Surrey’s Lottie Woad played nine shots under her handicap to win the Abraham Trophy and the title of England’s most improved girl golfer.

The 13-year-old went round Blackmoor Golf Club, Hampshire, in a gross score of level par 72, net 63, to win by five shots.

The runner-up on net 68 was Lili Rose Hunt of Gaudet Luce, Worcestershire, while Hannah Dymott (Meon Valley, Hampshire) scored net 70 and took third place on countback from four other players.

They were among 22 girls who qualified for the national final on the basis of handicap reduction.

Lottie, from Farnham Golf Club, started playing golf three years ago and has since been joined by her younger sister, Milly. They’ve been encouraged by their father, Nick, who is now the club’s junior organiser.

Lottie has made rapid progress with her golf and has played for the Surrey girls and won the handicap prize at the Surrey schools’ championship for the last two years.

Her winning Abraham Trophy score was her best ever, by three shots, and will bring about a healthy cut in her handicap. She started with a birdie and finished with back-to-back birdies, completing a back nine of two-under par.

“I putted well,” said Lottie. “I don’t usually putt great but today I holed lots of six-footers.”

The Abraham Trophy is the curtain raiser to the English U16 and U16 girls’ championships which start today at Blackmoor. Lottie is playing in the U14s.

Click here for full scores from the Abraham Trophy.

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