GOLF: In-form India clinches England girls’ title

India Clyburn proudly displays the winning trophy
India Clyburn proudly displays the winning trophy
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Woodhall Spa’s teenage golf ace India Clyburn capped a fantastic fortnight when she won the weather-hit English girls’ open amateur championship at The Warwickshire yesterday (Thursday).

On a dramatic final day, lightning and torrential rain caused the fourth round to be suspended and eventually cancelled in the afternoon.

The championship was decided by the standings after the third round which was completed in the morning.

India shot a one-under 71 to move to three-under for the event – and a two-shot win over Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe). Hampshire’s Emma Allen and Surrey’s Lizzie Prior who tied third on level par.

India’s win followed hard on the heels of her record success in the Scottish ladies’ junior open last week – and now her challenge is the Girls’ Home Internationals, which start next Wednesday in Ireland.

The girls’ championship win is also special because India follows in the footsteps of her sister, Holly, who won the trophy in 2009 and is now a leading performer on the Ladies European Tour.

They’re thought to be the only sisters to have both won the title.

India said: “The English girls’ is massive, it’s like a major.

“There’s some really good names on the trophy. If I can follow them I’ll be happy.”

India worked her way steadily to the top of the leaderboard, improving her position through the three rounds.

In the third round, her front nine of two-over was disappointing by her standards, but she moved into top gear on the way home with four birdies.

She explained: “I birdied 17 and 18 to finish one-under for the round.

“I just knew I had to hole every putt, because they’re all important, and I felt I’d put myself in a really good position.”

Just how good was to become evident when the weather rapidly worsened bringing thunder, lightning and torrential rain.

After the championship the remaining three names were announced for the England team for the Girls’ Home Internationals. They are: Emma Allen of Meon Valley, Hampshire; Sophie Keech of Parkstone, Dorset; and Lizzie Prior of Burhill, Surrey.