16th November 2017
Melissa McMahon (25) from Lyme Regis has sliced through the competition to become the first female golfer to win the UK final of the world's largest amateur gold tournament - the Audi quattro cup.
Along with partner Jon Ball from Taunton, Melissa successfully completed the course at the Bowood Hotel & Golf Resort in Calne, Wiltshire.
The pair, who came through a nationwide field of over 2,000 contestants, triumphed with a score of 38 in the Greensomes Stableford format - just one point ahead of runners-up James Dedman and Martin Williams.
Melissa was delighted with her resounding victory and says: "It's been a thrilling but challenging experience. We overcame the demanding course but managed to achieve our goal of being under par."
Together with Jon, the pair will travel to Mexico to play in the world final the the stunning Quivira Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus. The spectacular cliff-top course is set on the Baja Peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.
Up against competitors from 46 other countries, Melissa and Jon will represent their local centre, Taunton Audi, in the hope of walking away with the ultimate trophy.
Melissa adds: "I can't wait to play the sport I love on the stunning course in Mexico!"
Melissa and Jon will hope to improve on last year's UK performance in the world final in Barcelona, when teams from South Hereford Audi, Coulsdon Audi and Beckenham Audi all finished in the top ten. Eric Kelley and Don Tate from the USA took the 2016 title.
James and Martin will also compete in the prestigious world final.
Quivira is the latest famous course to host the world final of the Audi quattro Cup. Other renowned venues include the Belfry in England, Fancourt in South Africa, K Club in Ireland, Mission Hills in China and the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.
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