Meadow wins British Amateur Championship

Sat, Jun 30, 2012, 01:00

Stephanie Meadow of Royal Portrush is the new Ladies British Open Amateur champion. She beat Spain’s Rocio Sanchez Lobato 4 and 3 in the final.

The 20-year-old from Jordanstown, a student at the University of Alabama and No 20 in the World Amateur Rankings, was three up after only six holes against her 19-year-old Spanish opponent, Lobato from Marbella and the University of Georgia.

Both players started a shade nervously and took three shots apiece to reach the putting surface at the first hole. But Meadow rammed home her 8ft putt to win the hole with a par 4. She doubled her lead with another par at the second and after a half in birdies at the third, Meadow surged three up with a birdie 3 at the fourth.

The Spanish girl got on the scoreboard at the fifth, winning that hole to cut her deficit to two. But the confident Meadow, with her dad Robert as her caddie, was not to be denied. She won both the sixth and seventh with par figures to be four up on the eighth tee. Lobato was almost out of bounds off the tee at the sixth and completely mishit her third.

Lobato was not ready to throw in the towel, however. She hit back with a birdie two at the short eighth to be three down. The ninth was halved in pars, leaving Meadow in the strong position of three up at the turn. After a half at the 10th, Meadow went four up with her third birdie of the round at the 11th.

Again her Spanish opponent countered with a winning birdie, at the 12th, to pull Meadow back again to a three-hole lead. Meadow birdied the short 13th to be four up with five to play, before closing out the win. She’s the first Irish player to win the title since Lilian Behan in 1985.

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