Grace And Kelly Fly The Flag

Northumberland girls Grace Anderson and Kelly McNulty have done the region proud at the historic Scottish Boys and Girls Under-14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championships.

Northumberland girls Grace Anderson and Kelly McNulty have done the region proud at the historic Scottish Boys and Girls Under-14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championships. Staged at Largs Golf Club on the north Ayrshire coast, the two girls performed admirably.

Kelly, from Whitley Bay Golf Club, was seventh overall after scoring an excellent 85 while Grace (Morpeth Golf Club) had to settle for 12th place with her 87.

Kelly was in with a chance of winning the tournament at one stage but an absolute disaster on one of holes put paid to her chances.

She went to the turn in 39 with five pars and four bogeys and then hit trouble on the 10th - a tricky par 4 played from an elevated tee that dog-legs left between trees, over a wide burn to an awkward green sloping steeply away to the right.

Unfortunately, Kelly piled up a 10, which destroyed her chances of winning the competition.

However, it is a huge amount of credit to her temperament that she battled back brilliantly, kept her head and finished with four pars, three bogies and a birdie for that 85.

You can see how close she could have been to winning in that the title went to Belgium's Jennifer Remy with a 79.

She just edged out North Yorkshire's Ellie Goodall (Selby) with a better inward half.

Ellie, Grace and Kelly have been team-mates in the England Birdie Squad under the supervision of England Under-21 coach Pat Smillie from Wilton Golf Club on Teesside.

In the boys' championship, Northumberland's only representative, Jack Hermeston could only finish tied for 39th following a round of 79 - 11 over par. Sadly, Jack's 38 out and a 41 back was well off the pace.

The event is jointly run by the Scottish Golf Union and the Scottish Ladies Golf Association for leading Under-14 golfers.

First contested in 2001, the tournament is the youngest national age group championship in Scotland and has been supported by the Loretto School Golf Academy, the official sponsors since 2004.

Largs Golf Club is a long-established private club with a superb parkland course overlooking Hunterston Bay, the islands of Cumbrae and Bute and in the distance, the majestic peaks of the Isle of Arran.

Tree-lined, deep rough and many burns come into play and the quick, slick greens can torment the best of putters.

 

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