England’s Lily May Humphreys has won her third big title of the year with a wire-to-wire victory in the Annika Invitational Europe.
The 17-year-old – who was immediately drenched by well wishers – was 12-under par after 54 holes, scoring a one shot win over the international field at Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.
She’s the first English winner of the championship and she beat a field featuring the best female junior golfers in Europe. The 79 players represented 23 different countries and included five of the top-100 girls in the World Amateur Golf Rankings – including Humphreys, who is currently 26th.
The win brings Humphreys a Ladies European Tour exemption into the La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational hosted by Annika as well as coveted PING Junior Solheim Cup points.
Humphreys opened with scores of 69 68 and held a three-shot lead as the final round got underway. Denmark’s Anne Normann chased her hard, shooting four-under on the front nine and drawing level after a fifth birdie on the 10th.
But Humphreys moved ahead again with birdies on 14 and 16 and although Normann birdied the last, the title belonged to the English player.
Humphreys said afterwards: “When Anne made three birdies in a row to get within one, the back nine became a bit edgy, but it was a fun day.”
Annika commented: “Big congratulations to Lily May on the win and I look forward to following the future successes of all the players.”
Humphreys adds this to the Welsh and Irish Women’s Stroke Play titles which she won earlier this season.
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Caption: Annika Sorenstam congratulates Lily May Humphreys (Image courtesy Annika Foundation)