Royal Cromer’s Williamson takes chequered flag to win France’s Chiberta Grand Prix

Amelia Williamson Georgina Blackman
ENGLAND ONE-TWO: Chelmsford’s Georgina Blackman (left) and Royal Cromer’s Amelia Williamson, who is on a golf scholarship with Florida State’s Seminoles team, after the pair claimed the honours in France’s Chiberta Grand Prix

ENGLISH international Amelia Williamson produced the low round of the last day to come from behind and win the women’s event at France’s Chiberta Grand Prix.

It also proved to be a good event for the Norfolk ace}s England team-mate Georgina Blackman, who finished tied for second place in a strong international field.

Nineteen-year-old Williamson, from Royal Cromer Golf Club, who has just completed her first year at Florida State University, started the final round six shots adrift of Laura Van Respaille after opening rounds of 71, 72 and 69.

But the Seminoles star based in Tallahassee, carded six birdies in a closing five-under par 65, which saw her leapfrog the Frenchwoman and claim a three-shot victory after carding a three-under total of 277.

Essex’s 2018 English Women’s Amateur Champion Georgina Blackman, from Chelmsford GC, opened up the event with rounds of 67, 70 and 72 to sit three shots behind Van Respaille.

Blackman then carded a closing 71 to finish tied second with the French player on level par.

Van Respaille started her final round brightly with three birdies in her opening five holes, but then carded six bogeys and a double bogey on her way to shooting a 74.

There were also some fine English performances in the men’s event with Lindrick’s Bailey Gill, Callum Farr, from Northamptonshire County, and Castle Royle’s David Langley all finishing within the top 15 on the leaderboard behind winner, Frenchman Paul Margolis.

The best of the bunch was 20-year-old Gill, who went into the final round in fourth place after rounds of 67, 71 and 65. He started his final round with an eagle three on his way to recording a four-under 66.

That saw the Yorkshireman climb to third place on 11-under with a total of 269. The result comes hard on the heels of Gill reaching the last 16 in The Amateur Championship, at Portmarnock.

Twenty-five-year-old Farr, who was runner-up in the Spanish Amateur in early March, carded two rounds of 66, a 74 and a 67 to finish seventh on seven-under par while B.B.&O. Walker Cup hopeful Langley was four shots further back in a share of 13th place.

Langley – last year’s Philip Scrutton Jug winner – for the best aggregate in the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies – carded rounds of 69, 70, 66 and 72.

David Langley Scrutton Jug
B.B.&O.’s David Langley who won the Philip Scutton Jug in 2018 – one of the most prestigious strokeplay prizes in English Amateur golf, at The Berkshire, in Ascot.

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