< Lily May receives her award from Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman of the Ladies European Tour.
She’s just 15 years old but she’s definitely one to watch and her achievements were recognised at the England Golf Awards sponsored by Bridgestone.
Around 500 guests gathered at the Royal Lancaster London to celebrate all that’s great about golf in England. They applauded Lily May, a member at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club in Essex, who won five championships last season, taking English, British, European and American titles.
Lily May, who started playing golf about five years ago, said: "This means such a lot, I didn't know I was in contention for this." And the secret of her success: "I just practice, enjoy myself and make friends."
She was a finalist for the England Golf Performance of the Year Award, alongside Race to Dubai winner Tommy Feetwood; European champion and low amateur at The Open, Alfie Plant; and the England women’s team which became European champions for the second year in a row.
The Performance of the Year title went to Fleetwood but the judges also recognised Lily May’s achievements. “It’s only a few years since Tommy was playing in our England teams and was dreaming of future successes,” said England Golf Performance Director Nigel Edwards. “We want to recognise another player who is starting out on that path in great style and Lily May receives our Rising Star Award.”
During 2017 Lily May won the British girls’ championship, the European Young Masters, the English women’s amateur championship, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and, on her first to the USA, the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational.Click here to read about all the winners at the England Golf Awards.
Claire Lewis (Burnham-on-Crouch), Tracey Rogers (SBM), Holly Haslam (SBM), Jayne Stockwell (Organiser), Tess Prudence (SBM), Maria Williams (Rochford) Cherry Clarke (SBM)
The Stock Brook Manor winning team of Holly Haslam, Lesley Harley, Helen Parker (captain), Ashley Croft, Jayne Stockwell and Rachel Higgins
The Thorndon Park runners-up of Sophie Wheeler, Ashley Chalmers, Emily Irons (captain), Sue Lines-Poulton and Bridget Cooper
Girls' golf has been rocking at the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo where teams of ambassadors from Bedfordshire and Essex showed off their skills.
Girls Golf Rocks is the successful project run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation which encourages girls to take up the sport. It's supported by ambassadors from county girls' squads who help the newcomers and show them it's a fun, friendly game.
This time it was the turn of the ambassadors to have fun and to show off their skills in the pro-am which preceded this week's Challenge Tour event.
Ysobel Lush, Sophie Wheeler and Charley Hatley From Essex teamed up with professional Jack Senior (pictured top) while Befordshire’s Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Imogen Morton-King and Estelle Klausner were partnered by Richard Finch.
Sophie, 15, gave a great demonstration of girl power when she won the long drive competition with her 232-yard tee shot on the first hole.
The five-handicapper is a past winner of the Abraham trophy, for England's most improved girl golfer, and, with Ysobel, was one of the first ambassadors when Girls Golf Rocks started іn Essex thгеe years аgо.
“I’ve always loved it,” said 16-year-old Ysobel, who wants to be a PE teacher and who has helped the project collect three awards and was individually Essex golfer of the year in 2016.
Charley, 17, and ambassador for two years, loved the pro-am experience. “It’s been really good to play this course, which I might never be able to play again, and to play with a Tour player. It's pretty amazing!”
Their professional, Jack Senior is well versed in women’s golf, thanks to his girlfriend Bethany Garton, who has been Lancashire champion. Afterwards he said of his team:”The girls all played good, they were impressive - and they enjoyed it. That's the big thing, if you don't enjoy it, there's no point doing it."
Top from left, Essex ambassadors Charley Hatley, Ysobel Lush and Sophie Wheel with Jack Senior.Images copyright leaderboard Photography
England's Lily May Humphreys has crowned a superb season by winning the British girls' championship at Enville, defeating Emilie Overas 785 in the 18-hole final to seal the biggest win of her amateur career.
Humphreys, from Stoke by Nayland, Essex, has already won the English Women's amateur title and the European Young Masters this season.
Afterwards the 15-year-old said: "This is the best I've ever played to win a tournament. I was six-under-par through thirteen holes so I guess that's pretty difficult to beat. I didn't feel the pressure, I just went out to play my best."
She added: This win means so much. I have so much confidence after this win and We had lots of fantastic support too, it couldn't have been much better."
Humphreys' win earns her an exemption into Final Qualifying for the Ricoh Women's British Open next year and she will aim to secure a place in the starting field at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Humphreys surged into the lead on the par five 1st after a birdie four secured the hole was soon 2up on her Norwegian opponent after Overas could only manage a double-bogey on the short par three 2nd.
The England girl international extended her advantage to three holes after an excellent birdie on the 3rd, before taking a firm grip of the match at 4 up after the Norwegian made a bogey on the 4th to lose another hole.
The blistering start made by Humphreys to win four consecutive holes eventually ran out of steam after the pair halved both the 5th and 6th before Overas made small inroads into reducing the deficit by bouncing back to win the 7th with a birdie three.
The fightback was short-lived however; Humphreys responded in kind by birdieing the 8th to restore the lead back to four holes and laid one hand on the trophy after rolling in a birdie on the par five 10th to move to 5up.
Overas conceded on the 11th to widen the gap to six holes before the duo both made birdie On the 12th to halve the hole.
Humphreys closed out the match on the 13th after Overas conceded the hole, sealing a memorable win to lift the title.
In the first of the semi-finals, Humphreys narrowly overcame Germany's Paula Kirner by one hole to secure her passage to the final.Overas sealed her place in the final by a fine margin too, defeating Elena Moosmann of Switzerland by two holes.