Scotland Golf Club News 12th Jun, 2019 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
SLOVENIA’S Pia Babnik led from start to finish at the 2019 Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship as a bogey-free 66 helped the youngster claim a seven-shot win over France’s Charlotte Bunel.
Babnik’s win at Royal Troon boosts the Slovenian’s hopes of a return to Scotland in September with the victory providing valuable PING Junior Solheim Cup points. Babnik admitted she would love to compete in what is one of the biggest events in world junior golf.
“It would mean a lot to be part of the team, I came here to get qualification points for the PING Junior Solheim Cup and, yeah, I won,” she said. “For me, it would be a very special day to be part of the European team.”
With a three-shot lead going into Sunday’s final round, Babnik continued to play outstanding golf, picking up four shots in as many holes on the front nine in Ayrshire.
Speaking after the prize giving ceremony, Babnik said she was proud to tough it out to seal the win.
“Today it was a bit tougher out there compared to the other days,” she said. “The wind was tricky but when I made my eagle, I just tried to keep making good shots. I didn’t make any mistakes and even though I knew I could win, I just wanted to focus on my own game.”
Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam and Chloe Goadby were winners of the annual team event, taking home the Ladies’ Club Silver Salver. McWilliam also finished as the top Scot as this year’s event on six-under-par.
“It was another really good result for me today,” said McWilliam. “I have finished in the top five at the Helen Holm quite a few times now and to win the team event with Chloe was really nice as well.
It’s been a great week and one I will remember after making my fourth hole-in-one of my career at Royal Troon Portland.”