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St Rule Trophy Triumph Huge Thrill for Darling

May 31 2021

Broomieknowe’s Hannah Darling has been crowned champion of the 2021 St Rule Trophy with an impressive score and three-shot victory at the Home of Golf.

The 17-year-old, who will start at the University of South Carolina in August, matched the record 17-under 208 aggregate set by Hazel McGarvie two years ago in winning one of the most prestigious titles in women’s amateur golf.

Her performance confirmed her growing reputation as the rising star of Scottish golf and underlined her Curtis Cup credentials.

The youngest-ever winner of the Scottish Girls’ Championship at just 13 and first winner of the R&A Girls Under 16 championship, Darling has captured a string of top titles and played for Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup.

Darling carded rounds of 71 and 66 - the latter included two eagles in the last three holes - to lead by two shots from Lorna McClymont (Bishopbriggs) heading into the final circuit over the Old Course.

She followed a birdie at the second by making an eagle-3 at the fourth, with a sole dropped shot at the 12th being sandwiched by gains at the 10th and 13th before adding a fourth and final birdie of the day at the 17th.

A closing 71 saw her finish with an 18-under-par total, winning by three shots from 2018 champion Clara Young (71), with McClymont third on 14-under after she closed with a 73.

Reflecting on what winning at St Andrews meant to her, Darling said: “This is my first time playing in the St Rule and it’s got to be near the top.

“That walk up the 18th was pretty special. You think of all the great players who have walked that 18th fairway on their way to win championships and I’m thrilled to have had the chance to do that.

“Not many people can say they’ve played the Old Course on a Sunday and only a few have won on the Old Course on a Sunday.”

Darling adds her name to a distinguished list of top lady amateur golfers, many of whom have gone on to enjoy success on the Ladies European Tour, notably Annika Sorenstam and Catriona Matthew, since inception of the St Rule Trophy in 1984.

This week attention turns to the St Andrews Links Trophy, which takes place over the Jubilee Course and the Old Course from Friday 4 - Sunday 6 June.

Click here to view highlights of the 2021 St Rule Trophy. 

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