England’s Georgia Hall has won the 2013 British amateur championship at windswept Machynys Peninsula in South Wales – with the help of her first-ever hole in one.
The 17-year-old international aced the par three 17th to dramatically take the lead for the first time in the final again Spain’s Luna Sobron. The title was hers after the 18th was halved in par.
"I'm so happy I can hardly speak," said Georgia, from Remedy Oak in Dorset. "To get my first ever hole-in-one and win the British championship is like a dream come true.
“I was behind all the way, in just about the strongest wind I have ever played in, but I never gave up. I knew I had to be patient and wait for things to turn my way. And they did!"
She is already the holder of the British girls’ championship, which she also won in South Wales, and is thought to be first ever player to hold the girls’ and ladies’ titles at the same time.
Georgia. who was Europe's top woman amateur last year, is also the third English player to win the British ladies’ title in four years, following Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) in 2010 and Lauren Taylor (Woburn) in 2011.
The final was played in extremely strong winds, gusting up to gale force, and over the first nine holes the players also had to contend with rain. Luna Sobron won the first with a birdie, but Georgia squared matters with a par on the short second.
The next four holes were halved before the 18-year-old Spaniard moved ahead and was two up after eight holes. Georgia won the ninth but was again two down after losing the 11th. However, she won the 13th and 16th to get back on level terms with two holes to play.
Sensationally she then produced her ace at the 17th, hitting a nine-iron downwind at the 154-yard hole, to go one up with one to play. The 18th was halved in par 5s setting the seal on remarkable finish and a one-up win for Georgia.
Earlier in the day Georgia beat another Spanish player in the semi-finals, defeating Noemi Jimenez by 3/1.
A total of 15 English players were among the 64 competitors who reached the matchplay stages of the championship. Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall), Alex Peters (Notts’ Ladies’) and Emma Carberry (Highwoods), reached the third round; Hayley Davis (Ferndown) was knocked out in the second round by Georgia Hall; Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer), Rachael Goodall (Heswall), Lauren Taylor (Woburn), Emma Tayler (Saunton), Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis), Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro), Abbey Gittings (Walmley), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Abi Laker and Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham & St Annes) all contested the first round.
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