Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Graham Fox wins £7,000 top prize in 

weather-hit Highland Links pro-am

Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) won the top pro prize of £7,000 with an eight-under-par 36-hole total in the Highland Links pro-am, decided on the players' scores at Royal Dornoch and Nairn after high winds ruled out Castle Stuart as a counting venue.
Fox had a seven-under-par 64 at Nairn - a brilliant score - and a one-under 69 at Royal Dornoch.
Fox won by one shot from Chris Currie (Caldwell who had a 69 at Nairn and a 65 at Royal Dornoch for 134. Curried earned £5,800.
Greg McBain (Newmachar) finished third on 136 with a pair of 68s and earned £5,000.
The pro-am team event ended in a tie on 175pt between the Moorings Hotel team of Stewart Leitch (handicap 10), John Cramond (3) and Ian McKinnon (11) with Greg McBain as their pro.
They pipped Chris Currie and the Quality Time team of Alfred Bryce-Maynard, Graham Murray and Andrew Shade.
The countback came down to the teams' points totals at Nairn with the Moorings Hotel side's 93pt proving decisive.

Nairn and Royal Dornoch.

Par 141 (Nairn 71, Royal Dornoch 70)
133 G Fox (Clydeway Golf) 64 69 (£7,000)
134 C Currie (Caldwell) 69 65 (£5,800).
136 G McBain (Newmachar) 68 68 (£5,000)
137 J McDonald (unatt) 66 71, P McKechnie (Braid Hills) 72 65 (£3,450 each).
138 D Orr (Eastwood) 69 69 (£2,300)
139 G Wolstenholme (Carus Green) 67 72, R O'Neil (penwortham) 71 68, A Welsh (Cathkin Braes) 69 70, P Price (Wales) 69 70 (£1,738).
140 P Robinson (Largs) 69 71, P O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) 65 75, A Forsyth (Mearns Castle) 68 71 (£1,162 each).
141 C Lloyd (unatt) 71 70 (£900) 
142 C Kelly (Taymouth CAstle) 70 72, S Gray (Lanark) 70 72, A Belt (Snainton) 65 75, M Patterson(Kilmacolm) 72 70 (£650 each). 
143 J McGhee (Whitehill House) 75 69, M Hillson (Kilconquhar Castle) 69 74, A Scrimmage (Close House) 70 73, D Watters (Gourock) 72 71, G Wright (West Linton) 68 75 (£260 each).
144 G Hutcheon (PLGC Inchmarlo) 74 70, D Young (Kingsbarns) 74 70, M Smith (Stamford) 72 72, G Brown (Montrose Links) 72 72, C Lawrie (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) 72 72 (£20 each).
145 G Ryall (Burnham and Berrow) 73 72, C Ronald (Carluke) 76 69, C Everett (Caldwell) 74 71, G Stewart (Cawder) 70 75.
146 M Stubbings (Rockcliffe Hall) 72 74, A Oldcorn (Kings Acre) 73 73, C Elliott (Haggs Castle) 73 73, E Saltman (unatt) 70 76, S Henderson (Kings Links) 70 76.
147 D Dixon (Erinmore) 76 71, N Fenwick (Dunbar) 74 73, S Binning (Mearns Castle) 82 65, B Neil (unatt) 74 73, J McCreadie (Largs) 75 72, S O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) 74 73, Z Saltman (Archerfield Links) 70 77, S Lilly (England) 72 75, G Hay (Grantown on Spey) 68 79.




Big Johnson's Tour

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Craig Hinton wins MENA Tour event at Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI  — Craig Hinton survived a compelling late fight-back from his fellow Englishman Scott Campbell to seal a tense wire-to-wire victory at the Ascorp Golf Citizen Abu Dhabi Open at Yas Links today.
The 27-year-old Englishman closed with a 69 to reach 13-under for the tournament, edging Campbell by one shot for his second win on the MENA Golf Tour.
England’s Lee Corfield, playing in the final group alongside Hinton, occupied solo third after carding a final round 70 as Zane Scotland and his playing partner Joe Heraty shared fourth on nine under, one ahead of Spain’s Borja Cabello.

The MENA Golf Tour will now travel to Kuwait City for the first time for the Sahara Kuwait Championship to be held at Sahara Golf and Country Club from October 17 to 19.

Leading final scores:
1.Craig Hinton (England) – 13-under
2.Scott Campbell (England) – 12-under
3.Lee Corfield (England) – 10-under


Grant Forrest joins pro ranks ahead of Alfred Dunhill Links debut

NEWS RELEASE Grant Forrest has turned professional with immediate effect and will make his debut in the paid ranks on home soil in next week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The 23-year-old, pictured, has secured an invitation for the $5 million European Tour Pro-Am event at
Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews, joining recent pro recruit and Bounce Sport stablemate
Ewen Ferguson in the star-studded line-up.
Forrest is making the switch to professional golf on the back of a stellar amateur career, having
racked up a string of impressive victories over the past seven years.
“I've thoroughly enjoyed my time playing amateur golf and will forever be grateful to both Scottish
Golf and The R&A for the experiences and opportunities I've had over the years,” said Forrest.
"However, I feel now is the right time to be setting out on the next chapter of my career and it is
fantastic to get the chance to make my professional debut on home soil in the Alfred Dunhill Links
Forrest gave a glimpse of his potential when winning the Scottish Boys Under-16 Championship in
2009, before backing that up a year later by claiming the Scottish Boys Championship. The Craigielaw
player then landed a third national title by winning the Scottish Amateur Championship at Royal
Dornoch in 2012.
He qualified for the Open Championship at Muirfield in 2013, before in 2014 he won the St Andrews
Links Trophy and played his part in team successes, winning the Palmer Cup (Europe) and St
Andrews Trophy (GB&I).
The following year he reached the final of The Amateur Championship at Carnoustie, a performance
that helped secure his place on the GB&I Walker Cup team that achieved a record victory over the
US at Royal Lytham. During his four years at the University of San Diego, Forrest won four times,
including the Redhawk Invitational at 2015 US Open venue Chambers Bay.
Forrest was also in the Scotland side that achieved back-to-back European Amateur Team titles in
2015 and 2016, with his swansong in the amateur ranks coming as part of the three-man Scotland
team that competed for the Eisenhower Trophy in Mexico last week.
"I have good memories from playing at both Carnoustie and St Andrews and it’s really exciting to
know that I will be competing against major winners and Ryder Cup players in my first event as a
professional,” added Forrest, ahead of his pro debut next Thursday.
Along with Ferguson, Forrest joined the Bounce Sport stable earlier this year and has already
benefitted from playing in some Challenge Tour events as an amateur thanks to the Edinburghbased company’s tie up with Scottish Golf to help ease the am-to-pro transition.
“I would like to thank the Dunhill Links Championship Committee for inviting both Grant and Ewen
to play in this year's tournament,” said Bounce Sport founding partner Iain Stoddart. “We
understand how many requests they receive and how difficult it is to choose who will play.
“It is a privilege to be working with Grant as he embarks on his professional career and, given his
fantastic achievements to date, we see only exciting and successful times ahead.”
Steve Paulding, Scottish Golf Performance Director, added: “Grant has done everything possible to
prepare for the challenges ahead. He has his US college degree, played in two World Amateur Team
Championships, the Walker Cup and two winning European teams. He has played in a number of
professional events and the time is right for him to make the move into the professional game.
“I would personally like to thank him for all he has done for Scottish Golf and wish him good luck for
this next stage in his career. He knows we are there to help him ongoing with our coaching and
sportscotland institute support staff.”


Top Scot Ross Cameron's top 10 finish in 

German Tour Championship

Ross Cameron (Saltire Energy) finished the top Scot in joint 10th place in the German PGA's Pro Golf Tour Championship at Castanea Resort, Adendorf in Germany.
The Peterhead player had rounds of 72, 70 and 72 for a two-under-par tally of 214 - six shots behind Germans Max Eichmeier and Niklas Adank who tied on 208.
Chris Robb (Meldrum House) finished well with a 69, which includes two birdie 2s, after earlier rounds of 71 and 75. His total of one-under 215 earned him 13th place.
Kevin Duncan (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) had a triple bogey 7 at the seventh in a closing round of 74 for 217 and joint 17th position.
Phil McLean (226), Alexander Culverwell (231) and Sam Kiloh (233) finished tied 49th, 58th and 62nd respectively.

Castanea Resort, Adendorf, Germany.
Par 216 (3x72)
208 M Eichmeier (Ger) 70 70 68, N Adank (Ger) 69 70 69.
209 O Rozner (Fra) 69 70 70

214 R Cameron 72 70 72 (T10)
215 C Robb 71 75 69 (13th)
217 K Duncan 76 67 74 (T17)
226 P McLean 76 74 76 (T49)
231 A Culverwell 77 73 81 (T58)
233 S Kiloh 77 76 80 (T62)


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Scottish Alliance Championship

The draw for the Scottish Alliance Championship  at Irvine Golf Club from 4th to 6th October  can be found on our new website or click on Alliance News in the left side-bar.


Senior Women's Home Internationals



Scotland scored their first win for at least two years in the Senior Ladies Home Internationals at Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire today, beating Wales 5-3 in their first match after losing all three 12 months ago.
A wet and miserable started to the day changed to bright and very breezy conditions before lunchtime.
The Scots took a 2-1 edge from the morning foursomes and added three more points with wins by Gillian Kyle (2 and 1 over Denise Richards), Lesley Lloyd (2 and 1 against Olwen Davies) and Fiona De Vries (2 and 1 against Sharon Roberts).
Wales' two winners in the singles were Jane Rees, who beat Aberdeen's Sheena Wood 3 and 2 In the lead-off tie, and former Senior British champion Ann Lewis, a 3 and 2 winner over Lorna McKinlay.
All square at the turn, Rees went two up on Wood by winning the 10th and 13th. The Scot won the 14th to be only one down but Rees took the 15th and 16th for the match.
Kyle was one up at the turn against Richards and went up at the 12th. Richards rallied to win the 13th to be only one down but halves at the 14th and 15th gave Kyle some breathing space and the Scot won the 16th and halved the 17th for a 2 and 1 win, her second of the day.
McKinlay was two up after nine against Lewis but the Welsh player went to town on the inward half, winning the 11th and 12th to square the contest and then taking the 13th, 14th and 16th for a 3 and 2 victory.
Lloyd won the sixth, 10th and 12th for a two-hole lead over Davies. The Scot then won the 14th to be three up. Davies won the 15th to be two down with three to play but she ran out of holes as Lloyd won on the 17th green.
Roberts won the ninth and 10th to square her match against De Vries. The next three holes were halved before De Vries edged ahead again by winning the 14th.
The 15th was halved. Then De Vries won the 16th to be dormie and she won by 2 and 1 to clinch Scotland's 5-3 victory.
European senior champions Ireland came a cropper in their bid to take the home title out of England's grasp.  England won 5.5-2.5, taking the foursomes by a 2pt margin and the singles 3-1.

England's singles winners were Julie Brown (by 4 and 3 against Mary Sheehy), Katherine Russell (by 2 and 1 over Maria O'Reilly) and Jackie Foster (by 5 and 4 against Irish senior champion Gertie McMullen).

Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire
Foursomes (2-1)
Sheena Wood and Gillian Kyle bt Ann Lewis and Sharon Roberts 1 hole.
Fiona De Vries and Lesley Lloyd bt Chris Harries and Patricia Fernon 4 and 2.
Alex Glennie and Mary Smith lost to Denise Richards and Jane Rees 7 and 6.
Singles (3-2)
Wood lost to Rees 3 and 2.
Kyle bt Richards 2 and 1.
L McKinlay lost to Lewis 3 and 2.
Lloyd bt O Davies 2 and 1.
De Vries bt Roberts 2 and 1.


Foursomes (2.5-0.5)
Jackie Foster and Catherine Rawthore bt Gertie McMullen and Maria O'Reilly 2 holes.
Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield bt Carol Wickham and Sheena McElroy 1 hole.
Helen Lowe and Karen Jobling halved with Laura Webb and Suzanne Corcoran.
Singles (3-2)
Rawthore lost to Wickham 2 and 1
Brown bt M Sheehy 4 and 3.
K Russell bt O'Reilly 2 and 1.
Jobling lost to Webb 5 and 4.
Foster bt McMullen 5 and 4.

Ireland v Wales
08.30 Carol Wickham and Sheena McElroy v Ann Lewis and Sharon Roberts
08.40 Laura Webb and Suzanne Corcoran v Jane Rees and Denise Richards
08.50 Mary Sheehy and Maria O'Reilly v Chris Harries and Olwen Davies

England v Scotland
09.00 Jule Brown and Aileen Greenfield v Sheena Wood and Gillian Kyle
09.10 Helen Lowe v Karen Jobling v Fiona De Vries and Lesley Lloyd
09.20 Jackie Foster and Katherine Russell v Mary Smith and Lorna McKinlay.



The £46,600 Highland Golf Links pro-am, scheduled for 54 holes with rounds of Royal Dornoch, Nairn and Castle Stuart, has had to be reduced to two rounds after play on the second day at Castle Stuart was abandoned due to high winds.
The tournament, one of the most lucrative on the Tartan Tour, will now be decided by the scores achieved by the professionals and their amateur teams at Royal Dornoch and Nairn.
The first-day scores at Castle Stuart have been discarded.
 The new leader of the tournament is Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) by virtue of the seven-under-par round he had
at Nairn Golf Club.
Jack McDonald (unattached) is lying second with a four-under 66 he scored at Royal Dornoch.
Greg McBain (Newmachar) is third on three-under 68 from his round at Nairn.
The tournament ends on Wednesday when those who have not yet played either Royal Dornoch or Nairn will complete their final 36-hole totals.



German PGA Pro Golf Tour Championship

Ross Cameron 16th with a round to go despite 

late bogeys, seven behind leader

Three late bogeys took the edge off Ross Cameron's second-round challenge in the German PGA's Pro Golf Tour Championship at Castanea Golf Resort, Adendorf in Germany.

Cameron, pictured by Cal Carson Golf Agency, out in 32, was going well until he bogeyed the 13th, 15th and 17th. He had five birdies in all in a round of two-under-par 70 for a two-under tally of 142, which left him in 16th position, seven shots behind the leader, Mathieu Fenasse (France) (66-69 for 135), with one round to go.
Kevin Duncan had a 67, one of the best second-round scores, including eagle 3s at the 10th and 16th in halves of 34 and 33. He is tied 17th on 143, three ahead of Chris Robb who slipped back with a 75 for 146. He had an eagle 3 at the 10th but also a triple bogey 7 at the 12th for a share of 33rd place.
Alexander Culverwell (77-73) and Philip McLean (76-74) are sharing 50th place on 150.
Sam Kiloh has had disappointing scores of 77 and 76 for 153.

Castanea Golf Resort, Adendorf, Germany
Par 144 (2x72)
135 M Fenasse (Fra) 66 69
136 S Matus (Cze Rep) 70 66
137 K Subregis (Fra) 68 69

142 R Cameron 72 70 (16th)
143 K Duncan  76 67 (T17)
146 C Robb 71 75 (T33)
150 A Culverwell 77 73, P McLean 76 74 (T50)
153 S Kiloh 77 76 (60th)




Draw for North-East Alliance at Kintore

The draw for the North East Alliance at Kintore tomorrow can be found on our new website or click on Alliance News in the left side-bar.


Scots lead Wales, England ahead of European champions Ireland at wet, then windy Alyth

Scotland gained a 2-1 lunchtime lead over Wales after the morning foursomes on the first day of the Senior Women's Home Internationals at Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire.

Title-holders lead European champions Ireland 2.5-0.5 after a morning which started wet and miserable but brightened nearer lunchtime although a half-gale replaced the wind.

+Gillian Kyle pictured by Cal Carson Golf Agency driving into the rain at 8.30am. 

Sheena Wood and Gillian Kyle bt Ann Lewis and Sharon Roberts 1 hole.
Fiona De Vries and Lesley Lloyd bt Chris Harries and Patricia Fernon 4 and 2.
Alex Glennie and Mary Smith lost to Denise Richards and Jane Rees 7 and 6.

ENGLAND lead IRELAND 2.5-0.5
Jackie Foster and Catherine Rawthore bt Gertie McMullen and Maria O'Reilly 2 holes.
Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield bt Carol Wickham and Sheena McElroy 1 hole.
Helen Lowe and Karen Jobling halved with Laura Webb and Suzanne Corcoran.


Haggs Castle pro event on Thursday

 Big Johnson's Tour's last event before our tour championships is on Thursday at Haggs Castle! 
We only have a limited number of spaces left but if any pros would like to join there are some spaces available with tee off times from 9am-10am! 
The top 10 players after Thursday on our Order of Merit will qualify for our tour championship at Dundonald Links Sunday 9th October! 


Monday, September 26, 2016

Lloyd and Fox go lowest on first day of 

Highland Links pro-am over three courses

Chris Lloyd and Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) had the lowest scores of the day - 64 apiece - in the first round of the £46,600 Highland Links pro-am over three courses: Royal Dornoch, Nairn and Castle Stuart.
With Royal Dornoch a par 70, Nairn a par 71, and Castle Stuart a 72, it will be Thursday before the pieces of the Tartan Tour's golfing jigsaw come together and tell us the winners when they have all played the three classic links courses.
Chris Lloyd had his 64 at Castle Stuart which puts him a eight under par.
Graham Fox had his 64 at Nairn - a seven-under-par score.
Nice to see Blairgowrie's Bradley Neil well up the leaderboad with a 66 at Castle Stuart, a six-under-par score. Bradley must have boosted his confidence by winning a European Tour Qualifying School Stage 1 event in Austria last week.

Par 72
64 Chris Lloyd (unatt)
66 Bradley Neil (unatt)
67 Greig Hutcheon (PLGC Inchmarlo)
68 Tom Kalinowski (unatt)
70 Jack McDonald (unatt), Daniel Young (unatt)
71 Kenny Hutton (Downfield)
72 James McGhee (Whitehill House)
Par 70
65 Paul O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure)
67 Alex Belt (Snainton)
68 Gavin Hay (Grantown on Spey), Alastair Forsyth (Mearns Castle), Graeme Brown (Montrose Links), Gareth Wright (West Linton)
70 Scott Henderson (Kings Links), Zac Saltman (Archerfield Links), Elliot Saltman (Archerfield Links), Andrew Scrimshaw (Close House), Chris Kelly (Taymouth Castle), Gordon Stewart (Cawder)
 Par 71
64 Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf)
68 Greg McBain (Newmachar)
69 Chris Currie (Caldwell), Alan Welsh (Cathkin Braes), Philip Price (Wales), David Orr (Eastwood), Mark Hillson (Kilconquhar Castle), Paul Robinson (Largs)
70 Paul Wardell (North Berwick)
71 Ryan O'Neill (Penwortham)


Team pictures on eve of Senior Women's Home Internationals



A fair number of senior women golfers from the North, North-east, Angus and Perthshire will be heading for Alyth Golf Club, near Blairgowrie over the next three days to cheer on the Scotland team in the Senior Women's Home Internationals against title-holders England, European champions Ireland and Wales.
Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) and Tain's Mary Smith are members of a Scotland team determined to improve on last year's winless performance at Elm Park GC, Dublin.
The rest of the team, captained by Lorna Bennett, are Fiona De Vries (St Rule), Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie), Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire), Lesley Lloyd (Hayston) and Lorna McKinlay (Dunnikier Park).
Tuesday's  opening matches at Alyth:
Scotland v Wales
England v Ireland.
Foursomes tee off from 08.30 to 09.30
Singles tee off from 1.10pm to 2.22


Emma Allen top-placed Brit at Lady Paladin 

Emma Allen (Missouri University), a second-year student from Southampton, had the highest placed finish of the four British golfers in action at the Lady Paladin Invitational women's college tournament at Furman Golf Club's course, Greenville in South Carolina at the weekend.

Emma, pictured, finished tied 12th in a big field of 111. She had scores of 69, 75 and 72 for level par 216 over a 6,313yd course, fiished six behind the winner, Emilee Hoffman (Texas) with 65, 75 and70 for six-under 210.
Missouri University Scots Jess Meek from Carnoustie and Clara Young from North Berwick finished tied 34th and 70th respectively.
Jess had rounds of 73, 75 and 73 for 221; Clara 73, 80 and 78 for 231.
Dulcie Sverdloff (Kennesaw State) shot 78, 72 and 74 for 224 and a share of 46th place.
Texas (853) won the team title ahead of hosts Furman (855) and Illinois (862).
Missouri (881) and Kennesaw State (893) finished sixth and 10th respectively in a field of 20 teams


Bell Baxter's narrow win over Madras FP at Scotscraig

Bell Baxter High school FP recorded a narrow golf victory over Madras FP at Scotscraig Golf Club, Fife.
Bell Baxter took a 3pt lead after the opening four-ball matches, but Madras started to claw back with a 2-1 victory in the greensomes.
In the six singles it came down to the final game where Ball Baxter captain Roddy Cameron  birdied the last hole to secure a half-point in his match against Iain Landsburgh, which was enough to give Bell Baxter victory.
This puts Bell Baxter 4–3 ahead in the series of matches.  
9 holes Better-ball

Madras College         FP      (0)                      Bell Baxter High School FP (3)

Craig Mackie / Iain Landsburgh  lost to  Jacky Montgomerie / Paul Wytrazek 3 and 2
Cameron West / David Landsburgh  lost to  Ally Hain / John Bruhn 1 hole.

Michael Braidwood / Gordon Landsburgh  lost to  Roddy Cameron / Alan MacKenzie 2 and 1
9 holes Greensome

Madras College  FP        (2)                   Bell Baxter High School FP  (1)

Craig Mackie / Iain Landsburgh  bt Jacky Montgomerie / Paul Wytrazek 2 and 1.
Cameron West / David Landsburgh bt Ally Hain / John Bruhn 2 and 1.

Michael Braidwood / Gordon Landsburgh lost to Roddy Cameron / Alan MacKenzie 2 and 1

9 holes singles (3.5-2.5)

Match 1           Cameron West   bt     Ally Hain 3 and 1.         
Match 2           Michael Braidwood  lost to Paul Wytrazek  3 and 2.
Match 3           David Landsburgh  lost to   Jacky Montgomerie  1 hole
Match 4           Craig Mackie bt Alan MacKenzie 3 and 2.
Match 5           Gordon Landsburgh  bt John Bruhn 2 and 1.     
Match 6           Iain Landsburgh  halved with Roddy Cameron       
Total                           Bell Baxter FP   5.5, Madras FP     6.5                  


Chris Robb leads Scots in Germany

Former Scottish amateur champion Chris Robb (Meldrum House) snapped out of a run of disappointing tournaments with a one-under-par score of 71 to be tied for 20th place after the first day of the Pro Golf Tour Championship at Adendorf Golf Resort in Germany.

Banchory-based Robb, pictured, is five shots behind leader Mathieu Fenasse (France).
Ross Cameron had a 72 for a share of 26th place while Kevin Duncan and Philip McLearn are tied for 49th place on 76.
Sam Kiloh and Alexander Culverwell are sharing 57th place on 77 in a field of 72 players. 

Adendorf Golf Resort, Germany
Par 72
66 M Fenasse (Fra)
67 Patrick Kopp (Ger)
71 C Robb (T20)
72 R Cameron (T26)
76 K Duncan, P McLean (T49)
77 S Kiloh, A Culverwell (T57)
Field of 72 players



Belfast's Chloe Weir is Kansas State leader at 

Lincoln with career-best one-under 71

LINCOLN, Nebraska – With four individuals in the top five – including individual leader Chloe Weir from Belfast  – the Kansas State women’s golf team is in first place following the first round of play at the Chip-N Club Invitational at the par-72, 6,276-yard Wilderness Ridge Country Club.
The Wildcats shot a 4-over par 292 in the first round and jumped out to a 10-stroke lead heading into Monday’s second round.
“I am proud of the team today,” said head coach Kristi Knight. “They started well and did a nice job adapting and staying patient when the gusty winds arrived.”
Weir, a sophomore, leads all individuals, thanks to shooting a career-best round of 1-under par 71. Senior Madison Talley is two strokes behind Weir at 1-over par 73 to currently stand in third place.
Junior Connie Jaffrey from Kilwinning and Paige Nelson are tied for fifth place at 2-over par 74.
The Wildcats lead second-place Florida International, which shot a 14-over par 302, while South Dakota State is in third place at 15-over par 303.
Weir holds a one-stroke advantage in the individual competition of FIU’s Camila Serrano.
The second round of the Chip-N Club Invitational begins at 9 a.m., on Monday. Live results can be followed at and results will be available at at the conclusion of play Monday (USA time)

Chip-N Club Invitational
Lincoln, Nebraska
Wilderness Ridge Country Club
Par 72 / 6,276 Yards

Team Scores: 1. Kansas State, 292 (+4); 2. FIU, 302 (+14); 3. South Dakota State, 303 (+15); 4. North Dakota State, 305 (+17); 5. UMKC, 307 (+19); T6. Nebraska, 314 (+26); T6. South Dakota, 314 (+26); 8. Iowa Western, 317 (+29); 9. Wyoming, 318 (+30); 10. Omaha, 321 (+33); Creighton, 322 (+34).
Top Individuals: 1. Chloe Weir, Kansas State, 71 (-1); 2. Camila Serrano, Florida International, 72 (E); T3. Natalie Roth, North Dakota State, 73 (+1); T3. Madison Talley, Kansas State, 73 (+1); T5. Seven Individuals, 74 (+2).
K-State Individuals: T5. Paige Nelson, 74 (+2); T5. Connie Jaffrey, 74 (+2);


Curtis Cup player Alice Hewson sets Clemson 

scoring record in Schooner Fall Classic

Clemson, South Carolina — English second-year student Alice Hewson set a Clemson University scoring record for 54 holes with rounds of 66, 70 and 67  over the par-71 course and led Clemson to a third-place team finish at the Schooner Fall Classic at the weekend.  
The two-day tournament concluded on Sunday afternoon at the par 71 Belmar Country Club in Norman, Oklahome.  It was the first tournament for new Clemson coach Kelley Hester. 
GB and I Curtis Cup player Hewson from Berkhamsted, England shot a four-under-par 67 on Sunday to finish with a 54-hole score of 203, 10-under-par.  
Her performance broke the Clemson record for total score and score vs. par that had been established by Ashlan Ramsey at the 2013 Ruth’s Chris Intercollegiate in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Ramsey had shot a nine under par 207 at that event on a par 72 course to set the marks for total score and score versus par.
Hewson, a sophomore student, finished second to  Morgane Metraux of Florida State, who finished with a 12-under-par score of 201.  Hewson had scores of 66-70-67. 
Alice's 66 in the first round was the second best 18-hole score in Clemson University women's golf history.  The only score better is her 65 last year at the Cougar Classic in Charleston.
"The course played like a totally different layout today with different winds," said Hester.   "The girls adjusted well. We beat some good team and we are off to a great start.  Alice Hewson was very solid and played well down the stretch.  She gave herself a chance to win."
Florida State won the team competition with an 829 score, 23-under-par.  Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the nation by Golfweek, finished second at 841.  Clemson was third at  849, three shots ahead of host school Oklahoma.  Kent State, ranked fourth in the nation by Golfweek, finished fifth at 858.
Clemson had a team score of one-under-par 283 on Sunday. 
Schooner Fall Classic
Belmar Country Club
September 24-25, 2016
Team Results
1. Florida State 829, 2.  Alabama 841, 3.  Clemson 849, 4. Oklahoma 852, 5.  Kent State 858, 6.  Texas A&M 870, 7.  LSU and Notre Dame 871, 9.  Iowa State 874, 10.  Texas State 888, 11.  Kansas 892, 12.  Mississippi State 894.
Clemson Individual Results
2.  Alice Hewson 203,  18.  Sydney Legacy 215,  25.  Ana Paula Valdes 218,  27.  Marisa Messana 219,  56.  Sloan Shanahan  150 (WD in second round)


Matt Dalrymple's top 15 finishes in first two events on US college golf circuit

Hi Colin
In response to your request for notification of Scots golfers at US colleges, I thought you may like to be aware of my son Matt Dalrymple.

Matt, pictured left, is from Lochwinnoch, a member at Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club, Bridge of Weir.
Matt is now a freshman, majoring in Business Administration at King University, Bristol, Tennessee who play in the Conference Carolinas.Matt has played the two events so far for the Bristol Tornados: two weeks ago shooting level par 72, 72 round the Osprey Point course on Kiawah Island to finish T13 out of 90 in the Kiawah Island         Invitational and last week he shot 73 and 77 to finish T15 in the Etowah Intercollegiate event in North Carolina.



Another fond memory of Arnold Palmer

From Hugh Hunter

Over 40 years ago, as a teacher in Alloa, I was lucky to be able to take a group of young enthusiastic golfers to see a television match at Turnberry where Arnold Palmer played Bernard Gallacher. 
TV matches were very slow at that time so there was plenty time to get close up to players. One boy, who was a huge Palmer fan, followed him closely ...never more than a yard or two away and when there was an extra big delay, Arnold came over to the boy saying  "You have been following me closely all day" and asking "Where do you come from." 
The boy told him "Stirling"   (and later told me that he said Stirling because Arnold would not know where Alloa was!). 
Reply from Arnold  " You mean to say you have travelled all that way just to see me play golf" 
 The youngster was speechless... A moment he will remember for ever(and also myself)
Enormous charisma ... and we did see the famous hitching of the trousers.


Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R and A, said: "It is with great sadness that we have awoken to hear the news of Arnold Palmer's passing. He was a true gentleman, one of the greatest ever to play the game and a truly iconic figure in sport.
"His contribution to The Open Championship was, and remains, immeasurable. He will be missed and forever remembered by all at The R and A and throughout the world of golf as a charismatic and global champion of our game."


Rory McIlroy transforms "lost season" into FedEx Cup windfall worth $10 million!

Rory McIlroy celebrates his winning birdie putt at the fourth extra hole. Picture by courtesy of Getty Images (c)

ATLANTA -- Two months ago, Rory McIlroy looked beaten. He failed to make the weekend at Baltusrol, his second missed cut in the last three majors. His putting was such a mess that he altered styles mid-season, only to return to his original grip. He was inconsistent, with strings of birdies undone with a disconcerting amount of high numbers. Some questioned his fortitude, his lack of grinding. McIlroy, deemed golf's golden boy after winning back-to-back majors in 2014, was asked if he feared becoming the sport's "Ringo."
What a difference two months can make.
Weeks after capturing the Deutsche Bank Championship, McIlroy grabbed the 2016 Tour Championship -- as well as the FedEx Cup -- with an instant-classic performance on Sunday at East Lake.
The 27 year old began his round two shots back of Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell. Although he was three under through 15 holes, McIlroy faced a three-stroke deficit to Chappell as he teed off on the 16th. A deficit, thanks to a perfectly-timed jarred approach shot, that quickly shrunk to one:
"I knew I needed something to happen," McIlroy said. "I was really just trying -- I said to myself on the 15th tee, if I can finish with three 3s, I'll give myself a chance. I didn't quite think the eagle was going to come as soon as it did.
"But when something like that happens, you have to make the most of it."
It was one of the most dramatic moments in FedEx Cup history. East Lake's nines were flipped this year, as the new back side is more conducive to lower scores. Organizers made the change in hopes of generating more fireworks down the Tour Championship home stretch. Little did the gallery know the drama was just beginning.
Following the eagle, McIlroy parred the 17th and carded birdie on the par-5 18th for a 64. It put him at 12 under for the tournament, tied with Chappell and McIlroy's playing partner, Ryan Moore. After watching Chappell make five on the final hole, the trio returned to the 18th tee box, where McIlroy launched a 357-yard drive, leaving him 211 yards from the hole. 
As his opponents struggled from the rough, the Northern Irishman smacked his approach within feet, seemingly wrapping up the tournament.
Alas, McIlroy's eagle lipped out.
"I just had to regroup, stay focused, and try to give myself chances in the playoff," McIlroy said of the miss. "Thankfully I stayed patient enough to get it done."
With Moore making four and Chappell taking five again, Moore and McIlroy returned to the 18th. The two both made par, and a trip to the par-3 15th returned similar results. Finally, in the face of a tremendous up-and-down from Moore, McIlroy canned a 15-footer for birdie on the 16th, earning his first Tour Championship victory.
"That ranks up there with just some of my best performances on the golf course regardless of tournament," McIlroy said.
Moreover, thanks to the final-round falter of Johnson, McIlroy also walks away with the FedEx Cup and it's $10 million payday.
During his dry spell, no one slandered McIlroy's driving ability or iron prowess. It was his short game woes -- specifically, his putting issues and wedge play -- that made onlookers shake their head.
"I think you need weeks (the PGA Championship) like that," McIlroy remarked. "I've always benefited from things like that in my career, from low points. I always feel like from a low point you can work yourself back up, and you can really assess what you need to do."
Those same criticisms re-emerged in the crowd and on social media following the missed eagle putt, and after a less-than-stellar approach on the second playoff hole.
Yet, the tournament stats tell a different story. While McIlroy's power (first in sg: off-the-tee) and iron dexterity (second in greens in regulation and sg: tee-to-green) were on display this week, his flat stick was far from a detriment, ranking in the middle of the pack in most putting figures. He's working with a new coach, and it's producing dividends: in his win at TPC Boston, McIlroy finished seventh in the field in sg: putting.
More importantly, when he desperately needed it on Sunday, his putter came to the rescue with that beautifully-rolled stroke on the fourth playoff hole.
In short, when he's merely adequate on the dance floors, McIlroy has a breath of invincibility rarely seen in this game.
As for the theory that McIlroy is lacking in the temerity department, Sunday's theatre proved otherwise.
"I mentally was expecting to have to hole that putt to win," McIlroy said on his second go-around of the 16th. "I never expect my opponents to hit bad shorts or to miss puts. I expect them to sort of do everything. So it didn't faze me."
We'd be remiss in forgetting his par-saving seven-foot putt on the 15th. Given the circumstances, it was just as impressive as the winning stroke to come.
Winner of two of the past three events, McIlroy heads to Hazeltine for the Ryder Cup. It's an event that suits him well; the Europeans have won in each of his three appearances. It's safe to assume he'll arrive in Minnesota with an extra bit of confidence.
"I've obviously never gone into a Ryder Cup with this much excitement coming off the back of something like this," he asserted. "So, yeah, I'm looking forward to it."
But that's next week. For now, McIlroy is enjoying the moment.
"I've made it no secret that it's one of the last things I feel like I had left on my golfing CV, and I made it a big goal of mine especially after the summer had gone, to win it," McIlroy stated after his triumph. "So to be here and to win the FedExCup, especially where I came in in the mid-30s somewhere, to play the way I have in the last few weeks to get it done is very special."
Two months ago, Rory McIlroy looked beaten. Raising the FedEx Cup on Sunday night, he stood unconquered.


Another USA Seniors' Tour success by Scot earns him $375,000

Colin Montgomerie captures Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in play-off

Colin Montgomerie during a press conference at the Senior PGA Championship.
Colin Montgomerie during a press conference at the Senior PGA Championship. (Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)
Colin Montgomerie outlasted Scott McCarron to win the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship on Sunday.
Montgomerie birdied the third play-off hole at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, British Columbia, to capture his fourth US PGA Champions Tour victory. All his previous wins in the American over-50s pro tour were in major championships.
This one earned the Scot $375,000.
He had rounds of  67, 64 and 67 for 15-under-par 198. McCarron reached the same total with scores of 62, 66 and 70. McCarron's runner-up finish earned him $220,000
Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a course-record 61 to get to 13 under along with Jeff Sluman, Scott Dunlap and Doug Garwood in a tie for third place which was worth $136,875 each.
Bernhard Langer finished at 12 under after a final-round 63 to tie for seventh. Langer leads the tour with four victories.

par 213 (3x71) Yardage 6,925
1x-Colin Montgomerie        67   64 67 . 198   $375,000
2 Scott McCarron 62 66 70 198 $220,000
T3 Scott Dunlap 67 65 68 200 $136,875
T3 Doug Garwood 64 66 70 200 $136,875
T3 Miguel Angel Jimenez 69 70 61 200 $136,875
T3 Jeff Sluman 65 68 67 200 $136,875
T7 Olin Browne 66 67 68 201 $80,000
T7 Marco Dawson 68 68 65 201 $80,000
T7 Bernhard Langer 70 68 63 201 $80,000
T10   Fred Funk 67 71 64 202 $62,500
T10   Jeff Maggert 69 64 69 202 $62,500
T12   Jay Haas 70 64 69 203 $48,000
T12 Brian Henninger 69 64 70 203 $48,000
T12 Scott Parel 67 72 64 203 $48,000
T12 John Riegger 70 69 64 203 $48,000
T12 Duffy Waldorf 68 66 69 203 $48,000
T17 Steve Lowery 70 69 65 204 $38,750
T17 Steve Pate 70 67 67 204 $38,750
T19 Jose Coceres 67 70 68 205 $31,875
T19 Miguel Angel Martin 69 67 69 205 $31,875
T19 Tim Petrovic 67 71 67 205 $31,875
T19 Jerry Smith 64 72 69 205 $31,875
T23 Woody Austin 65 71 70 206 $25,050
T23 Michael Bradley 70 69 67 206 $25,050
T23 Mike Goodes 69 68 69 206 $25,050
T23 Mark O'Meara 69 64 73 206 $25,050
T23 Willie Wood 67 69 70 206 $25,050
T28 Joe Durant 68 68 71 207 $19,375
T28 Lee Janzen 68 70 69 207 $19,375
T28 Tom Pernice Jr. 71 71 65 207 $19,375
T28 Scott Simpson 69 69 69 207 $19,375
T28 Vijay Singh 67 69 71 207 $19,375
T28 Ian Woosnam 70 67 70 207 $19,375
T34 Jay Don Blake 67 71 70 208 $15,375
T34 Mark Brooks 69 67 72 208 $15,375
T34 John Cook 68 66 74 208 $15,375
T34 Glen Day 71 69 68 208 $15,375
T38 Tom Byrum 68 71 70 209 $13,250
T38 Carlos Franco 71 68 70 209 $13,250
T38 Rod Spittle 72 72 65 209 $13,250
T41 Paul Broadhurst 69 73 68 210 $10,500
T41 Jeff Hart 69 69 72 210 $10,500
T41 John Inman 71 69 70 210 $10,500
T41 Jean-Francois Remesy 71 69 70 210 $10,500
T41 Jim Rutledge 73 69 68 210 $10,500
T41 Esteban Toledo 71 71 68 210 $10,500
T41 Kirk Triplett 67 75 68 210 $10,500
T41 Jean Van de Velde 70 70 70 210 $10,500
T49 Russ Cochran 67 72 72 211 $7,250
T49 David Frost 71 70 70 211 $7,250
T49 Todd Hamilton 73 69 69 211 $7,250
T49 Billy Mayfair 70 71 70 211 $7,250
T49 Joey Sindelar 70 71 70 211 $7,250
T54 Stephen Ames 74 69 69 212 $5,750
T54 Roger Chapman 72 72 68 212 $5,750
T54 Scott Hoch 70 74 68 212 $5,750
T57 Tom Kite 70 74 69 213 $5,000
T57 Larry Mize 73 72 68 213 $5,000
T57 Scott Verplank 72 70 71 213 $5,000
T60 Mark Calcavecchia 73 75 66 214 $4,250
T60 Neal Lancaster 72 71 71 214 $4,250
T60 Grant Waite 70 68 76 214 $4,250
T63 Joe Daley 67 72 76 215 $3,375
T63 Bob Gilder 71 78 66 215 $3,375
T63 Mike Grob 75 68 72 215 $3,375
T63 Mark Mielke 73 72 70 215 $3,375
T67 Bob Friend 74 70 72 216 $2,370
T67 Stuart Hendley 72 76 68 216 $2,370
T67 Greg Kraft 72 74 70 216 $2,370
T67 Craig Parry 75 73 68 216 $2,370
T67 Loren Roberts 75 69 72 216 $2,370
T72 Jim Carter 73 73 72 218 $1,713
T72 Paul Goydos 75 75 68 218 $1,713
T72 Gary Hallberg 70 71 77 218 $1,713
T72 Fran Quinn 77 72 69 218 $1,713
76 Mark Wiebe 75 72 75 222 $1,450
77 Steve Schneiter 77 74 81 232 $1,350
78 Murray Poje 82 79 73 234 $1,250
79 Mike Springer 76 73 31 180 -
80 Wes Short Jr. 66 70 WD 136 -
81 Craig Stadler 81 WD   WD


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