Leading girl golfers will head to East Devon Golf Club next week for the English U18 girls’ amateur championship.
Play in the 72-hole stroke play event starts on Tuesday and the competitors will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of such past champions as professional stars Mel Reid and Holly Clyburn.
The championship has attracted a very strong English entry, together with representatives of nine other countries.
Among the contenders for the title are Yorkshire’s Nicola Slater (Lindrick), who has already won the English women’s open match play championship this season and shared fourth place in the English women’s amateur.
Slater will be joined in the field by six other members of the English girls’ squad: Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield), Thalia Kirby (Stoke Park), Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill), Mimi Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow), Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer).
Heath won the girls’ trophy at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, ahead of Screen, who was also runner-up in the 2017 British stroke play. Williamson won the Hampshire Rose while Kirby was third in the Welsh women’s strokeplay and Rhodes was individually sixth in qualifying at the European girls’ team championship. Lewis will be hoping to go one better this year after finishing runner-up in this championship in 2017.
Evie Stone, a member at East Devon, will carry the local hopes, alongside other Devon players including Lexi Dart (Churston) and Charlotte Husband (Exeter).
East Devon Golf Club (pictured) will provide the players with a fine test of golf – as well as some spectacular views.
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The championship is played from Tuesday to Thursday, 31 July to 2 August.