Elizabeth, a member of one of ELGA’s birdie squads, took the title four days before her 13th birthday with rounds of 82 and one-over par 75.
She was two shots clear of her closest rival, Alex Peters, the reigning English U13 and Midland ladies’ champion from Notts Ladies’, who scored 84, 75. Norfolk schools’ champion Emma Davies, from Eaton in Norwich, held the halfway lead on 80 and added a second round 85 to finish third.
Elizabeth, a four-handicapper from Sutton Coldfield Ladies’ said afterwards: “This is the biggest win of my life and I still can’t quite believe I did it.
“I was pleased that I was able to hold it together over the last few holes and make a couple of 6ft putts when I needed them most.”
She was two shots off the lead after the morning round but took the initiative in the afternoon, helped by a birdie on her fourth hole, the 17th, and an eagle three on the next where she holed a 60-yard pitch. It was her fourth eagle of the season.
Elizabeth took up golf on her ninth birthday after her father gave her a present of a nine-iron and a putter. She quickly got her first handicap and hopes to be off two by the end of this season.
She’s the Warwickshire U15 champion and was the county’s most improved girl golfer of 2006, when she also won the Warwickshire schools championship. Elizabeth was runner-up in last year’s English girls’ U13 championship and is aiming to go one better when the 2007 event starts next week at Brickendon Grange in Hertfordshire.
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