England romped to victory in the Nations Cup at the Irish women’s open stroke play championship at Co Louth.
Internationals Sophie Lamb, Gemma Clews and Georgia Price won the team competition by 11 shots, after mounting a determined challenge at the championship.
Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) and Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) were in the thick of the final day action which, after a terrific tussle, ended in Ireland’s favour when Maria Dunne won the title on nine-under.
Clews, who won the Welsh stroke play a week ago, held a two-shot lead after five holes of the final round. But on the 11th she three-putted while Dunne birdied the hole and, after struggling on the greens, Clews was two behind after 15.
Lamb meanwhile charged home with birdies on the 16th and 18th to shoot four- under and finish the tournament on seven-under. Clews in turn birdied the 18th to join her on seven-under and they shared second place.
Price (Bude & North Cornwall) was two-under for the championship, tied seventh with fellow England women’s squad member, Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire).
Another English player, Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire) tied fourth on four-under.
Picture caption: Gemma Clews (left) and Sophie Lamb (right) receive the Nations Cup from ILGU President Vonnie Noonan. (Image © Jenny Matthews of Pat Cashman Photography).
In the men’s Flogas Irish Open at Royal County Down, Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset) tied second on five-over par. He climbed five places on the leaderboard with his final round of one-over 72 and finished three shots behind the champion, Peter O’Keeffe of Ireland.
England Golf men’s squad players Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset) and Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire) tied fourth alongside Mitchell Waite (Filton, Gloucestershire). All three were six-over with Waite returning the low score of the final day with his two-under 69.