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Elizabeth Prior

Burhill Golf Club, the Surrey-based BGL Golf venue near Woking, is pleased to report that its star junior girl member, Lizzie Prior, is off to the United States on a full golf scholarship in August.

Lizzie, whose fine amateur form earned her a very rare invite to start among the elite, otherwise all-male, field in the recent men’s EuroPro event at Burhill, is set to head to the Nevada desert to take up a full golf scholarship at the renowned NCAA Division 1 College, UNLV. 

Having been a member at Burhill since 2005, Lizzie is a product of the club’s hugely successful Junior Development Programme (JDP), and has already won three times this year, with victories at the Sunningdale Critchley Salver, Roehampton Gold Cup and Fairhaven Trophy.

Her impressive play also earned her a place in the England team at the recent German Girls Championship where she finished in a tie for 16th, as well as the European Girls Team Championship which will take place in the Czech Republic at the beginning of July.

“I’m beyond excited about the prospect of starting at UNLV in August. It’s been a dream of mine for a while now to go down the collegiate route in the U.S., and I look forward to making the most of the great facilities that playing college golf will offer me,” said Lizzie.

“Being given the opportunity to play on the EuroPro Tour recently was a fantastic experience, and to play at my home club with all my friends and family supporting me was amazing,” she continued.

Lizzie, who currently holds an impressive handicap of +3, faced probably the biggest test of her golfing career to date at the Ladies British Amateur Championship at Portstewart in Northern Ireland at the beginning of June.

Competing against arguably one of the strongest fields in women’s amateur golf, Lizzie held her own to make the cut in the stroke play portion of the event, only to narrowly lose out in the second round of matchplay.

Mike O’Connell, Acting General Manager at Burhill, commented: “We are extremely proud of Lizzie and everything she has achieved up until this point.”

“She is a great ambassador for junior golf here at Burhill, and it speaks volumes about the commitment that the entire membership here has shown towards junior golf as whole,” continued O’Connell.

Burhill Golf Club is committed to develop the skills of junior golfers, with its Golf Academy operating regular weekend classes and school holiday camps, and its JDP nurturing the most talented junior members.