England calls for WGC golf star Burke

PUBLISHED: 09:58 11 September 2010

Hannah Burke

Hannah Burke

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WGC golfer Hannah Burke will represent England in the women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Argentina from October 20-23.

Burke, 22, of Mid-Herts Golf Club, is the Irish open strokeplay champion and was England’s top player at the European ladies’ championship.

This season she has also won the Astor Salver, helped Hertfordshire qualify for the finals of the English counties’ championship and reached final qualifying for the Ricoh women’s British Open.

The former Stanborough School pupil has also scooped a host of honours on the US women’s college circuit during her four years as a student at Baylor University, Texas.

Speaking of her call-up to the elite international field, Burke said: “I feel honored to have been picked for such a prestigious event.

“I received the phone call from my dad saying the paperwork had come through but England were unable to get in touch with me as I was here (Texas) and using my American number.

“I thought I had blown my chances after finishing my season not as strong as I started, so was great to get the news.

“The world amateur championship is the biggest strokeplay event an amateur can play in, so I wanna take everything in that it brings. I can’t wait to represent England again and perform to the best of my abilities.

“I haven’t really set any targets as of yet. I think the news is still sinking in.

“I am planning to make good use of the weather here and practice hard.

“I want to get to Argentina with my best game and will be working with my swing coach Randy Smith in Dallas and the coaches at Baylor to make that happen.”

Hannah is set to complete her education at Baylor University Texas, and then plans to pursue the sport professionally.

She added: “Baylor is the best decision I have ever made.

“It has given me support and so many opportunities to thrive as a golfer.

“I have got to travel America, gain a degree (hopefully) and meet some amazing people.

“Texas has become my second home and I must thank Baylor and my coach Sylvia Ferdon for making me a Baylor Bear.”


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