A TEENAGE golfer has enjoyed an incredible week after finishing with an eagle to claim a memorable success in The R&A Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship.

Grace Crawford won last week’s Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open at Royal Troon and the 15-year-old held off the challenge of Kinga Kusmierska and Isla McDonald-O’Brien to achieve another notable triumph at Enville in Staffordshire.

Crawford, making her final appearance in the Girls’ U16 Amateur, overcame a difficult start on the final day to roll home a 25-foot putt at the par-5 18th and win the 54-hole strokeplay championship by four strokes.

The North Berwick golfer felt “amazing” and said: “I think this is a really special one for me.

“I’ve played in this championship since I was 12 so it is really nice to finally get the win in my last year.

“I struggled a bit on the front nine, but I was quite patient – I think that was definitely the key.

“It was an up-and-down round, but I was just enjoying it as this is what we work for. It was fun.

“Winning last week gave me a lot of confidence coming off of it and I’ve managed to do it again.”

East Lothian Courier: John Uzielli presents The R&A Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship trophy to Grace Crawford at Enville. Picture: The R&AJohn Uzielli presents The R&A Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship trophy to Grace Crawford at Enville. Picture: The R&A

Crawford posted a winning total of four-over-par 220 to triumph, closing with a final round of level-par 72.

She joins fellow Scot Hannah Darling, Italy’s Francesca Fiorellini and last year’s winner Rosie Bee Kim on the championship’s roll of honour.

The top four players gained an exemption into The R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship at Carnoustie in August.

Crawford led by two strokes after 36 holes over Kusmierska and Lynn van der Sluijs, but after Van der Sluijs started with a double bogey on the par-5 first and Crawford also dropped two shots on the third, Kusmierska held control on the front nine.

The East Lothian golfer also bogeyed the fourth but timely birdies at the eighth and 12th regained her lead.

Crawford’s lead was cut to one after another dropped stroke on the 13th but she restored a two-shot advantage with a key birdie on the 15th.

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After Kusmierska bogeyed the 16th and 17th, it was McDonald-O’Brien who pushed into a tie for second spot as Crawford finished in style for victory.

Crawford, who is on a golf scholarship at Albany Academy, added: “To hole the putt on the last was pretty special as well.

“This win is very high up in my career.

“It’s such a good event for us and I’m going to be sad to miss it next year, but I’m really happy to get the win.”

John Uzielli, past captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, was at Enville to present the Angela Uzielli Trophy.