Curtis Cup player holds off challenge of Jaffrey to win
ENGLAND’S Annabel Dimmock led from start to finish to win the Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship at Troon, holding off the challenge from Troon Ladies’ Connie Jaffrey.
The 17-year-old finished on 11-under-par after three rounds to take the title by three shots. In doing so, she emulated her compatriot Olivia Winning, who won the same title 12 months earlier.
“It’s a relief,” revealed Dimmock afterwards. “It’s always hard leading from the start because you feel you need to get the job done.” Annabel also teamed up with fellow international Gabriella Cowley to win the Nations Cup for England.
Dimmock led by one shot after the first round and by five as she went into the third and final round. But she put that advantage out of her mind and set out to play aggressively to ensure she wasn’t caught.
“I went straight out from the start to try and increase my lead,” she said.
She played the last round, at Royal Troon, in two-under-par 73 and held off the challenge of Jaffrey, who shot 71.
She played steadily, too, with four birdies and two bogeys, one of which was a notable result.
“I just had one tricky hole, the 11th, where I hit the ball in the gorse, tried to chop away at it, had an air shot and then took a drop,” continued Dimmock. “I only got a bogey in the end which was a really good result.”
The win underlined her great form so far in 2014, which began when she won the Jones Doherty Cup in the USA. She then finished runner-up in the Spanish Amateur, fifth in the European Nations Cup, reached the quarter-finals of the French Lady Junior Championship and won the Sunningdale Foursomes.
“I went full time at the end of last year and I’ve been putting in the work on my golf,” she revealed. “I think that I got some early confidence when I won in America and I’ve brought that back home to the tournaments in Europe.”