KirkwoodGolf: Another great day for Scotland at Southerndown

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Another great day for Scotland at Southerndown


Following last week's repeat triumph in the girls' home internationals over the same course, it was another great day for the Scots in the second qualifying round of the British girls' open amateur golf championship at Southerndown Golf Club, South Wales today.
South Queensferry 16-year-old Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies), who made it to the final 12 months ago, led the 64 qualifiers into the match-play stages with two par-matching rounds of 72 for 144.
And the No 2 seed in the draw is 16-year-old Kelsey MacDonald from Nairn Dunbar. She scored 75 and 70 - four birdies on the way home - for 145.
Three other Scots also qualified - Roseanne Niven (Crieff) with a 75 for 148, Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) with a 78 for 151, and Carly Booth from Comrie also survived with a 77 for 157.
Roseanne had a triple bogey 7 at the 11th but came storming back with birdies at the 12th, 13th, 15th and 18th.
Carly, 15, improved by three shots on her opening effort but she is still not on song. She had back to back birdies from the 12th to the 14th but eight bogeys either side of that purple patch. She was only one stroke away from figuring in the play-off on 158 for the last few of the 64 places in the match-play draw.
But Carly did help to win a trophy for Scotland - the team award, staged in conjunction with the qualifying rounds. The Scots whose scores counted were Carly Booth, Kelsey MacDonald and Roseanne Niven with a total score of 450.
Denmark (Sara Monberg, Charlotte Lorentzen and Daisy Nielson) gained second place with a total of 456 and a better second round total of 226 than Belgium who also scored 456.
The Belgian team members were Valentine Gevers, Manon Vanmol and Laura Gonzalez - Escallon.

Leading qualifiers for match-play stages
Par 144 (2 x 72)
144 S Watson (Elie & Earlsferry) 72 72.
145 K MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 75 70.
146 R Raastad (Nor) 72 74.
147 M Vanmol (Bel) 73 74, S Monberg (Den) 71 76, A Fernandez de Diego (Spa) 69 78.
148 R Niven (Crieff) 73 75, C Douglass (Brocket Hall) 77 71, N Dunn (Harrogate) 75 73, A Peters (Notts Ladies) 74 74.
Other Scots qualifiers:
151 P Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 73 78.
157 C Booth (Comrie) 80 77.
Scots non-qualifiers:
172 J Meldrum (Dullatur) 91 81.
177 R McQueen (Troon Bentinck) 91 86.
180 A Niven (Crieff) 95 87.
Numbers in brackets indicate qualifying position.
(1) Sally Watson v Harriet Owers-Bradley (Wollaton Park) (64).
(57) Carly Booth v Nicola Dunn (Harrogate) (8).
(22) Pamela Pretswell v Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell) (43)
(10) Roseanne Niven v Begona Jauregui Garcia (Spa) (55).
(2) Kelsey MacDonald v Amanda Goyos Ball (Spa) (63).

++Today's superb action image of Sally Watson is the copyright of Tom Ward.