Amelia’s up for Augusta

HYDE-BORN golfer Amelia Garvey has been invited to play in one of the world’s biggest tournaments.

The 19-year-old, one of the world’s top players, will compete in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur which is held in April four days before The Masters.

And Amelia will have cousin Jamie Tipper, head professional at Werneth Low Golf Club, at her side as the 33-year-old will be her caddy.

Amelia Garvey

Jamie said: “Visiting Augusta is on most golfers’ bucket list and Amelia will be living the dream being able to play the course and she will have her big cousin by her side.

“It will be the trip of a lifetime as Augusta was also on my bucket list and I will get the chance to see the place from inside the ropes.”

Jamie and Amelia, who is currently studying at the University of Southern California, teamed up last summer when she finished runner-up in the British Women’s Amateur Championship which was held in Northern Ireland. 

Amelia, whose family emigrated to New Zealand when she was aged five, returned to Werneth Low to practise for the event at Royal County Down.

• The major programme to reshape all the bunkers on the Werneth Low course is well under way.

The project is being overseen by head greenkeeper Scott Kellard and some of the bunkers are being made more than six feet deeper while banks are being reshaped and drains installed to prevent flooding.

The club has also taken delivery of a new £3,000 boom sprayer to spread chemicals, weedkillers and fertilisers on the course.

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