Connie Jaffrey (Troon Ladies) faces a strong field in defence of the Scottish Girls’ Championship at Dumfries and County from July 16-18.
The 17-year-old won the title at Ranfurly Castle 12 months ago and has since gone on to make her mark at senior level. She finished runner-up at the Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship at Troon in April and then reached the final of the Scottish Ladies’ Championship at Prestwick in May.
“Winning the Scottish girls last year was my goal and it’s great to be able to defend,” said the teenager who is heading for Kansas State University in the autumn.
Jaffrey is the back marker with a plus two handicap, but it won’t be easy to retain the coveted trophy.
German-based Fiona Liddell, who played in last year’s Junior Vagliano Trophy, is also playing off plus two while Clara Young (North Berwick), runner-up in last year’s Scottish Ladies’ Championship, has a plus one handicap.
Other strong contenders include the Troon Ladies youngsters, Hazel MacGarvie and Emma Hale, and Mill Green’s Nicola Callander, who won the 2012 Scottish Junior Open Strokeplay Championship.
Following two rounds of strokeplay, the top 16 players qualify for the matchplay knockout. The 18-hole final takes place on Friday afternoon.