Clara Young wins Women’s title on last green

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North Berwick’s Clara Young won a high-quality final to become East Lothian’s latest Scottish Women’s champion.

The 18-year-old beat Dumfries and County’s Rachel Walker on the last green in their title showdown at Monifieth, where they shared nine birdies and an eagle over 18 holes.

“I won the first three holes, which is the kind of start you dream about,” admitted Young after becoming the youngest winner of the title since Royal Musselburgh’s Jane Connachan claimed the crown at the age of 18 at Royal Troon in 1982.

“After that I just focused on the next shot, so I had no real idea the scoring by both of us was so good.”

As well as succeeding Craigielaw’s Gabrielle Macdonald, Young also joins Catriona Matthew, a three-times champion, on the event’s roll of honour.

It’s a tough task for the youngster to go on and match Matthew’s glittering career, but she’s heading in the right direction.

Young, who has just completed her freshman year at the University of Missouri, became East Lothian’s youngest-ever women’s county champion at 15 and a Great Britain & Ireland Vagliano Trophy team player at 16.