Sunday, September 21, 2014


Lorna Bennett (Midland) won the Scottish Veteran Ladies Golf Association Championship at Strathmore Golf Centre, Alyth this afternoon (Sunday).
Lorna, a member of Ladybank Golf Club, Fife, beat Highland champion Mary Smith from Tain at the 19th in a very exciting final.
Bennett took the lead at the second and although brought back to all square at the fifth, she then won the seventh and eighth and thereafter was either one or two up for the rest of the round until arriving at the 17th tee dormie two.
At that point Smith, who last week finished runner-up in the Senior British women's open amateur championship at Royal Dornoch, holed a 25ft putt for a birdie 2 on 17 and a 10ft putt on 18 to square the match and force it into extra holes.
Bennett had a cast iron par 5 on the first to take the hole and the title.
They halved the first in par 5s.
Lorna won the second when Mary three putted.
Holes 3 and 4 halved
Mary won the fifth to go to square.
They halved the short 6th in 3s
Lorna won 7 and 8 with pars to go 2 up.
Mary won the 10th to take it back to one.
Lorna had a birdie 3 at the 11th to go to 2 up
They halved 12 and 13.
Mary won the par 5 14th with a birdie, back to one.
Halved 15
Lorna won 16 with a par to go back to 2up.
Mary had a birdie 2 at 17 (25ft putt)
and a birdie 4 at 18 (10ft putt) to be back to square
Lorna had a par 5 at 19th (Mary took three from the edge) to win

Weekend results

Mary Smith (Highland) beat Linda Scott ( Galloway) 3 and 2
Sheena Wood (North) beat Alison Smith (Borders) 7 and 6
Karen Ballantyne (East) beat Lorraine Campbell (West) 2 and 1
Lorna Bennett (Midland) beat Margaret McGregor (Dumfriesshire) 3 and 2
Smith beat Wood 1 hole
Bennett beat Ballantyne 4 and 3.
Bennett beat Smith at 19th.

Thanks go to the report by Gillian Kirkwood.