Best in class

Reigning Ladies Champion of Champions Faye Wheatley picked up her first win of the season at the North Regional Schools Girls Championship, while England international Rachel Gourley won the Northumberland Schools Girls Championship at Ponteland Golf Club.

Competing at Sleaford Golf Club, Faye posted a round of 72 to lead the field by two. Meanwhile, Arcot Hall-based Rachel shot a three under-par 72 at Ponteland to lead the field by seven shots and lift the trophy for a second time following her win in 2018.

Rachel said: “Winning this event for a second time was a great way to start the season. It was good to make seven birdies in the round and show where my game is heading, despite giving a few of those back. It’s going to be a busy year of national, and hopefully international, events and England selections. My game is in good shape and I’m looking forward to getting back to competing in big events.”

Meanwhile, Angus Buchanan posted a four under-par round of 68 to win the Northumberland Boys Championship as Jack McCall and Nairn Barclay finished three shots back in second place. Angus went on to finish second in the North Regional Schools Boys Championship at Sleaford, as Junior Dobson finished in third place.