England’s Olivia Winning scored the biggest success of her golfing career when she won the Helen Holm Scottish women's open stroke-play championship at Royal Troon today.
The 18-year-old from Rotherham led from start to finish and completed the 54-hole event on five-under par, two clear of her closest challengers.
Olivia, who trains with the England Golf girls’ Performance Squad, began the championship with a five-under par 70 and then a 72 in the opening rounds at Troon Portland.
The England girl international finished off with a three-over 78 on Royal Troon’s Open championship links, playing in testing conditions of wet and wind.
"I've been so busy studying for my A-levels that I could not get up to Troon in time to play a practice round over either course, but this was the third time I'd played in the Helen Holm so I did have that experience of the conditions and holes to fall back on," said Olivia who also won the Under-18s trophy with her 54-hole aggregate.
"It's definitely the biggest win I've had so far and I felt a little bit under pressure over the last few holes, especially in a greenside bunker at the last. I thought I had to get up and down to avoid a play-off. I didn't know I had a couple of shots in hand.
“It's a great feeling to win from a field as strong as this," added Olivia, who will study at the University of Tulane, New Orleans, later this year.
Joint runners-up, two shots behind on 222 were 19-year-old Scot Alyson McKechin
and Poppy Finlay (Vicars Cross) from Chester. Poppy had birdied the second, third and fifth to close on the leaders, but a quadruple bogey eight on the ninth proved costly. Curtis Cup player Bronte Law (Bramhall), who had a seven-under 68 in the second round, was joint fourth. European number one Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) had been feeling unwell and retired after the second round.
Image courtesy Cal Carson Golf Agency
Leading final scores
First two rounds Troon Portland, third round Royal Troon
Par 225 (3×75) CSS 77 76 78.
220 Olivia Winning (Rotherham) 70 72 78.
222 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 76 72 74, Poppy Finlay (Vicars Cross) 72 74 76.
223 Bronte Law (Bramhall) 77 68 78, Amy Boulden (Conwy) 76 67 80
225 Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Down Ladies) 75 77 73. Rachael Goodall (Heswall) 73 70 82
226 Becky Harries (Haverfordwest) 78 75 73, Aimee Ponte (Royal Guernsey) 76 76 74, Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell) 75 76 75.
227 Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies) 76 74 77, Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) 77 72 78.
228 Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 76 76 76, Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) 74 75 79
229 Gabriella Cowley (Brockett Hall) 77 76 76, Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 78 74 77, Maria Dunne (Skerries) 72 79 78.
230 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 75 77 78, Jessica Carty (Holywood) 72 79 79, Charlotte De Corte (France) 76 74 80.