Overnight leader and English champion golfer Trish Johnson opened up her account early on championship day at Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open. She birdied the par 5, 2nd and the par 4, 3rd holes to keep the pressure on her chasers. Johnson would have to call on all her experience if she saw a challenger in her midst.
Sally Watson is a 23-year-old from Scotland who is ranked 27th on the ISPS Handa Order of Merit 2014. Watson stood to the challenge early shooting -3 by the 6th hole. This took the pressure from Catriona Matthew’s shoulders as she was unable to repeat her success from last year.
Watson stepped up to the mark for the Scottish fans who had gathered to see their best rally for the winners trophy. She brought the lead to within 3 at the turn but found trouble on the 12th, 15th and 16th whittling her score to -2 for the round. She finished her round in equal 3rd position at -4.
Anne-Lise Caudal, from France, is deliberate on closing day to take on any challenge, starting birdie, birdie. Then after bringing her round to -4 for the day, stumbled at the 10th. She birdied 11th and then faltered coming home before finishing with a birdie on 18th . She finished her event in 6th place.
Not to be outdone or outshone, Australian Rebecca Artis, found her pace and made her way up the leaderboard with a round of 66 to finish in equal third place. She sits with fellow Australians, Stephanie Na and Nikki Campbell in the top 10. Australian golfers found themselves with 5 of their own in the top 25. Artis, Na, Campbell, Nikki Garrett and Bree Arthur each capping off a successful tournament.
Trish Johnson survived the chase and although +1 for the day held on to become the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open winner. She had a single blemish on the troublesome back 9 with a bogey on the par4, 14th but stood strong and held her nerve to the end.
Johnson who turned professional in 1987, has amassed an amazing 23 professional wins on the LET and LPGA tours and has 8 Solheim Cup appearances for Team Europe. Johnson also contests on the Legends Tour.