Norfolk’s Amelia Williamson shines in Hampshire Rose competition

Maisy Beales with County Captain Sammy Martin. Picture: SHELAGH RUMP

Maisy Beales with County Captain Sammy Martin. Picture: SHELAGH RUMP - Credit: Archant

Norfolk youngster Amelia Williamson took the first step in a title defence when she won the Hampshire Rose by a stroke.

The 17-year-old Royal Cromer player was three-under par for the 36 holes at a wet North Hants Golf Club, adding her name to a trophy which has previously been held by top professionals Charley Hull and Georgia Hall.

Next up is the Roehampton Gold Cup on Saturday. It's paired with the Hampshire Rose to create a 72-hole event, offering world ranking points for the players while the overall winner receives the Gold Rose Trophy.

Williamson became the first winner of the combined event last year and has her sights set on retaining the trophy, which was given by Olympic champion Justin Rose.

'There were only five or six holes when you didn't need waterproofs,' she said. 'But I always gave myself chances to make par and holed out well from under 10 feet.'

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She was two-under 70 in the morning, followed by one-under 71 in the afternoon and finished a shot ahead of Kath O'Connor (West Byfleet, 68 74).

Two more members of the England Golf girls' squad filled the next two places, Martha Lewis (St George's Hill, 72 71) and Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, 71 74).

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Closer to home the latest Girls Golf Rocks sessions are taking placed this weekend at Eaton (Saturday, 2-4pm), Norwich Family Golf Centre (Saturday, 1-3pm), Dereham (Sunday, 11am-1pm), Marriott Sprowston Manor (Sunday, 12-2pm) and Searles (Sunday, 12-2pm).

This is an opportunity for girls aged between 5-18 years who have never played golf to have a go. The Norfolk junior programme is working with England Golf on the initiative to encourage potential players who want to try a new sport and have fun. No equipment or experience is necessary as you can wear comfortable clothing and trainers.

Anyone interest should contact their nearest club to book a free place or book online at

Junior captain Maisie Farrelly won Dereham Golf Club Junior NVS Cup with a gross 86 with Hakan Tokbay runner-up with 91. In the 18 holes Easter Trophy Jen Brown won with a net 66 with Lily Farrelly runner-up prize with 74.

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