Kelly edges club title by beating 21 time winner

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ENGLAND Select North squad member Kelly McNulty has become the youngest winner of the Whitley Bay Ladies’ Club Championship.

And with past winners such as Storey, Stewart, Glenn, Cooper, Ross and Elliott in the competition, it just proved how good but difficult the achievement was for the 16-year-old.

Elaine Elliott a senior England selector, was trying to win the championship for the 22nd time, which was quite an achievement in itself.

But it was McNulty who lifted the bowl to become the 2012 winner.

McNulty became the youngest title holder having previously lifted the Junior County Matchplay championship at Ponteland and most recently being defeated 2 &1 in the semi-final of EWGA Northern Women’s Millennium Bowl at Hexham to eventual winner Holly Vizard.

McNulty is becoming quite a matchplay golfer having helped Northumberland to third in this year’s Count Matchweek behind Yorkshire and Lancashire.

McNulty qualified for the championship along with Elaine Elliott, Fiona Kidd and Sue Coughtrie, but it was the youngster McNulty who went through as best qualifier for the matchplay stages, helped with a one under par 73.

With Elliott defeating Kidd and McNulty seeing off Coughtrie, it was set up for a fascinating final.

Elliott’s experience proved vital and she played good steady golf to go one up on the 16th.

But McNulty brought it all square with a great putt on the 17th.

And it was the youngster McNulty who secured the win at the last.

Ladies’ captain Christine Fitzgerald said it was quite an achievement for the 16-year-old.

McNulty thanked her main coach John McKenna as well as the England team and Sandburn Hall in York, she also thanked Syd Davison who was on the bag and Elaine Elliott for a good game, as well as the green staff for producing great putting surfaces.