Jelina Fernando finishes her junior Golf Career as one of the most successful junior girl golfers in the county of recent years.
Jelina started playing golf at the age of 11 and has achieved many club, county and regional victories throughout her young golfing life.
Even though I am sad to be finishing my county junior career early, I am looking forward to playing in regional and national events throughout the seasonJelina Fernando
She has won the following Sussex County Junior events in a period of just five years.
2 x Sussex Junior Spring cup championship
2 x Under 18 Girls County Junior Championship
2 x Sussex Autumn junior Meeting Cup championship
2 x Sussex Junior Order of Merit championship trophies
Jelina who turned 18 in June is hoping to end her Junior career by playing and qualifying for the National events, she said: “Not many girls qualify to play in these national events due to handicap restrictions and as this is my last year as a junior and I wanted to finish playing to the highest level I possibly can to gain as much experience before entering national ladies tournaments.”
Jelina is in the only Sussex girl in the England south east AASE squad and has represented the Sussex Junior county team for the past five years and the Sussex county ladies first team the past two years:
“I was thrilled to qualify for the ladies first team squad and represent the county in ladies south east county week again, being born and raised in the county playing for Sussex it is a huge honour for me, and I am looking forward to my first ever county finals in September!”
“Even though I am sad to be finishing my county junior career early, I am looking forward to playing in regional and national events throughout the season.
“I had a great start to the season, being unbeaten with my partner Chloe Court and winning seven of seven matches at south county week, finishing ninth at the Porters Park centenary cup and placing 24th in the Under 18 Girls England open Championship. I can see the improvement I have made with the help of my coach Sarah Maclennan through the winter training and I know where I need to improve to finish the season well.
“I’d like to thank the junior organiser Pat Johns, past captain’s and the Sussex county committee for all their support throughout my time as a junior golfer; especially huge thanks to my National and Sussex coach Ryan Fenwick for all his support as well as all the girls past and present who I have had the great pleasure of playing with. “
Jelina will be competing in the Midlands Faldo Series Championship next and several other national tournaments during the end of the season and hopes to end her junior career on a high.
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