16 Dec, 2018 @ 17:00
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British teen makes history in Spain’s Andalucia by being first girl to finish under par in prestigious tournament

Holly Haslam
PROUD: Holly celebrates with her mum and dad
PROUD: Holly celebrates with her mum and dad

AN 18-year-old Brit shot herself into the record books as she won the Girls Junior European Open Golf Championship at Andalucia’s El Paraiso course.

Holly Haslam, from Essex, became the first girl to shoot under par in the competition’s 26-year history.

The young star now joins the tournament’s previous British winners, Women’s British Open-champion Georgia Hall and US Open winner Justin Rose.

“I was over the moon, it was a big moment for me,” said Holly whose mum Jo, 47, caddied for the teen champion.

HISTORIC: Holly in front of the leaderboard after she won

Holly, who celebrated the historic win on her 18th birthday, finished three under par and seven ahead of her nearest competitor.

First picking up a club at just 11 years of age, Holly’s skills on the fairway will be broadcast on Sky Sports Golf Channel on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 and 13:00 (English time).

Accompanying Holly to Spain for the tournament was her dad, Steve, 53, who is a restaurateur back in the UK.

“It was the biggest win of her life,” he told the Olive Press. “I was ecstatic when she won the tournament.”

The proud dad-of-three also revealed that the family would remain in Spain for the festive period at their house in El Paraiso, where Holly is able to stroll straight onto the course.

Steve said: “We’ll have a nice family game of golf on Christmas Day and then we’ll go back home and have our Christmas dinner.”

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