English Girls’ Championship: Xanh heads a classy field at Yorkshire venue

Defending champion Davina Xanh will be joined by four of her national squad team-mates in the quest for success at this year’s English Girls’ Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

Xanh claimed the title last year at Sandy Lodge Golf Club after beating Abbi Rowlands in a play-off with a birdie two at the first extra hole.

Among those joining Xanh in the field this year at Malton and Norton Golf Club in Yorkshire are England girls’ squad players Lottie Woad, Maggie Whitehead, Patience Rhodes and Rachel Gourley.

Rain and storms reduced last year’s event to a 36-hole competition, but Xanh was a worthy winner and made it clear how much the title meant to her after being crowned champion.

She said: “It’s the biggest achievement of my career so far, I’m really happy to have won.”

Malton and Norton is a 27-hole facility in the Vale of York featuring three nine-hole tracks that each play around 2700 yards from the red tees.

The Welham and Park courses will host 144 competitors playing 18 holes on each of the first two days before a cut takes place.

The top 40 and ties will then play 36 holes on the final day.

The championship was first staged in 1964 at Wollaton Park.

Previous winners include current LPGA Tour star and Solheim Cup winner Mel Reid who lifted the trophy in 2004 and again in 2005.

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