CRAIGIELAW’S Jane Turner bounced back from a horror start to sit just off the lead at the halfway stage in the Scottish Women’s Championship qualifying at Longniddry.
Last year’s runner-up in the SLGA’s flagship event started with a double-bogey 6 in the wind then dropped another three shots following a lost ball at the fifth. She ensured a six-over par front nine wasn’t too damaging in her bid to go one better, though, by bagging five birdies on the back nine for a four-over 78.
It left her in joint fourth alongside Broomieknowe’s Hannah Scott, the two finalists from the Midlothian Women’s Championship last weekend trailing leader Rachel Walker from Dumfries by three shots.
“I pulled it together on the back nine and that was pleasing,” admitted Turner.
Not so pleasing was the fact her group were warned about slow play, though Turner insisted she wasn’t one of the culprits.
“When I lost my ball on the fifth, we let the group behind through,” she said. “That was a two-ball and we couldn’t catch them up. As someone who isn’t a slow player it’s annoying as the same thing happened to my group in the recent Helen Holm Trophy at Troon. I know that officials are trying to take action against slow play but it seems to be happening more at amateur level than in the pro game.”
Turner, who fell at the final hurdle to Alford’s Laura Murray at Tain 12 months ago, is aiming to go one better this weekend. “I was struggling at the start of the year but hopefully I’m finding some form again,” she said.
Scott, who came out on top in last Saturday’s title showdown at Newbattle, is also on course to comfortably qualify for the knock-out phase, as is Kate McIntosh, another member of the Broomieknowe side that recently won the Edinburgh Inter-Club. So, too, are East Lothian duo Hilary Wardell and Clara Young, who is trying to win the title this week while juggling with exams. She sat one yesterday before heading out in the last group on a windy day and has another double date today.