Clitheroe golfer Sophie aiming to help retain Home Internationals title in Wales

England Women and Girls squad at Woodhall Spa. 'Sophie Lamb
England Women and Girls squad at Woodhall Spa. 'Sophie Lamb
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Clitheroe’s Sophie Lamb has been named in a strong England women’s team for next week’s Women and Girls’ Home Internationals, as they look to defend their title at Conwy Golf Club, Wales.

The competition runs from August 3rd to 5th, with England having won their title four times in the last five years.

The women’s team includes four of the players who helped England become European champions earlier this month: Emma Allen, Meghan MacLaren, Lizzie Prior and Olivia Winning.

They will be joined by the new English women’s champion Sammie Giles, Gemma Clews and Lamb.

The reserve is India Clyburn of Woodhall Spa.

Lamb, 18, tied fourth in the English women’s amateur championship at West Lancashire Golf Club last week, with Clews, 21, of Delamere Forest Golf Club.

She had only dropped shots on two holes at halfway point, with a bogey on nine and a double on the 16th, and recorded the best scores in rounds one and three, finishing two under par in both.

Lamb finished the 72-hole tournament just three shots behind winner Giles.

She is well-acquainted with Conwy Golf Club, having joined Clews and Sammy Fuller to represent England in the Nations Cup at the Welsh women’s open stroke play championship at the end of April.

And Lamb helped England in the winning women’s Home Internationals team last year.

This year she has won the Sunningdale Foursomes alongside fellow England international Marco Penge in Surrey, and reached the quarter-finals of the Spanish amateur championship with Clews and Giles at Escorpion Golf Club.

Lamb was also 15th in the Irish stroke play, represented England at the French U21 women’s championship in March at St Cloud Golf Club, and earlier this month reached the quarter-finals of the English women’s open match play championship at Holme Hall.

She shot six-under par on the opening day to lead the qualifiers in Lincolnshire, playing 27 holes before dropping a shot.

Lamb scored a four-under 69 on her first lap of the course and added 71 to finish qualifying one stroke ahead of India Clyburn of Woodhall Spa.

The teenager moved on to beat 2015 runner-up Emily Coleman (Trentham) in the first round match play but lost 5&3 to Chelmsford Golf Club’s Georgina Blackman in the last eight of the competition.