Top golfer Keech retains title

PUBLISHED: 15:48 16 May 2012

Sophie Keech

Sophie Keech


Sophie Keech, 16, won the Dorset Ladies’ County Championship at Came Down Golf Club last week to retain the title she won in 2011.

In a rain and fog-threatened championship, the sun shone on the final two days as Sophie came out on top in a hard-fought matchplay final against Broadstone's Kyra Horlock winning by two holes on the 18th. It was a pulsating final with both players exhibiting golf of the highest standard in breezy conditions. Sophie raced to a two-hole lead in the early stages before Kyra levelled affairs with two huge putts in the middle holes to threaten Sophie's title. Going level down the 17th Sophie turned the screws with a magnificent approach to the 17th to win the hole and then secured victory on the 18th holing a difficult 10 foot putt.

After the qualifying medal round, Sophie faced a tough draw in the knock out stages. She defeated Dorset ladies’ captain, Jane Southcombe, by two holes in a hard- fought quarter-final before winning 2 and 1 against Bridport's Nicky Stone to set up the final against Horlock. Sophie's victory and successful defence of her title is a magnificent achievement for the youngster, and a feeling shared proudly by her home golf club at Lyme Regis.

Sophie commented on her victory by saying: "It was a really tough defending my title as there were great expectations on me winning this year, and having to overcome three really good players to win was fantastic".

She went on to thank her caddy, Lizzie Linnert and members of Lyme Regis Golf Club for their valuable support at the final, and further thanked Millfield School, where Karen Nicholls (Sophie's coach) has been an inspiration to Sophie's rapid progress.

After the presentation at Came Down Golf Club, Sophie was announced in the team of a very strong Dorset Ladies’ Squad to play in the South West Match Week at Trevose in Cornwall.

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