13-year old Roisin Scanlon wins Under-18 south east England schools championship

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Roisin Scanlon with Leighton Buzzard GC Captain, Simon Rossiter (Image: LBGC)

Bedford’s brightest prospect in golf, 13-year old Roisin Scanlon is continuing her meteoric rise in the Women’s game, and her latest win occurred last week in the Under-18 South East England Schools Championship.

The competition took place at the par-73 Leighton Buzzard Golf Club, with Roisin winning the chance to compete thanks to a comprehensive victory in the Bedfordshire Schools championship.

Scanlon, who at just 12-years old made her professional debut in last year’s Rose Series in St.Albans, shot a 1-under par 72 to win this championship by three shots from Buckinghamshire’s Olivia Lee.

With the competition reduced from 36 to 18 holes due to Covid restrictions, Scanlon posted a competitive early round, and with rain consistently falling throughout the day, that score could not be matched.

Roisin becomes only the second Bedfordshire Schools Girls champion to win the regional prize and will now go on to represent the South East region in the national championships in Lincolnshire.

Not only is Roisin the youngest ever winner of the event, she is also the first regional champion to represent Bedfordshire since Sarah Kiddle won the same prize way back in 1979.

In the Team Championship, the Bedfordshire Schools Boy’s Team, led by a superb round of 72 from Finley Cummings lost out by the narrowest of margins against Essex Schools.

The four man team tied on 220 with their Essex counterparts, losing by virtue of the discarded score, where Bedfordshire shot 80 compared to Essex’s 77.

However, for Roisin, it seems the sky is the limit as she continues to rack up the titles with the next step being international selection following the National Championships.

That competition takes place at the end of June at Belton Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire.

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