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Friday, August 14, 2009

Battle of two 15-year-olds in final at West Lancashire, pi

France's Perrine wins
British girls' title

France’s Perrine Delacour beat England’s Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield) by two holes in a final between two 15-year-olds for the British girls’ open amateur golf championship at West Lancashire Golf Club.
Elizabeth, pictured by Cal Carson Golf Agency, held the whiphand on the outward journey, going two holes up three times.
But the French girl from near Reims, the more strongly built player, battled her way through the wind after the turn, winning the 11th with a birdie and the 14th with a par to be all square.
Delacour took the lead for the first time with a par at the 15th and clinched victory at the 18th where Mallett was bunkered off the tee.
Elizabeth, whose father Neil captained the England hockey team 25 years ago, never ventured far away from the clubhouse during his daughter's great run which started with finish sixth best among the 64 match-play qualifiers.
"I'm feeling disappointed right now," said Elizabeth, as she came off the 18th green, "but if you had told me at the beginning of the week that I would reach the final, I would not have believed you. So I have mixed feelings."
Today's results
Perrine Delacour (Fra) bt Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies) 1 hole.
Elizabeth Mallett (Suttton Coldfield) bt Rosanna Crepiat (Fra) 1 hole.
Final (18 holes)
Delacour bt Mallett 2 holes.