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Lurgan golfer seals place at British Open AND bids to become a world champion

By Gareth Hanna

Lurgan Golf Club's latest teenage star Annabel Wilson will next year rub shoulders with the very best in the world of ladies' golf.

That's after she claimed top spot in the GB&I women's Order of Merit, a place in one of golf's major tournaments coming with the prize. It's the third season in a row that a Northern Irish golfer has won the award as Annabel follows in the footsteps of compatriot Olivia Mehaffey, who came out on top in both 2015 and 2016.

“To have my  professional debut in a Major is just unbelievable. I can’t wait to see what playing against the best players in the world is like,” Wilson told

The 16 year-old bagged her first win of the season by taking the Cartier Trophy in the U18 section of the U21 French Amateur and followed that with third place finishes in both the Irish Girls’ Open Strokeplay and the Scottish Amateur Championship.

Arguably Wilson's greatest achievement of the season came in the Ladies’ British Strokeplay, where she finished runner-up to ensure she pipped Sophie Lamb (Eng) to the top prize.

By the time she gets to Royal Lytham & St Anne's for the 2018 RICOH Women's British Open, Annabel's secret could be well and truly out. That's because she has put herself in position to challenge for the World Junior Girls Championship, where she is currently in a tie for second after two rounds. She added a five under par 67 to her opening round 72 to sit four shouts off Seo-Yun Kwon ahead of Thursday's third round.

Annabel is only one of a number of talented female golfers at Lurgan GC. Her clubmates are currently competing in the All-Ireland Junior Cup finals at Malone GC and narrowly lost out in the All Ireland semi-final of the Senior Foursomes. There could be a weekend of celebration in County Armagh should Annabel return a world champion, greeted by All Ireland winners.

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