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Dulcie top of class at English Schools
DULCIE Sverdloff is on cloud nine after landing her biggest win and being handed the England captaincy for international matches this summer.
The Garon Park player defeated the defending champion Sophie Keech on countback to win the English Schools title in Gloucestershire.
And the result means she will take charge of the English Schools team against Wales and Scotland in home internationals.
“I’m really pleased and I think it’s the biggest title that I have ever won,” said the Seevic College student.
“It’s great to get the title because you can play well in big competitions and not get a win, so this means a lot to me.
“It was nice to beat the defending champion and she had a good go at defending her title.
“I played for England against Scotland last year but it will be a great privilege to captain the team this year.
“I get on with everyone in the team and I really looking forward to it.”
Things did not start well for Sverdloff when a bad hole on the 16th saw her finish the first round one over on the par 72 course at The Kendleshire course.
But she turned her fortunes around in the second round to card a four-under 68 to finish with a gross score of 141, including a birdie on the 18th to finish.
Millfield student Keech also scored 141 following rounds of 70 and 71 but lost out by virtue of Sverdloff’s better second round.
The home internationals will see Sverdloff captain England in Wales at the end of August, with the Scotland match taking place at Southport in September.
Before those matches, the Southend golfer will contest the British Girls’ Open Amateur Championships at Tenby Golf Club in Wales between August 13 and 17.
It will give the former Ballards Gore player another chance to add some more national silverware to her collection following her victory in the British Colleges Sport national championship in March.
Sverdloff’s dad Aaron was delighted with his daughter’s performance.
“She was three under in the morning but then had trouble on the 16th and had a double bogey on that hole,” he said.
“But the girl who was leading went back and Dulcie went forward in the afternoon.
“She held her nerve and it was a fantastic round and to win is a big achievement.”
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