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Penge and Lamb create history at Fairhaven

6th May 2014

Penge and Lamb create history at Fairhaven

Marco Penge & Sophie Lamb

History was made over the weekend when for the first time both Fairhaven Trophies were retained by the defending champions. 

England boy cap Marco Penge (Goodwood, Sussex) successfully defended the boys' title while Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) did the same in the girls' event.

Penge needed a playoff to lift the trophy a year ago but this time he won by a street, finishing seven strokes clear of under 16 international Matty Lamb (Hexham, Northumberland).

Penge, who will turn 16 on 15th May, was always on the leaderboard after opening with a 69.He followed that with back-to-back rounds of 70 and he could even afford a level-par closing 72 and still win comfortably and become the first boy to retain the title.

Matty Lamb, 16, finished on level par 288 after a closing 71, while Max Martin (Ladbrook Park, Warwickshire) and Switzerland's Neal Woernhard were joint third on 291.

Sophie, 16, won the girls' trophy with a record low score of nine-under par 291 and was third overall in the mixed field. “It was good, I loved it,” said the England girl international. “Last year when Marco and I won we said that if we both came back and played we'd have to win it again – and we did!”

Sophie was involved in a tense battle with good friend and fellow Lancashire player Hollie Muse (West Lancashire).

At the halfway stage Hollie held a one shot lead, but Sophie returned a four-under par, bogey-free third round of 71, to move a stroke ahead with 18 holes left to play.

Sophie saved her best to last, returning a closing five-under 70 which included seven birdies. She had extended her lead to four shots at the turn and eventually won the girls' trophy by six shots.

In the Nations Cup competed for over the opening two rounds, England teams filled the top three places.
England 4, composed of Hollie Muse, Oliver Farrell (Evesham, Worcestershire) and Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset) and England 1 made up of Sophie Keech (Parkstone, Dorset), Penge and Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) finished on 290 but the former won on countback.

England 2 comprising Sophie Lamb, Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland) and Matty Lamb finished third on 294.

Leading final scores:
281 M Penge (Goodwood) 69 70 70 72
288 M Lamb (Hexham) 72 72 73 71
291 S Lamb (Clitheroe) 76 74 71 70
292 M Martin (Ladbrook Park) 77 73 75 67, N Woernhard (Switz) 72 71 77 72

Nations Cup
290 England 4; England 1
294 England 2
295 Finland 1, Scotland 3

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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