Woad storms through field to win in Wales

Lottie Woad admitted it felt amazing to claim victory in the Welsh Ladies’ Open Stroke Play Championship.

The England girls’ squad member carded rounds of 76, 67 and 70 for a three under par total and a three-shot victory over the field led by Woodhall Spa’s Billie-Joe Smith.

Woad stormed through the field at Newport Golf Club by shooting seven under par on the weekend.

The 17-year-old has challenged in most girls’ and women’s national events she’s played this season and came close to victory at the English Under 18 Championship, the Peter McEvoy Trophy and last week’s Rose Ladies Series event at North Hants Golf Club.

However, this time she proved too strong on the closing stretch for her fellow competitors and ensured the plate stayed in English hands after it was won last time out in 2019 by Lily May Humphreys.

“It feels amazing,” said Woad, a member at Farnham Golf Club in Surrey.

“Especially after the first round being a few shots back.

“I played better in the next two rounds and coming down the stretch it was really tight and I’m glad I got it over the line.

“It’s good to end the season this way especially as I’ve had a few runner up places this year.

“I’ve been a couple off the lead and in contention, so it was nice to get a big win.”

Woad was four shots back on Smith after round one, but clawed back the gap to one shot  after 36 holes before eventually taking the lead on the front nine of the final round.

Victory in Wales rounds off a successful week for Woad who also enjoyed success earlier this season with the combined England boys’/girls’ squad at this year’s Home Internationals.

Just a week before the win in Wales, Woad helped Surrey to a win at the the English Women’s County Finals before shooting under par in a field of professionals to finish tied for third in the penultimate Rose Ladies Series event of the year.