Charlotte Thomas won the English women’s open mid-amateur championship at John O’Gaunt, Bedfordshire, today with a sizzling display of golf.
She had the answers to every situation as she took on and defeated Olympian Chloe Rogers 4/3 in an excellent final.
Both played extremely well but Charlotte (image © Leaderboard Photography) was superb on and around the greens, and her short game kept her opponent at bay.
Time and again she chipped or pitched stone dead, most memorably on the long 13th, where her second found water and she had to drop back under penalty. A glorious shot with a wedge soared over a tree and finished close to the hole – and she’d rescued a par and a half.
Winning the title was particularly satisfying for Charlotte after last week, when she came so close to capturing the English women’s stroke play championship, losing only in a play-off.
“It was such a good last day last week that it was difficult to be disappointed, but I was determined to win this week. This means a lot, it’s my first national English title and I’m very happy,” said Charlotte, who is based in Singapore and makes an annual golfing trip to England.
She laid the foundations of her win with four consecutive birdies, starting on the par four third where she drove the green on the 268-yard hole.
She followed up by ramming home a 12-footer on the short fourth for two, chipping dead on the fifth to set up a birdie four, and then pitching up stiff, over a greenside bunker on the sixth, for another birdie four.
Chloe, meanwhile, was hanging on tight. The Braintree golfer had a couple of birdies of her own in that stretch and was just two down after the sixth. But, after a par putt stopped on the lip on the seventh and a tangle with the deep rough on the ninth, she was four down.
She produced her own short-game magic on the 10th, where she got up and down from a difficult greenside bunker for a par three to win the hole.
But Charlotte’s bogey on 10 was one of only two she had during the final and, as she relentlessly secured the pars, she piled on the pressure.
On the 12th, for example, she chipped up stone dead for par from the edge of the green. Chloe had a birdie opportunity, but charged her putt past the hole and missed the return, dropping back to four down in the match. After the next three holes were halved the title belonged to Charlotte.
Chloe, who won a hockey bronze medal at the London Olympics, remarked: “Charlotte played very well and I just couldn’t do anything about it. She was top qualifier and she’s been on top form all week. But I’ve loved it, I wasn’t expecting to get this far, so it’s been a bonus.”
Now Charlotte will return to Singapore and, before long, will be back to the University of Washington in Seattle – where her first golfing date is a much-anticipated match in Japan. Chloe meanwhile heads to Prestwick and next week’s British stroke play championship.
Charlotte Thomas (Singapore) beat Chloe Rogers (Braintree) 4/3