English international Sophie Lamb faced a Rules query and then an anxious three-hour wait before being confirmed as the winner of the Smyth Salver – awarded to the leading amateur who plays all four rounds of the Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship.
The 19-year-old from Clitheroe birdied the last hole on Sunday to post a 69 and finish on six under par 282 at Kingsbarns Golf Links, Scotland.
But it was then discovered that she and playing partner Jane Park had signed for their scores on each other’s cards.
A Rules official was called to the Recorders Area, who then adjudged that the situation was covered by Decision 6-6d/4, and that no penalty should be applied.
Lamb then had to wait for most of the afternoon until her nearest challenger, Irish World number one Leona Maguire, returned a 75 for it to be confirmed that she had won the amateur prize by three shots.
Swedish amateur international My Leander also played all four rounds and closed with a 79 to finish on nine over par 297.
Lamb was tied with another eight competitors in equal-30th overall, on six under par, following rounds of 69, 71, 73 and 69.
“It has been a fantastic week,” Lamb said afterwards.
“I have played very well, and it was nice to finish with a birdie.
“As an amateur, you play a lot of links golf, and I think that helped me this week,” she added.
“It’s all been a bit crazy but I’m delighted to know I can compete at this sort of level.
“It gives me a lot of confidence.”
She added on her twitter page @sophielamb97: “Wow! What a week! Can’t thank everyone enough for the messages and support! Been an unforgettable experience!!
“From live interviews to signing autographs, just been so crazy!! So lucky to have this opportunity.”