A TALENTED young golfer is hoping to make it three wins in a row when she defends the Clober Golf Club Ladies’ Championship next week.
Nicola Ferguson has had an excellent season so far out on the greens and is hotly tipped to retain the trophy by Clober’s Golf Club professional Gary McFarlane.
Speaking to Herald Sport this week, the Milngavie Golfer from Dumgoyne Avenue said: “Clober is my main course and hopefully I can retain the championship. I’m confident I can win as I’ve had a good season so far. I think qualifying will be easy but the final will be hard.”
The young golfer who is a studying sports development at the University of The West of Scotland added that she has been practising and training quite a lot for the four day championship which kicks-off on Monday.
She adding: “I’ve been working on my short game and getting my putting shots just right.
The two best scores out of five count to get into the qualifying round and the top eighth will fight it out for the club trophy.
The 21-year-old is on a roll this season. So far she has clinched the prestigious Dunbartonshire and Argyll Ladies’ County County Championship (D&ALCC) back at the start of the season in April, and on June 26 the Milngavie Golf Club Ladies’ Championship which she has now won for the past three consecutive year at what she says is her second club.
In the D&ALCC the former Douglas Academy pupil was competing against more than 100 golfers from as far afield as Helensburgh and Oban. She qualified from the initial stroke play competitions which was whittled down to 16 and then competed in a matchplay final, beating Anna Telfer from Milngavie Golf Club four and three.
In the Milngavie Championships Nicola beat Lois Connel, again by four and three. Paying tribute to her opponent Nicola said: “Lois is a really steady player and has a lot of experience behind her.”
Looking forward to next week’s club competition Mr McFarlane said: “She is hot favourite. Nicola has done fantastically well in the Dunbartonshire and Argyll Ladies’ County Championships and that is a big big tournament. There are some past champions there that are now on the European tour.”
Asked what made Nicola so good, Mr McFadden said: “She is a very strong player, but above all it’s her attitude. Nothing gets her down.