‘Best experience’ for Charley so far

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Kettering amateur Charley Hull says playing in her debut major tournament at Mission Hills in California last week was the best experience she has ever had on a golf course.

Competing for the first time in a professional event at the Kraft Nabisco, the 16-year-old birdied the opening hole in a one-under-par first round 71 before making the cut on the mark following a 77.

The world number five amateur carded five birdies in a superb four-under-par 68 to climb the leaderboard on day three before shooting a final round 73 to finish in a tie for 38th position.

Hull, who received an invite to play in the opening ladies major on the 2012 calendar, says her third-day score was particularly special for lots of reasons.

She said: “It’s the best experience I’ve ever had in a tournament, especially after I shot the 68 in round three when I played alongside my good friend Jaye Marie Green.

“That round was incredible because I had sunstroke from the previous day, when the temperature was in the 90s and there was no wind.

“I felt ill in the morning and was getting dizzy spells on the course.

“On a few occasions I even had to step away from my ball because I couldn’t see properly.”

Hull, who also received news of her surprise selection for the Curtis Cup squad in June while in the US, added: “ I was happy to be picked for the Curtis Cup – the whole week was really good.

“The tournament was good fun and I’d definitely like to do it again. Hopefully I’ll get some more invites to majors or European Tour events.”