Golf Column: No holiday for Holly as Sheffield schoolgirl targets tour

Holly Morgan
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School is out for Holly Morgan, Sheffield’s 18-year-old golfer who has ambitions of becoming a tour professional.

While her peers from Meadowhead School head to the beach Holly will be sharpening her skills on the practice ground as she plans to end the season in style.

Holly Morgan

Holly Morgan

This week she was due to take part in the Pleasington Putter, a 36 hole scratch competition, before preparing for the English Women’s Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship and the British Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship later in the summer.

It’s Holly’s first season as a senior, but she’s taken the higher level of competition in her stride, thanks her appearances with the Yorkshire Ladies team for the past three years.

Earlier in the season she qualified at Ganton for the Yorkshire County Championship finals winning by four shots won the 36-hole qualifier eventually being overcome in the semi finals of the match play stage losing to the eventual winner.

Last month Holley, whose handicap is +1, convincingly won the Sheffield Ladies Open Championship before turning her attention to the Yorkshire squad where she took part in the Northern Counties Match Week at Sandiway.

While the Yorkshire team went down in the final to rivals Lancashire, Holly herself had a good week collecting 7.5 points out of a possible nine including four from playing foursomes with Fulford’s Charlotte Austwick on all five days.

Earlier this month Holly competed in the English Women’s Amateur Championship at Hunstanton achieving her ambition of making the cut but stumbled with a costly third round. She said: “It was very tough out there but I was hitting the ball nicely. In the third round I had a year’s bad luck in a single day and nothing dropped.”

With her school studies behind her Holly intends to compete in a number of events at home and abroad next season including the Portuguese Ladies Amateur and the Irish Strokeplay in a bid to make her way up the order of merit.

And if things go to plan she will be heading off to the USA in September 2016 on a college golf scholarship combined with a sports related degree.

It’s all part of Holly’s long-term ambition of playing professional tournament golf.

She said: “I’d love to try and make a go of it. If I don’t it would be a wasted opportunity and you never know what might happen.”

With her game improving every year she is now focusing on the elusive quality that defines the best sports people - consistency.

“You can’t afford to let one shot drop at the higher levels and I need to be consistent over the four rounds,” said Holly, who has recently joined Hallamshire Golf Club while keeping her membership at Lees Hall where she started the game as a 10 year old and developed her skills under the watchful eye of her coach Andy Rossington.

• Hallamshire’s Barclay Brown and Alex Fitzpatrick both finished in the top five in the 72-hole English Boys’ Under-16 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Wallassey. Brown, aged 14, followed up his recent victory in the Sheffield Plate with rounds of 71 77 71 and 69 while Fitzpatrick was one shot and one place back with 69 77 77 66.

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