Baylor recruit Taylor wins Women's British Am

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England’s Lauren Taylor is the Women's British Amateur Champion after defeating France’s Alexandra Bonetti 6 and 5 at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland.

The 16-year-old from Woburn Golf Club – Ian Poulter’s home club – capped off the best week of her life with six birdies over 13 holes of the scheduled 18-hole final to defeat her 17-year-old opponent.

With father Martin caddying for her, Taylor raced to a 5 up lead after six holes and then cruised to victory.

“I told my dad that we were both going to relax this week, because I usually try too hard in the big championships and let myself down,” Taylor said. “I play my best golf when I am stress free, and dad was more laid back than he has ever been as my caddie. That helped me a lot.”

Taylor had a grueling run to the final. She survived a tough first-round match against Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup player Danielle McVeigh, winning 2 and 1. She had to get past New Zealand’s Cecilia Cho, the world No. 2, in the second round. She won 2 and 1.

Taylor’s toughest match came in the semifinal when she went up against defending champion Kelly Tidy. Taylor needed 20 holes to get past the Royal Birkdale amateur.

“I was nervous a lot of times, especially in the closing stages against Kelly, but I tried not to let it affect my game," Taylor said. "Yes, I didn’t think I could play so well day after day like that. Nobody was more surprised than me.”

Taylor has signed a letter of intent to play for Baylor University. Her scholarship begins in September 2012.

She will also play among the elite of women’s golf in this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Taylor came close to playing in the 2009 Women’s British at Royal Lytham. She was first reserve for the championship, but did not get into the field.

The native of Rugby, England, already has professional experience. She qualified for this year’s Allianz Ladies Slovak Open, but missed the cut by a shot after rounds of 74-77.

Taylor is one of two outstanding teenagers at Woburn Golf Club. Fifteen-year-old Charley Hull won the Jones-Doherty Match Play Championship in Florida earlier this year, and also finished runner-up in the South Atlantic Amateur Championship.

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