Sophie stars for England

Gemma Clews (left) and Sophie Lamb (right) receive the Nations Cup from ILGU President Vonnie Noonan.
Gemma Clews (left) and Sophie Lamb (right) receive the Nations Cup from ILGU President Vonnie Noonan.

Sophie Lamb shone as England romped to victory in the Nations Cup at the Irish women’s open stroke play championship at Co Louth.

Internationals Lamb, Gemma Clews and Georgia Price won the team competition by 11 shots, after mounting a determined challenge at the championship.

Lamb, of Clitheroe, and Clews, from Delamere Forest, Cheshire, were in the thick of the final day action which, after a terrific tussle, ended in Ireland’s favour when Maria Dunne won the title on nine-under.

Clews, who won the Welsh stroke play a week ago, held a two-shot lead after five holes of the final round.

But on the 11th she three-putted while Dunne birdied the hole and, after struggling on the greens, Clews was two behind after 15.

Lamb, meanwhile, charged home with birdies on the 16th and 18th to shoot four-under and finish the tournament on seven-under.

Clews birdied the 18th to join her on seven-under and they shared second place.

Price (Bude and North Cornwall) was two-under for the championship, tied seventh with Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire).

Another English player, Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire) tied fourth on four-under.