The weather gods were more than kind when the Ladies Club Championship got under way on Saturday afternoon in what was seen as a 'David and Goliath' challenge between Helen Love and Alex Glennie. Not the case!!
Fresh from her success with the Scottish Seniors Team, Alex was certainly regarded as the favourite. However, Helen would prove to be a very gutsy competitor and make more of a game than the statistics would suggest.
Both ladies would hit the fairway with excellent drives, reach the green in regulation and complete the hole in par 5's. The next two holes were pivotal in the front 9. Whilst an unlucky bounce took Helen's tee shot into the fairway bunker at the second, her recovery shot found the burn making any chance of a result beyond reach, a concession giving Alex a one hole lead. However Helen would take advantage of Alex's wayward tee shot at the third. A 'grip it and rip it' approach shot with a three wood to the centre of the green followed be two safe putts restored the game to square.
The ladies traded pars for the next three holes and when Helen holed out from the bunker at 6, maybe it was going to be her day.
Seven and eight was the story of poor, followed by good putting. Helen uncharacteristically three-putted 7, while Alex sank a trickly 12-footer at 8 for a birdie and a 2-hole advantage. A wayward second shot at the ninth, her only one of the day, allowed Alex to extend her lead to three at the turn.
Could Helen come back from the brink?