Girls’ summer success continues

The region’s best female golfers have collected a string of top finishes at events across the UK.

In the Faldo Series Wales Girls Championship at Vale Resort, Durham’s Jess Hall finished in second place, one shot behind winner Harriet Lockley with rounds of 71, 72 and 73. Cumbria-based England international Caitlin Whitehead finished in fifth place as Arcot Hall’s Rachel Gourley finished in a tie for sixth. Close House’s Maggie Whitehead also finished inside the top 10.

At The Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock (Barassie) Rosie, Caitlin and Jess made it into the matchplay rounds as Wynyard’s Shannon O’Dwyer missed the cut by one. In the matchplay, Rosie and Jess were knocked out in round one – Jess losing her match on the fifth extra hole – as Caitlin went on to reach the quarter-finals.

Rosie meanwhile reached the quarter-finals of the English Women’s Amateur Championship at Woodhall Spa. Qualifying in the top-16 with rounds of 72 and 78, Rosie beat Roehampton Golf Club’s Annabell Fuller 5&4 before losing to Stoke by Nayland’s Lily May Humphreys 2&1. In the Women’s Strokeplay Championship at Burnham and Berrow, Caitlin picked up a top-10 finish as Rosie and Jess finished inside the top-25.

In the English Girls’ Strokeplay Championship at Sandy Lodge, Rachel picked up the trophy for the leading under 16 player as she and Maggie were part of a five-player tie for third place, three shots behind winner Davina Xanh.

Meanwhile, in the Wee Wonders Grand Final 2020 at Gullane, Heworth Golf Club’s Charlotte Naughton finished in second place in the girls 11-12 category.