“I didn’t make a lot of mistakes today,” Steiner said. “I was very calm, very confident and I stuck to my game plan. I think the key was how I played 11, 12 and 13, they’re very tough holes.
Steiner played those holes in one under thanks to a birdie at the 11th. She also birdied the 18th to get into the play-off.
Good body language
“She had good body language today,” said German National coach Sebastian Ruhle. “Enville Golf Club is quite tough and you have to have some game to win. Antonia showed that today. I’m super proud of her. This is going to be a big boost for her confidence, especially winning in a sudden death play-off with fans watching, photographers and media. So this can give Antonia good momentum for the rest of the year.”
The German international is ranked 12th in the European Under 16 Golf Rankings, but doesn’t have a spot on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. That will change when the ranking are updated this week.
Wins Angela Uzielli Trophy
Steiner becomes the fifth winner of the Angela Uzielli Trophy. Uzielli, the late wife of past Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, John Uzielli, was a much-decorated amateur golfer who won the 1977 Women’s Amateur and played in the 1978 Curtis Cup.
Thirty-six hole leader Isobel Kelly returned a five-over 77 to miss the playoff by one shot. The 15 year old Welsh international had a five-foot birdie putt on the final to join Steiner and Kohoutek in the playoff. The Erewash Golf Club member finished third.
Crump captures under 14 trophy
Lauren Crump took home the Liz Pook Trophy as the leading 14 years and under player. The 13-year-old Hill Valley Golf Club member won the trophy by four shots over fellow English player Eleanor Lichtenhein. Crump played in the penultimate group in the final round, and placed equal fourth overall.
“This will definitely boost my confidence,” Crump said. “To play in the second last group in a championship like this is amazing. I’ve played in the last group in other tournaments, but never in something as big as this against older players. I think next year I can do even better.”