Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship 2015
Ireland’s Olivia Mahaffey claimed the Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship with a final round 75 over Royal Troon, but Scotland’s 15-year-old Shannon McWlliam did herself proud with a third place on a wild and windy day on the Ayrshire coast.
McWilliam, one behind overnight after rounds of 71 and 72 over Troon Portland, moved in front after birdies at the fifth and sixth and she was still one ahead playing the 15th. But the tough finish took its toll and three bogeys in a row from the 15th saw her finish with a 79.
Winner of the Scottish Champion of Champions in March and second in the SLGA Under-16 Open Strokeplay at Strathmore and joint third in the Irish Junior Open this month, it has been a remarkable few weeks for the Aboyne golfer.
The three days at Troon were even more impressive considering she had never seen the courses and hadn’t taken time out for a practice round.
“I didn’t want to take time off school,” said the Aboyne Academy fourth year pupil. “We just drove down on Friday morning and it was the first time I had seen either of the courses.
“At that stage, I never thought I would finish third. But now I am a wee bit disappointed. But it was the strongest wind I have ever encountered.”
Mahaffey, a senior Irish international who had won the Irish Junior Open for the third successive year the previous weekend, admitted that it had been a tough final round and patience was the key.
She finished on four over par 220, with French 18-year-old Anais Meyssonnier in second place on 221 after a 78 and McWilliam on 222.
“The last six holes were brutal,” said Mahaffey, from Royal County Down. “But I am delighted. This is my first senior international event, definitely the best thing I’ve won so far.
“In the autumn, I am going to Arizona State University and , eventually, I want to turn professional.”
Linnea Strom, the Swede who led by one going into the final round, had an 82 and was tied for fourth place on 224.
McWilliam had raised hopes of becoming the first home winner since Heather Stirling in 2002 – but the wait goes on for another year.
Royal Troon Golf Club
Hillhouse Cup 2015
This strokeplay competition, open to low handicap golfers from any of the Ayrshire clubs, was played from the blue tees in blustery, cold and heavey showers on Sunday 17th May 2015. Entry is restricted to 60 golfers and this year's cut-off for handicap was 4.7. The forecast was such that 12 entrants did not turn up on the day and only 31 rounds were completed.
The winner, with a superb round of 75, was James Johnston of Ayr Belleisle Golf Club, 4 shots clear of Craig McFarlane of Irvine Bogside. Royal Troon's own Matthew Dargie took 3rd place on countback from three players on 80.
The CSS was 78+ (reduction only) and the results count for the Doc Thom Ayrshire Order of Merit.
The full results can be viewed here.
Glyn Williams, Handicap Convener
Royal Troon Golf Club
The Byrne Howard Junior Open 2015
18 Hole Competition
To be played over the Portland Course
on Sunday 28th June, 2015.
Entries are invited from boys and girls aged 12 and under 18 on the 1st January 2015 who hold an official handicap.
Please click here for more information.
Entry form can be downloaded here.