Girl power in Scotland

Our region’s top female golfers are off to a fast start in 2018 with strong finishes in the Scottish Girls Open Championship at Monifieth Golf Links.

Whitley Bay’s Rosie Belsham, 15, led the way with rounds of 72, 73 and 75 to finish in second place on one over-par in the international field – just two shots behind winner Ffion Tynan.

Rosie said: “I went into the event excited for the season after working hard over the winter and hoping for a top-10 finish. After the first round I realised my game was in great shape and it could be a really successful event for me. I’m ecstatic with the result and looking forward to the rest of the season”. 

Meanwhile, six more girls from our region finished in the top-15 – Ulverston’s Natasha Slater (third), Carus Green’s Caitlin Whitehead (fourth), Bishop Auckland’s Briony Bayles (tied-seventh), Gosforth Park Ladies’ Jess Baker (tied-10th), Katie Sibley (Carlisle) and Beamish Park’s Alex Stevenson (tied-13th).

Following her second place finish, Rosie went on to finish in a tie for 13th place in the Irish Girls’ U18 Open Strokeplay Championship at Roganstown before heading to the Leveret Trophy at Formby where she shot rounds of 74 and 73 to finish in eighth place.