Course record smashed at the girls’ open

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There was a runaway winner in the Redbourn Golf Club Girls’ Open as a new ladies’ course record was set.

Nicola Bennett, a 2-handicapper from Porter’s Park Golf Club, shot a gross score of one-under-par – 17 shots better than nearest rivals Elena Tizzard and Megan Daniels, who each scored 89.

More than 25 young women from across Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties took part in the competition and it was Redbourn girl Holly Hunter who was triumphant in the nett prize – after missing out on the top three in the gross by just a shot.

Her score of nett 69 was matched by Georgina Bowers, but a better back nine secured Holly’s victory.

Third in the nett competition was Freya Daniels, another Redbourn member, beating her handicap by two shots to finish just two shots off the leaders’ pace with nett 71.

Ian McDowell, Redbourn Golf Club general manager, said: “It’s always wonderful to see golf being played well and the girls, particularly Nicola, certainly did that.

“The standard of junior golf is exceptionally high at Redbourn and with golf becoming an Olympic sport in 2016, we could be talking about British gold-medallists of the future.”

Meanwhile, a competition for U10 girls was run on the par-3 course.

The event was won by eight-year-old Rafiah Banday, whose score of 55 was four clear of second-placed Maddie Pearce. Alyson Roberts came third with a score of 65.