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British Amateur Ladies: Lauren’s surprise at title success

By Peter Hutcheon

New British Amateur Ladies Open champion Lauren Taylor would love the competition to be played at Royal Portrush every year.

But the 16-year-old English girl will have to get used to playing at another famous links, Carnoustie on the other side of the Irish Sea.

Her incredible six and five win in Saturday’s final, which made her one of the youngest ever winners of the title, has earned her a place in next month’s British Women’s Open there.

And Carnoustie will also be the venue when she defends her British Amateur title this time next year.

But she will be back in on the north coast in August next year when she will play the British Girls’ Amateur Open — and she will qualify for that event for the next two years — is being played at Portstewart.

“I didn’t think I could play so well day after day like that,” Lauren said after her final victory over France’s Alexandra Bonetti.

“Nobody was more surprised than me. I was nervous a lot of times, especially in the closing stages of the semi-final but I tried not to let it affect my game.”

Stephanie Meadow’s run to the third round was the Ulster highlight of the week at her home Portrush club.

The US-born player demonstrated how well she has used her time away from home with a couple of solid match play wins before bowing out to Kim Williams.

But it was a disappointing week for Irish champion Danielle McVeigh and the Maguire twins Lisa and Leona.

McVeigh opened brightly with a two under par 72 but could not reproduce that form and she bowed out in the first match play round.

Similarly the 16-year-old twins, widely expected to both feature in the later stages of the week, also went home early, after tasting defeat in the opening match play round.

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