Lorna McClymont defeats Freya Russel in the final at Nairn Dunbar to take the Scottish Women's Amateur title

Lorna McClymont was today crowned Scottish Women’s Amateur champion having used the disappointment of coming close two years ago as a spur to victory.

The Scotland international deservedly lifted the silver trophy after a 5&3 victory in the final against Royal Troon’s Freya Russell.

For McClymont the triumph at Nairn Dunbar was well deserved.

Having qualified as second seed following 36 holes of stroke play on Friday with a score of six-under par, the Milngavie golfer did not go past the 15th hole in any of her four knockout matches.

Her power and precision off the tee coupled with ball-striking and a smooth putting stroke made her a formidable opponent.

In 2022 at Trump International, McClymont narrowly missed out on the crown and the chance to join legendary Scottish golfing figures such as Helen Holm, Belle Robertson and Catriona Matthew as a winner of the national title.

On that occasion, a loss on the 19th hole to Cameron Neilson having held a sound lead was tough to take.

But having paid her dues, she was able to cash in with victory in front of friends, family and appreciative members of the host club.

Reflecting on lessons learned from two years ago in the final, McClymont said: “From that I learned to stay in the moment and not get ahead of myself – take it one shot at a time. That definitely helped me.

“My game feels good and everything is working for me – around this course you also need a bit of luck so I had that to help me out too.

“Off the tee was consistent, I hit the fairways and put myself in good position for getting on the greens.”

On being announced as the champion, McClymont admitted she had a ‘pinch me’ moment.

“It sounds pretty cool,” she added.

“It’s one that I’ve wanted to win for a long time and it feels really good now that I have it.”

McClymont's been trending

McClymont’s form has been trending over the last couple of years in both national events and through The R&A Student Series where she represents the University of Stirling.

As a result of being at the sharp end of championships nearly every time she pegs it up, McClymont is starting to believe in herself more and more.

“Having that confidence and self-confidence and knowing that I can do it and trust myself is good", she added.

“But also staying in the moment and enjoying it.”

Over the weekend McClymont knocked out Jennifer Rankine, Melissa Keay, Carinne Taylor and then Russell.

McClymont’s victory came as a climax to a fantastic event – expertly staged by Nairn Dunbar to coincide with the club’s 125th anniversary.

Prior to the weekend head-to-head drama, the stroke play qualifying set the tone for three days of excellent golf.

Early stages of the Scottish Women's Amateur

On day one, the headline-grabbing act was Scotland women’s international Jasmine Mackintosh.

Mackintosh, playing out of Murcar Links, blazed a trail with an opening eight-under-par round of 65.
It was the Aberdonian’s lowest ever round to par and was helped by an astonishing closing run of six birdies in her final six holes.

A two-under-par second round with five birdies on the back nine allowed Mackintosh to gain medallist honours and enter the championship match play stages as top seed.

McClymont finished as second seed after rounds of 69 and 71 gave her a total of six-under-par.
Incredibly, the top eight seeds after the stroke play, all then won their round of 16 ties in Saturday’s match play.

Into the match play

However, Mackintosh’s run in this event ended with defeat in the quarter finals. Scotland girls’ squad member Russell held her nerve to edge out the Murcar Links golfer on the 18th hole.

Having entered the match play as the leading player, Mackintosh’s exit opened the door for others to step through.

And it was McClymont who took the most purposeful stride.

With a host of well-wishers applauding the birdie two which sealed the win against Russell on the 15th green, McClymont added:

“I couldn’t do it without them – and also the ladies from Milngavie who travelled all the way up to support. That means a lot to me.”

Clark Rosebowl

While the top 16 from Friday’s stroke play went forward to compete in the main event for the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship, the players finishing in spots 17-32 competed for the Clark Rosebowl.

This was as keenly contested as the flagship event with East Kilbride’s Susan Woodhouse emerging victorious after beating Dunfermline’s Evie McCallum in the final on the 18th hole.

View the Scottish Women's Amateur results here.