Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Heather MacRae from Dunblane took over the honour of "Top Scot" from Vikki Laing (73-151) with a 74 for 150 during the second qualifying round of the British women's open amateur champonship at Lindrick today.
Whereas it was some fine short-game work on the inward half the enabled her to escape with a 77 on the opening day, Heather felt that she had played much more consistently well in the second round (which took 1 1/2hr less than her rain-suspended first round).
She bogeyed the first but settled after recovering from a bunker to within 6in of the cup to save a par at the second.
A four-iron tee shot to four feet set up the first of three birdies on the outward half. That 2 at the third (160yd) was followed up with another 2 at the sixth (135yd) where she played a six-iron off the tee and sank an 8ft putt.
After pulling her second into the rough and dropping a shot at the seventh, Heather wedged to 3ft for a birdie 3 at the eighth.
She pitched and putted to save par at the 10th and chipped in from 40ft for a par 4 at the 12th after driving into a bush.
Heather bunkered her second at the long 13th but manage to get a par 5. Another pitch and putt after a drive into the right rough at the long 16th saved par but she did bogey the 17th after bunkering her second. Her ball was against the face of the trap and she did well to get out at the first attempt.
Elaine Cuthill from Lanark had an 83 for 174, which was obviously going to be too many to qualify.
Addi Shamash (Kirkcudbright) had an 81 for 161 and felt that would be one or two over the qualifying mark.
"I thought the pin positions were quite tricky today and I could not get close enough to the flags with my approach shots," said Addi. "I bogeyed three of the last four holes and I think that is going to be a costly finish. If I had parred the last four holes, I might have had a chance."