Emily scores top win

Emily Taylor from Chorley

Emily Taylor from Chorley

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CHORLEY teenager Emily Taylor has scored the biggest win of her fledgling golfing career by sweeping to the Irish Women’s Open Amateur Championship by three strokes at The Island in County Dublin.

After a very windy first day, the England girl international who plays at Royal Lytham & St Annes, who finished fifth in the recent English Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale, started today’s third and final round a shot behind leader Gillian O’Leary from Cork.

But Gillian took 80 shots for a total of 14-over-par 236 and 17-year-old Emily, with a 76, was able to make up the leeway and finish three shots ahead of joint runners-up Mary Dowling, from New Ross, a past Irish matchplay champion.

Emily, a former member of Chorley Golf Club, will go for a big strokeplay double at St Andrews, this weekend in the St Rule Trophy - won in the 1990s by Annika Sorenstam - over the New and Old Courses.