Rosie Belsham and Callum Macfie led a great weekend for England at the Fairhaven Trophies in Lancashire, where they respectively won the girls’ and boys’ titles in great style.
Belsham, from Whitley Bay, Northumberland, powered to 23-under par and a 20 shot win over Darcey Harry of Wales. It’s the lowest gross ever recorded in the Fairhaven Trophies, beating the best boys’ score by four and the best girls’ score by 11.
Meanwhile, Macfie, from Lindrick in Yorkshire, birdied the last two holes for a two-shot victory – and a triumphant return from injury.
It’s the biggest win to date for both players (pictured top), who train with England squads. For Belsham, there was the added pleasure of beating par over 72 holes for the first time – and the vindication for making swing changes over the last fortnight. Macfie, who finished on seven-under, won his title at his third and final attempt before leaving junior ranks.
Belsham, playing against a par of 75, shot 70 68 69 70. Her seven-under 68 is her lowest-ever score and, over the championship, she had four eagles. “I’m very pleased,” she said. “It’s my first win in a national event so I’m very happy.”
Two weeks ago the 17-year-old decided to make significant swing changes and worked hard on the range to groove them. “It really paid off,” she said.
“I knew my short game was in really good shape, I just didn’t have any expectation of my long game. But after the first round I was paying good!”
Macfie, 18, had to take six weeks out last season after injuring his left side, so his win is particularly sweet. “My injury set me back and my confidence was a little bit low. But with my coach and my training (in the gym) I’ve got to a place where I’m injury free and swinging pain free and that’s made the difference. And I played my heart out.”
Macfie opened with two-over 74, but after his second round 68 he was in third place at the halfway stage and four shots off the lead, set by his Yorkshire team-mate Ben Schmidt. “I didn’t try and push too hard today, I just gave myself chances and didn’t put myself under too much pressure.
“It was really exciting coming down the stretch, Ben was playing well, Tiger (Christensen from Germany) was doing well a couple of groups ahead. It was a pressure situation, but I came out on top,” said Macfie who shot 70 69 in the last two rounds.
Christensen was runner-up on five-under, followed by Schmidt (Rotherham) on four under. Three other English players were in the top 10: Remy Miller (Prestbury, Cheshire) was fifth; Jamie Marwick (Corhampton, Hampshire) was ninth and Jacob Kelso (Kings Hill, Kent) was 10th.
Belsham also teamed up with George Leigh (Trevose, Cornwall) and Dominic Clemons (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) to win the team prize for England. Belsham is pictured with Leigh.
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