A RISING golf star has reversed her decision never to turn professional ahead of this weekend’s women’s Scottish Open.

Louise Duncan, 22, had a breakthrough year in 2021 after winning the Amateur Championship and finishing in the top 10 of the professional women’s Open at Carnoustie.

Louise will make her professional debut at Kilmarnock’s Dundonald Links course, just 15 miles away from her home village.

The West Kilbride golfer, who has just finished a three-year general degree at Stirling University, says now was the time to make the leap, despite always being against turning pro.

She explained: “It was a difficult decision but I really enjoyed last year and I've made the decision I want to do this week in and week out.

“If I can get my head down and work hard I will hopefully be able to put a few titles next to my name.”

Louise says that taking part in last year’s Open at Carnoustie gave her a look into the world of professional golf.

She said: “It made me feel like I could hit as well as everyone else on the tour, and gave me a good feel of the environment I'd be playing in."

Louise will line up at Dundonald from July 28 to 31 alongside fellow Scots Hannah McCook, Gemma Dryburgh, Michele Thomson, Kelsey MacDonald and Kylie Henry in a talent-filled field.

The West Kilbride native accepted an invitation from VisitScotland to compete in this weekend’s event.

She added: “It’s very special and seriously exciting to be out there competing against some of the best players in the world.

“When I got an invite, it all just fell into place. I would have been stupid not to take this opportunity.”