Charlotte's the Wizard of Oz

Photo - credit GOLF AUSTRALIA Huddersfield’s Charlotte Heath became the first Brit in 24 years and only the fifth in the 126-year history to win the Australian Women’s Amateur – and she did it in spectacular style. Heath was unstoppable against Indonesia’s Mela Putri, 22, on her way to a 7&6 victory in the 36-hole final at Royal Queensland Golf Club. Yorkshire county player Heath got off to a fast start and was three up after five holes and remained dominant when the contest was on the line, winning or halving the first 20 holes. On completion of the first round, Heath’s lead was a commanding eight up. In the afternoon, the 18-year-old then tightened her grip by holing her 5-iron approach to

Hanson launches new Tyke tour

Players competing in the newly formed equal gender 2020Protour will have the chance to collect £20,000 by making 100 birdies over the 22 events that make up the schedule for this year. Founded by Yorkshire Golfer columnist Chris Hanson and his caddie Adam Walker the 2020Protour has teamed up with Malton based insurance specialists McClarrons Sport to launch the ‘Race to 100 Birdies’ which offers a season changing prize of £20,000. Competitors will have to average approximately 4.54 birdies per round, but Rotherham’s Jonathan Thomson recently equalled the world record of 9 consecutive birdies and Richard Mansell averaged 4.6 birdies a round on the EuroPro Tour last year. If only one player re

Schmidt's winning ways...

Ben Schmidt’s golfing stock continues to soar following his latest win in Australia’s NSW Amateur championship. He underlined his reputation as one of England’s finest prospects with a dominant display of golf in the 36-hole final at St Michael’s Golf Club in Sydney. The 17-year-old from Rotherham was never headed in the final against fellow England squad member Callum Farr, easily winning 7&5. Schmidt shot to prominence last year when he became only the fourth golfer in history to win both the Brabazon and Carris Trophy in the same season. The Wath Academy golf scholar also made Open final qualifying, won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and spread-eagled a talented field by 15 shots to

Jigger's a birdie machine

Rotherham’s Jonathan ‘Jigger’ Thomson equalled a long-standing record for the most consecutive birdies when he reeled off nine in a row at the Palmares Open on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour. His second round in the event started out like many other when he parred the first seven holes before he caught fire with a birdie on the 8th which stared the barrage. Eight more followed until he made a regulation par on the penultimate hole. But he was back at it again with another birdie on the last making it and astonishing 10 in the last 11 holes for a round of 62. He eventually finished the 54-hole event in third place five shots behind winner Sam Locke, but it was Jigger’s world equalling performanc

Marcus Opens some doors

MARCUS Armitage landed a career best 3rd place in the South African Open in early January to earn himself automatic entry into this year’s Open Championship at Royal St George. Armitage had been in contention over the weekend only to see Branden Grace race clear on Sunday at the Randpark Club in Johannesburg. However the 32-year-old from Howley Hall walked up the 18th knowing that he’d have to sink a 20-foot birdie putt to cement 3rd spot and land The Open invite. It was also worth the little matter of £70,000 and when it dropped the reaction of Armitage was outdone only by that of his ecstatic bagman – a local caddie picked up for the week, by the name of Eric. It meant he earned solo 3rd o

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