Laura wins the scratch championship trophy at the Ladies’ Highland Open in Pitlochry

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Laura with her scratch champion trophy.

Laura Durrand of Thurso Golf Club won the Atholl Cup as scratch champion at the Ladies’ Highland Open in Pitlochry.

She was one of four Thurso players to take part in the annual event, the others being Anne Simmonite, Aileen Simmonite and Emma Durrand.

The tournament is played over six days with daily competitions. On day one everyone plays for the Starters’ Cup – this is a stroke play format and gives everyone a chance to familiarize themselves with the course before the main competition.

It was a great start for Laura, who came in first on the gross, and Emma, ​​who finished second on the net.

This is followed by the two qualifying rounds where the top 16 players in each category, scratch, Division One handicap (handicaps up to 20) and Division Two handicap (21 and over), advance to the matchplay rounds for a chance to become the champions 2022. .

Although Anne improved every day, she just missed qualifying. But Laura and Emma qualified for the scratch trophy, Laura in third place and Emma in 10th, while Aileen qualified for the Division One trophy in seventh place.

Aileen put up a good fight against Dunnikier Park Golf Club’s Shona Hutchison, but a loose ball on the 16th and a missed putt on the 17th saw her narrowly miss her progress to the next round, losing 2&1.

Emma also had a good fight against Kay Knight of Pitlochry. Home advantage proved too much for Emma and she was beaten on the 18th.

Laura’s golf got better and better throughout the week. Her first match was against Jill Telford of South Herts Golf Club.

Jill played impressive golf but Laura was too good for her, winning 5&4 on the 14th.

Deborah Pooley of Banstead Downs Golf Club was next and she really tested Laura’s golf before finally losing to her on the 19th hole.

Next came the semi-final against Kay Knight, who had already beaten Emma, ​​but that didn’t deter Laura. She was playing well and leading three after the 12th when her opponent had to forfeit due to injury.

Laura was disappointed that she couldn’t finish the match, but it meant she could rest a bit longer before playing in the final.

Isla Moncrieff of Aberfeldy Golf Club was the other finalist and it was a very close match all round.

Laura was one place past 15, but a poor tee shot on 16 brought them back to square one. They halved the 17 with two great birdies, so it was all to play for on the 18.

Laura made a great drive down the middle of the fairway, stopping just short of the burn. Isla also had a good drive but ended up in the rough.

Laura was the first to play her second shot and nailed it beautifully to the edge of the green. Isla’s approach shot was slightly long and went off the back of the green, but she wasn’t giving up.

She kept going and the crowd thought it was all over as the ball went through the hole – but she kept going, giving her a long putt.

Laura kept her composure and put her ball inches from the hole which she easily tapped for a four. Isla fought hard but couldn’t get her putt to continue the match, which meant Laura won on the 18th hole.

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