Monday, April 30, 2012


Former British women's open amateur champion Julie Otto (Elie Sports Club) and Calum Macaulay's wife Claire-Marie (Playsport Golf) didn't quite make it as Ross Jack (Dumfries and Galloway) and Adam McCabe of Gordon Sherry Golf shot two-under-par 67s to head the field of 64 at the Powerade PGA Assistants Championship Scottish qualifying round at Auchterarder Golf Club today.
Jack and McCabe led 17 qualifiers in all from the Perthshire venue for  the £32,500 Championship final, in association with FootJoy, at East Sussex National course on June 13-15.
But Jack might have been pursuing another career path had it not been for the encouragement he received at his home club of Dumfries and Galloway.
Jack has been coached by PGA professional Joe Fergusson since he was six and has been a club member since the age of 10.
And first year assistant Jack said: "I was encouraged to go down the PGA route to try and realise some of the potential I was told was there.
"I did have a place at Strathclyde University, where I was going to study electrical engineering.
"But I decided to choose golf instead. So I'm pleased to have won my first PGA event.
"Taking the PGA course gives you so many career opportunities as well as the chance to play or coach.
"At the moment, I'm concentrating on the playing side and I'm looking forward to playing at East Sussex.
"If you do well there then it's a chance to make a bit of a name for yourself.
"I made a good start with three birdies and by the time I was dropping shots I'd made sure I was qualified."
Jack and McCabe finished one shot ahead of Christopher McMaster of Panmure Golf Club.
Former Curtis Cup player and twice a finalist in the British women's open amateur championship - she won the title at Dunbar in 1990 - Julie Otto, who made her name as an amateur first as Julie Wade and then Julie Hall,  worked for the Ladies Golf Union and then the R & A before she decided to turn pro fairly recently  with a view to a teaching career at Elie Sports Club. She shot a 73 to fail by a couple of shots.
Claire-Marie Macaulay, wife of the European Challenge player and former Scottish amateur champion Callum,, was another who did not make it. She had a 76.
Par 69
67 Adam McCabe (Gordon Sherry Golf, Ross Jack (Dumfries and Galloway).
68 Chris McMaster (Panmure).
69 Graeme Brown (Monrose Links), Martin Lawrence (Newmachar).
70 Joseph McBrearty (Haggs Castle), Fraser Dunlop (Gleneagles), Michael Patterson (Kilmacolm), Ross McConnachie (Peterculter), Iain McNab (Dundonald Links).
71 Jonathan Belford (Noah's Ark), Kevin Mora (Balbirnie Park), Jamie Mackay (Western Gailes), Fraser Clarke (Newmachar), Stuart Williamson (West Kilbride), Matthew Burtt (Haggs Castle).
72 Callum Nisbet (Bathgate).

72 Paul Betty (Hamilton), Scott McGregor (Forfar), David Addison (Kilmarnock Barassie), Alastair Thomson (Douglas Park), Jordan Ramanauskas (Gullane).
73 Shaun Clarke (Elie SC), Craig Armstrong (Burntisland), Ross Leeds (Turnberry), Gregor Wright (Ladybank), Fraser Rummins (Canmore), Julie Otto (Elie SC), Scott Costello (Strathaven), Ian Anderson (Colville Park), Andrew Burns (Bothwell Castle), Graeme Nethercott (Deeside), Michael Mackenzie (Edzell), Paul Robinson (Largs), Stuart Roberts (unatt).
74 Adam Rolfe (Royal Troon), Fraser Cramb (Noah's Ark).
75 Ewan Grimes (Carrick on Loch Lomond), Gordon Hillson (Dunbar), Duncan Anderson (Murrayfield), Calum Lawson (Blairgowrie), Cameron Tortolano (Stirling).
76 Stuart Milne (Balbirnie Park), Craig Haugh (Linlithgow), Claire-Marie Macaulay (Playsport Golf), Mark Pomphrey (Gleneagles), Ewan MacPhereson (Auchterarder).
77 Martin Shaw (Kilm arnockBarassie), Peter Scanlan (Playsport Golf), Michael Maxwel (Carnoustie), Cameron West (Scotscraig).
78 Ryan Stirling (Lanark), Emma Fairnie (Gullane)
79 Duncan Bain (Aberdour), Grant Smith (Gleneagles).
80 Ricardo Scarafile (Eastwood), Richard Holt (Balbirnie Park).
81 Jack Thorburn (Lundin).
82 Oliveer Huish (North Berwick)
83 James Boyce (Erskine), Richard Mackenzie-Smith(Kings Acre), Graeme Ritchie (Greaves Sports).



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