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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Scotland slip back on second day
of Espirito Santo Trophy

Krystle Caithness was once again in inspired form in the World Amateur Team Championships for the Espirito Santo Trophy in Adelaide today.
The 19-year-old Curtis Cup star from St Regulus returned a level par 73 on the Grange East Course to add to her 71 the previous day on the West Course to put her in joint sixth place in the individual standings.
But unfortunately for Scotland's medal hopes, her fellow team members Kylie Walker and Roseanne Niven struggled and both took 81 which meant the side slipped down the rankings to joint 17th.
They now face an uphill battle in their quest for a medal.
At the halfway stage they are on 301- 11 over par, 26 strokes adrift of runaway leaders Sweden, 18 behind second-placed Spain and, more crucially, are 11 away from defending champions South Africa who are in third spot.
Caithness looked set for a round of 70 until she had three bogeys in the last five holes, failing to get up and down from a bunker at the 14th, three-putting the 15th and fluffing a chip at the 16th.
Those mishaps came on top of a double bogey at the fourth after finding considerable trouble.
Walker had two double bogeys while Niven recorded a triple bogey on the 18th where she found problems in the sand.
Scottish captain Fiona Norris said afterwards "We are disappointed with the scores in the 80's. It was the same story as yesterday, quite good on the front nine but fell away on the homeward stretch. Our players got into difficult positions too often. But it's another day tomorrow."
England, in joint eighth spot on 296. are leading the British challenge after day two.

275 Sweden (A Nordqvist 68, C Hedwall 70. Discounted P Lindberg 72).
283 Spain (C Ciganda 66, A Munoz 72. Discounted B Mozo 72).
290 South Africa (I Verwey 67, M Smith 76, K Williams 79).
292 Netherlands.
293 Japan.
295 Canada, Brazil.
296 United States (A Blumenherst 71, A Walshe 73. Discounted T Joh 78), England (J Ewart 72, E Bennett 75. Discounted R Jennings 79).
298 Austria, Germany, Denmark, France.
300 New Zealand, Colombia, Norway.
301 Korea, Scotland (K Caithness 73, K Walker 81. Discounted R Niven 71).
302 Switzerland, Wales (B Loucks 73, S Hassan 74. Discounted R Wyn Thomas 82).
303 Mexico, Ireland (D McVeigh 77, T Delaney 77. Discounted N Kitching 78).
305 Austria.
307 Italy, Taipei, Belgium.
308 Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Phillippines.
309 Argentina.
311 Russia, Puerto Rico.
312 Chile.
313 Thailand.
316 Portugal.

Par 73 course

Birdies: 5 (at fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth & 17th).
Double bogeys: 1 (at long seventh).
Bogeys: 3 (at 14th, 15th and 16th).

Birdies: 2 (at sixth and seventh).
Triple bogeys: 1 (at 18th).
Double bogeys 1 (at 15th).
Bogeys: 5 (at first, 10th, 11th, 13th & 14th).

Birdies: 1 (at long sixth).
Double bogeys: 3 (at first, 10th & 12th).
Bogeys: 3 (at second, ninth & 18th).

England moved up the leaderboard on the second day of the 2008 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Adelaide, Australia – and are firmly in the hunt for a medal.
Sweden and Spain are dominating the race for the Espirito Santo Trophy itself but the bronze medal is within England’s reach.
The team’s score for the second day was one-over par, a big improvement on the first day when they were five-over, and they moved up five places to eighth on the leaderboard.
Yorkshire’s Jodi Ewart (Catterick) again led England’s scoring with a one-under par 72 on the East course at Grange Golf Club. The English stroke-play champion was two over par after 15 holes but finished in sparkling style with three consecutive birdies.
Hampshire’s Liz Bennett (Brokenhurst Manor) provided the team’s other counting score with a two-over 75 which included an eagle and a birdie. She could easily have been under par but a number of putts refused to drop.
Staffordshire’s Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) returned 79 and her score was discounted.
Team captain Julie Otto said: “We had a much better day today and if we continue to play as we are the bronze medal is within our reach. If we play better than we are – who knows!"
Meanwhile Sweden and Spain dominate the top of the table. Sweden broke the 36-hole scoring record and, at 15-under par, lead the championship by eight shots. But Spain made a strong challenge with a second day team score of eight-under par, helped by Carlota Ciganda’s 66.
They are seven-under par at the halfway stage of the event.
Defending champions South Africa are in third place, 15 strokes behind Sweden, followed by Netherlands in fourth and Japan in fifth. Brazil and Canada share sixth place; while England and USA are tied eighth on six-over par. Host nation Australia, Denmark, France and Germany are tied 10th.
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Lyndsey Hewison

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