Success for golfing duo

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TEEN golf queens Olivia Winning and Alison Knowles are both set for international duty following a brilliant first half of the year, writes Liam Hoden.

Mexborough golfer Knowles will don England colours for an international match with Scotland in September.

And Conisbrough’s Winning has been selected for the England team for the European Young Masters Championship in Hungary next month.

As the golfing calendar hots up over the summer months both have been busy with tournaments in recent weeks.

Knowles was frustrated after being handicapped by her handicap at the English Women’s Golf Association Championship at Droitwich Golf Club.

The 18-year-old carded a brilliant gross score of 78, the best of the competition.

But when handicaps were brought into play, Knowles – who plays off two – dropped down to a respectable 12th on the leaderboard.

Two days later Knowles earned more success at the English Schoolgirls Championship at Gainsborough’s Belton Park Golf Course.

Her fifth placed finish earned her a call-up to represent England in an international match with Scotland in September.

Winning celebrated the end of her GCSE examinations at De Warrene Academy by representing Yorkshire Ladies for a week in Blackpool at the Northern County Championships.

And she celebrated in style a few days later by winning the Yorkshire Girls Championship at Cleckheaton.

Winning carded rounds of 74 and 75 and the par 73 course to win the title by two shots.

She has made a strong start to the season including a fifth placed finish in the ladies leveret at Formby Golf Club.

Other achievements for the Rotherham Golf Club member include a top ten spot in the Scottish Girls Championship representing England and a strong performance on the Scottish Ladies Championship against a top class international field where she qualified for the final round at Royal Troon.

Winning will jet off for the European Young Masters Championship in Hungary in July before heading to Buckinghamshire for the English Girls Under 18 Championship.

Her busy period culminates in the British Girls Championship at Gullane in Scotland.

Knowles also won her home course’s championship with a brilliant 154 gross score from the two rounds, beating Lynn Crawford into second place.