Monday, April 26, 2010

Maguire twins help Loreto College Cavan complete

title hat-trick in Irish Schools Senior Cup

Loreto College Cavan's teenage stars Leona and Lisa Maguire and Co Cavan’s Rebecca Brady secured their third consecutive Irish Schools Senior Cup title, just moments after the twins were named on the GB&I Curtis Cup team, at Milltown Golf Club today.
With two scores to count from three, Loreto Cavan won the event by a margin of 27 Stableford points from Dublin's The Teresian School. The twins had just returned home late on Sunday evening from Scotland, following their joint sixth place finish, four shots behind winner Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co. Down Ladies), at the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Troon Portland and Royal Troon.
Their impressive play earned them selection on this year’s Curtis Cup team alongside Danielle with Donabate legend Mary McKenna captaining the side.
“We’re delighted to have captured a third title” said Lisa afterwards. “We love playing in the Schools Championships and the condition of the greens here at Milltown far exceeded any course we have played in quite some time.”
Speaking at the Presentation of Prizes, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin TD commended the twins on their Curtis Cup selection and encouraged all schoolgirls to take up the game as it was a sport to be enjoyed for the rest of their lives.
Leona fired a best-of-the-day, one-under-par 37 points to win the Mary Nolan Cup with birdies at 1, 5, 9 and 17 while bogeys on 4, 7 and 13 prevented the perfect round.
Meanwhile sister Lisa birdied 1, 3, 14, 17 and 18 to sign for a level par 36 points.
Laurel Hill Coláiste, Limerick, emerged victorious in the Junior Cup with Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) returning a fine two over par 34 points off seven of a handicap while Scoil Christ Rí finished second, 7 points behind.
Other players returning impressive net scores were Shanen Brown and Mary Doyle (Scoil Christ Rí) with 42 points, while Amber Gleeson (Alexandra College) signed for 41 pts and Eimear Ryan (Laurel Hill Coláiste) returned 40 pts.
Senior Cup (2 from 3 scores to count)
73 pts Loreto College, Cavan – Rebecca Brady (13), Leona Maguire (37), Lisa Maguire (36)46 pts The Teresian School, Dublin - Ariana Coyle Diaz (22), Rachel McDonnell (10), Lauren Murray (24)
45 pts Sligo Grammar – Shauna Brady (17), Megan O’Hara (16), Holly Robinson (28).
43 pts Midleton College, Cork - Edel Coyne (17), Julie Coyne (26).
29 pts Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy – Nancy Dunphy (12), Raidin Murphy (17).
Best gross (Mary Nolan Cup):
37 pts Leona Maguire (Loreto College, Cavan).
Best net:
33pts Holly Robinson (Sligo Grammar)
Junior Cup (2 from 3 scores to count)
51 pts Laurel Hill Coláiste, Limerick – Anne Marie Byrne (17), Chloe Ryan (34), eimear Ryan (12)
44 pts Scoil Christ Rí, Portlaoise – Shannen Browne (23), Mary Doyle (21)
42 pts Alexandra College, Dublin – Darcey Carr (14), Aideen Cowhey (7), Amber Gleeson (28).
35 pts Victoria College, Belfast - Jessica Bamber (8), Jemma Hool (15), Tyne McGee [20]31 pts Mean Scoil Mhuire, Roscommon - Blaithin O'Brien (17), Orla Quinn (8), April Timothy (14).
Best Gross Individual:
28pts Amber Gleeson (Alexandra College).
Best Net Individual:
36pts Tyne McGee (Victoria College Belfast)


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lyle and Eleanor Highland schools champions

Lyle MacAlpine (Invergordon Academy) and Eleanor Tunn (Thurso Royal High School) won the boys' and girls' championships respectively in the Highland Schools Golf Association championships at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club.
MacAlpine shot a 69 (two under par) and Eleanor a 90.
Jamie Kelly (Golspie High School) won the Over-16 boys' handicap event. Schoolmate Michael MacLean took the Under-16 boys' handicap title.
Kaylan Grainger (Dingwall Academy) landed the girls' handicap award.
Invergordon Academy won the boys' team event by a narrow margin from Fortrose Academy.


Friday, April 02, 2010

ISGA Home Internationals

Loretto win ISGA Home Internationals at the Berkshire

The Loretto team


Monday, February 01, 2010

Murrayshall Hotel behind the 18th green on the main course at the Perthshire golf complex (image from Murrayshall website). Click on image to enlarge

Murrayshall venue for Scottish schools championships on June 7

The Paul Lawrie-sponsored Scottish schoolboys and schoolgirls' individual and team championships over 36 holes will be staged in Perthshire this year at the Murrayshall Hotel & golf courses complex at Scone on Monday, June 7.
The championships are organised by the Scottish Schools Golf Association.
The annual England v Scotland schools golf international will be hosted by Fairhaven Golf Club, Lytham St Annes in Lancashire on Monday, September 13.
The Scotland teams - boys and girls - for the international will be mainly based on leading performances at Murrayshall.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Scotland's schoolboy line-up at Westerwood. BACK: L-R Grant Forrest, Scott Gibson, Stuart Boyle, Tom Blennerhasset, Graeme Duncan, Jamie Arthur, Paul McPhee, Simon Fairburn FRONT L- R Liam Johnston, Calum Stewart, Neil Beattie, Calum McLean (Image by courtesy of Hugh Hunter).
Scotland's golfing schoolgirls (left to right) Gabrielle Macdonald, Lesley Atkins, Alyson McKechin, Eilidh Briggs, Ailsa Summers, Rachael Watton (image by courtesy of Hugh Hunter).



Scotland’s golfing schoolgirls drew 4 ½-4 ½ with their England counterparts but England’s schoolboys beat the Scots boys 10-8 in the annual schools international golf match, hosted this year by the Scots at Westerwood Hotel’s golf course, Cumbernauld today.
Scotland’s schoolgirls trailed 2-1 after the morning foursomes but singles wins by Rachael Watton (Firrhill High, Edinburgh), Lesley Atkins (Loretto School ), and Gabrielle Macdonald (Trinity Academy, Edinburgh ) plus a halved match by Eilidh Briggs (Gryffe High, Johnstone) enabled them to share the honours at the end of the day.
The situation was reversed in the boys’ match with the Scots leading 3 ½-2 ½ after the foursomes.
England made up the one-point deficit and some by taking the singles 7 ½- 4 ½
The contest did go to the last green in the last match. Jamie Arthur (Kinross High) needed to beat Matt Birch from Leicestershire for a 9-9 finish but in a tension-packed finish the English boy won by one hole to produce the 10-8 scoreline in favour of his country.
Collated results:
Foursomes (3 ½-2 ½)
Grant Forrest (Stewart’s Melville Coll) & Calum Stewart (Golspie High) lost to Gavin Samuels (Essex) & Patrick Spraggs ( Suffolk ) 1 hole.
Scott Gibson (Dumfries Acad) & Liam Johnston ( St Joseph ’s Coll, Dumfries ) bt Tom Anderson (Hertfordshire) & Ross Dickson (Middlesex) 1 hole.
Paul McPhee (Perth Acad) & Jamie Arthur (Kinross High) bt James Burnett ( Lincolnshire ) & Patrick Kelly ( Lincolnshire ) 2 and 1.
Tom Blennerhasset (Balerno High) & Stuart Boyle (West Calder High) halved with Paul Howard (Lancashire) & Sean Towndrow ( Lancashire ).
Graeme Duncan (Calderhead High) & Simon Fairburn (Galashiels Acad) bt Levi Desmond ( Lincolnshire ) & Kit Holmes ( Norfolk ) 4 and 3.
Neil Beattie (Madras Coll) & Calum McLean (Hillpark Secondary, Glasgow) lost to Matt Kippen ( Somerset ) & Matthew Birch (Leicestershire) 6 and 5.
Singles (4 ½ - 7 ½)
Gibson halved with Samuels.
McPhee lost to Dickson 1 hole.
Stewart bt Anderson 4 and 2.
Blennerhasset bt Spraggs 4 and 3.
Forrest lost to Burnett 6 and 5.
Johnston lost to Kelly 3 and 2.
Boyle bt Howard 2 and 1.
Fairburn lost to Towndrow 2 and 1.
Beattie lost to Desmond 2 holes.
McLean bt Holmes 1 hole.
Duncan lost to Kippen 4 and 3.
Arthur lost to Birch 1 hole.

Foursomes (1-2)
Rachael Watton (Firrhill High) & Eilidh Briggs (Gryffe High) lost to Raffi Dyer (Hampshire) & Bethany Garton ( Lancashire ) 5 and 3.
Lesley Atkins (Loretto School ) & Alyson McKechin (Trinity High, Renfrew) lost to Ashley Cramond (Leicestershire) & Kirsty Condon ( Lincolnshire ) 3 and 2.
Ailsa Summers (Dundee High) & Gabrielle Macdonald (Trinity Acad, Edinburgh) bt Katie Thompson (Hampshire) & Melissa McMahon ( Somerset ) 3 and 2.
Singles (3½-2½)
Watton bt Dyer 2 and 1.
McKechin lost to Cramond 3 and 2.
Briggs halved with Garton.
Atkins bt Condon 7 and 5.
Macdonald bt McMahon 2 holes.
Summers lost to Thompson 1 hole.



Westerwood Hotel & Golf Course, Cumbernauld nr Glasgow


Foursomes (1-2)

Rachael Watton (Firrhill High) & Eilidh Briggs (Gryffe High) lost to Raffi Dyer (Peter Symonds Coll) & Bettany Garton (Baines Coll) 5 and 3.

Lesley Atkins (Loretto School) & Alyson McKechin (Trinity High) lost to Ashley Cramond (Myton Coll) & Kirsty Condon (Sleaford High) 3 and 2.

Ailsa Summers (Dundee High) & Gabrielle Macdonald (Trinity Acad) bt Katie Thompson (Peter Symonds College) & Melissa McMahon (Millfield) 3 and 2.

Results from singles to come.


Foursomes (3 ½-2 ½)

Grant Forrest (Stewart's Melville Coll) & Calum Stewart (Golspie High) lost to Gavin Samuels (Redbridge Coll) & Patrick Spraggs (Framlingham Coll) 1 hole.

Scott Gibson (Dumfries Acad) & Liam Johnston (St Joseph's Coll, Dumfries) bt Tom Anderson (John Henry Newman) & Ross Dickson (Enfield) 1 hole.

Paul McPhee (Perth Acad) & Jamie Arthur (Kinross High) bt James Burnett (St George's Coll) & Patrick Kelly (Spalding Grammar) 2 and 1.

Tom Blennerhasset (Balerno High) & Stuart Boyle (West Calder High) halved with Paul Howard (Rainford Tech) & Sean Towndrow (King George V Coll).

Graeme Duncan (Calderhead High) & Simon Fairburn (Galashiels Acad) bt Levi Desmond (St Hugh's) & Kit Holmes (King Edward VII) 4 and 3.

Neil Beattie (Madras Coll) & Calum McLean (Hillpark Secondary) lost to Matt Kippen (Bridgwater Coll) & Matthew Birch (Grove Coll) 6 and 5.

Results from singles to come.


Friday, September 04, 2009

England name team and "batting order"

for schools international at Westerwood

England has named their line-up for the schools international match against Scotland at Westerwood Hotel & Golf Course, Cumbernauld on Monday, September 14.

Tom Anderson
John Henry Newman

Matthew Birch
Grove College

James Burnett
St George’s College

Levi Desmond
St Hugh’s

Ross Dickson

Kit Holmes
King Edward VII

Paul Howard
Rainford Technical College

Patrick Kelly
Spalding GS

Matt Kippen
Bridgwater College

Gavin Samuels (Captain)
Redbridge College

Patrick Spraggs
Framlingham College

Sean Towndrow
King George V College


Kirsty Condon
Kesteven & Sleaford High

Ashley Cramond

Raffi Dyer (Captain)
Peter Symonds College

Bethany Garton

Melissa McMahon

Katie Thompson
Peter Symonds College

Gavin Samuels & Patrick Spraggs .............................Raffi Dyer & Bethany Garton
Tom Anderson & Ross Dickson ..................................Ashley Cramond & Kirsty Condon
James Burnett & Patrick Kelly ...................................Katie Thompson & Melissa McMahon
Paul Howard & Sean Towndrow
Levi Desmond & Kit Holmes
Matt Kippen & Matt Birch

BOYS' SINGLES------------------- ORDER OF PLAY---------- GIRLS' SINGLES
1 Gavin Samuels...............................................................................1 Raffi Dyer
2 Ross Dickson .................................................................................2 Ashley Cramond
3 Tom Anderson ..............................................................................3 Bethany Garton
4 Patrick Spraggs ............................................................................ 4 Kirsty Condon
5 James Burnett................................................................................5 Melissa McMahon
6 Patrick Kelly ..................................................................................6 Katie Thompson
7 Paul Howard
8 Sean Towndrow
9 Levi Desmond
10 Kit Holmes
11 Matt Kippen
12 Matt Birch


Thursday, September 03, 2009



The Scottish Schools Golf Association has named the following 12 boys and six girls to play against England in the annual schools golf international match against England at Westerwood Hotel & Golf Course, Cumbernauld on Monday, September 14.

Jamie Arthur (Kinross High), Neil Beattie (Madras College, St Andrews), Tom Blennerhassett (Balerno High), Stuart Boyle (West Calder High), Graeme Duncan (Calderhead High, Shotts), Simon Fairburn (Galashiels Acad), Grant Forrest (Stewart's Melville Coll, Edinburgh), Scott Gibson (Dumfries Acad), Liam Johnston (St Joseph's Coll, Dumfries), Calum McLean (Hillpark Secondary, Glasgow), Paul McPhee (Perth Acad), Calum Stewart (Golspie High).

Lesley Atkins (Loretto School), Eilidh Briggs (Gryffe High, Johnstone), Gabrielle Macdonald (Trinity Acad, Edinburgh), Alyson McKechin (Trinity High, Renfrew), Ailsa Summers (Dundee High), Rachael Watton (Firrhill High, Edinburgh).

+Jill Meldrum of Dullatur was selected but was unable to play as she is starting at Caledonian University.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Cults Academy team who won the A T Personnel Handicap Trophy at the Paul Lawrie Schools Team Challenge at Peterculter GC today - left to right: Lewys Anderson, Andrew Carrell and Samuel Duncan. Images by Cal Carson Golf Agency. Click on them to enlarge.

UP TO SCRATCH. The winning Robert Gordon's College team in the scratch section: left to right - Steven Smith, Neale Barnes and Jack Scott.

Robert Gordon's College score first win in

Paul Lawrie Schools Team Challenge

Robert Gordon's College, represented by Jack Scott, Steven Smith and Neale Barnes, won the Paul Lawrie Schools Team Challenge Scratch Trophy for the first time at Peterculter Golf Club today.
Scott had a one-over-par 72, and Smith and Barnes 76 each for a team total of 224.

They won by 11 strokes from Peterhead Academy's Ross Gordon (75), Jamie Reid (80) and Charles Cross (80).
Grove Academy, Dundee finished third on 238 with Ross Munroe returning a 71, the lowest score of the day. Katie Reid (78) and Iain Douglas (89) were the team's other scorers.
Cults Academy repeated last year's win in the handicap section, winning the A T Personnel Trophy with a net total of 220. Their team players and individual scores were: Andrew Carrell (6) 79, Lewys Anderson (10) 71 and Samuel Duncan ((18) 73.
Alford Academy were runners-up with a net total of 222 and Torry Academy were third with 223.

Par 71, CSS 71.
224 ROBERT GORDON'S COLLEGE: Jack Scott 72, Steven Smith 76, Neale Barnes 76.
235 PETERHEAD ACADEMY: Ross Gordon 78, Jamie Reid 80, Charles Cross 80.
238 GROVE ACADEMY: Ross Munroe 71, Katie Reid 78, Iain Douglas 89.


220 CULTS ACADEMY: Lewys Anderson (10) 71, Samuel Duncan (18) 73, Andrew Carrell (3) 76.
222 ALFORD ACADEMY: Ritchie Manson (3) 72, Matthew Fraser (11) 73, Ryan Gordon (4) 77.
223 TORRY ACADEMY (Aidan Ross (14) 72, Stephen Bennett (15) 75, Zac Wood (9) 76.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Norfolk’s Amber Ratcliffe (13)

wins English U16 school title

Norfolk’s Amber Ratcliffe has won the English Under-16 schoolgirls’ championship at Northamptonshire County Golf Club with a seven-under par score for 36 holes and a new course record.
The 13-year-old from Royal Cromer, pictured competing in this year's Hacienda del Alamo Winter Festival in Spain, began her campaign with an eagle-birdie start and went on to complete the first round in eight-under par 67 – which knocked four shots off the course record.
She was one-over in the afternoon and won by four shots from Cheshire’s Bronte Law, who three-under par for the day.
“I can’t believe how well I played! It was awesome,” said Amber, who will now play for England in the annual schools’ international against Wales. The match takes place on August 24 at Fulford Heath, near Birmingham.
Leading final scores
Par 150 (2x75), CSS 75 74.
143 Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) 67 76.
147 Bronte Law (Bramhall) 74 73.
154 Ashley Cramond (The Warwickshire) 77 77.
156 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies) 82 74.
160 Lianna Bailey (Notts Ladies) 78 82.
Lyndsey Hewison
Press & PR Officer


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Beaten finalists Cults Academy (left to right): V Powell, R Polson, E Robertson, J Pryde, C Sutherland, R Yule.

Champions Aberdeen Grammar School (left to right): Back - A Burr, A Anderson, N Macandrew (holding trophy), W Rennie, C Johnstone, L Kinnear. Front - deputy head teacher Helen Innes, invited into the picure by the players in recognition of her hard work behind the scenes (images by courtesy of Derek Johnstone).

Grammar School beat Cults Academy

to win Aberdeen Schools League

Aberdeen Grammar School claimed the Aberdeen Schools’ League Trophy after a narrow 2-1 win over Cults Academy at a mist-shrouded Hazlehead No 1 course last night.
It was the experienced Grammar School team’s third win in five years, having previously won the trophy in 2005 and 2007. Nick Macandrew, in captaining his team to victory, became the first player in the history of the competition to gain three winners’ medals.
Nick, partnered by William Rennie, set the foundation to the victory with a two-hole victory over Evan Robertson and Calum Sutherland. In a tight affair the Grammar pair found themselves one down after six holes, but birdies at 9 and 11 put them in the ascendancy.
The Cults pairing drew level at the 15th, where both Grammar players lost a ball in the trees, but immediately fell behind at the next to Nick’s tap-in birdie. The 17th was halved in birdies before a conceded par at the last gave the Grammar duo a two-hole win.
An overall Grammar victory was assured when their third pairing of Cameron Johnstone and Ashley Anderson proved too strong for Ross Yule and Vicki Powell. The Cults pairing got off to a flyer by winning the first with a par. However their joy was short-lived as the Grammar pairing fought back to be two up after eight holes. Birdies at 9 and 10 extended their lead, and, with pars at the remaining holes, they closed out the match on the 15th.
The final tie proved to be a tense affair before the Cults pairing of Rachel Polson and Jamie Pryde scraped through by one hole against Lewis Kinnear and Andrew Burr. Never behind in the tie and two up after six holes, Rachel and Jamie could not shake off their dogged opponents. The Grammar pairing levelled the tie with pars at 14 and 15 before Jamie holed from 10 feet for birdie on the next. Pars at the last 2 holes secured a hard-fought victory.
Match details:
Cults names first
E Robertson & C Sutherland lost to N Macandrew & W Rennie 2 holes
J Pryde & R Polson beat L Kinnear & A Burr 1 hole.
R Yule & V Powell lost to C Johnstone & A Anderson 4 & 3


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Grammar and Cults will meet in final

Paul Lawrie Aberdeen Schools golf

Aberdeen Grammar School and Cults Academy will contest next Tuesday’s Paul Lawrie Foundation sponsored Aberdeen Schools’ Golf Championship at Hazlehead No 1 Course.

In tonight’s semi-finals over the Hazlehead No 2 Course, Cults beat Robert Gordon’s College 2-1 whilst Grammar drew 1½-1½ with defending champions Hazlehead Academy but went through by two holes on a holes-up countback.

There was a real dramatic conclusion to the Grammar/Hazlehead match. Nick MacAndrew and William Rennie won the first tie for Grammar by beating Sean Stewart and Scott Main 4 & 2. Hazlehead’s second pair of Michael Angus and Elliot Duff then levelled the overall score at 1-1 by beating Louis Kinnear and Mark Wareham 2 up.

In the final tie, Hazlehead’s Grant Joss and William Mathers were one up on Grammar’s Andrew Burr and Cameron Johnstone playing the last hole. However, it was the Grammar team who were celebrating when Cameron holed his 10 foot birdie putt to halve the tie and allow his team to progress into the final on the countback.

Match Results:

Hazlehead 1½ Aberdeen Grammar School 1½

S Stewart & S Main lost to N MacAndrew & W Rennie 4 & 2
M Angus & E Duff beat L Kinnear & M Wareham 2 up
G Joss & W Mathers halved with A Burr & C Johnstone

Robert Gordon’s College 1 Cults Academy 2

Z Clark & M Kelly lost to A Carrell & E Robertson 2 down
J Loggie & M Loggie beat C Sutherland & J Pryde 3 & 2D Young & F Grant lost to R Polson & V Po


Sunday, June 07, 2009

Paul Lawrie's return to

Carnoustie for Scottish

schools championships

There are more girls (74) than boys (64) in the field of 138 competitors at the Paul Lawrie Scottish schools golf championships over Carnoustie's Burnside and Buddon courses on Monday.
Paul Lawrie, returning to the scene of his Open championship triumph in 1999, will be in attendance all day and will present the prizes at the end of the 36-hole tournament.
Chris Robb (Inchmarlo) and Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) are too old to defend the titles they won at Inchmarlo Golf Centre last year.
The leading boys contenders are expected to be Simon Fairburn (Borders), the new Lothians' boy champion, Grant Forrest (City of Edinburgh), Tom Blennerhassett (City of Edinburgh), Paul McPhee (Perth & Kinross) and Scott Gibson (Dumfries & Galloway).
The girls' title will be just as fiercely contested with the leading lights expected to be Ailsa Summers (City of Dundee), holder of the Angus women's and girls' county championships, Sammy Vass (Highland), Eilidh Briggs (Renfrewshire), youngster sister of the new Scottish women's amateur champion, Rachael Watton (City of Edinburgh) and Jill Meldrum (East Dunbartonshire).
Gillian Scanlon from Hamilton, a semi-finalist in last year's Scottish Under-18 girls' match-play championship at Alyth, has had to withdraw with a knee injury.
"We are looking forward to a great day for schools golf," said Dorothy Scott (pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency) of the Scottish Schools Golf Association. "The Carnoustie Links Committee have very kindly given us the courtesy of the courses and the Carnoustie Golf Hotel has put on a special bed and breakfast rate.
"We are indebted to Paul Lawrie for his continued sponsorship of the championship and, of course, his ongoing interest in junior golf as a whole. Paul is staying at the Paul Lawrie Suite at the hotel, which is rather nice."
The leading finishers in both the boys' and girls' championships will gain selection to the Scotland team for the schools international against England at Westerwood, Cumbernauld on Monday, September 14.



Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Independent Schools Golf Association championships

Wellington College winning line-up (left to right): Iain Henderson (teacher), Jordan Mann, Ed & Alexandra Peters, who are brother and sister.
On the right is the individual title winner, Philip Buckendorf of Loretto School, Musselburgh.

Loretto's Philip Buckendorf wins individual
title, Wellington College take team award

Philip Buckendorf from Loretto School, Musselburgh won the individual trophy and Wellington College, Berkshire's Alexandra Peters, her brother Ed Peters and Jordan Mann won the team trophy at the end of the Independent Schools Golf Assocation's two-day championships over the Kittocks course at Fairmont St Andrews this week.
Seventeen school teams from all over the United Kingdom took part as finalists from a starting entry of 120 schools.
Buckendorf had rounds of 75 and 74 for a total of 149 in wet and blustery conditions. He won by one shot from Rudy Hercik (RGS Worcester) who scored 76 and 74 for 150.
Jack Candy (St Josephs) was third on 152 (77-75).
Wellington College won the team title by five shots with a total of 310. RGS Worcester (315) were second and Loretto B and Millfield Boys tied for third place on 316.

145 Philip Buckendorf (Loretto) 75 74.
150 Rudy Hercik (RGS Worcester) 76 74.
152 Jack Cardy (St Josephs) 77 75.
153 Ben Taylor (Millfield) 78 75.
154 Alexandra Peters (Wellington College) 78 75.
155 Dominic Barnes (Birkenhead) 78 77.
157 Alex Gems (KCS Wimbledon) 80 77.
158 Ed Peters (Wellington College) 79 79, Jordan Mann (Wellington College) 81 77.
Selected scores:
162 Christopher McKeown (Glasgow High) 81 81, Zak Clark (Robert Gordon's College) 83 79.
167 Lewis Gregory (Loretto) 85 82.
168 George Munsey (Loretto) 86 82.
168 Neale Barnes (Robert Gordon's College) 87 81.
172 Abhishek Ruia (Loretto) 88 84.
174 James Sharp (Loretto) 87 87.
177 Tom Scott (Loretto) 92 85.
180 James Hendry (Glasgow High) 87 93.
310 Wellington College (Alexandra Peters, Ed Peters, Jordan Mann).
315 RGS Worcester.
316 Loretto B, Millfield Boys.
321 Millfield Girls.
324 Birkenhead, KCS.
330 RGS Newcastle, Robert Gordon's College.
332 Rugby, St Josephs.
334 Glasgow High, St Pauls.
336 Oakham.
344 Loretto A.
353 Campbell College.
362 Mill Hill.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Cavan's twin stars still shining brightly

in Irish Schoolgirls' team championships

Loreto College, Cavan's twin stars Leona and Lisa Maguire successfully defended their Irish Schoolgirls' Senior Cup title at Edmondstown Golf Club today.
The 14-year-old pair won the event by a margin of 23 Stableford points from Dublin's Teresian School, in spite of having returned home late on Sunday evening from Scotland, following Leona’s win and Lisa’s third place at the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Troon.
In setting a new women' course record of level-par 72, Lisa had five birdies - at the second, fifth, seventh, 11th and 18th - while double bogeys at the 13th and 17th prevented the perfect round. Meanwhile sister Leona birdied the eighth, 12th and 17th on her way to a fine 73.
In the first staging of a Junior Cup section in the schools competition, to encourage competition among the underage players, Mount Mercy of Cork emerged victorious with Jean O’Driscoll returning a fine 28 gross points off 12 handicap.
Other players returning impressive net scores were:
April Timothy with 41 points, Shauna Busher Carley 40 points and Shannen Browne 38 points.
Senior Cup (two from three scores to count)
71 pts Loreto College, Cavan - Leona Maguire (35), Lisa Maguire (36).
48 pts The Teresian School, Dublin - Ariana Coyle Diaz (26), Lauren Murray (22).
42 pts Mean Scoil Mhuire, Roscommon - Aisling Hill (20), Julie O'Gara (22).
38 pts Presentation School, Port Laoise - Shannen Browne (15), Chloe Fitzpatrick (23).
38 pts Midleton College, Cork - Edel Coyne (20), Julie Coyne (18).
Best gross individual:
23pts Chloe Fitzpatrick (Presentation College Portlaoise).
Best net individual: 38pts Shannen Browne (Presentation College Portlaoise).
Junior Cup (two from three scores to count)
49 pts Mount Mercy, Cork - Aoife Barry (21), Jean O'Driscoll (28), Jill O'Driscoll (11).
36 pts Presentation College, Wexford - Shauna Busher Carly (14), Emma Murphy (26).
27 pts Victoria College, Belfast - Jessica Bamber (14), Jemma Hool (13), Tyne McGee (10).
25 pts Mean Scoil Mhuire, Roscommon - Blaithin O'Brien (10), April Timothy (14), Orla Quinn (dsq)
17 pts Loreto Beaufort, Rathfarnham - Ashling Constantine (6), Aileen Harnett (11), Maeve Holden (4).
Best gross individual: 15pts April Timnothy (Mean Scoil Mhuire, Roscommon).
Best net individual: 32pts Jessica Bamber (Victoria College Belfast).
Mary Nowlan Cup (Best gross): 36 pts Lisa Maguire (Loretto College, Cavan)
Denise McCarthy
Irish Ladies Golf Union


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

R&A lends support to Kemnay kids'
World Challenge expedition

The R&A is supporting a group of Aberdeenshire school pupils taking part in a World Challenge expedition to Africa this summer - where they will teach golf to village children in Namibia - by buying them a bag of golf equipment.
The 15 Kemnay Academy students, aged from 15 to 17, will travel through Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia on the educational expedition from 16 June to 16 July. Included in their itinerary is learning survival techniques from bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, travelling through the Okavango Delta in dugout canoes and a trek through the Batoka Gorge.
The expedition will be an opportunity for the students to learn about other cultures but they are keen to teach local children something of Scottish culture. And they plan to teach them to play golf.
“As part of our project we’ll be interacting with the local children which is when we’ll do our golf coaching,” said Kintore 15 year old Jordyn Booth, a keen golfer and member of Kemnay Golf Club.
“These children will probably not have seen a golf club before so we are really looking forward to getting them started.”
This week The R&A, which already makes a significant contribution to developing golf in Africa, supported the expedition by giving the Aberdeenshire students a bag of SNAG golf equipment, which they will use to teach children and leave behind in Namibia.
This is the same equipment which is proving extremely popular with children across Scotland. The junior golf programme, clubgolf, is using it to introduce 38,000 children to golf in schools this summer.
Duncan Weir, The R&A Director of Golf Development, said, “The R&A has been doing a great deal of support work in Africa for over a decade and this is a good opportunity for us to do even more via these young Scots.”
Golf is in different stages of development in the three countries. Zambia has a rich history in the sport and its national Open has been won by many famous names. Namibia has 20 golf courses and its countryman, Trevor Dodds was a winner on the PGA Tour in 1997. In Botswana progress is not so advanced but The R&A is working to help improve the situation.
“In recent years we have been supporting events in these countries, have sent golf professionals there to teach and have donated greenkeeping machinery,” said Mr Weir.
“What these students are doing seems potentially another good initiative and I believe they can make a difference.
“What would be success for us would be to see these countries represented at our Junior Open at Lundin Golf Club immediately before The Open at St Andrews.”
The students meanwhile have been busy raising funds to pay for the expedition through a variety of events. By organising celidhs, sponsored abseils and a variety of jobs, they are just about there.
Jordyn is the only golfer in the group, yet an accomplished one. Her handicap is 16 and she is in the second year of clubgolf’s Stage 3 programme.
Audra Booth, clubgolf’s Regional Manager for Grampian, will be training the students to enable them to teach the game to the Namibian children and also show local school teachers how to deliver the game.
Added Jordyn: “We are extremely grateful to The R&A for buying us the SNAG equipment which will help us interact with the children and give them something new to learn. Hopefully they will all enjoy playing golf and keep practising once we have gone home.”

Pictured above are: Duncan Weir, R&A Director of Golf Development and Torquil McInroy, clubgolf Project Manager, with the firstclubgolf equipment, Jordyn Booth (15), Sarah Loggie (15) and Amy Mitchell (17) – all from Kintore - and Blackburn’s Keira Watson (15) at St Andrews.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Loreto College favourites to repeat Irish

Schoolgirls' Senior Cup victory

Loreto College, Cavan’s teenage stars Leona and Lisa Maguire are strong favourites to successfully defend their Irish Schoolgirls’ Senior Cup title when play commences at Edmondstown Golf Club on Monday, April 27.
The pair won last year’s event at Milltown by a margin of 15 shots from Sligo’s Ursuline College but this year’s event promises to be a much tighter affair. Coincidently, nearest rivals to the Cavan twins will be another promising twosome in the form of the Coyne twins, Edel and Julie, representing Midleton College Cork. The Youghal pair qualified strongly in the Southern District qualifiers last month while nearest challengers Aisling Hill and Julie O’Gara from Mean Scoill Mhuire in Roscommon are also sure to feature in the final placings.
This year sees the introduction of a Junior Cup to encourage competition among the underage players. Mount Mercy College Cork look the strongest team on paper but Presentation Wexford and Victoria College, Belfast are sure to have a say in the destination of this year’s trophy.
Play commences at 9am on the Monday morning at Edmondstown with the best two Stableford gross scores from three to count.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Independend Schools Golf Association Home International champions Millfield School (images by Gillian Kirkwood).



England's Millfield School pipped Loretto School, Musselburgh, by a single stroke to win the Independent Schools Golf Association Home International golf championship today at Craigielaw.
Loretto led Millfield by six shots after the first round over the Renaisance course at Archerfield Links on Monday, but good scores from Millfield by Alex Quin (72), Ben Taylor (73), Luke Krupa (76) and Harrison Greenberry (76) turned the tables and allowed Millfield, with a total of 614 to win by one shot from their Scottish rivals.
Campbell College, Ireland took third place on 676 and Monmouth College, Wales scored 696.
Individual winners were decided by country with Ben Taylor (147), Lewis Gregory (148), pictured above, Patrick Thompson (160) and Liam McVeigh (165) taking the English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh trophies respectively.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS GOLF ASSOCIATION - Home International Championship -
Individual Winners:
England: Ben Taylor 147
Scotland: Lewis Gregory 148
Ireland: Patrick Thompson 160
Wales: Liam McVeigh 165
TEAM TOTALS (Best four scores count each day)
614 Millfield 317 297 (Ben Taylor 74 73, Sam Parsons 82 78, Luke Krupa 84 76, Alex Quin 85 72, Harrison Greenberry 79 76, Lewis Casserley 82 85).
615 Loretto 311 304 (Philip Buckendorf 74 85, George Munsey 77 75, Lewis Gregory 76 72, Abishek Rua 84 78, Tom Scott 87 79, James Sharp 86 85).
676 Campbell College 363 313 (Aaron Darragh 95 74, James Rodgers 95 87, Patrick Thompson 85 75, Stuart Bleakley 92 85, Jamie West NR NR, Chris Best 91 79).
696 Monmouth 356 340 (Liam McNeigh 88 77, Brad Davis 91 90, Joe Park 91 87, Jon Denning 90 88, James Furnell 91 90, Alex Townshend 87 88).


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Leading Independent schools golfers

at Archerfield, Craigielaw next week

The leading Independent schools from the United Kingdom will compete for the International Trophy at Archerfield Links and Craigielaw next week.
Schools qualified from Independent Schools Golf Association events are:
Scotland - Loretto
England - Millfield
Wales - Monmouth
Ireland - Campbell College
Six players from each country will compete for the individual trophy for each country and the International Trophy will be awarded to the winning team (best four from six gross).
The scratch stroke-play event's schedule is:

Monday, March 9
Renaissance Golf Club, Archerfield Links, East Lothian
10.30am tee-off.
Tuesday, March 10
Craigielaw Golf Club, Aberlady, East Lothian
9.30am tee-off

David Quin, chairman of the Independent Schools Golf Association, writes:

The following players are competing

Millfield School for England
Sam Parsons (captain)
Alex Quin
Ben Taylor
Luke Krupa
Harrison Greenberry
Lewis Casserley

Monmouth School for Wales
Liam McVeigh
Brad Davies
Joe Park
Jon Denning
James Furnell
Alex Townshend

Campbell College for Ireland
Aaron Darragh
James Rodgers
Patrick Thompson
Stuart Bleakley
Jamie West
Chris Best

Loretto School for Scotland
Philip Buckendorf
George Mundsay
+Others to be picked

Schools qualified for the Home Internationals through the ISGA Schools match-play tournament in which over 120 schools from all over the UK competed

Relevant websites for more information:


Monday, September 22, 2008

Tom Ward's exclusive picture of the Scotland schoolboys team at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Click on the image if you want to enlarge it.
The Scotland schoolgirls at Royal Lytham & St Anne's. Left to right: Eilidh Briggs, Rachael McQueen, Lesley Atkins, Jill Meldrum, Kelsey MacDonald, Sammy Vass (image by courtesy of Tom Ward).


England narrowly beat Scotland in the annual schoolboys' golf international match at Royal Lytham & St Anne's Golf Club, Lancashire today (Monday) ... but the Scots were well beaten in the schoolgirls' contest at the same venue.
In the boys' match, the scores were tied at 3-3 afer the morning foursomes and it went right down to the wire in the singles, at the end of which England had won by a single point, 9 1/2-8 1/2.
Chris Corbett (St Joseph's College, Dumfries) injured his back and had to retire after five holes of his foursomes match with Sam Strachan (Fraserburgh Academy) against Jamie Brittain and John Evans.
That match was conceded by the Scots to the English. Corbett was unable to play his afternoon singles tie against Luke Bramhall but the organisers agreed that it should be declared a halved match.
Matt Kippen clinched overall victory for England by beating Ian Redford (St Leonards School, St Andrews) by 3 and 2.
In the girls' match, England won 7-2 after taking the foursomes 2-1.
Had it not been for Sammy Vass from Tain holing an 20ft birdie putt on the last to beat Heidi Baek by one hole, England would have been a clean sweep of the six singles.

Foursomes (3-3)

G Romano & J Titlow lost to M Kelly (Trinity High, Rutherglen) & C Robb (Banchory Acad) 4 and 3.

L Bramhall & S Wells lost to O Huish (North Berwick High) & T Sharkey (St Patrick's High, Dumbarton) 2 and 1.

J Brittain & J Evans w.o. S Strachan (Fraserburgh Acad) & C Corbett (St Joseph's College, Dumfries) retired (injured).

L Johnson & B Stow bt I Redford (St Leonards School, St Andrews) & A Tester (Dollar Acad) 5 and 4.

T King & T Brown lost to P Shields (Trinity High, Rutherglen) & A Dunton (Ellon Acad) 3 and 2.

M Kippen & R Sutton bt M Reid (St John's High, Dundee) & C Bremner (Mearns Acad, Laurencekirk) 7 and 6.
Singles (6 1/2-5 1/2)

Titlow bt Robb 2 and 1.

Romano bt Reid 6 and 5.

Bramhall halved with Corbett.

Wells bt Sharkey 5 and 4.

Brittain lost to Dunton 4 and 3.

Evans bt Bremner 7 and 6.

Johnston lost to Shields 3 and 2.

Stow lost to Huish 2 and 1.

Brown lost to Tester 2 and 1.

King bt Kelly 6 and 5.

Kippen bt Redford 3 and 2.

Sutton lost to Strachan 2 and 1.

Foursomes (2-1):

Holly Clyburn & Jamie-Leigh Vouss bt Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Acad) & Sammy Vass (Tain Royal Acad) 2 holes.

Heidi Baek & Sophie Godley bt Eilidh Briggs (Gryffe High, Johnstone) & Rachael McQueen (Marr College, Troon) 2 and 1.

Katherine O'Connor & Emilee Taylor lost to Lesley Atkins (Hawick High) & Jill Meldrum (Lenzie Acad) 2 and 1.
Singles (5-1):

Clyburn bt MacDonald 2 and 1.

Voss bt Meldrum 6 and 4.

Baek lost to Vass 1 hole.

Godley bt McQueen 3 and 2.

O'Connor bt Briggs 5 and 4.

Taylor bt Atkins 2 and 1.


Sunday, September 21, 2008


Kilmacolm teenager Eilidh Briggs was so determined to play for Scotland in Monday's annual schools golf international against England at Royal Lytham & St Anne's Golf Club, that her dad whisked her last night from Aberdeenshire to the Lancashire venue - a drive of some six hours.
Eilidh, a 15-year-old pupil at Gryffe High School, Johnstone, played for Renfrewshire in the Scottish women's county championship finals at the Inchmarlo Golf Resort, Banchory from Friday until the three-day programme ended in the early evening today.
Then the Briggs - Eilidh's older sister Megan, a Scotland cap - was also playing for Renfrewshire, set off for Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Chris Bremner (Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk), Chris Corbett (St Joseph's College, Dumfries), Adam Dunton (Ellon Academy), Oliver Huish (North Berwick High), Mark Kelly (Trinity High, Rutherglen), Ian Redford (St Leonard's School, St Andrews), Matthew Reid (St John's High, Dundee), Chris Robb (Banchory Academy), Thomas Sharkey (Our Lady & St Patrick's High, Dumbarton), Paul Shields (Trinity High, Rutherglen), Sam Strachan (Fraserburgh Academy), Angus Tester (Dollar Academy).

Matt Kippen (Bridgewater College, Somerset), Jamie Brittain (Tieford College, Shropshire), Luke Bramhall (Hillsborough College, Yorkshire), Luke Johnson King Edward VII School, Norfolk), Josh Evans (North Cestrian Grammar, Cheshire), Tommy King (Ealing College, Middlesex), Ben Stow (Gillingham School, Dorset), Tom Brown (St John Lawes School, Hertfordshire), Spencer Wells (Redbridge College, Essex), Gianluca Romano (Stoke Sixth Form College, Staffordshire), Robert Sutton (Queensbury Upper School, Bedfordshire), Jermome Titlow (St Simon Stock School, Kent).

Lesley Atkins (Hawick High), Eilidh Briggs (Gryffe High, Johnstone), Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Academy), Rachael McQueen (Marr College, Troon), Jill Meldrum (Lenzie Academy), Sammy Vass (Tain Royal Academy).

Haedi Baek (Kesgrove High, Suffolk), Holly Clyburn (Grimsby Inst., Lincolnshire), Sophie Godley (Worksop College, Yorkshire), Jamie Leigh-Voss (Fulhurst College, Leicester), Katherine O'Connor (Banbury College, Oxfordshire), Emilee Taylor (John Leggett College, Lincolnshire).


Thursday, September 18, 2008


Aberdeen Grammar School pupil David Law has turned down the chance to play for Scotland against England in Monday's schools golf international match at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club.
Dorothy Scott of the Scottish Schools Golf Association explained: "Angus Cappi (Loretto School) and David Law (Aberdeen Grammar School) were both selected but declined the invitation. Angus is to be in Spain at the time of the international while David, pictured right by Cal Carson Golf Agency, all rights reserved, preferred to play in the Paul Lawrie Junior Open (at Deeside Golf Club on Sunday), the reason being that Paul Lawrie sponsors him."
Monifieth's Scottish girl international Rebecca Wilson also had to turn down the invitation to play for the schools team as she is starting at Stirling University.
The confirmed Scotland schools teams are:
Chris Bremner (Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk).
Chris Corbett (St Joseph's College, Dumfries).
Adam Dunton (Ellon Academy).
Oliver Huish (North Berwick High).
Mark Kelly (Trinity High, Rutherglen).
Ian Redford (St Leonard's School, St Andrews).
Matthew Reid (St John's High, Dundee).
Chris Robb (Banchory Academy).
Thomas Sharkey (Our Lady & St Patrick's High, Dumbarton).
Paul Shields (Trinity High, Rutherglen).
Sam Strachan (Fraserburgh Academy).
Angus Tester (Dollar Academy).
Lesley Atkin (Hawick High).
Eilidh Briggs (Gryffe High, Johnstone).
Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Academy).
Rachael McQueen (Marr College, Troon).
Jill Meldrum (Lenzie Academy).
Sammy Vass (Tain Royal Academy).
The English schools teams are:
BOYS - Matt Kippen, Jamie Brittain, Luke Bramhall, Luke Johnson, Josh Evans, Tommy King, Ben Stow, Tom Brown, Spencer Wells, Gianluca Romano, Robert Sutton, Jermome Titlow.
GIRLS - Jamie Leigh-Voss, Holly Clyburn, Heidi Baek, Emilee Taylor, Katherine O'Connor, Sophie Godley.


Monday, September 01, 2008

Ellon Academy's Robbie Gauld, Matt McWilliam and Euan McIntosh with the Paul Lawrie Scratch Trophy.

Ellon Academy top of the Paul

Lawrie schools golf class

Ellon Academy, represented by Robbie Gauld, Matt McWilliam and Euan McIntosh, won the scratch team trophy at the Paul Lawrie Schools' Team Challenge golf tournament at Peterculter Golf Club today.
They had a total of ninie-over-par 222. Robert Gordon's College (227) were second and Montrose Academy (231) third.
It was Ellon Academy's third capture of the Paul Lawrie Scratch Trophy in the past four years.
The A T Personnel Handicap Trophy was won by Cults Academy (Andrew Carrell, Scott Patterson and Rachael Polson) with a net total of 216 ahead of runners-up Banchory Academy (218). Alford Academy (223) pipped Aboyne Academy, also 223, on a countback for third place.
222 Ellon Academy.
227 Robert Gordon's College.
231 Montrose Academy.
234 Banchory Academy.
235 Cults Academy.
236 Westhill Academy.
241 Aboyne Academy.
241 Alford Academy.
244 Grove Academy.
246 Aberdeen Grammar School.
256 Peterhead Academy.
260 Meldrum Academy.
269 The Gordon Schools, Huntly.
270 Bridge of Don Academy.
276 Kemnay Academy.
278 Mintlaw Academy.
281 Mackie Academy.
216 Cults Academy.
217 Robert Gordon's College.
218 Banchory Academy.
223 Alford Academy.
223 Aboyne Academy (beaten on countback for third place).
225 Westhill Academy.
227 Grove Academy, Aberdeen Grammar School.
231 Meldrum Academy.
236 Bridge of Don Academy.
238 Kemnay Academy.
240 The Gordon Schools (Huntly).
241 Peterhead Academy.
242 Mackie Academy.
246 Mintlaw Academy.
(Montrose Academy 209 and Ellon Academy 211 had the lowest net team scores but scratch totals and placings take precedence).
No Returns: Hazlehead Academy, Monifieth High School.


Girls help England to victory
in schools’ international

A quartet of girl golfers played a key role in England’s 9½-8½ victory over Wales in the annual schools’ international.
English schools’ champion Jamie-Leigh Voss from Leicestershire, Under-16 champion Rebecca Heeles from Norfolk, North of England title-holder Holly Clyburn from Lincolnshire and Midlands winner Elizabeth Mallett from Warwickshire contributed five points out a possible six to the scoreline.
The mixed match was played at Cradoc Golf Club, Brecon, and the girls produced some excellent golf in tough, wet and windy conditions.
The boys won 4½ points from 12 matches.
Girls’ results (English names first)
Holly Clyburn 0(Woodhall Spa), capt., & Jamie-Leigh Voss (Kirby Muxloe) beat
Sophie Rees & Gemma Bradbury 2 and 1.
Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) & Rebecca Heeles (Royal Norwich) beat Anna Carling & Georgia Thomas 5 and 4.
Voss beat Bradbury 2 and 1.
Clyburn beat Rees 7 and 6.
Mallett beat Thomas 4 and 3.
Heeles lost to Carling 1 hole.


Thursday, July 03, 2008

Jamie-Leigh Voss, picture by courtesy of Tom Ward.
Jamie-Leigh (14) wins English schoolgirls
championship at The Kendleshire

Leicestershire 14-year-old Jamie-Leigh Voss won the English schoolgirls championship at the Kendleshire, Bristol – helped by a course record of five-under par 67.
She finished three shots clear of the runner-up, England girl international Holly Clyburn, from Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. Holly, 17, is a member of the English Women’s Golf Association Futures U18 Squad.
Suffolk’s Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry) was third and, like Holly, shot thee-under par in the second round. Heidi, 14, from EWGA’s Select Midlands Squad is the English U15 champion and has been selected for England’s team for the Girls’ International Matches.
Among the other players in the top ten were three more members of EWGA squads: Yorkshire’s Sophie Godley (Lindrick), 14, was sixth, one place ahead of English women’s champion and defending title-holder Hannah Barwood, 17, of Knowle, Gloucestershire. Warwickshire’s Elizabeth Mallett – who is the English U16 schools’ champion – was ninth. Elizabeth, 13, plays at Sutton Coldfield Ladies’ .
Jamie-Leigh, from Kirby Muxloe, took the title with scores of 74 and five-under 67, which shaved a shot off the old record. Her afternoon round included an eagle, four birdies and just one bogey - and she has reduced her handicap to plus-one.
Her father, Jamie, commented: “She is over the moon and she wants to say a big thank you to her coach, Steve Cooper of Gainsborough.”
Already this season, Jamie-Leigh has qualified for the match-play stages of the English championship and won the Leicestershire championship. She also helped her team reach the finals of the English county championship. Now, she will captain the girls’ teams in the annual schools’ internationals against Wales in August and Scotland in September.
Leading scores:
141 Jamie-Leigh Voss (Fulhurst Community College, Leicestershire) 74 67.
144 Holly Clyburn (Grimbsy Institute, Lincolnshire) 75 69.
145 Heidi Baek (Kesgrove High, Suffolk) 76 69.
146 Emilee Taylor (John Leggett College, Lincolnshire) 73 73.
147 Katherine O’Connor (Banbury College, Oxon) 73 74.
150 Sophie Godley (Worksop College, Yorkshire) 74 76.
151 Hannah Barwood (Oldfield Girls, Avon) 77 74, Georgina Kilbey (The Plume, Essex) 74 77.
153 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Grammar, Warwickshire) 72 81.
154 Hayleigh Wigmore (Central Sussex) 79 75.
The England schools international teams are:
England v Wales – Jamie-Leigh Voss (captain), Holly Clyburn, Elizabeth Mallett, plus one player to be selected at the English Schools Under-16 championship on July 14.
Reserve: Hannah Barwood.
England v Scotland – Jamie-Leigh Voss (captain), Holly Clyburn, Heidi Baek, Emilee Taylor, Katherine O’Connor, Sophie Godley.
Reserves: Hannah Barwood, Elizabeth Mallett.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Torry Academy, Aberdeen teacher Derek Johnstone has room for four more teams in the Paul Lawrie Schools Team Challenge golf tournament at Peterculter Golf Club, near Aberdeen on Monday, September 1.
Pupils must be on the school roll at September 1.
Entry fee is £24 per team of three pupils - boys and/or girls. There is a scratch and a handicap team competition with all three scores to count. Shotgun start at noon.
Team entries will be accepted from Highland, Grampian and Tayside schools and must be in Mr Johnstone's hands by the end of term, Friday, July 4.
Postal address is:
Mr Derek Johnstone, Torry academy, Tullos Ciorcle, Aberdeen AB11 8HD.



Friday, June 20, 2008

Nick MacAndrew, Sophie Alexander and (right) Mark Wareham, the boys' low handicap winner.
Nick and Sophie win Paul Lawrie
Aberdeen Schools' titles

It was a one-two for the MacAndrew family representing Aberdeen Grammar School in the Paul Lawrie Aberdeen Schools’ (Scratch-12) Championships at Craibstone on Thursday. Two-handicapper Nick won the scratch trophy with a three over-par 72, one shot better than his older brother Donald.
Nick had three birdies - at the first, fifth and 16th - but on the debit side he had a triple bogey 7 at the aptly named Gruesome Glen 11th and single shots dropped at the seventh, eighth and 10th.
Donald’s round consisted of birdies at the 10th and 16th but a double bogey at the 11th and dropped shots at the third, eighth, 15th and 18th meant he had to be satisfied with the runners-up slot.
There was further success for the Grammar School when nine-handicapper Mark Wareham lifted the Paul Lawrie Handicap Trophy with a net 64. His only dropped shots were all on the front nine, at the first, seventh, eighth and ninth.
The Paul Lawrie Girls’ Championship was won by Sophie Alexander of Robert Gordon’s College. The 10-handicapper’s impressive net 63 was helped by a one over par back nine which included birdies at the 14th and 17th. However, Sophie also fell victim to the difficult Gruesome Glen where she walked off with a double bogey.
Earlier in the week, the Paul Lawrie Schools’ (13-24 handicap) Championships were also held at Craibstone. The scratch trophy was won by Scott Keith of Dyce Academy with a nine over par 78 while Scott Simpson of Robert Gordon’s College won the handicap trophy with a net 60 off his 19 handicap. His score was even more impressive, given his tee shot at the first ended out of bounds and he started with a double bogey 6.


BOYS’ SCRATCH (White tees) CSS 68
72 N MacAndrew (AGS)
73 M Wareham (AGS); D MacAndrew (AGS); C Chalmers (Oldmachar)
75 R Dick (Hazlehead)
76 N Barnes (RGC); C Lamb (Bridge of Don); A Carrell (Cults); S Smith (RGC)
77 D Elrick (Hazlehead)
79 F McDonald (Hazlehead); S Fraser (RGC); L Kinnear (AGS)
80 E Robertson (Cults); R Lawrence (Oldmachar)
82 G Joss (Hazlehead)
83 M Beattie (St Machar); G Jamieson (Oldmachar); A Shand (Dyce)
84 S Stewart (Hazlehead)
85 C Black (RGC); G Singer (Oldmachar)
89 L Sandison (Bridge of Don)
NR G Munro (Oldmachar); M Angus (Hazlehead); A Burr (AGS)

64 M Wareham (AGS)
66 C Lamb (Bridge of Don)
67 F McDonald (Hazlehead)

63 S Alexander (RGC)
73 V Powell (Cults)
78 C Prouse (St Machar); C Geddes (Kincorth)


BOYS’ SCRATCH (Yellow tees) CSS 68
78 S Keith (Dyce)
79 S Simpson (RGC)
80 S Main (Hazlehead)
83 M Kinnaird (Bridge of Don); R Yule (Cults);
84 C Johnstone (AGS); R Stewart (Oldmachar)


60 S Simpson (RGC)
65 L McKenzie (Oldmachar); S Keith (Dyce)
66 M Kinnaird (Bridge of Don); J Milton (Oldmachar)
67 Z Wood (Torry); R Michie (RGC)
68 S Main (Hazlehead); J Polson (Cults)


Monday, June 16, 2008

Winning Highland pair, Kelsey MacDonald from Nairn and Sammy Vass from Tain, with tournament sponsor Paul Lawrie and Scottish Schools Golf Association secretary Dorothy Scott (Cal Carson Golf Agency image, all rights reserved). Click on the image to enlarge it.
Switch over to to see the images of the schoolboys' leading prizewinners.

Paul Lawrie Scottish schools championships



The Laird's Course, Inchmarlo Golf Centre.

CSS 71 70

137 C Robb (S Aberdeenshire) 67 70, S Strachan (N Aberdeenshire) 68 69 (Robb won sudden death play-off at first hole).

139 A Cappi (E Lothian) 70 69.

141 A Tester (Clackmannan) 69 72.

142 D Law (Aberdeen City) 71 71.

143 K McClung (Dumfries & Galloway) 70 73, O Huish (E Lothian) 70 73.

144 T Sharkey (W Dunbartonshire) 74 70.

146 P Shields (S Lanarkshire) 79 67, M Kelly (S Lanarkshire) 73 73, C Corbett (Dumfries & Galloway) 73 73.

147 S Gibson (Dumfries & Galloway) 78 69, R Pert (Angus) 73 74.

148 I Redford (Fife) 74 74, J Henry (W Dunbartonshire) 77 71.

149 C Bremner (S Aberdeenshire) 77 72, A Dunton (N Aberdeenshire) 78 71.

150 N Beattie (Fife) 73 77, J Arthur (Perth & Kinross) 70 80, D Gallagher (W Dunbartonshire) 76 74.

151 N McAndrew (Aberdeen City) 76 75, M Thomson (Dundee City) 72 79, L Reid (Highland) 75 76, C Stewart (Highland) 76 75.

152 S Fairbairn (Scottish Borders) 80 72, A Wiseman (N Aberdeenshire) 74 78, J Barrett (Stirling) 80 72.

153 K Howie (N Ayrshire) 79 74, M Bell (Perth & Kinross) 74 79, C Anderson (Glasgow) 81 72.

154 N Clenaghan (N Lanarkshire) 73 81, R Gillan (S Lanarkshire) 74 80.

155 C Trahan (S Aberdeenshire) 82 73, T White (Perth & Kinross) 80 75.

156 F Lawrie (N Ayrshire) 78 78, P Timmons (S Ayrshire) 77 79.

157 J White (Fife) 77 80, D Aitken (Glasgow) 79 78, L Allan (Clackmannan) 84 73.

158 R Forgie (Clackmannan) 80 78, C Bisset (Falkirk) 80 78.

159 C Maclean (N Ayrshire) 78 81, A Todd (Dundee City) 81 78, A Blaney (City of Edinburgh) 78 81.

160 J Treasurer (Highland) 79 81, M Murphy (Glasgow) 80 80, J Auchinvole (Falkirk) 80 80.

161 B Herriot (Scottish Borders) 80 81.

162 M Smith (S Ayrshire) 86 76.

164 R Beattie (Scottish Borders) 81 83, S Smith (Aberdeen City) 80 84, E Douglas (Stirling) 83 81.

165 J Westwell (E Lothian) 92 73, D Don (Stirling) 84 81.

166 S McGregor (Angus) 85 81.

167 C Norman (N Lanarkshire) 89 78.

168 S Campbell (N Lanarkshire) 86 82.

182 J Aird (City of Edinburgh) 92 90.


436 Dumfries & Galloway.

438 North Aberdeenshire.

441 South Aberdeenshire.

442 West Dunbartonshire.

446 South Lanarkshire.

447 East Lothian.

455 Fife.

456 Clackmannan.

457 Aberdeen City.

458 Perth & Kinross.

462 Highland.

468 North Ayrshire.

470 Glasgow.

477 Scottish Borders.

489 North Lanarkshire.

NRs Dundee City, Angus, City of Edinburgh, South Ayrshire.


143 K MacDonald (Highland) 71 72.

148 E Briggs (Renfrewshire) 73 75, J Meldrum (E Dunbartonshire) 73 75.

149 L Atkins (Scottish Borders) 77 72.

152 R Watton (City of Edinburgh) 75 77.

154 S Leslie (S Aberdeenshire) 76 78.

155 S Vass (Highland) 82 73, R Wilson (Angus) 79 76.

156 G Scanlan (S Lanarkshire) 77 79.

157 A Smth (Dundee City) 80 77.

158 R McQueen (S Ayrshire) 78 80, J Graham (Dumfries & Galloway) 80 78.

160 A Niven (Perth & Kinross) 81 79.

161 C Easton (City of Edinburgh) 78 83, A McKechin (Renfrewshire) 77 84.

162 L Allan (N Ayrshire) 80 82, L McGillivary (S Aberdeenshire) 84 78, R Polson (Aberdeen City) 80 82.

163 G Simpson (City of Edinburgh) 82 81.

164 I Craigie (Scottish Borders) 81 83, T MacTaggart (Scottish Borders) 80 84.

165 S Cameron (E Lothian) 82 83.

166 Z Differ (N Lanarkshire) 80 86, G Arnott (N Ayrshire) 82 84, K McIntosh (Midlothian) 82 84, K Scott (E Dunbartonshire) 83 83.

167 J Vass (Highland) 87 80, L Duncan (S Aberdeenshire) 76 91, N Wilson (Glasgow) 81 86, J Meek (Angus) 83 84.

168 A Summers (Dundee City) 88 90.

169 L Meldrum (E Dunbartonshire) 82 87, H McCook (Highland) 85 84, L Cosh (Glasgow) 83 86.

170 N McLuckie (N Lanarkshire) 89 81.

171 L Smith (Dundee City) 86 85, K Vannet (S Aberdeenshire) 86 85.

173 N Taylor (Fife) 89 84, E Bisset (Glasgow) 86 87.

174 C Prouse (Aberdeen City) 92 82, A Alston (Angus) 87 87.

175 F Fullerton (N Aberdeenshire) 89 86.

176 C Tait (Fife) 92 84, N Qayum (Renfrewshire) 85 91.

177 K Seam (S Aberdeenshire) 91 86.

179 S Munro (Fife) 89 90.

180 M McKay (N Ayrshire) 93 87, L Stevenson (Glasgow) 96 84.

181 H Peebles (Dundee City) 92 89, H Scott (City of Edinburgh) 83 98.

182 A King (Dumfries & Galloway) 91 91, K Reid (Dundee City) 92 90.

185 A Mitchell (Scottish Borders) 97 88.

187 C Freeburn (N Lanarkshire) 94 93.

188 K MacCallum (N Aberdeenshire) 90 98.

190 A Tait (Fife) 95 95.

192 E Aird (Perth & Kinross) 100 92.

210 M Aird (Perth & Kinross) 107 103.


298 Highland.

313 Scottish Borders.

315 City of Edinburgh.

316 South Aberdeenshire.

317 East Dunbartonshire.

324 Renfrewshire.

328 North Ayrshire.

329 Angus.

336 Aberdeen City.

338 Dundee City.

340 Dumfries & Galloway.

347 Glasgow.

349 Fife.

353 North Lanarkshire.

363 North Aberdeenshire.

370 Perth & Kinross.

NR East Lothian.