Sophie hoping for England treble

Golfer Sophie Lamb
Golfer Sophie Lamb
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Clitheroe’s Sophie Lamb will look to help England claim a third-successive gold medal at the European Team Championship next month at Murhof Golf Club in Austria.

Lamb is one of four players in the six-strong team who were victorious last year – along with Lianna Bailey, India Clyburn and Alice Hewson, who is going for a personal hat trick, having also helped win gold for England in 2016.

They will be joined by the impressive 16-year-olds, Annabell Fuller and Lily-May Humphreys, who played in the recent Curtis Cup match alongside Clyburn, Hewson and Lamb.

The competition is held between July 10-14th.

Meanwhile, Lamb is currently among an international field of 144 elite women’s amateur golfers at Hillside for the 115th Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, which is being held at the Southport links for the first time in 41 years.

Golfers from 24 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas are bidding to secure the prestigious title at the Lancashire layout, and earn a place in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at nearby Royal Lytham and St Annes from August 2nd to 5th.

The British Open Amateur Championship started on Tuesday, running until Saturday.

And Lamb hopes to have family and friends cheering her on as she also seeks success among an English contingent of 24 players at Hillside.

The 20-year-old said, “I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s nice to stay at home, so it should be a good week. Hopefully I’ll have some local support.

“The Curtis Cup was a disappointment but it’s about learning from it and taking away the confidence I got from some of my performances.”

Leona Maguire defeated Ainhoa Olarra 3&2 in last year’s final at Pyle and Kenfig to become the first Irishwoman to win the championship since Stephanie Meadow in 2012.

Another Irish player who has designs on lifting the trophy is Olivia Mehaffey, one of the leading players in the field at 17th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

The 20-year-old is joined by six of her team-mates who played in the Great Britain and Ireland side which lost to the United States in the Curtis Cup at Quaker Ridge earlier this month including Lamb.

“I’m excited,” said Mehaffey, of Royal County Down Ladies. “I haven’t played links golf since before Christmas so it will be nice to get back into that format again. It was also nice to play some match play at the Curtis Cup and get prepared for this week so I’m looking forward to it.

“The competiveness in New York will help. I think myself and Sophie are both playing really well, we had some really good matches at the Curtis Cup.”