Erewash golfer Olivia defends title at famous Fairmont St. Andrews course

Erewash youngster Olivia Kelly is celebrating after scooping a national golf title recently.

Monday, 14th March 2016, 5:28 pm
Updated Monday, 14th March 2016, 5:31 pm
Olivia Kelly receiving the National Girls Title Trophy from Sandy Veale of the AOC.

Olivia came out on top in the girls section of the annual AOC Open Golf Championship, which was played last week over the Torrance & Kittocks courses at the world famous Fairmont St. Andrews resort in Scotland.

It was a case of sweet success for the youngster, who is also a member of the Welsh National Ladies squad.

That’s because she defended the title she won back in 2015 to add to the 2015 Inter Collegiate Tour (ICT) Players Championship and her growing list of national collegiate victories.

Played over two days in testing winds and in extremely cold temperatures, Olivia returned 70 over the par 74 Kittocks Course and 78 over the Torrance course for a winning total of 148.

This gave her a six-shot winning margin over the runner-up Laura Morrison from Balby College to see her crowned AOC Girls Open Champion for 2016.

Olivia, a member at Erewash Valley Golf Club, said: “I am really delighted with this win.

“To defend the national title which I won in 2015 is really thrilling.

“My goal for the week was to remain patient and allow my golf to do the talking.

“It really paid off as I played some solid golf in very testing conditions.”

It was also a successful event for one of Olivia’s fellow students at Derby College.

Jamie McFaul had a great couple of days returning the lowest net score with a total of 135.

Jamie shot an excellent level par gross scores of 71 on the Kittocks and 72 on the Torrance courses, playing off four handicap, to tie the Boys Gross event only to loose on a card play.

Performance Golf Academy Derby Programme Manager Nigel Furniss said: “We are delighted for Olivia to have retained a national title and for Jamie to come so close in the boys event.”