Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Gemma finishes T4 in Aussie Ladies pro-am, earns £652

Aberdeen-born, Beaconsfield-based Gemma Dryburgh earned £652 for a tied fourth finish today (Tuesday) in the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour's Mulpha Norwest Ladies pro-am over 18 holes at Castle Hill Golf Club, Sydney in New South Wales.

Gemma, a former Curtis Cup player, shot a round of two-under-par 72.

Gemma Dryburgh in her amateur days

Gemma, pictured at a previous tournament, finished three strokes behind the winner of the £2,304 first prize, Australian rookie and University of Tennessee graduate Emily McLennan.

Emily, 22, who turned pro last August, scored her first win in the pro ranks with a five-under-par 69, a stroke ahead of Switzerland;s Fabienne in Alba.

Australian Sarah Oh was third on 71.

Past Scottish women's amateur champion and also a former Curtis Cup player, Michele Thomson (Meldrum House) from Ellon did not have a good day Down Under. She signed for a round of six-over 80 and finished out of the money (top 30 and ties).

par 74

69 Emily McLennan (Australia).
70 Fabienne in Alba (Switzerland)
71 Sarah Oh (Australia).
72 Kyla Inaba (Canada), Nikki Garrett, Stefanie Delgreco (USA), Gemma Dryburgh (Scotland), Jenna Hunter (NZ), Ellen Graham (Australia) (T4)
73 Hannah Collier (USA), Alexandra Bonetti (France), Ali Orchard (Australia), Felicity Johnson (England), Marion Ricordeau (France) (T10).

74 Charlotte Thomas (England) (T15).
79 Sophie Walker (England) (T49)
80 Michele Thomson (Scotland) (T57)




Muriel Thomson

She is one of the best female amateur and professional golfers to come out of Scotland at large and the North-east in particular, but Aberdeen-based Muriel Thomson has not hit a ball since she retired as Portlethen Golf Club professional in 2015.

Cycling is the name of her game these days. Last year she made it on two wheels, on her own, from Land's End to John O'Groats and next month she is off on an epic cycle trip from Bangkok, Thailand to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam.

Miss Thomson, born one of triplets, has also been raising funds for an orphanage in India at Chennai (formerly Madras) for over a decade.

"I'm joining a group from Explore UK of about 12 people for the Bangkok-Thailand cycling trip from February 18 to March 4. 'm going to the orphanage for one month, then joining the trip before returning to the orphanage for 10 days before coming home," said Muriel who deserves some sort of gong for her charity work.

"The St Joseph Centre is in the south of India. I first visited it in 2006 and have been raising funds for the last 11 years. It's been an awesome experience to have been able to go back there each year; to have seen the children grow up and to have seen how their health, welfare and education has benefited from the project has been amazing.

"It's not really an epic cycle that I'm doing in the Far East. It's merely a cycle/sightseeing trip from Bangkok to Saigon taking in Thailand/Cambodia and Vietnam. We are only cycling around 40 miles a day as we are sightseeing as well as driving part of the way."

Muriel does not miss the game of golf which was central to her sporting instincts for so many years.

"I haven't hit a golf shot since I retired on December 31, 2015 and at the moment I don't think I will play again. I don't want to go out and not play to a decent standard and that would mean I'd have to the range to hit balls – a thing I have done all my life but no longer have a desire to do. It's very difficult to go from playing golf for so many years with always a goal of some sort in mind to then just playing for fun."

Muriel rates her Land's End to John O'Groats solo cycle as one of the best things she has ever done."

"I spent around a year planning a route for the 1,200 miles (total ascent 66,281ft) which woould take me along quiet back roads, canal paths and cycle tracks in order to avoid the busy roads and I also wanted to zig zag my way a little to enable me to catch up with some old friends along the way and see some sights I'd wanted to visit in the UK.

"I never planned it as merely a cycle so I took my time did it over about three weeks, averaging 55-60 miles a day carrying my own gear. It was a fabulous experience, the good, the bad and the ugly bits too. It was one of the best things I've done in life – a great sense of achievement when I reached the end to have planned it on my own and completed it on my own too."


Monday, January 16, 2017

Paula Grant and Jessica Ross in search of Strong Start to Season

Irish International golfers Paula Grant (Lisburn) and Jessica Ross (Clandeboye) are joined by the GUI's Alex Gleeson (Castle) and Conor O'Rourke (Naas) as Ireland's representatives at the South American Amateur Championship in Buenos Aires from 19-22 January.


Gemma and Michele only Scots in NSW field

Aberdeen-born Gemma Dryburgh and Ellon's Michele Thomson (Meldrum House) are the only two Scots in a field of 84 professionals for the Mulpha Norwest Ladies pro-am, which tees off over a par-74 course at Castle Hill Country Club, Sydney in New South Wales on Tuesday.
England's contingent is three-strong - former Curtis Cup player Charlotte Thomas, Sophie Walker and Felicity Johnson.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

A great night was held by all at Deeside Golf Club's Curtis Cup success celebratory dinner

Pictures from the Deeside Golf Club Friday night function at The Marcliffe at Pitfodels hotel to celebrate honorary member and junior convener Elaine Farquharson-Black's capture of the Curtis Cup from the USA, the GB and I side winning the biennial match at Dun Laoghaire GC, near Dublin in June, 2016

Deeside GC captain Scott Kelman and Elaine at the top table.

The Aberdeenshire Ladies Country Golf Association table.

Ladies Golf Union president Diane Bailey (left), herself a former winning Curtis Cup captain, and Elaine with the trophy.

The juniors' table, generously sponsored by The Marcliffe owner and proprietor Stewart Spence who, unfortunately, could not be present on Friday night.


Kelly Grassel wins "The Sally"

Kelly came from behind to win "The Sally"

Kelly Grassel
ORMOND BEACH, Florida -- For the first time all week in "The Sally" at Oceanside Country Club, Florida University senior Kelly Grassel didn't begin a round in the lead. What is the solution to that? Rally on the final day and take the only lead of the week that matters, the one that ensues the final round.

Grassel began the round one-stroke back, before rallying to an 8-under finish with a 3-under 69 final day. On Wednesday Grassel jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a 4-under 68 and she continued to hold the lead through 36-holes with a Friday 3-under 69 that pushed her to 7-under. Grassel had to play catch up on Saturday because of a 2-over 74 that dropped her to 5-under.Fellow Gator senior Maria Torres ended up second at 7-under and one shot short of forcing a play-off. Torres, the reigning SEC Player of the Year, closed with a 3-under 69.

UCF senior Ashley Holder, 12-year-old Alexa Pano and Florida sophomore Samantha Wagner all shared third at 5-under. Wagner had held the lead at the start of the final round.

Leading final totals in the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur Championship (The Sally) at Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach, Florida were:

280 Kelly Grassell 68 69 74 69
281 Maria Torres 69 71 72 69
283 Ashley Holder 71 72 74 66, Alex Pano 72 70 68 72, Samantha Wagner 71 67 72 73
288 Nicolette Donovan 70 74 74 70



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Elaine and the Deeside boys at Marcliffe function

Deeside Golf Club held a celebratory dinner at The Marcliffe @ Pitfodels hotel last night  to mark the 2016 capture of the Curtis Cup by honorary member and junior convener Elaine Farquharson-Black, the Aberdeen solicitor who captained the GB and I side to victory over the Americans at Dun Laughaire GC near Dublin last June.
Elaine is picture with the Curtis Cup and most of the Deeside juniors whose table was sponsored by The Marcliffe proprietor Stewart Spence.
Elaine's offspring Nicholas (third from left) and Michael (end right) are in picture.



Leading Third round scores in "The Sally," South Atlantic Ladies Amateur stroke-play tournament, at Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach, Florida:

210 Samantha Wagner 71 67 72
211 Alex Pano 72 70 69, Kelly Grassel 68 69 74
212 Maria Torres 69 71 72

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Friday, January 13, 2017







Link to second round scores at "The Sally" (South Atlantic Ladies Amateur Championship) at Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach, Florida:



Thursday, January 12, 2017

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 In a significant development, Golf Victoria has signed an agreement with the Ladies European Tour (LET) that will see the women’s event at the 2017 Oates Vic Open co-sanctioned with Europe’s leading women’s professional golf tour.

The Oates Vic Open, to be held at the 13th Golf Links from February 9-12, is currently the only professional event in the world that stages both men’s and women’s championships concurrently at the same venue, and this new agreement will add substantial strength to the women’s side of the already prominent tournament.



Link to first round scores in the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur Championship ("The Sally") at Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach, Florida:



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mother and Daughters poster

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Monday, January 09, 2017


Annabel Fuller, runner-up at 14 in 'Harder Hall,' could be another Charley Hull!


Annabell Fuller's performance in finishing second yesterday at the age of 14 in the Harder Hall Women's Invitational at Sebring, Florida (scroll down for all the final totals) is arguably the best performance by an English girl in the event since Charley Hull was the winner in 2012?

Annabell Fuller
Is Annabell, pictured, another Charley Hull in the making? Only time will tell but the Roehampton Golf Club junior member did win last year's Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters' girls title by more than TEN strokes and is obviously an outstanding prospect.

Even this early, Miss Fuller's name must be pencilled in for the Great Britain and Ireland squad of six for the Under-16s Junior Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Bogogno Golf Club, near Milan in Italy in June.

And if she produces another classy performance before then she might even make it into the women's Vagliano Trophy team of eight.

Annabell does not have her 15th birthday until May but Tiger Woods was only 15 when he won the United States men's amateur championship. If a player is good enough, then he/she is old enough.

Home-state American Emmy Martin made almost all the running to win the 2017 Harder Hall with rounds of 72, 71, 69 and 74 for a two-under-par aggregate of 286, the only sub-par total.

Annabell finished five strokes behind in second place with scores of 74, 71, 73 and 73 for three-over-par 291. The scores went up generally for the final round played mostly in heavy rain and Annabell's 73 was the third best score of the day, only a shot behind a couple of 72s.

Her father Ashley Fuller commented:"

"Annabell played extremely well, especially as it absolutely chucked it down for ten holes!

"We were not part of the England squad out there in Florida as it was the ladies' squad only. Both my girls, Sammy (who is 17) and Annabell, are members of the girls' squad, but obviously wanted to perform well against the other English players and in front of Rebecca Hembrough.

"Sadly, Sammy had an emergency operation on her tonsils while we were in Florida so she couldn't play.

"Annabell's plan all week was to play very aggressively and try to bully the course as she knew she was one of the longest players in the field.

"It all went to plan as she struck the ball beautifully. The only problem was the putts didn't drop! So often so close.

In the final round Annabell's aim was to go for it and be totally committed to her aggressive game plan.

"She was six shots behind the leader, Emmy Martin, at the start of last day's play but she knew she was much longer and could put pressure on her. For the first eight hole it worked with Annabell reaching the par 5s in two and clawing back two stokes against a very steady player.

"Then the weather changed and the heavens opened. It was then all about getting the ball around the course without making mistakes which Annabell did brilliantly, but so did her opponent! It was great experience!

"Annabell's aim for 2017 is to qualify for this year's Junior Vagliano team as well as the European Young Masters and England's Team for the European Team Championships."

Apart from Miss Fuller, two other English players finished in the top 15 at Harder Hall Golf and Country Club.

British women's amateur stroke-play champion Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) finished tied 10th on 302 with rounds of 75, 75, 76 and 76.

Georgia Price (Bude and North Cornwell) totalled 304 and earned a T15 finish with scores of 75, 79, 72 and 78.

Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale) (80-78-83-79) and twice Scottish women's open amateur stroke play champion Olivia Winning (Rotherham) (83-78-79-80) finished joint 46th on 320.

The only sad note about the tournament was the disqualification of Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) who was in the leading 10 when she realised she had signed for a wrong lower figure at one hole in the third round and, of her own accord, went to the tournament rules committee to point out her mistake, knowing that it would mean automatic disqualification.

Full marks to Gemma for such honesty with so much at stake.


Sunday, January 08, 2017

ANNABELL FULLER (14) finishes 2nd in Harder Hall Invitationsl



On a day that started with cloudy skies and rain threats, the rain showers began at about the tenth hole of play. With no lightning but intermittent heavy downpours, wire-to-wire leader Emmy Martin of Tampa, Florida played solid golf after a 3-over front nine to recover to a 1-under on the back nine, with birdies on 13 and 16 and a bogey on the final hole, for a total of 74.

Her total of 2-under 286 was the only sub-par aggregate and bested 14-year-oldAnnabell Fuller from Roehampton, London by five shots, who shot her second straight 73 for a total of 291.

from Colin Farquharson

Annabell's fourth-round score was the third best on the day, only one behind a pair of 72s.

Charley Hull won the "Harder Hall" in 2012.

Tara Joy-Connelly slipped to a 77 to finish third, one shot behind Fuller.

There were three English players in the final top 20 - Annabell Fuller in second place, British stroke play champion Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) (T10 on 302 after a closing 76) and Georgia Price (Bude and North Cornwall) who tied for 15th place with a final round of 78 for 304.

Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham) tied for 46th place on 320, Louisa with a closing 79 and Olivia signing off with an 80.

Gemma Clews, who had been doing well, want back to officials after she discovered she had signed for a wrong score in the third round and was disqualified.

In the Forever Forty-Nine Division, Laura Carson of Vero Beach, Florida carded a solid 79 for a total of 321, eight shots better than  four-time Forever Forty-Nine Champion, Diane Lang of Weston, Florida who finished with 85 in today’s round.

par 288 (4x72)

1 Martin Emmy 72 71 69 74 286
2 Fuller Annabell 74 71 73 73 291
3 Joy -Connelly Tara 73 73 69 77 292
4 Williams Micheala 75 68 75 77 295
T5 Doherty Amanda 75 75 72 74 296
T5 Fonseca Ariadna 75 76 73 72 296
T5 Stone Latanna 72 72 75 77 296
8 Porvasnik Jessica 73 71 74 80 298
9 Bae Sarah 78 76 73 72 299
T10 Austin Alexandra 73 78 76 75 302
T10 Coello Gabriela 75 72 77 78 302
T10 Lamb Sophie 75 75 76 76 302
T10 Lang Nina 75 77 74 76 302
T10 Waller Lauren 77 76 73 76 302
T15 Cason Olivia 80 72 75 77 304
T15 Price Georgia 75 79 72 78 304
T17 Holt Katie 78 81 73 73 305
T17 Polo Lucia 73 79 77 76 305
19 McKim Courtney 74 77 78 77 306
T20 Liu Sophie 75 80 72 80 307
T20 Sadeghy Alexis 79 74 77 77 307
T20 Schroeder Nikolette 78 75 76 78 307
T20 Stasi Meghan 74 76 76 81 307
T24 Brooks Emily 76 78 76 78 308
T24 Campbell Alanna 73 82 74 79 308
T24 Dean Julia 79 75 78 76 308
T24 Oboh Georgia 75 79 74 80 308
T24 Pietila Emmie 77 74 75 82 308
T29 Gattone Dana 75 77 75 82 309
T29 McKew Shannon 77 76 75 81 309
T29 Pietila Hannah 77 78 79 75 309
T29 Wang Linda 77 73 75 84 309
T2 Connolly Clare 81 78 77 74 310
Pribonic Stephanie 79 78 76 77 310
Hou Serena 75 81 78 79 313
Jahn Reagan 78 77 76 83 314
Tan Cheerie 77 78 81 78 314
Nay Meghan 76 84 74 81 315
Ferreira Montgomery 80 74 81 81 316
Griffin Kendall 80 82 80 74 316
Bae Ju Hee 82 81 78 76 317
Hahn Jessica 85 77 76 79 317
Perez Loren 80 80 77 80 317
Luitwieler Maddie 80 76 82 80 318
Rengifo Ana Maria 80 82 76 80 318
Brunt Louisa 80 78 83 79 320
Harrison Sarah 83 76 81 80 320
Winning Olivia 83 78 79 80 320
Carson Laura 79 82 81 79 321
Higgins Victoria 84 78 76 83 321
Overbey Cecily 81 83 80 77 321
Bellville Kari 76 76 87 83 322
Mangan Ashley 82 80 79 81 322
Smith Caroline 82 81 78 81 322
Wright Alex 81 76 79 86 322
Jackson Elizabeth 89 79 77 78 323
Williams Ally 78 85 78 82 323
Casson Killian L. 84 79 84 77 324
Holpfer Isabella 89 75 79 81 324
Zagers Ashley 78 81 80 86 325
Hughes Kenna 87 76 81 82 326
Pollenz Megan 80 81 83 84 328
Lang Diane 81 83 80 85 329
Pietila Annie 84 80 81 84 329
Arenas Beatriz 82 81 78 89 330
Cotterill Caitlin 78 86 81 85 330
Quinn Therese 84 80 83 83 330
Bernth Britta 90 80 81 80 331
Shah Delaney 85 82 82 83 332
Steinberg Ivy 83 80 82 87 332
Glennon Kathy 82 77 86 88 333
Woodward Allison 81 84 82 86 333
Crews Megan 86 80 85 83 334
Frazier Alexandra 87 84 80 88 339
Root Amelia 86 88 82 83 339
Wetzel Madison 92 88 77 84 341
Stolarik DeAnne 90 90 85 81 346
Chancellor Diane 84 89 88 87 348
Parker Reggie 86 86 93 85 350
Wilson Janice Roberts 87 86 83 95 351
Callahan Denise 93 89 82 89 353
St. Onge Sandie 89 92 84 89 354
Pietila Maggie 102 84 88 88 362
Kent Speedy 93 91 90 90 364
Westlund Kathie 88 94 90 94 366
Weiler Beth 94 95 90 88 367
Dwyer Judy 97 91 95 97 380
Blaney Autumn 104 94 96 98 392
Clews Gemma 73 76 DQ DQ
Blackmon Evelyn 92 89 90 WD WD
Brooks Shannon 87 WD WD
Brower Taffy 85 WD WD
Burke Ashley 91 WD WD
Gildner Grace L. 88 86 WD WD


Saturday, January 07, 2017

Annabell Fuller best of the Brits

Annabell Fuller
Annabell Fuller sharing third place, Gemma Clews disqualified at Harder Hall Invitational

London youngster Annabell Fuller (Roehampton) is hanging on in there amongst far more experienced players to be joint third on two-over-par 218 with one round to play in the Harder Hall Women's Invitational Tournament at Sebring, Florida.
Annabell, pictured, only 14 years of age, has had rounds of 74, 71 and 73 to be six strokes behind long-time leader Emmy Martin (USA) (72-71-69 for four-under 212) and three behind second-placed Tara Joy-Connelly (73-73-69).
The bad news as far as the English contingent were concerned was the disqualification of Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), a leading contender for a place in the GB and Ireland team for the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe in Italy in June.
She was in the top 10 after rounds of 73 and 76.
The reason for Gemma's disqualification has not been stated on the tournament website.
British women's amateur title-holder Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) has dropped out of the top 10 and is sharing 11th place with Georgia Price (Bute and North Cornwall) as well as former US Curtis Cup player Meghan Stasi whose maiden name was Bolger when she played against GB and I in the 2008 match over the Old Course, St Andrews.
They are all on 10-over 226 with Sophie scoring 75, 75 and 76, Georgia 75, 79 and 72, Meghan 74, 76 and 76.
Twice Scottish women's amateur stroke-play championship winner (Helen Holm Trophy at Troon), Olivia Winning (Rotherham) is T48 on 240 after rounds of 83, 78 and 79.

Par 216 (3x72)
Martin Emmy 72 71 69  212
Joy-Connelly Tara 73 73 69  215
Fuller Annabell 74 71 73  218
Porvasnik Jessica 73 71 74  218
Williams Micheala 75 68 75  218
Stone Latanna 72 72 75  219
Doherty Amanda 75 75 72  222
Coello Gabriela 75 72 77  224
Fonseca Ariadna 75 76 73  224
Wang Linda  77 73 75  225
Lamb Sophie 75 75 76  226
Lang Nina 75 77 74  226
Pietila Emmie 77 74 75  226
Price Georgia 75 79 72  226
Stasi Meghan  74 76 76  226
Waller Lauren 77 76 73  226
Austin Alexandra 73 78 76  227
Bae Sarah         78 76 73  227
Cason Olivia 80 72 75  227
Gattone Dana 75 77 75  227
Liu Sophie      75 80 72  227
McKew Shannon 77 76 75  228
Oboh Georgia 75 79 74  228
Campbell Alanna 73 82 74  229
McKim Courtney 74 77 78  229
Polo Lucia         73 79 77  229
SchroederNikolette 78 75 76  229
Brooks Emily 76 78 76  230
Sadeghy Alexis 79 74 77  230
Jahn Reagan         78 77 76  231
Dean Julia  79 75 78  232
Holt Katie        78 81 73  232
Pribonic Steph 79 78 76  233
Hou Serena      75 81 78  234
Nay Meghan     76 84 74  234
Pietila Hannah 77 78 79  234
Ferreira Monty 80 74 81  235
Connolly Clare 81 78 77  236
Tan Cheerie     77 78 81  236
Wright Alex 81 76 79  236
Perez Loren 80 80 77  237
Hahn Jessica 85 77 76  238
Higgins Victoria 84 78 76  238
Luitwieler Maddie 80 76 82  238
Rengifo Ana  80 82 76  238
Bellville Kari         76 76 87  239
Zagers Ashley 78 81 80  239
Harrison Sarah 83 76 81  240
Winning Olivia 83 78 79  240
Arenas Beatriz 82 81 78  241
Bae Ju Hee      82 81 78  241
Brunt Louisa 80 78 83  241
Mangan Ashley 82 80 79  241
Smith Caroline 82 81 78  241
Williams Ally  78 85 78  241
Carson Laura 79 82 81  242
Griffin Kendall 80 82 80  242
Holpfer Isabella 89 75 79  243
Hughes Kenna 87 76 81  244
Lang Diane 81 83 80  244
Overbey Cecily 81 83 80  244
Pollenz Megan 80 81 83  244
Cotterill Caitlin 78 86 81  245
Glennon Kathy 82 77 86  245
Jackson Elizabeth 89 79 77  245
Pietila Annie 84 80 81  245
Steinberg Ivy    83 80 82  245
Casson Killian  84 79 84  247
Quinn Therese 84 80 83  247
WoodwardAllison 81 84 82  247
Shah Delaney 85 82 82  249
Bernth Britta 90 80 81  251
Crews Megan 86 80 85  251
Frazier Alex 87 84 80  251
Root Amelia 86 88 82  256
Wilson Janice  87 86 83  256
Wetzel Madison 92 88 77  257
ChancellorDiane 84 89 88  261
Callahan Denise 93 89 82  264
Parker Reggie 86 86 93  265
St. Onge Sandie 89 92 84  265
Stolarik DeAnne 90 90 85  265
Blackmon Evelyn 92 89 90  271
Westlund Kathie 88 94 90  272
Kent Speedy 93 91 90  274
Pietila Maggie 102 84 88  274
Weiler Beth 94 95 90  279
Dwyer Judy 97 91 95  283
Blaney Autumn 104 94 96  294
Clews Gemma 73 76 DQ  DQ



Louisa Brunt

Royal Birkdale's Louisa Brunt signs up to join Texas Tech College in the autumn

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech women's golf coach JoJo Robertson announced this past week the signing of England international Louisa Brunt to a National Letter of Intent to join the program beginning with the 2017-18 US college golf season.

Brunt, a native of Manchester, England and a member of the prestigious Royal Birkdale Golf Club, will add depth to a Lady Raider program that currently ranks among the top-35 teams nationally despite not boasting a single senior on its roster. She is currently playing in the Harder Hall Women's Invitational tournament at Sebring, Florida.

"We are very excited to welcome Louisa into our program and look forward to having her join us next fall," Robertson said. "Not only is she a great player who will bring a ton of experience but she will be a great teammate and add so much to our team. We are so proud that she is a Red Raider."

Brunt is one of the top overseas players in the 2017 class as she currently ranks in the top 100 of the European golf rankings. She has played in several of the top international tournaments, highlighted by her selection to represent England in the European Girls Team Championships earlier this year.

Brunt, who was also recently named to the England Women's Team, represented her native country in the 2014 Scottish Under-16 Girls Championships as well as the U-16 match against Switzerland. She finished tied for ninth earlier this year in the English Women's Open and 13th in the English Girls Open Amateur Championships.

Brunt is the lone signee for the Lady Raiders during the fall period. The Lady Raiders resume their 2016-17 slate in early February for the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.

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Friday, January 06, 2017


Youngster Annabell Fuller moves up to fifth in Florida's Harder Hall Invitational


Annabell Fuller
Three English girls are in the top 10 of the Harder Hall Women's Invitational after 36 holes of Florida's Orange Blossom Tour event at Harder Hall Golf and Country Club, Florida.

The youngest of them, Annabell Fuller (Roehampton), who was only 14 years of age when when she won last year's Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters' girls' title by a double-digit margin, has moved up from T9 overnight to fifth place on her own after adding a one-under-par 71 to her opening 74.

On one-over 145, the Londoner, pictured, is only two shots behind the joint leaders, American Emmy Martin (72-71) and Michaela Williams (75-68).

Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), 22, has slipped down from T3 overnight to eighth place on 149 with rounds of 73 and 76.

British women's open amateur stroke play champion Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), 18, repeated her first-day 75 and stepped up from T12 overnight to a share of ninth place on 150.

Georgia Price (Bude and North Cornwall), who was T12 after a first-round 75, dropped back with a 79 for 154.

Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale) is on 158 with rounds of 80 and 78.

Twice Scottish women's open amateur stroke play champion Olivia Winning (Rotherham) broke 80 for the first time in the "Harder Hall" this week with a 78 - five better than her first round effort - and is on 16l.

Harder Hall Invitational Second-round scores par 144 (2x72) Yardage 6,300

T1 Martin Emmy 72 71 143
T1 Williams Micheala 75 68 143
T3 Porvasnik Jessica 73 71 144
T3 Stone Latanna 72 72 144
5th Fuller Annabell 74 71 145
6th Joy-Connelly Tara 73 73 146
7th Coello Gabriela 75 72 147
8th Clews Gemma 73 76 149
T9 Doherty Amanda 75 75 150
T9 Lamb Sophie 75 75 150
T11 Stasi Meghan 74 76 150
T11Wang Linda 77 73 150
Austin Alexandra 73 78 151
Fonseca Ariadna 75 76 151
McKim Courtney 74 77 151
Pietila Emmie 77 74 151
Bellville Kari 76 76 152
Cason Olivia 80 72 152
Gattone Dana 75 77 152
Lang Nina 75 77 152
Polo Lucia 73 79 152
McKew Shannon 77 76 153
Sadeghy Alexis 79 74 153
SchroederNikolette 78 75 153
Waller Lauren 77 76 153
Bae Sarah 78 76 154
Brooks Emily 76 78 154
Dean Julia 79 75 154
Ferreira Montgomery 80 74 154
Oboh Georgia 75 79 154
Price Georgia 75 79 154
Campbell Alanna 73 82 155
Jahn Reagan 78 77 155
Liu Sophie 75 80 155
PietilaHannah 77 78 155
Tan Cheerie 77 78 155
Hou Serena 75 81 156
Luitwieler Maddie 80 76 156
Pribonic Stephanie 79 78 157
Wright Alex 81 76 157
Brunt Louisa 80 78 158
Connolly Clare 81 78 159
Glennon Kathy 82 77 159
Harrison Sarah 83 76 159
Holt Katie 78 81 159
Zagers Ashley 78 81 159
Nay Meghan 76 84 160
Perez Loren 80 80 160
Carson Laura 79 82 161
Pollenz Megan 80 81 161
Winning Olivia 83 78 161
Griffin Kendall 80 82 162
Hahn Jessica 85 77 162
Higgins Victoria 84 78 162
Mangan Ashley 82 80 162
Rengifo Ana Maria 80 82 162
Arenas Beatriz 82 81 163
Bae Ju Hee 82 81 163
Casson Killian L. 84 79 163
Hughes Kenna 87 76 163
Smith Caroline 82 81 163
Steinberg Ivy 83 80 163
Williams Ally 78 85 163
Cotterill Caitlin 78 86 164
Holpfer Isabella 89 75 164
Lang Diane 81 83 164
Overbey Cecily 81 83 164
Pietila Annie 84 80 164
Quinn Therese 84 80 164
Woodward Allison 81 84 165
Crews Megan 86 80 166
Shah Delaney 85 82 167
Jackson Elizabeth 89 79 168
Bernth Britta 90 80 170
Frazier Alexandra 87 84 171
Parker Reggie 86 86 172
Chancellor Diane 84 89 173
Wilson Janice Roberts 87 86 173
Gildner Grace L. 88 86 174
Root Amelia 86 88 174
Stolarik DeAnne 90 90 180
Wetzel Madison 92 88 180
Blackmon Evelyn 92 89 181
St. Onge Sandie 89 92 181
Callahan Denise 93 89 182
Westlund Kathie 88 94 182
Kent Speedy 93 91 184
Pietila Maggie 102 84 186
Dwyer Judy 97 91 188
Weiler Beth 94 95 189
Blaney Autumn 104 94 198
Brower Taffy 85 WD WD
Burke Ashley 91 WD WD
 (2x72) Yardage 6,300


Thursday, January 05, 2017


Gemma Clews tied third with a 73 after first round of "Harder Hall" in Florida


Vagliano Trophy GB and I 2017 team candidate Gemma Clews fared best of the players from this side of the Atlantic in the first round of the Orange Blossom women's amateur tour event, the Harder Hall Invitational, at Harder Hall Golf and Country Club, Sebring, Florida yesterday.

Gemma Clews
Delamere Forest GC member Gemma (22), pictured right by courtesy of Leaderboard Photography, is sharing third place on 73, one shot behind the joint leaders, Emmy Martin and Latanna Stone.

Annabell Fuller (Roehampton), the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters' girls' champion in 2016, is T9 with a 74.

Georgia Price (Bude and North Cornwall), 23, and British women's stroke play champion Sophie Lamb (Clitheroie),18, are T12 on the 75 mark.

Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale) is T43 with an 80.

Twice Helen Holm Trophy winner Olivia Winning (Rotherham), 21, is T65 after an 83.

For full results see Colin's report on Scottish Golf View



Scottish Golf is looking to recruit new course rating volunteers, and already have had a lot of folk signing up. Some volunteers are still required in a few areas where uptake has been slower (namely Angus, Ayrshire, The Borders and Lanarkshire). The aim is to ensure that lady course raters are being recruited as well as gents so that the best interests of women's golf are served in the course rating process.

If anyone is interested in volunteering for this interesting work, the first step would be to contact Adam Phillips, Golf Administrator at Scottish Golf (contact details - Tel: 0131 339 3987, e mail:

The next step would be to attend an Introductory seminar during March or April - these will be held at various locations throughout Scotland as below.

Murrayshall Golf Club – Tuesday 21st March, 2017
Haggs Castle Golf Club – Thursday 23rd March, 2017
Peebles Golf Club – Tuesday 28th March, 2017
Ratho Park Golf Club – Thursday 30th March, 2017
Elgin Golf Club – Tuesday 4th April, 2017


Sunday, January 01, 2017




Saturday, December 31, 2016

Karl Vilips (Australia) and South Korea's Somi Lee are Orange Bowl Champions

Biltmore Golf Course, Coral Gables, Florida USA – December 30TH:  

Australia’s Karl Vilips and South Korea’s Somi Lee
Australia’s Karl Vilips and Somi Lee from South Korea are the 53rd Junior Orange Bowl International champions.
Vilips posted a final-day 2-under par 69 for a four day 12-under par total of 272. Lee carded an even-par 71, her first round of the week over 70, which was good for a one-stroke victory over France’s Agathe Laisne. In an exciting down to the wire finish, both players birdied their last two holes.
A chilly morning with swirling winds gusting to 20+mph put some extra bite in the famed Donald Ross golf course at the Biltmore hotel, players often stuck between clubs for approach shots where, particularly on long water-guarded par-fours, estimating the wind force becomes critical.
The Boys tournament came to an exhilarating climax. With the final three players, Vilips, France’s Edgar Catherine and defending champion Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan all tied at 10-under par, Vilips sealed his wire-to-wire victory with a 25-yard pitch from just short of the putting surface on the closing par five that skipped once, twice, then disappeared directly into the cup for an eagle three.
“It feels fantastic,” the winner said, expressing an emotive mixture of euphoria and relief. “I did not have a lot good stuff today. My driving was off and my putting was a struggle and I was never able to get anything going. But well, that one shot really changes everything and I’m absolutely delighted.”  He didn’t say so, but his crucial curling five-footer par-save on the 71st hole made it all possible and proved why this 15-year old Australian has a huge future in the game.
Catherine proved he has plenty of heart, fighting back from a double-bogey at the 9th, where his tee ball caught a tree branch near the tee. Defending champion Reitan bunkered his long-iron approach to the final hole and had to settle for par and third place. Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, the 2014 champion, carded a strong 68 to claim 4th spot in this strongly international field.
The Girls tournament turned into an equally thrill-filled final which went to the wire, South Korea’s Somi Lee getting up and down at the final hole for a birdie-four that cemented a one-stroke victory over France’s Agathe Laisne with Canada’s Monet Chun in third place. Laisne also placed second last year.
“This is my first tournament outside my home country,” Lee said through an interpreter, “and I’ve been very nervous. So obviously I’m delighted to have played well when it mattered.” No shot more crucial, in retrospect, than her approach to the water-guarded 17th, where she followed Laisne’s flag-tight approach with one that was even closer.
“I did everything I could today,” the repeat runner-up said. “I can’t be disappointed by that. I gave away a few shots in earlier rounds, and that was the difference.”

Scottish Boy Champion, Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield Links) finished tied for 42nd place with a last round of 74 for a 302 total.

Boys Leaderboard

Girls Leaderboard

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Kylie Walker gets married


Many congrats go to Kyle Walker and  Scott Henry who got married yesterday

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Scottish boys' match-play champion Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield Links) is improving with every round - 79 75 74 - but a 15-over-par 54-hole tally of 218 for the par-71 Donald Ross-designed Biltmore  Course at Coral Gables, Florida  has him stuck in a share of 46th place in the boys' field of 56 at the Junior Orange Bowl golf tournament.
Starting his third round at the 10th, the Lothians lad bogeyed the17th and 18th for a two over par first nine of 38 but he then had his lowest score over holes one to nine - one over par 36 with birdies at the par-5 first and par-4 fourth.
Bogeys at the the second, seventh and ninth outnumbered his birdies, however
The Scot is 25 strokes behind the long time leader, 15 year old Australian Karl Vilips (65-67-71) who has a one-shot advantage with 18 holes to play over the defending champion, Norway's Kristofer Reitan who set a new championship record low of eight-under 63 in the third round.
Somi Lee (South Korea) retained the girls' ead on seven-under 206. She is four strokes clear of France's Agathe Laisne and Monet Chun (Canada).
Sweden's Linn Grant, daughter of a Scottish-born club pro, had a hole in one in compiling a third-round 69 which took her up to fifth place on 214, eight off the pace.

Coral Gables, Biltmore Hotel Course, Florida
par 213 (3x71), yardage 6,742

203 Karl Vilips (Australia) 65 67 71
204 Kristofer Reitan (Norway) 70 71 63
205 Edgar Catherine (France) 68 70 67
206 Mateo Fernandez de Oliveir (Argentina) 69 68 69
207 Joaquin Niemann (Chile) 67 70 70
208 Pedro Silva (Portugal) 70 70 68, Jerry Ji (Netherlands) 72 69 67
210 Will Dickson (USA) 71 69 70

228 Eric McIntosh (Scotland) 79 75 74 (T46)

Field of 56

par 213 (3x71), yardage 6,089

206 Somi Lee (S Korea) 68 69 69
210 Agathe Laisne (France) 67 72 71, Monet Chun (Canada) 68 73 69
213 Ana Laura Collado (Mexico) 69 72 69
214 Linn Grant (Sweden) 74 71 69
216 Hikari  Kuranaga (Japan) 71 75 70, Focus Jonglikit (Thailand) 79 70 67
218 Lucie Malchirand (France) 73 75 70
219 Alexa Plano (USA) 73 71 75
Field of 33


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Thursday, December 29, 2016


Deeside GC managing to buck the trend with vibrant junior membership of boys AND girls

John Allan, Nigg Bay Golf Club's new match secretary, emailed a few days ago, asking for help and suggestions from any individual or body with regard to the drastic falling off of junior membership at the Balnagask club, Aberdeen.
It has only two junior members.

Elaine Farquharson-Black
We asked GB and I Curtis Cup-winning team captain Elaine Farquharson-Black, an Aberdeen solicitor who is Deeside Golf Club's junior convener, how the Bieldside club is managing to buck the North-east downward trend with a vibrant junior membership of boys AND girls:

"We try to make it fun for all the boys and girls as Deeside recognises juniors' importance." says Elaine

Club golf is meant to encourage players who are not members of a club. Hazlehead runs Clubgolf, but I am not sure about other clubs.

Murcar Links  is providing free junior membership as is Peterculter. A municipal club can't do that as the Town Council charge for playing the course, so the Council would need to reduce prices for juniors, but I can't see that happening as there would be other sports arguing for free use of facilities.

Peterhead have withdrawn from the Junior |Pennant Leaguethis year as they can't field a team, so it is a wider problem.

Karyn Dallas, club professional at Kirriemuir GC,  runs two-hole events for juniors to try it out. That might be an idea worth exploring.

In terms of Deeside, the club is very welcoming of juniors, both at member level and by the staff. As junior convener, I sit on Council representing the junior members so they are considered in all decision-making, recognising that the juniors will sustain the club going forward.

We run junior competitions on Saturday afternoons. Those with handicaps of 18 or below play on the Haughton course off the same tees as the men/women for that day's competition and their scores are included in the CSS for the day, again reinforcing that they are part of the wider membership.

On the Deeside GC Blairs course, the juniors can play nine or 18 holes, depending on their ability and stamina!

I am generally there on a Saturday to see the juniors off and when they come in for something to eat at the end of their round.

In the holidays, there are also junior competitions on Mondays and Thursdays and over the winter we run an eclectic and have a team playing in the men's winter foursomes competition.

We run coaching sessions for the juniors once a month, different classes for different abilities.  Deeside GC Director of Golf, Frank Coutts, and his assistant, Graeme Nethercott,  are very supportive of the juniors.

We run a Facebook and Twitter account for the juniors, posting pictures of what they have been up to, at Deeside and at other events.

We try to make it fun; encouraging juniors of all abilities to enjoy the facilities. Not sure that we have all the answers!


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Scottish boys champion Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield Links) is tied for 46th place after Day 2 of the Junior Orange Bowl golf tournament with rounds of 79 and 76 for a 12-over-par tally of 154 at the Biltmore Course, Coral Gables in Florida.

Eric  is finding the outward half hard to master.  For the second day in a row it cost him 40 strokes (five over par). In contrast he covered the second nine in one-under-par 35 with birdies at the 11th, short 14th and par-5 18th. 
Australian 15 year old Karl Vilips leads the boys' section by five strokes after scores of 65
and 67 for 10-under-par 132 over the par 71 course.

South Korea's Somi Lee has taken over the girls' lead with 68 and 69 for five-under 137 - two shots ahead of first-round pacemaker Agathe Laisne of France.

par 142 (2x71), yardage 6,742

132 Karl Vilips (Australia) 65 67
137 Joaquin Niemann (Chile) 67 70, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveir (Argentina) 69 68
138 Edgar Catherine (France) 68 70
140 Bryan Teoh (USA) 73 67, Will Dickson (USA) 71 69, Pedro Silva (Portugal) 70 70, David Rauch (Germany) 70 70

154 Eric McIntosh (Scotland) 79 75 (T46)

par 142  (2x71) yardage 6,089
137 Somi Lee (South Korea) 68 69
139 Agathe Laisne (France) 67 72
141 Monet Chun (Canada) 68 73, Ana Laura Collado (Mexico) 69 72
144 Tanya Eathakotti (USA) 71 73, Alexa Pano (USA) 73 71

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016


From Colin Farquharson


Eric McIntosh
Scottish boys' golf champion Eric McIntosh will not have fond memories of his debut in the Junior Orange Bowl tournament over the Biltmore Course at Coral Gables, Florida (on Tuesday).
The Bruntsfield Links Golf Club member shot an eight-over-par 79 to be 14 strokes off the lead after the first round.
McIntosh is joint 45th in the 56-strong boys' field after running up a triple bogey 7 at the sixth and a double bogey 6 at the 10th, uncharacteristic lapses by the player who won the Scottish U18 boys' match-play title at Murcar Links last April.
He also bogeyed the fourth, eighth, 11th, 13th and 15th in halves of 40 (five over par) and 39 (three over).
But McIntosh should start the second round encouraged by the fact that he birdied two of his last five holes as he settled to the Florida conditions and pace of the greens. He got a 2 at the short 14th and a 4 at the par-5 18th.
Australia's Karl Vilips leads the rising star-studded field by two shots after a six-under-par 65.
The leading European is Edgar Catherine (France), in third place with a 68.
The girls' championship is led by a European - France's Agathe Laisne with a four-under-par 67.
There is no Scottish girl in the field while England stopped sending their boy and girl champions to the Junior Orange Bowl a number of years ago.

Coral Gables, Florida
Biltmore Course
par 71, yardage 6,742
65 K Vilips (Australia)
67 J Nieman (Chile)
68 E Catherine (France)
69 A J Ewart (Canada), D Chatsfield (USA), D Rauch (Germany), M F de Oliveir (Argentna).

79 E McIntosh (Sco) (T49)
Field of 56 players

par 71, yardage 6,089
67 A Laisne (France)
68 S Lee (S Korea), M Chun (Canada)
69 A L Collado (Mexico)

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Harder Hall Invitational entries

Entries for the Harder Hall Women's Invitational at Harder Hall Golf and Country Club, Sebring, Florida from January 4 to 7:

Beatriz Arenas, Alexandra Austin, Ju Hee Bae, Sarah Bae, Kari Bellville, Britta Bernth, Evelyn Blackmon, Autumn Blaney, Emily Brooks, Shannon Brooks, Sierra Brooks, Taffy Brower, Louisa Brunt, Ashley Burke, Denise Callahan, Alanna Campbell, Laura Carson, Olivia Cason, Killian L. Casson, Diane Chancellor, Emma Clews, Gabriela Coello, Clare Connolly, Megan Crews, Julia Dean, Amanda Doherty, Montgomery Ferreira, Ariadna Fonseca, Alexandra Frazier, Annabell Fuller, Samantha Fuller, Dana Gattone, Grace L. Gildner, Kathy Glennon, Kendall Griffin, Jessica Hahn, Elizabeth Haines, Sarah Harrison, Victoria Higgins, Isabella Holpfer, Katie Holt, Serena Hou, Kenna Hughes, Elizabeth Jackson, Tara Joy-Connelly, Speedy Kent, Sarah L. Kolodzi,k Sophie Lamb, Diane Lang, Nina Lang, Mika Liu, Sophie Liu, Maddie Luitwieler, Ashley Mangan, Emmy Martin, Shannon McKew, Courtney McKim, Meghan Nay, Georgia Oboh, Cecily Overbey, Loren Perez, Annie Pietila, Emmie Pietila, Hannah Pietila, Maggie Pietila, Megan Pollenz, Lucia Polo, Jessica Porvasnik, Stephanie Pribonic, Georgia Price, Therese Quinn, Ana Maria Rengifo, Amelia Root, Alexis Sadeghy, Nikolette Schroeder, Delaney Shah, Caroline Smith, Daniela Spillert, Sandi St. Onge, Meghan Stasi, Ivy Steinberg, DeAnne Stolarik, Latanna Stone, Cheerie Tan, Rachel Thompson, Lauren Waller, Linda Wang, Beth Weiler, Kathie Westlund, Madison Wetzel, Abbey Williams, Allie William,s Micheala Williams, Janice Roberts Wilson, Olivia Winning, Allison Woodward, Alex Wright, Ashley Yarbrough, Ashley Zagers.



Press Release
December 26, 2016


Seasonal greetings to colleagues and media friends around the world.
Welcome to the 53rd Junior Orange Bowl International Golf tournament, once again returning to the famed Donald Ross course at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida.
Since 1964 this 72-hole stroke play event for age 18-and-under golfers from around the world has been recognized as one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments in junior golf.
JOBI alumni include major champions Tiger Woods, Nick Price, José María Olazábal, Andy North, Craig Stadler, Mark Calcavecchia, Bob Tway, and many others who went on to notable PGA Tour careers, Hal Sutton, Gary Koch, Willie Wood, Dudley Hart, Billy Mayfair, Ryuji Imada, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Na, Camilo Villegas to name a few.
Scores of JOBI Girls competitors also have become successful LPGA members, such as past-champions Michelle McGann, Christie Kerr, Grace Park, Christina Kim, Julieta Granada, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer and Brooke Henderson.
As customary, our field pits young stars from around the world against the some of the best American juniors, top national talent nominated by their respective golf associations from countries as divergent as Zimbabwe, Iceland, Scotland, Switzerland, South Korea, the Netherlands and Australia.
Kristoffer Reitan from Norway returns to defend the title, alongside 2014 winner Joaquin Niemann from Chile, each seeking to become the first Boys repeat champion. Plenty of stern competition awaits, probable challengers including the Scottish Boys champion Eric McIntosh, Kaito Onishi from the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fl., France’s Adrien Pendaries, a member of the European Junior Ryder Cup team and Australia’s Karl Vilips.      
Top girl contenders include Canada’s Chloe Curry, (+2.9), Italy’s double-power of Emilie Paltrinieri (+3.2) the British Girls champion and Alessia Nobilio (+3.5) and the extraordinarily talented 12-year old Alexa Pano, who already plays to a +2.1 handicap.
The 53nd JOBI starts tomorrow. Join us daily at for live scoring and results.
David Mackintosh - JOBI Press

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Link to Golf Week article about Jodi Ewart Shadoff

Jodi Ewart Shadoff
     Link to Golfweek Article


Sunday, December 25, 2016



Saturday, December 24, 2016

Seasons Greetings from our KirkwoodGolf Editors Gillian and Carol

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Friday, December 23, 2016

European No 1 - Beth Allen's Life in Scotland and Favourite Scottish Golf Courses

Carol Fell, Beth Allen (Ladies European Number One) and Gillian Kirkwood
Photo courtesy of Kenny Smith

Kirkwood Editors --  Gillian Kirkwood and Carol Fell
interviewed the LET Number 1 player Beth Allen at the launch of the new Ping Scottish Mixed Foursomes at Gleneagles Hotel on Friday 16th December along with various news correspondents including Nick Rodgers of the Glasgow Herald and Martin Dempster of the Scotsman

Gillian and Carol asked her about her life in Scotland, her favourite Golf Courses, her mental attitude to the game and her plans for 2017.

To hear what she said press the play button or go to the last link to go to the playlist of interviews.


All Beth Allen Interview topics by Kirkwood Golf 

By Nick Rodger (The Glasgow Herald Golf Correspondent)

When you’re huffing and puffing around on Scotland’s public transport system, standing in queues at a platform or shoehorned into a jam-packed carriage with a variety of bags and briefcases jutting and stabbing at your squeezed, contorted body, have a peer around and you may see Europe’s No 1 female golfer perched in the merry midst of it all.

“I don’t drive,” said Beth Allen, the Edinburgh-based Californian who won the Ladies European Tour’s order of merit this year during a globe-trotting campaign that involved planes, trains but not many automobiles. “When I’m here I try to play somewhere near a railway which is great in Scotland as most of the links courses are right at them. Maybe I can approach some bus or train company for sponsorship?”

Read More in the Glasgow Herald
and by Martin Dempster in the Scotsman Newspaper

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Michele Thomson ready to finally make a mark on Tour

Michele Thomson

THE path from promising young athlete to established senior is rarely smooth ---  just ask Michele Thomson.

As a teenager, the Aberdonian was one of Scotland’s most promising amateur golfers – she was Scottish Amateur Champion and a Curtis Cup player in 2008 and much was expected after she turned professional following those successes.

However, the transition from amateur to professional was not plain sailing for Thomson and the following year, she announced that she was quitting the sport that she had played for most of her life.

Click Here to read more


Vagliano Squad at the Belfry

Vagliano Squad
India Clyburn, Alice Hewson, Lizzie Prior, Gemma Clews, Olivia Mehaffey, Lianna Bailey

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Do you know someone who could be a Future President of Scottish Golf ?

In establishing the inaugural Presidents of Scottish Golf, the Board set up an appointments panel to appoint three suitable people to the roles of President and two Vice Presidents.

President Jim Burns from Stranaer Golf Club, Vice President Donald Bremner (Ranfurly Castle) and Junior Vice President Liz Taylor (Prestonfield) filled those roles in 2016.
Nominations are now sought for the role of Junior Vice President.
The Articles of Scottish Golf Limited require at least one of the President and Vice-Presidents to be either male or female at any one time.

The role of President and Vice Presidents are ambassadorial, with post-holders required to represent Scottish Golf at a number of events and functions throughout the year.

To read more go to the Scottish Golf Website



The 2017 squad for selection for the Vagliano Trophy, to be held in Italy at the end of June, have met at the Belfry for a two-day get together with team Captain, Elaine Farquharson Black

Olivia Mehaffey, Lizzie Prior, Gemma Clews

Alice Hewson, India Clyburn, Lianna Bailey

On the range - Olivia, India, Gemma, Alice, Lianna and Lizzie


LET Appoints Helen Alfredsson as Player President and Mark Lichtenhein as Chairman

Helen Alfredsson
The Ladies European Tour has appointed Helen Alfredsson as Player President and Mark Lichtenhein as Chairman of the Board of Directors effective December 11, 2016.

In the newly created role of Player President, Helen Alfredsson will be an ambassador for the Ladies European Tour and will work closely with the CEO, Chairman and the Players’ Council to promote the organisation, acting as a bridge between the Board and Members.

A Life Member of the LET, Helen joined the Tour in 1989 and competed for 25 seasons before stepping away from competitive play at the LET’s 2013 Helsingborg Open in her native Sweden. During her time as a player, she accumulated 21 worldwide tournament victories, including one Major: the 1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore, as well as her first win at the 1990 Women’s British Open and three Evian Masters titles.

Helen participated in eight Solheim Cups, including the inaugural competition in 1990 and made her last appearance in 2009, after she captained the 2007 European team at Halmstad.

Commenting on her new role of Player President, Helen said: “I am honoured to be the first President of the Ladies European Tour and am very excited about this opportunity to work as part of the team with the CEO and Chairman. Our diverse skills complement each other and together we can bring a fresh approach to the LET and build a stronger tour together. I’m thrilled to be able to give something back to the tour after all these years and to be able to represent the membership as its President.”

As Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mark Lichtenhein will be responsible for further developing the Tour and its international business activities. He brings considerable commercial experience to the role, having worked for the PGA European Tour for 16 years, during which time he was pivotal in delivering the European Tour’s global television product including The Ryder Cup to all international markets. A keen supporter of the Ladies European Tour, Mark worked closely with the organisation on a number of projects before joining the LET Board of Directors in December 2015. Mark is also the current Chairman of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC).

Commenting on his appointment, Mark Lichtenhein said: “It’s a great privilege to be elected LET Chairman at this exciting time for women’s golf, particularly given golf’s unique position as the only Olympic sport that Europe plays together as a team. I look forward to working closely with the Board and the Tour’s executives to build on the opportunities that are now open to us.”

The CEO of the Ladies European Tour, Ivan Khodabakhsh, welcomed both appointments. “The unanimous decision by all Directors to choose Helen Alfredsson as Player President and Mark Lichtenhein as Chairman is excellent news for our organisation. Their combined management expertise, commercial experience, strength of character and influence in the world of golf will give everyone within our Tour and connected to us great confidence. I am delighted to personally welcome Helen as our President and Mark as our new Chairman and I look forward to working with them both as we continue to build on the success of the Ladies European Tour both at home in Europe and around the world on behalf of the membership.”

The Ladies European Tour Board of Directors now comprises of Player Directors Helen Alfredsson, Beth Allen, Sophie Giquel Bettan, Rebecca Hudson, Trish Johnson and Pamela Pretswell, CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh and Non-Executive Directors Vivek Batra, Mark Lichtenhein and Michael Siebold.


100th Edition of England Electronic - News



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sagstrom tops qualifiers at Lalla Aicha Tour School

Madelene Sagstrom

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO, December 21, 2016 – Céline Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom came from four strokes behind the overnight leader Céline Boutier of France to claim a two stroke victory in the Ladies European Tour’s Final Stage Lalla Aicha Tour School for 2017 in Morocco.

Sagstrom carded a four-under-par 68 in beautiful conditions at Samanah Golf Club on Wednesday for a five day, 90-hole score of 343, 17-under-par, to win by two shots over Valdis Thora Jonsdottir of Iceland.

Boutier, who had either led outright or held a share of the lead for the first four rounds, ended with a 75 to tie for third place on 14-under-par with Karolin Lampert of Germany, Agathe Sauzon of France and Australian teenager Celina Yuan.

Exactly 30 players qualified for Category 8 Membership of the LET, with the mark falling at two-under-par. Players who finished in positions 31-66 are entitled to LET Membership in Category 9b.

There are 14 different countries represented amongst the players that finished in the top 30 places and 24 nationalities among the top 66.

Sagstrom, who also won the Pre-Qualifier B, at Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia, last week, said: “I’ve had a great time in Morocco and it’s lovely to be out here.  The golf courses are in great shape: both Amelkis and Samanah were really good. I’ve just had a great time and been fortunate to experience Moroccan culture. We went down to the big market and I’ve been really happy here. I’m looking forward to a Christmas break now, but I thank Morocco for everything. It’s been amazing to be here. I stuck to my game plan and really enjoyed myself, because it was my last round of 2016. I just had a big smile on my face all day.”

Jonsdottir, who has played for three years on the LET Access Series, also carded a final round of 68. She said: “It could have been a little bit better, but I’m very satisfied with a 68 in the fifth round and I’ve been playing a lot. I had to play in the first stage as well last week. I will be a rookie in 2016. I could have had conditional status before, but I decided I was too far down the list, so I took the decision to play on the LET Access Series for three years and I finally did it!”

When asked about the rise of Icelandic talent on the women’s international tours, she commented: “We have good coaches in Iceland and they are very well educated. We have good indoor facilities, so even during the toughest months we can still practise indoors and focus on technique and stuff. I think that’s helped a lot. Olafia (Kristinsdottir) did great and I consider myself no worse a player than she is, so I did have something to prove, that I could do it as well, so that always helps.”

Of the players who finished in joint third place, Celina Yuan, who has just finished high school and will turn 18 on 6th January, said: “I wasn’t expecting to get anywhere near the top 10. I wasn’t happy with how I played on the last day, but a top 10 is good enough for me. I hope to make all the cuts in 2017 and play well enough to be happy!”

After a disappointing final round, Céline Boutier said: “My game was off a bit and I missed a couple of putts. Right now, it’s tough, because I played well all week. My goal was to get my card and I got it, so I’m looking forward to next year.”

Agathe Sauzon, who finished 112th on the 2016 LET Order of Merit, said: “I’m really happy because it’s been a really rough season for my rookie year on the LET. I feel quite positive for 2017. I played better and better this week and my putting was great. I’ll try to get ready sooner and I would like to be in the top 40 next year.”

Karolin Lampert, who also finished third at Lalla Aicha Tour School a year ago, before ending the 2016 season ranked 102nd, commented: “I’m really happy, especially with the last two rounds. Shooting five and four-under with no bogeys over the last 36 was really good and I’m looking forward to coming back to the LET next year.”

Amandeep Drall ended in a tie for seventh with Stefania Avanzo and continued the trend of an increasing Indian presence on the Ladies European Tour.

She said: “It feels great to play great golf for all five days.  I wasn’t really expecting to play such good golf. I was expecting a decent two-under every day or something, but two good rounds at the beginning of the week really set me off in a good direction, so I continued it through the last few rounds.

“I think Indian golf is going great and we’re moving in the right direction. I think the Indian players have great talent, so we just need to get out there and hone our skills and show it to the world. I think it’s great that a lot of Indian girls are coming out on tour.”

Madelene Stavnar, 16, finished ninth and made history as the youngest Norwegian to qualify for the LET, while Alexandra Bonetti from France finished 10th.

Should all of the top 66 take Membership in 2017, then there will be 36 rookies on the LET next year: Madelene Sagstrom, Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, Celina Yuan, Céline Boutier, Amandeep Drall, Madelene Stavnar, Alexandra Bonetti, Cajsa Persson, Inci Mehmet, Lauren Horsford, Camille Chevalier, Andrea Wong, Vani Kapoor, Frida Gustafsson Spang, Puk Lyng Thomsen, Luna Sobron, Yan Liu, Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Eva Gilly, Bethan Popel, Silvia Banon, Angela Thenn, Meghan MacLaren, Lucy Goddard, Celine Borge, Saaniya Sharma, Chloe Williams, Elizabeth Mallett, Francesca Cuturi, Sideri Vanova, Hana Wakimoto, Jenny Lee, Lejan Lewthwaite, Sarah Nilsson, Josefin Odering and Emma Grechi.

The Qualifiers


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Boutier Builds Lead on Fourth Day

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO, December 20, 2016 – Céline Boutier from Paris continued her stellar play on Tuesday with a fourth round of two-under-par 70 in fine weather at Samanah Country Club in Marrakech to build a four stroke lead at the Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School.

At 17-under-par 271 with one round to play, she is four clear of Australian teenager Celina Yuan, who carded 68 and 72 on the Samanah course respectively to get to 13-under.

Valdis Jonsdottir of Iceland had a 65, which tied for the low round of the day with England’s Lauren Taylor, to share fourth place with Agathe Sauzon from France and Amandeep Drall from India, who played at Amelkis Golf Club.

“It’s pretty impressive! I feel really happy because it’s such a long tournament that I’m pleased I was able to keep up the good play so far. Hopefully I can play as well again tomorrow; it would be pretty cool,” said Boutier, who had two birdies at the fourth and fifth on the front nine before coming home in level par.

“I really like the courses, so it helps. They are very interesting to play. I also like the speed of the greens and I can read them pretty well so I’ve been putting well all week. Tomorrow I think I’m going to try to make more birdies and I’m going to focus on the speed on my longer putts but overall my strategy will be the same. I expect there will be tougher pin positions so I’ll have to be smart but aggressive when I can.”

Yuan made three birdies in a row from the third hole and bogeyed 11, but recovered with a birdie on the 12th while Sagstrom found her groove with four birdies in her round, including a pair on the 16th and 17th. She said: “I’m happy with the way it’s going because my game is getting better and better. I’ve been working hard on the putting green and on the range this week and finally some putts are starting to drop so I’m excited.”

Looking ahead to the final round, the 2016 Symetra Tour Ranking winner continued: “I’ll just go out there and hit it as close as I can and try to make some putts and have a good time with my brother. It’s the last time I’ll see him on a golf course for a while so we’ll go out and have some fun. Everybody is here to win but if I put too much pressure on myself I won’t play well. I’ll do my best, but of course everybody wants to win.”

The 72-hole cut was made at four-over, 292 and 66 players will tee it up on Wednesday in the final-round at Samanah Country Club. Players that finish in the top 30 and ties will earn Ladies European Tour membership in category 8 while those that finish 31-60 (including ties) will earn membership in category 9b


Scottish Scores (No  Scots made the cut)
293 Heather Stirling (T63)
294 Laura Murray (T72)
296 Jane Turner (T 84)