Monday, April 19, 2010

Dean Robertson out to
nurture Patrick
Spraggs' talent

Former European Tour professional Dean Robertson has vowed to dedicate his time to University of Stirling emerging star Patrick Spraggs.
Spraggs, a first year Sports Studies scholar at Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence, won the 2010 R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament - victory bringing with it a place on the European Team for the Palmer Cup match against the United States in Northern Ireland.
Robertson, the European team coach, watched Spraggs pull away from the rest of the field at St Andrews' Castle Course to win comfortably and was then looking on as the 19-year-old finished a creditable fourth at the British Universities and Colleges Sport Individual Strokeplay final over the Dundonald Links last week.
Spraggs is the only Scottish-based golfer to be named among the eight European students who will take on their American counterparts at Royal Portrush County Golf Club from June 24 to 26.
And Robertson, who along with his assistant Walle Danewid, coached the Europe Palmer Cup team to victory at Cherry Hills last year, is keen to help Spraggs flourish.
He said: "Having won on the European Tour and also played in the Walker Cup, I bring a lot of experience for the guys to tap into and my primary focus is Patrick. I've watched him twice now and his game is most impressive so I'm sure he is going to fit in well with our team.
"There is no doubt he has the talent, but now we need to nurture it so he can prevail on what will be the biggest platform for his game to date. The aim is for him, in terms of his golf, to arrive a boy and leave a man.
"Royal Portrush is one of the best and toughest links in the world and the players will require a lot of craft - it's not just about power. Many of the Americans we faced last year will still be eligible. They went on to play in the Walker Cup team which demolished Europe and I expect the USA team to be very strong."
At the BUCS event, a final-round 72 left Spraggs, supported by a Winning Students scholarship, to rue an earlier round of 81 - the only blot on his copybook in a 295 total over 72 holes.
His performance, combined with that of David Booth (9th), Alex Culverwell (14th) and Bobby Rushford (15th), ensured the University of Stirling ran away with the team title (pictured above).
Spraggs, from Westhorpe in Suffolk, said: "My second round was disappointing and so while I'm happy to have finished fourth, I'm a little frustrated as I feel I could have won it. But on the whole I'm playing well at the moment so I can't complain.
"I'm hitting more greens and using my head a bit more rather than going gung-ho. It is great for Stirling to win the team title. Everyone gets on really well and it is a great set-up so even practising is fun. The camaraderie helps us all to play better and win tournaments."
Other Stirling students' finishing positions at Dundonald Links:
Men - Colin Baird (18th), Colin Thomson (22nd), Andrew Wallace (25th), Fraser Moore (34th) and Graeme Robertson (36th).
Women - Rebecca Wilson (4th) and Harriet Beasley (12th).

+The winning University of Stirling team at Dundonald Links is pictured above (left to right):
David Booth, Patrick Spraggs, Alex Culverwell and Colin Baird (Colin stood in for Bobby Rushford who was unavailable at the time).


University golf

Good article on the state of university golf in Britain, written by Lewine Mair,  can be found on Global Golf Post at


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Nicky Maddison and Jane Turner with their British universities championship trophies (images by courtesy of Dr Rob Macpherson).


Aberdeen student Jane Turner has won the British Universities & Colleges' women's stroke-play golf championship for the second year in a row.
A full Scotland international team player, Jane, who is a second year graphic design student at Robert Gordon University and a member of Craigielaw Golf Club, had rounds of 76, 74, 75 and 74 for a total of 299 over a demanding Dundonald Links women's course which had a CSS of 76-76-75-76 (303).
Turner won the title at Hollinwell, Notts 12 months ago.
One shot behind the pacemaking Sian James (Birmingham) overnight, Jane moved into the lead for the first time when she birdied the dogleg 17th hole with a pitch-and-a-putt in the final round.
Turner is now hoping to pull off what would be a superb title double on Ayrshire links. Next weekend she is in the star-studded international field for the Helen Holm Scottish women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Troon.
"The Ayrshire coast is great for me. I have improved every game this season and hope that this sets me up for what is to come this season," she said.
This will include a trip to the FISU World University Championships at Malaga, Spain, in early June.
Turner finished a shot ahead of Lucy Williams (Birmingham) (80-73-73-74) with Sian James (Birmingham) third on 301 with rounds of 75, 75, 73 and 78.
Monifieth's Rebecca Wilson (Stirling) finished a creditable fourth on 312 with scores of 80, 76, 74 an d82.
Ladybank member Susan Jackson (Edinburgh) finished joint sixth on 319 with scores of 85, 80, 78 and 76.
The British universities men's stroke-play title for the Wollaton Park Trophy was won by Nicky Maddison (University of Northumbria) who was playing on the American college circuit at this time last year.
Maddison, who gave his leading rivals a start with a first-round 79, came roaring back into contention with scores of 69, 70 and 72 for a total of two-over-par 290 to win by three shots from Northumbrian team-mate Ross Crowe.
Nicky, a first year computer studies student from Newcastle, joined the University of Northumbria last September, having previously studied at Hutchinson Community College, in Kansas City where he was their star golfer.
A member of Newcastle Golf Club with a handicap of +1, Nicky felt that the best representing the part of his 72 holes was his his ability to recover from a "disappointing" 79 on the first day to shoot "very solid golf" for the remaining three rounds.
Previously, St Andrews boys' open champion in 2008, Nicky said:
"Scotland's pretty lucky for me. I am really very happy with this result". Asked what his ambitions were for the rest of the season, Nicky said "I intend to practise hard and see where I go."
This will include a trip to the FISU World University Championships at Malaga.
Top Scottish-based student was England's Patrick Spraggs (Stirling University), recent winner of the R&A Scholars' men's title at St Andrews. Patrick finished fifth on 295 with scores of 72, 81, 780 and 72. He finished two shots ahead of the leading Scot, Aberdeen's John Duff who came sixth on 297 with scores of 74, 75, 74 and 74.

Par 288 (4x72). CSS 75 74 74 75 (298).
290 Nicky Maddison (Northumbria) 79 69 70 72.
293 Ross Crowe (Northumbria) 74 71 74 74.
294 Andrew Palmer (Central Lancs) 79 70 76 69.
295 Patrick Spraggs (Stirling) 72 81 70 72.
297 John Duff (Aberdeen) 74 75 74 74.
298 Kevin Garwood (Bournemouth) 77 70 78 73, John Wybar (Aberdeen) 74 72 75 77.
299 Chris O'Neill (UW Newport) 78 75 72 74.
300 David Booth (Stirling) 78 77 73 72, Steven Smith (Heriot Watt) 74 75 73 78.
301 Michael Hearn (Central Lancs) 74 76 74 77.
302 Sam Binning (Glasgow) 77 76 73 76.
303 Daniel Beattie (Birmingham) 76 69 80 78, Alex Culverwell (Stirling) 78 71 74 80.
304 Bobby Rushford (Stirling) 79 71 77 77, Josh Moses (Bournemouth) 71 74 77 82.
305 Nick Ansell (Birmignham) 79 78 76 72, Colin Baird (Stirling) 72 77 80 76, Colin Goudie (Central Lancs) 81 74 73 77, Jamie Powell (Lincoln) 76 74 78 77, Daniel Bishop (Bournemouth) 75 77 75 78, Colin Thomson (Stirling) 71 79 73 82.
Selected totals:
306 Graeme McDougall (Strathclyde) 77 76 76 77, Andrew Wallace (Stirling) 77 78 73 78.
313 Fraser Moore (Stirling) 76 79 80 78.
314 Graeme Robertson (Stirling) 75 84 79 76.
316 Euan Brown (Strathclyde) 80 78 75 83.
321 Malcolm Pennycott (Heriot Watt) 86 81 77 77.
Withdrew: Daniel Sommerville (Dundee) 74 83 74 wd
Par 288 (4x72). CSS 76 76 75 76 (303)
299 Jane Turner (Robert Gordon Univ) 76 74 75 74.
300 Lucy Williams (Birmingham) 80 73 73 74.
301 Sian James (Birmingham) 75 75 73 78.
312 Rebecca Wilson (Stirling) 80 76 74 82.
317 Christina Peterssson (Northumbria) 81 77 80 79.
319 Susan Jackson (Edinburgh) 85 80 78 76, Claire Starkie (Northumbria) 83 79 75 82.
320 Kate Whitmore (UW Newport) 80 81 78 81.
321 Claire Fry (Central Lancs) 78 79 83 81, Lauren Spray (Birmingham) 83 76 78 84.
323 Charlotte Hope (Birmingham) 82 84 76 81.
337 Harriet Beasley (Stirling) 85 84 77 81, Emma Hargreaves (Exeter) 77 80 82 88.
346 Ashley Smith (St Andrews) 84 84 86 92.
347 Johanna Rosen (Northumbria) 85 82 90 90.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

English students in the driving
seat at Dundonald Links

English students are in the driving seat in both the men's and women's championships with one round to go of the British Universities & Colleges' 72-hole stroke-play golf championships Dundonald Links, Ayrshire on Thursday afternoon.
Nicky Maddison (Northumbria University), pictured, who played last year on the US college circuit, leads the men's title race with a two-over-par, three-round total of 218 - which represents quite a comeback from an opening round of seven-over 79. He has tagged on very good sub-par scores of 69 and 70 to lead by one shot from team-mate Ross Crowe with Scots John Wybar (Aberdeen) and Steven Smith (Heriot Watt) in third and joint fourth positions on 221 and 222.
There are four Scots sharing sixth place on 223 - R&A Bursars champion Patrick Spraggs (Stirling), Colin Thomson (Stirling), John Duff (Aberdeen) and Alex Culverwell (Stirling) - so perhaps a Scottish last-round charge is on the cards.
Sian James (Birmingham), winner of the R&A Bursars' ladies' title last year, is making all the running in the students' women's championship.
She has had rounds of 75, 75 and 73 for 223, leading Jane Turner (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen), a Scotland international and the defending champion, by two shots. Jane has scored 76, 74 and 75 over what is a tough track for the men - and even tougher for the women.
Monifieth's Scotland girl cap Rebecca Wilson (Stirling) is in fourth place on 230 with rounds of 80 76 and 74.

Par 216 (3x72). CSS 75 75 74.
218 Nicky Maddison (Northumbria) 79 69 70.
219 Ross Crowe (Northumbria) 74 71 74.
221 John Wybar (Aberdeen) 74 72 75.
222 Steven Smith (Heriot Watt) 74 75 73, Josh Moses (Bournemouth) 71 74 77.
223 Patrick Spraggs (Stirling) 72 81 70, Colin Thomson (Stirling) 71 79 73, John Duff (Aberdeen) 74 75 74, Alex Culverwell (Strling) 78 71 74.
224 Michael Hearn (Central Lancs) 74 76 74.
225 Chris O'Neill (UW Newport) 78 75 72, Andrew Palmer (Central Lancs) 79 70 76, Kevin Garwood (Bournemouth) 77 70 78, Daniel Beattie (Birmingham) 76 69 80.
Selected scores:
226 Sam Binning (Glasgow) 77 76 73.
227 Bobby Rushford (Stirling) 79 71 77.
228 Andrew Wallace (Stirling) 77 78 73, David Booth (Stirling) 78 77 73.
229 Graeme McDougall (Strathclyde) 77 76 76, Colin Baird (Stirling) 72 77 80.
231 Daniel Sommerville (Dundee) 74 83 74.
233 Euan Brown (Strathclyde) 80 78 75.
235 Fraser Moore (Stirling) 76 79 80.
238 Graeme Robertson (Stirling) 75 84 79.
244 Malcolm Pennycott (Heriot Watt) 86 81 77.

Par 216 (3x72). CSS 76 76 75
223 Sian James (Birmingham) 75 75 73.
225 Jane Turner (Robert Gordon) 76 74 75.
226 Lucy Williams (Birmingham) 80 73 73.
230 Rebecca Wilson (Stirling) 80 76 74.
237 Claire Starkie (Northumbria) 83 79 75, Lauren Spray (Birmingham) 83 76 78.
238 Christina Petersson (Northumbria) 81 77 80.
239 Kate Whitmore (UW Newport) 80 81 78, Emma Hargreaves (Exeter) 77 80 82.
240 Claire Fry (Central Lancs) 78 79 83.
242 Charlotte Hope (Birmingham) 82 84 76.
243 Susan Jackson (Edinburgh) 85 80 78.
246 Harriet Beasley (Stirling) 85 84 77.
254 Ashley Smith (St Andrews) 84 84 86.
257 Johanna Rosen (Northumbria) 85 82 90.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sian James and Liam Ball lead British universities'

stroke-play championships at Dundonald Links

Defending champion Sian James (Birmingham University) had a one-stroke lead over Jane Turner (Robert Gordon University) at the end of the first round of the British Universities & Colleges women's stroke-play championship at Dundonald Links today.
Sian had a round of 75, three over the women's par but one under the day's CSS
In the men's event, last man in Liam Ball (Central Lancashire) took the lead with a 70, dislodging clubhouse joint leaders Josh Moses (Bournemouth) and Colin Thomson (Stirling).


75 Sian James (Birmingham).
76 Jane Turner (Robert Gordon).
77 Emma Hargreaves (Exeter).
78 Claire Fry (Central Lancs).
80 Lucy Williams (Birmingham), Rebecca Wilson (Stirling), Kate Whitmore (Newport).
Selected scores:
84 Ashley Smith (St Andrews).
85 Harriet Beasley (Stirling).
Megan Jones (St Andrews).
Rachel Cassidy (Stirling).
Gemma Bradbury (St Andrews).
70 Liam Ball (Central Lancs).
71 Josh Moses (Birmingham), Colin Thomson (Stirling).
72 Colin Baird (Stirling), Patrick Spraggs (Stirling).
74 John Duff (Aberdeen), John Wybar (Aberdeen), Michael Hearn, Daniel Sommerville (Dundee), Steven Smith (Heriot Watt), Ross Crowe (Northumbria).
75 Graeme Robertson (Stirling), Daniel Bishop (Bournemouth).


Thursday, April 08, 2010

Kelsey Macdonald wins women's title at

R&A Foundation Scholars' Tournament

Patrick Spraggs has won the 2010 R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament,
after a final round of 70 on St Andrews’ Castle Course left him five
clear of the field. The 19-year-old will now take his place on the
European Team to face the USA at the Palmer Cup, a student
international match which, this year, will be held at Royal Portrush in
Northern Ireland.
The Stirling University student was tied for the lead going into today’
s (Tuesday) final round having shot 71 and 68 around the Eden Course
the previous day. He quickly accelerated away with birdies on four and
five before eagling the par-5, 555-yard 15th courtesy of a four-iron
struck to within two feet. And to round off his victory, he got up and
down well on the 18th for birdie to complete an emphatic victory.
“This is the biggest university event I’ve played in by far,” said
Spraggs, who is in his first year as a Foundation Scholar. “I said to
the guys on the first tee, “This is going to be so hard” but I think we
got the best of the conditions and it all came together for me.
“Opportunities like playing in the Palmer Cup don’t come along every
day, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Spraggs’ round of 70, however, was only the second-best round of the
day. That honour went to Kelsey MacDonald, who, remarkably, posted a
three-under-par 68 to finish on a total of 214, winning the women’s
competition and tying for second place overall.
In what was undoubtedly the round of the Tournament, the 19-year-old
made five birdies, two going out and three coming back, one of them
coming at the 312-yard 14th after she found the green from the tee.
“To be honest, I didn’t really know where I was going as it’s not a
course I’ve spent much time on, so I think that made me play a bit
slower – I’m normally quite a quick player. And I focused a bit more,
especially on the greens,” explained Stirling University’s Macdonald,
who is aiming to secure a place on Europe’s Curtis Cup Team to face the
USA at Essex County Club, Massachusetts, in June.
“I’m looking forward to playing the Ladies European Tour Event, which,
I think, will be at Archerfield. I’ve played in the Scottish Open
before, when it was held at Carrick, so I can’t wait to have another
Full coverage of Spraggs’ Palmer Cup appearance, along with MacDonald’
s Ladies European Tour start, will appear on in due course.

The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament 2010
Final Results Sheet - Ladies
Eden Course & Castle Course
5th - 6th April 2010
Round 1 Round 2
1 Kelsey MacDonald Stirling 72 74 146 68 214
2 Pamela Pretswell Glasgow 73 73 146 74 220
3 Marianna Causin Italy 73 77 150 77 227
4 Katie Burman Birmingham 80 72 152 77 229
5 Rebecca Gee Myerscough 76 78 154 77 231
6 Lucy Williams Birmingham 74 77 151 82 233
7 Susan Jackson Edinburgh 73 78 151 83 234
8 Jane Turner Robert Gordon 77 77 154 81 235
9 Emma Fairnie Edinburgh 75 79 154 85 239
10 Christina Petersson Northumbria 79 81 160 80 240
11 Kate Whitmore Wales 82 80 162 79 241
12 Lauren Spray Birmingham 84 78 162 80 242
= Sian James Birmingham 77 82 159 83 242
14 Rebecca Wilson Stirling 84 81 165 79 244
15 Rachael McQueen Elmwood 79 83 162 84 246
16 Stephanie Farrar Stirling 93 83 176 Scr Scr

The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament 2010
Eden Course & Castle Course
1 Patrick Spraggs Stirling 71 68 139 70 209
2 Jonathan Corke St Andrews 73 69 142 72 214
= Niccolo Quintarelli Italy 69 72 141 73 214
= Kevin Garwood Bournemouth 72 69 141 73 214
5 Gordon Stevenson St Andrews 68 71 139 76 215
6 Graeme Robertson Stirling 74 68 142 74 216
7 James White Stirling 73 73 146 71 217
= Antonio Hortal Ochoa Spain 73 72 145 72 217
= Andrew Wallace Stirling 72 70 142 75 217
= Adam Best Teesside 72 67 139 78 217
11 Bobby Rushford Stirling 73 69 142 76 218
12 David Booth Stirling 70 73 143 76 219
= Daniel Sommerville Dundee 67 76 143 76 219
= Michael Daily Stirling 72 70 142 77 219
15 Andrea Chiapuzzo Italy 69 74 143 77 220
16 Ambroise Fourquet France 74 76 150 71 221
= Jean-Pierre Verselin France 75 70 145 76 221
18 Alexander Culverwell Stirling 75 72 147 75 222
19 Fraser Moore Stirling 76 75 151 72 223
= Daniel Bishop Bournemouth 75 71 146 77 223
= Darren Timms Stirling 74 72 146 77 223
= Nicky Maddison Northumbria 75 69 144 79 223
23 John Wybar Aberdeen 74 74 148 76 224
= Paul Betty Stirling 70 78 148 76 224
25 Euan Brown Strathclyde 75 73 148 77 225
26 Sam Binning Glasgow 76 74 150 76 226
27 Daniel Beattie Birmingham 75 76 151 76 227
= Sam Maltby Bournemouth 79 72 151 76 227
= Vincent Thorne Wales 76 73 149 78 227
= Ross Crowe Northumbria 74 75 149 78 227
= Andrew Palmer Myerscough 75 73 148 79 227
32 Will Wrisdale St Andrews 75 75 150 78 228
33 Cameron Gray St Andrews 80 72 152 77 229
34 Jamie Mackay SAC Auchincruive 75 73 148 82 230
35 Michael Howard Stirling 78 74 152 79 231
= John Duff Aberdeen 69 79 148 83 231
37 Juan Francis Sarasti Spain 78 71 149 84 233
38 Matthew Phythian Glamorgan 81 75 156 83 239
39 Paul Doherty Ulster 75 80 155 88 243
40 Joshua Clarke Abertay 81 80 161 84 245
41 Colin Thomson Stirling 73 74 147 NR NR


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gemma Bradbury, Jon Corke win individual titles



The day the course bit back! Rain, sleet, snow, wind, hail, fire, brimstone - everything but sunshine. Moray Old got its teeth into the golfers and the competition was restricted to 54 holes as a result.
In the Ladies event, Welsh international Gemma Bradbury (St Andrews) who had led going into today by ten shots shot an excellent 76 (4 over par) in the conditions and extended her lead to 16 shots at the end.
Jane Turner (RGU) and Susan Jackson (Edinburgh) - both previous SUS Order of Merit event winners - were unable to close the gap in the tricky conditions but battled on valiantly to share second place.
Gemma Bradbury (St Andrews) 76 + 69 + 76 = 221
Susan Jackson (Edinburgh) 81 + 75 + 81 = 237
Jane Turner (RGU) 78 + 77 + 82 = 237
Megan Briggs (Strathclyde) 89 + 72 + 79 = 240
Emma Fairnie (Edinburgh) 84 + 80 + 83 = 247
Full results - women Word File

The men's competition (also cut to 54 holes) the event came down to the final player's putts, on the final green as the snow fell and fifty cold and wet golfers looked on from the clubhouse porch. Jon Corke (St Andrews) held his nerve to hole a short two footer to secure his first Jack Allan
Trophy (though second SUS Order of Merit event) with a score of 72 + 67 + 80 = 219.
Stirling teammates David Booth and Bobby Rushford shared runners-up spot, and Douglas Pender (Glasgow) took a highly creditable bronze medal.

Jon Corke (St Andrews) 72 + 67 + 80 = 219
David Booth (Stirling) 71 + 71 + 79 = 221
Bobby Rushford (Stirling) 71 + 66 + 84 = 221
Douglas Pender (Glasgow) 73 + 70 + 80 = 223
Nick McAndrew (Aberdeen) 73 + 71 + 82 = 226
Full results - men Word File


Monday, March 29, 2010

Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth
The cut for the final 36 holes of the Men's Championship (for BUCS Order of Merit point and WAGR points) was made on Monday to 45 and ties at 158.
Leading at the half way stage, Bobby Rushford, a final year student from Stirling University (+2) and a member at Grangemouth Golf Club, with excellent scores round Moray New of 71 + 66 = 137 (three under par).
Second, is long-time leader and former BUCS Order of Merit event winner, Jon Corke (+1, St Andrews) who added a 67 to his previous 72. Third, another established player, David Booth (+1, Stirling University) whose pair of 71s leaves him in a good position to challenge during the final 36 holes tomorrow.

The cut for the final 36 holes of the Women's Championship (for BUCS Order of Merit points) was made on Monday to 12 and ties at 171. Leading at the half way stage, Welsh international Gemma Bradbury, from St Andrews University (1), with excellent scores round Moray New of 76 + 69 = 145 (three under par).
Second is Scotland international Jane Turner (RGU and Craigielaw) is ten shots back.


Peter Latimer wins in North Carolina

Peter Latimer  from St Andrews, Scotland, a student at Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina, shot one-under-par 71 to win his school-record fifth medalist title. He won the 39th Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate at Camp Lejeune, N.C., with a three-day score of 207, two strokes in front of Loren Bunting of the Savannah College of Art & Design. Latimer helped Guilford to sixth place among 32 teams with a three-day 874. Click here for the team and individual leader boards.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Kelsey MacDonald in action for Scotland at last September's women's home internationals at Irvine Golf Club. Image by Cal Carson Golf Agency. Click on it to enlarge.

Kelsey misses Scottish universities' championship

at Lossie for Paris trip to play in French U-21s

Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar & Stirling University), Scottish Under-21 champion for the past two years, is not in the field for next week’s Scottish universities women’s championship over the Moray Golf Club Old and New Courses at Lossiemouth.
She has accepted an invitation from the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association to fly to Paris on Monday and take part in the French Under-21 girls open amateur championship at St Cloud from April 1 to 5.
Kelsey is a member of the GB&I Curtis Cup preliminary squad and a good performance in what is always a top-class field for the "French," will impress the Ladies Golf Union selectors more than doing well in the Scottish universities championship.
In Kelsey’s absence, the player with the lowest handicap in the Lossiemouth field for the women’s university title is Scotland international team-mate Jane Turner (Craigielaw & Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen) who plays off +2.
But a third member of the Scotland team will be playing at Lossiemouth – Scottish champion Megan Briggs, who is a student at Strathclyde University. Megan has a rating of +1.
Another strong contender would be Gemma Bradbury, a one-handicapper who was a member of the title-winning Wales team at the women’s home internationals at Irvine Golf Club last September. Teenager Gemma, a member at Cottrell Park Golf Club, Cardiff, is now a a student at St Andrews University.
Last year’s Scottish universities women’s champion was Laura Murray (Alford and Robert Gordon University). She has since left university.
Draw for the first two rounds over the Moray Old Course on Sunday, March 28 and the New Course on Monday, March 29 is (players’ handicaps in brackets):
1.0 and 3.22: Felicity Lloyd-Jones (St Andrews) (9), Nicola Robinson (Edinburgh) (10), Eleanor Pike (St Andrews (10).
1.07 and 3.15: Eilidh Mackay (Stirling) (7), Alison McGarity (Strathclyde) (5), Ashley Smith (St Andrews) (6).
1.15 and 3.07: Jennifer Linklater (St Andrews) (6), Gillian Arnott (Strathclyde) (5), Isla Craigie (Edinburgh) (5).
1.22 and 3.0: Jordana Graham (Stirling) (4), Dorothea Bouck-Standen (Strathclyde) (4), Mikela Nordblad (St Andrews) (5).
1.30 and 2.52: Megan Jones (St Andrews) (3), Rachel Cassidy (Stirling) (2), Emma Fairnie (Edinburgh) (1).
1.37 and 2.45: Megan Briggs (Strathclyde) (+1), Rebecca Wilson (Stirling) (2), Ailsa Theunis (St Andrews) (3).
1.45 and 2.37: Jane Turner (Robert Gordon Univ) (+2), Gemma Bradbury (St Andrews) (1), Susan Jackson (Edinburgh) (1).
+Leading eight plus ties qualify to play on Tuesday afternoon.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cambridge win 13th Ladies’ Varsity Golf Match

Early on the beautiful morning of the 16th of March the ladies of the Oxford and Cambridge golf teams gathered on the first tee at the splendid Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. The event that brought them together was the 13th Ladies’ Varsity Golf match, the year’s instalment of the annual game between the rival Universities.
The event has been taking place since the inaugural Ladies’ Varsity match was held at Walton Heath in 1998. After a strong showing by Oxford in the early years of the fixture, Cambridge has enjoyed several recent successes. However, never before has the game been held at Royal Porthcawl, despite the course’s popularity as a venue for the men’s Varsity match.
The course is a classic links, providing golfers with many challenges with its strategically placed bunkers, fairway contouring, lightening fast greens and strong Atlantic gales. In addition, golfers are routinely mesmerised by the spectacular views to Somerset and Exmoor in the South and across Swansea Bay to the Gower Peninsula.
The format of the match has three pairs from each University playing foursomes, and the reserves playing singles in the morning, and six individual matches taking place in the afternoon.
First out in the morning were Cambridge captain Louisa Tarn and her partner Michaela Bacon who took on Jane Han and Min-Yee Tseu of Oxford. Despite putting up a gallant fight the Oxford team lost out to a more experienced opposition on the 14th with Tarn holing a stunning chip for birdie.
The third match saw four times Varsity veteran Katie Taylor and partner Livia McBride play consistent strong golf against an Oxford pair who were punished by some poor ball positioning on the tough links course. Cambridge clinched their match against Jen Hauschild and Amy Bilderbeck on the 13th.
The second match however was fought to a competitive finish on the 17th. Despite an early lead for Oxford captain Gillian Kinnear and her partner Alex Walvis, Leanne Mullen and Hiliary Crowe fought back with a strong showing on the second nine.
However, Oxford’s lead proved too much for the Cambridge pair to claw back and a holed putt on the 17th brought Oxford their first point of the day.
Also in the morning, the reserve match was fought to a tight finish. Both Lucy Webb-Wilson of Oxford and Lucy Ackrill of Cambridge played stunning golf with the former Lucy closing the game with a win for Oxford on the 18th.
With a 2-1 lead as the teams went in for lunch, Cambridge needed three points in the afternoon to guarantee their win. Louisa Tarn brought the first of these home in her game against Jane Han. The Cambridge captain’s wealth of experience and talent was too much for her opponent who played great golf but, as a much more recent convert to the game, proved no match for Tarn who closed the game on the 10th hole.
However, the tide was soon to turn with Gillian Kinnear and Min Yee Tseu of Oxford taking early victories against their opponents Hiliary Crowe and Cambridge ex-captain Leanne Mullen respectively.
Kinnear brought home an 8 and 6 win in an amiable match against her old friend while Tseu, Oxford’s most recent addition, dazzled crowds with huge hitting to win on the 14th against a strong opponent.
With Alex Walvis of Oxford looking likely to bring in a win, having achieved a four-hole lead through nine holes against her opponent Livia McBride, the Dark Blue side were hopeful. However, the tide was to turn once again as McBride’s accurate and consistent golf and level head allowed her to fight back to achieve a spectacular half on the 18th.
All eyes were now on the final two games in the field. Each team was praying for a final 1½pt to secure their victory. Jen Hauschild fought back from four down against Cambridge’s Katie Taylor to be one down as the pair walked down the stunning 18th hole.
However, Hauschild was unable to achieve the necessary win on the last hole against the solid, unfaltering golf of Taylor and with a further win Cambridge clocked their tally up to 4½ points. The final game was to prove as nail-bitingly close as Oxford’s ex-captain Amy Bilderbeck fought against a strong Michaela Bacon. The result was decided on the 17th where Bacon went dormie one up to ensure at least half a point. Nonetheless, both continued fighting on the last hole and Bacon held on to achieve Cambridge’s final point of the day.
With a final score of 5½ Cambridge, 3½ Oxford, the stronger Light Blue side brought the trophy back to Cambridge for the fourth year in a row. The nail-biting game was enjoyed by a great many spectators who were as pleased as the players with the perfect conditions.
The course spent the day bathed in sunlight and the clear skies allowed all to indulge in the fabulous views. Most importantly, everyone gathered at Royal Porthcawl was treated to some excellent golf, with both teams putting out some of the best performances ever seen in the Ladies’ Varsity match and all competitors exhibiting excellent sportsmanship.
The narrow line between competition and fun was trodden expertly by all the ladies who entered the game in the perfect spirits. All in all, the day was a resounding success and we all look forward to next year!
Scores (Cambridge names first)
Louisa Tarn & Michaela Bacon bt Min Yee Tseu & Jane Han 5 and 3.
Leanne Mullen & Hiliary Crowe lost to Gillian Kinnear & Alex Walvis 2 and 1.
Katie Taylor & Livia McBride bt Jen Hauschild & Amy Bilderbeck 6 and 5.
Tarn bt Han 9 and 8.
Mullen lost to Tseu 5 and 4.
McBride halved with Walvis
Crowe lost to Kinnear 8 and 6.
Taylor bt Hauschild 1 hole.
Bacon bt Bilderbeck 2 holes.

Reserve Match:
Lucy Ackrill lost to Lucy Webb-Wilson 2 holes.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010


John Duff and Susan Jackson are

top of the students' Cardrona class

Aberdeen University student John Duff won the third Scottish Universities men's stroke-play golf tournament of the winter season over three rounds at Cardrona Hotel & Golf Resort, Peebles this week.
The +1 player, a member at Newmachar Golf Club, had rounds of 75, 74 and 78 for a total of 227 and his first win on the students' golf circuit. He won by one stroke from scratch man Cameron Gray (St Andrews) with another St Andrews student, Gordon Stevenson, who has a +2 rating, another shot behind in third place on 229.
Stevenson and Gray were members of the St Andrews 1 squad alongwith Will Wrisdale and John Corke who won the team title by seven strokes from the Stirling 2 team.
Susan Jackson (Edinburgh University), pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency, who has a handicap of one at Ladybank Golf Club, won the women's indiviual event with scores of 75, 83 and 78 for a total of 236. She had six strokes to spare over runner-up Jane Turner (Robert Gordon University) who is a full Scotland women's international and plays off +2.
England's Harriet Beasley (Stirling University), a member at Woburn Golf Club where she has four of a handicap, finished third on 253


John Duff (Aberdeen) 75 74 78.
228 Cameron Gray (St Andrews) 77 75 76.
229 Gordon Stevenson (St Andrews) 76 76 77.
231 Sam Binning (Glasgow) 79 76 76, Fraser Moore (Stirling) 75 78 78.
232 Graeme McDougall (Strathclyde) 78 76 78.
234 Alex Culverwell (Stirling) 81 75 78, Euan Brown (Strathclyde) 77 84 73, Mike Gray (St Andrews) 77 78 79.
235 Colin Thomson (Stirling) 80 73 82, Bobby Rushford (Stirling) 79 79 77, David Booth (Stirling) 76 79 80.
236 Patrick Spraggs (Stirling) 82 74 80, Sean Thompson (Stirling) 81 75 80.
237 Colin Baird (Stirling) 85 77 75.
238 Mikey Hunt (UHI) 81 77 80.
239 Steven Smith (Heriot Watt) 83 80 76, Paul Robinson (Strathclyde) 78 77 84.
240 Ben Sloan (Heriot Watt) 81 76 83, Darren Timms (Stirling) 79 80 81.
241 Michael Daily (Stirling) 82 79 80, Andrew Wallace (Stirling) 79 85 77, Malcolm Pennycott (Heriot Watt) 79 82 80.
242 Ryan Penny (UHI) 81 80 81, Steven Scott (Abertay) 80 80 82.
243 Graeme Robertson (Stirling) 84 76 83, Michael Howard (Stirling) 81 81 81.
244 Malo Scullion (Aberdeen) 83 81 80, Sean Fotheringham 83 80 81.
245 Duncan Melville (St Andrews) 78 86 81.
246 Cameron Hay (Aberdeen) 79 83 84.

236 Susan Jackson (Edinburgh) 75 83 78.
242 Jane Turner (Robert Gordon Univ) 80 83 79.
253 Harriet Beasley (Stirling) 87 81 85.
265 Ashley Smith (St Andrews) 90 92 83, Jennifer Linklater (St Andrews) 82 90 93.
268 Alisa Theunis (St Andrews) 88 88 92.
271 Megan Jones (St Andrews) 89 92 90.
272 Mikaela Nordbland (St Andrews) 87 95 90.
285 Eleanor Pike (St Andrews) 95 95 95.
286 Nadia Green (St Andrews) 98 97 91.
293 Felicity Lloyd Jones (St Andrews) 97 99 97.

458 St Andrews 1 (Gordon Stevenson, Cameron Gray, Will Wrisdale, John Corke).
465 Stirling 2 (Colin Thomson, Graham Robertson, Alexander Culverwell, Patrick Spraggs).
468 Strathclyde (Euan Brown, Graham McDouogall, Paul Robinson, Mark Scanlon).
471 Stirling 1 (Andrew Wallace, Bobby Rushford, David Booth, Michael Daily).
474 Stirling 3 (Darren Timms, Fraser Moore, Michael Howard, Kit Holmes).
481 Heriot Watt 1 (Ben Sloan, Malcolm Pennycott, Steve Smith, Rory Whitson).
485 UHI (Michael Hunt, Alan Ferguson, Ryan Penny, Ryan Stirling).
494 St Andrews 2 (Duncan Melville, Mike Gray, Joe Lockie, Matt Wheeler).
524 Strathclyde 2 (Ally MacDonald, Gavin Forbester, Jordan Leask).
529 Heriot Watt 2 (Euan Patterson, Adam Foley, Callum Marshall, Ben Heriot).
No Returns:
Aberdeen 2 (Corin Stewart, Nick McAndrew, Anand Shah, Cameron Hay).
Aberdeen 1 (John Wybar, Keith Shanks, John Duff, Douglas Maxwell).
Stirling 4 (Sean Thompson, William Russell, Colin Baird).


Thursday, March 11, 2010

SUS Championships Event #3
Cardrona Golf Club, Peebles


This is the third SUS Championship 2009-10.
Check-in will be in the Spike Bar area of the hotel. Please check-in 20 minutes before tee time please.
54 hole event
36 holes on Sunday with a TWO-TEE START
Cut will be made after leading 30 competitors and ties.
18 Holes on Monday.
Local Rules will be in place and a sheet will be given out on the 1st/8th tee.
All players are reminded they must check-in personally and alert staff of any handicap changes.
Through the green, Preferred Lies will be in operation as well as relief from plugged balls.
R&A Rules of Golf will be in use as will standard SUS/BUCS golf competition rules.
Play will be from the White Tees.
Cardrona Golf Club
Monday will be redrawn to reflect leading scores.

SUNDAY MEN'S TEE TIMES (revised again!)

7.32am 1st Tee 12.45pm 8th Tee William Russell (0) Stirling
7.32am 1st Tee 12.45pm 8th Tee Mark Scanlon (4) Strathclyde
7.32am 1st Tee 12.45pm 8th Tee Gordon Stevenson (+2) St Andrews

7.40am 1st Tee 12.53pm 8th Tee Patrick Spraggs (0) Stirling
7.40am 1st Tee 12.53pm 8th Tee Paul Robinson (2) Strathclyde
7.40am 1st Tee 12.53pm 8th Tee Ben Sloan (+1) Heriot Watt

7.48am 1st Tee 1.01pm 8th Tee Graeme Robertson (1) Stirling
7.48am 1st Tee 1.01pm 8th Tee Steve Scott (1) Abertay
7.48am 1st Tee 1.01pm 8th Tee Matt Wheeler (0) St Andrews

7.56am 1st Tee 1.09pm 8th Tee Kit Holmes (0) Stirling
7.56am 1st Tee 1.09pm 8th Tee Euan Brown (+1) Strathclyde
7.56am 1st Tee 1.09pm 8th Tee Keith Shanks (+3) Aberdeen

8.40am 15th Tee 1.17pm 8th Tee David Booth (+2) Stirling
8.40am 15th Tee 1.17pm 8th Tee Steven Pointin (0) St Andrews
8.40am 15th Tee 1.17pm 8th Tee Alan Ferguson (1) UHI

8.50am 15th Tee 1.25pm 8th Tee John Duff (+1) Aberdeen
8.50am 15th Tee 1.25pm 8th Tee Colin Baird (1) Stirling
8.50am 15th Tee 1.25pm 8th Tee Will Wrisdale (0) St Andrews

9.00am 15th Tee 1.33pm 8th Tee Fraser Moore (0) Stirling
9.00am 15th Tee 1.33pm 8th Tee John Wybar (0) Aberdeen
9.00am 15th Tee 1.33pm 8th Tee Steven Smith (1) Heriot Watt

9.10am 15th Tee 1.41pm 8th Tee Corin Stewart (3) Aberdeen
9.10am 15th Tee 1.41pm 8th Tee Michael Daily (+1) Stirling
9.10am 15th Tee 1.41pm 8th Tee Malcolm Pennycott (0) Heriot Watt

7.24am 8th Tee 12.35pm 1st Tee Christopher Thewlis (0) Napier
7.24am 8th Tee 12.35pm 1st Tee Gavin Forbester (3) Strathclyde
7.24am 8th Tee 12.35pm 1st Tee Ally Leith (5) Glasgow

7.32am 8th Tee 12.45pm 1st Tee Sam Binning (+1) Glasgow
7.32am 8th Tee 12.45pm 1st Tee Duncan Arthur (3) Aberdeen
7.32am 8th Tee 12.45pm 1st Tee Darren Timms (0) Stirling

7.40am 8th Tee 12.55pm 1st Tee Anand Shah (1) Aberdeen
7.40am 8th Tee 12.55pm 1st Tee Joe Lockie (+1) St Andrews
7.40am 8th Tee 12.55pm 1st Tee Ben Herriot (4) Heriot Watt

7.48am 8th Tee 1.05pm 1st Tee Malo Scullion (5) Aberdeen
7.48am 8th Tee 1.05pm 1st Tee Ryan Stirling (5) UHI
7.48am 8th Tee 1.05pm 1st Tee Mike Gray (0) St Andrews

7.56am 8th Tee 1.15pm 1st Tee Nick McAndrew (0) Aberdeen
7.56am 8th Tee 1.15pm 1st Tee Alex Culverwell (0) Stirling
7.56am 8th Tee 1.15pm 1st Tee Callum Marshall (4) Heriot Watt

8.04am 8th Tee 1.25pm 1st Tee Cameron Hay (1) Aberdeen
8.04am 8th Tee 1.25pm 1st Tee Cameron Gray (0) St Andrews
8.04am 8th Tee 1.25pm 1st Tee Rory Whitson (4) Heriot Watt

8.12am 8th Tee 1.35pm 1st Tee Adam Foley (3) Heriot Watt
8.12am 8th Tee 1.35pm 1st Tee Sean Thompson (0) Stirling
8.12am 8th Tee 1.35pm 1st Tee John Corke (+1) St Andrews

8.20am 8th Tee 1.45pm 1st Tee Euan Patterson (1) Heriot Watt
8.20am 8th Tee 1.45pm 1st Tee Michael Howard (0) Stirling
8.20am 8th Tee 1.45pm 1st Tee Ryan Penny (3) UHI

8.28am 8th Tee 1.55pm 1st Tee Jon Skomedal (4) Heriot Watt
8.28am 8th Tee 1.55pm 1st Tee Ally MacDonald (3) Strathclyde
8.28am 8th Tee 1.55pm 1st Tee Andrew Wallace (1) Stirling

8.36am 8th Tee 2.05pm 1st Tee Colin Thomson (1) Stirling
8.36am 8th Tee 2.05pm 1st Tee Jordan Leask (3) Strathclyde
8.36am 8th Tee 2.05pm 1st Tee Douglas Maxwell (1) Aberdeen

8.44am 8th Tee 2.15pm 1st Tee Bobby Rushford (1) Stirling
8.44am 8th Tee 2.15pm 1st Tee Graham MacDougall (0) Strathclyde
8.44am 8th Tee 2.15pm 1st Tee Michael Hunt (0) UHI

54 hole event
18 holes on Sunday. All competitors will start from the first tee.
36 Holes on Monday.
Local Rules will be in place and a sheet will be given out at 1st tee.
All players are reminded they must check-in personally and alert staff of any handicap changes.
Through the green, Preferred Lies will be in operation as well as relief from plugged balls.
R&A Rules of Golf will be in use as will standard SUS/BUCS golf competition rules.
Play will be from the Red Tees.
Players are reminded that this event will be used to raise money for Barnardo’s Children’s Charity. We have devised a way of raising this money and please take time to read the following sheet so you can let the starters know if you are taking part in the initiative or just making a kind donation
For this event we are aiming to raise money for the Children’s charity Barnardo’s. Whatever money is raised from the golfers, Scottish Universities will match that and present Barnardo’s with a cheque on the conclusion on the tournament.
The proposed idea is that for any bogey made by each individual golfer they donate 10p, for any double bogey 20p is donated and for anything above a double bogey 50 is donated. A small fee which will go to a worthy cause. It is of course at the discretion of the player if they take part in this initiative, a simple donation can be made as well. You will be prompted upon check-in if you want to take part or not.
Should you wish to learn more about Barnardo’s and their work with Universities and Colleges please contact Emma Cairns on 0131 314 6653 or at There is also further information about our work on our website which can be found at’

(Monday draw will reflect earlier scores):
9.30am 1st Tee Eleanor Pike (12) St Andrews
9.30am 1st Tee Felicity Lloyd Jones (9) St Andrews
9.30am 1st Tee Harriet Beasley (4) Stirling

9.40am 1st Tee Ashley Smith (6) St Andrews
9.40am 1st Tee Nadia Green (9) St Andrews
9.40am 1st Tee Susan Jackson (1) Edinburgh

9.50am 1st Tee Mikaela Nordblad (5) St Andrews
9.50am 1st Tee Jennifer Linklater (5) St Andrews

10.00am 1st Tee Megan Jones (3) St Andrews
10.00am 1st Tee Jane Turner (+2) RGU
10.00am 1st Tee Alisa Theunis (3) St Andrews


Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Sally from St Andrews win SULGA Stableford at The Duke's

Sally Richards (St Andrews University) won the latest Scottish Universities Ladies Golf Association Stableford competition over The Duke's Course St Andrews.
Sally, playing off 22 of a handicap, has a very good points score of 41 from the par-71 red tees (SSS 71, CSS 71).
Glasgow University students finished second and third.
Helen Goodwin finished runner-up with 41pt off 22 while Alison Brady finished third with 38pt off 13.

1 Sally Richards (St Andrews) (22) 41pt.
2 Helen Goodwin (Glasgow) (13) 38.
3 Alison Brady (Glasgow) (28) 34.
4 Rona Agnew (GCU) (25) 33.
5 Suzie McInally (GCU) (25) 32.
6 Isla Craigie (Edinburgh) (6), Nadia Green (St Andrews) (9) 31.
8 Arlene McGarty (Strathclyde) (5), Claire Mulholland (Dundee) (12), Fiona Rentoul (St Andrews) (15) 30.
11 Susan Jackson (Edinburgh) (scr) 29.
12 Harriet Beasley (Stirling) (5), Gillian Arnott (Strathclyde) (6), Emma Bisset (Aberdeen) (7) 28.
15 Rebecca Wilson (Stirling) (2), Rachel Cassidy (Stirling) (2) 27.
17 Katie MacPherson (St Andrews) (15) 26.
18 Eleanor Pike (St Andrews) (10) 23.
19 Nicola Robinson (Edinburgh) (11) 21.
20 Lisa Byrne (Dundee) (15) 5.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Arlene McGarty wins students' Stableford at Troon Portland

Arlene McGarty (Strathclyde University) won the Scottish Universities Ladies Golf Association's Stableford 4 competition over the Troon Portland course on Sunday.
She had 39pt, one ahead of Welsh international Gemma Bradbury (St Andrews) and Suzie McInally (GCU). Gemma's better inward half earned her official second place.
Par 73. SSS 73. CSS N/A
39pt Arlene McGarty (Strathclyde).
38pt Gemma Bradbury (St Andrews), better inward half, Suzie McInally (GCU).
37pt Rebecca Wilson (Stirling), Emma Bisset (Aberdeen).
35pt Nadia Green (St Andrews), Aimee Wickman (Glasgow).
34pt Rona Agnew (GCU).
32pt Alison Brady (Glasgow), Megan Jones (St Andrews), Rachel Cassidy (St8irling).
341pt Eleanor Pike (St Andrews).
29pt Katie MacPherson (St Andrews).
16pt Fiona McKirdy (St Andrews).

242 Glasgow.
236 GCU.
197 St Andrews.
184 Edinburgh.
160 Strathclyde.
136 Dundee.
133 Stirling.
131 Aberdeen.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Attention Students!

Message from Alan Ferguson

Attached are a copy of the Entry Forms for Scottish Universities Event 4 (Word doc) along with an information sheet regarding a Barnardo's fundraising event (Word doc) being run at Cardrona.
Whatever money is raised by the golfers will be matched by Scottish Uni's so please take the time to read the information and pass it on to your team.
This is only for the 3rd SUS Event at Cardrona.

Forms should be submitted to Rob Macpherson electronically on mailto:// or Alan Fleming on mailto://


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Scot has no ambition to turn pro before college days in California are over

Sally Watson to stay at university for four years

Scotland's Sally Watson, 18, freshman golfer. From that simple, roster-like listing flows quite a tale. To start with, Watson's presence at Stanford University is a coup, given that many consider her talented enough to consider turning professional now.
Watson, who made an international impression playing for the Great Britain and Ireland team in the 2008 Curtis Cup over the Old Course, St Andrews, says she wants the full experience of being a student-athlete at Stanford. "It's definitely my plan to stay for the four years."
Moreover, she's being billed a team leader. Stanford gets a fair share of competitively advanced frosh, but leadership is typically reserved to upperclassmen. "She's going to lead by example," says Caroline O'Connor, women's head coach. "She's going to speak her mind and push others to work harder." Not to mention whatever spark she provides just by playing.
Then there's a quality that doesn't always go hand in hand with natural ability at Watson's age: maturity. She talks with notable poise, for instance, about how formidable it would have been to turn pro—about how self-reliant and career-intense she would have needed to be, perhaps even to the point of an oppressive maturity.
"It's just a huge step," she says. "College is the last stage in your life where you don't necessarily have any worries. You still want to get A's, but you also have some freedom to be a little kid."
Watson's talent is a more complex topic. There's an obvious here-and-now to some of her skills, perhaps best demonstrated when she won three of five matches at the Curtis Cup, which pits the United States against Great Britain and Ireland in a competition for amateur girls and women. But her potential generates even more excitement.
That kind of rapid progression is special, says O'Connor. "She's a true student of the game, and she works at it like the best players in the country do."
Watson, a native of Edinburgh, lived in Scotland until she was nine then spent a few years in Orinda, when her father's work took the family to the Bay Area (San Francisc). She returned to Scotland for a while and then attended high school in Florida, where she got golf instruction at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
She had grown devoted to basketball until suffering a knee injury at 12; it was only then that she turned to golf in a serious way. Within just a few years she was showing off a swing that suggested a big future. In 2007, at 16, she made the cut at the Women's British Open and tied for 50th.
In Golfweek's preseason analysis of college teams, Watson was named to the third of three top-10 lists for women players, making her the only Stanford representative and just one of four freshmen rated among the top 30 selections in the country.
In her debut with the Stanford University Cardinals, Watson finished a little below the middle of the pack at the end of a rain-shortened, two-round event. But in the second of three fall tourneys, she was in contention to win, ultimately finishing fifth. At the Stanford Intercollegiate in mid-October, she tied for 51st in a field of 81.
As the year concluded, she was focused on her putting. "I think I can hole putts when I need to," she says. "It's the putting I'm doing in between that needs improvement, if that makes sense. I need to hole them more frequently."
Maybe Watson will be a golfer who's at her best when she's most in need of a clutch shot. "She manages stress on the golf course very well," says O'Connor. "When her back is against the wall, she's the one who wants to step up and perform."


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

US Palmer Cup coach appointed for June match

at Northern Ireland venue

The Golf Coaches Association of America has appointed Chris Zambri to be coach of the United States team for this year's transatlantic international students' match for the Palmer Cup.
The Americans have lost the last two matches.
Zambri (pictured) is head golf coach at the University of South Carolina.
The Europe v United States match will be held at Royal Portrush Golf Club, Co Antrim in Northern Ireland venue from June 24 to 26.
The Americans lost 13-11 last June at Cherry Hills CC, Denver, to a European students' team coached by Dean Robertson.
The last time the Palmer Cup match was held on this side of the Atlantic, Europe won 14-10 at Glasgow Gailes.
The two sides are 6-6-1 in the competition's first 13 years although Europe has a 5-2 record since 2003.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

World university championships at Malaga in early June

The world university golf championships will be played at Malaga, Spain from June 7 to 11.
There are plenty of courses in the Malaga region and probably two will be required to stage the men's and women's championships.
We'll keep you posted.
One thing is certain, no Curtis Cup team players from either side of the Atlantic will be competing in the world university championships. The Curtis Cup, hosted by Essex County Club, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, will be played from June 11 to 13.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Malcolm Pennycott and Kelsey MacDonald with their trophies after their victories at Crail.


Heriot Watt University student Malcolm Pennycott and Stirling ’s repeating Scottish Under-21 champion Kelsey MacDonald were the winners at the Scottish Universities’ second Order of Merit stroke-play tournament over 36 holes in inclement weather at the Crail Golfing Society ‘s Craighead Links.
Malcolm had rounds of 72 and 76 for a total of 149, against a CSS of 77 and 76, to head the men’s returns by one stroke from David Booth ( Stirling ), last year’s Scottish youths champion.
Nairn Dunbar GC member Kelsey shot 76 and 81 (CSS 75 and 74) for 157 and won by a single shot in a tight finish from Scotland international team-mate Jane Turner (Robert Gordon University) with Rebecca Wilson (Stirling) a futher shot behind in third place.

Par 142 (2x71) CSS 77 76
148 Malcolm Pennycott (Heriot Watt) 72 76.
149 David Booth (Stirling) 74 75.
150 Andrew Wallace (Stirling) 80 70, Steven Smith (Heriot Watt) 76 74, John Wybar (Aberdeen ) 75 75.
151 Colin Baird (Stirling) 70 81.
153 Alex Culverwell (Stirling) 76 77.
156 Darren Timms (Strling) 79 77, Alan Ferguson (UHI) 78 78.
157 Roddy Forgie (Edinburgh) 80 77.
158 Stephen Pointon (St Andrews) 81 77, Keith Shanks (Aberdeen) 80 78, Fraser Moore (Stirling) 79 79, Cole Sedgwick (St Andrews) 78 80.
159 William Russell (Stirling ) 79 80, Euan Brown (Strathclyde) 78 81.
160 Matt Wheeler (St Andrews) 80 80, Kit Holmes (Stirling) 78 82.
161 Mik de Picciotto (St Andrews) 84 77.
162 Steven Scott (Abertay Dundee) 86 76, Ben Sloan (Heriot Watt) 85 77, Paul Robinson (Strathclyde) 79 83, Douglas Maxwell (Aberdeen) 77 85.
163 Graeme Robertson (Stirling) 82 81, Patrick Spraggs (Stirling) 80 83.
164 Corin Fitch-Stewart (Aberdeen) 84 80, Gordon Stevenson (St Andrews) 76 88.
165 Mikey Hunt (UHI) 83 82, Mark Scanlan (Strathclyde) 81 84.
166 Neil Gordon (Aberdeen) 89 77.
169 Michael Daily (Stirling) 81 88.
170 Jordan Leask (Strathclyde) 88 82.
172 Tom McPhail (St Andrews) 92 80, Iain McNab (UHI) 86 86.
176 Alistir McDonald (Strathclyde) 91 85, Tom Murdoch (Abertay Dundee) 87 89.
177 Ryan Penny (UHI) 93 84.
No returns: Josh Clarke (Abertay Dundee) 85 NR, Jon Skomedal (Heriot Watt) 90 NR, Iain Lockhart (Abertay Dundee) 891 NR, Jon Corke (St Andrews) NR.
Par 148 (2x74) CSS 75 74
156 Kelsey MacDonald (Stirling) 76 80.
157 Jane Turner (Robert Gordon) 76 81
158 Rebecca Wilson (Stirling) 79 79.
159 Harriet Beasley (Stirling) 80 79.
164 Susan Jackson (Edinburgh) 80 84.
169 Rachel Cassidy (Stirling) 83 86.
170 Jennifer Linklater (St Andrews) 86 84.
172 Gillian Arnott (Strathclyde) 82 90.
175 Jordana Graham (Stirling) 90 85.
177 Alisa Theunis (St Andrews) 88 89.
178 Dorothea Bouck (Strathclyde) 80 88.


Friday, October 30, 2009

University tee times at Crail's Craighead Links on Monday & Tuesday

9.08 & 9.00 - Harriet Beasley (Stirling), Gillian Arnott (Strathclyde).
9.00 & 9.08 - Dorothea Bouck-Standen (Strathclyde), Kelsey MacDonald (Stirling).
9.32 & 9.16 - Jennifier Linklater (St Andrews), Jordana Graham (Stirling), Annelie Hersley (Vellinge).
9.24 & 9.24 - Rebecca Wilson (Stirling), Ailsa Theunis (St Andrews), Maria Alstrom (Vellinge).
9.16 & 9.32 - Susan Jackson (Edinburgh), Rachel Cassidy (Stirling), Jane Turner (Robert Gordon).
10.52 & 9.40 - Jon Skomedal (Heriot Watt), Neil Pirie (guest).
10.44 & 9.48 - Mark Scanlan (Strathclyde), Mathew McWilliam (Robert Gordon).
10.36 & 9.56 - Iain Lockhart (Abertay), Jordan Leask (Strathclyde), Tom McPhail (St Andrews).
10.28 & 10.04 - Sean Thompson (Stirling), Neil Gordon (Aberdeen), Alistair McDonald (Strathclyde).
10.20 & 10.12 - Paul Robinson (Strathclyde), Cole Sedgwick (St Andrews), Darren Timms (Stirling).
10.12 & 10.20 - Matt Wheeler (St Andrews), Mike Daily (Stirling), Gordon Munro (Robert Gordon).
10.04 & 10.28 - David Booth (Stirling), Jon Corke (St Andrews), John Wybar (Aberdeen).
9.56 & 10.36 - Tom Murdoch (Abertay), Niklas Jonsson (Vellinge), William Russell (Stirling).
9.48 & 10.44 - Douglas Maxwell (Aberdeen), Mike Howard (Stirling), Sebastian Nevhage (Vellinge).
9.40 & 10.52 - Kit Holmes (Stirling), Corin Fitch-Stewart (Aberdeen), Iain McNab (UHI).
12.04 & 11.00 - Keith Shanks (Aberdeen), Marcus Ryder (Vellinge), Fraser Moore (Stirling).
11.56 & 11.08 - Graeme MacDougall (Strathclyde), Colin Thomson (Stirling), Alan Ferguson (UHI).
11.48 & 11.16 - Patrick Spraggs (Stirling), Stephen Pointon (St Andrews), Euan Brown (Strathclyde).
11.40 & 11.24 - Roddy Forgie (Edinburgh), Mikey Hunt (UHI), Graeme Robertson (Stirling).
11.32 & 11.32 - Steven Smith (Heriot Watt), Colin Baird (Stirling), Johan Håkansson (Vellinge).
11.24 & 11.40 - Alex Culverwell (Stirling), Ben Sloan (Heriot Watt), Josh Clarke (Abertay).
11.16 & 11.48 - Jesper Henrikson (Vellinge), Ryan Penny (UHI), Bobby Rushford (Stirling).
11.08 & 11.56 - Mik de Picciotto (St Andrews), Andrew Wallace (Stirling), Gordon Stevenson (St Andrews).
11.00 12.04 - James White (Stirling), Steven Scott (Abertay), Malcolm Pennycott (Heriot Watt).


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Scottish Universities' Ladies Golf League

gets going at Scotscraig, Dundonald next

The Scottish Universities Ladies Golf League played its first competition of the year at Scotscraig Golf Club, Tayport in Fife on Sunday.
It was a great test of golf for all abilities and fortunately we had a much better day than we had expected weather wise. We were lucky after torrential downpour and 75 mph winds on Saturday night to have no rain at Scotscraig and only a moderate breeze.
The field consisted of 33 players from eight universities with a healthy mix of low, middle and high handicaps, and the results were as mixed as the field!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Scotscraig Golf Club for their assistance, both on Sunday and in the lead-up to the competition. They were fantastic and could not have been more help.
The course was in awesome condition and, quite honestly, a joy to play. The food was great and the bar staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
Extra credit should go to Barrie Liddle, the managing secretary, and Alison Harvey, Barrie's assistant, without whom we would not have been able to play the competition.
I would especially like to thank Susan Jackson from Edinburgh and Eleanor Pike from St Andrews who did a bit of running around for me last week and Katie Marshall from Glasgow who consented to going out last to get the girls started so that I could go first and collate the cards when the rest of the field returned. It's all about teamwork!
I hope that this is the start of a great year for Scottish Universities Ladies Golf, and with our new found alliance with the SLGA, I hope that we can go from strength to strength.
The next Stableford will be held at Dundonald Links on Sunday, November 8 and I require the final entries in by Friday, October 30, so if you have any additional ladies to add please do so as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me either through E-mail, or on my mobile (07917 584063).
Par 72. SSS 74. CSS 75
1 Katie Macpherson St Andrews 36 bih
2 Emma Bisset Aberdeen 36
3 Harriet Beasley Stirling 35
4 Jilly McKie Aberdeen 34
5 Gemma Bradbury St Andrews 33
6= Nicola Robinson Edinburgh 30
6= Alison Brady Glasgow 30
6= Susan Jackson Edinburgh 30
9= Suzie McInally GCU 29
9= Hannah Gaunt Stirling 29
9= Isla Craigie Edinburgh 29
12 Rebecca Wilson Stirling 28
13 Catriona Brady St Andrews 27
14= Katie Marshall Glasgow 26
14= Helen Goodwin Glasgow 26
16= Claire Mulholland Dundee 25
16= Marie Stranberg Edinburgh 25
16= Daniella Dudysova Glasgow 25
16= Eleanor Franks Glasgow 25
20= Katie Allan St Andrews 24
20= Vanessa Jones Edinburgh 24
20= Lucy Bannerman Aberdeen 24
23= Eleanor Pike St Andrews 22
23= Nicky Wilson Strathclyde 22
23= Jenny Linklater St Andrews 22
23= Jordana Graham Stirling 22
23= Jenny Henderson Aberdeen 22
28 Jill Meldrum GCU 21
29 Fiona Rentoul St Andrews 20
30 Lisa Byrne Dundee 19
31 Rachel Cassidy Stirling 17
32 Tina Oman Strathclyde 10

Team Standings after Stableford 1
1 Aberdeen 70
2 St Andrews 69
3 Stirling 64
4 Edinburgh 60
5 Glasgow 56
6 GCU 50
7 Dundee 44
8 Strathclyde 32


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

....................................JAMES WHITE .......................................................SUSAN JACKSON


James White, Andrew Wallace and Bobby Rushford provided a Stirling University 1-2-3 finish to the men's section while Susan Jackson (Edinburgh University) prevented another Stirling success in the women's category of the Scottish Universities Golf Order of Merit stroke-play event at Ladybank.
Former Scottish boys champion White, a member of Lundin Golf Club, Fife, had two classy rounds of 68 and 66 for an eight-under-par total of 134.
He won by five shots from Andrew Wallace (69-70) with Bobby Rushford (72-69) third on 141.
Susan Jackson, playing over her home Ladybank course, spreadeagled the women's field with a brilliant opening round of two-under-par 69. She cooled off a little with a second-round 77 for 146 but still won by six shots from Stirling University's Irish international player Rachel Cassidy (80-72) with Gemma Bradbury (St Andrews University), who helped Wales retain the women's home internationals title at Irvine last month, in third place with scores of 74 and 81 for 155.
Stirling A won the men's team title by 24 strokes. They were represented by James White, Andrew Wallace, Bobby Rushford and Colin Thomson.
Edinburgh won the women's title title by 10 shots. They were represented by Susan Jackson, Emma Fairnie and Isla Craigie.

Par 142 (2x71)
134 James White (Stirling) 68 66.
139 Andrew Wallace (Stirling) 69 70.
141 Bobby Rushford (Stirling) 72 69.
144 Ryan Campbell (Elmwood) 74 70, Alex Main (Edinburgh) 73 71.
146 Alex Culverwell (Stirling) 75 71, Colin Baird (Stirling) 74 71, Steven Scott (Abertay) 73 73, Graeme Robertson (Stirling) 73 73, Mik de Picciotto (St Andrews) 72 74, Patrick Spraggs (Stirling) 72 74.
147 Marc Smith (Elmwood) 76 71, Colin Thomson (Strling) 72 75.
148 Malcolm Pennycott (Heriot Watt) 79 69, Duncan Melville (St Andrews) 73 75, Michael Main (Dundee) 73 75.
149 Ryan Penny (UHI) 75 74, Ben Sloan (Heriot Watt) 74 75.
150 Steven Smith (Heriot Watt) 78 72, Gary Page (Elmwood) 77 73.
151 Fraser Moore (Edinburgh) 80 72, Mike Hunt (UHI) 79 73, Will Wrisdale (St Andrews) 78 74.
Women's scores:
Par 142 (2x71)
146 Susan Jackson (Edinburgh) 69 77.
152 Rachel Cassidy (Stirling) 80 72.
155 Gemma Bradbury (St Andrews) 74 81.
156 Emma Fairnie (Edinburgh) 78 78.
160 Rebecca Wilson (Stirling) 76 84.
163 Megan Jones (St Andrews) 85 78.
164 Ashley Smith (St Andrews) 83 81.
165 Jordana Graham (Stirling) 85 80.
167 Alisa Theunis (St Andrews) 83 84.
168 Eilidh Mackay (Stirling) 84 84.
172 Jennifer Linklater (St Andrews) 88 84.
177 Isla Craigie (Edinburgh) 92 85.
185 Nadia Green (St Andrews) 94 91.

414 Stirling A: J White, A Wallace, B Rushford, C Thomson.
438 Stirling B: F Moore, G Robertson, C Baird, P Spraggs.
447 Heriot Watt: B Sloan, S Smith, M Pennycott, A Foley.
Other totals:
449 Elmwood.
455 Stirling C.
456 UHI.
457 St Andrews A.
460 St Andrews B.
462 Edinburgh.
467 Dundee.
472 Aberdeen
480 Glasgow Caledonian.
482 Abertay.
302 Edinburgh: S Jackson, E Fairnie, I Craigie.
312 Stirling: R Wilson, R Cassidy, E Mackay.
316 St Andrews A: G Bradbury, M Jones, A Theunis.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Scottish Universities Golf

Calling all Caley Students!!! Your Golf Club Needs You!!!

Are you a student at Glasgow Caledonian University? Do you play Golf?

The Glasgow Caledonian Golf Club is currently recruiting new members in both Mens and Ladies Categories. We cater for all abilities of golfer and organise regular coaching sessions and range trips. We have a fantastic range of courses that we will be playing this year and there are opportunities for bursaries from the sports union for talented golfers too!

The GCU Golf Club also has range of exciting social activities from pub crawls to days away! We have negotiated special student rates at a local course and encourage all out members to play in team events, whether for the first team or in friendlies against other clubs.

If you would be interested in joining the GCU Golf Club drop and email with your contact details to and we will get in touch with you!


Scottish Universities Golf 2009-10

Ever wondered what's available for students who want to play golf in Scotland?

Suzie McInally, the Scottish development co-ordinator for Scottish Universities Sport Ladies Golf has emailed kirkwoodgolf with information on this season's golf programme.

For scratch players, there are 4 order of merit events this year:

Event 1 Ladybank GC 4-5 October 2009
Event 2 Crail Golfing Society 2-3 November 2009
Event 3 Macdonald Cardrona 14-15 March 2010
Event 4 Moray GC 28-30 March 2010

For the Ladies League (Stableford)

Event 1 Craigielaw Golf Club 25th October 2009
Event 2 Dundonald Links 8th November 2009
Event 3 Scotscraig Golf Club 22nd November 2009
Event 4 TBC 14th February 2010
Event 5 The Dukes Course, St Andrews 28th February 2010
Event 6 TBC 21st March 2010

Ladies Handicap Championships

Windyhill Golf Club 14th-15th April 2010

In addition to this there are 3 tiers of the British Universities League in Scotland and Information on this can be found on the website. Both men and ladies can play in this scratch league which runs throughout both semesters 1 and 2.

There are representative opportunities for both Scotland and Britain for our Home Internationals Side and the World Student Games.

If you are interested in playing Student Golf, you can contact Suzie McInally at for more information on the contacts for your relevant University team.

So no excuses that you don't know what is going on... if you are a student and want to play golf get on to Suzie now!


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Tight at the top in Boyd Quaich

students' event at St Andrews

It’s a three-way tie for the lead with one round left to play in the Boyd Quaich Memorial students’ international golf tournament.
Will Bowman (North Carolina), Matthew Williams (Aston University) and Gordon Stevenson (University of St Andrews) lead the field at 215 (one over par) with 18 holes on the Old Course to go.
Two rounds were played on Wednesday and at halfway it was Gordon Stevenson who held a six-shot lead after he added a level par 72 on the Old Course to his blistering first round 64 on the par 71 New Course.
However, things went a little awry for Gordon in the third round as he scored 79 which brought him back to the chasing pack. The main damage was done on the ninth hole where a quadruple bogey 7 undid most of his hard work
Williams and Bowman shot 73 and 71 respectively on the New Course and that means that they will be in the final group on Thursday morning’s final round. Last year’s runner-up, Daniel Sommerville, is just 2 shots back on 217 after a fine 72 on the New. His round could have been much better as it included a lost ball on the par 5 eighth. Daniel managed to make an eagle with his second ball so no momentum was lost but it was a case of ‘what might have been’ at the end of the round.
The best rounds of the day came from Aaron O’Callaghan and Marco Cioffrese who both managed one-under 70. They now find themselves part of a six-strong chasing pack four shots adrift of the leaders.

Par 214 (2x71,1x72)
215 Will Bowman (North Carolina) 70 74 71, Matthew Williams (Aston) 71 71 73, Gordon Stevenson (St Andrews) 64 72 79.
217 Daniel Sommerville (Dundee) 70 75 72, Joshua Clakre (Abertay) 71 73 73.
218 Christo Harms (Pretoria) 75 70 73, Kevin Stack (University College Cork) 73 70 75.
219 Aaron O’Callaghan (Southeastern Louisiana) 77 72 70, Marco Cioffrese (St Gellen) 76 73 70, Joe Campbell (North Carolina) 76 72 71, Philipp Dirkx (Grenoble) 73 74 72, Patrick Brimmer (Loughborough) 73 73 73, Kevin Duncan (Clayton State) 67 75 77.
220 Frazer McKenna (Southeastern Louisiana) 75 73 72, John Wybar (Aberdeen) 75 72 73.
221 Darragh Cochlan (Greensboro) 73 73 75, Wilson Bowen (Stanford) 72 73 76, Gerard Kelly (University College Dublin) 73 70 78.
222 Scott Samuel (Canada) 71 75 76, John Green (University College Dublin) 72 73 77.
223 Ben Wescoe (Yale) 76 73 74.
224 Neil McBride (Clayton State, Georgia) 76 73 75, Stephen Pointon (St Andrews) 74 72 78.


Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Students' international tournament at St Andrews

Gordon Stevenson sets hot pace with

a 64 over New in 'Boyd Quaich'

First-round leader in the Boyd Quaich Memorial international students' golf tournament at St Andrews is Gordon Stevenson (St Andrews University) who scored a magnificent seven under par 64 on the New Course.
The format for the first two days means that the field of 72 players is split, with half playing the New and half playing the Old Course.
Stevenson's 64 included six birdies and an eagle with just one blemish on the card, courtesy of a bogey at the par 3 ninth hole. Kevin Duncan from Ellon, a student at Clayton State University, Atlanta, Georgia, had the next best score of 67 over the New.
The only other player to get unbder the par of 71 at the New Course was Daniel Sommerville (Dundee University).
The scoring on the Old was considerably higher with the best round of 71 coming from Matthew Williams from Aston University.
Next best was a par 72 from Nick Clark of Toronto.Shot of the day certainly belonged to Brighton's Adam Kyle who holed his second on the par 5 8th hole of the New Course. It was his first albatross.The leading 30 players after Wednesday's second round will qualify for the third and fourth rounds, which will begin in the afternoon.


71 Matthew Williams (Aston).
72 Nick Clark (Toronto).
73 John Greene (University College, Dulbin), Marco Cioffrese (St Gallen).
74 Matthew Fowler (Leeds Metro), Christian Brown (Exeter), Will Bowman (North Carolina), Daniel Pearson (Warwick), Aaron Taylor (Ulster).
75 Oliver Stevens (Cardiff), Christopher Robinson (Cambridge), Alex Room (Edinburgh).
76 Chris Orr (Cardiff), Ben Skeet (Leeds Metro), Brian Cahill (University College Cork).
77 James Binning (Cambridge).
78 Steven Scott (Abertay), Michael Davies (West of England), Daniel Jones (Swansea).
Selected scores:
79 Paul Robinson (Strathclyde).
80 Ross McDonald (Edinburgh).

64 Gordon Stevenson (St Andrews).
67 Kevin Duncan (Clayton State, USA).
70 Daniel Sommerville (Dundee).
71 Adam Kyle (Brighton), Scott Samuel (Canada), Joshua Clarke (Abertay).
72 Wilson Bowen (Stanford,USA), Jack Owens (Ulster).
73 Gerard Kelly (University College Dublin), Kevin Stack (University College Cork), Philipp Dirkz (Grenoble), Patrick Brimmer (Loughborough), James Morrison (Stellenbosch, SAf), Darragh Cochlan (Greeensboro, USA).
74 Stephen Pointon (St Andrews), Andrew Myers (Bournemouth), Nicholas Powell (Guelph), Gian Andrea Hild (St Gallen).
75 John Wybar (Aberdeen), Christo Harma (Prfetoria), Frazer McKenna (SE Louisiana, USA).
76 Ben Wescoe (Yale), Joe Campbell (North Carolina), Daniel Farmer (Wales0k John McNally (Warwick), Neil McBride (Clayton State).
Selected Score
77 Fraser Campbell (Strathclyde).


Friday, July 03, 2009

Birmingham University

women's quartet beat

25 men's team to

take world title

Four women golfers from Birmingham University are the new world student match-play champions after they dismissed the challenge of 25 men’s teams to take the title.
They are: Lucy Williams, the English mid-amateur champion from Mid-Herts Golf Club, Sian James, pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency, from Bristol & Clifton in Gloucestershire, Charlotte Hope from Wrotham Heath, Kent, and Lauren Spray from Stanton on the Wolds in Nottinghamshire.
They were the only girls’ team in the event at Inglostadt in Munich which was contested by 26 teams from all around the world, including South Africa, the USA, the Netherlands, Sweden and France.
Lucy commented: “It was a massive achievement for Birmingham University as well as English women’s golf considering we were the only girls’ team playing! The girls led from the start. They were top qualifiers after the first day’s stroke-play, finishing three strokes ahead of the University of Manchester team.
In the semi-finals they beat the Warwick men’s team 3-1 and went on to face a German team, Erlangen-Nurnberg, in the foursomes match-play final. Lucy and Charlotte won their match 2 and 1 while Sian and Lauren finished one up.
Lyndsey Hewison
Press & PR Officer


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Steve North honoured by University

of St Andrews as 'Coach of the Year'

Steve North, Braemar Golf’s Academies Director, based at the St Andrews Links Golf
Academy, has been awarded the “Coach of the Year” honour by the University of St
Andrews. The award is in recognition of Steve’s outstanding contribution and service to the
University of St Andrews Golf Clubs.
The award was presented by Stephen Stewart, Director of Sport & Exercise. “Steve has had
an enormous input into the development and promotion of golf at the University of St
Andrews over the last three years. His expertise and knowledge have been invaluable in
taking the Men’s and Ladies’ Golf Clubs forward.
"In addition he has taken the R&A Golf Bursary Scheme to a new level. He has provided a strong mentoring role for individual players and was instrumental in leading the men’s team to victory in the Scottish Universities golf tournament at Lossiemouth.”
Mr Stewart also added “Thanks to the generosity of Braemar Golf and the commitment from
Steve, he has travelled internationally with the team, including a visit to the US to compete in
the Stanford Intercollegiate Golf Tournament. He has offered many hours of his own time to
help drive golf forward for the University of St Andrews to become one of the leading golf
programmes in Europe”.
The honour was part of the Athletic Union’s Blues and Colours Awards Ceremony, which
highlights the outstanding achievement of their sportsmen and women and honour the
commitment and dedication of individuals helping to create the vision of sporting excellence
outlined in the University of St Andrews Strategy for Sport.
Steve North commented “The award was totally unexpected and I am delighted to receive
it.” He went on “Braemar Golf, St Andrews Links Golf Academy and I are delighted to be
working with the University of St Andrews and are committed to continuing the development
of the programmes, teams and players. I would like to thank Stephen and his team for
believing in me and what we are trying to achieve and of course the dedication and results of
the team themselves”.
+++Braemar Golf is an international golf management services company with its headquarters at the Home of Golf in St Andrews. They deliver technical services, management,
construction management and advisory services, and are currently involved in projects in St
Andrews, throughout Europe, the Middle East, Russia and North Africa.


Saturday, June 06, 2009

Dean Robertson leads

Europe to victory over

US in Palmer Cup

Europe stymied a late American rally to claim a 13-11 win at the 2009 Palmer Cup presented by Fisher Capital Partners at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
The victory was the Europeans' second in a row and their fourth in the last six annual contests. They won at Glasgow Gailes in 2008 and this was their second on American soil (they won at Kiawah Island in 2003). The win evened the all-time series, 6-6-1.
After splitting the morning’s foursomes matches - which left Europe needing only 2 1/2 points to retain the Palmer Cup, Europe roared out to big leads in each of the first three singles matches. Team USA briefly cut into Europe’s lead when Mike Van Sickle when he posted the largest singles victory in Palmer Cup history with an 8 and 7 win.
The Europeans quickly responded with a 5 and 4 victory by Stephan Gross and Jorge Campillo downing Bud Cauley, 2 and 1. Tim Sluiter looked poised to close out the matches after building a four-hole lead through four holes against Morgan Hoffmann and leading by the same margin after No. 12.
Hoffmann claimed four of the next five holes to move the match to all square after 17 with the Americans leading or all square in the remaining matches. However, Hoffmann’s tee shot on No. 18 went into the water to the left of the fairway and Sluiter made par to give Europe the team victory.
Cameron Tringale (1-up), Trent Leon (2 and 1) and Adam Mitchell (3 and 2) would claim wins for the U.S. while Italy’s Andrea Pavan and Erik Flores halved the final match for a final team score of 13-11.
“Our team played extremely well this week and had a tough fight today against the U.S.,” said Europe's head coach, Dean Robertson (pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency) from Scotland.
“It was a privilege to play at a course with the history of Cherry Hills and have Arnold Palmer in attendance all week.”
Friday details:
Foursomes (2-2)
European names first
Jorge Campillo & Tim Sluiter bt Bud Cauley & Mike Van Sickle 5 and 4.
Stephan Gross & Chris Paisley lost to Erik Flores & Steve Ziegler 1 hole.
Leonardo Motta & Andrea Pavan bt Trent Leon & Adam Mitchell 3 and 2.
Henrik Norlander & Robin Wingardh lost to Morgan Hoffmann & Cameron Tringale 1 hole.
Singles (3 1/2-4 1/2)
Campillo bt Cauley 2 and 1.
Gross, Europe bt Ziegler 5 and 4.
Sluiter bt Hoffmann 1 hole.
Paisley lost to Tringale 1 hole.
Motta lost to Van Sickle 8 and 7.
Pavan halved with Flores.
Wingardh lost to Leon 2 and 1.
Norlander lost to Mitchell 3 and 2.