Taylor bound for Gullane to bid for title double

WOMEN'S OPEN AMATEUR: Britain's youngest women's open amateur golf champion, 16-year-old Lauren Taylor from Rugby, will be at Gullane in early August, bidding to win the British girls' open amateur title and become only the third player to pull off the double in the same year.

England's Mickey Walker was the first in 1972 and the only other to achieve the feat since then was Spain's Belen Mozo in 2006.

Taylor, an England girl international, has yet to play for the England women's team, and her shock triumph came too late for her to be selected for the Great Britain and Ireland side who play the Astor Trophy international match-play team tournament at Fairhaven GC, Lancashire, next week and the Vagliano Trophy match the following week at Royal Porthcawl.

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As the new British women's champion she is exempt from pre-qualifying for the Ricoh Women's British Open at Carnoustie late next month.