BROOMIEKNOWE’S Hannah Scott will head into the Scottish Women’s Championship, which starts tomorrow at Longniddry, as the new Midlothian champion.
She claimed the title for the first time on Saturday after beating Craigielaw’s Jane Turner by 4 and 3 in the final at Newbattle. It was third time unlucky for Turner after she also fell at the final hurdle in the event in 2005 and 2012.
Scott, who’d beaten her clubmate Kate McIntosh in her semi-final – Turner beat Glencorse teenager Emily Dalgetty in the other one – laid the foundations for her title triumph by going four up early on.
Turner, helped by birdies at the seventh and ninth, got it back to three down after ten but, while her driving was spectacular, her short game wasn’t as hot. Scott, by comparison, produced steady golf throughout.
Lochend’s Jaci Moriarty claimed the B title, beating Murrayfield’s Pam Townsend by one hole in the final. Turner is also in the field at Longniddry, where the Scottish international will be aiming to go one better than 12 months ago, when she lost in the final at Tain.
The SLGA’s flagship event consists of two stroke-play qualifying rounds followed by match-play from Thursday until Saturday.