Elaine Moffat has claimed the Scottish Senior Women’s Stroke Play title for a second time in a row.
Moffat, from the St Regulus club in St Andrews, won the stroke play event the last time the championship was staged, at Edzell in 2019, and now she has repeated that success with a battling three-shot victory over Mortonhall’s Karen Ferguson-Snedden in challenging conditions at Aberdour.
The Fife player carded a 75 for the second successive day and goes forward as the top seed for the match play stage of the championship, having also won that title at both Prestwick St Nicholas in 2018 and Edzell the following year.
“It’s been a tough day but it’s absolutely amazing to win the stroke play again,” she said.
“I’m delighted. It’s got all the makings of being a fabulous match play course. I’m just going to try to stay in the moment, hit one shot at a time and go for it.
“Today, I was determined to make some improvements (on the opening round) and thought a lot about the holes where I felt I needed a re-think,” she added. “I had a cracking outward half. I was out in 34 but then had a wee blip before reeling it back in and then digging my heels in towards the end.”
“It was pretty brutal out there,” said Ferguson Snedden, who added a 77 to her opening 76. “A lot of the holes were into the wind and, if you got out of position, it was mentally draining working out what to do, very often not even trying to go for the green but settling for the best place to lay-up and then chip and putt from there.
“I just tried not to do something stupid and it worked most of the time…apart from the hole I did do something stupid,” she laughed.
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I think this could be a good match play course because it’s quite quirky and a lot of holes could change hands. I’m going to try to play a bit more aggressively and see what happens.”
A total of 16 women qualified for the match play championship with Moffat and Ferguson-Snedden being joined by Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire) who finished third with a 77 and Anne Hanson (Turnhouse) and Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) who were tied fourth one shot further behind. The other qualifiers (in order) were: Elizabeth Stewart (Greenburn), Karen Marshall (Baberton), Aileen Baker (Crail), Lorna McKinlay (Dunnikier Park), Linda Allan (Glenbervie), Wendy Nicholson (Baberton), Claire Capocci (Dunblane New), Iona McKean (Ladybank) Jennifer Bryans (Harburn), Liz Keohone (Loudoun Gowf) and Mandy McBain (Lochend).
The draw for the main match play competition saw Moffat paired against McBain and Ferguson-Snedden being pitted against Keohone. The other first round matches are Kyle v Bryans, Hanson v McKean, Wood v Capocci, Stewart v Nicholson, Marshall v Allan and Baker v McKinlay.