World number five Bronte Law has been crowned England Golf’s top golfer of 2015, despite spending most of her time at college in the USA.
Law (Bramhall) topped the women’s order of merit in a year in which she successfully defended her English women’s amateur title – with a 16-shot winning margin – and helped England to win the silver medal in the Spirit International Amateur.
Bronte Law is a student at UCLA in California and has limited opportunity to play in counting events for the order of merit- so her success is particularly sweet.
“It means a lot to win the order of merit,” she said. “I miss the majority of counting events being in the US, so I'm very pleased I could play so well in the tournaments over the summer while I was back at home,” she said.
She announced her return from the US for the summer season in no uncertain terms, opening her defence of the English women’s amateur at Hunstanton with nine-under par 63 – the lowest-ever score by a woman on the Norfolk links. It set up an emphatic victory and she went on to retain the trophy by 16 shots.
During the season she got to third in the world rankings, tied fourth in the European amateur and has recently won her fourth tournament on the US college circuit.
The 20-year-old has already played in two Curtis Cup teams – including GB&I’s 2012 victory in Nairn – and her targets for next year include a place in the 2016 team. Her other goals are to finish the season as the number one player in collegiate golf and to help her university win the national championship.
1 Bronte Law (Bramhall) 75679
2 Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 72018
3 Sammie Giles (St Mellion) 57956
4 Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) 54046
5 Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall) 52934
6 Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) 46378
7 Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) 40907
8 Lizzie Prior (Burhill) 40368
9 Hollie Muse (West Lancs) 37782
10 Alice Hewson (Berkhamstead) 36816