Perthshire pair Isla Johnston and Lauren Cameron enjoyed the experience of a lifetime by teeing up in the Pro-Am ahead of the AIG Women’s Open by virtue of winning last year’s Coronation Foursomes.
Johnston, then aged only 14, and Lauren Cameron, then 22, from Pitlochry Golf Club won the 2021 R&A Coronation Foursomes Grand Final over the Eden Course in St Andrews last September.
One of the youngest ever pairings to have competed in the championship – coming out on top from 16 teams in the Grand Final – their prize also included a dream place in the Pro-Am at Muirfield ahead of the AIG Women’s Open.
With the world’s leading women players competing over the famed East Lothian links for the first time this week, the young amateur duo were paired with French woman Celine Boutier for Tuesday’s 18 holes of action.
Boutier, 28, has ten professional wins to her name – including two on the LPGA Tour – and tied for fourth at the ANA Inspiration earlier this year as she chases a major success. She also won the Women’s Amateur Championship at Portstewart in 2015.
It was a wonderful experience for the Coronation Foursomes victors, watching Boutier close up and enjoying friendly chats on the fairways.
Cameron only returned to the sport in 2020, while Johnston has been playing at Pitlochry since the age of six.