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Friday, June 13, 2008

British women's open amateur championship


Scotland international team skipper Lesley Nicholson demonstrated that she can still play golf at quite a high level by taking Curtis Cup player Breanne Loucks to the last green in their first round tie of the British women's open amateur championship at North Berwick.
Canadian-born Loucks, who is a Welsh international and lives in Wrexham, won by one hole after surging into a three-hole lead after only six holes.
"I managed to get back in the game by birdieing the seventh and eighth, only to lose the 11th to a birdie and the 12th where I three-putted for the second time in the game," said Lesley.
But Nicholson, three down on the 14th tee was not prepared to go down quietly. She pitched and putted to win the 14th with a par - two down - and then birdied the 17th to be only one down on the 18th tee.
Loucks holed a 10ft putt for a birdie 3 at the last and conceded her opponent's putt for a one-hole victory.
"I was quite pleased, "said Lesley. "Not bad for a player who doesn't play at this level nowadays."
Emily Ogilvy (Aucherarder) and Carly Booth (Comrie) entered the last 32 by contrasting means..
Ogilvy was five up after only seven holes only to be pulled back to a one-hole lead on the 16th tee before winning by 2 and 1 against Hannah Jenkins (Cradoc).
Emily now plays the top seed, Caroline Hedwall from Sweden.
Carly Booth, only 15, continues to play majestic golf. She was two up after seven and three up after 14 on her way to a 4 and 2 victory over Germany's Stephanie Kirchmayr who plays on the US college circuit.
Carly now plays Canadian Maude-Aimee Leblanc.
Scottish champion Michele Thomson had a good 2 and 1 over former Irish champion Deirdre Smith in a match that produced six birdies.
Michele won the seventh and eighth to go two up but lost the ninth to a birdie to turn with a one-hole advantage.
Thomson's third birdie of the round put her two up at the 11th but her Irish opponent came back with birdies at the 13th and 14th to level the contest.
It was so far but no farther for Deirdre who bogeyed the 15th and 16th to go two down again and a half in pars at the 17th finished an absorbing contest.
Michelle plays the No 1 Canadian player, Kira Meizner, for a place in the last 16.
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) lost to a birdie at the 19th from 19-year-old Jacqueline Hedwall, twin sister of top seed Caroline. Kelsey was all square after seven but one down after 14 .
Roseanne Niven (Crieff) won by 2 and 1 against French challenger Andre Lucie. Roseanne established an early two-hole lead through seven and was still two up after 14 holes.
She now plays Curtis Cup reserve and Vagliano Trophy player Sahra Hassan (Vale of Glamorgan).
Scottish universities champion Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) beat American college player Pia Halbig (Germany) by 2 and 1. Pamela got her nose in front early to lead by one hole after seven and she had extended that to a three-hole lead on the 15th tee.
Pretswell now plays the No 3 seed Camilla Lennarth (Sweden).
St Rule Trophy winner Kylie Walker (Buchanan castle) won out in the country - by 6 and 4 - over Sara Juneau, one of the Canadian party over for the championship with their Dunfermline-born national coach Dean Spriddle.
Kylie built steadily on a two-hole lead after four holes and now plays the Swedish ace, Anna Nordqvist, beaten finalist for the past two years and before that winner of the British girls' open championship.
The No 7 qualifier, Anna won by 5 and 3 against Claire Aitken (Mid Kent).