Sophie Lamb wins Nick Faldo qualifier

Clitheroe's Sophie Lamb, right, with cousin Joey Lamb, who plays at Wilpshire, after both won their respective Nick Faldo Under 21 Northern Championships at Pleasington
Clitheroe's Sophie Lamb, right, with cousin Joey Lamb, who plays at Wilpshire, after both won their respective Nick Faldo Under 21 Northern Championships at Pleasington
  • Clitheroe teenager earns world finals trip after beating the field at Pleasington
  • Shoots a three under par 219
  • Sophie’s dad delighted with performance

While Jordan Spieth became Masters champion, Clitheroe’s Sophie Lamb was busy winning a tournament of her own.

Texan Spieth broke several scoring records in his four-stroke triumph over Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson in Augusta but the 21-year-old still has some way to go to emulate Sir Nick Faldo MBE, the six-time major winner that set up the competition won by burgeoning teenage talent Sophie.

Sophie played really well throughout the event and every part of her game was solid throughout

Sophie’s dad Phil

The 17-year-old claimed an all expenses paid trip to the world finals in September alongside cousin, Joey, after reigning supreme at the Nick Faldo Under 21 Northern Championships at Pleasington.

In her three rounds the England international shot a three under par 219, five strokes ahead of Selby Golf Club’s Ellie Goodall, while Joey culminated the competition with a four under par 213, two shots from Southmore GC’s Chris Handy.

Sophie’s dad, Phil, said: “Alongside the Fairhaven Trophy which she has won for the past two years this is her biggest win to date and is the first time she has led a big event from start to finish.

“Sophie played really well throughout the event and every part of her game was solid throughout.

“I am really pleased that she is continuing her fine start to the season.

“But it’s still early days and she will continue to work hard to keep improving her game.

“The good thing is Sophie just loves competing and finds it a lot of fun.”

Meanwhile, Joey’s dad, Steve, added: “Joey has worked really hard on his game throughout the winter and it is really pleasing for him to see it paying off in a big event like this.

“Sophie and Joey get along so well they will have a great experience going together to compete in the world finals and it would be wonderful if they could both come home from that as winners as well.”