Louise Duncan holes out from a bunker en path to her record-breaking win
Scotland’s Louise Duncan has gained the Ladies’s Novice Championship after beating Iceland’s Jóhanna Lúđvíksdóttir 9&8 within the remaining held at Kilmarnock Barassie in Scotland.
The 21-year-old Scot spectacular victory is largest successful margin within the event’s 118-year historical past.
Duncan, who hails from West Kilbride and is a scholar at Stirling College, can now set her sights on an variety of thrilling alternatives, together with taking part in within the Ladies’s Open at Carnoustie in August.
Duncan is the primary Scot to assert the title since Alison Rose in 1997 and joins a rollcall of former winners that features Anna Nordqvist (2008), Georgia Corridor (2013), Céline Boutier (2015) and Leona Maguire (2017).
Duncan displayed early nerves on the primary 9 holes of the 36-hole remaining and was down a gap twice to Lúđvíksdóttir. Nonetheless, a birdie on the ninth and an eagle on the eleventh was the beginning of her commanding maintain on the match and he or she went into the lunch break with a five-up lead after successful the final 4 holes of the morning spherical.
Heading again out heading in the right direction within the afternoon, Duncan eagled the nineteenth by holing a spectacular greenside bunker shot on the par-5 gap to increase her result in six-up. A bogey on the twenty second gained Duncan one other gap to go seven up as Lúđvíksdóttir made a double.
A birdie on the twenty fifth prolonged her result in eight-up and when the 18-year-old Icelandic participant bogeyed the twenty seventh gap the match was dormie. A par on the twenty eighth gap sufficient to seal the win for Duncan.
The win earns Duncan invites to play within the AIG Ladies’s Open, the US Ladies’s Open, the Evian Championship and the Augusta Nationwide Ladies’s Novice Championship.
Jóhanna Lúđvíksdóttir was on the receiving finish of a heavy defeat within the remaining however broke new floor for Icelandic golf
“It’s psychological, I can’t imagine it,” Duncan mentioned of these rewards. “It’s ridiculous and I’m over the moon. I positively wasn’t quietly assured coming into the week. My first purpose was to make the matchplay stage and see what occurred from there, however I didn’t assume I’d get this far.”
Whereas disenchanted to not have gained the title and the rewards on provide, Lúđvíksdóttir, who was one in all solely 4 worldwide gamers to line up within the 100-strong subject, made historical past of her personal as the primary Icelandic golfer to succeed in the ultimate of The Ladies’s Novice Championship.
Duncan reached the ultimate after successful a troublesome match towards fellow Scot Hannah Darling which went to the nineteenth gap, whereas Lúđvíksdóttir, who was three down after 13 holes, additionally required additional holes to win her semi-final towards Shannon McWilliam.
The scores from the ultimate will be discovered right here. To observe a TV livestream of the match in full, go to YouTube or Fb.