Scottish teenager Carly Booth pulled away from a jammed leader board to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open presented by EventScotland on a glorious final day at Archerfield Links in East Lothian.
The 19-year-old from Comrie in Perthshire fired rounds of 70, 71 and 71 to end on a total of four under par 212, having played through near-freezing conditions earlier in the week. She ended a stroke clear of England’s Florentyna Parker and Australian Frances Bondad.
Parker had a chance to force a play-off with a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole but missed it. Booth secured her par and with it, her maiden Ladies European Tour victory.
“I’m still 19 and I’ve just won my first Ladies European Tour event so I’m just happy,” said Booth. “It would especially make my day if Liverpool win!”
After narrowly missing out on finishing in the top 30 places at Ladies European Tour Qualifying School for the 2012 season, Booth had received an invitation to play in the tournament from her sponsor, Aberdeen Asset Management.
She will now receive a full winner’s exemption to play on the Ladies European Tour until the end of 2014 and has also stamped her place at the lucrative Evian Masters tournament in July, the Ricoh Women’s British Open taking place at Royal Liverpool in September and the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open next year.
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