Sunday, 30 August 2009

Scottish Women's Foursomes Titles

From L to R: Helen Robertson, Helen Faulds (Douglas Park), Eildh and Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) , Lindsay Mathie and Anne Laing (Windyhill) Ros Dunsmuir and Lynne Terry
(Photo courtesy of Fiona Farquharson) - Click to enlarge

The Scottish Women's Foursomes Stroke-Play title was won by Kilmacolm sisters Megan and Eilidh Briggs with a gross round of two-under-par 70. Megan is the Scottish women's amateur champion.
They won by four strokes from Helen Faulds and Helen Robertson (Douglas Park).
Lynne Terry and Ros Dunsmuir (Cruden Bay) had the best net score of 71.5 off a handicap of 6.5. Runners-up were Lindsay Mathie and Anne Laing (Windyhill) with a net 72 off seven.

1st Scratch: Megan Briggs & Eilidh Briggs Kilmacolm 70
2nd Scratch: Helen Faulds & Helen Robertson Douglas Park 74

1st Net: Lynne Terry & Ros Dunsmuir Cruden Bay 78 (6.5) 71.5
2nd Net: Lindsay Mathie & Anne Laing Windyhill 79 ( 7) 72

Perth Ladies (represented by Myrtle Mailer, Anne Sidey and Francoise Guild) won the Scottish women's foursomes match-play title which was also played at the Forfar Golf Club on Sunday.
In the semi-finals Troon's Sara Ann Bottomley and Angela Fergusson beat Aboyne's Elizabeth Brown and Judy Slater 3 and 2 while Perth Ladies (Myrtle Mailer and Anne Sidey) beat Murcar Links' Donna Pocock and Carol Wilson by 3 and 2.
In the final, Perth Ladies beat Troon Ladies, for whom Irene Smith replaced Angela Fergusson, by 2 and 1.
In the play-off for third place, Murcar Links, for whom Laura McLardy was the third member of the team, beat Aboyne by one hole.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Kylie is Runner Up in the European Amateur Championship

Kylie WALKER - cLICK TO ENLARGE The three medal winners, left to right, Larsson, Hedwall and Walker -- FROM COLIN FARQUHARSON (Cal Carson Golf Agency)

Buchanan Castle's Kylie Walker and Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle),both Great Britain & Ireland team internationals, finished second and joint fourth respectively in the European women's amateur golf championship at Falsterbo Golf Club, Sweden today (Saturday).
In very windy conditions, Caroline Hedwall (Sweden) won by 10 strokes with a 75 for one-over-par 285.
Kylie Walker returned a 78 for 295 and Sweden's Louise Larsson a 74 for 296.
Pamela Pretswell, the halfway leader after a second-round 69, finished with a 75 for 297, the same total as Northern Ireland's Danielle McVeigh who signed off with a 77. Danielle won the British women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Royal Aberdeen in her last tournament before the European.
Only one player matched the par of 72 on the last day.

1 Caroline Hedwall SWEDEN 70 74 66 75 --- 285
2 Kylie Walker SCOTLAND 70 76 71 78 --- 295
3 Louise Larsson SWEDEN 70 78 74 74 --- 296
4 Marieke Nivard HOLLAND 74 75 74 74 --- 297
Pamela Pretswell SCOTLAND 73 69 80 75 --- 297
Danielle McVeigh IRELAND 70 75 75 77 --- 297

To see some more photos of Kylie Click on the this Link and then go to the Prize Ceremony

Autumn Meeting - Douglas Park

Played 28/08/2009 SSS 72, CSS:73
1st 83-11=72 (BIH) Carol Fell
2nd 87-15=72 Olive MacKay
3rd 85-12=73 Lynda Smith
1st 101-25=76 Susan Cuthill
2nd 112-33=79 Ann Settle
3rd 101-22=79 Edith Monachan
Scratch: Helen Faulds 81

4th Round Scores at the European Championships

4th Round Scores at the European Championships CLICK HERE


Friday, 28 August 2009

Kylie is now 2nd at the European Women's Amateur Championship as Pamela struggles in the 3rd round

Kylie Walker - Click to enlarge
Buchanan Castle’s Kylie Walker moved into second place as overnight leader Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) had a disastrous round to drop out of contention with one round to go in the European women’s amateur championship at Falsterbo Golf Club today
Kylie matched the par of 71 for a 54-hole tally of four-over 217 but finished the day seven strokes adrift the leader, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall who shot a brilliant inward half of 31 for a 66 and a three-under-par total of 210.
Majorca-based Lauren Mackin (Ranfurly Castle) the third Scot in the field, missed the cut – 60 players with totals of 233 or better – with an 83 for 243 and joint 101st place.
The Top 60 now play tomorrow in the 4th and final round.

Par 213 (3x71)
210 Caroline Hedwall (Swe) 70 74 66.
217 Kylie Walker (Sco) 70 76 71.
219 Marion Ricordeau (Fra) 74 74 71.
220 Lara Katzy (Ger) 74 75 71, Daisy Nielson (Den) 71 77 72, Danielle McVeigh (Ire) 70 75 75.
221 Rachel Jennings (Eng) 74 75 72, Lucie Andre (Fra) 72 72 77.
222 Emma Nilsson (Swe) 76 77 69, Louise Larsson (Swe) 70 78 74, Holly Clyburn (Eng) 76 72 74, Pamela Pretswell (Sco) 73 69 80.

Click on the following link for the Leaderboard

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Pamela is interviewed in Sweden after her successful 2nd round of 69 at the European Championships

Pamela Pretswell leads by 2 Strokes after Round 2 at the European Championship

Pamela Pretswell - Click to enlarge
Another great round of 69 by Pamela Pretswell (pictured above) this time in Sweden to take the European amateur championship lead with two rounds to go at Falsterbo Golf Club.
Glasgow University student Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle)opened up a two-stroke halfway lead with a sparkling two-under-par second round of 69 in the European women's amateur golf championship at Falsterbo Golf Club on the southern tip of Sweden today (Thursday). There are two Scots in the limelight as Pamela's fellow GB&I Vagliano Trophy team player Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) is in fifth place.
It was a final round of 69 at Royal Aberdeen last Friday that earned the 20-year-old Pretswell from Hamilton the Taunton Trophy for the best round over the three days of the British women's open amateur stroke-play championship in which she finished joint seventh.
And Bothwell Castle member Pamela hit that 69 mark again, thanks to a grandstand finish of an eagle 3 at the 18th hole. She had earlier bogeyed the first, the only shot she dropped, and birdied the long 13th in halves of 35 (one over) and 34 (three under).
Showing an improvement of four shots on her first-day 73, Pretswell is on the 142 mark for the par-71 course.
Late last summer Pretswell won the Swiss women's international open amateur championship on what was primarily a holiday trip!
In Sweden, she leads by two shots from France's Lucie Andre, No 1 in the European Golf Association rankings, and Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, a US college circuit player who was beaten in the final of the British women's open amateur championship at North Berwick last year.
Then comes Northern Ireland's Danielle McVeigh, winner of the British title at Balgownie last Friday, on 145, one shot ahead of fifth placed Kylie Walker who slipped back from a 70 to a 76, thanks to a double bogey 7 at the long 18th, the same hole that Pretswell reduced to three strokes.
Walker had earlier bogeyed the fifth, sixth, 10th and 12th but looked to have stopped the bleeding of strokes when she got a birdie 2 at the short 14th. Then came the calamitous 18th hole which meant she had taken 40 shots to cover the inward nine.
The third Scot in the field of 133, Majorca-based Lauren Mackin had three double bogeys in a round of 83 (37-46) for 160.
Par 142 (2x71)
142 Pamela Pretswell (Sco) 73 69.
144 Lucie Andre (Fra) 72 72, Caroline Hedwall (Swe) 70 74.
145 Danielle McVeigh (Ire) 70 75.
146 Kylie Walker (Sco) 70 76.
147 Maaike Naafs (Net) 73 74.
148 Holly Clyburn (Eng) 76 72, Marion Ricordeau (Fra) 74 74, Josephine Janson (Swe) 73 75, Emelie Lundstrom (Swe) 73 75, Daisyt Nielsen (Den) 71 77, Louise Larsson (Swe) 70 78.
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

D&A Autumn Meeting -- Kirkintilloch Golf Club

Helen Faulds of Douglas Park continued her goeed run of form by winning all the top prizes at Dunbarton and Argyll's Autumn Meeting for the Moira Alexander Trophy at Kirkintilloch Golf Club on Tuesday 25th August
SSS 72 CSS 75 Reduction Only, 62 entries

Scratch : Helen Faulds (D.P.) 79
1st Silver : Helen Faulds (D.P.) 79-5-74 (BIH)
2nd Silver : Alicia Wilson (Clober) 88-14-74
3rd Silver : Joan Gemmell (D.P.) 81-6-75

1st Bronze : Lindsay McCubbin (H.P.) 102-23-79 (BIH)
2nd Bronze : J.Pattison (D.P.) 100-21-79
Winner Moira Alexander Trophy : Helen Faulds (D.P.)

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Lanarkshire County Foursomes Winners at Carnwath

The winners of the Lanarkshire County Foursomes Competition at their Autumn Meeting at Carnwath Golf Club on Tuesday 25th August were Susan Wood and Pam Rice with Nora Wilson and Lyn Currie in second place..
To read the full report go to the Lanarkshire Website

Kylie sharing 2nd Place, Pamela 8th and Lauren 33rd Place in the 1st Round of the European Amateur Championship

Kylie Walker and Pamela Pretswell, top 10 finishers in last week’s British women’s open amateur stroke-play golf championship, carried on at Falsterbo, Sweden in the European Women’s Individual Amateur Championship where they left off at Royal Aberdeen.
Kylie (Buchanan Castle), shot a one-under-par 70 to be sharing second place, one behind pacemaker Karlijn Zaanen (Netherlands).
Pamela (Bothwell Castle) returned a 73 to be joint eighth at the end of the opening day.
Majorca-based Lauren Mackin (Ranfurly Castle) did not do so well as her compatriots. She had a 77 for a share of 33rd place.
The long-hitting Walker deviated from par only five times, which was a sign that she was hitting the fairways again as she did at Balgownie. She birdied the seventh, the long 12th and the long 18th, dropping shots only at the first and 36th in halves of 34 and 36.
Also on the 70 mark was Danielle McVeigh, the six-footer from Royal County Down in Northern Ireland, winner of the British stroke play title last Friday.
Pretswell started with eight pars and then dropped a shot at the ninth to be out in one-over-par 35.
A bogey at the 14th put the Glasgow University student two over par but she got a shot back with a birdie at the 17th before she bogeyed the 18th for her 73.
Lauren Mackin wasn’t doing too badly when she got her second birdie of the day at the 12th –the first was at the third – to get her score back to two-over-par. Then she bogeyed four of the last five holes for 40 home and a 77.

Par 71 (34-37)
69 Karlijn Zaanen (Net) 35-34.
70 Danielle McVeigh (Ire) 32-38, Caroline Hedwall (Swe) 35-35, Louise Larsson (Swe) 35-35, Kylie Walker (Sco) 34-36.
71 Daisy Nielsen (Den) 36-35.
72 Lucie Andrew (Fra) 33-39.
73 Josephine Janson (Swe) 34-39, Emelie Lundstrom (Swe) 34-39, Maaike Naafs (Net) 35-38, Pamela Pretswell (Sco) 35-38, Rhian Wyn Thomas (Wal) 35-38.
Selected scores:
74 Rachel Jennings (Eng) 36-38 (jt 13th).
76 Holly Clyburn (Eng) 38-38 (jt 25th).
77 Lauren Mackin (Sco) 37-40, Amy Boulden (Wal) 36-41.(jt 33rd)
78 Sarah Cunningham (Ire) 39-39 (jt 49th).
To see the 1st round leaderboard --- CLICK HERE
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Scottish Team named for Women's Home Internationals - West of Scotland's Kylie, Megan and Pamela

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The Women's Home Internationals at Irvine Golf Club, September 9 to 11
The following players will represent Scotland in the 2009 Home International Matches at Irvine Golf Club, Ayrshire from September 9 to 11:
Captain - Lesley Nicholson
Manager - Claire Hargan
Carly Booth (Comrie)
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm)
Louise Kenney (Pitreavie)
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar)
Laura Murray (Alford)
Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle)
Jane Turner (Craigielaw)
Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle)
Katy McNicoll (Carnoustie Ladies)
Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze),
Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth)

Three Scots compete in European Individual Championship

The Scots competing in the European women's individual amateur golf championship at Falsterbo Golf Club, Sweden, today are Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) and Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle), both GB&I Vagliano Trophy players, and Majorca-based Lauren Mackin (Ranfurly Castle) --- They tee off this afternoon
To see how they are doing CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Jenna Wilson and Clydebank and District win the All Women Pro Am at Archerfield

The Professionals Click to enlarge

A unique photograph - courtesy of Lynne Cameron (Press Association) - of the majority of Scotland's lady professionals in one group. The occasion was the all-women pro-am at Archerfield Links. Left to right: Lynn Kenny, Vikki Laing, Krystle Caithness, Heather MacRae, Karyn Burns (standing at back), Michele Thomson, Jenna Wilson, Pamela Feggans and Clare Queen. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Team Winners at the all-women pro-am at Archerfield Links were Morag Wright, Gael Davidson and Janice Aikman, all representing Clydebank & District Golf Club, accompanied by professional Jenna Wilson.
They one by one shot with a net 61.
Three teams tied on 62. Placed second were Fiona Leslie, Alison McKellar and Liz Blincow from East Renfrewshire Golf Club, accompanied by professional Michele Thomson.
Third were Gillian Kyle, Linda Ellery and Anne McGeoch, also from East Renfrewshire Golf Club and accompanied by professional Vikki Laing.
The Longest Drive competition was decided on an accumulative yardage basis and the prize was won by Belle Robertson, Anne Wilson and June Lockhart who were accompanied by professional Pamela Feggans who contributed a massive 312yds with her drive!
Nearest the pin prizes were won by Alyson McKechin (amateur) and Vikki Laing (professional). An external putting competition,where the pros were blindfolded and directed by their team was won by Heather MacRae, assisted by Clare-Marie Carlton, Alyson McKechin and Gillian McGinlay representing Playsport Golf.
Over £300 was raised for 'The Teddy Bear Foundation.'
Groups taking part in the pro-am were:
Jane Herd, Clare Queen, Cynthia Guthrie, Fiona Playfair.
Belle Robertson, Pamela Feggans, June Lockhart, Anne Wilson.
Morag Wright, Jenna Wilson, Gael Davidson, Janice Aikman.
Anne McGeoch, Vikki Laing, Gillian Kyle, Linda Ellery.
Margaret Quin, Lynn Kenny, Elma Perry, Audrey Barclay.
Alyson McKechin, Heather MacRae, Clare-Marie Carlton, Gillian McGinlay.
Denise Parr, Krystle Caithness, Pat Lunney, Alison Chisholm.
Fiona Leslie, Michele Thomson, Liz Blincow, Alison McKellar.

To see some larger photos of the teams click on the slideshow

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Helen Faulds has 3 reason's to be smiling

Helen Faulds - Click to enlarge
Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) pictured left has 3 reasons to be smiling

Today she became Champion of Elie Golf Club to add to her 2 other Club Championship victories this year.

To read all about it ----go to the West Vets Website

Solheim Cup USA beat the Europeans

The Solheim Cup Results
Day 1 : Fourball Result--- USA 2.5 Europeans 1.5
Foursomes -------USA 2.0 Europeans 2.0
Total after Day 1: ---- USA 4.5 Europeans 3.5
Day 2 :Fourball Result--- USA 1.5 Europeans 2.6
Foursomes:------- USA 2.0 Europeans 2,0
Total after Day 2: USA 8.0 Europeans 8.0
Day 3: Singles---- USA 8.0 Europeans 4.0
Final Result : USA 16 Europeans 12

To look at all the Results CLICK HERE

Congratulations go to both Catriona Matthew and West of Scotland's Janice Moodie on their fine performance
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Fife County Ladies Golf Association Centenary Open

Fife County Ladies Golfing Association are holding a Centenary Open at Dunfermline Golf Club on Sunday, September 27. Tee-times: from 9.30 am – 1.30pm.
The competition is open to members of any county association in Scotland.
Scratch & Handicap Prizes. Entry Fee: £12 .
It would be great to have some representatives from each county participating in this event, so please come along and join us in our celebration of 100 years of county golf in Scotland.
If you are interested, please submit ENTRY FORM with fee by September 6 to:
Mrs Margaret Steele, 26 South Dewar Street, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 8AR (Tel: 01383 721840) .

Scottish Disability Golf Partnership Golf Training and Tuition

Anyone, of any age, with a serious health issue, mobility problem or disability can take part in the SDGP's next golf training and tuition session for a nominal entry fee of only £10 per person. We will provide PGA tuition, golf, use of practise facilities and refreshments, for them and their coaches.

Click on the following links for information about our regular September golf competitions. --- ENTRY FORM 1 and Entry Form 2
Jim Gales MBE Chairman
Scottish Disability Golf Partnership
38 Crawley Crescent Springfield
Cupar Fife KY15 5SF Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 1334 650 963
The SDGP is supported through administration by VONEF.
VONEF is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee SCO 20666 / 166198

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Stableford (Sweep) - Douglas Park

Played 22/08/2009 SSS:72, CSS:75 - Reduction Only
1st 29pts Irene Orr
2nd 28pts Norma Campbell
3rd 28pts Paula Galloway
1st 31pts Gina Rennie
2nd 31pts Sarah Dorward
3rd 30pts Joyce Ferguson

Pamela Pretswell wins the Tauton Trophy

Pamela Pretswell - Click to enlarge

Pamela Pretswell with the Tauton Trophy (Courtesy of Colin Farquharson)

Lanarkshire's Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) won the Taunton Trophy for having the lowest round of the 2009 Women's British Open Championship yesterday- a three-under-par 69 in the fourth round. She finished joint seventh.
Pamela Pretswell and Louise Kenney -Click to enlarge

Pamela Pretswell and Louise Kenney with their trophies (Courtesy of Colin Farquharson)

Louise Kenney from Pitreavie (who finished fourth) won the Angela Uzielli Trophy for being the highest placed Over-23 years competitor.
D&A' Kylie Walker from Buchanan Castle was 6th

Par 288 (4x72) CSS 79 79 76 76
304 Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down) 75 79 74 76.
305 Hannah Turland (Tidworth) 79 72 73 81.
306 Rachel Connor (Manchester) 80 79 72 75.
307 Lucie Andre (France) 73 81 77 76, Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 79 80 75 73.
308 Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 83 79 71 75.
Other Scots:
310 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 81 80 80 69, Carly Booth (Comrie) 82 76 78 74,Laura Murray (Alford) 79 76 79 76.
315 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 85 77 75 78.
324 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 81 85 79 79
329 Roseanne Niven (Crieff) 81 82 80 76.
335 Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) 80 86 83 86.

315 Netherlands 160 155 (C De Vries, M Eikenaar, M Naafs)
317 England 161 156 (C Douglass, H Barwood, R Jennings)
321 Scotland 162 159 (R Niven, P Pretswell, K Walker).
323 Ireland (A Murphy, D McVeigh, S Cunningham)

Shotgun Foursomes - Douglas Park

Played on 21st August 2009 are as follows:
Winners: Joan Gemmell & Norma Vallance 34 points
Runners Up: Olive Mackay & Denise Macnaughton 31 points

Friday, 21 August 2009

Kylie and Pamela finish in the Top Ten at the British

In what must rank as one of the greatest turn-arounds in Ladies Golf Union tournament history, Northern Ireland's Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down) came from six shots in arrears to catch long-time leader, 15-year-old Hannah Turland (Tidworth), down the home stretch of Royal Aberdeen's classic links to win the British women's open amateur stroke-play championship.

West of Scotland's Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), determined to break 80 at the fourth and last attempt, went further than that - she broke 70!

Lanarkshire's Pamela returned the lowest round by anyone over the three days in the fourth round – a three-under-par 69, which earned her the Taunton Trophy.
It was a good tournament for the Scots in the field of 99.
Apart from Louise Kenney, Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) finished sixth on 308, highlighting her final day with a third-round 71.
Pamela Pretswell, Carly Booth (Comrie), who closed with her best round of 74, Alford's Laura Murray finished joint seventh on 310.
Jane Turner (Craigielaw), chasing a first cap for Scotland in the home internationals, just made the top 20 with a total of 315.
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

British Open Strokeplay - Live Scoring

To follow the live scoring at the British Open Strokeplay go to the LGU Website

Kilmacolm Open Day postponed-- New date 15th September

Kilmacolm Golf Course on a "nice sunny day"

The Kilmacolm Open Greensomes was postponed yesterday due to overnight torrential rain. It has been rescheduled to Tuesday 15th September 2009. The closing date for entry is the 4th September
To print out the new entry form CLICK HERE
Kilmacolm is One of Scotland's most favoured Golf Clubs. Described by some as a "Mini Gleneagles" and offering a huge range of facilites to members, guests and visiting parties alike. The recently refurbished club house offers a warm welcome to all, and is indeed a prime location to meet and dine in excellence.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Pamela Pretswell and Kylie Walker qualify for the last stages of the British Open

Report from Colin Farquharson
Nine Scots figured among the 44 qualifiers for Friday's final two rounds with two-round aggregates of 22-over-par 166 or better.
Leading Scot in joint fourth place is international Laura Murray who almost qualifies for the "local " tag. She hails from Alford.
Laura shot a great 76 in the horrendous conditions for a tally of 155 – four shots behind shock leader Hannah – and then said she couldn't have done it without her caddie, her mum Mary.
Tournament director Susan Simpson from Carnoustie admitted later that around 11am she did go out to the exposed 10th green to check the wind-and-ball situation.
"We had been getting reports from the course that balls were being moved by the wind on the greens. I went out and it was touch and go whether we suspended play but just when we were about to make a decision, the wind did drop a little bit and saved us a lot of bother."
Other Scots who made the cut were Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 80 for 159, West of Scotland's Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 80 for 161, Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 79 for 162, Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 77 for 162, defending champion Roseanne Niven (Crieff) 82 for 163, and, right on the limit mark, former Scottish title-holder Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) 86 for 166 and repeating Scottish Under-21 champion Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), 85 for 166.
Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) was agonisingly close – one shot too many with a 81 for 167.
Scottish Champion Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) who was out in the worst of the weather crashed out with a 91 for 169, one shot better than North of Scotland champion Katy McNicoll (Carnoustie), 89 for 170.
QUALIFIERS (166 and better) Par 144 (2x72).
151 Hannah Turland (Tidworth) 79 72.
154 Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down) 75 79, Lucie Andre (France) 73 81..
155 Laura Murray (Alford) 79 76, Gemma Bradbury (Cottrell Park) 78 77.
156 Charlotte Wild (Mere) 79 77.
157 Lucy Williams (Mid Herts) 81 76.
158 Sian James (Bristol & Clifton) 80 78, Ciara Butler (Newlands) 78 80, Carly Booth (Comrie) 82 76..
159 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 79 80, Rachel Connor (Manchester) 80 79.
160 Rhian Wyn Thomas (Vale of Glamorgan) 80 80, Louise Mernagh (Woodenbridge) 79 81, Chrisje De Vries (Netherlands) 84 76.
161 Pamela Pretswelll (Bothwell Castle) 81 80, Myrte Eikenaar (Netherlands) 82 79..
162 Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) 79 83, Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 83 79, Marion Ricordeau (France) 85 77, Hannah Barwood (Knowle) 85 77, Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 85 77.
163 Roseanne Niven (Crieff) 81 82, Caroline Karsten (Netherlands) 76 87.
164 Eleana Collins (US) 80 84, Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies) 85 79, Charlie Douglass (Brocket Hall) 85 79, Rachel Drummond (Beaconsfield) 87 77.
165 Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 81 84, Maaike Naafs (Netherlands) 78 87, Hannah Ralph (Cowdray Park) 79 86, Nicola Rawlinson (Leyland) 76 89, Isabelle Boineau (France) 86 79, Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 86 79, Margarita Ramosa (Mexico) 87 78, Laura Collin (John O'Gaunt) 84 81, Natalie Lowe (Macclesfield) 82 83, Katherine O'Connor (Tadmarton) 81 84.
166 Tara Davies (Holyhead) 85 81, Rachel Jennings (IzaakWalton) 76 90, Amy Boulden (Maesdu) 79 87, Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) 80 86, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 81 85, Marion Duverney (France) 86 80.
167 Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 86 81,
169 Megan Briggs (Kilmaolm) 78 91
170 Katy McNicoll (Carnoustie Ladies) 81 89, Emma Fairnie (Dunbar) 79 91,
171 Lesley Atkins (Minto) 91 80
172 Sammy Leslie (Westhill) 88 84,
173 Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 84 89, Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) 90 83
175 Jill Meldrum (Dullatur) 87 88.
177 Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 90 87
186 Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) 90 96.
188 Morag MacPherson (Troon Ladies) 96 92, Louise McGillivray (Banchory) 95 93
192 Gillian Simpson (Murrayfield) 92 100..
No Returns: Linda Urquhart (Banchory) 89 NR, Annabel Niven (Crieff) 99 NR, Fiona Hay (Deeside) 98 NR, Donna Pocock (Murcar Links) 95 NR.
To read the full report from todays play -- CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Megan Briggs is the leading Scot after the first round at the British Women's Open Amateur Championship

Leading Scores:
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. ------ Par 72. 6,231yd

73 Lucie Andre (France) 34-39.
75 Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down) 37-38.
76 Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) 37-39, Caroline Karsten (Netherlands) 35-41, Nicola Rawlinson (Leyland) 39-37.
77 Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 38-39
78 Ciara Butler (Newlands) 35-43, Gemma Bradbury (Cottrell Park) 38-40, Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 38-40, Maaike Naafs (Netherlands) 36-42, Jeanne Metivier (France) 42-36.

Other Scots:
79 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 38-41, Emma Fairnie (Dunbar) 39-40,Laura Murray Alford36-43,
80 Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) 40-40.
81 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle).39-42, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 38-43, Roseanne Niven (Crieff) 37-44, Katy McNicoll (Carnoustie Ladies) 38-43.
82 Carly Booth (Comrie) 41-41,
83 Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 42-41,
84 Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 42-42,
85 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 39-46,
86 Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 40-46,
87 Jill Meldrum (Dullatur) 39-48,
89 Linda Urquhart (Banchory) 45-44,
90 Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) 49-41, Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) 45-45, Tara Davies (Holyhead) 44-46, Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 39-51,
91 Lesley Atkins (Minto) 44-47.
95 Donna Pocock (Murcar Links) 48-47, Louise McGillivray (Banchory) 47-48,
96 Morag MacPherson (Kilmarnock Barassie) 42-54.
97 Gillian Simpson (Murrayfield) 44-53..
98 Fiona Hay (Deeside) 50-48.
99 Annabel Niven (Crieff) 41-58.

Scottish Golf Open Mixed Foursomes

The closing date for entries for the Scottish Golf Open Mixed Foursomes has been extended to Monday 24 August. The event is to be played at Letham Grange on Sunday 13 September. Tee times are available between 10.00am and 1.00pm. Click here for an entry form from the SLGA

British Stroke play begins today

The British Open Stroke play begins today at Royal Aberdeen . To see the draw Click Here

To follow the live scoring go to the LGU Website

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Anna Telfer and Annabel Kane are the West of Scotland Winners at Dullatur

Annabel Kane - Click to enlarge Annabel Kane (Kilmacolm) - Winner of the Handicap Award -- click to enlarge

Milngavie's Anna Telfer won the top Silver Division scratch prize in a tight finish at the SLGA county open meeting at Dullatur Golf Club today.
Two other players, Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe) and Nicola Ferguson (Clober) matched the 82 returned by Anna but lost out in the card countback. Anna had a better inward half than Louise and Nicola. Then Louise had a better last three than Nicola.
Annabel Kane (Kilmacolm) won the Silver Division handicap award with a net 73 off 12.
In the Bronze Division, Irene Gray (Musselburgh) won both the scratch and handicap awards
The par was 72, the standard scratch 73 and the CSS 76

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Ranfurly Castle August Medal

Played 12&16 August 2009 27 Entries
SSS 73 CSS 76 R/O (both days)

Silver Winner L Robertson 76 (3)
Runner Up P Roulston 79 (80)
Bronze Winner H Abram 76 (23)
Runner Up V Rennie 77 (32)
Scratch Winner L Robertson 79

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Lanarkshire County Centenary Texas Scramble Success

Lanarkshire County held their Centenary Texas Scramble last week over Bothwell Castle in which 84 ladies played.

To read the full report --- Go to the Lanarkshire Website

To see some Photographs from the event Click Here and then click slideshow (courtesy of Jean MacIntyre and May Hughes)

Friday, 14 August 2009


The USA Team - Click to enlarge The USA Team - Click to enlarge

The European Team - Click to enlarge The European Team - Click to enlarge

The Douglas Park Ladies Committee established that they are the ‘greatest’ when it comes to team play. Nine USA players went head to head with 9 Europeans, in an informal Ryder Cup Greats match at Auchterarder on 13th August 2009. The venue was appropriate recalling that the first informal matches that mark the origin of the Ryder Cup were held at Gleneagles in 1921. The Ladies had taken considerable trouble with their costumes , which were a blend of authenticity and humour.

The ‘Gentlemen’ were politely reminded that the wearing of flat caps is not permitted in the clubhouse. The match was fought in glorious sunshine amid flag waving and cheering. The USA won the trophy by 7 points with a score of 214. It was enormous fun.

The teams were:

Arnold Palmer - Gladys Speedie, Ben Hogan - Ann O'Connell, John Daly - Janet Dow, Gene Sarazen - Alison White, Gill Hendry - Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus - Sheana Donald, Payne Stewart - Lindsay McLean, Tom Watson - Carol Fell and Bobby Jones - Christina Graham

Tony Jacklin - Helen Robertson, Sir Nick Faldo - Lesley Irvine , Bernard Langer - Anne Fergusson, Padraig Harrington - Lynda Smith, James Braid - Maggie Rutherford, Sir Henry Cotton - Hazel Hamilton, Seve Ballesteros- Jinty Hally, Colin Montgomerie -Olive MacKay and Sergio Garcia- Joan Pattison

Tony Jacklin and Sir Henry Cotton won the longest drives. Ben Hogan and Sergio Garcia won the ‘nearest to the pin’. James Braid won a special prize as the best dressed player.

To see some photos of the day's outing click on the small photo below of Captain Gladys Speedie and Vice Captain Ann O'Connell and then click on "slideshow"
Douglas Park Ladies Golf Outing


St Andrews Links Trust Strathtyrum Tournament

It is almost unheard of for the top four seeds in a match-play tournament to make it through to the last four but that's what happened in the St Andrews Links Trust's Strathtyrum Trophy women's amateur tournament this past week.
Top qualifier Karen Marshall (Baberton), No 2 Ann Ramsay of Kirriemuir, No 3 Rachel Hanlon from the local St Regulus club and No 4 Elaine Clark, a Manchester-based Scot, all survived through to the semi-finals.
Rachel Hanlon who had beaten West of Scotland's Helen Faulds (Douglas Park) in the quarter finals was the eventual winner, beating Elaine Clark at the 19th in a thriller of a final.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009



Two rounds of match-play have whittled the British girls' open amateur championship field of 64 qualifiers down to 16 players at West Lancashire Golf Club.
But it took only one round to snuff out the Scottish challenge.
Eilidh Briggs from Kilmacolm and Carly Booth from Comrie, who qualified in ninth and 10th position respectively, were beaten by Continental players who were 55th and 56th best at the end of the stroke-play eliminator.
After a fairly even start through four holes, Eilidh had slumped to three down against Clemence Abrahamian and her French opponent went on to win by 3 and 2.
Carly lost by 2 and 1 to Spain's Luna Sobron who had been one up after four and two up at the turn.
England have the biggest representation in the last 16 - six players - Wales have one, Ireland and Scotland 0. But Spain, to be fair, have only one.
To read who eventually won the title go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Ranfurly Castle Open Day raises £1350 for Charity

The Greenock Winning Team The Winning Greenock Team -- L to R :Margaret Austin, Anne Terrey, Ranfurly Castle Captain Helen Abram and Linda McDougall -- click to enlarge (Thanks go Jean Irvine for the photograph)

123 ladies played in the Open Day at Ranfurly Castle on Monday 10th August.
Despite a wet start spirits were high and by midday the sun was shining and the course was looking wonderful with very fast greens. A magnificent sum of £1,350 was raised, to be divided between Cruise Bereavement Care Scotland and St Vincent's Hospice. Congratulations to the winning team who came from Greenock Golf Club
Main Prize Winners:
1st:Anne Terrey, Linda McDougall and Margaret Austin (Greenock.)
2nd:Denise Cowan and Vivien Young (Cochrane Castle) and Maureen Cook (Lochwinnoch)
3rd: Lyn Black, Carol Anderson and Anna Hunter (Eastwood.)

Tuesday, 11 August 2009


Eilidh Briggs - Click to enlarge

West of Scotland player from Kilmacolm -- Eilidh Briggs (pictured above- Courtesy of Colin Farquharson - Click to enlarge) ) – qualified for the match-play stages after the two stroke-play eliminating rounds finished in wind and rain at West Lancashire Golf Club this evening.
Both Comrie's Carly Booth aged 17, and 16-year-old Elidh had totals of six-over-par 150, made up of two 75s each.
They qualified with ease quite high up among the 64 who made it through with totals of 158 or better.
Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) missed out with scores of 80 and 79 for 159, and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) bowed out on 168 with rounds of 82 and 86.
Borders women’s champion Lesley Atkins (Minto), who is enduring that loss of form which all young improving players go through at some time or other, had scores of 83 and 89 for 172.
Eilidh Briggs clinched her place with two late birdies, at the 14th and 16th in an inward 37 for 75 while Carly covered the last 13 holes with 12 pars and one bogey … the kind of form that wins match-play ties.
Rachael Watton had a nightmare 9 at the par-4 10th and had an inward half of 46.
Leading qualifier was the 15-year-old Spanish girl, Noemi Jimenez from Malaga, with rounds of 70 and 73 for 143.
For the all the scores go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

A Golf Poem

In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
White And Dimpled, And Rather Small.
Oh How Bland It Does Appear,
This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.
By Its Size I Could Not Guess,
Or The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.
But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,
I've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.
My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same,
Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.
It Rules My Mind For Hours On End,
A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.
It Has Made Me Curse And Cry,
And Hate Myself And Want To Die.
It Promises A Thing Called Par,
Even If I Can Hit It Straight And Far.
To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
Should Not Be Very Hard At All.
But My Desires The Ball Refuses,
And Does Exactly As It Chooses.
It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,
And Even Disappears Before My Eyes.
Often It Will Have A Whim,
To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.
With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,
It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.
Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
If Only It Would Find The Hole.
It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,
But The Ball Knows ... I'll Be Back Tomorrow.
Stand proud you noble swingers of clubs and losers of balls....

A recent study found the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year.
Another study found golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.
That means, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon.
Kind of makes you proud. Almost feel like a hybrid.

Thanks go to Maggie Rutherford of Douglas Park for this poem
Live Scoring from the British Girls

Monday, 10 August 2009

West of Scotlands Eilidh Briggs and Alyson McKechin do well in first round of the British Girls

West Lancashire Golf Club.
Leading Scores:

70 Noemi Jimenez (Spa).
71 Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry).
72 Hannah Turland (Tidworth Garrison), Delacour Perrine (Fra), Mandy Goyos (Spa).
73 Mara Puisite (Lat).
74 Anna-Lena Kraemer (Ger), Meghan McLaren (Wellingborough), Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies), Marlies Krenn (Aut), Justine Dreher (Fra).

75 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Carly Booth (Comrie).
80 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie)
82 Rachael Watton (Mortonhall),
83 Lesley Atkins (Minto),


To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

West Vets and East Vets draw at Troon Portland

Fiona Roger and Noreen Fenton West Vets Vice Captain Fiona Roger accepts the ASP Trophy from East Vets Vice Captain Noreen Fenton - Click to enlarge

The West Vets retained the ASP Trophy after a drawn match against the East Vets at Troon Portland today.
To read the full report go to the West Vets Website

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Medal 10 - Douglas Park

Played 07/08/2009, SSS 72, CSS:72, 45 Entrants
1st 84-12=72 Susan Griffin
2nd 88-15=73 Olive MacKay
3rd 93-20=73 Mairi Telfer
1st 90-21=69 Pat Kennedy
2nd 104-30=74 Joyce Ferguson
3rd 106-31=75 Sheena Gardiner
Scratch: Joan Gemmell, Carol Fell 83

Friday, 7 August 2009

Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles

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D&A County Medal played over Douglas Park

August Medal played at Douglas Park Golf Club on 6th August 2009
SSS 72, CSS 72, 82 Entrants
Scratch : Nichola Ferguson (Clober) 78 (BIH)
1st Silver : Patricia Richmond (Douglas Park) 86-16-70
2nd Silver : Helen Robertson (Douglas Park) 82-11-71
3rd Silver : Maggie Rutherford (Douglas Park) 87-16-71
1st Bronze : Anne Reid (Douglas Park) 93-24-69
2nd Bronze : Edith Monachan (Douglas Park) 94-23-71

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Emma Hale wins the Nancy Chisholm Trophy at the West Kilbride Open

Winners L to R: Lindsay Montgomery (Best Pre Handicap), Mirren Fraser (Best Net), Emma Hale (Best Scratch) -- Click to enlarge
Emma Hale of Troon Bentinck Ladies won the Nancy Chisholm Trophy for the Best Scratch score in the West Kilbride Girls Open today. The Best Net score was returned by Mirren Fraser of Powfoot and Mirren won the Kandy Bar Cup. Lindsay Mongomery of West Kilbride won the June Kerr trophy for the Best Pre handicap score.

West Kilbride Junior Entrants with Nancy Chisholm -- Click to enlarge

Nancy Chisholm with competitors in the first West Kilbride Junior Girls Open - click to enlarge

The West Kilbride Golf Club Girls Open - Leading Scores 2009
Best Scratch Nancy Chisholm Trophy - Emma Hale (Troon Bentick Ladies)
Best Net: Kandy Bar Cup - Mirren Fraser (Powfoot)
Best Pre handicap: June Kerr Trophy - Lindsay Montgomery (West Kilbride)
Pre handicap Up to 12
1, Helen Montgomery, West Kilbride
2 Hayleigh Campbell, Louden
3 Emma Paterson, Louden
Pre Handicap over 12
1. Lindsay Montgomery, West Kilbride
2. Nicola Turner, West Kilbride
3. Sarah Davies, West Kilbride
1. Mirren Fraser, Powfoot
2. Beth Donohue, Stirling
3. Kirsty McGuckin, Bonnybridge
1. Rachel Irvine, Largs
2. Nicola Robertson, Dunblane
3. Rachel Howie, West Kilbride
1. Emma Hale Troon, Bentinck Ladies
2. Katie McCracken, Powfoot
3. Mnairi McKay, West Kilbride
Nearest the Pin
Katie McCracken, Powfoot

To read all about Junior Golf at West Kilbride Golf Club --- Click Here

Scottish Vets retain the Miller Stirling Trophy

Scotland retained the Miller Stirling Trophy at the Veteran Ladies Golf Association Jamboree, completing a 100 per cent record through three days of competition at a very wet Bath Golf club course by beating England South 5 1/2-3 1/2 today
To read all the results go to the West Vets Website

Scotland are Runners - Up in the Home Internationals

Scotland regained their pride and their fighting spirit to finish runners-up to Stroyan Cup winners England on the last day of the girls’ home international golf matches at sunny Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire.
The Scots came from 2pt in arrears to snatch a 4 ½-4 ½ draw with Wales and so win the Swansea Spoon for finishing second.
"I'm thrilled to bits with the way Scotland played. England were the only team to beat us and we all agree they are different class this year," said Scotland captain Margaret MacNaughtan. "As we did against Ireland on the first day, we rallied from what could have been a losing position in the singles. Great stuff. I've enjoyed every minute of being here in Lancashire with the girls."
Kevin Craggs, the SLGA coach said," It was a good all-round performance. You have to remember most of the Scotland girls were new to international golf and it was a young team."
England were given their toughest match of the series by Ireland before beating them 6 ½-2 ½. LISA AND ALEXANDRA THE MVPs
The “Most Valuable Players” of the week were Ireland’s 14-year-old Lisa Maguire and England’s Alexandra Peters. Both won five times and lost one in their six outings.
Scotland’s top points achievers were Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall), both with 4pt out of six. Ironically, both lost their final ties against Wales.
After the Wales v Scotland foursomes were shared 1 ½-1 ½, Wales claimed victory in the first two singles to finish. Amy Boulden beat Eilidh Briggs by 3 and 1 and Gemma Bradbury beat Rachael Watton 4 and 3.
The Scots’ rally began with a one-hole win by Alyson McKechin over Kelly Miller.
McKechin staged a grandstand finish to win both the 17th and the 18th for a one-hole victory.
Sammy Leslie’s 3 and 1 win for Scotland over Chloe Williams levelled the overall scoreline at 3 ½ pt each.
Katie Bradbury put Wales back in front by beating Rachael Taylor by one hole.
Scotland, trailing by one with one tie to finish, got the levelling point with a 2 and 1 win by their champion from Peebles, Ailsa Bain, over Natasha Gobey. Bain was never behind in a match in which she was three up after nine holes

Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire


Foursomes: Chelsey Herbert & Katie Bradbury halved with Ailsa Bain & Rachael Taylor; Amy Boulden & Gemma Bradbury lost to Eilidh Briggs & Rachael Watton 3 and 2; Natasha Gobey & Chloe Williams bt Alyson McKechin & Sammy Leslie 1 hole (1 ½-1 ½).
Singles: Boulden beat Briggs 3 and 1, Kelly Miller lost to McKechin 1 hole, Gemma Bradbury bt Watton 4 and 3, Katie Bradbury bt Taylor 1 hole, Williams lost to Leslie 3 and 1, Gobey lost to Bain 2 and 1 (3-3).

Foursomes: Heidi Beck & Kelly Tidy lost to Leona Maguire & Lisa Maguire 3 and 2;
Hannah Turland & Hayley Davis halved with Laura McCarthy & Emma O’Driscoll;
Holly Clyburn & Alexandra Peters bt Carla Reynolds & Patrice Delaney 2 and 1 (1 ½-1 ½).
Singles: Clyburn lost to Lisa Maguire 1 hole, Peters bt Delaney 4 and 2, Turland bt Reynolds 1 hole, Nikki Foster bt O’Driscoll 3 and 2, Davis bt McCarthy 3 and 2, Lauren Taylor bt Leona Maguire 2 and 1 (5-1).

England 3pt, Scotland 1 1/2pt, Ireland 1pt, Wales ½ pt.

Kilmacolm and Troon Ladies into the Quarter Final Stages of the Scottish Matchplay Foursomes

The Scottish Ladies' Match Play Foursomes has reached the quarter-final stage. The matches to be played by 23 August to determine the four teams who will compete on Finals day at Forfar on 30 August are:
West Linton v Troon Ladies
Aboyne v Kilmacolm
Murcar Links v Mortonhall
Perth Ladies v Thornhill

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Scotland Vets squeeze through to victory over England Midlands

Scotland took another step towards retaining the Miller Stirling Trophy when they made it two match wins out of two by beating England Midlands 5-3 at the Veteran Ladies Golf Association Jamboree at Bath Golf Club. To read the full report go to the West Vets Website

County Centenary Greensomes Success

Sandie Streets and Jean Campbell -- Click to enlarge Sandie Streets and Jean Campbell -- Click to enlarge

The County Centenary Greensomes played at Troon Portland today -- 5th August were voted a success by the 104 ladies who participated from all 4 West counties. Scores were fairly low thanks to a strong breeze but the sun shone so everyone was happy!

Winners were:
1st: Janette Stewart (Ayrshire), Gillian McGinlay (Renfrewshire) 38 pts
2nd: Catherine Malcolm (Ayrshire), Helen McGregor (Dunbartonshire & Argyll)37 pts BIH
3rd: Jess Blackwood (Ayrshire), Alisoun Fairbairn (Dunbartonshire & Argyll) 37 pts

Best dressed prizes (for magnificent headgear) were won by Sandie Streets and Jean Campbell while Troon Ladies Captain Marion Reid’s inspired guess of 72 lost balls earned her the 1st prize in the Lost Ball Sweep.

Many thanks to all who played, to the Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon, for their hospitality and to Royal Troon G.C. for the use of the course -- Nora McCrossan (Ayrshire County Captain)

To see some photos from the day's events click on the small thumbnail below and then select slideshow
Ayrshire County Centenary Match Photos

Scotland Lose to England in the Girls' Home Internationals

Scotland’s Under-18 girls team have tasted the highs and the lows of golf on consecutive days at the girls' home international matches for the Stroyan Cup at Fairhaven Golf Club.
Quite rightly proud of their come-from-behind 5-4 win over European champions Ireland on Tuesday, the Scots were humbled 8-1 by England today on a very hot day at the Lancashire venue.
England, the defending champions, are currently different class at this age level and when it is eight-a-side – or they certainly have looked it this week. They simply have more good players than any of the other countries.
On Tuesday, they slaughtered Wales 8-1 and 24 hours later they did the same to the Scots team who are no duffers by any means. Several of the Under-18 Scots will graduate to the adult line-up in the not too distant future.
England had to settle for a 2-1 lead from the foursomes when Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) won their alternate shot tie by two holes over Holly Clyburn and Alexandra Peters.
Holly is the new England girls champion and Alexandra is the Fairhaven women's course record holder, having won the Fairhaven Junior Open girls' title for the past two years. So that was a great win by Eilidh and Rachael.
But it was to prove the sole crumb of comfort.
England whitewashed the Scots 6-0 in the singles with defeats for Germany-based Rachael Taylor (3 and 2 by Holly Clyburn), Sammy Leslie (4 and 2 by Kelly Tidy), Rachael Watton, failing to win for the first time in four outings as she went down by 5 and 4 to Nikki Foster, Eilidh Briggs (3 and 2 by Hannah Turland), Alyson McKechin (2 and 1 by Heidi Baek) and Lesley Atkins (5 and 4 by Alexandra Peters).
Ireland came from 4-2 down to beat luckless Wales 5-4 but, even with the brilliance of the 14-year-old Maguire twins giving them a chance of securing three points – one in the foursomes and two in the singles – it is almost impossible to see them beating England in their last match.
Scotland finish by playing Wales – and, judging by the way the Welsh played against the Irish, it could be a close one.

Foursomes: Lisa & Leona Maguire lost to Katie Bradbury & Chelsey Herbert 1 hole; Carla Reynolds & Patrice Delaney lost to Amy Boulden & Gemma Bradbury 2 and 1; Laura McCarthy & Emma O’Driscoll bt Chloe Williams & Natasha Gobey 3 and 1 (1-2).
Singles: Leona Maguire bt Gobey 5 and 3, Paula Grant lost to Gemma Bradbury 3 and 2, O’Driscoll bt Herbert 1 hole, Reynolds lost to Katie Bradbury 6 and 5, McCarthy bt Kelly Miller 1 hole, Lisa Maguire bt Boulden 3 and 2 (4-2)

Foursomes: Ailsa Bain & Sammy Leslie lost to Heidi Baek & Kelly Tidy 3 and 2; Sammy Vass & Rachael Taylor lost to Hannah Turland & Hayley Davis 2 and 1; Eilidh Briggs & Rachael Watton bt Holly Clyburn & Alexandra Peters 2 holes (1-2).
Singles: Taylor lost to Clyburn 3 and 2, Leslie lost to Tidy 4 and 2, Watton lost to Nikki Foster 5 and 4, Eilidh Briggs lost to Turland, Alyson McKechin lost to Baek 2 and 1, Lesley Atkins lost to Peters 5 and 4 (0-6) .

England 2pt, Scotland 1pt, Ireland 1pt, Wales 0pt.

England v Ireland, Scotland v Wales.

Live Scoring from the LGU Website

Click on the following link ---- LGU Website for all today's play

in the Girls' Home Internationals

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Betty Singleton Trophy Winners at Prestwick St Nicholas

Agnes Hill & Jerry Brown pictured with Lady Captain Linda Thompson - click to enlarge
Agnes Hill and Jerry Brown from Prestwick St Cuthbert were the over all winners of the Betty Singleton Trophy played over Prestwick St Nicholas on Friday 31st July

To see all the prizewinners Click Here

Scotland Vets make good start to title defence at Bath

Scotland made a good start to their defence of the Miller Stirling Trophy in the Veteran Ladies Golf Association Jamboree at Bath Golf Club today (Tuesday).
On a very wet day, they splashed their way to a 7 ½-1 ½ win over England North, whose line-up included former Scottish women’s champion Fiona Anderson from Blairgowrie but now living and working in the Manchester area.
To read all the results today go to the West Vets Website

Draw for tomorrows Foursomes at the Girls Internationals

Ailsa Bain & Sammy Leslie v Heidi Baek & Kelly Tidy.
Sammy Vass & Rachael Taylor v Hannah Turland & Hayley Davis
Eilidh Briggs & Rachael Watton v Holly Clyburn & Alexandra Peters

Lisa Maguire & Leona Maguire v Katie Bradbury & Chelsey Herbert.
Carla Reynolds & Patrice Delaney v Amy Boulden & Gemma Bradbury
Laura McCarthyt & Emma O'Dristoll v Chloe Williams & Natasha Gobey.

Scotland Girls are inspired by Catriona Matthew

“The Catriona Matthew inspiration is working already,” said a cock-a-hoop captain Margaret MacNaughtan after Scotland toppled European champions Ireland on the opening day of the Under-18 gitrls’ home international matches at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire today
Very much the underdogs against an Irish team that won the Euro girls team title only four weeks ago and includes two Vagliano Trophy team players in the 14-year-old Maguire twins, Scotland rallied from 3-1 down to win 5-4.
That sets the scene for a Day 2 summit meeting – Scotland versus defending champions England.
The English walloped Wales 8-1 in their opening tie.
“I’ve never seen a Scotland girls team so animated since they went to Royal Lytham to see Catriona winning the Women’s British Open and meeting her afterwards. And I’m quite certain that some of Catriona’s magic rubbed off on our girls,” said Mrs MacNaughtan, who played for Scotland … at hockey.
“To beat Ireland was a simply fantastic performance. I don’t want to single any players out for special mention because I’ve been stressing since we got here that this is a team championship – and everybody has a role to play in the team effort.
“And that was some team effort against Ireland.”
The Scots, 2-1 down from the morning foursomes, saw that deficit stretchto two points when Lisa Maguire produced some brilliant golf to beat Alyson McKechin (Eldereslie) 7 and 6. Lisa was six up at the turn and birdied the first, fourth, sixth and 10th She was roughly four under par for the holes played.
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) started the afternoon ball rolling for Scotland when she put a second team point on the board by beating Sara Helly 4 and 3Helly was one up at the turn but the initiative in what had been a tight match was seized by Briggs who won three holes in a row, the 13th, 14th and 15th , for victory
Rachael Watton put Scotland on level terms at 3-3 overall with a tremendous 2 and 1 win over Leona Maguire. The tone for a quality match was set when the first hole was halved in birdie 4s. Watton took the lead at the second and was never in arrears after that.
Maguire won the third but the Scot then won the fourth, fifth and eighth to take a three-hole lead. Briggs lost the 10th but went back to three up with a birdie 3 at the 12th. In a ding-dong finish Maguire birdied the 15th and 16th to cut her deficit to one but Briggs won the 17th and the match with a par.
Scotland moved into a 4-3 lead when their new champion, Ailsa Bain (Peebles) beat her Irish counterpart Emma O’Driscoll by one hole after being two down at the turn. Bain won the 10th, the 11th with a birdie and then the 12th to lead for the first time.
O’Driscoll squared the contest again at the 14th but Bain’s par 3 at the 17th put her back in the lead and the last hole was halved.
Ireland drew level at 4-4 when Carla Reynolds, who had been three up after three holes, bt Lesley Atkins (Minto) by 3 and 2 after the Scot had cut her deficit to one hole with a birdie at the 11th. Reynolds won the 12th, 13th and 14th to go four up. Atkins won the 15th but a half at the 16th ended the match in Ireland’s favour.
And so everything hinged on the last of the six singles – Sammy Lesie for Scotland and Patrice Delaney for Ireland.
After losing the first hole, Leslie, from Westhill, Aberdeen, won the next four in a row for a three-hole advantage which was cut to one when Delaney won the seventh and eighth.
A birdie by the Scot at the ninth put her two up again and a par at the 13th was good enough to re-establish Leslie’s three-hole lead and a half in bogey 6s at the 15th meant that neither Sammy nor Scotland could be beaten.

England names first
Kelly Tidy & Heidi Baek bt Chloe Williams & Natasha Gobey 1 hole (Wales one up after nine).
Hayley Davis & Hannah Turland bt Gemma & Katie Bradbury 4 and 3 (England four up after nine).
Alexandra Peters & Holly Clyburn bt Kelly Miller & Amy Boulden 2 and 1 (England one up after nine).

Scotland names first
Ailsa Bain & Sammy Leslie lost to Leona & Lisa Maguire 5 and 4 (Ireland two up after nine).
Lesley Atkins & Alyson McKechin lost to Patrice Elaney & Carla Reynolds 2 and 1 (Ireland one up after nine).
Eilidh Briggs & Rachael Watton bt Laura McCarthy & Emma O'Driscoll 2 and 1 (Scotland four up after nine).


Holly Clyburn bt Natasha Gobey 2 holes (Wales one up after nine).
Kelly Tidy bt Amy Boulden 2 holes (Wales one up after nine)
Lauren Taylor bt Gemma Bradbury 4 and 3 (England four up after nine).
Nikki Foster bt Katie Bradbury 2 and 1 (Wales one up after nine).
Hayley Davis lost to Chloe Williams 4 and 3 (Wales three up after nine).
Alexandra Peters bt Emma Davies 8 and 7 (England seven up after nine).

Ailsa Bain bt Emma O'Driscoll 4 and 3.
Alyson McKechin lost to Lisa Maguire 7 and 6.
Rachael Watton bt Leona Maguire 2 and 1.
Eilidh Briggs bt Sarah Helly 4 and 3.
Lesley Atkins lost to Carla Reynolds 3 and 2.
Sammy Leslie bt Patrice Delaney 4 and 2.

Girls' Home Internationals begin today

2009 SLGA Junior Team with Catriona Matthew -- Click to enlarge (Alyson McKechin LHS -- Eilidh Briggs 2nd from the RHS) -- courtesy of Gillian Kirkwood

West of Scotland players Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) are playing today in the opening matches of the Girls Home International Matches at Fairhaven Golf Club
Scottish Team :
Lesley Atkins (Minto), Ailsa Bain (Peebles), Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Sammy Leslie (Westhill), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Rachael Taylor (Bad Griesbach), Sammy Vass (Tain), Rachael Watton (Mortonhall).


Ailsa Bain & Sammy Leslie v Leona & Lisa Maguire.
Lesley Atkins & Alyson McKechin v Patrice Delaney & Paula Reynolds
Eilidh Briggs & Rachael Watton v Laura McCarthy & Emma O'Driscoll.

Kelly Tidy & Heidi Baek v Chloe Williams & Natasha Gobey.
Hayley Davis & Hannah Turland v Gemma & Katie Bradbury.
Alexandra Peters & Holly Clyburn v Kelly Miller & Amy Boulden

Sunday, 2 August 2009

West of Scotland's Janice Moodie is selected along side Catriona Matthew for the Solheim Cup

Janice Moodie - Click to enlarge
Janice Moodie is delighted to be selected for the Solheim Cup

2009 European Solheim Cup Team

Captain: Alison Nicholas
Assistant captains: Joanne Morley and Liselotte Neumann
Automatic points qualifiers
1. Gwladys Nocera 200.50
2. Tania Elosegui 138.75
3. Diana Luna 126.80
4. Laura Davies 119.55
5. Sophie Gustafson 118.00
Qualified via Rolex Rankings
6. Suzanne Pettersen 6
7. Helen Alfredsson 10
8. Catriona Matthew 14
9. Maria Hjorth 35
Captain’s picks
10. Becky Brewerton
11. Janice Moodie
12. Anna Nordqvist

Catriona Matthew

Catriona Matthew the other Scottish Solheim Cup Selection -- Click to enlarge --- Courtesy of Colin Farquharson

For the full Solheim report and USA Selection --- CLICK HERE


Janice Paterson (left), winner of the inaugural Riccarton Salver for Senior Ladies over one round; Hamilton Golf Club ladies' captain Jenni Allan, and Riccarton Rosebowl winner Pamela Pretswell

Vagliano Trophy player Pamela Pretswell won the Riccarton Rosebowl SLGA 36-hole Order of Merit tournament by a six-stroke margin at Hamilton Golf Club today (Sunday).
The Bothwell Castle player and Glasgow University student had rounds of 69 and 72 for a total of 141, compared with the combined CSS aggregate of 146 (73-73).
Runner-up was former girls international Rebecca Wilson (Monfieth) with two steady rounds of 74 and 73 for 147. Rebecca had the best net total of 143 off two of a handicap.
Scotland caps Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) and Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) tied for third place on 149.
Congratulations also go to Janice Paterson (Bothwell Castle) who was the winner of the Over 50's Event Played over 18 holes
Hamilton Golf CLUB
CSS 73 73
141 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 69 72.
147 Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth) 74 73.
149 Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 76 73, Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) 74 75.
150 Kylie Walker (Buchanan Castle) 76 74.
151 Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) 79 72, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 76 75, Susan Wood (Drumpellier) 74 77, Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 74 77.
153 Laura Murray (Alford) 893 70.
156 Jacquelihne Sneddon (Alyth) 80 76.
158 Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe) 78 80.
160 Rachel McQueen (Troon Ladies) 82 78.
162 Anne Moore (Hamilton) 79 83.
163 Louise McGillivray (Banchory) 82 81, Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) 80 83.
164 Ashley Wilton (Ladybank) 81 83.
165 Ashley Smith (Monifieth) 86 79, Jenni Allan (Hamilton) 79 86.
167 Linda Bain (Lochend) 83 84, Emma Caddow (Colville Park) 83 84, Angela Devine (Hamilton) 80 87.
168 Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) 85 83, Lesley Rolland (Dunfermline) 83 85.
170 Natasha Quayum (Ranfurly Castle) 84 86.
172 Katie Reid (Monifieth) 84 88.
182 Patricia Davidson (Erskine) 89 93.
183 Lindsay Mathie (Windyhill) 91 92.
186 Gail Wilson (Monifieth) 92 94.
195 Sandra Littlejohn (Erskine) 99 96.

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report and photographs

Catriona Matthew is the 2009 Womens' British Open Champion

Super mum Catriona Matthew secured a three shot victory at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club today
She became not only the first ever Scot to win a women’s major championship, but the fourth ever Brit to do so following Laura Davies, Alison Nicholas and Karen Stupples.
Another point of interest -- her aunt Helen Crichton of Ranfurly Castle is absolutely thrilled with her win as is the rest of Scotland

Catriona Matthew and Hazel Irvine

Catriona Matthew with winning Trophy being interviewed by Hazel Irvine

Catriona Matthew and Caddy - Husband Graeme

Catriona Matthew with caddy husband Graeme

For all the final scores and full report go to the European Tour Website
Also click on the following link RICOH WEBSITE for all the info

Saturday, 1 August 2009

David Law is the the 2009 Scottish Amateur Champion

Paul O'Hara (left) and David Law on the first tee before the start of today's 36 hole Allied Surveyors Scottish amateur championship final at Royal Troon (image by Cal Carson Golf Agency). Click to enlarge.

David Law wins a classic final at the 38th hole against Paul O'Hara
To read the full report go to Colin Farqharson's Scottish Golf View Website

Catriona Matthew remains on course at Royal Lytham

Catriona Matthew and Christina Kim -- Click to enlarge
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew edged closer to her first major championship victory with a round of 71 on Saturday, taking a three shot lead into the final round of the RICOH Women’s British Open
The 39-year-old from North Berwick finished at four-under-par, three clear of Christina Kim from the United States, at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England.

Mixed Stableford Medal - Douglas Park

Played 01/08/2009, SSS: 72, CSS:75

1st 27pts Karen Brodie
2nd 27pts Norma Campbell
3rd 27pts Gladys Speedie


1st 31pts Evelyn Crombie
2nd 31pts Ginette Evans
3rd 28pts Marion Stevenson

Medal 9 - Douglas Park

Played 31/07/2009 SSS 72, CSS:71, 30 Entrants
1st 82-10=72 (bih) Carol Fell
2nd 88-16=72 Alison Miller
3rd 85-12=73 Sally Macfarlane
1st 91-23=68 Ginette Evans
2nd 104-33=71 Ann Settle
3rd 104-30=74 Lesley Blair
Scratch: Joan Gemmell, Helen Faulds 79