Keech qualifies for Faldo final
PUBLISHED: 12:10 01 May 2012
Sophie Keech has won the area south regional qualifier of the Faldo Series at The Royal Ashdown Golf Course in East Sussex, a title she successfully defended after winning there in 2011.
The result means Sophie has once again qualified for The Faldo Series Final at The Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland in September.
She will be determined to go better than her fourth place in the final last year, highlights of which are televised on Sky TV. Sophie was delighted she scored a brilliant two over par in the first round of the qualifier to lead by four shots as the second round of the event was washed out leaving Sophie the U16 winner.
It was not an easy schedule for Sophie who had only just returned in the early hours of the morning from Carnoustie in Scotland, where she was one of three golfers representing Millfield School in the final of the International Schools Golf Association.
It was also a successful three days for the young golfing star as she finished the event second in the girls’ individual (fifth overall boys and girls), and in doing so helped Millfield finish fourth out of the 17 finalists.
This was an outstanding effort by Sophie, and, after her first visit to the Championship course at Carnoustie, she will be grateful for the experience as she returns there at the end of June for the British Ladies’ Open Amateur Championships.
Prior to that, Sophie also represented England U16s north of the border at Strathmore Golf Club where she finished 17th out of 102 European golfers but, unfortunately, it wasn't enough to deny Italy victory in the team event.
After her 16th birthday, Sophie travels to Lytham St Annes in Lancashire for the prestigious amateur Fairhaven Trophy ahead of a busy season of top competition in 2012.