Dominant effort from first-time champion Charlotte Brook
DORSET: Tuesday May 3rd
FORMAT: 36-hole gross stroke play qualifier/ 4 rounds of matchplay
New Dorset ladies champion Charlotte Brook was never behind in any of her four knockout matches as she won the county title for the first time at Broadstone on Sunday.
The Parkstone Junior qualified for the matchplay stages in first and played like a top seed as she reached the final. There she met fellow teenager Lilli Horn (Ferndown), winning the first two holes and she was never headed on her way to a 2&1 success.
For the former nationally-ranked gymnast, who only started concentrating on golf two years ago, her season is starting to take off. Last week she finished second at the Independent Schools Golf Association Finals, finishing ahead of the likes of England Boys squad members Sam Easterbrook (Olton) and Seb Cave (The Belfry).
And at the weekend she carried that form into the final stages at Broadstone, sweeping aside Rebekah Hobell (Broadstone), Chloe Heasler (Broadstone) and Honor Johnson (Broadstone) before beating Horn on the 17th.
Brook, who is set to take up a scholarship at Pepperdine University in California next January, was two up with three to go in Sunday’s final but missed a five footer to hand a hole back on 16 before the title was decided shortly afterwards as her opponent did likewise at the next.
On Friday the finalists both finished on 147 (+3) during the 36-hole qualifer but the eventual champion gained the number one seeding by virtue of her superior second round, which included a pair of twos.