Boineau delight at dramatic Ladies Scottish Open victory

Laing shoots final round 67 to finish as top Scot

Frenchwoman Isabelle Boineau claimed her first Ladies European Tour title in dramatic style, at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.

Boineau, 27, from Marseille, claimed victory on the last green with a par 5, as long time leader, Swede Linda Wessberg, missed a four-foot birdie putt to tie.

The third year Ladies European Tour professional revealed how she was shaking at the tough final hole after finishing one shot clear on 11-under after a final round of 68, which featured five birdies and a bogey.

She said: “What a tournament to win! I’m so happy and I want to thank my parents and my sponsors for encouraging me to play even when I didn’t want to. Today is just one of the best days of my life.”

Boineau, who finished second at the same venue in the 2007 Duke of York Young Champions Trophy as an 18-year-old, added: “I was very nervous on the last. I was shaking but I didn’t want people to see

“Hitting my rescue, I was so nervous, because I had memories from when I played in 2007 when I think I was in the lead as well. I pushed it because I got scared of the water and finished second, so I thought, ‘don’t do the same’.

“I had my friend, Alexis, on the bag, which helped, because when you’re nervous time can go so fast. The putt was still difficult but when Linda missed hers I felt some relief. I thought, at worst I’ll be in a playoff.”

Vikki Laing, who shot a final round 67 to finish as the top Scot in 11th place, now moves on to Final Qualifying at John O’Gaunt Golf Club for the fourth women’s Major of 2016 which starts at Woburn on Thursday.

Twice winner Catriona Matthew tied for 19th, finishing 1-under on 215 with final round of 71. She was joined by compatriots Pamela Pretswell (70,75,70), Kelsey MacDonald (71,73,71), and Sally Watson (70,71, 74/)

Carly Booth finished two strokes back in 29th on +1 (75,70,72), with Gemma Dryburgh in T34 on a +2 (72,73,73).

It was all change early on day three. Wales’ Becky Morgan started with a three stroke lead but there was a two shot swing on the first after Boineau almost holed her approach shot for eagle. Wessberg then birdied the second and third before moving two ahead with a massive eagle putt on the fifth hole.

Boineau birdied the fifth and then the 12th but dropped a shot at the 13th before Wessberg made a clutch par putt on 16 to stay one ahead. Boineau then holed from 10 feet on 17 to take the lead for the first time before Wessberg three putted.

Wessberg, who finished one ahead of Beth Allen and Becky Morgan, said: “I played well all day, started off really well, but then didn’t really make any birdies and had a hard time hitting the fairway. The first cut is quite difficult when you’re trying to attack the pins. I misjudged my putt on 17 going up the hill and thought it was going to be slower with the rain.”

Allen needed a birdie on the last to tie for the lead but dropped a shot for a final round of 67. She added: “The third shot was the shot I was trying to play. It was a really hard pin when you’re coming in with a long iron, like I had to. I hit 6-iron as well as I could and it didn’t go forward. I hit a chip shot which I thought was a safe one and I didn’t even hit that bad of a putt. I just got unlucky.”

Earlier, Caroline Hedwall completed a course record final round of 64 and she ended in fifth place, earning one of three spots in the Ricoh Women’s British Open for the leading three players not already exempt, along with Gwladys Nocera and Isabella Ramsay.