Scottish Ladies Amateur champion for 2014 is Gabrielle MacDonald from Craigielaw. She becomes champion in the tournaments ‘centenary year’ making it all the more special for the 21-year-old.
In a dramatic conclusion to the 100th Scottish Ladies Amateur, Gabrielle MacDonald beat Connie Jaffrey of Troon Ladies with a par four at the first extra hole of their sudden death play-off.
At the 19th, Jaffrey hit her second shot left and had to hit her pitch over a bunker, but she failed to get up and down. MacDonald, whose second shot rebounded off the wall, then two-putted for victory.
“I’m delighted to win,” said MacDonald, a 21-year-old St Andrews University student. “I was nervous all day and that match was up and down. But it’s a tough course and the match was always going to go one way and then the other.”
“At the moment, I just want to enjoy this win.”
In her third year of a geography degree, MacDonald is intending to turn professional sometime in the future. “But it won’t be for a few years,” she said. “At the moment, I just want to enjoy this win.”
Scottish Ladies Amateur: how the match was won
On a bright but windy day, 17-year-old Jaffrey made an encouraging start in her attempt to become the youngest ever Scottish Ladies Amateur champion, winning the first hole in par. However, MacDonald leveled with a birdie at the long third and then won the fifth and sixth, and held out to remain two up at the turn.
Jaffrey, the Scottish Girls champion, launched a fight back with wins at the tenth and 11th and moved one up with a birdie at the long 12th, although momentum shifted back to MacDonald as she took the 13th and 16th to go one up.
At the 17th, it was the Ayrshire girl’s turn to make birdie to draw level, and pars at the last sent the final into extra time, with MacDonald emerging the Scottish Ladies Amateur champion.
For Jaffrey, it was a disappointing end to the week, but she underlined her promise as she looks forward to a golf scholarship at Kansas State University this autumn.
For both finalists, a summer of golf lies ahead. “I have finished university for the summer,” said the new champion. “Everyone at the University is so supportive. Kevin Hale is our first team coach and he is great.”
Jaffrey was disappointed but pleased to play her part in a great final. “I just ran out of shots at the end,” she conceded.
Scottish Ladies Amateur: route to the final
Have a look below to see how Gabrielle MacDonald progressed to be crowned Scottish Ladies Amateur champion.