Lancashire’s Emily Taylor is England’s number one woman golfer of 2012. The teenager has topped the England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by the golf tour operator Lorrin Golf.
“It really is the cherry on the top,” said the 18-year-old from Hillside, who has won three titles this season. “It’s an achievement I will remember for a very long time.
“I must thank Lorrin Golf for their sponsorship and everyone at England Golf. The support I have had has been fantastic.”
Emily (Image © Leaderboard Photography) scored a narrow win in the order of merit over the Curtis Cup players Holly Clyburn and Kelly Tidy, who have now both turned professional.
Emily could be following them before long. She has decided to enter the Ladies European Tour qualifying school in December and if she succeeds in winning a card for next season she will turn professional.
David Kelly, Managing Director of Lorrin Golf commented: “Lorrin Golf would like to congratulate Emily Taylor on her fantastic golf throughout 2012. As winner of the order of merit we wish Emily all the very best for her new challenges in 2013”.
Emily added, “The year I have had has given me a lot of confidence and I thought I’d give it a go,” said Emily, who admits to much excitement at the prospect.
She has been on a roll this year, winning the English girls’ championship, the Irish women’s open stroke play title, and the girls’ title at the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship.
But the highlights for Emily were playing in the Ricoh Women’s British Open – where she was paired with Laura Davies – and in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, where she tied 18th in the individual table, among almost 160 players.
“Those were really great experiences, knowing you were playing with the best in the world. It was fantastic.
“Playing with Laura Davies was an experience I’ll never forget. She was great on the course, she could see I was nervous and she just told me to relax and enjoy it. I really have enjoyed my golf this year and that’s been the most important thing for me.”
Emily added: “If this turns out to be my last year as an amateur I couldn’t have asked for more.”