England’s India Clyburn became the first English winner of the Scottish Junior Ladies’ Open Strokeplay Championship after a stunning 12-shot victory at Alloa GC thanks to a final day nine-under-par 65.
The 17-year-old from the Woodhall Spa finished on 15-under, a record dozen shots ahead of the top Scottish trio of Gabrielle MacDonald from Craigielaw, Hannah McCook of Grantown-On-Spey and last year’s winner, Jessica Meek, from Carnoustie Ladies.
Clyburn is the first non-Scottish winner since Finland’s Rikka Hakkarainen triumphed at Lanark in 1995 – she went on to become a winner on the Ladies’ European Tour.
India Clyburn keeps it in the family
Clyburn is the younger sister of the Ladies’ European Tour winner and former Curtis Cup star, Holly Clyburn, and she was delighted to add to the family’s glittering golfing record.
"I’d love to come back and try and win the title again." - India Clyburn
“That was my best ever round of golf and my best ever win,” said the Lincolnshire Ladies’ champion. “This year I was runner–up in the Critchley Salver and seventh at the Helen Holm but this is easily my best achievement outside county golf.
“Alloa is a wonderful golf course and the weather over the three days has been absolutely fantastic. I’d love to come back and try and win the title again.”
Clyburn birdied four holes on the front nine – the second, fifth, eighth and ninth – and then dipped to six-under the card with an eagle at the tenth. More birdies followed at the 12th, 15th and 16th as she dominated.
Her eagle was the result of holing an 80-yard wedge shot, and she admits it came a surprise. “I knew I’d hit it well but I didn’t see it go in,” she said.
“I heard some cheering but it was only when I go to the green that I realised I had holed out.”
India Clyburn :: the future
In the years ahead, India Clyburn intends to follow in her big sister’s footsteps. “I’ve signed up to go to North Carolina State University in August 2015. I’ll spend four years then turn professional. The Curtis Cup is one of my goals.”