Teenager Holly aims low for record-breaking win

AN 18-year-old Brit shot into the record books in spectacular style by winning the Girls’ Junior European Open Golf Championship, at Andalucia’s El Paraiso course.

Holly Haslam, from Essex, became the first female to shoot under-par in the competition’s 26-year history.

The teenager now joins the tournament’s previous British winners, Women’s British Open-champion Georgia Hall and US Open winner Justin Rose.

“I was over the moon,” said Holly, whose 47-year-old mum Jo, caddied for her. “It was a big moment for me.”

Holly, who celebrated the historic win on her 18th birthday, finished three under par, and seven ahead of her nearest competitor.

She first picked up a golf club at just 11, and the amazing skills she has since honed were broadcast on Sky Sports Golf Channel on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Her father, Steve, 53,who also accompanied Holly to Spain for the tournament, is a restaurateur in the UK.

“It was the biggest win of her life,” he told the Olive Press online newspaper. “I was ecstatic when she won the tournament.”

The proud dad-of-three also said his family would remain in Spain for the festive period at their house in El Paraiso, where Holly is able to stroll straight on to the course.

Steve said: “We’ll have a nice family game of golf on Christmas Day, and then we’ll go back home and enjoy our dinner.”


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