Vikki Laing pleased despite missing out on British Open spot

France's Isabelle Boineau shows off the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Ladies' Open trophy. Pic: Paul Severn
France's Isabelle Boineau shows off the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Ladies' Open trophy. Pic: Paul Severn
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Musselburgh’s Vikki Laing has had an up and down golfing career – and it was more of the same at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Ladies’ Open at Dundonald Links.

The 35-year-old fired a final day 67 and was top Scot in 11th place on four-under-par. She finished seven shots behind the winner, France’s Isabelle Boineau.

The £9200 cheque was warmly welcomed by the Lothians player who has only played twice this season and missed both cuts.

But, she was desperately disappointed to miss out by a single shot on qualification for the Ricoh Women’s British Open starting at Woburn on Thursday.

There were three spots available for players who had not already made the field – and they went to Carolin Hedwall, in fifth place on eight-under after a course record 64, Gwladys Nocera, six-under, and Isabella Ramsay, on five-under.

“I failed to get through pre-qualifying so it would have been lovely to get into the Open today,” said Laing. “But I played well this week so I’m happy.”

A four-time British Girls’ Champion, Laing has had to resort to working in a Portobello pub Forresters to help sustain her golfing career.

“I’m still just as keen,” she insisted. “Otherwise, I wouldn’t be working in a bar.” Back in 2010, Laing had her best season on the Ladies’ European Tour with three second-place finishes. But, the last few seasons have been a struggle and has recently started working with new coach Alan Murdoch.