Farnham teenager Lottie Woad underlined her growing reputation as one of the best amateur golfers in the world by winning the R&A Girls’ Amateur Championship.
The 18-year-old produced a golfing exhibition of the highest quality to sink her Spanish opponent and claim an outstanding victory in the final at Carnoustie.
The England international blew away the challenge from Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio to win the 36-hole final by an overwhelming margin of 7&6.
Woad was two-up following the morning round after completing her 18 holes in three under par – but really went into overdrive in the afternoon session.
The Farnham GC member closed out the match with a nerveless 8ft birdie putt on the 12th green, taking her to six under par through those 12 holes.
Watched by proud dad Nick, mum Rachel and sister Millie, Woad admitted she was thrilled to follow in the footsteps of one of her idols, Georgia Hall, and lift the girls’ title.
She said: “I don’t think it will sink in for a while, but I’m very happy.
“I’m lost for words – I couldn’t remember how many holes I was up and I wasn’t sure if the putt on 12 was for the match, I just tried to hole it!
“It’s great to have my name on the same trophy as Georgia and previous winners as they have gone on to do amazing things and I hope I can go on to follow them.
“It’s great to finish my junior career with this win.”
Woad’s win means an English competitor has won the girls’ title 37 times since it was first played for in 1919.
Woad’s ball-striking, skill around the green and her composure under pressure allowed her to dominate her shell-shocked rival who, far from playing poorly, was also under par for both rounds when the match came to an end.
Woad actually fell behind in the morning round after Garcia-Poggio birdied the fourth hole and it looked as if the golfer from Madrid had settled into her rhythm quicker than her opponent from Surrey.
But after drawing level with an eagle on the sixth hole – the notorious ‘Hogan’s Alley’ – Woad never looked back. A birdie two on the eighth put her ahead and the lead was doubled with another birdie on the 13th.
After lunch, Woad was in unstoppable form. A bogey at the opening hole from the Spaniard handed Woad another hole and it was soon clear there was only going to be one winner.
A hat-trick of birdies from the fourth hole put Woad in cruise control and knocked the stuffing out of her opponent.
Another three birdies in succession from the tenth allowed Woad to close out the match.
Victory caps another amazing summer for the teenager.
Having started the year in the England girls’ squad following a 2021 campaign that saw her win both the England Golf Girls’ and the Women’s Orders of Merit, Woad earned a promotion to the women’s team for the European Team Championships.
She showed her quality by holing the winning putt in the gold match against Italy at Conwy.
“Winning the gold medal at the Europeans with England was the highlight of my career but this might top it now,” added Woad.
“It’s been a good year with a busy run of events. I’m glad to finish it off with victory in, I think, my last junior event.”
Woad also helped England’s men’s and women’s team claim victory in the Home Internationals at Ballyliffin.
Woad now heads to America to begin her college career at Florida State University, but has one last team appearance to make before the end of the 2022 campaign.
Later this month, Woad will join forces with Charlotte Heath and Caley McGinty at the World Amateur Team Championships in Paris.