Thursday, May 22, 2003

Here are how the Thursday matches went:
Laura looked as though she would make a game of it when she won the first with a birdie, firing a great approach shot to within 3ft of the flag and then going two up with another birdie at the fifth. That was the high point for Wells. She never won another hole after that.
Claire got down with "a huge two putts from 40 yards" for a birdie 4 at the long fifth and then holed a 20ft birdie putt to square the contest at the seventh.
Laura stopped the rot temporarily by halving the short eighth in three but it was downhill all the way for her after that.
Wells was in the whins off the tee at the ninth while Hargan, as usual, drove the green at this 261yd par-4 hole. Laura eventually conceded her the 15ft putt for the hole, technically an eagle 2.
That was Claire in the lead for the first time and she won the next three holes to take the tie out of her opponent's reach. Hargan birdied the 10th; Laura four-putted down the big slope on the short 11th green and then, after both were bunkered off the tee at the 12th, Wells three-putted for a double-bogey 6 and Claire, with her first and only bogey of the round, was able to win the hole and go four up.
Wells' putting continued to let her down. She missed an eagle putt of five feet and the 13th was halved in birdie 4s.
Then Claire played a delighted little bump-and-run pitch across the undulating ground to within "gimme" distance of the 14th. That birdie 4 ended the game with Claire the 5 and 4 winner with six-under-par figures in less than 2 1/2hr play.
ANNE LAING beat MARTINE POW by 5 and 3.
Martine Pow held her own on the outward half, going ahead with a birdie 4 at the second but being pulled back to all square at the next where she three-putted down the slope. Neither player putted well over the next few halved holes before Laing played a fine second shot to within 3ft of the cup for a winning birdie 3 at the sixth.
But back came Pow with a pitch-and-putt par 4 to level matters again at the seventh. The eighth was halved in bogeys and the ninth in birdie 3s for the match to be all square on the 10th tee.
Anne Laing suddenly took command by winning the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th with birdie-par-bogey-birdie figurea. Martine three-putted the 11th, 12th and 13th.
The match ended on the 15th green when Martine conceded Anne, on in 2, a birdie 3.
Laing was two under par for the holes played.