FORMER Lyme Regis youngster Sophie Keech continued her superb summer of low scoring as she claimed the prestigious Astor Salver title by two shots at The Berkshire.
Keech carded a score of four under-par to grab top spot at the tournament with a round of 69 on the complex’s Blue course followed up with a 72 on the Red course, including an eagle at the par-five 15th.
The youngster emulates the success of fellow Dorset player Hayley Davis, who also won the trophy two years ago.“I knew Hayley had won this and I thought it would be really cool if I could win too, so I was really pleased,” Keech said.
Disaster nearly struck for the Millfield School student during the final round on the par five 17th when her second shot found a divot, which eventually meant she had to sink an 11-foot putt for par.
But the stroke of bad luck did not hinder her charge for the title as she calmly stepped up and stroked the ball into the cup Keech added: “I’d just got under par with my eagle and I had it in my mind that I’d needed to be under par,” she said.
“I kept saying to myself that I had to keep under and I rolled in the putt.”
With the win, Keech adds to her impressive resume at national level.
She also won the English Girls’ championship last summer, as well as the English Schools’ and South West Girls’ titles.