Emily Taylor soars to victory
ENGLISH teenager Emily Taylor made her weekend trip across the Irish Sea well worthwhile as she chalked up one of the most significant successes of her fledgling career, sweeping to the Irish Amateur Strokeplay championship in Dublin, WRITES CHRIS SMART.
The 17-year-old, who plays at Royal Lytham and St Annes -- the home of the 2012 British Open -- rolled in a 12-foot putt on the final hole at The Island to record a two-over-par 76 in her third and final round for a 54-hole total of 233.
That gave Taylor, fifth in the recent English Amateur Championship, a three-stroke victory over Cork's Gillian O'Leary, the 36-hole leader, and Mary Dowling of New Ross.
But Dowling took second place on account of her better final round total -- 76 to 80.
Conditions on Saturday were extremely difficult -- there were 35mph winds blowing across the course at Donabate -- to such an extent that the competition scratch scores were 80 in the morning and 79 in the afternoon.
Irish international O'Leary kept her head and posted scores of 79 and 77 to establish a one-stroke overnight advantage but when the wind died down yesterday, she was outgunned.
Taylor managed birdies on eight, 10 and 15 and finished with that solid putt to triumph quite comfortably.
Slieve Russell's Lisa Maguire outshone her twin sister and defending champion, Leona, to finish fourth on 238. Leona was seven strokes behind her, well down the field in her last major competitive appearance before next month's Curtis Cup match against the Americans.
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