Lochend Ladies Championship 2003
Saturday 9th August
Glorious weather for finals day as Eileen Gillespie and Myra Law both attempted to win their first ever Lochend Championship. Myra took an early one-up lead but Eileen knuckled down, conquered her nerves and exhibited some of the fine golf which has resulted in her most successful season ever, to be 3-up after 10.
Myra, has been known to produce many great comebacks as Eileen knows only too well, remember last year's semi-final when Myra overturned Eileen's 4-up lead?
This time however Eileen didn't falter and a 4-up lead going up the 15th proved to be one great comeback too much for Myra as Eileen remained calm and slotted in for a 5 & 4 victory, a tremendous achievement for Eileen who will go on to represent Lochend in the Champion Of Champions Competition. And for Myra, runner-up two years running, there's always next year. Championship draw in full
In the Bronze Championship Final, Eunice Reid took on Seline Stewart and Eunice well and truly erased the bad memories of her past appearance in this final. Showing no signs of nerves Eunice took an early 2-up lead as Seline was finding it difficult to produce the accuracy and shot-making of Wednesday's titanic 20 hole semi.
Throughout the match Seline did have her chances but Eunice kept ahead and, on the 20th anniversary of her Championship win (back in the days when it was handicapped), Eunice eventually took the match at the 17th for a 2&1 victory.
Bronze Championship Draw in full
So there you have it, a worthy new champion, thoughts of what might have been for others and a great turn out by the ladies section to support the finals, well done to you all.
Wednesday 6th August
Semi Finals night and some real exciting matches on offer. First up in the Championship, number one seed, Eileen Gillespie, was given a tough time against Pat Meikle. By the 14th Eileen had broke away to be 3-up then Pat, who's solid putting had kept her in touch throughout the game, sank another 15 footer to win the 15th. Eileen scrambled a half at the 16th then held her nerve to half the 17th for a 2 & 1 victory and a place in the final.
In the other semi-final Joyce Anderson and Myra Law, provided the drama (don't they always!). Joyce started off in fine form. A superb tee shot on the 4th was so unlucky to roll off to the side but was good enough to win the hole and Joyce was 3-up early doors and continued to be 2 or 3-up for most of the match. Then Myra, 3-down with 3 to play, got the bit between her teeth and won the 16th then found the green from the tee and putted in for a 2 at the 17th. Myra found the green in 2 at the 18th but it was still Joyce who had the chance to putt for the match but it didn't drop so off they went up the 19th, halved in 5. Myra, once again showing that never-say-die attitude, then snatched the match at the 20th hole for yet another magnificent come-back. So its Eileen and Myra, both aiming for there first ever Lochend Championship, who will fight it out on Saturday. Championship draw in full
20 holes were also needed to decide the Bronze Championship semi between Jaci Moriarty and Seline Stewart. Jaci's approach play early on was countering Seline's incredibly long driving and Jaci was 2 up after the first 10 holes. Then Seline turned the tie on its head by powerfully winning 4 holes on the trot then Jaci fought back and the tie was all square after 18 holes. Both players showed signs of nerves at the first extra hole and halved it in 6 after Seline's putt for the match was short. At the 20th hole Seline launched another massive drive then was pin-high off the green on the left with her second. Jaci failed to equal that and Seline's pitch and putt was enough to win another super match.
The other semi-final also went the distance as Eunice Reid slugged it out with Margaret Richards. Another see-saw battle as Eunice was 2-up early on then Margaret was 2-up after 10 then 3-up after 14. Eunice then won the final four holes for a fine win in another closely fought match. So its Eunice and Seline in the Bronze Championship final, both championships have gone the way of the seedings, both Championships will have new names on the trophy and I'm sure both finals will be excellent matches. See ya on Saturday.
Monday 4th August
After the fun and games of the Aberfeldy weekend it was down to the "serious" business of the Ladies Championships.....
First up in the main Club Championship, top qualifier, Eileen Gillespie
fought off stiff opposition from Diane Moncrieff to win 4 & 2 at the 16th.
In the semi-finals Eileen will meet Pat Meikle who recorded an emphatic 6&4 win over Coleen Derighetti, not the expected close match due in the main to a fine performance from Pat who hardly put a foot wrong tee-to-green all night. Steady Eddie strikes again!
The final tie played tonight was battle of the champions, as Linda Bain began her defense of the championship against Joyce Anderson. Joyce, fresh from her Aberfeldy win, continued the winning streak. keeping her nose in front for most of this closely fought tie, Joyce eventually won 2 & 1 to set-up another clash with Myra Law who received a walk-over as Kath Leith had to pull out.
Championship draw in full
In the Bronze Championship, top-qualifier, Seline Stewart took on Violet Paterson in the only tie to go up the 18th tonight. A real ding-dong battle this turned out to be. Seline was 2-up with 2 to play, having been 3-down at one stage. Violet won the 17th and then on the 18th, with the grandstand watching, Violet had a short-ish putt to take the tie into extra time. The putt lipped the hole and Seline marches into the Semi-final and will face Jaci Moriarty who also had a fine game against Linda Hutchinson. winning 3 & 2 to maintain her fine winning form in the only match of the night that didn't go the way of the seeding.
Eunice Reid, showed no after effects of Aberfeldy as she scored a resounding 6 & 5 victory over Patsy White and will now play Margaret Richards who scored a 5&4 win over Thelma Dey
Bronze Championship Draw in full
And so we're off and running, congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the "others", with the defending champion falling at the first hurdle we're in good company. See you all on Wednesday for the next installment.