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Stahle repeats at Ladies British
 

BY ALISTAIR TAIT
Senior Writer

LITTLESTONE-ON-SEA, ENGLAND – Amateur golfers all over the world will be glad to see the back of Louise Stahle. The 20-year-old Swede plans to walk away from a brilliant amateur career shortly after she successfully defended her Ladies' British Amateur Championship title June 11 at Littlestone.

Stahle defeated Ireland's Claire Coughlan 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final. The Swede has one amateur tournament left, the European Team Championships in Sweden, before she heads to the professional ranks.

She will join the money trail after playing in the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale next month, her reward for winning this title.

The plus-4 handicapper was expected to go all the way in this championship. After all, she arrived at Littlestone as college player of the year and the No. 1 player in the Golfweekcollege rankings after a brilliant freshman year at Arizona State University.

However, if one player could have denied her the title, it was the 5-foot2-inch Irish player. Coughlan's trophy cabinet may not be as impressive as Stahle's, but it still includes the 2003 Irish Ladies Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship and the 1999 Irish Ladies Amateur Championship.

The 25-year-old was also the star attraction of last year's GB and I Curtis Cup, winning all three matches in which she played.

Coughlan got her nose in front early when she took the second hole after Stahle found a water hazard with her second shot. However, a three putt at the fourth saw her give the hole back.

The turning point came at the turn. Coughlan bunkered her tee shot at the par-3 9th and then blasted her second over the back of the green. She eventually conceded the hole to go one down.

Stahle built on that lead by taking the 10th with 15-foot birdie putt. She then won the 13th when Coughlan three-putted from the back of the green.

The match ended at the par-5 16th when the Irish player missed a three-foot birdie putt that would have forced extra holes. That's when the normally calm exterior of the Swede was smashed to pieces. She broke down in tears as she hugged her Swedish coach.

"I usually don't get that nervous, but I wanted to do the double and when you want something so bad it's difficult not to get nervous," Stahle said.

The Swede quit ASU at the end of the school year and was intent on finishing her amateur career by winning this title. She is the first player to successfully defend the title since former Solheim Cup captain Mickey Walker in 1972.

"This is a great way to end my amateur career," she said. "I still have the European Team Championships but winning this is the perfect way to go out."

Coughlan was bidding to become the first Irish winner since Lillian Behan in 1985. Her victory would have given Ireland a unique double following fellow Irish amateur Brian McElhinney's British Amateur Championship victory last week.

"Obviously I'm very disappointed but I'm honored to get this far," Coughlan said. "I had a very good week. I exceeded my expectations and I've got nothing to be ashamed of because she is a very good player."

Coughlan has another Curtis Cup in her sights and then will decide on whether or not to take her place in the professional ranks.

Stahle had reason to sweat in her semifinal match against gritty Spaniard Maria Hernandez. The tiny Spaniard did something no other player had done in the preceding rounds: She took Stahle all the way to the 18th green.

Two up playing the 16th, Stahle had a chance to win the match but missed a three-foot birdie putt. She then lost the par-3 17th when her tee shot spun back off the green and she failed to get up and down. However, she made a cast iron birdie four at the last to take the match by one hole.

Coughlan's trip to the final was much easier. She defeated Holland's Christel Boeljon 5 and 4. The 25-year-old won the first hole and was never down in the match. She was five up after seven holes thanks to steady play and erratic form from her opponent.

Unfortunately she did not get the same circumstances in the final, but then no one, not even Coughlan, was going to deny Stahle her place in amateur golf history.

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Alistair Tait is a Golfweek senior writer. To reach him e-mail atait@golfweek.com.


Results from the finals of the Ladies British Amateur, played June 11 at Littlestone Golf Club in Littlestone-on-Sea, England:

FINAL

Louise Stahle def. Claire Coughlan, 3 and 2

SEMIFINALS

Louise Stahle def. Maria Hernandez, 1 up
Claire Coughlan def. Christel Boeljon, 5 and 4

QUARTERFINALS

Louise Stahle def. Alexandra Vilatte, 3 and 1.
Maria Hernandez, def. Jenna Wilson, 1 up.
Veronique Drouin def. Christel Boeljon, 4 and 2.
Claire Coughlan def. Katharina Schallenberg, 3 and 2.

THIRD ROUND

Louise Stahle def. Joanne Hodge, 6 and 5
Alexandra Vilatte def. Tricia Mangan, 3 and 2
Maria Hernandez def. Dewi Claire Schreefel, 2 and 1
Jenna Wilson def. Clare Queen, 5 and 4
Veronique Drouin def. Natalie Margetts, 2 and 1
Christel Boeljon def. Martina Gillen, 1 up
Claire Coughlan def. Sian Reddick, 3 and 2
Katharina Schallenberg def. Kerry Smith, 1 up

SECOND ROUND

Louise Stahle def. Rachel Bell, 4 and 3
Joanne Hodge def. Maria Ohlsson, 1 up
Tricia Mangan def. Kylie Walker, 2 and 1
Alexandra Vilatte def. Anne Laing, 3 and 1
Dewi Claire Schreefel def. Anna Scott, 5 and 4
Maria Hernandez def. Laura Matthews, 4 and 3
Jenna Wilson def. Emma Duggleby, 1 up
Clare Queen def. Emma Sheffield, 19holes
Natalie Margetts def. Florentyna Parker, 1 up
Veronique Drouin def. Heather Macrae, 1 up
Martina Gillen def. Myrte Eikenaar, 6 and 5
Christel Boeljon def. Maria Dunne, 2 up
Sian Reddick def. Araceli Felgueroso, 4 and 2
Claire Coughlan def. Beatriz Recari, 5 and 4
Katharina Schallenberg def. Kristina Rothengatter, 2 and 1
Kerry Smith def. Anne Wheble, 2 and 1

FIRST ROUND

Louise Stahle def. Marjet van der Graaff, 3 and 2
Rachel Bell def. Kristie Newton, 3 and 2
Maria Ohlsson def. Alexandra Marshall, 5 and 4
Joanne Hodge def. Felicity Johnson, 2 and 1
Tricia Mangan def. Sarah Jones, 7 and 6
Kylie Walker def. Natascha Duvalois, 20 holes
Anne Laing def. Stephanie Doering, 19 holes
Alexandra Vilatte def. Rozalyn Adams, 5 and 4
Dewi Claire Schreefel def. Audrey Goumard, 5 and 4
Anna Scott def. Layla Ahmed, 4 and 3
Laura Matthews def. Tara Delaney, 1 up
Maria Hernandez def. Danielle Roseberry, 6 and 5
Emma Duggleby def. Cassandra Kirkland, 6 and 5
Jenna Wilson def. Thea Hoffmeister, 3 and 2
Emma Sheffield def. Lisa Ball, 2 up
Clare Queen def. Belen Mozo, 2 and 1
Florentyna Parker def. Leigh Whittaker, 2 up
Natalie Margetts def. Lucie Gendronneau, 1 up
Heather Macrae def. Heather Nolan, 3 and 2
Veronique Drouin def. Karin Sjodin, 2 UP
Martina Gillen def. Lien Willems, 7 and 6
Myrte Eikenaar def. Naomi Edwards, 2 up
Maria Dunne def. Faye Sanderson, 3 and 1
Christel Boeljon def. Deirdre Smith, 1 up
Sian Reddick def. Sandra Gal, 1 up
Araceli Felgueroso def. Jade Schaeffer, 3 and 1
Claire Coughlan def. Sarah-Jane Eaves, 5 and 4
Beatriz Recari def. Marian Riordan, 8 and 6
Kristina Rothengatter def. Stephanie Kirchmayr, 4 and 3
Katharina Schallenberg def. Melissa Reid, 4 and 2
Anne Wheble def. Eom Ji Park, 1 up
Kerry Smith def. Lucy Gould, 5 and 4


Stroke Play Qualifying

1. Louise Stahle 72-73--145 +1

2. Lucy Gould 72-74--146 +2

2. Florentyna Parker 71-75--146 +2

4. Clare Queen 76-72--148 +4

4. Dewi Claire Schreefel 73-75--148 +4

6. Beatriz Recari 75-74--149 +5

6. Tricia Mangan 75-74--149 +5

6. Deirdre Smith 77-72--149 +5

6. Alexandra Vilatte 76-73--149 +5

6. Sandra Gal 76-73--149 +5

11. Martina Gillen 79-71--150 +6

11. Stephanie Kirchmayr 74-76--150 +6

11. Emma Duggleby 76-74--150 +6

11. Maria Hernandez 79-71--150 +6

11. Karin Sjodin 75-75--150 +6

11. Felicity Johnson 71-79--150 +6

17. Laura Matthews 74-77--151 +7

17. Claire Coughlan 72-79--151 +7

17. Heather Nolan 76-75--151 +7

17. Maria Ohlsson 78-73--151 +7

17. Jenna Wilson 75-76--151 +7

17. Myrte Eikenaar 73-78--151 +7

17. Katharina Schallenberg 76-75--151 +7

24. Anne Laing 71-81--152 +8

24. Kylie Walker 73-79--152 +8

26. Jade Schaeffer 80-73--153 +9

26. Faye Sanderson 77-76--153 +9

26. Layla Ahmed 77-76--153 +9

26. Lisa Ball 76-77--153 +9

26. Natalie Margetts 75-78--153 +9

26. Rachel Bell 73-80--153 +9

26. Anne Wheble 75-78--153 +9

33. Lucie Gendronneau 79-75--154 +10

33. Emma Sheffield 78-76--154 +10

33. Kristie Newton 81-73--154 +10

33. Stephanie Doering 75-79--154 +10

33. Eom Ji Park 80-74--154 +10

33. Natascha Duvalois 75-79--154 +10

33. Anna Scott 77-77--154 +10

33. Maria Dunne 77-77--154 +10

33. Araceli Felgueroso 77-77--154 +10

42. Sarah-Jane Eaves 81-74--155 +11

42. Heather Macrae 78-77--155 +11

42. Melissa Reid 77-78--155 +11

42. Thea Hoffmeister 79-76--155 +11

42. Naomi Edwards 80-75--155 +11

42. Alexandra Marshall 77-78--155 +11

42. Tara Delaney 79-76--155 +11

49. Joanne Hodge 82-74--156 +12

49. Veronique Drouin 81-75--156 +12

49. Danielle Roseberry 80-76--156 +12

49. Kristina Rothengatter 81-75--156 +12

49. Lien Willems 74-82--156 +12

49. Marian Riordan 72-84--156 +12

49. Cassandra Kirkland 80-76--156 +12

56. Belen Mozo 79-78--157 +13

56. Kerry Smith 77-80--157 +13

56. Sarah Jones 81-76--157 +13

56. Christel Boeljon 80-77--157 +13

56. Sian Reddick 80-77--157 +13

56. Marjet van der Graaff 77-80--157 +13

56. Joanna Klatten 75-82--157 +13

56. Audrey Goumard 79-78--157 +13

56. Leigh Whittaker 78-79--157 +13

56. Rozalyn Adams 81-76--157 +13

66. Breanne Loucks 81-77--158 +14

66. Tracey Boyes 78-80--158 +14

66. Julie Ross 78-80--158 +14

66. Jill Hardy 76-82--158 +14

66. Marie Louise Weeda 80-78--158 +14

71. Sahra Hassan 80-79--159 +15

71. Melodie Bourdy 81-78--159 +15

73. Rachael Lomas 82-78--160 +16

73. Claire Aitken 82-78--160 +16

73. Elena Giraud 80-80--160 +16

73. Marion Sapin 78-82--160 +16

73. Carolin Loehr 86-74--160 +16

73. Cara Gruber 80-80--160 +16

73. Maria Verchenova 78-82--160 +16

73. Natalee Evans 81-79--160 +16

81. Annaick Mallejac 84-77--161 +17

81. Hayley Charlick 79-82--161 +17

81. Catherine Tucker 78-83--161 +17

84. Jade Polonich 85-77--162 +18

84. Tamara Luccioli 81-81--162 +18

84. Lisa Barton 79-83--162 +18

84. Maura Morrin 85-77--162 +18

84. Laure Sibille 83-79--162 +18

84. Corisande Lee 84-78--162 +18

84. Ornella Jouven 82-80--162 +18

84. Fiona Smith 79-83--162 +18

84. Krystle Caithness 79-83--162 +18

84. Dawn Dewar 79-83--162 +18

94. Danielle Montgomery 84-79--163 +19

94. Laura Webb 82-81--163 +19

94. Fiona Thompson 80-83--163 +19

94. Stephanie Brodie 79-84--163 +19

94. Louise Kenney 79-84--163 +19

94. Henrietta Brockway 85-78--163 +19

100. Natalie Cruse 81-83--164 +20

100. Tara Watters 82-82--164 +20

100. Gillian O'Leary 78-86--164 +20

100. Julie Berton 80-84--164 +20

104. Emma Brown 80-85--165 +21

104. Devan Anderson 83-82--165 +21

104. Stephanie Evans 82-83--165 +21

104. Lydia Hall 78-87--165 +21

104. Ashley Bickerton 89-76--165 +21

109. Gemma Webster 86-80--166 +22

109. Anne-Catrin Schmitt 82-84--166 +22

109. Geraldine Bray 85-81--166 +22

109. Clare-Marie Carlton 87-79--166 +22

109. Alison Whitaker 80-86--166 +22

109. Karen Delaney 83-83--166 +22

115. Karen Heywood 82-85--167 +23

115. Lauren Hamilton Diggle 82-85--167 +23

117. Jil Swenson 90-78--168 +24

117. Sally Watson 91-77--168 +24

117. Hannah Moul 89-79--168 +24

117. Charlotte Ellis 85-83--168 +24

121. Helen Batt 89-81--170 +26

121. Kelly Froelich 83-87--170 +26

121. Kelly Travers 86-84--170 +26

124. Audrey Decharne 84-87--171 +27

125. Anne-Sophie Le Nalio 90-82--172 +28

125. Jessie Punia 86-86--172 +28

127. Becky Dowell 83-90--173 +29

127. Pamela Mcguirk 85-88--173 +29

129. Leah Occleshaw 90-84--174 +30

129. Lizzie Brand 89-85--174 +30

131. Emma McBride 87-92--179 +35

132. Claire Starkie 93-88--181 +37

133. Mayura Skowronski 97-89--186 +42



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