India wins Scottish title by record 12 shots

India Clyburn Scottish junior open

England girl international India Clyburn shot nine-under par 65 today to sweep to a superb 12-shot win in the Scottish Ladies’ junior open stroke play championship at Alloa.

The 17-year-old from Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire finished the U21 event on 15-under par after playing perfect golf in the final round. She was bogey-free and scored  seven birdies and an eagle – holing a wedge shot from 80 yards for a two on the 10th.

India also won the U18 trophy and her 12-shot victory is the biggest winning margin in the tournament's history.

The joint runners-up were Scotland’s Jess Meek, Gabrielle MacDonald and Hannah McCook, who all scored three-under par for the championship.  Two other English players – both from Lancashire – finished in the top 10: Roanne Tomlinson (Haydock Park) tied fifth on level par and Eloise Healey (West Lancs) tied seventh on one-over.

This is India’s biggest win – and one of the first to congratulate her by text was her sister, Holly, a former Curtis Cup player and now a winner on the Ladies European Tour.

“It feels good, really good,” said India, who is the Lincolnshire champion and a past winner of the Midlands North ladies’ title. “That was good too, but this is definitely the biggest competition I’ve ever won.”  

She was two off the pace after opening the 54-hole tournament with two-under-par 72, and then shot four-under to take a one-stroke lead into the final round. She soon left the opposition trailing, reaching the turn in four-under with birdies on the 2nd, 5th, 8th and 9th. She was five-under for the back nine following her eagle on 10 with birdies on 12, 15 and 16.

“I didn’t expect to shoot nine-under,” said India, as she described her lowest-ever round. “I wanted to go out and play every shot as it came and focus on my game – it all came together and I putted really well.”

India recently represented England in the European girls’ team championship and said: “That was a really good experience. I played well out there against the European players and it gave me confidence.”

Her next event is the English girls’ championship, which starts on Tuesday at The Warwickshire. Then she’ll again represent England in the Girls’ Home Internationals on Ireland, before playing in the British girls’ championship.

Click here for full scores in the Scottish junior open stroke play championship