17-year-old Emily Toy from Carlyon Bay, Cornwall came from seven shots back at half way to win the English girls’ championship at Sheringham by two shots.

Emily Toy

Cornwall’s Emily Toy came from seven shots back at the half way stage to win the English girls’ championship at Sheringham.

The 17-year-old from Carlyon Bay was four under par for the 72-hole championship and won by two shots from girl internationals Lizzie Prior (Burhill) and Emma Allen (Meon Valley).

After 36 holes Allen had romped to a seven-shot lead, thanks to rounds of seven-under 66 and 71. But then she slipped back with scores of 78, 75 while Toy forged ahead with a pair of 72s.

“I didn’t really worry about what Emma was doing, I was just concentrating on what I could do,” said Toy, who is a past winner of the Cornwall championship.

She went into the final round one shot off the pace and said: “That was good, I like to come from the back.

“Winning is the next step forward. Winning the county championship was my previous best and this moves me on to the next level. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet.”

She closed in on the title helped by three birdies and an eagle three on the third, where she holed out from about 15ft.

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