Annabell birdies her way to play-off victory

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first_img10 Aug 2017 Annabell birdies her way to play-off victory Annabell Fuller birdied her way to victory in a play-off against Thalia Kirby for the English U16 girls’ open championship at Blackmoor Golf Club, Hampshire.  The pair tied on three-under par to set up Fuller’s fifth play-off in a year – and the first one she has won. “I thought, I’m not going to lose another one,” said the 15- year-old international from Roehampton, Surrey. She wasted no time, scoring a birdie three on the first extra hole to secure the title – after she’d birdied the last two holes of regulation play to force the play-off.  The victory was particularly sweet for Fuller, who tied fifth last year – with a 14 on her card in the last round. “I wanted to win, especially after last year so I came determined,” she said.  The gap didn’t dismay Fuller: “I thought I would just try my best and go as low as possible,” she said. The strategy worked, after nine holes she was two-under and tied with Kirby, but after 12 she’d dropped three behind again. She picked away at the deficit with a birdie on 13 but was still two behind after 16 holes.  Click here for full scores She also wanted to win an age group championship to follow her sister Sammy, a fellow England international. “It’s nice to follow in her footsteps and it’s also nice to actually do it for myself.  Tags: Annabell Fuller, Girls, U14’s, U16s “But I wouldn’t be in the place I am right now without my sister. She’s a big motivation for me and one of the nicest things is that I can practice with her and learn from her. She’s one of the most supportive people I know.”  Kirby made sure that Fuller had to fight for the title. The 16-year-old from Harleyford, Buckinghamshire, made all the running in this morning’s second round with a score of four-under 68, while Fuller scored 75. Image copyright Leaderboard photography The championship was reduced to 54 holes after the second round was washed out by torrential rain.  It meant Kirby was six-under after 36 holes, five ahead of her closest challengers and six ahead of Fuller.  Third place in the championship went to Italy’s Alice Gatti on two under, while her compatriot Virginia Bossi was fourth on one-under. Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) was fifth on two-over and Mimi Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow) shared sixth place on four over.  On the short 17th she fired her tee shot straight at the pin and was rewarded with a 4ft birdie putt which she holed. On the long 18th her second shot rolled back off the green, but she chipped up stone dead, while Kirby three-putted down the treacherous slope. Fuller signed for 69, Kirby for 75 and it was on to the play-off.last_img

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