Megan could be great, says Monty

Barnham Broom's Megan Mann has booked a dream trip to the 2008 World Championships in America after impressing at the HSBC Wee Wonders Grand Final at St Andrews.

Barnham Broom's Megan Mann has booked a dream trip to the 2008 World Championships in America after impressing at the HSBC Wee Wonders Grand Final at St Andrews.

The six-year-old, who attends Morley Primary School, was runner-up in the girls' 5-6 age category, and caught the eye of Ryder Cup star Colin Montgomerie in the process.

The Norfolk junior, who beat off competition from over 3,000 entrants to be one of the 72 qualifiers for the prestigious event, shot rounds of 47 and 43 to finish second. She was also runner-up last year.

“I am sure one of these kids here will be not just a champion but a major champion and maybe that could be Megan,” said Montgomerie. “She played fantastically well and I'm sure her family will be very proud of her. It is a tough course with swirling winds but the kids demonstrated maturity beyond their years to master the conditions.


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“Playing at St Andrews is a once-in-a-lifetime experience but I am sure we will be seeing more of Megan in years to come. This Wee Wonders was not around when I was growing up.

“You had to fight against golf clubs to gain access but now that has all changed and youth is encouraged because this is where the future lies.”

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Megan's performance has won her an invitation to join the Great Britain and Ireland Team in the US Kids Golf World Championships at Pinehurst, USA in August, 2008. She was also interviewed by Sky Sports for a programme about the Wee Wonders, which will be shown on September 12.

Megan's mum, Vanessa Mann is keeping her fingers crossed Megan's HSBC Wee Wonders Grand Final appearance could be the start of something special.

She said: “She is extremely focused and very grown up on the golf course. When she plays she really concentrates on the golf and nothing else. She is a very determined character and hates losing.”

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