Thursday, May 20, 2004



Strathclyde University student Clare Queen from Drumpellier won the battle of the Curtis Cup reserves in the first round of the match-play stages of the Scottish women's amateur championship at Prestwick today.
She beat Stirling University student Lynn Kenny from Dunblane by one hole after being two down with four holes to play.
Queen did not play well in the 36-hole qualifying test and had to come through a play-off for those with the limit score of 170. Kenny, on the other hand, cruised through in fourth place
on 155.
In their tie, Lynn went two up by winning the fifth and sixth but Clare came straight back at her by winning the seventh and eighth to square the tie. Miss Kenny re-established a two-hole lead by winning the 11th and 14th.
Once again Miss Queen responded to the crisis and this time her comeback was decisive.
Clare won the 15th with a par, the 16th with a birdie to square the game and also the 17th with a par to be one up on the 18th tee.
A good drive by Clare at the 242yd home hole set up a half in birdie 3s and a one-hole win for Miss Queen.
Top seed Louise Kenney came back from a two-hole deficit in the early stages to clear her first hurdle.
The 21-year-old Pitreavie, Dunfermline player, recently arrived back home at the end of her second year at Iowa State University, beat Judith Anderson (Hawick) by 3 and 1 in the end to reach the last 16 but the match between the first and the 32nd qualifier was much tighter than expected.
"I knew that my good stroke-play rounds counted for nothing once the match-play started," said Louise, "and, sure enough, I found myself two down to Judith after only two holes. I was bunkered to lose the short second and she birdied the third to win that one as well."
That was the wake-up call that Miss Kenney, first off the tee at 8.30am, needed. She stopped the rot by winning the fourth, fifth and seventh to be one up at the turn.
Judith Anderson's challenge was not over yet, however. The Hawick player squared the tie again at the 11th where her opponent was in one of characteristically deep-faced Prestwick bunkers.
Louise got her first birdie of the round with a pitch-and-putt 4 at the long 12th to regain a one-hole lead and the next hole was halved in birdies.
Miss Kenney started to take a grip of the outcome by going two up at the 14th with a par but Judith prolonged the tie by halving the 15th and 16th before losing the 17th and the match by 3 and 1.
"I was about one over par for the match but I felt I putted better than I had done in the second qualifying round and that was a good sign," said Louise, a former Scottish girls' match-play champion.
Martine Pow (Selkirk), a semi-finalist at the Old Course, St Andrews last year, edged out four times former Aberdeenshire champion Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) on the last green after a nip-and-tuck contest.
Scottish girls match-play champion Kelly Brotherton (Tulliallan) won by 3 and 2 over St Andrews hotelier Fiona De Vries (St Rule).
In a replay of last year's Centenary championship final over the Old Course, title-holder Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) won by 5 and 3 over Claire Hargan (Prestonfield).
Kelsey MacDonald, the 13-year-old Nairn Dunbar junior member who did so well to qualify in seventh place, bowed out in the first round. She was beaten 2 and 1 by Fiona Gilbert (Carnoustie), a student at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Kelsey won the first but lost the third, fourth and sixth to concede the initiative which she never really recovered.
No 2 qualifier Sara Bishop (Windyhill) had one of the bigger wins of the round. The Nottingham-born champion of Dunbartonshire & Argyll for the past two years beat Belinda Murphy (Prestonfield) by 7 and 6.
The Mackay sisters from Royal Dornoch both entered the last 16. Pam, a professional caddie over the Dornoch links and the No 5 qualifier won by 3 and 2 over Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe). Early in the afternoon older sister Lesley, a graduated of Stirling University, squeezed through at the 19th against Anglo-Scot Anne Lowe (Royal Birkdale).

Prestwick GC
Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) beat J Anderson (Hawick) 3 and 1.
M Pow (Selkirk) beat S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) 1 hole.
K Brotherton (Tulliallan) beat F De Vries (St Rule) 3 and 2.
P Feggans (Doon Valley) beat L Williamson (Barassie) 4 and 3.
P Mackay (Royal Dornoch) beat L Fraser (Kingsknowe) 3 and 2.
K Milne (Dunfermline) beat T Laughland (Mortonhall) 1 hole.
J Wilson (Strathaven) beat K O'Sullivan (Cochrane Castle) 4 and 2.
C Queen (Strathclyde Univ) beat Lynn Kenny (Stirling Univ) 1 hole.
F Lockhart (St Regulus) beat G Lockhart (Barassie) 8 and 6.
J Carthew (Ladybank) beat C Taylor (Troon Ladies) 3 and 2.
A Laing (Vale of Leven) beat C Hargan (Prestonfield) 5 and 3.
H MacRae (Dunblane) beat C Wilson (Murcar) 6 and 4.
F Gilbert (Carnoustie) beat K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 2 and 1.
A Young (Torrance House) beat C Gruber (Royal Dornoch) at 19th.
L Mackay (Royal Dornoch) beat A Lowe (Royal Birkdale) at 19th.
S Bishop (Windyhill) beat B Murphy (Prestonfield) 7 and 6.
ends first round match-play