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National Championships 2009


Under 18 Girls' Championships

NORTH WILTS GOLF CLUB, 28th July to 1st August 2009

Juniors at English Under 18 Champs
        The Juniors at the English Under 18 Champs - from left:-
                       Evie Ing, Emily Marler & Zoe Fitz-Costa

The U18 English Girls' Championship  was played at the North Wilts GC and as the weather was so awful the second qualifying round was scrapped - torrential rain causing flooding on the greens. The draw for the first matchplay round was made on the basis of the scores returned in the first round. Over half the field still had to complete their second round when play was called off, this included Bucks girls Alice Richards, Emily Marler and Victoria Bryan.

Zoe Fitz-Costa made the cut and qualified for Flight 1 in 13th=, playing Rebecca Gee (Northants) in the first round. Emily Marler and Alice Richards just missed out on qualifying for Flight 2. Zoe lost her first match, but it was all square after 18 and it took another hole to determine the winner - just as the torrential rain came again.

Under 15 & Under 13 Girls' Championships

THE WILTSHIRE GOLF CLUB, 28th to 30th July 2009

Juniors at the English Champs
                          Juniors at the English Champs - from left:-
  Zoe Fitz-Costa U18, Annabel Dimmock U13, Emily Marler U18, Evie Ing U15

The English Girls' Championship for Under 15's and Under 13's took place at The Wiltshire Golf Club. Each year it becomes harder and harder to qualify as the talent in Girls Junior golf in this country improves. Six girls from Buckinghamshire qualified. The competition is 36 holes strokeplay with the top 36 (Under 15) and 18 (Under 13) players qualifying for the final 18 holes strokeplay.

Chloe Li and Rebecca Parmenter (both from Woburn) qualifed for the Abraham Trophy which is an 18 hole competition played a day before the English Championships, where girls qualify on how much they have dropped their handicap in one year. Chloe came 6th with a nett 78.

Both Evie Ing (U15 - Ellesborough) and Annabel Dimmock (U13 - Beaconsfield) made the cut to go into the final round. Unfortunately the horrendous weather got the better of them both, and they carded aggregate scores of Evie 265 and Annabel 263.

Evie had to complete her 2nd round on the last day and then played again, to finish in 35th= position.

U13 Annabel had a fantastic first round to be in 6th position but played her 2nd round in torrential rain to drop back to 14th, finishing in 15th position after the final round.

Richard Lawless, the pro at The Wiltshire GC said "despite the atrocious weather conditions, where the girls had a prevailing wind and rain into their faces, the quality of golf on show was still outstanding'.


Gemma Dryburgh, 16, played in the Scottish Girls' (Close) Amateur Championships at a very difficult and windy Lanark course. 72 girls took part in the 36 hole strokeplay competition.

With a score of 82 in the first round followed by a 78, Gemma finished in 5th place. She was subsequently named as a reserve in the Scottish Under 18 team to play in the Girls' Home Internationals.

Well done Gemma!