Being selected to play for your country is a great honour.
However, it was a mixed blessing for Huddersfield player Megan Lockett last week.
She was delighted to be selected to play in the Wales Girls’ team, but the downside was that she was playing against her own county Yorkshire, a team she has represented many times.
She was also pitted against two golfing chums – clubmate Georgina Holden and Melissa Wood, of Woodsome Hall.
The format was foursomes in the morning, and singles in the afternoon. The teams consisted of two Under 18s, two Under 16s and two under 14s.
In the end, it was honours even, as the match was halved 4.5 to 4.5.
Megan, who is currently studying for her ‘AS’ levels at Greenhead College, didn’t let the nerves affect her play and she went on to win both her foursomes and singles matches.
She said: “I was very nervous playing for Wales against the county play for, especially as I helped Yorkshire win the English County Finals only a few months ago.
“I’ve had a busy winter training with the Welsh Ladies Squad for the second year running, and now I’m combining that with physical training at Pure Fitness Gym in Lindley.”
The match was a big success and is scheduled to become an annual event. Next year it will be held at a venue to be decided in Wales.
Megan will not have the same dilemma, as she will be too old to play in the return match.
RESULTS – Foursomes: Megan Lockett & Georgia Lewis (W) bt Melissa Wood and Lucy Eaton (Y) 4 & 3, Rhian Barton & Lucy Jones (W) bt Georgia Holden and Georgina Hirst (Y) 5 & 4, Nicola Slater & Victoria Kelly (Y) bt Ashlie Hobbs and Ffion Vineall (W) 1 hole.
Singles: Ffion Vineall (W) halved with Victoria Kelly, Ashlie Hobbs (W) lost to Nicola Slater 2 & 1, Lucy Jones (W) lost to Georgina Hirst one down, Rhian Barton (W) lost to Georgia Holden 3 & 1, Georgia Lewis (W) beat Melissa Wood 1up, Megan Lockett (W) beat Lucy Eaton 3 & 2