KirkwoodGolf: BP Scottish girls golf championship

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

BP Scottish girls golf championship


LEADING qualifier Kelly Brotherton from Tulliallan birdied the seventh extra hole at Newmachar on Wednesday to beat 11-year-old Carly Booth (Comrie) and bring to an end arguably one of the best ties in the history of the BP Scottish girls' championship.
It was "only" a second-round meeting but, the 25-hole golfing marathon's mixture of good play and dramatic twists and turns of fortunes, would have graced the final of any match-play tournament.
Carly, a slip of a girl but already a five-handicapper who can hit the ball long and straight, said she was pleased with the way she had played but disappointed to have lost. "I wanted to be the first player to win the title seven years in a row," she said, only half joking.
"Carly is going to be a terrific player. I am so relieved to have come through that test. It won't get any tougher than that. I had to come up with a birdie to beat her," said 17-year-old Kelly, who has just spent a year at the David Leadbetter Academy in Florida and reduced her handicap to one when finishing 11 strokes ahead of the field in the qualifying rounds.
Miss Booth was two down in the early stages but had squared the match by the 11th tee - and the battle royal was on! It was nip and tuck stuff with Miss Brotherton one up on the 18th tee, only to miss a 2 1/2ft putt which would have finished matters.
First one and then the other seemed to have the edge in the sudden-death extra holes but it was not until the seventh extra hole that it was settled. Kelly had the longer of two very good drives and she pitched from 30yd to within a couple of feet of the hole.
Carly conceded the birdie putt and then failed to hole her own putt for a half in 3 from about 5ft.
It really was a great day for the future of Scottish female golf with no shortage of outstanding performances.
Krystle Caithness, 14-year-old St Regulus member at St Andrews, KO'd the No 2 qualifier, Dawn Dewar (Monifieth) by one hole after being one down on the 14th tee. Krystle square the match at that hole and then, after the 15th and 16th were halved, Miss Caithness was home in two at the downhill par-5 17th while Miss Dewar was through the back. A two-putt birdie put Krystle into the lead which she maintained with a half at the last.
Roseanne Niven, 14-year-old outstanding Crieff prospect, lost on the home green to another golf scholarship pupil at Loretto School, Emma Fairnie, the Minto Ladies club champion.
Roseanne, the SLGA St Leonards Under-16 girls open stroke-play championship winner at Drumoig in May, let Emma get too far away from her on the outward half and could not quite reel her in down the home straight. Miss Fairnie won the first, second, seventh and ninth to be four up at the turn.
Emma was still four up with five to play but then Roseanne won back the 15th, 16th and 17th. A half at the last was enough to put the Minto girl into the quarter-finals.


K Brotherton (Tulliallan) beat S Herd (Dunblane New) 3 and 2.
C Booth (Comrie) beat K McNicoll (Carnoustie) 6 and 5.
G Webster (Hilton Park) beat K Harper (Inverness) 7 and 6.
M Thomson (McDonald Ellon) beat K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 7 and 6
S Kettlewell (Dunblane New) beat F Hindshaw (Gullane) 5 and 4.
J McNicoll (Longniddry) beat F Williamson (Barassie) 3 and 1.
S-D Wilson (Murcar) beat K Thomson (Kintore) 2 and 1.
L Fleming (The Roxburghe) beat H Myles (St Leonards) 8 and 7.
R Niven (Crieff) beat K Fortune (Haddington) 4 and 3.
E Fairnie (Minto) beat S Crolla (Longniddry) 4 and 3.
K O'Sullivan (Cochrane Castle) beat J Turner (Glencorse) 5 and 4.
D Neilson (Hilton Park) beat L Hendry (Routenburn) 2 holes.
L Murray (Alford) beat C McLoughlin (Kilspindie) 2 and 1.
M Briggs (Ranfurly Castle) beat K Wells (Dumfries & Co) at 19th.
K Caithness (St Regulus) beat K Walker (Buchanan Castle) 1 hole.
D Dewar (Monifieth) beat A Ingram (Fort William) 6 and 5.
Brotherton beat Booth at 25th.
Webster beat Thomson 3 and 2.
Kettlewell beat J McNicoll 2 and 1.
Wilson beat Fleming at 19th.
Fairnie beat Niven 1 hole.
O'Sullivan beat Neilson 6 and 5.
Murray beat Briggs 4 and 3.
Caithness beat Dewar 1 hole.
8.45 Brotherton v Webster
8.55 Kettlewell v Wilson.
9.05 Fairnie v O'Sullivan.
9.15 Murray v Caithness.

First round
H Harvey (St Leonards) beat A Niven (Crieff) 3 and 2.
R Myles (St Leonards) beat N McAuley (Stonehaven) 6 and 5.
M MacPherson (Barassie) beat K Murray (Alford) 6 and 4.
F Blair (Monifieth) beat H Harrison (Stonehaven) 7 and 6.
A Forest (Broomieknowe) beat G Barraclough (Hilton Park) 2 and 1.
N Melville (Bridge of Allan) beat S Horsburgh (Dunb ar) 5 and 4.
Harvey beat A Tait (Moffat) 7 and 6.
MacPherson beat Myles at 20th.
Blair beat Forrest 3 and 2.
Melville beat J Jones (McDonald Ellon) 5 and 4.
9.30 Harvey v MacPherson.
9.40 Blair v Melville.