Sophie Keech bags Eangland call-up after splendid performance in English Girls Championships
PUBLISHED: 09:51 10 August 2011
Sophie Keech continued her rich vein of form in 2011 with an outstanding performance in the English Girls U15 Championships held at Mentmore Golf Club, Buckinghamshire.
Fresh from her victory in The England Schools, the Lyme Regis teenager went into the event as one of the top contenders in a strong field of the 80 best U15 girl golfers in the country and lived up to this reputation finishing in fourth place thanks to a consistent performance carding rounds of 73, 74, 70 and 73.
Sophie made the cut comfortably after the first two rounds and entered the final day in joint 8th place, six shots off the pace set by Surrey’s Lizzy Prior. In Round 3, Sophie made her charge carding her best round of four, a 2 under par 70, which proved to be the best by the leaders in Round 3.
This propelled Sophie into 2nd place, four shots behind new tournament leader Gabriella Cowley and two clear of third place. With all to play for in the final round, Sophie unfortunately double-bogeyed the par 4, sixth hole, however, she characteristically rallied superbly in the middle holes before losing a shot at the par five 17th.
Her final round of 73 meant Sophie completed her four rounds 2 over par for the Championship but unfortunately could not hold onto second place as Wentworth’s Annabelle Dimmock and Inzi Mehmet carded 68 and 69 respectively to just edge out Sophie to the runners-up spot.
Despite just missing out on a chance of victory in the golfing calendar main event for girls individual competition, Sophie can be more than proud of her performance.
Her tee to green golf was simply outstanding and her approach shots threatened the pin on numerous occasions, none more so than in the final two rounds where Sophie just needed the impetuous of a few putts to sink for her to have been within striking range of the title. Gabriella Cowley held on to her third round lead to win with Sophie 5 shots behind in 4th place.
Her eye-catching performance earned Sophie a call up from EWGA (English Womens Golf Association) for a place in the England U16s team against Spain on Tuesday, August 23, at Pannal Golf Club, Harrogate.
Sophie now has a week’s break before a hectic schedule in August where she participates in a large UK and European field in The British Girls Open Amateur Championship at The Gullane Golf Club, Scotland followed closely by The Ladies British Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Ashdown Forest Golf Club, West Sussex, before travelling back north to Harrogate for the international against Spain.