A mixed weekend at Stranraer for the Scottish County Finals as far as results but a fantastic effort by the Ayrshire team against very tough opposition.
Ayrshire were up against the holders, Angus, on day one and despite a valiant effort only managed one point, won by Linzi Allan in the singles on the 18th green.
On Day two they faced the 2014 winners, Midlothian, again the girls played well but were up against birdies and eagles from very strong opposition. Debbie Watt and Hazel MacGarvie secured a half point in the morning foursomes, Debbie did the double by getting a half point in the afternoon, great result having been 3 down early on, and Emma Hale also halved her singles match.
It was the battle for 3rd and 4th place between Ayrshire and Dumfries-shire on the final day. Determined to leave Stranraer on a high the girls got off to a great start by winning the morning foursomes 2-1. Needing only 3 wins out of the 6 afternoon singles Jenny Linklater and Hazel MacGarvie won their matches and Linzi Allan halved hers so it came down to the final green where Catherine Malcolm secured the final half point required for us to finish in third place overall.
Angus retained their title by beating Midlothian in a very close match by 5 points to 4.
Many thanks from Sheila and the team to all the travelling supporters, caddies and good wishes from the Ayrshire lady members.
Emma wins the
double!Emma Hale (Troon Ladies), in her last year as a junior, won the
scratch and handicap prizes yesterday at Beith in Ayrshire's Junior Girls'
competition. Playing in exceptionally strong winds over Beith's hilly parkland
course, Emma's scratch 70, net 69 was an excellent round of golf. Her 69 won
the St. Nicholas Trophy by 2 strokes over Jennifer Howie (Largs). As the best
scratch, Emma wins the qualifier for the Telegraph Junior Golf
Championship. Bronze winner was Emma Waitzmann (Prestwick St. Nicholas) 122
(36) 86. SSS 69, CSS
Sheila McDougall (Prestwick St Nicholas) and Barbara Kerr
(West Kilbride) have reached the final of the bronze championship. The final
will be played at Irvine Golf Club on Thursday 27th August at 9.45.
Hazel is pictured here with the Under 16's Trophy which she won from a top
quality field of young players this week in the British Girls at West Kilbride.
Hazel also received a prize for the best score in the first of the qualifying
rounds. The Scotland team in the Team Event comprised, Hazel, Chloe Goadby and
Shannon McWilliam and Hazel was presented with this trophy at the prizegiving
The silver cup is the team trophy and the glass one the uner 16s.
Out of 64 qualifiers for the match play Hazel came up against her friend, and fellow Scot, Chloe Goadby in the first round. Hazel got off to a great start and was never down in the match winning by 3&2
In the second round she came up against Chloe Salort from France. Hazel had a "sticky patch" and was 3 down with only 5 holes to play. She managed to get 2 holes back but was still one down on the 18th where her opponent sank a 15ft putt for a half and a place in the next round.
Hard lines Hazel but what a memorable week with that fantastic 9 under par 64 in the first round of the stroke play.