Worksop golfer Lyle passes county championship tests despite A-Level distractions

Lee Westwood Golf Tour Players Championship at Gainsborough Golf Club. Emily Lyle from Rufford Park G131019-1g
Lee Westwood Golf Tour Players Championship at Gainsborough Golf Club. Emily Lyle from Rufford Park G131019-1g

Worksop golfer Emily Lyle has landed another two county titles, despite juggling her sport with her A-Levels.

The teenager shrugged off a less than ideal run up to the Notts Under 18 Championship at Hollinwell and finished one under par to lift the trophy.

County champion Emily Lyle

County champion Emily Lyle

Having not played a competition since last September, Lyle began her 2015 in April at the Whittington Heath scratch event, finishing in the top 20 and playing to her handicap of 1.5.

A family holiday then helped the youngster, who wants to forge a career in the sport, unwind before the Notts Under 18 Championship.

And with studying taking up so much of her time, boyfriend Joe Dean lent a helping hand before the tournament.

Dad Andy explained: “Emily has been very busy with A-Levels so not much golf has been played, apart from training with her boyfriend Joe who is a member of the England Men’s Elite squad.”

“Joe has been a great support for Emily over the past two years, taking Emily training with some of the other England team members from South Yorkshire.”

“She entered the Notts Championship not feeling ready or prepared, but Joe took her for a practice round at Hollinwell and took her to his golf lesson with England golf coach Graham Walker.”

With the backing of her support network, Lyle then took over, playing a steady round to stay in contention by the 15th hole. Trailing by one shot, she birdied the 16th and 17th holes, and finished with a par on the 18th, taking a clubhouse lead.

After a long wait she was confirmed as the 2015 champion. And the good form continued.

A second place finish in the Ladies County Championship at Coxmore Golf Club, where she also won the Stacia Scrimshire cup for players 21 and under, was followed by a place in the last four in the County Match Play event.

This secured her position in the ladies first team for County Week at Enville on 28th June.

After that she took third in the regional English Schools Championship at Hollinwell, qualifying her for the Midland Schools Championship at Shropshire where she finished second, losing out on the title by a single shot.

The golf clubs will have to go away for a while, however, as she sits her A-Level exams.

But then she’s planning a busy summer on the course.

“It’s been very difficult getting chances to practice my golf over the winter and into the spring, as I’ve been constantly revising for A-Levels,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to be able to concentrate on my golf at the end of June with no other distractions.

“Following my exam results I will be able to decide on my future with either further education or peruse a career in golf.”

Her Under 21 county title has put her in line for a bid to become the Champion of Champions in September at Melton Mowbray, taking on all the other county winners.

And she’ll also feature in the National English Schools Championship in Peterborough at the end of July, where the top six girls get to play for England against Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Add to her schedule the English Women’s Amateur Championship, the Ladies British Championship, English Girls Championship and a host of other tournaments, Lyle, now playing off one, will be making up for lost time once her studies are complete.