India caps fantastic fortnight with championship win

India Clyburn -English Girls' Amateur Champion 2014

Girl international India Clyburn capped a fantastic fortnight when she won the weather-hit English girls’ open amateur championship at The Warwickshire.

Lightning and torrential rain caused this afternoon’s fourth round to be suspended and eventually cancelled, with the championship decided by the standings after the third round.

India (Image © Leaderboard Photography) shot one-under 71 this morning to move to three-under for the event – and a two-shot win over Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe). Hampshire’s Emma Allen and Surrey’s Lizzie Prior tied third on level par.

Close behind them were Staffordshire champion Emily Coleman and Hertfordshire’s Alice Hewson, who had the best score of the day with a four-under 68.

India’s win follows hard on the heels of her record success in the Scottish ladies’ junior open last week – and now her challenge is the Girls’ Home Internationals, which start on Wednesday in Ireland.

“I just want to get three in a row for me – and seven in a row for England,” said India, referring to the team’s aim to get their seventh consecutive win.

The championship win is also special because India follows in the footsteps of her sister, Holly, who won this trophy in 2009 and is now a winner on the Ladies European Tour. They’re thought to be the only sisters to have both won the title. “The English girls’ is massive, it’s like a major,” said India.

She knows several of the other past winners: Melissa Reid, Ellie Givens and Sophie Walker are all fellow Tour players with Holly, while Helen Hewlett – then Dobson – is a former Tour player and is now the Lincolnshire county captain.

“There’s some really good names on the trophy. If I can follow them I’ll be happy,” she said.

India worked her way steadily to the top of the leaderboard, improving her position through the three rounds. This morning, her front nine of two-over was disappointing by her standards, but she moved into top gear on the way home with four birdies.

“I birdied 17 and 18 to finish one-under for the round. I just knew I had to hole every putt, because they’re all important, and I felt I’d put myself in a really good position,” she said.

Just how good was to become evident when the weather rapidly worsened bringing thunder, lightning and torrential rain.  

After the championship the remaining three names were announced for the England team for the Girls’ Home Internationals. They are: Emma Allen of Meon Valley, Hampshire; Sophie Keech of Parkstone, Dorset; and Lizzie Prior of Burhill, Surrey.

They join five players whose selection has already been announced: India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) and Hollie Muse (West Lancashire).

For full scores, images and more information visit the championship webpage