Fairway to go for Scotland’s women golfers

With women making up just 14 per cent of club members, nation is like ‘a developing country’, LET chief tells Martin Dempster

Dylan Frittelli of South Africa at the Volvo China Open. Picture: Getty Images

Dylan Frittelli in the driving seat at Volvo China Open

South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli will take a three-shot lead into the final day of the Volvo China Open after a second flawless round in succession in Beijing. Frittelli followed a 63 on Friday with an equally impressive 64 in the third round to reach 19 under par at Topwin Golf and Country Club.

Spains Pablo Larrazabal lines up a putt during the second round of the Volvo China Open in Beijing. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Euro boost for Scots duo Grant Forrest and Ewen Ferguson

Hot on the heels of becoming the first players to benefit from a new support initiative for young Scottish professionals, Grant Forrest and Ewen Ferguson have now earned an upcoming European Tour start.

Kieth Reilly from Silverknowes and Paul Cunningham from Carrickvale play in last season's Dispatch. Pic: TSPL

Flurry of clubs sign up as Dispatch Trophy deadline extended

Royal Burgess, Prestonfield, Murrayfield and Dunbar are the latest additions to an exciting list of clubs set to play in the Dispatch Trophy for the first time this year.

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David Drysdale was right on the cut mark after rounds of 71 and 73 in the Volvo China Open. Picture: Getty Images

8am Round-Up: Dylan Frittelli storms into lead in China

David Drysdale was left sweating to see if he’d make the cut as South African Dylan Frittelli swept into the lead in today’s second round of the Volvo China Open.

France's Alexander Levy plays out of a bunker on his way to the first-round lead at the China Open in Beijing. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Neil Fenwick and John Henry aim for EuroPro title battle

After a disapppointing campaign last year on the PGA EuroPro Tour, Scottish golfers are wasting no time trying to make their mark on the circuit this season. Jamie McLeary already topped the class at the Qualifying School and now two of his compatriots, Neil Fenwick and John Henry, are in the mix in the first of 15 regular events on the schedule.

Carrickvale are set to face some new opposition when they defend the Dispatch Trophy at the Braids next month

History in making at this year’s Dispatch Trophy

Three course-owning clubs are among the teams to have entered the 118th Dispatch Trophy after the rules were changed for this year’s event.

An emotional Lexi Thompson spoke about what happened to her in the ANA Inspiration during a press conference ahead of this week's LPGA event in Texas. Picture: AP

8am Round-Up: Lexi Thompson ‘did not mean’ to mismark her ball

Lexi Thompson has described what happened to her in the opening women’s major of the season as a “nighmare” but is adamant that she didn’t intentionally break golf’s rules.

Grant Forrest and Ewen Ferguson are the first recipients of a new support package for up-and-coming Scottish professionals.

Picture: Kenny Smith

Grant Forrest and Ewen Ferguson benefit from new golf plan

Scotland’s struggle with the transition from amateur to professional golf over the past decade hasn’t necessarily been down to a lack of support. Team Scottish Hydro, after all, has provided backing for a number of players since it was set up in 2011, while £1 million was also invested through Scottish Golf Support Ltd, a partnership backed by the Scottish Government.

Padraig Harrington has cleared the air with Masters champion Sergio Garcia. Picture: Ian Rutherford

8am Round-Up: Scott Henry welcomes new support for Scottish golfers

European Tour professional Scott Henry has welcomed a new support package aimed at helping ease the transition from amateur golf to the paid ranks for Scottish players.

Lexi Thompson, who was hit with a four-shot penalty, composes herself on the 18th green during the final round of the ANA Inspiration. Picture: AP

Video evidence for golf rules to be limited

The use of video evidence in golf is to be limited in the wake of incidents like the one 
that cost Lexi Thompson 
victory in a women’s major earlier this month, with the “naked eye” being the determining factor when it comes to rules rather than television technology.

The 18th at the Old Course in St Andrews has been named the nation's favourite golf hole.

Scotland's greatest golf holes revealed

It provides one of the world's most famous sporting backdrops and has played host to some of the historic game's most thrilling encounters.
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Nick Faldo is the last Englishman to have won the Open Championship - at Muirfield in 1992

8am Round-Up: Nick Faldo relieved not to ‘blow major’ at Muirfield

Nick Faldo has admitted that he still feels relieved that he managed to avoid “blowing a major” at Muirfield.

Justin Rose is fancied by Nick Faldo as one of the favourites to win the Open. Picture: Getty.

Nick Faldo predicts a win at The Open for England

The record books point to Henrik Stenson being a man to watch. Five of the past nine winners of an Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, after all, have been repeat champions. Nick Faldo, though, reckons an Englishman could prevail in this year’s Claret Jug joust and take away one of his records.

Grant Forrest is one of the emerging Scots who promise a bright future. Picture: Getty.

Martin Dempster: Better times ahead for Scots golfers

Admittedly up against two English victories –and it was almost three after Tommy Fleetwood’s flying finish in China – the past weekend provided more encouragement about a bright new future for Scottish golf than has been witnessed for some time.

Lexi Thompson suffered a four-stroke penalty during the ANA Inspiration. Picture: Getty

R&A and USGA set for announcement on Lexi Thompson incident

An announcement is set to be made by the R&A and USGA tomorrow in the wake of the rules incident that cost Lexi Thompson her chance of winning one of the women’s majors earlier this month.

Connor Syme won the Battle Trophy at Crail Golfing Society by five shots

8am Round-Up: Connor Syme ‘Battles’ to trophy triumph at Crail

Connor Syme boosted his Walker Cup prospects with a wire-to-wire win in the Battle Trophy, the Scottish Golf Order of Merit event at Crail Golfing Society.

Grant Forrest tied for fifth at the Turkish Airlines Challenge. Picture: SNS

Promising weekend for Scottish golfers on pro and amateur fronts

Pamela Pretswell, Grant Forrest and Bradley Neil all rounded off promising performances in the pro ranks as Connor Syme and Shannon McWilliam shone in the amateur game on the most encouraging weekend of the year so far for Scottish golf.

Grant Forrest has impressed since turning professional

Neil and Forrest boost Scottish golf hopes in Belek

It will probably take one of them to go low in the final round to claim victory, but the performances so far from both Bradley Neil and Grant Forrest in the Turkish Airlines Challenge have been a welcome boost for Scottish golf in the professional ranks.

Grant Forrest has made an excellent start to his professional career

Grant Forrest in top 10 at halfway in Turkish Challenge

Grant Forrest led four Scottish golfers aged 25 and under - and five in total - into the final two rounds of the Turkish Airlines Challenge in Belek.

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