Friday, April 16, 2010

In the pink .... Eilidh Briggs with the Renfrewshire championship trophy (image by courtesy of Carol Fell).

Eilidh keeps Briggs' name on Renfrewshire championship trophy

So the Briggs name will appear on the Renfrewshire county championship trophy for a fifth year in a row after all.
Scottish champion Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm), bidding to win the title for a fourth year in a row, had been beaten by Carol Whyte (Windyhill) in the first round of the match-play stages at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club on Thursday morning.
But Megan's younger sister Eilidh, also a Kilmacolm member, preserved the family honour by beating the leading qualifier, Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) by 5 and 4 in today's final.
Briggs the younger was five under par for the 25 holes she had to play today. Great to be able to produce your best form on the big occasion!
It was Eilidh's second appearance in the final. As a 14-year-old, she lost to big sister Megan in the 2008 final.
Clare-Marie Carlton has now lost in the 2007, 2009 and 2010 finals since winning the title as a 16-year-old in 2003.
Eilidh Briggs, the No 6 seed, was two under par for the holes played in the final. She was level par to the turn, compared to her opponent's three-over-par figures. The 10th was halved in birdies and then Eilidh produced an eagle to win the 11th and virtually clinch the championship.
In the semi-finals, Carlton cut giant-killer Carol Whyte down to size with a 4 and 3 victory, producing three birdies on the outward half.
Briggs was three under par in winning her semi-final by 9 and 7 against young Lesley Cosh (Cowglen).
Today's results:
Semi-finals - Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) bt Carol Whyte (Windyhill) 4 and 3, Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) bt Lesley Cosh (Cowglen) 9 and 7.
Final - Eilidh Briggs bt Clare-Marie Carlton 5 and 4.