Rosanna, 12, is England’s Ômost improved’ girl golfer

Rosanna Halls 2016

Twelve-year-old Rosanna Halls claimed the title of England’s most improved girl golfer after she sped away to a five-shot win in the Abraham Trophy final.

Rosanna, from Gaudet Luce in Worcestershire (image © Leaderboard Photography), shot eight-under net 64 on the Signature course at The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club. Her gross score was 79 – and it was the first time she had broken 80 in competition.

Her closest rivals were three girls who tied with net scores of three-under 69: Georgia Ann Pritchard (Beau Desert), Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies) and Lexi Dart (Churston).

They were among 20 girls who contested the final, having qualified on the basis of handicap reduction. Rosanna, who held a 36 handicap last year, is now playing off 15 – and will be having another hefty cut after today’s round.

“I’m really, really pleased with my score,” she said. “It’s just been a pleasure to be here today.”

Her father, Richard, introduced her to golf about four years ago and she now boasts a lower handicap than him – and she loves the game.

“I think it’s an amazing sport, you meet new people and the courses you get to play are fantastic. It’s a lovely sport to play,” she said.

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