Cheshire girl Bel earns England call-up

SIX leading girl golfers, including Cheshire’s Bel Wardle, will represent England in the new Scottish U18 girls’ Strokeplay Championship at Strathmore on April 6-8.

The Prestbury player is joined by Annabel Bailey of Leicestershire, Sharna Dutrieux of Kent, Martha Lewis of Surrey,  Emily Price of Shropshire and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk. The event will be played over 54 holes who are  all members of the England Golf girls’ squad:

Bel Wardle, 16,  has 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 strokeplay and  fourth in both the Liphook Scratch Cup and the Pleasington Putter.

Annabel Bailey, 17, (Kirby Muxloe) is an England girl international and helped to secure the team’s eighth successive win at the girls’ Home Internationals. Also last season she tied 10th in the Helen Holm Scottish women’s stroke play and in the English girls’ championship.

Sharna Dutrieux, 17, (Wrotham Heath) had top ten finishes in the English girls’ championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. In women’s events she was fourth in the Liphook scratch cup, tied 11th in the Hampshire Rose and 23rd in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play.

Martha Lewis, 16, (St George’s Hill) tied sixth in the English U16 girls’ championship, eighth in the North of England U16 stroke play and reached the last 32 in the British girls’ championship. She has represented England at U16 level.

Emily Price, 16, (Cleobury Mortimer) tied third in last year’s English and Scottish U16 girls’ championships. She also tied second in the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy and 10th in the English women’s stroke play. She was the 2014 English U15 girls’ champion and has represented England at U16 level.

Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer) won the West of England U16 stroke play and three English schools’ titles in 2015: the national, the U16 and the South East championships. She tied sixth in the English U16 girls and 22nd in the English women’s amateur. She has represented England at U16 level.

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