Charlotte Naughton’s a national champion

Ponteland’s Charlotte Naughton celebrated her first victory on the national stage at the English Girls’ Under 14 Open Championship.

Charlotte took home the trophy in the under-14 event, which took place alongside the English Girls’ Under 16 Open Championship at Formby Ladies’ Golf Club after completing the 54-hole event with a final round 73 to post a winning total of 219 (six over-par).

Playing alongside overnight leader Annabel Peaford, Charlotte clawed back by the deficit with three birdies before making par on the 18th to finish two shots clear of Hill Valley’s Lauren Crump.

Charlotte, who became the youngest-ever winner of the Northumberland Ladies County Championship earlier this season, said: “I feel very proud to stand here. It means a lot because I’ve worked really hard for this and it’s all paid off.

“A birdie at the second really got me started for the final round. I just missed out on a birdie at the 17th, which was my hardest hole, so that was alright too.

“I played really well. It’s a hard course and now I just need to keep grafting away and get better and better.”

Meanwhile, England girls’ squad member Rosie Bee Kim won the under-16 event a year after success in the younger age category. 

With her win, Rosie became the first player since Lily May Humphreys in 2015 and 2016 to win back-to-back titles across both age categories.