In-form Tara on course for St Andrews victory

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TARA Mactaggart continued her remarkable hot streak by winning the University of St Andrews schoolgirls’ tournament.

Playing over the Strathtyrum and Jubilee courses, the teenager tackled the former in sunny conditions on Saturday and shot a 72 to lead by a stroke at close of play.

Onto the Sunday and the Minto youngster took on the narrow fairways and treacherous rough of the Jubilee course and finished with an 83.

There were 40 girls competing, from first-year high school pupils to sixth-years.

And Tara’s combined gross score of 155 saw her take the title by a single shot from Emily Aird of Perth.

Her victory follows success at the Border girls’ matchplay and the South of Scotland girls’ championship.

High school pupil Tara is now preparing to take part in the Donald Ross Invitations Tournament at Royal Dornoch on October 9/10. The competition is played over two rounds, one of which is on the Struie course and the other on the Championship course.

n Tara would like to thank the Bill McLaren Foundation, which has provided funding so she can receive extra coaching, and also Frank Scott, who has been her main coach since she was seven-years-old.