Friday, August 23, 2019

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SANTOS LEADS BY FOUR SHOTS WITH ONE ROUND TO GO

Day three report from Geneva
Ricardo Santos will take a four-shot lead into the final round at the Rolex Trophy as he goes in search of his second Swiss win of the 2019 European Challenge Tour season at Golf Club de Genève.

The 36-year-old won the Swiss Challenge in June and is in pole position to seal a second victory in Switzerland after recording an eight-under-par round of 64 to lead at the end of day three.

Santos, who shot bogey-free opening rounds of 67-66, continued his excellent form at the Geneva lay-out by signing for another flawless round. The Portuguese star made four birdies in six holes from the par three third hole to join the early leaders on day three.
He then surged into the lead on the back nine, starting with a birdie at the tenth hole before gaining two further shots at the 12th and 15th. Even after finding the water hazard off the tee at the 16th hole, he remained unfazed, getting up-and-down for a par before making his eighth birdie of the day at the par three 17th.
With 18 holes to play and a four-shot advantage over the field, Santos is looking forward to the chance of more glory on Swiss soil.
“Sure, it would be great,” he said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow and we’ll see what happens. “It was an amazing day. I played even better than the first two days, so I’m really happy with my game. “I stood on the 16th tee box with driver in my hand and I thought it was probably too much, because I would be able to reach the bunkers and then it is not an easy shot. But on the first two days I didn’t reach the bunkers with my driver, so I thought I would grip down and hit it normally but then I had that thought in my mind.
“In the end I cut the ball too much and went into the water, but it was a good up-and-down to save par. “I will try and stay calm like I have done until now. I will go out and play my game and see what happens tomorrow.”
Calum Hill, A Scot who has won twice during the 2019 Challenge Tour season, is going in search of his third win, and with that, immediate promotion to the European Tour. He followed up his opening rounds of 67-66 with a four under par 68 to sit four shots back in a share of second place with Darius van Driel.
The Dutchman recorded the lowest round of the day, a bogey-free nine-under-par 63, to move up 17 places into tied second with the Scot at 15-under-par total. Fellow Dutchman Daan Huizing, Northern Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin and Englishman Richard Bland sit a further stroke back at 14 under par following rounds of 67, 68 and 65, respectively.
Overnight leader Nicolai von Dellingshausen, who recorded his lowest career round of ten under par 62 on day two, could not continue his form. He signed for a third-round 74, two over par, to drop  to tenth place.
Scores after round three:
197 R Santos (Por) 67 66 64
201 C Hill (Sco) 67 66 68, D Van Driel (Netherlands) 68 70 62
202 R Bland (Eng) 69 68 65, D Huizing (Netherlands) 69 66 67, C Sharvin (NIre) 68 66 68
203 C Pigem (Spn) 67 69 67
204 A Meronk (Poland) 66 67 71, B Stow (Eng) 66 68 70
205 M Baldwin (Eng) 71 68 66, E Johansen (Norway) 68 68 69, N Von Dellingshausen (Ger) 69 62 74
206 O Farr (Wales) 72 64 70, E Ferguson (Sco) 70 69 67
207 U Coussaud (Fra) 73 62 72, B Easton (SAf) 71 64 72, J Geary (NZ) 70 71 66, J Lima (Portugal) 69 68 70, A Rozner (Fra) 67 70 70, M Schneider (Ger) 72 69 66, R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 68 71 68, J Senior (Eng) 68 68 71
208 W Besseling (Netherlands) 73 70 65, G Havret (Fra) 70 71 67, M Jordan (Eng) 69 68 71
209 S Garcia Rodriguez (Spn) 71 70 68, R Højgaard (Denmark) 69 69 71, J Sjöholm (Swe) 74 67 68, C Syme (Sco) 71 70 68
210 R De Sousa (Switz) 73 71 66, M Fenasse (Fra) 75 68 67, R Roussel (Fra) 70 73 67
211 L Scalise (Ita) 70 69 72, M Simonsen (Denmark) 66 71 74, S Tiley (Eng) 71 70 70, L Van Meijel (Netherlands) 68 74 69
212 M Haastrup (Denmark) 72 69 71, F Laporta (Ita) 72 68 72, R McGowan (Eng) 70 68 74
221 R Enoch (Wales) 76 70 75


GARY TOUGH WINS SENIORS' AUTUMN MEETING BY TWO STROKES AT NAIRN Edzell's Gary Tough won the Scottish Senior Men's 36-hole autumn meeting, contested by a field of 130, at Nairn Golf Club today (Friday). He had rounds of 71 and 72 for a one-over-par total of 143, two shots ahead of runner-up Derek Paton (Dunnikier Park), 72-73, with Duncan Low (Gullane) claiming third place on 146 with scores of 74 and 72. LEADING TOTALS par 71, CSS 74 143 G Tough (Edzell) 71 72 145 D Paton (Dunnikier Park) 72 73. 146 D Low (Gullane) 74 72. 148 R Jenkins (Royal Troon) 76 72, G C Paterson (Fortrose and Rosemarkie) 74 74 149 M Lindsay (Grange and Broughty) 78 71, R W Smith (Nairn) 72 77 150 N Robson (Meldrum House) 78 72. G Grimmer (Nigg Bay) 78 72, R Johnston (Glenbervie) 77 73 151 I Angus (Duff House Royal) 78 73, B Bingham (Royal Troon) 78 73, J Graham (Lochmabe) 77 74. 152 R Clark (Erskine) 77 75. 153 P Moultrie (Royal Troon) 78 77, L Blair (Grangemouth) 75 78 154 D A Taylor (St Andrews New) 76 78, I Jeen (St Andrews New) 74 80 155 I Kerr (Lundin) 79 76, J Rushbury (Royal Troon) 76 79 156 N Dyce (Strathmore) 80 76, N Lamond (Kirkintilloch) 77 79 157 J Archibald (Luffness New) 80 77, S Henderson (Hamilton) 79 78, R Moffat (Turnhouse) 79 78

MEDIA RELEASE Girls Inter-club All-Ireland Finals @ Killarney Golf Club August 22, 2019 Royal Tara are All-Ireland Girls’ Inter-club Champions Royal Tara could have had two teams in the All-Ireland final with their ‘A’ team overcame the ‘B’ team in the Leinster Final at Tulfarris last month. The team of HannahGuerin, Sophie Sharp and Niamh Carroll led their club to All-Ireland glory at Killarney today seeing off Co. Sligo in the final. Lahinch, Bangor, Co Sligo and Royal Tara began the day as Provincial Champions with dreams of an All-Ireland pennant to bring home. Despite a 3 and 1 win for Isabelle Banim(Lahinch) over Sophie Sharp, Royal Tara would first progress from the morning semi-final. On the opposite side of the draw, Hannah Boyd set hopes high as she won her semi-final match 8 and 7, but Anna Flanagan and Sophie Reynolds ensured the Connacht Champions would have their chance in the final. Flanagan was again first to secure a point for Co Sligo in the final but after Guerin, aptly named ‘The Assassin’ by her team-mates, won on the 18th, Carroll was left to secure the final winning point. ‘I am so proud of the girls today, it was so good,’ said Royal Tara Junior Girls’ Captain Emma Byrne. ‘I felt the pressure for the girls, it’s harder to watch than to playsometimes!’ Byrne, who is 15-years-old playing off 24 handicap, was on the Royal Tara team who were beaten in the Leinster Final by their clubmates. ‘I would have liked to be playing today but I didn’t envy the nerves the girls were feeling, and the pressure!’ On asking what the celebration plans are for the first Royal Tara girls team to win an All-Ireland title. ‘We’re going to get lots of sweets and have a sleepover in the hotel. We’ll go back to the golf club tomorrow then with the trophy.’ RESULTS Semi-finals Lahinch 1, Royal Tara 2 (Lahinch name first) Siun McInerney lost to Hannah Guerin 1 hole Isabelle Banim bt Sophie Sharp 3 and 1 Kate O’Meara lost to Niamh Carroll 2 and 1 Bangor 1, Co Sligo 2 (Bangor names first) Hannah Boyd bt Maebh McLoughlin 8 and 7 Lucie McNaught lost to Anna Flanagan 2 snd 1 Georgia Stevenson lost to Sophie Reynolds 1 hole Bangor 2.5, Lahinch 0.5 (Bangor names first) Hannah Boyd bt Siun McInerney 7 and 5 Brooke Stranaghan halved with Isabelle Banim (called-in) Lucie McNaught bt Kate O’Meara 3 and 2 All-Ireland Final Royal Tara (2) Co. Sligo (1) (Royal Tara names first) Hannah Guerin bt Maebh McLoughlin 1 hole Sophie Sharp lost to Anna Flanagan 4 and 3 Niamh Carroll bt Sophie Reynolds 2 and 1 Carla Reynolds Irish Ladies Golf Union | Public Relations & Communication

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: 23 August 2019 Holly good show! Sheffield golf pro wins Women's PGA Order of Merit Holly Morgan sealed her meteoric dominance of the Women’s PGA One-Day Series at Salisbury and South Wilts Golf Club by winning the 2019 Order of Merit – but only just. The margin separating the PGA Assistant from Hallamshire Golf Club, Sheffield, and Marie Martindale, the experienced campaigner from Hampstead Golf Club, was the narrowest possible – half-a-point. However, the 22-year-old’s accumulation of sufficient points to top the Order of Merit from playing in the last three of the seven-event series is testament to the quality of her golf. Likewise her achievement in posting sub-par scores in all three. Two of those resulted in victory – at Kedleston Park and Chestfield Golf Clubs - but her hopes of completing a hat-trick of wins were dashed at Salisbury and South Wilts. Martindale, who won the first event in this year’s series at Little Aston, saw to that by opening up with an eagle en route to posting a five-under-par round of 68 to finish three shots clear of Morgan. In doing so, she gate-crashed the anticipated head-to-head showdown between Ormskirk Golf Club’s Ali Gray and Morgan who shared pole position in the Order of Merit at the start of play. Gray, a member of the team that will represent Great Britain and Ireland in the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup in Texas in October, was plagued with an unresponsive putter and finished third in the Order of Merit. Morgan was also less than enamoured with her putting and said: “I could have putted a bit better today – I hit the ball well but the putts didn’t drop.” Another imponderable is whether her margin of victory in the Order of Merit would have been more comfortable had she played in more events. “The dates of the early ones didn’t fall well for me,” explained Morgan, who spent two years on a golf scholarship in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before embarking on her PGA training. “But I’m glad I started playing when I did. I’m surprised I’ve done so well but I’ve enjoyed my golf and that’s helped me play better.” All of which has rekindled her appetite for tournament golf. “I loved it in America and, initially, the plan when I came back was to coach but because I’ve had a quite a good year I’d like to have the option to play.” To that end, Hallamshire, the club where PGA Master Professionals and renowned coaches Pete Cowen and the late John Jacobs began their careers and Matt Fitzpatrick is a member, is fully supportive. “They’re encouraging me to do that. It’s a great golf club and very successful so I’m following in some famous footsteps.” Full results and the Order of Merit can be accessed via these links: https://pgagbi.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgagbi19/event/pgagbi19795/contest/1/leaderboard.htm https://pgagbi.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgagbi19/chapter/wpga/poy/wpga/index.htm

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SUNDAY'S SIMMERS TROPHY TEE TIMES @ CRUDEN BAY

North East District - Simmers Trophy 2019 Sunday 25th August at Cruden Bay 10.30 am Northern 1 Portlethen 1 10.40 am Northern 2 Portlethen 2 10.50 am Royal Aberdeen 1 Kemnay 1 11.00 am Royal Aberdeen 2 Kemnay 2 11.10 am Cruden Bay 1 Deeside 11.20 am Cruden Bay 2 Cullen 11.30 am McDonald 1 Duff House Royal 1 11.40 am McDonald 2 Duff House Royal 2 11.50 am Murcar Links 1 Banchory 1 12.00 pm Murcar Links 2 Banchory 2 12.10 pm Bon Accord 1 Caledonian 12.20 pm Bon Accord 2 Turriff 12.30 pm TEE TIME NOT REQUIRED

CRAIG AND MACKIE TIE WITH 69s AT MIDLAND ALLIANCE SEASON OPENER The Midland Golfers’ Alliance started their new season this week at Dunnikier Park Golf Club in Kirkcaldy. The course was in fantastic condition and the scoring reflected that. There was a tie for first scratch with Archerfield professional Steve Craig and Steven Mackie, who plays off +2 at St Andrews, both scoring three-under-par 69s. In the handicap section,Andy McDonald (Blairgowrie), playing off five, won with a net 69. LEADING SCRATCH 69 Steven Mackie (St Andrews), Steve Craig (Archerfield Links) p. 72 Scott Graham (Arbroath). 73 Fraser Mann (Carnoustie Links) p. 74 Andy McDonald (Blairgowrie), Willie Hutton (Pitlochry). 75 Alastair McDonald (Dunnikier Park) p, Billy Taylor (Edzell), Ron Walker (Lundin) p, Connor Galbraith (Arbroath) ap. LEADING HANDICAP 69 Andy McDonald (Blairgowrie) (5). 71 Scott Graham (Arbroath) (1), Harry Grant (Muckhart) (9), Dougie Spaven (Pitlochry) (12), Steven Mackie (St Andrews) (+2). 72 Jim Ward (Cathkin Braes) (13), Gary Pyott (Arbroath Artisan) (4), Frank Lindin (Muckhart) (8). 73 Douglas Gibbons (Muckhart) (6), Bill Taylor (Edzell) (2), Willie Hutton (Pitlochry) (1). Dennis Redford (Murrayshall) (13) Next Meeting Wednesday, August 28 Ian Cooke Team Competition @ Forfar Golf Club Tee reserved 8.30 – 12.30 Lee Sutherland

NVD's 61 gives him a two-stroke lead in Geneva Nicolai von Dellingshausen recorded the joint low round of the week at the Rolex Trophy to hold a two-shot lead at the halfway stage at Golf Club de Genève. The German, who finished tied fifth at the Made in Denmark Challenge presented by FREJA two weeks ago, followed up his opening round of 69 in Geneva with a ten under par round of 62 – his lowest professional round of his career – to top the leaderboard at the end of day two. Von Dellingshausen began quickly with back-to-back birdies from the first hole before making four consecutive gains from the fifth, reaching the turn in 30 strokes, six under par, to race up the leaderboard. The assault on the Golf Club de Genève course continued on the back nine, starting with a birdie at the tenth before picking up another at the par four 14th. With Scot Calum Hill, Adrian Meronk and Ricardo Santos in the clubhouse at 11 under par, the 26-year-old finished birdie-birdie-par to card a bogey-free round of 62 and take the Rolex Trophy lead at the halfway stage. “It is the best round of my career,” said von Dellingshausen. “I’m really happy with the way I played today and the position I’m in for the next two days. But I’m trying not to think about that as there is still a lot of golf to be played, but hopefully I can carry this momentum forward “It was one of those days. I had a great Pro-Am team and they were hyped throughout the day and I managed to stay focussed, but they were cheering me on to get a couple more birdies. It was a really good day. “I started off on the first, driving my tee shot just short of the green with a three wood, pitching it a touch long but I holed the putt for birdie. I was holing a lot of medium distance putts from three to four metres. I was very solid from tee to green and gave myself chances, plus I made a couple of really good putts which found the hole.” Hill, who has won twice during the 2019 European Challenge Tour season, is going in search of his third win, and with that, immediate promotion to the European Tour. He carded a six under par round of 66 to share second place with Meronk and Santos, who recorded rounds of 67 and 66, respectively. Cormac Sharvin and Ben Stow are a further shot back at ten under par, with a trio of players sharing seventh place at nine under par, including Bryce Easton, Daan Huizing, and Ugo Coussaud, who also shot a round of 62, ten under par, on day two. The third round gets under way at 07:30am local time with von Dellingshausen teeing off at 9:00am from the tenth tee. Scores after round two: 131 N Von Dellingshausen (Ger) 69 62, 133 R Santos (Por) 67 66, C Hill (Sco) 67 66, A Meronk (Pol) 66 67, 134 B Stow (Eng) 66 68, C Sharvin (Nir) 68 66, 135 D Huizing (Ned) 69 66, U Coussaud (Fra) 73 62, B Easton (RSA) 71 64, 136 O Farr (Wal) 72 64, C Pigem (Esp) 67 69, E Johansen (Nor) 68 68, J Senior (Eng) 68 68, 137 M Simonsen (Den) 66 71, R Bland (Eng) 69 68, M Jordan (Eng) 69 68, A Rozner (Fra) 67 70, J Lima (Por) 69 68, 138 R McGowan (Eng) 70 68, R Højgaard (Den) 69 69, D Van Driel (Ned) 68 70, 139 M Baldwin (Eng) 71 68, L Scalise (Ita) 70 69, E Ferguson (Sco) 70 69, R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 68 71, 140 F Laporta (Ita) 72 68, 141 J Geary (Nzl) 70 71, M Haastrup (Den) 72 69, G Havret (Fra) 70 71, J Sjöholm (Swe) 74 67, C Syme 9Sco) 71 70, M Schneider (Ger) 72 69, S Tiley (Eng) 71 70, S Garcia Rodriguez (Esp) 71 70, 142 L Van Meijel (Netherlands) 68 74, 143 M Fenasse (Fra) 75 68, W Besseling (Netherlands) 73 70, R Roussel (Fra) 70 73, 144 R De Sousa (Sui) 73 71, 146 R Enoch (Wales) 76 70,

Mansell, Allan, and Waite hold a share of the lead at Hill Valley Richard Mansell, James Allan, and Mitch Waite are tied for the lead at Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf and Spa heading into the final day of play in Shropshire. Mansell (Beau Desert Golf Club) went seven deep for a round of 64 to lead by one stroke in a knock that included five birdies and an eagle and no bogeys. Allan (Chelmsford Golf Club) was bogey-free as well with a round of 68 (-3) to go eight-under for the week. Waite was the overnight tied clubhouse leader and the Filton Golf Club man kept it up for three under on day two to give him a share of the lead. Trailing by one shot is Miles Collins (Stoke by Nayland Golf Club) who makes his first cut of the season in a second round that included five birdies and an eagle to balance out a few blips. Sean Towndrow (Southport and Ainsdale GC/Golfing4Life) is tied for fourth with Sam Robertshawe (Arrmy GC/Puttenham Construction) who tied for the lead earlier in the afternoon before dropping back and Todd Clements (Brocket Hall Golf Club) with rounds of 67 and 69. John Parry (Harrogate Golf Club) was one of the highest climbers on moving day going five-under for 66 to move to eighth on the leaderboard with Nicholas Poppleton (Wath Golf Club) who was four under for his second round. We will see the conclusion of play at Macdonald Hill Valley with the fifty players plus ties making it through after the cut was made at level par. For full updates throughout the day, check out the PGA EuroPro Tour on Instagram and Twitter. Highlights of The HotelPlanner.com Championship will air on Sky Sports Golf on September 3, 2019 at 20:00 Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter Our mailing address is: PGA EuroPro Tour, Mascalls, Mascalls Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5LJ

Thursday, August 22, 2019

England has named its teams for both the European Senior Men's Team Championship in Denmark and the Senior Men's Home Internationals at Alnmouth in Northumberland.
 
Ian Attoe (Worplesdon, Surrey), Richard Norton (Beverley and East Riding, Yorkshire), Paul Wharton (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Surrey), Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire) and Rich Jones (Rotherham, Yorkshire) will represent their country at the European Senior Men’s Team Championship at Rungsted Golf Club on 3-7 September with Attoe and Kellock returning having been part of the English team that finished fourth behind winners Germany 12 months ago at Diamond Country Club in Austria.
The last time England lifted the trophy was on home soil at Fairhaven Golf Club back in 2010 having also won the previous year at Ascona Golf Club in Switzerland.
The same six players have also been named in the English team for the Men’s Home Internationals at Alnmouth on 17-19 September where they will be joined by Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire). Kellock, Attoe, Jones and Norton were all part of the English team which finished second on points behind Scotland last year at Southerness. England won previously in both 2016 and 2017.
The Senior Men’s Home Internationals is an annual round-robin competition between teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is held in each of the four countries in turn with each individual match being decided by the results from three foursomes and six singles.
The European Senior Men’s Team Championship is played over two stages. It starts with two rounds of stroke play to decide the seeds for the match play. In the match play each match is decided by the results from one foursome and four singles.
The Players
Ian Attoe – He has had a tremendous season winning the English Senior Men’s Open Amateur Championship, finishing second in the Scottish Seniors Open and third in the East of England Seniors. He was also fourth in the West of England Seniors.
Richard Norton – Richard has amassed a trio of victories this season at the East of England Seniors, the West of England Seniors and the North Group Seniors. He was also second behind Attoe at the English Senior Men’s Open Amateur Championship and tied second at the Frank Stableford Trophy.
Paul Wharton – Paul beat Rich Jones in a play-off to win the Welsh Seniors Open in Wrexham. He was also tied-second in the Midland Group Seniors.
Rupert Kellock – This year the experienced Kellock was third in the West of England Seniors, tied-fifth in the Frank Stableford Trophy and tied-fifth at the Scottish Seniors Open. He was also tied-seventh at the Senior Amateur Championship at North Berwick.
Alan Mew – Mew’s big moment this year came at the Irish Open Seniors Championship at Bevoir Park where he completed a wire-to-wire victory over Nigel Evans from Wales. He was also tied-fourth at the South East Group Seniors.
Rich Jones – Jones lost in a play-off to Wharton in the Welsh Senior Open in Wrexham and also finished tied-fourth in the English Senior Men’s Open and in a share of fifth place at the Frank Stableford Trophy.
Tim Whittaker – Tim was second at the East of England Seniors and tied second at both the Frank Stableford Trophy and the Bill Shankland Trophy. He was also third at the English Senior Men’s Open Championship.

ENGLAND NAME TEAM FOR HOME INTERNATIONALS

England Golf has announced a strong team for the defence of its title at the Men's Home Internationals at Lahinch in Ireland from September 11 to 13 The team includes Harry Hall, Tom Sloman and Tom Plumb, who were all among the five Englishmen selected for the GB&I team for the forthcoming Walker Cup match at Royal Liverpool, as well as Ben Schmidt and Ben Jones who were listed as first and second reserves for the biennial transatlantic fixture against the USA The 2019 team also includes Jake Burnage (pictured) and Bailey Gill who were part of the 2018 English Men’s Home International team that beat this year’s hosts Ireland in the deciding match 12 months ago at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. Plumb and Sloman were also part of that winning squad Hall and Schmidt are both newcomers to the Home International team and they are joined by Matty Lamb, Ben Hutchinson and Joshua McMahon who make their debut in this contest as well

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

ONE SCOT IN GB and I TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR 

JACQUES LÉGLISE TROPHY MATCH

Barclay Brown from Hallamshire, England will captain Great 
Britain and Ireland for a second time when it plays against 
the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Léglise Trophy.
The R and A announced today the GB and I team for the 
match at Aldeburgh Golf Club in England on Friday and 
Saturday August 30-31. 
The nine player team is:
Barclay Brown (18) (Captain)
Hallamshire, England
Archie Davies (18)
Carlisle, Wales
Joshua Hill (16)
Galgorm Castle, Ireland
Aaron Marshall (18)
Lisburn, Ireland
Tom McKibbin (16)
Holywood, Ireland
Connor McKinney (17)
Joondalup (Australia), Scotland
Luke O’Neill (18)
Connemara, Ireland
Joseph Pagdin (17)
Lake Nona, England
Benjamin Schmidt (17)
Rotherham, England

The GB and I team, which will be managed for the third time 
by Forfar's Stuart Wilson, who won The Amateur 
Championship in 2004, will be looking to defend the Jacques 
Léglise Trophy after they won 15½ -9½ at Kytäjä Golf in 
Finland last year.
Wilson has assembled a strong GB and I team with five players returning from the 2018 winning line-up, including playing captain Barclay Brown who won three of the four matches he was involved in last year.
“It’s a really good week and a tough team to make so it’s always nice to get picked,” said Brown.
“There are nine great players competing so I think we have a great chance of winning. We have a really strong team.
“It’s a great honour to be the captain again this year. We won last year so hopefully we will be able to defend.”
In good form, Brown advanced through to the semi-finals at the 93rd R&A Boys Amateur Championship at Saunton last week after defeating his teammate Joseph Pagdin in the fourth round of match play where Connor McKinney, the leading qualifier, also exited the championship. Both Pagdin and McKinney will tee it up at Aldeburgh alongside Welsh Amateur champion Archie Davies, who will play in the match again after featuring in Finland last year.
Among the newcomers is Benjamin Schmidt who is ranked No.8 in the WAGR™ and was named as the 1st reserve for the GB&I Walker Cup team this week. Also making their debut in the Jacques Léglise Trophy are Joshua Hill, the 2019 McGregor Trophy champion, Aaron Marshall, the Irish Boys’ Amateur champion and Luke O’Neill, the German Boys’ Open champion.
The Continent of Europe last won the match in 2017 at Ballybunion in Ireland after successfully defending the title it won in 2016 at Prince’s.
Since the Jacques Léglise Trophy was first contested in 1958, GB&I has won 29 matches overall with the Continent of Europe claiming 12 victories with one match tied.
The format for the Jacques Léglise Trophy is four foursomes matches each morning, eight singles matches on the afternoon of Friday 30 August and nine singles matches on the afternoon of Saturday 31 August.
For scoring and reports from the matches please visit RandA.org.

The Jacques Léglise Trophy
The Jacques Léglise Trophy Match is played annually between boys representing Great Britain and Ireland and the Continent of Europe. The match was inaugurated in 1958 but suspended in 1966. It was rejuvenated in 1977 when the Jacques Léglise Trophy was presented by Jean-Louis Dupont of Golf de Chantilly in memory of Jacques Léglise, a past French champion and captain who had served as President of the French Golf Federation and of the European Golf Association.

International field at The Duke's for Scottish 
men's open amateur stroke-play

By CAMERON McLAY
The Scottish men’s open amateur championship over 72 holes will get underway this Friday at The Duke’s Course, St Andrews.  The event, which takes place between August 23 and 25, will see an excellent international field of 144 top-class amateurs teeing it up.
The format will be 36 holes over Friday and Saturday before a cut, and then a final 36 holes on Sunday.
Competitors from more than 15 different countries will travel to Scotland seeking to become the 2019 Scottish Men’s Open Champion. In 2018, it was Victor Veyret from France who came out of top in the event on the King’s Course at Gleneagles.
In what was a dominant performance, Veyret finished the week on 12-under par, six shots clear of runner-up Connor Purcell of Ireland.   The highest ranked player in this week’s field is England’s Bailey Gill from Lindrick Golf Club.  Gill is ranked 80th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, and comes in to the week holding a handicap of +4.7.
Speaking to Scottish Golf ahead of this week’s event, Gill said, “I’m really looking forward to playing The Duke’s golf course, I have heard many great things about it! And always find it really fun being in and around St. Andrews.”
Recent winner of the 2019 Scottish men’s amateur championship, George Burns of Crail, will be teeing it up again at The Duke’s as he looks to build on his win last month. Following a victory in the Welsh Open Stroke-play last week, Charleton’s Andrew Davidson will be in the field this week looking to add a second title in as many weeks.
Davidson won the Welsh event in a play-off with fellow Scot Stephen Roger of Peebles who will also be in the field in St Andrews as he looks to go one better than his runner-up finish in Wales.
Other notable Scottish entries include, Irvine’s Stuart Easton, Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse) and Liberton’s Kieran Cantley.
 In 2018, Easton finished in a tie for 4th on two-under par and will be looking to build on that excellent performance at The Duke’s this year while McIntosh, the 2018 Scottish Men’s Amateur Champion, comes in to the event off the back of a victory at the North-east District Open Amateur Stroke-play Championship at Portlethen at the weekend.
Cantley is another Scot who will head into the event full of confidence having also recently won the Amateur Champion Gold Medal at Leven Golfing Society by an impressive seven shots, finishing on 20-under par for the four days.    
The youngest player in this week’s field is Old Ranfurly’s Aidan O’Hagan.  The 15-year-old  holds a handicap of +2 and will be joined by fellow Scottish U18s, Ruben Lindsay, Lachlan Reynolds and Gregor Graham.   
The Scottish Men’s Open Championship has a long list of notable champions including European Tour winners Tommy Fleetwood, Andy Sullivan, Richie Ramsay, Alistair Forsyth, Stephen Gallacher, Andrew Coltart and eight-time European Order of Merit winner, Colin Montgomerie.

 HAMMER WINS MARK McCORMACK MEDAL AS LEADING MEN’S AMATEUR
 
Cole Hammer of the United States has won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading men’s player in the 2019 World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™).
 
The 19-year-old from Houston spent eight weeks as the world’s No.1 ranked amateur golfer and, as the McCormack Medal winner, he has earned exemptions into The 149th Open at Royal St George’s and the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot, provided he remains an amateur.
 
Hammer, who attends the University of Texas, won the Southern Highlands Collegiate, Lamkin Grips SD Classic and the NCAA Austin Regional in his freshman year. He also achieved top-five finishes in the Amer Ari Invitational, Augusta Haskins Award Invitational, ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Big 12 Championship and the Northeast Amateur.
 
He was the recipient of the 2019 Phil Mickelson Award as US college golf’s Freshman of the Year and helped the University of Texas to a runner-up finish in the 2019 NCAA Championship.
 
Hammer, who made his debut in the 2015 US at the age of 15, was also among the finalists for the Haskins Award and Ben Hogan Award this year.
 
In 2018, he won the US Amateur Four-Ball Championship with partner Garrett Barber, as well as the Western Amateur and Azalea Amateur championships. He was also a semi-finalist in both the US Amateur at Pebble Beach and US Junior Amateur at Baltusrol.
 
Hammer will represent the United States of America in the 47th Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool next month. He was previously selected to represent the USA in the World Amateur Team Championship and the Arnold Palmer Cup.
 
“This has been an incredible year and I am honoured to be recognised with the McCormack Medal,” said Hammer. “I am grateful to everyone who has helped me get to this level and thankful for my family and friends who continue to support me.”
 
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Championships at The R and A, said, “We would like to congratulate Cole on this outstanding achievement as he follows in the footsteps of a number of notable golfers in winning this prestigious award.
 
“Cole has played to a high standard of golf and has recorded a series of outstanding results over this past year. He is a deserving recipient of the McCormack Medal.”
 
“Cole is a great representative of the game and the next generation of golfers who are rising through the ranks,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director of Championships.
 
“On behalf of the USGA, I wish to extend our congratulations to him and look forward to watching him represent the USA at the upcoming Walker Cup.”
 
The R and A and the USGA jointly award the McCormack Medal annually. It is named after Mark H McCormack, who founded sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf.
 
The World Amateur Golf Ranking™, which is supported by Rolex, was established in 2007 when the men’s ranking was launched. The men’s ranking encompasses more than 2,700 counting events, ranking 6,200 players from 106 countries.
 
 The women’s ranking was launched in 2011 and has a calendar of more than 1,850 counting events with more than 2,850 ranked players from 78 countries.
 

Great win at St Andrews by Isla McCulloch
 
Isla McCulloch, winner of this year's St Andrews Junior Ladies Open Quaich, plays most of her golf at Moray and Rothes golf clubs but is also  a member at Cruden Bay where she first learned to swing a club.
At St Andrews, she qualified on the Monday round the Strathtyrum Course where she shot a net 69 ( 2 under) and gained one of the eight spots for the open Quaich quarter-finals.
In a hard-fought quarter-final match against Dominica Bobrikova (a member of the Slovakian team) Isla  came out on top by 2 and 1.
In the semi-finals she beat 18-year-old Taylor White from Cathkin Braes by 2 and 1 after a fantastic match.
The final was held on the Old Course where she met Lucy Hall from Gullane. Despite being two down after only four holes, Isla won the match on the Road Hole 17th with a par to clinch the title 2 and 1.
It was Isla's first competition in an international field. To qualify was a great achievement but to go on and win was unbelievable.
She has just started third year at Elgin Academy and has joined Elgin Golf Club which is now her nominated club.
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Third win by Calum Hill this week would earn him "battlefield promotion" to European Tour

Calum Hill will attempt to join a select number of players to seal their European Tour card at the Rolex Trophy when the action gets under way in Switzerland from Wednesday, August 21 to Saturday, August 24.

The Scot, pictured, has won twice during the 2019 European Challenge Tour season - at the Euram Bank Open and the Made in Denmark Challenge presented by FREJA - and will look to claim his third title of the year at Golf Club de Genève and seal immediate promotion to the European Tour via the three win rule.
Following the success of the ISPS Handa World Invitational Men | Women, Presented by Modest! Golf Management last week, where men and women played for equal prize funds, the Rolex Trophy brings another different format as the top 39 ranked players, plus one invite, will play alongside amateurs in the four-day pro-am contest.
Last year’s champion Kim Koivu was the fourth player to complete the three-win feat in Geneva, clinching his third victory of the year at the event, following in the footsteps of Benjamin Hebert, Kristoffer Broberg and Nacho Elvira who achieved the same success in 2011, 2012 and 2015, respectively.
“I’ve definitely thought about it,” said Hill. “I’m not just playing to see what happens, I want to play well and get that third win. If that happens, then that is the goal achieved, and if not, then I’ll hopefully stay inside the top 15 in the Rankings and get my European Tour card that way.”
Hill, who claimed his first professional win on the Challenge Tour at the Galgorm Resort and Spa Northern Ireland Open, presented by Modest! Golf 12 months ago, has continued to impress this year, recording two wins, a tied third, and a share of seventh in his last four Challenge Tour outings to become the new Challenge Tour Number One.
The recent upturn in form began on home soil at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, where he carded rounds of 68-64-71-66 to earn a share of 26th place. However, it is the work at the beginning of the year which the Scot points towards, having reaped the benefits over the past four weeks.
“I think for most players the aim at the start of the year is to finish as high as possible, so if that means being number one then that’s brilliant, but there is still lots of time left in the season but it is nice to be there right now,” he said.
“Work that has gone on for the past six months has fallen into place now. I wouldn’t say there are factors or assets that have clicked in my game, I just think I’m playing better golf.”
Antoine Rozner, who Hill overtook in the Rankings last week, also has the chance to become the fifth player to win the Rolex Trophy and seal European Tour playing rights at the same time, following his wins at the Challenge de España and Prague Golf Challenge.
The pair will tee off at 12:05pm local time with the Rolex Trophy getting under way at 8:30am tomorrow.
 
 

HUTCHEON'S PORTLETHEN PRO-AM VICTORY IS FIFTH OF THE SEASON
… AND HE SETS PRO COURSE RECORD

Greig Hutcheon (Torphins)  won his fifth pro-am of the season with a professional course-record 10-under-par 62 at Portlethen Golf Club today (Tuesday).
Hutch won first prize of £350 by heading a field of 49 by three strokes.
He had three eagle 3s, at the par-5 second, fourth and 18th holes, and birdies at the third, 10th, 11th, 12th and 17th in halves of 32 and 30. Greig had one bogey, three putts on the first green.

"I had only 23 putts for the final 17 holes," said Greig.
"The course is magnificent , greens are perfect. Incredible how well he course has matured over time."
Paul O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) was runner-up with a 65 which earned him 300.
Gavin Hay from Grantown-on-Spey, playing out of Mearns Castle Golf Academy, claimed the third prize of £250 with a 66.

SCOREBOARD
Par 72
62 G Hutcheon (Torphins) £350.
65 P O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) £300.
66 G Hay (Mearns Castle Golf Academy) £250.
67 S Gray (Lanark) £200.
68 K Nicol (Dunes Golf Centre), S O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure),  C Lee (Craig Lee Golf Studio) £160 each.
69 G McDougall (Bishopbriggs), C Marr (Musselburgh), A Tait (Golphin) £120 each.
70 R Cameron (Saltire Energy), J Greer (Lanark), J McGhee (Swanston) £90 each.
72 R McConnachie (Peterculter), K Zeynalov (Portlethen), C Ronald (Carluke), G Dalziel (Scott Clelland Golf Technology), C Currie (Erskine), F Davren (Caldwell) £41.67 each.


OUTWITH THE PRIZLIST
73 C Nairn (Prestwick St Nicholas, N Cameron (Blairgowrie), G Still (Turriff), S Henderson (Kings Links), J Harling (Carnegie Club), R Clarke (Golf Dedication Centre).
74 S Griffiths (Dunes Golf Centre), J Steven (Drumpellier).
75 F Clarke (Kings Links), T Bell (Nairn Dunbar), J Dick (Duddingston), T Higson (Gleneagles Hotel0.
76 J McCreadie (Largs), P McKenna (Petercluter), A Pillans (Banchory), S Gillies (North Berwick), M Owenson (Gullane).
77 G Robb (Cruden Bay), A Hutchison (Douglas Park), Z Saltman (Winterfield), A O'Donnell (Largs).
78 D Addison (Cruden Bay), A Stuart (Paul Lawrie Colf Centre), C McMaster (Downfield), S Grant (Craig Donnelly Golf).
79 C Grant (Kings Links), S Milne (Carnoustie Golf Links).
80 R Tinker (Piperdam Gold and Leisure).
81 R White (Haddington)
87 L Chambers (Cawder)


+Greig Hutcheon is sponsored by:
Paul Lawrie, Saltire Energy, Anderson2+Brown, Thistle Windows Coretrax and Technology

Issued 20 August

 

Five English, two Scots named in 2019 GB and I Walker Cup Team

 
Five English players and two Scots (Sandy Scott and Euan Walker) have been included in the Great Britain and Ireland team to face the United States of America in this year's Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool on September 7-8.

SQUAD IS:
Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire)
Conor Gough (Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire)
Harry Hall (West Cornwall)
Thomas Plumb (Yeovil, Somerset)
Tom Sloman (Taunton and Pickeridge, Somerset)
 
The above have been listed in the team while Ben Schmidt (Rotherham, Yorkshire) and Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County, Northamptonshire) have been named as first and second reserves.
The rest of the ten-man team is made up of Ireland’s Conor Purcell (Portmarnock), Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) and James Sugrue (Mallow) and Scotland’s Sandy Scott (Nairn) and Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie).
Announcing the selection, GB and I captain, Craig Watson said: "It has been a very difficult decision to select ten players for Great Britain and Ireland from a strong squad but we have been very impressed with the results of those we have picked and we believe they will give us the best chance of regaining the Walker Cup against a strong American team."
“The Walker Cup is a fantastic opportunity for those amateurs to demonstrate their talents on the big stage and it will be an experience that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
We are looking forward to the match at Hoylake and I’m sure the players will give it their very best to win.”
GB and I is bidding to win back the Walker Cup after the USA secured a 19-7 victory in the 2017 match at Los Angeles Country Club. Home advantage has proved a key factor in recent matches with GB and I winning the biennial encounter at Royal Aberdeen in 2011 and the 2015 match at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
 

EUROPEAN TOUR ANNOUNCES FOUR-POINT PLAN TO TACKLE SLOW PLAY

* Immediate one shot penalty for two bad times in a round
* Increased fines for players consistently ‘on the clock’ during the season
* Player education and technological innovation included in overall plan
* Reduced field sizes where appropriate
 
 
Press Release
 
The European Tour today announces a concrete four-point plan aimed at tackling the issue of slow play in professional golf.
 
The plan, which will be implemented at the start of the 2020 season, was approved by the European Tour’s Tournament Committee in July and fine-tuned over the past month. It will focus on four key areas: regulation, education, innovation and field sizes.
 
Key to the regulation changes will be a player only having to breach the time allowances twice in a round to incur a one-shot penalty. In addition, there will be significantly increased fines for players who are regularly placed ‘on the clock’ throughout the season, alongside reduced times for players to play shots.
 
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “We are already at the forefront of pace of play management in the professional game, but after being mandated by our Tournament Committee to be even firmer in dealing with this issue, the time was right to take these additional steps.
 
“I believe the plan we are implementing for the 2020 season will bring about meaningful change that will make golf even more enjoyable for the players and our fans, whether they are at the course in person or watching on television.”
 
In addition to the regulation changes, and in a bid to foster meaningful mindset change amongst players, education will also be key to the European Tour’s proactive plan.
 
All players will now be required to pass an interactive rules test as part of their conditions of membership, while new members will be allocated a dedicated referee to educate them on pace of play policies at the start of their European Tour career.
 
Technology will also be embraced with the trial of a new ‘Pace of Play’ timing system at next month’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
 
The system will provide referees with the precise times for every group through every hole to make sure that no gaps are missed. In a ground-breaking development, on-tee displays linked to the system will also provide the players instantaneous information on their position in relation to the group in front.
 
Depending on the success of the trial of the system and future technological developments in this area, it is something that will looked to be rolled out across a significant number of tournaments on the European Tour, the Challenge Tour and the Staysure Tour in 2020 and beyond, reaffirming the European Tour’s commitment to innovation.
 
Finally, there will also be a commitment to reducing field sizes where possible, while remaining mindful of providing playing opportunities, as well as using larger starting intervals during the final two rounds of tournaments.
 
Tournament Committee Chairman David Howell, said: “There is no doubt that pace of play is a hot topic in golf and as players we were keen to explore ways to address these issues in various areas.
 
“We have had some very interesting and robust debates in the process of agreeing the new initiatives,” added the five-time European Tour champion and two-time Ryder Cup player. “But with a combination of education, deterrents, technology and modifications to the fields, we believe we have arrived at a set of fair and proportional measures to improve the experience for everyone involved in the game.”
 
  
 
FOUR-POINT PLAN – EXPLAINED IN FULL
 
1. Regulation
» When players are out of position and either being monitored or timed, a one-shot penalty will be incurred after two bad times – currently a player would be ‘monitored’ and if he breaches the time allowance (50 seconds for first to play, 40 seconds for second or third to play) he will then be ‘officially timed’ and would then have to breach twice more before being given a one shot penalty. Players will, however, have the option to request one time extension per round, giving an additional 40 seconds to hit a shot on this request.
 
» In Position timing, introduced at the same time as Monitoring, has been strengthened. The time allowed to play a shot when being monitored in position (currently double the out of position times above), will be reduced by 15%, from 100 and 80 seconds down to 85 and 70 seconds respectively for first and second/ third to play.  Referees are now mandated to be proactive in targeting known slow players for in position timing. 
 
» Fines for consistently slow players who are regularly officially timed during the season will increase significantly. For example, a player who is timed 15 times in the 2020 season will have to pay £26,000 in fines as opposed to £9,000 this season.
 
 
2. Education
» All new members will be assigned a dedicated referee to help educate them on pace of play at the start of their European Tour career
 
» As part of retaining their membership, every member will be required to pass an interactive online rules test with this being implemented for existing members towards the end of the 2019 season and all new members early in the 2020 season. This will be repeated every three years for existing members.
 
» Regular educational videos will be produced by the European Tour’s social media team on key rules and pace of play policies and shared with the players throughout the season in an effort to avoid unnecessary rulings and ensure they better understand the Pace of Play policy.
 
3. Innovation
» A trial Pace-of-Play system will be conducted at the BMW PGA Championship from September 19-22, 2019. This will provide referees with the times for every group through every hole to make sure that no gaps are missed.
 
» As part of this system, and in a ground-breaking development, on-tee displays on a minimum of three holes will provide groups with their position in relation to the group in front.
 
4. Field sizes
» Field sizes at fully sanctioned events will be reduced from 156 to a minimum of 144 so long as all entered players in Category 18 (the final 111-125 on the previous season’s Race to Dubai) and above make it into the event. This will create space for referees to push groups over the Thursday and Friday rounds.
 
» Larger starting intervals will be built into play on Saturday and Sunday to create a better flow between groups.
 
 
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