Curtis Cup player Sophie Lamb forced a play-off with a terrific final round of four-under in the Welsh women’s open, but was pipped on the first extra hole.
Clitheroe golfer Lamb was two adrift of Scotland’s Hannah McCook with a round to play, but caught her with a 69, as both players finished on seven-under at Aberdovey.
But the title went to the Scottish player, who got up and down for victory on the first play-off hole.
Afterwards, Lamb, 20, paid tribute on Twitter to the “awesome” play of her opponent and commented ruefully: “What a disappointing finish…but that is golf.”
However, Lamb led an impressive display by England players.
Fellow Curtis Cup player Lily May Humphreys of Stoke by Nayland shot three-under in the last round to share third place with Thalia Kirby of the England Golf girls’ squad.
Kirby of Stoke Park was two-under for the final round, finishing the 54-hole tournament on one-under par.
England won the Team Class, where the best two scores per round counted.
Lily May Humphreys and Lamb were joined by Georgia Price in a team drawn from the England Golf women’s squad.
In the first round, Lamb’s 69 was backed up by rounds of 74 from both Humphreys, and Price, of Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club.
In the second round, all three girls recorded 74s, and in the final round, Lamb again went round in 69, with Humphreys scoring 70.
That saw England finish on 430, just edging out Scotland 1, who also finished with 430.
Lamb, the low amateur at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open and a past winner of the British stroke play title, has been selected as one of five England players in the the Great Britain and Ireland team that will look to defend the Curtis Cup in the USA.
The international golfer represented her nation in last year’s Vagliano Trophy match against continental Europe, and was a part of England’s winning team in the European Championships.
The Curtis Cup will be played from June 8th at Quaker Ridge, New York.