Monday, April 19, 2010

Left to right: Handicap champion Wilma Murray, Eilidh McTavish, scratch champion Cara Gruber and Alison Bartlett after today's presentation of trophies in the Moray clubhouse. Images courtesy of Dorothy Marshall.
Cara Gruber wins Northern

Counties title No 4 at Lossie

Royal Dornoch's Cara Gruber today won the Northern Counties women's championship for the third year in a row and the fourth time since her first victory in 2001.
She beat clubmate Alison Bartlett by 2 and 1 in a closely-contested final in which Gruber only really mastered her oponent over the last three holes.
The match was all square at the eighth before Gruber went two up with successes at the 10th and 11th.
Bartlett hit back to square the contest by winnin the 12th and 13th. After the 13th and 14th were halved, Cara made the decisive more by winnng the 15th and 16th and halving the 17th for a 2 and 1 victory.
A Royal Dornoch double was completed in the handicap final when Wilma Murray, who plays off 16, beat 15-year-old Elgin junior, Eilidh McTavish (Elgin) by one hole.
Eilidh, who had her handicap cut from 26 to 24 in heading the handicap match-play qualifiers, was two up at the eighth but then lost the ninth to a birdie from Wilma who also won the next holes to go one up.
They halved the 12th and 13th before young Eilidh won the 14th to bring it back to all square. A bad tee shot from Eilidh on the short 15th, where Wilma hit the green with hers - saw Murray go one up again.
It was still a ding-dong final with Murray winning the 16th and McTavish the 17th.
Murray, one up on the 18th tee, was able to halve the hole and win the handicap title by one hole.
Both handicap finalists were making their debuts in the Northern Counties championship and for Eilidh it was the first time she had ever played in a match-play competition.
Today's results:
Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch) bt Jenny Milne (Elgin) 8 and 6.
Alison Bartlett (Royal Dornoch) bt Mary Smith (Tain) 1 hole.
Gruber bt Barlett 2 and 1.
Eilidh McTavish (Elgin) (24) bt Sally Rowan (Inverness) (22) 2 holes.
Wilma Murray (Royal Dornoch) (16) bt Alison Burnett (Royal Dornoch) (21) 4 and 3.
Murray bt McTavish 1 hole.