NORTH Yorkshire golf ace Emma Duggleby has Scot the lot after her superb start to the season yielded a Troon of glory.

Duggleby stormed to the Scottish Open strokeplay women's amateur championship in which she posted a record-breaking score at the legendary Royal Troon course.

The Malton and Norton Golf Club star celebrated her call-up to the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team by lifting the trophy with an emphatic win to confirm her excellent opening to the 2004 season.

She fired rounds of 71 and 69 over Royal Troon's Portland course before taming the very Open Championship links with a four-under-par 71. That gave her a tournament best 14-under total of 211 - five shots clear of her nearest challenger, fellow Curtis Cup player Claire Coughlan from Cork in Ireland.

Just for good measure, Duggleby not only collected the Helen Holm Trophy as the solo star, she and Reading's Shelley McKevitt won the team trophy for England on count-back from Ireland's Coughlan and Maura Morrin.

Declared a delighted Duggleby: "To post a record score was brilliant. I played consistently well over the three days on the courses which were in excellent condition.

"I've played in this event eight years and the previous best was in 2002 when I tied for first place with Rebecca Hudson only to lose in the play-off, so to win this year was especially pleasing."

Duggleby, who is the current holder of the English Ladies championship, returns to county duty this weekend when she heads an impressive Yorkshire team to meet their male counterparts in the annual challenge match at Abbeydale Golf Club in Sheffield. She will then prepare for the Yorkshire women's championships to be held at Strensall's York GC on May 11.

Also in the Yorkshire women's side this weekend are Ganton GC's Naomi Edwards, who finished fifth at Royal Troon on 219, and club-mate Sarah Garbutt, who posted a top-20 finish in the Scottish championships.

Updated: 11:04 Tuesday, April 27, 2004