Curtis Cup star targets English girls’ championship
Curtis Cup star Bronte Law will be one of the favourites when the English girls’ championship is played next week at Sandiway Golf Club in her home county of Cheshire.
The championship, from Tuesday, July 31, to Thursday, August 2, has attracted a full field of 120 competitors. Two companion events, the English U15 and U13 championships will take place simultaneously at nearby Delamere Forest Golf Club and they, too, were over-subscribed.
It means that almost 250 of England’s most talented girl golfers will be heading to Cheshire to show off their stroke play skills as they seek one of three national titles. The competition, in all three championships, is guaranteed to be fierce.
Bronte Law, from Bramhall Golf Club, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) is enjoying a great season and will carry the local hopes in the English girls’ championship.
The 17-year-old helped GB&I win the Curtis Cup at Nairn in June, beating the USA for the first time in 16 years. She was runner-up in the French lady junior championship, contested by the cream of Europe’s U21 golfers, and she’s just won the Northern ladies’ championship.
Another top contender will be Elizabeth Mallett, 17, the 2010 winner from Sutton Coldfield Ladies’. She demonstrated her sizzling form at the European girls’ team championship where she shared the individual honours in qualifying at 11-under par for 36 holes. She has just become the Midlands South regional women’s champion and also won this season’s Whittington Trophy with a course record.
Irish stroke play champion Emily Taylor (Hillside) is another force to be reckoned with. She, too, was one of the low scorers at the European championship and won the U18 event at the St Rule Trophy.
One to watch is Gabriella Cowley of West Essex, who won the U15 title last year, went on to become Scottish U16 open champion and has just finished third in the R&A’s Junior Open, in an international field of over 120 players.
She is one of seven players in the field who will go on to represent England in the Girls’ Home Internationals, from 7-9 August. The others are Elizabeth Mallett, Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Brogan Townend (Pleasington), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer), Shelby Smart (Knowle) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham).
Meanwhile, Cheshire is providing six competitors in this event. Playing alongside Bronte will be Charlotte Leatham (Styal), the Cheshire girls’ champion; Poppy Finlay (Vicars Cross), who won two U18 titles at the Hacienda del Alamo festival in Spain; Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), the runner-up in the county ladies’ championship; Abbie Cowlard (Reddish Vale) and Ella McClintock (Delamere Forest).
The U15 championship includes two local girls: Hannah Li (Tytherington) and Rian Moores (Royal Vale Abbey). Lucy Jamieson (Heswall) will take part in the U13 event.
All competitors in all three championships will play 18 holes on each of the first two days. Then, the fields in the English girls’ championship and the U15 championship will each be cut to the top 36 players and ties who will play 36 holes on Thursday, August 2.
In the U13 championship, the field will be cut to the top 18 players and ties who will play one final round on Thursday, August 2.