Three in a row for Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

England international Lauren Taylor has won the Dutch Junior Open girls' title at Golf Club Toxandria for the third year in a row.

Meanwhile, fellow international Harry Casey of Middlesex was stopped just short of completing an England double, when he lost in a play-off for the boys’ title. Defending champion Joe Dean of Yorkshire finished third.

Lauren, 18, (Woburn, Image © Leaderboard Photography) had four sub-par rounds of 71, 69, 71 and 69 for an eight-under-par total of 280 over the par-72 circuit in the Netherlands.

She signed –off with a bogey-free round and remarked: “I think everything about my game was in good shape. It was a tight course and you had to hit the fairways. I hit a lot of greens too and putted really well, holing some key putts in the final round when the pressure was on. It's always nice to have a bogey-free round too!”

Lauren’s win earns her a wild card place in the Deloitte Ladies’ Open in Holland, where she has made the cut on her previous appearances and has been leading amateur.

Lauren won the British women’s championship in 2011, at the age of 16, and is currently a student at Baylor University in Texas, where she ended her first year as Conference champion and Freshman of the Year.

Her next big date is the final qualifying round at Kingsbarns Golf Club, Fife, next Monday, for the Ricoh Women's British Open starting over the Old Course, St Andrews on the Thursday, 1st August.

Harry Casey, 20, (Enfield) forced a title play-off when he scored a final round 68 to catch third round leader, Michael Kraaij of the Netherlands, with an 11-under par total. However, Kraaij won the title with a birdie three on the first play-off hole.

Casey, 20, was the English boy champion in 2011 and this year he has won the Selborne Salver, tied third in the Portuguese Amateur Championship and Hampshire Salver and made his full England debut against Spain in April.

Joe Dean, 19, (Lindrick) made a fine defence of his title, finishing in third place on seven-under par. Since winning this event last year he has made his England debut in the Boys’ Home Internationals and helped Yorkshire to win the Boys’ County Championship.

Dutch Junior Open Championship
Golf Club Toxandria
Leading totals
Par 288 (4×72)

Girls
280 Lauren Taylor (Woburn) 71 69 71 69
282 Marit Harryvan (Netherlands) 73 75 66 68, Anne Van Dam (Netherlands) 67 70 75 70.

Boys
277 Harry Casey (Enfield) 68 73 68 68; Michael Kraaij (Netherlands) 68 67 67 75 Kraaij won at the first play-off hole.
218 Joe Dean (Lindrick) 67 70 71 73