In April 2006 Lauren, who lives near Southampton, had a handicap of 36. Now, she’s down to 11.5 and the Meon Valley golfer beat 95 other players to win this title with a net 71.
“She was ecstatic,” said her mum, Sue. “When she came in she didn’t think she had done enough because she had had four three-putts. But the weather conditions weren’t very nice, with pouring rain, and as the scores came in she realised how well she had played. She was absolutely over the moon.”
Sue added: “Lauren is very motivated and is working very, very hard – and the practice is paying off.”
Lauren has also qualified for the final of the Abraham Trophy, the competition for England’s most improved girl golfers, on the basis of handicap reduction. It takes place at Brickendon Grange, Hertfordshire, next month, immediately before the English girls’ U15 and U13 championship. Lauren is playing in the U15 event.
She also plays for Hampshire girls and represents her club.
The gold and silver medal finals are open to the 2006 winners of the LGU silver and bronze medals in any club affiliated to ELGA. The gold medal finals are for the silver division winners and the silver medal finals are for bronze division winners. Bronze division players who have reduced their handicap may still play in the silver medal final.
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