KirkwoodGolf: British girls championship final at Royal St David's

Saturday, August 13, 2016

British girls championship final at Royal St David's

Paltrinieri (3 under par) beats Wardle 4 and 3
Match referee Pam Chugg, Isobel Wardle, LGU president and starter Diane Bailey, holding the Challenge Cup which she herself won in 1961, and Emilie Paltrinieri. Pictured before the start of the final by Cal Carson Golf Agency.

Isobel Wardle lost the first hole of the final, just about the first time she has trailed in any of her matches at the British girls' open amateur championship at Royal St David's Golf Club, Harlech in North Wales this week.
She pushed her second at little bit to the right of the green  at the testing 422yd first hole and took three more shots to get down.
Emilie Paltrinieri, outdriven, gave her second shot, with wood, a tremendous strike to find the heart of the green for a two-putt winning par 4.
But Wardle bounced back immediately to win the second with a birdie 3 and the third with a par 5 to go one up.
The English player bogeyed the short fourth and Paltrinieri's par 4 squared the match. The remaining holes to the turn were halved in par except for the sixth at which both players achieved birdie3s.
Both players were out in the ladies' par of 37.
 Wardle bogeyed the 10th to go one down for the first time since the opening hole.
Then her Italian opponent stepped up a gear to cover the next five holes in an incredible six under par.
Paltrinieri birdied the short 11th - 2 up.
She got an eagle 3 at the 12th - 3 up.
The 13th was halved in birdie 4s.
Paltrinieri got another birdie 2 at the short 14th - 4 up.
The 15th was halved in birdie  4s.
And so the Italian 14-year-old won the British U18 girls title in 4 and 3 with six under par figures.