Amelia becomes latest talented teenager to win Norfolk Championship
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Amelia Williamson maintained a proud record for the young brigade in the Norfolk Ladies Championship yesterday.
Playing on her home course of Royal Cromer, the England youth international was pushed all the way by her fellow 16-year-old Amy Taylor from Bawburgh but played the better golf on the back nine to secure a 2&1 triumph.
Amelia's first county triumph provided further evidence of the strength of junior golf in Norfolk, with Taylor having lifted the trophy when just 14 in 2015, and Barnham Broom teenager Ellie Brown winning last year.
Having first competed in 2013, the daughter of multiple former champion Tracey Williamson – who was on her bag in the final – has gradually grown into the event, and came of age at the weekend to maintain a proud family tradition.
'It means a lot to me to win this,' said the champion, who came from one down on three occasions in the final before eventually pulling away. 'Mum has won it lots of times and I am really pleased my name is now going on the trophy as well. I don't know how many more times I will play in this because I am going to college in the United States in 2018 so it is good to finally get the win.'
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Amelia had gone into the final with her confidence sky high after beating Royal Norwich's Jasmine Campbell by one hole in a semi-final described by experienced official David Horsburgh as one of the best matches he had ever refereed.
But she was up against a player who was also at the top of her game, having eased past Thetford's Abigail O'Riordan 5&3 in her morning match, and there was nothing to choose between the pair in the early stages.
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The first four holes were all halved in four, with a couple of birdies thrown in, and although Amy twice edged in front at the fifth and seventh it was immediately back to all square at the next.
Amy birdied the 427-yard 10th to restore her narrow advantage, but that was merely the signal for her opponent to move into top gear. She won the next three holes to go two up, with a 25-foot birdie putt at the par four 12th the undoubted highlight, before four successive halves saw the match finish on the 17th green.