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KELSEY TARGETS SECOND SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
12th May 2012

Desperately disappointed to miss out on next month's Curtis Cup at Nairn, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) will have plenty incentive in her bid to regain the Scottish Ladies' Amateur Championship at Tain from May 15-19.

A teenage winner at Craigielaw two years ago, MacDonald, now 21, is the back marker in the 67-strong draw and the plus three handicapper goes into the Championship as the title favourite.

Unfortunately, Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) is unable to defend the title as she cannot get time away from her teaching job, while Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), Scotland's lone Curtis Cup representative, is competing on the European Access Series in Sweden.

MacDonald admits she was "gutted" to miss out on her place in the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team - she is one of the reserves - but will still be attending the event in a media capacity.

"Curtis Cup selection was what I wanted," she reflected. "But getting into the team wouldn't have guaranteed a successful professional career and that is the ultimate goal.

"I have another year at Stirling University - I won't really decide about my future until I have completed my degree."

The Briggs sisters from Kilmacolm will be among MacDonald's fiercest challengers. Megan won the title at Southerness three years ago and Eilidh was runner-up to Kenney at Machrihanish 12 months ago.

Eilidh is one of a number of teenagers vying for the title. Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) is currently playing full-time amateur golf and Clara Young (North Berwick) is just 15 but has already played for Great Britain and Ireland in the Junior Vagliano Trophy. 

After qualifying rounds on Tuesday (May 15) and Wednesday (May 16), the leading 32 players will qualify for the match-play knock-out stages. The 18-hole final starts at 9.00am on Saturday, May 19. 

The Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association, founded in 1904 and incorporated in 2006, is the governing body for ladies' and girls' amateur golf in Scotland.

 







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