Friday, August 11, 2006


Anything Scotland’s boys can do, our girls can do better! Twenty-four hours after Scotland won the boys’ home internationals title at Lossiemouth for the first time since 1995, Scotland won the girls’ home internationals crown at Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
And the Scots’ Under-18 girls did it with a bit more to spare than their male counterparts.
The team captained by Jenny Jenkins followed up wins over Wales and defending champions England by whipping Ireland 9-0.
The last time Scotland won the Stroyan Cup that goes with the title was in 1998 at Mullingar.
Top performers for the Scots were Scottish Under-18 champion Roseanne Niven (Crieff) and 15-year-old Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) with six wins out of six, closely followed by 14-year-old Carly Booth (Comrie) with five wins and a halved match.
Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry), only 15, and Scottish Under-21 champion Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) both won five points out of six.
Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon) had a 100 per cent winning record through four ties.
The results over the three days augured well for the possibility of a Scottish player winning next week’s British girls’ open championship is held at the same links venue in County Derry.
England finished runners-up to Scotland at Portstewart by beating Wales 6-3 in their final match.

Friday’s details:
Ireland names first:
Foursomes: S Meadow & V Bradshaw lost to K Caithness & M Thomson 4 and 3; S Faller & L Toomey lost to C Booth & S Watson 3 and 1; L Mernagh & S Cunningham lost to R Niven & K MacDonald 3 and 2 (0-3).
Singles: Meadow lost to Caithness 3 and 2, L Coffey lost to Niven 3 and 2, Cunningham lost to Watson 5 and 3, N McMahon lost to R Livingstone 6 and 5, Bradshaw lost to MacDonald 3 and 1; Toomey lost to Booth 4 and 3 (0-6).
England names first
Foursomes: J Ewart & F Parker halved with T Davies & K O’Connor; H Barwood & G Hardie bt L J Roberts & A Rees 1 hole; E Givens & R Jennings lost to R H Harries & H Boulden 5 and 4 (1 ½-1 ½).
Singles: Ewart bt Davies 3 and 1, Barwood halved with Harries, Hardie lost to O’Connor 2 and 1, Burke bt Rees 4 and 2, Givens bt N Gobey 2 and 1, R Connor bt Roberts 2 and 1 (4 ½-1 ½).