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Golfer Henry wins prize vacation

Megan Henry’s skills on the fairways and greens around Essex have earned her a luxury foreign holiday – but she is not about to use it to rest up.

In pursuit of a professional career in her chosen sport, the 16-year-old — who is a student at the Lee Westwood Golf School’s (LWGS) southern centre, based at Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club — intends to use the break to hone her swing even further.

The player, who hails from Epping, won the Overall Order of Merit title at the LWGS at Stoke-by-Nayland, meaning she is one of two players in the country, along with 20-year-old Ben Purshouse (the Cheshire northern school winner), to be looking forward to experiencing a four-night stay for two at the five-star Donnafugata Golf Resort and SPA in Sicily, off the coast of Italy.

While Purshouse is aiming to use his Donnafugata trip to further his professional dream, Henry will use her holiday to Sicily to work on getting her handicap down.

The 12-handicapper, who is a member at Epping and Chigwell golf clubs and won the 2014 Essex Overall Order of Merit title playing off a handicap of 17, said: “This is the first time I have won a competition like this.

“I have been to Sicily before on a cruise but not got past the port. I am really looking forward to the trip.”

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