TALENTED golfer Emily Price kept her nerve to win the English Girls’ Open Under-15 Championship in a final-hole drama at Copt Heath.
The 14-year-old, who lives in Ashford Carbonnel, trailed by seven shots with 10 holes to play and holed a 34-foot downhill put to clinch the title.
It was a superb finish for Emily, who will be making her England Under-18 schools’ girls debut against Wales at Conway on August 25.
She is competing on the Lee Westwood Golf Tour this week and will be taking part in a women’s scratch tournament at Birkdale later this month.
Last season, Emily won the under-14 girls’ section of the US Kids Golf European Championship in Scotland.
Emily’s dad, Kelvin, said: “Emily was seven shots back with 10 holes to play at Copt Heath but she birdied five out of the last 10 holes.
“She holed a 34-foot downhill putt and there were 200 people who followed them around. Emily was overwhelmed.”
Emily was trailing by two shots as she stood on the 18th tee.
But she birdied the final hole of the tournament to finish on nine-under par.
Her rival, Lancashire’s Hollie Muse, took a triple bogey and completed the event in seven-under.
Emily is a pupil at Lacon Childe School and she practises at Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club.
She is coached by professional coach Alan Partridge out of Wishaw Golf Club.
“I just had to keep my foot on the gas. I know it’s not over till the last ball drops on the 18th hole,” said Emily.
“I got one birdie, then another, and that got my momentum going and it all came good for me. I didn’t fold under the pressure, I held it all together and came up with the result.
“It means a lot to me. Last year I came fourth and I have practised so hard to get this, it’s unbelievable.”
Emily was eight-under for the final 36 holes, while Hollie was six-under, having completed this morning’s round in 68.
Dad Kelvin said: “Emily practises very hard at her golf and has got the bug.
“I played a lot of golf as a teenager but I have a large family now, so I don’t have the time.”