Hawick teenager Tara Mactaggart finished a highly creditable tied 36th in the Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship at Royal Troon at the weekend, writes Alexander McLeman.
The Minto club member, who has taken up a golf scholarship at StirlingUniversity, was competing against some of the best young players in the world, and showed glimpses of what she is capable of with an fantastic bunker shot on the world famous ‘Postage Stamp’ eighth hole, where she found herself in the ominously-named ‘Coffin’ bunker, which gets its name because of the severity of its slopes, before producing a brilliant shot which found its way into the cup for a birdie two.
Talking of her bunker shot, Tara’s father, Stuart, told the Hawick News: “The shot was amazing, and from where she was most people would have struggled to make a bogey. To be able to hole it, on one of the most iconic holes in world golf no less, is something she will never forget.”
Eventual winner, English teenager Annabel Dimmock, posted an 11 under par total of 214, ten shots ahead of Tara.
Looking to the future, Tara, 18, is hoping to earn a first Scottish Ladies cap.