Talented golfer Maisie puts in some tee-rific performances

October 04 2021
Talented golfer Maisie puts in some tee-rific performances

A pupil of a Battenhall school has enjoyed continued golfing success as runner-up in a prestigious international tournament.

Maisie Whittall, who attends Blessed Edward Catholic College, was second in the 2021 under-12 Girls World Championship, held at the Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort at Wicklow in Ireland.

The Flogas Champion of Champions’ Junior Invitational attracted 180 junior golf champions aged five to 19 from across the world.

The tournament has become one of the biggest junior champions tournaments in world golf, with more than 30 countries signed up to host qualifying events and legendary golfer Gary Player endorsing it. 

During 2020 Maisie secured an invitation into the World Championship by winning the British Junior Golf Tour Championship for under-18 girls.

She also qualified for the World Championship event by winning a European Junior Golf Tour event at Hayes Priors, shooting the lowest score of the day, 77 gross.

The Junior World Championships were played over three days at the Tulfarris Golf Club, set in Blessington Lakes on the Liffy Reservoir to the west of Wicklow Mountains.

Each of the qualifying competitors played in their respective category, off age appropriate tees, with Maisie competing in the under-12 girls’ section, covering girls aged 10 to 12.

Over the course of the World Amateur Ranking event, Maisie shot 74 (+2 over gross) on day one, 73 (+1 over gross) on day two and a final round of 69 (-3 under gross).

She finished the tournament with a level par score of 216 to finish second behind Irish player Hannah Lee-McNamara.

Maisie earned a glass trophy for her efforts.

Since then, Maisie has continued her good form, winning a Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour event at Wharton Park, Bewdley.

She shot one of her best scores with a +1 over gross round of 73, which won lowest gross and net on the day.

Her handicap has now reduced to 5.8.