Victory takes Imogen’s game to another level

An 11-year-old girl from Morley has signalled her prodigious golfing potential after seeing off 85 competitors – both boys and girls up to the age of 18 – to land the Derbyshire Schools Individual Golf Championship at Duffield’s Chevin Golf Club.

Imogen Rafferty, who is in Year 6 at the independent Long Eaton-based The Elms Junior School, finished her round eight under par, following a round of 96, which with her 32 handicap secured her a nett score of 64.

Imogen, a member of Breadsall Priory Golf Club, discovered golf aged six. Last year, she finished runner-up in the U10s Order of Merit on the Derbyshire Futures Tour for U14 golfers, and won her age-group play-off final. She has set her sights on representing her county, after being included in the Derbyshire squad, open to Under 18s.

Dad Steve said: “Winning this event has taken her golf to another level. The two targets she has are to get her handicap down to 20 by the end of the year and to play for the county U18 girls. The way she is going I’m sure both will happen soon.

“Her golf has really come on in the past two or three years, I only give her five shots now but, if by the end of the summer her handicap isn’t lower than mine, it will only be because I’ve improved!”

He added: “The Chevin course she won the schools’ title on is known for being a very tough course. It’s on the side of a mountain and the first 11 holes are all uphill. It’s extremely physically demanding and the event was played in torrential rain too. Imogen showed she has a lot about her ability and character wise to play so well and claim the victory.”

This year Imogen will continue playing on the Futures Tour as well as contesting a number of Junior Opens and Breadsall Priory’s own Junior and Ladies’ competitions.