Dar­cie still blaz­ing a trail

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DEVON BOUND: Dar­cie Smith

who com­petes in the fi­nal

of the Abra­ham Tro­phy this

week­end Dar­cie Smith heads for Devon this week to com­pete in the fi­nal of the Abra­ham Tro­phy.

The com­pe­ti­tion at Tiver­ton Golf Club on Sun­day is to find the most im­proved un­der-18 player in the coun­try, with all 20 fi­nal­ists com­pet­ing in the English Girls un­der-13 and un­der-15 cham­pi­onships be­ing held at the same venue later in the week.

The 13-year-old from Lydd, who plays at Chart Hills, is reign­ing Trail­blaz­ers Ju­nior Tour cham­pion and holder of the Joan Austen Tro­phy, awarded by the Kent Ladies Golf As­so­ci­a­tion to the most im­proved player in the county.

Smith came through a com­plex qual­i­fy­ing process, af­ter sub­mit­ting her six best net scores be­tween March 1 2012 and March 29 2013, with at least one be­ing carded away from her home club.

The field in­volves eight area win­ners from across Eng­land and the next best 12 play­ers.

Paul Sher­man, of Ash­ford and Ally Mel­lor both shot seven-un­der-par rounds of 65 to share the James Whale Fund for Kid­ney Can­cer Char­ity Pro-Am ti­tle at Chart Hills.

Both play­ers pro­duced spec­tac­u­lar rounds, Sher­man six-un­der-par af­ter the front nine holes, while Mel­lor re­cov­ered from be­ing two over af­ter two holes.

He reeled off birdies at the 11th to the 14th, parred the 15th, be­fore go­ing on an­other charge from 16 to 18, fin­ish­ing the back nine in only 29 strokes.

The event raised funds for the char­ity, the brain­child of Ten­ter­den­based Benn Barham, set up fol­low­ing his re­cov­ery from the ill­ness.

He said: “I brought to­gether all my friends and con­tacts in the game to raise funds for a char­ity that is close to my heart.

“The day went well but wasn’t just a one-off event. I want to con­tinue rais­ing peo­ple’s aware­ness.”

Pic­ture: Paul Dennis FM2708518

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