Ashleigh Critchley


Northamptonshire girls’ champion Ashleigh Critchley has won the national final of the Abraham Trophy and the title of England’s 'Most Improved Girl Golfer' this year.

Playing off a handicap of 4, shot a gross score of 2-under par in the final of the Abraham Trophy at Lyme Regis Golf Club in Dorset, with a winning net score of 6-under par, 68.

This was Ashleigh’s second year in the Abraham Trophy final, for which 20 girls qualified on the basis of handicap reduction. She laughed, “last year I think I came last. I definitely wanted to do better this year!”

“This is good to get my confidence up. I made a lot of birdies - a lot of putts went in and I made a few good up and downs.”

The 13-year old is a member at Kettering Golf Club, where Solheim Cup star Charley Hull began her golf career many years ago. The pair have played together on a number of occasions when Charley has returned home, and Ashleigh has been lucky enough to get up some tips from the LET and LPGA star!

In the last year, Ashleigh has reduced her handicap from 9 to 4 and is a regular member of the Northamptonshire Girls’ and Women’s teams.

Now, the teen will tee it up in the English U14 Girls’ Championship which will also take place at Lyme Regis.

“The course is really nice, it’s in good condition and the views are great,” commented Ashleigh.

Runner-up in the Abraham Trophy was Emily Horsted from Peterborough Milton, who shot a net score of 69. Liyana Laheri from Pleasington and Hannah Morrison from Chapel-en-le-Frith both returned net scores of 3-under par, 71, to tie in 3rd place.

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