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Saturday, October 21, 2006


If the man or woman in your life likes reading books and is a golfer to boot, what better birthday or Christmas present to give him or her than a novel with a golfing theme to it?
Scottish Golfview launches its book review section today with:

By Roger Blount.
Published by Book Guild Publishing. Price £16.99. Hardback: 357 pages.
They were the bane of his life; four men around their 60s … They were not bad in the usual sense of the word, he had to admit, but they were mischievious …”
When Harry Menkowitch decides to assist the general manager of the Wannabee Golf and Country Club with a business deal, he couldn’t have guessed what it would lead to for himself and his friends.
At the golf and country club, Harry and his three friends are regarded as trouble makers, though, in truth, their “crimes” amount to no more than the occasional bet and a general goading of the pompous members of the golf club.
Set in an insular, small-town community west of the Appalachian Mountains, this wonderfully madcap novel follows the fortunes of four retired men who enjoy themselves by playing golf and drinking, yet who are also forced to face up to the various personal issues in their lives, including difficult relationships with their children and partners as well as the temptation of adultery.
Far more than a simple tale about golfing friends, The Autumn Leaves is poignant and funny with flashes of deep wisdom. It provides a touching insight into what is it is to grow older and the legacies that we leave behind.

Roger Blount was born in Brighton and served in the RAF from 1964-69 before taking up a career in IT and eventually becoming international manager of worldwide projects for American Express.
Following his retirement, he wrote a debut novel, Charlie, in 1979, which was updated and re-released in 2004.
Roger Blount is a keen golfer and was seniors’ captain of West Hove Golf Club in 2004. He has continued to live in the city of Brighton and Hove.

PGA EuroPro Tour finale disrupted by weather


PGA EuroPro Tour Media Manager
THE opening day of the Azores Tour Championship was almost wiped out by the weather. Play was eventually abandoned for the day at 4pm at Batalha Golf Club.
By that time only 10 players had completed their rounds with scores raning from two-under-par 70 to 13-over-par 85.
The morning's play in this the PGA EuroPro Tour season's finale, was disrupted by suspensions due to high winds and heavy rain.
Later thunder storms forced tournament officials to call a halt.
A 9am restart on Sunday is planned for players to complete their opening round, with a two-tee start for round two provisionally planned for 1pm.
Bridgnorth's David James is the clubhouse leader at two under par, after hitting three birdies in his opening round.
Lee Wood was the only other player below par following his opening round of one-under-par 71.
Scots Jack Doherty and Graeme Brown, pictured above right, plus England's Roger Winchester and Ian Walley finished on 73.
Doherty bogeyed the first, seventh and eighth but then had a brilliant hat-trick of birdies - given the awful conditions - at the 12th, 13th and 14th before subsiding with a bogey at the 16th.
Brown from Montrose had a steader round with birdies at the first and 13th and bogeys at the sixth, eighth and 16th.
70 D James.
71 L Wood.
73 J Doherty (Sco), G Brown (Sco), R Winchester, I Walley.
75I Ridgway.
80 L Genny, D Astin.
85 K Stephenson.

Women's world amateur team championship



Host nation South Africa won the women's world amateur team golf championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy on a tie-break after finishing with the same four-round aggregate - 10-under-par 566 - as defending champions Sweden at Stellenbosch today.
The Swedes - for whom Caroline Westrup won the unofficial individual honours - made up four shots on the Springboks on the final day.
The first tie-break rule - based on the teams' non-counting scores in the final round - failed to resolve the situation as both South Africa and Sweden's non-counting Saturday score was 75.
The second tie-break rule, a comparision of the teams' non-counting scores for Friday's third round came down in favour of South Africa with a 73 to a 77.
It seemed an unsatisfactory way to finish what had been an excellent team championship, rather like awarding football's World Cup to the team that had gained the most corner kicks in a drawn final.
Could the teams not have gone out in an sudden-death play-off?
It was desperately close at the top of the final table with Colombia only a shot behind the top two on 567. Then came France, just one shot further back in fourth place on 568.
Germany and Japan were squeezed up behind them in joint fifth place on 569.
England (578) were the top British & Irish team in joint 11th place.
Scotland, whose daily team totals reflect their fortunes - 153, 141, 150 and 147 - were 19th on 591 – two shots better than Wales who were tied for 20th place.
Ireland will be disappointed to have finished no higher than joint 23rd on 594.
Sweden’s Caroline Westrup, currently at college in the United States, came with a late run to deprive 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl Rikako Morita of the individual title which is strictly unofficial, there being no award to the player with the lowest individual aggregate - another strange quirk of such a major world championship.
Rikako had led through the first three rounds but a final effort of 75 left the door open for someone to catch her – and it was Miss Westrup who signed off with a 69 for an eight-under-par total of 280.
That was two shots ahead of the second-placed Japanese girl.
England’s Kerry Smith (jt 16th on 288) and Sophie Walker (jt 19th on 290) were the leading GB&I players individually.
Heather MacRae finished with a 71, thanks to late birdies at the 16th and 18th for a seven-over-par total of 295 and a share of 36th place with Curtis Cup Welsh player Breanne Loucks.
Jenna Wilson ran up a quadruple bogey 7 at the short ninth in an outward half of 42. Her only birdie in two days’ play came at the 18th for a 78. She had an outstanding 69 in the second round but disappointed in the other three rounds as she finished on 12-over-par 300 and a share of 52nd place.
Krystle Caithness was back among the double bogeys in a final round of 76. She had a 6 at the second and a 6 at the 15th but she finished with birdies at the 17th and 18th for a total of 305 and a share of 73rd place.


566 South Africa 139 138 141 148, Sweden 139 145 138 144 (South Africa won on a comparison of the teams' non-counting third-round scores).
567 Colombia 147 141 143 136.
568 France 146 136 142 144.
569 Germany 141 139 143 146, Japan 137 144 145 143.
570 New Zealand 146 144 139 141.
572 Spain 145 146 138 143.
574 United States 144 146 138 146.
576 Chinese Taipei 139 146 143 147.
578 Korea 145 141 149 143, England 145 139 145 149, Netherlands 149 140 142 147 (jt 11th).
581 Australia.
583 Canada.
584 Italy.
585 Russian Federation.
590 Mexico.
591 Scotland 153 141 150 147 (19th).
Wales 150 148 153 142, Czech Republic, Belgium (jt 20th).
594 Austria, Ireland 152 149 146 147 (jt 23rd).
602 Brazil.
603 Finland.
605 Argentina.
608 Norway.
610 Venezuela, Phillipines.
623 Bermuda.
624 Iceland.
625 Switzerland.
636 Puerto Rico.
638 Guatemala.
647 Trinidad & Tobago.
670 Slovakia.
694 Zambia.
705 Colombia.
760 Gabon.

C Westrup (Swe) 72 73 66 69.
282 R Morita (Jap) 65 72 70 75.
283 A Munoz (Spa) 74 72 69 69, Pei-lin Yu (Chinese Taipei) 66 73 71 73.
285 M Bourdy (Fra) 74 68 69 784 (jt 7th).
286 K Schallenberg (Ger) 73 68 72 73 (jt 12th).
287 C Masson (Ger) 77 71 71 73, A Nordqvist (Swe) 68 72 72 75 (jt 14th).
288 A Rossi (Ita) 71 73 70 74, K Smith (Eng) 73 69, 72 74 (jt 16th).
290 S Walker (Eng) 72 70 73 75 (jt 19th).
293 B Mozo (Spa) 71 74 74 74 (jt 29th).
295 B Loucks (Wal) 77 75 75 68, H MacRae (Sco) 76 72 76 71 (jt 36th).
299 M Gillen (Ire) 75 75 74 75, C Coughlan (Ire) 81 74 72 72 (jt 48th).
300 J Wilson (Sco) 77 69 76 78 (jt 52nd).
302 M Reid (Eng) 75 74 76 77 (jt 63rd).
303 T Davies (Wal) 78 73 78 74, S Hassan (Wal) 73 78 78 74 (jt 66th).
305 K Caithness (Sco) 77 78 74 76 (jt 73rd).
322 T Mangan (Ire) 77 79 83 83 (jt 101st).

Double disappointment for two Scots in Italy


European Challenge Tour Press Officer

David Drysdale and Andrew McArthur brought their European Challenge Tour seasons to a disappointing close at the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final in Italy, where both Scots missed out on a place on the 2007 European Tour after finishing outside the tip 20 on the final Challenge Tour Rankings.
While Drysdale looked out of the running after the third round, McArthur, pictured above, had every chance to break into the all important top 20 during the final round at the San Domenico Golf on Italy’s south east coast.
The 26-year-old from Glasgow needed a top five finish in Italy and was sixth going into the last round, but a one-over-par 72 saw him drop down the leaderboard to finish in 16th place on five- under- par 279, one shot better off than Drysdale.
McArthur finished the season in 27th place on the Challenge Tour rankings and will now go to next month’s European Tour Final Qualifying School Final and secure a place on the No 1 Tour next season.
Drysdale, who ended his Challenge Tour season at 41st on the rankings, may or may not join McArthur in southern Spain in three weeks, depending on how results go at the Mallorca Classic this weekend.
The Dunbar professional is currently 114th on the European Tour Order of Merit but could miss out on his card if five players behind him manage to pass him by end end of play in the Majorcan tournament which is the last counting event of the European Tour season for those players at the lower end of the Order of Merit.
271 James Hepworth (Eng) 69 65 68 69.
273 Mark Pilkington (Wal) 67 68 71 67, Alexander Noren (Swe ) 69 65 75 64, Rafael Echenique (Arg ) 65 75 67 66.
274 Jean Hugo (SAf) 68 71 69 66, James Heath (Eng) 69 66 71 68.
275 Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 69 72 68 66, Lee S James (Eng ) 71 66 69 69, Shaun P Webster (Eng ) 67 70 68 70; Sam Walker (Eng ) 68 70 69 68, Ivó Giner (Spa ) 69 69 72 65.
276 Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 66 70 72 68.
277 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 71 67 72 67.
278 Marcus Higley (Eng) 69 69 69 71, Chris Gane (Eng) 73 72 68 65.
279 Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) 69 71 71 68, Alvaro Salto (Spa ) 72 68 70 69, Andrew McArthur (Sco) 69 69 69 72, Rafael Gomez (Arg ) 68 71 72 68.
280 Jesus Maria Arruti (Esp ) 69 71 72 68; David Drysdale (Sco) 70 70 72 68.
281 Hernan Rey (Arg ) 67 75 69 70; Alvaro Quiros (Esp ) 67 72 73 69.
282 Gareth Davies (Eng) 72 70 72 68.
283 Denny Lucas (Eng) 70 73 72 68, Juan Parron (Spa) 72 71 72 68.
284 Adrien Mörk (Fra) 73 68 71 72, Martin Maritz (SAf ) 71 74 71 68.
285 Anders Schmidt Hansen (Den ) 69 75 70 71, Nicolas Vanhootegem (Bel ) 71 69 74 71, Gary Lockerbie (Eng) 74 71 72 68.
286 Sebastian Fernandez (Arg ) 69 68 78 71, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra ) 68 71 76 71.
287 Oskar Bergman (Swe ) 76 74 65 72, Johan Sköld (Swe) 73 74 68 72, Kyron Sullivan (Wal) 71 71 74 71, Johan Axgren (Swe ) 75 69 75 68;
288 Sion E Bebb (Wal ) 78 70 70 70;
289 Gustavo Rojas (Arg ) 70 72 74 73, Julien Foret (Fra) 70 73 78 68, Gareth Wright (Wal) 73 75 70 71.
291 Anthony Snobeck (Fra) 72 75 74 70.
293 Jan-Are Larsen (Nor) 72 72 73 76.
294 Tim Milford (Eng) 74 72 75 73.
295 Antonio Maldonado (Mex) 72 76 75 72.

(Totals in Euros)
1 Mark Pilkington (Wal) 119,151.
2 Johan Axgren (Swe) 105,698.
3 Alexander Noren (Swe) 99,631.
4 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 93,320.
5 James Hepworth (Eng) 84,236.
6 Kyron Sullivan (Wal) 83,364.
7 Rafael Echenique (Arg) 82,737.
8 Juan Parron (Spa) 71,089.
9 Sam Walker (Eng) 69,853.
10 Marcus Higley (Eng) 67,851.
11 Shaun P Webster (Eng) 65,535.
12 Gary Lockerbie (Eng) 64,072.
13 Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 62,849.
14 James Heath (Eng) 60,346.
15 Gareth Davies (Eng) 60,189.
16 Lee S James (Eng) 59,704.
17 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 59,342.
18 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 57,278.
19 Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) 52,484.
20 Adrien Mörk (Fra) 52,136.

Estoril Senior Open top-10 finish looks assured


Press Officer, European Seniors Tour
Sam Torrance is expected to wrap up his second successive European Seniors Tour Order of Merit at the Estoril Senior Open of Portugal on Sunday.A top-10 finish at Quinta da Marinha’s Oitavos Golfe, to the west of Lisbon, would rubber-stamp the Ayrshire man’s position as Europe's top over-50s professional golfer.
Torrance, pictured right, took another step towards that goal with a second round of 70 (one under par) for a share of third place five-under 137."Winning back-to-back Order of Merits would be a tremendous achievement. It is something I have strived for all year. I have played in nearly every event and showed how much I want this. Now I just need to focus on Sunday," said Torrance, who mixed five birdies with four bogeys for his 70.England's Carl Mason, who still has an outside chance of overhauling Torrance at the top of the Order of Merit if he wins the current event and the final event of the season in Bahrain next month, is on nine-under-par 133.
Carl will take a three-shot advantage over Stewart Ginn and a four-shot lead over the joint third-placed Torrance and Jose Rivero into the final 18 holes.Mason added a 69 to his brilliant opening round 64.
Par 71
133 Carl Mason (Eng) 64 69.
136 Stewart Ginn (Aus) 69 67.
137 Sam Torrance (Sco) 67 70, Jose Rivero (Spa) 66 71.
138 Juan Quiros (Spa) 66 72.
140 Nick Job (Eng) 68 72, Tony Johnstone (Zim) 67 73.
141 Alan Mew (Tri) 70 71, Adan Sowa (Arg) 73 68, Horacio Carbonetti (Arg) 72 69, Eamonn Darcy (Ire) 71 70, Glenn Ralph (Eng) 71 70, John Mashego (SAf) 68 73, Bertus Smit (SAf) 68 73.
142 Giuseppe Cali (Ita) 72 70, Delroy Cambridge (Jam) 71 71, Emilio Rodriguez (Spa) 70 72, Bill Longmuir (Sco) 69 73.
143 Angel Fernandez (Chi) 76 67, Bobby Lincoln (SAf) 75 68, Gavan Levenson (SAf) 71 72.
144 Bill McColl (Sco) 73 71, David J Russell (Eng) 70 74.
145 Gery Watine (Fra) 75 70, Luis Carbonetti (Arg) 73 72, David Good (Aus) 73 72, Gordon J Brand (Eng) 72 73, Jim Rhodes (Eng) 71 74.
146 Martin Poxon (Eng) 78 68, Pete Oakley (US) 76 70, Rigoberto Velasquez (Col) 75 71, Simon Owen (NZ) 75 71, Doug Johnson (US) 73 73, Terry Gale (Aus) 73 73, Guillermo Encina (Chi) 70 76.
147 Hank Woodrome (US) 77 70, Bruce Heuchan (Can) 76 71, John Chillas (Sco) 71 76.
148 Maurice Bembridge (Eng) 71 77, David Creamer (Eng) 77 71, Bob Cameron (Eng) 77 71, Manuel Pinero (Spa) 77 71, Martin Foster (Eng) 72 76.
149 Alan Tapie (US) 77 72, Mike Miller (Sco) 76 73, Ian Mosey (Eng) 76 73, Ray Carrasco (US) 74 75, Denis O'Sullivan (Ire) 74 75, Jimmy Heggarty (NI) 72 77.
150 Bob Lendzion (US) 75 75, Tony Allen (Eng) 75 75, Manuel Calero (Spa) 74 76, John Benda (US) 73 77, Bob Lendzion (US) 75 75.
151 Martin Gray (Sco) 78 73, Noel Ratcliffe (Aus) 76 75, Bill Hardwick (Can) 76 75.152 Jerry Bruner (US) 80 72, Mike Ferguson (Aus) 80 72.
153 Bill Malley (US) 80 73, Bob Larratt (Eng) 78 75, Craig Defoy (Wal) 74 79.
154 Robin Mann (Eng) 80 74.
155 Victor Garcia (Spa) 80 75, Kevin Spurgeon (Eng) 75 80.
156 Gordon Townhill (Eng) 79 77.
157 Jean Pierre Sallat (Fra) 80 77.
158 Antonio Garrido (Esp) 81 77.
159 Liam Higgins (Ire) 78 81.160 Eddie Polland (NI) 83 77.165 Greg Hopkins (US) 81 84.
Retired - Paul Leonard (NI).

Only one Scot still standing in Indian Open


Dubai-based Scot Simon Dunn, joint first-round leader in the Indian Open before a 11-shot slump on Friday dragged him down the leaderboard, moved up to a share of 34th place with a third-round 71.
Dunn, 27, a tour pro for three years who admits that he is still in mourning for his father who died of a heart attack in August, took the shine off his recovery effort with a double-bogey 6 at the 15th
Earlier he had notched up birdies at the first, second, third, eighth, ninth and 14th, shedding shots only at the fourth and fifth.
Dunn was the only Scot to survive Friday’s halfway cut. Barry Hume, pictured right (71-76), Andrew Coltart (74-73) and Ross Bain (74-74) failed to make it.
England’s Simon Dyson is the leading British player with one round to go at the Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi.
Simon has scored 68, 67 and 68 for 13-under-par 203 which put him into third place behind two Indians, Jyoti Randhawa, leader on 16-under 200, and S S P Chowrasia on 201.
Leading third round totals
Par 72
200 J Randhawa (Ind) 69 67 64.
201 S S P Chowrasia (Ind) 69 65 67.
203 S Dyson (Eng) 68 67 68.
204 U Park (Aus) 70 65 69, G Ghei (Ind) 71 68 65, P Messawat (Tha) 68 68 68, M yumar (Ind) 70 68 66, V Kumar (Ind) 66 68 70.
Other scores:
209 C Rodgers (Eng) 73 71 65, M Mouland (Wal) 71 70 68 (jt 14th)..
214 S Dunn (Sco) 66 77 71 (jt 34th).
147 B Hume (Sco) 71 76, A Coltart (Sco) 74 73.
148 R Bain (Sco) 74 74.

Margaret Caldwell retiring as Scottish Alliance secretary


A meeting of all five regional alliances in Scotland has been arranged for next March following the impending retirement by Margaret Caldwell as secretary of the Scottish Golfers Alliance championship after 24 years.
Margaret will remain in office until a successor has been appointed.
“It was nice that my predecessor in the post, Ron Brownlee, came through to see me at my last championship (at Buchanan Castle, earlier this month). He’s well into his 90s but going well,” said Margaret who is pictured above right with the leading prizewinners at the 2003 Scottish Alliance championship at Boat of Garten.
“Tom Galloway, another hale-and-hearty man in his 90s, also came through to say ‘goodbye.’ That was nice too. They both looked very fit and good for a few more years yet.”
Next year’s Scottish Alliance championship will be held at Monifieth and Arbroath from October 9 to 11 (Tuesday to Thursday).
Margaret Caldwell is posting the complete results from this year’s championship to Colin Farquharson and they will be displayed on this website as soon as they arrive.
Paul McKechnie was the winner of an event reduced to 36 holes because of bad weather but, apart from that, news of the championship has been hard to find in the newspapers.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Dramatic finish to inaugural PGA Play-offs


Gary Marks, 42, a former winner of the Polish Open, won a play-off against Simon Thornton (Royal County Down) to win the inaugural 36-hole PGA Play-offs title from the top Order of Merit finishers from the PGA’s seven regions at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, Lincolnshire today.
Marks, who teaches at the World of Golf in New Malden, near Wimbledon, and Thornton had identical rounds of 74 and 67 to tie on 141.
Marks won for himself, among other benefits, a place in four European Tour events next year.
In a topsy-turvy round of nine birdies and three bogeys, Simon, originally from Bradford but 10 years at the famed County Down club in Northern Ireland, swallowed up a two-stroke deficit on Marks at the par-4 17th where he holed a 15-footer for his eighth birdie of the day, while Gary, admitting to playing cautiously, flopped a wedge shot into the greenside bunker and failed to get up and down.
Marks, not the tallest of players, still rattles the ball a fair distance, and was among the few who reached the last green, a 540-yarder, in two shots.
“I really nailed my three-wood, and two putts gave me a birdie that was badly needed, because Simon got his as well from eight feet.”
At the first extra hole, an innocent-looking 361yd, Thornton, the winner of the Irish Order of Merit, “over-cooked” his second, which came to rest in a shallow gulley behind the green.
Marks, who was the South Region's No. 1 man this season, got safely on in two and needed only two more putts for victory when Thornton missed from eight feet.
The PGA Play-offs win, worth £2,000 to Marks, gives him and Thornton places in the Celtic Manor Wales Open and the Barclays Scottish Open. Thornton, already exempt for the European Open and Nissan Irish Open by winning the Irish Order of Merit, is joined by Marks and Simon Edwards in the European Open at The K Club, after Edwards returned a flawless second-round 67, nine shots better than his opening score.
Craig Lee from Stirling (71-72), tied for third place with Edwards (76-67) and former Ryder Cup player, Gordon Brand junior (71-72), on 143 on but the bonus for the Scot was the one remaining place for PGA members in next year’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
It transpired that those finishing ahead of Lee, pictured above right, were already exempt by winning their respective regional Orders of Merit.
The top seven finishers not otherwise exempt also won places in three Challenge Tour events next year – the Ryder Cup Wales Challenge, the Ireland Ryder Cup Challenge, and the Scottish Challenge.
Scotland’s two other qualifiers through the Tartan Tour Order of Merit, Dean Robertson and Greig Hutcheon did not do themselves justice.
Robertson had scores of 77 and 72 for 149, the same total as Greig Hutcheon (Peterculter) who had scores of 78 and 71. They finished joint 13th with Paul Eales.
141 G Marks (World of Golf) 74 67, S Thornton (Royal County Down) 74 67 (Marks won play-off at first extra hole).
143 S Edwards (Clays Centre, Wrexham) 76 67, C Lee (All Golf Swing Centre) 71 72, G Brand jun (Players Club) 71 72.
145 D Mortimer (Newlands) 75 70.
146 R O'Hanlon (Uttoxeter) 76 70, J Ablett (Lee-on-the-Solent) 71 75.
147 M Sheppard (Fore Golf Discount) 75 72, M Wiggett (Dudsbury) 75 72148 J Bevitt (Batchworth Park) 75 73, N Reilly (Surbiton) 72 76.
149 D Robertson (Czech Design) 77 72, P Eales (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 77 72, G Hutcheon (Peterculter) 78 71.
150 P Bagshaw (Ramsdale Park) 78 72151 C Clark (Moor Hall) 74 77157 R Giles (Greenore) 79 78; S Harrison (Thorpeness) 80 77.
158 J Fryatt(Thorpe Hall) 78 80.

News of Scots golfers at American colleges


Banchory exile Adam Lindsay finished 10th equal in the NAIA Region 7 college golf tournament at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Galena in Illinois.
Adam, a second-year student at Iowa Wesleyan College, had rounds of 78 and 77 for a total of 155 over the 6,875yd, par-72 course.
The leading Iowa Wesleyan player was freshman James Lennox from Yorkshire who came fourth with 77 and 75 for 152. It was his second top-10 finish.
Ben Hanson (St Ambrose) won with a one-under-par total of 143 (74-69).
St Ambrose, who provided the top three finishers, won the team event with 598 ahead of Grand View (617) and Iowa Wesleyan (621) in a field of 11 teams.
Adam Lindsay's dad Eric, a very good golfer in his younger days, went out to the States to pay his son a visit recently. Eric, incidentally, sponsors the boys and girls' tournament through his company, Platform 2.
The new picture of the Iowa Wesleyan golf team has Adam Lindsay in the centre of the front row with James Lennox also in front, on right.


Daniel Sommerville from St Andrews and Neil McBride of Glasgow – both students at Clayton State University, Atlanta – finished tied 12th and 35th respectively in the rain-abbreviated Queen City Shoot-out college tournament at Rocky River Golf Club, Concord in North Carolina.
The scheduled 36-hole event had to be reduced to only 18 holes due to torrential rain which flooded the course on the second day.
Former Madras College pupil Daniel had a three-over-par 75 over the 6,970yd course and Neil had a 79.
The individual winner was Jakin Fox (Lenoir-Rhyne College) with a three-under-par 69.
Clayton State (324) finished 10th of 13 in the team event won by Belmont Abbey College (298).

Ian Hutcheon to present painting at evening reception next week


Alyth Golf Club is to hold an evening reception to mark the achievement of one of its members, Kevin McAlpine, in winning the Allied Surveyors Scottish amateur championship at Nairn Golf Club during the summer.
It will take place in the Alyth clubhouse on Thursday, October 26.
Guests will include representatives of the Scottish Golf Union and Perth & Kinross County Golf Union, last year’s Scottish amateur champion Glenn Campbell (Blairgowrie) and former Walker Cup player Ian Hutcheon (Monifieth) who skippered the Scotland team to victory in the recent senior men’s home internationals.
Ian will say a few words before presenting Kevin with a framed painting of Nairn Golf Club.
Kevin, pictured right, joined Alyth Golf Club as a youngster in 1992 and was twice junior club champion before he left for the United States on a four-year golf scholarship at Colorado State.
Kevin played in the Scotland team who retained the men’s home internationals title at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, South Wales in September.
Apart from winning the national title, he won the Alyth club championship this year and also the Perth & Kinross county stroke-play title by five strokes over his home course with rounds of 65 and 64 for an 11-under-par total.
McAlpine returned to the town of Nairn two or three weeks after his “Scottish” triumph to win the North of Scotland open amateur stroke-play title for the David Blair Trophy over four rounds at the Nairn Dunbar course.
His father, Hamish, was Dundee United’s goalkeeper for many years.

European Challenge Tour final event of season


From Michael Gibbons, Challenge Tour Press Officer

Andrew McArthur has his golfing future in his own hands as he embarks on the final round of the European Challenge Tour’s Apulia San Domenico Grand Final at Salvalettri, Italy on Saturday.
The 26 year old Scottish amateur champion of 2002 at Western Gailes, needing a top-five finish at this final event of the season to win a European Tour card for next season, shot a third successive 69 at San Domenico Golf.
He is now at six-under-par 207 and joint sixth with 18 holes to play.
McArthur, pictured right, is five shots off the lead held by Englishman James Hepworth, but only two behind second-placed Shaun Webster of England and one behind the third-placed trio of James Heath and Lee James of England and Welshman Mark Pilkington.
“I suppose it is in my own hands and that’s what you are looking for going into the final round, especially this week,” said McArthur. “It is such a big week for everyone here but you can’t start thinking about all the possibilities on the rankings, you just have to go out and play.
“I think a top-five finish will get me the card, but that’s not taking into account the chance of tieing with other guys so I am just going to go out and try to win the thing. Then there will be no doubt about the card.”
While McArthur has control over his golfing future, fellow-Scot David Drysdale will be hoping that the golfing gods look upon him favourably after he failed to make an impression on the Grand Final leaderboard on the third day.
The Dunbar tour professional needs to win or finish second in San Domenico to win his card through the Challenge Tour but, after a third round 72 left him on one over par, he seems too far off the pace to accomplish that.
Drysdale may still be a European Tour player next season if five of the players behind him on the European Tour Order of Merit don’t pass him by at the end of the Mallorca Classic on Sunday evening.
The 31 year old is 114th on the European Tour Order of Merit. The top 118 at the end of the season retain their playing rights for the new campaign.
After suffering the cruelest of luck to miss out on his card by one place last season, Drysdale will be praying for a change of fortune.

7,009yd course. Par 71.
202 James Hepworth (Eng) 69 65 68.
205 Shaun P Webster (Eng) 67 70 68.
206 Mark Pilkington (Wal) 67 68 71, James Heath (Eng) 69 66 71, Lee S James (Eng) 71 66 69.
207 Rafael Echenique (Arg) 65 75 67, Marcus Higley (Eng) 69 69 69, Sam Walker (Eng) 68 70 69, Andrew McArthur (Sco) 69 69 69.
208 Jean Hugo (SAf) 68 71 69, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 66 70 72.
209 Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 69 72 68, Alexander Noren (Swe) 69 65 75.
210 Ivó Giner (Esp) 69 69 72, Alvaro Salto (Spa) 72 68 70, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 71 67 72.
211 Hernan Rey (Arg) 67 75 69, Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) 69 71 71, Rafael Gomez (Arg) 68 71 72.
212 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 67 72 73; Adrien Mörk (Fra) 73 68 71; Jesus Maria Arruti (Esp) 69 71 72; David Drysdale (Sco) 70 70 72.
213 Chris Gane (Eng) 73 72 68.
214 Anders Schmidt Hansen (Den) 69 75 70; Gareth Davies (Eng) 72 70 72; Nicolas Vanhootegem (Bel) 71 69 74.
215 Juan Parron (Spa) 72 71 72, Denny Lucas (Eng) 70 73 72, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 68 71 76, Johan Sköld (Swe) 73 74 68, Oskar Bergman (Swe) 76 74 65, Sebastian Fernandez (Arg) 69 68 78.
216 Martin Maritz (Rsa) 71 74 71, Gustavo Rojas (Arg) 70 72 74, Kyron Sullivan (Wal) 71 71 74.
217 Jan-Are Larsen (Nor) 72 72 73, Gary Lockerbie (Eng) 74 71 72.
218 Gareth Wright (Wal) 73 75 70, Sion E Bebb (Wal) 78 70 70.
219 Johan Axgren (Swe) 75 69 75.
221 Tim Milford (Eng) 74 72 75, Julien Foret (Fra) 70 73 78, Anthony Snobeck (Fra) 72 75 74.
223 Antonio Maldonado (Mex) 72 76 75.

Terrible weather for start of Estoril Over-50s Open

FROM STEVEN FRANKLIN, Press Officer, European Seniors Tour (
Sam Torrance recovered from an inauspicious start in some terrible weather conditions to card a four-under-par 67 on day one of the Estoril Senior Open of Portugal, an event which is expected to confirm the Ayrshire man as the winner of the 2006 European Seniors Tour Order of Merit.
The former Ryder Cup captain, pictured right, arrived at Quinta da Marinha's Oitavos Golfe Club with season earnings of 319,996 Euros, knowing that a top-10 finish would rubber-stamp his position as No 1 among Europe's Over-50s for the second year in a row.
Sam got off to a poor start in strong winds and rains and was three over par after five holes, before fighting back with seven birdies in 10 holes between the seventh and 16th to finish in a share of fourth place alongside Tony Johnstone of Zimbabwe.
Although his revival started soon after the weather improved, Torrance preferred to credit his 11-year-old daughter Anouska for sparking the upturn in form.
He said: "I was three over and then my daughter turned up on the seventh fairway. She was my lucky chairm. I played beautifully after that and managed seven birdies in the next 10 holes."
England's Carl Mason, a distant second behind Torrance on the Order of Merit, leads the tournament after a fine opening round of seven-under 64, two clear of the Spanish duo of José Rivero and Juan Quiros, fourth and fifth respectively in the money standings.
Rivero, who needs to win in Portugal and again at the season-closing Arcapita Senior Tour Championship to have any chance of overhauling Torrance, admitted defeat in his quest to finish No 1 for the season.
He said: "It's impossible now. It was always going to be a huge long shot as Sam needs to have two really bad weeks and he's not going to do that. He was three over today and then had seven birdies. He played brilliantly."
Mason agreed. "I looked at the Order of Merit this morning and decided there was no chance of catching Sam and for me it is a question of hanging on to second place. I am delighted to be in this position as not many weeks ago my season was going nowhere.
"My victory in the European Senior Masters changed that and I became much more confident. I won the following week in the English Seniors Open and was second in Spain last week."
Bill Longmuir is the next best placed Scot after a round of two-under-par 69 while Aberdonian John Chillas, who is fighting to stay inside the crucial top 30 on the Order of Merit, a position that guarantees a start in every tournament next year, was round in level par.

Par 71
64 Carl Mason (Eng).
66 José Rivero (Spa), Juan Quiros (Spa).
67 Sam Torrance (Sco), Tony Johnstone (Zim).
68 John Mashego (SAf), Nick Job (Eng), Bertus Smit (SAf).
69 Bill Longmuir (Sco), Stewart Ginn (Aus).
70 Guillermo Encina (Chi), David J Russell (Eng), Emilio Rodriguez (Spa), Alan Mew (Tri).
71 Glenn Ralph (Eng), Tony Charnley (Eng), John Chillas (Sco), Jim Rhodes (Eng), Eamonn Darcy (Ire), Gavan Levenson (SAf), Maurice Bembridge (Eng), Delroy Cambridge (Jam).
72 Martin Foster (Eng), Jimmy Heggarty (NI), Gordon J Brand (Eng), Horacio Carbonetti (Arg), Giuseppe Cali (Ita).
Other Scots scores:
73 Bill McColl.
76 Mike Miller.
78 Martin Gray.

Women's world amateur team championship Day 3



Scotland go into the fourth and final round of the women’s world amateur team golf championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy in joint 19th place in a field of 42 nations at Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The Scots had a team score of six-over-par 150 on the third day with a 74 from Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) and a pair of 76s from Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) and Heather MacRae (Dunblane New) - only one of which counted, of course.
Krystle, pictured right, birdied two short holes, the seventh and 15th, on the Stellenbosch course but bogeyed the sixth, eighth, 10th and 13th.
Jenna and Heather could not muster a single birdie between them.
Jenna is the best-placed Scot in the individual rankings, sharing 41st place on six-over-par 222. Heather is joint 47th on 224 while Krystle is 74th equal of 229.
Stacy Bergman, who played well in the British women’s open amateur championship at Royal County Down in June, fired a three-under-par 69 to give South Africa a four-stroke lead after 54 holes.
Sweden leapfrogged Japan, France, England and Germany into second place with a seven-birdie 66 from Caroline Westrup while teammate Anna Nordqvist, the former British girls’ open champion, shot 72.
Rikako Morita, the 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl, continues to set the pace. She had a 70 for nine-under-par 207 – three shots ahead of Pei-lin Yu from Chinese Taipei who had a 71.
England’s Kerry Smith is the highest-placed British and Irish player in joint ninth place on 214 after a 72.
This is the first time that Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales have been able to send their own teams of three to the women’s world amateur team championship since the early days of the Espirito Santo Trophy in the 1960s. The Ladies Golf Union, traditionally, selected three players to represent Great Britain & Ireland.

418 South Africa.
422 Sweden.
423 Germany.
424 France.
426 Japan.
428 United States.
429 England, Spain, New Zealand, Chinese Taipei.
431 Colombia, Netherlands.
434 Italy.
435 Korea, Austria.
436 Australia.
441 Canada, Russian Federation.
444 Scotland, Czech Republic.
445 Mexico, Chile.
447 Ireland.
Other totals:

448 Belgium.450 Finland.451 Wales.452 Brazil, Venezuela. 455 Philippines.456 Argentina.458 Bermuda 460 Norway 463 Iceland 472 Switzerland 476 Guatemala 478 Puerto Rico 485 Egypt 496 Trinidad & Tobago 496 Slovakia 518 Zambia 527 Croatia 576 Gabon.

Par 72
207 R Morita (Jap) 65 72 70.
210 Pei-lin Yu (Chi Tai) 66 73 71.
211 M Bourdy (Fra) 74 69 68, K Shean (SAf) 70 689 72, A Simon (SAf) 69 69 73, C Westrup (Swe) 72 73 66.
212 A Nordqvist (Swe) 68 72 72.
213 K Schallenberg (Ger) 73 68 72.
214 A Blumenhirst (US) 71 71 72, C Masson (Ger) 72 71 71, A Munoz (Spa) 74 72 68, A Rossi (Ita) 71 73 70, K Smith (Eng) 72 69 72.
Other scores:
215 S Walker (Eng) 72 70 73 (jt 14th).
222 J Wilson (Sco) 77 69 76 (jt 41st).
224 M Gillen (Ire) 75 75 74, H MacRae (Sco) 76 72 76 (jt 47th).
225 M Reid (Eng) 75 74 76 (jt 56th).
227 C Coughlan (Ire) 81 74 72, B Loucks (Wal) 77 75 75 (jt 66th).
229 K Caithness (Sco) 77 78 74, T Davies (Wal) 78 73 78, S Hassan (Wal) 73 78 78 (jt 74th).
239 T Mangan (Ire) 77 769 83 (100th).

Scot Dunn crashes in Indian Open second round


Dubai-based Scot Simon Dunn crashed out of contention for the Indian Open championship with a second-round 77 at Delhi Golf Club.
Dunn, 26, pictured right, had shared the overnight lead with Indian golf hero Vijay Kumar on six-under-par 66 but it was not quite so simple for Simon on the second day.
His 36-hole tally of one-under-par 143 puts him nine shots behind halfway Kumar (68-134) and another Indian, greenkeeper’s son S S P Chowrasia (69-65).
England's Simon Dyson and Australian Unho Park were both a shot off the pace on 135 as darkness fell with 24 players still to complete their second rounds. They included former Scottish amateur champion Barry Hume from Glasgow.
Hume later finished with a 76 for a three-over-par total of 147 and missed the cut.
Fellow Scot Andrew Coltart also bowed out of the tournament on 147 after a 73.
And a third Scot to miss the cut was Ross Bain with a pair of 74s for 148.
Leading second-round totals (24 players to complete second rounds).
(Par 72)
134 S S P Chowrasia (Ind) 69 65, V Kumar (Ind) 66 68.
135 U Park (Aus) 70 65, S Dyson (Eng) 68 67.
136 J Randhawa (Ind) 69 67, P Meesawat (Tha) 68 68.
137 R Gangjee (Ind) 71 66, Park Jun-won (Kor) 72 65.
Other scores:
138 T Pilkadaris (Aus) 69 69, T Carolan (Aus) 71 67.
139 M Pearce (NZ) 70 69.
140 A Brown (Aus) 70 70, M Holten (NZ) 73 67, S Strange (Aus) 67 73, M Wright (Aus) 67 73.
141 M Mouland (Wal) 71 70, R Gibson (Can) 68 73.
142 C Devers (US) 71 71, Y Ali (Eng) 69 73.
143 S Dunn (Sco) 66 77.
Non-qualifiers for final 36 holes included:
147 B Hume (Sco) 71 76, A Coltart (Sco) 74 73.
148 R Bain (Sco) 74 74.

St Andrews Links Trust seek public assistance


Golf fans around the world will have a chance to carve their name in history next month when St Andrews Links Trust runs a competition through its website to find a name for its seventh course which is under construction.
It will be the first time in 600 years of history at the Home of Golf that golf fans and the public will have the chance to suggest the name of a new course.
Visitors to will be invited to send in suggestions from November 1 to December 1. The best names will be submitted to the Course No 7 Working Party to select the winning name. The identity of the new course will be announced in January.
Competition winners will be invited to play one of the first rounds on the new course when it opens in 2008 and will be invited to the official opening ceremony along with VIP’s from the world of golf.
Course No 7 is under construction on a clifftop site to the south east of St Andrews centred on Kinkell Point and Brownhills Farm. The 220 acre site features spectacular views over the town of St Andrews and out to the North Sea.
Alan McGregor, general manager of St Andrews Links Trust, said, “The anticipation for what will be one of the finest courses not only in Scotland but in world golf has been building steadily and the mystery over its name seems to have captured the minds of golf fans everywhere.
“It is not very often that a new course opens at the Home of Golf and we have been acutely aware of the interest that Course No 7 has been attracting. We know that many golfers feel an emotional attachment to the birthplace of the game and we really wanted them to have the opportunity to become a part of the process of naming this new course.
“We have already received dozens of enquiries regarding the name from all corners of the globe and this competition promises to be fascinating. I would urge anyone who would like to be part of golf history to send in their suggestion.”
The internet competition follows the success last year of an auction on the Links Trust website for the tee plaques from the Old Course which attracted bids from around the world. The sale of the tee plaques raised £15,000 for St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association.
Full details for the competition and weekly information bulletins regarding the history and nature of the land at Course No 7 will be provided at
To send in your entry please email from November 1.
The deadline for entries will be 12noon on December1.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

PGA Super-60s event was four-ball, better-ball


Retired Hazlehead professional Ian Smith has been greatly embarrassed by erroneous reports that he finished joint third in the PGA’s Super-60s tournament over the Forest Pines Golf Club’s tree-lined course at Broughton in North Lincolnshire recently.
Smith, pictured right, did finish joint third … he did collect a cash prize of £683 … but it was a four-ball, better-ball tournament and Ian had former Walker Cup player Sandy Pirie (Hazlehead) as his partner.
“I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve come up to me, slapped my back, shaken my hand and said ‘Well done, Ian!’ I’ve had to say ‘Thanks very much but you should really be congratulating Sandy Pirie as well because his name – in fact none of the names of the amateurs concerned appeared in the reports,” said Ian.
“I played not badly but Sandy played very well indeed. I managed to score every so often but not nearly as often as Sandy did for our scores of 72 and 70 which was pretty good going over a par-73 course where, if you missed the fairway, it was a hack-out from the trees.”
Thorpeness pro Frank Hill and his eight-handicap partner Brian Underwood shot a better-ball 69 and 68 to tie with Gordon Gray, the retired Southerness club pro, and fellow Scot Marshall Douglas, playing off two, on 137. The Scots shot 65 and 72.
Although both pros received £1,125 each, there was a play-off for the title of PGA Super-60s champions and the English pair won with the aid of a stroke at the first extra hole.
The leading totals were:
Frank Hill (Thorpeness) and Brian Underwood (8) 69 68
Gordon Gray (Southerness, retired) and Marshall Douglas (2) 65 72.
+Hill and Underwood, receiving a stroke, won the play-off for the title at the first extra hole.
Both pros received £1,125.
Ian Smith (Hazlehead, retired) and Sandy Pirie (Hazlehead) 72 70.
Hugh Jackson (Donabate) and James Clynch 73 69.
Hedley Muscroft (Aloha) and Stuart Keanes 72 70.
The three pros received £683 each.

San Domenico Grand Final dramatic finish on cards


From Michael Gibbons, Challenge Tour Press Officer

A second consecutive 69 at the Challenge Tour’s Apulia San Domenico Grand Final has left Andrew McArthur in a great position to secure a place on the European Tour, while fellow-Scot David Drysdale is by no means out of the running for promotion after a second round of 70.
McArthur’s four-under-par aggregate of 138 left him trailing the leaders, James Hepworth (England) and Sweden's Alexander Noren by four shots as the former Scottish amateur champion improved for a share of 11th place to ninth equal.
Drysdale is now on two-under-par 140 with 36 holes to play and in joint 18th position..
Both men agree that they will have to put together a low scoring third round to move climb the leaderboard on Friday and get into position for what promises to be a dramatic final round.
The Challenge Tour’s leading 45 players are contesting the 20 available European Tour cards on offer through the leading final rankings.
“This seems a course that you can get a run going,” said Glasgow-born McArthur, who needs to finish among the top five at San Domenico Golf on Saturday evening to jump from his current position of 26th into the all important top 20.
“Hopefully I can do that over the next two days. I have been plodding along nicely and am playing well but I need to push on from here and finish the job off.”
Despite suffering from a cold, Drysdale, who needs a top two finish to move from 41st into the top 20, feels that he can put together a low enough score over the closing two days to safeguard a place on the European Tour next year.
The 31 year old from Dunbar can draw upon his Challenge Tour Grand Final success of 2004 when he won the last event of the year in Bordeaux to move from 44th to 13th spot on the final rankings.
“I need to go low over the next two days,” he agreed, “but that is possible around this golf course. The greens here are pure so if I can just get the ball a bit closer than I have been doing and roll the putts in then I’ll have every chance. There’s no reason why I can’t do it – I have been here before so I’m aware of what needs to be done.”
West Linton-based Welshman Gareth Wright looks out of it on six-over 148.
Par 71
134 James Hepworth (Eng) 69 65, Alexander Noren (Swe) 69 65.
135 James Heath (Eng) 69 66, Mark Pilkington (Wal) 67 68.
Other scores:
138 Andrew McArthur (Sco) 69 69 (jt 9th).
140 David Drysdale (Sco) 70 70 (jt 18th).
148 Gareth Wright (Wal) 73 75 (jt 42nd).

Inaugural North District boys' open match-play



Portlethen's Ryan Penny, Kyle Godsman (Hopeman) and Scott Duncan (Newtonmore) were the respective age and handicap winners when the inaugural North District boys’ open match-play championship ended at Forres Golf Club today.
Penny (15), pictured right, recent beaten finalist for the second year in a row in the Aberdeen & District junior club champions’ Spence Trophy match-play tournament, birdied the 18th against Jack Thow (Crieff) in the semi-final to book his place in Under-18 years’ section final in which Ryan beat local hope James Foley by 2 and 1.
Hopeman's Kyle Godsman, now aged 15, beat Alistair Begg (Muir of Ord) in the in the Under-15 years’ final. Begg was a 19th hole semi-final winner over Peter Ramsay (Elgin) in the morning but three-handicapper Godsman was the stronger player in the final.
Kyle was four up after nine holes and six ahead after 11 before winning by 5 and 4.
Scott Duncan (Newtonmore), only 13 years of age, won the 17th hole to go one ahead of local Aiden McLean before securing a half on the final green to win the handicap section.
The tournament, backed by the North District, was the brainchild of Forres Golf Club professional Sandy Aird who wanted to provide an opportunity for youngsters to gain more match-play experience. It is expected to become an open event, drawing entries from farther afield as more boys - and their parents - learn about the tournament.

Semi-finals - R Penny (Portlethen) bt J Thow (Crieff) 1 hole, J Foley (Forres) bt A Baillie (Elgin) 4 and 3.
Final - Penny bt Foley 2 and 1.
Semi-finals - A Begg (Muir of Ord) bt P Ramsay (Elgin) at 19th, K Godsman (Hopeman) bt J Treasurer (Castle Heather) 4 and 3.
Final - Godsman bt Begg 5 and 4.

Semi finals - J Milne (Elgin) (12) bt N Skene (Garmouth & Kingston) 1 hole, S Duncan (Newtonmore) (19) bt A McLean (Forres) (19) at 19th.
Final - Duncan bt Milne 1 hole.



The Jolly's Hotel Midland Alliance team competition at Downfield Golf Club was abandoned today due to flooding.
The event has been rearranged for November 1 with Kirriemuir Golf Club the venue.
The next Midland Alliance meeting is The Duke's Course, St Andrews on Thursday, October 26 when the tee has been reserved from8.30 to 12.30.

Women's World Amateur Team Championship Day 2



Scotland improved nine places to joint 18th in the field of 42 on the back of a super 69 by Jenna Wilson from Strathaven in the second round of the women’s world amateur team golf championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy in South Africa today.
Playing over the 6,080yd, par-72 Zalze Golf Club course, Jenna, pictured right, was able to improve by eight shots on the 77 she had in the first round over the marginally longer Stellenbosch club course.
Curtis Cup reserve Heather MacRae from Dunblane New was Scotland’s other second-round counter with a par 72, also at Zalze, four shots better than she managed at Stellenbosch.
Scottish Under-21 title-holder Krystle Caithness (St Regulus), also a Curtis Cup reserve, had Scotland’s non-counting score – a 78 - under the best two from three daily format.
Krystle, just 17 years old, was heading for a great score when she was two under par after 11 holes, having birdied the first, fourth and seventh and dropped only one shot, at the fifth.
Then the Fifer from Cellardyke shed eight shots over a nightmare last seven holes. Krystle bogeyed the 12th and 14th before running up a disastrous triple bogey 7 at the 15th.
Another bogey went on her card at the 17th before the final blow of a double-bogey 6 at the 18th, giving her sadly-contrasting halves of two-under-par 34 and eight-over-par 44.
Jenna Wilson conquered the De Zalze inward nine that floored team-mate Krystle. Jenna was out in one-under 35 with birdies at the first, third and fifth and bogeys at the fourth and seventh.
Then Jenna eliminated all the mistakes from her game with seven pars and birdies at the 17th and 18th for two-under 34 home and a 69.
Miss Wilson improved from joint 66th to joint 29th at the end of the second day.
Heather MacRae also turned in one-under-par 35 at De Zalze with birdies at the third and eighth and a bogey at the 17th. She almost held on to a sub-par score with a birdie at the 13th but bogeys at the 12th and 16th for an inward 37 and a par-matching 72 which put her in a share of 38th spot, an improvement of 16 places.
Host nation South Africa have taken up the running with a total of 277 – three shots clear of Germany with the toppled overnight leaders Japan in third place on 281.
England are in joint fifth place on 284; Scotland joint 18th on 294; Wales 21st on 298 and Ireland sharing 24th place on 301.
England’s Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) (73-69) and Sophie Walker (Kenwick Park) (72-70)– both of whom were overlooked for the Curtis Cup match in late July – are the leading British or Irish players in the individual standings in joint seventh place on 142 – five shots behind 16-year-old Japanese high school girl Rikako Morita (65-72).



277 South Africa.
280 Germany.
281 Japan.
282 France.
284 England, Sweden (jt 5th).
286 Korea, Chinese Taipei, Australia.
288 Colombia.
289 Netherlands.
290 Canada, New Zealand, United States.
291 Spain.
292 Italy.
293 Austria.
294 Russian Federation, Scotland (jt 18th).
297 Venezuela.
298 Wales (21st).
299 Mexico, Czech Republic.
301 Chile, Ireland (jt 24th).
302 Belgium, Argentina.
303 Finland, Phillipines.
304 Brazil.
305 Norway.
308 Iceland.
310 Bermuda.
319 Egypt.
320 Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Guatemala.
328 Trinidad & Tobago.
331 Slovakia.
343 Zambia.
349 Croatia.
378 Gabon.
Par 72
137 R Morita (Jap) 65 72.
138 A Simon (SAf) 69 69.
139 K Shean (SAf) 70 69, Pei-lin Yu (Chinese Taipei) 77 73.
140 A Nordqvist (Swe) 68 72.
141 K Schallenberg (Ger) 73 68.
142 A Blumenhirst (US) 71 71, M Boudry (Fra) 74 68, So Yeon Ryu (Kor) 72 70, K Smith (Eng) 73 69, S Walker (Eng) 72 70.
Other scores:
146 J Wilson (Sco) 77 69 (jt 29th).
148 H MacRae (Sco) 76 72 (jt 38th).
149 M Reid (Eng) 75 74 (jt 45th).
150 M Gillen (Ire) 75 75 (jt 49th).
151 T Davies (Wal) 78 73, S Hassan (Wal) 73 78 (jt 60th).
152 B Loucks (Wal) 77 75 (jt 65th).
155 K Caithness (Sco) 77 78, C Coughlan (Ire) 81 74 (jt 78th).
156 T Mangan (Ire) 77 79 (jt 87th).

Fraserburgh teenager finishes 73rd of 77


Fraserburgh teenager Jordan Findlay just cannot get back in the groove for East Tennessee State University on the American college circuit since his summer break back home.
The former British boys champion had rounds of 85, 74 and 79 for a total of 22-over-par 238 in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tournament at The Ridges Golf & Country Club, Jonesborough in Tennessee.
Findlay, pictured right, was placed 73rd in a field of 77 students.
The event was won by his ETSU team-mate, another past British boys champion, Edinburgh-born Rhys Davies.
It was an eighth college win in the States for the Walker Cup player from Bridgend, South Wales.
Davies score 71, 69 and 71 for a five-under-par total of 211 which was three ahead of runner-up Philip Petit (Tennessee).
Tennessee (869) pipped East Tennessee State (870) for the team event contested by 15 colleges.


211 Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State) 71 69 71.
214 Philip Petit (Tennessee) 73 69 72.
Other scores by East Tennessee State University players:
220 Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) 73 74 73.
221 Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) 74 78 69.
222 Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland) 73 74 75.
225 Adam Hodkinson (England) 77 75 73.
238 Jordan Findlay (Fraserburgh) 85 74 79.


West of Scotland Open champion Callum Macaulay from Tulliallan, a student at the University of Mississippi, finished joint 45th with a three-over-par round of 75 in the rain-shortened Squire Creek Inter-Collegiate tournament at Ruston, Louisana.
Torrential rain forced the organisers to reduce the 54-hole tournament to a one-round affair which was won by Johnny Caldwell (South Alabama) with a five-under-par 67.
Mississippi (287) finish fourth in the team event won by Sam Houston State (281) with Southeastern Louisiana and UT-Chattanooga joint second on 286 in a field of 18 teams.

Indian Open golf championship hit by rain


Scots exile Simon Dunn holed a 25ft eagle putt at the last hole to share the lead on six-under-par 66 with home hero Vijay Kumar in the first round of the Indian Open golf championship at Delhi Golf Club today.
The Scot, who finished third place in last week's Volkswagen Masters, says he has still not got over the death of his father who suffered a heart attack in August.
"Up until last week I have had a terrible year. Apart from the Volkswagen Masters, I only made one other cut all year. I was able to turn things around though as I started hitting a fade in the summer as opposed to hitting it right to left and my short game has been coming along,” said Dunn who has been a tour pro for three years.
“I know exactly what shot shape I am going to hit every time now which is especially vital on this course.
"I played some mini tours events in the summer and played well in August but then my father passed away so I didn't play very much golf at all for the last two months.”
A 2hr 20min rain delay at the start of the day meant 66 players were unable to complete their first round.
Korean Suk Jong-yul, New Zealand's Brad Iles, and Australians Scott Strange and Michael Wright all shot 67s.
Englishman Simon Dyson showed the kind of form which has seen him win twice in Europe this year by posting a 68. Dyson, who claimed the joint sanctioned Indonesian Open and Dutch Open this year, eagled the 17th but bogeyed the last.
Former Scottish amateur champion Barry Hume from Glasgow had a 71 but Andrew Coltart had a 74.
Leading first-round scores:
66 V Kumar (Ind), S Dunn (Sco).
67 - Suk Jong-yul (Kor), S Strange (Aus), M Wright (Aus), B Iles (NZ).
68 R Gibson (Can), S Dyson (Eng), Prom Meesawat (Tha), V Bhandari (Ind).
Other scores:
69 Yasin Ali (Eng).
71 M Mouland (Wal), B Hume (Sco).
74 A Coltart (Sco).

++Michele Thomson from Ellon, Aberdeenshire has this week finished third in only her second tournament for Jacksonville State University on the American women's college circuit ... but she is not guaranteed a place in the JSU team for the next tournament! Read all about it on our sister website,

European Challenge Tour Grand Final


From Michael Gibbons, Challenge Tour Press Officer

Scotland’s Andrew McArthur and David Drysdale produced solid opening rounds at the European Challenge Tour’s Apulia San Domenico Grand Final to keep their hopes alive of winning a place on next year’s European Tour.
McArthur (pictured right), currently 26th on the Challenge Tour rankings and in need of a top five finish to secure his European Tour card as one of the Challenge Tour’s top 20, posted a two-under-par 69 to trail leader Rafael Echenique of Argentina by four strokes.
Drysdale, one behind his countryman with a 70, needs to finish in the top two to leap into the all important top 20 at this, the last event of the Challenge Tour season where the top 45 players on the rankings battle for the 20 European Tour cards on offer.
While Drysdale does his best to concentrate on the Challenge Tour Grand Final, he will find it impossible not keep an eye on the Mallorca Classic, the final event of the European Tour season for the players trying to hold on to their cards for next season by finishing in the top 115 on the Order of Merit.
The Dunbar tour professional is currently 114th on that money list but was unable to secure entry to the Mallorcan event and is therefore unable to defend his European Tour position.
Leading scores in the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final:
Par 71.
65 R Echenique (Arg).
66 F Aguilar (Chile).
67 M Pilkington (Wal), A Quiros (Spa), H Rey (Arg), S P Webster (Eng).
Other scores:
68 S Walker (Eng) (jt 7th).
69 J Heath (Eng), J Hepworth (Eng), M Higley (Eng), A McArthur (Sco) (jt 11th).
70 D Drysdale (Sco), D Lucas (Eng) (jt 22nd).

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

North Golf Alliance early-season results



The North Golf Alliance season got underway at Thurso on Sunday, October 1. For the past three years, this fixture had to be cancelled because of soft fairways but, on this occasion, the Thurso course was in excellent condition, especially the greens. The home players took full advantage to post excellent course.
Course record-holder Jim Sangster added to his season’s success story with a one-under-par 68, closely followed by clubmate Doug Thorburn on 69. But it was a first-time visitor from Tain, Raymond Lockie, who had the outstanding score of the day, a net 62 off 10, to sweep the handicap prize.
Brora Golf Club secretary Tony Gill made the 160-mile round trip to the second North Alliance fixture at Durness, the most north-westerly golf course on the mainland, to win his first alliance event.
He achieved it with a three-over-par 70 over the nine-hole course set on the rugged headland overlooking the fabulous Balnakeil Bay,
Tony matched par for his first circuit and then double-bogeyed the final hole for a second nine of 38.
(Players from Thurso unless stated)
68 J Sangster.
69 D Thorburn.
Class 1 – R Lockie (Tain) (10) 62; R MacDonald (Reay) (7) 67; J Murray (Brora) (8) 68; K Lorimer (Brora) (9) 70; J Hunter (Wick) (5) 71.
Class 2 – B Sutter (14) 66; G Klein (Durness) (20) 66; G Bain (12) 69; W Sutherland (21) 70; G Calder (14) 73.
(Players from Durness unless stated)
73 T Gill (Brora).
77 A Gunn (Reay).
Class 1 – R MacDonald (Reay) (7) 69; B Mackay (Reay) (8) 70; M Moran (Invergordon) (7) 71; A Gunn Tain) (7) 73.
Class 2 – L Ross (11) 73; D MacKenzie (Thurso) (12) 74; D Irvine (Thurso) (16) 75; J Morrison (19) 76.

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Women's world amateur team championship


By Pete Kowalski (International Golf Federation Press Officer)
With additional words by Colin Farquharson (

Scotland – represented by Heather MacRae (Dunblane), Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) and Jenna Wilson (Strathaven) – are joint 27th in a field of 42 nations at the end of the first day of the women’s world amateur team championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy at Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The Scots, captained by former Curtis Cup player Alison Davidson from Stirling, totalled 153 under the best-two-from-three-scores to count daily format.
Heather had a four-over-par 76 to be in joint 54th place individually. Krystle and Jenna both had 77s to be sharing 66th place.
Scotland’s first-round total was 153, which put them 16 shots behind the leading Japan team for whom 16-year-old Rikako Morita had the best individual score of seven-under-par 65.
Japan lead by two strokes from defending champions Sweden, South Africa and Chinese Taipei, all on the 139 mark.
Rikako Morita broke the record for lowest individual first-round score in Espirito Santo Trophy history. The second-year high school student from Kyoto had an eagle, six birdies and a bogey in her round.
This is the first time since the early days of the women's world amateur team championship that all four home countries have entered their own teams. Traditionally, the Ladies Golf Union selected a Great Britain & Ireland team to compete in the championship
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137 Japan
139 Sweden, South Africa, Chinese Taipei.
141 Germany.
142 Canada.
143 Australia.
144 United States.
145 Korea, Spain, England.
146 New Zealand, France.
147 Colombia.
148 Italy.
149 Netherlands, Finland, Czech Republic.
150 Russian Federation, Wales, Chile, Venezuela.
151 Mexico, Austria, Belgium.
152 Ireland.
153 Scotland, Argentina.
154 Iceland, Brazil.
155 Norway, Phillipines.
157 Puerto Rico.
160 Bermuda.
162 Guatemala.
163 Switzerland.
164 Trinidad & Tobago, Egypt.
168 Slovakia.
175 Croatia.
176 Zambia.
191 Gabon.
Par 70
65 Rikako Morita (Jap).
66 Pei-Lin Yu (Chinese Taipei).
68 Anna Nordqvist (Sweden).
69 Emma Bennett (Australia), Sandra Gall (Germany), Ashleigh Simon (South Africa).
70 Laura Matthews (Canada), Kelly Shean (South Africa).
Other scores:
71 Belen Mozo (Spa) (jt 9th).
72 Sophie Walker (Eng) (jt 13th).
73 Sahra Hassan (Wal), Kerry Smith (Eng) (jt 20th).
75 Martina Gillen (Ire), Melissa Reid (Eng) (46th).
76 Heather MacRae (Sco) (jt 54th).
77 Krystle Caithness (Sco), Breanne Loucks (Wal), Tricia Mangan (Ire), Jenna Wilson (Sco) (jt 66th).
78 Tara Davies (Wal) (jt 79th).
81 Claire Coughlan (Ire) (jt 94th).

Inaugural North District boys' open match-play


SGU North District secretary David Black, local club professional and tournament instigator Sandy Aird and Scottish international Brian Fotheringham all pitched in to clear water from the greens and enable the first and second rounds of the inaugural North District boys’ open match-play championship to be completed on a rain-sodden Forres Golf Club course today.
After leading the Under-18 years’ section qualifiers Neil Howitt (Nairn Dunbar) made a shock exit in the second round to Ryan Penny (Portlethen), who won after just 13 holes.
Host club member James Foley plays Andrew Baillie (Elgin) in the second of Thursday’s semi finals to ensure a North presence in the final.
Foley, who had to play three extra holes to survive his first-round tie, beat the highly rated Aberdeen youngster, Scott Fraser (Northern), in the second round.
Penny takes on another Aberdonian, Scott Robertson (Hazlehead), in the other Under-18 semi final.
The North has four players through to the semi-finals of the Under-15s championship. Peter Ramsay (Elgin) meets Alistair Begg (Muir of Ord) and Kyle Godsman (Hopeman) tackles Jamie Treasurer (Castle Heather) for a place in the final.


N Howitt (Nairn Dunbar) bt A Hay (Grantown on Spey) 2 and 1.
R Penny (Portlethen) bt S Mann (Moray) 2 and 1.
J Thow (Crieff) bt D Macandrew (Hazlehead) 5 and 3.
S Robertson (Hazlehead) bt M. Brand (Tain) 5 and 4.
A Baillie (Elgin) bt S Stables (Elgin) 3 and 1.
C MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) bt B Macleman (Moray) 1 hole.
S Fraser (Northern) bt S Griffiths (Cullen) 5 and 4.
J Foley (Forres) bt A. Dunton (McDonald Ellon) at 21st.
Penny bt Howitt 6 and 5.
Robertson bt Thow 5 and 3.
Baillie bt MacDonald 4 and 3.
Foley bt Fraser 4 and 3.

D Edwards (Elgin) bt D Wright (Alness) 3 and 2.
P Ramsay (Elgin) bt C Nelson (Nairn) 2 and 1.
F Clarke (Westhill) bt R Clarke (Moray) at 21st.
A Begg (Muir of Ord)) bt E Duncan (Newtonmore) 8 and 7.
L Reid (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) bt W Rennie (Northern) 1 hole.
K Godsman (Hopeman) bt M Ross (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) 1 hole.
J Treasurer (Castle Heather) bt N MacAndrew (Cullen) 5 and 4.
T Maddocks (Forres) bt C MacLean (Inverness) 7 and 5.
Ramsay bt Edwards 3 and 2.
Begg bt F.Clark 3 and 2.
Godsman bt Reid 2 and 1.
Treasurer bt Maddocks 8 and 6.

North-east Alliance at Ballater



Newburgh-on-Ythan club professional Ian Bratton birdied the last hole to head a field of 86 for today’s North-east Golfers’ Alliance competition at mist-shrouded Ballater Golf Club where it was very wet underfoot after heavy overnight rain which lingered around.
Bratton, who had figured in a triple tie for victory in the September 27 Alliance meeting at McDonald Ellon, finished with a two-under-par 68 with birdies at the first, seventh, eighth, 11th, 14th and 18th and bogeys at the fifth, ninth and 16th in halves of 34 (one under par) and 33 (two under par).
Ian, pictured right, won by one stroke from joint runners-up Colin Nelson (MacKenzie Club) and Steven Troup (King’s Links). Both professionals parred the last hole.
Either would have benefited from the finish of joint fourth Gary Esson. The +2 Portlethen amateur covered the last eight holes in five under par with birdies at the 10th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th for a 69.
Speaking of finishes, good, bad or otherwise,Banchory professional Stewart Davidson, who also finished on 69, would have been the winner with a 66 had he been able to par the last five holes.
Stewart, however, started badly and finished badly, all relatively speaking, of course.
He bogeyed the fourth and fifth before his purple patch which saw him get an eagle 3 at the seventh, a birdie 3 at the eight (turn in one-under-par 34), and birdie the 10th, 11th and 12th to be four under par with six holes to play. He parred the short 13th but then bogeyed the 14th, 16th and 18th for 35 home.
Paul Lawrie's older brother Stephen, an eight-handicapper at Portlethen Golf Club, fell foul of a local Ballater GC rule.
At Ballater, if your golf ball hits the overhead cables, it says on the back of the scorecard:
A ball striking the overhead cables at the third or fourth holes must be played as it lies.

But, curiously enough, at Turriff Golf Club, there is a local rule that a ball hitting an overhead cable must be replayed.
So when Stephen Lawrie's ball hit the overhead cables at Ballater's third hole (223yd), he played another ball. At Turriff, that would have been the correct procedure. But at Ballater it is a NO-NO, encurring a two-stroke penalty.
"I did think that the rule for an overhead cable would be the same as at Turriff. I didn't consult the Ballater scorecard," said Stephen who had a good gross score of 75 which went up to 77 when the two-stroke penalty was added after consultation with Alliance secretary and Rules of Golf expert, Ron Menzies.
Ron's knowledge of the Rules of Golf was again tested when Stuart Pert from Huntly reported the fact that, under the "Mark-lift-clean and replace your ball if in a closely-mown area" rule in operation for the day, he had done so at the 14th hole (319yd), walking forward to survey his second shot before he replaced his ball. Nothing wrong with that, but ...
"It was when I was walking back to my marker that I realised I had made a mistake in thinking that my drive had landed in a closely-mown area. It was in the short rough."
Pert then proceeded to hole his second shot for an eagle 2 which became a birdie 3 when Ron Menzies imposed a one-shot penalty on him for moving his ball while it was in play.
Stuart's gross score of 70 made him joint sixth in the scratch prize list at the end of the day. But there was another unkind blow waiting in the wings for Mr Pert.
Stuart has a handicap of three but he did not notice that his playing partner had written on his scorecard that his handicap was two - and Stuart signed for a net 69 instead of the net 68 he was entitled to if the proper deduction of three strokes had been made.
"Stuart's gross score was not affected but he would have been disqualified from the net prize list had the mistake over his handicap been the other way round, i.e. he signed for a lower net score than was the case," said Ron Menzies.
Next week's meeting is at Edzell.
Leading scores (Par 70)
67 I Bratton (Newburgh) p.
68 C Nelson (MacKenzie Club) p, S Troup (Kings Links) ap.
69 G Esson (Portlethen), S Davidson (Banchory) p.
70 S Pert (Huntly), A Innes (Murcar Links).
71 A Campbell (Deeside), J Dalgarno (Hazlehead), W S Urquhart (Murcar Links) s, C Alexander (Murcar Links) s.
72 N Murray (Cruden Bay) p, F G Gray (Deeside), L Sang (Aboyne), C Stephen (Meldrum House), S Chalmers (Banchory) ap, D Yeats (Newmachar), S Finnie (Caledonian), D Garrett (Huntly).
73 R L Nicoll (Murcar Links) s, F Bisset (Banchory), R Pirie (Caledonian) s.
74 R Stewart (Cruden Bay) p, J Nicolson (Auchmill).
75 C Carnegie (Kemnay), J Roberts (Cruden Bay), R Fitzpatrick ((Inchmarlo) ap, J Hamilton (Murcar Links), L Roger (Royal Aberdeen) s, T Mathieson (Murcar Links), A Graham (Portlethen).
76 R Hyland (Newmachar), B Harper (Newburgh), C Cassie (Nigg Bay).
77 B Ritchie (Inverallochy), D Wilson (Duff House Royal), A Grant (Portlethen), S Lawrie (Portlethen), D Leighton (Murcar Links).
78 I Strachan (Royal Aberdeen), A Nelson (Banchory), J Robb (Turriff).
79 D Bisset (Banchory) s, D McKay (Caledonian).
(p denotes professional; ap assistant professional; s senior)
Class 1

J Dalgarno (Hazlehead) (7); A Innes (Murcar Links) (5) 70; F G Gray (Deeside) (6) 66; S Pert (Huntly) (2), C Alexander (Murcar Links) (3), R L Nicoll (Murcar Links) (5), J Roberts (Cruden Bay) (7), C Cassie (Nigg Bay) (8) 68; F Bisset (Banchory) (4), S Lawrie (Portlethen) (8) 69; W S Urquhart (Murcar Links) (1), D Garrett (Huntly) (2), R Pirie (Caledonian) (3), J Nicolson (Auchmill) (4), J M Hamilton (Murcar Links) (5), A Grant (Portlethen) (7), D Bisset (Banchory) (9) 70.
Class 2
L Roger (Royal Aberdeen) (10), J Robb (Turriff) (13) 65; I Strachan (Royal Aberdeen) (12) 66; C Telford (Banchory) (13) 67; G Leslie (Newburgh) (11) 70; C Hood (Alford) (10), A Buchan (Northern) (10), K Duncan (Cruden Bay) (12), D Wood (Newburgh) (14) 71; J Jessiman (Oldmeldrum) (14) 72; W D Rae (Kemnay) (11), D Sherriffs (Hazlehead) (13), D Moir (Murcar Links) (13), W McBain (Turriff) (13) 73.




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