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Back-to-back wins in Rose Ladies Series

In-form Gemma Dryburgh secured a place in the record books as she made it back-to-back wins in the new Justin Rose Ladies Series.

The Scot’s latest triumph came in the first professional women’s tournament to be staged at Royal St George’s, carding a one-under-par 69 at the Kent venue.

She won by a shot from her two playing partners, Solheim Cup duo Charley Hull and Georgia Hall, in backing up last week’s equally impressive victory at The Buckinghamshire.

“I’m buzzing,” Dryburgh, who was born in Aberdeen but now lives in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, told The Scotsman. “I couldn’t have asked for better since I returned to competition golf.”

The 27-year-old started with a bogey but then birdied the seventh, tenth and 13th before dropping a shot at the 15th.

“We were spurring each other on all day,” she said of playing in the same group as English duo Hull and Hall, “and were always around one another score-wise.

“The 16th was probably the turning point as I holed a good par putt from around 18 feet there – that was a big one.

“It is definitely an honour to be the first winner of a a professional women’s event to be staged at Royal St George’s and hopefully it will be marked in the clubhouse.”

The Scot has now jumped above Hull in the Order of Merit, but is unable to play in any more of the events set up by Ryder Cup star Rose and his wife Kate to give women playing opporutnities this season.

“I’m flying out to the US on Monday as I need to quarantine for two weeks before playing in the first two LPGA events,” said Dryburgh.

“I’m definitely feeling confident on the back of these two wins and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be going into these LPGA events feeling I can win one of them.”

Dad John was on the back for the second week running and Dryburgh joked: “After back-to-back wins, we might need to re-negotiate his terms.”