KirkwoodGolf: MacGarvie, McWilliam and Goadby win team title for Scotland

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

MacGarvie, McWilliam and Goadby win team title for Scotland

Frida Kinhult and Hazel MacGarvie top seeds 

for match-play at West Kilbride

First-round leader Hazel MacGarvie (Troon Ladies) shot a second-day two-over-par 75 at West Kilbride GC, Ayrshire to be No 2 among the 64 qualifiers  for the match-play stages of the Girls' British championship.

She had a seven-under-par aggregate of 139 over the LGU course which has a par of 73. The CSS for both days was 75.
Top seed is another 15-year-old, Frida Kinhult, from Sweden whose 19 year old brother Marcus has been a star on the European men's circuit this year. She shot 66-69 for 11 under par 135.
On a good day for Scotland, Hazel MacGarvie, Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) and Chloe Goadby (St Regulus) won the international team title with an aggregate of 281 - a shot ahead of Spain (who had an entry of 28 players) and five ahead of third place Sweden.
"I was nervous for the first two holes but settled down after that," said Hazel who didn't show it with an excellent long iron recovery (pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency) after driving into a bunker at the first hole. She just missed with the birdie putt of about 10ft.
"I didn't expect to shoot another 64. The difference between the two days was that I didn't hole nearly as many putts and I had a couple of 6s on my card.
"But it's all about match-play from now on and I'm looking forward to it."
MacGarvie had "only" two birdies 24 hours after her incredible round  of 64 which included only 27 putts.  In Round 2, the Ayrshire lass holed a 10ft putt for a 3 at the ninth and hit an eight-iron to 8ft at the short 12th and holed that one for a 2.
Her first bogey 6 at the seventh came after she drove too close to a tree at the seventh and had to take a lift and drop. under penalty But she did hole a 15pt putt to drop only one shot. 
The second bogey 6 was at the long 13th where she took four shots to get to the green. 
Her other bogeys were at the second, where she missed the green left and didn't get up and down and the ninth where she three-putted from just off the green to reach the turn in two-over 38.
The Kinhult family live on a small island, Skafto, about 90min north of Gothenburg.
Twelve months ago on her debut in the Girls' British championship at the age of 14, Frida Kinhult missed the cut. Now she leads the 64 match-play qualifiers by four strokes, which represents quite a turnaround in fortunes for a 15-year-old.
"I love links golf. It's good fun," said Frida who had an eagle 2 at the 253yd 11th hole and birdies at the second, fifth, sixth, 10th, 13th and 16th in halves of 36 and 33. 
She bogeyed the second, seventh and eighth.
Third-best qualifier on 140 with a pair of 70s was Spain's Paz Marfa who did not have a single bogey over the 36 holes.
South African Kaleigh Telfer who "lost" her putter in a toilet out on the course in the first round, putted very well with a new putter she acquired from the pro's shop to qualify in joint fourth place with rounds of 73 and 68 for 141
She putted with a straight-faced long iron in the first round after discovering the putter she had inadvertently left in the public toilet had disappeared when she went back to retrieve it.
Ana Pelaez from Spain qualified in seventh place with scores of 74 and 68 for 142. Ana leads the Ping Junior Solheim Cup qualifying points table. This tournament is the final one in which points can be earned before the team, which will have six captain's picks, is finalised for the match in Germany.
 Ana, pictured below, who beat a strong Continental field to win the Annika Sorenstam European Invitational last week, had an eagle 3 at the 17th (434yd) for the second day in a row.

The 64 qualifiers had two-round totals of 150 or better - but not everybody who had that aggregate got through. A card play-off eliminated Eloise Healey (West Lancs), Karoline Lund (Norway) and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard of France.
Chloe Goadby (St Regulus) was one of those who survived the card play-off for those on 150.
Top seed Frida Kinhult will play Paula Neira (Spain) in tomorrow's opening first-round tie at 7.30am.
Hazel MacGarvie will play fellow Scot Chloe Goadby (St Regulus) in the first round at 11.38. Goadby, pictured right,  will gain her first cap for Scotland in next month's Women's Home Internationals.
The saddest story of the qualifying competition was the failure of the defending champion, Spain's Alejandra Pasarin to get anywhere near the qualifying mark.

Alejandra, pictured left putting on the 18th green, did not have a single birdie over the 36 holes in returning disappointing scores of 83 and 92 for 175 (29 over par).
To seek her out to see if she could throw any light on her spectacular fall from grace would have seemed like an intrusion into private grief so the golfwriters left her alone.
Pasarin had three triple bogeys and two double bogeys in halves of 50 and 42 today.
The CSS was 75 for the second day in a row 
SCOTSWATCH: The Scots who qualified for the match-play in addition to Hazel MacGarvie, Shannon McWilliam and Chloe Goadby were Scottish U18 champion, Germany-based Fiona Liddell (73-74 for 147), and Claire Robertson (Carnoustie Ladies) (73-75 for 148). 

par 146 (2x73) CSS 75 75
135 F Kinhult (Swe) 66 69
139 H MacGarvie (Troon Ladies) 64 75
140 P Marfa (Spa) 70 70
141 K Telfer (SAf) 73 68, C Bofill (Den) 69 72, S J-Nilsson (Swe) 74 67

142 A Pelaez (Spa) 74 68, J Engstrom (Swe) 69 73
143 S McWilliam (Aboyne) 71 72, M Parra (Spa\) 74 69, A Ashok (Ind) 70 73
Other qualifiers included:
145 O Mehaffey (Ire) 71 64
147 F Liddell (Ger) 73 74
148 C Robertson (Carnoustie Ladies) 73 75
150 C Goadby (St Regulus) 76 74 (after card play-off)

152 J Free (Gullane) 77 75
157 E Hale (Troon Ladies) 75 82.