England’s Ashleigh wins Scottish U14 title

England’s Ashleigh Critchley has claimed her second title in a week with an eight shot victory in the Scottish U14 girls’ open championship.

She was five-under par for 36-holes at Murrayfield and adds this to her win in the final of England Golf’s Abraham Trophy, contested by the country’s most improved girl players.

Critchley, from Kettering in Northamptonshire, was two-under par gross in that final at Lyme Regis, Dorset. Her net score of six-under 68 won the Abraham by a single shot. The 13-year-old is also the Northamptonshire girls’ champion.

In the Scottish U14s she set up her win with her first round of five-under 68, which included a bogey free back nine of six-under 31 – with five consecutive birdies from the 10th. An 18th hole birdie sealed her score and in the second round she added level par 73.

Critchley said: “It feels really good to get the win, it was a great event to play in here at Murrayfield. I struck the ball really well both days and delighted with my score.”

She finished ahead of another English girl, Rachel Gourley (Arcot Hall, Northumbrland), who tied fourth in the recent English U14 championship.

The U12 titles in both the Scottish girls’ and boys’ championships also went to English players: Chiara Noja (Sandy Lodge, Hertfordshire) and Daniel Hayes (Bramhall, Cheshire).


Caption: Ashleigh is pictured with the Abraham Trophy (image © Leaderboard Photography)