LOCAL golfer Laura Murray is celebrating a fine performance in the Paul Lawrie Scottish Ladies Open Tour’s Dalmahoy opening event.
She told the Piper this week that 16 greens in regulation was ‘‘a spectacular tee to green.’’
However, she added: ‘‘I just wasn’t comfortable on the greens at Dalmahoy, which cost me all of my dropped shots.
‘‘Then, at Ratho Park, my coach and partner, Keil Beveridge (recently appointed professional at Kippie Lodge Sports Club near Aberdeen), gave me a couple of pointers about my putting style, dropping the right shoulder and ball position slightly further forward.
‘‘It got me rolling the ball much better, meaning my pace putts were consistently stopping within a couple feet from the hole. I holed out very well at Ratho.
‘‘On the flip side, I actually felt my long game wasn’t on form there, I wasn’t peppering the pins, but we’ve been working on my bad shots being still in play and in the general direction.
‘‘It’s a cliche that ‘it’s not how good your good shots are, it’s how good your bad shots are,’ but it’s true.
‘‘The clear message for me here is it’s all about putting! I enjoyed playing both the Edinburgh parkland courses for the first time. It was good playing them as they are, slightly ignorant of the lay-out and potential danger.
‘‘Keil was great caddieing for me the first day. He hasn’t caddied since Tour School. He is very good at discussing the shots with me and how I see them. It confirms what I’m thinking and he’s very encouraging.
‘‘The second day Keil didn’t caddy. He returned to work back up at Kippie Lodge, Milltimber. Not having him there at Ratho Park meant that I took what I learned from Dalmahoy and applied it myself. It worked.
‘‘I liked the format of the first two events of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Scottish Ladies Open Tour. I think the players were grouped appropriately and it all ran very smoothly.
‘‘Nicola Melville does a lot behind the scenes and she’s done a fantastic job. I’m hoping that, as the tour continues throughout the year, it will attract more pros from elsewhere.
‘‘It makes it feel much more like a tour event with Chrisje De Vries from the Netherlands and Fabienne In-Bon (Switzerland) being there.’’