Jaffrey withstands Young’s challenge to win national title in difficult conditions at Royal Aberdeen
By SCG Newsdesk
TROON LADIES’ Connie Jaffrey is the new queen of Scottish women’s amateur golf, after surviving a sterling comeback from Clara Young at Royal Aberdeen.
In an absorbing Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship final between the two 20-year-olds, she beat Young from North Berwick by two holes in an exciting climax to an event where the rain, which had dogged the event all week, returned for the final over the Balgownie Links.
Kansas State University student Jaffrey used a brilliant short game - single putts on the first four greens and six one-putt greens on the outward half - to surge into a five-up lead at the turn.
Young, not at her best, did not win a hole until the 11th but it triggered off a two-under-par run which saw her win five holes in a row to square the match on the 15th.
Into the wind and rain, however, Clara’s rally petered out. She bogeyed the 16th to go one-down again and then was plugged in the thick and wet rough with her second shot at the 18th, moving the ball only a few feet. She eventually conceded Jaffrey a ten-foot putt to and, with it, the title.
“I’m extremely proud,” said a thrilled Jaffrey. “It’s a title I’ve been chasing for some time now, really since losing the final three years ago. I’m really happy with the way I played.
“The key to my success this week was definitely my short game and putting. I holed a number of putts that were crucial throughout matches this week.
“The Royal Aberdeen greenkeeping team did a great job, especially with the weather conditions we had. Hopefully I can maintain my performances going into the British next week in Wales.”
Young added: “What a superb course and it stayed in excellent condition despite the rain almost every day. I had never played it before this week, but I would love to come back.”
Jaffrey’s win saw her add the Scottish Women’s title to the Scottish Girls’ Championship she won in 2013.