England’s Sophie Lamb put on a fabulous performance at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns, Scotland, shooting six-under par and winning the Smyth Salver as the leading amateur.
She beat world number one amateur, Leona Maguire of Ireland, by three shots.
Lamb, a 19-year-old international from Clitheroe in Lancashire, had to qualify for the championship and said afterwards: “Since then it’s just been crazy. I’m speechless.”
Describing the experience of playing in her first Major, pitting her skills against those of the best players in the world, she added: “It's something everyone dreams of when they first start to play golf. It's been a great experience for me to see where my game compares to the best in the world. It's been good.”
Lamb finished 30th overall and paid tribute to her family and the friends who supported her – and to her boyfriend, fellow England international Marco Penge, who caddied for her.
“He's a great golfer himself, so he can definitely help, especially on the greens, he's an amazing putter.”
What next? Lamb’s immediate plans are to head to Little Aston in Staffordshire to help England defend the Women’s Home Internationals from Wednesday to Friday.
More long term, the British stroke play champion has plenty of amateur ambition before she switches to professional ranks.
“My goal is for Curtis Cup next year hopefully. That's something I want to achieve before I turn professional, the Curtis Cup is definitely something I want to do.”
Lamb’s Smyth Salver triumph crowned an excellent week for English golf, with four other players in the top 30 at the Women’s British Open who have all been involved in England Golf’s performance training programme.
The championship runner up was Jodi Ewart Shadoff on 16-under par, two shots behind the winner In-Kyung Kim. Georgia Hall tied third, three shots further back while Charley Hull was 16th and Mel Reid was 30th.
Ewart Shadoff, Hall, Hull, Reid and Florentyna Parker – another England Golf graduate – have all been named in Annika Sörenstam’s 12-woman team for The Solheim Cup, which will take place at Des Moines Golf & Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa, from August 18-20.
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