Tuesday, June 10, 2003


Jenna Wilson from Strathaven was level par with two holes to play in the first qualifying round of the Ladies' British open amateur championship at Lindrick today but finished with a three-over 76, five behind the clubhouse leader, Rachel Adby (Sandiway).
She drove left into the "long stuff" at the 17th and bogeyed it and then ran up her second double-bogey of the round at the short 18th (185yd). Jenna missed the green on the left and fluffed her pitch into the bunker between her and the putting surface and took three shots to get on, finishing up with two putts.
Jenna's first double bogey was also at a short hole, the 160yd third, where she was plugged in a bunker and took two shots to get out.
The highlight of her card was an eagle 3 at the 431yd par-5 fourth where she holed her third shot with a sand wedge from 60yd range.
She also birdied the par-4 eighth with a wedge approach and a 10ft putt and the 12th in similar fashion.
Her bogeys came at the ninth, another bunker visit, the 10th (through the green with approach) and the aforementioned 17th.
Out in 36 (level par) and home in 40 (three over), Jenna's round was a case of what might have been but, with the wind rising, her 76 was one of the better scores.
Stirling University student Cara Gruber from Royal Dornoch had a "nightmare" round of 11-over 84 with halves of 41 and 43.
"It was a nightmare out there for me," said Cara. "If you miss the fairways, you can be up to your knees in long grass. This was not one of my happiest experiences on a golf course."
Cara bogeyed the first and second and then double bogeyed the third, a bad start from which she never really recovered although she got her only birdie of the day at the long fifth.