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Solheim Cup hero Charley Hull plays with Rutland Park ladies champion

Ladies European Tour sensation Charley Hull played in front of a sizeable gallery at Rutland County Golf Club as she put on an excellent display of exhibition golf alongside the club’s ladies champion Imogen Huxley.

Keen to back the club’s drive to get more girls into the game, Hull took time out of her very busy international schedule to play the exhibition match on the testing county links before jetting off to a Ladies European Tour event in Morocco.

Surprised by the speed and quality of the greens, Hull soon settled to give five-handicapper Huxley an idea of what she has to look forward to playing against if her own career continues to progress towards the professional ranks.

Power from the tee was certainly not lacking, as both players impressed the crowd with some great drives on a bright and breezy day.

Hull’s support for the initiative to recruit more girls into golf impressed the crowd as she gave her backing to the implication that more effort should be made to attract new golfers to the sport.

Having officially opened the new ‘Tiger Tots’ golf play-yard and viewing the putting green which the club has installed at the nearby Casterton Business and Enterprise College, Hull said: “The practice facilities at Rutland County Golf Club, coupled with a good, year-round course, makes this an ideal location for newcomers to learn the sport.”

Despite the recent poor weather, the free-draining course was in excellent condition for some excellent shot-making from both players, even with a testing breeze.

The day came to a close with Hull and Huxley both enjoying lunch with their families before Hull happily posed for photographs with members of the club. The event proved a great success for all involved with many first-time visitors to the club declaring that they would be back to play the course for themselves when they return for a visit.

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