Abraham Trophy triumph for Kirsty

Kirsty Beckwith

Teenager Kirsty Beckwith beat off tough opposition at Delamere Forest, Cheshire, to win the Abraham Trophy and the title of England’s most improved girl golfer of the year.

The 15-year-old from Moortown, Yorkshire, scored net 68, four under par, in the final. She won by a stroke from another Yorkshire girl, Bethany Acey, also 15, of Sandburn Hall. Third place went to Jade Guest, aged 11, of Gog Magog in Cambridgeshire, who returned net 70.

The Abraham Trophy final was contested by 21 girls from all over the country who qualified for the final on the basis of handicap reduction.

Kirsty, who took up golf just four years ago, said afterwards “It’s amazing, I really didn’t expect to win and I’m very happy.”

She played immaculate golf, with three gross birdies. She only once ventured into the challenging rough and once found a bunker. “When I did go in the rough I took my penalty and chipped it out – and still made par!” she said.

Kirsty’s score will reduce her handicap from six to five and help her towards her goal of getting down to three before the end of the season. She’s made rapid progress since she took up golf, reducing from 15 to seven last year and continuing to make cuts this season.

Her other successes this year include beating the boys to win the Colin Montgomerie scratch cup at her schools, Leeds Grammar, where the Ryder Cup star was once a pupil. She plays for the Yorkshire girls and was a county team reserve at match week. Now she turns her attention to the English U15 girls’ championship which starts tomorrow, also at Delamere Forest.