England’s Ellise Rymer followed in the footsteps of LET stars Leona Maguire, Bronte Law, Carly Booth and Alice Hewson when she stormed through the field to win the Scottish Girls’ Under-16 Championship at Stirling.
Rymer, from Lincoln Golf Club, started the day three shots off the pace after an opening 76 but fired six birdies in a ten hole stretch from the fourth before completing the job by holing a chip for a spectacular eagle on her final hole to card a six under par 68 and finish four shots ahead of compatriot Alex Bonfield and Welsh junior international Kasumi Tran on four under par 144.
Her win came just over a week after finishing fifth at the English Girls’ Under-16 Championship and capped a successful two days for the strong English contingent in the field.
Two other English players Zara Naughton and Zara Ali were fifth and sixth while the leading Scot was Royal Troon’s Freya Russell who carded rounds of 73 and 79 to finish alone in seventh place on four over par 152.
“I’m incredibly excited to have won,” said Rymer. “I was so nervous coming down the last I thought I might throw up if I had to putt. But, fortunately, I holed my chip and that made life a lot easier.
“Actually, I was massively excited coming down the last three holes. I had so many butterflies it was crazy, but on the last I kind of had a drink of water to calm myself down and it was much better after that.
“My parents were there watching which was really good. I think they might have been even more nervous than me. I know, if I was in their position, I would be. My Mum cried on the last, so that says everything, I think.
“The course was so good,” she added. “It’s always a treat to play good golf courses, and Stirling is certainly one of those. The greens were really, really good today. It has been amazing, so thank you to everyone at the club.”
England’s Zara Naughton had reward for her excellent final round of 1-under par 73 by taking home the trophy for the best Nett score.
The Scottish Girls’ Under-14 title was won by Sadie Adams whose one under par total of 147 was seven shots better than nearest rival English girl Isabella Taylor-Stokes.
Scotland’s Jodie Graham, from Hamilton Golf Club, carded rounds of 79 and 80 to finish a further five shots adrift in third place while Stirling’s own Erin Huskie was part of the group in sixth place on 166.
Adams succeeds Scottish Junior international Grace Crawford as Under-14 champion. Crawford won the 2019 championship at Elgin after beating Tran in a play-off.
In the Under-12 category, Millie Hixton completed a clean sweep for England when she took the honours with commendable rounds of 81 and 87 in the wet conditions.