Faversham Golf Club’s Skye Fontanelli won the girls’ Kent Schools' Golf Championship on Tuesday while Canterbury’s third-placed Claudia Carlotti won the under-16s girls’ Stableford first prize.
Kent College pupil Fontanelli, 12, scored a birdie at the 14th, nine pars, five bogeys and two doubles in her score of gross 85 to win the girls’ championship at Prince's Golf Club by four shots.
Rochester and Cobham’s Keiki Chapman, of Goudhurst’s Bethany School, finished second with a gross 89, to beat Carlotti on countback. Chapman won the under-12 girls’ net Stableford prize.
Fontanelli said: “It got better as the round went on. I was working [on] my putting and it definitely paid off.
“I was really pleased to win, we got a day off school and I was really happy with the way it turned out.
“It was a really fun and enjoyable day.”
Lee Carew, of the Harris Academy and Chelsfield Lakes in Orpington, shot a two-under-par 70 with an eagle at the third, two birdies and two bogeys to win the boys’ championship.
Carlotti, a 15-year-old student at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School in Canterbury, scored birdies at the 17th and 18th to win the under-16 girls’ net Stableford, scoring 41 Stableford points from five pars, seven bogeys, three doubles and her double birdie finale.
She said: “Considering it was fairly windy and cold and I had my Covid vaccine the night before, I didn’t expect an amazing score but I scored 41 even with four lost balls!”
On the par 4 17th, big-hitting Carlotti hit her drive 265 yards to the fringe of the green, played a bump and ran it to three feet and sank the putt.
She added: “And on the next hole I hit an OK drive, I had 100 yards in so I hit a wedge and holed the putt from eight feet, so that was two birdies for eight points each.
“I’m really happy that I won.”
Fontanelli and Carlotti have now both qualified for the South of England Schools’ Golf Championship at Canterbury Golf Club on Tuesday, May 31.