Olivia Winning signed a National-Letter-of-Intent with Tulane last November and will enroll this coming August.
May 1, 2013
New Orleans - Future Tulane golfer Olivia Winning has given the Green Wave fans a glimpse of her ability as Winning lived up to her name by claiming the prestigious Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Stroke Play Championship, April 26-28, with a 5-under 220 total for a two stroke victory at The Portland & Old Course of Troon Golf Club.
An 18-year-old from Rotherham, England, Winning overcame wet and windy conditions by carding rounds of 70-72-78 on the par-75 course and led from start to finish during the 54-hole event.
Winning fired a 5-under 70 during her first round and came back the next day and carded a 3-under 72 to drop to 8-under entering the final round. She managed a 3-over 78 on the last day and claimed the two-stroke win over a pair of runner-ups.
"It's definitely the biggest win I've had so far and I felt a little bit under pressure over the last few holes, especially in a greenside bunker at the last," said Wining to EnglandGolf.org following the conclusion of the final round. "I thought I had to get up and down to avoid a play-off. I didn't know I had a couple of shots in hand. It's a great feeling to win from a field as strong as this."
"Congratulations to Olivia on winning the 2103 Helen Holm Scottish Stroke Play Championship," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "Olivia is a young, talented player and it was only a matter of time before she won an elite tournament. This is one of the top five amateur golf tournaments to win in the United Kingdom. She has all of the tools to become a great collegiate player and I look forward to working with her when she arrives in August."
"I was really pleased with the way I played the first round, it was really tough conditions, the wind was howling and I thought I did well just to keep the ball under control, never mind shoot 5 under. The second round was quite steady really, nothing spectacular, just held it together well to shoot 3 under," said Winning.
"It was really exciting going into the final round having been leading the tournament for two days, I tried not to think too much about leading and just focus on keeping it together and playing the best golf that I could. The conditions were really tough on the last day. I made a good par at the 17th hole and then hit two good shots down 18 but my second shot caught the wind and rolled into the green side bunker. I hit probably the best bunker shot of my life and it was such a good feeling in front of all the people watching. I thought I had to get up-and-down to win (I didn't realize I had two putts for it) and I holed the four-footer to win by two strokes," added Wininng.
Winning and fellow signee, Argentina's Belen Goicoechea (Goy-Goy Chee-uh), signed National Letters-of-Intent during the early signing period last November and will enroll at Tulane for the 2013-14 campaign.