England Golf players have enjoyed a winning week as they continue to make strides after lockdown.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, no fewer than six players with international experience claimed honours at various events around the country.
England girls’ squad member Jess Baker won the Pleasington Putter on Wednesday with a three under par round of 71.
The Gosforth Park Ladies member finished in a tie with good friend and fellow girls’ squad player Rosie Belsham, but defeated the Whitley Bay golfer on a countback.
At Brockett Hall in Hertfordshire there was another raft of wins for England Golf players.
In the girls’ section of the England South Faldo Series event, English Amateur champion Ellen Hume took overall honours with a total of five under par just one shot clear of women’s overseas squad player Hannah Screen.
Dorset’s Louise Burke – fresh from appearing in the Rose Ladies Series opener at Brokenhurst Manor – was the winner of the under 16 section. Both will now head to the UAE in November for the final series.
Another notable result from the week was Thalia Kirby tying for third in the Clutch Pro Tour event at Sunningdale Heath – just a shot shy of a play-off for first.
“It was brilliant to be back hitting the refresh button to discover tournament results,” commented Rebecca Hembrough, women’s performance manager at England Golf.
“It has been a long time coming for the players and they have shown such commitment, optimism and resilience throughout the lockdown period.
“A special mention has to go out to our awesome coaching team and volunteers that all dug in through a tough time to ensure the players were engaged and supported. We can all be excited for what’s to come.”
In the men’s competitions, Northamptonshire’s Corey Neville took first place in the Faldo Series event.
England boys’ squad member Jack Bigham won the under 18 title with a four under par total in a 54-hole tournament.
And under 16 international Reis Suart from Hertfordshire claimed the honours in his age category with a score of one under par over his three rounds.
On Tuesday, England A squad player Sam Bairstow (pictured above) claimed his second win in a week on the 1836 Golf Tour.
The Yorkshireman carded a fine five under par round of 67 to earn victory in a mixed field of professionals and amateurs at Worksop Golf Club.
This follows hot on the heels of him shooting a brilliant round of 63 to win at Rotherham Golf Club a week earlier.
Stephen Burnett, men’s performance manager at England Golf, added: “It’s encouraging to see the players hit the ground running after the prolonged period of no competitive opportunities.
“The engagement, online interaction and desire to improve despite the obvious constraints of the lockdown period was fantastic to see and the hard work and positive attitudes are paying immediate dividends after a tough start to the year.”