ONE talented young lady from Easebourne is setting her sights on beating Tiger Woods at his own game.
Eight-year-old Lille-Beau Thorpe seems to have the golfing world at her feet – she is ranked sixth in her age group in Europe and ninth in the world.
The promising young champion has had a hugely successful year competing in championships around the world.
She entered into the sport by going to the Cowdray Park golf club with dad Justin, and counts among her inspirations Luke Donald, who she was lucky enough to meet at Wentworth earlier in the year.
Lille-Beau is now a member of the Cowdray Park Junior Academy and gets support and advice from professional golfer Hannah Ralph.
Her mother Suzie said: “Lille-Beau never gets nervous before a round, she thrives on it.
“We try not to put any pressure on her and help her in any way possible. We are very proud and will help her to achieve as much she can.”
In July, Lille-Beau and her granddad Steve White won her age group at the Parent/Child World championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Along the way she eagled the fifth hole and as a team they shot five under.
At the beginning of August, she played three rounds at Pinehurst on the Pine Needles course which has previously hosted the Women’s US Open.
Lille-Beau came an impressive ninth over the three days, shooting 44-37-39, taking on opposition from around the world.
She had to quickly adapt to the heat and humidity and a different style of golf.
This result gives her ‘green status’ in the US Kids Golf which allows her to play in major events over this coming year, making little Lille-Beau one to watch out for.