Brodie wins scratch prize at St Andrews

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The Ladies’ Golf Club at the University of St Andrews is forming links with schools throughout Scotland, in recognition of the need to support young girl golfers and showcase the university’s academic and sporting resources

Girls in second to sixth year were invited to compete in the recent Schoolgirls’ Golf Tournament and the scratch winner was Kirsty Brodie (Webster’s High School), with a round of 74 over the Strathtyrum course and an 82 over the Jubilee.

Both rounds were played in tough weather and Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne Academy) was the runner-up.

The handicap division winner was Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead Academy) with Kirsten Pryde (Cults Academy) runner-up.

Later, all the competitors enjoyed a get-together with parents and the university organisers, Miranda Brain and Zhanna Tarasko, who said: “It is hard to get girls into golf and we want to encourage more to take part. Next year, we would like to invite schools from the north of England.

“At present, we have 220 members of the Ladies’ University Club and we have two students who are Scottish national players. Ailsa Summers is in the Under-21 team and Gabrielle MacDonald played in this month’s Home Internationals at Scotscraig.”

Kirsten Pryde reflected the goodwill generated by the tournament. “I’d like to thank everyone for the day. My parents and I even got shown round the University and it was much appreciated.”