Jess wins Critchley Salver

If representing her country wasn’t enough, Jessica Hall has continued an impressive start 2017 by winning her “biggest” event so far.

The Bishop Auckland teenager won the prestigious Critchley Salver at Sunningdale Golf Club.

She had rounds of one-under on the New Course in the morning and five under on the Old Course during the afternoon to win on count back. Hall was part of a three-strong group along with St George’s Hill’s Martha Hall and Woodsome Hall’s Rochelle Morris, but she edged it to win one of the most important tournaments on the ladies calendar. Her name will now be on the board at Sunningdale’s Critchley Room.

Hall said: “It was good, the first round was not great golf and still managed to make a score out of it. The last round was much better to go 74-69. I birdied the last hole when I had eagle putt from 30ft that left me with two feet and tapped in. It was a great day.

“I’d say it’s the biggest thing I have ever won because it was a competition full of Internationals.

“It’s been good so far this year. I was picked for two England tournaments. I was the best English at the Portuguese Ladies, finished third in the Irish girls and now I’ve won the Critchley. I have to be happy with that so far.”

Hall, who has worked on her fitness with former Middlesbrough defender Stuart Parnaby, became the youngest ever winner of the Durham Ladies Championship in 2014 and has broken the course record at Bishop Auckland. She has left Durham Sixth Form and is planning to go on a golf scholarship to the United States.

Hall, who plays in the North of England Schools’ this week, said: “I am going to take a year out, but I am planning to go to America in September to have a look at universities in California and New Mexico, where Jodi Ewart (LPGA Tour player from Catterick) went. She was telling me about the place, the coach. She enjoyed it.”