Among the plethora of Bedford’s promising golfing talents lies 14-year old Roisin Scanlon, who is beginning to make waves in the European amateur game as well as here at home.
With a victory in the Under 16 Scottish Open already in the bag for the Bedfordian, Scanlon moved on to the ANNIKA Invitational in Sweden, hosted by one of golf’s most famous names.
Annika Sorenstam is regarded as one of the greatest female golfers in history. With 90 tournament wins to her name, including ten majors, she now hosts her own junior tournament that attracts the best young names from the world of golf.
Played for the first time in 2012, the ANNIKA Invitational tours Sweden with the latest incarnation taking place at the Vasatorp Golf Club in Helsingborg.
Not perturbed by being amongst the world’s elite juniors, Scanlon managed to finish in 13th place out of 78 competitors; her final score of +9 including consistent scores of 77, 76 and 75.
The tournament was won by Italy’s Francesca Fiorellini who beat Sweden’s Nora Sundberg in a play off after both finished on five under par.
Top ten finish in leading amateur championship
Closer to home, Roisin managed a joint-10th finish at the world-renowned R&A Women’s Amateur Championships, held in Hunstanton with the world’s leading amateur female golfers competing.
The event was looking rosy for Roisin after she carded a first-round 69 to leave her in joint second place on four under par, but a +1 round of 73 in the second saw her slip to a still commendable joint tenth.
That was while those around her blitzed the second round in more favourable conditions; Japan’s Ami Yamashita taking home the title after a stunning final round of 66.
Throughout the two tournaments, Roisin represented her home country of Ireland; and she has now been picked for the Irish Under 18 squad who are competing in the European Girls Team Championships in Iceland.
The competition begins on Tuesday 5th July and is the latest challenge in Europe for one of the nation’s finest young talents.
The European Girls Team Championships involves eighteen different nations and is the latest in a long line of competition for the Bedford youngster who continues to defy her years.