CONWY’S Amy Boulden capped her first season as a professional by winning the Ladies European Tour’s OMEGA Rookie of the Year prize. The 21-year-old from Llandudno led the rookie rankings heading into the OMEGA Dubai Ladies Masters, the final tournament of 2014.
With her tied 24h place finish, she held off the challenge of her nearest rivals, Sally Watson of Scotland and Nicole Broch Larsen from Denmark, to earn a beautiful OMEGA Speedmaster chronograph with a white mother-of-pearl dial, a diamond-paved bezel and a white leather strap.
“It has been a really great first season on the Ladies European Tour,” said Boulden, who won the Association Suisse de Golf Ladies Open on the LET Access Series in May.
“It was one of my goals from when I turned pro, to win Rookie of the Year. I thought it was going to be quite tough this year not having a full card. I wasn’t sure how many events I was going to be playing in but starting the year well helped me a lot. It is a real honour to win and join the prestigious list of former winners, including Laura Davies, Annika Sorenstam and Charley Hull.
Boulden was one of the top performers in 2014 and recorded four top 10 finishes including a second place at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France. She finished third at the Sberbank Golf Masters in the Czech Republic, fourth at the Ladies German Open presented by Marriott and 10th at the Tenerife Open de Espa–a Femenino. With seasonÕs earnings of Û83,982.17, she finished 18th on the 2014 Order of Merit, five places ahead of the second placed rookie Watson.
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