Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Scottish Seniors do Well in Berlin on Day 1

The Scottish Seniors made a good start in the European Seniors Team Event in Berlin.
To read more on today's play go to the West Vets Website

Pamela Pretswell 3rd in the Royal Birkdale Scratch Trophy

Blackburn's Nikki Foster (Pleasington) returned to her early-season form to win the Royal Birkdale Golf Club's Ladies Scratch Trophy tournament over 36 holes.
Against a ladies' par of 75, Nikki, 18, had very good scores of 72 and 70 for 142.
British stroke-play champion Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) and two English-based players, young Charley Hull (Kettering) and Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) were joint third on 144.
Pamela Pretswell played without a practice round but had eight birdies in her first-round, four-under-par 72. The Scot followed that up with four more birdies in a 73 for 144.
Par 150 (2x75). SSS 75 CSS 75 75
142 Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 72 70.
143 Emma Goddard (Vale Royal Millenium) 69 74.
144 Charley Hull (Kettering) 71 73, Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 71 73, Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) 71 73.

Pamela has also said No to a trip to Argentina --- To read more go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Baberton's Karen Marshall and Fiona Hunter are the 2010 Scottish Strokeplay Champions

Karen Marshall and Fiona Hunter - Baberton - Click to enlarge The 2010 Scottish Foursomes Strokeplay Champions - Karen Marshall and Fiona Hunter (Baberton)

Frances Millar and Claire Penman - Carnoustie - Click to enlargeThe 2010 Scottish Foursomes Matchplay Champions -Frances Millar and Claire Frances (Carnoustie) - Click to enlarge

Anne Laing and Laura McGeachy - Windyhill - Click to enlarge 2nd Scratch - Anne Laing and Laura McGeachy - (Windyhill)

Helen Faulds and Helen Robertson - Douglas Park - Click to enlarge 1st Handicap - Helen Faulds and Helen Robertson (Douglas Park)

Anabel Kane and Rena Simpson - Kilmacom - Click to enlarge 2nd Handicap --- Anabel Kane and Rena Simpson (Kilmacolm)

Baberton's Karen Marshall and Fiona Hunter won the SLGA women's club foursomes stroke-play title with a five-over-par round of 77 in windy conditions at Douglas Park.
They had two shots to spare from Windyhill's Laura McGeachy and former Scottish champion Anne Laing, and Craigmillar Park's Karen Ballantyne and Kirsten Blackwood.McGeachy and Laing had a better inward half and were officially placed second.
Kilmacolm's defending champions Megan and Eilidh Briggs finished joint fourth on 80 alongside Douglas Park's Helen Faulds and Helen Robertson.
Helen Faulds and Helen Robertson won the top net prize with a score of 72 1/2 off 7 1/2.
Kilmacolm's Rena Simpson and Annabel Kane were runners-up, by virtue of a better inward half, with a net score of 73 1/2 off 10 1/2.
Blairgowrie's Norma Fleming and Mary Hope also totalled 73 1/2 off 9 1/2 but were placed third on the card countback.
Thirty-six couples took part
1st Scratch: Karen Marshall & Fiona Hunter Baberton 77
2nd Scratch: Laura McGeachy & Anne Laing Windyhill 79 BIH
1st Nett: Helen Faulds & Helen Robertson Douglas Park 80 7.5 72.5
2nd Nett: Rena Simpson & Annabel Kane Kilmacolm 84 10.5 73.5 BIH

Claire Penman and Frances Millar from Carnoustie Caledonia Golf Club won the 2010 Scottish Match Play Foursomes which was also played at Douglas Park Golf Club on the same day (Sunday 29 August). They beat the team from Murrayfield by 4&3 in the final, while the team from Saline Golf Club won a tight third fourth play off match against Ayr Dalmilling by one hole.
Final Match Play Foursomes Placings
1st: Carnoustie Caledonia - Claire Penman & Frances Millar
2nd: Murrayfield team - Pat Walkingshaw, Caroline Johnstone & Norma Richmond
3rd: Saline team - Lynne Nelson, Barbara Anne Boyter & Katrina Buist
4th: Ayr Dalmilling team - Anne Sym, Gillian Henderson & Jackie Ridge

To see some photographs from the days events --- Click on the small thumbnail below and then click on slideshow and you can also click on the photos above to enlarge -
Thanks go to SLGA's Fiona Cowan and Winnie McCallum for many of the photographs.

Kylie finishes 8th in the Finnair Masters

Helsinki GC, Tali, Finland
Par 213 (3x71)
199 Lee-Anne Pace (S Africa) 66 64 69
202 Vikki Laing (Scotland) 68 65 69
206 Christel Boeljon (Netherlands) 70 69 67, Lisa Holm Sorensen (Denmark) 67 70 69, Carin Koch (Sweden) 69 68 69, Mollie Fankhauser (United States) 70 65 71
207 Malene Jorgensen (Denmark) 67 72 68
208 Caroline Hedwall (Sweden) (am) 67 71 70, Kylie Walker (Scotland) 64 71 73
209 Rebecca Coakley (Ireland) 70 72 67, Linda Wessberg (Sweden) 70 68 71
Other Scots:
214 Pamela Feggans (Sco) 72 72 70,
218 Krystle Caithness (Sco) 72 74 72,

To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website


Kylie Walker is well up the leader board going into the final round of the Finnair Masters

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Vikki and Kylie in top five after the 2nd Round at Helsinki Golf Club

The Ladies European Tour’s Henderson Money List leader Lee-Anne Pace from South Africa seized a three-stroke lead heading into Sunday's final round of the Finnair Masters.
The 29-year-old from Mossel Bay shot a seven-under 64 at Helsinki Golf Club today, to lead on a 12-under-par 36-hole total ahead of Vikki Laing from Musselburgh.
Pace is well placed to collect her third Ladies European Tour trophy of the season after her second round, containing seven birdies and no bogeys.
he first round leader, Scotland's Kylie Walker (71 for 135), is two strokes behind second-placed Vikki Laing, who had a sparkling 65 for 133. Kylie is sharing third place with Mollie Fankhauser of the United States and Frenchwoman Jade Schaeffer. Sweden’s Carin Koch and the 2005 champion Lisa Holm Sorensen of Denmark were two strokes further adrift.
Solhvi Härkönen is the top Finnish player in a share of 14th position, with Minea Blomqvist and Kaisa Ruuttila tied for 19th. After the arrival of her first child in March, the 2008 champion Blomqvist was delighted to have made her first cut of the year.
The two Finns will play together in the same group as Carmen Alonso at 9.50am on Sunday and are sure to attract a large gallery. The leading trio of Pace, Laing and Schaeffer will tee off at 11am.
Helsinki GC, Tali, Finland
Par 142 (2x71)
130 Lee-Anne Pace (Rsa) 66 64
133 Vikki Laing (Sco) 68 65
135 Jade Schaeffer (Fra) 68 67, Kylie Walker (Sco) 64 71, Mollie Fankhauser (USA) 70 65
137 Carin Koch (Swe) 69 68, Lisa Holm Sorensen (Den) 67 70
138 Linda Wessberg (Swe) 70 68, Caroline Hedwall (Swe) 67 71
Other Scots :
144 Pamela Feggans (Sco) 72 72
146 Krystle Caithness (Sco) 72 74

148 Carly Booth (Sco) 75 73,
151 Lynn Kenny (Sco) 75 76
152 Clare Queen (Sco) 76 76


From the Ladies European Tour Website

The second round of the Finnair Masters is underway in Autumnal conditions at Helsinki Golf Club.

West of Scotland's Kylie Walker, a rookie on the Ladies European Tour, led by two strokes after a seven-under 64 in Friday’s first round but was caught by Mollie Fankhauser of the United States with three holes to play today.

Fankhauser birdied holes 10, 14, 15 and 17 before reaching a six-under-par total with a fifth birdie at the par-three fourth hole.

Walker bogeyed her second hole of the day, the 11th, but reached eight-under with birdies at the 17th and second, only to drop two shots in succession at the fifth and the sixth. Both players birdied the seventh to reach seven-under.

Jade Schaeffer of France was only a shot behind the leaders with three holes to play at two-under for the day and Henderson Money List leader Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa, who carded a five-under 66 on Friday, starts her second round at 1.40pm.

Go to the European Ladies Tour Website for the full report at the end of today's play.

The SLGA Matchplay and Strokeplay Foursomes Finals are at Douglas Park Golf Club tomorrow

Eilidh and Megan Briggs - The 2009 Scottish Foursomes ChampionsThe 2010 Scottish Match Play Foursomes Semi-Finals and Final will take place at Douglas Park Golf Club tomorrow Sunday 29 August. In only its second year, 71 teams started out in the competition in March with West of Scotland's Ayr Dalmilling, Carnoustie Caledonia, Murrayfield and Saline the four golf clubs still in the hunt for the title.
The draw for the semi-final is:
Carnoustie Caledonia v Saline
Murrayfield v Ayr Dalmilling
See the attached for the full match play draw to see how these clubs have progressed to the semi-finals:

The Briggs sisters Megan and Eilidh from Kilmacolm (pictured above) will be trying to retain the Scottish Strokeplay Foursomes title they won last year.
Click the following link to see the draw --- SLGA FOURSOMES DRAW
Megan and Eilidh both played each other in the Kilmacolm Championship Final last Sunday (22nd August) --- CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT THE RESULT

Friday, 27 August 2010

Kylie leads the Finnair Masters with a seven under par 64

Scotland’s Kylie Walker fired a superb seven-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead over South African Lee-Anne Pace on day one of the Finnair Masters.
The 23-year-old Ladies European Tour rookie from Glasgow, courtesy of Cal Carson Golf Agency, carded seven birdies on a cool afternoon at Helsinki Golf Club, overcoming any nerves that may have hampered her career earlier this season.
She birdied the fourth, fifth and ninth on her way to an outward total of 31, returning in 33 with further birdies on holes 10, 12, 14 and 17.
After breezing through LET Qualifying School at La Manga in December where she finished ninth, Walker thought that life on tour would be ‘a doddle,’ but after making just two cuts from her first eight starts, she has finally started to find her feet over the last month, tying for 53rd, 24th and 25th at the last three tournaments in Ireland, Wales and Scotland respectively.
She explained the learning curve: “I thought turning pro, having had a good result in Q-School, I thought this is a doddle and I was ready for it. As a matter of fact, my first few events, I really struggled, not because of my game. I could have got it round in decent numbers but I was just so nervous and excited at the same time and different things were distracting me.
“Simple things like walking on the range and people you’ve idolised for years like Carin Koch and Laura Davies are standing next to you or walking past. I can’t help but look to see what they’re doing and things like that but I’m getting used to that now.”
Her closest challenger Pace moved to the top of the Henderson Money List with a tie for second in Scotland last week. The 29-year-old from Mossel Bay had a blazing front nine, containing four birdies and an eagle and dropped only one shot, at the eighth, on her back nine.
“I hit everything close from the start,” Pace said. “I had a very nice eagle on 17 and then kept hitting it close on my back nine but didn’t make a putt unfortunately.
“I pretty much hit everything within 20 feet on my back nine and two putted for par. I three-putted eight to lose a shot otherwise it was a perfect round. At least I’m getting up there and giving myself a good chance.”
Pace, a two-time Ladies European Tour winner this year in Switzerland and Wales, holed a one metre birdie putt at the 10th which she played as her first hole. She made a long birdie putt at the 13th and setting up her third birdie at the 15th, hitting an eight-iron to tap in distance from 120 metres.
At the par-three 16th, she missed the green left but explained, “I thought, ‘this is a good chip in chance’ and chipped in.”
She cut a three-iron around the trees to 20 feet from 170 metres at the par-five 17th and holed the eagle putt on her way to an outward total of six-under-par 31, coming back in one-over 35.
Pace has twice tied for 16th in Finland and is looking to put some distance between herself and No. 2 Melissa Reid of England in the money title race. She is €13,660 clear of Reid, who is skipping this week.
With season’s earnings of €218,530, she has pocketed almost €100,000 more from 16 LET events played this year than from her last three seasons combined. Her meteoric rise to fame inspired fellow South African Robbertze, who shot a career best round of four-under 67.
The 30-year-old from Johannesburg said: “We had dinner last night and had a good chat about the golf. I think she is in a very positive frame of mind and that’s quite an inspiration.
“I went out a bit more positive than I have been the last few tournaments so it all seemed very well. I think the key today was appreciation. I just appreciated every shot and made sure that I enjoyed every shot instead of thinking ahead.”
She explained how she practised hitting shots in bare feet in the rain on the eve of the tournament to help her balance. “My coach told me to stand and hit golf balls without my shoes on and that seemed to work.”
The 2005 champion Lisa Holm Sorensen and fellow Dane Malene Jorgensen also tied for third on 67 with Swedish amateur Caroline Hedwall.
Scotland’s Vikki Laing, Finland’s Kaisa Ruuttila, England’s Kiran Matharu and Jade Schaeffer from France tied for seventh on three-under-par.
The second round of the 54-hole tournament starts at 8.30am on Saturday, following which there will be a cut to the leading 50 professional players and ties.
Helsinki Golf Club, Finland
64 Kylie Walker (Sco)
66 Lee-Anne Pace (Rsa)
67 Morgana Robbertze (Rsa), Lisa Holm Sorensen (Den), Caroline Hedwall (Swe) (am), Malene Jorgensen (Den)
68 Vikki Laing (Sco), Kaisa Ruuttila (Fin), Kiran Matharu (Eng), Jade Schaeffer (Fra)
69 Carin Koch (Swe), Anja Monke (Ger), Dewi-Claire Schreefel (Ned), Corisande Lee (Eng), Camille Fallay (Fra)
Other Scots:
72 Pamela Feggans, Krystle Caithness,
75 Lynn Kenny, Carly Booth,
76 Clare Queen

Douglas Park - Autumn Meeting

Played 27/08/2010 SSS 72, CSS 72
1st 86-20=66 Gina Rennie
2nd 75-6=69 Helen Faulds
3rd 84-12=72 Lynda Smith
1st 95-23=72 Hazel Hamilton
2nd 94-22=72 Ann Scott
3rd 104-28=76 Pauline Vannet

Scratch: Helen Faulds 75

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

August SGU Newsletter

Welcome to the latest SGU e-bulletin. In this issue, we give you the chance to give us your views on www.scottishgolf.org in our website survey as well as some great golfing offers from the west coast of Scotland. The BBC's coverage of the SGU's flagship event is featured, while we also bring you up-to-date with the latest news and events from across Scotland.

SGU Website Survey

The SGU website continues to attract golfers from Scotland and further afield with a record 26,000 visitors last month. Our aim is to continually improve our on-line offering and ensure we offer what our users want to see. We would appreciate if you can spare five minutes of our time to complete our short survey with all participants entered into a draw to win £100 worth of SGU vouchers.

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Countdown to Scotland's World Championship Defence

Scotland will defend their World Amateur Team Championship title in Argentina in just over two months time and we reveal the three young men tasked with bringing the Eisenhower Trophy back to the Home of Golf, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Wallace Booth, Gavin Dear and Callum Macaulay who won in Australia two years ago.

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East Lothian Hosts the World Hickory Championship

Ever dreamt of becoming a World Champion...? This is your chance. The World Hickory Championship is taking place in East Lothian on 20 - 24 September and is open to all golfers who hold an official handicap. The Championship, now in its sixth year, attracts golfers from around the globe. This unique event is being held at five superb courses - Musselburgh Links, Craigielaw, Archerfield and Gullane No 2 & 3.

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Watch the BBC's Coverage of our National Championship

You can now watch highlights of the SGU's flagship event, the 2010 Allied Surveyors Scottish Amateur Championship featuring an exciting final between Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) and Jordan Findlay (Fraserburgh) on the BBC Scotland website. The broadcast also includes interviews with rising stars James Byrne and David Law, with fantastic footage from the week's events at the spectacular setting of Gullane.

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SGU Website Competition Winner Takes on Richie Ramsay

Glasgow's Andy Armour was the lucky man to be drawn from thousands of entries for our 'Win a Round with Richie Ramsay' competition, sponsored by our partners at TaylorMade-adidas Golf. Read all about Andy's memorable experience of challenging the European Tour star and former US Amateur Champion on the Kittocks Course, Fairmont St Andrews.

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SGU Golf Central

Don't forget, there are still some great club open competitions to enter this summer and autumn via SGU Golf Central. Our popular website directory gives you all the information you need to play in Gents, Ladies, Seniors, Juniors and Mixed club events. From the Ladies Tri/Am Open at Vale of Leven on 29th August to the Gents Open on 11th September at Braemar, there's something for everyone.

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Lanarkshire County Autumn Meeting Reduced to 9 Holes

At Carnwath Golf Club on Monday 23rd August the condition of the course was very good but unfortunately the conditions overhead were poor resulting in the Lanarkshire County competition being reduced to 9 holes.
To read more go to the Lanarkshire County Website

Tuesday, 24 August 2010


Pamela Pretswell -- Click to enlargeImage Courtesy of the LGU

New British Women’s Open Amateur Stroke-play Golf Champion Pamela Pretswell makes a habit in succeeding at what she does. To read all about it go to the GILLIAN KIRKWOOD WEBSITE

Ladies' Home International Matches

The team to represent Scotland at the Home International Matches to be held at Whitchurch (Cardiff) Golf Club, 8-10 September is:
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), Laura Murray (Alford), Martine Pow (Selkirk), Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Jane Turner (Craigielaw), Rachael Watton (Mortonhall)
Captain - Lesley Nicholson (Haddington)
Reserves: 1 Clare Marie Carlton (Fereneze), 2 Gillian Monteith (Stranraer)

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Pat Hutton Qualifies for the SLGA Grand Final

Congratulations to Pat Hutton (Lanark) who qualified today at SLGA Regional Medal South West Division Final at Thornhill for the Grand Final at Crieff on Sunday, September 5th.

1st Rachel Walker Crichton 76 - 6 70 Q
2nd Patricia Hutton Lanark 78 - 6 72 Q


1st Yvonne Schneider Crichton 95 - 17 78 Q
2nd Caroline Marshall Newton Stewart 100 - 21 79 Q

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Skelmorlie reach the Quarter finals of the Mail on Sunday

The Pride of Skelmorlie Golf Club. Back row: Janet Harkness and Alex Sargent. Front row: Gillian Pollock, Kath Mackellar, Aileen Donaldson and Jenny McGee.

Round 7 :
Beau Desert Golf Club beat Edgbaston Golf Club 3-2
Chelmsford Golf Club beat Buckingham Golf Club 3.5-1.5
Chipstead Golf Club beat Lamberhurst Golf Club 4-1
Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club beat St Annes Old Links Golf Club 4-1
Deer Park Golf & Country Club beat New Galloway Golf Club 3-2
Fingle Glen Golf Club beat Cape Cornwall Golf & CC . 4.5-0.5
Forest Pines Golf Club beat Lightcliffe Golf Club Limited 5-0
Haverfordwest Golf Club beat Alice Springs Golf Club 3-2
Knighton Heath Golf Club beat Long Ashton Golf Club 3-2
Murrayfield Golf Club beat Downfield Golf Club 3-2
Pontefract District Golf Club beat Ryton Golf Club 3-2
Skelmorlie Golf Club beat Hayston Golf Club 4-1
Stocksbridge & District Golf Club beat Dunham Forest Golf & CC 3-2
Toft Hotel Golf Club beat Norfolk Golf & Country Club 4.5-0.5
West Essex Golf Club beat Ealing Golf Club 3.5-1.5
Wildwood Golf Club beat Worthing Golf Club 3.5-1.5

Beau Desert Golf Club beat Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club 3-2
Haverfordwest Golf Club beat Fingle Glen Golf Club 4-1
Murrayfield Golf Club beat Pontefract District Golf Club 3-2
Skelmorlie Golf Club beat Deer Park Golf & Country Club won at 19th
West Essex Golf Club beat Chipstead Golf Club 3.5-1.5
Wildwood Golf Club beat Knighton Heath Golf Club 3.5-1.5

To read all about it go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Friday, 20 August 2010

West of Scotland's Pamela Pretswell is the 2010 British Strokeplay Champion

Pamela Pretswell -- THe 2010 British Strokeplay Champion --- Click to enlarge
From the LGU Website (Photo Courtesy of the LGU -- Click to enlarge)
Curtis Cup team player Pamela Pretswell(Bothwell) won the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship in an exciting finish at Tenby Golf Club, South Wales today.

It is her first domestic national title although she won the Switzerland Women’s Open Amateur Championship three years ago.

She is the fourth Scot in the past seven years to win the British stroke play title, following in the footsteps of compatriots Clare Queen (2004), Heather MacRae (2005) and Roseanne Niven (2008).

The tournament was reduced to three rounds after a 2hr 30min suspension of play from 9am to 11.30am while a violent thunder and lightning storm raged over the course.

The joint overnight leaders, Pamela Pretswell and Chrisje De Vries (Netherlands), did not set out for the third round until 12.30 which meant there would not have been enough daylight left for the field to play 36 holes on the final day.

Curtis Cup reserve and the 2008 Welsh girls champion, Amy Boulden (Maesdu), whose 17th birthday was earlier this month, moved up from third place, one off the pace, at the start of the round to take the lead with an outward 37 to Pamela Pretswell’s 39 and 45 by Chrisje De Vries.

Amy Boulden had birdied the first, bogeyed the fourth, birdied the short sixth and dropped another shot at the ninth.

Pamela had bogeyed the first, fourth, seventh and ninth but got two of the strokes back with birdies at the third and fifth.

Amy Boulden was still in the lead with two holes to play after bogeying the 11th, but birdieing the 13th and long 14th before she bogeyed the 16th.

Pamela was hanging on with a birdie at the 10th but bogeys at the 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th.

Then came a two-stroke swing in the Scot’s favour. While leader Boulden bogeyed the short 17th, Pamela was able to get a birdie 2. That put her in front by a shot and she doubled her winning margin to two shots by parring the last after Boulden had bogeyed it.

So Pamela, pipped for the Austrian women’s open amateur title three weeks ago, finished with a two-over-par total of 218, made up of rounds of 72, 74 and 72.

218 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 72 74 72.
221 Amy Boulden (Maesdu) 68 79 74.
225 Line Vedel Hansen (Den) 76 72 77.
228 Lara Katzy (Ger) 71 81 76, Alexandrea Bonetti (Fra) 74 77 77.
229 Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 78 76 75, Pia Halbig (Ger) 73 78 78, Bronte Law (Bramhall) 76 72 81.
230 Chrisje De Vries (Net) 68 78 84.
231 Ann Lindner (Ger) 75 78 78..
234 Julie Yang (Kings Acre) 75 81 78.
235 Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) 75 82 78, Lauren Taylor (Woburn) 75 79 81, Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry) 76 77 92.
236 Noemi Jimenez (Spa) 77 80 79, Gillian O’Leary (Cork) 70 86 80, Vicki Troeltsch (Ger) 78 76 82, Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) 78 75 83.
237 Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies) 81 77 79.
238 Charley Hull (Woburn) 73 85 80, Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield) 78 77 83.
239 Karlijn Zaanen (Netherlands) 76 83 80, Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies) 82 75 82, Rachel Drummond (Beaconsfield) 80 77 82, Charlotte Wild (Mere) 76 78 85, Hayley Davis (Ferndown) 82 73 84
240 Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 77 78 85.
241 Tara Davies (Holyhead) 73 84 84, Gemma Bradbury (Cottrell Park) 72 83 86.
243 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 78 81 84, Samantha Birks (Wolstanton) 76 83 84.

To read more go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Vikki Lang is the Leading Scot in the 2010 Scottish Open

Virginie Lagoutte-Clement from France shot a final round of 71 in difficult conditions to earn her third Ladies European Tour title at the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open.
Final Result.
217 +1 Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (FRA) Lacoste,Mizuno,Golf LaValdaine 72 74 71
218 +2 Lee-Anne Pace (SA) South Africa 76 72 70
Sophie Walker (ENG) England 75 70 73
Trish Johnson (ENG) England 69 74 75
219 Vikki Laing (SCO) MAVRIK / Kings Acre Academy 74 74 71
Stefania Croce (ITA) Virginia GC/Caffe Dei Miracoli 71 74 74
Jeehae Lee (KOR) SPG Corporation 72 70 77

Other Scots:
223 Krystle Caithness (SCO) Scotland 73 76 74
225 Lynn Kenny (SCO) Archerfield Links 73 79 73
226 Carly Booth (SCO) Nike 77 73 76
227 Kylie Walker (SCO) The Carrick on Loch Lomond 73 77 77
228 Pamela Feggans (SCO) Scotland 74 80 74
230 Mhairi McKay (SCO) Aberdeen Asset Management, M&M 73 76 81
235 Kathryn Imrie (SCO) Scotland 75 81 79 »»
240 Clare Queen (SCO) The Carrick on Loch Lomond 81 75 84
241 Heather MacRae (SCO) Scotland 77 79 85

Live Scoring from the British Amateur Strokeplay and the Ladies Scottish Open

West of Scotland's Pamela Pretswell and Megan Briggs are both playing in the final day at
BRITISH STROKEPLAY AT TENBY --- click on the link to keep up to date with today's play.

Kylie Walker and Clare Queen are both playing in in the Ladies Scottish Open. Click on the following link

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Kylie Walker and Mhairi McKay are the best from the West at the Scottish Open

News from the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open

Leading Scores at End of Round 2
1 142 -2 Jeehae Lee (KOR) 72 70
2 143 -1 Trish Johnson (ENG) 69 74
3= 145 +1 Nikki Garrett (AUS) Oakley, 71 74
Rebecca Coakley (IRE) Team Ireland Golf 75 70
Sophie Walker (ENG) England 75 70
Stefania Croce (ITA) Virginia GC/Caffe Dei Miracoli 71 74
Christel Boeljon (NL) Golf Team Holland 70 75
Other Scots:
15= 148 Vikki Laing (SCO) MAVRIK / Kings Acre Academy 74 74
18= 149 Mhairi McKay (SCO) Aberdeen Asset Management, M&M 73 76, Krystle Caithness (SCO) Scotland 73 76
23= 150 Carly Booth (SCO) Nike 77 73 , Kylie Walker (SCO) The Carrick on Loch Lomond 73 77
Other Scots:
34= 152 Lynn Kenny (SCO) Archerfield Links 73 79
39= 154 Pamela Feggans (SCO) Scotland 74 80
48= 156 Kathryn Imrie (SCO) Scotland 75 81
Heather MacRae (SCO) Scotland 77 79
Clare Queen (SCO) The Carrick on Loch Lomond 81 75


Pamela Pretswell is leading on Day 2 of the British Strokeplay

Pamela Pretswell - Click to enlarge
At the end of a day of unrelenting rain it was Curtis Cup Scot Pamela Pretswell and Chrisje De Vries from the Netherlands who led the 42 qualifiers with totals of 15-over-par 159 or better into Friday’s final two rounds.
Pretswell and De Vries are both on two-over-par 146, Pamela after a second-round, two-over-par 74, one of the best scores in the awful weather, and Chrisje after a 78.
Three other Scots survived the cut – Lothians pair Rachael Watton (Mortonhall), improving by seven shots despite the deluge with a splendid 75, and Jane Turner (Craigielaw), with a battling 77, both on 157 and Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) with an 81 for the limit mark of 159.
Bothwell Castle's Pamela Pretswell, pipped for the Austrian women’s open title two or three weeks ago, did well to salvage a 74 in such conditions to share the lead on 146 – but it looked like being an even better score with just a few holes to go to the warmth and comfort of the clubhouse.
Other Scots:
Alyson McKechin (Elderslie)
had an 84 for 162.
Majorca-based (Lauren Mackin) had an 87 for 166.
Roseanne Niven (Crieff), winner of the British title only two years ago, had an 82 for 167 and Laura Murray finished 30 over par with a pair of 87s for 174.
Another Scotland international Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), who had a first-round 75, badly twisted an ankle in falling down some steps and was unable to play. With the weather as bad as it was, she was not complaining about having to rest in the clubhouse with her ankle strapped up.
Par 144 (2x74).
146 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 72 74, Chrisje De Vries (Ned) 68 78.
147 Amy Boulden (Maesdu) 68 79.
148 Line Vedel Hansen (Den) 76 72, Bronte Law (Bramhall) 76 72.
151 Pia Halbit (Ger) 73 78, Alexandra Bonetti (Fra) 74 77.
152 Lara Katzy (Ger) 71 81.
153 Ann Lindner (Ger) 75 78, Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry) 76 77, Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) 78 75.
Other Scots:
156 Julie Yang (Kings Acre) 75 81 (jt 20th).
157 Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) 82 75, Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 80 77 (jt 23rd).
159 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 78 81 (jt 37th).

161 Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick Dunskey) 78 83.
162 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 78 84.
166 Lauren Mackin (Majorca) 79 87.
167 Roseanne Niven (Crieff) 85 82.
174 Laura Murray (Alford) 87 87.
Retired (injured): Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 75 -.

To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Suzanne Cadden - Click to enlarge
Royal Musselburgh’s Sara Mathieson, Suzanne Cadden (Cardross),(pictured left) Louise Fleming (Strathaven) and Ranfurly Castle’s Helen Abram were the four qualifiers from a field of 100 at today’s (Wed) SLGA Regional Medal West Division Final at East Kilbride for the Grand Final at Crieff on Sunday, September 5th.
Sara Mathieson, Aberdeenshire women’s county champion last year and playing off six, had the lowest net return of 69 in the Silver Division, finishing two shots ahead of West of Scotland's Suzanne Cadden (Cardross) whose better inward half off five of a handicap gained her the second qualifying spot from this division ahead of two other players who had net 71s: Joyce Chalmers (East Kilbride) (9) and Ruth Pryce (Vale of Leven) (14).
In the Bronze Division, Louise Fleming, playing off 22, had a five-stroke victory with a net 69. The other qualifier in this section, Helen Abram (Ranfurly Castle) , playing off 22, had a net 74.
The women’s par was 73 and the CSS 74.

1st Sara Mathieson Royal Musselburgh 75 - 6 69 Q
2nd Suzanne Cadden Cardross 76 - 5 71 BIH Q
3rd Joyce Chalmers East Kilbride 80 - 9 71 BIH
4th Ruth Price Vale of Leven 85 - 14 71

1st Louise Fleming Strathaven 91 - 22 69 Q
2nd Helen Abram Ranfurly Castle 96 - 22 74
3rd Carol Bell Helensburgh 102 - 27 75 BIH Q
4th Lesley Donaldson Shotts 100 - 25 75

Q = qualifiers for Grand Medal Final at Crieff on 5 September (Helen Abram would have qualifed but is not available)

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Mearns Castle launch a new Website

New Website.

Mearns Castle Golf Academy today announces the launch of their new website. This is the first stage of what will be a more informative and interactive site than ever before. Over the next few months they will be adding a shopping cart so that lessons and gift vouchers can be purchased online, as well discussion forums for members to interact with each other.

Please click here to log on and have a look. http://www.mcgolfacademy.co.uk/

Pamela Pretswell is the leading Scot after Round 1 of the British Women's Open Strokeplay

Pamela Pretswell - Click to enlarge Pamela Pretswell (photo courtesy of Colin Farquharson) - click to enlarge

Curtis Cup Scot Pamela Pretswell kept up her recent good form to finish the opening day of the British Women’s Open Amateur Stroke-Play golf Championship at Tenby, South Wales in a share of fifth place.
The Bothwell Castle GC player from Hamilton, pipped for the Austrian women's title a couple of weeks ago, shot a level par of 72 in windy conditions for the early starters and would have been that bit closer to Chrisje De Vries (Netherlands) and Amy Boulden (Maesdu) – joint leaders on 68 – had she not bogeyed the 15th and 18th.
Pamela also ran up a double bogey 6 at the 11th but, on the bright side, she had a bag of five birdies: at the long first, the third, the 10th, the 13th, and the long 14th in halves of 36.
Former Scottish champion Renfrewshire's Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) and Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick Dunskey) all hit the 78 mark.
Alyson McKechin’s effort was a good effort indeed, considering she had a triple bogey 7 at the third and a double bogey 6 at the 18th in halves of 41 and 37.
Majorca-based Scot Lauren Mackin (Past Ranfurly Castle Member) had a 79, one shot ahead of recent Riccarton Rosebowl winner Jane Turner (Craigielaw)who had a horrendous outward half of 43, including a triple bogey 7 at the ninth.
Par 72
68 Chrisje De Vries (Ned), Amy Boulden (Maesdu).
70 Gillian O’Leary (Cork).
71 Lara Katzy (Ger).
72 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Laura Chemarin (Fra), Gemma Bradbury (Cottrell Park).
73 Marion Ricordeau (Fra), Charley Hull (Kettering), Tara Davies (Holyhead), Pia Halbig (Ger).
74 Camilla Hedberg (Spa), Nina Holleder (Ger), Alexandra Bonetti (Fra).
75 Lauren Taylor (Woburn), Julie Yang (Kings Acre), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Liebelei Lawrence (Gre), Ann Lindner (Ger), Klara Spilkova (Cze), Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale).
Selected scores:
77 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick Dunskey), Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa).
79 Lauren Mackin (Maj).
80 Jane Turner (Craigielaw).
81 Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies).
82 Rachael Watton (Mortonhall).
85 Roseanne Niven (Crieff).
87 Laura Murray (Alford).

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Kylie Walker shares 9th place after Round 1 of the Ladies Scottish Open

Kylie Walker -- Click to enlarge Kylie Walker -- Photo Courtesy of Colin Farquharson -- click to enlarge

England’s Trish Johnson fired a three-under par 69 at Archerfield Links in East Lothian to take a one stroke lead over Christel Boeljon and Stacy Lee Bregman at the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open, presented by EventScotland.

The leading Scots challenge came from Kylie Walker, Mhairi McKay, Lynn Kenny and Krystle Caithness, who all shot 73 to share ninth place with Frenchwoman Caroline Afonso.

Kylie was out in 36 and back in 37. The Ladies European Tour rookie has had a nervy start to the season but feels that she just needs one solid week to keep her Tour card.

69 Trish Johnson (England)
70 Christel Boeljon (Golf Team Holland), Stacy Lee Bregman (South Africa).
71 Stefania Croce (Italy), Anna Rossi (Italy), Nikki Garrett (Australia).
72 Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (France), Jeehae Lee (South Korea).
73 Kylie Walker (The Carrick on Loch Lomond), Caroline Afonso (France), Mhairi McKay (Aberdeen Asset Management), Lynn Kenny (Archerfield Links),
Krystle Caithness (Scotland).
Other Scots:
74 Vikki Laing (SCO), Pamela Feggans (SCO) 75 Kathryn Imrie (SCO)
77 Carly Booth (SCO), Heather MacRae (SCO)
81 Clare Queen (SCO)

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Susan Woods wins the SLGA Open Meeting at Banff

Susan Wood - Click to enlarge
Drumpellier’s Susan Wood (pictured above) made the long haul up to Banff for today’s Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association County Open Meeting at Duff House Royal – and it proved a very worthwhile trip.
Susan matched the par and CSS with a good round of 72 to head a field of 75. She pipped Lanarkshire's County Captain Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) by one stroke with Aberdeenshire women’s County Champion, Sammy Leslie (Westhill) third with a 77.
In the Silver Division handicap section, Anne Keddie (Ladies Panmure Barry) won the top prize with a net 68 off 15, a shot ahead of Lanarkshire County Vice Captain Fiona Scott (Bothwell Castle) who plays off five.(Fiona was 3rd in the Scratch Section with a 74 but was awarded the 2nd Net Prize)---- Lanarkshire Stars were 1,2 and 3 !!!--- WELL DONE
The two prizewinners in the Bronze Division were Nita Dervish-Uman (Kemnay) and Florence Allan (Kemnay).
Nita and Florence both had scratch 98s. Nita had the better inward half to win the scratch trophy and Florence’s net 66 off 32 won her the handicap award.
This is Duff House Royal Golf Club's Centenary Year.
Leading returns:
Par 72, CSS 72.
Silver Division – Scratch
72 Susan Wood (Drumpellier).
73 Lesley Lloyd (Hayston).

77 Sammy Leslie (Westhll).
Anne Keddie (Ladies Panmure Barry) (15) 68; Fiona Scott (Bothwell Castle) (5) 69; Jackie Green (Huntly) (17) 70; Jenny Pottery (Cathkin Braes) (7) better inward half, Claire Dingwall (Muir of Ord) (11) 71.
Bronze Division – Scratch
98 Nita Dervish-Uman (Kemnay) (better inward half).
Florence Allan (Nairn) (32) 66.

Monday, 16 August 2010

The British Strokeplay begins on Wednesday at Tenby

There will be 12 Scots in the British stroke-play field which is over four rounds at Tenby beginning on Wednesday :
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), Eilidh Briggs (Kiomacolm), Louise Kenney (Pitreavie), Lauren Mackin (Majorca), Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick Dunskey), Laura Murray (Alford), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Roseanne Niven (Crieff), Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Rachael Taylor (Germany), Jane Turner (Craigielaw), Rachael Watton (Mortonhall).

Milngavie Invitation Day Success

From L to R: Norma Gray, Janice Palmer, Susan O'Neill, Mary Smith, Ann Paton, Alicia Wilson, Katy MacAulay --- Click to enlarge

The Milngavie Ladies Section held an extremely successful Invitation Day on Sunday, August 15th.
25 members with 2 invited guests competed in a Tri-Am competition. The format was a stableford round, with the best 2 scores to count at each hole apart from the par 3s where all 3 scores were to count. There were also "nearest the pin in 2 shots" prizes, best front 9, best back 9, par 3 prize, 2s and a hidden hole. Thanks go to all the members who kindly donated these "fun prizes"
The weather was beautiful, the course was at its glorious best, and the buffet provided by Hugh and Ann was delicious.
All in all a marvellous day that was enjoyed by all and will be a permanent fixture in the calendar for the forseeable future.

1st Mary Smith with guests Ann Paton (Douglas Park) and Alicia Wilson (Clober)
2nd Susan O'Neill with guests Norma Gray (Douglas Park) and Janice Palmer (Douglas Park)
3rd Katy MacAulay with guests Joanne Scott (Cathkin Braes) and Sandra Kempson (Dornoch)

Thanks go to Anna Telfer for the report and photograph

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Kylie is Top Scot in Wales

South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace won the S4C Wales Women's Championship of Europe, thanks to a final round 70.
Pace bounced back from carding a double bogey 6 at the first hole to finish on six under par and take victory by three shots at the Conwy Golf Club.
Kylie Walker had a great 2 under par last round.
Par 288 (4x72)
282 Lee-Anne Pace (Rsa) 74 71 67 70
285 Melissa Reid (Eng) 76 68 73 68, Christel Boeljon (Ned) 71 72 71 71
286 Anne-Lise Caudal (Fra) 73 73 73 67
296 Kylie Walker (Sco) 80 71 75 70,
298 Vikki Laing (Sco) 70 74 80 74,
304 Heather Macrae (Sco) 79 73 78 74

Friday, 13 August 2010

Kylie makes the Cut in the Wales Ladies Championship at Conwy

Sweden’s Carin Koch shot a four under par 68 to edge one shot clear of the field at the halfway stage of the S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe at Conwy.
West of Scotland's Kylie Walker had a great 2nd round (1 under par) to make the half way cut.
Par 144 (2x72)
142 Carin Koch (Swe) 74 68
143 Christel Boeljon (Ned) 71 72
144 Vikki Laing (Sco) 70 74, Melissa Reid (Eng) 76 68

Other Scots:
151 Kylie Walker (Sco) 80 71,
152 Heather Macrae (Sco) 79 73,

Missed the Cut:
155 Krystle Caithness (Sco)79 76
159 Clare Queen (Sco) 81 78, Carly Booth (Sco) 82 77
160 Pamela Feggans (Sco) 79 81,

Audrey Thomson wins the Scottish Barnado's Scottish Grand Final

Audrey Thomson - winner if the Barnados Trophy - Click to enlarge
Ayrshire's Audrey Thompson (Loudoun Gowf) won the Barnardo's Scottish Grand Final at Arbroath today (Friday) in "photo finish" with Penny Maxwell (Strathmore) and Fay Rodenburg (Braehead)
With 31 Stableford points apiece in very windy conditons, the three players headed a field of 43 qualifiers from club eliminators all over Scotland. Audrey plays off four, Penny has 33 of a handicap amd Fay plays off 18. The scorecard play-off went to the last nine holes to decree that Audrey was the winner.
Then it was to last six holes before Penny was declared the runner-up with Fay third.
Daphne Brill (Murrayshall), who plays off 10, finished a close-up fourth with 30pt. Here again there was a card countback with other players on the 30pt mark and Daphne got the nod on the best back nine.
The CSS on the day was 75, reduction only.

British Girls Matchplay Results

To read the full report and and all the results from the British Girls Matchplay (1st and 2nd rounds Day 1 ) CLICK HERE

To read more on the British Girls Results (Day 2 etc --- Quarter Finals) CLICK HERE

To read more on the British Girls Results (Day 3 etc --- Semi's and Final) FINAL RESULTS

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Ladies from Beith win the Ranfurly Castle Tri Am Open Day


The Ranfurly Castle Ladies Open Day (tri-am) took place on Monday 9th August with 53 teams taking part. The winning team was from Beith golf club, the runner's up were a team led by Ranfurly Castle member Laura Cawte with 2 guests from Old Ranfurly.
The raffle raised the fantastic sum of £650 for a Breast Cancer charity called White Lily.

Leading Team Winners:
1st: Margaret Gardner, Anne White and Louise Woods - Beith - 64
2nd: Laura Cawte, Ranfurly Castle, Kate Thornton and Suzanne Smith - Old Ranfurly. - 66 last 3 3rd: Anita McMillan, Margot McLeod, Linda Dawson - Erskine - 66 last 6
4th: Carol Fell, Ranfurly Castle, Lynda Smith and Maggie Rutherford - Douglas Park -66 better inward.

August Medal Results from Ranfurly Castle

Played Wed 11 August 2010
31 Entries, CSS 76 (Reductions Only)

Silver Winner: Pam Roultson (17) 68
Runner-up: Vivien Howe (19) 76
Bronze Winner: Marilyn Mirner (30) 78
Runner-up: Vicky Rennie (32) 79
Scratch: Pam Roulston 85

Dual Day Medal
Played Sunday 8 August 2010
3 Entries, CSS 73
Silver Winner: Lesley Robertson (3) 71
Runner-up: Helen Craig (12) 74
Scatch: Lesley Robertson 74

Scottish Mixed Foursomes at Haggs Castle Golf Club -- Still time to enter.

This is a final call for entries for the Scottish Mixed Foursomes which is being held at Haggs Castle Golf Club on Sunday 12 September.
The closing date for this event is Monday 16 August.
Haggs Castle
is a parkland course not far from the centre of Glasgow and this year they are celebrating their Centenary.
This is an 18 hole stroke play mixed foursomes event with both scratch and nett prizes.
Please see the following entry form for more information. ENTRY FORM

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

D&A August County Medal over Ross Priory

Played Monday 9th August 2010, SSS 70, CSS 71,57 played
Scratch : Lynn McColl (Bearsden) 79
1st Silver : Ann Shanks (Dumbarton) 88-20-68
2nd Silver : Lynn McColl (Bearsden) 79-8-71
3rd Silver : Rachel McLelland (Balmore) 92-20-72
1st Bronze : Joyce McGregor (Windyhill) 91-22-69
2nd Bronze : Josephine Monaghan (Dumbarton) 91-21-70(BIH


British girls open amateur championship at Royal Belfast Golf Club

Three Scots – Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies), Hannah McCook (Abernethy) and Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) – made it through among the 64 qualifiers for the match-play stages of the British girls open amateur golf championship at bright but breezy Royal Belfast Golf Club today (Tuesday).
Eilidh Briggs hit the limit mark of 155 with scores of 77 and 78 and had a long wait until the end play before the LGU organisers and their computer decreed that two Spaniards and a French player who had totals of 155 but the poorest second rounds – 80, 80 and 81 – would be eliminated.
To read the full report and all the results go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Monday, 9 August 2010

British Girl's Championship-- 1st Round

Scotland’s Tartan Army of nine players in the field for the British girls open amateur golf championship could be reduced to two or three after tomorrow's second qualifying round at Royal Belfast Golf Club.
Only the leading 64 players out of 144 starters will go forward to the match-play stages and the forecast is that two rounds of 78 might just make it. Overnight those on the 78 mark are in joint 68th position.
That leaves only Scottish girls champion Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies) and Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) – both with five-over-par 75s – and Renfrewshire women’s champion Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), who scored 77 – within the “safety zone” barring disasters on the second day.
Hannah McCook (Abernethy) is walking the tightrope on 79 while Rachael Taylor (Hartl Golf Resort, Germany) must improve on her 80 while Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw), 83, and Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) and Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies), both with 84s, have the proverbial mountain to climb.
Gillian Simpson’s opening 99 has killed her hopes.
At the other end of the scoreboard, Alexandra Bonetti from Paris leads with a two-under-par 68 (two birdies and 16 pars) by one shot from Musselburgh-based Julie Yang whose 69 was unchallenged from noon until the French girl finished her round at 6.45pm.
The 15-year-old Maguire Curtis Cup twins had mixed luck. Leona had a 72 but Lisa a 79, which was one better than British women’s open champion Kelly Tidy from Bolton.
Lesley Atkins played tidly for a 75 (36-39). She bogeyed the third and fourth but came straight back with birdies at the fifth and sixth before she bogeyed the ninth.
She dropped shots at three of the par-3 inward holes, and ran up a double bogey 6 at the 15th. Bt she did birdied the 13th with an 8ft putt.
Rachael Watton took a while to warm up. She bogeyed the first, second and fourth before she got into her stride and birdied the fifth and eighth to be out in a promising 36.
Then she made a mess of the first three holes of the inward half - a bogey at the 10th, a triple bogey 6 at the short 11th and another bogey at the 12th.
But Rachel is not a quitter and, true to form, she hit back with a 2 at the short 14th - then dropped a shot at the 15th - but birdied the 16th - dropped a shot at the 17th - before finished with a birdie 4 at the long last hole.
A roller-coaster ride, indeed over the last five holes.
Eilidh Briggs' 77 was made up of steady halves of 38 and 39. She took started slowly with bogeys at the first, second and fourth, but, like Rachael Watton, Eilidh also settled to birdied the fifth and seventh. Bogeys at the sixth and ninth, owever, put her out in three over the card. She then had a bad run after the turn with bogeys at the 11t, 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th, before finished with a birdie at the last.
Rachael Taylor had halves of 43 and 37 for an 80 which included a quadruple bogey 8 at the third. She birdied the sixth and 18th.
Hannah McCook had a good outward half of 37 but spoiled it with 42 homefor a 79.
Gabrielle MacDonald had halves of 41 and 42 for an 83. She had back to back triple bogeys at the 11th and 12th. Her only birdie came at the 10th.
Alyson McKechin was out in 41 and home in 43 for an 84 while Ailsa Summers hit the 84 mark the other way round, 43 out, 43 back.

Par 70. Yardage 5876
68 Alexandra Bonetti (Fra)
69 Julie Yang (SKo)
71 Bronte Law (Eng), Noemi Jimenez (Spa).
72 Camilla Hedberg (Spa), Katharina Sohnlein (Ger), Leona Maguire (Ire), Louise Ridderstrom (Swe).
Other Scots
75 Lesley Atkins (Sco), Rachael Watton (Sco)
77 Eilidh Briggs (Sco),
79 Hannah McCook (Sco),
80 Rachael Taylor (Sco).
83 Gabrielle MacDonald (Sco).
84 Alyson McKechin (Sco), Ailsa Summers (Sco)..
99 Gillian Simpson (Sco),
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report

Want a great day out --- Go to Rowallan Castle Golf Club

Glasgow Accies Rugby Coach John Beattie with Lynda Smith (Douglas Park) Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle and Douglas Park)) Marie Bryce (Douglas Park) and Barbara Wilson (Kilmacolm)- Click to enlarge

Yesterday (Sunday 8th August) Glasgow Accies Rugby Club held a Golf Outing at Rowallan Castle Golf Club in Kilmaurs Ayrshire
The winning team on the day was the ladies team above. The day raised approximately £4000 to help fund the Glasgow Accies Rugby Team members who are coached by Ex Scottish Internationalist John Beattie, to travel throughout Scotland to play their matches. Niall Campbell the Managing Director of the new Rowallan Castle Golf Course kindly allowed play on this fantastic new course with all proceeds going to help the Club

Rowallan Castle Golf Club -- Click Here

The stunning Rowallan Castle Golf Club is now open for full play.(Click on Logo to see More) --- In fact Troon Ladies have got their Golf Outing there next week

Eight times European No 1 golfer and 2010 Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie has chosen one of the finest locations in the heart of picturesque Ayrshire to design his first course in the British Isles

Rowallan Castle Golf Club

Sophie Gustafson wins the Irish Open and Kylie finishes with a 73

Sophie Gustafson shot a superb final-round 66 to win a thrilling AIB Ladies Irish Open by a single shot at Killeen Castle.
The Swede took advantage of perfect scoring conditions to finish the tournament on 12 under par and edge ahead of Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord and South Korean Kim In-kyung
Par 216 (3x72)
204 Sophie Gustafson (Swe) 70 68 66
205 Marianne Skarpnord (Nor) 70 66 69, In Kyung Kim (Kor) 69 66 70
206 Melissa Reid (Eng) 68 72 66
207 Katherine Hull (Aus) 73 70 64
218 Catriona Matthew (Sco) 75 73 70,
219 Carly Booth (Sco) 69 75 75,
220 Krystle Caithness (Sco) 73 69 78
221 Kylie Walker (Sco) 74 74 73,
222 Vikki Laing (Sco) 74 74 74,

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Jane Turner wins the Riccarton Rosebowl at Hamilton

Jane Turner receives the Riccarton Rosebowl from Hamilton Golf Club ladies captain Elaine Johnstone. Image courtesy of Hamilton Golf Club. -- Click to enlarge

Scotland international Jane Turner (Craigielaw), the British universities' women's stroke-play champion, returned to form by winning the Riccarton Rosebowl, a 36-hole SLGA Order of Merit event, by two strokes at Hamilton today. West of Scotland's Susan Wood was 3rd by virtue of a poorer 2nd round beaten by Rebecca Wilson.

143 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 71 72.
145 Rebecca Wilson (Grange) 73 72, Susan Wood (Drumpellier) 71 74.
146 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 71 75.
148 Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) 73 75, Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) 72 76.
152 Jennifer Linklater (Largs) 78 74, Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 75 77.
155 Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) 83 72, Sammy Leslie (Westhill) 77 78.
156 Angela Devine (Hamilton) 77 79.
Other West of Scotland Players:
157 Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) 78 79, Emma Caddow (Strathaven) 77 80.
158 Susan McGrenaghan (Mount Ellen) 78 80, Carol Whyte (Windyhill) 78 80,
159 Lauren D'Ambrosio (Carluke) 80 79, Patricia Davidson (Erskine) 77 82, 160 Lucy McNulty (Dalmally]) 80 80.
163 Jenny Jenkins (Ralston) 79 84
167 Elaine Cuthill (Lanark) 86 81, Jennifer Allan (Hamilton) 82 85
169 Jenny Potter (Cathkin Braes) 85 84, Hannah Robb (Strathmore) 81 88.
183 Lindsay Mathie (Windyhill) 87 96.
187 Sandra Littlejohn (Erskine) 96 91.
NR Ruth McIntyre (Windyhill) 86 NR.
To read all the results go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Saturday, 7 August 2010

The SGU Newsletter --- August 2010 Issue

500 Years of Golfing History Successfully Tees Off at the National Library of Scotland

The history of golf is the focus of a unique exhibition at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, with the earliest known rules of the game featuring alongside many of the game's rarest artefacts.

A Swing Through Time exhibition was launched to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Open Golf Championship at St Andrews, and showcases some of the most iconic items in the history of the game. Over 200 items are on display, including letters, diaries, photographs, account books, portraits, trophies, written club records and early golf clubs and golf balls.

The exhibition features items from as far back as the 15th century, highlighting the significant changes that altered the course of the game and the influences which guided its destiny, turning it into the game we know and love today.

Amongst the many golfing gems are the earliest known written rules drawn up in 1744 by the world's oldest golf club, The Company of Gentlemen Golfers, as well as the club's first ever minute book and the silver golf club donated by Edinburgh Town Council as a prize for its competition at the world-famous Leith Links.

The National Library of Scotland's Olive Geddes, curator of A Swing Through Time, said: "It is fantastic to be able to bring together, for the first time, some of the most important items relating to the formation and development of the game in Scotland. The origins of golf are a matter of mystery and controversy and only by piecing together the evidence of early documents can we gain a true insight into the earliest ages of the sport.

"The exhibition tells the story of golf over 500 years from its roots as a frivolous pastime, frowned upon by the authorities as dangerous and a nuisance, banned by both Parliament and the Kirk, through to its growing acceptance among the nobility and its popularity among the wider population."

A Swing Through Time exhibition is open to the public until Sunday, 14 November, at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Entry is free. For further information log onto www.nls.uk

Keep visiting scottishgolf.org for all the latest news, results, offers and information from the Scottish Golf Union.

The SGU Team

Kylie Walker makes the cut in the Irish Open

Krystle Caithness lived up to her name with a sparkling second-round 69 for a 36-hole tally of 142 and a share of 14th place going into the third and final round of the AIB Irish Ladies Open at Killarney.
Carly Booth dropped back with a 75 for 144 to be joint 29th.
Catriona Matthew (73-148), Vikki Laing (74-148) and Kylie Walker (74-148) all made the cut by the skin of their teeth on the limit mark.
Janice Moodie (73-151) and Lynn Kenny (76-158) missed the cut.
In Kyung Kim (South Korea) leads with a 66 for 135 (nine under par).
Two Swedes and a Norwegian are on her tail - Linda Wessberg (66-136) and Anna Nordqvist (67-136), plus Norways Marianne Skarpnord (66-136) and there are three more Swedish players behind them.
Par 144 (2x72)
135 In Kyung Kim (South Korea) 69 66.
136 Linda Wessberg (Sweden) 70 66, Anna Nordqvist (Sweden) 69 67, Marianne Skarpnord (Norway) 70 66.
137 Pernilla Lindberg (Sweden) 71 66.
138 Sophie Gustafson (Sweden) 70 69, Maria Hjorth (Sweden) 67 71.
142 Krystle Caithness 73 69 (jt 14th).
144 Carly Booth 69 75 (jt 29th).
148 Catriona Matthew 75 73, Vikki Laing 74 74, Kylie Walker 74 74 (jt 55th).
MISSED THE CUT (148 or worse)
151 Janice Moodie 78 73.
158 Lynn Kenny 82 76.


Played at Hamilton Golf Club
8.00 /12.00 Sue Dalrymple (Craigielaw) (handicap 13)
8.00/12.00 Lindsay Mathie Windyhill 12
8.10 / 12.10 Ruth McIntyre Windyhill 12
8.10/12.10 Lauren D'Ambrosio Carluke 11
8.20 / 12.20 Sandra Littlejohn Erskine 11
8.20/ 12.20 Jenni Allan Hamilton 8
8.30 / 12.30 Katie Reid Monifieth 8
8.30/12.30 Mhairi McKay West Kilbride 7
8.40 / 12.40 Emma Bisset Elie and Earlsferry 7
8.40/ 12.40 Jessica Meek Carnoustie 7
8.50 / 12.50 Jenny Potter Cathkin 7
8.50/ 12.50 Louise McGillivray Banchory 7
9.00 / 13.00 Hannah Scott Broomieknowe 6
9.00/ 13.00 Ashley Smith Monifieth 6
9.10 / 13.10 Susan McGrenaghan Mount Ellen 6
9.10/ 13.10 Lucy McNulty Dalmally 6
9.20 / 13.20 Jenny Jenkins Ralston 5
9.20/ 13.20 Jennifer Linklater Largs 5
9.30 / 13.30 Carol Whyte Windyhill 5
9.30/ 13.30 Clara Young North Berwick 5
9.40 / 13.40 Emma Caddow Strathaven 5
9.40/ 13.40 Angela Devine Hamilton 5
9.50 / 13.50 Patricia Davidson Erskine 5
9.50/ 13.50 Jordana Graham Southerness 4
10.00 / 14.00 Louise MacGregor Falkirk 3
10.00/ 14.00 Samantha Leslie Westhill 3
10.10 / 14.10 Rebecca Wilson Grange 2
10.10/ 14.10 Elaine Cuthill Lanark 2
10.20 / 14.20 Anne Laing Vale of Leven 1
10.20/ 14.20 Lauren Mackin Majorca 1
10.30 / 14.30 Ann Ramsay Kirriemuir 1
10.30/ 14.30 Claire Hargan Mortonhall 1
10.40 / 14.40 Megan Briggs Kilmacolm 0
10.40/ 14.40 Susan Wood Drumpellier 0
10.50 / 14.50 Clare-Marie Carlton Fereneze 0
10.50 / 14.50 Laura Murray Alford +1
10.50 / 14.50 Pamela Pretswell Bothwell +2.5

Unfortunately the Over 50's Draw (to be played over 18 holes)is Cancelled due to the lack of Support

Ladies Medal -- Douglas Park - What to wear in the Rain !

Helen Divers with a shower cap !! --- Click to reveal
Guess Who is prepared for the rain in Douglas Park's Medal by clicking on the photo above --- Her name is in red below !!

Ladies Medal 9 ( Granny Prize) Played 06/08/2010 SSS:72 CSS:72
1st 82-10=72 Carol Fell
2nd 87-13=74 Sally Macfarlane
3rd 94-15=79 Patricia Richmond
1st 104-27=77 Helen Divers
2nd 110-31=79 Sheena Gardiner
3rd 111-28=83 Margaret Brodie
Scratch : Carol Fell 82
Winner of Granny Prize : Sally Macfarlane

Friday, 6 August 2010

Renfrewshire August County Medal over Gourock

Played 5th August SSS 73, CSS 73
0 - 12
1st Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle) 83 - 11 - 72
2nd June Lockhart (Gleddoch) 82 - 9 - 73
3rd Denise Cowan (Ranfurly Castle) 81 - 7 - 74

13 +
1st Vivien Young (Cochrane Castle) 93 - 18 - 75 acb
2nd Samantha Cowan (Cochrane Castle) 89 - 14 - 75
3rd Kate Thornton (Old Ranfurly) 97 - 18 - 79

Best Gross : Liz Stewart (Greenburn) 80

To read the full report and see some photos ---- GO TO THE RLCGA WEBSITE

Scotland Girls are Runners Up in the Home Internationals

The Scottish Girls Team -- Click to enlarge - Courtesy of Colin Farquharson

England stormed to victory in the Girls’ Home Internationals at Bangor, Northern Ireland when they defeated Wales 9-0 on the final day of the matches.
This was their third consecutive win in the championship and the ninth time in the last 11 years that they have won the Stroyan Cup. Scotland were runners-up for the second year in a row. They beat Ireland 5½ -3½ to finish with two wins to their credit.


Foursomes (3-0)
Hayley Davis and Georgia Hsll bt Chloe Williams and Sara Rees-Evans 2 holes.
Alexandra Peters and Elizabet Mallett bt Amy Boulden and India Friswell 5 and 3.
Heidi Baek and Emily Taylor bt Katie Bradbury and Rachel Lewis 2 and 1.
Singles (6-0)
Davis bt Boulden 2 and 1.
Mallett bt Bradbury 1 hole.
Emily Taylor bt Williams 3 and 2.
Bronte Law bt Rees-Evans 1 hole.
Peters bt Kelly Miller 7 and 5.
Lauren Taylor bt Lewis 4 and 3.

IRELAND 3 1/2, SCOTLAND 5 1/2Foursomes (1 ½-1 ½)
Emma O’Driscoll and Laura Grant beat Eilidh Briggs and Rachael Watton 5 and 4.
Laura McCarthy and Amy Farrell lost to Hannah McCook and Gabrielle MacDonald 1 hole.
Paula Grant and Jessica Carty halved with Alyson McKechin and Rachael Taylor.
Singles (4-2)
O’Driscoll lost to Watton 4 and 2.
Carty lost to Lesley Atkins 4 and 3.
Laura Grant beat McKechin 1 hole..
Sarah Helly beat MacDonald.2 holes
Anna Courtney lost to Ailsa Summers 2 holes.
McCarthy lost to McCook 7 and 5.
1 England 3pt.
2 Scotland 2pt.
3 Wales 1 pt.
4 Ireland 0pt.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Scotland beaten by England at the Girls Home Internationals

Scotland’s challenge for the Girls Home Internationals title nosedived on Day 2 at Bangor Golf Club, Northern Ireland today.
After a promising morning, when they shared the foursomes with title-holders England, the Scots had no answer to the skill of their opponents in the singles.
England won five out of six for a 6 ½-2 ½ victory to make them overwhelming favourites to win the Stroyan Cup for a third year in a row
Foursomes (1 ½-1 ½)
Eilidh Briggs and Rachael Watton beat Alexandra Peters and Elizabeth Mallett 3 and 1.
Hannah McCook and Gabrielle MacDonald halved with Lauren Taylor and Georgia Hall.
Lesley Atkins and Alyson McKechin lost to Heidi Baek and Emily Taylor 2 and 1
Singles (1-5)
Watton lost to Davis 1 hole.
Rachael Taylor lost to Baek Watton lost to Davis 1 hole.
Rachael Taylor lost to Baek 4 and 3.
McCook lost to Hall 6 and 4.
Ailsa Summers lost to Bronte Law 2 and 1.
MacDonald beat Emily Taylor 2 holes.
Briggs lost to Lauren Taylor 8 and 6.

To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website