RISING golf starlet Sophie Lamb has clinched the biggest success of her career to date.
The talented teenager stormed to victory alongside her playing partner, Clitheroe Golf Club president Christine Stokes, in the prestigious EWGA Northern Foursomes Championship at Hesketh Golf Club.
The formidable pair played a total of 72 holes over two days before reaching the semi-final where they beat Cheshire County duo Barbara Jamieson and Sara Spencer by 4+3. And in the final they overcame Formby couple Susan Mo and Fiona Anderson, the latter being a former Scotland international, by 3+1 in front of a sizable crowd. Sophie and Christine will defend their title next year in Yorkshire.
“There were 64 couples that started on the first day,” said Christine. “It was Sophie’s first major competition and the first time we had played alongside each other in a foursomes tournament.
“We just took each round as it came and in all six rounds we were never down in any of the matches. We always started really well and maintained our lead right through to the end. We had some very good wins so it was lovely to win the competition.”
Christine added: “We gelled really well together and had the same temperament. We complimented each other with our game. Sophie was understandably delighted to win the tournament at just 14.
“Her course management for someone so young is far beyond her years. She is careful, thinks about everything and plans her way around a golf course. She’s a special one.”
The 14-year-old began her season a couple of weeks ago with a 14th place finish in the Scottish Girls U16’s Championships out of 102 competitors from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy. Sophie shot 77 and 76 gross for 153.
• MYTTON Fold GC members contested a Three Person Texas Scramble on Saturday.
Playing the card to perfection was the team of Scott Stanworth, Chris Wilson and Daniel Steele, who relegated Captain-Elect Phil Hammond, father John and Chris Chadwick into second place by the narrowest of margins, just 0.2 of a shot, with a medal score of 60.1.
Club Secretary David Clegg, Past Captain John Berry and Chris Hughes claimed third place with a net 61.18.
The ladies of Mytton held their away weekend at Portal, with a singles event won by Allison Nuttall, with Linda Clegg second and Judith Kay third.
The most enjoyable two-day event was rounded off with a Texas Scramble, won by Jean Davies, Hazel Sellars, Judith Kay and Linda Clegg.
Allison returned from her exertions at Portal to win the Annie Chambers Qualifier Medal at Mytton on Sunday, once again beating Linda Clegg into second, who encountered disaster, when leading, with a ‘crash landing’ on Mytton’s 13th hole known as ‘The Runway’.
• THE runaway winners of the Club Foursomes Stableford and Coronation Qualifer ladies’ competition at Clitheroe Golf Club were Judith Bishop and Judith Woolley with 36 points.
Second were Jane Hoyle and Sue Johnson with 31 points and third were Michelle Fielding and Marilyn Fletcher with 30 points.
• THIS week saw members of Whalley Golf Club compete in a a single medal competition. The blustery and miserable conditions made scoring really tricky. The winner on the day was Paul Irwin with a well-crafted round of 89-19-70.
Second place went to Graham Langlands (78-7-71) and third Peter Fletcher (80-8-72).
There were four recorded two’s going to A. Walker, S. Shoreman, R. Ellis, and J. Spencer.
The ladies at Whalley held their annual Lady Captain v Lady Secretary Match. Due to heavy rain and difficult playing conditions, the 18-hole match was reduced to nine. Lady Captain’s team, led by Ann Pollard, were in good form and were deserved winners.