Lancashire’s Cori Lee was the impressive winner of the Leveret, the first of the season’s prestigious scratch events, which was played in icy winds at Formby Ladies.
Cori, a member at West Lancashire, had scores of 71, 70 to win this title for the second time.
She finished four strokes clear of the highest-quality field ever to take part in the Leveret. Of the 54 competitors, 20 were off scratch or better and the highest handicap was three.
Cori was chased all the way by her playing partner, England girl international Holly Clyburn of Woodhall Spa, who hit the flagstick three times in the afternoon round without the ball ever disappearing. Only two shots separated the players with four holes remaining but Cori finished strongly to widen the gap.
Yorkshire’s Emma Brown took third place while 14-year-old Emily Taylor did much to impress the selectors by finishing fourth. Emily, from Royal Lytham & St Annes, is a member of the English Women’s Golf Association Select North Squad and was promoted from the reserve list into the field at short notice
English U13 champion Charley Hull also displayed her talent to play herself into a tie for sixth place. Charley, from Kettering, is 13 and has a handicap of three.
Leading final scores
CSS 74, 73
141 Cori Lee (West Lancashire) (71,70)
145 Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) (73,72)
148 Emma Brown (Malton & Norton) (74,74)
151 Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 75,76
152 Charlotte Wild (Mere) 76,76
153 Laura Collin (John O’Gaunt) 80,73; Naomi Edwards (Ganton) 78,75; Charley Hull (Kettering) 76,77; Nikki Dunn (Harrogate) 74,79; Kate Whitmore (Sandiway) 74,79
154 Rachel Connor (Manchester) 81,73; Natasha Gobey (Wales) 79,75; Emma Clegg (Clitheroe) 77,77; Tara Davies (Wales) 77,77; Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) 76,78
155 Amy Boulden (Wales) 80,75; Caroline Marron (Bromborough), 78,77; Eliz abeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) 76,79; Ellie Robinson (Middlesborough) 75,80.
156 Tilly Holder (Woburn) 81,75; Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) 80,76; Sara Garbutt (Ganton) 79,77
157 Kim Crooks (Saltburn) 81,76; Natalie Lowe (Prestbury) 80,77; Abbey Gittings (Walmley)79,78; Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 78,79; Sarah Attwood (Gog Magog) 77,80