England's Georgia Hall has won the British girls' championship, beating Spain's Clara Baena 6/5 in the final at Tenby, Wales.
Georgia, 16, from Remedy Oak in Dorset, did not lose a hole in the final. She was five up at the turn and won the 13th to clinch the title. She is the first English winner of the championship since 2007. (Image © Cal Carson Golf Agency).
The semi-finals and final were played in almost unrelenting rain, accompanied by the ever-present wind, as the week’s bad weather continued right to the end of the championship.
But Georgia, who is ranked 10th in the world, negotiated the conditions in style. She first moved ahead on the third when her opponent tangled with the thick, wet and clingy rough.
She extended her lead to two up on the short sixth where her excellent tee shot meant she was conceded a winning birdie. Georgia got to four up after the Spanish player first had bunker problems on the seventh and then battled with the rough on the eighth.
Now Georgia could do no wrong. She holed a bunker shot at the ninth to win it with a birdie three and go five up. Halves in par at the 10th, 11th and 12th advanced her nearer to her goal.
Then, suddenly it was all over when Georgia won 13th with a par four. She was approximately one over par for the holes played in conditions , which spectators said, would tested even Rory McIlroy on his game.
Earlier in the day, Georgia fought back to win her semi-final against Germany’s Quirine Eijkenboom. She was three down after five and, despite fighting back to all square, was again one down after 16. However she won the 17th and 18th to take her place in the final.
Georgia is a full England international and was runner-up in the English women’s championship in May. Last week she helped England win the Girls’ Home Internationals at Radyr, Wales.
Georgia reaches British girls’ final
17 August 2012
England’s Georgia Hall has reached the final of the British girls’ championship at a wet and windy Tenby, after fighting back from one down with two to play.
The 16-year-old international won the 17th and 18th to beat Germany’s Quirine Eijkenboom by one hole in the semi-final, which was played in awful conditions.
Georgia, from Remedy Oak, in Dorset, was in front only once in the match – and that was when it mattered, after playing the 18th.
She lost the first hole, won the second, but then lost the next three in a row. However, Georgia fought back by winning the ninth and 10th and then halved the 11th to be one down on the 12th tee. She got back to all square for the first time by birdieing the 13th.
The German player again took the advantage with a birdie on 16 to go one up, but Georgia had all the answers, winning 17 and 18 to take her place in the final.
Georgia Hall reaches British girls’ semi-finals
16 August 2012
England international Georgia Hall has reached the semi-finals of the British girls’ championship for the second year in a row.
Georgia, the world number 10, will now play Germany's Quirine Eijkenboom for a place in the final at Tenby in South Wales.
The 16-year-old from Remedy Oak in Dorset has made her way to the final four by beating Jordan Lippetz of the USA 4/3; Inci Mehmet of Wentworth at the 20th; number one seed and former champion Perrine Delacour of France by 2/1; and Karolin Lampert of Germany 5/3.
Earlier this season Georgia also reached the semi-finals of the British women’s championship.
Georgia was among 10 English girls who made it through 36-hole qualifying and into the matchplay stages of the championship.
Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) and Shelby Smart (Knowle) bowed out in the first round. Meanwhile, Inci Mehmet (Wentworth), Aimee Ponte (Royal Guernsey) and Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis) made it into the second round before losing.
Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) the youngest competitor at the age of 13, Bethan Popel (Long Ashton), Ashleigh Greenham (West Essex) and Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) all succeeded in reaching the last 16 before being defeated.
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