Top girl golfers do battle at Old Links

Fairhaven captain, Andrea Grimshaw (right) presents winner Paula Leah with her trophy
Fairhaven captain, Andrea Grimshaw (right) presents winner Paula Leah with her trophy
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It’s a big week for St Annes Old Links Golf Club as the course plays host to the Girls’ Home Internationals.

Competition will be keen, the action getting under way today with a match betwen England and Wales, while Scotland take on Ireland.

Tomorrow Ireland face Wales and Scotland play England.

The action concludes on Friday, with a meeting between Wales and Scotland, while England play Ireland.

The matches are made up of three foursomes each morning and six singles after lunchtime.

At stake is the Stroyan Cup and England are the favourites.

English girls’ champion Sophie Keech is one of three new caps in the England team.

Also making their debut for England are the Surrey pair of Annabel Dimmock and Sammy Fuller.

They join five players who all represented England in the European girls’ team championship last month: Gabriella Cowley, Alice Hewson, Sophie Lamb, Sophie Madden and Olivia Winning.

The reserves are: Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) and Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa). The team is captained by Chris Pascall (Hartlepool).

England are the defending champions and will be targeting their sixth successive win in the event.

It is an important time in the south Fylde calendar as Fairhaven hosts the British Girls’ Open Amateur Championship over five days, starting Monday.

The event has attracted 144 young golfers from all over the world.

Also at Fairhaven, the final of the lady captain’s competition was won by Paula Leah, with scores of 76 and 70.

She had previously won the men’s captain prize for ladies.

Lady captain’s runner-up was Trish Funk (152).

Winner of the first day prize was Jackie Malin (70), while Mandy Whittingham took the honours on the second day with a 74. The nine-hole competition was played as a stableford and was won by Ida Pinson (18 points).

n Lancashire maintained their 100 per cent record in the Northern Counties League, beating Durham 11-7.

It left them two points in front of Yorkshire and with a superior ‘points average’ to take into their final fixture against Northumberland at Southport & Ainsdale on August 31.

Lancashire are favourites to retain the Daily Telegraph Salver.

Cheshire face Yorkshire at Lindrick.