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Antonia Steiner wins Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship at Enville

Antonia Steiner of Germany celebrates with the Angela Uzielli Trophy after winning The R&A Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship at Enville Golf Club.
Image credit: The R&A

Antonia Steiner defeated Annika Kohoutek with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden death play-off to win the Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship at Enville.

The plus 3.1 player from Hosel Golf Club in Heiligenhaus emerged victorious at the first extra hole, the par-5 opener. Steiner rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt to bring proceedings to an end.

“It’s the first big tournament that I’ve won, so I’m very happy,” Steiner said. “I’ve called my mum and she’s very happy. She’s crying too.”

Steiner won four tournaments last year, three in her homeland and one in The Netherlands. She arrived at Enville fresh from finishing 10th in the Scottish Girls’ Open Championship at Longniddry thanks to a pair of two-under-par 71s in the final two rounds.

“I wanted to win this, but I had slight problems with my hands last week so I wasn’t sure if I was going to come and play. I’m happy now that I came.”

Kohoutek returned a closing three-over 75 to get into the play-off. Both players found the right greenside bunker with their second shots, but Kohoutek missed her 25-foot birdie effort to leave the stage for Steiner to become the first German winner of the Girls’ U16 title.

“I didn’t make a lot of mistakes today,” Steiner said. “I was very calm, very confident and I stuck to my game plan. I think the key was how I played 11, 12 and 13, they’re very tough holes.

Steiner played those holes in one under thanks to a birdie at the 11th. She also birdied the 18th to get into the play-off.

“She had good body language today,” said German National coach Sebastian Ruhle.

“Enville Golf Club is quite tough and you have to have some game to win. Antonia showed that today. I’m super proud of her. This is going to be a big boost for her confidence, especially winning in a sudden death playoff with fans watching, photographers and media. So this can give Antonia good momentum for the rest of the year.”

The German international is ranked 12th in the European Under 16 Golf Rankings, but doesn’t have a spot on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. That will change when the ranking are updated this week.

Steiner becomes the fifth winner of the Angela Uzielli Trophy. Uzielli, the late wife of past Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, John Uzielli, was a much-decorated amateur golfer who won the 1977 Women’s Amateur and played in the 1978 Curtis Cup.