Isla Johnston, aged only 14, and Lauren Cameron, 22, from Pitlochry Golf Club posted a winning score of 39 points in the handicap stableford foursomes format to emerge as the successful team from 16 pairings at the Eden Course.
Fellow Scottish pair Elizabeth Anderson and Andrea Johnstone from Swanston Golf Club finished runners-up on 38 points in the popular event.
After the Coronation Foursomes was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, over 17,000 women and girls from more than 850 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland competed for the right to contest the showpiece final at the home of golf in 2021.
On a beautiful day, toughened with a challenging wind, Johnston and Cameron thrived in the friendly and fast team format over the renowned links. Cameron, a 19-handicapper, only returned to the sport last year while 22-handicapper Johnston has been playing at Pitlochry since the age of six.
They are one of the youngest ever pairings to have competed.
“We’re so happy, it’s amazing to win,” said Johnston. “I’ve been playing for eight years now as Pitlochry has a really good junior policy. I like going to new clubs as I play a lot of Pitlochry, so getting a change of scenery is really nice.”
Cameron, who celebrates her birthday on Thursday, added, “I think we knew we had a chance today, but I don’t think we would do it. It was great just to reach the Grand Final.
“I played golf when I was younger, then took 10 years off, and I only started again last year. We both come from families of golfers as well, so that really helps. It’s a great team event and we’ve loved competing in St Andrews and being part of this final.”