Thirteen-year-old Kate Harvey has just won an England Golf Silver Rose Spoon award for an astonishing competition score of 22-under – and a handicap reduction of almost 11 shots.
Kate, from Tynemouth in Northumberland, was playing off 36 when she entered the Joyce Hall Spring Trophy. She shot a gross 87, net 51 and was 22-under the SSS of 73.
“I can’t remember ever seeing a result like it,” said England Golf championship manager Emma Dickinson. She runs the Rose Spoon competition which rewards the best stroke play scores returned by club players nationwide.
Kate, who got her handicap last year, was 10-over par on the front nine and four-over on the back. Her score led to a handicap reduction of 10.8 shots and she now plays off 25.
Her father, Malcolm – who is course manager at Wearside – said: “She was over the moon with the score – but she didn’t like the handicap cut! Her target for the year was to get her handicap under 30 and to win one competition. Now she’s aiming to get under 20.”
Kate is a sporty girl who also enjoys riding, Taekwondo and cycling. She has been working with Tynemouth’s PGA professional John McKenna as part of the County Academy Programme and he said: “Kate’s an all-round athlete and it’s lovely that she’s got a reward for her work, it shows her potential.”
Our Silver Rose Spoon competition runs from April to October each season. Every month we award a rose spoon to the winner of each of four handicap divisions and another for the player with the best gross score of the month.
Division I (up to 10 handicap)
Lily Downs (Romanby), handicap 7, scored net 69, 4-under SSS
Division 2 (11-20)
Tracy Roberts (Oxford Ladies’), handicap 11, scored net 67, 5-under SSS
Division 3 (21-30)
Alison Yates (Shifnal), handicap 24, scored net 65, 8-under SSS
Division 4 (31-36)
Kate Harvey (Tynemouth) handicap 36, scored net 51, 22-under SSS
Best gross score:
Sophie Speariett and Gill Nutter, both of Formby Ladies’, both scored gross 75