Charley tops the Order of Merit

Burton Latimer's Charley Hull
Burton Latimer's Charley Hull

Burton Latimer’s Charley Hull has become the youngest ever winner of the Ladies European Tour ISPS HANDA Order of Merit title.

In just her second season on the tour, Hull claimed earnings of 263,096.69 euros to top the list after finishing in a tie for fifth place in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at the Emirates Golf Club.

Having been named Rookie of the Year in her first season, the 18-year-old confirmed her place on the world stage by finishing 29,808 euros in front of second-placed Gwladys Nocera.

It has been a stunning start to the Northamptonshire star’s professional career after she also helped Europe to a Solheim Cup success last year as she became the youngest woman to compete in the competition.

Hull said: “It’s good to win, I didn’t really know coming into this week.

“Just the back nine today, I just thought don’t make any silly mistakes. I doubled the first but got two birdies on the bounce back so pretty happy with myself there.

“I went double, birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie. So it was an interesting front nine.

“But towards the end of the back nine, I really got the feeling with my woods off the tee.

“I definitely feel a lot more confident.”

Hull, who was the youngest woman ever to compete in the international Solheim Cup matches in 2013, continued to impress in 2014.