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Hertfordshire's Charlie Douglass wins English championship
16th May2009

Charlie Douglass
Charlie Douglass (Photo courtesy Leaderboard)

Hertfordshire's Charlie Douglass (above) won the English amateur championship when she defeated Tara Watters of Middlesex 3/2 in the final at Lindrick, Yorkshire.

“Wow!” she said as she wiped away floods of tears. “I'm hoping to go to Tour School in January and at the beginning of this year I said to myself that I wanted a big title to show I had a solid amateur career behind me. Now I am on top of the world.”

Charlie, 20, started the tournament with an 87 in the first qualifying round – and it helped to spur her on to victory. “After that I had nothing to lose and winning is just fantastic.”

The lefthander bounced back with a 75 in the second qualifying round and then made her way through the knockout rounds with a series of impressive wins.

Tara confirmed her place in the final only this morning. Play in her semi-final against Yorkshire's Emma Brown had to be suspended after 14 holes yesterday because of lightning and they returned to the course to finish at 8.30am.

The Middlesex champion was one-up when play was halted but lost the 15th. However, after a string of halved holes she finally won on the 20th.

She was soon back on the tee for the final, but got off to a slow start. She missed a makeable putt to lose the first, was two down after Charlie birdied the second and was three down after finding sand on the short third hole.

Afterwards Tara, a sports physiotherapist, said: “I think it was difficult making the switch from the semi-final to the final. I think I was a bit jittery and on edge, but Charlie played great, you can't take it away from her.”

Charlie looked on course for a quick victory when she birdied the long fifth to get to four up. But Tara began to peg her back, starting with a birdie on the sixth. She then  won both the eight and the 10th to reduce the deficit to just one hole.

However, the short 11th, where both players missed the green, proved to be a turning point. Charlie won the hole with a bogey and said afterwards : “That was absolutely crucial because I was only one-up at the time.”  She went on to win the 12th to go to three-up but lost the 13th where Tara played a superb up and down from a deep greenside bunker.

The 14th and 15th were halved in par. Both players reached the green on the par five 16th in regulation but Charlie was much closer to the hole and seized her chance – confidently rolling in a 12-footer for a 3/2 victory.  “This is wonderful,” she said through the tears.


Charlie Douglass (Brocket Hall) beat Tracey Boyes (Meon Valley) 6/5
Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) beat Emma Brown (Malton & Norton) at 20th

Holly Clyburn beats titleholder at English Championship
14th May2009

Girl international Holly Clyburn (below) led a day of upsets when she defeated titleholder Hannah Barwood 3/1 in the English women's amateur championship at Lindrick, Yorkshire.

Holly Clyburn
Holly Clyburn (Photo Leaderboard

“It was a very exciting match and I'm very pleased,” said Holly. “Fingers crossed I can keep it going.”

The two 18-year-olds met in the second round – when the players had to contend with persistent rain - and their match was tight for the first 11 holes. But Holly took charge when she won the 12th, 13th and 14th to go three up.

Hannah pulled one back with a birdie on the long 16th but she left herself too much to do when she missed the green on the 17th – and her opponent found the putting surface in two. In the first round Holly beat top seed Kym Larratt of Leicestershire.

Meanwhile, Kent's Jerry Lawrence put on an impressive display to knock out  international Rachel Connor of Manchester.  “I played well and this is a big win for me,” said the 19-year-old. Her immediate challenge was to get her clothes and equipment dried in her Travelodge room in time for tomorrow's quarter final.

Hertfordshire's Charlie Douglass was in fine form as she beat the 2007 titleholder and Yorkshire champion, Naomi Edwards. She had three birdies on the outward nine to set up her 4/2 win and said: “I knew I would have to play well to beat Naomi, she's a fantastic player.”

Naomi was one of four Yorkshire players to reach the second round – but only one made it through to the quarter finals. The county's title hopes now rest with Emma Brown, who has won this championship on two previous occasions, and who had good wins in both her matches.

Lindrick 15-year-old Sophie Godley came safely through her morning match before losing on the 17th to Hampshire's Tracey Boyes. Despite her defeat she was still smiling broadly: “I've had a great time and really enjoyed myself,” was her verdict on her first championship appearance.  Kim Crooks beat her first round opponent on the 19th before losing to girl international Heidi Baek of Suffolk.

Earlier in the day international Rachel Jennings – the third seed – was beaten by Cheshire's Charlotte Wild, who went on to reach the quarter finals.


Round 1

Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) beat Kym Larratt (Kibworth) 4/2. Hannah Barwood (Knowle) beat Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 4/2. Charlie Douglass (Brocket Hall) beat Hannah Coles (Maxstoke Park) 1up. Naomi Edwards (Ganton) beat Ellis Keenan (Sunningdale) 5/3. Sophie Godley (Lindrick) beat Laura Harvey (Richmond, Yorkshire) 4/2. Tracey Boyes (Meon Valley) beat Natalie Lowe (Prestbury) 4/3. Rachel Connor (Manchester) beat Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 4/2. Jerry Lawrence (Rochester & Cobham Park) beat Charlotte Dalton (Ladbrook Park) 6/5. Charlotte Wild (Mere) beat Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) 3/2. Jane Binning (Frilford Heath) beat Kimberley Bradbury (Cavendish) 4/3. Cori Lee (West Lancashire) beat Kelly Allen (Brokenhurst Manor) 1up. Emma Brown (Malton & Norton) beat Tilly Holder (Woburn) 2 up.  Kate Whitmore (Sandiway) beat Sarah Lundy (Cookridge Hall) 2/1. Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) beat Hannah Turland (Tidworth Garrison) 1up. Kimberley Crooks (Saltburn by the Sea) beat Jessica Schiele (Kenwick Park) 1 up. Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry) beat Sara Garbutt (Ganton) 2/1.

Round 2

Clyburn beat Barwood 3/1
Boyes beat Godley 2/1
Lawrence beat Connor 4/2
Wild beat Binning 2/1
Douglass beat Edwards 4/2
Brown beat Lee 4/2
Watters beat Whitmore 3/2
Baek beat Crooks 4/3

Quarter final draw:

Clyburn v Douglass
Boyes v Lawrence
Wild v Brown
Watters v Baek

Online scoring: www.englishwomensgolf.org

Championship images: www.leaderboardphotography.com

Leicestershire's Kym Larratt is top seed in English championship
13tth May2009
Leicestershire's Kym Larratt tamed the winds to lead the qualifiers for the matchplay stages of the English women's amateur championship at Lindrick, Yorkshire.

Kym added a solid 76 to her first round 77 to finish one shot clear of the field on another day of strong and blustery winds. “It's fantastic,” she said “I really like matchplay and if I can just keep playing steadily I should be fine.”

Her play won the approval of her father, Bob Larratt, a European seniors' tour professional who gave her tips on course management during the practice round. “He keeps ringing me straight after each round – and he's happy!” said Kym.

Now she meets England girl international Holly Clyburn in the first round.

The low score of the day came from another girl international, 15-year-old Heidi Baek who shot a one-over 73 for a total of 154 and qualified in second place. It's her first appearance in the tournament and the Suffolk champion was excited to play alongside Yorkshire star Emma Brown.

“I was determined to qualify – that was my first goal,” said Heidi. “Now I will just try my best in the matchplay. It's going to be tough because the standard here is really high. I'll learn something as well.”

Heidi was one under par for the outward half of her second round, helped by two birdies. She came home in two over, with one birdie, one bogey and a double – where she got stuck in a bunker – on her card. 

England international Rachel Jennings, from Staffordshire, was third qualifier with rounds of 79, 75. “That was good because it's so windy and such a slog. You have to hit it, hit it and hit it again and just keep going. Now I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”

Lancashire's Cori Lee also shot a second round 75 to reach the matchplay stages – and to celebrate her return to competitive golf. She played only one event last year because of an injury to her left arm.

“It's really nice to be back playing again, whether it's good or bad. I used to get a bit frustrated but now I can take the rough with the smooth. I'm just trying to get the sharpness back in my short game.”  

Cori has been quick to return to good form. Already this season she has won the Leveret and had pleasing results at the Roehampton Gold Cup and the Whittington Trophy. 

Overnight leader Hannah Turland qualified comfortably when she returned 82 for a total of 158. The 14-year-old Wiltshire champion went through in 10th place.

It was a good day for the youngsters. Lancashire 14-year-old  Emily Taylor and Lindrick's Sophie Godley, 15, both secured places in the matchplay

Defending champion Hannah Barwood, 18, from Gloucestershire, improved her position with a second round 77 and qualified 17th.

Leading qualifying scores:

Par 144 (2x72) CSS 79, 79

153 Kym Larratt (Kibworth) 77 76
154 Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry) 81 73
154 Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) 79, 75
156 Charlotte Dalton (Ladbrook Park) 78, 78
157 Laura Harvey (Richmond, Yorkshire) 80 77
158 Emma Brown (Malton & Norton) 82 76; Kate Whitmore (Sandiway) 80 78; Naomi Edwards (Ganton) 80 78, Hannah Coles (Maxstoke Park) 78 80, Hannah Turland  (Tidworth Garrison) 76 82
159 Corisande Lee (West Lancashire) 84 75, Natalie Lowe (Prestbury) 84 75; Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St. Annes) 83 76; Kimberley Bradbury (Cavendish) 82 77; Kimberley Crooks (Saltburn By The Sea) 81 78; Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 80 79
160 Hannah Barwood (Knowle) 83 77, Jessica Schiele (Kenwick Park) 83 77, Jane Binning (Frilford Heath) 82 78, Rachel Connor (Manchester) 80 80
161 Tracey Boyes (Meon Valley) 84 77, Kelly Allen (Brokenhurst Manor) 79 82, Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) 78 83
162 Charlie Douglass (Brocket Hall) 87 75, Ellis Keenan (Sunningdale) 86 76, Sarah Lundy (Cookridge Hall) 84, 78, Tilly Holder (Woburn) 83 79, Sophie Godley (Lindrick) 82 80, Jerry Lawrence (Rochester & Cobham Park) 82 80, Charlotte Wild  (Mere) 82 80, Sara Garbutt (Ganton) 79 83, Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 79 83

Round one matchplay draw:

Kym Larratt v Holly Clyburn
Hannah Barwood v Nikki Foster
Hannah Coles v Charlie Douglass
Ellis Keenan v Naomi Edwards
Laura Harvey v Sophie Godley
Tracey Boyes v Natalie Lowe
Emily Taylor v Rachel Connor
Jerry Lawrence v Charlotte Dalton
Rachel Jennings v Charlotte Wild
Jane Binning v Kimberley Bradbury
Corisande Lee v Kelly Allen
Tilly Holder v Emma Brown
Kate Whitmore v Sarah Lundy
Tara Watters v Hannah Turland
Kimberley Crooks v Jessica Schiele
Sara Garbutt v Heidi Baek

Full details and hole-by- hole scoring: www.englishwomensgolf.org



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