Clitheroe ace bids for more glory

CLITHEROE’S Sophie Lamb is in a top class field as teenager  Emily Price  defends her title when the English Women’s Open Strokeplay championship is played at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, on Tuesday to Thursday.

Price, 17, from Cleobury Mortimer in Worcestershire, won by two shots last year and has recently helped England to regain their crown as Girls’ Home Internationals champions.

Lamb, the British strokeplay champion and low amateur , at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, is one of four players in the championship who were in the England side which recently became European team champions.

The others are Welsh stroke play champion Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest); Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe); and Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall) who went on to become England’s top scorer at the women’s Home Internationals with a perfect score of six wins.

There’s also a strong contingent of girl internationals, including English girls’ champion Bel Wardle, from Prestbury, and English U16 girls’ winner, Annabell Fuller (Roehampton).

The host club will be represented by Billie-Jo Smith, while a number of players come from much further afield, travelling from countries such as the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy and Germany.

The 72-hole championship will be played on the world-renowned Hotchkin course. The leading 40 competitors and ties will play the final 36 holes on Thursday.


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