Teenage pair shine at WPGA event

Cloe Frankish

Two teenage players from England Golf squads led the amateur challenge at the latest event on the WPGA One Day Series when they tied for second place.

Cloe Frankish (image © Leaderboard Photography), 15, from Chart Hills in Kent, and Aimee Wilson, 18, from Mickleover in Derbyshire, both scored two-under 72 at Little Aston. They were in a three-way tie for second place and finished two shots behind the winner, Jo Hodge of Hamptworth in Wiltshire.

A third squad player, Megan Clarke of Cleckheaton & District in Yorkshire, also finished in the top six with a score of one-over par.

The WPGA has opened up entry to its popular One Day Series to U16 and U18 girls from England Golf’s regional squads to give them the chance to develop their skills in a tournament arena.

This was the second event in the series and both have showcased the skills of the emerging amateurs, after Bel Wardle of Cheshire was joint runner-up in the first tournament.

Rebecca Wood, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, said: “This was another fantastic outcome for the England Golf programme. I cannot highlight enough what a great experience this is for the players to add to their development journeys and I hope more players sign up for the remaining events.”

Aimee Wilson, who trains with the West Midlands U18 squad and is the Derbyshire champion, was playing in her first pro event and confessed to shaking beforehand! But her father – and caddy – Mark, said: “She played absolutely fantastic, I was really proud of her, and she really enjoyed the experience. She was very happy.”

She had four birdies in her round and came home in one-under par, with immaculate play which resulted in a birdie on the 10th and eight straight pars to finish with.

Cloe Frankish, who trains with the South East U16 squad, was playing in her second One Day event and her mum, Claire, commented: “She really enjoyed it and it’s given her such a big confidence boost.”

She was giving a new putter its first outing during the competition and was rewarded with an excellent performance on the greens, including holing at least one 30-footer. Altogether she amassed five birdies in her round.

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