Thursday, July 18, 2019

Day 2 Report: Scottish Boys’ Amateur Championship

Local knowledge pays off for Graham at


Local knowledge has been a key factor for Gregor Graham (pictured) who clinched the top qualifying spot in the match-play section of this week's Scottish boys' amateur championship over the Blairgowrie Lansdowne course.
Graham, who has played at Blairgowrie since the age of eight, opened round two on his home course with a birdie which would set the tone for his bogey-free, five-under par round of 67.
Speaking to "Scottish Golf" following his round, Graham said:
 “I tried to make my life as easy as possible today and managed to do that by hitting a lot of greens in regulation and giving myself good birdie chances.
"It’s been amazing to play at my home course this week; the club have always been so supportive of me and being able to perform well wouldn’t be possible without everything they have done to help me develop.”
Looking ahead to the match-play stages, Graham added, “The aim for the next few days is to just take it match by match and see where that takes me. It would be nice to be in the final but it’s just about focusing on each game and performing well.”
Royal Aberdeen’s Liam Waldron jumped 12 places up the leaderboard after recording a second-round 69 on the Lansdowne course.
Waldron, who was one-over par at the turn, carded four birdies on the back nine to finish three-under par. Speaking to Scottish Golf after his second round, Waldron said
“The front nine was very up and down and I was struggling to get anything going but I started to roll the ball nicely on the greens in the back nine and I was able to make a few more birdies.”
Waldron was one of three Scottish Golf Performance Academy players who had the opportunity to play alongside Richie Ramsay in last week’s pro-am at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and he said the advice received from the European Tour star last week has helped him with his approach to this week’s event, adding:
“It was great to play with Richie last week and what he was saying about staying patient, knowing that your game will come, was definitely good advice for me to follow today.”
The boys' match-play ties get underway from 07.05am on Friday.
The Scottish girls’ amateur championship, with two stroke-play qualifying rounds, will also tee off at Blairgowrie on Friday.

Irish Girls’ Close Championship
Galway Golf Club
 July 16 to 19, 2019
Final Four: Coulter, Foster, Byrne and Donegan
Beth Coulter, Anna Foster, Sara Byrne and Aine Donegan are the final four players at the Irish Girls’ Close Championship in Galway.
Fifteen-year-old Beth Coulter, leading qualifier this week, has played camogie since she was three, golf was never on her radar until Kirkistown Castle Professional Neil Graham visited her primary school to offer five weeks coaching.
Two years later and Beth had played her way onto the ILGU Horizon Performance Panel and was selected for the U14 team in a  friendly match against Wales alongside Donegan and Anna Dawson. As another two years past, Coulter competed in her first Women’s Amateur this June and represented GB and I at the Junior Vagliano Trophy at Royal St. George's, Kent. Now Coulter faces her  first Irish Girls’ Close Championship semi-final tomorrow (Friday). 
Anna Foster was two holes down to her quarter-final opponent Jan Browne (Kilkenny) through 12 holes but squared the match and went through at the short par-4 19th.The Elm Park teenager represented Ireland at the European Girls’ Team Championships in Spain last week, her first time at that event, having made her debut for Ireland at the Home International matches in Ballybunion last August.
Sara Byrne was Irish Women’s Close Champion in 2018 and will join a short list of players to win the title should tomorrow's tie go her way. Hailing from Douglas, Byrne will begin her college career at University of Miami in the Autumn of 2020.
The last player to secure her place in the semi-finals was Aine Donegan from Lahinch. Donegan faced Kate Lanigan (Hermitage) in the quarter-finals and while the defending champion was two holes up at the turn, Donegan is not one to let a match go easily.
Eighteen holes wasn’t enough to separate the players, both being were three under par – a conceded birdie at the 20th was the ultimate decider, ensuring Donegan would be Byrne’s semi-final opponent.
Meanwhile, Annabel Greham (Ballina), Emma Fenlon (Grange), Caoimhe O’Grady (Blackbush) and Anna Dawson (Tramore) will compete for the Plate.


08:00 Coulter v Foster
08:10 Byrne v Donegan
08:20 Greham v Fenlong
08:30 O’Grady v Dawson
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Dominic Dougan came from three down after 13 to birdie 14 15 16 and 18 to force extra holes.  An up and down at the 20th gave him the Lanarkshire match-play championship for 2019.
Thanks to Carnwath Golf Club for the use of their course. It was in magnificent condition.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Nairn's Carinne wins North of Scotland women's title at Elgin

Carinne Taylor (Nairn), the top match-play qualifier,  won the North of Scotland women's championship at Elgin Golf Club today.
She beat Ellie Docherty (Moray) by 4 and 3 in the final.
The handicap final was won by 16-handicapper Debbie Bird who beat Angela Grant (Brora), who has 17 of a handicap, at the 19th.

Day 1 Report: Scottish Boys’ Amateur Championship


 Dunbar Golf Club’s Jack McDonald set the pace on Day 1 of this year’s Scottish Boys’ Amateur Championship at Blairgowrie Golf Club. Taking advantage of the better weather on Wednesday morning, McDonald carded a bogey-free round on the Lansdowne course which included four birdies on the back nine.   

Speaking to Scottish Golf after his impressive start, McDonald said, “It was a great round today, I made nine pars on the front nine and couldn’t really get putts to drop but managed to make a 70footer for birdie and then the putts started to drop which was nice. I have been playing the best golf I have so far over the last few weeks.”

Looking ahead to the rest of the week, McDonald said, “I have not qualified for the match play part of this event before so that’s the main goal and if I can do that then the next goal will be to progress as far as possible. My game is in good shape and I am feeling confident.”  

Others able to take advantage of the early start and favourable weather included local Blairgowrie member Gregor Graham who was part of last week’s Scotland boys’ team that gained promotion back to Division 1 at the European Team Championships.  

Graham, who sits at three-under par after an opening round of 69, admitted that home advantage helped him get off to a strong start, saying, 

“Being a member here has been a big advantage, I know the course and it has allowed me to feel more relaxed this week knowing that I can just go out there and play without having to learn a new course. 

On last week’s European Team Championships, Graham added, “Being part of the Scotland team last week was obviously a bit different as it was a team event but I played really good golf last week which I am just trying to continue this week and get right up that leaderboard again.” 

Following tomorrow’s second round of stroke play at Blairgowrie, there will be a cut with the top-64 players and ties progressing to the match play competition which will take place from Friday to Sunday, July 19 to 21.

Blairgowrie Lansdowne par 72 SSS 71 CSS 71
68 J McDonald (Dunbar)
69 A Hawthorn (Murrayfield), T Kerr (Thornhill), L Gillies (Nairn), G Graham (Blairgowrie).
70 C D Scott (Nairn), A O'Hagan (Old Ranfurly).
71 R Laird (Falkirk), L Strath (Newmachar), J Mann (Vilamoura), F Owenson (Nairn).
72 D Bullen (Auchterarder), B Carberry (Falkirk), L Waldron (Royal Aberdeen), R Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle), J Roberts (Muckhart), F Wickenden (Nairn), L Clark (Alloa).
73 H Bent (Gullane), O Walker (Newmachar), S Sandin (Dunblane New), R McIlroy (Elderslie), C Howat (Dumfries and Co), S Hall (Craigmillar Park), R Mair (Buckpool).
74 (T28) E Orr (Newmachar)
75 (T34) E Wheat (Royal Montrose), C Sharpe (Blairgowrie), W Nicol (Nairn Dunbar).
76 (T48) D Aitken (Aboyne)
77 (T58) R Lovie (Duff House Royal), J Mann (Fortrose and Rosemarkie), R Fenwick (Deeside).

Miguel 700
The image of  Chief Executive of the R and A, Martin Slumbers,  Miguel Ángel Jiménez, and Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley. Picture displayed by courtesy of Getty Images 
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Miguel Ángel Jiménez is set to become just the second man in the history of the European Tour to reach 700 events when he tees it up at The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club tomorrow morning.
The charismatic Spaniard, who turned professional in 1982 and became a full Member of the European Tour when he won his card at Qualifying School in 1988, is no stranger to record-breaking feats and will fittingly reach yet another milestone in his 32nd consecutive season on Tour at this year’s final Major.
The 21-time European Tour winner holds the record as the oldest winner in European Tour history after his victory at the Open de España in 2014 aged 50 years and 133 days, and the record for the most holes-in-one following his tenth professional ace at the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
The 55-year-old earned his place at Royal Portrush after winning last year’s Senior Open Presented by Rolex, which he will defend next week at Royal Lytham & St Annes. He is now fast closing in on another significant moment in his career as he approaches Sam Torrance’s all-time record of 706 European Tour appearances.
Jiménez said: “This is a very proud moment for myself and my family and to reach the milestone of 700 events on the European Tour at the Open Championship makes it even more enjoyable.
“I have had many great moments over the past 32 years including winning 21 times. Winning any tournament is memorable but I particularly cherished the four tournaments I won in Spain where my friends and family were there – those were very special.
“Of course I am now only six tournaments away from tying, and seven away from beating the all-time record held by my great friend Sam Torrance. I don’t know exactly when that will happen but the record is definitely in my sights!”
One of seven brothers, Jiménez took up golf as a 15-year-old whilst picking up balls at the range and caddieing. Inspired by watching the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle and Torrance when he was caddieing at the 1979 Spanish Open, he decided to take up the game seriously.
His maiden win came at the 1992 Piaget Belgian Open, yet since turning 40 in January 2004, he has turned a great career into a tremendous one, claiming another European Tour record for the most wins by a player aged 40 and over, with 12 victories to his name.

A Ryder Cup vice-captain on two occasions, he helped Seve Ballesteros steer Europe to an emotional victory on Spanish soil at Valderrama in 1997 before playing a vital role behind the scenes once again in Medinah in 2012, where he helped another lifelong friend, José María Olazábal, invoke the spirit of Seve and inspire that miraculous Ryder Cup comeback on American soil.
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, added: “Miguel has been a trailblazer not just on the European Tour but also on the Senior circuit, with two Senior Majors to his name to date, and I am sure they sit proudly alongside his 21 European Tour titles and the many records already associated with his tremendous career.
“Sport is all about entertainment and Miguel has always delivered on that front. From his now world famous warm-up routine to his swashbuckling celebrations after a hole in one or a scintillating approach shot, he always leaves the fans smiling with his wonderful personality and passion for the game.
“On behalf of the European Tour we congratulate Miguel on his 700th appearance - a phenomenal achievement - and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for one of Spain’s favourite golfing sons.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of the R&A, said: “The Open is always very special and this week we are making history by staging the championship at Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951. In many ways that sense of history is added to by Miguel’s remarkable achievement.
“I was always a huge admirer of Seve Ballesteros and the magic of the way the Spanish players play the game is exemplified by Miguel. It is a great privilege for us that the 148th Open Championship is Miguel’s 700th European Tour event and everyone at The R and A wishes him well for this week and for the future.
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Irish Girls’ Close Championship
Galway Golf Club
16 - 19 July 2019

Last 16 at Irish Girls’ Close

17 July 2019

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Leading qualifier Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) has safely booked herself into the last 16 of the Irish Girls’ Close Championship. Despite the wet and blustery conditions, Coulter built a significant early lead in the match and while Lauren Kelly (Ballykisteen) held three long putts in a row at the turn, Coulter signed the match off 6&4 to set up a match with Canice Screene (Hermitage) tomorrow morning. Screene, who faced Emma Thorne of Elm Park in her opening match, needed 23 holes to secure a result when Thorne posed a comeback late in the round. 

Other representatives at last week’s European Girls’ Team Championships Anna Foster, Nicole Joyce-Moreno, Sara Byrne, Aine Donegan and Kate Lanigan all progress also to the last 16.

All is not lost either for those players who lost today. The matchplay continues in the Plate flight which will tee off from 09:20am tomorrow following the Championship matches which begin at 08:00am.

08:00 Coulter v Screene; 08:10 Harty v O’Hara; 08:20 Griffin v Browne; 08:30 Foster v N. Joyce-Moreno; 08:40 Byrne v Murray; 08:50 Temple Lang v Masding; 09:00 Donegan v M. Joyce-Moreno; 09:10 Hegarty v Lanigan

09:20 Kelly v Thorne; 09:30 Greham v Shippam; 09:40 Sharkey v Poots; 09:50 Fenlon v Bowler; 10:00 Park v K. Fleming; 10:10 Wall v O’Grady; 10:20 Gordon v Dawson; 10:30 Fleming v O’Dwyer

Coulter bt Kelly; 6 and 4
Screene bt Thorne at 23rd
Harty bt Greham 1 hole.
O’Hara bt Shippam 2 and 1
Griffin bt Sharkey 4 and 2
Browne bt Poots 1 hole
Foster bt Fenlon 5 and 3
N. Joyce-Moreno bt Bowler 2 holes
Byrne bt Park 6 and 4
Murray bt K Fleming 2 and 1.
Temple Lang bt Wall 5 and 3
Masding bt O’Grady 1 hole
Donegan bt Gordan 4 and 3
M. Joyce-Moreno t Dawson 2 and 1
Hegarty bt Fleming at 19th.
Lanigan bt O’Dwyer 7 and 6

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Top seed Carinne Taylor (Nairn) is playing Ellie Docherty (Elgin) in this afternoon's scratch final of the North of Scotland women's championship at Elgin Golf Club.

Taylor beat Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) 3 and 1 in this morning's semi-finals while Docherty beat Caitlin Boa (Royal Dornoch)  by one hole in the other tie.

The handicap final is between Debbie Bird (handicap 16) and Angela Grant (Brora) who has a handicap of 17.

In the semi-finals, Bird beat Alison Taylor (Kemnay) (20) at the 19th while Grant, who plays off 17, beat Rhianna MacKay (Royal Dornoch) (handicap 32) by one hole.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Venue: Elgin Golf Club
 JULY 15 to 17, 2019


Top seed Carinne Taylor (Nairn), who led the way with a 75 in the qualifying round,  faces the highly rated Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne), who shot a 78,  in the first semi-final of the North of Scotland women's golf championship at Elgin Golf Club on Wednesday morning.
In the other scratch tie, Ellie Docherty (Moray) plays Caitlin Boa (Royal Dornoch) for a place in the afternoon final which starts at 1.15. 
Docherty and Boa both had scores of 80 in the qualifying rounds.

First round - C Taylor (Nairn) bt A Cruden (Nairn Dunbar) 7 and 6, G Dowling (Inverness) bt M Adam (Hazlehead) 1 hole, K Beveridge (Aboyne) bt K Tan (Nairn) 8 and 7, E Aird (Blairgowrie) bt E Borthwick (Nairn Dunbar) 5 and 3, M Robb (Banchory) bt S MacKenzie (Elgin) 8 and 6, E Docherty (Moray) bt F Pennie (Kemnay) 5 and 4, C Boa (Royal Dornoch) bt I Reid (Nairn Dunbar) 6 and 4, G MacKenzie (Banchory) bt S Westwood (Elgin) 4 and 2.
Taylor bt Dowling 5 and 4 
Beveridge bt Aird 4 and 3
Docherty bt Robb 5 and 4
Boa bt G MacKenzie (Banchory) 2 and 1.

Scratch semi-finals at 8am and 8.14; final at 1.15pm

First round - D Bird (Elgin) (16) bt Z MacDonald (Royal Dornoch) (12) 5 and 4, A Munro (Kemnay) (19) bt A Christiansen (Newmachar) (19) 4 and 2, N Dervish-Uman (Kemnay) (20) bt L Wheeler (Forres) (16)  4 and 2,
A Taylor (Kemnay) (20) bt M Horn (Newmachar) (16) 4 and 2, I McCulloch (Rothes) (20) bt L Johnston (Meldrum House) (22) 4 and 3, A Grant (Brora) (17) bt L Taylor (Elgin) (19) 3 and 2, E Tan (Nairn) (14) bt J Clarke (Newmachar) (21) 6 and 5, R MacKay (Royal Dornoch) (32) bt M Finnie (Aberdeen Ladies) (11) 6 and 5.

Quarter-finals - Bird bt Munro 4 and 2, Dervish-Uman bt Taylor 4 and 3, Grant bt McCulloch 1 hole, MacKay bt Tan 1 hole.

Scratch match-play draw and qualifying scores


Carinne Taylor (Nairn) 75
Abbie Cruden (Nairn Dunbar) 89

Morven Adam (Hazlehead) 80
Gillian Dowling (Inverness) 84

Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) 78
Katrina Tan (Nairn) 85

Emma Borthwick (Nairn Dunbar) 86
Emily Aird (Blairgowrie) 78

Megan Robb (Banchory) 77
Susan MacKenzie (Elgin) 87

Fiona Pennie (Kemnay) 84
Ellie Docherty (Moray) 80

Caitlin Boa (Royal Dornoch) 80
Iona Reid (Nairn Dunbar) 84

Gillian MacKenzie (Banchory) 76
Sarah Westwood (Elgin) 86.


handicaps in brackets
Zara MacDonald (Royal Dornoch) (22)

Alison Hope (Newmachar) (13)

Anne Christiansen (Newmachar) (19)
Anne Munro (Kemnay) (16)

Linda Wheeler (Forres) (16)
Alison Taylor (Kemnay) (20)

Lorna Johnston (Meldrum House) (22)
Mary Horn (Newmachar) (16)

Isla McCulloch (Rothes) (20)
Michelle Finnie (Aberdeen Ladies) (11)

Angela Grant (Brora) (11)
Lesley Taylor (Elgin) (19)

Jeanette Clarke (?) (Newmachar) (21)
Emily Tan (Nairn) (14)

Debbie Bird (Elgin) (16)
Rhianna MacKay (Royal Dornoch) (32)

Lanarkshire Gents County Championship

Lanarkshire Men's County Championship.

Lewis Irvine of Kirkhill followed up his Cameron Corbett success of last week by winning the Lanarkshire Gents County Championship on Sunday at Carnwath Golf Club. Lewis had two excellent rounds of 67  66  133 to pip playing partner Dominic Dougan of Airdrie who shot 71  64  for 135. In third place was Chris Orr of Lanark who shot 67  70  for 137. The top eight available players will play for the Matchplay Championship on Monday to Wednesday this week at Carnwath.  

Gross Results:         CSS   69    69  

Lewis Irvine             Kirkhill          67  66  133
Dominic Dougan    Airdrie           71  64  135
Chris Orr                  Lanark            67  70  137
Ian McBratney        Carnwath      70  70  140
Jack McMorris       East Kilbride   69  71  140
Mitchell Ronald     East Kilbride   72  69  141
Scott Thomson      Drumpellier       70  72  142
Dylan Burt               Bellshill           70  72  142
Stephen Bradley   Easter Moffat      69  73  142
Colin Kerr            Cambuslang        74  69  143
Grant Beaton      Cambuslang        73  70  143
Jamie Reid           Drumpellier         72  71  143
Scott Gillespie  Cambuslang           69  74  143

Best Nett Scores:

Stephen Bradley    Easter Moffat   65  69  134
Ian McBratney       Carnwath          68  68  136
Scott Thomson      Drumpellier      67  69  136
Stephen Ronald      Lanark               67  69  136

Matchplay Draw:

Dominic Dougan   v   Jamie Reid      Dominic won  3/2
Jack McMorris      v  Mitchell Ronald      Jack won 1up
Ian McBratney      v   Scott Thomson      Scott  won 1up
Chris Orr                 v   Dylan Burt            Dylan won 5/4    

Semi-final    Tuesday   July  16th  5.30pm at Carnwath
Dominic Dougan    v      Jack McMorris
Scott Thomson       v     Dylan Burt

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Ross and Hilleard share lead at Clipper Logistics Championship

Scot Craig Ross and Josh Hilleard head into the final round of the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Clipper Logistics Championship as joint leaders, three clear of the remainder of the field with second rounds of 64 (-7) and 65 (-6) respectively, at Moor Allerton Golf Club.

Ross (Kirkhill Golf Club) was the first of the leading duo in the clubhouse, carding the joint lowest round of the tournament on day two, picking up just a single bogey and eight birdies en route to a superb overall score of 10-under par.

A winner at Mar Hall as an amateur in 2014, Ross is yet to taste victory on the EuroPro Tour as a professional but said confidence will be high heading into the final round. “I played really solid today, I hit a couple really close early on which gave me a lot of confidence heading into the rest of my round.”

He added: “A win this week would me a lot to me, it would get me that bit further up the Order of Merit and with a great chance to get into the top five for the Challenge Tour spots for the 2019 season.”

Hilleard (Farrington Park) secured his place at the top of the pack with Ross in stunning style, grabbing a crucial eagle on the 18th, a superb response to the back-to-back bogeys his picked up on the 15th and 16th holes.

A rookie on the EuroPro Tour, Hilleard has had reasonable success on the Tour since turning pro, making the cuts at all three of his previous events in 2018 including a top 10 finish at Montrose Golf Links.

Reflecting on his performance he said: “I played really nice today, I’ve struggled a bit before this week so I’m pleased to see things coming together quicker than I’d have expected. I’ve worked really hard back home with coaches to get my game to this level; my iron play was as good as it could get today.”

He added: “I had four wins in 22 days as an amateur in 2016, so I’m going to have to try and remember what that success felt like heading into tomorrow. You’re not going to be at the top of the leaderboard every week so it’s important that I make the most of the opportunity tomorrow.”

Three golfers in the form of Jimmy Mullen, Daniel Gavins, and Mark Young sit three shots back and tied for third with Young vying for his third win on Tour this year, one which would be his third consecutive victory.

A cut to the leading 50 players and ties has now been made with those two-under par or better advancing to the final round.

Spectator entry is free throughout and live scoring of the final round will be available on Highlights of the Clipper Logistics Championship will air on Sky Sports Golf on Tuesday, 25th July.

Crow Wood fly flag for Scotland in Staysure Trophy final

Crow Wood Golf Club PGA Professional Ian Graham and his amateur partner Neil Keir will fly the flag for Scotland in the final of the  Staysure Trophy.

The pair from Muirhead, Glasgow posted 44 Stableford pts in the PGA Scotland qualifier at Montrose Golf Links to book their place in the final of the  competition that, sponsored by Staysure, the insurance specialists for over-50s, features a PGA pro playing in tandem with a senior amateur golfer.

The final at the London Golf Club in Kent carries a £30,000 prize 
fund with £7,500 going to the winner and Keir, who plays off 18, will prepare for it by having some coaching from his partner

However, the 62-year-old is hoping he is more receptive to 
Graham’s advice than he was before the qualifier.
“Ian gave me a lesson on Monday,” Keir admitted, “but by the time I got to the qualifier on Friday I’d forgotten everything he told me!

“It’s was the first time I’ve ever played with him and the secret of our success was down to him.  It was nothing to do with me. He did all the work and I could have played a bit better.”

Examination of the scorecard which tells the numerical story as to 
how Crow Wood finished a point clear of Forester Park Golf

He chipped in with pars at three holes for nett birdies and admitted: “That got us extra points and had I not got those we wouldn’t have won – I was delighted with that.”

In total, Crow Wood posted eight birdies and did not drop a shot in a round that Keir admitted taxed his nerves at the start. He added: “I didn’t start playing until I was about 48. I’m 62 now and
 really enjoy it but this was a totally new experience.

“Standing on the first tee and hearing my announced by the starter was really unnerving,” he added.

“But now I can’t stop smiling. I think the smile on my face will still be there until we tee off in the final - it’s a once in a lifetime thing and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Image of Crow Wood Golf Club duo, PGA Professional Ian Graham (left) and amateur
 Neil Keir 

Top-class field for European Ladies’ Amateur 

Top women golfers from around the world will head to Parkstone in Dorset next week for the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship.
It’s one of the biggest titles in the world of women’s amateur golf and the champion will win a place in the AIG Women’s British Open at Woburn at the beginning of August.
The championship - played over 72 holes from July 24 to 27 - has attracted a top-class entry from players from 30 different countries.
There will be a strong England challenge, led by world class players such as Lily May Humphreys, who has won three times already this season and Annabell Fuller, a winner in the USA. 
They’re among a host of GB&I internationals in the field, such as the England trio of India Clyburn, Alice Hewson and Bel Wardle, alongside Ireland’s Paula Grant, and the Scots pair, Hazel MacGarvie and Shannon McWilliam.
Among those from further afield who will aim to make a mark are Italian Stroke Play Champion Alessio Nobilio; Emma Spitz of Austria and Emilie Paltrinieri of Italy, who have both been British Girls’ Champion; and María Fernanda Escauriza of Paraguay, the South American Amateur champion.

They’ll be challenged by Parkstone’s heathland course which features lakes and mature pines, with panoramic views over Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island and the coastal downs of the Isle of Purbeck.
It’s a club which is already closely aligned with top-class women’s golf. Georgia Hall, who will defend her Women’s British Open title at Woburn, played at Parkstone as an amateur and is now an honorary member. Six other women have won international championships over the years in a remarkable roll of honour.
Parkstone is only the second English club to host the European Ladies’ Amateur Championship. The other was Formby, Lancashire, in 1997.
Three England players have won the title: Bronte Law in 2016, Emma Duggleby (now Brown) in 2000 and Joanne Morley in 1992.
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England gain European Men's silver medal in Sweden

England narrowly missed out on the chance to win the European Men's Team Championship for a record twelfth time when they lost to hosts Sweden in the final of this year's championship at Llunghusen
Tom Sloman, Alex Fitzpatrick and Ben Jones all claimed top-ten finishes as England finished second behind Ireland in the 36-hole stroke play qualifier and they went on to defeat both Wales and Scotland by 4-3 before losing 4 ½ - 2 ½ to the home team in a keenly contested final in which all but one of the matches went at least as far as the 17th green.
The English team comprising Sloman, Fitzpatrick, Jones, Tom Plumb, Harry Hall and Matty Lamb were the first to put a point on the board when Sloman and Plumb recorded their third foursomes win of the tournament with a 2 & 1 win over Ludvig Aberg and Christoffer Palsson but David Nyfjall and Vincent Norrman ensured the scoreline was level at lunch with a 4 & 3 victory over Fitzpatrick and Lamb.
In the afternoon Hall made it three out of three in the singles with a 2 & 1 victory over Norrman and Plumb also halved with Nyfjall but that was not quite enough to see the team over the line.
The result means that England have won three sliver medals in a row having also achieved that feat in Austria in 2017 and then again in Germany twelve months later.
England ended the European Ladies’ Team Championship on a high note when they beat Scotland 3-2 to claim fifth place at Is Molas in Sardinia.
The team made up of Lianna Bailey, Annabell Fuller, Alice Hewson, Lily May Humphrey and Emily Toy lost the chance of collecting a medal when they were beaten 5 ½ - 1 ½ by Sweden in the opening round of match play but then defeated Denmark 3 ½ - 1 ½ before rounding the championship out with a win over the Scots. The event was won by Sweden who beat Spain 5-2 in the final.
There was also a fifth-place finish for the English team at the European Boys’ Team Championship where hosts France won in front of the own fans at Chantilly.
England represented by Barclay Brown, Conor Gough, Max Hopkins, Joe Pagdin, Ben Schmidt and Robin Williams lost 4-3 to Ireland in the opening round of match play but then defeated Italy 3 ½ - 1 ½ before rounding things by beating Spain by the same scoreline.
The English team comprising Jessica Baker, Rosie Belsham, Ellie Gower, Charlotte Heath, Euphemie Rhodes and Caitlin Whitehead finished fifth in qualifying at the European Girls’ Team Championship at Parador El Saler in Spain but then lost 4-3 to Spain, 3-2 to The Netherlands and 3 ½ - 1 ½ to Sweden. The event was won for the first time by Denmark who beat Spain in the final.    

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