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Sunday, July 27, 2008

A happy Pamela Pretswell pictured with the Mackie Bowl after her two great rounds over Gullane No 1 (image by Anne Brownie, all rights reserved).

Pamela Pretswell equals,

then breaks Janice

Moodie's Gullane record

Scottish universities champion Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) hit peak form in winning the Mackie Bowl, the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association 36-hole Order of Merit tournament, at Gullane today.
Pamela, pictured right by Cal Carson Golf Agency (all rights reserved, who was pipped for the Scottish Under-21 girls title by Kelsey MacDonald at Powfoot last Thursday, equalled Janice Moodie's 12-year-old course record 67 in the morning first round.
Then, in the afternoon, she clipped a shot off it with an eight-under-par round of 66 for a two-round total of 15-under-par 133.
In setting the new mark, the 19-year-old +1 player (pror to these scores) had an eagle 3 at the 14th and birdies at the third, fouth, fifth, sixth, 10th, 11th and 12th in halves of 32 and 34.
Her only bogey all day came at the 17th, her second last hole of the day.
Pamela's second round figures were:
OUT: 4-4-4-2-4-3-4-4-3: 32
IN: 4-3-4-3-3-5-3-5-4: 34
Pretswell won by nine strokes from St Rule Trophy winner Kylie Walker who had scores of 74 and 68 for 142.
Third on 145 were Borders youngster Lesley Atkins (Minto), the Scottish Under-14 girls' champion, and Louise Kenney (Pitreavie).

Par 148 (2 x 74) CSS 74 74
133 P Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 67 66.
142 K Walker (Buchanan Castle) 74 68.
145 L Atkins (Minto) 75 70, L Kenney (Pitreavie) 74 71.
147 K McNicoll (Carnoustie Ladies) 72 75, J Turner (Craigelaw) 71 76.
150 M Briggs (Kilmacolm) 76 74, C Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 76 74.
151 L Murray (Alford) 79 72, C MacDonald (Gullane) 73 78.
154 E Fairnie (Dunbar) 78 76.
Prizewinners outwith main prize list:
Round 1 scratch - J Turner (Craigielaw) 71, K McNicoll (Carnoustie Ladies) 72.
Round 2 scratch - L Murray (Alford) 72, A Niven (Crieff) 74 (better inward half).
Best handicap - G Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) (7) 147.

On a still and warm day on Gullane Number 1, eight competitors in the Mackie Bowl shot sub-par in one of their two rounds in this SLGA Order of Merit counting event. One of them, the overall Mackie Bowl winner, not only shot two sub-par rounds when she first equalled, then broke the 12 year old course record (set by Janice Moodie).
Pamela Pretswell’s bogey-free morning round of 67 was followed by a superb 66 in the afternoon which only had one bogey amongst a glut of birdies and an eagle.
Pamela, who is a member of Bothwell Castle Golf Club and reigning Scottish Universities champion, had a two-round aggregate of 133 which was 15 under par and nine shots better than second placed Kylie Walker of Buchanan Castle who shot a second round 68.
In third place was Lesley Atkins, playing out of Minto, who is also a member of Gullane Ladies.
Lesley’s second round scratch 70 ( which meant she played eight below her handicap!) meant she pipped Louise Kenney (Pitreavie GC) who had the same 145 aggregate score.
Two other players – Katy McNicoll of Carnoustie Ladies and Jane Turner of Craigielaw, finished with sub-par scratch aggregates of 147.
Not all competitors found the going so easy as the CSS for both rounds remained at 74.
Speaking with a delighted Pamela before the presentation of prizes, she said she knew that she had been in good form recently and it was a question of remaining patient and waiting for the putts to drop.
A member of Scotland’s squad in the recent European women's team championship, Pamela said she had learned a lot from that event in Sweden and although she knew she was scoring well she was not keeping tabs on her actual score.
After shooting such a good first round score she just tried to go out with the same mindset in the afternoon and do more of the same.
Her accuracy from tee to green was rewarded when so many putts dropped. Pamela also wanted to give her caddy, her father, a special mention as he never got a club wrong on her way to shooting the two lowest sub-par scores in her career.