Talented teen Elizabeth Wilson blew away the field with a Stableford score of 39 points to win today’s England Women’s Medal Final at Woodhall Spa.
The 13-year-old from Norwood Park was thrilled to be crowned champion and take home a title which is regarded as the pinnacle for female handicap club golfers in England.
Wilson – who plays off a handicap index of 2.3 and has ambitions to become a professional – produced an excellent level par scratch round on the Bracken Course.
Her score of 39 points gave her a winning margin of three from runner up Katie Clark from Stoke by Nayland and Longridge’s Sally Tyler.
Speaking after being presented the crystal trophy by Jenny Clink, immediate past president of England Golf, Wilson said: “It’s quite a pleasant surprise. I’m so happy.
“I thought I was doing all right, but I didn’t think I’d be near the top.”
Wilson made it through from a club event before carrying on her good form at Belton Park in a regional qualifier – one of six held across the country.
With dad Craig on the bag and helping to calm any nerves, Wilson was able to play freely and display the form which helped her make it to England trials this year.
A former participant in Girls Golf Rocks – an England Golf initiative for beginner girls – at her Nottinghamshire club, Wilson now hopes to continue to step up the golfing ladder.
“My handicap is 2.3 and hopefully coming down,” added Wilson.
“It’s always been my dream to be on the LPGA – I’d love to be a golfer.
“My parents both play and I used to go on the range with them before getting my first handicap aged eight.
“I went to Girls Golf Rocks quite a lot at my club and I got through to England trials last year and hopefully I can go on to do that again.”
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