Jul 12 2012 by Gordon Bannerman, Blairgowrie Adv
BLAIRGOWRIE’S Heather Anderson, playing in the final for the fourth successive year, beat first-time finalist Janice Paterson (Drumpellier) by 4 and 3, writes the Cal Carson Golf Agency.
The win clinched her the Scottish senior women's amateur match-play golf championship at Kemnay Golf Club in Aberdeenshire,
Heather last won the match-play title at Kinross in 2009 and was runner up in 2010 and 2011.
Anderson got off to a good start and was two up after three holes in the final but Paterson fought back to all square after six.
Anderson birdied the eighth and parred the ninth to go two up at the turn.
She increased her lead to three holes with a par at the 10th.
Paterson got one back by winning the 11th with a par but her opponent won the 12th and 13th with pars to go four up.
Janice had a good par 3 to win the short 14th but she was running out of holes and the Perthshire star’s par at the long 15th was enough to win the tie and the title.
In the semi-finals, Anderson beat Karen Burns (Bathgate) 5 and 3.
The handicap championship was won by Karen Ballantyne (Craigmillar Park) who must like the air in the north-east. She won the scratch title a few years back when the tournament was played at Ballater GC.
In this year’s handicap final Karen beat Leigh Duff (Cathkin Braes) by 3 and 2. Karen plays off five and Leigh, who edged out six-handicapper Gillian Wallace of Blairgowrie at the 19th, is off 12.
Douglas Cleeton, general manager at Blairgowrie Golf Club, said: “Heather is a stalwart who represents the club with pride. Everyone here is delighted for her.
“The club is very proud of Heather’s achievements. She continues to win major honours in the amateur game and represent Scotland at senior level.
“It is a remarkable milestone to reach four consecutive Scottish finals. And perhaps there are more titles to come?”