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Melanie Green wins Women’s British Amateur, the first American victory in 28 years

PORTMARNOCK, Ireland – Melanie Green became the first American in 28 years to win the Women’s British Amateur, birdieing two of the final three holes to win 2-up over Lorna McClymont of Scotland in a tight match at Portmarnock.

Green, a 22-year-old New Yorker and recent graduate of the University of South Florida, overcame a four-point deficit after eight holes to tie the 36-hole match after the morning session, before McClymont had to overcome a three-point deficit.

McClymont birdied the 15th hole to move into a one-up lead, but Green tied it with a birdie on the 16th and moved into a one-up lead when the Scot made bogey on the 17th. The American closed the match with a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

Green is the first American since Kelli Kuehne in 1996 at Royal Liverpool to win the Women’s Amateur, which has been won since 1893.

With the win, Green secures a spot in the next two LPGA majors, the Evian Championship and the Women’s British Open, as well as two more majors next year, the Chevron Championship and the US Women’s Open.

She can also compete in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur unless she decides to turn professional.

The Women’s Amateur was held in Portmarnock for only the second time since 1931. The British Amateur was held on the Irish links in 2019.

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