TEENAGE golf sensation Sophie Brooks is celebrating after clinching the Observer Ladies Golf Trophy.
The 17-year-old, who took the final 4 and 3, is one of the youngest-ever winners of the prestigious competition, which has been running for around 40 years.
Beaten finalist Julia Musker, from Rishton Golf Club, said: "Sophie is a smashing player. She played every hole superbly."
Scores of friends, family and fellow players flocked to watch the gripping final at Rossendale Golf Club.
Sophie, a member of Whalley Golf Club, also got a boost from her caddy, former British Amateur Open champion Kim Andrew, and her grandad Fred Rostron, who has also helped nurture her talents.
Sophie said: "I was nervous to begin with as the crowd were all there. Once I had got used to the people, it got better. It was nice having Kim there with me. She has been a big help. My grandad was there too, he is my mentor."
Kim, who is Sophie's aunt, is set to travel to Puerto Rico as part of the Great Britain team for the Espirito Santo World Cup this month. She said: "I am delighted for Sophie. She has got a bright future ahead of her. It's nice to have another member of the family doing well in the sport."
Sophie, who goes to St Mary's College in Blackburn, took up the sport five years ago and is now considering taking up a golf scholarship in America or doing a sports degree.
Runner-up Julia, who has two children, has only been playing for a year. The staff nurse, from Old Langho, said: "My husband Paul plays at Rishton and he said come along and have a go. It just took off from there and I have managed to get my handicap down from 45 to 22."
Following the match, a presentation was held in the clubhouse, attended by club captain Michael Gee and other members of the Observer Ladies Committee.
Comittee chairman Margaret Syme said: "It was a great final and both players were excellent." She presented Sophie with the winner's trophy and both players also received luxury carriage clocks as prizes.
- THE winners of the subsidiary competition were as follows: 44pts - Marilyn Bulcock (Whalley) and Karen Clayton (Ross), 2nd 42pts Christine Tomlinson (Great Harwood) and Elspeth Dennett (Ross).