A young golfer from St Albans has established herself as a potential star after winning one of the world’s most prestigious junior tournaments.

Competing in the U.S. Kids Golf European Championship in Scotland, Sophia Fullbrook saw off challengers from Germany, Belgium and the United States in the Girls 11 category, winning by three strokes with a score of four over par.

The scale of her achievement is evident when considering the prominence of the event which played host to a record field from countries such as Australia, China and Paraguay to play through mixed conditions over three days of fierce competition.

Tournament co-ordinator Alasdair Good said: “Hosting a tournament with such a great reputation for producing top golfers is a real pleasure.

“When you consider that The Open at Royal Troon last year had a field of 156, you can get a feel for the scale and importance of the U.S. Kids Golf European Championship and realise that it was the biggest golf event in Europe in 2017 of its kind.”

The Foundation now runs more than 1,200 events each year including the prestigious World Championship at Pinehurst. It prides itself as a facilitator of the development of young talent while providing them with the chance to create lasting friendships.

Winning such a challenging tournament hosted by such a pre-eminent organisation elevates Sophia, who has played at Redbourne Golf Club since the age of four, to a place among the world’s best golfers of her age.