England’s Charley Hull has launched her 2012 season in great style with victory in the Harder Hall Invitational, the first event on the US amateur Orange Blossom Tour.
The 15-year-old from Woburn is England’s number one woman amateur and is ranked 10th in the world. She scored her latest success with a six-under par total for the 72-hole event on the Harder Hall Golf Course at Sebring in Florida
Her win has earned her an invitation from the LPGA and Symetra Tour to the 2012 Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, March 19-25 at the Lake Region Yacht and Country Club in Winter Haven, Florida.
Charley, who is possibly the youngest winner of the prestigious Harder Hall title, had rounds of two-under par 70, followed by 74, 69 and 69. She led the tournament for the first 36 holes but was trailing by two shots at the start of the final round.
However, her three-under par 69 saw her safely past the leader, Ariya Jutanungam of Thailand, and gave her a two-shot victory. Ariya’s sister, Moriya, was third. The top of the leaderboard was truly international with fourth place going to Perrine Delacour of France, while England’s Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) was fifth.
This was Charley’s second victory on the Orange Blossom Tour, following her win in last year’s final event, the Jones Doherty matchplay championship. Since then she’s won the English and Welsh open strokeplay titles and was runner-up in the English amateur championship.
She was in England’s winning team at the ladies’ Home Internationals and teamed up with Lauren Taylor take fifth place for England in the Spirit International Amateur Championship in Texas. She represented GB&I in the inaugural junior Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe and played for Europe in the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
Harder Hall Invitational
Leading final scores
282 Charley Hull (Woburn) 70 74 69 69
284 Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 72 72 67 73
285 Moriya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 75 71 68 71
289 Perrine Delacour (France) 76 74 70 69
295 Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 73 76 74 72; Kyle Roig (USA) 72 72 75 76
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