Canterbury’s Amelia Garvey has narrowly missed the chance to become the first Kiwi golfer in 33 years to win the women’s British Armature title, finishing in second place behind England’s Emily Toy.
The Kaiapoi junior, who currently attends the University of Southern California lost the strokeplay by 1 after taking the lead at the fifth hole.
Toy then birdied the next to draw level again and gained an advantage at the 17th following a 20ft putt. Marnie McGurie was the last kiwi to win the title in 1986.
‘I gave it everything. I left it all out there which is all I can ask for, said Garvey. ‘I’m really proud of the way I played. It’s been an amazing week.’
‘Emily played incredibly well, especially down the stretch. She slipped up once on 16 with a three putt but apart from that she didn’t miss many fairways or make many mistakes.’
‘I really wanted to win but playing in front of all those people and just getting to the final was a great thrill. This is my best achievement in golf so far and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”