Dunhill debut for Aboyne Golf Club’s Shannon

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Aboyne Golf Club‘s Shannon McWilliam took part in the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Golf Championship held at St Andrews.

Recognised as one of the leading competitions on the European Tour with prize money of $5million, the event attracts the leading professionals and celebrity golfers competing over the four-day event.

This year the field was packed with Ryder Cup stars returning after their match in the USA including Martin Kaymer, Danny Willett, Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters.

Last year’s Scottish Golf’s Ladies Order of Merit winner Shannon, a pupil at Aboyne Academy, was only handed a late invitation to the event when another amateur could not play.

Shannon partnered Swedish professional Joakim Lagergren.

The pair had successful rounds at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns before heading to St Andrews and making the cut to qualify for the final round on the Old Course last Sunday.

Playing alongside leading professionals did not seem to deter Shannon as a successful final round resulted in them finishing in tied ninth place with a team score of 31 under par.

This achievement is even more noteworthy as due to the late call-up Shannon did not have time for any practice rounds before the tournament.

Shannon said “It was an amazing experience, learning from the different pros. It was the best week of my life. 

“Staying in the St Andrews area, and having a caddy, it felt like I was a pro. It was Wednesday night when I got the phone call and my dad told me just to go for it, as I may never get the chance again.”

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