Hirst makes history as first girl to win Open

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Last Thursday saw the playing of the Ganton Junior Open where 90 junior golfers from right across the country, who could meet the tough qualifying standard, competing for the prized glass claret jug for the winner.

Georgina Hirst, from Flamborough Head Golf Club, playing off a handicap of nine, recorded a gross score of 83 on the day.

She only dropped seven shots to par all round, which gave her a Stableford score of 38 points.

Winning by the narrowest margin, a countback on her back nine score, the 14-year-old became the first girl since the inception of this open competition to have her name engraved on this prestigious trophy.

Asked afterwards how she felt about winning, she said: ‘I knew I was playing well but I didn’t think it would be good enough to win.

Hirst’s handicap has now come down another shot to eight on the back of her success at Ganton.

PICTURED: Georgina Hirst