Staffordshire golfer Becky Wyatt led 10 qualifiers from the Midlands North region into England Golf’s Grand Medal Final.
Becky, from Penn Golf Club, played two under her handicap with a net score of 70 to win the regional qualifier at Rothley Park in Leicestershire.
The other qualifiers include 12-year-old Hannah Golding, from Brocton Hall in Staffordshire, who came third – and is the youngest player in the country to reach the Grand Medal Final. She was playing off 19 handicap and returned a net score of one-under 71.
The 10 qualifiers for the Grand Medal Final to find England’s top woman handicap golfer, are: Becky Wyatt (Penn, Staffordshire), Kelly Morley (Astbury, Cheshire), Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall, Staffordshire), Laura Morrison (Garforth, Yorkshire), Holly Langford (Perton Park, Staffordshire), Barbara Suffolk (Lingdale, Leicestershire), Wendy Kerry (Ruddington Grange, Nottinghamshire), Judi Downward (Belton Woods, Lincolnshire), Tracy Lane (Staverton Park, Northamptonshire) and Emma Sirrell (Bridgnorth, Shropshire
They’ll play off with qualifiers from five other events at the Grand Medal Final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Thursday, 13 August. It will be a feature of the new Golf Week festival, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.
All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2014.
Becky first played golf as a child, but was never grabbed by the game. Then, three years ago she decided to have another go and “fell in love with it.” She’s made rapid progress, cutting her handicap from 26 to 18 last year, when she qualified for this competition. This season she quickly came down to 16 and, after the regional medal final, is now playing off 15.
She played steadily at Rothley Park, helped by an early birdie and by holding her nerve after a triple bogey on the 13th – over the remaining five holes she managed three consecutive pars.
This is her first taste of national competition and she said: “It’s been a really amazing experience, just seeing the scoreboard and the set-up. It’s really good and I can’t wait to get to Frilford Heath.”