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Golf News: - Posted 28th May 1998 (Previous report)

Nicky Lumb causes first round upset

Walton Heath, Surrey - Bristol's Nicky Lumb caused the biggest upset of the first matchplay round of the English Ladies Amateur Golf championship at Walton Heath, Surrey, on Thursday when she sent Curtis Cup hopeful Fiona Brown tumbling to defeat.

Lumb a 21-year-old four-handicapper only recently made her debut in the Gloucestershire county team but ran out a five and four winner.

She won two of the first three holes having opened with a par three followed by an eagle and then a birdie.

"I really feel that I am playing well and enjoying my golf. It was quite an experience playing Fiona and although I was very hopeful it came as something of a surprise to win with a few holes to spare," she said.

Curtis Cup star Elaine Ratcliffe, who yesterday led the qualifiers into the knock-out stages, brushed aside last year's runner-up Kate Burton.

The 25-year-old from Cheshire was four under par in defeating Burton of St George's Hill, Surrey, five and four and lost only one hole - the 390-yard sixth - in the process.

Jill Thornhill, winner of the title back in 1986, had her work cut out to get past Cheshire county player Caroline Marron.

Thornhill seemed to be in trouble when she was one down with eight to play but then collected two birdies to go in front and went two up when Marron three-putted the 13th.

In the end Thornhill, a former Curtis Cup captain, won on the home green and was this afternoon meeting Ratcliffe for a place in the quarter finals.

Defending champion Kim Rostron was four under par as she beat Lorna Nelson four and three and Carol Stupples, a member of the winning Curtis Cup team of two years ago was three under in disposing of Nicola Lawrenson four and two.

Former English girl champion Rebecca Hudson became another shock first round casualty as she slipped to a last green defeat by ex-Wiltshire title holder Janet Lamb after being two up at the turn.

But it was not a case of Hudson playing badly but instead Lamb played "out of her skin" to book a second round meeting with Christie Fisher.

Lamb had birdies on 11 and 12 to level matters after Hudson had looked all over the winner at the outward half and then she knocked in a 30 foot putt on the last green for victory.

Hudson, who made her Great Britain and Ireland senior debut in the Vagliano Trophy defeat by Europe in Sweden last July, was actually three under par in going down to Lamb.

Former British champion Emma Duggleby - who got through to the knock out phase only after a play-off last night for the last two qualifying spots - succumbed four and three to Derbyshire youngster Lisa Walters after always being up against it.

First Round results

E Ratcliffe (Sandiway) bt K Burton (St. George's Hill) 5 & 4
J Thornhill (Walton Heath) bt C Marron (Bromborough) 2 holes
K Taylor (Sandfordsprings) bt C Watson (Beaconsfield) 2 and 1
K Rostron (Clitheroe) bt L Nelson (Portis Park) 4 & 3
K Evans (Moor Park) bt A Murray (Lancaster) at 19th
K Stupples (Royal Cinque Ports) bt N Lawrenson 4 & 2
C Court (Goodwood) bt L Simpson (Gevose) 2 & 1
N Lumb (Filton) bt F Brown (Heswall) 5 & 4.

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