Sophie Keech to return to Lyme Regis roots to play in the Dorset Ladies' Championship.
PUBLISHED: 07:45 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:45 24 April 2013
Sophie Keech began playing golf at Lyme Regis golf club with her grandfather Bill Moulton who has been club captain, writes Richard Jackman.
Sophie started off with a handicap of 54 which over the years has moved to +1(!) and she now attends Millfield School and has represented her school and England school girls.
After winning the Faldo series Under-16 championship in October Sophie qualified to play in the Faldo Asian finals at Mission Hills in China.
Arriving at what the Guinness Book of Records describes as the number 1 golf course in the world with 10,000 staff and 3,000 caddies, Sophie had to acclimatise to the 30 degree temperatures and 25% humidity, but to play this course was an adventure of a lifetime.
The course was in excellent condition and on arrival Sophie was given her own caddie, which was one of the highlights.
Sir Nick Faldo and his coach, whose parents live locally, gave a coaching session each day, meeting, greeting and encouraging players from all over the world.
Before going Sophie had practised putting on fast greens thinking that they would be fast but they were only just under 9 on the stimpmeter.
Sophie acclimatised to the conditions and with scores of 80, 79 and 76 finished 11th overall in the U16 girls’ tournament.
This performance earned Sophie an invitation to play in Jakarta in June in the World Junior Championships and automatic entry into the Faldo European finals next year.
Said Sophie “This was one of the best experiences of my life so far, China was amazing.”
Onward and upward, Sophie went on to Thailand representing top school Millfield at the World Schools Tournament earlier this month and also represented Millfield in the ISGA finals at Royal St George’s.
Early next month Sophie returns to her roots at Lyme Regis to play in the Dorset Ladies Golf Association County Championship.