East Devon Golf Club puts on a super show for prestigious event
PUBLISHED: 11:07 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:07 09 August 2018
Last week, East Devon Golf Club hosted the highly prestigious England Girls' Open Amateur Championships, writes Mike Knapton.
This event, organised by England Golf, is for girls under 18, and players from many countries vie to take part.
Although the majority were from the home countries, there were several competitors from Europe and even one from Australia.
The 144 players who qualified (ages ranging from 10 to 17!) played 18 holes on Tuesday and Wednesday and the 40 or so who made the cut played a further 36 holes on Thursday.
It was a test of skill and endurance with the former being in high evidence.
Those of us who were lucky enough to follow the girls round the course could only marvel at the skill and confidence of these young people - and, of course, wonder just why we can’t do the same!
According to the England Golf tournament director, our course “...ticks all the boxes and is an ideal place for such tournaments. The course is demanding but fair and is extremely well looked after. The clubhouse, parking and practice facilities are all in place, along with the willingness of club members to help and support the event.
“Additionally, the area is able to accommodate an influx of several hundred, as all of the players come with family and friends.”
It is also a fact that in addition to the kudos the gold club gains for holding the event it is also clearly beneficial to our local economy.
On the subject of family, it was interesting to note that parents etc are not allowed to caddy for or be in touch with the players. If a player requires a caddy, he or she should also be under 18.
For the record, the winner was Celina Sattelkau from Germany with an amazing score of 10 under.
Kirsten Rudgley, from Perth, Australia, was second on seven under and third was Italian player Maria Corbi, who finished on four under.
The best finish of the English players involved turned out to be Mimi Rhodes from Burnham and Berrow, who finished fourth with her score of two under.