England regional squad player, Amelia Williamson of Norfolk, has become the youngest winner of the Mothers and Daughters foursomes – at the age of 13.
The annual event at Royal Mid Surrey was first played in 1932 and in the past six years two 14-year-olds have won: Alex Peters of Nottinghamshire lifted the trophy in 2008 and Charlotte Barrow of Hampshire in 2011. But the record now belongs to Amelia, a six-handicap member of the England Golf U16 East region girls’ squad.
Amelia was helped by an outstanding partner – her mother, Tracey, is a two-handicapper and eight times Norfolk champion.
The Williamsons, from Royal Cromer (pictured), had a wayward morning round of 84 and were five shots behind the leaders with nine holes to play. But they produced a thrilling comeback, starting birdie, eagle – after Tracey nearly drove the 300-yard second hole and Amelia chipped in. They finished the nine in level par, despite a costly double bogey on the penultimate hole, and won the title by a shot.
This talented combination have so many potential years to play this event that they could target the extraordinary feat of the late Angela Uzielli, who won 22-times with her mother, Peggy Carrick, and once with her daughter, Caroline. Tracey is already following closely in the footsteps of Peggy Carrick, who was Norfolk champion 11 times.
Leading 27-hole scratch scores
119 Tracey Williamson (Royal Cromer) & Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) 84,35
120 Alison Taylor (Walton Heath) & Nicola Taylor (Walton Heath) 81 39; Chris Griffith (Walton Heath) & Charlotte Griffith (Walton Heath) 81 39
121 Ann Laughland (Rye) & Rosie Jenner (Rye) 79 42
128 Mona Watters (Muswell Hill) & Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) 82 46, Rita Whitmore (Woburn) & Nicole Whitmore (Woburn) 86 42; Anne O’Connor (Worplesdon) & Niamh O’Connor (Worplesdon) 84 44; Elaine Barrow (Brockenhurst Manor) & Charlotte Barrow (Brockenhurst Manor) 79 49
131 Sue Stradling (Worplesdon) & Annie Stradling (The Berkshire) 87 44
Carolyn Battrick (Royal Wimbledon) & Amanda Battrick (Royal Wimbledon) 86 45