On-song Helen finds best form to win senior title at Woodhall Spa
Leicestershire’s Helen Lowe staged a superb fightback to become the new English Senior Women’s Amateur champion at Woodhall Spa. She had been trailing Julie Brown - the defending champion - since the turn and was three-down after 14 holes of the final. However, she then turned the tide, producing a pair of birdies to launch a charge and winning four holes in a row to snatch victory on the 18th.
“It’s absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t happier,” she said. “I had to pinch myself and ask, ‘Is it really me that has done this?’”
Lowe, who has twice been the Leicestershire county champion, was playing in the event for only the second time. On her debut last year, she qualified for the second flight matchplay. This time, however, she played her way comfortably into the championship matchplay and proceeded to see off a succession of high quality opponents.
First to fall was former champion Caroline Berry of Bromborough, followed by Highgate’s Lulu Housman and then, in the semi-final, Lindsey Shaw, the No.2 seed from Chevin.
The final brought her up against Staffordshire’s Brown, who was not only the defending champion but also the top seed and an international who, last year, helped England become European and Home International champions.
The first few holes were closely contested before Lowe, of Scraptoft, wobbled and lost her putting touch for a few holes to fall to was three-down after 14.
However, her feel on the greens returned and she started her charge, carding birdies on the 15th and 16th, which she followed up with a par on 17 to get back to all-square.
On the 18th, Lowe’s birdie putt stayed out but finished stone dead before Brown missed a three-foot par putt to keep the match alive.
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