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Golf - 10. February 2009.

Bronte, 13, scores a runaway European success

Cheshire’s Bronte Law (right) left the field trailing to win the Andalucia Junior European Open in Spain by an impressive eight shots.

Bronte, 13, is a member of the English Women’s Golf Association Select North Squad and plays at Bramhall Golf Club.

She sealed her victory in great style by setting a course record of 74, one under SS, in the final round at Finca Cortesin, which will host the Volvo World Matchplay for the next six years.

The tournament is run in association with the Daily Express and opened with four rounds at the Alcaidesa resort. The first 36 holes were played in very bad weather but the competition format allowed players to discarded their two worst scores. Bronte’s 76, 75 – which both matched SS -  meant she took a  five shot lead into the last round.

She never looked back and instead widened the gap between herself and the other competitors. Her father Tim, who has encouraged Bronte to play golf, said: “She was made up, absolutely thrilled to pieces. She took a good lead into the final and just kept going.

“It’s a good start to the season and Bronte really enjoyed herself and made lots of new friends.”

Bronte, who has twice been runner-up in the English girls’ U13 championship, has now set three course records, including one at her home club. Her latest record has helped reduce her handicap to 1.8.

This championship has been played for three years and has been won by an English girl on each occasion. English schools’ champion Jamie-Leigh Voss of Leicestershire was the first winner – and runner-up this year – while Alex Peters of Nottinghamshire won in 2008.  
Leading girls’ scores:

225 Bronte Law (Bramhall)
233 Jamie-Lei gh Voss (Kirby Muxloe)
240 Lesley Atkins (Minto)
241 Hayley Davis (Ferndown)
242 Lauren Davis (meon Valley)
246 Tiffany Hewetson (East Brighton)
252 Daisy Wakelin (East Brighton)  

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