Sophie Lamb keeps hold of her crown

Sophie Lamb keeps hold of her crown

Sophie Lamb keeps hold of her crown

First published in Sport

CLITHEROE’S Sophie Lamb retained her Fairhaven Trophy on a weekend when history was made as the defending champions stepped to the fore.

England’s Marco Penge also retained the boys’ title as the pair led the field, although he needed a play-off to lift the trophy.

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 won the girls’ trophy by six shots.

In the Nations Cup, which is competed for over the opening two rounds, England teams filled the top three places.

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