Sunday, April 21, 2019

Scots McWilliam and Goadby win international team event at Troon

Slovenia youngster Babnik wins Helen Holm 

title by seven strokes

Slovenia’s Pia Babnik led from start to finish at the 2019 Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship Troon Portland with the final round over the Royal Troon links.
A bogey-free brilliant final round of 66 over the latter course helped the youngster claim a seven-shot victory over France’s Charlotte Bunel. Babnik was the highest world-ranked player in the Helen Holm field.
The success at Troon should see her improve her ranking. Pia has already notched a victory this month on the Slovenian women's amateur tour.
With a three-shot lead going into Sunday’s final round, Babnik continued to play outstanding golf on the links at Royal Troon Old Course, picking up four shots in as many holes on the front nine at the Ayrshire links venue.
Speaking to Scottish Golf after the prizegiving ceremony, Babnik said:
Today it was a bit tougher out there compared to the other days. The wind was tricky but when I made my eagle, I just tried to keep making good shots. I didn’t make any mistakes and even though I knew I could win, I just wanted to focus on my own game
Babnik’s win at Royal Troon boosts the Slovenian’s hopes of a return to Scotland in September with today’s win providing valuable PING Junior Solheim Cup points.
 Speaking to Scottish Golf following the prizegiving, Babnik admitted she would love to be back in Scotland later this year, adding:
It would mean a lot to be part of the team. I came here to get qualification points for the PING Junior Solheim Cup and yeah, I won. For me, it would be a very special day to be part of the European team.” 
Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) and Chloe Goadby (St Regulus Ladies) were winners of the annual team event, taking home the Ladies’ Club Silver Salver by a 15-stroke margin from runners-up England: Blackman and Toy with Wales (Morris and O'Connor) third on 450. 
McWilliam also finished as the top Scot as this year’s event on six-under-par 210. 
McWilliam said:
“It was another really good result for me today. I have finished in the top five at the Helen Holm quite a few times now and to win the team event with Chloe was really nice as well. It’s been a great weekend and one I will remember after making my fourth hole-in-one of my career at Troon Portland on Friday.”

+Picture of Pia Babnik with the Helen Holm trophy, displayed by courtesy of Scottish Golf.



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