Herts champion Lucy claims English Mid Amateur crown

PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 26 October 2009

Lucy Williams with her latest trophy

Lucy Williams with her latest trophy

COUNTY golfer Lucy Williams has won her first national title. And Mid Herts member Lucy did it in style as she so nearly holed in one to close out a thrilling match against Charlotte Dalton in the final of the English Women s Open Mid Amateur Championship

COUNTY golfer Lucy Williams has won her first national title.

And Mid Herts member Lucy did it in style as she so nearly holed in one to close out a thrilling match against Charlotte Dalton in the final of the English Women's Open Mid Amateur Championship at Wallasey.

She beat the Ladbrook Park golfer 4&2 in the final to claim the silverware.

County champion Lucy was leading by three holes when the match came to the par 3 16th hole.

She hit a perfect 3-wood tee shot which hit the hole and ran on 2ft.

As the putt was conceded for a birdie, she was then five under par.

Between them the two 19-year-olds claimed 10 birdies in an outstanding display of golf, with Lucy producing some superb shots.

She pitched dead at the par 4 sixth, hit a great shot from the rough to within 2ft at the eighth, and sent soaring a 3-wood approach onto the green at the par 5 14th.

Lucy followed with the same club two holes later by nearly holing her tee shot.

"I am so happy. I really felt I hit the ball well. It's the best I've played all week," she said.

"I was getting a bit irritated with my golf a couple of months ago as I felt I wasn't getting anywhere with it. Now I know what I can do.

"It's just a case of believing in yourself."

Lucy, who won the Herts Championship at Knebworth in May for the second time, had her Birmingham University golf team- mate Andy Smedley as caddie, and her delighted parents, David and Sarah, were also there to watch her victory.

After the first four holes of the final were halved in par, Lucy went into a lead she never lost.

She birdied the par 3 fifth and the eighth before dropping a shot at the 10th, only to birdie the next to restore her two-hole advantage.

It was Charlotte's turn at the 12th as she reduced the lead to one hole with a birdie two.

However, Lucy replied as she won the 13th with a par and was then conceded the long 14th after she had reached the green in two.

The next was halved as Lucy ended the match with her perfect tee shot on 16.

Praise for Lucy came from Charlotte, who said: "I played well but I got Lucy on a very good day.

"She deserved to win playing like that."

Lucy's father David, a former Herts amateur and professional champion, was delighted at his daughter's success.

A Tour player for 17 years, and now a tournament director and rules referee on the European Tour, he said: "She played so well and made us proud of her."

Lucy reached the final by beating Matfen Hall's Lisa Bell by one hole, Newark player Emma Sheffield 3&2, Hermione Fitzgerald from Links 3&2 and Nicole Whitmore of Buckinghamshire 3&2.

Herts colleague Clare Partridge, from Moor Park, beat Lancaster's Holly Calvert 3&2 in the first round, but then lost to Sandiway's Kate Whitmore by one hole,

Brocket Hall golfer Charlie Douglass lost by two holes in the first round to Karen Heywood from Crompton.

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