Photographers covering golf tournaments can often come in for the kind of glowers that could melt a tank. An erroneous click of the camera at the top of the backswing, for instance, just about leads to questions in Parliament.

The snapper covering Carly Booth’s victory yesterday at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open, on the other hand, almost earned a celebratory cuddle as the emotion of the Scot’s first Ladies European Tour win in seven years came tumbling out.

Having posted a closing two-under 70 for a nine-under, 54-hole total of 207 on a tension-filled, topsy-turvy final day at the Karlstein resort, Booth asked the nearby photographer who was on top of the leaderboard. “Just you, you’ve won,” he said as Booth burst into tears.

The outpouring was understandable. Since winning two tour titles in quick succession back in 2012, Booth has endured some professional and personal lows. The will to win never left her, though, and the 27-year-old finally bridged a long title gap and gave that seven year itch such a scratch she probably needed to cover it with Germolene.

Booth won by a single shot from Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen, France’s Anais Meysonnier and the English pair of Charlotte Thompson and Hayley Davis and earned the first prize of around £17,500 at an event that was a dual-ranking contest on both the main Ladies European Tour and the second-tier Access Series.


In a round featuring seven birdies, five bogeys and a few hairy moments, this was a hard-earned triumph for Booth who has stated in recent weeks that she was slowly getting back to the kind of golf that made her a double tour champion in 2012.

“Have I just played golf, or been at Alton Towers?,” she said of her eventful, up-and-down round. “I never want to go on a rollercoaster again.”

Booth began the final round tied for the lead with Nuutinen on seven-under-par but had a nervy start, hitting her first drive out of bounds and then dropping three shots in her first four holes.

However, she produced a spirited fightback with brilliant birdies on the fifth, seventh and ninth holes, to repair the earlier damage and keep herself in a share of the lead.

At the fifth, Booth made a birdie putt from eight feet and then on the par-5 seventh, holed a swinging left to right breaking putt from 20 feet, before punching a wedge in to five feet at the ninth and converting the putt.

With a spring in her step, Booth took the outright lead with birdie on the 11th and another gain on the 13th where she chipped in holes. There was still time for plenty of drama and stomach-churning, though, and the destination of the title remained very much up in the air.

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Booth made damaging bogeys on the 14th and 15th but the Scot finished with a decisive flourish and reeled off further birdies at 16 and 17 to edge into a one shot lead before completing the job with a sturdy par on the last.

“It was probably just as well I didn’t know what the situation was,” said Booth of a nerve-jangling finale. “I didn’t know anything about the leaderboard and I made a really solid par in the end.

“I’m a little bit flabbergasted by the whole day. I played good golf and I really had to dig deep in the final round. I’m overwhelmed with happiness. It’s been seven years, so it’s a bit of a shock. To get another victory is amazing.”

Aberdeen’s Laura Murray signed off with a 70 to share seventh place on five-under and was joined on that mark by Glasgow’s Kylie Henry, who slipped out of the running on the final day with a one-over 73