England international Annabel Dimmock (pictured) has scored the biggest win of her career with a one-hole victory in the final of the Jones Doherty Cup, the final individual event on the 2014 Orange Blossom Tour in Florida.
The 17-year-old from Wentworth is the second English player to win this prestigious event in the last three years, following in the footsteps of Charley Hull, who took the title in 2011.
Annabel, who was seeded fifth, romped through the championship at the Coral Ridge County Club, winning her first three matches by wide margins – 6/4, 5/3, 6/4 – and defeating the top seed in the semi-finals.
The final proved more testing and went the full 18 holes before she defeated the third seed, Isabella DiLiso from Florida, by one hole. Annabel was down after the first two holes, but she was soon back on level terms and for the rest of the tight match she mostly held the advantage. "I just grinded it out," she said.
Annabel’s win puts the seal on a very successful performance on the Orange Blossom Tour. Last week she was runner-up in the SALLY, the South Atlantic women’s amateur championship on the Orange Blossom Tour in Florida. In the previous week’s tournament, the Harder Hall Invitational, she finished 14th.
Her success will propel her up the world rankings and boost her hopes of Curtis Cup selection. The top four in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) will gain automatic selection to the team, as will the top two in the LGU Order of Merit who have not qualified through the WAGR.
Annabel made her debut for the England ladies’ team in last year’s Home Internationals and was also in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. She was runner-up in the English girls’ championship and reached final qualifying for the 2013 women’s British Open.