Five Scottish players reached the matchplay stages at the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig in South Wales, but all lost out on the first day of the knockout.
After two rounds of stroke play qualifying, Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne), pictured, Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies), Gemma Batty (Moffat) and St Regulus pair Chloe Goadby and Lauren Whyte all sealed places in the last-64 knockout phase.
While four Scots players then exited, McWilliam continued her solid season by taking the scalp of world No. 21 Ana Pelaez from Spain at the 19th. However, the north-east player then lost out in the last-32 to another Spaniard, Ainhoa Olarra by two holes.
The winner of the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship will earn a place in the 2017 US Women’s Open next month and the Ricoh Women’s British Open being played in August at Kingsbarns.
Scottish Schools Winners
Aidan O’Hagan (Renfrewshire) and Louise Duncan (North Ayrshire) won the individual scratch titles at the Scottish Schools Championships at Murrayshall near Perth on Monday.
O’Hagan had a pair of 71s for a total of 142 – four strokes ahead of the boys’ section runner-ups Sebastian Sandin (Stirling) and Lewis Irvine (Glasgow) who both had rounds of 75 and 71 for 146.
Louise Duncan won the girls’ title with steady stores of 73 and 72 for 145, which gave her a five-stroke margin over runner-up Lorna McClymont (West Dunbartonshire) (70-80) with Molly Richmond (South Lanarkshire) third on 154 (74-80).