Dryburgh Joins Matthew on LPGA Tour

Gemma Dryburgh will join Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew on the LPGA Tour next season.

In a further success at professional level for Scottish golfers after Bradley Neil and Connor Syme secured European Tour cards, Dryburgh will line up on the biggest circuit in women’s golf in 2018 after claiming her card at the Qualifying School in Florida.

The 24-year-old Aberdonian shot rounds of 72, 73, 72, 71 and a fine closing 68 for a four-under-par total at LPGA International in Daytona Beach. Dryburgh finished joint-13th in the battle for 20 cards to join fellow Scot Matthew Stateside next year.

“It means a lot,” said former Curtis Cup player Dryburgh of securing her card from a starting field of 165 players for the third and final stage. “I’ve been working really hard for this for a few years with my coach and my parents and everyone around me and it is nice to see the hard work pay off.

“I’m just really ecstatic to finally finish the five rounds this week and finish with a good round of 68. I am so pleased with my performance.

Dryburgh, a member of Team SSE Scottish Hydro, added: “I felt very calm out there in the last round and I just let myself play. It was a long week and I did my best to stay patient. Now I am really looking forward to the 2018 season on the LPGA.

“Catriona has been a major inspiration to me. She has given me great advice over the past year. I also love to watch her play, she keeps things very simple. She is also a fierce competitor, which I really admire.”

Meantime, in the amateur ranks, Kilmarnock Barassie’s Euan Walker led a Scottish 1-2-3 at the Agadir Grand Prix in Morocco, finishing on five under par. Peebles’ Darren Howie and Scottish Men’s Amateur champion were second and third respectively, while Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) finished runner-up in the women’s event with Hannah McCook (Grantown-on-Spey) third.