Four of our younger players are currently studying in the USA and we get asked from time to time as to where they are and what they are doing.
Clara Young is at Missouri University and has been a regular member to the Mizzou team – The Tigers – throughout her time there and has contributed to many successful results. The team as a whole finished the year on a high with their best finish in the NCAA Regional finals since 2005 although Clara did not score as well as she would have liked. She will be home shortly to take part in the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championships at Elie and will be keen to try and win the trophy for a second time having been pipped at the post last year.
Lesley Atkins completed her undergraduate degree last year and has been studying for her Masters at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Tennessee and working her passage as an graduate assistant to the University’s golf teams (The Bears). The ladies team in particular has done well this year.
Joanne Free is at Minnesota University and has had a great time in her freshman year and a regular player in the The Gophers team. Joanne reported some of her experiences in an email to us that was read out at the AGM. Joanne returns next week and will no doubt have many more tales to tell and will also be looking forward to real links golf. Joanne will also be heading to Elie for the Scottish.
Lauren Lee is also enjoying her freshman year at the University of North West Ohio. Indeed she is enjoying the States so much that she opted to stay and do summer camp in Philadelphia this summer rather than come back to sunny Scotland. With a very strong first team this past year (winning their first ever WHAC Championship) Lauren has played mainly for the 2nd team.
Back home Annabel Hosie in her final year as a junior has been selected again to play for the East of Scotland Girls and will be teeing up in the East v West Match at Baberton on the 27th May.
Ala Gorka and Grace Crawford continue to play in many Junior events having been at the Scottish Girls Open Championships last month and while only Grace qualified for the 3rd day at the testing Monifieth course it is all good experience. More recently Grace was invited to take part in the R & A Under 16’s Championship at Fulford and played 3 rounds in what is an international field. Grace was second in the under 12’s section with a 3 round total of 236.and 26th over all in a field of 90. She continues to cut her handicap and is now down to 5.8. Ala also joins Annabel as the 2nd East Lothian girl to represent the East of Scotland Girls in the Match v The West
And finally, the young at heart. Sue Penman and Lesley Johnston have managed to maintain their consistent performance in overseas competitions. This year they were runners up in the Senior Ladies International Foursomes Championship at the Royal Golf Club of Belgique. Past Captain Barbara Biggart and her partner were also challenging for a place but had to settle for 5th