Golf: jane Turner wilts amid the Yorkshire heatwave

CRAIGIELAW'S Jane Turner is lying joint 102nd in a field of 144 after the first qualifying round of the British women's open amateur golf championship at glorious Ganton, Yorkshire.

On a long hot summer's day – play started at 6.30am and did not finish until after 8pm –- Jane was one of the later starting players. Perhaps the fact that she had to hang about so long in the heat before getting her round under way had something to do with her finishing with a lacklustre 10-over-par 83.

It was hard work for Turner under the hot sun. More than 4 hours on the course without the uplift of a single bogey. She was out in 44 with seven bogeys and back in 39 with three bogeys. Not Jane at her best by a long chalk.

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Only the top 64 after today's second qualifying round will go forward to the match-play stages.

Former Scottish champion Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) also had an 83. But, if a player stayed out of the trees and gorse that line most of the Ganton fairways, a decent score was possible. The top Scot was Curtis Cup 18-year-old Sally Watson, originally from South Queensferry but now, when she is home for the summer holidays from Stanford University, California, the family HQ is Elie in Fife. Dad Graham is her caddy, as usual.

Until the last group finished, Sally was sharing the lead on one-under-par 72 with Taylore Karle from Scottsdale, Arizona and Sue Kim, Canada, who played in the same group as Miss Watson.

Last player to finish, Italy's 19-year-old Arizona State University student, Giulia Molinaro, broke the logjam at the top of the leaderboard and jumped two shots clear with her three-under-par 70.

Majorca-based, but Glasgow-born, Lauren Mackin, is one of a group sharing fifth place on 73.

Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle), the second Curtis Cup Scot in the big field, had a 75 while Scottish champion Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) and Emily Ogilvy (Auchterarder) were bracketed on the 76 mark.

Loretto School 15-year-old Julie Yang had a disappointing 81, one ahead of St Rule Trophy winner Laura Murray (Alford).