Kylie Walker ready for turn in the spotlight

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KYLIE Walker is aiming to feed off boyfriend Scott Henry’s adrenaline rush at Gleneagles when she launches her own bid to get the home fans cheering over the next few days.

The big support urging Henry on in the final round of the Johnnie Walker Championship on Sunday included Walker, his longtime girlfriend and fellow professional golfer. It’s now Walker’s turn to try to put herself in the spotlight on home soil as she lines up in the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield, and watching Henry produce his best effort in the paid ranks was the perfect appetiser.

“Oh yes, I’ve been totally inspired by Scott’s performance at Gleneagles,” she said of seeing Henry finishing joint-fourth after signing off with a 72nd-hole eagle. “He played so well and to be there amongst a Scottish crowd was fantastic – the roar that went up when he holed his eagle putt was deafening.”

Walker, a two-times St Rule Trophy winner in her amateur days, is now in her fourth season on the Ladies European Tour. “My second season was the best so far, then I had a bit of a dip last season that knocked my confidence a bit. But I feel stronger now,” she said.

“I love this event and Archerfield, too. I’ve had some good performances here – fifth and tenth – and hopefully I can give the home crowds something to cheer about this week. My season has been a bit up and down. It wasn’t so good early on, but I’ve been playing a lot better recently and I’m now feeling good about the rest of the season.”

Can this week’s event, won in the last two years by Catriona Matthew and Carly Booth, fall to another Scot? “Definitely,” insisted Walker. “Let’s try and get another home winner this week.”