Gallery: Lucy claims county crown again
PUBLISHED: 18:34 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 October 2009
TEENAGE golfer Lucy Williams has won the Herts Ladies Amateur Championship for the second time. Two years after becoming the youngest winner of the county crown, Williams claimed the title again at Knebworth Golf Club with an accomplished performance fu
TEENAGE golfer Lucy Williams has won the Herts Ladies' Amateur Championship for the second time.
Two years after becoming the youngest winner of the county crown, Williams claimed the title again at Knebworth Golf Club with an accomplished performance full of promise for the future.
Williams won on her first appearance in the championship at Ashridge in 2006 and last year reached the quarter-finals.
Her delight at regaining the trophy followed another success only four days earlier.
Then the 18-year-old Mid Herts player, now on a golf scholarship, was the only girl in the team of six as Birmingham University caused an upset by beating St Andrews in the final of the British Universities Championship at Lindrick.
The Herts event resolved itself into a tale of three champions - two-times winner Tina Jeary, title holder Alison Franklin and eventual champion Lucy Williams.
The trio all reached the semi-finals, with Bishop's Stortford's Tina winning through 3&2 against Lucy Glyn, from Porters Park.
Defending champion Alison and Lucy came together in what turned out to be the tensest clash of the championship, which ended in dramatic fashion.
Harpenden golfer Alison went one ahead at the first.
Lucy pulled level at the fifth, only for the title holder to go ahead again, and so the match continued.
Teenager Lucy won the 18th when she holed from 10ft as Alison failed from 20ft.
After never being in arrears, it all went wrong for Alison as she found a bunker in the play-off at the first hole.
"I had never done that all week," she said after a fine drive.
Lucy was on the green in two, putting dead from 25ft as Alison, 15ft away in three, failed to hole.
After never being ahead until the 19th hole of the semi-final, Lucy went straight in the lead over Tina in the final.
She won the first and second holes with birdies, holing from 5ft and 12ft respectively, and by the turn was already five up.
The Mid Herts girl gained the advantage from the start, outdriving Tina by up to 20 yards.
After a half at the third, where Lucy missed from 5ft and another half at the short 4th, where both hit their tee shots to 4ft for birdies, Tina had the chance to cut the margin to one hole at the fifth.
However, she missed a 6ft birdie putt.
Lucy won the sixth, holing from 20ft for birdie, the seventh for par and the eighth for birdie.
From then on, both had chances, Tina seeing putts slip agonisingly by, but they settled for pars before Lucy ran out the winner by 5&4.
The new champion paid an emotional tribute after receiving the trophy from Herts county president Ann Green.
She dedicated her victory to the late Ruth Rees, a former ladies' captain of Mid Herts, who had caddied for her when she first won the title.
This time her caddie was her colleague on the university winning team, Andy Smedley.
The Ladies' Championship was the forerunner to events to mark the centenary of the Knebworth Golf Club later this month.
Next month the club will host the Herts County Championship from the June 12-15.
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