Bramhall star canters to victory in English Women’s Amateur
Bronte Law demonstrated all of the qualities that have helped her rise to third on the women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings by cantering to a remarkable 16-SHOT victory in the English Women’s Amateur Championship.
The Bramhall golfer opened her title defence at Hunstanton with a stunning nine-under 63 which she followed a pair of 69s. That gave her a commanding lead over the chasing pack and allowed her the luxury of being able to play her final round in two-over 74 and still run out the winner by a huge margin, finishing on 13-under overall.
Woodsome Hall’s Rochelle Morris and Elizabeth Prior of Burhill were her closest challengers on three-over, with Berkhamsted’s Alice Hewson a further two strokes adrift.
The win saw Law become only the fourth player in the history of the championship to successfully defend the title and the first since Julie Hall 20 years ago. She also contributed three of the four sub-70 rounds recorded during the championship.
“I didn’t just want to come here and win by a bit,” said the 20-year-old Cheshire golfer. “I really wanted to put a stamp on this, that’s what I came here to do.
“Coming back and winning this again is big for me. You can win once but winning again really proved to me that I have come a long way as a player.”
Law’s breathtaking performance was recognised by host club Hunstanton, which made her an honorary club member in the wake of her triumph.
The champion made her title intentions clear from the first round when she opened with 11 birdies to take a three-shot lead into round two. A three-under 69 increased her lead and she looked on course for another exceptionally low score in the third round when she got to six-under after the 15th, with a pair of eagles and a pair of birdies, only to drop shots on the last three holes.
In the final round, the winds grew steadily stronger, but Law responded with steady play designed to limit any errors and, as it turned out, her 74 was bettered by only one player, Clitheroe’s Sophie Lamb who shot a 73. Of the 4 players who started the final round, 11 failed to break 80.
“I’m really happy with how I played in the conditions today,” added Law. “It was tough and to be under par for the day is pretty good. It’s windy out there and when you stand over those short putts they don’t feel so short anymore!”
Despite her commanding advantage throughout the championship, Law insisted that she never let her guard down.
“I don’t get complacent,” she said. “I know there are a lot of good players out there. I never think I’m cruising. For me, it’s about creating my own challenges each day and trying to be best player I can be.
“I kind of forgot about the score and tried to enjoy the experience.”
Law, who still has two years to complete of her studies at the University of California in Los Angeles, also paid tribute to her coach, Bramhall’s Richard Green. “He has taught me the sort of shots I needed out in the wind,” she added. “He has been really influential throughout my career.”
Rochelle Morris, meanwhile, was delighted to finish joint runner-up. “I said to my dad that this was a competition for second place,” she laughed. “I grew up on a windy course and I’m usually pretty decent in the wind.”