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Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Watton and Briggs justify Nos 1 & 2 seedings

but a few dangerous floaters in last eight

Top seeds, Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) and Kilmacolm’s Eilidh Briggs are
through to Thursday morning's quarter-finals of the Scottish girls’ match-play championship at Lanark Golf Club.
But there are too many dangerous “floaters” also in the last eight to predict with confidence that it will be a Watton v Briggs final on Friday morning.
No 1 qualifier Watton had a good 3 and 2 win over Jill Meldrum (Dullatur), a reserve for the Scotland quartet who took part in last week’s European girls’ team championship, but could have a wee tiger by the tail in Lesley Atkins (Minto) in the quarter-finals
Atkins, only 14, is the youngest ever Borders’ women’s champion and she was in devastating form in chalking up a 9 and 7 second-round win over Connie Jaffrey (West Kilbride) who had knocked out Scotland cap and Angus women’s champion Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie) in the morning.
Rachael Taylor, entered from the Bad Griesbach Golf Club, Freiburg in southwest Germany, is an unknown quantity. She had a second-round 3 and 2 win over the highly-rated Aberdeen-born 16-year-old Gemma Dryburgh (Beaconsfield) who has a scratch handicap in America where she attends the Leadbetter Academy in Florida.
Sammy Vass (Tain), who enrolls at the University of Central Florida late next month, showed her class with two good wins and has a definite chance if she can win her quarter-final against Jessica Meek (Carnoustie), who was the 30th of the 32 qualifiers but showed her potential in a morning 3 and 2 win over No 3 seed Hannah McCook (Abernethy).
Second seed Eilidh Briggs ground out a last-green win over Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) to reach the last eight and now plays Rachael Hanlon (St Regulus), the No 7 seed from Fife.