Impressive Emily wins by five in Whittington Trophy

Emily Price

Girl international Emily Price has scored her first win in women’s golf with an impressive five-shot victory in the Whittington Ladies’ Trophy.

Price, a past English U15 girls’ champion, was three-under for the 36 holes at Whittington Heath in Staffordshire – and the only player to beat par in demanding weather conditions of gusting winds and rain.

“I was a bit surprised, there were some good players there and I wasn’t the lowest handicap,” said the 16-year-old from Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club. “I just kept my head down and did what I had to do, played the course and no-one else.”

She scored 71 70 and commented: “I played really well in the first round but annoyingly I made seven birdies, four bogeys and one double and finished one-under. There were a few mental errors that needed correcting, like club choice in the wind.

“I talked to my coach and my dad at lunch about what was going well and what could be improved in the wind and I played better – but I didn’t hole as many putts.”

Overall, though, the result was reward for a great deal of hard winter work on putting. “It was the weak part of my game and I’ve improved it so much over the winter and that was a massive part of the win,” said Price.

Now she heads to Formby Ladies’ for The Leveret – another of the top women’s scratch events – and then into next week’s Scottish girls’ open championship. After that she’s taking a break to concentrate on her GCSEs before a busy summer of golf.

Price is a member of the England Golf girls’ squad and has represented both England and GB&I at U16 level. As well as winning the English U15 title in 2013, she was third in last year’s English and Scottish U16 championships.

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