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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

IT'S PAMELA PRETSWELL ASHER NOW!



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Pamela and Ryan 

The romantic Scottish wedding of Pamela Pretswell Asher

Ladies European Tour member Pamela Pretswell and Ryan Asher tied the knot in a romantic Scottish wedding at Crutherland House Hotel in East Kilbride on Friday 18th August.

Fellow Scottish LET member Kylie Henry was a bridesmaid, along with two of Pamela's best friends from school. Pamela said: "We had the best day; everything went so well and it was so good to have everyone together to see us getting married.

We are just back from our honeymoon in Arran which was absolutely beautiful." The 28-year-old fifth year LET member will now play on Tour as Pamela Pretswell Asher and she tweeted:

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The Wedding Team -- Bridesmaid Kylie Henry - 2nd from left

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Fuller and Holpfer lead on four-under


 
Issued 23rd August, 2017

Fuller and Holpfer lead on four-under

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England's Annabell Fuller and Austria's Isabella Holpfer share the halfway lead on four-under par in the English women's stroke play championship at Woodhall Spa.
They'll be in the final group tomorrow, playing side by side – as they did last week in the British girls, in practice here at Woodhall Spa and in the first two rounds of the championship.
They've also had the same scores in this event, but in reverse order. Fuller (pictured top) opened with four-under 69 to share the first round lead and pulled off a fighting finish today, signing for level par 73 to stay at the top. Holpfer opened with 73 and added 69 today with a round which included six birdies as she put her approaches close to the pin.
The 16-year-old was in Europe's winning team in the Junior Vagliano match against GB&I and is enjoying a good season. "Compared to last, it's a lot better," said Holpfer, who explained: "Last year I grew and I was hitting it all over the place!"
Fuller had an up-and-down round, which started with two bogeys, picked up momentum with a run of birdies in the middle then stalled temporarily with a double bogey six after she visited the trees on the 13th.
At that stage, the English U16 girls' champion was trailing Holpfer by two shots, but she came straight back with a birdie on the 14th and another on the last where she got up and down from a greenside bunker. "I keep having rounds like that," she laughed.      
The leaders are two shots clear of English girls' champion Bel Wardle (pictured left) and Gloucestershire's Caley McGinty. A further stroke back on one-under is Scotland's Shannon McWilliams while England's Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) and Ireland's Paula Grant are both level par.
Wardle (Prestbury, Cheshire) is reaping the confidence boost she received when she won her girls' title in the gales at Littlestone and proved to herself that she could cross the winning line.
She carded 70 today and commented: "I was just trying to move up the field so that I would be in one of the later groups tomorrow, to give myself the best chance of seeing if I can win."
McGinty is also drawing on her experience of the girls' championship, when she played her way into contention after two rounds but failed to capitalise on her position. "I think the experience will help me, I'm not going to try to over-think where I am. I'm just going to play it as it comes," she said.
There was no surprises when McWilliam played her way into the mix with her second round 70. The 18-year-old has already been runner-up in the Scottish women's open stroke play and in the Scottish girls' championship – as well as leading the qualifiers at last week's British girls' championship.
After today's second round the field was cut to the top 40 players and ties with 41 competitors qualifying to play tomorrow's 36 holes.
Click here for full scores.

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ENGLAND'S U16 GIRLS BEAT SWITZERLAND


England won the annual U16 girls’ international against Switzerland  with an impressive 5-1 result at Pannal, Yorkshire. 
The team of Thalia Kirby, Caitlin Whitehead, Charlotte Heath and Daisy Kennedy won high praise from England girls’ squad coach, Mark Day. “They were brilliant,” he said.
“The Swiss girls were really hot this morning and were quickly up in the foursomes, but our girls were confident, played really well, managed themselves well and stayed patient. 
“They played really solid golf which was very impressive - and a credit to the regional squad programme.” 
All four girls are in England Golf regional squads:  Kirby and Kennedy, both from Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, are in the Thames Valley squad; Heath, from Huddersfield, is in the Yorkshire squad; and Whitehead, from Kendal, Cumbria, is in the North squad. 
Kirby and Whitehead won their foursomes on the 19th – after their opponents holed out for eagle on the 18th to take the match on. Heath and Kennedy won 3/2. 
The singles wins were scored by Whitehead 2/1, Heath 3/2, Kennedy 3/1, while Kirby lost only on the last. Whitehead and Kennedy both got up early on, while Heath found her putting touch on the back nine and Kirby battled hard to take her game the distance. 
The match precedes the North of England U16 championship which starts at Pannal today.
Click here for full scores 
Caption, from left: Caitlin Whitehead, Thalia Kirby, Charlotte Heath and Daisy Kennedy.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SHANNON AND HANNAH LEADING SCOTS IN ENGLISH STROKE-PLAY

Aboyne's Shannon McWilliam (Pictured) was the leading Scot, in a share of 21st place with a two-over-par 75, at the end of the first round of the English women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Woodhall Spa's Hotchkin course, Lincolnshire.
Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) was the next best Scot with a 76 for T28 position.
England's Annabell Fuller (Roehampton) and Ireland's Jessie Ross (Clandeboye) set the pace with four-under-par 69s.

ENGLISH WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Woodhall Spa GC Hotchkin course, Lincolnshire

FIRST-ROUND LEADERBOARD
Par 73. CSS 76. CSS 76.
69 A Fuller (Roehampton), J Ross (Clandeboye).
70 D Sverdloff (Thorpe Hall).

SCOTS' SCORES
75 S McWilliam (Aboyne) (T21)
76 H McCook (Grantown on Spey) (T27)
78 L McClymont (Milngavie) (T42)
79 G MacDonald (Craigielaw) (T52).
81 E Kennedy (Paisley) (T67)
82 Jennifer Saxton (Muckhart) (T76)

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Annabell’s stunning finish earns a share of the lead


 
Issued 22nd August, 2017
Annabell's stunning finish earns a share of the lead 
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England's Annabell Fuller shot seven-under par on the back nine of the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa as she played her way to a share of the lead in the English women's stroke play championship.

She's tied with Ireland's Jessica Ross on four-under 69, but they reached the same total in very different ways.

Fuller (pictured) was four over after four holes, complaining that she couldn't hit the ball, and she was still three-over at the turn. But on the back nine the 15-year-old came home superbly in seven-under 30, finishing off with an eagle three on the last.

"When I started I couldn't hit the ball, I've never hit it so badly," said Fuller, from Roehampton, Surrey. "I thought if I could get round below 80 I'd be happy," she said.

Then matters began to look up for the English U16 girls' champion. She parred the short fifth and birdied the long sixth, but promptly missed the fairway on seven. "I thought here we go again, but I started to play really well, steady and straight.

"I hit a couple of nice pitches and holed the putts and then I was back to level after 14." From then on there was no stopping her. She had another birdie on 15, yet another on 17 where she holed a 30-footer – her only long putt of the round – and finally rammed home a 10ft putt on the 18th for eagle.

Ross, meanwhile, got off to a quick start and was three under after six, helped by super-accurate hitting which gave her putts of just 1ft on the 2nd and 5th.

Like Fuller, the 22-year-old finished with a flourish, holing from 25ft on 17 for birdie and getting up and down for a final-hole birdie on the 18th.

Ross is enjoying a consistent season but declares: "This is my first four-under round of the season so I'm happy with that."

The leaders are being chased by Dulcie Sverdloff (Thorpe Hall, Essex), who is a stroke behind on 70. Her round included an eagle-birdie sequence on six and seven, before a lull in the middle where she had three bogeys in four holes, but she bounced back with birdies on 13 and 14.

Sverdloff has just graduated from university in the USA and is preparing to go to Tour school in December. "I've got this and the British stroke play, they're my last two amateur events and I'm just trying to enjoy them because then it will get serious," she said.

A shot further back on two-under 71 is Gloucestershire's Caley McGinty whose card featured one eagle, one birdie, one bogey and 15 pars. "It was really weird," said the 16-year-old from Knowle.

This was McGinty's first outing on the course after she arrived in Woodhall Spa feeling unwell and opted out of practice yesterday in favour of a course walk.

Among the other players under par are Paula Grant, the Irish women's champion who was also top qualifier at the British women's amateur. She's in a group on one-under with Rebecca Earl (Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire), who started her round with a chip-in birdie.

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MANY OF THE SOLHEIM PLAYERS USE AIMPOINT --- HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR PUTTING


Aimpoint Express Clinic with Karyn Burns AimPoint Certified Instructor
By kind invitation of Alastair Forrow PGA Professional
Whitecraigs Golf Club, 30th August 2017, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Limited Spaces Available
2 Hour Clinic
Cost = Adult £99 (£79 under 18's)
To Book YOUR Place contact Karyn: Email: kbgolfit@gmail.com


Mobile: 07720442492

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ALISON McBRIDE WINS BABE ZAHARIAS TROPHY TOURNAMENT AT GULLANE

Alison McBride (Harburn) won the Babe Zaharias Trophy tournament at Gullane on Monday, 70 years after the American, Mildred Didrikson Zaharias, nicknamed "Babe" after the USA baseball player, won the British women's open amateur championship on the same course.
Mrs Zaharias, an Olympic champion at several disciplines in the 1930s, is generally regarded as the greatest female all-round athlete there has ever been.
Alison McBride won the trophy with a one-over-par 75, one shot ahead of Kelso's Leanne Wilson with Maureen Richmond (Royal Liverpool), winner of the British championship as Maureen Walker, finishing third with a 77.
Defending champion Julie Birdsall (Roxburghe Hotel) finished joint seventh with an 84.
Leanne Wilson, playing off five, had the best handicap score of 71.
LEADING SCORES
par 74. SSS 75. CSS 76
SCRATCH (Babe Zaharias Trophy)
75 Alison McBride (Harburn).
76 Leanne Wilson (Kelso).
77 Maureen Richmond (Royal Liverpool).
81 Dianne Watson (Leven GS), Anne Hanson (Glencorse).
82 Margo Gardner (Linlithgow).
84 Caroline Johnstone (Murrayfield), Kathleen Lannin (Craigielaw), Alison Grant (Royal Liverpool), Julie Birdsall (Roxburghe Hotel).

HANDICAP (Ultraplast Trophy)
71 Leanne Wilson (Kelso) (5).
73 Alison McBride (Harburn) (2), Vicki A Cullen (Murrayfield) (17), Fiona MacIver (Gullane Ladies) (13), Janey Heaney (12), Lesley Hunter (Leven GS) (13), Grette Elliott (Dulwich and Sydenham) (19).
74 Meg Laidler (Harburn) (15).
75 Joanne Watt (Gullane Ladies) (12), Denise Richards (Torwoodlee) (11).

HAYSTON STAG MIXED FOURSOMES

The Hayston Stag Mixed Open Foursomes Competition will be held on Sunday 17th September. To book a tee time please click on the link below.
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Matthews post on Legends Tour


Catriona Matthew went out with a win in her final Solheim Cup appearance on Sunday at Des Moines Golf & Country Club.

The Scot defeated Stacey Lewis 1-up in the Sunday singles to earn one of five full points won for Team Europe, but Team USA retained the Solheim Cup with an overall victory of 16½ to 11½.

To read more go to the  LEGENDS TOUR WEBSITE

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PITLOCHRY WOMEN'S OPEN DRAW


Tee times for Pitlochry women's open tournament on Sunday, August 27.
Late entries should be Emailed to kathleenduncan4@gmail.com


Player 1

Player 2

Player 3

10.52am

Janette Kennedy

Isla Moncrieff

11am

Kathleen Duncan

Jenny Collins

11.08am

June Pirnie

Hayley Carruthers

11.16am

Lesley Gray

Jane Burnett

11.24am

Janet McDonald

Julie Henderson

11.32am

Anne Mailer

Shiela Bruce

11.40am

Audrey Smith

Katherine Howarth

11.48am

Helen Telford

Helen Lang

11.56am

Cathryn Buckham

Katy Gillies

12.04pm

Free

Free

Free

12.12pm

Eleanor Ballyntine

Lauren Pirie

Kathleen McConnell

12.20pm

Ruth Kennell

Avril Nelson

Gillian Munro

12.28pm

Sal Shepherd

Franices McFadzean

Lesley Duncan

12.36pm

Lesley Baillie

Gill Petrie

Letty Mackinnon

12.44pm

Linda Mailer

Jacky Burnett

Evelyn Maxwell

12.52pm

Laura Walker

Jane Gravel

Pauline Cameron

1pm

Elaine Munn

Angela Kettlewell

1.08pm

Free

Free

Free

1.16pm

Kay Fleming

Noirin Blackie

Linda Turner

1.24pm

1.32pm

Alison Walker

Susan Ogg

1.40pm

Margaret Storry

Jackie Nisbet

1.48pm

Susie MacDougall

Hazel Johnston

Vivenne Bell

1.56pm

Karen Will

Caroline Henderson

Laura Campbell


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DRUMPELLIER GOLF CLUB MIXED FOURSOMES

The  Drumpellier Golf Club Mixed Foursomes is being help on Sunday 27th August 2017 from 10:00 am to 3pm
Entry can be done on-line by Clicking Here

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USA WINS 2017 SOLHEIM CUP OVER EUROPE, 16.5 TO 11.5

SA WINS 2017 SOLHEIM CUP OVER EUROPE, 16.5 TO 11.5
FOR LARGEST AMERICAN VICTORY SINCE 1996
INKSTER BECOMES SECOND TWO-TIME U.S. WINNING CAPTAIN IN CUP HISTORY




The United States retained The Solheim Cup with a 16 ½ to 11 ½ victory over Europe at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa.
The hosts held a five-point lead going into Sunday and only needed to earn three and a half points from the 12 singles matches, whereas Europe needed nine, but the sides shared the singles matches equally.
Europe came out fighting and Anna Nordqvist went four-up after four holes in the top match, but the world number two Lexi Thompson rallied and was seven-under for eight holes from the 10th.
Thompson made two eagles at the 11th and 13th and then birdied the 16th to take a one-up lead heading into the last, but Nordqvist, who had won all three of her matches despite suffering from a bout of glandular fever, fired a superb 8-iron shot up the last for a conceded birdie putt to halve the match, which will be remembered as one of the best in Solheim Cup history.
Nordqvist said afterwards: “I'm just speechless right now. I played great all day. And the way she turned it around, I mean, I hit it to, what, three feet on 11 and she ends up making for eagle. And hit a great shot into 15, after we tied 14, made a good putt there. Didn't quite expect her to make that putt and mine ended up lipping out, so quality golf from Lexi on the back nine. To be eight-under over seven holes, very impressed.”
Thompson said: “That was the weirdest round of golf I've ever played. Front nine I don't think I was awake. And the back nine I just played lights out. Being 4-down or 3-down going into the back nine, I was just, like, I just have to go all in and go for it all, and that's what I did. I think I shot 6-under total, two-over on my front, and eight-under on my back, so it was just a crazy round.”
There was a European point from the evergreen Catriona Matthew (pictured) who defeated Stacy Lewis 1 up to make it six wins, two losses and one half from her nine career singles matches.
She said later: “This is going to be my last one playing. You know, I was 3-down through 11 and I kind of said to myself this is going to be my last match, so give it my all, and got all the holes in, managed to play all 18, and just squeak it past, so I enjoyed the moment today, but I think it's time for some younger players to take over.”
There was another point for the Europeans when Caroline Masson secured a 4&2 win over Michelle Wie.
"I was really fired up, to be honest. I feel like I played well all week. It just didn't happen to get a point on the board for our team. It was a little frustrating. But I knew I was playing well. I just wanted to, obviously, get out somewhat early and make a little bit of a statement, too. And I think I got off to a hot start. I just putted really well, played pretty solid," Masson said.
But then the momentum swung in America’s favour.
Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer posted victories for the home side, before Angel Yin halved her match against Karine Icher to reach 13 ½ points, effectively sealing the victory, with at least a half point already guaranteed from Lizette Salas.
Jodi Ewart Shadoff won the 17th to keep the match alive, but after her birdie putt on the last slipped past the hole, Salas holed a par putt from five feet to get the winning point for the United States team, taking the score to 14 ½.
Salas said: “This is what I work for all year and today's probably the best golf I've played all year and to do that in front of my home crowd and to wear the red, white and blue is such an honour. The fact that I made the last putt to secure it is un-describable. I'm still shaking, and just glad I got it done for Team USA.”
With tears of joy and draped in the United States flag, the daughter of Mexican immigrants added: “I have the best parents in the world. We're just glad to be here and we're proud Americans, and this is really special.”
With the match over as a contest, Charley Hull completed a victory over Brittany Lang on the 18th and Carlota Ciganda wrapped up a 4&3 victory over Brittany Lincicome. Madelene Sagstrom then earned her first point for the European team with a 3&2 victory over fellow Solheim Cup rookie Austin Ernst.
There were also two more points for the United States when Gerina Piller earned a 4&2 victory over Florentyna Parker and Danielle Kang defeated Emily Kristine Pedersen by 3&1.
Juli Inkster, who became the second United States captain to achieve two victories, after Judy Rankin in 1996 and 1998, said afterwards: “I'm glad we had a lead because Europe came out firing and I knew they would.
“They just came in in good form. They came in ready to play. They knew what this golf course demanded. We had great preparation. We played loose. And we played free. We played for each other.
“I'm sure Europe had a good time, too. But we tried not to make anything too regimented, just let them do their thing. We had some great team-room dinners and had a lot of banter and a lot of ping-pong. But it's amazing. I just can't believe we won.”
After making it 10 wins for the United States from 15 contests, Inkster congratulated Annika Sorenstam and her team for an amazing match in Des Moines.
Sorenstam said: “We just got outplayed, there's no doubt about it. I'm so proud how hard they fought. And it's not easy coming out here on a Sunday with the team so far behind, but I'm proud of them. They're out there fighting every single match, every single point. What can I say? Just congratulate the U.S.A. because they played some awesome golf.
“Sometimes it's not always about the results. I must say that this has been a lot about the journey. I've learned a lot the last 18 months. It's been a pleasure to represent the European Tour. I'm so proud of these young girls, and to get to know them, new friendships, new memories.”
When asked if she would like to continue as Captain, Sorenstam replied: “I want to give someone else the chance to do it. It’s time to move the torch to someone else and we have some great candidates.”
Despite the result, there were 12 happy faces on the European team and the praise for Sorenstam was unanimous as an ‘exceptional captain.’
The next Solheim Cup will be played at Gleneagles, in Scotland, on 13th to 15th September 2019. Tickets will go on sale on 24th August at SolheimCup2019.com.


Final Results and Pairings
2017 SOLHEIM CUP

Day One – Friday 18th August

Morning Foursomes Results
Melissa Reid and Charley Hull (EUR) halved with Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson (USA)
Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas (USA) defeated Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson (EUR) 1up
Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist (EUR) defeated Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst (USA) 3&1
Karine Icher and Catriona Matthew (EUR) defeated Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller (USA) 1 up
Result Europe 2 ½ USA 1 ½

Afternoon Four Ball Results
Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang (USA) defeated Madelene Sagstrom and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (EUR) 3&1
 Angel Yin and Lizette Salas (USA) defeated Carlota Ciganda and Emily Pedersen (EUR) 6&5
 Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang (USA) defeated Florentyna Parker and Caroline Masson (EUR) 3&2
Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller (USA) defeated Charley Hull and Georgia Hall (EUR) 2&1

Result Europe 0 USA 4
Cumulative Result Europe 2 ½ USA 5 ½

Day Two – Saturday 19th August

Morning Foursomes Results:
Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson (USA) defeated Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Caroline Masson (EUR) 5&3
 Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst (USA) defeated Mel Reid and Emily Kristine Pedersen (EUR) 5&3
Anna Nordqvist and Georgia Hall (EUR) defeated Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller (USA) 2&1
 Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher (EUR) defeated Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang (USA) 2&1
Result Europe 2 USA 2
Cumulative Result Europe 4 ½ USA 7 ½

Afternoon Four Ball Results:
 Brittany Lang and Brittany Lincicome (USA) defeated Mel Reid and Carlota Ciganda (EUR) 2 up
Anna Nordqvist and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (EUR) defeated Lizette Salas and Angel Yin (USA) 4&2
Paula Creamer and Austin Ernst (USA) defeated Karine Icher and Madelene Sagstrom (EUR) 2&1
Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson (USA) defeated Catriona Matthew and Georgia Hall (EUR) 4&2

Result: Europe 1 USA 3
Cumulative Result Europe 5 ½ USA 10 ½

Day Three – Sunday 20th August

Sunday Singles Results:
Anna Nordqvist (EUR) halved with Lexi Thompson (USA)
Paula Creamer (USA) defeated Georgia Hall (EUR) 1 up
Cristie Kerr (USA) defeated Mel Reid (EUR) 2&1
Catriona Matthew (EUR) defeated Stacy Lewis (USA) 1 up
Karine Icher (EUR) halved with Angel Yin (USA)
Caroline Masson (EUR) defeated Michelle Wie (USA) 4&2
Lizette Salas (USA) defeated Jodi Ewart Shadoff (EUR) 1 up
Charley Hull (EUR) defeated Brittany Lang (USA) 1 up
Carlota Ciganda (EUR) v. Brittany Lincicome (USA) 4&3
Gerina Piller (USA) defeated Florentyna Parker (EUR) 4&2
Madelene Sagstrom (EUR) defeated Austin Ernst (USA) 3&2
Danielle Kang (USA) defeated Emily Pedersen (EUR) 3&1
Result: Europe 6 USA 6

Cumulative Result Europe 11 ½ USA 16 ½

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

DUNDEE PLAYER WINS NORTH OF SCOTLAND GIRLS GOLF TITLE

L TO R --Sheila McNaught, President of Aberdeenshire LCGA,
Megan Ashley , Kirsty Brodie, Jodie Taylor.
By Colin Farquharson

Dundee golfer Jodie Taylor (Downfield) today (Sunday) won the North of Scotland girls championship with a par-matching round of 73 at Portlethen Golf Club.
She won by three strokes from Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore).
Megan Ashley (Strathmore) won the handicap award with a net 72 off a handicap of three.

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USA LEAD EUROPE 10 ½ TO 5 ½ INTO SINGLES IN THE SOLHEIM CUP

The United States extended their lead to five points at the end of day two of the 15th Solheim Cup and will need 3 ½ points from the 12 singles matches to retain the trophy at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa, while Europe needs nine points.

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Jodi Ewart Shadoff  and Anna Nordqvist
The United States needs 14 points to retain the Cup, while Europe require 14 ½ to win outright. European duo Anna Nordqvist and Jodi Ewart Shadoff defeated Lizette Salas and Angel Yin 4&2 in the second afternoon four-ball match, but the United States took the other three matches and Europe will now need to pull off the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history.

To read the full report go to Ladies European Tour Website

Sunday Singles Pairings (USA Times):
9:31 a.m. – Anna Nordqvist (EUR) v. Lexi Thompson (USA)
9:42 a.m. – Georgia Hall (EUR) v. Paula Creamer (USA)
9:53 a.m. – Mel Reid (EUR) v. Cristie Kerr (USA)
10:04 a.m. – Catriona Matthew (EUR) v. Stacy Lewis (USA)
10:15 a.m. – Karine Icher (EUR) v. Angel Yin (USA)
10:26 a.m. – Caroline Masson (EUR) v. Michelle Wie (USA)
10:37 a.m. – Jodi Ewart Shadoff (EUR) v. Lizette Salas (USA)
10:48 a.m. – Charley Hull (EUR) v. Brittany Lang (USA)
10:59 a.m. – Carlota Ciganda (EUR) v. Brittany Lincicome (USA)
11:10 a.m. – Florentyna Parker (EUR) v. Gerina Piller (USA)
11:21 a.m. – Madelene Sagstrom (EUR) v. Austin Ernst (USA)
11:32 a.m. – Emily Pedersen (EUR) v. Danielle Kang (USA)

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LPGA, European Tour joining forces to help LET

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The news emerging from back rooms at this Solheim Cup is potentially doubly good for the struggling Ladies European Tour.

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan told GolfChannel.com that he is seriously interested in “helping” the LET and has already initiated discussions, with the tours coming together formally for the first time at the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Ladies Open three weeks ago when Whan met with LET board members.

To read more go to the
GOLF CENTRAL CHANNEL BLOG

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

LILY MAY HUMPHREYS WINS THE GIRLS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP


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Lily May Humphreys won the 2017 Girls British Open Amateur championship at Enville
Lily May Humphreys - 2017 Girls British Open Amateur championship at Enville.
Courtesy of the R&A
Lily May Humphreys won the Girls British Open Amateur Championship at Enville today, defeating Emilie Overas 7&5 in the 18-hole final to seal the biggest win of her amateur career. 
Following today's triumph, the 15-year-old has earned an exemption into Final Qualifying for the Ricoh Women's British Open next year and will aim to secure a place in the starting field at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Humphreys surged into the lead on the par five 1st after a birdie four secured the hole and the 2017 European Young Masters champion was soon 2up on her opponent after Overas could only manage a double-bogey on the short par three 2nd.
The England youth international extended her advantage to three holes after an excellent birdie on the 3rd, before taking a firm grip of the match at 4up after the Norwegian made a bogey on the 4th to lose another hole.
The blistering start made by Humphreys to win four consecutive holes eventually ran out of steam after the pair halved both the 5th and 6th before Overas made small inroads into reducing the deficit by bouncing back to win the 7th with a birdie three.
The fightback was short-lived however; Humphreys responded in kind by birdieing the 8th to restore the lead back to four holes and laid one hand on the trophy after rolling in a birdie on the par five 10th to move to 5up.
Overas conceded on the 11th to widen the gap to six holes before the duo both made birdie on the 12th to halve the hole.
Humphreys closed out the match on the 13th after Overas conceded the hole, sealing a memorable win to lift the Girls Amateur title.  
In the first of this morning's semi-finals, Humphreys narrowly overcame Germany's Paula Kirner by one hole to secure her passage to the final.
Overas sealed her place in the final by a fine margin too, defeating Elena Moosmann of Switzerland by two holes.

Key Quotes:
Lily May Humphreys
"It feels so good. I played so well this afternoon and didn't miss a putt. I was six-under-par through thirteen holes so I guess that's pretty difficult to beat. I didn't feel the pressure, I just went out to play my best.
"This win means so much. I have so much confidence after this win and can't wait to get my hands on the trophy. We had lots of fantastic support too, it couldn't have been much better. This is the best I've ever played to win a tournament."
Emilie Overas
"Lily played so well, she really deserves to win the championship. She was amazing today.
"This week has been such a good experience and I have learned a lot about my game. There have been lots of good moments this week."

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