Clitheroe golf star Sophie Lamb hoping for big year

Sophie Lamb has had an up and down 2015 with injury
Sophie Lamb has had an up and down 2015 with injury

Clitheroe’s rising golf star Sophie Lamb is looking to make up for lost time next year after a rollercoaster 2015.

Lamb made the senior England Ladies’ team for the first time in May, only for a back injury to rule her out of the next six events.

When I have been injury and illness free I have played well and been happy with the results

Sophie Lamb

The Clitheroe Golf Club ace impressed after almost two months out, and had high hopes heading into the World Junior Girls’ Championship in Canada in September.

However, illness meant Lamb had to pull out of her biggest competition of the year, before she responded in style by finishing third in the Faldo Series Grand Final in Germany a few days later.

“I have had a few ups and downs this year but they were all things that I could not avoid, such as the back injury and then being ill,” the 18-year-old said. “When I have been injury and illness free I have played well and been happy with the results.

“I was pleased with third place in the Grand Series Final because I had just come straight from Canada where I was in the hotel ill for four days. I didn’t have high expectations but ended up playing well.

“At the World Junior Championships I was fine going there. I had a cough but it was nothing serious and I played my practice round. But in the first round I was ill on the court, throwing up. I couldn’t stand up back in the hotel room, I was dizzy and I was unable to eat anything so it was a bit of a nightmare.

“The doctor out there gave me tablets to help me eat but it was a four-day thing and came out of nowhere.

“That was my main event where all of the best girls from the world were playing and it would have been good to compare my game, so it was upsetting not being able to play.

“I was hoping for a top ten finish. I was feeling confident so to be ill was a real setback.”

Lamb is currently training hard as she aims to start 2016 with a bang ahead of June’s Curtis Cup.

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