Norfolk’s Amber Ratcliffe secures win
15:03 14 September 2012
Norfolk’s Amber Ratcliffe completed a dream debut for England when she scored the winning point for the team in the Women’s Home Internationals in Cork, Ireland.
It set the seal on a superb summer of international golf for the 16-year-old from Royal Cromer. She first played for England last month in the winning Girls’ Home Internationals team – and has now successfully made the step up to the ladies’ team.
The Norfolk champion played a key role in the women’s victory, helping England to whitewash Ireland 9-0 on the first day, defeat Scotland 5-4 on the second, and halve with Wales on the final day.
Ratcliffe emerged with an unbeaten record, contributing 2½ points from her three singles, and will have created a reputation for delivering points when they’re needed.
On the second day, England had to find 1½ points from the last two matches on the course for a last gasp win over Scotland.
Ratcliffe was involved in one of the games and was see-sawing as holes began to run out: one down after losing 15 to a birdie, all square after 16, one down after losing 17 to another birdie.
Then, from a difficult lie in thick rough by the 18th green she got up and down for par to win the hole and halve her game.
The final day’s match against Wales was the title decider and it was intensely tight throughout.
The foursomes were shared and England had to win a minimum of three of the six singles to at least halve the match and retain the trophy.
Ratcliffe followed in the footsteps of Curtis Cup player Holly Clyburn and British girls’ champion Georgia Hall to calmly deliver her point and keep England’s grip on the title.
She’d shown the same fighting qualities in the Girls’ Home Internationals last month when England came from behind to beat Wales on the last day and retain the trophy.
On that occasion the team needed to win the last three singles on the course – Ratcliffe was again in the thick of the action and again delivered her point.