A promising young golfer who has had a hugely successful year competing in UK championships is gearing up to compete all over the world.
Seven-year-old Lille-Beau Thorpe, from Easebourne, is hoping to travel not only to Scotland but to North Carolina in the USA next year to continue to hone her budgeoning golfing talent.
Lille Beau, who is coached and plays at Cowdray Park, started playing golf seriously only this year and has done extremely well in all her competitions, qualifying at the UK kids golf competition in Worthing for the grand final in Whittlebury Park, Northampton, in September, where she went on to win second place in her age group.
Suzie Thorpe, Lille-Beau’s mother, said: “We are already looking at flights for next year and we will try and get her up to Scotland in the new year to see the course and practice. My husband Justin also plays at Cowdray and got her into golf.
“She’s never nervous before a round, she thrives on it – we try not to put any pressure on her, to be honest she just plays her own game and asks for guidance if she needs it. Her favourite competition so far is the Grand Final at Whittlebury, it was a brilliant atmosphere with all the children playing golf. It was a really professional set up!
“We will help her in any way possible as she loves the whole thing of practising for a competition, playing, and reflecting on it afterwards. As parents we are obviously very proud and will help Lille-Beau to achieve as much she can.”
Her position in the grand final in Worthing means Lille-Beau has qualified for the US Kid European Final in June in 2013, due to be held at East Lothian, Scotland, and for the US kids World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina, in August 2013.
Lille-Beau said: “I enjoy playing golf and I’m looking forward to all my competitions next year.”
Lille-Beau also took part in the Sussex Tigger tour this summer for young girls and boys.