NGL Ladies County Championships

Millie Billson (Northants County) was crowned 2021 NGL Ladies County Champion after beating fellow teenager Chelsey Sharp (Peterborough Milton) 5&3 in the final at Kingsthorpe GC.

After reaching the knockout stages as the second seed, Billson was in imperious form in the matchplay format as she defeated club-mates Lottie Heaver (3&2) and Katie Amos (4&3) in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

Sharp, who also finished runner-up in the County Girls Championship last month, made the final by beating former champion Claire Lyndsey (Northampton) in the last eight, before knocking out top seed Baylie Pyke (Overstone) in the semi’s.

Amy Nunn, Millie Billson, Chelsey Sharp & Eloise Feely

With the tournament breaking with tradition by being held outside the school holidays, the younger county golfers seized the opportunity to show their skills as seven of the eight qualifiers for the knockout stages were teenagers.

This was further emphasised in the Swannell Salver, which involved those ladies who finished ninth to 16th in strokeplay qualifying, as Eloise Feely (Northants County) defeated county girls team-mate Amy Nunn (Overstone) 4&3 in the final.

Eloise Feely