Lottie Woad was crowned R&A Girls’ Amateur Champion on a historic day at Carnoustie.
In the 36-hole final, England’s Woad defeated Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio from Spain 7&6 to win the 93rd Girls’ Amateur Championship. Impressively, Woad was six-under-par for her 12 holes in the afternoon session to ease to victory.
It was a day for the history books over the famous Angus links as the Girls’ and Boys’ Amateur finals were played alongside each other for the first time. In another first, both finals were also live streamed on The R&A’s website at www.randa.org as well as on The R&A YouTube channel.
Woad, 18, a member of Farnham in Surrey, joins a winners’ list that includes major champions Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist and, more recently, Pia Babnik, already a two-time winner on the Ladies’ European Tour. Woad follows the last English winner, Lily May Humphreys, in 2017.
“I thought it was going to be close after the morning round, but I got a few good birdies and holed some putts to give me some more breathing room this afternoon,” said Woad. “I didn’t really miss a fairway in both rounds and was hitting approach shots close to make the putts.
“We both played well so it perhaps looks a bigger win than it was, as we did exchange birdies. There was no real wind so it was perfect. It’s amazing to add my name to the trophy, I can’t believe it – it’s great.”
The conclusion to the Girls’ Amateur, played over an Open venue for the first time this week, began in overcast conditions with little breeze.
But Woad and Fernandez Garcia-Poggio, both ranked inside the top 100 in the world, were soon shining on the links. Fernandez Garcia-Poggio, 17, made the first move in the morning round, winning the 4th with a birdie three. Woad’s excellent eagle three drew her back level at the 6th and a lovely birdie at the short 8th took her to one up.