Yelverton's Caitlin Evans-Brand earned her first national title after winning the Welsh Girls' Championship, despite finishing her first stroke play round with a nine and eight.

Evans-Brand beat Darcey Harry of the Vale Resort three and two in the final, after surviving a scare in the stroke play stages and then beating stroke play winner Erin Toft of Northop on her way to the final.

“It feels amazing to win and slightly surreal,” admitted 18-year-old Evans-Brand, who plays at Yelverton near Plymouth, qualifies for Wales through her mother from Bridgend, and who won the British Schools and Colleges title last year.

“I got off to a bit of a ropey start when I finished my first round with a nine and an eight, so my mind was not really in the best place, but I got through in the end.

“I proved to myself that if I could come back from a nine and an eight then I could come back from anything, that helped me in the final when I lost three holes in a row. It was a massive learning curve, but I proved to myself I could do it.

“I hope to carry this form into the Home Internationals in two weeks. I will take a year out to concentrate on golf and but then I am planning to go to America on a golf scholarship.”

The championship was held at the same venue as the boys event, which was won by Luke Harris.

Credit- Golf Union of Wales

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