Friday, July 01, 2016

Scottish senior women's match-play results from Fortrose and Rosemarkie

SCRATCH Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie) bt Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay) 5 and 4.
Linda Dyball (Pitreavie) bt Ellie Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) 3 and 2.
Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) bt Susan MacVicar (Nairn) 4 and 3.
Lornas McKinlay (Dunnikier Park) t Annme HJanson (Glencorse) 1 hole.

Ashley Rose (Royal Dornoch) bt Dawn Young (North Berwick) 2 holes.
Mary Smith (Tain) bt Linda Grieve Musselburgh) 5 and 4.
Kathleen Sutherland (Royal Montrose) bt Anne Ryan (Tain) 3 and 2.
Fiona de Vries (St Rule) bt Lynne Fraser (Fortrose and Rosemarkie) 2 holes.



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 The Belle of the Ball going strong in 80th year

She was the Queen of the Green, the Belle of the Ball and recently blew out the candles on her milestone 80th birthday.
BELLE ROBERTSON, MBE is regarded as one of the best Scottish golfers of all-time, an amateur legend who won countless titles at home and abroad and is still going strong, playing off a three handicap at her beloved Dunaverty on the remote west coast.
In the week of the Scottish Senior Women’s Open Championship at Fortrose and Rosemarkie GC, how fitting to talk with one of the nation’s favourite females. We caught up with Belle at The 19th Hole

Belle, a happy 80th birthday! We trust it was a fantastic occasion?

BR: “Thank you. I always think of my birthday as being on The Masters weekend, given it is 11 April. I also always used to say my birthday was the same day as Seve’s, but he was two days before. It’s always a nice way to celebrate with The Masters, you have people in the house and you are viewing the golf at night.
“This year I decided to have a weekend birthday, so we were watching Augusta for four nights and thinking about my birthday. We had some family and friends staying as well so that was nice and obviously we had a European winner in England’s Danny Willett.
" I actually celebrated the weekend with Fiona Mackay, Mhairi Mackay’s sister, and her two boys. They came and stayed and we had a great time. I’m just on the edge of Campbeltown in Kintyre. I was born in nearby Southend and now find myself here, which is very nice.”

Belle and Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan at the 2016 Annodata Scottish Golf Awards

Belle: “The Masters almost always has something exciting about it. Tiger’s chip in, Nicklaus’ famous putt. I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Masters twice in my lifetime, and the first time was when Sandy Lyle won in 1988. That was very special to be there. I guess not many Scots can say that.
" I was actually in the Eisenhower Cabin, as they call it, in the upstairs balcony when Sandy was going in below. The downstairs rooms used to be where the security men for President Eisenhower stayed. He owned that cabin and when he died he donated it back to Augusta.
“My ticket was as a guest from Sir John Carmichael, a past captain of The R and A. I was fortunate as he said ‘don’t struggle with the crowds towards the end, watch the last few holes on television with me’. It was very, very exciting.”

You enjoyed so many career highlights, winning the Ladies British Stroke Play (four times), Scottish Ladies Amateur (seven times) and the Dunbartonshire and Argyll Ladies (10 times), to your various international team triumphs, including playing in four Curtis Cups. It’s great to hear you are still enjoying your golf today…

Belle: “I don’t maybe play that much, but I played the other day at Machrihanish. Two helicopters of Mr Trump, one his personal one, and another one, landed on the golf course, as they had popped over from Turnberry to enjoy a game. So it was an exciting day!”

Which club are you a member of?

Belle: “I’ve always used Dunaverty as my home club. I started off golf there and the family farm was in Southend. Jock MacVicar (golf writer for the Scottish Daily Express) and myself play there. 
"Jock and I were both born in Southend, 10 miles from Campbeltown. My handicap is three but I don’t play enough. If you don’t, you don’t get a chance to put it up! I’ll need to play in a few more competitions. I think, in all honestly, I probably play off about six, but I haven’t played a great deal in recent years.”

Did you ever consider professional golf?

Belle: “I was in about my 40’s when professional golf started and, of course, I was too old then to start in that. At my stage, married and with all that entails, it wasn’t an exciting prospect for me.”

The Senior Ladies have been battling it out for the Scottish title at Fortrose and Rosemarkie this week, how much competitive senior golf have you played?

Belle: “I’ve never played senior golf at national level. I was lucky enough to play golf at the highest level until I was 50. I decided I had been away so much that that was me finished full-time. I played in a Curtis Cup at the age of 50 at Prairie Dunes, Hutchinson, Kansas (in 1986) and I thought I’ll never ever do that again, so I thought that was a great way to bow out.”

Was that a career highlight?

Belle: “I remember playing over the Old Course at St Andrews in the national Scottish Ladies’ Championship of 1986, thinking ‘I’m not going to make the Curtis Cup unless I win this’. I was 50, and I wanted to play in it again for one last time, so it was the only championship that I went into knowing I had to win it.
"And I managed to make myself win, with ‘Tip’ Anderson’s help! I was lucky enough to have him as a caddy. He was a wonderful caddy, he really was. He was always so positive, gave me great boosts. It was a cold day, I was ahead and was clawed back, but we came through and won. 
"Jill Thornhill, the English girl, she was 46, and I was 50, and we had a few others in their 30’s in that Curtis Cup team. We were the first-ever GB and I Curtis Cup team to win on American soil. Trish Johnson was in that team. It was a great success.”

How closely do you follow the amateur scene now and what are your hopes for Scottish Golf in the future?

Belle: “It’s difficult to read amateur coverage in the press, but I was recently at the Dunbartonshire and Argyll Ladies County Championship, they invited me up for the day. It was nice to see that. I was also at the Annodata Scottish Golf Awards earlier this year (pictured top with co-host Dougie Vipond and Crail GS’s David Roy), which was a fantastic night. I’ve never been to an event with so many people like that and I’ll fondly remember it for a long time.
“Most golf I see now is on television. Unfortunately, the amateur game has changed a lot. I went to the Curtis Cup in Ireland this year and there were five girls aged 17 in the American side. It would appear now that if you are an amateur you don’t finish school, you go straight to your job on the circuit as a professional golfer, unlike my day. So many amateur players now want to turn pro and it would be great to see some stay as amateurs longer. There were no Scots players in the team at the Curtis Cup, but I think these things come in waves. Let’s hope in Scotland over the next five years there is rejuvenation of young girls getting into golf.”

Thanks Belle, and enjoy your 80th birthday year!


Defending Champ Brooke Henderson Takes 

Lead in Portland

Photo: Getty Images

Brooke Henderson, 18, has already captured two LPGA titles, including a major championship, since turning pro in 2014.

PORTLAND, Oregom. (AP) -- Defending champion Brooke Mackenzie Henderson shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic
Picking up where she left off from a year ago, when Henderson shot a 21-under 267 to win her first LPGA tournament, the 18-year-old Canadian, who is proud of her Scottish ancestry,  hit 16 greens and made nine birdies on a warm, cloudless day at the 6,476-yard Columbia Edgewater course.
Henderson said a combination of factors allows her to feel at home at Columbia Edgewater.
"I love tree-lined courses, and that's very much what this course is. With the bent grass, which is kind of what I grew up on, I really like it. It suits my eye," Henderson said. "Then winning here, that gives me those extra vibes and adrenaline, which I think will help as the week goes on. This golf course, being out here in the Northwest, in the beautiful temperature, I like wearing long sleeves and pants."
Angela Stanford, Demi Runas and Mariajo Uribe each shot 67 to trail Henderson.
Runas, whose best career finish is a tie for 25th, and Uribe are looking for their first LPGA victories. Stanford lost in a playoff in the 2003 U.S. Women's Open at Pumpkin Ridge, which has previously played host to the Portland Classic. Uribe and Stanford shot bogey-free rounds.
Stanford, who tied for fourth last week in Arkansas, is somewhat of a surprise among the leaders. She hasn't had much success at the Portland Classic, her best finish a tie for eighth in 12 tries.
"Poana greens are usually not very friendly to me. It's nice to watch the ball go in the hole here. I haven't always played well here, so I tried to just put that on the back burner and see if I could carry it over from last week, and it did," Stanford said.
Carlota Ciganda, Jaye Marie Green, Ayako Uehara and Daniela Iacobelli shot 68. Four strokes back at 69 are No. 18 Suzann Pettersen, Sarah Jane Smith, Lee-Anne Pace, Briana Mao and Jiayi Zhou.
Pettersen is a two-time Portland winner, claiming the 2011 and 2013 tournaments.
No. 15 Anna Nordqvist is among 12 players at 70. No. 9 Stacy Lewis shot even-par 72, as did Austin Ernst, the 2014 Portland champion.
Henderson, starting early in the morning on the back nine, was only 1-under through seven holes. But she birdied three of the next four holes, then finished on fire while playing the front nine, making consecutive birdies on holes 5 through 8. Henderson just missed a fifth consecutive birdie, sliding a 15-foot putt past the left side of the hole at the par-4 ninth.
It was a bogey at the par-4, 391-yard fourth that helped ignite Henderson's string of four consecutive birdies.
"That was a dumb hole ... a hole with my length I could have taken advantage of. The bogey bothered me a little. I knew I had two par-5s coming up, so I tried to focus on them," Henderson said.
In her last six rounds at Columbia-Edgewater, counting last year's Monday qualifier, Henderson is 32-under par, all six rounds in the 60s.
Last year, Henderson won the Portland Classic by eight strokes, and became the third youngest champion in LPGA Tour history. Since winning her maiden event, Henderson has soared to become No. 2 ranked, and two weeks ago won the Women's PGA Championship.
Henderson is attempting to become Portland's first back-to-back champion since Annika Sorenstam won the 2002 and 2003 tournaments.
The Portland Classic is normally played in late August, but moved up because the LPGA is taking three weeks off for the Olympics. The Portland stop is typically popular among the tour's best players, but with the U.S. Open scheduled for next week in California, only 13 of the world's top 50 entered this year.
The Portland Classic is the LPGA Tour's longest-running non-major, now in its 45th year. The purse is $1.3 million, with $195,000 going to the winner.
par 72

1 Brooke Mackenzie Henderson   65

T2 Mariajo Uribe 67

T2 Demi Runas 67

T2 Angela Stanford 67

T5 Daniela Iacobelli 68

T5 Ayako Uehara 68

T5 Carlota Ciganda 68

T5 Jaye Marie Green 68

T9 Jiayi Zhou 69

T9 Briana Mao 69

T9 Lee-Anne Pace 69

T9 Sarah Jane Smith 69

T9 Suzann Pettersen 69

T14 Prima Thammaraks 70

T14 Mariel Galdiano 70

T14 Vicky Hurst 70

T14 Gaby Lopez 70

T14 Anna Nordqvist 70

T14 Megan Khang 70

T14 P.K. Kongkraphan 70

T14 Chella Choi 70

T14 Pernilla Lindberg 70

T14 Yani Tseng 70

T14 Wei-Ling Hsu 70

T14 Christel Boeljon 70

T26 Julieta Granada 71

T26 Kim Kaufman 71

T26 Candie Kung 71

T26 Paula Reto 71

T26 Sakura Yokomine 71

T26 Cristie Kerr 71

T26 Karine Icher 71

T26 Holly Clyburn 71

T26 Cheyenne Woods 71

T26 Annie Park 71

T26 Tiffany Joh 71

T26 Mo Martin 71

T26 Dani Holmqvist 71

T26 Joanna Klatten 71

T26 Lee Lopez 71

T41 Elizabeth Nagel 72

T41 Lisa Ferrero 72

T41 Nannette Hill 72

T41 Kristy McPherson 72

T41 Katie Burnett 72

T41 Austin Ernst 72

T41 Morgan Pressel 72

T41 Brittany Altomare 72

T41 Alena Sharp 72

T41 Brianna Do 72

T41 Ginger Howard 72

T41 Katherine Kirk 72

T41 Sarah Kemp 72

T41 Giulia Molinaro 72

T41 Becky Morgan 72

T41 Alejandra Llaneza 72

T41 Lindy Duncan 72

T41 Stacy Lewis 72

T41 Karrie Webb 72

T41 Kris Tamulis 72

T41 Felicity Johnson 72

T41 Benyapa Niphatsophon 72

T41 Amy Anderson 72

T64 Mina Harigae 73

T64 Haeji Kang 73

T64 Min Lee 73

T64 Catriona Matthew 73

T64 Cydney Clanton 73

T64 Jacqui Concolino 73

T64 Cyna Marie Rodriguez 73

T64 Casey Grice 73

T64 Dewi Claire Schreefel 73

T64 Sandra Changkija 73

T64 Stephanie Kono 73

T64 Paz Echeverria 73

T64 Jane Rah 73

T64 Giulia Sergas 73

T64 Belen Mozo 73

T64 Dori Carter 73

T80 Amelia Lewis 74

T80 Caroline Westrup 74

T80 Mika Miyazato 74

T80 Marina Alex 74

T80 Ashleigh Simon 74

T80 Amy Hung 74

T80 Maria McBride 74

T80 Ashli Bunch 74

T80 Ji Young Oh 74

T80 Celine Herbin 74

T80 Kelly Shon 74

T80 In-Kyung Kim 74

T80 Rachel Rohanna 74

T93 Marissa Steen 75

T93 Nicole Jeray 75

T93 Caroline Hedwall 75

T93 Tracy Stanford 75

T93 Sadena Parks 75

T93 Caroline Inglis 75

T93 Mariah Stackhouse 75

T93 Christina Kim 75

T93 Jennifer Song 75

T93 Jane Park 75

T93 Christine Song 75

T93 Karlin Beck 75

T105 Candy Hannemann 76

T105 Bertine Strauss 76

T105 Jaclyn Jansen 76

T105 Anne-Catherine Tanguay 76

T105 Budsabakorn Sukapan 76

T105 Wendy Ward 76

T105 Simin Feng 76

T105 Caroline Masson 76

T105 Nontaya Srisawang 76

T105 Ai Miyazato 76

T105 Alison Lee 76

T105 A.J. Eathorne 76

T105 Natalie Gulbis 76

T105 Laetitia Beck 76

T105 Lorie Kane 76

T105 Naomi Eun Young Ko 76

T105 Ashlan Ramsey 76

T105 Ssu-Chia Cheng 76

T123 Lizette Salas 77

T123 Min Seo Kwak 77

T123 Julie Yang 77

T123 Alison Walshe 77

T123 Brandie Burton 77

T123 Samantha Richdale 77

T123 Cindy LaCrosse 77

T130 Stephanie Meadow  78

T130 Michelle McGann 78

T130 Pannarat Thanapolboonyar   78

T130 Heather Bowie Young 78

T130 Sydnee Michaels 78

T130 Marion Ricordeau 78

T136 Mindy Kim 79

T136    Hannah Collier 79

T138  Moira Dunn 80

T138   Sydney Maluenda 80

T138   Victoria Elizabeth 80

141 Grace Na 82


Leona Maguire, Bronte Law, Charlotte Thomas 

Golfweek All-America teams' selections
DURHAM, North CarolinaGolfweek has released its 2015-16 All-America teams with Duke University stand-outs Virginia Elena Carta and Leona Maguire earning first team accolades. 
Maguire received first team accolades for the second straight season, after totalling a 72.29 stroke average to go along with two top five, six top 10 and eight top 20 finishes on the season.  
Leona registered her fourth collegiate victory at the Tar Heel Invitational with rounds of 69, 72 and 71 for a 213.  Maguire led the Blue Devils with 17 rounds of even or under par and added three rounds in the 60s on the year.  
Maguire, a member of the Slieve Russell Club, Ireland,  concluded the season ranked fourth in the Golfweek individual ledger.
Carta is coming off claiming the NCAA Individual Championship in record fashion with a 16-under-par, 272, on her way to winning by a NCAA-record eight strokes.  Her 16-under-par and 72-hole total of 272 were both NCAA records as well.  
On the year, Carta totalled a 72.41 stroke average, which is the fifth-best in school history by a freshman.  A product of Udine, Italy, Carta registered 13 rounds of even or under par to rank tied seventh on the Duke freshman record charts.  She finished the season ranked ninth in the Golfweek listing.  
Bronte Law, from Bramhall, Cheshire, a third-year student at UCLA and a Curtis Cup hero for GB and I in their victory over the USA at Dun Laoghaire, was awarded "First Team" status.
Curtis Cup team-mate Charlotte Thomas (Washington), ex-Singapore and Surrey, is in the "Second Team."
2016 Division I All-Americans
    Bronte Law, Junior year (UCLA)
    Katelyn Dambaugh, Junior year (South Carolina)
    Lilia Vu, Freshman (UCLA)
    Leona Maguire, Sophomore. (Duke)
    Bailey Tardy, Freshman (Georgia)
    Linnea Strom, Freshman (Arizona State)
    Lauren Kim, Senior (Stanford)
    Cheyenne Knight, Freshman (Alabama)
    Virginia Elena Carta, Freshman (Duke)
    Harang Lee, Junior (Georgia)
    Maria Fassi, Fr. (Arkansas)
    Robynn Ree, Fr. (USC)
    Emma Talley, Sr. (Alabama)
    Monica Vaughn, Jr. (Arizona State)
    Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Sr. (Kansas)
    Hannah Kim, Soph. (Northwestern)
    Anna Newell, Soph. (Tennessee)
    Tiffany Chan, Jr.  (USC)
    Lauren Coughlin, Sr. (Virginia)
    Charlotte Thomas, Senior (Washington)
    Maria Torres, Jr. (Florida)
    Esther Lee, Jr. (Colorado)
    Mariah Stackhouse, Sr. (Stanford)
    Jillian Hollis, Soph. (Georgia)
    Lakareber Abe, Soph. (Alabama)
    Stephanie Lau, Fr. (Northwestern)
    Karen Chung, Jr. (USC)
    Emma Henrikson, Sr. (San Diego State)
    Laura Lonardi, Sr. (Baylor)
    Daniela Darquea, Jr. (Miami)
    Bethany Wu, Fr. (UCLA)
   Ashley Holder, Jr. (Central Florida)
    Krystal Quihuis, Soph. (Arizona)
    Janie Jackson, Sr. (Alabama)
    Linnea Johansson, Jr. (Oklahoma State)
    Frida Gustafsson Spang, Sr. (East Carolina)
    Jennifer Kupcho, Fr. (Wake Forest)
    Kacie Komoto, Jr. (Northwestern)
    Haley Moore, Fr. (Arizona)
    Gabriella Then, Jr. (USC)
    Sandy Choi, Jr. (Duke)
    Sarah Burnham, Soph. (Michigan State)
    Gabby Barker, Soph. (Texas Tech)
    Ying Luo, Sr. (Washington)
    Emily Penttila, Sr. (Tulane)
    Karolina Vlckova, Jr. (Florida)
    Dewi Weber, Fr. (Miami)
    Maddie Szeryk, Soph. (Texas A and M)
    Sarah Schmelzel, Sr. (South Carolina)
    Marissa Chow, Sr. (Pepperdine)


Thursday, June 30, 2016

McMullen v Webb Irish seniors final 

on the cards at Birr

Some tight matches prevailed during the opening rounds in both the Championship and Plate at the Irish Senior Women's Close at Birr Golf Club today.
Gertie McMullen (The Island) was three down to Mallow's Mary Dowling through nine holes in the first round. However a chip-in on 17 and a birdie on 18 secured a one-hole win for the leading qualifier.  

Pat Doran (Donabate) overcame experienced Helen Jones (Royal Portrush) by 5 and 4, while Margaret McAuliffe (Ballybunion) and Emer Kirwan (Killiney) both came out fighting to record wins against senior internationals Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) and Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush).
A hole in one on the second helped Mary Sheehy (Tralee) overcome Ruth Maguire (Corrstown) by one hole. Carol Wickham (Laytown and Bettystown), Maria O'Reilly (Headfort) and Laura Webb (East Berkshire) also recorded significant wins to progress to the quarter-finals.
The top half of the quarter-finals proved to be a closer affair as the match between McMullen and Doran came down to the wire. It was level pegging for the entire match until McMullen holed out for birdie on the home green, to win the match by one hole.
McAuliffe didn't falter an inch against Carol Wickham, and ensured she booked her spot in the semi-final with a one-hole win. She will now take on the defending champion.
The bottom-half quarter-finalists had an earlier finish as Maria O'Reilly cruised through nine holes five up on Mary Sheehy and closed out the match on the 14th. Similarly Laura Webb continued her steady form to card a 3 and 1 win over Emer Kirwan.  O'Reilly and Webb will now meet in the championship semi-final tomorrow morning.


Gertie McMullen (The Island) bt Mary Dowling (Mallow) 1 hole.

Pat Doran (Donabate) bt Helen Jones (Royal Portrush) 5 and 4.
Carol Wickham (Laytown and Bettystown) bt Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire) 3 and 2
Margaret McAuliffe (Ballybunion) bt Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) 3 and 1
Mary Sheehy (Tralee) bt Ruth Maguire (Corrstown) 1 hole.
Maria O'Reilly (Headfort) bt Fiona Corbett (Castletroy) 4 and 3
Laura Webb (East Berkshire) bt Vivienne Houston (City of Derry) 6 and 5
Emer Kirwan (Kiliney) bt Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush) 5 and 4.
McMullen bt Doran 1 hole.
McAuliffe bt Wickham 1 hole.

O'Reilly bt Sheehy 5 and 4.
Webb bt Kirwan 3 and 1.

08.50 McMullen v McAuliffe.
09.00 O'Reilly v Webb


Kate Evans (Royal Co Down Ladies) bt Rita O'Neill (Callan) 7 and 5
Honoria Fogarty (Castlecomer) bt Pamela Morgan (Lahinch) 6 and 5.
Mary Duane (Hermitage) bt Ann Monteith (Slieve Russell) 4 and 2
Catherine Reilly (The Heath) bt Valerie Shannon (Lahinch) 5 and 4
Rita McGoldrick (Enniscrone) bt Siobhan McGrath (Athlone) 1 hole.
Catherine Bird (Nenagh) bt Paula Murray (Naas) 3 and 2.
Sheena Mc Elroy (Grange) bt Toni McDonagh (Fortwilliam) 8 and 7
Margaret Hayes (Tralee) bt Fiona Glass (Ballycastle) 1 hole.
Evans bt Fogarty 3 and 2.

Reilly bt Duane 5 and 3.
Bird bt McGoldrick 4 and 3.
McElroy bt Hayes 2 and 1.
08:30 Evans v Reilly
08:40 Bird v McElroy