Scottish Under-21 champion Jessica Meek from Carnoustie scored the biggest win of her fledgling golf career today (Sunday) when she beat France's Aaelle Carnet at the third hole of a sudden-death play-off climax to the St Rule Trophy tournament at St Andrews.

The pair, both 20 years old, had tied after 54 holes - 36 over the New Course on Saturday and 18 over the Old Course on Sunday - on 13-under-par 213. Meek shot 67-75-71, Carnet 69-71-73.
Meek, who has just completed her first year at the University of Missouri, started the final round two shots behind overnight leader Carnet who finished joint fourth in the "Helen Holm" tournament at Troon on her last visit to Scotland in late April.

But Jess, in her own words, was "flying" over the first nine holes of the Old Course.
She was six under par for the first seven holes with an eagle 3 at the fifth and birdies at the second, third, fourth and seventh in six-under 32 to the turn.

Carnet, out in one-over 39, was swamped by the tide in Meek's favour and her two-shot initial lead became a five-shot deficit with nine holes to play.

But the French player turned the tables on the inward route which she covered in 34 to Meek's 39 and capped her comeback by holing a 10ft putt on the 18th green to go round in 73 to Meek's 71 and force a sudden-death play-off over the first and 18th holes.

The first two holes were halved but disaster struck the French player at the third hole (the second replayed) when she put her second into the Swilken Burn after Meek, who had driven miles to the left but hit the green with a solid iron shot to win the hole and the tournament with a par 4.

"It's my best yet. No doubt about that," said Jess. "Playing on the US college circuit for a year has certainly made me a better player, more able to cope with the pressure of a play-off like this."

Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), a Curtis Cup team candidate until late in the race, finished third on 217 (72-74-71).

Three players tied for fourth place on 219 including Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) whose final round of nine-under-par 67 was the lowest of the day, only one shot outside the women's amateur course record.

Hewson, a Junior Vagliano Trophy player for GB and I, won the Lawson Trophy for the lowest total by an Under-18 years player.

Alice, in partnership with Meghan MacLaren and Bethan Popel, also won the International Team event with a total of 430. France (441) were second and Scotland (Connie Jaffrey, Meghan Briggs and Gabrielle MacDonald) tied with Belgium for third place on 450.

St Rule Trophy - Final Totals

Par 226 (2x75 New Course, 1x76 Old Course)

CSS 75 75 75

213 J Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 67 75 71, A Carnet (Fra) 69 71 73 (Meek won sudden-death play-off at third extra hole).

217 M MacLaren (Wellingborough) 72 74 71

219 A Hewson (Berkhamsted) 72 80 67, M De Roey (Belgium) 76 74 69, E Goddard (Royal Liverpool) 73 76 70.

220 E Codet (France) 73 73 74

222 C Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 73 78 71, S Giles (St Mellion) 76 74 72, K Davidson (Aus) 75 74 73, H Muse (West Lancs) 77 71 74.

223 C Leathem (Styal) 71 77 75, C Young (North Berwick) 70 75 78.

224 B Popel (Long Ashton) 74 74 76

225 L Bailey (Notts Ladies) 72 79 74, A Meyssonier (Fra) 75 76 74, A Storey (Close House) 75 75 75.

226 D Sverdloff (Garons Park) 75 77 74, I Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 76 76 74

227 I Mehmet (Wentworth) 78 75 74

228  E O'Driscoll (Ballybunion) 75 82 71, M Briggs (Kilmacolm) 73 79 76, L Lee (Brazil) 71 76 81.

229 A Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 73 84 72, R Morris (Woodsome Hall) 76 80 73, C Herrera (USA) 80 76 73, C Williams (Wrexham) 77 78 74, S Smart (Knowle) 75 74 80, E Broze (France) 77 77 75

230 B Garton (Royal Lytham) 79 78 73

231 S Fuller (Roehampton) 77 80 74, C De Corte (Belgium) 77 76 7, H-R Seifert (NZ) 75 77 79, A McKechin (Elderslie) 78 73 80, E Slater (Woodhall Spa) 75 79 77

232 S Jackson (Ladybank) 76 81 75, C Frankish (Charthills) 78 78 76, M Veyesseyre (Fra) 80 76 76, C Teixeira (Brazil) 79 76 77, E Genoux (Fra) 77 74 81

233 L Goddard (Hanbury Manor) 75 82 76, L Plachetka (Fra) 76 81 76

234 S Sexton (Lahinch) 74 80 80, G Clews (Delamere Forest) 79 73 82, G Monteith (Royal Mongrose) 75 76 83

236 C Boeffard (Fra) 68 80 78, H McCook (Grantown on Spey) 78 74 84

237 C Austwick (Fulford) 71 83 83

238 J Charlton (Aus) 80 81 77, N Sudron (Fra) 81 80 77, J Sneddon (Alyth) 82 77 79, A Hamm (Fra) 77 81 80, G MacDonald (Craigielaw) 74 82 82, R Taylor (Germany) 81 73 84

239 C Caron (Fra) 88 75 76, L Atkins (Gullane Ladies) 79 80 80, R Juve (Fra) 74 82 83

240 G Batty (Fairhaven) 79 82 79

248 N Banovec (Slovenia) 89 76 83

Lawson Under-21 Trophy - Leading totals

219 A Hewson (Berkhamsted)72 80 67

220 E Codet (France) 73 73 74

222 C Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) 73 78 71, K Davidson (Australia) 75 74 73, H Muse (West Lancs) 77 71 74

223 C Young (North Berwick) 70 75 78

225 A Meyssonnier (France) 75 76 74

226 I Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 76 76 74

227 I Mehmet (Wentworth) 78 75 74

International Team Event

430 ENGLAND (A Hewson, M MacLaren, B Popel).

441 FRANCE (A Carnet, E Broze, M Veysseyre)

450 SCOTLAND (C Jaffrey, M Briggs, G MacDonald), BELGIUM (C De Cort, M De Roey).

460 BRAZIL (C Teixeira, L Lee)

462 IRELAND (E O'Driscoll, S Sexton).


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