ANNABEL Dimmock’s stunning form on the golf course continued at the weekend when she enjoyed a wire to wire victory in the Helen Holm Scottish Open at Troon.
The 17-year-old Bucks star went full time last year and the extra focus on her golf has being paying rich dividends.
She won the Jones Doherty Cup in America earlier this year and since then has finished second in the Spanish Amateur, fifth in the European Nations Cup and won the Sunndingdale Foursomes.
She also reached the quarter-finals of the French Lady Junior Championships and after her win in Scotland is strongly tipped to win a place in the Great Britain and Ireland team to take on USA for the Curtis Cup in Missouri in June.
Dimmock’s latest triumph was a victory for composure and nerve as much as anything else.
She led by a shot after day one and stretched her lead to five going into the final round.
And four birdies and two bogeys in a two-under par final round of 73 was enough to hold off the charge of Troon local Connie Jaffrey.
Dimmock said: “It’s a relief. It’s always hard leading from the start because you feel you need to get the job done.
“I didn’t have any nerves over the first two days. I certainly felt them [on the final day] but I went straight out from the start to try and increase my lead.”
An air shot in the gorse on the 11th might have shaken her confidence, but she composed herself to escape with a just a bogey and although Jaffrey closed to within three shots, Dimmock held her nerve over the closing holes.
She said: “I had to just stay calm and grind out the final holes.”
Her 11-under par score after 54 holes was also enough to collect the Nations Cup for England alongside Gabriella Cowley.
This weekend she competes in the Welsh Open before the Curtis Cup team is announced.
She said: “I saw the captain watching me on Friday when I played really well, so I’ll go to the Welsh Strokeplay next week and try to do well again. I hope I get into the team but I’ll just take it as it comes.”
The Curtis Cup is the best known team trophy for women amateur golfers and is based on the Ryder Cup.