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GOLF: Sophie Keech clinches Faldo Series victory
SOPHIE Keech dominated the under-21s’ division of the Faldo Series event at Pyle & Kenfig with fantastic scores of 69, 72 and 73.
The former Lyme Regis resident, who now lives in Axminster, hit the ball solidly from tee to green in windy conditions on day one.
Some excellent putting brought an eagle and four birdies as Keech set a new course record.
Keech let a few putts slide by in round two, however, she held her nerve and still managed to extend her lead.
The final day started off in wet and blustery conditions, but that didn’t deter Keech as she began with two birdies in her first three holes.
The youngster then played solid par golf through the remainder of the front nine.
She dropped shots at holes 10 and 11, but her determination and spirit enabled her to knuckle down and grind out a superb victory.
A birdie at the last saw Keech finish the event on eight-under-par, giving her the the title by nine shots.
Keech’s caddy, and Dorset captain, Sue Edwards said: “Watching Sophie play was a real pleasure.
“Her enthusiasm for the game is obvious and I am sure her bubbly, expressive personality helps her enjoy every aspect of the game, which is reflected in her excellent score.”
On returning home, Keech found out she had been selected to play for England in the Nations Cup, which starts on her 18th birthday.
Keech said: “I won’t be partying that’s for sure. I will be ready to play golf, which I love, and get an early night.”
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