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Slovenian teen wins major golf tournament in Scotland

Glasgow, 22 April - Pia Babnik, a 15-year-old Slovenian golf player, has won a major tournament in Scotland as she affirmed her status as one of the best up-and-coming female players in Europe.

Bled
Stacks of golf balls await players at the renovated Bled golf course.
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Babnik took home the Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Championship over the weekend with a seven-shot win over France's Charlotte Bunel.

Ranked 37th in the global standings of amateur golfers, Babnik led the field from day one with an opening round of 66 at the Royal Troon golf course.

In the end, she had a seven-shot margin over France's Charlotte Bunel and a record 15-under aggregate.

BBC reported that the teenager is now targeting a return to Scotland for September's Junior Solheim Cup, the youth version of the team event pitting Europe against the US.

"For me, it would be a very special day to be part of the European team," Babnik told the BBC.

The Courier, a UK news portal, said the spectators may have been "early witnesses to a new phenomenon in golf".

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