Becca beats the pros to start a winning double

Becca Earl

England squad player Becca Earl set off on a winning double when she birdied her way to victory in the WPGA One Day Series.

Just 24 hours after beating the professionals with her lowest-ever score of four-under par, Earl was the winner again. This time, the 15-year-old from Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire, took the girls' honours in the Prince of Wales amateur challenge trophies at Woburn. 

Earl, a member of the England Golf Thames Valley U16 squad, started her winning run in the WPGA event at South Herts Golf Club. Her round began slowly and she was two-over par after eight holes, before putting together a blistering sequence of five consecutive birdies from the ninth.

She parred the 14th before another birdie on the 15th – and then parred steadily home for 70, finishing three clear of the joint runners-up, Sian Evans and Danielle Anderson.

Earl, who is the Hertfordshire girls’ champion, teed off in the event with the aim of: “Having the experience of playing with the pros and seeing where I was compared to them – and to try and get my handicap cut.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence from it, I know what standard I am and that I can play with some of the best. It was a really good opportunity.”

The following day she played on the Duchess course at Woburn, scoring two over 76 and level par to win the U21 girls’ event by a stroke. “I had a good week!” said Earl.

This is the second season that girls from the England Golf U16 and U18 regional squads have had the opportunity to enter the WPGA’s popular One Day Series and gain tournament experience.

Rebecca Hembrough, the England Golf Performance Manager for women’s golf, commented: “England Golf is very grateful to the WPGA for opening up spaces at these events and supporting our regional programme.

“The experience is invaluable and gives the girls a great opportunity to compete and to see at first-hand how the professional players approach the game.”

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