Teenage golfer's first call from England
Royal Cromer teenager Amber Ratcliffe is in the pink after receiving her first England call-up. The 14-year-old (pictured) has been selected for the English Women's Golf Association squad at the North of England U16 strokeplay championship at Pannal, Yorkshire from August 25-27.
Royal Cromer teenager Amber Ratcliffe is in the pink after receiving her first England call-up.
The 14-year-old (pictured) has been selected for the English Women's Golf Association squad at the North of England U16 strokeplay championship at Pannal, Yorkshire from August 25-27.
'I'm really excited,' said Ratcliffe. 'I was really hoping I would get picked and when I opened my letter I looked round the room and just screamed!
'I played in this championship last year, as an individual, and I saw the squad girls in their pink England jumpers and thought 'I want to be one of them next year'.'
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The letter arrived just as Ratcliffe had successfully cut her handicap to one in the Royal Cromer junior championship, where she had rounds of one-under and three-under par.
Remarkably, her second round included a triple bogey on the fifth where she first found a greenside bunker and then ping-ponged across the green. She made up for it immediately with a birdie on the sixth - one of six she amassed during her round. The others were on the first, fourth, 10th, 11th and 14th.
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However, she wasn't the best in the field. Her brother, Ryan, returned a better gross score with rounds of one-under and four-under. 'He played awesome,' she said.
Ratcliffe's performance in the junior championship marked a welcome return to form and fitness after a hip injury spoiled her chances in the English girls' U15 championship at Market Rasen.
She battled on to finish 10th there and said: 'It was disappointing because I felt I could have done something there. It was frustrating - but I've got the British girls' [this] week.'
However, Ratcliffe has already picked up her share of titles this year with the Norfolk, South East of England and England U16 schools' championships.
She is a member of the English Women's Golf Association Select Midlands squad.