Jodi Powers To National Women's Title

Catterick's England international Jodi Ewart claimed her first national title when she won the English Strokeplay Championship by two shots at Silloth-on-Solway in Cumbria.

Catterick's England international Jodi Ewart claimed her first national title when she won the English Strokeplay Championship by two shots at Silloth-on-Solway in Cumbria.

"This is just wow!" said the 19-year-old from North Yorkshire, who also won the Under-23 and U-21 trophies.

She moved into the lead with a two over par 75 in the third round of the 72-hole tournament, which was played in relentless strong winds.

In the final round she played very solid golf to defeat the tough conditions and, despite a double bogey five on the 16th, she came in with another 75.

Jodi, who has just returned to her US college after a super debut season, added: "I set myself a game plan, not to get ahead of myself and to take it one shot at a time. It worked - and this win means so much."

Jodi was 12-over par for the tournament, two clear of Danielle Montgomery (Lambourne).

This is Jodi's biggest individual win but only the latest in her long list of golfing successes.

She won her first full England cap as a 17-year-old and she holds a gold medal and two bronzes from European team championships.

She has just flown back across the Atlantic to continue her golfing scholarship at the University of New Mexico, where she had an outstanding first year, winning one tournament and finishing the 2006/07 American college season ranked 20th nationwide

The win was also some compensation for being left out of the GB&I team for the Vagliano Trophy, which took place in early August.

Jodi said: "I was disappointed - but I don't think I'll ever know how they work.

"I love playing for England - I got my first pink jumper when I was 14. I've also had fantastic support from ELGA, which just helps so much and I'm so grateful.

"But if I ever get a chance to play for GB&I I will try my hardest for them. I always try my hardest for whichever team I'm in."

Consett's Anna Scott, another who is playing college golf in the US, was the region's other big performer at the English Strokeplay, finishing fifth on 21 over after rounds of 82, 75, 80, 76.

 

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