English international Amelia Williamson produced the low round of the last day to come from behind and win the women’s event at the Chiberta Grand Prix in France.
It also proved to be a good event for her England Golf colleague Georgina Blackman who finished tied for second place in a strong international field.
The 19-year-old Williamson, from Royal Cromer Golf Club in Norfolk, who has just completed her first year at college in the States, started the final round six shots adrift of Laura Van Respaille after opening rounds of 71, 72 and 69 but carded six birdies in a closing five under par 65 which saw her leapfrog the French woman and claim a three shot victory on three-under par 277.
2018 English women’s champion Georgina Blackman, from Chelmsford, Essex, began the event with rounds of 67, 70 and 72 to sit three shots behind Van Respaille and then carded a closing 71 to finish tied second with the French player on level par 280. Van Respaille started her final round brightly with three birdies in her opening five holes but then carded six bogeys and a double bogey on her way to shooting a 74.
There were also some fine English performances in the men’s event with Bailey Gill, Callum Farr and David Langley all finishing within the top-15 on the leaderboard behind winner, France’s Paul Margolis.
The best of the bunch was 20-year-old Gill, from Lindrick, who went into the final round in fourth place after rounds of 67, 71 and 65 but started his final round with an eagle three on his way to recording a four under par 66 which saw him climb to third place on 11-under par 269. The result comes hard on the heels of the Yorkshireman reaching the last 16 in The Amateur Championship at Portmarnock.
25-year-old Farr, from Northamptonshire County, who was runner-up in the Spanish Amateur earlier this season, carded two rounds of 66, a 74 and a 67 to finish seventh on seven-under par 273 while Langley of BB&O was four shots further back in a share of 13th place after rounds of 69, 70, 66 and 72.