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Lamb to defend her title at North Berwick

Sophie Lamb will defend her title in the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship taking place at North Berwick from 6-8 September.

The Great Britain and Ireland international, who won the Smyth Salver as the lowest scoring amateur in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns, triumphed at Knock Golf Club in Belfast last year after finishing two strokes ahead of Chloe Williams.

2017 Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play champion Gemma Clews, who represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Vagliano Trophy earlier this year, is also set to tee it up in East Lothian this week.

They will be joined in the starting field by Emilie Overas, who finished as runner-up to Lily May Humphreys in the 2017 Girls British Open Amateur Championship at Enville last month, and 2016 Girls British Open Amateur champion Emilie Paltrinieri.

Shannon McWilliam, who led the qualifiers for the match play stage of the Girls British Open Amateur this year, will also feature alongside 2016 Scottish Ladies Order of Merit winner Hannah McCook.

Located on the edge of the Firth of Forth, North Berwick, founded in 1832, is the 13th oldest golf club in the world. It has been a Final Qualifying venue for The Open on several occasions and has staged many prestigious amateur events including the Vagliano Trophy and the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship. It jointly held The Amateur Championship with Muirfield in 2010.

The first stage of the championship comprises two qualifying rounds of stroke play. The 40 lowest scores over 36 holes, plus ties for 40th place, will qualify for the final 36 holes which will be played on the third day. The competitor with the lowest 72-hole total over four rounds of stroke play will be declared the winner.

Admission and parking is free at the venue. Scoring from the championship will be available here.