Clitheroe golfer Sophie Lamb stars for England

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TALENTED teenage golfer Sophie Lamb recorded the greatest victory of her short career on her England debut.

The 14-year-old Clitheroe Golf Club member’s recent success was rewarded with an international call up, as she represented England Under 16s against Spain at Pannal Golf Club.

Sophie and partner Eloise Healey lost to prolific Spaniards Marta Martin and Irene Rollan by 5 and 4 in the foursomes competition, but the Ribble Valley starlet bounced back in spectacular fashion beating highly-touted 16-year-old Marta, of Madrid, by 3 and 2 in a singles round.

That victory, watched by England coach Scott Godfrey, contributed to England’s resounding 9.5 to 2.5 victory over their opponents. Sophie is currently competing in the Pannal Trophies as part of a six-strong England Girl Squad in competition against other European nations such as Spain, Italy and France.

The Pannal Trophies is a major Under 16 mixed competition that attracts many of the best youngsters from all over Europe.

Sophie’s proud father, Phil, said: “She performed really well. It’s only three years ago since she played her first 18 holes, so to be at this level now is a phenomenal achievement. We are really proud of her.

“She came up against some very experienced and talented youngsters but that victory over Marta is definitely the best win of her short career so far. It was a fantastic win against their number one on her England debut. Her progress has been superb and I hope it will continue.”

Once the competition culminates, Sophie will avert her attentions on the National County finals to be held in Devon next month after being selected for the Lancashire Ladies squad, where she will be the youngest member.

• A high-powered finish in Clitheroe Golf Clubs’ Fourball by Swamy Narayana and Jonathan Shearsby put them in the box seat with 43 points, and although three other pairs matched their total, they took top spot after cards.

The Alex Taylor/Steve Ackers Partnership found birdies on the long 11th and 12th holes, but had to settle for the runners-up prize after countback.

The Heesom/Greenup team played to their usual high standard with five birdies in their 43-point total, but the tight finish put them in third.

A picnic break for pies and coffee at the Halfway House gave Steve Dean and Mike Thompson the necessary boost as they birdied the 12th and 15th to slot into fourth with the same 43 points.

Ken Mantle and Phil Walmsley were just off the pace with 42.

The handicapper caught up with Ron Higson as he continues to shine.He again topped the leaderboard in Sundays Single Stableford with 43 points to claim the Division Two Prize

Ryan Ratcliffe produced his round of the season for 41 points and second place and after blobs on the 9th and 10th holes Mike Thompson scored four points on the 11th to take third with 40.

Stuart Herd headed six competitors with 36 points including the canny Alan Hacking.

Garry Speak is no stranger to the Winners’ Enclosure and he returned to take the Division One Prize with a level back nine and 39 points.

A solid 38 points gave Colin Mustoe the runners-up spot ahead of Andrew Walmsley who birdied the 13th and 18th before dashing off to his beloved Turf Moor. Kevin Rogerson matched Walmsleys 37 points but lost the countback.

The ladies built some impressive scores in the Team of Four Competition with just two to count.

Judith Bishop, Rosemary Fort,Jane Hoyle and Jan Walsh were on fire as they scored a massive 90 points for a comfortable winning margin.

Five points adrift but still smiling were the second placed Quartet of Edith Child,Kath Bithell,Irene Hinks and Pat Murray.

The two Barbara’s Brown and Crowther teamed up with Victoria Nuttall and Jan Revis to take third with 81.

Sue Cartledge and Irene Hinks shared the twos pot.

• THIS week saw members compete in the Leslie Haynes Trophy at Whalley. The stableford board competition was played off full handicap. The victor on the the day, amassing a whopping 44 points was Simon Lightbown, claiming his third board competition of the season by a hugely impressive five-point margin.

Runner-up was John Blackadder with a excellent 39 points, and third went to Kevin Moore with a solid 36 points via a card play-off. There were six recorded twos - Mike Fletcher, John Kearsley, John Rostron, Simon Lightbown, Chris Summers and Steve Shoreman.

On Thursday the ladies competed in the EWGA Medal second round High Task competition. Karen Thompson was the winner (94-21-73), followed by Carol Ashley (94-19-75) and Agnes Flanagan with a score or (93-16-77). The overall winners of the two rounds were Agnes Flanagan with gross scores of 93-93 and Karen Thompson with nett score of 76-73.