Lauren has her day at Crail

Champion Lauren Whyte (right) and runner up Ailsa Summers.

Champion Lauren Whyte (right) and runner up Ailsa Summers.

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NORTH east Fife golfer Lauren Whyte won the Paul Lawrie-sponsored Scottish Girls (Close) Amateur Championship on the Craighead Links course at Crail.

Lauren, who plays out of the St Regulus club in St Andrews, beat Ailsa Summers of Carnoustie Ladies four and two in the final to win the trophy.

Lauren follows in the footsteps of many major stars of the professional ranks, such as Catriona Matthew, Janice Moodie, Mhairi McKay, Carly Booth and Krystle Caithness.

“We are delighted to see Lauren winning the championship at Crail and wish her well in her future golfing career,” said Richard Clifford, captain of Crail Golfing Society.

“The weather was testing and to see a local girl coming out as the champion speaks volumes about the strength of the game here in north east Fife.”

The championship has been played since 1958 and is run by the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association.

The 66 entrants this year played stroke play qualifying rounds with the top 32 going into the match play stages.

“This is the second time in just over a decade that Craighead Links has been selected for a national event, as the Scottish Youths’ Championship was played here in 2001,” said Mr Clifford.

“It is a great honour to have the quality of the course recognised in this way.”

Crail Golfing Society’s Craighead Links was designed by the 2009 Golf Course Architect of the Year, Gil Hanse, who also designed Castle Stuart.