Golfer Gemma is women's winner once again

Gemma Batty English Amateur Champion

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University of Stirling golf scholar Gemma batty has been crowned English women's open champion match play champion.

It's the latest in a string of victories for the 22-year-old business and sport student who bear Cloe Frankish in the final at Holme Hall in Lincolnshire.

Speakign after she claimed the victory with a birdie, Gemma said: "I am really, really pleased.  I have always wanted to win a national title and to do it like this, without a practice round and not seeing the course as much as I'd like, is very special.

"I knew my game was good, but I needed to prove it to myself and I've done that this week."

Gemma missed the practice round after a successful stint at the World University Games and now heads to France to represent the University at the Chateau du Coudreceau Invitational Golf Tournament in France.

This unique competition sees collegiate golf talent go up against British Army wounded service personnel in individual and team competition. The tournament is part of the Battle Back programme - a UK Military initiative funded by Help for Heroes, which uses sports rehabilitation to help seriously wounded service personnel gain independence and confidence.

Gemma’s other recent successes include lifting the Slovenian International Ladies Amateur Championship title in May and helping the University become British Universities and Colleges Sport team match play and stroke play champions.

Stirling – Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence - was the first university in the UK to offer golf scholarships with R&A and has supported more than 180 student golfing athletes to date

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