GOLF: Ice-cool Clyburn grabs top ten finish in Scotland event

India Clyburn
India Clyburn

Wooodhall Spa’s talented teenager India Clyburn produced another impressive performance to clinch a top ten place in one of the first major championships of the year.

Clyburn, the younger sister of European Tour professional Holly, finished tied for seventh place in the Helen Holme Scott Open Strokeplay Championsip at Royal Troon.

She carded rounds of 76, 74 and 74 for a one-under par total of 224 which left her ten shots behind winner and fellow England international Annabel Dimmock from Wentworth.

Clyburn’s first two rounds were over the Portland Course and she carded a total of five birdies in testing conditions.

A birdie-birdie finish to her second round helped move her up the leaderboard in an event which attracted many of Europe’s most promising players.

The final 18 holes were stages on the famous Old Course - a regular venue for the Open Championship.

Clyburn dropped a short at the par four first but hit back with birdies at the second and fourth holes - both par fives.

She reached the turn in 36 but a double bogey five at the par three tenth rocked her hopes of challenging for a top three place.

To Clyburn’s credit, she retained her composure and another birdie at the par five 15th saw her card a one-under 74 to finish alongside Sinead Sexton and Gabriella Cowley.

Clyburn’s Woodhall Spa teammates Emily Slater and Billie-Jo Smith were also in action in the event.

Slater finished tied for 28th place on five over par while Smith - one of the youngest players in the field - failed to make the cut for the final 18 holes.

All three players face a hectic summer as they battle for honours at county and international level.

*A special feature on India Clyburn, Eily Slater and Billie-Jo Smith will appear in next week’s Horncastle News as the trio talk about their careers to date - and their hopes and plans for the future.