Girls' golf has been rocking at the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo where teams of ambassadors from Bedfordshire and Essex showed off their skills.
Girls Golf Rocks is the successful project run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation which encourages girls to take up the sport. It's supported by ambassadors from county girls' squads who help the newcomers and show them it's a fun, friendly game.
This time it was the turn of the ambassadors to have fun and to show off their skills in the pro-am which preceded this week's Challenge Tour event.
Ysobel Lush, Sophie Wheeler and Charley Hatley From Essex teamed up with professional Jack Senior (pictured top) while Befordshire’s Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Imogen Morton-King and Estelle Klausner were partnered by Richard Finch.
Sophie, 15, gave a great demonstration of girl power when she won the long drive competition with her 232-yard tee shot on the first hole.
The five-handicapper is a past winner of the Abraham trophy, for England's most improved girl golfer, and, with Ysobel, was one of the first ambassadors when Girls Golf Rocks started іn Essex thгеe years аgо.
“I’ve always loved it,” said 16-year-old Ysobel, who wants to be a PE teacher and who has helped the project collect three awards and was individually Essex golfer of the year in 2016.
Charley, 17, and ambassador for two years, loved the pro-am experience. “It’s been really good to play this course, which I might never be able to play again, and to play with a Tour player. It's pretty amazing!”
Their professional, Jack Senior is well versed in women’s golf, thanks to his girlfriend Bethany Garton, who has been Lancashire champion. Afterwards he said of his team:”The girls all played good, they were impressive - and they enjoyed it. That's the big thing, if you don't enjoy it, there's no point doing it."
Top from left, Essex ambassadors Charley Hatley, Ysobel Lush and Sophie Wheel with Jack Senior.Images copyright leaderboard Photography
England's Lily May Humphreys has crowned a superb season by winning the British girls' championship at Enville, defeating Emilie Overas 785 in the 18-hole final to seal the biggest win of her amateur career.
Humphreys, from Stoke by Nayland, Essex, has already won the English Women's amateur title and the European Young Masters this season.
Afterwards the 15-year-old said: "This is the best I've ever played to win a tournament. I was six-under-par through thirteen holes so I guess that's pretty difficult to beat. I didn't feel the pressure, I just went out to play my best."
She added: This win means so much. I have so much confidence after this win and We had lots of fantastic support too, it couldn't have been much better."
Humphreys' win earns her an exemption into Final Qualifying for the Ricoh Women's British Open next year and she will aim to secure a place in the starting field at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Humphreys surged into the lead on the par five 1st after a birdie four secured the hole was soon 2up on her Norwegian opponent after Overas could only manage a double-bogey on the short par three 2nd.
The England girl international extended her advantage to three holes after an excellent birdie on the 3rd, before taking a firm grip of the match at 4 up after the Norwegian made a bogey on the 4th to lose another hole.
The blistering start made by Humphreys to win four consecutive holes eventually ran out of steam after the pair halved both the 5th and 6th before Overas made small inroads into reducing the deficit by bouncing back to win the 7th with a birdie three.
The fightback was short-lived however; Humphreys responded in kind by birdieing the 8th to restore the lead back to four holes and laid one hand on the trophy after rolling in a birdie on the par five 10th to move to 5up.
Overas conceded on the 11th to widen the gap to six holes before the duo both made birdie On the 12th to halve the hole.
Humphreys closed out the match on the 13th after Overas conceded the hole, sealing a memorable win to lift the title.
In the first of the semi-finals, Humphreys narrowly overcame Germany's Paula Kirner by one hole to secure her passage to the final.Overas sealed her place in the final by a fine margin too, defeating Elena Moosmann of Switzerland by two holes.
The East Region Final of the Australian Spoons was held at Stock Brook Manor on Monday 31st July. Lynne Southgate & Karen Smith from The Burstead won the day with 35pts. Elaine Huwen & Eileen Schlee from Woodbridge GC came second with 34pts and Victoria Walley & Sarah Jackson from Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands were third on count back from Margaret Baxter & Gill Storey from Royal Cromer with 33pts. The winners go forward to the National Final on Friday 18th August at Woodhall Spa.
England’s Lily May Humphreys, Annabell Fuller, Conor Gough and Barclay Brown are golf’s European Young Masters.
Humphreys led the way to the team success with a personal triumph, becoming the first English player to win the girls’ championship.
Her success, in the European Young Masters at Oslo Golf Club, Norway, books her a place in the Asia-Pacific Junior Championship in Hong Kong at the end of August.
The 15-year-old from Stoke by Nayland, Essex, was two-under for the championship and won by a stroke after returning one-under 71 in the final round.
Last year she was third in this championship and she said: “I really wanted to win this after last year and it feels really good.”
Fuller, also 15, (Roehampton, Surrey) was third in the girls’ championship, closing with four-under 68, the best score of the final round, to finish on level par.
In the boys’ championship, Conor Gough, from Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, finished seventh on five-under, while Barclay Brown (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) was 14th on one-over, also finishing with four-under par 68.
Their play underlines England’s current dominance in Europe, for they add their titles to the European amateur championship won at the start of this month by Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park, Kent) and the European women’s team title, won two weeks ago.
Sue Over, joint team manager with her husband, Nick, said: “The team has been amazing, we are so proud of them. Today they just went out for it and it was fantastic.”
This is England’s first team victory since 2013 and they finished on 12-under, beating Norway by five shots, while Italy took third place, two shots further back.
Humphreys is enjoying terrific form, having just become one of the youngest-ever winners of the English women’s amateur.
She started the final round one shot off the lead and quickly staked her claim to the title with birdies on the second and third. But on the fourth she had a shank on the way to a double bogey and dropped another shot on the fifth.
“I just got on with it afterwards and recovered pretty well,” said Humphreys, who played the remaining holes in two-under par, helped by holing a couple of long putts.
She wasn’t sure of the scores when she came off the course but as soon as she was certain she’d secured the title she ran off to support Gough.
“The team win is a big bonus. The four of us get on really well and this is really good,” she said.
Fuller’s final round included five birdies and just one dropped shot. Gough was level par today and Brown mirrored Fuller with five birdies and a bogey in his 68.
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|2017 fixture list|
|18-22 Sep||Women’s English County Finals|
|19-21 Sep||Senior Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship|
|22 Sep||Harris Bowl Semi Finals|
|25 Sep||10 Counties|
|26 Sep||Seniors Open Meeting|
|1 Oct||Silver Shield Final|
|2 Oct||Windfall Trophy|