Lyme Regis to showcase international girls’ golf

Lyme Regis Golf Club in Dorset will be a showcase for girls’ golf this week when talented young players from across England and Europe challenge for national titles.

A total of 144 golfers from 11 countries will play in the English U16 and U14 girls’ championships from Tuesday to Thursday, 7-9 August. In addition, 20 girls will compete for the title of England’s most improved girl golfer in the Abraham Trophy final on Monday 6 August.

It’s the first time the club has hosted a national event and it promises to be memorable. Past champions include the Solheim Cup players Georgia Hall and Charley Hull.

There’s a strong contingent of Dorset girls in the two championships. There are four players from Broadstone – Meg Walker, Chloe Haesler, Sienna Birch and Louise Burke – while other local girls are Hermione Christey-Clover (Ashley Wood), Lili Horn (Ferndown), Scarlett Williams (Parkstone) and Elizabeth Ashford (Sherborne).

Other English players include Rosie Belsham of Whitley Bay, Northumberland, who has recently represented England in the European Young Masters and the R&A’s Junior Open.

Staffordshire’s Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall) tasted high profile success last year when she was in the winning team in the Bridestone Chase Your Dream Trophy, run by England Golf, and payed in the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports. She also met her idol Charley Hull at the event.

The European players include Italy’s Charlotte Cattaneo who is defending the U14 crown she won last year.

The U16 championship will be played over 72 holes; the U14 over 54 holes. Both tournaments end on Thursday, 9 August.

The Abraham Trophy competitors include Surrey’s Lottie Woad (Farnham) who won the Trophy last year, while Meg Walker will represent Dorset. The competitors have all qualified for the final on the basis on handicap reduction.