Major success for Kingsbarns and Renaissance
Over the last few days, we have enjoyed two major championships being hosted at two stunning venues in Scotland!7 August 2017
Ricoh Women’s British Open
After the success of The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald the previous week, it was Kingsbarns Golf Links turn to host its first ever major Championship, the Ricoh Women’s British Open 2017…and it did not disappoint!
Designed by the same course designer as Dundonald, Kyle Philips, Kingsbarns is set in the beautiful East coast of Fife, just 7 miles from ‘The Home of Golf’ St Andrews. Kingsbarns is known for being one of the three courses used for the annual Dunhill Links Championship. With the course’s popularity forever increasing from both locals and overseas visitors and being ranked #42 in World Top 100 Courses (Top100GolfCourses.com) in 2016, Kingsbarns has earned its place as a major tournament venue.
Congratulations to In-Kyung Kim!
The Ricoh Women’s British Open is widely regarded as the most ‘international’ of the five women’s major championships, therefore there was a strong field of players out this weekend. However South Korea's In-Kyung Kim broke through to take her first ever major title. Kim had a comfortable 6 shot lead heading into the final round but the fight wasn't over with England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff posting a fantastic 64 (course record). Meanwhile Michele Wie was also on the chase posting an impressive round of 66. However Kim maintained her composure scoring a 71 to win the competition by 2 shots. After struggling for a win during 6 years on the tour, this is Kim's third win of 2017...a brilliant come back for the 29 year old;
I feel quite uplifted, I have to say because I really didn't expect to win this week (for full interview click here)
Scottish Senior Open
With The Renaissance Club’s neighbour Archerfield Links hosting the last two Scottish Senior Open events, The Renaissance Club was pleased to be named the venue in 2017 and on the event’s 25th year anniversary!
Only opened in 2008, this was the biggest event in the club’s history. Course designer, Tom Doak moved very little land in the construction of the course leaving a truly distinctive style of open dunes land with trees coming into play throughout the course. The Renaissance Club’s reputation continues to grow and has been named as the Final Qualifying venue for The Open Championship from 2018-2021.
Congratulations to Paul Broadhurst!
This is the second time the Englishman has won this event (first won in 2015 - European Senior Tour debut) and he seems to enjoy the Scottish courses as it is also his third win out of four events in Scotland. Speaking about the event Broadhurst says:
I love links golf. I’ve had some serious practice in the wind over the last few weeks at The Open and Senior Open.... It’s great to win this event again; this trophy really means a lot to me (for full interview click here)
From the birdie on the 1st hole, it was a steady round for Paul, posting a final round score of 67 to take the title. We are sure there will be a few more wins to come for the Englishmen on the Senior Tour.