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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ENGLANDGOLF WOMENS NEWS DECEMBER ISSUE



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Jason Day and wife Ellie lose baby they were expecting next summer

Jason Day's wife Ellie recently shared that she and her husband lost the baby they were expecting next summer to a miscarriage. Ellie posted about it on Instagram just a few weeks after Jason noted that he was already questionable for the U.S. Open in June because of their third child.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

THE R&A INTRODUCES NEW AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP FOR GIRLS



12 December 2017, St Andrews, Scotland:

The R&A will introduce a new amateur championship for junior girl golfers when the inaugural Girls Under-16s Open Championship is played at Fulford, near York, from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April 2018.

The new event is part of The R&A’s drive to boost the girls’ game in Great Britain and Ireland and is designed to provide a clear pathway through to the elite amateur level for leading young players.
Ninety young golfers from countries around the world will tee it up on one of England’s most highly regarded golf courses when the 54-hole stroke play championship takes place in spring next year.
Fulford, hosting an event organised by The R&A for the first time in its history, enjoys a prestigious reputation as a championship venue having staged European Tour events for many years and was the host of the first ever Women’s British Open when Jenny Lee Smith won the championship in 1976. It has also hosted several amateur events including the European Ladies Team Championship in 2013.

The R&A will stage the Girls Under-16s Open Championship at Fulford for the next three years.

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said, “We are introducing a new championship for junior girls to help create a pathway for young amateur golfers to further their development by playing competitive golf in a world class environment.
“There is clearly a need to provide more opportunity for young girls to compete at the top level and this event will be an important and valuable addition to the amateur golf calendar.”
Online entries for the inaugural event will open in February 2018 and can be submitted via

Another change to the 2018 schedule will see the discontinuation of the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship. With an increasingly crowded schedule in late summer for the leading women’s amateurs, it has been decided to concentrate resources on developing the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship which is played in June and attracts a world class field.

The R&A merged with the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) on 1 January 2017 and since then has assumed responsibility for staging the LGU’s championships and international matches, thereby offering leading women’s professional and elite amateur golfers opportunities to play in a top class series of events.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Australian swing to kick off 2018 on Ladies European Tour



Mel Reid with the 2017 Oates Vic Open Salver

The Ladies European Tour’s 2018 season will commence with four tournaments in Australia in a significant development which strengthens the circuit’s partnership with the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour.

For the second consecutive year, the season will start with the Oates Vic Open, which is currently the only professional event in the world where men and women compete on the same courses concurrently, for the same money.

A host of Australia’s and the world’s most talented golfers will compete at 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads on February 1-4. The shared prize pool will be greater than ever at A$1.3 million, with the women’s and men’s fields, which will feature the defending champions Mel Reid and Dimi Papadatos respectively, to compete for A$650,000 each, up A$150,000 each on last year.

The Oates Vic Open will kickstart a huge five weeks for women’s golf in Australia, with the ActewAGL Canberra Classic to be held at the newly redesigned Royal Canberra Golf Club, one of the finest and most picturesque courses in Australia, on February 9-11. Several high-profile players have already confirmed their participation in the tournament, including Jiyai Shin, Dame Laura Davies, Katherine Kirk and Sarah Jane Smith.

The winners of the Oates Vic Open and the ActewAGL Canberra Classic, as well as the leading money-winner across both events, will qualify to play in the following week’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Kooyonga in Adelaide on Feb 15-18.
Two further tournaments in New South Wales, the Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville, to be played at Bonville Golf Resort on February 22-25, followed by the Women’s NSW Open at Coffs Harbour Golf Club on March 1-4, will offer the opportunity for LET members to compete in at least four events in five weeks in early 2018.
“We are delighted to co-sanction the Oates Vic Open for the second consecutive year and to strengthen our partnership with the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour through three additional co-sanctioned tournaments,” said the LET’s chairman Mark Lichtenhein. “I would like to thank the ALPG, as well as all the event sponsors including the Victorian, ACT and NSW Governments, Oates, ActewAGL and Bonville, for their huge support of women’s professional golf. Australia is known for supporting women in sport and getting behind major sporting events and we could not think of a better place to start 2018.”
Again in 2018, there will be a live stream from the weekend’s action at the Oates Vic Open, broadcast in HD from vicopengolf.com and Facebook LIVE and from the final round of the ActewAGL Canberra Classic, which has been made possible through the support of the ACT Government via their ACT event fund. In addition, the ALPG and LET are working together to maximise the distribution of the coverage from the Oates Vic Open and Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville, to their international broadcast clients.
Speaking at a press conference today, announcing the Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville and the Women’s NSW Open, ALPG CEO Karen Lunn said that she was looking forward to welcoming some of the best international talent to Australia in the New Year.

LET AUSTRALIAN SWING 2018:

Oates Vic Open
13th Beach Golf Links
Feb 1-4, 2018
AUD $650,000
ActewAGL Canberra Classic
Royal Canberra Golf Club
Feb 9-11, 2018
AUD $150,000
Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville
Bonville Golf Resort
Feb 22-25, 2018
AUD $350,000
Women’s NSW Open
Coffs Harbour Golf Club
March 1-4, 2018
AUD $150,000

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Flagship Asian LPGA event announces new name as Inbee Park confirms she will defend her title


HSBC announced that its flagship LPGA event will now be called the HSBC Women’s World Championship as ticket sales launched today for the eleventh edition of ‘Asia’s Major.’
The tournament, formerly the HSBC Women’s Champions, will take place from 1-4 March 2018 on the New Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore with defending Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, Inbee Park, heading the field.
It will mark the climax of a special two-week festival of world-class women’s golf at Sentosa, which will open with the first-ever instalment of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship, a new R&A Asia Pacific Golf Confederation event played on the same course at Sentosa from 21-24 February 2018.

HSBC, a long time global supporter of golfers at every level, has committed to inviting the winner of the 2018 Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific to play in the newly named HSBC Women’s World Championship.

Off course, HSBC, with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board, has planned some exciting enhancements at this year’s event to ensure that this popular tournament grows in stature as an all-rounded event. There will be plenty of activities – like the popular Saturday night concert fixture – and outstanding food and beverage options to enjoy for all the family, with a new atmospheric ‘Power Hour’ introduced to take place at the close of play on each tournament day in front of the clubhouse on a bespoke stage featuring leading local bands.
There are also the HSBC-sponsored ASEAN Connects and Women’s Leaders Forums planned for the Thursday and Friday of the 2018 HSBC Women’s World Championship week respectively.
Reigning Champion, Inbee Park, a seven time Major winner, took the opportunity to confirm that she will be defending her title in March. She commented: “This event is a very special one to all of us on the LPGA. I love the name change and it definitely reflects the stature the tournament has achieved over the years. I think it is a really nice link up with the Women’s Amateur Asia- Pacific tournament for the winner to qualify and it is a great idea from HSBC and the R&A. I look forward to seeing which exciting new young talent makes it through to the HSBC Women’s World Championship and to meeting her in March.”

Tricia Weener, Global Head of Marketing Commercial Banking & Sponsorship at HSBC said: “Our flagship event in women’s golf has evolved at a rapid pace over the past decade, acting as a catalyst for growth of the women’s game in the region. The stellar field, tough course and tough qualification criteria have always attracted the best players in the world to Singapore; just look at our previous Champions, legends of the game from all corners of the globe – Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa, Karrie Webb from Australia, Ai Miyazato from Japan, Paula Creamer of the USA and South Korea’s Inbee Park.

We are immensely proud of the tournament’s history but as a leading sponsor of the game we must continue to evolve and innovate to attract new fans and move golf into a new era. We believe the name change reflects the events hard-earned reputation of ‘Asia’s Major’ and the global nature of the event. We are excited to take the HSBC Women’s World Championship to the next level in 2018 through a winning combination of world-class sport and off-course entertainment. We hope you can join us there. ”

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said: “The HSBC Women’s World Championship is a world-class event that draws the world’s best female golfers to Singapore. This event is a true favorite on Tour - for top players, fans and even commissioners!”

Guy Kinnings, Senior Vice President & Chairman, Golf, IMG, the tournament’s promoter, added: “We are honoured that the R&A has chosen to host the inaugural 2018 Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific in conjunction with the 2018 HSBC Women’s World Championship. It is a real boost for women’s sport in the Asian region and will be a fantastic opportunity for all the amateur Singaporean players to get a chance to compete against the world’s elite amateurs for such a coveted title and a prized place offered by HSBC for the following week in ‘Asia’s Major.’”

Ms Jean Ng, Director, Sports, Singapore Tourism Board said: “The HSBC Women’s World Championship remains a lifestyle event that appeals to avid golf fans and casual leisure visitors alike. The blend of premier golfing action and entertainment offerings will continue to enhance both the fan experience this year, and Singapore’s appeal as a sports and entertainment hub.”
The six leading Singaporean amateurs will be invited to compete in the 2018 Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific for the opportunity to earn a place in the HSBC Women’s World Championship. This will replace the local qualifying tournament held previously.

Tickets for the HSBC Women’s World Championship 2018 are available for sale now at https://www.hsbcgolf.com/womens. Single day tickets to the golf for Thursday (1 March) and Friday (2 March) are S$22 per day, while access to the tournament weekend, Saturday (3 March) and Sunday (4 March) cost S$33 per day. A 10% discount on General Admission Concert tickets will apply with the purchase of a Golf Season pass (access to all four days of HSBC Women’s World Championship 2018), which is priced at SGD$88.

For more information on the HSBC Women’s World Championship 2018, visit the tournament website at https://www.hsbcgolf.com/womens

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

GEORGIA HALL WINS 2017 OOM


England’s Georgia Hall had reason to celebrate after collecting both the Ladies European Tour’s Order of Merit and Players’ Player of the Year Awards at a glittering awards dinner following the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic.

The 21-year-old from Dorset wrapped up the Order of Merit with earnings of €368,934.60 from 10 tournaments and was presented with a beautiful diamond encrusted OMEGA watch and a cheque for €20,000.

Hall recorded seven top-10s on the LET in 2017, two of those in European Major Championships. Her season started strongly with a tie for third in the World Ladies Championship in China and she then tied for fourth in the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. She posted a tie for ninth in the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open and then shared third place in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Links, marking her out as one of Europe’s rising stars.

Her debut as a rookie in The Solheim Cup, where she played in all five matches, proved her class on a global stage, with her performance beamed to more than 530 million households and watched by 124,426 spectators at Des Moines Country Club in Iowa.

She then tied for 10th place in the fifth Major, the Evian Championship in France, before posting a fourth-place finish in the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino and second in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi.

Reflecting on the season, she said: “It’s been a long year and I’m so happy to be able to win it. I think I’ve played great this year and I’ve had some really good results. It was one of my targets at the start of this year and I’m over the moon. The Solheim Cup was huge for me and to finish third at the British Open was big. Second in Abu Dhabi, I love it there, so it was nice to go back and this is one of the biggest moments in my career, winning the Order of Merit.”

Winners of the Order of Merit

1979 Catherine Panton-Lewis
1980 Muriel Thomson
1981 Jenny Lee Smith
1982 Jenny Lee Smith
1983 Muriel Thomson
1984 Dale Reid
1985 Laura Davies
1986 Laura Davies
1987 Dale Reid
1988 Marie-Laure Taya
1989 Marie-Laure de Lorenzi
1990 Trish Johnson
1991 Corinne Dibnah £89,058.00
1992 Laura Davies £66,333.00
1993 Karen Lunn £81,266.00
1994 Liselotte Neumann £102,750.00
1995 Annika Sorenstam £130,324.00
1996 Laura Davies £110,880.00
1997 Alison Nicholas £94,589.00
1998 Helen Alfredsson £125,975.00
1999 Laura Davies £204,522.00
2000 Sophie Gustafson £208,288.00
2001 Raquel Carriedo £160,441.00
2002 Annika Sorenstam €455,567.99
2003 Annika Sorenstam €286,991.24
2004 Annika Sorenstam €368,264.22
2005 Iben Tinning €204,672.62
2006 Laura Davies €471,727.42
2007 Sophie Gustafson €222,081.47
2008 Gwladys Nocera €391,839.58
2009 Sophie Gustafson €281,315.00
2010 Lee-Anne Pace €339,517.77
2011 Ai Miyazato €363,079.68
2012 Carlota Ciganda €251,289.95
2013 Suzann Pettersen €518,448.81
2014 Charley Hull €247,616.69
2015 Shanshan Feng €399,213.41
2016 Beth Allen €313,079.27
2017 Georgia Hall €368,934.60

Players’ Player of the Year (voted for by the LET membership)

1995 Annika Sorenstam
1996 Laura Davies
1997 Alison Nicholas
1998 Sophie Gustafson
1999 Laura Davies
2000 Sophie Gustafson
2001 Raquel Carriedo
2002 Annika Sorenstam
2003 Sophie Gustafson
2004 Stephanie Arricau
2005 Iben Tinning
2006 Gwladys Nocera
2007 Bettina Hauert
2008 Gwladys Nocera
2009 Catriona Matthew
2010 Lee-Anne Pace
2011 Caroline Hedwall
2012 Carlota Ciganda
2013 Lee-Anne Pace
2014 Charley Hull
2015 Nicole Broch Larsen
2016 Beth Allen
2017 Georgia Hall

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LAURA THROUGH TO FINAL Q SCHOOL IN MOROCCO


Alford's Laura Murray (Kippie Lodge) qualified for the Ladies European Tour Final Qualifying School in Morocco from December 16 to 20 by finishing fifth in the Pre-Qualifier B tournament at Palm Golf, Morocco on Saturday.

She had rounds of 71, 70, 67 and 75 for a five-under-par total of 283 - 13 strokes behind the leading qualifier by seven, France's Manon Gidali (67-66-64-73 for 270)

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Scots finish well in Dubai as Angel Yin wins in Play off


Californian teenager Angel Yin (pictured above) produced a birdie-birdie finish in a two-hole play-off to claim her first professional title at the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic.

The 19-year-old from Los Angeles added the striking Dallah trophy to her Solheim Cup win earlier this summer and gained a two-year exemption on the Ladies European Tour, where she started her career as a rookie in 2017.

 “I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Yin, officially the second longest hitter on the LET, with an average driving distance of 276.75 yards. “This is the perfect way to finish off 2017.”

 Yin posted a bogey-free final round of 67 to join Céline Herbin and In-Kyung Kim in the clubhouse on 15-under-par, but she almost gave it away by driving her ball right and it trickled into the lake on the par-five 18th in regulation play. She found the light rough to the left of the fairway from the 18th tee on the first play-off hole, but almost holed her third shot.
After driving the green on the par-4 17th, the second play-off hole, she won with a tap-in birdie. “It’s been a long week and I’m happy to be here in Dubai for the second time. I had a great time last year and I’m happy to be here again,” said Yin, who tied for 10th in the event in 2017.

At the prize giving speech, she added: “Two days ago I went to the aquarium in the Dubai Mall and today I’m going to see penguins with my friends – yes! I loved the course and it was in great shape.” 

Herbin, who shot a final round of 64, wasn’t too disappointed at being eliminated with a double-bogey on the 18th hole after finding the water with her third shot.
 She said: “I mean, it was really a bonus for me to in this play-off today. It was an awesome round for me, my personal best, minus eight and I had nine birdies. I enjoyed it a lot today. “I played very well, really, but so I spent a little bit too much time without playing. I finished earlier and I lost a little bit of rhythm, I would say. I could feel it on the drive and even the 7-iron on the lay-up. The sand wedge went out of the clubface, but today is a very nice day for me. It’s nice to finish well in this tournament, one of the biggest of the LET and I’m very happy.”

 Kim, the 2009 champion, admitted that she was disappointed to have missed her birdie putt from six feet on the 17th hole in the play-off, but felt that she had given it her best.
 She said: “You know, just getting myself in contention on the back nine, that was my goal. I was able to get into the playoff. I think that was the best scenario that I could ever have ask for before teeing off. I’m sure that a lot of girls played well today, and we all have a similar story. The course was set up for more aggressive play, but I think I took good advantage of it.”

 Overnight leader Anne Van Dam fired a final round of 71 and ended two strokes back in fourth place, with Aditi Ashok, Charley Hull and Pernilla Lindberg tied for fifth. Thidapa Suwannapura was eighth, while Olivia Cowan and Michele Thomson completed the top 10 spots.

 Georgia Hall, who had already wrapped up the Order of Merit, tied for 21st place and a tie for 66th was enough for Camille Chevalier to end the season as the leading first year professional and be crowned as the LET Rookie of the Year.

Michele Thomson



Kelsey MacDonald

Scots Michele Thompson and Kelsey MacDonald had a 68 and 69 in the last round of the Omega Dubai Classic today to finish in 9th and 11th place respectively.


LEADERBOARD

1 USA ANGEL YIN  70 71 65 67 273 -- Won on 2nd Hole of Play off
2 KOR IN-KYUNG KIM:  73 69 66 65 273
2 FRA CELINE HERBIN:   70 70 69 64 273
4 NED ANNE VAN DAM:  69 65 70 71 275
5 IND ADITI ASHOK:  71 68 68 69 276
5 ENG CHARLEY HULL:  70 70 67 69 276
5 SWE PERNILLA LINDBERG:  69 71 66 70 276
8 THA THIDAPA SUWANNAPURA:  71 66 72 68 277
9 SCO MICHELE THOMSON: 70 68 72 68 278
9 GER OLIVIA COWAN:  71 70 69 68 278
11 ESP MARTA SANZ BARRIO:  71 69 73 66 279
11 SCO KELSEY MACDONALD: 68 68 74 69 279

OTHER SCOTS 

28 SCO PAMELA PRETSWELL: ASHER 72 68 73 70 283
33 SCO GEMMA DRYBURGH: 70 72 74 68 284
36 SCO KYLIE HENRY: 72 72 71 70 285
41 SCO VIKKI LAING: 75 70 71 70 286

 Final Scoreboard

Angel Yin, 19, earns 1st professional win with LET title in Dubai

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Friday, December 08, 2017

ANGEL FLIES BACK INTO CONTENTION AS VAN DAM STAYS IN CONTROL

Angel Ying

DUBAI, Dec 8 — Long-hitting teen sensation Angel Yin fired the day’s best score of a seven-under 65 to haul herself into contention heading into the final round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club on Friday.

Yin, who turned 19 in October, made a blistering start, notching up eight birdies, including four in a row from the second, against one bogey to join Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg for a share of second on 10-under, just two shots behind the overnight leader Anne Van Dam, who returned an up-and-down third round of 70.

On moving day, as the terminology goes, a number of players, including Dame Laura Davies, the recent Ricoh Women’s British Open winner In-Kyung Kim and Charley Hull moved up onto an exciting bunched-up leaderboard, with just four shots separating the top 11.

England’s Hull, who finished runner-up to China’s Shanshan Feng last year, and India’s Aditi Ashok, seeking a desert slam of wins in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, were tied for fourth one nine under while Kim and Davies shot matching 66s to move into a six-way tie for sixth on eight under.

To read more go to the Ladies European Website

FULL SCOREBOARD

SCOTTISH  SCORES :
T16:   -6  M Thomson, 70, 68, 72, K MacDonald 68, 68, 74
T28:   -3 Pamela Pretswell Asher 72, 68, 73
T38:   -1 Kylie Henry 72, 71, 71
T47:   Even Vikki Laing 75, 70,  72, Gemma Dryburgh 70, 72, 74

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

KELSEY STILL IN 2ND PLACE AFTER 2ND ROUND IN DUBAI -- VAN DAM CLAIMS THE HALFWAY LEAD

DUBAI, December 7 - A change of putter worked wonders for long-hitting Anne Van Dam who blistered the front nine to move atop the leaderboard going into the penultimate round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club on Thursday.
 Starting the second round two shots off the pace, the 22-year-old Dutch star fired a flawless seven-under 65 to reach 10-under for the tournament, a good two shots ahead of Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald.

 England’s Georgia Hall, placed 14th overnight, carded a sparkling 67 to join Australia’s Celina Yuan and Thidapa Suwannapura for a share of third on seven-under as overnight leader Supamas Sangchan slipped to tied sixth after returning a 71.
 Starting from the 10th tee, Van Dam set the tone of the day with a birdie on the 11th before making the turn at two-under. Five in seven holes sparked her round to life, putting her firmly in the frame for her second title on the Ladies European Tour.
 The previous day, a massive 350-yard drive on the 18th set her up for an 8-iron approach shot into the green and a comfortable two-putt birdie, however it was her putting which helped her move to the top of the leaderboard on day two.
 “I haven’t been putting great at all for the last half year, but I changed putters two days ago,” said last year’s Xiamen Ladies Open champion, 22, from Arhem in the Netherlands.
 “I went for something completely different. Normally I have face-balance and now I have toe-hang. It’s a blade, and normally I have a mallet.”
 Van Dam, ranked second in driving distance on tour, with an average drive of 278.60 yards, clearly relished the opportunity to compete in a long-hitting three-ball featuring Brittany Lincicome and Angel Yin, officially first in driving distance at 283 yards.

“We had a lot of fun out there today and yesterday as well,” she said, adding: “We were all under par for two days in a row and we all hit it long, so that helps, helps with the game and we all play aggressively.”

 The lively American Solheim Cup player, Yin, 19, insisted on interviewing Van Dam after they finished playing together and commented: “Last year when I played with her, I was like, all that six feet height wasted, and this year was like, oh, I’m impressed.”

Scotland’s MacDonald, who is in second place, credited her caddie, Katy McNicoll, a former LET player and PGA assistant professional at Gullane, for keeping her calm and focused.
 “I just lost confidence kind of during the year, and again, just having someone on the bag that's just reiterating, you know, my thoughts and going over the same things. It's just putting the confidence back into me. She's a great friend, too, so that obviously helps,” said MacDonald.

 While Van Dam played a power game, the LET’s 2017 order of merit winner Hall plotted her way to a 67, her six birdies including a 30-feet effort on the ninth, which she played as her final hole.
 “I did putt well today and I wanted to take advantage of the morning round, because the greens were in better condition and less wind, so I’m glad I did it,” said Hall, still jet-lagged from her trip from the United States.
“I woke up at midnight and didn’t get back to sleep. I wasn’t in the best of moods today. I’m quite tired, but I played well,” said Hall, who took half a club more on most shots to compensate.

 Yuan, who had made one cut from six starts on the LET coming into this week, followed her opening 68 with a 69, although it wasn’t as eventful as the first round, when her ball hit an airborne parrot on the third hole and she went on to make a birdie there.
 She explained: “I was going to hit my shot and everything was clear and then once I began and I hit my shot, a parrot flew by and I hit it in the air and it passed away. I got my mind off it and focused on my game after that.
“I never really expected to play like this. Really, I wasn’t striking it very well today, but the score somehow turned out pretty good.”

SCOTTISH SCORES:
T2:    -8  Kelsey MacDonald - 68, 68
T6:    -6  Michele Thomson - 70, 68
T14:  -4   Pamela Pretswell Asher-  72, 68
T34: - 2  Gemma Dryburgh- 70, 72
T48: Even Kyle Henry 72, 72
T60: +1 Vikki Laing 75, 70

Missed Cut +2 --  Catriona Matthew 73,73 and Carly Booth 73, 73


LIVE LEADERBOARD FROM DUBAI

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SCOT KARIS WINS PLAYING RIGHTS ON JAPAN LADIES PRO GOLF TOUR



Karis Davidson with 2017 Riversdale Cup.


From Colin Farquharson

Scottish-born Karis Davidson, who emigrated with her parents from Innerleithen to Queensland when she was eight years old - she is now 18 - has turned professional and finished 11th at the four-stage Japanese Ladies Pro Golf Tour.
She will make her debut in March when the new season opens in Japan. The Japan Tour is second only to the American LPGA circuit in terms of prizemoney and had even more events, 38, in 2017.

Karis was one of Australia's leading girl golfers, having won the Aussie girls championship and this year the women's Riversdale Cup tournament, one of the most prestigious events Down Under.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

KELSEY MACDONALD IS LEADING SCOT AFTER THE FIRST ROUND OF THE OMEGA DUBAI CLASSIC

Kelsey Macdonald of Scotland during the first round


Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan fired a bogey-free five-under-par 67 to seize the early initiative at the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club on Wednesday.
Starting from the 10th tee, the 21-year-old Bangkok native came to life on the front nine after making the turn at one-under, reeling off four birdies in six holes to leave a strong field trailing in her wake.

Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald also sounded pleased with her day’s efforts with a great 4 under par 68 to lie tied 2nd place saying: “I made a couple of birdies in the first few holes which was nice. I have got one of my best friends on the bag and that made things more enjoyable.
 “This is my favourite event apart from the Scottish Open. They (the organisers) look after us so well. Also, the course is really good. Each hole is different, but I seem to get momentum going which is really good.”

SCOTTISH SCORES:
T2 - K MacDonald 68
T14 - M Thomson, G Dryburgh, 70
T46 - P Pretswell Asher, K Henry  72
T57 - C Matthew, C Booth  73
T 82 V Laing 75

To read more  go to the Ladies European Website

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017 ??



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Pamela Pretswell Asher would like to see more events on the Ladies European Tour





By Martin Dempster -

Pamela Pretswell Asher believes the Ladies European Tour has hit its lowest ebb at a time when the circuit boasts its strongest pool of talent in the last five years.

The 2017 campaign concludes on a high note this week with the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic involving a star-studded field at the Emirates Golf Club. But the fact it is just the 14th event on the schedule shows what a tough year it has been for players like Pretswell Asher who are trying to make a living on the LET.

Five tournaments went by the wayside this year, leading to the departure of the circuit’s CEO, Ivan Khodabakhsh, in August.

During the Solheim Cup in Des Moines, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan revealed that he had instigated talks with Keith Pelley, chief executive of the men’s European Tour, to see what could be done to help the LET. However, it emerged recently that the LET has declined the offer of assistance for the time being after being encouraged by the potential for a healthier 2018 schedule. “No chance,” replied Pretswell Asher, who was on the LET committee before resigning earlier this year, to being asked if there was a possibility of as many as 24 events being on that list, which is expected to be unveiled at this week’s event in the UAE.
“I think you’d be looking at 18 events next year and, for me, that would probably be a good schedule. “I think there is genuine interest, but whether that can be put in place for 2018, who knows. Even getting a couple back would be a start. But I think it will be 2019 before we really see a difference, so patience is the key.”

Speaking at an Aberdeen Standard Investments golf clinic in Edinburgh, the Scot added: “For me, the sad thing is that talent on the LET at the moment is the strongest it has been in the last five years. That’s the thing that frustrates me the most. “We have so many good players but they don’t have anywhere to play and don’t have to go to America if you don’t want to. But, at the moment, the only option is to go to the States. Georgia Hall, for instance, has to be there to progress her game after doing remarkably well to get into the Solheim Cup team this year from so few starts on the LET.”

Pretswell Asher has been the leading Scot on the circuit for the past two years but heads into this week’s event behind Michele Thomson on this I season’s money-list after the Aberdonian finished second in last month’s Indian Open. Due to bad smog, 
Pretswell Asher withdrew from that event but, after recording a top-15 finish in the following week’s Sanya Ladies Open in China, she is looking to end her season on a high in a field that is headed by Ricoh Women’s British Open champion In-Kyung Kim. “Michele had a great week in India but, if I can have a good week in Dubai, we’ll see where it leaves me at the end of the year,” said the former Curtis Cup player, who also has US Solheim Cup duo Angel Yin and Brittany Lincicome as her rivals this week. “This is a tournament I really enjoy, it’s the best one after the Scottish Open and it is one of the biggest on the schedule.
I’ve been pretty happy with my game. I just haven’t seen the results I would have wanted, though I had a good week in China. In fact, that was the best golf I’ve played for a long time. “My aim this week is to get 
a good finish to what has 
been a frustrating season. I think next year the schedule is looking better, though I don’t think it could be much worse, to be fair. “There were various reasons I came off the committee. It [a threadbare schedule] is not ideal because, at the end of the day, it is everyone’s job. It is the same for everyone, but I’m someone who likes to get a bit of momentum. “I like to get a few tournaments to get into the season and then get a run to get some rhythm going. This year, I had a couple of good results in April yet my next tournament was July – our biggest month – and by that time I’d lost any momentum I had. “It was disappointing not being able to take advantage of having both the Scottish Open and British Open on home soil.”

Fresh from her card success at the LPGA Qualifying School, Gemma Dryburgh also lines up in the Dubai event, as do Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew, Kelsey MacDonald, Vikki Laing, Kylie Henry and Carly Booth.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

CAMILLE CLOSES IN ON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR


Camille Chevalier (pictured above) from France is looking for a top finish in her first appearance at this week’s Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club to confirm her position as the LET’s Rookie of the Year.

 The 23-year-old from Aix-en-Provence claimed her maiden title at last month’s Hero Women’s Indian Open and sits approximately 31,000 euros ahead of second ranked rookie Jenny Haglund from Sweden heading into the season-ending tournament.

 Chevalier has earned 62,985 euros from eight tournaments this year and with the first prize worth US$75,000, or approximately 63,246 euros, any of the other first year members in the field could effectively seal the leading rookie title with a victory in Dubai, if Chevalier missed the cut.

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GOLF MEDIA RELEASE - International Day of the Volunteer



Maureen Leonard Dodd (left) with her Enniscrone Girls’ Interclub team (Photo Pat Cashman)


Tuesday 5th of December marks International Day of the Volunteer. Without the work of approximately 200 ILGU volunteers, Women’s and Girls’ Golf in Ireland would look very different.

One area of significant importance to the ILGU is Junior Development, it is important to the Union that developing players are catered for and given options for personal progression.

Alongside the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) and with support from the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) the Golf4Girls4Life Framework was created. This framework marks the beginning of a pathway for Junior Girls’ golf. The overarching aim of the framework is to map the progression of girls from beginner level, through to achieving a handicap of 35, at an appropriate rate for them as individuals.

Girls may then develop at their club with their PGA Professional or personal coach, next stepping up to Regional Coaching and competing at the ILGU District and National underage events and Championships. From there, and if they so wish, girls can aim to follow in the footsteps of our elite International Players and become High Performance Athletes.

Throughout all mentioned programmes from grassroots to elite performance, Volunteers are assisting to “Grow the Game, Beat the Competition” – the Player Development Vision of the ILGU.

Mary Kinsella, Chairman of Junior Development in Mid Leinster briefly tasted the game aged 10 but didn’t properly begin playing until the age of 36. Now with a handicap of 8 playing at Tullamore, she has Golfer of the Year and Captain’s Prize titles to her name. Originally volunteering within the club, Mary saw the opportunity to inspire the next generation of golfers through the Mid Leinster District. The Junior Development Committee (JDC) now consists of eight hardworking individuals who run events for all levels from fun scramble days to district championships and training.

“I remember those who helped and worked with me at various different sports over the years and so now my turn has come around,” explained Mary. “Volunteering with the ILGU allows me to meet lots of new people and I have formed friendships from that. The work we do involves lots of communication but the benefit we see makes it worthwhile!”

In the Connacht District, Maureen Leonard-Dodd, a teacher from Enniscrone Golf Club, got into golf as an adult in 2003 when she was invited to participate in organised ladies golf lessons by the then Lady Captain. Since then she has become a key component in the development of Girls’ Golf both in Enniscrone and Connacht.

“As my daughters became interested in the game, I saw the need for an organised programme at Club level and got involved. I was invited to join the ILGU District Executive and began to volunteer in Junior Golf at District level. I enjoy the game of golf myself and I want it to be the best experience for juniors of all ages and abilities so they in turn will enjoy and promote the game among their families and friends”.

A familiar face and name to anyone who began in Junior Golf in East Leinster, Margaret Tucker has been an ILGU Volunteer since 2007. Taking up the game at the age of 20, she is a past St. Anne’s Lady Captain. Now retired from her role in the HSE, she has been part of her club social and ladies committee, the East Leinster District Executive and currently the District JDC.

“Everyone should give something back, volunteering in Junior Golf has given me a sense of satisfaction, enjoyment and fulfilment. It keeps my mind active, all retiree’s should keep active and try volunteering for something!”

Just three of the 35 members of JDC’s across the country, these ladies have inspired many to continue playing the game for life.


Junior Development Committee Volunteer Profiles
Name: Maureen Leonard Dodd
Golf Club: Enniscrone Golf Club
Handicap: 16
Occupation: Teacher
Most Memorable Golfing Achievement: Winning the two day Kennedy Open Tournament in Enniscrone.
Favourite Golf Course: Apart from Ennisrone! - Links: Portrush; Parkland: Mount Wolsley
Hobbies outside Golf: Travel, drama, reading, cooking
What has volunteering in junior golf given you? A sense of making a difference and a sense of satisfaction that, together with other volunteers we have nurtured a 'love of the game' for a wide variety of ages and abilities.
What does volunteering with the ILGU involve? Promoting engagement in the game at Club level, district level and national level. Supporting Junior Convenors at Club level to develop junior programmes & network with other Clubs. Organising & delivering district development/training programmes.

Name: Margaret Tucker
Golf Club: St. Anne’s
Handicap: 35
Occupation: Retired HSE
Most Memorable Golfing Achievement: Winning the Lady Captain’s Prize in our Jubilee Year 1996 and winning the O’Grady Cup in 1998
Favourite Golf Course: St. Anne’s
Dream Fourball (with anyone alive or dead): Henrik Stenson, Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne
Hobbies outside Golf: Bridge, flower arranging
What has volunteering in junior golf given you? Satisfaction, enjoyment and fulfilment

Name: Mary Kinsella
Golf Club: Tullamore
Handicap: 8
Occupation: Self-employed Accounts /Bookkeeping
Age you started playing golf and how: age 10 for one summer and then at 36 yrs of age.
Most Memorable Golfing Achievement: Golfer Year in 2012 including Captains Prize.
Favourite Golf Course: Woodenbridge
Dream Fourball (with anyone alive or dead): Catriona Matthew/Leona Maguire/Padraig Harrington.
Hobbies outside Golf: golf only at this point!

Monday, December 04, 2017

SCOTTISHGOLF AGM - SAVE THE DATE



The Board of Scottish Golf is pleased to announce the date of the 2018 Scottish Golf Annual General Meeting.
The meeting will be held on Sunday 4 March 2018.
We would encourage you to save the date with confirmed venue and timings to follow early in 2018.

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SHEILA AND LIS JOINT ANGUS LADY GOLFERS OF THE WEEK

Sheila Gourdie (Panmure Ladies) and Lis Husband (Carnoustie Ladies) are joint MyGolfRanking Angus Lady Golfers of the Week 17/48.
They both climbed 16 places although not yet in the top 10, still headed by
Sakuna Ramsay (Edzell) with 976pt but now only by one point from Ann Dawson (Arbroath Artisan).

ANGUS LADIES
1 Sakuna Ramsay (Edzell) 976 pts
2 Ann Dawson (Arbroath Artisan) 975
3 Jane Tough (Brechin) 919
4 Jane Grubb (Montrose Mercantile) 914
5 Lesley Forsyth (Montrose Caledonia) 898
6 Pamela Wickstead (Monifieth) 896
7 Diane Hamilton (Kirriemuir) 887
8 Kay McAllister (Edzell) 881
9 Katherine Taylor (Brechin) 879
10 Pat Roy (Forfar) 844
11 Georgina Middleton (Edzell) 838
12 Iris Doig (Monifieth) 831

ANGUS LADIES CLUBS
1 Montrose Caledonia 792
2 Carnoustie 748
3 Edzell 716
4 Brechin 706
5 Letham Grange 702
6 Montrose Mercantile 697

GEMMA DRYBURGH HAS SECURED HER LPGA CARD FOR 2018


Scot Gemma Dryburgh has secured her full LPGA card for the 2018 season! She finished in 13th place - 4 under by finishing with a 4 under par 68 in the 5th and final round.
She thanked everyone who has helped her over the years to get to this point, especially her parents!
" I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. Thanks to my coaches, my sponsors, and my friends. Sorry I can’t mention you all individually. Next stop Dubai! So excited for the 2018 season already! And thanks to everyone that has messaged me, I really appreciate all of the support. Hard work pays off"

England's Georgia Hall also secured her card with a 6 under par total

To read the full report go to the LPGA Website

SCOREBOARD

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

GOLF IN SCOTLAND IS SINKING FAST


By Martin Dempster (The Scotsman)

It was easily the soundbite that made the biggest impact during a four-and-a-half hour discussion about the future of golf in Scotland. “We are all on the Titanic if we choose not to do anything,” around 500 delegates were told at the first Scottish Golf national conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

When he was subsequently accused by one delegate of being responsible for “a lot of negativity” about the state of the game in its birthplace by delivering that message, Stewart Darling, a Scottish Golf board member, stuck firmly to his guns. “It’s not negativity – it’s reality,” he said in response.

Eleanor Cannon, the Scottish Golf chair, kicked off the day’s proceedings in the capital by asking a wide cross section of the game to “suspend disbelief” following recent negativity towards the governing body on the back of a controversial proposed new strategy being put on hold as some keynote speakers addressed the audience and, with all due respect to the others, it was Darling who definitely made the strongest impression in the hall.

He highlighted that Scottish clubs had been losing roughly 5,000 full members every year in the last 10 years. He warned that the consequence of not doing anything to try and address that situation was an average annual subscription of £478 rising by 34 per cent in five years’ time and to be 84 per cent higher in 10 years’ time. “That is a fairly challenging prognosis in any walk of life,” he said.

One of many illuminating graphics Darling, the CEO of Vianet Group, a strategic insight and cloud based technology business, used to get his message across highlighted golf’s demographic being its biggest problem.

Over 55s make up more than 100,000 of golf club members whereas 24 and unders provide just more than 10,000. He also pointed out that it used to take 20 rounds per year in 2007 for someone to justify their subscription fee and now it is 40.

He revealed, too, that only 47 per cent of members submit enough cards (three) to retain a handicap while just 53 per cent play in a formal competition.

Having too many courses is one of the game’s problems. “We can’t sustain 600 clubs in 10 years’ time,” he warned. Struggling to walk the line between smart and casual?

 Darling’s strongest message, though, about what needs to change more than anything was about getting more women into the game. That is based on the fact that women currently make up less than 14 per cent of membership in Scotland. “There is going to have to be a fundamental re-think,” he said. “We need to think very clearly about the future and how we get women in. It is a big opportunity if we accept this to be the case.
Some clubs are not welcoming to women and children - that is a fundamental issue. “Also, we are not connected as a golfing community and need to harness the power of that. Data is the new oil and new water. The power of it is massive for golf. At the moment, we have so little data on our game. We can have power if that changes and that is really important.”

At the moment, only 6 per cent of Scottish Golf’s income is from a commercial source. Roz Cushieri, another board member, agreed when that situation was described as “absolutely disgraceful” by a delegate. “But we need to make sure what we are offering the long list of companies we are engaging with is attractive in terms of inclusivity and other things,” she said before another delegate revealed that one company looking to invest a seven-figure sum in golf had said “no” to Scotland because it felt the game in this country wasn’t “family friendly”.

One of the proposals in that new strategy was to raise the affiliation fee paid by every club member from £11.25 of to £24. Asked if that could still be on the table at the agm in March, board member Malcolm Kpedekpo hinted it might. “This is the start of a process and, if we think £24 is the right price when we look at the strategy, then it would be wrong not to put it forward.”

Cannon, who was delighted with the success of an event that brought the most club administrators, club committee members and professionals under the same roof in Scotland, said she hoped a new chief executive to replace Blane Dodds will be in place early in the New Year. “We had a tremendous response to the advert and will be holding interviews in December but, as part of the consultation process, we thought it was maybe wise to slow things down a bit to get feedback from today,” she said. 
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JLPGA DEFEATS KLPGA TEAM TO WIN THE QUEENS PRESENTED BY KOWA



Japanese LPGA


The LPGA of Japan team, led by Misuzu Narita, took down the top ranked Korean LPGA Tour team in the Championship Final to win The Queens presented by Kowa for the second time in three years at Miyoshi Country Club in Japan.

The ALPG Team, led by Karrie Webb, secured third place after the day three foursomes matches against the LET Team, led by Gwladys Nocera.

To read the full report go to the Ladies European Tour Website

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Link to LPGA Tour Qualifying School Stage III scores with one round to go

Leading 20 will gain LPGA Tour membership after 90 holes.
Gemma Dryburgh is in 28th position after 72 holes.

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Saturday, December 02, 2017

SVLGA WELCOME NEW MEMBERS AND WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

On a day when we hope Scottish Golf can move forward, the Scottish Veteran Ladies officials - President Emma Wilson, Vice President Maureen McKerrow, Captain Ellie Whyte, Vice Captain Karen Ballantyne and (Secretary / Treasurer) Alison Houston would like to say Merry Christmas to all lady golfers but in particular the over 50’s.

We’d love to welcome many new members in 2018 but especially the single figure players.

Here is a link to our website with the fun Christmas video above
SVLGA WEBSITE

Merry Christmas !!

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Friday, December 01, 2017

Johnson and Pace soar to victory after eagle as Korea leads day one four-balls





Nagoya, Japan: The Korean LPGA Team made a clean sweep in their four-ball matches at Miyoshi Country Club on Friday to hold a healthy lead after the opening day of The Queens presented by Kowa in Japan.

“Today everyone was in great condition and we came out and posted some superb scores,” Kim said at a press conference afterwards, alongside the other captains representing the Korean, Japanese, Australian and Ladies European Tours.

The top ranked player, world no.19 Jin-Young Ko, from Korea, combined with Ji-Hyun Oh to post a 4 and 3 win over Australian Captain Karrie Webb and Hannah Green in the first of the four matches featuring Korean players.

The Korean captain Ha-Neul Kim and her playing partner Ji-Hyun Kim then won 1 up against the LPGA of Japan Captain Misuzu Narita and Mamiko Higa; Seon-Woo Bae and Jeong-Eun Lee defeated Olafia Kristinsdottir and Carly Booth of the Ladies European Tour and Ji-Hyun Kim and Hae-Rym Kim earned a 3 and 1 victory over Annabel Dimmock and Mel Reid.

Each win is worth two points and a halve is worth one point. The LPGA of Japan team won two and halved one of their four matches, meaning that they have five points, to Korea’s eight.

Captain Narita commented: “It was very windy this morning with difficult pin positions and today we had mixed results, although we all played our best.”
There were Japanese victories for Ritsuko Ryu and Lala Anai and for Yukari Nishiyama, playing with former captain Momoko Ueda, as well as a halve from the last match, featuring the JLPGA Order of Merit winner Ai Suzuki and Fumika Kawagishi, playing against Australians Katherine Kirk and Whitney Hillier, on her 27th birthday.
The halve produced the sole point for the ALPG Team and Webb said afterwards: “It feels good to be in the clubhouse because it was a very cold and windy day and the pins were difficult in those conditions. Out team fought hard and I think we got unlucky to only make a halve. I think our players played better that the result would suggest.”
Felicity Johnson and Lee-Anne Pace defeated Stacey Peters and Cathryn Bristow from the ALPG Team by 2 and 1 to register a victory, worth two points, for Captain Gwladys Nocera’s LET Team.
Johnson chipped in from the back of the 15th green to take the duo two up and they shook hands on the 17th.
Pace said: “We started off slowly and the wind was kind of tricky. They got two up on us because they made a lot of putts, but luckily Flic came in like a storm on the back nine and she saved us.”
Johnson added: “We made some good putts on the back nine and I made a couple of birdies in a row and then chipped in for eagle on 15, which was a big turning point. The wind was swirling, so that fooled us a little bit on the front nine. It was tough to get close to the pins, which were really tucked away.”
Captain Nocera, who rested on Friday, commented: “It was tough. Obviously, we hoped for better results but there were some really good games and it was tight; my players fought until the end. Felicity and Lee-Anne played well against the ALPG and it was a really high level of golf across the board.
“I’m enjoying being a captain. It’s hard to watch, because you want to help everybody and wish you could do more, but I’m asking the others to do their best and I’m doing my best for them.”
There are nine players per team and all 36 in the field will compete in the 18 singles matches, starting at 8.30am on Saturday.
After the second day, the teams will be ranked according to points earned and the first and second placed sides will face each other in the ‘Championship Final’ over four foursomes matches on Sunday, with another four foursomes matches to be played between the third and fourth ranked teams.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Qualification Criteria set for The PING Junior Solheim Cup 2019


30 November 2017
The PING Junior Solheim Cup qualification process for Gleneagles 2019 has been finalised as Europe’s young aspiring golf stars start to take aim on winning a place at one of the biggest events in women’s sport globally.
Taking place as part of the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, 9 – 15th September, a dozen of Europe’s brightest young stars aged 12 to 18 years old will look to claim back the trophy won by the American team in 2017 at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in Iowa,.
Europe last won when the match took place at Båstad Golf Club, Sweden in 2007 and there is no end of motivation to win back the trophy as juniors across Europe have a firm eye on earning a coveted place at Gleneagles in 2019.

One such group of Scottish juniors, named #project19, was born from a WhatsApp group started by way of the girl’s motivating each other to climb the amateur golf rankings and qualify to represent Team Europe at Gleneagles. Their efforts have already been rewarded with a trip to the 2017 edition in Des Moines where the girls played a role in the handover ceremony and now they are fully focused on winning a place in the team at Gleneagles.
The Solheim Cup week will begin with the PING Junior Solheim Cup with the participants made to feel an important part of the main event. This under 18 event will be showcased as never before as Scotland seeks to ensure that this is the most family orientated and inclusive Solheim Cup ever staged. The Scottish Government has stated the ambition to ensure the 2019 edition of the Solheim Cup in Perthshire will serve to both grow golf and leave a lasting legacy of increased participation in women’s sport. 

The themes of equality, innovation and experience will be thread through all aspects of the event as The 2019 Solheim Cup aims to engage both the traditional golf audience and the wider sports fan, raising the profile of women’s golf both in Scotland and internationally. The Scottish Government and VisitScotland have been long-time supporters of the women’s game having partnered with the Ricoh Women’s British Open and recently significantly enhanced the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, which took place as a co-sanctioned LET and LPGA event for the first time earlier this year. 

The 2019 Solheim Cup will not only highlight the stunning assets of Scotland, the Home of Golf, but also build on the legacy of the successful 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. It will underline that Scotland is the perfect stage for major golf events as it seeks to help inspire a new generation of children to take up the game invented in their home country.

The full criteria for the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup is outlined below with the leading six players from the PJSC ranking (based on results from the 2019 PJSC q-events) following the Girls British Open Championship 2019 automatically selected along with six Captain’s Picks based on performances at amateur events along with the EGA Ladies European Amateur Ranking.

European Qualification:
•  12 participants.
•  Participants must be 12-18 years old (born 2001 or later) and must not have reached their 18th birthday prior to January 2019.
•  Participants must be amateurs and not be members of a competitive collegiate golf program.
•  Participants must be a European citizen.
•  The leading six players from the PJSC ranking (based on results from the 2019 PJSC q-events) following the Girls British Open Championship 2019 will be automatically picked. In the event of a tie for the qualification positions, the selection would have been decided based on individual standings on the EGA Ladies European Amateur Ranking.
•  Six Captain’s Picks.
•  All amateur events and the EGA Ladies European Amateur Ranking will be taken into consideration when deciding the Captain’s Picks.
The PING Junior Solheim Cup qualifying events and point distribution will be announced by the end of the 2018 season.
Testaments from past participants:

Charley Hull, England (played PJSC 2011):
“When I was selected to represent Europe in the PING Junior Solheim Cup in 2011 in Ireland it was my greatest golfing honour at the time and it felt like my first step into big time golf. I remember feeling proud to represent Europe and wear its colours and even more proud to hit the first tee shot of the competition. 
Later on, when I played my first Solheim Cup, I remember asking the other team members about what to expect about being nervous in front of such large crowds.   Although they said nerves would play a big part, I was really surprised when I stood on the first tee and rather than feeling nervous I got a real buzz from the fantastic atmosphere created by thousands of chanting fans. I remember thinking to myself I hope I have many more Solheim Cups to come.”

Lexi Thompson, USA (played PJSC 2009):
“My PING Junior Solheim Cup experience was one of a kind and having one of my role models (Nancy Lopez) as my captain was a huge honor. But overall the experience of being part of a team, growing a friendship with the other players was a week I’ll never forget. The PING Junior Solheim Cup was an event that has helped me perform at a high level like the actual Solheim Cup today. And it is an event that is not only an honor to represent your country in but a week you’ll remember for the rest of your life “

Julia Engström, Sweden (played PJSC 2017):
“I played in the 2017 PING Junior Solheim Cup and I also have got the opportunity to play in Scotland because I will be 18 years in 2019. It will be one of my goals for sure. It is a great experience playing in the tournament and to play on the same venue. It gives us a chance to interact with the Solheim Cup players in a very unique setting. We can be close to them, watch them practice, talk with them and learn from them. The PING Junior Solheim Cup also gives us a chance to meet many new friends both from Europe and the United States.”

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Aberdeen's Gemma Dryburgh makes a par start to LPGA Final Q School

Gemma Dryburgh
The fury of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament is off to another blistering start, as five players are tied for the lead with 68s after the first round of play at LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Aberdeen's Gemma Dryburgh, the only Scot in the field of 165 players, 20 of whom will win LPGA Tour status at the end of five rounds. She shot a par-matching 72 and is joint 30th.

With 20 full-time LPGA cards up for grabs, five players carded a 4-under par on day one including Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong (Buengkan, Thailand), Anne Van Dam (Arnhem, Netherlands), Nasa Hataoka (Ibaraki, Japan), Hyemin Kim (Seoul, South Korea) and Gabriella Then (Rancho Cucamonga, California).

Overall, 29 competitors (representing 15 countries) fired 1-under or better. 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Coronation Foursomes: Player's Blog

Linda Spence played in the grand final of the Coronation Foursomes in September.

Linda Spence and her playing partner Alison Turnball, from Elie & Earlsferry Golf Club both travelled from Edinburgh to play in the grand final of the Coronation Foursomes in September.
In the R&A website she writes about her experience teeing it up at the Eden Course and encourages women across Great Britain and Ireland to sign up for next year.

To read all about what she said -- Go to the R&A Website

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Blairgowrie boy has hole in one finish at Faldo Series Grand Final


By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Blairgowrie's Campbell Gibson had a hole in one at the par-3 17th (172yd) in a final round of two-over-par 72 for a total of 218 and a joint 24th place finish at the 21st Faldo Series Grand Final at Al Ain Golf and Equestrian Centre, Abu Dhabi today (Wed).
Gibson's earlier scores were 74 and 72. He had a double bogey 6 at the 11th hole in his third and final round but the ace made up for that.

The Glenalmond College student, pictured, finished joint sixth in the Under-18 boys' category.
Cameron Adam (Royal Burgess) finished the top Scot in joint 17th place overall on 216 with rounds of 71, 73 and 72. He had a double bogey 5 at the short 17th in his final round. Adam was placed joint fifth in the U16 boys' section.

Swiss-based Scot's daughter Cameron Neilson, a member of Alvaneu Bad Golf Club, had scores of 71, 72 and 74 for a joint 19th place finish on 217. Miss Neilson won the Under-16 girls' category.

Former Scottish schoolgirls champion Jennifer Rankine (Haggs Castle) had a nightmare finish of double bogeys at the 16th and 18th in her closing round of 77 (36-41) for a total of 222 and a joint 35th place finish. Her earlier scores were 72 and 73.

Jennifer finished joint sixth in the U21 girls' section.

The Grand Final was won by Brazil's Herik Machado with scores of 70, 67 and 61 for a 12-under total of 198, one shot ahead of Australia's Daniel Gale (66-65-68).

Machado had an eagle 2 and seven birdies in his nine-under-par final round of 61.
England's Arron Edwards-Hill (67 for 205) and Harry Butler (70 for 206) finished third and fourth respectively.

21st FALDO SERIES GRAND FINAL

Al Ain Golf and Equestrian Centre, Abu Dhabi
LEADING FINAL TOTALS
Par 210 (3x70)
198 H Machado (Braz) 70 67 61
199 D Gale (Australia) 66 65 68
205 A Edwards-Hill (Eng) 68 70 67
206 H Butler (Eng) 67 69 70

SCOTS' FINAL TOTALS
216 C Adam (Royal Burgess) 71 73 72 (T17)
217 C Neilson (Switzerland) 71 72 74 (T19)
218 C Gibson (Blairgowrie) 74 72 72 (T24)
222 J Rankine (Haggs Castle) 72 73 77 (T35)

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IRELAND'S LEONA MAGUIRE NAME FEMALE AMATEUR OF THE YEAR





Ireland's Leona Maguire has been named Global Golf Post's Female Amateur of the Year for 2017.

The award comes on the back of an excellent year for Maguire, who has also received the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the top golfer in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking for the third consecutive year.

The Cavan native won the 2017 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship with a 3 & 2 matchplay victory over Ainhoa Olarra and finished inside the top-50 in the British Open.

The Duke University golfer also represented Great Britain & Ireland in the Vagliano Trophy.

Yesterday’s award follows a fine collegiate season for Maguire which saw her nab a second Annika Award and WGCA National Player of the Year honours after posting the second-lowest stroke average in National Collegiate Athletic Association history with 70.2

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

FALDO SERIES GRAND FINAL IN DUBAI ROUND 2 SCOREBOARD


54-hole tournament
OVERALL SCOREBOARD
par 140 (2x70)
131 Daniel Gale (Australia) 66 65
136 Harry Butler (England) 67 69
137 Herik Machedo (Brazil) 70 67
138 Arron Edwards-Hill (England) 68 70

SCOTS' SCORES
143 Cameron Neilson (Switzerland-based) 71 72 (T15)
144 Cameron Adam (Royal Burgess) 71 73 (T18)
145 Jennifer Rankine (Haggs Castle) 72 73 (T22)
146 Campbell Gibson (Blairgowrie) 74 72 (T29)

CATEGORY PLACINGS

UNDER-16 GIRLS
1st Cameron Neilson

UNDER-21 GIRLS
3rd Jennifer Rankine

UNDER-18 BOYS
T6 Campbell Gibson

UNDER-16 BOYS
4th Cameron Adam

GEORGIA PLAYS DOWN PRESSURE AHEAD OF LPGA Q SCHOOL

Georgia Hall is refusing to put pressure on herself as she aims to secure her full LPGA Tour status at the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School, which gets underway on Wednesday.

The Ladies European Tour Order of Merit No 1 is one of 166 players looking to earn their card for 2018 this week, held over five rounds across two courses at LPGA International.
Only the top 20 players after 90 holes will book full-time LPGA Tour privileges, while those finishing in places 21-45 will earn conditional status for next season.

Hall finished in a share of third at the Women's British Open
Hall finished in a share of third at the Women's British Open
The world No 41 topped the standings during Stage II of Qualifying School last month and Hall is targeting a similar performance to cement her status as a worldwide player.
"It's just another tournament week and I'm not going to put any pressure on myself," Hall said. "Leading up to Solheim, and after that as well, has been a little bit of pressure. I haven't really felt it

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Monday, November 27, 2017

SCOTLAND-BASED ALLEN EXPLAINS WHY SHE CHANGED CADDIES

Scotland-based Beth Allen Opens Up About Caddie Change and missing Final Stage Q-School


Beth Alen
Photo Credit: Scott A. Miller
Written By:Jennifer Meyer@Jenn7771
Digital Content Manager for LPGA and Symetra Tour.


Player and caddie break-ups can be a sensitive subject.
So often it is about friendship, a bond that's been built over time and not just about a game.  It was no different when Scotland-based American Beth Allen and long-time caddie, Sophie Gustafson, called it quits after the U.S. Women's Open back in July.

"The decision was really difficult for me," Allen told LPGA.com. "Soph and I had a great two years together including three wins and winning the Ladies European Tour (LET) Order of Merit in 2016. I have never been more successful or more comfortable with anyone else on the bag, and I learned so much from her which I will forever be grateful for."
Allen said she started to struggle after Hawaii.  She made only one cut before arriving at the U.S. Women's Open and, as many players would, she changed caddies in the midst of a bad streak.
"I thought a new start might help and Soph was supportive of that decision," said Allen.

Allen has worked with a couple of different caddies since the two parted ways back in July.  She has worked mostly with friend Thad Kael and had some success.  He helped her get back on her feet in Portland and Indy finishing T-29 and T-19 respectively. The two have been friends since Allen turned pro in 2005.
"He's a fantastic caddie who genuinely loves what he does, and we have a lot of fun together," said Allen.
Allen doesn't have a long-term solution, though she didn't rule out the possibility of re-hiring Gustafson.
"She is still very supportive of my golf and always there for me which is really special to me. I hope that we work together again at some point in the future," said Allen.

Allen admits she couldn't pinpoint the one reason behind the struggle, but said she lost some confidence in her putting this year.   
"The standard of golf is so high on the LPGA so when you are struggling like I was, it is so hard to make money, and I am not used to missing cuts, so I found it really hard mentally. Practicing on weekends watching leaderboards is literally the worst."

Allen did have a couple of solid performances at the end of the season which gives her status for the 2018 LPGA Tour season.  She decided to forgo the Final Stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament because she believes she'll still get into 12-15 events next year.  She also hopes for a couple of sponsor invites to play in the Kia Classic, which is in her hometown, and The Australian Open, one of her favorite events.
"I really do want to play in Europe more in 2018 as Scotland is now my home and I think being away from my life there really contributed to some of my struggles in 2017," said Allen.

Allen will finish her 2017 season on the Ladies European Tour at the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic in December. Dubai is not a bad place to end the year, but Allen admits she ready for a fresh start in 2018. 

She plans to take advantage of the short off-season spending quality time with her loved ones in Scotland and California.  
Mix that with the right amount of rest, practice and getting some new equipment dialed in and it makes for a prosperous 2018.
"I am planning on starting my season in the Bahamas and going from there to Australia to play the LET event in Victoria," said Allen. "As I mentioned before, I want to play both tours and just try to enjoy myself and play freely."

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