Charley Hull beats Liz Young in play-off to win first event in Justin Rose Ladies Series

Charley Hull landed the top prize of £10,000. Picture: GettyCharley Hull landed the top prize of £10,000. Picture: Getty
Charley Hull landed the top prize of £10,000. Picture: Getty
English golfer sinks birdie putt at first extra hole

Solheim Cup player Charley Hull denied Liz Young a dream victory in the opening event of the new Justin Rose Ladies Series at Brokenhurst Manor in Hampshire.

Hull, a member of Catriona Matthew’s triumphant European team at Gleneagles last September, birdied the first hole in a play-off against Young to land the £5,000 top prize.

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Earlier, Young, who had come up with the idea that led to Rose and his wife, Kate, sponsoring the new series of events in the south of England, had set the clubhouse target with a level-par 70. She’d come home in 32 in that effort at her home club, following an eagle-2 at the 13th with a birdie two holes later.

Gabriella Cowley came closest to matching it with a 73 before Hull also signed for a 70, which included six birdies.

In the play-off, Young missed from 30 feet with her birdie attempt before Hull, the highest-ranked player in the field, rolled in a 15-footer.

Buckinghamshire-based Gemma Dryburgh, the sole Scot in the field, finished in a tie for seventh along with Meghan MacLaren after a 75.

“It was fun to get back into competition,” said Dryburgh. “The course was set up tough but the tournament ran very smoothly. Nice to get the juices flowing again

“It was a good chance to see where our games are at as well and to see what we need to work on for when the tours get back up and running.”

The next event is at Moor Park on 25 June while it has just been announced that the Grand Final will take place at The Berkshire and Wentworth on 6-7 August.

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