English pair lead strong challenge

Natasha Slater

English duo Rosie Belsham and Natasha Slater shared the runners-up spot in the Scottish girls’ open championship, two shots behind Ffion Tynan of Wales.

Tynan – who is a member at Minchinhampton and a Gloucestershire county player – was one-under for the 54 holes at Monifieth and the only player under par.

Slater (pictured), the English women’s County Champion of Champions in 2017, is from Ulverston, Cumbria, while Belsham is from Whitley Bay, Northumberland. She is a member of England Golf’s North regional U16 squad.

They led an impressive challenge by English players with six others finishing among the top 10 and ties. Caitlin Whitehead (Kendal, Cumbria) was fourth on two over, while Ebonie Lewis (Long Ashton, Gloucestershire) was fifth. Bryony Bayles (Bishop Auckland, Durham) and Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) tied seventh; Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies, Northumberland) and Katie Sibley (Carlisle, Cumbria) tied 10th.

Whitehead, Lewis and Heath are all in the England Golf girls’ squad while Baker and Sibley are in regional squads.

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