Tuesday, 20 August 2019

SCOTTISH GOLF WOMEN'S AND GIRLS GOLF HUBS ARE NOW UNDERWAY

Douglas Park, Mearns Castle, Kingsknowe and Dunblane are currently local Hubs --Find out what it's all about and how to sign up for your local Hub πŸ‘‰ Scottish Golf Website

Listen to Lynn's Story (below) from Douglas Park


Carnoustie Golf Links to Host New Elite Female Tournament

Leading Scottish female amateurs and select professionals are to tee it up at Carnoustie in a new 36-hole event.
30 of the country’s best female golfers will compete in the inaugural ‘The Carnoustie Autumn Test’, which is being staged on the Buddon Links Course in October.
The event will be an Order of Merit event counting for the 2019 Scottish Women’s Order of Merit and will be the last event on the calendar.
Players will play two rounds over the newest of the three 18-hole courses at Carnoustie on 6th October, with official practice days on 4th and 5th October.
Keir McNicoll, PGA Head Professional at Carnoustie Golf Links and Tournament Director for The Carnoustie Autumn Test, said: “It’s fantastic to be hosting The Autumn Test at Carnoustie Golf Links, especially with one of our key objectives being to promote participation in golf.
“The event will give us an opportunity to showcase the Buddon Links Course while allowing Scotland’s best woman amateur players to battle it out in the final event of the season for the National Order of Merit.
“The Ladies Amateur schedule is quite sparse after the Home Internationals, so we felt this event would be a good way to keep the players competitive right through until the end of the season.
“It will be a great time of year for women’s golf too with the Solheim Cup taking place only a few weeks prior to the Autumn Test and who knows, we might just have a few future Solheim Cup stars in the field.”
Carnoustie native and leading amateur in this year’s Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship Stroke Play, Jess Meek, said: “It’s brilliant that Carnoustie are hosting this event and it’s fantastic that it is going to be part of the Scottish Women’s Order of Merit.
“I think the Buddon Links Course is a great test of golf. It’s not the longest course but it requires well placed shots and the greens are always in great shape.”
Prizes will be awarded to the leading five players and the leading under 18 player.
Players have until Sunday 1st September to enter the ballot for the event. Players can enter BY CLICKING HERE

Rachael Livingstone wins the Babe Zaharias Tournament

Rachael Livingstone
The Babe Zaharias Tournament was held at The Musselburgh Golf Club yesterday, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The competition took place in somewhat mixed weather conditions, ranging from torrential downpours with high winds to dry with a light breeze.

The winner of the scratch prize and The Babe Zaharias Trophy was Rachel Livingstone from Baberton. Last year’s winner Leanne Wilson was runner up.The winner of the handicap prize and The Ultraplast Trophy was Helen Warnock from Harburn
Prizewinners

Scratch
1st Rachel Livingstone (Baberton) 73
2nd Leanne Wilson (Kelso) 78
3rd Dulcie Barnes (Gullane) 80
Handicap
1st Helen Warnock (Harburn) 71 BIH
2nd Lynn Logan (Musselburgh)
3rd Gill Fisher (Pumpherston) BIH
Link to the full results including 2’s.
Nett results

To read the full report go to the East Lothian County Website

Monday, 19 August 2019

Katy Alexander wins the Junior Tour Event at Bruntsfield

Blairgowrie's Katy Alexander won the Junior Tour girls' event at Bruntsfield Links. Over a par 71 course (CSS 70).
She had rounds of 77 and 78 for a total of 155.

She won by two strokes from Megan Docherty (Bishopbriggs) 76-81

Third on 158 was Grace Crawford (Gullane) with scores of 78 and 80.

OTHER SCORES IN TOP 11 WERE:
160 Luisa Gibson (Irvine) 81 79, Robyn Fowlie (Edzell) 80 80
163 Sophie Murphy (Clydebank and Dist) 85 78, Porscha Wilson (Burntisland Golf House) 84 79, Katie Graham (Hamilton) 83 80.
164 Freya Russell Royal Troon) 81 83

165 Orla O'Leary (Torwoodlee) 89 76
167 Rachel Mathieson (Hazlehead) 84 83.

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Golfing prodigy Hannah Darling meets First Minister ahead of Solheim appearance

From the ScottisGolf View Website 

DREAM COME TRUE FOR YOUNG EDINBURGH GOLFER - CHOSEN FOR JUNIOR SOLHEIM CUP  
 
Hannah Darling and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Teenager Hannah Darling will be the sole Scot representing Team Europe at the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup. Hannah has been chosen as a wildcard for the all-female event.
 
The young golfer, who at the age of 16 is currently ranked 116th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, was invited to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House today  (August 19) ahead of the competition, which takes place on September 10 and 11 at Gleneagles Hotel's King’s Course.
 
Hannah’s place on the team comes after a four-year campaign she headed via a WhatsApp group named #Project19, made up of six aspiring young female golfers aiming for a coveted spot in the competition.
 
With six Scottish titles to date, Darling is recognised as one of Scotland’s most talented young golfers – one who has realistic ambitions of becoming “the best female golfer in the world.”
 
Aged 13, the Edinburgh golfer – who plays at Broomieknowe Golf Club in Bonnyrigg, claimed her first national title and became the youngest-ever winner of the Scottish Girls’ Amateur Championship. Last year she won the inaugural R and A Girls’ U16 Open Championship and successfully defended the Scottish Girls’ Amateur Championship she won in 2017. 
 
In December 2018 she was picked for the Great Britain and Ireland women’s squad for the first time at the age of just 15.
 
She was supported in her attempts to qualify for the PING Junior Solheim Cup by both Scottish Golf and the Scottish Government through the Solheim Cup Golf Development Programme, which facilitated a support fund to allow aspiring Scottish golfers to play in qualifying events throughout Europe.
 
Speaking after the announcement, Hannah said: “This is pretty much all I’ve been working towards for the past three or four years - I can’t really put into words what it means to me. The experience I will gain from it will be invaluable, coming so early in my career. 
 
“This is the pinnacle of women’s amateur golf. It is the biggest tournament, being played by the top players and the fact it is being played here, at Gleneagles, just makes it even more special. I have had incredible support over the past few years and learned so much from our experience at the Solheim Cup in 2017. 
 
“Now, to be a part of this competition, which will be the biggest single sporting event in Scotland this year, is a dream come true. I have had so much support to reach this stage, from my parents and family, from my coach, Ian Muir and my club, from the Scottish Government and Scottish Golf and I cannot thank them enough for the opportunities they have given me. Now I am looking forward to competing next month.”
 
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says, “There has been an increasing level of interest in women’s sport recently and more and more girls are seeing what is possible to achieve.  To have a Scottish player in the European PING Junior Solheim Cup can encourage other girls to take up golf.     
 
“Hannah has done exceptionally well to make the team and I look forward to her doing Scotland proud in the competition.”
 
Entry to the PING Junior Solheim Cup is free. For more information visit www.solheimcup2019.com  
  

BACKGROUND
    
Hannah has had ambitions of playing in the Junior Solheim Cup since she was 12 years of age. In 2015, when it was announced that Scotland was bidding to host the tournament, she and five other young female golfers embarked on what became known as ‘Project 19.’ 
The group initially set up a WhatsApp group to help motivate each other, help each other improve their amateur ranking, with the aim of earning their places and competing at the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup at Gleneagles. 
Their game has improved significantly during that time and with the support of the Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Scottish Golf and the Ladies European Tour, the girls were able to attend the 2017 Solheim Cup at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in Iowa.
 
The group, comprising of Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe), Rachel Foster (Turnberry), Eilidh Henderson (Kirkcaldy), Evanna Hynd (Balbirnie Park), Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) and Anna McKay (Crail Golfing Society), all played in the star-studded Women’s British Open Pro-Am at Kingsbarns Golf Links in August 2018 and have enjoyed further, first hand, experience of the senior game through Project 19. 
 
All six are Scottish Golf Academy players and all but one has come through the ClubGolf national junior programme for promising young players, which is run by Scottish Golf.

Linlithgow Pairing are the 2019 Ping Mixed Champions

Gill Scott and Alasdair Mackenzie - Photo courtesy of Scottish Golf

Linlithgow duo Gill Scott and Alasdair Mackenzie were today crowned Scottish PING Mixed Champions at Gleneagles.
On a breezy day in Perth, 40 club pairings teed it up on The Queen’s Course, in the free-to-enter national event for club golfers.
For the second year in the row, the winning team’s round included a remarkable hole-in-one, this year from Scott on the par-3 17thhole.  Scott’s ace helped the Linlithgow pair to an impressive 44-point total.
Finishing in a tie for second place were Dennis and Ivy Donn from Musselburgh Golf Club, and Innes and Morag Cowie from Buckpool Golf Club who finished on 42 points.
Speaking to Scottish Golf after the victory, Linlithgow’s Gill Scott said, “It was a fabulous event to be a part of here at Gleneagles today, we had a really great day.” 
On carding her first hole-in-one ever, Scott added, To get my first hole-in-one in a National Championship is absolutely amazing, I still can’t quite believe it. The wind was behind us and I just thought I am going to have to take my driver here and hit the ball, as we walked on to the green our playing partner gave me the thumbs up and said you have just got a hole-in-one which was quite surreal really, I am still shaking.” 
Following a successful day at Gleneagles, Scott’s playing partner Alasdair Mackenzie added,“Playing mixed golf is always a lot of fun, if you have a playing partner who has a lot of fun it makes such a difference and that it was mixed golf is all about. All in all, it was just a brilliant day out and to win it with Gill was really special.” 
View all the results from today’s Scottish PING Mixed Championship at Gleneagles HERE


Williamwood and Glenbervie in Scottish Golf Club Classic Annodata Final

Williamwood Team -Lorraine Morris, Diane Dryden,
 Gill McLeod, Mary Scott and Gill Unick

Congratulations to West of Scotland's Williamwood GC Ladies on their away win against Ravelston Golf Club in Edinburgh in the 5th round of the AnnodataLtd UK Golf Club Classic. πŸ†⛳️πŸ‘

They now meet the 2018 Scottish champions Glenbervie in the 6th round to win a place in the finals of the Annodata Golf Club Classic  at  Montecastillo Golf Resort in Cadiz, Spain.


Dunbracken GC and Glenbervie GC
Glenbervie won against Dunbracken Golf Club 4 - 1 in the 5th Round

SIXTH ROUND DRAW


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Orla O'Leary of Torwoodlee is Number One in Week 33 of 2019


mygolfranking.net SCOTLAND LADIES GOLFER of Week 19/33 is ORLA O’LEARY of Torwoodlee Ladies who is NUMBER ONE on SCOTLAND Ladies MGRanking and in the TOP 5of the OVERALL MGRanking at No 39

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Sunday, 18 August 2019

DRAW FOR WEST VETS AUTUMN MEETING

The draw for the West Vets Autumn Meeting has been done -- Go to the West Vets Website for details 

Solheim Putting Championship on August 25

The race is on to find Perthshire’s champion putter.
The finals of the 2019 Solheim Putting Championship will take place at Gleneagles on August 25, in advance of the Solheim Cup.
Finalists will pit their skills against each other and the undulations of the 18th green of the PGA Centenary Course.
 
Blairgowrie Golf Club, which is marking the 43rd anniversary of the celebrated Lansdowne championship course by offering rounds at £43 per head to visitors for the rest of the month, hosted their club qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, with categories for Women, Men and Children (under-14).

Mount Ellen Golf Club closes its doors.


By Martin Dempster 

Mount Ellen in Gartcosh is set to become the latest Scottish golf club to close its doors due to dwindling membership.

Founded in 1904, the shutters will be brought down at the Lanarkshire club on Sunday due to financial problems.

A club spokesman said: “Unfortunately, Mount Ellen Golf Club is closing its doors on Sunday.

“We’ve had the same problem as a number of golf clubs. Membership numbers have fallen over the years and it has come harder and harder.

“Basically, we are not bringing in enough money to cover our costs to be able to continue.

“In total, the membership was round about 300, but, out of that, we only had 196 paying full fees.

“We had seniors, juniors, associates and flexible memberships as well. If we had 300 full paying members, I think it would be a different story.”

Sandy Jones served on the Mount Ellen committee before becoming PGA in Scotland secretary then going on to serve as PGA chief executive at The Belfry.

Peter Lloyd, who was one of Jones’s successors in the PGA in Scotland post, was also a long-time member at the club.

“Listen, I am in the golf club today and it’s like being at a funeral,” added the spokesman. “The place is really busy and everybody is in a state of shock.

“It’s only 10 years since Paul Lawrie opened our new clubhouse. It has just happened so quickly and we are devastated, absolutely devastated.

“We’ve got a visiting party here on Sunday and, if the weather is good, I am sure members will be out for a game. But most of the members have already been up to clean out their lockers.”

The news comes hot on the heels of an announcement earlier this week that Camperdown in Dundee is set to be closed.

Earlier this year, Eastwood on the outskirts of Glasgow also went out of business while other Scottish clubs to close down over the past few years have included Carrick Knowe in Edinburgh and Brunston Castle in Ayrshire.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Past Curtis Cup player Alison Davidson raises £13,000 for Leukaemia UK

Tricia Chillas Alison Davidson and Fraser and Martin

Many congratulations go to Alison Davidson, her family and friends, who in memory of her cousin Andrew, organised and completed a 100 Holes (in one day) 

She would like to extend our gratitude to all those who sponsored and supported her with this fantastic challenge. We are so very grateful!

Our final total raised for Leukaemia UK is £13,000. 

Thanks to Stirling Golf Club for all the help and support we received and a huge thank you to all of our friends and family who have been so generous with their donations. Totally blown away, could never have imagined that we’d raise so much. 

In Alison's words: “I can’t thank everyone enough who’s supported us and donated to our cause, especially Martin, Fraser and Tricia. We’ve raised far more than I could ever imagined"

Slovenian Pia Babnik wins the British Girls Amateur Championship

Photo courtesy of the R&A
Pia Babnik produced a commanding display of golf to defeat Isabella Holpfer and win the centenary R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship at Panmure today.
The 15-year-old Slovenian played impressively in blustery conditions throughout the 18-hole final to defeat Austria’s Holpfer, who was making her second consecutive appearance in the final after losing out to compatriot Emma Spitz at Ardglass last year.

Karen Marshall wins the Strathtyrum Tournament in its 30th Year for the 7th time

Karen Marshall - Strathtyrum Trophy Winner
Susanne Thorgren - Handicap Matchplay winner
Champions Karen Marshall and Susanne Thorngren respectively prevailed in the  30th Strathtyrum Trophy (scratch match play) and Strathtyrum Salver (h'cp match play) yesterday. (Photos courtesy of the St Andrews Links)

Karen won against Louise Fraser in the final at the 17th  

This ladies tournament was first played in 1989 to complement the success of the Eden Tournament and attracts many lady golfers who compete in the same competition format as the men’s event.
The Strathtyrum Trophy, presented by the Cheape family, owners of the Strathtyrum Estate, is awarded to the scratch winner with the Strathtyrum Salver awarded to the handicap winner.

Scratch:
Winner: Karen Marshall (Baberton)
Runner Up: Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe)
Handicap Winner : Susanne Thorngren (Sweden)

Karen has now won this prestigious tournament 7 times -- CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE PREVIOUS WINNERS

Louise Fraser - Runner Up
From Louise Fraser:

Wow what a week in St Andrews playing in the Strathtyrum Tournament. 

9 rounds of golf in 6 days 😳 in rain, sunshine, wind, nasty wet squawls (witness to somebody chasing their brolly across 2 fairways πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚), wind and rain 😭😫 then sun to finish 😎. 

Practice, qualifying rounds, into match play and a Final against good old local Edinburgh buddy Karen Marshall. Kaz was off to a hot start and the door never opened for me. 

She continued to show some bold accurate Kaz Marshall brilliant shots and beat me at 17 🏌️‍♀️⛳️πŸ†. 

Worthy and well deserved winner of the tournament in its 30th year. And I’m sure a very special year for all the Marshalls ❤️. 

Happy to be runner up to Karen from 120 players πŸ˜ƒπŸΎπŸ₯‚. Fun evenings of food, bevy, banter and chups πŸ˜‚ with Elaine Lumsden and Fiona Jackson . Back to work tomorrow for a rest πŸ€ͺ


CLICK HERE FOR QUALIFYING SCORES - SCRATCH
CLICK HERE FOR NET SCORES - THE MARSHALL FAMILY TROPHY
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Scotland v Europe - Pheonix Cup is at Cardrona Resort

The 24th Phoenix Cup, Scotland v Europe
Cardrona Resort, Peebles, Scottish Borders, Sunday 25 to Tuesday 27 August 2019

Teams Scotland & Europe announced!
+ the 25th Anniversary Phoenix Cup at Gleneagles, Panmure, Blairgowrie & Carnoustie in 2020 !!!  

Golfers with disabilities from countries including, Germany, Holland, Ireland and England, will travel to Cardrona in less than a week to play in the 24th Phoenix Cup International.

The Phoenix Cup is based on the Solheim/Ryder Cup internationals, is played over three days and includes the traditional match play formats of foursomes, fourball and singles competitions.

Team Scotland & Team Europe
Matthew Coleman Kennoway & Jurgen Boon The Netherlands.
Jim Hamill Dumbarton & Jeroen Coumou The Netherlands.
Paul Higgins Motherwell & Stephen Crocker England.
Jim Hopes Dumbarton & Paul Daley England.
Robert Inness Dumfries & Leon Emmen The Netherlands.
Gordon Latto Cupar & Frans Harmsen The Netherlands.
Derek Milne Upper Largo & Trevor Hillen Northern Ireland.
Iain Ross Kirriemuir & Richard kluwen The Netherlands.
Kerr Scott Busby & Tineke Loogman The Netherlands.
Jim Thomson Millport & Jay Penfold England.
Martin Webb Lanark & Frank Sorber Germany.
Ian White Airdrie & Dave Standing England.

Last October, the SDGC selected a  European team and travelled to the USA, to take on their best disabled golfers, and much like the Ryder Cup in France just before, beat them over the Rotonda Course near Tampa, Florida, 13.5 to 10.5.  

Jim Gales, the event organiser and Captain of the European Team in Florida said, “The Phoenix Cup has been on a wee promotional tour of the country since we returned victorious from the US, and has been pictured with lots of politicians, representatives from the likes of Scottish Golf and numerous golf clubs around the country, so raising the profile of the sport for golfers with disabilities”.

The 25th Anniversary Phoenix Cup in 2020 will be played at four venues, at Gleneagles Centenary, Panmure, Blairgowrie Rosemount and Carnoustie Championship Courses from 15 to 20 September and will be played between Europe & The USA.  The Scottish Captain Iain Ross of Kirriemuir will face Dan Aldrich from California over the week long festival of inclusive golf, with golfers qualifying from over a dozen countries.  

“The SDGC was the first fully inclusive disabled golf group in the world and created the Phoenix Cup to incorporate anyone of any age with any type of sensory, intellectual or physical disability.  To date, the Phoenix Cup has involved 693 golfers from 18 nations and has been staged in 6 countries, like the US, Canada, Scotland and Spain”. 

More information on the SDGC and the Phoenix Cup can be found by clicking one of the links below.

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Past British Girl Champions at the Centenary British Championship

Suzanne, Wilma and Maureen

The 100th British Girls Championship is now down to the semi finalist at Panmure Go to the R&A Website for the report

Matchplay Results

As a follow ion from "Blast from the Past" Wilma Leburn ( nee Aitken)  (Old Ranfurly) has also had a fantastic day at Panmure Golf Club being part of the Centenary event with the past British Girls champions  ---- She won the British Girls Championship in 1977 
She has had a lovely day with Suzanne Cadden (Cardross) and former Renfrewshire player Maureen Richmond ( nee Walker) - was Old Ranfurly  who won in 1972 
CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE PAST CHAMPIONS 


The Girls’ Amateur Championship was first played in 1919 and celebrates its centenary this year. Four former Girls’ Amateur Champions were named in the European Solheim Cup team this week: Georgia Hall, Suzann Pettersen, Anna Nordqvist and Azahara Munoz.

The winner of this year’s championship will receive exemptions into Final Qualifying for the 2020 AIG Women's British Open, the Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie) and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.

Some photos - courtesy of Wilma


Past British Girls Champions CLICK TO ENLARGE
Suzanne, Wilma's husband and Wilma

Wilma Leburn (Aitken) - British Champion 1977

From Photos on Facebook - courtesy of Wilma Leburn

West Vets win the Asp Trophy agaist the East Vets

West and East Vets Teams
Nearly a Hole in One !!
West Vet's  Fiona Armour with Brenda Conway (Renfrew) were playing in one of the matches against East Vets for the Asp Trophy.

Fiona said "It was at the14th at Cochrane Castle and it nailed the match for Brenda and I, 5 and 4.  
"Brenda had already hit a cracking tee shot to about 8ft from the pin at the par 3 9th and I slotted in the putt for our first 2 on the card."

All in all  West had a good day and won 4-1

To read the full report and more photos go to the West Vets Website 


Cardross Golf Club Open Day Results

Cardross Golf Club hosted their annual open day event earlier this month, with 120 ladies taking part in the trim am tournament.


The Winning Team is presented with the Harper Trophy

The Harper Trophy and first handicap prize was presented to the victorious trio of Margaret King (Helensburgh), Fiona Leitch (Dumbarton) and Margaret Stirling (Cardross) by Noreen Harper.

Milngavie Trios were second and third with Laura Robinson, Marion Mason and Sandy Sinclair followed by Mandy Allen, Davina Lavery and Christina Houston.


Laura McGeachy, Pat Hargan, Lorraine Campbell and Ann Storm

Laura McGeachy, Lorraine Campbell and Ann Storm took the Hargan Trophy and Scratch Prize and were presented with it by Pat Hargan 

As well as a great day of golf £804 was also raised for Mary's Meals which helps feed children in Malawi

Thanks go to Lorraine Campbell for the report from the local paper and the photographs

BLAST FROM THE PAST - SUZANNE CADDEN



Scottish Girls Team 1972 - Royal Norwich Golf Club: L to R - Gladys Cadden, Suzanne Cadden, Lorna Bennett, Muriel Thomson, Kathleen Lackie (Captain) Maureen Walker, Susan Kennedy, Elaine Fraser and Catherine Panton - click to enlarge 

  Suzanne Cadden has just arrived at a wet Panmure Golf Club for 100th British Girls event.
 “Very honoured to be invited as a past champion to attend. 1975 wasn’t yesterday, but memories come flooding back.”
 “So looking forward to meeting up with golfing buddies from the past. Sadly no Scottish girls in last 16” — Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe) lost in the first round.

Matchplay Live Scoring from the 2019 British Girls Championship

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Three players all have a Hole in One’s over Largs GC on the same day !!

Christine Whitelaw, Bobby Bain and Jean Capes

Three of our members, Bobby Bain, Jean Capes and Christine Whitelaw, all had hole in one’s at Largs Golf Club  yesterday in their respective competitions.

Jean had hers at the 8th hole and Bobby and Christine had theirs at the 14th hole.

Well done and congratulations to you all.

British Girls Matchplay - Live Scoring

Matchplay Live Scoring

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Hannah Darling qualifies for the R&A Girls Amateur Championship matchplay stages

Alessia Nobilio showed why she is the highest-ranked player in the field for the centenary R and A Girls’ Amateur Championship with a sterling performance at Panmure today to finish as the leading qualifier amond the 64 who go forward to the match-play stages.
Nobilio, who hails from Milan, compiled a six-under-par round of 65 to move to 11-under-par for the championship and secure her place in the last 64, one shot ahead of her nearest rival Lucie Malchirand from France.
Nobilio’s blemish-free card
Ranked sixth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, Nobilio did not drop a shot in the two stroke-play rounds and four birdies in her opening six holes in benign conditions at the challenging Angus links this morning set her well on her way.
The winner of the Italian Ladies stroke-play championship and the Citta di Milano Trofeo Gianni Albertini as well as a member of the winning Continent of Europe Vagliano Team in June picked up further shots on the 10th and 11th to coast home.
Slovenia’s Pia Babnik, the Helen Holm Scottish women’s open champion, qualified comfortably with a three-under-par total of 139 following a one-over-par 72, two shots clear of Germany’s Christin Eisenbeiss.
Broomieknowe’s Hannah Darling qualified as the leading Scot on level par after a two-over-par 72. The two-time Scottish Girls’ Amateur Champion traded four birdies with six bogeys. She was the only Scottish make the cut. 
The cut fell at nine-over-par with former champions Emilie Paltrinieri and Lily May Humphries qualifying on three-over and seven-over respectively.
The qualifiers will each be looking to follow in the footsteps of the four past champions in this event who were named in the European Solheim Cup team this week: Georgia Hall, Suzann Pettersen, Anna Nordqvist and Azahara Munoz.
Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes including Saturday’s final. The winner will receive exemptions into the 2020 Womens Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie) and the Augusta National Womens Amateur Championship.