A 13-YEAR-OLD junior member has become the youngest ever winner of the Ladies Club Championship at Crewe Golf Club.
Jamie Hand, a student at Brine Leas High School in Nantwich, only took up golf four years ago and is keen to play and practice whenever she can which includes the club’s Junior Academy run by Vic McCandless.
Playing off a handicap of 18, she posted a nett 74 on day one of the 36-hole event which left her in seventh place but just two shots off the lead, which was held overnight by another junior, Josie Cowap, age 15, who shot a nett 72. In blustery conditions on day two, Jamie fired an impressive nett 67 which included seven pars and a birdie on the 294-yard sixth hole.
With a total score of 141 nett on the par 73 course, Jamie finished three shots clear of nearest rival Josie, followed by Rachel Mathews, who shot the lowest gross score of the event, in third on 149.
Lady captain, Kay Samson, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Jamie to win the Club Championship at such a young age.
“The ladies’ section of the club is very competitive with about 80 members. The adage of ’if they are good enough, they are old enough’ is very true for our young lady golfers.”
Jamie’s handicap has been cut to 16, but she is now targeting a further reduction to 10 or 11 by the end of the season as she follows her dream to one day play on the Ladies PGA tour.
Jamie says that her biggest golfing strength is her driving and cites Tiger Woods and English golfer, Charley Hull as her favourite players.
Jamie Hand with dad Gary and Crewe lady captain Kay Samson.