Keech picked as England reserve

PUBLISHED: 13:46 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 13:46 26 June 2012

Sophie Keech with her coach Karen Nichols

Sophie Keech with her coach Karen Nichols


Sophie Keech of Lyme Regis has been named as reserve for the England Girls’ golf team which will defend the title at the Girls’ Home Internationals at Radyr Golf Club, Wales, from August 7-9.

Four new caps have been named - they are Gabriella Cowley of Essex, Amber Ratcliffe of Norfolk, Shelby Smart of Gloucestershire and Olivia Winning of Yorkshire.

They join four established internationals: Georgia Hall of Dorset, Meghan MacLaren, Elizabeth Mallet and Brogan Townend.

Gabriella Cowley, 16 (West Essex) is the English girls’ U15 champion and the winner of the Scottish U16 open strokeplay title. She was also in the mixed winning Nations Cup team at the Fairhaven Trophy.

Georgia Hall, 16, (Remedy Oak) was the runner-up in the 2012 English women’s amateur championship, a reserve for the Curtis Cup team and is a full England international. She has won three top scratch events this season.

Meghan MacLaren, 18, (Wellingborough) won the U18 Cartier Trophy at the French lady junior championship and was the leading English player in last season’s British strokeplay championship, finishing in third place. She is a past winner of the English schools’ championship.

Elizabeth Mallett, 17, (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) set a new course record when she won this season’s Whittington Trophy, one of the leading scratch events. Elizabeth is a past winner of the English girls’ championship, the English U15 title and has been runner-up in the British girls’ championship.

Amber Ratcliffe,16, (Royal Cromer) has twice been English U16 schools’ champion and last year won the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies. She represented GB&I in the inaugural junior Vagliano Trophy match, which also included Georgia Hall.

Shelby Smart, 17, (Knowle) was an early pace setter at the English amateur championship where she finished 14th. She is the Gloucestershire champion, having won the title three times in four years, and has helped her team to reach County Finals. She’s a past winner of the South West schools’ championship.

Brogan Townend, 18, (Pleasington) is the Faldo Series girls champion and has previously won the U16 title. She has helped Lancashire to reach the 2012 County Finals and has been runner-up in the Northern ladies’ championship.

Olivia Winning, 17, (Rotherham) represented England in last year’s European Young Masters and was fifth in the 2011 English girls’ championship. She was runner-up at this season’s Fairhaven Trophies where she set a course record

Sophie Keech, 16, (Lyme Regis) won the 2011 English schools’ championship and has twice been the Dorset champion. She was in England’s squad for the Scottish U16 championship.

Bethan Popel, 16, (Long Ashton) won the 2011 North of England U16 title and the South-West women’s championship. She is in the Gloucestershire team which has reached County Finals.

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