Another Boost For Charlotte

The accolades keep coming for rising North East golfer Charlotte Hindmoor.

The accolades keep coming for rising North East golfer Charlotte Hindmoor. The Darlington teenager became England's most improved girl golfer when she scored a narrow victory in the final of the Abraham Trophy at Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club last summer.

Now her exploits on the fairways have been recognized in her home town - and she's scooped the Darlington Young Sports Achiever Award, which was presented by the Mayor of Darlington in recognition of her outstanding achievements in golf over the past year.

The 14-year-old from Blackwell Grange GC in Darlington enjoyed a super 2008.

The crowning moment was when she won the Abraham, beating two other competitors on countback after all three girls tied on nett scores of three-under 71 when Ramside staged the England Girls Under-15 and Under-13 championships.

Charlotte won by virtue of her last six holes, which she played in one-over par gross. The runner-up was Alice Lowe (Chevin) while Rosie Mist (Hayling) was third.

The final was contested by 21 players, who qualified on the basis of handicap reduction. Charlotte had come down from 24 to 11 over the previous 12 months and is now playing off 9.

Charlotte's other achievements in 2008 include playing for both the Blackwell Grange junior team and County Durham girls, while she entered numerous club, county and national tournaments, such as the Scottish Ladies Golf Association Open Strokeplay Championship at Craigielaw Golf Club and the Northern Girls Region Close Championship at Carlisle Golf Club.

She was also runner-up in the best nett score section of the Liverpool Society Trophy.

Charlotte was also named Blackwell Grange's Most Improved Junior Golfer for 2008 and awarded the Durham County most improved player award for 2008.

And she's looking forward to more success this year after being selected for England Super Birdie Squad coaching under the watchful eye of Wilton's head professional and England Coach Pat Smillie.

Charlotte's mum, Jacqueline, said; "It's been a great 12 months. Charlotte's golf has really come on and she's delighted to have reduced her handicap to single figures.

"She's been nominated for the Northern Echo Local Hero Awards and was awarded the Young Sports Achiever Award in the Darlington sports winners' scheme, which was a great honour."

Charlotte is also a member at Cleveland GC and receives coaching from Ralph Givens, the head pro at Stressholme GC in Darlington.

A pupil at Polam Hall School in Darlington, Charlotte plays a full and active role in all aspects of the school's sporting calendar and is thankful of the support she receives with her golf.

Long-term, Charlotte hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Polam Hall pupil Ellie Givens - one of the UK's top young female golfers and currently studying on a golf scholarship in the US.

Jacqueline added: "Ellie has become a good friend and inspiration to Charlotte and is a brilliant role model."


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