Sunday, July 31, 2011


Liz Stewart, Carol Whyte and Tracy Masterton at Carnoustie - Click to enlarge

Your Webmaster has returned to a damp Glasgow and she enjoyed her day at Carnoustie on the 3rd day of the Women's British Open.
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Carnoustie - 3rd Round of the 2011 Women's British Open


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Yani Tseng wins the British Open

Yani Tseng, 22 year old Florida-based player from Taipei, wrote herself into the golfing history books at Carnoustie today when she strolled to a second successive victory in the Ricoh Women’s British Open championship.
She thus became the youngest ever golfer, male or female, to win five Major golf titles.
In women’s pro golf, the record had been set by the legendary Patty Berg as long ago as 1943 when she was 25 years old.
Defending champion Yani started the final day at Carnoustie at 13-under-par, two shots behind the surprise leader, another 22-year-old, Germany’s Caroline Masson who has been a pro for only 20 months.
Within three holes, Tseng had draw level with Masson and by the eighth, she had surged two shots clear, winning in the end by four strokes with a closing 69 for 16-under-par 272.
Yan Tseng - Courtesy of Colin Farquharson
The first prize was £239,047 but the importance of winning a fifth major at such a record pace probably meant more than the money to Yani Tseng.
“To win the Ricoh Women’s British Open in Scotland – the Home of Golf – is really special and for it to be my fifth major, faster than anyone else, also makes this a very special day in my life,” she said.
“I not only feel really happy, I feel it is an honour for me to achieve my fifth major in Scotland.
“I played really consistently today and I just had fun. But I was a little nervous before I teed off. My stomach was hurting and I felt really nervous. But after the first tee, I felt really good. I just needed to be patient.”
Tani began her momentous round on a low note – a bogey 5 – but she soon picked up a full head of steam to leave the hapless Caroline Masson trailing in her wake.
Tseng birdied the third and the sixth, reaching the turn in one-under 35.
A birdied at the 11th made her 15 under par for the tournament and opened up a four-shot lead over the field with Scotland’s Catriona Matthew moving into second place.
Back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th, brought Yani down to earth, but she birdied the long 14th to get back to 14 under par and a three-shot lead.
The World No 1 showed her class by covering the last five holes in three under par by following up that 14th hole bitrdie with birdies at te long 17th and also the 18t in halves of 35 and 34.
“I took a nine-iron for my second shot at the 18th. I was thinking coming down that hole about Jean Van de Velde (the Frenchman who lost a three-shot lead and the 1999 men’s Open down Carnoustie’s famed last hole.
“I too had a three-shot lead so on the tee I said to myself that I’d better hit a good drive to win the tournament. So I did hit a good drive, then a nine-iron. I feel a little bit juiced up at the time and so I hit that nine iron something like 135 yards. It was a great shot to set up a birdie 3 finish.”
Yani has now won four of the last ladies’ majors. Is she think already of next season’s Majors?
“Yeah, always the US Open is one of the tournaments I want to win. To win the US Open will be my goal next year. But I just want to keep improving myself, skill, mental and how I feel.
“There’s a long way to go.”
In the end it was a fast-finishing American, Brittany Lang, who took the £149,850 prize for second place. She had four very stead, very good rounds of 70, 70, 69 and 67 to finis four behind Tseng wit a 12-under-par total fo 276.
Brittany birdied the 11th, 12th, 14th and 17th in an inward half of 32 which saw her climb into second place over the closing holes of the championship. So what did Lang think about finishing second to the World No 1 winning her fifth Major?
“It’s unbelievable. I couldn’t even imagine being 22 years old and winning five majors and all the other events she has won apart from the majors. She’s sp mentally strong and she’s so aggressive and confident. Yani’s just to it all. It’s pretty cool, cool to watch.”
Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson, like Brittany Lang, came like an express train up the leaderboard at the finish. She birdied the 14th, 17th and 18th for a 68 to finish third on 11-under-par 277. Ger earlier rounds were 68, 71 and 70.
She earned £104,895.
Amy Yang (South Korea) also improved late in the day with a 67 to finish fourth on 10 under par 278.
Joint fifth on nine-under-par 209 were overnight leader Caroline Masson and Catriona Matthew. Caroline had rounds of 68, 65, 68 and 78 – a sad finish to a great tournament for the 22-year-old in only her second year as a pro and competing in only her second major.
She bogeyed the second, third and seventh to turn in 39, having begun to fall farther and farther behind Tseng, her playing partner.
The German player then had a nightmare run of bogey-bogey-double bogey from te 10th and yet another bogey at the 15 saw her descend to her lowest point of seven under par, having started the day at 15 under.
But Caroline has got guts. She never showed any signs of distress, deserving to finish on a high with birdies at the 17th and 18th, her first of the round.
Which perhaps explained why she was so upbeat and far from downhearted in her post-championship interviews.
“I did my best, tried to play all the shots that had worked so well for me and put me in the lead but it just wasn’t my day. But I will learn from it. I will learn from playing that last round with such a great player as Yani is,” said Caroline.
Catriona Matthew, winner of the Ricoh Women’s British Open two years ago at Royal Birkdale, birdied te sixth and ninth to get to 11 under par and was only two shots off te lead round about the 13th – but generally the putts were not dropping for her.
She went a remarkable 47 holes without a bogey, startibg at the 16th on Friday’s thid round … until the very last hole of the championship, which cost er a double bogey 6 for a level par round of 72 for a total of nine-under 207, having got to 11 under par at one stage.
The Scot went out of bounds with her second shot at the 18t.,
“I struggled a bit today, didn’t hit that many good shots. I chipped and putted well but didn’t give myself enough birdie chances after the turn,” said Catriona.
And that out of bounds shot at the 18th?
“I tried to hit a little five-iron and the ball was just a little bit above my feet. In hindsight I should have chipped out but decided to go for it, “ she said.
“At the moment I am disappointed with the way I finished but I think overall I had not too bad a week.”
And Carnoustie as a Ricoh Women’s British Open venue?
“Oh definitely. It’s one of the best courses there is. Everyone has enjoyed their week here and look forward to coming back again to Carnoustie.”
American Katie Futcher showed the low-scoring potential when the strong wind that was forecast never really materialised.
Ktie became the third player in the championship to return an eight-under-p-ar 64 and she was the only player to score less than 30 for either half. She came home in seven-under-par 29 with an eagle (14th), five birdies (10-13-15-16-17) and only three pars. Some shooting.
The Smyt Silver Medal to the leading amateur was won by 18 year Danielle Kang, a student at Pepperdine University, Las Vegas and last year’s American girls’ champion. She had rounds of 72, 69, 75 and 74 for a two-over-par total of 290.
The only other amateur to survive the halfway cut always plays on the US college circuit – Germany’s Sophie Popov, a student at the University of Southern California.
Sophie scored 70, 75, 77 and 77 for 299 round Carnoustie.

Par 288 (4x72)
272 Yani Tseng (Tpe) 71 66 66 69 (£238,047).
276 Brittany Lang (US) 70 70 69 67 (£149,850)
277 Sophie Gustafson (Swe) 68 71 70 68 (£104,895)
278 Amy Yang (SKo) 68 70 73 67 (£82,061)
279 Caroline Masson (Ger) 68 65 68 78, Catriona Matthew (Sco) 70 69 68 72 (£62,795 each).
280 Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 70 71 69 70, Sun Young Yoo (SKo) 71 70 69 70, Na Yeon Choi (SKo) 69 67 72 72, In-Bee Park (SKo) 70 74 73 73 (£45,850 each)
281 Stacy Lewis (US) 74 68 71 68, Dewi-Claire Schreefel (Net) 70 66 74 71.
282 Maria Hjorth (Swe) 72 69 73 68,.
283 Katie Futcher (US) 71 74 74 64, Cristie Kerr (US) 72 69 74 68, Candie Kung (Tpe) 72 73 69 69, Song-Hee Kim (SKo) 69 72 71 71, Sun Ju Ahn (SKo) 71 71 70 71, Mika Miyazato (Jap) 69 69 72 73, Se Ri Park (SKo) 72 64 73 74
284 Jiyai Shin (SKo) 75 66 72 71
285 Karen Stupples (Eng) 74 68 72 71, Hee-Kyung Seo (SKo) 72 71 71 71, Karrie Webb (Aus) 70 71 72 72, Rachel Jennings (Eng) 71 73 69 72, Momoko UJeda (Jap) 69 71 72 73, Angela Stanford (US) 68 72 72 73
286 Michelle Wie (US) 74 68 72, Vicky Hurst (US) 70 71 71 74
287 Amy Hung (Tpe) 69 72 78 69, Harji Kang (SKo) 75 70 73 69, Beth Allen (US) 71 70 75 71, Tiffany Joh (US) 71 69 75 72, ~Caroline Hedwall (Swe) 69 69 76 74, Brittany Lincicome (US) 67 71 76 67, Shanshan Feng (Chn) 70 75 67 75
288 Melissa Reid (Eng) 75 70 73 70, Eun Hee Ji (SKo) 70 71 75 72, Suzann Pettersen (Nor) 76 76 73 73, Meena Lee (SKo) 65 69 80 74,Linda Wessbnerg (Swe) 73 66 75 74, In Kyung Kim (S Korea) 71 72 71 74
289 Hiromi Mogi (Jap) 72 72 74 71, Hee Won Han (SKo) 73 71 74 71, Lorie Kane (Can) 69 76 73 71, Hee Young Park (SKo) 70 70 76 73, Kristy McPherson (US) 71 71 74 73, Paula Creamer (US) 69 70 71 79
290 Azahara Munoz (Spa) 73 71 73 73, Danielle Kang (US) (am) 72 69 75 74, Morgan Pressel (U~S) 70 71 75 74, Pat Hurst (US) 70 69 74 77, Cindy LaCrosse (US) 72 69 72 77
291 Christel Boeljon (Net) 75 69 73 79, Janice Moodie (Sco) 75 67 75 74, Sandra Gal (Ger) 71 70 74 76, Chelia Choi (SKo) 74 70 71 76, Amanda Blumenherst (US) 73 71 70 77
292 Miki Saiki (Jap) 72 72 76 72, Kylie Walker (Sco) 72 72 74 74, Holly Aitchison (Eng) 71 74 72 75, Julieta Granada (Para) 71 74 70 77, Sopie Giquel-Bettan (Fra) 71 68 72 71
295 Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (Fra) 75 70 73 77, Jaclyn Sweeney (US) 74 71 72 74.
297 Georgina Simpson (Eng) 71 73 79 74.
299 Sophie Popov (Ger) (am) 70 75 77 77
Retired (after 6 holes): Jimin Kang (Sko) 74 70 72 ret.

(Royal Birkdale last year in brackets)
WEDNESDAY - 800 (1,500)
THURSDAY - 5,200 (11,650)
FRIDAY - 6,900 (10,500)
SATURDAY - 7,800 (15,400)
SUNDAY - 9,600 (16,100)

WEEK'S TOTAL: 30,300 (55,150 at Royal Birkdale)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Catriona Matthew is 3rd afterwards the Round 3 at Carnoustie

Catriona Matthew lines up her putt

by Colin Farquharson
Germany’s 22-year-old Caroline Masson, ranked 141st in the world and without a win since she turned pro in January 2010, leads the star-studded field into Sunday’s final round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open championship over the Carnoustie links.
Overnight leader by one shot at 11 under par, the girl from Gladbeck raised the bar to 15 under par by the end of an incredible round in which she had increased her advantage to five shots after only six holes – despite starting the day with a bogey which immediately raised doubts about whether she had the experience to withstand the pressure of being in the Major spotlight with world-class players snapping at her heels.
Caroline demolished the doubts by birdieing the second, fifth and sixth.
Out in two-under-34, she had further birdies at the 11th, 14th and 17th before finishing her round as she had started it – with a one-putt bogey after being in a bunker.
Unexpectedly, it was her nearest challengers at the halfway oint that could not keep up with her blistering pace.
So the stage is set for a crowd-pulling last day at this famous venue.
Masson, with rounds of 68, 65 and 68 against the par of 72, leads on 15-under-par 201.
Lying second is the defending champion and World No 1 from Taiwan, Yani Tseng, 22 years old but already winner of four Majors. Yani has shot 71, 66 and 66 to be only two shots off the lead on 13-under-par 203.
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew from North Berwick, winner of this title two years ago and ranked No 5 in the world, played herself into the reckoning with a bogey-free round and scores of 70, 69 and 68 (Ben Hogan improved every round when he won the Open at Carnoustie in 1953) for nine-under-par 207 put her in joint third place with the World No 13 and former US Open winner, Inbee Park (South Korea) who had scores of 70, 64 and 73.
Next comes another South Korean, World No 5 Na Yeon Choi ho is on eight-under 208 after scores of 69, 67 and 72.
Se Ri Pak, the legendary South Korean trailblazer is joint sixth on 209 with rouonds of 72, 64 and 73. On the ame mark is the leading American in this event, Brittany Lang (70-70-69) and Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson (68-71-70).
“I was quite nervous at the beginning and I bogeyed the first,” said Caroline Masson, “but I got a few birdies after that and that boosted my confidence.
“I hit some really good shots even though the pins were in much tougher places and there was more of a wind than the previous days.”
This is only Caroline’s second major tournament appearance. So what does she think about it all?
“To be honest, I can’t really believe it. It’s a strange feeling and I am just trying to enjoy every moment. I slept well last night and I am very excited about playing with the World No 1, Yani Tseng, in the final round.”
Does she have any inkling why she has done so well out of the blue in the Ricoh Women’s British Open?
“It’s hard to say. I’ve been kind of waiting for everything to fall into place. I’ve been waiting for all the parts I’ve been practising and working on to come together – and it has happened over the past three days at Carnoustie.”
Yani Tseng, not surprisingly, is feeling on top of the world after stringing together a second successive 66. If she finishes up on Sunday by winning back-to-back titles, the pundits will say she started her charge over the first five holes of the inward half today.
From the 10th, Yani scored 3-3-4-2-3 which translates into birdie-birdie-par,birdie-eagle! What a sensational run – and leader Caroline heard the roars of the gallery.
“I just can’t wait to get out there again on Sunday,” said the chirpy, cheerful Taiwanese. “ I am going to be aggressive, as I was today, and try my best on every shot. I can do no more than that,
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself by saying I can do this or that. As I say I will try my best on every shot.”
Catriona Matthew had a flawless round of 68 with birdies at te fifth, 11th, 14th and 17th in halves of 35 and 33.
She will start te final day, six shots behind Caroline Masson and four behind Yani Tseng.
“I’d like to probably be a little bit closer but I think it’s supposed to be a little bit windier tomorrow so five or six shots can be picked up pretty quickly in those sort of conditions,” said Catriona.
“I was very pleased with the way I played today. I made a couple of good par saves in the first couple of holes, then birdied the fifth. That was a really good birdie with a six-iron approach.”
Quite a few of the South Koreans seemed to struggle over their third rounds. For instance, first-round leader Meena Lee, still in contention at the start of the day, ran up an 8 at one hole and finished with an 80 for 214 and a share of 28th place. Se Ri Park could do no better than 73, the same as Inbee Park
Said Catriona Matthew:
“Certainly I think the pin positions were tougher. You had to play away from a lot of the pins, certainly over the first few holes and it was windier today, so the course was playing a little bit trickier than for the first two rounds. Maybe they’re not used to playing this kind of links course in the wind. Although Yani Tseng is te world No 1 and I think she knows how to play in it.”
The duel for the Smythe Silver Medal for the leading amateur is favouring last year’s United States girls champion, Danielle King, who had a 75 for level par 216. She is six shots ahead of the only other amateur qualifier for the last two rounds, Germany’s Sophia Popov who is highly rated on the US college circuit. Sopia had a 77 for 222.


07.40 Kylie Walker and Hee=Won Han.
08.10 Janice Moodie and Virginie Lagoutte-Clement.
08.40 Danielle Kang (amateur) and Morgan Pressel.
09.20 Cristie Kerr and Suzann Pettersen
09.40 Meena Lee and Caroline Hedwall.
10.10 Michelle Wie and Hee-Kyung Seo.
10.55 Karrie Webb and Stacy Lewis.
11.55 Mika Miyazato and Paula Creamer.
12.05 Sun Young Yoo and Anna Nordqvist.
12.15 Se Ri Pak and Sophie Gustafson.
12.25 Brittany Lang and Na Yeon Choi
12.35 Inbee Park and Catriona Matthew.
12.45 Yani Tseng and Caroline Masson

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Friday, July 29, 2011

ALYSON is joint 3rd in the Junior Scottish Strokeplay

Stirling student Kelsey MacDonald, in the end, outclassed her contemporaries in winning the Scottish Under-21 girls' stroke-play championsip for a record fourth year in a row by the commanding margin of six strokes at Cardross Golf Club today .
Nairn Dunbar GC member Kelsey came into the tournament on a low, having failed - not by much - to be among the 18 qualifiers at Panmure for the Ricoh British Women's Open championship at Carnoustie.
That perhaps explained her opening round of one-over-par 75 in the junior women's championship which left her joint eighth. But Kelsey banished the blues in no uncertain fashion after that.
She covered the remaining 36 holes in eight under par with a pair of 70s for a seven-under-par winning total of 215.
She is a Great Britain and Ireland international these days and over the last two days at Cardross she played like one.
The surprise packet of the tournament was Nichola Ferguson from Clober who finished second on 221 with scores of 75, 73 and 73.
Nichola did so well to shake off one triple bogey and two double bogeys over her first 36 holes and finished in great style with a bogey free inward half studded with birdies at the 12th, 13th and 16th.
Ferguson relegated four highly-rated players into joint third place on level par 222 - Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm (Disqualified) Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co), Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) and Alyson McKechin (Elderslie).
Par 222 (3x74)
215 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 75 70 70.
221 Nichola Ferguson (Clober) 75 73 73.
222 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) - DISQUALIFIED 75 74 73, Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co) 75 74 73, Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) 76 72 74, Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 71 74 77.
223 Paige Kemp (Boyce Hill) 73 76 74,
225 Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick) 73 75 77.
226 Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) 72 77 77.
229 Rachel Taylor (Germany) 76 77 76.
231 Ailsa Bain (Peebles) 82 74 75, Charlotte Austwick (Fulford) 79 77 75, Rebecca Wilson (Grange) 82 73 76, Alice Boothroud (Rudding Park) 73 82 76.
232 Linsey Steveenson (Elie and Earlsferry) 76 77 79,Nicola Rawlinson (Royal Birkdale) 79 75 78.
233 Emma Clegg (Clitheroe) 80 75 78, Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) 79 77 77, Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe) 79 79 75.
234 Rachel Hanlon (St Regulus) 76 78 80.
235 Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) 78 77 80, Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw) 77 81 77, Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies) 77 77 81, Katerina Slukova (Olomouc) 77 84 74.
236 Jordana Graham (Southerness) 79 75 82.
238 Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) 81 79 78.
240 Jorden Ferrie (Kirkintilloch) 82 76 82, Emma Greenlees (Dumfries and Galloway) 79 79 82, Ashley Smith (Monfieth) 79 82 79
242 Tara MacTaggart (Minto) 74 81 87.
243 Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 83 76 84, Emma Hale (Troon Ladies) 82 80 81, Gillian Scanlan (Hamilton) 82 80 81..
244 Eilidh Watson (Muckhart) 80 81 83, Louise McGillivray (Banchory) 76 85 83, Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) 81 82 81, Jenny Potter (Cathkin Braes) 79 85 80, Tegan Seivwright (Deeside) 84 81 79,Kirstin Scott (Milngavie) 84 84 76
Other RLCGA Players :
245 Lesley Cosh (Cowglen) 79 82 79..
269 Emma Kennedy (Paisley) 91 87 91

-Unforunately Eilidh was disqualified for signing for a wrong score at a hole in the 2nd round. She had a fantastic inward 9 of 31 in the 3rd round and the error was not discovered until the end of play.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


A four-under-par second round of 70 has drastically shortened the odds against Kelsey MacDonald completing a record-setting fourth win in a row in the Scottish Under-21 girls' stroke-play golf championship at Cardoss Golf Club tomorrow.
Starting the day in joint eighth position, four shots off the pace, the Stirling student and Nairn Dunbar member slipped into top gear with a six-birdie, two-bogey round to share the lead on three-under 148 with Elderslie's Alyson McKechin.
Kelsey had her usual mixture of birdies and bogeys in an outward 35 but the last nine holes she completed without a blemish and studded with birdies at the 10th, 12th and 18th.
But Alyson is not going to roll over and let her rival walk away with the title unchallenged. McKechin was three over par to the turn but birdies at the 13th, 17th and 18th saw her match MacDonald's inward half – and it could be a battle royal over the final round.
Aberdeen-born Gemma Dryburgh had the second-best round of the day, a 72 for 148 and the beaten finalist in the recent Scottish Under-18 girls match-play championship at Glenisla is saring third place with Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick (73-75).

Par 148 (2x74)
145 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 75 70, Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 71 74.
148 Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) 76 72, Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick) 73 75.
149 Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co) 75 74, Paige Kemp (Boyce Hill) 73 76, Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) 72 77, Nichola Ferguson (Clober) 75 74.
150 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 75 75.
153 Rachael Taylor (Germany) 76 77,Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry) 76 77.
154 Jordana Graham (Southerness) 79 75, Rachel Hanlon (St Regulus)
76 78, Nicola Rawlinson (Royal Birkdale) 79 75, Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies) 77 77.
155 Rebecca Wilson (Grange) 82 73, Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) 78 77, Tara MacTaggart (Minto) 74 81, Alice Boothroyd (Rudding Park) 73 82, Emma Clegg (Clitheroe) 80 75.
156 Ailsa Bain (Peebles) 82 74, Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) 79 77, Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) 71 85, Charlotte Austwick (Fulford) 79 77.
158 Jorden Ferrie (Kirkintilloch) 82 76, Emma Greenlees (Dumfries and Galloway) 79 79, Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) 77 81, anna Scott (Broomieknowe) 79 79.
159 Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 83 76, Sophie Myles (Ilkley) 77 82.
160 Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) 81 79.
161 Heather Munro (Monifieth) 83 78, Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 82 79, Eilidh Watson (Muckhart) 80 81, Ashley Smith (Monifieth) 79 82, Lesley Cosh (Cowglen) 79 82, Katerina Slukova (Olomouc) 77 84, Louise McGillivray (Banchory) 76 85, Gillian Simpson (Elie and Earlsferry) 76 85.
162 Emma Hale (Troon Ladies) 82 80, Gillian Scanlan (Hamilton) 82 80.
163 Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) 81 82.
164 Jenny Potter (Cathkin Braes) 79 85.
165 Tegan Seivwright (Deeside) 84 81, Rebecca McGeehan (Germany) 80 85, Eleanor Tunn (Reay) 84 81.
166 Katie Reid (Monifieth) 79 87.
168 Kirstin Scott (Milngavie) 84 84, Claire Gadsby (Crieff) 82 86, Natasha Qayum (Ranfurly Castle) 77 91.
169 Gillian Arnott (Largsw) 83 86, Emily Dalgetty (Glencorse) 89 90.
170 Alexandra Tait (St Regulus) 82 88, Rachel Polson (Peterculter) 80 80, Emily Aird (Strathmore) 82 88.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Scottish Girls Internationalist, Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) and Broomieknowe's Kate McIntosh lead the field by one shot after the first round of the Scottish Ladies' Junior Open Stroke Play Championship. Both girls had three under par rounds of 71 at a very warm and sunny Cardross Golf Club. Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) is one shot off the lead while Paige Kemp (Boyce Hill), Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick Dunskey) and Alice Boothroyd (Rudding Park) are the other players under par after opening rounds of 73.

Three time defending Champion, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) had a steady opening round of 75, having only arrived at 1am in the morning ahead of a 9:30am tee time.

The second round will be played tomorrow (Thursday 28 July) with the third and final round to be played on Friday 29 July.

Round 1 CSS = 75

Par 74
71 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe).
72 Rachael Watton (Mortonhall).
73 Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick), Alice Boothroyd (Rudding Park), Paige Kemp (Boyce Hill).
74 Tara MacTaggart (Minto).
75 Nichola Ferguson (Clober), Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm), Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co).
76 Gillian Simpson (Elie and Earlsferry), Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield), Rachael Taylor (Germany), Louise McGillivray (Banchory), Rachel Hanlon (St Regulus), Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry).
77 Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies), Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw), Sophie Myles (Ilkley), Katerina Slukova (Olomouc), Natasha Qayum (Ranfurly Castle).
78 Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies).
79 Jordana Graham (Southerness), Katie Reid (Monifieth), Jennifer Potter (Cathkin Braes), Ashley Smith (Monifieth), Nicola Rawlinson (Royal Birkdale), Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe), Charlotte Austwick (Fulford), IKimberley Beveridge (Aboyne), Emma Greenlees (Dumfries and Galloway), Lesley Cosh (Cowglen).
80 Emma Clegg (Clitheroe), Eilidh Watson (Muckhart), Rebecca McGeehan (Germany).
81 Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey), Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride).
82 Rebecca Wilson (Grange), Jorden Ferrie (Kirkintilloch), Emily Aird (Blairgowrie), Nicola Taylor (Dunnikier Park), Gillian Scanlon (Hamilton), Emma Hale (Troon Ladies), Ailsa Bain (Peebles), Alexandra Tait (St Regulus), Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies), Claire Gadsby (Crieff).
83 Gillian Arnott (Largs), Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies), Heather Munro (Monifieth).
84 Tegan Seivwright (Deeside), Eleanor Tunn (Reay), Shannen McGuire (Canmore), Kirstin Scott (Milngavie).
85 Hannah Mannion (Teeside), India Friswell (Wrexham).
86 Sophie Maguire (St Regulus), Iona Stephen (Ranfurly Castle).
88 Mirren Fraser (Powfoot), Katie McGarva (Troon Ladies).
89 Amelia Taylor (St Annes Old Links), Hannah Robb (Strathmore), Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst), Emily Dalgetty (Glencorse).
90 Rachel Polson (Peterculter), Alexandra Qayum (Ranfurly Castle), Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie).
91 Emma Kennedy (Paisley), Heather Neilson (Mouse Valley).


The County Junior Committee has organised a ‘Fun’ event which will be held at the Playsport Centre in East Kilbride on Saturday, 13th August from 10am to 11.30am. Our Renfrewshire PGA Professional, Lesley Mackay, is planning several interesting activities for this coaching session.

We are asking Junior Convenors to pass on this information to girls in their clubs. All girls are invited whether they have a CONGU handicap, Club handicap or no handicap but are keen to improve their golf.

The cost of the session is £5 and is payable by cash on the day or by cheque made out to RLCGA.

Could the Convenors or the girls let me know in advance how many wish to attend. You can contact me at   or leave a message on my phone at 01505 705450.

Maureen Mitchell  (Junior Convenor)​    ​    ​

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Alexandra Qayum -Winner of the handicap Award with Karen Binning

Results of our first Junior Open The day proved to be an ideal day for scoring, particularly for some of our own juniors. I hope we can build on the success of this year's event.
Ranfurly Castle will host the Scottish Under-18 girls' closed championship in 2013. Therefore next year's Ranfurly Castle Junior Open would be an perfect opportunity for prosepective competitors to have an early look at the course.

Renfrewshire County Ladies Juniors Samantha Cowan (Cochrane Castle) and Emma Kennedy from Paisley also took part in the event

SCRATCH for The Ceildan Trophy
Par 70 CSS 69
Andrew Cunningham (Ranfurly Castle) 69
Stephen Wilson (Greenock Whinhill) 72
Ben Adamson (Ranfurly Castle) 73

NET for The Braidwood Quaich
Ben Harper (Ranfurly Castle) (27) 55
Matthew Simpson (Kilmacolm) (21) 63
Fraser Laurie (Lochwinnoch) (17) 63
Ciaran O'Brien (Cochrane Castle) (26) 64
Jonathan Degnan (Ranfurly Castle) (26) 65

Par 74 CSS 73
Emma Caddow (Strathaven) 77

Alexandra Qayum (Ranfurly Castle) 73

Andrew Ferguson, Emma Caddow, Connor Toal and Alexandra Qayum all have their scores entered into the Abu Dhabi Junior Golf Championship.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Monifieth’s former Scotland junior cap Rebecca Wilson followed up her success in the Munross Trophy two-rounder at Montrose by winning the Mackie Bowl SLGA Order of Merit 36-hole event at Gullane today.
Rebecca, a member at Grange Golf Club, had several shots to spare at Montrose a few weeks back but it was a much tighter finish at Gullane.
Wilson and youngster Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) tied on 143, Rebecca with rounds of 75 and 68, Connie with 71 and 72 against a CSS of 74 in the morning and 75 in the afternoon.
Wilson won the Mackie Bowl with the better second round, the 68 being a new women’s course record for the Gullane No 1 course.

Scotland international and past national champion Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) had a two-shot lead after a first-round 69 but a 76 in the afternoon relegated her to third place on 145, two shots behind Wilson and Jaffrey.

SSS 75 CSS 74 CSS 75
143 REBECCA WILSON Grange 75 68
143 CONNIE JAFFREY Troon Ladies 71 72
145 MEGAN BRIGGS Kilmacolm 69 76
146 SUSAN JACKSON Ladybank 76 70
146 RACHAEL TAYLOR GC am Reichswald 75 71
148 HANNAH MCCOOK Grantown-on-Spey 74 74
150 JESSICA MEEK Carnoustie Ladies 77 73
150 KATE MCINTOSH Broomieknowe 76 74
150 RACHAEL MCQUEEN Troon Ladies 76 74
150 LOUISE MACGREGOR Falkirk 74 76
152 HANNAH SCOTT Broomieknowe 76 76
152 ALYSON MCKECHIN Elderslie 74 78
153 LESLEY ATKINS Gullane Ladies 76 77
153 RACHEL WALKER Dumfries and County 72 81
154 AILSA SUMMERS Carnoustie Ladies 76 78
155 KEREN WARD Glen 77 78
155 ELEANOR TUNN Reay 76 79
158 GABRIELLE MACDONALD Craigielaw 82 76
159 JORDANA GRAHAM Southerness 77 82
159 EMMA GREENLEES Dumfries and Galloway 76 83
160 LINSEY STEVENSON Elie and Earlsferry Ladies 85 75
161 AMELIA TAYLOR St Anne's Old Links 85 76
162 CATHERINE SMALL Gullane Ladies 84 78
162 TARA MACTAGGART Minto 79 83
162 HAZEL SAUNDERS Gullane Ladies 78 84
163 JEMMA CHALMERS Monifieth 85 78
163 EMILY AIRD Blairgowrie 77 86
163 ASHLEY SMITH Monifieth 77 86
164 GILLIAN SCANLAN Hamilton 83 81
166 KATIE REID Monifieth 86 80
166 JULIE BIRDSALL Roxburghe 79 87
166 SHANNEN MCGUIRE Canmore 78 88
167 JORDEN FERRIE Kirkintilloch 85 82
169 GILLIAN DAVIDSON Saline 81 88
171 RUTH RANKIN Lanark 86 85
173 ANNE LAING Vale of Leven 83 90
176 LINDSAY MATHIE Windyhill 86 90
177 SARAH STICHBURY Merchants of Edinburgh 90 87
184 CARINA BUNYAN Roxburghe 90 94

Friday, July 22, 2011


The Entries for the Scottish Ladies Stroke Play Foursomes Championship which is to be played at Glenbervie Golf Club on Sunday 28 August are soon to close. Please note that the conditions for this competition have changed quite considerably this year in that a pair no longer have to be members of the same club – i.e. any two ladies from any two clubs can now play with each other providing they are members of clubs that are affiliated to the SLGA and providing their CONGU handicaps are each 35 or less.

I have attached a copy of the entry form as well as a link to the entry form on the SLGA web-site.
Entry Form for Scotiish Foursomes

The closing date for this competition is Monday 1 August.

Maybe you could even encourage some of your County squad members to play together for some foursomes practice!

Please let me know if you have any questions about this event or any other SLGA competition.

Kind Regards
Claire Hargan
Championship Manager
Scottish Ladies Golfing Association Limited
The Den
2 Dundee Road
01738 442357
Registration Number 308709

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Date: Saturday, 27th August, times from 2.30 p.m. 18 holes Medal play
Age: Girls under 18 on 1st January 2011 with Congu handicap
Nancy Chisholm Trophy for the Scratch winner
Kandy Bar Cup for best Nett score
Plus other Divisional prizes

Pre-Handicap Competition for June Kerr Trophy - 9 holes over a shortened course and includes Age Group prizes
Closing Date: 10th August
To get your Entry Form ------ CLICK HERE

Monday, July 18, 2011


Eilidh Briggs - 2011 Scottish Girls Champion - Click to enlarge
The Scotland team for the Girls Home International Matches at Gullane 2 from August 3 to 5 is:
Team captain: Karen Marshall (Baberton)

LESLEY ATKINS (Gullane Ladies)
GEMMA DRYBURGH (Beaconsfield)
HANNAH McCOOK (Grantown on Spey)
AILSA SUMMERS (Carnoustie Ladies)
CLARA YOUNG (North Berwick)

+Players whose scores will count for Scotland in the International Team event, run in conjunction with the qualifying rounds of the British girls' amateur championship at Gullane 1 from August 8 to 12:

EILIDH BRIGGS (Kilmacolm) Captain.
GEMMA DRYBURGH (Beaconsfield)
ALYSON McKECHIN (Eldereslie)

Sunday, July 17, 2011


I am so delighted to read of Eilidh's success in winning the Scottish Girl's Championship. Congratulations from all at D&A & wishing you much success at Stirling University.
Warmest Wishes
Jennifer Kinloch(D&A Captain)

Saturday, July 16, 2011


From the SLGA Website
Eilidh Briggs  - Courtesy of Colin Farquharson
Click to enlarge

Renfrewshire County Champion Eilidh Briggs is the 2011 Scottish Girls' Champion after a high quality final at Glenisla Golf Club.

After a significant amount of overnight rain the greenstaff at Glenisla Golf Club work extremely hard to ensure the course was playable for the final of the 2011 Scottish Girls Championship. With heavy rain forecast for throughout the day the finalists (and official) were delighted to watch the heaviest of the clouds circle the golf course during the morning, allowing the final to be played without delay.

Eilidh raced in to an early lead when she won the first two holes with pars and extended that lead to three holes when she won the 6th hole by chipping in for a birdie three. Gemma reduced the deficit to two with a winning par at the 7th hole before the next five holes were halved in pars. Gemma once again cut in to Eilidh's lead at the 14th hole when she hit her tee shot at the par three to 10 feet and sunk her birdie putt to win the hole.

Gemma had found her stride and put her approach shot at the 365 yard 15th hole to less than 8 feet, but Eilidh rose to the challenge and sunk her 12 foot birdie putt first. Gemma duely holed her putt to match Eilidh's birdie three to leave Eilidh one up with three holes to play. Both players put their tee shots at the par three 16th hole to less than five feet, however Gemma missed her birdie putt and Eilidh made no mistake in holing from three feet to go two up with only two holes to play.

The match was not over, however as Eilidh's approach shot to the 17th clipped a tree and dropped 50 yards short of the green. She did not manage to make her par from there and Gemma took the two putts she needed to win the hole. At the par four 18th hole Eilidh's put her approach shot to 8 feet leaving Gemma knowing she had to hole her 15 footer to have any chance of staying in the match. Unfortunately for Gemma, her putt just slid past the hole and Eilidh duely took the two putts required to give her the title.

Eilidh was approximately level par to Gemma's one over par figures.

To read the Colin Farquharson report on the final ---- CLICK HERE


Thanks go to Colin Farquharson and Claire Hargan for the photographs


Eilidh Briggs and Gemma Dryburgh before the tee off at the
Scottish Under 18 Girl's Final
Click to enlarge - (Courtesy of Claire Hargan)


Friday, July 15, 2011


CLICK HERE for lots of photographs fom the Scottish Under 18 Girls  Championships - Courtesy of Claire Hargan --- SLGA


Read the Full Report from Colin Farquharson---- CLICK HERE

Semi Finalists - Eilidh and Rachael Walker - Click to enlarge -- 
Photo Courtesy of Claire Hargan
Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) has reached her second Scottish final of the year, this time at Glenisla Golf Club. She will aim to go one step further in tomorrow's Scottish Girls final at Glenisla than she did when she lost in the final of the Scottish Ladies' Championship at Machrihanish in May. Her opponent in tomorrow's final will be Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) who lost out at the semi-final stage last year.

The first semi-final in this year's Championship was a high quality match with Eilidh being approximately four under par in beating Rachel Walker (Dumfries & County) by 3&2. Eilidh was two up after two holes after a par and a birdie, but Rachel bounced back with a birdie of her own at the fourth hole to cut the deficit to one. The 7th and 8th holes were exchanged with winning birdies before Eilidh had her third birdie of the round at the ninth to go back to two up. Rachel yet again cut Eilidh's lead to one hole after another birdie at the 11th hole but a par was good enough for Eilidh at the 12th hole to once again extend her lead to two. The next three holes were halved in pars before Eilidh finished off the match by holing a 15 foot putt for a winning birdie 2 at the 16th hole.

Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) took an early lead in the second semi-final where approximately one over par figures were enough to see her take a three hole advantage over Lauren Whyte (St Regulus), however pars from Lauren at the 15th and 16th cut Gemma's lead back to one. Gemma finally clinched her place in the final with a winning par at the 17th hole to win the match 2&1.

This will be the last chance for both finalists to win the Scottish Girls Championship as both will be too old next year. The final will tee off at Glenisla Golf Club tomorrow (Saturday 16 July) at 9am. Spectators are welcome.

In the final of the Ansley Reid (second flight), Katie McGarva (Troon Ladies) won the title in beating Emily Dalgetty (Glencourse) by 2&1 in another close match. There was never more than one hole in the match until the 17th hole when Katie finally took a two hole advange and the match with a winning par four.


From the SLGA Website
Girls Quarter Finals & Semi Finals
Top qualifier, Eilidh Briggs from Kilmacolm will play Rachel Walker from Dumfries & County while Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) will take on the second qualifier Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) in the semi-finals of the Scottish Girls' Championship at Glenisla Golf Club.

Eilidh Briggs played level par golf in defeating 14-year old Clara Young, while Rachel Walker was approximately 2 under par in beating another 14 year old, Connie Jaffrey in their morning quarter finals.

In the bottom half of the draw Lauren Whyte was approximately 1 over par in her win over fellow Scottish Girls cap Ailsa Summers and Gemma Dryburgh was approximately level par in beating defending Champion Lesley Atkins by 4&3.

Hole by hole live scoring is in operation for today's quarter finals and semi-finals of the Scottish Girls Championship at Glenisla Golf Club.

Katie McGarva and Linsey Stevenson - Semi Finalists of the Ansley Reid Salver
Click to enlarge - Photo courtesy of Claire Hargan (SLGA)

In the Ansley Reid Salver (2nd flight), Emily Dalgetty from Glencourse beat Alexandra Tait from St Regulus golf club by 5&4 and will take on Katie McGarva of Troon Ladies who defeated Renfrewshire's Linsey Stevenson of Elie & Earlsferry by the same margin in this afternboon's final.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


There are some cracking quarter-final matches in prospect tomorrow morning in the Scottish Under-18 girls' championship at Glenisla Golf Club, Alyth.
Top seed Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) is first off at 8.30am against 14-year-old Clara Young (North Berwick), the youngest ever winner of the East Lothian women's county championship and a member of the Great Britain and Ireland team in the recent Junior Vagliano Trophy team against the Continent at Royal Porthcawl.
Eilidh, Renfrewshire women's champion and beaten finalist in the Scottish women's amateur championship at Machrihanish, has a lot going for her so a great tie in store for spectators.
Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co) collected notable scalp when she beat fifth seed Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) by 2 and 1 in the second round and Rachel now plays the No 4 qualifier, Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies).
Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) was a 7 and 5 winner over clubmate Chloe Goadby who toppled the No 3 seed and semi-finalist last year, Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw), and now plays Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) who has won both Angus women's and girls' county titles in recent seasons.
The last of the quarter-finals should also be a cracker with the No 2 seed, Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield), Aberdeen-born but a student at IMG Leadbetter Academy in Florida over the past two or three years, facing the defending champion Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies) who looks to be coming back to the form that won her this title at Eyemouth 12 months ago.

No 3 seed Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw), a semi-finalist at Eyemouth 12 months ago, was beaten in the first round of the match-play stages of the Scottish Under-18 girls' championship at Glenisla Golf Club, Alyth, Perthshire this morning.
She lost by 3 and 1 to Chloe Goadby (St Regulus), 30th of the 32 qualifiers for the match-play.
Another top the top eight players, seeded to get through to the quarter-finalists, went down at the first hurdle. Heather Munro (Monifieth), the No 8 qualifier, lost by 2 and 1 to Aboyne's Kimberley Beveridge.
And Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey), seeded No 6, had to go to the 1st to bet the better of Canmore's Shannen McGuire.
Top seeds Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) and Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) both had comfortable first-round wins, Briggs by 7 and 5 over Hannah Robb (Strathmore) and Dryburgh by 5 and 3 against fellow-Aberdonian, Megan Clyne (Deeside).

Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) bt Hannah Robb (Strathmore) 7 and 5.
Jemma Chalmers (Monifieth) bt Emily Aird (Blairgowrie) 6 and 4.
Clara Young (North Berwick) bt Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) 65 and 5.
Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) bt Heather Munro (Monifieth) 2 and 1.
Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) bt Nicola Robertson (Dunblane New) 6 and 5.
Rachel Walker (Dumfries and Co) bt Jorden Ferrie (Kirkintilloch) 5 and 4.
Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) bt Emma Greenlees (Dumfries and Galloway) 2 and 1.
Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) bt Tegan Seivwright (Deeside) 2 holes.

Chloe Goadby (St Regulus) bt Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw) 3 and 1.
Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) bt Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) 2 and 1.
Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) bt Eleanor Tunn (Ready) 4 and 3.
Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey bt Shannen McGuire (Canmore) at 21st.
Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies) bt Olivia Borwick (McDonald Ellon) 5 and 4.
Rachel Polson (Deeside) bt Keren Ward (Glen) l hole.
Tara MacTaggart (Minto) bt Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe) 3 and 1.
Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) bt Megan Clyne (Deeside) 5 and 3.

Briggs bt Chalmers 4 and 3.
Young bt Beveridge 3 and 2.
Walker bt McKechin 2 and 1.
Jaffrey bt Meek 2 holes.
Whyte bt Broadby 7 and 5.
Summers bt McCook 3 and 2.
Atkins bt Polson 6 and 5.
Dryburgh bt MacTaggart 7 and 5

Alexandra Tait (St Regulus) bt Hazel MacGarvie (Troon Ladies) 5 and 4.
Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) bt Emma Caddow (Strathmore) 4 and 3.
Emily Dalgetty (Glencorse) bt Molly Stewart (Murcar Links) 5 and 4.
Danielle Kerr (Roxburghe) bt Rosie Everett (Craigielaw) 3 and 2.

Nicola Taylor (Dunnikier Park) bt Claire Gadsby (Crieff) 5 and 3.
Katie McGarva (Troon Ladies) bt Sophie Maguire (St Regulus) 3 and 1.
Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry) bt Emma Hale (Troon Ladies) 5 and 3.
Eilidh Watson (Muckhart) bt Catherine Small (Gullane Ladies) 4 and 3.

Tait bt McKay 5 and 4.
Dalgetty bt Ker 4 and 3.
McGarva bt Taylor 5 and 4.
Stevenson bt Watson 2 holes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Denise Cowan - Winner of the July Medal - Click to enlarge

Denise Cowan (Ranfurly Castle) won the scratch prize at Fereneze to-day with a gross 75. She was also the overall winner of the medal with a net 68 off 7. Sheila Genders (West Kilbride) a  multi past Champion of Fereneze was runner up with a net 71.
Unfortunately the entry was very small - only 15 - but the conditions and the course were excellent. The CSS was 71 and the SSS was also 71.
CLICK HERE to get your Handicap Exchange Letter.(Print out your Home page Number Only)

Handicap 0 - 12
1st: Denise Cowan (Ranfurly Castle) 75 (7) 68
2nd: Sheila Genders (West Kilbride) 81 (10) 71
3rd: June Lockhart (Gleddoch) 83 (10) 73 acb

Handicap 13+
1st:  Sandra MacDougall (Greenock) 91 (16) 75
2nd: Vivien Young (Elderslie) 95 (18) 77
3rd : Iona Stephen (Ranfurly Castle) 94 (15) 79


Renfrewshire's Eilidh Briggs and Aberdeen-born Gemma Dryburgh earned the Nos 1 and 2 seedings which could see them meet in Saturday morning’s 18-hole final of the Scottish Under-18 girls’ match-play championship at Glenisla Golf Club, Alyth.
Eilidh, beaten finalist in the Scottish women’s amateur championship at Machrihanish in May, repeated her par opening round of 71 for a top total of 142. She birdied the short fifth and 13th and bogeyed the long second and 15th in halves of 36 and 35.
The much-travelled Dryburgh, who enrols at Tulane University, Louisiana next month after several years at the IMG Leadbetter Academy in Florida, produced the lowest round of the 36-hole qualifying test – a one-under-par 70 with birdies at the long eighth and ninth for 34 out and a bogey at the 17th for 36 back.
Third best qualifier was Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) with rounds of 74 and 71 for 145. Gabrielle had only two deviations from par in her second round – a birdie at the long eighth and a bogey at the 11th.
All the “usual suspects” were among the 32 qualifiers for the match play. The most dangerous to the hopes of Briggs and Dryburgh could be fifth seed Renfrewshire's Alyson McKechin (Eldershie) (76-72 for 148), Hannah McCook (Grantown-on-Spey), sixth best on 148 (75-73), title-holder and seventh Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies) (74-74 for 148) and Junior Vagliano Trophy player 14-year-old Clara Young (North Berwick) (74-76 for 150), the ninth best qualifier.
Hannah Robb won a play-off for the last of the 32 match-play places after she had tied with Alexandra Tait and Eilidh Watson (Murcar) on the 162 mark.
Par 142 (2x71). Yardag 5803.
142 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 71 71.
143 Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) 73 70.
145 Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) 74 73.
146 Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 72 74.
148 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 76 72, Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) 75 73, Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies) 74 74.
Seven-minute intervals
8.30 E Briggs v H Robb, E Aird v J Chalmers, C Young v A Goodwin, K Beveridge v H Munro, A McKechin v N Robertson, J Ferrie v R Walker, J Meek v E Greenlees, T Seivwright v C Jaffrey.
9.26 G Macdonald v C Goadby, L Whyte v K McIntosh, A Summers v E Tunn, S McGuire v H McCook, L Atkins v O Borwick, K Ward v R Polson, H Scott v T MacTaggart, M Clyne v G Dryburgh.

10.46 A Tait v H MacGarvie.
10.54 Emma Caddow v Mhairi McKay.
11.02 Emily Dalgetty v Molly Stewart.
11.10 Rosie Everett v Danielle Ker.
11.18 Nicola Taylro v Claire Gadsby.
11.26 Sophie Maguire v Katie McGarva.
11.34 Emma Hale v Linsey Stevenson.
11.42 Catherine Small v Eilidh Watson.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Renfrewshire women's county champion Eilidh Briggs, (pictured left) beaten finalist in the Scottish women's championship at Machrihanish in May, lived up to her rating as the pre-tournament favourite by setting the pace with a level par 71 in the first qualifying round of the Scottish Under-18 girls' championship at Glenisla Golf Club, Alyth in Perthshire today.
Eilidh, bound for Stirling University after the summer holidays, had only four pars in an eventful outward half of one-under-par 35. She bogeyed the short third, birdied the fourth, short fifth and sixth and bogeyed the long eighth.
Coming home, the Kilmacolm player bogeyed the 13th and 15th but got her second 2 of the round with a birdie at the short 16th.
Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) was a shot behind her with only three deviations from par in halves of 36. She bogeyed the seventh and 11th, birdied the ninth and all the rest were pars.
Alyson McKechin, finished on 76 today when, with two holes to play she had a chance of ending the day in the top three before she bogeyed the 17th and double-bogeyed the 18th for two halves of 38.
Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry) finished on the borderline projected cut of 81
The leading 32 players after tomorrow's second qualifying round will go forward to the match-play stages. Going into the second round there are 34 players on 81 or better which suggests the cut-off mark for the match-play draw will be 162 or 163 ... if there is no dramatic change in the weather.
 The 18-hole final will be staged on Saturday morning.

Par 71 (36-35). Yardage 5,803
71 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm).
72 Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies).
73 Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield).
74 Rachel Polson (Peterculter), Gabrielle Macdonald (Craigielaw), Lesley Atkins (Gullane), Clara Young (North Berwick).
75 Emily Aird (Blairgowrie), Lauren Whyte (St Regulus), Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey), Emma Greenlees (Dumfries and Galloway), Tegan Seivwright (Deeside).
76 Rachael Walker (Dumfries and Co), Heather Munro (Monifieth), Jemma Chalmers (Monifieth), Keren Ward (Glen), Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), Hannah Scott (Broomieknowe).
77 Tara MacTaggart (Minto), Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies), Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies).
78 Shannen McGuire (Canmore), Eleanor Tunn (Reay).
79 Danielle Ker (Roxburghe), Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe), Olivia Borwick (McDonald Ellon).
80 Eilidh Watson (Muckhart), Hannah Robb (Strathmore). Jorden Ferrie (Kirkintilloch)
81 Megan Clyne (Deeside), Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry), Emma Caddow (Strathaven), Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride), Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne).
82 Nicola Taylor (Dunnikier Park), Nicola Robertson (Dunblane New), Molly Stewart (Murcar Links).
83 Emma Hale (Troon Ladies).    
84 Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie), Alexandra Tait (St Regulus), Katie McGarva (Troon Ladies), Rheanna Thom (Alyth), Emily Dalgetty (Glencorse).
85 Claire Gadsby (Crieff), Chloe Goadby (St Regulus).
86 Mirren Fraser (Powfoot), Sophie Maguire (St Regulus), Catherine Small (Gullane Ladies), Rosie Everett (Craigielaw).
87 Eva O'Connor (Bothwell Castle).
88 Hazel MacGarvie (Troon Ladies).
89 Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne).
90 Kirsten Pryde (Deeside), Jessica Dalgetty (Glencorse), Alexandra Qayum (Ranfurly Castle).
91 Emma Kennedy (Paisley), Claire Robertson (Carnoustie Ladies), Catherine Goodwin (Glenbervie).
92 Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore).
94 Emily Glencorse (Millport), Heather Neilson (Mouse Valley)
95 Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie).
97 Leanne Wilson (Kelso), Joanne Free (Musselburgh Old).
99 Alexandra Brown (Turnberry).
108 Julie Glencorse (Millport).
Thanks go to Colin farquharson for the report.
To read the full report go to the Gillian Kirkwood Website

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Eildih Briggs (Kilmalcolm), runner-up in the Scottish Ladies’s Amateur Championship in May, will be aiming to mark her last junior season with victory in the Scottish Girls’ Championship at Glenisla Golf Club, Alyth, from July 12-16.

Lesley Atkins (Gullane) will be defending the title she captured at Eyemouth last year – and beaten finalist Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) is also still young enough to mount another challenge.

Eilidh who currently heads the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association’s Girls’ Order of Merit is one of 69 players who have entered the Championship. Alyson McKechin and Eilidh are the 2 lowest handicappers in the field with Alyson off scratch and Eilidh off +1 The Championship consists of two round of strokeplay qualifying with the top 32 going through to the matchplay stages. The 18-hole final takes place on the morning of Saturday, July 16.

Renfrewshire Girls Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Whitecraigs),Alexandra Qayum (Ranfurly Castle) and Emma Kennedy (Paisley) are also playing. Good Luck to you all

To see all the Starting Times CLICK HERE

Saturday, July 09, 2011


Scotland won Flight B in the European women's team championship at Murhof, Austria, having failed, earlier in the week, to make the top eight qualifiers for the championship flight.
Having beaten Switzerland 4-1 and Netherlands 4-1, the Scots edged a 3-2 concluding win over Finland to be ranked ninth in Europe.
Day 1:
Scotland beat Switzerland 4-1 in a Flight B match in the European women's team championship in Austrian
Louise Kenney and Rachael Watton won their foursome by one hole while singles wins were chalked up by Kelsey MacDonald (3 and 2), Pamela Pretswell (4 and 3) and Jane Turner (3 and 2). Megan Briggs went down by one hole..
Day 2
Louise Kenney and Rachael Watton bt Joan Van de Kraats and Caroline Karstan at 19th.
Kelsey MacDonald lost to Varin Schilperoord 1 hole.
Pamela Pretswell beat Karlijn Zaanen 3 and 1.
Megan Briggs beat Tessa de Bruijn 1 hole.
Jane Turner beat Myrte Eikenaar 2 and 1.
Day 3
Louise Kenney and Rachael Watton bt Peppiina Kaija and Annika Nykanen 2 holes.
Kelsey MacDonald beat Minna Vuorenpaa 3 and 2.
Pamela Pretswell beat Marika Voss at 20th.
Megan Briggs lost to Noora Tamnmnen 3 and 2.
Jane Turner lost to Sannan Uutinen 1 hole.


Scotland completed a miserable week in the European girls' team championship in the heat of Is Molas, Sardinia by losing 3-2 to Turkey and finishing last in Flight B.
Day 1
Scotland’s girls were beaten 3 ½-1 ½ in a Flight B match of the European girls' team championship at Is Molas, Sardinia.
Eilidh Briggs was the Scots’ only winner by 2 and 1 in the singles. Alyson McKechin salvaged a square game, also in the singles.
Day 2
Lauren Whyte and Hannah McCook beat Anna Fuld and Nadine Dreher 7 and 5.
Eilidh Briggs lost to Marlene Krejcy 2 and 1.
Ailsa Summers beat Michaela Gasplmayr 2 holes.
Clara Young lost to Nicole Wolf 5 and 3.
Alyson McKechin lost to Felicitas Witt-Dorring 4 and 2
Day 3
Lauren Whyte and Clara Young bt Tugce Erden and Nergis Kok at 19th.
Eilidh Briggs lost to Yasemin Bari 5 and 4.
Alyson McKechin beat Damia Bilgic 5 and 3.
Hannah McCook lost to Sena Ersoy at 19th.
Ailsa Summers lost to Begum Yilmaz 5 and 3.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

County Golf Open Meeting & Scottish Mixed Foursomes Closing Dates

County Golf Open Meeting
Please could you remind your County Members that the closing date for the County Golf Open Meeting is fast approaching.  They have until Monday 18 July to enter this competition which will be held at Peterculter Golf Club on Tuesday 16 August.  The uptake for this event has so far been fairly low so please remind your County Members that this event is taking place and is open to ALL members of a Scottish Ladies County Golf Association.  Entrants can choose to play with their friends or elect to play with someone else so it is a great opportunity to have a day out and play with friends or to meet and play with new people.

Entry Form Link:

Scottish Mixed Foursomes
The closing date for the Scottish Mixed Foursomes competition is also on Monday 18 July.  This is just a mixed open like any other and is open to any mixed pair that satisfy the entry criteria.  The only difference is that the scratch prizes get the priority.  This year's competition is at Mortonhall Golf Club on Sunday 21st August in Edinburgh which by all accounts is in excellent condition and is well worth the trip.

Entry Form Link:

Please let me know if you have any questions about these or any other Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association Championships or events.

Kind Regards,
Claire Hargan
Championship Manager
Scottish Ladies Golfing Association Limited
The Den
2 Dundee Road
01738 442357
Registration Number 308709

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Photographs and Videos from the Scottish Seniors at Portpatrick

The Harbour at Portpatrick - Click to enlarge
Looking for some photographs and Videos from the Scottish Seniors Championship at Portpatrick last week then click on the following link ---- West Vets Website


Scotland’s women, who were handicapped by the loss of Scottish Champion Louise Kenney, who had been in hospital since the eve of the tournament for surgery to remove food stuck in her throat, finished 13th on 746 in the European women’s team championship at Murhof, Austria. Renfrewshire's Megan Briggs did not have such a good round as yesterday and had a 77.
Again all five individual Scotland scores had to count, instead of the worst being discarded. and they were:
Pamela Pretswell 70, Jane Turner 71, Kelsey MacDonald 71, Megan Briggs 77, Rachael Watton 81.
Scotland’s team total of 370 was an improvement of six shots on Tuesday but their total of 746 was well outside the championship flight maximum of 733 by eighth qualifiers France. Germany led the way with 15-under 705, ahead of Denmark and Spain. Ireland and England qualified fifth and sixth on the same mark, 726.
So disappointment for the Scotland women who won the bronze medals in this championship 12 months ago
In the European Girls Team Championship Scotland finished 14th of 19 with a total of 789, ahead of 16th placed Ireland (791) and 17th placed Wales (819). Renfrewshire's Eilidh Briggs and Alyson McKechin had the best Scottish scores again.
Scotland's second-day scores were:
Eilidh Briggs 76, Alyson McKechin 76, Clara Young 78, Hannah McCook 79, Lauren Whyte 80, Ailsa Summers 82.

Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report


Live scoring from these Championship is available and can be found from the following links. Good luck to both Scottish teams.



Tuesday, July 05, 2011


Scots women have mountain to climb to make top eight in Austria
The Scotland women's team, who gained bronze medals in Spain last year, will be hard pushed to qualify for the top flight of the European women's team championship at Murhof GC in Austria this week.
With Scottish champion Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) listed as a No Return - more likely that she was unable to play for some reason - all five Scots scores counted, which was a pity because Vagliano Trophy player Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) and Mortonhall teenager Rachael Watton both had seven-over-par 79s.
The Scotland counting scores were:
Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) par 72, Megan Briggs 73, Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 73, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 79, Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) 79.
Megan Briggs was going very well indeed when she turned in 34, having birdied the fourth, seventh and eighth, but she took 39 shots for the back nine.
Jane Turner was out in 37 and back in 36.
Kelsey MacDonald had halves of 39 and 40. She had one birdie, one double bogey and six bogeys.
Rachael Watton had halves of 40 and 39.
Pamela Pretswell went out in 35 and back in 37 for her par-matching round, even though she had a double bogey 6 at the third. The G B and A Vagliano Trophy team player birdied the first, sixth, ninth and 14th.
The Scots are lying joint 15th on 376 with Denmark (345) leading the way from Spain (356), Germany (359) and England (363).
Somehow, the Scots have to make up the leeway between them and the team/teams in seventh/eighth place overnight: Sweden and France, both on 367.
Ireland, surprisingly with a very strong team on paper, are back in 12th place on 370.
Wales are 19th of 20.
Spanish champion Camilla Hedberg, who played for the Continent of Europe's winning Vagliano Trophy team at Royal Porthcawl a week or so ago, had the best individual round of five-under-par 67.
Scotland are unlikely to qualify for the top flight of the European girls team championship at Is Molas GC, Sardinia. They are lying 16th in a field of 19 with a first-round, best five from six team total of 400 - 24 shots worse than the team in eighth place overnight, Norway.
Scotland scores were: Elidh Briggs 75, Alyson McKechin 76, Hannah McCook 82, Clara Young 82, Ailsa Summers 85, Lauren Whyte 86 (non-counting).
England's Lauren Taylor, the new British women's champion, had the lowest score of three-under-par 69. She was one of nine players to get under the par of 72.
Finland (361) lead from England (363) and Spain (367). Ireland and Wales, like Scotland, are unlikely to make the top flight of eight. The Irish are lying 15th on 398, the Welsh 17th on 421.
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report.


From the SLGA Website
The Scottish Ladies' and Girls' teams are taking part in their respective European team Championships in Austria and Sardinia this week (from 5 - 9 July). Both teams will play two stroke play qualifying rounds today and tomorrow (5th and 6th July) and the teams positions after the two rounds will determine which match play flight they qualify for.

The Ladies' team will look to build on their Bronze medals from 2010, while the Girls' team will look to move up the rankings from their 15th place finish last year.

Scottish Ladies' European Team
Megan Briggs
Louise Kenney
Kelsey MacDonald
Pamela Pretswell
Jane Turner
Rachael Watton
Captain - Fiona Norris

Scottish Girls' European Team
Eilidh Briggs
Hannah McCook
Alyson McKechin
Ailsa Summers
Lauren Whyte
Clara Young
Captain - Karen Marshall

Saturday, July 02, 2011


The following Renfrewshire Girls were playing in the Annual Janice Moodie Trophy at Windyhill yesterday

Eilidh Briggs, Kilmacolm 75 +1 = 76
Natasha Quyam, Ranfurly Castle 86 - 5 = 81
Linsey Stevenson, Elie & Earslferry 87 - 4 = 83
Emma Kennedy, Paisley 98 - 14 = 84
Alexandra Quyaum, Reanfurly Castle 102 - 14 =88

To read all the results and Report go to the West of Scotland Website

Friday, July 01, 2011

Final of the Scottish Seniors Matchplay Championship

Noreen Fenton (Dunbar) wins 1 up in the Final against Heather Anderson To read more go to thenWest of Scotland Website ad click on photoalbums above for photos and also Videos above --- More to be added