England international Rachel Jennings (right) has played her way into this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open – and 14-year-old Lauren Taylor is second reserve.
If Lauren makes it into the championship, which starts on Thursday at Royal Lytham & St Annes, she will be the youngest-ever competitor.
The 2008 English U15 girls’ champion, who plays out of Woburn, carded a highly creditable one-over par 75 in final qualifying at Fairhaven.
It put her in a 14-way tie for 20th place – and into a play-off for the one place still available in the championship. Lauren lost out on the fifth extra hole to a birdie from Swedish amateur, Caroline Hedwall. However, the Warwickshire teenager took the second reserve spot.
Lauren gave up the chance to defend her U15 title is this week’s English girls’ championships in Wiltshire to pursue her ambition to tee up alongside the world’s best women players.
Staffordshire’s Rachel Jennings (Izaak Walton) made it safely into the championship with a one-under par score of 73. She finished with a flourish, with an eagle three on the 18th.
Rachel, 20, has just returned from Germany where she represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe.
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