Sunday, May 31, 2015

Leader Aditi still leads by three from Popel
with nine windy holes to play on Old Course

Colin Farquharson reporting from St Andrews, Sunda

It's been raining all night and is still raining this morning at St Andrews. Later news: Rain eased and went off between 10 and 11am but still chilly and overcast.
And a south-westerly wind began to rise. at 12.30 it was blowing between 25 and 30mph on the wind measurement device on the front wall of the R and A clubhouse.
Rain came back on again shortly after 12.30. Unpleasant conditions. 
Than the sun came out but still a cold and blustery wind.

An inland course would be flooded by now but the Old Course has soaked up the water and there is  no sign of flooding anywhere visible from vicinity of first tee... not even the Valley of Sin in front of the 18th green.

So the players are teeing off under the shadow of the Open championship grandstands (all in place for mid-July!) at the final round of the St Rule Trophy.

Will try to keep you updated as the day goes on ... but WiFi is a bit
weak. Must be the rain! 

Aditi Ashok from Bangalore, India, the 17-year-old tournament leader by three shots, tees off at 11.20am with Hollie Muse (West Lancs) and Bethan Popel from Long Ashton.
Incidentally, Aditi's round of eight-under-par 67 in the first round on Saturday equalled the women's amateur record for the New Course.
It was originally set by Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie) on her way to victory in the St Rule Trophy in 2013.
Then it was equalled by another Carnoustie player, Jess Meek, also in the first round of her winning effort in the tournament last year.
So a first-round 67 is a good omen for Aditi. 
The CSS was 76 in the morning and 75 in the afternoon on the opening day. 
A double bogey 6 at the first knocked back Hollie Muse while Bethan Popel hung on to Aditi Ashok's coat-tails. Both out in par 38 in the final round which meant that Ashok was still three clear at 12 under par with Popel in clear second place at 9 under par.
Hollie Muse had dropped back to six under after nine with an outward half of three-over 41 
As the sun came out and stayed out, the wind rose over 30mph, gusting to 35mph around 2.15. Wind from the west to southwest