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By Zachary Hannay
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Solway links test for golfing girls

POWFOOT is the destination for young golfers from across the world this week for the Scottish Girls’ Open 2024.

Players from ten different countries are playing for the trophy at the challenging Solway links.

A 23-strong Scottish contingent are going head-to-head with golfers from nine other nations between Wednesday and Friday in the 54-hole strokeplay event.

Included among the international players is defending champion Olivia Costello from Ireland.

First played for in 2016, the championship has once again proved popular at home and abroad with a ballot required to decide the 144-strong starting field.

As well as golfers from Scotland and Ireland, under 18 girls from Austria, Czechia, England, France, Germany, Malta, USA and Wales will compete for the silverware in Dumfriesshire.

The under 16 girls in the field will also play for the Menzies Trophy.

Two-time Curtis Cup player Hannah Darling is the only Scot to date to have won the title. The Broomieknowe golfer triumphed in 2019 at the Eden Course, St Andrews.

The girls will play 18 holes of strokeplay on each of the first two days.

There will then be a cut with the leading 60 players and ties progressing to the final round of stroke play on the third day.

This year’s championship course for the girls plays to a par of 73 and measures 5,908 yards.

Powfoot is already an established Scottish Golf Championship venue having staged the Men’s Area Team Finals in 2022.

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