Spectacular year for girl golfer

Rising young golf star Amber Ratcliffe has two more reasons to celebrate a spectacular year in girls' golf.The Royal Cromer player, who has only just turned 14, has won two top Norfolk awards which reflect season-long improvement and achievement.

GOLF: Rising star Amber Ratcliffe has two more reasons to celebrate a spectacular year in girls' golf.

The Royal Cromer player, who has only just turned 14, has won two top Norfolk awards which reflect season-long improvement and achievement.

She's the winner of the Brancaster Shield for topping the overall Norfolk girls' order of merit; and she's the winner of the Handicap Challenge, having reduced from seven to three.

"I am very happy, winning the order of merit was one of my goals for the year," said Ratcliffe, who is the English U16 schools' champion and is a member of an England regional training squad.


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The highlight of her year was winning her schools title, with scores which included an eight-under par course record - and going on to play for England in a schools' international. She was also runner-up in the Norfolk ladies' championship and made a successful debut for the county first team. Her performances - in a range of local and national events - helped win her promotion from an England super birdies' squad into the English Women's Golf Association Midlands select

regional squad.

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"I'm enjoying the coaching, it's really, really good," she said.

Next year, her targets include a good performance in the English U15 girls' championship and an appearance in the British girls' championship. And she's just been fitted for new clubs.

Picture: MATTHEWUSHER

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