British women’s stroke play champion Sophie Lamb is England’s top golfer of 2016, having won the Order of Merit.
Lamb, from Clitheroe, came through a tightly-contested race to the top of the women’s table.
Lamb puts her name on the Order of Merit alongside those of previous winners such as world number two amateur Bronte Law and Solheim Cup star Charley Hull.
“Looking at the names of the women who have won this gives me something to strive for, but also makes me feel proud to have my name next to theirs,” she said.
She cemented her place at the top of the table with victory in the British stroke play championship, which put her out of the reach of Cornwall’s Georgia Price.
Lamb, who was the only player to beat par in the tournament, remarked: “I had a lot of top 10 finishes but this was my first women’s individual win which made it very special.
“It was also one of my last events of 2016 so I was really pleased to be able to get a win in the season.”
She had challenged for a big win all season, having been leading qualifier in the English women’s match play championship, tied fourth in the English women’s amateur and sixth in the English stroke play.
She also helped England to win the Women’s Home Internationals
Next season the 18-year-old is aiming to win another big event, play her way into the GB&I team for the Vagliano Trophy match against Continental Europe, and to improve her world ranking.
Leading final placings
1, Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) 79961.250pts
2, Georgia Price (Bude & North Cornwall) 78666.633
3, Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) 69688.250
4, Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire) 50021.750
5, Bronte Law (Bramhall, Cheshire) 44717.688