Saturday 31 May 2008

Curtis Cup Day 2 Results


GBI & I 1.5 USA 1.5
Booth and Loucks won against Kim and Lee 3 and 2
Watson and Thompson lost Walshe and Lewis 3 and 2
Bennett and Ewart halved against Blumenhurst and Joh

Result after morning foursomes GB&I 3.5 USA 5.5


Carly Booth and Breanne Loucks lost to Kimberly Kim 2 and 1
Sally Watson and Krystle Caithness won against Amanda Blumenherst Meghan Bolger 3 and 2
Liz Bennett and Florentyna lost to Alison Walshe and Stacy Lewis 1 down

Final Total after day 2 GB&I 4.5 USA 7.5

Friday 30 May 2008

Curtis Cup Day USA take a lead on Day 1

Great Britain & Ireland 1, United States 2

Liz Bennett & Jodi Ewart (GB&I) lost to Stacy Lewis & Alison Walshe (USA) 3 and 1.
Sally Watson & Michele Thomson ((GB&I) beat Mina Harigae & Jennie Lee (USA) 1 hole.
Breanne Loucks & Florentyna Parker l(GB&I) lost to Amanda Blumenherst & Tiffany
Joh (USA) 1 hole.

Great Britain & Ireland 1, United States 2
Carly Booth and Michele Thomson lost 3 and 2 to Kim and Harigae 3 and 2
Sally Watson and Krystle Caithness won 3&2 against Joh and Bolger
Parker and Bennett lost 3&1 to Blumenherst and Lewis

Days Result GB&I 2 USA 4

Thursday 29 May 2008

The Curtis Cup Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony took place this evening in glorious sunshine in front of the Old Course Clubhouse at St Andrews. The ceremony started with 4 sky divers landing on the 1st fairway 3 of them each carrying an Irish, UK and USA flag . The teams were introduced by the GB & I captain Mary McKenna and the USA Captain Carol Semple Thompson and the flags were raised.

The 2008 Curtis Cup begins --- Your webmaster is in St Andrews

Curtis Cup 2008
The Curtis Cup begins tomorrow. Your Webmaster is away through to St Andrews to the Opening ceremony this evening and to watch all the action over the weekend.

D&A --- Colonel Brock Cup Played over Vale of Leven

Played 27th May 2008, 34 Entrants, SSS 67, CSS 70 (Reduction Only)
Jean Paton 92 - 19 = 73
Fiona Cowan 91 - 17 = 74
Margaret Gibb 95 - 18 = 77
Eleanor Starling 102 - 22 = 80
Lindsay McCubbin 102 - 22 = 80
Mary Ainslie 105 - 22 = 83
Scratch: Fiona Cowan

Wednesday 28 May 2008

Ranfurly Castle Strokeplay

Played 28th May, 8 entries, SSS 73, CSS 72
Silver Winner: Shona Gray 71 (19), R/Up Sheila Gray 74 (18)
Bronze Winner: Mary Hardie 73 (21), Helen Abram 74 (25)
Scratch Winner; Natasha Qayum 90

Ranfurly Castle Medal Finals

8 entries Played 28th May,SSS 73, CSS 72
Silver Winner: Sheila Gray 74 (18), R/Up Natasha Qayum 81 (8)
Bronze Winner: Shona Gray 71 (19), Helen Abram 74 (25)

Douglas Park progress to the 6th round of the Mail on Sunday

Douglas Park won 5 - 0 against Ayr Dalmilling in the the Mail on Sunday today. Despite the torrential rain, the course held up well with the 14 new greens and the match was able to be completed. They now progress to the 6th round

9 Hole Stableford - Whitecraigs Golf Club

Date: 23rd May 2008 SSS: 71 Entries: 39
Silver Win: Nicola Wilson (6) 16 pts
Silver R/Up: Elinor Watson (10) 14 pts
Bronze Win: Fiona Watson (15) 20 pts
Bronze R/Up: Pamela Ferguson (14) 19 pts

Tuesday 27 May 2008

Old Ranfurly -- May Results

Played 12th May 2008 – Stableford, Entries 24 SSS 72 CSS 72
Winner: C Sweeney (36) 38 points
Runner-up: V MacKinnon (11) 37 points

Played 17th May 2008 – Spring Meeting (Jean Aitken Trophy), Entries 31 SSS 72 CSS 72
Winner: M Hogg (19) 68
Runner-up: K Thornton (19) 72

Played 19th May 2008 – LGU Medal, Entries 20 SSS 72 CSS 71
Silver: – M Downie (17) 67, S McKnight (12) 68
Bronze: – A Taylor (25) 66, D Garson (23) 73
Scratch: S McKnight 80

Monday 26 May 2008

National Club Championship Cup 2008 -- Nichola Ferguson from Clober progresses to the 3rd round

Nochola Ferguson (Clober) - Click to enlarge 17 year old Nichola Ferguson (Clober) had 1 eagle and 4 birdies in her 4 and 3 win against Carol Fell (Your Webmaster) --- representing Douglas Park in the National Club Champions Cup 2nd round played over Clober today. Carol quotes " It's great that the West of Scotland now has some young golfing talent coming through the ranks and it certainly was a delight to watch"
She also says " When I play a 5 wood and the youngsters play an 8 iron --- I think it is perhaps the time to take up tiddly winks or something !!
Anyway -- well done Nichola --- Good luck in your Biology Higher tomorrow and all the best in the future rounds

Sunday 25 May 2008

Traffic Accident causes West Girls v East Girls to be reduced to 6 matches

The annual match for the Mhairi McKay Trophy was being played at Murrayfield Golf Club in Edinburgh today. There was a serious accident on the M8 resulting in the road being closed. This meant that most of the girls from the west had a very long journey spending many hours stuck in traffic. Unfortunately Gillian Scanlon and Alyson McKechin were stuck in the traffic for more than 3 hours and had to return home without even arriving at Murrayfield Golf Club. The East Girls were very understanding and allowed us to play with the six girls who successfully arrived at the course. The result this year was West 4 East 2
RESULTS: East Players 1st
Gillian Simpson lost to Eilidh Briggs 4 and 3.
Rachael Watton bt Jill Meldrum 6 and 5.
Cara Easton v Gillian Scanlan - not played.
Camilla Tait lost to Zoe Differ 2 holes
Gabrielle Macdonald bt Nicola Ferguson 3 and 2.
Stacey Cameron lost to Natasha Qayum one hole.
Rachel Hanlon v Alyson McKechin - not played.
Helen Goodwin lost to Nicky Wilson 6 and 5.

Kylie Walker wins the St Rule Trophy

Kylie Walker -- click to enlarge D&A's Kylie Walker is not one of the four Scots in the GB&I team for the Curtis Cup at the same venue this week but she must have given them a boost and a few pointers as she won the St Rule Trophy in a half-gale over the Old Course, St Andrews today (Sunday).

The 21-year-old Buchanan Castle player, who has a handicap of +2, led by one shot at the end of the first round with a one-under-par 75 in a bitterly cold north-easterly wind gusting up to 25mph. Then Kylie went out and again shot the joint lowest score in the second round – a three-under-par 73, for a four-under total of 148.

"I've scored lower over the Old Course before but that's the best I've ever played it when the wind's been blowing like that," said Kylie who was beaten semi-finalist in the recent Scottish women's championship at Lossiemouth and, last month, was top Scot and joint fourth overall in the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Troon.

Hitting the ball around the 300yd mark off the tee, even when it was a cross-wind, Kylie was able to pick up two-putt birdie 3s by driving the greens at the ninth and 10th, Her strength off the tee also enabled her to birdie the par-5 second and fourth by hitting them with her second shots.

She also birdied the par-5 17th with a pitch-and-putt 4.

Kylie bogeyed only the 13th – "I made a mess of that and finished up three-putting" – and the 18th where she missed the green with her approach. But all in all Miss Walker looked a class player in very difficult conditions, the CSS for the first round was 79 against the par of 76 and 77 in the second round.

"It's all started to come together for me," said Kylie who also won the Dunbartonshire & Argyll county title earlier this season.

Too late to get her into Curtis Cup team contention but the capture of the St Rule Trophy – the biggest win on her golfing CV which includes the Scottish schoolgirls title four years ago - will go into the British women's open amateur championship at North Berwick from June 11 to 15 brimful of confidence.

French players filled second, third, fourth and joint fifth places. Not surprisingly, France (299) won the international team event from Scotland (309) with Ireland (314) third and Wales (318) fourth.

Old Course, St Andrews
Final Leader Board
Par 152 (2 x 76)
148 K Walker (Buchanan Castle) 75 73.
149 A Goumard (France) 76 73.
150 I Boineau (France) 76 74.
153 L Andre (France)76 77.

Other Scots:
156 L Kenney (Pitreavie) 81 75.
160 R Niven (Crieff) 80 80,
161 R Watson (Elie & Earlsferry) 80 81, K McNicoll (Carnoustie Ladies) 86 75, K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 76 85.
162 A Bushby (Strathmore) 80 82, E Fairnie (Dunbar) 81 81, Sheena Wood (Hazlehead) 83 79.
163 A Davidson (Stirling) 79 84.
164 T Davies (Holyhead) 82 82, K Brotherton (Tulliallan) 83 81, J Turner (Craigielaw) 86 78.
165 C Hargan (Mortonhall) 85 80, R Livingstone (Musselburgh Old) 82 83.
166 S Jackson (Ladybank) 86 80, M Pow (Selkirk) 83 83, K Marshall (Baberton) 80 80.
167 C-M Carlton (Fereneze) 87 80, M Briggs (Kilmacolm) 83 84.
168 A Laing (Vale of Leven) 77 91, E Ogilvy (Auchterarder) 83 85.
169 L Murray (Alford) 84 85.
171 C MacDonald (Gullane Ladies) 90 81, A Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 81 90, J Carthew (Ladybank) 84 87.
173 E Cuthill (Lanark) 85 88.
174 L Walker (Muckhart) 91 83
177 R McQueen (Troon Ladies) 94 83.
182 Susan Wood (Drumpellier) 96 86, L McLardy (Murcar Links) 92 90, E Moffat (St Regulus) 92 90.
183 J Sneddon (Alyth) 92 91.

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Ranfurly Castle Extra Stableford

Played 25/5/08 2 entries CSS 73
Winner Helen Craig 35 pts (16)
R/UP Lesley Robertson 31 pts (2)

Saturday 24 May 2008

May Competitions -- Whitecraigs Golf Club

Competition: Wardhaugh Salver
Date: 16th May 2008 , SSS: 72 , CSS: 72 , Entries: 48
Winner: Julie Dickson (19) 66
Runner Up: Dorothy McKnight (22) 69

Competition: Coronation Foursomes
Date: 19th May 2008 , SSS: 72, Entries: 16 couples
Winners: Karen Brodie & Katie Keenan 38 points
Runners-up: Fiona Watson & Elizabeth Hall 34 points (bih)

Dorrie Hunter Strokeplay - Ranfurly Castle

Played 23/5/08 6 entries, SSS 73, CSS 73
One Class
Winner: Shona Gray (19) 74
Runner Up: Mary Craig (10) 75

Friday 23 May 2008

Stroke Competition - Douglas Park

Played 23rd May 2008. SSS 72, CSS 72, 58 Entrants.
Silver :
Lindsay McLean 84 - 14 = 70
Chris Dingwall 87 - 16 = 71
Helen Robertson 84 - 12 = 72
Janet Dalglish 106 - 36 = 70
Vivien Hamilton 95 - 25 = 70
Ginette Evans 99 - 27 = 72
Scratch: Helen Faulds 78

Thursday 22 May 2008

Renfrewshire are Winners in the Inter County Foursomes Finals at East Kilbride

Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart -- Click to enlarge
The Inter County Foursomes Finals took place at East Kilbride Golf Club yesterday. The Renfrewshire partnership of Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart --- pictured above had a terrific round of 74 to win the scratch award

Mary Hardie and Sheila Gray -- Click to enlarge Renfrewshire's Mary Hardie and Sheila Gray (pictured above) from Ranfurly Castle won the Handicap Award with a net 68.5

1st Scratch: Donna Jackson and Liz Stewart (Cochrane Castle/ Greenburn)- Renfrewshire 74
2nd Scratch: Lesley Lloyd and Fiona Scott (Hayston / Bothwell Castle) - Lanarkshire 79
3rd Scratch: Gillian McGinlay and Maureen Woodhead (Cochrane Castle / Gourock) - Renfrewshire 80 BIH

1st Handicap: Mary Hardie and Sheila Gray ( Ranfurly Castle) - Renfrewshire 88 (19.5) Net 68.5 2nd Handicap: Irene Nisbet and Caroline Smith (Strathaven) - Lanarkshire 92 (19) Net 73
3rd Handicap : Moira Aitken and Rosemary Macnee (Kilmarnock Barassie) - Ayrshire 93 (18) Net 75

Scratch Prizewinners - Click to enlarge

Scratch Prizewinners: Lesley Lloyd, Liz Stewart, Gillian McGinlay, Maureen Woodhead and Lanarkshire Captain May Hughes (Fiona Scott missing) - click to enlarge

Handicap Winners - Click to enlarge

Handicap Winners: Lanarkshire Captain May Hughes with all the Handicap Prizewinners - click to enlarge

Thanks go to Jean Macintyre (Lanarkshire's Secretary) for all the results and photographs

LGU Press Release - Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship

The Ladies’ Golf Union will crown a new Ladies’ British Open Amateur Champion this year. 144 of the best female amateurs from 24 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, India and Morocco, tee off at the renowned West Links, North Berwick, Scotland from 11-15 June.
Unfortunately, the 2007 champion, Carlota Ciganda (Spain), is unable to defend this prestigious British title, leaving it up for grabs. With a full exemption to the Ricoh Women's British Open on offer, the event has attracted record entries of over 200 competitors. In the strongest ever field, 116 of the entrants have handicaps of + 0.1 or better.
European countries are particularly well represented this year with France entering 15 players, Sweden 6, Germany 9, the Netherlands 10 and Spain 8.
The home nations also have a strong turnout, with all of last year’s quarter finalists hoping to go further. The newly crowned 2008 Scottish Champion, Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon), along with Breanne Loucks (Wrexham), Elizabeth Bennett (Brokenhurst Manor) and Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) will arrive in North Berwick days after playing for the GB & I side at the Curtis Cup, St Andrews from 30 May – 1 June.
The highly rated Swedish twins, Caroline and Jacqueline Hedwall (Barseback), are among the strong international line up contesting this Championship. Caroline, one of the top players in Europe, comes in as favourite with the lowest handicap on the entry list(+ 5.6), while earlier this year, Jacqueline took the runner up spot in the Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play, scoring a record breaking 67 over Royal Troon. Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist, runner up for the last two years, hopes a third attempt will be lucky for her.
Susan Simpson, LGU’s Director of Championships said, “We are delighted to be holding this Championship at such a historic and challenging golf course. With such a strong field in place it looks like this event will provide a spectacular forum for the players to display their talents.”
Alan Phillips, Captain of North Berwick Golf Club said, “It has been 10 years since we hosted the Vagliano Trophy and we are once again very proud to be hosting a prestigious ladies event over the West Links. There is a very high calibre of entry from across the world so we are looking forward to welcoming these top amateurs and are excited by the prospect of seeing how they meet the unique and testing challenge of our golf course. I am sure that, over the week, many of the players will form a life long love of North Berwick and links golf and hope that they take away as many fond memories as they will undoubtedly leave with us."
Competitors in the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship play 18 holes on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 June, and the leading 64 players will qualify for the match play stage, culminating in an 18-hole final on the afternoon of Sunday 15 June.
The west course at North Berwick is a true links with commanding views of the sea and great wide sandy beaches over to the dark rocky islets of the Forth estuary and to the green-hilled Fife coast. The volcanic grey and white streaked hump of the Bass Rock and distant May Island can also be seen on the horizon.
An Open qualifying course, North Berwick's West Links has an antiquated charm of its own with walls, burns, and yawning bunkers, and in the 15th hole, “Redan”, probably the most frequently copied short hole in the world.
The North Berwick Golf Club is the thirteenth oldest golf club, second only to St Andrews for continuous play over the same course.
The full list of entrants for the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship can be viewed at
For further information please contact:-
Fraser Munro, Championship Manager, LGU.
Lynn Wallace, Communications, LGU.
01334 475 811

Wednesday 21 May 2008

Ranfurly Castle - Vets and Gillies Trophy

36 entries 21/5/08 SSS 73, CSS 72
Vets Winner: Helen Crichton 39 pts (26)
R/Up Gillian Drury 38 pts bih (27)
Gillies Trophy Winner: Helen Crichton 39 pts (26)
R/Up Margaret MacDonald 38 pts (31)

Tuesday 20 May 2008

RLCGA Spring Meeting -- Gleddoch Golf Club

Played 20th May 2008, SSS 73, CSS 74, Entrants 47
Handicap Scratch - 12
Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 80 - 9 = 71
Natasha Qayum (Ranfurly Castle) 81 - 9 = 72
Valerie MacKinnon (Old Ranfurly) 84 -10 = 74
Handicap 13 and above
Vivien Young (Cochrane Castle) 90 - 18 = 72
Anita McMillan (Erskine) 92 - 18 = 74
Maureen Herbert (Old Ranfurly) 95 - 18 = 77 (bih)
Scratch: Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 80

TO READ THE FULL DETAILS GO Renfrewshire Ladies County Website

Monday 19 May 2008

SLGA announce Scottish Teams

Irish women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Elm Park Golf Club, Donnybrook, a few miles south of Dublin, on June 28 and 29.
Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank)-- Captain
Louise Kenney (Pitreavie),
Clare-Marie Calrton (Fereneze)
Jane Turner (Craigielaw).
1 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm)
2 Claire MacDonald (Gullane Ladies)

St Rule Trophy, Old Course, St Andrews, Sunday, May 25.
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar).
Laura Murray (Alford).
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle).
1 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie).
2 Jane Turner (Craigielaw).
3 Jocelyn Carthew (Ladybank).

British women's open amateur championship, North Berwick, June 11-15.
Carly Booth (Comrie).
Krystle Caithness (St Regulus).
Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon) (capt).
1 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar).
2 Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle).
3 Roseanne Niven (Crieff).

May Medal - Kilmacolm Golf Club

Played 15th May 2008, SSS72, CSS 71, 39 entries
1. Val Lawrence(17) 72
2. Trish Brown (13) 73
Scratch: Marion Stewart 84
1. Marjorie Mann (23) 70
2. Deb MacFarlane (23) 72

Sunday 18 May 2008

Whitecraigs Ladies Section -- Open Day

124 ladies playing in Whitecraigs Open Day last Wednesday 14th May 2008. No call offs - weather great, course superb and flowers round the club were amazing.

1st:Aileen Anderson and Jean Stevenson (Loudoun Gowf) 70
2nd: Valerie MacKinnon and Alison Moss (Old Ranfurly) 71 (b.i.h)
3rd:Anne Mackellar (Whitecraigs) Flora Cameron (Troon) 71 (last 6)
4th:Lorna Howie (Whitecraigs), Joan Drennan (Ralston) 71

Longest Drive Silver: Leeza Lynn (Bothwell Castle)
Longest Drive Bronze: Anne Byiers (Milngavie)
Nearest the Pin Silver: Phyllis Noble (Whitecraigs)
Nearest the Pin Bronze: Margaret Ramsay (Elderslie)

Thanks go to Alison Finlay (Captain of Whitecraigs GC) FOR THE REPORT AND PHOTOGRAPHS

West of Scotland Girls Team Selected

The West of Scotland Girls Team has been selected for the S.L.G.A Inter Division Matches at Ballumbie Castle Golf Club on Sat and Sun the 7th and 8th of June

The event consists of teams of six girls from North, South, East and West Divisions the format for the weekend will be a round robin format each Division will play each other and the matches will consist of 3 foursomes

The girls representing the West Division are :-

Zoe Differ (Dullatur)
Lauren Meldrum (Dullatur)
Nicola Ferguson (Clober)
Hannah Gaunt (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Linzi Allan (Kilbirnie Place).
Natasha Qayum (Ranfurly Castle)

Saturday 17 May 2008

Michele Thomson wins the 2008 Scottish Championship at Lossiemouth


Michele Thomson from Ellon, Aberdeenshire endorsed her Curtis Cup team selection by winning the Scottish women's amateur championship for the first time after an 18-hole final with golf that matched the glorious sunshine at Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth today.

In a final, packed with birdies and played at an old-fashioned pace – 17 holes completed in just over three hours, 20-year-old Michele beat another first-time finalist, Jocelyn Carthew, a 30-year-old Ladybank Golf Club, Fife member, by 2 and 1.

Michele, a +1 player at McDonald Ellon Golf Club, a seasoned international and a full-time amateur who has been playing competitively this year since the Orange Blossom Tour in Florida in January, entered the final as hot favourite to beat Jo, an uncapped one-handicapper who had never progressed past the second round of the national championship before and a player who works for a living.

But Carthew let the big gallery – and her more highly-rated opponent - know she wasn't just there to make up the numbers when she won the first two holes with birdies and then halved the third with her third birdie in a row.

Thomson, the longer-hitter, then rolled up her sleeves and won the next four holes with a par-birdie-birdie-birdie burst that saw her jump from two down to two up.

Carthew came back off the ropes to win the eighth with a great putt for a birdie but turned two down again when Thomson holed a 15ft birdie putt at the ninth.

Out in five-under-par 33 to Carthew's two-under 36 and two holes to the good, Thomson had by no means subdued underdog Jo. The pair of them produced nine birdies between them in a high-class outward half.

Carthew won the 10th with a birdie, lost the 11th to a birdie and then got back to one down again when Thomson had her first bogey of the day.

This was the low point, quality-wise in the match, the 13th being halved in bogeys.

Normal service was resumed with a half in birdie 4s at the long 14th before Thomson regained a two-hole lead when Carthew three-putted.

The writing was on the wall for the elegant Ladybank player then. Two down with three to play, she could only halve the 16th and 17th, leaving Thomson a worthy 2 and 1 winner.

Thomson was five under par at the finish and Carthew two under par … proof that it was a quality final with 13 birdies in all.

Click on the link on the RHS on the Gillian Kirkwood "widget" to read the full report and see a photograph --- The link says --- Jo Carthew plays her part in birdie festival

Junior Open - Haggs Castle Golf Club

The Haggs Castle Golf Club Junior Open will take place on Wednesday 23rd July 2008 under strokeplay conditions. The competition is over 18 holes and is open to entry from BOTH boys and girls --- the Handicap Limit is 28.
To read all the details about the event CLICK HERE

If you would like to enter you can get your entry form HERE

Friday 16 May 2008

Ranfurly Castle -- MacMillan Cancer Strokeplay

Played 16th May 2008, 28 entries, SSS 73 CSS 72
Scratch Winner Natasha Qayum 77
Silver Winner Natasha Qayum (9) 68, R/Up Mary Craig (11) 72
Bronze Winner Agnes Williamson (22) 69, R/Up Sheila Biggart (22) 72

Medal 4 - Douglas Park Golf Club

Played 16th May 2008, SSS 72, CSS 72, Entrants 73
Sheila McFarlane 86 - 17 = 69 After Count-Back
Helen Robertson 81 - 12 = 69
Helen Faulds 74 - 4 = 70
Anne Reid 94 - 29 = 65
Norma Gray 94 - 26 = 68
Hazel Hamilton 94 - 24 = 70
Scratch: Helen Faulds 74


JOCELYN CARTHEW (Ladybank) beat SAMMY VASS (Tain) 2 and 1.
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) beat Jane Turner (Mortonhall) at 22nd hole.
LAURA MURRAY (Alford) beat CLARE-MARIE CARLTON (Fereneze) 3 and 1.
MICHELE THOMSON (McDonald Ellon) beat LOUISE KENNEY (Pitreavie) 3 and 2.

Carthew beat Walker 3 and 1.
Thomson beat Murray at 20th.

H Anderson (Downfield) bt B Murphy (Mortonhall) at 20th.
S Jackson (Ladybank) bt T Laughland (Mortonhall) 2 holes.
Jackson beat Anderson 4 and 3.

Report from Colin Farquharson

Jocelyn Carthew has put her home club Ladybank in the golfing spotlight by reaching Saturday morning's (9am) 18-hole final of the Scottish women's amateur championship over the Moray Golf Club Old Course links at Lossiemouth.

Now the 30-year-old Glasgwegian, who lives in Kirkcaldy and works in a stable-construction business in Cupar, will be pulling out all the stops to put her own name in the record books alongside legends like Jessie Valentine by beating 20-year-old Michele Thomson, a full-time amateur golfer from Ellon, Aberdeenshire and one of four Scots in the GB&I team to play the United States in the Curtis Cup match over the Old Course, St Andrews at the end of the month.

"I'm playing well. I just have to do it one more time. I was two or three under par in beating Kylie Walker in the semi-final, so that kind of form must give me a chance," said Jocelyn, who did not take up golf until the age of 16 even though her dad Oliver was professional at Crow Wood Golf Club.

Although Thomson had to claw her way back from four down after eight holes before prevailing over Aberdeenshire rival Laura Murray (Alford) at the 20th hole in the other semi-final, Michele will start the clear favourite for the title.

Thomson, who lost in the semi-finals last year, is the 10th seed and her opponent was 25th of the 32 qualifiers for the match-play stages at Lossiemouth

Long-hitting power player Michele has +1 of a handicap; Jocelyn, a more delicate touch player, has one of a handicap and has never got past the second round of the "Scottish" before. She has never won the Fife county championship and never been picked for Scotland. Michele is a seasoned international who has stepped up to Great Britain & Ireland level.

But Carthew is playing well above her expectations this week.

She started the penultimate day of the 94th national championship by winning 2 and 1 against 16-year-old Sammy Vass (Tain), who claimed the scalp of the No 1 seed, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) in the first round.
Then Carthew beat the No 5 seed, Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) by 3 and 1 to reach the final for the first time.
Kylie Walker had to go to the 22nd hole in morning quarter-finals to take the measure of Craigielaw teenager Jane Turner.
Whether that sapped her energy or not, Kylie birdied the 10th to get back to all square with Jocelyn – and then sagged.
Kylie Walker lost the 11th, 12th and 13th and there was no way back for her after that.
Against Thomson, Laura Murray had a fantastic start. She birdied the first five holes and seven of the first eight holes to be four up and firmly in the driving seat.
"Laura was playing brilliantly at that stage. I just had to make sure I kept my head up and play the best I could to turn the match my way," said Michele.

And turn her way it did. She won the ninth with a par, the 11th with a birdie, the 16th with a par and the 17th with a par. Murray's flow of birdies had dried up just when she needed some more.
But Laura did stage wonderful 40yd bunker shot under severe pressure to halve the 18th in bogeys but her luck ran out when she was in another bunker off the tee at the 20th and ran up a bogey 6 which ended her best ever run in the championship.
"Pity my father is in Dubai and can't make it time. He has helped me so much to get me where I am," said Michele.
"But there's still a hard match in the final to come. So I'm not counting my chickens yet."
There was an encouraging omen for Jocelyn Carthew, when Ladybank clubmate, 18-year-old Susan Jackson won the championship's No 2 competition, the Clark Rosebowl. She beat senior player Heather Anderson (Downfield) by 4 and 3 in the final after being three up on the eighth tee.

Thanks go to Gillian Kirkwood and Colin Farquharson for this report

Eastwood Ladies Section -- Medal Finals/Lady Captain's Day and May Medal Results

Gleneagles Medal/Medal Finals/2nd Round Club Champ Quals
29/4/08 sss72 css74 Entries 32
Silver h'cap Score
1st Carole McBeath 19 73 Gleneagles Medal Winner
2nd Anne Aitken 18 75 Silver Medal Finals Winner
1st Alison McKinnon 26 73bih Bronze Medal Finals Winner
2nd Jane Green 25 73
Scratch Beth Paterson 86

Lady Captains Day/ 3rd Round Club Champ Quals
6/5/08 sss72 css72 entries 49
Silver h'cap Score
1st Margot McLean 18 68
2nd Anne Aitken 18 73bih
1st Marjorie Haire 25 72
2nd Anna Hunter 26 73
Scratch: Margot McLean 86

May Medal/ SLGA Brooch
13/5/08 sss72 css72 entries 43
1st Lesley Baillie 20 72acb
2nd Barbara Dunlop 8 72
1st Angela Fergusson 21 71 SLGA Brooch Winner
2nd Eleanor Watson 24 73
Scratch: Barbara Dunlop 80

Thursday 15 May 2008

LGU - Press Release - Sky Sports to broadcast Curtis Cup

Sky Sports Logo
Curtis Cup Logo

Sky Sports have confirmed exclusive coverage of the ticket only Curtis Cup Match. The best women amateur golfers from Great Britain & Ireland and the USA will compete for this prestigious title over the Old Course, St Andrews, from 30 May to 1 June.

Director of Championships at the Ladies' Golf Union, Susan Simpson said, "We are delighted to have Sky on board to cover this historic occasion in St Andrews. With ticket sales soaring, we are ready for an exciting contest."

Coverage will include a preview feature and highlights package within the Golf Night programme.

Golf Night times are:

Thursday Sky Sports 2 19.30-22.00

Friday Sky Sports 2 20.30-23.00

Saturday Sky Sports 3 19.30-22.00

Sunday Sky Sports 3 20.00-23.00

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Moray Golf Club Old Course, Lossiemouth
S Vass (Tain) beat K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 2 holes.
A F Ramsay (Kirriemuir) beat S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 2 holes.
K Marshall (Baberton) beat L Hendry (Routenburn) 1 hole.
J Carthew (Ladybank) beat M Tough (Falkirk) 4 and 3.
K Walker (Buchanan Castle) beat E Ogilvy (Auchterarder) 1 hole.
M Summers (Panmure Barry) beat R Livingstone ( Musselburgh Old) 2 and 1.
J Turner (Craigielaw) beat C Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 2 and 1.
M Pow (Selkirk) beat E Fairnie (Dunbar) 3 and 2.
C-M Carlton (Fereneze) beat D Pocock (Murcar Links) 7 and 5
D Jackson (Cochrane Castle) beat E Moffat (St Regulus) at 19th.
M Briggs (Kilmacolm) beat E Briggs (Kilmacolm) 2 and 1.
L Murray (Alford) beat P Williamson (Baberton) 7 and 6.
L Bennett (Ladybank) beat C Hargan (Mortonhall) 5 and 4.
M Thomson (McDonald Ellon) beat K Blackwood (Craigmillar Park) 5 and 3.
C MacDonald (Gullane) beat S Bishop (Cochrane Castle) 1 hole.
L Kenney (Pitreavie) beat L McLardy (Murcar Links) 5 and 4.
Vass beat Ramsay 3 and 2.
Carthew beat Marshall 3 and 1.
Walker bt Summers 3 and 2.
Turner bt Pow 2 and 1.
Carlton beat Jackson 6 and 4.
Murray bt M Briggs 4 and 3.
Thomson beat t Bennett 1 hole.
Kenney beat C MacDonald 2 and 1.

B Murphy (Mortonhall) bt A Ryan (Tain) 3 and 2.
A McGinnigle (Cochrane Castle) bt J Harrison (Cruden Bay) 1 hole.
H Anderson (Downfield) bt S Leslie (Murcar Links) 3 and 2.
L Terry (Cruden Bay) bt H Faulds (Douglas Park) 1 hole.
T Laughland (Mortonhall) bt E Gillespie (Lochend) 5 and 4.
M Smith (Tain) bt L Stewart (Greenburn) 3 and 2.
C Wilson (Murcar Links) bt A Brownie (Lothianburn) 5 and 4.
S Jackson (Ladybank) bt H Laughland (Mortonhall) 5 and 3.
Murphy bt McGinnigle 1 hole.
Anderson bt Terry at 20th.
T Laughland bt Smith 1 hole.
Jackson bt Wilson 2 holes.

Jubilee Cup - Whitecraigs Golf Club

Competition: Jubilee Cup 1st Round
Date: 9th/11th May SSS: 72 ,CSS: 72 Entries: 48
One Class
Winner (best net score) Margaret Goodwin (21) 67
2nd Maureen McDevitt (35) 69
3rd Susan Campbell (20) 72

Competition: Jubilee Cup 2nd Round
Date: 12th May 2008 SSS: 72 CSS: 75 Entries: 38
Silver Win: Susan Campbell (20) 69
Silver R/Up: Alison Finlay (16) 71
Bronze Win: Karen Brodie (30) 65
Bronze R/Up: Jill Massey (24) 81
Scratch: Elizabeth Simpson 85

Competition: Jubilee Cup
Date: 9th/11th/12th May 2008 SSS: 72 CSS: 72/72/75
1st Karen Brodie (30) 140
2nd Susan Campbell (20) 141
3rd Alison Finlay (16) 143
Scratch: Elizabeth Simpson 168

Ranfurly Castle Spring Meeting

Played 14/5/08 55 entries, SSS 73, CSS 73
Scratch Winner Allison Mitchell 84
Silver Winner Shona Gray (19) 73, R/Up Fiona Roger (13) 74 bih
Bronze Winner Eileen Walker (36) 68, Elizabeth Jessop (31) 70

Wednesday 14 May 2008

Scottish Ladies Strokeplay Prizegiving

Congratulations go to Kyle Walker (Buchanan Castle) who was awarded the following trophies at the Strokeplay Prizegiving at the Scottish Championships tonight.

Beddows Memorial Trophy for the lowest gross score in the first qualifying round: Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle ) 73 bih
McRobert Thistle Cup for the lowest scratch score in the qualifying rounds: Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 73 bih
To read all the prizewinners go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Match Play Draws for the Scottish Championship

8.30 K MacDonald v S Vass, S Wood v A F Ramsay, L Hendry v K Marshall, J Carthew v M Tough.
9.02 K Walker v E Ogilvy, M Summers v R Livingstone, J Turner v C Gruber, E Fairnie v M Pow.
9.34 C-M Carlton v D Pocock, D Jackson v E Moffat, M Briggs v E Briggs, P Williamson v L Murray.
10.0 C Hargan v L Bennett, K Blackwood v M Thomson, S Bishop v C MacDonald, L McLardy v L Kenney.
10.48 Anne Ryan v Belinda Murphy.
10.54 Jill Harrison v Alyson McGinnigle.
11.02 Samantha Leslie v Heather Anderson.
11.10 Lynne Terry v Helen Faulds.
11.17 Tracy Laughland v Eileen Gillespie.
11.26 Mary Smith v Liz Stewart.
11.34 Anne Brownie v Carol Wilson.
11.42 Hilary Laughland v Susan Jackson.

Qualifiers after 2nd Round of the Scottish Championship

West of Scotland's Claire-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) took third place in the qualifying rounds of the Scottish Championship at Lossiemouth today with a 77 for 152, one ahead of Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle)
Curtis Cup selection Michele Thomson hooked her way to three double bogeys in scoring a 78 for 157 and joint 10th place among the qualifiers.

Par 152 (2 x 76)

149 K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 75 74.
151 L Kenney (Pitreavie) 77 74.
152 C-M Carlton (Fereneze) 75 77.
153 M Pow (Selkirk) 77 76, K Walker (Buchanan Castle) 73 80.
154 L Murray (Alford) 79 75.
155 C Hargan (Mortonhall) 73 82.
156 M Tough (Falkirk) 80 76, L Hendry (Routenburn) 78 78.
157 M Thomson (McDonald Ellon) 79 78, M Briggs (Kilmacolm) 76 81.
159 R Livingstone (Musselburgh Old) 85 74, J Turner (Craigielaw) 81 78.
160 E Moffat (St Regulus) 83 77.
161 S Bishop (Cochrane Castle) 84 77, A F Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 79 82, C MacDonald (Gullane) 77 84, S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 78 83, C MacDonald (Gullane) 77 84.
162 D Jackson (Cochrane Castle) 85 77, C Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 80 82.
163 M Summers (Panmure Barry) 89 74, E Briggs (Kilmacolm) 85 78, K Blackwood (Craigmillar Park) 79 84, K Marshall (Baberton) 79 84.
164 J Carthew (Ladybank) 84 80, L Bennett (Ladybank) 80 84.
166 P Williamson (Baberton) 86 80, E Ogilvy (Auchterarder) 84 82, E Fairnie (Dunbar) 83 83, D Pocock (Murcar Links) 81 85.
167 (six to play off for last two match-play places) L McLardy (Murcar Links) 84 83, A Laing (Vale of Leven) 83 84, S Vass (Tain) 83 84, J Vass (Tain) 82 85, A Ryan (Tain) 81 86, S Jackson (Ladybank) 80 87.


168 T Laughland (Mortonhall) 88 80, H Faulds (Douglas Park) 86 82, S Leslie (Murcar Links) 78 90.
169 L Stewart (Greenburn) 88 81, A Brownie (Lothianburn) 86 83, A McGinnigle (Cochrane Castle) 83 86.
170 J Harrison (Cruden Bay) 90 80, C Wilson (Murcar Links) 86 84.
171 S Raitt (Forfar) 89 92, M Smith (Tain) 88 83, H Anderson (Downfield) 84 87.
172 G Lockhart (Kilmarnock Barassie) 89 83, L Terry (Cruden Bay) 88 84.
173 A Bushby (Strathmore) 89 84, H Laughland (Mortonhall) 87 86, B Murphy (Mortonhall) 86 87, E Gillespie (Lochend) 87 86, A Wilton (Ladybank) 85 88.
174 R Brown (Lothianburn) 90 84, J Milne (Elgin) 84 90.
175 N Fenton (Merchants of Edinburgh) 88 87, S Cuthbertson (Peebles) 87 88, K Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) 84 91.
176 E Munn (East Renfrewshire) 89 87, J Jenkins (Ralston) 87 89, A Hunter (Monifieth) 85 91.
177 S Crolla (Duddingston) 90 87, A Summers (Panmure Barry) 89 88.
178 W Wells (Peebles) 89 89.
179 D Dewar (Monifieth) 89 90, E Wilson (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies) 84 95.
180 A McDonald (St Regulus) 87 93.
181 W MacCallum (Falkirk) 93 88, J Sneddon (Alyth) 87 94.
182 L Caine (Merchants of Edinburgh) 96 86, P Orr (Cochrane Castle) 86 96,
183 B Waugh (Moorhall) 96 87, L Bain (Lochend) 91 92.
187 L Fraser (Kingsknowe) 96 91, F Fullerton (Huntly) 96 91.
188 I Harvey (St Rule) 97 91, L Mathie (Cochrane Castle) 93 95.
189 S Ireland (Prestonfield) 93 96.
190 R McIntyre (Windyhill) 99 91.
193 D Moncrieff (Lochend) 100 93, C Stewart (Lothianburn) 86 107.
195 A Alston (Royal Montrose) 96 99.
196 A B Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 95 101.
202 K Burden (Cambuslang) 102 100.
204 E Hill (Dumfries & Co) 103 101, C King (Windyhill) 95 109.
218 A Gliksten (Strathaven) 108 110.
No Returns: L Douglas (Hawick) 100 NR, M McKerrow (Dumfries & Galloway) 98 NR.
Withdrew: F De Vries(St Rule) 78 84 (unavailable for match-play stages).

Tuesday 13 May 2008


Moray Golf Club Old Course, Lossiemouth. Par 76 (6146yd)
FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND, Par 76 (38-38). 6146yd,
Leading Scores
73 C Hargan (Mortonhall) 34-39, K Walker (Buchanan Castle) 35-38.
75 K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 39-36, C-M Carlton (Fereneze) 40-35.
76 M Briggs (Kilmacolm) 41-35.
77 M Pow (Selkirk) 37-40, L Kenney (Pitreavie) 35-42, C MacDonald (Gullane) 37-40.
78 S Leslie (Murcar Links) 34-44, S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 35-43, L Hendry (Routenburn) 38-40, F De Vries (St Rule) 36-42.

Other West of Sotland Players:
83 A McGinnigle (Cochrane Castle) , A Laing (Vale of Leven) ,
84 S Bishop (Cochrane Castle) ,
85 D Jackson (Cochrane Castle) , E Briggs (Kilmacolm).
86 H Faulds (Douglas Park), P Orr (Cochrane Castle).
87 J Jenkins (Ralston),
88 L Stewart (Greenburn),
89 G Lockhart (Kilmarnock Barassie), E Munn (East Renfrewshire
92 C Taylor (Kilmarnock Barassie).
93 L Mathie (Cochrane Castle).
95 C King (Windyhill).
99 R McIntyre (Windyhill).
102 K Burden (Cambuslang).

D&A Spring Meeting at Balmore Golf Club

Spring Meeting, Macnaughtan Trophy & Golf Foundation Brooch on Monday 12th May at Balmore Golf Club SSS 70, CSS 71, 83 ENTRANTS
Scratch : Laura McGeachy (Windyhill) 74
1st Silver : Laura McGeachy (Windyhill) 74-7-67
2nd Silver : Sarah Tryon (Cardross) 80-10-70 BIH
3rd Silver : Margaret Stewart (Hilton Park) 81-11-70 BIH
Linda Moffat (Helensburgh) 86-16-70
1st Bronze : Joan Shankland (Hilton Park) 90-21-69
2nd Bronze : Lindsay McCubbin (Hilton Park) 94-22-72
Macnaughtan Trophy : Laura McGeachy
Golf Foundation Brooch : Laura McGeachy

Monday 12 May 2008

West of Scotland Players do well in the Ness Open

Robert Gordon University student Laura Murray from Alford produced an excellent second-round 69 to win the Ness Open 36-hole SLGA Order of Merit women’s golf tournament at Inverness Golf Club today.
Scotland cap & R&A Bursar Laura, 19, trailed first-round leader Lesley Hendry (Routenburn) by four shots after an opening 76 but she swept to the front with her three-under-par figures in the second round.

Laura’s 145 total saw her home with two shots to spare from Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) and Lesley Hendry (Routenburn), all on 147. Megan was officially placed second and Kylie third by virtue of their second rounds, 72 and 73, to Lesley’s 75.
Miss Murray was winning the Ness Open for the second time in three years, having first won it in 2006.

Leader Board
Par 144 (2 x 72) CSS 73 73
145 Laura Murray (Alford) 76 69.
147 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 75 72, Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 74 73, Lesley Hendry (Routenburn) 72 75.
148 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 76 72, Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon) 73 75.
149 Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 74 75.
154 Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 77 77.
155 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 82 73.
156 Claire Macdonald (Gullane) 80 76.
157 Sammy Vass (Tain) 78 79.

Class 1 (0 to 7)
143 Lesley Hendry (Routenburn) 70 73.
147 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) (4) 78 69.
149 Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 74 75.
Class 2 (8 to 20)
138 Fiona Fullerton (Huntly) (11) 68 70.
143 Ashley Alston (Royal Montrose) (13) 70 73.
Thanks go to Gillian Kirkwood for the report

Sunday 11 May 2008

West of Scotland Girls Medal at Kilmacolm is won by Alyson McKechin of Elderslie

Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) who was the leading qualifier in the LGU Medal qualifier over Windyhill last Wednesday continued her good form by winning the West Girls Medal over Kilmacolm today. On a lovely day but with rather windy conditions Alyson had the best scratch of the day with an 82 and also had the best net score of 72 in the Silver Division
1st Scratch: Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) Gross 82
1st Silver : Alyson McKechin - Elderslie (10) 72
2nd Silver Natasha Qayam - Ranfurly Castle (9) 78
1st Bronze : Rachel Irvine - Largs (28) 72
2nd Bronze Katie McGarva - Kilmarnock Barassie (24) 73

SSS 72, CSS 72

Mail on Sunday Match - Douglas Park progress to the 5th Round

Murrayfield Team - Click to enlarge
Murrayfield Golf Club Team -- From Left to Right: Valerie Aitchison, Shona Simpson, Pam Townsend, Gillian Simpson and Denise Mitchell

Douglas Park Team - Click to Enlarge

Douglas Park Team - From Left to Right :Elinor Grant, Lynda Smith, Carol Fell, Lindsay McLean and Helen Faulds

Douglas Park beat Murrayfield in the 4th round of the Mail on Sunday today by 4 and 1 to progress to the 5th round of the competition.

Coronation Foursomes and Stroke Competition - Kilmacolm Golf Club

Coronation Foursomes - Played 6th May 2008
No of entries 44, SSS 72, CSS 72
1st C.Lucas & L.Hunter 36pts
2nd S.Reid & A.Duckering 35pts
Stroke Competition- Played 8th May 2008
31 entries, SSS 72, CSS 73
1st M Briggs (1) Net 67
2nd E Briggs (4) 70
Scratch: M Briggs 68
1st A Duckering (23 ) 73
2nd D MacFarlane (23) 74

21 West of Scotland Players are at the Scottish Ladies Amateur Championships this week

The Scottish Ladies' (Close) Amateur Championship is being played at Moray Golf Club on Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th May.
Ayrshire Entrants:
Gillian Lockhart (Kilmarnock Barassie), Charlie Taylor (Kilmarnock Barassie), Lesley Hendry (Routenburn)
D&A Entrants
Helen Faulds (Douglas Park),Ruth McIntyre (Windyhill), Caroline King (Windyhill),Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle),Sara Bishop (Cochrane Castle),
Lanarkshire Entrants
Katy Burden (Cambuslang)
RLCGA Entrants:
Alyson McGinnigle (Cochrane Castle), Liz Stewart (Greenburn), Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle ), Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze),
Gillian McGinlay (Cochrane Castle), Jennifer Jenkins (Ralston), Eilidh Brigg(Kilmacolm), Elaine Munn (East Renfrewshire), Beth Paterson (Eastwood ), Pearl Orr
(Cochrane Castle)and Lindsay Mathie (Cochrane Castle).

We wish them all a successful and enjoyable week

To see the draw for the first qualifying round on Tuesday 13 May CLICK HERE

Saturday 10 May 2008

D&A Captain Kay is a winner at Douglas Park Golf Club

Chris Dingwall and Kay McColl - click to enlarge
Congratulations go to D&A County Captain Kay McColl who partnered well known "Bearsden Gardener" Chris Dingwall in the Invitation Greensomes yesterday at Douglas Park Golf Club. Their net 67.2 was the winning score in the Silver division and their efforts won them a lovely golf top each. If you click on the photo above you will see an enlargement.
The event rose £440 for the charity Children 1st

Played : FRIDAY 9TH MAY 2008
Post Match report – courtesy of Janet Dow Past Ladies’ Captain
104 Lady members and their guests took part in this year’s Invitation
Thanks go to the following:
· Jim McMillan and Bert Sutherland for being the starters
· The ladies who helped with registration and for selling Raffle tickets
· Everyone who donated to the raffle
· The girls who did the scoring
Thanks and well done to everyone who helped in any way towards the
success of the day!
The Charity this year was Children 1st and we raised £440 from the
1st Chris Dingwall & Kay McColl 67.2
2nd Evy Macgregor & Glenys Rentoul 67.8
1st Alison White & Christine Morrison 65.0
2nd Anne Nicol & Fiona Cowan 69.2

Friday 9 May 2008

May Hughes is the 2008 West Vets Champion

Alex Glennie and May Hughes - Click to enlarge
Congratulations go to May Hughes (Lanark) who is the 2008 West Vets Champion. She won at the 20th Hole in the Final against Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) in an exciting match played at Renfrew Golf Club on Wednesday. Moira McCartney (Milngavie) beat Avril Berry (Douglas Park) in the Bronze Championship
To read the full reports go to the West Vets Website
Thanks go to Helen Faulds for the photograph

Thursday 8 May 2008

Alyson McKechin - Elderslie Junior leads the LGU Qualifiers at Windyhill

Alyson McKechin, a 14-year-old Elderslie Golf Club junior member, headed the eight qualifiers for the LGU Medal Final at Crieff on Sunday, June 8 with a net 70 off 11 of a handicap in the West Division qualifier at Windyhill Golf Club yesterday

The qualifiers were:
Silver Division - Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) (11) 70; Anne Mungall (Airdrie) (12) 72; Carol Whyte (Windyhill) (4) 73; Aileen Anderson (Loudon Gowf) (10) 75; Avril Leitch (Balmore) (11) 76 (better last six). Carol Whyte unavailable for Medal Final.
Bronze Division - Carol Anne Craig (Beith (27) 72; Sheila McLay (Bishopbriggs) (23) 73; Diane Tomlin (Gleddoch) (32) (better inward half), Saorcha Warren (Eastwood) (20) 74; Anne Fisher (Prestwick St Nicholas (23) 76 (better last six). Diane Tomlin unavailable for Medal Final.
SSS 71, CSS was 74 (reduction only).

May Medal - Ranfurly Castle Golf Club

Dates Played 4th and 7th May 2008, SSS 73, CSS 73, 50 entries.
Scratch Winner Lesley Robertson 77
Silver Winner Marion Munro 72 (12)
Runner UP Evy MacGregor 75 (12) bih
Bronze Winner Helen Abram 72 (26)
Runner Up Sheila Biggart 74 (22)

Wednesday 7 May 2008

May Medal - Whitecraigs Golf Club

Dates Played: 2nd/4th May, SSS: 72,CSS: 75/71, Entries: 49
Silver Winner: Lorna Howie (15) 69
Silver R/Up: Alison Campbell (17) 70
Bronze Winner: Anne Lewis (32) 72
Bronze R/Up: Chris Fulton (29) 73
Scratch: Linda Stevenson 83

Monday 5 May 2008

Spring Meeting - Kilmacolm Golf Club

Played 1/5/08, SSS 72 , CSS 75 (Reduction Only) No of entries; 12
Silver: 1st S.Dillon 94 (14) 80
2nd M.Stewart 91 (10) 81
Bronze : 1st B.Wilson 106 (24) 82
2nd I Hicks 115 (27) 88
Scratch: E.Briggs 85 (4) 81

Sunday 4 May 2008

Report from D&A's Webmistress Jean Campbell from the Carrick yesterday

Jean Campbell, Lisa Hall and Lorna Craigie
Lisa Hall had a super round of four under par yesterday and her caddy told us it could have been seven or eight more as she had so many putts that just missed - when she came off the 18th green, Lorna and I were standing waiting for Kylie to come on and Lisa turned to the four volunteers who were there and thanked us for all our work this week and told us it was much appreciated by all the players - how nice.

The photograph shows Lorna Cragie and I with Lisa AND she gave us a couple of golf balls - so now we are her number one fans!!! I did say that we had spoken to her before she went out and that was why she had such a good round - okay so I lied - the photograph was taken at the end!!!!

We went into the pro shop today to book our free round of golf and also to spend our vouchers - had I not been given the vouchers I would have walked back out again - things were just a tad pricey - anyway we did use the vouchers up and have a game booked. It was nice that Nocera won and I am pleased for Boden that she birdied the last hole to gain the second spot on her own - she has been on the leaderboard since the first day. The English girl Hudson had some round today and with five birdies in the last nine holes, she shot up the leaderboard, she must have been so disappointed to drop a shot at the last hole.
I was so busy telling fibs about Lisa Hall that I forgot to mention Kylie - we walked down and watched her get her par at the first hole - she hit a super shot to the short second and got her par there. Her drive at the third was in the centre of the fairway - she had to wait (always) for her two playing partners to play to the green before she played and what an awful shot she played - she put it into the water at the right - dropped the ball and played a poor pitch onto the green and then three putts for a seven at this par four hole.
We just watched her drive at the fourth and I could tell she was not pleased with it and sure enough she did drop another shot there and then she settled down and got it going again and finished six over for today - when you think of these four dropped shots at two holes - but I suppose that is golf - I am very lucky because I do this sort of thing very often and am not put off at all !!!!! I still have that winners acceptance speech in my handbag but feel I must change it as I refer to the king and I believe we now have a queen!!!

Thanks Jean for your excellent report and photograph from the Carrick , Loch Lomond

Saturday 3 May 2008

West of Scotland's Clare Queen is leading Scot with Kathryn Imrie and Kylie Walker is the Winning Amateur in the 2008 Ladies Scottish Open

Gwladys NoceraPicture from the European Ladies Tour Website

Many congratulations go to Clare Queen who was awarded with Kathryn Imrie the BEST SCOTS at the Scottish Ladies Open at The Carrick Loch Lomond today. Clare Queen had a terrific round of 70 -- 1 under today and Kathryn Imrie had a 71 to be the TOP SCOTS overall in the tournament on level par.
Mhairi McKay had a great 3 under par round of 68 to finish on +3.
Lynn Kenny had a last round of level par to finish on +8.
Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) had a 4 over par 75 and said the putting was the problem today and finally Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) had a 6 over 77 to finish her week as the leading amateur. Kylie said she actually played her best golf today but unfortunately like Jenna - the putting let her down

Many Congratuations go to Clare, Jenna and Kylie on a great weeks golf and we wish them all every success for the future
Final Day at the Scottish Ladies Open -- Click this photo to see more

Leading Scoreboard

1 208 -5 Gwladys Nocera (FRA)
2 210 -3 Maria Boden (SWE)
3= 211 -2 Rebecca Hudson (ENG)
3= 211 -2 Nicole Gergely (AUT)
5 212 -1 Amy Yang (KOR)
6= 213 Par Clare Queen (SCO)
6= 213 Par Kathryn Imrie (SCO)
6= 213 Par Stacy Lee Bregman (SA)
6= 213 Par Tania Elosegui (ESP)
10= 214 +1 Melissa Reid (ENG)
10= 214 +1 Caroline Afonso (FRA)
10= 214 +1 Martina Eberl (GER)
10= 214 +1 Becky Brewerton (WAL)
10= 214 +1 Emma Cabrera-Bello (ESP)
10= 214 +1 Melodie Bourdy (FRA)
16 215 +2 Sophie Gustafson (SWE)
17= 216 +3 Mhairi McKay (SCO)
17= 216 +3 Johanna Westerberg (SWE)
17= 216 +3 Lee-Anne Pace (SA)

Other Scots
42= 218 Lynn Kenny (SCO)
57= 226 Jenna Wilson (SCO)
62 227 Kylie Walker (SCO)

To see the full list of results and individual scorecards CLICK HERE. Plus click on the photo above of Clare Queen to see some photos from todays play

Friday 2 May 2008

Kylie Walker makes the cut in the Ladies Scottish Open

Congratulations go to Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) who had a terrific round of 1 over par today, to make he cut for the final days play tomorrow. Kylie came back in 1 under par (34) --- What a terrific Score
Kylie Walker Scorecard:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 36 4 5 3 4 3 5 3 4 4 35 71
R1 4 2 6 5 5 3 4 5 5 39 5 4 3 5 4 5 3 5 5 39 78
R2 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 5 4 38 4 4 3 4 3 5 3 4 4 34 72
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) improved her score by 3 shots with a 76 but with the cut being 151 missed out. Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) who turned professional last year had a par 71 today to add to her 80 from yesterday to just make the cut on the 151 mark.

Leading Scores:
139 Gwladys Nocera (FRA) Societe Generale, Lacoste 69 70
140 Amy Yang (KOR) Korea 70 70
141 Tania Elosegui (ESP) Finca Cortesin/Credit Agricole 70 71
Maria Boden (SWE) Sweden 69 72
142 Lee-Anne Pace (SA) South Africa 75 67
Stacy Lee Bregman (SA) South Africa 75 67
Nicole Gergely (AUT) Golf Resort Kremstal, AUT 70 72
Kathryn Imrie (SCO) Scotland 73 69
Sophie Gustafson (SWE) Sweden 75 67
143 Clare Queen (SCO) The Carrick at Cameron House 72 71
Rebecca Hudson (ENG) England

Scotlish Scores after 2 Rounds
5= 142 Par Kathryn Imrie (SCO) Scotland 73 69
10= 143 +1 Clare Queen (SCO) The Carrick at Cameron House 72 71
35= 148 +6 Mhairi McKay (SCO) Scotland 74 74
46= 150 +8 Kylie Walker (Am) (SCO) Scotland 78 72
Lynn Kenny (SCO) Archerfield Links/Orion Group 75 75
56= 151 +9 Jenna Wilson (SCO) Strathaven Golf Club 80 71
88= 155 +13 Megan Briggs (Am) (SCO) Scotland 79 76
94= 156 +14 Dale Reid (SCO) Scotland 80 76
109= 162 +20 Kelsey Macdonald (Am) (SCO) Scotland

Your Webmaster was at the Carrick with her husband Gordon and friends Colin and Helen Robertson in September last year for a game -- Since you are not allowed to take pictures at the event -- here are some of the Views around the course (Mind you the swings may not be as good as the Pros!) -- Click on the following link Photographs taken at the Carrick Loch Lomond and if you are free tomorrow -- Why not make a day out and enjoy the scenery plus support the Scottish Players

Coronation Foursomes - Douglas Park

Played 2nd May 2008:
1st: Lindsay McLean & Gillian Hendry 34 points
2nd: Ginette Evans & Hazel Hamilton 33 points
3rd: Sheila Forgie and Janice Palmer 32 points

April Stableford - Whitecraigs Golf Club

Date: 25th/27th April , SSS: 72 , CSS: 75/72 , Entries: 63
Silver Winner: Alison Young (20) 37 pts.
Silver R/Up: Thea Morgan (15) 35 pts.
Bronze Winner: Gillian Dunlop (22) 34 pts.
Bronze R/Up: Karen Brodie (30) 33 pts.

Thursday 1 May 2008

Clare Queen is the leading Scot in the 1st round of the Scottish Ladies Open at the Carrick - Loch Lomond

Kylie Walker-- Click to enlarge
Par 71
69 M Boden (Swe), G Nocera (Fra).
70 N Gergely (Aut), Amy Yang (SKor), N Garrett (Aus), T Elosegui (Spa).
71 F Johnson (Eng), J Westerberg (Swe), M Bourdy (Fra).
72 E Cabrera-Bello (Spa), C Queen (Sco), R Hudson (Eng), J Morley (Eng), Z Kamasova (Rus).
73 O M Jonsdittir (Ice), J Olivencia (Puerto Rico), K Imrie (Sco), L Wahlin (Swe), J Mills (Aus), S Head (Eng), K Lunn (Aus), L Maritz (SAf), J Tvede (Den), N David-Mila (Fra), U Wikstrom (Fin), S Walker (Eng).

Scottish Players Scores:
10= 72 Clare Queen (SCO)
15= 73 Kathryn Imrie (SCO)
27= 74 Mhairi McKay (SCO)
39= 75 Lynn Kenny (SCO)
72= 78 Kylie Walker (Am) (SCO)
79= 79 Megan Briggs (Am) (SCO)
91= 80 Dale Reid (SCO)
80 Jenna Wilson (SCO)
111= 85 Kelsey Macdonald (Am) (SCO)

Megan Briggs at the 9th Hole --- click to enlargeBoth Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) and Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) did very well as amateurs in this professional tournament (114 ENTRANTS)

Kyle Walker tees off at the 10th Hole - Click to enlarge

Kylie had a 78 (2 halves of 39) and Megan who like Kylie started at the 10th hole was out in 42 (7 over) but came back in 37 (1 over) with a great up and down at her last hole the 9th to be round in 79
Click on the photos above to see enlargements --- Kylie driving off at the 10th (pictured left) Megan's chip onto the 9th green (pictured right) and Kylie ready for the off (Centre)

LGU Press Release - GB & I Curtis Cup Team Final Practice

The Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team arrives in St Andrews tomorrow for a final practice session at the “Home of Golf”.
At the end of this month, the team will face the USA in an historic golf match over The Old Course, St Andrews, playing in a new three day format from 30 May – 1 June.
The team, captained by Ireland’s Mary McKenna, has a packed schedule which includes practice on the Old and New Courses, media training, and uniform fittings.
Under the watchful eyes of Manager, Tegwen Matthews and Coach, Lawrence Farmer, the team will concentrate on course management and familiarisation with the venue.
Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) and Jodi Ewart (Catterick) have academic commitments in the US and are therefore unable to join their teammates.
Following a Media Day on Monday at The Duke’s, St Andrews, the team will travel to London for a special engagement at Buckingham Palace with HRH The Duke of York.

For further information:
Susan Simpson LGU, Director of Championships
Lynn Wallace LGU, Communications
01334 475 811

Live Scoring at the Scottish Ladies Open

To keep up to date with play at The Scottish Ladies Open at The Carrick Loch Lomond CLICK HERE
Megan Briggs -- Tee off Time 9:10
Kylie Walker --- Tee off Time 13:20