ROCHELLE MORRIS is improving fast and looking forward to a successful 2011.
The 15-year-old county junior is regularly training with the England Under 18 squad and has quickly reduced her handicap to 3.8.
A member a Crosland Heath and Woodsome Hall, the All Saints student has been working at Sandburn Hall with Yorkshire coach Steve Robinson.
He’s the man who puts the fine touches to the game of European Tour player Simon Dyson, and Rochelle is putting the tips to good use.
She has added a lot of distance to her shot-making since joining the county coaching group – she captained Yorkshire Under 18s against Cheshire at Fixby last summer – and there is no reason to believe the improvement won’t continue when her new season really sparks into life in April.
Meantime Rochelle, who lives at Brackenhall and last year reached the final of the Faldo Series, is continuing to work with the England coaches at Rudding Park, where she is under the watchful eye of Pat Smillie, the national junior coach for the English Ladies’ Golf.
National Training Manager for the English Women’s Golf Association, Claire Lingwood, is also advising Rochelle and the rest of the squad and she attended the latest get-together, which was held at Fixby.
Kirsty Taylor, winner of the 2005 Wales Open and a former British Amateur strokeplay champion, was also at the Huddersfield club to explain about proper preparation for a round and answer any other questions the girls had about issues surrounding the game, rather than golf itself.
A total of 20 young players attended the session.
Winners of the Northern Matchplay Golf Championship will now be tripping off to Spain, thanks to Huddersfield-based holiday company Golf de la Luz.
The knockout event, which brings together amateur club golfers from across the North of England, is initially split into six counties – Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire – with the winners of each region progressing to a two-day, 72-hole grand final at Alwoodley.
And now the winning individual and pair at Alwoodley will each walk away with a fabulous five-night stay at the luxury 5-star El Rompido Golf Resort in Andalucia, Spain, where they will enjoy unlimited golf on two courses that are widely regarded by visitors as among the best in the region.