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Georgia Hall: Women's British Open winner wants to inspire young girls to take up golf

Georgia Hall: Women's British Open winner wants to inspire young girls to take up golf

England's Georgia Hall hopes she can encourage more young girls to take up golf after winning the Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

The 22-year-old is only the third British winner since the event became a major championship in 2001.

Hall, who won by two shots at 17 under par, also hopes to help attract new sponsors to the Ladies European Tour.

"I couldn't believe so many young girls and boys were watching me, wanting a picture or an autograph," she said.

"Hopefully I can encourage a lot of young girls out there to take up the game. I want to be a good role model for young girls in Britain." 

Victory meant the 2013 British ladies' amateur champion emulated compatriot Karen Stupples (2004) and Scot Catriona Matthew (2009), the other two British winners since this event became a major.

It also secured the Bournemouth-based golfer a £383,000 top prize, with Hall admitting she had previously missed majors because of the cost.

"I hope it will bring more sponsorship to the Ladies European Tour," she told BBC Radio 5 live. "It's definitely growing and I try to support them when I can. I'm still a member and it's my home.

"I had to miss roughly three majors because I couldn't afford to get there, which was frustrating as I'd qualified.

"As an amateur it was hard but I knew if I played well that could get me to these places." 

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