English championships will showcase girls’ golf

Amelia Williamson

The skills of the leading girl golfers in the country will be showcased in Norfolk next week when almost 200 young players contest three English championships.

Sheringham will host the older players who will take part in the English girls’ championship, while Royal Cromer will test the competitors seeking English girls’ U16 and U14 titles. All three championships will be played simultaneously, from Tuesday to Thursday, 28-30 July.

There’s much to play for, with three places up for grabs in the England team for the Girls’ Home Internationals. The successful trio will complete the side which will bid for an eighth consecutive title, joining the five players who have already been selected.

Those who have secured their places are Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) and Lizzie Prior (Burhill), who will all play at Sheringham; and Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) who is targeting the U16 title at Royal Cromer. Prior tied second in last week’s English women’s championship at Hunstanton, Allen tied 14th and Fuller, who shot a first round 66, was 16th.

A team of four U16 players will also be selected to play Switzerland at Heswall.

There will be a strong local challenge, with seven Norfolk girls playing in the U16s at Royal Cromer and two in the girls’ championship at Sheringham.

Those at Royal Cromer include Amelia Williamson (Image © Leaderboard Photography), a member of the host club who has just completed a winning triple in schools’ golf, capturing national, U16 and south-east titles. Williamson and county girls’ champion Jasmine Campbell (Royal Norwich) impressed last week when they both completed all four rounds of the English women’s championship.

They are joined by county champion Amy Taylor (Bawburgh), Ellie Brown and Megan Mann (both Barnham Broom), Chloe Rowswell (Eaton) and Abigail O’Riordan (Thetford).

At Sheringham, the players include Sian Fenn-Green (Swaffham) and Tara Davis (Barnham Broom).

All three girls’ championships have attracted an international entry with players travelling from across Europe as well as from the other home countries.

All competitors will play one round on each of the first two days. Then, the fields in the English girls’ and the English U6 girls’ will each be cut to the leading 36 players and ties, who contest the final 36 holes on the last day. The U14 field – which includes two 11-year-olds – will be cut to the leading 18 players and ties who play the final 18 holes on Thursday.

In addition to the three championships, the final of the Abraham Trophy will take place at Royal Cromer on Monday 27 July when 22 youngsters will play-off for the title of the most improved girl golfer in the country.

The finalists, who have qualified on the basis of handicap reduction, include Amelia Williamson, Chloe Gibbs (Royal Norwich) and Maisie Farrelly (Dereham).