In the wake of an English golfer winning the US Open for the first time in 43 years, golfing history is also being made at Felsted. Rebecca Earl, a pupil from Felsted Preparatory School, was awarded the Girl’s Lytham trophy and crowned Girls’ IAPS Champion at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club, home of the 2012 Open Championship, last week.
On Thursday 6th June, Rebecca, age 13, and her younger sister Holly, age 11, both from Great Dunmow, travelled to the famous Lancashire course to join 85 players from 33 schools across Britain in the annual IAPS competition, which took a Stableford points format and had all players playing off a handicap of 18.
A warm and sunny Friday led to favourable playing conditions, with Holly coming away with a very respectable 22 points and 3rd place in her age group. Rebecca finished the day with an exceptional 44 points, receiving the Girl’s Lytham trophy, awarded to the highest scoring girl, and becoming the IAPS Girls’ Champion by a 7 point margin.
Next on the cards for Rebecca is the English Girls’ Abraham trophy, to be held in Devon in July, for which only the top 20 girls with the most improved handicaps in England qualify for; Rebecca came top in the region. She is also hoping to qualify for the England U13 Girls’ Championship, also in Devon, the following day.
Rebecca, who was introduced to golf in 2011 during an activity session at Felsted Preparatory School, is coached by Andrew Agnoli at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club and has additional regular coaching with the Hertfordshire County Golf Club. She now aims to reduce her handicap and to be selected for England regional coaching, as well as trying to retain her place in Essex Satellite Netball. Rebecca was awarded a Talent Award in Netball last year at Felsted Preparatory School.
Note to Editor:
IAPS is The Independent Association of Prep Schools
Rebecca began playing golf in April 2011, having being encouraged to enter the IAPS competition by a teacher at Felsted and joined Braintree Golf Club. By the end of the Summer in 2011, Rebecca was playing off a handicap of 36.
In 2012, Rebecca began the season in style, winning the Easter Bunny Cup at Towerlands Golf Club, with a score 12 under her handicap. In May she represented Felsted in the Inter Schools Challenge at Sunningdale Ladies Golf Club, winning with 45 points and reducing her handicap to 25.
During the summer holidays she won girls’ prizes at Junior Open Competitions at Ipswich, Braintree Stowmarket and Saffron Walden. She played in an International Open junior girls’ competition at the prestigious St. Andrew’s Golf Club, Scotland and missed out by only one shot to make the top 18 players.
She reached the semi-final in the Family Foursomes at Burhill Golf Club in Surrey in August. Then having also joined Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club, Rebecca won one of their major junior competitions, scoring seven shots below her handicap which was then reduced to 19.
During the summer she also competed in rounds of the Essex County Hitchcock Trophy knockout tournament for girls with a handicap of 18 and above, winning the final 4 & 3 at Thorpe Hall in September. She was also runner up playing with her mother Julia, in the Essex County Hunter foursome pairs match play competition.
This year she has moved her handicap to Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club and represented Hertfordshire Girls in two friendlies, one against Herts Senior Ladies and the other against Middlesex Girls, winning both her matches.
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