Sanchez Lobato defeated two top-10 seeds en route to the championship match.
June 30, 2012
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland --- Georgia's Rocio Sanchez Lobato finished as runner-up at the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship after dropping a 4&3 decision to Stephanie Meadow in the finale at the Carnoustie Golf Links on Saturday.
The setback ended Sanchez Lobato's spectacular run through the 64-golfer bracket. After tying for 58th in stroke play qualifying, the rising sophomore from Marbella, Spain, won five matches – including two over top-10 seeds – in two-and-a-half days.
In the final, Meadow, a native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, and a rising junior at Alabama, gained an early lead and maintained that advantage throughout the round.
Meadow won three of the first four holes to build a 3-up advantage. Sanchez Lobato bounced back to secure No. 5 before Meadow won No. 6 and No. 7 to increase her lead to 4-up. Sanchez Lobato birdied No. 8 to close the gap to 3-up at the turn.
Meadow again led 4-up at she won No. 11, Sanchez Lobato captured No. 12 and Meadow took No. 13. The golfers halved the next two holes, leaving Meadow 4-up with just three holes to play.
Earlier on Saturday, Sanchez Lobato knocked off No. 8 seed Perrine Delacour of France, 2-up, in the semifinals.
The match was all-square following a back-and-forth front nine. Sanchez Lobato won No. 2, Delacour captured No. 3 and No. 4, Sanchez Lobato secured No. 5 and No. 6, Delacour notched No. 7 and No. 8 and Sanchez Lobato earned No. 9.
Delacour conceded No. 10 to provide Sanchez Lobato a lead she would never relinquish. A Sanchez Lobato birdie at No. 14 expanded that margin to 2-up. Delacour closed the gap by winning No. 16, but Sanchez Lobato captured No. 18 with an 8-foot birdie putt to double her margin of victory.
Sanchez Lobato will return to action next week when she represents Spain the World University Golf Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. In addition, rising senior Emilie Burger is a member of the U.S. team and 2012 senior Milena Savich will represent Serbia in the tournament.