Lancashire 13-year-old heads for Grand Medal Final

Louisa Brunt

Lancashire 13-year-old, Louisa Brunt, shot net 67 at York to lead the North region qualifiers for England Golf’s 2012 Grand Medal Final.

Louisa, from Ashton-under-Lyne, trains with England Golf’s Birdies North squad. She won the event by a single shot from Michelle Fielding of Clitheroe, while two other Lancashire players tied third.

The event was contested by the best women club medal players from six counties and the top ten qualified for the Grand Medal Final to be held at Worcestershire Golf Club on Saturday, June 23.

The ten, who will join qualifiers from five other regions to compete for the title of England’s champion medal player, are: Louisa Brunt (Ashton Under Lyne), Michelle Fielding (Clitheroe), Sandra King (Davyhulme Park), Alex Forrest (Longridge),  Emma Vallantine (Werneth Low), Helen Cray (Crewe),  Lauren Oleksik (Astbury), Veronica Whitehill (Crow Nest Park), Annabel Lightfoot (Hainsworth Park), Tiffany Fielden (Hale).

All the regional finalists returned the best four scores at their club in the English Women’s Medals during 2011.

“It was a good day,” said Louisa, who had never seen the course before. “I managed to get away with some really good pars. I went through a stage when I had three bogeys but I got it back.”

This is the latest in a string of successes for Louisa, who is playing only her third season of golf with a handicap. Last year she became the county U13 champion and won the girls’ prize for the biggest handicap reduction: from 25 to 12.

She had already cut her handicap to 10 before teeing off in the regional medal final and is now down to nine – well on the way to achieving her ambition of a reduction to seven. Louisa plays for the Lancashire girls’ and B teams.

Another Lancashire player, Alison Wake of Aston & Lea, failed to qualify for the Grand Final, but had the compensation of scoring a hole-in-one on the 102-yard 11th hole. The 17 handicapper used a six-iron for her first ace.

Qualifying net scores
Par 73, CSS 74
67 Louisa Brunt (Ashton Under Lyne, hcp 10)
68 Michelle Fielding (Clitheroe, 17)
70 Sandra King (Davyhulme Park, 28), Alex Forrest (Longridge, 12),
71 Emma Vallantine (Werneth Low, 22), Helen Cray (Crewe, 21), Lauren Oleksik (Astbury, 5)
72 Veronica Whitehill (Crow Nest Park, 19), Annabel Lightfoot (Hainsworth Park, 18), Tiffany Fielden (Hale, 9)