European champs England claim Performance of the Year crown

A thrilling victory in the European Ladies’ Team Championships last summer has earned the England women’s squad the honour of ‘Performance of the Year’.

The announcement was made at tonight’s 2022 England Golf Awards sponsored by adidas – much to the delight of the six-strong team.

Annabell Fuller, Charlotte Heath, Rosie Belsham, Caley McGinty, Emily Toy and Lianna Bailey (pictured left to right above) entered the event at Royal County Down as underdogs.

A battling performance in the stroke play section saw the women qualify for the knockout stages where they defeated the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.

The semi-final against Scotland proved to be a thriller – with England storming back from losing the morning foursomes session to win the afternoon singles and progress to the final.

Hot favourites Sweden were the final opponents, but England’s skill and team spirit was never in doubt.

After sharing the points in the morning foursomes, England won three and halved the other two afternoon singles to claim a 5-2 victory.

It was the 11th English win in the tournament’s 62-year history and a sweet moment for a new group of players who gelled superbly under the guidance of coach Steve Robinson and team manager Jennifer Henderson to lift the trophy after a tough week on the Northern Irish links.

Members of the England Golf performance department came together to judge this category and it was the quality of the women’s play combined with the spirit of togetherness shown by the group which earned them the nod over the other strong candidates.

Team member Annabell Fuller admitted the team spirit got them over the line. She said: “I think honestly we were all rooting for each other and that makes a big difference. You see each other across fairways and we were all battling together as opposed to just playing individual matches.

“I remember Caley McGinty coming to caddie for me at the end of her singles match – little things like that make a difference. Then you realise you’re not playing on your own.”

Caley McGinty added: “I think from the beginning of the week we had the belief that we could win. It was a case of taking it step by step and we didn’t treat the final against Sweden differently. Then we realised what we were playing for – a gold medal. That, with the team spirit, enabled us to get the win. “