Local interest continues in British Ladies’ Amateur Open

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WITH HER Carnoustie Ladies’ clubmate Ailsa Summers already in the line-up, Jessica Meek had to wait until the last minute before gaining entry to the 109th British Ladies’ Amateur Open Championship at Carnoustie on Tuesday.

Jessica, who won the Northern Ladies’ Open over the Carnoustie course recently with a great scratch round of 73, was still on the waiting list because her handicap is not low enough for an automatic place.

However, being local she could make herself available at the first tee much more easily than most on the waiting list.

After waiting for several hours after the start of the qualifying rounds, she eventually shot a 10-over par 82 on the first day which had her in joint 93rd place, with Celine Boutier of France and Giulia Molinaro of Italy at the top of the scoreboard.

Ailsa carded a 12-over par 84, joint 114.

Elie and Earlsferry’s Sally Watson was best placed Scottish player two shots off the lead on 72. Wednesday proved a much better day for Jessica with 11 pars and four birdies at holes 3, 6, 11 and 12 to give her a score of 71, keeping her nine over in 24th position which meant she was through to the matchplay stages.

Although Ailsa had two birdies in her second round she was still plagued with bogeys and finished with a 10 over-par 82 to put her 22 over in 122nd position.

The eventual winner of the qualifying rounds was Scotland’s Sally Watson with rounds of 72 and 69 and she joined Jessica, Rachel Watton and Alyson Mckechin in the matchplay stages.

Final qualifying positions: 1, Sally Watson (Sco) -3, 141; 2, Celine Boutier (Fra) -3, 141; 3, Amy Boulden (Wal) +2, 146; 4, Daniela Holmquist (Swe) +2, 146; 5, Giulia Molinaro (Ital) +2, 146; 6, Bronte Law (Eng) +3, 147; 7, Holly Clyburn (Eng) +4, 148; 8, Perrine Delacour (Fra) +5, 149.