Alexandra captures Scottish U16 crown

Alexandra Stevenson

England’s Alexandra Stevenson has been crowned the Scottish girls’ U16 champion in blistering heat at Mortonhall Golf Club, Edinburgh.

The 16-year-old from Beamish Park, Durham, was tied at the top of the leaderboard with English compatriot Thalia Kirby after the first round, both shooting impressive level-par opening rounds in blustery conditions.

Stevenson backed up her fine performance with a solid one-over-par 74 on the second day to win by two and she was delighted to notch the biggest win of her career so far.

Kirby, from Harleyford in Buckinghamshire tied second with Ffion Tynan of Wales, who shot two-under 71 in the second round.

Stevenson, a past member of an England regional U16 squad, said: “In all honesty, I would have been very happy with a top-10 finish this week, with it being my first stroke play competition of the season. I am not long finished my GCSEs and since then I’ve only played in match-play competitions.

“Being at the top of the leaderboard after day one is where you want to be, but it brings added pressure during the final round and I felt that today.

“I was very nervous the first three or four holes, especially on the first but I managed to settle down. As the round went on I began to feel more comfortable as my home course, Beamish Park, is also parkland.

“This win has really boosted my confidence; winning a tournament like this has always been my dream, it’s given me the belief that I am a good golfer and I’m just so happy.

Stevenson took up golf at the age of six and was introduced to the game by her father who was smiling from ear to ear after his daughter’s success.