Year Old RLCGA's Lauren Mackin (Ranfurly Castle)
who lives on
the island of Majorca with her parents, has won the Spanish Balearic
Islands’ girls championship and the No 1 Under-18 ranking for 2007.
The Balearics consist of Majorca (20 golf courses), Menorca (one
course), Ibiza (one course), Cabrera and Formentera. The Islands had
close on 800,000 inhabitants at the last census.
Lauren, picture left from St Andrews Links Trust website,
who did not take up golf until four or five years ago, has improved
her handicap from seven to four this year.
After a good showing in the Ballearic Islands’ women’s championship –
she lost out by one shot to experienced Spanish senior player Vicky
Pertierra, Lauren came into her own in the girls’ championship last
At Alcanada Golf Club
, rated the most difficult of Majorca’s
courses, Lauren won the title with rounds of 75 and 77 for 155
She won by five strokes from Luna Sorbon,
Spanish girl and the favourite for this title.
Last year Lauren
played in the St Andrews girls’ open quaich
(handicap) tournament and lost to Jessica Scott (Wanstead) by one hole
in the final. Lauren was conceding nine strokes to her opponent.
Miss Mackin is a member at Son Muntaner
golf course, a newer
course than its immediate neighbour, the better-known Son Vida. Both
are fairly close to Palma, the capital of Majorca.