Northumberland girls shine for England

Rosie Belsham, Rachel Gourley and Maggie Whitehead are enjoying another summer of stellar golf in England colours.

Whitley Bay-based Rosie, who attends Baylor University in the US, helped England’s women successfully defend their European Team Championship title at Conwy in Wales. Rookie Lottie Woad held her nerve to secure the winning point in the final against Italy as the England side – which featured four of the team who lifted the trophy last year in Northern Ireland (Rosie, Annabell Fuller, Charlotte Heath and Caley McGinty) – came good once again.

Meanwhile, Arcot Hall’s Rachel Gourley and Close House’s Maggie Whitehead helped England claim fourth place in the European Girls’ Team Championship in Iceland as France won the title. In the men’s event, Spain beat Sweden to claim top spot at Royal St George’s as Germany beat England to win the boys’ title in Germany.

Rachel also picked up a seventh-place finish in the England Girls’ Championship at Wilmslow, while Maggie was part of the England team at the European Young Masters in Finland, where she finished in a tie for seventh place.

Both Rachel and Maggie will make their first appearances for England’s Women’s team in the R&A Home Internationals at Ballyliffin Golf Club in Ireland in August.