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3rd August 2012

Lancashire's Emily Taylor shot a superb six-under 66 in the final round to win the English girl's championship at Sandiway, Cheshire.

She finished the event on five under-par, four shots clear of runner-up, fellow girl international Meghan MacLaren, and five ahead of Curtis Cup player Bronte Law.

This was Emily's last attempt at the title before she leaves junior ranks and she said afterwards: "This means everything to me, especially as it's my last year.

"I set this as my goal at the start of the season and it was something I really wanted. I've been second in the past and it was really nice to finish it off.

"England has such a strong U18 section at the moment that to win it in this year is fantastic for me."  

Emily, from Hillside, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) started the final round three shots off the pace, set by Meghan MacLaren. Meg's 68 in the morning's third round took her to two-under for the championship and to the top of the leaderboard.

But Emily likes attacking from behind - and has already won the Irish women's stroke play championship this year from that position. This afternoon she blitzed her way round the course with eight birdies, four on each half and only two bogeys.

She had taken the lead by the turn and never looked back, finishing her round with her final birdie on the 18th, pleasing the large crowd of spectators which included sizeable numbers of Lancashire supporters.

"I learned from my mistakes of the morning," said Emily, who had returned a level par 72 in the third round. "I missed three greens on the wrong side which cost me, so I played sensibly on those holes and attacked the holes I could birdie."

The most important of those eight birdies was the one she scored on the par three 13th. It picked up her momentum after a bogey on the 11th and she went on to also birdie the next two holes.

"I knew I could do it with the way I have been playing," said Emily, who was one of the low scorers at the recent European girls' team championship. "I knew there was a good score out there, I just had to put my mind to it."

Meanwhile, Meghan MacLaren came in with a 73 to take second place on one-under, while Bronte Law - for whom the putts refused to drop - was round in 72 for a level par total.

Northumberland's Nicola Haynes (Gosforth Park Ladies') provided one of the highlights of the day when she had a hole-in-one in the morning on the 168-yard 18th. Earlier in the week another Northumberland player, Samantha Taylor (Parklands) also aced the hole.

Leading final scores
Par 288 (4x72)
283 Emily Taylor (Hillside) Golf Club 73 72 72 66
287 Meghan Maclaren (Wellingborough) 75 71 68 73
288 Bronte Law (Bramhall) 73 72 71 72
289 Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) 72 73 73 71
290 Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) 69 77 72 72
293 Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) 75 75 75 68
295 Olivia Winning (Rotherham) 71 73 78 73
296 Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa) 75 75 73 73
298 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies') 76 77 69 76, Emma Newlove (Notts Ladies) 72 79 72 75
299 Rochelle Morris (Huddersfield) 76 75 78 70, Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) 75 75 74 75
300 Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) 76 76 74 74, Shelby Smart (Knowle) 73 74 78 75
301 Aimee Ponte (Royal Guernsey) 75 79 76 71
302 Hollie Vizard (Pleasington) 76 77 75 74


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