Rachel Woodcock has wasted no time in making her mark as a golf pro by ending her first year as a PGA Assistant by winning the WPGA Order of Merit.

Woodcock, who represents Belton Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire, tied with former European Tour player Lydia Hall in the final round of the WPGA One Day Series at South Herts Golf Club.

The pair negotiated the par 71 Hertfordshire course in three-under and that ensured Woodcock claimed the Order of Merit crown.

Hall, a winner on the Ladies European Tour who was victorious in the recent Welsh National PGA Championship, was one of several experienced players behind Woodcock in the Order of Merit.

And that has given the 26-year-old a massive confidence boost.

“It was a strong field this year which makes it very satisfying to have finished top,” she said.

“I tied with Lydia Hall at South Herts and it was a real confidence booster to know that I could match someone who’s played on the Tour.”

Bu contrast, Woodcock was frustrated she did not claim an outright victory after competing in all seven events.

“I had two wins but they were both joint victories, it would’ve been nice if at least one of them had been an outright win,” she added.

“Nevertheless, I felt that if I could play in all the events then I would stand a chance, so I set out at the start of the year to do that.

“I had my mum with me acting as my caddy and we treated each event as a bit of a getaway.

“I just set out to pile up the points and be as consistent as possible and it all went to plan.”

Woodcock’s next target is the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke By Nayland, Colchester, in October.

“I’ll see how I do in that, then decide what my targets will be for next year,“ she said.


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