Monday, May 29, 2023

SCOTTISH WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP - Gibson & Russell shine at Ladybank

Luisa Gibson (Irvine) and Freya Russell (Royal Troon) shone in the 2023 Scottish Women's Championship held at Ladybank between the 26th and 28th of May, Gibson reaching the quarter finals of the championship with Russell losing out in the final of the second flight competition for the Clark Rosebowl.

In the 36 hole qualifying, successive rounds of 72 gave Gibson a 2 over par total of 144, which left her as second qualifier for the matchplay stages, five shots behind leading qualifier Lorna McClymont (Milngavie).

Hannah Ounap (Loudoun) also qualified for the matchplay stages with rounds of 73 and 74 giving her a 5 over par total of 147 and equal third place in the qualifying positions.

Though her 14 over par total of 156, with rounds of 76 and 80, saw her miss out on the championship matchplay stages, Freya Russell qualified as one of the sixteen players to contest the second flight matchplay competition for the Clark Rosebowl.

The other two Ayrshire players in the field, Sarah Ramsay (West Kilbride) and Joanne Sharp (Kilmarnock Barassie) both finished in joint 51st place with a 28 over par total of 170 after rounds of 87 and 83.

In the first round of the championship matchplay, Hannah Ounap lost out by 2 & 1 to Rachael Livingstone (Baberton) whilst Luisa Gibson beat Ellie Docherty (Moray) at the 19th before exiting the tournament in the quarter finals with a 6 & 5 defeat to Ailsa Brannock (Southerness).

In the Clark Rosebowl, Freya Russell had successive 3 & 2 victories in the first two rounds over Evie McCallum (Dunfermline) and Freya Constable (Prestonfield), followed by a semi final win by 5 & 4 over Robyn Fowlie (Murcar Links) to set up a final encounter with Eilidh Henderson (Ladybank) which she eventually lost out by 2 & 1.

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