Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rachel, 8, Has This Golf Lark Down to a Tee; Boys Left Far Behind in the Final of the British Golf Tour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rachel, 8, Has This Golf Lark Down to a Tee; Boys Left Far Behind in the Final of the British Golf Tour

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Byline: Dave Black ? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk

GOLFING prodigy Rachel Gourley has struck a mighty blow for girl power by winning a prestigious national championship - and leaving the best young male players in her age group feeling decidedly under par.

Eight-year-old Rachel - who first revealed her golfing talents after getting a set of clubs for her fifth birthday - has chalked up her biggest tournament victory so far by becoming British champion.

She won the 18-hole final of the British Junior Golf Tour, held at the Forest Pines course in Lincolnshire, by an impressive five shots.

Rachel was the only girl in the 40-strong field, and played off the same tees as her male rivals to lift the trophy in the 12 and under section of the championship. The event brought together the cream of young golfers who have been playing in dozens of events on the junior golf tour all over Britain since January.

Venues have included County Down in Northen Ireland, Glasgow and various locations across England, and Rachel's excellent play saw her comfortably qualify for the final via the order of merit. On a very tough course, with heavy rough and difficult flag placements, she was delighted to finish five shots clear of Samuel Gwilliams of Shropshire and Channon James from Befordshire.

After her triumph Rachel, who lives with her parents Tony and Emma in Cramlington, Northumberland and is a pupil at the town's Burnside Primary School, qualified for the World Junior Golf Championships - to be held in California next year - at a 36-hole competition in Manchester. The World Championship is one of the oldest international junior tournaments, and is played at the Torrey Pines course where Tiger Woods won the 2008 US Open. It will be the third successive year Rachel has taken part in the event and she has set herself a goal of winning it - a feat no other British girl has ever achieved. …

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