KirkwoodGolf: Scots men have a nightmare opening day in The Spirit International

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Scots men have a nightmare opening day in The Spirit International

Jess Meek and Rachael Taylor start with a better-ball 69 in Texas
Scotland's Ewen Ferguson and Grant Forrest are lying last of 20 after a disastrous opening round in The Spirit International better-ball men's tournament at Whispering Pines GC.
The Scots, both Walker Cup players, could do no better than a better-ball, one over par 73 - 10 shots behind pacemakers, Norway.

Former British boys champion Ferguson (pictured) from Bearsden and North Berwick's Forrest, a past Scottish amateur champion, started well with better-ball birdies at the first and seconand they also birdied the sixth and 12th but they had better-ball bogeys at the fourth, 10th and 16th and a better-ball double bogey 6 at the 13th
England's Scott Gregory and Jonathan Thomson combined for a 67 and are joint seventh
In the women's competition, Scotland's Jess Meek and Rachael Taylor, both students at USA universities, did better than England's GB and I internationals, Hayley Davis and Bronte Law who are also USA college students.
Meek (pictured) and Taylor had a three-under-69 with better-ball birdies at the long second, 11th, 12th and 18th. On the downside they had a better-ball bogey at the 15th.
The Scots girls are sharing 11th place.
Davis and Law shot a better-ball 70 after faltering badly over the last few holes. They had better-ball bogeys at three of the last six holes. That means neither could get even a par at these holes!
The English pair are joint 16th.
Belgium (Lesley Cloots and Charlotte de Corte) and Mexico (Maria Fassi and Ana Paula Valdes) share the women's lead on eight-under 64. 


Whispering Pines GC, Texas
MEN (better ball)
par 72 Yardage 7382
63 Norway
65 Australia
66 South Korea, Spain, Japan, USA
67 Italy, Belgium, England (Scott Gregory and Jonathan Thomson).
68 Argentina, France
69 Sweden, Switzerland
70 Mexico, Denmark, Finland.
71 Canada, South Africa
72 Colombia
73 Scotland (Ewen Ferguson and Grant Forrest)

WOMEN (better ball).
par 72 Yardage 6315
64 Belgium, Mexico
65 Japan
66 South Korea, Denmark, Switzerland
67 Finland, Spain, Norway, France.
69 Colombia, Sweden, Italy, USA, Scotland (Jess Meek and Rachael Taylor)
70 England (Hayley Davis and Bronte Law), Canada, Argentina
74 Australia, South Africa.