Sunday, May 06, 2018

CARMEN AT 14 IS YOUNGEST ABDNSHIRE WOMEN'S CHAMPION

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Aboyne's Carmen Griffiths became the youngest ever winner of the Aberdeenshire women's county golf championship at Banchory Golf Club today (Sunday).
The 14-year-old dominated the tournament by heading the match-play qualifiers and then progressing smoothly to the final in which she beat four times former champion Sammy Leslie (Murcar Links) by 3 and 1.
Griffiths had to show her fighting qualities in the final. She was three down after only four holes but had reduced her deficit to one hole at the turn. The younger player squared the match by winning the 13th and took the lead for the first time with a birdie at the 14th.
Griffiths now had the upper hand. She went two up at the 15th and clinched victory with a birdie 3 at the 17th.
Griffiths, born on November 23, 2003, is 14 years, five months old. The previous youngest champion was Shannon McWilliam, born on August 8, 1999, which made her 14 years nine months old when she won the title in May 2013.
Michelle Finnie, who plays off 11 at Aberdeen Ladies, won the handicap final by 5 and 4 against Vikki Neish (Murcar Links) (16)

ABERDEENSHIRE WOMEN'S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Banchory Golf Club
SCRATCH
FIRST ROUND
C Griffiths (Aboyne) bt L Tough (Auchmill) 7 and 6.
S Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) bt G Mackenzie (Banchory) 3 and 1.
V Thom (Kemnay) bt F Pennie (Kemnay) 6 and 5.
C Prouse (Hazlehead) bt K Stalker (Cruden Bay) 3 and 1.
F Campbell (McDonald Ellon) bt G Christie (Banchory) 3 and 2.
S Leslie (Murcar Links) bt C Wilson (Murcar Links) at 19th.
R Polson (Kemnay) bt K Guthrie (Inverurie) 3 and 2.
J Lees (Westhill) bt S Macleod (Deeside) 4 and 3.
QUARTER-FINALS
Griffiths bt Wood 2 and 1
Thom bt Prouse 2 holes
Leslie bt Campbell 1 hole
Lees bt Polson 2 and 1
SEMI-FINALS
Griffiths bt Thom 4 and 3.
Leslie bt Lees 4 and 2.
FINAL
Griffiths bt Leslie 3 and 1

HANDICAP
QUARTER-FINALS
P Fraser (Peterculter) (14) bt C Eakin (Aboyne) (16) 3 and 1.
V Neish (Murcar Links) (16) bt M Adam (Hazlehead) (10) 6 and 4.
M Finnie (Aberdeen Ladies) (11) bt S Davies (Aboyne) (16) 2 and 1.
E Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) (6) bt L Mutch (Meldrum House) (26) 2 and 1.
SEMI-FINALS
Neish bt Fraser 4 and 3.
Finnie bt Whyte 6 and 5.
FINALFinnie bt Neish 5 and 4.
 
Left to right: Ros Dunsmuir (ALCGA President), Vikki Thom (Kemnay) (semi-finalist), Michelle Finnie (Aberdeen Ladies) (handicap champion), Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) (champion), Sammy Leslie (Murcar Links) (runner-up) and Ann Smart (ALCGA captain). Picture and captain by ALCGA secretary Karen Stalker.

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