Heather MacRae wins Tour Championship

posted 13 Oct 2013, 05:36 by Nicola Melville

Dunblane's Heather MacRae broke clear of her nearest rivals over the final round to win the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Scottish Ladies Open Tour Championship by five strokes at the Marriot Dalmahoy Hotel courses.

The Gleneagles Hotel staff professional, aided and abetted in no small measure by her caddie/boyfriend, Tartan Tour professional Chris Kelly, followed a five-under-par 69 over the East Course with a one-over-par 69 at the shorter but trickier West Course today (Friday) for a four-under aggregate of 138.
A winner on the Ladies European Tour's developmental circuit, LETAS, in Sweden in May, Heather was winning for the first time on the Paul Lawrie Tour in its 14th and last event of its inaugural season.
"I dropped a shot at the very first hole in the final round to fall two behind (overnight leader) Vikki Laing but back to back birdies at the fifth and sixth helped me to take over the lead with nine holes to go," said 30-year-old Heather who was a GB and I international during her amateur golf career when she won the British women's open amateur stroke-play championship at Nairn in 2005.
"It was great to be playing with Vikki and Heather Stirling in the final three. It really did feel like the a national pro championship."
MacRae left her playing partners struggling in her wake as she came home in 35 to Laing's 39 and Stirling's 40.
MacRae's cash prize amounted to £1,200 and she also had the honour of being the first winner of the splendid trophy commissioned for the championship by Aberdeen hotelier Stewart Spence who, apart from being a partner in the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre project, is also Heather MacRae's sponsor.
MacRae is still hoping to follow last year's example by fellow Scot Pamela Pretswell and make it to Ladies European Tour by finishing in the top five of the LETAS Order of Merit table.
"The first three are out of my reach but if I can do well in the last two LETAS events I could catch the players in fourth and fifth positions."

Heather Stirling wins Order of Merit

posted 13 Oct 2013, 05:33 by Nicola Melville

Heather Stirling (pictured with Alan Tait, Director of Golf at Dalmahoy) won the Tour's Order of Merit with a total of 8649 points. The prize is free flights to and accommodation at Stage 1 of the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School in Morocco near the end of the yearDetails

Heather said "I didn't play golf for six years after a spell on the Futures Tour in America and I've been caddieing full time in Florida in the winter and St Andrews in our summer,"
"So the introduction of the Paul Lawrie Tour has brought me back to the playing side of the game and here I am on the verge of going to the Qualifying School. It's been a big year for me."

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