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New path for Holly

By Geoff Garnett

FORMER Lancashire girls and ladies star Holly Calvert is enjoying a new stage of her career by working as the new Lee Westwood golf coach at the Altrincham Golf Course.

She took up the game at the age of seven after her dad built a chipping green in their back garden.

Her early years were spent at Lancaster Golf Club and in 2005 she made a big impact by coming fifth in the Formby Leveret as an 11th hour stand-in shooting 76 and 71 when playing off a 10 handicap which meant that she was 17 under par on the day and reduced her handicap by four shots.

She was also the winner of the Lancashire Rose Spoon when she fired a 67, which was the lowest nett in England that year.

Calvert went on to represent Lancashire in the Northern Ladies Championships in Durham in 2006.

She said: “Also in 2006 I won the regional qualifier in the Faldo Series and through this I had the chance to meet Nick Faldo in the finals at Celtic Manor.

“I finished third overall in the girls’ section with a certain Rory McIlroy winning the boys section!

“In 2007 I attended the University of Stirling as an international golf scholar and qualified for my first flight final only to be knocked out 5&3 by Alexis Thompson but I went on to win the second flight final of the Ion Doherty women’s matchplay final.

“I turned professional in 2012 and I lived in Spain for eight months enjoying warm weather training, thanks to the El Centro Nacional de Golf and playing on the Banesta Tour before moving to LETAS events.

“I played on the LETAS Tour from 2013 onwards making a few cuts with my best finish being runner-up in the Costa Blanca Open in Alicante with scores of 78, 79 and 71 (71 was the best score of the week due to high winds) and just missed out on an automatic place in the Dubai Omega Masters.

“I attended the Tour School in Morocco in 2014 missing out on the second stage by a shot.

“I am now working as the new Lee Westwood coach at Altrincham with a view to hopefully trying again soon for the Tour School.

“I come from a single-parent background after my mum died from breast cancer when I was 10 years old and I owe my personal success to my dad who has always supported me along the way driving to places like France and Switzerland for my competitions and giving up his time to help me towards my goals.

“In addition to this I would also like to thanks my grandparents who always told me to do the best I can whatever the outcome.”