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Teenagers to challenge for Scottish honours
13th March 2013

Sophie Madden (image © Leaderboard Photography)
Six talented teenagers, including English U15 champion Sophie Madden, will represent England Golf in the Scottish U16 open stroke play championship at Strathmore from April 4-5.

They will compete in two groups in the international team event, which is played in conjunction with the 36-hole individual championship.

Sophie (image © Leaderboard Photography) will be joined in Team A by Eloise Healey and Alice Hewson, while Team B consists of Emma Allen, Sophie Lamb and Victoria Mallett. All six girls are members of England Golf training squads.

The players:

Eloise Healey , 15, (West Lancashire) represented England in the annual U16 match against Spain and played for Lancashire in last year's County Finals, winning six out of eight matches. She had a successful trip to the USA at Christmas, notably finishing second in the Pars Florida International.

Alice Hewson , 15 (Berkhamsted) is a past English U13  titleholder and was runner up in last year's U15 championship. She is the East Region and Hertfordshire schools' champion and was fifth in the Scottish U16s last year.

Sophie Madden , 16 (West Essex) won the English U15 championship last year and has also been runner-up in the U13 event. She was a member of the winning Essex team at County Finals and is also a past winner of the East region girls' title and the US Kids world championship.  

Emma Allen , 16, (Meon Valley) won the Hampshire girls' and ladies' titles last season and was runner-up in the South region girls' championship. She also had top ten finishes in three prestigious ladies' scratch events: the Astor Salver, the Hampshire Rose and the Pleasington Putter.

Sophie Lamb , 15, (Clitheroe) won the North Region foursomes and the Lancashire girls' championship and represented Lancashire at County Finals, winning eight out of nine matches. She played for England U16s against Spain last year.

Victoria Mallett , 14, (Sutton Coldfield Ladies') was another member of the winning England team which played Spain at Pannal last season. She is a past Midland South girls' champion and last year helped Warwickshire win the team shield at the regional women's championship

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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