No ‘Carnasty’ for forthcoming Ricoh Women’s British Open

CARNOUSTIE Golf Links Management Committee is keen that the Championship Course isn’t set up to be too tough when it stages the Ricoh Women’s British Open for the first time from July 28 to 31.

Mindful of the whingeing that led the course to be branded as “Carnasty” after the 1999 Open Championship, Graeme Duncan, general manager, has revealed he will be expressing strong views about how it should be set up in forthcoming meetings with the Ladies’ Golf Union and the event’s promoter, IMG.

“It is the LGU and IMG who set up the course, but we will be making our views known,” said Mr Duncan.

“If you think back to 1999, the course got a bad reputation as some people claimed it was too tough.”

According to Mr Duncan, criticism of the course was “redressed” when Padraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug in 2007, while players offered nothing but praise, both for the test they were presented with and the condition of the course, when Bernhard Langer won the Senior Open Championship last summer.

“Now we don’t want the course set up in a way that it is too challenging for the ladies,” he added. “We don’t want players to be coming off the course talking about horror stories.

“Nothing has been decided yet about what the actual yardage will be that week, but I’d say 6,500 to 6,660 is about the limit. The course is 6,900 yards off our normal back tees for members, but I think the ladies will be a bit forward from that.”

Links officials are not resting on their laurels, as evidenced by a significant investment in a new visitors’ centre.

The 1,000 square metre building will house a professional’s shop, locker-rooms and toilet facilities. It is designed to be used by both golfers and members of the general public.

“We are hoping that it opens a few weeks before the Women’s Open,” said Mr Duncan.

Alliance update

BALLUMBIE Castle’s George Finlay remains joint top of the Midland Golfers’ Alliance amateur order-of-merit as last Wednesday’s meeting over the Charleton Course, Fife, was abandoned due to excessive rain and flooding.

The next competition is at Kirkcaldy on Thursday, March 3, and will be sponsored by the J.B. Motor Company. Tee-times are from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Letham Grange Seniors again held their weekly stableford competition over the Buddon Links Course, Carnoustie, last Wednesday, February 16.

First place went to R. Thomson with 36 points on the better inward half from R. Cumming.

G. Mitchell was third with 35 points.

Monifieth Golf Club: Wednesday, February 16, Midweek Winter League Stableford - 1 equal, S. Hills (4), S. Blady (4) 37 points; 3, C. Browne (1) 35 points; 4, A. Reid (7) 31 points.

Club returns

Broughty Golf Club: Midweek Stableford/Senior Winter League, Medal Course, CSS 71 - 1, R. Barnett (10) 37 points; 2 equal, G. Farquhar (10), S. Narsapur (14) 34 points. Ashludie Course, 16 Holes - 1, G. Laidlaw (19) 35 points; 2, R. Edgar (16) 33 points; 3, J. McLuckie (14) 28 points.

Senior Winter League Standings - 1, G. Hendry 276 points; 2, R. Barnett 263 points; 3, W. Sutherland 228 points.

Sunday, February 20, Medal Course, CSS 71, Stableford Competition - 1 equal, D. Pont (10), A. Watt (7), G. Thomson (6) 35 points.

Ashludie Course, 16 Holes, Winter League, division one - 1, R. Shepherd (7) 37 points; 2 equal, N. Maciver (11), A. McCabe (3) 36 points: division two - 1 equal, D. Paton (19), A. Waterston (20) 36 points; 3 equal, R. Mooney (16), M. D’Arcy (17) 35 points.

Winter League Standings, division one - 1, F. Jackson 289 points; 2 equal, S. Doyle, G. Irvine 285 points: division two - 1, D. Kilcullen 324 points; 2, J. Elder 301 points; 3, R. Mooney 299 points.

Carnoustie Golf Club: Saturday, February 19 - No scores returned.

Sunday, February 20, Championship Course, 13 Holes, Two-Thirds Handicap, CSS N/Q, Stroke Competition, scratch to 28 - 1, R. H. Kerr (3) 52; 2 equal, S. Peffers (1), D. Louden (1) 56.

Burnside Course, 14 Holes, Three-Quarters Handicap, CSS N/Q, Stroke Competition, scratch to 28 - No scores returned.

Buddon Links Course, CSS N/Q, Stroke Competition, scratch to 28 - 1, R.A. Golden (17) 61; 2, R. McKie (16) 63; 3, I.F. Gillanders (6) 69.

Tuesday, February 22, Buddon Links Course, CSS N/Q, Stableford Competition, scratch to 28 - 1, R. Kirk (15) 39 points; 2, B.R. Carr (16) 38 points; 3, A. Donaldson (8) 36 points; 4 equal, D. Murray (6), R.E. McKinlay (8), B. Melville (5) 35 points.

Grange Golf Club: Saturday, February 19, Medal Course, Winter Cup - 1, E. Manderson 35 points; 2, D. Greig 34 points; 3, G. Davie 32 points.

Leading totals with one week remaining: 1 equal, E. Manderson, D. Greig 187 points; 3, D. Ramsay 185 points; 4, I. Fenton 180 points.

Sunday, February 20, Winter League - 1, D. Arnott 35 points; 2, A. Saunders 33 points; 3 equal, R. Chia, C. Wilton, A. Todd, B. Duguid 32 points.

Grange Ladies’ Golf Club: Saturday, February 19, Ashludie Course, 13 Holes, Winter League Stableford - 1, L. Thornton 25 points; 2, A. MacKinnon 23 points bih; 3, C. Scott 23 points.

Ladies’ Panmure Golf Club, Monifieth: Friday, February 18, Medal Course, 13 Holes, Stroke Competition - 1, H. Henderson 50; 2 equal, E. Stewart, A. Learmonth 53.

Ashludie Course, Stroke Competition, 12 Holes - 1, A. McMillan 47: seven holes - 1, S. Kelsey 32.

Winter Leagues

Carnoustie Golf Club Winter League: Saturday, February 19, week 10 results - R. Matthew and A. Watson beat R. Naunton (round-robin); R. Golden and J. Webster beat W. McKenzie (round-robin); I. Laurence and G. Chalmers beat J. Matthew and J. Murray, 6 and 5.

Sweepstake - 1, R. Golden 52; 2, R. Matthew 55; 3, A. Watson 56.

Placings

P W L D Pts

R. Matthew 10 8 0 2 18

W. McKenzie 10 6 2 2 14

A. Stark 10 6 3 1 13

R. Golden 10 5 3 2 12

R. Naunton 10 6 4 0 12

L. Bowen 10 5 5 0 10

G. Chalmers 10 4 4 2 10

J. Webster 10 4 5 1 9

J. Murray 10 4 6 0 8

A. Watson 10 4 6 0 8

I. Laurence 10 1 8 1 3

J. Matthew 10 1 8 1 3

New Taymouth Golf Club Winter League: Sunday, February 20, week 10 results - A. Pryde and A.E. McNicoll halved with G. Nicoll and E. Davidson; K. Cox and B. Dailly halved with A. Jamieson and J. McLeish; C. McNicoll, reserve, and I. Jamieson, reserve, beat K.J. Robertson and K.W. Robertson; D. Black and D. McDiarmid beat G. McLeish and D. Esposito; G. Wallace and D. Dyer beat D. Millar.

Placings

P W L D Pts

A.E. McNicoll 10 7 0 3 26

D. Black 10 7 3 0 24

K.W. Robertson 10 7 3 0 24

D. McDiarmid 10 5 2 3 23

G. Nicoll 10 5 1 4 23

J. McLeish 10 3 3 4 20

N. Robertson 10 6 2 2 20

K. Cox 10 5 4 1 19

B. Dailly 10 3 4 3 19

D. Dyer 10 5 5 0 19

D. Esposito 10 4 5 1 19

K.J. Robertson 10 4 4 2 19

A. Jamieson 10 4 5 1 18

G. McLeish 10 3 5 2 17

G. Thain 10 4 6 0 16

G. Wallace 10 2 6 2 16

A. Pryde 10 2 5 3 15

D. Millar 10 1 7 2 14

E. Davidson 10 2 7 1 13

A. McArtney 10 3 6 1 12

Sunday’s fixtures: week 11 - B. Dailly and D. Millar v D. Black and K.W. Robertson; K. Cox and D. Dyer v G. Wallace and A.E. McNicoll; K.J. Robertson and E. Davidson v N. Robertson and A. Jamieson; A. Pryde and D. Esposito v G. Nicoll and J. McLeish; A. McArtney and D. McDiarmid v G. McLeish and G. Thain.

Carnoustie Winter League: Results from Saturday, February 19: J. Gilbert and D. Taylor lost to J. Neeson and J. Watson, two holes; D. Ramsay and C. Ferguson beat I. Frier and A. Gilbride, 3 and 2; N. Merchant and C. Saunders lost to E. Kerr and N. Watson, 4 and 3; G. Duncan and S. Knight lost to A. Brown (reserve) and G. Robson, 2 and 1; N. Holland and A. Boath lost to D. Kydd and S. Norrie, 6 and 4.

Sweepstake (17 holes): scratch - J. Neeson, J. Gilbert, 67; handicap - G. Robson (8) 61.

P W L D +/- Pts

D. Kydd 12 7 2 3 12 17

E. Kerr 12 7 4 1 11 15

J. Neeson 12 7 4 1 6 15

C. Ferguson 12 5 3 4 13 14

S. Norrie 12 5 4 3 15 13

J. Gilbert 12 5 4 3 7 13

J. Watson 12 6 5 1 7 13

N. Watson 12 6 5 1 7 13

G. Robson 12 5 4 3 6 13

A. Boath 12 6 5 1 -2 13

D. Taylor 12 5 5 2 5 12

G. Duncan 12 5 5 2 4 12

N. Merchant 12 5 5 2 0 12

P. Gordon 12 4 5 3 -3 11

S. Knight 12 5 6 1 -5 11

C. Saunders 12 4 7 1 -12 9

D. Ramsay 12 3 6 3 -14 9

I. Frier 12 4 7 1 -16 9

A. Gilbride 12 4 7 1 -18 9

N. Holland 12 1 8 3 -31 5