Clyburn follows in sister Holly’s footsteps by winning English Girls’ Amateur title at The Warwickshire
GIRL international India Clyburn capped a tremendous two weeks when she won the weather-hit English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship at The Warwickshire.
Lightning and torrential rain caused the fourth round to be suspended and eventually cancelled, with the championship decided by the standings after the third round.
That handed India, who shot a third round one-under 71 to move to three-under for the event, a two-shot win over Annabel Bailey of Kirby Muxloe. Hampshire’s Emma Allen and Surrey’s Lizzie Prior tied third on level-par.
Close behind them were Staffordshire champion Emily Coleman and Hertfordshire’s Alice Hewson, who had the best score of the day with a four-under 68.
India’s win followed hard on the heels of her record success in the Scottish Ladies’ Junior Open a week earlier.
The win was also special because India follows in the footsteps of her sister, Holly, who won the trophy in 2009 and is now a winner on the Ladies European Tour. They are thought to be the only sisters to have won the title. “The English Girls’ is massive, it’s like a major,” said India.
She knows several of the other past winners. Melissa Reid, Ellie Givens and Sophie Walker are all, like Holly, now playing on tour, while Helen Hewlett – then Dobson – is a former tour player and, at present, the Lincolnshire county captain “There are some really good names on the trophy. If I can follow them I’ll be happy,” she added.
India worked her way steadily to the top of the leaderboard, improving her position through the three rounds. On the final morning, her front nine of two-over was disappointing by her own high standards, but she moved into top gear on the way home with four birdies.
“I birdied 17 and 18 to finish one-under for the round. I just knew I had to hole every putt because they’re all important and I felt I’d put myself in a really good position,” she said.
Just how good was to become evident when the weather rapidly worsened, bringing thunder, lightning and torrential rain.
Meanwhile, Warwickshire’s Emily Price made up for her disappointment in last year’s English Girls’ Open U15 Championship, winning at Copt Heath after a dramatic finale.
She was trailing by two shots as she stood on the 18th tee but birdied the final hole of the tournament to finish on nine-under. Her rival, Lancashire’s Hollie Muse, took a triple-bogey and completed the event in seven-under.
It completed an astonishing fightback for Emily, who was six shots off the pace with nine holes to play. But, undeterred, she played the inward half in four-under, while Hollie was four-over.
“I just had to keep my foot on the gas. I know it’s not over until the last ball drops on the 18th hole,” said Emily, 14, from Cleobury Mortimer.
“I got one birdie, then another, and that got my momentum going and it all came good for me. I didn’t fold under the pressure. I held it all together and came up with the result.
“It means a lot to me. Last year, I came fourth and I have practised so hard to get this. It’s unbelievable.”
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