Fraser leads shocks at Women’s Golf Championship

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KINGSKNOWE’s Louise Fraser got in on the act on a day of shocks in the Scottish Women’s Championship at Longniddry.

The 39-year-old beat Craigielaw’s Jane Turner, last year’s beaten finalist and No. 3 seed this time in the second round.

“This is the first time I’ve beaten Jane,” said a delighted Fraser after a 2 & 1 triumph. “It’s a good win for me given that I normally play at a different level to her, even though we are Midlothian team-mates.”

One up for most of the front nine, Turner missed a shortish putt at the par-3 13th to fall behind, then also lost the next.

“The 12th, where I got up and down from through the back, and 13th were the turning points,” admitted Fraser. “When I went two up with four to play, I think Jane maybe felt a bit of pressure and I got up and down after missing the green left at the 17th to close the match out.”

It earned Fraser a last-eight clash this morning with Kilmacolm’s Megan Briggs, winner of the SLGA’s flagship event at Southerness in 2009.

“I think I’ve maybe been in the quarter-finals once before – but a long time ago,” said Fraser ahead of her next task on the East Lothian coast.

She was joined in the last eight by rising star Clara Young after the North Berwick player triumphed in a clash of the young guns against German-based Fiona Liddell. “She was hitting just about every fairway, but didn’t hole many putts while I managed to hole a few crucial ones,” said Young.

The 16-year-old’s reward was a quarter-final meeting with the other Briggs sister, Eilidh, after the beaten finalist at Machrihanish stayed on course to go one better.

“Eilidh beat me when we played in the Scottish Girls at Glenisla, but it should be a good game,” said Young.

Broomieknowe’s Kate McIntosh fell in the first round and was later joined on the sidelines by clubmate Hannah Scott, who won in the first round, but soon knew she had her work cut out in the afternoon against Rachel Polson after the Peterculter player holed a 7-iron from around 150 yards for an eagle-2 at the opening hole.