Birthday girl India wins again - and in record style

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Woodhall Spa’s teenage golf star India Clyburn gave herself the perfect 18th birthday present last week by landing yet another prestigious title.

She led from start to finish to capture the Daily Telegraph BMW Junior Girls Golf Championship in Quinta do Lago in Portugal.

Clyburn never looked back after posting a record 69 in the opening round at the resort’s revamped North Course.

That remarkable effort - which coincided with her birthday - left most of her rivals trailing in a top class field.

Along with the rest of the field, Clyburn carded a 78 in the second round which was played in cold, wet and windy weather.

However, she had a six shot lead going into the final round and despite one or two nerves late on, she clinched the title with another 78.

Not that she had it all her own way on the final day. Two double bogies trimmed her advantage to one shot with three holes to play.

However, she calmly birdied the 16th hole and then parred the last two to pick up the title ahead of Lily Downs.

Apart from the trophy, Clyburn’s victory means she will play in the next year’s star-studded BMW Championship Pro-Am at the famous Wentworth Club.

And her success in Portugal certainly caught the eye of watching European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, who described Clyburn’s performance as “terrific.”

Meanwhile, Clyburn faces another top tournament challenge this week when she is one of 15 leading England women amateurs who will be in the field for the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland.

The 54-hole competition, which starts tomorrow (Thursday), is the only event on the LET Access Series to be staged in the UK in 2014.