Golf: Irish jig as Sophie seals second place

RUNNER-UP: Sophie Keech

RUNNER-UP: Sophie Keech

First published in Sport

SOPHIE Keech finished second in the Girls’ Open Amateur Championship at Massereene Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

The former Lyme Regis resident claimed the runners-up spot from 144 competitors after the 36-hole qualifier, finishing three shots behind winner Puk Lyng from Denmark.

Following this, the matchplay started, and Keech won her first match 2&1 against German player Antonia Eberhard. Due to bad weather, Keech’s next tee-time was 6.24pm but the duo managed to finish before dark with Keech losing 4&2.

The Axminster resident then went on to play in the British Ladies’ Amateur Stroke Play in Ashburnham in Wales.

After two rounds, Keech made the cut, where the top 40 and ties got through.

On the final day, Keech had a mixed round, which included five birdies and pars and some not so good holes, to eventually finish eight over.

However, she went out in fighting spirit to move her position up the leaderboard with a superb round to finish with all puts dropping and, on the 18th hole, she sunk a 40ft birdie putt in front of the gallery to score a final round of two under to place her in 30th.

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