Royal Norwich youngsters selected for England trials

From left to right, Chloe Gibbs, Eve Neild and Hope Neild with Royal Norwich head professional Neil

From left to right, Chloe Gibbs, Eve Neild and Hope Neild with Royal Norwich head professional Neil Lythgoe. Picture: Royal Norwich GC - Credit: Archant

Three young players at Royal Norwich have earned England recognition after maintaining their encouraging progress over the course of the summer.

Sisters Hope and Eve Neild and Chloe Gibbs will be put through their paces at Stoke by Nayland at the weekend after impressing the national selectors.

The girls will be taking part in an Under-16 get-together, with the hope being that they perform well enough to earn a place in next year's England squad.

News of the call-ups was a proud moment not only for the youngters but also for head professional Neil Lythgoe who has helped nurture their talent at his Royal Norwich Academy.

'All three throughly deserve this recognition,' he said. 'They have all been a delight to teach. They work hard on their game and are improving all the time – and also have a lot of fun, which is obviously very important.'


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Hope, 15, and Chloe, 14, are both established figures on the Norfolk junior scene, while Eve is also making a name for herself at the age of just 12. She recently turned on the style at Gorleston Golf Club's Junior Open, shooting an impressive gross 75 off a handicap of 15 for a nett 60 to win the title by some distance.

'It's always nice to see one of the Academy youngsters doing well,' said Lythgoe. 'To shoot 75 off 15 is an amazing achievement and not surprisingly Eve's handicap has come down after that!

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'We have 45 children in total in the Academy and 12 have progressed to county players.'

For more information about junior coaching at Royal Norwich email neilblythgoe@bt.internet.com or ring 01603 429928.

Norfolk's Under-12 boys took on Suffolk and Cambridgeshire at Royal Worlington on Sunday. Squad manager Nick Macartney played his youngest players to introduce them to county golf. The result was a win for Cambridgeshire, with Suffolk finishing second just ahead of the fledgling Norfolk squad.

On the professional front King's Lynn's Luke Johnson finished tied eight in last week's Europro Tour event at Collingtree Park. Rounds of 67, 71 and 69 left him on nine under in the Jessie May Trust Championship.

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