KirkwoodGolf: ENGLISH U-18 GIRLS

Friday, August 04, 2006



Staffordshire's Rachel Jennings and Hertfordshire's Charlie Douglass will meet in Saturday's final of the English Under-18 girls' championship at Kings Norton Golf Club.
Rachel, 17, is a girl international who won the Under-18 title at last week's English women's (closed) stroke-play championship.
Charlie, also 17, has shot to the top in only her third season of serious golf. "It's really surreal," said Charlie, who plays at Brocket Hall and is a member of ELGA's Select south-east squad. "Ever since I started I've looked at the finalists of the English Girls' Championship and thought they're really good players...I'm just in cloud cuckoo land."
Rachel, from Izaak Walton, burst into tears when she closed out the favourite, Henni Brockway (Yeovil), 2 and 1 in their semi-final.
"I was so relieved to get through to a national final and to beat such a good golfer and one who everyone thought was favourite."
Rachel was trailing by two after four holes. She turned the match around by winning the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th to go two up and, crucially, sank an 8ft putt on the 16th to continue a string of halved holes. Another half on the tricky par three 17th saw her safely through to the final.
She was about four under par for the holes played.
Charlie Douglass hit a similar high standard to beat Sian James (Bristol & Clifton) also by the margin of 2 and 1.
The match was up and down over the front nine with Charlie reaching the turn one up. She went three up with birdies on the 14th and 15th but lost the 16th, where Sian had a birdie. The match ended with a half in pars on the 17th.
In the quarter finals Henni Brockway beat Jodi Ewart (Catterick) 4 and 3; Rachel Jennings beat Hannah Moul (Chelmsford) 6 and 4; Charlie Douglass beat Ellie Givens (Blackwell Grange) 1 hole; Sian James beat Florentyna Parker (Royal Birkdale) 2 and 1.
The Flight Two final will be between Ami Storey (Ponteland) and Stephanie Gough (Ellesborough).