Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bronte Law wins European title, Olivia 

Mehaffey third in Sweden

By Colin Farquharson
GB and I Curtis Cup players Bronte Law and Olivia Mehaffey finished first and third in the prestigious European individual women's amateur championship over 72 holes at the quaintly-named Hooks Golf Club in Sweden.
As the tournament leader Leslie Cloots (Belgium) sagged with a final round of 74 for 10-under 278, so Law from Bramhall Golf Club, Cheshire was able to mak up eight strokes with a brilliant last-day effort of six-under 66 for a one-shot victory with an 11-under-par aggregate of 277.
Mehaffey, from the Royal Co Down Ladies GC at Newcastle, Northern Ireland, covered her last 36 holes in eight-under par with a pair of 68s for 279, two behind Law and one behind Cloots.
Aboyne's Shannon McWilliam closed with a 68 which included a double-bogey 7 at the ninth and six birdies. She finished T25 on one-over 289, one head of Germany-based Scot Rachael Taylor who dropped down the final standings to T30 after a last round of four-over 76 in which she birdied the first two holes and then was six over par for the remaining 16, including a double bogey 7 at the long third.
Heather Munro from Monifieth had five birdies and two bogeys in a last-day 69 for 291 and a T37 finish.

Par 28 (4x72)
277 Bronte Law (Eng) 65 76 70 66.
278 Leslie Cloots (Bel)  68  69 67 74
279 Olivia Mehaffey (NIr) 70 73 68 68

289 Shannon McWilliam (Sco) 74 71 76 68 (T25)
290 Rachael Taylor (Sco) 74 69 71 76 (T30)
291 Heather Munro (Sco) 74 74 74 69 (T37)
297 Jessica Ross (Ire) 74 71 77 75 (T56)



Brilliant Bronte wins European championship

England’s Bronte Law made up a seven-shot deficit with a brilliant closing 66 to win the European women’s amateur championship at Hooks Golf Club in Sweden. 
She birdied the last to finish on 11-under and snatch a one-shot victory over overnight leader Leslie Cloots of Belgium. Law is only the third English player to win this title and the first since 2000 and her victory caps a superb season. 
Law, the world number three, has helped GB&I to win the Curtis Cup with a perfect score of five wins from five matches; then she helped England to become European team champions – and she’s been named as the top woman player in US college golf. 
“It feels a bit like a story, something you dream off and I couldn’t have written it any better myself, which is very special. It’s quite incredible,” said the 21-year-old from Bramhall in Cheshire. 
Law made the difficult decision to pull out of last week’s English women’s amateur to rest and concentrate on her European title ambition and she was rewarded with the biggest individual win of her career so far. 
“Winning the English twice (in 2014 and ’15) was a big achievement for me and I didn’t want to pull out, but I really wanted to win this one. I’m just very happy that I pulled it off, it’s a relief really.” 
Law posted seven-under 65 in the first round of the European championship and was one shot off the lead, but in the second round she slipped back with 76. “It made it very difficult for me,” she said. “I really couldn’t find the fairways and round this golf course you can’t do that. I got on the range and tried to find what I’d lost – and the one thing that really made a difference today was that I rarely missed a fairway.” 
In the third round she shot 70, with bogeys on the last two holes and, as she left the course, she thought she might have blown it. But once she studied the scores she knew she could still win: “I thought I’d probably made my life difficult but I did believe, absolutely, that I could do it.”
In today’s final round she reached the turn in two-under, before starting back birdie, eagle, when she holed her pitching wedge shot on the par four 11th. “That was probably the highlight,” she said. “I was coming from a weird angle and I actually over hit it, but it took one hop and went straight in.”
Law went on: “My dad rang me this morning and said he had a feeling I was going to shoot a really low number and win and the fact that it happened was really cool. The eagle on the 11th came at a really neat time and from there I never really looked back and I could see myself going lower and lower.” 
Law’s next date is final qualifying for the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Monday. She returns to university in Los Angeles in August and will go to LPGA qualifying school in October. 

Click here for full scores for the European women’s amateur championship 

Lyndsey Hewison

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