By Richard Jackman
LYME Regis Golf Club was privileged to host the English Girls’ Under 16/14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
Following Molinari’s win in the Open and Georgia Hall’s win in the Women’s British Open, it was perhaps a coincidence that the under 14 competition was won by an Italian and that Hall was a previous winner.
Franscesca Fiorellini (aged 13) won with a final round score of two under par to finish one over par for the three rounds and win by a convincing five shots from Anna Neumayer, of Austria, and Somerset’s Patience Rhodes.
Fifteen year-old Kerttu Hiltunen, from Finland, won the under 16 competition by an incredible 11-shot margin, bettering par on each of her four rounds, two of which were on the last day, to stand head and shoulders above her nearest rivals.
Finishing on level par were British girls Ellie Gower, Rafiah Banday and Jess Baker. One member helping out on the course commented: “I am so impressed by their determination, perseverence and above all, skill level.”
England Golf posted “We had a fabulous week at LRGC for the U14/16 Girls championship, a very big thank you to the super staff, members and volunteers.”
August medal winner
THE August medal produced some exceptional scores. Top of the list was Division 1 winner Andrew Dawe; his front nine was three under gross as he went on a rampant birdie blitz staying three under gross to record a phenominal nett 62, the best score of the day.
With a winning score on most other days, Mark Lewis was level par on the first 12 holes with some brilliant golf but couldn’t keep up the pace but still came a convincing second with a nett 65.
Jon Ebdon had some up and down scores but in the final four holes managed three superb birdies to finish third on 69.
Division 2 saw an in-form Jeremy Linnert rampage through the front nine and despite a small blip on the back nine, still emerged top with a nett 65 to take gold. Alasdair Maclean showed calm composure as he finished with a nett eagle on the 18th to take second spot on 67, while Colin Baker’s three over gross on the back nine secured third place on 68.