Georgina Blackman showed nerves of steel to win the English Women’s Amateur Championship in a tense showdown at The Wilmslow Golf Club in Cheshire.
The 22-year-old from Chelmsford in Essex held off the challenge of Sophie Lamb and Annabell Fuller – both 2018 Curtis Cup players and proven champions – to take the title by a solitary stroke.
“I’m still shaking,” she said after claiming the trophy. “If you had told me at the beginning of the week that I would win I would never have believed you.
“It feels really good and it means I can start believing in myself, especially as so many good players were involved.”
Blackman finished on eight-under par, helped by a crucial birdie two on the 17th, where she holed out from 30ft. It edged her ahead of her challengers and after a solid par on the last the title was hers.
The players spent the final round locked in the closest of battles, which provided a great show for the spectators. Lamb looked in great shape after three consecutive birdies on the back nine took her to eight-under, but a couple of bogeys proved costly. Fuller, meanwhile, was always in touch with the lead but couldn’t find a birdie in the last six holes.
For Blackman, it signals her first major win as an amateur and it comes after she graduated from Western Kentucky University in May with a degree in business communications.
Speaking about the four years she spent there, Blackman said: “It 100% helped my golf as I was able to play every day and getting into a good routine made a big difference.”
She returned home from the US planning to relax and play a bit of golf in preparation for a full schedule of amateur events next year – but now finds herself a national champion.
“I tried not to think about it, but I knew the scores were close and that I had been playing solid, but I didn’t want to get ahead of myself,” she added.