If Sydney teenager Steph Kyriacou had written a script for 2020, it would not have looked anything like the golfing fairytale she has been on since February.
Instead of playing number two for St Michael's in the Sydney major pennant semi-final against Concord on Sunday, Kyriacou was in Saudi Arabia on Thursday finishing her first season as a professional by shooting a course record 63 at Royal Greens.
She led Team Emirates to second place in the Saudi Ladies Teams International and finished runner-up in the individual part of the tournament to earn her best cheque as a golfer.
It took her to third on the order of merit and wrapped the European Tour rookie of the year award a day before her 20th birthday in a year where she made her dreams come true.
"I’m really happy with how I have gone and I have achieved a lot. I have achieved more than I expected too, so I’m stoked,” Kyriacou said.
It was a long way from a year that started for Kyriacou by being knocked out of the Australian Amateur at the semi-final stage and being beaten in the quarter-finals of the NSW Amateur on her home course of St Michaels.
It wasn’t the start to 2020 that one of the best golfing talents in the country wanted.
However, Kyriacou's world changed in a week in February when she won the Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville by eight shots. That was a European Tour event. The next week, she turned professional and has been the revelation of the European Tour with five top-five finishes.
“It has definitely been a rollercoaster. It has been a big learning curve as well,” Kyriacou said. “This is probably the worst it is going to get with Covid.
“I have had flights cancelled, and we rearrange and figure out what countries we can go to, so it has been an up and down year.
“Everything has worked out for the best, and I have had a good year."
Kyriacou was runner-up in the Swiss Open, led the Open Championship at Royal Troon in August and it seemed apt that she finished her first year as a professional by shooting a course record.
Her final round at Royal Greens included two eagles: a hole-out for two from the fairway on the par-4 14th and a chip-in three on her final hole for the year, the ninth.
However, it hasn't been plain sailing after she had to stay in Europe following the Open Championship after having two flights cancelled that were to take her and father Nick, who is her caddie, home.
It forced them to spend nearly two months in Cyprus before finishing the year with a top-20 in the Dubai Moonlight Classic and a fourth in the $1 million Saudi Ladies International last weekend.
Kyriacou will miss the final event of the year to return home to Sydney at the weekend and is already setting goals for 2021.
“A win would be nice. Hopefully, everything is back to normal but I’m going to set some higher goals next year,” she said.