England squad player Natasha Slater won the Loretto Scottish Girls’ U14 Championship at breezy Bothwell Castle with a two-under par score for the 36-hole event.
Natasha, who trains with the England Golf U16 North regional girls’ squad, was the only player to beat par in the championship.
The 14-year-old from Furness Golf Club in Cumbria, was seven strokes clear of Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill), from the England Golf U16 South squad, and Katharina Steffl from Austria.
“It’s my biggest win so far,” said Natasha. “It’s a nice course and to score rounds of 70 and 72 is pleasing, especially in the wind. I managed to keep things steady.”
The boys’ title was won by Bryan Teoh Wiyang of Malaysia who was three-over par and has enjoyed a successful trip to the UK. He recently won the Hazard Salver for the best performance by a player aged U16 in the Carrris Trophy, the English boys’ open championship. He also had a top 10 finish in the recent Reid Trophy, the English U14 boys’ open championship.
First contested in 2001, the Scottish U14 event has been sponsored by the Loretto School Golf Academy since 2004 and attracts talented young golfers from across the UK and beyond. This year competitors represented countries including France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Bulgaria.
Image: Natasha Slater and Bryan Teoh Wiyang (image © Kenny Smith)
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