RISING Tees Valley golfer Kimberley Crooks is going from strength to strength after enjoying a super 2008 season.
RISING Tees Valley golfer Kimberley Crooks is going from strength to strength after enjoying a super 2008 season. The Saltburn Golf Club teenager is in the final year of her A Levels but already has her sights set on a professional playing career.
At the moment though, she is keeping her options open - though she's considering tackling the tricky women's tour qualifying school at the start of 2010 or undertaking a golfing scholarship in the US.
Kimberley, who will be 18 in December, was part of the Yorkshire ladies team that swept all before them this year, winning the Northern Counties and then national crowns.
And she's also achieved considerable success on the individual front.
Things started well for her this year at the Formby Leveret Championship at Southport in April, where she finished in 20th position overall.
Just afterwards she finished in third place at the Faldo Series opening round at Ganton near Scarborough and then won the second round event at Moortown.
She then reached the quarter-finals of the English Women's Golf Association Northern Foursomes at Warrington with partner Ellie Robinson from Middlesbrough Golf Club.
Kimberley performed well at the Scottish Ladies Open Stroke Play event at Troon, producing a two under par round on the second day to help her finish in seventh position in the Under-18 category.
She reached the quarter-finals of the Yorkshire Ladies Championship at Allwoodley and was selected for the white rose county' team for the Northern County finals week at Arcot Hall in Northumberland, which Yorkshire won.
Kimberley was third in the Yorkshire Girls Championship at Catterick before making the semis of the English Women's Golf Association Northern Ladies Championship at Seaton Carew.
She reached the last 16 of the English Girls Closed Amateur Championship at Durham City before losing to the eventual winner and she also hit top form at the Northern Girls Championship at Carlisle where she finished runner-up.
Most recently, she joined two other North East girls, Middlesbrough's Ellie Robinson and Richmond's Laura Harvey, to help Yorkshire win the national title at Long Ashton near Bristol for a record breaking fifth year in a row.
Kimberley, who is coached by James Atthey from Stokesley Driving Range, said: "I'm very pleased with the way the season has gone. I've been concentrating on trying to play in as many full lady events as possible as I make the transition from junior golf. I think I've learned a lot this year that will hopefully stand me in good stead in the coming seasons.
"Playing in the Yorkshire team has been brilliant. I was in the team that achieved the same regional and national double last year and I hope to take part again next season. But I'll also be concentrating on my A Levels next summer.
"After that I'm not sure what I'll do. I'm thinking about going to college in the US next august. It has certainly been a good experience for some local girls like Jodi Ewart and Ellie Givens but I'm undecided at the moment.
"I might just have a go at the European women's tour qualifying school in January 2010."