TEGWEN Matthews and Amy Boulden Spark Curtis Cup Triump

TEGWEN Matthews and Amy Boulden were in Curtis Cup heaven last night after helping break the 16-year American stranglehold on the event at Nairn Golf Club.

Matthews, who played in four successive Curtis Cups between 1974 and 1980, saw her Great Britain and Ireland team stage a brilliant last-day surge on the north east coast of Scotland in the singles to turn a one-point deficit into a 10.5-8.5 victory.

And the Royal Porthcawl and Wenvoe Castle golfer witnessed 18-year-old north Walian Amy Boulden epitomise the fighting spirit from her GB&I team as the newly-crowned Scottish Open amateur strokeplay champbattled back from two down after five for a 3&1 success over Emily Tubert in match two.

Further wins from Kelly Tidy, who was three down after six, Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull and the clincher from Stephanie Meadow gave GB&I their first win over America since their 1996 success at Killarney.

And this is believed to be the first time since 1956 that the United States have lost a Curtis Cup match after leading into the final set of singles.

The Ryder Cup, Walker Cup, Solheim Cup and Curtis Cup all rest on this side of the Atlantic.

The Olympic Torch (unlit) was on the first tee and it really sparked the flame of fighting spirit among Tegwen’s troopers.

In dull, overcast conditions Boulden saw Tubert, a student at Arkansas State University and a player who hit seventh spot in the world amateur rankings, birdie three of the opening five holes for a two-hole lead.

Boulden was able to halve the long second in birdie fours and the Welsh champion fought her way back by winning three holes in a row – a birdie at the ninth, a birdie at the 10th and a par at the 11th putting her one up for the first time.

After her great run Boulden bogeyed both the 12th and 13th, losing the 12th to be pulled back to all square but halving the next.

Boulden was back in the driving seat when she won the 14th with a par three, halved the next in birdie three and was then conceded the 16th to be two up with three to play.

Boulden clinched the spoils with a par at the 17th for a 3&1 victory margin.

The Welsh player was roughly level par at the finish.

Meadow, who is from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, and counts Rory McIlroy among her friends, had the honour of bring the Curtis Cup back to these shores in match seven against Amy Anderson.

Meadow birdied the 10th to go one up and, although she lost the 12th to a birdie, the momentum was with the Alabama University student. She won the 13th on a concession, the 15th with a birdie and clinched a notable 4&2 win at the 16th.

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Scotland Golf News – Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course will join The European Tour Qualifying School Schedule for the first time when it hosts the First Stage from September 11-14.

The Viaduct 14th hole at The Roxburghe, Kelso. Image by courtesy of the European Tour.
The Viaduct 14th hole at The Roxburghe, Kelso. Image by courtesy of the European Tour.

The 7,111 yards, par 72 championship course, located in the town of Kelso in Roxburghshire, hosted the Scottish Senior Open on the European Senior Tour from 2001-2005.

Three years after it was opened by Colin Montgomerie and Sir Nick Faldo in 1997, the venue hosted the Roxburghe Challenge, an exhibition match featuring Paul Lawrie and Sergio Garcia, whose round of 66 remains the course record.
The championship course was designed by Dave Thomas, whose other creations include The Belfry, which staged The Ryder Cup four times, and San Roque Club, the host venue of the Qualifying School Final Stage on 11 occasions.
The signature hole is the 14th, a 585yd par-5 known as ‘The Viaduct’ and described by Sam Torrance as “a beautiful hole in a glorious setting”.
The Roxburghe’s Tour Ambassador is Ronan Rafferty, a seven-time European Tour champion who in 1989 topped the Money List ahead of José María Olazábal.
Rafferty said: “Bringing the Qualifying School to The Roxburghe is the culmination of a lot of hard work behind the scenes. Our long-term aim is to stage a full-fledged European Tour event here, and hosting the First Stage is a big step in the right direction.
“The course is a formidable test of golf, measuring more than 7,000 yards from the back tees. Many of the holes, and especially the signature 14th, will give real food for thought to the players, who should also appreciate the spectacular surroundings.”
The Duke of Roxburghe, who first conceived the idea of constructing a course on the Roxburghe Estate, said: “We welcome the opportunity to showcase our beautiful course to the professionals striving to make it onto The European Tour. We all have great pride in the course, and I have no doubt it will prove a worthy addition to the Qualifying School. We look forward to welcoming the players and Tour officials to the Scottish borders in September.”
Mike Stewart, Director of the Qualifying School, said: “Having recently visited the course, I can safely say that The Roxburghe is precisely the sort of venue we are looking to add to the Qualifying School Schedule. The immaculate condition of the course, the superb facilities and the stunning location all combine to provide the complete package.”

As reported Scottish Golf View