Saturday, February 17, 2018


Charley Hull (pictured above) found her groove only to make a huge error on the 17th in the third round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The 21-year-old from Kettering in England was five-under-par for the day after 16 holes at Kooyonga Golf Club, despite a double-bogey at the short third hole, only to fritter away three strokes with a triple bogey on the 17th.

 Heading to the 17th tee five strokes behind the leader, Jin Young Ko, Hull she pushed her drive into awful trouble and could only bunt it out backwards.

 From there, she found another poor lie and hit her third shot into the water. After her pitch rolled over the green, she opted to putt from just off the green and her ball rolled 15 feet past the pin, but she made a solid putt for a seven, followed by a sand save on the par-4 18th hole and a third round of 70, to end the day on three-under-par.

After her returning her score card, her spirits remained high and she said: “I’m happy with my round, I’m playing really good, especially at the start of the season.

It was a shame on 17, because I didn’t hit much of a bad drive really and it just took a massive bounce off the fairway and ended up in the bush, and then I chipped out of it, actually an all right chip out there and then the lie that I had where I chipped out was on the fairway, but it was in a weird V like that, so I hit it, it pulled it, pushed it to the right and I chipped up and then two putted. But I was really happy with my round and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

 This is Hull’s second start of 2018 after a tie for 26th in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. The three-time European Solheim Cup team member, now in her sixth year on tour, is looking for her third career win after the 2014 Lalla Meryem Cup on the LET and the 2016 CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA.

Scotland's Michele Thomson is tied in 50th place on 2 over par




Sweden’s Jenny Haglund drove away with a brand-new Hyundai Genesis G80 after a hole-in-one during the third round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide.

 The 24-year-old from Karlstad hit the shot of the day on the 144m par-3 14th, using a 7-iron, as she made her tournament debut at Kooyonga Golf Club.

 It was her fourth hole-in-one, but her first reward and she said: “The others have all been in tournament play, but I’ve never got anything for them, let alone a Genesis. Three lots of nothing and now an awesome car. I can’t believe it!

 “I just aimed right at the pin and it was just how I wanted to hit it. I started a little bit right and then drawing a bit left against the wind which held it up a little and then it landed and rolled. Then the crowd was just cheering and standing up. It was a great experience. I couldn’t see it, but I knew when the crowd went crazy.”


Friday, February 16, 2018

South Korean Jin Young Ko leads in the ISP Handa Women's Australian Open after 2 rounds

South Korean Jin Young Ko (pictured above) followed her opening 65 with a three-under-par 69 to lead for a second day at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide.

 Ko, who is making her first appearance in Australia, started with a pair of bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes but made three consecutive birdies from the first hole before adding another at the fifth to move to 10-under-par, with a three-stroke clubhouse lead over American rookie Emma Talley.

 Ko may be an LPGA rookie in name, but she won the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in October and already has 14 titles as a professional, including 10 on the KLPGA Tour.

 She also finished second behind Inbee Park in the 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry. 

Ko’s trying not to put too much pressure on herself this week, however, she said that the Kooyonga Golf Course is shorter and more open than the courses that she is used to playing in Korea, allowing her ‘heart to relax.’

 Fellow South Korean Jiyai Shin, who is fresh off her 50th career professional win at the ActewAGL Canberra Classic, backed up her opening 67 with a 71 to sit in joint third place and Ko and Shin have something in common more than their positions on the leaderboard this week. Ko’s caddie, who she has worked with for the past two seasons, an Aussie Dean Herden, was on Shin’s bag for her LET win last week.

 The other players in the mix include Lydia Ko, Nasa Hataoka, Sun Young Yoo, Yu Liu, Olivia Cowan, Hannah Green, Hyein Choi, Mo Martin and Luna Sobron Galmes. But veteran Karrie Webb, who is playing a reduced schedule this year, followed her opening 70 with a 78 to sit on four-under-par, just outside the projected cut mark to the leading 70 players and ties. Of the chasing pack, Minjee Lee is tied for 17th place.

Scotland's Michele Thomson is tied in 44th place to make the cut and Catriona Matthew has missed the cut 


Thursday, February 15, 2018



15 February 2018 – South Africa’s top ranked Kajal Mistry (Pictured left) from Randpark will lead Zethu Myeki, Caitlyn Macnab and Danielle du Toit into battle against four top amateurs from Scotland at East London Golf Club on Friday.
The South African quartet will challenge the Scottish Golf’s Women’s Squad members an unofficial one-day Test that will serve as a curtain-raiser for the Border Championship.

The eight players will also line up in the provincial event, which takes centre-stage over the weekend in Buffalo City.
Womens Golf South Africa president Sally Greasley welcomed the arrival of Chloe Goadby, Gemma Batty, Hannah Cook and Shannon McWilliam in South Africa.

“We are delighted to welcome Scottish Golf to South Africa and really pleased that they agreed to an informal Test ahead of the Border Championship,” said Greasley.

“The Scottish Golf Mens and Boys Squad players have been coming out to South Africa for a number of years as part of the Winter Training Programme. 

The Women’s Squad coach David Patrick contacted us earlier this year, (pictured left)saying he wanted to bring his players to South Africa to compete in some of our tournaments and in some Sunshine Ladies Tour events.

“We jumped at the chance to offer our top ranked players the chance to compete against strong international competition on home soil. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to gain valuable experience early in the season.”
The format will be single match play with the number of holes “up” at the 18th hole to determine the winning team.

South Africa’s foursome will carry some good form into the test, and the championship.
Mistry closed out a top six finish in the highly-rated Annika Invitational USA in January and finished fourth in the season-opening Eastern Province Championship, which former Border golfer Myeki won by six strokes at Port Elizabeth Golf Club earlier this month.
Gauteng North’s Du Toit, who lifted the All India Ladies Amateur Championship title in December, closed out a top 10 finish in the Canon Ladies Tshwane Open and tied for fifth in the Eastern Province Championship.

Macnab, the reigning Ekurhuleni Women’s Open champion, had two good showings on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, with a joint 23rd finish at Pretoria Country Club and 18th in the Joburg Ladies Open.
Their Scottish opponents may be coming out of winter, but can definitely not be discounted.

Two-time Scottish Golf Order of Merit winner McCook finished the season with six top 10s, including ties for ninth in the Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship and Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

Stirling University student Batty made her debut for Scotland at the Home Internationals and represented GB&I at the World University Games in Chinese Taipei alongside 20-year-old Goadby, who tied for fourth in the St Rule Trophy and topped the qualifiers at the Scottish Womens Amateur Championship.

The youngest member on the team, 18-year-old McWilliam was the runner-up in the Scottish Open Stroke Play and took 13th in the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play. McWilliam also finished second in the Scottish Golf Order of Merit.

“The players will be thoroughly tested at East London Golf Club, especially if the wind shows its teeth on Friday at this great layout,” said Greasley. “We look forward to a great contest and wish both teams good golf and great shot-making.”

After the Border Championships, Myeki and Du Toit will join the Scottish Golf Women’s Squad players in the South African Women’s Masters at San Lameer Country Club from 22-24 February. The Scots will also tee it up in the SuperSport Ladies Challenge, presented by Sun International, at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club the following week.


IRISH GOLF MEDIA RELEASE - European call up for Paula Grant

Paula Grant (By Pat Cashman Photography)

Paula Grant (Lisburn) has been selected to represent Europe at the Patsy Hankins Trophy next month.
The event, which see’s two teams of twelve representing Europe and Asia-Pacific, will be played at Doha Golf Club, Qatar from March 8th – 10th.
This selection comes following a consistent start to 2018 for Grant. A second place finish at the South American Amateur in Argentina followed by a top 15 at the Portuguese International Amateur suggest that the Lisburn native is determined to continue her fine form from 2017 which included the Irish Women’s Close Championship title and the Doris Chambers Trophy as leading qualifier at the British Ladies Open Amateur Championship at Pyle and Kenfig. 

European Team:
Annabell FULLER (ENG)
Clarisse LOUIS (BEL)

About the Patsy Hankins Trophy
The Patsy Hankins Trophy, inaugurated in 2016, is a biennial match between elite female amateur golfers from Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The 12-woman teams face each other in three days of match play in a format similar to the Solheim Cup, with five four-ball matches and five foursomes matches on days one and two, and 12 singles matches on the final day. Asia-Pacific claimed a 17-15 victory in the inaugural match played at the Vidago Palace Golf Club in Portugal. The second edition of the event will be played at Doha Golf Club, Qatar from 8-10 March. The late Patsy Hankins was one of the most respected administrators in the world of golf, and played a key role in the amalgamation of men’s and women’s golf in New Zealand.



Great Britain and Ireland's Curtis Cup team captain Elaine Farquharson-Black, a partner in the Burness Paul law firm, is on course to become the first female overall captain of Deeside Golf Club.
The Bieldside-based course on the banks of the River Dee was founded in 1903.

At the club's annual meeting earlier this week, Andy Powell (pictured above with Elaine) was elected club captain and he chose Elaine to be his vice-captain.

She will become an historic female club captain of Deeside GC in 2020.

Elaine, a former Scottish girls and women's champion who played in two Curtis Cup matches against the United States and two Vagliano Trophy matches against the Continent of Europe was captain of the winning GB and I team in the 2016 Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire GC near Dublin.

She will lead the GB and I team of eight players in the defence of the trophy at Quaker Ridge Golf and Country Club, New York State in June. No GB and I team has won a Curtis Cup match in the United States since 1986 although the did halve the biennial match in America in 1994 to retain the trophy.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Curtis Cup player Olivia Mehaffey has scored her first win on the United States women's college golf circuit, albeit in the absence of a play-off she had to share the honour with two players, Kaitlyn Papp (Texas) and Lilia Vu (UCLA).

The trio finished on one-under par 212 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Golf Club, California. There was a field of 96.
Olivia, a student at Arizona State University from Northern Ireland, had rounds of 68, 71 and 73. Remember her opening round included her third competitive hole in one. She birdied the 12th and 18th in her final round, which proved final in the final analysis

Kaitlyn scored 69, 71 and 72 while Lilia came with a strong late run in compiling scores of 75, 69 and 68, birdieing the 15th and 16th

Leona and Lisa Maguire, both students at Duke University, finished T18 and T41 respectively. Leona scored 75, 69 and 77 for 221 while Lisa shot 74, 76 and 76.

Elizabeth Prior (UNLV) finished T47 on 227 with scores of 73, 81 and 73

Former Scottish U18 girls champion Fiona Liddell (Baylor) finished T74 with rounds of 79, 76 and 79

Leading team totals:
867 UCLA
871 Alabama
876 Stanford
883 Arizona
884 Arizona State

893 Duke (8th of 18)



The MyGolfRanking PERTH & KINROSS Players of Week 2018/05 are GILLIAN PEMBERTON of Milnathort Ladies who has entered the Top Ten of the MGR Perth & Kinross Ladies’ Ranking at No 6 and SIMON GRAY of Strathtay Golf Club who has risen to No 2 the Men’s equivalent.
Jillian Milne (Blairgowrie) 951 points
2 Gwen Lambie (Dunkeld & Birnam) 944 
Carol Muir (Craigie Hill) 928
Susan Arbuckle (Blairgowrie) 903
Hazel Dean (Muthill) 900
Gillian Pemberton (Milnathort) 893
Alison Stockley (Craigie Hill) 889 
8 Maria Duncan (Milnathort) 880 
Avril Smith (Blairgowrie) 859
10 Laura Campbell (Pitlochry) 844
11 Pat Short (King James VI) 838
12 Lesley Findlay (Blairgowrie) 831
13 Margo Mackenzie (Dunning) 825
14 Margaret McCartney (Crieff) 820 
15 Joyce Burnett (Crieff) 819
Craigie Hill 853
Blairgowrie 775
Dunkeld & Birnam 748
Crieff 733
5 King James VI 727

Willie Hutton (Pitlochry) 1144 points
Simon Gray (Strathtay) 1106 
3 Colin Milne (Pitlochry) 1050
Bill Scorgie (King James VI) 1000
5 Les Bayne (Craigie Hill) 962
Tam McLaren (King James VI) 94
7 Scott Michie (Kinross) 933
8 Scott Haxton (Auchterarder) 920
Steven Munro (Kenmore) 905
10 Ewan Sime (Craigie Hill) 897
11 Phil Scott (Auchterarder) 894
12 Alexander Gordon (Dunning) 891
13 Kevin Graham (Dunning) 889
14= David Morrison (Dunning)Colin Munro (Murrayshall) 886

1 Kenmore 784
Strathtay 778
Muthill 768
4 Perth Merchants 750
Craigie Hill 734

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Iona Roska from Inverness, a student at Cameron University, Oklahoma, finished joint 31st in a field of 90 players at the weekend's Rattler Invitational women's college golf tournament at Dominion Country Club, San Antonio, Texas.

She had scores of 81 and 79 for a total of 160, 16 strokes behind the winner, Johany Rivera (St Edwards), who scores 73-71 to win by two shots.



Emma Svensson from Halmstad, Sweden, a third-year student at Central Arkansas University, won the Texas State Invitational women's college tournament by a single stroke at Plum Creek golf course, Kyle in Texas

Over a par-71 course of 6,059yd, Emma had rounds of 76, 68 and 67 for a two-under total of 211.
Central Arksansas also provided the runner-I[. Geraldine Wong with scores of 69, 74 and 69 for 212.

Kaity Cummings (Houston Baptist) (71-73-70) finished third on 214, a stroke ahead of fourth-placed Ella Ofstedahl (Georgia Southern), a sophomore student from Bedfordshire. Ella had rounds of 72, 69 and 74.

Farther down the field of 90 players was Belfast's Becky McGeehan (UTSA) with scores of 78, 76 and 75 for 229 and a share of 31st place.
Central Arkansas's 1-2 in the individual event helped them to win the team title by nine strokes from UTSA (Texas-San Antonio) with Houston Baptist (884) third in a field of 17 teams.


Scottish Golf's new proposal for affiliation fee is £15 instead of £24

By Martin Dempster 

Scottish Golf has significantly
lowered its proposed hike in the national affiliation fee – but is being warned the rise is still going to be “difficult to stomach” for the majority of golf club members.

Initially set at £24 – an increase of £12.75 – before that controversial proposal
was scrapped towards the end of last year, the new figure being put on the table by the governing body is £15. That will be put to a vote by stakeholders, a group that includes close to 600 affiliated clubs, at Scottish Golf’s annual general meeting at Dalmahoy early next month.

Aimed at raising £4 million over four years to help combat funding from sportscotland having been slashed, the initial proposal was put forward by Blane Dodds before he quit as Scottish Golf’s chief executive to take up the same post at Tennis Scotland.

That, along with other proposals to introduce a national
CRM system and the implementation of a golf tourist tax, had been due to be voted on at a special meeting in December before it was scrapped.
Instead, as part of Scottish Golf deciding to extend a period of consultation before finalising a new strategy, it took the form of a national conference – the first of its kind in the home of golf – in Edinburgh.

Delegates were warned that paying £24 would feel “like a walk in the park” compared to seeing their annual subscription rising by more than 80 per cent in ten years’ time, a claim made by Scottish Golf board member Stewart Darling.

However, fears that may have pointed to the national body, which is being run by chair Eleanor Cannon, pictured, until Andrew McKinlay, the newly-appointed chief executive, takes up his post in May, pushing ahead with a big rise have now been allayed.

Despite that, though, one golf club committee member has said that he still believes there will be opposition to the proposed £3.75 rise. “I personally think that the increase is still going to be difficult to stomach for the majority of golf club members as, although the actual amount is small, the percentage increase is 33 per cent,” Steven Brand, who is the match secretary at Aberdour, told The Scotsman

“For club members to accept such a fee, Scottish Golf must address the issue of transient golfers who are not affiliated to golf clubs and they must also look to charge fees relative to a club’s turnover to help out the smaller clubs. Many members don’t see what benefit they receive from the affiliation fee, although through the match secretary role, I have experienced first hand how Scottish Golf staff help with handicap queries, rules queries, etc.

“At the moment, golfers are paying to be members of clubs, and then being charged an additional amount to be affiliated to Scottish Golf. Golfers who 
simply play golf at a different course every week pay neither membership fees or the affiliation fee. 

“Scottish Golf have to address such issues, and they need to forget about the CRM and centralised tee booking. I would also note from their accounts that, despite funding and subscriptions falling, salaries at Scottish Golf have increased year-on-year.”



Burhill Golf Club and the PGA invite you to play in the First All Female Pro-Am in the UK.

 The event launched on the 1st February and within the first week, the team have signed up amatuer teams from south Devon to Cambridgeshire and we need you to help us make this new event a great success.
Teams – 3 Female Amateur Golfers PLUS 1 Female Professional Golfer
1030am Shotgun Start Team,
Individual and Professional Prizes Tea/Coffee on Arrival Lunch and Prize Giving
Entry Fee: £225.00 per team of 3 amateurs (one or more Burhill Members)
£255.00 per team of 3 amateurs (Non-members)
There will be a Professional Competition, the format will be "Par is your Friend"

 To find out more about the day and the course please visit the event website: Burhill Ladies Pro-Am

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Former Scottish Under-21 girls champion India Clyburn slumped to a 78 in the final round and finished joint ninth in a field of 66 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic college tournament aty Rio Mar Country Club, Rio Grande.

Clyburn, from Cleethorpes and a student at North Carolina State University, was in the mix after a pair of 73s in a high-scoring tournament but she was unable to mount a challenge on the final day.
She had a double bogey 5 at the short 16th and seven bogeys which birdies at the fifth and 13th could not cancel out.

Clyburn, younger sister of LET player Holly, finished eight strokes behind the winner, all-the-way leader Maria Fassi (Arkansas University) who finished a three-over-par 216 with rounds of 68, 75 and 73. She won by gthree strokes from celia Arozamena (Iowa State) (74-74-74 for 219).

Arkansas (882) won the team title by 10 strokes from Iowa State with Kent State (897) third and North Carolina State (904) fourth in a field of 11 teams.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Arnold Clark will be the Official Vehicle Provider / Rental Partner of The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, 9th to 15th September.

As well as providing a fleet of vehicles to meet the team and official’s transport needs, Arnold Clark will feature in on- and off-course branding and at promotions around the country.They will be the only vehicle rental company that will be promoted by the Solheim Cup travel partners, with special deals arranged for all spectators and visitors to the event. 

 In keeping with the spirit of The 2019 Solheim Cup, where legacy is high on the agenda, and as a gesture of support to Scottish Golf, Arnold Clark has committed to provide a minibus for the Scottish junior teams for three years, providing invaluable support for their grassroots initiatives. 

 Since its launch in 1954, Arnold Clark Automobiles has grown to become Europe's largest independently owned car retailer, selling 280,000 vehicles per year and generating an annual turnover of over £3 billion.

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History will be made once again at the home of golf in 2021 when The 150th Open is played at St Andrews from July 11 to 18.

Marking a true celebration of golf’s original championship and its historic ties to St Andrews, the occasion will be the 30th time that The Open has been played over the world-renowned Old Course where many of the greatest names in the history of golf have lifted the famous Claret Jug and been crowned Champion Golfer of the Year.

Golf’s most international major championship was last played in St Andrews in 2015 when Zach Johnson defied difficult weather conditions to defeat Marc Leishman and 2010 Champion Golfer of the Year Louis Oosthuizen in a four-hole play-off and land his second major title. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R and A, said “The Open holds a very special place in the hearts of golf and sports fans around the world. The Championship enjoys a historic and celebrated relationship with the Old Course in St Andrews and we are excited to be marking the occasion of the 150th Championship at the home of golf in 2021.

 “St Andrews has produced a revered group of outstanding Champion Golfers since The Open was first played on the Old Course in 1873. Once again we look forward to seeing the greatest players take on the challenge of the world’s most iconic links course in their pursuit of the Claret Jug.”

 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, said, “As the world’s oldest and most prestigious professional golf championship, The Open is synonymous with both St Andrews and Scotland and I’m delighted St Andrews will welcome its 150th staging in 2021.
“The Open is without doubt one of the biggest events held in Scotland on a regular basis, drawing huge spectator attendance from outwith the country and providing a global media and broadcast platform to promote our outstanding golfing assets to future visitors.
“Through VisitScotland, we continue to support The Open and we will work with The R and A to deliver a Championship in 2021 befitting of its historical significance.”

Euan Loudon, Chief Executive of St Andrews Links Trust, said, “There can be no more fitting celebration of the rich heritage of the Home of Golf and its relationship with the world’s oldest major championship than as host of The 150th Open. “It is always special when The Open returns to the Old Course and I am sure that excitement, both here in St Andrews and around the world, will build in anticipation of this special occasion. “Almost every great champion in the game has played on our famous Links and we look forward to welcoming the next generation of golfing greats for The 150th Open.”

The Old Course first hosted The Open in 1873 when the 13th Championship was played over an 18-hole course for the first time and was won by Tom Kidd. Since then, the historic links has witnessed some of golf’s most notable players go on to become Champion Golfer of the Year including JH Taylor, James Braid, Bobby Jones, Peter Thomson, Bobby Locke, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.



Curtis Cup player Olivia Mehaffey (pictured above) from Belfast leads the field of 96 players into the third and final round of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge women's USA college golf tournament at Palos Verdes Golf Club, California.
Olivia, who had a hole in one in a first-round 68, followed that with a 71 for a three-under-par tally of 139 over the par-71, 6017yd course.
The Arizona State student leads by one shot from Kaitlyn Papp (Texas University) (69-71) and Patty Tavatanakit (UCLA) (71-69).
The Maguire twins, students at Duke University are joint ninth and 42nd respectively.
Leona has scored 75-69 for 144, Lisa 74-76 for 150.
Former Scottish U18 girls champion Fiona Liddell (Baylor) is sharing 64th place on 155 with scores of 79 and 76.
Alabama and UCLA are sharing the lead on 576, only one shot ahead of third-placed Arizona.

Par 142 (2x71). 6,017yd.
139 O Mehaffey (Arizona State) 68 71.
140 K Papp (Texas) 69 71, P Tavatanakit (UCLA) 71 69.

144 Leona Maguire (Duke) 75 69 (T9).
150 Lisa Maguire (Duke) 74 76 (T42).
154 E Prior (UNLV) 73 81 (T60).
155 F Liddell (Baylor) 79 76


Monday, February 12, 2018


India Clyburn's repeat 73 good enough to share third place

 It must have been a bad weather day for the second round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Country Club's Ocean Course at Rio Grande. Tournament leader Maria Fassi (Arkansas University) followed up her opening round of 68 with a 75 but 143 was still a good enough 36-hole tally to retain a two-stroke lead from Celia Arozamena (Iowa State) 74-71 for 145.

India Clyburn (North Carolina State) from Cleethorpes improved from T9 overnight to T3 despite another one-over-par 73 for a two-round total of 146, the same as Carley Cox (East Carolina) 75-71.