North West quartet hope to be six hits

FOUR of the six-strong squad of talented young players who will represent England in the French U21 Women’s Championship are from the North West.

Lancastrians Eloise Healey, Sophie Lamb and Hollie Muse and Cheshire’s Beth Wardle will battle for glory at St Cloud Golf Club on March 24-28 and will warm up for the challenge with a match against France.

When the tournament gets under way, all competitors will play two stroke play qualifying rounds. The leading 32 players go forward to the matchplay for the Esmond Trophy and the next 16 players, who are aged U18, will qualify for the Cartier Trophy matchplay.

 

The players:

 

Eloise Healey, 18 (West Lancashire) was in the winning England team at the girls’ Home Internationals. She was sixth in the British women’s stroke play, eighth in the English girls’ championship, qualified fourth in the English women’s matchplay and tied 10th in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play.

 

Sophie Lamb, 18, (Clitheroe) was in England’s winning team at the women’s Home Internationals. She was runner-up in the 2015 England Girls’ Order of Merit and sixth on the women’s table. She was also runner-up in the ANNIKA Invitational Europe 2015 in Sweden. She was England’s leading scorer in the recent Portuguese Amateur, finishing 21st.

 

Hollie Muse, 16 (West Lancashire) was also in England’s successful teams at the 2015 girls’ and women’s Home Internationals. Last season she also won the Scottish U16 championship and The Leveret and was third in the St Rule Trophy, sixth in the European Young Masters and seventh in the German girls’ championship.

 

Bel Wardle, 16, (Prestbury) has previously represented England at U16 level and made the cut in the recent Portuguese women’s amateur championship. Last season she was 10th in the British women’s stroke play and was fourth in both the Liphook Scratch Cup and the Pleasington Putter.

 

Lianna Bailey, 19, (Kirby Muxloe) was second amateur at the 2015 WPGA International Challenge on the LET Access Series. She also had top ten finishes in the English and Welsh stoke play championships and in a number of top 36-hole scratch events. (Image © Leaderboard Photography).

 

Sammy Fuller, 16, (Roehampton) helped England win both the girls’ and women’s Home Internationals. She tied for the Irish U18 stroke play and this year she scored a record seventh win in the Florida Junior International Championship.

 

Reserve: Annabel Bailey, 17, (Kirby Muxloe) is an England girl international. She and Lianna are sisters.

 

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