Monday, August 12, 2019

Gullane's Grace Crawford wins Scottish U14

girls' open title after play-off at Elgin

                        
Sofia Barroso Sá and Grace Crawford were today crowned the winners at the Scottish Girls’ U16 and U14 Open championships at Elgin Golf Club.
Barroso Sá came out on top of the U16 section after a three-under par final round of 71 saw her overtake the overnight leaders, finishing on an overall score of two-under par.
After opening with five straight pars, Barroso Sá made five birdies in her final 13 holes, including a crucial three on the 17th to take the title by a single shot over Grace Mayo from Wales.

Speaking to Scottish Golf after her victory, Barroso Sá said, “It feels amazing, it’s my second international win. My driving was sharp today, I only missed two fairways. I missed a few putts, but I holed the important ones.”
“I really enjoyed the golf course. I’m a long hitter and the fairways were quite wide which meant I could go for it.
“This was my first year playing in the under-16 event so hopefully next year I’ll be able to play this again and try to win again.”
Runner-up in the U16 section, Mayo, posted the lowest round of the day; an excellent four-under par 70, but ultimately came up just short of forcing a play-off.
Overnight leaders Anna Neumayer from Austraia and Leonie Muir from England, both posted solid scores of one-over par today to finish in a tie for third.
In the U14 section, it was Scot Grace Crawford from Gullane Golf Club who came out on top after a play-off with Kasumi Tran of Wales.

Crawford, pictured right, who was part of the Scotland Girls’ Home International team just last week, reached the turn in three-under, level par overall, to close the overnight deficit and reach the top of the leaderboard going into the final nine.
After five straight pars to start the back-nine, Crawford took a two-shot lead into the final three holes over her playing partner Tran.
However, Tran birdied 16 and 17 to take a one-shot lead going down 18 but Crawford bounced back from a bogey at 16, birdieing the par-5 18th to force a play-off.
The players headed back down the 1st and it was Crawford who secured the victory with a stunning eagle three.

Speaking to Scottish Golf after picking up the U14 trophy, Crawford said, “I’m very excited to win. Coming down 18 I was just thinking "make birdie and see what happens.
“When it’s a playoff it’s whoever wins, wins and thankfully this time it was me.
“Over the two days, I felt I played very well. I really like this course and I thought I played really solid, especially today.”
View all the final scores from the Scottish Girls’ U16 and U14 Championship at Elgin here.

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