Wednesday, May 19, 2004



Despite putting "terribly" in a second-round, one-over-par 76, Louise Kenney from Pitreavie, Dunfermline, was the leading qualifier by the wide margin of five shots for the match-play stages of the Scottish women's amateur golf championship over the Prestwick Golf Club links on Wednesday
On a day when the wind had dropped only a notch or two, Louise earned the top seed rating with a one-under-par total of 149 ahead of Nottingham-born Sara Brown (Windyhill) who hit the 154 mark with a 74.
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar), only 13 years old, became the youngest qualifier since Jane Connachan in the 1970s. Kelsey repeated her 79, even though she did not birdie the last three holes second time round, for seventh place on 158.
Defending champion Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) was the 11th qualifier on 161 after an 81.
Louise struggled to cope with greens much slower than she has been used to on the American female college circuit as the star member of the Iowa State University team for the past two years. She three-putted the fourth and the sixth in a stuttering start but settled down with a birdie 4 at the ninth and for the second day in a row mastered the inward half.
In the first round, she reeled off nine straight pars from the turn. Yesterday Louise improved on that with eight pars and a two-putt birdie at the 242yd 18th where she drove the green.
But the experience gained of regular competitive play in an autumn to spring season in the States stood the 21-year-old Fifer in good stead.
"I actually hit the ball better than I did on the first day and I'm delighted to be the leading qualifier. I know it's a completely different game from now on but I actually like match-play better than stroke play," said Louise.
Curtis Cup reserve Claire Queen (Strathclyde University) survived a play-off featuring the eight players who tied on 170. They went out in a sudden-death eliminator to put five of them into the match-play draw.
Clare Queen, Louse Fraser (Kingsknowe), Judith Anderson (Hawick), Belinda Murphy (Prestonfield) and Gillian Lockhart (Barassie) made it through at the first extra hole.
Kirsten Blackwood (Glencorse), Jane Flucker (Craigmillar Park) and Emily Ogilvy (Muckhart) all ran up triple bogey 7s to be eliminated.