Sunday, May 18, 2003

You need a bit of luck here and there to win a five-day tournament and if the breaks go against Miss Kenny, there are a few players who could benefit.
Former British champion and Curtis Cup star Alison Davidson, playing less golf since she had a baby boy last September, gave Lynn a run for her money in the Stirling & Clackmannan county championship final a few days ago and always gets charged up for a Scottish championship.
Anne Laing, 1996 winner at Royal Dornoch and subdued only by a barrage of birdies from Heather Stirling in last year's final, must have a chance.
"I've always liked the Old Course maybe because I won the St Rule Trophy over here a few weeks after winning the Scottish championship seven years ago," said Anne. "The big greens don't faze me and I try to keep out of the pot bunkers. I suppose I've got a chance but I'll take each day as it comes."
Outwith the more obvious title candidates there is the name of Laura Moffat, one time Scottish girls champion and Vagliano Trophy player for Great Britain & Ireland against the Continent of Europe at North Berwick in 1999.
The West Kilbride player has spent most of the past five years at the University of California Los Angeles. A few weeks ago she flew home to win the Ayrshire county title for the first time but then took ill during the third round of Helen Holm Scottish women's stroke-play at Troon. If Laura still has the talent of her youth on tap, then she could be the dark horse of the championship.
For the statistically minded, tournament secretary Gillian Roy has prepared a women's course measuring 6,054yd, utilising only two of the standard men's tees. The par is 76 (38-38).