Sweet 16 – Bronte’s winning margin as she retains English title

BRAMHALL star Bronte Law retained the English Women’s Amateur Championship crown by a stunning margin of 16 shots at Hunstanton.

CHAMPION AGAIN: Bronte Law

CHAMPION AGAIN: Bronte Law IMAGE: LEADERBOARD PHOTOGRAPHY

The world No 3 set out to stamp her authority on the proceedings – and she succeeded with a 13-under par four round total.

“I didn’t just want to come here and win by a bit. I really wanted to put a stamp on this, that’s what I came here to do,” said the 20-year-old.

Law is only the fourth player to successfully defend the trophy and the first for 20 years.

She said:: “Coming back and winning this again is big for me. You can win once, but winning again really proved to me that I have come a long way as a player.”

Her outstanding performance was recognised by Hunstanton which made her an honorary member.

Bronte made her title intentions very clear from the first round when she opened with a score of nine-under par 63, which included 11 birdies. She followed up with 69 in the second round and was one-under for today’s final 36 holes with scores of 69, 74, returned in an ever increasing wind.

In this morning’s third round she got to six-under par after the 15th, with a pair of eagles and a pair of birdies but dropped shots on the last three holes. In the final round, the winds grew steadily stronger, but sheresponded with steady play designed to limit any errors.

“I’m really happy with how I played in the conditions. It was tough and to be under par for the day is pretty good. It’s windy out there and when you stand over those short putts they don’t feel so short anymore!”

Her lead grew and grew throughout the tournament, from three shots, to 10, to 13 and finally to 16. But she never relaxed: “I don’t get complacent, I know there’s a lot of good players out there. I never think I’m cruising. For me it’s about creating my own challenges each day and trying to be best player I can be.

“I kind of forgot about the score and tried to enjoy the experience – and having my family with me made it so nice,” she said. Law was accompanied by her mother, 11-year-old sister Bella, 91-year-old grandfather and the family dog. Dad had to go work!

She paid tribute to her home coach, Richard Green PGA professional at Bramhall, who “has taught me the sort of shots I needed out in the wind. He has been really influential throughout my career.”

Her experience at university in America, where she is a student at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) has also played its part – and she has two more years there.

But first, her attention turns to next week’s European individual championship in Austria. “Having four solid rounds of stroke play under my belt is definitely going to help me,” she said.

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