Rising star Clara Young pleased to have Matthew’s support

Clara Young with the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews
Clara Young with the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews
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Clara Young is enjoying Catriona Matthew’s “support” as she continues to match some of her fellow North Berwick woman’s amateur achievements.

The 20-year-old’s latest feat in that respect was winning the prestigious St Rule Trophy at St Andrews, where Matthew triumphed back-to-back in the same event in 1993 and 1994.

Even though she was over in the US playing in an event on the LPGA Tour, the Scottish No.1 took the time to praise Young on Twitter. “Congrats winning St Rule Trophy,” she wrote on the social media site, before adding: “Best place in the world to win.”

Thrilled with her victory at the Home of Golf, Young said of the Solheim Cup star: “It’s nice having her support.”

Now the University of Missouri scholar is turning her attention to trying to join Matthew in becoming a multiple Scottish Women’s champion this weekend at Royal Aberdeen. “I’m really looking forward to this week,” said the 2015 winner. “Royal Aberdeen is a brilliant golf course and it would be good to get a win there, too, but I just need to take things one day at a time.”

Other Lothians players in the field include 2014 winner Gabrielle Macdonald (Cragielaw) and Midlothian champion Louise Fraser from Kingsknowe.