Nine leading England amateurs are teeing up alongside the professionals today in the WPGA International Challenge on the LET Access Series.
They include English amateur champion Georgina Blackman (pictured) and they are among a field of 108 players from 17 different countries. The 54-hole event takes place at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club on the Suffolk/Essex border.
Blackman (Chelmsford) is joined by Emily Brennan (Trentham), Cara Gainer (Castle Royle), Caley McGinty (Knowle), Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield), Thalia Kirby (Stoke Park), Ebonie Lewis (Long Ashton), Georgia Price (Bude & North Cornwall) and Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay).
Blackman, 22, won the English women’s amateur in a tense finish at Wilmslow and was in England’s team at the Women’s Home Internationals.
Brennan, 19, was runner-up in the St Rule Trophy and a semi-finalist in the English women’s matchplay.
Gainer, 22, was the 2017 English women’s match play champion and was fourth in this season’s English women’s open.
McGinty, 17, has just won the Liphook Scratch Cup by seven shots and has had consistently high finishes all season.
Heath, 16, won the girls’ title at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and was a semi-finalist at the British girls’ championship.
Kirby, 17, was third in the Welsh women’s open championship and seventh in the Liphook Scratch Cup.
Lewis, 17, was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals – as was Heath – and was third at the Irish women’s open.
Price, 24, is a member of the England Golf women’s squad and was fourth in the English women’s open amateur championship.
Toy, 20, was fourth in the English women’s amateur, is a past English girls’ champion and, as an Exeter University student, has an impressive university golf record.
Stoke by Nayland is hosting the Challenge for the sixth time. It continues until Saturday and is the only LETAS event to be staged in the UK this year. The strong field will chase a €35,000 prize fund and also the goal of gaining an exemption on to the Ladies European Tour for next season.
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