Yorkshire’s Emma Brown won the Royal Birkdale Scratch Trophy for the first time with a seven-under par total for 36 holes.

Emma, from Malton & Norton, pipped the host club’s Kelly Tidy by one shot. She had seven birdies in her morning round of five-under 70 and signed off with a 73.

She emulated Open champion Padraig Harrington with an eagle three on the 17th in the final round. Emma’s five-wood shot finished within 3ft of the pin and she went on to birdie the last.

“I was really pleased to win and it’s always great to play Royal Birkdale, especially after the Open championship was held there earlier in the year,” said Emma, who is a former English, British and European champion.

Leading scores

143 Emma Brown (Malton & Norton) 70, 73 
144 Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) 72, 72.
147 Charlotte Wild (Mere) 74,73; Laura Collin (John O’Gaunt) 72, 75
148 Claire Fry (Royal Liverpool) 72,76
150 Brogan Townend (Pleasington) 77,73; Charlotte Ellis  (Minchinhampton) 74, 76
152 Helen Butterfield (Sleaford) 76, 76; Charlie Douglass (Brocket Hall) 75, 77
153 Sarah Attwood (Gog Magog) 77, 76; Stephanie Farrar (Sandiway) 76, 77; Fiona Thompson (Ellesborough) 74, 79; Giorgina Brown (Mere) 72, 81