ATKINS OUSTS DEFENDING CHAMPION ALYSON MCKECHIN
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Lesley Atkins (Gullane) knocked out defending champion, Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), by 2 and 1 to make it through to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Ladies’ Championship at Prestwick.
The 19-year-old claimed it was a career best win and her reward is a last eight match against Kilmacolm’s Eilidh Briggs, who will be playing for GB and Ireland in next month’s Curtis Cup at St Louis Country Club.
Two down at the turn, Atkins, who is in her first year at Florida International University, drew level at the 14th and then crucially made a birdie at the 16th to edge one ahead. A bogey at the 17th was good enough to win both the hole and the match.
“I was nervous at the start and towards the end,” she admitted. “I’m loving my time in Florida and definitely feel my best golf is yet to come.”
Teenager Connie Jaffrey, the leading strokeplay qualifier, continued an impressive run through to the quarter-finals. Level par in the first round, the 17-year-old Scottish Girls’ Champion defeated her Troon Ladies’ clubmate Jane Finnie by 6 and 5 and was then three under par in ousting Hannah McCook (Grantown-On-Spey) by 5 and 4 at the last 16 stage.
In the second round, Jaffrey won the first two holes in par and then had a sparkling run – birdie, birdie, eagle – from the seventh to turn for home with the five hole advantage. The three at the ninth was quite straightforward – a drive, rescue club to five feet and a single putt.
In the quarter-finals, Jaffrey will face the 2012 Scottish Girls’ Champion, Lauren Whyte – the St Regulus youngster advanced with a 4 and 2 win over Milngavie’s Nichola Ferguson.
Megan Briggs, the older of the Kilmacolm sisters, kept up her hopes of repeating her 2009 triumph with a comfortable 5 and 3 victory over Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) and she now meets Rachel Walker (Dumfries and County).
The last of the quarter-finals is Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie) versus Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw), who won an all East Lothian tie 2 and 1 against last year’s beaten finalist, Clara Young (North Berwick).
110th SCOTTISH WOMEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP Prestwick Golf Club.
Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) beat Jane Finnie (Troon Ladies) 6 and 5.
Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) beat Louise MacGregor (Glenbervie) 1 hole.
Nichola Ferguson (Milngavie) beat Cara Thompson (Royal Dornoch) 2 and 1.
Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) beat Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) 4 and 2.
Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) beat Katie Wright (Stranraer) 7 and 6.
Lesley Atkins (Gullane) beat Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore) 4 and 2.
Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) beat Rachel Polson (Peterculter) 5 and 4.
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) beat Lauren D'Ambrosio (Carluke) 5 and 4
Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) beat Eilidh Watson (Muckhart) 2 and 1
Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) beat Jordana Graham (Southerness) 7 and 6
Karen Marshall (Baberton) beat Noni Stephen (Wentworth) 1 hole.
Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co) beat Claire Robertson (Carnoustie Ladies) at 19th.
Clara Young (North Berwick) beat Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) at 20th
Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) beat Susan Wood (Drumpellier) 4 and 3.
Hazel MacGarvie (Troon Ladies) beat Elaine Moffat (St Regulus) 6 and 4.
Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) beat Jess Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 3 and 2.
Jaffrey beat McCook 5 and 4.
Whyte beat Ferguson 4 and 2.
Atkins beat McKechin 2 and 1.
E Briggs beat McWilliam 4 and 3.
M Briggs beat McIntosh 5 and 3.
Walker beat Marshall 5 and 4.
MacDonald beat Young 2 and 1.
Summers beat MacGarvie 3 and 2
8.30 Connie Jaffrey v Lauren Whyte
8.40 Lesley Atkins v Eilidh Briggs
8.50 Megan Briggs v Rachel Walker
9.00 Gabrielle MacDonald v Ailsa Summers
SEMI-FINALS at 1.30 and 1.50pm.
SATURDAY FINAL (18 holes) 9am
Carol Whyte (Milngavie) beat Isla Moncrieff (Pitlochry) 1 hole.
Katie Reid (Monifieth) beat Nicola Robertson (Stirling) 5 and 3.
Heather Munro (Monifieth) beat Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe) 3 and 2.
Kirsten Brown (Strathaven) beat Linzi Allan (West Kilbride) 2 and 1.
Jillian Farrell (Cardross) beat Jenny Potter (Cathkin Braes) 1 hole
Tara Mactaggart (Minto) beat Ruth Rankin (Lanark) 4 and 3.
Alison McBride (Harburn) beat Ellie Bryce (Strathaven) 1 hole
Emma Hale (Troon Ladies) beat Joanne Free (Gullane) 4 and 2.
Whyte beat Reid at 20th.
Munro beat Brown 3 and 2.
Mactaggart beat Farrell 2 holes
Hale beat McBride 3 and 1.
9.20 Carol Whyte v Heather Munro
9.30 Tara Mactaggart v Emma Hale.
FINAL TO TEE OFF AT 2.10PM
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