Friday, October 20, 2017


Lesley Forsyth (Montrose Caledonia Ladies) is the MyGolfRanking Angus Lady Golfer of the Week. She has climbed to No 6 in the rankings.
Diane Hamilton (Kirriemuir) continues to lead by a narrow margin from Sakuna Ramsay (Edzell).

1 Diane Hamilton (Kirriemuir) 980 points
2 Sakuna Ramsay (Edzell) 976
3 Ann Dawson (Arbroath Artisan) 953
4 Jane Tough (Brechin) 946
5 Pamela Wickstead (Monifieth) 913
6 Lesley Forsyth (Montrose Caledonia) 898
7 Jane Grubb (Montrose Mercantile) 894
8 Kay McAllister (Edzell) 881
9 Katherine Taylor (Brechin) 879
10 Pat Roy (Forfar) 844
11 Georgina Middleton (Edzell) 838
12 Joyce Brown (Brechin) 825
T13 Cath Macdonald (Montrose Caledonia), Fiona Watson (Brechin) 800
15 Michelle Lyall (Downfield) 795


A Clean Sweep for Strathmore Golf Club 

Scratch Champion - Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore)
Handicap Champion - Megan Ashley (Strathmore)
Drysdale Trophy - Amy Mitchell (Strathmore)
Dallas Trophy - Kirsten Miller (Strathmore)
McPherson Medals - Scratch - Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore),
Handicap - Kirsten Miller (Strathmore)
Order of Merit - Scratch - Amy Mitchell (Strathmore),
Handicap - Kirsten Miller (Strathmore)

Thanks go to Ian Butchart -- a very proud Strathmore Junior Convenor for all the results

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By Randall Mell
Venezuela’s Alazne Urizar Zapata took the first-round lead Thursday in the LPGA Q-School’s stage two event at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Florida.
With a 6-under-par 66 on the Bobcat Course, Zapata is one shot ahead of Sweden’s Jenny Haglund, Hungary’s Csicsi Rozsa and Spain’s Luna Sobron.
South Korean amateur Eun Jeong Seong opened with a 68, moving into a tie for fifth. Seong made history last year becoming the first player to win the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Amateur in the same season.
Ireland’s Leona Maguire, the world’s No. 1 amateur and the two-time Annika Award winner at Duke University as the best player in college women’s golf, opened with a 70, good for a tie for 11th.
England’s Georgia Hall opened with a 71. Hall tied for third at the Ricoh Women’s British Open in August and tied for 10th at the Evian Championship a month later. She made her first European Solheim Cup team this summer.
Alongside Hall on the T23 mark are compatriots Annabel Dimmock and Charlotte Thomas.
Meghan Maclaren had a 72 to be T40 overnight.
Scots Vikki Laing, Gemma Dryburgh and Michele Thomson are T83 with 74s.
Carly Booth had a 75 to be T102.
A fifth Scot, Kylie Walker, was T120 with Amy Boulden from Wales on the 76 mark.
There is a field of 190 players.
The low 80 scores and ties from this week’s field of 192 players will advance to the final stage of Q-School in December.



Link to live scoring at the first round of the LPGA Qualifying School Stage 2 eliminator at Venice, Florida


Thursday, October 19, 2017


Greenlees Trophy Winners
L to R: Sheila Adams (Loudoun Gowf), Barbara Aird (Cathkin Braes), 
Pat Syme (Hilton Park) and Ann Wallace (Prestwick St. Nicholas)

The Trophies
The Annual Greenlees Lunch took place yesterday, 18 October, in the Old Course Ranfurly clubhouse.
This was attended by 65 ladies representing 26 clubs.

Mrs. Maureen Mitchell opened the proceedings by saying how pleased she was to see so many ladies attending.
She took the opportunity to remind the club secretaries that their lists of 12 players and the Greenlees fee of £15 were now due if they had not already sent them in.
Next she introduced the top table guests - Mrs Ann Dunn who was the previous Convenor who had worked hard for the League and had done all the work at the beginning of the season before Maureen took over.
Her other guest was Mrs Hazel Kirkland, the Lady Captain of Old Ranfurly, who welcomed everyone on behalf of the Club.
Maureen next said Grace and the ladies were then served an excellent lunch. Lots of pleasant chatter could be heard and it was obvious that everyone was enjoying catching up with old friends.

After coffee was served, Maureen invited the Captain to present the trophies to the winning teams.
Division 3 was won by Hilton Park with Prestwick Saint Nicholas winners of Division 2.
The runners up in Division 1 were Loudoun Gowf who were narrowly beaten by the overall winners - Cathkin Braes. Their secretary, Barbara Aird, then made a short speech saying how enjoyable it was competing in the matches in a friendly spirit.
She then gave a vote of thanks for all the hospitality received from Old Ranfurly and thanked Maureen and her helpers for organising a very successful lunch.

The two guests were presented with the flowers from the top table.

Mrs Mitchell then reminded the secretaries present that the AGM was being held on Tuesday, 21 November at Old Ranfurly.
She concluded by wishing everyone a safe journey home.


 Greenlees Final Results 2017 

 Division 1
Cathkin Braes 46 - Greenlees Trophy Winners 2017
Loudoun Gowf 44.5 - Greenlees Trophy Runners Up
Milngavie 38
Kilmarnock Barassie 38
Ranfurly Castle 37.5
Troon Ladies 32.5
West Kilbride 32
Old Ranfurly 28.5  - Relegated to Division 2
Largs 27 - Relegated to Division 2

Division 2
Pretswick St Nicholas 49 - Division 2 Winners
Haggs Castle 42 - Division 2 Runners Up
Cathcart Castle 39.5
Douglas Park 39.5
Williamwood 38
Kilmacolm 37
Whitecraigs 33
Ayr Bellisle 24 - Relegated to Division 3
Cardross 22 - Relegated to Division 3

 Division 3
Hilton Park 42 - Division 3 Winners
Lenzie 36 - Division 3 Runners Up
Erskine 33.5
Lanark 33
East Renfrewshire 32
Bothwell Castle 30
Eastwood 28.5
Greenock 26.5
Cowglen 26.5
Cawder 26

To read some of the history of the GREENLEES TROPHY -- CLICK HERE



Pictured left to right: LET Chair Mark Lichtenhein, Stephen Gethins MP, LET Director Trish Johnson, Baroness Nye of Lambeth and Craig Tracey MP at the UK Parliament on Wednesday.

Last night (18 October) the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group heard from the Ladies European Tour (LET) in Parliament.
Peers and MPs were joined by associate members, as representatives from the LET made a presentation to a packed meeting of the Group.
The presentation was made by LET Chair, Mark Lichtenhein, and Director and professional Trish Johnson, who holds 19 LET titles. It focused on the LET's efforts to help promote and develop golf for women and girls.


Speaking after the meeting, Group Co-Chair and Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire, Craig Tracey MP, said: "Members of the Group were delighted to hear from the Ladies European Tour. It was great to hear about the operations of the tour in more detail, and the work it does to promote golf for women and girls. I look forward to working with the tour in the future, especially with the return of The Solheim Cup to the UK in 2019."
Co-Chair and Member of Parliament for North East Fife, Stephen Gethins MP, added: "The All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group is committed to growing the game in the UK, particularly for women and girls. The Group will continue to support the work of the Ladies European Tour, and I hope that many more women and girls will be encouraged to take up our sport in the future."
Mark Lichtenhein, LET Chair, said: "It was an honour to present to the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group in Westminster, and I thank MPs and Peers for the opportunity. Golf is a very important sector of the UK economy and there is a huge opportunity to grow its contribution by involving more women and girls in the sport. For its own part, the LET is committed to growing the game, by inspiring both current and future generations of women to get involved in golf and enjoy all its benefits, from a health-enhancing to exciting social activity."
Fellow LET Director Trish Johnson said: "It was a great privilege to meet with MPs and Peers in Parliament. This is an exciting time for women's sport in general, and I am confident that the Ladies European Tour will be able to harness opportunities to build the profile of the women's game moving forward."



Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Leona Maguire is competing at the LPGA Qualifying School Stage 2 in Florida this week but she has no intention of going on to the Final Stage if she qualifies.

The low 80 and ties following the final round will advance to the final stage of qualifying. There is no cut and the golfers that do not finish in the top 80 will still have Symetra Tour membership for the 2018 campaign.

Maguire is using this event to obtain full status on the Symetra Tour for the 2018 season The native of Cavan, Ireland will return to Duke University at Durham, North Carolina to finish out the 2017-18 collegiate season and graduate from Duke in May

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


This Wednesday and Thursday sees Old Ranfurly Ladies Club Champion Fiona McPhee representing Scotland at Turnberry in the Howdidido Titleist Order of Merit final !

Fiona managed to top the standings in Scotland this year earning her the right to go through to the final with 3 other ladies from each home nation to fight it out for a custom fit full set of clubs.

She will play a round on each course and get an overnight stay in the hotel for reaching the final, a magnificent achievement showing consistency all year !

Fiona won’t just be playing for herself this week, along with one lady from each country, the top 3 gents qualify so they will compete in a team event as well over the links on the South Ayrshire coast.

2,000 ladies from across the UK have now came down to 4... from everyone at the Old Course Ranfurly we wish you the best of luck Fiona

Thanks go to May Hunter for this report.



OPINION "Dodds has taken the dishonourable way out"

By Michael McEwan — 17 October, 2017

It comes just less than two weeks after CEO Blane Dodds – who today left the organisation to take up a role at Tennis Scotland – set out his blueprint urging members to vote through his plan to help ‘re-establish the game at all levels’.

A meeting took place between all of the Men’s and 11 of the 15 Ladies’ Area Associations in Dunblane on Sunday, with the aim of putting together an alternative proposal to take to the governing body’s Special General Meeting in Stirling on December 2.

However, it is understood that, when Scottish Golf chair Eleanor Cannon heard of this scheduled meeting, the governing body’s board had a meeting of their own Saturday to discuss changes to the strategy.

These alterations include the scrapping of the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system and reducing the affiliation fee to ‘something more reasonable.


Perthshire golf owes huge debt to the Butcharts for promotion and encouragement of Juniors

Who played for GB and Ireland boys team
against Continent of Europe many moons ago
The efforts of Iain Butchart and his wife Dawn in all that they have done to promote and encourage junior golf in Perthshire from Iain’s position as Junior Convener at Strathmore Golf Club for the past 10 years or so stems from the well documented membership decline of most golf clubs in Scotland.

To a large extent, the drop in numbers can be attributed to the lack of youngsters taking up the game which, in turn, has caused the average age of some club memberships to have risen considerably, in some cases to the late 60s which is clearly unsustainable if club golf is going to survive as we have always known it.
We are all aware of the competing interests of youngsters these days and that to many  golf can be seen as too time- consuming and even still a bit elitist which is a barrier to getting new blood into the game if it is going to prosper at it has done in all my near 60 years' involvement in golf.  
While the R and A and other like organisations can do their best to stimulate interest, at the end of the day it is with the efforts at ground level of individual clubs through their junior sections that effective action can be taken to promote the game we all love.    
This is where I feel the likes of Iain Butchart deserve wider recognition of all that he and his wife Dawn have achieved at Strathmore, particularly with it being a relatively new club (the course there was only opened in 1996) and without being unfair, could be described as an unfashionable club compared with the many more established and wealthier clubs elsewhere.
The hire of golf clubs scheme was Iain’s brainchild as a first-class practical measure to introduce youngsters to the game .
The dedicated and enthusiastic work carried out by Iain and Dawn, with the help of others, over the last decade, has arrested the decline of interest in the game by youngsters
Thanks to Butcharts' efforts, top quality talent has already been produced in the likes of Alex Simpson, Kirsty Brodie, Megan Ashley and others.
There have been a number of talented young golfers produced by Strathmore GC in recent years who have gone on to receive national recognition and according to their long standing Junior Convenor, Iain Butchart, the reason is a simple one.
Strathmore has and continues to be very supportive of junior golf as they see it as their future and even pay for an external PGA professional in Gareth Couzens to give free lessons to their juniors.
They also have a certificate system set up on their nine-hole course and fun handicaps before Iain decides when they are ready for the 18 hole course and a CONGU handicap.
This has already produced two assistant professionals in Rory Tinker (Piperdam) and Hannah Robb (Elie), and Emily Aird and Michael Brodie are on college golf scholarships in America.   Megan Aird is looking to work in golf hospitality and Tod Bannerman has started a greenkeepers' course at Gleneagles, having first attended Elmwood College in Fife.
Currently, Strathmore have Kirsty Brodie, Amy Mitchell and Alex Simpson all in the Scottish Academy programme – the only club in Scotland to have three.
Butchart reckons that this success will continue and Strathmore will keep on producing good young players because of the structured set-up he has put in place.   He sees his role as convener is to give all juniors the opportunity to reach their potential and encourages them with much help as possible to achieve their goals.
Iain is expecting big things from the likes of Alex, Kirsty, Amy and also Megan Ashley. Strathmore continues to buck the trend in attracting new members this year, six of whom are girls, bringing their total number of girls to 15.

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CEO Blane Dodds Resigns to Join Tennis Scotland

Blane Dodds

Blane Dodds, the Chief Executive of Scottish Golf, has resigned from the governing body to fulfil the same role at Tennis Scotland.

Eleanor Cannon, Chair of Scottish Golf, will assume an executive leadership position on an interim basis with immediate effect, with Dodds assisting handover over the coming weeks.

Additional short-term support to the Board will also be sought and the recruitment process for a new Chief Executive will begin immediately. A Special General Meeting, principally to address a funding gap, will go ahead on 2 December with consultation ongoing.

Eleanor Cannon, Scottish Golf Chair, said: “We are disappointed that Blane is leaving Scottish Golf and thank him for his efforts in leading our modernisation programme. We wish him well for the future.

 “The timing of this decision is unfortunate, but we acknowledge Blane’s long association with tennis in Scotland and the emotional pull it has on a former internationalist.

 “However, the Board of Scottish Golf remains unanimously committed to its core strategic objective, which is to deliver significant investment to the game and provide a sustainable future for it – at a time when the Government is significantly reducing its contribution to the game.

 “We will continue to engage with and listen carefully to golfers and clubs over the coming weeks, to underline our belief that by making a relatively small personal investment in the game, golfers can help strengthen the foundations of this great sport and better serve future generations of golfers and visitors to Scotland.

 “We acknowledge the concerns of some people and clubs around the detail of our proposals and will obviously reflect carefully on all of the views we are hearing prior to finalising what goes to the SGM by the start of November. Our desire is to continue to consult and build as much consensus as we can around the future of golf in Scotland.”

 Blane Dodds said: “I would like to thank the Board and staff for their dedication and unwavering support during my time with Scottish Golf. I leave with a heavy heart after the progress made to date on our modernisation programme and especially given the significant work under way to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for the game via the four-year strategic plan.

 “However, the opportunity to lead Tennis Scotland as a former player was the one job that I could not turn down.”



Rachael Livingstone
1st: Rachael Livingstone (Midlothian) 74 (bih)
Midlothian Team
R Livingstone, L Fraser, K Marshall, 
G MacDonald (missing)

2nd: Lorna McKinley (Fife) 74
3rd: Kate McIntosh (Midlothian) 75

Team Prize
1st: Midlothian 232
2nd: Fife 239
3rd:  Stirling & Clackmannanshire 247
4th:  East Lothian 258

1st Lynn Cackett Midlothian 74
2nd Alison McBride Midlothian 76 (bl6)
3rd Brogan Clark Fife 76

SSS 72 CSS 75 Reduction Only


Monday, October 16, 2017

Leona Maguire and Georgia Hall and 5 Scots head for LPGA Q School

Georgia Hall

Leona MaGuire

No. 1 ranked amateur Leona MaGuire and Solheim Cup star Georgia Hall headline field of 192 players
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, October 13, 2017 - The dream of playing on the LPGA Tour continues next week with Stage II of LPGA Qualifying Tournament at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Florida. The field of 192 hopefuls will compete from Thursday, October 19 through Sunday, October 23 on both the Bobcat and Panther courses to advance to Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying School where 20 players will earn full LPGA cards for 2018.

The low 80 and ties following the final round will advance to Final Stage. There is no cut. Players that do not finish in top 80 will still have Symetra Tour membership for the 2018 season.
The field this year is headlined by Leona Maguire, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings. In June, she captured the ANNIKA Award, which is given to the top college player in the country, for the second time in three years. Maguire is a senior at Duke and has won nine times during her tremendous college career.
The No. 7 ranked amateur in the world, Cheyenne Knight, is also in Stage II through her status as a top five ranked golfer in college according to Golfweek. Knight, a junior at Alabama, was a 2016-17 WGCA First-Team All-American and the SEC Player of the Year. She led the Crimson Tide with a scoring average of 70.77.

The field also includes a breakout young star from the 2017 Solheim Cup, Georgia Hall. She ranks No. 38 in the world and is third on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit. Hall, 20, stole headlines at the Solheim Cup by going 2-3 and was the only player to play all five matches.
The second highest ranked player in the field is Fumika Kawagishi of Japan, who ranks No. 44 in the world. She is the third highest ranked player from Japan.
There are 90 players in the field that advanced from Stage I including Linnea Strom (Gothenburg, Sweden), who won medallist honours. Strom was a First-Team All-American at Arizona State in 2017.
There is also one 2017 Symetra Tour winner in the field. Chorphaka Jaegnkit (Bangkok, Thailand) won the Decatur-Forsyth Classic, but finished 32nd on the money list.
There are 26 amateurs in the field and players from 34 countries around the world. The youngest two players are
Youngin Chun (a) of Gainesville, Fla. and Eun Jeong Seong of South Korea, both 17. The oldest player in the field is Vikki Laing of Scotland, who is 36.

Apart from Vikki Laing, the Scots in the field of 191 will be Gemma Dryburgh, Kylie Henry, Carly Booth and Michele Thomson.



Pamela Wickstead (Monifieth Ladies) is the MyGolfRanking Angus Lady Golfer of the week, having climbed to No. 5 in the rankings. 
Diane Hamilton (Kirriemuir) leads but is only six points ahead of second-placed Sakuna Ramsay (Edzell) with 980pt to 976.
Diane Hamilton (Kirriemuir) 980 pts
2 Sakuna Ramsay (Edzell) 976
3 Ann Dawson (Arbroath Artisan) 953
4 Jane Tough (Brechin) 946                                   
5 Pamela Wickstead (Monifieth) 913 
6 Lesley Forsyth (Montrose Caledonia) 898 
7 Jane Grubb (Montrose Mercantile) 894
8 Kay McAllister (Edzell) 881 
9 Katherine Taylor (Brechin) 879
10 Pat Roy (Forfar) 844 
11 Georgina Middleton (Edzell) 838 
12 Joyce Brown (Brechin) 825
T13 Cath Macdonald (Montrose Caledonia), Fiona Watson (Brechin) 800
15 Michelle Lyall (Downfield) 795



CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – Against a stellar field, the Duke women’s golf team swept both the team and individual Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational titles Sunday in record fashion. The Blue Devils shot the second-lowest 54-hole ledger in school history with a 31-under-par, 833, while senior Leona Maguire turned in a tournament-record 12-under-par, 204, at the 6,379-yard, par 72 Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Duke was in a battle for the team title with second-ranked Alabama the entire day. Even though the Blue Devils held a 10-stroke lead heading into the final round, the Crimson Tide went low Sunday with an 18-under-par, 270. After leading most of the day, Duke suffered five bogeys over a stretch of holes 14-16, and Alabama took a two stroke advantage.

The Blue Devils pulled it together and connected on six birdies over their final four holes to claim the title. Trailing by one stroke late, junior Virginia Elena Carta tapped in for birdie on No. 17 and freshman Miranda Wang turned in birdies on three out of her final four holes to help push the Blue Devils to the victory.

 +GB and I international player India Clyburn (North Carolina State), from Cleethorpes finished T32 with scores of 69, 76 and 73 for two-over-par 218

To read the full report and see all the results CLICK HERE


Sunday, October 15, 2017


Irishman Ronan Mullarney (Maynooth University) beat Monty Scowsill (Exeter) and Robert Foley (Stirling) in an exciting play-off climax to the men's 54-hole competition at the 13th Fife open students tournament over the Kittocks course, Fairmont St Andrews.
St Andrews native Chloe Goadby (Stirling University) took the spoils in the women’s competition ahead of a tense battle for the runner-up placings between St Andrews’ Lieve van Veggel and Kirsten Brown and Stirling’s Jen Saxton.

 In the women's individual competition, Chloe Goadby (pictured right with trophy) started with a three-stroke lead but was pushed all the way by Kirsten Brown (St Andrews) who moved into a tie for the lead until a double bogey at the 16th took the pressure off Goadby.
Earlier, Lieve van Veggel had shot a level par 74 to set the clubhouse lead at +13 and only Goadby was able to beat that, finishing at +8. Both Jen Saxton (Stirling) and Brown matched Van Veggel but, on countback, Saxton took third with Brown fourth.
In the women’s team competition, Van Veggel’s round of the day wasn’t quite enough to see St Andrews I home, Stirling I taking the team prize by two shots.

The Fife Tournament brings the 2017 student strokeplay calendar year

Kittocks course, Fairmont St Andrews.
Par 222 (3x74) SSS 75 CSS 78 76 78
230 Chloe Goadby (Stirling) 77 73 80.
235 Lieve Van Veggel (St Andrews) 83 78 74, Jennifer Saxton (Stirling) 74 80 81, Kirsten Brown (St Andrews) 81 72 82
236 Clodagh Walsh (Maynooth) 76 81 79.
241 Gemma Batty (Stirling) 83 75 83.
242 Alexandra Saunders (Exeter) 81 81 80
243 Penny Brown (Stirling) 84 81 78, Hazel MacGarvie (Stirling) 83 76 84.
249 Marie Danielsson (St Andrews) 81 74 94, Harriet Llewellyn (Exeter) 87 78 84.
252 Alexa Hammer (St Andrews) 85 79 88.
256 Mary Doyle (Maynooth) 85 79 92.

165 Penny Brown (Stirling) 84 81
166 Molly Dowling (Maynooth) 85 81
167 Emily Laws (Stirling) 86 81
168 Mirren Fraser (Stirling) 89 79
170 Caitlin Boa (Highlands and Islands) 83 85.
171 Fern Clark (St Andrews) 92 79, Claudia Ovens (Exeter) 87 84.
172 Georgina Hirst (St Andrews) 85 87
174 Louise Duncan (Edinburgh) 93 81, Michaela Patzeltova (Scottish Rural Univ) 91 83, Georgina Holden (St Andrews) 87 87.
175 Cassie Kneen (St Andrews) 94 81
191 Emily Mollard (Exeter) 106 85
Retired: Iga Jozefiak (St Andrews)

471 Stirling 1
473 St Andrews 1
478 Stirling 3
492 Maynooth 1.



J.Y. Ko the latest KLPGA talent to win an LPGA title

The South Korean pipeline delivering promising young stars to the LPGA continues to flow.
Jin Young Ko won the KEB Hana Bank Championship Sunday, becoming the fourth Korean LPGA Tour member in the last four years to win an LPGA event as a non-member.
Ko, 22, held off two South Korean superstars with huge followings in front of what the LPGA reported were record crowds. She closed with a 4-under-par 68 to defeat Rolex world No. 2 Sung Hyun Park (68) by two shots and No. 7 In Gee Chun (69) by three at the Sky 72 Ocean Course in Incheon.
“I have been quite nervous, starting yesterday,” Ko said through a translator. “After the final putt, I was kind of overwhelmed with emotion.”
It’s the 14th victory by a South Korean in 28 LPGA events this year, one shy of the country’s best win total in a single season. There are five LPGA events left this season.
Ko, a nine-time KLPGA Tour winner, has the option of taking up membership on the American-based LPGA tour this year and next year, or deferring membership until the start of next year.
“I haven't really given it much thought, because I hadn't imagined I would be given the opportunity,” Ko said. “I haven't really considered my options when it comes to the LPGA yet. There is another major event in the KLPGA that starts next week, so my mind was more on that.”
Ko, who has won three events in Korea in the last three months, will meet with her team to discuss her options.

“I can’t give you a response on what I plan to do,” she said. “Because I’m a KLPGA player, I should focus on the remaining season of the KLPGA. As for whether I am joining the LPGA, that’s not a decision I can make on my own. I would have to discuss that with my parents, my team, on what’s the best way forward.”
Ko opened with bogeys at two of the first three holes before taking charge with birdies at four of the last five holes on the front nine. She said the galleries were overwhelmingly behind Park and Chun, who have two of the largest fan clubs in Korean golf.
“In the final grouping, I was able to really realize just how many fans In Gee and Sung Hyun have,” Ko said. “When we were talking from hole to hole, the gallery would be cheering for them. I couldn’t really hear my name. That was a bit disappointing, slightly.”
Ko, who cited her Christian faith as having helped her, appeared to show some nervousness with those early bogeys, but she shook it off quickly.
“It was a first for me to play in front of such a large crowd,” she said. “I think that is also going to be an experience that can help me grow further as a player.”
Ko had an experienced guide helping her navigate through the huge crowds, with Dean Herden as her caddie. Herden, an Australian, was on Chun’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open two years ago. He also was on So Yeon Ryu’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2011 and on Jiyai Shin’s bag when she won the Women’s British Open in 2008.
Herden, Ko said, steadied her after the rough start.
“After I made the two bogeys, I had a really long chat with Dean, about why I was so nervous,” Ko said. “I realized I had no reason to be nervous. I was actually putting a lot of pressure on myself. After that, Dean was there. He kept reminding me that being nervous was quite natural, that I needed to accept those nerves. I think I kept reminding myself of that.”



Leona Maguire from Ireland, a student at Duke University, shot a bogey-free, six-birdie round of 66 for a 36-hole tally of nine-under-par 135 to establish a two-stroke lead with one round to go in the Tar Heel Invite women's college tournament at the University of North Carolina's Finley course at Chapel Hill.

Leona birdied the third, fourth, eighth - out in 33 - the 13th, 16th and 17th - home in 33. In second place on 137 after scores of 70 and 67 is Ainhoa Olarra (South Carolina). GB and I international player India Clyburn dropped down to a T32 placing on 145 after rounds of 69 and 76. She had a double bogey 6 at the 10 and three bogeys in her second round. India's only birdie came at the 18th.

There is a field of 96 players and 18 teams competing over a par 72 course of 6,379yd. Duke (554) lead by 10 shots from Alabama with North Carolina Statre (572) in joint fifth place.


Saturday, October 14, 2017


India Clyburn (North Carolina State) and Leona Maguire (Duke) were among four players sharing third place on three-under-par 69 at the end of the first round of the Tar Heel Invite women's college tournament at the University of North Carolina's Finley course at Chapel Hill.

India had birdies at the second, third, fourth and 13th, offset by a bogey at the seventh. Leona birdied the third, 13th, 14th and 18th. She had a bogey at the 11th. Leading the field of 96 players jointly on six-under 66 are Jennifer Kupcho (Wake Forest) and Molly Skapik (Louisville).


Friday, October 13, 2017


Beth Allen

A little less than 12 months ago, Beth Allen made golf history with a stunning victory at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, which was the first women’s professional golf event ever to be played in Abu Dha.

The American equalled the course record with a scorching final round of eight-under-par 64 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club to finish with a 72-hole total of 21-under-par, before going on to seal the LET Order of Merit.

As Allen prepares for her second title defence inside a month, she will take confidence from her impressive form at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, where she tied for ninth position and she is excited to be back on the Ladies European Tour.

A star-studded field boasting the world’s best female golfers will compete in the second Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, on November 1-4, among them, the recently appointed 2019 European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew, making her debut appearance. She will be joined by fellow 2017 teammates Georgia Hall, Melissa Reid, Florentyna Parker and Emily Kristine Pedersen, as well as PING Junior Solheim Cup players Julia Engström and Amanda Linnér, who have received invitations to play.

To read more go to the European Tour Website



Alice Hewson

Curtis Cup player Alice Hewson tumbled out of the lead with a disastrous final round of 81 for a two-over-par total of 218 and a joint sixth place finish in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invite women's college tournament at the University of Texas Golf Club, Austin, Texas earlier this week.
After rounds of 70 and 67 over the par-72, 6,491yd course, the Clemson University player from Berkhamsted had two double bogeys at short holes in her final round as well as seven bogeys. Birdies at the 14th and 18th came too late.
Another GB and I international player, Olivia Mehaffey (Arizona State University) also totalled 218 with rounds of 73, 72 and 73.
Former Scottish U18 girls champion Fiona Liddell, a student at Baylor University, Texas, finished T39 in a field of 81 players. She scored 74, 76 and 78 for 228.
Winner of the individual title by four strokes was Sophia Schubert (Texas), playing over her home course, with rounds of 69, 70 and 71 for six-under 210.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

England Golf women's enews, Issue 110, October 2017



Exclusive Winter Tee-Time Offers on Scotland's Open Championship Courses

Members of Scottish golf clubs are once again being given the opportunity to play on three of the country’s most famous Open Championship venues at preferential green fee rates. And thanks to the generosity of Muirfield, Prestwick and Royal Troon, proceeds from all sales will go towards the development of junior golf in Scotland.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Monifieith Golf Club member Heather Munro, a student at Elon University, North Carolina, finished joint seventh in a field of 100 at the Pinehurst Challenge women's college tournament over the Pinehurst No 1 course, North Carolina.
She had rounds of 69, 70 and 73 for a four-imder-par total of 212.
Heather birdied the second, fourth, 17th and 18th but had five bogeys in the middle of her round.
She had had only two bogeys over the first 36 holes.
Munro finished four shots behind the winner, Valentine Giraldo (Jacksonville State University) who had scores of 68, 68 and 72 for eight-under 208 over a par 72 course of 5,974yd.
Elon University (899) finished 16th of 19th behind team title winners East Carolina (847).

Nicola Robertson from Dunblane, a student at King University, Bristol in Tennessee, finished joint 16th in a field of 77 at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational women's college tournament at the Country Club of Salisbury, North Carolina.
She had rounds of 72 and 80 for a 152 total - 13 shots behind the winner, Megan Sabot (North Georgia) (71-69).

King University (652) finished 15th of 17 behind team title winners Leo=noir-Rhyne (690).


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nicola Robertson joint third after first round of Patsy Rendleman Invitational

Nicola Robertson from Dunblane, a final-year student at King University, Bristol, Tennessee, is lying joint third with a par 72 in the Patsy Rendleman Invitational at Country Club of Salisbury, North Carolina.
Over a course of 5,973yd, Savannah Hallman (North Greenville University) leads with a 70 from Megan Sabot (North Georgia) with Nicola Robertson sharing third place on 72 with Abbey Hartsell (Lenoir-Rhyne University).

There is a field of 90 players for this 36-hole event.



Since 1907 this fantastic tournament for woman has been played over the Braid Hills golf course. Always a challenge of golf even with out the howling wind we had for the 18 hole foursomes qualifier on Saturday. The scores from the field of 52 couples (highest since 2017 centenary year) reflected the tricky conditions with only the top four pairs have nett scores in the 70s. Harburn’s past Gibson Cup champions Linda Boyle and Dorothy Wilson’s 77.5 topped the field.

Sunday’s matchplay semis were closely contested for the main Gibson Cup both went to the 16th and the 2nd. The Flight matchplay semis both finished at 17th.

Gibson Cup Semi Finals

Linda Boyle & Dorothy Wilson (Harburn) beat Mandy McBain & Susan Randall 3&2
Viv Curran & Tracy Laughland (Mortonhall) beat Janet Reid-Thomas & Caroline Docherty 3&2

2nd Flight (Claret Jug) Semi Finals

Wendy Nicholson & Karen Marshall (Baberton)  beat Norma Richmond & Ray Lynch 2&1
Isla McCrone & Jen Dick (Turnhouse) beat Anne Brownie & Mary Stark 2&1

In Sunday afternoon’s final Viv and Tracy had clearly got the hang of the course and conditions giving them the edge.
Despite losing the first hole and giving 4 shots over the match, Viv and Tracy played very steady golf with few mistakes and were 5 up by 14. Linda & Dorothy then rallied to take a conceded win at 14th and birdie at 15th keeper them in the match. However, still 3 up at 16 and the opposition already lost and 3 off the tee, Tracy could afford a brave line over the gorse finishing well down and in the middle of the fairway. One more solid shot into the green from Viv and the match was conceded and the impressive Gibson Challenge Cup Trophy was won.

Gibson Cup victors Viv & Tracy

The 2nd Flight final was won by Barberton’s Wendy and Karen 2up at the 18th. Isla and Jen, of Turnhouse gave the two former tournament winners a very tight game which was all square after 16. Karen (scratch handicap) then showed a bit of her class at the par 3 17th with a very delicate chip down the green to within 3 inches, after all her partner Wendy had asked her to knock it close but not to go passed the hole as it had potential to run through the green!
At 18 Wendy then repaid with a very solid approach onto the blind 18th green which was to be enough to seal the match and Claret Jug Trophy.
Congratulation to Karen and Wendy but also very well done to Isla and Jen, a great showing considering this as with Tracy was your first time in the competition.

Karen and Wendy with Claret Jug
Gibson Cup
Viv & Tracy beat Linda & Dorothy 4&2

2nd Flight
Wendy & Karen beat Isla & Jen 2up

The rest of Saturday’s foursomes pairing came out to play for the Stableford Consolation Salver in which Diane Moncrieff (Carrickvale) had a hole in one at the par 3 second hole.

Congratulations to Letty Mackinnon and Fiona Jackson (pictured above) who won this with 34 points.

Huge thanks to Edinburgh Leisure’s Chief Executive June Peebles and all the golf team for having us all at the Braid Hills, to Murray at Golf Clubs 4 Cash and Louise at Zest Skin Spa for generously sponsoring this years event and to Mandy McBain for a power of work to get the Tournament running so well.
Special thanks to all those who compete and make this such a fun weekend. 6th & 7th October 2018 is next year’s dates for your diary.

Thanks go to Sal Shepherd for the report and photographs.



Relive the highlights from the first-ever PING Scottish Mixed Championship and congratulations to East Kilbride's May & Martin Britovsek on a memorable win.




Scotland international team member Heather Munro, a member of Monifieth Golf Club and a broadcast journalism student at Elon University, North Carolina, is lying fourth, only four shots off the lead, with one round to go in the Pinehurst Challenge women's college tournament.
Heather, 21, has had seven birdies so far in rounds of 69 and 70 over the famous Pinehurst No 1 course which has a ladies par of 72 and measures 5,974yd.

Heather had birdies at the par-5 fourth and par-3 seventh plus 16 par figures in a bogey-free 70 in second-round halves of 33-37.
In her first round the Scot had birdies at the long second, short fifth, 12th, 15th and 18th with bogeys at the 11th and 13th in halves of 33 and 36.
Her five-under-par tally has her in fourth position in a field of 100 behind the Danish leader, Malene Kroboll Hansen (Coastal Carolina) who has had excellent scores of 68 and 67 for 135, to lead by one from Valentina Giraldo (Jacksonville State) (68-68) and Alix Lowe (Towson) (68-70) for 138.

Munro lacks support in the Elon team (594) which is only 15th of 19 in the team event, led by East Carolina (566) and Coastal Carolina (567) with Maryland (571) third.



GB and I Curtis Cup players Alice Hewson (Clemson University) - pictured left and Olivia Mehaffey (Arizona State University) pictured right are lying first and 14th in a field of 81 players with one round to go in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invite college tournament at the University of Texas Golf Club, Austin.
Alice leads by one shot with rounds of 70 and 67 for a seven-under-par tally of 137 which includes a double bogey 6 at the 17th in her second round.
She birdied the first, fifth, eighth, ninth, 14th, 15th and 18th in halves of 32-35.
In her first round Hewson had third birdies and one bogey.
Hewson leads by one from Emilee Hoffman (Texas) (71-67).
Mehaffey has had rounds of 73 and 72 for 145. She saddled herself with a triple bogey 7 at the 15th in her first round. So far the player from Northern Ireland has had eight birdies, six bogeys and that triple.
Further down the field is former Scottish U18 girls champion Fiona Liddell (Baylor University).
Fiona has had rounds of 74 and 76 for 150 to be T42 after 36 holes.


Press Release: Revealed – the secrets of retaining golf club members

Issued 10th October, 2017

Revealed – the secrets of retaining golf club members


The secrets of keeping golf club members happy, contented and loyal are revealed in new report commissioned by England Golf: Valuing Your Customers.  
The findings, from Manchester Metropolitan University, will be used to help golf clubs strengthen their business by retaining their members. 
They'll be shared by England Golf's club support network, together with a specially produced video and other resources which will help clubs identify and provide the golfing experience their members want.
The report makes the point that it costs less to retain a member than to attract a new one and it highlights six ways to keep members happy: 
- Offer enjoyment and engagement
- Provide a unique ethos and atmosphere 
- Create a great customer experience from the car park to the bar
- A warm welcome which extends far beyond a 'meet and greet'
- Participation options for all, from novice to experienced player
- Ways to keep members involved long-term
It also offers ideas for clubs to consider which will customise their approach to members. These could include becoming a female-friendly club or offering alternative formats which could be welcomed by beginners, older players and those who are short of time. 
Report author Dr Chris Mackintosh said: "Members are the lifeblood of any club and retention really matters. The evidence says that if golf clubs can be more diverse, more open and embrace a friendly culture more people will stay in the game and we will grow the sport."
Abbie Lench, England Golf's Head of Club Support, added: "We want to show clubs how to understand and to value their customers and build a healthy base of loyal members." 
She added: "There's another great benefit because we find that clubs which have an excellent relationship with existing members, will improve their reputation and find it easier to recruit new players." 
England Golf is now working in partnership with MMU on a three-year research project to better understand volunteers in clubs and the critical role they play in retention. 

Kettering Golf Club in Northamptonshire is where Charley Hull learned her golf and is now an honorary member.  It recognised its strength was as a members' club and made this a priority, offering relaxed enjoyment and companionship.
The club has worked on retention programmes with David Davis, the England Golf Club Support Officer in Northamptonshire, and they've been so successful that they remain financially secure, have enhanced their reputation and grown their membership by over 8% in two years, lowering the overall age of the membership in the process. 
Club Chairman Graham Althorpe commented: "New members are important, but for us, our best recruiting sergeant is retaining existing members who are pleased with and want to be part of the whole Kettering Golf Club experience." 

Northamptonshire County Golf Club has also worked with David Davis and, after considering the demographic of its ageing membership, has put in place a long-term strategy for retention and recruitment. This has included halving the joining fee which helped to increase membership by almost 6% from 2015-2017. 
Club Manager Elaine McBride commented: "We ensure that we are constantly being proactive by engaging with existing members and increasing our PR presence in the local golfing community.
"For example, we can now analyse members' bar spending and this means we can engage with members who have not have used the facilities recently. It's a good way to gain a better understanding of factors that impact on people visiting and using the club." 
The new retention guidance has been produced as part of England Golf's strategy, Growing the Game of Golf in England, which has the customer at its heart. 
Visit to read the research findings and view the video.



The Symetra Tour crowned the final top 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list Monday at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida, following the conclusion of the Symetra Tour Championship.
The class is headlined by Symetra Tour Player of the Year, Benyapa Niphatsophon who posted 17 top 25 finishes in 20 starts this season. Finishing No. 2 on the money list is Hannah Green the Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year who collected three victories on Tour this season.
For the first time in Symetra Tour history three players cracked $100,000 in season earnings.  Players in the top 10 hail from seven different countries including: Thailand, Australia, France, Denmark, USA, Canada and China.
Here is a look:
1. Benyapa Niphatsophon, 20, Bangkok, Thailand – Won the money title without a victory on the strength of 12 top-10 finishes in 20 starts. Finishes second seven times. Goes by the nickname "Gift." Played on LPGA in 2016, with her best finish a T-43.
2. Hannah Green, 20, Perth, Australia – Mentored by LPGA Hall of Famer Karrie Webb. Won three times on the Symetra Tour. Finished runner-up to Lydia Ko at the 2015 New Zealand Women's Open.
3. Celine Boutier, 23, Montrouge, France – Two-time winner on the Symetra Tour this season. Worked with a sports psychologist to overcome on-course anxiety. Former Duke star was the 2014 NCAA Player of the Year.
4. Nanna Koerstz Madsen, 22, Copenhagen, Denmark – Got off to a torrid start, winning three times in 11 starts. 2016 Olympian also won in Europe in 2016.
5. Yu Liu, 21, Beijing – Powerful player won once and added two runner-up finishes. Ranked third on tour in GIR past two seasons. Member of Duke's 2014 NCAA Championship team.
6. Erynne Lee, 24, Silverdale, Washington – Former All-American at UCLA thought about quitting the game after last season. Stuck it out with her father on the bag for added confidence. Won twice in July.
7. Lindsey Weaver, 24, Bellefontaine, Ohio – Arizona grad ranks second on tour in GIR and birdies. Added motivation came from boyfriend Tom Lovelady, who earned his PGA Tour last month via tour finals money list.
8. Anne-Catherine Tanguay, 26, Quebec, Canada – Five top-4 finishes, including first career victory at the Garden City Charity Classic. Former Oklahoma player recorded six consecutive top-15 finishes to start the year. Got engaged to her caddie midway through the season.
9. Emma Talley, 23, Princeton, Kentucky –  Former NCAA and U.S. Women's Amateur champion came into the final week on the bubble in the No. 10 spot. Tied for second at  Tour Championship to secure her card. Bubbly Alabama grad collects fans everywhere she goes.
10. Katelyn Dambaugh, 23, North Charleston, South Carolina – Athletic lefty got a late start to the season, joining Symetra Tour in early June after graduating from South Carolina. Posted nine top-20 finishes in 12 starts, including a trio of top-3 finishes. 


Monday, October 09, 2017

Duke’s Leona Maguire Finishes on top of European Women’s Amateur Golf Ranking

For the third straight year, Duke University Leona Maguire has finished on top of the European Women’s Amateur Golf Ranking.

Maguire accumulated 1548.31 points and finish ahead of Albane Valenzuela of Switzerland (1472.13) and Julia Engstrom of Sweden (1328.17) in 2017. Duke University junior Virginia Elena Carta (1178.70) was No. 7 and sophomore Ana Belac (904.56) was No. 65.

Some of the highlights from this past year for Maguire was her winning the 2017 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship with a 3&2 match play win over Ainhoa Olarra, finished 49th at the British Open with rounds of 69, 71, 70 and 75 and competed in the U.S. Women’s Open and the LPGA Marathon Classic. Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, competed in the Vagliano Trophy for Great Britain & Ireland, but her squad lost to Europe, 15-9.

As a junior at Duke, Maguire totaled the second-lowest stroke average in NCAA history with a 70.29 ledger and was named the WGCA & ANNIKA Award winner as National Player of the Year. She won three tournaments, including the ACC Championship and was the runner-up at the 2017 NCAA Championship.

Maguire also finished No. 1 for the third straight year in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) to win the Mark H. McCormick Medal for a third time.


Hollie Muse from Lancashire, a student at Daytona State College, finished T18 in a field of 49 players at the Xavier Invitational women's college tournament at LPGA International Hills Course, Daytona Beach in Florida.

Over a par-72 course of 6,167yd, Hollie had fluctuating rounds of 80, 69 and 83 for 232. In her final round, she had a triple bogey 8 at the eighth and no birdies in halves of 44-39.

Paige Kemp (Stetson University), Essex born but whose mother comes from Stirling, finished 28th on 234 with improving rounds of 80, 78 and 76 for 234.

Hollie Muse's effort helped Daytona State College win the team title by six strokes from Stetson with third placed Seminole State (922), 30 shots behind Stetson in a field of eight teams.



Left to right: Chris Purdie (assistant coach), Emily Laws, Chloe Goadby, Gemma Batty (capt), 
Hazel MacGarvie, Mirren Fraser and Dean Robertson (head coach)

Stirling University's women's golf squad provided the individual winner, Chloe Goadby from St Andrews, and the overall team champions by a 10-stroke margin at the Yale Intercollegiate women's tournament at New Haven, Connecticut.
This success comes hardly on the heels of an excellent performance at the same venue by the Stirling men's team in the Macdonald Cup.
Stirling University men's head coach, former Walker Cup player Dean Robertson, believes the Stirling women's triumph is the first by an overseas university at an American NCAA tournament.
The leading placings in the 15-team event, in which the final day's play was rained off, were:
580 Stirling
590 Lamar
594 Delaware, Harvard.
595 Charlotte
598 Seton Hall
601 Yale
602 Boston College
603 Princeton
607 Albany
612 Penn

Chloe Goadby had rounds of 71 and 69 for two-under-par 140, heading a field of 90 top US women's college golfers by three strokes.
Stirling team-mate and former Scottish U18 girls champion Hazel MacGarvie, the first-round leader with a sparkling 68, finished joint second on 143 after a second-round 75.
Gemma Batty was another Stirling top-10 finisher. She had two rounds of 73 for 146 and a joint ninth placing.

Leading women's individual totals:
140 Chloe Goadby (Stirling) 71 69.
143 Hazel MacGarvie (Stirling) 68 75, Maya Walton (Princeton) 71 72
144 Elodie Chapelet (Lamar) 70 74, Michelle Xie (Harvard) 72 72.
145 Madison Barnett (Charlton) 74 71.
146 Gemma Batty (Stirling) 73 73, Belinda Hu (Harvard) 76 70.

Other Stirling totals:
151 Emily Laws 73 78 (T29)
160 Mirren Fraser 80 80 (T71).

Dean Robertson added:
"Team cohesion and superb preparation, given the Stirling men's success in the McDonald Cup last week, helped the women's team to such a tremendous achievement.
"Special mention goes to Chloe Goadby who was victorious in the individual tournament with a total score of two-under-par and who continues to grow in stature in the women's game. Freshman Hazel MacGarvie came a close joint 2nd and is a massive talent waiting to be nurtured."


Left to right: Bobby Rushford (assistant coach), Laird Shepherd, Alasdair McDougall, Robert Foley, Jordan Sundborg, Michael Lawrie, Colin Edgar, Dean Robertson (Head Coach)
The Stirling University men's team provided the first three in the Macdonald Cup men's event:
207 Robert Foley (Stirling) 72 66 69.
210 Laird Shepherd (Stirling) 71 69 70, Jordan Sundborg (Stirling) 68 70 72.
Other Stirling student scores and placings in a field of 81 players were:

226 Colin Edgar 74 72 80 (T47)
228 Michael Lawrie 77 76 75 (T50)
233 Alasdair McDougall 77 77 79 (T61)

Despite achieving the individual 1-2-3, Stirling were pipped by one shot by the Yale University A squad in the team event. Yale also had three players in the top nine but also five in the top 20 and six in the leading 30. That added up to a one-point advantage over Stirling in the leading placings. Third-placed Harvard finished 21 strokes behind Stirling.
Leading placings in the 14-team men's event:
852 Yale A
853 Stirling University
874 Harvard
883 Yale B
885 Princeton, Central Connecticut.