Emily wins national title in last hole drama

Warwickshire’s Emily Price won the English girls’ open U15 championship at Copt Heath in a final-hole drama.

She was trailing by two shots as she stood on the 18th tee. But she birdied the final hole of the tournament to finish on nine-under par. Meanwhile her rival, Lancashire’s Hollie Muse, took a triple bogey and completed the event in seven-under.

It completed an astonishing fightback for Emily (image © Leaderboard Photography), who was six shots off the pace with nine holes to play. But, undeterred, she played the inward half in four-under par, while Hollie was four over.

“I just had to keep my foot on the gas. I know it’s not over till the last ball drops on the 18th hole,” said Emily, 14, from Cleobury Mortimer.

“I got one birdie, then another, and that got my momentum going and it all came good for me. I didn’t fold under the pressure, I held it all together and came up with the result.

“It means a lot to me. Last year I came fourth and I have practised so hard to get this, it’s unbelievable.”

Both girls played remarkable golf during the final day. Emily was eight-under for the final 36 holes, while Hollie was six-under, having completed this morning’s round in 68.

Third place went to Austria’s Emma Spitz, who was one over for the championship, while Surrey’s Martha Lewis was fourth.