Brilliant Batty bags English Women’s Matchplay Championship at Holme Hall GC
By ECG Newsdesk
A flying visit from Scotland paid off for Gemma Batty when she won the English Women’s Matchplay Championship at Holme Hall in Lincolnshire.
A closing birdie wrapped up a 4&3 win over Kent’s Cloe Frankish for the 22-year-old, who declared herself ‘really, really pleased’ with her performance.
“I have always wanted to win a national titleand to do it like this, without a practice round and not seeing the course as much as I’d like, is very special,” said Batty.
“I knew my game was good but I needed to prove it to myself and I’ve done that this week.”
Batty, 22, is a student at Stirling University and couldn’t get to Holme Hall in time for a practice round after playing in the World University Games. However, once through the strokeplay stage of the championship, there was no stopping her.
“I’ve played really well, very solid,” added Batty, who was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and learned her golf at Pike Hills, but is now based in Scotland where she’s a member at Moffat.
She booked her place in the final with a 2&1 win over Sophie Madden at the last four stage, setting up a head-to-head clash with English U16 girls’ champion Cloe Frankish in the final.
Seventeen-year-old Frankish, from Chart Hills, had a marathon battle to reach the final, eventually defeating Georgina Blackman of Chelmsford with a birdie on the 21st. It was the second time she had to dig deep to win in extra time during the championship.
When the final got underway, Batty quickly got ahead, helped by a chip-in on the fourth, and was two-up through five. She lost the eighth but pushed ahead on the back nine – despite a heavy downpour - winning the 11th, 12th and 14th before the 15th was halved in birdie.
Batty is now off to France for a university match against injured Servicemen in the Battleback Trophy and then to Croatia for the European University Games.
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