Tuesday, October 09, 2007


Scots-born golf coach Colette Murray from Dumfries has set some sort of American college golf record by steering the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga women's team to three straight wins out of three since the college's golf programme was revived after being dropped more than a decade ago.
Colette, pictured above, who played on the US college circuit as a student at Jacksonville State, Alabama, stayed on to become the women's golf coach before being headhunted by Tennessee-Chattanooga at the start of this year.
She had to build a team from scratch, ready to play competitively in the 2007-2008 college season.
They have certainly been ready. Record: Played Three, Won Three.
Kelly Brotherton, the former Scottish Under-21 champion from Tulliallan, was one of Miss Murray's recruits, from Colorado State University. Kelly finished joint ninth on 229 with scores of 73, 76 and 80 in the latest tournament, the Hawkeye Intercollegiate at Finkbine Golf Club, Iowa City in Iowa.
Australian Emma DeGroot has been Colette's most consistently successful player. She was second for the third event in a row with scores of 72, 75 and 76 for 223, finishing six strokes behind winner Katie Elliott (Wisconsin).
Portia Abbot (Jacksonville State) finished joint 27th in a field of 75 with scores of 81, 80 and 80 for 241 over the par-73, 6,202yd course. Portia comes from Wiltshire.
Tennessee Chattanooga won the team title with a total of 909. Wisconsin (928) were second and Cincinnatti (936) third and Iowa (937) fourth, Jacksonville State (940) fifth in a field of 13 teams.