Sunday, August 11, 2019

 

Day 1 Report: Scottish girls’ amateur championship


By GRAHAM BARR
After a 3 1/2 hour delay due to the overnight and early morning rain, play was eventually able to get underway at 11am.
In the U16 event, it was Austria’s Anna Neumayer and England’s Leonie Muir (Wollaton Park, Nottingham) who finished the day at the top of the leaderboard after level-par opening rounds of 74.
Neumayer’s opening round included four birdies and four bogeys while Muir carded five birdies alongside three bogeys and a double.
The pair will now take a one-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round.  
Portugal’s Sofia Barroso Sa sits one shot back of the leaders on one-over par, largely thanks to a fantastic bogey-free back-nine with eight pars and a closing birdie at 18th. 
The top-Scot in the U16 event is Bishopbriggs’ Megan Docherty who posted a two-over par round of 76 and will go into tomorrow’s final round just two shots back from the lead.
After her round, Docherty said, “I’m pretty happy with today’s round, I played well and holed some nice putts.  We were lucky with the weather after this morning’s delay and only got caught in one shower which was good.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, Docherty said, “It’s a nice position to be in. I’m just going to stay calm and try to play well and see what happens.” 


In the U14 event, it was France’s Juliette Demeaux (pictured) who posted the round of the day with an excellent one-under par 73. 

 
Demeaux’s round included three birdies and two bogeys, and she will now take a two-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round. 
Speaking to Scottish Golf after her round, Demeaux said, “It feels very good.  I was confident as I wanted to play well in Scotland.
“I’m feeling confident.  I played well today without attacking too much and that will be the plan again tomorrow, just trying to keep making pars.” 
Demeaux’s nearest competitor going into the final round will be Kasumi Tran from Wales whose round of one-over par has her sitting in second place.


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