Rachel Gourley’s incredible winning start to the season has continued with a brilliant victory in the main event at Scottish Girls’ Open Championship.
And there was more success for England when 14-year-old Roisin Scanlon took the under 16 honours at the same tournament.
England girls’ squad player Gourley (main image) showed her quality to card a final, flawless round of 68 featuring four birdies to hold off the threat from Germany’s Philipa Gollan and claim her first national open crown.
Set against a par of 72 at Irvine Golf Club, Gourley had previously posted rounds of 70 and 71 giving her a winning total of 209 (-7) and a two-shot margin of victory.
The 17-year-old is enjoying a real purple patch of form having already won twice in 2022 before this latest triumph in a strong field at Irvine Golf Club.
Gourley – a member at Arcot Hall Golf Club – teamed up with England colleague Lottie Woad to win the Sunningdale Foursomes last month.
She followed that up with a victory in the Formby Leveret last weekend and conquered the tough elements on the Ayrshire coast to win her latest piece of silverware.
She said: “It was a really tough battle with Philipa and I treated it almost like match play because we were out in the last group.
“I was always aware of what I had to do to win and I’m really pleased to get the victory.
“But I wasn’t aware I had gone bogey-free in the last round because I was so focused on just making sure I got over the line!
“It’s a nice feeling to win and to be playing well at the same time….I hope that continues for a while yet.”
At the tail end of 2021, Gourley also took top spot in the prestigious Justin Rose Junior Telegraph Trophy and that has given her fresh belief in her game.
She added: “Once I got my first win that confirmed to me that I could play well and the feeling that I could keep doing it. That’s what I’ve done.
“It’s been hard with the windy weather this week although I think I managed to miss most of the rain apart from the practice day.
“To win in tough conditions make it even more satisfying.”
It was neck-and-neck between Gourley and her German rival coming down the home stretch and the pair were still locked together walking off the 16th green playing in the same group alongside another English player, Olivia Lee.
An unfortunate double bogey on 17 cost Gollan dearly. Gourley parred the final two holes and was immediately swamped by England colleagues after tapping home the winning putt.
There was more glory for England on Scottish soil when Scanlon walked off with the prize for the best player under 16.
The Woburn golfer carded a three-round total of level par to finish third in the overall event and win the under 16 gross prize by a shot from France’s Juliette Demeaux.
It was a huge moment for the young golfer who has dreamed of a win after so much hard work and time spent building up to this moment.
After the win, Scanlon said: “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride this week in the wind and sun and rain, but I’m excited to win.
“I’m still only 14, but have been playing in these events for a while now without ever winning.
“I was always aspiring to get to this point and it really means a lot to me to take this prize.
“It’s nice to have a win under my belt and to take the confidence forward from the week.”