Ryan's late slump lets Anderson take title

ALYTH'S Heather Anderson, winner of last year's match-play title decided over the last two days of the Scottish Senior Women's Amateur Championship programme, this year claimed the stroke-play award at stake over the first two days at Fortrose and Rosemarkie.

With only a few holes of the 36-hole event to play, it was odds on a North victory with Tain's Anne Ryan, the first-round leader with a 74, still heading the field.

Then she spilled eight shots to par over six successive holes, culminating with a triple-bogey 7 at the 17th. Ryan came home in 43 (eight-over-par) for an 81 and a total of 155.

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Anderson, who had been six shots off the pace at the start of the day with an 80, improved by seven shots with a 73 for 153 and, following Ryan's late slump she was left as the winner by two shots.

At Pollok, five players are sharing the lead after the opening round of the Scottish Senior Open Amateur Championship.

Ian Taylor (Royal Burgess), Geoff King (West Essex), Scott MacDonald (Dunfermline), Adrian Donkersley (Gerrards Cross) and Dave Millar (Berwick-upon-Tweed) all shot one-under-par 71s to set the pace on Glasgow's southside.

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