Sunday, October 14, 2018

Maynooth complete Fairmont double as Chloe Goadby claims first title of students' season
 
By BEN PHILIP
The 14thFife Students' Tournament came to an exciting finish at Fairmont Kittocks with a play-off needed  before Chloe Goadby (Stirling) claimed her first victory of the 2018/19 season in the women’s competition and a great  performance from Ireland's Caolan Rafferty (Maynooth) sealing victory in the men’s event.
 After a day's play was lost to bad weather, Chloe, pictured with the trophy, started the final day in a share of third place, three strokes behind team-mate Hazel MacGarvie.
Playing a group in front of Hazel, Goadby shot a very steady outward one-under, her one birdie coming on the par 5 fourth hole. She repeated that consistency over her back nine, a birdie at 15 guiding her to a two under par 72 and level par 148 for the tournament.
MacGarvie started strongly with two birdies in her first three holes taking her to four under for the competition. However, a tough stretch from the fifth to the eighth saw her drop five strokes and into a tie with Goadby at one over. Coming back was equally up and down with two birdies taking MacGarvie a shot clear standing on the 17thtee. A double bogey 6 at the penultimate hole meant she needed to birdie the 18 to get into a play-off with Goadby - which she did.
 MacGarvie lost a ball of her first tee shot in the play-off and Goadby pitched and putted for a winning birdie.
Aberdeen's Jasmine MacKintosh (RGU) earned third-place with a better inward half after she and Nicola Slater  (Stirling) had both returned scores of 76 and 73. Jasmine’s inward 37 pipped Slater by one shot.
In the team competition, with both leading golfers representing Stirling I it was no surprise that they took the victory, finishing 25 strokes ahead of St Andrews II, who were three strokes ahead of Stirling III.
Overnight leader Caolan Rafferty (Maynooth) won the men's title by seven shots with rounds of 70 and 66 for 136.
Laird Shepherd (Stirling), who picked up 5 birdies in his first nine holes, dead-heated with Eanna Griffin (Maynooth) on the 143 mark, both scoring 73-70. Griffin's par inward half gave him the edge.
In the men's team competition, Maynooth (-1) repeated their victory from the Stirling International, beating Durham I by 23 strokes with Stirling I a further two strokes back.
 
The Students'  Tour now moves to Little Aston for the final event of the first semester with the Scottish Student Golf portion of the Tour resuming at Western Gailes for the West of Scotland Trophy in March.

LEADING FINAL TOTALS
MEN
136 C Rafferty (Maynooth) 70 66
143 E Griffin (Maynooth) 73 70, L Shepherd (Stirling) 73 70
144 J Glenn (Durham) 72 72
146 T J Ford (Maynooth) 77 69
148 A McDougall (Stirling) 76 72, J Rogers (Durham) 75 73
149 S Macpherson (Stirling) 72 77
150 J Kempster (Stirling) 80 70.
151 J Hood (Maynooth) 78 73, K McCormick (UHI) 74 77.
152 M Napier (Stirling) 80 72, A McNaughton (UHI) 80 72, N Kirk (St Andrews) 79 73, M Myers (St Andrews) 78 74, J Sundborg (Stirling)  77 75, A Fahy (Maynooth) 75 77

SELECTED
153 D Morris (Stirling) 80 73
154 S Thurlow (SRC) 79 75, E Innes (St Andrews) 77 77
155 C Franssen (St Andrews) 78 77
156 C Edgar (Stirling) 76 80

MISSED CUT
82 M Lawrie (Stirling), L Fraser (Stirling)

LEADING WOMEN
147 C Goadby (Stirling) 76 72, H MacGarvie (Stirling) 72 76 (Goadby won play-off)
149 J Mackintosh (RGU) 76 73 bih, N Slater (Stirling) 76 73
152  G Hirst (St Andrews) 75 77
153 L McClymont (SRC) 76 77, C Casey (Maynooth) 76 77
157 A Muirhead (guest) 81 76, L Duncan (Edinburgh) 79 78
160 C Boa (UHI) 81 79.
161 C Kneen (St Andrews) 81 80
163 K Napoleaova (St Andrews) 80 83
164 R Thompson (Stirling) 81 83

 
 
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