Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Aberdeen Pennant League results tonight

Home players listed first
M Albiston  and I Watt bt J Kennedy and G Donaldson 6 and 4.
J Gregor and M Mearns bt R Taylor and C McDonald 2 holes. 
A Swift and S Coutts halved with L Buck and P Forbes
G Hay and H Holman lost to R Jaffray and A Smith 7 and 5.
G Mennie and M Crawford  lost to R Currie and M Aitken 5 and 4

J Pirie and M Vass bt M Rae and J Wilson 1 hole.
R Hyland and G Cheyne bt M Lunch and C Simpson 1 hole.
A Strachan and S Wilson lost to C Lamb and J Ross 1 hole.
D Ogston and G Elrick lost to L Strath and D Walker 2 holes.
P Lawrence and I Murray lost to B Robson and A Chan 2 and 1.

D Macklin and T Rennie lost to M Greig and M Dunn 1 hole.
S Smith and C Black bt G Somers and D Grieve 5 and 4.
J Pryde and H Charles lost to R Allerton and C Somers 1 hole.
J Loggie and C Howe bt B Edmond and M Edmond 2 and 1.
S Ritchie and P Adams bt D Leslie and A Strath 2 holes.

I Taylor and P Kelly bt T Ogston and R Nielson 1 hole.
R McAllan and S Guzik lost to I Welsh and S Jamieson 3 and 2.
G McFarlane and C Mackay lost to R Forbes and L O'Connor 2 holes.
K Riddell and A Smith bt A Giles and K Dalgleish 5 and 4.
B McGillivray and F Stark bt G Stewart and S Bennett 2 holes.

Deeside and Stonehaven both scored their first wins of the 2018 Aberdeen Men's Pennant League programme tonight.
Deeside edged Bon Accord in a tight match 3-2 over the Bieldside course. Three of the five ties went to the 18th green.
Stonehaven beat Nigg Bay 3-2 at home for their first success of the season.



Amateur Championship Wednesday's match-play draw

Venue: Royal Aberdeen GC


7am I Eetu (Finland) v R Williams (Peterborough Milton)
7.09 F Donaggio (Italy) v M Oelfke (Germany).
7.18 P Foulquie (France) v A Auboin (France).
7.27 R Morrison (Royal Perth, Australia) v C Consul (Germany)
7.36 C Barrow (Royal Lytham) v R Pereda (Mexico).
7.45 W Miles (USA) v D Ravetto (France).
7.54 P Pineau (France) v J Paterson (St Andrews New)

8.03 T Kanaya (Japan) v M Montenegro (Argentina)
8.12 M Sanchez (Australia) v E Svard (Sweden)
8.21 J Cope (Players Club) v M O'Hagan (West Hill, England)
8.30 O Farrell (Evesham) v A Mata (Spain)
8.39 T Forster (Elton Furze, England) v F Lacroix (France)
8.48 L Euler (Germany) v A Ortiz (Mexico)


9.15 W Nienaber (South Africa) v N Weiland (Sweden)
9.24 P Cohen (Switzerland) v Z L Stirn (Slovenia)
9.33 T Sloman (Taunton and Pickeridge) v J Morgan (Australia).
9.42 E McIntosh (Turnhouse) v J Wright (Forres)
9.51 B Hutchinson (Howley Hall) v J Li (Bath)

10.00 D Hague (Malton and Norton) v R Lester (Hermitage, Ireland)

10.09 M Mitchell (South Africa) v B Ferguson (Australia).
10.18 J Rebula (South Africa) v B McKenzie (Rowlands Castle)
10.32 M Saulez (South Africa) v B Jones (Northants County)
10.41 S Done (Kenwick Park) v T Vahelnkamp (Germany)
10.50 M Waite (Filton, England) v A Hermann (Germany)
10.59 W Heffernan (Australia) v S Easton (Irvine).

11.08 K Michel (Australia) v J Sugrue (Mallow, Ireland).

11.17 A Flanagan (St George's Hill) v C Palsson (Sweden)
11.26 S Mazzoli (Italy) v L Filippi (South Africa)
11.35 L Shepherd (Rye, England) v T Nel (South Africa)
11.49 M Jordan (Royal Liverpool) v M Honkala (Finland).
11.58 P R-T Torres (Spain) v C Purcell (Portmarnock, Ireland)

12.07 L Scalise (Italy) v A Blomme (Sweden)

12.16 B Collyer (Australia) v winner of first-round match.
12.25 D Micheluzzi (Australia) v   "        "       "
12.34 B Wagoner (USA) v 
12.43 S Scott (Nairn) v 
12.52 S Meek (Canada) v 

13.06 R Dawson (Tramore, Ireland) v
13.15 V Pastor (Spain) v
13.24 R Franssen (Inverness) v 
13.33 H Hall (West Cornwall) v.
13.42 L Walker (USA) v 
13.51 J Murphy (Kinsale, Ireland) v

14.00 D Hillier (New Zealand) v 
14.09 V Hovland (Norway) v

Wilco Nienaber led the way in qualifying for the match play stage of The 123rd Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links today.
On the historic championship’s first visit to the renowned North East links courses, Nienaber became the first South African to lead the qualifying stage since it was introduced in 1983. The 18-year-old who lost out in a play-off to Nick Poppleton at the Brabazon Trophy earlier this month, carded four birdies on his homeward nine for a four-under-par 67 at the Balgownie Links to move to eight-under-par, two strokes clear of Viktor Hovland from Norway who recorded a five-under-par 65 at Murcar Links.
Hovland, the highest-ranked player in the field, at fifth in the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, eagled the par four 11th at Murcar and picked up another five birdies in an excellent display of putting but was held back by bogeys on the first and last.
Canadian Sam Meek was in contention to finish as leading qualifier when he stood at six-under coming down the last at Murcar but in trying to drive the green at the 369-yard par four the 19-year-old found a greenside bunker from where he took two to escape, with his second clearing the green and going out of bounds, resulting in a treble bogey seven. The 19-year-old finished third on three-under-par.
In a truly international leaderboard, Nienaber’s countryman Matt Saulez finished fourth on two-under-par while the Australian pair of Kyle Michel and Blake Collyer were a shot behind. On the same mark was the leading English qualifier Harry Hall and his compatriot Ben Hutchinson was on level par.
Euan McIntosh continued his fine form to finish as the leading Scot on two-over-par alongside the St Andrews Links Trophy champion John Murphy from Ireland.
Walker Cup player Matthew Jordan, ranked seventh in the world, finished on three-over-par to qualify for the match play stage.
The cut for the championship fell on six-over-par with 77 players qualifying.
Key quotes
Wilco Nienaber
“When I heard I was going to play The Amateur Championship this year I was really excited. To finish at the top after the qualifying is great.
“I made good decisions from the tee, stuck to my game plan and hit the greens. When I missed a green I got up and down – I kept the momentum going and didn’t really make a lot of bogeys. The match play stage is a different game but winning this or finishing at the top makes me feel like I can beat the other guys, which is really nice. So we will see what happens this week.”
Viktor Hovland
“That was pretty good. To be honest leading into the week I was not feeling very confident. I did not hit the ball very good out there but I made a lot of putts and just kind of managed my way round there. I’m extremely pleased with the score but hopefully I can hit it a little better tomorrow. The only thing is that you can’t keep on making putts from everywhere, it’s got to stop some time but obviously it’s great to see that my bad golf can still get round this place really well.”
Sam Meek
“I was at six and the other guy was at eight (at the 18th) so I knew I had to do something to even have a chance. I figured I would try it. I had a really bad lie in the bunker, tried to hit it and missed it and then skulled it over the green and it was out of bounds.
“I’m still pleased with the two days and I had to give it a try. It feels good. The tournament starts over again so I have to try to progress through the matches and see where I end up. It was good to play well and I putted really well. I just want to keep feeding the momentum and go out there and do some damage.”
The reward for the winner of The Amateur Championship is a place in The 147th Open at Carnoustie in July and the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach. Traditionally, the Amateur Champion is also invited to compete in the Masters Tournament.
The match play stage gets underway at Royal Aberdeen tomorrow. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes except the Final which will be over 36 holes. As part of The R&A’s efforts to improve pace of play ready golf was in operation in the stroke play qualifying rounds.
For scoring and a full list of qualifiers please visit www.RandA.org.


Euan McIntosh leads younger Scots into Amateur championship match-play at Balgownie

                                                                                       By COLIN FARQUHARSON

Six home-based Scots and one entered from Australia have qualified for the match-play stages of the Amateur Championship which beging over Royal Aberdeen Golf Club's Balgownie Links on Wednesday morning.
A total of 77 players with totals of  six-over-par 147 and better 36-hole aggregates from the stroke-play qualifying rounds over Balgownie and Murcar Links have won their way into the match-play draw.
Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse),  pictured, a former Scottish assistant professional champion who has gained a Scotland cap since he returned to the amateur ranks a year or two ago, is now in his late 40s but that did not stop him claiming the honour of being the leading Scot in the qualifying competition.
He shot rounds of 71 and 72 for 143 to finish joint 17th behind top seed Wilco Nienaber, an 18-year-old from Bloemfontein, South Africa, who had scores of 66 and 67 for eight-under 133, two ahead of the second seed, World No 5 Viktor Hovland (Norway), a student at Oklahoma State Unversity.
Sam Meek, a 19-year-old Canadian, finished third in the stroke-play with a pair of 69s for 138. 
The other Scots who qualified were Rory Franssen (Inverness) 73 72 and Sandy Scott (Nairn) also 73 72 to be T26 on 145; Stuart Easton (Irvine) 73 73, former Scottish boys stroke play champion John Paterson (St Andrews New) 75 71 and Jeff Wright (Forres) 76 70 came next on the 146 mark.
Entered as a Scot from Royal Perth Golf Club, Australia is Robbie Morrison with scores of 74 and 73 for 147, the limit mark for beating the cut.
Scottish amateur champion Sam Locke (Stonehaven), 74 76 for 150, was one of the Scots who did not survive the stroke-play. He was in good company. World ranked No 28, teenager Rayhan Thomas from India, also missed the boat with scores of 73-77 for 150, the same total as Kilmacolm's Matthew Clark (80-70)


Sara Byrne (17) wins Irish women's close championship
Sara Byrne is the 2018 Irish women’s amateur close champion. The 17-year-old Junior Vagliano player overcame Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle), Lucy Simpson (Masserene), Molly Dowling (Lucan), Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) and finally Louise Coffey (Malone) on her way to victory at Enniscrone Golf Club.
Coffey birdied the third to go one up. Sara quickly bounced back by winning the fifth, sixth and seventh for a two-hole advantage.  
Another couple of holes won at the turn and by then Byrne had her sights firmly set on the trophy. A birdie on the par 5 15th was responded to by a birdie from Louise on the 16th but a par on the 17th was enough for a 2 and 1 victory for the Cork teenager
“I stayed quite calm out there, I think that was the main thing. The weather was pretty crappy so I just took my time getting my hands and the clubs dry and made sure I was feeling comfortable over the ball. I was level par for 16 holes, with one little blip, so I am super happy with that in the conditions.
“This is just amazing, I knew I could do it. When Louise won the third I knew that it was better to be up at the end of the match than at the start. I knew that a one hole difference was nothing so I stayed patient.”A definite highlight of her career, Byrne now heads back to Douglas where a celebration awaits.
“This is definitely my number one achievement to date. On the final few holes I got a bit nervous but I told myself that I had worked too hard to give this one away. This brings my golf career up a step and any event now I play in I can tell myself that I can win because I am Irish champion!”
Joining names such as Paula Grant, Olivia Mehaffey and Leona Maguire, Sara can look forward to a busy summer of golf with boosted confidence, no doubt a strong asset to the Irish teams in their bids internationally also.
+Picture caption: Sara Byrne and her dad celebrate on the 17th green.
Sara Byrne b(Douglas) bt Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) 2 and 1.
Louise Coffey (Malone) bt Meadhbh Doyle (Portarlington) 2 and 1Final:
Byrne bt Coffey 2 and 1


Muir of Ord's  John Mackay wins Scottish left-handers' championship

Left-handed golfers are not found in big numbers throughout the northern area of Scotland. They are at their most populous in the shinty areas of Inverness and Ross-shire, where the golf clubs of Newtonmore, Kingussie, Muir of Ord and Strathpeffer are their main habitats.
Envied for their short game, and four North "lefties" come to mind - Munro Ferries (Tain), John MacKay (Muir Of Ord), Dods Krzyzanowski (Strathpefer) and Darren Hexley (Golspie) who have held their own with the many who swing from the right.
Last weekend I visited the Scottish left handers' championship when it made a return to the Muir of Ord Golf Club where I came across three of the afore-mentioned who have lots of left-handed Scottish championship titles to their name: Dods Kryzanowski four times, Darren Hexley twice and, the most of all, John MacKay with seven wins stretching back to his first in 1987. Surprisingly, Ferries is the only player of that group not to have won.
The traditional home of the championship was Kingussie where the late Inverness doyen of the North "lefties," Taylor Bullock won in the first year of the championship, 1971, and all these years later Golspie's Hexley was the defending champion only to lose his grip on the trophy by one shot to local member John MacKay who went on to set an astonishing total of eight wins since 1987, his last 23 years ago in 1995.
MacKay (49), pictured, pipped the recent new left handed member to Tain Golf Club, Mike Bartlet, by one shot. Also scoring 72 was another former Muir of Ord champion Vince Tillman. Both he and Hexley were beaten for second place on card count back. For the first time Royal Dornoch provided a new recruit, Jeremy Mattie, who, on his début, returned a gross 78.
(All Muir of Ord unless stated)
Scratch – 71 J R Mackay. 72 M Bartlet (Tain) bih, D Hexley. 
Handicap – C Farren (20) 65; S Jack (17), V Tillman (9) 67; D L MacDonald (16) 67; J Fraser (9) 68. 
Seniors' Cup - B MacLennan (Gairloch) (12) 68.  

The visit of the James Braid Society to their maternal home always brings a good entry to Brora Golf Club's first 36 hole open competition of the Summer.
Braid's own trophy is confined to Society members but there are cups  to be won by members and visitors. 
The scratch Howey Cup was won last year by Chris Mailley (Royal Dornoch) and locals Andy Stewart and Alistair B Sutherland won respective handicap sections.  The following day there is a mixed foursomes open competition.

Royal Dornoch's home members were outgunned by America-based members through the final rounds of the men's stroke-play club championship last weekend.
Six time champion Chris Mailley was outshone by Wesley Harden from South Carolina while the senior scratch and handicap trophies both crossed  the Atlantic, both won after 36 holes by Cliff Martin from Los Angeles. 
Mailley (74 and 75 for 149), in his defence, trailed Harden (77 and 69 for 146) by three. In joint second place on 147 were Ian Rennie (74-73) and Daniel Holden (76-71)

+Pictured are the Royal Dornoch champions, Wesley Harden (left) and Cliff Martin (right)


Byrne and Coffey through to Irish closed women's final

 Irish Close Finalists Louise Coffey and Sara Byrne with ILGU President Vonnie Noonan. Picture by courtesy of Pat Cashman
Sara Byrne (Douglas) and Louise Coffey (Malone) will go head to head for the 2018 Irish Women’s Close Championship this afternoon.
Byrne, 17, playing in her first National Championship semi-final this morning, birdied the first hole against fellow Munster woman Sarah Cunningham (Ennis). By the 9th, Cunningham had gone one ahead but determined not to let her opportunity slip, Byrne turned the match around again and sealed her place in the final on the 17th green.
The second semi-final between Louise Coffey (Malone) and Meadhbh Doyle (Portarlington) got off to a shaky start for Laois native but the match remained all square by the 7th hole. Coffey, who was beaten finalist to Olivia Mehaffey in this Championship in 2016, went ahead at the turn however and a birdie on the 11th gave her a 3 hole advantage.
Despite a valiant fightback on the closing holes, with birdies on 13 and 15 for Doyle, experience stood Coffey in good stead and she birdied the 16th, finally closing out the match 2 and 1.
Sara Byrne (Douglas) bt Maeve Cunningham (Lurgan) 2 and 1.
Louise Coffey (Malone) bt Meadhbh Doyle (Port Arlington) 2 and 1.


From Carol Fell



Team Selections

The East Division inter-county matches at Dunbar GC from June 25 to 27:

Hannah Braidwood (Ladybank) 
Brogan Clark (Lochgelly) 
Susan Jackson(Ladybank) 
Jocelyn Mackie (Ladybank) 
Lorraine Morrow (St. Regulus) 
Lynn Newton (Dunnikier) 
Gillian Paton (St. Regulus) 
Karin Sharp (Kirkcaldy)

Caroline Steedman (Murrayfield)
Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw)
Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe)
Karen Ferguson-Snedden (Mortonhall)
Karen Marshall (Baberton)
Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe)
Louise Fraser (Kingsknowe)

Stirling and Clackmannanshire
Jennifer Allan (Glenbervie) 
Laura Bissett (Braehead) 
Alison Davidson (Stirling) 
Alison Goodwin (Glenbervie) 
Mhairi Hall (Bathgate) 
Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst) 
Louise MacGregor (Falkirk Carmuirs) 
Fiona Wait (Bathgate) 

East Lothian No details as yet
Email Carol with your team selection

Monday, June 25
East Lothian v Stirling and Clackmannan 
Fife v Midlothian 

Tuesday, June 26
Stirling and Clackmannan v Fife
Midlothian v East Lothian 

Wednesday, June 27
Stirling and Clackmannan v Midlothian 
East Lothian v Fife
The winners go forward to the Scottish County Finals 2018 which will be held at Kilmacolm G.C. from September 14 to 16.


Link to Amateur Ch/ship scores at Balgownie


par 141 (Royal Aberdeen par 71, Murcar Links par 70)
Murcar Links SSS 73. CSS (Round 1) 76 (R/O), waiting for Round 2
Royal Aberdeen SSS 75. CSS (Round 1) 77, waiting for Round 2.

++77 players with totals of 147 and better qualified for the match-play stages at Royal Aberdeen, beginning Wednesdaymorning. 

Link to match-play draw:


133 Wilco Nienaber (S Africa) 66 67  Pictured
135 Viktor Hovland (Norway) 70 65
138 Sam Meek (Canada) 69 69
139 Matt Saulez (S Africa) 72 67
140 Kyle Michel (Australia) 72 68, Harry Hall (West Cornwall) 70 70, Blake Collyer (Australia) 69 71
141 Ben Hutchison (Howley Hall) 73 68.
142 Malcolm Mitchell (S Africa) 71 71, Stefano Mazzoli (Ita) 73 69, Mitch Waite (Filton, Eng) 72 70, Pablo R-T Torres (Spn) 73 69.
143 Tom Sloman (Taunton and Pickeridge) 75 68, Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse) 71 72,  John Murphy (Kinsale, Ireland) 73 71, Blake Wagoner (USA) 70 73.
144 Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool) 73 71, Jovan Rebula (S Africa) 73 71, Will Heffernan (Australia) 73 71, David Micheluzzi (Australia) 69 75, Robin Dawson (Tramore, Ireland) 74 70, Walker Lee (USA) 73 71, Laird Shepherd (Rye) 69 75.

145 Rory Franssen (Inverness) 73 72, Sandy Scott (Nairn) 73 72 (T27)
146 John Paterson (St Andrews New) 75 71, Jeff Wright (Forres) 76 70, Stuart Easton (Irvine) 73 73 (T41)
147 Robbie Morrison (Australia) 74 73


149 C Fyfe (Cawder) 75 74, S Roger (Peebles) 78 71, K Cantley (Liberton) 76 73, E Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) 76 73.
150 M Clark (Kilmacolm) 80 70, S Locke (St Andrews) 74 76.
152 A Fisher (Newmachar) 76 76
155 D Howie (Peebles) 80 75
157 J Stewart (Old Ranfurly) 80 77
160 J Wilson (Balmore) 83 77

Field of 285 (three retirals)

No. 5 Viktor Hovland
No. 7 Matthew Jordan
No 17 David Micheluzzi
No 18 Rayhan Thomas  …. MISSED THE CUT
No 35 Robin Dawson

Link to list of past winners of this championship



Ladies European Tour seeking to appoint 
three non-executive directors
The Ladies European Tour Membership recently approved a set of governance reforms and a new constitution, to align with the current best  practice guidelines for good governance, both within Europe and internationally.
Under the agreed changes, the LET Board will comprise a balance of current players, past players and independent non-executive directors, with a clear separation between the governance and the management of the company, to ensure the organisation has the highest standards of leadership and efficiency.
The LET is now seeking to appoint three non-executive directors with a mixture of professional and business skills and diverse backgrounds. Applications are welcomed via LinkedIn until 11 July 2018.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Amateur Championship First Qualifying round

South African Nienaber sets pace with a 66 at Murcar Links

FROM THE R and A Website
South Africa’s Wilco Nienaber led the way after the first round of stroke play qualifying in The 123rd Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links today.
The 18-year-old from Bloemfontein got off to a fine start at the par 70 Murcar Links with birdie 3s at his opening two holes. Nienaber, who lost out in a play-off to England’s Nick Poppleton in the Brabazon Trophy earlier this month, notched up three birdies in five holes from the fourth but bogeyed the par three 5th. He bounced back from a dropped shot at the 10th with a birdie at the 14th on his way to a four-under-par 66.
In blustery but sunny conditions in the north east, Australia’s David Micheluzzi and Canada’s Sam Meek finished the day two strokes back on two-under-par 69 at the Balgownie links.
Micheluzzi, the 2018 Australian Masters of the Amateur champion, slipped into top gear from the start at Royal Aberdeen with five birdies in his opening seven holes and just the one dropped shot. Birdies on the 12th and 13th were undone by an untidy finish with three bogeys in the 21-year-old’s last four holes as he completed a 69 on the par 71 course.

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Australian David Micheluzzi sits two shots back after an opening round of 69 at Royal Aberdeen.

“If I had been told I would shoot 69 today before the round I would have been pretty happy with it but I’m pretty disappointed at how I finished,” he said.
“These holes into the wind are so difficult. I just tried to keep it in play and I made a good bogey at the last which hopefully gives me momentum.”
At the same venue, Meek enjoyed something of a rollercoaster round with the undoubted highlight being a magnificent albatross two on the 487-yard par five sixth. His purple patch began with birdies on the 4th and 5th and continued with another at the 8th but he ran into trouble with a double bogey six at the 10th. A birdie at the 14th was sandwiched with dropped shots at the 13th and the 15th which meant he finished with a 69.
I had no idea it went in,” said the 19-year-old. “It was totally blind. I had 240 yards so I just hit 5 iron up there. It looked good but I really had no idea until the people up there started jumping so I figured it was in the hole. That was a pretty good feeling – I’ve never made one of those before. I just need a hole in one and then I can say I’ve got this!”


 Norway’s Viktor Hovland, the highest-ranked player in the field, at fifth in the World Amateur Golf ranking, posted a one-under-par round of 70 at Royal Aberdeen, while the leading Scot was Euan McIntosh (pictured below) from Turnhouse. He carded a level-par 71 at the same venue.

Highlanders Rory Franssen (Inverness) and Sandy Scott (Nairn) were the leading Scots at Murcar Links, both on the three-over-par 73 mark
The 288-strong field will switch courses and  play the second stroke play qualifying round on Tuesday with the leading 64 and ties qualifying for the match-play stage. Play gets underway at Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links at 7am.
Admission is free to the public. Fans can also book a spot at Carnoustie for the return of The Open, from July 15-22, with 123 tickets available in a prize draw at Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links. Spectators who attend The Amateur Championship can enter the draw at stations set up at both courses.

For scoring from The Amateur Championship please click here.




First qualifying round leaders

par 70
66 W Nienaber (SAfr)
69 B Collyer (Aus), Laird Shepherd (pictured) (Rye) +Scottish students title-winner in March.
70 F Lacroix (Fra), B Wagoner (USA), H Bernard (Can), H Hall (West Cornwall).

73 S Scott (Nairn)
76 J Wright (Forres), A Fisher (Newmachar)
78 S Roger (Peebles)
79 E Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie)
80 J Stewart (Old Ranfurly), M Clark (Kilmacolm), D Howie (Peebles)
83 J Wilson (Balmore)

par 71
69 D Micheluzzi (Aust), S Meek (Can)
70 V Hovland (Norway)
71 V Pastor (Spn), E McIntosh (Turnhouse)

73 S Easton (Irvine)
74 R Morrison (Royal Perth), S Locke (Stonehaven)
75 C Fyfe (Cawder), J Paterson (St Andrews New)
76 K Cantley (Liberton)

+The players switch courses for Tuesday's second round at the conclusion of which the leading 64 players and ties will go forward to the match-play stages at Royal Aberdeen GC.


Jasmine Mackintosh is MVP of tournament with six wins

Aberdeenshire beat P and K 8-1 to win

North Divisional title at Strathmore

Aberdeenshire will go to the Scottish women's county golf finals at Kilmacolm GC, Renfrewshire in September as North Divisional champions for the second time in three years.
Without the services of Curtis Cup player Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne), they overpowered title-holders Perth and Kinross 8-1 in the final match between the two teams with 100 per cent winning records after two days' play at Strathmore Golf Centre, near Alyth.
Shire took a grip on the outcome when they won the morning foursomes 3-0, leaving them needing only two wins from the final six singles for victory.
But the rampant Aberdeenshire did more than that. They took the singles 5-1 for an emphatic victory margin.
Shire's top player was Hazlehead teenager Jasmine Mackintosh (pictured) who won all six of her ties, which made her the MVP of the tournament. But she was strongly supported by Sammy Leslie and Kim Beveridge who both finished with 5.5pt out of six and 14-year-old Carmen Griffiths, Aberdeenshire's youngest ever county champion, who won four out of six.
Shannon McWilliam will be available for the county finals from September 14 to 16.
Northern Counties, who used the same six players over the three days, avoided the wooden spoon by finishing third, thanks to a 7.5-1.5 victory over pointless Angus.
Hannah McCook was Northern Counties' top performer with five wins out of six.
Aberdeenshire won the North Divisional title two years ago at Edzell but finished runners-up in the county finals held at Aboyne that year.
So who else is through to the county finals? Renfrewshire were first qualifiers by winning the West championship. The East team championship (East Lothian, Midlothian, Fife, Stirling and Clackmannan will be held from June 25-27.
The South jamboree will be held at Wigtownshire GC on June 23-24.



Aberdeenshire names first
S Leslie and K Beveridge bt K Brodie and I Moncrieff 3 and 1.
J Mackintosh and C Griffiths bt L Walker and E Watson 1 hole.
S Wood and C Wilson bt J Saxton and S Crolla 2 holes.

Leslie bt M Ashley 2 and 1.
Mackintosh bt Brodie 4 and 3.
Griffiths bt Saxton 3 and 2.
Wilson lost to Watson 3 and 1.
Wood bt L Campbell 2 and 1.
Beveridge bt Walker 3 and 2.


Northern Counties names first
H McCook and C Thompson bt J Cameron and J Brown 2 and 1.
C Boa and E Docherty bt A Summers and J Taylor 2 and 1.
S Jackson and S Cloverley bt F Millar and A Ramsay 1 hole.

SINGLES (4.5-1.5)
McCook bt Summers 3 and 2.
Thompson bt Cameron 4 and 2.
Cloverley lost to F Gilbert 1 hole.
Boa bt Taylor 3 and 1.
Jackson bt Millar 1 hole.
Docherty halved with Brown

3pt Aberdeenshire
2pt Perth and Kinross
1pt Northern Counties
0pt Angus

Sammy Leslie              WW  DW  WW
Kim Beveridge            WW  DW  WW
Jasmine Mackintosh    WW  WW  WW
Carmen Griffiths         WL    WL   WW
Sheena Wood               D -    W -   WW
Carol Wilson                D -    W -   WL
Gillian Mackenzie        - L     - L    - -
Vikki Thom                  - W    - W  - -


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