Thursday, May 25, 2017


Liz Keohone and Championship winner Liz Stewart
For once we were treated to some wonderful weather, which showed Renfrew Golf Club at its best. The fairways were in very good condition, but all players found the greens very difficult due to dressings which had been sprayed beforehand.

The semi-final  matches were keenly contested with some great golf, and it took a birdie by Liz Keohone (Loudoun Gowf) to see off Nicky Henderson (Haggs Castle) by 2 & 1 and reach the final. In the other semi-final, Liz Stewart (Greenburn) found Anabel Kane (Kilmacolm) a difficult opponent to beat, especially as both played the front 9 in 39. It took 2 long putts by Liz to secure victory on the 16th green.

In the Championship Final, Liz Stewart got off to a good start and was quickly 2 up. Several holes thereafter were halved until Liz Stewart pulled away to be 4 up. However as expected, Liz Keohone pegged 2 holes back but was unable to force the game down the 18th, so Liz Stewart became the Champion for the first time.

Carole Hill - Stewart Cup Winner and Morag Key
The Stewart Trophy Final proved another tough effort between new Vet Carole Hill and the ‘evergreen’ Morag Key. Considering that both ladies are not used to playing 2 rounds in a day, especially in those warm conditions, they played consistently good golf. However the ‘youngster’ Carole eventually prevailed on the 16th green, winning 3 & 2.

Click here for some Photos of the day -- - courtesy of June Lockhart and Carol Fell

Report by June Lockhart (West Vets Captain) 

Championship Semi-Finals

Liz Keohone (Loudoun Gowf) beat Nicky Henderson (Haggs Castle) 2&1
Liz Stewart (Greenburn) beat Anabel Kane (Kilmacolm) 3&a2

Stewart Cup Semi-Finals

Carole Hill (Hilton Park) beat Glynis Rintoul (Old Ranfurly ) 5&4
Morag Key (Erskine) beat Helen Burnet ( (2up)

Liz Stewart (Greenburn) beat Liz Keohone (Loudoun Gowf) 2&1

Stewart Cup Handicap Final 

Carole Hill (Hilton Park) beat Morag Key (Erskine) 3&2

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Angus team for the Northern Division women's inter-county golf championship at Nairn Golf Club from June 17-19 is:
Jackie Brown (Monifieth)
Fiona Gilbert (Carnoustie Ladies)
Frances Millar (Carnoustie Caledonian)
Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir)
Katie Reid (Monifieth)
Ashley Smith (Monifieth)
Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies)
Mary Summers (Carnoustie Ladies)
Aberdeenshire won last year's Northern Division title.


West Vets Championship Final Result

Liz Stewart (Greenburn) beats Liz Keohone (Loudoun Golf) 2/1

West Vets Championship Semi-Finals

Championship Semi-Finals

Liz Keohone (Loudoun Gowf) beat Nicky Henderson (Haggs Castle) 2&1
Liz Stewart (Greenburn) beat Anabel Kane (Kilmacolm) 3&2

Stewart Cup Semi-Finals

Carole Hill beat Glynis Rintoul (5&4)
Morag Key beat Helen Burnet (2up)


The Golf Channel interviewed Leona Maguire after her POY award.  The link is on the site, check it out:  CLICK HERE


MEDIA RELEASE - Olivia Mehaffey's ASU Claim National Championship

Irish Ladies Golf Union
Three from three for Mehaffey as ASU claim National Championship
25 May 2017
Royal County Down native Olivia Mehaffey finished off a successful freshman year at Arizona State University (ASU) with three wins in the NCAA Matchplay Championship to help her Sun Devils team to their first National Team Championship since 2009.
The Quarterfinals saw Arizona State defeat Florida 5-0, which included a 5&4 win for Mehaffey over Samantha Wagner. In an event which was disrupted due to weather conditions, the semi-finals were suspended due to darkness after yet another rain delay. As it stood, Arizona were on the brink of bowing out of the NCAA National Finals despite another win for Olivia against world ranked number 8 Andrea Lee. However, when play resumed the next morning at 9am, NCAA Individual Champion Monica Vaughn and Swede Linnea Strom began their comeback. With a birdie on 18, Vaughn forced the match vs. Swiss Olympian Albane Valenzuela and left the match at 2 – 2 when she closed the match on the 19th. Strom duly followed her teammate and also won on the 19th when Stanford's Madeline Chou missed the green and failed to get up and down – sending Arizona to the Championship Match.
Illinois Northwestern University overcame University of Southern California (USC) to set up an afternoon dual with ASU. Again, Olivia led her team out and after being 5up through 7 holes she defeated Sarah Cho 4&3. Mehaffey, commented after the win, "I don't even know what to say but wow! I feel so lucky to be part of the Sun Devil family and get to compete for my dream school. Today has been one of the best days of my life and I'm so proud to see our dream of winning a National Championship come true, hard work pays off!" She also gave special thanks to the ASU Men's team for their support on the final day, they have also qualified for the Men's NCAA Division 1 Nationals which begins on Friday 26th at Rich Harvest Farms.
Mehaffey will now return home to Co. Down for the summer for a busy schedule which includes a trip to Italy for the Vagliano Trophy and to Portugal to represent Ireland at the European Team Championships in July.
For highlights, articles and videos visit the Golf Channel website HERE
Championship Match – Arizona State defeats Northwestern
Olivia Mehaffey def. Sarah Cho 4&3
Monica Vaughn halved with Hannah Kim
Sophia Zebb lost to Kacie Komoto 3&1
Roberta Liti def. Janet Mao 5&4
Linnea Strom def. Stephanie Lau 5&3
Semifinals – Arizona State defeats Stanford
Olivia Mehaffey def. Andrea Lee, 2&1
Monica Vaughn def. Albane Valenzuela 19th
Sophia Zeeb lost to Casey Danielson 3&2
Roberta Liti lost to Shannon Aubert 4&3
Linnea Strom def. Madeline Chou 19th
Quarterfinals – Arizona State defeats Florida, 5-0-0
Olivia Mehaffey def. Samantha Wagner, 5&4

Monica Vaughn def. Karolina Vickova, 2&1
Sophia Zeeb def. Taylor Tomlinson, 1&2
Roberta Liti def. Maria Torres, 5&4
Linnea Strom def. Kelly Grassel, 2&4




For immediate release: 25 May 2017

Lydia Hall recorded her second successive One Day Series win despite admitting she had little knowledge of the Dunham Forest course.

Ladies European Tour player Hall finished joint top of the leaderboard in the first round of the series at Little Aston Golf Club.

But she dominated at the Cheshire venue to record a six under par round of 66 to beat Ali Gray of Ormskirk Golf Club by four shots.

Now the Mid-Glamorgan based Hensol Golf Academy professional is challenging again after winning the WPGA Order of Merit title in 2016.

Hall, last year's Welsh National PGA Champion, only plans to miss one One Day Series event this year due to Tour commitments.

But she admitted her preparations for the Dunham Forest event were out of her hands.

"With all that'd happened in Manchester this week, I was caught up in heavy traffic and arrived with about 20 minutes to go before I was due to tee off," explained the Golf Union of Wales Tour Professional of the Year.

"I'd never played Dunham Forest before and I can put my two bogeys on the front nine down to the fact that I didn't know the course and there was a lack of knowledge. I didn't play there last year as I was away on Tour.

"But I played nicely and made more putts than I did at Little Aston, that was the main difference. I holed three or four 20-footers.

"So it was satisfying to win on a course I didn't know."

Hall says she wants to play in as many One Day events as her schedule will allow.

And she admits this year's dates suit her calendar better.

"I only played in four of the seven last year, but I like to support the WPGA as much as possible," added Hall.

"I think it's important to keep your hand in like that, we all started to play golf for a reason and we all love the game.

I think I'll only miss the sixth round this year, things are a bit easier which is nice.

at Dunham Forest Golf Club

Wednesday 24 May, 2017


Pos.    Score            Name                    Represents
1    66 (-6)     L    Lydia Hall        Hensol Golf Academy
2    70 (-2)        Ali Gray        Ormskirk Golf Club
3    71 (-1)        Kym Larrett            Kibworth Golf
4     72 (Level)        Sarah Walton         Kington Golf Club
5    73 (+1)            Katie Rule           Mullion Golf Club
6    75 (+3)            Alison Nicholas   Beau Desert Golf Club
                Sarah Smith       Saffron Walden Golf Club

View full results from the Dunham Forest WPGA One Day Series event: CLICK HERE



Arizona State beats Northwestern to win NCAA title
Will Gray

May 24, 2017, 7:20 pm

Arizona State team and coaches
Arizona State defeated Northwestern, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, to win the team title at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship.

After a pair of dramatic semifinal matches, the final was relatively drama-free as the Sun Devils built an early lead and cruised from there at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club in Sugar Grove, Ill. This is Arizona State's eighth team title and first since 2009.

GB and I Vagliano Trophy team selection Olivia Mehaffey from Northern Ireland notched the first point for Arizona State, winning the opening match, 4 and 3, over Northwestern's Sarah Cho. That result was quickly followed by Roberta Liti's romp over Janet Mao, 5 and 4, to put the Sun Devils on the precipice of a national championship.

Northwestern needed to win each of the remaining three matches to turn the tide, and the Wildcats got their first point when Kacie Komoto beat ASU's Sophia Zeeb, 3 and 1. But with the Sun Devils needing only one more point, Linnea Strom notched the decisive point when she closed out Stephanie Lau, 5 and 3, in the anchor match.

"It's been such a good week. I don't even know how to explain it," Strom said. "We have been working so hard for this, ever since August. Every practice, every workout, all we have been talking about is this moment right here. We wanted to win the national championship, and today we did."

Monica Vaughn, who won the individual title on Monday and helped spark the ASU comeback in their semi-final match against Stanford, was on the 19th hole when Strom recorded the team's third victory. Her match with Northwestern's Hannah Kim was deemed a draw to provide the final scoring margin.

Northwestern had advanced to match play for the first time since the women's format switched in 2015 and was in search of the program's first national title.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017



No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 1 Northwestern

Olivia Mehaffey (32) vs. Sarah Cho (73), 3:10 p.m.
Monica Vaughn (11) vs. Hannah Kim (25), 3:20 p.m.
Sophia Zeeb (59) vs. Kacie Komoto (121), 3:30 p.m.
Roberta Liti (115) vs. Janet Mao (129), 3:40 p.m.
Linnea Strom (9) vs. Stephanie Lau (98), 3:50 p.m.

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Arizona State, Northwestern rally to reach NCAA final

Arizona State University, whose line-up includes GB and I Vagliano Trophy team selection Olivia Mehaffey, a freshman from Northern Ireland, and Northwestern University both rallied to win their semi-final matches at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship and set up an unexpected showdown in Wednesday's final.

When darkness halted play Tuesday evening at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club, the Sun Devils (Arizona State) were facing a daunting deficit. Southern California had won two of the three completed matches and the Cardinal's Albane Valenzuela was 1-up on individual champion Monica Vaughn with one hole to go.

But US Curtis Cup team player Vaughn nearly holed a 30-yard pitch on No. 18 when play resumed, and her subsequent birdie forced overtime. She then defeated Valenzuela with a par on the 19th hole and Arizona State's Linnea Strom, who was all square with two holes to go when darkness fell, defeated Madeline Chou in 19 holes to clinch the decisive point.

"That was about the greatest shot I've ever hit in my life," Vaughn said of her pitch shot on No. 18. "I've hit that shot a couple times on that hole this week, so I knew what it would be like. I was just ready to go."

Earlier, Mehaffey, playing No. 1 for Arizona State, beat Andrea Lee 2 and 1.

The rally means Arizona State are in the team finals for the first time, while Stanford failed to make the finals for the first time since the women's format switched to match play in 2015.

All five matches in Northwestern's battle with Southern California were still on the course when play resumed Wednesday morning, but the Trojans led in four of five tilts.

Sarah Cho earned the first point for the Wildcats, and Hannah Kim soon followed after flipping her match against Robynn Ree to build a 2-0 lead.

USC notched the next two points, meaning the match between Northwestern's Janet Mao and USC's Gabriella Then would decide it. Mao won the 18th hole to force extras, then won the match when Then left a 10-foot par attempt one roll short on the first extra hole.

This marks the first finals appearance for Northwestern, which is playing this week a short drive from its Evanston, Illinois campus.

"They had an energy this morning and an aura about them that they just felt like they still had some fight in them," said Northwestern coach Emily Fletcher.

The team final will begin at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday and will be broadcast live on Golf Channel.

Stanford 2, Arizona State 3
Northwestern 3, Southern California 2

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More Honors for Leona Maguire; Wins GolfStat Cup

SUGAR GROVE, Illinois – The honors keep rolling in for Duke University third-year student Leona Maguire as she was selected the winner of the 2016-17 GolfStat Cup Wednesday. The award, presented by GolfStat, is presented to the player who has the best scoring average versus par with at least 20 full rounds played during a season.

Maguire registered a NCAA-best 70.29 stroke average on the season, which was the lowest stroke average in the NCAA since the 2002 campaign when Lorena Ochoa notched a 70.13 ledger.

During the 2016-17 season, Maguire collected eight top five placements, three wins, nine rounds in the 60s and 21 rounds of even or under par. Her 70.29 stroke average broke her own Duke single-season record and was a new ACC record. She finished no lower than tied sixth over the course of the season.

Maguire won the ACC Individual Championship, while helping the Blue Devils claim Duke's 20th ACC title in school history. She finished runner-up at the NCAA Championship, won the LSU Tiger Golf Classic and the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Maguire also placed tied sixth at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional.

A product of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire became just the second Blue Devil to win the GolfStat Cup multiple times – Amanda Blumenherst (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08). A Duke golfer has won the award eight different times since the 2003-04 campaign. Other Blue Devils to win the GolfStat Cup include Jenny Chuasiriporn (1997-98), Liz Janangelo (2003-04), Blumenherst, Lindy Duncan (2011-12) Maguire (2014-15).

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The Critchley Salver was played at Sunningdale Golf Club on Tuesday.

Jessica Hall (Bishop Auckland), Martha Lewis (St George's Hill) and Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall) tied at the top  on 143.  Jessica won with the better last round.... 69

Link to Critchley Salver final totals

The tournament is paired with Astor Salver (June 7) to produce a WWAGR 72-hole tournament.


Merion to stage 2022 Curtis Cup match

USGA Press Release

Merion Golf Club to Host 2022 Curtis Cup Match

Biennial competition will be club’s record 19th USGA championship

FAR HILLS, N.J. (May 23, 2017) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) has selected Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., as the host site of the 42nd Curtis Cup Match, to be contested June 10-12, 2022. This will be the 19th USGA championship conducted at Merion, the most by any club, and its second Curtis Cup.

A five-time U.S. Open host site (1934, 1950, 1971, 1981 and 2013), Merion hosted its first USGA championship in 1904 – the U.S. Women’s Amateur. It has since hosted three additional U.S. Women’s Amateurs (1909, 1926 and 1949), six U.S. Amateurs (1916, 1924, 1930, 1966, 1989 and 2005) and the 1998 U.S. Girls’ Junior. Merion also hosted the 1954 Curtis Cup, in which the USA Team defeated Great Britain & Ireland, 6-3, and the 2009 Walker Cup, also won by the USA, 16½-9½.

“The USGA is thrilled to return to Merion Golf Club for this biennial celebration of women’s amateur golf,” said Stuart Francis, chairman of the USGA Championship Committee. “An exemplary championship host, Merion has always provided the comprehensive examination and hospitality expected of USGA championships, and we are confident the club will deliver a memorable experience for all during the 2022 Curtis Cup Match.”

Merion is one of only two clubs in the United States to have hosted both the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup matches. The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn., hosted the 1957 Walker Cup and 1998 Curtis Cup matches. Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., will join this list next year when it hosts the 2018 Curtis Cup Match. It also hosted the 1997 Walker Cup Match.

“Merion is proud to have the opportunity to host this historic team competition featuring some of the best amateur golfers from the United States, and Great Britain and Ireland,” said club president James B. Bradbeer Jr. “We look forward to adding to our long history in hosting and celebrating women’s championship golf, and creating a new generation of golf memories at this special international competition.”

Founded in 1896 as the Merion Cricket Club, Merion’s East Course was designed by Hugh Wilson and opened in 1912. A lifelong amateur golfer who was a member of the golf team at Princeton University, Wilson was assigned the task of creating the East Course by the Merion Cricket Club Golf Committee. He also planned Merion’s West Course (1914) and Cobb’s Creek Golf Club (1916). Today, every effort is made to ensure that people playing the course compete on the same course as the champions of old.

The Curtis Cup Match is a biennial team competition contested by female amateur golfers. One team representing the United States and one team representing Great Britain and Ireland alternate hosting the Match. The teams consist of not more than eight players and a captain. The United States leads the all-time Curtis Cup series with a record of 28-8-3. The GB&I Team won the 2016 Match, which was conducted at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Dublin, Ireland, by an 11.5-8.5 margin.

The 2018 Curtis Cup Match will take place June 8-10 at Quaker Ridge Golf Club and the 2020 Match will be contested at Conwy Golf Club in Caernarvonshire, Wales, June 12-14.


Leona Maguire Selected PING WGCA National Player of the Year

From Jack Winters, Duke Coach
May 23, 2017
SUGAR GROVE, Illinois. – Duke University third-year student Leona Maguire was named the winner of the PING Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Player of the Year Tuesday morning, which was announced live via the Golf Channel at the NCAA Championship in Sugar Grove, Ill. Maguire earns the award for the second time in three years and becomes just the fifth collegiate golfer to earn the award multiple times.

"It's an incredible feeling," commented Maguire. "It is a special award to win. To get the vote of the coaches to say that I was the best player in college golf this year, it is a very humbling feeling and something I am very proud of."

A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire collected one of the best stroke averages in NCAA history this past season with a 70.29 ledger. It was the lowest since Lorena Ochoa collected a 70.13 stroke average in the 2002 campaign. Maguire broke her own Duke and ACC record from her freshman campaign of 70.78.

Over 10 events in 2016-17, Maguire registered eight top five placements, three victories, nine rounds in the 60s and 21 rounds of even or under par. She finished no lower than tied sixth over the course of the season. Maguire won the ACC Individual Championship, while helping the Blue Devils claim Duke's 20th ACC title in school history.

She finished runner-up at the NCAA Championship, won the LSU Tiger Golf Classic and the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Maguire also placed tied sixth at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional.

Maguire on winning an award voted on by the coaches, "It has tremendous value. They are people I look up to every day on the golf course and I value the work they do. We wouldn't be here without the support of all of our coaches and we are very lucky to have two coaches at Duke in Coach Brooks and Jon [Whithaus]. I wouldn't be where I am today without their support. To have the support of all of the coaches in college golf is an incredible feeling."

Recognized annually as the top honour in women's collegiate golf, the PING WGCA Player of the Year Award is awarded to the best player in Division I, II and III women's golf. The award was first given in 1987 and the names of recipients' read as a who's who of the best of the ladies game including Blue Devil alumna Amanda Blumenherst (3-time), Lorena Ochoa (2-time) and Annika Sorenstam. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women's collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the finest player for the past year.

Also released Tuesday morning were the WGCA First Team All-America selections with Maguire earning the recognition for the third straight season. She joins Blumenherst Lindy Duncan, Liz Janangelo and Virada Nirapathpongporn as Duke golfers to be named First Team All-America in each of their first three seasons.

Maguire joined Blumenherst (3-time winner), Lorena Ochoa of Arizona (2-time winner), Marisa Baena of Arizona (2-time winner) and Wendy Ward of Arizona State (2-time winner) as multiple winners.

A Duke golfer has won the WGCA National Player of the Year a total of eight times since the 2003-04 campaign –Janangelo (2003-04), Blumenherst (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08), Duncan (2011-12), Celine Boutier (2013-14) and Maguire (2014-15, 2016-17).
WGCA First Team All-Americans
Kristen Gillman, Freshman, University of Alabama
August Kim, Senior, Purdue University
Cheyenne Knight, Sophomore, University of Alabama
Jennifer Kupcho, Sophomore, Wake Forest University
Andrea Lee, Freshman, Stanford University
Leona Maguire, Junior, Duke University
Linnea Strom, Sophomore, Arizona State University
Maddie Szeryk, Junior, Texas A&M University
Maria Torres, Senior, University of Florida
Monica Vaughn, Junior, Arizona State University
Lilia Vu, Sophomore, UCLA


All four Scots in the field finished in the top 13 at the Slovenian international women's amateur 72-hole championship at Livada Golf Club.
In a tight finish, Gemma Batty (Moffat) finished joint third, one shot behind the joint winners, Pia Babnik (Slovenia) (71-74-73-78) and Bulgaria's Sofia Seldemirova (74-73-76-73), on 296.
Batty had rounds of 76, 72, 73 and 76 for 297.
Chloe Goadby (St Regulus) shared sixth place with Tara Mactaggart (Minto) on 302. Chloe scored 76, 71, 76 and 79, while Tara had rounds of 75, 76, 75 and 76.
Jennifer Saxton (Muckhart) finished joint 13th on 308 with rounds of 72, 79, 73 and 72.

Click here for all the Scores
To read the earlier report -- Go to the 20th May report - Click Here 


Tuesday, May 23, 2017


The morning’s play in the West Vets Championship started with a tie between 2 of the favourites, Donna Jackson and Lesley Lloyd. This match was tight all the way until Donna clinched it on the 18th.  
Another 18 hole nail biter took place where Anne Shanks (Cardross) edged out Lynn McColl, but the tie between Roz Purdom (Prestwick St Nicholas) and Lorraine Campbell (Cardross)  had to go down the 19th before Roz proved victorious. 
The other winners in round 1 were Nicky Henderson, Liz Keohone, Liz Stewart, Anabel Kane and May Hughes.

The afternoon’s play in the Championship saw more exciting games, although it was rather spoiled by rain.

This time Roz Purdom could not prevail going down the 19thagain, as Liz Stewart won through to the semi-final. 
Nicky Henderson (Haggs Castle) and Donna Jackson served up a tight game as did Anabel Kane (Kilmacolm) and May Hughes (Lanark)  
Congratulations go to both Nicky and Anabel for winning through to the semi-finals. The last semi-finalist will be Ayrshire County Champion Liz Keohone, 

The afternoon also saw 4 ties in the Handicap Stewart Cup, with Helen Burnet, Morag Key, Carole Hill and Glynis Rintoul progressing to the semi-finals.

Thursday will see all the winners take to the fairways again at Renfrew, with the Championship play starting at 9.30am and play for the Stewart Cup starting at 9.44am. 
The Championship Final will take place at 2pm, followed immediately by the Stewart Cup Final at 2.10pm. Supporters will be most welcome, so please come along and enjoy the day’s play.


Round 1

Donna Jackson beat Lesley Lloyd (1up)
Nicky Henderson beat Chris Fowler (6&5)
Anne Shanks beat Lynn McColl (1up)
Liz Keohone beat Anne Judge (4&3)
Liz Stewart beat Liz Hale (6&4)
Roz Purdom beat Lorraine Campbell (at 19th)
Anabel Kane beat Liz Wilson (3&2)
May Hughes beat Gillian Kyle (3&2)

Quarter Finals

Nicky Henderson (Haggs Castle)  beat Donna Jackson Troon / Cochrane Castle (2&1)
Liz Keohone ( Loudoun Gowf) beat Anne Shanks (Cardross) 7&6
Liz Stewart (Greenburn) beat Roz Purdom (Prestwick St Nicholas)  19th Hole
Anabel Kane (Kilmacolm) beat May Hughes (Lanark) 2&1

Stewart Cup (Handicap) 1st round.

Helen Burnet beat Linda Parry (3&2)
Morag Key beat Sandra McDougall (2&1)
Carole Hill beat Betty Connor (3&2)
Glynis Rintoul beat Fiona Roger (4&3)



Olivia Mehaffey in form as Arizona State rout Florida
SUGAR GROVE, Illinois – Arizona State had never played in match play at the NCAA Women’s Championship before Tuesday. However, the Sun Devils have plenty of match-play experience with four international team players in their line-up.
That match-play maturity showed during a 5-0 rout of Florida in the quarter-finals at Rich Harvest Farms.
GB and I cap Olivia Mehaffey and Italy’s Roberta Liti each notched 5-and-4 victories for Arizona State, the top-ranked team in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and the third seed at this championship.
Mehaffey, a freshman from Northern Ireland, defeated Florida’s Sam Wagner in the lead-off match after going five up through six holes. Liti was four up at the turn after a three-putt par at the par-5 18th (her ninth hole) before rattling off birdies at Nos. 1-3 to take a commanding six-hole lead.

Former Scottish U18 girls champion Fiona Liddell, a student at Baylor University, Texas, lost by 3 and 2 to C Danielsson as Baylor lost 3-2 to Stanford.
Liddell was only one down after 14 holes but lost the 15th and 16th for the match.

Stanford bt Baylor 3-2
Arizona State bt Florida 5-0
Northwestern bt Kent State 3-2
Ohio State bt Southern California 3.5-1.5

Leona Maguire Finishes Runner-Up at NCAA Championship

SUGAR GROVE, Illinois – For the second time in her short collegiate career, Duke University third-year student Leona Maguire has finished runner-up and one shot off the lead at the NCAA Championship as she carded a two-over-par total of 218 at the 6,343-yard, par 72 Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois

Maguire improved her scores each round during the championship. After opening with a 77 Friday, she closed with a one-under 71, and a two-under 70. With the top five finish, Maguire joined only Celine Boutier and Amanda Blumenherst as Duke golfers to finish in the top five of multiple NCAA Championships. Duke has featured a golfer in the top two of the individual leaderboard in each of the last three NCAA Championships – Maguire (T2nd in 2017, 2015), Virginia Elena Carta (1st in 2016).

Arizona State's Monica Vaughn registered back-to-back birdies late in her round on Nos. 6 and No. 7 to take a one stroke lead on the individual leaderboard and ended up holding on with a one-over-par 217 for the individual title. Vaughn was one stroke better than Maguire (218) and Wake Forest's Jennifer Kupcho (218).

"She knew exactly where she stood – she was four back and knew in order to win this she needed to play well," commented Duke head coach Dan Brooks on Maguire. "She shot two under today. The wind wasn't quite as strong today, but it was still a very difficult. Two under was exceptional golf."

In Monday's final round, Maguire opened the day with a great sand save on the par four 10th hole. She then hit her pitching wedge from 103 yards away on the 341-yard, par four 12th to within three feet and drained the birdie to get to one-under. After three straight pars, she would bogey back-to-back holes on 16 and 17. Maguire responded by hitting her approach shot on the par five 18th onto the green for an eagle putt. She would end up tapping in a short birdie to get back to even as she made the turn.

"I played really well all day," said Maguire. "I did exactly what I wanted to do – started with a nice par save on 10, hit some good birdies and just played really steady, solid golf."

Maguire, a native of Cavan, Ireland, parred Nos 1 and 2 before hitting a seven iron into the par three third hole to 20 feet from the cup. She would drain the birdie putt to get to one-under-par. On the following hole, Maguire sent her approach over the green and had to chip from the rough. She made a great six-foot par putt to stay in the red digits.

She added another birdie on the sixth hole as she stuck her approach from 84 yards to within a foot.

Maguire featured birdie-chance putts on each of the final three holes, but couldn't get them to drop. On the day, she hit 14 greens, 13 fairways and had 29 putts.

"I think when we saw the course on the practice round, I thought even par was going to be a good number, especially given the conditions that were forecasted," said Maguire.

"Definitely the past two days in the wind, I am very happy with how I played. There wasn't a whole lot I could do about the first day with the wind, rain and cold that we got. I am just glad that I stayed patient, kept giving myself chances and took advantage of as many of them as I could."

In the team standings, Northwestern finished first with 33-over-par 897, while Stanford (905), Arizona State (909), Ohio State (913), Southern California (914), Florida (914) and Kent State (919) rounded out the top eight teams that advanced to match play.

Duke finished the 54 holes in 18th with rounds of 325, 309 and 300 for a 70-over-par, 934.

"To be honest, I would like to have seen better scores," commented Brooks. "We really did not play well in this tournament. Although it feels like you got beat up out there because the conditions were very tough, had the conditions been much easier, we still would not have gone to match play. We didn't play well enough."

Junior Lisa Maguire, who is from Cavan, Ireland, closed the championship with her third straight round of 82 on her way to finishing tied for 116th.

The 18th place team finish for the Blue Devils is the highest team finish in Duke history in the NCAA Championship. The previous high was 16th in 1983, which was the first appearance in the event for the Blue Devils. The match play portion of the tournament will kick off Monday, May 23.

Leona Maguire closed the season with a Duke-record 70.29 season stroke average, 21 rounds of even or under par, eight top five finishes and nine rounds in the 60s. She moved into tied for fifth place on Duke's career charts with her 19th top-five finish, sixth with 26 top-10 placements and owns 62 career rounds of even or under par to rank third all-time on the Blue Devil charts.

BRITWATCH: Leona Maguire's GB and I Vagliano Trophy team-mates for Italy next month, Olivia Mehaffey (Arizona State) and Alice Hewson (Clemson), finished T57 and T74 respectively. Mehaffey had scores of 79, 80 and 74 for 233, Hewson 81-78-77 for 236.

Olivia improved from T66 to T57 with her good finish but Hewson went fromT66 to T74. Arizona State finished third in the team event and so qualified for the match-play stages as did Baylor (7th) for whom former Scottish U18 girls champion Fiona Liddell slumped from T85 to a T102 finish with rounds of 81, 78 and 77 for 236.

Duke Results
T6 T2 Leona Maguire Duke 77 71 70 218 +2
T90 T89 Ana Belac Duke 83 79 77 239 +23
T107 T95 Virginia Elena Carta Duke 83 82 76 241 +2
T101 T95 Sandy Choi Duke 87 77 77 241 +25
T101 T116 Lisa Maguire Duke 82 82 82 246 +30

1 2 3 Team Scores
1 1 1 Northwestern 301 298 298 897 +33
T3 3 2 Stanford 311 298 296 905 +41
T3 T9 3 Arizona State 311 309 289 909 +45
T3 4 4 Ohio State 311 299 303 913 +49
T9 7 T5 Southern California 315 303 296 914 +50
16 12 T5 Florida 320 302 292 914 +50
T3 5 7 Baylor 311 300 306 917 +53
2 2 8 Kent State 303 304 312 919 +55
8 13 9 North Carolina 314 310 296 920 +56
7 6 10 South Carolina 313 300 310 923 +59
T9 11 11 Purdue 315 306 304 925 +61
18 T14 12 Furman 323 302 301 926 +62
T13 T9 13 Texas 317 303 307 927 +63
15 T14 T14 California 319 306 303 928 +64
21 21 T14 Alabama 328 313 287 928 +64
T9 16 T16 Michigan 315 315 299 929 +65
12 8 T16 Miami 316 303 310 929 +65
T19 T17 18 Duke 325 309 300 934 +70
T13 T17 19 Michigan State 317 317 304 938 +74
T19 T19 T20 Florida State 325 310 309 944 +80
17 T19 T20 Clemson 321 314 309 944 +80
24 22 22 Texas Tech 335 313 303 951 +87
22 23 23 Pepperdine 330 320 308 958 +94
23 24 24 Oregon 333 319 308 960 +96

Leading Scores
T3 1 Monica Vaughn Arizona State 74 72 71 217 +1
T6 T2 Leona Maguire Duke 77 71 70 218 +2
1 T2 Jennifer Kupcho * Wake Forest 74 70 74 218 +2
T14 T4 Elodie Van Dievoet Michigan 72 79 68 219 +3
2 T4 August Kim Purdue 72 73 74 219 +3
T6 6 Andrea Lee Stanford 77 71 72 220 +4
T14 7 Amy Lee Baylor 77 74 70 221 +5
T14 T8 Haylee Harford Furman 76 75 71 222 +6
T23 T8 Tiffany Chan Southern California 77 76 69 222 +6
T32 T10 Cheyenne Knight Alabama 78 76 69 223 +7
T3 T10 Ainhoa Olarra South Carolina 76 70 77 223 +7
T10 T10 Albane Valenzuela Stanford 77 73 73 223 +7

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Mixed Greensomes – Stirling Golf Club

There are a few spaces still available for the Mixed Greensomes at Stirling Golf Club on
Sunday 28th May.   Cost is £15 per couple – Handicap limit is 28 for Gents and 36 for Ladies.
The course which is in magnificent condition is  host to the East Division Inter – County
Jamboree 26th – 28th June.   Bookings can be made online via Stirling Golf Club Website.



D&A -- 2016 Champions at Douglas Park GC  

All the 2017 West of Scotland County Teams have now been announced for the County Jamboree at Hamilton Golf Club - 12th - 14th June

Audrey Thompson ( Loudoun Gowf Club )
Catherine Malcolm ( St. Cuthberts )
Emma Hale ( Troon Ladies )
Lorna Ronnie ( Kilmarnock Barassie )
Liz Wilson ( Kilmarnock Barassie )
Liz Keohone ( Loudoun Gowf Club)
Louise Duncan ( West Kilbride )
Jenny Linklater ( Largs)

Anne Laing (Troon Ladies)  
Lorraine Campbell (Cardross)
Laura McGeachy (Haggs Castle)
Fiona Rattray (Douglas Park)
Lorna McClymont (Milngavie)
Lori McDonald (Cardross)
Sheena McDonald (Milngavie)
Caroline King (Clober)


Alyson Hendry (Hamilton) 

Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) 
Susan McGrenaghan (Mount Ellen) 
Fiona Norris (Hamilton) 
Eva O’Connor (Bothwell Castle) 
Molly Richmond (Strathaven) 
Katie Scott (Strathaven) 
Susan Wood (Drumpellier) 
Reserve: Ruth Hunter, Lanark


Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm)
Denise Cowan (Ranfurly Castle)
Donna Jackson (Cochrane Castle)
Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire)
Alyson McGinnigle (Cowglen)
Jennifer Rankine (Haggs Castle)
Liz Stewart (Greenburn)
Carol Whyte (Milngavie)
Reserve Julie Wilson (Williamwood)



Minjee Lee

Photo above -- Minjee Lee blasts from a trap during her final round at Kingsmill. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

There are tiny errors – and then are costly, larger ones.
Sadly for Minjee Lee today, she's suffered through one of the more painful variety when she was disqualified from the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship for failing to sign her scorecard.
Lee had been sitting prominently in the top three for much of the final round, but a couple of late errors were exacerbated by a closing double-bogey as she fell to tied 10th at seven under, 13 shots adrift of runaway winner Lexi Thompson.
But worse was to come for the West Australian who left the official scoring area without having signed her card – a mistake that cost her in the vicinity of $US24,000 – and the Race to the CME Globe points she'd have accumulated.
It was a tough pill to swallow for Lee, who had her LPGA Tour breakthrough win at the same venue in 2015, as Thompson careered away to a record-breaking go-to-whoa win, her first since the drama that dogged her at the ANA Inspiration in April when she was controversially penalised four shots while holding a commanding lead.
Her four-round 20-under-par 268 total, including just two bogeys all week, broke the mark previous tournament record of Annika Sorenstam.
"I was so determined just to keep on working on my game (after the ANA) because I knew that was the best golf I have played," Thompson said.
"I just couldn't let it get to me. I had to continue to practise and work hard. To have the support from my family and friends and all the fans, I mean, it was amazing. Without them, I wouldn't be here.
"I'm so over (the ruling). It's in the past. It's unfortunate what happened, but it's time to move on. This puts a lid on it."
Su Oh was the best "official" Aussie at T36 and one under after a flat closing 76, while Karrie Webb was T55 at two over and Sarah Jane Smith T60 at four over, while Sarah Kemp and Katherine Kirk missed the cut.


Monday, May 22, 2017


West Vets Team

West and Midland Vets Teams

Ten West Vets travelled through to Auchterarder looking forward to playing the course and trying to win the Mid West Trophy. For a short time it looked like rain was going to spoil the day, but the skies quickly cleared and along with the lovely scenery, the girls really enjoyed the match and ran out winners by 7 games to 3.

The greens looked good but the par 3 pin positions really tested the players. However all matches were played in a wonderful spirit, and Captain Lizee McGraw and her team looked after us so well. We therefore look forward to hosting the Midlands team in the West next year.

The games ended as follows :-

Anna Telfer (Milngavie) lost by 1 hole v Elsie Hutcheon (Ladybank)
Linda McDougall (Greenock) won 4 & 3 v Agnes Lind (Elie)
Jennifer Mack (Haggs) won 5 & 4 v Kathleen Duncan (Pitlochry)
Anabel Kane (KIlmacolm) lost 3 & 2 v Emma Wilson (Elie)
Anne Judge (Ranfurly Castle) won 5 & 4 v Liz Fertacz (Blairgowrie)
Sheila Steele (Buchanan Castle) won 4 & 3 v Moira Lumby (K J V1)
Joanne Sharp (Kil/Barassie) won 4 & 3 v Christine Steadman (Pitreavie)
Lynn McColl (Bearsden) won 5 & 4 v Janice Lang (Blairgowrie)
Carol Fell (Ranfurly Castle) lost 3 & 2 v Moira Begbie (Ladybank)
Karen Maxwell (Milngavie) won 4 & 3 v Margaret Hunter (Blairgowrie)

Report by June Lockhart (Captain)  CLICK HERE to go to the Midland Vets Report (Courtesy of Lizee McGraw - Midland Vets Captain)




Aboyne 1 and 2 - Shannon McWilliam, 
Sandra Findlay (Aboyne Ladies' Captain), 
Kimberley Beveridge, Maryla Sime, Carmen Griffiths, 
Georgette Hollingsworth and Heather Mackenzie. 
Missing from the photo are Fenneke Wolters-Sinke 
and Carmeen Eakin.

Group - Margaret MacNaughtan ALCGA President, Julie Henderson, Shannon McWilliam, 
Kimberley Beveridge, Heather Mackenzie, 
Georgette Hollingsworth, 
Carmen Griffiths, Maryla Sime, 
Gail Christie and Sheila McNaught ALCGA Captain.

Individual Winners - Margaret MacNaughtan 
ALCGA President, Julie Henderson, 
Gail Christie and Sheila McNaught ALCGA Captain.

Aboyne made the most of home-course advantage to dominate the Aberdeenshire Ladies County Golf Association's stroke-play team tournament for the Watt Duffus Trophy today (Monday).

The Aboyne I quartet of Shannon McWilliam, Kimberley Beveridge, Carmen Griffiths and Maryla Sime won the Watt Duffus Trophy for the best scratch team  total of 227 while the Aboyne 2 team of Heather Mackenzie, Georgette Hollingsworth, Fenneke Wolters-Sinke and Carmeen Eakin won the Handicap Trophy for the best net total of 216.
Julie Henderson (Murcar Links) won the Mrs J P Kennaway Cup for the best scratch score of 72.

Gail Christie (Banchory) was the winner of the Individual Handicap Trophy with a net score of 68 off a handicap of eight.


Three from four scores to count
227 Aboyne 1 (S McWilliam 74, C Griffiths 76, K Beveridge 77, M Sime 81).
230 Kemnay 1 (F Pennie 75, R Polson 77, D Pocock 78, S Leslie 80).
240 Banchory 1 (G Christie 76, G Mackenzie 80, P Halliwell 84, A Smart 87).
244 Westhill (J Lees 75, S Collinson 82, L Wallace 87, A McKinnon 101).
246 Aberdeen Ladies 1 (S Wood 81, F Seedhouse 82, E Whyte 83, L Marnoch 91), Cruden Bay 1 (J Harrison 78, K Stalker 81, L Terry 87, K Esslemont 87).
247 McDonald Ellon (N Fraser 78, D Mackinnon 83, A Bowman 86, H Cooper 101).
248 Murcar Links (J Henderson 72, K Mackay 86, M Black 90, O Robb 97).
252 Duff House Royal 1 (L Anderson 79, R Gallon 81, R Topping 92, J Alexander 92).
257 Aboyne 2 (G Hollingsworth 85, H Mackienzie 86, F Wolters-Sinke 86, C Eakin 88).
259 Meldrum House (R Armell 84, L Park 87, L Kelly 88, S Will 98).
260 Deeside (S Macleod 82, K Teow 86, C Eddie 92, L Watson 106), Hazlehead (C Prouse 80, K Emeleus 87, F Prouse 93 M Adam 94).
264 Kemnay 2 (C Wicher 85, Y Moir 88, J Whitehead 91, M Evans 105).
265 Banchory 2 (K Taylor 83, A Cousland 89, E Cook 93, S Richardson 106).
267 Newmachar (A Hope 88, G Main 89, M Robinson 90, A Christiansen 94), Craibstone (J McCloskey 87, V Souter 90, S Connell 90, K Scott 91).
268 Aberdeen Ladies 2 (L McNiven 87, C Kyle 89, J Howarth 92, J Wilson 98).
271 Peterculter (L Clark 88, A Reid 89, J Cook 94, A Morrice 102).
273 Dunecht House (C Davies 84, A Anderson 93, G Bruce 96).
282 Cruden Bay 2 (J Cowie 87, J Robertson 97, I Rowe 98, C Clark 108).
283 Ballater (H Backhouse 92, S Foggie 94, A Horne 97, L Cox 101).
285 Duff House Royal 2 (P Duthie 93, E Pirie 96, M Alexander 96, K Anderson 102).
216 Aboyne 2.
218 Banchory 1.
219 McDonald Ellon
220 Aboyne 1, Kemnay 1, Newmachar, Peterculter.
221 Meldrum House, Murcar Links
223 Cruden Bay 1, Duff House Royal 1, Westhill.
225 Banchory 2, Craibstone.
226 Kemnay 2.
227 Dunecht House.
228 Deeside.
229 Aberdeen Ladies 2.
231 Cruden Bay 2.
233 Aberdeen Ladies 1, Duff House Royal 2.
234 Hazlehead.
240 Ballater.