Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Busy Year for Ace Baker Goes with Real Swing; IN THE LATEST IN OUR SERIES ON NORTH EAST SPORTS STARLETS WHO ENJOYED SUCCESS IN 2018, WE PROFILE GOLFER JESS BAKER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Busy Year for Ace Baker Goes with Real Swing; IN THE LATEST IN OUR SERIES ON NORTH EAST SPORTS STARLETS WHO ENJOYED SUCCESS IN 2018, WE PROFILE GOLFER JESS BAKER

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Byline: SAM BLACKLOCK

A PROMISING Newcastle golfer rounded her summer off to a tee after successfully competing at the England Girls' Under-16 Championships.

Jess Baker, 16, who completed her GCSEs at the Westfield School in Gosforth in July, was in action at the prestigious competition at Lyme Regis.

Girls from across Europe took to the greens - Baker completing the tournament in tied second place.

The teenager was delighted with her success.

She said: "I really liked the course and we got to play in hot sunshine!

"It is always good to challenge yourself by playing against other girls from across Europe and I felt I played solidly and was really pleased with the result."

On the back of her success in Dorset, Baker enjoyed a successful trip to Northern Ireland - contesting the Girls' Under-18 British Open Championships at Ardglass GC.

More than 140 competitors from 24 countries including India, Canada and South Africa battled it out for the honours.

Baker ended up in 42nd place, making the cut from the top 64 but losing out 2 and 1 to Hannah Darling from Scotland in the first round of the knockout competition.

She was also selected for the national under-18s girls' squadwhich comprises only eight players. Baker was also part of the England under-16 squad which took on Ireland in October.

She and Whitley Bay's Rosie Belsham helped England defeat the Irish 15.5-8.5 over the par-72, 6,500-yard Limerick course.

They won their foursomes matches, partnering Daisy Kennedy and Cattlin Whitehead respectively and then, playing together, claimed their fourball match.

Both girls are Northumberland senior county players and members of the county's under-16 squad, coached by J J Vallely from Matfen Hall GC.

Baker added: "It was a very busy summer playing in numerous events for club, county and country.

"There is a lot of travelling involved but I always have a lot of fun on the road with my family.

"I played in various national competitions in 2018 including the Helen Holm Scottish Ladies' Open at Royal Troon, where I was tied 13th out of 140 competitors. …

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