Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Stirling International students' tournament
The 7th Stirling International teed off the new student golf season at Fairmont St Andrews with early rain giving way to sunshine on the Fife coast. As the first event of the SSS/BUCS Tour, this was a chance to lay down a marker for the season, a chance that Cassie Kneen (St Andrews) and Craig Howie (Scottish Golf) certainly took.
In the women’s competition, there were a number of new faces in the draw making their presence felt. These women were led by American Kneen, who, after a bogey at the first, had four birdies on the front nine to reach the turn at three under, a further two birdies on the back helping her to a first round score of 70, four under par.
Leading the chasers was another first-year student , Mirren Fraser (Stirling), her solid two under par featuring three birdies. Rounding out the first round podium is second year Fern Clark (St. Andrews), who reached the turn sharing the lead with Kneen, before dropping back to +1 for the tournament.
The men’s side of the draw sees a more experienced line-up at the top of the leaderboard where the round of the day saw Howie, a former Stirling student, shoot a very impressive 3 under par 69, to lead by two strokes.
He is being chased by his Scottish Golf team-mate, Greg Dalziel, who mixed five birdies with a few dropped shots to sit at one under par. They are followed by six golfers who all shot level par, representing four different institutions, showcasing the growing depth at the top end of the student golfing programme.
Round two commenced at 8am Wednesday with a cut at the end of the day to the top 45 men and nine women.

par 72
69 Craig Howie (Scottish Golf)
71 Greg Dalziel (Scottish Golf)
72 Peter Kerr (St Andrews), Jack Malone (Stirling), Jordan Sundborg (Stirling), Liam Johnston (Scottish Golf), Graeme Greer (SRUC), Colin Edgar (Stirling)
73 Jack Cope (Stirling).

par 74
70 Cassie Kineen (St Andrews)
72 Mirren Fraser (Stirling)
75 Fern Clark (St Andrews)
76 Lieve Van Veggel (St Andrews)

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