Jodi's ace display

LEADING England amateur Jodi Ewart produced an ace display alongside the professionals of the Ladies European Tour to tie for 10th place in the AIB Ladies Irish Open at Portmarnock Links.

LEADING England amateur Jodi Ewart produced an ace display alongside the professionals of the Ladies European Tour to tie for 10th place in the AIB Ladies Irish Open at Portmarnock Links.

Jodi from Catterick in North Yorkshire, was two-under par for the 54-hole event - and had a hole-in-one during the second round.

It was one of four aces recorded during the tournament. Jodi scored hers on the 164-yard third hole where she used a seven iron.

It was her fourth hole in one and she said: "I hit a good shot and I was just picking up my tee and I saw it disappear. But there's a lot of ridge in front of where the pin was and I thought it was just rolling down to the pin - but everyone started screaming and I was like 'oh wow!'"

Jodi shot two-over 74 in the first round but followed up with sub-par rounds of 69 and 71.

She has been English strokeplay champion for the past two years and, as a student at the University of New Mexico, is ranked ninth nationally on the US women's college circuit.

Jodi was playing in the LET event with fellow members of the GB&I Vagliano Trophy team as part of their warm-up for the match against the Continent of Europe in Germany.

Jodi went on to play a big role in England's superb run at the European ladies' team championship in Bled, Slovenia.

Sadly, the girls had to settle for the silver medal after they lost an incredibly tight final to Germany 4-3.

The destination of the gold medal was decided by the last match on the course - and on the 19th hole when Emma Brown, from Malton and Norton in North Yorkshire, found sand with her approach.

Jodi was England's best performer throughout the event and was undefeated in the final, with wins in both her foursomes and singles matches.

Team captain Lynn Booth said afterwards: "They are very, very disappointed after coming so close. But we have proved we can hang in there with the best in Europe - and a silver is a silver."

 
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