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Golf: Charlotte Austwick and Eilidh Briggs lift Freddy Zorraquin Cup
A LATIN American adventure yielded rare silverware for University of York third year student Charlotte Austwick.
The 21-year-old golf prospect from Tadcaster partnered Eilidh Briggs from Stirling University to victory in Argentina, where they lifted the Freddy Zorraquin Cup, a team event which has been played for since 2008.
Both girls are Royal & Ancient scholars and were selected by the R & A to compete in the 54-hole Argentine Ladies Open Championship at the Club de Campo Los Pinguinos, near Buenos Aires.
The first two rounds of the championship against two of this year’s Argentinean amateur champions comprised the Freddy Zorraquin Cup.
The British duo had previously lined up with another player in July as an all-female team representing Great Britain at the World University Golf Championships in the Czech Republic, where they came a creditable seventh of 16 teams.
Torrential rain and floods greeted the players in the Argentinean capital, so the 54-hole championship was played over just two days – the first round and the first nine of the second round on day one, the second round’s second nine and the third round 24 hours later.
In temperatures exceeding 30 degrees, they finished the first day three shots in front of the hosts’ pairing. By the end of the next round they won the tournament by nine clear shots.
They were the first R & A scholars to win the team event since it began four years ago.
Both then finished the final round for their individual placings against Argentine women professionals and amateurs.
Austwick was 16th and Scottish international Briggs tied for 23rd.
Said Austwick: “It was a great experience in which we had to overcome a number of challenges – difference in temperatures, the food and the Argentine culture of eating late into the evenings.”
Back in York, Austwick, who is in her last year of her degree course in accounting, business finance and management at York Uni, has resumed winter coaching with Steve Robinson, the head pro at Sandburn Hall GC.
Since going to university the +1 handicapper has been supported financially through the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and the R & A Scholarship Scheme.
Besides training with national coach Robinson during the off season, she is also undergoing strength and conditioning sessions with coach Brendan Chaplin at Leeds Metropolitan Carnegie University.