Girl international Emily Price continued a brilliant run of form to win an all-England play-off against Annabell Fuller and become the first Scottish girls’ open champion.
The 16-year-old completed a final day charge when she first scored three-under 69 to set up the showdown and then birdied the first play-off hole to claim the new title.
“I was a bit nervous, but excited about the play-off, so to keep my head and then hole a putt for the birdie was just unbelievable and I’m really happy,” said Price.
She adds this success to two other wins in the past 10 days, in the Whittington Ladies’ Trophy and The Leveret.
“My plan was to come here and try to finish off all three and honestly it’s just amazing,” said Price, from Cleobury Mortimer, who now takes a break from golf to concentrate on her GCSE exams.
She was three shots off the pace going in to the final round, but played her way into a tie with a final round 69. “I knew I had to go low after two solid rounds to give myself a chance, although I didn’t start well with a couple of bogeys,” said Price.
“But I knew there was a chance to go low on the back nine. I took the chance, didn’t really make any mistakes, and it was a great finish,” she added. She played the back nine in four under, helped by an eagle and three birdies.
Fuller (Roehampton) had been co-leader going into the final round, having scored three-under over the opening 36 holes. She slipped back initially with four bogeys on the front nine, but she came back impressively with four birdies on the back nine.
The championship was a showcase for England Golf squad players. Fuller, 13, was not only runner-up but the winner of the U16 Menzies Trophy, while Sophie Johnson (Telford) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) shared third place with Norway’s Celine Borge.
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