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Lamb shepherded in for Ladies Classic

British Open’s top amateur joins top field in Dubai

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Sophie Lamb, who won England women’s Order of Merit last year, will want to finish on a high with a strong show in the Ladies European Tour season-ender in Dubai.
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Dubai: Rising teen star Sophie Lamb will join world No. 8 In-Kyung Kim among other top draws at the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club from December 6-9. Lamb was the lead amateur at this year’s British Open, while Kim won the event.

The 19-year-old from Lancashire, who won England women’s Order of Merit last year, will now look to cap off a memorable season with another strong performance in the Ladies European Tour season-ender organised by Golf in Dubai.

“I think winning the amateur medal in a Major was a huge moment for me. It’s something everyone dreams of when they first start to play golf. It’s been a great experience for me to see where my game compares to the best in the world,” she said.

“When you have confidence in yourself you feel like you can do just about anything, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself and will take things as they come. It will be fun playing in Dubai as I have heard a lot of good things about the tournament and know pretty well that it attracts a very strong field each year.

“I am grateful to Golf in Dubai for the invitation and look forward to visiting the magnificent city and playing on the famed Majlis course. Hopefully, there’ll be some more good times to come,” she added.

“My immediate goal is the Curtis Cup. That’s something I want to achieve before I turn professional. I’m not sure how things will pan out, but definitely the Curtis Cup is something that I want to do,” she said of the Britain and Ireland versus America match play, which is played every two years. Next year it will be played in New York from June 8-10. Lamb recently top scored for England in a mixed international against Spain for the Seve Ballesteros Trophy earlier this year.

Tournament chairman Peter Dawson said: “We are delighted to welcome Sophie to Dubai. She is one of the finest young athletes to emerge in women’s golf and has already achieved great success during her amateur career.

“Her achievements since winning the North of England Under-14 championships amply show she has enormous potential. This is just the beginning, and I am sure we will see more of her in time to come. I wish her the very best.

“It will be interesting to see how Sophie and In-Kyung fare during the tournament. Can they repeat their British Open heroics? The question has a fascinating appeal to it, one that will figure prominently in discussions as we approach the tournament.”