Lesley set to tee up big opportunity in Scottish Open

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HAWICK golfer Lesley Atkins, pictured left, is playing alongside some of Europe’s top professional golfers this week.

The 17-year-old, pictured left, will take part in the Aberdeen Asset Ladies’ Scottish Open, which takes place between today and Saturday at the prestigious Archerfield Links, East Lothian.

Earlston Golf Club Donaldson Trophy challengers, from left: Jim Sanderson, Les Hardie, James Brotherston, sponsor Grant Cannon, Alex McKenzie, Keith Ackerman, Steven Cockburn and Lee Manderson.

Earlston Golf Club Donaldson Trophy challengers, from left: Jim Sanderson, Les Hardie, James Brotherston, sponsor Grant Cannon, Alex McKenzie, Keith Ackerman, Steven Cockburn and Lee Manderson.

Now occupying a prime spot earlier in the year, the event will be the first UK tournament on the ladies’ European Tour calendar and with a prize fund of £183,000 it will attract some of the best female golfers on the circuit.

The event’s unique format sees 80 professional golfers playing alongside an amateur field of 80 which will include a number of celebrities, for the three-day pro-am style tournament.

Atkins is currently a boarding pupil at Loretto School in Musselburgh, a member of Loretto Golf Academy and regularly represents the Scottish national squad.

Jonathan Hewat, director of external affairs at Loretto School, said: “This must count as one of the most prized accolades in Lesley’s remarkable golfing achievements to date.

“She is an accomplished and talented golfer and she richly deserves this wonderful opportunity.

“The Open will provide Lesley with valuable experience to play alongside some very fine professional golfers.”

EARLSTON

On one of the rare clear dry days at Kelso, members of Earlston Golf Club rose to the challenge of the Donaldson Trophy, sponsored by Grant Cannon from the family-run Donaldson’s butchers business.

Keith Akerman lifted first place at this year’s competition with a score of 39 points.

Close on his heels was Steven Cockburn with 38 and Jim Sanderson with 37. Thanks to Kelso Golf Club for the usual high quality of catering and hospitality on the day.

GALASHIELS

Ramsay Millar Open: 1, R. Horsburgh 75 (10) 65; 2, W. J. Taylor 74 (8) 66; 3, S. Milburn 82 (14) 68. Scratch: 1, K. Stobie 72 bl6.

KELSO

Rodger Fish Trophy: 1, G. Ford 75 (10) 65; 2, S. Pringle 79 (12) 67; 3 equal, K. Hook 90 (20) 70, J. Maxwell 88 (18) 70, D. Brotherstone 84 (14) 70; S. Pettigrew 77 (7) 70.

Open Three-person Team Competition: 1, M. Johnstone, K. Roughead, G. Strathdee nett 133 bih; 2, N. Hughes, G. Sweenie, R. Ainslie 133; 3, B. Graham, S. Cessford, A. Gillan 134.

JEDBURGH

RBL Intersection Cup: 1, G. Johnstone 77 (11) 66; 2, B. Page 86 (17) 69; 3, G. Purdie 75 (5) 70. Scratch: E. Redpath 72.

LILLIARDSEDGE

CK Polymers Cup: 1, F. W. Knox (20) 42 points; 2, A. Armstrong (15) 40; 3, K. White (13) 40.

ST BOSWELLS

J&J Tait Holmes Cup (1): 1, C. Hardie (16) 6 up; 2, K. Baillie (19) 5 up; 3, G. Hamilton (20) 5 up (20).

THE WOLL

Gents Sweep (Tues): 1, C. Thorburn 84 (12) 72; 2, D. Main 88 (14) 74; 3, D. Turnbull 89 (15) 74.

Gents Sweep (Sat): 1, S. Lunt 86 (16) 70; 2, J. MacKenzie 78 (7) 71; 3, B. Shullteworth 94 (23) 71.