AMBER COCKRAM continued her burgeoning golfing career with an impressive victory in the Bobby Locke Junior Open at Goodwood this weekend.
Home advantage proved crucial for the Chichester club’s junior ambassador, who secured the title at the spectacular Downs course with a gross score of 76.
Afterwards, the triumphant 17-year-old said: ‘It was brilliant to win the Bobby Locke Junior Open title because I was playing against a competitive field.
‘Everything seemed to go well for me on the day – even when I was at the range in the morning I was hitting the ball well.
‘If I am being ultra-critical, I would say that I could’ve played even better and carded a more impressive score.
‘But I still won, so I am delighted.’
Cockram’s achievements are all the more impressive, considering the teenager only picked up a set of golf clubs for the first time four years ago.
And the self-confessed golfing addict is enjoying a remarkable year in the sport.
She delivered an incredible performance in April’s prestigious Sussex Ladies’ Open Amateur Championship.
Playing off a handicap of 10, Cockram shocked the competition by recording unexpected matchplay victories over several higher-ranked opponents on her way to the overall final.
But there was to be no shame in falling at the last hurdle, as British Senior Open champion Katherine Russell edged a close championship decider at Cooden Beach.
Modest Cockram refused to talk up her impressive display, instead focusing on how she can maintain a level of performance to stay competitive with those around her.
She said: ‘I couldn’t believe that I had made it through to the final at the Sussex Open – it was completely unexpected.
‘But if I want to challenge and improve my game then I will need to continue to develop.’
Key to Cockram’s ambitions of one day becoming a professional golfer is the work of her coach, PGA golf professional Ryan Fenwick.
The Sussex girls’ junior captain followed Fenwick from Slinfold Golf and Country Club to Goodwood and believes she has the perfect mentor.
‘I’ve been coached by Ryan ever since I’ve been playing.
‘He is brilliant and has been instrumental in my development on the course.
‘He helps me with work off the course as well, such as gym training and planning my competition season and is always there for advice.’
It is a partnership that appears to be reaping rewards as, at the end of season’s play, Cockram is now playing off a five handicap.
The talented golfer will be back in action next April, when she goes for more success in the 2013 Sussex Ladies’ Amateur Championship at The Dyke, Sussex.