Scotland’s Lorna McClymont and Welshman Aled Greville produced impressive final round displays to claim success in The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament in St Andrews.
While McClymont held her nerve to defeat countrywoman Chloe Goadby at the second extra hole of a play-off and win the women’s event, Greville surged through the men’s field with a closing 65 on his first ever round on the Old Course.
McClymont, representing nearby SRUC Elmwood, and University of Birmingham student Greville came out on top in the two-day World Amateur Golf Ranking™ counting event, featuring 60 men and women students representing 24 universities from across the world.
By virtue of their respective victories, both players achieved automatic spots in the International Team to face the United States of America in the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup match being played at Alotian, Arkansas from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June.
Biggest ever win
McClymont shared the overnight lead with Goadby (University of Stirling and a local member at St Regulus Ladies) after the opening 36 holes over the Eden Course and they couldn’t be separated after three-under-par rounds of 73 on the Old Course to post eight-under-par totals.
It was McClymont, 18, who went on to achieve the biggest win of her career to date, making an up and down from the Valley of Sin at the 18th, the second hole of overtime, while Goadby bogeyed.
She said, “It feels amazing, I’m struggling for words. I knew it would be tight the whole way around, with Nicola (Slater) as well, as she had a good front nine.
“I just tried to enjoy the play-off and thankfully managed to get up and down on the last. I’m in the Scottish Golf Academy and hope to keep progressing.”
Jasmine MacKintosh (Robert Gordon University) and Slater (University of Stirling) shared third place on six-under-par.
On a pleasant final day at the Home of Golf, with only a light breeze to contend with over the links, Greville clawed back his six-shot deficit to overnight leader, Caolan Rafferty (Maynooth University).
While Rafferty faltered to a 74 to share second place with last year’s men’s champion, Ronan Mullarney, Greville produced a sparkling seven-birdie effort on his Old Course debut to win by three shots on six-under-par.
“I hadn’t played the Old Course before, I was playing it blind,” said Greville, who has just turned 19-years-old. “I’ve been very consistent the last few years, but I’ve just come back from a back injury and had to take most of last year out. I struggled a lot with it, so today is reward for all the hard work I’ve put in to fight back.”
Greville, involved with the Wales Golf set up since the age of 12, added, “Down the stretch I played some of my best golf, making birdies on 17 and 18. I holed two clutch par putts on 15 and 16 and then struck my approach on 17 to four feet, which was an amazing feeling on such a tough hole. Making birdie on the last just sealed it.”
On securing an Arnold Palmer Cup spot, Greville added, “I can’t wait, it will probably be the trip of a lifetime. I can’t put it into words.”
McClymont said: “I’m definitely looking forward to the opportunity of playing in the event. I can’t wait to compete.”
Each year, The R&A invests over £300,000 in student and university golf. Currently, the organisation supports golf programmes at 17 universities and in the 2018/2019 academic year, awarded 170 individual Foundation scholarships.
The R&A has supported university and student golf for over 35 years with former scholars including: 2018 Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari (University of Turin); five-time PGA TOUR winner Hideki Matsuyama; and Catriona Matthew (University of Stirling), the 2019 European Solheim Cup Captain and former Women’s British Open Champion.
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