Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Grant Forrest (Craigielaw)
Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock (Barassie)
Liam Johnston ( Dumfries & County)
Ewan Scott (St Andrews)
Eamon Bradley (Mount Ellen)
Lawrence Allan (Alva)
Fraser Thain (West Linton)
Ewen Donaldson (Craigielaw)
Josh Jamieson (The New Club, St Andrews)
Allan posted the best score of the entire tournament, a 72 (+1) in Monday's opening round, and followed that with an 84 (+13) in the second round, but still managed to force a tie for first with Tarleton State's Jacqueline Lau. Using the #1 handicap hole from the scorecard to break the tie, Allan was awarded second place after bogeying the hole, while Lau posted a birdie on the tiebreaking hole.
Allan finished with a tournament score of 156 (+14) and led the Jets in the two-round event. Louise Sjoberg (Sweden) was seven strokes back, posting a 163 (+21) and finishing in 17th, while Alyssa Balding (England) was one stroke back, finishing 19th after posting a 164 (+22). Andrea Martires (Uruguay) and Megan Birdsey (England) rounded out the Newman scorecard. Martires carded a 172 (+30), while Birdsey carded a 174 (+32) in the event. A total of 85 players took part in the college tournament
As a team, the Jets finished in fourth place with a team score of 654. Newman finished five strokes behind third-placed Angelo State, and 19 strokes behind Tarleton State, who won the event with a team tally of 635. The Jets finished highest out of the Heartland Conference teams in the event. Dallas Baptist (eighth), St. Mary's (12th), Lincoln (15th) and Oklahoma Panhandle State (16th) were also present in the 16-team field.
The girls are preparing for their next tournament next week at the UCO Broncho Classic In Oklahoma
Scott Brown (Turnberry) is the 2009 winner of the Girvan Golf Classic, finishing five shots ahead of the 145 strong field to take the main award. Weir McCulloch (Carrick Sports) and Gary Bryden (Girvan) were the nearest challengers to Brown.
Handicp trophy winner was Martin Hoggitt (Brunston castle) on 185, who won by one shot from clubmate Hugh Boyd, with Mark Cameron (Troon St. Meddans) one shot further adrift on 187.
Emma Hale (Bentinck Ladies) - pictured right - is the first winner of the Centenary Trophy which was presented by North and South Ayrshire Councils to Ayrshire Ladies County Golf Association to commemorate 100 years of the Association.
We are delighted that the local authorities recognised the importance of the younger members of the County when they presented the trophy specifically for junior competition.
This inaugural event was played over the Kintyre Course at Turnberry, a venue which we were privileged to be invited to and which the girls enjoyed enormously.
The winner Emma Hale with the handicap section competitors
1st Emma Hale (Bentinck Ladies) - 36 points
2nd Katie McGarva (Troon Ladies) - 34 points
3rd Mhairi McKay (West Kilbride) - 29 points (bih)
4th Connie Jaffrey (West Kilbride) - 29 points
1st Alexandra Brown (Turnberry) - 34 points (better last 3 holes)
2nd Sophie Love (Skelmorlie) - 34 points (better last 6 holes)
3rd Gillian Love (Skelmorlie) - 34 points
4th Lindsay Montgomery (West Kilbride) - 31 points
Nearest the Pin at the 2nd: Emily McGarva (Troon Ladies)
Putting: Connie Jaffrey
Longest Drive: Connie Jaffrey
The pre handicap section winners
Pre-handicaps 9-11 year olds
1st Olivia Hill (Bentinck Ladies) - 52
2nd Harley Murray (Bentinck Ladies) - 54
3rd Lindsay Scott (Bentinck Ladies) - 58
4th Yvonne Anderson (Maybole) - 61
Putting: Lauren White (Loudoun)
Target chipping: Lindsay Scott
Pre-handicaps 12-13 year olds
1st Emma Paterson (Loudoun) - 48
2nd Jemma Wylie (Barassie) - 50
3rd Rachel Evans (Kilbirnie) - 51
4th Megan McCaig (Barassie) - 53
Putting: Marian Boyd (Brunston Castle)
Target: Emma Paterson
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Prestwick team, which included three former Scotland internationalists, Allan Thomson, Gavin Lawrie and Jonathan King - pictured below - took the title by five shots at an overcast and windy St. Nicholas links, presented in excellent condition by John McLaughlin and his greenkeeping staff.
Prestwick qualified to represent Ayrshire in the championship after the team of Allan Thomson, James Bunch and Jonathan King won the Ayrshire Club Championship title at Loudoun earlier in the year.
The event was staged over 36 holes strokeplay with the best two scores from three in the morning and the best two scores from three in the afternoon being combined to give the team total.
Prestwick led the way after the first round on 144 with Gavin Lawrie's score of 71 being the best return from the field in the morning round.
After the first 18 holes, Glasgow Golf Union cloub sandyhills were prestwick's closest challengers on 145 with St. Andrews, from Fife, one shot further back on 146.
In the afternoon, former Scottish Amateur Champion Allan thomson came back in a superb one inder par 33 for a best of the day score of 69 to give Prestwick an excellent chance of taking the title.
In the following game, Gavin Lawrie was three over par standing on the final tee but his tee shot drifted right and flirted with the out of bounds at the clubhouse before coming back into play near the first tee. Unperturbed, Lawrie chipped onto the green and holed the put for a par three and a score of 72. to give Prestwick the lead over the 16 club field.
Jonathan King completed Prestwick's efforts with a fine 73 to ensure a useful countback score in the event of a tie.
With Glasgow's Sandyhills fading away in the second round, Prestwick's only challengers appeared to be St. Andrews and when the Fife club team completed their rounds their total came up five adrift of the Ayrshire side.
Final placings were :-
285 - PRESTWICK (144/141)
290 - ST. ANDREWS (146/144)
295 - POWFOOT (152/143)
(third by virtue of the lowest discarded 2nd round score)
295 - McDONALD (150/145)
298 - FORRES (153/145)
299 - SANDYHILLS (145/154)
300 - BLAIRGOWRIE (150/150)
301 - CAMBUSLANG (150/151)
301 - GLENBERVIE (153/148)
303 - COCHRANE CASTLE (153/150)
307 - BEARSDEN (156/151)
307 - KELSO (158/149)
310 - BATHGATE (155/155)
310 - INNELLAN (161/149)
312 - DOLLAR (156/156)
316 - FORFAR (156/160)
At the conclusion of the championship the medals were presented to the winners by Championship Chairman Don Bremner and the Club Championship Trophy was handed over to the Prestwick trio by Prestwick St. Nicholas Captain Bill Rae (pictured right).
This win is Prestwick's first in the 22 year history of the event and is the first win by an Ayrshire club since Kilmarnock (Barassie) took the title in 1994. Other Ayrshire winners were Troon Welbeck (1993) and Kilmarnock Barassie (1992).
Prestwick now go forward to represent Scotland in the European Club Championship final in Antalya, Turkey, from 22nd to 24th October this year.
(The winning team with Prestwick GC Secretary, Ian Bunch)
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
WEST OF SCOTLAND UNDER 18 INTER COUNTY LEAGUE - Ayrshire beat Stirlingshire in final match of the season
The Ayrshire Under 18 team rounded of their West Of Scotland Inter County league matches for the season with a fine 5 - 3 away win at Grangemouth against Stirlingshire.
This win came despite having to conced one match after Andrew Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie) was taken ill and did not travel to the match as a result.
The opening four Under 16 ties were shared evenly whilst the three Ayrshire Under 18 players who played each recorded wins to give their team a winnignadvantage.
Match results (Stirlingshire names first) were :-
Euan Douglas Lost To David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) by 1 hole
Dariuusz Kunecki Beat Gregor McIntosh (Girvan) by 1 hole
Blair Carnegie Beat Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 4 & 2
Glen Fotheringham Lost To Callum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 4 & 2
Greg Nicol Lost To Craig Telfer (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) by 4 & 2
Jamie Lynch Lost To Sam Findlater (Troon Welbeck) by 3 & 2
Ryan Campbell Lost To Marc Smith (Troon Welbeck) by 2 & 1
Neil McGregor W/O against Andrew Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Stirlingshire 3 Ayrshire 5
14 year old Rachel Irvine (Largs) - pictured in the front row with the trophy - won the Ayrshire Girls' St. Nicholas Trophy over Troon Portland yesterday beating 12 year old Emma Hale (Bentinck Ladies) on the better inward half.
Both girls matched the SSS with nett 75's on a day which started wet but improved later in the afternoon.
Results are as follows:-
Rachel Irvine (Largs) - 93 (18) 75 bih
Emma Hale (Bentinck Ladies) - 88 (13) 75
Katie McGarva (Troon Ladies) - 89 (13) 76
The Pre-handicap girls - some of whom are pictured below - played the 9 hole Craigend Course.
Results are as follows:-
9-11 year olds
Lindsay Scott (Bentinck Ladies) - 49
Hayleigh Campbell (Loudoun) - 55
Harley Murray (Bentinck Ladies) - 56
12-14 year olds
Ali Roy (Maybole) - 46
Emma Paterson (Loudoun) - 51 (better last 4)
Jemma Wylie (Kilmarnock Barassie) - 51
The first leg of the 2009 Ayrshire Summer League final took place at Loudoun on Sunday 20th September with LOUDOUN at home to IRVINE.
I fine weather and with the course looking in excellent condition, Tommy McInally lead the Loudoun side in their bid for the Summer League title in the club's Centenary year.
McInally played the captain's part securing the first point for his side with a 3 & 1 win over Colin Craig to inspire his team to a 4.5 - 1.5 victory in the match.
The individual match results were:-
Tommy McInally beat Colin Craig by 3 & 1
Scott Gilchrist lost to Gordon Dunlop by 5 & 4
Sammy Cox halved with Keith Fairley
Chris Bone beat Mark Anderson by 4 & 3
Gavin Wilson beat Stephen Spence by 5 & 4
Paul Kennedy beat Gareth Lamb by 2 & 1
LOUDOUN 4.5 IRVINE 1.5
The return leg of the final will be played at Irvine Golf Club on Sunday 4th October 2009 with a 9.30 a.m. tee off.
As West Kilbride hold the chair of the Ayrshire Junior Golf League this year, the finals were scheduled early in the year to be played on the West Kilbride Links, and the efforts of the West Kilbride team in reaching the final gave a condsiderable advantage to the host club side.
Cammy Maclean beat Johnny Nichol by 2&1
Kieran Howie lost to David McLellan by 2&1
Ross Hunter beat Josh Nordbo by 1 hole
Ryan Kelly halved with Jack Whent
Robert Montgomery beat John Robertson by 6&5
Christopher Murray beat Andy Gilmour by 4&2
After a 2-1 foursomes win, Borders took the singles by 4.5 - 1.5.
FOURSOMES - (Borders names first) :- 2 - 1
David Gillie & Alan Ballantyne beat Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) & Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 3 & 1
Colin Fraser & Alan Turnbull lost to Scott Brown (Turnbery) & Colin Robinson (Largs) by 4 & 3
Warren Renwick & Alan Chalmers beat Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) & Craig McLaughlin (Largs) by 2 & 1
SINGLES :- 4.5 - 1.5.
Gillie beat Euan Brown by 6 & 5
Fraser Beat McLaughlin by 4 & 3
Turnbull beat Scott Brown by 4 & 2
Ballantyne beat McDonald by 4 & 3
Chambers lost to Robinson by 1 hole
Renwick halved with Gimson
BORDERS 6.5 - AYRSHIRE 2.5
Friday, September 18, 2009
BELHAVEN BEST SCOTTISH CLUB HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP - West Kilbride best of Ayrshire sides in grand final.
The grand final of the 2009 Belhaven Best Scottish Club handicap Championship was held at The Dukes, St. Andrews on Friday 18th September with the winners being the team of Graham Kilpatrick & Paul Bradley of Mount Ellen who finished on six under par, two ahead of their nearest challengers Balbirnie Park.
West Kilbride, represented by Ian Hoynes and Tommy Saunders, were the best placed of the Ayrshire clubs, finishing in 15th place on two over par.
Donald Anderson & George Scobie of Brunston Castle also finished on two over par, in 17th place.
The Troon Merchants pairing of John McMillan & Robert Sanderson were in 34th place on eight over par whilst Ian Brown & Scott Martin of Crosshouse finished in 37th place on 10 over par.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
At the AGM, approval is being sought from member clubs for a revised Constitution for The Association. The present constitution has not been updated since 1988.
One of the proposals in the new constitution is to increase the number of ordinary members on The Executive from 9 to 15. It s felt that this is required to fulfill the increasing responsibilities of The Association.
In this respect, clubs have been requested to consider nominating individuals for vacant posts on The Executive. Under the proposed constitution, Nominees must be proposed and seconded by members of clubs affilliated to the Ayrshire Golf Association.
The work of The Association Executive is varied and encompasses, amongst other things, Competitions, Course rating, handicapping, team administration at all age groups, rules and working with the National body and local agencies in the promotion of golf in the county.
All nominations for Executive posts require to be in the hands of the Ayrshire Golf Association President, in writing, by 27th September 2009 at the latest, to allow for inclusion in the Agenda for the AGM.
Anyone who is a member of a club affilliated to The Ayrshire Golf Association and is interested in becoming involved in the work of The Association is encouraged to consider standing for election to The Executive at the AGM. This is bet approached through discussion with the parent club.
There will be no Ayrshire representation this year to follow Ronnie McLellan's call up last year, after the surprise omission of David J. Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) from the Scotland team this season.
Despite reaching the final of the Scottish Seniors Matchplay Championship and four top four finishes and a further top ten finish in Senior Order Of merit events on his way to third place overall in the Scottish Seniors Order Of merit, there is no place for Miller in the seven man Scotland squad.
The selected players are :-
Ian Hutcheon (Monifieth)
Gordon MacDonald (Callander)
John Fraser (Royal Burgess)
Robert Stewart (Tulliallan)
Alexander Pirie (Hazlehead)
George Paterson (Northern)
Derek Murphy (Kinross)
AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Brown is Champion as Welbeck and Barassie also triumph in finals of 2009 events
Ardeer fought back however and by the time the last tie had reached the 16th hole Kilmasrnock Barassie had won two ties and Ardeer had won one, whilst the remaining tie was all square.
The 2009 Ayrshire Summer League final between Loudoun and Irvine (Bogside) tees off next week when the first leg of the final is held at Loudoun on Sunday 20th September at 2.30 p.m..
2007 winners Irvine will be looking for their second title in three years whilst Loudoun will be striving for their first victory in the competition to round off a memorable Centenary year for the club.
The second leg of the final looks likely to be scheduled for Sunday 4th october at irvine at 10.00 a.m.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
490.00 - George Paterson (Northern)
445.00 - Gordon MacDonald (Callander)
437.50 - David Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie)
410.00 - Bob Stewart (Tulliallan)
358.30 - Ian Brotherston (Dumfries & County)
350.00 - Ian Taylor (Royal Burgess)
317.50 - Sandy Pirie (Hazlehead)
308.75 - David Downie (Kirriemuir)
305.00 - John Fraser (Royal Burgess)
252.50 - Derek Murphy (Kinross), George Rodaks (Moffat)
222.50 - Graham Brown (Royal Liverpool)
208.75 - Donald McCart (Sherwood Forest)
197.50 - Tony Stafford (Dun Ochil)
196.25 - Eric Lindsay (Blairgowrie)
189.10 - Ronnie Maclean (Hamilton)
176.60 - John Broadfoot (Turnberry)
170.00 - John Johnston (Royal Aberdeen)
163.30 - Brian Smith (Kilmacolm)
151.60 - Stephen Ellis (Heritage)
142.50 - Michael Jenkins (Duff House Royal)
140.00 - Jim Watt (Edzell)
137.50 - Tony McIntyre (Lundin)
133.75 - David Smith (Stirling)
128.75 - Colin Christy (Kilmacolm)
128.30 - Iain Stewart (Curragh)
125.00 - Adrian Donkersley (Gerrards Cross), Robert Gill (Gerrards Cross)
111.25 - Keith Bruce (Edzell)
100.00 - Brian Christie (Wilton), Andrew Laird (Deeside)
97.50 - George Payne (Prestbury)
92.50 - Alex Ritchie (Bothwell Castle)
87.50 - Keith Howie (West Kilbride)
82.50 - Peter Lamb (Biggar)
80.00 - Bill Methven (Royal Aberdeen), Glyn Rees (Fleetwood)
75.00 - Alan Ferguson (Drumpellier)
72.50 - Henry Anderson (Glenbervie)
60.00 - Stuart Pond (Worksop)
57.50 - Ian Jeen (Milngavie)
55.00 - Alistair Harkness (Southerness), Hugh Clunas (Nairn Dunbar), Maitland Pollock (Lochmaben)
52.50 - David Gardner (Broomieknowe)
50.00 - Alan Nelson (Banchory), David Millar (New Club St Andrews), Patrick Tomisson (Nairn), David Bunker (Nairn Dunbar), Les Fowler (Royal Aberdeen), Sandy Fairweather (Carnoustie Caledonian), David Dickson (Lochmaben), John Hamilton (Murcar Links)
42.50 - Richard Gray (Cowglen), David Imrie (Thornton), Robert Thomson (St Andrews), Brian Bingham (Haggs Castle)
30.00 - Jalil Aman (Grangemouth)
25.00 - Denis Mcquade (Glenbervie)
20.00 - Jim Kinloch (Cardross), Peter Jamieson (Cathkin Braes)
17.50 - Graeme Millar (Swanston New), Ken Russell (Wigtown & Bladnoch), William Moore (Irvine Ravenspark)
15.00 - Aiden Grounds (Falkirk Tryst), Scott McDonald (Dunfermline), Andrew Wright (Glencorse)
5.00 - Ken Forrest (Lenzie)
1.60 - Keith McAllister (South Shields), Michael Currie (Glen)
David Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) lay in second place before the start of play but as the day progressed it became more and more likely that matchplay champion George Paterson would hold on to his Order Of merit lead.
The day's low scores were posted by the in-form George Rodaks and Bob Stewart with fine 72s.
Unfortunately Ian Brotherston suffered a back injury before leaving home and had to withdraw.
Other challengers Ian Hutcheon and Ian Taylor advised their disqualifications as they had played from the wrong tee at one hole. Ironically it was 40 yards behind the correct one but the Rules display no leniency in such situations.
Scores from Blairgowrie
72 - Bob Stewart (Tulliallan), George Rodaks (Moffat)
75 - Dave Downie (Kirriemuir), David Smith (Stirling), Eric Lindsay (Blairgowrie), John Broadfoot (Turnberry)
76 - George Paterson (Northern)
77 - Keith Howie (West Kilbride), Michael Jenkins (Duff House Royal), Tony Stafford (Dun Ochil), William Brown (Strathaven)
78 - Alistair Fiddes (Deeside), Gordon MacDonald (Callander)
79 - John Johnston (Lanark)
80 - David J Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie), Graham Brown (Royal Liverpool), Keith Bruce (Edzell), Sandy Pirie (Hazlehead)
81 - Alex Ritchie (Bothwell Castle), Derek Murphy (Kinross)
82 - Brian Christie (Wilton), Jim Watt (Edzell)
84 - Bill Methven (Royal Aberdeen), Brian Smith (Kilmacolm), Henry Anderson (Glenbervie)
dq - Ian Hutcheon (Monifieth), Ian Taylor (Royal Burgess)
nr - Andrew Laird (Deeside), Steve Ellis (Heritage of St Andrews)
wd - Ian Brotherston (Dumfries and County)
Friday, September 11, 2009
In the final event none of the top placed players featured in the returns, leaving the St. Cuthbert duo of Scott Johnston & Craig Telfer in second and third place respectively.
THE FINAL PLACINGS IN THE 2009 JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT WERE :-
703.75 - Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie)
391.25 - Scott Johnston (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)
353.75 - Craig Telfer (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)
350.00 - Andrew Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie)
347.50 - David Wilson (Troon Welbeck)
267.50 - Marc Smith (Troon Welbeck)
251.25 - Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie)
225.00 - Cameron McLean (West Kilbride)
180.00 - Sam Findlater (Troon Welbeck)
177.50 - Colin Robinson (Largs)
162.50 - Declan Flood (Caprington)
150.00 - Callum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
127.50 - Chris Butler (Irvine Ravenspark) & Ben Gibson (Troon Welbeck)
116.25 - Sean Thorburn (Ayr Belleisle)
115.00 - John Robertson (Largs)
97.50 - Graham Ritchie (Troon Welbeck)
92.50 - Jared Williams (Kilmacolm / Troon St. Meddans)
87.50 - Ryan Evans (Kilbirnie Place) , Graeme Reid (Beith)
81.25 - Callum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck), Charlie MacNeal (Troon Welbeck)
75.00 - Callum Nairn (Prestwick St. Nicholas), Robbie Fitzpatrick (Ardeer)
62.50 - John Montgomery (West Kilbride)
57.50 - Rory Mckenzie (Troon Welbeck)
50.00 - Sandy Darroch (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
38.75 - Jonny Stevenson (Troon Welbeck)
35.00 - Ciar Porciani (Turnberry), Joseph Howie (Ardeer),
30.00 - David McLellan (Largs)
28.75 - Stephen Craig (Caprington) & Alan Watson (Ballochmyle)
27.50 - Gregor Mackintosh (Girvan), Ross McSherry (Caprington), Fraser Kerr (Kilmarnock Barassie), Callum McLean (Troon Welbeck)
20.00 - Grant McLean (Kilbirnie Place), Greg Telfer (St. Cuthbert)
15.00 - Colin Currie (Kilmarnock Barassie), Alasdair McDougall (West Kilbride)
12.50 - Gary Morrison (Annanhill)
10.00 - Alastair Berry (Irvine Ravenspark), Ian Reid (West Kilbride), Scott Hannah (Ballochmyle), Chris Lawson (Kilbirnie Place), Daniel Forbes (Ardeer)
8.75 - Scott Low (Prestwick St. Nicholas), Jack Whent (Prestwick St. Nicholas)
7.50 - Ian Napier (Ayr Belleisle)
5.00 - Alasdair Macgregor (Loudoun), Craig Hodge (Beith), J. McCluskey (Ayr Belleisle)
2.50 - Andrew Gilmour (Largs)
It was the Wonder of Wales all over again at Irvine Golf Club today.
Last year, the Welsh won the women's home internationals title in a "photo-finish" at Wrexham.Twelve months later, Wales have won the title again - but much more emphatically.They won the home internationals crown for the first time at Royal Dornoch in 1999. Now they have won it three times over 10 years and for the second time on a Scottish course.
Scotland played themselves into a potentially-winning situation but finished the tournament in second place.Having beaten Ireland and then England, the Scots crashed 6-3 in the title decider against the title-holders.
Scotland took a 2-1 lead from the final set of foursomes and with a draw going to be good enough, they needed "only" 2 1/2pt out of the six at stake in the afternoon singles.But after an impressive, three-under-par win by Carly Booth put Scotland 3-1 ahead, it all went pear-shaped for skipper Lesley Nicholson's squad.
Wales won the last five singles to snatch the Miller Trophy almost out of the Scots' grasp..Skipper Lesley Nicholson said: “I’m gutted by how it finished but I’m proud of my girls for their performance over the three days. Wales were a very strong side, even stronger than last year.”
Wales won the title with 2 1/2pt. Scotland were runners-up with 2pt.England beat Ireland 7-2 to total 1pt and finish third ahead of Ireland with 1/2pt.
Welsh captain Sue Turner paid tribute to the team spirit of her young squad - it included three juniors and the oldest member is 23."We are a small country and we have to bond together to achieve anything against the bigger nations in any sport. For the second year it a row, Wales' golfing women/girls have done just that. I'm so proud of them," said Sue."It's a squad that requires 'low maintenance' from me. And I must pay tribute to our national coach Jeremy Bennett. He only joined us a couple of years ago - and what a difference he has made - just look at what we've done in this tournament over these two years."
Scotland had taken a 2-1 lead from the foursomes and extended that advantage to 3-1 when Carly Booth beat Rhian Wyn Thomas in the singles.That was the high point for Scotland – Wales won the remaining five singles for a 6-3 victory.
Scotland needed a minimum of 2 ½ pt from the six afternoon singles to win the title and they got the first one from Carly Booth at the expense of Rhian Wyn Thomas. It was Carly’s fourth win and Rhian’s first defeat in six games.Carly, two down after two, produced three-under-par figures in winning by 3 and 2 after trailing through the first seven holes. She squared it at the eighth and then went ahead at the ninth.Booth won the 13th and 14th for a three-hole lead which the Welsh player could not peg back.
Wales hit back by winning the next two ties to level it overall at 3-3.Welsh champion Tara Davies produced possibly the best individual performance by anyone over the three days. She was six under par against the luckless Jane Turner and beat her 6 and 4.Davies went three up after only four holes and there was no way back for Turner against an opponent playing sub-par golf.
Gemma Bradbury beat Scottish Under-21 champion Kelsey MacDonald by 2 and 1 in a tight match in which there was never more than a hole in it either way until Gemma won the 16th and 17th for victory.
With three ties to finish, Wales were two up in one and all square in the two others, a position which would give them the championship if they held it to the finish.
Kath O’Connor, making only her second appearance, put Wales ahead 4-3 with a 2 and 1 win over Pamela Pretswell. O’Connor went two up after eight and though Pretswell twice reduced her deficit to one hole, she could not get on terms. The Welsh player, won the short 16th with a par to go two up and a half at the next was enough to clinch a good win.
Amy Boulden and Lucy Gould delivered victories for Wales in the last two matches to finish which gave Wales a 5-1 capture of the singles and 6-3 overall victory which retained the championship.Boulden beat Megan Briggs by two holes after being one down with four to play. The Welsh player squared it with a par at the 15th and went one up with another par at the 16th.
Lucy Gould scored a 3 and 1 win over Kylie Walker, again with a strong finish. The Scot was two up at one stage on the outward half and Gould did not get on terms until the 13th. She then led for the first time with a birdie at the 15th ; and went two up with a par at the 16th.
British stroke-play champion Danielle McVeigh won the top singles match for Ireland against England by beating their native champion, left-hander Charlie Douglass by two holes.Douglass was two up at the turn but McVeigh was suddenly level again by winning the 10th with a birdie and the 11th with a par. Douglass got her nose in front again with a birdie at the 14th but bogeyed the short 16th to be pulled back to square, McVeigh staged a grandstand finish to win the 17th and 18th with birdies for an impressive two-hole win in a quality match.
England won the next three ties to finish.Rachel Jennings beat Charlene Reid by 2 and 1; Hannah Barwood won by one hole over Aedin Murphy and Nikki Foster was a 4 and 2 winner over Sarah Cunningham.That gave England a 6-1 lead.
The Jennings-Reid tie was all square after 12 before Jennings won the 13th and 17th for victory.Barwood and Murphy were also level pegging on the 13th tee. Barwood edged ahead by winning that hole with a birdie but Murphy pulled her back to square at the 15th. Barwood took the lead in this ding-dong tie once again at the 16th and was able to maintain that advantage to the finish. Foster finished strongly to beat Cunningham. The match was all square after 12 holes. Then Foster won the next four holes for victory.
English girls champion Holly Clyburn was a 4 and 2 winner over Gillian O’Leary after winning the first three holes. Clyburn led by two at the turn and clinched victory with further successes at the 14th and 16th.Ireland got their second point from the last tie to finish.
Mary Dowling, four holes to the good at one stage, eventually beat Charlotte Wild by one hole.
Wales will be going for a hat-trick of victories on home ground next year - Whitchurch Golf Club, Cardiff is the 2010 venue.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Scotland is the only team with a 100 per cent record going into the third and final day of the Women’s Home International matches at Irvine Golf Club, Ayrshire. They followed up their first-day 5-4 win over Ireland by beating England 5 1/2-3 1/2 although they made hard work of clinching victory in the the singles after taking the morning foursomes 3-0.
The Scots’ match against defending champions Wales will be the title decider. Wales, who beat England on Day 1, won the last three singles to finish to salvage a 4 ½-4 ½ draw with Ireland.
Ireland won the first afternoon singles to finish, Gillian O’Leary beating Katie Bradbury 5 and 4. It was a close tie in the early stages until O’Leary went two up at the eighth and doubled that to lead by four after 12 holes.
The lead-off singles between Danielle McVeigh and Rhian Wyn Thomas was a quality contest that ended all square. Neither player could get more than one up at any stage bu McVeigh looked to have the edge as she maintained a one-hole lead through the 15th and 16th but she had a double bogey at the 17th to lose that and the last hole was halved. Victory in the tussle between the two players with 100 per cent win records.
Charlene Reid of Ireland beat Gemma Bradbury by one hole. Reid won the ninth, 10th and 11th for a three-hole lead before Bradbury birdied the 12th to cut her deficit to two holes. Reid promptly restored her three-hole lead by winning the 13th but lost the next and Bradbury came with a late charge to square the tie by winning the 14th with a par and the 16th and 17th, both with birdies. But Reid kept her nerve and won the last with a birdie for victory in an absorbing tie.
Wales were trailing 1 ½-4 ½ until their “tail” wagged with wins by Amy Boulden, Lucy Gould and finally Tara Davies whose one-hole victory over Aedin Murphy earned Wales a share of the day’s honours at 4 ½-4 ½.
Boulden won by 3 and 1 over Victoria Bradshaw, thanks to clinching victories at the 16th and 17th. Gould built up a four-hole lead after only six holes against Sarah Cunningham and, though her advantage was cut to two at the 12th, the Welsh player came away again, with a birdie 2 at the 16th helping her to win by 4 and 2.
England’s fightback from a 0-3 lunchtime deficit began with their native champion, left-hander Charlie Douglass beating Carly Booth by 3 and 2 in the lead-off singles tie.
Carly won the first two holes but lost the third and fourth to be pulled back to all square. Douglas continued to prosper with wins at the fifth and sixth to lead by two holes at the turn. Booth rallied to win the11th and 12th to regain equality but Douglass quickened again to win the 13th and 14th and then the 16th with a birdie 2 for the match by 3 and 2. It was Douglass’s third win in four ties.
The England fightback continued with Rachel Jennings beat Pamela Pretswell 3 and 1 to narrow the gap to one point in Scotland’s favour overall. Jennings was three holes to the good on the sixth tee but Pretswell fought back to square the match by winning the 14th. Jennings then produced a master stroke, holing a chip for a birdie 3 to win the 15th and regain the lead. The English player prompt went two up with a par at the short 16th and then was conceded the 17th for a 3 and 1 victory. It was Pretswell’s first defeat in four ties and Jennings’ first win in two outings.
England levelled the overall scoreline at 3-3 when Hannah Barwood beat Kelsey MacDonald by 2 and 1. Barwood took a grip on the outcome by winning the first, the third and the eighth to be three up, although MacDonald won back the ninth and the 11th to be only one down. Barwood went two up again at the 13th and was able to maintain that lead until MacDonald ran out of holes.
Kylie Walker stopped the slide for Scotland by beating Charlotte Wild 3 and 2. The Scot led throughout and a birdie 4 at the long 11th put her three up. It was Kylie’s third win in a row.
With Scotland leading 4-3 overall, the match was finely poised. The two ties still to finish were both all square with two and three holes respectively to play.
Scottish champion Megan Briggs, who had been three down after five holes to English girls title-holder Holly Clyburn, fought back to win the seventh, eighth and ninth. Then she birdied the 11th to lead for the first time. Briggs went two up at the 14th but Clyburn was not finished yet. She won the 15th with a par and the short 16th with a birdie 2 to square the match. In a thrilling finish, Briggs edged ahead again with a par 4 at the 17th, which meant she was assured of a halved match at least and that half-point would guarantee Scotland at least a halved match overall with England. Briggs in fact was able to clinch overall victory for Scotland, beating Clyburn by two holes when the English player conceded the 18th.
The last match of the day to finish ended with honours even between Louise Kenney and Charlotte Ellis. Kenney had been two up after 12 holes but, in the end, was glad to hole a putt on the last for a half in 4.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Scotland showed true grit to come from behind to beat Ireland 5-4 on the opening day of the women's home internationals at bright and breezy Irvine Golf Club, Ayrshire today (Wed).The bonus for skipper Lesley Nicholson's squad was that Wales walloped England 7-2 in the other match."The girls put me through it today but they got there in the end," said Lesley."I'm delighted. They did so well to turn it around from what could have been a losing position."
Scotland made up their one-point foursomes deficit by winning the first two singles to finish against Ireland.Teenager Carly Booth set the tone for Scotland's rally in the singles by winning the top singles. The Curtis Cup youngster responded to the captain giving her the responsibility of leading off the afternoon play by beating the new British women‘s open amateur stroke play champion Danielle McVeigh by 2 and 1.Booth lost the first hole but squared it at the second – and was never in arrears again after that.One up at the turn, Booth lost the 10th but hit back with a birdie 4 at the long 11th to regain the lead. Booth conceded the 12th to lose the advantage again but won the 13th and then birdied the 14th to take a vital two-hole lead.McVeigh won back the 15th but after a half in 3s at the short 16th, Carly won the 17th for a 2 and 1 margin of a win that should boost the Comrie lass's confidence.
Kelsey MacDonald put Scotland 3-2 ahead by beating Mary Dowling 3 and 2. Kelsey always held the whiphand but could not shake off a determined opponent. MacDonald’s eagle 3 at the ninth enabled her to go two up but Dowling won the 12th only for Kelsey to birdie the 13th to regain a two-hole advantage. The 15th was the decisive hole. The Scot won it to go three up with three to play and a half at the 16th finished the match in her favour.
But Ireland had the advantage in the ties still to finish and Gillian O’Leary’s 3 and 2 win over Laura Murray levelled the overall scoreline at 3-3. Gillian built up a two-hole lead on the outward half and won the 11th and 12th to double that advantage before losing the 14th.
With three matches to finish and Scotland three up in one and Ireland three up in another, it was clear that the Pamela Pretswell (Scotland) v Aedin Murphy (Ireland) tie – all square after 17 – was going to have an important bearing on the overall result.Glasgow University student Pretswell was two down with five to play but won the 14th with a birdie 3 and squared the match with a par 3 at the short 16th.After a half at the next, Pamela hit a massive drive off the 18th and won the hole and the match with a 4.
Kylie Walker beat Niamh Kitching by 3 and 2 in a match that was all square after 11 holes. Walker won the 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th in an strong finish.
Charlene Reid got Ireland’s fourth point by beating Louise Kenney 3 and 1. Reid won the seventh, eighth and nine to go three up and she stayed in the driving seat for the rest of the match.
Day 1 results
ENGLAND 2, WALES 7
Charlie Douglass & Holly Clyburn bt Lucy Gould & Sam Birkes 1 hole.
Charlotte Wild & Hannah Barwood lost to Rhian Wyn Thomas & Gemma Bradbury 2 holes.
Rachel Jennings & Kelly Tidy lost to Tara Davies & Amy Boulden 3 and 2.
Douglass bt Davies 2 holes.
Barwood lost to Thomas 3 and 2.
Clyburn lost to Gemma Bradbury 3 and 1.
Charlotte Ellis lost to Katie Bradbury 2 holes.
Tidy lost to Boulden 4 and 3.
Nikki Foster lost to Gould 8 and 7.
SCOTLAND 5, IRELAND 4
Kelsey MacDonald & Carly Booth lost to Danielle McVeigh & Charlene Reid 3 and 2.
Louise Kenney & Pamela Pretswell bt Gillian O’Leary & Victoria Bradshaw 4 and 3.
Kylie Walker & Megan Briggs lost to Mary Dowling & Sarah Cunningham 5 and 4.
Booth bt McVeigh 2 and 1.
Pretswell bt Murphy 1 hole.
MacDonald bt Dowling 3 and 2.
Walker bt Niamh Kitching 3 and 2.
Laura Murray lost to O’Leary 3 and 2.
Kenney lost to Reid 3 and 1.
Ireland v Wales
Foursomes start at 8.30 am. Singles at 1.10pm.
Scotland v England.
Foursomes start at 9am. Singles start at 2.20pm