Teenage golf star Sophie impresses on England bow

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Clitheroe’s Sophie Lamb has once again enhanced her international credentials on the golfing circuit.

Given her accelerated progression you wouldn’t have thought it possible, but the 15-year-old has continued to up the ante on a global stage.

After a season of stupendous achievement which saw her finish top points scorer for Great Britain and Ireland in their Junior Vagliano Championships defeat against a strong Rest of Europe squad in Chantilly, France, the teenager has since earned her England Under 18 debut.

The burgeoning golfer made her bow last month in the European Championships in Sweden where she played her part in a fourth place finish in a tournament made up of 19 countries. She was the third youngest player competing that week.

And last week Sophie shot a round of 78, 74, 76 and a sensational 69 to finish eighth out of 109 entrants at the English Girls U18 Championship at Oake Manor in Somerset.

Sophie, maturing beyond her years in the sport, is currently representing her nation’s under 18 side in the Home Internationals at St Annes Old Links. Having already played Wales, the team of eight will face Scotland today before taking on Ireland tomorrow.

Then she’ll decorate her young career even further when she joins her team-mates for the Nations Cup at Fairhaven Golf Club in a two-day competition which is held at the same time as the British Girls’ Championships.

She has now reduced her handicap to +1 and is currently fourth in the Girls Under 18 order of merit.

Her dad, Phil, said: “I am really pleased at how she is continuing to work hard and keep learning from all these experiences. Sophie is very grateful she has had so many selections this year and has loved competing at this high level especially as it was only just over four years ago, on April 19th, 2009, that she played her first ever 18 holes of golf and went round in 100.”