LUDLOW Golf Club’s Emily Price has celebrated the biggest win of her career after being crowned English Women’s Amateur Champion.

The 20-year-old came from behind to beat Lily May Humphreys in a thrilling final and lift a trophy that has helped launch the careers of several top players such as Solheim Cup star Bronte Law.

Price claimed a 4&3 victory over England women’s international Humphreys in the 36-hole final on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in Lincolnshire.

“To come and take the win after a very long week is unbelievable and to perform the way I have is the best feeling you can ever get as a player,” Price said.

Price has won an England Golf event before – as a 16-year-old, she underlined her star potential with victory in the English Women’s Stroke Play.

Now the sky’s the limit for Price as she prepares to return to Kent State University in America for the final two years of her degree course.

“It’s been a few years since I won, “ she admitted, “a distant memory but it feels good to be holding this and having won an event of this calibre now I’m 20 years old.

“It will really help boost me and get me going for the rest of the season.”

The final ebbed and flowed and perhaps turned with one putt on the 18th hole of the morning round.

After being two down to Humphreys, 18, for most of the back nine, Price clawed a hole back on the 16th before finding trouble off the tee at the par five, 18th hole.

However, a smart bunker shot followed by a brilliant wedge and a 15-foot birdie putt saw her head into lunch all square and with a spring in her step.

A par, birdie start to the afternoon round edged Price into a lead that she never surrendered and victory was sealed on the 33rd hole.

Price admitted her birdie putt on the 18th, to drag the match back to level, was crucial.

She added: “To come in not one down and to hole a decent length birdie gave me momentum and positive energy.

“Lily came out and was playing unbelievable – I was two down and scraped it back on 18 to get all square. Then I started hot on the second afternoon and kept the momentum going.

“The aim was fairways, greens and two putts for pars. I finished three under which was ok.”

At the start of the week 66 of the top women amateurs in the country teed it up for two rounds of stroke play before the top 16 – including fourth-placed Price – made it through to the knockout stages.