A week to savour for Diss and Stonham Barns golf starlet Imogen
Imogen Potter enjoyed a memorable week competing against the world’s best young golfers in the U.S. Kids Golf European Championship.
The eight-year-old, who plays at both Diss and Stonham Barns Golf Clubs, was in action at Longniddry Golf Club, in East Lothian, Scotland for the 11th staging of the competition last week.
Potter played alongside champion golfers from Kenya, South Africa, Bolivia, America and Scotland during her three rounds, and finished 21st on the final leaderboard.
Potter’s grandad, Stephen, was her caddy during the event and said: “I was very pleased with how Imogen did.
“There were girls from 50 different countries and on the first day she played against champions from Bolivia and Kenya, and she held her own.
“She enjoyed it and on the first day she was matching them. On the second and third days it was a lot tougher.
“She was driving the ball further and reaching all the bunkers, but she carried on and kept going until the end.”
Potter, who is a pupil at Mellis Primary School, qualified for the prestigious event courtesy of a one-point victory in Northampton last August.
Potter’s opening round included a birdie on the seventh hole, as well as pars on the third and sixth holes, which positioned her in 12th place on the leaderboard.
The second and third days were more difficult for the youngster, with an overall score of +40 putting her in 21st spot on the final leaderboard in the Girls 8 & Under competition.
Potter’s category was won by India’s Asara Sawhney, who finished on +8, and recorded an eagle on the first hole of her opening round.
Sawhney just edged out America’s Anita Lumpongpoung on countback, despite the latter carding an impressive final round of 34, two under par on the professional course.
Germany’s Lena Geier and America’s Honorine Nobuta were tied for third place on +9.
Grandad Stephen added: “I’ve seen fantastic improvement in Imogen’s driving off the tee in the four days we were there (at East Lothian) and she will work on her game and try and qualify for next year as a nine-year-old.”
Potter now turns her attention to attempting to qualify for the British Championships at St Andrews, which takes place on August 25-26.