McVeigh Wins Ladies British Stroke Play

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND (August 21, 2009)--Great Britain & Ireland international Danielle McVeigh (Royal Co Down) came from six shots in arrears to catch long-time leader, 15-year-old Hannah Turland (Tidworth) down the home stretch of Royal Aberdeen’s classic links to win the British Ladies' Open Amateur Stroke-play Championship.

Hannah, overnight leader by three shots, extended her advantage to four with a third-round 73 on a day when the weather improved dramatically – and so did the scoring.

Hannah went even further ahead of Danielle by reaching the turn in the final round in 37 to her playing partner’s 38.

But it suddenly all went pear-shaped for the youngster from Wiltshire at the 11th and 12th holes. A lost ball at the short 11th cost her a triple bogey 6 and Hannah ran up a nightmare triple bogey 8 at the next hole where she lost a ball in a gorse bush and then she lost her second ball in a lateral water hazard.

Not surprisingly, the youngster, with her concentration shattered, also bogeyed the 13th and 14th.

That meant the four holes from the 11th to the 14th cost Turland 24 shots in all. In contrast, 21-year-old McVeigh, winner of the Welsh open amateur stroke play title earlier in the season, took only 16 strokes for the same four holes – an eight-shot swing which changed everything.

Danielle finished with a 76 for a 16-over-par total of 304, one shot ahead of Hannah, who bravely birdied the last for an 81 and 305. “I didn’t really think I had a chance of catching Hannah at the turn, with nine holes to go, because she was so far in front of me - although at the back of my mind, I knew that I had played Royal Aberdeen’s back nine into the wind well every day,” said McVeigh.

“Balgownie is so much like my home course, Royal County Down, so I hadn’t given up hope entirely. Then Hannah had these triple bogeys at the 11th and 12th and suddenly I’m back in the hunt.

“Hannah has great potential. She will go on to win a lot of things. I felt I was rewarded for playing steadily all week. Nothing spectacular, just steady links golf, the same golf I play over my home links.”

One had to feel sorry for Hannah who was hitting the ball well and far until she had that double misfortune after the turn.

“I felt I played really well over the three days. These two holes just ruined everything. But I’ll get over it,” she said.

Professional’s daughter Rachel Connor (Manchester) set the clubhouse target at 306 after a 75. She finished third on 18 over par. Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) and France’s Lucie Andre tied on 307, Louise after a closing 73 and Lucie with a 76. Louise’s better inward half officially placed her fourth. She won the Angela Uzielle Trophy for the best performance by a player over 23 years of age. Hannah Turland won the Dinwiddy Trophy for being the leading Under-18 year old.

Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) shot the lowest round of the three days in the fourth round – a three-under-par 69, which earned her the Taunton Trophy.

Netherlands (Chrisje De Vries, Myrte Eikenaar and Maaike Naafs) won the international team event with a total of 315, ahead of England (317), Scotland (321) and Ireland (323).

Full list of prize Winners;

Team Award (Trophy & Vouchers)
Chrisje de Vries
Myrte Eikenaar
Maaike Naafs

Best 18 Holes & Winner of the Taunton Trophy
Pamela Pretswell (Bothwell Castle) 69 (Rnd 4)

Best Under 18 & Winner of the Dinwiddy Trophy
Hannah Turland Tidworth

Best Under 23 & Winner of the Duncan Salver
Danielle McVeigh Royal County Down Lds

Best Over 23 & Winner of the Angela Uzielli Trophy
Louise Kenney Pitreavie


4th Louise Kenney Pitreavie

3RD Rachel Connor Manchester

RUNNER UP (Holden Trophy) Hannah Turland Tidworth

CHAMPION (Nicholls Trophy) Danielle McVeigh Royal Co. Down Lds

ABOUT THE Ladies British Stroke Play

The R&A has retired this event after its final playing in 2017. The event, first played in 1969, is traditionally contested at the end of the summer season. Officials cited a crowded competition calendar as part of the impetus to retire the event.

72 hole stroke play championship that draws an international field.

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