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25th June 2012

Once a champion, always a champion!  Dorset's Angie Brook - a former British champion at clay pigeon shooting - has won a national golf title as England's top medal player.

Angie Brook (image © Leaderboard Photography)

She won the England Golf Grand Medal Final at The Worcestershire Golf Club by four shots after returning a superb net score of three-under 69. "This is amazing, just amazing, I am so excited," she said.

Angie (image © Leaderboard Photography), from Canford Magna Golf Club, adds this title to her 38 English and British shooting championships and to her medals from European and world events.

She's been playing golf for just 18 months and was down to 26 handicap before she teed off in this event.

The competition, played in a testing, swirling wind, was contested by the cream of England's club medal players. Each finalist had returned the four best medal scores at her club during 2011 and had won through a regional final to take her place at The Worcestershire.

Angie's closest rival was 15-year-old Sophie Mills, a Bedfordshire county player, who was runner-up on net 73. She has an outstanding record in this event, having  tied second last year, only to lose out on countback. When she first qualified for the 2011 final she was off 16 handicap, now she's off eight.

"It was tough out there today, the wind was really difficult, but I'm pleased with my score," said Sophie, from Wyboston Lakes.

The other prize winners, who each scored net 74, were: Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham), 13-year-old Chelsea-Mae Laundon (Chelmsford), Karen Martland (Charnock Richard) and Jacqui Bowden (Boscombe Ladies').

The scratch prize was won by Linda Hunt who scored gross 78 and won on countback. Linda, who was a semi-finalist at the English senior championship earlier this year, came straight from South region county match week where she was representing Berkshire.

Angie Brook had no intention of playing golf when she retired from competitive shooting to have her children, Josh, now nine, and Charlotte, eight. But then the family moved to a house backing on to Canford Magna golf course.

"Josh started playing and so I started having lessons - and I clicked with it," said Angie.

She went on: "The experience in another sport has definitely helped my golf. When I'm under pressure I know how to deal with it."

Her winning round was, she said, typical, with a shaky start over the first five holes before she settled into her steady, scoring rhythm. Angie is naturally competitive but she exceeded her ambitions in the Grand Medal Final: "I like to win, clearly, but I really didn't expect to do so well today."

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