Slater triumphs in all-Lindrick duel with Eales-Smith to land Yorkshire junior crown

ENGLISH women's open match play champion Nicola Slater edged her Lindrick club-mate Mia Eales-Smith by two shots to win the Yorkshire junior championship at Pontefract.

Yorkshire junior champion Nicola Slater, left, with runner-up and her Lindrick club-mate Mia Eales-Smith, after the YLCGA championship at Pontefract.

Slater, who went so close to a national double before placing fourth in last week’s English women’s amateur championship at The Wilmslow, carded 71 69, while Eales-Smith returned two 71s.

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Cookridge Hall and Sand Moor dual member Toni-Louise Naylor was third (73 78).

Scarborough South Cliff Amy Staveley’s brilliant second-round 63 saw her win the net competition on 132. Melodie Goodall, of Romanby, was runner-up on 140.

Bronze Division winner was Cherry Marley (The Oaks) with an 18-hole Stableford score of 40pts, which saw her keep Romanby’s Lizzie Edson at bay by one point.