Parkstone GC and England Ladies’ golfer
Sophie Keech is making an impact in individual golf and team events. She turned 19 in May 2015 and, in her first year on the Ladies circuit, finished runner up on the England Golf Ladies’ Order of Merit 2015, playing off a handicap of +3. She has also turned pro and in 2016 will compete, initially on the LET Access Tour, with a view to gaining qualification for the Ladies’ European Tour (LET).
Last year, as she was in the top 15 England amateur players, Sophie was invited by England Golf to participate in the All England Cup on the professional LET Access Tour. It was held at Stoke by Nayland, Essex in October 2014 and, although nervous playing alongside the professionals, she really enjoyed it. She played well and won the top amateur position and secured 8th position overall. It was a fantastic experience which has made her even more determined to do well as a bona-fide member of the professional circuit.
Her bright, bubbly personality belies a strong work ethic and a steely determination to be amongst the World’s top lady golfers.
Sophie has represented her country on numerous occasions in England Amateur Girls’ Team events, then this year, after tuning 19 years, as a member of the England Ladies’ Amateur Team.
Sophie considers her biggest achievement to date, and the one she’s most proud of; winning the 2013 English Girls Open Golf Championship at Oake Manor in Somerset. As a junior, this was the main competition for girls and the one she strived for. She remembers Hayley Davis from Dorset, who has always been her local hero, winning the tournament when Sophie was 13 years. Sophie had always looked up to her, so to eventually go on to win it herself was a dream come true.
Then, this year (July 2015) winning the English Women's Open Match Play Championship at Trentham GC, Staffordshire.
Sophie winning the English Women's Open Match Play Championship 2015
Men’s Titleist, I like the look and feel of them and they fit to my eye when I set up to hit the ball.
Favourite club in the bag:
Scotty Cameron putter. One of my most important ‘tools’ and I try to aim under 30 putts per round.
Best piece of advice ever been given:
Patience! My coach Karen always tells me to be patient. She says, if putts don’t drop, or they lip out, don’t get frustrated but take it on the chin and keep going because eventually things will start going your way again.
Golfing tips to other young golfers:
Practise your putting. The difference between winning and second place invariably comes down to the putts, and often it’s under extreme pressure so the more you practise the better your confidence when the situation arises.
2015 (England Ladies)
2014 (England Girls)
“It has been good to be able to coach someone like Sophie, who is determined to succeed, has a good work ethic and is driven on the golf course. She is a player who you know will give 100% and has a dedication towards her sport. We work well together, Sophie is a natural – she is an individual like us all and approaches her golf in the way that suits her.” Professional Coach, Karen Nicholls
“Sophie joined Parkstone in her mid-teens to develop her skills and use the Club’s excellent practice facilities. She loves playing competitive golf and is always smiling whenever she plays – which is amazing as her schedule is always full on. When Sophie is not playing a national tournament she will always turn out for the Parkstone Junior team which sets such a fabulous example for so many of our youngsters. We are very proud that Sophie Keech represents Parkstone around the globe and long may that continue.”Gary Peddie, Parkstone GC