Francesca keeps U14 girls’ trophy in Italian hands

Francesca Fiorellini kept the English U14 girls’ open championship in Italian hands when she won the trophy today by five shots at Lyme Regis Golf Club.

The 13-year-old was one-over par for 54 holes and commented: “I was very excited at the beginning of the day and on the last hole when I was sure I could win, I was very, very excited.”

She follows Charlotte Cattaneo as champion and adds her name to a trophy which was once won by Georgia Hall, now the Ricoh Women’s British Open winner.

Fiorellini started the day one off the lead, held by Harriet Lockley of Wales, and went round in two-under 72 today to shoot away from the field.

The English challenge was led by Patience Rhodes of Burnham and Berrow, Somerset who finished as joint runner-up and recreated a piece of history.

Back in 2014 Rhodes’ sister Mimi – now an England girl international – was runner-up in this event, also to an Italian, Emilie Paltrinieri.

Rhodes, 14, intends to keep following in her sister’s footsteps – and overtake her if possible! “I’m hoping to be better than her, I always beat her at chipping,” she laughed.

She finished this championship on six-over, tied with Anna Neumayer of Austria, and commented: “I’m very pleased because I did the best I could have done.” Rhodes also won the handicap competition on net six-under par.

Three other English girls also finished in the top ten Rachel Gourley (Arcot Hall), who tied fourth; and Scarlett Williams (Parkstone) and Lottie Woad (Farnham) who tied sixth.

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