Ashleigh wins England’s ‘most improved’ title

Northamptonshire girls’ champion Ashleigh Critchley has won the national final of the Abraham Trophy and the title of England’s most improved girl golfer.

Ashleigh, a four handicapper, shot two-under par gross in the final at Lyme Regis Golf Club, Dorset, and a winning net score of six-under 68.

This was Ashleigh’s second outing in the Abraham Trophy final, for which 20 girls qualified on the basis of handicap reduction. She laughed: “Last year I think I came last. I definitely wanted to do better this year!”

She went on: “This is good to get my confidence up. I made a lot of birdies – a lot of putts went in and I made a few good up and downs.”

Ashleigh, 13, is a member at Kettering Golf Club, where Solheim Cup star Charley Hull started her golf. The pair have played together when Charley is at home and Ashleigh has been able to pick up some tips!

In the last year Ashleigh has cut her handicap from nine to four and she plays for the Northamptonshire girls’ and women’s teams.

Now, she tees up in the English U14 girls’ championship which is also being played at Lyme Regis. “The course is really nice, it’s in good condition and the views are great,” said Ashleigh.

Runner up in the Abraham trophy was Emily Horsted (Peterborough Milton) with net 69. Liyana Laheri (Pleasington) and Hannah Morrison (Chapel-en-le-Frith) both returned net scores of three-under 71.


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