SOUTHPORT, U.K. – University of Houston senior Leonie Harm drained three birdies on the way to a 3 and 2 victory over Stephanie Lau to capture the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Hillside Golf Club on Saturday morning.
With the title, Harm earned a position in the starting field of the Ricoh British Women’s Open set for Aug. 2-5 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club Golf Links in Lancashire, England. She will become the first student-athlete in program history to compete in a major championship.
Competing in her second match of the day and her sixth match in three days, Harm moved 2 up through four holes after making par while Lau posted bogeys on Nos. 3-4.
The match moved to All Square after Lau – who plays collegiately at Northwestern – drained birdies on Nos. 5-6, but Harm drained par on No. 7 to regain the league and returned to 2 up with a par on No. 9 to cap her first nine. The Gerlingen, Germany, native opened her second nine with a birdie on the par-3 10th hole to move to 3 up.
Lau cut into Harm’s lead with a birdie on the par-4 13th hole, but Harm sank birdie on the par-4 14th hole to return to 3 up. Harm endured her lone bogey of the day on the par-4 15th hole as Lau moved to 2 down with three holes remaining.
However, Harm made par as Lau bogeyed No. 16 to clinch the title with two holes remaining.
This was only the latest accolade for Harm during the 2017-18 season. She was honored as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year while leading the Cougars to their second conference title in the last three years.
In the Final Round of the NCAA Austin Regional, Harm shot a school-record 65 with seven birdies and an eagle to force a playoff for the final spot and battled through seven extra holes to win the playoff and advance to the NCAA Championships for the second time during her career.
Harm earned her way to the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship title with five straight wins after qualifying for match play as the No. 14 seed. She opened with a 1 up win over Teresa Diez Moliner (Spain) and followed with a 2 up victory over Frida Kinhult (Sweden) on Thursday.
On Friday, Harm enjoyed a 6&5 win over fellow German Aline Krauter to move into the Quarterfinals and captured a 4&3 victory against Priscilla Schmid (Switzerland) to advance to the Semifinals.
Harm moved into the title match against Lau with a 4&3 victory in the Semifinals against Jaclyn Lee (Canada).
Harm was not the only Cougar to compete in match play at the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship. Incoming freshman Hannah Screen qualified thanks to a hole-in-one on No. 4 in the Second Round of stroke play but dropped a 3&2 decision to Hollie Muse (England) in her First Round of match play.
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