A TOUGH final round cost Ulverston ace Natasha Slater the chance of a top-10 finish at the English Women's Amateur Championship.

The Cumbria Ladies champion was well in contention during the opening two rounds at Lindrick, finishing in a tie for sixth after both of them.

Back-to-back rounds of 74 had Slater well-placed on four-over-par, with leader Lily May Humphreys on two-under when the cut came.

But it was a hard-fought final day for Slater, who started to slip out of contention slightly midway through her third round.

Having parred the opening five holes, four bogeys in the next five set her back and, despite birdieing 14 and 16, two dropped shots on the last saw he card a round of 77, to move to nine-over and a share of eighth.

It was the final round where Slater was unable to find her form, shooting 87, including four double-bogeys and a quadruple, to drop back to finish tied for 30th.

Humphreys won the crown with four-round total of 289, one-over par.