A GOLFING schoolgirl beat off tough competition from players up to five times her age to pick up two top titles.
Young Aimee Goodlad has won or been placed highly in two golfing competitions – at the tender age of 10.
Aimee, a member of Castle Eden Golf Club, only picked up a golf club about a year ago.
But after years of watching her golfer dad, Chris, 43, play, she has been a natural in perfecting her swing.
Aimee won her section in a recent county competition at Hobson Golf Club, in Burnopfield, near Consett.
She has a handicap of 31 and scored 45 points on the day.
Aimee, who lives in Horden and is a pupil at the village’s Yohden Primary School, also came third in a competition held on Ladies Captain Day at the club earlier this month.
She beat off competition from women aged in their 50s and scored 37 points.
Proud dad Chris, who lives in Peterlee and is a driver for Walkers Crisps, said: “These were her first competitions and a lot of the players are older than her. Not many girls play golf, you never know, she could really take off.
“She’s swings brilliantly, hopefully that’s a good start.
“When she plays in junior competitions, most of the other players are boys.”
Aimee, who is also a member of Horden Martial Arts Club and the St John’s Ambulance Brigade, won a section for people with a higher handicap during the event at Hobson Golf Club.
Chris, who has been playing golf for 21 years and has won a number of trophies, said: “If you play to your handicap, an average score to go by is around 36 points.
“It’s not very often you get the sort of score Aimee did.
“You would only get that sort of score if you were playing doubles.
“I’m over the moon for her.
“I’m just looking forward to mixed competitions when we can play as a team.”
Aimee, who lives with her mum Paula and 16-year-old sister Sophie in Horden, is getting coached during an elite course for girls at Headlam Hall, near Darlington.
The scheme is run by Gloria West, from Hartlepool, and the coach is Steve Carpenter.
Aimee, whose grandfather is Horden parish councillor Billy Hill and her dad are now looking forward to visiting the Women’s Open, in Carnoustie, in Scotland, at the end of the month.
Castle Eden Golf Club secretary Steve Watkin said: “Aimee is certainly one of the keenest girls in the club.
“With her being so young, it’ll be good to see her coming through the ranks, getting her handicap reduced and winning a few prizes.”