Sunday, March 13, 2016

 Sophie wins (with boyfriend Marco) on her debut in Sunningdale Foursomes

Sophie Lamb and her boyfriend Marco Penge, the Scottish men's open amateur stroke play champion, pictured after their history-making victory in the Final of the 2016 Sunningdale Foursomes at the Ascot club venue.

It was the first time Sophie had played in the event and they are the youngest winners in the event's 82-year history. Marco is 17 and Sophie just 18.

There was a full field which included several big names from the European Tour such as Tommy Fleetwood, Robert Rock, Eddie Pepperell, James Morrison and Kenneth Ferrie and well as past Ryder Cup player/Captain Sam Torrance.

It was a great week and a fantastic experience for Sophie following straight on from her quarter-final final placing in the Women's Spanish Amateur in Valencia the week before. 
In fact Sophie and her dad Phil flew directly from Valencia to Gatwick on the Sunday evening and Sophie did not even have time for a practice round over the Old Course at Sunningdale. Fortunately Marco has played in the event for the past two years so knew the course well.
The talented teenagers scraped through their first tie at the 20th and then played so well thereafter that none of their matches went past the 16th hole!
Marco Penge and Sophie Lamb, tournament scores:
Round 1 – Won 20th v Patrick Ruff and Henry Sheridan-Mills
Round 2 – Won 4 and 3 v Chris Rodgers and Barry Monks
Round 3 – Won 7 and 6 v Jon Baker-Odlin and Alex Beckett
Round 4 – Won 4 and 2 v Charlie Strickland and Harvey Byers
Quarter-final – Won 6 and 5 v Tom Shadbolt and Tomasz Anderson
Semi-final – Won 3 and 2 v John Kemp and Mark Wharton
Final – Won 5 and 4 v Lewis Atkinson and Scott Marshall