Sofia Barroso Sá and Grace Crawford were today crowned the winners at the Scottish Girls’ U16 & U14 Open Championship at Elgin Golf Club.
Barroso Sá came out on top of the U16 section after a three-under par final round of 71 saw her overtake the overnight leaders, finishing on an overall score of two-under par.
After opening with five straight pars, Barroso Sá made five birdies in her final 13 holes, including a crucial three on the 17th to take the title by a single shot over Grace Mayo from Wales.
Speaking to Scottish Golf after her victory, Barroso Sá said, “It feels amazing, it’s my second international win. My driving was sharp today, I only missed two fairways. I missed a few putts, but I holed the important ones.”
“I really enjoyed the golf course. I’m a long hitter and the fairways were quite wide which meant I could go for it.
“This was my first year playing in the under-16 event so hopefully next year I’ll be able to play this again and try to win again.”
Runner-up in the U16 section, Mayo, posted the lowest round of the day; an excellent four-under par 70, but ultimately came up just short of a playoff.
Overnight leaders Anna Neumayer from Austraia and Leonie Muir from England, both posted solid scores of one-over par today to finish in a tie for third.
In the U14 section, it was Scot Grace Crawford from Gullane Golf Club who came out on top after a playoff with Kasumi Tran of Wales.
Crawford, who was part of the Scotland Girls’ Home International team just last week, reached the turn in three-under, level par overall, to close the overnight deficit and reach the top of the leaderboard going into the final nine.
After five straight pars to start the back-nine, Crawford took a two-shot lead into the final three holes over her playing partner Tran.
However, Tran birdied 16 and 17 to take a one-shot lead going down 18 but Crawford bounced back from a bogey at 16, birdieing the par-5 18th to force a playoff.
The players headed back down the 1st and it was Crawford who secured the victory with a stunning eagle three.
Speaking to Scottish Golf after picking up the U14 trophy, Crawford said, “I’m very excited to win. Coming down 18 I was just thinking make birdie and see what happens.
“When it’s a playoff it’s whoever wins, wins and thankfully this time it was me.
“Over the two days, I felt I played very well. I really like this course and I thought I played really solid, especially today.”
View all of the final scores from the Scottish Girls’ U16 & U14 Championship at Elgin here.