Shannon pulls off title double - at 15!

Shannon McWilliam with her trophy.
Shannon McWilliam with her trophy.

Aboyne’s 15-year-old Shannon McWilliam completed a unique Aberdeenshire title double at Meldrum House on Sunday

She won the Under-18 county girls championship - four months after she won the women’s county title at the same venue.

Shannon (centre) with the finalists

Shannon (centre) with the finalists

Shannon, the Paul Lawrie Scottish schoolgirls champion and a past Scottish U14 girls title-winner, beat Jasmine Mackintosh, 14-year-old Hazelehad player, by one hole in the final of the Aberdeenshire girls championship.

Two up after six holes and again after 12, McWilliam took a grip on the outcome when she won the short 15th to be three up with three to play.

Then Mackintosh staged a superb late rally with back-to-back eagles at the long 16th, where she her full third shot for a 3, and at the par-4 17th where she drove the green and holed a five foot putt for a two.

Only one up now, McWilliam closed out her plucky younger opponent with par-three at the 18th, conceding Mackintosh her putt so that the official winning margin was one hole.

Chloe Henderson, 12-year-old Deeside member, won the handicap championship with a two-hole victory over 10-year-old Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) in the final. Chloe, in receipt of two strokes, clinched victory in a ding-dong struggle by winning the last two holes.

RESULTS 
SCRATCH SEMI-FINALS

Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) bt Lauren Watson (Deeside) 2 and 1

Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) w.o. Sarah Black (Deeside) scr (ill).

FINAL

McWilliam bt Mackintosh 1 hole.

HANDICAP SEMI-FINALS

Chloe Henderson (Deeside) (18) bt Leah Smart (Rosehearty) (11) 3 and 2

Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) (15) bt Megan Robb (Peterculter) (15) 5 and 4.

FINAL

Henderson bt Griffiths by two holes.