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Blackman sees off big names to win Women’s Am title

Georgina Blackman showed nerves of steel to win the English Women’s Amateur Championship

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.

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