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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scottish Vets Team for the Irish Match

 Kathleen Sutherland Captain of the Scottish Vets team,  has announced her team for the match against Irish Seniors at Murcar on Sunday and Monday, 9th and 10th April.  As she says,  "a combination of youth, experience and new blood".

Fiona de Vries   Midland
Donna Jackson   West
Gillian Kyle   West
Lesley Lloyd   West
Lorna McKinlay   Midland
Ashley Rose   Highland
Meg Sievwright   Highland
Sheena Wood   Northern

Reserve: Jennifer Bryans   East

Spectators and supporters would be very welcome.

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CONNIE JAFFREY'S FORM DIPS


Connie Jaffrey's form dips for a T28 finish in Georgia

Connie Jaffrey's good recent form deserted her in this week's John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate at Eagles Landing Country Club, Stockbridge in the state of Georgia.

The Kilwinning player, a sophomore student at Kansas State University, had rounds of 78, 76 and 75 for a 13-over-par aggregate of 229 and a T28 finish in a field of 82 players.

Connie had a triple bogey 8 and a double bogey 6 in her first round, followed by a triple bogey 7 in her second round although she did have four birdies in halves of 37-39 on Day 2.

Kansas State team-mate Chloe Weir, a sophomore from Belfast, did better with rounds of 75, 75 and 73 to claim 11th place on 223, six ahead of Jaffrey.

Lesley Atkins (Louisiana-Monroe), a former Scottish U18 girls match-play champion, seems only a shadow of the top prospect she was as a teenager.

She had rounds of 88, 89 and 85 (47-38) for a total of 262 (46 over par) and finished 81st.

In all, Atkins had 2 triple bogeys and 11 double bogeys.

Eastern Kentucky University provided a 1-2 individual finish but surprisingly did not win the team event, which suggests that the winner by six shots, Elsa Moberly (68-71-73 for 262), is lacking in-depth support from the rest of the team.

Murray State tied with Eastern Kentucky on 888 and then won a team play-off at the first extra hole.

Kansas State (890) finished third. Louisiana Monroe (952) finished 14th of the 15 teams.

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Batty wins epic tussle with Sexton while Shepherd storms to six-shot winning margin in men's event


Gemma Batty
From Ben Philip, Scottish student sport organiser

Stirling University retained both the Smith-Murray and the Jack Allan Trophies at the end of the second and final day of the 95th Scottish Student Golf Championships over the Lossiemouth links of  Moray Golf Club.

Stirling's English-born, Moffat-based Gemma Batty emerged from an epic tussle with team-mate Sinead Sexton, a full Ireland international cap, to claim her third successive Scottish students' women's stroke-play title.

Having shared the lead all week, the two leading players in the women's field battled it out in breezy and cool conditions over the testing Moray Old Course, sharing eight birdies in a tense final round.
It was Batty who emerged victorious, completing a final round of one-under 74 for an aggregate of six-under 286, two shots clear of Sexton with St Andrews' Alexa Hammer back in third place on 293.

Batty is the first person to win three successive Scottish student golf titles since E-A Macgregor of St Andrews in 1971-73.

Commenting on her victory, Gemma Batty said 'I am delighted with the victory this week. My main focus was to come here and enjoy the golf, which I certainly did. This gives me a big boost and I can now look forward to the British Tour Finals in a couple of weeks with confidence.'

Laird Shepherd
Stirling University ace Laird Shepherd from Sussex surged to victory in the men’s championship event.

With a three-shot lead at lunchtime after the third round, Shepherd would have been forgiven for a defensive approach to the final round, on what was a cold and tricky day on the Moray Old Course.

However, he had quite different ideas as he set out aiming to add the Scottish title to his early season victory in the Stirling International.

Laird accelerated into a commanding position with a birdie 3 at the first and never looked back, reaching the turn in four-under-par, thanks to birdies at the fifth, eighth and ninth.

He backed this up with an impressive back nine display in the fading light, adding a further birdie at the 15th on his way to the joint best afternoon round of 68.

This gave Laird a six-shot winning margin and an impressive four-round total of eight-under 274.

His final round score was matched by University of Highlands and Islands, Dornoh student Ricardo Cellerino. The Italian came through the pack with excellent last-day scores of 68 and 71 to finish second on a four round total of two-under 280.
Shepherd and Cellerino were the only male students to finish under-par for the 72 holes.

Chris Maclean of Stirling held on for third place after a closing 74 which gave him a final total of 283 (+1).

Speaking on his Championship victory Laird commented 'I am thrilled to get my name on the trophy alongside some great players, including recent champions Craig Howie and Mathias Eggenberger. It feels really special to have done it... Coming to Moray is always a big deal for all the student golfers and it is a privilege to have come out on top this week.'


The golf continues at Lossiemouth today (WED) with the quarter-finals of the men's team match-play (morning foursomes, afternoon singles) and a knock-out individual match-play tournament for the women.



95th SCOTTISH STUDENT GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth.
Old and New Courses.

FINAL TOTALS
MEN
Par 282. CSS 72 71 74 73
274 L Shepherd (Stirling) 67 66 73 68.
280 R Cellerino (UHI) 67 74 68 71.
283 C Maclean (Stirling) 70 68 71 74.
284 C Low (Abertay Dundee) 72 69 72 71.
285 M Myers (St Andrews) 68 71 74 72.
286 J Wilson (Stirling) 72 69 71 74.
289 R Foley (Stirling) 70 73 72 74.
291 P Kerr (St Andrews) 71 72 76 72.
292 J Harling (UHI) 761 73 74 74, C Edgar (Stirling) 75 71 74 72, J Sundborg (stirling) 73 68 78 73.
295 A Davidson (Stirling) 74 72 76 73, J Rogan (St Andrews) 74 74 75 72.
296 B Bojesen (St Andrews) 71 71 74 80.
298 N Young (RGU) 73 74 75 76, M Napier (Stirling) 73 71 78 76, A McDoyugall (Stirling) 78 71 74 75, R Paterson (Aberdeen) 68 71 82 77.
300 S Macgregor (St Andrews) 75 71 79 75, L Anderson (St Andrews) 73 71 81 75.
301 M Fitzsimmons (Stirling) 70 78 77 76, M Horvath (St Andrews) 74 75 78 74, L West (RGU) 74 74 79 74
303 C Franssen (St Andrews) 672 72 78 81, T Hein (St Andrews) 70 74 79 80.
304 J Stoddart (St Andrews) 80 72 76 76.
306 F Asher (St Andrews) 73 75 80 78.
307 R Finlay (Strathclyde) 76 75 81 75.
308 L Frean (St Andrews) 76 75 77 80.
310 P Hasson (Glasgow) 80 71 78 81.
311 R Asher (Strathclyde) 72 77 79 83, G Minton (UHI) 77 72 80 82, A Benson (Strathclyde) 75 77 78 81.
312 E Innes (St Andrews) 77 73 81 81.
313 M Schinkel (UHI) 77 74 80 82.
314 D McIntosh (Aberdeen) 74 76 80 84.
317 M McGrory (Dundee) 74 73 83 87.
316 W Walker (Stirling) 76 71 84 85.
319 J Parker (Stirling) 77 71 86 85.
NRs: G Joss (Aberdeen) 71 76 81 NR, B Bannerman (Glasgow) 74 75 80 NR.
Withdrew: K McCormick (UHI) 74 74.

WOMEN
Par 292. CSS 76 71 71 76
286 G Batty (Stirling) 71 71 70 74.
288 S Sexton (Stirling) 71 71 70 76.
293 A Hammer (St Andrews) 72 72 75 74.
301 T Mactaggart (Stirling) 74 74 75 78.
302 L Van Veggel (St Andrews) 75 70 73 84.
305 J Saxton (Stirling) 73 77 77 78.
307 N Greville (Stirling) 85 71 72 79.
312 F Clark (St Andrews) 77 79 72 84.
319 C Boa (UHI) 77 80 80 82.

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SCOTS 10TH AND 11TH IN USA COLLEGE GOLF TOURNAMENT



Eilidh Watson
Heather Munro
Eilidh Watson from Dollar and Dundee's Heather Munro finished 11th and 12th respectively in this week's Babs Steffens Invitational US college golf tournament at Victoria Hills Country Club, DeLand in Florida.

Watson, a third-year student at Stetson University, Florida, had rounds of 75, 77 and 72 for a total of 223 over a par 72 course of 5,907yd.

Munro, a third-year student at Elon University, North Carolina shot scores of 76, 73 and 76 for 225.

Paige Kemp
Anglo-Scot Paige Kemp, a third-year Stetson student whose mother comes from Stirling, finished 20th in a field of 62. She had scores of 77, 75 and 76 for 228.

St Leo University, Florida students Amanda Jakobson (73-71-68) an Marie Coors (74-69-70) finished first and second on 212 and 213, eight shots ahead of third placed Kelsey Badmaev (Elon) on 221.

St Leo (880) won the team title ahead of Boston (898) and Stetson (899) with Elon (912) 7th of the 12 contesting teams.

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SCOTTISH STUDENT GOLF SCORES MONDAY

From Ben Philip, Scottish student sport organiser

There was a dramatic finish to Day 2 of the 95th Scottish Student Golf Championships at Moray Golf Club's two Lossiemouth links courses as the fields-in the men's and women's stroke-play endeavoured to make the 36 hole cut.

In the long shadows of a glorious Lossie sunset, six of the male contestants on 152 - representing five different Universities - battled it out in a sudden death play-off for two final slots in the draw for Tuesdays final two rounds..

The first and only play-off hole (1st hole, New Course) provided a wee bit of everything, much to the delight of the 100 strong crowd - provisional balls, a free drop, a run back up the fairway after a lost ball, and more.

After a good deal of adventure and misadventure par proved to be good enough for Jamie Stoddart (St Andrews) and Andrew Benson (Strathclyde) to earn their place in the draw

Some hours before, Englishman Laird Shepherd (Stirling) had grabbed five birdies on the way to a
very impressive 66 over the New Course, the day's best round. This allowed him to sprint clear at the top of the leaderboard on 133 (-7), five shots clear of team mate Chris Maclean (Stirling), who carded a 68 despite some difficulties on the greens.

Matthew Myers (St Andrews) and Rob Paterson (Aberdeen) continued their good form and each carded a 71 to finish the day in a tie for third on 139 (-1).

Meanwhile there was another impressive array of red numbers in the Women's competition as a small but very capable field continued their tournament with 18 holes on the New Course.

Best round of the day came from St Andrews Dutch starlet Lieve Van Veggel, who absorbed a double and a triple bogey and still posted an impressive 70 (-1) thanks to six birdies, including three in a row from the 12th. This helped to move her into fourth place overnight at -1, very much in the hunt.

The top three remain unchanged from day one in the shape of two time defending champion Gemma Batty (Stirling) and team mate Sinead Sexton, an Ireland international player, who each had level par rounds of 71 to finish the day at 142 (-4), and St Andrews' Alexa Hammer who posted her second successive 72 to close on -2.

The strokeplay section of the tournament concludes Tuesday with 36 holes on the Old course for the remaining field of 42 men and 9 women. All support is welcome at the club, with the promise of some excellent golf and the hope of continuing good weather. A long day's play is expected to finish at around 7.30 pm, to be followed by the prize giving in the clubhouse

95TH SCOTTISH STUDENTS' CHAMPIONSHIP
Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth.

SECOND-ROUND SCORES
MEN
New Course (par 140: 2x70)
133 L Shepherd (Stirling) 67 66.
138 C MacLean (Stirling) 70 68.
139 R Paterson (Aberdeen) 68 71, M Myers (St Andrews) 68 71.
141 J Sundborg (Stirling) 73 68, J Wilson (Stirling) 72 69, C Low (Dundee) 72 69, R Cellerindo (UHI) 67 74.
142 B Bojesen (St Andrews) 71 71.
143 P Kerr (St Andrews) 71 72, R Foley (Stirling) 70 73.
144 C Franssen (St Andrews) 72 72, L Anderson (St Andrews) 73 71, J Harling (UHI) 71 73,T Hein (St Andrews) 71 73,M Napier (Stirling) 73 71.
146 S Macgregor (St Andrews) 75 71, A Davidson (Stirling) 74 72, C Edgar (Stirling) 75 71.
147 G Joss (Aberdeen) 71 76, M McGrory (Dundee) 74 73, N Young (RGU) 73 74 W Walker (Stirling) 76 71.
148 K McCormick (UHI) 74 74, F Asher (St Andrews) 73 75, M Fitzsimmons (Stirling) 70 78, J Parker (Stirling) 77 71, L West (RGU) 74 74, J Rogan (St Andrews) 74 74.
149 A McDougall (Stirling) 78 71, R Asher (Strathclyde) 72 77 M Horvath (St Andrews) 74 75, B Bannerman (Glasgow) 74 75, G Minton (UHI) 77 72.
150 D McIntosh (Aberdeen) 74 75, E Innes (St Andrews) 77 73.
151 R Finlay (Strathclyde( 76 75, L Freean (St Andrews) 76 75, P Hasson (Glasgow) 80 71, M Schinkell (UHI) 77 74.
152 M Boddie (Aberdeeen) 78 74, A Benson (Strathclyde) 75 77, E Hart (Stirling) 73 79, J Stoddart (St Andrews) 80 72, A Webber (Dundee) 78 74, J Keating (Aberdeen) 76 76 (Benson and Stoddart won play-off for last two places..

MISSED THE CUT
153 A McNaughton (UHI) 78 75, S Russell (Napier) 77 76, V Huelin (Stirling) 75 78, A Wallace (Stirling) 74 79, M Henderson (Glasgow) 78 75.
154 L Black (Stirling) 81 73, B Plaxton (Stirling) 81 73.
155 J Bissett (Aberdeen) 79 76, R Johnston (Strathclyde) 72 83, J Grant (Strathclyde) 76 79, S Goodman (RGU) 82 73.
156 C Hansen (St Andrews) 77 79,J Malone (Stirling) 82 74, M Stuart (Stirling) 77 79, D Griffiths (Dundee) 77 79.
157 A Mulholland (Aberdeen_ 83 74 N Phelan (UHI) 79 78, D Fairs (Strathclyde) 78 79, J Forgan (Stirling) 879, C Connacher (Strathclyde) 74 83.
158 K Brown (UHI) 79 79.
159 E Farquharson (Napier) 81 78, D Morris (Stirling) 79 80.
160 P Delaney (Glasgow) 79 81.
161 R Kane (RGU) 79 86, B Davies (Glasgow) 79 82, C Rankin (Dundee) 84 77.
162 A Craig (Dundee) 84 78, E Cleary (Stirling) 78 84, R Marchbank (Napier) 81 81.
163 E Alexander (RGU) 86 77, A McGinlay (Strathclyde) 76 87, D McGreevy (Glasgow) 83 80, F Craig (Dundee) 85 78.
164 A McKenzie (Stirling) 77 87, E Grant (RGU) 81 83, D Johnston (Glasgow) 86 78, B Stuart (Dundee) 85 79, A Johnston (Glasgow) 79 85, M McAnaw (Glasgow) 83 81.
165 R Winning (Glasgow) 83 82.
166 G Antonucci (UHI) 82 84, C Morrison (RGU) 83 83, R Johnston (Stirling) 79 87, C Paterson (UHI) 78 88.
167 D Cuthbertson (Dundee) 85 82.
168 T Foster (Stirling) 75 93, J Bancroft (Napier) 80 88, S McKenna (Glasgow) 83 85.
169 F Bannon(Stirling) 84 85, D Harper (Dundee) 78 91.
170 S Young (Dundee) 82 88.
171 D Forbes (Glasgow) 86 85.
172 C Gill (Glasgow) 90 82.
173 S McFarlane (Dundee) 88 85, J Gibson (Dundee) 81 92.
175 S Ross (Napier) 91 84.
177 M Scott (RGU) 86 91.
179 J Fleming (Napier) 90 89.
180 A Kovenklioglu (St Andrews) 94 86.
182 G Kinnear (RGU) 98 84.
184 N Savoy (RGU) 85 99.
185 D Hunter (Napier) 91 94.

WOMEN
Par 146: Old Course 75, New Course 71
142 G Batty (Stirling) 71 72, S Sexton (Stirling) 71 71
144 A Hammer (St Andrews) 72 72
145 L Van Veggel (St Andrews) 75 70.
148 T Mactaggart (Stirling) 74 74.
150 J Saxton (Stirling) 73 77.
156 N Greville (Stirling) 85 71, F Clark (St Andrews) 77 79.
157 C Boa (UHI) 77 80.#

MISSED THE CUT
158 K Reid (Dundee) 82 76.
162 C Boyes (Stirling) 87 75.
167 I Josefiak (St Andrews) 84 83.
170 C Calvert (St Andrews) 90 80.
182 O Chabert (Glasgow) 97 85.

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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."

For full story, click here

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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:

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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.

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