Gabriella’s fine finish in Portugal

Gabriella Cowley

England international Gabriella Cowley produced a fine finish to be runner-up in the Portuguese international ladies’ amateur championship at the Montada resort.

The 17-year-old from Hanbury Manor (Image © Leaderboard Photography) was two-under par for the final round and also finished the event at two-under. She was just one stroke behind Spain’s Silvia Bañon Ibañez who crucially birdied the 17th on her way to the title.

Gabriella opened her challenge with a one-under 71, followed by 74 and a third round-71, which included three birdies in the last four holes.

She was one of three English players in the top 10 in the championship, ahead of the Wentworth pair, Inci Mehmet and Annabel Dimmock. Inci, who challenged throughout the event, finished fourth, while Annabel, who won last week on Florida’s Orange Blossom Tour, was tied seventh.

A total of eight English players made the third round cut, which reduced the field to the top 40 and ties.