Top class Laura wins qualifier for Grand Medal Final

Laura Morrison 2014 Regional winner

Yorkshire teenager Laura Morrison dashed from the exam room to the golf course – and won her way into England Golf’s Grand Medal Final.

Laura sat her GCSE Business Studies exam yesterday morning, before hurrying fron Leeds to Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club in County Durham where she won the North Region Medal Final with a net score of five-under 68.

The 16-year-old leads 10 qualifiers for the Grand Medal Final at Peterborough Milton Golf Club on June 28. They are: Laura Morrison of Garforth, Anne Moyle of Hexham, Louisa Brunt of Ashton-under-Lyne, Jennifer Langrish of Stocksfield,  Roanne Tomlinson of Haydock Park, Pauline Bramley of Hallamshire, Sarah Chapman of Wath, Mary Kay of Thirsk & Northallerton,  Natasha Martin of Beamish Park, and Neeve Fisher of Hebden Bridge.   

All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2013.

Laura won the event on countback and commented: “It was great, I’m a little bit in shock! My aim was to qualify, to win it is just amazing.”

The five-handicapper put together a gross score of level par 73 and remarked: “I was pretty steady throughout the round and then holed a par putt on the last of about eight or nine feet, which was crucial.”

Laura started playing golf when she was eight and has represented both the Yorkshire girls and Yorkshire ladies’ second team. Last season she cut her handicap from eight to five and this year her target is three.

This was the fifth of six Regional Medal Finals. The East, South, Midlands North and Midlands South finals have already taken place. The South West final will be played at Forest Hills, Gloucestershire, on 25 May.

North Region Medal Final
Houghton-le-Spring
Par 73, CSS 73
Net qualifying scores
68 Laura Morrison  (Garforth) Anne Moyle (Hexham)    
70 Louisa Brunt  (Ashton-under-Lyne), Jennifer Langrish (Stocksfield)   
71 Roanne Tomlinson (Haydock Park) Pauline Bramley (Hallamshire) Sarah Chapman (Wath) Mary Kay (Thirsk & Northallerton) 71   
72 Natasha Martin (Beamish Park) Neeve Fisher (Hebden Bridge)    

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