NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND (June 17, 2006) -- Belen Mozo, a 17-year-old from the Cadiz region of Spain, is the new Ladies British open amateur champion. She beat Anna Nordqvist, the 19-year-old from Stockholm, who holds the British girls' open title, by 3 and 1 in the 18-hole final at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle in Northern Ireland this afternoon. And so Belen capped a week throughout which she had played exceptionally well. She was third of the 64 qualifiers. Anna was the 19th qualifier.
Mozo got off to a flying start with birdies at the first three holes to be three up on the fourth tee. Nordqvist stopped the Spaniard's run with a birdie 2 at the short fourth to get back to two down. Mozo regained a three-hole lead with a conceded par 3 at the seventh but was forced to concede the eighth to Nordqvist. The Swedish player got another one back when she was on the green in two at the par-5 ninth for a two-putt birdie 4 while the Spaniard was bunkered and could not get up and down to salvage par. Mozo had covered the first nine holes in an approximate three under par. Nordqvist had a bad lie on a grassy mound above the green at the short 10th and could not chip close enough to match her opponent's par 3 which put Mozo two up for a fourth time in the match. Mozo holed a seven-yard putt to go three up at the 12th with an eagle 3. The long 13th was halved in birdie 4s and the short 14th in par 3s. Nordqvist cut her deficit to two when she was conceded the 15th but she was running out of holes and Mozo clinched victory by 3 and 1 at the 17th. The Spaniard, who had double bogeys at the eighth and 15th, was an approximate two under par for the holes played.
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