Friday 28 February 2014


Scotland's three qualifiers for the match-play stages all fell at the first hurdle today at the Spanish women's amateur golf championship at El Saler Golf Club
Paula Grant, the sixth seed from Ireland, won by 2 and 1 against Lauren Whyte from St Andrews, the No 27 qualifier.
Scottish champion Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), the No 21 qualifier, went down by 3 and 2 to the 12th qualifier, Italy's V Carta.
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), the 26th qualifier, lost by 5 and 4 to the seventh seed, A Olarra (Spain).

N Madsen (Denmark) beat A Meyssonier (France) 4 and 3.
A Herbaut (France) beat N Escuriola (Spain) 3 and 2.
L Migneaux (France) beat S Banon (Spain) 3 and 2.
C Ryan (Ireland) beat B Amoros (Spain) 8 and 7.
D Weber (Netherlands) beat A Carnet (France) 1 hole
V Carta (Italy) beat A McKechin (Scotland) 3 and 2.
A Dimmock (England) beat M Martin (Spain) 2 and 1.
M Veysseyre (France) beat A Valenzuela (Switzerland) 1 hole
S Aubert (France) beat C Ofrecio (Spain) 5 and 4.
K Metraux (Switzerland) beat E Pedersen (Denmark) at 19th.
A Van Dam (Netherlands) bear C Sanjuan (Spain) 3 and 2.
P Grant (Ireland) beat L Whyte (Scotland) 2 and 1.
A Olarra (Spain) beat E Briggs (Scotland) 5 and 4.
A Peters (Englan) beat L Sobron (Spain) at 19th.
G Cowley (England) beat M Wolde (Norway) 3 and 2.
L Strom (Sweden) beat V Martinez (Spain) 3 and 1.


All three Scots in the field - national champion Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Kilmacolm's Eilidh Briggs, and Lauren Whyte (St Andrews) - figured among the 32 qualifiers for the match-play stages of the Spanish women's amateur golf championship at El Saler Golf Club.
Alyson made it through in 21st place on 155 (78-77)
Eilidh (77-79) and Lauren Whyte (77-79) both finishing the stroke-play qualifying on the 156 mark. Eilidh was named the No 26 qualifier and Lauren the 27th.
It was a Scandinavian 1-2 at the top of the qualifying list with Nanna Koerstx Madsen (Denmark) earning the No 1 berth with a level par tally of 144 (69-75) ahead of the No 2 seed, Sweden's Linea Strom (74-71).
Ireland have two qualifiers in Paula Grant (78-72 for 150) and Chloe Ryan (77-74 for 151).
England have three in Curtis Cup selection contenders Gabriella Cowley (78-75 for 153) and Annabel Dimmock (77-77 for 154) as well as Alexandra Peters (79-77).

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Ladies Tartan Tour 2014 - Official Announcement

The PGA in Scotland will be a trail-blazer in 2014 when it takes the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Ladies Tartan Tour under its umbrella.
It will be the first of the PGA's seven regions to run both men's and women's professional circuits from its headquarters at Gleneagles.
It is a feather in the cap of Brian Mair, appointed PGA in Scotland secretary last year, to lead the way forward. He said:
"The PGA in Scotland is committed to providing all our Members with professional, competitive playing opportunities throughout the country and we very much look forward to supporting Ladies golf during 2014 and beyond.
"This represents an important step in our quest to promote the game to all sectors of the community and to reach as wide an audience as possible".
The PLGC Ladies Tartan Tour Director is PGA teaching professional and qualified Rules Referee Nicola Melville. She cut her teeth on the inaugural Paul Lawrie domestic circuit last year when she also worked as a referee on the PGA EuroPro Tour.
Said Nicola:
"We are delighted to have the sponsorship from the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre again and look forward to working with the PGA in Scotland to support ladies golf in Scotland"
Said Paul Lawrie:
“We’re very happy to continue our support from 2013 of what was formerly the Scottish Ladies Open Tour. The new schedule and improved structure will mean some strong venues and the chance for the ladies to play for very healthy prizefunds.
"By supporting the Ladies Tartan Tour we are effectively mirroring the support we offer to their male counterparts. Hopefully it can provide an effective training ground where the girls can get used to the rigour of competition and help prepare them for the next step.”
The tour is open to all female professionals and amateurs with single-figure handicaps. It is not restricted to Scottish-based players.
There will be five 36-hole stroke-play tournaments, each over two days, at high profile Scottish venues - Fairmont St Andrews, Murcar Links, Dundonald Links, Macdonald Cardrona and Marriott Dalmahoy.
Each will have a prizefund of £6,000.
The first event will be held at Fairmont St Andrews in April and the last - the Tour Championship - at Marriott Dalmahoy in September when Heather MacRae, a Gleneagles Hotel staff pro, will be defending the handsome trophy, donated by Aberdeen hotel owner Stewart Spence.
Paul Lawrie has been instrumental in the Ladies Tartan Tour switching its emphasis from one-round to 36-hole events.
"We want to provide a platform for the lady pros and amateurs to prepare for the day when they tackle the Q School and beyond by getting them used to playing two-round tournaments," said Paul.
"Nothing wrong with 18-hole events but a different mindset is required by a player for competitions over two rounds or more. That is one of the reasons why I started the Paul Lawrie Invitational at Deeside on the men's Tartan Tour which is dominated by one-day pro-ams."
A total of 82 competitors, including some from the Continent and England, played on the only Scotland-based lady pro and leading amateur circuit in its first season. The hope is that more lady pros and low-handicap amateurs, keen to gain experience of competing at this level, from outwith Scotland will be attracted North of the Border by the 2014 schedule.


TITLE: Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Ladies' Tartan Tour.
In association with the PGA in Scotland

FORMAT: Five x 36-hole stroke-play tournaments, each over two days.
Open to all female professionals and amateurs with a single-figure handicaps

Tournament entry fee: £75 per event.

PGA members will be able to enter directly through the PGA in Scotland website but not
for the time being until the procedure is set up
and in place, ready to function.
Other players will need to phone the PGA in Scotland office at Gleneagles on
01764 661840 (ENTRIES OPEN SOON).

Membership of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Ladies Tartan Tour
PGA Professionals: No fee
Non-PGA Professionals: £70
Amateurs: £40

Schedule (all 36-hole events)

Prizefunds: £6,000 per tournament

14-15: Fairmont St Andrews
8-9: Murcar Links
18-19: Dundonald Links
25-26: Macdonald Cardrona
10-11: Marriot Dalmahoy (Tour Championship)

Saturday 1 February 2014


Stirling Universities and West of Scotland's Eilidh Briggs faded from a joint third position at the start of play to finish tied seventh in the Portuguese women's open amateur golf championship over 72 holes at Montado Golf Resort, Costa Azul.
It was the toughest day of the four for scoring as Eilidh explained:
"There was about a two-club wind for most of the round and due to the way the course is positioned it was usually a tough cross wind.
The Kilmacolm GC member had rounds 73, 71, 71 and 77 for a four-over-par total of 292, the same aggregate as Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) (78-70-70-74) who did so well on the recent Florida Orange Blossom Tour where she finished runner-up in "The Sally" and won the Jones-Doherty Challenge Cup match-play tournament.
Briggs, Dimmock and Ireland's Mary Doyle (78-73-72-69) finished seven shots behind the winner, Spain's Silvia Banon Ibanez.
Scottish champion Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) tied for 11th place on 293 with scores of 74, 74, 70 and 75.
On the same mark were England's Bethan Popel (72-74-71-76) and Ireland's Emma O'Driscoll (73-74-68-78).
Irish close champion Paula Grant finished 15th on 295 with rounds of 77, 71, 72 and 75.
St Andrews' Lauren Whyte (St Regulus), the third Scot in the international field, finished joint 33rd on 304 with rounds of 76, 81, 71 and 76.

Montado Golf Resort, Costa Azul.
Par 288 (4x72)
285 Silvia Banon Ibanez (Spa) 69 69 72 75
286 Gabriella Cowley (Eng) 71 74 74 70
287 Natalia Escuriola Martinez (Spa) 74 70 71 72
288 Inci Mehmet (Eng) 70 71 74 73
289 Luna Sobron (Spa) 74 68 68 79, Virginia Elena Carta (Ita) 72 69 74 74

292 Annabel Dimmock (Eng) 78 70 70 74, Eilidh Briggs (Sco) 73 71 71 77, Mary Doyle (Ire) 78 73 72 69 (T7)
293 Alyson McKechin (Sco) 74 74 70 75, Emma O'Driscoll (Ire) 73 74 68 78, Bethan Popel (Eng) 72 74 71 76 (T11)
295 Paula Grant (Ire) 77 71 72 75 (15th)
296 Chloe Williams (Wal) 78 78 68 72 (T16)
298 Sarah-Jane Boyd (Eng) 76 73 74 75 (T19)
300 Rochelle Morris (Eng) 77 75 70 78 (T23)
302 Lucy Goddard (Eng) 73 74 78 77, Olivia Mehaffey (Ire) 73 80 73 76 (T26)
304 Lauren Whyte (Sco) 76 81 71 76 (T33)
308 Becky Harries (Wal) 76 76 78 78 (T40)