Sophie Lamb has won this year’s Smyth Salver as leading amateur at the Ricoh British Women’s Open at Kingsbarns. Lamb was in a head to head battle against year’s champion, Leona Maguire as they were the only two of three amateurs who had a serious chance of winning following the Friday Cut.
Maguire held the advantage going into the final round holding a three shot lead over Lamb. However, Lamb produced the goods when it really mattered. A round of 69 including five birdies and two bogeys meant that she overturned the deficit.
With Lamb’s job safely done, it was up to Maguire. A double bogey on the 17th scuppered Maguire’s chance as she struggled to make any serious inroads during her round. She would eventually finish with a 75.
However, there was very nearly a further twist to the tale. A referee was called after it emerged that Lamb and her player partner, Jane Park, had signed each other’s cards in the Recorders Area. Thankfully, such a scenario is covered by Decision 6-6d/4 and no penalty was imposed.
Lamb would eventually win the Smyth Salver in three shots over Maguire.
Golfhacker would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Sophie and her brilliant achievement. You go Girl!