By Ronan MacNamara
Louise Duncan. Photo by Golffile
Louise Duncan broke a 24-year drought for Scottish women at the Amateur Championship as she romped to a record-breaking victory to win the 118th Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie).
The Scotswoman defeated Icelandic Jóhanna Lea Ludviksdóttir 9&8 in the 36-hole final to land the biggest title of her career in what was the largest winning margin in the tournament’s history.
Duncan is the first Scot since Alison Rose in 1997 to get her hands on the trophy and in doing so, became Scotland’s 17th Amateur Champion.
Ludviksdóttir won the opening hole with a birdie four before giving her advantage back on the second. She edged back in front on the seventh hole with a birdie on the par-5 seventh.
Both girls were level pegging after the turn, but the 21-year-old was rampant on the back-nine going 5UP after 18 holes. The West Kilbride player continued in the same vein on the second 18, going 6-clear of her opponent courtesy of a hole-out eagle on the 19th.
The Stirling University scholar appeared to have little chance of getting her ball up and down from the greenside bunker with little green to work with and a strong wind at her back. Her bunker shot pitched just short of the hole before it rattled the pin and disappeared.
Duncan, who defeated Ireland’s Sara Byrne 6&4 in Round 3 was dominant from there as she went 9UP after 27 holes and a half in par fours on the 10th (28th) was enough to seal an emphatic victory on home soil.