Dumbarton golfer Lorna McClymont is celebrating the biggest win of her career at the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament in St Andrews after holding her nerve to defeat countrywoman Chloe Goadby at the second extra play-off hole.

McClymont shared the overnight lead with Goadby after the opening 36 holes over the Eden Course and they couldn’t be separated after three-under-par rounds of 73 on the Old Course to post eight-under-par totals on the final day.

It was McClymont, however, who went on to achieve the biggest win of her career to date, making an up and down from the Valley of Sin at the 18th, while Goadby bogeyed. 

The 18-year-old, who plays at Milngavie Golf Club, said: “It means a lot to me to win as I was second reserve to be in this competition.

“It was extra special because it was at St Andrews where some of the best in the game have won – to see their names on the trophy was an amazing feeling.”

The event, which featured 60 men and women from 24 universities across the world, counts towards the World Amateur Golf Ranking system.

Lorna’s victory has also guaranteed her a place in the international team which will face the USA in the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup match in Arkansas from Friday, 7 June to Sunday, 9 June.

She added: “I’m definitely looking forward to the opportunity of playing in the event. I can’t wait to compete.”

Lorna, who is studying for an HNC in Professional Golf at the Elmwood campus of Scotland’s Rural College in Fife, first started playing golf at the age of 12 and has improved steadily ever since, winning the Scottish School Championships, as well as being named Dunbartonshire and Argyll Ladies County Champion.

She chose to study at Elmwood because she wanted to increase her golfing knowledge and understand the different elements of golf – and because of its proximity to St Andrews.

Her next big event is the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21.

She will also play the Welsh Ladies Open and the Irish Ladies Open tournaments in May. 

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