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Monday, March 27, 2017

BRONTE LAW LEADING BRIT IN CALIFORNIA

Bronte Law
Former Curtis Cup players Bronte Law, Gemma Dryburgh and Charlotte Thomas finished T20 and T25 respectively in the LPGA Symetra Tour's IOA Championship at Beaumont, California at the weekend.

Law had rounds of 69, 71 and 73 for three-under-par 213 and earned $1,177.

Thomas and Dryburgh tied on two-under 214, Charlotte with rounds of 73, 71 and 70, Gemma 68, 76 and 70. They each earned $923.

Winner of the $15,000 first prize was Ecuador's Daniela Darquea with scores of 70, 67 and 67 for 12-under 204.

She won by three shots from joint runners-up Benyapa Niphatsophon (Thailand) (71-69-67) and Anne-Catherine Tanquay (USA) (69-68-70. They earned $8,114 each.

Galway-born Alison Walshe (USA) and Cindy Lacrosse (USA) tied for fourth place on 208. Walshe shot 70, 72 and 66, Lacrosse 68, 70 and 70. They each earned $4,799.

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GEMMA CLEWS' FOUR IN A ROW ON HOME COURSE


From Colin Farquharson:

Gemma Clews might just have clinched a place in the GB and I team for the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Circolo Golf Club, Bogogno, near Milan, Italy (June 30-July 1) - squad to be announced on Monday, May 8 - with her fourth win in a row on Sunday over her home course at Delamere Forest GC, Cheshire in the Delamere Comboy Scratch Cup.

She had two rounds of six-under 67 for an aggregate of 134 over the par-73 ladies; course.

Gemma finished two shots ahead of 15-year-old Lily May Humphreys (Channels GC, Essex) who shot 69-67 for 136.

Lily May was the English Under-14 champion two years ago.

Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay) from Cornwall finished third on 144 with rounds of 73 and 71.

Former Scottish women's champion Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) had scores of 72 and 75 for 147, finishing sixth in a field of 56 players.

To qualify for World Amateur Ranking points, the Delamere Comboy Scratch Cup and this coming Sunday's tournament at Formby Ladies, The Leveret, will be added together to produce a list of 72-hole totals.

  FROM ENGLAND GOLF
“This is my best win,” said Clews, 22, who signed off with an eagle three on the 36th hole. “It’s definitely special to win this one because of the support the club gives me. It means a lot.”
She set off in great style with a bogey-free morning round, which included four birdies and an eagle on the par five 11th, where her three-wood shot finished 5ft from the hole.
It gave her a two-shot lead over Humphreys at the halfway stage, but Clews was unaware of the state of play until she’d passed the 14th hole on her second round.
Her afternoon round contained her only dropped shots of the day, with a double bogey five on the short fourth, but they were soon forgotten as she amassed six birdies and that closing eagle.
“I knew I probably needed to make a birdie and I just tried for the eagle,” said Clews, who rolled in a 25-footer. “I thought if Lily had shot better, then fair play to her.”
Humphreys matched Clews in the afternoon with a six-birdie 67, which she added to her opening 69.  The 15-year-old is the English U16 girls’ champion.
Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay), a past English girls’ champion, was third with rounds of 73 71.

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Duke WGOLF: Maguire Claims Sixth Collegiate Win; Duke Wins Team Title

Duke Womens Golf Team

From Duke coach, Jack Winters

Congratulations to Leona and the team for bringing back the championship hardware from LSU!

Maguire Claims Sixth Collegiate Win; Duke Wins Team Title

March 26, 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. – For the sixth time as a collegiate golfer and the second time this season, Duke University's Leona Maguire claimed medalist honors as the junior carded a season-best 10-under-par, 206, at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic 6,247-yard, par 72 University Club in Baton Rouge, La. As a team, the Blue Devils won the team title for the second straight season with 10-under-par, 854.

Maguire collected the wire-to-wire victory with rounds of 67, 68 and 71, which was four shots better than teammate Virginia Elena Carta (210). A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire's six wins at Duke now ranks tied fifth on the all-time charts along with Brittany Lang and Lindy Duncan. Maguire led the field in par five scoring (seven-under, 4.42) and par four scoring (five-under, 3.83).

"It was great to finish our regular season with a win," said Maguire. "Hopefully we can build on our performance this week and take some good momentum into ACCs."

In the final round, Maguire jumped out to another strong start as she stuck her approach shot to within one foot for birdie on No. 2. After a bogey on No. 5, Maguire connected on three birdies over a five-hole stretch on the back nine to move to three-under. On the 144-yard, par three 16th, Maguire hit her tee shot into the water and suffered a double-bogey. She would go on to par the final two holes to finish with a one-under-par, 71. Maguire now owns 14 rounds of even or under par on the season, after hitting 14 greens, 12 fairways and rolling 29 putts.

As a team, Duke collected its second win of the season with rounds of 285, 286 and 283. Oklahoma State (872), Arkansas (873), NC State (880) and Denver (880) closed out the top five teams.

Playing as an individual, junior Lisa Maguire had her best round of the weekend Sunday with a three-over, 75. Maguire, who is from Cavan, Ireland, played her final 14 holes at even par with two birdies and her first collegiate eagle on the 448-yard, par five 14th. She hit her rescue club from 200 yards onto the green. Maguire then drained a 35-foot putt for eagle. On the day, she had 30 putts, hit eight fairways and eight greens.

The Blue Devils will next compete against Northwestern in match play action Sunday, April 2 in Durham, N.C., prior to heading to the ACC Championship April 13-15 in Pawley's Island, S.C.

Duke Results
1 1 Leona Maguire Duke 67 68 71 206 -10
T2 2 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 73 67 70 210 -6
T13 T16 Gurbani Singh Duke 71 76 73 220 +4
T44 T22 Ana Belac Duke 78 75 69 222 +6
T53 T47 Sandy Choi Duke 74 81 75 230 +14
T65 T57 Lisa Maguire * Duke 81 77 75 233 +17

1 2 3 Team Scores
1 1 1 Duke 285 286 283 854 -10
6 T2 2 Oklahoma State 298 286 288 872 +8
2 4 T4 North Carolina State 290 298 292 880 +16
T7 T5 T4 Denver 300 295 285 880 +16
T7 T10 6 Missouri 300 304 292 896 +32
T9 T8 T7 Clemson 301 301 295 897 +33
T9 T5 T7 SMU 301 294 302 897 +33
T9 T8 9 UNC Wilmington 301 301 300 902 +38
T3 7 10 Washington 293 306 304 903 +39
5 T10 11 Kansas, Univ. of 294 310 301 905 +41
T13 12 12 LSU 306 299 304 909 +45
12 13 13 Kentucky 305 311 304 920 +56
T13 14 14 UTSA 306 317 298 921 +57
15 15 15 Tulane 313 320 301 934 +70

Start Finish Player Team Scores
1 1 Leona Maguire Duke 67 68 71 206 -10
T2 2 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 73 67 70 210 -6
4 3 Cara Gorlei Arkansas 72 70 71 213 -3
T13 4 Kenzie Neisen Oklahoma State 76 71 69 216 E
T17 T5 Maddie McCrary Oklahoma State 73 75 69 217 +1
T8 T5 India Clyburn North Carolina State 72 73 72 217 +1
T8 T5 Maria Fassi Arkansas 74 71 72 217 +1
T6 T8 Yitsen Chou Kansas, Univ. of 71 73 74 218 +2
5 T8 Sarah Bae North Carolina State 69 74 75 218 +2
T6 T8 Lindsey McCurdy SMU 71 73 74 218 +2
T8 T11 Linnea Johansson Oklahoma State 75 70 74 219 +3
T25 T11 Alana Uriell Arkansas 73 77 69 219 +3
12 T11 Jess Yuen Missouri 72 74 73 219 +3
T22 T11 Lauren Whyte Denver 75 74 70 219 +3
T17 T11 Kennedy Swann Clemson 74 74 71 219 +3
T2 T16 Julianne Alvarez Washington 70 70 80 220 +4
T13 T16 Gurbani Singh Duke 71 76 73 220 +4
T29 T16 Jess Meek Missouri 75 76 69 220 +4
T25 T16 Jessica Carty Denver 76 74 70 220 +4
T17 T16 Mariell Bruun Denver 72 76 72 220 +4
T17 21 Alice Hewson Clemson 74 74 73 221 +5
T29 T22 Naomi Ko North Carolina State 78 73 71 222 +6
T22 T22 Ariadna Fonseca Kansas, Univ. of 71 78 73 222 +6
T44 T22 Ana Belac Duke 78 75 69 222 +6
T13 T22 Thao My Nguyen UNC Wilmington 74 73 75 222 +6
T39 T26 Lyberty Anderson UNC Wilmington 77 75 71 223 +7
T29 T26 Emma Allen Missouri 75 76 72 223 +7
T17 T26 Sydney Cavin LSU 74 74 75 223 +7
T13 T29 Isabelle Johansson Kentucky 73 74 77 224 +8
T39 T29 Ana Paula Valdes Clemson 77 75 72 224 +8
T39 T29 Faith Summers SMU 78 74 72 224 +8
T8 T32 Chih-Min Chen Oklahoma State 74 71 80 225 +9
T29 T32 Kathleen Gallagher LSU 78 73 74 225 +9
T22 T34 Wenyung Keh Washington 74 75 77 226 +10
T25 T34 Emma Broze Oklahoma State 76 74 76 226 +10
T44 T34 Julie Houston UTSA 77 76 73 226 +10
T39 T34 Kayla Thompson UNC Wilmington 74 78 74 226 +10
T39 T34 Aimee Ponte UTSA 76 76 74 226 +10
T50 39 Sophie Newlove Denver 77 77 73 227 +11
T29 T40 Laura Kowohl North Carolina State 73 78 77 228 +12
T29 T40 Kaylee Benton Arkansas 74 77 77 228 +12
T29 T40 Brigitte Dunne SMU 75 76 77 228 +12
T44 T43 Sonya Knebel * Denver 72 81 76 229 +13
T53 T43 Leonie Bettel North Carolina State 76 79 74 229 +13
T50 T43 Caroline Nistrup LSU 83 71 75 229 +13
T25 T43 Jessica Dreesbeimdieke Denver 79 71 79 229 +13
T53 T47 Sandy Choi Duke 74 81 75 230 +14
T44 T47 Isabella Deilert * Oklahoma State 79 74 77 230 +14
T60 T47 Victoria Chandra Kansas, Univ. of 78 78 74 230 +14
T65 T47 Sofia Goicoechea Tulane 77 81 72 230 +14
T53 T47 Christina Wang * Washington 76 79 75 230 +14
T53 T52 Karen Miyamoto Washington 75 80 76 231 +15
T29 T52 Ellinoora Moisio UNC Wilmington 76 75 80 231 +15
T50 T52 Summar Roachell Arkansas 81 73 77 231 +15
T29 T52 Grace Rose Kentucky 75 76 80 231 +15
T44 56 Kenzie Wright SMU 77 76 79 232 +16
T65 T57 Monica Dibildox * LSU 85 73 75 233 +17
T65 T57 Lisa Maguire * Duke 81 77 75 233 +17
T65 T59 Nikki Long UTSA 75 83 76 234 +18
T62 T59 Belen Goicoechea Tulane 82 75 77 234 +18
T53 T59 Jessica Hoang Clemson 76 79 79 234 +18
T80 T59 Sarah Shipley Kentucky 80 82 72 234 +18
T29 T59 Ana Paula Ramirez SMU 80 71 83 234 +18
T53 T64 Sarah Rhee Washington 74 81 80 235 +19
T53 T64 Lizzie Winyarat Kansas, Univ. of 74 81 80 235 +19
T76 T66 Jordy LaBarbera * Arkansas 81 80 75 236 +20
T76 T66 Josephine Chang Kentucky 77 84 75 236 +20
T62 T66 Ashley Czarnecki Clemson 79 78 79 236 +20
T76 T66 Haydyn Gibson Tulane 76 85 75 236 +20
86 T70 Ellen Takada Washington 79 87 71 237 +21
T65 T70 Cayce Hendrickson Missouri 80 78 79 237 +21
T60 T70 Amanda Kim * Missouri 77 79 81 237 +21
T62 T70 Claudia De Antonio LSU 74 83 80 237 +21
T72 74 Laura Munoz Tulane 78 82 78 238 +22
T72 75 Marina Hedlund * LSU 81 79 79 239 +23
T70 T76 Claire Carlin Kentucky 80 79 81 240 +24
T80 T76 Clara Young Missouri 78 84 78 240 +24
T72 T76 Chomchana Phuchanbanchob Kansas, Univ. of 79 81 80 240 +24
85 T76 Madison Kidd UTSA 79 86 75 240 +24
T70 T80 Carly Goldstein * LSU 82 77 82 241 +25
T76 T80 Lana Hodge LSU 80 81 80 241 +25
T80 T82 Katharina Baratta-Dragaro * Denver 85 77 80 242 +26
T72 T82 Becky McGeehan UTSA 78 82 82 242 +26
T80 84 Alaina Yeatts UNC Wilmington 83 79 81 243 +27
T87 T85 Elise Genoux Tulane 86 82 77 245 +29
90 T85 Cecily Overbey * North Carolina State 91 79 75 245 +29
84 87 Gabrielle Correia * Tulane 83 81 84 248 +32
T87 88 Annika Cedo * Kansas, Univ. of 84 84 81 249 +33
T87 89 Katie Page * SMU 82 86 85 253 +37
T44 - Marisa Messana * Clemson 74 79 W - -

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

CONNIE'S BAD START IN PANTHER INTERCOLLEGIATE


Former GB and I international Connie Jaffrey dropped five shots over three holes early in the first round of the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate tournament at Eagles Landing Country Club, Stockbridge in Georgia today (Sunday).

Connie, from Kilwinning, had a triple bogey 8 at the par-5 third and a double bogey 6 at the par-4 fifth on her way to an outward half of 41.

She came home in 37 for a six-over-par 78 and is T40 in a field of 82 players.

Elsa Moberly (Eastern Kentucky) leads by three with a four-under 68 over a 6,033yd course.

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STUDENTS' CHAMPIONSHIPS TEE OFF IN PERFECT WEATHER AND LOW SCORES AT LOSSIE

From Colin Farquharson

Defending champion Gemma Batty pictured left,  and Stirling University team-mate Sinead Sexton, right,an Irish international player, finished day one jointly atop the leaderboard at the 95th Scottish Student Golf Championships at Moray Golf Club's links at Lossiemouth.
Playing the Old Course in ideal golfing conditions, Batty carded seven birdies, including a run of four in a row from the 13th, to end the day with a great score of four-under-par 71.
She was matched in the group behind by Sexton, whose round included five birdies and an eagle 3 at the par 5 11th.
Tucked in just behind the lead is St Andrews' Alexa Hammer who carded a 72 with an electrifying end to the round that saw her birdie four of the last five holes.
The men began their 72-hole quest with a round over the New Course, where the scoring overall was not quite as spectacular as the glorious weather.
However, the sun was certainly shining on Ricardo Cellerino from the University of Highlands and Islands and Laird Shepherd (Stirling) who completed the best rounds of the day to occupy jointly the top of the leaderboard at three-under-par 67
They were followed closely by Aberdeen University's Rob Paterson and St Andrews' Matt Myers who each finished on 68.
The tournament continues today (Monday)) with all players completing 18 holes on the New Course in an attempt to make the cut and come back on Tuesday for the final 36 holes.

SCOTTISH STUDENTS' CHAMPIONSHIP
Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth.

LEADING FIRST ROUND SCORES
MEN (New Course)
Par 70
67 L Shepherd (Stirling), R Cellerino (UHI).
68 M Myers (St Andrews), R Paterson (Aberdeen),
70 R Foley (Stirling), T Hein (St Andrews), C MacLean (Stirling), M Fitzsimmons (Stirling).
71 P Kerr (St Andrews), B Bojesen (St Andrews), G Joss (Aberdeen), J Harling (UDI).
72 J Wilson (Stirling), R Johnston (St Andrews), C Low (Strathclyde), C Franssen (St Andrews), R Asher (Strathclyde).
73 L Anderson (St Andrews), F Asher (St Andrews), N Young (RGU), M Napier (Stirling), E Hart (Stirling).
74 B Bannerman (Glasgow), J Rogan (St Andrews), A Davidson (Stirling), D McIntosh (Aberdeen), M Horvath (St Andrews), M McGrory (Abertay Dundee), K McCormack (UHI), D Connacher (Strathclyde), L West (RGU).
75 T Foster (Stirling), A Benson (Strathclyde), V Huelin (Stirling).

TO VIEW ALL THE MEN'S SCORES CLICK HERE

WOMEN (Old Course)
Par 75
71 G Batty (Stirling), S Sexton (Stirling)/.
72 A Hammer (St Andrews).
73 J Saxton (Stirling).
74 T Mactaggart (Stirling).
75 L Van Veggel (St Andrews).
77 C Boa (UHI), F Clark (Abertay Dundee).
82 K Reid (Abertay Dundee).
84 I Jozefiak (St Andrews)
75 N Greville (Stirling).
87 C Boyes (Stirling)
90 C Calvert (St Andrews).
97 O Chabert (Glasgow).

TO VIEW ALL THE WOMEN'S SCORES - CLICK HERE

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GEMMA DRYBURGH'S SECOND-ROUND NIGHTMARE IN CALIFORNIA

Aberdeen-born former Curtis Cup player Gemma Dryburgh had a nightmare second round of four-over-par 76 in the Symetra Tour's IOA Championship at Beaumont, California on Saturday.
She had dropped seven shots off the lead which is shared by three players on 137: Daniela Darquea (Ecuador), Briana Mao (USA) and Anne-Catherine Tanquay (Canada).
Gemma started her round well enough with a birdie at the second but it all went pear-shaped from the fifth to the 15th.
She bogeyed the fifth, ninth, 12th, 13th and 14th and, to cap her woes, ran up a double bogey 5 at the short 15th.
But give Dryburgh credit for not throwing in the towel. She salvaged a better score than looked on the cards by birdieing the 16th and 18th in halves of 37 and 39.
Another past GB and I international, Bronte Law from Cheshire, has moved up to share 10th place on 140 (69-71).
Compatriot Charlotte Thomas, also a GB and I international in days gone by, is T30 on 143 (73-70).

To view the Symetra Tour website report CLICK HERE
To view all the scores CLICK HERE



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EILIDH WATSON LEADS THE BRITS WITH A 75

Eilidh Watson, pictured right from Dollar, a third-year student at Stetson University, De Land, Florida, is just outside the top 10 after the first round of The Babs Steffens Invitational college tournament at Victoria Hills Golf Club, also at De Land, Florida.

Eilidh shot a three-over-par 75 over the 5,907yd course to be three behind joint leaders Jamie Susanin (Darmouth College) and Zhangcheng Guo (Boston University).

Heather Munro from Dundee and a Monifieth Golf Club member, a third-year student at Elon University, North Carolina, had a 76 to be T16 while Eilidh Watson's Stetson team-mate,

Anglo-Scot Paige Kemp from Essex (her mother comes from Stirling!) had a 77 to be T24 in the field of 62 players.

Heather Munro will have her 21st birthday on April 10.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Blue Devils (Duke), Leona Maguire Jump Out to Leads at LSU Tiger Golf Classic

From Duke coach, Jack Winter

Live Scoring

Blue Devils, Leona Maguire Jump Out to Leads at LSU Tiger Golf Classic

March 24, 2017
DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women's golf team featured an excellent day Friday jumping out to the team and individual leads at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic as the field played 36 holes at the 6,247-yard, par 72 University Club in Baton Rouge, La.

Duke collected rounds of 285 and 286 for a five-under-par, 571, and leads by 13 strokes over Oklahoma State (584). Rounding out the top 10 teams are Arkansas (584), NC State (588), SMU (595), Denver (595), Washington (599), Clemson (602), UNC Wilmington (602) and Kansas (604).

Blue Devil junior Leona Maguire carded a five-under-par, 67, in round one to take the individual lead and then fired a four-under-par, 68, in round two and holds a five-stroke lead with a nine-under-par, 135. Teammate Virginia Elena Carta and Washington's Julianne Alvarez are tied second with a four-under, 140.

Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, registered nine birdies and 24 pars in her opening 36 holes and turned in the tied for second-lowest 36-hole ledger in school history on a par 72 course (135).

After opening the tournament with a bogey, Maguire went on to go 25 straight bogey-free holes, which included eight birdies and an eagle. Maguire registered birdies on No. 3, No. 4 and No. 8 to get to two-under-par. She added birdies on the 10th, 15th and 17th to finish the first round at five-under, 65. Maguire hit 11 fairways, 16 greens and lined up 28 putts.

The second round was much like the first for Maguire as she notched a birdie on No. 3 and then holed a 15-yard greenside bunker shot on the 478-yard, par five sixth for her third eagle of the season. She added another birdie on No. 8 to get to four-under. Her lone bogey of the second round came on the ninth hole, before closing the back nine with eight pars and a birdie on the 448-yard, par five 14th. Maguire hit 16 greens, 13 fairways and had 30 putts in round two.

If Maguire can hold on Sunday for the win, it would give her six collegiate victories in three years with the Blue Devils. The six wins would equal Brittany Lang and Lindy Duncan on Duke's all-time charts.

Junior Lisa Maguire, who is playing as an individual, posted rounds of 81 and 77 and is tied for 65th. She notched two birdies in both rounds.

Due to incoming inclement weather, no golf will be played Saturday and the final round will kick off Sunday, March 26 with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Follow the action with live scoring via www.GolfStat.com

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NEW NATIONAL CLUB TEAM COMPETITION




For Golf Clubs that used to play in the Mail on Sunday this is a new Competition Open to amateur golfers in England, Scotland and Wales. Matchplay Golf in association with Annodata are delighted to announce a new National Golf Club Team Competition.

All Golf clubs in England, Scotland & Wales can enter 5 man / 5 Lady team in the Matchplay Knockout format. The new competition will be known as the annodata uk Golf Club Classic.

The Annodata Golf Classic is the Club team event of the year.

We believe it is the only National Golf Club Team event left running in the UK. It is also the toughest and most prestigious competition to win in the UK. Winners of this National Knockout Event will be crowned the UK Golf Club Champions.

To read more and enter your Club -- CLICK HERE

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GEMMA DRYBURH ONE OFF THE PACE IN CALIFORNIA


Aberdeen-born former Curtis Cup player Gemma Dryburgh is in joint fourth position, one shot off the pace, after the first round the Symetra Tour event, the IOA Championship at Beaumont, California.

Gemma shot a four-under-par 68 to be one of three players on the 68 mark. Ahead of the Scot on 67 are Sophia Popov (Germany), Samantha Richdale (Canada) and Emily Tubert (USA).

Another past GB and I international, Bronte Law, is T7 on 69. Compatriots Charlotte Thomas and Ellie Givens had scores of 73 and 76 respectively.

Thomas is T45 and Givens, in danger of missing the cut, at T80.

TO VIEW ALL THE SCORES CLICK HERE

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Friday, March 24, 2017

WEST OF SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY FORM

Kilmarnock Barassie

The West of Scotland Championship is being held at Kilmarnock Barassie on Sunday 7th May. To get your entry form ---- CLICK HERE

 If competitors wish to enter online rather than posting the form here is the link to the online form. CLICK HERE

If you enter this way Jean Macintyre (West Secretary) will e mail you the bank details so that you can pay electronically if you wish.

Please also download the original form to study the conditions of the competition.

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MANAGEMENT CHANGES AT ABOYNE GOLF CLUB

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Aboyne Golf Club Council - April 2016

From Left: Keith Gardiner (Gents Seniors Captain), Sandra Findlay (Ladies Captain), Carmeen Eakin (Council Member), David Munro (Greens Convenor), Scott Mackie (President), Justin Grant (Vice President), Dan Broadhead (Men's Captain), and Janice Innes (Council Member). Absent from photo Nigel Bradburn (Marketing Convenor)

Aboyne Golf Club has made a number of changes to its management team as the club builds on the national success it achieved last year having been chosen to host the Scottish Golf Women's Finals.

In preparation for the new season, David Munro takes over as Greens Convenor to continue the enhancement of the course. David remarked "we received very positive feedback from Scottish Golf after successfully hosting the very high profile Ladies tournament last year. Over the winter months we have continued to enhance the course with a major tree management programme and re-styling a number of bunkers. In addition, our Head Greenkeeper Colin Forbes and his team have been re-shaping some of the holes on our heathland back nine taking out gorse to help the speed of play and make the course enjoyable and playable for golfers of all abilities. Colin and his team have done a fantastic job."

Additionally Ian Anderson is co-opted back on to Council as Finance Convenor. Club President Scott Mackie paid tribute "Ian has done a phenomenal job guiding the club through some challenging financial times in the recent past. Like all golf clubs in the area we have been impacted by the downturn in the Oil & Gas sector and are working hard to ensure the standards of the Club are maintained and we continue to grow and appeal to the wider golfing audience both here in the UK and further afield. "

In further changes, Keith Gardiner takes over as Gents Senior Captain. Keith commented 'I am delighted to have been selected as Seniors Captain for the 2017 season. We have a full programme lined up of monthly Medal and Stableford competitions as well as inter-club matches against twelve Aberdeenshire golf clubs. We have been able to engender a real spirit of camaraderie among the members of the Seniors’ section and we are always pleased to welcome new faces to the fold."

The Ladies Section continues to flourish under the stewardship of Club Captain Sandra Findlay. Sandra said "Last season was unbelievable as we hosted the Scottish Golf Women's County Finals which challenged the club but gave us widespread national recognition which has paid dividends. This season we have been asked to host the Aberdeenshire Ladies County Golf Association, Watt Duffus tournament as well as a full programme of club and open events. It promises to be another busy season."

Meanwhile Club Captain Dan Broadhead is gearing up the men's section to defend the Deeside League trophy the club won for a third consecutive year. Dan said “I am thoroughly looking forward to the season ahead, and we are keen to retain the Deeside League again. Early reports from our members are that the course is in good shape, so here’s to hoping a fantastic season of golf for not just our club but all those on Royal Deeside who have been severely challenged by 'Storm Frank' as well as the economic downturn."

Club President Scott Mackie said, "We have worked exceptionally hard in the winter months upgrading the course and clubhouse. We have restructured our membership offering and opened up new categories with more flexibility to attract even more new members to the Club both playing and social. We want to continue to attract a wider and more diverse audience – younger generations, families, ladies and those that see our golf club not purely as a venue to play golf but also as a key social hub for the local community. We are already seeing the fruits of this hard labour and are always keen to speak with local people and businesses to see how we can further promote the Deeside area and our Club."

Aboyne Golf Club
Aboyne Golf started life as a nine-hole course on the village green as early as 1881. The current stretch of 6,033 yards was modernised and reconstructed some 100 years later and the present 18 holes was opened in August 1991. The course provides a fine test for golfers of all abilities and has a membership of just under 650 players and social members. It presents a rich variety of memorable holes making the most of the natural variations in the terrain which is a mix of rolling parkland with inviting fairways and elevated links-like heathland with tighter targets.
Mature trees and water are in play on many holes. Aboyne Loch is a notable feature lending character and scenic beauty to the course as well as providing a hazard to be avoided on the last hole of the relatively flat parkland outward nine. Thereafter, the course changes character to rugged heathland terrain and climbs gently providing magnificent views of some lovely Aberdeenshire countryside. Another small loch lurks at the 15th and the closing holes test the skill of the most seasoned campaigner. The home hole is a long par 3 and provides a worthy finish to a challenging round of golf.

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ABERDEEN LADIES’ GOLF CLUB 125th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Joyce Wilson (Vice-Captain), Helen Faulds and Fiona Seedhouse, (Captain) 





Aberdeen Ladies’ Golf Club celebrated its quasquicentennial (125th) year in the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa on Saturday, 18 March. The evening was hosted by the Captain, Fiona Seedhouse, and around 140 members and invited guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner and sparkling speakers.

The evening was kicked off with a surprise when Joyce Wilson, the Vice-Captain, returned to the Club the prize which had been awarded for the winner of the first medal competition played by members over the current course, first awarded on 20th November 1893, and tracked down by her through an auction house in New Jersey, US. An amusing history of the club was then recounted by Aifric Twomey, who recalled the idiosyncrasies of many of the older worthies, and some of those of more recent times, and paid tribute to the many golfing successes of members both past and present.

The evening was rounded off by our after dinner speaker, Helen Faulds, a most accomplished lady golfer and gifted speaker, who very quickly had the room ringing with laughter. A thank you to all who had contributed to the success of the evening was made by the Honorary President, Margaret MacNaughtan, and all left the event in a very happy frame of mind.

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GILLIAN O'LEARY TAKES WELSH POST




From Golf Business News

Ireland's Gillian O'Leary joins Golf Union of Wales as performance director

Gillian O'Leary
Former Ireland international Gillian O'Leary is shaping the future elite performance of Welsh golf – hoping to emulate the Emerald Isle's recent successes.

With four Major golf champions in the last decade, two of the top five in the ladies amateur world rankings, along with plenty of amateur successes in the men's and ladies teams, Ireland has been one of the forces of world golf.

Former Portugese Amateur champion O'Leary has joined the Golf Union of Wales as performance director aiming to focus resources at the sharp end to bring more consistent success to the Welsh players.

Irish golf is a bit bigger but culturally it is very similar, all the ingredients are here for Wales to be a major international player," said O'Leary, who is finishing a masters degree in sports development and coaching, focussing on elite sport systems.

Jack Davidson's win at the Spanish Amateur represented a good start, with a strong Wales men's team set to take part in the European Nations at the end of the month.

However, no Wales Ladies or Girls team has been entered to the European Team Championships later in the summer, with those resources diverted to give the players greater exposure at international level to be more competitive in future.

"One of my performance philosophies would be to try to make opportunities available to compete at international level more often, being more focussed on competing with the rest of the world," said O'Leary.

"In preparation for this, we will be trying to create a supportive environment for players but one in which they are challenged heavily around their behaviour and their commitment to the processes involved in becoming world class players. I believe if we can do this successfully, the results will follow.

"It is great having Jack winning in Spain and we need to build on that momentum. When our players are at that level then others see it and start thinking they can do the same thing.

"Hopefully we will have a strong men's team at the European Team Championships in Austria trying to compete.

"When we send Wales teams, we should be going there to compete and not just to make up the numbers. We have a comparatively small budget and resources so we must use that to build towards something rather than just going along.

"We are challenging the players that to represent their country is not about being the best in Wales, but being one of the best in Europe and the world. We do have hugely talented players who can go further with a bit more belief and hard work."

O'Leary is delighted to be able to build on the work done by predecessors Nigel Edwards and Ben Waterhouse, while the national coaching staff in place in Wales is also a strength.

"The coaching staff we have in place is top class and they work really hard for Welsh golf," she said.

"They are very passionate about what they do, I am lucky to be coming into an environment where there are some challenges but a lot of opportunities and a lot of work that has already been done to get Welsh golf to this stage."

O'Leary is from Cork in the South of Ireland, but did a Masters in Dublin and enjoyed a successful amateur international career while working for the Irish Ladies Golf Union.

"I played in various international teams over 10 years with the likes of Danielle McVeigh, Maria Dunne and as the Maguire twins were starting out, maybe my background gives me more empathy towards the players," she said.

"I always wanted to be more involved on the elite performance side and once I finished playing internationally in 2012 I was very fortunate to be given a lot of opportunities to work more closely with performance manager David Kearney.

"I felt I had progressed as far as I could with the Irish Ladies Golf Union at a time when we had two players in the top five of the World Rankings, Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey, and had just won the Girls Home Internationals so the time was right to make a move and I feel Welsh golf is the perfect fit for me."

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HEATHER MUNRO NAMED GOLFER OF THE WEEK


HEATHER MUNRO NAMED CAA WOMEN'S GOLFER OF WEEK

Heather Munro
FROM THE ELON UNIVERSITY, NORTH CAROLINA WEBSITE

RICHMOND, Va. – After recording her second straight top-10 individual finish, Elon University women's golfer Heather Munro has been named the CAA Women's Golfer of the Week.

Munro finished in a tie for ninth at the River Landing Classic, helping the Phoenix to a tie for sixth in the team standings. The Dundee native and Monifieth Golf Club member shot a five-over par 221 (72-75-74) over her three rounds of play. Munro recorded seven birdies throughout the event.

For the year, Munro has competed in all six of Elon's tournaments and has a 74.22 scoring average. She now has nine top-10 finishes in 25 career tournaments.

Munro and the Phoenix will be back on the links March 25-27 at the Babs Steffens Invitational in DeLand, Florida.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS PAIR WIN THE AYRSHIRE COUNTY WINTER FOURSOMES FINAL

The Winners
The Ladies managed to dodge the showers this weekend to play the final of the Ayrshire County Winter Foursomes.
The match was played over Troon Portland between Sheila McDougall and Margaret White (Prestwick St Nicholas) and Liz Keohone and Audrey Thompson (Loudoun Gowf Club) The St Nicholas girls got off to a good start and were soon 2 up.
Quite a few holes changed hands but Sheila and Margaret held off the Loudoun challenge to win on the 17th.

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POLLOK GOLF CLUB HOST THE RLCGA WINTER FOURSOMES FINAL



Christine, Gill, Sandra and Norah 1st tee at Pollok GC 
The 2016/17 RLCGA Winter  Foursomes Final took place yesterday at Pollok Golf Club between Christine Leitch and Gill McLeod from Williamwood, who were playing in the competition for the 1st time, and Norah Adams and Sandra Winter from Kilmacolm. There was an extremely cold wind but it was dry overhead and the course was in remarkably good condition despite the recent rain and snow. 
The Williamwood pairing Christine and Gill playing in their first ever Winter Foursomes won the tie 4&3

A big thank you to the spectators who came to support and to County Secretary Carol McNally for arranging courtesy of the course at the last moment when snow had closed East Renfrewshire. 


RLCGA Captain Gillian Kyle  presents the winners with their trophies
To read the full report go to the Renfrewshire Ladies' County Golf Association Website 

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ABOYNE STUDENT SECOND IN LOUISIANA


KIMBERLEY BEVERIDGE FINISHES SECOND IN LOUISIANA

Aboyne's Kimberley Beveridge, a second-year student at Tyler Junior College, Texas, maintained her recent good form this week with a second-place finish in a field of 38 players at the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate at Stonebridge Golf Club, Bossier City in Louisiana.

She had rounds of 73 and 79 for a total of 152 over a par-72 course of 5,978yd and finished three shots behind the winner, Tori Gatling (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor) who scored 75-74.

Beveridge's good effort enabled Tyler Junior College to head a field of eight teams by eight strokes.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WILSON AND GOADBY WIN STUDENTS' TITLES AT DUNDONALD


Chloe Goadby
After a delayed start due to snow in Ayrshire, the final round of the 11th Dundonald students' golf tournament finished under blue skies with James Wilson (Stirling) taking home the men's title after winning a play-off, and Chloe Goadby (Stirling) claiming the women's crown ahead of the favourite, Gemma Batty, also of Stirling.
The women's competition had been a close affair over the first two days with any of the final grouping of Goadby, Gemma Batty (Stirling), and Emma Hale (GCU) in position to take the title.
However, it was Goadby who took the competition away from the field, adding a 73 to the previous day's 74 to finish at ten over 226, six clear of Batty who signed off with a 79.
Jen Saxton (Stirling) shot a closing 81, which was enough to secure third place on countback from Hale, completing a sweep of the women's podium places for Stirling.
James Wilson
The men's competition was always likely to be a shootout with a host of previous Students' Tour winners queuing up behind overnight leader Colin Edgar (Stirling). The
 day developed into one of the most exciting in recent memory with a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard at one stage of the back nine. At least eight players were at one point or another within a shot of the lead. title.
Fine back nines from Chris Maclean (Stirling) (who closed with a 76) and James Wilson (Stirling), also 76 for the same 54-hole total produce a tie on 226 and a sudden-death play-off.
One extra  hole was all that was needed as Maclean missed his par putt, leaving Wilson the chance to seal the title, which he did, with Matthew Myers (St Andrews) finishing third, one shot back on 227.

BRITISH UNIVERSITIES and COLLEGES SPORT
11th DUNDONALD LINKS TOURNAMENT

FINAL TOTALS
WOMEN
par 216 (3x72)
226 C Goadby (Stirling) 79 74 73.
232 G Batty (Stirling) 72 81 79.
242 J Saxton (Stirling) 75 86 81, E Hale (Glasgow Caledonian) 74 82 86.
243 L Van Veggel (St Andrews) 77 86 80.
244 T Mactaggart (Stirling) 74 84 82
245 S Sexton (Stirling) 77 87 81, N Banovec (Elmwood) 77 86 82.
247 M Patzeltova (Elmwood) 84 80 83.
250 A Hammer (St Andrews) 79 82 89.
253 M Danielsson (St Andrews) 76 87 80.
261 K Reid (Abertay Dundee) 82 84 95.

MEN
par 216 (3x72)
226 J Wilson (Stirling) 76 74 76; C MacLean (Stirling) 71 79 76, (Wilson won play-off at first extra hole).
227 M Myers (St Andrews) 74 76 77.
228 P Kerr (St Andrews) 74 79 75, R Foley (Stirling) 78 75 75, J Glenn (Durham) 74 77 77, C Edgar (Stirling) 70 77 81
229 B Bojesen (St Andrews) 72 77 80.
230 A Wilson (Northumbria) 75 77 78, T Hall (Central Lacs) 75 76 79.
231 C Low (Abertay Dundee) 73 76 82.
232 G Greer (Elmwood) 77 79 76, B Armitage (Bournemouth) 72 80 80, J Rogan (St Andrews) 76 77 79.
233 G Burns (St Andrews) 77 77  79, J Du Feu (South Wales) 74 78 81.
235 M Napier (Stirling) 78 80 77.
236 D Lloyd (Central Lancs) 81 80 75, J Sundborg (Stirling) 78 78 80.
237 A McDougall (Newcastle) 79 78 80, S Alexander (Durham) 77 80 80, J Voss (Durham) 72 82 83.
238 J Stoddart (St Andrews) 78 79 81, C Johnston (Newcastle) 75 82 81
240 M Fitzsimmons (Stirling) 77 83 80, A McDougall (Stirling) 76 80 84.
241 C Franssen (St Andrews) 80 79 82.
242 D Lyon (Bournemouth) 77 83 82, J Neve (Northumbria) 75 83 84
246 J Cornes (Central Lancs) 76 83 87.

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KIM BEVERIDGE TWICE IN TEXAS TOP TEN

Aboyne Golf Club member Kim Beveridge followed up her second place finish in the TJC Spring Intercollegiate at Oakhurst Country Club in Texas with a joint seventh placing in a field of 37 at the Pinecrest Intercollegiate at Longview, Texas.

She had rounds of 77 and 79 in finishing five behind the TJC tournament winner and scores of 81 and 74, nine behind the Pinecrest winner.

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SAVE THE CHILDREN MIXED FOURSOMES AT GLENBERVIE


Save the Children will be celebrating our 36th Annual Mixed Foursomes Golf Tournament on the 5th of September 2017 at Glenbervie Golf Club with many clubs participating from across Scotland. The golf clubs have an option to hold a qualifying event at their own club if they want to or can enter a team instead to represent club at the main event at Glenbervie Golf Club.
The entry fee is £35.00 per team, no handicap limit, Stableford format. If you are interested in taking part and supporting the work of Save the Children and raising money for vulnerable children around the world, then please get in touch with organiser Louise Fiermonte on 07786 981 176 or l.fiermonte@savethechildren.org.uk for further information ---www.savethechildren.co.uk

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OLYMPIC GAMES GOLF VENUE VOTES TO ALLOW WOMEN AS FULL MEMBERS


Games golf venue votes for equality

The Kasumigaseki Country Club
21 Mar 2017
by Golf Australia

Golf at the 2020 Olympic Games will proceed at its originally intended venue after the club voted to allow women to become full members overnight.

The Kasumigaseki Country Club, north-west of Tokyo, has long had restrictions on women's membership, including limiting the days women were allowed to play.

These conditions were in conflict with the International Olympic Committee's non-discrimination principles and Australian Olympic boss John Coates, also chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Co-ordination Commission, worked closely with the local organising committee to ensure they were changed.

Those discussions paid off overnight with the Kasumigaseki CC board voting to allow women to become full members of the club at an extraordinary board meeting.

"Gender equality is a fundamental principle of the Olympic movement ... and we believe this decision now reflects this," Coates said.

"While we had made our position on non-discrimination clear as soon as we became aware of their rules, it was important that the members of the club be given the opportunity to make the change in their good time.

"It is their club and at the end of the day we had to be welcomed by them."

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EDGAR STILL CLEAR BUT GOADBY SHARES WOMEN'S LEAD WITH BATTY



Chloe Goadby
The second round of the 11th SSS/BUCS Dundonald Tournament was played in very challenging weather conditions which tested the field to the limit.

With the top 12 women and top 30 men making the cut at the end of the day, competition was fierce to secure a chance at earning valuable points towards Tour Finals qualification.

In the men's competition, it was a Stirling player who again had the lowest score of the day, this time James Wilson shooting a 74 to move himself up the leaderboard and into fourth place heading into the final day.

Overnight leader Colin Edgar (Stirling) shot a 77 to maintain both his place at the top of the leaderboard and also his two-shot advantage over his nearest competitors.

While Chris Maclean (Stirling) was not able to maintain the pressure on Edgar, Chris Low (Abertay) backed up his 73 with a 76 to move into second alongside Bjorn Bojesen (St. Andrews), who moved up from third, thanks to a solid Edgar-matching 77. With only three shots separating the top six golfers, it will be all to play for during tomorrow's final round.

The women's leaderboard was shaken up by the tough conditions and by the outstanding round of the day, Chloe Goadby (Stirling) shooting a two over 74 to move to the top of the standings, alongside first round leader Gemma Batty (Stirling).

While Batty struggled early on, sitting at nine over after eight holes, she played the remaining 10 holes to par to ensure that she is level with Goadby heading into the final day.

Emma Hale (Glasgow Caledonian) shot an 82 to stay in touch with the leaders, only three shots back at 12 over.

With snow forecast overnight and further showers scheduled, it is likely to be the players who manage the conditions the best that will emerge with the titles after the third and final round.

11TH SSS/BUCS STUDENTS' TOURNAMENT
Dundonald Links, Ayrshire

SECOND-ROUND SCORES
MEN
Par 144 (2x72)
147 Colin Edgar (Stirling) 70 77.
149 Christopher Low (Abertay Dundee) 73 76, Bjorn Bojesen (St Andrews) 72 77.
150 James Wilson (Stirling) 76 74, Matthew Myers (St Andrews) 74 76, Chris MacLean (Stirling) 71 79.
151 Teddy Hall (Central Lancs) 75 76, James Glenn (Durham) 74 77.
152 Andrew Wilson (Northumbria) 75 77, Brandon Armitage (Bournemouth) 72 80.
153 Robert Foley (Stirling) 78 75, Jack Rogan (St Andrews) 76 77, Peter Kerr (St Andrews) 74 79.
154 George Burns (St Andrews) 77 77, Johann Voss (Durham) 72 82.
156 Jordan Sundborg (Stirling) 78 78, Graeme Greer (Elmwood) 77 79, Alasdair McDougall (Stirling) 76 80.

SELECTED SCORES
157 Jamie Stoddart (St Andrews) 78 79 (T20).
158 Mark Napier (Stirling) 78 80 (24th)
159 Cameron Franssen (St Andrews) 80 79 (T25).
161 Marcell Horvath (St Andrews) 80 81, Lewis Black (Stirling) 73 88 (T30).
163 Richard Johnston (Strathclyde) 81 82 (35th).
165 Ellis Hart (Stirling) 82 83 (T37).
170 Ryan Johnston (Stirling) 81 89 (43rd).
171 Andrew Benson (Strathclyde) 81 90 (44th).

WOMEN
Par 144 (2x72)
153 Chloe Goadby (Stirling) 79 74, Gemma Batty (Stirling) 72 81.
156 Emma Hale (Glasgow Caledonian) 74 81
161 Alexa Hammer (St Andrews) 79 82, Jen Saxton (Stirling) 75 86.
162 Tara Mactaggart (Stirling) 78  84.
163 Nastja Banovec (Elmwood) 77 86, Lieve Van Veggel (St Andrews) 77 86, Marie Danielsson (St Andrews) 76 87.
164 Michaela Patzellova (Elmwood) 84 80, Sinead Sexton (Stirling) 77 87.
166 Katie Reid (Abertay Dundee) 82 84
170 Kasia Selwent (Bournemouth) 85 85.
176 Clare Calvert (St Andrews) 84 92.
181 Fern Clark (St Andrews) 92 89.
183 Iga Jozefiak  (St Andrews) 89 94.
184 Molly Stewart (St Andrews) 87 97.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

FIONA RATTRAY AND ALEX MENNIE WIN THE D&A COUNTY FOURSOMES FINAL

D&A County Winter Foursomes Winners Alex Mennie and Fiona Rattray (Douglas Park)
Photo courtesy of Christopher Mennie

The D&A County Winter Foursomes Final was played yesterday at Cardross Golf Club between the Douglas Park Golf Club pairing of Alex Mennie and Fiona Rattray against Mandy Allan (Milngavie) and Lindsay McCubbin (Hilton Park).

Fiona and Alex had to give 8 shots and with the conditions being awful and no mats allowed it was a difficult day for all the players.

Both couples led by one hole, turn by turn. However, Lindsay and Mandy led by 2 up at one point.

Fiona & Alex eventually were 1 up after 17 and as they said they could not have made it any harder for themselves. ----
Alex drove into trees, Fiona got it out, Alex hit a poor third and with the pin in a really tough position at the back of the green Fiona then narrowly missed the clubhouse windows landing about 10cms from the Out of Bounds!
Alex chipped on with a great shot for a gimme which was not given.

Meantime Mandy hit a good drive down the middle, Leslie hit a good shot which landed in a huge puddle and stopped in it right at the front of the green. Mandy chipped to the very back, Lindsay whose putting had been brilliant, was short.
Fiona putted in for 6, Mandy putted to take the match on to the 19th and missed and Fiona and Alex were the winners! — Despite the horrible weather the spectators had really enjoyed what was an exciting match!

CLICK HERE TO SEE SOME PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE DAY -- COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER MENNIE

Thanks go to Christina Graham (Douglas Park Ladies' Captain)  for the report

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stirling duo set the pace after the first day of the 11th SSS/BUCS Dundonald Tournament

On a very changeable day on the west coast of Scotland it was Stirling University who sit at the top of the men’s and women’s leaderboards after the first round of the 11th SSS/BUCS Dundonald tournament.

Gemma Batty
Leading the women’s competition is Gemma Batty (Stirling) whose level par round of 72 sees her two shots clear of Emma Hale (GCU), with Jen Saxton (Stirling) a further shot back at +3. With a blustey wind and near constant rain, it was the consistent play of Batty that impressed, with a birdie and bogey at 9 and 10 splitting 16 pars. Hale managed 5 birdies, fighting back impressively after two dropped shots in the opening three holes. Similarly, after a double bogey on the first, Saxton played the rest of the course only one over to post a 75. The field is spread out behind the top three and should lead to an intriguing second day, with only the top 12 making the cut.

In the men’s competition, Colin Edgar (Stirling) posted a very impressive 70 to sit one stroke clear of Chris MacLean (Stirling) with three players a further stroke back at level par. Edgar used two birdies in the first 4 holes to underpin a very impressive two under par round against the elements. After a slow start, MacLean fired into contention, coming home in 34 to record a 71. It was not all Stirling, however, with Voss (Durham), Bojesen (St. Andrews), and Armitage (Bournemouth) breathing down the leaders necks.

Round two starts tomorrow from 8.30am; leaderboards are available through Intelligent Golf:

Men

Women

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Hae Rym Kim wins SGF67 World Ladies Championship with SBS in play-off



Hae Rym Kim with the SGF67 Trophy


From Bethan Cutler, LET

Haikou, China – Sunday 19th March 2017: Overnight leader Hae Rym Kim held her nerve to win a dramatic two-hole play-off against fellow South Korean Seon Woo Bae at the SGF67 World Ladies Championship with SBS in China, a tri-sanctioned event between the LET, CLPGA and KLPGA Tours.

Kim holed a four-foot birdie putt on the second play-off hole, the par-5 18th on the Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Resort Haikou, to become the fourth straight South Korean winner of the title, following Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu and Jung Min Lee.

Before the play-off, Kim made a similar birdie putt of four feet on the 18th green to tie with Bae at 14-under-par after 54 holes and force the play-off, the pair having recorded rounds of 70 and 69 respectively on an overcast and breezy day on Hainan Island.

With two previous wins on the LPGA of Korea in 2016, the 27-year-old Kim said: "I played in play-offs twice last year, so I felt a lot more confident about it this time."

However, there were signs of nerves on the first play-off hole when she drove right from the 18th tee into the black lava rocks and took an unplayable drop. Despite appearances, Kim said: "On the first play-off hole, I was delighted that I found my ball even though I had to declare it unplayable. I felt that was a chance and it helped me. I was focused on getting a par."

A delicate chip to tap-in distance set up Kim's par and the pair then returned to the 18th tee after Bae's birdie putt of eight feet ended just wide of the hole.

On the second play-off hole, Bae chipped her ball six feet past the hole and faced another birdie putt on a similar line, but again, her ball ended just wide on the right side.

Kim smelled blood and duly made her birdie putt. She said afterwards: "I watched Bae's game and her micro-expressions and knew what she was thinking deep in her mind. That's the key. I knew her and I could adjust my strategy according to her expressions."

Bae wasn't too disappointed and said: "I feel fine, because it was just the first tournament of 2017 and there are 29 more to be played. I didn't hit a bad shot, it was just an unlucky day."

England's Georgia Hall, hunting European Solheim Cup points, ended three strokes back in a share of third position with South Korean pair Soyoung Lee and Min Sun Kim on 11-under-par.

The 20-year-old from Bournemouth said: "I played well and my long game was really good. My putting wasn't quite there today and I couldn't see the lines as well as the last two days and my pace was a bit off. I left quite a lot short actually, but my long game all week has been amazing, and my putting has as well, apart from today. I had 33 putts today and shot three-under, so if I had reached the hole with more of my putts then I might have been in a play-off, but I didn't, so I'm joint third and I'm very happy with that. I only missed one fairway and I missed two on the previous two days."

Comparing her own game to playing partners Kim and Bae, Hall said: "My long game I think was better than theirs, but they putted better, which is why they are in the position they are. They both played really well, so they deserve to be up there."

Scotland's Kylie Henry finished five strokes further back in 13th place, before jetting off to Thailand on her honeymoon and the 2015 Rookie of the Year Emily Kristine Pedersen from Denmark tied for 14th position on five-under-par.

This was the second of the two Ladies European Tours events played so far in 2017 and both have ended in play-offs. The next tournament will be the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco on April 13-16.

Leaderboard

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fw: Hae Rym Kim leads as play suspended overnight



Georgia Hall

From  Bethan Cutler, LET


Haikou, China - Saturday 18th March 2017: Hae Rym Kim, pictured right, held a one stroke clubhouse lead on 11-under-par at the SGF67 World Ladies Championship with SBS at Mission Hills Haikou in China as play was suspended for the day at 4.59pm due to electrical storms and then bad light.

Fellow South Korean Seon Woo Bae, who was about to play her third shot to the Blackstone Course's 18th green when the siren sounded and needs a birdie to tie for the lead, is one of the players who will resume their second rounds at 7.15am on Sunday, before the final round.

Meanwhile, overnight leader Georgia Hall recorded her second-round score of two-under-par 71 just in time to avoid an early alarm call. She is currently lying in third place, three shots from the lead, having recovered from a shaky start.

One ahead going into the second round, the English 20-year-old had slipped eight shots adrift of the lead after playing the front nine in three-over-par, with a bogey on the fourth followed by a double bogey at the short eighth, however she made five birdies on the back nine, at holes 11, 12, 14, 16 and 17.

Hall said: "The front nine is so much harder than the back nine and I thought before I teed off, if I can go around the front nine in level par, I'll be happy. I was just hanging on to three-over and then I holed a 20-footer on 10 to stay three-over and then I got a birdie on 11 and I started playing well from there.

"I didn't play badly on the front nine, it was just so windy and about a two-and-a-half club wind. I got a few clubs wrong and I was struggling to find where the wind was going. I hit good shots, but they were around 20 feet past the hole, so I never really had a birdie chance on the front nine.

"I played well again today and putted well. I think I had 27 putts, so I knew my game was there, I just had to be more patient for the back nine where there are more birdie opportunities, which I managed to take."

Kylie Henry is a shot further behind in fourth position, within sight of a third Ladies European Tour title. The Scot also had 27 putts as she carded a three-under-par 70 for a 36-hole total of seven-under-par, having posted an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys in her second round.

The two-time LET winner, who picked up victories in the Netherlands and Germany in 2014, tied the knot with European Tour professional Scott Henry on 29th December and will jet off to Thailand for her honeymoon after the final round on Sunday. While she will leave her clubs behind for the eight-night trip to Ko Samui, she hopes to carry the trophy with her.

She said: "I'm just really excited for tomorrow and happy to be in the position that I'm in. I'll try to play well again and do the best that I possibly can. It's been Korean dominance in this event, but there are a few LET players on the leader board so hopefully one of us can take the trophy home."

Florentyna Parker, who started at the 10th and was four-under for her first three holes, is a shot further back in a share of fifth place with South Korean Jin young Ko on six-under-par and she said: "It was a great wake-up call this morning, starting birdie, birdie, eagle. That basically got me going and I didn't do much after that."

The two-time LET winner birdied the long 18th for a back nine of five-under and played the front nine in level par, with a birdie on the second and a bogey on the seventh hole.

"I played quite nicely yesterday but wasn't near the pin as I got some of the wrong slopes and today it seemed to be more in my favour. I'm looking forward to tomorrow," Parker added.

Kim, who had six birdies in a bogey-free round, said: "I made the most of the par-5 holes out there and had six birdies. Today, the wind was blowing a bit more than yesterday, but I think that was the reason I was able to score well."

Earlier in the day, Patricia Sanz Barrio from Spain made her first hole-in-one at the 180-yard par-3 11th hole using a 19-degree hybrid and was presented with a bottle of fizz after her round. She said: "I have never had a hole-in-one before and I thought it would be close, but I didn't know. We all saw the ball go into the hole. It bounced in and we were like, 'woah!'"

Once the second round has been completed and the cut has been made to the leading 60 players and ties, a draw for the third round will be released. The third and final round is scheduled to commence at approximately 10am local time, with a live television broadcast from 1.30pm until the scheduled completion of play at 5pm.

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Beth Allen Set For “Most Fun Week” Of Her Life





Beth Allen’s long campaign to play in the LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic in Carlsbad went from subtle to outrageous a year ago.

After becoming the first American ever to win the Order of Merit on the Ladies European Tour in 2016, Allen went to LPGA Tour Qualifying School and tied for sixth to earn her full-time card to play in the U.S. for the first time since 2008.

Of course, one of her first thoughts upon completing the Q-School grind was that she’d get to play in the Kia, which will be contested March 23-26 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, with world No. 1 Lydia Ko as the defending champion.

To read more go to the -- The Foremagazine Article

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Friday, March 17, 2017

RENFREWSHIRE LADIES' COUNTY GOLF ASSOCIATION BIENNUAL DINNER AT HAGGS CASTLE GOLF CLUB

Cat Morrison and RLCGA Captain Gillian Kyle

57 ladies enjoyed the RLCGA Biennual Dinner at Haggs Castle Golf Club last night. There were many Past Captains, Honorary members, non-playing members, new members and the regular County players all creating a real buzz in the clubhouse! 

Cat Morrison (MBE) gave the ladies a stimulating and very interesting talk about the world of duathlon and triathlon. Golf has never seemed so easy!


Vice-Captain June Lockhart rounded off the evening with a very entertaining vote of thanks.


CLICK HERE TO SEE SOME PHOTOS FROM THE EVENING -- COURTESY OF FIONA ARMOUR AND CAROL FELL


Cat Morrison career highlights: 

ITU Duathlon World Champion 2010 & 2006 
ETU Long Distance Duathlon World Champion 2008, 2007 
ETU Duathlon European Champion 2009, 2007 
Multiple Ironman and Ironman 70.3 wins 
 Represented Scotland at Commonwealth Games 2002 & 2006

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POWELL AND SMART WIN SUNNINGDALE FOURSOMES

Graham Powell and Henry Smart win Sunningdale Foursomes


Graham Powell and Henry Smart, who knocked out the defending champions, Marco Penge and Sophie Lamb, in the second round and Scots Ross Cameron and Michele Thomson in Round 3, went on to win the 83rd Sunningale Foursomes at the Ascot venue.

Powell and Smart beat Ryan Harrison and James Johnson by 5 and 4 in this afternoon's (FRI) final.

In this morning's semi-finals, Powell and Smart bt Jason Kelly and Roderik Bastard 7 and 6 while Harrison and Johnson bt Duncan Hodgson and James Morrison 5 and 4.

Georgia Hall makes fast start in China

Georgia Hall
From Bethan Cutler, LET.

Haikou, China - Friday 17th March 2017: England's Georgia Hall shot a solid six-under-par 67 in warm and breezy conditions to take a one stroke lead after the first round of the SGF67 World Ladies Championship with SBS on Friday at Mission Hills Haikou on Hainan Island.

The 20-year-old from Bournemouth started her first Ladies European Tour event of the 2017 season with a par on the 10th of the Blackstone Course and then made the first of three straight birdies when she holed a bunker shot on the par-3 11th.

Further birdies at the 16th and 18th saw the Solheim Cup prospect complete a back nine of five-under 32 and her stunning round continued when she birdied the third and sixth holes to reach seven-under-par. She made her only bogey on her last hole, the par-4 ninth, after hitting an aggressive approach shot over the green, before leaving a tricky chip 10 feet short and then hitting her first putt too forcefully.

"I played faultless all the way around apart from on the last hole. I think I lost a bit of concentration. I putted amazingly, it was one of the best putting rounds I've ever had and I didn't really do a shot wrong so I'm very happy with my first round," said Hall, who is aiming for her first title on the LET.

"I wanted to take advantage of my morning round, so I'm happy I did. You've really got to place the ball well off the tees and be a good driving player, which is probably the strongest part of my game. I knew if I hit my driver well and holed some good putts, I wouldn't be too far away.

"I focused on my putting yesterday afternoon and tried to follow through a bit more and it was so much better. I went out this morning and felt so much more confident. I had 25 putts, which is really good for me."

Hall said that she doesn't like change and hasn't touched her swing or seen her coach since November last year, after she posted a career best finish of second in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi, but she has recently put a new set of Tileist irons into her bag, with lofts which are two degrees stronger and is hitting her irons around three to four yards further than last year.

Hall ended the day with a one-stroke lead over South Korean duo Ye Jin Kim and Hae Rym Kim, who held a share of the lead on six-under-par, before hitting her tee shot into the lake on the par-5 18th hole and making a bogey.

Scotland's Kylie Henry, who was recently married, shot 69 to share fourth place with South Koreans So Yeon Park, Seon Woo Bae, Jin Joo Hong and Ji Hyun Lee and she also credited an exceptional day on the greens.

Henry, (née Walker), said: "I'm really happy with that because I started on 10 and I was level par for the back nine and then four-under on my last nine holes. It's a good score. I just putted really solidly today and had 24 putts, which is a record for me."

Gwladys Nocera from France and Camilla Lennarth of Sweden are part of a group tied for ninth spot on three-under-par alongside six South Korean players in the 54-hole stroke play event which is tri-sanctioned by the LET, CLPGA and KLPGA tours.

There will be a cut to the leading 60 professional players and ties after 36 holes, with live TV and online coverage for the second and third rounds.

Interview with Georgia Hall here:

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Charlotte Hartshorn makes top 20 in Dallas


Charlotte improves by leaps and bounds to make top 20 in Dallas

Charlotte Hartshorn from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, a final-year student at Houston Baptist University, improved by leaps and bounds over 54 holes to finish T16 in a field of 87 players at the Spring Break Invite college tournament at Trophy Club, Dallas in Texas (March 13-15).

Charlotte had ever-improving rounds over a par-72 course of 6,180yd of 82, 76 and then a par-matching 72 for a total of 230. Her fourth-round 72 was a season-low for the twice former Warwickshire county champion.

Houston Baptist were the only team to have all five of its players finish in the top 25 but that was not enough for them to win the team title.

That went to Eastern Kentucky (895) ahead of Northern Colorado (906) with Houston Baptist sharing third place with Oral Roberts on 912 in a field of 16 teams.

Co-individual winners were two Eastern Kentucky players, Amanda Lindahl with scores of 76, 72 and 70, Sofie Levin with 69, 77 and 72, also for two-over 218.

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