Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Kylie Walker, the only surviving Scot, was beaten by two holes by Fiona Smith (Chelmsford) in the second round of the English women's open mid-amateur golf championship at Sherwood Forest Golf Club today.
The Buchanan Castle player, the third best qualifier for the match-play stages, had earlier beaten Anglo-Scot Edwina Lowery Gold (Eaton, Norwich) 4 and 3.
Claire Hargan (Mortonhall) lost in the first round by 2 and 1 to the No 2 seed and 1987 British women's amateur title-winner Janet Collingham (Sherwood Forest).
Claire MacDonald (Gullane Ladies) also went out in the first round by one hole to Corisande Lee (West Lancs).
Heavy rain caused a suspension of play, which meant that two of the second-round ties went on into the evening.
Through to the last eight are:
(seedings in brackets)
(1) Emma Sheffield (Newark).
(9) Claire Aitken (London).
(5) Sian James (Bristol & Clifton).
(4) Bronwyn Mullins-Lane (Australia).
(7) Becky Dowell (Enmore).
(11) Jenny Pease (Braintree)
(15) Corisande Lee (West Lancs).

Lyndsey Hewison, the ELGA Press Officer, writes:

A lightning storm and torrential rain disrupted play in the first match-play round at Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.
Cars and buggies went out to bring in the players as the storm swept over and left the course awash. At the time, only four of the morning matches had been completed.
Knowle’s Jo Hodge was on the 11th when the storm broke and she said: “It was pretty scarey when the thunder and lightning was going – and that was followed by torrential rain.”
After a suspension of two hours, play resumed at about 3pm and the final match of the day ended after 8.30pm, when West Lancashire’s Corisande Lee defeated local player and 1987 British champion, Janet Collingham (Sherwood Forest) 2 and 1.
ELGA tournament secretary Emma Lowe remarked: “I have never seen so much rain come down in such a short time. Within about two minutes the practice putting green was under water. But the fairways drained quite quickly and the greenstaff have been excellent at sorting everything out.”
At the end of the day, top seed Emma Sheffield had battled her way through to the quarter finals. Emma, the Nottinghamshire champion from Newark, had a comfortable first round win but was then taken to the 20th by West Surrey’s Emma Lyons. Now she will play Claire Aitken (The London).
Sian James (Bristol & Clifton) had an impressive 7 and 5 win over 2006 English girls’ champion Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton). Her quarter-final opponent is the Australian, Bronwyn Mullins-Lane (Harefield Place).
Braintree’s Jenny Pease ended the reign of defending champion Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) in the first round. Jenny went on to beat Julia Brook (Croham Hurst) and now meets Essex colleague Fiona Smith (Chelmsford).
In the other quarter-final, Corisande Lee will play Becky Dowell (Enmore Park) who chipped in twice during her second round victory over Jo Hodge.