Northern players shine at St Rule Trophy

Emma Goddard

The St Rule Trophy, played over the New and Old courses at St Andrews, turned into a Cheshire and Lancashire celebration thanks to Emma Goddard, Bethany Garton, Emily Taylor, Charlotte Wild and Brogan Townend.

Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool Ladies’) was runner-up on five-under par for the 54-hole event, finishing two shots behind the winner, Scottish champion Laura Murray.

Emma (image © Leaderboard Photography) had posted the clubhouse target of five-under-par 222 with half the field still to come in, after scoring four-under-par 72 in the final round on the Old Course. In the end only Laura Murray overhauled the Cheshire player.

Emma had a startling recovery from a double bogey six at the comparatively simple first hole when she birdied the next five holes and also the ninth to be out in four-under-par 34. She bogeyed the 11th but birdied the 13th in level par 38 home.

Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire) saved her best to last, shooting the low score of the tournament in the final round with a six-under 70 which lifted her into a share of third place on her debut appearance. The 18-year-old had 31 putts in a bogey-free round.

Irish strokeplay champion Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Annes) won the U18 event for the Lawson Trophy. Her final round of 71 was the joint second best and included six birdies with just one bogey. The field of 17 competitors aged U18 was a record for the tournament, which was first played in 1984.

Overall, Emily tied for seventh place with Charlotte Wild (Mere, Cheshire), who had a great run in the middle of the final round with birdies on the fourth-fifth-sixth and then on the eighth-ninth-tenth. Charlotte is a past English strokeplay champion.

Charlotte, Emily and Brogan Townend (Pleasington, Lancashire) combined to give England second place in the international team event, two shots behind the winners, Scotland.

Leading final scores
Par 227
New Course (first round) par 75, CSS 76
Old Course par 76, CSS 78 76

220 Laura Murray (Alford) 73 74 73
222 Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool Ladies) 75 72 72
223 Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham) 74 79 70, Jenny Haglund (Sweden) 73 78 72, Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 74 75 74
224 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 76 77 71
225 Emily M Taylor (Royal Lytham) 76 78 71, Charlotte Wild (Mere) 78 73 74
226 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 76 74 76
227 Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 75 77 75
228 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 76 76 76, Clara Young (North Berwick) 79 76 73, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 77 78 73
231 Emilie Lundstrom (Sweden) 78 81 72
232 Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies)  74 75 83, Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 80 76 76, Ami Storey (Ponteland) 79 77 76, Jess Wilcox (Blankney) 78 79 75
233 Chloe Williams (Wrexham) 79 79 75, Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) 74 77 82, Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 76 85 72
234 Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) 78 80 76, Susan Jackson (Ladybank) 77 78 79
235 Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) 80 78 77, Lauren Blease (Burhill) 76 81 78, Samantha Birks (Wolstanton) 75 83 77, Joelle Van Baarle (Belgium) 82 78 75, Brogan Townend (Pleasington) 76 81 78