Hot prospect Sophie Lamb is looking to feed from the inspiration and memory of her late grandad ahead of the 2015 golf season.
The 16-year-old Clitheroe sensation battled through the heartache of losing her ‘number one fan’, Lars Bjorkqvist, to find success at the Italian Ladies’ Championships at Castel Gandolfo near Rome, where she finished 12th in March this year.
She also earned an international call-up to play in the French Under 21 Junior Championships at Saint Cloud Golf Club, before making history by retaining the prestigious Fairhaven Trophy in May.
Sophie, who also helped England defend their title at the Home Championships in Ireland, has once again been selected for the England Girls Under 18 squad for the new term, and recently experienced an intensive five days of coaching at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire - the home of England Amateur Golf.
The teenager, who is the lowest handicapped player in the squad after finishing the campaign on +2.1, will begin the new year across the Atlantic with the Orange Blossom Tour in Florida.
There she will take on some of the world’s best players, before moving on to the South Atlantic Women’s Championships and the Jones Doherty Women’s Championships.
“Sophie has had an upsetting summer due to the sudden death of her grandad,” said her dad, Phil.
“It was a massive shock.
“I had to withdraw her from three big events because she wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
“She told us she felt guilty playing golf when she knew how her gran, Inga, was so sad and lonely and had not seen her all summer because of her golf.
“So after the Home Championships, Sophie went over to Sweden for 10 days to stay with her gran.
“She came back much more settled and has started to play really well again, although the season is now over.”
He added: “Her grandad was a very cool guy and they spoke at length every week in Swedish - because Sophie is fluent in the language.
“He was not a golfer but he gave her some great advice.
“He was so proud of Sophie and was convinced she would make her career in golf at the top level.”