Sophie's handicap down to single figures

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 15 June 2010

Sophie Keech of Lyme Regis.

Sophie Keech of Lyme Regis.

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GOING...GOING...down and down. That s 12-year-old Sophie Keech s handicap as she makes a welcome return to her home club after a school year playing golf every day in the Algarve, write Bill Halden.

GOING...GOING...down and down. That's 12-year-old Sophie Keech's handicap as she makes a welcome return to her home club after a school year playing golf every day in the Algarve, write Bill Halden. Since she arrived to play at Lyme for the summer holidays, Sophie has seen her handicap drop this month from 15 to 13 to 11 to 10 and now in single figures at 9. The latest drop was the result of her win in the club's monthly Stableford on Thursday., Her year playing golf in the sun in Portugal have paid off. Her daily routine during term time is to be on the Benamor golf course by 7.20am, playing in various groups and be ready for lessons from her tutor by 10.00am. Weekends are spent competing in competitions including Portuguese Federation events.On Thursday, Sophie was playing with a new £1,000 set of Taylor Made clubs, a gift from her great-uncle as a tribute to her "dedication to golf". And she used them to great effect particularly on the 486-yard par 5 14th when her drive covered 210 yards followed by a three wood (the first she has owned) of 175 yards, a pitch and a two foot putt for a birdie. Her total of 35 points gave her victory on countback over Jane Southcombe. On Sunday, Sophie partnered John Ebdon in a junior county championship event at the Dorset Country Club and came third.Now Sophie, who returns to Portugal on September 18, has set her sights on further reductions to her handicap. If she can reach 8.5 by the 2009 school year she may well achieve a sports scholarship at the prestigious Millfield School in Somerset and she is also ambitious for sponsorship. "It's very hard work but I enjoy every minute I spend on the golf course", says Sophie.Division 2 was won by Gilly Madill 35 points with Wendy Cannings runner up with 32 and Division 3 went to Helene Bradley, 29 points, followed by Faye Seed 26 points.

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