Scotland’s Louise Duncan has received the Girls’s Novice Championship after beating Iceland’s Jóhanna Lúđvíksdóttir 9&8 within the last held at Kilmarnock Barassie in Scotland.
The 21-year-old Scot spectacular victory is largest successful margin within the match’s 118-year historical past.
Duncan, who hails from West Kilbride and is a scholar at Stirling College, can now set her sights on an variety of thrilling alternatives, together with taking part in within the Girls’s Open at Carnoustie in August.
Duncan is the primary Scot to assert the title since Alison Rose in 1997 and joins a rollcall of former winners that features Anna Nordqvist (2008), Georgia Corridor (2013), Céline Boutier (2015) and Leona Maguire (2017).
Duncan displayed early nerves on the primary 9 holes of the 36-hole last and was down a gap twice to Lúđvíksdóttir. Nonetheless, a birdie on the ninth and an eagle on the eleventh was the beginning of her commanding maintain on the match and she or he went into the lunch break with a five-up lead after successful the final 4 holes of the morning spherical.
Heading again out on track within the afternoon, Duncan eagled the nineteenth by holing a spectacular greenside bunker shot on the par-5 gap to increase her result in six-up. A bogey on the twenty second received Duncan one other gap to go seven up as Lúđvíksdóttir made a double.
A birdie on the twenty fifth prolonged her result in eight-up and when the 18-year-old Icelandic participant bogeyed the twenty seventh gap the match was dormie. A par on the twenty eighth gap sufficient to seal the win for Duncan.
The win earns Duncan invites to play within the AIG Girls’s Open, the US Girls’s Open, the Evian Championship and the Augusta Nationwide Girls’s Novice Championship.
“It’s psychological, I can’t consider it,” Duncan stated of these rewards. “It’s ridiculous and I’m over the moon. I undoubtedly wasn’t quietly assured coming into the week. My first aim was to make the matchplay stage and see what occurred from there, however I didn’t assume I’d get this far.”
Whereas disenchanted to not have received the title and the rewards on provide, Lúđvíksdóttir, who was considered one of solely 4 worldwide gamers to line up within the 100-strong area, made historical past of her personal as the primary Icelandic golfer to achieve the ultimate of The Girls’s Novice Championship.
Duncan reached the ultimate after successful a troublesome match towards fellow Scot Hannah Darling which went to the nineteenth gap, whereas Lúđvíksdóttir, who was three down after 13 holes, additionally required further holes to win her semi-final towards Shannon McWilliam.