University of St Andrews student Ellie Monk wins Scottish Women’s Open

Tuesday 23 April 2024

St Andrews student Ellie Monk has won the 2024 Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open.

Ellie’s final round of 71 at the prestigious Royal Troon Golf Club secured her a two-shot win over her competitors.

There was no time to celebrate for the new champion as it was straight back to the library to study for her 9.30am economics exam. A golf scholar at the University of St Andrews, Ellie is studying for her biology degree.

Ellie, showcased her prowess throughout the tournament, posting rounds of 75 and 72 on the preceding days, positioning herself just two shots behind a group of leading golfers as she entered the final round.

It was a nail-biting end to the competition that saw Ellie unaware of her standing until receiving updates from her fellow teammates and supporters from St Andrews.

Reflecting on her victory, Monk expressed her disbelief and gratitude: “It’s amazing I can’t quite believe it. It’s a big achievement and an amazing honour to win on a course that will be hosting The Open this year.”

She credited her success to solid play off the tee and the steady guidance of her caddie, fellow Golf Scholar Roddy McAuley.

Ellie’s win was not the only success for the University of St Andrews, with fellow students Megan Ashley and Lucy Jamieson finishing impressively in a tie for 6th place. Megan also secured the title of top Scot in the tournament.

The Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open is open to amateur competitors worldwide and has impressive alumni champions including Leona Maguire and Linn Grant. The pressure was increased by the presence of famous spectators in the crowd including Curtis Cup captain Catriona Matthew.

The win marks a memorable moment in Ellie’s burgeoning career, underscoring her potential as a rising star in women’s golf. Her presence as a golf scholar within the University of St Andrews is one that the University is proud of.

Director of Golf Ian Muir said: “Ellie’s victory at the Scottish Women’s Open is a testament to her commitment to improvement. Her diligence and determination have truly paid off, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her.

“This victory stands as a testament to the perseverance and adaptability of our students within the performance golf programme. It highlights our commitment to embracing change and patiently implementing new ideas. Equally important is the journey of our players, as they build the confidence to execute these changes on the course. Each success is a marker of our commitment to progress and the steady pursuit of excellence.”

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