Bucks duo lead the way as Rosie rounds off the season in brilliant style
R&A: Sunday October 24th
FORMAT: 54-hole strokeplay
There was a Buckinghamshire 1-2 in the R&A Girls U-16s at Enville where Rosie Bee Kim confirmed her status as the best U-14s player in Europe with a two-shot success.
The 14-year-old has had another stand-out season. In July she won the England U-14s by eight and a week earlier came within a shot of claiming the England Girls title at Malton & Norton.
Yesterday The Buckinghamshire GC teenager started the final round level at the top with Farrington Park’s Frankie Dezis and held her nerve superbly to edge out her county team-mate Roisin Scanlon (Woburn).
The final day turned into a fantastic battle with the lead changing hands many times. Ten players finished within four shots of the lead and most of them had chances to challenge for the main prize as the third round unfolded.
“It was a really good way to end the season,” said Rosie, who was followed all the way around the Staffordshire course by her dad Sung.
“And this has definitely been my best season so far.”
Rosie and Frankie were joined in the final group by England U-16s champion Maggie Whitehead (Close House), who joined the eventual champion on level par after the first hole thanks to a brilliant eagle while Rosie holed a 20-footer for birdie.
The Bucks youngster then went one ahead with a stunning two at the second. Her five iron came to rest just four feet from the hole and she calmly converted.
However bogeys on four and nine left her two back with nine to go as Frankie changed into the lead with birdies on five, eight and nine.
In the groups ahead Scotland’s Grace Crawford was also making a move and Roisin had started with three birdies in her opening five holes to briefly lead before dropping back with bogeys at six and eight.
With three holes to go Frankie led by one ahead of Rosie and two clear of Ellise Rymer (Woodhall Spa) and Roisin but a bogey at 16 for the Farrington Park girl set up a grandstand finish and unfortunately, after an excellent drive, she found sand with her second at 17 and then three putted to drop back into the group on three over.
At the 18th a superb pitch from the leader left her two putts from four feet for the title but she only needed one, completing a one-under-par 71 final round and finish level par overall.