Ross caps off fine week with top-10 at Helen Holm

Jessica Ross (Ulster) - Pat Cashman Photography

Jessica Ross capped off an extremely encouraging trip to Royal Troon as she claimed a top-10 finish at the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Championship on Sunday.

The Clandeboye amateur carded twelve birdies in-all across the 54-hole tournament and finished the week in the red at one-under par after closing with an even par 72.

Having birdied the closing hole on the Portland Course over the first two days, Ross repeated the same trick on the Old Course on Sunday to sign off in style in a share of 10th spot at minus-one.

In the end, Slovenia’s Pia Babnik proved too much for all as she blasted her way to the title by seven shots at 15-under par.

“This is the biggest win of my career,” said a delighted Babnik to The Scotsman. “The Junior Solheim Cup is my big aim this year and this is a big help towards that.

“I was four when I started [playing] golf. There are not many players in Slovenia, but we have enough courses. There’s a chance to train and practice properly.”

And Babnik put her hard work into gear, firing three rounds in the sixties including two 66s to power to a commanding victory.

“I knew I was well ahead of the rest and just tried to keep calm and play my own game. I’m very happy, I enjoyed it so much. It was sunny and warm and no wind. It was great. This was my first time here and I handled it well. It was a course that suited me.”

Meanwhile, Grange’s Elisa Corcoran and Hermitage’s Ciara Casey both returned two-over par 74s to close out their respective bids in a tie for 30th at seven-over par.

Portarlington’s Meadhbh Doyle dropped down the board with a closing 78 but still snuck a top-50 finish in a share of 49th at 11-over par.

On Friday, the 36-hole cut fell at nine-over par and that brought an end to Ballinrobe’s Shannon Burke (+14), Cork’s Rachel Thompson (+19), Killarney’s Valerie Clancy (+21) and Portrush’s Maura Diamond (+22).

The event this year was being closely watched by Great Britain & Ireland selectors, including Junior Vagliano Captain Maria Dunne. Players have until after the St. Rule Trophy (1 & 2 June) to confirm their place on the GB&I team to take on the European side in the Vagliano Trophy at Royal St. George’s.

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