England’s Lucy Goddard led from wire to wire to win the Irish women’s open stroke play championship at Douglas by a shot.
She’s the second English player in a row to win the title – following Meghan MacLaren in 2013 – and she’s the second Hertfordshire player to win in four years, following Hannah Burke in 2010.
The win lifts Lucy (image courtesy ILGU) into second place in the England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf.
The Hanbury Manor player was two-under par for the 54-hole event, with rounds of 71, 74 and 72, and held off Ireland’s Chloe Ryan, who challenged hard for the title.
Lucy’s lead was always slender – just one shot after both the first and second rounds – and after nine holes of the final round she had been overtaken by Chloe. The Irish player was two-under par to the turn and led by one as they started home, only to bogey the 12th and drop back into a tie.
Lucy took charge again in dramatic fashion, with an eagle three on the long 14th, which put her two ahead. Although she bogeyed the 17th, she still held a one shot lead and she secured victory with a regulation par on the home green.
Three other English players finished in the top ten: Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) tied fifth, while Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) shared eighth place and Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) tied tenth.
The England team of Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Bethan Popel were runners-up behind Ireland in the Nations Cup event.