Teenager Gabriella Cowley made it three in a row for England when she won the Scottish U16 open stroke play championship by a stroke at Strathmore.
The West Essex player, who is also the English U15 girls’ champion, returned a pair of 73s for a two-over par total of 146. Her victory kept the trophy safely in English hands, following the successes of Cheshire’s Bronte Law last year and Lancashire’s Emily Taylor in 2010.
She finished one stroke clear of Italy’s Ludovica Farina and a further shot ahead of Hertfordshire’s Nicola Callander, who had a storming 68. It was the low round of the championship and she was five-under for the back nine. Another English girl, Lianna Bailey (Notts Ladies’) took fourth place.
Gabriella, 16, was part of a six-strong England Golf squad at the championship and she won the praise of coach Scott Godfrey.
“Gabriella is a class act,” said Scott. “She’s very calm and collected on the golf course and that shone through. She remained patient and stuck to what she had to do.
“It wasn’t easy today, it was freezing cold and very windy and she handled it really well. She played very consistently over the two days and I think she deserved to win.”
Gabriella played the front nine in two-over par and came home in one-under, before settling in for a nervy wait as Farina completed her round. A play-off looked on the cards until the Italian bogeyed the last to drop one behind.
“We were all behind the green watching and it was a bit tense!” said Scott. “But now Gabriella is over the moon.”
Fellow squad player Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) was also in contention for the title, until a four-putt nightmare on the short 13th cost her a six. However she regrouped admirably and played the remaining five holes in level par to tie for fifth place. “She played very nicely both days from tee to green but just lost a few shots around the green,” said Scott.
The squad was completed by Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth), Emma Harris (Peel Ladies), Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis) and Sophie Madden (West Essex). “The course was well set up and all the girls will have learned something about the aspects of their game that they need to work on,” said Scott.
England 1, represented by Gabriella Cowley, Sophie Keech and Annabel Dimmock, were third in the international team event.
Scottish U16 open stroke play championship
Leading final totals
Par 144 (2×72)
146 Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) 73 73.
147 Ludovica Farina (Italy) 74 73.
148 Nicola Callander (Mill Green) 80 68.
149 Lianna Bailey (Notts Ladies’) 75 74
150 Fiona Liddell (Germany) 73 77, Alice Hewson (Berkhamstead) 73 77, Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) 76 74.
151 Annabel Bailey (Notts Ladies) 79 72, Emma Allen (Moon Valley) 76 75.
152 Victoria Mallett (Sutton Colfield) 77 75
153 Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) 77 76
154 Megan Lockett (Huddersfield) 78 76, India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 78 76, Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis) 77 77.
155 Erin Porter (Blackpool North Shore) 79 76, Ella Ofstedahl (Mill Green) 82 73, Sophie Madden (West Essex) 79 76
157 Emma Harris (Peel Ladies) 76 81.
158 Bethany Acey (Sandburn Hall) 76 82. Kirsty Beckwith (Moortown) 81 77
159 Mollie Lawrence (Rochester & Cobham) 80 79
160 Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) 76 84, Olivia Jackson (Oakdale) 79 81, Gabrielle Lawrence (Enville) 80 80, Rhiannon Linacre (Coxmoor) 80 80, Emily Lyle )Worksop) 81 79
161 Lucy Walton (The Worcestershire) 75 86, Charlotte Ann Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor) 78 83, Eloise Healey (West Lancs) 80 81, Jemma Gregson (Knowle) 81 80, Lizzie Prior (Foxhills) 80 81.
International team event
294 Italy (Ludovica Farina, Camilla Mazzola, Camila Mortigliengo).
298 Scotland 1 (Connie Jaffrey, Lauren Whyte, Clara Young).
300 England 1 (Gabriella Cowley, Sophie Keech, Annabel Dimmock).
England pair challenge in Scottish U16 championship
12 April 2012
England’s Gabriella Cowley and Alice Hewson are just one shot off the lead at the halfway stage of the Scottish U16 open strokeplay championship at Strathmore.
Both girls are in the England Golf squad for the championship and both returned scores of one-over par 73. They are one behind the overnight leader, Camilla Mortigliengo of Italy.
Alice (pictured), the 2010 English U13 champion from Berkamsted, played her first nine in two-under par, but a couple of three-putt greens proved costly on the way home.
Gabriella, the English U15 champion from West Essex, was very steady: two birdies and two bogeys on her outward half, one bogey on her 10th hole and then a tidy run of eight pars.
Also in the squad of six is Emma Harris (Peel Ladies’), who eagled the first – her 10th hole – to get to two-under, but slipped back with a watery triple bogey on the par three fourth. She ended up with a score of 76, equalled by Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth). Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis) is a shot further back while Sophie Madden (West Essex) returned 79.
Afterwards, squad coach Scott Godfrey commented: “The girls all hit the ball well but they struggled a bit on the greens, which are very undulating. There were a lot of three putts and missed short putts and we’ll be going out on the practice green to work on it.
“Most of the girls know they left a few shots out on the course today and they’re looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow and getting stuck into it. They know they can go a little bit lower than they did today.”
The championship start was delayed by an hour today to allow the greenstaff time to deal with the after-effects of a severe storm last night.
Other leading English players in the championship include 75 Lianna Bailey (Notts Ladies’), Lucy Walton (The Worcestershire); 76 Melissa Wood (Huddersfield), Bethany Acey (Sandburn Hall), Charlotte West (Harewood Downs), Emma Allen (Meon Valley).
Alice Hewson image: copyright Leaderboard Photography