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- 28. February 2008.
England squad selected for Scottish U16 championship
They are: Heidi Baek from Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk; Jessica Bradley of Tiverton, Devon; Hayley Davis of Ferndown, Dorset; Sophie Godley of Lindrick, Yorkshire; Elizabeth Mallett of Sutton Coldfield Ladies, Warwickshire; Alex Peters from Notts’ Ladies, Nottinghamshire; Helen Searle of West End, Yorkshire; and Hannah Turland of Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire.
The Nations Cup team is Heidi Baek, Alex Peters and Hannah Turland. They will be defending the trophy, which England won by an impressive 28 shots in 2007.
The event provides the players with an opportunity to gain championship experience and to prepare for the season ahead.
EWGA’s national training manager Claire Lilley, said: “We have a fantastically talented group of players who will benefit from the experience and use it as a great start to the season.” Claire will accompany the squad, together with EWGA’s national junior coach, Pat Smillie.
Heidi Baek, 14, is the English girls’ U15 champion and the south-east schools’ titleholder. She represented England girls’ in their annual match against the English U16 boys’ team.
Jessica Bradley, 15, is the Devon girls’ champion and the co-winner of the South West foursomes title. She’s had top-ten finishes in the English girls’ U15 and U13 championships and plays in the Devon first team.
Hayley Davis, 15, plays for Dorset and was fourth in the 2007 English U15 championship, following earlier good performances in the U13 event. She took up golf as a nine-year-old and now plays off two handicap.
Sophie Godley, 14, has had top ten finishes in both the English girls’ U15 and U13 championships – and scored a hole-in-one in competition at La Manga! Sophie started playing golf as an eight-year-old and now has a handicap of six.
Elizabeth Mallett, 13, won the 2007 English schools’ U16 championship as a 12-year-old and went on to play for England in the annual schools’ international against Wales. She has also twice been runner-up in the English U13 championship.
Alex Peters, 14, was the 2006 English U13 champion and currently holds the Midlands ladies’ and the North of England U16 and U14 titles. She helped England win the silver team medal at the European Young Masters.
Helen Searle, 15, was also in the England team at the European Young Masters. She is the Northern girls’ U16 titleholder and was runner-up in last year’s Scottish U16 strokeplay championship.
Hannah Turland, 13, is the English U13 champion and has been her club champion for the past two seasons. She has twice won the South West girls’ U15 title and plays for the Wiltshire first team.
Alex Peters is in EWGA’s U18 squad and the other girls are members of the Select regional squads.