The 13-year-old from Tidworth Garrison birdied five of the last 10 holes as she whittled away the lead of Elizabeth Mallett and then overtook her.
“It’s great,” said Hannah, who plays in ELGA’s Select South-West squad. “This was what I was hoping to do before I came here.”
Hannah added a final round of three-over 75 to her earlier scores of 84, 73 for a 16-over par total for the 54-hole competition. Elizabeth (pictured left), the English schools’ U16 champion from Sutton Coldfield Ladies’, led for the first two rounds with scores of 78, 77, but closed with an 80 to finish as runner-up on 19-over par.
Bronte Law (Bramhall), who shared the first round lead with Elizabeth Mallett, was third on 26-over, one ahead of Charley Hull (Kettering).
Hannah made her winning move on the back nine where her accurate play was rewarded with consecutive birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th. They helped to put her five shots clear of her playing partner – and she was glad of the cushion on the difficult 400-yard par four 17th.
Hannah’s drive finished close to a hedge in the right rough and she had to chip out. Then, she hit her third shot fat and into the pond which guards the approach to the elevated green. Eventually, she walked off with a seven while Elizabeth holed a long putt from just off the green for a par.
Hannah was not dismayed. “I knew I was still two ahead and I thought it would be Ok,” she said. It was - for she birdied the short 18th to extend her lead once more.
Her game plan was “to play the course and not play Elizabeth” and it worked, setting up a victory which was watched by her grandfather, her parents and her twin brother, James.
Leading final scores: 232 Hannah Turland (Tidworth Garrison) 84, 73, 75. 235 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies) 78, 77, 80. 242 Bronte Law (Bramhall) 78, 82, 82. 243 Charley Hull (Kettering) 82, 79, 82. 244 Lauren Taylor (Rugby) 83, 83, 78. 249 Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) 83, 86, 80; Brogan Townend (Pleasington) 84, 84, 81. 252 Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 84, 86, 82.
CSS 74, 74, 74.
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