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Bel targets strong 2017 season

PRESTBURY Golf Club’s young star Bel Wardle is working hard to make her final year in the junior ranks a memorable one.

An early season injury and GCSE exams couldn’t prevent the world number 355 from putting together an outstanding 2016 season that saw her finish fifth in the English Girls Championships, runner-up in the British Girls Championships at Royal St Davids, ninth in the British Ladies at Dundonald Links, eighth in the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews, retain the Cheshire Girls Championship at Royal Liverpool for the third time and tie first in the Birkdale Scratch.

Bel played for England in the French U21 Championships in Paris, represented England in the European Team Championships in Oslo, played in the girls home internationals in Conwy and in the World Girls Championships in Misssissuga, Canada, where she finished eighth overall.

She finished third in the England Girls Order of Merit and 11th in the Ladies Order of Merit- she is also 13th in the LGU Order of Merit.

The England Girls U18 squad member said: “Over the winter I will be concentrating on my swing and a few other changes with my coach Richard Green at Bramhall and working on my strength and conditioning with Angela Jackson at Physiofit and Drew Roberts at ICAN Personal Training in Alderley Edge.

“In the coming season I will commence the year playing in the Portuguese Ladies Championships next month followed by the Spanish Ladies Championships in early March.

”My goals for the season include trying to achieve a place in the Junior Solheim Cup Team for August as well as improving my game consistency whilst studying for my A levels.

“This is my last year as a junior golfer and I want to make sure that I enjoy it to the full.

“I will be looking to go to college in the USA in 2018 and have already had a number of scholarship offers but at this point in time I have still to make up my mind where to go.”