Locals fail to shine in the sun at Burnside

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Six players - two of them amateurs - shot sub-par rounds in the afternoon sunshine at Carnoustie Burnside on Wednesday.

They were playing in the second of the week’s Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Scottish Ladies’ Open Tour events.

Unfortunately Carnoustie’s Katy McNicoll and amateur Jess Meek failed to shine.

Winner of three Paul Lawrie events in a row - at Trump International, Deeside and Downfield - Katy went off the boil with a 75 (36/39) at Burnside. A double bogey 7 at the 17th just about summed up her disappointing afternoon which saw her finish joint 17th.

Jess Meek, who had finished second three times, third once with a sixth place at Deeside being her poorest placing in five appearances on the Paul Lawrie Tour, did not make the top 20 in her home town. She had a 76 which included an inward half of 41.

Jess is bound for the University of Missouri next month.

Another local amateur who felt she should have done a lot better was Ailsa Summers, who won the prestigious St Rule Trophy women’s open 54-hole tournament at St Andrews several weeks ago. She was right in the mix when she covered Burnside’s outward half in two-under-par 34 but the inward nine cost her 40 blows for a two-over 74.

Very wet conditions at Downfield put a damper on the scoring on Tuesday but at Carnoustie players revelled in the summer sun.

Pamela Pretswell, The Nairn, and England’s Holly Clyburn, from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire - team-mates in the glorious Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup win at The Nairn in June last year - figured in a triple tie for first place with Ayrshire’s Pamela Feggans, Doon Valley, on the four-under-par 68 mark.

Scotland amateur international Rachael Watton, Mortonhall, home for the summer holidays from Denver University, and India Clyburn, Woodhall Spa, Holly’s 17-year-old sister, shared fifth place on 71, maintaining the excellent performances by amateur players in the first six events of the fledgling circuit for lady professionals and amateur girls or ladies with single-figure handicaps.

Pretswell, Clyburn and Feggans each earned £580 from the £3,000 prize fund of an event named The Specsavers Spectacular after the generosity of the company directors, Jamie Buchan and Tony Caffrey, in boosting the basic £1,000 prize money put up by the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre for each event.

In the first group off the tee, Pamela Pretswell set the clubhouse target of 68 (34-34) with a round which included eagles at the fourth and 17th, birdies at the first, eighth and 18th as well as a double-bogey 5 at the short fifth where she found the Barry Burn with her tee shot and the short 14th where she three-putted for a bogey.

It was the proverbial game of two halves for Holly Clyburn - a sparkling outward nine holes which she covered in five-under-par 31 and a one-over-par 37 for the inward half in which she three-putted the 10th and 14th greens - and put the smile back on her face by holing a 10 foot putt for a birdie 3 at the last.

Pamela Feggans took off like one of the trains that run alongside part of the Burnside course. She was five under par after only six holes, with birdies at the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth. A bogey at the short ninth where she missed the green saw her turn in four-under-par 32.

She got it back to five under with a birdie at the 10th but, like most of the players, she found the inward half that little bit more difficult than the outward nine. Feggans three-putted the 12th for a bogey and could “only” par the last six holes.

Close up third on 69 was LET player Kylie Walker who retired during her round at Downfield on Tuesday because she did not feel well. But a good night’s sleep did the trick and The Carrick at Loch Lomond player shot her lowest round for some time. She was out in 32 with birdies at the second, fourth, seventh and ninth. Then Walker too found the going that bit harder after the turn. She had eighth pars and a bogey at the short 14th for one-over 37 home.

The next events on the Paul Lawrie Tour are the ATR Group Classic over the Blairgowrie Rosemount Course on Thursday, July 11, followed by the Scotts Atlantic Classic at Alyth on Friday, July 12.