Wire-to-wire Scottish win for Annabel

Annabel Dimmock

England’s Annabel Dimmock scored a wire-to-wire victory in the Helen Holm Scottish open strokeplay championship at Troon, with an 11-under par total for 54 holes.

“It’s a relief! It’s always hard leading from the start because you feel you need to get the job done,” said the 17-year-old from Wentworth. She’s the second English player in a row to win this title, following last year’s success by Yorkshire’s Olivia Winning.

Annabel also teamed up with fellow international Gabriella Cowley to win the Nations Cup for England.

Altogether, five English players were in the top ten at the championship with Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) taking sixth place on three-under, Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) and India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) sharing seventh on one-under, and Ellie Goodall (Selby) finishing 10th on level par.

Annabel led by one shot after the first round and by five as she went into the third and final round. But she put the advantage out of her mind and set out to play aggressively to ensure she wasn’t caught. “I went straight out from the start to try and increase my lead,” she said.

She played the last round, at Royal Troon, in two-under par 73 and held off the challenge of Scotland’s Connie Jaffrey, who shot 71.

Annabel played steadily, with four birdies and two bogeys – one of which was a notable result. “I just had one tricky hole, the 11th, where I hit the ball in the gorse, tried to chop away at it, had an air shot and then took a drop. I only got a bogey in the end which was a really good result.”

One of the strengths of Annabel’s game throughout the event was her three-wood which she played with super accuracy and it helped her set up birdies on the par fives.

This win underlines Annabel’s great form in 2014 which began when she won the Jones Doherty Cup in the USA. Since then she has finished runner-up in the Spanish amateur, fifth in the European Nations Cup, a quarter finalist in the French Lady Junior Championship and won the Sunningdale Foursomes.

“I went full-time at the end of last year and I’ve been putting in the work on my golf. I think I got some early confidence when I won in America and I’ve brought that back home to the tournaments in Europe,” she said.

This latest success, coupled with Annabel’s other results this season, will improve her chances of making the GB&I Curtis Cup team for the match against the USA in Missouri in early June.  However she remarked: “I hope I get into the team but I’ll just take it as it comes.”