Girls’ golf will be in for a great celebration next week when 144 leading young players head to Blackmoor Golf Club, Hampshire, in search of national titles.
The English U16 and U14 girls’ championships will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, August 8-10, and have attracted an international entry from 15 countries.
The players include girl international Annabell Fuller, pictured, (Roehampton, Surrey), who has just helped England win the team championship at the European Young Masters. Meanwhile, the host club will be represented by Olivia Ripiner, from England Golf’s South regional U16 squad.
Blackmoor is regarded as one of the best courses in Hampshire. It was originally laid out by renowned golf architect Harry Colt, and consists of two loops of nine holes created from heathland, with fairways surrounded by heather, pine, birch and oak trees.
The curtain raiser to the week will turn the focus on handicap golf when 22 young players compete in the Abraham Trophy to find England’s most improved girl golfer.
They’ve all qualified on the basis of handicap reduction and will play off for the national title on Monday, August 7.
Between them the Abraham Trophy finalists represent 13 counties:
Buckinghamshire – Olivia Lee of Gerrards Cross; Amelia Curtis of Stoke Park.
Derbyshire – Hannah Morrison of Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Dorset – Sienna Birch, Louise Burke and Chloe Haesler of Broadstone.
Hampshire – Ellie Mans of Barton-on-Sea; Hannah Dymott of Meon Valley.
Hertfordshire – Hallie Copping-jones of Bishops Stortford.
Lancashire – Emily James of Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Lincolnshire – Tilly Garfoot of Spalding.
Middlesex – Lucy Handley of Pinner Hill.
Norfolk – Hope Neild of Royal Norwich.
Northamptonshire – Ashleigh Critchley of Kettering.
Surrey – Sasha Crockett of Burhill; Lottie Woad of Farnham; Alexandra Jakins and Sarah Mardani of Windlesham.
Worcestershire – Lucy Buckley of Bromsgrove; Kacey Haynes and Lili Rose Hunt of Gaudet Luce.
Yorkshire – Jessica Hosking of Huddersfield.
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