DEVON GOLF ACE PIPPED IN NATIONAL FINAL

english womens golf association logoTiverton teenage ace Jess Bradley was narrowly beaten by Yorkshire's Claire Smith in the English Women's Open Mid-Amateur Championship final at Collingtree Park Golf Club.

Bradley, 18, was pipped by one hole by Smith despite birdie threes at the sixth and 10th and a superb 25 foot putt to par 13 before another birdie at the 14th.

Smith won 16 to regain a one-hole lead, which she maintained after the finalists halved 17 and 18.

In the semi finals, Bradley beat Ellie Robinson (Middlesbrough) while Smith defeated Emma Sheffield (Newark) after edging past Gloucestershire's Jo Hodge in the quarter finals.

Bradley breezed through her quarter four and three against Clitheroe's Emma Clegg.

Bradley, who is playing in the event for the first time, said: “I came here just hoping to qualify.”

The 2011 Devon champion - who is 19 later this month - is heading to the United States in August to join Lynn University in Florida.

Quarter finals:
Emma Sheffield (Newark) beat Sian Evans (Faversham) 2/1
Claire Smith (Silsden) beat Jo Hodge (The Kendleshire) 1 up 
Jessica Bradley (Tiverton) beat Emma Clegg (Clitheroe) 4/3 
Ellie Robinson (Middlesbrough) beat Emilee Taylor (Holme Hall) 4/3

Semi finals
Smith beat Sheffield 3/2
Bradley beat Robinson 3/2

Final

Smith beat Bradley 1 up

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