Tuesday, September 12, 2006



The wake-up alarm on the switched-off mobile phone in Carly Booth’s pocket went off when she was on the 17th tee in the first round of The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy over the new Dundonald links course in Ayrshire today.
“I had forgotten to put it on to British time. It gave me quite a shock. I’m not quite sure what day of the week is, nor where I am,” joked the 14-year-old Carly who was only 10 days into her four-year course at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Bradenton, Florida when she flew back to Britain at the weekend for a double engagment – this tournament and next week’s Junior Ryder Cup match at Celtic Manor.
But Miss Booth, the Scottish Under-16 girls champion from Comrie, Perthshire, certainly had no need of wake-up call in golfing terms.
Despite feeling “absolutely shattered” after a travelling schedule which began with her Manchester to Tampa outward trip taking TWO days and two missed connections to complete, Carly shares the lead in the girls’ section.
Up with the lark – when she would really have loved a long lie – Miss Booth shot a one-over-par 73 (37-37) in perfect, windless conditions for only her second 18 holes over this impressive lay-out designed Kyle Phillips, the man responsible for another great links course, Kingsbarns.
Carly, finding the greens surprisingly fast, particularly on the downslopes, three-putted the ninth and 16th greens and missed a whole string of 10-foot birdie chances in starting with eight pars in a row.
She did not get any birdies until the long 14th, where she come out a bunker to 10ft and holed the putt, and the 17th where she rammed in a 25-footer with conviction.
That score was later matched by Christine Wolf (Austria) 36-37, Katerina Ruzickova (Czech Republic) 36-37 and Sakia Hausladen (Germany) 37-36.
English girls’ champion Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) finished on 78 after matching the par of 36 on the outward half. She had a triple bogey 7 at the 17th.
Matthew Nixon from Ashton under Lynne, near Manchester, winner recently of the British boys’ open championship at Royal Aberdeen, showed he could be just as good a card-and-pencil player as he was match-player at Balgownie, by sharing the lead on one-under-par 71 in the boys’ section.
Matthew started with a pair of bogeys in an outward 37 but his two-under-par 34 – birdies at the short 11th long 14th – was matched only by another one of the three joint leaders, Robin Wingardh (Sweden).
The third of the trio on 71 was Belgium’s Xavier Feyaerts.
Scottish boys’ match-play champion James White from Lundin Golf Club, Fife and England’s Sam Hutsby (Lee-on-Solent), the Spanish open amateur champion, are sharing fourth place only one off the pace on 72. James had a little bit of everything in halves of 37 and 35 – a shank with a three-iron at the 15th , three-putts at the fourth and 14th, an “outrageous” birdie 3 at the 13th where he got home with two iffy shots and then holed a putt from all 40 feet. White’s other birdies came at the fifth, 10th and the 18th.
Scottish boys’ stroke-play champion Shaun McAllister (Craigielaw) lost two balls in compiling a 76. The first, at the seventh, cost him a double-bogey but he was able to make a 3 with his second ball for a bogeyat the 10th. Shaun did birdie the seventh, 12th and the 18th.

Dundonald Golf Club, Gailes, Ayrshire.


BOYS (Par 72)
71 R Wingardh (Swe) 37-34, X Fayaerts (Bel) 35-36, M Nixon (Eng) 37-34.
72 M Dobias (Swi) 36-36, S Hutsby (Eng) 37-35, J White (Sco) 37-35.
73 T Gurses (Tur) 33-40, T Weiler (Ger) 34-39.
74 B Gudmundsson (Ice) 36-38, T Gornik (Slo) 36-38.
75 X Puig (Spa) 40-35, N Rasmussen (Den) 36-39.
76 M Veijalainen (Fin) 35-41, S McAllister (Sco) 39-37, H Karas (Lux) 38-38, A Runcie (Wal) 38-38, D Wright (Eng) 38-38.
77 P Kaiser (Nor) 40-37, M Mayrhauser (Aut) 41-36, R West (SAf) 40-37.
78 L Goddard (Eng) 41-37. R Nechanicky (Cze) 37-41.
79 L Scotto (Ita) 41-38, S Monberg (Den) 38-41, F Le Goff (Fra) 37-42.
80 S Healey (Ire) 38-42.
82 P Pohi (Est) 42-40.

GIRLS (Par 72)
73 C Booth (Scotland) 37-36, C Wolf (Aut) 36-37, K Ruzickova (Cze) 36-37, Saskia Hausladen (Ger) 37-36.
74 M Smit (SAf) 37-37.
75 L Gonzalez (Belgium) 39-36, M Duff (Swe) 40-35..
76 V Jonsdottir (Iceland) 36-40, G Molinaro (Ita) 39-37.
78 R Jennings (Eng) 36-42.
79 F Vuignier (Swi) 39-40.
80 C Aashaim (Nor) 40-45.
85 A Theunis (Lux) 43-42.
86 C Thuault (Fra) 41-45, L Henriksson (Fin) 46-40.

+The lowest 54-hole total, whether by a boy or girl, will win The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy.