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British Open victory for Stephanie Meadow

Updated: Saturday, 30 Jun 2012 17:54

Stephanie Meadow
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Stephanie Meadow has won the Ladies British Open Amateur champion after beating Spain's Rocio Sanchez Lobato 4 and 3 in the final at Carnoustie.

20-year-old Meadow (Royal Portrush) from Jordanstown is a student at the University of Alabama.

She is the first Irish player to win the title since Lilian Behan in 1985.

Both players started a shade nervously and took three shots apiece to reach the putting surface at the first hole. But Meadow rammed home her eight foot putt to win the hole with a par 4. 

She doubled her lead with another par at the second and after a half in birdies at the third, Meadow surged three up with a birdie 3 at the fourth. 

The Spanish girl got on the scoreboard at the fifth, winning that hole to cut her deficit to two. Meadown was bunkered off the tee at the fifth.

But the confident Meadow, with her dad Robert as her caddie, was not to be denited. She won both the sixth and seventh with par figures to be four up on the eighth tee. Lobato was almost out of bounds off the tee at the sixth and completely mishit her third.

Lobato was not ready to throw in the towel, however. She hit back with a birdie 2 at the short eighth to be three down. The ninth was halved in pars, leaving Meadow in the strong position of three up at leathe turn. 

After a half at the 10th, Meadow went four up with her third birdie of the round at the 11th. 

Again her Spanish opponent countered with a winning birdie, at the 12th to pull Stephanie back again to a three-hole lead. Meadow birdied the short 13th to be four up with five to play.

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