Thursday, July 21, 2016

SCOTTISH BOYS AND GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Weather hits national competitions.

Both the Scottish Boys Strokeplay and the Scottish Girls Championship were hit by the weather on Wednesday, 20th July, resulting in the formats of both events being amended.

In the Boys Championship at Lanark, thunder and lightning and flooding caused by torrential rain caused the abandonment of the second round of strokeplay, with a curtailed field of forty players going on to complete the championship on Thursday, with the cut being determined on the first round scores only.

Ben Ferguson from Western Austrailia leads with a four under par 66, by one shot, from R Yu Zhu (Sandyhills) with Jamie Stewart (Old Ranfurly) and Robert Watson (Muckhart) one shot further back after opening rounds of 68.

The abandonment of round two saw the cut fall at four over par 74, leaving the four Ayrshire players competing in the championship with no opportunity to make the scheduled 36 hole cut.

Alyx Murray (Troon Welbeck) and Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) missed out by three shots with opening rounds of 77 whilst Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) was one shot further back and Jordan Sweeney (Ayr Belleisle) a shot further behind on 79.

Hazel McGarvie
The Scottish Girls Championship at Baberton experienced similar weather for the first round of the Matchplay, which lead to the abandonment of any further play on Wednesday.

Hazel McGarvie (Troon Ladies) was joint leader after the two qualifying rounds, her four under par total of 144 being matched by Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) and Alison Muirhead (Dubai), whilst Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) finished on 152 after rounds of 75 & 77, and Rachel Foster (Turnberry) returned a total of 167 with rounds of 82 & 85.

As a result of the abandonment of play on Wednesday, the girls' championship will be decided by 18 holes of strokeplay on Thursday.

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