Sunday 15 August 2021

Kelsey MacDonald is top Scot at Dumbarnie and secures AIG Women's Open spot

Kelsey MacDonald

Kelsey MacDonald had suffered hurt and disappointment in the past in her bid to play in the AIG Women’s Open for the first time, but her tears were joyous ones on this occasion.

Capping a brilliant effort on home soil, the 30-year-old from Nairn closed with a two-under 70 in the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at Dumbarnie Links to finish with a seven-under 281 total.

That earned her a share of 15th spot in the £1.1 million event, and won the Jock MacVicar Leading Scot Trophy, created to honour legendary golf journalist Jock MacVicar who passed away earlier this year aged 83.

It was arguably the most impressive performance of MacDonald’s career, earning a bonus she richly deserved by securing one of five spots up for grabs in next week’s AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie.

MacDonald finished nine shots ahead of Michele Thomson after the first-round leader closed with a 69 for two-over, with Carly Booth, the third home player to make the cut, a shot further back after a 70.

Ryann and Kelsey
Photograph by Tristan Jones 

Ryann O’Toole (USA) 
is the 2021 Trust Open Women’s Scottish Open champion after producing a round of the highest calibre to finish top of the pile at Dumbarnie Links and claim her maiden win on the LPGA and LET. 

To read the full report go to the Ladies European Website