Lyme golfer Keech, 13, cuts handicap to 5.7

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 23:57 15 June 2010

GOLFER Sophie Keech, 13, from Lyme Regis has spent the last two years in Portugal and has now earned a handicap cut to 5.7 and secured a golf scholarship to Millfield School, Somerset.

GOLFER Sophie Keech, 13, from Lyme Regis has spent the last two years in Portugal and has now earned a handicap cut to 5.7 and secured a golf scholarship to Millfield School, Somerset.

At the end of July, Sophie played in the English Girls' U13 Championship at The Wiltshire Golf Club representing Lyme Regis.

There were 40 top competitors and it was over three days with the cut being made after the first two rounds. Sophie played well in horrendous conditions with torrential rain, gales and just about every challenging weather condition.

After the second day, the top 18 made the cut and Sophie was 10th. She was delighted as her aim was to make the cut so she had gone one stage further. She had almost a dry day and a little blue sky for the final round when she finished ninth, a great achievement!

She has recently been selected for the Devon 2nd team, which is ladies and juniors, and in her first competition for the side won her foursomes and singles 7 and 5.

During her time in Portugal, Sophie was made an honorary lifetime member of three golf courses, marshalled in the Ladies' European Tour and Portuguese Open, where she walked the scoreboard with Lee Westwood and Chris Wood. She also won the Junior Portuguese Federation last year.

On returning to Lyme Regis from Portugal, the first competition was Lyme Regis Lady Captain's Day.

Sophie, still with her sea legs after a cruise home across the Bay of Biscay, had a great fun day and, with the vice captain Jane Dixon, won the best scratch score and Sophie also won the ladies' longest drive and nearest the pin.


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