Many have walked off a golf course disappointed at missing a seven-foot birdie putt on the final green. Then again, most probably haven’t had a chance to shoot 59.
Scotland’s Lorna McClymont had that length putt on the 18th green at Montrose Golf Links to break 60 for the first time, in the opening round of the R&A Student Tour Series – Stirling International.
It goes without saying her 13-under-par 60 is a course record around the world’s fifth old course. By six shots! Fellow Scot Kylie Walker previously held the Montrose course record of seven-under 66, set in the 2008 Munross Trophy.
Stirling University student McClymont struggled to find the words to describe a near perfect round that featured nine birdies and two eagles. Playing companion Elice Fredriksson of Halmstad University had no trouble: “Insane!”
The Swede returned a fair score of her own. She shot a five-under-par 68 and then quipped: “I’m only eight shots off the lead.”
“A wee bit disappointed”
McClymont knew what her putt on the last green meant. Missing it took a bit of the gloss off the round despite her imperious play.
“I knew that putt was for a 59, so it wasn’t a great end to the round. I’m a wee bit disappointed because it was really the only putt I missed all day. But I’ll take it on the chin: it’s the best round of golf I’ve ever played,” said the Milngavie Golf Club member, who owns one other course record, a nine-under 64 at Gullane number 1.
Good Lorna, bad Lorna
“It’s hard to describe but everything just kind of fell into place today. I just stuck to my routine.
“There were some negative thoughts going through my head but I managed to get rid of them. I wouldn’t have been able to do that a few years ago, but I’ve worked hard with Dean (Robertson, Stirling University high performance manager) and with my coach (Colin Fisher) on getting rid of the bad thoughts.
“I know there are two sides to me, good Lorna and bad Lorna. I’ve managed to quieten down the bad Lorna. I did that very well today, stayed positive and played one shot at a time.”