Twelve-year-old girl golfer Chiara Noja proved she is a match for the grown-ups when she battled through to a prestigious final recently, and came within a whisker of being crowned County Champion.
The lady golfers at Sandy Lodge Golf Club have started their 2018 season with a bang with three of their players qualifying for the knockout stages of this year’s Herts Ladies County Championships.
And remarkably, the youngest of the three – Sandy Lodge junior golfer Chiara Noja – fought through to the final, only losing by the narrowest of margins.
Six-handicap Chiara beat scratch golfer Rebecca Earl from Bishops Stortford G.C in a hard-fought semi-final, before losing to Olivia Rael-Brook from Dyrham Park after a three-hole playoff in the final.
With three players – Chiara Noja, Rachel Stones and Bronagh O’Keefe – winning the right to compete in the 16-woman knockout stage, Sandy Lodge GC topped the table of Hertfordshire golf clubs sending players to this year’s final.
Sandy Lodge GC Captain Stephen Parris said “Everyone at the club is so proud of our three girls and what they have achieved. Chiara’s astonishing talent at such a young age is testament to the hard work she has put in at the outstanding practice facilities which we have created for our members.”
Chiara Noja said “The phrase ‘hard work pays off’ seems such a cliché, but it really is true! My golf has improved dramatically because of it. The amazing members and staff at Sandy Lodge have supported me all the way, and the practice facilities there are superb.”