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Irish stroke play victory for Lucy Goddard

28th May 2014
Irish stroke play victory for Lucy Goddard (Image © Leaderboard Photography)

England's Lucy Goddard led from wire to wire to win the Irish women's open stroke play championship at Douglas by a shot.

She's the second English player in a row to win the title - following Meghan MacLaren in 2013 and she's the second Hertfordshire player to win in four years, following Hannah Burke in 2010.

The win lifts Lucy (Image © Leaderboard Photography) into second place in the England Golf women's order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf.

The Hanbury Manor player was two-under par for the 54-hole event, with rounds of 71, 74 and 72, and held off Ireland's Chloe Ryan, who challenged hard for the title.

Lucy's lead was always slender just one shot after both the first and second rounds and after nine holes of the final round she had been overtaken by Chloe. The Irish player was two-under par to the turn and led by one as they started home, only to bogey the 12th and drop back into a tie.

Lucy took charge again in dramatic fashion, with an eagle three on the long 14th, which put her two ahead. Although she bogeyed the 17th, she still held a one shot lead and she secured victory with a regulation par on the home green.

Three other English players finished in the top ten: Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) tied fifth, while Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) shared eighth place and Alex Peters (Notts Ladies') tied tenth.

The England team of Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Bethan Popel were runners-up behind Ireland in the Nations Cup event.

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Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative 'Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming 'The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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