The team members who successfully defended the title were: Heidi Baek, the English U15 champion from Suffolk, Hannah Turland, the national U13 titleholder from Wiltshire, and Alex Peters, the Midland ladies’ champion from Nottinghamshire.
In the individual competition, five English players were in the top 10, led by Heidi, 14, and Hannah, 13. They were just one shot behind the winner, Italy’s Laura Sedda, and in a three-way tie for second place.
However, the runner’s up place was claimed by Amy Boulden of Wales who scored 73, 73. The English pair both shot 70, 76 and Heidi took third place on countback over the last nine holes.
The other members of the English Women’s Golf Association squad who secured top ten places were Hayley Davis of Dorset, who was sixth; Alex Peters (9th) and Jessica Bradley of Devon (10th). Warwickshire’s Elizabeth Mallett and Yorkshire’s Sophie Godley both finished in the top 20.
Jessica, 15, provided one of the second day’s highlights when she returned a 73, to match the low score of the day. Meanwhile Alex,14, rounded off her play by holing a 15-footer for an eagle three on the 18th.
Claire Lilley, EWGA’s national training manager, said: “This is a very young and promising squad who are bright prospects for the future. They’ve had some really good experience and returned some very consistent scoring. What they have learned here will stand them in good stead for the season.”
The squad was also accompanied by Pat Smillie, EWGA’s national junior coach.
EWGA squad results:
146 Heidi Baek (Felixstowe Ferry) 70, 76; Hannah Turland (Tidworth Garrison) 70, 76. 148 Hayley Davis (Ferndown) 72, 76. 150 Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) 72, 78. 151 Jessica Bradley (Tiverton) 78, 73. 158 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) 78, 80. 159 Sophie Godley (Lindrick) 76, 83.
Leading team scores: 292 England. 294 Italy. 296 Ireland I. 305 Wales I.
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