Jim Lyon - Be very proud as we watch Charley go global

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The folk of Northamptonshire are no stranger to her work - certainly not the readers of this paper.

For about a decade we have been following the development and rise of Charley Hull so most in the Kettering area are well aware of who she is.

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

In a short while, the world will have caught up with the good people of our county.

Not that the 17-year-old hasn’t already made quite an impact.

It is only five months or so since she joined the professional tour and, although she is yet to win, she has come mighty close to victory on several occasions.

Now she will make history by becoming the youngest person ever to take part in the Solheim Cup.

It is almost impossible to overstate what an amazing achievement that is from the Burton Latimer girl.

Think back to what you were doing at 17 and it is very unlikely it involved competing at an equal level with the very best performers in the world.

Had she been playing the tour for years it would still be remarkable to earn selection for the biggest team competition in ladies golf.

But she is not even old enough to vote, watch The Exorcist or buy an alcoholic drink.

Yet Hull is very much the real deal and will only get better.

And now she is going global.

Just this week I have seen a CNN news report on her, read articles in publications ranging from The Guardian to USA Today to the Times of India and just heard her putting coach being interviewed on Chris Evans BBC2 radio show.

All this before the competition even starts.

Hopefully it will be a successful weekend for her.

If it is the world will truly be taking note of this prodigious talent called Charley Hull.

And Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, England and, indeed Europe, will be very proud.