Wednesday, 13 January 2010
A strong field of 78 lady golfers will tee-off today in The Orange Blossom Tour South Atlantic Ladies Amateur Golf Championship, aka "The Sally", which consists of 72 holes strokeplay at the Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach, Florida.
In 2009, 14 year-old U.S Girls Golf Champion Alexis Thompson, won the "Sally" by 13 strokes with a 72-hole total of 283. Thompson enters this event as strong favourite having recently won the Junior Orange Bowl event and coming close to winning the Dixie Women's Amateur and Harder Hall golf tournaments.
At the first Orange Blossom Tour event, the Harder Hall Invitational, Thompson was beaten in a play-off by Puerto Rican Kyle Roig at the 1st sudden-death extra hole.
A total of five Scottish Ladies Golfers took part, in the Harder Hall Invitational event - Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar Golf Club), Laurin Mackin (Ranfurly Castle Golf Club), Eilidh Mackay (Nairn Dunbar Golf Club), Rebecca Wilson (Monifieth Golf Club) and Jordana Graham (Southerness Golf Club).
The five Scots were joined in the Harder Hall field by Irish lady golfer Rachael Cassidy of The Island Golf Club, Dublin, England international Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) and Welsh international Lucy Gould (Bargoed Golf Club).
Scottish Lady Golfers Louise Kenney of Pitreavie Golf Club and Jane Turner of Craigielaw Golf Club, plus left-handed Charlie Douglass (reigning English Women's Amateur Golf Champion), , Harriet Beasley of Woburn Golf Club and U.S based Curtis Cup squad member Stephanie Meadow of Ireland, will strengthen the British and Irish challenge to 11-strong.