Clitheroe golf starlet Sophie Lamb opened her American dream with a top 10 finish in the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur Championships.
The 17-year-old protege crossed the Atlantic to compete at ‘The Sally’ as part of the Orange Blossom Tour at the Oceanside Country Club in Florida.
The teenager fired rounds of 78, 76, 74 at Ormond Beach for a tally of 12-over-par 228 which was enough for 10th place out of 83 competitors.
After a precarious start to the third round, which included two bogeys and a double bogey, Sophie moved in to her stride and went on to register two under par over the next 15 holes to salvage her best round and culminate the competition as the highest ranked European player.
The highly-touted England international, who had been accommodated in a house behind the 12th green for her stay, finished level with Morgane Metraux and just one stroke behind Meghan Stasi.
She has since shot 76 (+3) in the qualifying event of the Jones-Doherty match-play tournament at Coral Ridge in Fort Lauderdale as she bids to make Saturday’s final.
“It was a very pleasing start to 2015,” said Sophie’s dad, Phil. “To finish tied 10th was really pleasing. It was only the second time she has ever played in America and it was her first time in a women’s tournament.
“The last time was two years ago when she finished eighth in the Doral Junior Publix tournament.
“Sophie told me she was pleased that her work with her personal fitness trainer over the winter months was definitely paying off as she found she is now hitting the ball as far as the other players. That will be a real benefit to her this year.
“Her main goals for 2015 is to try and break in to the world’s top 100 amateurs as well as representing England again at international level.
“She would also like to win another big event this year if she can.”