Lancashire: Women’s County Championship

Lancashire ladies champion Lauren Green

Eagle certainly lands for Red Rose champion Lauren

LANCS: Wednesday June 2nd

There was certainly a final flourish for the new Lancashire Women’s champion Lauren Green, whose last act in winning the title for a second time was to chip in for eagle.

Manchester hosted what is always a keenly contented championship but the 21-year-old, who is a member at West Lancashire and Grange Park, was impressive throughout.

And even when her first round matchplay opponent Claudia Hastings (Royal Birkdale) remarkably won the first three holes with birdies, Lauren kept ‘staying in the moment’ to brilliant effect.

“I played really solidly all week,” said the Indiana State University student. “I played well in the strokeplay and was able to concentrate on staying focussed throughout.

“I drove the ball really well and I think I was able to put pressure on my opponents when I got in front and was able to tee off first.”

In a field that included the likes of experienced county player Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham), Lauren was six shots clear of the rest in the strokeplay. Rounds of 72 and 73 left her three under par and helped nudge her handicap into plus territory for the first time. It also meant she won the Carr Gold Medal for the best morning round.

Then came that remarkable start to the match with 16th seed Claudia, whose early lead did not last into the back nine and Lauren closed out the match on the 17th 3&1.

In round two she took on the highly-rated Nelson girl Lydia Cryer and it was very much in the balance until the 15th when the Nelson teenager put her the shot into trouble. Lauren claimed that hole to go two up and also won 16 to secure a 3&2 success.

In her last-four encounter with Emily James (Royal Lytham), the birdies flowed around the turn and, after a tight start, she quickly gained control, eventually surging to a 6&5 win.

Waiting in the final was Kirsty Field (Clitheroe) and Lauren made a quick start with a birdie at one to take a lead she never lost, rounding it off in style by holing a 20-yard chip at the par five 14th to claim the trophy she first got her hands on in 2018.

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Grace Gallagher claimed a remarkable victory in the Plate competition – for those who finished 17th-32nd in the strokeplay.

The Dean Wood member, who was the youngest competitor, was four down in the final against Vanessa Barrow (Fairhaven) but by winning the 17th hole she had clawed it back to A/S and completed the job at the last for a one-hole victory.

Matchplay qualifiers (par 74)
1) Lauren Green (0, West Lancashire) 72, 73, 145
2) Emily Byrne (0, Formby Ladies) 74, 77, 151
3) Katie-Jane Stanley (-1, Manchester) 76, 77, 153
4) Bethany Garton (-5, Royal Lytham) 77, 78, 155
5) Emily James (-1, Royal Lytham) 80, 76
6) Melissa Ball (5, West Lancashire) 79, 77, 156
7) Boh Greenwood (1, Royak Birkdale) 79, 78, 157
8) Lauen Oatley (-1, St Annes Old Links) 83, 75, 158
9) Lydia Cryer (-1, Nelson) 75, 83, 158
10) Brogan Calvert (0, Lancaster) 82, 79, 161
11) Sadie Adams (2, Burnley) 78, 84, 162
12) Mia Clarke (6, Hillside) 83, 81, 164
13) Leah Butler (9, Formby Ladies) 87, 78, 165
14) Holly Durnian (11, Chorley) 86, 80, 166
15) Kirsty Field (1, Clitheroe) 79, 87, 166
16) Claudia Hastings (5, Royal Birkdale) 84, 83, 167
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Matchplay scores – last 16
– Green beat Hastings 3&1
– Oatley lost to Cryer 4&3
– Garton lost to Butler 3&2
– James beat Clarke 2&1
– Byrne lost to Field 3&2
– Greenwood lost to Calvert 3&2
– Stanley beat Durnian (extra holes)
– Ball lost to Adams 3&1
Green beat Cryer 3&2
Butler lost to James 3&2
Field beat Calvert 2 holes
Stanley beat Adams 2&1
Green beat James 6&5
Field beat Stanley 2&1
Green beat Field 5&4