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    Ollie Cowan

    A WOMAN from Formby has become the first golfer to lift a coveted trophy at the 2017 Open golf championships at Royal Birkdale.

    Pauline Rostron of Formby Ladies became the first person to lift silverware at the world famous golfing event after beating off 40 other amateur golfers in the first R&A Nine Hole Championship Final at Royal Birkdale.

    The group participated in a handicap pairs competition at the famous Southport links just five days before The 146th Open gets underway, playing the 10th to 18th holes.

    Following a successful pilot at Royal Troon last year, more than 7,000 amateur golfers entered  qualifying events across Great Britain and Ireland to reach the Final at the host venue of The Open.

    Pauline, along with her partner for the day Sally Pearson, from Chester, were the overall winners and were both thrilled to play in a nine hole competition on the eve of golf’s original Championship.

    The victorious pair returned a winning combined net score of 70.5 to be crowned champions in front of family and friends in the Royal Birkdale clubhouse.

    Pauline said: “I feel totally exhilarated and also completely surprised!

    “To say the least I’m absolutely ecstatic – it’s a fabulous accolade and it’s a little bit of history.

    “I don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance to play here again but to win as well is fantastic.

    “If you can play after work in the summer – nine hole golf is much quicker.”

    The R&A continues to work with national golf bodies in Great Britain and Ireland to promote nine hole golf as a quick and enjoyable way to play golf either socially or competitively.

    Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Working for Golf at The R&A, said, “We have had a wonderful first Great Britain and Ireland wide Nine Hole Final here at Royal Birkdale.

    "Everyone enjoyed themselves – they appreciated being here and they revelled in the challenge of playing Royal Birkdale on the eve of The Open.

    “It wasn’t all about what happened here. It’s about promoting nine hole golf throughout Great Britain and Ireland and beyond. “This event should serve as a reminder to golf clubs that golf, whether social or competitive, can be played more quickly if it’s played over nine holes.

    “That’s the real message behind this event.”

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