Thirteen-year-old Olivia Barrs has claimed her place in England Golf’s Grand Medal Final with a superb round of net 63.
The youngster, from Lindgale Golf Club in Leicestershire, posted her score in the Midlands North Regional Medal Final at Radcliffe on Trent, where she led 10 qualifiers for the Grand Final.
Olivia gained her first handicap a year ago and was playing off 23 when she teed up in the regional final. She finished four shots clear of her closest challenger and a hefty cut is on the way.
“It was the best round I’ve ever had and I’m really, really happy about it. I can’t believe I’ve won,” she said. Olivia’s round included a gross birdie and five pars – on a course she’d never played before.
This was the fifth of six regional qualifiers to determine the competitors for the Grand Medal Final at Northants County Golf Club on June 29.
The successful players from Radcliffe on Trent were: Olivia Barrs of Lingdale, Sue Annibal of South Kyme, Elizabeth Ruscoe of Aldersey Green, Fran Kralev of Lymm, Cath Wong of Cotgrave Place, Carol Wild of Notts Ladies, Sophie Beardsall of Greetham Valley, Joan Young of Boston, Jo Hopkins of Notts Ladies’ and Gill Brook of Louth.
All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2012. The Midlands North final was contested by players from Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.
Qualifying net scores
Midlands North Regional Final,
Radcliffe on Trent, Par 72, CSS 73
63 Olivia Barrs (Lingdale)
67 Sue Annibal (South Kyme)
71 Elizabeth Ruscoe (Aldersey Green)
72 Fran Kralev (Lymm)
73 Cath Wong (Cotgrave Place), Carol Wild (Notts Ladies’), Sophie Beardsall (Greetham Valley), Joan Young (Boston), Jo Hopkins (Notts Ladies’), Gill Brook (Louth)
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