World number three aims for a championship hat trick

World number three Bronte Law will aim to complete a hat trick of consecutive wins at next week’s English women’s amateur championship at the West Lancashire Golf Club.

If she wins, the 21-year-old from Bramhall in Cheshire will become the first player to complete three victories in a row. Her previous wins were at St Enodoc in Cornwall, and Hunstanton in Norfolk where she was 13 shots clear of the field.

Law (Image © Leaderboard Photography) is clearly on excellent form. She was in the winning Curtis Cup team at last month’s match when she became the first GB&I player to win all five of her games.

In addition, she has just won the Annika Award as the top female US collegiate golfer, having already been named as the PING Player of the Year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. Law is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her defence begins on Tuesday, July 12, when the 72-hole stroke play championship gets underway on the West Lancashire’s excellent links course.

Women’s golf is in sharp focus at West Lancashire, which was founded in 1873. This year it is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding in 1891 of the West Lancashire Ladies’ Club, which occupied some of the same stretch of the dunes.

The two clubs amalgamated in 1947 and West Lancashire is proud that women have played golf almost continuously on this site for 125 years.

The club, which previously hosted this championship in 2006, is providing three of the competitors: the internationals Eloise Healey and Hollie Muse and their fellow member Grace Cannon.

Another seven Lancashire players are in the field, including the internationals Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale) and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe).

They are joined by Jae Bowers (Prestbury), Brogan Calvert (Lancaster), Georgia Coughlin (St Annes Old Links), Megan Cullen (Heysham) and Nicola George (Royal Birkdale).

Competitors from further afield include two more Curtis Cup players, Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) and Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall). Among the up and coming young players are 14-year-old Lily May Humphreys, from Channels in Essex, who is the English U14 girls’ champion and the winners of the Fairhaven Trophies. Another girl international is Norfolk’s Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer) who has recently retained her English schools’ title.

The championship will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, July 12-14. All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days. The field is then cut to the leading 40 players and ties who play 36 holes on the final day. Spectators are welcome.