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Star Student Sophie is Top Of The Class

English Girls’ Champion Sophie Keech is top of the class when it comes to combining her golf and her school work - and now she’s won the England Golf Silver Tee award to prove it.

The award is made annually to a girl who develops her golf while also concentrating on her studies.

“I’m really pleased to win this award, it gets 2014 off to a great start,” said Sophie, an England girl international from Parkstone GC in Dorset.

The 17-year-old is working towards a BTec in sport at Millfield School in Somerset, where she is a boarder. She added: “I’m on track. The BTec is all coursework so I can balance it with my golf and my teachers at Millfield are so good and so understanding.”

Sophie, who has been Millfield since she was 13 and is the golf captain, will leave school this summer and will concentrate on her golfing ambitions. She said: “I’ve got mixed emotions about it. It will be such a relief to finish all the work, but at the same time I love it so much here. It’s going to be so sad leaving. I think there will be a few tears on the last day.”

She plans to play on the women’s amateur circuit for the next two years to gain experience: “All I want to do is play golf,” she said, adding that her immediate targets include successfully defending her English girls’ title and winning a British event.

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