Girls head for Blackmoor

By Surrey and Hants News in Golf

Girls’ golf is in for a celebration this week as more than 140 leading young players head to Blackmoor Golf Club this week in search of national titles.

The English U16 and U14 girls’ championships are being played until Thursday, and have attracted an international entry from 15 countries.

The players include girl international Annabell Fuller, pictured, (Roehampton, Surrey), who has just helped England win the team championship at the European Young Masters. Meanwhile, the host club will be represented by Olivia Ripiner, from England Golf’s South regional U16 squad.

Blackmoor is regarded as one of the best courses in Hampshire. It was originally laid out by renowned golf architect Harry Colt, and consists of two loops of nine holes created from heathland, with fairways surrounded by heather, pine, birch and oak trees.

The curtain raiser to the week will turn the focus on handicap golf when 22 young players compete in the Abraham Trophy to find England’s most improved girl golfer.

They’ve all qualified on the basis of handicap reduction and the play-offs took place yesterday (Monday). Among the Surrey players are not just Annabell Fuller, but also Lottie Woad of Farnham, Sasha Crockett of Burhill, and Alexandra Jakins and Sarah Mardani of Windlesham. The Hampshire players also include Ellie Mans of Barton-on-Sea and Hannah Dymott of Meon Valley.