Leading teenagers Lily May Humphreys, Mimi Rhodes and Caitlin Whitehead will represent England in this week’s World Junior Girls in Canada.
They will take on the challenge of golfers from 17 other countries in the 72-hole championship, which starts tomorrow at Camelot Golf Club, Ottawa.
The field includes 10 players who are ranked among the world’s top 100 women amateurs, with Lily May Humphreys among them.
The 16-year-old from Stoke by Nayland, Essex, is currently ranked 45th in the world. Earlier this season she became one of England’s youngest-ever Curtis Cup players and she is the Scottish women’s open amateur champion. Last season she won English, British and European titles and scored her first victory in America. She has been picked for Team GB for next month’s Youth Olympics.
Mimi Rhodes, 16, (Burnham and Berrow, Somerset) was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals and was tied sixth individually in qualifying for the European girls’ team championship. She has been on form all season, reaching the last 16 in the British girls’ championship, taking fourth place in the English girls’ and challenging strongly in the English women’s open amateur.
Caitlin Whitehead, 15, is on a winning streak, having captured the girls’ title at the European Young Masters and followed up with victory for Europe in the Asia Pacific Junior Championship in Hong Kong. There, she paired up with Finland’s Sakke Siltala to win the tem prize by eight shots and to also claim the individual girls’ prize. She was also in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals.
Caption: Mimi Rhodes (image copyright Leaderboard Photography).