Gemma Dryburgh has been pipped at the post for the second year running in the South American women's amateur golf championship after disappointingly bogeying the last three holes.
Gemma Dryburgh has been pipped at the post for the second year running in the South American women's amateur golf championship after bogeying the last three holes.
Last year, Aberdeen-born Curtis Cup player Gemma was beaten by a birdie at the last hole from winner Lucia Gutierrez (Peru). In this year's 72-hole in event in Lima, Peru - she finished with a five-over-par 77 for an aggregate of seven-over 295.
That put the Scot in a four-way tie for second place with Ireland's Maria Dunne, Maria Fassi (Mexico) and Milagros Chaves (Paraquay), all of them one stroke behind the 2015 champion, Paraguay's Sofia Garcia who came out of the blue with a third-round, eight-birdie 66 and signed off with a 77 for 294.
Maria Dunne closed with a 75 after taking 40 shots to the turn.
Dryburgh had birdies at the 3rd and 10th in her final round which was easily the poorest of her four efforts. But she bogeyed the short 4th, the short 7th, the 9th, the short 11th, the short 13th, the 16th, long 17th and 18th in halves of 38-39.
Carnoustie's Jess Meek, a student at the University of Missouri, finished 16th with a 75 for 305. Her final round included birdies at two par-5 holes, the 2nd and 17th but she had a double bogey 5 at the short 13th and also bogeyed the 3rd, 7th and 18th.
Ireland's Paula Grant had a disappointing final round of 79 for 308 and a joint 18th place finish. She had a double bogey 6 at the 15th and six bogeys. Her only birdie of the day came at the long 17th.
Defending champion Gutierrez finished tied 11th on 302 after a final round of 82.
SOUTH AMERICAN WOMEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
LEADING FINAL TOTALS Par 288 (4x72)
294 Sofia Garcia (Par) 79 76 66 73
295 Gemma Dryburgh (Sco) 74 73 71 77, Maria Dunne (Ire) 78 69 73 75, Milagros Chaves (Par) 77 76 68 74, Maria Fassi (Mex) 72 75 73 75
298 Meghan Stasi (USA) 75 77 71 75 (8th)
302 Lucia Gutierrez (Par) 71 72 77 82 (T11)
305 Jess Meek (Sco) 77 75 78 75 (16th)
308 Paula Grant (Ire) 77 75 77 79
CREDIT CAL CARSON GOLF AGENCY