Norfolk’s Amber Ratcliffe won the English schools’ U16 championship at Northamptonshire County with a seven-under par score for 36 holes and a new course record.
The 13-year-old from Royal Cromer began her campaign with an eagle, birdie start and went on to complete the first round in eight-under par 67 – which knocked four shots off the course record.
She was one-over in the afternoon and won by four shots from Cheshire’s Bronte Law, who three-under par for the day.
“I can’t believe how well I played, it was awesome,” said Amber, who will now play for England in the annual schools’ international against Wales. The match takes place on August 24 at Fulford Heath, near Birmingham.
Leading final scores:
Par 150 (2x75), CSS 75, 74
143 Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) 67, 76
147 Bronte Law (Bramhall) 74, 73
154 Ashley Cramond (The Warwickshire) 77, 77
156 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) 82,74
160 Lianna Bailey (Notts Ladies) 78, 82
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