Thursday, September 29, 2016

DAY 3 -- England win the Senior Home Internationals and Scotland win the wooden Spoon

From Colin Farquharson
England are the Senior Women's Home Internationals title winners for the 10th time since the tournament started in 2003. They completed a 100 per cent winning week at Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire by beating Wales 5.5-2.5 to win the Sue Johnson Trophy for the third year in a row.
Ireland beat Scotland 6-2 in today's other match on a very windy day. That meant that Ireland, Scotland and Wales finished with 1pt apiece. After a long involved three-stage countback, European champions Ireland were declared the runners-up with Wales third and Scotland last of four.
Ireland led Scotland 2-1 after the foursomes and then won the first four singles to finish to assure themselves of victory, if not by the 8-0 margin of last year's match still a comfortable margin.
Senior British champion Laura Webb was back at something like her best in beating Scotland's Alex Glennie by 6 and 5.
Gertie McMullen was also back in form with a 5 and 4 win over Lorna McKinley, achieved with one-under-par figures, quite an achievement in the bright but very breezy conditions.

Mary Sheehy won by 6 and 5 against Gillian Kyle.
Sheena McElroy gained Ireland's sixth point with a 4 and 3 win over Mary Smith. The key holes in this match were the eighth, ninth and 10th. McElroy won all three, birdieing the eighth and 10th. She was roughly level par at the finish

Scotland supporters had to wait all afternoon for a solitary home success in the singles. It was achieved by Aberdeen's Sheena Wood who had to go all the way to the 18th green to win by two holes against Suzanne Corcoran.
The Scot was four up after eight but Corcoran kept chipping away at the lead by winning the ninth, 11th and the 16th with a birdie.
Wood held her nerve and was able to win the 18th with a par 4 for a hard-earned victory.

Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire

Wales 2.5   England  5.5 

Morning Foursomes (Wales 1 England 2)
Ann Lewis and Sharon Roberts beat Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield 2 and 1
Denise Richards and Jane Rees lost to Jackie Foster and Catherine Rawthore 3 and 2
Olwen Davies and Chris Harries lost to Helen Lowe and Karen Jobling 5 and 4

Afternoon Singles (Wales 1.5 Engand 3.5)
Jane Rees lost to Catherine Rawthore 1 hole
Anne Lewis beat Katherine Russell 3 and 2
Olwen Davies lost to Helen Lowe 1 hole
Dineise Richards halved with Karen Jobling
Sharon Roberts lost to Jackie Foster 7 and 6

Scotland 2    Ireland 6

Morning foursomes (Scotland 1 Ireland 2)
Sheena Wood and Gillian Kyle lost to Laura Webb and Gertie McMullen
Fiona De Vries and Lesley Lloyd lost to Sheena McElroy and Carol Wickham 2 holes
Mary Smith and Lorna McKinlay beat Mary Sheehy and Maria O'Reilly 1 up

Afternoon Singles (Scotland 1 Ireland 4)
Sheena Wood beat Suzanne Corcoran 2 up
Alex Glennie lost to Laura Webb 6 and 5
 Lorna McKinlay lost to Gertie McMullen 5 and 4
Mary Smith lost to Sheena McIlroy 4 and 3
Gillian Kyle lost to Mary Sheehy 6 and 5


3pt England 3 wins
1pt Ireland 1 win, 2 defeats (F11 A13)
1pt Wales 1 win, 2 defeats (F11 A13)
1pt Scotland 1 win, 2 defeats (F9.5 A14.5)
+Ireland won a three-stage countback to be official runners-up.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


by Colin Farquharson

Scotland looked on their way to a shock victory over defending champions England when they led 2-1 after the Day 2 morning foursomes in the Senior Women's Home Internationals at a wet and eventually windy Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire today.
But England's strength in depth enabled them to turn the tables in the singles which they won 4.5 to 0.5 for an overall 5.5-2.5 victory which keeps them on schedule to win the title for the third time in a row and the 10th time in all.
Fiona De Vries and Lesley Lloyd won their foursomes by two holes and so too did Mary Smith and Lorna McKinlay.
The singles were not quite so one-sided in England's favour as the bare results suggest. Sheena Wood was a little bit unlucky to go down by one hole in the top singles tie while Lesley Lloyd was one up on the 18th tee but lost the last hole to let her English opponent off the hook with a square game.
European senior champions Ireland have lost their first two matches. Their 5.5-2.5 reverse by England was a body blow to the star-studded Irish side who will be out to repeat last year's 8-0 victory when they play Scotland on the final day at Alyth.
It will be a major surprise if England do not clinch the title by beating Wales.

Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire
DAY 2 
Foursomes (2-1)
S Wood and G Kyle lost to J Brown and A Greenfield 4 and 3.
F De Vries and L Lloyd bt H Lowe and K Jobling 2 holes.
M Smith and L McKinlay bt J Foster and K Russell 2 holes.

Singles (0.5-4.5)
Wood lost to C Rawthore 1 hole.
Kyle lost to Greenfield 3 and 2.
McKinlay lost to Brown 3 and 2.
Lloyd halved with Russell.
De Vries lost to Foster 4 and 3.

Foursomes (2-1)
C Wickham and S McElroy bt A Lewis and S Roberts 2 and 1.
L Webb and S Corcoran lost to J Rees and D Richards 2 and 1.
M Sheehy and M O'Reilly bt C Harries and O Davies 4 and 3.

Singles (0.5-4.5)
G McMullen lost to Rees 1 hole.
Wickham lost to Lewis 6 and 5.
Webb lost to Harries 1 hole.
Sheehy lost to Davies 3 and 2.
McElroy halved with Roberts.

England 2 wins
Scotland 1 win
Wales 1 win
Ireland 0 wins

08.30 and 01.10: Wales v England
09.00 and 13.50: Scotland v Ireland

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


West Vet Gillian Kyle on the 1st Tee
Photo courtesy of Colin Farquarson
Scotland scored their first win for at least two years in the Senior Ladies Home Internationals at Alyth Golf Club, Perthshire today, beating Wales 5-3 in their first match after losing all three 12 months ago.
The Scots took a 2-1 edge from the morning foursomes and added three more points with wins by Gillian Kyle (2 and 1 over Denise Richards),
Lesley Lloyd (2 and 1 against Olwen Davies) and Fiona De Vries (2 and 1 against Sharon Roberts).
Wales' two winners in the singles were Jane Rees, who beat Sheena Wood 3 and 2 in the lead-off tie, and former Senior British champion Ann Lewis, a 3 and 2 winner over Lorna McKinlay.
All square at the turn, Rees went two up on Wood by winning the 10th and 13th. The Scot won the 14th to be only one down but Rees took the 15th and 16th for the match.
Kyle was one up at the turn against Richards and went up at the 12th. Richards rallied to win the 13th to be only one down but halves at the 14th and 15th gave Kyle some breathing space and the Scot won the 16th and halved the 17th for a 2 and 1 win, her second of the day.
McKinlay was two up after nine against Lewis but the Welsh player went to town on the inward half, winning the 11th and 12th to square the contest and then taking the 13th, 14th and 16th for a 3 and 2 victory.
Lloyd won the sixth, 10th and 12th for a two-hole lead over Davies. The Scot then won the 14th to be three up. Davies won the 15th to be two down with three to play but she ran out of holes as Lloyd won on the 17th green.
Roberts won the ninth and 10th to square her match against De Vries. The next three holes were halved before De Vries edged ahead again by winning the 14th.
The 15th was halved. Then De Vries won the 16th to be dormie and she won by 2 and 1 to clinch Scotland's 5-3 victory.

European senior champions Ireland came a cropper in their bid to take the home title out of England's grasp. England won 5.5-2.5, taking the foursomes by a 2pt margin and the singles 3-1.
Scotland, who lost all three matches 12 months ago, beat Wales 5-3 on a day that started wet but turned bright and very breezy by lunchtime.


Sheena Wood and Gillian Kyle bt Ann Lewis and Sharon Roberts 1 hole.
Fiona De Vries and Lesley Lloyd bt Chris Harries and Patricia Fernon 4 and 2.
Alex Glennie and Mary Smith lost to Denise Richards and Jane Rees 7 and 6.

Wood lost to Rees 3 and 2.
Kyle bt Richards 2 and 1.
L McKinlay lost to Lewis 3 and 2.
Lloyd bt O Davies 2 and 1.
De Vries bt Roberts 2 and 1.


ENGLAND lead IRELAND 2.5-0.5
Jackie Foster and Catherine Rawthore bt Gertie McMullen and Maria O'Reilly 2 holes.
Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield bt Carol Wickham and Sheena McElroy 1 hole.
Helen Lowe and Karen Jobling halved with Laura Webb and Suzanne Corcoran.

Rawthore lost to Wickham 2 and 1
Brown bt M Sheehy 4 and 3.
K Russell bt O'Reilly 2 and 1.
Jobling lost to Webb 5 and 4.
Foster bt McMullen 5 and 4.


Monday, September 26, 2016


Senior Home International Matches
Alyth Golf Club
27th - 29th September 2016
Scottish Seniors Team
Top - Lt o R - Mary Smith, Gillian Kyle, Alex Glennie, Sheena Wood
Front - L to R - Fiona de Vries, Lorna McKinlay, Lorna Bennett (Captain) and Lesley Lloyd


 Lorna Bennett Captain

1  Fiona de Vries (St Rule)

2  Alex Glennie (Kilmarnock Barassie)
3  Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire)
4  Lesley Lloyd (Hayston)
5  Lorna McKinlay (Dunnikier Park)
6  Mary Smith (Tain)
7  Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies)

Tuesday's  opening matches at Alyth:
Scotland v Wales
England v Ireland.
Foursomes tee off from 08.30 to 09.30

Singles tee off from 1.10pm to 2.22

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

West Vets do well at Sunny Blairgowrie

L to R-- Captain Marion with prizewinners  Fiona, Alex, Carol, Gillian and Jill
Photo courtesy of Gillian Kirkwood

Captain Marion Stewart and Midlands Captain Shelagh Quinn with the Lyon Trophy
Photo courtesy of Gillian Kirkwood


The SVLGA Patrick Rosebowl, Small Cup and Beddoch Quaichs Greensomes competitions  were played in BEAUTIFUL weather at Blairgowrie on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th  September with West Vets members doing well.

Congratulations to Alex Glennie who won the Patrick Rosebowl  for best Net score  of 75 (3) 72, and also the Lyon Picture for best Scratch of 75
Gillian Kyle won the Kennaway Quaich as a losing semi finalist in the Championship Matchplay over the Landsdowne Course which was eventually won by Jennifer Bryans (East) who beat Sheena Wood (North) in the final

Carol Fell was the winner of the Small Cup in the wee course 5 club competition par 32 with a 35 (5) 30, won 5th prize in the Patrick Rosebowl and was also 2nd in the over 65-69 age group of the Patrick Rosebowl with an 85 (10) 75.

Jill West was 4th in the Patrick Rosebowl with 88 (13) 75 bih
Fiona Roger was runner up in the over 70's group with a 91 (14) 77.

West also shared the Lyon Trophy with Midlands, for the Division with best three nett scores : West (72,75,75) and Midland (72,74,76)

Patrick Rosebowl over the Rosemount Course:  SSS 74, CSS 76

On the Tuesday in the Greensomes Competition over the Landsdowne Course there were no West Winners with the Midlands pairing of Christine Steedman and Ruth McConkey winning the Beddochs Quaich with and 84 (10.2 ) 73.2. The Scratch was won by Susan Arbuckle and Mary Summers (North) with an 80.

However many congrats go to Susan Young who had a HOLE IN ONE at the 9th playing with her sister Jess Blackwood.

Susan Young at the end of her Greensomes round is delighted with her Hole in One

Monday, September 19, 2016

West Vets Champion Gillian Kyle loses at the 20th in the Scottish Vets Championship

Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies and North) failed in her bid to win the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association match-play championship for the second year in a row - but she went as far as the final again before losing over the Blairgowrie Lansdowne course this afternoon. Sheena was beaten 4 and 2 by the East of Scotland Vets' champion Jennifer Bryans (Harburn) in the final. In this morning's semi-finals, Sheena beat Gillian Kyle (West) at the 20th while Jennifer beat Fiona Hunter (Galloway) 3 and 2 in the other semi-final.

West Vets Champion Gillian Kyle through to Semi Final of the Scottish Vets Championship at Blairgowrie

Defending champion Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies and North) is through to the semi-finals of the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association match-play championship played over the Blairgowrie Lansdownie course today,
Sheena beat Alison Bartlett (Royal Dornoch and Highland) 1 hole.
In the other ties, Gillian Kyle (West) beat Lorna McKinlay (Midland 6 and 5, while Fiona Hunter (Galloway) beat Venetia Scott (Borders) 5 and 4.
In Monday morning's semi-finals, Sheena will play Gillian Kyle (West) while Jennifer Bryans (East), who received a bye in the quarter-finals, will play Fiona Hunter (Galloway).

Thursday, September 15, 2016


There's a lot going on this weekend....  including the final stages of the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association Championship over the Lansdowne course at Blairgowrie, starting on Sunday afternoon.
The Champions of each of the eight divisions within the SVLGA meet for the match play stages on Sunday and Monday.

1:30 Alison Bartlett (Highland) v Sheena Wood (North - holder)
1:40 Gillian Kyle (West) v Lorna McKinlay (Midlands)
1:50 Jennifer Bryans (East) w.o.  (Dumfrieshire was not able to supply a competitor)
2:00 Fiona Hunter (Galloway) v Venetia Scott (Borders)
Monday Semi-finals at 9:05 and 9:15 and Final at 1:30pm.