Professional challenge for England girl amateurs

Becca Earl

Talented girl golfers from England Golf’s regional squads have again been invited to take on the tournament challenge of WPGA professionals.

Girls from the U16 and U18 regional squads will have the opportunity to gain tournament experience by playing alongside the professionals in six events on the WPGA’s popular One Day Series.

They’ve already made their mark in past seasons. Hertfordshire’s Becca Earl of Bishops Stortford (Image © Leaderboard Photography) won two events last year, while in 2014 Megan Clarke (Cleckheaton & District) and Charlotte West (Harewood Downs) were both winners.

Rebecca Hembrough, the England Golf Performance Manager for women’s golf, commented: “England Golf is delighted that the WPGA is again opening up spaces at these events and supporting our regional programme.

“The experience is invaluable and gives the girls a fantastic opportunity to compete and to learn from the way the professional players approach the game.”

PGA chief executive Sandy Jones added: “We are delighted with the success in recent years when England Golf girls have taken the opportunity to play in the WPGA tournaments.

“We believe this is essential in the development of the next generation of players and is a great example of how the professional and amateur game can work together to bring more success to the game overall.”

The 2016 series of seven day events will run from May to August and will take place at Little Aston, Staffordshire, on 9 May; Dunham Forest, Cheshire, on 25 May; Three Rivers, Essex, on 3 June; Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, on 27 June; Salisbury & South Wilts on 7 July; Chestfield, Kent, on 22 July; and South Herts on 10 August.

Squad players should click here to apply before the following England Golf closing dates, all at noon: Little Aston 11 April; Dunham Forest 25 April; Three Rivers 2 May; Kedleston Park 30 May; Salisbury & South Wilts 9 June; Chestfield 24 June; South Herts 22 July.

Entry will be for up to 10 players per event with a maximum handicap requirement of four.