Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Harries claims victory in North Wales

Haverfordwest’s Becky Harries was crowned Welsh Ladies Close Champion at Nefyn on the  Llŷn Peninsula yesterday for the second time in three years.

The 2011 winner lost her title last May to Amy Boulden, but recaptured her crown with a tense 2&1 victory in the final over Wrexham's rising star Chloe Williams.

An overjoyed Harries described herself as “on top of the world” after her triumph, saying: “I am really happy.

“I’ve got a couple of 36-hole tournaments and then it’s the British Amateur coming up in a few weeks. I am really confident going in to that after this week.”

Williams made the better start and won two of the first three holes but then the Haverfordwest star came roaring back, taking five of the next six to turn for home three ahead.

Still three up with five to play, Harries looked on course for a comfortable win but Williams collected back to back birdies to reduce the deficit to one. After halves at the next, Harries eagled the long 17th where she rattled in a 15-foot putt to lift the crown.

"I just kept going when Chloe was in front and believed my chance would come," said the new champion.
Harries had opened her day with a potentially tough semi-final against Cottrell Park’s Gemma Bradbury, who sensationally knocked Curtis Cup winner Boulden out in the quarters the day before, and in the end only a hole separated them.

Williams had made the final thanks to a 3&2 victory over former Welsh international Katherine O’Connor in the semis.


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