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Saturday, May 31, 2008







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Great Britain & Ireland need to win Sunday's final session of singles by at least a 6-2 margin if they are to prise the Curtis Cup out of the grasp of United States for the first time since Killarney was the venue in 1996.

This is the 35th staging of the biennial women's amateur golf international and the first to be stretched from the traditional two to three days and also the first to be played over the Old Course, St Andrews.

The Americans started the second day with a 4-2 lead and extended that advantage to 7 ½ to 4 ½ by sharing the foursomes 1 ½-1 ½ and then taking the Saturday afternoon four-s ball ties 2-1.

Sally Watson, 16, has been the most successful of the seven Curtis Cup debutantes in the GB&I team.

She has won three out of four games.

The outstanding player in a very talented American team is Stacy Lewis with four wins out of four.

In the final set of singles, Sally Watson from Edinburgh, a resident student at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida, will play the Irish-born Alison Walshe who has won all three of her ties.

The final singles programme is (GB&I players first):

10.9 Breanne Loucks (Wrexham) v Kimberley Kim.

10.10 Jodi Ewart (Catterick) v Amanda Blumenherst.

10.20 L


iz Bennett (Brokenhurst Manor) v Stacy Lewis.

10.30 Carly Booth (Comrie) v Tiffany Joh.

10.40 Michele Thomson (McDonald Ellon) v Jennie Lee.

10.50 Florentyna Parker (Royal Birkdale) v Meghan Bolger.

11.00 Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) v Mina Harigae.

11.10 Sally Watson (Elie & Earlsferry Ladies) v Alison Walshe.



Challenge Tour Scoreboard
200 L Kelly (Sco) 69 66 65
202 J Haeggman (Swe) 70 66 66; I Garbutt (Eng) 67 69 66; B Grace (RSA) 71 65 66; A Butterfield (Eng) 67 69 66
203 J Clement (Sui) 68 68 67; J McLeary (Sco) 66 70 67; S O’Hara (Sco) 69 67 67; A Bernadet (Fra); M Tullo (Chil) 67 68 68; A Marshall (Eng) 67 68 68
205 A Ahokas (Fin) 70 66 69; G Murray (Sco) 68 67 70
206 A Hogberg (Swe) 68 68 70
207 M Quiros (Esp) 67 69 71; J Hepworth (Eng) 67 69 71
208 R Guillard (Fra) 66 70 72; R McEvoy (Eng) 68 67 73
209 L Saltman (Sco) 69 67 73
214 S Jamieson (Sco) 68 68 78



Ian Woosnam is currently four shots off the pace set by England’s Bob Cameron on day one of the Parkridge Polish Seniors.
Woosnam – playing his second event on the European Seniors Tour – came into the tournament in good form after a top 20 finish at last week’s US Senior PGA Championship, but was disappointed not to have taken advantage of the benign conditions at Krakow Valley Golf and Country Club.
He said: “The course wasn’t particularly difficult – although the rough’s quite tough – but I didn’t play especially well. If you get going, you can score well out there.
“It is quite long out there though – I’m quite tired, and my legs are certainly hurting me! And it was quite difficult to get used to the pace of the greens after coming from America. But we’re getting there slowly.
“It’s fantastic that we’re here, because bringing golf to Poland and other parts of eastern Europe can only be a good thing for the game.”
Cameron – who finished in the top 30 at last week’s US Senior PGA Championship – came home in 31 to finish on five under par, whilst Ireland’s Eamonn Darcy is in second place after a round of 68.
67 B Cameron (Eng).
68 E Darcy (Ire).
69 D Hospital (Esp).
70 G J Brand (Eng); B Charles (NZL); S Ginn (Aus); T Johnstone (Zim); C Mason (Eng); J Rhodes (Eng); G Watine (Fra).

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(Speaking after having just watched Liz Bennett hole a putt on the 18th green for GB&I to share the morning foursomes 1 ½-1 1/2).

That was absolutely crucial. It really was. It was brilliant of Liz and fair “do’s” to her. She was under a lot of pressure having knocked it out of town (out of bounds from the 17th tee).
I keeping say to the girls: Wins are important but halves are equally as important. They all add up.
This could be the turning point for us … get us going … we haven’t lost any ground which is brilliant and we still have three points to play for in the afternoon.
So we could be on a level pegging yet …
Yes, the 17th was a blow for us but when you look back on 15 and 16 in that match (Bennett & Ewart v Amanda Blumenherst & Tiffany Joh), the Americans missed a short one at the 15th and three-putted the 16th so you could say for them (the Americans) that they had let it slip and ours jumped in and took it.
So if there is such a thing as a fair result in golf, that was it.
It means an awful lot to us and the girls will be buzzing now.
Jodi’s putt downhill wasn’t easy. If she had hit it too hard it could have slid way past the hole.
I said very little to the girls last night. I told them we had to focus on each session as it comes, starting with three points in the foursomes.
They are all playing well and I told them to be patient.
Breanne and Carly were kind of slow (one down) before the turn and I said to them “Come on you’ve got 10 chances of birdies left … so they birdied the short eighth, parred nine, birdied the 10th and suddenly they’ve gone from one down to one up. They got the momentum going so I’ve decided to leave the two of them together for the afternoon.
I’m just awfully sorry that I’m not playing Jodi in the afternoon, that I’m going with the others. But they are all playing well.


Murcar Links beat Royal Aberdeen
in Maitland Shield tight final

Murcar Links won the City of Aberdeen men's foursomes match-play tournament for the Maitland Shield with a one-hole win over Royal Aberdeen in the final at Craibstone Golf Centre.
Details (Murcar Links names first):
Lee Vetesse & Ian Galbraith 0, Mark Halliday & Allan Reith 2.
Neil McKinnon & Anthony Bews 3, Stephen Bews & Colin Shaw 0.

US PGA Tour Scoreboard
Par 144 (2 x 72)
7 Kenny Perry 66 71, Mathew Goggin (Aus) 65 72
138 Jerry Kelly 66 72
139 Luke Donald (Eng) 68 71
140 Steve Lowery 70 70, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 69 71, Matt Kuchar 68 72, Nick O'Hern (Aus) 70 70
141 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 67 74, Justin Rose (Eng) 68 73
143 J.B. Holmes 74 69, Pat Perez 70 73, Mike Weir (Can) 71 72, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 68 75, Rocco Mediate 70 73, Fred Couples 72 71, Jason Bohn 72 71
144 Daniel Chopra (Swe) 76 68, Vaughn Taylor 71 73, Joe Ogilvie 69 75, Ryan Moore 73 71
145 Brett Quigley 67 78, Robert Allenby (Aus) 69 76, Jim Furyk 71 74, Johnson Wagner 78 67, John Mallinger 71 74
146 Dudley Hart 73 73, Todd Hamilton 70 76, Tom Lehman 76 70, Cliff Kresge 73 73, Tom Pernice Jnr. 71 75, George McNeill 73 73, Nathan Green (Aus) 75 71, Bill Haas 74 72
147 Chris DiMarco 75 72, Woody Austin 71 76, Mark Wilson 73 74, Tim Wilkinson (Nzl) 72 75, Paul Casey (Eng) 76 71, Kevin Na (Kor) 75 72, Phil Mickelson 72 75, John Rollins 71 76, Richard Green (Aus) 72 75, Bo Van Pelt 71 76, Ian Poulter (Eng) 75 72, Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 75 72
148 Nick Watney 68 80, Charley Hoffman 74 74, Arron Oberholser 77 71, Davis Love III 74 74, Ben Curtis 76 72, Stewart Cink 71 77, Dustin Johnson 75 73, Tim Petrovic 73 75, Shaun Micheel 71 77, Ken Duke 71 77, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 72 76
149 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 72 77, John Senden (Aus) 71 78, Brett Wetterich 76 73, D.J. Trahan 73 76, Jon Mills (Can) 73 76
150 Jin Park (Kor) 75 75, Anton Haig (Rsa) 71 79, Zach Johnson 71 79, Bart Bryant 76 74, Jeff Quinney 71 79, Lee Janzen 74 76, Parker McLachlin 73 77, Chez Reavie 73 77, Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 74 76, Dean Wilson 78 72, Sean O'Hair 75 75, Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 72 78, Travis null Perkins 76 74, KJ Choi (Kor) 76 74
151 Brian Davis (Eng) 70 81, Jeff Overton 73 78, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 79 72, Ernie Els (Rsa) 73 78, Lucas Glover 74 77, Brandt Snedeker 76 75
152 Hunter Mahan 76 76, Steve Marino 76 76, Cameron Beckman 76 76, Greg Kraft 71 81, Jonathan Byrd 76 76, Jason Gore 76 76
153 Y. E Yang (Kor) 77 76, J J Henry 76 77, Boo Weekley 76 77
154 Mark Brooks 80 74, Charles Howell III 74 80, Frank Lickliter II 77 77
155 Jason Day (Aus) 73 82
156 Mark Calcavecchia 72 84, Robert Garrigus 80 76, Billy Mayfair 77 79, Bubba Watson 72 84, Matthew Jones (Aus) 77 79
157 Billy Andrade 72 85, Chad Campbell 76 81, John Merrick 80 77, Steve Flesch 76 81, Troy Matteson 76 81
158 Paul Azinger 80 78, Mark Hensby (Aus) 74 84, David Duval 80 78, Nicholas Thompson 75 83
159 Drew Weaver 79 80
160 Charles Warren 84 76, Bob Sowards 78 82, Graeme Storm (Eng) 79 81
161 James Kingston (Rsa) 76 85, Marco Dawson 81 80
163 James Driscoll 80 83
164 Justin Bolli 79 85
165 Larry Mize 77 88


James Byrne has an 81 in third
round of NCAA championship

Two suspensions of play for lightning meant that the third round of the NCAA Division 1 championship was not completed on Friday at the Kampen course in the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Kevin Chappell (UCLA) is the leader in the clubhouse and certain to still be ahead of the field when the fourth and final round begins after the third round is completed.
He has shot 69, 73 and 68 for a six-under-par tally of 210, which is great scoring over a course measuring the best part of 7,500yd.
Kevin leads by four shots from Kyle Stanley (Clemson) and Nick Taylor (Washington).
Banchory's James Byrne (Arizona State) did not had a good third day. He totted up an 81, obviously his worst of the three rounds so far. Ironically, James kept a double bogey off his card, which he was not able to do in rounds one and two, but he had only one birdie, at the 15th, in halves of 41 and 40.
Of the players who have completed three rouonds, James is sharing54th place on 233 with his scores of 78, 74 and 81.
Par 216 (3 x 72)
210 Kevin Chappell (UCLA) 69 73 68.
214 Kyle Stanley (Clemson) 72 68 74, Nick Taylor (Washington) 75 66 73.
216 Billy Horschel (Florida) 72 67 76, Tim Sluiter (Southern California) 70 73 73.
219 Joel Sjoholm (Georgia State) 72 72 75.
Other score:
233 James Byrne (Arizona State) 78 74 81.


Strange goings on in Wales
Open at Celtic Manor

The Wales Open will resume today with little-known Australian Scott Strange eyeing the main prize and with its star attraction Padraig Harrington nowhere to be seen.
Open champion Harrington crashed out of Celtic Manor when a second round 74 sent him to his first missed cut on European soil since October 2006 and Strange - a 31-year-old from Perth ranked 164th in the world - is the man the rest were trying to catch after marvellous rounds of 63 and 66 on the newly unwrapped lay-out.
At 13 under par he leads the race for the £300,000 winner's cheque by four from English pair Benn Barham and Robert Dinwiddie, Spain's Alvaro Velasco and Indian Jeev Milkha Singh.
Former winner Robert Karlsson, third in each of the last three tournaments and with a point to prove after three-putting from three feet on the final green at Wentworth on Sunday when still in with a chance to win, is in the group one further back.
Par 142 (2 x 71)
129 Scott Strange (Aus) 63 66
133 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 65 68, Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 65 68, Benn Barham 69 64, Robert Dinwiddie 68 65
134 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 67 67, Rafael Echenique (Arg) 67 67, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 64 70, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 66 68, Ross McGowan 66 68
135 Hennie Otto (Rsa) 67 68, Peter Whiteford 68 67, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa) 67 68
136 Soren Hansen (Den) 68 68, Nick Dougherty 67 69, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 66 70, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 69 67
137 Gary Orr 70 67, Ross Fisher 67 70, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 69 68, Colin Montgomerie 69 68, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 70 67, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 71 66, Simon Wakefield 71 66
138 Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 69 69, Francesco Molinari (Ita) 72 66, Paul Waring 66 72, Kyron Sullivan 70 68, Darren Clarke 70 68, Julio Zapata (Arg) 69 69, Stephen Gallacher 69 69, Jamie Donaldson 72 66, Sam Little 68 70, Thomas Levet (Fra) 69 69, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 71 67
139 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 69 70, Garry Houston 71 68, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 69 70, Phillip Price 68 71, Per-Ulrik Johansson (Swe) 69 70, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 71 68, Carlos Rodiles (Spa) 71 68, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 69 70, Johan Edfors (Swe) 69 70, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 70 69, Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 66 73, Rory McIlroy 68 71, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 71 68, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 71 68
140 Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 70 70, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 72 68, Peter Baker 70 70, Francois Delamontagne (Fra) 70 70, Marcel Siem (Ger) 71 69, David Lynn 72 68, David Frost (Rsa) 69 71, Alastair Forsyth 67 73, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 74 66, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 71 69, Mark Foster 69 71, Barry Lane 71 69
141 Graeme McDowell 69 72, Luis Claverie (Spa) 70 71, David Howell 75 66, Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 70 71, Danny Willett 70 71, Gareth Paddison (Nzl) 73 68, Lee Slattery 70 71, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 70 71, Tom Whitehouse 73 68, Ariel Canete (Arg) 72 69, Emanuele Canonica (Ita) 73 68, Peter O'Malley (Aus) 69 72
142 Joakim Backstrom (Swe) 72 70, Damien McGrane 73 69, Steve Webster 69 73, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 73 69, Oliver Wilson 71 71, Peter Lawrie 70 72, Simon Khan 70 72, Carl Suneson (Spa) 69 73, Sven Struver (Ger) 75 67, Markus Brier (Aut) 72 70, Peter Fowler (Aus) 71 71, Paul McGinley 72 70, Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) 72 70, Bradley Dredge 73 69
143 Craig Lee 73 70, Richard Bland 72 71, Jean Van de Velde (Fra) 76 67, Pelle Edberg (Swe) 73 70, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind) 72 71, Mark Brown (USA) 70 73, Paul Broadhurst 73 70, Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 75 68, Simon Lilly 75 68, Craig Smith 71 72, Paul Lawrie 70 73, Richard Finch 72 71, Gregory Havret (Fra) 70 73
144 Martin Erlandsson (Swe) 69 75, Stuart Manley 72 72, Simon Dyson 74 70, Mardan Mamat (Sin) 71 73, Andrew McLardy (Rsa) 74 70, Anthony Wall 70 74, Peter Hanson (Swe) 69 75, Marc Warren 70 74, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 76 68, Miles Tunnicliff 73 71, Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 72 72, Padraig Harrington 70 74
145 Henrik Nystrom (Swe) 72 73, Patrik Sjoland (Swe) 75 70, Paolo Terreni (Ita) 73 72, Llewellyn Matthews 70 75, Sion Bebb 73 72, Rhys Davies 71 74, Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 72 73, Lee S James 70 75, Alexander Noren (Swe) 71 74, Stephen Dodd 76 69, Peter Evans 70 75, Phillip Archer 70 75
146 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 71 75, Zane Scotland 74 72, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 71 75, John Bickerton 75 71, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 73 73
147 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 74 73, Iain Pyman 74 73, Leif Westerberg (Swe) 74 73, Gary Murphy 74 73, Ben Westgate 72 75, Florian Praegant (Aut) 76 71, Ben Enoch 71 76
148 Jose-Filipe Lima (Por) 76 72, David Dixon 76 72, Benoit Teilleria (Fra) 72 76, Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) 76 72, Philip Golding 72 76, Oliver Fisher 75 73
149 Martin Wiegele (Aut) 80 69, David Drysdale 74 75, James Kamte (Rsa) 69 80
150 Paul Streeter 72 78, David Park 74 76, Scott Drummond 75 75
152 Juan Abbate (Arg) 73 79, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 7676
154 Zach Gould (USA) 77 77
155 Nigel Edwards 75 80


Friday, May 30, 2008

Murcar Links wins Senior Northern
Counties Cup for first time

Former Walker Cup player Hugh Stuart, vice captain and honorary member of Murcar Links Golf Club, led team-mates Clark Alexander, Eric Morrison and Willie Fyfe to gold medal success in the final of the B. D. Fraser Senior Northern Counties Cup at Duff House Royal Golf Club, Banff,.
They beat the second team of Cruden Bay in the final by four holes.
In the competition's unique format of foursomes golf where both pairings play to the final hole and the combined score decides, Stuart, who next year will be given the honour of captaining the Murcar Links Club in their Centenary Year was the inspirational partner of Alexander.
Stuart, still with his trademark of pin-point accuracy to the greens, left his partner with lots of chances with his putter and Alexander made two vital putts on the 17th and 18th greens to beat Cruden Bay stalwarts, brothers Bill and Hugh Livingston by four holes.
Cruden Bay's second string of Mike Keddie and Ronnie Middleton fought to the end and were still in the game against Eric Morrison and Willie Fyfe after 17 holes but when news filtered back that their first string lost the 18th hole, and the cup to an Alexander birdie they agreed on a square game with the Murcar Links duo.
The senior verson of this competition which began in 2002 at Duff House Royal now moves for its eighth year to Inverness Golf Club in 2009 with no club yet equalling Brora Golf Club's two win in 2003 and 2006.
The main verson of the competition incorporating all clubs stretching from Stonehaven to the Orkney Islands takes place September 18-20 at Tain Golf Club where Nairn are the defending club.


Dale Whitnell wins Lagonda Trophy
by three shots from Luke Goddard

England International Dale Whitnell fired a course record-equalling 63 in ideal conditions, followed by a 71 in persistent rain to win the Lagonda Trophy at Gog Magog in Cambridge.
The 19 year old from Essex finished with an aggregate of 269, 11 under par, three strokes better than England boy cap Luke Goddard and four ahead of Lee Yearn.
High winds were the feature of the first day which ended with Northumberland’s Philip Waugh heading the field on six under par 134 with Whitnell, Yearn and Jason Palmer a shot further back.
However, Whitnell built the foundation of his first significant victory since last year’s North of England Youths Championship with his morning 63 on day two. It might have been even better if the Five Lakes’ teenager hadn’t bogeyed the short fourth after taking two in a bunker while he missed a three-foot putt on the last for a 62.
Nevertheless, Whitnell went into the final circuit on 198, 12 under par, four strokes clear of Yearn, who shot a third round 67, and five clear of Suffolk’s Jamie Abbott, who carded 66. After lunch, the dry weather gave way to continual rain, making it a miserable afternoon for the 43 players and Whitnell saw his lead cut on the opening hole when he pulled his drive into trees and took bogey.
However, he was still one over for his round at the turn but the left-handed Yearn made up ground by closing the gap to two strokes. Having holed virtually everything in the morning, Whitnell’s putter was proving temperamental and he spurned birdie chances on the ninth, tenth and 11th holes.
He followed that with back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th which left him only a shot ahead of Yearn, who was also failing to take his opportunities. The turning point came at the long 14th where Whitnell fired a three-wood approach to 25 feet only to miss his eagle but the birdie alongside Yearn’s par, after he drove into clinging rough, eased the pressure.
This left Whitnell two ahead of Goddard, who was back in the clubhouse on eight under after his closing 65, a target which might have proved crucial. But Whitnell was not to be denied and a birdie-three at the 16th where Yearn bogeyed meant a two-shot swing.
269 D Whitnell (Five Lakes) 67 68 63 71.
272 L Goddard (Hendon) 68 72 67 65.
273 L Yearn (Ely City) 68 67 67 71.
274 C Cossins (Bath) 68 71 65 70.
274 J Palmer (Kirby Muxloe) 66 69 69 70.
275 P Waugh (Hexham) 68 68 74 67



Play on what should have been the first day of the Bidwells Scottish men's open amateur stroke-play championship over The Duke's Course, St Andrews has been abandoned due to continuing fog.



Australian Scott Strange played the second half of Celtic Manor's new 2010 Ryder Cup course in just 28 strokes on Thursday to lead the Wales Open.
The 31-year-old from Perth birdied all but two of the nine holes for a brilliant eight-under-par 63 which put him one ahead of Italy's Edoardo Molinari after a day that had begun with a 105-minute fog delay.
Open champion Padraig Harrington managed only a 70, however, while last week's PGA Championship winner Miguel Angel Jimenez struggled through 11 holes in eight over before withdrawing with a left knee problem.
Strange's round actually began on the long 11th because of the lay-out of the course and, after grabbing a birdie at his second hole, he then finished the inward half with five more in a row.
After covering the front nine in 35 he then completed his day's work with a two on the 210-yard 10th.
The European Tour record for nine holes is 27 - five players have done that, including Robert Lee on two occasions - but Strange would not have been added to that list if he improved his score by one because placing was allowed on the wet fairways.

European Tour scoreboard
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Cardiff
Par 71
63 Scott Strange (Aus)
64 Edoardo Molinari (Ita)
65 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind), Alvaro Velasco (Spa)
66 Magnus A Carlsson (Swe), Paul Waring, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg), Ross McGowan, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra)
67 Robert Karlsson (Swe), Hennie Otto (Rsa), Ross Fisher, Alastair Forsyth, Nick Dougherty, Rafael Echenique (Arg), Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa)
68 Rory McIlroy, Peter Whiteford, Robert Dinwiddie, Soren Hansen (Den), Phillip Price, Sam Little
69 Mikael Lundberg (Swe), Mikko Ilonen (Fin), Martin Erlandsson (Swe), Benn Barham, Per-Ulrik Johansson (Swe), David Frost (Rsa), Pablo Larrazabal (Spa), Johan Edfors (Swe), Jose Manuel Lara (Spa), Peter Hanson (Swe), Christian Cevaer (Fra), Steve Webster, Graeme McDowell, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Colin Montgomerie, Julio Zapata (Arg), Carl Suneson (Spa), Stephen Gallacher, Mark Foster, James Kamte (Rsa), Thomas Levet (Fra), Peter O'Malley (Aus)
70 Gary Orr, Luis Claverie (Spa), Danny Willett, Peter Lawrie, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), Anthony Wall, Lee Slattery, Marc Warren, Peter Evans, Niclas Fasth (Swe), Gregory Havret (Fra), Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), Jarmo Sandelin (Swe), Francois Delamontagne (Fra), Peter Baker, Llewellyn Matthews, Kyron Sullivan, Mark Brown (USA), Darren Clarke, Simon Khan, Lee S James, Paul Lawrie, Phillip Archer, Gregory Bourdy (Fra), Padraig Harrington
71 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned), Oliver Wilson, Martin Kaymer (Ger), Peter Hedblom (Swe), Simon Wakefield, Alexander Noren (Swe), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Chapchai Nirat (Tha), Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa), Pablo Martin (Spa), Peter Fowler (Aus), Garry Houston, Marcel Siem (Ger), Maarten Lafeber (Ned), Carlos Rodiles (Spa), Mardan Mamat (Sin), Rhys Davies, Craig Smith, Ben Enoch, Barry Lane, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe)
72 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Paul Streeter, Jamie Donaldson, Markus Brier (Aut), Joakim Backstrom (Swe), Richard Bland, Henrik Nystrom (Swe), Ben Westgate, Stuart Manley, David Lynn, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind), Daniel Vancsik (Arg), Richard Finch, Ariel Canete (Arg), Benoit Teilleria (Fra), Paul McGinley, Philip Golding, Thomas Aiken (Rsa), Jyoti Randhawa (Ind)
73 Craig Lee, Juan Abbate (Arg), Damien McGrane, Shiv Kapur (Ind), Paolo Terreni (Ita), Pelle Edberg (Swe), Paul Broadhurst, Sion Bebb, Gareth Paddison (Nzl), Tom Whitehouse, Emanuele Canonica (Ita), Miles Tunnicliff, Bradley Dredge, Richard Sterne (Rsa)
74 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra), Zane Scotland, Leif Westerberg (Swe), David Park, Simon Dyson, Andrew McLardy (Rsa), David Drysdale, Iain Pyman, Gary Murphy, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra)
75 Patrik Sjoland (Swe), David Howell, Scott Drummond, Nigel Edwards, John Bickerton, Oliver Fisher, Simon Lilly, Alvaro Quiros (Spa), Sven Struver (Ger)
76 Jose-Filipe Lima (Por), Stephen Dodd, David Dixon, Alejandro Canizares (Spa), Jean Van de Velde (Fra), Fabrizio Zanotti (Par), Florian Praegant (Aut), Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den)
77 Zach Gould (USA)
80 Martin Wiegele (Aut)
82 Mark Pilkington
withdrawn: Sam Walker, Luis Oosthuizen
Retired: Miguel Jimenez
Disqualified: Mark Pilkington (Wal)



Rain at the Old Course, St Andrews for the start of the Curtis Cup but fog not so far away at The Duke's Course ... which delayed the start of the Bidwells Scottish men's amateur stroke-play championship by two hours: 10am instead of 8am.



Scotland beat Ireland 6-3 in the youths international match at Scotscraig.
The Scots took a 2pt lead in the foursomes and won the singles by one point.
Peterhead's Philip McLean was the only Scot to finish the day with a 100 per cent record.
Foursomes (2 1/2-1/2).
Ross Kellett & Michael Stewart halved with Paul Cutler & Fergal Rafferty.
Shaun McAllister & Scott Borrowman bt Andrew Hogan & Stephen Healy 5 and 3.
Philip McLean & Steven McEwan bt Dara Lernihan & David Leatham 4 and 3.
Singles (3 1/2-2 1/2)
Borrowman lost to Cutler 5 and 4.
Stewart bt Healy 3 and 2.
McAllister lost to Hogan 5 and 3.
McLean bt Leatham 6 and 4.
McEwan halved with Lernihan.
Kellett bt Rafferty 2 and 1.





Banchory's James Byrne moved up to joint 54th position in a quality
field of 156 players after 36 holes of the NCAA Division 1 college golf
championship over a very long and testing Kampen course, West
Lafayette, Indiana.
Byrne has scored 78 and 74 for a halfway total of eight-over-par 152
over a 7450yd, par-72 course. James achieved his four-shot improvement
despite a double bogey 5 at a short hole for the second day in a row.
The Scotland international, starting at the 10th, did birdie the 14th,
15th, first and sixth.
Billy Horschel (Florida) leads by a shot with scores of 72 and 67 for
five-under-par 139.
Par 144 (2 x 72)
139 Billy Horschel (Florida) 72 67.
140 Kyle Stanley (Clemson) 72 68.
141 Nick Taylor (Washington) 75 66.
142 Kevin Chappell (UCLA) 69 73, Hudson Swafford (Georgia) 73 69.
143 Tim Sluiter (Southern California) 70 73.
144 Joel Sjoholm (Indiana) 75 70,Chris DeForest (Illinois) 75 70.
Other scores:
147 Gareth Shaw (East Tennessee State) 74 73 (jt 13th).
152 James Byrne (Arizona State) 78 74 (jt 54th).
155 Rhys Enoch (East Tennessee State) 75 80, Seamus Power (East
Tennessee State) 83 72 (jt 85th).
156 Cian McNamara (East Tennessee State) 80 76 (jt 96th).
168 Simon Doherty (East Tennessee State) 85 83.
589 Clemson.
590 UCLA.
591 Southern California.
593 Florida.
594 Oklahoma State.
595 Washington.
596 Georgia.
Other scores:
604 Arizona State (jt 13th).
613 East Tennessee State (jt 19th of 30).
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Maitland Shield Results

Craibstone Golf Centre.


Murcar Links bt Bon Accord by seven holes.
Brian Innes & Lee Vetesse bt Barrie Edmond & Davie Grieve by seven holes.
Anthony Bews & Neil McKinnon halved with Matt Greig & Graham Somers.

Royal Aberdeen bt Northern 4 holes
Alan Reith & Bill Barclay bt George Paterson & Brian Rae by one hole
Stephen Buchan & Colin Shaw bt Cameron McBain & Gary Holme by three holes


Murcar Links v Royal Aberdeen (5.30 pm at Craibstone Golf Centre).


Thursday, May 29, 2008


The Aberdeen and North-East clubs who have enjoyed their best Senior Northern Counties Cup competition since 2002 provide the two finalists, Cruden Bay's second team and Murcar Links's first team in Friday morning's final at Duff House Royal.
Royal Aberdeen provided the shock of the quarter finals beating the host's No 1 team after four extra holes, Royal Aberdeen's David Hutchison and Derek Walker getting their side through at the 22nd with a par figure against the home players Jim Robertson and Dale Wilson's bogey.
Former Walker Cup player, Hugh Stuart, when partnering Harry Bannerman for Murcar Links had their his names on the main cup as a winners in 1965.
Stuart now has a chance of a senior medal after helping Murcar beat their neighbours,Royal Aberdeen by seven holes in the semi final. Stuart's partner is Clifford Alexander and the second string, Eric Morrison and Bill Fyfe.
Cruden Bay's second team won the main competition in its centenary year of 2000. Brothers Bill and Hugh Livingston were first team members in 2000 but now leading the second team completed by pairing Mike Keddie and Ron Middleton they ended the host club's hope of a second senior cup win when they beat the Duff House second team by one hole in the semi final, this after beating the holders, Elgin, by six holes in the quarter finals.
Semi finals
Cruden Bay 2 beat Duff House Royal 2 by one hole.
Murcar Links 1 beat Royal Aberdeen by seven holes.


James Byrne has disappointing
78 in NCAA Div 1 championship

Banchory's James Byrne, a student at Arizona State University and the only Scot in the field for the season-ending American college golf circuit highlight, the NCAA Division 1 championship, shot a disappointing opening round of 78 over a long Kampen course (7450yd, par 72) at the Brick Boilermaker Golf Complex at West Layfayette, Indiania (Wednesday, USA time).
James, pictured righy by Cal Carson Golf Agency (all rights reserved), birdied two long holes, the fourth and the sixth, but had a double bogey 5 at the short 17th and also dropped shots at the fifth, seventh, ninth, 11th, 12th and 18th in halves of 37 and 41.
The 19-year-old is in joint 70th place in a top-class field of 155 players behind Kevin Chappell (UCLA), the pacemaker on three-under-par 69.
James's dad Paul can give us an insight into the day's play:
Spoke to James last night. He said it was the most difficult test he’s faced on a golf course! Nevertheless, he and his team felt they stuck in there reasonably well given the very tough conditions. The wind speed dropped quite a bit for the p.m.starters, however this didn’t seem to have a big affect on the team scores.

The Golfweek team ref are saying that the course is set up as challenging as any major. Even with the monster length, at just under 7500 yards, the fairways are tight and the first cut of rough around the fairways and greens is 5 inches and waist high a few yards in. After his practice round, James had forecast that the average score for the field in round 1 would be 77 – It was 78.9!

ASU tee off today in the afternoon group, unfortunately they won’t have a weather advantage, as the wind speed isn’t expected to get much above 10 mph all day. However, with three rounds to go, the guys will be going all out to catch the leaders. After the third round, only the top 15 teams will go forward to play the final round. ASU are currently tied for 17th but only 5 shots back from 10th place. We can expect to see many changes in team positions as the tournament progresses. With the calmer weather I expect scores will be marginally better but the course will be taking few prisoners.

Next year the tournament format is to be changed. After three rounds the top teams will play each other in matchplay to find the winning team (the individual winner being announced after round 3). They haven’t decided yet but they will probably use a modified matchplay/strokeplay format to allow the players to play all 18 holes. The matchplay rounds are to be televised I believe. PAUL BYRNE
Par 72
69 Kevin Chappell (UCLA).
70 David Markie (Kent State), Tim Sluiter (Southern California).
72 Billy Horschel (Florida), Joel Sjoholm (Georgia State), Kyle Stanley (Clemson).
73 Trent Leon (Oklahoma State), Webb Simpson (Wake Forest), Hudson Swafford (Georgia).
74 Joey Benedetti (Oregon), Zach Bixler (Washington), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State), Aaron Goldberger (San Diego State), Russell Henley (Georgia), Rory Hie (Southern California), Mark Johnson(Oklahoma State), Scott Langley (Illinois), Ben Martin (Clemson), Gareth Shaw (East Tennessee State), Derek Tolan (Colorado),Stefan Wiedergruen (Charlotte).
Other scores:
75 Rhys Enoch (East Tennessee State) (jt 23rd).
78 James Byrne (Arizona State) (jt 70th).
81 Cian McNamara (East Tennessee State) (jt 114th).
83 Seamus Power (East Tennessee State) (jt 126th).
85 Simon Doherty (East Tennessee State) (jt 14th).
Southern California, UCLA.
298 Oklahoma State.
301 Clemson, Kent State.
302 Illinois, Florida.
303 Georgia.
305 Washington.
306 Auburn, Charlotte.
Other total:
313 East Tennessee State (jt 22nd of 30 teams).


Wednesday, May 28, 2008



Bryce Ritchie (Scottish Club Golfer) today retained the Alex Fox Trophy as winner of the Scottish golf writers' championship over the Castle Course, which is the seventh public course owned by the St Andrews Links Trust.

It will not be officially opened by HRH Prince Andrew until early July but the golf writers were given the privilege of staging the first organised competition over the course which lies between St Andrews and Fairmont St Andrews (formerly St Andrews Bay).

In terrible weather of wind and rain, 11-handicapper Bryce gained 31 Stableford points, quite a performance over a tough course which, by general consent of the competitors, is going to mature into one of the best, most testing links, not only in the St Andrews area but Scotland as a whole.

Bryce, who won for the first time at Dundonald Links last year, had a 3pt winning margin from Fife freelance writer Malcolm Campbell and Douglas Lowe of the Herald.

Ross Duncan of the Scottish Golf Union staff won The Bunkered Tankard as the leading guest player. Ross, playing off six, amassed 26pt , one point ahead of German golf magazine editor Klaus Braun and Ron Cully (Glasgow Evening Times).

The new Belhaven Cup, presented by Belhaven Breweries to the player with the highest points total overall, whether by a golf writer or a guest, went to Bryce Ritchie whose total topped Ross Duncan's by 5pt.

Which really makes Bryce the "King of the Castle!"

The annual competition was generously sponsored by St Andrews Links Trust, Belhaven Breweries, the Scottish Golf Union and Callaway Europe.



31 Bryce Ritchie (Scottish Club Golfer) (11).]

28 Malcolm Campbell (Fife freelance) (6) better inward half, Douglas Lowe (Herald) (11).

24 Martin Vousden (Freelance) (12).

19 Martin Dempster (Bunkered).

17 Bernie McGuire (European Tour freelance), Ian Wood (The Scotsman).

16 Nick Rodger (DBS Freelance).

14 Michael McEwan (Scottish Club Golfer.


26 Ross Duncan (Scottish Golf Union) (6).

25 Klaus Braun (German magazine) (11) better inward half, Ron Cully (Glasgow Evening Times) (20).

24 Hugh Hunter (SGU past president) (9).

23 Eric Maitland (Belhaven Breweries).

22 Josef Schill (Germany golf photographer) (5).

21 Jo Maes (European Golf & Travel Media) (8), Billy Sim (Hacienda del Alamo) (3).

19 Roger McStravick (Visitscotland) (8)

16 Alan Hedley (Newcastle freelance) (10), Michael MacDougall (Scottish PGA) (7).

12 Jim Young (Belhaven Breweries) (25).


Maitland Shield results

Results in the City of Aberdeen men's foursomes for the Maitland Shield at Craibstone Golf Centre:


Royal Aberdeen bt Newmachar by 1 hole
Mark Halliday & Alan Reith lost to Kevin Riley & Chris Simpson 1 hole
Steven Buchan & Colin Shaw bt Euan McIntosh & Martin Lawrence 2 holes

Nigg Bay bt Deeside by eight holes
Richard Nielson & Alan Noble bt Andy Campbell & Sandy Hutchison 4 holes
Gordon Grimmer & Nicky Slater bt John Strachan & Duncan Kerr 4 holes

Hazlehead bt Stonehaven by six holes
Kevin Duthie & Grant Cheyne 4, Euan Kennedy & Frank McCarron 4 holes.
Scott Robertson & Chris Law bt Neil Irvine & Gordon Adamson 2 holes.


Bon Accord bt Caledonian at 19th
Barrie Edmond & Davie Grieve 1, Adrian Styles & Alan Doig 0 (at first extra hole)
Matt Greig & Graham Somers 0, Stewart Finnie & Dean Gardner (at first extra hole)

Murcar Links bt Auchmill by 11 holes.
Brian Innes & Lee Vettese bt John Nicholson & Les Taylor 4 holes.
Anthony Bews & Neil McKinnon bt Brian Nicholson & Justin Barclay 7 holes.

Royal Aberdeen bt Nigg Bay by five holes
Mark Halliday & Alan Reith bt Richard Nielson & Alan Noble 2 holes
Steven Buchan & Colin shaw bt Gordon Grimmer & Nicky Slater 3hole

Northern bt Hazlehead by three holes.
George Paterson & Brian Rae bt Kevin Duthie & Grant Cheyne 4 holes.
Gary Horne & Cameron McBain lost to Scott Robertson & Chris Law 1 hole.

Bon Accord v Murcar Links.
Royal Aberdeen v Northern


PING signs Willett to endorsement contract

England’s Danny Willett, who attained the ranking of the world’s top amateur before last week announcing his decision to turn professional, has agreed to endorse PING golf equipment, PING Chairman & CEO John Solheim announced today.
The 20-year-old Willett will make his professional debut this week at the Celtic Manor Wales Open playing 14 PING clubs, carrying a PING bag and wearing PING headwear. He’ll play a PING G10 driver, G10 fairway wood and hybrid, i10 irons, Tour-W wedges and an i-Series Anser 4 putter.
The Rotherham native joins the professional ranks after a distinguished amateur career that includes wins in the last year at English, Spanish and Australian amateurs in addition to the South of England title. He also represented GB & I at the 2007 Walker Cup. In two European Tour events this season where he competed as an amateur, he earned two top 20 finishes, including a 10th place tie at the Spanish Open at Real Club de Golf de Seville.
“Players of Danny’s calibre only come along every so often,” said Solheim. “His amateur record is outstanding and he’s already proven he can compete with the professionals. He’s played PING for several years so he’s got a great relationship with our group in Europe. We’re excited to have him join our staff and all of us at PING look forward to following his progress.”
Willet, who has played PING since he was 15-years-old, embarks on his professional career with confidence in himself and his equipment.
“It’s a big step turning professional, so it makes sense to use the clubs that have helped bring me success as an amateur,” said Willett, who topped the World Amateur Ranking System for 12 weeks before turning professional. “I have a lot of confidence in myself and in PING. I know they’ll provide me both the product technology and service I need to take the next step in my golf career.”


Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Former Walker Cup player Lindsay Mann (Carnoustie) was the leading qualifier for the Wishaw Golf Club 36-hole pro-am on June 7 and 8.
Lindsay headed the 24 qualifiers from the eliminating round at Wishaw with a score of one-under-par 68.
Runners-up on 69 were Paul Malone (Braid Hills), Scott Catlin (Greenburn) and Graeme Lornie (Kings Links).
All players with scores of four-over-par 73 or better qualified.


Monday, May 26, 2008

Maitland Shield results

Played at Craibstone Golf Club this evening
Results from top half of the draw:

Caledonian bt Westhill by one hole.
Adrian Style & Alan Doig 0, Fraser Clark & Ross Goodbrand 0.
Stewart Finnie & Dean Gardiner 1, Clark Simpson & ~Ross McNeill 0.

Bon Accord bt Portlethen by two holes.
Barrie Edmond & Davie Grieve 2, Lewis Shand & Keith Horne 0.
Matt Greig & Graham Somers 0, Iain Craig & Donald Smith 0.

Auchmill bt Craibstone by four holes.
J Nicholson & L Taylor 4, Alan Ross & Andy Carle 0.
B Nicholson & J Barclay 0, Richard Hyland & Justin Thomas 0.

Murcar Links bt Peterculter by 10 holes.

Ian Galbraith & Lee Vettese 5, Kenny Austin & Duncan McLean 0.
Anthony Bews & Neil McKinnon 5, Fraser Downie & John Kennedy 0.

Caledonian v Bon Accord
Auchmill v Murcar Links

Duncan Brown


William Bremner from Edzell, beaten finalist in last year's Scottish boys' championship, has an outstanding first year (2007-2008) at John A Logan College in the United States.
The college golf coach has sent the following E-mail to

Wanted to let you know that William Bremner made All-American, Ping All-American, and All- Tournament after the recently completed National Tournament.
He also was named to the All Conference and All Region teams as well.
We finished eighth in the National Tournament, a bit of a disappointment for us as we had higher aspirations.
We did set new scoring records at our Regional Tournament and Conference Tournament. We also won eight tournaments and were ranked No. 2 for the year.
Will has been selected to be our Captain of next year’s team and he will be one of the best, I know.

Tom Ferris
Men's Golf Coach
John A. Logan College


Hugh Hunter's Clackmannan County News


Thanks to an outstanding golf performance from Tulliallan’s Bob Stewart, a Wee County golfer has lifted another national title – the Scottish Seniors – to add to Scott Borrowman’s youths' title.
Over the 6,400yd Elgin course, Bob opened with a 77 to lie some distance down the field, but improved in the next two rounds of the 54-hole event.
Drawing on his experience as a Scottish hockey internationalist, and showing considerable determination, he improved by seven shots in round 2 with a 70 and went one better in the last round with a 69, which was the best round of the championship, giving him a total of 216 and a tie with another Stewart, Iain from Ireland.
In a sudden death play-off, bob triumphed at the first extra hole to be crowned the 2008 Seniors Champion of Scotland and the first from Clackmannanshire.
Bob, pictured right by Cal Carson Golf Agency, all rights reserved, on the 18th tee of his final round at Elgin, should now be a certainty for International representation for Scotland in two events, the European Seniors to be held at Bled in Slovenia and the Senior Home Internationals at Tenby in south west Wales at the beginning of October.
In doing this, he would become the second Clackmannanshire Senior Internationalist, the first being Michael Niven (Alloa) who gained his cap four years ago in Wales.
County Secretary and fellow Tulliallan member Tommy Johnson was quick to praise Bob’s performance “A great result both for Bob and Clackmannanshire”. Bob must now be feeling confident for the rest of the senior events including a new match-play championship.
Well done again, Bob!!
Both Callum Macaulay (Tulliallan) and Scott Borrowman (Dollar) have entered the top stroke play event of the Scottish Amateur Golf Calendar. A field of 144 will contest the event over The Duke’s course in St Andrews and there is a considerable entry from outwith Scotland. All players play one round on Friday and one round on Saturday with the best 40 scores going forward to the final 36 holes on Sunday.

The 2008 events will take place over the Glen golf course on the east side of North Berwick from the 8th till 11th July. Entries close next week on Thursday 5th June with handicap limits set as 7.4 for the Under 16’s and 28.4 for the under 14’s, although to be guaranteed a spot in the event lower handicaps will almost certainly be required. The County Golf Union will be organising transport for the Under 14’s event for any Junior golfer with a handicap of around 10. A small contingent of four competed last year, and there are hopes that there could be more this time.

Following the Summer meeting, the field for the event is complete with the first two rounds taking place at Alva and Tulliallan next week, starting at 5.15 pm

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Aberdeen Schools Golf League semi-finalists

The draw for the semi-final stages of the Aberdeen Schools Golf League, which will be held at the Kings Links on Monday, June 2, is:
Hazlehead Academy v Cults Academy - first tee time 4.12 pm.
Aberdeen Grammar School v Robert Gordon's College - first tee time 4.33 pm.
The final will be held at the Links on Thursday, June 5 - first tee time 4.12 pm.
Complete list of sectional results:


RGC v Dyce Monday 14 April 3-0
Harlaw v Hazlehead Tuesday 15 April 1-2
No match: Oldmachar

RGC v Hazlehead Thursday 24 April 1-2
Oldmachar v Harlaw Thursday 24 April 1½-1½
No match: Dyce

Harlaw v RGC Tuesday 29 April 0-3
Dyce v Oldmachar Tuesday 29 April 3-0
No match: Hazlehead

Oldmachar v RGC Tuesday 6 May 0-3
Hazlehead v Dyce Thursday 8 May 3-0
No match: Harlaw

Oldmachar v Hazlehead Monday 19 May 1-2
Dyce v Harlaw Tuesday 20 May 1½-1½
No match: RGC


Torry v Cults Thursday 17 April 1½-1½
AGS v St Machar Thursday 17 April 3-0
No match: Kincorth

Cults v AGS Tuesday 22 April 1½-1½
Kincorth v Torry Tuesday 22 April 1-2
No match: St Machar

Cults v Kincorth Monday 28 April 1½-1½
Torry v St Machar Monday 28 April 2½-½
No match: AGS

St Machar v Kincorth Monday 12 May 1-2
AGS v Torry Thursday 15 May 3-0
No match: Cults

Kincorth v AGS Thursday 22 May 1-2
St Machar v Cults Thursday 22 May 0-3
No match: Torry


1 Hazlehead 8pt.
2 Robert Gordon's College 6pt.
3 Dyce 3pt.
4 Harlaw 2pt.
5 Oldmachar 1pt.

1 Aberdeen Grammar School 7pt.
2 *Cults 5pt.
3 Torry 5pt.
4 Kincorth 3pt.
5 St Machar 0pt

* Cults qualify on better match difference.


Angus county Under-14 boys' trial match

Angus county boys Under-14s attended morning coaching under by Gordon McLeod at Monifeith on Sunday.
An afternoon team trial match, in difficult blustery conditions, produced the following results:
Calum McKay (Grange) bt Connor Cook (Caird Park) 5 and 4.
Ally Bremner (Edzell) bt Gareth May (Edzell) 4 and 3.
Harry Clark (Kirriemuir) bt Luke Ireland (Monifeith) 3 and 2.

Information supplied by Alex McKay, Angus county Under-14s team manager.

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R&A Press Release


A preliminary Great Britain & Ireland squad has been selected for this year’s St Andrews Trophy, which will be played at Kingsbarns, Scotland on 29-30 August.
The squad contains 16 players, varying from established GB&I representatives such as four-time Walker Cup player Nigel Edwards to newer players such as Matt Haines and Eddie Pepperell, who have only recently moved up from boys' level competition.
The R&A Selection Committee has been encouraged by the squad’s high quality play this season, and in particular by recent performances from some of the younger players.
"After the inevitable move to the professional game by the majority of last year's Walker Cup team, we are now seeing significant new talent emerging fast,” said Colin Dalgleish, GB&I captain.
“We are hopeful this squad will provide the foundation of both our 2008 St Andrews Trophy team and 2009 Walker Cup team"
The group will be brought together at Kingsbarns for a two-day session on June 9-10, giving players a chance to get to know both the course and each other.
The players have been chosen with next year’s Walker Cup match at Merion, Pennsylvania, in mind and there is still a chance for other players to force their way into the team.
The selectors fully expect several other players to come into contention for a place in the final nine-man team to face the Continent of Europe in August.
The members of the squad are:

Wallace Booth (Comrie).
Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye).
Andrew Cooley (Chobham).
Nigel Edwards (Whitchurch).
Rhys Enoch (Truro).
Matthew Haines (Rochester & Cobham Park).
Sam Hutsby (Liphook).
Shane Lowry (Esker Hills).
Callum Macaulay (Tulliallan).
Keir McNicoll (Carnoustie).
Chris Paisley (Stocksfield)
Eddie Pepperell (Drayton Park).
Gareth Shaw (Lurgan).
Steven Uzzell (Hornsea)
Dale Whitnell (Five Lakes).
Chris Wood (Long Ashton).


Dougherty hits back at Peter Alliss
criticism of 'bad putting'

Nick Dougherty has criticised television commentator Peter Alliss for his remarks about the standard of play during the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
The 25-year-old from Liverpool, who as one of the early starters in the third round, found himself watching the BBC's coverage as the leaders battled with a swirling wind and bumpy greens.
"I thought it was very sad. In fact, I thought it was disgusting," said Dougherty of Alliss' criticism. "He was talking about us being bad putters. I don't know whether it's because he has been out of the game for so long, but I didn't think it was right and he ought to show us more respect."
He continued: "I wish we could take him out there and show him how difficult it was. In Match Play week (October) the greens are stunning, but the seeding at this time of year makes the putts wobble about."
During Sunday's broadcast Alliss, a former Ryder Cup player who in the 1953 match at Wentworth lost a vital singles, said: "We would be doing our viewers a disservice if we didn't attempt to tell them how it is.
"I have great admiration for those who can play and those who can adapt. I realise how difficult it is, perhaps more than most. I have played on courses like this and you have to change tack."
The state of the greens has been a hot topic of debate all week - even before the event with Ian Poulter saying he was playing in America rather than in the European Tour's flagship tournament because he had never been able to putt well at Wentworth.
A few years ago Retief Goosen threatened never to return because of the greens. He shot a 66 for seven under on Sunday, but then stated: "This is about as good as I can do around this place."


Mickelson last-hole magic wins him
Crowne Plaza Invitational

Phil Mickelson conjured up a piece of magic at the final hole to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Sunday.
Seemingly stymied by a clump of trees after a poor drive at the par-4 18th, Mickelson hoisted a wedge over the trouble, his ball landing on the front of the green and trickling up to within nine feet.
He read his birdie putt perfectly, knocking it home to clinch a one-stroke victory over Rod Pampling and Tim Clark after an exciting final round at Colonial Country Club.
"You have to take risks to win and I tried to do that," said Mickelson, explaining that he had to thread his ball over one tree and under another.
"I'm as surprised as anybody I was able to make a 3 from over there. I'm thinking if I make par and get into a play-off, that would be great.
"It wasn't like it was an easy shot, but it came off. It was one of my more memorable ones."
Mickelson carded 68 to finish at 14-under-par 266 for his 34th victory on the PGA Tour.
Pampling led for most of the final round, and was one stroke ahead with two holes left, but he pushed his drive into a hazard at the par-four 17th and had to take a penalty stroke.
He did well to salvage a bogey in the end, falling back into a three-way tie for the lead going to the last.
But Pampling, after a great drive at the 18th, hit a poor second shot and left his birdie putt nearly five feet short. But he holed out to shoot 68 and tie for second with Clark (66).


US PGA Tour Scoreboard
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas.
Par 280 (4 x 70)
266 Phil Mickelson 65 68 65 68
267 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 69 67 63 68, Tim Clark (Rsa) 68 69 64 66
269 Stephen Ames (Can) 68 67 64 70
270 Ben Crane 68 68 67 67
272 Pat Perez 72 68 67 65
273 Jeff Quinney 71 68 66 68, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 72 64 69 68
274 Matt Kuchar 70 64 71 69
275 Steve Marino 68 70 71 66, Paul Goydos 68 71 66 70, Brian Gay 69 65 69 72, Mark Wilson 70 67 68 70, Tommy Armour III 71 66 68 70
276 Jerry Kelly 68 71 66 71, Lucas Glover 70 70 65 71, Chris DiMarco 72 69 65 70, Kevin Sutherland 67 68 68 73, Charlie Wi (Kor) 71 70 67 68, Brett Quigley 70 69 67 70, Ryan Palmer 70 70 69 67, Mike Weir (Can) 71 69 66 70, Ian Poulter (Eng) 68 70 69 69, Corey Pavin 67 69 69 71, Briny Baird 68 70 67 71
277 Dean Wilson 72 69 66 70, Nathan Green (Aus) 71 68 71 67, Bart Bryant 72 65 69 71, Sean O'Hair 72 70 66 69, David Toms 72 69 66 70, Heath Slocum 74 68 67 68, Alex Cejka (Ger) 67 72 67 71
278 Richard Johnson (Wal) 67 69 72 70, George McNeill 69 71 68 70, Justin Leonard 70 72 69 67, Ben Curtis 69 71 67 71, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 72 69 70 67, Nick O'Hern (Aus) 70 70 72 66, Mark Brooks 67 68 70 73
279 Daniel Chopra (Swe) 73 68 67 71, Kevin Stadler 71 70 68 70, Anthony Kim 69 72 70 68, Jose Coceres (Arg) 68 69 69 73, Joe Ogilvie 72 70 67 70, Glen Day 66 74 69 70
280 Kenny Perry 70 69 71 70, Mathew Goggin (Aus) 67 73 69 71, Johnson Wagner 63 71 73 73, Brian Bateman 70 65 70 75, Jon Mills (Can) 72 69 69 70, Steve Elkington (Aus) 73 67 72 68
281 Vaughn Taylor 67 68 70 76, Tim Herron 73 67 68 73, Billy Mayfair 71 69 69 72, Brett Wetterich 65 76 72 68, Nicholas Thompson 71 69 69 72, Jason Bohn 73 67 70 71, Ryan Moore 71 68 71 71
282 Brian Davis (Eng) 68 72 70 72, Kevin Na (Kor) 70 71 70 71, Arron Oberholser 70 71 71 70, John Merrick 70 70 70 72, Parker McLachlin 70 70 70 72
283 Robert Garrigus 70 69 67 77, Tag Ridings 69 68 72 74, Steve Lowery 68 67 73 75, James Driscoll 69 70 69 75, Chez Reavie 73 68 72 70
284 Olin Browne 74 68 71 71
285 Bo Van Pelt 72 70 71 72, Rocco Mediate 73 68 70 74
286 Bubba Watson 69 73 69 75
287 Patrick Sheehan 70 72 67 78


Zack Saltman top Scot
in Welsh open

Despite a triple bogey 7 on the last hole of the Welsh men's open amateur stroke-play championship at Conwy on Sunday, Long Ashton’s Chris Wood stormed through the field with a magnificent day’s golf, shooting 69 and 71 to win by six strokes from long time leader Sam Hutsby.
Wood totalled one-over-par 289 with rounds of 74, 75, 69 and 71.
Hutsby scored: 69, 75, 76 and 77.
The 2007 winner of the PING EGU Order of Merit praised the Conwy links saying “ it is one of the finest courses I have played and is in wonderful condition”.
For a full list of scores click here
Zack Saltman (Craigielaw) came through with a final round of 72 to take the honour of leading Scot in joint seventh place on 301.
Young Saltman, picture above from the Sunday action by Tom Ward (all rights reserved), scored 76 76 78 and 72.
It was a good tournament for the Fraserburgh pair in the field. Kris Nicol, not yet rated on the international scene, may be about to change that. He finished one shot behind Zack Saltman on 302 with scores of 76, 77, 76 and 74.
Jordan Findlay, just back in Britain, having flown home at the end of his 2007-2008 college year with East Tennessee State University, had his best four tournament finish, in adverse conditions, for a long time. He scored 77, 73, 75 and 79 for 304.
Par 288 (4 x 72)
289 C Wood (Long Ashton) 74 75 69 71.
295 S Hutsby (Liphook) 67 75 76 77.
297 J Abbott (Fynn Valley) 70 80 74 73.
298 M Armitage (Howley Hall) 71 82 68 78.
300 R Brown (Worksop) 76 73 73 79, N Edwards (Whitchurch) 68 75 77 81.
301 Z Saltman (Craigielaw) 76 76 78 72, G Evans (Northcliffe) 70 80 75 77.
302 K Nicol (Fraserburgh) 76 77 76 74.
303 M Hillson (Craigielaw) 72 80 74 77, J Blaauw (SAf) 75 73 77 78.
304 M Mackman (Broome Manor) 78 80 71 78, J Findlay (Fraserburgh) 77 73 75 79, R McKnight (Caprington) 70 77 75 82.
305 L Collins (Mendip Spring) 76 78 74 77, B Enoch (Truro) 74 78 72 81.
Other scores:
306 G Wolstenholme (Carus Green) 70 79 89 78.
307 G Paterson (St Andrews New) 75 76 77 79 (jt 18th).
308 S McEwan (Caprington) 73 80 77 78, Z Culverwell (Dunar) 78 76 76 78 (jt 20th).
310 R Kellett (Colville Park) 74 77 79 80.
318 S Mann (Carnoustie) 80 75 81 82.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

News from European Challenge Tour

Richie Ramsay comes storming through
into third place with a closing 64

From Paul Symes, Challenge Tour Press Officer
Fast-finishing Aberdonian Richie Ramsay clinched third place with a closing round of 64 as England’s Gary Clark finally ended his drought with victory at the inaugural DHL Wroclaw Open on the European Challenge Tour.
Since turning professional 13 years ago, the Londoner has finished runner-up three times on the Challenge Tour but never entered the winner’s enclosure – until now.
Clark held his nerve and fended off a late surge from his compatriot Gary Boyd to pick up a winner’s cheque for €24,000 and go second in the Challenge Tour Rankings.
His 18 under par total featured a staggering 20 birdies and just two bogeys across four days at the picturesque Toya Golf and Country Club in Wroclaw, Poland.
Clark said: “What a relief! They say good things come to those who wait, but I was starting to doubt them. It’s a great feeling, and I’m sure I’ll have a few drinks to celebrate tonight.
“I didn’t look at the leaderboard on the front nine, because I was only one under par so I was worried someone might’ve overtaken me. But then three birdies on the back nine got me going, and I never really looked back.”
Rising star Boyd posted the lowest round of the day, a 63, to finish in second on 16 under par, with Germany’s Richard Treis and Richie Ramsay two shots further back in a tie for third.
Former Scottish amateur champion Andrew McArthur was only two shots behind Ramsay with a 67 for 268.
Leading Scores:

262 G Clark (Eng) 66 67 63 66.
264 G Boyd (Eng) 66 68 67 63.
266 R Ramsay (Sco) 67 69 66 64; R Treis (Ger) 67 69 63 67.
267 K Eriksson (Swe) 71 66 67 63; A Willey (Eng) 66 64 67 70; K L Jorgensen (Den) 64 70 63 70.
268 W Besseling (Ned) 62 69 70 67; A McArthur (Sco) 66 67 68 67; A Snobeck (Fra) 66 68 65 69; O Floren (Swe) 66 67 66 69.
269 M Ruiz (Par) 66 67 70 66; J Haeggman (Swe) 68 68 67 66; M Quiros (Esp) 69 67 67 66; O David (Fra) 67 66 69 67; B Pettersson (Swe) 66 70 66 67;


Biggest win yet for Hacienda del Alamo tour pro

Jimenez beats Wilson in
play-off for PGA

Hacienda del Alamo Golf Resort's tour pro, cigar-smoking, wine-drinking Miguel Angel Jimenez achieved the biggest victory of his long career at Wentworth on Sunday - and left England's Oliver Wilson the nearly man yet again.
The 44-year-old Spaniard, having holed in one earlier in the day, collected the record BMW PGA Championship first prize of nearly £600,000 with a two-putt birdie four on the second hole of a play-off.
"This is my 20th season on Tour and it's a nice present," said Jimenez, who as a result sits proudly at the top of the Order of Merit and will almost certainly earn his third Ryder Cup cap in September.
Wilson, who would have headed the money list himself if he had triumphed, has now been a runner-up no fewer than seven times, including four this season, and the Mansfield 27-year-old has yet to taste success.
This one will hurt more than most. It was his third play-off loss and a fine bunker shot at the first play-off hole had given him a putt to win after Jimenez had three-putted from the back fringe, but his seven-footer lipped out.
Then, when they played the long 18th for the third time in the day, he found the right-hand rough just as he had on his first visit and a 12-foot birdie attempt missed as well.
With one hole to play Wilson and Jimenez, seeking to be the third oldest winner of the title after Dai Rees and Arnold Palmer, were one ahead of overnight leader Robert Karlsson.
Wilson was in the group ahead and by missing a 15-foot birdie chance - he will certainly have no fond memories of the green - opened the door. Jimenez was favourite when he was in the rough just right of the green in two, but then fluffed his chip.
A three-way tie was on the cards then with Karlsson only three feet from the flag with his pitch, but while Jimenez got up and down to tie Wilson on the 11-under-par mark of 277, the Swede not only fluffed his chance, but missed the next one as well.
That made him third for the third week in a row and this time in a tie with England's Luke Donald, who had begun the last day nine adrift of him and shot a best-of-the-day 65.

European Tour Scoreboard
Wentworth, Surrey
Par 288 (4 x 72)
277 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 70 67 72 68 Oliver Wilson 70 66 73 68 (Jimenez won play-off at 2nd extra hole)
279 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 66 69 70 74, Luke Donald 72 69 73 65
280 Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) 73 68 69 70
281 Alexander Noren (Swe) 75 68 71 67, Andres Romero (Arg) 72 69 73 67, Richard Green (Aus) 70 69 73 69, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 76 69 70 66
282 Paul Casey 71 68 73 70, Steve Webster 71 70 72 69, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 71 65 76 70, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 72 66 74 70, Paul McGinley 65 66 79 72, Simon Khan 71 71 71 69
283 Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 68 70 72 73, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 71 67 74 71, Peter Hanson (Swe) 72 71 70 70, Gary Orr 70 68 73 72, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 71 70 71 71, Oliver Fisher 71 73 69 70
284 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 68 71 73 72, Marc Warren 69 70 75 70, Paul Lawrie 72 73 70 69
285 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 70 70 76 69, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 75 69 73 68, James Kingston (Rsa) 72 71 71 71, Carlos Rodiles (Spa) 72 71 70 72, Simon Dyson 75 67 73 70
286 Alastair Forsyth 72 70 72 72, Miles Tunnicliff 70 65 77 74, Sam Little 74 68 73 71, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 72 69 74 71
287 Soren Hansen (Den) 76 66 73 72, Rafael Echenique (Arg) 70 73 68 76, Peter Lawrie 73 72 70 72, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 67 69 76 75
288 Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 72 71 71 74, Gregory Havret (Fra) 70 74 73 71
289 Hennie Otto (Rsa) 71 69 75 74, Damien McGrane 72 66 77 74, Anders Hansen (Den) 75 69 77 68, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 67 76 74 72, Simon Wakefield 68 71 77 73, Henrik Stenson (Swe) 74 70 74 71
290 Henrik Nystrom (Swe) 72 72 70 76, Sam Walker 75 68 72 75, Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 69 76 71 74, Garry Houston 68 74 75 73, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 73 72 72 73, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 73 70 74 73, Peter O'Malley (Aus) 71 72 74 73
291 Jamie Donaldson 72 72 74 73, Nick Dougherty 70 73 76 72, Ariel Canete (Arg) 74 71 71 75, Paul Broadhurst 72 71 74 74
292 Graeme McDowell 70 73 75 74
293 Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 69 76 75 73, Mark Foster 72 70 73 78, Thomas Levet (Fra) 74 71 73 75, Johan Edfors (Swe) 71 74 73 75
294 Anton Haig (Rsa) 70 75 75 74
297 David Howell 70 71 77 79, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 73 68 74 82
298 Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 70 72 79 77, Marcel Siem (Ger) 71 73 78 76
299 Robert Dinwiddie 78 63 79 79
300 Ross Fisher 72 73 80 75, Matthew Morris 71 74 76 79
302 Ross McGowan 73 72 74 83



Colin Farquharson will not be back home from a day at the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews until between 9 and 10pm this evening.
So, be patient, as soon as he returns, look for news from:
*BMW PGA Championship.
*Bishopbriggs pro-am.
*Welsh men's open amateur stroke-play


US PGA Tour Scoreboard
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas.
Par 210 (3 x 70)
198 Phil Mickelson 65 68 65
199 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 69 67 63, Stephen Ames (Can) 68 67 64
201 Tim Clark (Rsa) 68 69 64
203 Ben Crane 68 68 67, Brian Gay 69 65 69, Kevin Sutherland 67 68 68
205 Jerry Kelly 68 71 66, Vaughn Taylor 67 68 70, Jeff Quinney 71 68 66, Lucas Glover 70 70 65, Matt Kuchar 70 64 71, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 72 64 69, Brian Bateman 70 65 70, Mark Wilson 70 67 68, Tommy Armour III 71 66 68, Paul Goydos 68 71 66, Corey Pavin 67 69 69, Briny Baird 68 70 67, Mark Brooks 67 68 70
206 Bart Bryant 72 65 69, Robert Garrigus 70 69 67, Brett Quigley 70 69 67, Jose Coceres (Arg) 68 69 69, Mike Weir (Can) 71 69 66, Chris DiMarco 72 69 65, Alex Cejka (Ger) 67 72 67
207 Dean Wilson 72 69 66, Pat Perez 72 68 67, Ian Poulter (Eng) 68 70 69, David Toms 72 69 66, Ben Curtis 69 71 67, Johnson Wagner 63 71 73
208 Richard Johnson (Wal) 67 69 72, Charlie Wi (Kor) 71 70 67, George McNeill 69 71 68, Daniel Chopra (Swe) 73 68 67, Tim Herron 73 67 68, Sean O'Hair 72 70 66, Steve Lowery 68 67 73, James Driscoll 69 70 69
209 Patrick Sheehan 70 72 67, Tag Ridings 69 68 72, Billy Mayfair 71 69 69, Joe Ogilvie 72 70 67, Heath Slocum 74 68 67, Steve Marino 68 70 71, Kevin Stadler 71 70 68, Mathew Goggin (Aus) 67 73 69, Ryan Palmer 70 70 69, Glen Day 66 74 69, Nicholas Thompson 71 69 69
210 Brian Davis (Eng) 68 72 70, John Merrick 70 70 70, Parker McLachlin 70 70 70, Jon Mills (Can) 72 69 69, Kenny Perry 70 69 71, Nathan Green (Aus) 71 68 71, Jason Bohn 73 67 70, Ryan Moore 71 68 71
211 Kevin Na (Kor) 70 71 70, Anthony Kim 69 72 70, Justin Leonard 70 72 69, Bubba Watson 69 73 69, Rocco Mediate 73 68 70, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 72 69 70
212 Arron Oberholser 70 71 71, Nick O'Hern (Aus) 70 70 72, Steve Elkington (Aus) 73 67 72
213 Bo Van Pelt 72 70 71, Brett Wetterich 65 76 72, Olin Browne 74 68 71, Chez Reavie 73 68 72
214 Dustin Johnson 73 69 72, Chris Kirk 72 70 72, Charley Hoffman 72 69 73, Fulton Allem (Rsa) 72 69 73, Rich Beem 73 68 73
216 Steve Flesch 72 70 74


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