 258.
Kate, who had no birdies through her first two rounds, birdied the seventh, 12th and 18th in her final round.
Alison Walshe (Arizona) won the tournament with 71, 74 and 67 for six-under-par 210.
Duke (863) won the team event from Georgia (866) with UCLA (872) third. High Point were last of 15 with a total of 957.

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Wallace Booth from Comrie and Fraserburgh’s Jordan Findlay finished joint 23rd and 61st respectively in their first event of the new 2006-2006 American college golf season.
Augusta State University final year student Booth had rounds of 74, 67 and 73 for a two-under-par total of 214 over a testing 7,002yd course for the Carpet Capital Collegiate tournament at The Farm Club, Rock Face in Georgia.
Findlay, just started his second year at East Tennessee State University, had rounds of 69, 81 and 74 for 224.
Chris Kirk (Georgia University) won the tournament with 68,70 and 67 for 11-under-par 205.
Findlay’s team-mates Edinburgh-born Walker Cup player Rhys Davies and Ulsterman Gareth Shaw were the highest-placed British or Irish players in the field of 90. They were joint 11th on four-under-212. Davies scored 75, 70 and 67, Shaw 70, 71 and 71.
205 Chris Kirk (Georgia) 68 70 67.
206 DarrenBlair (North Carolina State) 65 69 72.
Other totals:
212 Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State) 75 70 67, Gareth Shaw (East Tennessee State) 70 71 71 (jt 11th).
214 Wallace Booth (Augusta State) 74 67 73, Ben Taylor (Georgia State) 70 73 71 (jt 23rd).
217 Tom Sherreard (Georgia State) 70 69 78 (jt 32nd).
219 Seamus Power (East Tennessee State) 76 74 69 (jt 44th).
224 Jordan Findlay (East Tennessee State) 69 81 74 (jt 61st).
226 Farren Keenan (Texas) 79 78 69 (jt 71st).
236 Cian McNamara (East Tennessee State) 82 74 80 (jt 88th).
841 Alabama.
847 Clemson.
854 Georgia, Georgia Tech.
856 Florida, Georgia State.
859 Tennessee.
860 East Tennessee State.
876 Augusta State (14th of 18 teams)

Scotland lost 9-6 to the North of England in Sunday’s Gordon McInnes Under-16 boys’ representative match at The Glen Golf Club, North Berwick.
The English boys took a 3-2 lead in the foursomes and then took the singles 6-4.
An unusual feature was the high number of halved singles – four in all. Which suggests that the English lads were perhaps a little flattered by their three-point margin of victory.
Details (Scots names first):
Mark Bookless & Kyle Smith lost to Callum Tarren & Garrick Porteous 3 and 2.
Sam Binning & Sam McLaren lost to Simon Mulholland & Thomas Forster 8 and 7.
Colin Baird & Paul Shields bt Oliver McKenna & David Hext 2 and 1.
Jack Bradley & Craig Wyper lost to Jo Redshaw & Joseph Fraser 5 and 3.
Tom Spencer & Scott Fraser bt Nicky Maddison & Jack Logan 2 holes.
McLaren lost to Porteous 2 and 1.
Smith lost to Tarren 2 and 1.
Bookless bt McKenna 1 hole.
Binning halved with Forster.
Bradley halved with Hext.
Baird halved with Mulholland.
Wyper lost to Maddison 6 and 5.
Shields lost to Redshaw 1 hole.
Spencer halved with Fraser.
Fraser bt Logan 6 and 5.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Left to right: individual winner Graeme Mitchell (Northern), tournament sponsor Eric Lindsay, winning North-east team player John Duff (Newmachar) and tournament organiser George McIntosh, the North-east District secretary.
(Photo courtesy and copyright © Cal Carson Golf Agency)


North of Scotland boys’ champion Graeme Mitchell added another title to his 2006 collection when he won the Platform 2 36-hole boys’ golf championship over the Newmachar Swailend course today (Sunday).
Mitchell shot 68 and 69 for a seven-under-par total of 137 – five under the combined CSS of 71 and 71 – to win by one shot from home-course teenager John Duff who had a pair of 69s.
William Bremner (Edzell) was third on 141 with 71 and 70.
The leading North challengers shared fourth place on 142 – Chris Gaittens (Fortrose & Rosemarkie), Kyle Godsman (Hopeman) and Neil Howitt (Nairn Dunbar).
North-east (1475) retained the team title from Angus (1477) and North (1480).
Mitchell, only just turned 18 and a +2 player, is having a memorable last season in junior golf. Apart from the North of Scotland title, he has set a new Hazlehead record of 62 which will earn him an all expenses paid trip to Dubai Creek, courtesy of a national newspaper, and he will go to Celtic Manor before that as the leading Scottish qualifier for the Nick Faldo Junior Series Grand Final.
“I played pretty steady,” said Graeme, which is a bit of an understatement. In fact, he hit 32 of the 36 Swailend greens in regulations, which is a strike rate that would please any tour pro.
“My short irons are my strongest part of my game and they were spot on today. I would have had two quite low scores if I had been able to sink the birdie putts.”
North-east won the team event but only by a very narrow margin – two shots over 36 holes in the best 10 individual scores to count, morning and afternoon.
North-east totalled 1475 (743-732) and Angus 1477 (745-742) with third-placed North 1480 (753-727) having the lowest second-round total.
The Angus District will host next year’s championship.
Newmachar Swailend.
LEADING TOTALS (Par 72, CSS 71 71)

137 G Mitchell (Northern) 68 69.
138 J Duff (Newmachar) 69 69.
141 W Bremner (Edzell) 71 70.
142 C Gaittens (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) 73 69, K Godsman (Hopeman) 74 68, N Howitt (Nairn Dunbar) 69 73.
143 C Storrier (Downfield) 72 71.
144 N Macandrew (Cullen) 73 71.
145 K Duncan (McDonald Ellon) 77 68, K Harper (Carnoustie) 72 73.
147 R Elder (Nairn Dunbar) 74 73, S Stables (Elgin) 76 71, A Sweeney (Carnoustie) 75 72.
148 D Elder (Carnoustie) 74 74.
149 D Mellon (Carnoustie) 77 72, D Brown (Kirriemuir) 76 73.
150 A Cappi (Letham Grange) 75 75, D Ibbotson (Murcar Links) 73 77, A Dunton (McDonald Ellon) 71 79.
151 C Thomson (Peterhead) 80 71, R Storrier (Downfield) 78 73, K Shearer (Murcar Links) 75 76, M Ross (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) 80 71.
152 I Allan (Hopeman) 78 74, D Millar (Newmachar) 80 72, J Foley (Forres) 76 76.
154 A Weir (Montrose Mercantile) 76 78, D Ramsay (Elgin) 75 79.
155 L Reid (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) 78 77.
157 M Brand (Tain) 82 75, D Macandrew (Hazlehead) 78 79.
161 R Millar (Kirriemuir) 86 85.
163 D Christie (Portlethen) 83 80.
Retired – C Irvine (Stonehaven) 79 -.
Disqualified – B McLeman (Moray).
1475 North-east 743 732.
1477 Angus 745 742.
1480 North 753 727.

Sponsor Eric Lindsay with the Platform 2 girls golf championship leading prizewinners -- four scratch on left and four handicap on right. Trophy-winner Ashley Smith (Monifieth) on left of Eric; leading handicap winner Rachel Polson (Peterculter) to immediate right of Eric.

Monifieth girl golfer 16-year-old Ashley Smith receives the Platform 2 girls tournament trophy from Blairgowrie-born tournament sponsor Eric Lindsay at Newmachar G C today.
(Photo courtesy and copyright © Cal Carson Golf Agency)

Monifieth’s Ashley Smith became the first Angus-based winner of the Platform 2 girls’ golf tournament with a round of three-over-par 75 over the Newmachar Swailend course today (Sunday).
Ashley, 16 years old and a nine-handicapper, won by four strokes from Lauren Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) with Sammy Vass (Tain) and Jacqueline Sneddon (Alyth) joint third on 83.
“I had never seen the course before today but I hit most of the fairways with my drives and I pitched and putted well,” said Miss Smith who is the Monifieth girls’ champion.
After an outward half of one-under-par with birdies at the third and seventh and a bogey at the sixth, Ashley was heading for a runaway win over the field of 30 girls drawn from as far north as Tain until she ran up a triple bogey 7 at the 15th and a bogey at the 18th .
Ashley Smith also had the lowest net score of 66 but could not win two prizes and so the leading handicap award went to Rachel Polson (Petercutler). She had a net 67 off 24. She won by three shots from Sammy Vass’s younger sister Julie who had a net 70 off 16. Julie has cut her handicap from 31 to 16 this season.
Newmachar Swailend.

Par 72, CSS 73
75 A Smith (Monifieth).
79 L Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies).
83 S Vass (Tain), J Sneddon (Alyth).
84 A Bowie (Monifieth), K Moss (Monifieth), G Richens (Newmachar), M Johsntone (Northern).
85 S Leslie (Westhill).
86 J Vass (Tain).
87 N McAuley (Stonehaven).
88 F Fullerton (Huntly).
66 A Smith (Monifieth) (9).
67 R Polson (Peterculter) (24)
68 L Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) (11). .
70 J Vass (Tain) (16).
71 F Fullerton (Huntly) (17).
73 K MacCallum (McDonald Ellon) (36).
75 K Moss (Monifieth) (9).
76 S Beattie (Hazlehead) (16), N Thomson (Murcar Links) (15), N McAuley (Stonehaven) (11), J Sneddon (Alyth) (7).
77 S Vass (Tain) (6), A Bowie (Monifieth) (7), S Leslie (Westhill) (8).
78 A Milne (Turriff) (36), A Taylor (Forres) (14).
79 L McGillivray (Oldmeldrum) (16), N Lamond (McDonald Ellon) (13), M Johnstone (Northern) (5).

Winning Moray team in Northern Counties Scratch League tournament.
Left to Right, Winnie Ross, Jenny Milne, Dorothy Marshall (team captain), Audrey Gill, Susan Dean

Northern Counties Scratch League tournament.
Moray beat the holders, Ross-shire, 3-1 in the final over the Moray Old Course, Lossiemouth.
Jenny Milne beat Pat Morrison 9 and 7, Winnie Ross beat Lynne Fraser 1 hole., Audrey Gill bt Fiona Brand 2 and 1., Susan Dean lost to Helen Stuart 4 and 3.
Note that this is not a Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth team
Northern Counties Scratch League is contested in two sections. Teams representing the areas of Banff, Moray and Nairn compete in the South Section. Teams repreesnting Inverness, Ross-shire and Caithness & Sutherland contest the North Section.
The winners of the two sections - this year it was "Moray" and "Ross-shire" - contested the final.


Scotland international player Gemma Webster from Glasgow, a second-year student at Ohio State University, was tied for 23rd place in a field of 77 going into the final round of the Lady Northern college golf tournament at Forest Akers West course, East Lansing in Michigan.
Gemma, pictured right, had rounds of 78 and 75 for a 36-hole tally of 153 over the 6,316yd, par-72 course.
A weak finish to her second round of bogeys at the 12th and 13th and a double bogey at the 16th knocked her out of the top 20 after she had birdied the first, ninth and 10th.
Irish international Tara Delaney (Kent State University) from Carlow had a three-stroke lead with rounds of 72 and 70 for two-under-par 142. Her sister Karen, also a student at Kent State, had 77 and 79 for 156.
Michigan State (597) led the team event from Northwestern (599) and Ohio State and Michigan (both on 601) and Kent State (608) in the field of 12 colleges.
142 Tara Delaney (Kent State) 72 70.
145 Kelley Belcher (Indiana) 74 71, Brianna Broderick (Michigan) 74 71.
Other scores:
153 Gemma Webster (Ohio State) 78 75 (jt 23rd).
156 Karen Delaney (Kent State) 77 79 (jt 35th).
597 Michigan State.
599 Northwestern.
601 Ohio State, Michigan.
608 Kent State.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Fraserburgh-born Jordan Findlay, pictured right, crashed out of the top 10 in the Carpet Capital Collegiate golf tournament at the weekend with a second-round 81.
He had been lying joint ninth after a sparkling opening round of three-under-par 69 over the 7,002yd course at The Farm Club, Rocky Face in Georgia.
Findlay, just starting his second year at East Tennessee State University and playing his first event of the new 2006-2007 US college golf season, dropped down to a share of 60th place on 150.
Jordan started his round at the 10th hole and was not doing too badly with birdies at the 12th and 13th after a bogey at the 11th. Things started to run away from the Buchan teenager when he bogeyed the 16th and 17th and then double-bogeyed the 18th.
That was followed by a triple bogey at the first and further bogeys at the second, third and ninth in a total of 42 shots for the last nine holes he played.
Wallace Booth from Comrie, in his fourth and final year at Augusta State University, shot a second-round 67 – an improvement of seven strokes – to be sharing 10th place on 141 with Irishman Gareth Shaw, an East Tennessee State team-mate of Findlay’s.
Edinburgh-born Welshman Rhys Davies, a Walker Cup player and recognised as the top player on the East Tennessee State University team, is back in joint 37th place after scores of 75 and 70 for 145.
Darren Blair (North Carolina State) is the 36-hole leader by two strokes with 65 and 69 for 10-under-par 134.
134 (-10) Darren Blair (NC State) 65 69.
136 Vince Hatfield (Clemson) 66 70.
Scores of GB&I players:
139 Tom Sherreard (Georgia State) 70 69 (7th).
141 Wallace Booth (Augusta State) 74 67, Gareth Shaw (East Tennessee State) 70 71 (jt 10th).
143 Ben Taylor (Georgia State) 70 73 (25th).
145 Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State) 75 70 (jt 37th).
150 Jordan Findlay (East Tennessee State) 69 81, Seamus Power (East Tennessee State) 76 74 (jt 60th).
156 Cian McNamara (East Tennessee State) 82 74 (84th).
157 Farren Keenan (Texas) 79 78 (jt 85th).
558 Clemson, 561 Alabama, 569 Florida, 571 Tennessee, 572 Georgia State, NC State.
578 Augusta State (9th).
579 East Tennessee State (11th).

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Paisley’s Kate O’Sullivan (High Point University, North Carolina) and team-mate Jenna Kinnear from Belfast were lying 80th and 81st in a field of 81 players at the end of the second round of the Mason Rudolph women’s college championship over the par-72, 6,347yd course at Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin in Tennessee.
Kate, pictured right, has scored 80 and 82 for 162 while Jenna’s rounds have been 85 and 86 for 171.
Team-mate Ann Marie Dalton from Carlow, Ireland was in joint 65th place on 157 with scores of 81 and 76.
The High Point trio have been out of their depth, playing with some of the best female college players in the States, including two members of the winning US Curtis Cup team earlier this summer – Jennie Lee (Duke) and Taylor Leon (Georgia)..
Tiffany Joh (UCLA) and Jennie Lee share the lead on six-under-par 138 while Taylor Leon is one of three players sharing third place on 141.
138 Tiffany Joh (UCLA) 69 69, Jennie Lee (Duke) 71 67.
141 Taylor Lee (Georgia) 69 72, Garrett Phillips (Georgia) 70 71, Jennifer Tangtiphalboontana (Stanford) 72 69.
Other scores:
157 Ann Marie Dalton (High Point) 81 76 (jt 65th).
162 Kate O’Sullivan (High Point) 80 82 (80th).
172 Jenna Kinnear (High Point) 85 86 (81st).
567 Duke, 574 Georgia, 576 UCLA.
640 High Point (15th).

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Aboyne exile Julie Forbes will start Sunday's final round in the Austrian Ladies Open at Fohrenwald-Weiner Golf Club in joint 11th place at four-under-par 212. She has scored 79, 69 and 68 - her best scoring for some time.
Lynn Kenny, sponsored by the Clydesdale Bank, and Inverness-based Kiwi Liz McKinnon are bracketed on the 52nd mark at four-over 220.
Lynn has scored 70, 70 and 76. She had a double-bogey 7 at the 18th in the first round and a double -bogey 6 at the seventh hole in her third-round halves of 40 and 36.
Mrs McKinnon has scored 73, 73 and 74.
Five times Solheim Cup player and LPGA Tour regular Sophie Gustafson has a commanding five-stroke lead with 18 holes to play. She has put together scores of 71, 64 and 65 for an impressive 16-under-par tally of 200.
That puts the Swedish player well ahead of second placed Australian Anne-Marie Knight who has had scores of 71, 77 and 63.
Laura Davies and Lisa Hall are joint third on 206. Laura has scored 70, 70 and 66. Lisa Hall has had 69, 69 and 68.

By STEVEN FRANKLIN, Press Officer, European Tour

Ryder Cup week starts on Sunday afternoon when the flags are raised at the opening ceremony for the junior version of the biennial competition, an event that offers a potential match-up between one of Britain’s brightest young golfing stars, Scotland’s Carly Booth, pictured right, and Isabelle Lendl, America’s No. 5 girl golfer and the daughter of eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion Ivan Lendl.
The 2006 Junior Ryder Cup is being held at the impressive Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, where the teenage teams from Europe and the United States will contest a series of four-balls and mixed four-balls played over two days on the Roman Road championship course, which has hosted The Celtic Manor Wales Open on The European Tour.
Each team comprises 12 players – six boys and six girls – all of whom were under 16 years of age on January 1, 2006, and provides the prospect of an intriguing fourball involving Booth and Lendl.
Isabelle, aged 15, has undoubtedly inherited her father’s impressive hand-eye coordination and Ivan appears delighted that she is excelling in golf rather than tennis.
He said: “There were no golf courses in Czechoslovakia when I was growing up so I was never around golf, although I wish I had been as you never have to quit – just look at Gary Player. Don’t get me wrong though, I was more than happy with how my career turned out.”
Nowadays his attentions are focused on helping Isabelle make the most of her talent. “I stay away from the golf aspect as she has a coach who knows far more than me. What I do help her with is the preparation: I teach her how to be mentally tough; how to eat properly; and about the importance of concentration,” added Lendl, who is also a decent golfer himself and plays on professional mini tours in the US.
Carly, meanwhile, is able to draw upon a rich sporting heritage of her own as she aims to carve out a career in professional golf. The 14 year old’s father, Wallace, is a former wrestler who won silver at the Commonwealth Games in 1966, while her brother, Wallace Jnr, is an aspiring professional golfer who attends Augusta State University.
Carly’s own potential became public during the British Masters two years ago when, as a diminutive 11 year old she played with Sandy Lyle in the pro-am and won!
Within a few months Nick Faldo had signed her up to his Junior Series and her development duly quickened. The youngest ever club champion in Great Britain, she plays off plus-one and can carry the ball 260 yards with remarkable ease.
She was crowned this year’s Scottish Under 16 Girls’ Champion and finished as the highest placed Under 18 golfer in the British Ladies’ Open Stroke Play Championship – all at the age of 14.
The 2006 Junior Ryder Cup is preceded by an opening ceremony on Sunday September 17 and concluded by a closing ceremony at 5pm on Tuesday September 19, at which six-time Major Champion Nick Faldo will present the trophy to the winners.
Faldo’s appearance at the event is entirely appropriate given that he will Captain the European Team for The 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla, while The Celtic Manor Resort is preparing to host The 2010 Ryder Cup over its revamped Wentwood Hills course.
Ian Woosnam, who will lead Europe at The K Club next week, said: “I’d just like to wish all the talented young golfers the best of luck in the Junior Ryder Cup. It’s a great experience for them and I’m sure they will enjoy the tournament. Hopefully we can both win.”

The Junior Ryder Cup Matches, The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
18th - 19h September 2006

The Junior Ryder Cup Matches are a biennial team match-play event between Europe and the United States and was originated to encourage friendship, the exchange of cultures and to enhance the enjoyment of golf. The Junior Ryder Cup Match is maturing into an integral and important part of the whole Ryder Cup experience.
In its relatively brief history, the Junior Ryder Cup Matches have already seen some of its young stars go on to make their mark on the golf world. The inaugural Junior Match in 1995 featured the 15 year-old Sergio Garcia leading a winning European squad and since then both teams have included several budding champions including David Gossett, Beth Bauer, David Porter, Nicolas Colsaerts, Suzann Pettersen, Ty Tryon, Casey Wittenberg, and from 2004 Belen Mozo (2006 British Ladies Open Amateur Champion & Girls Champion), Marius Thorp (2005 European Amateur Champion and 2006 Low Amateur at The Open) and Rory McIlroy (2006 European Amateur Champion).
Europe is currently leading the series 4-1
1995 Winners: Europe (Exhibition match) played in Rochester, USA
1997 Winners: United States (7-5) played at San Roque & Alcaidesa Links, Spain
1999 Winners: Europe (10.5-1.5) played at Cape Cod, USA
2002 Winners: Europe (9.5 – 2.5) played at The K Club, Ireland
2004 Winners Europe (8.5 – 3.5) played at Westfield CC, Detroit, USA
The Match is patronised and supported by the Ryder Cup Committee, European Golf Association, European Tour, PGA of Great Britain & Ireland, PGAs of Europe and the PGA of America.
The teams consist each of 12 players, six boys and six girls. The matches are held over two days – Monday, September 18 being a boys vs. boys and girls vs. girls four-ball match format while Tuesday, September 19 is played as a mixed four-ball format.
The event is preceded by an opening ceremony on Sunday, September 17 and concluded by a closing ceremony and prize giving with Nick Faldo at the end of play on the Tuesday.
The European Junior Ryder Cup team will then travel to Dublin to watch the 36th Ryder Cup Matches at The K Club.
The two teams are selected on different criteria as follows:-
The players on Team Europe are selected by the European Golf Association. The 12 players were all under 16 on 1 January 2006. Four girls and four boys have been selected according to their results in the 2006 European Young Masters at Styrian GC Murhof, Graz, Austria. The remaining four players are team captain Andy Ingram’s picks.
Team USA is picked as follows:
*The U.S. Champion of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
*The winner of the U.S. Girls Junior Championship.
*The top two boys and girls from the PGA of America's flagship junior event, Westfield Junior PGA Championship.
*The leading two boys and girls in the Junior Ryder Cup final point standings following the Westfield Junior PGA Championship.
*The final boy and girl to complete the 12-member team were chosen by the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Captain Jack Connelly.
The Junior Ryder Cup Match will be played on the superb Robert Trent Jones-designed Roman Road course at the Celtic Manor Resort, Wales.
Roman Road takes its name from the ancient East-West highway of Roman Britain crossing its fairways to the nearby Roman fortress town of Caerleon from London and Bath.
Several Roman roads, including the main route connecting the fortress of Caerleon with the town of Caerwent, cross the land where the Roman Road is situated.
The course has played host to The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open in 2005 and 2006 with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Robert Karlsson as respective champions.

The line-up in Sunday's Gordon McInnes Scotland v North of England Under-16s boy' representative match at The Glen Golf Club, North Berwick is:
08.30 Mark Bookless & Kyle Smith v Callum Tarren & Garrick Porteous.
08.37 Sam Binning & Sam McLaren v Simon Mulholland & Thomas Forster.
08.45 Colin Baird & Paul Shields v Oliver McKenna & David Hext.
08.52 Jack Bradley & Craig Wyper v Jo Redshaw & Joseph Fraser.
09.00 Tom Spencer & Scott Fraser v Nicky Maddison & Jack Logan.
01.00pm Sam McLaren v Garrick Porteous.
01.07 Kyle Smith v Callum Tarren.
01.15 Mark Bookless v Oliver McKenna.
01.22 Sam Binning v Thomas Forster.
01.30 Jack Bradley v David Hext.
01.37 Colin Baird v Simon Mulholland.
01.45 Craig Wyper v Nicky Maddison.
01.52 Paul Shields v Jo Redshaw.
02.00 Tom Spencer v Joseph Fraser.
02.07 Scott Fraser v Jack Logan.

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Fraserburgh exile Jordan Findlay, pictured right, back in the United States as a second-year golf scholarship student at East Tennessee State University, was the leading European player in joint ninth place at the end of the first round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate tournament at The Farm Golf Club, Rock Face in Georgia.
Findlay, playing in his first tournament of the new 2006-2006 US college golf season, shot a three-under-par 69 over the 7,002yd course, including a purple patch of birdies at the 11th, 12th and 14th and an eagle 3 at the 15th in halves of 36 and 33.
Team-mate Gareth Shaw from Lisburn, Northern Ireland had a 70 to be sharing 13th place.
Wallace Booth (Augusta State University) from Comrie, Perthshire had a 74 to be in joint 43rd place.
Edinburgh-born Welshman and Walker Cup player Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State) had a double bogey 6 at the 14th and further bogeys at the 16th and 17th in returning a disappointing 75 for a share of 51st place in the field of 90.
Irish freshman Seamus Power (East Tennessee State) from Waterford had a 76. Team-mate and compatriot Cian McNamara from Limerick had an 82.
Darren Blair (North Carolina State) set the first-round pace with a 65, one shot ahead of Vince Haffield (Clemson) and two ahead of Jake Younan-Wise (Texas Tech).
Alabama (276) led the team event from Clemson (278), North Carolina State (286), Georgia State (286) and Augusta State and Wake Forest (both 289).
East Tennessee State scored 290 to be in joint ninth place in the field of 18 college teams.

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Kate O’Sullivan from Paisley, a student at High Point University, North Carolina, was sharing 70th place after a round of 80 in the Mason Rudolph women’s college tournament at Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin in Tennessee.
Team-mates Ann Marie Dalton from Carlow, Ireland and Jenna Kinnear from Belfast scored 81 and 85 respectively.
The lead was shared by three players on 69 – Mallory Hetzel (Georgia), Tiffany John (UCLA) and Taylor Leon (Georgia), a member of the winning United States Curtis Cup team at Bandon Dunes, Oregon earlier this summer..

Friday, September 15, 2006

England have won the women’s home golf internationals title for the second year in a row and the fifth time in the past seven years.
They recovered from a 2-1 deficit in the final morning’s foursomes at Frilford Heath Golf Club to engulf Wales 5-1 in the singles for an overall 6-3 victory. England had already beaten Ireland and Scotland.
England had the “player of the tournament” – Kerry Smith who gained more points than any other – 5pt out of six.
Ireland beat Scotland 6-3 in the other match, which meant that the Scots, who have not won the title since 1991, finished at the bottom of the table.
Scotland’s most prolific points-earners were Heather MacRae (Dunblane New) and 15-year-old Sally Watson from South Queensferry, now on her way back to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Both Heather and Sally gained 3pt.
Next year’s home internationals will be staged at Dunbar Golf Club.
Foursomes: T Mangan & M Gillen bt H MacRae & S Watson 1 hole, D McVeigh & M Dunne lost to J Wilson & M Pow 3 and 1, D Smith & M Morrin bt Louise Kenney & K Caithness 2 and 1 (2-1).
Singles: Mangan bt MacRae 1 hole, C Coughlan bt Wilson 5 and 4, Gillen bt Kenney 5 and 4, Morrin bt S Bishop 4 and 2, McVeigh lost to Pow 1 hole, Smith lost to Watson 5 and 4 (4-2).
Foursomes: R Bell & N Edwards lost to B Loucks & S Hassan 2 and 1, E Bennett & M Reid lost to T Davies & R Harries 1 hole, K Smith & S Walker bt J Nicolson & Evans 4 and 2 (1-2).
Singles: Smith bt Evans 1 hole, Bell bt Loucks 3 and 2, Reid bt Hassan 2 and 1, Bennett lost to Davies, Edwards bt Harries 2 holes, F Johnston bt Nicolson 4 and 3 (5-1).

Players Records

Heather MacRae 3pt
Sally Watson 3pt
Martine Pow 2pt
Jenna Wilson 2pt
Louise Kenney 2pt
Krystle Caithness 1pt
Sara Bishop 0pt
Roseanne Niven 0pt

Kerry Smith 5pt
Rachel Bell 4pt
Melissa Reid 4pt
Sophie Walker 3pt
Naomi Edwards 3pt
Felicity Johnson 2pt
Liz Bennett 1 1/2pt
Florentyna Parker 1/2 pt
Tara Davies 4pt
Breanne Loucks 3 ½ pt
Sahra Hassan 3 ½ pt
Rebecca Harries 3pt
Jo Nicolson 1pt
Katherine O’Connor 1pt
Stephanie Evans 1pt
Deirdrie Smith 4 1/2 pt
Maura Morrin 4 1/2 pt
Tricia Mangan 3 1/2 pt
Martina Gillen 3pt
Claire Coughlan 1 1/2 pt
Danielle McVeigh 1pt
Maria Dunne 1pt
Naomh Kitching 0pt

US College Golf
Banchory exile Adam Lindsay, a second-year student at the Iowa Wesleyan University, figured in a triple tie for first place in a field of 42 for te Waldorf Invitational men’s college golf tournament at Bear Creek golf course in Forest City, Iowa (this week).
Adam had a round of two-over-par 73 which was matched by another Iowa Wesleyan team member, James Lennox, a freshman student from England, and Andrew Cullen (North Iowa University).
Iowa Wesleyan won the team event by 17 strokes

US College Golf

It could have been the finish of a European women’s amateur tournament – but it wasn’t. It was the Dick McGuire Invitational at the University of New Mexico’s course at Albuquerque.
Chasing the winner Catherine Matrange (Texas Christian) home were Germany-born Sandra Gall (Florida), Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist (Arizona State) and Belgium’s Benedicte Toumpsin (South Carolina) who tied for second place on 215 – one shot more than the winner.
Former British girls champion Azahara Munox (Arizona State) tied for seventh place.
Catterick’s Jodi Ewart, who has just started her scholarship at the University of New Mexico tied for ninth place.
Leading totals over the par-73, 6,069yd course were:
214 Catherine Matranga (TCU) 71 73 70.
215 Sandra Gal (Florida) 71 71 73, Anna Nordqvist (Arizona State) 73 73 69, Benedicte Toumpsin (South Carolina) 71 69 75.
217 Azahara Munoz (Arizona State) 74 71 72.
218 Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) 74 74 70.

Women's Home Internationals Morning Report
For the third morning in a row, Scotland lost the foursomes in their final match against Ireland. The Irish took a 2-1 lead into the six singles after Deirdre Smith and Maura Morrin won the 16th and on their way to a 2 and 1 win over Louise Kenney and Krystle Caithness in the third of the foursomes. The match had been all square after 15 holes.
Heather MacRae and Sally Watson lost the top foursome by one hole to Tricia Mangan and Martina Gillen before Jenna Wilson and Martine Pow levelled the overall scoreline with a 3 and 1 win over Danielle McVeigh and Maria Dunne.
Wales took a shock 2-1 lead over England in the foursomes in the title-deciding match.
T Mangan & M Gillen bt H MacRae & S Watson 1 hole..
D McVeigh & M Dunne lost to J Wilson & M Pow 3 and 1.
D Smith & M Morrin bt Louise Kennedy & K Caithenss 2 and 1.
R Bell & N Edwards lost to B Loucks & S Hassan 2 and 1.
E Bennett & M Reid lost to T Davies & R Harries 1 hole.
K Smith & S Walker bt J Nicolson & Evans 4 and 2..

Thursday, September 14, 2006

It will be England versus Wales for the women's home internationals title at Frilford Heath on the final day after England beat Scotland 5-4 and Wales came from well behind to draw 4 1/2-4 1/2 with Ireland.
If only Scotland could their act together in the foursomes! They were whitewashed 3-0 by the English in the morning when there was a 45min suspension of play following a torrential downpour which temporarily flooded some of the greens.
In the afternoon singles, it was a "different" Scotland team - one that got the better of England in head-to-head individual play. The Scots won the singles 4-2, which means that if they had been able to win just one foursomes they would have beaten England 5-4 instead of vice versa.
Heather MacRae had a great 3 and 1 win over Kerry Smith who played so well to be runner-up in the European women's individual amateur championship last weekend.
Then Jenna Wilson found the form that has won three 36-hole open tournaments this past summer. She beat Sophie Walker by one hole.
Then Louise Kenney beat Florentyna Parker by one hole. And a fourth Scotland singles triumph was provided by Krystle Caithness who also won on the 18th green, against Rachel Bell.
The two youngsters in Scotland's singles line-up, Roseanne Niven and Sally Watson, lost heavily in the singles to Melissa Reid and Felicity Johnson respectively. But their time will come.
Wales were trailing Ireland by 2pt after the foursomes but, like Scotland, won four of the six singles to draw the overall match.
Welsh left-handed champion Stephanie Evans lost the top sinigles by one hole to Irish champion Tricia Mangan but then followed wins for Breanne Loucks (2 and 1 over fellow Curtis Cup player Claire Coughlan), Sahra Hassan (3 and 2 over Maura Morrin), Tara Davies (8 and 7 over Niamh Kitching) and Rebecca Harries (3 and 2 over Curtis Cup player Martina Gillen.
Deirdre Smith pulled Ireland out of a nosedive that could have ended in Wales winning overall. Deirdre won the last singles by 4 and 2 over Katherine O'Connor.
Day 2 scoreboard
Foursomes: 0-3 (Scroll down for the morning details).
Singles: Heather MacRae bt Kerry Smith 3 and 1; Jenna Wilson bt Sophie Walker 1 hole; Louise Kenney bt Florentyna Parker 1 hole; Roseanne Niven lost to Melissa Reid 7 and 6; Sally Watson lost to Felicity Johnson 6 and 5; Krystle Caithenss bt Rachel Bell 1 hole (4-2).
WALES 4 1/2, IRELAND 4 1/2
Foursomes: 1/2-2 1/2 (Scroll down for the morning details)
Singles: Stephanie Evans bt Tricia Mangan 1 hole; Breanne Loucks bt Claire Coughlan 2 and 1; Sahra Hassan bt Maura Morrin 3 and 2; Tara Davies bt Niamh Kitching 8 and 7; Rebecca Harries bt Martina Gillen 3 and 1; Katherine O'Connor lost to Deirdrie Smith 4 and 2 (4-2).
England 2pt (two wins).
Wales 1 1/2pt (one win, one halved match).
Ireland 1/2pt (one halved match, one defeat).
Scotland 0pt (two defeats).
England v Wales
Scotland v Ireland

Sam Hutsby and Carly Booth flanking HRH Prince Andrew.

England boys’ team captain Sam Hutsby staged a birdie blitz to slash five shots off the Dundonald course record with a brilliant final round of seven-under-par 65 and win The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy tournament over the Ayrshire links today.
Hutsby, 18, from Lee on Solent Golf Club, Hampshire, has thus started and almost finished the season with two outstanding victories. Back in the spring he won the Spanish open amateur title by whipping the then US amateur champion, Edoardo Molinari (Italy) by 7 and 6 in the final.
Now, Sam has beaten a field of 42 national under-18 champions from all over Europe and South Africa with a level par aggregate of 216. His earlier rounds were 72 and 79.
Hutsby, who started the final round five shots off the pace with seven players ahead of him, came storming through the field in a steady drizzle that slowed the pace of the greens down to his liking.
“I prefer putting on soft, wet greens and don’t mind at all playing in the rain,” said Sam. “But I didn’t realise I was playing that well. I had no idea I had birdied six of the last seven holes until I checked my scorecard at the end.”
Prince Andrew watched Hutsby play the last few holes and went on to the 18th green to congratulate Sam after he had finished with a birdie for an inward half of five-under-par 31.
“Sam was completely focused on his game. It was a terrific performance,” he said.
Hutsby, a full-time amateur who will be 18 next month, birdied the fourth, fifth, 12th, 13th, 14th , 16th (where he holed a bunker shot), 17th and 18th. Unbelievably in such a brilliant round, he did have a bogey – at the 15th where he missed a short putt.
Very few competitions have been played over the Dundonald links. The previous lowest score was a 70 in the qualifying rounds of the British senior open amateur championship.
Sam won by two strokes from Marc Dobias (Switzerland) and Robin Wingardh (Sweden).
Scottish boys’ match-play champion James White from Lundin started the final day sharing the lead but saw his chances disappear when he required 42 shots – six over par – for the front nine.
He got his game together after that to come home in two-under-par 34 for a 76 for a total of 222 and fifth place.
“I had a double bogey 7 at the fifth and also bogeyed the sixth and seventh. That ruined it for me,” said James.
Carly Booth, 14-year-old Comrie girl (pictured above being watched by HRH Prince Andrew) who flew back from Florida and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy to play in this event and next week’s Junior Ryder Cup, won the girls’ event by four shots with scores of 73, 77 and 73 for 223. She was placed sixth overall.
Scottish boys’ stroke-play champion Shaun McAllister (Craigielaw), partnered title-winner Hutsby over the final round, finishing with 76, 76 and 74 for 226 and 11th place overall.
Dundonald Golf Club, Gailes, Ayrshire
BOYS (Par 72)

216 S Hutsby (Eng) 72 79 65.
218 M Dobias (Swi) 72 76 70, R Wingardh (Swe) 71 75 72.
221 M Veijlainen (Fin) 76 72 73.
222 J White (Sco) 72 74 76.
223 X Feyaerts (Bel) 71 76 76.
224 T Weiler (Ger) 73 76 75
225 M Mayhauser (Aut) 77 77 71, X Puig (Spa) 75 76 74.
226 S McAllister (Sco) 76 76 74.
227 D Wright (Eng) 76 81 70.
228 M Nixon (Eng) 71 78 79.
229 R West (SAf) 77 74 78.
230 A Runcie (Wal) 76 79 75.
233 N Rasmussen (Den) 75 82 76.
235 T Gurses (Tur) 73 85 77.
237 T Gornik (Slovenia) 74 85 78, L Goddard (Eng) 78 80 79.
240 P Kaiser (Nor) 77 81 82.
241 R Nechanicky (Cze) 78 88 75, B Gudmundsson (Ice) 74 79 88.
244 F Le Goff (Fra) 79 81 84.
245 L Scotto (Ita) 79 87 79, S Healey (Ire) 80 82 83.
251 P Pohi (Est) 82 87 82.
253 H Karas (Lux) 76 94 83.
GIRLS (Par 72)
223 C Booth (Sco) 73 77 73.
227 M Smit (SAfr) 74 79 74.
230 S Monberg (Den) 79 78 73.
232 M Duff (Swe) 75 81 76, C Wolf (Aut) 73 79 80
233 R Jennings (Eng) 78 81 74.
234 L Gonzalez (Bel) 75 83 76, K Ruzikova (Cze) 73 81 80, S Hausladen (Ger) 73 79 82.
240 F Vuignier (Swi) 79 87 74.
241 G Molinaro (Ita) 76 81 84.
243 L Henriksson (Fin) 86 82 75.
245 C Aasheim (Nor) 85 81 79.
250 V Jonsdottir (Ice) 76 97 77.
253 A Theunis (Lux) 85 83 85.
259 C Thuault (Fra) 86 88 85.
+The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy is won by the player (boy or girl) with the lowest three-round total.

Women's Home Internationals Morning Report

A torrential downpour flooded the greens on the second day of the women's home internationals at Frilford Heath, forcing a 45min suspension of play in the foursomes. The Ladies Golf Union organisers decided to operate a two-tee starting system for the afternoon singles.
Scotland were beaten 3-0 by England in the foursomes while Ireland established a 2pt lead over Wales.
Frilford Heath GC, Oxfordshire
Scottish names first
Foursomes – H MacRae & S Watson lost to K Smith & S Walker 3 and 2; J Wilson & K Caithness lost to R Bell & N Edwards 3 and 1; M Pow & L Kenney lost to E Bennett & M Reid 3 and 2 (0-3).
WALES trail IRELAND 1/2-2 1/2
Welsh names first
Foursomes – B Loucks & S Hassan halved with T Mangan & M Gillen; T Davies & R Harries lost to D McVeigh & M Dunne 2 annd X; J Nicolson & K O’Connor lost to D Smith & M Morrin 5 and 4 (1/2-2 ½).

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Marjory Clark, playing off 11, and Jean Saunderson, a 20-handicapper, both Banchory Golf Club members, won the Scottish Regional Final of the Ladies Moroccan Salver tournament at Pitreavie Golf Club today.
They did it by the narrowest of margins over Alison Melvin (12) and Corinne Campbell (22) from The Hirsel Golf Club, near Coldstream.
Both pairs had 43pt under the American greensomes format.
Marjory and Jean won with a back nine of 23pt to their rivals' 19pt.
The Banchory pair now go forward with the winners of nine other regional finals to the Greand Final in Morocco in November.

Scotland made a disappointing start to the women’s home international matches at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire today.
Chasing their first title win since 1991 and 1992, the Scots went down 5-4 to Wales while defending champions England beat Ireland 5 ½-3 ½.
Wales took a 2-1 advantage in the morning foursomes and widened their lead to 4-1 when their national left-handed champion Stephanie Evans beat Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) 2 and 1 in the top singles and Curtis Cup player Breanne Loucks overpowered Scottish Under-21 champion Krystle Caithness by 5 and 4.
Young Sahra Hassan got the fifth point which clinched victory by beating Scottish champion Martine Pow (Selkirk) by 4 and 2.
Scotland’s tail wagged with Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), not fielded in the foursomes, beating Rebecca Harries 5 and 3 and Heather MacRae (Dunblane) winning by 4 and 3 over Jo Nicolson.
Then, in the last tie to finish, 15-year-old Sally Watson (David Leadbetter Golf Academy), beat Tara Davies by winning the 18th hole after the Welsh player had squared the match by winning the 15th and 16th.
Heather MacRae and Sally Watson were Scotland’s only double-winners of the first day. They were successfully paired by team captain Margaret MacNaughtan (Aberdeen Ladies) to win the top foursomes by two holes against Breanne Loucks and Sahra Hassan.
What a difference 12 months make! Last year, Sally was one of the youngest players ever to be selected for the Scotland squad for a women's home internationals series - but was not fielded by skipper Fiona Anderson in either the foursomes or singles on any of the three days.
Since then, of course, Sally has been a member of the winning Scotland team in the girls' home internationals a few weeks ago and also reached the final of the British girls' championship.
Frilford Heath GC, Oxfordshire
Day 1

Foursomes: Tricia Mangan & Martina Gillen lost to Kerry Smith & Sophie Walker 1 hole; Claire Coughlan & Danielle McVeigh lost to Rachel Bell & Naomi Edwards 3 and 2; Deirdre Smith & Maura Morrin halved with Elizabeth Bennett & Melissa Reid (1/2-2 ½)
Singles: Mangan lost to K Smith 4 and 3, D Smith bt Walker 1 hole, Coughlan halved with F Parker, Morrin bt F Johnson 1 hole, Gillen halved with Reid, McVeigh lost to Bell 1 hole (3-3).
Foursomes: Breanne Loucks & Sahra Hassan lost to Heather MacRae & Sally Watson 2 holes; Tara Davies & Rebecca Harries bt Martine Pow & Sara Bishop 4 and 3; Jo Nicolson & Katherine O’Connor lost to Jenna Wilson & Roseanne Niven 3 and 2 (2-1).
Singles: S Evans bt Wilson 2 and 1, Loucks bt K Caithness 5 and 4, Hassan bt Pow 4 and 2, Davies lost to Watson 1 hole, Harries lost to L Kenney 5 and 3, Nicolson lost to MacRae 4 and 3 (3-3).

James White (Lundin), the 2006 Scottish boys match-play champion,
at The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy tournament over the Dundonald links, Ayrshire.
White is now a student at Stirling University.

Let’s not warm up the bagpipes yet … but a Scottish double whammy is a distinct possibility as The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy tournament enters its third and final round on Thursday at the Dundonald links at Gailes in Ayrshire.
James White, the Scottish boys’ match-play champion from Lundin Golf Club in Fife, shares the overall lead on 146 while Carly Booth from Comrie leads the girls’ section by two shots on 150.
A strong south-westerly wind gave Dundonald a set of teeth it didn’t have on the opening day when the invited field of 42 of the best Under-18 golfers in Europe basked in perfect scoring conditions.
On Wednesday, there were horror stories galore of scorecards strewn with 8s and 9s as some players who had scored in the mid-70s on the first day were blown away to returns in the 90s.
Scottish boys’ stroke-play champion Shaun McAllister, in 11th place on 152 with a pair of 76s, thought it was a “three-club” wind, i.e a shot that required only an eight-iron in the first round had been transformed into a more testing five-iron into the teeth of the wind.
James White, son of a former Tartan Tour pro, went as far as to say that he thought that at some holes, there was a four-club difference between the two rounds.
“I had to use a six-iron to hit an approach 105 yards into the wind at the fifth,” said James who was not all that pleased with his 74 for a two-over-par tally, the same as Sweden’s Robin Wingardh (71-75).
“I was level par at the turn, having birdied the fifth and eighth but bogeyed the sixth and seventh. Then I had an untidy start to the inward half with bogeys at the 10th, 11th and 12th.
“I got a birdie at the 13th but dropped another shot at the sixth and really was a bit lucky to get a birdie at the last. It’s a long hole but downwind today and I had a terrible drive. I could only hack out of the rough but was able to hit the green with a seven-iron and hole a good putt.”
Carly Booth, who has flown back from the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida, to play in this event and next week’s Junior Ryder Cup, looked as if she did not know whether to laugh or cry after handing in a card for a 77 which put her two shots ahead of the girls’ field.
“I just felt I had no control over the ball in a wind like that,” said Carly, only 14 years but worldly-wise in golfing terms.
“I didn’t enjoy myself at all. I wasted more shots on the second nine than I did on the first. I three-putted the third, ninth, 12th and 14th. I found it really difficult to judge how hard to hit the putts.
Monique Smith, the South African girl, who achieved a 74 with borrowed clubs on Tuesday, was reunited with her own clubs which had gone missing in transit. Result? A 79 for 153. Maybe she will be looking for those borrowed clubs again for the final round!
English girls champion Rachel Jennings had a triple bogey 8 at the 18th, and a double bogey at the short 11th in an inward half of 43 for an 81 and 159.
British boys champion Matthew Nixon from Lancashire slipped back from a share of the lead on 71 to a 78 for 149.
He had a triple bogey 7 at the seventh and double-bogey 6s at the ninth and 10th in halves of 41 and 37.
Matthew highlighted his inward half with an eagle 3 at the 14th.
Dundonald links, Gailes, Ayrshire.
BOYS (Par 72)

146 J White (Sco) 72 74, R Wingardh (Swe) 71 75.
147 X Feyaerts (Bel) 71 76.
148 M Veijalainen (Fin) 76 72, M Dobias (Swi) 72 76.
149 T Weiler (Ger) 73 76, M Nixon (Eng) 71 78.
151 R West (SAf) 77 74, X Puig (Spa) 75 76, S Hutsby (Eng) 72 79.
152 S McAllister (Sco) 76 76.
153 B Gudmundsson (Ice) 74 79.
154 M Mayrhauser (Aut) 77 77.
155 A Runcie (Wal) 76 79.
157 D Wright (Eng) 76 81, N Rasmussen (Den) 75 82.
158 L Goddard (Eng) 78 80, P Kaiser (Nor) 77 81, T Gurses (Tur) 73 85.
159 T Gornik (Slovenia) 74 85.
160 F Le Goff (Fra) 79 81.
162 S Healy (Ire) 80 82.
166 L Scotto (Italy) 79 87, R Nechanicky (Cze) 78 88.
168 P Pohi (Est) 82 87.
170 H Karas (Lux) 76 94.
GIRLS (Par 72)
150 C Booth (Sco) 73 77.
152 S Hausladen (Ger) 73 79, C Wolf (Aut) 73 79.
153 M Smit (SAf) 74 79.
154 K Ruzickova (Cze) 73 81.
156 M Duf (Swe) 75 81.
157 S Monberg (Den) 79 78, G Molinaro (Ita) 76 81.
158 L Gonzalez (Bel) 75 83.
159 R Jennings (Eng) 78 81.
166 C Aasheim (Nor) 85 81, F Vuignier (Swi) 79 87.
168 L Henriksson (Fin) 86 82, A Theunis (Lux) 85 83.
173 V Jonsdottir (Ice) 76 97.
174 C Thuault (Fra) 86 88.

Callander couple Steven Fraser, who plays off one, and Elizabeth Morgan, a 22-handicapper, won the 12th and last area qualifying tournament for the Bader Cup mixed foursomes tournament.
They had a Stableford points score of 44 – one point ahead of runners-up Eric Dalgleish (3) and Gillian Lovety (handicap 30), both from Old Ranfurly Golf Club.
Both pairings go forward to the Grand Final at Morgado Golf Club on Portugal’s Algarve in November.

Women's Home Internationals Morning Report

Scotland lost the foursomes 2-1 to Wales on the opening morning of the women's home internationals at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire.
Martine Pow and Sara Bishop lost by 4 and 3 to Tara Davies and Rebecca Harries after losing holes eight, ninth, 10, 12 and 15.
Jenna Wilson and Roseanne Niven went down by 3 and 2 to Jo Nicolson and Katherine O'Connor. The Welsh pair won the 12th, 15th and 16th for victory.
That put the onus on Scotland's lead-off pairing of Heather MacRae and 15-year-old Sally Watson to avoid a whitewash 3-0 defeat in the foursomes.
The Scots won the second, fourth, sixth and seventh - and then the Welsh pair took over. Breanne Loucks and young Sahra Hassan won back the eighth, 10th and 16th.
But Heather and Sally kept their nerve and halved the 17th before winning the 18th for a two-hole win.
Defending champions England took a 2 1/2-1/2 lead over Ireland.
Foursomes: Tricia Mangan & Martina Gillen lost to Kerry Smith & Sophie Walker 1 hole; Claire Coughlan & Danielle McVeigh lost to Rachel Bell & Naomi Edwards 3 and 2; Deirdre Smith & Maura Morrin halved with Elizabeth Bennett & Melissa Reid (1/2-2 ½)
Foursomes: Breanne Loucks & Sahra Hassan lost to Heather MacRae & Sally Watson 2 holes; Tara Davies & Rebecca Harries bt Martine Pow & Sara Bishop 4 and 3; Jo Nicolson & Katherine O’Connor lost to Jenna Wilson & Roseanne Niven 3 and 2 (2-1).

Former Curtis Cup player and many times Welsh women's amateur champion Vicki Thomas added the Irish senior women's open stroke-play title to her collection at Woodbrook Golf Club on Tuesday.
Vicki had rounds of 77 and 80 for a total of 157 and a one-stroke victory from Germany-based Marilyn Henderson (82-76).
Former winner of the title, Pamela Williamson (Baberton) started slowly with an 84 but finished strongly with a 79 for a creditable sixth place on 163.
157 Vicki Thomas (Wales) 77 80
158 Marilyn Henderson (Germany) 82 76, Susan Pickles (England) 78 80
160 Diane Williams (Canada) 80 80, Alison Murdoch (Canada) 79 81
163 Pamela Williamson (Scotland) 84 79
164 Sheena O'Brien Kenney (Grange) 79 85
165 Sally Casey (Seapoint) 82 83
166 Noreen Fenton (Scotland) 83 83
167 Carmel Cahill (Hermitage) 85 82, Joanne Saunders (Canada) 83 84
168 Susan Pearl (Canada) 82 86, Mary Madden (Ballinasloe) 79 89
169 Barbara Woodham (England) 85 84, Britt-Marie Walltorp (Sweden) 84 85, Lynne Terry (Scotland) 81 88
170 Valerie Hassett (Ennis) 87 83
171 Mary McGoey (Greenore) 89 82, Noeline Quirke (Laytown & Bettystown) 86 85, Roma English (Larne) 85 86, Terry Sexton (Dun Laoghaire) 84 87, Tracye Osler (Canada) 83 88
172 Kay McCartan (Greenore) 86 86, Olivia Conroy (Co Longford) 85 87
174 Geraldine Neville (Galway) 84 90, Pauline Walsh (Headfort) 83 91, Eileen MacMullen (Donegal) 82 92, Mary McKenna (Donabate) 79 95
176 Jennifer Mack (Scotland) 87 89, Elisabeth Wendels (Sweden) 86 90
177 Janice Paterson (Scotland) 91 86, Ita Donnolly (Dundalk) 89 88, Maureen Charleton (Lisburn) 88 89, Noreen Granard (The Heritage) 88 89, Catharina Thott (Sweden) 87 90, Mary Gorry (Baltinglass) 87 90
178 Judy Collins (Canda) 91 87, Sonja Gottschalch (Denmark) 87 91
179 Maura Breathnach (Monkstown) 89 90, Helen O'Donoghue (Clonmel) 88 91, Helen Faulds (Scotland) 87 92
180 Catherine Hickey (Milltown) 93 87, Mary McCabe (Headfort) 90 90, Rhona Fanagan (Milltown) 89 91, Bonnie Zaoral (Canada) 87 93
181 Maura Mansfield (Elm Park) 90 91,Maire McMahon (Dromoland Castle) 89 92, Judy Clarke (Royal Portrush) 89 92
182 Louise Van den Berghe (Belgium) 96 86, Terry McNaughton (Canada) 94 88, Elaine James (England) 93 89, Kath Stweart Moore (Royal Portursh) 91 91, Carol Kinsella ( Waterford) 89 93, Maire Conlon (The Heath) 87 95
183 Catherine Carty (Tullamore) 96 87, Margaret Boomer (Lisburn) 92 91, Denise O'Sullivan (Hermitage) 91 92, Kitty Duffy (Dundalk) 91 92, Maria Sandstrom (Sweden) 89 94, Mary Dinan (The Island) 87 96
184 Elaine Lange (Germany) 94 90, Maureen Bryson (Lisburn) 93 91, Anna Moloney (Clonmel) 90 94
185 Marie Moran (Monkstown) 92 93, Pamela Burnside (Canada) 87 98
186 Kitty McEvoy (England) 95 91, Greta Foran (Edenderry) 94 92
187 Mary Courtney (Delgany) 96 91, Emi Yokoyama (England) 96 91, Gill Rouiller (Mannan Castle) 96 91, Anne Hayden (Foxrock) 92 95
188 Brenda Sheehan (Killiney) 97 91, Roisin McCann (Downpatrick) 94 94
189 Ann Bouton (France) 95 94, Paddie Connellan (Co Longford) 92 97
190 Rita MacNamara (The Heath) 95 95, Sidsel Christensson (France) 92 98
191 Margaret Corcoran (Bray) 97 94, Irene Stenlundh (Sweden) 96 95, Pauline Martin (Woodbrook) 93 98
192 Anabel Kane (The Curragh) 98 94
193 Anna Somers (Cill Dara) 97 96, Deirdre Curley (Blainroe) 92 101
195 Sara O'Regan (Delgany) 101 94, Ann Hayes (Co Longford) 99 96, Fiona Roger (Scotland) 92 103
196 Ann Freeman (Co Longford) 97 99, Phil O'Carroll (Cahir Park) 95 101
197 Sheila Bodmer (Switzerland) 102 95, Joan Buckley (Roscrea) 100 97
198 Maj-Britt Laempe (Sweden) 103 95, Bridget O'Brien (Tipperary) 100 98
199 Phil Duggan (Edenderry) 97 102
201 Sally Breen (England) 103 98, Linda Adair (Callan) 100 101, Ann O'Brien (Cahir Park) 99 102, Margie Farragher (Newbridge) 95 106
202 Ingrid Haak (Germany) 99 103
204 Olive Wrixon (Clonmel) 98 106
208 Marcella Ridgers (England) 109 99
214 Jean Quigley Parsons (England) 107 107
217 Breege Horkan (England) 111 106
N/R Mary O'Reilly (Courtown) 101 N/R

Ireland has announced its team for the senior women's home internationals at Hamilton Golf Club from October 3 to 5. It is:
Roma English (Larne)
Valerie Hassett (Ennis)
Marilyn Henderson (West Rhine)
Mary Madden (Ballinasloe)
Eileen MacMullen (Donegal)
Mary McKenna (Donabate)
Sheena O’Brien Kenney (Grange)
Captain - Elaine Bradshaw

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Scotland Team at the Womens Home International matches at Frilford Heath.
Standing L to R: Pat Wilson (Team Manager), Sara Bishop, Jenna Wilson, Sally Watson, Karyn Dallas (Coach), Roseanne Niven, Louise Kenney, Margaret Rodgers (SLGA Chairman)
Sitting L to R: Krystle Caithness, Martine Pow, Margaret McNaughton (Captain), Heather Macrae.
(Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Tom Ward)

The wake-up alarm on the switched-off mobile phone in Carly Booth’s pocket went off when she was on the 17th tee in the first round of The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy over the new Dundonald links course in Ayrshire today.
“I had forgotten to put it on to British time. It gave me quite a shock. I’m not quite sure what day of the week is, nor where I am,” joked the 14-year-old Carly who was only 10 days into her four-year course at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Bradenton, Florida when she flew back to Britain at the weekend for a double engagment – this tournament and next week’s Junior Ryder Cup match at Celtic Manor.
But Miss Booth, the Scottish Under-16 girls champion from Comrie, Perthshire, certainly had no need of wake-up call in golfing terms.
Despite feeling “absolutely shattered” after a travelling schedule which began with her Manchester to Tampa outward trip taking TWO days and two missed connections to complete, Carly shares the lead in the girls’ section.
Up with the lark – when she would really have loved a long lie – Miss Booth shot a one-over-par 73 (37-37) in perfect, windless conditions for only her second 18 holes over this impressive lay-out designed Kyle Phillips, the man responsible for another great links course, Kingsbarns.
Carly, finding the greens surprisingly fast, particularly on the downslopes, three-putted the ninth and 16th greens and missed a whole string of 10-foot birdie chances in starting with eight pars in a row.
She did not get any birdies until the long 14th, where she come out a bunker to 10ft and holed the putt, and the 17th where she rammed in a 25-footer with conviction.
That score was later matched by Christine Wolf (Austria) 36-37, Katerina Ruzickova (Czech Republic) 36-37 and Sakia Hausladen (Germany) 37-36.
English girls’ champion Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) finished on 78 after matching the par of 36 on the outward half. She had a triple bogey 7 at the 17th.
Matthew Nixon from Ashton under Lynne, near Manchester, winner recently of the British boys’ open championship at Royal Aberdeen, showed he could be just as good a card-and-pencil player as he was match-player at Balgownie, by sharing the lead on one-under-par 71 in the boys’ section.
Matthew started with a pair of bogeys in an outward 37 but his two-under-par 34 – birdies at the short 11th long 14th – was matched only by another one of the three joint leaders, Robin Wingardh (Sweden).
The third of the trio on 71 was Belgium’s Xavier Feyaerts.
Scottish boys’ match-play champion James White from Lundin Golf Club, Fife and England’s Sam Hutsby (Lee-on-Solent), the Spanish open amateur champion, are sharing fourth place only one off the pace on 72. James had a little bit of everything in halves of 37 and 35 – a shank with a three-iron at the 15th , three-putts at the fourth and 14th, an “outrageous” birdie 3 at the 13th where he got home with two iffy shots and then holed a putt from all 40 feet. White’s other birdies came at the fifth, 10th and the 18th.
Scottish boys’ stroke-play champion Shaun McAllister (Craigielaw) lost two balls in compiling a 76. The first, at the seventh, cost him a double-bogey but he was able to make a 3 with his second ball for a bogeyat the 10th. Shaun did birdie the seventh, 12th and the 18th.
Dundonald Golf Club, Gailes, Ayrshire.
BOYS (Par 72)

71 R Wingardh (Swe) 37-34, X Fayaerts (Bel) 35-36, M Nixon (Eng) 37-34.
72 M Dobias (Swi) 36-36, S Hutsby (Eng) 37-35, J White (Sco) 37-35.
73 T Gurses (Tur) 33-40, T Weiler (Ger) 34-39.
74 B Gudmundsson (Ice) 36-38, T Gornik (Slo) 36-38.
75 X Puig (Spa) 40-35, N Rasmussen (Den) 36-39.
76 M Veijalainen (Fin) 35-41, S McAllister (Sco) 39-37, H Karas (Lux) 38-38, A Runcie (Wal) 38-38, D Wright (Eng) 38-38.
77 P Kaiser (Nor) 40-37, M Mayrhauser (Aut) 41-36, R West (SAf) 40-37.
78 L Goddard (Eng) 41-37. R Nechanicky (Cze) 37-41.
79 L Scotto (Ita) 41-38, S Monberg (Den) 38-41, F Le Goff (Fra) 37-42.
80 S Healey (Ire) 38-42.
82 P Pohi (Est) 42-40.
GIRLS (Par 72)
73 C Booth (Scotland) 37-36, C Wolf (Aut) 36-37, K Ruzickova (Cze) 36-37, Saskia Hausladen (Ger) 37-36.
74 M Smit (SAf) 37-37.
75 L Gonzalez (Belgium) 39-36, M Duff (Swe) 40-35..
76 V Jonsdottir (Iceland) 36-40, G Molinaro (Ita) 39-37.
78 R Jennings (Eng) 36-42.
79 F Vuignier (Swi) 39-40.
80 C Aashaim (Nor) 40-45.
85 A Theunis (Lux) 43-42.
86 C Thuault (Fra) 41-45, L Henriksson (Fin) 46-40.
+The lowest 54-hole total, whether by a boy or girl, will win The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy.

Former Curtis Cup player Vicki Thomas from Wales was in the lead after day one of the Senior Irish Ladies Open Championships in Woodbrook Golf Club, with a score of 77.
Susan Pickles (England) was in second place with 78, closely followed by Mary Madden (Ballinasloe), Mary McKenna (Donabate), Alison Murdoch (Canada), Sheena O'Brien Kenney (Grange) all with 79.
Alison Murdoch has once again travelled from Canada to defend the title.
Last year, Murdoch pipped Marlyn Henderson by one stroke after firing a 75 in her opening round to lead overnight.
This year’s tournament is as competitive as ever with the majority of the field availing of the extra practice in advance of the following week’s Senior British Open at Dumfries & County.
The 108 strong field sees 40 overseas visitors play two 18 hole stroke-play rounds over two consecutive days.
Following the Championship, the Irish Seniors Team to play at the Seniors Home Internationals at Hamilton Golf Club from Ocotber 3 to 5 will be announced.

Monday 11th September 2006

Ann Chisholm from Pitreavie, with a 79, won the Patrick Rosebowl at the SVLGA Midland Division Autumn meeting at Schawpark today.
Autumn Meeting - Alloa (CSS 74 – 63 players)
1st Scratch & Patrick Rosebowl – Ann Chisholm (Pitreavie) 79
Div. 1 1st F. Campbell (Stirling) 84-11=73, 2nd A. Sinclair (Blairgowrie) 86-12=74, 3rd W. McCallum (Falkirk) 83-8 = 75 (bih)
Div. 2 1st. M. Steele (Dunfermline) 89-17=72, 2nd K. Jarvie (Auchterarder) 92-16=76 (bih), 3rd H. Thomson (Falkirk) 89-13=76
Div.3 1st G. Jenkins (Tulliallan) 91-23=68, 2nd N. Hunter (Grangemouth) 101-26=75
Owl Trophy (50-64yrs) G. Jenkins (Tulliallan)
Senior Trophy (65 + over) C. Malcolm (Dollar) 89-16=73

Prince Andrew will fly back from New York and the 9/11 memorial services in time for tomorrow’s (TUESDAY) opening round of The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy at Dundonald Golf Club, near Troon.
The 54-hole event, in its sixth year, brings together 42 of the best Under-18 boy and girl golfers in Europe.
Invitations are extended by His Royal Highness only to the winners of national stroke-play and match-play tournaments during the current season.
Prince Andrew is a single-figure handicap golf “fanatic” in his own right and he will play a couple of holes with tournament sponsors’ representatives this morning before going out to watch the adult stars of tomorrow in action.
Scotland have three players in the field – Carly Booth (Comrie), the Scottish Under-16 girls champion, James White (Lundin), winner of the Scottish boys’ match-play title back in the spring, and Shaun McAllister (Craigielaw) who came out of the blue to win the Scottish Under-18 boys’ open stroke-play title at Alloa during the summer.
White and McAllister were members of the Scotland team who won the boys’ home internationals title at Lossiemouth last month.
Carly, still only 14 but with a + handicap, has flown back from Florida to play in The Duke of York’s event and also next week’s Junior Ryder Cup match at Celtic Manor. Miss Booth is the only British or Irish player in the European team for the Under-16 contest against the United States.
She helped Scotland win the girls' home international championship at Portstewart and finished sixth in the British women's open amateur stroke-play at Prince's Golf Club, Kent.
Carly has enrolled on a full scholarship at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Bradenton, Florida. She will return there immediately after the Junior Ryder Cup contest.
Oliver Fisher, the youngest-ever Walker Cup player, won last year’s The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy at Castletown Links on the Isle of Man. The odds are in favour or England again providing the champion, who can be a girl … the player, of either sex, who returns the lowest gross three-round total will win the trophy.
England have a strong hand of four title-winning boys, including Matthew Nixon who won the British boys, open championship at Balgownie last month, and the English girls’ champion, Rachel Jennings.
But the result of the annual Jacques Leglise Trophy match between Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe in the Czech Republic a week or so ago – a crushing win for Europe – confirmed the impression that the best of the current Continental Under-18 players are better than their counterparts in Britain and Ireland.
So the winner of The Duke of York Trophy this week may well turn out to be Austian, Belgian, Germany, Spanish, Swedish or Spanish…. To name only a handful of the 22 countries who are represented in the quality field.

Stirling and Clackmannan Junior Championship was played on 10th September at Glenbervie Golf Club . 18 girls enjoyed playing in lovely sunshine . The Championship was retained by Louise MacGregor (Falkirk) with an 81 , the runner up was Hannah Dalrymple (Glenbervie) .The Handicap title was won by Helen Goodwin (Glenbervie) 88(17)71 and runner up Judy Shields (Dunblane ) 88(11)77 .

LET Tour
Clare Queen earned 1,347 Euros for a joint 37th place finish on three-over-par 291 in the Nykredit masters at Odense Golf Club. She scored 74, 73, 73 and 71.
Inverness-based Liz McKinnon finished 68th with a total of 303, made up of 74, 73, 79 and 76. Liz won only 430 Euros.
Karen Margreth Juul, a 30-year-old from Copenhagen, won the 30,000 Euros top prize with a 15-under-par total of 273. She had rounds of 72, 67, 66 and 68.
England's Laura Davies and Trish Joint shared second place, earned 17,510 Euros each, on the 277 mark. Laura scored 70, 69, 72 and 66; Trish 72, 71, 66 and 68.

New Course Record at The Merchants Of Edinburgh Golf Club
Noreen Fenton set a new course record score of 64 in the Autumn Meeting at Merchants of Edinburgh on Saturday. Noreen reduced her handicap to 1.6. The previous course record at Merchants was 66, held by Linda Caine since June 1991. Noreen is in the Scottish Senior International team for the Senior Home International matches at Hamilton from 3 to 5 October.

Futures Tour

Vikki Laing tied for 42nd place on nine-over-par 222 in the final event of the United States Futures Tour season at Capital on the Hills golf course, Albany in New York State.
The Musselburgh exile had rounds of 72, 74 and 76 and earned $387.
Samantha Head from Bedford finished joint 26th on 217 with scores of 74, 71 and 72 for $766.
Brenda McLarnon from Belfast earned $204 with rounds of 74, 76 and 79 for joint 6th place on 229.
Ji Min Jeong from Korea scored her second win of the season with 66, 68 and 72 for seven-under-par 206. She earned $11,900.
Runner-up was Charlotte Mayorkas from Las Vegas with 67, 71 and 69 for 207.
Vikki Laing finished the season in 110th place on the Futures Tour money list with $2,479 from 10 events.
Samantha Head came 21st with $18,779 from 14 events.
Brenda McLarnon finished 133rd with $1,306 from 16 events.
The top five players on this season’s Futures Tour earned automatic playing rights on next year’s LPGA Tour. They are:
Song-Hee Kim of Seoul, Korea (the top money-winnere with $76,287 from 18 events, five of which she won); Charlotte Mayorkas of Las Vegas; In-Bee Park of Las Vegas; Kristy McPherson of Conway, South Carolina and Meaghan Francella of Port Chester, New York State.

Northern Counties Scratch Women's League
Moray beat Ross-shire, the holders, 3-1 in the final of the Northern Counties Scratch Women's League over the Moray Old Course at Lossiemouth today.
Details (Moray names first):
Jenny Milne bt Pat Morrison 9 and 7.
Winnie Ross bt Lynne Fraser 1 hole.
Audrey Gill bt Fiona Brand 2 and 1.
Susan Dean lost to Helen Stuart 4 and 3.

Sunday 10th September 2006

Bruce Smith, chairman of tournament sponsors Paull and Williamsons, presents the Scottish mixed foursomes championship trophy to winners Fiona Lockhart (St Regulus) and Kevin Hastie (St Andrews) at Deeside Golf Club, Aberdeen.

Leuchars couple Fiona Lockhart and Kevin Hastie have played in the Scottish open amateur mixed foursomes only twice. They won the title on their debut at Nairn Dunbar four years ago … and today (Sunday), at Deeside Golf Club, they maintained their 100 per cent success rate.
The tournament was sponsored by solicitors Paull and Williamsons.
Fiona, who works on the Scottish Golf Union staff, has a happy knack of collecting titles. She won the Scottish women’s amateur championship at Cruden Bay last year and, just a few weeks ago, she collected the Scottish women’s foursomes championship in partnership with Elaine Moffat.
Scratch player Fiona, a member of the St Regulus club, St Andrews, and Kevin, a +1 St Andrews GC member, won the Scottish mixed title by three shots with a gross 73 over the Bieldside course.
They looked like they were going to win nothing when they stood three over par on the ninth tee, having bogeyed the third, fifth and seventh. Then Kevin pitched to 2ft to set up a birdie 3 for a two-over-par outward half of 38 – and that was the turning point,.
They bogeyed the 10th but Kevin hit a superb five-iron tee shot and Fiona holed the 4ft putt for a birdie 2 at the 12th. Two further bogeys at the 15th and 16th were followed by a pitch-and-putt birdie 3 at the 17th en route to an inward half of one-over 35.
Playing partners Carol and Alistair Eddie summed up the performance: “Kevin’s short game, his wedge approach shots in particular, was impressive while Fiona holed everything.”
Although Kevin Hastie had not seen the course previously, Fiona played a couple of rounds over it last summer as member of Scotland’s squad warming up for the European team championship in Sweden.
Twice Ayrshire county champion Lesley Hendry (Routenburn) and Brian Moore, a +2 Largs GC member, were runners-up with a 76 (39-37). A double bogey 6 at the 11th, where Lesley went out of bounds off the tee, plus a bogey-bogey finish after a birdie 3 at 15th cost them the title
The leading handicap award was won by Megan Clyne (Deeside), who had her 13th birthday a week or two ago, and Graeme Mitchell, the +2 Northern GC member who is one of the top under-18 players in the North-east.
Megan and Graeme, with a deduction of 10 (half their combined handicap), had a net 67 to pip Jacolyn Henderson (Deeside) and Nicholas Henderson (Craibstone) by a single shot.
There were some late withdrawals but there was a final field of 48 couples
Deeside Golf Club.
(female player first)
73 F Lockhart (St Regulus) & K Hastie (St Andrews).
76 L Hendry (Routenburn) & B Moore (Largs).
77 J Carthew & G Mackie (Ladybank) (better inward half), S Vass (Tain) & J Russell (Murcar Links), M Clyne (Deeside) & G Mitchell (Northern).
78 J Milne & S Milne (Craigie Hll), J Turner (Mortonhall) & B Mackay (West Linton), M Briggs & M Clark (Kilmacolm).
80 E Farquharson-Black (Deeside) & S Wilson (Forfar), R Copland (Scotscreaig) & A Copland (Carnoustie)..
81 A Smith (Monifieth) & M Thomson (Grange), E Moffat (St Regulus) & G Denholm Mortonhall), A Houson (Dolar) & D Houston (Muckhart), S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) & A Charles (Deeside).
82 M Smith & G Smith (Tain), L McLardy (Murcar Links) & A Imray (Royal Aberdeen).
83 C Eddie (Hazlehead( & A J Eddie (Deeside), F Miller (Carnoustie Ladies) & R Rayner (Carnoustie).
84 J Henderson (Deeside) & N Henderson (Craibstone), C McLoughlin (Gullane) & D Jones (Hawarden), A Clark & D Clark (Duff House Royal).
85 F McMillan (Stirling) & B Liddle (Stirling).
86 M Millership & A Millership (Deeside), F Prouse & L Prouse (Hazlehead), L Whyte (Aberdeen loadies) & G Prise (Murcar Links).
89 M Johnstone & D Johnstone (Northern).
90 E Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) & R Whyte (Deeside), L Murray (Alford) & C Johnstone (Northern), L Smith (Monifieth) & I Smith (Grange), F Fullerton & D Grant (Huntly), M Parkinson (Deeside) & D Parkinson (Edzell).
67 M Clyne (Deeside) & G Mitchell (Northern) (10).
68 J Henderson (Deeside) & N Henderson (Craibstone) (16).
71 ½ J Milne & S Milne (Craigie Hill) (16 ½).
73 ½ S Belford (Deeside) & L Clark (Edzell) (17 ½), S Vass (Tain) & J Russell (Murcar Links) (3 ½), F Lockhart (St Regulus) & K Hastie (St Andrews) (+ ½).
74 F McMillan & B Liddle (Stirling) (11).
74 ½ A Smith (Monifieth) & M Thomson (Grange) (6 ½).
75 R Copland (Scotscreaig) & A Copland (Carnoustie) (5), A Houston (Dollar) & D Houston (Muckhart) (6).
76 L Hendry (Routenburn) & B Moore (Largs) (scr), J Turner (Mortonhall) & B Mackay (West Linton) (2).
76 ½ M Millership & A Millership (Deeside) (10 ½), M Smith & G Smith (Tain) (5 ½).
77 L McLardy (Murcar Links) & A Imray (Royal Aberdeen) (5), J Carthew & G Mackie (Ladybank) (scr).
77 ½ S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) & A Charles (Deeside) (3 ½), M Parkinson (Deeside) & D Parkinson (Edzell) (12 ½)..
78 M Briggs & M Clark (Kilmacolm) (scr), C Eddie (Hazlehead) & A J Eddie (Deeside) (5), A Clark & D Clark (Duff House Royal) (6).
78 ½ A Dunnett & B Bell (Newmachar) (12 ½), M Moody (Murcar Links) & R Moody (Deeside) 913) (16 ½).
79 L Smith (Monifieth) & I Smith (Grange) (11), F Fullerton & D Grant (Huntly) (11), E Moffat (St Regulus) & G Denholm (Mortonhall) 2), L Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) & G Prise (Murcar Links) (7), E Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) & R Whyte (Deeside) (11), C Geddes (& G Geddes (Northern) (14).

Futures Tour

Musselburgh exile Vikki Laing survived a mid-round crisis to qualify for the third and final round in the last United States Futures Tour event of the season.
Vikki shot rounds of 72 and 74 over the par-71 course at Capital Hills at Albany Golf Club, New York State for a four-over-par tally of 146. A total of 71 players with scores of 151 or over beat the cut.
Miss Laing, starting at the 10th, was well ahead of the game when she birdied the 12th, 15th and 16th. Then she dropped eight shots over the next five holes – a triple bogey 7 at the 17th, a bogey at the first, a double bogey 6 at the second and further shots dropped at the third and sixth.
But the Scot steadied up in time to get a late birdie and finish the day tied for 42nd place.
Samantha Head from Bedford qualified in joint 36th place on 145 (74-71) and Brenda McLarnon from Belfast made it with a shot to spare on 150 with rounds of 74 and 76.
Ji Min Jeongh from Korea leads by one shot with scores of 66 and 68.
134 Ji Min Jeongh (Kor) 66 68.
135 Meaghan Francella (US) 68 67, Danielle Downey (US) 67 68.
Other scores:
145 Samantha Head (Eng) 74 71.
146 Vikki Laing (Sco) 72 74.
150 Brenda McLarnon (NIr) 74 76.

Saturday 9th September 2006

Karen Margrethe Juul (Denmark) carries a two-shot lead into Sunday's fourth and final round of the Nykredit Masters at Odense Golf Club.
She has had rounds of 72, 67 and 66 for an 11-under-par tally of 20.
Next best is the halfway leader Stefania Croce who is on 207 with 65, 72 and 70.
A second Dane in the top three is Amanda Moltke-Leth with 72, 71 and 65 for 208.
Clare Queen is lying joint 47th on four-over-par 220 after scores of 74, 73 and 73. She had birdies at the eighth and 15th in halves of 37 and 36.
Inverness-based Liz McKinnon dropped down to last of the 70 halfway qualifiers with a third-round 79 after two steady opening rounds of 74 and 73. After birdieing the first, Mrs McKinnon double bogeyed the fourth and 14th in halves of 39 and 40. Her 54-hole aggregate of 10 over 226

World university golf championships

Gordon Yates (Stirling University) finished joint sixth and Dunblane’s Heather MacRae (San Diego State University) seventh in the individual men’s and women’s standings at the world university golf championships at Circolo Golf Torino in Italy today (Saturday).
Great Britain came third and Ireland fifth behind Japan and United States in the men’s team event while the GB women finished seventh and Ireland ninth behind winners United States in the women’s team championship.
Yates started the 72-hole tournament as one of the leaders but followed up a 67 and a 69 with 72 and 73 for a seven-under-par total of 281 – eight shots behind Japan’s Yuta Ideda and Taipei’s Chen-Chih Chiang who both totalled 15-under 273.
Daniel Willett from Sheffield and Jacksonville State University finished joint fourth with Ireland’s Aengus McAllister on 280.
The two other members of the GB men’s team, Jason Palmer and Ed Parker, both from the University of Birmingham, were unable to come anywhere matching the efforts of team-mates Willett and Yates, otherwise Great Britain would have at least finished runners-up.
Unlike Yates, Curtis Cup reserve Heather MacRae started slowly with a pair of 76s but finished strongly with a 73 and 70 for seven-over-par 295 – nine shots behind the winner, American Stacy Lewis from the University of Arkansas.
Catherine Tucker was the top Irish competitor in 24th place on 311.
Heather’s team-mates, Faye Sanderson (Northumbria University) and Olivia Briggs (Stirling) were not able to lend much support to the Scot in the team event. Sanderson finished 28th on 315 and Briggs joint 35th on 324.

273 Y Ikeda (Jap) 74 64 68 67, C-C Chiang (Tai) 70 66 66 71.
276 A Manning (US) 71 67 70 68.
280 A McAllister (Ire) 69 75 67 69, D Willett (GB) 69 72 71 68.
281 G Yates (GB) 767 69 72 73, P Relecom (Bel) 68 71 73 69.
Other totals:
282 M Campbell (Ire) 73 71 69 69.
284 A McCloy (Ire) 70 72 73 69.
290 N O’Connor (Ire) 72 72 70 76.
292 J Palmer (GB) 75 71 74 72.
294 P O’Hanlon (Ire) 73 73 73 75.
299 A McKinley (Ire) 78 74 72 75, E Parker (GB) 77 70 75 77.
841 Japan.
847 United States.
851 Great Britain.
853 Canada.
854 Ireland.
855 Chinese Taipei.
857 New Zealand.
861 South Africa.
876 Italy.
879 France.
881 Thailand.
897 Switzerland.
920 Russia.
938 Slovenia.
987 Germany.
286 S Lewis (US) 72 71 71 72.
289 M Vertechenova (Rus) 75 73 73 68.
291 E Hara (Jap) 712 71 76 72.
293 M Saiki (Jap) 76 74 72 71, S Brown (US) 71 77 71 74.
294 P-L Yu Tai) 74 77 71 72.
295 H MacRae (GB) 76 76 73 70, V Valvassori (Ita) 75 76 71 73.
Other scores:
311 C Tucker (Ire) 77 76 77 81.
315 F Sanderson (GB) 77 83 77 78.
316 G O’Leary (Ire) 81 74 83 78.
324 O Briggs (GB) 82 83 81 78.
355 E Getty (Ire) 85 92 88 90.
579 United States.
581 Japan.
590 Russia.
592 Chinese Taipei.
595 Italy.
599 France.
610 Great Britain.
611 Thailand.
613 Ireland.
629 South Africa.
639 New Zealand.
640 Germany.
655 Canada.
708 Slovakia.

Scotland beat England 4 1/2-2 1/2 in the annual hickory international at Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland on Friday.

Futures Tour

Vikki Laing from Musselburgh had a one-over-par 72 in the first round of the final United States Futures Tour event of the season at Capital Hills at Albany Golf Club, New York State.
Vikki had halves of 36 to be sharing 31st place behind Korean leader Ji Min Jeon who had a 66 over the 6,121yd course.
Brenda McLarnon from Belfast and Samantha Head from Bedford are joint 53rd on 74. Brenda had halves of 35 and 39,
Londoner Polly Willett rallied from an outward half of 41 to return a 76 to be in joint 74th place.
The Futures Tour's 19th event carries considerable weight this weekend. The top five money-table leaders at the end of Sunday's final round earn fully exempt 2007 LPGA Tour status.
The next 10 players on the money list, who are not already non-exempt LPGA Tour members, automatically advance into the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in December, avoiding the LPGA's sectional qualifying stages.
Players who currently have non-exempt LPGA status will be skipped for the next available non-LPGA player.
66 Ji Min Jeong (Kor).
67 Charlotte Mayorkas (Las Vegas), Danielle Downey (New York State).
Other scores:
72 Vikki Laing (Musselburgh) 36-36 (jt 31st).
74 Brenda McLarnon (Belfast) 35-39, Samantha Head (Bedford) 37-37 (jt 53rd).
76 Polly Willett (London) 41-35 (jt 74th).

Friday 8th September 2006

LET tour

Clare Queen and Liz McKinnon were among the 70 players with 36-hole totals of 149 or better who survived the cut in the Nykredit Masters at Odense Golf Club on Friday.
Sadly, Lynn Kenny missed another and she is running out of opportunities to win enough money to retain her Ladies European Tour card for next year without having to go back to the Tour School.
Clare and Liz both scored 74 and 73 for three-over 147 to be tied for 37th place. Clare had birdies at the fourth and 15th; Liz only one, at the 16th.
Lynn had rounds of 72 and 79 for seven-over 151.
Stefania Croce (Italy) leads the field at seven-under-par 137 with scores of 65 and 72.
She is two shots ahead of two players, Karen Margethe Juul (Denmark) (72-67) and Laura Davies (70-69).

Victorious Scottish Team
Well done lads!
(Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Tom Ward)

Scotland have retained the Raymond Trophy as winners of the men’s home amateur international matches at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club in South Wales.
It is the first time the Scots have won the title two years in a row since the 1981-82.
They beat England far more easily than was anticipated – 10-5 after taking a 2pt lead in the foursomes.
England had lost the foursomes in their first two matches with Wales and then Ireland – and come back strongly in the singles for overall victory.
But Scotland’s strength in depth meant there was no weak tail for the English to mop up on the third day.
Richie Ramsay, promoted to the lead-off singles, responded with a 3 and 1 win over Ross McGowan after being two down at the turn.
Scott Jamieson, one up after nine, lost by 2 and 1 to the Walker Cup youngster Oliver Fisher.
Glenn Campbell, the most successful player for Scotland over the three days, beat Jamie Moul by 1 hole after being square at the turn.
Lloyd Saltman, “batting” No. 4, won by 2 and 1 over Gary Wolstenholme who lost two of the first three holes.
Scottish match-play champion Kevin McAlpine lost by 3 and 2 to Walker Cup player Robert Dinwiddie 3 and 2.
Scott Henry, who came on to his game over the last three sessions of play, beat Ben Parker by 2 and 1 after being one up at the turn.
Keir McNicoll went down by 6 and 4 to Adam Gee who was four up at the turn.
Jonathan King, who had not been having the best of home series, came good in the end when his country needed him. He beat Paul Waring by one hole after being two down on the seventh tee.
John Gallagher, the third most successful Scots player during the week, halved with Gary Boyd after being four up on the seventh tee.
George Murray, a great man to have in the tailgunner’s position, won by two holes against Ed Richardson.
Wales beat Ireland 8-7 to relegate the Irish to the bottom rung of the final table.
Scottish skipper George Crawford was, understandably, elated in his post-match comments.
“I always felt we could do it,” he said. “I was confident but there is always a premium on putting. You also need a little luck and we got the breaks at times, especially against Ireland. But this is a great boost for Scottish golf on the back of Richie Ramsay’s win in the US Amateur.”
Foursomes: Scotland 3 ½, England 1 ½ (scroll down to get the details in our lunchtime report).
Singles (Scotland 6 ½, England 3 ½).
Ramsay bt McGowan 3 and 1.
Jamieson lost to Fisher 2 and 1.
Campbell bt Moul 1 hole.
Saltman bt Wolstenholme 2 and 1.
McAlpine lost to Dinwiddie 3 and 2.
Henry bt Parker 2 and 1.
McNicoll lost to Gee 6 and 4.
King bt Waring 1 hole.
Gallagher halved with Boyd.
Murray bt Richardson 2 holes.
Foursomes: Wales 2, Ireland 3 (scroll down to our lunchtime report for the details).
Singles: Wales 6, Ireland 4.
Davies bt McIlroy 2 and 1.
Edwards bt Ward 7 and 6.
Thomas halved with Shaw.
Cousins lost to Caldwell 5 and 4.
Gould lost to Crowe 2 holes.
Mills bt Lowry 3 and 2.
Dykes bt Murray 4 and 3.
Enoch lost to Doran 3 and 2.
Evans halved with Kearney.
Matthews bt Power 2 and 1.

ELGA's county golf championship

Yorkshire completed a hat trick of wins in ELGA's county golf championship at Copt Heath when they beat Gloucestershire on a countback of matches won.
The champions scored 20 points at the county finals, one more than Gloucestershire.
The result was an action replay of last year when Yorkshire also pushed Gloucestershire into second place on points.
"This is a tremendous win for Yorkshire," said county captain Ann McMullen.
The result gives Yorkshire their seventh victory in the nine years. This year's title was decided after the two rivals met head-to-head on the last day of the finals, having both won their earlier two matches.
About 250 spectators watched as the tense and exciting action unfolded and led to a halved match, with both counties scoring 4½ points.
Yorkshire held a slender 2-1 advantage after the morning foursomes but Gloucestershire struck straight back in the singles when Jo Hodge beat Rachel Bell and Hannah Barwood defeated the Curtis Cup player Naomi Edwards.
"I just gave it everything," said 16-year-old Hannah, who played a wedge to two inches on the 14th, holed a 30-footer on the 15th and a 20-footer on the 16th.
The balance then swung back in Yorkshire's favour when both Emma Duggleby and 15-year-old Nicola Dunn won their matches.
But Gloucestershire's Sian James made the scoreline four-all when she defeated Sara Garbutt.
The result was decided only when the final game was played out and Yorkshire's Rachael Lomas came back from one down after 16 to halve her match with English mid-amateur champion Charlotte Ellis.
In the day's other match Hertfordshire and Cambs & Hunts also halved.
Match results.
Wednesday: Yorkshire beat Cambs & Hunts 6½-2½. Gloucestershire beat Hertfordshire 8½-½.
Thursday: Yorkshire beat Hertfordshire 9-0. Gloucestershire beat Cambs & Hunts 6-3. Friday: Yorkshire halved with Gloucestershire 4½-4½. Hertfordshire halved with Cambs & Hunts 4½-4½.
1 Yorkshire 20 points. 2 Gloucestershire 19 pts. 3 Cambs & Hunts 10pts. 4 Hertfordshire 5 pts.

World university golf championship

Stirling student Gordon Yates had his worst round so far – a par 72 – and slipped down to joint third place on eight-under 208 in the men’s individual standings with one round to go in the world university golf championship at Circolo Golf Torino in Italy today.
Team-mate Daniel Willett from Sheffield and Jacksonville State University is in sixth place on 212 after a 71.
Great Britain fell back in the men’s team event to joint third place behind Japan.
In the women’s championship, Dunblane’s Heather MacRae had her best round so far, a one-over-par 73, and improved to 11th place in the individual table. The Great Britain women are ninth behind United States in the team event.
MEN – Individual
202 Chen-Chih Chiang (Chinese Taipei) 70 66 66.
206 Y Ikeda (Jap) 74 64 68.
208 G Yates (GB) 67 69 72, A Manning (US) 71 67 70.
211 A McAllister (Ire) 69 75 67.
212 D Willett (GB) 69 72 71, P Relecom (Bel) 68 71 73.
213 W Mitchell (Can) 78 69 66, M Campbell (Ire) 73 71 69, M Studen (Slo) 71 73 69, J Gill (NZ) 71 73 69, A Lethem (US) 70 73 70.
Other scores:
214 N O’Connor (Ire) 72 72 70.
215 A McCloy (Ire) 70 72 73.
219 P Hanlon (Ire) 73 73 73.
220 J Palmer (GB) 75 71 74.
222 E Parker (GB) 77 70 75.
224 A McKinley (Ire) 78 74 72.
MEN– Team
635 Japan.
636 United States.
638 Chinese Taipei, Great Britain.
641 Ireland, Canada.
644 New Zealand.
650 South Africa.
653 France.
657 Thailand.
660 Italy.
671 Switzerland.
687 Russia.
705 Slovenia.
739 Germany.
WOMEN – Individual
214 S Lewis (US) 72 71 71.
219 S Brown (US) 71 77 71, E Hara (Jap) 72 71 76.
221 M Vertchenova (Rus) 75 73 73, M Bazin de Jessey (Fra) 76 67 78.
Other scores:
225 H MacRae (GB) 76 76 73.
230 C Tucker (Ire) 77 76 77.
234 N Kitching (Ire) 82 78 74.
237 F Sanderson (GB) 77 83 77.
238 G O’Leary (Ire) 81 74 83.
246 O Briggs (GB) 82 83 81.
265 E Getty (Ire) 85 92 88.
WOMEN – Team
433 United States.
438 Japan.
443 Italy.
444 Chinese Taipei.
449 Russia, France.
459 Ireland.
461 Thailand.
462 Great Britain.
479 Germany, South Africa.
480 New Zealand.
492 Canada.
534 Slovenia

European senior women’s amateur team championship

England lost 3-2 to France in the final of the European senior women’s amateur team championship at Royal Waterloo Golf Club, Beligum today.
The title decider went down to the last putt on the last green of the last match – it was as close as that.
Each country had 2pt in the bag, with only the Chris Quinn v Claudine Chatrier match to finish. They were all square on the 18th tee of the par-5 finishing hole. Both hit good shots on to the green, about 6ft from the flag.
The French player holed her putt for a birdie 4; Chris Quinn’s putt to halve the hole and go down the 19th lipped out.
Ireland, playing in the three-team Flight 3, lost 3-2 to Netherlands.
Championship Flight – Final
France 3, England 2
Foursome: F Freiss & L Neuhaus bt S Pickles & P Wrightson 1 hole. Singles: C Mourgue d’Algue lost to C Watson 3 and 2, C Chatrier bt C Quinn 1 hole, M-C Ubald-Bocquet lost to S Westall 2 and 1, A Remoleur bt G Bray 4 and 3.
3rd-4th place play-off
Spain 3, Italy 2.
Second Flight
Germany 3, Sweden 2; Switzerland 3 ½, Belgium 1 ½.
Third Flight
Netherlands 3, Ireland 2
(Foursome: J Hehenkamp & E De Jeu bt M McKenna & A Moloney at 19th. Singles: I Geuzenbroek bt V Hassett at 19th, M-J Groenewoud lost to S O’Brien Kenney 3 and 2, C Vidor bt M Henderson 2 and 1, W Langelaar lost to M Madden 4 and 3).

Scotland took a 3 ½-1 ½ lead over England in the morning foursomes in the title-deciding clash on the third day of the men’s home amateur international matches at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, South Wales.
But let’s not think that means Scotland are home and dry as winners of the Raymond Trophy for the second year in a row.
England have lost the foursomes to Wales and Ireland on the first two days and come through to win the matches by making up the leeway in the singles.
Scotland’s winning pairings were Richie Ramsay and Scott Jamieson (by 2 and 1 over Moul and McGowan); John Gallagher and Keir McNicoll (by 3 and 1 over Lewton and Parker) and Kevin McAlpine and Scott Henry ( by 4 and 3 over Richardson and Boyd).
Ireland lead Wales 3-2 after their foursomes.

Saltman & Murray lost to Fisher & Wolsteholme 3 and 2.
Ramsa6 & Jamieson bt Moul & McGowan 2 and 1.
Campbell & O’Hara halved with Gee & Dinwiddie.
Gallagher & McNicoll bt Lewton & Parker 3 and 1.
McAlpine & Henry bt Richardson & Boyd 4 and 3.

WALES trail to IRELAND 2-3.
Cousins & Thomas lost to McIlroy & Caldwell 1 hole.
Davies &^ Gould lost to Crowe & Shaw 4 and 2.
Edwards & Mills lost to Ward &^ Doran 1 hole.
Dykes & Westgate bt Murray & Lowry 7 and 5.
Evans & Matthews bt O’Callaghan & Kearney 5 and r4.

Past Presidents and their partners line up for the annual Presidents' dinner held during the Home Internationals in Wales.
Like the score-line in the background!
(Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Tom Ward)

Thursday 7th September 2006

England toppled the No 1 seeds Spain 3-2 in today’s semi-finals of the European senior women’s amateur team golf championship at Royal Waterloo Golf Club, near Brussels in Belgium.
The cock-a-hoop English, who had only squeezed into the top match-play flight in the last of the four places, now play France to the over-50s title. France beat Italy 3-2.
England got their noses in front by winning the only foursomes. Sue Westall (Copt Heath) and Geraldine Bray (Littlestone) came back from three down with five to play to beat Spain’s Beatriz Ramirez de Haro and Christina Marsans by one hole.
In the singles, English seniors champion Christine Watson (Beaconsfield) and Chris Quinn (Hockley) both scored good wins to take the team through to the final.
Royal Waterloo GC, Belgium.
Semi-finals – Spain 2, England 3 (Foursome: B Ramirez de Haro & C Marsans lost to S Westall & G Bray 1 hole. Singles: C Maestre lost to C Watson 3 and 2, V Pertierra bt P Wrightson 5 and 3, M Estany bt S Pickles 6 and 5, A Vilella lost to C Quinn 6 and 5). France 3, Italy 2.
Flight 2: Sweden 5, Switzerland 0; Germany 4, Belgium 1.

Mens Home Internationals Day 2

It will be Scotland versus England for the men's home amateur international championship on the final day at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, South Wales on Friday.
Both teams have a 100 per cent record after two days' action.
Today title-holders Scotland followed up their 8-7 win over Ireland with a more emphatic 9-6 victory over Wales who, like the Irish before them, had held the Scots to 2 1/2pt apiece in the morning foursomes.
Scotland took the singles by a 3pt margin – 6 ½-3 ½
In the singles Lloyd Saltman halved the top match with Matthews but Richie Ramsay was back in top form with a 6 and 5 win over Walker Cup team-mate Edwards.
Glenn Campbell, having a very good series, won by 3 and 1 over Cousins.
Scott Jamieson was held to a square match by teenager Zac Gould.
Jonathan King lost to Mills by one hole.
Scott Henry is still searching for his best form. He halved with young Enoch.
Scotland debutant Keir McNicoll from Carnoustie will be feeling much better with a good win under his belt. Not fielded in the morning foursomes, McNicoll hit the ground running in the singles and beat Evans by 4 and 2.
John Gallagher won by two holes over Dykes.
George Murray found he was up against the star man of the Welsh team – Walker Cup player Rhys Davies in the No 11 singles berth! Davies won by 6 and 4.
England trailing Ireland by 2pt after the morning foursomes swept away the challenge by taking the singles 7 1/2-2 1/2 for an overall 9-6 victory.
(Scroll down to read the earlier report which included the foursomes results)
SINGLES (6 ½-3 1/2 ).
Saltman halved with Matthews.
Ramsay bt Edwards 6 and 5.
Campbell bt Couins 3 and 1.
Jamieson halved with Gould.
King lost to Mills 1 hole.
McAlpine bt Westgate 4 and 3.
Henry halved with Enoch.
McNicoll bt Evans 4 and 2.
Gallagher bt Dykes 2 holes.
Murray lost to Davies 6 and 4.
SINGLES (7 1/2-2 1/2)
Fisher bt McIlroy 2 and 1.
Wolstenholme halved with Murray.
Moul bt Shaw 1 hole.
Dinwiddie bt Crowe 7 and 5.
McGowan bt Ward 3 and 2.
Parker bt Doran 3 and 2.
Waring lost to Caldwell 3 and 1.
Lewton lost to Lowry 1 hole.
Boyd bt O'Callaghan 4 and 3.
Richardson bt Power 2 and 1.

X1 world university golf championships

Another great round by Stirling student Gordon Yates hoisted him into a share of the men’s individual lead and Great Britain into a two-stroke lead in the men’s team standings at the halfway stage of the X1 world university golf championships at Circolo Golf Torino in Italy today.
Yates, 23, beat off the challenge of the cream of the American college circuit to win the International Collegiate championship at St Andrews Bay last weekend.
Then bang-in-form Gordon, who was a Scotland boy and youth cap a few years back, flies to Italy and shoots 67 and 69 over a course he has never seen before for an eight-under-par aggregate of 136.
He is bracketed with Chen-Chih Chiang from Taipei for the lead, two shots clear of the field.
Team-mate Daniel Willett is in ninth place on 141 with Jason Palmer joint 28th on 146 and Ed Parker sharing third place on 147.
In the team championship, Great Britain are two shots ahead with a 36-hole tally (best three from four scores count daily) of 421.
United States (423) come next with Chinese Taipei (427) third. Ireland (433 are back in seventh place in a field of 15.
Dunblane’s Heather MacRae, a one-time student at San Diego State University, has had a pair of 76s to be lying joint 13th on 152 in the women’s individual section.
But team-mates Olivia Briggs (82-83) and Faye Sanderson (77-83) have not been able to provide strong support so Great Britain are ninth of 14 in women’s team standings at the halfway stage.

Circolo Golf Torino, Italy.
MEN – 421 Great Britain. 423 United States. 437 Chinese Taipei. 428 Japan. 431 Canada. 433 South Africa. 433 Ireland. 434 Thailand. 435 France. 436 New Zealand. 445 Italy. 451 Switzerland. 463 Russia. 475 Slovenia. 506 Germany.
WOMEN – 290 Japan. 291 United States. 294 France. 297 Italy. 299 Chinese Taipei. 301 Russia. 308 Ireland. 309 Thailand. 312 Great Britain. 315 South Africa. 320 New Zealand. 324 Germany. 327 Canada. 357 Slovakia.
MEN – 136 G Yates (GB) 67 68, C-C Chiang (Chinese Taipei) 70 66. 138 Y Ikeda (Jap) 74 64, A Manning (US) 71 67. 139 P Relecom (Bel) 68 71. 140 L Motta (Ita) 71 69, S Jeuffrain (Fra) 70 70, A Campanile (Ita) 67 73. 141 D Willett (GB) 69 72. 142 A McCloy (Ire) 70 72. Other scores: 144 M Campbell (Ire) 73 71, A McAllister (Ire) 69 75. 146 J Palmer (GB) 75 71, P O’Hanlon (Ire) 73 73. 147 E Parker (GB) 77 70. 152 A McKinley (Ire) 78 74.
WOMEN - 143 M Bazin de Jessey (Fra) 76 67, E Hara (Jap) 72 71, S Lewis (US) 72 71. 148 M Vertchenova (Rus) 75 73, Lu Kwan-Chih (Tai) 72 76, S Brown (US) 71 77, A Roscio (Ita) 69 79.
Other scores:
152 H MacRae (GB) 76 76. 153 C Tucker (Ire) 77 76. 155 G O’Leary (Ire) 81 74. 160 N Kitching (Ire) 82 78. 160 F Sanderson (GB) 77 83.
165 O Briggs (GB) 82 83. 177 E Getty (Ire) 85 92.

Mens Home Internationals

For the second day in a row, Scotland were held to a 2 ½-2 ½ draw in the morning foursomes. Ireland did it yesterday. Today Wales followed their example.
Scotland’s foursomes winners were Lloyd Saltman and George Murray followed by Glenn Campbell and Paul O’Hara.
The Richie Ramsay-Scott Jamieson partnership had a square match, also for the second day in a row, while Kevin McAlpine and Scott Henry lost, as did John Gallagher and Jonathan King.
King has been rested for the afternoon singles in which Keir McNicoll will come in for his first outing of the day.
England came back to beat Wales after losing the foursomes so perhaps too much should not be read into a lunchtime scoreline today of: England 1½, Ireland 3½.
England’s only foursomes winners were veteran Gary Wolstenholme and Jamie Moul.
Saltman & Murray bt Cousins & Mills 4 and 2.
Ramsay & Jamieson halved with Evans & Matthews.
Campbell & O’Hara bt Edwards & Thomas 2 and 1.
McAlpine & Henry lost to Davies & Gould 4 and 2.
Gallagher & King lost to Dykes & Westgate 4 and 2.
Fisher & Parker lost to McIlroy & Caldwell 1 hole.
Wolstenholme & Moul bt Murray & Lowry 1 hole.
McGowan & Boyd halved with Crowe, Shaw.
Lewton & Waring lost to Kearney & Callaghan 3 and 2.
Richardson & Gee lost to Ward & Doran 5 and 4.

The Scottish Ladies Golfing Association selectors have chosen the Scotland team for the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Hamilton Golf Club from October 3 to 5.
It is:
Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee), Helen Faulds (Douglas Park), Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh), Moira Thomson (North Berwick), Fiona De Vries (St Rule), Pamela Williamson (Baberton).
Reserves – 1 Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose), 2 Ruth Brown (Lothianburn).
Six of the Scotland team were members of the Scottish line-up that won the Veteran Ladies Golf Association area team championship at Formby, Lancashire a few weeks ago – Bennett, Campbell, Fenton, Thomson, De Vries and Williamson.
England will be bidding to win the senior women’s home internationals’ trophy for a fourth successive year with the following players:
Geraldine Bray (Littlestone), Carole Caldwell (Sunningdale), Susan Pickles (Lee on the Solent), Chris Quinn (Hockley), Chris Stirling (Meon Valley), Christine Watson (Beaconsfield), Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield).
Non-travelling reserves: Sue Westall (Copt Heath), Jeannie O’Keeffe (Guildford Ladies).

Inverness golfer Kerri Harper has cut two strokes off the Nairn Golf Club women’s course record with a round of seven-under-par 68 this week in a club medal competition. The previous record of 70 was held by Laura Walker.
Kerri’s figures were:
OUT – 3 5 3 3 4 3 5 4 4: 34
IN – 5 2 4 4 3 4 3 4 5: 34
There were no bogeys on her card which contained and eagle 3 at the par-5 16th and five birdies (first, third, 11th, 12th, 13th).

LGU Press Release

From an initial entry of over 35,000, 12 ladies’ foursomes pairs will contest the Grand Final of the 2006 Peugeot Coronation Foursomes over the Jubilee course, St Andrews on Monday 18th September.
The Jubilee Course will be a stiff examination of the abilities of the 24 players whose handicaps range from 4 to 36. Fairways lined with high rough and greens showing true links characteristics will greet the finalists, ensuring that only the best will survive.
That was the case in 2005 when the Stoke Rochford pairing of Norma Varley and Sheila Dugmore won the title with a points score of 36, finishing one point clear of second placed Karen James and Hazel Daniel from Vale of Glamorgan.
For Norma and Sheila, winning in St Andrews was only the start and as part of their prize they were allocated places to play in the Pro-Am of the 2006 Weetabix Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes alongside 2004 Champion Karen Stupples. This year’s eventual winners will go one better and qualify for the Pro-Am of 2007 Woman’s British Open which will be played over the world famous Old Course at St Andrews. This will be the first time that a women’s professional golf tournament has been contested over the Old Course’s hallowed links.
2006 represents the fifth year of Peugeot’s title sponsorship of the Coronation Foursomes, which has brought players from England, Scotland and Wales together in Great Britain’s largest Ladies’ tournament.
Play starts at club level where each winning pair progress through to one of 12 Area Finals – eight of which are in England, three in Scotland and one in Wales – where they attempt to earn their place in the Grand Final.
Whatever the outcome, 24 lady golfers from the length and breadth of the country will have the experience of a lifetime at the ‘Home of Golf’ on Monday 18th September.
Cath Lucas and Liz Hunter (Kilmacolm)
Fiona Joss and Sheila Brunton (Caledonia Carnoustie)
Jill Buchan and Lynne Sharp (Dunning)

Northern Counties Ladies Golf Association greensomes have been held at Bonar Bridge/Ardgay Golf Club.
Leading prizewinners:
1 B Bremner and Marina Webster (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) (22.6) 63.4
2 Sheila Hamilton (Brora) and Mary Hayden (Tain) (14.8) 64.2
3 Morag Lane and Moira Gordon (Tarbat) (12.4) 64.6.

US College Golf

Banchory’s Adam Lindsay, a sophomore student at the Iowa Wesleyan College, tied for ninth place with a four-over-par 76 – seven shots behind the winner - in the Loras College Fall Invite golf tournament at The Meadows Golf Club, Dubuque in Iowa.
Adam’s effort helped Iowa Wesleyan (304) finish runners-up to St Ambrose University (287) in the team event, contested by 11 colleges.


Wednesday 6th September 2006

ELGA Press Release
Gloucestershire and Yorkshire make winning start at county finals

Gloucestershire launched their bid for victory in ELGA's county golf championship with a superb 8½-½ win over Hertfordshire at Copt Heath.
Their aim is to reverse last year's result when they were lost the title on countback to Yorkshire, who in turn began their defence with a convincing 6½-2½ win over Cambs & Hunts.
Gloucestershire's Jo Hodge summed up the attitude in the county's camp: "We are really hungry to win this year and we'll be going after Yorkshire!"
Jo herself made an excellent return to top competition after suffering severe tonsillitis. She had a 7/6 singles win over Charlie Douglass, the English girls' championship runner-up, and the quality of her play prompted widespread admiration.
Gloucestershire county captain Jenny May said: "I am so proud of Jo and so proud of all the girls. It was very important to get a good win today and this is a really good result for us."
Yorkshire county captain Ann McMullen was also pleased with her team's performance. She remarked: "We've made a good start to the week and it's going to be very interesting."
Her team spans a broad age range and three of her players are taking part in the county finals for the first time. The youngest pair, 15-year-old Nicky Dunn - from ELGA's Select North squad - and 19-year-old Laura Harvey produced a fine debut performance in the foursomes, beating their opposition 7/6.
Former Curtis Cup player Emma Duggleby, 34, recorded the same scoreline in her singles match and was four-under par when she closed out her opponent - helped by an eagle and three birdies. "The course is well bunkered and has tricky greens," she said afterwards.
Cambs & Hunts' player Julie Walter was unbeaten during the match, teaming up with East Anglian champion Sarah Attwood for a foursomes win and halving her singles. Julie, who was English champion in 1982, was in the Cambs & Hunts team the last time they reached the county finals 20 years ago.
The day's action was watched by a large crowd of spectators as each county drew an army of supporters to the West Midlands.
Tomorrow Yorkshire play Hertfordshire while Gloucestershire play Cambs & Hunts.

Scotland's Mens' Team at the Home Internationals at Pyle and Kenfig
(Photo Courtesy and Copyright © Tom Ward)

Scotland started their defence of the Raymond Trophy with an 8-7 win over Ireland at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club in South Wales.
England rallied from a 3-2 lunchtime foursomes deficit to beat Wales 8 1/2-6 1/2.
The Scots and Irish shared the morning foursomes 2 1/2 pt apiece with neither of the top pairings winning. Lloyd Saltman and George Murray lost by 4 and 3 to McIlroy and Caldwell who were three up at the turn.
Richie Ramsay and Scott Jamieson halved with teenager Kearney and O'Callaghan who were two down at the turn.
In the singles, Saltman still did not get a victory. Mind you he was playing the brilliant young Rory McIlroy. A square game was certainly better than a defeat.
Paul O'Hara's 7 and 6 win over Kearney long before any other ties had finished gave the Scots a big boost because it put them a point ahead.
Ramsay, two up aftere six, was held to a square game by Doran.
Glenn Campbell, one down after 12, kept fighting to win on the 18th green against Ward.
Scott Jamieson, one down at the turn, lost by 3 and 2 to Shaw.
New champion and home internationals debutant Kevin McAlpine came back from one down after 12 to beat Caldwell by two holes.
The experienced Jonathan King was surprisingly given a 6 and 5 pasting by Murray while Scott Henry, still searching to recapture the form that won him the Scottish open stroke-play title in mid-summer, went down by two holes to Lowie.
Cack-handed John Gallagher, three up after six, let it self at bit and finally was held to a square game by Crowe.
But George Murray played his anchor role to perfection for Scotland, delivering a 5 and 4 win after winning two of the first three holes from O'Callaghan.
So the Scots won the singles 5 1/2-4 1/2. Now they play Wales who must have enjoyed their lunch after taking the foursomes 3-2 from the confident English.
The Welsh increased their advantage with good results in the top four singles, two wins and a halved match, but England's greater strength in depth turned the tide their way.
Wins by Moul, Parker, Lewton and Waring while Gee and Richardson got half points each enabled England to turn the tables by winning the singles 6 1/2-3 1/2.

FOURSOMES (2 1/2-2 1/2)
Saltman & Murray lost to McIlroy & Caldwell 4 and 3.
Ramsay & Jamieson halved with Kearney & O'Callaghan.
Campbell & O'Hara bt Ward & Doran 4 and 2.
McAlpine & McNicoll lost to Crowe & Shaw 4 and 2.
King & Gallagher bt Murray & Lowry 3 and 2.
Singles: Scotland 5 1/2, Ireland 4 1/2
Saltman halved with McIlroy.
FRamsay halved with Doran.
Campbell bt Ward 1 ho.e
O'Hara bt Kearney 7 and 6.
Jamieson lost to Shaw 3 and 2.
McAlpine bt Caldwell 2 holes.
King lost to Murray 6 and 5.
Henry lost to Lowry 2 holes.
Gallagher halved with Crowe.
Murray bt O'Callaghan 5 and 4.
ENGLAND 8 1/2, WALES 6 1/2
Foursomes: England 2, Wales 3
Parker, Fisher lost to Davies, Gould 1 hole.
Lewton, McGowan lost to Evans, Matthews 2 holes.
Moul, Wolstenholme bt Edwards, Thomas 4 and 3.
Boyd, Waring bt Cousins, Mills 2 and 1.
Richardson, gee lost to Dykes, Westgate 3 and 2.
Singles: England 6 1/2, Wales 3 1`/2
Dinwiddie halved with Matthews.
Fisher bt Davies 5 and 4.
McGowan lost to Edwards 1 hole.
Wolstenholme lost to Mills 2 and 1.
Mould bt Cousins 3 and 2.
Parker bt Gould 3 and 1.
Lewton bt Enoch 2 and 1.
Waring bt Thomas 5 and 4.
Gee halved with Evans.
Richardson halved with Dykes.
Scotland v Wales
England v Ireland.

World Universities Golf Team Championship
Gordon Yates inspires Great Britain to 1st day lead
Great Britain got off to the perfect start at Circolo Golf Torino today, with the Men’s team combining to finish the day on 5-under par and in 1st place. They hold a one shot lead over the USA with France a shot further back.
Stirling’s Gordon Yates played near faultless golf in shooting 67 (5-under) to finish as GB’s leading scorer. Yates’ score of 6 birdies and one bogey helped him to a joint leader position in the Men’s Individual event along with Italy’s Alberto Campanile. England Boys’ Internationalist, Daniel Willett (Jacksonville State) also produced some fine golf in shooting a 3-under 69. Birmingham University’s Jason Palmer added a 75 to GB’s score, with Ed Parker’s 77 not counting on the day.
In the Women’s event 2005 British Amateur Champion, Heather Macrae (San Diego State) was GB’s leading scorer. Her 76 saw her placed 14th in the Women’s Individual. Northumbria’s Faye Sanderson added a 77 to help Great Britain to a combined team score of 9-over par and 5th place behind joint leaders Italy and USA on 143. Stirling’s Olivia Briggs struggled to an 82, which did not count on the day.
Leading team scores:

1. Great Britain 211
2. USA 212
3. France 213
4. Chinese Taipei 215
5. Ireland 215
6. South Africa 217
1. Italy 143, USA 143
3. Japan 145, Chinese Taipei 145
5. Great Britain 153, Russia 153
7. France 154
Men’s Individual:
67 Gordon Yates (GB), Alberto Campanile (ITA)
68 Willem Van der Merwe (RSA), Pierre Relecom (BEL)
69 Daniel Willett (GB), Aengus McAllister (IRE)
70 Chen-Chih Chiang (TPE), Andrew Lethem (USA), Ming-Chuan Chen (TPE), Alex McCloy (IRE), Stanisls Jeuffrain (FRA)
Women’s Individual:
69 Anna Roscio (ITA)
71 Sara Brown (USA)
72 Chih Lu Kwan (TPE), Stacey Lewis (USA), Enre Hara (JAP)
73 Seki Mai (JAP),
74 Yu Pei-Lin (TPE), Claire Girgnolo (ITA)

European senior women’s amateur team golf championship

England squeezed into the last of the four positions in the top match-play flight of the inaugural European senior women’s amateur team golf championship at Royal Waterloo Golf Club, near Brussels, Belgium today (WED).
England totalled 809 at the end of the two stroke-play qualifying rounds, coming fourth behind Spain (798), France (800) and Italy (802).
Sweden finished one shot behind England on 810 and that relegated them to the Second Flight of the match-play stages.
England’s Chris Quinn shared the individual scoring honours with Ana Vilella (Spain) Both totalled 153 with rounds of 77 and 76.
England will play leading qualifiers Spain and France will play Italy in Thursday’s semi-finals.
Top Flight qualifiers – 798 Spain, 800 France, 802 Italy, 809 England (153 C Quinn 77 76, 162 P Wrightson 76 86, 164 S Westall 86 78, 166 G Bray 80 86, 167 S Pickles 80 87, 171 C Watson 83 88).
Draw: Spain v England, France v Italy.
Second Flight qualifiers: 810 Sweden, 819 Germany, 837 Belgium, 841 Switzerland.
Draw: Sweden v Switzerland, Germany v. Belgium. Third Flight qualifiers: 846 Ireland (163 V Hassett 78 85, 168 S O’Brien Kenney 86 882, 169 M Madden 84 85, 172 M McKenna 83 89, 175 M Henderson 85 90, 178 A Moloney 85 93, 864 Netherlands, 878 Finland.
Draw: Ireland bye, Netherlands v Finland.
Leading individuals: 153 C Quinn (Eng) 77 76, A Vilella (Spa) 77 76. 155 V Hoff (Swe) 76 79.

Forres Golf Club professional Sandy Aird is sponsoring and organising a new open match-play tournament for Under-18 boys under the auspices of the North District of the Scottish Golf Union next month.
“As North District coach I realised that we had no match-play events for juniors in the North so that is why I am starting the North of Scotland Open boys’ match-play championship,” said Sandy.
“There will be three age categories – Under-18, Under-16 and Under-14.
“Forres Golf Club has kindly granted courtesy of the course for the inaugural event. If it is a success, this should become an annual event.
“There will be two qualifying rounds on October 16 and 17 followed by the top 16 in each category going on to match-play, finishing on the afternoon of October 19.”
Entry is only £5 and Sandy is funding the award of over £500 in vouchers.
There is no geographic restriction on entries.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the North District SGU website -
Sandy Aird is available to answer any queries at 01309 672250.

DEESIDE GOLF CLUB , Sunday 10th September 2006

9.00 Lauren Whyte & Gavin Prise (Aberdeen Ladies/Murcar Links, 11 & 3)

           Sue Mortimer & Kevin Leslie (Aboyne/Torphins, 14 & 4)

9.08 Sheena Wood & Andrew Charles (Aberdeen Ladies/Deeside, 1 & 5)

           Ellie Whyte & Ron Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies/Deeside, 7 & 15)

9.16 Louise Smith & Andrew Shinie (Inchmarlo, 6 & 10)

           Jillian Milne & Stuart Milne (Craigie Hill, 4 & 9)

9.24 Laura Murray & Cameron Johnstone (Alford/Northern, 2 & 18)

           Jocelyn Carthew & Greg Mackie (Ladybank, 0 & 0)

9.32 Rose Anderson & Clark Anderson (Huntly, 5 & 4)

           Elaine Moffat & Gary Denholm (St Regulus/Mortonhall, 2 & 3)

9.40 Rebecca Copland & Allan Copland (Scotscraig/Carnoustie, 5 & 5)

           Laura McLardy & Alasdair Imray (Murcar Links/Royal Aberdeen, 3 & 7)

9.48 Mhairi Johnstone & Derek Johnstone (Northern, 5 & 10)

           Marivi Millership & Andrew Millership (Deeside, 6 & 15)

9.56 Ashley Smith & Mark Thomson (Monifieth/Grange, 10 & 4)

           Alison Houston & Derek Houston (Dollar/Muckhart, 8 & 3)

10.04 Frances McMillan & Ben Liddle (Stirling, 19 & 2)

           Louise Smith & Ian Smith (Monifieth/Grange, 16 & 6)

10.12 Wendy Smith & Bob Malloch (Kirriemuir/Monifieth, 20 & 17)

           Fiona Fullerton & Dennis Grant (Huntly, 20 & 5)

10.20 Sammy Vass & Jimmy Russell (Tain/Murcar Links, 6 & 1)

           Claire McLoughlin & David Jones (Gullane/Hawarden, 5 & 2)

10.28 Julie Vass & Kerr Smith (Tain, 19 & 10)

           Anne Dunnett & Brian Bell (Newmacher, 15 & 9)

10.36 Mary Miller & R Murray Miller (Cruden Bay, 14 & 13)

           Carolyn Richards & Les Dalgarno (Braemar/Deeside, 19 & 17)

10.44 Caitlin Geddes & Garry Geddes (Northern, 27 & 4)

           Sheilagh Belford & Lindsay Clark (Deeside/Edzell, 33 & 2)

10.52 Jacolyn Henderson & Nicholas Henderson (Deeside/Craibstone, 28 & 5)

           Megan Clyne & Graham Mitchell (Deeside/Northern, 25 & +1)

11.00 Fiona Currie & John Currie (Stonehaven, 18 & 18)

           Pat Spence & Sandy Duthie (Stonehaven, 26 & 18)

11.08 Aileen Duthie & Robert Denholm (Stonehaven, 30 & 18)

           Marian Wilson & Andrew Spence (Hazelhead/Stonehaven, 29 & 17)

11.16 Lesley Hendry & Brian Moore (Routenburn/Largs, 3 & +2)

           E Farquharson-Black & Stuart Wilson (Deeside/Forfar, 0 & +2)

11.24 Jane Turner & Blair MacKay (Mortonhall/West Linton, 1 & 3)

           Megan Briggs & Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm, 2 & +1)

11.32 Fiona Prouse & Laurence Prouse (Hazelhead, 7 & 4)

           Vicki Smith & Gerard Smith (Kilmarnock Barassie/Glasgow, 9 & 6)

11.40 Marta Moody & Ronald Moody (Murcar Links/Deeside, 20 & 13)

           Susan Tait & Stuart Tait (Newmachar/Meldrum House, 8 & 15)

11.48 Jemma Chalmers & Dougal Chalmers (Monifieth/Royal Dornoch, 2 & 20)

           Carol Eddie & Alistair Eddie (Hazlehead/Deeside, 7 & 3)

11.56 Mary Summers & Graham Summers (Panmure Barry, 3 & 6)

           Fiona Lockhart & Kevin Hastie (St Regulus/St Andrews, 0 & +1)

12.04 Audrey Clark & Duncan Clark (Duff House Royal, 12 & 1)

           Frances Millar & Robin Reyner (Carnoustie Ladies/Carnoustie, 5 & 1)

Lundin Golf Club member James White, winner of the Scottish boys’ match-play championship at the start of the season, has turned down the chance to play for Scotland against England in the annual schools golf international match at Hillside Golf Club, Lancashire on Monday, September 18.
This was because he is due to play in next week’s The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy at Dundonald Golf Club, Ayrshire. That 54-hole tournament ends on Thursday.
White’s place was given to Fraser McKenna (Boclair Acad, Bearsden) by the Scottish Schools Golf Association selection committee.
In White’s absence, the boys' line-up will be spearheaded by the Scottish schoolboys champion, Ross Bell from Harris Academy, Dundee.
Paul Shields (Trinity High, Rutherglen) and Kyle Smith (Marr College, Troon) originally accepted places in the Scotland schoolboys team but have now withdrawn so that they can play for the Scotland v North of England Under-16 boys match – played under the auspices of the Scottish Golf Union – at The Glen Golf Club, North Berwick on Sunday, September 17.
Their places have gone to Simon Barras (Vale of Leven Acad, Alexandria) and Joshua Clarke (Montrose Academy).
Scottish schoolgirls’ champion Michele Thomson (Ellon Academy) was not available for selection as she has enrolled at Jacksonville State University, Alabama on a four-year golf scholarship.
Last year’s schoolgirls title-winner, Laura Murray (Alford Academy) was selected but has had to withdraw after discovering that the date of the match against England clashes with the day she has to enrol at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
Laura’s place has gone to Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh Grammar) who was beaten finalist in the Scottish Under-18 girls’ match-play championship at Peebles and has broken two women’s course records down Lothians way in the past week or two.
The schoolgirls’ team, despite the absence of Michele and Laura – not to mention Carly Booth (who will be back in the country from Florida but playing in the Junior Ryder Cup match on September and 19) and Sally Watson (also attending the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida), is a strong one.
It contains full Scotland women’s international Krystle Caithness (Waid Academy, Anstruther), winner of the Scottish Under-21 girls’ title with some very low scoring at Stirling, and Roseanne Niven (Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn), winner of the Scottish Under-18 girls' match-play title.
Heavy rain washed out the singles play in last year's schools international matches at Glasgow Gailes. England won the boys' foursomes 3 1/2-2 1/2 but Scotland won the girls' foursomes 2-1
The Scottish Schools Golf Association has announced the following teams to play the English Schools at Hillside Golf Club, Lancashire on Monday, September 18:
BOYS – Simon Barras (Vale of Leven Acad, Alexandria), Ross Bell (Harris Acad, Dundee), Andrew Campbell (Vale of Leven Acad, Alexandria), Joshua Clarke (Montrose Acad), Michael Daily (Trinity High, Renfrew), Daniel Fitzpatrick (Notre Dame High, Greenock), Cameron Gray (Glasgow High), Michael Main (Balwearie High, Kirkcaldy), Fraser McKenna (Boclair Acad, Bearsden), Alan Murdoch (Stranraer Acad), Chris Robinson (Douglas Ewart High, Newton Stewart), Colin Thomson (Hutchesons’ Grammar, Glasgow).
GIRLS – Megan Briggs (Gryffe High, Johnstone), Krystle Caithness (Waid Acad, Anstruther), Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh Grammar), Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Acad), Roseanne Niven (Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn), Jane Turner (George Watson’s College, Edinburgh).

15-year-old Daniel Naismith wins the 2006 Angus County Junior Order of Merit. The Kirriemuir youngster is followed by seven other Kirriemuir Juniors to secure the top eight places.
Two years ago Daniel was forced to give up a promising football career when he was diagnosed with Osgood Schlatter Desease. The condition affects the knee joints of young athletes and if care is not taken the damage can be permanent.
The distraught youngster turned his attention to golf and under the watchful eye of Kirriemuir Head Coach, Karyn Dallas, is risen quickly through he ranks.
The Kirriemuir Juniors are all part of the Total Golf Coaching Programme developed by Kirriemuir Professional, Karyn Dallas. It is currently being used by players of all standards, from Tour Pro’s to 5-year-old beginners. The programme is also being used by Montrose Professional, Jason Boyd. Significantly the top ten spots in this year’s order of merit were from these locations.
For more information on Total Golf try
Angus County Junior Order of Merit. – Top Ten






D. Naismith




A. Anderson




A. Nolan




R. Millar




R. Tinker




M. Farquharson




L. Rowlands




S. Cameron




D. Begg

Montrose Merc.



G. Lamb

Royal Montrose


Tuesday 5th September 2006

Joan Mair had a hole in one with a three-wood at the 130yd fifth hole during the SVLGA Northern meeting at Deeside Golf Club. Her playing partners were A Stalker and M McKay.
Leading Stableford points scores (CSS 72) were:
E Webster (16) 37
M Robinson (13) 36
F Neish (4) 36
S Hodge (12) 35
Senior prize: E Webster
A Willox (21) 38
H Omand (26) 36
V Kelly (2 33
S Fyffe (25) 32
Senior Prize: H Omand

France (394) led from England and Germany, both 396, with Ireland (415) in eighth place at the end of the first qualifying round in the first European senior women’s team championship over the Royal Waterloo course near Brussels in Belgium today.
Claudine Chatrier (France) had the best individual score of two-over-par 74 – two shots ahead of Pat Wrightson (England), Anyta Remoleur (France), Karin Gumpert (Germany) and Viveka Hoff (Sweden).
The teams go on to match-play after Wednesday's second qualifyng round.
Scotland and Wales did not enter teams.
396 ENGLAND (P Wrightson 76, C Quinn 77, G Bray 80, S Pickles 80, C Watson 83. Non-counter: S Westall 86).
401 ITALY.
415 IRELAND ( V Hassett 78, M McKenna 83, M Madden 84, M Henderson 85, A Molony 85. Non-counter: S O’Brien Kenney 86).
74 Claudine Chatrier (Fa).
76 Pat Wrightson (Eng), Anyta Remoleur (Fra), Karin Gumpert (Ger), Viveka Hoff (Swe).
77 Ana Vilella (Spain), Chris Quinn (Eng).

Finalists and Officials at the Scottish Seniors Championship on Sunday.
L to R: SLGA President Nancy Chisholm, Machrihanish Lady Captain, Scottish Seniors Champion Fiona de Vries, Runner-up Helen Faulds, Mchrihanish Captain, SLGA Chairman Margaret Rodgers

Photos of the Scottish Seniors Championship
Carol Fell, the Renfrewshire webmaster has published photos of the Scottish Seniors Championship held at Macrihanish last weekend.

ELGA Press Release

England names Espirito Santo team
Internationals Melissa Reid, Kerry Smith and Sophie Walker will represent England in the Espirito Santo Trophy - the women's world amateur team championship - in South Africa from October 18-21.
The team will be captained by ELGA vice-chairman Sarah Miller, who has played for both England and Great Britain & Ireland. The non-travelling reserves are the Ganton golfers Naomi Edwards and Rachel Bell.
Melissa Reid, 18, (Chevin), a member of the 2006 Curtis Cup team, is the Scottish open strokeplay champion and won the English girls' championship in both 2004 and 2005. She has also played in the European team in the junior Solheim Cup.
Kerry Smith, 34, (Waterlooville), who played in the 2002 Curtis Cup team, has just hit top form in the European ladies championship in Germany. She shot the low round of the tournament with a six-under par 65 on the final day and finished in second place.
Sophie Walker, 22, (Kenwick Park) is ELGA's order of merit titleholder. Sophie and Kerry Smith were both members of the GB&I team which won the 2005 Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe. Sophie went on to help England win two gold medals in golf's Olympics, the Spirit international amateur championship in the USA.
Sarah Miller (Langley Park) brings wide experience to her role, both as a player and a captain. She has represented England in the home internationals and the European ladies' team championship; she has played for GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy; and on three occasions she has helped England seniors to win the European seniors' team championship.
She has captained the England girls' and seniors' teams and she led Kent to consecutive successes in the county golf championship. She is currently president of the Kent ladies' association.
"I am very excited at the prospect of captaining our Espirito Santo team," said Sarah. "We have a really good team - a dream team - and lots to be positive about."
This will be the first time ELGA has sent an England team to the championship since the inaugural event in 1964, when the side won the bronze medal. Since then the four home countries have competed together under the banner of Great Britain and Ireland.
The championship will be played over the Stellenbosch and De Zalze courses, near Cape Town, and has attracted a record entry of 51 teams.

LGU Press Release

England has included four of the players who won the 2005 Ladies’ Home International Matches in the team to defend their title at Frilford Heath from 13-15 September.
Naomi Edwards, Felicity Johnson, Kerry Smith and Sophie Walker helped England complete last year’s matches undefeated, thus adding to their impressive record since the matches started in 1895.
In fact, when Ireland won the title in 2003 and 2004, they ended a period of dominance in which England had won 10 of the previous 11 contests.
Six of the eight players who competed in this year’s Curtis Cup match will be competing at Frilford Heath and with three of these players – Tricia Mangan, Martina Gillen and Claire Coughlan – in their side, Ireland will be looking for a further success.
Scotland last won the Home Internationals in 1991 at Aberdovey where they successfully defended the title they had won at Hunstanton. This year Scotland has selected a strong squad which includes Curtis Cup reserves Heather MacRae and Krystle Caithness, 17, winner of this year’s St Rule Trophy.
In 1999, Wales interrupted eleven successive wins for England to put their name on the Miller Trophy for the first, and to date, only time. In seeking a second title winning performance they will be looking for inspiration from Breanne Loucks, one of the 2006 Curtis Cup players at Bandon Dunes and from Stephanie Evans their National Champion.
Frilford Heath in Abingdon, Oxfordshire is only two years short of its centenary and in that time has gone from a rough nine hole layout on rented fields to one of the unique group of clubs in the British Isles boasting of 54 holes of championship golf.
The club has hosted championships at every level and recently was the venue for the Seniors’ Open Amateur Championship. Other notable events include the English Amateur, the EGU Champion Club Tournament and the English Open Seniors’ Championship.

Rachel Bell, Ganton
Elizabeth Bennett, Brokenhurst Manor
Naomi Edwards, Ganton
Felicity Johnson, Harborne
Florentyna Parker, Royal Birkdale
Melissa Reid, Chevin
Kerry Smith, Waterlooville
Sophie Walker, Kenwick Park
Sara Bishop, Windyhill
Krystle Caithness, St Regulus
Louise Kenney, Pitreavie
Heather MacRae, Dunblane New
Roseanne Niven, Crieff
Martine Pow, Selkirk
Sally Watson, Elie & Earlsferry Ladies
Jenna Wilson, Strathaven
Claire Coughlan, Cork
Maria Dunne, Skerries
Martina Gillen, Beaverstown
Niamh Kitching, Claremorris
Tricia Mangan, Ennis
Danielle McVeigh, Royal Co. Down Ladies'
Maura Morrin, The Curragh
Deirdre Smith, Co. Louth
Tara Davies, Holyhead
Stephanie Evans, Vale of Llangollen
Becky Harries, Haverford West
Sahra Hassan, Vale of Glamorgan
Breanne Loucks, Wrexham
Jo Nicolson, Wrexham
Katherine O' Conner, Tadmarton Heath
Rhian Wyn Thomas, Vale of Glamorgan

Another record for Rachael
Spurred on by a course record 69 in the East of Scotland Girls Autumn Meeting at Kilspindie on Sunday, Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh Old Course) had another record-breaking 69 at Lothianburn in the Midlothian Autumn Meeting on Monday.

More course record news
Perth & Kinross county team member, Gwen Lambie, of Dunkeld & Birnam Golf Club, recently broke her own course record set earlier this year with a 73.

Last chance to enter 2006 Gibson Cup - Friday 8th September.
The last day for entries to this year’s Gibson Cup is rapidly approaching. Held over the weekend of 30th September/1st October, this year’s tournament is sponsored by The Ladies Golf Centre, Edinburgh, so as well as the opportunity to compete for a 99 year old trophy there is a range of super prizes to play for. Entry Forms can be obtained from Anne Brownie by e-mail to (See also August archive for 23rd August article).

Loudoun Gowf, who won the Scottish final of the Mail on Sunday.
Back row, left to right – Christine Milroy, Sally Hamilton, Liz Keohone, Aileen Anderson. In front, left to right – Audrey Thompson (captain), Gale Macpherson. Missing was team member Margaret Hendrie.

Loudoun Ladies Triumph in the Scottish Final (Report from the Captain)
The ladies of Loudoun Gowf Club battled through 8 rounds of matchplay starting back in March, to reach the quarter finals of the Mail on Sunday competition. This is to be played at the Worsley Park in Manchester next month.
Having gained home advantage in the Scottish Final, the weather dealt the girls a cruel blow by closing the course, resulting in the game being switched to Uphall Golf Club in West Lothian. (see photo right)
Fate was on the girls side as Loudoun triumphed 3.5 to 1.5.
All the five games were played in great spirit. The Uphall ladies were gracious in defeat and treated everyone to several glasses of bubbly. Let’s hope the champagne will be popping at Manchester, for a place in the semi-finals at Catalunya in Spain in November.
Our Road to Manchester:
Round 1 Bye
Round 2 19/3/06 Lochwinnowch (A) 19th
Round 3 19/4/06 Brunstane Castle (H) 5-0
Round 4 1/5/06 Barassie (A) 19th
Round 5 26/5/06 Erskine (H) 4-1
Round 6 2/7/06 Cowglen (A) 3.5-1.5
Round 7 30/7/06 Tain (H) 4-1
Round 8 3/9/06 Uphall (H then A) 3.5-1.5

US College Golf

Jacksonville University’s Scottish trio of golfers – Duncan Stewart (Grantown on Spey), Russell Knox (Inverness) and Jamie Kennedy (Edinburgh) – have started the new American college golf season the way they finished the last one.
Jacksonville won the team title in the Sanctuary Cove Preview 36-hole tournament at Sanctuary Cove, Waverly in Georgia by 14 shots.
Stewart set a record, seven-birdie 66 (34-32) for the 7,003yd, par-71 course in the first round and followed it up with a 70 for a three-shot victory with a total of six-under-par 136 in the individual event.
Russell Knox finished joint second on 139 with rounds of 68 and 71.
Jamie Kennedy had a level par total of 142 (73-69) to finish joint seventh.
Stewart’s course record only stood for a few hours. In the second round, Jeff Dennis (North Florida) lowered it to 65.
The tournament was contested by four colleges who compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference of which Jacksvonille were champions in the 2005-2006 season. The new season’s championship will be played over the same Sanctuary Cove course next April.
136 D Stewart (Jacksonville) 66 70.
139 R Knox (Jacksonville) 68 71, M Kleinrock (Jacksonville) 70 69, J C Horne (North Florida) 68 71.
140 J Dennis (North Florida) 75 65.
142 J Kennedy (Jacksonville) 73 69.
554 Jacksonville.
568 North Florida.
582 Gardner-Webb.
590 Mercer.

Monday 4th September 2006

Course Record for Rachael
We've had confirmation from Kilspindie Golf Club that the 69 scored by Rachael Livingstone in the East of Scotland Girls' Autumn Meeting on Sunday is a new course record. Congratulations Rachael!

Paul Lawrie with the winning Ellon Academy team
(left to right): James Booth, Adam Dunton and Murray Paterson,
after their victory in the Paul Lawrie Schools Team Challenge tournament at Peterculter Golf Club.


Ellon Academy won the Paul Lawrie Schools Team Challenge Scratch Trophy for the second year in a row at Peterculter Golf Club today (Monday).
James Booth had a 73, Adam Dunton a 75 and Murray Paterson a 78, which gave them a total of 226 and a two-stroke victory from Banchory Academy and Robert Gordon’s College.
Adam Dunton is the only player to have played in both Ellon Academy’s winning teams.
Banchory Academy’s Chris Robb, who had the day’s lowest individual score of 71 – two over the CSS, Tom Spencer (73) and Sean Mechie (84) were awarded second place on a countback of the inward halves (111 to 115) of both sets of three players.
Robert Gordon’s College (Ali MacDonald 73, Chris Brown 74 and tom Rennie 81) also had an aggregate of 228,
Robb’s card of 71 (36-35) had birdies at the first, 15th and 17th and bogeys at the sixth and 14th.
Dyce Academy won the A T Personnel Team Handicap Trophy with a net total of 206 – five shots better than second-placed Cults Academy with Bankhead Academy (214) third.
Ellon Academy had the third best net total of 213 but, having won the scratch award, the rules of the competition, organised by Derek Johnstone, debarred them from winning another prize.
Dyce Academy’s team was Ryan Gray, Andrew MacAskill and Cameron Murray. Ryan and Andrew had net 66s off handicaps of 27 and 23 respectively. Cameron had a net 74 off 18.
Runners-up Cults Academy were represented by Andrew Dingwall, Scott Patterson and Rachael Polson, one of six girls who took part in the 21-team field with entries ranging from as far south as Grove Academy, Dundee and Monifieth High School.
Paul Lawrie presented the prizes, generously sponsored by Callaway, after giving the boys and girls an entertaining clinic on the practice ground for the best part of an hour.
(CSS: Boys 69, Girls 71)
226 Ellon Academy (J Booth 73, A Dunton 75, M Paterson 78).
228 Banchory Academy (C Robb 71, T Spencer 73, S Mechie 84), Robert Gordon’s College (A MacDonald 73, C Brown 84, T Rennie 81) (Banchory had better combined inward halves, 111-115).
232 Aberdeen Grammar School, Monifieth High.
238 Oldmachar Academy.
241 Meldrum Academy.
242 Hazlehead Academy.
244 Grove Academy.
249 Cults Academy.
252 Montrose Academy.
254 Harlaw Academy.
261 Bridge of Don Academy.
264 Westhill Academy.
266 Bankhead Academy, Gordon Schools (Huntly).
274 Dyce Academy.
279 Kemnay Academy.
NRs Aboyne Academy, Torry Academy.
Disq Kincorth Academy.
206 Dyce Academy: R Gray (27) 66, A MacAskill (23) 66, C Murray (18) 74.
211 Cults Academy: A Dingwall (4) 68, S Patterson (10) 69, R Polson (24) 74.
213 Ellon Academy: J Booth (6) 67, A Dunton (2) 73, M Paterson (5) 73 (Ellon Academy’s scratch victory ruled them out of the handicap prize list).
214 Bankhead Academy: S Ross ((18) 67, C Rennie (9) 71, N Munroe (25) 76.
216 Bridge of Don Academy, Robert Gordon’s College.
217 Monifieth High, Montrose Academy.
218 Bankhead Academy, Kemnay Academy, Hazlehead Academy.
221 Alford Academy, Grove Academy.
222 Aberdeen Grammar School, Oldmachar Academy.
223 Meldrum Academy.
230 Harlaw Academy.
241 Gordon Schools (Huntly), Westhill Academy.
NRs Aboyne Academy, Torry Academy.
Disq Kincorth Academy.

Dyce Academy team -
left to right: Ryan Gray, Andrew MacAskill and Cameron Gray -
winners of the A T Personnel Handicap Team Trophy.
On left Annette Masson of sponsors A T Personnel and, on the right, Paul Lawrie.

Ladies European Tour

Apologies to Clare Queen for writing her off as failing to beat the 36-hole cut on Saturday in the Finnair Masters at Helsinki Golf Club in Finland.
Clare birdied the last to qualify for the final round by one shot and then she shot a 72 in the third and last round for a total of 220. That gave her a share of 52nd place and earned her 860 Euros.
In her final round, Miss Queen has a double bogey 5 at the short second and then shed further shots at the third and fourth. Then Clare got into her stride with abirdies at the sixth, 10th and 13th before another bogey popped up at the 17th. But she birdied the 18th for the second day in a row so, well done, Clare.
She is 92nd on the Ladies European Tour money list with 13,332 Euros gained from 12 events.
Sadly Lynn Kenny is not doing so well and is danger of having to go back to the Tour School. She missed the cut in Finland and is 134th in the table with 4,017 Euros from 12 events.
By the way, France's Virginie Lagoutte won the Finnair Masters with 68, 68 and 67 for 10-under-par 203. That earned her 30,000 Euros.
She won by two shots from Sweden's Elin Ohlsson who had 67, 70 and 68 to win 20,300 Euros.
Joint third on 208 were Gwladys Nocera (France) with 68, 72 and 689, and Kris Lindstrom (Sweden) with 68, 69 and 71. They each won 12,400 Euros.

Claire Hargan wins Midlothian Champion of Champions
[Report and photo pinched from MCLGA website]
Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) beat Jane Turner (Glencorse) at the fourteenth hole of the Royal Burgess Golf Course at Barnton this afternoon to win the Antonio Vase and the Midlothian Champion of Champions tournament for the second year in a row.
A good crowd of supporters watched an excellent game. Claire's very consistent golf was the key to her victory. Congratulations to both players on the standard of golf which they played in a sporting and friendly match.
Jane & Claire are pictured right after the prize-giving.
Thanks go to the Royal Burgess for granting courtesy of the course and to the Ladies' Golf Centre of Edinburgh for their sponsorship of the competition.
The beaten semi-finalists in the competition were Fiona Hunter (Baberton) and Eileen Gillespie (Lochend)

Press Release

17 year old English Asian golfer, Kiran Matharu, the current Ladies English Amateur Champion and Curtis Cup player, has signed a long term exclusive representation agreement with 4sports & Entertainment, the leading Swiss sports management agency.
Kiran’s superb amateur career, which also included winning the Faldo Junior Series in 2004 and 2005, was recognised earlier this year when she received the accolade of ‘Female Junior Sports Personality of the Year’ at the Sony Entertainment Television Sports Personality of the Year awards for British Asians.
Kiran made an impressive professional debut at the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe recently finishing 15th. Nick Faldo, who’s Junior Series she has won twice, commented “I’ve worked with Kiran for nearly three years now and in that time she has certainly proved that she has the potential to succeed on the big stage. Kiran combines a great game with a steady nerve and I’m confident that, with a little more experience, she will be in a position to challenge for the very highest honours that the Ladies game has to offer.”
Kiran’s forthcoming schedule includes her attending the LPGA Qualifying School before competing in the Ladies English Open at Chart Hills.

Sunday 3rd September 2006

Stirling University’s Gordon Yates pulled off a great individual win in the 2nd International Collegiate Championship over the Torrance Course at St Andrews Bay today.
He shot rounds of 67, 68 and 68 for a 13-under-par total of 203 – five shots ahead of Dustin Johnson (Coastal Carolina).
Yates, a former Scotland boy and youth international, led the field recently in the Leven Gold Medal before subsiding to eighth place.
On a team level – and on the American college circuit – team performances count more than individual displays, Stirling University made a gallant bid to keep up with the “big boys” from America.
They eventually finished a creditable sixth of 10 teams, only four strokes behind the fourth-placed Texas Tech.
The Stirling team were lying second to North Carolina at the end of 18 holes and were still hanging on in the No 2 spot overnight.
But in Sunday’s final round, Stirling subsided to a team total of 294 – a big drop-off from their first two scores of 285 and 286. That gave Stirling a final team aggregate of 865 compared with title winners North Carolina’s 855.
Defending champions Wake Forest – they won over the same course when the International Collegiate was first place in 2002 – and Coastal Carolina came with a run on the last day.
Wake Forest got to within two shots of overhauling North Carolina but had to be content with the runner-up spot.
Coastal Carolina’s Sunday team score of 278 was the lowest achieved by any of the 10 teams over the two days and hoisted them up to third place on 858.
835 North Carolina 279 289 287.
857 Wake Forest 287 289 281.
858 Coastal Carolina 286 294 278.
861 Texas Tech 292 285 284.
864 Texas A&M 294 290 280.
865 Stirling 285 286 294.
868 Baylor 293 290 285.
877 Georgia Southern 295 298 284.
880 R&A Bursars 295 293 292.
907 St Andrews 307 294 306.
203 G Yates (Stirling) 67 68 68.
208 D Johnson (Coastal Carolina) 70 68 70.
210 M Ureta (North Carolina) 70 71 69, C McCartin (Wake Forest) 70 70 70, J Younan-Wise (Texas Tech) 75 68 67, D Groves (Wake Forest) 73 70 67, C Turnquist (Baylor) 70 70 70.
211 O Floren (Texas Tech) 70 69 72, R Riesen (North Carolina) 67 73 71, C Hooper (Coastal Carolina) 72 71 68.
212 Z Byrd (Coastal Carolina) 70 76 76.
214 B Burgoon (Texas AM) 72 72 67, B Allcorn (Baylor) 77 70 67.
Other totals:
215 A Romona (R&A) 75 72 68 (jt 14th).
217 M Campbell (R&A) 69 73 74 (jt 17th).
219 P Betty (Stirling) 73 74 72 (jt 24th).
224 E Polson (Stirling) 71 74 79 (jt 38th).
225 B Rushford (Stirling) 79 71 75, G Davidson (St Andrews) 74 79 72, M Jones (R&A) 73 76 76 (jt 42nd).
226 M Kerr (R&A) 78 74 74, S Borrowman (Stirling) 74 73 79 (jt 45th).
228 M Dickson (St Andrews) 75 71 82 (jt 50th).
229 R Dixon (St Andrews) 82 73 74 (jt 52nd).
230 R Rebecchi (St Andrews) 79 73 78 (jt 54th).
234 I Griffiths (R&A) 80 74 80 (jt 59th).
238 J Lockie (St Andrews) 79 77 82 (62nd) .

St Andrews hotelier Fiona De Vries (St Rule) won the Scottish senior women’s amateur match-play championship at Machrihanish Golf club today (Sunday).
In the 18-hole, final Fiona, who had qualified in fifth place from the stroke-play section of the four-day programme, beat Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) by 4 and 3.
In the morning semi-finals, Mrs Faulds had beaten the defending champion Pamela Williamson (Baberton) by one hole.
All three seeds in the match-play stages, Ruth Brown, winner of the stroke-play championship on Friday, Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) and Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay), were knocked out in the first round in very wet conditions on Saturday morning.
Lorna Bennett won the consolation match-play tournament, beating Noreen Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) by one hole in the final.
Collated results.
Machrihanish Golf Club
S McGregor (Edzell) bt R Brown (Lothianburn) 2 and 1.
E Campbell (Torwoodlee) bt J Paterson (Drumpellier) 2 holes.
F De Vries (St Rule) bt A Telfer (Milngavie) 8 and 7.
M Thomson (North Berwick) bt N Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) 1 hole.
J Mack (Haggs Castle) bt L Terry (Cruden Bay) 5 and 4.
H Faulds (Douglas Park) bt R Anderson (Huntly) 5 and 4.
P Williamson (Baberton) bt A Smart (Banchory) 8 an d7.
K Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) bt L Bennett (Ladybank) at 19th.
Quarter-finals - Campbell bt McGregor 3 and 1, De Vries bt Thomson2 and 1, Faulds bt Mack 2 holes, Williamson bt Ballantyne 6 and 5.
Semi-finals – De Vries bt Campbell 4 and 3, Faulds bt Williamson 1 hole.
Final – De Vries bt Faulds 4 and 3.
Consolation Tournament – Final – L Bennett (Ladybank) bt N Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) 1 hole.

East of Scotland Girls
Rachael Livingstone wins Autumn Meeting
18 year old Scottish girl Internationalist, Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh Old Course) won the first scratch prize in the East of Scotland Girls Autumn Meeting at Kilspindie this afternoon, with a 69, by one shot from Hannah Harvey (St Rule).
One handicap Rachael was out in two-over par 37 with a triple bogey 7 at the 7th, but a birdie 2 at the 10th set up a return in 32, her inward score only blotted by a 4 at the 241-yard-par-3-18th where she took three from the edge. Rachael's score matched the par, SSS and CSS of 69. It has yet to be confirmed as a course record.
Five-handicap Hannah played very steadily, out in one over 36 and back in level 34 and took first handicap prize overall with 70 less 5 net 65.
First handicap in the Under-18 section was won by Arlene McGarty from Bathgate with 75 less 7 net 68, on the better inward half from Rachael Archibald (Merchants of Edinburgh).
Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) won the first prize in the Under 14 group with 78 less 9 net 69, and 12 year old Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) took second place in this section with 95 less 25 net 70 with a 14 on her card!
Twenty girls took part and the organisers are grateful to Kilspindie Golf Club for granting courtesy of the course.
Leading scratch scores (Club and Handicap in brackets)
69 Rachael Livingstone (Musselburgh Old 1)
70 Hannah Harvey (St Rule 5)
75 Arlene McGarty (Bathgate 7)
76 Emma Fairnie (Dunbar 3)
78 Rachael Watton (Mortonhall 9)
79 Rachael Archibald (Merchants of Edinburgh 11)
81 Susan Jackson (Ladybank 4)
86 Cara Easton (Dalmahoy 8)

Prizewinners and competitors at the Aberdeenshire Women-Girls Greensomes

Aberdeenshire Girls

A double-bogey 6 at the last hole cost the Aberdeen Ladies pairing of Sheena Wood and Lauren Whyte victory in the Aberdeenshire woman-girl greensomes competition at Oldmeldrum Golf Club today.
The drives of both players went out of bounds on to the practice putting area in front of the clubhouse. They finished on 74.
Victory, for the second year in a row, went to playing partners Donna Pocock (Murcar Links). pictured right, and Mhairi Johnstone (Northern), further right in photograph, who achieved a birdie 3 at the 18th,, which represented a three-stroke swing in their favour at the closing hole. They had a score of 73.
Aberdeen Ladies hockey team players Kathleen Thomson and her daughter Natalie (both Murcar Links) finished third with a 76.
73 D Pocock (Murcar Links) & M Johnstone (Northern).
74 S Wood & L Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies).
76 K Thomson & N Thomson (Murcar Links).
66 D Hadden & L McGillivray (Oldmeldrum) (14).
68 ½ S Shepherd & M Clyne (Deeside) (14 ½).
69 J McWilliam & L Duncan (Aboyne) (15).
Class 1 (0-20)
69 ½ C Ross & C Geddes (Northern) (16 ½).
71 S Beattie & C Prouse (Hazlehead) (15).
Class 2 (21-36)
71 C Low & S Low (McDonald Ellon) (23).
75 E Davidson & N Lamond (21).

International Collegiate Championship

Stirling University did very well at the end of first day in the International Collegiate Championship to separate the “big boys” from America and be lying second in the 10-team contest over the Torrance Course at St Andrews Bay Golf Resort.
With one round to go on Sunday, North Carolina lead with a team total of 568 - only three strokes ahead of Stirling.
Wake Forest, bidding to repeat their win in the inaugural tournament of 2002, are lying third on 576, one shot ahead of Texas Tech.
Gordon Yates (Stirling), pictured right, leads the individual event with a magnificent nine-under-par total of 135 (67-68).
He is three shots clear of Dustin Johnson (Coastal Carolina) (70-68) with Oscar Floren (Texas Tech third on 139.
568 North Carolina.
571 Stirling.
576 Wake Forest.
577 Texas Tech.
580 Coastal Carolina.
583 Baylor.
584 Texas A&M.
588 R&A Bursars.
593 Georgia Southern.
601 St Andrews.
135 G Yates (Stirling) 67 68.
138 D Johnson (Coastal Carolina) 70 68.
139 O Floren (Texas Tech) 70 69.
140 C McCartin (Wake Forest) 70 70, R Riesen (North Carolina) 67 73, C Turnquist (Baylor) 70 70.
141 M Ureta (North Carolina) 70 71.
142 M Campbell (R&A) 69 73, C Williams (Baylor) 71 71.
143 J Younan-Wise (Texas Tech) 75 68, D Groves (Wake Forest) 73 70, Cameron Hooper (Coastal Carolina) 72 71.
144 S Norman (Georgia Southern) 73 71.
Other British scores:
145 E Polson (Stirling) 71 74.
1476 M Dickson (St Andrews) 75 71.
147 A Romona (R&A) 75 72, P Betty (Stirling) 73 74, S Borrowman (Stirling) 74 73.
150 B Rushford (Stirling) 79 71.
152 M Kerr (R&A) 78 74.
154 I Griffiths (R&A) 80 74.
155 R Dixon (St Andrews) 82 73.
156 J Lockie (St Andrews) 79 77.

Three times Scottish champion Anne Laing helped Cork Golf Club to win the Suzuki All-Ireland Ladies Cup at Masserene Golf Club on Saturday.
Anne, playing No 2 in the singles line-up, won by 5 and 4 against Oonagh Purfield as Cork beat County Louth Golf Club 3-2.
Miss Laing also won her tie, 3 and 1, in the morning semi-finals win by Cork over Royal County Down Ladies.
Claire Coughlan beat Deirdre Smith 3 and 1.
Anne Laing beat Oonagh Purfield 5 and 4.
Gillian O’Leary lost to Jennifer Gannon 3 and 2.
Miriam Abernethy bt Patricia Nannery 3 and 1.
Mary Lowney lost to Jackie Quinn 6 and 5.
Cork 4 ½, Royal County Down Ladies ½.
The Curragh 1 ½, County Louth 3 ½.

Saturday 2nd September 2006

Title-holder Pamela Williamson is determined not to make the long journey home from Machrihanish to Edinburgh without a trophy to show for four days’ competitive play.
On Friday, Mrs Williamson lost her Scottish senior women’s amateur stroke-play title over the Kintyre links but she is through to the last four of the over-50s’ national match-play championship at the same venue.
Baberton member Pamela pulled off the double whammy at Grantown on Spey last year but one from two is the best she can now achieve. She was in impressive form in the morning's wet conditions with a 8 and 7 win over Ann Smart (Banchory) followed by a 6 and 5 victory over Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) in the afternoon sunshine.
Pamela now plays Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) on Sunday morning for a place in the 18-hole final. Helen won her quarter-final against Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle) by two holes.
The other semi-final is between Liz Campbell (Torwoodlee) and St Andrews hotel proprietor Fiona De Vries (St Rule) who prevented Moira Thomson (North Berwick) reaching the match-play final for the second year in a row. Fiona won by 2 and 1.
Top seed Ruth Brown (Lothianburn), winner of the 36-hole stroke-play section of the championship on Friday, was tumbled out of the match-play in the first round. She was beaten 2 and 1 by the last of the 16 qualifiers, Susan McGregor (Edzell).
The No 2 seed, Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), was also sent packing early. She went out at the 19th to the No 15 qualifier, Karen Ballantyne.
And to complete an unhappy morning in the rain for the leading qualifiers for the match-play, No 3 seed Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) was knocked out by Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle). Jennifer won by 5 and 4.
Saturday's results:
S McGregor (Edzell) bt R Brown (Lothianburn) 2 and 1.
E Campbell (Torwoodlee) bt J Paterson (Drumpellier) 2 holes.
F De Vries (St Rule) bt A Telfer (Milngavie) 8 and 7.
M Thomson (North Berwick) bt N Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) 1 hole.
J Mack (Haggs Castle) bt L Terry (Cruden Bay) 5 and 4.
H Faulds (Douglas Park) bt R Anderson (Huntly) 5 and 4.
P Williamson (Baberton) bt A Smart (Banchory) 8 and 7.
K Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) bt L Bennett (Ladybank) at 19th.
Campbell bt McGregor 3 and 1.
De Vries bt Thomson 2 and 1.
Faulds bt Mack 2 holes.
Williamson bt Ballantyne 6 and 5.

Jacques Leglise Trophy

For the second year in a row, the Continent of Europe beat Great Britain & Ireland in the boys’ international match for the Jacques Leglise Trophy at Marianske Lazne Golf Club in the Czech Republic.
Twelve months ago, the Continent won 14-10 at Royal Porthcawl. This time it was a much more emphatic defeat for the GB&I boys – 19 ½-4 ½, a margin of victory which confirmed the impression that the present crop of teenagers on the mainland of Europe contains far more potential European Tour stars of the next decade than is the case in the British Isles.
Marius Thorp, the Norwegian teenager who won the leading amateur’s Silver Medal in this year’s Open at Royal Liverpool – but did not play in the British boys’ championship at Balgownie, also confirmed the opinion that he is the best under-18 male player around on this side of the Atlantic.
Thorp won all four matches in the Jacques Leglise Trophy match.
The very successful - for Scotland - foursomes partnership of James Byrne (Banchory) and Lewis Kirton (Newmachar) was broken up by the GB&I team management. Byrne was paired with Matthew Nixon, the new British boys champion. They lost by 5 and 4 to Tim Sluiter (Netherlands) and Llouis Garcia del Moral (Spain).
Kirton was not given a new partner. He sat out the foursomes and then lost by one hole to the Swede, Jesper Kennegard, when he was brought back into the line-up in the afternoon singles.
Byrne lost to Portuguese player P Figueirdo by one hole in the singles.
On hindsight, the composition of the GB&I team in no way reflected the fact that Scotland won the boys’ home internationals title at Lossiemouth nor that Scotland got to the final of the European boys’ team championship in Sweden, losing only to Norway who had won the world boys’ team championship in Japan a month or two earlier.
A few more Scots might have given the GB&I team a better chance but, having said that, the Continent of Europe team was a cut above anything that could have been fielded by GB&I
GB&I names firstR Enoch (Wal) and A Runcie (Wal) bt V Dubuisson (Fra) and A Pavan (Ita) 1 hole.
J Byrne (Sco) and M Nixon (Eng) lost to T Sluiter (Net) and L Garcia del Moral (Spa) 5 and 4.
P Cutler (Ire) and N Kearney (Ire) bt J Kennegard (Swe) and B Akesson (Swe) 1 hole.
S Hutsby (Eng) and L Goddard (Eng) lost to M Thorp (Nor) and A Kristiansen (Nor) 2 and 1.
Kearney lost to Thorp 2 and 1.
Hutsby lost to Akesson 2 and 1.
Kirton lost to Kennegard 1 hole.
Byrne lost to P Figueirdo (Por) 1 hole.
Goddard lost to Sluiter 2 and 1.
Nixon bt Garcia Del Moral 1 hole.
Runcie lost to Kristiansen 3 and 2.
Enoch halved with Pavan.

A total of 62 players with 36-hole totals of 147 or better qualified for the third and final round.
Liz McKinnon, Inverness-based Kiwi, made it with 74 and 72 for 146.
The two Scots missed the cut.
Clare Queen had 72 and 76 for 148.
Lynn Kenny had 77 and 75 for 152.
Virginie Lagoutte (France) leads by one stroke at six-under 136 with 68 and 68.

Waterlooville Golf Club chef Kerry Smith cooked up a rare treat for herself with a six-under-par closing round of 65 in the European women’s individual amateur golf championship at Hamburg Falkenstein Golf Club, Germany today.
Seasoned England international Kerry, 32, not considered good enough to play for Great Britain & Ireland in the Curtis Cup since 2002, had six birdies and no bogeys in halves of 31 and 34 and posted a clubhouse target of four-under-par 280 after earlier so-steady rounds of 71, 72 and 72 against the par of 71.
It looked like giving her a remarkable come-from-behind victory until Belen Mozo, the 17-year-old Spaniard who has already won the British women’s open amateur and British girls’ open titles this summer, birdied the last three holes.
That gave Belen a 69 and a total of 278 to win the title by two shots from Kerry. Miss Mozo’s earlier scores were 69, 72 and 68.
Breanne Loucks, the Wrexham girl who did play for GB&I in this year’s Curtis Cup, finished eighth on 286 with scores of 73, 70, 69 and 74.
Only two out of the six Scottish entries survived the third-round cut. Scottish Under-21 champion Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) had a nightmare final round of 80 which included a triple bogey 7 at the sixth and a double bogey 7 at the seven to be followed by another double bogey at the 10th in halves of 40.
Krystle, who had earlier scored 73, 76 and 75, finished joint 60th of the 70 qualifiers on 304.
One shot behind came the only other Scot to make it through to the final day against this top-quality field – Gemma Webster, a Hilton Park GC member and an Ohio State University second-year player.
Gemma finished with a 77 for 305 after earlier scores of 76, 74 and 78.
Par 71
278 B Mozo (Spa) 69 72 68 69.
280 K Smith (Eng) 71 72 72 65.
282 S Kirchmayr (Ger) 73 69 69 71, T Hoffmeister (Ger) 70 69 69 74.
283 C Ciganda (Spa) 70 73 69 71.
285 L Matthews (Can) 70 72 72 71, I Boineau (Fra) 69 74 71 71.
286 B Loucks (Wal) 73 70 69 74.
287 C Hedwall (Swe) 74 71 73 69, A Rossi (Ita) 72 71 74 70, S Cologan (Spa) 66 74 77 70.
Other totals:
289 F Parker (Eng) 73 72 72 72.
292 M Reid (Eng) 74 75 73 70.
296 S Hassan (Wal) 73 71 75 77.
298 F Johnson (Eng) 75 79 72 72.
301 N Edwards (Eng) 76 76 76 73.
304 K Caithness (Sco) 73 76 75 80.
305 J Nicolson (Wal) 79 73 76 77, G Webster (Sco) 76 74 78 77.

Top seed Ruth Brown (Lothianburn), winner of the stroke-play section of the championship on Friday, was tumbled out of the Scottish senior women’s amateur match-play golf championship at rain-swept Machrihanish today (Saturday).
Ruth was beaten 2 and 1 by the last of the 16 qualifiers, Susan McGregor (Edzell).
The No 2 seed, Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), was also sent packing early. She went out at the 19th to the No 15 qualifier, Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park).
And to complete an unhappy morning for the leading qualifiers for the match-play, No 3 seed Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) was knocked out by Jennifer Mack (Haggs Castle). Jennifer won by 5 and 4.
Defending champion Pamela Williamson (Baberton), who lost her stroke-play title on Friday, made an impressive start to the one-on-one stages. She beat Ann Smart (Banchory) by 8 and 7.
Machrihanish Golf Club
S McGregor (Edzell) bt R Brown (Lothianburn) 2 and 1.
E Campbell (Torwoodlee) bt J Paterson (Drumpellier) 2 holes.
F De Vries (St Rule) bt A Telfer (Milngavie) 8 and 7.
M Thomson (North Berwick) bt N Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) 1 hole.
J Mack (Haggs Castle) bt L Terry (Cruden Bay) 5 and 4.
H Faulds (Douglas Park) bt R Anderson (Huntly) 5 and 4.
P Williamson (Baberton) bt A Smart (Banchory) 8 an d7.
K Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) bt L Bennett (Ladybank) at 19th.

East of Scotland Ladies Championship
The closing date for entries for the East of Scotland Championship to be held at Stirling Golf Club on Sunday 1st October is 3rd September. The event is limited to 42 competitors and tee times start at 10:00am. There are still times available. Entries should be sent to Mrs A.Hunter, 22 Muirhead Road ,Stenhousemuir, LARBERT FK5 4JA . Email

Three times Scottish champion Anne Laing will play No 2 for Cork Golf Club in the first semi-final of the Suzuki All-Ireland Ladies Cup at Massereene Golf Club today.
Her opponent in the Royal County Down GC team will be Joanne Black.
Curtis Cup player Claire Coughlan plays the top singles for Cork against Alex Howe.
County Louth beat Roscommon 3 1/2-1 1/2 on Friday in the quarter-final play-off to earn a place in the last four this morning against The Curragh.
Here's how they are lining up in the semi-finals:
Cork names first
Claire Coughlan v Alex Howe.
Anne Laing v Joanne Black.
Gillian O'Leary v Anita McCaw.
Miriam Abernethy v Emma Dickson.
Mary Lowney v Vikki Williams.
The Curragh names first
Maura Morrin v Deirdre Smith.
Marion Riordan v Jennifer Gannon.
Sinead Keane v Oonagh Purfield.
Mary McNally v Patricia Nannery.
Catherine Joyce v Jackie Quinn.

Clare Queen had a one-over-par 72 and Lynn Kenny a 77 in the first round of the Finnair Masters tournament at Helsinki Golf Club, Finland today.
Clare deviated from par only three times in her round - bogeys at the long seventh and 15th and a birdie at the 17th in halves of 35 and 37. She is lying joint 27th.
Lynn had a birdie at the seventh, a double bogey at the short eighth and lots of bogeys on an inward half of 41. She is sharing 99th place in a field of 126 and needs to pull up her sock to survive the cut.
Inverness-based New Zealander Liz McKinnon is in joint 53rd place after a 74 which included a double bogey at the short third.
Elin Ohlsson (Sweden) set the pace with a four-under-par 67. She leads by one from Kris Lindstrom (US), Gwladys Nocera (France) and Virginie Lagoutte (France).

Friday 1st September 2006

from Colin Farquharson
The Great Britain & Ireland boys' team suffered an unexpectedly heavy defeat on the first day of the two-day Jacques Leglise Trophy match against admittedly a very strong Continent of Europe team in the Czech Republic oday.
Spearheaded by Open Silver medal winner Marius Thorp, who would probably have won the British boys' title had he played at Balgownie recently, romped into an 11-1 lead.
After losing the foursomes 4-0, GB&I lost seven of the eight singles matches with Welshman Adam Runcie picking up the only point of the day with a 2 and 1 win over Lluis Garcia Del Moral.
North-east Aberdeen Lewis Kirton and James Byrne suffered a rare defeat in their foursomes tie, going down 2 and 1 to Victor Dubuisson and Andrea Pavan.
In the singles, Kirton, who flew over from the United States where he has enrolled at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, went down 5 and 4 to Jesper Kennegard with Byrne losing 2 and 1 to Anders Kristiansen.
GB&I 1 Continent of Europe 11
Foursomes (GB&I names first)
S Hutsby, L Goddard lost to T Sluiter, L Garcia Del Moral 2&1.
R Enoch, A Runcie lost to J Kennegard, B Akesson 1 hole.
P Cutler, N Kearney lost to M Thorp, A Kristiansen 3&1.
J Byrne, L Kirton lost to V Dubuisson, A Pavan 2&1;
Goddard lost to P Figueiredo 1 hole.
Enoch lost to Sluiter 1 hole.
Cutler lost to Akesson 4&2.
Kirton lost to Kennegard 5&4.
Runcie bt Garcia Del Moral 2&1.
Hutsby lost to Dubuisson 4&2.
Byrne lost to Kristiansen 2&1.
Kearney lost to Thorp 1 hole

Lothianburn’s Ruth Brown was the surprise first-time winner of the Scottish senior women’s amateur stroke-play championship at Machrihanish Golf Club today (Friday).
Ruth, a five-handicapper, was several shots off the first-round pace with an 81 but she put together an excellent two-over-par 74 – easily the best round of the championship, for a 36-hole total of 155.
That won her the title by one shot from Lorna Bennett (Ladybank) who had a 79 for 156.
Cruden Bay’s Lynne Terry had a 76 – second only Ruth Brown’s score – to claim third place on 157.
Defending champion Pamela Williamson (Baberton) slumped to an 86 for 164 and seventh place.
She still has a chance to retain the Scottish senior women’s match-play title at the same venue over the next two days. The leading 16 players in the stroke-play qualified for the match-play.
Machrihanish Golf Club.
155 R Brown (Lothianburn) 81 74.
156 L Bennett (Ladybank) 77 79.
157 L Terry(Cruden Bay) 81 76.
160 M Thomson (North Berwck) 769 81, F De Vries (St Rule) 78 82.
161 H Faulds (Douglas Park) 81 80.
164 P Williamson (Baberton) 78 86.
165 E Campbell (Torwoodlee) 84 81, J Paterson (Drumpellier) 84 81, A Smart Banchory) 890 85.
166 R Anderson (Huntly) 81 85.
167 A Telfer (Milngavie) 82 85.
168 N Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) 88 80.
169 J Mack (Haggs Castle) 88 81, K Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) 87 82.
170 S McGregor (Edzell).
Match-play draw:
Brown v McGregor, Paterson v Campbell, De Vries v Telfer, Fenton v Thomson.
Terry v Mack, Anderson v Faulds, Williamson v Smart, Ballantyne v Bennett.
Other scores:
171 M Tough (Falkirk) 86 85, K Sutherland (Royal Montrose) 86 85.
172 M Neilson (Greenock) 90 82, A Moffat (St Regulus) 87 85.
173 I Harvey (St Rule) 84 89, N Smith (Downfield) 84 89, R Dee (Kingsknowe) 82 91.
174 W MacCallum (Falkirk) 84 90, J McCartney (Erskine) 83 91.
176 P Wilson (Murcar Links) 85 91.
178 I McIntosh (Inverness) 91 87.
179 N Duncan (Brechin) 95 84, E Wiloson (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies) 86 93.
182 E Young (Balmore) 94 88.
183 C Fell (Ranfurly Castle) 96 87, M Clapperton (Banchory) 93 90.
184 I Crawford (Troon Ladies) 89 85, J Slater (Aboyne) 88 96.

Gemma Webster survived two double-bogey 7s on her card to beat the third-round cut with nothing to spare in the European women’s individual amateur golf championship over the Hamburg Falkenstein course in Germany today.
Ohio State University student Gemma, also a member of Hilton Park Golf Club,. Had a 7 at the second and a 7 at the 17th in a seven-over-par 78 which put her on 228 – and that turned out to be the qualifying limit for the 70 players who go forward to Saturday’s fourth and final round.
There was only other Scottish qualifier, Under-21 champion Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) who had a double-bogey at the third but birdies at the 14th and 16th in a 74 for 224 and a share of 38th place.
Heather MacRae (Dunblane New) 229, Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) 233, Kyle Walker (Buchanan Castle) 234 and Clare-Marie Carlton (Stirling University) also missed the cut which means that the Scots girls have done just as badly in this championship as the Scots men did in their European individual championship last week. Only two Scots made the cut in that event in Italy.
Spanish 17-year-old Belen Mozo, winner of the British girls and women’s open titles this summer, has the chance of a terrific treble victory. She had a 68 for 209 to be one shot behind leader Thea Hoffmesiter (Germany).
Curtis Cup player Breanne Loucks from Wrexham is sharing fourth place on 212 after a 69.
The only other GB&I player in the top 10 is Kerry Smith, the golf club chef at Waterlooville. She had a 72 to be joint ninth on 215.
Young Florentyna Parker, whose father is a club pro in Germany, is doing well in joint 12th place on 217
Hamburg Falkenstein Golf Club, Germany.
208 T Hoffmesiter (Ger) 70 69 69.
209 B Mozo (Spa) 69 72 68.
211 S Kirchmayr (Ger) 73 69 69.
212 B Loucks (Wal) 73 70 69, C Ciganda (Spa) 70 73 69.
215 M Hernandez (Spa) 73 72 69, I Boineau (Fra) 69 74 71, L Matthews (Can) 70 72 72.
215 K Smith (Eng) 71 72 72, C Masson (Ger) 74 69 72.
Other qualifiers:
217 F Parker (Eng) 73 72 72.
219 S Hassan (Wal) 73 71 75.
219 K Schallenberg (Ger) 73 70 76.
222 M Reid (Eng) 74 75 73.
224 K Caithness (Sco) 73 76 75.
227 F Johnson (Eng) 75 79 73.
228 N Edwards (Eng) 76 776 76, J Nicolson (Wal) 79 73 76.
228 G Webster (Sco) 76 74 78.
Non-qualifiers included:
229 H MacRae (Sco) 79 75 75.
233 J Wilson (Sco) 73 82 78.
234 K Walker (Sco) 82 76 76.
241 C-M Carlton (Sco) 78 82 81.
Retired: S Walker (Eng) 75 76.

St Andrews Trophy
From Colin Farqharson

Richie Ramsay's run to United States amateur championship glory last weekend finally took its toll during the opening day of the St Andrews Trophy two-day match between Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe at Marianske Lazne in the Czech Republic today.
While GB&I powered into a commanding 9 1/2 - 2 1/2 lead at the halfway stage of the biennial contest, 23-year-old Ramsay went down 4 and 3 to Finland's Antti Ahokas, a left-hander who is ranked one of the top amateurs in Europe, in their singles clash.
After partnering Craigielaw's Lloyd Saltman to an impressive victory in the morning foursomes, Ramsay struggled to discover his form in the afternoon as Ahokas gained revenge for the second round defeat he suffered to the Aberdonian at Hazeltine National last week.
"I've played a lot of golf recently and it does catch up with you but I'm not using that as an excuse," said Ramsay.
"At this time of the season you expect to play a lot of golf and I train hard for these weeks. But this afternoon my performance was not up to the standard it should be."
Richie and former Open Silver Medal winner Saltman were a brilliant seven-under-par during their one-hole win over Ahokas and Wil Besseling in the foursomes.
But GB&I team captain Colin Dalgleish has reluctantly agreed to break-up the impressive Scots double-act and give Ramsay a break from the Saturday-morning action.
"We discussed it and decided to give Richie a break," said Dalgleish. "Ideally you wouldn't change such a partnership but he needs to catch his breath and he's happy to take the rest."Ramsay and Saltman's foursomes win paved the way for GB&I to make a clean sweep of the session and open up a 4-0 lead going into the singles.
The visitors picked up a further 5 1/2 points during the afternoon which took them to within 2 1/2 points of retaining the trophy.
Saltman pitched in with a 2 and 1 win over Spaniard Jose Adarraga while Essex teenager Oliver Fisher, the St Andrews Links Trophy winner, eased to a 5 and 4 win over Jordi Garcia Del Moral.
Welsh Walker Cup stalwart Nigel Edwards enjoyed a fine triumph as he beat British amateur champion Julien Guerrier 3 and 2.
English amateur champion Ross McGowan was the only other GB&I player apart from Ramsay to taste defeat. He went down 2 and 1 to Lorenzo Gagli.
"There were some excellent performances and I'm very pleased," added Dalgleish.
"The foursomes performances gave us a superb start and we are now in a very good position."
Foursomes (GB&I names first)
R Ramsay, L Saltman bt A Ahokas, W Besseling 1 hole;R McIlroy, O Fisher bt J Garcia Del Moral, J Adarraga 2&1;R McGowan, J Moul bt M Del Podio, L Gagli 4&3;N Edwards, R Davies bt J Guerrier, J Grillon 3&1;
Ramsay lost to Ahokas 4&3.
McIlroy halved with D Ulrich.
Fisher bt Garcia Del Moral 5&4.
Saltman bt Adarraga 2&1.
R Dinwiddie bt Grillon 3&1.
Davies bt Del Podio 1 hole.
McGowan lost to Gagli 2&1.
Edwards bt Guerrier 3&2.


How high is the standard of golf on the American college circuit? At the top end, pretty near Walker Cup class might be the answer provided by this weekend’s International Collegiate Championship over three rounds of the Torrance course at St Andrews’ Bay Golf Resort.
The two-day, 54-hole event features seven college teams from the United States - Wake Forest, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Georgia Southern, Baylor and Coastal Carolina – and three from the United Kingdom: British champions Stirling, St Andrews and an R&A Bursary team made up of Mark Campbell (Dublin), Iwan Griffiths (Swansea), Matthew Jones (Cardiff), Mark Kerr (Edinburgh) and Andrea Romano from Bologna, Italy.
Former British amateur champion and Walker Cup player Gordon Sherry is the non-playing captain of the R&A Bursary team.
Two rounds will be played on Saturday and a further 18 holes on Sunday. The tournament has not been played since its inaugural staging over the same course in 2002 when Wake Forest were the winners. .
Wake Forest finished third in the 2006 NCAA championship.
Baylor’s Jeremy Alcorn is the man in form, having won the Collegiate Players’ Tour championship three weeks ago when his scores included a course-record 64.
Larry Mays, the Georgia Southern head coach, said: “The field in Scotland is stacked with good teams, it should let us know real fast where we stand going into the year. Wake Forest, UNC, Texas A&M, Baylor, Coastal Carolina and Texas Tech are all coming off great seasons.
“This is a once in a lifetime event for most of our players to travel back to the birthplace of golf, get to visit and play golf in St. Andrews. Our players will have a great experience in Scotland and it’ll be something they will remember forever,” said Mays who also planned a trip to play Carnoustie – venue for next year’s Open.”


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