Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gillian Paton beats top seed Jacqueline 

Sneddon in Angus final

                    Jacqueline Sneddon (left), Gillian Paton on right. Pictures by courtesy of Angela Campbell.
Gillian Paton (Royal Montrose) is the new Angus women's county golf champion. The No 2 qualifier for the match-play stages, Gillian beat top seed Jacqueline Sneddon (Alyth) by 3 and 2 in the final at Forfar Golf Club today (Sunday).
It was Gillian's first appearance in the final but Jacqueline also lost in the 2013 final.
Both had resounding morning wins in the semi-finals. Paton winning by 6 and 5 against Frances Millar (Carnoustie Ladies) while Paton was a 6 and 4 winner against Claire MacDonald (Ladies Panmure Barry).
In the final, Paton started the better in a strong westerly wind laced with showers, winning the second and fourth holes before she birdied the sixth from off the back of the green to go three up.
Sneddon got a hole back with a par 3 at the short ninth but fell three down again after driving into a bunker at the 11th.
Paton went four up with a birdie 2 at the short 13th but was bunkered at the 14th and lost the hole but was three up with four to play.
Halves at the 15th and 16th gave Paton a 3 and 2 victory.

The county handicap championship was won by 13-year-old Jodie Taylor who plays off 26 at Downfield Golf Club. A new junior member of the county and playing in her first match-play competition, Jodie beat Joan Hulse, a 24-handicap Montrose Mercantile member, by 3 and 2 in the final.
Jodie was the No 1 seed in the handicap section.

Joan is on the left and Jodie on the right in Angela Campbell's second picture.

SCRATCH - Semi-finals - Jacqueline Sneddon (Alyth) bt Frances Millar (Carnosutie Ladies) 6 and 5, Gillian Paton (Royal Montrose) bt Claire MacDonald (Ladies Panmure Barry) 6 and 4.
Final - Paton bt Sneddon 3 and 2.
HANDICAP - Semi-finals - Jodie Taylor (Downfield) (26) bt Deborah Mitchell (Carnoustie) (18) 9 and 7, Joan Hulse (Montrose Mercantile) (24) bt Lisa Husband (Forfar) (24) 2 and 1
Final - Taylor bt Hulse 3 and 2.

+Gillian Paton, maiden name Montieth, married last autumn. Was a Portpatrick Dunskey member, based in the south where she amassed an impressive array of titles was Wigtownshire's female sports personality of the year in 2010. She s4till holds the Portpatrick women's course record (-5), the Wigtownshire County record (-5) and Wigtown (-2).
She moved to Montrose and won the Royal Montrose club championship, the Montrose Mercantile club championship, the Montrose Links championship and the Northern Ladies Open, all in 2014. 
Gillian was a member of the Angus team that won the Scottish county finals and she was also winner of the Angus champion of champions' tournament in 2014. 
Reached the semi-finals of the 2014 Angus county championship, playing as Gillian Montieth.
Quite an impressive CV! Angus women's golf is lucky to have such a talented player move into the area.