Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WEST DIVISION WOMANS INTER COUNTY MATCHES - Hat trick of wins sends Ayrshire to the County Finals

Ayrshire made it three wins from three in the West Division Inter County Campionship on Wednesday 17th June at Loudoun Gowf Club, defeating Renfrewshire by 5 - 4, to book their place in the County Finals at Stranraer from 18th to 20th September.

The winning Ayrshire team
Jenny Linklater, Audrey Thompson, County Captain Sheila Adams, Liz Keohone, Linzi Allan,
Debbie Watt, Connie Jaffrey & Catherine Malcolm

Missing from the picture is Emma Hale
In the morning foursomes, Ayrshire again took a decisive lead, as they did on all three championship days.

Connie Jaffrey and Audrey Thompson secured the first point with a 7 & 6 before Jenny Linklater & Emma Hale added a second.

Catherine Malcolm and Linzi Allan secured a vital half match in the last of the morning foursomes on the course, fighting back from three down with four to play to share the spoils and leave Ayrshire needing two points from the six afternoon singles to win the series.

In the lead match, county champion Catherine Malcolm secured Ayrshire ‘s first singles point with a 4 & 3 win but some nervy moments followed as the next three Ayrshire players lost their ties. Audrey Thompson made sure of the title for Ayrshire with a 2 & 1 win in the penultimate tie before Jenny Linklater added a further half point in the anchor tie, making the final match score 5 – 4 in Ayrshire’s favour.

MATCH DETAILS (Renfrewshire names first) :-

Katrina Milne & Denise Cowan lost to Emma Hale & Jenny Linklater by 4 & 3
Gillian Kyle & Carol Whyte halved with Catherine Malcolm & Linzi Allan
Donna Jackson & Liz Stewart lost to Connie Jaffrey & Audrey Thompson by 7 & 6

Gillian Kyle lost to Catherine Malcolm by 4 & 3
Katrina Milne beat Connie Jaffrey by 2 & 1 
Jennifer Rankine beat Debbie Watt by 3 & 2
Donna Jackson beat Linzi Allan by 5 & 4
Carol Whyte lost to Audrey Thompson by 2 & 1
Denise Cowan halved with Jenny Linklater


In the other match played on Wednesday, Lanarkshire beat Dumbarton & Argyll by 7 – 2

MATCH DETAILS (Lanarkshire names first) :-
Rachael Taylor & Molly Richmond beat Claire Hargan & Jillian Farrell by 5 & 3
Susan Wood & Susan McGrenaghan beat Laura McGeachy & Lorraine Campbell by 2 & 1 Lesley Lloyd & Alison Hendry beat Anne Laing & Aileen Baker by 5 & 4

Rachael Taylor beat Lori Macdonald by 7 & 5
Fiona Norris lost to Jillian Farrell by 2 holes
Molly Richmond beat Claire Hargan by 2 & 1
Kirsten Brown lost to Anne Laing by 2 & 1
Alison Hendry beat Aileen Baker by 7 & 6
Susan Wood beat Laura McGeachy by 5 & 4 


This was a great team performance from Ayrshire who have qualified for the county finals on only two previous occasions in over 20 years, in 2011 and 2003.

Four of the eight Ayrshire players finished the series undefeated, with girls internationalist Emma Hale having five wins from five, County Champion Catherine Malcolm and host club member Audrey Thompson each earning 4 ½ points out of five and County Vice Captain Liz Keohone contributing two points from the two ties in which she was involved.

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