Saturday, April 24, 2010


Nikki Foster (Pleasington) and Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) right, in action at Troon Portland today (images by Cal Carson Golf Agency; click on them to enlarge).

Louise Kenney and Nikki Foster still locked together

in the lead after a Round 2 fluctuation of fortunes

updating as it happens at Troon Portland
Dunfermline schoolteacher Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) and Lancashire teenager Nikki Foster (Pleasington) started the second round of the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play championship locked together in the lead at eight-under-par 67.
They were still inseparable after the second round at Troon Portland today, both players returning four-under-par 71s for 138.
But these bare figures don't tell the story of the fluctation in fortunes that went on between the joint leaders over today's 18 holes.
Foster,went four shots clear of the field on her own after nine holes of the second round.
But she let her big advantage slip away with bogeys at two short holes, the 14th and the 16th, and she required a birdie at the long 18th to come home in one-over-par 38 for a 71.
That gave the Lancashire girls champion a two-round total of 12 under par 138.
Nikki had surged to the turn in five under par 33 to be 13 under par for 27 holes of the 54 hole tournament, of which the third and last round will be played over the testing Royal Troon links on Sunday.
Louise Kenney picked up a shot on par by covering the first nine holes today in 37 but, at minus nine overall, she was four shots adrift of the English pacemaker.
However, the Fifer slashed the deficit to two shots with birdies at the short 10th and long 12th.
and continued to make up the leeway over the closing holes to finish the day on 71 for 138 and a share of the pole position overnight once again. Louise birdied the 13th, bogeyed the 14th but birdied the long 15th on her way to three-under-par 34 for the homeward journey.
Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies), who returned a first-day 70 despite suffering what she thought was a bout of food poisoning on Thursday night, felt a lot better today - but did not score so well ... but a four-under-par 71 for a 36-hole tally of 141 was only three shots behind the two pacemakers.
Danielle, winner of the British women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Royal Aberdeen last season, took 39 shots to the turn - one over par - with bogeys at the third and short fourth wiping out a birdie at the long second. But the Ulster six-footer, a student at Maynooth University near Dublin, came rattling home in five-under-par 32 despite starting back with a bogey at the short 10th.
Danielle birdied the long 11th, had an eagle 3 at the long 12th, birdied the par-4 13th and 17th and then finished off her round in style with a birdie 4 at the long 18th. She covered her last eight holes in six under par.
Scottish teenager Alyson McKechin had an excellent round of five-under 70, eight shots better than her first-round effort. The Elderslie player birdied the long first and the par-4 fifth and had an eagle 3 at the long sixth and a 2 at the short eighth to reach the turn in five-under-par 33. She dropped her first shot at the 11th but got another 2 at the short 16th to come home in level par 37 for a 70 and a 36-hole tally of 148, the same mark.
Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) was another to hit the 70 mark, which represented an improvement of 11 shots on her first round to put her on 151 alongside Curtis Cup team contenders Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) (75-76), Amy Boulden (Maesdu) (77-74), Welsh champion Tara Davies (Holyhead) (77-74), former Scottish Under-21 champion Kelly Brotherton (Troon Welbeck) (75-76) and Samantha Birks (Wolstanton) (79-72).
Defending champion Leona Maguire, the 15-year-old twin from the Slieve Russell club in Ireland, was sharing fourth place with another member of the Curtis Cup preliminary squad, England's Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton). Maguire couldn't match her first-day 69, slipping back to a level par 75 for 144 while Jennings has so far reeled off a pair of 72s.
Leona's talented twin Lisa, officially placed third in this tournament last year, goes into the final round in joint sixth place on 145 after a 71. Also on this mark are former English champion Hannah Barwood (Knowle) (74-71), Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) (76-69) and Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale), twice beaten in the final of the British girls championship. Kelly has scored 72-73 so far.
Charlotte Ellis is the only player to break 70 today after three players did so on Friday.
Jane Turner (Craigielaw) is the second Scot on the leaderboard after international team-mate Louise Kenney. The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen student improved by two shots with a72 for 146, the same tally as young Lauren Taylor (Woburn) (75-71) and Emma Brown (71-75), winner of this title as Emma Duggleby in 2004 before she decided prematurely to stand down from international team golf.
Curtis Cup team contender and twice Scottish Under-21 champion Kelsey MacDonald was undone by the short 16th for the second day in a row. It cost her a double bogey 5 with four putts in a first-round 80 and it cost her a double bogey 5 again in what was a nightmare inward half of four-over-par 41 for the Nairn Dunbar member and Stirling University student.
Kelsey, out in one-over 39, bogeyed the long 15th, double-bogey the short 16th and bogeyed the 17th - four shots shed over three of the finishing holes. MacDonald finished the day with an 80 for 153. Last year Kelsey was runner-up to Leona Maguire and her winter form has been outstanding, including winning the R&A Foundation Scholars' Tournament at St Andrews.

Both rounds at Troon Portland
Par 150 (2x75)
CSS 76 76
138 Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 67 71, Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 67 71.
141 Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down Ladies) 70 71.
144 Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) 69 75, Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) 72 72.
145 Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell) 74 71, Hannah Barwood (Knowle) 74 71, Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) 76 69, Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) 72 73.
146 Lauren Taylor (Woburn) 75 71, Emma Brown (Malton & North) 71 75, Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 74 72.
147 Lucy Williams (Mid Herts) 70 77, Anjelika Hammar (Sweden) 76 71, Gillian O'Leary (Cork) 72 75.
148 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 78 70, Sian James (Bristol & Clifton) 75 73, Gemma Bradbury (Cottrell Park) 76 72.
149 Naomi Edwards (Ganton) 73 76, Laura Murray (Alford) 75 74, Rachael Watton (Mortonhall) 75 74
150 Charlotte Dalton (Ladbrook Park) 74 76, Aedin Murphy (Carlow) 77 73, Laura Collin (John O'Gaunt) 76 74, Lisa Ball (Matfen Hall) 75 75.
151 Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 75 76, Kelly Brotherton (Troon Welbeck) 75 76, Tara Davies (Holyhead) 77 74, Clare-Marie Carlton (Fereneze) 81 70, Samantha Birks (Wolstanton) 79 72, Amy Boulden (Maesdu) 77 74, Jess Wilcox (Blankney) 77 74.
152 Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) 76 76, Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 75 77.
153 Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 79 74, Charlotte Wild (Mere) 74 79, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 73 80.
154 Karen O'Neill (Douglas) 81 73, Charlie Douglass (Brocket Hall) 78 76, Becky Harries (Haverfordwest) 78 76.
155 Gabrielle MacDonald (Craigielaw) 76 79, Stephanie McEvoy (Old Fold Manor) 76 79, Rachael Taylor (Hartl Golf Resort, Germany) 79 76, Rebecca Wilson (Grange) 77 78, Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) 81 74, Louise Mernagh (Woodenbridge) 79 76, Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 78 77, Maura Diamond (Royal Portrush) 77 78.
156 Emma Sheffield (Newark) 77 79, Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham) 79 77, Victoria Bradshaw (Bangor) 76 80, Rebecca Gee (Wellingborough) 81 75, Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick Dunskey) 78 78, Susan Jackson (Ladybank) 77 79, Hannah Grant (Enmore Park) 80 76.
157 Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush) 81 76.
158 Josephine Janson (Sweden) 79 79, Sarah Garbutt (Ganton) 77 81.
159 Sarah Helly (Enniscrone) 82 77.
160 Rachel Hanlon (St Regulus) 79 81, Ann Ramsay (Kirriemuir) 80 80.
161 Lucy Simpson (Massereene) 80 81.
162 Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) 82 80, Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 83 79.
164 Lesley Atkins (Minto) 82 82, Ciara Butler (Newlands) 84 80.
166 Bronwyn Davies (Trentham) 81 85.
167 Samantha Leslie (Westhill) 86 81.

285 IRELAND (D McVeigh 70 71, Leona Maguire 69 75).
289 SCOTLAND (L Kenney 67 71, P Pretswell 75 76).
298 ENGLAND (H Barwood 74 71, H Clyburn 79 74).
302 WALES (T Davie 77 74, A Boulden 77 74).
07.30 Samantha Leslie (Westhill), Bronwyn Davies (Trentham).
07.40 Lesley atkins (Gullane), Ciara Butler (Newlands), Anne Laing (Vale of Leven).
07.50 Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies), Lucy Simpson (Masserene), Rachel Hanlon (St Regulus).
08.00 Ann F Ramsay (Kirriemuir), Sarah Helly (Enniscrone), Sara Garbutt (Ganton),
08.10 Josephine Janson (Sweden), Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush), Victoria Bradshaw (Bangor).
08.20 Emma Sheffield (Newark), Susan Jackson (Ladybank), Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick Dunskey).
08.30 Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham), Hannah Grant (Enmore Park), Rebecca Gee (Wellingborough).
08.40 Gabriella MacDonald (Craigielaw), Stephanie McEvoy (Old Ford Manor), Maura Diamond (Royal Portrush).
08.50 Rebecca Wilson, Megan Briggs, Rachael Taylor.
09.00 Louise Mernagh, Sarah Cunningham, Becky Harries.
09.10 Charlie Douglass, Karen O'Neill, Kelsey MacDonald.
09.20 Charlotte Wild, Holly Clyburn, Eilidh Briggs.
09.30 Rachael McQueen, Kelly Brotherton, Pamela Pretswell.
09.40 Amy Boulden, Tara Davies, Jess Wilcox.
09.50 Samantha Birks, Clare-0Marie Carlton, Charlotte Dalton.
10.00 Lisa Ball, Laura Collin, Aedin Murphy.
10.10 Naomi Edards, Laura Murray, Rachael Watton.
10.20 Sian James, Gemma Bradbury, Alyson McKechin.
10.30 Lucy Williams, Gillian O'Leary, Anjelika Hammar.
10.40 Emma Brown, Jane Turner, Lauren Taylor.
10.50 Kelly Tidy, Hannah Barwood, Lisa Maguire.
11.00 Charlotte Ellis, Leona Maguire, Rachel Jennings.
11.10 Danielle McVeigh, Nikki Foster, Louise Kenney.