Clitheroe golfer Sophie looking to progress to England Golf’s senior set-up soon

Sophie Lamb
Sophie Lamb

Clitheroe’s Sophie Lamb is eyeing up a spot in England Golf’s senior set-up with her days as a junior representative coming to a close.

The 17-year-old has been named as one of six internationals for the European Ladies’ and Girls’ Championships at Kaskada Golf Club in the Czech Republic from July 7th until July 11th.

Sophie will be joined by Hampshire’s Emma Allen, Leicestershire’s Annabel Bailey, Surrey duo Sammy Fuller and Lizzie Prior as well as fellow Lancastrian Hollie Muse.

The group recently posted Great Britain and Ireland’s highest ever points total in the Junior Vagliano Trophy, though they failed to end Europe’s reign in a 10.5 to 7.5 loss at Malone Golf Club in Belfast.

“It’s been very busy,” she said. “This next one is quite a big event on the junior girls’ golf circuit so there’ll be teams from all over Europe going over to compete.”

Favourites for the championship include Sweden, France, Germany and Spain, but Sophie is backing the group to do well.

Starting with 22 teams, the competition will then be whittled down to eight teams who will vie for the silverware in a match play format.

“It’s a team competition so obviously I want the group to do well,” said Sophie, who was fourth in the Irish open strokeplay, eighth in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play and reached the last 16 in the Spanish ladies’ championship.

“For me personally, a stroke play top 10 individual finish would be a good result.

“I think we’ve got a good team this year. Everybody gets on really well which helps. We’ve got a great chance of doing well.”

Meanwhile the women’s team, made up of Gemma Clews of Cheshire, Hayley Davis of Dorset, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Bronte Law of Cheshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire and Charlotte Thomas of Singapore, with India Clyburn of Lincolnshire as reserve, will feature at Helsingor Golf Club in Denmark throughout the same dates.

“It’s good and I’ve had some great experiences with England,” Sophie said.

“It’s helped my development massively. I really can’t ask for any more.

“The plan is to progress in to the women’s team.

“It’s my last year as a junior so I want to have a good second half to the season and get in to the ladies’ squad for next year.”